Friday, June 26, 2015

#FashionBox: My Visit To Pitti Uomo.

Last week I attended Pitti Uomo in Florence, Italy, which is the largest fashion event dedicated to men's fashion in Europe. Pitti Uomo is able to pick up all the signals of new moods in fashion and then present them with new and amazing projects.
Pitti Uomo is reinforcing its role as the global platform for major names and international fashion groups that choose florence as the place to launch new projects and take new steps in their development.
The Theme for the summer was That's Pitti Color, with an amazing set designed  by Olivero Baladini, The Fortezza Da Basso Welcomed visitors to a kaleidoscopic experience of installations...

I will leave you now with some photos I took outside the fair, Next week My colleague and friend Maya will post about brands that caught our attentions inside the fair stay tuned.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

I am curious!

Apparently Aishti is building a new art foundation next to their shop in Antelias Beirut! I pass by on a daily basis and I am very curious to know more about this place and what It has to offer. I am sure this foundation will help the brand, and will become a must see stop for all travelers visiting beirut, and of course fashion and art enthusiasts

What I would like to see in this Foundation:

1- A Museum dedicated to the Lebanese artists, highliting the Lebanese Art History
2- Art Center: Encouraging Art and Creativity in Lebanon
3- International Exhibition Center to host Art, Musical, Fashion, Photography  Exhibitions
4- Fashion Museum: where you can discover a collection of historic pieces, and designer stories
5- Musical Programs
6- Art and Design Bookstore.

What about you, are you curious?

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

The original Martyrs Square Statue.

As I'm scrolling through, this picture catches my attention;  Titled: Martyrs Square Beirut. I have never seen this statue before so i asked my friend Maya about it, cause i remember once  we were wandering near the actual square, she mentioned the previous statue, two women standing face to face.
And of course I asked my other friend, google, and here is the article I found:

[...]It was not until 1930 that the first memorial to the hanged martyrs was unveiled on Sahat al-Burj/Martyr Square in busy downtown Beirut. Yussef Hoyek’s statue represented two women--sartorially identifiable as Muslim and Christian--facing each other over an urn. By purporting to contain “the ashes of both Muslim and Christian martyrs,” Volk argues, “one nation was created ... in Lebanon’s first piece of national art” (pp. 55, 59) Soon, however, discontent was voiced over the date of the commemoration. Nationalists of all stripes rallied against the French authorities who had self-servingly scheduled the official ceremony on September 2, the first day of colonial rule in 1920. But once the date had been moved to May 6, the day on which twenty-one of the martyrs were killed in 1916, the monument itself became highly contested.[...] Read more here 

Maya told me there was another article in Civil Rights magazine, that she will share with us after diving into her archive! Let us all pray ;-)

Found Also This interesting Article on Blog Baladi Check it out!

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Ugly Bottle

There’s nothing quite like relaxing with a cold beer after a long day at work with an ugly bottle! NOT.
Maybe you don't care about product design, but as a consumer I judge the brand by its packaging design, and you should know that product packaging plays an important role in our buying decisions.
I've just never understood these food and drink companies, settling for such unappetizing designs like the latest Almaza bottle!
Like seriously guys, what's this hideous bottle!? The design is ugly and killed the identity of Almaza. What makes it even worse are the visuals.
Thank god it is a limited edition and I hope it will disappear quickly from the supermarket shelves. 
Why not collaborating with Lebanese designers? Lebanon is full of creative talented people who would love to collaborate with a vintage lebanese brand.
Sorry Almaza "Hayda Manou Jawna", and definitely it is not Lebanon or at least it is not My Lebanon!

Here are bottles I would love to have

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

George Clooney speaks Arabic

This is so funny!
Thank you Maya 

Friday, June 5, 2015


I’ve been meaning to write about this for some time, but had always other posts in mind. However even if Vanity Fair have now preceded me, I still would like to give you my take on the situation...
You see, it’s like an addiction: I 've noticed that in my most special pinterest board , 85% of these gentlemen were British! Even Dr House, the most american of British actors!
And that goes without saying, a lot of my other “hollywood/movies/series” boards are Brit as well: Oscar Wilde, Sir Hitchcock, Downton Abbey, Hell (or should I say Bloody Hell?) I even wrote a #fashionbox post about KINGSMAN the British secret service here!

Let’s make their acquaintance to try to understand, shall we? 

Matthew Goode 
Where do you know him from? The Good Wife.His films include Chasing Liberty, Match Point,The Imitation Game... But he plays Finn Polmar in The Good Wife with a perfect American accent, and an unbeatable style I dare say...

Alan Cumming Where do you know him from? Also The Good Wife! And in this case, even if Eli Gold is again American in the series, his style is as British as it gets!!

Give me some Vicodin now cause here’s Dr House!
Hugh Laurie has invaded America in such a way that he even has a Blues Band!!

And the blockbusters that you all know: even if they don’t play American roles all the time, their career is mostly American; 

Colin Firth

Jude Law

Pierce Brosnan

Hugh Jackman

Ralph Fiennes

Terrence Stamp & Jeremy Irons

AND last but not least: MY FAVORITE NEWCOMERS:

Eddy Redmayne

Benedict Cumberbatch “THE” SHERLOCK

Jonny Lee Miller the “other” SHERLOCK
Voila! I bet you did not know 1/3 of them were Brits, did you? What do we learn?? As Sir Winston Churchill once said: “Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference!” Even though he was more into heavy artillery, it’s looking quite well for these chums now! 

One last word to remember: The suit is the modern gentleman’s armor, sprinkle it with witty humor, and you’re ready to go!

Post Written by:  Maya Metni  from whom I really enjoy working with. 

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Dear Readers, I Need your Help.

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Monday, June 1, 2015

My May in pictures.

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