Feb 23, 2011

The bags to watch: Shanta Leather Goods

Beige Classic

Out of Kuwait comes a handbag and leather goods brand set to make it big - Shanta, Arabic for "bag", the collaboration of friends Muneera Al Naibari and Sirine Sadeddin.

What I love about them is that not only is there a high quality natural feel to them, there is also a timelessness about them. And when it comes to design and colour, you're spoilt for choice...there are the sleek, classic designs like the "Madame" and the "Classic", the undeniable pomp and glamour of the "Red Classic", the more boho "Messenger", and the slightly rocky, slightly romantic "Ruffle Dream", all available in a range of colours. 

"Each detail of our collection is handpicked to create unique and original pieces. Shanta is not just an item it is a sense of style that conveys a fusion of elegance with a hip spark", says Muneera. 

They are just the types of bags we love and I'm sure will prove a big hit across the region. And the Madame bag was made for the abaya!

Here are some snaps from their A/W 2011 Desert Rose collection.

Messenger in Camel

Madame in Ecru and Pink

Mini Classic in Camel

Madame in Dark Pink with Grey Suede

Ruffle Dream in Ecru

Messenger in Olive

Shanta is available in:

YAZI boutique - Al Aali Mall

Jordan Pinkdust - Abdoun, Amman

CREAM - Saifi Village
KULTE - Verdun

Fashcode - Avenues Mall Phase II

Available online


Check out my top fashion picks for S/S 2011 on SUPER FAB Middle East

The amazing Dubai-based Middle Eastern trendsetting website that is SUPER FAB Middle East did a super fab feature on no other than, who'd you guess, me! The feature takes a look at my top fashion picks for S/S 2011 - it is what I would wear if I could afford all those things! Plus, you get to see what I look like!

Click here to check out the whole article and then explore the entire website. 

Feb 20, 2011

Tune in to UNDER YOUR ABAYA on Monday 21st Feburary for Live Streaming of Burberry Prorsum's A/W 2011 Show Straight From LFW! 4PM GMT, 7PM KSA

“We are thrilled to be bringing the Burberry show to our widest audience yet in an immersive, interactive and entertaining experience. We have always used digital communication to deepen our connection with the customer and allow people all over the world to experience Burberry no matter where they are. Whether you are at home online, watching in Piccadilly Circus, using a mobile device or in our store in Beijing everyone will be able to feel the energy and attitude of the brand and the excitement of the show.”
Christopher Bailey, Burberry Chief Creative Officer

Yes-sir-ree, not only do the lucky fashion pack and front row which consists of magazine editors, journalists, photographers, models, stylists, actors, actresses, designers and socialites etc. etc. get to see tomorrow's show for the iconic British house founded in 1856, so do you by tuning right here tomorrow at 4pm GMT/7pm KSA! 

Always the brand known for being one step ahead when it comes to combining fashion with technology, this year, not only will Burberry be streaming its live A/W 2011/2012 Prorsum womenswear show on Picadilly Circus' iconic 32m high Coca Cola screen in London, it will be streaming it live throughout 150 different countries at 40 global events in Burberry flagships worldwide as well as on selected blogs, websites and Ipod/Iphone and Ipad technology, creating ‘buy from the runway’ in-store virtual trunk show events. Immediately after the show, viewers anywhere in the world can buy pieces from the runway collection for one week, bringing the new collection to customers globally in seven weeks.

Enjoy the show!  

Feb 17, 2011

DON'T MISS IT! Live Streaming of Burberry's A/W 2011/2012 Womenswear Show

Followers of UNDER YOUR ABAYA will be some of the lucky few to be able to view live streaming of Burberry's A/W 2011/2012 Prorsum womenswear show from London Fashion Week right here!

I will be streaming the show as it happens on Monday February 21st 2011 at 4pm GMT, 7pm KSA.

If you happen to be in London in Picadilly Circus on Monday at 4pm, you might want to watch the show being streamed live on the 32m high Coca Cola screen.

Wherever you are, don't miss it! 

Feb 3, 2011

Accessories Report S/S 2011: Part I


Accessories are an integral part of any fashionista's wardrobe and as abaya wearers know, spot-on shoes and bags can turn any abaya from "3adi" to "kash5a". For Spring/Summer 2011 shoe trends, some are readaptations of already current trends, such as the white trend, flower trend and '70s trend, whereas some shoe trends are individual trends in their own right. My favorite? Definitely the use of rope and ribbon instead of the conventional strap...there are so many different ways you could tie them!