Every piece has a story to tell - be it in its colors, the materials used or the way it was made... But when it is about a dazzling statement necklace that you have handcrafted with your 2-year-old baby and it gets handpicked for an exclusive photoshoot feature on top fashion and jewelry designers in the middle east by the international brand Swarovski, you know it’s a story to remember!
Swarovski celebrated one of the most treasured cultures in the world with an exclusive “Neo-Arabia” photoshoot which features in the current May 2016 edition of Swarovski Online Magazine. Photographed against a timeless Arabian backdrop, eight Dubai jewelry and fashion bloggers—Deema Alasadi, Zahra Lyla, Mariyah Gaspacho, Fatma Husam, Salima Feerasta, Nicoleta Buru, Zarah Amira and Soraya Pena—modeled pieces from regional and international designers that merged historical Middle Eastern references with 21st-century modernity. Captured by ace fashion photographer, Tanya Aranautov and styled by the amazing Vasil Bozhilov, the images are nothing short of a dream.
‘A burst of colors’ is a handcrafted necklace where ropes of colored mesh pipes filled with an assortment of glistening crystals were strung together. It adorns the gorgeous Dubai fashion blogger, Soraya Pena, in the photoshoot.
The location was the hauntingly beautiful dreamscape of the palatial Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara, set amid the rolling sand dunes of Abu Dhabi’s Rub’ Al Khali (the Empty Quarter). Here, a selection of stunning ensembles showcased Swarovski’s founding philosophy of collaborating with designers across the world: Sparkling day looks, elegant special-occasion outfits, traditional wear, kaftans, stunning shoes, accessories and jewelry all shimmered under the desert sky.
It was an honor to be featured amidst handpicked top regional designers that included AAVVA, Khaadi, Maria. B., Balu Joias and Madiso; international fashion houses were represented by Jean Paul Gaultier, Etienne Aigner and Adelina Rusu; and Rupert Sanderson, whose spectacular shoes are frequently seen on the Royals. Vintage pieces also featured, including Louboutin boots encrusted with Swarovski crystals in which Beyoncé once dazzled her audiences.
Swarovski has firmly established itself in the world of fashion, art and design through its collaborations with regional and international designers, architects and artists who use Swarovski crystallized elements in their remarkable work.
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