Thursday, March 28, 2013

The Splash Fashion Show - Dubai

Over 3000 fashion enthusiasts witnessed the SS’13 Splash catwalk at Madinat Arena come alive with fresh wardrobe inspiration for men and women and I was lucky enough to be there too. So come join me at the front row for the Splash Fashion League Dubai. 
 45 models walked down the ramp sporting themes like Gatsby, Warrior, New Mod, Preppy resort to dapper Schoolboy. Drawing inspiration from various sports, the Splash runway was opened with a singer followed by cheerleaders flown in especially from Germany, with a fun performance to ensure that the show had its right mix of fashion, style and entertainment. 

The Splash Fashion League set was divided into two specially made sections, the ramp that resembled an oval shaped sports arena with tiered bleacher style seating for the runway show while the after party was held at the specially made Trophy Room that was replete with large size trophies and medals.

The show was opened by various models wearing the monochrome trend  in graphic prints or stark contrast blocking. The women’s collection had prints and patterns dominating the looks with engineered, tribal, reptile and kaleidoscope prints. 

For men, a sporty feel was incorporated by using outerwear like hooded coats, varsity jackets and parkas . 

Representing the roaring 20s of America, ‘The Great Gatsby’ trend was used too.  

For a mermaid look gone urban sports, the Splash runway presented looks that mixed sparkling sequins or metallic with luxe jersey or figure hugging wetsuit-like silhouettes. 

Salman Khan, Bollywood superstar, walked the red carpet for the finale along with Raza Beig, CEO Splash and Nisha Jagtiani. Followed by the show was the after-party where DJ CharlChakka and DJ Kennedy played some wicked tunes into the wee hours of the night. Overall, it was a great show and a very fun party!

Friday, March 15, 2013

My Dubai Trip - Part 2

Okay, now this post has a lot of - 'the world's largest' being quoted in it. Sorry about that but I couldn't help but notice it myself so I thought I'll just mention it before you start reading, in case you do. Okay, so now The Dubai Mall is the world's largest mall and is host to the world famous Dubai Shopping Festival. With a gazillion brands all under one roof, from high street to luxury, this mall is truly a fashionista's dream destination. When I went there for the first time, I just knew I had to go back and kill it with the shopping bags, which I did the next day, and returned to India with a very swollen foot (my injuries from my January accident had not healed completely but I had removed my cast for the Dubai trip)

The mall is a dream for fashion lovers with over 1200 stores and brands from all around the world! I shopped from Topshop, H&M, Zara, Mango, SuiteBlanco, New Yorker and Sephora. I also hit Victoria's Secret, Forever 21, Bershka, Pull & Bear and Stradivarius apart from other stores and got extremely confused in Victoria's Secret and Forever 21 because they are just too huge for one to not spend a couple of hours inside or maybe, I'm just a slow shopper.

I discovered Blanco, an amazing Spanish brand with some really cool stuff!

The mall also has the world’s largest shoe store - Level Shoe District. With gold arches marking the entrance and a prominent Louis Vuitton flagship store, the shoe district is truly Shoe Heaven.

I love what the giant shoe says - SHOE LOVE IS TRUE LOVE
This shoe above is about 6 ft tall. A girl sat in it while her boyfriend was taking a picture when I was passing by. I was alone so I guess I should've taken her picture too. But I just took it after the a mall employee told her that they couldn't take any but let them get away with a picture. Next time I go there, I will PWN that shoe. 

One of the gorgeous shoe displays in the Shoe District

Moving on, right next to the H&M store, is The Dubai Aquarium, which has the world's largest acrylic viewing panel is filled with the most amazing Marine fish and has over 30,000 of them. The outside of the aquarium is always swarming with people taking pictures so I decided to join it. I din't take the Aquarium Tour because an experience like that would be more fun with friends or marine life lovers.

I couldn't get over the Ray fish, which look super cute swimming around in the tank
The ray fish look like little faires flying in the water! I couldn't get enough of them!

Right outside the mall is the Burj Khalifa lake, which hosts The Dubai Fountain - the world's largest choreographed fountain system. Illuminated by loads of lights and projectors, the fountain dances to a song and looks pretty awesome at night. It played Thriller by Michael Jackson when I was there. 

Right outside the fountain is the world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa. It looks divine at night, with twinkly lights across the towering stucture. Besides, an observation deck on top, this impressive 163 floor skyscraper hosts apartments, restaurants and even an Armani Hotel and residences! So lets go buy a house there asap :p

A super blurry shot of me outside the Burj

Another Blurry pic of me by the Burj Khalifa

A clearer shot of the Burj
I managed to get some more shots of the Burj from my cab in the day time. The funniest part was that when I asked the cab driver what the building was, he told me it was a normal residential building. So I was in awe of it and kept wondering how tall the Burj would be then. The same night I got to know that the poor cabbie probably didn't know much and that was the Burj Khalifa itself. 

A selfie from the cab 

The world's largest Candy Store :)
Dynamite Shrimp at P.F Chang's - Yummy
I finally ate the Mc Donald's Quarter Pounder. Its finally off my food bucket list :)

Basically, this short trip has gotten me totally in love with the vibrant and beautiful city of Dubai and I really hope to go back real soon. Stay tuned for my next post as I'll be taking you to a front row view of the Splash Fashion Show which I attended there.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Splash Fashion League - Backstage

Okay, so I was invited to attend the Splash Fashion Show in Dubai so let me tell you a little more about it all. Headquartered in Dubai, Splash is the Middle East’s largest fashion retailer and part of the Landmark Group, one of the biggest retail conglomerates in the Middle East, India and Africa. Splash has over 200 stores and 50 brand stores across 12 countries. With an eye for the latest global trends, Splash has collections for men, women and teens. The brand's tagline is ‘Fashion 365’. 

Splash has received several significant industry accolades that include being awarded the “Superbrand” status 2013 which is fourth in a row for the brand. Also listed in Forbes Arabia’s “Top 40 Arab Brands” list, Splash has also been awarded first runner at the Grazia Style Awards 2010, as ‘Best place to Spend AED 500’

The Splash Calendar and Splash Fashion Shows are the most popular annual and bi-annual events in the brand’s portfolio of events. The Splash Fashion Show is held every 6 months and is one of the biggest fashion events in Dubai and this year I was lucky enough to be there. This year’s show had a sporty theme and was called The Splash Fashion League. I was backstage so let me share some pictures with you of before the show.

The models getting massages before the show

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