I still remember how I felt when I went to my first fashion week in 2013 in Berlin. I was super excited, a little bit nervous but still the happiest girl on earth back then. Being able to be among all those fashion enthusiasts and watching runways shows was one of my major goals back then. I could not believe that my blog actually had made that possible… but it did. It opened up so many possibilities for me, keeping up the motivation to continue blogging. One year later, I again went to fashionweek and was way more confident. I knew how things worked – there was no need to be shy in terms of clothing or networking. The more your outfit catches attention , the better! In the following years, my studies made it almost impossible to take a break and travel to Berlin for a week. The only thing I’ve done was to go over to Amsterdam Fashionweek for a day in 2015, but that was about it. In 2016, I was back in the fashionweek game when I was on my semester abroad and went to Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Sydney. It made me remember how much I enjoy getting inspired by new collections and aspiring as well as established designers. But most importantly for me was to connect to likewise people and make new friends.
So now that I live in Berlin, there are no barriers to going to fashionweek anymore. After 2.5 years, I finally attended Berlin Fashionweek AW17 again – and I am happy to say that my expectations were not too high. I had an amazing time with great people and of course, great fashion… even though I froze my ass off in my outfits… ;)
// I’m Wearing:
Pullover – ZARA
Skirt – Kookai Australia
Belt – NA-KD
Boots* – Konstantin Starke via Zumnorde
Bag – Stella McCartney
It took me a very long time to accept my hair the way it is. As a teenage girl I envied all the girls with their neat and straight hair and felt like someone who wasn’t able to get her hair under control. Slowly, slowly and after a lot of straightening experiments I realized that it is better to make the best of what you have and not try to force something that you simply don’t have. So I started to accept my curly hair and find the right treatment and products for it. However, from time to time I like to spice things up and have a little change. I am absolutely able to straighten my hair with a straightener, but one thing I simply cannot manage is to get 1) loads of volume and 2) big wavy curls. So when Aveda took me and a couple of other international bloggers last weekend to the Lepri Salon and Spa in Milan, I directly knew which styling I’ll be aiming for. After a relaxing head and shoulders massage, as well as a quick spiritual scenting session, Francesco (lol I actually don’t remember his name but let’s just give him this typical Italian name) started turning my hair into a Victoria-Secret-like voluminous mane. He told me that due to my long and delicate hair structure it is pretty difficult to create this kind of volume … but there is nothing he couldn’t fix with loads of hairspray ;)
The result really turned out amazing – just the way I wanted it! Plus I really enjoyed the process of getting there, because I simply had the feeling that I can trust him and his work. Even on the second day, my hair was still pretty nice and I actually was sad to wash it and get back to my supercurls. I liked it so much, that I might try it out myself one time, even though it will probably not turn out as great.
// Salon: Lepri Salon and Spa
Via degli Omenoni, 2, 20121 Milan
I became a huge Italy fan the moment I had my first Italian lesson at school. Part of my enthusiasm about the language, people and the culture was definitely the result of my teacher’s own passion about Italy. While this definitely influenced me, I believe that another major reason why I feel so connected is the fact that the Middle Eastern culture and how I was raised is quite similar to the Italian one; plus of course it has its own unique charm that I simply love. Despite all that, I somehow never managed to visit Italy besides being one week in Venice and only one day in Rome. As a fashion enthusiast, Milan was therefore always on top of my travel list. So when Aveda invited me last weekend to the Master Jam 2016 in Milan, I was more than excited. Beauty stuff, an entertaining show, loads of inspiring people and Italy – could I ask for anything more?
Okay, let’s take one step back. Aveda is a hair and beauty brand that produces products that are solely made out of natural ingredients, which they mostly sell to beauty and spa salons. The Aveda Master Jam is a “two-day celebration of beauty, wellness, fashion and art” – yep, this basically means loads of creative people from the industry coming together and presenting the latest trends and techniques in the beauty industry during workshops and on stage.
Together with the two German bloggers Eline and Farina we explored beautiful Milan during the day, got an amazing hair treatment (Read here!), and in the evening went to the Masterjam 2016 show – for those of you who follow me on Snapchat/Instagram (@ranhelwa), I hope you got a nice insight into the event, for those who missed it, here are a couple of photos that hopefully give you a good idea of the show. I simply love how the creative industry is always evolving and improving – those who think that cutting hair is just about taking a pair of scissors is oh so wrong…
It’s the last post about MBFW Australia – I promise! Well, to be fair, there were no more than 5 days of Fashionweek anyway. On the last day I wore my second favorite outfit – Denim on Denim with orange tassle heels and a cute neck scarf. Those amazing heels were one of my best buys/bargains here in Sydney. They are from Nine West and I got them for an incredible $40 instead of $160!! I am still deeply in love with them, although they might not be the easiest to combine. The neck scarf was actually a little experiment; I found it the day before in one of the goodie bags and since chokers are super in style right now, I thought I might try the scarf out as a chocker and see how it goes…. and I loved it! The colors fit perfectly with the Denim on Denim, and it has that has that sophisticated “Im on a boat, chilling with my glass of champagne”- look… if you know what I mean. The skirt I am wearing has been one of my favorite skirts for more than 2 and a half years now. It has become one of my essential pieces and does not seem to go out of fashion any time soon.
The last day of MBFWA obviously has to be a special one, which is why Oscar de la Renta was given the closing show. While, to be honest, the collection did not really impress me that much, I was delighted to see one of my favorite models, Victoria Secret model Shanina Sheikh on the runway and even in the fashionweek building just passing by me. However, I did not release the fangirl in me, because otherwise I totally would have taken a selfie with that gorgeous lady.
// I’m Wearing:
Denim Shirt – Levi’s (here)
Neck scarf – SWIM
Denim Skirt – ASOS (similar here)
Heels – Nine West (similar here)
Bag – Charles & Keith (similar here)
Letze Woche Donnerstag wurde ich von C&A nach Berlin zum Spring/Summer 2016 Showroom eingeladen und ich muss zugeben, das Timing hätte nicht besser sein können! Ich hatte gerade die letzte Klausur geschrieben und war sowas von ready für meine Rückkehr in die soziale Welt. Also ging es auf nach Berlin – ich hatte diese Stadt so sehr vermisst nachdem ich das letzte mal Sommer 2014 dort war für die Fashionweek. Ich werde Berlin wohl immer mit der Fashionwelt verbinden, und deshalb bin ich immer wieder so aufgeregt dort hin zu gehen. Das Event fand im Café Moskau statt. Vor Ort waren Presseleute, Blogger und Designer aus ganz Europa sowie viele Vertreter von C&A und Clockhouse. Wir wurden in Gruppen eingeteilt und dann durch das Gebäude geführt, um in jedem Raum einen anderen Teil der Kollektion zu entdecken. Diese wurde dann von Designern persönlich vorgestellt, was super interessant war, denn sonst kriegt man ja nie die Gedanken hinter einem Kleidungsstück mit. Ein Großteil der Kollektion war übrigens vom Orient inspiriert. Vor allem mochte ich den Schmuck und die Accessoires. Orientalische Elemente haben sich unter anderem auch in der Deko widergespiegelt und im leckeren Abendessen ;) – Also ganz mein Ding! Es war auf jeden Fall ein tolles Event mit viel Liebe zum Detail, und für mich zusätzlich eine super Abwechslung zum stressigen Unialltag.
Die Kollektion wird es vorraussichtlich ab März 2016 in den Läden geben!
EN: Last week thursday I was invited by C&A to their Spring/Summer 2016 Showroom in Berlin and I must admit, the timing could not have been any better! I just finished my last exam and was definitely ready for my return to social life. So, I was really exited to to travel over to Berlin – I missed this city so much since I have visited it back in summer 2014 for FashionWeek. I will probably always connect Berlin to the Fashion World, and that’s why I love it so much there I guess. The event took place at Café Moskau. International press, bloggers and designers were invited and also many representatives of C&A and Clockhouse were there. We were divided in different groups in which we were guided through several rooms where parts of the new collection were personally presented to us by the designers. I really liked this concept as you often do not know much about the thoughts of the designers and the intention behind creating a certain piece of clothing. A large part of the collection was inspired by the orient, which was also reflected in the lovely decoration and the amazing dinner ;) – absolutely my thing! I mostly liked the accessories and jewelry, so Im really looking forward to it. All together, it was a lovely event where a lot of people put great effort into the little details, plus it was a perfect break from uni-life.
The collection will be available from march 2016 in all C&A and Clockhouse stores.
Eine Sache von der wir Frauen stets träumen sind wunderschöne, lange Ballkleider. Das Highlight meines Abiballs war es solch ein Kleid zu tragen, aber oft bleibt es dann auch nur dabei. Das Problem ist nämlich den richtigen Anlass dafür zu finden, denn leider steht die Oscar-Verleihung oder der Wiener Opernball nicht in unserem Eventkalender. Eine wahrscheinlichere Gelegenheit wären Hochzeiten! Aber – ja da gibt es leider wieder dieses aber – in Deutschland mag man es dezent und schlicht. Es sieht also ziemlich schlecht aus für unsere Glitzer-Tüll-Spitze Traumkleider à la Elie Saab… aber hey, ich habe da vielleicht die Lösung. Sucht euch arabische, persische oder indische Freunde die bald heiraten! Haha – ja diese Kulturkreise mögen es nämlich kitschig! The shinier the better!
Vor ein und halb Jahren habe ich euch von meiner ersten Arabischen Hochzeit berichtet (hier und hier nachlesen!) und vor ein paar Wochen hat meine Cousine aus Cairo geheiratet, also war es wieder Zeit für ein fancy Kleid! Yay! Aber nicht nur die Kleider waren wundervoll, sondern einfach die ganze Veranstaltung. Ich liebe diesen Mix aus westlicher und arabischer Kultur und natürlich bin ich überglücklich, dass zwei so tolle Menschen zusammengefunden haben. Deshalb möchte ich euch heute einen kleinen Einblick geben, in eine echte Märchenhochzeit – ein Produkt aus Hollywood Romantik und Orient.
One thing we girls always dream about is wearing beautiful, long gowns. Actually, the highlight of my high school prom was wearing such a dress, and unfortunately you might not get such an opportunity again. The problem is finding the right occasion to wear such a fancy dress, as we most probably will not be invited to the Oscars or the Opera Ball in Vienna. Too bad! However, there are other events that could be perfect for dressing up: weddings! Buuut – yes there is another obstacle – in German weddings the dress code is rather basic and conservative I would say. So dammit, when can we finally wear our glitter and lace dresses à la Elie Saab? Well people, you just need to make friends with arabic, persian or indian people who are about to get married! They love it tacky, shiny, colorful and its basically impossible to overdress!
One and a half years ago I posted about the first Arab wedding I went to, which was the one of my cousin ( read it here and here!) and a few weeks ago my other cousin got married and so it was time for a new dress! Yay! Sure, the dresses were not the only wonderful thing; the whole wedding was simply breathtaking. I love this mixture of western and arabic culture and I am super happy that these two beautiful people found each other. Therefore I want to give you a little insight into a real princess wedding – the product of hollywood romanticism and orient.