Over the past two weeks I came across two eye-catching neutral-toned statement necklace pieces that I thought needed to be photographed together in a duet styled summer shoot. Hence this lovely weekend pre-beach/brunch duet shoot by the pier in Dubai with one of my childhood besties Ines Gameiro.
Here I am wearing a clear crystal floral chunky necklace by Coast that I styled with a simple yet fun layered summer outfit. I layered a nude pink, leveled waistcoat with a zipper trim from Designer Circus over a pleated collar white sleeveless top from H&M. I finished off the look with loose fitting denim shorts and brown structured sunnies by Cole Haan.
Ines is rocking an exquisite feminine floral delicacy from a jewelry line I recently learnt about and quickly treasured – Lenora Dame. This Necklace was composed of grey and brown pastel flowers in combination with pearls, crystals and ribbon. Ines wears the Lenora Dame necklace effortlessly with a simple cheerful little white dress, and accessorizes with bold sunglasses by Michael Kors. Both of us are wearing the same shade of pink lipstick by Mac (up the amp) that fantastically composes a complementing distinctive shade on varying skin tones.
Photography by Rita Bsaibes . Modeling by Mona Hamid and Ines Gamiero . Writing, Styling and Editing by Mona Hamid
Crystal Necklace: Coast. Ruffled Top: H&M. Layered Waistcoat: Designer Circus, Boston. Denim Shorts: Vintage. Sunglasses: Cole Haan.
Floral Necklace: Lenore Dame. White dress: Stradivarius. Sunglasses: Michael Kors.
Spring brights aren’t just for colour blocking – they can also be incorporated into a monochromatic ensemble for an understated take on colourful dressing. Here, bright citrus hues like lime and yellow are paired with monochromatic black and white for a fresh take on trans-seasonal spring dressing.
This whimsical look was styled around a pair of patterned statement tights. Their intricate pattern attracts the eye and gives the look visual interest, and the lime green accents inspired the outfit’s colour palette.
A lightweight cover-up such as a blazer is a great option for trans-seasonal layering. This white blazer compliments the freshness of the outfit’s lime green elements, and its texture keeps things interesting. The yellow printed blouse underneath gives a complimentary pop of colour and is buttoned up all the way and tucked into the black skirt for a prim and proper feel.
Midi heel shoes are a great option for spring if you like your shoes to be comfortable and wearable. These lime green suede heels provide a good amount of height but are also comfy enough to walk around in for long periods of time. A quirky chocolate bar bag provides the finishing touch to this whimsical and colourful look.
Photographs by Nelly Karim
Styling and Modeling by Mona Hamid
Writing by Reem Buhazza
1. Blazer: Reiss, available here.
2. Blouse: Diane Von Furstenberg (Beacon’s Closet, Brooklyn, NYC).
3. Skirt: Ted Baker, available here.
4. Tights: H&M.
5. Shoes: Madewell, similar here.
Travelling in style isn’t just about what you pack with you, but also about what you come back with. Markets and boutiques in exotic locales are full of unique fashion gems that you won’t find anywhere else, so take advantage of the style potential of your travels and pick up a few items to inject some worldly chic into your wardrobe.
This embellished ivory kaftan is a great example of how a cultural item of clothing can be worn in a contemporary fashion forward way. Multifaceted sparkling rhinestones embellish the neckline and upper portion of this elegant Middle Eastern piece, giving it an element of glamour and eliminating the need for bold jewelry and accessories.
The beauty of this kaftan lies in its versatility; it can be worn to a low-key event such as a beach party or an upscale affair like an outdoor summer wedding. The airy, loose-fitting silhouette of this kaftan gives it an effortless and simple feel that looks just as striking dressed up or down.
Photography by Mona Al-Marzoqi Jones
Styling and Modeling by Mona Hamid
Writing by Reem Buhazza
- Kaftan: Jumeirah Market, Dubai UAE
- Shoes: Karen Millen
Dressing for a formal event doesn’t have to be intimidating; while you absolutely should respect the dress code (if there is one), there is no reason why you shouldn’t let your own personal style shine through and have fun with your look. This colourful outfit is a fun take on something you would wear to an outdoor society event such as a horse race. Formal separates are given a Spring-ready twist with vibrant colours and fun prints, and bright accessories give the look a playful, tongue-in-cheek element.
No matter how formal the occasion, pairing a pencil skirt with a shirt and jacket is a great alternative to wearing a dress. This knee-length multi-coloured floral print skirt was paired with a collared beige shirt and topped with a pastel yellow tuxedo jacket for spin on high-society dressing that is both refined and whimsical.
Fascinator hats are weird and wonderful fashion favourites that can instantly add a quirky element to an outfit when styled correctly. This bright pink fascinator picks up on the colours of the skirt and the fun Perspex embellishments keep everything from being too stuffy and serious. A vibrant turquoise bag adds an additional a pop of vibrant colour, and a pair of nude peep-toe platform heels finish off the look.
Writing and Modeling by Reem Buhazza
Photographs by Sara Al-Banna & Editing by Mona Hamid
1. Yellow Blazer: Ted Baker.
2. Floral Skirt: Ted Baker.
3. Nude Blouse: Versace.
4. Bag: Tods.
5. Shoes: Christian Louboutin.
6. Head Piece: Mumure by “Spirit” (Bloomingdales).
Fashion shifts as the seasons do, and Stilettos and Substance is making its first foray into spring style!
The possibilities of spring dressing are virtually endless; layers and neutrals have been replaced with lashings of bright shades that span the colour wheel, fun prints that make a big statement, and a sunny style outlook to match the warmer weather.
Get inspired for the new season with these fun, spring-ready looks that experiment with a variety of colours, textures and patterns. The models were styled using a mix of different prints, materials and colours to create vibrant, youthful looks that are fresh and perfect for spring.
Along with your wardrobe, spring is also a great time to get creative with your makeup bag and create fun beauty looks. Big beauty statements such as the big lashes, bold eye looks, bright lips, and colourful nail art seen here can bring an element of fun to your look and are the perfect fun accompaniments to spring dressing.
Styling by Mona Hamid
Modeling by Johannah Zacharer & Charibel Jimenez
Makeup by Tai Charles
Photographys by Carolyn McMorran