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An 18 story architectural dream has been created in the Wafi city in Dubai, shaped like the ancient pyramids of Egypt this beast of a magnificent hotel boasts creative and exquisite design. The hotel hosts a complex of shopping and entertainment in its pyramid shaped walls located in the middle of the ever arising city and it really caught our attention.

raffles dubai

Only 10 minutes away from the main and one of the largest airports in the world (I have been to this particular airport and it took a near 2 hours to get out of the front door! Its pretty huge!)

The hotel is the perfect spot for adventurers that want 5 star luxury and an unforgettable experience not many people will be able to say they lived in a pyramid. The hotel is a great attraction for business and pleasure with top-notch service, extravagant rooms, 24 hour front desk, butler service, perfect dining experiences surrounded by perfect decor and elegance.

Raffles Dubai hotel

The hotel meets the needs of all its customers with a child area, gym area and balcony areas.

Pure luxury and excellence can be found at this hotel and its unique nature makes it a Sharp N Chic favourite.

Some of the accolades the hotel has been awarded in 2008 are :

“Best New Hotel Development in the Middle East” – Fourth Arabian Hotel Investment Conference (AHIC), 2008

“101 Best Suites in the World” – Elite Traveler, 2008

“Hot List – World’s Top New 136 Hotels” – Conde Nast Traveler US, 2008

“Hot List – The Best 65 places to stay in the world” – Conde Nast Traveller UK, 2008

 So I ask you.. Have you ever lived in a pyramid.. Well if not- get off to Raffles in Dubai and you will have an unforgettable experience.

Hakes the architectural designer has evolved to become the latest and most unique shoe designers over the past few years, why you may ask, well, his designs instantly cause the viewer to initially raise an eyebrow at the prospect that the abstract “piece of art”  is actually a fully functional shoe.. His years and history in architecture had probably led him to this natural progression to think outside of the box to create these curly and rather curvy yet very mind boggling designer shoes that really do require extra thought when putting them on.

Its probably best to stay away from these after a few glasses of champagne…you have been warned! Pictures to follow and enjoy!

hakes orange mojito shoe

The London born designer came up with the idea from analysing current traditional shoes which have ultimately been a simple and obvious progression and evolution in terms of design from the sandal, Julian Hakes saw to challenge this completely revolutionising and rethinking the footplate and the word ‘SHOE’ as a whole.

julian hakes shoes london

“The result of this process was Hakes Mojito – we named it this as it was rather like a twist of lime peel. It is a unique shoe design concept, a single wrapped geometry which starts under the ball of the foot, sweeps over the bridge, then down below the heel before twisting back on itself to provide the support for the heel and ankle”

julian hakes shoes

INDEED HE DID!

The shoes are glorious incredibly individual and eye catching and a complete 180 degrees on current shoe fashion and trends, something different from the much loved red heel that everyone seems to wear now. I cannot wait to see these blanket cover the entire celebrity wardrobe.

Now this is signature piece to take note of and his name is:-

HAKES- YOU HAVE BEEN TOLD!

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With the countdown to Christmas officially starting as radio, TV and high streets are rapidly being transformed to encourage us to spend for the next intense 7 weeks leading to Christmas, the designer brand Gucci also prepares itself with a lavish refit to their flagship store in Bond Street London.

Set among other high fashion chic brands such as Louis Vuitton and 5 star hotels the brand opens its doors to present their latest decor for the ultimate luxury shopping experience.

 

gucci london bond street

The Cutting edge design by creative director Frida Giannini the stores new look that fit well with the brands high end style allowing for a divine shopping escape allowing for the perfect setting whilst viewing the latest Gucci collection. They ensured they kept the design current and contemporary incorporating classic whites & ivories whilst candle bright reds and plums fit in well for the run up to Christmas an excellent way to get customers in the festive season. Of course they kept signature parts to the store with rosewood and marble but the ribbed glass and warm polished gold and smoked mirrors were all new designs and ideas to keep the brand moving forward and current.

teal gucci bag

During the refurb the brand had not missed out on sales as London – particularly Bond Street and nearby areas have over 6 different boutiques to purchase the latest and greatest Gucci pieces however as this is the flagship store it is one of the only locations whereby you can get the Gucci Made To Measure service allowing customers to customise items which is ideal for the perfect suit and rather timely  for Christmas.

The store covers 685 square meters- of pure luxury spread over three floors.

gucci store inside new london bond street

The ground floor is home to Gucci man- from accessories, luggage and small leather goods

Level 1 and 2 is home to every ladies heaven from bags, accessories, jewellery, silks and fragrances and an entire floor dedicated to womenswear fashion.

The designer of the shopping haven Giannini said: ‘Bond Street is one of Europe’s most prestigious retail destinations so I wanted to amplify the luxuriousness of the boutique’s environments through natural light to create an aesthetic, which is complementary to the vision of the House today.

gucci store pictures

‘Throughout the new design concept there are references to iconic Gucci materials and elements of stores from the past, but always set in a context that is thoroughly modern creating the ideal backdrop for the collections.’

 

 

The new store is simply lovely- it is worth popping down to bond street for a quick peak…

new gucci store

 

 

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Bang & Olufsen are defiantly a Sharp N Chic brand that we are more than happy to showcase, and after having a chance to try out their latest and greatest creation that continues to push the boundaries of modern electronics, incorporating as much style and beauty  into their awesome products- we are please bring to you The BeoVision 4. The cinematic dream TV that goes above and beyond the call of duty in the luxury home cinema.

The full HD 3D plasma screen boasts stunning visual clarity and with added features that enhance the colour with automatic colour management that scans the picture on the TV every 100 hours to adjust the colour accordingly- This is the king og kings when it comes to Television.

BANG & OLUFSEN tv latest

The TV also monitors the rooms lighting and ambiance, similar to the little sensor found on most smart phones- this enables the colour to be adjusted automatically which is a great well thought about feature- no longer do you have to fiddle with the remote to adjust the screen for a movie- simply draw the curtains and the TV does the rest. Furthermore- the designers carefully included a fully adjustable tilt, swivel and shimmy screen stand that can move around perfectly to line up for the best viewing pleasure- and what’s more you can do this with the REMOTE! -It is all electrical!- No need to even stand up and walk over to the tv to get the perfect view, everything can be done from the comfort of the armchair. PERFECT!

Bang & Olufsen
Nifty Remote

The TV has a motorised self raising speaker that automatically activates once the TV is turned  on- high tech and beautiful crisp sound. This is a great design feature for when the TV is off, leaving the room clear and the TV area tidy.

The design of the BeoVision is sleek and chic with a fine aluminium. Diamond cut joints ensures lasting quality and perfection- its design speaks for itself with a daring and elegant mix that is recognisable from any angle!

Bang & Olufsen tv

The TV is available in two sizes – the 85″ and 103″ two sizes that can help create your cinematic 3D living room experience.

Available in Silver, Dark grey, Black, Red, Blue, Golden- enough colour to compliment your decor for something truly unique and stunning in every point possible.

The price of this bad-boy tv- £100,000 / $140,000.visit Bang&Olufsen.com for more information.

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Today I was enlightened to the beautiful craftsmanship of these unique designer I would like to call Sharp and most certainly Chic BIKES!

Oh yes, it is possible to have a couture bike and these German handcrafted piece of metal prove to be top notch.

Vandeyk bike
Uber cool

Vandeyk are one of the leading bicycle industry experts, in true Germanic engineering form they have created a bike that excels in design. A staggering medley and mix of eclectic genus skills have gone into the creation of the brand composing these self proclaimmed “ravishingly beautiful bicycles”.

vandeyk bike

The latest collection and staying true to the brand is retro-inspired, handbuilt and unique and aptly named Nightstream.

making a bike bandeyk

Only 25 of the bikes will be produced at the grand price of £16,500 each, a truely matching pricetag for the couture one off pieces.

They have been labelled pieces of art by the brand and will be avaliable from their website and on show at exhibitions.

Rolling up in one of these amazing pieces of art will be sure to turn heads.

 

 

unique bicycle wheel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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So, a few months ago we posted an article about Victoria’s latest collection from her  fashion line- well today reports have come out that Posh spice has been made even more Posh with 15 million in her back pocket as a result of her self titled fashion label. The ex spice girl had an incredible hike in sales of around 71% since her last season and has grown in popularity with celebrities like Cheryl Cole, Elle Macpherson and even OPRAH opting for the designs on red carpets which has ultimately propelled the designer tenfold.

A friend close to Victoria said she has been thrilled with the success of her brand and never dreamed of her clothing being as popular. The company had an annual turnover increase from 1.3million to 2.8million, this has been helped with the launch of the more affordable range by Victoria to counter balance her designs which often sell at £5,000 and above.

The inspiration behind the price conscious range derives from Victoria’s “inner girl” as she calls it, the new mother of baby girl Harper believes “It’s definitely channelling my inner girl. I started this collection before I was pregnant and the doctors told me at first I was having a boy. So mainly I wanted to do dresses that I wanted, that weren’t ‘out there’ – and at the same time show that, contrary to what most people think, I do have a sense of humour.”

There is meant to be a recession out there- but no doubt the Beckhams have not felt any sort of slow down!

 

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I recently saw a picture of a stunning piece of craftsmanship and handy work on the arm of the very perfectly dressed and immaculate model and burlesque entertainer Dita Von Tease (38).

Clutching the personalised handbag she looked, as always, very chic as she waited outside of her hotel in France.

Seeing this; I had to delve further into the creation of such a beautiful homage, creative genius of tailoring with such impeccable skill of being a malletier.

Sharp N Chic would like to present the Goyard Bag

Goyard, one of the remaining French Malletiers made famous and renowned for their exquisite and impeccable creations in leather goods since 1853 by creator François Goyard

The Goyard canvas, similar to that by Louis Vuitton is symbolic to the brand demonstrating 3 chevrons, designed to form a Y. symbolising a family tree of which the Goyard family spans three centuries.

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One of the unique parts of to the Goyard brand is the fantastic option of being able to customise.  This defining feature is adopted by most buyers of the bag, typically adding initials or personal stipes to create a one off piece.

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Dita shown below has her famous initals of D.V.T inscribed on the outer side of her Goyard.

dita von tease goyard bag

The Signon bag, has also been adopted by Kim Kardashian, Dita and Nicki Hilton are retailing around £1,500 /$2000 a price dependant on availability and colour. The bags are still very exclusive and thus difficult to get a hold of as they are only sold in the boutiques which are currently in London and all other major cities.

kim kardashian goyard handbag

The signon bag has a firm wooden handle and an A-line structure with the signiture Goyard print.

I am loving the bag with Kim’s maxi dress it looks fab.

Whilst Nicki wears hers more casually with a pair of jeans and a white tee shirt.

 

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So Today, the 1st october 2011, we saw the hottest ever October in records to hit London and most of the UK with temperatures reaching record highs of 30 degrees- I have been enjoying the sun- over the past week, however I realised it’s time to find something to wear for the Pimms in London tomorrow.

Something elegant, pretty, and bright with a mixture of autumn colours, simple enough to just wear yet with enough presence to turn heads – Furthermore, the outfit needs to be somewhat functional in the approaching winter season, So the question arose…what to wear on a sunny Sunday october 2011.

We have come up with this really price economical outfit that will leave you looking lovely in the British Indian Summer Snap.

 

So what do we have…

River Island Skater Dress

This bright and lovely red sleeveless dress which tapers out- very simple but its what we do with it that can make it really chic!

RRP £30.00- Bargain!

 

 

Red river island dress ideas

 

 

 

 

 

Aldo BREMSETH Heels

With this outfit- sticking to two colours acts for a stronger bold impacting statement- similar to that of colour blocking we have noticed celebrities like Kim Kardashian going for recently. Beige is a lovely colour, easy to match and always looks sophesticated.

These Aldo heels create a lovely calf to every womans leg, simple patented and have a concealed platform to give you hidden height! it is also much more comfortable to have the concealed platform.

Glamourous and a fab colour to contrast the brightness of the red dress.

RRP Currently on SALE at £50

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Zara Tasselled Messenger Bag

Made from Cow leather, small compact to keep the attention on you and the dress rather than the large purse that is wearing you- great for the sun as its light large enough to carry the lipstick, credit card plus the iphone- all us girls really need!

 

RRP £79.99

TASSELLED MESSENGER BAG zara

 

Monsoon Bangles

Simple accessories are the best for summerwear, just a basic gold and brown bangle stackers are great for decorating the arms- the gold compliments the brown from the shoes and the bag- great choice.

RRP £12.00

monsoon Regents Stacker Bangles

 

Burberry Nude Glasses

 

Of course- glasses are a natural choice as soon as the tiniest crack of sun comes out- and the ever popular Aviators you can never go wrong.

These nude glasses give you UV protection as well as a high fashion look.

RRP £165.00

burberry aviater glasses

 

 

EUGENIA KIM-Claudia feather-embellished silk-satin headband

Again, the point of this outfit is to get the right balance of exposure and subtlety- we considered a large sunhat but- considering its October use over the winter months are rather limited- unless the aim is to be laughed at! so- instead something more versatile yet glamourous enough to carry up this outfit is the headband. Creating a beautiful continuation of beige colour and fashion with a bit of uniqueness it is the perfect final piece to finish off this cool sexy summer look.

RRP £107.00

EUGENIA KIM HEADBAND

 

The complete outfit is all for under £500 with a mixture of high street fashion and luxury designer fusion-

Get the most out of this ‘Last few days of summer cocktail with friends’ outfit over the next few days in London…

 

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The House of Dereon has finally come to London and launched in one of the UKs flagship stores Selfridges on Oxford Street.

beyonce in selfridges london

Coinciding with the start of london fashion week, the launch of the brand is owned by Tina Knowles’ (Beyonce’s mothers) and Beyonce and her sister Solange- and is lovingly named after their seamstress grandmother Agnes Dereon. The fashion line finally debuted here yesterday after 8 years of success in the U.S. Taking the UK by storm with a dramatic fashion show to showcase the latest collection.

We enjoyed the fashion show- the latest line s/s 12 included a lot of striking bold prints, lots of sequins and sparkle and dramatic feathers so it is ideal for all us exhibitionist girls!

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On the closing of the show the mother and daughter pair came down the run way to say thank you and looked very much like sisters in similar black smart outfits. Beyonce, who is now openly pregnant as she made the announcement of her news at the VMA’s a few weeks ago (story found here). It is the singers first child with rapper Jay-Z and is said to be taking daily massages and purchasing copious amounts of creams and lotions to keep stretch marks to a minimal- it is estimated that the couple will spend a million dollars in the run up to the birth of the baby!

beyonce's baby bump white bikini

Beyonce wore yet another sequined jacket which covered her entirely, (bump included) with a matching pair of sparkle pants and high platform heels.

They Both sat down to discuss the launch and their thoughts on British Fashion, also giving us incite into what inspires the designs and how they love Selfridges, stating that they came shopping in the store a few months ago!

beyonce and tina london selfridges

Beyonce also declared her love for british model Kate Moss, admiring her fashion sense and the way she puts certain items together.

The Video of the beautiful pair is below…We have to say Beyonce is looking fabulous- she is actually glowing- she is clearly glowing!

 

 

 

 

Since 2004 the line has only been available in the USA but as of today it will now be on sale in Selfridges and is CURRENTLY only exclusive to the Selfridges store.

So if you want to fill your wardrobes with Beyonce’s fashion it no longer requires a flight to New york just a trip to Oxford street!

 

Dr Martens are no longer labelled the “Bova- Boots” worn by punks and anarchists but a cool chic foot gem worn by loads of celebs and stars in attempt to ditch the heels and be comfortable and cool for a nonchalant appearance cool chic appearance.

We have noticed they are turning up EVERYWHERE… These shoes were made popular back in the 90s and just like all fashion it has come back round- so if you have got yours from back in the day its time to dust them off and put them on!

So here is our little list of Dr Marten fans that have shunned the painful heels in search of this new punk chic cool chick  look.

Jessica Alba– the new mother of two, happily adopts the comfy look in her burgundy red Dr Martens- she pairs them with tight leggings, jeans or shorts to add more femininity to the look then paired with a long shirt and glasses to up the glam level.

jessica alba dr martens

 

She wears her burgundy Dr Martens which can be found at Office for £90.00
red burgundy dr martens

 

Kanye West’s prodigy / ex-girlfriend curvy Amber Rose is also a big fan of the boots- she has a slight androgynous look that she likes to adopt so the boots fit in well to her style

amber rose dr martens

She has quite a unique style we like the fact she does not shy away from colours- particularly the yellow doc Martens are pretty cool with her colourful under jacket and black jeans.

The Queen on top at the moment Nicki Minaj also adopted the boots in her Superbass video in a simple white t-shirt and shorts- her backing dancers also compliment her look with alternating colours of Docs- we have to admit its a cool picture and probably made the song get to top figures in the charts!

Nicki’s fashion is rather odd- we believe the main purpose is to stand out so she can be spoken about for all the wrong reasons or to be labelled “too cool for school”.. her stylist clearly has a plan with each fashion disaster.

nicki minaj pink dr martens

pink docs are also favoured by new bandmate member to the sugarbabes

pink doc martens

Actress turned director Drew Barrymore is also a fan choosing the black Docs which are our favourites as well as Cher Lloyd in her music video Swagger Jagger and out and about- once again this must be a styling choice as she consistently wears variety of boots to create an “image” of the cool rock urban chic!

CHER LLOYDD doc martens

drew barrymore doc martens

We particularly love the black docs- the high shine of a brand new pair of classic blacks are versatile and still rugged to create impact when walking and making in entrance-

Pair with a mini skirt and baggy top for a super chic look.

There are a multitude of colours and patterns to choose from if you do want to move away from the traditional and why not customise your own if you buy a pair of black Docs!

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