So you guys know I’m nothing if not an absolute sucker for fashionable things with a cause. Seriously, with the amount of fashion expos and the ‘designer bug’ that almost every other person in Kuwait has (which, don’t get me wrong, can be a beyond beautiful thing), its always nice to see someone not only make a totally unique and beautifully executed contribution to fashion and art in Kuwait, but also have a charitable, worthy cause behind it too.
Now, I know you guys probably don’t need me to tell you this but one of the hottest tickets in all of Kuwait’s current fashion expos are the Pretty Little Things expos which the brilliantly inspired Noaf Hussein puts on every few months to showcase the stunning, one-of-a-kind designs of both local and international artists. Please allow me to take a fan-moment to rave about the level of gorgeous detail and diligence that Noaf Hussein devotes to making every single PLT event look like a unique, Khaleeji cross between Alice in Wonderland, Amelie Poulain, and Marie Antoinette. And I’ve only gleaned all of this by religiously stalking her Instagram page (because, as luck would have it, I’ve been outside Kuwait for almost every single PLT event so far) so I can’t imagine how beautiful the real experience must be like.
So, yes, even if these super decadent PLT soirees didn’t have a charitable angle to them, they’d still be absolutely to die for. But they do. Which only enhances their awesomeness by ten-fold. Y’see, aside from bringing the super fab to Kuwait, PLT also uses a portion of the proceeds they make during the expos to help build houses for Kuwait’s orphans. They’ve already started work on the first house and are looking to collect more proceeds to build a second home with this Dolls and Textiles event and other upcoming PLT installments.
For the Dolls and Textiles edition, PLT chose the historically unique venue to take place at Al-Sadu House (local historic landmark of the art of Kuwaiti hand-weaving) to inspire the theme of the event. By dressing fabric dolls–Kuwait’s culturally aboriginal toy of choice–in the signature creations of a number of local designers (including Razan Alazzouni, Lama Taher, and Yousef Al-Ibrahim to name a few), PLT brings together all that is both culturally and historically celebrated in Kuwait’s fashion scene.
Now, as far as the line-up of brands that are going to showcase at the Dolls and Textiles event goes, here is the list as I have received it from Ms. Noaf (so I did not write this).
- Hettabretz, flying in from Italy with the most divine leather and fur creations. Their creations are around the world in stores like Bergdorf Goodman in New York, Loewe in Madrid, Fortnum & Mason in London, and Neiman Marcus Dallas, among others. Hettabretz has been worn by Hollywood royalty like Audrey Hepburn and Elizabeth Taylor and has collaborated with Prada, Valentino, Louis Vuitton, and Ralph Lauren, to name a few.
- Trickponi showroom, based in Saudi Arabia which represents regional favorites Fyunka and L’Atelier Nawbar, as well as New York-based brands Shosh, Shui Chen, Giles & Brother, among others.
- Maians, a Barcelona-based brand of men and women’s shoes. The original Spanish plimsoll.
- Greet Touch Hydroponics, a Kuwait-based supplier of all you need to grow your own indoor herbs and vegetables without messy soil.
- Jars, a houseware and home decor shop that produces its own line of hand-painted bowls, boxes, trays and containers.
- Maze, a dazzling line of furniture and home accessories designed by Bibi Al Ghanim.
- Ivy, a line of leather handbags, hand-crafted in Lebanon.
- Lina Jewelry, a line of crochet metal jewelry dipped in precious metals.
- Oleana, a Kuwait-based baby and maternity store that sells the latest and most stylish essentials.
- So Lulu, a line of handmade jewelry by Lubna Al Naqeeb using semi-precious stones.
- Amna Alsalem, the Kuwaiti clothing label that caused pulses to race at its launch in the Missoni mere months ago.
Clearly, if you’ve read this far you’re in no need of convincing to attend this very exciting shin-dig. As with everything that Noaf Hussein plans you can definitely expect an event in the truest sense of the word.
So be sure to stop by the Pretty Little Things “Dolls and Textiles” extravaganza at Al-Sadu House (on the Gulf Road, across from Seif Palace) today from 3 to 10 PM, and on Monday and Tuesday at the same time as well (here! A helpful poster!). Indulge in the decadently unique and whimsy vibe, help a truly good cause, and, if you can, try to channel some of that overwhelming awesomeness to me and my poor, non-attending, Canada-bound soul.
All my love! (I totally and shamelessly stole that picture of those fresh-to-death dolls up there from Noaf’s Instagram page @PLTQ8 right here)