Not even the low temperatures recorded during the weekend, could stop fashionistas, diplomats, chief executives and celebrities among others to have their fair share of fashion statements at the Carrick Ambassadors cup - polo fete.
Dubbed, "Ruwa July", a local version borrowed from South Africa's Durban July, was an exclusive high-earned show which ran under the theme "Pretty Posh-Oh My Gosh", held in Ruwa on Saturday.
The colourful event which mixed food, wine and fashion apart from the main business sport -- polo saw people from different backgrounds showcasing their apparel that ranged from the skimpiest chiffon tops to heavy fur coats.
Despite the dropping temperatures that characterised the week, making it impossible to dress for polo, the majority of attendees pulled it through, wearing an array of designer clothes.
"I am surprised that Zimbabweans are now embracing fashion especially men. The colourful attires, the fascinators, the elegant sunglasses and the fur dominated this year's fashion statements at this event," said one fashion blogger identified as "Patty".
Fashion stylist Craig Zoowie and ZBC news-reader "newsbae" Rumbidzai Takawira stole limelight with their designer-wear garments.
Event organiser, Jonathan Passaportis said he was happy with the turnout, adding that everything went according to plan.
He promised a bigger and better event next year, saying they will increase the number of invites while bringing the sport to the mainstream local audience.
"We only invited about 200 people and they all came up dressed for the occasion despite the cold weather.
The good thing our VIP tickets were already sold out before the event. This is the biggest crowd we've seen so far.
We are happy that locals are embracing the sport and fashion as the two are intertwined. Next year it would be bigger and better hence we are looking to reach the mainstream audience and include a fun run and also a family fun day," he said.Read more at:formal dresses perth | cheap formal dresses australia
When the models of the "Brave is Beautiful" fashion show walk the runway at Wine Women & Shoes on April 14, they will not only be wearing creations from the spring collection of Lake Forest fashion designer Ave Sanjuan, they will be helping to raise funds to support domestic violence victims and their children.
Wine Women & Shoes takes place at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 14, at the Westin Chicago North Shore in Wheeling. The event is a fun, interactive evening of luxury fashion and fine wines to benefit the lifesaving programs and services at A Safe Place for families suffering from domestic violence.
The finale of the evening is the glamorous fashion show presented by talented local designer Ave Sanjuan, who will showcase the little black dress as a simple, elegant, and classic piece that belongs in everyone's Spring closet. Working with fabrics from the United Kingdom and Paris, Sanjuan has created a lineup of aerodynamic styles that fit the body like a glove perfect for day or night. The models are provided by To the Stars Fashion School, and they will be wearing jewelry by Ladysmith Jewelry and shoes by Forest Bootery.
Sanjuan is no stranger to charity fashion events. Her first full collection was presented in 2010 at Lake Forest Sportscars to help raise money for the Gorton Community Center in Lake Forest, for which she won a Diamonds Designer Award. Since then, she has participated in shows for Susan G. Komen, Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation, and the American Cancer Society.
"It is a true gift to help A Safe Place, an organization that helps domestic violence victims feel safe again," Sanjuan said. "Home is where the heart is and where you should feel at ease. No one should ever have to suffer and feel unsafe. I am honored to be able to help."
She was studying Art Therapy at Lake Forest College when her professor suggested she pursue a degree in fashion design after seeing that her class project was two sculptures, a gown made all of safety pins and another gown made of window mesh and fishing line. She ended up with a degree in fine art fashion design from the Art Institute of Chicago.
"Designing clothes is a very innate part of me," she said. "Being creative is a state of being and I am completely in touch with the cloth. It all begins with a sketch and then becomes something you can actually wrap around you."
Along with the glamorous fashion show, Wine Women & Shoes will include unlimited wine tastings and wine pull, a marketplace with vendors selling accessories, a "Key to the Closet" raffle where the winner takes all, live and silent auctions, Best in Shoe Awards, music and entertainment, and the charismatic Shoe Guys.
VIP admission is $175 and includes express VIP check in, prime seating for the fashion show, and a VIP Swag Bag filled with exclusive items.
A Safe Place recognizes and thanks the sponsors who have made this event possible: Ave Sanjuan Designs, Mercedes-Benz Autohaus, Volkswagen Credit, Rustoleum, Cycle Logistics, North Shore Gas, TRW, RF Technologies, and the Steve and Barb Anderson Family Foundation.
A Safe Place is Lake County's sole provider of services exclusively focusing on domestic violence victims and their children. Last year, A Safe Place served over 14,000 community members.Read more at:cocktail dresses australia
The amount of quality vintage clothing in Burlington just went up a notch — or a storefront. Billie Jean Vintage, a boutique and Etsy store run by cousins Diane Jean and Meghan Jean Mello, recently moved from Stowe to Battery Street in Burlington.
Mello grew up in Charlotte. Jean is a Jersey girl. But for the past three years, they've been hawking new and vintage reproduction goods for their discerning customers. Jean also plays in the band Clever Girls.
In Burlington, BJV joins other vintage newbies, such as the Vault Collective on Cherry Street, and staples of the scene such as Old Gold on Main Street. It seems that the Queen City has an appetite for retro, recycled habiliments.
The shop will host its grand opening on Friday, April 13. Seven Days met up with Mello and Jean in advance to talk about their relationship (they finish each other's sentences), where the name Billie Jean came from, and whether there can ever be too much vintage in Burlington.
So, you two are cousins?
Meghan Jean Mello: We're sisters, basically; it feels weird calling each other cousins.
Diane Jean: It minimizes the whole relationship.
Did you develop your interest in vintage concurrently or separately?
DJ: A little bit of both. We lived together for a year in high school and were both interested in vintage kind of stuff, especially the ’80s.
MJM: You were obsessed with the ’80s.
DJ: And then we were apart. She graduated [high school], we both went to college, and kind of developed the same interest separately.
MJM: But we started it together. We went to boarding school together, and there was a dress code. It was this weird thing where we wanted to express ourselves but still had to dress a certain way. I feel like that's where it started, for me, at least. I was like, I need to look professional and funky at the same time. So I would wear this really cool oversized ’80s stuff.
What was the dress code?
MJM: You had to wear a button-up shirt and pants, a dress past your knees, not showing your shoulders.
That's pretty loose!
MJM: You should have seen the people. Very preppy.
DJ: They wanted you to wear navy blue a lot, and khakis. They constructed it to make you fit a certain style, but we never got into trouble.
MJM: They loved us!
How did you come up with the name Billie Jean Vintage?
MJM: Our grandfather Bill passed away right around when we started doing this and coming up with the idea. And he always really liked Michael Jackson —loved Michael Jackson. And both of our middle names are Jean.
Tell me a little bit about your focus in terms of inventory.
DJ: It's tough because there are certain things Meghan and I favor in terms of what we find in vintage, and then there's stuff we know other people will like, too. Meghan's really good at picking out the ’50s stuff, and I've always been super drawn to the ’80s. The music I like is from that decade. Everything else in between just kind of comes to us.
What are people buying the most of right now?
DJ: Probably ’90s. Which is funny because, when we started, we didn't even consider the ’90s to be vintage. But we sell tons of it.
Why carry new stuff in addition to the vintage?
MJM: Before we opened the shop, I was really into vintage reproduction stuff as well as vintage. I love that it fits a wide range of sizes.
D: We're not super petite! We want to wear the stuff, too!
What prompted the move to Burlington?
MJM: We started off in Stowe, and we thought it was going to be really great because it doesn't have anything like that, but, for me, it was that there are more young people [in Burlington] who are willing to take risks with their fashion. Tourist seasons were great in Stowe, but the locals were more into the designer fashion. So we decided to move here!
DJ: It would stay super busy up until November first, then everything grinds to a halt and pops back up in December.
MJM: We also realized that skiers don't shop. We thought we were going to be busier during the winters, but skiers were like, 'We just want to eat and ski.'
How many vintage stores are there now in Burlington? Old Gold, the Vault, Downtown Threads, Battery Street Jeans — you're among quite a few other dedicated vintage spaces.
MJM: I find us to be way different. I tried to make vintage for Burlington less of a thrifting experience. We handwash everything, I mend everything, everything is really clean and fresh. It's more of a boutique feel than the other shops.
Do you think there's ever going to be too much vintage?
MJM: There's never enough vintage.
DJ: I think what's cool about vintage is that there can be so many different spaces for it and you can almost guarantee that no two shops are going to have the same piece. As long as people love vintage, there's plenty of room for vintage shops, because every shop is going to have its own stuff.
MJM: And its own style.
As thankful as she is for her success, model Betsy Teske wishes she wasn’t as trailblazing as she is in the fashion industry.
This past fashion month, Teske was one of only three curve models(along with Naomi Shimada and Gabrielle Richardson for H&M in Paris), who walked in Europe this fashion month, which saw a sharp decline in the number of curve and plus models this season for the first time in two years. There were no plus or curve castings whatsoever in Milan or Paris.
“I wish I didn’t have to be the first one to work with this designer or book this magazine or appear in this show,” Teske said in an interview. “But of course it would be nice to bring change to the fashion industry.”
The one show Teske, who is from the Netherlands, walked in was Alexander McQueen, a house not exactly known for its inclusivity on the catwalk like Christian Siriano or Chromat are. Teske walked for McQueen last season as well.
“I can understand from certain perspectives for designers, why they don’t book curve models,” Teske said. “But what I’ve seen at the McQueen show is they have my measurements, they have my size, they even have a mannequin in my size now.”
According to Teske, the first time she went in to audition for McQueen last season, they were unprepared for her. The next season, they had invested in her.
“The first time I walked for McQueen, when I had my first fitting, they just had a sample size, and obviously that didn’t fit,” Teske said. “The second time they had a dress my size and the mannequin and everything. I think designers think it’s harder than it actually is.”
That’s one strategy for brands that still avoid size diversity in shows: You start with one model, invest and go from there. Europe, as a whole, could take note of McQueen’s technique, since season after season sees New York far outpacing Milan, London and Paris when it comes to size diversity. Asked why that is, Teske likens it to a high school clique.
“We’re always like, ‘Oh wait hold on, Americans are doing that so we should that too,’” Teske said. “I think America’s just the popular girl and the European countries are the girls who hang around her. Maybe they think there’s just a bigger audience for us in America, but of course there’s really an audience everywhere for us.”
Teske’s career in fashion started — and nearly quickly ended — with an audition in Amsterdam three or so years ago.
“I auditioned in Amsterdam for a fashion show,” Teske said. “And I had four agencies that wanted me. They all wanted me to lose weight, five inches on my waist in three months. I was like, ‘Oh that’s not gonna happen, because... how?”
Rather than write off the profession, she looked for agencies that would never ask her to do such a thing to her body. Teske, 21, landed at Linda Models in the Netherlands, which has curvy division. Currently, she’s signed with Milk in the U.K. and Muse in the U.S. as well.
In addition to the McQueens shows, Teske’s career highlights include landing on the cover of Elle Netherlands and appearing in American Vogue this past year.
“The change is happening in magazines,” Teske said. “The revolution has started there, but in fashion shows it’s still always straight-sized models. When I was younger, I looked at the girls on the catwalk. When you’re young you’re very impressionable. You think, ‘Maybe I should be that size to be beautiful.’ That’s why it’s important for us to be out there.”
And that’s why it’s important for Teske to continue to fight to be in more shows in Europe, and in more shows than just McQueen.
“Femmes Fatales — Strong Women in Fashion” at Gemeentemuseum will celebrate the female designers who have contributed immensely to fashion. “Femmes Fatales,” which can be seen this autumn at Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, will be the first exhibition in fashion history to focus exclusively on female designers.
“Do the female designers create differently for women than their male counterparts? What influence have they had? What does being a woman mean in terms of their creations? And what is their vision for fashion?” These are some of the questions that the exhibition explores. The exhibition will showcase works by Coco Chanel, Jeanne Lanvin, Elsa Schiaparelli, Mary Quant, Vivienne Westwood, Sonia Rykiel, Miuccia Prada, Maria Gracia Chiuri (Dior), Dutch greats like Fong Leng, Sheila de Vries, and Iris van Herpen, and many others.
“Femmes Fatales — Strong Women in Fashion” will feature works by an impressive list of Dutch and international female designers. In addition to the internationally famous names, the exhibition will also consider the women behind the scenes of many fashion houses, whose far-reaching influence is something that has been completely overlooked in fashion history.Read more at:bridesmaid dresses | cocktail dresses
Inclusive is a term used in several contexts. When the fashion industry talks about being inclusive and it means designing garments for people irrespective of age and size, one realises how much the industry has conformed to body stereotypes. It’s a simple idea — anyone, irrespective of what size they are, should be able to wear comfortable, flattering clothes. But surprisingly, this has taken years.
Last week, when Gwyneth Paltrow invested in a plus-size clothing start-up called Universal Standard, it gave the three-year-old company a shot in the arm to expand its reach. The move, coming from a well known name in an industry steeped with body image issues, is a welcome one.
In India, the plus-size clothing wave began a few years ago. Today, the line of demarcation between the regular labels and those catering to plus-size has begun to blur. Not many online and offline fashion houses want to sell clothing solely for plus-size. You’d find more labels catering to both regular and curvaceous people, and a multitude of reasons have led to this shift.
As Simran Lal, CEO of Good Earth and Nicobar observes, clothing choices are beginning to be dictated by a confident and youthful mindset. “I’ve seen both mothers and daughters purchasing our clothes. Our buyers range from women in their 20s to those above 60.”
A lot more people follow a fitness routine and are trying to keep their health parameters in check. Along with flab, the inhibition to wear clothing that was once considered ‘too young’ is being shed. Those who may be overweight and aren’t yet on the track to being fit are also not shying away from fashionable clothing.
The sari remains the most forgiving garment. Along with it, there are A-line dresses, skirts, a number of mix and match separates, and no one is too old to flaunt them.
There are dedicated plus-size labels such as aLL and Larjjosa, and others like Mustard, Sassy Soda and LURAP (Love your appearance) that stock regular and plus-size clothing. Online retailers like FabAlley (through FabAlley Curve), Myntra, Jabong and several others stock apparels for curvy women and men.
A Hyderabad-based women’s wear label that realised the need to step up its stock for the not-really-skinny buyer quite early in its two-decade journey is Navika. “In our initial three months, we had a number of women asking for custom tailoring and lamenting that they weren’t finding enough well-fitting clothes in the retail sector. These were working women looking for something more than the regular salwar kameez sets. Initially these requests were from the older women and gradually, even those in their 20s voiced similar issues. A few gynaecologists disclosed that young women in their 20s are also battling PCOD and other issues,” says Puja Sahney of Navika.
The trick was to understand the weight gaining patterns so that you don’t end up designing ill-fitting clothes — fitted at the shoulders and awkwardly bulging at the waist or hips. Puja observes that if Navika’s size 42 (not to be confused with the UK and US sizes) was earlier apt for the overweight category, now it extends to 48. The design house makes garments in 16 sizes and the larger sizes are in demand, both within India and as part of its export orders.
The inclusivity has also been helped by the rise of pan-Indian cotton and natural fibre-loving brands like Cotton World, Nicobar and Khara Kapas. The silhouettes are relaxed unlike the snug fits brought in by spandex or lycra. “Salwar kameez were once the staple of women in their 30s and 40s, not any longer,” echoes Shilpi Yadav of Khara Kapas. The occasional salwar suit sets remain but kurtas are increasingly worn with cigarette pants, straight cut trousers, palazzos and culottes. The dress made its resurgence in a big way. There are girly dresses as well as the breezy, elegant ones for older women.
An in-house consumer survey helped Yadav and her team understand buying patterns: “A few overweight women prefer partially-fitted clothes to look slimmer but many slim, young women purchase loose-fit dresses for the comfort factor. Earlier, we had more buyers from south given the warm weather conditions that warrant cotton. With the northern region also witnessing shorter winters, we have seen a significant increase in buyers in cities like Delhi too.”
Anti-fit has become a buzzword in the fashion industry in the last few seasons but that doesn’t mean swimming through a balloon-like garment. Simran Lal sums up, “Garments can be free-flowing but not necessarily anti-fit. Our designer Aparna Chandra has been adept at creating flattering silhouettes that don’t look over-sized.”Read more at:marieaustralia.com | cocktail dresses
When wintertime comes, it feels like your normal skin rules fly right out the window. Even the oiliest, most acne-prone people can suffer from dry skinand flakiness during the winter months thanks to extreme weather and low humidity. And you're likely not alone in wondering how you got those strange, dry spots that are suddenly emerging on your face. We literally feel your pain.
That's why we asked two leading dermatologists to explain what is going on with your skin, how to get relief ASAP, and what to do to prevent dehydrated patches from creeping back to terrorize again.What's Going On?
Several factors on their own, or combined, can create rough areas of dry skin, explains Montclair, New Jersey dermatologist, Jeanine B. Downie, M.D. In the winter, it's colder and drier temperatures that zap moisture, plus wind that hits skin when you're out in the elements without coverage from a hat or a scarf. Factor in low to no humidity levels and that makes it an ongoing challenge for skin to retain its own hydration. You've got a recipe for dryness—even if you have oily skin naturally.
Your skin-care routine may also be a culprit. "When you're overdoing it with too many harsh products or scrubbing your face aggressively, you're taking the moisture out," says Downie. Or if you're using and not regularly cleaning a facial sonic brush, it may have accumulated bacteria on the head that irritates your skin, leading to dryness. And some people are just genetically unlucky. If mom or grandma have always had dry skin, there's a higher chance your own complexion may not hold onto moisture well, adds Downie.
What To Do Right Away
Cut out treatment products that may be drying out skin, like toners and peel products, advises Downie. (You can always go back after your skin heals, and when the temperatures go up again with more humidity in the air.) "Switch to a gentle, sensitive skin cleanser that doesn't lather so that you're not removing moisture while washing—a skin-care step that can dehydrate skin the most," says Downie. And switch to a fragrance-free moisturizer that you apply at least twice a day. Fragrance can unnecessarily irritate skin and dry it out, so you don't want to do that with the product that's supposed to be replenishing your complexion. And if you're acne-prone, make sure you use an oil-free moisturizer that you feel comfortable applying generously without risk of breaking out. Look for labels that say non-comedogenic or non-acnegenic, which means the product won't clog pores or worsen breakouts.
How To Prevent Relapse
In the winter, one of the biggest factors that sets your skin up to get dry are long, very hot baths and showers, says New York City dermatologist, Anne Chapas, M.D. "This strips the face of its natural oils and leaves skin drier than it was before," explains Chapas. Limit shower time and cleanse your face with lukewarm water, and try options like cleansing wipes after workouts instead of hopping in the shower more than once a day. If you're taking a bath, adding oils to the tub will help make it a hydrating instead of dehydrating dip.
When going through your skincare routine, avoid harsh scrubbing of skin and pat skin dry instead of wiping dry. To get the most out of your facial moisturizer, apply it while skin is still damp—and if you're prone to feeling dry or like your skin is a size too tight during the day, carry your moisturizer and reapply it before you get to that point, suggests Chapas.
A humidifier is also a wise investment to help your skin retain more moisture, suggest both our dermatologists. It will even help your moisturizing skin-care products work better. Sleeping with it on in your bedroom can be especially helpful, since the added moisture in the air will help skin all over your body, as well as your hair and nails, says Downie.Read more at:short cocktail dresses | year 12 formal dresses
ELLE has never been one to focus exclusively on fashion. In 1945 when Hélène Gordon Lazareff, launched the native French publication alongside her husband Pierre Lazareff, founder of the French daily newspaper France-Soir, she set out to do things differently. This included advertising-free issues (an attempt to move away from the corporatization of publishing), consistent long-form journalism, and “a new tone,” according to the French National Audiovisual Institute, which saw Lazareff put “a particular emphasis on freedom, feminist demands and the consumer society.”
While most fashion-centric magazines in 1945 – just a year after women in France were granted the right to vote – were putting forth issues mostly filled with glossy editorial imagery, ELLE (French for “she”) made its mark with what has been described as more a newspaper than a magazine thanks to its lengthy articles, which often consisted of in-depth discussions of topics, such as feminism, something of a controversial topic at the time. There was still, of course, colored imagery and a focus on fashion at play.
The Making of a Magazine
“Deeply influenced by WWII, the immediate post-war political climate, leftist political philosophy and early feminist movements in France,” Lazareff, as noted by The Luxe Chronicles, “married both style and substance in her publication, [which was] instrumental in helping French women achieve significant gains most notably in workplace and reproductive rights.” Similar efforts were underway at Vogue around this time, under the watch of editor Edmonde Charles-Roux.
With the help of Françoise Giroud, who served as editor of ELLE in its earliest years, the magazine consisted of columns urging women to vote, and articles that emphasized the importance of women’s ability to vote independently of the political views held by their significant others and celebrated the number of women elected to the French Assembly.
Also in the mix: “Practical and feminine topics (fashion, beauty, horoscopes, cooking) and more feminist ones—such as sex education and abortion—with a view to informing women of their rights and leading them towards greater liberty and equality,” as Sandrine Lévêque wrote for Laboratorium Journal last year.
While ELLE was not without more conservative takes on the traditional gender norms/roles of the time, Lazareff, according to Peter Knapp, who was the art director for ELLE from the 1950s to the 1960s, unequivocally “believed that women were equal, if not superior, to men.”
Modern Day ELLE
Fast forward to 2018, and ELLE is the world's largest fashion magazine, with 46 editions around the world. Lazareff’s publication, now almost 30 years after her death, has – for the most part – continued in the vein of her initial work. Yes, the pages of the magazine include advertisements now and it participates in brand partnerships, but the element of awareness surrounding “freedom and feminist demands” is still at play.
Consider the September 2016 issue for the magazine’s British edition. With multiple covers, the issue celebrated “The Rise of the Rebel,” highlighting the work of actress/activist Amandla Stenberg and trans model/actress/activism Hari Neff, among others. In putting Neff on its cover, ELLE became the first major British magazine to feature an openly transgender woman. It has continued to tackle feminist-related topics, whether it be a look at male feminists, the role of plastic surgery and makeup in feminist discourse, or Beyon
Clothes speak volumes on the red carpet at awards shows. And at the 75th Golden Globes, many of Hollywood’s most glamorous women along with some men (less of a leap) were figuratively shouting in an array of black gowns — symbols of the Time’s Up movement to protest sexual harassment, assault and abuse in the entertainment industry and, generally, in the workplace. The accessory du jour? Time’s Up pins and a handful of major stars such as Meryl Streep, Emma Stone and Michelle Williams were accompanied by female activists such as Tarana Burke, who is credited with launching the related “Me too” campaign.
For some designers, the movement created a scramble to change up the looks. Not so for Christian Siriano, who dressed Debra Messing (in a jewel-encrusted tunic and pants) and Kelly Clarkson in an off-the shoulder princess gown with one gold sleeve. “The one actress who was going to wear this great bright pink gown couldn’t go, so we’ll save it for the Oscars,” Siriano told Newsday by phone during the pre-show. “It’s a movement that’s created by fashion,” said the designer, who is well known for his liberal use of color. “It’s visually so powerful and beautiful. The clothes are still beautiful, amazing and glamorous.”
As for trends, shoulders starred with Williams (Louis Vuitton), Chrissy Metz (Sachin & Babi), Kerry Washington (Prabal Gurung), Jessica Biel (Dior Haute Couture), Reese Witherspoon (Zac Posen), Oprah Winfrey (custom Versace) and Kendall Jenner in a jaw-dropping, giant, frothy, high-low number.
Pants were popular, with Claire Foy in a tailored tux by Stella McCartney; Maggie Gyllenhaal wore Monse and Alexis Bledel donned an Oscar de la Renta leaf-strewn bustier and slim, crepe trousers.
Some couldn’t resist straying a bit from the all-black moment. Mandy Moore’s Rosie Assoulin gown featured a wide red belt, Samira Wiley’s Romona Keveza was punctuated with a floating gold feathered neckline and Allison Williams rocked a bugle-beaded Armani Prive with graphic orange and silver swirl.
Detail of the night? Eva Longoria offered up a sweet baby bump visible through her slim-fitting tuxedo dress.
Not surprisingly, it was a “Men in Black” moment (lots of velvet) with guys like Aziz Ansari, Nick Jonas, Sterling K. Brown and William H. Macy in formal tuxedos and Time’s Up pins.Read more at:plus size formal dresses | formal dresses brisbane
At a young age, Lisa Battikha wouldn’t be satisfied with the options of the bedding when she went shopping. The colors and patterns never fit exactly what she wanted. In response, she would buy her own fabrics and create her own blankets and bedroom accessories. She is constantly redecorating and rearranging.
Battikha was twenty five years old when she decided to redecorate her life. She experienced a spiritual awakening that led her to quit her corporate job and pursue her artistic passions. Two years later, she is creating visual artwork as well as clothes under the label “Tomboy Creations”. She serves as a student and a teacher, as she follows the path of self-discovery and exploration.
Battikha was born in San Diego, California and moved to Amman, Jordan when she was five. She lived in Jordan until she was eleven years old and started sixth grade in Greendale, Wisconsin. Growing up, Battikha describes herself as a very aware and deep child with an old soul. With a strict, family-orientated upbringing, Battikha existed in her imagination by writing in journals and constantly daydreaming. She describes herself as a “girly-tomboy” who enjoyed playing outside with her brothers. Her family raised her to work hard for what she wanted and to always reach for more.
The switch of cultures and lifestyles from America to Jordan, then back to America, was a challenge for Battikha. Being away from her grandparents and other family members taught her to love harder and honor her mom, dad, and brothers. The move also encouraged her to keep her Arabic tongue. Her Palestinian background and upbringing continues to shape her today. Though she is engulfed in spirituality, she still holds values from her childhood and upbringing.
Battikha realized she wanted to commit to art and making clothes in January 2015. She was a college graduate who initially went for education. Since then, she was working in accounts paying. She began hula hooping months before that and stopped drinking and going out. On her nights in, she researched new music, worked on vision boards, and began writing down all her ideas. These visions did not belong to one category. Within the following six months, she found the courage to quit her corporate job and completely reinvent herself. The decision came after a night of writing by the lake.
“All of a sudden I had the most overwhelming knowing that I had to stop waiting for the next job or reason to justify why it’s time for me to leave a job that was not right and chase my dreams” said Battikha. “It didn’t make sense to just quit and leap into the known, but it felt so right. It was my intuition speaking; my higher self. I let go of fear and I listened.”
Within the next week, Battikha put in her two weeks and started working to build her inventory to get the supplies she needed for her art.
Her creative urges come naturally, as she was an artist from a young age. She describes herself as a writer, who enjoys rhythmic poetry, journaling, reading, photography, interior design, and fashion.
“Words are everything to me. They are magic, like friends,” said Battikha. “That is the reason why I wanted to start a word-centric street-wear line, to find ways to infuse high vibrational words and teachings into clothing as well as my art on all platforms.”
Battikha live paints at The Miramar Theatre during shows. Besides the Miramar, Battikha has performed at Summerfest and Breman Café in Riverwest. She is applying to more festivals for live art performances for the upcoming summer.
“You can immediately tell she’s an artist,” said co-worker and friend Georgia Ozelle. “She is so full of passion and ideas. The creativity literally flows out of her.”
Since Battikha has only been creating the last few years, she considers her work local for now. She connects through networking and day-to-day interactions. Her work continues to be discovered through social media platforms, including Etsy, and with friends who promote her work. Her strongest force, however, is face-to-face interaction and by displaying her work at the Miramar.
“She is really detailed oriented, but at the same time always seems to have such a clear view of the big picture,” said Ozelle. “There is reason and motivation behind every little thing she does, which I think is what makes her artwork so mesmerizing. There’s so many layers with specific intent behind each one. I love hearing her talk about her art and the sort of divinity and self of self that inspires it.”
While working at Greenfields on Brady street and at the Miramar, Battikha is connected to a like-minded community of other artists and spiritual individuals. These connections help inspire her, whether it is live visuals and set designs or different musical sounds.
“What differentiates me than other Milwaukee artists is most likely my background as a teacher,” said Battikha. “I want to be relatable because since day one my goal has been to be living proof that we can do whatever we set our mind to. It doesn’t matter how late it is to start over or how old we are. You can recreate yourself any day, any moment.”
Battikha’s spiritual beliefs also reflect in her work.
“I am focusing on ways to relay what I’m experiencing into digestible and modern ways. Because as a student and a teacher, I realize that the only way to change our world is through healing the inner child that exists in each of us. My driving force stems from my desire to spread light and awareness of what our true capabilities are as human beings, to be the change I want to see, experiencing these truths, and from there, continuously finding creative ways to help raise our collective vibration.”
Battikha is passionate about metaphysics and believes in Universal Laws, such as the Law of Attraction, Law of Vibration, and Law of Polarity.
“My path as a seeker is what first hand led me to my creative essence,” said Battikha. “This is my guiding force that I feel adds my own unique vibration to what I create. My everything revolves around my journey as a truth seeker. This directly correlates to my work since my work is an extension of my search for truth.”
Not only does her spiritual beliefs affect her work, but so does her desire to educate and learn. She hopes to use her mediums as an avenue to teach and plant seeds.
“I’m addicted to learning about self-development and the power of both our subconscious and conscious mind,” said Battikha. “I find inspiration in new information because it helps me see the world with new eyes.”
When Battikha feels a spark of inspiration, she sits down to go over it. After picturing the design, she materializes it. Since she has been working on ideas for years, she has notebooks for each project that she works on, whether it is artwork, clothing line, or an affirmation series. She always looks to her notebooks when she is on working on a project or needs inspiration.
Battikha says she has been getting positive feedback from the community, but would handle criticism with face value and try to improve. She also enjoys collaborating and co-creating. She tries her best to follow up to any correspondences and engage through her social media platforms.
Battikha doesn’t see her future slowing down.
“I envision my future being dynaic as multifaceted as I am,” she said. “I am just starting to find myself as an artist and designer. I see myself collaborating with more beautiful like-minded people and attracting my soul tribe as I continue being true to myself. I also see myself representing my culture and being a modern day Middle Eastern woman.”
Battikha plans to teach metaphysical and universal truths in the future. Her interests in ancient wisdom and to aligning with her higher self continues to reflect in her future projects. Her passion for changing the world and transmuting her Palestinian heritage encourages her to bring together art and words in a way that can speak to a person’s higher, subconscious mind.
“I have already been working on a project for a few years that tracks all of the clues, teachings, articles, quotes and pieces of moments that have served to awaken me personally on my journey,” said Battikha. “I am documenting everything and turning it into a huge book for my family and friends.”
Battikha’s next move is to reveal some of her projects that she has been working on the last year. She plans to materialize her clothing designs now that she has the equipment she needed. She will be launching a series of unique, re-fashioned pieces over the next couple of months. She continues to express her excitement for learning as she goes day to day.
“I would love to use my personal journey and hands on experiences to bridge any gap of understanding the human experience and to reach my highest potential along the way.”Read more at:short cocktail dresses | year 10 formal dresses