What to Wear to Comic Con

Part II of a fun creative collaboration between bloggers Sara Japanwalla (me!) and Danna Lorch!

When we were little it was perfectly normal to play dress up and loose ourselves in the Once Upon A Time world of make believe. Cartoons and Comic book heroes were as real to us as the neighbourhood kids we played with after school. Fast forward to The Land of Grownup where it’s depressingly inappropriate to rock a super hero cape to the office (except maybe on Halloween if your boss is cool like that). Middle East Film and Comic Con changes all the rules. We live for the three days each year when it’s completely normal to rock up to Dubai’s Trade Centre in full costume. This coming weekend (3-5 April), we’re excited to people watch, splurge on comic books and graphic novels, and screen animated films like crazy.

News Flash: You can still dress up even after Comic Con ends! Here are four looks inspired by Comic Con characters which we’ve put together using Spring/Summer 2014 collections. Everything we chose is available in the UAE and many of the pieces are from regional designers. The looks are subtle reinterpretations, but wear one to the office or an event and you’ll be secretly smiling to yourself all day:

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Jem

Jem: We’ve gone retro! We’re children of the 80’s and remember sitting on our couches drinking Capri Sun punch, watching Jem and the Holigrams performing it up on stage, cooler than life. The girl could really sing, her mom let her pierce her ears, and she had pink hair that fit right in with her all-girl punk band. We can’t lie—we still kind of want to be Jem. We gave her look a regional spin by changing out her star studs for an Azza Bijou necklace inspired by the star pattern found so often in Islamic geometry. Are you brave enough to add a streak or two of pink to your hair?

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Superman: It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a casually heroic look you could actually get away with for brunch with friends. You don’t have to change in the phone booth to be Clark Kent—In fact, we wonder where Superman does change these days? We haven’t spied a phone booth in years! The Superman inspired tee was designed by local pop artist Mubarik Jafery, who sees a lot of super heroes saving the day in the Arab world and created a line called BRAVE to remind us of that.

Superman!

Superman!

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The Hulk: Anger management issues? Just kidding! The Hulk might be known for his horrible temper and bulging neck veins, but he’s actually downright trendy this season! According to Vogue, Green is the color for Spring. It’s possible to draw inspiration from the strongest comic book character around. This Ralph Lauren bag is the perfect statement piece but also adds a playful comic book element in Hulkish green.

The Hulk

The Hulk

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Snow White: Even though we’re independent princesses, we have a soft spot for damsel in distress Snow White. This hi-lo frock by Dubai designer Dima Ayad makes us feel like the fairest of them all. Everyone from RED Valentino to Charlotte Olympia is drawing inspiration from the Disney heroine this season. Channel your inner princess for a dinner date or gallery opening.

Snow White

Snow White

Snow White

Snow White

Stockist Deets Featuring a Number of Our Favorite Designers and Boutiques:

Our Jem inspired mood board

Our Jem inspired look

Our Superman inspired mood board

Our Superman inspired look

Our Hulk inspired look

Our Hulk inspired look

Our Snow White inspired look

Our Snow White inspired look

Good Ideas: We hope to see you (in costume) at Comic Con! Check out the event’s website for tickets and other info.

http://www.mefcc.com

Illustrations: Sara Japanwalla

Text: Danna Lorch from Danna Writes – A fellow art blogger, writer and poet!!!

http://www.dannawrites.com

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What To Wear To Art Dubai: When Art Inspires Fashion

This post is the result of a creative collaboration with fellow art blogger and poet Danna Lorch of Dannawrites.com Check out her fb page. (Link below).

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We’ve been exploring the intersection of fashion and art and having a marvelous time of it!

The 8th edition of Art Dubai will be here this month (19-22 March), presenting everything from a Eurasian tea salon to a brand new section focused on modern Middle Eastern Art. Galleries visiting from all over the world will show a wide range of artists from legendary polka dot painter Yayoi Kusama to the adventurous Indian sculptor Anish Kapoor and Dubai-based street artist Ruben Sanchez. Museum directors, socialites, collectors, and gallerists will converge on opening night and the following three days to take it all in, network, and see and be seen.

Intimidated much? Don’t be! Art Dubai is for everyone and your choice in art is as personal a decision as your taste in fashion, so own it. There’s no need to be a wallflower and dress in all black like everyone else (gallerists believe that black clothing blends in with the crowd and keeps the art front and center). This year, find a piece of art that moves you and channel it into a fashion statement.

We’ve put together four looks inspired by actual works of art that will be showcased by some of our favorite Dubai galleries at this year’s edition of Art Dubai:

Everything Would Appear to Man as it is, Infinite, Michael John Whelan (2014), Ink Jet on Hahnemuhle photo rag.

Everything Would Appear to Man as it is, Infinite, Michael John Whelan (2014), Ink Jet on Hahnemuhle photo rag.

Look #1

Look #1

Berlin-based Michael John Whelan uses art to address humanity’s struggle to understand the universe. Everything Would Appear to Man as it is, Infinite can be pondered at the Grey Noise booth in Art Dubai’s Contemporary section. This edgy motorcycle jacket, full skirt from local designer Dee by Dalia, and gem clutch by Rauwolf are as complex and multi-faceted as the work.

Untitled, Nabil Nahas (1978), Acrylic on canvas

Untitled, Nabil Nahas (1978), Acrylic on canvas

Look #2

Look #2

Nabil Nahas is popular for pulling inspiration from patterns and textures evident in nature and Islamic art. Lawrie Shabibi is showing the Lebanese artist’s early works from the 70’s in Art Dubai Modern and it’s kind of amazing how up to the minute his use of shapes and lines are today. This Roksanda Illincic dress and Georgina Skalidi asymmetric clutch rock the unexpected color combos and angles of the painting.

Takheel II, Samia Halaby (2013)

Takheel II, Samia Halaby (2013)

Look #3

Look #3

Samia Halaby is a Palestinian painter who was one of the first artists to bring contemporary abstraction to the Arab world. Her paintings can be found at the Ayyam Gallery booth and in a major retrospective at Ayyam’s gallery on Alserkal Avenue. The mustard yellow trousers, base of black peplum, and quirky statement necklace from Sophie’s Closet echo the embroidered bursts of color in Takheel II.

Untitled (Angelus Novus), Kamrooz Aram (2013), Oil, charcoal and oil crayon on canvas

Untitled (Angelus Novus), Kamrooz Aram (2013), Oil, charcoal and oil crayon on canvas

Look #4

Look #4

Kamrooz Aram often takes floral motifs from Persian carpets and plants them in dark geometric beds of paint. His work is about reconfiguring and rebuilding history and can be found at the Abraaj Group Art Prize section of Art Dubai and in an unusual solo show at Green Art Gallery. The Kage dress gives the hard chain mail feel of Untitled (Angelus Novus), the Natalie Trad clutch adds an interesting sense of Arab geometry, and the Nadine Kanso earrings and Tory Burch cuff soften the look with a floral mood.

Designer Deets featuring a number of our favorite local fashion houses and boutiques:

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Illustrations: Sara Japanwalla
Text: Danna Lorch
Images of Art: Courtesy of the artists, galleries and Art Dubai