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Tree of Life Inspires Fashion Prize
Luxury fashion house, Loewe, has announced the winner of the 2017 Loewe Craft Prize, ‘Tree of Life 2’ by Ernst Gamperl.

An annual international award celebrating excellence in craftsmanship, the incentive for the prize goes back to Loewe’s roots as a collective of artisans in 1846. Born in Germany in 1965, Gamperl was selected from 26 finalists evaluated by a distinguished jury composed of leading figures from the worlds of design, architecture, journalism and museum curatorship.

Jonathan Anderson, creative director, says: ‘The work of Ernst Gamperl has something which conveys a unique voice and the physicality of these pieces will be important for many more years to come.’

Couture Carpets

Designer Paul Smith unveiled a number of new floor coverings in his collaboration with The Rug Company at Milan Design Week 2017.

Due to be launched in the autumn, the new additions include the Albemarle rug, which transforms the architectural motif from the façade of the designer’s Mayfair shop into a sophisticated home textile featuring steely grey lines on a matte wool base.

In direct contrast, the Overlay rug (pictured above) explodes with the vibrant multi-colour palette and modern stripe pattern that has become the designer’s signature. The third addition is Carnival Pale, a playful development on the stripes in pastel tones. The collection also includes two new handwoven needlepoint cushions featuring a kaleidoscope of muted colours.

Spanish Brand Courts Bahrain
Mango adapted its website to Arabic in some areas across the region earlier this year and now that adaptation has been extended to Bahrain, Lebanon and Oman. Features added, to cater to the local market, include store credit, avoiding bank transfers on returns for customers who opt for payment on delivery of items. Improvements have also been made to the mobile app.

Further illustrating its commitment to the Arab market, the brand has launched a new collection for Ramadan, paying special attention to the colour palette, accessories and silhouettes combined with finishes and materials in an original offering for festive occasions.

UK Modest Fashion Comes to Bahrain
London-based label Aab has launched in Bahrain in collaboration with Debenhams. The brand, which has gained international recognition since unveiling its first collection in 2007, has launched this week in seven stores across Bahrain, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

After finding it difficult to shop for fashionable modest clothing pieces that were stylish and mirrored her busy modern lifestyle, London-born Muslim Nazmin Alim founded fashion label Aab. The brand has hit the spot for many style-savvy ladies seeking conservative yet practical wardrobe essentials, propelling Aab almost immediately to the forefront in the modest clothing sector across the globe.

The brand offers an elegant range, with pieces including hoodies, turtleneck slips, kimonos and cover-up jumpsuits, as well as a variety of hijabs and abayas for every occasion. It also creates luxurious yet street-style-inspired clothing for the everyday woman.

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