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Saturday, September 27, 2008

happy birthday google

you make my life easier every day, especially when i'm blank and have forgotten names and titles which happens all the time.. all i have to do is come to you and you will immediately do your magic. May you be granted with greater accuracy and always be the best.

On my way back from DC, i was lucky to catch an episode of Signé Chanel on board.
I cannot tell you how much i adore this brand, but i can tell you that after watching this episode, i excuse myself for my shallow love.
During my one year of fashion design two years ago, i was taught that research and development is the most important step of design. Through out this documentary the amount of research and work dedicated to production is emphasized, carving the cc's deeper into my heart. The timeless-ness of chanel is just so amusing, and to me its the secret of it's stardom.Bravo madame Coco.

You can find a few more videos here under Signe Chanel. If only i could train my tongue to speak fast and fluent french, then move to paris and join the team on rue du cambon.Oh joy.

Also read the history of the legendary 2.55:

The History of the Chanel 2.55 Bag
The Chanel 2.55 bag has inspired many imitations. However, Coco Chanel, herself had a very refreshing attitude to copies of her famous designs: “I would shed tears the day no one copied me.”

During the 1980s, a Chanel bag was the most coveted status symbol, according to Anna Johnson in her book Handbags, the Power of the Purse. With its famous quilting, the 2.55 is based on the quilted coats worn by boys at the race track, as Coco Chanel’s designs were influenced by her love of horse racing. Chanel used a running stitch, quilting the bag in a diamond or herringbone pattern, according to Stephanie Pendersen, in Handbags, What Every Woman Should Know, and introduced pockets into the bag, another passion of Mademoiselle Chanel's. The 2.55 contains a secret pocket inside the front flap, where is it claimed that in her original, Coco Chanel hid love letters received from a beau.

The Introduction of the Chain Strap
The Chanel 2.55 bag was one of the most revolutionary of its time due to the introduction of a chain strap, enabling women to carry their purse on their arm instead of in their hand. At this time, when socialites were busy holding their glasses of champagne, eating canapés, and reading their theatre programmes, Chanel recognized a need for women to have their hands free.

After becoming tired of holding her own bags in her hands, and losing them, Chanel added thin chain straps “I know women — give them chains, women adore chains,” she said, in deciding the nature of the strap. Interestingly, the double chain is said to be based on her experiences as a child, in an orphanage, where the caretakers would dangle keys from their waist.

Karl Largerfeld's Reissue Chanel 2.55 Bag
Today the Chanel 2.55 purse is just as much an It bag as it always was. In 2005 , in celebration of the bag's 50th anniversary, Karl Lagerfeld (who took over creative leadership of the Chanel fashion house in 1983) revived the design exactly as Mademoiselle Chanel had made it, and the reissue proved even more popular than its original, according to Caz Moss, in her Female First article "Chanel 2.55 Handbag."

The most significant difference between what is known as the Reissue, compared to other recent versions of the 2.55, is that the true Reissue (made in 2005 to commemorate the anniversary) has the original Mademoiselle lock (and an all chain handle) rather than the interlocking two C’s of Chanel, which were introduced in the ‘80s. However, according to, the term Reissue is now conveniently applied to other versions, since 2005, and refers to all later types of Chanel 2.55, with original Mademoiselle fastenings. Bags with an interlocking CC fastening are labelled Classic Flaps.

And a very early Eid mubarak.


Wednesday, September 24, 2008

chinese crackers

dear readers,
ramadhan is almost over, make the most of the few days remaining.
p.s. this episode of amr khaled's show is a must watch.
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Wednesday, September 03, 2008

its finally time for my trip to makkah, the finest of all trips. Just arrived and waiting for our time to perform our rituals by the kaaba. To anyone who has not experienced umra at this time of the year, its an absolute must.