Vogue x Saudi Arabia


Vogue Italia teamed up with Rubaiyat, the faimous Saudi luxury fashion retailer, to support the young talents of Saudia Arabia fashion scene. The result was a great event held during 3 days (20th-22nd of April) in various locations of city of Jeddah – Boulevard, Rubaiyat Department Store, Park Hayatt hotel.

10 Saudi young fashion designers – the finalists of the Vogue contest, had the opportunity to showcase their creations in front of the Vogue team and to meet iconic figures such as Franca Sozzani, Alberta Ferretti, Silvia Venturini Fendi.

Finally there was not one, but four designers, selected by Vogue Italia as result of Saudi Talent Scouting. They will be further promoted by Vogue Italia, who provides them with a valuable support at the beginning of their career. Nora Aldamer of Chador, Mariam Bin Mahfouz and Nouf Hakeem of Haal Inc. will have the opportunity to participate at Milano Moda Donna, while Alaa Balkhy (Fyunka) will start a collaboration with Carpisa.

For me, as I attended for the first time a fashion event in Jeddah, it was a good opportunity to get a real picture of the Saudi fashion design scene and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. There were plenty of passionate youngsters, fresh graduates that showed maturity and professionalism in their creative approach. Therefore Vogue Experience Jeddah will go on.


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Selection of young Saudi fashion designers work, as displayed at Rubaiyat Department Store during the Vogue event, Saudi Talent Scouting in Jeddah.

‘Dare to Dream’ Design Awards



Melco Crown Entertainment, with the support of DESIGNBOOM, has launched its signature CSR series “Dare to Dream” by presenting the Dare to Dream Design Awards themed with 『着物×きもの×KIMONO』. “Dare to Dream” design competition aims to preserve and to promote the understanding of the history and beauty of the traditional Japanese kimono while bringing new possibilities and sustainability to kimono.

Devided in two categories – Free Design (delivered in form of fashion, product, architecture, interiors, industrial design, graphic design and lifestyle) and Graphic Design (seeking original and innovative motifs and patterns for kimonos), the competition is open to applicants from every country in the world – from professionals, students, to design-enthusiasts. Registration is free.

For further information check designboom

Fancy Faucet Giveaway

Continuing Fashion Salad’s long affair with novelty items from various fields of creativity, I’ve decided to reward one of my faithful readers with one of these peculiar objects. The opportunity came through an exciting partnership with UncommonGoods, and through the talent and craftsmanship of Gary Guydosh.

What’s the deal?

The glass water faucet is listed on UncommonGoods, an online marketplace dedicated to creatively designed, high-quality merchandise, uncommon gift ideas and lots of surprising goodies. Founded in 1999, and based in Brookyn, New York, UncommonGoods is a platform supporting artists and designers, unique hand crafted objects created with respect for the environment in mind. The website also hosts different design challenges for artists and designers, interested in selling their work online. The store holds a variety of products at a wide range of prices. Click here for more interesting products.

What’s the story?

The Water Faucet is actually an “impossible object”, a sculpture made of glass and metal by Gary Guydosh, an American artist based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Gary received his formal glassblowing training at Bowling Green State University in Ohio, supplementing his studies with Italian glass masters in Murano.  As the artist himself states:

“Making the glass come to life is no easy task, but all of the difficulties vanish before the pleasure and emotion I feel when fire, which softens and moves forms, lets me reach the ideal dimension.”

And finally…

What dirty job do I have to do to get my hands on this?

1. Like  Fashion Salad on Facebook!

2. Share this contest on your wall!

3. Drop a Comment below (on this page). Be sure to mention your email, for us to contact you in case you win (for shipping details).


The campaign will last 7 days (from 20 to 26 August), and the winner will be picked via random.org.

The Glass Faucet will reach the winner soon after we get his/her confirmation and shipping address.