To fete the launch of Marzook Fall 2017, accessories designer siblings Fahad and Shouq Al Marzook hosted a trunk show at the new Inavase contemporary flower shop at Mayar Complex in Kuwait. Like the collection, the theme of the evening drew inspiration from Marie Antoinette, and transported guests to a time period rooted in glamour and drama – a vision that came to life courtesy of event planner Altaf Al Thunayan of Maison A. “Fahad and I fell in love with the space when we first saw it,” says Shouq Al Marzook about the location. “We wanted the lookbook to come to life through live art.”
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Sprawled out on a chaise longue inside a glass box space that serves as a floral refrigerator, a model with a towering bouffant resembled the campaign on display. Photographed by Eli Rezkallah of Beirut-based Plastik Studios, centuries-old portraits with a hit of pop culture kitsch took center stage around the loft-style space.
The brand’s new lineup of handbags, named Bound, was showcased among colorful tiered cakes and mauve hydrangea arrangements. The signature plexiglass orb-shaped shoulder bags were seen encased in leather lace-up corsets. “This is one of our best seasons so far,” says Shouq. “We wanted to celebrate powerful women,” her brother Fahad Al Marzook adds. “Each bag is named after a queen, dating back to the 16th century. We have bags inspired by Queen Anne Boleyn, Queen Elizabeth, Queen Victoria, and Marie Antoinette.” A play on texture can be seen in the ruffled details that draw on an Elizabethan ruff, while pearls dart around sphere clutches inspired by Boleyn’s favorite pearl necklace. In true Marzook fashion, guests were treated to a customization station where the handbag owner’s initials were hand-painted in calligraphic cursive script.
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