“All that glitters is gold.”
A saying that is taken very seriously by many people I see around me, especially the -anis, the punjus, and this new kind of dubai groupies that I would just like to fondly call Doob-ies.
I fail to understand why they all prefer to outshine the bulbs on their chandeliers at EVERY social gathering, from a wedding to a club night to a friend’s dinner party, or even an outing to the mall! Why?
No, really… WHY?
Have they never opened their eyes and seen the world around them, where sometimes, albeit rarely in a city like Dubai, sometimes people do get away with looking uber classy and uber stylish using understated elegance?
This really wouldn’t be such a problem for me were it deemed normal and perfectly acceptable to don a pair of sunglasses indoors at every one of these social dos. But since I personally consider it a very strong display of douchebag-ness to wear sunglasses at night or indoors, I refrain. Resulting in this thought bubble right above my head – “OW! MY EYES!”
Why must the women always end up looking like a diamond mine spat them out?!
And why must the men show up looking like they just got off a flight from the sun?!
I mean, there is a fine line between formal, and just plain LOUD.
And yes, we know you own a couple of Bentleys, and you live on the Palm Jumeirah, with a couple of vacation homes around the world… but must your clothes be so loud about it?!
Ladies and gentlemen, allow me to demonstrate:
Exhibit A – Prime Example of Diamond Mine Spitting Specimen Out
Exhibits B and C – Are you trying to be a solar power plant?
Ok seriously, yuck.
And NOW, allow me to demonstrate what I mean by the fine art of understated elegance. And I would be lying if I didn’t admit here that this post has been mostly inspired by Rohit Bal’s Gulbagh collection that he recently unveiled at the WIFW.
Please notice – it doesn’t have to be BLING to stand out and just look absolutely regal, and stunning.
I mean… when I first saw this collection I just thought WOW. Each and every piece is amazing, a classic.
And then I realized that it was zero bling. It was all about using traditional designs and embroidery work, and creating classic works of regal elegance.
It would be SUCH A WELCOME CHANGE to see people move away from bright, shiny and bling-y, to THIS.
For one, my eyes wouldn’t suffer.
But most importantly, it would take away the notion that ‘we must wear our wealth’.
Until next time – keep Being Awesome, and give the bling a rest! 🙂