Just Deserts

Ethnic prints (batik, tribal, etc.) have been very prominent on countless 2008 fashion trend lists bringing some diversity to runways and closets on an international scale. Nic and I chose to adapt this key style element and create two Middle Eastern inspired looks using region/culture specific traditions paired with standard fashion fare for an entirely wearable look at home and abroad. Patterns need not apply.

Our first look is a cool blend of black, gray, and white for those hot desert days…

Nic had been on the prowl for a shemagh (a headcloth/scarf designed for a desert environment to protect the wearer from sand and heat) to diversify his fashion portfolio and finally came upon one, colour change no less, at TonkTastic. Reminiscent of his time spent in the Middle East he chose to wear the complete version, but it can be worn without the headpiece such as my desert scarf from Canimal to achieve varying levels of ethnic flair.

My top was a warmly received review copy from Shir Dryke of Ornamental Life. She announced her retirement from blogging today with the purpose of focusing on her growing clothing line. Though her clear, concise, and informative posts will be missed, she is taking her impeccable taste with her and the Penguins and Wagons top featured in this post (my fave from her line thus far) is one of many helpful reminders of her other talent, content creation. After wearing this shirt with it’s sexy peekaboo layering and contrasting, yet complimentary colours, I can surely say that I look forward to seeing more of Shir the designer.

Our second look is all about bold Bollywood inspired colours, perfect for blowing off steam at night…

It’s true. I am a fan of Bollywood. Well, at least the “Americanized” Bollywood which received great exposure in 2004/05…Bride and Prejudice anyone?! The bright swirling colours, song and dance, and plenty of overracted drama surely has a place in our fashion world, right? The same tops in our daytime look were able to take us right through to the nightlife with splashes of richly saturated orange, purple and pink. And I FINALLY found an outfit for my lime green ankle boots, which I adore.

I should mention, the shorts seen above are from the greatly missed D!FF. Good news though! Itny Lisle has plans to open a solo shop and already has a fat pack worth of coloured skinny jeans in her trademark hand-drawn style… to be seen in an upcoming post 🙂

UPDATE: James S. reminded us that the Shemagh, or Keffiyeh (native to Palestine), was recently worn by Rachael Ray in a Dunkin Donuts ad seen here. It stirred up quite the controversy as people apparently identified with Arafat upon seeing the ‘highly offensive’ scarf and subsequently the ads were pulled. Talk about extremist…

FUN FACT: The lovely Zaara Kohime of Zaara Indian Couture pointed out that in our second shot Nic looks A LOT like Mr. Bachchan of Coolie, an 80s Bollywood flick. I have never seen the movie but after doing a bit of Google image searching I have to list this as fact because it’s true! See for yourselves here and here. Haha sorry, love.

PHOTOSHOOT MUSIC: Klaxons – Golden Skans



Hair: Mirai Style – Pipy (Coco) | Aden – Windblown (Lightblonde)
Skin: Dutch Touch – Series 2 Female Skin Special Edition | Dutch Touch – Lana
Eyes: MMS – Dark Brown Eyes
Lashes: Karamia – Starry Eye Lashes
Nails: Roll the Dice – Neon Nails (Pink)
Top: Ornamental Life – Penguins and Wagons (Grandscale) | (Parrot)
Skirt: Surf Co. – Frills Bills Skirt (White)
Shorts: D!FF – Dongipani Shorts (Rose)
Shoes: G Field – Wood Wedge Sandal (brick) | J’s – Short Boots Green
Scarf: Canimal – Desert Scarf
Bracelets: Earthtones – Golddust Bangles & Cedar Sphere Bracelet | Miam Miam – Amethyst Jewel Bangle
Earrings: Miam Miam – Amethyst Jewel Chandelier Earrings
Poses: LAP – Hot Damn | AnaLu – fresh poses 234


Hair: Armidi – The After Party (Espresso)
Skin: The Abyss – Scorpio (Origin 2[D])
Eyes: Armidi – True Enhance Eyes (Moss)
Shirt: Chez – Beachcomber Shirt (Ivory) | (Tomato)
Pants: Moderno – Giancarlo Blownout Jeans | Armidi Gisaci – Classic Italia Vicuna Slax (White)
Shoes: Shiny Things – Sandal (Brown) | (Tan)
Headscarf: TonkTastic – Shemagh Pack – Headscarf 1
Scarf: TonkTastic – Shemagh Pack – Scarf 1 | Armidi Gisaci – Sandsbrook Scarf (Ash)
Poses: LAP – Back Step | LAP – Flex


~ by Dahlia Eilde & Nicolas Sinatra on June 13, 2008.

8 Responses to “Just Deserts”

  1. Hell yes I love me some Keffiyeh, Palestine reprezentinz!

    Same scarf caused a dunkin donunts controversy, damn unfashionable conservatives.


  2. LOL, Nic looks just like Mr. Bachchan in a bollywood movie called ‘Coolie’… its from the 80’s- really corny stuff, but Bachchan and this shawl lived on :P.

  3. James – OMG that’s right, with Rachael Ray! I think that is update worthy.

    Zaara – I have not seen that movie but you KNOW I am Google image searching that right now so I can send Nic an e-mail at work. ❤ your store btw, it’s a trove of day-to-day wearble ethnic fashion.
    LOL ok that pic is also update worthy.

  4. I really really enjoyed this one, the looks are perfect!

    Kudos on picking the headscarf too, it’s fierce.

  5. I love it! I need it. You guys are so awesome!

  6. Thank you Candy and Lucas <333
    We’re both très fond of the shemagh/keffiyeh/scarf and we’re so happy you guys
    like it too!

    Hahahah I just got this reply from Nic via email:
    That pic of that dude from that movie!!! >.< Iz true. =(

  7. OMG it’s Amitabh Bachchan!!! Can I have your autograph? 😛

  8. great article and many unique and unusual pieces here

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