Sarine Marie Photo Shoot

Over the past couple weeks, I was lucky enough to style Yerevan Magazine’s fashion feature shoot featuring Los Angeles local designer Sarine Marie. Sarine Marie has been designing since she itty bitty and her line is a fresh take on sophisticated California living. Here are a few unedited pictures from the shoot.

Photos taken by Tikko Studios

Styled by Sol Kojababian

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Accessorize with Pomegranates

The Pomegranate is the national fruit of Armenia and happens to be my favorite fruit at the same time. When I was a kid, my grandma would visit us from Los Angeles and clean pomegranates just for me. The fruit became a symbol of her love since the cleaning process was quite the hassle. I loved my grandma more than anything in the world and the fruit reminds me of her and how much she loved and cared for me. While those days are unfortunately behind me, every time I eat  pomegranates, I think of her.

At a recent fashion show, a cute couple with Vosgeenoor were hand making custom jewelry with this special fruit. I fell in love with their work and purchased a black beaded bracelet with a rose gold, gold, and silver pomegranate charm. Their pieces are hand crafted in the USA.

Their jewelry is one of a kind and definitely worth checking out. Now when I wear my bracelet, I will not only be wearing a unique piece of jewelry but representing my heritage and my grandma.

Random Fact: The Pomegranate is supposed to bring good luck.

 

 

Alain Manoukian–Fashion Designer

Named after himself, Alain Manoukian is a very well-known label in Europe.  With more than 180 stores in France, Greece,Portugal, Spain, Belgium and the far east, I have recently discovered this French Armenian designer. I came across his name while reading an article on famous French Armenians, and could not help to do further research. Being Armenian myself and loving fashion, his story definitely sparked my interest. He works closely with his wife Danielle Manoukian, who specializes in knitwear. The label hit their peak in the early 80s and 90s and are now working on restructuring the brand and re introducing Alain Manoukian. His style is very simple and conservative. Similar American designers would be J.Crew, Banana Republic, or Ann Taylor. For more information on Manoukian, visit his website at http://www.groupe-manoukian.com . The website is in french, but pretty easy to figure out.

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Maison Francis Kurkdjian- One of a kind fragrances

While perusing the beauty counters of Neiman Marcus last week, I came across a perfume that made me want to spray my whole body with the tester bottle! I thought to myself this perfume smells amazing and went on to read the label. In excitement I read, Absolue by Maison Francis Kurkdjian. I felt so happy that the perfumer was Armenian! Francis Kurkdjian is a French-Armenian perfumer who started his success while working for Jean Paul Gautier. Following Jean Paul Gautier, he went on to create for Lanvin, Ungaro, Narcisso Rodriguez, and Giorgio Armani as well. Kurkdjian now has his own boutique in France named after him in which he sells his whole women’s and mens collection.  The particular perfume I liked costs around $175.00!  His collection is very prestigious and his scents are very unique. I am an avid supporter of my fellow Armenians and love these  fragrances!

Check out the website : www.franciskurkdjian.com for all available products, or visit Neiman Marcus!

(www.neimanmarcus.com, www.wikipedia.com, www.franciskurkdjian.com)