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Fundraiser for Lebanon: let’s help Beirut

Fundraiser for Lebanon | nadine mneimneh

A fundraiser for Lebanon: Our Friendship has no frontiers

Fundraiser for Lebanon | nadine mneimneh

UPDATE: 2390 Euros have been raised, of which 2290 Euros have been transferred to Beit EL Baraka.

Nicole is my oldest friend. We’ve met in the garden of our building in France over 30 years ago, and we’ve remained friends ever since.⁣
She was my muse when I debuted my brand, and she’s the one that modeled for my first collection photoshoot. ⁣
⁣A beautiful person in every sense of the word.⁣
Thanks to her uplifting spirit and motivation, we have setup a crowdfunding page to raise funds for the the victims of the Beirut Blast.⁣
⁣All donations will be given to @beitelbaraka , an NGO that is setting up a home rehabilitation program to repair as many affected homes as possible, along with providing food and medicine.

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Ballpen sketching

Ballpen sketching | nadine mneimneh

I’ve never been keen on drawing or illustrating. During my time in fashion school, I would get very lazy at detailing the hands, the nose, the hair, or eye makeup of my figurine sketches. I couldn’t wait to go to the cutting table, lay that thin paper and start drafting the pattern. 

During a job interview soon after graduation, I was asked by the designer’s assistant how much I could sell a dress for to a client, based on a sketch only. I remember looking at my portfolio and looking back again at the sketch he had presented me, with glitter spread all over the drawn dress, mimicking the sequins and Swarovski stones embellishments, and thinking to myself how difficult it would be for me to find a fashion house in Lebanon to fit in and gain experience from . 

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The way we do things

Mini Harris Vest | nadine mneimneh

 

 

The way we do things | nadine mneimneh

Citing Dries Van Noten for whom I have tremendous admiration, from the Netflix documentory “Dries” :

“To shock now, you really have to do crazy things. Everything you can find on the Internet, Everything. So it is very difficult to stand out by shocking, so it is now more the way you do things, the subtleties, that are important.”

So meaningful to me.. I’m sharing with you a closeup of the Mini Harris Vest, as part of the Edition series of unique pieces. This jacket is sold out, but remembering the steps of making it still tickles my creativity

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Happy New Year 2019

Happy New Year 2019 | nadine mneimneh

Five years ago on that day, I was getting myself ready to meet my friends and celebrate, when we received a phone call at home that my grandfather had just passed away.

I had a weird gut feeling throughout that day, and when we got that phone call, it hit me how, most of the time, our gut feeling can be a guiding thread.

Fast forward a couple of months later, I met somebody who opened my eyes on human energy, how it work, and how it’s important to trust the way we feel.

I’m someone who is sensitive by nature, and my personal goal has been to learn to trust myself and let go of all the negativity and fear, which is not very easy when you are solo running a business in a country such as Lebanon.

Every year I have a special thought for my grandfather on that day, and I make the same wishes of finding the strength to go out of my comfort zone, to trust that gut feeling and to be surrounded by people that vibrate positivity.

2018 was a wonderful year for me , of course we all have ups and downs, but I’m looking forward to 2019 and I’ll keep pushing as a celebration of all the gifts I was lucky to be given.

Have a Wonderful New Year, may all your wishes come true ❤️

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The heart seeks pleasure first

The heart seeks pleasure first | nadine mneimneh

I’m always looking for the perfect soundtracks of my life. As music accompanies me throughout my days, waltzing with my imagination, it also sets the rhythm of my heartbeat. This picture of me was taken by my lovely sister @carine_stereo during my last trip to the UK, at the breathtaking Seven Sisters Cliffs beach, and Michael Nyman was playing in my head.

I’m working on the new collection, it will be out soon 🙂