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Dear Readers,

From New York, Milan and Paris, to Venice and Beijing; we hopped on and off the plane to bring to you a piece of the trendiest and most inspiring cities. The long awaited Great Gatsby brought back to the fashion scene, a style that exemplified the jazz era of the roaring twenties. Tiffany & Co.’s Blue Book Collection was also inspired by Baz Luhrmann’s movie production, for which the talented Miuccia Prada designed 40 dresses. As one of the guests of the Blue Book Ball myself, I witnessed firsthand the glitz and glamour marked by headpieces, feathers, trailing beads and abundant sequins which has now crossed over continents. From the movie screen to the runway, I mingled with Beijing’s most stylish show goers and had a one-on-one discussion with Kriss Van Asche, the Belgian creative director of Dior Homme during his show. a&e was a privileged guest at the launching of the Maison Louis Vuitton in Venice, Italy, where a certain collaboration was unveiled to us by the director of Louis Vuitton South Europe. Let’s just say that luxury fashion and ancient Venetian art make quite a charming couple. In Dubai, we had the chance to speak to the Spanish founder of the famous Sha Spa which is located in the scenic and mountainous Alicante region and has quickly become popular amongst people from the Gulf. Following the launch of the new Maserati Quattroporte in Qatar’s own motor show, we got the inside scoop on the car that is not only famous amongst Italian heavy weights such as Pavarotti, Bocelli and Sophia Loren; but has also maintained its decades long popularity amongst people from the Middle East and the Gulf. Finally, during a four days long event called Fashion Forward which took place in Dubai, we witnessed the talents of promising regional fashion designers including the Qatari designer, Lama Al-Moatassem. The creative mind behind the sophisticated label called Toujouri, also had a one-on-one with a&e. On another note, “She said yes?!”

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Issue 02 | May - June 2013 JUST IN The Ritz-Carlton, Doha Club & Suite Experience Luxos Fashion Show Fashion Forward Chanel’s Summer Getaway in St. Tropez Maison Louis Vuitton An intimate evening with NET-A-PORTER.COM IWC Schaffhausen

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EXCLUSIVE STORY Miuccia Prada Designs Bespoke Costumes for “The Great Gatsby” Lost in Venice a&e takes a trip on a Gondola with Louis Vuitton Prada - Exclusive Ostrich Travel Set

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PORTFOLIO - WEDDINGS Photoshoot - Brides at Tiffany’s The Wedding Planners - Eventique Wedding The Language & Significance of Wedding Flowers Weddings at the Ritz-Carlton Doha A Dress for Every Shape The Breathtaking Bride of 2013! Bridal Accessories The Groom Guide Bridal Hair - L’Oreal Professionnel’s Engagement Rings

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HEALTH Life after birth: A look at post partum mental health in this day and age

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This experience is elevated when staying in one of the Amiri Suites, Grand Amiri Suites or Club Rooms, located on four dedicated floors and providing the highest level of personalized service by The Ritz-Carlton Ladies and Gentlemen. Each Club Room and Suite is secured with keyed elevators, bringing intimacy and privacy to maximum reach. Once warmly welcomed, Club and Suite guests are escorted directly to their rooms or to the Club Lounge on the top floor for private check-in. The complimentary access to the Club Lounge includes overly comfortable seatings and extravagant sofas, wireless internet connection and two-hour use of the Club Meeting Room. A selection of guests’ favorite beverages at the bar, and continuous culinary offering, served from dawn to dusk, are epitomized by the elegant afternoon tea and

Cluster General Manager of The Ritz-Carlton, Doha, Mr. HossVetry comments, “With a personal Chef de Cuisine and dedicated conciergerie, the Ladies and Gentlemen of the Club Lounge extend a genuine hospitality feel for guests with limited, yet valuable time at Doha destination. It is a great pride to reveal to public the only and highly selective RitzCarlton Club Lounge in the State of Qatar”. Beginning this month, guests staying at Club level can enjoy a special privilege of getting additional complimentary night for a minimum stay of two nights with “Treat You” package, with a starting rate of QR 1,640 per night including roundtrip airport transfer. The offer is valid until December 30, 2013. For reservations or more information, please call +974 4484 8000 or log on to www.ritzcarlton.com/doha.


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Luxos

Fashion Show

Doha is rapidly gaining the status of fashion capitol of the Middle East and it has invested and will continue to invest in the fashion industry and it’s prosperous market. In the month of March Luxos Fashion Show Summer 2013 in partnership with Design Creationz and The Luxury Network, helped to solidify this status quo by launching an unforgettable event to the VIP guests, media and sponsors in attendance. Luxos is once again preparing to astonish and plans are underway for the next Luxos Fashion Show Fall 2013.

Fouad Sarkis

Debaj

Fouad’s designs attracted worldwide attention and became “The Star’s Designer” at a very young age. Designing through hardships he marked an evident presence in the worldwide fashion industry and became renowned globally, at Luxos Fashion Show he amazed and impressed everyone through creativity and majestic designs.

With inspiration from the past, Debaj launched a groundbreaking design synonymous with style, quality and splendor. Known as the first Qatari designer of turbans and just having recently launched the Princess Saab collection, at Luxos Fashion Show Debaj once again showed their unmatched trendsetting abilities.

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Dar Nassem Alandalus

M Jay Designs

Well known and recognized by the outstanding quality of the upscale designs of her Morrocan dresses (gelabias), Dar Nassem Alandalus put the spotlight on the upcoming and new look for Middle Eastern fashion at the Luxos Fashion show.

Brought simplicity and elegance to the stage at the Luxos Fashion Show March 26th. Award winning and original style were only a few of the qualities shown in M Jay’s timeless pieces.

Zabaara

Tahani AlOtaibi

Unique and up to date with new fashion trends, Zabarra’s designs were visibly avantguard and impressed the guests during the event.

Well known through out the Middle East Tahani shared her innovative Kuwati fashion experience through her designs on the catwalk at the Luxos Fashion show.

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| just in... dubai |

Fashion Forward

The four-day event showcases a diverse range of Middle East-Based Design Talent

The event also attracted retail buyers, academic heads and fashion decision-makers who came out to lend their expertise to the development of the region’s fashion industry. The public programme of workshops and panels, ranging from directional to practical themes, drew hundreds of participants who engaged in lively debate with speakers, while 18 catwalk presentations across three locations saw standing-room-only crowds experiencing new collections from some of the Middle East’s emerging and established designers. From accessories lovers trawling for a special piece in the pop-up shop to discussions, catwalk shows, and related social events, more than 12, 000 guests experienced the first season of Fashion Forward.

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During the month of april, the region’s trendsetters made their way to Madinat Jumeirah in the stylish city of Dubai to show off their striped trousers, sequined jackets, tulle skirts matched with biker boots. The eccentric crowd mingled in the specially designated patio where funky beats played all day long. Fashion designers, stylists, fashion editors, bloggers, fashionistas and industry influencers all found their place amongst like-minded visionaries.

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THE EMPEROR 1688 Amongst the designers who showcased their work, we obviously developed our own preference list. Lebanese designer Rami Kadi, who made an impression on us with a cartoonish princess gown he dressed the stage queen, Myriam Fares in; introduced a citrusy palette of larger than life floral gowns. We were also fond of the Qatari designer behind the Toujouri label, famous in the region for its chic twist on conservative ensembles. The ever eccentric pieces of Ezra included cutout gowns which were short from the front and trailing from the back. Large shoulder pieces and three dimentional details ornated flattering mermaid-like silhouettes. Most notably, Amato brought the schock factor that Lady Gaga Amato brought the schock factor, the Lady Gaga factor, experimenting with the dark forces and the angels. With angel wings, armored bodices, veils, leather gloves, dark theatrical element.

RAMI KADI

Season one closed with an exclusive industry luncheon with celebrated designer Reem Acra, who was discovered by a fashion editor while studying at the American University of Beirut, as Fashion Forward’s guest of honour. On his first-ever visit to the Middle East, Steven Kolb, CEO of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA), the not-for-profit trade association representing the interests of more than 400 North American fashion and accessory designers, gave a keynote ›

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presentation outlining a roadmap for the creation of an industry body aimed at nurturing and regulating a vibrant, sustainable fashion industry. “Fashion is a universal language, and programmes like Fashion Forward fuel creativity and stimulate the economy,” said Kolb, during his keynote. “The support received from a number of the world’s leading academic institutes, who are looking to host scholarships for students from the Middle East; the sheer numbers of guests who attended; and the calibre of designers who have already shown interest in participating for season two, all underscore the enthusiasm and goodwill for the success of Fashion Forward as the region’s definitive twice-annual fashion event,” he added. Of particular benefit to a number of participating designers were private mentoring sessions with the New York-based Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), the first of their kind in the region, providing insight on how to address challenges specific to their individual brands, from positioning to merchandising, funding, and marketing. Season two of Fashion Forward, taking place in October 2013, will see an expanded focus on mentorship and scholarships as well as the evolution of a non-commercial trade body aimed at setting professional standards and establishing a code of best practices for the Middle East’s fashion industry.

AMATO

“We’re now accepting applications from and meeting with designers keen to take part in Fashion Forward’s season two. Our first season has provided tremendous insight into what the region’s aspiring and existing designers need to develop further, as well as the roles which academia and the retail community can play, and we will incorporate these elements into season two so that Fashion Forward continues to evolve in an informed and dynamic way,” Guerrero added. | issue 02 | may / june 2013

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| just in... st. tropez |

Chanel’s

Summer Getaway in St.Tropez

For the fourth year in a row CHANEL has taken up its summer residence in Saint-Tropez. With a minimalist scenography La Mistralée Hotel is once again host to the showcase that welcomes the ephemeral boutique of the House devoted to the 2013 Spring-Summer Ready-to-Wear and Accessories collections as well as the 2012/13 Paris-Edimbourg Metiers d'art collection. Playing with linear geometry this new space is structured around a raw sipo wood framework whose pinky red tones softly contrast with the white walls and antique parquet. With its transparent glass ceiling, like that of a loft, the space is infused with

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natural luminosity. The accessories and ready-to-wear are elegantly suspended from the framework - the only furnishing in the building - and appear to float within this purified space. A single glass showcase is host to the new Première watch. Leading off from the main living room a winter garden and its conservatory are pierced with bright sunshine. The intense Mediterranean light is filtered through giant wooden parasols which in turn are hung with clothes and accessories from the collections.

This beautiful 19th century mansion house is also home to a luxuriant garden and swimming pool. White lacquered wood chairs and tables are placed here and there in the shade of parasols crafted from corten - artificially weathered steel - giving visitors the chance to fully appreciate the beauty and serenity of the venue. It’s a summery interlude before entering the pool house designed to resemble a real CHANEL boutique with its signature black, beige and white décor, punctuated with shades of verdigris. Inside the swimwear, towels and beachwear exude the happiest of moods and a lust for summer that Gabrielle Chanel herself wouldn’t have been able to resist…


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| just in... venice |

Maison

Louis Vuitton Opens its doors in Venezia

The Biblioteca Marciana

a&e was at The Louis Vuitton Maison Venezia opening which was celebrated in April with an exclusive cocktail in the store during which guests were able to admire savoir-faire demonstrations from Louis Vuitton craftsmen from Fiesso d’Artico. An interactive “Art of Packing” demonstration was available to tell the story about Louis Vuitton’s travel expertise and heritage and an artisan demonstrated live hand-painting and personalization services. French model Clemence Poesy, Hollywood actress Diana Agron, Isabella Ferrari, Prince Sultan and Deena Abdulaziz, Delfina Delettrez, Princess Alessandra Borghese and Anna Dello Russo, were amongst the notable people who were there to witness the opening. The cocktail was followed by a VIP dinner inside the Biblioteca Marciana, one of the earliest public manuscript depositories in Italy, built between 1537 and 1570. Today, it holds one of the greatest classical text collections in the world. Guests were greeted inside “Sissi Rooms” of Museo Correr: the magnificent private apartments that hosted Empress Sissi for seven months during her stay in Venice. The path continued through the exhibitions rooms of the Museo Archeologico where 6 stops presented Louis Vuitton historical to contemporary trunks continuing to the Salone Sansoviniano of the Biblioteca Marciana, where the dinner took place. Venice has always been a city dedicated to the arts, so it was no surprise that the Maison Louis Vuitton was built on the site of Teatro San Marco, one of city’s oldest cinemas from 1908. Upon first arrival on the

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LV Painting Artisan

Elisabeth Von Thurn und Taxis, Alexia Niedzielski, Michael Burke, Virginie COurtin, Clemence Poesy

“With this Maison, we wanted to pay homage to Venetians and lovers of the city by offering them our most beautiful designs, as well as a space for art and culture wholly dedicated to them.” Michael Burke, President of Louis Vuitton.

Dianna Agron

Princess Deena Abdulaziz at The Marciana dinner

Anna Dello Russo and Micol Sabbadini

Calle San Marco, visitors encounter the sight of a rationalist and monumental palazzo, designed by architect Brenno Del Giudice in 1936. This is followed by sculptor Napoleone Martinuzzi’s hautreliefs, among which sit a reel of film and the Venetian lions – also used by the Mostra – symbolic references to the building’s cinematic past.

In this city of aesthetes and artists, Louis Vuitton has realized a Maison entirely dedicated to Venice in which art is everywhere. It features works by Candida Höfer, Jean-François Rauzier and Humberto & Fernando Campana. Once past the front doors, the visitor enters a vast lobby opening onto spaces dedicated to men’s and women’s leather goods. The design is based on a

game of shadows and light, reminiscent of Louis Vuitton’s iconic Damier, a geometric symphony of Chiaroscuro. The final steps of the staircase lead up to the bookstore which offers art books and major publications from Éditions Louis Vuitton. With a comfortable reading space and a selection of prints, visitors can relax and enjoy a fresh doze of enlightenment.

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| just in... new york |

An intimate evening with

NET-A-PORTER.COM

Karolina Korkova,Prabal Gurung,Natalie Massenet & Olivier Rousteing

Top designers and other noticeable names in fashion spent an evening with NET-APORTER’s leading ladies Natalie Massenet, Alison Lloehnis and Lucy Yeomans at the not-yet-opened restaurant and private dining club Omar’s. Godchildren of fashion legend Valentino Garavani, Anthony and Sean Souza set the vibe with music for a late-night gathering. The event took place on the 4th of May at Omar’s, 21 West 9th Street New York.

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NOTABLE GUESTS: Vera Wang, Miranda Kerr, Vinoodh Matadin, Mary Katrantzou, Michael Bastian, Jack McCollough, Lazaro Hernandez, Giambattista Valli, Andrej Pejic, Maggie Betts, Eddie Borgo, Amanda Hearst, Caroline Sieber, Consuelo Castiglioni, Karolina Kurkova, Christopher Kane, Sean Souza – DJ, Patrick Demarchelier, Anthony Souza – DJ, John Demsey, Kelly Bensimon, Ann

Dexter Jones, Elin Kling, Olivier Theyskens, Annabelle Dexter Jones, Lily Kwong, Prabal Gurung, Adam Lippes, Cristina Viera Newton, Tamara Mellon, Carlyne Cerf de Dudzeele, Erdem Moralioglu, Arden Wohl, Lisa Marie Fernandez, Waris Ahluwalia, Debroah Lippmann, Erin Heatherton, Nate Berkus, Jason Wu and many more.


Olvier Rousteing & Lucy Yeomans

Lucy Yeomans, Holli Rogers ,Natalie Massenet & Alison Loehnis

Miranda Kerr, Giambattista Valli & Natalie Massenet

Jack McCollough ,Natalie Massenet & Lazaro Hernandez

Carlyne Cerf De Dudzeele & Vera Wang

Photo credit: Neil Rasmus/BFAnyc.com

Natalie Massenet & Jason Wu

Alison Loehnis, Laura Carmichael & Natalie Massenet

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IWC

Schaffhausen Celebrates a glittering evening in support of filmmaking

At an exclusive event attended by prominent guests including actors Robert De Niro, Eric Dane, and Jean Reno as well as model Karolina Kurkova, Swiss watch manufacturer IWC Schaffhausen celebrated its partnership with the Tribeca Film Festival®. The private dinner, themed “For the Love of Cinema”'underscrored IWC's passion for filmaking and its furtherance of film projects. Apart from the presentation of the IWC Filmaker Award, a private concert by Aloe

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Blacc was among the evening’s highlights. “Support of filmaking projects has a long traditional at IWC Schaffhausen,” said IWC CEO Georges Kern. “Apart from our activities at the film festivals held in Beijing, Cannes and Dubai, we have also cultivated long-term relationships with actors such as Kevin Spacey, Cate Blanchett, and Ewan McGregor, as well as director Marc Forster. As the Official 'Festival-time' Partner of

the Tribeca Film Festival, we are delighted to have an opportunity to demonstrate our passion for filmaking here in New York. This commitment has a special meaning for us, because it also represents a return to our roots: Florentine Ariosto Jones, the legendary entrepreneur and founder of the International Watch Company in 1868, was an American engineer and watchmaker.”


A unique ambience for a Unique Festival The stylish ambience of the Urban Zen loft lent IWC’s evening a very personal note. The luxury watch manufacturer’s invitation was taken up by Robert De Niro, one of the cofounders of the Tribeca Film Festival, as well as IWC Friends of the Brand Eric Dane, Jean Reno, and Karolina Kurkova. “What Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal, and Craig Hatkoff have established here in Tribeca is unique. And we are proud to be part of it,” stressed Georges Kern. “As an innovative company fully committed to further development, we share the Festival’s central objectives and are delighted that our partnership will give us the opportunity to help foster the careers of exceptional filmaking talents.” Support of filmmaking in the region The first highlight of the exclusive dinner was the presentation of the IWC Filmmaker Award, a prize also awarded by the Swiss watch manufacturer at the film festivals of Cannes, Beijing, and Dubai. Jury members Georges Kern, CEO of IWC Schaffhausen, Beth Janson, Executive Director of the Tribeca Film Institute, and Paula Weinstein, Executive Vice President of the Tribeca Film Festival, selected the documentary director Jeff Malmberg (“Marwencol”). An alumnus of the Tribeca Film Institute, Jeff’s approach to his subject matters conveys a cinematic sensitivity that impressed the jury. Malmberg was the recipient of a USD 25,000 grant to further his work. Georges Kern presented Jeff Malmberg not only with

IWC CEO Georges Kern Grace Hightower and Actor Robert De Niro

the IWC Filmmaker Award but also with a Portuguese Automatic Edition “TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL 2013”. The watch is one of 100 pieces which IWC Schaffhausen has produced to celebrate its partnership with the Tribeca Film Festival. In addition to the limited edition, the Swiss watch manufacturer partnered with the iconic auction house Antiquorum to sell a unique Portuguese Automatic Edition “TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL 2013” in platinum. The watch was auctioned for an astounding USD 60,000. IWC Schaffhausen increased the proceeds raised to a total of USD 100,000, which IWC CEO Georges Kern handed over to Beth Janson, Executive Director of the Tribeca Film Institute. “On behalf of the filmmakers we support, I want to thank IWC for their generous contribution to our mission and outstanding creativity in the filmmaking field,” said Beth Janson.

Actor Jean Reno and IWC CEO Georges Kern

Exclusive concert by Aloe Blacc Charismatic soul singer Aloe Blacc provided the evening’s musical highlight with a private concert in honor of the event. The soul musician, who became world-famous with his song “I Need a Dollar”, delivered a thrilling performance and demonstrated that he is not only an outstanding vocalistbut also a talented entertainer. IWC Schaffhausen With a clear focus on technology and development, the Swiss watch manufacturer IWC Schaffhausen has been producing timepieces of lasting value since 1868. The company has gained an international reputation based on a passion for innovative solutions and technical ingenuity. One of the world’s leading brands in the luxury watch segment, IWC crafts masterpieces of haute horlogerie at their finest, combining supreme precision with exclusive design.

Model Karolina Kurkova

Actress Olivia Wilde

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Miuccia Prada Designs Bespoke Costumes for

“The Great Gatsby� A Powerful Collaboration of Motion Art & Designer Talent

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Today, a big screen adaptation of the novel of the same name is being premiered from the uniquely imaginative mind of writer, producer and director Baz Luhrmann. The filmmaker creates his own distinctive visual interpretation of the classic story, bringing the period to life in a way that has never been seen before, in a glittering film starting Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan and Tobey Maguire.

Warner Bros

Once upon a time, there was the ‘Roaring Twenties’; a decade in which fashion truly entered the modern era. Men abandoned highly formal attire and began to wear athletic clothing for the first time whereas women said farewell to restricting clothing such as corsets and welcomed comfort with skirts and trousers. It was also within the same decade that a great literary classic which truly captured the essence of the era was written and published – The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Prada / Miu Miu

The bespoke collection features over 40 unique Miu Miu and Prada cocktail and evening dresses that adorn the wonderful characters in the movie. They were all inspired by selected runway looks from the last 20 years. The pieces have been created in collaboration with the film’s costume designer, Catherine Martin. Viewers will welcome a fashionable treat as gowns of beads and beauty, silk and sequins grace the big screen!

“The Great Gatsby” follows Fitzgerlad-like, would-be writer Nick Carraway as he leaves the Midwest and comes to New York City in the spring of 1922, an era of loosening morals, glittering jazz and bootleg kings. Chasing his own American Dream, Nick lands next door to a mysterious, party-giving millionaire, Jay Gatsby, and across the bay from his cousin, Daisy, and her philandering, blue-blooded husband, Tom Buchanan. It is this that Nick is drawn into the captivating world of the super rich, their illusions, love and deceits. As Nick bears witness, within and without the world he inhabits, he pens a tale of impossible love, incorruptible dreams and high-octane tragedy, and holds a mirror to our own modern times and struggles. The buzz has definitely been building up about this great adaptation and while we all wait anxiously to view the jazzy magic of The Great Gatsby, we are even more excited after witnessing the costume sketches designed by none other than Miuccia Prada who has previously collaborated with Luhrmann on Romeo + Juliet.

Prada / Miu Miu

“Baz and Miuccia have always connected on their shared fascination with finding modern ways of releasing classic and historical references from the shackles of the past” explains Martin. “This connection is central to our relationship with Miuccia Prada on The Great Gatsby, and has connected our vision with hers. In the same way Nick Carrway reflects on world that he is within and without, we have tried to create an environment that the audience will be subconsciously familiar with, yet separated from.”› | issue 02 | may / june 2013

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Prada / Miu Miu

In the film, the costumes take a leading role: shimmering silk gowns embroidered with crystal and sequins; velvets, furs and dancing fringing; flickering shades of emerald, jade, topaz and gold. In the pivotal ball segments, set in Gatsby’s lavish fairytale mansion, Prada and Miu Miu designs steal the scene. A golden Prada party gown laden with crystals, worn by Mulligan’s Daisy Buchanan, is the pièce de résistance.

“Our collaboration with Prada recalls the European flair that was emerging amongst the aristocratic East Coast crowds in the 1920s” Catherine Martin.

“The fashions of the time saw the development of a dichotomy between those who aspired to the privileged, Ivy League look of wealthy Long Island and those who were aspiring to European glamour, sophistication and decadence. Our collaborations with Prada reflect the collision of these two aesthetics.” Catherine Martin.

Prada / Miu Miu

The Prada Great Gatsby collaboration encapsulates the cross-disciplinary spirit of Prada’s ongoing dialogue within the worlds of fashion, art, film and architecture.

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Lost in Venice

takes a trip on a Gondola with

Louis Vuitton

When Christopher Columbus decided to embark on his journey to the Americas, his primary inspiration was a fellow traveller who opened the doors of Europe to the rest of the world. The Venice Marco Polo airport, where I recently landed, was famously named after a merchant called Marco Polo, who laid the business oriented groundwork for the famous floating city. His travels introduced Europeans to Central Asia and China, and eventually the beautiful city of Venice became the commercial capital of Europe. The city’s traders went as far as the Middle East to bring with them our savoury spices which their European neighbors would soon be unable to resist. In time, the act of travelling began to serve more than a commercial purpose and entered the realm of leisure and cultural enlightenment. From boats, to trains and airplanes, new inventions facilitated the means of geographical relocation and for many travelling developed into an art de vivre. This “way of life” became a marker of identity embracing a person’s whole way of being, from the way they dressed, to the way they spoke and even their perception of the world around them. Today’s fashion

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This age old tradition was exhibited in person during the launching of the new Maison Louis Vuitton in Venezia, which is what brought me to this magical labyrinth. “A city on a lagoon at the crossroads of East and West, it symbolizes travel and an openness to new horizons,” as described by Michael Burke, the CEO of Louis Vuitton. Museo Correr Piazza San Marco An immobile painting frozen in time, framed with an engraved golden contour; it came to life the minute I stepped inside its realm.

world constantly draws inspiration from the life led by jetsetters who travel from one fashionable place to another, carefully packing and unpacking the valuable outfits they purchased, in and out of their suitcases covered in Louis Vuitton’s iconic monogram. Long before these items took the form of

Lost in Venice, I crossed over one bridge after the other and entered one alley after another, until I happily found myself in several dead ends left to admire the perfectly unmatching surface of the adjacent houses. The vitrines of the small boutiques lined up along the “calles,” meaning streets in Venetian, displayed the city’s finest creations.

modern day luggage, they came in the form of square hard body trunks, and sometimes even bore the initials of the aristocratic individual they belonged to. In the late 1800s’, the brand demonstrated the art of “emballage” by helping its high end clients pack their suitcases with the utmost etiquette it is still famous for today.

The smell of genuine leather dominated the atmosphere and reflected the city’s notability for high standard fabrics. Authentic journals and modern feather pens were also being sold as a sort of emblem of Venice’s history in literature and theater. From one Mascherari, or mask maker, to the next, I dug deeper into one of the city’s oldest traditions, the Venetian Carnival. I quickly learned to tell the difference between the real, authentic ones from the commercially mass produced or imported ones. From the initial face mold


The death of Othello by Pompeo Molmenti. This original painting from 1866 which was restored thanks to the Louis Vuitton and MUVE partnership, will be exhibited at the upcoming Venice Biennale

future. By partnering up with the Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia,or MUVE, the House will finance the restoration of major pieces of Venice’s heritage, returning them to their former glory for the benefit of the city’s inhabitants. The looming threat of flooding, has increasingly posed a challenge in the preservation of this ancient city. Each time a high tide comes to stream through its streets, the inhabitants gear up with wooden planks and other temporary solutions to keep the water from invading their properties. Throughout Venice, the unevenness of the ground is astonishingly apparent, even in the Basilica of San Marco square in which 20 million tourists step foot each year. Along with the infrastructure, the city’s infinite number of art pieces have fallen victim to its deteriorating state.›

made from papiér maché or ceramic, to the hours spent intricately painting and ornating with different fabrics and material including lace, glitter, sequins, feathers and much more, the mascheraris demonstrated the intricacy of their work. Their passion for the preservation of craftsmanship was similar to that of the artisan shoemakers who had found a home for their atelier, in the calles of Venice. Sewing everything by hand, each one of their creations had an element of originality, such as a plissé finish or a body entirely made of velvet. Leather, goods, masks and Pistachio Frangollas stuffed with large pieces of dried fruits weren’t the only Venetian trademarks that caught my eye and tickled my taste buds. In the words of Candida Höfer, “What always strikes me is the way Italians live daily, with a sort of silent pride, of course, but also so nonchalantly in such grand spaces… ”

When luxury meets art: Louis Vuitton helps restore Venetian heritage Venice is not only known as the city of canals, but the city of bridges. Since the structures float above the water, the only way to get across is by walking over one of the 400 bridges that connect them. The Bridge of Sighs, or the Ponte Dei Sospiri, connected the Doge’s palace to the prisons and offered prisoners a final opportunity to view the city before heading to the execution cells. Today, like the arched bridges of Venice, Louis Vuitton seeks to create a passage, but one that connects the past to the present and the Palazzo Ducale Venice Facade Monogram Inspiration | issue 02 | may / june 2013

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The MUVE, is a foundation that not only manages and helps develop 11 of the city’s most prominent museum, but also organizes cultural services including training, research and teaching with attention paid on social demand. Today, the foundation has added one more duty to its list, and that is the restoration of ancient Venetian art. I personally sat down with Gabriella Belli, the director of MUVE, and asked her about the historical essence of the pieces and how they ensured that it maintained its spirit even after being restored. “This is our strength, she answered, and we are happy that we finally have the opportunity to show this part of our work to the public who is usually unaware that the piece of art they are admiring has been restored. Now we have the chance to put them on display, thanks to our collaboration with Louis Vuitton. The Venetian people can see for themselves the effort that we are putting into preserving our heritage.” The elegant Gabriella Belli has all the expertise to support her statements and an extensive portfolio that includes numerous directorial positions in art institutions and museums across her country. Her background is one of historical as well as contemporary art, and December 2011 saw her appointment as Director of the Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia.

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Gabriella Belli, Director of Muve

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With 700,000 artworks to manage, the foundation is the only cultural foundation in Italy and one of the few in Europe, to be self-financing and operating without public contributions. Thus, the support of private institutions such as Louis Vuitton in the protection of cultural goods is fundamental, according to Belli. During my conversation with her, she drew a parallel between the luxury house and the foundation, noting the perception they share of luxury. In her opinion, luxury is not about the finished result but about starting with an idea and going through the process of putting it into creation. “Luxury is about quality, creativity,

imagination and innovation,” she describes. MUVE’s director hasn’t held back from praising the Maison’s commitment in the promotion of culture, the protection and transmission of Savoir Faire, and its ability to set a dialogue with international Cultural institutions. Each restored work will be featured in a temporary exhibition at the Maison’s Espace Louis Vuitton Venezia, “where it will be interpreted through the eyes of a contemporary artist in order to demonstrate how different eras are connected to one another,” comments Geoffroy Van


is incredible, and with it, it reinserts an emotion. This is the most touching part.” This collaboration still continues today with the restoration of other liturgical gold and jeweled objects. Most notably, the house contributed in the architectural restoration of the Venice Pavilion in the Biennale Gardens, where the world renowned contemporary art exhibition, the Venice Biennale festival, is hosted today. One of the 11 civic museums run by the foundation is the Museo Correr, located in St. Mark’s square and named after Teodoro Correr, a passionate Venetian art collector.

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Raemdonck, the director of Louis Vuitton South Europe. The partnership is about creating links between the art of yesterday and today, as well as reflecting Louis Vuitton’s core philosophy: to preserve, pass on and bring alive a heritage that is always looking to the future. During his speech following the launching of the Maison Louis Vuitton in Venice, Michael Burke, the president of the luxury house, referred to the city’s contributions to modern-day democracy. The Espace Louis Vuitton, where the restored art work will be displayed seeks to serve a reflective purpose. By taking the art and history of Venice outside the “private” context of a museum, the contribution seeks to encourage a cultural dialogue between different types of audiences. This is why the collaborators choose particularly odd, engaging works which could interest and connect people from different worlds, ages and origins. Being engaged in the restoration of Venice’s cultural heritage has been at the heart of Louis Vuitton for more than 150 years. In 2010, the House supported Venetian Heritage, part of the UNESCO Private Committees Program, in the restoration of the altarpiece in Chiesa di San Salvador, a 16th century masterpiece of Venetian goldsmiths’ art. “Before being renovated it had a certain shining factor that had faded away, tells me Van Raemdonck. I couldn’t see the depth of the details that are engraved on it. I was aware of the restoration process but couldn’t quite conceive the emotion that one would have looking at it. I think every renovation

The museum is divided into 19 rooms and boasts a large variety of artifacts including world-famous masterpieces, wartime armory and nautical maps and charts amongst many others. I had the privilege to be guided into a corridor-like room, which is normally closed off to the public, where the museum safely preserved old masterpieces, biblical paintings and portraits of Venetian aristocrats and officials who served the republic. Through this passage, I was led into a darkened room with spotlights illuminating two large paintings that were in the process of being restored. It looked as though the expert was performing a surgery with his equipment, which included syringes and other similar tools, all laid out on the table next to him. He used a special lighting device to show the exact points of damage and how they had been filled in, or repainted. The patient, in this case, was a painting of Jesus Christ with a conniving Judas on one side and an angel on the other. Being in this somber room in the presence of such valuable art pieces took me back to the enclosed crypt underneath the Basilica in San Marco square, which had flooded and been restored several times. Seeing how we, today, were so determined to pay homage to our human ancestors and keep their work alive, gave me a sense of pride. The advancement of our civilization relies on our knowledge and appreciation of the ones that passed. The collaboration between Louis Vuitton and MUVE seeks to do just that, by encouraging the public to be more and more involved in such efforts. I can now relate to Geoffroy’s emotional reaction to the restoration of an art piece, afterall, seeing is believing. Venice was the first to open its doors to the Arab world, hence the arabesque elements found across the city; and MUVE has long

established a relationship with the Middle East, with which it regularly collaborates. “We were recently in Dubai, says Belli, since we’re working on a project together with the museums in the region on Islamic art. We have very important furniture and objects of Islamic art in our foundation.” Knowing the ongoing appreciation that people in the Middle East, and the Gulf in particular, have for Italian craftsmanship and luxury goods, they can now draw a parallel between art and luxury fashion. Dubai, a city that has built a reputation around a culture of luxury shopping, can benefit from being aware of the social corporate responsibility that is sometimes the driving force behind a brand. “Commerce needs vanity; but a healthy ego,” said Michael Burke, the CEO of Louis Vuitton during his speech. When we buy into a luxury brand, we make a statement of identity because we see it fitting into our self-perception. We relate to the certain item we bought, the way it was designed, its colour, the shape of its body or strap, the flashy or demure details, the famous people it was or is popular amongst, and the specific era it was first produced in or historical reference, amongst others. Most of all, a “healthy ego,” would entail having an appreciation for luxury that goes far beyond a monetary value. Since our initial decision was based on identity, because the item represents who we are, then shouldn’t we know who the brand is? Venetian hotel label collected by Gaston Louis Vuitton

Saluti a tutti, from Venice! Houry Seukunian

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With one gaze, she entranced the slithering snake, picked her apple and ate it too. Eve remained in paradise, and ruled her kingdom with poise and prowess. Photographer : Fashion Director : Hair & makeup : Model : Location :

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Bird of Paradise

A “TROPICAL COUTURE” BREAKAWAY BY DIOR Legend has it that the bird of paradise flies through the skies, never coming down to earth. For summer 2013, this imaginary bird has inspired TYEN, and is unfurling its shimmering colours on the Dior makeup collection. Inside Monsieur Dior’s garden, a precious flower reveals itself and is actualized into an exceptional ring. The Milly Carnivora collection by Dior fine Jewellery, is yet another charming manifestation of nature.

EGRATIGNA ANGÉLIQUE' RING, WHITE GOLD, DIAMONDS & GLITTERED DIOR GREY LACQUER

DIOR FINE JEWELLERY


FACE : Diorskin Nude Tan BB Cream Diorskin Nude Tan Paradise Duo EYES : Diorshow Mono Eyeshadow 273 Parati (used as eyeliner) Diorshow Iconic Overcurl Mascara 090 LIPS : Dior Addict Gloss 043 Caprice NAILS : Dior Nailpolish Bird of Paradise Duo 001 Samba * Necklace and ring by Dior Fine Jewellery


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‘CARNIVORA DEVORUS’ NECKLACE, YELLOW GOLD, DIAMONDS, TSAVORITE GARNETS, PINK, YELLOW & ORANGE SAPPHIRES, PARAÏBA TOURMALINES & LACQUER

DIOR FINE JEWELLERY


FACE : Diorskin Nude Tan BB Cream Diorskin Nude Tan Paradise Duo 001 EYES : Dior 5 Color Eyeshadow 434 Peacoock Iconic Overcurl Mascara 090 LIPS : Dior Addict Gloss 363 Dormeuse * Earrings and Necklace by Dior Fine Jewellery


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‘RING ‘DIORETTE’, WHITE GOLD, DIAMOND, AQUAMARINE, TSAVORITE YELLOW SAPPHIRE & LACQUER

DIOR FINE JEWELLERY

Photographer : Stylist : Hair / Makeup : Model :

Mazen Abousrour Sara Maisey Carolyn Gallyer Lina @ Bareface

Fashion by Dior


FACE : Diorskin Nude Tan BB Cream Diorskin Nude Tan Paradise Duo EYES : Dior 5 Color Eyeshadow 374 Blue Lagoon Diorshow Iconic Overcurl Mascara 090 LIPS : Dior Jelly Lip Pen 636 Carioca NAILS : Dior Nailpolish Bird of Paradise Duo 001 Samba * Earrings and Ring by Dior Fine Jewellery / Watch by Dior Timepieces


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Weddings Dear Adam & Eve,

Welcome to our Weddings portfolio. This special portfolio is dedicated to all brides and grooms to-be. It is the perfect read for all couples planning their dream wedding. In this portfolio, we also include articles to guide you on your quests for the perfect planning, wedding attire, floral arrangements, beauty and preparation and the ultimate honeymoon destinations. Planning your special day can really be a daunting task for both brides and grooms and so we have created this issue in order to assist and inspire. Your wedding day will be the most joyous and significant moment in your lives even if the preparation process proves to be nervewrecking. a&e suggests you listen to your heartâ&#x20AC;&#x203A;s desires and follow your dreams as you will then be bound to a lifetime of moving memories that bloomed from a celebratory ceremony.

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Emma - Diamond Cluster Earrings - Diamond Cluster Bracelet - Tiffany Victoria Line Necklace - Shared-Prong Set with Half Circle Diamond Band Ring - Tiffany Setting速 Diamond Ring Dress : MONIQUE LHUILLIER


Brides at Tiffanyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s In between the romantic lace, layers of tulle, shimmering sequins, and defining bow; was a little blue box. Their future came wrapped in a white ribbon, filled with a loving promise to last a lifetime.

Alessandra - Archival Diamond Butterfly Brooch set in Platinum - Tiffany Enchant Bangle in Platinum with Diamonds - Tiffany Enchant Scroll Band Ring in Platinum with Diamonds - Ribbon Round Diamond Ring Dress : MARCHESA


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Alessandra - Archival Diamond Butterfly Brooch set in Platinum - Tiffany Enchant Bangle in Platinum with Diamonds - Tiffany Enchant Scroll Band Ring in Platinum with Diamonds - Ribbon Round Diamond Ring Dress : MARCHESA


Emma - Diamond Cluster Earrings - Diamond Cluster Bracelet - Tiffany Victoria Line Necklace - Shared-Prong Set Diamond Half Circle Band - Tiffany Setting速 Diamond Ring Dress : MONIQUE LHUILLIER


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Alessandra - Tiffany Enchant Scroll Earrings in Platinum and 18k Rose Gold with Diamonds - Tiffany Enchant Bangle with Diamonds in Platinum and 18k Rose Gold - Tiffany Enchant Bangle in Platinum with Diamonds - Soleste Diamond Ring with Single-Row Pink Diamond Border - Three-Row Band ring in Platinum and Rose Gold with White and Pink Diamonds Dress : ROSA CLARA


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Alessandra - Diamond Paisley Earrings - Diamond Paisley Pendant - Round Diamond Line Bracelet - Round Diamond Three-Row Melee Border Ring Dress : ZUHAIR MURAD for ROSA CLARA


Emma - Lotus Diamond Opera Necklace - Round Diamond Three-Row Melee Border Ring - Tiffany Garden Diamond Earrings Dress : MARCHESA


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Emma - Yellow and White Diamond Feather Pendant in Platinum and 18k Gold - Yellow and White Diamond Earrings in Platinum and 18k Gold - Yellow Diamond Ring with White and Yellow Diamond Border Dress : ROSA CLARA


Emma - Tiffany Garden Diamond Earrings - Tiffany Garden Diamond Necklace - Tiffany Garden Diamond Bracelet - Soleste Diamond Ring


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Emma ( LEFT ) - Tiffany Circlet Diamond Drop Earrings - Tiffany Circlet Diamond Necklace - Tiffany Circlet Diamond Bracelet - Band Ring with Channel-set in Platinum with Diamonds - Embrace Diamond Ring Dress : CAROLINA HERRERA Alessandra ( RIGHT ) - Tiffany Enchant Scroll Earrings in Platinum and 18k Rose Gold with Diamonds - Tiffany Enchant Bangle with Diamonds in Platinum and 18k Rose Gold - Tiffany Enchant Bangle in Platinum with Diamonds - Soleste Diamond Ring with Single-Row Pink Diamond Border - Three-Row Band ring in Platinum and Rose Gold with White and Pink Dress : ROSA CLARA


Emma - Tiffany Circlet Diamond Drop Earrings - Tiffany Circlet Diamond Necklace - Tiffany Circlet Diamond Bracelet - Band Ring with Channel-set in Platinum with Diamonds - Embrace Diamond Ring

* All dresses available at ESPOSA Bridal Boutique in Dubai Tel: +971 4 385 4477

Photographer : Fashion Director : Models : Hair & make-up :

Tina Patni Stuart Robertson Emma & Alessandra from Diva Models, Dubai Shin Desu

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Turn up the luxury level by a hundred notches and you get an

Eventique Wedding

Not many people can afford a 3 million Dirham wedding, but those who can, choose to hire Eventique, who can bring into fruition everything that this amount of money can afford. The Dubai based boutique event and wedding management agency, which caters to clients from the whole region, has organized ceremonies which hosted up to 2000 vip guests for Sheikhs, royals and other high end clientele. Detailed chairs can be custom made or imported by the hundreds, crystal gold candelabras can be crafted and flamingos may be seen lounging around an artificial lake, as part of a typical mood you may find at one of the agency’s wedding events. According to Heba Rumhein, the director of Eventique, they have the resources to build floors, alter ceilings and shift the entrance to a large exhibition hall. The ideal time needed to make such arrangements is 3 to 4 months, but they’ve had cases where a 10 day interval was all they had between the client briefing and the wedding itself. The team was able to make all the bride’s extraordinary demands happen, fountains and all included, thanks to their large production team and the support of MBC group under whose umbrella they operate. Interior designers, marketing executives, graphic designers, planners, sales executives, admins and event creators all work long hours to make sure the final product meets the high end clientele’s expectations. Although the small agency is equipped with all the necessary logistics

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and support needed to put larger-than-life weddings together, there are some important facts they require from a bride before she comes in to meet them. Above all else, she needs to have a date in mind as well as a general idea for a location, without having to book the venue herself. “A client may book a very busy ballroom and request a white themed wedding which wouldn’t be feasible since ballrooms have detailed and colourful designs.” Heba doesn’t advise couples to book themselves if they want to have a specific theme to the wedding. If they were to choose an outdoor location with no hanging points, for instance, it wouldn’t be possible to put up curtains or add any ascending elements to the space. Simply said, the venue has to match the couple’s requirements in terms of décor as well as the number of people attending the event and the overall mood. The planning process begins by getting to know the personality of the bride in order to zoom in on her different tastes. Since many of them are unsure of what they like, the team tries to draw inspiration from other events that might spark their creativity.›

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They sit in the showroom for 6 to 7 hours showing them singers, dancers, set ups, floral arrangements, colours and other wedding elements in hopes that they can get closer to figuring out the type of bride she is. Some of them may even request a dress, makeup artist or caterer which Heba’s team chooses based upon the cuisine that is suitable for the chosen theme. A common mistake that many brides are guilty of making nowadays is leaving things to the last minute, according to Heba. They have the false impression that they have plenty of time to make up their minds which leads them to request for changes 5 days before the wedding. Other than last minute changes, some brides fail to share crucial information with their planner, which could end up disrupting the whole functioning of the event. Some guests choose to surprise the couple by hiring a famous entertainer, for example, not taking into consideration the technical elements needed to host this performance. The sound system for a singer

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is different than that of a deejay, and if the event were to be taking place outdoors, it would be advisable to build a tent that restricts the sound from echoing. Some venues may even require an extra generator which would provide more power, if needed. Of course the general public is usually unaware of those details which Heba is keen on, thanks to her years of experience in the event planning business. Having also worked in the hospitality industry for 7 years, she can lend her know-how of the best hotel rates in the city to ensure that guests flying in for a wedding get good deals. Some couples book their guests’ stay, and then they realize that it’s not a holiday. “Once we booked 200 rooms then they said it was too expensive, says Heba, because they hadn’t realized that it was a Russian holiday, a time when hotels get almost fully booked here.” During the week of New Years, hotels generally have a minimum stay of 7 nights which means that a wedding guest visiting for 2 nights would struggle with accommodation.

The Dubai International film festival is one of many festivals that attract a vast number of visitors to the city each year and taking all these elements into consideration, the agency can help couples pick the best time to hold their nuptials. Generally speaking, the most popular month for weddings in the Gulf, is March with September, November and December following suit. People from Iran and Nigeria have even enjoyed the wedding services of this boutique agency, but the main clientele are Arabs of a high caliber, including those who have spent a relative amount of years living in Western countries. Western expats usually have minimal taste and not much interest for extravagantly themed weddings, according to Heba. Gulf nationals, including Emiratis and Saudis, have shown a great willingness to experiment and have an open mind, thanks to their new found interest in travel. They are exposed to the latest in fashion and design, and have a clear view of what they like. They know they most popular florists by name


and many times they draw their inspiration from the world’s biggest fashion shows from international runways. The current trending wedding theme is a garden one with secret gardens, picturesque fountains and floral arches lined along the venue’s entrance. The memorable visual adaptation of an enchanting garden in Dior’s Spring/Summer 2013 runway show perfected by the brand’s stage designers, became a hit with brides-tobe in the Middle East. Likewise, a previous Mumbai inspired show led many brides to choose a Bollywood theme for their wedding. In order to put together such larger-than-life set ups, the team prefers to work with multipurpose and exhibition halls rather than ballrooms, since the latter usually have lower ceilings, lots of detailing, and carpeting on the floor which limits their flexibility. Although entertainment has remained fairly standard, with singers and presenters, clients from the Gulf are more and more appreciating performances in Italian, Spanish, French and English. Another element that’s remained timeless, is the flower arrangement. “Small arrangements are just not for weddings; says Heba, flowers are the essence of a wedding. If the stage has no flowers then we make sure to scatter them across the rest of the venue instead.”

For the most recent wedding event that Eventique organized, the bride was unsure of what she wanted. While walking through their showroom she discovered a small fridge magnet which was a giveaway from another wedding. It was a mask from the Phantom of the Opera, and it quickly caught hers and her mother’s attention. After watching the film, the team was able to recreate the key elements including the water feature, the fire, the large chandeliers and candelabras, and the detailed statuettes. Each and every table was named after a certain mask and the bathrooms were decorated and filled with the necessary amenities, including perfume and breath mints stacked up in large glass jars. “We are one of the few agencies who go as far as to decorate the bathroom; said Heba, it’s nice to head over there after dinner and get refreshed. Many women hold small purses that don’t fit cosmetic products, so we try to at least have fragrances available for them.” Speaking of operas, Heba would like to work on a wedding one day with a real theatre, leveled seating and an opera singer to serenade the crowd. Inspired by the ones in Paris, she hopes to build one of her own for the first time ever. The agency aims high with

its creations, without out ruling any ideas. When it comes to safety however, she was adamant at turning down a bride’s request to be ascended from a 12 meter high ceiling, sitting on her couch! Multi-layered cakes breaking apart and wedding dresses being slit across the back are some situations their rescue team had to attend to. Their presence onsite is crucial and most times the smooth sailing of a wedding goes hand in hand with the vibe they get from a bride when they first meet her. Some brides are lovely to work with, and this positive energy usually rubs off on the event. Bridezillas and monsters-inlaw, let this be music to your ears! Or better yet, let it be the high pitched note of an opera singer that reaches the highest of decibels. Text by Houry Seukunian EVENTIQUE is the exclusive all-service boutique agency, catering to the whole region, that designs weddings and events of a luxurious caliber. Its mission is to be the trendsetter of high profile events by offering a unique level of services to its clients. EVENTIQUE’s team is comprised of talented stage designers, production specialists and experienced planners and specializes in everything from event management and consultancy to event design and execution. For more info visit www.eventique.ae

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The Language & Significance of

Wedding Flowers Flowers are one of the most important aspects of a wedding as they bring colour, life and aroma to a wedding celebration. They allow tables to look more beautiful and can transform a formerly dull space into a beautiful personality-filled one. Decorative flowers have been used in weddings for more than hundreds of years. From a simple bouquet and tiara to venue decor, flowers have made their way to happy couples and their guests on the special day. Can you imagine a wedding without flowers? Is it possible to picture a garden without plants? Of course not! These beautiful gifts from Mother Nature are definitely essential to weddings and that is why we have selected some of the best wedding flowers for all brides struggling to find the perfect one.

Worth a thousand words The meaning of most flowers dates back to the end of the nineteenth century in England. During the Victorian era, the language of flowers created an ultra-romantic language for loversâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; correspondence in which flowers replaced words. Before you order your wedding flowers, we have listed down the language of each popular wedding flower and what they are best for in order to help better your understanding of these colourful scents of romance!

Calla Lily Calla Lilies are very fashionable wedding flowers that signify magnificent beauty which every bride wishes to be on her special day. These flowers add an element of elegance and sophistication to a wedding can be used on their own to create a simple yet striking bouquet or centrepiece. These tropical flowers are very popular in weddings and come in a variety of colours. They are light fragrant and available during spring and summer.

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Lily of the Valley In addition to trustworthiness, these fragile, small bell-shaped flowers also represent the return of love and happiness. They also carry a deep spiritual significance and are considered traditional marriage flowers. These fragrant flowers are best for bouquets, in combination with other flowers and bloom in spring and summer.

Gardenia Gardenia flowers represent love, purity and joy. The delicate white flowers make for a beautiful, meaningful addition to a bouquet. They are also best for boutonnieres. Many believe that the gardenia also represents hospitality, grace and secret love and in the 19th century England, the gardenia was worn on the lapels of menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s formal suits as a symbol of good luck. They are very fragrant and available year-round.

Peony

Hydrangea Hydrangeas traditionally stand for friendship, devotion and understanding. These are three things that every new couple desire as they begin their new life together. They hydrangea is the official fourth wedding anniversary flower. They are best for bouquets and arrangements and bloom during spring and fall.

Although peonies mean bashfulness, they are beautiful flowers work well in bouquets, arrangements, altarpieces and centrepieces. They are lightly fragrant and available during late spring. These flowers also have historical importance in Chinese and Japanese cultures as they have been cultivated in Asia for more than a thousand years. The peony is available in two main types - the herbaceous and the tree peony. â&#x20AC;ş

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Stephanotis

Ranunculus

These flowers are also known as the ‘Bridal Veil’. They are one of the most traditional wedding flowers you will find. They symbolise marital happiness and are great for bouquets and arrangements. These very fragrant, starshaped, waxy florets are available year round and are moderately priced.

Ranunculus represents radiant charm and attractiveness and boasts brains as well as beauty with its wide medicinal properties. These mild-scented flowers are a costeffective alternative to roses and peonies and feature several blossoms on a stem with fernlike foliage. These flowers work best for the bridal bouquet, bridesmaid nosegays and even boutonnieres. There are available in many colours including white, yellow, orange and pink.

Rose

Sweet Pea

Roses are always associated with love and are by far the most popular flower used in wedding bouquets, corsages, buttonholes and table centres. This is not at all surprising as these flowers signify love, joy and beauty. Different coloured roses have different meanings with white roses indicating innocence, ivory roses showing fidelity, red roses depicting passion, and dark pink roses expressing the couple’s gratitude for having met one another. These flowers can either be lightly fragrant or very fragrant, depending on variety and are available year round.

The sweet pea which signifies “lasting pleasure” was first brought to England from Sicily in 1699 and the English have had a love affair with this delicate flower ever since. Its candy-like scent and ruffled blossoms make this an old-fashioned favourite in bouquets for the bride and her bridesmaids. The sweet pea’s many colours range from white to intense pinks and purples, and its scent can be strong and sweet. They are also great for garden settings and to place in vases. Sweet peas are available during late spring and early summer.

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Tulip Tulips are best suited to a spring wedding and come in a huge variety of colours including white and cream, pastel pink, yellow and peach as well as vibrant hues such as magenta, red and purple. They symbolise undying love and passion which makes them a perfect wedding motif. However, they are very fragile. The versatile tulip can enhance both elegant wedding settings and more casual venues and work well in bouquets, boutonnieres and table arrangements. Three main varieties more commonly used are the Dutch tulips, French tulips and parrot tulips.

There you have it – the ten best wedding flowers! Although it is sad but true, there are certain flowers that you should avoid on your wedding day (if you are superstitious). Here are the negative blooms: Christmas Rose, Fig, Foxglove, Larkspur, Lavender, Marigold, Mulberry, Raspberry, Red Carnation, Red Poppy, Rhododendron, Striped Carnation, White Poppy, Yellow Carnation, Yellow Chrysanthemum, Yellow Lily and Yellow Rose! Let the language of flowers speak eternal love, romance and trust on your special day and let their scents please you and your loved ones if only for a celebratory while!

Now that we’ve established the good and bad language flowers - a&e gives you special tips on choosing a florist since we know that nothing about planning a wedding is easy! 1. Deciding on a Florist or Floral Designer Florists will definitely produce expert flower arrangements for weddings however they often use third-party suppliers. Hiring an independent floral designer is an excellent option for couples who want a truly special floral motif for their big day. Of course, they are more expensive but they are also artists. Floral designers also assist in tying flowers into an overarching theme and make your wedding an affair to remember. The reason we suggest picking a floral designer over a florist is because florists tend to juggle dozens of orders simultaneously while floral designers can focus on you and your needs! 2. Collect Pictures All brides envision what they want their wedding to be like. The difficult part is getting the image across to your florist. Start keeping notes early, clip magazine photographs, collect files from online wedding websites and plunder Pinterest files for some great finds! The more information you can give your florist, the better! 3. The Budget Knowing exactly how much you want to spend is the key, both for your own sanity and your florist’s. If you are trying to figure out a reasonable flower budget – plan to spend about 8 to 10 percent of your total wedding budget on flowers! 4. Extras Knowing what sorts of extras you require will be a lifesaver! The more ground your florist can cover for you by getting everything done in one place, the better! One-stop shopping with a single versatile floral designer means coherent aesthetic and less wedding-planning headaches!

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Weddings at the Ritz-Carlton Doha

Most people around the world consider their wedding day as the most important in their life. It’s significance to us personally as well as its role for society exceeds all other events. However, our dreamlike expectations do also often exceed the reality. For instance, which place combines and orders all the numerous steps of a modern wedding in an appropriate and meaningful way? How does the place look like, that offers space for timeless traditions with fresh ideas

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for a wedding celebration that attracts the invitation of royalty in the spirit of Qatar’s blossoming city, Doha? Nora Kharati says The Ritz-Carlton Doha Hotel is the place. Nora, the wedding coordinator at The Ritz-Carlton, Doha, has been organizing weddings for more than three years. In one month she organizes at least 15 wedding ceremonies for both locals and foreigners as well, creating a lifetime of memories with a destination wedding that leaves footprints

of excellence on the road to a successful married life for couples. The magic behind Nora’s accomplishment is nothing but the array of modern facilities at The RitzCarlton, Doha that suit the style and taste of today’s twenty-first century bachelors and spinsters, the stylishly decorated ballrooms for wedding receptions and a traditional celebration of weddings, customized for the locals in deference to their culture, religion and beliefs.


Once the diamond rings have been selected, the proposal accepted, and the date agreed upon, the next step for a newly engaged couple is often the wedding organizer at The Ritz-Carlton of their choice. The Ritz-Carlton, Doha specializes in creating weddings that keep the mother of the bride happy and calm. Even the father of the bride will be pleased that weddings can be organized for most budgets, depending on the level of details allotted to it. The soon-to-be-married couple can set out together with that pleasant experience of knowing that their wedding was a perfect start to their new life together. They need not go through all the hassles involved with organizing for their wedding. “The whole responsibility of organizing is completed borne by The Ritz-Carlton, Doha. From the time the contract is signed till the guests check-out of the hotel room as married couple, we devotedly stay with them helping out in everything possible that will make their day memorable,” Says Nora . “We ask questions, make suggestions, provide all that is necessary to aid the intending couple from anxiety, stress and physical breakdown before the D-day. We even go as far as beautifying the room selected for the couples with flowers, candles and balloons. We stand by the bride throughout the preparation stage preceding the wedding ceremony, comforting her, telling beautiful success stories in other to make her relax and tension free,” Nora continues. Menu selection is one issue that intending couple concern themselves about when preparing for their wedding. They want to have the flavor of a civilized reception that blends Arabic tradition with modern style. The reception can be themed to suit the special tastes and cultural preferences of the couple. They either will prefer family style, plated dinner or buffet. Musical interlude is usually the initiative of the couple. However, steps are usually taken to provide a good sound system should the guests have no plan for a live performer. The bride’s major concern is privacy and security, ensuring that no one sees her or her guests. The Wedding Coordinator makes certain that this line of tradition is strictly kept unbroken. She escorts her to the wedding hall signaling for colleagues to make way. The wedding hall is strictly kept close during the lady’s wedding reception.

Hospitality is also another concern for the bride and her family as they expect that their guests should be treated extremely well and offered Arabic sweets and juices upon arrival, and receives excellent service throughout the celebration, as it is a source of pride for the family. “We usually provide an addition of 20 chairs after the signing of the contract to ensure that well wishers are duly catered for, says Nora. “Refreshment is patterned to suit the choice of the married couple. Wedding venues at The Ritz Carlton, Doha include the Fountain Courtyard, which features palm trees overlooking the gulf, and the stunning Al Wosail and Al Mukhtasar ballroom, each of which can be configured to meet the precise requirements. Dedicated entrance to ballroom area is available for maximum comfort, privacy and exclusivity. The quality of Food & Beverage is important when combined with the impeccable service provided by the Ladies and Gentlemen of The Ritz-Carlton, Doha. This makes the Hotel the number one choice for wedding destination in Qatar.

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| the bride-to-be |

A Dress for Every Shape Trying on a wedding dress is exciting, but is also a big task that requires a lot of preparation. Wedding dresses are made for every body type and can be altered to fit each person perfectly. However knowing what style of dress will fit your body type before your appointment gives you a bit of a head start in the search. One of the alluring aspects of fashion is that different types of clothes can show off the parts of your body that you like and hide other areas. The way a dress is designed can thus provide the illusion of a wellproportioned body - all without dieting or plastic surgery. Determine your body shape. For instance, if you have a small waist and your chest and hips have equal widths, you probably have an hourglass shape. A pear-shaped body has a bottom that's larger than the top. In an apple shape, most of the weight is carried in the center of the torso, and there is little or no indentation at the waist.

Hourglass: Hourglass-shaped women have hips and a bust line that are about the same width, with a smaller waist. Look for dresses with a dropped waist and sweetheart neckline. Other styles that fit this body type are a mermaid and trumpet dresses. Avoid ball gowns or dresses with an Empire-waist silhouette. Pear: Pear-shaped women have larger hips and thighs, with a smaller upper body. Look for strapless ball gowns, Empire-waist dresses, dresses with a V-shaped neckline, or anything that has a skirt that flares out from the natural waist. Also look for sturdy fabrics like satin. Avoid dresses with a clingy fabric, halter necks and mermaidstyle dresses. Apple: Apple-shape women have a rounder waistline, larger breasts and smaller hips. Look for dresses that cinch at the smallest point on the waistline, have an A-shape and flare out, a deep V-shaped neckline, or that create a corset around the body. Avoid dresses that are mermaid or trumpet shaped, or that cling to the widest part of the body. Triangle: Triangle-shaped women have the silhouette of an inverted triangle, with shoulders that are wider than hips. Look for dresses that are straight cut or bias cut, full ball-gown styles, have halterstyle necklines and dresses that emphasize the hip area with bows or other embellishments. Avoid dresses with low necklines, wide necklines and full sleeves.

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Rectangle: Women who are rectangle-shaped don't have a lot of

curves and are straight-lined. Look for a dress that create curves, such as structured-bodice ball gowns, ones that are cut on a bias, have an Empire-style silhouette or wider neckline. Avoid straight-cut dresses and high-necked dresses.

Full-Figure: Full-figured women have larger breasts, round hips,

a stomach and more of a backside. Look for a ball gown, an A-line silhouette dress, a dress made from structured fabric like satin or a dress with an Empire seam that begins just under the bust line. Avoid dresses that are too loose, made of flowing fabric, have spaghetti straps or are of sheath-style.

Tall or Petite: If you're a tall bride, find a dress that is simple with a lower waistline and a hem that touches the ground. Long sleeves should be hemmed past the wrist so they don't look too short. Avoid dresses with many embellishments. Petite women should look for simple dresses, trumpet-style dresses, ones with a modified A-line or a sheath. Look for ones that have a waistline that falls above the natural waist, to create a taller appearance. Avoid dresses like ball gowns, calf-length gowns and anything with a dropped waist.

Small or Large Chested: Small-chested women should look for a dress with a bodice, a halter neck, or a dress with more fabric up top. Avoid dresses that will make the chest look flat. Women with large chests should opt for dresses with a scooped neckline or a sweetheart neckline, either with or without straps. Avoid dresses with extra fabric up top as this can add volume.

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Bride of 2013! The Breathtaking

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any trends- jewelled details, long sleeves, Lace-and-Tulle combo, cascading peplum and bold floral-dominated the

Spring 2013 Bridal runways, together signaling a new direction for

all brides. Last season's sexy backs returned for Spring 2013 having softened the focus on bare skin with sheer panels of tulle, re-worked lace, and keyhole closings. While the emphasis is still on the bride from reverse, it's with more romance than seduction that she holds our attention. Silhouettes in general gravitated toward coverage, a sign that Duchess Kate's Alexander McQueen wedding gown still reins supreme a year after the royal wedding. Peplums also offered a high-fashion escape this season, injecting wedding gowns with a dose of haute style using both structured and softly draped shapes. And brides needn't fear added volume at the hip-peplums of the right proportion are great for defining a waist on both boyish and curvy figures. Not sure which of spring's trends are right for you? Have them all with a convertible gown, which employs removable skirts, trains, and capes to transform your ceremony dress into a distinct reception look. â&#x20AC;ş

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Chloe

Roger Dubuis Velvet


Jennifer Behr Headwrap @ Sophie's Closet Carla Atala

Roberto Coin

Carolina Bucci @ Net-A-Poter

Lanvin Blanche

Oscar De La Renta

Paule Ka Gloves

Rosantica Hair Slide @ Net-A-Porter Lara Bohnic @ Boutique 1

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| bridal accessories |

Bulgari

Aila

Diane von F端rstenberg

Paule Ka

CH Carolina Herrera

Purses

Oscar De La Renta

Jimmy Choo

Alberta Ferretti

Lanvin Blanche

Kotur @ Boutique 1

Vintage Chanel

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Manolo Blahnik Jimmy Choo

Lanvin Blanche CH Carolina Herrera

Christian Louboutin @ Net-a-Porter Lanvin Blanche

Etro

Shoes Balenciaga Versus

Jimmy Choo

Oscar De La Renta Oscar De La Renta

Paule Ka

Alexander Wang

Emporio Armani

Christian Louboutin

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Passionata

Intimissimi Carine Gilson @ Net-A-Porter

Wolford

Lingerie Chantelle

Simone Perele

Agent Provacateur

Nayomi

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| the groom guide |

Choosing Your Tux

You have finally proposed marriage to the woman of your dreams. Her acceptance now means that you must prepare for one of the most important days of your life where you will stand beside your bride in that “picture perfect moment”. The lasting memory of your wedding day will be immortalized in photos and videos. Choosing the perfect tuxedo and accessories is vital thus making the task quite daunting. Proper fit is the key when it comes to dressing the men in the wedding party, especially the groom. For most people, their focus will be more on the bride’s attire. However, it is necessary to realize the importance of the groom’s tux as it usually compliment’s the bride’s gown, hence making the whole look of the wedding complete and more appealing to the eyes of their guests.

Choosing a Tux that suits your body A tuxedo can make anyone look great provided that it is the right tux for their body style. Here are a couple of tips that will assist you in selecting the perfect tuxedo for you. 1. If you have a lean frame but not very tall, be sure to choose a tuxedo set with a lowbutton stance. Also, make sure that it doesn’t have more material that you need so that that the tuxedo does not look too big on your frame. 2. If you are heavy but not very tall, plan to find a single-breasted tuxedo and make sure that the tux isn’t too tight. 3. If you are tall and lean, then you are in luck. Almost all tuxedos look great on your body type. 4. If you are tall and muscular, your best bet is to find a tuxedo with neat lines and not a lot of bulk. Just keep in mind sizing issues and make sure that the suit is well-tailored.

Types of Tuxedos Cutaway or morning coat: This coat is for the most formal morning weddings. The coats are usually black or grey with a single button at the waist and one broad tail at the back. Usually, this style of coat is worn with a winged-collared dress shirt, ascot and striped trousers. It can be made a bit less formal with a patterned tie in lieu of the ascot.

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Dinner jacket: The dinner jacket is usually in classic white or ivory. It works very well in the summer months or in warm climates, in the afternoon or evening and it is considered a very appropriate substitute for a standard tuxedo. It is great for a casual wedding or a rehearsal dinner. These jackets look the best with formal black trousers with a side satin stripe.

Traditional tuxedo or black tie: This is usually worn after 6 p.m. but can appear at a formal daytime wedding anytime after noon. A black or grey jacket with a single button is the most classic. These jackets usually have a shawl, peak, or notched lapels. They are worn with matching flat-front trousers, bow tie and suspenders, vest or cummerbund.

Stroller coat: The stroller coat is a variation of the morning coat, usually hip length. It looks good with fancy waistcoats.

Updated black tie: This evening suit is a newer variation of the classic tux with the satin trim on the lapel and pants legs, albeit subtly. These tuxes are worn with a black shirt and a regular tie in lieu of a bow tie, and often with a belt rather than suspenders. â&#x20AC;ş

Tails: This type of a jacket is one that is short in front with two longer tails hanging in the back. It is usually worn with suspenders and a white pique shirt, vest and a bow tie. It is very formal, indeed.

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| the groom guide |

Now that we are done with understanding the types of tuxes available as well as which one would look good on your body type, we talk to Toby Bateman, Buying Director of MRPORTER.COM. The site recently launched its wedding store where you will be able to select a category from city wedding, country wedding or beach wedding, then shop an edit of specially selected products from brands including Gucci, Richard James, Boglioli, Lanvin and Etro. The Wedding Store is a permanent section of the MRPORTER ‘What to Wear’ tab, and will be regularly updated with seasonal clothes and accessories suitable for every type of wedding.

Tips for Stylish Grooms by

Toby Bateman, Buying Director MRPORTER.COM

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Preparation is key. Assemble the entire outfit to check it looks good, well before the event itself. Ensure the suit is clean and pressed, and the shirt laundered. Having spent time putting together a sharp outfit make sure it’s in good shape for the big day by using a suit carrier to travel, then unpack immediately and hang everything up to minimise creasing.

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Establish the dress code and work out what it means - "black tie" may be obvious, but things such as "summer chic" are unhelpfully opaque. The key is to be smart without looking like you’ve just popped out of the office. The blue suit is a faultless option; keep one good lounge suit not subjected to the daily grind of professional life for weddings and smart dinners.

( MULBERRY SUIT CARRIER )

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Check the weather forecast - consider sunglasses or a hat if sunshine is promised or, alternatively, make sure you have a good umbrella.

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Your choice of accessories can make or break a wedding outfit. Let the formality of your outfit guide your choice of cufflinks, from precious metals for formal outfits, to simple silk knots for more relaxed combinations.

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Sometimes a suit can feel very formal for a beach wedding, or one that’s taking place in the height of summer. Try a soft shouldered and unlined jacket, which could be double breasted and sophisticated in a neutral shade, informal in checked cotton or simple and plain (the easiest to wear.)

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If the setting is likely to involve very high temperatures, linen is a great idea. It’s hard to beat a linen shirt in the heat, and this season Boglioli has an ivory coloured 3-piece linen suit, which would be highly wedding appropriate.

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Add some visual interest to an otherwise sober suit with a colourful pocket square, or try a summery bowtie.

( MAISON KITSUNE SEERSUCKER JACKET )

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The obvious shirt colour is white, and there wouldn’t be anything wrong with wearing one, but a pale blue or pink shirt is a summery alternative. Let colour lift your look with this pink shirt by Brioni, the colour will look particularly sophisticated against grey and navy.

( RICHARD JAMES FLORAL POCKET SQUARE )

( BOGLIOLI LINEN SUIT )

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Consider your choice of tie. A patterned silk tie is the smartest and most conventional choice, but between chambray cotton, fuzzy wool and knitted silk there's a selection of casual styles that convey insouciance just as eloquently as an open collar.

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Make sure to wear new shoes a couple of times before the wedding day so that they're ready to dance in.

( JOHN LOBB OXFORD SHOES )

( BRIONI SHIRT )

( J.CREW TIE )

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| bridal hair |

L’Oreal Professionnel’s Bridal Coiffure Collection 2013

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This year L’Oreal Professionnel presents Bridal Coiffure Collection 2013, which answers the multi-cultural taste of the region and celebrates all women, from the Bride to her entourage and friends. Two themes, two weddings, two journeys, “A Thousand and one nights” and “Secret Gardens” which reveal the latest Hair Trends for different tastes. Enter a world of wonder and get carried away on a mythical and magical journey with A Thousand and one nights. It all starts with the Henna night, by revealing the Queen of Arabia, followed by Sandy Waves and Charming Twist for the attendees. And of course, the celebrations go beyond fairytale on the Big Day, the Wedding, where we reveal the Bride’s look, Desert Rose, along with the attendees’ looks, Timeless Chic and Oriental Emerald. Looking for a modern twist? Open the doors of the Secret Gardens, and enter a world of modernism. Modern Embrace, a modern bride with an Arabic twist, along with Natural Grace and Upper Side, two modern looks for the attendees. On her Honeymoon Escapade, can carry her heir lose with beautiful waves - Fresh Breeze or have it half up with the Pin Up look. Discover Bridal Coiffure Collection 2013, a compilation of different brides and attendees,

great tips on hair & with inspirational looks to help pick a theme for your day. For perfect hair on the big day, simply ask your hairdresser to help you choose your Festive Look. You will be guided on the 3 Steps to perfect hair which will help you achieve the beautiful, healthy and stunning look you’ve always dreamt of. Starting with Consultation, then Preparation, it involves strengthening, shaping, colouring, treating & finally Styling and Maintaining the hair leaving it rejuvenated and ready for the wedding.

The three steps to perfect bridal hair include:

STEP1: Consult The perfect result starts with the perfect preparation. Get a complete consultation of your hair and scalp from your hairdresser, and agree on the next steps needed to achieve your desired look.

STEP 2: Prepare I-Strengthen

To create the perfect chignon you need first a strong base, knowing that hair is made up of 80% protein. Is your hair damaged? Breaking? Or burnt out? Do you suffer from hair loss or dandruff? Now is the time to treat your scalp and hair problems. Let your hairdresser tell you which program is suitable for you.

II-Shape

Your hairdresser will recommend if your hair needs a haircut or a trim, and if a specific service is needed to re-shape your natural hair - Is your hair frizzy and wavy and you want to reduce its volume? Brazilian Smooth services is your answer.

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Dramatic fashion statement or subtle reflects, grey hair coverage or just inject shine? Your hairdresser will guide you to the perfect technology for you: Majirel, INOA or DIA.

STEP 3: Style & Maintain Now it’s magic time! Your hair is strengthened, shaped, colored, and all ready to be styled for the Big Day!

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| engagement rings |

The New Colour Code

engagement rings featuring

vibrant gemstones

If you're looking for the latest most popular trend on engagement rings, then you should dig designs featuring a coloured gemstone as the star attraction. The imaginative brides-to-be are painting a more colourful picture for their future. These rings make an excellent choice for a piece of jewellery you will be wearing every day, and there is no need to restrict yourself to a certain dim or transparent colour when there are yellow, pink, green and purple sapphires to consider. Rubies, long associated with passion and love, make a dramatic choice too. Beyond the big three - emeralds, sapphires and rubies - one of the biggest evolutions in jewellery has been the sheer magnitude of different-coloured precious stones. Natural coloured diamonds make up only 1 per cent of global production, which means they are inevitably expensive. But before you balk at the price, consider that they are a good investment, too. Set aside the fact that coloured diamonds are becoming an increasingly fashionable alternative to the classic white diamond engagement ring. Demand for coloured diamonds - particularly yellow, pink and blue - is at an all-time high. There are not enough to go round, which makes them more covetable - and valuable. Their scarcity has a lot to answer for - price, demand, exclusivity - but were it not for their kaleidoscopic beauty, that would be irrelevant. Given their extreme beauty, you won't find coloured gems encrusted in engagement rings in many jewellers' windows. As is often the case, it is the independent designers who are experimenting with the more unusual colours. It might be a radical departure from the traditional engagement ring, but think of the joy it will bring you every time you catch a glimpse of it on your finger.

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One-of-a-kind Van Cleef & Arpels Pierre de Couleur Bonheur ring in platinum, with a central ruby and diamonds

Chaumet Josephine ring in pink gold with diamonds and a pear-shaped rubellite.

Baroque 18ct rose gold ring, set with a rough red ruby

Harry Winston Incredible Radiantcut Yellow Diamond ring in 18ct yellow gold with platinum

Ingle & Rhode bespoke Vintage engagement ring, set with an oval-cut 1.4ct fancy yellow diamond

Tiffany & Co. Tiffany yellow diamond ring. Tiffany ring with a fancy vivid oval yellow diamond, 7.31 carats, with yellow and white diamonds in platinum and 18 karat gold

Theo Fennell Pink Sapphire and Diamond Butterfly Ring in 18ct white and pink gold

Calleija The Pink Princess engagement ring in platinum, set with 1.52ct natural Australian Argyle Pink diamonds

Tiffany & Co. Tiffany pink diamond ring. Tiffany ring with a rectangular modified brilliant fancy deep pink diamond, 1.14 carats, with white diamonds in platinum\

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Tiffany & Co diamond and gemstone rings in platinum, set with a cushion-cut green cuprian elbaite tourmaline, above, and emerald-cut alexandrite, below

One-of-a-kind Van Cleef & Arpels Pierre de Couleur Hirondelle solitaire ring in platinum, set with a central 1.79ct cushion-cut emerald and round diamonds

David Yurman Classic Three Stone engagement rings in platinum, set with a ruby, emerald or two sapphires, with smooth or cabled bands

Gilan Coloured Diamond ring White gold with white diamonds and emerald

Faberge Solyanka Vera ring in 18ct white gold, set with 129 diamonds totalling 1.81ct. The centre stone is an ethically mined 8.27ct Gemfields cushion-cut emerald

Hirsh London ring set with an emerald-cut emerald and pear-shaped diamonds

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Boodles Vintage sapphire and diamond ring in platinum set with a cushion-cut blue sapphire and surrounded by a further 1.20ct of roundbrilliant diamonds

Dior AngĂŠlique Ring

Tiffany & Co. Tiffany blue diamond ring. Tiffany ring with an oval fancy vivid greenish blue diamond in a diamond and platinum setting

Harry Winston Oval ring

One-of-a-kind Van Cleef & Arpels Pierre de Couleur Couture solitaire ring in platinum with a central 1.65ct oval-cut sapphire and round diamonds

Susannah Lovis Aquamarine and Diamond Deco Ring

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COLOUR REPORT


This issue, we bring you our popular colour report featuring the best looks from the runway and the hottest accessories using Pantoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Colour Forecast for the season! Color Report by Ylova Hamdan


| colour report | ( Swarovski )

African Violet This colour trend includes prominent colours such as pale iris, desert bloom, paprika and china blue. These looks from Chanel, Dina JSR and Philosophy Di Alberta Ferretti are loyal to the colours. African Violet is perfect for a romantic look during both the day and evening.

( Alyssa Norton @ Boutique 1 )

( Philosophy Di Alberta Ferretti )

( Dior )

( Dina JSR )

( Chanel ) ( Bulgari )

( Dior )

( Jimmy Choo )

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( Alberta Ferretti )


Dusk Blue The elements of water act as an inspiration for this colour. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve selected a lot of seafoam shades as you can see in the Oscar De La Renta and Giorgio Armani looks. Again, this color is great for a soft, romantic look. We absolutely adore the Charlotte Olympia quirky purse which is available for order online at Boutique 1.

( Dior )

( Mawi )

( Oscar De La Renta ) ( Charlotte Olympia Purse @ Boutique 1 )

( Missoni @ The Outnet.com )

( Aigner )

( Dina JSR )

( Giorgio Armani )

( Lacoste )

( Paule Ka )

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Emerald

( Oscar De La Renta )

This gorgeous shade of green is the colour of the year! Emerald complements almost all skin tones so donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be afraid to go bold with colour! Over here, we stick to the pure and classy emerald! We love the CH Carolina look and the Burberry trench! Perfect if you want to make someone green with envy, donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t you agree?

( Stella McCartney )

( Marni )

( Tara Jarmon )

( Lanvin )

( Burberry )

( Oscar De La Renta )

( CH Carolina Herrera )

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( Gucci )


( Oscar De La Renta )

Grayed Jade This pale shade is just so soft, sweet and beautiful. The Alberta Ferretti look below features a more saturated shade of the color and that we absolutely love. The color definitely transports us to a world of mermaids and crystal caves!

( Donna Karan )

( Raoul @ Boutique 1 )

( Oscar De La Renta )

( Aigner )

( Pinko )

( Alberta Ferretti )

( Georges Hobeika )

( Pinko )

( Coach )

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Lemon Zest

( Gucci )

Inspired by the sun! Shades of yellow are definitely appropriate for the spring and summertime. Try to incorporate a floral lemon zest into your wardrobe such as the below from Jean Paul Gaultier to perfectly complement the season.

( Serpui Marie @ Boutique 1 )

( Jean Paul Gaultier )

( Stella McCartney )

( Christian Louboutin )

( Aigner )

( Diane Von F端rstenberg ) ( Etro )

( Etro )

( Manolo Blahnik )

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( CH Carolina Herrera )

( Burberry )


Linen

( Aigner )

A very quiet colour that consists of mostly base colours such as nudes! Sleek and sophisticated, we love these two looks from Salvatore Ferragamo and Lanvin! If you are looking to go sleek with your accessories rather than your entire outfit, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve selected some great picks from Bulgari, Christian Louboutin and Loewe.

( Salvatore Ferragamo )

( Weill )

( Loewe )

( Lanvin )

( Bulgari )

( Christian Louboutin )

( Paule Ka )

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Monaco Blue The royal blue colour followed through from the last season into the present. We couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be more excited! We just adore this look from Dior that features the colour as well as Victoria by Victoria Beckhamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s landscape print dress. This colour pairs magnificently with black as the black and blue combination always remains classy and timeless.

( Etro )

( Christian Louboutin )

( Jean Paul Gaultier )

( Dior )

( Gucci )

( Aigner )

( Victoria by Victoria Beckham )

( Longchamp )

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( Jimmy Choo )

( Burberry )


Nectarine Even though these are bright and bold shades, they are still warm! We love how they can make anyone look and feel fresh and vibrant! Tangerine was last season and this time, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all about nectarine which is more of a warm orange shade. Take inspiration from these looks by Project D, CH Carolina Herrera and Pinko! The Gucci statement necklace is a bolder version of the colour that will definitely add a pop to any outfit!

( Gucci )

( Kotur @ Boutique 1 )

( Versace )

( Pinko )

( CH Carolina Herrera ) ( Etro )

( Versace )

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Poppy Red Passion and more passion prevail in this colour! There were many poppy red shades on the catwalk this season such as these Balenciaga and Longchamp looks. We also love the look from Wolfordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s SS13 collection. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a lot of passion on this page and I am sure just by glancing at these gorgeous picks, a great amount of desire is overwhelming you.

( Oscar De La Renta )

( Repetto )

( Balenciaga )

( Longchamp )

( Chloe ) ( Wolford ) ( Aigner )

( Gianvito Rossi )

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( Tod's )


Tender Shoots

( Louis Vuitton ) ( Oscar De La Renta )

Dreamlike and whimsical, this colour exudes fantasy and fun just as these looks from DVF and Louis Vuitton! With a splash of a colour such as this, you will definitely be the life of the party synonymous with a picturesque park in a distant world!

( Diane Von F端rstenberg )

( Kotur @ Boutique 1 )

( Manolo Blahnik )

( Etro )

( Serpui Marie @ Boutique 1 )

( Dior )

( Dolce & Gabbana )

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| fashion designer |

A Treasure Chest of Glamour speaks to Qatari designer, Lama El-Moatassem about her label ‘Toujouri’

In September 2009, fashion designer Lama El-Moatassem launched Toujouri’s first collection, after studying at London’s Central St Martin, London College of Fashion and working for international design houses such as Chloe. Travel and culture, vintage textiles, embroideries, brocades and, ways in which modern design can interpret these aesthetics inspire her. Toujouri translates as treasure chest in Arabic and at the root of each collection is the desire to create glamorous, sensual and modern clothes - a fluid translation of cultural and aesthetic influences of the Middle East and the West. The Toujouri flagship store was launched in January 2012 in Doha, Qatar. Designed by internationally acclaimed architect Peter Marino, the new store brings to life an exciting interpretation of Toujouri’s meaning - a treasure chest - translated into a store that displays garments as jewellery, making everything feel precious, allowing our customer to enjoy shopping in a giant jewel box. Toujouri’s flagship is Mr. Marino’s first project with a rising Middle Eastern brand, translating Toujouri’s values of craftsmanship and refined glamour to a shopping environment that embodies modern luxury as well as the spirit of exploration and discovery.

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in the design studio and then joined the International wholesale team. This was invaluable experience that gave me an amazing insight into the delicate balance between the design process and the necessities for sales in different markets and recognising customers.

What does the brand stand for? What would you say is the main essence of the brand? Toujouri is a traditional word in Arabic, which means 'treasure chest'. I loved the name as it reflects the precious nature of the garment. The design process is very much about details, intricate embroideries, rich colours and textures. We create all of these from scratch in-house every season, including the prints and even develop our own colours and fabrics. The shapes are a fusion of the brand's Middle Eastern essence and our modern lifestyle.

Who is the Toujouri woman? How would you describe her? We envisage our woman as a confident cultural ambassador, bridging countries and continents. A woman, who is independent in her thoughts, and comfortable to stand out from the crowd in a sensual and feminine way. â&#x20AC;ş

When did you realize that fashion was a passion and what inspired you to create Toujouri? My background was in fine arts, and I always really enjoyed painting in particular and I created multimedia, textural pieces. Fashion was a way for me to express this passion into a business. The textile process plays a huge role in the Toujouri identity.

Before Toujouri, what did you do? Tell us more about your background. I was born and I grew up in Doha and then lived in London where I went to Central Saint Martins and London College of Fashion and studied surface textiles for fashion. I then completed an internship at Chloe and went on to work at Matthew Williamson for three years. I first started off with an internship

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What inspires your creative process? The textiles are always the starting point for the collection. Some of our embroideries for example take up to two months to create. We start with outlining the theme, drawing up the artwork, experimenting with a mixture of techniques and sometimes even creating our own sequins and beads. We develop the silhouettes in parallel to tell a cohesive story. The embroideries, embellishments and prints are always part of telling the story and not merely decorative.

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Tell us more about your latest collection for Autumn/Winter ’13. What was the inspiration behind it and what is the overall main theme that flows through the pieces in the collection? The main influence and common thread throughout the AW13 collection is light. I was looking at translating a mystical, magical winter sunset with a balance of warmth and iciness. This is most apparent in our silk organza (which we developed with

an opalescent glade), our abstract sheer lace inserts and special sequins – all created especially to shimmer in different light. I also wanted with this collection to introduce a versatility and more relaxed attitude to traditional Evening Wear – so with AW/13 for the most part, the most precious part of the garment, the embroideries, are removable and customers are able to buy them as separates. We also introduced the idea of Evening Wear separates, such as Trousers and Jackets, allowing our customers to take Toujouri on a


glamorous fun night out, not only for a formal occasion.

If you had to describe the collection in one word, what would it be? Transformative.

How is the brand doing internationally? We've been very fortunate to be able to develop the brand internationally in parallel to regionally in the Middle East. We currently have five international stockists, including the UK (Harrods), Italy, Turkey, US and most surprisingly of all perhaps, Panama! We showcase the collection every season in a private showroom during Paris Fashion Week, and are slowly developing the presence of Toujouri on the red carpet. Last year we saw Florence Welch wearing two Toujouri kaftans at her concerts, and Toujouri was one of the only emerging designers to be invited to design a couture piece for the Jubilee windows at Harrods.

How do you balance creativity and commerce? This balance is very delicate. It's important to start off having your customer in mind while designing and having a very clear focus as to the markets and clients you are targeting without getting too caught up and forgetting the essence of the brand. This becomes more difficult as you try to expand into different territories but if you build a strong brand language at the beginning, it becomes easier to speak all these languages offering minor tweaks to suit the market demands. Merchandising is an art, and if you get your formula right in building the core signature of the brand, it becomes easier to have leeway to create all the fun fashion pieces every season without alienating your customers.

What do you enjoy most about being a fashion designer? It's part of who I am. I love discovering new processes, techniques, seeing the brand develop and grow. I am involved in every part of the business alongside designing the collection so we are constantly facing challenges and opportunities and I love learning from them and working with my team to take Toujouri to the top.

How would you describe your own personal style? It’s very important for me to be comfortable in what I’m wearing whether it’s a ball gown, a cocktail dress or jeans and a t-shirt.

Do you have any further plans of expansion? At the moment we are focusing on tweaking and expanding the range offering and expanding some of our product categories for the coming seasons.

What is in the pipeline for you and Toujouri? What can our readers expect? We have a few projects in the pipeline, a bit too early to reveal for now, but some exciting developments to nurture and put Middle Eastern Fashion and talent on the International map. Interviewed by Ylova Hamdan

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| style report |

Tokyo drift

Etro

Refined dinners in the panoramic towers of Shanghai, Tokyo, and Singapore have been on your mind lately. Etro’s paisley patterns and Alexander McQueen’s expanded butterfly wings visuals are statement enough to be worn with clean cut white pants. A dragon emblem and accessories in exotic reptile skins add that necessary extra touch of elegance that reflects the region’s heritage.

Luminor Submersible by Panerai

CH Carolina Herrera men

Bottega Venetta

Alexander McQueen

Baron spinner by Samsonite

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Christian Louboutin


Down to earth Drawing inspiration from Ralph Lauren’s mountain hiker, with his beige shorts and sporty layers, we put together pieces that embrace the environment just as much as the athletic man’s sense of style. We’re particularly fond of this season’s Tumi rucksacks, since the brand is so keen on compartmentalizing; having in mind every single item that may be carried along.

Muhammad Ali watch by IWC Schaffhausen

Lanvin

Ralph Lauren

Armani Exchange

Ducati Scrambler Rucksack by Tumi

Ralph Lauren

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| style report |

For the love of the sea

Sunscreen from Kiehl's

If you’ve decided to take a cruise ship and tour the islands of Greece, we pictured you looking like Eden Park’s fisherman, with the short swim trunks, water-proof jacket, and boat shoes. From the ship’s deck to the crowded streets of Santorini.

Villebrequin

Etro

Hackett

Boss

Eden Park Christian Louboutin

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A day in Tuscany When we think of Provence and Tuscany, we are reminded of Russell Crowe’s “A Good Year,” which gave us a charming and romantic look into the culture of winemaking . For the connoisseur who wants to discover the essence of this age old tradition and experience the atmosphere of a vineyard, the fashion inspiration is one of bohemian nonchalance. We’ve chosen Bottega Venetta’s hippie-chic tunics and loose silhouettes and paired them with shoe sandals or perforated peasant shoes.

Paul Smith

IWC Ingenieur Black Series

Prada

Platinum by Loewe This fragrance is designed for the sophisticated, sensitive and observant man, much like the one who enjoys developing his wine tasting skills on the Italian countryside. The resulting aroma is elegant with notes of black tea and leather creating a perfect balance with fresh lavender. Bottega Venetta

Salvatore Ferragamo

Paul Smith

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The resorter The combination of shorts and long sleeves and swimming trunks and collared shirts take you from beach side fun to afternoon lunch in the swanky lounge. We particularly like the season’s short suits trend, like the one from Maison Kitsune. The citrusy green, lightly striped ensemble, matched with white espadrilles, is the ideal outfit to wear during the day in a luxury resort. We‘ve picked out similar items in refreshing colours from Carolina Herrera, Prada, and Ralph Lauren. It’s up to you to mix and match as you please!

Coach

Loewe

Salvatore Ferragamo

Armani Exchange

Maison Kitsune on MR. PORTER Emporio Armani

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Urban landscape If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re walking around the city during the day, jumping from one place to another, you definitely need flexible day-to-night outfits. We like the denims shorts from Boggi, because they come in different fresh colours. The t-shirt, casual menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s shirt and striped belt combination make for a great laid back, sporty, yet stylish look. When packing the right pairs of shoes, think of the sporty yet comfortable Louboutin skate board shoes.

Thomas Pink

Movado Series 800 Chronograph

Hackett

Boggi

Tumi Boss

Christian Louboutin

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â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Spaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Facial at-Home with

Elemis

Are you one that desires a spa indulgence every now and then but to no avail due to a busy life in a fast-paced world? There is indeed a way around that especially when it comes having a spa like facial from the comfort of your very own home. a&e chats with the experts at Elemis and they let us in on the steps you should follow in order to get the perfect facial at home using the quintessentially British leading skincare products! 1. Clean beginnings

it between two index fingers and squeeze the skin inwards to extract. Afterwards, splash your skin with cool water and apply toner.

First, clean the skin thoroughly. Select one that works best for your skin type, here is a guide for which Elemis cleanser to use for your skin type - Balancing Lime Blossom Cleanser for combination or teenage skin, Soothing Chamomile Cleanser for ultra-delicate, stressed and hormonal skin and Rehydrating Rosepetal Cleanser for dry, dehydrated and mature skin. Apply with the fingertips in round circles. Then remove with a soft cotton or tissue, or rinse off if preferred.

4. Apply masks

2. Exfoliate Exfoliation should be done at least twice a week. It keeps pores clean, which helps moisturizer penetrate. Avoid natural scrubs with fruit kernels, such as apricot, which can crush and scratch the skin. The gentlest exfoliators are enzyme exfoliators like Papaya Enzyme Peel for sensitive skins and Skin Buff for oily combination skin with blackheads and Gentle Rose Exfoliator for dry, dehydrated sensitive skins.

3. Extract with care It's best not to perform extractions yourself, but if you are going to, do it after the exfoliation. Apply a hot compress over the area for 2-3 minutes to open the pores. Then use a hot compress of quadruple tissue thickness. Place

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Choose a mask to apply according to your skin type (If you don't know your skin type, send us a comment here so we can guide you). If you know what your skin type is then for oily, congested or acne-prone skin, it is best to purify, balance and heal the skin so use the Herbal Lavender Repair Mask.For dull skin that may be losing elasticity, look for a lifting mask - Pro-Collagen Quartz Lift Mask, and for dry skin look for a mask that will moisturize, like the Exotic Cream Moisturizing Mask


5. Eye mask

9. Moisturize and you're done!

Reduce puffiness and relax the eye with an eye mask like Absolute Eye Mask. Apply the mask, and then place a cotton pad soaked in cold water over the top of the eye mask, and sit and relax for ten minutes. After ten to fifteen minutes, rinse-off the mask with warm water.

Finish your facial with a moisturizer, we highly recommend our number one best-seller - ProCollagen Marine Cream, it feels and works like magic (there is one sold every minute in the world). Make sure you take the moisturizer all the way to the neck and bust area. For those who are concerned with the neck area, a good neck cream like Pro-Collagen Lifting Treatment Neck and Bust should be applied separately.

6. Tone After the mask, apply your toner, which refreshes the skin by removing traces of makeup and dirt, including water residue. You can choose between the Balancing Lavender Toner for combination skin, Soothing Apricot Toner for sensitive and acne prone skin.

8. Eyes Depending on what your concern is choose an eye product that will best work for you. Absolute Eye Serum recommended for dark circles, to get rid of panda-eyes. For fine lines and wrinkles you can choose between ProCollagen Advanced Eye Treatment (serum), Pro-Collagen Eye Renewal or Pro-Intense Eye and Lip Contour Cream a rich textured cream for visibly plumper, hydrated skin with reduced fine lines).

7. Treat Use a cell generating booster treatment on the skin and bring it to its peak performance level and repair visible signs of aging. Cellular Recovery Skin Bliss Capsules, a powerful antipollution detox for your skin that helps repair visible signs of ageing and Pro-Collagen Quartz Lift Serum gives and immediate lifting and firming effect to the skin and helps in reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t forget your daily (am and pm) cleanse, tone and moisturize routine (SPF30 in the morning). Elemis Skincare products are available at Harvey Nichols, The Avenues Mall. Products are also available online at www.elemis.ae across the Middle East.

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Top 10

Best-selling Books

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Search Inside Yourself by Chade Meng Tan

With Search Inside Yourself, Chade-Meng Tan, one of Google’s earliest engineers and personal growth pioneer, offers a proven method for enhancing mindfulness and emotional intelligence in life and work. Meng’s job is to teach Google’s best and brightest how to apply mindfulness techniques in the office and beyond; now, readers everywhere can get insider access to one of the most sought after classes in the country, a course in health, happiness and creativity that is improving the livelihood and productivity of those responsible for one of the most successful businesses in the world. With forewords by Daniel Goleman, author of the international bestseller Emotional Intelligence, and Jon Kabat-Zinn, renowned mindfulness expert and author of Coming To Our Senses, Meng’s Search Inside Yourself is an invaluable guide to achieving your own best potential.

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The Intercept - A Jeremy Fisk Novel by Dick Wolf

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Dick Wolf, the celebrated creator of the Law & Order television franchise, makes his literary debut with The Intercept, a taut, driving thriller reminiscent of the classic The Day of the Jackal.

Days before the July Fourth holiday and the dedication of One World Trade Center at Ground Zero, an incident aboard a commercial jet reminds everyone involved that vigilance saves lives.

But New York Police detective Jeremy Fisk-from the department’s Intelligence Division, a wellfunded anti-terror unit modeled upon the CIA-suspects that the event is a warning sign that another, potentially more extraordinary scheme has been set in motion. So when a passenger from the same plane disappears into the crowds of Manhattan, it’s up to Fisk and his partner Krina Gersten to find him before the celebrations begin... And time is running out.

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Live by Night - A Novel by Dennis Lehane From Gone, Baby, Gone to Mystic River to Shutter Island to The Given Day, the phenomenal Dennis Lehane has proven himself to be one of the most versatile and exciting novelists working in America today-whether he’s breaking new ground with uniquely inventive psychological suspense, redefining the detective story, or bringing a bygone era to life with sweeping and masterful historical fiction. He’s back with Live by Night, an epic, unflinching tale of the making and unmaking of a gangster in the Prohibition Era of the Roaring Twenties. Meticulously researched and artfully told, Live by Night is the riveting story of one man’s rise from Boston petty thief to the Gulf Coast’s most successful rum runner, and it proves again that the accolades New York Times bestseller Lehane consistently receives are well deserved. He is indeed, “a master” (Philadelphia Inquirer) whose “true literary forefathers include John Steinbeck as well as Raymond Chandler” (Baltimore Sun). And, “Boy, does he know how to write” (Elmore Leonard).

The Art of Thinking Clearly by Rolf Dobelli

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The Art of Thinking Clearly by world-class thinker and entrepreneur Rolf Dobelli is an eye-opening look at human psychology and reasoning - essential reading for anyone who wants to avoid “cognitive errors” and make better choices in all aspects of their lives.

Have you ever: Invested time in something that, with hindsight, just wasn’t worth it? Or continued doing something you knew was bad for you? These are examples of cognitive biases, simple errors we all make in our day-to-day thinking. But by knowing what they are and how to spot them, we can avoid them and make better decisions. Simple, clear, and always surprising, this indispensable book will change the way you think and transform your decision-making-work, at home, every day. It reveals, in 99 short chapters, the most common errors of judgment, and how to avoid them. ›

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Straight Flush - The True Story of Six College Friends Who Dealt Their Way to a Billion-Dollar Online Poker Empire--and How It All Came Crashing Down . . . by Ben Mezrich From the New York Times bestselling author of The Accidental Billionaires and Bringing Down the House-the sources for the films The Social Network and 21- comes the largerthan-life true tale of a group of American college buddies who brilliantly built a billiondollar online poker colossus based out of the hedonistic paradise of Costa Rica. One problem: the U.S. Department of Justice was gunning for them. . . . Based on extensive insider interviews and participation, acclaimed author Ben Mezrich's Straight Flush tells the captivating rags-to-riches tale of a group of University of Montana frat brothers who turned a weekly poker game in the basement of a local dive bar into AbsolutePoker.com, one of the largest online companies in the world, on par with some of the behemoths of the Internet. At its height, Absolute Poker was an online empire earning more than a million dollars a day, following savvy business strategy and even better luck. Its founders set up their operations in the exotic jungle paradise of Costa Rica, embracing an outrageous lifestyle of girls, parties, and money.

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The Bling Ring - How a Gang of Fame-Obsessed Teens Ripped Off Hollywood and Shocked the World by Nancy Jo Sales

The Bling Ring by Vanity Fair writer Nancy Jo Sales is an in-depth expose of a band of beautiful, privileged teenagers who were caught breaking into celebrity homes and stealing millions of dollars worth of valuables. With a list of victims that reads like a "Who's Who" of young Hollywood, including Lindsay Lohan, Orlando Bloom, Paris Hilton, and Rachel Bilson, The Bling Ring is the stuff of writers' imaginations-with one exception-it's a true story.

The media asked: Why would a group of kids who already had designer clothes, money, cars, and status take such risks? Award-winning journalist Nancy Jo Sales found the answer: They did it because they could. And because it was easy. The Bling Ring: How a Gang of Fame-Obsessed Teens Ripped Off Hollywood and Shocked the World is a shocking look at the seedy world of the real young Hollywood.

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Clean Gut - The Breakthrough Plan for Eliminating the Root Cause of Disease and Revolutionizing Your Health by Alejandro Junger In Clean Gut, Alejandro Junger, M.D, New York Times bestselling author of Clean and creator of the world-famous Clean Program, delivers a complete toolkit for reversing disease and sustaining life-long health. All of todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most-diagnosed ailments can be traced back to an injured and irritated gut. The gut is an intricate and powerful system, naturally designed to protect and heal the body every moment of every day And yet for far too many of us, this remarkable system is in disrepair, which leads to all kinds of health problems-from extra pounds, aches and pains, allergies, mood swings, and lack of libido, to heart disease, cancer, autoimmune disorders, insomnia, and depression. But we no longer have to be sick to get healthy. In this groundbreaking program, Alejandro Junger, M.D. explains how instead of treating the symptoms as they arise, we can preemptively attack disease before it takes root in the gut. No matter your current state of health, you will benefit from this program: Clean Gut will help you put an end to everyday ailments, reverse chronic disease, and achieve true, long-lasting health.

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Make Good Art by Neil Gaiman

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In May 2012, bestselling author Neil Gaiman delivered the commencement address at Philadelphia’s University of the Arts, in which he shared his thoughts about creativity, bravery, and strength. He encouraged the fledgling painters, musicians, writers, and dreamers to break rules and think outside the box. Most of all, he urged them to make good art. The book Make Good Art, designed by renowned graphic artist Chip Kidd, contains the full text of Gaiman’s inspiring speech.

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NOS4A2 - A Novel by Joe Hill NOS4A2 is a spine-tingling novel of supernatural suspense from master of horror Joe Hill, the New York Times bestselling author of Heart-Shaped Box and Horns. Victoria McQueen has a secret gift for finding things: a misplaced bracelet, a missing photograph, answers to unanswerable questions. On her Raleigh Tuff Burner bike, she makes her way to a rickety covered bridge that, within moments, takes her wherever she needs to go, whether it’s across Massachusetts or across the country. Charles Talent Manx has a way with children. He likes to take them for rides in his 1938 Rolls-Royce Wraith with the NOS4A2 vanity plate. With his old car, he can slip right out of the everyday world, and onto the hidden roads that transport them to an astonishing - and terrifying - playground of amusements he calls “Christmasland.” Then, one day, Vic goes looking for trouble-and finds Manx. That was a lifetime ago. Now Vic, the only kid to ever escape Manx’s unmitigated evil, is all grown up and desperate to forget. But Charlie Manx never stopped thinking about Victoria McQueen. He’s on the road again and he’s picked up a new passenger: Vic’s own son.

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Louder Than Hell - The Definitive Oral History of Metal by Jon Wiederhorn, Katherine Turman

The definitive oral history of heavy metal, Louder Than Hell by renowned music journalists Jon Wiederhorn and Katherine Turman includes hundreds of interviews with the giants of the movement, conducted over the past 25 years.

Unlike many forms of popular music, metalheads tend to embrace their favourite bands and follow them over decades. Metal is not only a pastime for the true aficionados; it’s a lifestyle and obsession that permeates every aspect of their being. Louder Than Hell is an examination of that cultural phenomenon and the much-maligned genre of music that has stood the test of time.

Louder than Hell features more than 250 interviews with some of the biggest bands in metal, including Black Sabbath, Metallica, Megadeth, Anthrax, Slayer, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Spinal Tap, Pantera, White Zombie, Slipknot, and Twisted Sister; insights from industry insiders, family members, friends, scenesters, groupies, and journalists; and 48 pages of full-colour photographs.

Courtesy of HarperCollins Publishers - www.harpercollins.com

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Alternative Honeymooning

From wild Africa, to historical Russia & Tango Argentina

An Exclusive helicopter safari in Namibia. Season: May to October

For the adventurous couple, a 13 day safari in Namibia with scenic helicopter flights flown by private pilots over vast landscapes, game viewing activities, and a variety of excursions in some of Subsaharan Africaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most photographed locations, may

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be the ideal exclusive honeymoon trip. Extreme sports enthusiasts can engage in sandboarding, quad biking, dune carting, parachuting and shark fishing in addition to seeing the Cape Cross seal colony and taking a bird trip to the Swakopmund Salt Works, and dolphin cruises from Walvis Bay. Guests are accommodated in self-sufficient camps with private luxury tents in extraordinary locales:

River camp On the banks of the Kunene River, is the exclusive hideaway of Okahirongo River Camp. Overlooking the Otupambua Rapids, in the spectacular Marienfluss valley within the rugged Kaokoland Mountains, this camp caters for only 14 people in luxury tents, with both inside and outside showers, and a huge viewing deck. The Kunene River that


winds its way from Angola, along the border to the Skeleton Coast is known for its great crocodile population, and is characterized by thundering waterfalls, white water and tranquil pools. We will visit the beautiful and remote Epupa Falls, that are formed by a series of cascading rapids, and the mouth of the river on the coast where green turtles are seen year round. You will also have a privileged encounter with the Himba people, who live in small circular style huts that surround an‘okuruwo’ (fire) and a central livestock enclosure. Because of the harsh desert climate and limited outside influence, their traditional lifestyle remains little changed and worth exploring.

Boulders camp in Namibia

Elephant lodge Within Purros Conservancies lies the Okahirongo Elephant Lodge - a luxurious tented camp with 7 ensuite chalets and a suite - all with spectacular views. Each cottage is decorated in its own unique African style. The open-air buildings are linked by wooden walkways all joining onto a central area with a rustic deck and infinity pool - a perfect place to relax in between our excursions. You will meet Flip Stander who is an authority on lion research, and engage in some lion tracking. You will explore Moewe Bay on the coast, and visit some Cape Fur seal colonies – these endearing mammals can often be seen surfing the waves. Fishing here is also fun – strictly catch and release - with catches including Cob, Steenbra and Blacktail.

Desert Rhino Camp Desert Rhino Camp is run by Wilderness Safaris in conjunction with Save the Rhino Trust - an organization dedicated to the conservation of black rhino. Located in the vast Palmwag Reserve between Etosha and the Skeleton Coast, the luxury ‘Meru’ style tented camp offers an excellent safari experience, with opportunities for tracking black rhino and gaining an insight into conservation at a grass root level. One of the region’s highlights is rock art sites with ancient bushman engravings. Twyfelfontein

is one such site - recognized by UNESCO as a world heritage site. Another attraction worth seeing is the petrified forest - a prehistoric relic located in an old river channel, that dates back 200,000 years to the Permian period.

The Swakopmund Guest House Situated in the town centre, just a five minute walk from the beach and main shopping area. It is owned and run by the Borg family with 12 spacious and comfortable rooms offering a high level of comfort and a personalized service. The location allows for access to the Sleep under the stars

sand dunes, and visits to the beach. You will enjoy a cruise from Walvis Bay with the thrill of watching dolphins, seals and birds, and learn about the lighthouse, oyster platforms and diverse marine life. Lunch is cooked and served on the beach, and in the afternoon you can go quad-biking on the sand dunes that surround Swakopmund, followed by sundowners overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.›

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Cultural enlightenment in St.Petersburg and Moscow. Season: May to September

Beyond the array of historic monasteries, convents and neo classical cathedrals, each with their unique stories to be told, Moscow and St.Petersburg are the ideal destinations for honeymooners with a flair for history, art and architecture. Contemporary History Museums, art venues, exhibitions, and partly destroyed and rebuilt royal palaces are amongst the myriad of places to visit. In Moscow you can begin by visiting the famed Armory Museum, including its vast collection of Imperial Russian artwork. Here you’ll see the Kremlin’s world-famous collection of Imperial Faberge Easter Eggs. Also in the Armory are many of the most important Imperial thrones and crowns, including the most historic, the Cap of Monomachus. Enter the Diamond Vaults and explore the largest collections of diamonds and gem stones in the world with a small preset group. On the Kremlin grounds you can see the largest bell in the world - as well as the largest canon. Neither was ever used due to their enormous size! There are also three very important churches to explore including the Assumption Cathedral, where all Russian tsars were crowned.

In Red Square, the newly rebuilt church and Imperial Gates at the south end of the square are a sight to see as they were both destroyed under Stalin and only recently have been rebuilt in their original splendor. The stunning St. Basil’s cathedral is another magnificent church-museum that was commissioned by Ivan the Terrible and was completed in 1561. Rumor has it that Ivan had the architect blinded so he would never be able to design anything as exquisite again! Moscow's Metro stations are also rooted in history and an important element to discover thanks to their fascinating interiors, ornately decorated with beautiful paintings, carvings and chandeliers! The stations, most built between 1930 and 1960 are underground palaces, featuring exquisite frescoes, statues, mosaics and stained glass. Today this massive public transportation system is one of the largest in the world, carrying over 9 million passengers per day (twice as many as London or Paris!). A visit to the Tretyakov Gallery, located in one of Moscow’s most interesting neighborhoods for a day of art admiring is on the menu. This area, called Zamoskvoreche (“beyond the Moscow River”) was originally settled in the 13th century. The small winding streets give this area an almost old-fashioned atmosphere, with historic churches and the mansions of 19th century wealthy merchants.

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St. Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow

During a luxury 4-hour journey from Moscow to St. Petersburg, you can admire the picturesque Russian countryside. Once there, you can visit The Hermitage museum, before the general public does, and discover the unveiled collection of French Impressionists that was thought lost after WWII. After walking through the many gates and across the bridges and moats of St.Petersburg, you can begin to feel the late 18th century era that required such fortification. The Church on Spilled Blood is so named because it stands on the spot where the Emperor Alexander II was assassinated on March 1, 1881. Its unique design was actually inspired by St. Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow. This is the only church in the world covered completely inside and out by mosaics of tiles and precious and semi-precious stones. Across the street you will find a small souvenir market selling inexpensive Russian handicrafts. Peterhof Palace (or Petrodvorets in Russian) is often called the Russian Versailles due to the prominence of the gardens and fountains. The view from the palace through the grand colonnade of fountains to the Baltic Sea is one of the true masterpieces of Russian artistry. At the grand palace of Peterhof, you can walk through the lower gardens and be able to see Peter the Great’s favourite buildings. It is also in this area that you will see Peterhof’s most enchanting treat- the trick fountains of the gardens. Be careful where you step in this area- you could be hit by a surprise stream of water as you stroll! At the Grottos of Peterhof, the extravagance and playfulness of the fountains indicate the atmosphere of early 18th century Russia. You can even journey underneath the fountains and learn about their remarkable engineering and history.


A Bespoke trip to Argentina

Nomads cuisine

Best Seasons: March to May and September to November. For couples who would consider buying a star and naming it after their significant other, exclusive experiences are of the utmost importance. In Argentina anything big and exciting is made possible. You can attend a private function with the opera singers of the Colon Opera House which is among the world's top 5 opera houses, or enjoy an orchestra or ballet rehearsal followed by a lunch or dinner with the dancers or musicians themselves. You can have a cooking experience at the foot of the Andes with international master chef Francis Mallmann, take a private tango lesson with the stars of Tango Argentina, create a personal fragrance for you and your new spouse at the perfume laboratory and even witness a horse whispering session by an Indian gaucho in a private ranch in The Pampas. If this doesn’t sound unique enough, try paragliding with condors in the Andes, following the steps of Pope Francis’ life leading him up to becoming the head of the Catholic Church, shopping with a big designer at private showrooms, unearthing a dinosaur fossil in the country’s Jurassic Parks or having lunch surrounded by

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penguins on a private island! Did someone say Happy Feet? No, the penguins don’t tap, they tango. After walking amongst them in a private reserve, you can top the trip off with a romantic night spent watching the sunset from a secluded lighthouse. Did we mention that you would be doing all this in Argentina?

Tango on cobblestone

Colon Opera House

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Through their network of high quality suppliers in each country, UTravel is the premium luxury agency based in Dubai that makes all these incredible tailored trips possible. Their services extend to client from the whole region including the UAE, Kuwait & Qatar. Photo credit: Aldo Sessa

To learn more about their bespoke services visit www.UTravel.ae

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Life after birth:

A look at post partum mental health in this day and age

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From the 16th to the 19th century, mentally ill people were primarily concerned with being cast away to asylums and treated like lepers by the rest of society who associated their state of mind with sorcery. Today, although we’ve transitioned from such institutions to hospitals and psychiatric centers, new mothers who suffer from mental illness do not fear their own incarceration but the loss of their babies to social care over their supposed incompetency at motherhood. As part of a long list of self demeaning and intrusive thoughts, obsessing about one’s perception and capabilities as a mother is experienced by 15 to 20% of new mothers and it is one of many symptoms of Post Partum Depression. According to research, this mental illness is the most common complication of childbirth and is resolved spontaneously within three to six months. As stated in Medical News Today, the patient may experience fatigue, sadness, reduced libido, episodes of crying, irritability, anxiety, and irregular sleeping patterns. Although these symptoms are generally familiar to all people suffering from depression and come with the overall package of Post Partum baby blues, their duration and intensity is what sets them apart. Even though women with a history of pre-natal depression are more prone to developing the illness after giving birth, it is important to take the environmental factors that may also contribute to PND, into consideration. From one era to another, what sets apart new mothers today from women entering motherhood two decades ago? Overworked and over-achieving, the image of the young woman fighting to prove herself in a post-feminist world dominates pop culture. Living out the suffragettes’ legacy, the women who famously fought to change their economic position in society, and it seems as though there isn’t all that much that these strong and independent women may have difficulty dealing with. However, it is this specific demographic that has been proven to suffer from excessive, uncontrollable and often irrational worry about everyday things, or anxiety. Sometimes we have to take the plunge in life knowing that difficult situations lie ahead, however, in the case of new mothers today, it is the transitional stage from a professional, independent and self-centered life to that of a “dependedupon” caregiver that catches them off guard.

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A recent study published by Jagiellonian University Medical College revealed that babies breastfed exclusively for up to 3 months had IQ’s that were 2.1 points higher. In other words, the longer a baby is breastfed the higher their IQ. Such information and research that was seldom available to mothers decades ago, reinforces new mothers’ expectancy to do and give so much

more which inevitably contributes to feelings of failure and inadequacy. As opposed to new mothers from previous eras, having children today is a “choice” for many and more information is available on infants’ needs in terms of love and developmental stimulation thus making mothers prone to harsher self judgment. The pressure to breastfeed is one of many inducers to feelings of self hatred, ›

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forgoing required tests an epidemiological study found an increased risk of major congenital malformations in the babies of women who took it in the first three months of pregnancy. In 2006, the FDA, the Food and Drug administration issued two warnings regarding the drug and advised that it should usually not be taken during pregnancy. Paxil mainly balances the happiness chemical,or Serotonin, the one that sends messages to the brain and is popular for controlling our mood. Interesting enough, it also has an effect on a developing fetus and plays a role in organ development in the embryo. Thus, despite all the “bad publicity,” GlaxoSmithKline stands behind its decision to promote Paxil for pregnant women in whom the dangers of depression are greater than any possible risk from the drug.

in part rooted in the way societies may view Post Partum Depression. Love and nurture are qualities that are expected to come natural to a new mother, as part of the binary view of mothers as either “good,” or “bad.” Following the birth of their child, new mothers will naturally deal with an endless cycle of chores and broken sleep. Apart from her body’s physical transformations, the loss of her former life along with old friends and sense of identity, many new mothers who have relocated away from their families experience feelings of entrapment at home alone. At a time when financial and economic stability drives young couples to move away from their social support system, the potential lack of a familiar entourage, may also contribute a new mother’s vulnerability. Many women experience the postpartum “baby blues,” during which they feel anxious, irritable, tearful and restless a week or two after pregnancy. According to real life testimonials, they may have “escapist fantasies,” fears about harm coming to their baby and feelings of overwhelm which generally decrease with reassurance. They may feel isolated because of the excessive time spent with their baby but the desire to connect with others stays strong. Generally speaking, it is completely normal and common for women to experience symptoms of anxiety during this period of time, granted they regain perspective and an ability to

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look forward to things getting easier, soon after. According to Katherine Stone, author of Postpartum Progress, a popular blog and forum for pregnancy related topics, there are ways to distinguish between regular new motherhood nervousness and Postpartum depression. Feeling uncontrollable sadness to the depths of your soul and excessive, unreasonable crying are two of many symptoms. A woman suffering from this illness may consider the many ways in which she can end the misery she is in by running away or taking too many pills. She may even doubt herself and think that she has lost her sanity along with her identity. Hollywood star, Brooke Shields, was no stranger to feeling disconnected from her child as though there were a wall separating the two of them. Postpartum Depression came to mainstream light with the famous Brooke Shields versus. Tom Cruise debate regarding the anti-depressants she had taken to treat the disease. Who could ever forget his proposing the alternative of vitamins in dealing with such a state of mind? In her memoir, Shields depicts herself in an honest and negative light as she writes about wanting to kill herself and her child. Shields used Paxil to fight post-natal depression following the birth of her daughter Rowan. The pharmaceutical company that markets the drug, GlaxoSmithKline, was under scrutiny for numbers of years and after

Across almost all testimonials of people who have suffered from PND, sleep deprivation seemed to be a prominent factor for their suffering. Adequate sleep is key to parents' stress levels because a loss of sleep has been associated with a dramatically higher risk of depression in mothers and marital problems. According to the journal of developmental Psychology, parents of infants over the age of 6 months should help their infant achieve a regulated sleeping pattern through selfsoothing in order for them to get the rest that they need and avoid multiple awakenings that can have a negative effect on other family members. It has been suggested that up to one in 25 men suffers from PND. A review of studies in the United States in 2010 concluded that as many as one in 10 men experience PND, with the highest incidence in the three to six month postpartum period. Sleep deprivation and its consequences on their productivity level at work, seems to be a dominant factor that many fathers blame their PND on. Although men don’t suffer from hormone related issues or changes in their body as women generally do, it is reported that one in five men become depressed after becoming fathers. By the time their first child is 12, 21% of fathers have had at least one episode of depression, according to an in-depth study funded by the Medical Research Council (MRC) in the UK. Changes in their career, relationship and social life and not being able to enjoy the same hobbies or pass time activities they previously identified with, also destabilizes their postpartum mental well-being. Apart from the underrated suffering of men from Postpartum depression, the graver escalation


of depression to a psychotic level is also a topic that is hidden in the background. Until its recent reveal on the British Broadcasting Channel, following numerous infanticide cases due to deficiencies in post partum mental

health, the topic of psychosis experienced by new mothers was unfathomable to digest by many. Canadian citizen, Felicia Boots, was one of those women and she set a milestone in the history of mental health as she was sent

“What most people overlook is that anything that affects a mother will most likely affect her baby as well whether positively or negatively” Dr Hessa Al Ghazal, Executive Committee Director of the Sharjah Baby Friendly Emirate Campaign

to a psychiatric center rather than prison after having murdered her two children. Postpartum Psychosis is a severe episode of mental illness, which starts suddenly in the first few weeks following childbirth and affects one out of 1000 deliveries. Some of the prominent symptoms include one of two moods including a high mood that involves racing thoughts and pressure to talk and a low mood during which a woman has a lack of energy. Thus it is not surprising that women with a history of bipolar disorder are at a higher risk to develop postpartum psychosis during which they may experience hallucinations, paranoia and thoughts of harming themselves or others. It is granted that hormonal changes or the prevalence of depression in one’s family makes it potentially unavoidable, yet treatable, but being aware of one’s symptoms and refraining from neglect is the primary way to prevent its development. According to the babycenter.com, making sure to rest, eat well (plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains), exercise, take care of yourself physically, establish a support plan and avoid anything that will stress your system, all play a role in undermining PPD. Motivating oneself to get back to their usual routine as quick as possible, including reentering the work place environment where you are surrounded by people, is another step to readjustment. Since it is primarily a psychological illness, talking about your feelings, expressing them creatively, meditating and connecting with nature also have a proven progressive influence on postpartum wellbeing. Postpartum depression is not a character weakness. In her movie, “Eat,Pray,Love,” Julia Roberts experiences a rush of anxiety and panic attacks when the next stage in her marriage, motherhood, becomes more and more visualized. As an ambitious, successful, emotionally aware woman with a love for adventurous travel, she recognizes her fears and apparent shortcomings as a woman transitioning from a fulfilling working life to that of motherhood and embarks on a journey of self-discovery instead. Based on a true story, the film brings to light the internal conflicts experienced by young women today with regards to motherhood, and encourages a sense of understanding of our changing times. Report by Houry Seukunian

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a&e takes an interest in wellness travel:

Bienvenido a Alicante, Spain

The Sha

Wellness Spa

Is the brainchild of a Spanish real-estate tycoon of Argentinian origin, Alfredo Bataller Parietti, who after suffering from different digestive pathologies for years, decided to follow a naturist path to a successful recovery. Translating to “luminosity,” in Japanese, Sha seeks to light up the dark corners of the mind and body using millenarian Eastern wisdom matched with the most advanced western techniques. Situated in Albir Beach, nearby the picturesque town of Villa de Altea (Region of Valencia) one of Spain’s foremost ornithological reserves, this wellness clinic attracts those who seek meteorological comfort in an area that was recognized by the World Health Organization as having one of the World’s best climates.

The Terrace with a panoramic view

The clinic uses techniques such as acupuncture, shiatsu, acupuncture and even laughter therapy to name a few, in their personalized programs that satisfy the needs of each person and his or her health goals. We had a particular interest in the aesthetic and quit smoking programs, which Alejandro Bataller, the son of the clinic’s founder, gladly elaborated on. More importantly, the macrobiotic restaurant deserves to be highlighted the most as it serves as the driving force behind the efficiency of their programs. As a special diet that seeks to balance the yin and yang energy of our body, its health benefits are important to consider.

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therapy sessions…what else does this program consist of? How to stop smoking is an increasingly asked question among smokers as awareness is raised of the dangers to health caused by this addition. Giving up smoking is not only possible but also recommendable and at Sha Wellness Clinic we make it easy, thanks to our Stop Smoking Program which implements our own very effective method to give up smoking, combining the latest technology with natural therapies from traditional Chinese medicine to help our guests in their effort to stop smoking.

First of all tell us what the difference is between a medical spa and a regular one? Nowadays there are 86000 spas worldwide but very few are really worried about health. A current spa only has beauty and pampering treatments, while a wellness clinic also has health treatments, with doctors and specialists that know perfectly what is best for you. Personalization is one of the main characteristics of a medical spa and wellness clinic like SHA. SHA is focused on improving and notably lengthening people's health and well-being and this is done through the unique fusion of the best natural therapies, mainly from millenarian Eastern wisdom and with the most advanced Western techniques. SHA’s objective is that our guests, after a pleasant stay, feel more vital, healthful and young, with a more healthy appearance, leaving inwardly and outwardly renewed, producing a fundamental change in the organism, with an improved quality of life, thus slowing down the ageing process and preventing illnesses. The areas that make up the concept of SHA are natural therapies, healthy diet, non-invasive aesthetic medicine and anti-aging.

many people come because they are interested in Anti-aging and they come to any of our Rejuvenation programs, which include the latest genetic analyses and the latest scientific advances in predictive medicine and personalized prevention, combined with the most effective ancient Eastern techniques to optimize health and add years to life. There are others who come to quit smoking with our specific Anti-Tobacco program, others who choose the anti-stress program to find the right solution for chronic fatigue and other ailments caused by continuous stress, others that need to sleep better that get our Sleep Well Program, etc.

The quit smoking program involves acupuncture sessions and oxygen

The SHA stop smoking program delves into the addition profile of each guest and acts on the physical and psychological conditions of each one. Following a heart and lung check, we proceed to implement the stop smoking treatment through our stop smoking treatment´s individualized and customized techniques ranging from macrobiotics, herbal medicine, acupuncture, laser therapy and magnetic therapy to advanced relaxation techniques to ensure that our guests do not relapse following their treatment.

How familiar are people from the Gulf with wellness clinics, precisely SHA. Are they showing a growing interest? The MENA Region’s population is increasingly interested in wellness clinic and at SHA we ›

As a luxury wellness spa, which of your programs are the most popular amongst your visitors? Detox and Weight Loss programs are the most popular ones. People come to SHA not only to lose weight but also to learn how to eat healthier and take better care of their nutrition for their whole lives. Moreover,

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shawellnessclinic.com) where we share other recipes and tips to remain on SHA diet.

You have meeting rooms, the CEO meeting room, ZEN meeting room, ALBIR meeting room. Tell us what the purpose of these rooms are in a wellness spa.

The medical hotel SHA sits on a beautiful mountainside overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, part of the Sierra Helada Natural Park

are realizing because our percentage of guests of this region is growing considerably and it will probably continue growing during the next years as many people is noticing we really can take care of them and notably improve their health.

We know what a big role the sun and good weather contribute to our overall wellbeing. Considering the Middle East and the Gulf have an overall warm and sunny climate. What would be your selling point, what will attract them the most? According to some recent reports, the MENA Region is suffering serious health problems such as overweight, cardiovascular diseases, cancer, respiratory problems… and we are the perfect place to solve them while enjoying an amazing vacation. We have the best specialists in each field and we have a unique Method that combines the effective elements of modern macrobiotics nutrition and the curative powers of natural therapies with a dynamic and practical educational program, totally personalized to satisfy the needs of each person and his or her health goals. And that cannot be found in any other place.

You are famous for the macrobiotic diet you offer to guests, a diet made popular by Michio Kushi who introduced it to the US in the 1950s. Tell us about this diet and its benefits.

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At SHA we have created our own healthy diet based on the healing principles of macrobiotics and following the guidelines of Michio Kushi. The SHA diet seeks to introduce into the lifestyle of our guests a healthy diet based on organic and ecological products from our land. In fact, macrobiotics’ nutrition pyramid is really similar to the pyramid elaborated by Harvard University. It all about the same: come back to our roots and know what we eat. With the help of Michio Kushi, SHA developed the SHA Wellness Clinic Diet, dietary guidelines based on harmony with the evolutionary order, harmony with universal human dietary traditions, harmony with the ecological order, harmony with the changing seasons, and harmony with individual differences and needs. Our healthy dining is an experience of different flavors and textures that awaken the palate and set in motion the energy lying dormant within. The products are carefully chosen, taking into consideration the seasons, quality and combinations of ingredients to create an energetic, healing and healthy experience.

Do you train people to remain on this diet even when they leave SHA? Yes. We have an educational program to get our guests continue with the SHA lifestyle once they come back home. For the healthy nutrition, we have collective and private healthy cooking classes where they can learn how to cook some of our recipes at home and we also have a blog (http://blog.

SHA is the perfect place for holding business meetings, conferences and executive retreats. Situated in a strategic location overlooking the Mediterranean Sea and the magical village of Altea, next to a natural park, it is an inspiring place, far from noise and distractions. That’s why we created at SHA, 4 amazing conference rooms equipped with the best technology to hold any type of event or meeting, including a board room and many other exclusive areas created for this purpose. Nevertheless, the great added value is being able to attend to the health, quality of life and productivity of business people during the meeting.

Tell us about some of your aesthetic programs, which are the most popular? The aesthetics department at SHA is managed by the prestigious specialist Dr. Larisa Perezhogina. Her great experience in different countries and her constant and active participation in the most relevant medical-aesthetic congresses in the world, give her perfect knowledge of the latest noninvasive aesthetic techniques. Respect for natural and harmonious visages is her expertise. For this she uses the best corporal and facial minimally invasive treatments, applied with mastery, allowing her to obtain wonderful results, making worldwide celebrities attracted to SHA. After a consultation with the Specialist in aesthetics medicine, an aesthetic-facial and corporal diagnose is done, adjusting treatments to the needs of each individual patient. We have specific aesthetic programs for those people who have a concrete purpose such as Facial or Corporal Rejuvenation, Hand Rejuvenation, Glutes or Forearms Firming, etc. All treatments embrace SHA’s philosophy: minimally invasive and with excellent results, allowing the patient an immediate return to daily routine. Preventing and delaying ageing signs and achieving a healthy, young and


natural aspect is possible at SHA thanks to therapies such as: cellular stimulation, cellular regeneration, carboxytherapy, mesotherapy with anti-oxidants and vitamins, platelet growth factors linked with photo-stimulation, IPL, Biomimetic peptides…

The science research committee tests the efficacy of your programs, can you tell us of new discoveries that you’ve made recently? For us is really important to be always aware of the latest medical advances. For example, we were the first center in Spain where the Telomere Length Analysis is done, a safe and clinically proven way to make the biological age fall behind the chronological age. Or, in aesthetics, with Liposonix treatment, a way to eliminate localized fat without surgery, our doctors have noticed that it is even more effective than they thought because the fat continues disappearing after months of its realization.

Tell us about the fertility success program, how popular is it and why do you encourage people to do it? The fertility success program is our latest innovation for this year. We encourage the people who are having problems to have children to do it because it is the first program ever which combines Western and Eastern know-how to obtain the highest fertility success rate in the world, and they

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will feel sure and comfortable on the hand of the best professionals. The program is divided into two parts, an initial 7 day preparation stage based on evaluating and preparing the patient with a lot of natural treatments and the genetic and gynecological studies needed; a health plan that has to be followed at home for 2 months, and then the second 7 day stay to complete the treatment.

Other than on a personal level, why did you feel the need to open such an institution?

SHA was born from a personal experience of my father, Mr. Alfredo Bataller Parietti, whom during 30 years underwent different inefficient treatments with medicines as a remedy for different digestive pathologies he suffered since youth. In 2000 his ailment became serious further examination gave a worrying diagnose. Faced with this situation, following a friend recommendation to visit a naturist doctor with great knowledge about the curative power of ingesting the right aliments, he found in a few weeks, the solution to his illness. After my father’s full recovery, me and other relatives and friends decided to follow the same treatment, giving us surprising results and experiencing positive changes in our lives. Having experienced organism’s auto-healing power through natural therapies and a healthy diet, my father decided to look into the origin and magnitude of this knowledge, getting in touch with the World’s leader in such matters, world renowned Mr. Michio Kushi and, with him, he discovered, amazed by its effectiveness, in these eastern natural therapies a great treasure to share with the world, in order to not only alleviating the symptoms of an illness but also solving the deep origin of each health problem.

An architectural aspect

That’s why he had the dream of building a unique place, where ancient eastern techniques would be fused with the latest western medical advances, and we all decided to help them in his purpose and got his dream come true. This is how SHA Wellness Clinic was born. Interviewed by Houry Seukunian

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talks Maserati and the new Quattroporte with

Umberto Cini

The Managing Director of the overseas markets

Just ten days after the global unveiling at North American International Auto Show, the sixth generation of the Maserati Quattroporte premiered in the Middle East at the Qatar Motor Show. A flagship of the Maserati product range, the new Quattroporte is larger, lighter, more luxurious and faster than the globally-acclaimed car it replaces. The sixthgeneration Quattroporte is a significant leap forward that not only sets the high-technology tone for Maserati’s upcoming range of new-

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models, but also remains faithful to Maserati’s long history of luxury sports sedans. It is the essence of Italian car design with a style dedicated to proportion, dynamism and purity that delivers new standards in quality in every area from design to development, fabrication and process controls.The first model of Maserati’s unparalleled strategic step in industrial growth, the new Quattroporte is the start of a journey that will see the company’s sales increase by a factor of eight by 2015. It

is an increase inspired by a near century of vehicles which define style, elegance, quality and performance. The Quattroporte will be followed by Ghibli and the Levant luxury SUV entering key growth segments for the luxury brand. Speaking from the press conference in Doha, Mr. Umberto Cini, Managing Director for Maserati Overseas Markets, commented: “50 years ago we took a revolutionary step when


we successfully put a Maserati racing engine inside the body of a sedan; this idea not only changed our brand but brought a new segment of the industry to life. The Quattroporte will once again shape Maserati’s future. It is the ultimate Grand Touring vehicle offering highend sporty performance, uniquely blended with Italian design and luxury materials. The new Quattroporte ensures that every journey is an unforgettable one, and I am honored to be unveiling it to the Middle East just a few days after the world first saw it in Detroit.” I caught up with the Italian globetrotting Managing director at his office overlooking the Meydan race course. He thoroughly explained to me the meticulous work put into the maintenance of the luscious green grass that appears outside his balcony. The race tracks are a natural place for Umberto to find himself every single day, where the best of both of his worlds meet; the world of Maserati and the world of racing. He spent the first half of his life racing horses and the second half racing cars so it comes to us as no surprise that he represents a luxury car brand with a strong heritage in racing.

Let’s begin by talking about Italy’s reputation in luxury products, from fashion, to jewellery and cars: In Italy, the iconic fashion brands such as Armani, Valentino, Fendi, Gucci and Zegna employ exclusive tailors whose work still carries with it the essence of older craftsmanship. The Maserati is definitely a tailor made suit, well stitched on your body. Our customers can tailor make the car, which is one of our main features. They can choose the colours inside and out, the fabric, the stitching or how you they would like to have the bottom sealed. In terms of jewellery brands, (he points at the back of a&e’s latest issue,) this is our comarketing partner, Bulgari.

The Octo watch with Bulgari was definitely a big hit, what other types of products would Maserati consider collaborating on? Why not a car? They produced a watch with features common to the car; why not make a car with features common to a watch? Jewellery for women is also an option since the Maserati our car is growing dramatically in terms of female customers. We’ve also worked

with Fendi before, on a limited edition Fendi GranCabrio, with only 50 pieces in the world. The car was customized by Fendi according to their values using their special leather and the colour was designed and chosen by Fendi’s graphic and artistic team. The wood inside was a special wood made for Fendi by Maserati, and every piece has its own number on the dashboard and the soft top. 26 pieces out of 50 came to the Middle East!

More than a third of our customer base in Dubai is made up of western expats, so we organize more unrestricted events with more flexibility of course. In Kuwait and Saudi we do separate events for males and females and lean towards more traditional events that are in line with the culture. So it’s definitely different according to where we go and we have to respect the culture while bringing our own philosophy.

Where in the Middle East?

The iconic Sophia Loren is a big fan of the brand. Who are some other friends of the brand?

We sold 7 pieces to the UAE, a couple in Qatar and Saudi and Lebanon got 2. We have a good representation in this region.

How do you differentiate between those different markets?

We took Andrea Bocelli around the UAE in our new Quattroporte two weeks ago, when he was in Abu Dhabi for his show. We definitely stick to our roots, where we come from. ›

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Are Maserati ambassadors strictly Italian? Not really, we partnered a couple of years ago with a Lebanese singer. We appreciate people with personality that somehow have something that matches our philosophy and embody our image.

What would that image be? Bocelli is the benchmark of Italian style. Before him there was Pavarotti. (he points towards an enlarged black and white photograph of Pavarotti posing in the 3rd edition of the Quattroporte) When Pavarotti came to Dubai, we were part of his sponsoring pool as well. Talking about marketing, our roots are very important to us. We are almost a 100 year old brand with a long heritage made of values that are still with us till this day. We first started producing the racing engine then came the body, and we were quickly matched with the Bella Vita Italiana soonafter. We went through all these stages and still it is all part of our DNA.

There are 6 generations of the Quattroporte, take us through the different eras. The first one was in 1963, which dates back 50 years from the launch of the 6th generation. It was a unique car back then, because it was the first time that a racing car and engine was put inside a Sedan body. It was the first time that it was able to achieve 250 km/ hr for as a Sedan. The 2nd generation was unique because it was very well received, with very few units which were mostly sold in the Middle East actually. The 3rd generation

was the first Quattroporte that was blessed by the president of the Italian republic for being a representative car for Italy, a great title. The 4th generation, despite the lack of money to develop anything new or interest to do so due to the difficult times the company was going through, this was the only one that was produced at the time. The 5th generation is the one that was launched in 2003 and until now it is out on the roads. It is the Sedan that won the highest number of international prizes around the world, around 57 prizes. This was the first sportif Sedan saloon produced in the world. When the Quattroporte came out, there was nothing similar to it. The Quattroporte was a breakthrough concept, the first units had an excellent handling and were well put together in terms of leather which is still made by Poltrona Frau, a leader in luxury. Only a few years after, we saw the Porsche Panamera and the Aston Martin Rapide. The last one was one year ago. This car is going to be unique because it’s the first Quattroporte that has a generous dimension, which is something people here love. With this Quattroporte we grew our shares in the Maserati world sales significantly. Now the Middle East counts for around 7% of the entire world production, my area, which is the general overseas market, counts around 13% of the entire world production.

You mentioned that your female customer base is growing significantly. Where would you say you have the most female customers? Definitely, Kuwait. It has the highest number of female customers in the world. It’s come to a stage where they’re starting to be concerned

for us, because it’s too many women. Almost 60% of our Kuwaiti customers are female, and Saudi Arabia makes up 25%. It’s a higher number than Dubai, which is around 20%. The Middle East has one of the highest percentage of female customers in the world.

Tell us about the region’s customer base in general: The customer base here is interesting. It’s very difficult to segment in the Middle East, because the demographic is always changing. It’s a customer who is generally younger than the rest of the world, more demanding and knowledgeable about the cars. But if we interview each one of the customers, we discover that there are some elements of the brand that appeals to all of them similarly. This includes the exclusivity of the brand. If you dig deeper, you discover that some people buy it because of the colour, or even the sound that the engine makes. If we launch the Quattroporte in the US, we know that 90% of our customers will be within a certain cluster that is easily identifiable. Here, it’s the other way around. 10% is identifiable, while 90% will be from outside this cluster. That’s why we want to be directly present in the market, with a dedicated team who help us understand the needs of this country. In terms of colour for example, we did a special series car in 2007 based on a colour that we saw was a best seller in the Middle East.

With regards to the environment, how do you ensure sustainability? The Quattroporte is 90 horsepower more than the previous one, which is a lot. The weight is reduced because of the large use of aluminium and the kinds of fibres we have available in the automotive industry. The engine has changed. Previously, in order to deliver 440 horsepower we needed a 4.7 litre engine. Now we can deliver 530 horsepower with just need a 3.8 litre engine. So the engines are reducing, with less fuel needed to burn. At the moment, we are the most efficient engine in production.

Which is your favourite model? It depends from the day, how I feel and even how I’m dressed. Maserati is a small manufacturer and we produce a few models. But if you look at each one, you notice that they have different personalities. You go from the smoothest one

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The new Quattroporte's interior to the most extreme one which is for track use. I love the convertible, of course. I’m also a family man, so I’d want the Quattroporte for the family. As I mentioned, I’m a race car driver so I like the Gran Turismo when I want to feel the power of its performance. The Quattroporte is however the most balanced car we have, since it has a bit of everything. If you are a lucky man who works for such a company then you have a small fleet of cars downstairs, and every day you can drive a different model!

Tell me about your job and role as managing director? How does your style and work ethic fit in with Maserati? I feel like I’m the luckiest person on earth because I work for my passion. Business wise, I grew up in the car industry and my first job was in a car dealership. This is definitely my preferred field and Maserati is my preferred company, because it’s a small company which is target oriented. A manager can make all the difference. We have our yearly target which we revise on an annual basis, but then we have leeway to use our own capabilities to achieve those targets. The headquarters trust us to represent it well and that is the philosophy I use with my team. They are all right until they prove to me that they’re wrong! I highly

regard loyalty, trust, and transparence in a two-way communication. It’s a very rewarding company with whom I started working around 10 years ago as a sales manager for Italy and in a few years they allowed me to build a decent career. You can’t work 14 hours a day if you don’t have passion for what you do. From 7:30 in the morning till 9 pm, you always find someone in the office!

What do you like about this region and how do you like working with the different countries? What I like about “my world,” is definitely the experience that I get. I have a global view of the business world, going from Mexico down to New Zealand all the way around to South Korea. Whatever countries are located in this triangle, I’m in charge of and they are all so different than one another. You can really gain a 360 degree experience, not just a business one but a life experience. When you sell a product like Maserati you really get in touch with the customers. We like to meet the customer and share with them our idea and concept so whenever they buy a car, they give you a part of their life in a sort of exchange. Business involves taxation, pollution, regulations, and marketing amongst others, which we carry in a tool box and take with us wherever we go.

We work from the extreme of no taxes in the Middle East, to Brazil which is around 450% taxation. From here to there I pass through Lebanon which is 70%, Egypt 250%, India is 170%, while in the UAE it’s 5%. The business environment varies from one place to another, but you learn this with a tool box. You put everything in a sort of micro excel file and you get your results. But learning about different cultures and their respective needs is the most valuable thing you learn from this experience.

How do you compare the luxury factor of Dubai to the other countries under your umbrella? It’s outstanding, no doubt; because it’s a comfortable and easy life. You have luxury everywhere in the world but here luxury is a way of living. In some places luxury is restricted to a specific circle, where only a few people can get access to it. In addition to the luxury factor that fits in perfectly with our brand’s motto, Dubai is the perfect central hub for covering the overseas markets. The Arabic culture in a way is very similar to the Italian one in terms of hospitality, respect and pride. We have many things in common, and so we are the perfect match! Interviewed by Houry Seukunian

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Dior Christal Created in 2005, the Dior Christal collection is a tribute paid to Christian Dior’s talents as a colourist. Because no durable material was able to express the House of Dior’s range of colours, Les Ateliers Horlogers Dior had the idea of giving a new twist to sapphire crystal, usually employed for the making of watch glasses, and turning it into a decorative element. Fashioned in the shape of pyramids and tinted with the House’s emblematic colours, it decorates the bracelet and the bezel on the timepieces in the collection. In previous years, for its limited editions, Dior Christal has been equipped with sophisticated movements echoing Monsieur Dior’s own artistic fibre. In 2008, “Dior Christal Tourbillon” opted for transparency so that the eye might glimpse the sophisticated clockworks of the movement forming airy-light lace patterns. In 2009, “Dior Christal Mystérieuse” seemed no longer to have a movement… Concealed under the bezel, it revealed a layering of crystal disks inserted with mother-of-pearl and plating which, as they rotated at each minute or second, created a kaleidoscopic effect. In 2010, thanks to the first “Dior 8 Fuseaux Horaires” calibre making it possible to read local time, the time in 8 international cities and the day/ night indicator all on the same hour marker, the Dior Christal’s dial evoked kinetic artworks, recalling Monsieur Dior’s time spent as an Art Gallery Director. Since it was revised in 2011, Dior Christal sports a graceful silhouette and colours that are even more dazzling: a bright red (“colour of life” according to Christian Dior) and a deep purple (“the queen of colours”, dixit the couturier). In 2013, the colour blue came to join this palette. In his Little Dictionary of Fashion, published in 1954, Monsieur Dior said that “blue is one of the prettiest colours”.

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