D-journal Issue #15

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ANTI-GLOSSY. INDEPENDENTLY OPINIONATED.

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THE CO-FOUNDERS

AYAAD AND MEREDITH DAMOUNI The last time I checked, the definition of ‘retro’ insists on imitation or allusion to a style thats at least fifteen years old. Ouch - In an age of pre-teen influencers, perhaps this was not a good theme of choice. In any case, this issue is devoted to enjoying all the nuances of retro theming and we are loving our exclusive shoots and videos on the website. As always we have selected a group of people from the UAE who are proactively and passionately following their dreams in the region. Using the platform of the Middle East to pave the way for their success, equally taking the Middle East with them on their journey. Being a home-grown brand ourself, we get a kick out of recognising talent and producing stunning content from our creative collaborations. Cover - Layla Kardan shot at Little Black Door, Conrad Hotel Photography - Ayaad Damouni at D the Agency using the Huawei P9 Creative Director - Meredith Damouni at D the Agency Stylist - Tara Ellis at Capital D Studio Hair and Makeup - Blow Out & Go Production and Post - Capital D Studio

Scan the QR codes within the pages to go directly online and to view videos and additional images from all our shoots. Take a minute to discover the shop-able shoots on the our website. You can’t get any better than D-journal for a curated straight to the point view on fashion, art, people and life in the Middle East. www.D-journalDubai.com Follow us on the journey forward @DjournalDubai @CapitalDStudio @mrDamouni @TheRealMrsDamouni

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Cover - Layla Kardan shot at Little Black Door, Conrad Hotel Photography - Ayaad Damouni at D the Agency using the Huawei P9 Creative Director - Meredith Damouni at D the Agency Stylist - Tara Ellis at Capital D Studio Hair and Makeup - Blow Out & Go Production and Post - Capital D Studio

LAYLA KARDAN Our cover star, defining the sounds of her culture and her soul, Layla Kardan is launching her first album from Dubai.

Tell us about your inspiration. How did your journey start? I can’t say I grew up in a household of musicians, or that I was exposed to my parents’ eclectic music collection as the story usually goes, but I did always have an affinity for all types of music. As a young child I was moved by most rhythms and melodic lines, and would move to almost any beat I heard. I felt music was within me and very much connected to it. When I started classical ballet at the age of four, my appreciation for classical music its intricacies and story telling began. From then on, I started exploring all different genres, which lead me to discover soul, jazz and blues. In your profession, there are several icons and legends, whom have you idolised the most? There are far too many to mention. I feel the strongest connection to Sade. I wouldn’t say I idolised her, but I am most captivated by her as an artist – her sensual allure, her sultry vocal delivery, her songwriting ability, and most of all her humility and grace. You mentioned Nina Simone as one of your stellar impressionists. With her music she delivered some powerful messages. Do you think you could resonate a theme or a cause through your music, have you tried it before, if not then do you intend to? Of course I respect and admire those who use art to positively influence society and I can only hope my music has the same impact as that of Nina Simone with a legacy that will live on far beyond her living years. She lived through a very controversial time and was pivotal in a movement that saw much freedom for her people. I have a more subtle approach. Times are different and I would like to use my music to bridge a gap between the Middle East and the West, liberally representing the contrasting cultures brought together through music and mutual respect. Rather than the focus always being negative stereotyping, I feel that using music as a universal language can spark interest, appreciation and compassion from people of other cultures. How did your Persian heritage shape your music choices and style? Very positively. Iranian music is diverse and beautiful. We have classical and traditional music, which uses instruments that are up 6000 years old to make hypnotic beats and haunting melodies, through to progressive pop music that explores rhythms not typical in modern Western music. I like to fuse Persian instruments and

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melodies into my music sometimes. In terms of style, I often interject with some oriental runs, which makes for an interesting tie in. You lived in and traveled to many countries; would you call yourself a Global Woman? Absolutely. I am very proud of my heritage, and continue to celebrate it and practice some of the traditions, but these days many of us have lived in different places and have been influenced by so many different cultures, that I feel it’s more relevant to call oneself a COW - Citizen of the World. Many singers just sing; you are essentially also a terrific performer. How do you develop yourself with such a holistic approach? That’s very kind. I grew up on stage performing classical ballet from a young age and also acting in numerous theatre productions so I was blessed to learn the skills early on. When singing to an audience you have an opportunity to be a maestro - to tell a story, to allow a person to escape or relate in that moment, and to exchange energies. The connection with the audience and also with my fellow musicians on stage is very important to me as a person and as an artist. Singing is a choice I have made in a society that doesn’t value female musicians, so if I’m going to get up there against all the odds, I am going to do it with heart and absolute conviction! Culture shapes our choices. We want to know how the different cultures affected your singing and life? Exposure to different cultures teaches you tolerance, appreciation, empathy, understanding of others’ beliefs and ideals and so much more. I can say that I have friends from all corners of the globe, which have taught me that ultimately we all have the same desire – to love and be loved. We just have different languages to express it, different ways of showing it – this has affected me greatly. I have opened my heart and mind to these cultures and their respective traditions and music and as a result I feel it’s influenced my vocal delivery, the composition of my music, my lyrical content and my ability to connect with audiences made up of different races and faces. Where do you see yourself in five years? In true modern day dervish form, traveling the world, performing to audiences of all ages and races, inspiring young women to follow their dreams despite societal pressure and judgement, to continue to weave a tapestry of bright colours from the East and West to present a


Layla Kardan wearing Alexander McQueen dress, Marni fur and Balenciaga ring

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Layla Kardan wearing Marni dress, Marni collar and Alexander McQueen leather gloves


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positive vision of unity and togetherness. I’d like to have a house on a beach where I can dip my toes in the ocean every morning, a garden out back that will be home to my cats, and a space where I will host Friday night poetry and song evenings with friends from the arts community. Let’s talk about the trending topic on your agenda this year – your EP. I am excited. I have been collaborating with some excellent producers and writers from Sweden to create a fresh sound. The aim is to launch by December 2016. I’m an independent artist so I manage everything personally, which is liberating and also trying at times. I am thrilled with the direction though and look forward to working with some progressive and talented local directors to do my video clips next! Your wardrobe choice is spectacular. Can you brief us on the inspiration and thought behind it? Ahhhh thank you! More and more my bohemian choices are becoming ethnic with a youthful play on beautiful fabrics, prints and colours. I like to be feminine yet bold inspired by antique orientalism and romantic aesthetics with an edge. Your music preferences… what do you listen to while driving, while relaxing at home, or to get inspired? To get ready: A Tribe Called Quest, Lauryn Hill, The Roots, Mos Def. Relaxing at home: Sade, Nina Simone, Donny Hathaway, Billie Holiday, Cesaria Evora, Buika, Chopin. Driving: Hiyatus Kayote, Faramarz Aslani, India Arie, Jill Scott, Erykah Badu. To get inspired: Fresh music from artists all over the world and classical Persian music. The art behind creating poetry… what motivates you and what drives your creativity? Love, triumph, heartbreak, travel, anger, day-to-day life, visual and mental stimulation. Poetry can be found in everything really. The beauty about using art as an outlet is that you can turn a negative situation into a positive. You would categorise your songwriting in which mood? Moody. Sultry. Edgy. Fun. Playful. It really depends on the song. You chose a lovely Plato quote to adorn your portfolio, can you elaborate your inspiration from it in depth? It’s self explanatory really, and it rings true for me in that music gives me an opportunity to channel my imagination into an art form that can conjure up emotion in people, which is for me the essence of life – to feel and be moved by experiences. Where did you learn dancing? I started Classical Ballet at the ripe age of four years old and continued to dance through till the age of sixteen. I competed in local and national competitions and was very good at it, but I never wanted to be a ballerina as the pressure on my body – feet and spine – was too great, and I love to eat! Ha! I am very happy to have had that discipline as it allows me to pick up all dance forms quite easily, but I don’t consider myself a dancer.

direction and to have a signature as an artist or you can get lost in a myriad of beautiful ideas. Most of the time I base my decision on the person’s creative ability and taste, coupled with how well we gel as people – this is important to the process. You might have a creative genius sitting before you, but if you don’t have chemistry it’s not likely you’ll make anything great. ‘Controversial’ is one of the keywords in your folio. Sounds exciting! Can you explain its relevance in your work? I’m controversial in that I go against the idea that in our society good, educated women are not entertainers. This has been a challenge I’ve faced in my own family and community, having a Masters degree in Business and having worked in the corporate world, coming from a conservative background, I didn’t have much support to pursue a career in the arts. And I see this all the time. There is a stigma attached to music and being a musician here, but one thing we cannot deny is that humankind needs the arts - to express, to soothe, to relate, to bridge gaps. I’d like to challenge the idea that respectable women don’t sing. I respect myself immensely, I respect my elders and my community, and I choose to sing. I’d like to inspire other young women to do the same. Of all countries you have been in and grown up, would you call Dubai your final destination? If not then where to from here? And if yes, then why Dubai? I love Dubai. I’ve been living here on and off since the 80’s. We grew up together. I would like to experience life in other countries, I’m open to the world and all the wonderful places I might call home along the way, but I will always have a very special connection to Dubai. How has the UAE shaped your profile and did you have to modify your style and music to suit the culture or did the culture shape you by its own accord? I have had the pleasure of being close to Emirati families here I have known from a young age. Their culture, hospitality and warmth is so endearing and welcoming. And with the UAE being such a global community, a melting pot of sorts, it has definitely shaped me in that when people move here they maintain their culture and it’s apparent in the way they dress. I also lived much my impressionable years in Sydney, which is also very multicultural, but you see people adapting more there. So here is where I learnt most about other cultures and their traditions. I think this is beneficial for anyone really. What is the best jewelry that every woman can wear? What is your daily jewellery pick? Something that you won’t leave your house without. I love ornate earrings. I think they are feminine can make a statement with the style. @laylakardan

You are an artist, how did you pick your team? Do you find it creatively easier or harder to function with many minds involved in the process? I think it’s always better to have more heads than one as different ideas and creative flow can be achieved. I think it’s equally important to have a clear and defined

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Layla Kardan’s Full look by Alexander McQueen and own Headpiece

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Photographers - Dennis Araniego and Miguel Veterano at Capital D Studio

A Different Take On Fashion

Dima Ayad has become one of the region’s success stories, but her unique perspecitve on design gives her a globally-relevant edge.

What is the style statement you represent described as,‘the celebration of the female form’… can you elaborate a bit more on this – how you came up with it and why it defines your fashion? It stemmed from the ideology that fashion has a stigma – where it only suits a certain body type. I wanted to combat that barrier and make sure that women of all shapes and sizes are welcome into my world of fashion, in the hope that many designers out there follow suit. Naturally not all things appeal to all people; but the objective is to ensure that any woman – whatever shape or size, will find something that can suit her in brand, Dima Ayad. Tell us a bit about your story… the beginnings and how you got to where you are today... My story; more like my love story. A story that consumes me on a daily basis – it’s pleasure and pain day in day out! It all began a few years ago when the wedding season took place and I needed gowns for so many occasions with a similar crowd in most of the events. I went shopping and didn’t really find anything moderately priced that I liked, so I decided to make my own dresses. They looked different and when I wore them, everyone asked me where I had bought them from. I then started making pieces for family and friends. I bravely attempted designing my first collection – and immediately fell in love. What was it like working at the Atlantis – you have had some diverse experience in your career so far? How did it contribute to your brand? I’ve been working in hotels for almost 15 years and it truly has been a joyride because the essence of the job is really about understanding people, their behaviour and in turn ensuring we appeal to them. Similarly, knowing your client and what she wants to wear and how she wants to feel wearing a Dima Ayad is at the pinnacle of it all. There’s so much cross-pollination between both my worlds. Being a native of Dubai, can you tell us what it was like growing up here; did you face any challenges and how did the region support you in your journey to becoming a successful entrepreneur? Growing up here taught me what communityliving means and how to support one another. I grew up believing that dreams do come true. Dubai kept promising us bigger, better, bolder, a hub for innovation – surely enough, it all happened and then some! I’m

sure if I lived elsewhere, there is no way I would’ve had the courage to become a designer. I felt more respected and appreciated as a woman as I feel in Dubai. It’s actually crazy when I hear about equal pay and woman’s rights because I’ve always been given opportunity for growth, and my opinion heard since a young age. Dubai has most definitely set the bar on treating women as equals. The region is receptive to up-and-coming talent to a degree, but the largest aid has been the media support throughout the years – exposing us, creating award platforms, and really boosting the image of regional talent. I sincerely have them to thank for how far some of us have come because they’ve had our back from the beginning! You have dared to reflect a lot of simplicity and singular colours in your designs in a region where flamboyance has ruled the fashion industry for a long time… tell us about your relationship with colour and your ideas about it. I love this question so much. If you take away a few layers, the simple ‘us’ shines the brightest. We are a community that has become very worldly, we work hard, we play harder, we go from our offices to events day in day out and our clothes are a reflection of how comfortable we are in our own skin. Our wardrobes should be versatile and timeless; the era of wearing an item once is long gone. I love colours very much, but appreciate them separately. I think of the timelessness of my mother’s Chanel tweed jackets or her CC bag from the 80s – still wearable today. I live by that philosophy that the Dima Ayad woman stands the test of time. Who is your style icon in the fashion world? Which global designer has been a source of inspiration for you? It started off with Rabih Kayrouz I have to say. His simple eloquent way of making dresses and separates always took my breath away. I then fell in love with the soul of Lanvin under Alber Elbaz – everything had meaning and purpose. The artistic expression of fashion is so much an expression of who we are as individuals. Those two are everything. Style Icon, not one in specific but who comes to mind is Sarah Jessica Parker and Julia Roberts.

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In our contemporaries and peers, we sometimes learn the most. Whom would you call your favourites? We most certainly do learn from the people around us. In the fashion landscape, Firras Al Wahabi has taught me to think in a different way, be cohesive, and be true to who I am as a designer. He’s my second pair of eyes through thick and thin. My team in Atlantis who never cease to amaze me with their random experiences and the millennial way of thinking – they’re one of the most exciting parts of my day. Last but not least my mentor, Serge Zaalof who has been instrumental in my hospitality career and has witnessed my life since 2004. He’s taught me to be fearless and to never, ever give up.

If there was one social cause you’d like to support and endorse in the coming times as a business woman, what would it be? An ability to help build confidence in women and believing in oneself – it’s masked on a daily basis and is actually self-destructive if not salvaged.

Most successful people boast of a mentor or teacher that developed them; do you have one you can give credit to for your success? Serge – thank you for allowing me to think differently, to be brave, and to not be afraid to fail – you have paved the way for my success.

Your favourite color? Purple.

Dynamics of UAE and its demographics have changed rapidly in the past years with several fluctuations – how has it impacted business and how are you learning to sustain your brand? Of course every brand has its’ consistent followers, they’re everything to me! The market fluctuations bring varied audiences to the city, which goes back to the ethos of the brand – to think global, and appeal to women as a whole that aids in all fluctuations. Ashley Graham has been making waves as a top-trending plus-size model – we are slowly breaking the 'skinny image' barrier, this must be helping your ‘fashion fits all’ take on design. She was one of those women who really has made major headway and we are trying to have some sort of association with her – where women of a size 0 and a size 12/14 can wear the exact same dress and look incredible regardless of shape or size. To continue on the above a bit – there have been talks of introducing plus size models in Victoria’s Secrets; what do you think? I think it’s genius and I think Victoria’s Secret should definitely increase their size range if they want to appeal to everyone. If the models are merely a stunt for inclusion, then that defeats the purpose when customers want to buy their lingerie.

What does a normal ‘Dima Ayad’ day look like? Up at 6 off to the gym (3-days a week ritual) check on all my fashion emails, respond to social media enquiries. Head to my office, start the day with a team catch up. I develop an idea a day – however small or insignificant, there’s always one. After a long day of meetings plans, and projects I head to the factory to check up on production and/or sampling. I then make time to see friends and family a few nights a week, and we begin again the next day!

Dima: a coffee / tea / juice person? Coffee and green juice. What motto do you go by in life? What is your Spiritual inspiration? If at first you don’t succeed, try, try, try again. Your favorite fashion magazine? Porter. What clothes make you most comfortable? Track pants and a T-shirt. I love figure-hugging clothes. My Wolford Fatal dress is one of my wardrobe staples. You have regularly been part of the Fashion Forward Dubai; tell us about your experience of it. Fashion Forward is a platform for us regional talent to showcase what we do to an audience. Genuinely for me, the experience each time makes me feel like a designer. I actually feel it. You forget sometimes, having a day job, and being caught up with the day to day operation of the brand, but when you see your designs on a runway or in a presentation, somehow it legitimises it all. Your advice for the young aspiring fashion designers of Dubai. Know why you’re doing it, know why you’re different, listen to your customers, have a deeper understanding of what it takes before you start. Most of all, be true to who you are. Consistency is king. @dimaayad

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Bruno Jovanovic’s Monsieur for Frédéric Malle The star perfumer Bruno Jovanovic has created a new fragrance for Frédéric Malle; ‘Monsieur’. Developed with an aim to recreate the allure of men like Alfonso de Portago, the actor José Luis de Vilallonga, this fragrance has a rich base of patchouli, mixed with notes of mandarin orange, rum absolute and the magical tones of cedar, suede and frankincense. Monsieur is a masculine, elegant and seducing fragrance!

French-Swedish grooming brand Ron Dorff’s After White Night Spare your skin with a clever new balm from Ron Dorff that promises to wake up a morning-after face, with a new gel formula that packs a punch. Massage it in first-thing, for a hydration quench with energizing menthol that will re-activate cellular activity and brighten the complexion. A powerful extract of Persian silk tree comforts and replenishes the skin, improving its tone and texture. Quenching the skin with essential nutrients and moisture, After White Night is the best of wake-up calls, to make the skin feel and fresh and ready to go all over again.

the Instant Confidence Stick.

Introducing Bobbi’s magic eraser for fine lines and wrinkles – the Instant Confidence Stick. In just one swipe, the invisible formula instantly blurs lines and imperfections with weightless, light-diffusing powders, while a unique skincare complex helps improve skin’s texture. The silky formula seamlessly glides onto skin for a natural flawless complexion. “Put it on before or after makeup for an instant confidence boost.” – Bobbi Brown

ESPADA COLLECTION A definitive symbol of powerful men, swords are often depicted in the hands of our great leaders, raised in the air as if to solidify their status in the eyes of the world. Although the Espada Collection serves to honor this gloried tradition, winding the historically masculine symbol of the sword sensually around the neck of a woman, Jacob & Co. additionally speaks to the inseparable bond between the two forces; underscoring women’s enchanting ability to bend the will of men with their own feminine strength.

Greubel Forsey timepieces Greubel Forsey timepieces… For the first time in the history of Greubel Forsey, Didier Cretin has created a manually wound timepiece with three hands, without a tourbillon, which instead features an exclusively designed Greubel Forsey balance wheel and an all-gold dial. The hands are finished and countersunk by hand. After the white gold version, he has now completed this 5N gold unique edition of just 11 pieces for Signature 1, thus reinforcing the rarity of Greubel Forsey’s timepieces. The dial, off-centred within the case, invites the eye to explore the mechanical architecture and balance wheel. This is a complex creation that is characterized by a high degree of sobriety in its appearance. Buy your significant other a timeless reminder of your eternal love from select Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons stores. www.seddiqi.com. 16 |

Thakoon’s Fall 2016 Collection

The Future of Retail is Here!

Thakoon‘s collection is rooted in what he said was an appreciation for French artist Jean Dubuffet’s nontraditional standards of beauty, and the “raw glamour” of Peter Lindbergh’s 1990s fashion editorials for Vogue. This translated into an array of delicate chantilly lace eveningwear, darkly romantic butterfly-print dresses, and layering of fall staples and classics. With a shownow-buy-now approach, this fall collection represents wearable grunge and lessons in the art of layering and plenty of cozy ‘instant’ knitwear for the modern—has-to-have-it-all— girl.

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Photographer - Dennis Araniego at Capital D Studio. Shot on location at the Artisan DIFC

AN ARTISANAL ENTREPRENEUR Firas Fawaz has a smile that could light up a room with a spirit to match. His new restaurant venture in Dubai shows his unique perspective on creating moments to enjoy the finer elements of good living.

“Firas Fawaz is somewhat of a U.F.O. (this reads: Unidentified Fooding Object)”. Elaborate! I have always had a passion for food. I truly enjoy going to good places that serve great cuisine, which always starts with the best produce. Dining is not just about cuisine, though. It’s about the moments, creating memories and bringing people together. Fine-dining restaurants are not only about food, they are also about mood. It is a full-blown experience that brings together design, ambiance, care, service and everything beautiful. Indeed, I have an eye for beauty in all its’ various forms and expressions, with interests not solely in cuisine, but in jewelry, fashion and art, particularly photography, my lifetime companion. That is why I sometimes feel like a UFO : why categorize yourself solely as a restaurant owner, when there are also very interesting means of expressions, which can be involved in our F&B business as well. All these interests come together at The Artisan making it more than a restaurant : it’s a lifestyle destination. Lebanon, Belgium, now UAE… where else have you been or aspire to go? How has travel added to your food and fashion sense? I have lived in Africa, a different world all together, where you see things you wouldn’t see anywhere else, where you learn patience. Asia is where I would like to go next, for business as well as pleasure. I am curious to discover this part of the world. I got exposed to different cuisines and styles of cooking. Each city has its own flavour, allowing one to appreciate the architecture, the fashion and the food. Before traveling, I always make a wish-list of new places to discover and I make it a point to be loyal and return to my favorite spots. From diamonds to fashion to Art photography and now gourmet, Can you tell us how you made these transitions… and what else is on your mind to add to your artistic portfolio? Art has always been involved in all these stages of my life. There is beauty in everything you see and do. When I started developing The Artisan, I wanted to offer guests a unique experience, involving all things beautiful. Can you describe what in your opinion encompasses a complete dining experience? You should always start with food. And then atmosphere, which includes warmth of service. Then, you add

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the space itself, an inviting non-pretentious setting, a homogenous, smooth décor, that pleases the eye. It’s about harmony between the cuisine, who serves it and where. Would you describe yourself as a style/art mentor or guru? I don’t have a guru in my life yet. I prefer to pick influences from different people and keep my mind open to all. In every field there is someone I look up to and appreciate. Annie Féolde, for one, because she built up what once was a small place into the Michelin star institution it has become today. Describe your experience in developing the EP brand here in Dubai. You met the couple several times… It was both an exciting and challenging experience as we are on a very competitive market. Creating a sustainable brand in Dubai required respecting the heritage of Enoteca Pinchiorri, while offering something new and adapted to the likings of the very demanding GCC clientele. Basically creating a home-grown concept, with an international history. Annie Féolde and Giorgio Pinchiorri were knowledgeable enough to avoid exact duplication of the Florentine concept. They were comprehensive, supportive, but at no point did they compromise on savoir-faire. We met repeatedly, in Dubai and in Florence, for over a year and half, so that we would pitch The Artisan to Dubai, in the most optimized manner. So how is The Artisan by EP Dubai going to be different from the original one in Italy? The Artisan is a brand created with the spirit and soul of Enoteca Pinchiorri, especially for Dubai, to start with. It is a refined casual version of the Italian mothership. We have toned-down the codes of Michelin-starred institution, staying faithful to produce appreciation, while getting rid of the stuffiness you sometimes find in gastronomical venues.


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they evolve. Art has both a personal and social outreach, it is subjective in taste yet objective in message. Dubai is a lot about ‘Eating Out’, ‘Fast Life’, hardworking professionals who mostly have breakfast on-the-go, take-away lunches… what would some of your healthy food tips be for them? Balance is necessary in life and I believe food is part of that balance. I don’t deprive myself of anything, but try to moderate what I eat and team it up with regular exercise. Dieting and strong restrictions are just not for me. Your favourite food as you grew up and can still go running back to eat the same food at the same place? Definitely my mom’s cooking, without a doubt : Lebanese – Mediterranean cuisine.

What is the signature dish at the Artisan by EP Dubai, the one dish that nobody should miss out on? The Signora, as we like to call her with affection, loves all her dishes, very much like a mother loves all her children. At The Artisan, we deliberately chose to work on a balanced menu, with star dishes only. But, if I had to pick a personal favorite… Well, I would say, the Slow-Cooked Octopus… and the Agnolloti… and the Salt-crusted sea bass… I know I might be getting a bit carried away, but how can I choose one item on the menu, when I have been involved in its creation every step of the way.

If tomorrow were the last day on the planet – how would you love to spend the next 24 hours? It’s a bit early for me to imagine that day at this stage in my life. But, if you insist, definitely in an amazing city with the people I love. Finally, what is your vision, where do you see yourself 5 years down the road? My vision is to expand the brand and go global, bringing the taste of The Artisan to other cities in the world and back to its roots, in Italy. @myvision @theartisandubai

What is the Artisan by EP classic dessert… you recommend? Without any hesitation : The Real Tiramisu and Our Profiteroles… I do have a sweet tooth. Firas – your personal view on ‘Art In Life’… any advice to our readers on why art is crucial to development personally and in society? Art is an escape from reality and a means to feed your mind and imagination. Each form of art or artist defines the cultural environment in which

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Old School New School

Photographer - Norbert Kniat at MMG Creative Direction - Sarah Damichi using MAC Cosmetics Stylist - Sorelle Anthony at D the Agency Hair and Makeup - Sarah Damichi at D the Agency Models - Chiara P at the Agenc • Ella at Bareface • Ellina at MMG Production - Sorelle Anthony at Capital D Studio Shot at - Capital D Studio

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Chiara P wearing Saint Laurent vest


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Ella wearing Victoria Beckham t-shirt


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Chiara P wearing Fendi jacket


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Walking in Paradise Living large for the uber-luxe. We discover the Velaa Private Island, undeniably ‘beyond luxury’.

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Imagine you’ve had your share of success in business and are at a stage in your life where you can think about undertaking one of those ‘dream’ projects. You just happen to love the Maldives and have visited most of the über-fabulous 5-star islands to get a taste of the ‘competition’. At this point you have the chance to buy your own island and create your own perfect hideaway. This is, in summary, the story of Velaa, private island. The beauty of this island is that luxury vacationers are invited to actually come and stay. The owner, Jiri Smejc, has had a long-standing love of the Maldives and Maldivian culture, having spent many vacations and stopovers between business trips in the islands. The idea to actually build a restart on an island was made over dinner with his wife, who’s equal measure of enthusiasm for the project ensured the deal was done. When we had the chance to visit this island, we didn’t second guess for a second. Having already visited four other Maldivian five star resorts previously, we were extremely excited to discover what an independent thinker and an entrepreneurial spirit, rather than a large hotel group, could dream of and actually create on a remote pile of sand. We were not disappointed on any front. Visiting the Maldives in any case has a majestic allure - the crystal clear and almost unreal turquoise shade of the water, the sense of peace and serenity, the warmth of its people. Entering the world of Velaa in the Noonu Atoll, was simply, the cherry on top. This world has all that one could possibly desire, while ‘stranded’ on a desert island. The name, ‘Velaa’, means sea turtle. The island has been home to many sea turtles for generations and as they are the true inhabitants, the owner felt it was an homage fit to pay. Czech architect, Petr Kolar, took many ideals from the shape of the turtle in his design. The resounding forms of the shell of the turtle are echoed throughout the common areas of the island and the actual planning of the water villas is also based on the organic shape of a turtle’s body. His take on Maldivian living is contemporary and chic, but equally exudes warmth and comfort. Yes you will find the typical offering of beach or water villas on Velaa, but the overall design of all interior and dining spaces is luxurious in its’ craftsmanship while being uncomplicated and refined in its’ simplicity. The concept of the hotel, ‘beyond luxury’, brings together refinement of contemporary elegance with Maldivian culture, ensuring the interior spaces have an uncomplicated and unapologetic sense of barefoot elegance. Although contemporary is most definitely the tone, the natural finish and warm hues of the interiors, down to the charming bamboo mobiles hanging in the bedrooms that create a gentle melodic sound, ensure that the luxury element of the island is balanced with a true grounded and soulful inspiration that allows anyone to truly unwind. The whole island is welcoming and there is an underlying sense that the owner has somehow invited you into his life through his meaningful design choices. It’s a beautiful and unique touch to the island that’s unlike another. Within the name of the island is the term, ‘private’. While the staff will tell you that this refers to the fact that while staying on the island, one should feel somewhat as though they are alone on the island, to me the sense of privacy was more regarding

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this private world that only exists on Velaa, and the journey within this space that this holiday allows. To take this to another level is the incredible ‘romantic’ villa, situated in the middle of the atoll accessible only by boat or your own private jet ski. This villa allows a couple to stay remotely, enjoying all the services of the hotel but with it’s own gym, jacuzzi, pool, sundeck, sunken bath and spa treatment room. One can almost hear the ‘why not’ of the owner resounding in the lapping waters of the atoll surrounding the villa. So if the accommodation is unique then what about the dining experience? Of course Velaa does not disappoint. Velaa houses and incredible five story structure, within which is fine dining restaurant, as well as unique lookout point from where the whole island can be overseen. Here you will find cuisines of China, Japan and Korea defined by a Teppanyaki chef working on a set menu for a small seating. We were lucky enough to enjoy a feast at Aragu (meaning ‘essence’), the gourmet experience at the larger fine-dining restaurant by the master chef Gaushan da Silva, where fusion cuisine played with our tastebuds and we enjoyed sitting above the water lapping on the reefs while the moonlight lit the way to the neighbouring island, that just happened to be Cheval Blanc. Our handpicked menu danced between unexpected flavours of the Meditteranean and was a true culinary delight. The ambiance of this restaurant alone was worth the trip. Each table feels private and the pianist’s gentle caress sets the tone for only the most important of conversations. But Velaa is not all-out romance and stolen moments, in fact this island is designed to keep even a diverse family occupied during their stay. Literally every stage of child’s life has been thought of. For the younger ones there is an incredible kids centre with water play, slides and an awesome selection outdoor activities and arts. For teens there are volleyball, squash and tennis courts, an incredible array of water sports, bikes to get around the island and an incredible submariner experience for those channeling their inner James Bond. Everyone will enjoy the evening sting-ray feeding at the beach edge guided by the knowledgable marine staff. Something unusual and incredible though is the nine hole golf course and golf academy on the island that is unheard-of and adds a unique layer of possibilities to your stay on Velaa. Yes you did just read that there’s a golf course and it’s truly state-of-the-art, impeccably kept and designed by two-time Masters Champion José María Olazábal. I don’t think any trip to the Maldives is really complete until there has been at last one day spent in a spa. If you are missing some royal treatment in your life then head to the Spa. Here you will find an array of facials, massages and body treatments however, what you would not expect to find is the only snow room in the Maldives and the Wolke 7 Cloud 9 relaxation pod, just to up the ante. Today’s ideals of luxury are more commonly drawn comparison with the notions of having time and enjoying experiences rather than material goods. A trip to Velaa is full of first-time and memorable experiences that will stay with you forever. On our final day on the island, I laid on the beach and gazed up at the blue skies above. Not only had this island surpassed any ideas we could have had on how a Maldivian experience could be better, but I felt like it was a place that would be an ideal annual vacation, the perfect blend of warmth, hospitality and just enough surprises to keep even a fussy traveller on their toes. If you are planning a long weekend - you need to try Velaa.

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OUR SPECIAL TASTING MENU AT ARAGU

Simplicity & Harmony • Smoked Burrata, Tamarillo Confit, Valderrama Grand Cry • Arbequina Olive Oil and Organic Micro Basil

Twist of ARAGU • Slice and lightly smoked duck foie gras with Tahitian Vanilla, tangy peach and citrus puree

Between Old World & New World • Poached and seared breast of Guinea Fowl with celeriac mash, chanterelles and turkey jus. • Marinate tiger prawns with Nduja Calabrese, served with baby violet artichokes.

Dessert • Hazelnut soufflé with vanilla bean ice cream and butterscotch sauce


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To book your stay, please email reservations@velaaprivateisland.com or call +960 6565 000 www.velaaprivateisland.com @velaaprivateisland

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Photographer - Miguel Veterano at Capital D Studio

Geometric Arabesque Aljoud Lootah is crafting a brand around a unique aesthetic inspired by Emirati craft and elements.

Today fashion design is extremely popular in the region and the industry is starting to take shape. Why did you choose to work in industrial/ product design? I come from a graphic design background and in 2013 I enrolled in a product design programme as part of the Tashkeel Dubai Culture initiative. I had a change of heart and felt that product design was my true calling. There was something very fascinating about creating three dimensional objects while combining form and function.

Tell us about learning and growing your business in the region. What makes it special and what are the obstacles you faced – how did you overcome them? Its not easy to set up a business. There are a myriad of challenges and aspects that one should consider before setting up. I think one of the most challenging elements in my design processes is sourcing the right materials locally, and producing limited edition designs at factories that are used to mass production.

Tell us your thought process behind designing a product… what inspires you? I’m mostly inspired by my surroundings, and the elements of Emirati culture. These elements, especially stemming from traditional craft, have so many details and are aesthetically appealing due to their colours or patterns.

You have frequently been part of the Dubai Design Days. Can you tell us about your experience with this event? I’ve been a part of Design Days Dubai in 2013, 2015 and 2016. The first year was part of the Dubai Culture booth where I debuted the Unfolding Unity Stool. In 2015 I launched the Oru Series and in 2016 I launched the Double Square collection. I think that it is an excellent platform as it gives me the opportunity to showcase my designs amongst international galleries and designers while exposing my work to various design enthusiasts.

Who is your product for? My products are currently limited-editions only. My buyers vary from collectors, to museum buyers to individuals who have a complete understanding of the value of design. How do you balance the very technical/ masculine parts of your product, and yet bring out such elements of softness in your designs? I believe it comes very naturally to me. I think geometry is the basis of most of my work, and through it, I am able to combine that technical/masculine and feminine aesthetics. Tell us about your niche products – the ones displayed internationally, namely the Oru Series. The National Gallery of Victoria in Melboune, Australia, had recently acquired two of my products; the Oru Lamp and Chair, part of my Oru Series which was launched in 2015. The pieces were inspired by the art of Origami. You have designed some objects for governmental organizations – can you tell us about your associations there. I often work with organizations to develop bespoke corporate gifts for them. These gifts are tailor-made to the requirements of the clients, and often consist of objects that combine design with functionality. These include bookends, clocks, notebooks, for example. You worked on several projects in your career so far – what was your most challenging and one that made you feel most satisfied? I believe that all of the projects I’ve worked on were challenging in their own way. Every step is a learning process for me and each has a special place in my heart. In your collaborations with various kinds of clients; how do you overcome disagreements (if any) in your creative process? How do you make sure your signature is maintained in all your designs while at the same time making sure the client gets what they want? I wouldn’t call them disagreements, sometimes clients would request minor changes to the original design, and if I think it would be feasible without dramatically changing the initial concept, I would do it. We always come to an agreement and work on what would best serve the design itself.

Who is your mentor in the industry? None. What’s a normal day for you? I wake up around 7, get ready and start working around 8 or 8:30am. I start by replying to emails, and I often schedule my meetings or factory visits early in the morning. I usually work throughout the day, and try to squeeze in an hour at least 3 times a week for a Crossfit session. If the workload is a lot and I’m approaching deadlines, I would work during the evening as well. How do you maintain a healthy balance between your personal and professional life? Most women try hard to do that and you seem so calm. I don’t think my social and professional life are balanced at all! I feel that my professional life is taking over! I’m very work-oriented. What would your advice be to young designers? I would encourage them to pursue their dreams, with an open mind. To be steady, well-ordered and authentic in their work. Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years? I would like to see the design studio expanding, to take on more projects and have a stronger international presence. What social causes do you care about? You have donated proceeds from sales of your products to certain charities… A few years ago, we donated a few items that were sold off in an auction and the proceeds went to charity. That campaign took place in Twitter where people managed to bid online and receive the items a few weeks later. How have you used the Burqa in your desings? I’ve only used the Burqa in one of my designs which was a collaboration with Repetto Paris. I’ve created a set of ballerinas with a Burqa as a main design element to celebrate Repetto’s 60th anniversary. The ballerinas were displayed as part of an ongoing exhibition in Dubai and in Paris. @aljoudlootah

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Photographer - Dennis Araniego at Capital D Studio

BEAUTY CHALLENGE We meet Tania Azzouz Akl, founder of Medica and inspirational female leader who has made Dubai her home.

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You have lived and grown up in Paris, the ‘temple of beauty industry’ as they call it… surely it made a defining impact on your outlook towards life? Yes it did needless to say. In Paris, beauty and fashion are simple and “timeless”. It’s all about being simple and elegant. In French we say “simplicité beauté” meaning simplicity is more beautiful, so I’m definitely simple in my approach toward life, in my day to day look and I definitely praise natural beauty.

Another growth market is Body Shaping – tell us about some of your brands dealing with this. Body shaping is growing big internationally. Vela is one of the most effective treatment for body shaping and cellulite treatment. It is FDA approved for circumferential reduction (meaning loss in inches). We are also introducing Ultrashape to treat localised fat. Used in combination those two technologies gives amazing results.

Tell us about your experiences in Montreal and why is it that you chose International Business & Marketing as your major in studies. I chose those majors I enjoyed them and these subjects helped me in my start-ups, however I keep learning whether in finance, marketing, leadership or anything else that will help my business grow.

Can you briefly discuss the intensive effort and strict monitoring your brands are subjected to before they become available to the public for ‘safe’ and ‘healthy’ use. It starts from our suppliers: most products that we pick are FDA approved; meaning they went through lengthy safety and efficacy tests. Secondly the products have to be registered locally in the Ministry of Health. Last but not least training: all our customers whether it’s a doctor or therapist are fully trained by us. Some products can be used only by doctors and we ensure that this is done. We mainly follow the guidelines of the health authorities for this. All clinics go through regular and intensive check by health authorities to ensure products are not misused.

What has been the driving force behind your career? I come from a family of entrepreneurs. My father and his family have always established their own businesses so it was just a natural path. Tell us about your journey and the necessary steps you had to take to make Medica what it is today. There was not just one challenge but many. At the beginning the challenges were finding the right people to work with. It is difficult to find talented people who are willing to work in starts-up, that’s why the founders usually end up doing so much themselves in the early years of a business. Then the chaos that comes with fast growth. Today it’s all about differentiating ourselves from competition and staying on top. What is the vision of Medica Group? Medica is all about making people look better. Our vision is to be the first choice for aesthetic practitioner seeking superior and reliable beauty solutions, after sales service and overall peace of mind. The global medical aesthetic industry, despite the recent dynamic times, has only grown vertically – with a 200% increase in service revenues generated by minimally invasive cosmetic procedures such as botulinum toxin and dermal fillers. The market share for service revenues from these procedures increased from 30% in 2000 to about 50% in past two years. To what do we owe this exponential growth – and how do you monitor and tap into this lucrative market? There are many factors involved in this growth. We all want to look better and younger. Having aesthetic treatments is not taboo anymore. The new technologies in this field have improved, are minimally invasive and more affordable to everyone. Social media indirectly enhanced the growth: everyone is more exposed and people want to look better in the pictures they post, on their selfies… We stay up-to-date with the latest technologies in the aesthetic field so we can always provide the best tour customers.

D-Journal is an art and lifestyle magazine – created to always reflect simple things and simple people in the most aesthetic manner. The work you do seems so similar – tell us about your view/take on real beauty and how it is incorporated in every decision you make in your business. Yes I agree, my views are similar to your magazine’s which is simplicity. I praise natural beauty. It’s important not to alter your look and just to be simple. This helps us pick the right technologies and to carry a consistent message whether it’s for our team, our customers or end users. What would you advice to young women wanting to start their own businesses? I need pages to answer this questions but I would say perseverance, hard work and thinking outside the box. Where do you see yourself in five years? I want to remain in the beauty business working with even better technologies to launch to make people look, feel better and more confident. Since your early years as well as now as a businesswoman, you must have travelled extensively – you have lived in a few cities too; is Dubai the final destination and what keeps you rooted here? Yes Dubai is my final destination. This city gave me everything I wanted and hoped for: security, an amazing career, a company that grew beyond my expectations, a comfortable lifestyle and a lot of opportunities. Why would I change? @medicagroup @taniaazzauz

Wrinkle relaxing agents & wrinkle fillers are temporary agents nearing maturity which are still very popular in US & EU markets. Asia on the other hand is known to prefer more permanent solutions such as ‘Artefill’ – would you be able to tell us which one to prefer and why? Of course I will go with non-permanent fillers. First of all beauty changes, our face changes and we don’t want to be stuck with a permanent fillers that we cannot change. Moreover permanent fillers have many long terms side effect that requires surgery to be treated. We highly discourage permanent fillers.

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The New Retro.

Photographer - Eva Pentel Stylist - Jared Green D the Agency Makeup Artist - William A Casey using MAC Cosmetics Hair - Lewis Stanford Model - Mariana at Body London


Mariana wearing Lace Skirt and Blouse by Blumarine, Shoes by Blumarin and Hat by Misa Harada


Mariana wearing Latex Body by Kim West, shoes by Christian Louboutin, sheer Polka Coat by Jayne Pierson, leather Collar by Stylist’ own, bag by Ethan K and sunglasses by Finest Seven

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Mariana wearing leather jacket by Blk Dnm, Shirt & Trousers by Eudon Choi and boots by Ganor Dominic for Eudon Choi


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Mariana wearing beaded dress by Michael Kors and Converse by Retro Vintage


Mariana wearing Lace Skirt and Blouse by Blumarine, Shoes by Blumarin and Hat by Misa Harada

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Mariana wearing lace skirt and blouse by blumarine and shoes by blumarine


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Mariana wearing black coat dress and boots by DKNY


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Makeup - Nursi at Burberry Makeup at Bloomingdale’s Dubai Wardrobe - Jonathan Simkin and Givenchy at Bloomingdale’s Dubai

DESIGN WITH A MISSION We chat with Rue Kothari, Fair Director of Downtown Design, to get her perspective on the region.

Tell us your vision for Downtown Design in the coming years. Our mission is to create a hub for design in the region, a place where international brands and buyers can coalesce, do business, network and help nurture our own emerging design industry. Ultimately, we are building towards a show to rival the big international fairs, without losing our focus on quality. How has the event evolved ? We’ve not only tripled in size, but have become more diverse in the types of brands we represent – from established to emerging – from all over the world. The look and feel of the fair has evolved to incorporate common design elements and create a strong, atmospheric visitor experience. Aside from welcoming even more brands each year, the number of visitors that attend each year has grown exponentially. You come from a multi-faceted and multi-cultured background, tell us how that has helped your perspective in art and in your commercial success of today? All experiences feed into a better understanding of how to deal with new situations. Having such a long and varied career trajectory has definitely given me an advantage in dealing with different people, finding creative solutions to problems, and embracing new challenges. How do you choose your exhibitors? Strong curation is key to our success. With such a huge demand for space in the upcoming show, it was even more important to assess each brand carefully; based on the quality of their product and how they would appeal to the region’s buyers. We try and balance more established brands, with emerging brands to ensure that people can reconnect with brands they love, as well as discover new innovative product they won’t find at the big international fairs. It’s important to me to support and nurture fledging regional designers that are looking to start something commercial and meet buyers – so we find a space for them wherever can and promote them to the international press.

From being the editor of Harper’s Bazaar Interiors to Downtown Design – what has changed and how do you find yourself growing? Is it a more challenging move? I loved kick-starting and growing Harper’s Bazaar Interiors publication – it was an enjoyable, rewarding experience. But I’m always looking for a new challenge – and when the Directorship of Downtown Design was offered to me, I couldn’t resist. Taking on a fair that was only two years old, with so much potential to grow, is just the kind of project I love. The learning curve was almost vertical, and with so much to absorb it was intense. It was our first time hosting the event at the Dubai Design District, in a space twice the size of the previous year, and as the new director there was a palpable pressure to prove myself. In truth the process of editing is much the same on paper as it is in three dimensions, but if you make a mistake curating a show, the result is far more visible. Running the show year round is like managing a small business. Working with buyers and suppliers has deepened my understanding of the whole design industry here in the Middle East, broadened my network internationally and given me skills that will stand me in good stead in the future. Describe how this region has affected and changed you ever since you moved here from London? Time moves fast here; and the last twelve years I’ve been living in Dubai has passed in a flash. I’ve been lucky enough to work with some incredible brands, meet a really rich and diverse group of people, travel all over the world and move leagues ahead in my career. I love the energy of this city, the ambition and positivity; this can-do attitude which spawns so much creativity – you can’t help be infected by it. And add to that the outdoor lifestyle, I’m a healthier, happier more balanced person as a result. What is it like being a female entrepreneur in this region? Contrary to some strange homogenized views perpetuated by some Western media, your ambitions are not curtailed by your gender living here. I’m

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surrounded by female entrepreneurs from every culture and walk of life. It’s celebrated and supported here – just as it should be. Who is your mentor? I would love to know – I’m still on the lookout! On the flip side, I often find myself mentoring others, which is hugely rewarding. But if my mentor is out there – hurry up and get in touch! What advice do you have for a young aspiring business woman of the world? Feel the fear and do it anyway. There is always an element of risk when you’re embarking upon a new project or position. But what’s the alternative? To sit back and worry about what might happen? It would be worse to miss an opportunity and spend your life regretting it. Embrace the challenge and trust yourself to do a good job. You know instinctively what your strengths are – so play to them. Aside from having the right attitude – you need a strong work ethic. The more you put in, the more you get out. On a less altruistic level, surround yourself with the right people and be cautious when taking advice, not everyone has your best interests at heart. Any rules you personally live by in terms of interior design? There are lots of ‘rules’ but honestly if you’re designing your own residence, it has to be a space that you feel comfortable in, and that meets your needs. It’s no good trying to merely replicate something from a magazine – you have to ask yourself – how does this work for me and my lifestyle? Personally, I like a very sparse, minimal space, with very little distraction. When you’re a working mother with multiple commitments, the last thing you want is to come home to a chaotic space. What is your take on the recent update in interior technology by the way of 3D printing? I’m obsessed with 3D printing, and the velocity with which this technology is evolving is incredible. From small printers that had limited capability and printed only plastic, to today’s giant printers that can move around a space and create buildings out of multiple materials, it’s a revolution. They are even developing 3D printers for food, as well as some that print fashion garments that will in the future allow you to just pack

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your printer and go – then just print out your clothes when you reach your destination. Of course, all of these things are either biodegradable or can be recycled. All bodes well for the planet. What colors, themes and ideas are on trend this season for homes? Cool earthy colours, bronze accents, stone and concrete, LED lighting integrated into furniture pieces, modular living spaces, smart high tech kitchens in new synthetic marbles, an even greater focus on how heritage informs future design, socially responsible and sustainable design and mini design icons for kids. Any no-no’s in 2016? There are never any no-no’s – interior design isn’t fashion – you buy pieces and decorate for the look to last. Buy what you love, and off-trend never becomes an issue. Should we switch off when we get home or create that office space in the living area? I don’t know a single person that doesn’t take their work home with them. With most of us working off our phones or laptops, you almost never switch off. Personally, I make sure when I get home that all my time and attention is devoted to my daughter until she goes to sleep. Then I catch up with whatever I need to. It’s all about priorities. Do you regard Downtown Design as a platform, to be more of a niche and luxury-driven brand? Downtown Design is most certainly not niche, or focused on luxury. It’s about beautiful, high quality design pieces that work in spaces from hotels to homes. They’re commercial and accessible – and we see this with the number of consumers that come to the show on the last day and buy up the stock of all our brands. There’s a need here for what we present – and I think in a few years we’ll see that demand being better satisfied by an influx of new international and local brands. @ruekothari @downtowndesignd


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THE ON TREND INSIDER

@nicole_ontrend shares her style secrets.

WHITE ANKLE (Wing it! & Bling it!) BOOT The white boot is a trend sure to continue into SS17. Victoria Beckham has recently accented her chic and easy silk frocks with them. Simone Rocha, DKNY & Mulberry have all styled models at New York Fashion week with the white boot, pairing them with bright & flamboyant tailored suits or romantic dresses. This is a trend that has already taken off for AW16 with many high street and designer stores now offering options. My Wing it! & Bling it! picks are…

Above UTERQUE - LEATHER ANKLE BOOTS 795 AED available from www.uterque.com & The Mall of the Emirates Right THE ROW - Ambra GLOSSED-ALLIGATOR ankle boots 22,447 AED available from net-a-porter.com

EMBROIDERED GUITAR STRAP

VALENTINO - WONDER EMBROIDERED LEATHER GUITAR STRAP 4444 AED available from www.saksfifthavenue.com

REBECCA MINKOFF - METALLIC EMBROIDERY FLORAL GUITAR STRAP 350 AED available from www.rebeccaminkoff.com

SKIN TREAT - CACI NON SURGICAL FACELIFT What is it? A CACI (Computer Aided Cosmetology Instrument) is a non-surgical face life using electronic pulses to tone the facial muscles. What happens? A CACI therapist uses hand-held wands to transmit microcurrents through your skin and facial muscles. CACI isn’t the only non-surgical facelift system that works by electrical impulses, but other systems generally operate at mill amperage current, which is stronger - you’ll feel your face twitching. You can’t feel CACI’s microcurrents working, but the makers claim that makes them more effective, not less, because they work at a much deeper level in the skin. How was it? There is clinical evidence CACI works. A study at the University of Washington showed microcurrents can increase elastin by 45%, collagen by 10% and the number of blood vessels by 35%. Elastin and collagen are what keep your skin plump and firm, and good blood flow will give you a glow. This treatment is for sagging skin and untoned muscles but having only one treatment is not really effective as the treatments should be taken every few weeks as a course of 10 sessions. I did however see some results and and my skin looked refreshed immediately after my first session. I would continue with the rest based on the results of the first session. Where to go? - Kozma, Al Wasl Road, Dubai. Call 056 554 4534/ 056 554 4535

Baccarat’s Zénith Chandelier #OnOurRadar

Baccarat‘s now iconic “Zénith” chandelier is one of the wonders of the world of crystals. Can we light up our lives with one of Baccarat’s creations?! Yes, Please.

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THE DARK, DARK HOURS.

Photographer - Mokhtar Beyrouth at D the Agency Stylist - Tara Ellis at Capital D Studio Hair & Make Up - Ania Poniatowska at MMG Talent Model - Christian at Diva Production - Sorelle Anthony at Capital D Studio Shot at - Capital D Studio

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Christian wearing Versace top, Deus jeans & belt

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Christian wearing Pal Zileri shirt, sweater & pants


Christian wearing GUCCI coat

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Christian wearing Deus jackets, tee, jeans and neck tie


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Christian wearing Salvatore Ferragamo jacket, Pal Zileri pants



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