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Rising Stars p. 26 Egypt’s Young Design Talents p. 30 Beya Khalifa p. 34 Person of Flair: Mohamed Al Sagheer p. 36 Person of Flair: Eugenie Niarchos p. 38 Soma Bay p. 40 Mrs. Mexico p. 42
Fashion Clippings p. 44 Beauty Clippings p. 46 Interview: Eleonora Mararo p. 48 Feature: Fashion Illustrators p. 52 Runway p. 54 Wish lists p. 56 Bijou: Chaumet p. 58 Attention to Retail: Elie Saab London p. 60
Hot Address: Arts Club London p. 64 Boutique: W Hotel Istanbul p. 68 Passport: London p. 70 TV Club: Fashionable Documentaries p. 74 Book Club: Frida p. 75
Design Notes: London Design Festival p. 78 Architecture: Enviable Workspaces p. 82 Exhibitionist: Bulgari Style p. 84 Driven: House of Cadillac p. 86
Editor’s Note p. 12 Happenings p. 18 International Trends p. 22 Stylish Living p. 88 Flair Foodie p. 94
Flair’s Fashion Fever
elcome to FLAIR’s Fall Fashion Fever Issue, a big fashion issue worthy of the new season. Features, runway trends, and seasonal must-haves- we have got you covered. Our fashionable cover girl is Italian sensation and bag designer Eleonora Mararo. Together with her husband Roberto Mararo, they are considered one of the world’s most stylish couples. Make sure to check out our interview with her to know the secrets behind her impeccable style. Our coverage of fashionable women continues as our London editor Daniela Bonetto interviews Eugenie Niarchos, the designer behind the futuristic and dazzling label Venyx. As the editor of FLAIR, nothing excites me more than featuring young Egyptian talents making their mark in their fields in our magazine. In “Egypt’s Young Design Talents” we showcase some of Egypt’s promising brands with a style uniquely their own. Read on to find out who they are and keep a close eye on their bright future. Also, make sure to catch a glimpse of Beya Khalifa’s work in this issue. The young collage and mixed media artist’s work is both thought provoking and downright entrancing. Also, starting this issue we are having one of our youngest contributors ever to the magazine-Kareem Abdelrahman. The chef and photographer who showcases his tantalising dishes on Instagram is providing you with the secret ingredients and recipes to his picture-perfect dishes in the new Flair Foodie section. Here’s to staying young and fashionable! Hind El Ramly firstname.lastname@example.org
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The interview with cover girl Eleonora Mararo p. 48
Fabulous Fashion Illustrators p. 52
Italian Jewels, Bulgari style p. 84
London Design Festival p. 78
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Front Running InterContinental
InterContinental Cairo Citystars has recently celebrated winning the Quarter 2 Front Runner Award 2016. Front Runner Award is an InterContinental Hotels Group regional award which hotels receive based on achieving high revenue, hotel room nights’ sales, food and beverages sales. The Front Runner Award recognizes hotels that achieve or exceed a level of excellence on the Hotel Wining Metrics categories and is awarded to qualifying hotels quarterly. IHG distributes this respected award every quarter to the property that achieves the highest guest satisfaction results and overall performance.
Dusit Thani Strikes Silver
Dusit Thani LakeView Cairo is riding high on the incredible success of its environmental management program, as the property has been awarded the prestigious EarthCheck Silver Certificate for the fourth consecutive year. The recognition to Dusit Thani LakeView Hotel’s commitment to protect environment has come from EarthCheck, the world’s leading environmental benchmarking and certification agency that provides training, capacity building, and consultancy services used by sustainable travel and tourism operators with more than 1300 clients in over 80 countries. Ahmed El Hady, General Manager of Dusit Thani LakeView Cairo said that this incredible achievement is reflective of the hotel’s steady commitment to environment friendly policies in keeping with the world’s highest environmental standards.
Marriott’s Massive Expansion Recently the most iconic and visionary name in hospitality, Marriott International, Inc. expanded to include 30 of the most desirable and prestigious hotel brands with the addition of the Starwood Hotels & Resorts portfolio. With more than 5,700 hotels and 1.1 million rooms in over 110 countries across the globe, guests now have access to the best hotels and resorts wherever they travel. Marriott International’s portfolio now includes a series of quintessential luxury and lifestyle names. The Ritz-Carlton, St. Regis, Bulgari Hotels & Resorts, JW Marriott, The Luxury Collection, W Hotels and EDITION define a new era of luxury travel, with dynamic brands such as Westin, Renaissance and Autograph Collection occupying an evolving lifestyle category. Premium brands like Marriott Hotels and Sheraton anchor the portfolio and provide a broad array of choices around the world for business and leisure travel. And new, fun, accessible experiences at Moxy Hotels, AC Hotels and Aloft add to the portfolio, ensuring their guests have whatever they want, wherever they are in the world.
Egypt’s Beach Eden
You probably heard the name before but the adults only Iberotel Coraya Beach in Marsa Alam, famous for being the one and only romance retreat that sparkles with love all around, has joined the Steigenberger Hotels and Resorts Family. With this addition, you can enjoy the shore of the glistening Madinat Coraya - Marsa Alam with all the Steigenberger impeccable standards. The newly renovated Five-Stars Steigenberger Coraya Beach features original Nubian style and 364 rooms built in groups of bungalows, with spectacular sea, pool and garden views, the resort enjoys a unique blend of both southern Egypt and the Red Sea notes and flavours.
For the first time, Marriott Rewards members will be able to choose one of two ways to earn up to 50,000 bonus points in the loyalty program’s fall MegaBonus promotion – “Choose Your Path.” Launched on September 1, members who register for the promotion will be able to select the bonus earning option that best reflects the way they travel. By registering, both new and current Marriott Rewards members can opt in to the promotion of their choice. The first option is to earn 10,000 bonus points for every 10 stays, up to 50,000 bonus points. The second option is to earn 5,000 bonus points after the second stay (max 5,000 bonus points) The MegaBonus is open to all Marriott Rewards members as well as new enrolees during the promotion period. The Marriott Rewards is free to join. To enrol or learn more about the program, visiwww.MarriottRewards.com.
HUGO BOSS opens in Citystars
The world’s leading men’s wear brand is finally rejoining the fashion scene in Egypt. Located in one of Egypt’s top shopping destinations, Citystars Mall Heliopolis, the new BOSS store crosses borders taking its customers to a place of ultimate luxury. HUGO BOSS is set to offer the latest luxury collection that can be found at any BOSS flagship store around the world. The store concept is identical to BOSS’s crisp elegant style. Its newly designed interior features clean, angular aesthetics, making for a perfect showcase for the brand’s collections and philosophy, which is grounded in tailoring and elegance. The beautiful 500-square-meter store features the BOSS Menswear and the BOSS Green Menswear collections, allowing for an expanded formalwear, sportswear and accessories sections.
Hyde Park New Cairo
Hyde Park Properties for Development has completed the master plan for its flagship project, Hyde Park, in New Cairo. The integrated urban project aims to fulfil its homeowners’ specific and diverse needs by delivering an array of exclusive services within its premises, in addition to featuring vast green spaces throughout the project. Hyde Park’s master plan effectively integrates a wide array of facilities and services that are evenly and conveniently distributed across the project. The development’s main green areas were redistributed to provide more scenic views to more residential units. The project now boasts more recreational spaces, including three clubhouses across three different residential areas, in addition to a private-membership club. Two international schools and a nursery are located within the development premises, serving Hyde Park’s homeowners and residents of the surrounding areas. The revamped master plan also features Hyde Park’s new residential phases, the first of which is Park Corner with investments worth EGP 5M and a three-year delivery schedule.
View 46 Ras El Hekma
Abraj Misr company - a leading real estate developer within the field of Green Architecture Technology – announced the launch of “View 46” the new phase of “THE SHORE” gigantic project, the largest touristic residential, entertaining and unique resort located in Ras El Hekma bay, the finest area within the north coast region. The project is located on an area of 180 acres with a total investment of up to EGP 2 billion. Tarek Bahaa, the commercial sector head of Abraj Misr Company declared that the project’s new phase was named View 46 due to its 46 meters altitude above sea level location, where the project is being implemented following a gradient stepped construction, allowing all the phase to enjoy the fresh clear air granted with this level of height with a full view of the sea. This is all in addition to enjoying a widely spread beach consuming up to1,100 meters length of soft and silky sand embracing the crystal blue water on the banks of Ras El Hekma bay. 19
Vuclip Launches & Partners with Orange
Vuclip, a PCCW Media company, and the leading premium video-on-demand service provider for emerging markets, has launched Egypt. Viu is a direct to consumer video-on-demand (VOD) service that has already achieved major success in Indonesia, Malaysia, India, Hong Kong and Singapore. To amplify its efforts to deliver the best entertainment throughout Egypt, Vuclip has entered into a strategic partnership with Orange Egypt, one of the world’s leading telecommunications operators. Both companies share a vision to bring on-demand premium entertainment to Egyptians and through this relationship; Orange customers will now have access to Viu premium content for a defined time period through their data subscriptions.
Sinai’s Ritz-Carlton Indulgence at the Mövenpick Resort El Quseir
Pursuing the complete satisfaction and relaxation of visitors, Grohe, one of the leading bathroom fitting manufacturer, is equipping the rooms at Mövenpick Resort El Quseir with its high-end product ranges. Located amidst sandy mountains and deep blue seas, Mövenpick Resort El Quseir is built in a Nubian style to give off an intimate vibe. With its beautiful private sandy beach, the resort has its own house reef with an array of stunning marine life, making it a perfect vacation destination for serenity seekers as well as adventurous people.
‘Feel the Beat’
In partnership with the Canadian Cardiac Centre - Egypt Branch and Andalusia Hospitals, City Centre Maadi and City Centre Alexandria hosted Majid Al Futtaim’s regional health awareness campaign ‘Feel the Beat’ from 25-26 September and 28-29 September respectively. Both malls aimed at raising awareness about heart health while motivating women to enjoy the benefits of physical activity. Moreover, the campaign offered visitors access to complimentary preventative screening for cardiovascular diseases including blood pressure, blood sugar and Body Mass Index (BMI), with special booths allocated to host medical professionals to administer the complimentary testing and check-ups for visitors.
At a signing ceremony and event in Cairo that took place in September, Latif Group of Companies signed a management agreement to bring The Ritz-Carlton, Sharm el-Sheikh Resort to the Sinai Peninsula. Leading the ceremony was Nasser Abel Latif, Founder & Chairman, Latif Group of Companies and Alex Kyriakidis, President and Managing Director, Marriott International, Middle East and Africa. The all-new Ritz-Carlton, Sharm el-Sheikh with a total investment of 600 million dollars, is expected to begin operation by 2020 and is located in Sharks Bay, often described as the ‘gem of the Red Sea.’ With a primary target of capturing the global affluent leisure traveler, the resort will have 252 rooms, including 12 villas, three restaurants including two specialty restaurants, a number of pools, a destination spa with private treatment suites and a range of water sports activities as well as the biggest shopping complex in Sharm El Sheikh.
INTERNATIONAL TRENDS By Daniela Bonetto
PORT OF CALL
The new Port House in Antwerp repurposes, renovates and extends a derelict fire station into a new headquarters for the port – bringing together the port’s 500 staff that previously worked in separate buildings around the city. Following the construction of a new fire station with facilities needed to service the expanding port, the old fire station on the Mexico Island site – a listed replica of a Hanseatic residence – became redundant and relied on a change of use to ensure its preservation. Marc Van Peel, president of the Port of Antwerp, said: “There was only one rule laid down in the architectural competition, namely that the original building had to be preserved. The jury was pleasantly surprised when the five shortlisted candidates all opted for a modern structure above the original building. They all combined the new with the old, but the design by Zaha Hadid Architects was the most brilliant.” With constant references to the Scheldt, the city of Antwerp and the dynamics of its port, married with the successful renovation and reuse of a redundant fire station - integrating it as a fully-fledged part of its headquarters - the new Port House will serve the port well through its planned expansion over future generations. Zaha-hadid.com
XXX TIMES SQUARE WITH LOVE
Times Square Arts and J. Mayer H. inaugurated XXX TIMES SQUARE WITH LOVE, three X-shaped outdoor loungers custom designed for Times Square, each of which can accommodate up to four people who can literally lie back, stare up and send a snapshot of either themselves of the mix of signs and sky above them. Originally inspired by the “X”-like intersection of Broadway and 7th Avenue that forms Times Square, the loungers are the first specially-commissioned ongoing street furniture for the new Times Square plazas. Juergen Mayer H., Artist, said, “Lying down on XXX allows for a completely different perception of Times Square and its media presence. The view goes vertical while you are broadcast via many of the public webcams of Times Square looking down on you. And besides your new perspective on the skyline, you might want to snap a selfie of yourself relaxing to share your XXX with friends and family”. Times Square Arts invites leading contemporary creators to help the public see Times Square in new ways. Times Square has always been a place of risk, innovation and creativity, and the Arts Program ensures these qualities remain central to the district’s unique identity. Photo J. Mayer H.
Located in the vibrant Wicker Park and Bucktown neighborhoods, The Hollander sits in the historic 1905 five-story brick Hollander Fireproof Warehouse adjacent to its sister property, The Robey. This high-design Social Stay from French design studios Ciguë and Delordinaire is equipped with 66 beds, including 12 private rooms, a café serving freshly brewed coffee, personal lockers, ground floor laundry facilities and an onsite bike rental and repair shop. The Hollander, developed by Chicago-based Convexity Properties and operated by Grupo Habita, is the home of the first-ever Social Stay, where guests will be able to engage and connect with each other prior to their visit through Instagram. The Hollander’s integration with social media forges a community where the most-digitally connected travellers can meet and share their adventures during their stay. The Hollander lies at the intersection of Damen, Milwaukee and North Avenues where two communities merge into one of the city’s creative epicentres. Perched directly atop the city’s famed “L” train, The Hollander serves as a gateway to galleries, cafés, studios, independent boutiques and live music venues. thehollander.com
DADA STATE OF MIND
Maison Dada is a newly born Maison d’édition of furniture, lighting and accessories, created in Shanghai by Thomas Dariel and Delphine Moreau. Maison Dada was born out of a wild dream. It is a desire to inject a dose of Dadaism into our everyday life. An ambition to create the unexpected from ordinary objects. A will to harmonize dreams and reality. Dada is a state of mind. Maison Dada inaugural collection has been imagined and designed by Thomas Dariel. Collages, inventions, re appropriations: Maison Dada creates objects that are gently crazy, defying certainty, taste and gravity. “Maison Dada takes its name from Dadaism. This is for me one of the most significant art movements of the 20th century; as I consider it to be the foundation of contemporary design, contemporary art and a contemporary way of thinking. Dada is a state of mind. That freedom is part of my signature, even for interior design. Maison Dada first collection is a reflection of that.” Thomas Dariel. Maisondada.com
MUMMY AND ME
This fall, YOOX, the online lifestyle store for fashion, design and art, is debuting an exclusive “mummy-and-me” pyjama capsule collection by Margherita Kids, Margherita Maccapani Missoni Amos’ eponymous kids wear brand, which was launched on YOOX in March 2015. The collection, featuring three exclusive models designed for mothers and children age 3 to 12, playfully reinterprets the daisy, the fun logo of the brand, through different prints, colour combinations and fabrics. “When asked to design a ‘mummy-and-me’ collection, I immediately thought of pyjamas, since we all wear them! Pyjamas are beautiful to wear anytime of the day, not strictly for bed-time,” says Margherita Maccapani Missoni Amos “and a collaboration with YOOX inspired me to design unisex and seasonless models for various occasions. I’d like to think of my children and I wearing these pyjamas in the privacy of our home while reading a fairy-tale, watching a cartoon or simply playing together.” The pyjama capsule collection by Margherita Kids is going to be available exclusively on YOOX from the end of November 2016. Yoox.com
LA LUCE EXHIBITION
This month NEMO presents the exhibition La Luce at the Biennale Interieur in Kortrijk. An amazing insight into Le Corbusier and Perriand’s archives to provide an understanding of their radical philosophy of light and the production process that has been fulfilled by NEMO for over 10 years. Sketches and photographs are presented along with prototypes of light fixtures that are now iconic: Potence Pivotante, Projecteur 165 and 365, Applique de Marseille, Lampe de Marseille, Escargot, Parliament, Borne Béton, Pivotante à poser and Applique à volet pivotant. “The work between NEMO, the Fondation Le Corbusier and the Charlotte Perriand Archives was to fine-tune a benchmark of details, finishes and versions, without ever altering the essence of these products, without ever lapsing into nostalgia or reviving retro, without ever changing their unique spartan and sophisticated nature. For this reason, following research and selection work over the past few years, NEMO wanted to collect the unique material that we have been working with and to share it in a work that we find beautiful, useful and new”, summarises director of NEMO, Federico Palazzari. The Italian lighting design firm acts as a simple and modern interpreter of the luminaires by Le Corbusier and Charlotte Perriand. These were designed as definitive projects, produced exclusively for the architectures for which they were designed. nemolighting.com
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Hot Arab Fashion Designers
Over the past decade high fashion and design has increasingly become synonymous with the Arab world. While the fashion weeks of Paris and New York City still reign supreme, large-scale fashion events featuring Arab designers, such as Dubaiâ€™s annual Fashion Forward, have been successful in bringing lesser-known Arab designers to the international stage. From custom leather jackets to eclectic t-shirts and accessories, these Arab designers are making their mark on a global scale. From elegant everyday designs to glamorous, over-the-top gowns, these Arab designers offer a bit of everything. Featuring an impressive celebrity clientele and a large international and social presence, we canâ€™t wait to see what these designers have in store for us this season. By Kate Dannies
Fun and Fashion-Forward
Zayan the Label Fun, funky and fresh, Zayan the Label is not your average high fashion brand. Founder Zayan Ghandour began her fashion career designing one-off limited edition t-shirts while writing for the Daily Star in Beirut. After moving to Dubai in 2000 Ghandour co-founded award winning lifestyle and fashion brand s*auce, working as head buyer and creative director. Zayan the Label launched in 2011 during Paris fashion week and was met with immediate success. Currently in its 8th season, Ghandour opened the labels first standalone store in Dubai in 2014 with plans for further regional expansion. In addition to designing fabulous threads, Ghandour is an established regional mentor for young talent and has co-founded a fashion distribution agency, 2 Scoops.
Yousef Al-Jasmi Dressing the likes of Lady Gaga and Jennifer Lopez, in addition to a long list of Arab celebrities, Kuwait designer Yousef Al-Jasmi’s style is anything but boring. Designing since the age of 17, Al-Jasmi opened his first boutique in Kuwait in 2008 to provide his clientele with an array of his signature hand-stitched and intricately detailed creations. Using a pleasing mix of rich colours and lavish materials, such as Swarovski crystals, Al-Jasmi’s designs place a heavy emphasis on detail and embellishment. Encompassing all that is glitz and glamour, Al-Jasmi’s styles leave one feeling like Arab royalty.
Azzi & Osta When it comes to vintage design with a modern twist, designers George Azzi and Assad Osta have the market cornered. Aptly named Azzi & Osta, the fashion duo attended the same fashion programme in Beirut before debuting their first collection in 2010. The collection was met with rave reviews, and the pair opened their first showroom and atelier in Beirut in 2011. Featuring simple vintage styles and feminine silhouettes, the Azzi and Osta collections feature a range of designs to fit the luxury lifestyle, from casually elegant pencil skirts to strikingly unique couture gowns.
A pioneer when it comes to globally inspired couture, Egyptian fashionista Farida Temraz brings far more to the table than your average designer with her label Temraza. Currently working on her masters in fashion communication, Temraz previously studied integrated marketing communications with a double minor in business and psychology before traveling to Los Angeles to take fashion courses. Temraz participated in Paris Fashion Week in 2015, winning first place over 15 other international designers with her â€œOnce Upon Aâ€™ Parisâ€? collection. She also just returned from showing her jaw-dropping collection at New York Fashion Week under the title Rise of the Pharaohs for the Spring/Summer 2017 season. She has lately been the talk of town as her designs were spotted on stars at the red carpets of the Academy Awards, Emmy Awards, Cannes Film Festival, SAG Awards, and Vanity Fair galas to name a few.
Nour Hammour Created by Lebanese jetsetter Nour Hammour and American in Paris Erin Conroy Webb, fashion label Nour Hammour has risen to popularity bordering on cult-like since its launch in 2013. Hammour and Webb met at Instituto Marangoni fashion school in Paris, reconvening in the fashion capital several years later to launch their luxury label specialising in made-to-order leather jackets. The designers release four to five designs each season, which are then tweaked for private clients. A favourite label of celebrities such as Blake Lively, the brand got a serious marketing boost when fashionistas Kendall and Kylie Jenner approached the
label about featuring their jackets in the Kendall and Kylie mobile game app. Currently available at Shopbop and the brands own e-commerce site, Nour Hammour is in the midst of expanding further into the wholesale market, with additional stockists in the pipeline for Fall 2016.
Egypt’s Young Design Talents They are young they are talented and most importantly they are Egyptian. In this feature, we shed light on these very talented Egyptian designers that are taking the market by storm with their innovative and original designs. Artist Salsabeel Amin infuses heritage and contemporary design while employing true local artistry and craftsmanship. Inca & Co. textiles designs are inspired by art and travel, created for you to roam the world from the comfort of your own home. Yellow Design Studio is an all-Egyptian team who employ functionality and affordability to their furniture while building an Egyptian product with international standards. They are Egypt’s Design Talents... By Farah Amin
YELLOW DESIGN STUDIO After gaining some experience between local companies as well as factories, the Yellow Design Studio team decided they were ready to tackle the world on their own, driven by nothing but their passion for design. Founded in 2013, Yellow Design Studio aims to introduce an Egyptian product, designed and produced in Egypt, as well as to enlighten the society with the Egyptian identity, as well as the capabilities of Egyptian product designers. Nivin Ashraf, the co-founder and product designer and her team believe that fine designs should be reachable and affordable to those who appreciate them. “We love experimenting with various materials and manufacturing techniques, to make sleek and functional furniture pieces and home accessories” Nivin explains, “Our aim is for people to associate yellow with unique designs and steady functionality, yet reasonable prices. We want you to make impulse buying decisions when you see our products, knowing that they speak to you and complement your furniture with iconic valuable pieces.”
In doing that, Yellow Design Studio proudly puts Egyptian craftsmanship under the spotlight locally and internationally, showcasing talented workers capable of making high quality products using great material. “We aspire to be the pioneers of the product design field in Egypt, and help lead it into a new era of understanding and appreciating design and quality.” Scandinavian designs have served as an
inspiration to Yellow Design Studio, and will always be a breakthrough in design history in their opinion. “We love their minimalism and clean lines, providing the perfect design pieces” Nivin says. The young team is striving for a global reach. They aim to expand to Dubai this coming year. Also, their latest project, the Splendour collection was launched last May in Index Dubai. There are plans to
produce these products with a sensible budget and to search for the best way to introduce it to the market very soon. Yellow also aim to work with young interior designers to make their product of their dreams come true, producing whatever is missing from their market to suit their concept design. yellowdesignstudio.me
SAL by SALSABEEL AMIN Salsabeel Amin credits architecture to be her starting point for everything. “It taught me the foundation of how to establish and sharpen my skills as a designer. Besides that, I am also grateful that it made me learn a lot about myself. I always found myself being interested in the smaller details.” Salsabeel explains. She then started exploring all different kinds of design disciplines starting from photography, painting, jewellery design, lighting design, product design, and interior design to visual merchandizing. Eventually, she realised she wanted to explore product design in a more tangible way, and to be designing and making products with her own hands
and thus she decided to pursue a masters in Design of Products and Space in London, where she started experimenting intensely with her hands and exploring several working materials, metal-works, wood works, plaster/ceramics, plastics, and concrete. Salsabeel takes pride in the fact that all her products are locally manufactured and support local artisans. Her vision has always been to design and locally manufacture quality products with international standards. “I have always been fascinated with the innternational brands that I see in design fairs abroad and I always used to wonder why we couldn’t have products like those made in Egypt. I believe in our local craftsmen and believe in their capabilities,” says Salsabeel. She is currently working with them, trying to revive traditional old techniques and craft processes; and re-introduce them into a new context. For her latest collection, ‘Ore lights’, she uses ancient techniques such as glass blowing and marble spinning. An integral part of her design process is working closely with craftsmen to create products that contain an ideal fusion of heritage and contemporary design. Salsabeel has much yet to explore, however in the near future she aspires to achieve is design for a social cause. “I want to impact people’s lives. I would love to one day have products that hold great stories behind them” she adds. designedbysal.com
INCA & CO. Mostafa El Nahawy, Mostafa Korany and Ahmed Fadda started Inca & Co. about four years ago where they initially participated together in the startup Injaz and wanted to start something together but they were not quite sure yet. With two of them being third- generation textile manufacturers it was the inevitable road to take. Inca & Co. is an Egyptian home textiles brand, where they create stories through fabric designs. The design team exclusively comes up with their original prints and patterns where the main inspiration is drawn through art and travel. Inca & Co.’s patterns and designs are inspired by countries or unconventional destinations, like the
floating markets in Thailand, the market of exotic fruits, Marrakech, the Holi Festival in India, old African tribes, Mykonos in Greece and many more beacons of inspiration. They create visual diaries by developing prints, patterns, textures and colours. Inca in the core is really a community bounded by an undeniable love for travel and Art. They are interested in the relaxed and laid back lifestyle, but also very attracted to the luxury of the modern lifestyle. “Our mix of patterns in prints provide a sense of authenticity and change at the same time, very relevant and appealing and at the same time quirky and real” explains Hazem Madbouly, head of marketing & communication at Inca and Co. In order to inspire the client to also pick a theme or a story, Inca & Co adds a hint of lifestyle essentials that are basically necessary to any household such as cushions, pillow, lampshades, poufs and stools. They also produce a novelty product that has not been in the market before which is floor lounges. At the moment expansion and growth, internally and externally are in the works for the brand. “It takes a lot of time to find the right calibre to represent a brand that’s as complex as ours. So definitely expanding our design, production and sales team is on top of the list,” adds Madbouly. Soon, Inca & Co. is set on opening their second branch in Downtown mall, Katameya. incaandco.com
Beya Khalifa Inquisitional Imagination By Nour Ibrahim
If you didn’t already check out Beya Khalifa’s work online, you are missing out. The collage artist is taking Instagram by storm with her unique twist on American ads from the 1920s, when women were viewed as inferior to men. During the time, women in ads were depicted as housewives that were meant to only serve and wait on men. Thankfully, this olden state of mind has faded from many cultures, yet Beya decided otherwise. Rather than leaving the past in the past, she decided to take a series of these ads and re-portray the women
in a stronger more empowering light. With a flair for unpredictability and a unique sense of humor, the collages that Beya has created give of the vibe of both mystical and surreal. When asking her about her work and use of cosmic effects and floral patterns she had this to say, “An array of symbols, ranging from delicate florals and butterflies to cosmic and celestial bodies, are my primary means of elevating the mundane into something more peculiar and idyllic.” Taking the pathetically inferior and turning it into the mystically empowering is a talent beyond measure. These collages are nothing but whimsically entertaining and hypnotic and we can’t wait to see what she has in store for the world of artistic interpretation next. instagram.com/beyakhalifa/
PERSON OF FLAIR
Al Sagheer The Man Behind the Brand
Synonymous with all-things beauty, Al Sagheer has built a beauty business empire that reached soaring heights where no Egyptian brand before it has ventured before. Considered “the” one-stop shop to go to for indulgence and pampering, the successful chain has branched out of a single salon in 1980 to reach numerous salons in and out of the country. Flair met up with the charismatic business tycoon behind it all as we talked business, dreams, and ambitions with the man behind the brand: Mohamed Al Sagheer. By Hind El Ramly
How do you run your ever-expanding business empire? I like to call it an institution. Although my children work with me in Al Sagheer group, I don’t consider it a family business. It relies on a very hardworking team whom I consider partners in the success of the institution. Even though we grew rapidly, it is the talent of the team that I have that makes it work. I give the managers of every division the liberty to make their own decisions. In the end, we are together in our dedication to serve our customers in the best way and offer them the best quality. We are all gathered under the umbrella of Al Sagheer group and in order to serve the brand. Al Sagheer isn’t me. I’m called Mohamed Abdel Moneim, and Al Sagheer group is a brand that my entire team and me are trying to advance.
Why did you decide to branch out of the hair and beauty business into other sectors such as spa and beauty treatments?
I wanted to expand my business but at the same time keep any expansion related to our core business, which is beauty. Hair, make-up, nail, spa-all these services are related to the beauty business. Even when we started importing products, it was out of the need to offer the best quality products to our customers, so we were able to carry world-renowned brands like Tigi, Keune, LCN, and many others. When we opened our first spa in 2000, it was a relatively new concept in Egypt back then. I witnessed what world-class salons offered abroad and I thought Egypt deserves to have the same standard available here as well. We were pioneers in opening spas and offering our services to men as well a service, which we have been offering since 1981. Now we have stand-alone salons dedicated only towards our male customers.
How does the Al Sagheer Salons and Academy today represent your vision?
When Al Sagheer group grew larger, we created the academy in order to portray my vision to all our personnel. It trains all our employees no matter what their background is or level of expertise is. It trains them with the “Sagheer” way and method of working and vision. I strongly believe in the importance of management and having a good system. I for myself have studied in my early years in a boarding school in Stuttgart for only ten days and during them I have seen the importance of being systemized in your work, and even in your daily life as
well. Soon, we are planning to offer the academy’s services to non-employees as well so we can transfer our knowledge in the beauty business to everyone who seeks it.
You are organising a fashion event soon to support young designers. How did that idea come about?
I have been in the business more than 36 years. During that time, a lot has happened in the world of fashion and beauty. There are many fashion names that keep springing up but there are no names that are very prominent on the fashion scene. There are many young talents in Egypt and I felt that I have the responsibility of giving them a platform to shine and show their talents. I wanted to highlight them and help them to appear on the fashion scene with their clothes and accessories. I will be sponsoring these events so these young talents do not have to worry about anything other than showing their capabilities and their work to the world, that’s my main concern. This event is something that I’m very excited to do and I would love to make it a recurrent event and not just a one-time occasion.
How important is it for you to support humanitarian causes?
We are a massive country with a large population and many needs. As a group, I feel that we need to play a role. I believe that anyone who has a business should play a role in helping and bettering their society. For example my latest autobiography had all its proceeds go towards the Magdi Yacoub Heart Foundation.
What are some of your unfulfilled dreams?
My career dream is to create a large institution housing all the sections of the beauty business and to also open a factory to manufacture cosmetic items to better serve our business. My personal dream is my wish that people in Egypt believe in their country and feel that they are partners in it. Only when they feel that way, will they be able to give it their all.
What do you want your legacy to be?
I have a belief that God put us on earth so we could make our mark on the world. I was blessed with a talent, which I tried to employ and make used of it as best of I can. I would want to leave good memories to my family, my business partners and colleagues.
PERSON OF FLAIR
In my Jewellery Box Eugenie Niarchos VENYX IS MORE THAN JEWELLERY. IT IS A UNIQUE WORLD FULL OF CHARACTER AND CURIOSITY, NOSTALGIC AND FUTURISTIC AT THE SAME TIME By Daniela Bonetto
Eugenie Niarchos comes from a star studded heritage of sorts. The daughter of art collector Philip Niarchos and Victoria Guinness, and granddaughter of shipping magnate Stavros Niarchos, Eugenie has always been surrounded by glitz and glamour. Initially attracted to the Vogue charm she went on to study fashion marketing in London and took up an apprenticeship at Christie’s Jewellers after her friend Gaia Repossi, from Repossi Joailliers, asked her to collaborate in 2007 on two of their lines. This is when Eugenie’s eye’s really began to sparkle. Inspired to create her own line and following her eccentric sense of style, Eugenie founds Venyx.
Clean, uncluttered lines that redefine the old and make it new. Small details inspire concepts and define a story that Eugenie skilfully recounts by translating the ordinary into remarkable jewels.
Why did you name the brand Venyx? What does Venyx mean? I didn’t want to create a brand that carried my name because I wanted to create a whole new world. I came up with the name Venyx which is a combination of Venus —the planet and Onyx — a stone.
Conceived as a planet, Venyx is a blend of landscapes, powerful natural phenomena, and fascinating living creatures. The jewels are the aesthetic synthesis that Eugenie finds in them. A keen traveller, she collects imagery from her many journeys and brings them back to Venyx World to inspire her creations.
Eugenie Niarchos time travels through her jewellery creations: a balanced fusion of retro and futuristic aesthetics.
And how does the science-fiction world of the brand reflect the designs? I am extremely inspired by anything fu-
If you could relocate to another planet — would it be Venus? No — it would be Venyx of course! It is an imaginary planet full of the most beautiful landscapes, plant and animal life. Or, if I had to choose somewhere real, it would certainly be the Moon. Firstly, because it is related to my star sign but also because we see it most clearly from Earth and it has captured people’s imagination for centuries.
turistic and out of this world. I try to create innovative designs by breaking the rules of traditional jewellery shapes. Reptilia, my first collection, honours the beauty of reptile skins in a futuristic way. Theiya too focuses on ethereal elements that come to life in a futuristic way. Venyx is to be a brand of the future. What Eugenie Niarchos is doing is turning the ordinary into something extraordinary. How do you want women to wear or style your pieces? What relationship do you want your customers to have with your designs? I would love women to wear my pieces the way they like and feel comfortable with. In terms of the relationship of our customers with my designs, it is always very individual. The same piece will look different on different people and can be worn differently. I would love my pieces to be cherished by their owner for a long time to come. venyxworld.com
Soma Bay Environment. Evolvement. Entertainment
Saying that the Reunion Concert at Soma Bay was spectacular was an understatement. People of all ages, whether into the olden tunes or not, were dancing, singing and having a great time. The Bay took full advantage of the final summer vibe the season had to offer, and provided one of the best productions to come to Egypt. Hyped up and pumped up, the undying feel and vibe of the place was electric. And we were lucky enough to not only speak with the conductor of this whole operation Soma Bay’s CEO Ibrahim El Mesery, but also the two amazingly unique performers that managed to give one heck of a show: Jenny Berggren from Ace of Base and Thomas Anders from Modern Talking. By Nour Ibrahim
Ibrahim El Mesery CEO of Soma Bay What are some of your biggest accomplishments over the last two years with Soma Bay?
It’s been a rollercoaster ride actually because we’ve been trying to kick start development. Most of the projects here were mostly completed by 2009, and we’ve been wanting to work on expanding Soma Bay, so bringing in the real estates to Soma Bay as opposed to other developments is what we are focusing on, so that’s kicked off and it’s become really successful. I think we captured now a quarter of the real-estate market in the Red Sea. We also mainly wanted to bring in two key elements to the peninsula. One was the music element. We don’t have a destination in Egypt where you can consistently have mega concerts, music festivals- things like that. So we started doing that a couple of years ago, we had a couple of festivals and then this was followed up with Dire Straits last January which was a big success, so we became encouraged to do more. Combined with the concert featuring Jenny and Thomas but then hopefully going forward we want to become more current. We also use the music to target the right clientele. Music, you know, is always interesting in terms of ‘it always triggers something’- you remember a song, you relate to a memory, so nostalgia is very strong. That was
what we were playing on. The other thing we’re focusing on is the environmental aspect. We’re working on converting Soma Bay into a sustainable community.
While bringing in the nostalgic bands of Ace of Base and Modern talking, you were attracting an older audience. Would you consider them your target audience?
What we’re looking for is to target a variety of age groups. For example, in April 2014 we hosted a music festival. It was basically a stage on the beach and camping. This festival was targeting probably people who were sort of in their early twenties and younger, and that went well, and it does bring music to the bay. What’s interesting is that the crowd changes, so with Dire Straits we had a different crowd, because it’s music that bridges several age groups, and that was really successful. Tonight’s concert was for an older age group, but that’s sort of our target. We target, I would say, mid-thirties to mid-fifties because these are potential buyers. So we definitely do events like that, which focus on them, but we also, every now and then, will do things that bring in more millennials, because the way this works is you build generation above generation that want to be interested. What we’re trying to do is get a world class production, we’ve got some fantastic global partners, they’re bringing us the musicians, and we’ve got an event management company that provides the elements needed to make the concert a world-class event.
Ace of Base vocalist Jenny Berggren You started out in Sweden. Did you ever expect to get so big?
No, I actually decided to become a high school teacher, because I didn’t think I would do anything with music. With academic parents, they told me the only way to get a nice job that you will actually grow with your whole life, is to work hard and to be in the university. So I started university when we were number one in a couple of countries. Both me and my sister did that, and my brother and the other guy who was also in the band, they told us like “What? What are you thinking? There’s no future in that!” Then we went worldwide and we stopped because we couldn’t tour and do school at the same time.
How did it feel to go solo?
I made an album in 2002 that was never released. I did eighteen songs to make the album, but I didn’t release it because I didn’t think they wanted me, but that they wanted the four. So I didn’t release it and I still have it in my drawer at home. Of course I will eventually release it, but it’s just that I haven’t really decided which way to go in the second album. When I did ‘My Story’ I was really ready. And I also had a spot, because you always need a spot to sign it off, and I had my book. So I wrote the book and then I did the songs for the ‘My Story’ album, and then I went on a TV spot, that was huge in a couple of countries in Europe. So at that point I thought that was three good things together, and I need to combine them. Now I have actually translated my book, so I’m gonna go for that next time. I’m in no hurry, I have long goals, and I achieve them slowly.
The band went on while you and your sister both left. What did you think of that?
They decided to be four in the band, and I promised my sister never to do anything with anyone else but her, with Ace of Base. I would never be with another woman on stage, with Ace of Base, if it wouldn’t be her. I wouldn’t have, like, my brother, Olf, and me and then someone new, because I thought either we all four do it, or we do it with three.
Modern Talking Vocalist Thomas Anders Bands come and go but very few leave behind this kind of legacy. Did you ever expect the band to ever get this big? No, no, no. This is the same as going into the lottery and know that you will be a millionaire in two days. This is something you don’t know. You give luck a chance, and we had big luck. All bands have to end eventually, and everyone wonders what happens to them after. So what are you doing now? I’m touring all over the world, I have so many shows. Today I’m here in Soma Bay and next week I’m in Canada, Toronto, then I’m going to Illinois, then I’m going to Kuala Lumpur, and then this year we’ll be in Budapest and different cities in Europe, so I’m doing around 70 to 75 shows every year.
Are all these shows nostalgic?
No, not all. I can’t because I have some solo records out and they’re going to be released in some parts of the world. At the moment I’m working on a new album that will come out in April, so I’m really in the process of doing, and composing, and writing, and promoting, and touring, and I love what I’m doing.
Do you still keep in touch with your other band member Dieter?
No very rarely. You know maybe once a year we are in contact by SMS or by phone, but he has his own life doing TV in Germany and I’m touring all over the world with music.
What was your favorite moment with your time in the band?
Definitely the favorite time is always today. It’s now. Because we have life, and we’re healthy and we’re having a great time. You never should look back. And you never should forget today while you’re looking towards the future because with the future, you don’t know what’s coming. But, definitely a great time is when we got our first gold record.
Mrs. Mexico Meets Mother Egypt By Nour Ibrahim The ancient history of Egypt possesses vast prestige. Regarded as one of the most well known civilization in the world, sadly outsiders’ perspective of the current Egypt is not a highly positive one with many misconceptions around it circulating around. These are the very misconceptions that Mrs. Mexico Universal 2016, Yezenia Navarro, wanted to debunk. Invited by IBIS (International Business & Investment Services) and the Egyptian Tourism Authority, Navarro decided to come visit and tour the Egypt’s ancient civilization to show how beautiful and amazing our country really was. Speaking of beautiful and amazing, the gorgeous human being Yezenia Navarro visited not only a number of hospitals, but also a few orphanages during her tour; anywhere she could possibly spread her limelight. She also toured along the ancient city of Luxor, Alexandria, Sahl Hashish, and, of course, the ancient Pyramids of Giza. To add Egyptian glitz and glamour to her tour, Navarro did all that wearing stunning designs from Egypt’s very own Sami Amin. She had this to say about the designer, “I was glad to wear Sami Amin Designs…I love the originality of the products, the quality, and I trust that it is a brand that has potential on an international level.” Here that? She believes that these designs have potential on even an international level, and as a beauty queen, we’ll take her word for it. Fashion, in fact, is something she believes is becoming a universal language. She says that it is now becoming more common to take fashion back to our roots, hence priding our country and our identity in itself. She was even excited
Photographer: Jerome Elizaga Retoucher: Salden Eltagonde Makeup: Andrea Espinosa
to find similarities in both Mexican and Egyptian cultural vibes, in terms of both “family values and even the fashion aspect.” Alongside both her fashion and ‘being an awesome person’ career, she also happens to own an amazing foundation called “Queens Without Scars”; a foundation to support women who suffer from domestic abuse. In a country where this key issue is kept behind closed doors, the promotion of this foundation to the women of Egypt is more relevant than ever. On behalf of her organization, she had this to say about the women of the world, “Because women have proven to be successful wherever they land, they deserve all the possible support. Women are now in all important posts; CEOs, artists, founders, designers, activists, working in all kinds of fields and proving to be successful wherever they wish. Adding to this their daily life duties being wives and mothers is enough reason to not make them suffer and deserve to be treated as queens. For me women empowerment is a keychain to have a sustainable development. If we have more women involved in politics, medicine, education, etc. we will have a more stable country. Education of girls in early ages is an important factor to fight against violence to women, girls and domestic violence.” Fit with a huge heart and a huge fashion sense, the highlight of her visit was definitely seeing her wear the gorgeous designs she wore by Sami Amin Design. We are proud and honoured to have such a person visit and promote our beautiful and historically rich country. She managed to prove that a trip to Egypt is not only safe, but also beautiful, mesmerizing, and most definitely in fashion.
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FASHION CLIPPINGS By Nour Ibrahim
DVF’s Zodiac Zodiac signs. The fun astronomic way the world determines our futures and personalities. Whether you believe in it, hate it, or like the fun of it, there is no denying the loveliness of DVF’s newly released and uniquely interpreted Zodiac charms. Ranging from key chains to purse patches, these quirky simple accessories are accompanied by bright colors and unique twists to their original form. And hey, what’s a better birthday gift than giving someone a symbol of when their birthday is. Or get compatible ones for you and your significant other to show your destined bond.
J.Crew’s ‘New Balance’ There is nothing like shopping at J.Crew for the good old brunch outfit. Classic, sophisticated and elegant is how J.Crew runs the show. So when heard they were collaborating with New Balance, we knew we were in for a treat. Fitness and fashion? class and kickass? Impossible. But not for this dynamic duo. With a futuristic, tech theme, the clothes are tailored to look fine while doing the time (aka running laps). You’ll look so good; you may actually consider working out.
For many, tattoos are a scary thing. I mean, they say it’ll hurt a lot and then it actually does. I mean, they can’t even lie to you, this is how bad it is. But still, the idea of a tattoo fascinates many, even the meek and un-daring. So what to do when you don’t want a tattoo? Well you get a tattooed tote of course! Collaborating with Saira Hunjan, TOD’s has come up with the fiercest looking purses on the market. Simple, elegant, and intricate these tattoo messenger bags by TOD’s are full of style and an unlikely gracefulness you most likely won’t get from a regular tattoo.
Gigi Hadid is #NeverPerfect Let’s face it, no one’s ever perfect. Somewhere out there someone is chewing with their mouth open, sneezing on their crush, and obsessing on the way they appear in front of a mirror. It happens-and Gigi Hadid and Reebok know it. That’s why their #NeverPerfect campaign is nothing short of perfect. Focusing on embracing your imperfections, this campaign shows Hadid at her worst (if that’s even possible), and showing that the fashion icon, too, has imperfections. A marvelous and inspiring campaign that we can’t wait to see more of.
SJP LBD OMG Sex in the City star Sarah Jessica Parker is no stranger to the world of fashion. Mastering looking effortless yet sophisticated in a little black dress comes easily to the starlet. It’s not a surprise then that she has designed a Little Black Dress collection released this October. The collection is sold exclusively at Bloomingdale’s with the startup dress called “Title” (get it? Title? You know cause it’s the startup?). SJP LBD collection is most definitely worthy of an OMG.
Crack the new season’s dress code with Ted’s thrilling new collection of most wanted pieces. Prints are firmly in the frame for Autumn/Winter, while shades of opulent teal, purple, grey are runway favourites, ensuring you never get left in the shadows. Silhouettes are given new life with fresh takes on the traditional, with print featuring delicate roses, striking checks and sweet lemons. Fabrics are alluring and beautiful, with frayed boucle, brushed dogtooth and tactile tulle stealing the show.
BEAUTY CLIPPINGS By Nour Ibrahim
Fall Polish Autumn is here. Which means deep insignias, and warm colours are coming back in season. So it’s completely natural to want to obtain Sally Hansen’s new nail trend to complete your Fall look. To get the checkerboard chic look on your nails, just follow the steps below laid out to fit the seasonally warming colours of red and orange. And who said there was such thing as being “too into Autumn”. Step 1. Paint most nails in two coats of Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Wine Not Step 2. Leave one nail blank and paint with two coats of Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Peach of Cake. Step 3. Draw skinny lines with Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Wine not, vertically down the accent nail Step 4. Intersect these lines with a chevron like diagonal. Step 5. Then fill in the shapes checkerboard style leaving every other shape peach”
Ethnic Chic To many countries in the world, the heat of the sun still beats down upon us. And even it’s not, there is no denying how hot and humid a night out can get. At the end of the night, you feel sweaty, you might as well be the racoon in the corner’s, and the lipstick that was bugging you all night is now completely gone leaving behind a dry, cracked up mess. Lucky for you, we found the products to combat all these seemingly eventual mishaps. Bourjois Paris’ Ethnic Chic collection is bound to bind your heart back to makeup. No longer will it be a nuisance with possibility of a beautifully deep smoky eye that won’t go away until you want it to. No longer will you be self-conscience of your chapped colour lips with their colourful collection of light long lasting lipstick pencils. And best of all, a cover up powder for all skin colours to finish up and keep up the beautiful nature of the makeup you just applied. So sweat all you want, and wave a hearty goodbye to the racoon in the corner because you got this- you got ethnic chic.
Face Magnet Magnetic facemasks are taking over, and we ain’t Mad. Yes, it is now normal (and completely safe may I add) to use this new age reducing, skin tightening magnetic mask. And yes it’s as cool as it sounds. After applying the futuristic substance to your face, you use the magnet provided to remove it. And let me tell you, the satisfaction of watching that mask come off your face is worth the whole ordeal. Not only does it create amazingly creative patterns on the magnet itself, but it comes off so smooth and easily, it’s unreal. A definite must try for any facemask fanatic.
Bottega’s Bath & Body Bottega Veneta may as well be a homophone for cool and sophisticated. With a flair for cool soothing classical scents, the release of their new bath and body line is the next best thing. The men’s and women’s Essence Aromatique fragrances are defined by their fresh and vibrant notes of Italian bergamot and Indonesian patchouli, interpreted with an ambery sensuality for women and a woodier heart for men. The Essence Aromatique Bath and Body Collection products capture the refinement and tranquility of these fragrances and perfectly fit a relaxed yet sophisticated lifestyle. Fit with a collection of exfoliates, body washes and moisturizers, the unisex collection is just what you need to heal any wounds, physical or emotional, you may have had across the course of the day.
La Collection Des Cuirs You think the name sounds sophisticated; wait till you see the bottle? Slabbed in leather, these musky, spicy, solar, raw, and bold scents all make up a unique array of robust fragrances. And these are just a few of the synonyms used to describe the intricate scent that Elie Saab provides. A literal artistic masterpiece on behalf of the sensual artist.
By Hind El Ramly
Our cover girl this issue is Italian sensation and bag designer Eleonora Mararo. A constant face on the international fashion scene and a resident on the best-dressed lists, she and her husband Roberto Mararo are beloved by fashion admirers and professional everywhere, making them one of the world fashionable couples. We got up close and personal to her and got to know the secrets behind her impeccable and timeless style.
In a fashion scene dominated by trends, how do you remain true to your style? I have witnessed so many trends come and go; and it finally made me realise that style is the only thing that lasts forever and shapes your unique self. Iâ€™m not at all against trends, I do keep an eye on them to see how the fashion world is changing and why - but I never blindly follow them. Itâ€™s been quite a few years already when Iâ€™m trying to create my wardrobe of timeless pieces relevant at all the times and I just love the results and how it reflects my personality more and more and tells the world who I am. How do you define your style? My style is mostly feminine and sleek. For me the supreme excellence lies in simplicity. I try to never overload my outfit with accessories or colours and prefer first and foremost a good cut and quality fabrics.
How do you and your husband Roberto Mararoâ€™s styles influence each other? We always work together so every piece we create is in fact a combination of both our styles. We are lucky to have virtually the same taste in clothes - we like the same colours, fabrics and silos so we often colour-coordinate and match styles. We always talk fashion and love to analyse what we see both on the streets and on catwalk - this is how we often come to new ideas and inspire each other. What encouraged you to launch The First Lady Bag? Any plans for other expansions such as other leather accessories or even a ready-to-wear line in the future? Creating The First Lady Bag was a huge step for Mararo. We took inspiration from one of the original classic models we found in the archives of our craftsman in Milan dating back to 40s and 50s when he used to work with royal families. We just fell in love with what we saw after the study of the story of this bag and having
added some minor changes we brought this beautiful creation to today’s world. Same as all our pieces, The First Lady Bag is hand-made in Italy by our craftsmen using the finest most precious materials available which makes it a must-have for those who are very selective and always on the lookout for something niche and unique. The First Lady Bag is also available in our bespoke services - and we will be happy to create it in any colour and material to match your style and fit any special occasion. Of course we plan to have a ready to wear line one day but for now we are focused on achieving excellence in what we do: being a small tailoring company and creating unique handcrafted pieces. We prefer to do one step at a time and manage our resources in the most effective way - so we will see what the future holds for us! What inspires and excites you? I am truly inspired by so many things. Traveling, music, art, 1940s and 50s photography, vintage fashion books and old movies - it always gives me ideas and makes me see beauty everywhere. The creative process itself is so inspiring: when I see my visions becoming reality it brings me to a place of truly being in a moment and appreciating the present because this is the only way you can really create the future. Sometimes I love to just go outside with my camera and take photos of everything that looks beautiful to me. Inspiration can come from anywhere; you just have to keep your eyes and your heart open.
What are your wardrobe staples? It depends on the season of course but there are some things that I definitely can’t imagine my wardrobe without: 50s style full circle skirts, perfectly fitted three-piece bespoke suits, oversized shirts, comfortable suede moccasins and nude décolleté heels. Also, as the sun is very bright in Italy all year I can never leave the house without sunglasses. I have a huge collection of “cat-eye” glasses. And of course my wardrobe would never be complete without The First Lady Bag. Favourite brands? Ralph Lauren as he tells about lifestyle and imagery. Elie Saab and Zuhair Murad are for me the greatest masters of couture on this field. I love the way they show the femininity and the beauty of women. Plus there are many good Italian names that are still unknown.
Favourite cities? Timeless and charming Paris. My heart belongs to this city for so many years already. Every time I visit Paris, it fills me and inspires me so much. The second one is London that for me its not only just a city, but it represents the world. While romantic and beautiful Venice is the city of love. Favourite holiday destination? My first choice would always be Sardinia and Costa Smeralda with its virgin beaches, beautiful nature and crystal clear turquoise water. Plus Amalfi coast and Capri island are truly Italian, with incredible views and out-of-this-world delicious food. Every summer I try to spend my holidays there and it gives me a lot of energy and inspiration for the whole year. Favorite museum? Hermitage museum in St. Petersburg is the most beautiful and unique museum Iâ€™ve ever visited. Its collections comprise over three million items including the largest collection of paintings in the world and the royal interiors are just fantastic. Definitely a must visit for every art connoisseur.
Capturing Style Fabulous Fashion Illustrators
With the advent of computers and increasingly detailed graphic design software, fashion illustration has long been considered a dying art. However, in recent years, the profession has been seemingly resurrected thanks to social media applications, such as Instagram, where artists are able to upload their work to an increasingly large audience. Now, instead of living in obscurity, these professional and amateur illustrators have developed followings and careers rivalling those of the models and celebrities they sketch. While similar on the surface, each illustrator boasts their own signature style. Pieces ranging from the classically elegant sketches of David Downton to the wildly creative and threedimensional works of Meredith Wing have gained a significant following in recent years, marking a fabulous resurrection of fashion illustration as a profession. By: Kate Dannies
Star Status David Downton
Perhaps one of the most renowned fashion illustrators of our day, David Downton started out as a general illustrator, working on romantic fiction, education press, cookbooks and wine labels before securing his first fashion gig. Now, over the past decade, Downton has established himself as one of the worldâ€™s leading fashion artists with his classically elegant and highly contemporary images. In addition to working for top names such as Chanel, Dior, and the V&A Museum, Downton was awarded honorary doctorates by the London College of Fashion, Academy of Art University San Francisco and the University of Wolverhampton.
Sensational Style Meredith Wing Meredith Wing can be considered a social media sensation, boating over 25,000 followers on Instagram alone. Her bold illustrations feature real flowers, feathers, fruits, and anything else Wing can get her hands on. She sources her flowers locally in Bondi, Australia and enjoys working with garden roses and peonies for their density of folds and volumes. Since Wing began creating her whimsical fashion portraits, numerous couture houses, fashion magazines, Parisian publishers and other luxury brands have commissioned her work. Wing came up with the idea for her flower girls while waiting in an airport, sketching around a piece of unused chewing gum and making it into a handbag. Wing is currently collaborating with lifestyle brand Feel Unique to create a spring collection of make-up bags, totes and other accessories featuring Meredith Wing illustrations.
Haute Couture Kerrie Hess
Based in Australia, Kerrie Hess is a well-known illustrator that has worked for the likes of Kate Spade, Chanel, Vogue and Louis Vuitton. Hess began painting as a young child but only seriously considered an art career at a later age. The artist credits Grace Kelly and Alfred Hitchcock among her influences, along with the vintage illustrations of Rene Gruau. Her high fashion pieces feature bold sketches and bright accent colours, while her illustrations can be found on billboards, book covers, scarves and packaging throughout the world. Hess is also the author and illustrator of style book Shoestring Chic and sells a range of limited edition prints on her website.
DOLCE & GABBANA PLAYFUL PRINCESS
Blush Winter This season, think pink as designers are embracing a colour palette usually reserved for the hotter seasons. Embrace a rosy colour palette with blush tones gracing every type of clothing and accessories. Our picks? Tom Ford pumps paired with Gucci rose-tinted shades.
Stella ALEXANDER MCQUEEN
OSCAR DE LA RENTA
Tom Ford Gucci
Les Benjamins Saint Laurent
DIESEL BLACK GOLD
Its time for men to get in touch with their inner rock star as designers dotted out runway looks and products with punk-rock inspirations. Our favourite brand to rock the look? Diesel with their biker jackets and matching leather pants.
Giuseppe Zanotti Givenchy
La Nature de Chaumet
Slender stems carrying flowers, ethereal leaves curled around fruit, wild grasses harbouring insects, golden harvests in summer splendour… such is the essence of Chaumet’s nature. La Nature de Chaumet collection reinterprets the Maison’s founding sources of inspiration, expressing the identity of Chaumet while revealing its vision of nature. Four themes are the new chapters that tell the story; the laurel, the ear of wheat, the oak and the lily - all attributes of the gods in classical mythology and interpreted by the Maison since its origins. A gift of the gods to mortals, wheat symbolises life, the earth’s bounty and the golden days of harvest. Offrandes d’été tiara in white gold, set with a pearshaped diamond weighing 3.10 carats and brilliant-cut diamonds.
Fresh as a new day, the Promesse de l’aube creations revel in the bright hues of pink, Paraiba and indicolite tourmalines, spessartites and mandarin garnets and pink sapphires. The theme evokes the delicate grace of the tree spirits, the dryads - these youthful divinities symbolise the energy of the forest and the oak.
Emblem of victory and an ode to Apollo, the evergreen laurel also celebrates immortality. With triumphant femininity, it is adorned here with shades of blue and pink. The suppleness and movement of the pieces evoke Apollo and Daphne’s love chase.
The immortality of the diamond echoes that of the oak. The five pieces of the Feuillage éternel parure celebrate divine purity with a rounded, graphic composition. A supple bracelet, two rings, a pair of earrings and a secret cuff bracelet watch that reveals a dial under a leaf; these are the timeless jewels of modern-day nymphs.
The Racines célestes set expresses vibrant femininity, offering an enchanting colour combination of rosy pearls, violet sapphires, pink and mauve spinels offset by scintillating diamonds. The leaves’ defined curves pay homage to naturalistic style. The long necklace, transformable into two shorter ones, is accompanied by earrings, two rings and a tourbillon volant complication watch.
ATTENTION TO RETAIL
Elie Saab’s First Flagship Takes London By Farah Amin
Lebanese fashion Designer Elie Saab is known for his elegant designs with a hint of profusion, and his recently opened first flagship store in London, does not shy away from the brand’s identity. Architecture agency RDAI is responsible for transforming a neo-classical townhouse into this four-story boutique, which is Elie Saab’s first store in London, in the heart of celebrated Mayfair shopping district, on Burton Street. The 8,640-square-foot space that was a former art gallery is also furnished by RDAI and is neighbors to Stella McCartney, Isabel Marant, Diane Von Frustenberg and Jerome Dreyfuss.
The space has a grand style to it where ornate grand ceilings and rich details with gold brass chandeliers hang balanced with hardwood floors and a wooden fire place and marble, glass and mirror features. Elie Saab’s ready-to-wear line, alongside his accessories and fragrance line takes up the ground floor while cocktail and eveningwear is on the first floor. Appointment-only bridal space is accessible through a perfect marble stairwell and furnished with empire-style furniture. The luxurious haute couture salon inhabits the second floor, where clients have a separate private entrance to the two spacious reception rooms and fitting rooms covered in mohair. The London flagship Elie Saab store is the third one for the brand and the other two are located in Paris and Dubai, and the future holds for two new premises in New York and Geneva.
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The Arts Club London Founded in 1863, the Arts Club provided a haven for those with a professional or amateur interest in the subjects of art, literature and science. Considered a hub of the arts in the 19th century, its members and guests included historical icons such as Charles Dickens, Rudyard Kipling and Claude Monet. The Arts Club continues to provide a forum and meeting place for artists, musicians, actors and the like. In response to member requests for discreet and high quality lodgings, the Arts Club has recently unveiled a network of new hotel rooms and suites in its Mayfair townhouse in central London. By Kate Dannies
Located on the prestigious Dover Street in London, The Arts Club hotels and suites are bookable only by Arts Club members or their guests. In addition to a penthouse with rooftop terrace, The Arts Club rooms include three suites, two junior suites, six deluxe rooms and four superior rooms. The property features three restaurants, a garden and a nightclub, and guests have access to all The Arts Club facilities, including 24-hour butler service.
The Penthouse offers two or three bedroom suites and spacious shared rooms including and grand entrance hall, dining room, living room and kitchen. A unique terrace with decking offers sweeping views of the London skyline. The penthouse and suites feature furniture in the spirit of iconic European designers such as Jacques Adnet and Hans Wegner. The emphasis on craftsmanship and quality can be seen in the specially embossed leather headboards, and hand tufted rugs. The bathrooms are reminiscent of the Art Deco period, featuring antique bronze doors and calacatta oro marble.
In response to the opening of the new rooms and suites, The Arts Club has announced intentions to expand its permanent collection of contemporary art. Club curators Amelie von Wedel and Pernilla Holmes of Wedel Art Advisory carefully selected over 40 photographic works to be displayed in the rooms and suites. Of the new collection, works by world-renowned artists such as Nobuyoshi Araki and Guy Bordain are interspersed by exciting newcomers such as Sarah Choo Jing, Eva Stenram and Jeremy Kost. Also included are names already featured in the permanent collection, such as John Baldassari, along with artists who have recently exhibited at the Club as part of The Arts Club’s exhibition programme, including Matt Lipps and Laurie Simmons. Guests of The Arts Club hotel rooms and suites will also have access to the Club’s world-renowned music, cultural and art events programme. Recent events include performances by Dionne Warwick and Lauryn Hill, and talks with leading artists and designers including Diane von Furstenberg, Cornelia Parker and Yinka Shonibare. When it comes to mingling with London’s artistic elite, look no further than The Arts Club. Featuring sumptuous rooms, carefully curated artwork and a celebrity clientele dating back centuries, The Arts Club offers the ideal artist getaway in the heart of London.
W ISTANBUL Ottoman Luxury Photography by Nejat Cifci
When the W Istanbul Hotel first opened its doors in 2008, it marked the fastest growing luxury hotel chainâ€™s first entry into Europe. A glittering tower amidst gilded domes and minarets, W Istanbul embodies the multicultural and financial center of Istanbul, situated at the point where Europe meets Asia, ancient monuments meet sublime design, and old world romance meets haute couture. The historic hotel is in the centre of the historic Akaretler row houses, an upscale neighbourhood filled with restaurants, cafes, and design and art galleries. From it you can explore the authentic and local area of Besiktas and the upscale shopping district of Nisantasi. To make sure the Hotel stays fresh and updated, multidisciplinary architectural and brand development agency, GeoID, were responsible for the recent redesign of the cityâ€™s W Hotel. With a total of 140 guestrooms and suites, the W Istanbul Hotel offers both luxury and history, tying together a rich and trendy atmosphere and accentuating Ottoman motives, still remaining harmonious with the W Hotel brand identity. Directed by
co-founder Tuğçe Rizeli, who trained as an architect in Istanbul and Milan, Rizeli’s artistic vision fuels the development of the design studio’s creative projects. The rooms and suites W Istanbul carry the soul of both history and contemporary luxury. Rooms and suites with gardens, terraces or cabanas adorned with flat-screen TVs, and the signature W bed and stylish luxuries you have come to expect from the mega chain. The original design of the hotel was inspired by Ottoman culture, and in the renovations GeoID decided to perpetuate this
concept throughout. Every single detail used is a modern interpretation of the eclectic style associated with this rich historical period. For the dramatic tunnel entrance of the hotel, GeoID, in collaboration with legendary French lighting designer Thierry Dreyfus created a striking and unique lighting installation to illuminate the tunnel-the design of which emulates a jewellery box. This tunnel adds an astonishing lightness and coolness that suits the image of W Hotel’s design-led lifestyle hotel experience.
When in London Fashionable Happenings
A pleasing blend of old school charm and modern efficiency, London remains one of the most visited cities in the world, and for good reason. With a world-class network of financial and educational institutions, in addition to a dizzying array of touristic and culinary attractions, it is no wonder London continues to attract financiers, scholars, vacationers and foodies from around the globe. From luxury health clubs to murder mystery lunches, London has an activity to meet every preference and budget. By Kate Dannies
Best for Creative Types Prêt-à-Portea
For those who prefer to warm up from the frigid fall temperatures in the kitchen, London’s original fashion tea, Prêt-àPortea, is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a new cookbook. Filled with favourite recipes and photos from the past decade, the book features big name brands such as Burberry, Dolce & Gabbana and Christian Louboutin. Need to upgrade your kitchen skills? Pastry chef Mourad Khiat is instructing master classes at The Berkeley featuring creations such as Jimmy Choo Praline Pumps.
Best for Fashionistas Fashion Trunk by Vestiare Collective
Guests staying at an exclusive suite at The Berkeley now have access to a new fashion trunk curated by the London boutique Vestiare Collective. Handcrafted by English company Norton MacCullough & Locke, the steamer trunk is filled with accessories from the 50s, 60s and 70s and features vintage pieces from luxury brands such as Chanel, Dior and Hermès. Guests are invited to borrow from the trunk throughout their stay, and items are available for purchase for those who find they can’t part with their vintage accessories.
Best for Literary Airs Dalloway Terrace
Named for the Virginia Woolf character Mrs. Dalloway, the Bloomsbury’s new Dalloway Terrace is an exciting all-day dining concept resembling a charming secret garden. Opened in March 2016,
the terrace has a fully retractable roof for summer dining, and a hidden lower level perfect for chilly winter nights. The Dalloway Terrace offers an all-day dining menu featuring afternoon tea and a classic English brunch.
Best for Adventure Seekers Belmond British Pullman For those looking for a culinary experience with a twist, look no further than the Belmond British Pullman. Sister train to the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, the Belmond British Pullman hosts a series of Murder Mystery Lunches on select roundtrip journeys out of London. Guests are provided with a clue sheet to interview a cast of suspects, with prizes awarded to those with superior sleuthing skills. During the trip, guests enjoy a five-course lunch featuring a half-bottle of wine per person and a welcome champagne reception.
Best for People Watching Townhouse and K Bar
For those who value atmosphere and ambiance, look no further than The Kensington’s new dining venture and bar, Townhouse and K Bar. The glamorous new dining venue and bar are part of the hotel’s extensive redesign that took place early this year. Made up of three interconnected drawing rooms, Town House features numerous fireplaces, a library and a ‘hidden’ whiskey bar, while K Bar offers a cozy and chic place to unwind.
Best for Sweating in Style Third Space
Third Space, London’s only members-only luxury health club, has found a permanent home in the adjacent hotel The Marylebone. Hotel guests now have complimentary access to the gym’s services, including spin classes, yoga and high intensity training. In addition to a spa offering world-class treatments and café featuring healthy concoctions such as Maca smoothies and supergreen boosters, the fitness centre also features a chlorine-free, ozone-treated swimming pool for maximum health benefit.
Best for Design Lovers The Brompton Suite
Slated to be one of London’s most lavish and spacious accommodations, the Brompton Suite at The Kensington was designed to look like an art curator’s apartment. Designed by Emily Brady of Brady Williams Studios, the suite will interconnect with the new Knightsbridge Suite and Luxury Studio Suite, offering the guest the option of a one, two or three bedroom space. Slated for completion in 2017, the suite will feature sweeping views of South Kensington.
Fashionable Documentaries You may already head to Netflix to binge watch your favourite TV series or to browse the Netflix website to see the fresh batch of films offered on the streaming-service site. But what you might not know is that Neflix has a wide range of critically acclaimed documentaries. For all the flair fashion aficionados, here are the must see fashion documentaries streaming on Netflix.
Iris In an inspiring film, director Albert Maysles focuses on the fashion legend Iris Apfel in his critically acclaimed documentary. Well into her 90s we see the fashion icon still at the top of her game, choosing dresses, advising models, and haggling with her buyers. Film Quote: “Life is grey and dull. You might as well have a little fun when you dress”- Iris Apfel.
Fresh Dressed Looking “fresh” goes way beyond fashion. In Sacha Jenkins’s directorial debut, the music journalist chronicles the hip-hop culture’s effect on the multi billion dollar industry as it spread to the masses and taken a whole new meaning, redefining what it means to be “cool”forever. Film Quote: “Being Fresh is more important than having money. The entire time I grew up, I only wanted money so I can be fresh”Kanye West.
Jeremy Scott The People’s Designer Not always a fan among fashion critics, designer Jeremy Scott has a legion of celebrity clienteles that adore him. Known for his daring designs inspired by the street and pop culture, the film shows the journey of the designer’s humble beginnings in Missouri to ultimately becoming the creative director of the Italian luxury label, Missoni. Film Quote: “I want my clothes to live, to party, to have fun”-Jeremy Scott netlix.com
Frida By: Farah Amin
In this Assouline coffee table book, ‘Fashion As the Art Of Being’ the spotlight is on Frida Kahlo-not only as an iconic artist but also as a timeless fashionista, whose bold, avant-garde style continues to influence the fashion, media and art worlds. The book marks an exciting accolade to Frida Kahlo’s daring character, style, and art, showcasing her fascinating journey and Kahlo’s unique story and personality, highlighting how they have been interpreted and adapted as few others in our time. To Frida, fashion was a visual conclusion that she knew how to master with utmost intelligence and artistic intention and was well aware of the importance of image and attitude no matter who you were. Frida was her own best work of art making herself her own subject and her own canvas in which she was the author, painter, model and the painting itself. Frida Kahlo had a unique aesthetic that
was affected by many cultures where her style left her shining and the center of attention whether she was in Mexico, Paris or New York City. Until this day Kahlo impacts the fashion world and provides an everlasting attraction. From magazine editorials to models, fashion designers and filmmakers, they all share the love and interest in this timeless artist and continue to channel her invincible spirit. Even to this day, artists are drawn to create new work that captures her aesthetic. The book is a first for Susana Martínez Vidal, a fashion and lifestyle journalist based in Mexico City and Madrid and former director of Elle Spain and Elle Décor España, as well as founder and director of Ragazza magazine. Vidal has been passionately following Kahlo as the artist inspired an influence since her first fashion editorial was in Elle Spain. Frida Kahlo: Fashion As the Art of Being by Susana Martínez Vidal Assouline.com
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London Design Festival By Daniela Bonetto
As the annual celebration of all things craft calls it a wrap, Daniela runs through the top 10 highlights which proves that London truly is design capital once again!
UK’s largest trade show showcased a spectacular line-up of specially commissioned installations and features, reflecting both conceptually and physically this year’s theme of ‘experience’. Since I couldn’t just pick 1… The Central Bar has long been a hub for networking, a symbolic destination at the heart of both the show itself and the wider design industry. This year the team brought together a stream of uprights with colour scales adding drama to the central space, defining the area and providing a moment of shelter. The dramatic overhead installation is intended to provide a focal point for the entire show, surrounded by specially devised fins that define the entire space. A highlight in the Design and Build area in the upper gallery is a special installation by design icon Ron Arad and hosted by LG Display. Made of OLED light panels, the artwork represented a perfect blend between the state-of-the-art lighting technology and artistry that can be applied to various spaces from highend residential buildings to premium and luxury retail shops.
Central Bar at 100% Design, Metsa Wood
LONDON DESIGN BIENNALE. The first ever Biennale took over the entirety of Somerset house bringing together some of the world’s most exciting and ambitious designers, innovators and cultural bodies for an exhibition exploring the role of design in our collective futures. Barber & Osgerby designed the UK installation, curated by the V&A and supported by British Land. Their installation Forecast, moves with the wind, evoking the UK’s nautical history and its future use of renewable energy.
Barber and Osgerby
Another newbie for this years was London’s newest contemporary decorative interiors Show. LuxuryMade centred on the luxury interior design market that is set to be a new focus for exceptional design, quality and inspiration, as it demonstrates paramount examples of crafts¬manship across decorative and luxury furniture. It brings together a selection of the best manufacturers in the industry, it showcases furniture, fabrics and carpets, lighting and accessories. Below (from left) CASSINA Torei Luca Nichetto CASSINA Torei Luca Nichetto
ADOBE / GHOSTSIGNS.
Adobe Creative Resident Craig Winslow brought the ghost signs of Bankside to life through a series of site-specific light projections. Coinciding with the launch of the Ghostsigns Tours App, these offer a unique way to view South London’s fading signs.
ELECTRO CRAFT INITIATED BY STUDIO TORD BOONTJE. Electro Craft is an exhibition of electronic products created by a diverse group of designers who share a fascination with technology and beautifully made objects. Made up of new and existing work, this show is about the craft of electronics and electronics made as craft. Experimental design studio Rive Roshan created the ‘Circadian Tapestry’, a motorised electric tapestry which tells the time through colour.
AMERICAN HARDWOOD EXPORT COUNCIL.
AHEC, award-winning firm Alison Brooks Architects, Arup, Merk and the London Design Festival collaborated to create a new installation. The Smile is a cross–laminated hardwood installation that can be inhabited and explored, and which offers a new way of looking at the city.
BRIXTON DESIGN TRAIL.
Brixton Design District’s mission was to put design on the streets where everyone could bump into it. During London Design Festival they animated beautiful heritage buildings, historic murals and developments in progress with wit, colour, pattern, politics and some surprising interventions!
MINI partnered with designer Asif Khan to continue its MINI LIVING programme — an exploration of architectural solutions to urban living challenges that kicked off earlier this year at Salone del Mobile in Milan. While the debut installation explored forms of collaborative living, the follow-up in London addressed the need for a functional and flexible network of ‘third places’ in the urban environment.
Tom Faulkner launched 8 exciting new designs at DECOREX. The new pieces by the award-winning British furniture company are all handmade in steel or bronze, and incorporate marble, stone, wood and glass. My favourite of the lot was the Odessa cabinet, a classic example of TF’s design skills. The cabinet is elegant, and perfectly proportioned but also has applied decoration. The decoration consists of sharp, tapered lines. Some intersect, and some don’t but the angles and proportions all work perfectly together.
BISAZZA WOOD. For the festival Bisazza London presented
the preview of Studio Job’s new WOOD collection, an eccentric interpretation of classic parquet, revealing the versatility and creativity of the brand. The series includes six new patterns characterised by 3D geometries and trompe l’oeil. Cannage, Plissage, Bloc, Zig Zag and Escalier, pair natural tones with vibrant colours and combine them with different-shaped elements in wood. In the Gingham décor, small, laser-engraved animal skeletons - typical figures in Studio Job’s iconographic language - stand out against a coloured checkerboard, reminiscent of the classic English pattern of squares. London Design Festival 2016 supported by British Land, londondesignfestival.com
The Great Room, Canopy, Kwerk As local coffee shops become increasingly crowded with freelancers and remote office workers looking to break out of the work from home routine, an exciting new trend has emerged in the form of co-working spaces. From modern and minimalist locations offering the basics such as free Wi-Fi connectivity to eccentric spaces featuring original art and meditation areas, there is a co-working space to fit every style and need. Offering state-of-the art amenities in a professional and affordable setting, co-working spaces are the perfect blend of form and function. By Kate Dannies
THE GREAT ROOM Hotel lobbies are typically characterised by their warmth and refinement, featuring high ceilings, open spaces and plush furnishings. A pleasing mix of luxury hotel and functional office, the aptly named co-working space The Great Room was designed by local design firm Distillery Studio and office designer Hassell. At over 15,000 square feet, the airy and spacious feel is countered by a rich and warm colour scheme of dark blues, purples and brushed copper. Featuring custom furniture designed to perfectly fit laptops and an array of strategically placed power outlets, The Great Room also offers members private insulated phone booths and printing services. For those used to the coffee shop scene, a pantry area features coffee provided by local brewers in addition to complimentary breakfast. For conferences and private events, The State Room functions as a boardroom accommodating up to fourteen people. Simple yet functional, The Great Room has all of the working basics plus some enticing extras.
CANOPY For those seeking a more sterilised and professional environment, look no further than Canopy. Located in the heart of Pacific Heights in San Francisco, Canopy will open this coming September and will feature a sophisticated membership programme along with concierge-style amenities. The atmosphere is an eclectic mix of classic and modern design that is both high concept and high quality. Frustrated with an increasingly congested commute, Canopy founders Yves Béhar, Amir Mortazavo and Steve Mohebi created the space as a departure from the typical start-up and co-working spaces in the area. For one, Canopy does not bother with distractions typical of Silicon Valley workspaces such as foosball or ping-pong tables. Instead, Canopy is touted as a space for experienced and focused workers with a mature and efficient work style.
KWERK A drastic departure from the previous two spaces, Kwerk is a radically different co-working space located in Paris. In line with the playful nature of the space, Kwerk is a riff on the French pronunciation of ‘co-work’ and ‘quirk’. With a staggering 23,600 square feet of space, Kwerk is located in Paris’ eighth arondisment, the city’s busiest business district. The idea of co-working has certianly caught on in Paris; the new development is the second Kwerk in the capital and was created as the brand’s flagship space. The design of the space perfectly reflects its co-founders, architect Albert Angel and entrepreneur Lawrence Knights. Routinely traveling between homes in Bali. New York and Jakarta, Kwerk’s interior seamlessly incorporates these rich multicultural influences. Balinese Ogoh-ogoh sculptures inspired by the Hindu celebration of the New Year can be found throughout the space, while African fertility dolls occupy a lobby shelf. A yoga and meditation studio offers workers a peaceful escape, while eight velvet-curtained confession booths tiled with coloured cork bricks provide private and confidential workspaces. A far cry from your traditional office space, Kwerk is part workspace, part art gallery.
Jewels Bulgari Style By Nour Ibrahim
Necklace with pendant/brooch 1962 and 1958 platinum, emerald, diamond Bulgari Heritage Collection, ÂŠ Antonio Barrella Studio Orizzonte
The National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne is presenting one of their most exquisite exhibits yet. Adorned by actresses and royalty, these jewels and gems are filled with secret past tales of fame and fortune. The pieces displayed are meant to emphasize Bulgari’s intricate web of relations with both royalty and film, highlighting the decades of the 1950s to 1960s, when Rome was a focal point in the filming industry. Highly acclaimed actresses such as Elizabeth Taylor, Ingrid Bergman, and, literally Hollywood royalty, Grace Kelly, are some of the big-ticket names whose jewellery is displayed in the exhibit.
Tunisian-born Italian actress Claudia Cardinale featured in Vogue Italia wearing a Bulgari necklace and a bracelet (worn as a necklace), 1966 © Condé Nast International
gold, emerald, ruby, sapphire, diamond Bulgari Heritage Collection, © Antonio Barrella Studio Orizzonte platinum, emerald, diamond Bulgari Heritage Collection, © Antonio Barrella Studio Orizzonte
platinum, diamond, yellow diamond Bulgari Heritage Collection, © Antonio Barrella Studio Orizzonte
platinum, emerald, diamond Bulgari Heritage Collection, © Antonio Barrella Studio Orizzonte
Elizabeth Taylor in a publicity photograph for The V.I.P.s (1963) movie wearing her Bulgari platinum, emerald and diamond tremblant brooch; and Colombian emerald brooch with earrings, 1963 © Photofest, New York
gold, sapphire, diamond Bulgari Heritage Collection, © Antonio Barrella Studio Orizzonte
The beauty of the rings, brooches, necklaces, and gems provided are enough to make any sane human awe at their sight. Alongside the obvious radiance of the golden age of film, the amount of detail and elements provided, create a show that expresses both traditional and imaginative values. The exhibit takes place until the 29th of January 2017 and is free to all jewellery and film fanatics. So if you are headed to Australia soon, book your spot and let yourself soak in the rich history of both fame and fortune.
The ofHouse all
Houses Cadillac By Farah Amin
The Cadillac House takes space in a downtown New York City location in vibrant Soho on 330 Hudson Street, where it serves inspiration for anyone interested in not only the historic automotive brand, but equally arts and fashion too. The whole brand’s commitment is represented in this new and dynamic home. The Cadillac House serves as a gallery, retail space and as an exhibition area for Cadillac’s flagship vehicles. The 113 years old automotive household name uses this venue to share the brand’s singular perspective on subjects beyond automotive design. The house partnered with local NYC based coffee house JOE Coffee which hosts the in-house café, The Council of Fashion Designers of America, as well as art and culture magazine Visionaire all to create a multiple-experience to it’s visitors.
The Cadillac House opened its doors for some estimable events that took place in the recent past months. Richard Avendon â€“ Moving Images exhibition took place, as a part of itâ€™s on going partnership with Visionaire, which included pieces by the preeminent photographer of more than 60 years. Another occasion that took place during the month of August was the Visionaire Artists Commercial. Hosted in the house where a selection of creative commercial inspired by an issue of the publication created by a variety of artists. Unsurprisingly, for the third year, Cadillac took part in Menswear New York Fashion Week: and played a vital part at the event hosting opening night party and daily happy hours. The Cadillac House will continue being a space to evolve throughout the year, maintaining partnerships and being a retail space dedicated to innovative design, as well as art and culture, offering an art exhibition area that would always show immersive and experiential works.
Ramses Hilton Opens â€˜Breezesâ€™ Ramses Hilton hosted a lavish celebration for the opening of Breezes, the newly refurbished poolside lounge & grill. With breath-taking views of the Nile River, Breezes is the perfect spot to unwind while enjoying the delectable oriental dishes, signature cocktails and shisha the hotel is famous for.
Concert at Steigenberger Al Dau Beach Hotel In an event that rocked Hurghada and witnessed star-studded guests, Steigenberger Al Dau Beach Hotel hosted a live concert featuring the artist Mohammad Hamaki and artist Jannat. The concert is part of the ambitious plan that Al Dau Development Company is contribution to the revitalization of tourism in Egypt.
Oktoberfest at Le Meridien Cairo Airport Le Meridien Cairo Airport hotel gave their guests the opportunity to spend a few days in Germany without setting foot out of Cairo! The Hotel Celebrated the second year of LM Oktoberfest at Live Sports Bar with a non-stop supply of beer, authentic German cuisine, live entertainment, and drinking games and competitions. Le Meridien Cairo Airport invited distinguished guests, platinum SPG members and media figures to celebrate this unique annual festival in style
China Red Opening Le Meridien Cairo Airport has recently inaugurated its new Chinese restaurant â€œChina Redâ€?with a big party. Atef Wilson, the General Manager invited distinguished guests, top platinum SPG members and media figures to this chines party with live cooking and live entertainment to celebrate this new Chinese venue in style. The new restaurant is designed with a taste of red colour all over the place and is specialized in fine Chinese cuisine.
La Vie En Rose Hosts Ladies-Only Gathering La Vie En Rose opened the doors of its newest branch at Point 90 Mall to a ladies-only gathering. From a tailored bra-fitting experience to a beauty pampering session, the attending ladies embraced the brandâ€™s ethos of confidence and comfort.
Mori Sushi Launches New Menu Mori Sushi’s new menu launch has been the talk of town recently as people from all ages are sharing rave reviews of the new culinary tastes that the team at Mori Sushi has cooked up for us. The head chef, Wael Abdelrahman, who was the one behind the entire new Mori Sushi menu, finds inspiration in his everyday life and applies it to their fusion sushi combining exciting and exquisite flavours to create Mori’s signature taste. The Miro Roll is the perfect example. It combines the softness and smooth flavour of avocado with sweet mango slices, which both enhance the distinctive flavours of the white fish and crab. The finishing touch is the lemon-honey miro sauce. The result? A perfect delicious mixture of sweet and sour.
Nespresso’s Cafezinho In Brazil, coffee is deeply ingrained within everyday life. A ‘cafezinho’ or ‘small coffee’ in Brazilian Portuguese is almost a synonym for ‘welcome’ with the offer of coffee made the moment one enters a household or business, creating an instant personal connection over this treasured beverage. Inspired by the rich, colourful and vibrant Brazilian coffee culture, the experts at Nespresso have created Cafezinho do Brasil, a unique and powerful Limited Edition Grand Cru. Set to transport your tastebuds to the pulsing centre of a thriving Brazilian town, Cafezinho do Brasil has been designed to reflect the best sensorial qualities of a Brazilian cafezinho. A pleasantly bitter blend of select Arabica beans from Southern Brazil is enhanced by pulped natural, sweet Bourbon. A velvety textured cup with an unexpected walnut and sandalwood aroma, and unusual herbal notes reminiscent of thyme or rosemary.
Salted Caramel Stuffed Brownies By Kareem Abdelrahman
With a nice soft and gooey interior and a crackly top slathered with caramel, this recipe has got to be the ultimate interpretation of a brownie. It has three types of chocolate topped with homemade salted caramel. These make the best gifts ever, so make sure to prepare some for your beloved ones.
Ingredients Salted caramel: 1 cup (200g) granulated sugar 6tbsp (90g) unsalted butter, cubed 1/2 cup (120ml) heavy cream 1 tsp fine sea salt Brownie batter: 280 grams semisweet chocolate, chopped (or a mix of milk and dark chocolate) 1 1/2 sticks (170 grams) unsalted butter, cubed 1/2 cup (150 grams) Nutella 1 1/4 cups (245 grams) granulated sugar 3 large eggs plus 1 egg yolk 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 3/4 cup (96 grams) all-purpose flour 1/4 cup (25 grams) unsweetened cocoa powder 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
Method 1. Start by making the salted caramel. Heat sugar over medium heat stirring constantly till fully melted. Add the butter, when melted, add cream and keep cooking for 1 min.
2. Immediately take off the heat. Add the salt and stir till evenly incorporated. Set caramel aside to cool. 3. Preheat oven to 180C, line a 20x20 cm baking pan with parchment paper, leaving an overhang on the sides. 4. Combine chopped chocolate with butter, heat in the microwave in 30-second intervals till fully melted, whisk in Nutella and set aside. 5. In another bowl, combine eggs, egg yolk, vanilla, and sugar and beat with an electric mixer for 3 minutes till thick. Add chocolate mixture and mix. Add flour, cocoa, and salt and fold gently till combined, donâ€™t over mix. 6. Spread half of the brownie batter in the prepared pan and add the other half to a piping bag with a large round tip. Add prepared caramel to a squeeze bottle.
7. Carefully squeeze some caramel in a single layer over the brownie batter; making sure it doesnâ€™t mix in with the batter (you will not need all the caramel in this stage, reserve some for serving) Pipe remaining brownie batter all over very carefully. Bake for 35-40 minutes. Let cool till it reaches room temperature, then cut into desired size and serve with more salted caramel. *If caramel has hardened and is hard to squeeze, put the bottle in hot water for a few minutes to soften again. *Brownie is cooked when a toothpick inserted comes out with just a few moist crumbs. *Can be served warm, room temperature, or chilled.
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