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Welcome to Harvey Nichols Riyadh’s autumn/winter 2014 magazine, aptly themed “The Launch Issue”. Within its pages expect to discover a visual celebration of fashion, and an inspiring guide to the coveted international design talent whose collections are landing instore in Riyadh now. Alongside the latest seasonal fashion stories and instore news, there are exclusive interviews with some of our favourite fashion designers, and friends in Saudi Arabia, who share the inspiring experiences of launching their own businesses and careers. The idea of the new is also applied to hotels and spas, which are rounded up in the travel section, called Index. There’s also a Cultural Calendar, setting out innovative and spectacular events to attend this season in the region and beyond. On Trend is a visual smorgasboard of seasonal styles and how to wear them. We hope you enjoy our first issue and, for ongoing Harvey Nichols Riyadh news and a complimentary subscribtion to the magazine, sign up for our digital newsletter at harveynichols.com.sa
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DESIGN Johara Fahad, Rasha Turk, Hala Al Husseini, Arwa Al Jalahma CONTRIBUTORS Adwa Al Banyan, Mona Al Motairy, Nora al Hussayni, Nojoud Alsudairi, Arien Al Wabil, Emilie Delloye, Hiba El Shafie, Sanaa Makary CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS Mahmod Othman, Mohamed Refai, Irene Gavaldà
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8 Instore Harvey Nichols Riyadh’s seasonal news straight from the shop floor. Read all about Harvey Nichols Riyadh gift cards, as well as a new Personal Shopping service.
46 FASHION BITES Stories on some of the trends and designers worth watching out for this season.
64 EVENINGWEAR Let your eyes do the wandering, as we present the gowns and accessories to be seen wearing at galas, parties and weddings this season.
86 Index The latest luxury travel destinations and the forthcoming season’s cultural calendar.
12 LAUNCHED Some of Harvey Nichols Riyadh’s favourite fashion designers and Saudi personalities share the stories of how they launched their businesses.
74 KIDS Showcasing the autumn/winter 2014 styles for children, toddlers and babies.
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Harvey Nichols Riyadh’s directional guide for what to be seen stepping out in throughout autumn/winter 2014.
Lipstick, powder and paint: what will you be wearing this season? Plus, our favourite scent stories and perfume news.
104 BRAND DIRECTORY Brands available at Harvey Nichols Riyadh.
110 CHECKOUT Harvey Nichols Riyadh: the lowdown, and what’s hot and what’s not in the Saudi capital.
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THIS TIME, I T ’ S P E R SO N A L Fashion makeovers have taken the world by storm and, with the arrival of a personal shopping department this season, Harvey Nichols Riyadh introduces an opportunity to discover a whole new fashion you
What’s the point of personal shopping?
AT H A R V E Y N I C H O L S R I YA D H What is personal shopping? It is a customer service where we create complete looks and outfits for women based on their personality, taste and size.
Personal shopping can change your life! It gives you the confidence to try new styles and see yourself in different ways. This is about more than fashion: it can help build confidence, which has a positive impact on all aspects of life, plus it’s great fun. Personal shoppers themselves generally love fashion and interacting with people. So they share their passions with customers who also want to learn or experience how new styles might work on them.
Personal Shopping Service
How is the personal shopping service at Harvey Nichols Riyadh? As a multi-brand store, there are several design aesthetics under one roof; from casual to eveningwear. This provides the opportunity to play with a variety of styles, textures and colours across ready-to-wear, shoes and accessories. At the start of the appointment, the room will already be laid out with all the clothes we’ve picked for you, all in your sizes, with full outfits on the grid, complete with accessories and several rails of options.
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THE GIFT OF GIVING If you find it hard to choose gifts for people, the launch of the Harvey Nichols Riyadh gift card this summer means you no longer have to decide. Instead, give the Gift of Giving to friends and family. All you have to do is select your favourite card design from three styles located at our cashier desks and tell the cashier the amount with which the card is to be credited. Youâ€™ll walk away with an on-trend fashion gift that never goes out of style.
LAUNCHED! To tie in with our magazine launch issue, we spoke to some of the world’s most talented fashion designers – all of whom are stocked at Harvey Nichols Riyadh – as well as some of the most inspiring entrepreneurs in Saudi Arabia, about the moment they launched their brands and careers
G I LES D EA CO N A Central Saint Martin’s graduate, Giles Deacon spent four years as a designer at Bottega Veneta and Gucci before taking on the role of Creative Director at Ungaro. His namesake label officially launched in 2004 and his statement pieces, which embody a playful femininity, led to Deacon to win Best New Designer at the British Fashion Awards in 2004 and the ELLE Best New Designer the following year. In 2006, Deacon was again awarded British Designer of the Year at the British Fashion Awards and has since collaborated with high street brands New Look and Anne Summers.
Why did you launch a business? I had always wanted to do my own line, but wanted to get some experience in the industry outside of college, so when it all seemed right I went for it.
Best piece of advice you received about launching? To really make your work yours, and think about what makes it unique. That way you have a chance of succeeding, and to work hard and be nice to people.
Anything you’d do differently if you started today? Different times call for different approaches. I wouldn’t do anything differently, but I guess if you are starting a label now, the impact of digital from the onset is something that has to be very well thought through.
Illustration: Giles Deacon for Harvey Nichols Riyadh Magazine
R upert S anderson
E ddie B orgo
A bdullah Q andeel
Launching his own shoe label in 2001, Rupert Sanderson was later rewarded with the Accessory Designer of the Year title at the British Fashion Awards in 2008, and won the same title at the ELLE Style Awards the following year. He arrived at shoe design via a career in advertising, then trained at the reputable Cordwainers College in East London. However it was his travels to Italy and working under Sergio Rossi and later Bruno Magli that formed his stepping-stone into the world of high fashion shoe design.
Eddie Borgo started experimenting with precious materials when he was still a student, designing stylish one-off jewellery pieces. When he graduated, he was introduced to prominent fashion designers, and was soon creating bespoke pieces for the runway shows of Marchesa, Joseph Altuzarra and Proenza Schouler. In 2011 he won the CFDA/ Swarovski Award for Innovation in Accessory Design.
Saudi artist Abdullah Qandeel’s international reputation has grown over the past few years as a reflection of several successful shows in Monte Carlo, Jeddah and New York, as well as a major sale at Sotheby’s Contemporary Auction in Qatar, in April 2013, where his painting “The Failure” sold for a recordbreaking $57,500.
Why did you launch a business? It was an easy decision come to think of it. I quit a disastrous career in advertising to learn shoe craft. I had long been fascinated with the art of making shoes. I think a lot of people hide a desire to do something creative and I was lucky enough to make a business out of it.
Best piece of advice you received about launching? Don’t try and do everything alone! Build up a network, know your craft inside out and have an answer to every question.
Anything you’d do differently if you started today? There is always the question of ‘what if?’ I could have quit advertising earlier on in life. I didn’t find it stimulating enough – unlike my fascination with shoe craft and love for Italy.
Why did you launch a business? After making clothing and jewellery for a number of years, I began creating custom jewellery pieces for various editorial commissions in 2002, working with stylists such as Tabitha Simmons, Camilla Nickerson and Patti Wilson. In the summer of 2008, I was asked to create the jewellery for Phillip Lim’s spring/summer 2009 runway show and decided to launch my namesake jewellery collection at the same time.
Best piece of advice you received about launching? Stay focused. Build a strong brand language and identity. Be willing to take risks. Enrich your team. Stay humble.
Anything you’d do differently if you started today? Not really, we have grown organically over the past five years, steadily and with care, and I believe in trusting yourself no matter the circumstances. I have really learned so much; the risk was well worth it!
Why did you launch a business? Art may be a business but my work is not as such. Rather it’s me being true to my heart, producing work that is a conduit between past and future. This is how culture progresses.
Best piece of advice you received about launching? Defy everyone and take risks at the beginning, when there is less to lose, so that when you are more experienced you will have learned from repercussions earlier on.
Anything you’d do differently if you started today? We’d need a whole night to discuss all that.
Mohammad K azak
Y asmin H a j i
S olafa K urdi
As General Manager of Luxury Agency, Mohammad Kazak takes great pride in his work and building up the skills required from his team to maintain a successful company in a competitive industry. Of mixed Lebanese and Palestinian descent, Mohammad was born and raised in Riyadh.
Yasmin Haji was a dentist and PR consultant before she launched Let’s POZE Digital Photo Booth in September 2012. Her novel photo booths are now invited to all the best parties and events in Saudi Arabia and the UAE, where she offers guests the chance to pose with a choice of comedy props and signs. The pictures of guests come in unique frames and can be posted straight onto their social media accounts or taken home for posterity.
Jeddah-based photographer Solafa Kurdi replaced a regular job with her true passion only recently. Now her photographic skills are commissioned by Mont Blanc, Saudi Designer Honayda Serafi, Harvey Nichols Riyadh and more recently Vogue India. She also founded a niche abaya and accessories line, producing limited edition styles to order under the brand M3alima.
Journey to join Luxury Agency? Luxury Agency was launched in the fourth quarter of 2011. The agency was established to raise positive awareness about the entertainment business in the region and to develop local talent. In January 2013, I began as the sole agent and was promoted to General Manager a year later.
Best piece of advice when you started at Luxury Agency? A successful agency does not sign every talent found, rather it targets artists with added value and that can be developed by the agency. An agency should never rely on one superstar, but build a diverse portfolio of talented artists.
Anything you would do differently if you started today? Educate the market about the entertainment field and talents more, and let them know there is a lot of local talent that needs support instead of importing stars from outside.
Why did you launch a business? My love for creativity, new challenges and doing things differently were key to the launch of Let’s POZE Digital Photo Booth. I noticed that in Saudi Arabia there was a lack of event entertainment options. Anyone looking for the party spirit had limited choices. And being in the age of social media and digital communication, I wanted to create a business that offers an entertaining experience, which can be extended to social media as relevant and engaging content. That is when my digital photo booth was born.
Best piece of advice you received about launching? Don’t over think it, just do it!
Anything you’d do differently if you started today? No, I wouldn’t. I love every part of the experience. I always look back and wonder how did I manage to do it all and make Let’s POZE Photo Booth what it is today in such little time. 17
Why did you launch a business? I wanted to travel and be my own boss. In 2011 I was working at the Ministry of Labour and decided to replace a regular nine-to-five job with my photography. Since 1 January 2013 I’ve been a full-time, self-employed, travelling-the-world type o’ gal.
Best piece of advice you received about launching? Do not give up on your dreams. I know it sounds cliché, but it’s the truth. I loved photography since goodness knows when… I just never pursued it until later on in my life.
Anything you’d do differently if you started today? Further technical study is always helpful at the start, but in any case there’s nothing like learning on the job. I believe we do things as and when we choose to, so looking back is an opportunity not to make the same mistakes again, rather than wasting time thinking about changing the past.
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C olette Malouf Colette Malouf was born and raised in Manhattan’s dynamic Soho neighbourhood. Her design studio is also based in Soho, and this is where she creates her popular hair accessories. She launched her first hair accessory, the Malouf Pouf, in 1987 to incredible success. Ten years later, in 1997, New York Magazine named her the “undisputed queen of hair accessories”, and by the year 2000, Colette Malouf was the top international brand for hair accessories. Her hair accessories have been prominently featured in hit TV shows like Sex and the City and on the runways of Derek Lam and Michael Kors, among others.
Why did you launch a business? Just out of college, I came up with an idea to gather fabric on an elastic as a ponytail holder. Mine was made of silk velvet ribbon, and I wore it for a year until the day I saw my idea in a magazine advertisement for Scünci. I was so upset I decided to start designing again. Karl Lagerfeld had just begun designing for Chanel, and he had made bows in the hair popular. So I developed my first collection in May 1987, and in the midst came up with another out-of-the-box idea. It was based on a Juliet sleeve I saw on a dress and looked like Christian Lacroix’s pouf skirts. Rhyming with my name I called it a Malouf Pouf. It was such a hit that within a year and a half I sold 100,000 units!
Best piece of advice you received about launching? There were two important pieces of advice that helped me tremendously. My uncle, who is a brilliant entrepreneur, warned me to keep my overheads as low as possible for as long as I could.
Another man in fashion, whose name I do not remember, told me to stick to one thing and become the best at it. Every time I tried to broaden my product range it compromised my resources, so I stuck with hair until I was the best.
Anything you’d do differently if you started today? In 1987 there were only a handful of designers and only one fashion program on CNN – Style with Elsa Klench – that aired once a week. Today there is a new designer, fashion blogger, fashion magazine or fashion app that launches every time you blink. When I began, it was easier to be different and capture a broad audience. Today, it’s really important to know who your customer is and to cater to them. Engage with them, learn how they live and design with them in mind. That customer is like your best friend.
Rabat Manzil founder Tala Sharraf built a social media account into one of Riyadh’s most coveted catering services. Her private dinner parties have waiting lists, and her delightful bespoke bakery range can be sampled at various events around town, including at Harvey Nichols Riyadh.
Why did you launch a business? I initially started an Instagram account for fun and a few weeks into it I gained a large number of followers who were surprisingly interested in my daily activities, like where I go grocery shopping, and what I’m making for dinner. I realized that I had much more passion and enthusiasm towards my blog versus my job, which compelled me to take the step to leave my job and pursue my passion. Even though I had no plan set in place, I felt that I had to take a risk and see where it would take me.
Best piece of advice you received about launching? Stay true to yourself and your aesthetic, especially when you are doing something like a blog, which is very personal, you want people to have a genuine connection with you.
Anything you’d do differently if you started today? The way I started was very different, I started with a social media account before I launched anything, which helped because I could see immediate interest. The downside is you get sidetracked with all the ideas and opinions of other people.
Rabat Manzilâ€™s cake for Harvey Nichols Riyadh Magazine
S aleh A l A miri Saleh Al Amiri is the General Manager at entertainment agency Luxury Events. He is most well known for his on-stage stand-up comedy and off stage as a writer for the most popular YouTube show in Saudi Arabia, Eysh Elly. He has had the pleasure of sharing the stage with local and international stars such as Bader Saleh, Fahad Albutairi, Qusai, Maz Jobrani, Edwin San Juan, Eddie Griffin and many more.
Why did you launch a business? The positive feedback during my 2012 auditions with Luxury Agency confirmed the launch of my stand-up career. The judges that day comprised comedy pioneers Khaled Bin Mansour, Ibrahim Al Khairallah and Fadi Al Shehri.
Best piece of advice you received about launching? Saudi stand up comedian Fadi Al Shehri told me to “always be myself and never be too relaxed or too stressed over a show”.
Anything you’d do differently if you started today? No, I would not. However, I couldn’t have done it without Luxury Agency, the people who supported me throughout my career and, most importantly, my fans.
A mmar A w aad Ammar Awaad is co-founder of TCE Arabia and was one of the original members at Luxury Events, with whom he has managed highprofile projects such as the Fluffy Tour. In 2011 he launched TCE Arabia (the region’s first authentic university apparel provider), at Harvey Nichols Riyadh Drop & Shop Campaign. Collaborating with the luxury department store’s CEO Princess Reema bint Bandar Al Saud, TCE provided the clothing line for the Saudi women who walked to Everest Base Camp in 2012. He is currently working on launching his latest fashion line labeled Falla this fall.
Why did you decide to launch your own business? Since I was young I was fascinated by the prospect of creating something new. It was not until I moved 8,000 miles from home in Detroit, US, and attended
university in Saudi Arabia that I realized that dream. The Kingdom is a country full of opportunities and I am blessed to be part of two prominent movements in the region, fashion and entertainment. TCE was founded to make something that is fashionable, conveys a bold statement, and is comfortable enough for those 8 a.m. classes. We figured if we could start a fashion trend on campus, we could spark a pride and love of college life amongst the students.
Best piece of advice you received about launching? That through failure you will gain the experience to grow.
Anything you’d do differently if you started today? No doubt that there are things that could have been done differently, however the struggles, experiences, and lessons I went through are more valuable for what’s to come than what could have been.
S ophia Webster
A lessandra R ich
A nnelise M ichelson
Sophia Webster launched her debut shoe collection for spring/summer 2013, after working as a design assistant for Nicholas Kirkwood, and received the prestigious New Gen Award from the British Fashion Council for her first three seasons. Both her autumn/ winter 2014 and spring/summer 2015 collections won the Mayor of London and British Fashion Council’s Fashion Forward prize.
London-based, Italian-born fashion designer Alessandra Rich creates stylish eveningwear under her eponymous label. Her fulllength gowns, made from luxurious fabrics and always designed with a long, lean silhouette, are often featured on the red carpet, and they’ve been worn by Evan Rachel Wood, Sienna Miller, Kate Moss, Rosario Dawson and Olivia Palermo.
Paris-born designer Annelise Michelson trained at the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture in the French capital. She started out working at Hermès, Paul & Joe and Vanessa Bruno, but later discovered that her true passion was jewellery design. Her statement pieces have been spotted on the likes of Alexa Chung, Rihanna and Lady Gaga.
Why, and in which year, did you decide to launch your own business? I launched the brand in 2012 after being mentored by Nicholas Kirkwood for two years. I initially wanted to start the brand as soon as I finished my MA at the Royal College of Art, but looking back, the experience I gained with Nicholas has been invaluable.
Best piece of advice you received about launching? Go the extra mile. It’s hard work, but I feel incredibly privileged to do what I do and feel it’s my métier rather than work.
Anything you’d do differently if you started today? It would be easy to say yes, but the mistakes are valuable lessons. There’s not much I would change at all, which is lucky!
Why, and in which year, did you decide to launch your own business? In 2010 I was ready to launch my concept of fashion. The idea of business came later. At the beginning, I was very focused on defining my brand identity, without following business rules. Today I know that they must coexist.
Best piece of advice you received about launching? Work with experts and be present at all the processes. Fashion is not just creation, it’s real work and you must be prepared to do it.
Anything you’d do differently if you started today? I don’t like to go back to the past. If I could choose, I would rather travel to the future!
Why, and in which year, did you decide to launch your own business? In 2010. The inspiration to create jewellery was an accidental journey. I used to be a clothing designer. I studied at the Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne and was dreaming of making crazy haute couture outfits. But haute couture had no real future potential, and I decided to design prêt-a-porter. During that time, I was asked by a friend to create a few pieces of jewellery for a shoot she was preparing for Carine Roitfeld, who was editor of French Vogue. This is where I discovered my passion for designing jewellery. Right afterward, I got a lot of requests and I thought: I have to launch my own brand!
Best piece of advice you received about launching? To be honest, I didn’t really get any advice. I ended up learning as I went along, by making mistakes and trusting my gut feeling.
Anything you’d do differently if you started today? Focus on the essential!
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Justin T hornton
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Legendary American shoe designer Stuart Weitzman’s passion for shoes began at an early age. His father owned a shoe manufacturing business in the United States, Seymour Shoes, which Stuart took over upon his father’s death. Since then, he’s created his own eponymous line and propelled the brand to international renown by designing highly eccentric and coveted women’s footwear. Over the years, he’s created shoes made from cork, vinyl and gold, sometimes adorned with precious jewellery.
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Khirma Eliazov was born in Tbilisi, Georgia, and moved to the United States with her family when she was still a child. She experienced a cultural awakening while studying in Florence, Italy, and set her mind upon creating her own fashion brand, someday. Along the way, she gained invaluable experience as a merchandiser for Tommy Hilfiger and freelance editor at Vogue, among other high-profile stints. In 2009, she launched her eponymous bag collection, which she says is inspired from her travels around the globe.
Why, and in which year, did you decide to launch your own business?
Thea Bregazzi and Justin Thornton teamed up to create fashion brand Preen. The duo have achieved international success since launching their brand, first becoming a notable regular on the London Fashion Week runway and in 2008 moving their runway shows to New York. In addition to their Victorian-inspired main collection, Thornton and Bregazzi also have a contemporary collection, Preen Line, and Preen Shoes, which debuts this winter. Celebrities spotted in Preen wear include Scarlett Johansson, Rihanna, Cate Blanchett, Beyoncé and Diane Kruger.
After creating collections for others for 10 years, the time seemed right in 1986 to establish the Stuart Weitzman brand.
Best piece of advice you received about launching? Create your own niche. If done well, it is the surest way to achieve success in your market.
Anything you’d do differently if you started today? Honestly, I cannot think of a change I would make.
Why, and in which year, did you decide to launch your own business? At the time we were both working for Helen Storey, who had asked us to collaborate on a collection for her. We really enjoyed working together, and in 1996 we launched with Preen.
Best piece of advice you received about launching? Listen to all advice given and only put into practice what is relevant to you.
Anything you’d do differently if you started today? No.
Why did you launch a fashion business? I always loved the idea of creating something and seeing it come to life, and for someone else to fall in love with it and wish to own it.
Best piece of advice you received about launching? Stay focused and true to the brand: you are only as good as the time you put in.
Anything you’d do differently if you started today? I’ve had some amazing mentors along the way, but I believe they say ‘ignorance is bliss’ for a reason. After four years of ups and downs, I believe anything is possible.
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ON T RE N D
A U T U M N / W I N T E R 2014 This season, let your eyes do the walking, as Harvey Nichols Riyadh rounds up the most fashion-forward autumn/winter trends coming from runway to a rail near you
This is one of many trends that pay homage to the 1990s: finely cut suits and tailored shirts that offer the fastest way to achieve a timeless look this season. Trendsetting designers such as Stella McCartney, 3.1 Phillip Lim and The Row have all presented their 2014 version of this universal style staple. Colours are not limited to black: white, red and beige are an easy way to make a strong suit statement as well.
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Itâ€™s more of a way to dress by now than a trend. Designers continue to produce pieces that lend themselves to this effective way to put together an original look. Diane von Furstenberg still relies on this styling, which relaunched her career, and young bloods such as Derek Lam and Thakoon also embrace the block.
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P RIN T E D Prints rule this season and are celebrated in every conceivable way for autumn/ winter 2014. The range is vast, from classic, feminine and floral to abstract and art-inspired.
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The Tartan army is out in force this season, with designers such as Preen and Sea producing shirts, skirts, dresses and coats in signature checks.
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Leatherâ€™s no longer just for trousers and jackets. This season, even more designers are cutting leather into skirts, dresses and tops. Itâ€™s a continuing trend in autumn/winter 2014, so mix it with tartan and denim for a youthful edge.
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3.1 Phillip Lim
Stars and stripes go stellar this season, with the inter-galactic motifs appearing as icons and graphics from a range of designers. Matthew Williamsonâ€™s long column dresses launched his collection into space, while there are more literal references from Preen. Stella McCartney and Diane von Furstenberg are two more brands that scattered dresses, bags and shoes with stars.
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Shimmer and sparkle in the most mesmerizing of hues, from tangerine to violet to the more traditional coppers, golds and silvers. Metallics abounded on the runway this season.
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Comedy, nostalgia, delight have all been achieved through the array of pop icons with which several designers, such as Osman and Alice + Olivia emblazoned their looks this season. Lips, eyes, lipsticks and kitsch messages come together as one of the strongest statement styles.
F L O R A L BOUQUET Whether presented in pastel or neon, and as adornment or print, abstract and graphic flowers form a signature trend for autumn/winter 2014, enhancing any look with a feminine touch.
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A sophisticated trend for the season, Asian inspiration is found in gowns, ready-to-wear and accessories. Designers such as Charlotte Olympia crafted clever clutches, while Ç x Façonnable added an Eastern touch to jackets. Rich embroidered eveningwear by Alexander McQueen and Alessandra Rich, as well as Temperley’s jackets, are also a way to wear this style, which spans all age groups.
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Red continues to reign this season, now with many designers cutting styles from this vibrant hue. Hot pink, Klein blue, green and ivory are the other tones to fashionably wear.
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Designers such as The Row and Marc by Marc Jacobs pioneered this trend this season, taking knitwear from craft to glamour. The look is best achieved by wearing an oversized sweater over a knee-length, A-line skirt or leggings. The Rowâ€™s vast knit sweater is made using the worldâ€™s most expensive yarn.
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Crocheted gilets, cuffs and sleeves are all rendered in fur this season. Giambattista Valli even made fur dresses. The fur season in Saudi is short, but when the weather chills in Riyadh in December and January, these pieces can really keep you warm.
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FASHION BITES All styles exclusively available at Harvey Nichols Riyadh now
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Sunglasses styles this season are all about making a spectacle of yourself
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However you choose to wear it – stylishly covering your hair, adorning your neck or enhancing your look by wrapping it on your bag’s strap – a scarf is always a must-have accessory
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When shopping for a fabulous scarf, why limit yourself to just one? Grab three or four, and give yourself an embarrassment of choices. You could start with a Janavi cashmere affair, complete with animal-inspired prints. Then focus your retail attention on Leigh & Luca, and the brandâ€™s addictive, highly personalized scarves. One of our favourites? A slightly psychedelic piece with various shades of purple and blue, exploding with tie-dye flair.
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For autumn/winter 2014, Swash scarves take you on a journey around the world, with designs inspired by FabergĂŠâ€™s mythical eggs, antique European jewellery, wild polar animals and extraordinary botanical gardens. Designed for cooler weather, Dianora Salviati scarves this season are doubleface, in silk and cashmere, with circular motifs and intricately embroidered fringes.
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Heart Heart Heart is a Parisian brand of scarves that combines French savoir-faire with Italian refinement. The limited edition scarves are all made from bespoke materials like silk or wool, and feature intricate details, including precious beads and luscious fringes. Then you have the hand-painted beauties by Manipuri, each of which is unique and individually made, ensuring that no two pieces are ever exactly alike.
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CH A R L O TTE O LYM P I A British brand Charlotte Olympia travels to the Far East this season, with a collection of shoes and bags inspired by China’s ancient dynasties. The “Shanghai Express” line shimmers with gold detailing, imperial silks and hand-painted enhancements reminiscent of Ming vases.
One Bag, Endless Destinations Baraboux was founded on the principle that modern women are rarely still. The richness of their lives means they are journeying through them at speed. Baraboux’s founder, Princess Reema bint Bandar Al Saud grew up the daughter of a diplomat, always poised for travel. Today she is a 21st century adventurer; businesswoman, mother, campaigner and global citizen - one of a new breed of beautiful modern nomads who traverse the world living complex lives. Baraboux is Princess Reema’s response to a need to be organised, to travel light and move in style. Baraboux bags are elegant
pieces, carefully crafted, designed to take women from the boardroom to their child’s school play and dinner, or to cross oceans with ease and grace. Baraboux bags are more than simply lovely objects. They are clever too. Each has been designed as a toolbox for life, with detachable clutches, adjustable straps and multiple sections sewn in so as to be able to find things quickly. These are bags for lives of many different chapters, wherein the cast of characters changes by the hour and day rolls seamlessly into night.
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D R A M AT I S AT I O N Do you surround yourself with flowers? Does the sight of Native American-inspired objects make your heart swoon? If florals are your raison d’être, check out the jewel-encrusted necklace with matching earrings from Anton Heunis, or the rainbow-coloured earrings by Crezus. You can also channel your inner Pocahontas and go tribal, by gifting yourself a gold bracelet with finely chiselled feathers from Joanna Laura Constantine, one of Fiona Paxton’s deliciously fringe-adorned necklaces or a feather-shaped hair accessory by Colette Malouf.
SHOE ST O PPERS This season we round up the most kittenish of heels, check out the latest ankle boots and explore a new direction for flats. If you want to look outrageous and make your girlfriends green with envy, grab Sophia Webster’s tribal-inspired wedges. Or you could choose chic comfort and go for glittery leopard-print flats from Le Silla. And don’t forget ankle boots – the must-have style of the fall season. But which one to pick? Markus Lupfer’s hot pink numbers, with attention-grabbing buckle straps, will crown you belle of the ball.
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Casual, edgy brands have come into their own at Harvey Nichols Riyadh. The luxury department store stocks a wide range of trendy LA-based denim labels, including 7 For All Mankind, Current/Elliott and Citizens of Humanity, plus some of the worldâ€™s hippest high street brands, like Enza Costa, Happiness, Naked & Famous, Troa, D-ID, Etre Cecile and Markus Lupfer. Head to Harvey Nichols Riyadh now to check out the latest autumn/winter 2014 collections.
Dress Zac Posen Earrings Lulu Frost Shoes Rupert Sanderson Jewellery Shourouk, Crezus and Lulu Frost
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Dresses from left to right Temperley London, J Mendel Shoes from left to right Nicholas Kirkwood, Sergio Rossi Bags from left to right Lee Savage, ThalĂŠ Blanc Jewellery Lulu Frost
Dresses from left to right Carolina Herrera, Zac Posen, Monique Lhuillier, Antonio Berardi Shoes Gianvito Rossi Bags Edie Parker Jewellery Mawi
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Babygrows, romper suits and mini hoodies come in a range of de rigueur pastels this season, bolstered by more wintery hues and fun stripes
B OOK C LUB Harvey Nichols Riyadh rounds up the most entertaining, educational and inspiring reads currently enjoyed by children, as well as those parents who are still kids at heart.
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A BIT LOST Chris Haughton
HELP! WE NEED A TITLE! HervĂŠ Tullet
LATELY LILY Travel activity pack by Chronicle Books
Mirroring colour trends for womenâ€™s ready-to-wear this season, darker tones dominate the toddler ranges
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Boss Hugo Boss
UNDER THE OCEAN Anouck Boisrobert and Louis Rigaud
ALLIGATORS ALL AROUND, PIERRE and CHICKEN SOUP WITH RICE Maurice Sendak 76
THE DAY THE CRAYONS QUIT Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers
A KIDDâ€™S GUIDE TO GRAPHIC DESIGN Chip Kidd
BIRDS & WORDS Charles Harper 77
Winter warmers come in the form of fantastic coats and boots this season, for both boys and girls. As the weather cools, childrenswear tones take a more serious stance, but touches of colour abound in outerwear, shoes and accessories
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PRESTO CHANGE-O! Edouard Manceau
BEYOND THE PAGE Quentin Blake
100 THINGS FOR LITTLE CHILDERN TO DO ON A JOURNEY Usborne Activity Cards 78
R IYA DH K I D S T O P 1 0 We interviewed Saudi blogger and 28-year-old mother of two, Wala, on her favourite activities for youngsters in the Saudi capital I nternational D ining
Tokyo and Furusato are Asian restaurants and especially fun for kids, as the chefs cook right in front of you.
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Organized by a small library called Kan Ya Makan, which also offers cooking workshops and play performances. Izdihar District
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Swimming and tennis sessions in the Diplomat Quarter.
The Learning Zone Ballet and zumba classes, as well as fun science and art courses for kids. Takhasusi Street
3 Saudi Aramco Ithra Knowledge Program Every summer, this month-long event means kids can experience educational and entertaining activities, such as drawing in the dark, drawing in water, Lego building and trekking through the traffic safety village.
T he N orthern P roduce Market A farmersâ€™ market where children can experience people from different lifestyles, open spaces and learn about food.
Set up camp in the Saudi desert: Thumamah Park is a winter favourite and perfect for barbeques and bonfires.
S taying I n Movie nights and at-home spa days.
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Sit in the open green space and enjoy a barbeque lunch.
Visit at least twice a week for a better perspective on life and family values.
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Dior Rouge Massaï No. 869
LIPSTICK Lancôme Rouge Odyssée No. 150
Dark reds and plum staines complement the seasonal tones
Dior Pied-de-Poule No. 977
YSL Rouge Eros No. 40
Burberry Oxblood No. 33
Dolce & Gabbana Dynamic No. 80
Lancôme Caprice No. 132
Dior 5 Couleurs Tutu No. 846
POWDER POWDER Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Eyeshadow Gold Blitz No. 5
Bobbi Brown Bronze Brightening Blush
As the temperature cools, accentuate natural colour with lush, rich shades
Burberry Eye Palette Smokey Grey No. 1
Dolce & Gabbana Eye Colour Amore No. 90
Dolce & Gabbana Black Intensity Lace Mascara
& PAINT Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye Mascara
Dior Rouge Massaї No. 853
Burberry Oxblood No. 303
Lancôme Midnight Rose No. 441
Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner
Details get darker with strong statement nail polish and highlighted eyes
L’ODORE L’Odore, named after the Italian word for scent and set inside Harvey Nichols Riyadh, is the first boutique perfumery in Saudi Arabia to specialise in selling niche perfumes, all sourced from ownerrun artisan houses. Offering a sensory experience in an exclusive, gallery-inspired setting, L’Odore showcases an edited selection of exceptional fragrances. With 45 different scents across eight brands, L’Odore founder Sultan Al Sheaibi sets the scene for some seasonal favourites.
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Vero Kern’s training, first as a pharmaceutical assistant and later an aromatherapist, brought her into contact with fragrances and provided a platform for the creation of personal blends for clients. As Vero Profumo’s nose, Kern is inspired by classical perfumes and doesn’t follow trends, creating perfumes that awaken emotions.
Husband and wife team Patricia de Nicolaï and Jean-Louis Michau launched Nicolaï in 1989 and the house has evolved into several collections of modern perfumery: male and female fragrances, colognes as well as home fragrances, with a focus on white flowers and amber notes.
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Neela Vermeire’s first trio of perfumes was inspired by the history, culture, nature and modern life of her native India. Now based in Paris, she collaborates with French perfumer Bertrand Duchaufour, to epitomize the peaceful Himalayas, hill stations and seaports, the arts and vivid colours of the subcontinent, in scent.
The scent ranges by these perfume houses are available exclusively through L’Odore in Saudi Arabia. Follow L’Odore on Instagram at L_ODORE
L’Odore is located on the Lower Ground floor at Harvey Nichols Riyadh
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Bruno Acampora essences are distinctive by their containment in small aluminum sealed phials. This presentation reflects traditional bottling techniques, and the high concentrate means a delicate touch to the wrist and neck is all it takes to carry fragrance journeys throughout the day. Bruno’s perfumes are inspired by the world’s fashion capitals, Saharan souks and his native Capri.
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Marie-Hélène Rogeon, the perfumer behind Les Parfums de Rosine, comes from a heritage of noses, and is the great-great-granddaughter of Louis Panafieu, who created eau de cologne for the Emperor Napoleon III. Les Parfums de Rosine is a collection inspired completely by roses, one of Marie’s two passions. The other is perfumes. Each scent is distinctive with its own coloured tassle.
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The Ormonde Jayne perfumery was founded by Linda Pilkington in 2002. Scents are known for the rarity and purity of ingredients, which is sourced personally from growers in Indochina, Arabia, the Amazon and Madagascar before being alchemised in her own London laboratory.
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A chemist who taught himself to become a perfumer, Andy Tauer considers perfumery an artisan craft, and treats every perfume as a fragrant sculpture, taking years in the making. Tauer launched his eponymous atelier in Switzerland five years ago, and his scents are rich and evocative.
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In his fragrance range, Lorenzo Villoresi marries the materials, fragrances and colours of Tuscany with the spices, essences and influences of the Orient. His passion for essences began in the Middle East, where he was inspired by the heady aromas of local markets.
RECIPES for a PERFECT SCENT
What are the ingredients that give our favourite perfumes their unique and memorable qualities? Harvey Nichols Riyadh magazine takes a deeper look inside some bottles
F leurs de gardenia by Creed
Alien by Thierry Mugler
Bon B on by Viktor & Rolf
Gallo w ay by Parfums de Marly
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Where to head for the latest and newest travel experiences of autumn/winter 2014
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AQU A ME K ONG Cambodia and Vietnam
PHNOM PENH 8 hr. 7 min. 6,274 km
LAUNCH SUMMER 2014
Following the success of river cruises in the Peruvian Amazon, Aqua Expeditions is launching its third luxury vessel in 2014 on the Mekong River in Cambodia and Vietnam. The MV Aqua Mekong is the first boat of such sophistication on the river. Small enough to feel intimate, and large enough to have an air of spacious luxurious, with ornate attention to detail throughout, from the design and decor to the cuisine and service, Aqua Mekong has 20 suites, decorated in a lush contemporary Asian style, using local materials and fabrics. Suites will have generous floor-to-ceiling picture windows, allowing travellers to relax in the comfort of their own room and watch South East Asia float past. An expansive spa and fitness centre on-board complement the yachtâ€™s dining room, library, screening room, and observation deck with a pool. soneva.com/soneva-in-aqua/home 88
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T HE K I NLO CH CLU B
TA U P O 18 hr. 14 min. 105,079 km
Taupo, New Zealand LAUNCH DECEMBER 2014
S I NGI T A BOULDERS LODGE Sabi Sand, South Africa
R I YA D H CAPE TOWN 9 hr. 10 min. 7,098 km
LAUNCH SUMMER 2014
Formerly the family home of luxury safari specialist Singita founder Luke Bailes, the Singita Boulders Lodge has undergone a complete redesign and opens as a 12-suite property boasting a stripped-back safari look that blends soulful, sensual Africa with high design. The new guest accommodations, by South African designers Cécil & Boyd, each have their own private plunge pool, two of which are designed exclusively for families. Set within 45,000 acres of private reserve on the Sabi Sand Game Reserve, Singita consists of a main house with communal living spaces and individual cottages in the grounds. The lodge combines the best elements of a private safari lodge, with rustic charms, and the added benefit of extensive high-end facilities, including a vast garden, swimming pool, wine cellar, gym, tennis court and spa. All of this is overlooking a waterhole where animals regularly gather to drink. singita.com R I YA D H
BUTT ER F LY HO USE
S A L VA D O R
12 hr. 59 min. 10,059 km
LAUNCH EARLY 2014
Surrounded by pristine white-sand beaches, Butterfly House is an idyllic spot to relax and be at one with nature. The boutique retreat introduces eight beautifully appointed villas, a palmenshrouded swimming pool, restaurant and acres of tropical gardens dotted with hammocks and bamboo recliners. Thatched grass roofs and salvaged 300-year-old Brazil nut wood make up the foundations of the hotel. While the exteriors reflect the rawness of the jungle, the interiors are a blend of warmth and bohemian luxury. butterflyhousebahia.com 89
Set over 600 acres on the shores of Lake Taupo, The Kinloch Club is expanding with the launch of a five-star lodge and 26 luxury villas around the internationally acclaimed par 72 championship Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course. The Andrew Patterson-designed lodge offers panoramic views over Lake Taupo and features a heated infinity pool, spa, tennis courts, gourmet restaurant and bar. Kinloch’s lakefront provides almost 3km of sandy beach, perfect for boating, windsurfing and swimming. thekinlochclub.com
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LE G R A ND B ELLEVU E Gstaad, Switzerland
G E N E VA 59 hr. 35 min. 4,324 km
LAUNCH WINTER 2014
Set in the heart of Gstaad village – on the promenade itself – this 57-room hotel has a neighbourhood spirit and the welcoming feel of a country house hotel. New owners Daniel and Davia have introduced exquisite style and eclectic design into this 100 year old palace. Leonards – the signature restaurant – delivers bistro-style cuisine from Michelin-starred chef Urs Gschwend. The indulgent 2,500 sqm spa works in partnership with organic English brand Bamford and revolutionary Swiss brand Cellcosmet. bellevue-gstaad.com
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D ORM Y H O USE United Kingdom LAUNCH SUMMER 2014
LONDON 6 hr. 22 min. 4,939 km
Since the early 17th century, Dormy House has stood, first as a much-loved family home – and for the past 36 years as a much-loved – family-owned hotel. Now the old farmhouse is entering a new chapter of its life, keeping all that is best about the Cotswolds – oak panelled beams, flagstone flooring, Cotswold Stone and roaring fires – and imbuing it with a new spirit.
Master minders who have turned it into the finest hotel in the Cotswolds include Londonbased interior designers Todhunter Earle and award-winning landscape architect and TV presenter Chris Beardshaw. The new House Spa is by Sparcstudio (of SO Spa at Sofitel St. James and Calcot Spa), Howard Spa Consulting and Temple Spa treatments. dormyhouse.co.uk
AL FAIS A LI A H SP A BY E SPA Kingdom of Saudi Arabia LAUNCH SUMMER 2014
Riyadh’s Al Faisaliah Suites, Rosewood Hotel, is now home to Al Faisaliah Spa by ESPA, the first internationally branded ladies-only spa in Saudi Arabia. The spa offers a sequestered sanctuary away from the city, providing a tranquil oasis to unwind and indulge in a number of worldclass treatments. Adorned with Swarovski crystals and opulent finishes, Al Faisaliah Spa by ESPA was meticulously designed by Princess Al Anoud Bint Khaled Bin Abdullah Al Saud, with plush fabrics in rich colours, sumptuous textures and cascading waterfalls that come together to create a blissful experience. The spa’s signature treatments by ESPA, teamed with the unique design elements, reflect the local culture and heritage. Spanning four floors, the spa features six treatment rooms, two private spa suites, relaxation rooms, nail studio, hair salon, swimming pool and more. alfaisaliahspa.com, Spareception@ alfaisaliahspa.com, +966 11 273 3000 90
CA P E W ELI G A MA Sri Lanka
R I YA D H COLOMBO 5 hr. 13 min. 4,043 km
LAUNCH OCTOBER 2014
A collection of 40 free-standing luxury villas and suites, located just 30 minutes east of Galle, on Sri Lanka’s idyllic southern coast, Cape Weligama offers panoramic views of the Indian Ocean. The property’s accommodation consists of stone-encased Watts (gardens) and Walauwas (mansions), each with private butler service, bespoke dining and in-room spa facilities. The resort further boasts innovative cuisine to suit all tastes, from the day’s fresh catch to eating Sri Lankan-style at the alfresco Kumbuk. capeweligama.com
R I YA D H M U S C AT 1 hr. 49 min. 1.218 km
ALI LA J ABAL AKHD AR Oman LAUNCH SUMMER 2014
Boutique Asian hotelier Alila Hotels & Resorts expanded into Oman in 2014 with the opening of Alila Jabal Akhdar, the first luxury resort development in the stunning mountainous Jabal Akhdar region of Oman. Set 2,000 metres above sea level and just two hours’ drive from Muscat, the resort offers access to one of Oman’s most spectacular and least visited areas. When you’re done relaxing in the spa, pool or gym, sign up for the cultural learning (local history classes) or culinary arts (cooking school). alilahotels.com/jabalakhdar
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CHA LET HUSKY Val D’Isère
G E N E VA 5 hr. 35 min. 4,324 km
LAUNCH WINTER 2014
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AN DA Z PAPAGAY O Costa Rica
LIBERIA 17 hr. 21 min. 13,448 km
LAUNCH WINTER 2014
Designed by Costa Rican architect Ronald Zürcher, Andaz Papagayo showcases nature-inspired designs across 175 rooms and suites, three themed restaurants, two cascading outdoor infinity pools, a private beach and a spectacular spa with nine treatment rooms and state-of-the-art gym. The Papagayo Peninsula itself is the perfect spot to hit the surf or to enjoy attractions like an 18-hole Arnold Palmer championship golf course and whitewater rafting. papagayo.andaz.hyatt.com 91
Leaving nothing to the imagination, Chalet Husky, sleeping up to 14 across seven ensuite bedrooms, epitomises contemporary design and is home to the crème de la crème of games rooms, featuring climbing wall, archery and rifle shooting. There is also a fabulous wellness area complete with a large pool with infinity waterfall, as well as a sauna, Jacuzzi and massage rooms. For the more modest, brand-new sister Chalet Jupiter is split over three levels and combines a touch of the traditional with the contemporary in its design. Sleeping up to eight, Jupiter is ideal for families and groups of friends alike. scottdunn.com
LU CK NA M P A R K HO T EL & S P A United Kingdom LAUNCH EARLY 2014
R I YA D H LONDON 6 hr. 22 min.
4,939 km In early 2014, Lucknam Park Hotel and Spa launched a new well-being house as an addition to their worldclass spa. The house offers a range of exclusive retreats, including sleep clinics with renowned specialist Tej Semani and themed nutrition programmes with Kate Sheen from Soul Nutrition. The well-being house aims to provide a holistic approach to health, promoting a healthy, balanced lifestyle with new yoga and pilates studio and treatments including Dry Flotation and a Burn Out Treatment. We especially like the sound of Reflective Sunlight Therapy, a treatment that replicates the change of light from sunrise to sunset, offering the benefits of natural sunlight and daily vitamin D allowance without the dangerous side effects. lucknampark.co.uk
S ouq Waqif B outique Hotels Doha, Qatar
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LAUNCH SUMMER 2013
DO H A The restoration of Souq 1 hr. Waqif is an ongoing project 573 km dedicated to preserving and celebrating Qatari culture. The opening of several boutique hotels in the souq was part of this original vision, and their presence introduces an international level of luxury not formerly seen in Souq Waqif. Their integration into the wider souq is intentionally seamless: they are located predominantly in existing buildings, with exteriors that are indistinguishable from the rest of the souq in terms of look and feel. It is only upon stepping inside any of the seven hotels and 12 restaurants and lounges that you are elevated into world-class hospitality at the highest level of luxury. The idea is that this hotel collection has something for everyone, whether businessmen, families or couples. The vision culminates as a fusion of sophisticated hospitality, with the tradition and atmosphere of local authenticity. swbh.com 92
PORT RAI T F IREN Z E Italy LAUNCH OCTOBER 2014
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FLORENCE Portrait Firenze, part of 4 hr. 57 min. the Lungarno Collection 3,841 km owned by the Ferragamo family, is the latest luxury hotel to open in Florence. Styled by Florentine architect Michele Bönan, Portrait Firenze is inspired by the birth of Italian haute couture that took place in Florence in the 1950s. Each of the 34 suites is designed using hand-crafted furniture, exquisite fabrics and fine detailing to reflect ‘made in Italy’ and the heritage of the Ferragamo family. Located
A l F aisaliah R esort in the heart of Florence, with breathtaking views over the River Arno and iconic Ponte Vecchio, the hotel is just a few steps from the city’s key sights, including the Uffizi Gallery, Piazza della Signoria and Palazzo Pitti. lungarnocollection.com
PALA ZZ O V ICTO RIA Italy
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LAUNCH LATE 2013
VERONA Verona’s Palazzo Victoria 9 hr. 55 min. is as romantic as the Italian 5,306 km city’s most renowned fictional characters, Romeo and Juliet. The five-star hotel, owned by international hotelier Marcello Pigozzo, is set inside a 14th-century palace and incorporates both Medieval and Roman ruins. The property’s dazzling, historic core is offset by a contemporary décor, featuring sleek sofas and armchairs by Italian designer Gaetano Pesce.
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia LAUNCH AUTUMN 2014
Set 15 minutes outside Riyadh, Al Faisaliah Resort is a new 28-acre luxury retreat featuring 153 spacious guestrooms and suites and 10 private villas. Book in for the weekend, and enjoy leisure facilities like three outdoor pools and four private pool chalets (available to rent just for a day), with their own indoor and outdoor lounges and private pools. Separate ladies and gentlemen’s spas each offer relaxation areas, a fitness centre and pools. There’s also a Rose Buds Kids Club for younger guests. rosewoodhotels. com/en/al-faisaliah-durrat-arriyadh
In addition to 74 luxurious guestrooms and suites, Palazzo Victoria houses Borsari 36 restaurant, which offers a gourmet take on local cuisine and operates under the helm of celebrated chef Carmine Calò. palazzovictoria.com
L' A P O G éE COURCHEVEL France
R I YA D H G E N E VA 5 hr. 35 min. 4,324 km
LAUNCH DECEMBER 2014
The latest masterpiece hotel from the Oetker Collection opened last December in Courchevel’s Jardin Alpin. A sister property to Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc in Cap d’Antibes, L’Apogée was designed by India Mahdavi and Joseph Dirand, and comprises 33 stunning suites, 20 spacious double rooms and a spectacular penthouse with its own Jacuzzi and private terrace. L’Apogée also includes a signature restaurant under the supervision of two-Michelin star chef Yannick Franques, a superb spa and swimming pool and private ski lift access. lapogeecourchevel.com 93
CULTURAL CALENDAR Where to head for the latest and newest travel experiences of autumn/winter 2014
WED D ING D R ES S ES : 1775-2014
M ontreal S no w F estival
O ctober Dubai, UAE
MONTR EA L SA N FRA NCISCO
Downto w n D esign Building on its successful debut, Downtown Design 2014 brings an eclectic mix of the world’s most iconic and cutting-edge brands in furniture, lighting, kitchens, bathrooms, accessories, textiles and new technologies to create a unique business platform dedicated to original design. downtowndesign.com
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H enri M atisse The CutOuts
London, UK FLEET WEEK
Wedding Dresses : 1 7 7 5-2014 London’s V&A Museum presents an exhibit highlighting the white wedding dress. The show traces the history of this iconic garment, featuring wedding dresses by the likes of Vera Wang, John Galliano, Christian Lacroix and Vivienne Westwood. vam.ac.uk
Art B asel M iami Beach
FR I EZE A RT F AIR Regent’s Park in London provides the setting for one of the world’s leading contemporary art fairs, including entertainment and cultural events. In addition to fascinating art exhibits by over 150 galleries, a new initiative this is year is “Live,” a platform for performancebased installations. friezelondon.com L ady G aga in C oncert Pop sensation Lady Gaga shakes up London with a three-night concert titled “The ARTPOP Ball.” ladygaga.com New York, US Henri Matisse : The Cut -Outs New York’s MoMA presents the largest and most extensive exhibit of Henri Matisse’s ground-breaking cut-outs. moma.org
ne w york hotel week
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San Francisco, US
F I AC Under the auspices of the brilliant Jennifer Flay, FIAC’s (Paris’s best-known international art fair) mission has been to democratize art and to show some of the world’s best contemporary works, from over 200 galleries, to as wide an audience as possible. Shows take place at the Grand Palais and at various venues throughout Paris. fiac.com
F leet Week The US Navy’s Blue Angels take to the sky for a heart-stopping air show along the San Francisco waterfront. Watch as the Navy’s fighter planes jet through the heavens at dizzying speed, while performing some of the world’s most daring stunts. fleetweek.us
A lice ’ s A dventures in Wonderland
W IE N M O D E RN L ON D ON PA R IS
A l B ustan Festival
LEBAN O N
DO H A JEDDAH
DU BAI & ABU DH ABI
A BU D H A BI A RT
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A rab F ilm F estival With an aim to expose American audiences to films that best mirror the current Arab experience, San Francisco’s Arab Film Festival is one of the world’s best forums for feature films, documentaries, animated films and shorts from the Middle East region. arabfilmfestival.org
J E D D A H A RT WEEK
Abu Dhabi, UAE
B onfire N ight A classically English affair where burning effigies and fireworks illuminate the winter night in memory of centuries-old skulduggery. Bonfire Night is celebrated across the United Kingdom, but in the Sussex town of Lewes up to 60,000 people gather to witness the historical fires and fun. enjoyengland.com
Abu D habi Art Set in the Saadiyat Cultural District, future home of the Louvre and Guggenheim museums, Abu Dhabi Art showcases artworks by some of the world’s most innovative galleries. abudhabiartfair.ae 95
New York, US
Alice’ s A dventures 6 DEC - 16 JAN in Wonderland London’s Royal Ballet celebrates the holiday season with a new dance performance of Lewis Carroll’s classic tale, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. roh.org.uk
3 - 18 JAN N e w Y ork Hotel Week For two weeks in January, many of New York’s iconic hotels slash their prices, offering rooms for $100, $200 or $300 per night, depending on the property. Participating hotels include the Gansevoort Park, The Refinery, The James, Hotel Americano and The Library Hotel. njfpr.com/hotel-week
november New York, US 4 NOV - 1 FEB E l G reco The Metropolitan Museum of Art presents a once-in-a-lifetime retrospective of El Greco’s most fascinating works. The exhibit commemorates the 400th anniversary of the Spanish Renaissance artist’s death. metmuseum.org
4 - 7 DEC Art Basel M iami B each The Art Deco glory of Miami Beach, and its windswept tropical beaches, set the stage for the southern United States’ most prestigious art show. Art Basel Miami Beach draws over 70,000 visitors each year, who descend upon South Florida to view stunning artworks from over 250 local and international galleries. artbasel.com
Vienna, Austria 29 OCT - 21 NOV Wien Modern A highlight of Vienna’s fall cultural calendar, Wien Modern is a nearly month-long contemporary music festival offering live performances by cutting-edge experimental musicians. The festival also features dance, art and film events interrelated with music. wienmodern.at
Montreal S no w 15 JAN - 15 FEB Festival Montreal’s Parc Jean-Drapeau is the winter home to one of Quebec’s most exciting events. The Montreal Snow Festival features outdoor activities like ice-skating, dog sledding, ice sculptors, circus shows and more for four consecutive weekends. parcjeandrapeau.com
10 - 17 DEC Dubai International Film Festival Now in its 11th year, the Dubai International Film Festival has become a well-respected showcase for the best films from the Middle East, Asia and Africa. dubaifilmfest.com
F ebruary Beit Mery, Lebanon A l Bustan 17 FEB - 22 MAR Festival Lebanon’s sophisticated Al Bustan Festival takes place at the iconic Al Bustan Hotel, set in the pine-forested mountains of Beit Mery. Classical music concerts, opera performances, ballet and piano recitals are all part of the annual festivities. albustanfestival.com Jeddah, Saudi Arabia EARLY FEB J E D D A H A RT Week First launched in 2013, Jeddah Art Week is now an exciting annual event celebrating the burgeoning contemporary art scene in Saudi Arabia and the wider Gulf region. Exhibits highlight painting, sculpture, film and more. www.jeddahartweek.com
M arch Doha, Qatar 8 - 12 MAR Tasmeem Doha Tasmeem is a biennial art and design conference focusing on unique and contemporary themes. The 2015 edition focuses on the theme of ‘playfulness’ by using an Arabizi word ‘3ajeeb!’ (ahh-jhee-b), which is a common expression meaning “strange in a strange way, cool in a cool way, and slightly weird in a slightly weird way”. This year the conference will become a festival and celebrate the strange, surprising and playful. tasmeemdoha.com
Dubai, UAE 18 - 21 MAR A rt D ubai The Middle East’s leading art fair returns in 2015, with a roster featuring over 70 art galleries from some 30 countries. Artists include established household names as well as emerging talents. artdubai.ae/contemporary
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FULLY BOOKED Weâ€™re getting our inspiration fill from titles dedicated to fashion, illustration and Middle Eastern culture this season
Souq Waqif from thisisabcd
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My Wonderful World of Fashion by Nina Chakrabarti
The Sartorialist by Scott Schuman
Fashionable Selby by Todd Selby
Adam & Yves by Gladys Perint Palmer
The Monocle Guide To Better Living from Gestalten
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Naїm: A Brush with History by Carole Corm
Hijab Street Style by Dian Pelangi
The World According to Karl by Karl Lagerfeld R e AD ME
How to dress yourself, your home and your lifestyle are shared themes of the books we love this winter. Fashion illustrator and commentator Gladys Perint Palmer captures fashion history in artful caricature in the wittily titled Adam & Yves, her irreverence communicated in inks and washes. A book of quotes from Karl Lagerfeld provides navigation on how to live the most fashionable of existences. If it’s lifestyle choices you’re seeking, Monocle magazine’s Guide to Better Living promotes inspiring people and the places where they live, all over the world. Get an insider’s perspective into the homes of fashion designers, as photographed by Todd Selby, who now has three titles in his series, showcasing the homes and studios of creative individuals. More personal style is captured by Scott Schuman in The Sartorialist, a catalogue of street images that began life as a blog and became so popular there are now two books featuring the best of his portraits. This idea was emulated for her native Indonesia by fashion designer Dian Pelangi, who captures her contemporaries in Hijab Street Style. Similarly, Souq Waqif deconstructs the secrets of Middle Eastern fashion by exploring a souq in the Qatari capital of Doha. Another title paying homage to regional icons is Naїm by Carole Corm, who documents the illustrious career of this legendary Lebanese hairdresser, famous for tressing the locks of the likes of Sabbah, amongst others.
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Opening Ceremony from Rizzoli
Adam & Yves
by GLADYS PERINT PALMER
by CAROL LIM AND HUMBERTO LEON
A fashion illustrator and commentator with a quick wit and an insider’s eye, Gladys Perint Palmer’s been widely published. The rhythmic elegance of her art over the years is best expressed in her take on history. Seizing and slaying selected moments, in which the great fashion makers of the world shine, this book unravels the weave of history to show us some of the more beautiful and revealing threads. The book is superbly designed by Rod Dyer, and contains a defining introduction by Elihu Blotnick on the nature of art.
This lively volume celebrates the contributions to inventive fashionable living by New York-based style innovator Opening Ceremony – a bible for the fashion-forward and culturally savvy alike. In 2002, when Carol Lim and Humberto Leon opened the downtown Manhattan retail shop Opening Ceremony, they created what has become the most innovative fashion and culture destination in New York. Celebrating the company’s 10th anniversary, Opening Ceremony is a visually rich documentation of Leon and Lim’s diverse inspirations, which have more recently led them to become the creative directors of Kenzo.
A Brush with History by CAROLE CORM Naїm is Lebanon’s most iconic hairdresser and a master of haute coiffure. Starting his career when Lebanon was experimenting with independence, he has witnessed the travails of history from an original vantage point. His momentous life story offers us a revealing picture of the glamourous silhouettes of the Middle East. From his budding salons in pre-war Beirut to London today, Naїm takes us on an incredible journey punctuated by the marvellous hairdos (captured in sketches and photos) that sealed his reputation for the ultimate in hair flair.
Under the Ocean
by ANOUCK BOISROBERT AND LOUIS RIGAUD
by ÉDOUARD MANCEAU
This wonderful book combines spectacular pop-ups, illustration and design in celebration of the beauty of nature. It is the second in a series of environmentally sensitive pop-ups by Anouck Boisrobert and Louis Rigaud, who also created In the Forest.
Every page offers the chance for change from an object to an animal. This delightful and innovative play book inspires both children and adults alike.
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Here’s what the city’s fashionistas are dreaming up this year – and what they wouldn’t be caught doing during the fall and winter seasons. Keep up, or fall off ,the style map!
What ’ s H ot
Do visit Riyadh’s art galleries
The Saudi art scene is the next big thing. Start with Naila Art Gallery, where you can view changing exhibits by local, regional and international artists.
Don’t shop for commercial prints
Original art is the only way to go.
Al Takhassosi Street, +966 11 880 5352 gallerynaila.com
Do get your fill of delectable Japanese food
Don’t load up on sickly sweet dessertS
Head to Tokyo restaurant and order fresh, melt-in-mouth sushi and sashimi.
One moment on the lips, and eternity on the hips. Enough said.
Al Urubah Road, Al Wurud District +966 11 460 5672, tokyoriyadh.com
Don’t head to cheap chains for meals
Do satisfy your burger craving at Burger Box
Burgers are now gourmet affairs and should no longer be labeled as fast food.
The best burger joint in the Saudi capital. King Abdul Aziz Road, +966 55 448 8522 burgerbx.com
Do wear platform sandals, even in winter
Don’t wear frumpy sandals
Any self-respecting fashionista should have at least one pair of Melissa platform sandals in her walk-in closet. Check out the latest styles at Harvey Nichols Riyadh.
No need to look like you just stepped off the hippie train.
Do try a one-day, three-day or five-day juice cleanse
Don’t go on a crash protein diet to lose weight quickly
at Riyadh’s Cleanse & Glow. It’s a quick, surefire way to purify your body and rejuvenate your mind.
You’ll only be shedding water weight and will gain back all the pounds once you start eating normally again.
Musa Bin Nusair Street, +966 54 488 9972 cleanseandglow.com
Do purchase one, two or even three cropped tops
Baring the midriff is all the rage this season. Check out the latest cropped tops from American Retro, Elizabeth and James and Designers Remix, all available at Harvey Nichols Riyadh.
Don’t even look at baggy, shapeless tops
The trend this season is less, not more!