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A Bejeweled Love Affair Elizabeth Taylor, Love and Cartier
In October 1969, Cartier acquired a 69.42-carat diamond for $1,050,000 at a New York auction. The gem was promptly named the Cartier diamond. At the time, the diamond was the twelfth-largest in the world, and the largest diamond ever to have been privately owned.
From unique gems to spectacular pieces, from the lure of temptation to love at first sight, the world of Cartier jewellery mirrored the rollercoaster passions of Elizabeth Taylorâ€™s private life. Every jewel stemming from this marvelous collaboration is a treasure imbued with the touching and radiant legend she so perfectly embodied. These prestigious, bold and expressive pieces honour the persona of the actress and express her most intimate secrets.
SEASON’S TREND Surrender to White
There’s been a white-out of late. Head-to-toe white has made one of the strongest impressions over the runways this season. And although wearing this color is unnerving, white not only complements all skin tones but it’s also perfect for most occasions. To build a standout ensemble, here’s how to wear this hue.
1. Givenchy Gold Shagreen Pale Gold Small Sharks Tooth Pendant 2. Givenchy Symmetrical Chain Bracelet
3. Oscar de la Renta Sleeveless Scoopneck Underpinning Top 4. Burberry Rose The City Leather Watch
5. Tom Ford Amber Pebbled Leather Tote 6. Gucci Havana Classic Logo Sunglasses
7. Valentino Embroidered Shorts with Cutout Detail 8. Alexander Wang Scoredleather Flats
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Trend Alert Pantone Colour of the Year: Radiant Orchid
“Radiant Orchid blooms with confidence and magical warmth that intrigues the eye and sparks the imagination. It is an expressive, creative and embracing purple – one that draws you in with its beguiling charm. A captivating harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid emanates great joy, love and health.” Tiffany & Co Sparklers Amethyst Earrings Chaumet Hortensia Necklace
Diane Von Furstenberg Black Sutra Mini Snake Combo Crossbody Bag
Cartier Tortue Watch Fendi Amethyst palladium 2jours Leather Tote
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The Rebirth of a Legend Cartier Tortue Watch
The Tortue is a supreme example of a shaped watch. With its creativity inspired by the shell of a tortoise, it has always held a special place in the Cartier repertoire of watches. Now its ageless classicism has new character and energy, refreshed with a touch of femininity. An unmistakeable name, a famous shape Created in 1912, the Tortue watch was an immediate and spectacular success and very quickly became one of Cartierâ€™s most desirable models. With the boldness of its name and the creative design of its case, it fits naturally into the great tradition of Cartier shaped watches, alongside the Tonneau watch, the Baignoire watch and the Crash watch. This is a heritage with timeless appeal that todayâ€™s Tortue reinterprets with feminine charm.
Lightness in every curve
Its taut lines, extra-thin profile, generously sized dial, essential shape and impeccable elegance are a lesson in style. The delicate curves of this new, ultra-feminine generation of the Tortue make it one of the most quintessentially Cartier watches. Everything contributes to the masterful lightness of this watch. It has moved on from the past to embrace new style ideas: the domed case of the original Tortue model has been replaced by the harmonised tension of flat, refined facets that emphasise its feminine elegance.
A marriage of femininity and a Manufacture mechanical movement
This watch knows its classics: Roman numerals, sword-shaped hands, dotted rail-track, guillochĂŠ dial... the design codes of Cartier watchmaking are emphasised by the bold curve of the delicate dial. Powered by a Manufacture mechanical movement with manual winding, this new interpretation of the Tortue watch is available in small and medium sizes, with versions in white, pink gold or set with diamonds. Daytime models are mounted on a leather strap; evening models with a total look of pink or white gold are enhanced by a sophisticated, flexible bracelet with flat links.
The Mouawad L’Incomparable Diamond Necklace features the modified shield step-cut deep yellow diamond suspended beneath 229.52 carats of cascading, strikingly white diamonds that are sublimely interlaced in 18K rose gold branchlets. The necklace, created using a total of 91 diamonds, was entirely designed and crafted by Mouawad’s skilled artisans and is a resounding testament to their profound creativity and virtuosity with this latest bespoke offering – valued at $55 million USD. In its rough state weighing 890 carats, the Incomparable Diamond made a long serendipitous journey before reaching Mouawad. It was in 1980 in the Democratic Republic of Congo that a little girl found the diamond in a rubble pile of kimberlite that was sorted out because it was considered to be too bulky to possess any diamonds. The diamond eventually made its way into the hands of renowned diamond expert Marvin Samuels who spent four years supervising the cutting of the stone into its present flawless form. It was then put on display at several museums with the first one being the Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC. Mouawad has been crafting jewellery and watches for over a century and is a global authority in the world of diamonds. Their jewellery items are among the favourite of royalties as well as regional and international celebrities. The Mouawad family has purchased a number of the world’s greatest diamonds and has a collection of diamonds that is arguably one of the world’s finest in private hands. The Mouawad L’Incomparable Diamond Necklace Guinness World Record follows the records achieved by the US$3.8 million Mouawad 1001 Nights Diamond Purse – the most valuable handbag in the world – in 2010; the US$11 million Very Sexy Fantasy Bra – the most luxurious and expensive piece of lingerie ever made – in 2003; and by the Mouawad Splendor – at the time, the most expensive single pearshaped diamond – in 1990.
L’Incomparable Diamond Necklace
A Record-Breaking Masterpiece by Mouawad
Featuring 91 diamonds and totaling 637 carats in weight, the Mouawad L’Incomparable Diamond Necklace has made it into the record books. This impressive diamond necklace embraces the Incomparable Diamond; the world’s largest internally flawless diamond graded by the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) weighing at 407.48 carats.
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Versace Vintage Pink Purple Golf Print Jacket Jaermann & Stübi Queen Of Golf Watch
Wilson Hope Women’s Complete Set Alexander Wang Golf Bag
ECCO Womens Tour Hybrid Kite
Puma Ladies Pink Pants
Lacoste Yellow Polo
Brooks Brothers Pink Vest
Brooks Brothers Country Club Vintage Golfer Cuff Links
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Moving in the Right Direction: Fashion Forward Season Two A Snapshot of the Region’s Definitive Fashion Event
Indicators that the Middle East’s fashion sector is becoming more mature and widely recognised were strongly present throughout Season Two of Fashion Forward (FFWD), which concluded with resounding success on Friday 18th October 2013. The four day event saw phenomenal attendance figures from the regional fashion community, a flourishing accessories trade through The Garden, and insights from global industry leaders on how best to progress the industry here in the Middle East, through the “d3 Fashion Talks”. Over 15,000 guests from across the region and further afield visited the event throughout the four days, celebrating and supporting the wealth of established and emerging design talent in the Middle East. The presence of designers from Saudi, Qatar, Lebanon, Kuwait, Oman and the wider UAE resulted in unprecedented attendance from the regional community of fellow fashion designers, buyers, media and fashion enthusiasts. “Fashion Forward Season Two added some vital new elements, including The Garden and The Showroom, to attract buyers and accessory collectors, while enhancing the foundations which made our inaugural season such a success.” said Bong Guerrero, Founder and CEO of Fashion Forward. Sales and buying contacts were made for more than 50 designers taking part in The Garden, a showcase of accessories for the trade and consumers. A number of the designers featured on Fashion Forward’s catwalks were personally selected to take part in mentorship sessions with established brands including Rabih Kayrouz, while displaying ad-
the newly announced project Dubai Design District (d3), a new destination aimed at attracting the creative community and building a sustainable design and fashion industry in the Middle East. Over 50 regional and international buyers attended the four day event, from the likes of Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdale’s and Boutique 1. Also in attendance at all catwalk shows was Le New Black, a French online B2B showroom which currently has over 2800 retailers participating, including Printemps, Harvey Nichols, Selfridges, Le Bon Marché and Les Galeries Lafayette. As part of the portal’s plans to expand the presence of Middle Eastern designers, they will choose one Fashion Forward designer to display on the site for one year.
ditional pieces of their collections to regional and international buyers in The Showroom. Industry commentators from the US, Europe and the wider Middle East contributed to Fashion Forward’s developmental programme that was supported by Dubai Design District (d3) as part of their unwavering commitment to the successful development of the design and fashion industry in Dubai. Speakers included designer Nanette Lepore, Halston Chairman and CEO Ben Malka, and speakers from London College of Fashion, Domus Academy and Parsons The New School for Design, to provide insight and perspective on the elements of creating a sustainable fashion sector for the region. Through panel discussions and an industry lunch, FFWD attendees learned more about
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Years of Chic Holidays Marking their 15th year, Louis Vuitton unveils a new look for its City Guides, now covering 15 of worldâ€™s most exciting cities.
Around the World With the approach of Spring, many people start thinking about a getaway. If you are one of those travellers to whom shopping features heavily on the agenda, this is for you. We’ve rounded-up the Top 10 cities filled with enough high fashion and designer labels to make style mavens swoon. However, without a detailed plan of attack, shopping in the big city while on holiday can be a daunting prospect, so we’ve gone the extra mile and highlighted the most glamorous shopping districts and spots. Get your maps ready, dust off your credit cards and don’t forget to pack an extra suitcase!
If you are determined to source the best of what this wondrous city has to offer, then head to the Ginza district, which is famous for its glittering showrooms and elegant department stores displaying the latest fashion. Nearly every leading Japanese and international brand name fashion and cosmetics company has a presence here. Another great area offering high-end goods is Omotesando. Here you’ll find the large shopping centres and designer boutiques.
The variety of words and shops in Hong Kong go hand-in-shopping-bag. To soak in the luxury side of Asia’s world city head to the streets of Admiralty, Central and SoHo where shopping heads upward at The Landmark and a stronghold of up-market malls, including Alexandra, Chater, Jardine House, Exchange Square, Prince, and the spectacular IFC mall. Along Hollywood Road and south of it in SoHo, the shopping experience turns more boutique-style. If you find yourself across the harbour in Tsim Sha Tsui, take a short walk to Canton Road where you’ll be confronted with an infinite amount of luxury designer goods, not to mention Hong Kong’s biggest shopping mall – the enormous Harbour City and 1881 Heritage, a unique experience that blends history with luxury shopping.
For the fashion-conscious, Singapore features the who’s who of fashion’s heavy hitters and has enough boutiques and malls to stretch even the most understanding of travel partner’s patience. Most of the international luxury labels gather in fluorescent shopping malls dotted on Orchard Road. The most prominent ones are ION Orchard and Paragon Shopping Centre. The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands is also worth your while if you make it that far.
Birthplace to Fashion greats like Giorgio Armani and Gianni Versace, Milan is a beacon for stylish shoppers. If you’re a real label-lover, then the pinnacle of your shopping experience in Milan is likely to be found in one divine square known as the Quadrilatero d’Oro (Rectangle of Gold) where you will find Via Montenapoleone, the finest street in the area. Other noteworthy streets are Via della Spiga, Via Manzoni, Via Sant’Andrea, and Gallerie Vittorio Emanuele II for the best of this haute couture powerhouse, which also boast an impressive array of designer shops.
London is a great city for anyone hoping to indulge their shopping habits. For your high-end fashion fix, head to The West End and walk down Oxford, New Bond and Carnaby Streets for a truly luxurious shopping experience. Here you’ll find Jimmy Choo, Gucci, Hermes, and Chanel amongst the throng of shops. This area is also well known for its luxury jewellery shops, including Tiffany & Co and De Beers. World-famous department stores such as Harrods, Selfridges and Harvey Nichols can be found at Knightsbridge another exclusive area, well worth a visit with rail upon rail of designer labels.
“The city of angels” is where Vogue and Elle come to life and fashionistas from all over the world find the latest couture and set the newest trends. The most well known hot spot for classic high end fashion here is Rodeo Drive. This shopping district is full of surprise, glitter and glamour whether you’re buying, window shopping or hoping to cross paths with a celebrity.
In this fashion-forward city, shopping takes place mostly in malls due to the warm climate but that’s a non-issue since the malls here are on steroids! The most impressive shopping venue is the Dubai Mall which is home to just about every major fashion brand in the world. Adorned with a 440,000 square feet Fashion Avenue, which is recognized as the largest collection of fashion brands under one roof anywhere in the world, The Dubai Mall is all about luxurious digs and soak up the sophisticated atmosphere. Next on the list with the best brands money can buy is Mall of the Emirates and Burjuman Centre.
Al Badia Golf Club Dubai Festival City
Designed by the internationally renowned Robert Trent Jones II, this 18 hole par-72 Al Badia Championship Golf Course lays over 7,303 yards adjacent to Dubai Creek. The course is rich in water features, with eleven lakes and several smaller ponds and lush with plants indigenous to the Arabian Gulf.
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Ten Years of Cinematic Passion Dubai International Film Festival
Marking ten years of passion for cinema, Dubai International Film Festival has once more delivered eight days of heartwarming films, glamorous galas and appearances by top film personalities.
With some rather grand aspirations, DIFF has come a long way since the inaugural in 2004, which opened with one world premiere in its schedule. With just 10 years on its birth certificate, DIFF went from bringing one to seventy world premieres, and becoming the first festival to get its hands on David O. Russell’s hugely anticipated American Hustle. The 10th edition’s Red Carpet Opening Gala kicked off with the screening of the acclaimed Omar, by Palestinian director Hany Abu-Assad. At the opening ceremony, DIFF presented its prestigious Lifetime Achievement Awards to veteran Egyptian film critic Samir Farid, who has championed Arab cinema for nearly 50 years, and Multiple Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner Martin Sheen, one of the most celebrated American actors of his generation. A-list international celebrities that graced the red-carpet for the 10th edition of DIFF included Martin Sheen, Cate Blanchett, Stephan Lang and Michael B Jordan. From the Arab world, Hassan Youssef, Yousra, Ezzat El-Alaily and Nadia ElGendy were among the most acclaimed names to attend DIFF. For film goers, the festival had an amazing line up with 174 films to choose from, hailing from 57 different countries in 43 languages. Beyond that, The Dubai Film Market (DFM), which runs concurrently with the Festival, has continued to serve as the heart of the Festival’s industry initiatives and the only platform in the Middle East dedicated to the development, production and distribution of Arab film. The festival has left an indelible impression on its guests, industry professionals and film fans, through its events, workshops, seminars and principal mandate of celebrating excellence in cinema and using it as a medium to promote open dialogue between cultures and nations. With the great success the festival has achieved, surpassing even its own expectations, DIFF is likely to grow further to become one of the world’s most anticipated events in film and cinema.
American actor Martin Sheen
Egyptian actress Yousra
Australian actress Cate Blanchett at opening night gala
Guests at the Opening Gala Screening American actor Michael B Jordan
Celebrity journalist and TV personality Raya Abirached at opening night gala
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