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Men’s special

Top 10

style staples

The suit that’s worth

Dhs493,000 Liam Gallagher does fashion

WIN! A seven-night cruise around the Gulf PLUS


festive gifts

Berlin The hippest city in the world Nose waxing (and other treatments we won’t be trying)

Bright on Zap away the winter blues with electrifying colours

Manolo Blahnik

The stiletto don talks celibacy, insomnia and ‘stupid satin shoes’


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In this issue... December/January

Top ten workwear

must-haves, p.22


Meryl Streep: ‘Playingxx the Devil Wears Prada chief was like having mercury in my mouth.’


5 Style news

33 Health & beauty

61 Men’s special

5 Editor’s column

34 News

61 Back to the future

The size zero debate continues

The latest from the world of beauty

Does fashion need to calm down?

6 News

35 Makeup masterclass

62 He’s in fashion

Light bites from Planet Fashion

Paint your face like a pro

The ten items every man must own

8 Style icon

36 My beautiful day

We talk shoes with Manolo Blahnik

We reveal a reader’s beauty regime

64 Don’t look back in anger

37 Tried and tested

Liam Gallagher talks design

The team checks out hair cuts

68 Suitably perfect

14 Trends

38 Absolutely fadulous

Tailoring, as done on Savile Row

Winter’s coolest looks

Fish pedicures and other crazy fads

13 What to wear 18 Ask the stylist

70 Directory

You style dilemmas solved

41 Life etc

19 What to wear for...

42 News

71 Competitions

A picnic at a polo match

Little things that make us happy

20 Festive frocks

44 Streep’s ahead

71 Frederic Fekkai 72 Costa cruise

Our top ten gorgeous party dresses

We interview Meryl Streep

21 Three ways to wear

48 Swinging ’60s

Gold vests: surprisingly versatile

How to get retro interiors

22 Back to basics

50 Tandoori salmon

The workwear you can’t be without

An easy-to-make, tasty recipe

24 The future’s bright

51 Going Deutsch

Our sky-high fashion shoot

Berlin: the world’s hippest city

52 Festive 50 The most beautiful gifts out there


62 Colourful men’s shoes are in!

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Ele Cooper wades into the size zero debate, bag of crisps in tow. Cindy Crawford believes that, had she been trying to break into fashion right now rather than in the 1980s, she wouldn’t have made it. No, she hasn’t undergone a massive crisis of confidence – she simply thinks she looks too ‘normal’ in comparison to the waifs currently stalking the world’s catwalks. Shortly before the ex-supermodel made this statement, Karl Lagerfeld, he of the upturned collar and bristly white mane, had cooked up a fashion storm by claiming that ‘no one wants to see round women’. Talking to Focus magazine, he added that concern over the size zero trend merely comes from ‘fat mummies’ who ‘sit with their bags of crisps in front of the television’. (A little context: this came in reaction to the editor of German magazine Brigitte’s decision that, as of January, he would only use ‘ordinary, realistic’ women in the magazine’s shoots – and for him, this doesn’t include models. Just before that, British Vogue editor Alexandra Schulman had publicly pleaded that the major fashion houses bring a halt to the size zero culture.) I think most of us can safely agree that a) looking like he does, Lagerfeld’s hardly in a position to talk about ideals of beauty, and b) given that the man claims never to have seen an anorexic model, he is clearly somewhat understocked in the credibility department. But Lagerfeld’s opinion, while more crassly expressed than most designers’ PRs would ever allow, is sadly reflective of the prevailing attitude of the fashion industry. Nowadays, haute couture designs are created with exceedingly thin,

Cindy Crawford believes that she is too ‘normal’-looking (i.e. bigger than size zero) to have made it had she tried to break into modelling in the current day. entirely curve-less women in mind, not people like Crawford with her self-professed ‘big breasts, normal thighs and toned upper arms’. Ready-to-wear collections, while more approachable and available in a range of sizes, are far from being made for roomy comfort either. This is where the counter-argument comes in: we all harp on about the anorexia-encouraging dangers of the size zero trend, but what about the perils of going the other way and telling women to eat whatever they like? Surely we should no more wish to have an obese population than a skeletal one. And on it goes. What I don’t understand, though, is why people think it has to be an either/or situation. At Jumana we pride ourselves on not using size zero models, but we do not feature plus size models either. The women we photograph tend to be a UK size 8-10 (so US size 4-8, two to three sizes above size zero), with toned, smooth skin and attractive faces. Why not promote style in such a way? It’s beautiful and, more importantly, it’s healthy. If I ever suspected a model was anorexic, I would alert the agency and certainly never hire her again. If we’ve ever got a hope of refocusing our attention on the most exciting bit – the clothes! – I reckon it’s high time Lagerfeld and his cronies piped down and let the ‘realistic’ women get on with it – even if they are, horror of horrors, crisp-eating mothers to boot. What do you think? Email



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Approach with caution Sales fest DSF kicks off on January 28 so we thought it timely to ask a personal shopper how to control ourselves. These tips from Léonie Tovell will enable you to keep a clear conscience while shopping up a storm…


Prepare. If I love something but can’t afford

it, I don’t buy until the sales. There’s nothing worse than buying something then walking past two days later and seeing it at half price. It’s worth asking shop assistants if things will be in the sale – they tend to be very kind and say whether it will be.


Have a minimum standard. If fabric is an

Buy classic. The biggest mistake you can make is buying weird pieces during the sales. ‘Fashion’ items are generally on sale because they’re old season; classic pieces have a longer life.

important part of your wardrobe, you shouldn’t buy a cheap fabric just because it’s a good colour and cut. Set standards and don’t lose your mind when you’re rummaging; use the standards to target your search. When I see that my wardrobe doesn’t have a lot of prints, I look out for beautiful patterns on a sales rack and ignore everything else.




Don’t buy something just because it’s a ‘bargain’. The amount you’re saving

is irrelevant: just decide whether it has a value at its current price. People see that something’s Dhs2,000 cheaper and that makes their heart race which is insane! Also, make sure the thing you’re buying goes with three items you already own.

Hot to trot

Only buy things that fit you perfectly.

A lot of people buy too big or too small thinking they’ll have it taken in or lose weight, and the item invariably remains unworn in their wardrobe. Blink Image Consultancy.; 050 873 0867.

Who says high street stores can’t do gorgeous arm candy? With this pony skin Dune number, you’ll be laughing all the way to the bank. Dhs669, Dune.

Few of us would turn down a free BMW and BurJuman has got seven to give away during the BurJuman Winter Carnival. Simply spend Dhs200 for a chance to win! Runs until January 23.

Show off

Ever wondered what happens in the run-up to a catwalk show? We sneaked a peek behind the scenes at Carolina Herrera to find out…




The edit

The fitting

The tent

After months of preparation, with 150 designs being whittled down to just 40, Herrera and her team edit the collection. This means choosing the order in which the outfits will appear – the first and last ensembles are crucial as they convey the overall message of the collection.

Once the design team has put the finishing touches to the clothes, the models are called in and it’s a race against time to make sure every stitch, collar and belt works perfectly with the woman chosen to showcase it. The design team contribute but Herrera always has the final say.

Herrera’s collections have been presented to audiences from the same tent in New York for the past 15 years. Each dress, outfit and accessory is classified, carefully stored in transparent protective covers and placed in the order in which it will appear in the show.



Fashion maths Dhs2,285, Tibi at Saks Fifth Avenue.

Keyring cool


We love these cheeky animal keyrings – guaranteed to put a smile on your face every time you unlock your front door! Tiger, Dhs400, Shanghai Tang; dove, Dhs280, Marc by Marc Jacobs at Saks Fifth Avenue; toucan, Dhs205, Furla.



Hot fluoro orange + muted charcoal + beautiful beadwork = extreme beach party chic

Drinking water has never been dull since Evian started collaborating with the fashion royalty to create limitededition bottle designs. We love this latest instalment, funked up with Paul Smith’s signature stripes. Available soon in selected restaurants.

4 The seating plan It can be something of a nightmare deciding where to seat 1,200 guests and every designer has different priorities. For Carolina Herrera it’s all about brand loyalty – long-term fans like Salma Hayek will always get a good seat, as will key buyers and editors, who can make or break the success of a collection.

5 The walk-through Just before the doors are opened, there is a dress rehearsal complete with music but minus the hair and makeup, to make absolutely sure that every single detail is just so. The show is very brief so every component counts.

6 The thank you After just 12 minutes, it’s all over. Herrera enters the stage wearing her trademark white blouse and without fanfare, waves, says thank you and exits. Colleagues report that at this point she is consumed by only one thought: what could I have done to make it better?



Style icon

The ascent of Manolo

No one knows the way to a woman’s heart better than Manolo Blahnik, yet the man himself remains an enigma. Lauren Cochrane finds out what makes him tick.

In a key moment in 2008’s Sex and the City: earned a lot of money and recognition chest in theatrical indignation. ‘He’s the Movie, Mr Big shows Carrie the walk- from his association with the Sex and successful and Penélope Cruz has got an in wardrobe he’s built for her in their new the City brand. But Blahnik, 66, who Oscar. I know my country and I knew penthouse. Empty and gleaming, it is full has been making shoes for nearly 40 there was going to be a backlash. It’s the of the promise of the clothes that will be years, was adored by women long before nature of Spanish people.’ In the hour I spend in his company housed within. Carrie christens the space SATC, and is set to remain so long after not with a prom dress or a name necklace the franchise has been consigned to the he flits between chat about films, parties, but with that other Bradshaw signature: a dustbin of entertainment history. Over poets and photographers before we get pair of Manolo Blahnik shoes. the years his shoes have graced the feet of anywhere near discussing the perfect ‘Hmph,’ says their creator, with a roll of the most beautiful and powerful women pumps. An insomniac, Blahnik describes himself as ‘totally wired’. He says the eyes and a polite smile. ‘Well, we had a very good year last year, ‘I’ll draw something then go that he spends his time sitting up in the small hours ‘getting cross about thanks to those stupid satin shoes.’ Almodóvar’, watching classics from He pauses. ‘My God,’ he gasps, back and think, “How vile, his library of old Hollywood films and then adds with just enough how vulgar, how horrible”.’ and reading Thomas Mann, his of a smirk to make you know he’s teasing, ‘that shoe saved our company.’ in the world, from Paloma Picasso and new passion. ‘It’s exquisite,’ he tells me. ‘I Sitting in his London office on the King’s Bianca Jagger to Naomi Campbell and left my copy of Buddenbrooks in Bath [the Road (around the corner from his shop in Anna Wintour. Diana, Princess of Wales British city where Blahnik lives part-time] Old Church Street), Manolo Blahnik is famously wore Blahniks stepping out the and I’m desperate to go back just so I can resplendent in a lilac Prince of Wales-check night after Charles admitted his affair, see what happens next.’ suit, accessorised with a yellow buttonhole while Madonna has said his shoes are Blahnik divides his time between ‘borrowed’ from the garden next door. better than sex and, crucially, last longer. London, America, Bath, the Canary Islands A refreshingly frank conversationalist, he Shoes may be his life’s work, but in (where he grew up) and Italy (where his claims he has very little interest in Carrie conversation Blahnik affects not to take factories are based). Even now he designs Bradshaw’s shoe closet. ‘If people talk to them too seriously. He prefers to talk every one of his shoes, starting with a me about Sex and the City I get sick,’ he about other things. For instance, when we pen-and-ink sketch, and hand-makes the says, his voice a curious mixture of Spanish meet he’s fuming about an attack in the original casts himself. ‘I’m still very curious sing-song and cockney drawl. A slick PR Spanish press on his fellow countryman, about doing new things with shoes,’ he says. machine this is not. the film director Pedro Almodóvar. ‘El ‘I have a new factory now where I can play He does later concede that he is ‘grateful Pais published almost a personal attack,’ with new materials.’ His signature designs to Miss Parker’ and has understandably Blahnik gasps, holding his hand to his include kitten heels, jewelled sandals and





‘We didn’t think about money or business – we made the shoes because we thought they were divine.’

mules with pointed toes, and he remains as influential as at any point in his career. With a click of his fingers he summons his press officer, whom he asks to fetch the book published for his Design Museum exhibition in 2003. Flicking through it, he tuts and points to a shoe called The Cage, which bears an uncanny resemblance to YSL’s spring/summer 2009 Eiffel Tower shoe, and a 1970s design with punk spikes that looks like the hard-edged stilettos of Rodarte’s autumn/winter 2008 show. ‘These kids have just bought the book,’ he says with a shrug. ‘I’m not cross about it.’ He has little interest in the current vogue for 1970s platforms – ‘I’ve done them already,’ he says. He still wants his work to be about the shock of the new. ‘I never get lost for inspiration,’ he says. ‘I have to edit myself all the time. I draw everything and then I go back to something and think, “How vile, how vulgar, how horrible.”‘ These are not sentiments shared by others. Blahnik’s designs sell out everywhere from Athens to Seoul and take pride of place in high-end stores such as 10 Corso Como in Milan and Neiman Marcus in America. His autumn/ winter collection was as desirable as any he’s ever produced, with trademark spindly heels, Mary Jane straps, lace-up detailing and colours from sapphire blue to soft gold. In America, Blahnik’s association with SATC has made him something of a celebrity. People queue to have the great man sign their pairs of Manolos. ‘The taxi drivers recognise me now,’ he says in horror. ‘Working at the New York customs there was a lady who loved my shoes. There was such a line forming behind me at passport control, I had to give her some in the end. It’s sweet

but it becomes too much and I don’t feel comfortable. I have never wanted to be a celebrity designer.’ Despite such protestations, Blahnik has spent his life running with the in-crowd. During the 1970s – when he was the first man to feature on the cover of Vogue – he was part of a hedonistic creative group that included Paloma Picasso, Tina Chow and Bianca Jagger. In the 1990s Isabella Blow was a key influence. ‘She was an incredible motivation – she was always on the telephone with ideas for shoes,’ he says. ‘She wasn’t really a muse but she provoked.’ She, meanwhile, called his work ‘as perfect and effective as nature’. Manolo Blahnik’s love affair with shoes started when he was a child growing up on his parents’ banana plantation in the Canary Islands. His mother, Emmanuela, a painter and sculptor, had shoes made to her own designs. Manolo, meanwhile, created shoes out of sweet wrappers for the little lizards he captured in the garden. He was educated at home, and from his anglophile father inherited a fascination with all things British. ‘I grew up with Enid Blyton, Dickens…’ Blahnik remembers. ‘My father even knew all of Churchill’s speeches by heart.’ At the end of his schooling he went to Geneva to study medicine, but swiftly switched to art and languages after ‘fainting when I saw a corpse’. After a brief stint as a UN translator he drifted to Paris in the 1960s and then to London, where he started working as a buyer at Feathers in Kensington High Street, the shop Joan Burstein owned before opening Browns. During this period Grace Coddington, Paloma Picasso, Tina Chow and the photographer Paul Morrissey, Warhol’s long-term collaborator, became friends. Blahnik had ambitions to design stage sets when, in 1970, Paloma Picasso introduced him to Diana Vreeland, then the editor of American Vogue. Flicking through his stage and costume designs for A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Vreeland saw the shoes the characters were wearing and advised him to concentrate on ‘the funny little things on the feet’. Blahnik’s fate was sealed. In 1972 he designed his first pair of shoes – the now iconic cherry shoes – for Ossie Clark’s catwalk show. ‘Like everything in my life, it wasn’t premeditated or pre-planned,’ he says.



‘It just happened. We didn’t think about Blahnik. He visits his mother, who is 96, as be every night there was something with money or business – we made the shoes often as he can, and she still fusses over him two bottles of miserable wine or whatever because we thought they were divine.’ when he is in Britain, regularly telephoning it is and squalid food. In Notting Hill there Over the years he has collaborated with with remedies for his insomnia. was a party every day. Now I go to a party some of the biggest names in fashion, Blahnik lives alone and is proudly and know only two people. You wonder including Calvin Klein and Christian celibate. He lost his virginity aged 20 to an who the others are.’ Dior, but at the same time he has He dismisses the idea that this remained defiantly independent, may be to do with his age. ‘I think despite multiple offers from fashion ‘If people talk to me about it’s because I work so much,’ he conglomerates. ‘Many times I have Sex and the City I get sick,’ says. He is also adamant that he been tempted by those people. They no plans to retire. ‘I can’t stand he says. A slick PR machine has offer you the world but I’ve never not to work,’ he says. ‘I don’t really been good at that kind of thing. I this is not. see myself in the garden or in the love to collaborate with Galliano. kitchen making cakes.’ The only trouble with working with a older woman, an experience about which For now, at least, the big company like Dior is that I don’t deal he has said, ‘It was disappointing. It did legion of Blahnik fans can well with the money men. I’m a disaster.’ not live up to my expectations. Maybe I breathe a sigh of relief Not entirely. Although Blahnik’s company had seen too many Hollywood films.’ It – their master has no doesn’t publish figures, it seems to be put him off for life – ‘I never enjoy the plans to give up his growing healthily enough, with 13 stores sex [sic] and find it repulsive,’ he has said, place at the top worldwide and several more franchises an intriguing stance from a man who of the shoe tree planned in the next few years. has devoted his life to crafting beautiful, just yet. On hand to help out with this global alluring decoration for the female body. takeover is his sister, Evangelina, who While he previously surrounded himself joined the business in 1980, and niece with friends, it’s different nowadays, Kristina, an architect who designs most he says. ‘People don’t really have small of the stores. Family, it seems, is crucial to dinners with friends anymore. It used to

By Lauren Cochrane/The Sunday Telegraph/The Interview People

All of Blahnik’s shoes are designed by the man himself, and they all begin with a pen-and-ink sketch



It’s a shoe-in As showcased by Chloé in this image, ankle boots are seriously hot this season – turn to page 16 for our faves, from high street bargains to designer pairs. If you’re short in the leg and this is consequently a trend you’d rather avoid, fear not: there are plenty of other divine footwear fashions around. In line with the current luxe craze (see p.14), timeless classics – think beautifully made, butter-soft leathers and neutral colours – are big big big, but not as big as thigh-high boots. Okay, so they may not be the most practical option for the desert, but no pain no gain, right?



Dhs390, Furla

Dhs775, Ted Baker

Dhs2,395, Viktor & Rolf at Saks Fifth Avenue

Dhs379, Massimo Dutti

Dries Van Noten

Dhs1,850, Diesel

Dhs235, Mango

what to wear...


With the economy in its current state we’re not in the mood to spend thousands of dirhams on throw-away fashion. Thankfully, the designers feel our pain and have come up trumps with oodles of luxurious, comfortable pieces that may not always be cheap but will last a lot longer than the winter winds.

Dhs69, Mango

Dhs1,400, Ralph Lauren

Dhs145, New Look

Dhs119, Mango

Tan is an eye-catching colour so make sure your accessories match. Dhs599, Dune

Dhs165, New Look

Dhs499, Dune



Dhs425, Furla

Dhs229, Mango

Dhs329, Dune

Team this simple work dress with a chunky belt to emphasise the waist. Dhs2,645, Catherine Malandrino at Saks Fifth Avenue

Dhs399, Dune Dhs3,310, Valentino

what to wear...


Dhs145, Mango

The soothing meeting point for cerulean blue, sea green and just a hint of slate grey, teal is the colour of the season. It’s sedate enough for us not to worry about whether we can get away with it (unlike those pesky neon brights), but you should still team it with warm neutrals if you want the richness of the colour to sing out uninterrupted. Dhs595, Ted Baker

Dhs699, Diesel

Dhs295, Mango Dhs6,450, Loewe



JUMANA FASHION Dhs65, New Look Dhs1,685, Alexis Bittar at Saks Fifth Avenue

Dhs99, Mango

Dhs115, Bebe

Statement jewellery Dhs40, New Look

Dhs175, Bebe

Clutch bags

Big, bold and bright is where it’s at in the jewellery stakes right now – we especially love this trend when it comes in the form of chunky ’80s geometrics.

Dhs269, Dune

No one likes having to choose whether to cram their camera or their Blackberry into their tiny purse. With the party season in full swing, clutch bags have come to the rescue in the nick of time. Dhs229, Dune

Dhs2,295, Rafe at Saks Fifth Avenue

Dhs1,675, Rodo at Opera

Dhs3,400, Gina at Opera

Dhs3,360, Georgina Goodman at Scarpe

Dhs659, Salsa

Dhs2,825, GF Ferré

Ankle boots

A very Dubai-friendly version of winter footwear, these do a great job of lengthening legs and funking up floaty dresses. Be sure to wear with attitude.

Dhs3,195, D&G at Saks Fifth Avenue

Dhs575, Ted Baker



Ask the stylist

Your wardrobe dilemmas, sorted. Got another question for Marissa? Email

Athletic apparel I have a very boyish, athletic frame. This sometimes makes it hard to pull off girly trends – what cuts and styles can I go for to make my wardrobe flirty and flattering? You have the silhouette that nearly every designer creates their fashions around, so you have plenty of choices! Florals and colour-intense shift dresses will enhance your slender frame. Ruffles are on-trend and add interest and width (which you can afford!). Tapered trousers with wide-shouldered blouses pay homage to the refreshed 1980s trend, using pleats around the waist to create the illusion of more shape. But for maximum flirt factor, go for fabrics that are cut close to the body: think pencil skirts, bias cuts and pleats as they’ll hug your figure – Lanvin’s creations are perfect for this look, with feminine draping Dhs775, around the lower Ted Baker body emphasising the waist, narrow silhouetted cocktail dresses, and sophisticated 1940sinspired full-length silk evening gowns.

Toe the line I want some new shoes but collections of open-toed sandals and heels are limited during the winter months. As much as I admire the thigh-high boot trend, my feet would boil! Where can I head for a good selection of Dubai-friendly footwear?


leather or any natural fibre in shoes, your A Iffeelyouwillselect always be able to breathe – it’s only manmade fibres that trap the heat from our feet. For day-to-night versatility, ankle boots (try Dune or Saks Fifth Avenue) are great with skinny jeans, draped dresses and harem pants. If you Dhs399, want to avoid heels, Dune go for pumps in teal, the hottest colour of the season.

Denim drama I have waited and waited but the trend for skinny or slim-fit jeans is just not going away. I am a curvy woman and, as such, I have avoided these for as long as possible: I do not want to look like an upside-down triangle. I know that bootcuts supposedly made a comeback but I have seen no evidence of this in real life. I think it’s time that I took a deep breath (literally) and gave a slimmer jean a shot – but what cut, label and wash can I go for to avoid utter denim disaster?

For maximum flirt factor, athletic types should go for fabrics that are cut close to the body: think pencil skirts, bias cuts and pleats as they’ll hug your figure.

You will need to ensure that the jeans you choose flatter and hug your curves rather than emphasising the wrong places. Skinny or slim-fit jeans are flattering, if you make sure that you avoid the ‘triangle effect’ that is created around your hips and thighs by the tapered length and lower waistline. Wear a tunic-length top that covers the low waistband of a skinny jean and add a chunky belt or ribbon on your natural waistline (which is sometimes higher than you think). Cuts should have very few set-in pockets or details on both sides of your jeans, and a high waistline will be slimming. A straight leg will balance the curve of your hips. Stick to a darker wash rather than lighter colours, which are unflattering in jeans for curvy shapes. Finish with a pair of stylish gladiator heels or ankle boots and you will appear taller and contoured in all the right places! Levi’s has a massive selection.



Bingo! I recently lost a lot of weight and can finally fit back into my ‘thin’ dress – a long Valentino number with spaghetti straps. The only problem is, I have a lot of excess skin hanging from my bingo wings. Are there any solutions so I can hide my arms but still wear my dress? This is a concern that a lot of women share, particularly during the party season. Depending on the fabric of the dress, (being a Valentino I’m guessing it’s silk, silk crêpe or chiffon), then a lightweight or bolero-style shrug in either a stretchy fabric or almost transparent organza will allow the full fabulousness of the dress to be seen while covering your arms. If you want to be a little more adventurous, mix with a cropped biker jacket – leather is bang on-trend.

What to wear for... Watching the polo while tucking into a posh pitch-side picnic is a perfect Friday afternoon activity now the weather’s so glorious. Here’s what we suggest you wear.

The dress If you want to avoid any accidental underwear flashing, a maxi dress is perfect picnic rug attire. Dress, Dhs2,930, Tibi at Saks Fifth Avenue.

Don’t be without a good pair of sunnies if you want to be able to make out what’s happening on the pitch. Sunglasses, Dhs410, Guess.

Heavenly Halle I recently saw a picture of Halle Berry wearing a beautiful gathered oneshoulder white dress. Where can I get something similar? It’s a very versatile dress with a great drape, something that is a key trend in SS10 collections – so it’s a good investment. The one-shoulder design brings the focus to the shoulders and upper waistline while the cotton jersey fabric skims over the hips and stomach – an ideal dress for those ‘extra cupcake’ days. You can find similar pieces at Kenneth Cole or Saks Fifth Avenue.

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The shades

The accessories When wearing a busy pattern, it’s important to pick out just one colour and use it consistently throughout your accessories. Bangle, Dhs1,645, Kenneth Jay Lane at Saks Fifth Avenue; clutch, Dhs2,730, CC Skye at Saks Fifth Avenue; sandals, Dhs620, Mystique at Saks Fifth Avenue.



Festive frocks

Nothing beats being dressed up to the nines when you want to feel a million dollars. The shops are awash with party season numbers, from sedate silks to full-on glitz. Here are our top ten. 1










1. Dhs1,990, Milly at Saks Fifth Avenue; 2. Dhs9,025, Antonio Berardi at Saks Fifth Avenue; 3. Dhs775, Ted Baker; 4. Dhs1,246, DKNY; 5. Dhs699, Mango; 6. Dhs579, Mango; 7. Dhs18,960, D&G at Saks Fifth Avenue; 8. Dhs805, Monsoon; 9. Dhs8,875, Marc Jacobs at Saks Fifth Avenue; 10. Dhs8,790, REDUX Charles Chang–Lima at Saks Fifth Avenue



Three ways to wear...

It’s easy to pass over relatively plain items of clothing in favour of more exciting, fashionable pieces when you’re out shopping – but never underestimate the mileage you can get from a neutral wardrobe staple like this pale gold vest. Dhs175, Ted Baker

Shrug, Dhs435, Bebe Cardigan, Dhs145, Mango

Earrings, Dhs695, Alexis Bittar at Saks Fifth Avenue

Necklace, Dhs55, Accessorize

Necklace, Dhs1,570, Alexis Bittar at Saks Fifth Avenue

Necklace, Dhs50, New Look

Jeans, Dhs410, Guess Skirt, Dhs349, Mango

To a party

To dinner

To work Sandals, Dhs715, Mystique at Saks Fifth Avenue

Clutch, Dhs169, Nine West

Clutch, Dhs4,867, Donna Karan

Handbag, Dhs3,130, Furla

Shoes, Dhs2,320, Viktor & Rolf at Scarpe

Shoes, Dhs299, Nine West

Skinny jeans are here to stay and we love this faded grey, slightly scratched pair, which add attitude to an otherwise dressy outfit. Despite being from different ends of the retail spectrum, the necklace and clutch match each other perfectly, and the shoes are a gorgeous colour. And don’t even get us started on how much fun the huge feathered shrug is…

Trousers, Dhs1,000, Trina Turk at Saks Fifth Avenue

This outfit couldn’t be more perfect for a sophisticated dinner by the waterways of the Mina A’Salam or Dubai Marina. The luxurious silky feel of the demure skirt whispers class, as do the subtle gold hues of the matching jewellery. The sandals are pretty but comfortable and the ’80s-style clutch sets the whole ensemble off to a tee.

While we wouldn’t normally recommend a vest for work, cover your shoulders and it’s fine. This ribbon-tie cardigan is very sweet and the grey/brown mix of the trousers will flatter every skin tone. We cannot get enough of Viktor & Rolf’s current penchant for rose detailing (see shoes) while the pearl necklace is an office stalwart. The bag is very cool too.



Back to basics

Essential selection: working wardrobe We’ve all showed up on the first day of a new job and realised our outfit is completely and utterly wrong – but with Ele Cooper’s ten officewear must-haves, this need never happen again.

Suit If power-dressing is important in your workplace, owning a sharp suit is a no-brainer. It can be difficult finding one that fits perfectly, but with the amount of skilled, wellpriced tailors in Dubai you can always buy one and have it altered. Suit jacket, Dhs1,145, and trousers, Dhs655, both Ted Baker.

Court shoes They’ve been a working woman’s staple for many years but come in various guises, from sensible two-inchers to ‘I mean business’ stilettos like these. Our general rule is the higher the heel, the better you feel. Well, until you’ve worn them all day and think your feet might fall off. Court shoes, Dhs2,635, Christian Louboutin at Saks Fifth Avenue.

Elegant jewellery When going for the sophisticated look, you need to avoid chunky fashion jewellery and instead opt for simple classics that look expensive (even if they’re from high street stores). We love this pendant – far from dull yet still chic. Key chain, Dhs3,590, Tiffany & Co at Saks Fifth Avenue.

Shirt Your shirt is almost as important as your suit and it’s worth investing in a quality item that will last for years. A shorter sleeve is a good idea if you’re not always in an icy cold office environment. Half-sleeve pleat detail shirt, Dhs980, Ralph Lauren.




Chunky jewellery

Even if every day feels like dress-down Thursday in your office, it’s still nice to wear casual dresses (not least because you can get away with having a big lunch without feeling the pinch of your waistband for the rest of the afternoon…) Dress, Dhs415, Ted Baker.

There’s nothing like colourful beads or an eye-catching statement ring to brighten up an otherwise dreary day. Beaded necklace, Dhs269, Dune.

Comfy pumps If your office’s dresscode errs more on the smart side of smart/ casual, flip flops will be a no-no, but you needn’t sacrifice comfort – flats are the way forward. Flat shoes, Dhs1,850, Paul Smith at Scarpe.

Cardigan When the air conditioning is turned up too high, it’s nice to know you’ve got a snuggly cardi on hand – and the gorgeous selection available in the shops at the moment is proof that they don’t have to be frumpy. Cardigan, Dhs980, Milly at Saks Fifth Avenue.

Business card holder It’s an unavoidable fact that, if you’re out and about doing business regularly, you simply won’t look professional without a business card holder. Buy one and it will save your cards from getting dog-eared in the bottom of your bag or mixed up with all the receipts in your purse. And it looks pretty. Chocolate brown business card holder, Dhs770, Montblanc.

Big bag If you’re anything like us, you’ll take everything but the kitchen sink to and from work on a daily basis. But rather than stuffing it all into a tiny clutch, we vote you make a statement with the biggest bag you can lay your hands on. Handbag, Dhs2,745, Longchamp.



THE FUTURE’S BRIGHT S AY N O T O W I N T E R G R E Y S A N D G E T T H E PA R T Y S TA R T E D WITH BOLD, BEAUTIFUL COLOURS. Art direction: Jenni Dennis; styling: Ele Cooper; photography: Jason Gareth; hair and makeup: Katie Cousins using MAC and Redken; model: Darya at Life Model Management; venue: Neos, The Address Downtown Burj Dubai.



Dress, Dhs8,870, Albino at Saks Fifth Avenue; bracelet, Dhs150, Kenneth Cole; clutch, Dhs10,220, Edidi at Saks Fifth Avenue; shoes, Dhs919, BCBGMAXAZRIA.



Dress, Dhs5,935, Mandalay at Saks Fifth Avenue; earrings and ring, price on request, Istana; shoes, Dhs3,725, Dolce & Gabbana at Opera.



Dress, Dhs4,495, Manish Arora at Saks Fifth Avenue.



Dress, Dhs7,610, Valentino; gloves, Dhs359, Kenneth Cole; loop necklace, Dhs106, BCBGMAXAZRIA; chain necklace, Dhs1,175, Helene Zubeldia at Saks Fifth Avenue; shoes, Dhs1,740, Stuart Weitzman at Saks Fifth Avenue.





Dress, Dhs2,195, Yigal AzrouĂŤl at Saks Fifth Avenue; shoes, Dhs3,725, Dolce & Gabbana at Opera.

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Get lippy As you may have noticed in this issue’s fashion shoot, we are absolutely mad for colour right now – and if you’d rather not go all out with a canary yellow party frock, your lips are the perfect place to showcase the vogue for brights. Of course, the cardinal rule is that if you go heavy on the lips, you must keep eyes simple – the drag queen look is just not acceptable. Turn to page 35 for more professional tips on how to achieve key makeup looks and you’ll be the belle of any festive ball.



Health & beauty news Lemon lovin’

Check out the cute new packaging on Benefit’s Lemon Aid. Apply this secret weapon cream to eyelids before doing your eye shadow for a smooth, even finish and no unattractive redness. Dhs92, Paris Gallery.

Bargain blocks Spend Dhs395 on Estée Lauder products in December and you can buy a Blockbuster for Dhs495. The set includes an eyeshadow compact with 15 shades, face compact, four lipsticks, three eye pencils, mascara, lash primer, makeup remover, brush set, mirror, companion case in gold alligator, and red train case. Phew!

Gold rush There’s nothing more ooh-inducing than glitzy festive makeup and Clarins have come up trumps with their Palazzo d’Oro range, inspired by a sumptuous Venetian palace gilded in gold. With face and liner palettes and an eye quartet, making the transition from work to party just became a much sparklier experience.

Be kind, unwind

Next time you’re planning to hit BurJuman, call Saks Fifth Avenue and ask the Shiffa therapist when they’re next having a treatments day. They’re held three times a month and we had a blissful half-hour back massage last time we popped in. Also on offer are a healing facial, an anti-ageing treatment and a cellulite-busting body detox. 04 351 5551.

Five minutes with Brigitte Taittinger The president of Annick Goutal talks about life in a small Parisian perfume house. Tell us about your company. Before her death in 1999, I worked very closely with Annick Goutal, the brand creator. She travelled the world to find inspiration for her scents – in fact there’s a story behind every one of them. Petite Cherie was created for her daughter Camille who is now one of the fragrance creators, along with Isabelle Doyen. They made

Un Matin d’Orage after smelling gardenia in the air just before a storm in Japan. They work from a lab in a lovely house close to my office in Paris. Are you influenced by the major brands? We don’t care about being trendy. It’s very important within this brand to create a strong impression, and if you’re worried about being trendy, you will end up creating a copy of what everybody else is making. If you create something that pleases a group of 20 women, you can be sure that at the end, you will have a very commercial perfume that has lost its character. For me, the creation has to be free. How does the creative process work? I never give a brief. Camille and Isabelle will say, ‘We just had an idea, smell this beautiful jasmine.’ I would never tell them they couldn’t use an ingredient because it’s too expensive. It isn’t important whether I personally like a perfume –

it’s more important that I can close my eyes and think, yes, this is an Annick Goutal perfume. My husband and I have ten children aged from ten to 28, and they always give an honest opinion! How do you balance work and life? It’s important not to keep business and family as two different worlds. My father was the creator of Taittinger champagne and I spent my childhood cycling around the place where it was produced. When my father had guests, we were all there. Also, when I travel for work, I try not to spend more than two days away. Do you like Middle Eastern perfumes? I like them very much – they have personality. Also, men here love fragrance and are not afraid to wear a strong scent, much like the men in Italy. Elsewhere, men are more influenced by marketing and will wear whatever they’re told to! Annick Goutal is available in Saks Fifth Avenue.



Alessandro Dell’Acqua

The individual colours in Bobbi Brown’s Shimmer Brick in Nude, Dhs189, can be used as eye shadows to create this barely-there look. Apply the palest shade all over the lid and then use the mid tone to create definition in the socket line with The Body Shop’s Mini Brush Kit, Dhs99. The lower eye is defined using The Body Shop’s Eye Pencil in Taupe, Dhs42. Swirl the large Face Blender Brush from Bobbi Brown, Dhs180, across the Shimmer Brick to highlight those cheekbones. Compliment the look with rusty lip shades like MAC’s Chintz, Dhs79, or Bobbi Brown’s Dusk, Dhs112.

1. Rusty metallics

Golden Eye

Seeing as it comes complete with mirror, tweezers, grooming brush and applicator, Clarins’ Pro Palette, Dhs175 at Faces, means there’s no excuse not to have a perfectly groomed brow – especially when you use the colour-correcting powders, fixing gel and skin-tone eye shadow also included. To bring glitz to your eyes, use Liquidlast Liner in Classic Cream, Dhs90 at MAC, or Make Up For Ever’s Aqua Eyes Pencil, Dhs72 from Paris Gallery, in the bright gold shade 9L. Keeping the pencil or applicator close to the lash line, draw a fine line on upper and lower lids. Gently smudge for a softer glaze. A wash of pale pink blush and a flick of gloss adds freshness to the understated look. Nanette Lepore

Rusty metallics

2. Golden Eye

The eyes need to be the main feature here. The ballshaped brush of Givenchy’s Phenomen’Eyes, Dhs130 at Saks Fifth Avenue, gives coverage to even the shortest lashes. The Body Shop’s Brow & Lash Comb, Dhs32, will groom brows to perfection. Medicated eye drops Naphcon-A (available from pharmacies for Dhs16) reduce redness and brighten the whites of tired eyes. Use a white pencil on the inside rim to open up the eye – try Make Up For Ever’s Aqua Eyes Pencil, Dhs72 from Paris Gallery. For contoured cheeks, use The Body Shop’s Matte & Shimmer Squares in Shade 01, Dhs59. Sculpt below the cheekbone with their Retractable Blush Brush, Dhs66, and offset the lips in sugar pink – try shade 103 of L’Oréal’s Six-Hour Gloss, Dhs73 at Faces. If you prefer lipstick, MAC’s Angel, Dhs79, is adorable.

3. Nude lips

All model images courtesy of MAC

Nude lips

Berry Lips

Those with naturally dark lashes can get away with using a clear gel like Clarins Double Fix Mascara (Dhs93, Faces). Fairer lashes will need The Body Shop’s Waterproof Mascara, Dhs52. Add a drop of MAC’s Gloss Crème Brilliance, Dhs96, dotting over the lower eyelid up to the socket. You don’t need much as the warmth of your skin will naturally melt it. Dramatic lips need to be in pristine condition so remove dry, chapped skin with The Body Shop’s Lip Scuff, Dhs40, then moisturise and nourish with their SPF15 Vitamin E Lip Care Balm Susan (Dhs24). Try MAC Dark Sutherland Side, Dhs79, and Clarins’ is a Dubai-based hair and makeup artist. Colour Quench Lip Balm, 050 896 9401; Dhs73, available from Faces. www.stylingby Moschino Cheap & Chic


Makeup artist Susan Sutherland gives a step-by-step guide to achieving the festive season’s glammest looks

4. Berry pout



My beautiful day Each issue, we ask a reader to take us through a typical day in her health and beauty regime. Here, Emaar Hospitality’s senior marketing communication manager, Lisa Brightwell, shares her secrets.

I start my day with a hot shower during which I thoroughly exfoliate my skin. I use St Ives’ Invigorating Apricot Scrub on my face and I am addicted to Hermès Eau des Merveilles for my body – it has a lovely soft gentle smell which seems to last all day.

I usually put my coffee machine on timer so that there is fresh coffee awaiting me in the kitchen. This also fills the house with a great aromatic smell. I have a bowl of Alpen cereal with low-fat milk (I know it sounds boring, but it’s good energy food and it keeps me going for the morning).

Before starting on my makeup, I prime my skin with Biotherm Moisturising Gel. I like the cool sensation of the gel on my exfoliated skin; I pay great attention to the eye area and ensure I use an anti-wrinkle cream also from Biotherm which I dab on gently. I follow this with a light application of Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse Foundation and Rimmel Hide The Blemish Concealer. My eye makeup depends on my mood and dress for the day, as I try to colour coordinate my makeup. I love L’Oréal Telescopic Mascara too.

I arrive in the office after a 20-minute drive and start the day with a cup of green tea. My team and I have very busy schedules, but we always make time for a catch-up first thing in the morning so we can discuss the day ahead of us.

We are lucky here to have a great cafeteria which serves a selection of salads and hot meals. I think it is much better to eat a big meal at lunchtime versus the evening so I tend to ensure I have a very balanced lunch starting with some salad, and then some rice, meat and vegetables. I do have a very sweet tooth, and sometimes succumb to the ice cream that they have – naughty but oh so nice.

I arrive home. I am lucky to live in a very green area which has a great park, so I take a brisk stroll before dinner and in the warmer weather opt for a swim. It’s great to live a little out of the city as the nights are cooler and with all the greenery in my area, the air feels fresher.

The view of the Dubai Fountain from Neos

I tend to eat tapas-style meals with olives, serrano ham and salad. I have friends over a lot and this is a handy way of pleasing everyone.

For my evening makeup, I use MAC eye shadows – they have some great smoky colours. I always use Lancôme lip gloss 212, as it’s not sticky like most other brands. I use Benefit High Beam on my cheekbones for that glowing evening look.

Neos at the Address Downtown Burj Dubai is one of my favourite places as the view of the Dubai Fountain is incredible. I often go there with friends.

I never sleep with my makeup on, it’s so bad for your skin – I remove it with L’Oréal Ideal Balance Cleansing Wipes. I usually sleep for a good eight hours – if I don’t, I just can’t function so well the next day!



We all know how difficult it is to find a good hairdresser. We sent three intrepid explorers off into the wilderness of Dubai’s salons in search of a decent cut.


Ted Morgan

Cut and blowdry Dhs270. Nafura Clubhouse, Palm Jumeirah. 04 430 8190. The cut We were off to a bad start when, 20 minutes late, my stylist appeared at my shoulder, took one appalled look at my hair and simply said, ‘Wow.’ Thankfully, after a wash and dreamysmelling hair mask she mellowed, chatting merrily away as she ruthlessly chopped every last split end from my moisture-starved hair. By the end, my tresses were three inches shorter and a whole lot lighter, and the bluntly cut ends were softer than they’d been in years. The salon Relatively plain, with slightly uncomfortable chairs. There were several other customers in there and a nice buzzing atmosphere. Would I go again? Based on geographical convenience, yes, but for the price it didn’t wow me.


Beauty Within

Cut and blowdry Dhs250-300; treatments Dhs50-150. The Jewels, Dubai Marina. 04 430 8719. The cut When I arrived, a Seah hair treatment accompanied by a scalp massage relaxed me – I even had a mani-pedi on a massage chair while the treatment worked its magic. A simple cut followed – all my split ends were nimbly spliced and the blow-dry resulted in a true Charlie’s Angels-style glossy, bouncy mane. The salon It’s not an easy salon to find as it’s tucked away behind the Jewels apartment blocks. Inside, Beauty Within is modern and stylish with a cornucopia of designer products. Would I go again? I would definitely go back for the blowdry.




Cut and blowdry Dhs220. Redken treatments starting from Dhs120. Al Barsha (call for directions). 04 347 3332. The cut After a series of mishaps with haircuts in Dubai, I now dread hairdressers like I dread the dentist. Thankfully though when I walked into Roots and was greeted by Adelle I immediately felt at ease. She applied a Redken conditioning mask first and it was by far the best head massage I have ever had. After treating my hair, it was down to the cut. By this time we had chatted continuously and I felt totally confident that Adelle would make a good job of my hair. I wasn’t wrong – she cut with confidence and totally understood what I had asked for, also using a razor on the ends to give it texture (a trick that my hairdresser back home uses). The salon Don’t let the blacked-out windows fool you – they are open seven days a week and the inside is homely and friendly. Would I go again? Definitely. For once, going to the hairdressers was a pleasant and relaxing experience.




When it comes to beauty treatments, there are the good, the bad and the highly painful. Ele Cooper examines the fads currently sweeping the globe.


omen have experimented with beauty-enhancing

ideas since time immemorial (or at least since some spoilsport decided that women should put five times more effort into their appearance than men). The funny thing is, as time goes by, the fads just get more and more bizarre. Here, we take a look at the latest crazes to be taking hold of the world’s most beauty-obsessed women, and also run through the three at the top of our ‘Never Gonna Happen’ list.

1 Silhouette lift

Cosmetic surgery is so inconvenient, isn’t it? As well as the obvious discomfort it causes, it knocks one’s social schedule completely out of kilter for weeks. Thank goodness, then, for Dr Luiz Toledo (, who has brought the silhouette lift to Dubai. A 40-minute face lift conducted under local anaesthetic, the FDA-approved procedure allows the patient to return to their normal routine after just two days, with the skin back to its usual soft state after a couple of weeks. Through a minor incision just above the hairline, facial tissue is lifted using specially designed, non-barbed sutures, and the procedure is apparently efficient in improving jowls, neck and brows.



2 Vibrating mascara

A quick Google search reveals the general reaction of the public towards this innovation to be bemusement and fear – not surprising considering one misjudged oscillation could easily lead to the panda effect or, worse, a very painful mishap. However, reviews have been overwhelmingly positive. The original product was Estée Lauder’s TurboLash; Oscillation by Lancôme, Motor-Eyes by Prescriptives and Maybelline’s Define-A-Lash Pulse Perfection swiftly followed suit. In reality, it’s not as scary as it sounds: there’s a tiny motor within the mascara brush which oscillates 7,000 times per minute, but the movements are so tiny that unless you have the hand-eye coordination of a blind bear you’ll be fine. The tiny Z-shaped motion of the brush means that you’ll be finished after just a couple of strokes. Lancôme Oscillation and Estée Lauder TurboLash are available from Faces and Saks Fifth Avenue.

3 No-tox

This is essentially the toxin-free alternative to Botox. Officially known as Glabellar Furrow Relaxation, or GFX, the treatment is preferred by some women because it doesn’t involve anything being injected into the skin – it is all done via radio frequency waves. Unlike Botox, which effectively paralyses the muscle, GFX kills the nerves that cause the frowning in the first place. It doesn’t actually do anything to the surface of the skin and its tautness, it simply works on the underlying nerves. The other benefit is that it’s very specifically targeted, meaning that it doesn’t interfere with the rest of your facial muscles – so you can avoid the expressionless, frozen look sometimes associated with Botox. It also lasts for up to two years, as opposed to the quarterly top-ups required by Botox.

Until this year, very few people employed a wedge of beeswax to remove their nasal hair

4 Buttock facials

A three-step process big in the States and sometimes referred to as a ‘butt lift’, this is a facial that caters to your other cheeks. There are different variations depending on your needs: some are much like an ordinary facial, with cleansing, exfoliating and moisturising par for the course; others are more specialised, with acne and cellulite targeted through microdermabrasion or microcurrent therapy. If you’re sick of the white triangle left under your swimsuit, opt for a spray tan and you’ll be left looking, as well as feeling, just peachy. The treatment isn’t available in Dubai yet, but we’re sure that with our city’s penchant for spas and head-to-toe perfection it’s only a matter of time.

5 Nose waxing

And you thought the Brazilian was a wax too far. It’s an unfortunate and oh-so-unsightly fact that as we get older, our nostril hair tends to get thicker and darker. Some trim, others pluck and many just put up with it, but until this year, very few employed a wedge of beeswax to remove it. In some ways we were relieved when we found out what this treatment entailed – on reading its name, images of bizarre furry noses being given their just desserts came to mind. ‘But surely nostril hairs are there to perform a function and filter out pollution,’ we hear you cry. Fear not – apparently, only the particularly thick hairs are removed, with the fine ones left to filter another day. While we haven’t seen nose waxing listed on any Dubai spa menus, intrepid beauticians will more than likely give it a go for you. After all, what the customer wants, the customer gets...

A fad too far Fish pedicures

Head-shrinking belts

Bagel heads

This involves having a pedicure while your feet are submerged in a carp-filled tank. The creatures nibble dead toe skin because the harsh conditions of living in a tank of warm water have taught them to eat any food source available. (Fortunately, live skin is too tough for their teethless mouths so they leave well alone.) The treatment was conceptualised in the US as an alternative to foot-shaving razors – but the fad was halted when authorities argued that there was no way of upholding the laws on sanitising pedicure equipment between treatments – there is, after all, little one can do to disinfect a fish.

Ever looked in the mirror and thought your head was just a bit… big? If so, go to Japan and your prayers will be answered: for a miniscule Dhs35 (or thereabouts) you can have your very own 2.3kg Kogao Meiku Beruto to wrap around your cranium while you sleep. The belt can be positioned vertically or horizontally depending on your problem area (forehead circumference, double chin, chubby cheeks). Men don’t escape the company’s zealous inventions either – the line also features a product for narrowing the male mouth, as wide ones give the impression that their owner eats too much.

This fad, popularised by young Japanese clubbers, is niche to say the least. For reasons we just can’t fathom, the raving youths inject saline solution into their foreheads in a circular shape. The injected area then swells to give the impression of a bagel lying just beneath the surface of the skin. Some even use green food colouring for true alien effect. We are simply speechless.

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Room with a view You could be forgiven for not realising that this picture was taken from within one of Germany’s most historic monuments. It’s the central dome of the Reichstag in Berlin, which was added to the otherwise 19th-century building ten years ago by world-renowned architect Sir Norman Foster. Why are we telling you this? Because it’s one of the many, many things you simply must see when you visit the German capital, which we think you will do once you’ve read about it on page 51...



Life etc Crystal clear The latest addition to the thriving Al Quoz art scene comes in the form of the very cool Mojo Gallery. At time of going to press, the airy warehouse, which doubles as a work space, was showcasing the works of Gail Caitlin, a South African artist who uses her training in physics to manipulate liquid crystal into art. Different lights and temperatures affect the kaleidoscopic patterns cast on the glass canvas by the crystals, creating a uniquely dramatic beauty. While the gallery was tight-lipped on the name of the next artist they’re showing, they did give this much away: ‘We are looking at an established Indian-born Australian fine art photographer who has created an ethereal photographic concept based on crowds in diverse cities around the world.’ Very intriguing. For directions or to find out more, call 04 323 6367.

Career profile: Leeanne Stasi, retail manager, Furla I’ve got a very varied job: as well as the day-to-day running of Dubai’s three Furla stores, which involves being on the shop floor and training staff, I also organise launches – but the best bit is the buying. I visit the company headquarters in Bologna, Italy, twice a year and it’s amazing; the highlight of the job. Before the trip I examine previous season sales, budgets, popular lines – there’s a lot of preparation involved. In the Italian showroom (pictured right) they have hundreds of bags laid out, with swatches of colour, print and leather options for each one. Bearing the local market in mind, I pick a few more gold items than I might if I were buying for a shop based in a small English town. The working days are long but the pasta and pizza at the end make up for it! I actually fell into retail by chance. I had done a degree in international business with Italian and after uni I moved to

London but didn’t know what to do. I got a weekend job as a sales assistant with [men’s shoe brand] Oliver Sweeney just to pay the rent and I ended up managing their Harvey Nichols concession. My bosses were very old-school retailers, obsessed with the details, almost treating selling as an art form. I once served Clive Owen and, without realising who he was, I mocked the shoes he was wearing and sold him five new pairs!

Three years later I moved to Dubai to manage Chloé. I briefly moved back to London but found that it was too grey and miserable so returned here and got the job at Furla in 2006. One of the best things about working in the malls is meeting Emirati customers, who I probably wouldn’t have much interaction with otherwise. Every day is different: you could have one day with amazing sales when everybody’s

Mojo Gallery buzzing; the next day could be quiet but you meet one lovely customer, spend an hour together, get a coffee and become friends. I also love being in the fashion world, surrounded by beautiful things. When we get a delivery it’s like Christmas – we all get so excited pulling everything out of its box and hardly notice it’s 2am when we finish! Plus the merchandising – rearranging the store displays – is so fun that I end up doing it at home too. The only bad thing about the job – and this applies to retail in general – is the fact that weekends and holidays are the busiest times, so while I’m working in the mall, my friends are on the beach! To do this job you need to be very motivated and willing to teach yourself by reading books, observing and asking questions. You also need to be positive: working for a luxury brand, you can’t expect every day in the store to be rammed. You almost have to be an actress – even if, personally, you’re having a terrible day, you need to be bright, cheerful and chatty. Diplomacy in tricky situations is a must – we’ve had people asking for refunds on handbags which they’ve clearly put through the washing machine! I guess, career-wise, I could try to become more senior in the company, but honestly I like what I do so much that I’m quite happy where I am.



Life’s a BICE

Redesigning Dubai

New restaurant concept BICE Mare puts a fish-flavoured twist on the existing BICE chain of restaurants. Located in Souk Al Bahar with views of the Dubai Fountain, the eatery dishes up Italian seafood dishes like slow-braised monkfish ossobuco alongside all the classic Tuscan favourites the diners of Dubai have come to know and love at the city’s other BICE outlets. For bookings call 04 423 0982.

Cooking with a conscience

Have you ever dreamed of filling a public space with a piece of art so inspiring that it captures the imaginations of all who pass it? Dubai – design as reform, the second competition from Traffic Gallery, is now open and invites all who are interested to submit entries under the following categories: ‘the mosque through architecture’, ‘the majlis through interior design’, ‘a pattern through graphic design’, and ‘a public installation through experimental design’. The deadline for submissions is March 6, 2010 and the winners’ designs will be created by the gallery. 04 341 8494;

2. The beach – finally, the sea doesn’t feel like hot, salty soup! 3. Ridiculously huge necklaces – just ask Vera Wang if you don’t believe us. 4. Seasonal silliness. Even if your family doesn’t celebrate Eid, Christmas or National Day, why not take advantage of the collective good mood? So little time, so much partying, eating and present-receiving to get through‌ 5. Henry Holland’s hair. Seriously, his quiff gets taller every time we see a picture of him.



Visit the Crowne Plaza Dubai and not only will you be able to É   buy a top-quality glossy cookbook for just Dhs100, but you’ll also be contributing towards the building of a new classroom for Dubai Autism Centre. Around The World In 50 Flavours is a compilation of 50 recipes, some from the hotel’s award-winning restaurants and others from the eclectic home countries of the management team, and all of the funds raised will be contributed to the charity. Home-cooked food never tasted so good.

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Strike a pose

1. Rooftop at the One&Only Royal Mirage. Every Thursday from 9pm, Unplugged at the Rooftop will feature live music from local artists, adding even more ambience to our favourite post-work spot.


If your coffee table is looking distinctly generic, give it a drop of glamour with The World in Vogue by Hamish Bowles. With 300 photographs of the most stylish personalities on the planet captured in a glorious mix of black and white and colour, you’ll never be stuck for inspiration again. Jackie Kennedy, Kate Moss and Iman adorn pages which capture settings from Valentino’s 17th-century Château de Wideville to a masked black and white ball. Dhs319, Virgin Megastore.

Going up, going down 1. Heels – literally. A sneak peek at SS10 collections reveals that Marni, ChloĂŠ, Marc Jacobs and Betty Jackson, to name but a few, took mercy on their models and made the strut a whole lot easier with two-inch numbers. Hoorah! 2. Last issue’s style icon, Carine Roitfeld, who recently ‘blacked up’ a white model for a French Vogue shoot. Really? 3. ‘One size fits all’. No it doesn’t. 4. Dungarees. Even if you’re alone, painting your house, and no one’s going to walk in because you live underground in the middle of the Gobi desert, they’re just. Not. Acceptable. 5. Twitter. Do we really need to know what Sara S had for breakfast?



Streep at the 35th Deauville American Film Festival in September




Streep’s ahead The most nominated actress in Oscar history talks turning 60, Hollywood ball-busting and chopping onions. The hotel suite is so blank – one empty room, the other with a regal chair and a sofa – Meryl Streep briefly considers my suggestion that we conduct the next half hour as a performance art piece. I’ll stand in the bathroom, she can sit on the throne while I fire questions at her. She giggles, tries to fix a broken nail. Streep is not as imperious or as terrifying as the editor she played in The Devil Wears Prada. She speaks softly, has a flutey laugh and complains about the publicity-round attire of smart clothes and flawless makeup. Indeed, she reveals, exhausted after making seven films in two years, she is taking a break – ‘enforced rest’ as she calls it. Streep is the most nominated actor in Oscar history (her tally stands at 15 with two wins, the last for Sophie’s Choice in 1983), famous for utterly inhabiting her roles, from the steely magazine chief in Prada, to the mother of a baby snatched by a dingo in A Cry in the Dark, to a bitter divorcée in Kramer vs. Kramer and a capricious hippy mother in Mamma Mia!. In her latest transformation she is Julia Child, the first popular American TV cook, in Nora Ephron’s film Julie & Julia. The film follows the real-life story of a food blogger, Julie Powell, as she attempts to cook all 524 recipes in Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking in 365 days, alongside the parallel story of Child in the 1950s as she learns the cordon bleu cookery that was the foundation of the book and her career. The film is great fun: no violence, mostly happy relationships, and lots of buttery, glorious food.

You cannot wait for Streep to be on screen, booming and tootling as Child, alongside Stanley Tucci as her husband Paul. When the action shifts to near present-day New York, you find your attention drifting to your popcorn. Streep recalls growing up in New Jersey, coming home from school, ‘and my mother [Mary] having it [Child’s show] on. My mother was not a cook. Her cookbook was Peg Bracken’s I Hate to Cook Book.’ Streep thought mashed potato came from a box. Later she trained to sing opera, then studied drama at Vassar and Yale, and worried that acting ‘didn’t seem serious or contributing to the betterment of the world’. She is still trying to lose the weight she gained on Julie & Julia. She roars, ‘The food was divine. I think the best thing we had was navarin d’agneau. The boeuf bourguignon was a close second.’ Did it improve Streep’s cooking? ‘The vote at home [from her husband of more than 30 years, Don Gummer, and her four children] is yes. I’ve learnt not to rush. I’m snobby about the equipment. The pan does matter. I got my stove recalibrated to correct the flames. I got my knives sharpened. I had to unlearn onion chopping. One wrong move and I would have lost a knuckle, and we like our knuckles.’ Child, Streep says, ‘was great entertainment. She was funny, but only intermittently. At that time there were dramas and entertainment shows, singing and dancing, the news, but there were no instructional shows. She’d always throw in a random thing, produce a dish and



say [Streep puts on the haughty Child boom]: “When you put this in front of your guests you make people happy. And there’s nothing like that. Nothing.” It was easy to be in that body because she reminded me of my mother. She was a force of nature. She had great curiosity and enthusiasm. She lit up the room. When I read Julia, I knew that person inside because it was Mary.’ Streep was surprised to discover that Child had no children. ‘But then I found out that her sister Dorothy did have children and I thought to myself, what would that be like?’ There is a piercing moment in the film when Julia receives news of her sister’s pregnancy and cries with joy but also sadness for herself. Streep says, ‘There are big expectations a woman has for her life. All the script said was “I’m so happy”. I thought, “Let’s see how happy she is”.’ Streep does this, endowing her character with quirks beyond the script. Sometimes you cringe, but most of the time the Meryl-isms feel right, stealing scenes, adding a layer, packing an almighty punch. Streep said that the movie was liberating because ‘the usual things actresses think about – how they look, what they wear, their hair – were jettisoned. To look over and see the man she loved looking at her with adoration, compassion, understanding and respect was great to her.’ Streep says that the critics may carp that no husband could be as supportive of his wife’s career, ‘but Paul had had a life before Julia, he had lost a much-loved partner. They met when he was 50 and looking for someone wonderful and real and Julia was who he found.’ A couple of months ago, Streep was described as an economist’s dream: every project she has recently touched has turned to box office gold. ‘It’s hilarious,’ she says, stroking her chin. ‘I wish I could figure out a way to capitalise on that. I think it’s a series of happy coincidences and also that there are more women in the hierarchy of movie-making and movie-financing and they are more

‘When I’m in restaurants I eavesdrop so much, I can barely keep my ears on what my husband is saying.’ interested and less afraid of making movies that appeal to other women.’ But this is a well-worn trend now. Hasn’t Hollywood woken up? ‘It’s always a shock to the studio,’ Streep says with real firmness, ‘because men run the studios and live their own fantasies through them. It’s harder for a man to jump inside a female character’s mind and imagine “This could happen to me” than it is for a woman to imagine herself as a male character.’ But surely the profits count? ‘They see it and they understand that there is a market and it will make them an enormous amount of money, but we all respond to instinct and it’s their inner boy that jumps up and goes: “Yeah, I wanna see another GI Joe”.’ A recent article speculated that Streep may be up for another Oscar nomination this year; apparently the organisation had noted a dearth of strong female roles. ‘Parts are rare,’ Streep says; ‘the amount of product is rare. It’s a large machine that markets these films, that makes cinema

owners commit their theatres half a year in advance – that’s how it works. Are they gonna buy GI Joe or are they gonna buy Mamma Mia!?’ Mamma Mia! did great business, I say. ‘They’re still not sure,’ Streep counters. ‘Those films have done well, yes, that audience is there, but they don’t go on the first weekend [the vital box office period which the industry nervously observes].’ There are good roles for women, but the films rarely enter the mainstream, she says. ‘My actor friends are all lamenting a lack of material. People are very fearful of where to put the money, and that leads to timidity. For the kids there are cattlecalls; they’re plucked out, rounded up, put in a movie and they’re done by 23.’ She laughs ruefully about the possibility of another Oscar nomination. ‘I keep thinking I should get a good answer for that question.’ She’s the most nominated? ‘Yes, I’ve lost it 13 times!’ Next, her voice features as Mrs Fox in Wes Anderson’s animated adaptation of Roald Dahl’s The Fantastic Mr Fox, which recently opened the Times BFI London Film Festival. ‘He’s very demanding,’ Streep says of the director. ‘He hears everything, even a quasi-breath. It’s almost like he’s tasting, tasting, tasting… “Right, that’s enough salt”. It was more like working with a composer, like he was hearing music inside his head and you couldn’t hear it.’ In spring she appears in post-divorce comedy It’s Complicated. The Norma Desmond role in the remake of Sunset Boulevard is still for the taking. ‘Ooh, yeeessss. That would be fun. But my friend Glenn [Close] really knocked it out of the park with that on Broadway so I think she’ll have first shot.’ She smiles. ‘I think we have to be a little bit generous and spread it around. I’ve had a lot of work.’ Streep disagrees that her roles have become lighter. ‘Prada wasn’t fun to play; it was like I had mercury in my mouth. Before that I did Mother Courage on stage, which in your wildest dreams could not be described as comedy. I don’t have a production company. I don’t



‘To everyone else my turning 60 was a big deal. I just thought, “Well yeah, it comes after 59”. My daughter’s high school graduation was more important.’ it’s so embarrassing”,’ she laughs. ‘I like observing behaviour and what catches the eye. Ever since movies began we have read each other more closely.’ She makes a frame to her face. ‘The pores. The fashion for the kind of photography that goes right into Gordon Brown’s nostrils and tear ducts... we see so deeply into each other, while our understanding seems shallower. To see deeply you have to look deeply. Passing through quickly – the selling part – is less satisfying.’ Was turning 60 this year important? ‘To everyone else it was,’ Streep grimaces. ‘It was a big number, but to me it was, “Well yeah, it comes after 59”. The biggest thing that happened was not to do with my age but my youngest [Louisa] graduating from high school and going off to college. I always said when she did I would do theatre, but I’m so exhausted at the moment, the thought of doing a play puts me on a gurney.’ She laughs merrily, but her handlers are hovering, tapping watches. The ‘selling’ must go on.

Greek chic in Mamma Mia!; Kramer v. Kramer (for which Streep won her first Oscar in 1979); playing the ice queen editor in The Devil Wears Prada. Opposite page: at home in the kitchen in Julie & Julia.

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have anybody directing my career, it just depends on what scripts come. If I like them I do them.’ So, what next? ‘Seven movies in two and a half years,’ she says quietly. ‘I’ve never worked this hard, ever.’ Is she exhausted? ‘Yes. I’m feeling like I need a break. This is not the fun part,’ she says indicating the hotel room. ‘The fun part is making the movies; the prospect of selling three in a row is… harder. Selling has more to do with wardrobe and shoes and cleaning up and being presentable.’ Has she ever considered giving up acting? ‘No,’ she says, snorting at the idea. ‘But I do need enforced rest in my career. I took a year off when each of my children was born. It’s very nice to have time to live, gather experiences, watch other people.’ She once told me that she eavesdropped on conversations in restaurants, listened to accents, let them ‘marinate’. ‘Yes, I do it so much, I can barely keep my ears on what Don is saying. He tells me: “Don’t do that,



It’s official: a subtle hint of 1960s irony is the interiors look of the moment – just make sure the overall effect is contemporary; no one needs to bring mustard back into the equation… Thomas Lundgren, founder and CEO of THE One, explains how to achieve the look using a few key pieces.

Allow statement items to shine by keeping sofas simple

Mae West canvas, Dhs699

Bottle rack, Dhs599

‘Modern, bright and airy with a delicate feminine touch, this is a playful style that combines soft whites and greys with oh-so-’60s vivid orange and apple greens. Think organic materials, rescued woods, glass, plexiglass, plastic and matte fabrics paired with generously plump sofas and simple, streamlined furniture for a harmonious blend.’

You can’t get much more ’60s than wood and glass tables

Coffee table, Dhs1,595

Clear orange plexiglass lamp, Dhs395

Thomas says… ‘Mixing retro styles with newer fashions is a very hip and happening trend. It’s all about hinting at the past while remaining firmly rooted in the present.’

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The 3 ½ hour gourmet feast at Latitude Traditional Friday Brunch with jazz band: AED 340 with selected alcoholic beverages including bubbly and a choice of 9 cocktails. Family Saturday Brunch with kids’ area, live band and juggling chef: AED 185 with soft beverages or AED 340 with selected alcoholic beverages. (Children under 12 AED 85 and children under 4 FREE.) For reservations, call Jumeirah Beach Hotel on 04 406 8999. Visit us at



Requires 6-8 hours’ marinating time


1 salmon fillet 5g ginger and garlic paste 5g ginger, chopped 1 chilli, ground 10g coriander stem 10g dill leaves, chopped 2tbsp mustard paste 1tbsp red chilli paste 1tbsp Kashmir chilli 2tbsp honey 1tbsp yoghurt 15ml lime juice Salt to taste 5g turmeric powder 5g chilli powder 15ml oil

Indego’s Chef Vineet Bhatia shares this delightfully spicy fish dish. Serves 4

Preparation The fish: Clean the fillet and cut into pieces of equal size, with skin on. Keep aside.

The marinade: Mix all the ingredients in a large bowl. Marinade the fish pieces in the mix, cover and refrigerate for six to eight hours.

Cooking: Skewer the marinated fish pieces and place them on a baking tray an inch apart. Roast in a moderately hot tandoor for two minutes, or in a conventional oven (also moderately heated) until cooked. Take out, baste fish with butter and return to the oven for a further two minutes. Indego, Grosvenor House. 04 317 6000.



Go Berlin is quite simply the most interesting place to be right now. Not only is it bursting with a fascinating blend of modern and historic architecture, but the non-stop nightlife is among the best in Europe and there are so many arty young things around that you can almost taste the creativity swirling through the air. The city’s dramatic political past has given way to an exceedingly tolerant culture, and the people are some of the chattiest on earth.

Looking for a hip city break? Those in the know are heading to Berlin The Reichstag is known for its rich history as well as its stunning architecture

Designer divas will fall in love with high- end store Kaufhaus des Westens



The Mandala Hotel has it all, centrally located on Potsdamer Platz and exuding city chic from every one of its minimalist pores. Intense bursts of colour mixed with soothing neutrals give the design hotel a sensual atmosphere that is a welcome reprieve from the city’s jaunty tempo.

Retreat from the hustle and bustle to the Mandala Hotel

Some cities are best viewed from on high, and with its towering steeples and shimmering waterways – including five rivers and numerous lakes – Berlin is definitely one of them. A helicopter flight is the most stylish (and extreme) way to take in the skyline, but the rotating restaurant at the Berlin TV Tower also provides a pretty jaw-dropping vista, as well as gastronomic satisfaction.;



If it’s hearty German fare you’re after, the streets are awash with traditional-style restaurants specialising in meat, cabbage and more meat – but if you’re craving something refined, head for Ma-Tim Raue. The Michelin-starred eatery specialises in mouthwatering Chinese cuisine (how does a pumpkin, tapioca and white alba truffle starter followed by diamond-label beef, beetroot and cêpe confit sound?). Slate, bronze, jade and a rather alarming boxed horse sculpture combine to achieve an über-cool interior.

Berlin is bursting with shopping opportunities, from high-end luxury to tourist tat. One area which serves those seeking diversity is Mitte in City-Ost (East), with the narrow streets of Scheunenviertel (the ‘barn quarter’) weaving between independent galleries, small boutiques selling unusual jewellery, and local fashion houses, where much of the produce is created on site. But if you’re a designer diva, head to City-West where the largest department store in Europe, Kaufhaus des Westens, will cater to your every high-end whim.


The Friedrichstadtpalast boasts the largest theatre stage in the world, with an eye-popping 2,800 square metres of performance space. Bold exterior lighting brings it to life at night, and when it comes to shows you can take your pick from the in-house ballet troupe, the 32woman chorus line or an awesome international performance which makes use of the state-of-the-art LED fireworks and a ‘curtain of rain’. Inquisitive types can also take a backstage tour and learn about the Friedrichstadtpalast’s rich history.



Festive 50 GIving presents is almost as much fun as receiving them. Here’s our guide to the 50 most gorgeous gifts in the shops.

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City guides box-set, Dhs510, Louis Vuitton

Love Etc, Dhs109 for 30ml, The Body Shop

Sunglasses, Dhs800, Diesel



Basil and mint body scrub, Dhs305, Shiffa at Saks Fifth Avenue

Starburst clock, Dhs499, THE One

Mischief Makers pigment and glitter set, Dhs195, MAC

Watch, Dhs1,165, Diesel

Exfoliating mask, Dhs400, Dr Sebagh at Saks Fifth Avenue

Scarf, Dhs179, Dune

Bed in a Tree (and other amazing hotels from around the world) by Bettina Kowalewski, Dhs75, Magrudy’s

Meridiisd handset, Dhs17,500, Tag Heuer

This gorgeous gold clutch purse is the perfect gift – you don’t even need to wrap it up! Cadeau Mirror, Dhs3,617, Christian Louboutin at Saks Fifth Avenue



Lip gloss, Dhs130, Guerlain at Faces

Rose’n’Roll, Dhs375, Jean Paul Gaultier at Faces

Star watch, Dhs9,700, Montblanc

Izha jewellery box, Dhs199, THE One

Karl necklace, Dhs199, Mango

Petra bangle, Dhs99, Mango

Marrakech earrings, Dhs4,000, Marco Bicego at Saks Fifth Avenue

Brooch, Dhs2,200, Dior at Saks Fifth Avenue

Intensity cleansebar soaps giftbox, Dhs232, Molton Brown at Faces

Who said candles weren’t for men? This black pepper-scented number is masculine and it looks good. Dhs192, Molton Brown at Faces

Davana blossom candle, Dhs496, Molton Brown at Faces



Artbox gift set, Dhs2,625, Révive at Saks Fifth Avenue

Prosperity candle, Dhs185, Shiffa at Saks Fifth Avenue

This is a very handy travel bag for the man on the move, and it’s tasteful too. Dhs1,499, Diesel

Eon watch, Dhs15,000, Versace

Dish, Dhs1,400, Versace

Pink slippers, Dhs79, La Senza

Bangle set, Dhs269, Dune

The Art of Shaving giftset, Dhs300, The Art of Shaving at Saks Fifth Avenue

Ayxta handset, Dhs23,800, Vertu



Ricci Ricci giftbox, Dhs280, Paris Gallery

This makes a great present for someone you don’t know very well: it suggests they’re well travelled and it’s a nice design twist on the traditional multi-coloured globe. Dhs249, THE One

Dandy watch, Dhs31,500, Chaumet

Sensuous, Dhs360, Estée Lauder at Paris Gallery

Playmate chess set, Dhs199, THE One

Pearl, topaz and diamond flutter earrings, Dhs48,800, Paspaley at Saks Fifth Avenue

Erika bag charm, Dhs485, Swarovski at Tanagra

Cupcakes from the Primrose Bakery by Martha Swift and Lisa Thomas, Dhs75, Magrudy’s

Tutty Sweet charm bracelet, Dhs2,050, Louis Vuitton



Mandragore Pourpre, Dhs420, Annick Goutal at Saks Fifth Avenue

Aquala bathtub caddy, Dhs299, THE One

Game double wallet, Dhs1,025, Swarovski at Tanagra

Mille Nuits Flutissimo, Dhs670, Baccarat at Tanagra

Body crème, Dhs230, Juicy Couture at Faces

Merry Cranberry Body Shimmer, Dhs79, The Body Shop

Life Threads Platinum, Dhs560, La Prairie at Saks Fifth Avenue

Tachas gloves, Dhs199, Mango

Perfect for teens, this limited edition set features a whopping 96 shades, with eye, lip and cheek options and a step-by-step ‘get the look’ book. Dhs360, Smashbox at Saks Fifth Avenue


Ladies who lunch A blissful break from shopping at BurJuman’s gourmet hangout…

‘The smell of pizzas cooking in the wood-fired oven was too good to resist.’

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ast time the girls went to BurJuman we’d shopped until we’d almost dropped. I was in love with the dress I’d bought for my dad’s 60th birthday party; Gulnaz had finally found the perfect pair of jeans; Mel had been the first to spot the to-die-for half-price stilettos and Sahiba had snapped up the most beautiful pair of earrings she’d ever seen. We were in serious need of coffee, food and gossip. Heading upstairs, we spotted Caffe Spasso and knew it looked like our kind of place – and not just because of the towering piles of handmade chocolates calling to us from under the counter. The warm lighting, funky retro décor and smiling waiters combined to make us simultaneously exclaim, ‘Let’s eat here!’ as we piled into a cosy booth. As I’d skipped breakfast in the vain hope that it’d make me a dress size smaller for my shopping spree, I made a beeline for the French toast, while Gulnaz’s eyes immediately lit upon the Spasso Siciliano burger being devoured at the next table, oozing with mozzarella and basil pesto mayo. Mel, being something of an Italian food connoisseur, noticed the wood-fired ovens burning away at the back of the restaurant and ordered a roasted rosemary chicken pizza – the smell was too good to resist. Sahiba, meanwhile, opted for the delicious Moroccan chicken wrap. As we ordered our fresh juices and coffees, we chatted away and barely noticed the food land in front of us – that was, until we tasted it, at which point we lapsed into a contented silence until every last morsel had been polished from our plates. Although we were completely full up, none

of us could resist the call of the pastry kitchen, and soon we were sharing a mix of traditional Tuscan cakes and decadent desserts. ‘I hope I can still get into my dress,’ I murmured, though I quickly realised that I didn’t care once I’d tasted the tiramisu. Later, when we finally decided to call it a day with our shopping spree, we were traipsing back to our cars when Sahiba said, ‘So, what’s everyone doing for dinner?’ None of us had any plans and, without even seeming to discuss it, we quickly found ourselves back at Caffe Spasso for round two. We figured we’d done a lot of walking that day, so a few more calories couldn’t hurt – especially when they tasted so good… Caffe Spasso is located on level 3 of BurJuman – call 04 359 5465 to book a table.



Here’s what else is in our men’s special… 62 He’s in fashion

The top ten style must-haves this season

64 Don’t look back in anger Liam Gallagher on Oasis and his new fashion line, Pretty Green

68 Suitably perfect

Sartorial dos and don’ts from a Savile Row professional

Back to the future Ben Klein calls for a return to ’50s fashion values… There were some stunning pieces in the AW09 men’s collections. I was a particular fan of Paul Smith’s outlandish checks, Hermès’ slim-cut trench coats and Dior’s ingenious pin-stripes. As always, though, in amongst the gems were some radically bonkers creations which stood out like disjointed thumbs. I can’t help but wonder whether designers hate certain models when they push them down the runway with two black eyes and hair styled like a rat on fire (see image, from Galliano), or in 40 sweaters à la Gianfranco Ferre. The justification trotted out for these novelty outfits is that they represent a brave public wrangling with the fundamental paradigm of clothing. Their creators allegedly hope to send tremors through the fashion firmament, which will ultimately end up rocking the average chap on the street. The possibilities will multiply, the insane will become the mundane and the whole process of fashion will get infinitely richer. Well possibly. But the skeptic in me can’t help asking whether the paradigm of clothing actually needs to be tinkered with at all. Whenever I see some poor clotheshorse desperately trying to look cool while tripping down the catwalk in luminous space boots and a leopard-skin nappy, I feel both deep pity and a powerful nostalgia for the 1950s. Not only were there no Crackberries in the ’50s, no climate change and no need to pretend you knew what ‘re-tweeting’ meant, but there was also a pleasant simplicity to men’s fashion. Designers were smart within narrow parameters, creating collections which could walk straight off the catwalk and onto the street, cutting a dash as they went. Be honest, modern designers – you’re not really trying to subvert norms or grapple with the ontology of fashion. You’re just chasing some easy PR by dressing up your least-favourite models like clowns. Sadly, in the case of this article at least, it’s worked – we hope you enjoy your free coverage, but also that you’re hanging your heads in shame…



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He’s in fashion

Andrew Ege, menswear buyer for Saks Fifth Avenue, reckons these are the ten style must-haves every man should embrace this season.



Leather boots Simple leather boots will make any outfit look smart. Alternatively, team with jeans for a more casual style. Dhs3,245, Dior.

3 Transformer coat – leather and nylon jacket in one Every season there is a coat style that dominates the catwalk. This season welcomes the transformer coat – a multipurpose coat with reversible features so you can create many looks. Dhs13,035, Bruno Cucinelle.


Cardigans Men get scared when it comes to cardigans – but worn with the right outfit they create a cool and retro style. Pair with a simple T-shirt underneath and slim-legged trousers. Dhs2,605, D&G.

Military-style jacket This was all over the AW09 catwalk (particularly strong examples were seen at D&G and Galliano). Traditionally worn casual, the military-style jacket has been reinvented with a luxurious and fashionable twist this season – if I had to pick one key item I’d pick this. Dhs5,990, D&G.




Bold colours

The catwalk was all about colour and yet again purple is the key hue for winter. Dhs1,680, Marc by Marc Jacobs.

5 Waistcoat The waistcoat is so versatile, it can be dressed down with a simple white T-shirt underneath matched with jeans and brogues, or dressed up with a tailored shirt underneath and maybe a pair of smart black jeans. Although it’s particularly on-trend right now, I would say this should be a permanent wardrobe staple for men. Dhs2,605, Les Hommes.

7 Elegant luggage No fashion-conscious man is complete without luxurious luggage in hand. It not only looks great, it’s also a genuine investment and shows you mean business. Dhs8,235, WANT.


Cool accessories I chose this laptop case because I thought it was cool, a quick way to brighten up an everyday office item this season! Dhs2,065, WANT.


Colourful trainers

We all love trainers and this season colour is in, so why not go all the way with colourful footwear? Dhs2,060, Dolce & Gabbana.


Three-piece dressing This is another staple for the wardrobe of any fashion-conscious man, and winter sees many variations of the traditional three-piece suit hit the market. It’s definitely making a comeback this season, and I’m glad it is; it makes a super smart and stylish statement. Dhs10,440, Isaia.







DON’T LOOK IN ANGER Oasis is dead and buried but Liam Gallagher has a new gig. Just don’t call it fashion.

Backstage, Paris, pre-Oasis gig, August 28, 2009. Noel and Liam, those Gallagher brothers, have yet another spectacular row. Noel reportedly smashes Liam’s guitar (which had been given to him by his wife Nicole, née Appleton). The show is cancelled. This is drama, but surely not particularly out-of-the-ordinary drama – after all, the Gallagher brothers, defining members of the defining British band of the past 20 years, have been rowing since they were toddlers. Fraternal aggro is programmed into their DNA. It turns out, though, that this spat is, for Noel at least, an Oasis-killer. Shortly afterwards he formally exits the biggest British band since the Beatles. He offers this explanation: ‘I simply could not go on working with Liam a day longer.’ Liam – the only Gallagher still in Oasis – has so far kept shtoom about that bust-up and the future of his band. Informed speculation has it that Oasis is not over; that Liam (the lead singer, the charismatic one, the one the fans chant for even though Noel wrote all the big tunes) will carry on. Liam Gallagher pronounces Oasis dead when we are more than halfway through a running-late, already-cancelled-once interview that I had expected – given his boorish, hardto-handle reputation – to be neither enjoyable nor revelatory. Under no circumstances, ran the edict, would Liam be discussing Noel, the future of the band, or anything band-sensitive. Get it? This was to be an interview about clothes, Liam’s passion for them and, most of

all, his new fashion label Pretty Green, which some have suggested was a factor in Noel’s apoplectic departure. Yet by the time Liam, barely prompted, answers the question over which fans have been angsting, I am already unsure whether his reputation is entirely justified. First, though, in barely edited Liamese, here’s the bit Oasis fans will care about most. Liam: ‘We’ve always had a lot of fun [he means on tour with the band]. I’ve always had a lot of fun [his eyes flash devilishly]. That’s why it was never hard work for me. It was a joy and it was always a bit of a bummer when the tour ended. You know [he pauses wistfully], it was great. Obviously you’ve got to get back and see the missus and the kids and all that. Nothing lasts for ever. But it was never, “Uh, f***, I need to get off the tour because my head’s up my a*se”.’ (Could he be referring, obliquely, to Noel? Most probably.) Me: ‘Oasis is your band. Is it fair to say that this [the Pretty Green AW09 collection] is a solo projection?’ (I meant ‘project’ but was nervous. He’s a bit unsettling.) Liam: ‘Well, Oasis is no longer. I think we all know that. So that’s done.’ Me: ‘You genuinely feel that?’ Liam: ‘Oh, I know. Without a doubt. And it’s a shame but that’s life. We had a good run at it. The thing about Oasis is we ended it. No one ended it for us. Which was pretty kind of... cool [the word ‘cool’ is enunciated with venom]. I’m thinking of what the next step is

musically, which is all my mind’s on.’ Apart, that is, from Pretty Green, the Liam Gallagher collection of clothes and shoes (and more in the future) dreamt up one day in November 2008, mid-tour, when he was sitting by a pool in Los Angeles with Steve Allen, his security man turned man Friday. Here’s Liam again: ‘We started talking about clothes – mainly shoes. I’ve got a big thing for shoes and that. And this Pretty Green thing just... happened. We started writing the name like a Paul Smith logo. It looked a bit naff, so we put it in a circle – and away we went.’ Last November, perhaps not entirely by coincidence, there had been a swirl of speculation that Noel was planning to go solo. Liam (majority shareholder and ultimate boss of Pretty Green) and Steve (its CEO) all but finalised their logo at the poolside and decided to go for it. Just over a year later, and Pretty Green has put out its first full collection, created by the Nottingham-based menswear designer Nick Holland but subject to Liam’s approval. Apparently he sent back 19 prototype T-shirts because they were not the right weight. Liam hates heavy T-shirts. Just like Oasis’s songs and the Pretty Green logo, there are a lot of Beatles references in the clothes. There’s the majorette hat that Liam calls The Lennon and the fantastic heavy melton coat that he calls The Fool on The Hill. Then there are collarless leather jackets made from super-soft Wagyu leather. ‘Remember the old Beatles jackets when they had to wear the



Gallagher is not known for his smiles. Opposite: previews of the SS10 collection show it to be more colourful than the monochrome debut range; with Richard Ashcroft at Pretty Green’s launch.

‘You can’t force a clothing line down people’s throats. You either dig it or you don’t. I’m not going to cry overnight, worrying whether people are going to buy the gear or not.’ suits and that? Before they were aware of their clothes and Brian Epstein used to make them wear them? So I just thought, let’s go with that, get rid of the collar and stuff. And that’s basically my take on it. People might not like that kind of thing. But f *** ’em.’ Well, to an extent, perhaps, Liam. But this is a serious concern, isn’t it, not a sideline vanity project? You want people to like the gear and make Pretty Green a successful business venture? Liam: ‘Yeah, but you can’t force it down people’s throats. You either dig it or you don’t. I’m not going to cry, worrying about whether people will buy the clothes.’ Well, I suppose you don’t need to (as in, you’re a multimillionaire). He knows what I mean: ‘I know what you mean but I think it’s a lot cooler when you go [spreads his arms] “there it is”. And you let people decide for

themselves, you know what I mean?’ I do. So without ramming it down your throats, let’s just say that is an extremely fine collection of clothes for men. Best of all are the jackets – a gorgeous pea coat in yielding, wicked British wool and a beautiful slim-cord number that Peter Sellers would have leapt upon. The Crimea-cut melton is lovely, too: less pricey and more attractive than D&G’s recent version but, Liam concedes, heavy: ‘You’ve gotta have a f***ing strong back for that. You’ve got to be in Poland or summat!’ This season’s collection is exclusively black and white but in spring the palette gets more adventurous, the musical references broader. That’s when the sea island/cashmere mix knitwear will come into its own. Other bits are rather too Liam – too dress-up – for me,

such as the Liam-designed Paisley Nehru kaftan (very Ringo-ish) and Lennon hat. But the desert boots – the first thing that Liam decided to produce – are top-notch: simple and tasteful. Liam is a connoisseur of desert boots. ‘The Clarks ones are a bit pointy, I find,’ he says. ‘I wanted to bring a bit of a square toe back in. They come in black, dark brown and a camelly colour. But it’s not quite right yet, that colour. It’s too camel.’ Liam talks about, in the long term, opening a Pretty Green shop and ‘banging out’ furniture, art and everything else he loves. (‘We’re going to be f***ing MASSIVE!’) For now, though, he’s focusing on the clothes. Pretty Green is no passing fancy, he insists. Could it be a retirement scheme, post-Oasis? After all, Liam is 37 now. I suggest that the label could be the perfect project on which to focus in his rock’n’roll dotage, if he doesn’t fancy doing a Mick Jagger and shaking his hips into his 60s. Liam leaps on that one: ‘There’ll be no shaking me hips, man! I’ve had 18 years of not shaking any-f***ing-thing! ‘If I’m into it, then I’ll do it as long as I can, you know what I mean? Clothes and music are totally the exact same for me. So I’ll be doing music to the day I die and I’ll be doing this till the day I die. Hopefully.’ Liam loves his clothes. We’re in a studio in northwest London, where he has just finished shooting the Pretty Green look book. He is wearing a green parka by the label with a Stone Roses badge, his own desert boots (black) and jeans ‘by a friend of mine’. He has almost always been into his gear, since he was ‘about 13. Even before that. You want to look good. Girls are involved, you know? I was into tracksuits. I used to breakdance years ago, so I was into, like, [Sergio] Tacchini and



stuff.’ B-boyish? ‘Well, I never wore silly ’ats turned sideways. I just wore the tracksuit.’ I didn’t know he had an electro heritage. ‘Yeah, that was the first kind of music I got into, really. It was before gangsta rap. Old electro music. I used to go out with this girl called Gina Armitage – she’s not alive anymore – and we used to just breakdance in town, trying to get some money.’ Were you good? ‘Not as good as her. She was good, man.’ Reeling from the Liam Gallagher: breakdancer revelation, I bowl him an underarm: Steve mentioned that he, Liam, loves shopping? (Steve also mentioned, though I don’t repeat this to Liam, that on tour he has to carry Liam’s shoe bag on his person at all times, after a German hotel made the cataclysmic error of losing it.) ‘Yeah, mate. I just love clothes. Our Kid used to sit in his hotel room all the time. I haven’t got a f***ing clue what he got up to, probably crossdressing or summat. But I’d be out. Bags in and that’s it, find out where the shops are.’ That pop at ‘Our Kid’ – Noel – is classic Liam shtick. He likes to provoke, whether it’s other bands, the press, politicians, whatever. When I ask about his new house (in Hampstead, northwest London, just up the road from the old one but with more room for his sons to roam), he delights in claiming that his wardrobe is bigger than that of Nicole, ‘the missus’. And how does she feel about that? ‘She ain’t got much say!’ Then he backs off: ‘I’m only joking. There’s enough wardrobe space for the both of us.’ He doesn’t back off, though, when I raise the F-word. Isn’t there a perception that men with an interest in fashion are a bit effeminate? Liam says, ‘I can go with that. I’m down with my feminine side, without a doubt. But

During the design process, he sent back 19 prototype T-shirts because they were not the right weight. Liam hates heavy T-shirts. I’m not a fashion designer. I’m not into the fashion side of it [he says the word ‘fashion’ with far more bile than he does his favourite F-word]. I’m just into making top clobber. You won’t see me at a f***ing fashion show.’ You’ve never been to one? ‘A couple of years ago. It was rubbish. They talk a load of sh*t, don’t they? About nothing. It’s not real.’ There are lots of attractive women in that kind of world, though, I provoke. ‘If that’s what you’re into, man. If you’re into f***ing chopsticks.’ OK, so if you don’t see yourself as entering the ‘fashion’ world, then the emphasis stays on music? ‘I just see myself as Liam Gallagher, musician, making some proper clothes for people who think like me.’ Which is how? ‘I don’t know. I wouldn’t like to just spit it out, I’d like to have a think about that. But someone who is passionate about both, you know what I mean, but not in a f***ing... it’s not going to save the world. It’s not going to cure cancer. It’s just a f***ing quick fix, isn’t it?’ So you’re not going to oversell it? ‘No, I’m not going to oversell it. And I’m not going to oversell me, either.’ That’s important, isn’t it? ‘It is to me. The way we are doing this is important to me.’ Are there misconceptions

about you? ‘Yeah. Millions.’ Would you like to point some out? ‘Not really. I’m not a*sed, I don’t give a f*** what people think about me, except the people I care for, you know?’ Hm, I say, what shall we talk about now? We’ve covered a lot of serious stuff already. ‘That’s the thing about [my] music. I get to it straight away with lyrics and that. Then I’m stuck and think, f***, I’ve got to write another verse and I’ve already said what I want to say. ‘Are we done, then?’ Yeah, 28 minutes. ‘There you go, f***ing perfect!’ He slaps my back. Dictaphone off. And it’s ‘cheers’ and, by the way, you do understand that this interview will have to post-mortem all those recent spits and spats with Noel, despite that PR edict not to talk about it? He knows what I mean. And then, infuriatingly, he starts to talk about Noel and the break-up. He wants to wait a while before really giving his side of what happened between them. He doesn’t want what he says – his ‘Oasis headstone’ – to be said in anger and irrevocable. He wants the dust to settle. Anyway, it’s not all for the worst, he adds, because Noel can do his thing ‘and I can do mine’. I press ‘record’. Liam: ‘People will be able to buy his records. People will be able to buy our records. So everyone’s happy.’ Me: ‘And maybe, in time, the relationship with Noel will be different? And it won’t be all about the music and the management? Liam: ‘Exactly! Exactly! Well, that’s a long way off yet, man, but who knows.’ Liam Gallagher: a semi-scary wind-up merchant – yes. But also serious, sensitive, impassioned and, from the look that flitted across his face at the end there, a man who misses his brother. Furthermore, a producer of rocking clobber for men. Who knew?

By Luke Leitch/The Times/The Interview People





SUITABLY PERFECT Every man should have at least one impeccably tailored suit. Here, Shakil Siddiqui, the CEO of Savile Row’s Comelie London, talks us through the sartorial dos and don’ts of a suit – and he should know; he owns 45 of his own.

The perfect trouser…

The perfect suit…

…is currently tapered and slim in the leg. Many people ask whether to wear a belt. Gentlemen don’t generally wear belts with tailored trousers because they’ve been specifically cut for their waistline. You can have side adjusters which allow some give after a big meal. However, clients in this region are very brand-aware and will often ask for loops so they can wear their Hermès belt. There’s no wrong or right; the British royalty don’t wear belts but the Monaco jet-setters do.

…must make a man feel powerful while looking masculine and elegant. The conventional view of beauty is based on symmetry, and the same applies to suits – they manipulate the body to make it appear more beautiful. Once a man’s suit helps him look more symmetrical, then we’re approaching perfection.

‘Being a tailor is like being a plastic surgeon – we ask people what they’d look like in an ideal world and do our best to make that happen.’

Suits you, sir According to Shakil, ‘Being a tailor is like being a plastic surgeon – we ask people what they’d look like in an ideal world and do our best to make that happen.’ The shape of suit will differ according to your body type, like so…

Big chest, small stomach ‘We’d use less padding on the shoulder so that it’s nice and soft, but then have it really tapered at the waistline.’

Big belly ‘Suit jackets in normal shops that fit everywhere else won’t close around the middle – we would make the jacket with higher armholes so there’s more room to play with, then create tight side seams to give the illusion of no stomach.’

Triangle shape ‘A two-button jacket cut slightly lower on the torso will elongate your body.’

Tall and slim ‘Men with this sort of athletic build will suit three-button jackets which create a little more structure around the upper part of the suit.’



Shakil says ...

The perfect sleeve‌ ‌is determined by your build. A lot of people think it should fall at the top of the thumb bone or between there and the knuckle when you’re standing. I don’t personally like it that way because I’ve got short arms; I like to have a quarter of an inch separation between the shirt and the bottom of the cuff of the sleeve – it adds a bit of elegance and colour. If a man’s really tall, however, the last thing you want is for him to look like he’s wearing a short sleeve – his should be slightly longer than normal.

Never ever wear‌ Pink and black together – you’ll look like a cartoon character. Brown shoes with a black suit. Square-toed shoes: they widen the foot and leg and create a block-like shape, making you look unapproachable. Stripes if you’re tall. Checks if you’re big. Black to a first interview. It’s dull, untrustworthy and suggests a lack of creativity.

The perfect colour‌ ‌will differ according to what stage you’re at with the person you’re meeting. On the first meeting always wear navy: it’s a very royal, enigmatic, positive and debonair colour. Team a navy suit, tie and hanky with a white shirt and you can’t go wrong. Charcoal grey is very modest, it’s a listening colour, which you would wear to a second meeting to establish a relationship in which you are also a listener. For the third meeting you jazz it up a little bit, maybe with a subtle pinstripe on navy, as it’s a celebration of the relationship.

The perfect jacket‌ ‌comes in multiple forms. On a three-button suit, people should always only do the centre button as this creates a natural, flowing shape, unlike the pregnant-looking bulge you get if all three are done up. Double-breasted jackets are having a bit of a renaissance nowadays – Prince Charles wears them and he’s my favourite dresser of all time.

Red socks. Trust me, they draw attention in all the wrong ways.

‘Team a navy suit, tie and hanky with a white shirt and you can’t go wrong.’ Suitably expensive Shakil recently sold a suit for Dhs493,000. Here’s what went into it: qIPVSTPGXPSLNBOTIJQ q"GBCSJDTPGJOFUIBUJUTMJHIUFS than paper. q"DPNCJOBUJPOPGHVBOBDP UIF underbody of which is softer than cashmere, and vicuĂąa, which is the most prized fabric in the world. q1JOTUSJQFTDSFBUFEGSPNDBSBU gold thread. q%JBNPOEGSBHNFOUTFODSVTUFE throughout the fabric.




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COMPETITION WE’VE GOT DHS1,000 OF FREDERIC FEKKAI PRODUCTS TO GIVE AWAY! We’re all aware of wrinkles, but have you ever stopped to think about the effects of time on your hair? As well as greys, the hair-based side-effects of getting older include dryness, damage, dullness and uneven texture. But with the help of brands like Frederic Fekkai, you can minimise this damage. Fekkai says, ‘Hair is as sensitive as the skin to the environment, chemical treatment and outward signs of ageing, and it should be treated as such.’ According to Fekkai, the impacts upon hair can be divided into biological, environmental and mechanical – and his Luxury Ageless range, available from Saks Fifth Avenue and Faces, has been specially developed to combat them. The products contain natural amino acids to hydrate and protect, orchid extract and pearl protein to condition and nourish, and keratin to form a protective shield against all those environmental nasties. We’ve got a set of the Luxury Ageless range (comprising a luxury treatment, all-day hair plump, rejuvenating shampoo

and conditioner) worth over Dhs,1000 to give away. To be in with your chance of winning, just answer this question: According to Frederic Fekkai, what are the three types of impact to the hair? a) Biological, environmental and chemical b) Environmental, chemical and mechanical c) Biological, environmental and mechanical Writing ‘Frederic’ in the subject line, send your answer along with your name, phone number and address to jumanacomps@ by January 31, 2010 to be in with a chance of winning.


Sail away

We’ve got an incredible seven-night cruise for two to give away to one lucky reader... The Gulf is best enjoyed from the perspective of a luxury ship, and no one does it better than Costa Cruises ( Costa Luminosa, the most exclusive ship of the company’s stylish fleet, has been designed with high-end clientele in mind, and it can sleep up to 2,826. Travellers adore using its luxurious pools, spa, 4D cinema, restaurants and gym between stop-offs in Dubai, Muscat, Fujairah, Abu Dhabi and Bahrain. The cruises run until April. For your chance to win a cruise for you and your partner with an outward-facing cabin with window, simply answer the following question:

How many people can be accommodated inside Costa Luminosa? a) b) c)

2,826 7,589 16,403

Writing ‘Costa Luminosa’ in the subject line, send your answer along with your name, phone number and address to jumanacomps@hotmediapublishing. com by January 31, 2010 to be in with your chance of winning.

Jumana Dec/Jan 2009/2010  

Dubai-based fashion magazine published on behalf of BurJuman shopping mall

Jumana Dec/Jan 2009/2010  

Dubai-based fashion magazine published on behalf of BurJuman shopping mall