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Volume 3 - Issue 15 June/July 2012

, WHAT s ‘Haute Right Now’ Meet Dubai’s Style Elite UAE Ultimate Haute List High Society Special

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EDITOR S NOTE Welcome to a new era of FLAIR Arabia, where we take you on a journey to new levels of luxury. Our new look is but a visual representation of all that is flair…


This issue we celebrate what’s “haute right now”. From people to places to objects of desire we bring you Dubai’s most stylish hotspots…and then some. As the temperatures rise we present an array of fantasy destinations in ‘Haute Getaways’ with five star requirements; for jet-set elite eyes only. Style is in focus this summer as we bring you the low down on this season’s essential trends, live from the international runways... and it’s hot, hot, haute! Dubai has become a fashion city with clout, not only offering world class retail therapy, but also nurturing a plethora of local design talent. FLAIR Arabia will introduce you to Dubai’s elite fashion pack…shaking up the UAE style scene. All that glitters is…what matters. In ‘Desire’ we present some of the best bling of the moment certain to make your heart race; from Harry Winston to Bulgari prepare to be dazzled. Chopard lies at the centre of Hollywood glamour as the official jeweler of the Cannes film festival. In a special reportage we take you on a journey across red carpets from past to present to indulge you in Cannes’ best fashion moments. We adore high society and love to celebrate you! In ‘Society’ we take you around the elite party circuit with coverage on our favourite events of the season. We get up-close-and-personal with society sweetheart Nina Zandnia for a tête-à-tête about the creation of the Middle East’s first online TV channel. It’s lights, camera, fashion with Ayaad Damouni; in an intimate talk with the region’s greatest photographer of Capital D Studio, he reveals his latest passion project as the Brand Ambassador for a super luxe Italian shoe brand… I wish you a fantastic summer full of indulgence, passion, luxury and…flair

Volume 3 - Issue 15 June/July 2012 Director Shatha el Zein Editor-in-Chief Tamara Bakir Executive Editor Kate Dannies UK Editor Daniela Bonetto Society Editor Shraddha Barot Amariei Art Director Najeeb Hamza Photography Capital D Studio, Ellen Von Unwerth Editorial & PR, (+971) 050 857 2281 Advertising All other enquiries


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CONTRIBUTORS Shraddha Barot Amariei

Favourite fashion item Shoes... many Manolo Blahniks & Luciano Padovans Favourite destination Romania and India; home is where the heart is Style Philosophy Versatile. I love dressing up differently each day especially at events. The secret is to have fun while keeping it stylish. Best fashion buy of all time I have the same pair of Manolo Blahnik’s that Mr. Big used to propose to Carrie in the movie Sex & The City. That is my prized possession of all time! Favourite luxury indulgence Short weekend getaways Define FLAIR Flair to me is a celebration of independent stylish women who lead a life full of FLAIR! Five words to describe yourself Gorgeous, amazing, superb, fabulous, stunning Life mantra What we think determines who we are, who we are determines what we do!


Daniela Bonetto

Favourite fashion item My Hermes birkin Favourite destination Italy ti amo Style philosophy Be fabulously noticeable Best fashion buy of all time Louis Vuitton carryall Favourite luxury indulgence Travelling Define FLAIR Having more je ne sais quoi than others Five words to describe yourself Independant, curious, sociable, openminded, diplomatic Life mantra Do everything to perfection. If not, don’t bother

Kate Dannies

Favourite fashion item Black eyeliner: nothing works without it! Favourite destination Istanbul. Style philosophy Less is more. Best fashion buy of all time I’m still hunting... Favourite luxury indulgence Gelish manicures and pedicures in bright red. Define FLAIR Flair equals confidence, style and spontaneity. Five words to describe yourself Girly, introspective, inquiring, driven and a little nerdy. Life mantra The destination is what counts, not the route you take to get there.


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Style Trends p.12 Runway p.14 Essentials p.16 Fotoshoot: Give me fashion after midnight p.18 Dror the line p.26 Jungle fever p.32


26 44


Bijou p.38 Watches p.42 Reportage: Chopard Cannes Cannes p.44


Interview: The Press Room Alanoud Badr p.50 Tamara Al Gabbani p.51 Dabya p.52 Andrea Brocca p.53 Interview: Eric Deardorff p.54



Special Edition: What’s Haute Right Now… Haute Tables p.58 Haute Hotels p.62 Haute Getaways p.66


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RSVP: The Fashion Finale p.72 Graff’s Jewels p.76 Ingie Paris p.78 Louboutin’s Circus p.80 The Qode p.82 Society Soiree p.86 Socialette: Rosemin Manji p.88 Socialette: Nina Zandnia p.90 Socialite: Ayaad Damouni p.92


Boutique: Colour Blocking p.98 Art: Seeing Red p.102 Gastronomy: Tiki Temptations p.104 Hot Address: King Louis Private Club p.106 Hot Address: Donatello’s p.108 Jetset: Maldives Mystique p.112



5th Avenue Fantasy p.118 Inventive Inversion p.124


Editor’s Note p.4 Social Diary p.95 Last Word p.128






“I dress for the image. Not for myself, not for the public, not for fashion, not for men.� Marlene Dietrich


CHRISTIE’S BIDDING ON HERMÈS Hermès and Christie’s announced a collaboration providing an exciting opportunity to acquire four exceptional handbags. In celebration of its “Leather Forever” exhibition which opens in London on 8th May, Hermès has created four one-of-a-kind versions of its Passe-Guide handbag representing England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales; a tribute to the United Kingdom and Ireland. Christie’s will conduct a time-based online-only auction of the handbags which will run during and after the exhibition. The auction will begin on Monday, 14th May and each bag will be sold to the highest bidder on Thursday, 31st May. All proceeds from the auction will be donated to the Royal Academy of Arts. The Hermès Passe-Guide handbag was chosen for this project as a celebration of the equestrian world. Its metallic fittings, a true expression of craftsmanship, were inspired by the harness-making tradition. The bag’s name and clasp refer to the ring at the front of Roman chariots that kept the reins of the carriage in place. Each exquisite handbag also retains a sense of playfulness in the form of its own special lucky charm attachment; a humorous tribute to each country. By hosting the auction online and over a number of days, Hermès connoisseurs and handbag collectors around the world will have a chance to view and to bid on the four one-of-a-kind lots in their own time and from the comfort of their own home or office. This “Leather Forever” exhibition celebrates Hermès’ relationship with leather – the first material tamed by the house.


Marilyn’s Best Friend Forever 50 years ago, Marilyn Monroe left the movie world bereft of her talent and her legendary beauty. During the 65th Cannes International Film Festival, of which Marilyn is the figurehead, Chopard is unveiling an exceptional series of 25 unpublished photographs of the star by Milton Greene, as well as a tribute jewellery creation designed by Caroline Scheufele. As symbols of ultimate glamour, Marilyn Monroe and Chopard were destined to cross paths. From this star-studded encounter, comes a new vision of the star and the diamonds she might have worn. The exhibition will be held during the Cannes Film Festival and will be followed by a worldwide tour lasting the rest of the year. Behind the Hollywood goddess, was a woman of shadows and light. Caroline Scheufele drew her inspiration from this icon to design a timelessly elegant jewellery set. Diamonds – what else? – pay a fitting tribute to the girl who sparkled as she sang Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend, while the shimmering gleam of white gold vividly conveys Marilyn’s enchanting glow. This magnificent necklace – a cascade of heart-shaped diamonds, briolettes and brilliants – will adorn a glamorous woman as she glides up the famous red-carpeted staircase at the May 16th opening ceremony of the Cannes Festival. This exceptional event is part of the long history of the ties binding Chopard to the world of filmmaking. Official partner of the Cannes Festival for the 15th year, the Geneva-based House which designs the Palme d’Or and supports young talent, is the key figure at the greatest event in world cinema. This abundance of encounters, desires and shared emotions continues to nourish Chopard’s outstanding creativity, engraved in the heart of dreams and pervaded by a sense of the exceptional.


Marlene Dietrich, Sophia Loren, Olivia de Havilland, Grace Kelly, Ava Gardner, Ingrid Bergman, Elizabeth Taylor… All famous names who starred in the greatest movies shot by the finest directors and all dressed in some of the most amazing couture creations by the House of Dior. They were faithful clients of Dior Haute Couture, Perfumes and Make-Up and close friends of Christian Dior, and in some cases, his successors too. It was natural that asked to be dressed in Dior for their appearances on screen and at the celebrated movie ceremonies held around the world (the Academy Awards, the César Awards and the Golden Globes). Today’s great names are Charlize Theron, Natalie Portman, Penélope Cruz, Kirsten Dunst, Monica Bellucci… Times have changed but the passion for Dior stays the same. The Dior filmography is impressive, featuring over 90 films. It started in 1942: Christian Dior was fascinated by film and became a costume designer even before his couture house was created in 1946. This book devotes a special place to the J’adore advertisement starring Charlize Theron, in which cinema magic brings back to life Marlene Dietrich, Grace Kelly and Marilyn Monroe, all of which had their links with the House of Dior. Film stills, location shots, photographs and portraits of actresses: the 250 illustrations in the book take us deep into the most glamorous aspects of the film world.


WORLD’S MOST EXPENSIVE SUNGLASSES Middle East-based Paris Gallery, a leading luxury retailer in the region and Chopard unveiled the world’s most expensive sunglasses. De Rigo Vision, the world leader in the design and production of high-end, luxury glasses, has created for Chopard a unique pair of sunglasses featuring all the qualities that mirror the brands: creativity, excellence and outstanding craftsmanship.The diamonds were set by using a specific technique; and the stones were set closer together than the classic pavé setting. Being placed this way, the stones create a carpet that lets out a special light. The brand’s exclusive “C logo” that decorates the sides of the temples is highlighted by hand-crafted stove enamel created by using coloured glass powder that is hand-grounded and placed in the oven four times. Resulting is a pair of irreplaceable jewel sunglasses – the ultimate accessory. The glasses were presented to the world in Milan in March and now in Paris Gallery, Dubai Mall on May 14th, by Managing Director of De Rigo Vision Mr Aracri. Mohammed A. R. Al Fahim, CEO of Paris Gallery said, “Featuring the Chopard sunglasses as part of our collection is exciting as it is creating headlines globally. This masterpiece created by renowned luxury designer De Rigo Vision, is in line with what we set out to offer our customers; taking initiatives to provide them with the ultimate luxury collection of luxury brands and the Chopard sunglassES no doubt tops the range and adds to our mission.” Managing Director of De Rigo Vision Mr Aracri commented “Dubai is the perfect location to showcase this incredible, one-of-a-kind masterpiece, The world takes notice of what happens here. We believe Chopard’s jewel sunglasses, and Dubai is a perfect fit.”






the big reveal

Abs on full alert as this summer the focus is on the midriff. dare to bare


Giorgio Armani



Carolina Herrera @ Saks Fifth Avenue

Matthew Williamson

see through me

tease the world this season, give a glimpse of what lies beneath

Stella McCartney


Marchesa @ Saks Fifth Avenue






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Kara Ross

4 lanvin 5 gucci 6

Melissa Odabash Paris

crocodile 7 lanvin 8 gucci

9 Nicholas Kirkwood



10 giuseppe zanotti 11 alexander mcqueen1 12 alexander mcqueen

5 9 Elie Tahari

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Azzedine Alaia


Anya Hindmarch


6 lanvin 7

Carolina Herrera


Carolina Herrera




Christian Louboutin


Alexis Bittar

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Give me fashion after midnight After Dark Allure


Photographer: Ayaad Damouni at Capital D Studio Stylist: Giorgia Giulianelli at Capital D Studio Hair & Makeup: Kate Goodwin Model: Albe at Bareface Shot on location at Mahiki Dubai Designers represented by The Press Room, Dubai


Red dress by Tamara Al Gabbani, jewellery by Carla Atala


Jumpsuit by Drama Queen



Beige jersey dress by Andrea Brocca, blazer by Lady Fozaza


Dress by Andrea Brocca, jewellery by Carla Atala


Dress by Dabya, jewellery by Carla Atala




Dror the Line Tumi Meets Al Habtoor Photographer: Ayaad Damouni at Capital D Studio Stylist: Mohammed Sultan al Habtoor at Capital D Studio Hair & makeup: Kate Goodwin Models: Albe and Masha at Bareface Shot at Capital D Studio, Dubai Dubai’s creative fashion icon Mohammed Sultan al Habtoor takes an inspired look at the Dror for Tumi collection. In this FLAIR ARABIA exclusive we reveal Dror for Tumi through the eyes of Dubai’s creative fashion icon…

We hand over to the stylish and creative fashion force Mohammed Sultan al Habtoor to narrate this magical story of when collaborations blue through the boundaries of creativity and merge the worlds of fashion, architecture and design.

Tumi is much more than a bag or a travel case; it is a lifestyle with a history. I have been a long time Tumi user and have always found it to be very practical and functional when I travel. And now with this collection, Tumi have outdone themselves by collaborating with Dror Benshetrit who is really a mastermind in his own right.


The Dror for Tumi collection is truly ingenious. Each piece changes in shape and size allowing the traveler to have more than they asked for. I have built a true love relationship working with this collection.


When Ayaad and I started on the project, we talked about everything we enjoyed about travel - culture, photography, fashion, beauty and luxury. We tapped on various references in art movements and fashion that inspire our individual taste and Helmut Newton struck a chord. Newton in his creative history worked with technical movement, change and mechanisms which we felt were strong common threads with the Dror for Tumi collection.


33 We loosely worked in the idea of the 7 sins and how the Dror for Tumi collection is a must-have that a trendsetter would covet.



Jungle Fever Fashion : Dolce & Gabbana SS12 Collection Model : Felicity Jones

Photos : Ellen Von Unwerth





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“If I could, I would attach the diamonds directly onto a woman’s skin.” Harry Winston




Boucheron’s “BLACK EDITION” It shines by the artistry behind its assembly, combining four gold bands: white, yellow, pink, Boucheron “chocolate” or black.

It features four motifs that have established the reputation of the Maison: gadroon, the line of diamonds, “clous de Paris” and grosgrain. It captures the light and, like all Boucheron creations, sublimates the precious materials of which it is made. It embodies Paris, its creativity, its architecture and its shimmering reflections. Totally unique, the Quatre is like no other ring.

Created in 2012, the “Black Edition” collection presents the first Quatre ring to feature black gold and white gold.



Garrard & Grace “king of hearts” The heart-shaped and round Grace pendants in diamonds and white gold make the perfect gift, fit for a queen.

Garrard, the international jeweller with a cultural heritage of unparalleled richness, was founded by master goldsmith George Wickes in 1722, who received his first royal commission in 1735. By the time the firm had passed into the hands of Robert Garrard in 1802, whose name it still bears, creating designs of matchless magnificence for the social and royal sects had become a matter of course.

Garrard’s legacy of devotion to the highest degree of workmanship has been the company’s trademark since the first designs drew the attention of the world nearly three hundred years ago. Garrard continues to passionately embrace the past by creating tomorrow’s heirlooms today.



HARRY WINSTON “ADORNS YOU” Entitled Ultimate Adornments by Harry Winston, this incredible array of spectacular designs envisions the international art of dressing a woman in the unique style that only Harry Winston can.

In creating this exceptional collection, the Harry Winston Design Team returned to the archives for inspiration, including the works Ambaji V. Shinde, Mr. Winston’s chief jewelry designer for more than 40 years (1962-2001).

One of Mr. Shinde’s greatest contributions to the house was his ability to examine the world around him, and translate it into extraordinary jewels.

Hand crafted entirely in diamonds and platinum, the 40-piece collection is presented through seven distinctly different themes, each recalling unique adornments from around the world.



Graff’s Rare Jewels “ONE-OF-A-KIND” Graff Diamonds, in collaboration with Damas Jewellery inaugurated a rare jewels exhibition, featuring some of the luxury British jeweller’s finest jewellery pieces from around the world. More than 190 pieces were flown into Dubai direct from London, with a combined retail price exceeding USD 80 million.

Key pieces of the rare jewels exhibition include the Scroll Motif collection, a new collection of high jewellery designs featuring intricate scrolls of dazzling diamonds beautifully set with stunning gemstones, creating one-of-a-kind necklaces. With elaborate swirls and scrolls of white diamonds, designed to complement richly coloured emeralds, sapphires, rubies, spinels and yellow diamonds, this collection highlights the quality of stones and craftsmanship that Graff is known for. A beautiful selection of other jewellery and watches were also on display, including a swan brooch, a flower brooch and other unique pieces.

Many of the jewels on display have never left the United Kingdom before.


BULGARI BULGARI “Like a snake” For several decades, the Serpenti watch by Bulgari has left an indelible imprint on the world of watch and jewellery design. Perpetually scaling new heights of perfection, and brilliantly reinterpreted in tune with the creative inspirations of the Brand, the universal reptile theme has written some of the finest chapters in the history of the Rome-based jeweller. The drive for innovation and creativity relives in 2012 with peerless talent. Serpenti is a direct heir to the historical legacy of the Brand. Inspired by the Bulgari heritage collection and reinterpreted in an eminently contemporary manner, this sophisticated and charismatic new jewellery creation coils around the wrist with precious, flowing ease. The gleaming 18-carat gold Serpenti bracelet is fashioned in accordance with the most traditional goldsmithing techniques, reflecting a degree of excellence and expertise admirably mastered by Bulgari. This masterpiece features a diaphanous pink gold double wrap-around structure, clothed in jet-black or eggshell-white scales set with brilliant-cut diamonds. In its single-coil version, the scales are made of diamond-set pink gold. Despite its inherent complexity, this construction ensures a perfectly smooth, supple feel on the wrist.


CHOPARD Happy Fish “Time in the ocean” A must-have from Chopard’s famous Happy Sport collection, the Happy Fish watch is appearing this year in two new versions, which transcend the multicoloured magic of the ocean depths with its delicate little moving clown fish. Like a precious aquarium, the new Happy Fish watches are each home to three little clown fish in 18ct rose or white gold, set with yellow sapphires, tsavorites, rubies and onyxes. Swimming in a dial painted in tones of blue and depicting the bustle of a lively coral reef, the little residents of these new quirky time-keepers from Chopard invite you to explore the silent world. Available in steel or in 18ct rose gold with a bezel set with diamonds, at 36mm in diameter the Happy Fish is of a size suitable for all occasions. The crown is set with a blue sapphire in both versions. Water-resistant up to 30 metres and powered by a quartz movement, it is rounded off by a strap in blue satin.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Quartz “Brilliance of diamonds” The case middle, the bezel set with 40 brilliant-cut diamonds, the crown, the bracelet and the folding clasp are all made of steel. The subtle interplay of alternating satin-brushed and polished surfaces characterising the first Royal Oak watches accentuate the clear-cut lines of this 33 mm model; while the eight hexagonal screws on the octagonal bezel are in white gold, just as they were on the original watch in 1972. The case is water-resistant to 50 metres and fitted with a glareproofed sapphire crystal. The bracelet is seamlessly integrated with the case and features the collection’s unmistakable aesthetic, characterised by perfectly assembled links and studs arranged in progressively diminishing order of size. It is secured by a new Audemars Piguet triple-blade folding clasp distinguished by a double-safety fastening system. Also typical of this collection, the silver-toned dial of this Royal Oak bears a “Grande Tapisserie” pattern that now becomes a signature for all Royal Oak Selfwinding and Quartz models. This motif is crafted by Audemars Piguet using historical machines according to the ramolayé or pounced ornament technique. This process enables simultaneous cutting of squares interspersed with a gridwork pattern of fine grooves. The discreet applied AP initials appear just above the logo, leaving space at 12 o’clock for a double hour-marker inspired by the first Royal Oak watches launched in 1972. This Royal Oak Quartz watch is also available in steel with a black or white leather strap, or in a pink gold version with a white or brown rubber strap or a pink gold bracelet.

Boucheron Boucheron Calliope Tourbillon watch “Beauty of nature” Invented in the 20th century, the flying tourbillon is one of the most complex and prestigious watch complications. This mechanism allows the carriage to

spin upon itself and as if by magic is one of the extraordinary precisions only mastered by a chosen few watchmakers.

In the watch, the lightness of the movement

is highlighted by its branches in the form of leaves; decoration that

animates by the song of the bird. Echoing the balancing skill of a hummingbird in mid-flight, the two leaves on the frame are beautified by diamonds

that beat to the seconds. Finally, to give ultimate freedom to the graceful

expression of flight and that of the precious flying tourbillon, the hours and minutes are indicated at 1 o’clock as a small reminder of the placement of Boucheron’s Parisian flagship at number 26, place Vendôme.



Chopard Cannes Cannes


Love Story For the past 14 years, Chopard the prestigious watch and jewellery company has been enjoying an ongoing love story with the Cannes Film Festival. In this FLAIR ARABIA reportage we explore the enduring love affair between the world’s most dazzling jeweller and the globe’s most glamorous event. We then take you on a visual journey through time proving that history repeats itself as Hollywood greats turn to Chopard time after time for red carpet style splendour…get ready to be…dazzled…

The love story began in 1998, when the President of the Festival asked Caroline Gruosi-Scheufele, Co-President and , Artistic Director of Chopard, to redesign the Palme d Or. Ever since, through adorning the stars on La Croisette with a collection especially created for them, rewarding young talents, and taking part in the major events of the festival , fortnight, Chopard has become the symbol of the world s most glittering and glamorous movie event. Renowned for its original and refined creations that successfully highlight feminine charms without undue ostentation, Chopard is a recurrent sight on red carpets. Whether at the Césars awards in Paris, the Baftas in London or the Oscars in Hollywood, the Geneva-based firm is present at the most prestigious dates in the movieworld calendar. It is natural to find Chopard supporting , the world s most prestigious film festival for the 14th consecutive year.

A dazzling partnership

Fourteen years ago, as the legendary film event was preparing to celebrate its 51st anniversary, Chopard opened a boutique on La Croisette. The following year, when the time came to honour the best film in the competition, the audience discovered a Palme d’Or of unprecedented beauty: as the creator of this new trophy, Chopard had lent its own inimitable touch to the magic of this award. Entirely rethought by Caroline Gruosi-Scheufele and meticulously crafted in the Geneva workshops of the House, a new stylistic and technical ideal of the Palme d’Or was born. Twin icons of absolute glamour, Chopard and the Festival were thus united through this splendid work of art and have remained inseparable ever since. In 2000, two “mini-palmes” for Best Actor and Best Actress made their entrance.

The Palme d’Or by Chopard

The Palme d’Or, the supreme distinction awarded to the best feature film competing in the Festival, was crafted for the 14th consecutive year by Chopard and presented to the winner at the closing ceremony on May 22nd. Redesigned by Caroline Gruosi-Scheufele in 1998, this precious trophy is undoubtedly the most coveted of the Festival’s gems. Chopard is also proud to have created the design of the ‘‘mini-Palmes” awarded to the Best Actor and Actress, along with the Trophée Chopard and the Palme d’Honneur, both of which are crafted each year in the Chopard Manufacture in Geneva.



Stars in Chopard A History of Glamour

1 Since 1998 Chopard has been the first choice for hollywood’s leading ladies to sparkle and shine on the red carpet. This stunning story in pictures captures the timeless glamour of Chopard’s exquisite jewellery over the years...








Aishwarya Rai


Milla Jovovich


Eva Herzigova


Paris Hilton




Charlize Theron


Scarlett Johansson


10 Dita von Teese 11 Audrey Tautou 12 Penelope Cruz





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, , “Winning isn t everything, it s the only thing.” Vince Lombardi


The Press Room Dubai’s Elite Fashion Pack

When Ayaad and Meredith Damouni of Capital D Studio bring something new to the table, it’s usually groundbreaking. Their latest passion project is the creation of The Press Room. Launched earlier in 2012, The Press Room offers a niche array of targeted services specifically for the fashion industry. They represent young and established talents from the region and showcase their creations in one place. We get intimate with some of The Press Room’s designers certain to break fashion boundaries in the future. Watch this space…

Alanoud Badr


What are the inspirations for your current collection?

The A/W 2012-13 collection is all about texture! From fur to feathers to ropes to studs, it’s all about expression. The colder the weather the hotter the fashion, it’s about making the winter season fun! How do you define quintessential Dubai Style? Dubai is in transition, we have so many different styles and people coming in and out of Dubai that it has yet to find its true signature look. However, colour seems to never leave this place. What’s your signature piece this season?

The fur vest, my blazers are taking on a new role this season. What are the essential looks this summer?

Neon is big this summer, touches of it everywhere instantly uplifts any look! There is also a lot of pastels especially peppermint tones. How do you define flair?

The yellow pages of the glitz and glam of Dubai, luxury at its best…

Tamara Al Gabbani What are the inspirations for your current collection?

My collection isn’t just about the clothes; it’s a belief system. The concept and ideology behind the brand are the foundation upon which the designs are made. I believe that all women are Goddesses; this brand is my ode to women; reminding them of the pedestal they were created on and should so proudly stand on. I have a great respect for women; they are givers of life, but are also unconditional givers in their roles as mothers, sisters, daughters, best friends, wives and nannies. They are beautiful, sensitive, kind and compassionate, but also incredibly resilient. Historically, the ancient Goddesses were pillars of strength and power, but retained an air of femininity. I incorporated this into what I believe the modern day Goddess is; strong, independent but also graceful and chic. The Goddess Collection with its rich colours also fearlessly embodies the power and energy of a woman. How do you define quintessential Dubai style?

This is a very exciting time for fashion in Dubai, I am so pleased to see an eclectic mix of East meets West with a dash of vintage, and a pinch of fearless colour. What’s your signature piece this season?

The Amna – A Shaded silk chiffon galabiya; light and ethereal, for the soft delicate goddess. What are the essential looks this summer? Colour, colou, colour! Bright, fun and fearless! How do you define flair?

Flair is capturing everything that you represent and everything that you are in a single moment.

Dabya What are the inspirations for your current collection?

The inspiration behind my collection is butterflies. It>s a symbol of transformation and the fact that with every stage of its life it becomes more beautiful yet stronger, although looks extremely fragile and delicate. I want women to enjoy her femininity, freedom and pride. How do you define quintessential Dubai Style?

Dubai in recent years became one of the fashion destinations, especially in the Middle East. Being a cosmopolitan city with all the richness of trends, people seek a unique style.


What’s your signature piece this season? The Bronx is an essential piece in my collection in which I use all the striking colours I have in my collection, with so many details that make the dress a new piece. The soft ruffles on the side are a symbol of the butterfly wings.

What are the essential looks this summer?

Prints and patterns are making bigger statements this summer as well as bright, cheery colours. How do you define flair?

A lady who can put her own style into every piece she wears and somehow look unique and special yet reflects her personality. At the end her beauty can complement the dress not the other way round.

Andrea Brocca What are the inspirations for your current collection?

The raw elements of the human instincts, from geometry to drapery my collection challenges a contrast, which has been evoked and inspired by the strong variety of instinct and character of a human being. I was also inspired by a mix of the underground rough and edgy lifestyle and the upper class luxurious lifestyle; the contrast as it opens my mind to a diverse and infinitely possible source of inspiration. How do you define quintessential Dubai Style?

The love for colours, and most importantly accessories. My collection is very much inclined towards a rougher and more edgy aura. Dubai’s style is so diverse, and I feel narrowing it down to a stereotype is close to unthinkable. What’s your signature piece this season?

My jackets; particularly my figure hugging geometric gillet with pleated shoulder pads, and a pleated bottom half. I think it’s my signature piece because it is very recognisable and I feel it sums up the elements of edginess with a touch of rough elegance. What are the essential looks this summer?

Airy outfits which dance through the wind like feathers. Summer is always an excuse to explore much more daring outfits, for example, in my collection I have pieces with zips which reveal a lot of skin if opened, summer is the opportunity to try these trends and make them work to the best of your ability and most importantly to increase your confidence through these quirky factors. How do you define Flair?

To have flair is to be confident and to have self worth. Flair is an inner peace which allows you to portray yourself as a confident individual who can stay true to your instincts and beliefs, without being influenced by others beliefs.




eric deardoRff Master of Class By: Kate Dannies

The Garrard name is synonymous with craftsmanship, quality and timelessness—all qualities we love in fine jewellery. In today’s mass-produced world, Garrard is a welcome bastion of tradition and authenticity. The world’s oldest jewellery house, Garrard’s history stretches back 275 years to 1735, when a master goldsmith received a commission from the Prince of Wales. Since then, Garrard has built a close and enduring relationship with the British royal family, serving as crown jeweller for 160 years, and creating some of the most memorable selections in the royal collection. Among the most prominent pieces are the sapphire and diamond engagement ring created for Princess Diana, today worn by Duchess of Cambridge Catherine Middleton, the Imperial Crown of India, and one of Queen Elizabeth II’s crowns set with the legendary Koh-i-Noor diamond. Garrard has managed to remain relevant and in demand in the 21st century with collections that appeal to modern lifestyles and tastes that incorporate the best of the jeweller’s rich heritage of design and craftsmanship. FLAIR caught up with Garrard’s CEO Eric Deardorff, the man responsible for Garrard’s continued popularity 275 years later, to learn the tricks of the trade.

FLAIR: In your opinion, what is the essence of Garrard as a brand and what does it represent?

Eric Deardorff: As the oldest jewellery house in the world, Garrard is synonymous with fine craftsmanship, vibrant and exquisite gemstones and diamonds, one-of-a-kind bespoke commissions, bridal jewellery and silverware. With over 275 years of design expertise in our collections, a rich heritage and attention to impeccable craftsmanship, we meet the challenge of harnessing our unique past with modern day relevance. FLAIR: Garrard has a long and rich history in the jewellery business. How have you leveraged this legacy to build the brand? ED: Garrard is steeped in international history and we continuously look to this for our designs, constantly building on our heritage. For example, our Entanglement collection, launched in 2010, is inspired by the Cambridge Lover’s Knot tiara created by Garrard for Queen Mary in 1914 and gifted by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II to Diana, Princess of Wales for her wedding day. This quarter, we are adding new pieces to Entanglement, which have roughly 100 years worth of history in the design.

FLAIR: You>ve worked all over the world and in many different facets of global business. How have your experiences prepared you for your role at Garrard? ED: I have always had an interest in jewellery and fashion; however my earlier experiences focused on a broad range of industries. When I was appointed a senior executive of a high-end fashion retailer, I got used to the fast paced, high quality customer service atmosphere, which was exactly what I needed to prepare me for this role.  It is an honour to be CEO two years running for a jewellery house with such rich heritage that has been a part of the British, and global, luxury industry for 275 years.

same engagement ring worn by Kate Middleton today. I love that a piece of jewellery can be passed down from generation to generation and become more precious with age. We have seen an increase in sapphire and diamond engagement ring enquiries since the Royal Wedding. Kate’s influence is significant throughout the world; therefore it is definitely positive to have such a visible, classic woman wearing your jewellery. FLAIR: What piece from the Garrard collection, past or present, defines the brand for you?  ED: We have so much in our archive to draw upon, making it very difficult to name just one piece. Our Wings collection is very popular and has become an iconic collection, inspired by angel wings that symbolise peace, purity and protection. We have designed and made many exquisite tiaras, crowns and jewellery for royalty around the world, and are also famous for our beautiful international trophies such as the Dubai World Cup in 1996. FLAIR: Why did Garrard open a store in Dubai? What are the distinguishing tastes of Dubai customers?

ED: Dubai is an amazing place with so much culture. It is extremely important for Garrard as the women have a very sophisticated taste when it comes to jewellery, with these tastes having evolved from many years of travelling around the world. They have a huge interest in luxurious jewellery, appreciate design creativity, prefer suites of 3-4 similarly designed pieces that wear well together, and favour top quality precious stones – all of which are synonymous with Garrard’s high level of craftsmanship. Garrard’s Dubai Flagship Boutique is located in Dubai Mall.

FLAIR: Garrard is responsible for the Duchess of Cambridge>s engagement ring; how did the royal wedding impact Garrard?

ED: Garrard is extremely honoured to have provided the engagement ring for Prince Charles and Diana, Princess of Wales back in 1981, the

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Eric & Karolina Korkova

Eric & Prince William





Haute Tables By Reservation Only Kate Dannies


With the power and resources to attract top chefs from around the globe, Dubai can boast some of the world’s most incredible bespoke dining experiences. Dubai’s restaurants are equally renowned for their incredible design credentials, melding the art of cooking with that of design. Such settings combining the best of design with gourmet cuisine form the foundation of the luxury Dubai lifestyle that always keeps us coming back for more. FLAIR ARABIA brings you our picks for the city’s haute tables. These are Dubai’s ultimate dining destinations…

The Best of the East: Hakkasan From London to the UAE, Hakkasan is always our pick for a sophisticated and aesthetically pleasing Far Eastern dining experience. Whether it’s a champagne and dim sum brunch at Hakkasan Abu Dhabi, or a multi-course dinner feast on the stunning terrace of Hakkasan Dubai, Hakkasan is tops. Choose from decadent dishes like Peking duck with Royal beluga caviar, tender Waygu beef and perfectly cooked clay pots filled with tender baby vegetables and seafood. Don’t even get us started on the contemporary Asian interiors: sleek surfaces, intricate details and sublime mood lighting complement the sensory experience of a Hakkasan meal in a way that can only be understood when experienced. This is one haute table we never seem to tire of, so when in the UAE, do as the jetsetting locals do: Hakkasan, for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Continental Charm: La Petite Maison For unpretentious elegance, we always choose La Petite Maison. This Dubai gem tucked away in the DIFC is a breath of fresh air—and good taste—in a city that regularly tests the line that divides OTT from just right. With its sunny courtyard, simple yet chic décor and unmistakably French ambiance, La Petite Maison is our favourite haute table for when we need a quick break from Dubai’s relentless extravagance. This restaurant’s home style Nicoise cuisine is simple, delicious, and un-fussy, just the way we like to have it when in France. We love the way they pair simple ingredients in the most luxurious yet unpretentious manner possible for an eating experience that is pure joy and the epitome of French refinement. The interiors do justice to La Petite Maison’s standard of simple elegance: crisp white tablecloths, creamy beige accents and a touch of gilded Gallic richness make this a place we come back to time and time again.


Michelin Magic: Reflets par Pierre Gagnaire French cuisine has never been more fun than it is at Reflets par Pierre Gagnaire, the renowned Chef’s signature restaurant at the Intercontinental Dubai Festival City. With six Michelin stars to his name and one of the top Paris restaurants, this is a haute dining experience not to be missed. Gagnaire’s signature “multisensory hits” combine exquisite ingredients with a sense of fun and imagination, resulting in a total dining experience that engages all of the senses. Due to Gagnaire’s penchant for creating seasonal menus, the selection here is constantly changing, giving us an excuse to visit on a regular basis. Although traditionally French in taste, the interiors are anything but staid: vibrant purple carpets are married with polished metal surfaces, pink light fixtures, and plenty of candles for a whimsical yet glamorous ambience perfectly suited to posh urbanites of all stripes.


Haute Home-Style: Rhodes Mezzanine

For date night at Dubai Marina, it has to be Rhodes Mezzanine. Located within the stunning Grosvenor House, this latest effort on the part of Michelin-starred British chef Gary Rhodes manages to be both haute and homey. Like the modernist, white-heavy décor, interspersed with bright pops of colour, futuristic plastic embellishments, and punctuated with a mixture of classic and contemporary furniture, which we envision as the best possible version of a dream home, the cuisine has an equally pleasing balance of gourmet and home-cooking influences. Those who love UK cuisine will feel right at home with the selection of classic British dishes, subtly influenced by the flavours and techniques of France. If Rhodes Mezzanine was our kitchen table we’d be more than pleased, but for now, when in Dubai Marina, we can content ourselves with regular visits to savour the intersection of classic and chic available here.

Italian Indulgence: Roberto’s We have Roberto Rella to thank for the abundance of authentic and amazing Italian cuisine available in Dubai today. We also have him to thank for Roberto’s, his latest restaurant now open in the DIFC. This haute table is where we go when we need what only a perfectly prepared meal of Italian comfort food, enjoyed in mellow surroundings and accompanied by flawless service, can do. Needless to say, we always leave with all of our senses satisfied. The beauty of Roberto’s is its ability to blend fine dining and after-hours revelry in one seamless space. The large restaurant features two expansive dining rooms with balconies looking over Burj Khalifa, plus a terrace and long bar. Whether enjoying the view over cocktails or tucking into an elegantly prepared dish, we love enjoying Roberto’s in its various incarnations.

Urban Hotspot: Zuma When it comes to combining gourmet dining with an elegant ambiance and a crowd of Dubai’s crème de la crème, Zuma is the haute table at the top of our list. The modern Japanese restaurant’s rarefied surroundings in the DIFC, paired with its reputation for attracting the city’s finest and serving up some of the most sumptuous dishes around makes it a top option for everything from after work drinks and business lunches to people watching and multi-course dinners. We love lounging in the airy, contemporary dining room in the centre of the action: chefs making sushi, tempura and other classic treats at the open kitchen and jetsetters sipping cocktails from the comfort of their plush red chairs, all against the stunning backdrop of the city we’re proud to call home. This is urban living at its most delicious.



Haute Hotels Key to Luxury By: Kate Dannies


Luxury is an essential part of life, if you ask us, and in Dubai, rarefied surroundings are rarely out of reach. With so many posh and palatial places to spend your time, a truly standout experience is not always easy to envision. We’re here to help: FLAIR brings you our exclusive list of Haute Hotels, the best that the UAE has to offer in terms of luxury and refinement. If you’re in need of an experience a step above your daily luxe lifestyle, these are the places to go to soak in some true and unmatched opulence.

Island Indulge: St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort For those in Abu Dhabi—or people who need a little more distance from Dubai—The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort offers the best luxury experience in town. The newly-opened property is tucked away on Abu Dhabi’s secluded and hip Saadiyat Island, allowing visitors to take advantage of island isolation to relax and restore. The hotel offers truly haute hospitality, combining the best of continental sophistication with gracious Arabian service. Bright and colourful guestrooms provide a private retreat, while the Saadiyat Island Golf Club is the perfect place to relax in the great outdoors. Visit the Monte Carlo Beach Club for a trendy poolside experience, or relax at the hotel’s private, luxuriously appointed beach to catch some rays. No escape is complete without a healthy dose of spa treatments and gourmet dining: The St. Regis rises to the occasion with its on-site restaurants spanning a variety of world cuisines and the Iridium Spa, a heavenly haven of aromatherapy, bespoke treatments and solitude. For a bit of adventure, Saadiyat Island offers an array of dining, retail and cultural experiences, all in one convenient location. Whether you take refuge in your St. Regis suite, or venture out to experience all the island has to offer, a trip to Saadiyat Island is a true escape.


Fashionable Getaway: Armani Hotel If it’s Armani, it has to be haute, and we’re not just talking about fashion. Dubai’s Armani Hotel translates the sleek lines, plush fabrics and elusive cool of the legendary fashion brand into a property that does even the pickiest fashionista proud. When we need some sartorial inspiration, or just want to bask in the unmatched cool of this hotel, we don’t hesitate to pay a visit. While our regular suite, replete with the sophisticated minimalism we adore, has everything we could ever hope for, Armani Hotel is no place to hibernate in your room. Between the property’s restaurants, bars, spa and amazing shopping, we’re always busy when in residence. The hotel’s signature restaurants capture the elegance of Armani in their cuisine—its no surprise our favourite is the Ristorante, serving up refined Italian cuisine. Armani/SPA is an elegant retreat representing the best of Armani lifestyle in divine treatments and rarefied surroundings. Last but not least is the shopping: all the Armani we need, all the time. For rare pieces and stunning haute couture, the Galleria is our ultimate retail retreat.

After Dark Luxe: Grosvenor House By night when Dubai Marina begins to heat up, Grosvenor House is number one on everyone’s list of posh hotspots to revel the night away. Evoking the refined charm of London paired with the OTT appeal of the Emirates, Grosvenor House has it all. Book a suite in one of the hotel’s two lavishly decorated towers, and enjoy a unique experience unmatched throughout the country. Each tower has its own distinct character and a full array of amenities, from gourmet restaurants and happening bars to two luxuriously appointed spas: The Retreat Health & Spa and B/Attitude Spa. Make sure to stop over at one of them to compensate for you lack of beauty sleep due to a night of revelry at Embassy Dubai, the city’s answer to London’s exclusive nightspot, with a rarefied clientele and 360-degree panoramic views of Dubai. For a regal dinner-dancing experience, book at Toro Toro, Grosvenor House’s red hot pan-Latin restaurant, which turns into a pulsating club by night. Whatever you choose to do during your time at Grosvenor House, you’ll be impressed by this haute hotel’s spot-on take on luxury living.


Resort within a City: One & Only The Palm When it’s time for a true retreat from city life, we always choose One & Only The Palm. This lavish resort makes us feel like we’ve arrived in an island paradise, only without the jetlag. Just a short drive into the Arabian Gulf on Palm Island, the One & Only offers a sprawling refuge from the concrete jungle with lush grounds, infinity pools, and vistas of the turquoise Gulf. The property’s casual Mediterranean-Arabian décor sets the tone of laid-back luxury, preparing you mentally and physically for total relaxation. You’ll find us one of three places: enjoying gourmet room service in our plush suite, reclining on a luxurious chaise longue with a drink in hand, or embracing relaxation at the One & Only private spa. For fine gourmet dining we don’t need to go far: the resort is home to some of Dubai’s finest restaurants, including STAY by YannickAlleno and 101. A walk by the pool under the stars is the only nightcap we need at our one and only choice for resort relaxation in Dubai.

Destination within a City: Emirates Towers A day and night at Emirates Towers is undoubtedly a magnificent experience, made all the better by the fact that it can count as a true escape from the city without ever leaving the city limits of Dubai. It’s also a landmark of sorts: a bastion of Dubai’s architectural achievements, it is the fourth highest hotel in the world, surrounded by gorgeous sprawling grounds. The Jumeirah Emirates Towers has literally everything one needs to find repose in opulence: from the hotel’s plush suites and gourmet restaurants to after dark hotspots, a divine spa and placid pool, this is a getaway so relaxing that we feel justified writing it off as a health necessity. The hotel’s rarefied ambiance and flawless service qualifies this as a truly haute hotel. While we suspect you will want to take refuge in your lavishly appointed suite for the duration of your getaway, there is plenty to keep you entertained at Emirates Towers if you venture out. From Dubai hotspots Hakkasan and The Ivy, to more casual venues like Al Nafoorah, you will be well and stylishly fed at Jumeriah Emirates Towers. Oh, we almost forgot: there’s a mall, The Boulevard, so engage in a bit of retail therapy to round out your ultimate escape.


Palatial Fantasy: Zabeel Saray If you literally want to get out of the city, the JumeriahZabeelSaray is the haute hotel for you. Located on the exclusive Palm Island, this hotel is one palatial island paradise. Its calming panoramic sea views, exclusive private beaches and relaxed atmosphere evoke the ease and exclusivity of a private island. Flawless service, opulent Arabian interiors and an incredible array of dining and leisure options make the ZabeelSaray a true retreat. Relax like royalty in your picture-perfect suite, taking a trip back in time to the orient’s unmatched legacy of hospitality and luxury. Indulge in a massage and body treatment at the Talise Ottoman Spa, catch some rays on the beach or enjoy a round of golf or tennis—whatever suits your mood. In the evening, enjoy a sumptuous meal at Lalezar, Dubai’s first Ottoman restaurant offering mouth-watering and elegant cuisine in surroundings worthy of a Sultan. By night, enjoy some refined revelry at the resort’s white-hot nightclubs and bars, surrounded by Dubai’s most beautiful people, and sweeping views of the Arabian Gulf.


HAUTE GETAWAYS Viva Villas By Daniela Bonetto


Credit: Quintessentially Villas

It’s that time of the year to escape the climbing temperatures. We love fantasy hotels and all things suite, but this summer we are inspired by villas. From Corsica to Mozambique we bring you our selection of the world’s finest villas. So sit back, relax and tell them to refuel the jet…

Sitting on a quiet hillside surrounded by stunning scenery and unrivalled sea views in southern Corsica is Villa Luna. Perfectly positioned, this villa boasts unrivalled sea views in a peaceful surrounding. Blending raw, natural materials with a sleek, slender style, this villa strikes a balance between modern indulgencies and traditional textiles. Carefully designed to work within the natural surroundings, local stone is used to effortlessly unify the villa with its environment. Inside, the spacious living areas are refreshingly modern and offer a comfortable lounge with a full entertainment system and a fully equipped modern kitchen and dining area, perfect for family and friends to gather in. Sleeping up to ten guests, the five en-suite bedrooms are all finished to the highest of standards with The Garden Suite and First Floor Suite both benefitting from private exterior hot tubs for ultimate decadence. If staying in shape is important whilst away, then enjoy a work out in the villa’s fully air-conditioned gymnasium or for a less strenuous way to while away the time, watch a movie in the cinema room complete with a DVD library. The large, outdoor, heated swimming pool sits perfectly in front of the villa offering beautiful sea views. However, should a day soaking up the endless Corsican sunshine at the beach be what you are looking for, just a short walk from the villa is one of Europe’s most secluded and stunning beaches; Palombaggia.

CORSICA: Villa Luna

SOUTH AFRICA: Cliff Lodge Get back to nature with a stunning safari lodge! Perched on a koppie with panoramic views over the vast lowveld and the distant Drakensberg Mountain range, the three bedroom Cliff Lodge is the crowning glory of Richard Branson’s world renowned Ulusaba Private Game Reserve. Located in the western region of the Sabi Sands, bordering the Kruger National Park, guests of this exclusive property enjoy the peace and tranquility of a private residence, as well as being perfectly placed to witness the beauty and drama of nature. With a neutral African theme running through the house, Cliff Lodge exudes comfort and discrete luxury, where natural materials and colour palate work harmoniously with the surrounding Bush. Romantic bedrooms, with vaulted thatched ceilings and canopied beds include generous bathrooms, and spacious living areas with walls adorned with geometric carvings, open up to viewing platforms to soak in the uninterrupted view whilst bathing in the private pool or Jacuzzi. Fully serviced, a guest’s stay can be as relaxed or exhilarating as desired. A personal Game ranger and tracker are on hand to allow an intimate discovery of the incredible diversity of flora and fauna – in search of the elusive “Big Five”. Back at the house, a private chef prepares delicious cuisine after a day of discovery, with menus taking inspiration from European dishes, enhanced by locally sourced ingredients and the flavours of South Africa.

ITALY: Villa Oliviero Stunning is the only word fit for describing the Italian jewel Villa Oliviero. In Positano, perched high on the beautiful Amalfi Coast, Villa Oliviero boasts one of the most evocative backdrops in the world. This enchanting villa epitomises the Italian charm and luxury that this region offers, presenting unrivalled views of the ocean and its surroundings. The design of the property capitalises on the stunning vista with all the bedrooms facing directly on to the sea with private balcony or terrace, a panoramic swimming pool and several terraces from which to admire the spectacular Amalfi Coast. Balancing contemporary luxury with intimate Italian charm, Villa Oliviero offers the best of best worlds, with features such as a traditional wood burning oven, perfect for pizza parties! In the communal areas, you will find luxury features such as a Jacuzzi, Turkish bath and large open fireplaces. All six double bedrooms are individually decorated with their own particular colour schemes, yet all share the same effortless elegance and excellent range of in-room amenities which, together, ensure a stay in this villa will be a memorable one! Villa Oliviero’s spacious rooms, numerous terraces and fabulous backdrop is ideal for entertaining or celebrating that memorable occasion abroad with family and friends.


“Never be the first to arrive at a party or the last to go home and never, never be both� David Brown




Masha and friends

David Dessureault, Ahmed Fakkousa & friends

Mahiki & Flair launch ‘Fashion Finale’ with The Press Room Photography: Capital D Studio

Mahiki& Flair hosted the who’s who of society on Wednesday 25th April 2012 to launch the ‘Fashion Finale’. The launch event brought together Dubai’s best local fashion designers; Lady Fozaza, Tamara Al Gabbani, Dabya, Drama Queen and Andrea Brocca- all represented by The Press Room, an initiative of Capital D Studio. Official Beauty Sponsor Sephora indulged the VIP guests with makeup sessions and gifts. Posh Salon was the Official Hairstylist for the evening.

On the last Wednesday of every month, Mahiki Dubai is the new fashion destination hosting a series of upcoming events with Flair aimed at indulging high society fashionistas with the best in local and international fashion and beauty. Catch the next Fashion Finale installment on May 30th...if you’re invited.

Carla Atallah and Nadime Kanso

Models from Lush Group

Ms. Elisa & Friend

Tamara Al Gabbani

Zubaida Jacob and Mona Kattan

Mohammed Sultan Al Habtoor

Mrs. Marina Elissa, Mrs. Stephanie Telme, H.E. Eric Giraud-Telme & Dr. Nicholas Elissa

Model from Lush Group

Betina Sepehri & friend

Paul A Frangie & Carrie Ryan

Ayaad Damouni, Mohammed Habtoor Masha Meredith Damouni & friends

Rachel Duggan, friend & Anmol Pinto


Yasmeen Derhally & friend

Hannah Anderson & Jessica Chamberlain

Roshni Amarnani, friend & Barkha Shewakramani

Rima Jbara & husband

Harry Santa, Annah Cuthbert, Elisabeth Whiston Dew

Kate Barry & friend

Tamara Bakir, Carrie Ryan, Meredith Damouni, Shraddha Barot





Damas & Graff host ‘rare jewels’ Graff Diamonds, in collaboration with Damas Jewellery, last April inaugurated a rare jewels exhibition, featuring some of the luxury British jeweller’s finest jewellery pieces from around the world. The three-day exhibition celebrates the opening of the new Graff boutique, located in the Burj Al Arab hotel, Dubai, UAE. An evening runway show was organised by Damas, the distributor of Graff in Dubai, to offer select regional VIPs the chance to have an exclusive viewing of some of the world’s finest jewellery collections. More than 190 pieces have been flown into Dubai direct from London for the exhibition, with a combined retail price exceeding USD 80 million. Many of the jewels on display have never left the United Kingdom before.

Rosmin Manji

Maxmillian & friend


Carissa & Stephen

Model wearing Graff Rubies & Diamond set




INGIE Paris launches the S/S Collection 2012 Mid-April INGIE Paris unveiled the Spring Summer collection 2012at the prestigious Monarch Hotel. Dubai’s fashion folk were out in full force, all wanting front row seats to get the first look at the always meticulously designed, trend-setting yet timeless, sophisticated yet ahead-of-the-season collection. They were not disappointed- the immaculately choreographed show featured 27 signature looks, withfive5 models sashaying down a purpose-built catwalk that showed off the pieces to perfection. This INGIE Paris collection has inspired many a Dubai-based fashionista to book a ticket to Paris. The style sirens all agreed that the collection evoked nostalgic memories of the iconic blonds strolling along the Faubourg St-Honore, sipping tea at the Cafe de Flore, indulging in retail therapy on the Champs Elysees, dining at the stalwart Plaza Athenee and resting at the grand Hotel de Crillon. The collection typified all it is to be a radiant, romantic, always supremely elegant, INGIE Paris woman.


Ingie Chalhoub with models


Ingie Chalhoub with VIP guests


Lina Samman & Ingie Chalhoub





Poppy Delivine and Rosemin Manji

Mr. & Mrs. Nicolas Alissa

Christian Louboutin Circus Extravaganza On April 2nd, Christian Louboutin personally hosted Dubai’s top VIPs and socialites for a circus themed night of fun and dancing. Guests, including designer Henry Holland and model Poppy Delevigne, were transported into the world of Louboutin at the One & Only Royal Mirage’s Ampitheatre which was transformed to represent the backstage of a circus. Jugglers and stilt walkers entertained the crowd while guests danced under the stars. The event was the highlight of Christian Louboutin’s visit to Dubai and was a key part of his global 20th anniversary celebrations. The anniversary is an important milestone for the brand and was marked by the release of the Christian Louboutin book published by Rizzoli and the Capsule Collection.


Wadih El Najjar & friend

Christian Louboutin & guests


Ms. Mona

Christian Louboutin and guest



84 Carla Atallah and Nina Zandnia

Lina Samman

Diala Makki

The Qode Party Unlocked! The Qode, formerly known as Image Nation, launched their new identity in unprecedented style at the ‘Sky Vault’ on the 51st floor of the Emirates Towers office tower in April. The glittering party, organized by Chic Alors, high above the Dubai skyline was attended by the city’s VIPs, clients, and friends who have supported the The Qode and its team since its birth two years ago. The stylish Qodesters danced well into the night to the retro sounds of The Qode playlist, relishing the signature cocktail, Le Fizz by Grey Goose, and culinary treats from the Ivy. Dessert came by way of luxe bakery du jour, Hey Sugar. Guests languished in the stunning space decorated to stylish perfection by the famous Catertainment and Event Boutique who dressed the venue for the night in sultry furniture from their repertoire, which has graced some of the most glamourous parties in the country. Black was the colour of the night, and it came best in the form of 28 Black, the uber chic energy drink with acai, which powered the style set to dance way into the small hours. One of the most anticipated parties of the year, The Qode bash lived up to every expectation, and we can be sure to enjoy much more glamour from The Qode.

Kate Barry

Ahmed Fakoussa, Rania Khoury, Shimaa Elsayed and Dipesh Depala

Dana Jallad, Ayesha Depala and friend

Lama Noppel and Nadine Kanso

Ahmed Fakoussa with friends

Penelope Georgakis, Tariq Edrees and friend

Ruth Bradley and friend

Ahmed Fakoussa, Balsam Al Khalil & Dipesh Depala

Minna Joseph and Mohammed Al Borno

Ritu Upadhyay and Ayesha Depala

Lama Noppel Masri and friend


Mr. & Mrs. Khaled Rangoonwala



Staying true to its Thai heritage, Dusit Thani hotel embodies everything that Thai hospitality is known for - warm smiles, excellent service, great tasting cuisine, authentic cultural entertainment. For enquiries and reservations: Tel: +971 4 343 3333 Email: Web:




Model wearing Tahir Sultan

Tahir Sultan

Soirée Boutique goes Contemporary Soirée Boutique launched its stunning new urban contemporary room last April with a glittering VIP reception in store. The new space was inaugurated with three new designers, Tahir Sultan, Wafa Saifi and Glam On You, with several new designers waiting in the wings to be shown in the space. Hosted by owner Mariya Kassam, the reception was attended by Dubai’s VIPs and socialites, including the designers themselves who mingled with the guests.

The Soirée Boutique has undergone an impressive facelift designed by Dipesh Depala, and the glittering new space is set to become a must stop destination for the region’s fashion cognoscenti.


Ceebo Shah and Mohammed AlBorno

Clarita Atallah Ahmed Fakoussa

Lashley Pulsipher & Timothy Rollins

Soiree owner Mariya Kassam & Dipesh Depala

Mamta Tahilramani *******



Rosemin Manji


Lady of Luxury By: Shraddha Barot Amariei

Rosemin Manji is a style staple in the UAE fashion world bringing world-renowned designers to the Middle East. From Tom Ford to Christian Louboutin this lady has rubbed shoulders with the globe’s fashion greats. From running a successful PR agency, to styling royalty, to hosting a show on Dubai One TV this lady has done it all…with true style! FLAIR SOCIETY presents Rosemin Manji.

You have such an extensive experience in different areas of Fashion... what are your career highlights so far?

I always tell people my years working with Tom Ford were when I learned the most. After graduation I absorbed everything when I was in his office - brand management skills, managing people and achieving the perfect mix of creativity and being commercial to make a brand successful. Fast forward 10 years and I’m in Dubai organising his press trip to the region. My Top 3 Highlights over my years in the Middle East are definitely: Tom Ford’s visit to the region, Burberry’s Global 3D show and working with Christian Louboutin. I have countless memories over the years in Saudi Arabia, Beirut and Dubai. Congratulations on the organising the recent event for 20th Anniversary of Christian Louboutin... how and when did you start working with the brand?

design to buying and there are other ways to express your creativity and point of view not only through design. I guess never say never (smiles). What are the fashion must haves this season? And what are the key investment buys that would look good for years to come?

Always invest in your basics such as good seamless lingerie (try Chantelle), logo-free dark denim like J Brand or Current and Elliot, good quality cashmere, and shoes flats for walking, good court shoes like Decollete by Christian Louboutin or Jimmy Choo’s 24/7 collection have a good selection. This season I love what Marc Jacobs showed on the runway for Louis Vuitton it was feminine and perfect for the Spring with the pastel colour palette. I love Victoria Beckham’s big two-tone travel tote for travelling, I’m also loving all the bright colours dresses by Roksanda Illinic and Roland Mouret

I met Christian in London years ago and we reconnected about five years ago when I moved to Dubai and the rest is history! He was aware of my experience in London and Milan and of course my love for shoes and his shoes in particular.

Are you an accessories person? If so what is your favorite?

Can you tell us something about Christian Louboutin that we might not know?

Which Dubai hotspots do you visit often?

He loves dancing!

Your company RR&Co has established itself as a very reputable agency. Who was your first client?

My team and I have worked very hard to stay true to the ethos of my company, which has been to work with global luxury brands and to adapt to the regional market, which is why we have Chanel, Hermes on the same client list as Tom Ford and Christian Louboutin. I wanted to create a luxury hub for these brands to work with me and my partners from florists to creative production who all understand important brand guidelines. My turning point was with Tiffany & Co. We worked very closely with the New York office to execute a three-day event to celebrate the largest store in the region in Dubai. The concept was to bring 5th Avenue to Dubai which of course included a real “Breakfast at Tiffanys”; we also had the incredible New York Yellow Diamond on display. , What is like to be the resident fashion expert of Dubai One s show Studio One?

My segment Fashion Thursdays is such a blast to host each week. My work day is full on luxury, so with television I get to connect to a different audience and show viewers how to work “runway to reality”. Each week I mix high end with high street. It’s live TV, so you have to be focused to get your point across with little banter for fun all a short time span as there are no edits! I am very lucky as my brother is as a presenter and actor on television in L.A. (HBO’s Call Me Fitz and NBC’s Saving Hope) so I am always learning from him. You have and continue to work with some of the world’s best brands, do you ever dream of launching your own fashion brand?

Good question…when I was younger all I knew about fashion was to be a designer then as you grow older you realise it’s a huge industry from

There are handbag women and shoe women, and I am definitely a have always been about the shoes. Nothing makes my heart beat faster than shoes!

La Petit Maison for the amazing desserts and Nobu for the anti cucho rib eye steak; I have a weakness for the sushi and the anti cuchro sauce there! Shoes and Bags? How many do you own?

Is this a trick question (laughs)! My husband would kill me if he knew the real number! What are favorite boutiques and stores in Dubai?

Boutique 1, and for one-stop shopping Mall of Emirates. Having styled so many people, what has been your best styling experience so far?

Working with Queen Rania in my Gucci days and then when I was European Public Relations Director at Juicy Couture. My highlight was in Vanity Fair when she was listed on the Best Dressed Hall of Fame and she said her favourite shirts were the long sleeve jersey tops from Juicy Couture! Lastly, take us into a day in the life of Rosemin Manji…

Honestly every day is different…. Mondays are in the office and after work you can find me grocery shopping at Spinneys as its market day! Some days are trailing the malls putting looks together for my fashion segment and other days are working on with clients for styling. I love the variety of my job.



Nina Zandnia Blonde Ambition

Swedish-Iranian beauty Nina Zandnia has sashayed her way onto Dubai’s social scene with remarkable style. Respected for her flawless fashion sense, her graceful allure and her ladylike demure, she defines ‘society darling’. With best friend and business partner Tariq Edrees, she has caused a new social storm, launching the Middle East’s first online TV channel Lifestyle-style. com. In this FLAIR exclusive we have a tête-à-tête with Zandnia about her new venture, luxury living…and all that is decadent Dubai.

How do you define Dubai style?

Dubai style is good but the sense of fashion is not great, as everyone dresses up in a similar manner i.e. branded from head-to-toe and for me that is not style. What are your must-have fashion items for the summer season?

Floral print blazers, washed out denim jeans and colourful high heels. Describe the perfect weekend for you in Dubai?

Life in Dubai is so hectic so on the weekends I prefer spending time with my friends, my dog by the beach or going out for a nice dinner with my family spending quality time with them. , What are Lifestyle-Dubai s recommendations for ultimate Dubai living?

Lifestyle-Dubai recommends different activities for different group of people, as restaurants are good for the families or friends to meet up on the weekends, hotels for tourists and family getaways, beach for kids and sun lovers, night clubs and lounge for people looking out to have a great time and music. Where are the best places to shop in Dubai?

Mall of the Emirates is a great place to shop; you can get everything there from high end to street wear and SAKS Fifth Avenue as it offers all the brands under one roof.

What is the mission of

Our mission is to cater our audiences the best possible advices when it comes to lifestyle and entertainment, and also to expand through the whole of the Middle East. Why did you set up

I felt the UAE needed a channel such as, as it has so many places, activities and beautiful things to see and yet they are unexplored, therefore through our channel we wanted to give our audience an opportunity to explore the country in a better way. We have introduced reality shows on our online channel as there are none in the UAE. What has been your favourite moment so far on Lifestyle-Dubai. com? In 10 days when our channel reached 300,000 viewers (smiles). What have been the best events of the season so far?

The Launch of & U C Production at the Kempinski Hotel and Residences - The Palm, Christian Louboutin and Art Dubai. Where does recommend for summer travel plans?

We recommend the South of France, Italy, Greece, Sardinia and of course, Stockholm, Sweden.



Ayaad Damouni Lights, Camera, Fashion!

Capital D Studio is a force to be reckoned with bringing international standard photography with UAE flair. Ayyad Damouni is well known for being one of Dubai’s strongest forces behind the lens, but what happens when he moves in front of the camera? In this FLAIR ARABIA exclusive Ayaad tells us about his new role as Brand Ambassador for men’s Italian shoe brand 59BondSt.

You are one the best photographers in Middle East. When did you start photography? I started photography at the age of 14 when my family moved to Australia. Due to my very bad English at the time, I used the camera as a shield, I was pretending to be a tourist for a couple of years till I sorted out the language issue.

I never thought photography was something that you can actually make a living out of, but there you go, what do I know? Congratulations on being appointed as the Brand Ambassador of 59BondSt. shoes… how did this partnership come along, and why did you choose to represent this brand in the Middle East? I’m very excited about this partnership and I really like the brand and its philosophy.

The opportunity came up and I was why not, I like shoes and these shoes in particular are pretty amazing and fit exactly with my style. If I was to design shoes this exactly what they would look like. Are you planning to endorse any more brands in the future?

I’m not very big on planning, I like surprises if something comes along and it suites me and my lifestyle, then I will go for it.

My plan for 59BondSt. is to keep doing what I’m doing, work hard, party hard and travel in-between. I’m also look forward to visiting the atelier later this year and hopefully work with the brand on some specific designs.

Can you tell us more about Capital D Studio and your services?

Capital D studio came out of a gap in the market. Our mission from day one was to service and elevate the industry to an international standard.

We offer complete production solutions to our partners, but the secret of our success is our commitment to the industry. Even though we completely understand the importance of the equilibrium of art and commerce we often put the art before the commerce. But we have come to understand that wherever there’s art there will be commerce not too far behind. You have an eye for beautiful things…what are the top five beautiful things you own?

My Panerai GMT, a Tod’s bag that I received as a gift from the brand, a 35mm 1.8 lens that I purchased in NYC, our new dog TUX a cocker spaniel that I love so much, and of course the full collection of my 59Bond street shoes, which are delaying me getting to work every morning trying to decide which pair I should be wearing. We have heard you play professional polo. How and when did you start playing? Shall we expect to see you playing at polo tournaments in Dubai?

I started polo just over a year a go and I’m totally addicted to it, it was love at first ride. I’m completely obsessed with it just like everyone else who is

into polo, and yes the plan is to play in a tournament this year and maybe even create very cool polo boots in collaboration with 59Bond Street, we will keep you posted on that one. Having worked with the some of the best brands in the world, what has been your best experience so far?

I think what makes a grand brand is its unique identity, for me all brands are very interesting as they take a life of their own and tackle different aspects of business differently from one to another. I’m a real fan of Italian brands, I love the way they package and present, and their attention to details is incredible.

These guys (Italians) really know what life is all about; great cars, boats, food, watches, shoes and the list just goes on and on... You and your wife are the ideal couple who balance work, life and family together. What is your secret? I think the secret is honesty between yourself and your partner. We are all human beings and at the end of the day they will be some disagreements and the most important thing is to remember that there is a bigger picture and that we are always working towards the same goal.

But the real secret is being able to leave work where it belongs and to make sure that the family always comes first.

We have been working together for the past 11 years basically since we have been together. We are very lucky that we are able to have both. Which are favourite places in Dubai?

Jones the Grocer for a quick lunch, Zuma for a great dinner with friends, Desert Palm for a chilled weekend breakfast and being home with my family. Since we are approaching summer, what’s your favourite holiday destination? One of my favourite cities in the world is Istanbul, I can never get enough of that place, everything about it is amazing; the food, the weather, the architecture…all of it is amazing. What can we expect from Capital D Studio in future?

We are planning expansion into other regions this year. We are also moving very strongly into moving image, and we will be collaborating with more local and regional talent who we will be announcing soon... Take us into a day in the life of Ayaad Damouni…

Drive the kids to school, then off to Desert palm for stick ‘n’ ball Work by 9am and then either non-stop meetings or a shoot. And lots of Nespresso in between (laughs).

, ayaad s favourite portraits
















SOCIAL diary

Lady of luxury about town Mrs. Shraddha Barot Amariei

I am so excited to invite and welcome you all to the new revamped FLAIR ARABIA society pages which I am sure you all already love! It is my great privilege and pleasure to join as Flair‘s Society Editor as the stunning city we call home ‘DUBAI‘, its breathtaking fashionable personalities and never seen before luxury events truly deserves to be celebrated and FLAIR SOCIETY is all about that. Let’s start with what caught my eye these past recent months…Firstly as someone who loves fashion I have to begin with Christian Louboutin‘s fabulous celebrations around the world for the 20th Anniversary of the brand and we certainly were spoiled by him by being invited to the amazing events he hosted in Dubai. Our heartiest Congratulations Mr. Louboutin! We wish you many more successful years and thank you for making us all look so elegant and stylish with your red soles! Also, a big fashion industry event was the launch of Zayan Ghandour‘s self-titled collection , ‘Zayan launch at her boutique S*uce in Dubai Mall. As all of us know, Zayan is one of those people who has shaped the fashion industry in this region by giving encouragement and support to new and upcoming designers who later became big fashion brands, so when the time came for Zayan to launch her collection we knew we will see Dubai’s poseratti in town at the event! Lastly, I have to mention Nadine Kanso‘s Bil Arabi launch at Harvey Nichols Dubai. Nadine is an

extraordinary artist, designer and photographer celebrating Middle Eastern culture through her jewellery designs. We truly love the fusion line that was launched; classic pieces with a twist of Arabic calligraphy for which Nadine is so famous for...

Stay tuned for our next issue where we will share pictures from some the above events and also feature some newcomers on the night scene. I believe Dubai is most magical after dark when the stars featured in all our Society pages shine the brightest! Shraddha Barot Amariei

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Colour Blocking Hues Boutique Hotel


Dubai is better known for extravagant luxury than understated cool. Those who could use a rest from this city’s incessant bling are in luck: there’s a new boutique hotel in town. Hues Boutique Hotel brings a much-needed breath of fresh air to Dubai’s hospitality scene. Between its funky interiors, subtle hospitality and laid back vibe, Hues is a welcome escape from Dubai’s excesses, right in the heart of the city.

101 Hues Boutique Hotel is certainly colourful: the hotel’s unique location and vibrant interiors do justice to its name. With the Gold and Spice Souks all within easy reach, Hues is right in the centre of Dubai’s split personality, divided relentlessly between the traditional and the ultra modern. Hues provides a welcome middle ground for the meeting of modern design and traditional hospitality in Dubai. The interiors manage to be both welcoming and edgy, shunning the OTT plush look of many other hotels and the spare minimalism of countless boutique hotels worldwide. The 103 rooms, suites and common spaces at Hues are an exercise in the melding of function and imaginative design. The Hotel’s forward-thinking design philosophy is evident from the building’s exterior, which evokes a trendy industrial feel, reminiscent of New York’s beloved boutique hotels. Strong external lines provided by the floor divisions characterise the exterior. Interior lighting is visible through the windows at night, creating a checkerboard of vibrant hues. A sharp Z of white terracing adds quirk and interest to the exterior and shots of champagne-hued light

guide guests to the entryway. With its playful mishmash of colours, shapes and strong lines the exterior evokes a welcoming home more than a hotel, with just the right element of minimalism to keep it above the fray. The interior design is centred around the concept of a different hue, orange, green, yellow and blue, on each floor that sets the mood and pervades the design elements throughout all of the spaces on that level. The rooms echo the colour theme with subtle accent walls, art and accessories that complement neutral, finely-crafted furniture and wood panelling. The gray stone bathrooms are brought into the theme via subtle accessories and clever coloured backlighting. Many of the materials used throughout the hotel are sourced from local companies. The Hotel’s common areas are where its design credentials really shine. In these areas, the pigments are more staid, anchored by a profusion of white and wood panelling that sets off the other floors to excellent effect. The rooftop pool and cafe are ultra-modern while providing a relaxing and laid-back location to kick back. The spa, offering an enticing menu

of treatments, evokes the traditional rituals of the Middle East, with mosaic tiling and a restful, blue theme. Hues Boutique’s restaurants provide inspiring aesthetics and delicious dishes. We recommend the Aurora Lounge & Terrace, a placid, blue-hued space filled with minimalist white lounge furniture and cacti looking out over the Arabian Gulf. For a unique culinary experience, grab a table at Chocante Latin Bistro, a Brazilian restaurant evoking all of the flavour and life of the legendary Latin American nation. Our favourite spot in the hotel, however, is Mistakes Bar. What a name! We love how this cheekiness works flawlessly with elegant and sophisticated design to create a space equally suited to a lunch or an evening of revelry. Whether you’re a diehard Dubai resident in need of a splash of minimalism and colour, or a design-conscious visitor looking for a new accommodation experience, Hues Boutique Hotel is a perfectly stylish refuge and a true boutique treasure, right in the middle of it all.


Seeing Red Louboutin’s Sole


The Design Museum presents the first UK retrospective of iconic French shoe designer Christian Louboutin, celebrating a career which has pushed the boundaries of high fashion shoe design.

Louboutin’s exquisite shoes, with their instantly recognisable glossy red soles, are a unique fusion of fashion, craftsmanship, engineering and sculpture. This exhibition celebrates Louboutin’s career to date and showcases twenty years of designs and inspiration, revealing the artistry and theatricality of his shoe designs from stilettos to lace-up boots, studded sneakers and bejewelled pumps. Louboutin’s shoes are the epitome of style, glamour, power, femininity and elegance. Drawing from Christian Louboutin’s personal archive, the exhibition presents his celebrated shoe designs, referencing the origins of the iconic red sole, through to the latest Louboutin collections including a range for men and desirable handbags.

A dramatic exhibition environment will present Louboutin’s artistic personality and creative approach. It will examine the many sources of his creativity, shoes inspired by performance, cabaret and the showgirl; fantasy and fairytale; art and architecture; film; landscape and travel.


The exhibition will also focus on the handcrafted shoe, one-off designs which incorporate his highly innovative ideas, forms and materials. There will be a special section dedicated to the shoes designed for ‘Fetish’ an exhibition at the La Gallerie Du Passage, Paris in 2007, a unique collaboration of photography between Louboutin and acclaimed artist David Lynch. At the core of the exhibition will be a unique exploration of Louboutin’s design process, taking the visitor through every stage of the design journey, revealing how a shoe is constructed, from the initial drawing and first prototype through to production in the factory. Looking beyond design and production the exhibition will also explore the company’s innovative store design in which Louboutin is always closely involved. The exhibition runs from 1st May to 9th July


Tiki Temptations Taste of Mahiki


Mahiki has shaken up Dubai’s after-dark scene with their tropical paradise indulging the glitterati with creative cocktails, exotic vibes and pure unadulterated fun. Now, the hotspot aims to stimulate new senses with the introduction of an eclectic food menu. We check into Mahiki earlier than usual to get gastronomic…the verdict? Taste-buds tantalized…

From scallops to samosas the kitchen aims to please an array of palettes. The culinary offering is brought to you courtesy of Chef Marcus Chant who comes to Mahiki Dubai with a plethora of gastronomic mastery to bring to the table. Marcus is the Head Chef at Mahiki, Dubai. Born in London, Marcus started his career at the age of 15. Initially trained at the Glenneagles in Chewton Glenn by his father, Marcus has captivated diners across the globe, setting new culinary standards across top restaurants in France, Italy, UK and Australia. This included a close association with celebrity chef Gary Rhodes at the Greenhouse Restaurant in Mayfair, London. In Australia, Marcus worked with three Michelin Star Chef Brett Graham as the Sous Chef of Banc Restaurant Australia. The restaurant won the best restaurant award in Australia two years in a row. Marcus, who graduated from the Westminster Catering College, arrived in Dubai from Incanto Restaurant in Harrow, London, where he scooped three rosettes as the Head Chef.

Always inspired by new ideas, Marcus stays abreast with emerging trends in the culinary world and brings true international class to Dubai.

Expect the unexpected dining at Mahiki Dubai, with an extensive yet eclectic culinary offering. At Mahiki, Marcus’s favourite dishes include the tuna tartar with guacamole wasabi and roasted garlic aioli or the pan-fried scallops with pea textures; as also the truffle cheese on toast with soft egg. Mahiki Dubai takes fries to a whole new level with their specialty hand cut chips cooked three times with rosemary sea salt and garlic aioli. The experienced mixologists at Mahiki enhance the palette with their complementary cocktail recommendations.

Next time you’re at this Dubai hotspot bring your appetite, our verdict: Tasty Dinner is served daily from 7 to 10pm.



royal revelry King Louis Private Club By: Kate Dannies

When it comes to decadence, we think King Louis XIV of France set the standard. No one epitomized opulence and extravagance the way he and his court did back in the day. While those times are, sadly, gone, a space that conjures up a bit of King Louis’s legendary hospitality and OTT taste, tailored for modern times, makes us nostalgic for the heights of luxury that will never again be attained. A night out at King Louis Private Club, a new centre of revelry fit for a king, is the closest thing we can imagine to partying with the Sun King.

Housed in a historic castle called, aptly, Louis XIV, the King Louis club offers historic luxury combined with the best of modern innovation in design, music and cuisine. Here, we are free to indulge in the extravagant nostalgia of King Louis’s legacy with our feet planted firmly in the modern era. This is a space for letting loose and forgetting the outside world. Created by Prospect Design International, the club’s concept is centred around the castle’s historic dungeon. The team transformed the underground space from a prison to a secluded haven of beautiful people, refined design and some of the best partying on the continent. In the dungeon, tradition meets modernism, bringing together the best of old school architecture with contemporary innovation. The contrasts present in the space are obvious, yet pleasing, coming together in a clash of old and new that adds a new dimension to the experience and leaves space for partiers to appreciate how they got down in days gone by. The interiors manage to simultaneously honour the heritage of the space, while offering the modern environment best suited to 21st century revelry.

The interiors make use of unusual materials to form a textured and cohesive whole. The ceiling, for example, features classical cornices, pervasive in traditional Gallic architecture. For a modern twist, the design team added rotating multi-colour LED lighting, making the ceiling a fusion centrepiece of the space. The club’s interiors are lent a plush richness with leather walls embossed with classical French patters. The LED lighting effect on the alabaster floor echoes the ceiling concept, fusing the space together. The alabaster is echoed in the tables, which are made from the same material, and contrast is achieved with sections of flooring featuring stunning copper wood. Chesterfield sofas in luminous velvet add richness to the space—after all, royalty loves velvet. A final ancient-contemporary fusion touch is the artwork: pictures of famous DJs from Bob Sinclair to David Guetta were manipulated to look like portraits from the old world. Most importantly, the music: the space is fitted out with a Funktion On sound system, bringing the hottest beats to each corner of this opulent space. We think that the Sun King himself would’ve approved.


Food, Wine & Imagination Donatello’s Restaurant and Lounge By: Kate Dannies

The Dubai International Financial Centre can now add the designations of ‘gourmet hotspot’ and ‘design innovator’ to its already impressive roster of credentials. With the opening of Donatello’s Restaurant and Lounge, the DIFC has found a new meeting place, whether for a business lunch or unwinding after hours. FLAIR got a behind-the-scenes look at how this national treasure came to be.

In the staid surroundings of the DIFC, Donatello’s offers a luxurious and leisurely space to enjoy world-class food and wine and some wellearned post-work downtime. The bespoke menu of inventive takes on classic Italian favourites, including delicious treats like octopus salad, handmade pasta and tiramisu, as well as the impressive wine list and drink selection are enough to make us follow our stomachs to the secluded location within the DIFC. Being the design junkies we are, we can’t help but focus on the space’s interiors, first and foremost. To begin with, the location of Donatello’s, tucked away in the tower, may be difficult to locate, but also allows the space to remain secluded from the business-as-usual atmosphere of the DIFC, keeping the environment relaxed enough for revelry by night, and elegant enough for daytime wheeling and dealing. By contrast to the DIFC’s glass and steel look, Donatello’s interiors, designed by Prospect Design International, offers a plush, earthy ambiance that goes perfectly with the cuisine coming out of the kitchen. The design concept revolves around the idea of an elegant restaurant with a twist: the overall effect is that of a familiarly comfortable trattoria, but small, ingeniously planned details amp up the space’s design credentials, lending the space a sophistication and edge that we love. The first impression of the space is a pleasing fusion of spacious, subtly secluded rooms: restaurant, lounge, private dining rooms, and wine cellar, and a balance of earth tones, natural finishes in partnership with a hint of oriental texture. The lack of natural light flowing into the DIFC location is barely apparent, due to the close attention given to introducing clever lighting elements throughout the location The macro elements of the space include a box concept, evoking delicious associations with jewellery and chocolate boxes. A unique


‘bar code’ design on the ceiling, mirrored on the flooring, adds attitude and an almost undetectable internal order. On the ceiling, the bar code effect is accomplished with walnut beams and tinted mirrors, replicated in the floor with walnut parquet and metallic tiles. This theme carries over into the wine cellar, where steel and wood support themes riff off of the bar code theme in the main dining room. The strategic use of copper throughout the space lends light, luxury, and a hint of Italy. In the main dining area, the ceiling features 1.8 kilometres of metallic copper tubing to create an undulating collection of spotlight-lit tubes emerging from the ceiling: an innovative pairing of lighting and industrial-chic design features that works well with the other design elements in the interiors. Copper also features in the wine cellar, which has an internal support structure of one kilometre of identical copper tubing. The space’s centrepiece, a copper olive tree sculpture, rounds out the use of that material in a pleasing manner.


The design elements used in the space are cleverly modified and carried over and developed in different ways in a cohesive and integrated concept. The olive tree theme, meant to evoke Italy, is, for example, carried over from its role as a striking centrepiece in a more subtle fashion via olive tree veneer used on the dining tables. Carefully chosen accessories, such as two bust sculptures used on the walls, build upon the gentle Italian theme running through the space. Although the space has the look and feel of Italy, small touches remind guests that they are happily at home in Dubai. A mashrabiyyah theme created with worked metal subtle accents the glass facades of the private dining rooms and the flank walls of the restaurant. A frosted sticker reprising the same pattern adorns the glass wall of the wine cellar. With its mighty design credentials and tantalising cuisine, Donatello’s is one hot address that foodies, jetsetters and design connoisseurs can all agree on. Watch out DIFC: your address just got hot.


Maldives Mystique Knocking on Heaven’s Door

Paradise on earth lies only three hours from Dubai. So close yet another world, FLAIR ARABIA presents NIYAMA… defining the magic and mystique of the Maldives… relax heaven has arrived…

NIYAMA, Per AQUUM’s latest addition to their award winning portfolio is now open. This hotly anticipated resort is turning the Maldives upside down with a plethora of options to get guests active and incite a sense of discovery, stimulation and fun. This exciting new concept is coupled with the natural beauty and tranquility of the Maldives so those who just want to sit back, chill out and relax can do so in style. Try the games simulators, enjoy yoga, tai chi or zumba, kick up your heals at Subsix the world’s first underwater music club, or simply relax and watch the sunset from Fahrenheit rooftop bar. Located in the South Western Atoll of Dhaalu, NIYAMA is a 40 minute seaplane flight from the Maldives capital Male’.


As a Per AQUUM resort, NIYAMA was sure to introduce iconic experiences to the Maldives and the dining options do not disappoint. Tribal brings a new unique concept to the Maldives. Designed like a modern day campsite, guests sit in specially designed pods surrounded by live cooking stations with dishes influenced by tribes from South America, Africa and Asia. Cooking methods include hot rock grills, asados and open flames. Another innovative concept for NIYAMA is Per AQUUM’s Deli-In with an a la carte menu of gourmet deli items such as ice creams, cheeses, olives, cold cuts and wines all pre-stocked in each Studio and Pavilion. Fahrenheit is ideal for refreshing drinks throughout the day transforming into one of the island’s hotspots after-dark with spectacular ocean and sunset views. Sip frozen cocktails and Champagne while nibbling on gourmet canapés as live musicians and DJs fill the air with head bobbing, toe tapping beats until the early hours of the morning.


Offering appointments 24 hours a day, LIME at NIYAMA has a range of ‘After Dark’ massages, perfect for those who are looking to induce sleep. LIME has also introduced a time concept as part of the Private LIME experiences where you book the length of your treatment and the Spa Concierge will tailor your experience to your exact needs – whether that is a massage, wrap, facial or just some down time in your spa sanctuary. Of the eight treatment rooms; two overlook the lush vegetation while six overlook the lagoon. There is a dedicated Skin Bar for in depth skin consultations, a Lime Tree contemplation garden, Quench, the juice bar and Pump the 24 hour gym. Time to fly, heaven is waiting…


NIYAMA is also home to the world’s first underwater music club, Subsix. This one of a kind venue is located 500 meters offshore and six metres below the surface of the Indian Ocean. Edge appears to float on the surface of the Indian Ocean and will open at the same time as Subsix. This signature restaurant and lounge is also located 500 metres offshore with 360 degree views of the sunset and Indian Ocean from the cocktail lounge under the conical shaped roof. Secluded beach views, fibre optic lit private pools, 24 hour butler service, the latest in entertainment technology and expansive private sunbathing decks are just some of the features on offer in one or more of the 7 room categories of NIYAMA: Beach Studios with and without private pool, Water Studios with Private Pool, Deluxe Water Studios with Private Pool, Beach Pavilions with Private Pool, 2 Water Pavilions with Private Pool and Ocean Pavilions with Private Pool.


“Abandon the search for Truth; settle for a good fantasy� Anonymous




Avenue Fantasy

Upper East Style

New York upper eastside living is in the ivory league of real estate. A mansion at 80th and 5th Avenue is simply fantasy‌ Christies great estates present The Woolworth Mansion a landmark residence on Manhattan’s upper eastside.

Images courtesy of Christies Real Estate


By the late 1890s, legendary entrepreneur Frank Woolworth’s retail chain was expanding so rapidly that he could engage Charles Pierpont Henry Gilbert—a famed architect of French Gothic–style mansions—to design his residence at 80th Street and Fifth Avenue.

In 1910, while in the process of building the famed Woolworth Building at Broadway and Park Place, he again hired Gilbert to design a trio of houses on East 80th Street—one for each of his three daughters. Standing adjacent to one another, all three townhouses remain today. The middle mansion, flanked by twin 25-foot buildings, is an astounding 35 feet wide, and is now offered for sale.

124 This is the largest of three neighboring mansions built by department store magnate Frank Woolworth for his three daughters, with 35 feet on 80th Street. The impressive historical property is made of a grand seven-level layout with elevator and staircase access, five bedrooms, seven full and three half baths, and two staff quarters with baths. The elegant living spaces including a grand entry hall, sitting and drawing rooms, 50-seat dining room, panelled library, gymnasium, and offices. The great estate has been superbly designed for entertaining on a grand or intimate scale, supported by main and service kitchens connected by a dumbwaiter. There is impeccable period detail, from the beautiful exterior limestone façade to the elaborate moldings, panelling, columns, and fireplaces found within. The imposing limestone façade of this neo-French Renaissance–style home, completed in 1916, features a central foyer opening to a grand entry hall that leads into the heart of the residence. With a massive fireplace, the hall includes three closets and an elegant powder room, and accesses a kitchen in the rear along with the wide landing of the grand master staircase. The parlour floor begins with a 35-foot-wide front drawing room with a fireplace, three floor-to-ceiling windows, and a feeling of immense scale.

The ceiling here rises more than 14 feet, and the centre landing affords a large sitting room that connects the front drawing room to the formal dining room. With capacity for more than 50 guests, this regal space is host to a large fireplace and is positioned adjacent to a sunny rear morning room ideal for cozy breakfasts. A seating area, ample storage, and a dumbwaiter to the service kitchen below highlight the main chef’s kitchen. The third floor has a 35-foot panelled library, wet bar, and powder room. In the rear is a two-bedroom suite with two full baths and plenty of closet space. The fourth-floor master suite encompasses a grand bedroom, two sitting rooms, and two full baths with dressing rooms, while the fifth floor claims two more bedrooms with full baths as well as a gymnasium. A brilliant stained-glass skylight visible from the first five levels caps the main staircase. Presently built out for a private office, the sixth floor has a full bath and a powder room. The seventh storey encompasses a two-bedroom staff suite with two full baths and a separate kitchen. The lowest level is outfitted with a suite of offices and opens to an outdoor area. An elevator services all floors.

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The imposing limestone façade of this neo-French Renaissance–style home, completed in 1916, features a central foyer opening to a grand entry hall that leads into the heart of the residence. With a massive fireplace, the hall includes three closets and an elegant powder room, and accesses a kitchen in the rear along with the wide landing of the grand master staircase.


Inventive Inversion Warehouse Meets Townhouse

By: Kate Dannies

Image Credits: Paul Warchol

In the heart of Tribeca, an old warehouse transformed. From abandoned steel column to innovative inverted townhouse, this is an envy-worthy New York City residence if there ever was one. Created by Charles Wolf of Dean-Wolf Architects, with interiors by Eunjeong Sung, this inventive space brings new meaning to the term industrial chic.

Everyone loves a stylish converted loft, but few understand the ingenious architecture and clever design tricks necessary to convert an old factory or warehouse into a beautiful home. Layouts are often better suited to an assembly line than neatly ordered living spaces, and windows and exterior space are sometimes absent altogether. This property’s original warehouse space suffered from all three problems, requiring the architect and interior designer to envision ways to bring light, air and order to the space. The first step was to shed some light on the subject: the ceiling was cut open and replaced with glass panelling that allows sunshine to filter down into the townhouse’s lower floors. This feature gives the effect of an interior courtyard in the home’s core, lending a soft, airy feel to the industrial space.

The warehouse’s 10,500 square-foot slim, tall build presented a challenge as well: how to create liveable spaces stacked on top of each other? The solution lay in inverting the traditional townhouse layout by placing the parlour floor, by which the residence is accessed, on the top floor as opposed to the first floor. This allowed the public living spaces to benefit from maximum natural light, and gives the home a unique character. The architect envisioned a dynamic layout within the space that eliminated the warehouse’s natural dark, boxy interior by implementing visibility between the floors. Accomplished with an abundant use of glass panels and suspended spaces, the layout allows light to flow down five storeys all the way to the ground floor. In order to bring air into the space, a large garden deck was built off of the warehouse, allowing more air and light to flow into the space through full sliding doors. This outdoor space, highly coveted in New York City, is one of the main elements of the living space, providing an appealing open-plan look and feel.

The townhouse’s interiors gently echo the space’s industrial roots. Simple, solid materials—brick, steel, glass and wood—pervade the space, providing a chic, minimalist canvas for the home’s carefully chosen furniture, art and accessories. Clean lines, neutral tones and sleek engineering characterize the objects placed in the home: the design does not compete with the refined complexity of the architecture. From perfectly oval coffee tables to futuristic white plastic seating and custom bookshelves, each object in the home is in complete harmony with the architectural vision of the space. A neutral, warm colour palette lends the interiors a comfortable yet elegant look. Luxurious wood panelling is a major feature throughout the interiors. Rather than contributing to the natural darkness of the space, the panels serve to provide a subtle texture and flow that guides light around the interiors. Dark wood melds seamlessly with caramel hued panels, and these surfaces are set off by industrial gray flooring, exposed brick walls and brushed metal accent surfaces for an effect that manages to be at once industrial and inviting. With its ingenious architecture, subtly refined interiors and imaginative layout, this home is not just another run-of-the-mill Tribeca loft. This is one glass house we’d happily call home.

Last word

Dubai is so hot right now and we’re not talking about the weather. FLAIR ARABIA previews some of the latest exciting happenings…

Marco Pierre White’s Titanic Meliá Hotels International, Spain’s leading hotel group, has begun its expansion into the GCC by announcing the opening of its Meliá Hotels & Resorts brand’s first property, Meliá Dubai. Coinciding with the opening, the hotel launches Titanic by British Master Chef Marco Pierre White. The restaurant offers European signature dishes by British Master Chef including the mouthwatering starters of Carpaccio of Scallops with fresh ginger and coriander and Chilled Andalucian soup with langoustines. For mains Pierre White has fashioned a Magret of Duck Marco Polo with white peaches and sauternes roasting juices, Roast rack of lamb à la Dijonnaise with a mustard and herb crust and finally for dessert a Hot Raspberry Soufflé.

Underwater Discus Hotel

Dubai has ambitious plans to construct the world’s largest underwater luxury hotel, using a local shipyard named Drydocks World, with help from Swiss company BIG InvestConsult AG. The design will consist of a series of detachable disc shaped pods above the water, there will be a large central shaft connecting the surface discs to the underwater section which will rest just above the ocean floor. The planed depth of the underwater section is around 33 feet (10m), they will house twenty one two-guest bedrooms with the available space, this will be around 11,000 feet (1,000 square meters). Other planed amenities include a helipad on one of the smaller surface discs, a dive centre which will be set underwater and feature a decompression chamber. There will also be the usual features of a luxury hotel including a spa and fitness room. For this one we will have to watch this space…

Puma vs. Dubai Designers

PUMA is launching its ‘Built for One’ T7 activation across the Middle East as part of the 40 year celebrations of the classic T7 Track Jacket. The design project is a collaboration with regional artists, bloggers, musicians and filmmakers to design and create their own version of the iconic T7 Track Jacket at an exclusive workshop event in Dubai, where the select few will put their creative savvy to work and build a bespoke PUMA Creative Factory T7 jacket from an assortment of materials and fabrics. In advance of the launch, PUMA is also working with local fashion designers Zayan Ghandour, Emperor 1688, Tahir Sultan, Essa, Michael Cinco, Ezra, Furne One, Hatem Alakeel (TOBY) and Alanoud Badr to create their own one-of-a kind interpretations of the T7 Jackets, which was exhibited exclusively at the PUMA Creative Factory “Built For One “ T7 activation at SOLE DXB on 27 April, 2012.

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Flair Arabia June-July 2012  
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