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14 Editor’s Letter

26 Christian Dior

Sheikha Hend Al Qassemi presents Velvet Issue 21

The street chic of the Mini D de Dior watches

16 Editor’s Notes

28 Giorgio Armani

10 of the best in luxury

The architectural structure of Mr Armani’s fall accessory

SPOTLIGHT 18 Dolce & Gabbana

Velvet has a crush on these Dolce & Gabbana shoes 20 Roberto Cavalli


All you need to know for July from Isabel Marant’s new job title to the best of the season’s accessory picks.

Cavalli’s caged beauty makes the grade

40 Jewellery Notebook

All that glitters, shimmers and shines in jewellery for summer

FASHION 44 Celebrate!

A myriad of gift ideas with which to shower yourself and your loved ones over the Holy Month of Ramadan.

37 The Hot List 22 Bulgari

Spare no expense with Bulgari latest wrist candy

What we’re loving in style for the summer Jewellery Notebook

58 Super Stylin’

Behind the scenes with Marc Jacobs’ left hand woman and her latest line for Hogan.

39 Time To Shine 24 Asprey

Asprey’s silver exotic skin clutch is rock chic


Louis Vuitton introduces the Tourmaline Monogram LV80

66 Bold Moves – fashion shoot

Welcome in a new season of texture and shine in Winter’s most sought after looks.

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See out summer in spring’s prettiest looks.

BEAUTY 97 Absolue-tly Fabulous

Lancome’s latest skincare innovation Absolue is breaking more boundaries.

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98 Beauty Bulletin

Summer’s survival hot list of the products you need to know now

100 The Botox Report

130 Coppola Uncovered

100 Beauty Notes

As some women become immune to the Botox toxin, can it be put to better use to help those with perspiration problems?

Director of The Bling Ring and muse to Marc Jacobs on her personal torment and the public breakdown of her first marriage.

News from the spa. The treatments, the deals and the products that really work.



109 Velvet’s Summer Survival

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Isabelle Benoit, Innovation Director of skincare line Institut Esthederm talks seriously successful suncare.

Polly Sweet dictates how to spend your summer months celebrating Ramadan in style, exploring your city and making the most of being indoors.

Sheikha Mohammed Al Thani’s inspirational climb to the top.

103 10 of the Best

128 How I Get Dressed

Summer Brights. From neon nails to a popping pout.

Raya Al Khalifa explains why wearing an abaya could be the answer to your dressing woes.

102 In Conversation With…

100 Beauty Notes

News from the spa. The treatments, the deals and the products that really work.


140 Scarred For Life

How one man’s infidelity left permanent scars on his wife and their marriage 142 Index 139 Competition 141 Competition

129 Film: The Bling Ring

Sofia Coppola’s must-see movie about a glamorous gang of Hollywood thieves.

144 spare no expense

Van Cleef & Arpels Between the Finger Ring

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PUBLISHER & EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Sh. Hend Al-Qassemi EDITOR Natascha Hawke DEPUTY EDITOR Polly Sweet MARKETING MANAGER Joumana Sabbagh SOCIAL MEDIA AND PR REPRESENTATIVE Samsara Hussain CONTRIBUTING LIFESTYLE EDITOR Polly Sweet CONTRIBUTING FASHION & BEAUTY EDITOR Celia-Jane Ukwenya CONTRIBUTORS Alicja Jasnikowska, Caroline Barnes, Craig Marsden, Megumi Mizuno Alex Divollois, Aya Fujita, Miha Oshima, Gabi Humnicki, Sam Shimoun PHOTOGRAPHERS Jenny Brough, Jason Lloyd-Evans, Karolina Trawinska, Mariya Pepe IMAGES Getty Images

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Backstage at Velvet’s cover shoot

Ramadan Kareem: In the spirit of Eid, Burberry Prorsum sent out an Arabic artwork to celebrate the Holy Month.


Sheikh Mohammed Al Thani



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he most important time in the Islamic Calendar, the Holy Month of Ramadan is a time of reflection and appreciation. It is the time of year where we get to truly enjoy our loved ones, whilst becoming aware of those less fortunate than ourselves. Velvet’s July/August double issue is created with these elements in mind and we bring you an issue full of inspirational stories, such as that of Sheikh Mohammed Al Thani who risks his life for a passion that reaches far beyond the thrill of climbing mountains to raising money for children in Asia (On Top of the World, page 136), we have shortlisted our recommended charities to support this month and compiled an informed Summer Survival Guide (page 111) to keep you and your family entertained throughout Ramadan and beyond. As always, the issue is packed full of gorgeous new style updates and this issue we have a

dedicated section for Ramadan/Eid overflowing with gift ideas with which to shower your friends and family during this celebration period, from well deserved escapes to dressing your little ones in designer party wear and your husband in a contemporary designer thobe, not to mention dazzling diamonds for yourself. My final word is to simply celebrate, as I will be, Until this fast-paced region picks up speed again in September. Make the most of it. Ramadan Kareem!

Sheikha Hend Al Qassemi

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Velvet Crush Dolce & Gabbana’s platform sandals in rich red velvet trimmed with gold scream to be noticed. A shoe that won’t be overlooked, they are a decadent bit of detailing that every femme fatale ought to own. At Dolce & Gabbana


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Heavy Metal The metallic silver Ritz clutch bag in crocodile skin from Asprey is the new season’s most rock chic accessory. Undeniably decadent with a slash metal edge it gives a whole new meaning to rock chick glamour. At Asprey


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Update,Translate CURATE Isabel Marant for H&M Yes, it’s true. Isabel Marant for H&M will hit stores later this year. Beware the stampede.

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t seems there is no escaping the constant flow of exciting news that churns out on what seems to be an hourly basis from H&M HQ. No sooner has the fashion fever over one incredibly exciting designer collaboration come to end than another announcement sets pulses racing. The latest one sees a collaboration that is likely to disappear off shelves in record time, likely to smash those of even Anna Dello Russo and Margiela’s because this lady is known to be one of the most sought after ‘wearable’ designers of today. Isabel Marant, she of the hippie-chic clothes are some of the most copied on the high street due to her insouciant aesthetic that transcends trends and simply remains a type of feminine but boyish, rock but boho brand of super cool clothes that girls want to wear. “I am flattered by this collaboration: H&M works with the best designers and this invitation is an exciting honour,” says Marant. “I aim at creating something real, that women want to wear in their everyday lives, with a certain carelessness, which I think is very Parisian: you dress up, but do

not pay too much attention and still look sexy. The collection is infused with this kind of easiness and attitude. Everything can be mixed following one’s own instincts: my take on fashion is all about personality.” Expect distressed denims and languid separates, worn cowboy boots and suede

tassled gilets, oversized cargo knits and skinny leather trousers. In short, start saving as you’re likely to want the entire collection…and wear it forever. Isabel Marant for H&M arrives in store on November 14th 2013.

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Emirati Inspiration

The world’s largest shoe department, Level Shoe District, is celebrating Ramadan by collaborating with local Emirati multimedia designer Aljoud Lootah whose constellation-inspired graphic patterns will be incorporated into the stores décor and also on 500 limited edition canvas tote bags that will be on sale throughout the Holy Month, proceeds of which will go to charity. Speaking of the inspiration behind her designs, Aljood says, “Stars create tessellation patterns which reflect the complexity of constellation. Our ancestors used to be guided by the stars; they travelled, walked, discovered and lived according to them - their steps paved the way for us and made a difference in our lives. They left a mark by being guided by the stars, and I hope shoppers at Level Shoe District will do the same by investing in the constellation bag and supporting a notable charity.” Canvas Tote Bag, Dhs160 at Level Shoe District, Dubai Mall

Symphony Online One of the region’s most coveted fashion boutiques, Symphony is bringing its unrivalled eye for standout design, and designers, to the world with the launch of its new ecommerce site BySymphony. com. Going live in time for the Fall/ Winter ’13 collections, the new online shopping destination will house the same uniquely curated fashion edits of the Symphony boutique in Dubai Mall, that counts Jason Wu, Madiyah Al Sharqi and Christian Siriano amongst its sought after names, only now available to you at the touch of a button, anywhere. Dreams really do come true.


Velvet Loves…

Cruciani C’s Hand of Fatima bracelets created exclusively for the UAE for Eid in on-trend brights. Wear them loud and proud and lots at a time. Dhs100 each at Cruciani boutique in Burjuman, Dubai Mall and www.

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Transitional Trend: Black Lace

Black and lace were both big news for spring/summer ’13 and the trends show no sign of fading. Shop smart the sales and the current precollections to invest in pieces that will transcend the seasons and take you right through to next summer.

Art of the Night When looking for the ultimate in discretion when shopping for intimate apparel there is no more private way than to explore the delights that the World Wide Web has to offer. With so many addresses to choose from it can be a task in itself, but look no further than Nuit D’art for the latest lingerie styles that are not available to us in local boutiques and also offer a same day delivery to UAE customers. With an exquisite selection of pieces from Buttress & Snatch corsets to Damaris’ neon lace bra and knickers sets, there are styles for every eventuality.

Label Love: Bleach by Badreya Faisal Launched in 2012, by Emirati designer

and long-time traveller Badreya Faisal, Bleach takes the traditional abaya and brings it bang up to date through unique design quirks. As well as full-length single piece abayas, she has given her dedicated fans another option through layered top and bottom design separates for mix-and-match freedom. Raw silk with embellished sleeved tops can be paired with voluminous harem style pants and reversible tunics and printed linings all give the traditional abaya a contemporary makeover with a Comme des Garcons appeal. Bleach by Badreya Faisal is available at S*uce

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Accessory News

Velvet Loves…

Delfina Delletrez’s evil eye motif bracelet, Dhs2,565 and earring, Dhs2,079 now available at Saks Fifth Avenue. Great little Eid gifts.

The Return of the Shoot

The popularity of the knee high boot for winter 2013 may not be so suited to the desert warmth of the Middle East, but breathe a sigh of relief as we see the return of the ‘Shoot’ – shoe-boot for those not in the know. Gucci’s lace-up, collared-style stilettos are the solution to meeting winter’s call for boots halfway.

Exclusive Mulberry Alexa

Mulberry’s bestselling Alexa bag, made popular by Miss Chung herself, is one of those bags that every girl’s gotta have. The louche satchel design lets it hang insouciantly off the shoulder whilst the variable materials its available in mean there’s one to suit any personal style. If you’re heading to London then pop into Westfield in London’s Shepherds Bush and be the first, and one of only five people, to own the exclusive bold red ostrich design. Beat the Ramadan rush and hit the skies before its too late.

Love Moschino Moschino has created an exclusive handbag exclusively for UAE this Eid ceebrations. The Rossella nappa leather bag has been developed in gorgeous summer shades of coral and teal, each featuring the brand’s iconic Moschino gold lettering. The coral version will be available from the Moschino boutique in Dubai Mall and the teal version from the soon-to-beopened Moschino boutique at The Galleria, Al Maryah Island, Abu Dhabi. Just 25 Rossella bags have been ordered for each store so skip to it. Moschno Rosella bag, Dhs4,500, exclusively at Moschino Dubai Mall and The Galleria Abu Dhabi.

Ostrich Skin Alexa, approximately Dhs25,500, exclusively at Mulberry Westfield London, Tel:+44 (0)2087352991


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Velvet Loves…

The Marni Flap Bag

Marni’s key accessory for winter, the Flap Bag, is an intelligent bag investment for the new season. Made out of flawless leather with a new elongated shoulder strap, it comes in a myriad of styles and will never date. Stylish and smart.

Lanvin’s Partition bag, designed by Alber Elbaz with Jeanne Lanvin’s love for music in mind. The graphic curved shape and contrasting tones have made it the Maison’s most coveted style. Available from a selection at Lanvin.

Prices start at Dhs1,650 for a medium size. At the Marni boutique in Mall of the Emirates from July, 2013.

High Fashion Practicality

If the rugged Highland romance of Karl Lagerfeld’s métiers d’art collection for Chanel has you daydreaming of long rambles through the historical hills of Scotland, then his accessories collection will be the ideal accompaniment. Can Karl do practical? It would seem he can. At Chanel Boutiques VELVET / July - August Issue 21

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[Bottega Veneta Pre-Fall

Yes it is far too hot to wear a leather ensemble right now, but think to the end of the year when the weather will get a little cooler and you’ll be heading off on shopping destinations to Paris, Rome and London when you will be thankful for a smart purchase from Bottega Veneta’s prefall collection. With his usual love of luxury, Tomas Maier has crafted some beautiful leather separates in the same way he designs his sought after accessories – buttery soft and totally transitional.

Special Soles Sergio Rossi’s pre-fall collection of shoes offer a myriad of styles in classic shapes but accented with daring little details, from mesh leather to caged heels. Something to fit every fashion girl’s outlook.

Mad for Marni

If you’ve never really got Marni then it’s likely you never will, but the pre-fall season has uncovered some out-there outerwear that will simply rock for festival season. The metallic sheepskin coats are festival lifesavers when there’s no telling with the weather…


Velvet Loves…

Preen by Thornton Bregazzi’s printed jumper, Dhs3,200 at Saks Fifth Avenue

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Things we're loving for the Summer GUCCI, glorious gloves from Pre-Fall ‘13

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BURBERRY Miu Miu’s , edgy Tortoiseshell sunglasses, Dhs1,150


Emporio Armani’s snakeskin tote. Totes amaze.

Dolce & Gabbana’s sensibly sweet heels. Price on request

Chanel Metiers D’art Tartan Cuff, price on request

Castaner Espadrille wedges, Dhs545


Peter Dundas’ eveningwear for Emilio Pucci is always high drama and for pre-fall he doesn’t disappoint. Fall-to-the-floor dresses in silk crepe with lace cutout techniques over transparent bodices are paired with metalheeled stilettos to add that feeling of fierce power that Pucci possesses. The tunic shaped dresses are the key shape for the season that draw the eye to the legs in a look that’s not all-out retro but clearly influenced.

Pre-fall is now in store at Emilio Pucci

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time to shine Louis Vuitton’s ladies Tourmaline watch is the epitome of readyto-wear elegance. Chic simplicity at its best.


fter a divine decade, during which the Tambour ladies watch ruled supreme, Louis Vuitton are back with the even more covetable Tambour Monogram known as the LV80, just in time for the gifting season of Eid. The automatic winding brings the technological side right up to date but it’s the flawless diamonds set in either subtle steel or pretty rose gold that are the real headturners. Not just good looking the Tambour Monogram is not without its mechanical achievements - the LV80’s 60-hour power reserve is a practical bonus and the choice of different sizes, from 28 to 38mm, makes it fabulously versatile. Visible through a sapphire back, the LV80 also features a Côtes de Genève decoration, which echoes the sun pattern in keeping with the engraving on the dial, while the Lozine is engraved on the oscillating weight. What’s more, the engraved white mother-of-pearl dial features a delicate LV monogram pattern and two circles set with diamonds, one of which, around the carriage visible at 6 o’clock, impressively highlights the oneminute rotation of the tourbillion around the bridge in the shape of the super-girlie

monogram flower. The proportions of the original Tambour have been inverted, the case is refined and the material is lighter to make room for a large dial but the Tambour Monogram remains a true Tambour at heart thanks to the identity of the horns,

the octagonal crown, the ardillon buckle and the mythical monogram pattern. This is a must for anyone’s Eid gift list and has accessory of the summer written all over it. At Louis Vuitton

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Jewelry notebook Quirky, Pretty Things

London jewellery brand Daisy, loved by everyone from Alexa Chung to Poppy Delevingne, has launched in the Middle East. Expect quirky contemporary pieces in silver and gold, featuring everything from the top-selling Chakra bracelet, as seen on the wrists of Sienna Miller and Princess Eugenie, to statement pendants, cocktail rings and more.

Soaring High

Concord has launched their Saratoga Lady White and Lady Blue watches, just in time for summer holidays. They’re just perfect against tanned wrists this season and available now across the UAE.

Gangsta Glam

Louis Vuitton’s knuckleduster style ring , set with three large stones, has something of the ghetto about it. Big, bling, with some ontrend hip-hop attitude. At Louis Vuitton

New Designer: Loha Vete

A jewellery label with a story, Loha Vete scours police auctions and porn shops collecting reclaimed silver and gold goods from across the globe to create their contemporary cool brand. The Heist collection was recently launched on Moda Operandi as part of The Metropolitan’s Punk: from Chaos to Couture exhibition, running until the 14th August 2013.

Velvet Loves…

The new Baume & Mercier Linea Automatic for its delicate and feminine appeal and elegant sizing at 27mm. Set with 11 sparkling diamonds and available with an interchangeable bracelet in two-tone steel it is a great gift for Eid that will last forever.


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Emotional Attachment

For some fabulous finger embellishment that will withhold its value, look no further than the house of Fabergé. The line of bright, effervescent Émotion rings are rightly described as heirlooms and will be available in store from September. Pre-order yours now at Damas Les Exclusives in the Dubai Mall.

Velvet Loves..

Swarovski’s ghetto fabulous Elis watches with ‘urban’ crystal mesh straps.

Swiss-Arabian Affiliation Saudi Arabian designer of classic men’s thobes, Hatem Al Akeel, recently collaborated with Tag Heuer on the launch of his debut women’s collection of thobes at a party held in Jeddah where the designer presented his latest line accessorised with pieces by the Swiss watchmaker. Talking of this successful affiliation, Hatem says “the women in Saudi Arabia are very sophisticated in their dress sense and know what suits them, which is why merging the traditional with daring avant garde designs that theme with TAG Heuer’s Avant Garde watch collection was an alluring challenge.” The ideal match.

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Make A Statement with Saks

Saks Fifth Avenue is fast becoming the only place to go to look for the hottest new designers to arrive on our shores from overseas. Their contemporary jewellery buys perfectly mirror the over-the-top loud and proud aesthetic of the region. Stock your jewellery box with the eclectic designs of Dannijo, Erickson Beamon, Kenneth Cole and Ranjana Khan this summer.

Pearl Perfection

Nothing says classic like a pair of pearl earrings but there’s no need to be boring. Update your collection with a set of Mise en Dior’s contemporary pearls this Eid and available now across the Middle East. We love the monogrammed drop style but take a peek at the full collection at

Simply Strada

Looking for something to impress with this Eid? Chopard’s Strada watches are an eye-catching place to start. Diamond-encrusted and beautifully orchestrated with Chopard’s signature aplomb, they are simply divine. Available now across the region with prices on request.

Coveting Clive

The dashing Mr Clive Owen’s back on our radar just in time for Eid and this time he’s wearing the super slim and sophisticated Grande Reverso. The chiseled Brit is the face of JaegerLeCoultre’s latest timepiece now available across the region and the perfect Eid gift for the man in your life, even if he’s not a British hearthrob. 42

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Express Yourself

It was at the height of Sex and the City’s success when wearing your moniker around your neck was de rigeur, Carrie Bradshaws eponymous slogan saw style stalkers the world over wearing their names around their necks. For Winter 2013 it is de rigeur to wear your heart on your sleeve with one of Lanvin’s slogan necklaces. Choose from statements such as Happy, Love and Cool layered with heavy chains and be a step ahead of the rest with showing how you feel.

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What better time than now to indulge yourself and your loved ones with glorious gifts to show how much you care. Ramadan Kareem.

Magical Matthew

The decadence of Matthew Williamson’s wonderfully rich prefall collection is simply perfect for the season of celebration. Dripping in beading and sequins and saturated with his signature bohemian attitude, fall to the floor dresses in desert sky tones give the kind of effortlessly hip glamour that only he can truly realise.

Embellished Dress, Dhs22,100; Full-Length Dress, Dhs10,600


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Les Nombres d’Or

Give the gift of scent this Eid with Mona di Orio’s exclusive fragrance collection. Available in Dubai for the first time exclusively at Harvey Nichols, the Amsterdam based fragrance house created Les Nombres d’Or collection using The Golden Ratio theory used by architects, which explores perfect proportions. They have applied this to their creative process and the result is eight luxury fine scents, the most recent addition being Eau Absolue a peppery, citrus fragrance with hints of geranium and vetiver Eau Absolue, Dhs850 at Harvey Nichols Dubai

Head Strong

The turban is having a moment. On set at Velvet’s cover shoot we wrapped model Lisa Akesson’s head in shaylas by abaya labels Medici and Akhawat, but we love the ready-to-go ease of Jennifer Behr’s readystyled turbans at Saks Fifth Avenue. Match the colour to your clothes and pin with your favourite brooch and your good to go. Jennifer Behr Turbans, Dhs2,085 at Saks Fifth Avenu

In Or


The intricately fine gold threads of Isharya’s cuffs make for stylish gifts any girl would cherish forever.

Isharya Cuff, Dhs1,094 at Saks Fifth Avenue

Dubai Mall’s Level Shoe District is now stocking Alberto Moretti’s exquisite 24-carat gold velvet shoes. Available in a high-heeled pump for women and a sleek loafer for men, both are made of velvet covered in 24-carat gold and will only be stocked at the world’s top five malls. Spotted for the first time at the Monte Carlo Grand Prix the shoes are made in collaboration with HORO in a timeless style, which lends itself to a sprinkling of the precious metal. VELVET / July - August Issue 21

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Bright On Burberry If your man is a bit of a fashion pioneer who maintains he must be the first for everything then Burberry’s Britain Bright watch, debuted on the recent Spring ’14 runway, is a must. Made out of bright coloured resins, the statement watches are hand-built in Switzerland and can be made to order with the customers’ initials engraved.

For more information on how to place an order email Burberry Private Clients on burberryprivateclients@

Belle Reverso

The ever-stylish Jonathan Rhys Meyers stars alongside Russian supermodel Natalia Vodianova in the remake of the 1930s classic Belle du Seigneur, out in cinemas this summer. Sure to become a much-referenced fashion film, buy your partner some fashion credentials by investing in the art deco inspired Reverso Grande Taille timepiece by Jaeger-LeCoultre worn by Rhys Meyers character Solal. At Jaeger-LeCoultre

Velvet Loves…

The incredibly smart and contemporary men’s thobes by Hatem Alakeel. Available in a large number of styles and designs. At Saks Fifth Avenue or online at

Aston Martin Vanquish Volante

Aston Martin are celebrating 100 years of excellence in 2013 with the release of the brand new Vanquish Volante sports car. Boasting the same AM11 6.0-litre V12 engine as the coupe, it reaches 0-100 km in 4.1 seconds with a top speed of 300 kmph. It is also the company’s first fully carbon fibre-skinned Volante in its 100 year history. For those with a need for speed.


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Pack Them Off

Velvet Loves…

Men are notoriously difficult to buy for but we all know how much they love to play a good round of golf with their friends. Nira Caledonia’s Heli-Golf package is an exclusive three-night trip that includes private helicopter transfers from the 28-room boutique hotel, located in the Scottish capital of Edinburgh, to tee off at two of the most prestigious championship golf courses in the world. The boys also enjoy a return Bentley transfer from the hotel to Edinburgh Airport to take an Execair helicopter ride to golf central and they can test their skills with reserved tee times at the outstanding Kingsbarns Golf Links, where nearly every hole boasts spectacular views of the North Sea. In the afternoon, they tee off at Gleneagles - famous for its three championship golf courses, including the PGA Centenary Course host venue for the 2014 Ryder Cup which offers challenges aplenty for beginners and pros alike. They then fly back to Edinburgh for dinner at Blackwood’s Bar & Grill. If you dare to join your man on a golf trip to Scotland, remember that this year Eid coincides with the famous Edinburgh Fringe Festival, which will take place from 2 to 26 August. The Heli Golf package costs Dhs9,783 based on two double rooms and four golfers or Dhs14,263 based on one double room and two golfers. For further information visit www.

Les Benjamins

Super-hip T-Shirt brand Les Benjamins has arrived exclusively at Saks Fifth Avenue. Their graphic photo prints and slogan tees are for boys, and girls, who like to make a casual statement.

The undeniably classic cool of Fabergé’s egg shaped cufflinks. There is no denying their heritage. Available at Damas Les Exclusives in Dubai Mall and the Burj Al Arab.

Bespoke Brogues

Nothing quite measures up to the excellence of a bespoke pair of shoes, something that certainly, in style at least, maketh the man. Pierre Corthay is a name synonymous with luxury of the couture kind, his shoes are revered for their artisanal quality and are unmistakable in their style - the Sultan of Brunei once ordered 150 pairs. The gift of a visit to Maison Corthay in the heart of Paris is one that will live forever, not least because after the initial consultation with Corthay himself or his chef d’atelier, the clients lasts will be named and labelled and archived for future reference should he wish to make subsequent orders. Requiring a minimum of 20 weeks to realise, shoes can be created out of any material, from camel to python. A must for men who love chic shoes. Maison Corthay can be found at Level Shoe District, Dubai Mall or to make a bespoke appointment visit VELVET / July - August Issue 21

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Louis Vuitton’s W Bag


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The bright yellow colour of the Louis Vuitton W bag will speak to women who like to be noticed and who like people to notice what they’re carrying. The signature monogram of the Maison has been an unmistakable mark of luxury for decades and the xxxx bag is accented with a contemporary twist at either end, whilst the centre remains smooth leather. A contemporary statement born of tradition. Dhs16,900 at Louis vuitton VELVET / July - August Issue 21

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New Season Burberry Prorsum As the dulcet tones of Misty Miller sung the Turtles’ ‘Happy Together’ as the Burberry Prorsum show opened in London, it was clear that for yet another season Christopher Bailey could be safe in the knowledge that his loyal fans will remain happily together with him for another season. The autumn/ winter 2013 heart covered and leopard printed pony skin accessories are to be the most coveted yet.

Haute Abayas

emilio pucci The industry’s top fashion price on request designers pay homage to the Middle East this Ramadan with the unveiling of limited edition kaftans and abayas, exclusively launched for the Holy Month. Jean Paul Gaultier, Vionnet, Temperley London and Emilio Pucci are just a few of the international names to give us special attention. Go on, spoil yourself.

jean paul gaultier Dhs3,200

badgeley mischka Dhs6,660 at Saks Fifth Avenue

Velvet Loves…

3.1 Phillip Lim’s leopard print sleeved leather biker jacket. Dhs8, 350 approx. at

Gilt Trip

The lacy, intricate openwork of Pomellato’s latest gold ramage motif designs requires exquisite attention to detail. Rendered in matte rose gold, the collection features bold basket earrings and an elegant long necklace both of which are effortlessly wearable and reassuringly expensive. Exclusively at the Pomellato boutique in The Dubai Mall and the new boutique in The Galleria, Al Maryah Island, Abu Dhabi from early August.

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Disney On Ice

Get into your children’s good books with a trip to the magical spectacle that is Disney on Ice showing in Doha. Sing-a-long with Minnie, Mickey and Goofy and see the glee on your little one’s face as they take in the whole Disney experience and use it as a good excuse to wrap them in a stylish little ski number from Moncler Bebe at Harvey Nichols.

moncler bebe at Harvey Nichols Dubai

Get Close

If you have friends who are pregnant then give them a helping hand with one of Ergo Baby’s carriers. Championed by model mum Gisele Bundchen, the Ergo Baby carriers are designed to keep the baby in comfort whilst maintaining the mother-child connection. A hippie outlook with a practical outcome.

Hit Harvey Nicks

The childrenswear department in Harvey Nichols is a wonderland of painfully cute designer baby outfits. Much like playing Barbie, take your kids on a day out for endless hours of dress up, from Jean Paul Gaultier to Fendi Junior, it’s likely you’ll be the one having all the fun. 50

Velvet Loves…

Take the opportunity of all the parties this month to dress your little prince in a very grown-up thobe to match that of his dashing Daddy. Available at or Saks Fifth Avenue

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Party Princes & Princesses

Keep your little ones looking stylish this Eid in the new collection from the super-glam kids’ boutique Katakeet in Dubai Mall. The creative concept store has created a chichi little edit of pretty Eid party wear featuring labels from Baby Dior and Tartine et Chocolat to Pamilla and Suzanne Ermann to name but a few. Simply adorable.

Take Timeout

Give the gift of relaxation to you and your kids this summer with a trip to the new Family Suites at the Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan. Spread across 2043 square feet on one level, the suites contain two bedrooms, a living area and a private terrace. In close proximity to the main building, they are within close distance of the PiciPici Kids club available to entertain children aged 5 to 12 by connecting them with Balinese nature through an array of nature-inspired games. They will not only stay out of your hair whilst you relax in the spa, but you’ll be safe in the knowledge they are also getting a bit of education about where they are visiting. More then they can say for their parents. Visit for further information

Mini Me

Celebrities endorse the mini-me trend, just look at how Jessica Alba dresses her daughter. Totally adorable and thanks to a long list of designer brands launching childrenswear it’s completely achievable to dress your baby like yourself, from top-to-toe. Start at your toes this summer with Lanvin’s beautiful ballerina flats, for mummy and daughter alike.

Merci for Maison Gabrielle

Forget stocking up in Paris on chic childrenswear, label Maison Gabrielle Lemaitre is now available to the UAE through its online boutique. Think gorgeous but durable separates and party pieces for the under-12s created by the perennially stylish founder and designer, Audrey Gayno-Amedro.

For more details visit www.

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Dior X Andy Warhol

For autumn/winter 2013 Raf Simons at Christian Dior collaborated with the Andy Warhol Foundation to create limited edition works of art. Not just for Dior’s signature Parisian savoir faire in combination with Raf’s architectural eye, but for the new season a capsule collection of just 12 bagsin two styles - six Lady Dior and Six clutches – have been handmade with Andy Warhol sketches embellished on to them. Extremely exclusive, they will only be produced in a very limited quantity and are sure to become collector’s pieces immediately so get your order in now to own a portable piece of pop art. Available from Christian Dior


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London Calling

If you happen to be heading to London post-Eid for a cheeky little shopping break to escape the heat then book into what is bound to become London’s hippest hot spot. Opening this autumn, Ian Schrager is bringing his renowned version of quirky chic back to London for the first time in 15 years with the launch of his latest hotel The London Edition. He of the Sanderson and St Martin’s Lane fame has a knack of making his hotels the destination of choice for those in the know. Now open for reservations, be one of the first and check in. The London Edition, hotel reservations (Toll Free) 00 44 207 781 0000; email:

J’Adore Rouge Allure Moire

Jimmy Choo’s Eid Extras

Jimmy Choo has created an exclusive version of its popular Crown peeptoe pumps and Shadow handbag especially for UAE customers this Eid. Made from bronze elaphe, they are available in limited edition and are a glamorous way to celebrate the Holy Month.

The latest Chanel Allure Moire collection from Chanel includes some gorgeous new shades in both Rouge Coco and Rouge Coco Shine matte and gloss finishes that are just perfect for summer days and nights. Add the metallic red Rouge Moire to your varnish collection for a touch of the femme fatale. So Chanel.

At Chanel Beauty counters from July 2013.

Now available in Jimmy Choo boutiques at Mall of the Emirates and The Dubai Mall.

Bijoux Deck yourself in designer jewellery this coming Eid with statement pieces from Dior, Chanel and Cavalli. We particularly loved Cavalli’s ear cuffs for summer. Street hot, but couture cool.

Super Sleek Swimwear

Your summer holiday will not be complete without a visit to the luxury lingerie boutique Petits Bisous for a browse over their sleek selection of swimwear. From Lebanon to Ibiza, the metallic tones and cut-out styles are for those that dare to bare. Available at

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As the new season collections fast approach the region’s boutiques, pre-order a piece from Frida Giannini’s magical menagerie. The peacock plumage and metallic brocades were some of the best examples of her understanding of what women want: showstopping conversation starters. already worn by rosie huntington-whiteley at the met gala, these dresses will be talked about for seasons to come. it’s your time to get gucci glam.

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Bulgari Hotel in Milan The name Bulgari is synonymous with all things super luxurious due to the families historic business in fine jewelry, but it also innately know how to live luxury. In 2004, Bulgari opened the doors to its first hotel in the Italian fashion capital of Milan, which has now become the physical incarnation of what its exquisite jewelry brand stands for. Timeless, Italian style. Located in the Brera district, the Bulgari Hotel Milan is set in a picturesque 4000m2 BOLONGARO TREVOR private garden moments Scarf, Dhs385 away from the attractions of Via della Spiga and the La Scala Theatre. With a boutique-size 58 rooms only and a portfolio of celebrated restaurants it is the ideal place to stay when visiting the city this summer.

DSS at Valleydez

WINTER KATE Trousers, Dhs800

Valleydez boutique is where all the hip young things in Dubai head when they’re looking for something with a bit of edge. A great little concept store with an eclectic mix of lesser known labels and avantgarde accessories with which to clog up Instagram. During Dubai Summer Surprises there are some brilliant slashed price pieces, so a great time to experiment with your style at a fraction of the price. Valleydez boutiques are located in Sunset Mall and Wafi Mall

OLIVIA RUBIN Dress, Dhs950

rouge rouge Lips Bag, Dhs1,200

Velvet Loves…

Moschino’s abaya-esque coat dress. A demure sensibility combined with the sharp tailoring of a tuxedo.

Gilan Emerald Earrings

Velvet Loves…

Afternoon tea, and these tea sets by Decorium are so dainty you can forget the 7* surroundings of the Burj Al Arab and invite your friends to your home. Decorium, 79 piece tea set, starts from Dhs2,880

Gilan’s emerald, sapphire and white diamond earrings from the new Diamond Intensive Collection are to die for. Bold and brilliant, there is no better way to celebrate Eid than with something as dazzling as these fine jewellery works of artisanal beauty.

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Already been seen swinging off the well-styled arms of celebrities like Jessica Alba, the Michael Kors Selma bag is a trapeze style tote with a whole host of outcomes. Available in a spectrum of colours to match any wardrobe eventuality, the holdall is a great size for daytime, from work to the school run with its long shoulder strap meaning you can sling it over your shoulder for extra ease or tote it about off your elbow. Available at Michael Kors boutiques

Time For Treats

Make the most of the Ramadan hours by booking in for some well-deserved beauty treatments at Sisters Beauty Lounge. For the Holy Month they are offering customers an array of pampering promotions, from a half price St Tropez tan when a full price session is undertaken, a Gelish manicure and pedicure package for only Dhs175 and a complimentary eyebrow shape for every facial booked. Get gorgeous. Sisters branches are located in Village Mall, Dubai Mall, Mirdiff City Centre and Abu Dhabi;


Velvet Loves‌

Marni’s limited edition necklaces designed especially for Eid. Dhs2,650 at Marni in Mall of the Emirates Fashion Dome..

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Saray Spa

Book into the stunning Saray Spa at the recently opened JW Marriott Marquis Hotel in Downtown Dubai and keep yourself and your lady friends in top condition throughout the summer. At 4,300 square metres it is positively palatial with two Private Luxury Spa Suites with their own hydro-soak tub, steam room, private wash area and relaxation centre, 15 treatment rooms and a menu of over thirty different masses, facials and body treatments. Highly recommended is the Saray Golden hammam that uses a precious 24 karat Gold oil and a golden clay body wrap. +971 4414 6755

Velvet Loves…

Caolina Herrera’s new fragrance Sublime. Exploring the layers of a women and all her captivating personality traits, from her wit to her enigmatic beauty. The purest scent of CH chic.

BCBG comes to Festival City

The easy glamour of BCBG by Max Azria has made it a go-to boutique for easy shopping – it’s not often that you’ll leave empty handed. An innate knack for designing clothes that women want to wear, from full-length but never boring eveningwear to body-con party dresses, there is something for every occasion – the price point helps too. Now opening a third boutique in Dubai’s Festival City, there’s a BCBG on every corner. Style made easy. Dress, Dhs2,800 at BCBG

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eorgia May Jagger is in shock. She has just encountered a tanned and toned naked man, luxuriating on a bed of hydrangeas. The gap-toothed beauty has arrived early for her shoot with Love magazine and got an eyeful. Naked man? “Well, naturally,” says Katie Grand, Love’s editor-in-chief. She does point out that the flowers are artfully arranged. “We are allowed to do anything except put knobs in,” she cackles, flashing her trademark gaptoothed grin. Grand is one of the most powerful players in fashion. Love magazine may be her editorial platform, but her tentacles stretch far wider through


the fashion universe. For the past 11 years, she has been Marc Jacobs’s right-hand woman at Louis Vuitton, the biggest luxury brand on the planet. She is Giles Deacon’s archcollaborator. She has recently launched her own accessories brand under the umbrella of the Italian fashion giant Hogan, but it is as best friend and colleague to the world’s top models and photographers that Grand makes her mark — mainly through the polished professionalism and often daringly sexy images she produces. She has had Liz Hurley trussed up in bondage shoes, Phoebe Philo swinging on a trapeze, and Victoria Beckham as a fashion icon, way before the rest of the fashion world thought she was anything other than a dreadful ex-pop star. When it comes to discovering new girls, Grand is the undisputed queen-maker: Pixie Geldof, Cara Delevingne and Agyness Deyn owe much of their current status to her. Styling wise, there’s plenty of trends you can place squarely at her door: belted cardies, fluoro accessories and those Louis Vuitton Stephen Sprouse scarves (beloved of yummy mummies everywhere) are all her doing. Today’s shoot will be a portfolio of Grand’s favourite people, and Georgia May,

whom she describes as being “really jolly” (the highest compliment in Grand speak), is one of them. “We met at the Miu Miu club last November. We were both hammered and Georgia said, ‘Why don’t you ever work with me?’And I said, ‘We booked you for the first issue of Love, and you didn’t turn up, so we thought you didn’t want to work with us.’ Since then, we’ve done quite a few things together.” Grand is the polar opposite of The Devil Wears Prada image of a polished fashion powerhouse. In fact, she’s a bit of a scruff. Her hair falls into straggly ringlets, she never wears make-up (despite being the creative director for Jacobs’s soon-tobe-launched make-up line) and her voice, which still retains a Birmingham twang, gets very squeaky when she’s excited. When asked to list the things he loves about Grand, Jacobs says fondly: “It’s the tone of her voice when she’s surprised by something, or an expression she’ll use, like ‘jolly’, and the cackle at a moment you just need a bit of laughter to fill the room.” Nobody talks about Anna Wintour like that. Grand doesn’t dress like a typical pulled-together fashion pro either. Today she’s wearing a Prada men’s knit over a nude silk Miu Miu slip and a pair of ugly, tractor-soled Prada men’s shoes. It’s a look she copied, piece for piece, from Mrs Prada

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Stylist, Editor, Talent Spotter, Accessories Designer and Marc Jacobs’s right-hand woman—Is there any thing in fashion Katie Grand can’t do, asks Claudia Croft

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norm for fashion after a recent parties, and especially meeting, but not Milan, but Grand somehow on isn’t a typical glossy Katie it looks magazine girl. less soignée, For a start, she’s more urchin. not posh. Born in Her taste in Leeds, she grew models is just up an only child as eccentric. in Birmingham, She’s as likely with her father, a to cast the Wag research scientist. Abbey Clancy She’s always been as she is Georgia a renegade spirit, May and Cara. Vuitton th Grand at the dropping out of St When Grand Marc Jacobs wi lan Mi ening in flagship store op Martins (“They threw a party didn’t get me. I didn’t get in Milan’s most it”) to work with Jefferson Hack and ornate palazzo to celebrate Rankin at Dazed & Confused, then a new her Hogan accessories brand, she made magazine stealing ground from The Face sure Cara, Georgia and Abbey were all for its documentation of the street scene. there. As the effects of the giant margarita The rebellious nature of that fountain took hold, the models, kitted out magazine has never in hot pants, grey sweatshirts and Grand’s left her: she once animal-print Hogan pumps, ran amok shot a pair of through the palazzo and had everyone bloody knickers dancing like fools. Such an uninhibited, for Dazed, and unselfconscious display of fun is not the

when working for Bottega Veneta made a luxury sticking plaster out of crocodile leather. This mix of high and low, gritty and fancy, cool and naff, posh and pop is what she brings to everything she does. She recently proudly admitted on Twitter that she’d styled the UK Eurovision entry in 1996 (Gina G with Just a Little Bit), but this month she makes her debut in the aristo glossy Tatler, shooting its cover story. Perhaps the best illustration of her power is Cara Delevingne. “She’d not done any pictures when we first shot her for Love issue two,” says Grand, who admits her Cara obsession shows no sign of abating. “I suppose it came about because I felt bad. We’d had a run-in with her in the train season at Vuitton.” (This was AW12, when Jacobs and Grand decided to stage

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the show on a real steam Regulate Ignition Confess to train that they had pulled into the Vuitton tent in the middle of the Louvre.) “I was trying to get her in the show, but it was the show in which everyone was very tall and very long. I remember Marc looking at me and saying, ‘Why is that dwarf in here?’, and me being devastated.” Delevingne was dropped on the spot. “I apologised to her afterwards,” she says, and made up for it by casting the model in all her key shows and shoots. By AW13, Jacobs was desperate for Delevingne to appear in his show. Jacobs loves Grand’s take on popular culture. “We refer to the same music, street culture, pop culture, muppets, animals and pets, and we enjoy a bit of silly, jolly behaviour in the deepest darkest moments of the process,” he says. Grand doesn’t want kids, but she does have a pet rabbit, Clara, who makes frequent appearances on Grand’s Twitter feed; she sounds like any indulgent parent when talking about her. “She’s housetrained and very pampered. She likes to stretch out on the Rug Company rug and have a nice sleep.” Several friends, including Giles Deacon, now have rabbits, too, but Grand is very proud of Clara. “Giles’s is really vicious,” she sniffs. Her tip for making a shoot go well is good music. She creates her own playlists and mixes cheesy and cool with aplomb. During the most fraught moments of the Vuitton creative process, she found that Carley Rae Jepson’s Call Me Maybe was the only thing that would keep Jacobs’s spirits up. She is serious about her work, though. “I like people that will do anything for a picture, that will go that extra mile,” she says. Like the model Guinevere Van Seenus, who once risked drowning when she posed


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Sunglasses by Katie Grand X Hogan


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naked and tied up in a swimming pool. Grand’s other great collaborator is Kate Moss, but even Ms Moss has her limits. “Kate is very brave at doing other things, but she wouldn’t have enjoyed doing that shoot in the pool. She would have got her kit off and enjoyed being tied up, but not the possible drowning.” Grand’s roll call of favourite models also includes oldschool supers such as

Kristen McMenamy and Stephanie Seymour. “When you’ve worked with those girls who worked with Avedon, like Stephanie Seymour, you don’t even have to direct her. She goes into her own world. For 20 minutes when we shot her for Hogan, nobody said a word. She was just doing her own thing.” Loyalty is Grand’s currency and the only hint of anger she shows is when she talks about what makes a good friend. “People that don’t f*** you over, or say your ideas are theirs, or that your other friends’ ideas are theirs. Professionally, that happens a lot. Five years ago, I decided I was only going to work with people that I like. What’s the point of not enjoying it? It goes back to the amount we are all being paid. You should never turn up to work, with that amount of money involved, and resent being there.” Ah, yes, the money. A stylist of her stature

commands upwards of Dhs28,000 a day. Grand insists she’s not driven by cash, but the desire to do good creative work. Thank God she earns a fortune, though, because she sure knows how to spend it. Her shopping habits are prodigious. She buys from a handful of labels and never throws anything away. Her personal archive includes 3,000 pairs of shoes, and three large rooms full of Prada, Vuitton, Marc, Miu Miu, Balenciaga, Alaïa and Chanel (“Steve hates it,” she says of her husband’s despair at her ever-growing collection). When Jacobs’s AW13 show was postponed by a few days, Grand had nothing to do but shop. “That’s how I ended up with the whole Miu Miu collection,” she says, and she’s not joking. I ask her who’s the greatest ever designer, living or dead. She thinks for a moment and then says: “Miuccia. Obviously. We have very similar taste. And it’s that absolute confidence in what she does that I find really interesting. I’ve never met anyone in any field who has it like she does. The whole thing pushes people’s buttons.” You’d think that Jacobs, her closest collaborator, might be a little miffed about her Prada obsession, but he doesn’t mind a bit. In fact, he shares it. “We refer to her work constantly,” he says. How typical of Grand to break all the rules and still come out triumphant. VELVET / July - August Issue 21

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Left: Burgundy polo tee and tasseled Pony skin skirt at Burberry Prorsum; Red diamond ring by Stephen Webster –––––– Right: Black knit jumper (worn under dress), Embellished chocolate Dress, and shoes all by Prada; Serpenti pink gold and ruby earrings by Bulgari; Bahia rose gold quartz and pink sapphire ring by Pomellato

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Left: Black jumpsuit BY Stella McCartney; Shayla worn as headscarf by Akhawat; Pointed brogues by Christian Louboutin; Serpenti pink gold diamond necklace by Bvlgari; Gold and diamond ring by Stephen Webster; Gold metal hoop belt by Burberry Prorsum ––––––––– Right: Black Jacket by Chanel; Ruby and diamond earrings by Stephen Webster; Shayla worn as headscarf by Medici. - Credits: Photographer: Jenny Brough; Fashion Editor: Natascha Hawke; Model: Lisa Akesson at Union Models; Assistant Stylist; Alicja Jasnikowska; Hair: Craig Marsden at Carol Hayes Management; Makeup: Caroline Barnes at Frank Agency; Nails by Megumi Mizuno using “a- england”; Photographers Assistant: Ruben Hart; Assistant to Fashion Editor: Daisy Newman

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new drama

Walk into winter’s wonderland of theatrical fashion, accented by drama.

Dress: Victor & Rolf, Body: Murmur, Naclake: Iannetti Gioielli

Photography by Ryan Simo, Stylist by Ameni Shafik,

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Left: Bustier: Dolce & Gabana, Skirt: Maison Martin Margiela, Gloves: 28.5, Shoes: Brian Atwood ––––––––––– this Page: Dress: Garath Pugh, The belt: Manish Arora, Naclake: Stefano de Lellis, Shoes: Brian Atwood

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Left: Dress: Ann Demeulemeester, The belt: Gedebe, Black hat: Nanà ––––––––– This Page: Dress: Antonio Marras, Snake bracelet : Jenì by Martina F., Ring: Iannetti Gioielli, Shoes: Christian LouboutiN Credits: Photographer: Ryan Simo, Fashion Stylist: Ameni Shafik, Look Maker: Federica Guglielmo, Model: Dagmara Michalska @ Next Model Management Milano, Photo Editor: Eni Pullumbi, Location: Villa Giovanelli

she’s all that Glamour comes easily to those with the right attitude. Photography by Karolina Trawinska Styling By Alix Devollois

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This page: Blouse and Trousers by ERES, Belt by MAISON BOINET, Jewellery by MONSIEUR –––––––––– Right: “Mimosa” Earrings by AURÉLIE BIDERMANN, Jacket by DIESEL BLACK GOLD

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Left: Jacket by THE KOOPLES, Trousers by ADIDAS SLVR ––––––––––– This page: Jacket by MARCHAND DRAPIER, Pleated Skirt by THE KOOPLES, Belt by CLUB MONACO

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This page: Nacklace by MAWI , Polo by LACOST ––––––––––– Right: “Mimosa” Earrings by AURÉLIE BIDERMANN, Jacket by DIESEL BLACK GOLD, Bra by ERES, Trousers by TARA JARMON, Shoes by WALTER STEIGER. Credits: Photographer Karolina Trawinska, Stylist Alix Devollois, Model Yulia @ Women paris, Make up Aya Fujita, Hair Miha Oshima

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Printed Coat by Marni; Clutch in suede from Pollini;Ring by Sophie Bille Brahe; Trible ring by Balenciaga; Earrings by Sophie Bille Brahe

Summer fashion ought to be pretty, but there’s no reason for it to be dull with feminine separates that are high fashion yet all female.

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Left: Floral Dress by Erdem; Yellow Shoes by Gianfranco Rossi; 18k Gold & Diamond Ring by Sophie Bille Brahe; Trible ring by Balenciaga ---------------- Right: Top with roses by Dolce & Gabbana; Trousers by Lovechild 1979; Bag by Proenza Schouler; Bracelet by Marni; Turban by Missoni

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Pink Top by Miu Miu; Earrings by Marni; Bracelet by Aurelie Biederman

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LEFT: Shirt, silk with embroidery by Marni; Skirt by Alaïa; 18k Gold & Diamond Rings both by Sophie Bille Brahe: ---------------- RIGHT: Dress by Sonia Rykiel, Earing 18 karat gold with diamonds by Sophie Bille Brahe; Trible ring from Balenciaga ---------------- TEAM CREDITS: Photographer: Mariya Pepelanova; Retouching:; Fashion director: Gabi Humnicki, unique creatives cph; Hair and make up: Sam Shimoun; Model: Alberte Wibrand @ Scoop models; Fashion assistant: Ulricha Larsen



FABULOUS Get on the side of nature and science for younger, softer, protected skin this summer


almain, Jil Sander and Blumarine all championed youthful, dewy looking skin on the spring/summer catwalks and as the harsh elements of summer blaze over us it is ever the more difficult to achieve. Enter Lancôme’s new Absolue line of skincare. For over half a century, Lancôme has been advancing the marriage between luxury and science, renowned for offering the best in scientific expertise to women when it comes to skincare, specifically of the anti-ageing kind. The new Absolue range of serums and SPF creams has luxury, nature and science at the heart of its philosophy. When the words “regenerative”, “stateof-the-art innovation” and “hightech molecules” are used to describe your skincare products, you know you are in safe hands. Absolue uses a combination of cutting edge molecules and active ingredients, based on stem cell research, like Pro-Xylane with Malus Domestica cell extract to regenerate skin cells and help rebuild the epidermis to its youthful, glowing best. The light rosy scent leaves skin feeling soft and smelling as nature intended, add the sceince bit and step into a new frontier for youthful looking skin. Absolue Sublime Regenerating Oleo-Serum Dhs905 at Lancôme beauty counters

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1932: A year to remember

1932 Marks a significant date for Chanel as it was the year Mademoiselle exhibited her premiere jewellery collection in Paris. fast forward 80 years to the release of the exclusive new fragrance inspired by the debut jewelley line of starry contellations. “If I have chosen diamonds,
it is because they represent the greatest value in the smallest volume,” Coco said at the time. Mirroring the luxury and timeless elegance of the precious stones, with Vetiver, Iris and jasmine, this scent should dance around your neck like the decadent sparkle of a diamond chain.

Chanel 1932, Dhs1,220 at Chanel Boutique in Dubai Mall

If you have been waiting with baited breath since the instantaneous sell out of the Runway Coral lipstick from Clinique’s limited edition range back in June 2012, the wait is over! The shade that made its debut during New York fashion week SS12 will be added to the permanent range

Clinique Long last Lipstick, Runway Coral, Dhs115 from all Clinique counters and

Calling All Citi Dwellers Spray a touch of green into your fast paced, polluted reality. Duetto Parfums takes inspirations from all things green with Notes of bergamot, violet and Vetiver.

Duetto Parfums, Citiver Eau De Parfum, 100ml Dhs390 from leading perfume counters


Signorina Salvatore Ferragamo’s new scent has borrowed some key elements from the SS13 catwalk make up. The blush tones perfectly emulate the delicate notes of gentle florals and fruity, feminine nuances of rose notes on a milky base.

Salvatore Ferragamo, Signorinio 100ml Dhs398 from Areej


This summer L’Oreal launches its first ever venture into Keratin restoration for hair care asserting daily protection and instant strength.

L’Oreal Pro Keratin refill, from Dhs78Dhs104 from all L’Oreal Professionnel credited salons

Written & compiled by Celia-Jane Ukwenya Photography by Jason Lloyd-Evans


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Sunkissed Beauty BULLETIN summer skin in 7 steps VELVET

Scent Trend: Oud

Another month, another designer fragrance release targeted at the Middle Eastern market. This time, Narciso Rodriguez’s For Her Amber Musc reflects the opulence of the region. Exclusive scents enriched with elegant accords of amber, reverberated with precious Oud in time for Eid. Narciso Rodriguez, For Her Amber Musc, 100ml, Dhs690 from all leading retailers

1-containing Baobab and Jojoba oil, this do-it-all nourishing oil can also be applied on hair. All-in-One Nourishing Oil at Sephora



After cleansing and toning, pump several drops of the legendary Creme de la Mer onto fingertips and sweep over face and neck morning and evening. The potent “miracle broth” soothes, calms and hydrates, restoring radiance. La Mer, The Regenerating Serum, price on request

Expert tools

When it comes to caring for our hair, we look at what the professionals use to guide us, and with a range of hairbrushes targeted at hair industry experts, Eideal (pronounced ee-deahl) is good place to start. The success of the brushes can be attributed to the gemstone tourmaline, which is said to seal moisture and eliminate static. Eideal brushes, from Dhs30-80 from www.

2- Go for a gradual tan for healthy sun-kissed skin.

La Prairie Gradual Tanning Lotion, Dhs385 from all major department stores

Let your temperature rise with a selection of sizzling shades from Mac’s vivid summer collection. If it’s too hot to tan, bronze up to stay hot. Tropical Nail Laquer, Dhs85, MAC

3- A oneof-a-kind self-tanner that is both exfoliating and antiageing. Dr Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Glow Pad, Dhs165 from www. basharacare. com

5- Fresh flawless coverage that won’t weigh you down.

4- No need to go outside, go bronze from beads in a bottle. Meteorites Perles Light diffusing primer, Dhs315, Guerlain

6- No need to step out in the heat with Mac, Bronzing Oil, Dhs99 at MAC

Just Skin Tinted Moisturiszer SPF15, Dhs286 Chantecaille, at www.

7- Luxe care for newly bronzed skin Bronze After Sun Monoi Balm, Dhs160, Dior

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The Spa Deal:

Sumer Savers Over the summer months head over to Tips and Toes for some summer deals. Make the most of the month of Ramadan with “Beat the Heat” promotion. Enjoy 30% discount on all full price services booked between 9am and 3pm all throughout July. And come August it gets better with Monday Madness where customers can expect 50% discount off one specially selected service- Kicking off on the 5th August with a full body massage at just Dhs100. The perfect excuse for a weekly pampering over the hottest months! Tips and Toes Spa, with over 16 branches call 04 399 0550 to find your nearest branch,

The Spa Product Radical Solutions This summer don’t let clogged pores and dead cells get you down, shine as bright as the sun with visibly younger glowing skin by using Radical skincare’s effortless exfoliating regime in the form of ready to use pads. They reduce pore size and preserve hydration, to keep skin clean and clear. Radical Skincare Exfoliating Pads, Dhs350 Exclusively from Harvey Nichols


The Spa treatment

Margy’s Prestige Collagen Facial


he 5 star Spa at Six Senses, Zighy bay, is a luxury destination and if you find yourself booked into the lavish comfort of one of their spectacular villa’s anytime soon, be sure to book yourself in for one of Margy’s Prestige facials. Margy’s (Margy Lombard) products have been available at Six Senses Zighy Bay since December 2012, but it is only since March this year that the treatments themselves have become available and exclusively at Zighy Bay. Solely Margy’s products are used in her Spa treatments and were developed to target progressive skin degradation (ageing), namely inflammation. From factors like pollution, hot weather and stress from the cities we live in, to dust and other free radicals. Margy’s hour and a half Prestige Facial combines manual techniques in the unique facial massages formulated by Margy herself and active ingredients in the products (hyaluronic acid, soy bean and collagen). The Facial begins with a basic milk cleanser, removing all traces of make up, followed by a toner with a cocktail of floral waters with anti-radical and anti-irritant properties- both of which

are applied to neck and décolletage. The next step, and first of a trio of face masks, is an exfoliating Extra Rich Firming Mask, which unlike most other exfoliating masks is a non-abrasive salve which is applied and accompanied by a lymph massage lasting about 20 minutes to stimulate the skin. The second mask is the Algae Active Ageless Brighting Mask, which is gradually applied on the skin in circular motions allowing the liquid to trickle down into the face and soak into every pore. The final mask is packed full of collagen applied in a sheath and set on the face with toner, for a final hydration and removal of puffiness. The anti-aging facial claims instant brightening of the face after the treatment and ongoing protection from free radicals actively protecting the skin from the effects of aging. Before and after the facial, Zighy Bay therapist Pat Harvey explains all aspects of the treatment and creates a tailormade system so it will suit every individuals personal and facial needs. A highly recommended facial by all who experience it with lasting results and a renewed sense of wellness. Pure indulgence. Margy’s Prestige Collagen Facial, 90mins at Six Senses Zighy Bay, Oman

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10 Minutes with...

Margaret Dabbs

For me it is about everybody getting the same results at home as in the spa because not everybody in the world can get to the spa, so it means you can maintain the look and feel when you leave the salon.

How long have you been in business?

Do you train everyone in your salon yourself?

Did you develop your spa products?

At a time of gifting and generosity, give you your loved ones bigheartedly this Ramadan season. And with gift cards available from N Bar, Nail Spa, Jet Set, Sensasia Spa, Zen yoga, to name a few. You will be spoilt for choice. See the complete collection at

ROYAL OFFERINGS Prepare for Eid celebrations and escapes with Yhi Spa’s royal Citrus experience, a pampering packaging that will nourish and refresh. Beginning with a 30-minute full body scrub followed by a 50minut massage. Treatments use Natura Bisse Mandarin and mango products. Royal Citrus Experience 80mins Dhs250, reservations call 04 376 7475

Your products are just as important as the salon experience, tell us why…

The renowned foot expert, beloved by celebrities everywhere, talks to Velvet about her magical brand of treats for feet that has made her the most sought after pedicurist on the planet.

We have been open four and a half years. Before that I had consulting rooms in Harley Street, London, and we were just running out of space and that’s when I decided I needed to get technicians in.


face without replenishing with a cream afterwards would you?

I pioneered it all. The foot file and that is using crystal technology, everything that is used in the treatment room I have formulated. Everything has a specific use; the oil is great on the hands, the lotion with lemon myrtle, doesn’t smell like your traditional product. I just felt like there was nothing on the market that targeted health and beauty of the feet. It’s also all about the ingredients- using quality ingredients that are active in helping feet. What are the main ingredients in your range?

The emu oil is a main ingredient in my product range. It’s a fatty acid readily accepted into the skin, we use it for its hydration and anti inflammatory qualities, which is why we get the results that we do. It has the same irritant value as water, which means it can be used on all skin types.

Yes, We are really strict with training protocols so that everyone that comes to a spa in Dubai gets exactly the same treatment as in London, it is really important that there is continuity and care. I trained everyone to work on dry skin; the idea is that you get a much better and longer lasting result. Everybody has been trained to recognize all manners of foot complaints. You have such a following, Why is that?

Our treatments have become cult and people travel from all over the world to come visit us. It has the credibility behind it. The treatments make a massive difference and people just expect so much more now. People are spending money and expect value for money. What next for Margaret Dabbs?

We are just about to launch a hygiene cream, and lash extensions, so the beauty is you can have your lashes done whilst you have your hands and feet tended to as well. We are also going to have a laser for fungal injury.

Which products should we own?

Why Dubai?

I always say have one Nail and Cuticle Serum in your handbag. Also, our nail varnishes are all solvent free so has no strong odours and it is not damaging your nails.

Well they found me, they were doing research in London for Level Shoe District and came across my salon in Liberty’s and some products and approached me. Initially I said no, but after viewing the location I agreed - now I am really glad I am here. I love it in Dubai!

Do you have any foot maintenance advice?

There is no point filing your feet if you do not replenish with a foot lotion or oil. It’s like you face, you wouldn’t exfoliate your

Visit Margaret Dabbs at Level Shoe District Dubai Mal

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In Conversation With

Isabelle Benoit, Innovation Director of Institut Esthederm our philosophy

Institut Esthederm’s position is to trust skin’s natural resources. We know that our skin is programmed to live more than 100 years. It possesses at birth very powerful resources, which allow it to maintain health and beauty for many years. Of course these resources decrease with time, due to ageing but also because of environmental aggressions. Our products on one hand neutralize the environmental aggressions; on the other hand optimize skin’s natural resources. We don’t “force” skin nature, on the contrary we fully respect it, first by using very well tolerated ingredients, second by boosting its’ natural mechanisms. We talk about reeducation of skin: we help it perform better. This is for us the only way to guarantee long lasting beauty.our


Our ingredients

The main ingredient is Cellular Water. It was designed by Institut Esthederm R&D based on a simple observation: water is the main ingredient of the skin, and the main ingredient of cosmetic products. Yet not all waters are good for the skin. Demineralized water, used by most cosmetic brands, is too poor (mainly in mineral salts) to sustain cells’ life. We decided to recreate the best water for the cells: Cellular Water, similar to skin water, particularly in terms of content in trace elements and mineral salts. Cellular Water is the sole formulation water of all Institut Esthederm products: we are the only ones to have made water genuinely beneficial for cells’ vitality! It acts as a source of energy for the cells, but also as an efficacy booster for all our treatments as it’s optimizes cells’ metabolism. Cellular Water is also available in an original version: Institut Esthederm Cellular Water Spray, Cream and Gel. our approach to sun protection

Our founder, Jean Noel Thorel, used to suffer in the sun as a child. He dreamt of a sun care product that would allow his intolerant skin to be exposed to the sun without it suffering. When he created the brand Institut Esthederm in 1978, the first launch was an “adaptative” sun care product that helped skin “self-protect” by optimizing its tan (melanin being a natural sun filter and anti-oxidant). At Insitut Esthederm we work with the sun and not against it. We believe that protection is necessary, because excess of sun is harmful, but that over-protection with ultra-high SPF is actually detrimental to the skin, as skin needs to receive a minimal amount of sun to live in balance, and maintain its self-defense capacities. Therefore we developed UV inCellium technology, a way of protecting the skin from the sun, complementary to SPF while SPF blocks the sun upstream, UV inCellium neutralizes downstream the negative side effects of sun excess. It is a

free-radical scavenger, DNA protector, and anti-inflammatory. The scope of protection is also broader than SPF: while SPF means protection against sunburn, UV inCellium also prevents photo ageing and DNA damage. our spf ratings

As our protection (UV inCellium + SPF) supersedes SPF alone, we decided not to declare the SPF of our products on the pack. We prefer to indicate for which sun intensity our product guarantees broad-spectrum protection: *, ** and ***. For instance in Middle East, one has to choose ** in spring time, and *** in summer time. The market has to understand that SPF alone is not enough, as it only guarantees protection against UVB. Protection against UVA must also be ensured. Conventional SPF has a limitation. This “passive” protection must be complemented by a more “active” one that actually helps the skin self-defend against the sun. Our way of protection results in a skin gradually “empowered” against the sun. Our popular products

Institut Esthederm Photo Reverse encountered massive success in the Middle East as it is the only product on the market that actually allows reversing of the pigmentation process; including in the case of sun exposure. Not only is the skin protected against UV rays, it also gradually whitens, revealing a flawless complexion, rid of hyper pigmentation. One of our bestsellers is the Gentle Deep Pore Cleanser, soft as a cream but powerful as a mechanical brush to get rid of dark pimples, used in combination with our Lightening Buffing Mask it ensures perfect hygiene of the face, and reveals a healthy complexion. The Cellular Water Spray is also particularly suited to this region because the air is very dry and the quality of the tap water is very demanding for the skin. Institut Estherderm is available at Boots counters

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Banish the dull and dismal, call time-out on dark shades and set that black to the back! It’s time to brighten up. 1 Inglot, Pure pigment Eyeshadow “66”, Dhs80, at Inglot stores 02 Mac Lipglass, “Rhythm”, Dhs95 by MAC 03 Chanel Inimitable waterproof mascara in “57 blue Note”, Dhs165 04 Ilia Lipstick in “Voilà”, Dhs100 at 05 Dior Summer Mix Nail Lacquer in “Sunnies” 448, Dhs125 06 Smashbox, “Heat Wave” lipgloss set, Dhs160 at Sephora & Faces 07 Illamasqua UV Nail varnish in “Omen” Dhs87 at Harvey Nichols 08 Revlon Lip Butter in “Tutti Frutti”, Dhs48 09 Bobbi Brown Lipstick in “Hot Raspberry” Dhs140, at Bobbi Brown 10 Clinique Chubby stick in “Peony”, Dhs108 at Harvey Nichols

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Every jab fades faster. Your crow’s feet loom large. Sound familiar? You may be Developing a resistance to the toxin that was your friend. Tanith Carey reports.


or more than a decade it has been the magic bullet women have relied on to freeze their wrinkles. Expensive creams and serums have never quite lived up to their promise, but Botox has been the fix that works every time. A few pricks of the needle would iron out crow›sfeet and transform furrowed brows into ice-rink smooth foreheads. When all else failed, it would always be there to hold back the march of time. Or that›s what Indira Day thought. When Botox became widely available as a beauty treatment, she was an early adopter. After that, the now 46-year-old mother visited her London Harley Street dermatologist every three to four months, not only to lift her eyebrows, but her spirits, too. Until December last year, that is. «As usual, in the run-up to the Christmas party season, I went for my top-up and waited the usual three days for it to kick in,» Day says. «But this time, nothing happened. There was only a very mild improvement and the effects faded after a few weeks. I went back to my doctor and got two more doses. When they didn›t work either, she informed me that I might be becoming resistant. I was shocked, as I›d never heard it was even a possibility. I thought I could

might lead to non-responsiveness to rely on it forever. But it also made sense. treatment». After all, I›m being injected with a toxin The manufacturer of Botox, Allergan, four times a year. I am surprised it didn›t acknowledges that it is «possible, albeit occur to me before that my body could get rare» to develop resistance. But when you used to it.» consider that more than  Until now, the fact 1m Botox treatments are that patients could stop Botox is a foreign carried out each year in responding to Botox was a little-known fact protein — the body’s Britain, according to the latest Mintel figures, and confined to the small print immune system the numbers are rising all on the packaging. Yet it may respond by the time, it›s highly likely is estimated that between that the number of people 0.5% and 3% of users producing ‘blocking’ experiencing resistance develop resistance to the or ‘neutralising’ will go up, too. neurotoxin, which works antibodies, which  Dr Kuldeep Minocha, by enabling controlled stop the protein of Harley Street›s Absolute weakening of the muscles. Aesthetics, says he has  A recent review by freezing the muscles. come across six patients German researchers, In other words, the for whom Botox doesn›t published in the Journal body gets used to it work as well or for as of Neural Transmission, long. «Basically, Botox is stated that one in 200 a foreign protein — and in some clients, Botox users was found to have developed the body›s immune system may respond antibodies, meaning the treatment would become less effective over time — although by producing ‹blocking› or ‹neutralising› antibodies, which can stop the protein the likelihood is higher in patients who are freezing the facial muscles. In other getting larger doses for medical problems words, the body gets used to it and says, such as muscle spasms and heavy sweating. ‹I recognise this›, and wears it down a bit And scientists writing on the BMJ›s online more quickly. It›s true that resistance is forum Open say that repeated injections rare, but some patients may find their Botox «can trigger an immune response... which VELVET / July - August Issue 21

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does not work as well, or it wears out after six to eight weeks, as the body metabolises it faster.» In some cases, it may be that patients just have an exceptionally strong immune system, Dr Minocha says. «I often find that when I question these clients in detail, they are the ones who are never sick: they don›t get coughs, colds or viruses, so strong is their immune system against foreign proteins.»  Dr Nick Lowe, a consultant dermatologist at the Cranley Clinic, says he is currently treating five Botox «nonresponders» at his London practice. «There are lots of different reasons why patients may become resistant. It›s similar to the way some people become resistant to antibiotics. There›s a lot we don›t know. It may be due to any number of different mechanisms by which the toxin works within the cells.»  Melanie Lowe, 35, a solicitor, started using Botox four years ago to iron out her frown lines. It was first given to her by her dentist; then she moved to a clinic for the injections. When it stopped working last year, she returned to both to find out why. «My dentist blamed the doctor I›d gone to, saying the product had been watered down. But then I went to the doctor for a top-up and she opened the bottle in front of me and used two, which still didn›t work.  «When I went back to the dentist a few months later, she changed her tune and said that 15% of her patients were complaining they were building up a tolerance. Now she›s given me a double dose and gone much deeper into the muscle, as well as getting me some zinc pills, which apparently make it last longer. I›m waiting to see what happens.»  Allergan advises that to minimise the risk of resistance, practitioners should inject the lowest effective dose and leave the longest possible time between jabs. But Abhilash Jain, a consultant plastic surgeon at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, suggests resistant patients try another of the strains of type-A Botox on the market if the one they have been using is no longer working. «The newest Botox, Bocouture,

contains only the pure neurotoxin protein and no surrounding protein coat. Because the surrounding proteins that cause the body to make these antibodies are not present, the antibodies may not form and muscles will still relax.» In Dr Lowe›s opinion, switching between type-A Botox brands doesn›t always overcome the problem. Instead, in cases of resistance, he is turning to the type-B strain of the toxin, which works in the same way but on a different set of enzymes in the muscles. «In one patient who stopped responding, I injected one side of his face with another type A and the other with type B. The type-A side was

Can Botox Prevent Perspiration?

If you can become immune to the effects of Botox on your face, can it be used for an altogether more unique purpose? Celia Jane Ukwenya sweats it out. I would class myself as a sweaty person. I perspire more than most people I would say. My first exposure to the Dubai heat upon arriving at Terminal 3 in June 2012 left me, within 30 seconds of standing in the taxi queue, looking like a drowned rat in a dripping puddle, sun worship on the beach with some girlfriends and I look like a tap has been left on over me, not to mention the heavy “beading” I get on my face, body and armpits from the lightest physical activity and its best to forget the ruined leather Margiela shoulder bag due to underarm damp. Sad face. All-in-all embarrassing and heavily impractical in the Dubai heat. “The body is meant to sweat” says Naturopath Dr Rob Streisfeld, and of course we should, it is our body’s natural way to keep us cool in extreme heat. But with the extreme heat we are subject to in the UAE comes the unsightly bi-product that is extreme sweating, which, until now, has been a case of frequent clothing changes and very generous amounts of antiperspirant sprays. But as a recent study by Chicago based Allergist Dr. Kris McGrath unveiled a possible link between the toxin Aluminum Chlorohydrate used in antiperspirants and breast cancer, could there be another way? Yes, says Dr Maurizio Viel of the London Centre for Aesthetic Surgery in Dubai, who is currently treating patients of a similar sweaty disposition to myself with underarm Botox injections, which he says is “safer” than using antiperspirants to fight overactive sweat glands and is recommended for “those who have a case of hyperhidrosis,

unchanged. But the wrinkles on the side treated with type B were immobilised.» Type B is not the answer, however, because in this country it is not yet fully licensed for cosmetic use. Other doctors report that patients have told them its different formulation means the injections are more painful.  Day is researching the options, including using type-B Botox to replace her regular fix. «Now I›ve got frown lines I haven›t had for years forming on my face — and my brow and eyelids feel lower. It›s demoralising. I›m not willing to give up the search for the elixir of youth quite yet.»

not just for normal sweating. The Botox would then be an alternative to using deodorants that contain aluminum.” When used on underarms, the active ingredient in Botox, Clostidium Botulinum type A toxin, acts as a roadblock between the nerve endings in the armpits that send signals to your brain telling you to sweat and stops it in its tracks. A host of celebrities have been doing it for years, especially in Hollywood, from Kelly Ripa to Sharon Stone and it is increasingly popular here in the UAE. Whilst researching whether I should try it out for myself I spoke to UAE expat, Ramona Kelly* who said she would do it again in a heartbeat. “It’s amazing. It lasted 3 months and the only side effects were the immediate pain after getting it done and very slight pain in the underarms when it wears off.” But is it safe? Dr Viel puts my mind at ease. “After the treatment patients can have tenderness because injections are performed every 1cm square to ensure the area is covered. There may also be tiny bruises like an ink mark but all this should subside after 3-5 days.” Another great advantage to Botox in the armpits is that it last anywhere from 6-9 months, more than Botox in the face, and there are little reported side effects. The procedure itself takes less than an hour from start to finish, with around 30-40 minutes taken up by waiting for a topical anesthetic cream, applied on the armpit area, to take effect. Once numb 50 units of Botox is injected into the entire area of each (25units on each) armpit, and whilst it is quite painful (unbearable, I am told, with out the anesthetic cream), it is all over within five minutes. Dysport is the brand of C.Botulinium type A (Botox) used in the procedure at London Centre for Aesthetic Surgery Gulf, in Dubai Healthcare City, administered by Dr. Mauritzio Viel. The cost is Dhs4,500 per treatment, for further information visit

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This Eid, Celebrate in Style with Katakeet. The Eid festivities will reinforce the unity between family and friends, and is the perfect occasion to visit Katakeet and dress little ones with charm, elegance and style. Designed with boys and girls from 0 to 10 in mind, the children’s wear wonderland is also proud to introduce one of the most admired names in British children’s party wear to the region for the first time; David Charles. Whether your little one is a charismatic young man or a demure young lady, each piece in the Katakeet Eid collection has been selected to enhance your child’s individuality and personality. Following its success in Abu Dhabi Mall and Mall of the Emirates in Dubai, the unique concept boutique opened its magical doors in Jeddah in Stars Avenue mall. And will soon open in Sowwah mall in Abu Dhabi. The images enclosed feature the following brands: Suzan Ermann - Tods - David Charles - Pretty Ballerinas Pamilla - Tartine et Chocolat - Little Marck Jacobs.

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THE ULTIMATE SUMMER SURVIVAL Make the most of the Middle East with Velvet’s shortlist of the things to see and be seen doing this summer.

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Revamp with

If staring at the same four walls is beginning to feel monotonous, then what better way to shake things up than by refurbishing your entire home. is the go-to website for those who are serious about their stylish homes and features a host of pre-loved furniture finds including pieces by Natuzzi, Philippe Starck and Casa Moda. 57

Head back to school Stock up on pens, pencils and the all-important protractor in time for the return of Chelsea College of Art & Design’s short courses. Starting in September, each program will consist of evening classes or intensive two to five day sessions that will cover the basics of furniture design, starting your very own interiors company and advice on how to decorate your apartment or villa .

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Stock up on Nada Debs for Aati Nada Debs, whose name is synonymous with contemporary Middle Eastern interior design, has launched her latest collection East & East, available at luxury furniture retailer Aati. Drawing on her Lebanese roots and her childhood home of Japan, the designer has created cutting-edge home additions in materials that include concrete, resin and her trademark prints. 54

Enjoy Tim Gosling for The Rug Company Stay snug-as-a-bug-in-astylish-rug while the airconditioning rages with Tim Gosling’s Art Deco designs for The Rug Company. Distinctly Gatsby-esque, each of the three designs is borne of Gosling’s love affair with early 20th century London and has been bestowed with an appropriately fabulous name such as Deco Diamond Dark. 46


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Be seen at Vogue Café Sip on what must be the most fabulous coffee in the world at the recently opened Vogue Café in Dubai Mall. Launched by a bevvy of beauties including Petra Nemcova and Karolina Kurkova, the café is an elegant ode to style and, of course, the fashion bible from which it takes its name. or call 04 501 6810 for reservations. 53

Look forward to S*uce’s ‘Tuesday Treats’

The kindly people at S*uce will be helping us stay sane over the summer with monthly ‘Tuesday Treats’ when a new, never-previously seen item will wing its ways to S*uce Gifts in Al Wasl Square and remain, available to purchase, for one day only. 44

Nibble at Japanese fusion at Souk al Bahar Go East and then a little bit West and perhaps a bit South at new Japanese Fusion hangout Kanpai in Souk al Bahar. Featuring a dedicated Teppanyaki suite and sultry lounge complete with six-metre long Onyx bar and live DJ, the uber-cool eatery presents traditional Japanese fayre with a contemporary, international slant.

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Shop Stéphane Rolland in Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi’s fashion credentials are currently midway between stellar and stratospheric with the opening of Stéphane Rolland’s first ever boutique. Showcasing the couturier’s highlyanticipated pret-a-porter collection, the Thierry Lemaire-designed world first is housed at the prestigious Avenue at Etihad Towers in the heart of the capital. A must-snoop for any couture connoisseur, the boutique is the first of many that the designer is planning to unveil, with Paris, London, New York and Hong Kong set to follow in the UAE’s footsteps. 81

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Browse the Ramadan Art Bazaar

Supported by ADMAF (Abu Dhabi Music and Arts Foundation), the Ramadan Art Bazaar is set to run from 26 July to 26 August at Ghaf Art Gallery, Abu Dhabi. Curated by Sumayyah Al Suwaidi, the show is now in its sixth year and aims to challenge the belief that one-off, original artwork invariably comes with a loaded price tag, with all artwork selling for less than 4,000AED. www. 67

Look ahead to Tom Jones live in Abu Dhabi

Practise your swoon in preparation for Tom Jones’ return to Abu Dhabi in mid September. He may be 73, but the singing sensation still knows how to woo with his pitchperfect warble. The Welsh lothario, whose greatest hits include Delilah, Sexbomb and What’s New Pussycat? will be playing Abu Dhabi’s du Forum, Yas Island on September 19. Tickets are now available to purchase through www. 64

Watch The Bling Ring

Lock up your Loewe and head out to watch Sofia Coppolla’s much-anticipated The Bling Ring, in cinemas July 4. Based on the real-life antics of fame-obsessed teen burglars Diana Tamayo, Jonathan Ajar, Alexis Neirs, Nick Prugo, Courtney Ames and Roy Lopez who stalked and stole from the likes of Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan and Megan Fox, this summer’s chick flick is a lesson in what it is to be a Hollywood wannabe. 72

Become a bread-head with Fournil de Pierre Add a slash of rouge and pretend you are in Paris for the day thanks to new French delight Fournil de Pierre. Located on Burj Boulevard, the traditional patisserie is home to golden brioche, buttery tarte au citron and over 20 different types of pain, all essential companions to those who won’t be leaving the Emirates this summer. 58


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Enjoy unlimited pampering with The Cure

Get yourself buffed to within an inch of your life, tweaked until your heart is content and tint your lashes into oblivion thanks to The Cure’s Unlimited Pamper Package. Priced at just AED 3,500, the package allows its bearer to indulge in as many manicures, pedicures, polish changes, upper lip and brow threads and eyelash tints as they wish, anytime, for an entire year. In addition, there is no need to book an appointment ever again, with the Unlimited Pamper Package entitling the owner to a year round ‘swing-by’ service. Located in the midst of Dubai Media City, The Cure is a world away from the madness of nearby Sheikh Zayed Road. A floor to ceiling range of Opi and Essie colours greets visitors with cheery shades ranging from Fiesta to Plumberry to choose from. Mani-pedis are administered on ultra-comfortable padded benches, which have been raised above the footbaths so as to avoid leg cramp / loss of dignity and wireless headphones mean that the tedium of small talk is now a thing of the past. The five-minute back massage that we were treated to while our feet dried was reason enough to avail of the Unlimited Pamper Package, and our weary limbs were stretched back to life during what felt like particularly long and thorough leg and arm massages. This summer, there really is no excuse not to be picture perfect at all times. 235

Detox with De La Mer

Post-Ramadan, post-Iftars, post-too many late nights, cleanse your body and soul with De La Mer’s Hammam Ritual Package. Almost three hours of scrubbing, steaming and stimulating ought to have you back to your winter best in no time. And, if the promise of glowing skin and bouncy hair is still not enough, heavily reduced summer rates ought to seal the deal. www. 61

Thrive Nights Aspiring graffiti artists and media types rejoice as Thive Nights returns with a brand new home. Now taking place at the World Trade Centre, Ibis Hotel Sublime Lounge, the industry nights will host monthly workshops, discussions and forums aimed at those working in the Art, Media and Entertainment sectors. Networking need not cease just because it is hot outside… Email for further information. 59

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Dance the night away with La Baldosa Tango nights Unleash your sensuality while burning a trillion calories with La Baldosa Tango nights. Taking place at James and Alex Studio in Dubai Media City, the monthly events are open to beginners and pros alike and are designed to create a social scene around those who are passionate about their paso. The series is set to commence with a free masterclass and performance by Gustavo Arboleda who will loosen even the most uptight of hips. 74

Dare to try the Fugu Tasting Menu at Nusantao: Sea Kitchens, Four Seasons Hotel Doha

Nip to Doha for the day and sample Nusantao: Sea Kitchen’s Fugu Tasting Menu. Housed within the Four Seasons Hotel Doha, Nusantao is set to challenge convention and taste buds alike with its masterful menu consisting primarily of Fugu, the much feared but equally revered Japanese puffer fish. Despite its credentials as one of the most highly poisonous animals in the world, the fish is also considered the ultimate delicacy and expertly prepared by Chef de Cuisine Toshikazu Kato is certain to be this summer’s must-try. For

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Become addicted to the best foodie blogs Work your way around the city, dish by dish, with the help of three of our favourite foodie blogs.


Celebrate ‘Iftar at Home’ with Galeries Lafayettes

Host your very own Iftar thanks to Galeries Lafayette’s ingenious ‘Iftar at Home’. Laden with all of the necessary components for an unforgettable occasion, the Galeries Gourmet catering team will help you plan and prepare a feast in the comfort of your own home, before whisking away any evidence. www. 49

Sayahan Rahiman’s shameless love for the squidgiest brownies, all-singing-all-dancing brunches and the spiciest of curries has us licking our computer screens come lunchtime.

Confessing that she does not know the meaning of under-catering, Sally Prosser is so committed to the art of guzzling that she has even replicated popular UK television series Come Dine With Me in her own home.

After nine years spent refining her palate in Philadelphia, New York, Washington DC, Chicago, Houston, La Vegas and many, many more Arva Ahmed returns to Dubai to unearth the city’s most delectable dishes.

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Who: Dubai Cares, founded in 2007 by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum What: Dubai’s very own philanthropic organisation, giving children in under-developed countries access to a decent primary education as well as assisting with their general wellbeing. How: By donating, either as an individual or as an organisation or by becoming a Dubai Cares Supporter at

Who: Msizi Africa What: Working with African communities by taking care of little ones who have been orphaned by Aids and providing them with the care and support that they so badly need. Just 12 AED will feed one child for a whole week. How: By purchasing a copy of Ian Williams’ Pieces of Me – all proceeds go directly to the children, and by visiting uk for fundraising ideas.

Who: Emirates Cancer Foundation What: Offering those affected by Cancer and their families the advice, support, guidance and often the funds that they need to overcome this dreadful disease. How: By joining the foundation’s panel of volunteers who continuously strive to raise awareness of signs and symptoms of the illness, the treatment options available and the ways in which we can make a difference to the quality of life of Cancer patients.

Who: Harmony House, founded by Lucy Bruce and Gaurav Sinha What: Providing some of Delhi’s most needy women and children with medical care, an education, food, clothing, lessons in self-defence and ultimately a safe haven from the slums. Harmony House has recently opened a second branch close to its original Gurgaon site. How: By donating funds, taking a look at their online Needs List and sending items that they are desperately in need of or by volunteering. More information can be found by visiting

Who: Temwa What: Aiming to fight poverty, hunger and disease in one of the most isolated parts of Malawi, whose inhabitants are continuously hampered by limited access to food, medical care and education in addition to being blighted by Aids and HIV. How: By organising your own fundraising event or by volunteering to participate in their on-going HIV screening programme which to date has tested over 9,000 people. Visit for further details.

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RAMADAN GOODIES Ramadan would not be Ramadan without a haul of gifts designed to delight your nearest and dearest. Leave them in no doubt as to how much you value them with our selection of brand new gift ideas.

Hermès Tiroupointe pétanque set

Masters at turning the ordinary into the sublime, Hermès launches their divine Tiroupointe pétanque set, which ought to keep them occupied for a few hours. Three reassuringly weighty steel balls are elegantly suspended inside a fawn cowhide nest, making for the chicest of indoor pastimes.

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Designs by Ranya Jewellery

For the most personal of keepsakes, Designs by Ranya creates entirely bespoke necklaces, bracelets, rings, pendants, earrings and cufflinks that can incorporate a name, religious passage or favourite poem. Crafted from gold or silver, each piece also contains healing, restorative or energising properties, adorned as it is with precious and semi-precious stones including Rose Quartz, Turquoise and Malachite. www.designsbyranya.

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Coach for Tivoli Limited Edition Radio

Come Eid al-Fitr, Coach’s limited edition designs for Tivoli Audio are the only way to get the party started. In eye-catching brights, the dinky delights feature the latest in Bluetooth technology, allowing users to stream music directly from their smartphone, computer or tablet. 43

Ralph Lauren Timepieces

Nothing says ‘Ramadan Kareem’ like a full-pavé Diamond watch adorned with 1,900 Diamonds. Thankfully, Ralph Lauren’s Stirrup Diamond Link Medium model has launched just in time for the Eid festivities and is also joined by a Steel Link counterpart as a more masculine alternative. Now even the most tardy have no excuse. 52


Dower & Hall ‘Gold Rush’ collection

Ramadan may be a time of contemplation and quiet reflection, but Dower & Hall’s ‘Gold Rush’ collection is sure to raise pulses. In gold vermeil and rose gold (a fierce combination of 18ct yellow gold and copper) each whimsical design has a blushing hue that suits every type of skin tone. 51

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Milk & Honey Gluten-free nibbles & home delivery


Those with special dietary requirements need not be sidelined this Ramadan thanks to gourmet goodie specialists Milk & Honey. From freshly baked breads and homemade cakes to afternoon appetisers perfectly suited to those with Gluten intolerances, Dubai’s favourite deli is also offering a home delivery service, which is bound to revolutionise entertaining. 52

Louis Vuitton Pégase 45

Make her travels this summer just that little bit more luxurious with the latest additions to Louis Vuitton’s Pégase 45 collection. Now available in Piment, Carmin, Figue and Cyan, the dainty holdalls are ideal on-board companions and come with matching cosmetic pouches. 41

Tag Heuer Carrera 2013

50 years after the original Carrera model was launched, master watchmakers Tag Heuer have released an updated version of the classic watch, favoured by motorracing enthusiasts and the debonair alike. With its wide, open, easy-to-ride dial and sleek aesthetic the Carrera 2013 is available in 45mm, 43mm and 41mm versions and comes with either a steel or leather strap. 59

Armani / Dolci chocolates

Never arrive empty-handed again with Armani / Dolci’s perfectly packaged Ramadan chocolates. Encased within the most beautiful box which itself has been inspired by Islamic art, the pralines are free of alcohol and are instead filled with dried fruits and honey. Available from 15 June to the end of August at selected Armani outlets. 41

Little ones can join in the spirit of the season with super cute wardrobe additions from Founded by two of the city’s yummiest mummies, the local brand combines whimsical Western fabrics with the traditional keffiyeh for one-of-a kind dresses, trousers and tunics that will see them through the warmer months. 51

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Escape to Heritage le Telfair, Mauritius Discover what all the fuss is about and nip to the heavenly island of Mauritius. At just over six hours flight away, the archipelago is home to Heritage Le Telfair Mauritius, which is offering an even more magical 50% reduction on room rates throughout July. It would be madness not to go. www. 52

Unwind at Park Hyatt Dubai

Sail Musandam on board a traditional dhow Set sail on a traditional dhow with Al Marsa Travel and discover a discounted world of unspoilt beauty just around the corner. From 1 June to 31 August prices for Khor Qabel and Ras Musandam excursions will start from as little as 1,000AED for two nights per person, including all meals and activities. www. 53

Spend the day at Park Hyatt Dubai and come away feeling as though you have been on a two-week beach break. Begin your mini-break with Amara Spa’s Summer Rejuvenation Package, which includes a full body scrub and the choice of a head massage or a session of reflexology. A 75-minute treatment, the Summer Rejuvenation Package begins with Amara Spa’s signature foot ritual in the privacy of one of its Spa suite gardens. A therapist then applies a coarse salt mixture to gently but effectively slough away tired skin, slathers the body in an unctuous moisturising blend and then induces a blissful stupor for the remainder of the treatment as she kneads away at either forehead or foot. The session ends with a light meal that can be taken in the sheltered pool lounge or beside the swimming pool, which is accessible for the remainder of the day. Once the sun goes down, enjoy Park Hyatt Dubai’s innovative twist on its awardwinning brunch with a night brunch, available on Thursday and Friday evenings throughout the Holy Month at Traiteur. A distinctly cooler alternative to the usual Friday fiasco, the after-dark dining experience is the perfect ending to a lazy day spent Creekside and provides much-needed sustenance for the no-doubt tearful journey home. 211

Shop Temperley London, Doha Update your wardrobe with Temperley London, recently arrived at The Gate Mall, Doha. The British brand famed for its bohemian aesthetic and laid-back luxe approach to dressing up is a must for Ibiza-goers, wedding guests and festival attendees alike. www. 39


Drive the new Peugeot 301

Recreate iconic 90’s film Thelma & Louise with the brand new Peugeot 301. The all-new sedan version is a lean, not-so-mean, getaway machine that feels both sporty and roomy at the same time. Ideal for weekend escapes or simply posing on the Sheikh Zayed Road. 45

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Dalia Dogmoch Soubra, Chef and culinary expert

Dalia Dogmoch Soubra has been taking Dubai residents on a culinary journey since 2010, thanks, in part, to her gastro blog D’sKitchen. Such is the Syrian-German beauty’s popularity among local budding chefs that at the recent launch of her first book, Food, Love and Life from Dalia’s kitchen, fans stood three deep at the back. As the title of her book suggests, Dalia is all about family and friends, preferably gathered around her dining room or kitchen table. Across 245 pages packed with mouthwatering ideas and super easy recipes, she divulges her secrets to being the ultimate hostess and pays tribute to each and every person who has inspired her very personal recipes. She let us in on one of her all time favourite dishes, Za’atar chicken, perfect for an impromptu gathering.

Za’atar chicken (serves four) Prep time 1 hour 10 minutes Cooking time 1 hour Ingredients 3 tbsp za’atar (a blend of Middle Eastern dried herbs - thyme and sumac - with sesame seeds) 1/4 cup olive oil 2 to 4 tbsp lemon juice 4 garlic cloves, minced 1/4 tsp salt 2 baby chickens, about 2lb each, cleaned and spatchcocked cracked black pepper to taste 1/4 cup pomegranate seeds Method: Preheat oven to 200ºC. In a small bowl, whisk the za’atar, olive oil, lemon juice, garlic and salt into a thick paste.

Rub the spice paste all over the chickens and let them marinate in the fridge for at least an hour, preferably longer. Roast on a rack in the oven for 30 minutes uncovered. Reduce the temperature to 180ºC and roast for another 20 to 30 minutes or until a thermometer registers 77ºC (170ºF) when inserted in the thickest part of the thigh, and the juices run clear when pricked with the tip of a knife. Let them rest, tented with foil, for 10 minutes before carving. Scatter the pomegranate seeds over the chicken. Serve with a green salad or some roasted potatoes. Divine! How to spatchcock a chicken? Place the chicken on a board, breast side down. Using a sharp knife or scissors, cut out the entire neck bone and spine. Turn the chicken on the breast side and press it flat with all your strength.

Food, Love and Life from Dalia’s kitchen by Dalia Dogmoch Soubra is now available at Bloomingdales Home, priced AED 155.

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Shop Louis Vuitton, Kuwait

With an entire room dedicated to the art of Travel, Louis Vuitton’s latest opening at Prestige, The Avenues in Kuwait should be the first destination on any stylista’s map. Ready-to-wear, shoes, accessories and a full range of leather goods sit elegantly beside the Haute Maroquinerie salon, a signature made-to-order leather goods service now finally available in the region. www. 58

Play and stay at St. Regis Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi While away the warmer days at St. Regis Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi which is offering Golf enthusiasts a night’s stay and two rounds of Golf for as little as AED1,199. Those who are more leisurely inclined meanwhile can take advantage of the recently revealed afternoon Tea Traditions, served in the elegant The Drawing Room, or book one of the hotel’s Spa Suites designed for ultimate relaxation. 66

Look ahead to DJ retreats at Six Senses Zighy Bay, Oman

Get out those decks and practise your swipe in time for heavenly hideaway Zighy Bay’s DJ retreats in September. Between 20 – 27 September, The DJ Dispensary will be hosting a week-long spin-a-thon which will culminate with the Farthest From The Earth event at the mountain top restaurant Sense on the Edge. Music, Musandam and DJ Matty Wainwright – what better way to celebrate the end of the summer? www.sixsenses. com/resorts/zighy-bay 67


Stay at Sofitel, The Palm, Dubai

Escape to Polynesia, thanks to Sofitel, The Palm in Dubai, which is set to open this summer. Sofitel’s flagship property will feature 124 suites, each manned by a 24-hour butler and fronted by its own private swimming pool, alongside 361 rooms with a distinctive Polynesian theme. Who needs the hassle of long-haul anyhow? 53

Escape to Royal Mansour, Morocco

Private riads, walled gardens and the world’s first Chanel spa make Royal Mansour a favourite destination of the wellheeled. From 15 June to 1 September, guests are invited to extend their stay with a complimentary night or render their stay even more enchanting with a free family upgrade. 48

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Ariana Bundy, TV Chef and cookbook author

‘Ramadan is a family affair and the ideal way to break fast is with friends and family. Perhaps the most important thing to remember is to try and keep cool and collected at all times - there are always bound to be a few grumpy people out there who need your attention and care! Make sure that everything is prepared ahead of time. If it is not, then have a handful of dates and a pot of freshly brewed tea to hand, as this is the gentlest way to break any fast. Iranians love noon panir Sabzi, a plate of creamy crumbly feta, fresh nan bread, soaked walnuts and a medley of fresh herbs (basil, mint, spring onions). They also really like eating some Kashgeh Bademjoon a smokey, creamy Aubergine dip unlike anything you’ve ever tasted. If you are entertaining a lot of people, a giant bowl of Pomegranate Soup, or Ashe e Anar, is the perfect dish to serve. It has lots of fresh herbs, a little bit of rice, split peas, delicate little meatballs and of course pomegranates - topped with caramelized onions and fried mint it is nourishing, delicious and a perfect Ramadan dish. As a bonus, kids love it! It is important to remember the real meaning of Ramadan however and not just go head long into entertaining. It is a season of reflection and being in touch with yourself and God. Just concentrate on that.... and add a bunch of flowers and a few candles for the prefect setting for your special guests’.

Kashgeh Bademjan Grilled aubergine spread topped with creamy whey, fried onions, garlic, mint and walnuts Kashk gives this rich aubergine dish its special edge. It is dried buttermilk – a by-product of cheese-making that is either compressed into round balls or powdered. Before adding to dishes it must be mixed with water to create a paste or liquid whey. Kashk has depth of flavour – think liquid feta but much stronger in taste and with the consistency of tahini. Ready-mixed kashk is conveniently sold in jars in Persian food shops. Kashgeh Bademjan is generally served at parties as an appetiser with lots of thin lavash bread for dipping. Ingredients 6–7 medium aubergines 60ml (21/2fl oz) 1/4 cup olive oil, extra virgin or regular

1 large onion, thinly sliced 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped 75g (3oz) 1/4 cup kashk 1/2 tsp salt pepper, to taste For the topping: 2 sprigs of fresh mint, finely chopped or 1 tsp dried mint 2 tbsp olive oil, plus extra to drizzle 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped 3 tbsp kashk 1 ⁄3 tsp saffron threads, pounded then dissolved in 2 tbsp hot water 1 tbsp ground walnuts Method Bake the whole aubergines at 200°C/400°F/Gas Mark 6 for 45–60 minutes until charred. Remove the skin, chop the flesh and place in a non-stick frying pan with the olive oil and onion, and fry until golden. Add the chopped garlic at the very end and VELVET / July - August Issue 21

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Pomegranates and Roses

'If you dream about being whisked into a world of gentle, aromatic, Persian delights, where fruit, nuts, green herbs and flowery fragrances combine beautifully with meats, vegetables and grains, look no further. Each recipe, from the Chicken with Oranges and Saffron to the Aubergine Conserve Scented with Rose Water, is an inspiration to the palate and written with such easy directions that you might want to rush headlong into the kitchen.' Madhur

allow it to brown. Then add just enough bread or any other thin bread, although Ariana Bundy evokes the sensual, exotic pleasure of Middle Eastern flavours, using pomegranate seeds and juice, rose water and rose petals, fragrant herbs and spices. water to cover the mixture and letpoignantly it of the traditions a crusty will also do nicely. She writes cherished bybaguette her forefathers, when family mattered above all else and sharing delicious food brought everyone together. simmer for about 20–30 minutes so Ariana was brought up in New York and London and trained as a chef in Paris, but her family roots are firmly planted in Persian soil. She inherited her love of food For agrew quick version, instead of baking that it becomes soft enough to and purée. cooking from her grandparents – who fruit and grains and had vineyards producing prized grapes – and from her father, who owned the first fine-dining French restaurant whole aubergines, cut them into 8cm in Iran. With stunning recipes and sumptuous photography, (3in) cubes. Place in a colander, run a Purée the cooked aubergine and onion Pomegranates and Roses captures the essence of a vibrant cuisine. mixture in a food processor, with a little water over and then salt them to hand-held mixer, pestle and mortar or sweat away the bitterness. After 20–30 minutes, wipe the pieces with paper even a potato masher, along with the towels, then follow the method above. kashk, plus salt and pepper to taste. Make the topping. Fry the mint in 1 tbsp oil, and set aside. Fry the garlic in the remaining oil until golden,£25.00 then set aside. I S B N 978-0-85720-690-9

Spread the aubergine purée on a large shallow plate. Garnish with the fried mint and garlic, the kashk and a drizzle of olive oil and saffron liquid. Sprinkle with walnuts and serve with lavash 9

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TIP: To serve the purée as in the photograph, halve 2 large or 4 medium ARIANA aubergines and scoop out the flesh. BUNDY Wrap the shells in foil and bake for 20 minutes at 190°C/375°F/Gas Mark 5. Remove the foil and cook the shells for another 5–10 minutes so that they dry out a bit. Fill with the purée, decorate and serve.

'Wonderful. The recipes are gorgeous. I want to cook everything.' Madhur Jaffrey






Pomegranates & Roses: my Persian family recipe (Simon & Schuster UK) is now available at Bloomingdales Home, priced AED165.

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1. Salalah Beach - Juweira Boutique Hotel

Escape to the much cooler climes of Salalah, which is just over an hour’s flight away from the UAE. An average of 25 degrees, long sandy beaches and the warm waters of the Indian Ocean – what is stopping you?

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Dubai’s hospitality landscape changes yet again with the opening of the elegant The Oberoi, Dubai. Overlooking the Burj Khalifa, the latest five star establishment to open its doors in the emirate is also conveniently close to the endless distractions of Dubai Mall.

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5. Jumeirah Beach Hotel

Cabin-fever kids are every parent’s worst summer nightmare, so take advantage of Jumeirah Beach Hotel’s family offers and recover your sanity. Book it: Stay for 3 nights or more and receive complimentary accommodation and meals for up to two children under the age of 12, complimentary access to Wild Wadi Waterpark and Sinbad’s Kids Club and 20% off at selected outlets including Jumeirah Beach Hotel’s Spa and beauty Salons.

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Make it a staycation with Le Royal Méridien and pamper yourself silly at the luxurious Caracalla Spa and top trimmers Royal Cut, which are both offering a selection of exclusive summer 2013 packages. Book it: Enjoy up to 30% off all room reservations up until 31 August 2013.

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Still a favourite amongst media types and fashion moguls, W Hotel Doha is keeping things cool this summer with discounted rates, late check outs, early check ins and a whole host of other goodies. Book it: Book before 24 August and receive a 30% on your stay as well as check out at sunset, in-room Ramadan delights, a 20% discount on daily Sohour and complimentary WIFI.


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9. Yas Viceroy

Be a part of the action at Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi, the futuristic fantasy located on the stunning island of Yas. Book it: Sweeten your summer with Yas Viceroy’s Suite Summer Delight Package, which includes a special rate of 1,079 AED for a one night stay for a family of four, free entry for two adults and two children to Yas Waterworld, a 50% reduction on second room bookings and a 20% reduction on all ESPA Escape Packages. www.viceroyhotelsandresorts. com/abudhabi

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Book it: GCC residents booking before 30 September can enjoy a Summer Breeze package, which includes a 50 OMR resort credit note to be spent at any of the hotel’s food and beverage outlets, as well as rates from 250 OMR including two nights in a Serai Room and breakfast for two.

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11. Four Season Hotel Doha

Moving abroad can be exceptionally daunting, especially if the move involves the Middle East in the summer. Thankfully, Four Seasons Hotel Doha is here to help with its Call Us Home packages offering thoughtful relocation support and services for long-stay guests starting their new lives over the warmer months.

Book it: Enjoy discounted rates throughout the Holy Month with a Pool Residence starting from as little as 2,795 AED per night for up to four guests. Rates are also inclusive of the hotel’s traditional Arabic Iftar and a sheesha of choice served on the portico terrace. www.

Book it: Choose a two bedroom Call Us Home package and enjoy an upgrade to an Ambassador Suite, 25 % discounts on laundry and Spa treatments and a 15% reduction on in-hotel food and beverage orders.

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How I Get Dressed Sheikha Raya Al Khalifa, 29, mother of two, freelance writer, business woman and vintage collector. The first thing I do when I wake up is... get my eldest son ready for school. I can’t leave home without a hearty breakfast either Rachel’s Organic Rice Divine, or a big bowl of muesli with a drizzle of honey. I like the house to smell nice during the morning chaos so I usually spritz some Diptyque home spray in Amber so I can relax when I return from the 6:30 a.m. school drop off, and get some work done. I start with... a key piece and build around it. If I am in Doha where I wear an abaya, I still make an effort with what I wear. It makes me feel pulled together and polished. So I may start with a statement necklace that I wear on top of my abaya, and throw on an easy silk dress and sandals. I have the same routine in the west. I usually like a pop of colour or larger than life accessories...the rest just evolves. It is just fun, not calculated - what I am drawn to that day.  I cannot live without...SPF, I apply it everyday, even in dreary London, J Brand jeans in a dark wash pencil leg, and my Enza Costa soft t-shirts. Abayas are... beautiful, elegant and a blank canvas. People often think it is restrictive, but if anything it is quite the opposite. Ask anyone who wears it and they will, no doubt, unanimously agree it is freeing. I can go the whole day with what I wore to drop off my son at school, to a meeting then a swanky dinner. I like what the abaya represents culturally, we are equals and not judged on any other factor but our individualistic abilities.  I feel most comfortable…wearing a nice blouse and some flats so I feel put together


when I am running around with my boys, then throw on heels for a quick transition for a dinner out. I do not do many outfit changes in the day, as I usually start off thinking ahead. My absolute favourite bag is...a Birkin. I can throw anything and everything into it. Notebooks, toys for my boys, candy to bribe them and water are all in there with the other obvious necessities like a wallet and a makeup bag. It is sturdy and a great investment. My favourite shoes are...Valentino. I am totally into my Valentino Rockstuds, both in the high heel and the kitten heel, it is an addiction. I’m also into my Charlotte Olympia flats, they are super cute and add a little something fun to my day look.  My most recent buys...are all from Doha, which is a pleasant first for me. We now have an amazing shopping scene so I have been doing my summer staple shopping here so I can enjoy my holidays. I just got a lovely ensemble from Marni at D’NA Doha, which recently opened, a Tsumori Christo dress at The Closet with some vibrant Mary

Katrantzou jeans. I also scooped up some lovely separates from By Malene Birger here in Qatar; the chartreuse and white collection was too fresh to turn down... definitely perfect for this summer.  It is an essential part of my dressing ritual fast! It never takes me longer than 30mins. I buy things I know I can live in. Core staples like easy dresses to throw on from The Vanity Room in Doha that I can dress up or down. Each season I allow myself to get a few looks I loved from the collections. If I am in Doha, it is probably eveningwear. This season I was totally into Mary Katrantzou and got a few pieces that are like works of art. I buy... what I really love and what works well with me, which is why it does not take me long to get ready, and I always wear what I buy.  I spend most of my money on... accessories. Whether it be clutches, necklaces, or earrings I love piling it all on. It could be from H&M or Lanvin, it doesn’t matter to me, If it sparkles.... I’m sold!

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Sofia Coppola’s latest movie tells the story of celebrity obsessed Hollywood and a group of teenagers that will stop at nothing for a taste of fame.


he Bling Ring, starring Emma Watson and directed by Sofia Coppola, is based on the real life events of a group of celebrity obsessed teenagers in Los Angeles who use the internet to keep watch of Hollywood stars in order to slip into their homes and thieve from their luxury lives. In a celebrity obsessed world where the paparazzi documents every move L.A’s hottest talent make, a group of five teenagers broke into the homes of Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan, Miranda Kerr and Megan Fox stealing their designer clothes becoming known in the media as “The Bling Ring.” Filmed in Coppola’s signature glossy way, it’s a fashion-filled thriller that beautifully depicts the ridiculousness of today’s current climate for all things gauche and celebrity endorsed. The Bling Ring arrives on screens in the Middle East this July

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left Sofia Coppola’s latest film, The Bling Ring, feeling deliriously happy about being older and squarer than Coppola’s spoilt, vile characters. My mouth in a sour, cat’s-bum pout, I tutted throughout the movie, a stylish drama about a group of Los Angeles teenagers who, in a free-wheeling spree between 2008 and 2009, robbed the homes of celebrities including Orlando Bloom, Lindsay Lohan, Megan Fox and Paris Hilton, netting $3 million worth of goods. They made sure their homes were empty by poring over the gossip about their lives and, when finally arrested, relished their own celebrity. The film makes you yearn to ride a bike, whooping through the countryside, a million miles from these vapid dunderheads. It’s beautiful to look at, like all Coppola’s films - think of the well-dressed aesthetics of The Virgin Suicides and Lost in Translation - yet its moral heart is as elusive and faint as a will-o’-the-wisp, even though the Oscarwinning Coppola said recently the teenagers “summed up everything that I think is declining in our culture... Kids are inundated with reality TV and tabloid culture so much that this just seems normal... It just seems like this trash culture is becoming acceptable as mainstream culture.” Coppola’s criticism has an added layer of sonorousness, given that everything


She speaks in a listless monotone, with The Bling Ring personifies - brattish “That’s private” such a favoured response acquisitiveness, wealth, a veneration of she’d probably use it if I asked how she felt fame and notoriety - stands in opposition about the weather. If her movies reflect an to her blue-chip Hollywood lineage: her un-pindown-ableness, they absolutely reflect father is The Godfather and Apocalypse their writer and director. Now director Francis Ford Coppola, her Her own very un-Bling Ring-ish cousins include actors Nicolas Cage and Jason Schwartzman. Her aunt is Talia Shire, childhood was spent not in Hollywood, most famous for playing Adrian Balboa, the but mostly a small town in the Napa Valley where her father, who is also a winemaker, much-suffering wife of Sylvester Stallone’s named a wine after her, “which is fairly Rocky, and Connie Corleone in The normal there”. The Sofia, Godfather. But if Coppola, the Coppola winery website 42, is disgusted with the states, was “born from a “Bling Ring” and all their I wasn’t celebration of love... Our ignominious tale embodies, sparkling wine, as bright her film has a funny way of comfortable and effervescent as the showing it. The clothes and in my first woman who inspired it, the cars the teenagers steal and marriage. You charming and stylish Sofia covet are lavishly evoked, Rosé, along with the alluring their crimes a lark. However, think it will Riesling, are a tribute to the Coppola insists The Bling make your romantic, ebullient spirit Ring, which premiered in of women everywhere.” May at the Cannes Film relationship Perhaps she reserves this Festival, is a tabula rasa something else; it effervescence for family for us to “imprint” our occasions only. judgments on to. didn’t Her town was “normal, In a restaurant in middle-class suburban, Greenwich Village, New where everyone knew each other. Nobody York, Coppola orders steak tartare and had a designer bag.” She is an only asparagus. She is slight, beautiful, with daughter, which means she gets on well wavy, bobbed hair, wearing a vintage green with her male-dominated film crews, she jacket by her friend Marc Jacobs, who was says. “But I’ve always had close girlfriends her date at this year’s Met Ball (in 2002 she and I have a big girlie side. I like beautiful modelled as the “face” of his fragrance).

Written by Tim Teeman/NI Syndication

Her father is the legendary director, her husband is a rock star, she is an Oscar-winning film-maker. Life seems so easy for Sofia Coppola. But in private, she tells Tim Teeman, she has experienced the public failure of her first marriage and the death of her brother

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flowers, clothes and romantic stories.” Jacobs and Céline’s Phoebe Philo are her favourite designers. She and her girlfriends discuss cosmetics, although her beauty regime isn’t “extreme, and plastic surgery doesn’t appeal to me”. She grew up wanting to be a magazine editor, loved reading The Face and French Vogue - “very glamorous, my only link to the outside world” - and became shyer and more self-conscious as a teenager. As a little girl, Coppola was a “ham”, putting on shows for her family and bossing other kids around; her mother “traces a direct line” from that to her becoming a director. She had a privileged upbringing, but “I appreciate and value things and don’t take anything for granted. My dad always stressed that working hard was very important.” Coppola spent a lot of time on her father’s film sets: her first acting role was as a baby being christened in The Godfather and, aged 3 on the set of The Godfather Part II, she had her own director’s chair with her name on it. As a seven-year-old, she entertained herself during the fraught filming of Apocalypse Now in the Philippines jungle by drawing elaborate pictures of palm trees and helicopters and weaving the pictures together to form stories. She moved to New York as a teenager during filming of The Cotton Club, taking yellow cabs “and being here when Madonna was starting to be cool and she wasn’t in California yet”. Her father recalls her sitting on Andy Warhol’s lap. Then, when Coppola had just turned 15, disaster struck. Her brother Gian-Carlo, then 22, was killed after being struck by a towline connecting two boats in an accident in Maryland. Griffin O’Neal, son of Ryan O’Neal and at the time filming Gardens of Stone directed by Coppola Sr, was piloting the boat both men were on and, it was reported, was trying to pass between the two boats connected by the towline. O’Neal ducked to avoid it; Gian-Carlo suffered massive head injuries. Subsequent reports said he had been decapitated. O’Neal was convicted of negligently operating a boat and was replaced in the film.


“I think it shapes who you are. It was a devastating time,” Coppola says. “I’m sure it did change me. I don’t know what I’d have been like otherwise. I don’t take life for granted. It was obviously a very sad time. I was very close to him. Really close. It was definitely hard on our family. Somehow we got through. I had therapy at the time. I was pulled out of school. You’re in shock. I think it always stays with you. I still miss my brother and it’s been more than 20 years. It affects who you are. But everyone goes through tragedies and I don’t want to wallow. It makes you appreciate what you have because you don’t know...” Her voice tails off. “It makes you appreciate people.” As a teenager, Coppola was an intern at Chanel under Karl Lagerfeld (“I was intimidated and scared, but he was very friendly and kind”) and attended art school. If The Bling Ring implies Coppola views the world of celebrity and fetishised high fashion with some disdain, it should be noted that Coppola is a celebrated fashion template herself, a waifish epitome of cool as lionised by fashion-watchers as their celebrity victims were by the “Bling Ring”. There are many pictures of Coppola on Pinterest. She even helmed her own Japanbased fashion label, Milkfed. Before directing, Coppola appeared in movies, mostly her father’s: “I’m more

comfortable behind the camera. Being a performer is not my nature.” The critics agreed: she was panned for her performance as Mary Corleone in The Godfather Part III (1990), and named Worst Supporting Actress and Worst New Star at that year’s Golden Raspberry awards. “It was really brutal. I was 18 and it was hard to be so put down. To be on the cover of a magazine with the headline ‘She Ruined Her Dad’s Movie’ made me feel bad for embarrassing him. But I wasn’t devastated. It wasn’t my dream to be an actor.” She partied in Nineties Los Angeles. Was it a wild time? “I was never out of control; I never had a big drugs phase.” Coppola’s first film, made in 1998, Lick the Star, was a 14-minute short. She then heard that an adaptation of Jeffrey Eugenides’s novel The Virgin Suicides was being planned, a book she felt “very protective over and the way they were planning to do it didn’t sound right”. She took on the movie rights. Some accused her of nepotism. “I work really hard, but I’m definitely lucky to have the connection with the industry I do. I knew how to get a good sound designer. I definitely had advantages but was disadvantaged too that people could dismiss me.” She doesn’t feel a desperate need to counter these charges. “You can’t please everybody. I just get on with my work.” The success of Lost in Translation (2003), with Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson as two lonely, dislocated souls in a hypnotic Tokyo, still shocks her. “I was writing a really personal story about my experience in Japan and what I was going through at the time. I thought it was really indulgent and nobody would care about it. I was really surprised people connected to it.” The film, which cost $4 million to make, made $120 million, winning Coppola the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay and a Best Director nomination. Coppola’s

It was really brutal. To be on the cover of a magazine with the headline “She Ruined Her Dad’s Movie”

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crumbling relationship with her first husband, the director Spike Jonze, was mirrored in the experience of Johansson’s character. “I was at that age where you’re supposed to know what you’re doing. I didn’t, or who I was. I was trying to figure out what marriage was supposed to be. I wasn’t comfortable in the marriage. We weren’t connecting the way I thought you should be in a relationship.” Why had she married Jonze? “Oh, I was in my twenties; we’d been together for six years.” She was 22 when they got together, 28 when they married. “Maybe you think marriage is going to make your relationship into something else, but it didn’t.” Their divorce was “really difficult. You think marriage will be for ever. It was hard.” Now, they’re “friendly if we see each other but we’re not involved in each other’s lives or hanging out”. Winning awards - the movie also scooped Golden Globes and Baftas - was “bittersweet... going through the divorce yet being fêted professionally”. Hollywood “is definitely a boys’ club”. Is it hostile to female directors? “Not for me. People are really encouraging of my work.” Is Hollywood sexist? “I never thought about that. I just do my own thing. There have definitely been situations where I think it would have been different if I had been a guy.” What were they? “I can’t say.” How did she deal with whatever these occasions were? “I don’t engage with it.” Is she a feminist? “I was raised by a feminist but I don’t really describe myself as anything. I don’t want to be political and I don’t make political statements. Actions speak louder than words: it’s important to be independent and strong.” She writes and directs all her movies: writing is “the hardest part”, but “I fill out what I need to fill out” later in the director’s chair. Independence “means a lot”; she can’t imagine writing or directing for anyone but herself. “I haven’t worked much with big studios. It’s important for me to have


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creative control.” Her Marie Antoinette (2006) was a rock’n’-roll-drenched take on the French queen; Somewhere (2010), about a louche actor shacked up at the Chateau Marmont, won her the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival, the first American female director to win. “It seemed like an absurd story and a movie immediately,” Coppola says of the Vanity Fair article that inspired The Bling Ring. “It’s always fun to read about teenagers getting into trouble.” Her aesthetic inspiration was Less Than Zero (Bret Easton Ellis’s 1985 novel): “that glamorous, decadent side of LA: lots of coke, going to nightclubs, the convertibles”. Is the film celebrating the kids’ behaviour or skewering their moral failings? “I was trying to do both and leave it open for the audience to feel what it wants. I didn’t want to be preachy. I wanted to tell the story from the kids’ point of view, so wanted it to be really seductive.” The teens “assumed they should be celebrities, with their obsession about brands and bling”, Coppola says. So she’s as repelled by them as me? “I don’t want to say.” Why? “I just don’t want to be preachy, condemning anything.” Surely she has views. “It’s in the movie. I don’t feel it’s my role to say what the message is. People can take what they want from the movie. I think it’s clear.” So, what is it? “I’m trying to be an observer of the culture. I grew up with a different kind of culture and values.” Indeed, Coppola is “making a big effort” to insulate her two young daughters, Romy, 6, and Cosima, 3, from whatever it is she won’t pass a view on. Coppola wants her children to “appreciate the value of things” so presumably she rejects all values “Bling Ring”. “I don’t want them to dress like hookers,” she says sharply. But celebrity culture is creeping in: at a “graduation” for Romy’s cookery class Coppola successfully argued against the teacher’s wish that the

event include a red carpet. Coppola married her daughters’ father, Thomas Mars, vocalist with the French band Phoenix, in 2011. “I didn’t think I would want to marry again, but I didn’t want to miss the experience of being married to the person I was most suited to.” They moved from Paris to New York for the girls’ schooling. “Motherhood definitely changes you, how you spend your time,” says Coppola. “I used to write at night. I think motherhood makes you nicer, the soft humility you get when your kid is throwing up on you.” Does she want more children? “If I didn’t work. But I don’t plan on having more.” The “Bling Ring” teenagers, immersed in celebrity culture and the internet so thoroughly they knew not only the addresses of their victims but when they were out of town, robbed them with the dead-eyed materialistic élan you’d expect from overindulged brats who rave lunatically over what “Lindsay” is wearing. They are rude to, or alienated from, their parents; their work ethic extends to getting into the right nightclubs. They love their celebrities’ style and care about nothing but acquisition; the theft from the celebrities’ homes is an extension of their sense of entitlement. “I’m more interested in visuals than words,” says Coppola. “That’s why dialogue in my movies is so sparse. In real life, people aren’t clear about their feelings. I’m interested in expressing what is unsaid.” Alexis Neiers, one of the gang, said the film was “trashy and inaccurate”. Coppola told the BBC, “It’s not a documentary... I’m not too concerned with their reaction.” However, if she is executing a dry satire on shallow lives and preoccupations, the film is flawed: the shallowness looks way too much fun. How does she feel about celebrity culture? “I’m aware of it; it’s fun to look at once in a while, but it became so dominant in their lives it felt very out of balance. Reality TV didn’t exist when we were

growing up: this idea that anyone can be famous without working hard.” Coppola’s quiet, arty outrage may win over some critics. However, there was a group of teenage girls at my screening who perceived the film as a fun game of dress-up. “Oh my God, that’s so cool,” one shouted as the young criminals let themselves into Paris Hilton’s closet. “That’s the bag,” another shrieked as the gang laid their hands on a mega-expensive Birkin belonging to Lindsay Lohan. Emma Watson’s nasty character - in the actress’s break-out-from-Harry-Potter role - was deemed “so hot” and “like such a bitch”, the only moral pronouncement the girls made. “I try not to glamorise their actions,” Coppola says. “I don’t show them as heroes. I was showing it could be fun but also too much.” Hilton stars as herself (her hallway chairs feature cushions with her face on them). Coppola liked her, “much more than I’d expected to. She’s very friendly, laid back and has a playful sense of humour about herself.” Coppola has a few close associates whose opinion she values, but she avoids reviews and negative critiques. “I’m too sensitive. If I’m happy with it, I like it. I don’t want to hear people putting me up or down. I’d rather not care what other people think.” One criticism of you is that your films prize style over substance, I say. “I think a film can look good and have depth. I don’t think anyone likes to read their films lack substance.” That’s why she avoids critics? “Wouldn’t you?” she retorts. Surely some criticism can make for better work, I say. “I don’t avoid people,” insists Coppola. “I don’t live in a bubble.” But she does and it’s carefully constructed to allow Coppola to tell her kind of glossy, wry stories exactly the way she chooses. How we read her films - and her - Coppola leaves squarely, defiantly, up to us. The Bling Ring opens on July 5


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On Top Of The World caling the summit of Mount Everest - the world’s highest peak - is surely one of the greatest achievements any one can accomplish. But for Sheikh Mohammed Al Thani, who recently accomplished the feat, his success was more than just a personal triumph. In scaling the 8,850 metre Mount Everest, Sheikh Mohammed Al Thani became the first Qatari to set foot on the world’s highest mountain. However, instead of seeing his most recent adventure as another personal conquest, he says, “It was Mount Everest that gave me the opportunity to climb its peak and see the world from a different perspective. This is the way I see it - I did not conquer this great mountain; I conquered the ‘Everest’ inside of me.” Sheikh Mohammed Al Thani’s journey to the top of Mt Everest began many years ago, when he decided on climbing the world’s Seven Summits – the highest peak on each of the seven continents. “I have always loved the outdoors and thought it would be great to climb the world’s highest mountain. Out of this passion was born a dream – something that would not just enable me to become a better person; but also be an inspiration for others to dream big and accomplish great things.” With his eyes set on Mount Everest, Sheikh Mohammed began his life’s biggest adventure n 2009. “I started training almost over four years ago when I started my first base camp. And then I plotted my journey by climbing the highest mountains in the world – each mountain was a preparation for the next one. This is because every mountain in the Seven Summits list has its own unique challenges - with one mountain, it’s a very technical climb; with another, it’s the weather. Each mountain teaches you something. And in Everest, you


have the whole thing; you have the weather, Iranian Masoud Mohammad, Raha Moharrak who became the first Saudi the altitude and the technical. You have to Arabian woman and youngest Arab to know everything about mountaineering to climb this mountain. So I started four years summit Mt Everest and the videographer Canadian-Lebanese Elia Saikaly. ago and since then I never stopped,” he “There were a lot of firsts this year in explains. the mountain. First Pakistani, first twins He first reached the summit of Mt from India, first Palestinian man, first Kilimanjaro in March 2010, climbing female from Saudi Arabia. So we’re very 5,895 metres to reach the highest point proud of that,” says Sheikh Mohammed. in the African continent, a feat he would On their way to the top, Sheikh again accomplish in November 2011. Nine Mohammed and the rest of the expedition months later, he reached the summit of Mt Elbrus, the highest point in Europe at 5,642 team met a number of seemingly insurmountable physical and mental metres. Soon after in October, he climbed challenges. Recalling their difficult climb, the highest mountain in Australia - Mt he says, “You go to the mountain, you’ve Kosciuszko - at an altitude of 2,228 metres. done your training and preparations but Before the year ended, he was on once you’re out there, you find the mental another climb and in December 2012, he challenges to be more reached the summit of Mt Vinson, the highest peak Every time it intense than the physical rigors of the climb. in Antarctica, at 4,892 became difficult, Luckily, I was with my metres. At this point, he friends but still you feel now has scaled four of the I would always away from everyone. seven highest mountains think of the children Communication is hard. in the world. The month after, Sheikh Mohammed whose lives will You get telephone signals sometimes. We had a reached the summit of change for the satellite phone but with a Mt Aconcagua (South America), the highest peak better because of satellite phone, you do one call only to your family in the Western hemisphere the work that we or something. You don’t at an altitude of 6,960 m and then finally last do at Reach Out to check what’s happening in the world. So the mental month, he reached the top Asia aspect was really hard on of Mount Everest in Nepal us as a team. We missed – and he did so at the most our families. We missed our children and opportune of times - this year is the 60th our friends. anniversary of Sir Edmund Hillary and “Physically, you have to stay healthy. Tenzing Norgay’s first journey to the top of Hygiene is an issue. There’s no water. So the Everest. the food you eat must be clean. You get Sheikh Mohammed was accompanied sick easily, if you’re sick, you get off the throughout his quest by an adventurous mountain. So you have to really take care team of Arabs who named their group of your health there. I’m not even going ‘Arabs With Altitude,’ which included his to talk about how hard it is to climb the friends Raed Zidan, who became the first actual mountain, going up and down Palestinian man to summit Mt Everest,

Written by Anthon Garcia


The journey to the top of the world was more than just a physical exercise for Sheikh Mohammed Al Thani, it was a journey of deep meaning, mental pressure and incredible personal success.

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the mountain. It makes it even harder if you’re sick. I found I have asthma in the mountain. I didn’t know that. I had it as a kid. Then I found out, when I was coming from camp three, I wasn’t breathing well. I went to the doctor and I thought my climb was over because I thought I had primary lymphoedema, which is water in the lungs. Basically, you’re off the mountain. The doctor gave me an inhaler and I tried it then he said you have asthma. I was like ok, good to know. After that, I was fine with the asthma. “You always get issues. I had asthma then a rib injury. So you keep getting small injuries but anything can get you off the mountain and you don’t know what so once that happens with you, you also play the mental game.” While climbing the world’s highest mountain, Sheikh Mohammed, a husband and father of three, also missed the birth of his first daughter, Nama, who’s now three-weeks-old. “One of the hardest and happiest moments for me was when I got a baby girl when I was in the mountain. She was born on the second day after they fixed the line [climbing line] so it was a very happy day for me,” he recalls. And so the first thing that he did while at the top of the world was to call his family. “They were extremely happy. My family, wife and kids and all – they were happy,” he says as he recounted the brief conversation he had with his family. Sheikh Mohammed Al Thani’s achievement, however, wasn’t just a personal milestone. All of his mountaineering expeditions are connected with the noble goal of raising awareness of and funds for Reach Out to Asia (ROTA) – a charity that aims to provide basic, quality education for both primary and secondary school children throughout Asia and the Middle East. With such a difficult challenge, thoughts about quitting or turning back would be normal for any mountaineer. But Sheikh Mohammed kept going until he


reached the top because of the hundreds of thousands of children who will benefit from his success. “Every time it became difficult, I would always think of the children whose lives will change for the better because of the work that we do at Reach Out to Asia,” he continues. So far, Sheikh Mohammed has reached the summit of six of the seven highest mountains in the world – the only mountain left to conquer is Mount Denal in Alaska – an adventure he has reserved for next year. In the meantime, he says his more important adventure continues – Sheikh Mohammed hopes to raise $1 million for ROTA to help fund its various education initiatives in Nepal; and with every climb, he hopes to inspire others who will join him to conquer their own personal mountains. Historic Year Record-setting climbers who reached the top of Mount Everest this year: Raha Moharrak, 25, became the first Saudi Arabian woman, and the youngest Arab to reach to the top of Mount Everest Tashi Malik and Nancy Malik, both 21, are the first twins to climb the peak together.

Samina Baig, 22, is the first Pakistani woman to scale the peak. She climbed the mountain with her brother Mirza Ali. Raed Zidan, 25, became the first Palestinian to climb the mountain. A U.S. Air Force team became the first active-duty military to reach to the top of the world. Arunima Sinha, 25, who had lost her leg after being hit by a train, became the first Indian amputee to climb the mountain. David Liaño Gonzales, 33, from Mexico, became the first mountaineer to double summit on Mt. Everest in the same season. Daniel Hughes, a British explorer made history — and controversy — by placing the first ever video call from Mt. Everest. He was live on the BBC. You can see the video below. Sheikh Mohammed Al Thani first Qatari man to reach the summit of Mount Everest.

Journey to the Top Timeline To Success

Apr. 3-6 – Preparations in Kathmandu. The team explores the city brimming with colour and life. Sheikh visits a public school run by ROTA. Apr. 6-17 – The trek to Base Camp. Winding past Nepali teahouses and through mountain villages, the team meets the Nepali people and learns of the Khumbu region’s history. Apr 18-24 – Setting up Base Camp. The climbers settle into the closest thing to ‘home’ they’ll know on the mountain. They meet the Sherpas who will be aiding their ascent, and could save their lives should they meet grave danger. Apr. 25-May 17 – Acclimatization climbs. Climbing Everest is a marathon, not a sprint. In order to safely adjust to the altitude, expeditions set out a carefully planned assault of the mountain – the team spends a month ascending the mountain and retreating back to Base Camp until the climbers are fully fit and acclimatized. May 18-May 25 – The Summit Push. The team embarks on a week-long journey retracing their steps up to Camp IV at 7162m (23,500ft). In the early morning hours, they set out on all-day climb to the summit. And at roughly 10am local time, the expedition team reached the summit of Mount Everest.

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wounds on his head and a bloodied back was a shock to me. I explained this ‘release’ he was feeling is psychological and wrong. His family were exiled from Iraq after their repeated terrorist acts against the government, and then asked to leave within 24 hours from Kuwait after a financial scandal in the Stock Market in the 80s. They had direct links with the Syrian party and were funding, supporting and aiding the blood bath going on there in 2012-13. It was horrible. Utterly and completely lamentably impossible disgust devoured me. How could I face my peers, friends and family. I who worked so hard to reach the level I spent years, tears and blood building. He grew up in his fathers’ grocer shop in Edgware Road and would welcome royals, Arabs of different nationalities in his store. Of all the Arabs, the Emiratis stood out as the noblest, so he falsified his name on English papers to read as Sheikh Zayed. “Zayed”, was a name he had always admired after the great UAE president. But the Emiratis with whom he associated weren’t convinced about his ‘lineage’. His skin was too fair, face too wide, nose too bulbous, eyebrows too bushy and most of all, he could never shake his servile attitude no matter how hard he tried to act like the royals he knew and now acted like he was one of. There is a certain mannerism between the Gulf Arabs that they will always go out of their way to pay, support or confide in a friend, partner or associate, over a restaurant bill paid or business venture taken forward. He never exercised any of these traits and slowly and quietly the Emiratis would remove themselves. His family was in fact refused entry to the UAE considering their violent history. Using the money they had acquired in questionable circumstances, they began buying property all over Dubai, and they did well. Yet, the father’s only son – my husband - was living off the scraps. He was unsuccessful as a businessman, and as a con artist, attracted con artists like him. Therefore, naturally, there was never any

lucrative profit made besides the meals he would help himself to. His name alone spoke volumes of respect, and he would glow with pride every time someone addressed him as your highness or Sheikh. He would never pay, and act that he was not used to paying, because his entourage would handle it. The house we lived in was a rental and we had to shift to a two-bedroom house. There was never any food at home, electricity bills were piling up and there were people coming round to collect on deals that never went through. It was all an illusion. I tried to get back into the workforce, but the economy was crumbling at the time and they were laying off people and salaries were cut by 60%. The cars we had were all second hand. The watches he wore were all up for sale. He would always comment that I should do the same, and I put a stop when he began commenting about selling the clothes I have for money over ebay! He pushed for me to get a menial job to ‘support’ him. After marriage he said that his family had ‘disowned’ him for marrying me and I was paying for his telephone bills, gas and pocket money. He was a parasite. After my life savings were spent, he began to stay out late, spend days ignoring my calls and our ‘home’ was more of a ‘motel’ to him now. I would suspect that he was looking for a new cow to milk, and would call quite a few of the women he would try to con and warn them of the liar and his tricks. They would all leave and I stayed, because I loved him and thought I could change him. After finding out about the implications he and his planned organized crimes against innocent people I decided it was high time I left. I feared for my daughter’s safety, and I live in fear of my child being kidnapped by this deranged group and be made to believe that killing and stealing is justified under ‘religion’ if it serves a purpose. This is not the Emirati way to live. You either live proud or die with your head held high.

Written by Merie de Medici


he UAE’s booming economy and prosperous times have opened the doors wide open not just for honest-to-goodness investors but also, quite sadly, scam artists who are keen to make what they can, fuelled by the greed of gold. They would go to great lengths to cash in on the bounty, most of the time at the expense of vulnerable individuals. Some practice being a royal, forge documents, legal passports and create an artificial façade of mediocre noblesse oblige. This is my story – a life spent loving a person who I thought was my ideal man, who turned out to be very different from what he professed himself to be. I have a child with a man that conned me. His name was not his, his identity was not as he described. I was a successful vice president and was attracted to the success he exuded. I had worked hard, hailing from a common background with no connections, working twice as hard as any average girl to gain respect and attain a status that satisfied me. When I met my future husband, I thought I saw a match that interested me and I entertained his courtship. We saw each other for a few months and all seemed like a fairytale when he proposed to me, until the day I needed to finish documenting my daughter’s birth certificate. That was the day the floodgates of misery and deception drowned my bliss. He had a British passport and his name in an old I.D. was Mustafa. Yet I thought my husband was called Zayed and came from a noble, distinguished family. Upon this discovery, my life began to crumble around me. I accessed his email and found out he was Iraqi, and I was shocked that he was from a different sect too, Shiaa. He once came home bloodied from self-flagellating himself in one of his religious sessions. Emirati women are very particular into what family they marry into. So, myself having married an extremely religious man in terms of applying violence on himself, where he would come home with open

Lies. All lies.

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Van Cleef & Arpels’ Express yourself and your wealth with a Van Cleef & Arpels’ Between the Finger Ring available exclusively in Dubai boutiques in the Middle East


he ancient tradition of adorning oneself was originally to enhance the beauty or the status of the wearer, often defining their cultural, religious or social status. Today, although lines are more blurred, there is little more elevating of status than owning


a little piece of exclusivity of the sparkling kind. Van Cleef & Arpels’ Between the Finger Rings are such statement pieces. Exclusively available in the Dubai boutiques within the Middle East, the unclosed ring sits on the hand surrounded by two nature-inspired motifs either side, artfully adorning the wearer. Opulent birds

of Paradise, Van Cleef’s signature Cosmos flowers and two butterflies are some of the exquisite designs that will speak volumes about the status of your style. Van Cleef & Arpels’ Between the Finger Rings are exclusively available in Dubai boutiques

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THE NEW ASTON MARTIN DB9 Elegancy has a new address in town.

Riviera express or continental cruiser, the new Aston Martin DB9 Coupe and Volante exemplify the Sports GT endurance, agility, grace and now even more power combine to deliver a seductive potion that once tasted, is hard to resist. Please contact us to arrange a test drive Aston Martin Dubai, Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard, Boulevard Plaza Tower One, Downtown Dubai, UAE Tel: +971 4 4521222

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Velvet Issue 21 July/August 2013  

Velvet is a Dubai-based, monthly magazine that looks West but thinks East. It incorporates global style and trends but holds true to its Isl...

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