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January CONTENTS Issue 26


Editor’s Letter 10

Sheikha Hend Al Qassemi presents Velvet Issue 26

Editor’s Picks

12 Anti-ageing wonders to keep you young 13 Nothing’s too short for comfort with chic minis 14 Trendy trousers that’s feminine and stylish 15 Can’t resist the white invasion



16 All aboard on a stylish cruise 18 Fabulous equine-inspired pieces

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Stop time with Hermes Arceau Le Temps Desired, coveted - Bijoux Miu Miu Dazzling pieces from Marni Chanel orchestrates a colourful melody


28 Indulgent bath rituals from Bottega Veneta


30 Nelson Mandela: from prisoner to president


38 Unforgettable spring brides

Hot Looks

42 Fashion forecast for 2014


48 Return of Dubai’s shopping extravaganza


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Emancipation of fashion traditions One is never enough Sparkling elements Flower power In search of lost time Immortal Andalusia Celebrity fashion

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100 Amanda Wakeley: queen of clean glam 108 Tiffany: a gem of a conversation 110 Repossi: a family legacy 112 Renaissance man


114 Our heart beats for opulence

Lord Velvet

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122 Design dynamics


126 Romantic Portugal


130 Boost your lifespan

Family and Kids

132 Quality bonding time for families

Arts and Culture

134 Diversity of expressions and impressions


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Welcome 2014! We share your bright optimism for the New Year and look forward to great times ahead. A smashing start is in store for everyone as Dubai celebrates yet another shopping extravaganza. Pg. 15 Spotlight It’s that time of the year Special when Dubai turns into a massive shopping destination, offering the best shopping offers, massive promotional prizes and spectacular entertainment that will delight the entire family (PAGE 48). In this issue, we feature the hottest looks (PAGE 42) that will dominate the fashion scene, with a special spotlight on dreamy white pieces (PAGE 15), as well as anti-ageing wonders (PAGE 12) meant to keep you refreshingly young. Looking for inspiration, we look back at the brave and courageous life of Nelson Mandela, a royal and a lawyer who took the educated, cultured and politically correct way of approaching a lifelong problem in his very nation. He spoke out against apartheid, and he fought a war from behind prison

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Pg. 42 Hottest Looks

Pg. 30 Icon: Nelson Mandela

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walls. His liberty was not just a personal triumph; it was a victory for a nation, freed from hate and prejudice. (PAGE Pg. 70 30) Elements Further back in Shoot history, we also got inspired with the Golden Age of Islam, where Arab scholars made significant contributions to society, the impact of which we are still benefitting from Pg. 82 till this day and age (PAGE 138). Lost Time Shoot Our fashion pages are filled with bold visions of Andalusia (PAGE 90) and a valiant search for Lost Time (PAGE 82). Along this journey, we were mesmerised by the Beauty of Flowers PAGE 76) and got fascinated by the elegance of Elements (PAGE 70). We’re excited to share with you some interesting conversations we’ve had with Peter Copping, Nina Ricci’s Renaissance Man who has given a stylish new twist to the brand, while keeping its traditional values intact (PAGE 112). We had a chat with Amanda Wakeley, without doubt one of today’s most fashionable designers, who gives us a preview of her latest collection and promises a liberating experience for women, naming her dresses after Greek gods (PAGE 106). We can already sense the palpable excitement of many wonderful things to come.

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Editor’s PICKS


YOUTH Nothing beats the confidence that emanates from fresh, ageless beauty. Velvet shortlists newly launched products that keep skin radiant and younger looking.

Elemis Resurfacing Radiance Collection

Kick off your year with this new skincare regimen. It’s a beauty set that harnesses the award-winning Tri-Enzyme formula, meant to stimulate skin’s natural cell renewal cycle. The range includes Tri-Enzyme Resurfacing Facial Wash, Soothing Apricot Toner and Pro-Radiance Illuminating Flash Balm.

Hope in a jar

Keep your hopes up with this lightweight daily moisturiser by philosophy – it does not disappoint. This high-performing moisturiser hydrates and provides antioxidant protection while improving skin texture and tone, leaving it smooth and radiant.

Institut Esthederm’s E.V.E.

Want something natural? The compositions of E.V.E. (Essential Vital Elements) that are naturally found in the cutaneous tissue make it a genuine “natural substance for the skin”. Combining long-term biological efficiency with an immediately visible cosmetic effect, it operates on the depth and surface of the skin to restore its natural beauty.

Kiehl’s Powerful Wrinkle & Pore Reducing Cream

Finally, Kiehl’s got an answer for an effective and significant cream that strengthens skin’s elasticity to yield a healthier, younger-looking complexion. Utilising powerful micronutrients, its formula works to boost elasticity, reduce wrinkles, smooth texture and improve the appearance of pores; all while infusing the skin with the hydration necessary to improve its overall appearance.

Guerlain Orchidée Impériale Eye and Lip Cream

Thanks to this cream, we’ve now found something that protects both our eyes and lips. With its Gold Orchid Technology promotes cell regeneration for visible action on tissue firmness and density, fine lines and wrinkles, and skin radiance and evenness.

Chanel Le Lift

A new smart cream suited for each woman’s unique needs, lifestyle and story. The anti-ageing technology helps deliver lifting and firming action. It promotes skin elasticity – re-contours, tones and refines the complexion to reveal

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Editor’s PICKS




01, Helmut Lang’s Evolution miniskirt in black and stone shades 02, For fierce punk appeal, sport this Preen by Thorntin Bregazzi satin skirt in leopard print with zipped pockets 03, Mary Katrantzou’s ‘Kathmandu’ skirt in soft satin-twill and large structure pleats features an abstract photographic print 04, Michael Kors’ chain-detailed cotton-broadcloth miniskirt sits high on the waist for more flaterring silhouette 05, Unleash your femininity in this red Valentino polkadot tulle and pink satin skirt 06, Glam up your wardrobe with Roberto Cavalli’s black leather miniskirt, studded with crystal, suede and silver studs 07, Swish as you walk in this playful silhouette of See by Chloé’s soft washed-silk asymmetrical skirt 08, KENZO’s  gold jacquard and navy brocade wrap skirt is inspired by cobra snakes and India’s rich heritage 09, This Balmain skirt proves black and gold pairing always look luxurious






Designers found the hemlines too long, and decided to cut them for the preSpring season. The likes of Versace, Mary Katrantzou and Roberto Cavalli give us some short orders that require some nice pair of stem. Here, take a look at the latest upper-thigh-grazing miniskirts… 06


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Editor’s PICKS


01 Etro’s stunning mix of black and white 02 Paul & Joe wool-blend wide-leg pants, 03 Alexander Wang shows how pastelcoloured pants appear more-than-cute 04 Rochas goes trendy and baggy this season 05 Calvin Klein Collection runway look goes effortlessly chic 06 Anna Sui geometric-print silk-crepe wide-leg pants, 07 Celine’s Pre-Spring gives trouser a loose feel 08 Oscar de la Renta puts elegance back to cropped pants 09 Tory Burch uses its signature tweed in this claret pair with glazed yarns for subtle sheen 10 Balenciaga crops the pants, and looks cool for Cruise 11 Chloe striped cropped silk pants







PANTS NOW? Femininity and grace still rule even while wearing trousers. Effortless yet still chic, the designs vary from baggy to skinny to crop while the materials extend from silk and crepe to tweed.


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Burberry Prorsum Spring Summer 2014






The love for all things white continues to fill the stylish air this Spring. With the likes of Kenzo, Versace and Michael Kors giving their love for the ivory palette, we can’t resist to go all white.




01 Get envy stares from wearing the Marc Jacobs Resort 2014 The Lads milky handbag 02 Stand tall with the charming Nina Ricci PreSpring 2014 wedges 03 Salvatore Ferragamo Pre-Spring 2014 ashen tote is the season’s go-to handbag 04 Chanel sexy feet with this embellished and immaculate Louis Vuitton Cruise 2014 flats 05 Slip on a Chloe Spring pearly shoe 06 Asprey SS14 gets frosty in this Wiltshire envelope in python skin 07 Enjoy being the center of attention in this oozing hot Philipp Plein LWD


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Trending MARINE







01 Banjo & Matilda’s take on the classic striped sweater knitted from luxurious silk and cashmere-blend, and is decorated with a playful ‘You Make Loving Fun’ intarsia, exclusive to 02 Stella McCartney’s Cruise/Resort 2014 is this slouchy sweater with cut from midweight wool and woven with tomato-red stripes 03 Jason Wu’s Resort ‘14 collection is this white and black sweater woven from fineknit wool and cut for a close fit 04 J. Crew gives its cotton-jersey version a luxurious spin with opulent crystal, bead and faux pearl embellishments 05 Hip New York label SEA shares this loose-fit dress from the brand’s Cruise ‘14 presentation, cut from soft cotton-jersey and works best with flats 06 T by Alexander Wang’s striped white and midnight-blue skirt is cut from breathable stretch-cotton and boasts a curve-defining fit

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Aboard! Fashion revisits the classic marine stripes with various modern interpretations for Cruise/Resort 2014. The likes of Valentino, Chanel and Marc Jacobs take their own stylish spin, and gives us more reason to come onboard the preSpring season trend. Sport a top or a shirt dress, and you’re all set to join the Love Boat. Ahoy!



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Spotlight MARNI

MARNI, MARNI ON THE WALL Shining like dazzling pieces of glassy mirrors, these new arm candies from Marni’s resort 2014 collection are certainly catching attention. The Marni Trunk and Marni Flap bags feature the most iconic and distinctive styles of the Maison, embodying the design component with definite luxurious touch. Its translucent appearance comes from its laminated leather, appearing as gold and silver mirror. The bags come with adjustable shoulder straps, and are available at the Marni boutique at Mall of the Emirates. The Marni Flap Bag retails at AED 3,750 while the Marni Trunk bag is at AED 5,350.

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Jewellery TRENDS


NOTEBOOK Sparkling elegance that lift your glam look to greater heights

Bring in the Horses

It wouldn’t be a surprise if 2014 sees a splashing of equestrian influences from fashion to jewellery. After all, it’s the Year of the Horse, according to the Chinese calendar. Taking inspiration from the Andulasian horse – the Purebred Spanish horse, emblematic, beautiful, proud, dependable, brave, and admired all over the world for centuries – Carrera y Carrera pays tribute to this majestic animal as the protagonist of its new collection, Ecuestre. Magnificent pieces in gold, diamonds and amethysts, exquisitely carved and detailed, true to the noble and impetuous curves of this beautiful animal, are the highlights of this collection. It’s a collection created for passionate, strong, and sophisticated women. Carrera y Carrera is available in United Arab Emirates at the monobrand boutique in Atlantis The Palm and at Levant jewellery stores in Al Qasr, Burj Al Arab and Zabeel Saray in Dubai. It is also available in Qatar at Alfardan

Bejeweled Talisman

The Love Month is just around the corner and, so does the Chopard “For You” collection. Offering an exquisite variation on the theme of the heart, this charming collection – one of the House’s signature themes – features heart-shaped precious stones assembled in groups of four. Depending on one’s interpretation, it can be viewed as the opulent and shiny petals of a flower straight out of the Garden of Eden, or as exquisite clover leaves rustling in the breeze. And, do you know that wearing a four-leaf clover is a token of good luck, especially when given by a loved one? Here, Chopard plays a new Haute Joaillerie collection not just to evoke emotions, but also to be the inspiring omen. Chopard has chosen vividly coloured stones and shimmering reflections to deliver this marvellous message. The supremely refined “For You” collection comes in a white gold version set with diamonds, sapphires or amethysts, in a rose gold version adorned with diamonds and rubies, as well as in a diamonds and emeralds yellow gold version. It is composed of pendants, rings and earrings, featuring one or two flowers depending on the model. Each creation is crafted in the Chopard Haute Joaillerie workshops, where artisans individually set precious delicate flowers in the centre of these talisman jewellery creations.

Haute Couture Jewels

Witness opulence meets haute couture in jewellery making – this is the Gilan promise in its collection, Journey to Dreams. A celebration of one of history’s most celebrated passages, the Silk Road, the collection brings aficionados from a wondrous journey of fairytales and folklore into glamorous sets of haute couture jewellery. Attracting the likes of Nicole Kidman, Penelope Cruz and Salma Hayek in their one-of-a-kind pieces, Gilan’s mastery showed very well in this “Love Dance” necklace in emerald and white diamond from the said collection. Each line, colour, form and emotion is captured in this exquisite, breathtaking design and impeccable craftsmanship. 18

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Love M

Keeping with the love and romance theme, Mouawad launches its newest collection of pendants, charm bracelets, necklaces, earrings and rings, with diamonds set in 18K white and rose gold. Fresh, delightful and trendy, the “Love M” collection’s versatility is about infusing love and romance every day. Inspired by the M-heart motif that streams through Mouawad designs –Love M’s remarkable beauty and quality is immediately revealed through its exquisite décors, subtlety of curves and finely polished surfaces accentuated by brilliant white diamonds. The collection uses the finest finishing techniques to produce the ultimate finish for the rose, and white gold, leaving even the matte finished pieces with a brilliant lustre that reflects like a mirror. Pieces are hand set using the micropave method – setting with the use of a microscope to ensure continuity through the precise placement of small stones over the entire work.

Jewellery Week Highlights The 18th edition of the Dubai International Jewellery Week witnessed major jewellery brands from around the world gather in Dubai to launch spectacular new collections at the Middle East region’s most influential jewellery event. H.H Sheikh Majid Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Dubai Culture and Arts Authority, officially opened the Middle East’s most prestigious and influential jewellery event of its kind. Over its duration, thousands of visitors filled the Dubai World Trade Centre, where over 360 exhibitors from more than 30 countries are showcasing their exclusive jewellery collections, precious gemstones and cuttingedge designs. The fourday extravaganza has delivered striking new jewellery, unique advice from industry experts and the best new design talent. The show offered the perfect opportunity for jewellery enthusiasts, collectors, designers, retailers and wholesalers from around the world to come together and share their passion for the industry at the region’s leading jewellery buying event.

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Spotlight MIU MIU


Who wouldn’t fall in love with this latest jewellery collection by Miu Miu? With its design aesthetic that highlights a playful use of colours and materials that take us back to the brand’s classic styles. Brass necklaces and earrings are mixed with multicolour crystals, while plexi bracelets feature a jeweled clasp, indeed the collection transforms earrings, bracelets and necklaces into exquisite pieces that one can simply wish to have. Wanted, coveted, and desired, the jewels are available at all Miu Miu stores.

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Velvet Loves

Asprey unveils its Spring/Summer 2014 handbag collection, and to say that it made our hearts beat faster won’t be exaggerated. The beautiful range is the fourth installment in the collaborative union between the British luxury goods house and award-winning accessories designer, Katie Hillier. Here, take a peek at the gorgeous new designs, along with new miniature designs of classic Asprey silhouettes, in a colour palette that is actually inspired by wild Arabia.

Concept store Bullets & Butterflies went live pretty recently to offer a selection of highly edited collections from a mix of niche brands and emerging labels. The online boutique showcases designers for men, women, including both apparel and accessories. Some of the many brands featured are Opening Ceremony, Toga, Richard Nicoll, Orlebar Brown, Aperlai, We are Handsome, Francis Leon, Georgia Hardinge,KAGE, Mawi, Maria Francesca Pepe, Eddie Borgo, Cutler and Gross, Finlay &Co, and Angel Jackson. To explore the enchanting boutique, and learn about the newest way to shop in the UAE and beyond, please visitwww. bulletsbutterflies. com 22

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Accessory NOTEBOOK Looking for that polished finish for your daily look? Accessories are a great way to harmonize an outfit and even greater way to draw attention to your innate talent to mix and match. Remedy your styling woes with our amazing designer finds this month. Rupert Sanderson for Antonio Berardi

A capsule collection of evening wear shoes was born out of the marriage between two fashion geniuses, couturier Antonio Berardi and shoe-maker Rupert Sanderson. The collection consists of three styles with an emphasis on opulent detailing - embroidery, crystal baguettes, PVC and matt brass chains – overlaid on simple but striking super-high silhouettes. The result is a fresh look at footwear seen through the eyes of two of fashion’s most influential designers, infused with quintessentially British elegance and stellar craftsmanship. The styles stay true to the glamorous style of both Antonio Berardi and Rupert Sanderson. It is characteristically elegant yet powerful, chic and sexy. This collection is exclusively available at

Grab the hot clutches

Our go-to destination for pre-owned fashion goodies, The Luxury Closet, releases the hottest clutches to add in your wardrobe. Our top three picks in the set of authentic purses it sells online include a Gucci, a Tod’s, and of course, Louis Vuitton. 23 XX_XX_AccessoryNotebook_Jan14.indd 23

For a good night’s sleep

Having troubles dosing off? Philip Stein has a stylish answer for you. Its “Sleep Bracelet” has been hailed by many as a perfect accessory for getting a much needed sleep. With its revolutionary “Natural Frequency Technology”, this Sleep Bracelet results to falling sleep faster, sleeping more deeply, and waking up feeling more refreshed. Its ultra-soft hypo-allergenic micro-fiber band has perforated holes that allow skin to breathe more readily, and it does have quick release mechanism making interchanging bands a simple task. Designed and developed for nightly use, the Philip Stein Sleep Bracelet is also an ideal travel companion. It retails for AED 1,400, and can be purchased at Rivoli, Hour Choice, and Precious Jewels The Dubai Mall.

The Fashionable Gadget

Dare to wear this on your wrist – the Sony SmartWatch2 that will keep you informed on the latest on social media channels. Sony SmartWatch 2 is the world’s first Android-compatible smart watch that serves as the perfect accessory and second screen for your Android smartphone. Not only does it enhance existing phone functionality, it also offers NFC connectivity for onetouch pairing, stunning premium design and a range of technologies including higher resolution for sharper viewing, better visibility even in sunlight, longer battery stamina, more intuitive interface, standalone watch functionality and a wide range of preinstalled and recommended apps.

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Spotlight HERMES

Stop Time It’s complicated, it’s complex, it’s unbelievable even, but Hermes Arceau Le Temps Suspend collection can really do it – it can conceal time, erase it from the dial, and with that, time is suspended. The awe-inspiring timepiece collection provides a chance to experience a break, an interlude over which time has no hold. Behind a simple and playful gesture lies a complex mechanism capable of making the wearer forget time, via a subtle play of extremely sophisticated technical features. Since its launch in 2011, the collection has been extended and its two latest editions, the Arceau Le temps suspendu 38mm model for women and exceptional 43mm platinum version with baguette diamonds for men limited to 24 pieces, are now available in the Middle East.

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We just can’t get our eyes off of these Tom Ford Nail Lacquers. It’s a beautiful embellishment to a daywear or a glam night look, with its range of choices from sensuous neutrals and decadent bolds.

THE CRYSTAL SCENT Lavish and pure, the Bvlgari ‘Omnia Crystalline L’eau de Parfum’ is a velvety and textured fragrance that glows like a gem with the clarity of a crystal revealing a modern sensuality. It is the new latest addition bringing depth, warmth and richness to the central themes: crystal and the lotus flower. A definite must-have in your beauty cupboards this season.

Smell of Gold

In a very special essence, Shiseido brings the touch of gold in this limited edition Oriental fragrance. The Zen Gold Elixir by Shiseido features floral scents and warm ambery notes, inspired by the calm stream of Zen energy. Indeed unique, it is created based on the interplay of two textures of rich golden fabric.


AwardWinning Bottles

Fifi Arabia Awards 2013, the Oscars of Fragrance Department had come, and awarded two beloved fragrances of ours. The Narciso Rodriguez ‘for her amber musc’ bagged the “Arabian Prestige Female Fragrance of the Year” while ELIE SAAB Le Parfum Eau de Parfum Intense got the title “International Prestige Female Fragrance of the Year.” Salute!

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Bobbi Brown’s Old Hollywood collection is a delight to all nail lovers. With its Limited Edition Nail Polish that comes in Siren Red and Tuxedo Black, perfect team to a dramatic Hollywood red lip or sultry smokey eye. Meanwhile, the Limited Edition Glitter Nail Polish in Chrome and Solid Gold add texture and pretty touch of colour, suited for glam nights.

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JUMP ON THE BROW BANDWAGON Power brows are totally in and they are here to stay. Thanks to Sisters Beauty Lounge getting you the perfect brows is possible with the introduction of a new bespoke brow service – Hi Brows – available in all Sisters branches. Hi Brow process consists of: thorough consultation to understand the client’s needs; measuring the angles and the arch that best compliments the face; tinting the brows of desired shade; waxing with a special warm face wax forsensitive skin; and, threading and tweezing brows to perfection. To complete the process, the therapist then uses the mineral natural

NINA RICCI X LADURéE Exciting collaborations have been all around us, but this project between Nina Ricci and Ladurée just gave us the sweetest thrill. A unique teamup indeed between luxury fashion and food, it gave birth to the limited edition “La Tentation de Nina”, an irresistible fragrance of fruity floral essence that combines Italian bergamot and grapefruit with Bourbon vanilla, white musk and sandalwood. The light-feeling scent is complemented by notes of raspberry, almond, lemon, and Bulgarian rose that are also found in the matching Laduréemacaron. 27 XX_XX_BeautyNotes_Jan14.indd 27

concealer, which does not block the open pores, to cover any redness as well as an eyebrow shade, should the client want some ‘brow make-up’ before leaving the salon. Customised aftercare will also be discussed with the client to help her keep the brows in place and soothe and clean the skin. Depending on hair growth the shape can stay three to four weeks and the tint around one week. The client can use the aftercare Hi Brow palette to shade it in further for more colour as the tint starts to wash out. Clients can then come in between for brow tidying. Replacing Sisters’ previous couture brow treatment, Hi Brow is from Lash Perfect, the leading UK brand of semi-permanent eyelash extensions that is exclusively distributed in the UAE by Sisters.


Bioderma turns twenty just recently, and to celebrate its birthday, it came out with a new range of the best cleansers and makeup removers. The range includes four different cleansers that suit according to one’s needs. The Sensibio H20 is for sensitive skin that soothes and provides decongestant action. The Sébium H2O is for Acne-prone skin, and it limits the thickening of sebum and purifies skin. The White Objective H2O is for pigmented skin, and ensures optimum lightening and preventive performance. The star of the range is the ABCDerm H2O, a hightolerance formula with a limited numberof ingredients, adapted to babies’ fragile skin,compliant with the range’s dermatologic safetystandards. It’s definitely mum’s newest BFF.

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A-lister and ultimate style crush, Blake Lively is touching down in Dubai to meet and greet fans at Galeries Lafeyette, The Dubai Mall. The Gossip Girl star is coming to the Middle East for the very first time to promote Gucci Premiere, the scent whose campaign she fronts. Gucci Première was inspired by the timeless glamour of old Hollywood, a quality that is distinctively embodied by Lively. The scent is a sensual aromatic combination of wood, musk, bergamot and orange blossom.

For Him

And while you’re shopping for new scents, better choose something for your man, too. We found the Calvin Klein “Dark Obsession” a good one. It’s a bold, modern oriental fragrance with a powerful masculinity and intense sensuality. It comes with hints of Brazilian green mandarin, French clary sage, and Madagascar vanilla bean. Davidoff’s ‘The Game Intense’ eau de toilette is also a suitable choice. Building on its forerunner, it adds a very distinctive touch of seduction and

For Love of the Dance

First ever fragrance from the fashion house of Repetto takes inspiration from the subtle grace of a ballerina. Repetto by Repetto chooses the most refined, luxurious and authentic raw materials, merged into an elegant integral redolent of powder and musk, resulting to sensations of pure pleasure.

New BB in Town

The Lebanese make-up artist to the stars, Bassam Fattouh, recently released his new cosmetic product that joins the BB Cream revolution. It’s a multi-purpose beauty and blemish cream that works as an incredible moisturizer and makeup base. The Bassam Fattouh BB Cream comes in two lush shades, is long-lasting, lightweight, and minimises oil build-up.

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Something to brighten your face this season is the new range of firming and antiaging serum gloss, the “Gloss Terrybly Shine”. Coming with five passionate colours, the non-iridescent lip lacquer results to incredibly smooth, sensually full and plumped lips optimally reflecting a boosted pushup effect. The thirstiest lips will adore its addictive floralfruity scent.

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Spotlight CHANEL

FOR YOUR EYES ONLY In Spring 2014, Chanel orchestrates a colourful melody evident in its Lumières Facettes Limited Edition, a palette of eyeshadow shades that create a symphony of colours, evermore eye-catching. The range includes the Quadrille palette that presents a quartet of natural and intense shadows: romantic accents of grey lavender, luminous matte intense brown, a satiny apricot pink and ivory shimmering with gold pearlescent pigments. The collection continues to serenade and charm with its range of Illusion D’Ombre that sings about Diapason, an iridescent eye shadow with shimmering reflections, with hint of violet plum and brown, and Impulsion, a pastel pink with silver shimmers. May it be for romantic evenings, glam effect, delicate touch or intense, elegant looks, this Chanel eye makeup collection will help you hit the perfect note.

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the Prisoner who became President


being reared to be the next royal counselor, orn into the royal house of Thembu of the Madiba the eldest son from the third wife of 13 children. His father was deposed by the clan in South Africa’s local white magistrate upon refusing a Eastern Cape province, Nelson Mandela would win the war against summon - that was the beginning of many blows to apartheid in the years to come. apartheid from behind the prison bars. His Others say it was based on corruption relentless battle against injustice, which charges, which until lasted over a 27 years of “Nelson Mandela now remains vague confinement, did not silence the gentle giant, who during was jailed for being and unproven. The blood in his veins ran his imprisonment and hard a communist, but hot with rebellion labour in the lime mines had his eye ducts so damaged acted many times since childhood, Rolihlahla he was he could not cry his mother as a democrat by called as a child, and sons death and funeral after being denied attending allowing fair trade which translates colloquially as it being jailed. and a liberal vote, “trouble maker”. Nelson was the name given to him when he was gay rights and equal His first experience with whites was sent off to a Methodist opportunities for all.” at school with the school at seven. He was

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teachers. It was a change from his illiterate parents, but his mother being a devout Methodist wanted him to have a better future. Nelson would often say that he inherited his father’s “proud rebelliousness” and “stubborn sense of fairness”, this probably contributed to his “cut adrift” feelings which grew with the divisiveness that engulfed South Africa. His father Gadla Henry Mphakanyiswa was the local chief councilor to the monarch after the earlier one was deposed. Appointed in 1915 and removed on similar charges in 1926 by the white magistrate. Nelson was told that his father lost his status due to his rejection of his white superior’s unacceptable orders. This was the seed of rebellion, the first impetus for his choice to study law in the hope of effecting change in his homeland. Nelson was jailed for being a

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Born into the royal house of Thembu of the Madiba clan in South Africa’s Eastern Cape province. He would win the war against apartheid from behind the prison bars. VELVET’s tribute to the man they call ‘Madiba’

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‘Only free men can negotiate; prisoners cannot enter into contracts. Your freedom and mine cannot be separated.’ Declining an offer of freedom from prison, February 1985

President Nelson Mandela at his home in Houghton. (Photo by South Photography/Gallo images/Getty Images)

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“We, the people of South Africa, declare for all our country and the world to know: 
That South Africa belongs to all who live in it, black and white, and that no government can justly claim authority unless it is based on the will of the people.” Opening words of the Freedom Charter

Nelson Mandela delivers a speech at the launch of the ANC campaign at NASREC outside Johannesburg.

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CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - 1995: President Nelson Mandela in a prison cell on Robben Island.

communist, but acted many times as a democrat by allowing fair trade and a liberal vote, gay rights and equal opportunities for all.

The Long Walk to Freedom

How a man of 6’2” was crammed and isolated in a 2.4m by 2.1m damp concrete cell, with a straw mat on which to rest after the grueling, daily verbal and physical daily from the parasitic guests to his homeland would step up at the mature age of 80 in 1999 to become the country’s first black African president. Attending Fort Hare University and the University of Witwatersrand, he studied

law and then worked as a lawyer. He attended communist talks and gatherings, and was in awe of how all the Africans, Europeans, Indians and coloureds mixed, conversed and acted as equals. Marxism influenced, he secretly joined the only logical committee at the time that gave the non-whites a voice, the South African Communist Party and sat on its Central Committee. To him this was a group that would allow a fair and equal coalition between all inhabitants. Other groups would simply complain and rally for violence. He was originally sentenced to prison for a short 2-3 years, as he was a non-violent

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“Attending Sunday services devotedly in prison, he would pray for peace and justice. He read extensively about Islam and the Quran, and found inspiration in the mercy encouraged by it.” protestor, but the government had found a cell and documents of a conspiracy planning to sabotage the apartheid government. Mandela was convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment in the Rivonia Trial. For the next two decades he would break rocks into gravel, until 1965 he was sent to work on the lime quarry. This permanently damaged his eyes due to the glare from the lime when he was refused his request to wear sunglasses to protect his sight. He could not cry tears, as the lime had also hurt his tear ducts. His eyes could

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‘Only free men can negotiate; prisoners cannot enter into contracts. Your freedom and mine cannot be separated.’ Declining an offer of freedom from prison, February 1985

President Nelson Mandela at his home in Houghton.

not cry – those tears that wash the human heart of weight and pain, or the beautiful overwhelming feeling of joy when God touches one’s heart with inexplicable peace and happiness. Nonetheless, the persistent and brave never give up in a struggle. In strife it actually fuels those in battle, even if it were in a rocky terrain hammering away for hours in thirst and bright hot sun. Nelson’s fight was not just about personal freedom; his was a struggle to liberate a nation. At night he would study for his LLB degree, but as newspapers were forbidden, it was difficult to be updated about the developments towards a free and unified nation for all Africans, both whites and blacks. Smuggled clippings were a breath of luxury and intellectual stimulation for the frustrated Nelson. When discovered he would be locked away in solitary confinement on many occasions. He was permitted one visit and one letter every six months. His mail was heavily censored, as he was the naked barbed and electric wire that inspired the black nation that throbbed with undying loyalty and passion at his approach. He was the Gandhi of Africa to his nation, and was heavily influenced by his beliefs, but Nelson believed that if a peaceful approach was not effective, it should be discontinued

fearing he would rally the world towards a and another means explored. communist rule, which both UK and US Attending Sunday services devoutedly powers regarded negatively. Mandela was in prison, he would pray for peace and an avid reader of Marx, Lenin and Mao. justice. He read extensively about Islam He had a 3-hour speech based on one of and the Quran, and found inspiration in them, because they touched the core of his the mercy encouraged by it. His first white problem so rightly. When in University, friend was a Jew named Harry Schwarz; he even played Abraham Lincoln in a and his partner in arms in politics was a Mulsim, Ahmed. He found solace in how in role once, the very father of democracy, way before his imprisonment. Amusingly communism all religions and races would enough, he was the only black African in consolidate and blend with no planted his class. hatred beforehand or afterwards. An escape plan was concocted in His mother was allowed to visit him 1969 for Mandela by Gordon Bruce, but after many years in 1968, but died soon Mandela’s morals would not be waivered. afterwards. His eldest son died in a car It was staged to create a reason to have him accident in the same year, and he was shot and his cause put out. disallowed permission to “Mandela’s fight To die a prisoner of a cause attend both funerals. Mandela was portrayed was not just is nobler than a common thief escaping a jail sentence as a communist terrorist by about personal in the middle of the night. UK Prime Minister Margret Mandela’s international Thatcher, who ironically paid freedom; his fame was spreading like a donation after his release was a struggle wild fire with claims from her own private account to his charity. His comrades to liberate a and signboards even in Germany and America regarded it bitterly, but were nation.” saying FREE MANDELA shocked to hear that she had dispersed. Singers like Bono donated, and when asked; and others began to join forces and their he simply said you never know until you fans picked up and caught the Nelson love ask. Increasing foreign pressure was bug. He was a living Gandhi fighting for rising, but US president Ronald Regan basic human rights that were both tenets of advocated that Mandela remain in prison,

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Former president of South Africa, Nelson Mandela at his home in Maputo.

‘The oppressed and the oppressor alike are robbed of their humanity.’ Long Walk to Freedom

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South African president, Nelson Mandela, delivering a speech in Afrikaans at the KKNK, Vryheid van Oudtshoorn.

democratic and communistic reigns. When there is hope, there is a reason to live. When there is no hope, one is as good as dead. In the end, he became the hero of a nation, and the prisoner became the president. He set out to be a lawyer to bring equality to his nation, to speak the comprehended tongue of the local judicial system in order to bring order. Together with Oliver Tambo, he set up the first black law office in South Africa in 1952. He was not a bitterly brewed freedom fighter set out on a battle of an eye for an eye. His accumulated readings and studies of Marx, Engels, Lenin and Mao furthered his understanding of humanity. It was going to be a long and patient struggle to freedom, and his vision was clear; his commitment

would not waiver. His autobiography Long Walk to Freedom was to be published, it was through smuggled accumulated pages slowly growing that halted his LLB Degree and his imprisonment was made more of a hell by squashing his dreams. On many occasions, Mandela spoke at how he was torn between the life of a father and a husband, and a politician. Presented as a hero, he faced problems when the African National Congress leaders informed him of Winnie’s affiliation as a head of a criminal gang. The “Mandela United Football Club”, who had been responsible for the kidnapping, torture and killing of opponents, including children. Many advised

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“I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons will live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal for which I hope to live for and to see realized. But, My Lord, if it needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.” Rivonia Trial Speech, 1964

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Former American president Bill Clinton meets with Nelson Mandela to discuss their charitable organisations.

him to divorce her, but he remained true and remained loyal, even after he found out about her affair with Dali Mpofu, yet supported her and gained funds to defend her from the International Defense and Aid Fund for Southern Africa and Muammar Gaddafi. In 1991, she was found guilty and imprisoned for two years. Mandela publically announced his divorce from Winnie then. The South African president, F.W. de Klerk and Mandela upon his release worked together towards a new South Africa, where together they would abolish apartheid and establish multiracial elections in 1994. Mandela would run under ANC and was victorious as South Africa’s first black president. He focused on dismantling the apartheid and tackled racism, poverty and inequality. His son died of AIDS and after which he was a strong supporter of the cause. Declining a second term in office, for he was to be an example for the country’s future leaders, Mandela allowed his deputy, Thabo Mbeki, to succeed him. He then became an elder statesman and worked with many charitable institutions. The Nelson Mandela Foundation was a very successful charity that was the second most important thing for him after equality. Poverty and HIV/AIDS in the world was a cruel yet controllable thing and he set out to combat it. The controversial figure, who

was denounced as a communist terrorist by and supporter of the Palestinian cause, urging the negotiations between the Israelicritics, was a celebrated activist who had Palestinian to move forward, and criticized received more than 250 honours, including how the Israeli government was of “narrow, the Nobel Peace Prize, the US Presidential chauvinistic interests”. Israel Medal of criticized Mandela and so Freedom, the “Attending Sunday India when Mandela Soviet Order services devotedly in did encouraged Pakistan and of Lenin and the Bharat prison, he would pray India to negotiate their conflict. Ratna. In for peace and justice. Kashmir He was friends with all, Africa he fell a little short of He read extensively including the much criticised Gaddafi and Fidel a living God, about Islam and the Muammer Castro, yet he was an also and is often close friends with Bill Clinton, regarded as Quran, and found and sportsman. Tata (Father) inspiration in the mercy celebrities Through sports, he realised or Madiba how the world united in peace, (Xhosa clan encouraged by it.” for the love of the game, and name). He so advocated and held many was the father a charity and cause under golf, rugby and of the African nation. football. For in his prison days, they were After his presidency, he took up his his breath of fresh air and a release of active role internationally as he was mind. respected and heard world wide, and was As he aged, he became less public, but bold with his claims and accusations. His continued with his causes, requesting the opinion of the War in Iraq was a “tragedy”, rich to give to the poor and supporting the and criticised Bush harshly as well as Blair, bid for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in his saying, “All that Mr. Bush wants is Iraqi country, a sport that brought happiness, oil”. His political history and strength granted him the audience of the world, and economic wealth and unity for all races in South Africa. Mandela died at the age he captured it and used it for his causes. of 95 of a prolonged respiratory infection, He would speak openly how poverty and after having spoken his peace and granted HIV was “a war” that claimed more lives it in his hometown and world. than “all previous wars”. He was a speaker

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A glimpse into the stunning bridal fashion that’s coming in Spring. Fashion geniuses – Reem Acra, Oscar de la Renta, and Marchesa – lead the brides to an unforgettable, extraordinary day.

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Reem Acra

A sensual bridal collection that highlights figure-flattering fit, flare gowns, signature embroidery, crystals and pearls, and statement accessories. During the show, models carried lace parasols festooned with tulle, and donned romantic veils with bejeweled headbands and sweet phrases such as “Only You” and “Just Married”.

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This Spring 2014, the maison focuses on pleasing sophistication rather than going over-the-top. A bit restrained when compared to previous collections, but still the frocks did not miss the elegance and range that it is renowned for.

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Oscar de la Renta

Pure romance is what he has in mind, and he allows brides-to-be to choose to walk down the aisle with feminine fishtail gowns or classic A-line skirts balanced with caplets and intricately detailed bodice. Yet if that won’t get the nod, a number of strapless gowns are shown in the collection, where the simple bodice extends down to heavily detailed and embellished skirts.

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Velvet reveals the sizzling trends that will soon hit the streets. CHANEL

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Art and fashion has always been in perfect tandem, and this season just proves it even more. The splashing of artistic inspirations in various runway collections promises a trend that celebrates the fusion of these two worlds.

Agreeing to Miranda Priestley, floral for Spring is not the most groundbreaking idea. But the display of romanticism on the runway turned us to love the embroidered, supercharged and printed roses, posies and all with fashion blooms.



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Swish your way to Spring/Summer 2014 with this key Maasai-inspired fringing trend. From casual to eveningwear, the collections span across an offer for refined styling or hippy-chic loving.

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Fringes & Tassels

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Shiny, Shimmering

The call for health and fitness has reached fashion, now with the runway showing off performance fabrics, satins and quilted cottons, delivering vibrant sportswear. The athleticism is meshed well with designer aesthetics, allowing it to be an easy trend to follow.

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High-shine and iridescent shimmer set the tone for next season. Have your way with satin and metallic for glam up day to night ensembles.





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Spring/Summer will never be complete without the trending pastel. This season continues on with the tradition of wearing fondant palettes, with various interpretations that take away the cute, girly feel, making it a killer outfit staple instead.

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A comeback that keeps everyone excited is the corrugated skirt that makes the star choice for mini, maxi and midi hemlines. One of the key trends this season, it appeals from the upscale, sophisticated dolls to the grungy, funky hipsters.

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See-thru is officially in. From tops and shirts to dresses and skirts, the season is besotted to the sheer effect. Why? Transparency helps leave a bit more to imagination, so follow this lead to an elegant sexy trail.

Making a statement in fashion has been taken literally this Spring. Wear the words you want to say, and make sure it draws eyes – choose the witty ones with subversive tones, they sure catch attention.


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We’ve seen the comeback few seasons ago but the allure of ‘50s polka dots has charmed the runway once again. The feminine, sophisticated and evocative spots are certainly something you need to get the spotlight.

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Your Different Kind of Bag Take a fresh spin from your usual go-to handbags, and choose one from the Spring/Summer 2014 collection of the avante-garde designer Philipp Plein. Our edit leads us to this stunning arm candy, crafted from snakeskin in classic white and peppered with studs and sparkles in all the right places. It’s a statement bag that multiplies your fashion factor with zero effort. It’s available at Philipp Plein, The Dubai Mall, and retails at AED 10,200.

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Dubai unwraps its shopping festival

The city’s annual shopping extravaganza is set to amaze yet again. Read on to find about what surprises and spectacles await local and international tourists at the 19th Dubai Shopping Festival.


ear after year, we wait for this month-long extravaganza when Dubai becomes one big shopping, entertainment and recreation centre, featuring huge discounts, amazing promotions, mall entertainment, parades, firework displays, concerts, dining offers, and a plethora of exciting activities. No doubt, the Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF) is the biggest shopping event in the Middle East, attracting millions of guests to the city every single year. From January 2 to February 2, under the theme Shop at Your Best,” DSF will once again regale residents and visitors H. E. Laila Suhail

alike with a spectacle and experience unmatched anywhere in the region. Unveiling the DSF 2014 Calendar of Events, Her Excellency, Laila Mohammed Suhail, CEO, Dubai Festivals and Retail Establishment, said: “With all eyes on Dubai post Expo 2020 win, we are fully aware that we have to rise up to the expectations as DSF 2014 is the first festival after the announcement. We have made extra efforts to make sure that DSF truly lives up to its reputation as a festival for all by identifying a number of additional and special areas of Dubai to host the numerous activities to enable maximum exposure and opportunities for visitors to experience the vibrancy of this extravaganza and also reap its benefits”.

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DSF 2014 Calendar of Events The DSF 2014 Calendar of Events features over 150 events and activities that will be spread far and wide across the city at key DSF destinations. With the aim of ensuring that the whole of Dubai feels the Festival spirit, the organisers identified several key locations across Dubai and turned them into main DSF destinations. Areas such as Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, Al Seef Street, Al Rigga Street, and The WalkJumeirah Beach Residence will host events and activities aimed at ensuring that residents and visitors in all nooks and corner of the city are able to participate and experience the festivities. Opening Day The 19th edition of Dubai Shopping Festival will be launched on 2 January with roaming, stage and street performers, spectacular fireworks, a DSF trademark, and various other events and activities, making it an unforgettable day for families and children. Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour by Cirque du Soleil 30 Dec – 14 Jan, Dubai World Trade Centre Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour by Cirque du Soleil captures the essence, soul and inspiration of the King of Pop through a riveting fusion of visuals, dance, music and fantasy. DSF Carnival Weekends – Key DSF Destinations Celebrations and carnivals go hand in hand, and DSF 2014 will be remembered for its visual feasts thanks to a colourful line-up of roaming, stage and street artists getting together to perform at the DSF Carnival, which will be the biggest carnival in the history of the annual shopping festival. The performers will showcase a variety of arts and skills from different continents and regions such as the Pele Pele dance group from Swaziland, the Mexico Tierra Mestiza troupe, Tabla players from India, and even character parades such as the Mobile App Stores.

Vertical Fashion show 20 Jan, Burj Khalifa The attention grabbing Vertical Fashion Show will be done at lofty heights with the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, and The Dubai Mall offering the perfect backdrops. The first of its kind event will feature trained dancers who will perform choreographed vertical acrobatics. DSF Music Nights 2, 9, 16 Jan, Burj Park Enjoy some of the lilting melodies of Arabia, and get a close glimpse of top Arabian entertainers. Make sure you do not miss the DSF Music Nights concerts that will feature some of the popular artistes and entertainers in the Arab world. Held at the Burj Park in collaboration with Rotana, the shows feature Saudi star Rabeh Saqer and UAE heartthrob Balqees on 2 January, renowned Saudi singer Mohammed Abdo on 9 January while Hatem al Iraqi and Majid Al Mohandes will perform on 16 Jan. 24 Jan, Zabeel Park Renowned Egyptian singer Mohamed Mounir, whose musical career spans three decades, and Lebanese superstar Nancy Ajram will take the stage at Zabeel Park to produce one of the most magical music nights for their fans in Dubai.

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Special shows for families and children Fireworks The 19th edition of DSF takes the concept of fireworks as a festival attraction to a new high. In addition to the spectacular fireworks show on the opening day, there will be daily fireworks at 9pm at Al Seef Street that is brought to DSF by the Al Zarooni Group. During the weekends, there will be special fireworks shows at various locations long the Dubai Creek at 8pm in addition to the daily fireworks at 9pm at Al Seef Street. A big hit with visitors, firework displays have become synonymous with the Festival since its inception. The drama of each display allows everyone to escape their daily lives for a few minutes and become transfixed by the dazzling array of patterns and colours which fill the sky above Dubai every night, in a reflection of the city’s vibrancy and joy throughout the 32 days. The 7 Sopranos Show 2 – 11 Jan, The Walk- JBR The 7 Sopranos are Australia’s most exciting young operatic and cross over voices who enthrall fans with their favourite opera and music classics from around the world. With stunning voices, looks and high glamour, and above all a strong sense of entertainment, the 7 Sopranos have become a hit with music lovers of all genres around the world. The 7 Sopranos is the brainchild of acclaimed soprano Tarita Botsman. They will perform three times a day from 2-11 January with each show lasting 30 minutes. Ice Rink Show “The Swans” 24 Jan – 2 Feb, Dubai Ice Rink, The Dubai Mall A marvelous combination of aerial acrobatic acts and charming and classic ice skating performances will create a breathtaking piece of art that will dazzle visitors to Dubai Ice Rink at The Dubai Mall.

Flying Superkids Show 9-18 Jan, Al Mamzar Park Based on gymnastic skills, the Flying Superkids show is the only one of its kind in the world and is an attempt to defy gravity combined with singing, dancing, and comedy. This truly enchanting show is backed by a beautiful light design and a uniquely composed soundtrack to support the choreography. Global Village Dubai is a true representative of global oneness and cultural understanding. True to the DSF theme, ‘One World, One Family, One Festival’, the Global Village is the melting pot of cultures, flavours, colours, rhythms and the joy that humanity celebrates in its existence. It brings together people from several countries as they showcase their uniqueness, intermingling with one another as citizens of the world. The Global Village is a true discovery of nations with pavilions from countries around the world featuring native cuisines, dance forms, costumes, handicrafts, and much more. World of Sports Sports enthusiasts visiting Dubai during DSF will be spoilt for choice by a wide array of top sporting events that will take place during this period including the Dubai World Cup Carnival 2014, the Al Marmoum Camel Racing Season, the Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon 2014, the Omega Dubai Desert Classics, the UAE International Basketball

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Fashion Events Market Outside the Box 23 Jan – 2 Feb, Burj Park, Downtown Dubai Dubai’s newest pop-up fashion and lifestyle festival brings an alternative shopping experience in a city always buzzing with excitement. Creating a new market concept incorporating recycled elements, it will have a mix of local funky labels and global brands existing side by side, cafés, food kiosks and continuous entertainment in an outdoor setting. It will be the first market that caters to non-massproduced sustainable fashion and lifestyle brands where visitors can come together in celebration of DSF. Fashion Squad 2 Jan – 2 Feb, Various locations in Dubai Comprising experienced and renowned fashion experts from diverse fields, this DSF fashion squad will pay homage to Dubai’s street style. The squad will roam the streets and malls, and give tickets in the form of coupons to the best dressed that will entitle them to enter an exciting competition. It is an interactive and exciting way to bridge tourism, social media, and shopping and help make Dubai a retail experience destination. ITCloset 2 Jan – 2 Feb, Various Malls in Dubai A unique virtual and high tech shopping experience where people can transform their look without the hassle of a trial room. This virtual shopping experience will have different points of retail activation where people can transform their look – the ideal platform to engage the visitors in a new and interactive activity.

The Cocoon 13-14 Jan, The Dubai Mall In the same vein as a caterpillar’s journey to becoming a butterfly, this innovative makeover destination welcomes visitors to undergo an enriching beauty transformation. The space has a fun and artistic design, and is a place where you can have your hair, make-up and nails done in one spot. The Cocoon is a free makeover event that is open to the public. The Abaya Select 22 Jan, Emirates Towers Abaya fashion is a growing sector that is attracting more and more clients regionally into the fashion hub of Dubai. The Abaya Select show is an exclusive by invitation only event where selected designers can showcase their collections to potential buyers and clients.

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EMANci –PAtION A new world…a fresh perspective...yet still en vogue Images supplied by HESSEH Abaya Haute Couture

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deux de moi Sometimes one is just never enough Photography by Alessio Migliardi Styling By Barbara Palladino

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Sparklingly elegant, even down to the barest essentials Photography by Thomas von Aagh Styling & Creative Direction By Brigitte Margareta-Wilhelm

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This Page Lingerie and leather bolero by La Perla; Tights by Augustin Teboul; Earrings by Lilo Benecke; Necklace around the body by Otazu for Swarovski Elements; Rings by Swarovski Opposite Page Corsage by Katarzyna Konieczka; Feather shoulder piece by Tom Zauke; Latex panty by Tres Bonjour; Necklace and cuffs by Ikone Paris for Swarovski Elements; Earrings by Martine Wester Jewellery for Swarovski Elements Credits Photography: Thomas von Aagh, Realisation & Styling:, Hair & Make up: Sandra Kern/ Les ARTISTS, Model: Brenda/ Place Models, Post-production: Blink Imaging, Photo Assistant: Manuel Ringlstetter

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FLOWER POWER Breathtaking beauty shines along with the flower that blooms.

Photography by Tamara Williams Hair & Make Up by Jenny BonBon Model Vanessa Prinz

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In search of lost time Elegance captured in moments that are at once fleeting and timeless‌ Photography by Ryan Simo Styling & Creative Direction By Ameni Shafik

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Immortal Andalusia Impressions of a bygone era that will forever be etched in our collective fashion memories Dress by Michael Cinco Photography by Tina Patni Styling by Stuart Robertson

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Celebrity FASHION

Witness the stars as they step into the world of fashion Rivoli Group welcomes Kelly Rowland

Destiny’s Child former member, Kelly Rowland, was spotted in an eventful launch at the Hour Choice in Mall of the Emirates. Her visit in the emirates was in line with her role as a brand ambassador of TW KELLY Steel, one of the watch ROWLAND brands distributed by Rivoli Group. TW Steel is well known for its unique designs featuring collections with case dimensions up to 50mm in size and has capitalized on the growing popularity of the oversized watches market, appealing to both men and women. It also has a stellar brand ambassador portfolio that includes David Coulthard, Emerson Fittipaldi, Mick Doohan and Dario Franchitti.

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Red Carpet turns Green

Colin and Livia Firth attend the Centrepoint Winter Whites Gala at Kensington Palace. The Green Carpet Challenge Creative Director was wearing a necklace from the Green Carpet Collection composed of 144 pear-cut diamonds (43.1cts) set on 18-carat white gold.

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Travel in style

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Anne Hathaway samples how one should travel in style. Here, she wears a Salvatore Ferragamo black cashmere peacoat with gold buttons while arriving at JFK airport with Adam Shulman.

Khloe Kardashian was spotted in the emirates during her visit in conjunction with the launch of Kardashian Kollection for Lipsy at the ICONIC store in The Dubai Mall. The collection is available for purchase in ICONIC stores in the UAE and Kuwait. Designed for Lipsy by Kourtney, Kim and Khloé Kardashian, the collection features a wide mix of high-end, trend driven looks, including a sequined biker jacket, tribal caviar embellished crop tops, lace jumpsuit and feather coats. Needless to say, the fail safe, go-to party dresses will not disappoint either with a variety of colours and bodycon styles that will become instant wardrobe staples.

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Brad Pitt sizzles in Saint Laurent

Smoking hot on the red carpet in his full Saint Laurent ensemble was Angelina Jolie’s beloved partner, Brad Pitt. Attending the Academy of Motion Picture Art and Sciences Governor Awards, the A-list star wore a Saint Laurent Gabardine De Laine paired with smoking shirt in Coldylan Popeline de Coton, bow tie in black silk, and Saint Laurent Derby in black patent leather.portfolio that includes David Coulthard, Emerson Fittipaldi, Mick brangelina & Maddox Doohan and Dario Franchitti.

Concord names its new regional ambassador

Middle Eastern TV Presenter, Nouraldin Alyousef, is the newest face of the renowned watchmaker, Concord. Ruggedly good-looking, the newly appointed Concord ambassador, who is also a fashion stylist and promising young media personality, Alyousef is the perfect embodiment of the Concord spirit. Admirably epitomising the brand’s unique elegance and sleek lines, Alyousef combines contemporary style with eminently masculine sophistication. He currently hosts Dubai Media Incorporated (DMI)’s Sama Dubai channel with a technology show called Technomedia as well as another YouTube show on his channel under the name of spotnour.

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Spotted Pharell Williams rocks in Lanvin


Supermodel Kate Moss, stole the spotlight once again at the British Fashion Awards red carpet. In her stunning Alexander McQueen dress and with her strong red Rimmel lips, Kate was the perfect embodiment of the London Look.


Musician Pharrell Williams wore LANVIN when he attended the 10th annual ball “Keep A Child Alive�. He wore a peak lapel tuxedo in black wool, a black wool waistcoat with raw edge detailing as well as a white cotton dress shirt with black buttons a black silk bowtie and a pair of black patent calfskin shoes.


Lady Gaga for Versace The new face of Versace is no other than the iconic singer Lady Gaga. Starring for the first time in a fashion campaign, Versace feels proud as she appears in a series of images shot in London by Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott, wearing pieces from the spring/summer 2014 ready-towear and accessories collections. In the images, Lady Gaga appears as her divine and glamorous self, reclining on luxurious furniture, alluring in her long, platinum blonde hair. The campaign shows how Lady Gaga completely captures the Versace

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essence: creative, experimental, fearless. As well as featuring the iconic Signature bag, refreshed in new colours and enhanced by a silver chain on its shoulder strap, Lady Gaga is also captured with the new Palazzo bag, introduced at the Spring/Summer 2014 show. The campaign marks the latest stage of a continuing friendship between Donatella Versace and Lady Gaga. It began with Lady Gaga wearing archive Versace pieces in her video for Edge of Glory, with most recently Lady Gaga titling a track on her new Artpop album Donatella.

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Nail Drama

Pop darling Katy Perry turned to nail color authority Sally Hansen and celebrity manicurist, Kimmie Kyees to create custom nail art for her attendance in 2013 American Music Awards (AMAs). An ultimate red carpet statement, Katy Perry paired her nails with a strapless, black tulle and white sequin polka dot Oscar de la Renta gown. Want to recreate Katy’s nail look? Well, Kimmie used two coats of Sally Hansen Xtreme Hard As Nails Black out Nail Color as a base color and Sally Hansen Hard As Nails Xtreme Wear in White On to create the dots. For a flawless finish, Kyees used Sally Hansen Megashine Top Coat to seal the nail art and enhance shine.



Bollywood goes to Paris Gallery

Celebrated Bollywood star Katrina Gaif made a glittering appearance at Paris Gallery boutique in The Dubai Mall just recently. The gorgeous actress had flown in to launch jewellery manufacturer Gitanjali’s Nakshatra diamond collection exclusive to the luxury retailer.


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Gleeful Cruise Look

Dianna Agron, star of hit TV series Glee, dons Look 24 of the Louis Vuitton Cruise 2014 collection and matches it with a leather clutch, while attending Napa Film Festival.

Spotted making a rocking exit from celebrity hotspot C London, Nicole Scherzinger expressed her own edge and character in Diesel Black Gold’s Linly jacket. Channel your Pussycat Doll persona, and sport this studded leather number this season.

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watch out for wakeley It was by coincidence that Amanda Wakeley got into designing clothes full-time; but her success was no accident. With her impeccable sense of style and business acumen, she has risen to become a respected and well-loved figure in the fashion world, one that she rules as the queen of clean glam.


t wasn’t like I was a five year-old girl with some great plan of what I would do in the future. It was just something that happened,” recalls British fashion stalwart Amanda Wakeley, on how organically her long career as a respected fashion designer began. Known for her sophisticated, clean glam aesthetic, Amanda Wakeley defined her signature style when she came back to England from America after a design and modelling stint, and quickly realised that the clean lines of American fashion she became accustomed to was nowhere to be seen in a land where the London cosmopolitan aesthetic reigned supreme. Velvet caught up with Wakeley during her recent visit to Dubai to talk about her exciting Atelier Collection that she is launching for the first time in the UAE at Etoile La Boutique. The collection is intriguing – it’s a demi-couture line called Atelier Collection which features dresses named after mythological goddesses or iconic queens. That easily brings to mind images of flamboyance and power. “I designed this collection to be the ultimate incarnation of the Amanda Wakeley spirit, and to offer something unique to my customer. This line is semi-bespoke, so customers can order the dresses in their own choice of colours and embellishments. These are classic looks that reflect the Clean Glam aesthetic that I am always going for as a designer. I named each dress after a powerful woman or

and enabling goddess, because experience, allowing the point of the any woman to fully collection is to express her own make the wearer individual style and feel empowered. sensibility. Examples are Aphrodite, Athena, Simple Cleopatra, Hera beginnings and Juno,” Wakeley’s success Wakeley says. does not come as a Of the entire surprise since early collection, on in her life she Wakeley was already fiddling considers the with design, although Cleopatra dress she admits she really her favourite, didn’t think being a though she fashion designer was quickly says, “It’s something she wanted “This line is very hard to choose to be when she grows up. because I love all these semi-bespoke, so “I didn’t really think about pieces. I love the Hera it. I was a small child I was customers can as well, which is the already making clothes. absolute opposite of order the dresses I didn’t have some great the former, because it’s plan. It was just a passion in their own choice for making beautiful so covered but there’s something ageless things. I wouldn’t even call of colours and about the design. It’s it an ambition; it was just embellishments.” something that happened. actually very interesting that the young girls in It wasn’t until I was in my the office absolutely love this dress and yet 20s that I thought, I know what I’m doing when we created it we thought it would here and I’m going to keep at it,” she says. appeal to an older customer. I love it when That decision paved the way for her rise a dress surprises you; it’s fun.” to the top. Unlike many designers today, Anyone in the mood to channel a she didn’t have the chance to be mentored; goddess should give the collection a try. she had to do everything by herself, which The fact that it is bespoke is a liberating served her well as she began to grow her

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business, and established a name for herself as a designer. According to Wakeley, “When I started in 1990, the word mentor was not used nearly as much as it is now. Over the last five years you hear a lot about mentoring, and I wish I had a mentor back then. I would have learned a lot of lessons much quicker than I did and in a much simpler way.”

Turning point It was when Wakeley came back from America at the end of the 80s that the turning point in her fashion design journey became apparent. “I came back to England and I thought I’d put clean glam together with the London cosmopolitan and that’s how I came up, pretty much, with my aesthetic.” Since then, her signature clean glam look has become a favourite among celebrities such as Scarlett Johansson, Demi Moore, Kate Beckinsdale, Dita Von Teese, Charlize Theron, Jada Pinkett Smith, Mischa Barton, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Helen Mirren and Kate Winslet. Wakeley has also had the honour of dressing many members of the Royal family, most notably the late Princess of Wales and the Duchess of Cambridge. Having worked a lot with Princess Diana, we asked her who she thinks has the potential to become a global fashion icon like her. Her answer? “Anyone that is hugely in the public eye has that potential whether they’re royalty or rock stars. With the phenomenon of social media, we don’t just focus on the traditional personalities – a lot of different personalities, such as movie stars, have huge following and awareness among their fans. That being said, Princess Diana had tremendous

influence because she rose to prominence before social media, before the red carpet glamour that we witness today, before pop stars were considered the fashion icons that they are now.”

Design aesthetic Amanda Wakeley’s clothes are calculatedly understated but alluring, the look achieved through a careful combination of luxurious fabrics, precise cuts and attention to detail. Her design aesthetic naturally comes into play from the start. The question is what happens when she actually starts designing a collection? Where does the inspiration come from? “All over!” she exclaims. “I always think of collections as a wave that keeps gaining momentum. I never turn my back on a previous collection and start from a completely different stand point. I’m constantly absorbing information, whether it’s coming from film, art, photography or politics – whatever’s going on in the world does affect the way I approach new collections. We’re all exposed to that, and it’s all about translating it in a way that feels

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right for your brand.” Wakeley’s Arab consumers would be happy to know that Wakeley she also her own bridal collection, something that she also enjoys working on. “If you think of a wedding day, it’s an incredibly happy day. There’s always a romance and a beauty that goes with that; and it’s always great to know that my dress is going to be part of a truly happy occasion. I’ve been lucky to work with such outstandingly beautiful brides getting married in the most incredible locations. I get sent these fantastic images of the weddings and it’s a great feeling to become part of that. Moving forward, Wakeley is keen on developing the retail aspect of her growing empire. She will soon be opening a store in Mayfair which she says will “serve as a blueprint for what the Amanda Wakeley look is in terms of retailing.” What is your biggest fashion spend? I recently bought an Hermes bag. I haven’t bought one since we started our own line of bags. If you were a teenager again, what would you be thinking of what you’re doing now? I’d probably think, “How cool!” I’m doing something that I’m passionate about. Every day is different and I work with these incredible people. I’ve been very lucky to be doing what I’m doing with a passion for it. How do you pamper yourself? I don’t pamper myself a lot but I think a weekly mani pedi is an absolute necessity. Also, I use really beautiful products at home because I don’t have time to go out and have facials and spa treatments. I wish in my dreams I did. But in terms of pampering, it’s something I do myself. I do have other methods of switching off, away from the stresses of life, such as engaging in sports like sailing, snow skiing and water skiing.

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A gem of a conversation Tiffany is without a doubt a special brand, known to many as makers of fine and exquisite jewellery pieces. There are a few things we discovered in this light, but insightful chat with Melvyn Kirtley, Chief Gemologist of Tiffany & Co.


the company’s history and his y his own admission, Melvyn Kirtley says he did technical skill in explaining the many superior qualities of not initially have a lot of interest in gems. He began Tiffany’s spectacular diamonds and gemstones. his career with Tiffany & Co. as a sales During his visit to Dubai, professional in 1985 and it was only after spending some time in the company that he one his many scheduled pit-stops all over the world, began what would be a long, colourful and Kirtley underscored the fruitful career as a gemologist. importance of the Middle “One studies to become a gemologist East market to Tiffany’s and there are many institutions that train operations. “This is a growing you to become one,” says Kirtley, who eventually obtained formal education at the and important market, one where we know people have Gemological Institute of America, one of a passionate love affair with the finest such schools for gemologists in their jewellery. Our Middle the world. Kirtley was so impressed “The Middle Eastern customers in general to like more gold, they by Tiffany & Co.’s passion East is a growing tend like more color, they like more gems and quality of craftsmanship that he fell and important design. With plenty of items within our range, whenever in love with gems, while at market, one we imagine doing any type of the same time progressed so well in the company where we know selling events in the Middle or in Dubai particularly, that in 1995, just a decade people have a East, we need to bring pieces that after joining, he was promoted to vice president passionate love could translate into things customers from that area and general manager of affair with their that would love,” he continues. the New York store, and And it’s not just for in 2004 he became group jewellery.” the very high net-worth vice president of worldwide individuals. Many have come client development. In to know to brand as the one to go to for this role, he was responsible for client such important occasions as weddings or development initiatives in the U.S. and engagements; and that its jewellery pieces international locations. are mainly for the well-to do. He combined these duties with his role as Tiffany’s chief gemologist, introducing customers to unique jewelry options and custom Atlas® bangle, design. Journalists and ring and earrings in 18 karat customers alike drew on rose gold with his in-depth knowledge of diamonds

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Melvyn Kirtley, Chief Gemologist, Tiffany & Co

Apparently not, accordingly to Kirtley, who says Tiffany has something suited for a variety of client needs. “We are very inclusive, and this is a testament to the company’s passion for excellence and customer service – we strive to give the very best,” he continues. This commitment to quality, exceptional craftsmanship and exquisite collections has clearly been perceived as being of so much value. But Kirtley argues that Tiffany has such an extensive collection with varying price points that still maintain the highest quality standards and luxurious feel that jewellery aficionados love. Without a doubt, however, Tiffany maintains its leadership in the market for important pieces, and statement jewellery.

The Atlas collection

Kirtley mentions the Atlas collection as an example of Tiffany’s high standards of quality and craftsmanship in jewellery making that also capture the

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The Blue Book

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mood of contemporary fashion and define American luxury. Introduced in 1995, the collection is named for the mythic Greek god who holds aloft an enormous globe—an apt symbol for a collection that makes an impact around the world. Created by John Loring, Tiffany design director emeritus, the Atlas® collection explores the raised Roman numerals of its archetype, the Atlas® watch. Introduced in 1983, the timepiece is an icon of style, featuring an hour track of brightly polished Roman-numeral markers in high relief. The design’s signature Roman numerals are the ageless artifacts of a great civilization and its elevated concept of time. Tiffany streamlines these classic symbols of empire in elegant jewelry that is emblematic of American design, recognizably sleek and modern. Combined with grooved borders and alternating matte and polished surfaces, Atlas® jewelry generates a sensuous play of light. From necklaces, pendants and earrings to bangles and rings in 18 karat yellow, rose or white gold and sterling silver with diamonds—all are moving reminders to maximize the moment and explore all possibilities of selfexpression. Every variation on the theme shines with a chic sophistication that is the essence of Tiffany. Definitively American in its bold

simplicity, Atlas® embodies the strength of the brand, and of the stylish women who wear it all over the world.


Besides launching new collections, Kirtley says one of the most important highlights for Tiffany is its celebrated Blue Book, an annual publication that showcases the latest and most spectacular jewels in all their glamour and brilliance. It is the first mail order catalogue to be distributed in the U.S. Over time the book has evolved from line drawings to glossy photographs and its cover from navy blue to Tiffany Blue®, the distinctive robin’s-egg blue that famously graces the jeweler’s boxes and shopping bags. This vibrant hue has become an international symbol of quality and sophistication. Founder Charles Lewis Tiffany designed the Blue Book as a merchant’s personal communication to his clientele. If customers were otherwise engaged, the jeweler was more than happy to come to them in the form of an elegant picture book filled with

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breathtaking, one-of-a-kind jewels that would entice them to come to the store. The Blue Book archive forms a detailed chronology of Tiffany’s role in the evolution of American design. Early Blue Books showcase lavish diamonds, including French and Spanish crown jewels reset in exquisite Tiffany settings, which marked the first appearance of major gemstones in the U.S., and an astonishing array of jewels that won gold medals at the great world’s fairs of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. These are followed by Blue Books that feature the platinum age of diamonds in the 1920’s, Cocktail-Style jewelry in the 1940’s and 1950’s, and dazzling creations in every era since. The Blue Book continues to reinforce Tiffany’s reputation as the world’s diamond authority and for masterpieces sparkling with rare and exotic gems. Though varied in design, the jewels share a tradition of excellence that is unique among the world’s elite jewelers. This dedication to craft has produced a style that is legendary, a style that gleams in every facet of Tiffany jewelry. In this day of instant messaging and ‘click to order,’ the Blue Book remains a must-read for collectors and Atlas® bangles connoisseurs, as (from top): 18 karat rose gold well as fashion with diamonds, devotees and 18 karat gold, 18 all those who karat white gold with diamonds, 18 await the next karat rose gold. installment of Tiffany’s magnificent heritage.

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Gaia Repossi:

Continuing the heritage of jewellery-making The Artistic Director of Repossi speaks to Velvet about her role in carrying on the legacy of the House


t’s the story that people follow in a dramatic soap opera. A young daughter, who stands next-in-line in the family business of a fine Parisian brand that dates its heritage back in 1920’s, was not so keen on taking the job. What happens next? Who will take over the business? How is the heritage going to continue if no one in the family takes over? Gladly Repossi was spared from this family drama. Thanks to Gaia Repossi, the only daughter of Albert Repossi, and acting as the third generation who manages the business of Parisian jewellery making, the business carried on its family legacy. Yet to be honest, that was not her plan in the beginning. “As a young passionate soul I reacted in the opposite direction everyone expected I wanted to become an artist no matter what. It is during my studies that I integrated the company first little and soon finding myself at the head of the collections,” she starts telling Velvet. Indeed, her degree in Fine Arts and Masters in Archaeology and Anthropology widened her perspectives, and drew her to being more inspired by ethnic silhouettes and tribal adornment

time, the Art Deco post war era and its essential lines filming from the discovery of Africa, my father from the late seventies/80’s opulence yet with this greatest passion for the stones, the one of the kind and a great fascination for the Indian aesthetic of the parurures of the past India.” “Regarding myself a thirst for revolution, novelty and a drastic approach proposing a new aesthetic inspired from coupled with contemporary art. my imaginary and prolific Her love for art, and her references. The three of us knowledge about it, helped have inherited of the ability of her follow conventional drawing, the sense of colour, of design while remaining true shape of the lines and proportions to the traditions of old world of the women’s part of the body destination craftsmanship. Gaia carries on the legacy to wear jewellery and a certain ego that of Repossi, rich in both tradition and bold characterizes all the design, crafted further with and their the skills of artisans that are “The reputation designers vision,” she continues. employed with a youthful of Middle East for Now that she is sensibility and applied Artistic Director, ancient references. the big stones is the Gaia is responsible for But her time is different not entirely true; I developing collections from her father and her the House, and what grandfather. Gaia am very surprised for could be her influences explains, “Each of to notice how and inspirations, we us had a different Gaia answers, “I response to what in advance and wonder. have so many influences jewellery is. My aware to the future it would take too much grandfather was time listing them. influenced by his

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The Repossi Timeline 1920 Creation Of The House Of Jewelry. First Atelier Arts Nouveaux Jewelry.

1949 Opening Of The First Store, Torino. Italy.

My first passion is and will always be art. Contemporary art, to architecture from the Bahaus the great shales of Franck Lloyd Wright, Corbusier, designer like Prouvé, sculpture from Franz West, to Richard Serra, to Cy Twombly, polyvalent minds such as Louise Bourgeois, Kusama to the tribal and past civilisations responses to jewellery.” She adores the Berbere collection because it is timeless, pure and essential, very masculine in its femininity, and equally enthusiastic with the next collections coming soon as they will be particularly surprising as well. According to Gaia, Repossi remains to be unique, “I tend to draw a very fine line in between the street and the jewellery our pieces are characterized with this futuristic reality because it’s the jewel of tomorrow, at the border line in between tradition and refinement and moden lines in the architecture of the pieces.” And although she has been in the post for about seven years, Gaia has already made remarkable memories. She quips, “I had so many [memorable experiences]. Even if I am still young today, I feel like that’s all I’ve done throughout my life, with so many unforgettable moments. I think that to be able to see the changes and the proposal I made of a new jewelry being followed. The creation of a best seller, the Berbere ring is a very difficult task in jewelry. We don’t sell bags. The best part of my job is of course the creative aspect from the research to the prototype and the feeling you have when you feel the product is right and it can be launched.” Moving forward, she admits that she is not the business mind of Repossi.

She declares, “I am not business minded enough to respond to you, but I would love to see the brand maintaining a certain small dimension to preserve its craft and the beauty of the subtle message it vehicles. I don’t analyze so much the markets. Any creation follows a creative instinct that is behind nationality, I imagine more silhouettes than actual women. The reputation of Middle East for the big stones is not entirely true; I am very surprised to notice how in advance and aware to the future designs they are, the modernity of my pieces or their strong shapes doesn’t seem to scare them and it is very flattering for a designer.” She will, indeed, meet more challenges and more successes, especially in dealing with such a huge heritage of family business. She furthers, “There are advantages and disadvantages. You carry the weight of a past that alwayshas to be respected and you will never be seen as the person who wanted to peruse a new trajectory, you walk towards your own path with the awarness of what was before you, a draw willing or not a continuity.” But the future is going to be an exciting wheel. The House of Repossi is bound for surprises. “A lot of new collections of course! Always more unexpected. A string image as we built based on this strong yet clever woman that is sensitive to some beauty in jewelry. And that rather choses the quality than over consuming,” Gaia concludes.

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1974 Alberto Repossi Succession In The House. Iconic Items.

1977 Opening Of The Monte Carlo Boutique.

1985 Opening Paris Store Place Vendome.

1994 Repossi Becomes The Official Purveyor To Hrh The Prince Rainier Iii Of Monaco

2007 Gaia Repossi Succession. Main Designer Of The Collections.

2007 Collaboration With Eugnie Niarchos.

07-09 Collections Neree, Art Nouveau And Snake.

2010 Gaia Repossi X Alexander Wang Burned Gold Collection For Alexander Wang Fall Winter 2011 Show In Nyc. Gaia Repossi And Joseph Altuzarra Collection For Altuzarra Fall Winter 2011 Show In Nyc.

2011 Berbere Collection And It’s Earcuff.

2012 Presentation Of The Forçat Collection During Haute Couture At The Museum Of Decorative Arts In Paris.

2012 September, Launch Of Gaia Repossi X Colette Variarion Of Berbere Set With Turquoises.

2013 Repossi Creative Director, Gaia Repossi, Wins As Best Jewellery Designer Of The Year At The Elle Uk Style Awards 2013.

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ninA ricci’s renaissance man

Peter Copping has successfully preserved the heritage of the brand, while successfully breaking new grounds.

ritish designer Peter Copping has brought new vibe to the house of Nina Ricci as its artistic director – wisely reasserting the French brand’s roots, without forgetting to break new ground. Before this, Copping spent most of his career in Paris, including more than 10 years at Louis Vuitton, under Marc Jacobs; which is perhaps why he knows the French flair to the core, and reflects this aesthetic in his creations, while also infusing contemporary twists. Velvet chats to Peter Copping about the woman in his mind when he designs, the style icon of today’s generation and Nina Ricci’s SS 2014 collection. VELVET: Describe for us the woman that you design for PETER COPPING (PC):Obviously I think she is very Parisian. It’s really that look of a Parisian woman that I have in mind when I’m designing. I think that Parisian aesthetic is appealing and attractive to women all over the world. I think she’s definitely feminine but she has a certain nonchalance as well. I like to think there is a coolness to her too. What I really love is when women project their own personality on the clothes and maybe do their own styling twist. V: For the uninitiated, how do you introduce the Nina Ricci brand now? PC: I think women can combine strength and femininity – when you look at the Nina Ricci collections, there is a multifaceted character there in many ways. That is something I like to play around with each season – just to have all that prettiness

but offset it in some way so it never becomes too sweet and saccharine. I always like this underlying of tension or adding elements that don’t make it look quite perfect. Sometimes that just comes from the way the clothes are structured, they’re pressed afterwards and you have intentional creasing and folds or the garments are constructed with a cut edge. There are different ways in which I try to offset that sweetness and femininity. And I think when you do that it still makes the clothes very relevant for today. V: Would you consider designing a collection for Arab women? If so, what would it look like? PC: If I were to design a collection for Arab women, it would have the same aesthetic as Nina Ricci, but adapted to their requirements. V: Is there such a thing as designer’s block, kind of what writers experience. If so what do you do to get your creative juices flowing again? PC: I personally do not suffer from designer’s block – it is more a question of deliberation over what direction to take. Generally when I make a decision I go with it.

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V: What do you make of the stunt pulled by two barechested women on the runway during the show? It’s Paris, so it would make more than barebreasted women to excite it; but what’s your take? PG: It didn’t really bother me. I think that is the great thing about living in a democracy that you can make your voice heard. In terms of image I thought it looked very strong – the two women made a huge contrast against the purity of the show space.

Which one is your favourite look from S/S 2014 collection and why? Look 44. Typically Nina Ricci mixing print and lace but with a cool attitude. What textures or cuts do you think are emblematic of Nina Ricci? Floral prints, lace, the pencil skirt, lightweight fabrics, the fitted jacket. Are you more French than British or is it still the other way around? I enjoy living in Paris and feel it is my home, but at heart I always feel English. How would you describe the evolution of your own personal aesthetic? I think my aesthetic has become more “Parisienne” since my time spent in France. Who would you consider as a style icon for today’s generation of women? Lauren Santo Domingo.

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Fendi sings Kama-Kama-Chameleon

Mira for Roger

Fashion editor, model and Russian socialite Miroslava Duma has been tapped as the new face of Roger Vivier’s Spring/Summer 2014 accessories collection, “Vivier’s Codes.” Mira, as she is better known in the industry, exudes colour, fun and femininity in 19 year old photographer Olivia Bee. The campaign images will be published in a seasonal booklet that will be distributed from January 2014 internationally through the 21 Roger Vivier’s flagships worldwide and sent to customers to show the world of Roger Vivier for next season. The fashion world is already buzzing about a new collector’s item for the coffee table. Installed since its beginnings at the foot of Montmartre in a building which was specially designed by the architect Paul Dupré-Lafon and which is a modern wonder of clean confident intelligent lines, this year Weill is celebrating 120 years of beautiful and shining service to Parisian elegance, with ready-to-wear couture firmly anchored in reality... To mark its anniversary and allow women everywhere to reap the benefit, the fashion house has produced a capsule collection called Maison Weill, in which vintage pieces from the 50s, 60s and 70s have been reproduced.

The captivating Chameleon line (fashioned after the handbag that carries this name) was first unveiled to the world in 2012 and has quickly gathered a world-wide following with its ultra-feminine design. This time, Fendi has created enamel inserts on the case for captivating appeal. Now, the brand brings versatility even further to the forefront with the magnificent Chameleon Enamel Dual Color Collection. A timelessly beautiful watch, the Chameleon offers a modern and innovative take on time. The Italianstyled, Swiss-made Chameleon watches feature elongated rectangular cases, curved at the top and bottom for feminine appeal. The bottom of the seductive case features the iconic Fendi signature, allowing the strap color beneath to show through – adding depth and character. The new Dual-Colour pieces are bold statements of confidence and fashion. Each watch in this series features two different colored lustrous enamel inserts. These inserts, with the highpolished stainless steel or gold color of the case gleaming around them, bring a decidedly individual 114

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look to the piece. Fendi offers a host of enticing color combinations. Among them: a stunning statement in neutrals with a black and brown combination (with a black or a brown strap); a resolutely fashionable statement with a red and black combination (offered with a red, a blue or a black strap). The two-color enamel inserts bring ever more versatility, complexity and personality to the Chameleon and to the discerning woman who wears it. Each Chameleon Enamel Dual Colour watch is offered with a black or white lacquered dial, or a champagne sunray dial. Each dial is set with two genuine diamonds. The leather straps for this series are created using the same supple leather as the Chameleon bags. The luxurious couture collection is created in either a gold-colored case, or a stainless steel ergonomically curved case to fit the wrist with sleek appeal and comfort. The brand offers the Dual-Color series in two sizes. The lovely leaf hands offer added femininity. The Chameleon Enamel Dual Color watch, like its name implies, is a modern and colorful watch that move with style from morning to night – for business or pleasure.

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UK welcomes Hermès

A first indeed – Hermès recently opened its first stand-alone fine watch and jewellery boutique in the United Kingdom. The store opened in the Fine Jewellery room situated on the ground floor of Harrods in London. Hermès has an important history in watch and jewellery making, having started creating pieces at the beginning of the 20th century. This new boutique presents only its most precious pieces and showcases its unique skills in these métiers. The first Hermès wristwatch was created in 1912 for Jacqueline Hermès, at the request of her father Emile Hermès, the grandson of the founder Thierry Hermès. Many watches and timepieces were to follow, including such design classics as the Cape Cod and Arceau. This new boutique will bring together these two métiers from Hermès for the first time in the United Kingdom in one retail space. It will be a showcase for the many exceptional artisanal watch and jewellery skills possessed by Hermès craftspeople since the early 20th century.


Luxified iPhone

Birthday Suit Babydoll

Slip on some classics

Mercy, black corset


The Agent Provocateur New Classics Collection is now available for women who want to celebrate femininity and luxury at the same time. The fresh range of lingerie provides the most iconic styles, interpreted in best ways to show womanhood and sensuality in all the right places.

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By Atelier allows true lovers of all things luxe to relive craftsmanship in technology by creating personalized high-quality phones and exclusive services. The brand has released collections of luxified iPhone 5S 64GB models, wrapped in exotic materials like alligator, sapphire, and carbon fibre – so connoisseurs can have a phone that stands out from the rest while keeping in touch with new technologies.  The four collections feature eight models with dashing colors, rich textures, and detailed finishing. It is neither a case, nor a mobile phone competing with market leaders, but rather a mobile phone accessory of another caliber. Designed in European handassembled by in-house artisans, the collections are built with a selection of high-tech materials frequently used in Haute Horlogerie. Like a fine timepiece, By Atelier is both an investment piece and a reflection of character. The chassis provides a feeling of importance in the hand; it captivates by the quality and finesse of its materials which enhance the intelligence of its design. The By Atelier iPhone5s is available at Ahmed Seddiqi and Sons stores in Dubai Mall andBurj Al Araband retails from AED 5,200 to AED 30,700 for a white alligator full diamond studded version.

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Luxury Raising the bar

Jaeger-LeCoultre supports auction and charity


Dior has a new “it” bag that has been seen worn by celebrities like Jennifer Lawrence, Charlize Theron and Nicole Kidman. The new arm candy, DiorBar, celebrates the “Bar” jacket that was designed by the couturier Christian Dior back in 1947. Sensual and dynamic, soft but structured, the house’s newest bag is created in the image of Raf Simons’ aesthetic, making its appearance at his very first ready-to-wear collection for Dior: its transformability - two jeweled closures allow for the opening and closing of its wings - is a nod to the game of optical illusions played out in looks where dresses morph into jackets or are sliced open over shorts. Its feminine colours and precious materials – in powder pink, shocking red - recall the sparkling draping of the dresses designed by the creative director. Modern and sophisticated, the fruit of the savoir-faire of the best leatherwork artisans, the DiorBar bag links the house’s history to its present, its heritage and its new horizons. Cinched by its gilded pearls, the side of the bag forms a figure-of-eight, a number whose curves both draw the outline of the ‘New Look’ silhouette and symbolize infinity.

Two of the world’s foremost design pioneers, Sir Jonathan Ive, KBE; and Marc Newson, CBE, have collaborated with musician and philanthropist Bono to organise a (RED) Auction celebrating the very best of design and innovation. Jony and Marc have spent the past year and a half curating the collection, which comprises objects from disciplines as diverse as space travel and lighting design to contemporary art and rare automobiles, all unified and distinguished by their excellence and innovation. The $790,000 sales proceeds from Sotheby’s New York will benefit

Fashion writing

A visionary designer known for his sharp eye in terms of fashion, photography and design, Karl Lagerfeld is also a keen collector of luxury craftsmanship, including the legendary objects created by S.T.Dupont. After a first collaboration in 2011, Karl Lagerfeld continues the adventure with the celebrated house of S.T.Dupont. He has brought his creative flair alongside the S.T.Dupont expertise and heritage to imagine a new creation: the Digital Set. This new collaboration carries the world of S.T.Dupont from paper to the digital era with a set inspired by mobile technology. Always at the vanguard, Karl Lagerfeld is one of the pioneers of digital fashion through his strong online presence. It seemed a matter of course for him to create a set using the different modes of contemporary communication. Three different writing methods brought together: The lacquered black

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pen is at once a traditional ballpoint and a digital stylus. The set also includesan optic white lacquered USB key with a capacity of 8 Go. The Dupont lacquer finish is highlighted with palladium strips and shiny red cornelian stones, and each item is engraved with Karl Lagerfeld’s iconic silhouette. This unique edition is available in two versions, the first presented in a stunning black lacquered box, available exclusively at the KARL LAGERFELD store around the world. The Premium version, with a stylised black and white packaging, is available at S.T.Dupont points of sale.

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The Winner’s Watch

Rivoli Group opens doors of its elite lounge

Rivoli Group recently inaugurated ‘The R Lounge’ a premium VIP lounge created to provide an exclusive and unparalleled experience for clients and guests in a luxurious and private atmosphere. The R Lounge will be used to unveil bespoke collections and showcase special pieces to Rivoli’s selected clients in a personalised and intimate setting. It’s the only customer service initiative of its kind in the region and is one of the many ways the Rivoli Group intends to provide their loyal clients with exceptional

Royal Scents

The exotic cynosure of Crown Prince Mohammed Ali Ibrahim’s first fragrances from the 1920’s are the heart and soul of Atkinsons’ new Oud collection, now available exclusively in the Middle East at Bloomingdale’s-Dubai.  So too are its distinctively English accords of Central London (to remind the Prince what a terrifically rip-roaring time he had there), Earl Grey tea (his beloved’s favourite) and, for the Prince’s own scent, leather, (to conjure forth the smell of boxing gloves and his glories in the ring). The ensuing cosmopolitan bouquets are a richly fragrant entente between the Orient and bonny old England, which

the Atkinsons house is now pleased to revive in two sumptuously packaged imperial eau de parfum: Oud Save the King and Oud Save the Queen.  A dandy concoction of Oriental exoticism and proper British posh, Oud Save the King is as charismatic and extravagantly elegant as the glamorous Crown Prince who inspired it. A spirited Scheherazade of oriental charms and ever-so-English subtlety, Oud Save the Queen is as captivating as the Hollywood enchantress who inspired its creation. Both fragrances retail at AED 850 per 100ml bottle.

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OMEGA Seamaster Aqua Terra Co-Axial 34mm was taken home by the winner of this year’s champion at OMEGA Dubai Ladies Masters. The prestigious competition was held at the Emirates Golf Club in Dubai with the fourday tournament running from December 4th to 7th. The winner of this year’s tournament will take home a first prize of 75,000 euros along with and the winning watch, OMEGA Seamaster Aqua Terra CoAxial 34mm. The stunning timepiece features an 18K red gold case with a glittering diamond-paved bezel and is presented on a leather strap. Any competing golfer who scores a hole in one will receive the OMEGA Seamaster Aqua Terra Co-Axial 34mm with an 18K red gold and stainless steel case and a fashionable white leather strap.

Friday Brunch at Amwaj Rotana

Are you one of many who can’t say no to brunching? Well, Amwaj Rotana has a great treat for you. The hotel has recently launched its Friday Brunch not from one, but from three of its signature restaurants. Offering international menu of best Western and Eastern cuisines, the hotel’s kitchen teams – Rosso, Benihana and Horizon All-Day Dining – will come together to create a delectable Friday feast for brunch comers. The brunch will also offer more live stations such as Crepes, Barbeque, Roast, Shawarma, Tempura, Omelette, Robatayaki and Asian favourites from the wok. Aside from this sumptuous treat offering greater culinary alternatives, Amwaj Rotana also boasts the most picturesque terraces along the famed The Walk, Jumeirah Beach Residences. And, since Friday Brunch has become much of an institution in Dubai, the hotel will now extend the brunch timing to 4 p.m., which will then dive straight into Happy Hour until 9 p.m. A live DJ will also set the mood during the brunch to guarantee a lively atmosphere.

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An unprecedented retrospective organised by the Réunion des Musées Nationaux-Grand Palais, the Cartier. Le style et l’histoire exhibition is a celebration of Cartier style and an expression of cultural recognition that affirms Cartier’s place in the world of decorative arts. Since 1983, the Cartier Collection has been presented in 25 exhibitions at numerous cultural institutions worldwide, including the Metropolitan Museum in New York, the British Museum in London, the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in

Lisbon and the Palace Museum in Beijing’s Forbidden City. From 4 December to 16 February 2014, this creative heritage will be on display at the Grand Palais in Paris, offering a testament to the Maison’s style and craftsmanship. More than 600 creations have been selected: high jewellery pieces, mystery clocks, watches and precious objects will be exhibited alongside private loans on show for the very first time. Archive material and abundant documentation accompany

the exhibition’s content. Designed to place the creations within the wider perspective of evolutions in taste, the decorative arts and art in general, this exhibition also offers a reading of Cartier style in the context of social developments that have occurred over more than a century of creation. Also, guests were received in the Salon d’honneur of the Grand Palais, where they were able to enjoy an exclusive preview of the Cartier. Le style et l’histoire exhibition. They then moved on to the Galerie Courbe for a dinner prepared by Chef Jean-Pierre Vigato. A gala evening devoted to culture at which Stanislas de Quercize, President and CEO of Cartier International and JeanPaul Cluzel, Président des Etablissementsat the Réunion des Musées NationauxGrand Palais welcomed more than 200 guestsfrom the worlds of business and art including Son Altesse Sérénissime le Prince de Monaco, Son Altesse Sheikh Hamad Bin Abdullaha Al Thani, Le maharadja Tikka de Kapurtala, Monica Belluci, among many others.

120 years of Maison Weill

Weill is celebrating 120 years of beautiful and shining service to Parisian elegance, with ready-to-wear couture firmly anchored in reality. To mark its anniversary and allow women everywhere to reap the benefit, the fashion house has produced a capsule collection called Maison Weill, in which vintage pieces from the 50s, 60s and 70s have been reproduced. The collection follows forty classics which have been given a new spin by Edward Achour the label’s creative director to reflect today’s taste and contours: the timeless trench coat, the cocoon coat, the androgynous pea coat, the classic overcoat with its detachable fox fur collar, the roomy cape, the cinched-in blazer, the pussy bow blouse, the Peter Pan collar blouse, the Mondrian dress, the vinyl accented dress, the sharp graphic knitwear.

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Coutts Polo at the Palace

Making a stunning return in the capital was its flagship business and society event, Coutts Polo at the Palace. The event has grown to become a standout on the UAE society calendar where guests enjoyed the ‘palace polo’ action on the pitch, as well as a unique place to ‘do business’ behind the velvet ropes of VIP hospitality chalets, with C-level executives from the world’s top luxury brands networking with an elite list of prospective clients and business partners from around the globe.

Precious Fragrant Ritual

Create your own olfactory signature, personalise your trail, craft your perfume and live an intense sensorial experience – the House of Dior creates Les Élixirs Précieux, four perfumed oils to be combined with the most emblematic fragrances of La Collection Privée Christian Dior. Les ÉlixirsPrécieux, or Dior’s own interpretation of “layering”, the ancestral Middle-Eastern practice of superimposing one scent over another. The first proof of the existence of “layering” comes from Persia, in the 4th millennium BC. This is where perfumed oil was invented: one of the oldest ways to perfume the body, well before alcohol. Each Élixir Précieux is highly concentrated. Each signature features a flourish of noble raw materials, all rigorously

selected by François Demachy to meet the highest standards.“Rose” magnifies Turkish Rose Essence and Absolute.“Ambre” asserts its intense sensuality, underscores the density of animal tones. “Oud” exalts the woody power of Agarwood Essence. “Musc” combines the evocative, enveloping nuances of musks. Precious bottles for rare Elixirs the bottles are like glass treasures, presenting precious drops of elixir that radiate beyond the fabulous weight of the glass. For an unforgettable new Dior perfume gesture, the stem on the cap places a droplet of indulgence on the pulse points of the body, just enough to let the fragrance express its full emotion.

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Ralph Lauren makes polo history in the UAE

History has it that fashion and horse riding go hand-in-hand. This time, fashion giant Ralph Lauren began history in the emirates, and organised the first ever UAE Ladies Polo Tournament under the patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Maitha Bint Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum. Led by HH Sheikha Maitha, who played captain in Team UAE, the tournament was the first ladies-only event held in Dubai. The competition’s organisers said that it highlights the growing participation of females playing professional sports in the United Arab Emirates. As part of the partnership, polo players from the four competing teams were outfitted in Ralph Lauren specially-designed polo mesh shirts in four bright colours: orange, pink, lime green and white, which were available exclusively in Ralph Lauren stores and corners in Dubai and Abu-Dhabi from December 9, for both women and men. Twenty per cent of all proceeds made from sales of these limited-edition tournament mesh polo shirts would benefit Dubai Cares, a UAE-based philanthropic organization that aims to improve children’s access to quality primary education in developing countries.

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Lord VELVET Velvet Loves If there is one shoe that make women get jealous of men then that would be sneakers. Who would not want to wear such comfy pairs? And, now, with this new Court Classic designed by Hedi Slimane for Saint Laurent, there is real good reason to get jealous. The Court Classic should be a staple in all men’s wardrobe, with its design and proportions that follow its sporting disciplines while the style keeps true to the vintage codes of performance. The Court Classic is available in different versions: high top, mid top and traditional low cut. The upper and sole of each sneaker are assembled and glued by hand, and still constructed and manufactured in a traditional way. An easing support and perforations ensure comfort and functionality, making the Court Classic suitable for everyday wear. The name of the style and Saint Laurent logo are embossed on every pair. Each model is available in a permanent range of materials and colours, and in limited series. It retails at approximately AED 2,000, and is available in Saint Laurent stores and on ysl. com.

The Limited Timepiece Lange & Söhne is relaunching its horological opus magnum: the Lange 1 Tourbillon Perpetual Calendar Handwerkskunst that leverages the entire spectrum of artisanal skills mastered by the eminent Saxon manufactory. Well this watch is surely going to excite the men, especially with this edition coming in combined two classic complications with the typical design of A. Lange & Söhne’s most famous wrist­watch. The dial is crafted from solid white gold, and in this special edition is decorated with a rare combination of tremblage and relief engraving techniques. The manual work involved extends into the realm of the small­est details, for the first time in a Lange time­piece the blue numerals of the outsize date display are hand-painted. The epithet Handwerkskunst also applies to the decorations of the manufacture calibre L082.1 without reservation. They are the traditional counterpoints to the avant-garde calibre

design innovations. Four screwed gold chatons and a diamond endstone bearing for the tourbillion are the grand finale of Lange’s “Handwerkskunst” extravaganza. A 41.9-millimetre platinum case is the fitting highlight of this composition of precious metals. The A. Lange & Söhne signature and the case and edition serial numbers on the caseback are hand-engraved. It comes in a limited edition of 15 watches that will be available exclusively through the eleven international A. Lange & Söhne Boutiques.

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Made for Men This one has a disclaimer. It says, “For men who wear their lion hearts on their sleeve – Bomberg is not for the faint of heart.” With Brand Ambassadors that include WBA Junior Middleweight Champion of the world, Austin Trout, Racing driver, Martin Fuentes and superstar Basketball player for NBA champions Miami Heat, Chris ‘The Birdman’ Andersen, Bomberg is a brand that is made for men, who live life on their own terms. Aimed at daring men looking for a positively unique design, Bombergencourages one to seize the moment. Initially launched in South America in 2012, Bomberg has achieved tremendous success through its unique designs and powerful products which take one off the beaten track and pair strong architectural sensibility with industrial utility. Bomberg has recently entered the Middle East, and is now available in the UAE at select Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons and 1915 stores.

Rockin’ in fashion Fred Perry hosted Sub-Sonic Live in Dubai to an astonished crowd, who could not get enough of the music and atmosphere created. Sub-Sonic Live is a unique concept in live music and club culture, pushing the region’s musical talent to the front. SubSonic Live promises acts that, until now, would never have appeared on the same line up, bringing together the best new music and music heritage from the past 50 years, alongside amazing DJs. This is in line with fredperrysubculture. com, Fred Perry’s online music initiative which introduces the brightest young talent on the international music scene alongside the cream of British music artists who have a long standing relationship with the brand. UK’s Norman Jay was headlining the festival supported by Lebanese band The Wanton Bishops who were performing for the first time in Dubai. Audio Tonic member Megadon Betamax carried the night through with his nu-disco tracks with the help of BIG Rossi, MC and DJ for the night.

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Ready, Set, Go! Thanks to Chopard, men who love the thrills of car race can experience the same breathtaking excitement every day. Remember that back in 1988, Chopard introduced the “Mille Miglia” watch? This time, the House renewed its love for the famous legendary vintage car race, Mille Miglia, by coming with a new scent attributing to it. The new olfactory chapter with Mille Miglia fragrance for men boasts of floral lavender notes refreshed by bergamot, with hints of Juniper berries and oriental base of amber, wood and coffee beans. The scent definitely leaves behind an intensely warm, addictive trail. True to automobile and watchmaking codes, the Mille Miglia bottle is adorned in sober yet luxurious matte black and steel. Its elegant, strong lines are highlighted by a black rubber cap, echoing the strap on the Mille Miglia watch, itself inspired by the form of the Dunlop tire at the time.

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Interior NEWS Luxury Has a New Home


It may have closed for a while but Aati is back in business, serving its discerning customers. The luxury showroom has recently opened doors, spanning across 31,300 square feet spread over two spacious floors. The store’s interiors present a chic backdrop to complement the range of high quality furniture and lighting on offer. A combination of contemporary and classic finishes and a refined palette creates a clean, defined and spatial experience for clients. Showroom windows illustrate eye-catching and exciting representations of the season’s hottest moods and trends for the home. Ambient lighting throughout the store provides a pleasurable mood to browse and shop for the most prestigious international furniture and interiors brands. Aati’s product mix is a total reflection of quality, elegance and uniqueness showcasing an inspirational line-up of the world’s most sought after premium design furniture and home décor brands including Fendi, Visionnaire, Ralph Lauren Home, Minotti, Ligne Roset, Kenzo Maison, MissoniHome, Nada Debs, Baxter, De Sede, Deknudt, Dix Heures Dix, Emu Living, Frato, Gabriella B, Gauzs and JNL. Wallpaper and fabric brands include Armani Casa, Christian Lacroix, Christian Fischbacher, Creation Metaphores, Dedar, Donghia, Elitis, Etro, Jean Paul Gautier, Lelierve MissoniHome, Maya Romanoff, Osborne & Little, Pierre Frey, Rubelli, Ralph Lauren Home, Sahco, Sonia Rykiel, Visionnaire and Zimmer + Rhode.

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Terrace Collection Debuts A divine bathroom is a luxury in itself. Thanks to the introduction of Kohler’s Terrace Collection, bathroom users now find a unique experience of luxury and incomparable functionality combined. Customers in the UAE will have the opportunity to personalize their own cabinets selecting from a variety of shades that suits their taste and character. The vanity top, cabinet and storage unit display an elegant aesthetic in the rectangular geometrics that characterize contemporary design. The Free Drain is major innovation introduced on Terrace. With this new, exclusive patented system that eliminates the usual central drain, the user can stop water outflow with a simple touch to a button at the

rear of the vanity top. The system is easy to clean and the streamlined design highlights a refined aesthetic. The base unit under the vanity top provides extensive storage capacity, thanks to an accessories drawer and a large drawer, a tall unit with a direct-access vertical niche and four shelves, and a mirror with integral shelves. In other words, Terrace optimizes available space and makes storage easier. Equipped with push/pull dampers, the drawer cabinets offer comfort of use, as does the tall storage unit, thanks to its soft-close doors. A mirror adapted to each wash-station size, with side LED lighting (along one side on the 60 cm version) and infrared switch, ensures safety and hygiene. Terrace also includes a WC and bidet pair in a contemporary design. Thanks to the fully concealed fixing system, the WC and bidet can be elegantly hung from the wall.

The Aati showroom is located on Za’abeel Road, Dubai.

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Architecture in Fashion

Viktor&Rolf goes Parisian The avant-garde fashion house based in Amsterdam has finally reached Paris. Having recently installed its first ever flagship boutique in France at 370, rue Saint-Honoré in Paris’ prestigious first arrondissement, the shop boasts of its two-storey space spanning an impressive 7,000 square-feet showcases the universe of Viktor&Rolf and houses all of the brand’s lines - women’s ready-to-wear pre and show collections, menswear, handbags, shoes, small leather goods, accessories and eyewear. The interior – spacious yet intimate – is rendered entirely in grey felt, reflecting the design codes that established and continue to define the house: conceptual glamour, provocative couture, rebellious sophistication, and unexpected elegance. With the Viktor&Rolf wax seal in high-gloss black at its center, the innovative design conceived by Pierre Beucler and Jean-Christophe Poggioli of Architecture & Associés, turns echoes of neo-classicism into contemporary design. The concept of a single monochromatic material marks an unconventional usage of fabric and space giving new perception to surface from which the technique ghost architecture is born. The space is marked by the inviting perspective of arches

that frames the basement staircase leading to the lower level. Elegantly centered around a classical rotunda featuring a felt bouquet, the lower level is composed of three distinct areas: women’s readyto-wear, women’s shoes & accessories, and menswear ready-to-wear & shoes. A dedicated VIP area will welcome guests with shopping consultants offering personalized service. The landmark project was made possible through Staff International, a company of OTB group, the exclusive licensee of Viktor&Rolf, engaged in the development, production and distribution of the brand’s collections worldwide.

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Have you been to The Galleria at Sowwah Square? It’s an architectural wonder, aside from it being a heaven for luxury shoppers. It houses one of the most iconic decorative concepts of the high fashion label, Saint Laurent. Taking a modernist approach to the French decorative arts, the shop boasts unique architectural features including “Black Silk” (marble for the dado rails), “Statuary White” (marble for the floors and fitting rooms), and the nickel or goldplated brass for Art Deco-inspired vitrines. The Saint Laurent architectural concept is adaptable and specific to individual spaces and cities, and the new architecture and design of the stores is based on a minimalist transposition of the techniques and materials of the French modernist movement. To top it all, the architectural furnishings are therefore supplemented, as in Los Angeles and soon in New York, by vintage furnishings consisting of pieces by Adnet, René Herbst, Breuer and other “modernists”.

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Art of Light See the flame shining through, smell the exquisite woody notes, and witness the warmth in the atmosphere – that’s the promise delivered by Guerlain’s latest creation, Forêt de Sumatra. Inspired by an imaginary voyage to the heart of the Indonesian rainforest, it comes with hints of luxuriant and unspoiled nature in its myriad enchanting facets. The House has been celebrating the art of fine candle making for many years, and now it has launched a scented candle that is emblematic of the highest quality of craftsmanship, evident in its sultry accord of floral notes (jasmine, ylang ylang), and smoked tea, tinged with vanilla, benzoin, tonka bean and patchouli that combines a zesty scent with a lingering trail of rich, damp forest. It comes in delicately lacquered in an opaque smokey brown of exquisite sophistication, and bears an embossed label imprinted with the gold Guerlain symbol - a design whose harmony is inspired by Guerlain’s history and heritage. Forêt de Sumatra is presented in bell-shaped container, whose gilded exterior is the epitome of the gift that one dreams of giving or receiving.

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Interior TREND

Island chic, Polynesian theme Simplistic and uncompromising designs offer a mini haven of exotic luxury Exuding French Polynesian charm, the newly opened Sofitel Dubai The Palm Resort and Spa is encapsulated by a private 500m stretch of pearlescent beach, enabling guests to indulge in breathtaking sea views overlooking the East Crescent of Dubai’s must visit destination, the Palm Island. With an abundance of stunning organic architecture and lush vertical gardens created by the renowned botanist Patrick Blanc, the resort graciously reflects a timeless spirit and tropical allure. Furthering into the rooms of this Polynesian-themed resort, with vertical gardens, fresh flowers and artworks bringing elegance to the luminous hotel, one would notice the simplistic sense of peace and tranquility in the guest rooms, offering the perfect escape from fast-paced city life. Offering understated luxury with the utmost in comfort, the 361 room hotel features basin, bidet, bath, concealed shower mixers and hand showers from Hansgrohe’s Axor Massaud Axor Starck, and Axor Starck X designer collections. Axor Massaud is a collection inspired by nature, with a harmonious connection between organic and geometric shapes,

Luxury complements luxury

creating a sense of peace and serenity when bathing. Axor Starck and Axor Starck X products focus on the basics; the enjoyment of water, which through the reduction of shapes offer a sense of freshness, clarity and exclusivity. Adding to the healthy feel of the hotel, the guestrooms also feature Hansgrohe’s Raindance Classic overhead and hand showers, which offer an element of sustainable comfort for hotel guests. The showers’ cutting-edge AirPower technology enriches water with air inside the shower, propelling a gentle flow of rain-like droplets onto the user.

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Selected for their uncompromising quality and highly sophisticated design, products from the GROHE Atrio range make up the backbone of the luxury fittings, and will provide guests of Sense Spa of Rosewood Abu Dhabi Hotel with a feeling of tranquility and restoration. Having recently opened in the capital, Sense Spa provides a welcome retreat of serenity. The fittings echo the design elements of the spa which is outfitted in soft neutral shades and sleek gentle curves, inviting guests to relax their senses and completely unwind. The hotel features 189 spacious guest rooms boasting topof-the-range the fittings and offering dramatic views of the Arabian Gulf and the Abu Dhabi skyline. The Atrio range with its restrained feel and individual look is the embodiment of classical modernism, a timeless quality that complements the refined design of the spa. Atrio is low maintenance and durable thanks to Grohe SilkMove® technology inside and its Grohe StarLight® chrome finish guaranteed to sparkle and delight guests. GROHE products have long been synonymous with luxury venues in the UAE and throughout the Middle East. Rosewood Abu Dhabi Spa is no exception to this, and GROHE is proud to feature in this prestigious project.

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Looking for a different place to explore and fall in love with? We’ve recently visited Sintra, the romantic hilly side of Portugal, and we just fell head over heels…

t took about seven hours by plane from Dubai, and another couple of hours’ drive from Lisbon, but the travel was well worth it. Sintra is not your ordinary, laidback European town. It will appear familiar – the streets are small, the roads are in cobble stone, the tourists are roaming, and the palaces are here and there – but there is a serene vibe in Sintra that embraces you with a different sense of warmth. Its castles and palaces would bring you back to the era of kings, queens, and the country’s grandeur. Its streets would attract you to sit for a moment, enjoy the view, and simply pass time. Its hotels are previously used palaces restored to luxury hosting, and its food would make you crave for more.

Must Visit In a quiet city like Sintra, you may opt to explore the historical side of Portugal, stroll around its quaint market places or simply stay at its post-palace luxury hotels. In our case, we went to do all. There are a number of beautiful palaces, castles and museums but we went to visit the Convento dos Capuchos first. Tucked away far up north of Sintra, the “Capuchos Convent” or “Cork Convent” was established in 1560 by Dom Álvaro de Castro, Counsellor of State to King Sebastião, with the name Convento de Santa Cruz da Serra de Sintra. It is noteworthy for the

extreme poverty of its construction, which represents the ideal of the Order of St. Francis of Assisi, and for the extensive use of cork in the protection and decoration of its small spaces. Another notable place to visit is the Parque e Palacio de Monserrate. A stunning piece of nature located 4km away from the historic centre of Sintra, the park houses thousands of botanical species and a grand Palace that is under rehabilitation after years of being abandoned. While here, take time to feel the rich history of the palace, marvel at its beauty and enjoy the opportunity to have had the chance to step into it. The National Palace of Sintra, located in the historic town centre, should also be in the must-visit list. It was inhabited for nearly eight centuries by the Portuguese monarchy and its court. It was much used, particularly during the middle ages, as a hunting retreat and as a refuge from

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outbreaks of disease in the capital, or as a summer resort, thanks to the town’s more agreeable climate. The building combines various architectural styles. Gothic and Manueline elements are particularly visible, as is the Mudéjar style– a harmonious combination of Muslim and Christian artistic influences –, immediately apparent in the exuberant Hispano-Moresque tiling. The collections displayed within the Palace also bear artistic witness to the multicultural nature of Portuguese decorative art between the sixteenth and eighteenth centuries. Sintra boasts having the Park and Palace of Pena that are Portugal’s greatest example of nineteenth-century Romanticism and the most important element in Sintra’s cultural heritage. The World Heritage Site was established on top of the hill as a result of the creative genius of Ferdinand II of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, king consort and husband of Queen Maria II; it incorporates

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architectural references of Manueline and Moorish influence which give rise to a surprising “One Thousand and One Nights” effect. Meanwhile, not to miss when in Sintra is the Moorish Castle, a military fortification that bears witness to the Islamic presence in the region, and was probably constructed between the eighth and ninth centuries and later expanded after the Reconquista. Overlooking the town of Sintra, it served as a watchtower, guaranteeing the protection of Lisbon and its surroundings. It was acquired and restored as a medieval ruin, also in keeping with the romantic taste of the period, by Ferdinand II.

Must Stay From boutique hotels to luxury hotels, Sintra is filled with best places to stay. With stroke of good luck, we were hosted at the best of the bests: the Hotel Tivoli Palacio de Seteais. More than just a fivestar accommodation, this hotel offers the elegance and architecture of the XVIII century. Aside from the spectacular views of Moorish Castle and Pena Palace, the Hotel Tivoli Palacio de Seteais also

offers the magnificent surroundings of lush gardens and remarkable scenery. Its beautifully decorated rooms furnished with luxurious interior, its ballrooms, lobby and aisle are draped with rich tapestries and incredible chandeliers. Spending time in this hotel is magical – it transformed us to that time when ball gowns were casual fashion, and carriages were means of royal transportation. Sleeping and waking up in this lavish environment is a dream come true, allowing us royal accommodation, making us imagine being queen even for two nights.

Must dine Eating in Portugal is easy but eating great food is what we wanted. The choices given to us were great starting with the

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amazing restaurant at the Fortaleza do Guincho, a five-star hotel overlooking the famous shoreline of Guincho (featured in James Bond film) for lunch was the best idea ever. The view was fantastic, the service was efficient, and the food was sumptuous. It was then after this scrumptious meal that we headed to our first destination in Sintra. Our next journey to culinary wonders was in The Mix Restaurant at the remarkable boutique hotel, Farol Design Hotel, located between the powdered sands of Guincho Beach and the picturesque fishing village of Cascais. The interior was patterned in contemporary glamour, emphasising the chic fashion the hotel is known for. It offers flavours of Mediterranean fusion, all fresh and mouthwatering. Last but not least, on our last night at Sintra, we traveled to the neighbouring Cascais to taste some traditional food. The quaint restaurant at Vila Bicuda, a luxurious resort, filled us with gastronomical wonders. It was indeed a fitting cap to our stay: great food and great companions.

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Dine+ Recipe

Every bit like a celebrity

Velvet checks out Celebrities restaurant at the One & Only Royal Mirage. Read on to find out if it’s worth the buzz.


ne of the most remarkable beach resorts in Dubai is our favourite One&Only Royal Mirage. It is a stunning piece of Middle Eastern architecture that stands out amidst the ever changing landscape on Jumeirah Beach Road. The blend of traditional ambiance and contemporary glam makes the hotel a perfect go-to destination for special occasions. Dining at its stylish Celebrities restaurant, for one thing, is an excuse in itself to step into One&Only Royal Mirage’s resplendent lobby. And, having learned that a new a la carte menu is on the table, we did not let the opportunity pass in paying a visit and taking a bite. The long staircase from the lobby, leading to the entrance of the restaurant is just an opener for what awaits inside – an impressively elegant ambience. Celebrities’ newly opened quaint outdoor chill-out lounge is the best spot to sip the pre-dinner Reisling or post-dinner Jasmine Tea, or any drink or cocktail that would match its ‘tapas style’ hors d’oeuvre. Finding our way to our seat through these impressive interiors was easy because of the welcoming staff of the restaurant. With their beautiful smiles and efficient demeanor, we were ushered to a table where we could marvel at the hotel’s beautiful garden and beach landscape, which was still beautifully

visible even at night. Celebrities’ cuisine is inspired by classic European dishes, complemented by a vast selection of world-class wines, and is meant to satisfy the most discerning of palates. We started our gastronomical journey with the home smoked and confit salmon with caviar and pineapple dressing, as well as the maine lobster salad with grilled spring vegetables and herbs dressing. The salmon was a huge portion for a single person to devour, but its delicate texture and delightful combination of salty freshness of seafood and sweet and sour hints of pineapple provided a succulent opener. The lobster salad, on one hand, was the appetizing starter that left notable impression on how the next set of dishes would be. Moving on to main course, we opted to be bit more adventurous by sampling the medium- well portions of wagyu and duck. The wagyu fillet, accented with black pepper and raisin sauce, was paired with green beans and artichoke. Scrumptious as

it looked, every bite of the striking softness of the beef was a delectable journey. The traces of spice were balanced by the healthy flavours of the vegetables. Meanwhile, the roasted duck magret with spices, coupled with crispy polenta and peach, was a serious dish meant for the poultry fans. Served better in rare, this dish exudes a rather strong meaty essence that those with acquired taste would tremendously and hugely appreciate. The dessert options were both sinful and divine, making our choice a bit of a challenge. And despite our overly satiated digestive, we went for Celebrities’ signature coconut soufflé with pineapple and fresh mint sorbet. The waiting time of 15 minutes was worth it for the soufflé was the most unique and most delicious we’ve had in Dubai. The time to bid farewell to One&Only Royal Mirage’s Celebrities came after we had our tea but we found ourselves relishing the journey of finding ourselves in an exquisite haven of delectable offers set amidst the stylish atmosphere. The hotel’s restaurant is most fitting for romantic celebrations, intimate dinners or stylish soirees, but it is also a perfect excuse to fill the craving for great food.

For reservations, call +9714 3 999 999

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Tartar yellow tail kiwi Ingredients 800g yellow tail 120g Kiwi 50g Pear 80g Yuzu Sauce 80g chives (chopped) 20g Leek (filament) 15g Masago 4 teaspoon yuzu miso sauce 80g Turnip (filament)

ART OF MAKING SUSHI Taste and aesthetics make for a sumptuous treat


ficionados of this Japanese delicacy are up for another big treat from SushiArt, the sister company of the globally renowned SushiShop. Beginning January, the famous sushi spot will launch a revamped menu including seven mouth-watering recipes by celebrated French chef, Joël Robuchon, who operates an array of Michelin-starred restaurants across the globe. Each year, the SushiShop group invites a renowned chef to develop its unique menu, which has impressed sushi enthusiasts worldwide. Robuchon, a firm believer that ‘sushi is an art’, has created a selection of recipes that will inspire the customer aesthetically whilst tantalising taste buds. In keeping with the SushiArt’squest for simplicity and maximizing the flavour of ingredients, Robuchon’s delightful sushi

creations include a symphony of tastes that embraces authentic Japanese culinary concepts with the best of French influences. Aside from famed chefs, SushiArt has been particularly active, teaming up withfashion and music icons Kate Moss, Kenzo Takada and Lenny Kravitz to create special boxes and menus. With over one hundred recipes, guests are treated to a symphony of flavours from authentic Japanese sushi to the best of French influences. Aficionados around the world have embraced this fusion kitchen, which integrates a strong French gastronomic legacy into its premium range of products. Want to sample working your way through a signature SushiArt dish? Here’s one for you to try at home. SushiArt, Marble Walk, Gate 5, DIFC, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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Method 1 Prepare all your ingredients in correct quantities. 2 Dice the fresh seabream to 1cm squares. 3 Mix in a large bowl the seabream, kiwi fruit, pears, hondashi, salt, yuzu citrus juice and miso. 4 Use a mould to create a round shape, serve on a plate and garnish some shredded raddish, masago and a pinch of chives.

Tarttar Yellow Tail Kiwi

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he higher the blood pressure, the shorter the lifespan. If you have high blood pressure and do nothing about it, you may be shortening your life span as much as twenty years. Unfortunately, approximately 80% of people who have high blood pressure show no symptoms of the disease, until it has reached an advanced stage. High blood pressure is a silent killer and is the leading cause of death and disability in adults. Despite the significant advances in the recognition and control of high blood pressure, it remains a major risk factor for heart attacks, strokes and kidney diseases. More than half of the heart attacks and strokes occur in individuals who have previously suffered from high blood pressure.

Do’s: 1 . Get your blood pressure checked religiously and regularly. 2.

Reduce salt intake (sodium). Excess salt (sodium) in diet can lead to high blood pressure. There should be no added salt in the diet and avoid very salty foods such as potato chips, sauce, pickles, etc. About 2gms of salt per day is the recommended intake. Check food labels carefully and use reduced sodium or no-salt added products.

3. Buy fresh, plain, frozen or canned with no added salt. Cut back on canned, smoke and processed meats. Flavour your food with spices, herbs, vinegar, lemon, lime and salt free seasoning blends. Remove saltshakers from the dining table.

4. Use “DASH” diet. Start each day with breakfast, which ideally include fruit, juice or low fat milk.

9. Eat a low lipid diet especially those patients who have Hyperlipidemia. Avoid ghee, sweets and fried foods.

5. Choose fruit or nuts for snacks. Drink fruit juices rather than soda. Double up on vegetables. Most vegetables are low in calories and rich in nutrients. Use low fat 1% or skimmed milk.

10. Engage in moderate level of physical activity not only for its effects on weight loss and general sense of well being but also because moderate exercise decreases the systemic vascular resistance and seems beneficial. However, vigorous competitive sports should be avoided.

6. Increase physical activity. Encourage a “buddy system” with spouse, child, friend or coworkers. Make physical activity a routine (e.g. part of lunch break or after noon break). Include physical activity at all major events (e.g. holiday, celebrations). Double task (e.g. exercise on a treadmill while watching news on TV or watching your favourite TV serial and soap opera. 7.

Also, set weekly goals for minutes of physical activity such as 200min per week and record actual minutes on calendar.

8. Try to lose weight, and avoid fatty diets. Choose water and seltzer more often. Avoid calorie dense food (e.g. sweet desserts and heavy sauces.) Check calories per serving on food labels. Consider structured programmes that provide skill building and motivation. Mediterranean diet is a healthy diet.

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“Always remember that the aim of treatment is prevention and not cure in most of the cases. People with severe high blood pressure are likely to live longer with treatment than without it.”

11. Mental tranquillity is always desirable for those of an excitable nature and psychological methods such as relaxation can be considered as auxiliary therapy.

As patients with severe or complicated high blood pressure are obviously at risk from developing such a sudden event as a heart attack, they are obviously not suitable for flying aircraft. Heavy physical work is more difficult for men on beta-blockers. However, majority of individuals having high blood pressure and taking treatment should have no problem with regards to their work or their prospects. You can go abroad. However, it is extremely wise to take a reasonable stock of your usual medications with you. It would be even wiser to pack these drugs

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Dr Abhay K. Pande, Consultant Interventional-Cardiologist, Al Zahra Hospital gives the essential do’s and don’ts for people with high blood pressure

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in your hand baggage as airlines regularly lose suitcases. As a backup, take with you a note of drugs you are currently taking. In hot climates, the blood pressure falls lower than in cold climates, so if you become dizzy, try reducing the dose of your tablets a little under medical supervision. If you are thinking of emigrating or going abroad for a long period, remember to look into the cost of medical care in your new country of domicile. Blood pressure medications commonly used are inhibitors and Angiotensin blocker medicines and calcium antagonist and do not cause sexual dysfunction. If you are visiting any other doctor for some other problem, tell him about your high blood pressure, e.g., a dentist may decide not to use local anaesthetic in which there is an added adrenaline. Female patients using oral contraceptives should get their blood pressure examined before starting and during the actual therapy. Always remember that the aim of treatment is prevention and not cure in most of the cases. People with severe high blood pressure are likely to live longer with treatment than without it, and they are less likely to get strokes. How you feel, has nothing to do with how high your blood pressure actually is. The only way to know how high it is - is to measure it regularly. If you are pregnant and have high blood pressure “How you feel, has and you are on medicines, immediately discuss with nothing to do with your doctor. Some medicines how high your blood such as those belonging to ACE inhibitor or Angiotensin pressure actually receptor blocker may not is. The only way to be safe for the foetus. It is essential to control blood know how high it pressure with safe medicines is - is to measure it such as Aldomet. If blood pressure is not under control, regularly.” it will risk both mother and child.

Don’t’s: 1. Try not to be a “couch potato”. Be physically active. This is particularly important among adolescents. Today, among young people, as well as adults, more common lifestyles involve physical inactivity, dietary patterns that include disproportional amounts of processed foods with frequent snacks, and use of leisure time with sedentary activities as television viewing, computer games and internet chatting.

2. These lifestyles contribute substantially to the obesity epidemic. A consequence of obesity in adolescents is high blood pressure. The high blood pressure is not necessarily directly caused by obesity, but the obesity tends to permit earlier expression of essential hypertension. These adolescent “couch potatoes” need lifestyle changes including increasing physical activity, making diet changes, and decreasing excess body weight. Join fitness club. Eliminate fizzy soda drinks.

3. Do not stop medications abruptly as it might result in rebound hypertension especially with medicines like Beta blockers and Clonidine.

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Have your blood pressure checked regularly.

4. Do not stop medications at all even if blood pressure readings are normal, because treatment is essential as hypertension is essentially lifelong. When blood pressure becomes normal with medicines, it means that medicines are of the right dose. 5. Do not restrict the salt in the diet totally. Take tea or coffee in moderate amounts. Avoid alcohol as it increases blood pressure. It can increase triglyceride. Excessive alcohol is however undesirable because it increases the serum triglyceride concentration because it may produce alcoholic cardiomyopathy. 6. Do not smoke if possible or reduce to a bare minimum. Cigarette smoking may not only increase the likelihood of coronary artery disease, but also increases the chances of ventricular fibrillation. There is even the risk of sudden death if the patient has a concomitant coronary disease, which is the case in most hypertensive patients.

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Fly With Me Monsters

we are a family Make family time more fun by enjoying activities together Get Fit for FREE with BuggEfit Bring your baby to exercise with you in their buggy, and enjoy the workout that is especially designed for mums wanting to get fit. The New Year bonus is that for a whole week commencing January 12, 2014, you can attend as many BuggEfit classes as you desire absolutely free courtesy of Mountain Buggy (most dynamic and groundbreaking buggy company endorsed by international Olympian athletes including Irishborn US residing Steeplechase Olympian Roisin McGettigan and used by celebrities including Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe). BuggEfit is an exercise class for mums that use the buggy as an exercise tool, acting as resistance for you during a workout. It is the perfect way to tone up all the wobbly bits such as your abs, your back and your pelvic floor muscles, as well as the usual legs, bums and tums. What’s more, you

are exercising with other mums and their babies in a buggy, so this is a great chance to make new friends and gain invaluable support from other women in the same position as you! You must book in advance to attend the free BuggEfit week classes, but you can book in for as many sessions as you like at the various locations all over Dubai, including the brand new class at the Palm Jumeirah. All classes will be led by Super Mums, Catherine Williams and Elaine Luck, with their infectious energy, motivation and quality expertise. Get fit with BuggEfit and book your free sessions for January by visiting or calling +971 (0)506594376. Or, you can visit for more information.

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The next time your family flies via Emirates make sure they meet the newest monsters onboard. The latest additions to the colourful eight members of the family of “Fly With Me Monsters” are Zaive, Oggie, AirBoe, and Fangdango. The new monster toys will come in two categories: Blanket Buddies - plush characters wrapped around soft polar fleece blankets, and Seat Belt Critters - little toys worn around a seat belt to encourage safety. For families travelling in Emirates’ premium cabins, the journey just got more memorable with the introduction of a dedicated range of new monsterinspired toys exclusive to Emirates’ 35 lounges around the world. An extension of Camus from the first collection of monsters, children can enjoy using a plush blanket, Quiksilver travel wallet and activity pack of the blue monster design, across the network of lounges or in the dedicated children’s play area in the lounges in Dubai. All Emirates flights offer a selection of the monster toys for pre-schoolers, and older children can enjoy the Quiksilver collection of travel-inspired products co-designed with iconic lifestyle brand Quiksilver, on long-haul flights over five hours. Young flyers can also enjoy the existing range of children’s products including the E-kids magazine, colour pencils, branded Emirates rucksacks and cooler bags, children’s eyeshades and the popular Dr. Seuss books. The new toy collections combined with an updated in-flight entertainment system ice with over 50 hours of kid-friendly TV, and a dedicated children’s on-board menu with its own colourful livery, underpins Emirates’ commitment to providing families with a hassle-free, relaxing journey.

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Farmers’ Market on the Terrace

Find your miracle

Now on its second season, Miracle Garden opens its doors to the public from February 14 to May 18, 2014. Adding to the wide range of entertainment at Dubailand, it highlights the 13 meter diameter clock solely made out of plants and flowers. The Floral Clock has been created to show Dubai Time and will undergo two seasonal design changes over the year. This masterpiece of technology and art is the first of its kind in Dubai. With over 45 million flowers exhibited in the garden this season, a spectacular display of flower and umbrella paths, flower arches and flower huts await visitors, showing off stunning designs and colour combinations. Adding to the project’s colourful palette, Miracle Garden is now home to three stunning Peacocks, in addition to eyecatching flower hearts, pyramid and sunflower shaped structures. It will also host a Butterfly Garden, set to be one of the biggest in the world, the one

of a kind 3D round shaped floral garden is designed to accommodate up to 300 people per visit. The Butterfly Garden consists of nine domes each filled with butterflies of different species, colours and sizes complemented by an alluring butterfly museum and butterfly flower park all spanning across the garden’s generous 1,900 sq. meters. The 720,000 sq. ft (72,000 sq.m) project that opened to the public in early 2013 was designed to help grow and nurture a large variety of different plant and flower species, and has since received over 700,000 visitors. Now, with these additional attractions, Miracle Garden is expected to attract millions of visitors, in its new season, further broadening the tourism potential of the area.

Are you in constant search of fresh local vegetables? Fret not. The new season of Farmers’ Market on the Terrace will truly serve your appetite for outstanding local produce. Happening every Friday, between 9am to 1pm, at the Godolphin Ballroom of Jumeirah Emirates Towers, the market serves freshly picked produce directly from the farmers at low cost. Think of organic vegetables at incredible low prices, freshly squeezed pomegranate juice and coconut water from The Farm House, fabulous breakfast prepared by Baker & Spice eaten al fresco, raw unpasteurized honey by Balqees Honey, homemade breads and pastries with tons of parking slots – there is really no reason not go to.

A private cinema just for you

Imagine hosting your child’s birthday party in a private cinema scaled down to comfortably seat 34 of your closest friends and their kids, with hot dogs, popcorn, sweets, cake and the traditional cinema fare catered for in themed tubs, personalised birthday greetings on the cinema screen and all the perks and technology of the big-screen movie experience. Or imagine hosting all of your colleagues to an exclusive private premiere screening of the latest blockbuster, supported by a customised food and beverage package. It’s now possible with myVOX, a private cinema concept being launched just in time for the festive season at Deira City Centre byVOX Cinemas. A first for the MENA Region, myVOX is the only boutique-sized cinema exclusively designed to host private events ranging from birthday parties, private screenings of the latest blockbusters to privately watching the football finals or even a gaming tournament amongst competitive friends. myVOX is a brand new cinema hall at Deira City Centre with 34 seats and a 20 foot-wide cinema screen packing in the latest in digital cinema technology including 3D capabilities. The cinema is available for booking, 16 hours per day, seven days per week through a dedicated myVOX call centre.

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“El Moulid”

A celebration of authentic Egyptian culture transpired recently at Gallery Ward’s participation in the “Al Quoz Happens” event. The third exhibition of the gallery, “El Moulid”, showcased 15 contemporary Egyptian artists through a festive celebration of Egyptian culture. The aim of the exhibition is not only to display the artists’ works, but also to reflect and bring to the fore the very unique aspects of Egyptian popular culture, thus evoking the feel and character of an authentic Moulid and offering audiences a complete multi-sensory experience, spanning music, performance, video, photography, sculpture and painting. The artists showcasing work at “El Moulid” are Ahmed Abdel Fattah, Ahmed Khaled, Atef Ahmed, Ayman Elsemary, Bassam El Zoghby, Essam Darwish, Guirguis Lotfy, Hisham Abdullah, Khaled Sorour, Mohamed Abu El Naga, Mohamed Ardash, Mohamed El Tarawy, Mustafa El Bana, Naglaa Samir and Rida Abdel Rahman.

The Emerging Artist

In Dubai’s burgeoning art scene, it’s always welcome news when new talent comes up. But some shine more than the others, and Maitha Demithan is one of those to watch out for. The Emirati artist is soon to present her solo show at Tashkeel featuring experimental installations and new media pieces. Recognised for her distinctive scanography portraits, Demithan has exhibited internationally, as well as in the UAE, and will be exhibiting at Tashkeel a new body of works that push the boundaries of her practice. Demithan takes inspiration from traditional Emirati culture which she records in startling fashion. She will present a series of portraits and a series of ‘portraits’ of garments. These items of clothing stand in for the absent body, like religious relics, their powerful aura is emphasised by her light-filled technique. Perhaps the most emotionally charged item Demithan works with is the burga, which her mother wears every day, and which her daughter transforms into a motif for a technically complex work. Happening from January 23 to February 27, 2014 at Tashkeel, the exhibition is to be curated by Dr Alexandra MacGilp.

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Art and Berluti

Emirati Expressions

Part of its ‘Emirati Expressions’ series, Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority launches a new book, ‘Emirati Expressions: Realised’. The book documents the artistic vision of this year’s six Emirati’s artists and their sustained artistic visions over the course of their careers. The ‘Emirati Expressions: Realised’ book provides an in-depth analysis of this year’s artists - Abdullah Al Saadi, Ebtisam Abdulaziz, Layla Juma, Mohamed Al Mazrouei, Mohammed Ahmed Ibrahim and Mohammed Kazem. The book also offers a comprehensive insight into the history of art in the UAE as well as the previous works and emergence of these artists. ‘Emirati Expressions’ is a curatorial initiative that celebrates the central role Emirati artists play. The current ‘Emirati Expressions: Realised’ exhibition runs until 18 January 2014 and showcases newly commissioned artworks of six established Emirati artists, along with a diverse public programme featuring artists from the wider Emirati art community.

Art in Medicine ‘Three Generations,’ the first-ever group exhibition of United Arab Emirates contemporary art in a healthcare setting, is exhibited from December 2, 2013 March 31, 2014 in Cleveland Clinic’s Art Exhibition Area. Curated by Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation (ADMAF) together with Cleveland Clinic Arts & Medicine Institute (AMI), the exhibition supports an on-going commitment to cultural diplomacy. To enrich society and enhance cultural immersion across borders, the exhibition features the works of 14 emerging and established Emirati artists. The joint efforts of ADMAF and

AMI have been guided by a shared vision to integrate art into the community. The collaboration emerged in 2009 during the sixth edition of the Abu Dhabi Festival where Iva Fattorini, MD, Chairwoman of Cleveland Clinic Global Arts and Medicine Institute was invited to discuss ‘Music & the Brain.’ Since then, ADMAF continues to explore programs which focus on art in a hospital setting, including the Cleveland Clinic-managed Sheikh Khalifa Medical City in the UAE capital, which has been managed

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As part of Art Abu Dhabi, luxury shoemaker Berluti hosted a cocktail party that witnessed the live demonstrations of Berluti’s renowned bespoke mastery in shoemaking through hand assembled carved wooden lasts and a varied choice of exotic leather and patinas sourced from France. The exclusive brand created a Gentlemen’s club atmosphere at the venue through a series of experiences for their distinguished guests to illustrate the essence of the brand and its supreme customized craftsmanship. The event was a journey through Berluti’s philosophical elegance reflecting its Parisian values and was an evening to remember.

by Cleveland Clinic since 2007. ‘Three Generations’ is an extension of continued efforts to explore the healing effects of music and art in medicine. The featured works span the creative practices of three generations of Emirati artists. The range of artistic media throughout the exhibition reveals an expression of contemporary cultural identity -- rooted in tradition while focusing on the present and future. Secured under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Ruler’s Representative of the Western Region, the exhibit at Cleveland Clinic illustrates the importance of art and creativity of the Emirates. ‘Three Generations’ was previously shown at Sotheby’s London.

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Handbags of love A limited edition handbag collection designed to support The United Nations World Food Programme


n March 2013 I became an Amanda Navai official partner ‘Rosemin’ bag, of the United Dhs7,900 Nations World Food Program. Usually their partners are much bigger companies, however Amanda Navai ‘Leo’ bag, Dhs7, 900 we got accepted as they believed I could help to bring awareness to the WFP amongst younger people and hopefully encourage other smaller shoes that companies to join charity incorporate organization’s and incorporate their personal charity into their DNA,” style and Amanda Navai quips as Amanda Navai takes into she recalls how her love for ‘Diala’ bag, Dhs6,500 consideration fashion led her to supporting a what the ultimate bag would be for them, worthwhile cause. and create the perfect bag for each one! Known for her funky, reversible, We have all come together for a charitable handmade genuine diamond python bags, cause, to support United Nations World Amanda Navai has once again designed a Food Programme projects in the Middle collection that we dream of, only this time East and hope to with all there are only sixteen one-off pieces. With four produced per style, the bags were specially designed for four of the most fashion savvy and influential career women of Dubai: Harper’s Bazaar’s Editorin-Chief Louise Nichol, TV Presenter Diala Makki, Fashion Consultant Rosemin Manji, and Social Marketing Entrepreneur Lady Fozaza. The ladies with Amanda Navai and According their bags, in support of the United to Navai, “I have Nations World Food Programme collaborated with each one of these ladies to Amanda Navai ‘Alanoud’ bag, create handbags and

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The Islamic

Golden Age The mid- 8th to 13th century AD was a flourishing period for the Arab world


uring the golden age of the Islamic Empire, roughly between the mid- 8th and 13th century AD, science, medicine, education and philosophy flourished that will have a lasting impact on human civilization. It was during this time that The “House of Wisdom” was established in Baghdad, when knowledge (and its generation, preservation and transmission) was given paramount importance. Both Muslim and non-Muslim scholars sought to gather the world’s body of knowledge into Arabic, a monumental effort that would benefit future generations as important books would have been lost to antiquity if not for this initiatives. The texts were eventually translated to Sindhi, Hebrew, Persian, Turkish and Latin which would later on push the advancement of human society through millennia. As well, this was the time when the Arab world developed into cultural melting pot, which combined, synthesised and significantly advanced the knowledge gained from the other cultures and civilisations, such as Roman, Chinese, Indian, Persian, Egyptian, Greek, Byzantine and Phoenician. Baghdad, the first true universal civilization, brought together a wide diversity of ethnic groups – the North Africans and the Middle Eastern kingdoms,

black Africans and white Europeans, Indians and Chinese. At that time, the city was rivalled only by the Fatimids of Egypt and the Ummayads of Al-Andalus which hosted the only other major hubs of intellectual centres such as Cairo and Cordoba, respectively. Many notable Islamic and non-Islamic scientists lived and practiced during the Arab Golden Age. Among the achievements of Muslim scholars during this period was the development of trigonometry into its modern form (simplifying its practical application to calculate the phases of the moon), advances in optics, as well as in astronomy. Among the most significant knowledge transfers that transpired included the adoption of the decimal system from India in the 9th century and the eventual popularisation of the system throughout the region, primarily through the initiatives of the Persian mathematician alKhwarizmi. From the Arab world, the system would be introduced to Europe in the 12th century by a monk named Abelard. Paper making was also obtained from the Chinese, along with the techniques of brushes; Arabs improved on this

“Among the achievements of Muslim scholars during this period was the development of trigonometry, advances in optics, as well as in astronomy.”

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technology and later invented the more convenient pens instead, by adding starch to the ink to better the penmanship and calligraphic art of writing. Environmental science, especially pollution control was first introduced by Al-Kindi, Al-Razi, Ibn Al-Jazzar, AlTamimi, Al-Masihi, Avicenna, Ali ibn Ridwan, Abd-el-latif, and Ibn al-Nafis, covering air pollution, water pollution, soil contamination, municipal solid waste mishandling, environmental impact assessments of certain localities. The first waste bins were introduced to Cordoba, Andalus for litter collection. Medicine was an important part of medieval Islamic culture. Physicians and scholars developed a large and complex medical literature exploring and synthesising the theory and practice of medicine, based on their experiences dealing with patients. Built heavily on tradition, Islamic medicine – in theory and practice – were mostly based on knowledge developed in Greece, Rome, and Persia. According to the National Library of Medicine digital archives, Islamic scholars considered Galen and Hippocrates were pre-eminent

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Islamic Spanish alchemist Geber (full Arabic name is Jabir ibn Hayyan) is sometimes known as the Father of Chemistry, as he was instrumental in turning it from a mystical practice (alchemy) into a science. He insisted on mastery of practical chemistry, and invented much of the equipment still used in laboratories today. (Credit: Chemical Heritage Foundation)

The Great Mosque of Kairouan (also known as the Mosque of Uqba), founded in 670, dates in its present state from the 9th century; it is one of the masterpieces of Islamic architecture. It is located in the city of Kairouan, in Tunisia. (Credit: Gallo Images - Shaen Adey)

authorities, followed by Hellenic scholars in Alexandria. They translated voluminous writings from Greek into Arabic and then produced new medical knowledge based on those texts. In order to make the Greek tradition more accessible, understandable, and teachable, Islamic scholars ordered and made more systematic the vast and sometimes inconsistent GrecoRoman medical knowledge by writing encyclopaedias and summaries. Pagan Latin and Greek learning was viewed suspiciously in Christian early medieval Europe, and it was through 12th century Arabic translations that medieval Europe rediscovered Hellenic

medicine, including the works of Galen and Hippocrates. Of equal if not of greater influence in Western Europe were systematic and comprehensive works such as Avicenna’s The Canon of Medicine, which were translated into Latin and then disseminated in manuscript and printed form throughout Europe. During the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries alone, The Canon of Medicine was published more than thirty-five times. The spread of Arabic influences was made possible by Arab merchants who travelled and spread their goods and faith amongst their contacts in Asia, Africa and Europe. Aside from trade, Sufi

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“Environmental science, especially pollution control was first introduced by Al-Kindi, Al-Razi, Ibn Al-Jazzar, Al-Tamimi, Al-Masihi, Avicenna, Ali ibn Ridwan, Abd-el-latif, and Ibn al-Nafis. The first waste bins were introduced to Cordoba, Andalus for litter collection.” missionaries played a role in the spread of Islam by spreading the work of the Quran from Turkey to Southeast Asia. Islamic writings explored love, poetry, history, theology on a liberalistic plane where individualistic thinking was accepted and heard. This being the case, Jews, Christians and Muslims helped spawn the great philosophical creativity.

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when the poor play the rich


began my life as a simple intern at a real estate office that my father used to provide water bottles with. I didn’t know what I was doing there; I was embarrassed from my humble background and started off shy and withdrawn. My employment was a favour to my father and I carried it around with me, and I was determined to make him proud and excel at whatever I was given. I tried, and I aimed to please, and please I did. I first began by the odd job of picking up stacks of files and papers to different offices, files to be copied, maps to be enlarged at a special photocopier, which back in the day was a feat in the valleys of technology. Slowly but surely I began to pick up my pace at work and enjoy what I did, whatever it was because people knew that I would do it the fastest and do it right. I began doing the mapping, and going to the municipality to do the mapping and sectorship of the plots of land, which

would determine the price tag on each designated piece of land that would be offered for sale. Through my many trips I began to grow my contacts and was able to secure a commission based relationship with many a dealer, property buyer and interior folks from the different walks of plumbing, furniture, lighting and what not. All this over the course of 15 years, I accumulated a worthy list of clientele and also knew who to avoid in the shady dealings of property. I saved enough to buy myself a modest house where I moved into with my wife and five children. I fixed up my father’s house as he had retired after I began making enough to support him and myself comfortably. I wanted to grow in the big market, so I put all my savings in one

“I wanted to grow in the big market, so I put all my savings in one big palace.”

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big palace. After I would sell it, I will be recognised in the market as a luxury real estate agent, all in the effort to boost my modest start as an exploring pioneer to an adventurous and successful realtor. I sat waiting for a good buyer that would give me a good profit for my luxurious house for a few months, as this was my first deal. Being a large property it was easier to rent than to sell so I was about to change my mind as the economic crisis hit the entire world. The stocks were the most that were affected, but land and property are always on the demand. A lady of a very high standing in society approached me and I was quick to agree to the sale – hoping for the full amount, or a reservation fee at least. She gave me a cheque for the preliminary

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fee of SR 50,000. I was happy and promised not to cash the cheque until she brought forward the final cheque for the house. I waited for a month, and she had mentioned that she would move into the house to show how serious she was about buying it. This is usually a good sign in the world of real estate. Nothing prepared me for what was to come. I began calling her and all the numbers were switched off, so I presumed that she had left the country on a business or leisure trip. I went to see the house, and to think of maybe renting it out as 3 separate floors to 3 different people, as each floor had a living room and kitchen. The gate was locked, and the doorman at the house was not the same one I had hired earlier. He told me that Salwa had moved into the house along with her staff and family. I took this piece of news with a pinch of salt. I asked to be left in, and was refused entry. I called the house number and the numbers were disconnected. I went to the closest bank and tried to cash in the cheque to verify my doubts in a situation that was clearly spiraling out of control. The account had been closed for the past two years, and I began to panic. I went to the police, and when I mentioned that the lady in question had moved into the house he said this was a matter of

dispute to be settled in the courts. I hired a lawyer and battled in court for years to no avail. She claimed and I would demand, and the case seemed to drag on forever. I lost my savings and went back to my small time dealings bitterly. Then one day I spoke to an old friend from the first real estate office I worked in, and he asked if he could handle the situation for me. I had all but almost forgotten my savings lost with the Swindler Salwa. I had spent over the past five years over SR 100,000 between lawyer costs and the court bills. I recorded the house in my friend’s name and he promised me that he had ways of obtaining it and I would be satisfied ultimately. His wife was American, and he explained the situation to her and she agreed to help. The house became legally his American wife’s property

“I will be recognised in the market as a luxury real estate agent, all in the effort to boost my modest start as an exploring pioneer to an adventurous and successful realtor.”

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in KSA. She approached the American Embassy and demanded the compensation of the past five years of unpaid rent and they were to leave and return the property to her rightfully. The American Embassy took it on their behalf and raised it to the international courts and drama was amuck and no amount of power, connections and bribery could budge or alter the situation. The houses’ rent was paid in full as it was enforced and all her bank accounts were unveiled, and she left after paying also the maintenance fee to fix up the house after she had left. The old friend came back to me with smiles and a cheque in my name from his wife, we celebrated over dinner and I sold the house the same month. It was a hard lesson, but just like ugly swindlers exist, do gooders live amongst us, too.

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The Book To Keep

Delve into this exquisite, first-of-its-kind taxonomy of Louis Vuitton’s most coveted arm candies “Louis Vuitton City Bags: A Natural History” is a remarkable fashion read that brings detailed information about its most successful line of accessories that date back to turn of the 20th century. Its pages highlight the profoundly influential soft-sided bags known by the names Speedy, Papillon, Alma, Lockit, Noe, Bucket, Neverfull, Sac Plat & The Pochette. The book examines the City Bags in a scientific and historical manner, tracing its origins from the four pieces of hand-carried luggage that served as its direct, generative ancestors: the Steamer, the Vanity, the Alzer and the Keepall. A beautiful chronicle of the heritage of the House, it is also a stunning piece to display on your desks and in your library. The “Louis Vuitton City Bags: A Natural History” is presented in a canvas clamshell with marble paper and a set of eleven illustrated plates. Available in French, English and Italian, this limited edition is on sale exclusively at Louis Vuitton stores and on

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VELVET-MAG.COM January 2014

27/12/2013 12:37

This is not a traditional breakfast.




Welcome to Chef Benjamin Whatt’s exquisite playful cuisine where nothing is quite what it seems. The tea bag shown here is actually edible with a delicious cereal filling whereas the scrambled egg oozing out of the croissant is in reality vanilla ice cream. The cup is filled with strawberry consommé and to top it off, the other cup is filled with caffè macchiatto ice cream. Surprised? Visit Quest in Jumeirah at Etihad Towers to experience the new art in fine dining. Expect the unexpected.


For reservations, please call +971 2 811 5666 or visit

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Velvet Issue 26 January 2014  

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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