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LETTER anuary is the month to make changes for the year ahead – to finally use that gym membership; to use fake tan instead of frying our skin in the sun; to take those vitamins that are still sitting in the bottle; to finally change that hairstyle we’ve had since our teens. It’s also a time to reflect on the past 12 months and to get excited about what the future holds. Who will dethrone Pippa Middleton as the next surprise fashion icon? Who will make headlines for all the wrong reasons (a la John Galliano) and, closer to home, what will be UAE’s new dining, dancing and

Sophia Serin and Ingie Chalhoub talk shop and shoes at the Emirates Woman hosted event at Ralph Lauren, The Dubai Mall

shopping hot spots? Thankfully, we’ve taken the guessing out of all of this, so all you have to do is turn to page 57 for the top 25 places (and faces) to watch out for and enjoy in 2012. Happy new year

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ASSISTANT BEAUTY EDITOR ELIZABETH WHISTON-DEW WITH CREATIVE DIRECTOR OF GUERLAIN, OLIVIER ECHAUDEMAISON

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Editor-in-Chief Obaid Humaid Al Tayer Group Editor and Managing Partner Ian Fairservice Group Senior Editor Gina Johnson Senior Editor Sophia Serin Deputy Editor Alexandria Gouveia Style Director Sarah Joan Ross Fashion and Beauty Editor Elle Timms Style Editor Claire Carruthers Assistant Fashion Editor Cherith Nicholl Assistant Beauty Editor Elizabeth Whiston-Dew Assistant Editor Cecilia D’Souza Fashion and Beauty Assistant Annah Cuthbert Assignments Editor Ingrid Valles Po Senior Designer T Prasadan Senior Designer Arezou Erjacki Senior Photographers Vikram Gawde, Farooq Salik Photographer Naveed Ahmed Senior Production Manager S Sunil Kumar Production Manager C Sudhakar Production Supervisor R Murali Krishnan General Manager – Group Sales Anthony Milne General Manager – Abu Dhabi Joe Marritt Business Development Manager Nicola Hudson Advertisement Manager Bindu Gupta Deputy Advertisement Manager Salma Eddinari Deputy Advertisement Manager Gina Watson Contributors Charlotte Colquhoun, Jade Bremner, Rachel Silvestri

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LADY GAGA

42 Lady Gaga What next after world domination? 57 Top 25 Places and faces you need to know 72 Fashion Resolutions What the 'it' girls will be wearing in 2012

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74 Darling Dior Bespoke Jewels 82 Plastic Surgery Special Your guide to the top treatments 98 Great Escapes 8 Life-changing travel adventures


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12 Editor's Letter 24 Inbox 27 The January Manifest Hot picks from the EW team 28 EW Insider 30 Fashion At A Click 33 Fashion Report 35 High End Trend The light fantastic 37 Fashion Anatomy The Parka 38 Style Steal Blooming florals 40 Opinion Column Flea markets

TOP 25

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42 Lady Gaga What next after world domination? 46 And The Winner Is... Up close & perosnal with the Emirates Woman, Woman of the Year winners 57 Top 25 Places and faces you need to know


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EMPIRE STATE OF MIND

62 Empire State Of Mind New York fashion 72 Fashion Resolutions What the 'it' girls will be wearing in 2012 74 Darling Dior Bespoke jewels

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76 Natural Beauty Going back to basics 82 Plastic Surgery Special Your guide to the top treatments 86 Black Book Of Beauty 88 It's A Skin Thing The new Armani scent


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90 Food Taboos The truth behind those so-called 'miracle foods' 96 Globe Trotter 98 Great Escapes 8 Life-changing travel adventures 104 Competition! Win a weekend stay at Le MĂŠridien Dubai, including lunch, spa treatments and a three-month membership for two

107 Hot To Trot EW helps launch the new Ralph Lauren shoe salon 109 Stars In Their Eyes Celebrity fundraising dinner 110 Address Book 113 Horoscopes 114 My Stylish Life Maria Sharapova

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It was brilliant to read your piece on Isabel Marant. She really is a true genius whose clothes epitomise Parisian glamour. When the designer spoke about the importance of women feeling ‘themselves’ in her clothes I felt like yelling: “Finally!” It’s about time women are given the freedom to express themselves in fashion. Thanks EW for giving her the credit she so deserves. Kaylee W, Abu Dhabi

Happy Birthday I was pleased and proud to read your Happy National Day article. It was inspiring to look back at the enormous growth and triumphs of the UAE over the past 40 years. Much like the UAE, Emirates Woman has come on leaps and bounds. I’ve been a reader for 14 years L DAY N AT IO N A and, I have to say, it has gone from strength to strength. Congratulations UAE and EW! Karine V, Dubai

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All present I really enjoyed looking at all your party photos last month. From your Red Dress bash to the prestigious Emirates Woman, Woman of the Year event, it looks like you all had a blast. I loved checking out all the glamorous dresses and getting an insight into such elegant occasions. Malini CR, Sharjah

I’m a big fan of your monthly EW Manifest page that’s filled with what the EW girls are lusting after each month. So when you put together a wish list with all your top gift ideas, I was ecstatic. I’ve left one of the pages out to inspire my husband. Thanks, girls. Javi T, Dubai

WRITE THE STAR MESSAGE OF THE MONTH AND YOU COULD WIN A VOUCHER FOR YOU AND THREE FRIENDS TO FEAST ON SEAFOOD AT Na3Na3

Dining out with friends is always fun, and it’s even better when it’s free. While every night at Na3Na3 Terrace, The Address Dubai Mall, will be a memorable one, seafood lovers will rejoice at the Thursday menus, which includes delicious soups, succulent lobster tails, spicy gazpacho, grilled salmon and mouth-watering desserts. So what are you waiting for? Write to us and enjoy for free...

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CLAIRE CARRUTHERS STYLE EDITOR TIMBERLAND'S MARGE PEEP TOES

ANKLE BOOTS IN EVERY COLOUR AND STYLE IMAGINABLE ARE MY WEAKNESS. YOU NAME IT, I'VE GOT IT – FROM HALSTON'S PURPLE SUEDE BOOTS TO TOPSHOP UNIQUE'S METALLIC BLOCK HEELS. MY LATEST PURCHASE WAS THESE VICTORIANA-ESQUE PEEP-TOES FROM THE A/W11 RANGE.

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The January

ASSISTANT FASHION EDITOR

BATUCADA BY L’ARTISAN PARFUMEUR

This month I’ll be spritzing myself liberally with a new sparkling scent, Batucada. With tones of lime and and Tiaré flower, this is a welcome change from my heavier perfumes and a nod to the new year and fresh beginnings. I think I’ve just found my signature scent… Available in L’Artisan Parfumeur, The Dubai Mall (04) 4343134

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From fashion to beauty and everything in-between – here are EW’s edits this month

Delving into the pages of the Tom Ford fashion retrospective is pure heaven for any fashionsavvy madam. His life’s work is documented through a myriad of images captured by the world’s finest fashion photographers: Mario Testino, Richard Avedon and Helmut Newton to name a few. This complete catalogue of the maestro’s work takes you through the golden Gucci and YSL years from 1994-2004 and is a must-read.

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VICTORIA BECKHAM SUNGLASSES

Protect those peepers in style with Victoria Beckham’s latest eyewear range – a new arrivival at Boutique 1. Fashionable, handmade and totally durable – you can sling these in your bag without them shattering into pieces – they are also comfortable to wear.

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PARTY 21 EARRINGS

After trawling the Outlet Mall, I came home with these sparkly studs. Drastically reduced to just Dhs225 from Party 21 Outlet, I just couldn’t resist them. Easy to slip on in the car from the office to an event, these statement emerald dazzlers will instantly lend some pizzazz to your look. JANUARY 2012

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The annual Golden Globe Awards takes place on January 15 in Beverly Hills, and controversial comedian Ricky Gervais will be host once again. Will he behave this time around? We hope not! Bring on the blunt one-liners…

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Even in Dubai, the quintessential land of luxury, January spells sales time. Thousands of shops across the city’s malls will participate in slashing prices on big-name brands. The discount bonanza runs for one month, from January 5 to February 5.

EW INSIDER The definitive guide to what’s making the cut in our diaries this month WRITTEN BY CLAIRE CARRUTHERS

Who says January has to be about calorie counting, detoxing and gym dates? Celebrate the new year in style with an indulgent Cheese & Wine Evening at Sofitel Dubai Jumeirah Beach, featuring more than 20 different cheeses from across France and a sommelier to guide you through the best accompanying vintages. For reservations, call (04) 4484873

Offering some of the best panoramic views of the city, what better way to beat those January blues than with High Tea at At.mosphere, Burj Khalifa? Mini wagyu beef burgers, classic cucumber sandwiches, specialty pastries, freshly-baked scones… Yes, please! For reservations, call (04) 8883828

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Get your running shoes on in preparation for the Dubai Marathon on January 27. If the thought of pounding out the entire 42.195km course is enough to bring you out in a sweet mince pie sweat (festive over-indulgence anyone?), try the popular 10km or 3km Fun Run. The EW team is tackling the 10km run for charity so come and join us. www.dubaimarathon.org

VALLEYDEZ, THE WAFI MALL BOUTIQUE THAT SPECIALISES IN LEADING AND LEFTFIELD LOCAL AND INTERNATIONAL DESIGNER BRANDS, HAS RECENTLY OPENED A NEW STORE AT SUNSET MALL, JUMEIRAH. THINK HIGHGLAM EVENINGWEAR, VINTAGE-STYLE ONEOFFS AND QUIRKY ACCESSORIES.

THANKS TO LANDMARK INTERNATIONAL, CELEBRITY BRAND LIPSY (SINGER PIXIE LOTT RECENTLY COLLABORATED ON A COLLECTION FOR THE BRITISH LABEL) IS SOONTO-BE LAUNCHING IN THE REGION – COMING TO A MALL NEAR YOU SOON!


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Very GOOD BEST BLOG

Stocking over 750 brands and delivering 25 million parcels to over 50 countries each year, it’s safe to say that UK-based website Very has rapidly established itself as a global name. Delivieries now extend to the UAE, so we too can take advantage of the fabulous promotions and fashion from designers including Lipsy and Zandra Rhodes as well as coveted collections from celebrities such as Whitney Port and Fearne Cotton. www.very.com

Founded by designer Erin Kleinberg and stylist Stephanie Mark, The Coveteur offers a glimpse into the homes of today’s top creatives and modern trendsetters with the site’s photographer, Jake Rosenberg, capturing quirky and interesting interior details. The website allows you to take a sneak peek into the abodes and offices of ‘internationally influential cultural forecasters’. It’s the inspirational behind-the-scenes access you’ve always wanted. We loved snooping inside stylist Rachel Zoe’s office. www.thecoveteur.com

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Style gratification at your fingertips with our favourite online finds this month WRITTEN BY ANNAH CUTHBERT

HOT ON THE HEELS BE SURE TO CHECK OUT SUKAR. COM THIS MONTH. THE PRIVATE ONLINE SHOPPING CLUB IS TREATING ITS CUSTOMER TO A GIANT DEISGNER SHOE SALE WITH UP TO 20 PER CENT OFF JIMMY CHOOS! LOG-ON NOW.... WWW.SUKAR.COM

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PUTTING THE SCANDALS OF 2011 BEHIND HIM, FORMER CREATIVE DIRECTOR OF DIOR JOHN GALLIANO IS BACK WITH THE LAUNCH OF NEW E-COMMERCE SITE THE GALLIANO GAZETTE. “THE HOUSE OF JOHN GALLIANO IS THRILLED TO BE ABLE TO LAUNCH ITSELF INTO CYBERSPACE, AND IS EXCITED TO BRING THE ELEMENTS OF THE GALLIANO UNIVERSE TO E-COMMERCE,” SAID A COMPANY STATEMENT. WITH AN ONLINE SHOPPING SECTION, NEWS FEEDS, DIARY UPDATES AND LOOKBOOKS, THE NEWSPAPER-THEMED WEBSITE (WHICH IS IN KEEPING WITH THE BRAND'S ICONOGRAPHY) IS A MUST-VISIT FOR ALL FASHIONISTAS. WWW.GALLIANOSTORE.COM

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It’s official: we adore Etsy, the online buying and selling spot for handmade goods. The site’s product range varies widely from knitted mittens and hand-blown glass vases to gorgeous personalised necklaces. The perfect place for last-minute gifts or simply a site to browse for inspiration – there’s plenty to marvel and enjoy. www.etsy.com

Photographer and publisher John Rankin has launched a new biannual magazine, The Hunger. The publication aims to provide a creative platform for self-expression, innovation and discovery, working with recognised and emerging talents in art, fashion and writing. Not gender biased, The Hunger appeals to all – Rankin has no boundaries. The debut issue features an interview with actor Rhys Ifans, while singer/songwriter Sky Ferreira graces the cover. Erin O'Connor, Kelis, Heidi Klum and Alice Dellal also star in the magazine. Website, www.hungertv.com, was also launched simultaneously with the magazine. It’s a video-based site featuring exclusive in-depth interviews and fashion films with those featured in the magazine. www.hungertv.com


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Chase away the winter blues by introducing a splash of colour to your jewellery box with the new Dolce Vita collection by Damas. Inspired by nature, the decadent 18ct gold necklaces with delicate enamel details are the perfect post-festive season pick-me-up. Dolce Vita draped necklace Dhs4,017 and bracelet Dhs1,783 Damas www.damasjewel.com

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RL DALI’S GI CELEBRATING ONE OF THE GREATEST LOVE STORIES IN ART HISTORY, LANCEL HAVE RE-RELEASED ITS ICONIC DALIGRAMAS RANGE – 40 YEARS AFTER THE RELEASE OF THE ORIGINAL DALI BAG. THE ‘DALIGRAMAS’ – THE SECRET LANGUAGE AND SYMBOLS INVENTED BY SALVADOR DALI TO COMMUNICATE WITH HIS MUSE, GALA – WILL ADORN LANCEL BAGS AND ACCESSORIES, REINVENTING THE EARLY 1970S COLLECTOR’S ITEM. DALICHIC JACQUARD DHS5,150 LANCEL WWW.LANCEL.COM

1 Platform suede Dhs3,765 Laurence Dacade at Boutique 1 2 Laced stiletto heel Dhs6,500 Alexander McQueen 3 Turquoise fur-trimmed Dhs5,700 Dior

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Leading watch specialist TAG Heuer has stepped out of its comfort zone and created a luxury smartphone, the TAG Heuer Link. With a fivemegapixel camera, large touchscreen and, best of all, the ability to customise it with anything from alligator skin to diamonds, we predict that the fashion crowd will be toting this statement phone in no time. TAG Heuer Link DhsPOA www.tagheuer.com

From the abaya with attitude to this season’s demure new skirt, EW brings you the latest buzz on the fashion circuit to help you kick-start the new year

CAROLINA HERRERA

The traditional abaya gets an edgy makeover with the arrival of MALAAK’s latest collection. Statement shoulders, studs and accents of vibrant colour are the key components in local designer Huda N’s latest line. Dividing her time between Dubai and London, Huda has created a stunning collaboration of cultures with designs inspired by the East and West. Studded abaya Dhs3,850 MALAAK www.malaak.ae


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Shoes Dhs4,800 Giorgio Armani

Take a trip to the fashion future with stark silhouettes, reflective fabrics and out-of-this-world accessories

Dress Dhs10,290 Hervé Léger at net-a-porter.com

WRITTEN BY ELIZABETH WHISTON-DEW

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Don’t be afraid of a metallic clash: anthracite silver and burnished gold can complement each other beautifully

STELLA MCCARTNEY

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’ve never been particularly au fait with haggling. The bartering, or rather ‘verbal battering’, skills some people possess in this region is something to behold – I’ve honestly seen demands for a ‘best price’ in H&M during a 50 per cent sale – and, frankly, the thought of becoming like that frightens me. However, people’s love of a bargain wasn’t really taken into consideration when I decided to take part in the Dubai Flea Market. I assumed I’d be able to simply, and calmly, sell off my no longer used bits ‘n’ bobs – last season’s clothes and handbags – in a relaxed Safa Park on a fresh Saturday morning, while sipping on an iced caramel frappuccino and making some friends from the vintage world. After collecting an unprecedented amount of ‘quality second-hand merchandise’ with my flea market friend, Amanda (a partner is imperative to the mission), we jam-packed a 4x4 and set off. We were as excited Only Fools & Horses’ Del Boy and Rodney. And just like these 40

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IN FOR A PENNY CONSIDERING A SECOND-HAND SALE FOLLOWING YOUR NEW YEAR WARDROBE DETOX? THINK AGAIN, ADVISES ELLE TIMMS wheeler dealers we were hoping to ‘make a fair few bob’. Unfortunately, however, my dreams of a Portobello Market vibe were soon dashed when we arrived late and missed out on the last display table. Refusing to give up we continued to unpack our products but before we could finish a swarm of eager customers descended upon us. Ruthless and hungry to haggle, they shouted: “How much?” Goods were picked up, dropped and trampled on just as fast, and the ‘experts’ started pleading: “Please make it less.” As novices, we were like lambs to the slaughter. When fellow traders warned us to watch our phones – there was definitely a sense of a potential theft – we cracked. “Everything Dhs5 today, Dhs5 a piece!” we screamed, instantly destroying our pact

to make a profit – At this point we were practically giving our stuff away. However, while our experience may not have been fruitful, on reflection I’ve worked out the basic survival tricks that will ensure a successful attempt. Trick one: take a float, and make sure it’s full of Dhs10 and Dhs5 notes; honestly, you won’t need larger. Trick two: when it comes to price points, be prepared to sell shoes, regardless of label, for the price of that frappuccino you picked up en route to your stall. Trick three: don’t bother with the frappuccino, you’ll only drop it all over yourself in the stampede. Trick four: drink lots of water. We didn’t, and it wasn’t pretty. The main thing to remember is that people who visit the flea market will very rarely spend more than Dhs50 on any single

item. That said, if you have lots to sell, a small fortune can be acquired with just a few hours of hard work. In hindsight, I can only imagine it’s an experience like childbirth; you forget how bad it was at the time because the reward is so great and before you know it, you’ve got another one organised and on the way. Failing that, there’s always eBay… For more information on Dubai's Flea Market, visit www. dubai-fleamarket.com. Other recommended marketplaces in the UAE: www.globalvillage.ae, www.coventgardenmarket.ae, and www.dubaidesignermarket.com


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ast year, an eccentric young woman from Manhattan became the world’s biggest pop phenomenon. Dominating the music industry, 25-yearold Stefani Germanotta also became the youngest woman to feature on Forbe’s Most Powerful Women list (she came in 11th place), she was voted MTV’s Woman of the Year and was the first person to reach one million followers on Twitter (she now has over 16 million), and after sweeping up three awards at the 2011 Grammys (taking her total number of awards won to 137 in just three years) it’s clear everyone has gone goo-goo over Lady Gaga. With the world firmly in the palm of her hands, it’s hard to believe that only five years ago the over-styled, self-proclaimed “workaholic” saw her hopes for stardom almost dashed when she was dropped by her record label, DefJam, and fell prey to addictions. “I had a tremendous problem,” explains Gaga who, although regretful of her dark past, refuses to allow it to haunt her. Instead the singer draws on it for inspiration, particularly on her current chart-topping album, Born This Way. “It’s so much more personal than my previous work,” she says. “My first album, Fame [2008], was made before I had fans. But now I do so I have to answer all their questions.” By “re-opening wounds,” the lady behind the extravagant, often grotesque, but always weird, costumes finally offers a glimpse of the real her. And by momentarily ditching the horns, prosthetics and dinosaur eggs, Gaga is making her most controversial move to date – acting almost normal. She exclusively reveals her worst fears, her dreams for love and how her devoted fans are “the sunshine in my darkness”. While she may be at the top of her career – allowing her to adopt the megastar persona – when we get down to her roots, Gaga shows she hasn’t given up on Stefani. It’s those roots that come to the fore in her music, none more so than in her latest single, Marry the Night, she says: “It’s very autobiographical. It's me. It's my worst fears, it's about the chaos in my life. I think we all look back on our memories

and fill in the black holes, the moments we don't want to remember. It's just human nature. I wanted to show that.” Discussing her failed dreams, she adds: “I always wanted to be a ballerina, and knew I couldn't. When you are young, you have this idea of who you could become. And when you get older you realise that some dreams just won't be fulfilled.” Admitting she is grateful for her achievements, which have seen her become one of the world’s most recognised celebrities, she says: “A lot of my dreams did come true. And I do believe that you should never give up on your dreams or your ambitions. But when

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with her sister, fashion designer Natali – ensures her fantasy world doesn’t become a reality. It’s thanks to her parents’ relationship that we see glimpses of a ‘normal’ Gaga. “My parents have been married for over 30 years now. It's just wonderful. I want that some day. I want to have a husband and grow old with him. I’m Italian, I want the ring, the church with flowers and bridesmaids – I’m traditional!” Though she insists she doesn’t have a husband in mind – despite rumours she is dating 30-year-old actor Taylor Kinney after meeting on set of her video, You & I – she reveals that behind closed doors, like most women she spends her free time “inviting a couple girlfriends over to my house, and we have somebody do our nails or get a massage. It's awesome. I love spending quality time with my girlfriends.” However, while she might be exposing a softer side, she maintains she’s never letting go of her ‘crazy’ – “I think delusion is the greatest gift for an artist.” And Gaga wants nothing more than to share that gift with her “little monsters” (her fans). Not only do they worship her, but she dotes on them too, revealing: “You learn a lot about yourself through the people that are attracted to your music. I see myself in them. It’s become my life’s work now and my inspiration to serve and return.” And it’s her commitment to inspire her fans and make them “feel free” that means she’ll never give up. Insisting that 2011 was only the start of what’s to come, she teases: “Quite honestly, you haven’t seen nothing yet. I haven’t even begun to show you creatively, or musically, what I am capable of.” Gaga’s rare moment of normality shouldn’t fool us, she isn’t becoming complacent. For the woman with many guises, what we’ve seen so far is clearly just a passing phase, after all she is a protégé and the queen of her own little world. Not even Gaga knows what’s she’s doing next, and that’s what makes her so captivating – this brief flirtation with normality is abnormal. “I am not interested in being a trend that you remember,” she says, almost cheekily reminding us that this chapter won’t last for long as she’s always evolving. “I’m interested in leaving a mark and a legacy on the earth.” JANUARY 2012

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AND THE WINNER IS… WE INTRODUCE THE FIVE FANTASTIC WINNERS OF THE EMIRATES WOMAN, WOMAN OF THE YEAR AWARDS 2011, IN ASSOCIATION WITH ADCB, REVEALING THEIR ASPIRATIONS AND PLANS FOR THEIR BRIGHT FUTURES Compiled by ALEXANDRIA GOUVEIA

THE ACHIEVER AND EMIRATES WOMAN, WOMAN OF THE YEAR SUMAYYAH AL SUWAIDI

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GRAPHIC DESIGNER AND OWNER OF LUXURY BOUTIQUE GRAFIKA

HOW DOES IT FEEL TO BE THE EMIRATES WOMAN, WOMAN OF THE YEAR? It made me feel that I was not only

recognised but appreciated for all the work I had put in to help and support fellow artists and designers. HOW DO YOU PLAN TO EXPAND YOUR PROJECTS IN 2012? As a boutique owner, I’m planning to get a bigger space

because of the high demand from the designers and clients, or even open a second branch. As an artist and a curator, I’m participating in a number of exhibitions including a solo exhibition in Dubai. I’ll also be curating a group exhibition internationally. As a fashion designer I’m looking forward to participating in more shows locally and internationally. YOUR RESOLUTION FOR 2012? Having my artwork in a museum and my fashion label, SEEN, in international boutiques. WHAT INSPIRES YOU? My daily life – my art is like my diary and my fashion designs are what I feel like wearing. YOUR CREATIVE ICON? Jalal Luqman, my husband. His creativity always leaves me speechless. I’ve also been enjoying Victoria Beckham’s fashion designs. YOUR MOST IMPORTANT LIFE LESSON? Marriage. It made me look at life from a completely different perspective – the things I thought were most important in life turned out to be the least. WHAT OPPORTUNITIES HAS THE UAE GIVEN YOU IN ORDER TO ACHIEVE YOUR DREAM? My education, my first

ever job, the opportunity to be a Khaleeji woman and still be able to have a business and pursue my career in art... The UAE strongly supports its women and gives us equal opportunities, if not more than men. JANUARY 2012

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THE ARTIST ALIA AL SHAMSI PIONEERING FEMALE PHOTOGRAPHER

HOW DID IT FEEL TO WIN YOUR CATEGORY? Just one year ago I was

struggling to define myself. I made mistakes during my journey to find ‘me’, but somehow I did alright. That’s why the award means so much to me. I couldn’t have done it without my newborn son, Ahmad, for his creative contribution over the past nine months! HOW DO YOU PLAN TO EXPAND YOUR PROJECTS? I’m setting up my

own company with two amazing partners named The Photographic Corporation. Currently our shoots are on location, but I’m also hunting for a villa. I’d love to create a mini-community of different small businesses that are run by mothers. Creating a place where we can keep our children in a nursery upstairs and have our professional environment downstairs. This would be great for working mums. FAVOURITE STYLE OF PHOTOGRAPHY?

Street photography. A friend once said that to find out about the community you’re in go into the local grocer. I do the same but with photography. I’m like a curious anthropologist gathering data. WHAT DOES IT FEEL LIKE TO BE THE FIRST EMIRATI WOMEN TO SUCCEED IN YOUR INDUSTRY? First isn’t a

measure of success. To be successful I have to make sure I continue in this field and constantly improve and innovate. It’s important to never get too comfortable. BEST ADVICE YOU’VE BEEN GIVEN?

Don’t pat a thub [desert lizard]! These suckers bite and never let go! WHAT OPPORTUNITIES HAS THE UAE GIVEN YOU IN ORDER TO ACHIEVE YOUR DREAM? Education.

I was awarded an MA scholarship from EDAAD and later took further courses in Museum Studies at Emirates Foundation. JANUARY 2012

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THE HUMANITARIAN SABINA KHANDWANI FOUNDER, SAFE AND SOUND – THE BURJUMAN BREAST CANCER AWARENESS PROGRAMME

HOW DID IT FEEL TO WIN YOUR CATEGORY? I thank everyone for their

votes, support and encouragement. I believe recognition is key to doing bigger and better things, no matter what the odds. When it comes to the breast cancer cause, I want every woman in the UAE to be alert, be aware, be safe and sound. HOW DO YOU PLAN TO EXPAND YOUR PROJECTS? BurJuman’s Safe and

Sound Programme is one of the biggest, most comprehensive breast cancer campaigns in the region and over the years it’s reached over 20 million people. Our mission is to extend the campaign. We’re also adopting a new approach to target corporate environments and highlight the key message of ‘early detection saves lives’. YOUR LIFE MOTTO? There’s no next time, do it now. YOUR HUMANITARIAN ICON?

Mother Teresa – she brought so much hope and love into the lives of the poor. I also have great respect for Lola Lopez of Volunteer in Dubai, she’s so selfless. YOUR ROLE MODEL? My mother, who I lost to cancer in 1999. She was the epitome of strength, courage, positivity and perseverance. WHAT OPPORTUNITIES HAS THE UAE GIVEN YOU IN ORDER TO ACHIEVE YOUR DREAM? Government, partner

and community support has helped us take Safe and Sound to a new level each year. Certainly, the support of BurJuman and the entire team has been pivotal to the success of this programme. YOUR FUTURE PLANS? Providing women with free mammograms, checkups and patient support is our priority. YOUR BIGGEST WISH? For the world to be cancer free.

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THE VISIONARIES MAHA ABDUL RASHEED OWNER OF VINTAGE BOUTIQUE BAMBAH

HOW DID IT FEEL WHEN YOU WON YOUR CATEGORY? It’s a great confidence

boost and has already encouraged me to explore new ideas and ventures. HOW DO YOU PLAN TO EXPAND YOUR PROJECTS? After all the positive feedback,

I’d love to expand in the Middle East, opening boutiques in Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Beirut. In the long run, I’d love to diversify and start a bakery – it’s my second favourite hobby, after collecting vintage. YOUR STYLE ICON? Souad Hosny and Jean Patchett – I like the way they’re both very feminine and very confident in their styles. I also admire Olivia Palermo’s elegant style. She mixes different labels, which makes her style unique. YOUR CREATIVE ICON? Raha Moharrak, who designed Bambah’s identity. I love how she doesn’t depend on a computer programme to enhance her work. She always thinks outside the box. WHAT DOES STYLE MEAN TO YOU?

Style is about wearing your mood. Ultimately, I don’t believe there should be any rules when it comes to fashion and I don’t usually follow trends. I love it when an outfit makes a strong statement that says something about the person. I have a soft spot for ruffles, bows and polka dots. YOUR ROLE MODEL? My grandmother. HOW WOULD YOU LIKE TO REVOLUTIONISE THE FASHION SCENE IN THE UAE? I think people in the UAE

are generally fashionable, but I would like people to integrate more vintage wear into their wardrobe. WHAT OPPORTUNITIES HAS THE UAE GIVEN YOU IN ORDER TO ACHIEVE YOUR DREAM? There is so much room

for innovation. I love learning about other cultures. I also like the bridge between Western and Eastern cultures that you experience here. It’s a very cosmopolitan city with a lot of style and stylish people who enjoy looking good and standing out from the crowd. FUTURE PLANS? I have a couple of [work] shopping trips planned over the next couple of months which should be fun. But, eventually, I would like to venture into bakery as a long-term plan once Bambah is a little older! JANUARY 2012

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ADCB AMBITION AWARD SIAN ROWLANDS FOUNDER OF MY EX WARDROBE

HOW HAS WINNING YOUR CATEGORY MOTIVATED YOU? I’m

so flattered that our little idea has been so well received and that we now have the backing and support of such prestigious players. HOW DO YOU PLAN TO EXPAND YOUR PROJECTS IN 2012? Our plan

was always to take our concept online and we can now do this. We have lots of great ideas on how to grow our events and make them more popular and keep them fresh. HOW DO YOU PLAN TO SPEND YOUR US$10,000 BUSINESS GRANT FROM ADCB? The prize money will be added to

our own investment money to pay for the website development and purchase some much-needed equipment for our events. It will also contribute toward the general day-to-day running costs WHAT’S BEEN THE BIGGEST STRUGGLE IN SETTING UP YOUR BUSINESS? The

hardest part has been finding enough hours in the day to do everything. I’m still working full-time, so I have two parts to my working day: one in the office and the other when I get home! YOUR STYLE ICON? Zooey Deschanel. But my favourite designer is Elie Saab – his creations are so elegant and graceful. YOUR ROLE MODEL? My dad. He’s always supported me and always challenges me to be a better person. I aspire to be like him. WHAT DOES STYLE MEAN TO YOU?

It’s about expression and having the confidence to express yourself. HOW WOULD YOU LIKE TO REVOLUTIONISE THE FASHION SCENE IN THE UAE? Through My Ex Wardrobe

we’d like to encourage people to buy second hand clothes because it has many financial and environmental benefits. WHAT OPPORTUNITIES HAS THE UAE GIVEN YOU IN ORDER TO ACHIEVE YOUR DREAM? I grew up in Dubai and

have always wanted to be my own boss, and with the growing demand for small ‘boutique’ brands it seemed like the perfect time to start fulfilling my dream. By finding a gap in the market for something that I believe in so passionately, I’ve discovered that the UAE is a prime place to follow your dreams. 54

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POCA & POCA is a young and emerging fashion brand from Poland founded in 2010 by Karolina Gniewek. She brings her creative vision to the brand through her exceptional style, use of unique fabrics and eye for detail. Her youthful range is available in O-Concept Store on Jumeirah Beach Road, Dubai and Maison Sez, Marina Office Park, Abu Dhabi. DEAL BREAKER: Simple, chic but attentiongrabbing, Karolina’s collections prove you can make a fashion statement without risking your dignity. pocaandpoca.com TEL: (050) 2308454

MAHIKI

THE TREASURE CHEST OPENS

A favourite haunt among Hollywood stars and royalty (Prince William and Kate Middleton are fans), Mahiki, one of London’s top hot spots, has finally arrived in the UAE. Cocktails are the order of the evening, dancing obligatory and dressing to impress absolutely compulsory. This club means business, and that business is centred around high-end entertainment. DEAL BREAKER: Head down for early evening cocktails and the sumptuous Sunset Menu (6pm-9pm) and kick-start your night in style. www.mahiki.ae TEL: (04) 3807731

LAWRIE SHABIBI A CONNOISSEUR’S DREAM

Founded by William Lawrie, the former director of Middle Eastern art at Christie's auction house, and Asmaa Al-Shabibi, former managing director of art fair Art Dubai, Lawrie Shabibi is a contemporary gallery that draws in the serious art crowd. Sourcing works from across the globe it serves as a platform for both emerging and established artists. DEAL BREAKER: William and Asmaa’s impressive contacts see them bring over some of the most outstanding exhibits to the UAE. www.lawrieshabibi.com TEL: (04) 3469906

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Drinks with a view may not be rare in the UAE, with many hotels positioning their bars by floor-to-ceiling windows framing the best cityscapes, but Blue at the newly-opened Rocco Forte Hotel Abu Dhabi has upped the stakes. Suspended on the sixth floor of an 11-storey glass atrium, the hotel’s signature high-end bar appears to be floating. DEAL BREAKER: Despite the awesome views you won’t be able to take your eyes off the extensive cocktail list – the Guavarita is a treat for the taste buds. www.roccofortehotels.com TEL: (02) 6170917

DEREK KHAN THE COMEBACK

The former 'king of bling' – he’s responsible for hip hop's ostentatious fashion – Derek Khan is set to become the 'king of reality TV' in the UAE, launching the very first unscripted programme in the region with Derek of Arabia, which will also be aired on TV in the USA. The show will centre around the man-about-town and his influential friends in the region, highlighting the best of the UAE. DEAL BREAKER: Americans will see the real culture and people of the Middle East for the first time. Filming is expected to begin in February. www.derekkhan.com

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JAMIE’S ITALIAN ABSOLUTELY PUKKA

Jamie Oliver has kept us waiting long enough, but hasn’t disappointed by delivering an Italian restaurant that’s so authentic even mamma calls it home – the venue has purposefully been designed to have a more causal, unpretentious vibe. In true Jamie style everything is stripped back in his Festival City restaurant, so the emphasis isn’t on fanciful presentation but rather on explosive flavours. DEAL BREAKER: The chef’s preference for home-grown goods means the menu is full of local produce. www.jamieoliver.com TEL: (04) 2329969

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This Emirati artist is causing a stir in the region thanks to her thought-provoking images in her standout 2010 exhibition Bilhadi at Taskeel gallery, Dubai, in which she explored the meaning of landscapes through a series of photos that nostalgically used familiar spaces as backdrops. A student at the American University of Sharjah, Afra’s passion for photography has earned her two awards: the IBDAA Award for the best UAE entry, and the Sheikha Manal Young Artist Award. DEAL BREAKER: Afra’s work can be explored at the current Emirati Expressions exhibition at Manarat Al Saadiyat, Abu Dhabi, until January 28. www.tashkeel.org, www.artsabudhabi.ae

BAGA ETHNIK LIVING ALL THINGS BRIGHT AND ETHICAL

Tucked away along the Marina Walk, Baga Ethnik Living is an understated ethnic store selling everything from kitchenware to floaty dresses, bold jewellery and vibrant birdcages. Off the beaten track, you get the luxury to shop in peace without being suffocated by fellow customers. DEAL BREAKER: With unique designs and handmade creations, there’s little chance you’ll find anyone else with same thing. bagaethnikliving.blogspot.com TEL: (050) 5041873


CIRQUE DU SOIR LE FREAK, C’EST CHIC

A woman swinging from the ceiling, a dwarf dancing in a pirate’s costume, a clown in a glass box and a drummer beating flames on stage – the freak show has arrived in the UAE. The antithesis of mundane, Cirque du Soir combines nightclub aesthetics with a circus, delivering amazing theatrics in a cleverlydesigned freak show setting. Sip cocktails amongst burlesque queens, stilt walkers and fire throwers. DEAL BREAKER: The original London club attracts stars including Lady Gaga and Leonardo DiCaprio. The Dubai version is set to follow suit with illustrious DJs taking to the decks ensuring the beats are as spectacular as its performers. www.fairmont.com/dubai TEL: (04) 3324900

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She may look young (she’s 24) but Mai-Li is the CEO and co-founder of Swedish company Mutewatch AB, which are responsible for the über-cool timepiece Mutewatch, available at Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons stores in Dubai. Not only does it look stylish but it boasts some high-tech attributes including a silent alarm that notifies you by sending vibrations through the wristband. DEAL BREAKER: Having successfully launched her first major international project when she was 16, Mai-Li is the businesswoman to watch, no pun intended. www.mutewatch.com www.seddiqi.com

HAKKASAN HELLO, MICHELINS

The fine dining options in Dubai have just gone up several notches with London’s Michelinstarred Chinese restaurant Hakkasan opening in Emirates Towers. Sleek interiors, exquisite food and gorgeous clientele – it’s one of the few places where you’ll witness a model eating. DEAL BREAKER: Hakkasan Abu Dhabi has welcomed Uma Thurman, Morgan Freeman and Clive Owen, and we’re sure the Dubai venue will be just as star-studded. www.jumeirah.com TEL: (04) 3848484

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Complementing its legendary London Mayfair sister, this exclusive members-only supper club is set over three levels. The first floor, Level 43, is the party floor with mixologists concocting delectable potions and revellers weaving their magic on the LED dance floor. The second floor is for a romantic tête-à-tête or extravagant drinks with vodka and champagne lounges, while the third offers dining with a difference. DEAL BREAKER: Its star-studded opening set the standard at this A-list venue, which is set to pull in visiting celebrities and diplomats alike. www.grosvenorhouse-dubai.com TEL: (04) 3176000

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Isidora is the genius founder of The Fashion Network – a Dubai-based fashion marketing consultancy that covers all aspects of fashion. Offering an A to Z list of services including PR, creative direction, lookbook production, event planning and distribution, Isidora’s main kudos is supporting local talent and helping further develop a thriving industry in the region. DEAL BREAKER: Isidora champions new talent – she’s responsible for bringing Karolina Gniewek to our attention. www.thefashionnetwork.org

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GULF PHOTO PLUS SNAP HAPPY

Gulf Photo Plus (GPP) is at the heart of the local photographic community. Whether it’s showcasing amazing works by leading photographers from the region and beyond or teaching newbies how to work a camera, GPP wants to stimulate interests. DEAL BREAKER: As well as regular photo events and exhibitions, eager shutterbugs can learn the trade at various workshops. www.gulfphotoplus.com TEL: (04) 3602365 JANUARY 2012

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American sportswear with an eclectic sensibility and a reasonable price is Tory Burch’s ethos, so it’s not hard to understand why the new Dubai Mall store is rapidly gaining a large following. It truly embodies the personal style and spirit of its CEO, Tory Burch, and she’s one very classy lady. DEAL BREAKER: The S/S12 collection is reminiscent of 1920s chic with lowered hemlines, flattering silhouettes and elegant proportions. www.toryburch.com TEL: (04) 3253916

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Proving that fashion talent in the UAE is something to behold, Esmod graduate Reema, whose background in graphic design and love for bold prints define her style, is the fashion darling the style buffs are talking about. The fashion designer doesn’t like to follow the rules with her label Reemami, instead she enjoys channelling her creative side and seeing where it takes her – fortunately for us, it’s usually to a place filled with the most amazing designs. DEAL BREAKER: So confident of her creations, Reema is often spotted sporting her funky and daring wears. www.sauceloves.com www. shopatsauce.com TEL: (04) 3949700

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London’s award-winning Argentinian restaurant has rapidly established itself as a carnivore’s haven. Located in Dubai’s premier foodie landmark, DIFC, Gaucho retains its elegant, individual style, complete with iconic décor of cowhide walls, blended flawlessly with opulent black and white leather furniture. While incredibly glam, it’s not a case of style over substance – both are in abundance with ‘the best beef in the world’ being served with authentic Argentine tipples. DEAL BREAKER: The eight-seat Wine Room provides an exclusive dining experience. Just let the sommelier look after you. www.gauchorestaurants.com TEL: (04) 4227898

SIDDHARTA LOUNGE BY BUDDHA BAR WELCOME TO THE CLUB

So exclusive it has its own private entrance, at Siddharta Lounge everyone is a VVIP. Opulent interiors with plush white seating, gold accents and glam marble finishings, it’s ridiculously indulgent but oh so worth it. Not just a place to see and be seen, the à la carte menu is worthy of more than a cursory glance. DEAL BREAKER: The expansive outdoor terrace is ideal for watching the sunset over the Arabian Gulf. Enjoy modern shisha or dinner by the pool. www.grosvenorhouse-dubai.com TEL: (04) 3176000

SALSALI PRIVATE MUSEUM FOR YOUR EYES ONLY

Salsali Private Museum at Al Serkal Avenue, Al Quoz, is the hobby-horse of Iranian art collector Ramin Salsali who arranges pictures and installations in the art space himself. Much of Ramin’s collections are exclusive with works being unveiled to the public for the first time, including a photograph of the former Shah of Iran and his third wife Farah Diba by Max Scheler. Ramin promises his newly-opened museum is set to be the most exclusive and successful in the region. DEAL BREAKER: None of the pieces are up for sale. They are true masterpieces that Ramin simply wishes to share and celebrate. www.salsalipm.com TEL: (04) 380 9600

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Yet another exclusive celebrity club from Europe to hit the UAE, but we’re not complaining. Modelled on Movida London, the Dubai version is attracting the region’s elite crowd in search of a civilised and über-stylish night out. DEAL BREAKER: Hopefully they’ll be bringing London’s penchant for celebrity DJs to the Middle East.

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As well as turning 30 this year, the selfproclaimed “semi-nerd” will also be dominating our screens with her own TV show on City 7, in which she will interview interesting people across various sectors. We’re grateful the former banking and finance student took a risk and followed her passion for media and journalism. DEAL BREAKER: The acclaimed businesswoman, presenter and producer has interviewed many prolific celebrities and personalities including Richard Branson. www.shereenmitwalli.com

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Located in Jumeirah’s Sunset Mall on Beach Road, Rivaage Boutique is a multi-brand womenswear store, showcasing the most exciting up-and-coming designers matched with heavyweight brands from around the world. The brainchild of retail and events expert Rohini Gehani, Rivaage, which is French for shore, is fast becoming the store of choice for the region’s fab fashionistas. DEAL BREAKER: From chic casual threads to ball gown couture, it’s a one-shop stop when looking for outfits to suit any occasion. www.rivaage.com TEL: (04) 2249222

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Replacing Gordon Ramsay’s Verre was no easy feat, but Table 9’s success at Hilton Dubai Creek has made the foul-mouthed chef a distant memory. Decent portions, reasonable (noncelebrity) prices, buzzing atmosphere and friendly, but not intrusive, staff make for an enjoyable dining experience. No longer focusing on celebrity status, the onus is on quality. DEAL BREAKER: Customers are thanked for dining at the venue and gifted with a bag of home-made sweets. www.hilton.com TEL: (04) 2271111

Despite being a hidden gem nestled in Dubai's Desert Palm hotel, good reviews of this popular steakhouse are not rare. Shunning OTT advertisements and campaigns, the venue relies on the word of mouth and thanks to its laidback approach, attention to detail and lavish menu it’s never short on customers. Meat dishes are so exquisite that vegetarians have been known to leave doubting their beliefs. DEAL BREAKER: Take your after-meal drinks to the terrace, overlooking the glorious polo field – particularly beautiful at sunset. desertpalm.peraquum.com TEL: (04) 3238888

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With the new year upon us, it’s time to refresh our wardrobes. Five fabulous women tell us how they’ll be seeing in a fashionable 2012

YEAR’S EVE OUTFIT? I was in England with family, friends and neighbours and wore an outfit from my A/W12 collection. WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO THIS YEAR? I’m really excited by the work of Sarah Burton at the moment. She makes truly beautiful clothes with wonderful stories in them. WHAT’S ON YOUR 2012 WISH LIST? A beautiful and transfixing collection of dresses and a happy, healthy family. THIS YEAR I’LL BE… LISTENING TO: Tom Waits. WATCHING: The TCM channel for the classics and the inspiring screen goddesses. READING: Born to Run by Christopher McDougall, for inspiration. WHAT’S YOUR 2012 FASHION RESOLUTION? To keep the vision of my collection clear, whilst at the same time growing. And to always check that every piece comes from the heart. WHAT WAS YOUR 2011 HIGHLIGHT? It has to be giving birth to my third child – a beautiful boy. I also had a brilliant summer working in our studios with a great team. I’ve finally learnt to live on very little sleep! WHAT WAS YOUR NEW 72

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WHAT’S YOUR 2012 FASHION RESOLUTION? I have tonnes of designs in my head that I never find in shops, so I want to go and get them made. I’ve been meaning to do this since forever! DO YOU USUALLY MAKE RESOLUTIONS? Well, I always take a moment to reflect on the year that passed and think about how the new year can be improved. But I don’t go overboard with crazy, faddish resolutions. WHAT WAS YOUR 2011 HIGHLIGHT? Spending time with Anna Dello Russo when she came for Symphony’s first birthday in October. What a woman! HOW DID YOU CELEBRATE NEW YEAR’S EVE? In Cornwall, surrounded by the great British countryside and a few close friends. Wearing wellington boots and a woolly jumper! WHAT IMPRESSED YOU IN 2011? The strength

and love of my family and friends. It’s a cheesy one, sorry! WHO’VE YOU GOT YOUR EYE ON FOR 2012? The Chinese! They are really taking fashion design seriously and making their mark in the fashion world with designers such as Chong Yu Jin, Judy Hua and Uma Wang paving the way. WHAT’S ON YOUR 2012 WISH LIST? I really want an Olympia Le Tan novel clutch. I need to buy another bottle of my favourite perfume, Love in White by Creed, and I’d absolutely love to own an issue of the fashion and art albumVisionaire magazine. IN 2012 I WILL BE… LISTENING TO: My nephew, Luca, say my name for the first time. WATCHING: The third series of Downton Abbey, if there is one. Please let there be one! READING: My favourite websites on my iPad, National Geographic, Get Addicted To, Bakerella, Jak&Jil.

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WHAT’S YOUR 2012 FASHION RESOLUTION? More colour, more colour, more colour. Oh, and purchase wedges, or less painful heels. WHAT WAS YOUR 2011 HIGHLIGHT? Graduating from college and creating my brand. HOW DID YOU CELEBRATE NEW YEAR’S EVE? I went to a glam private party at a friend’s beach house. WHAT DID YOU WEAR? A bright dress with pink bow heels by Ted Baker. WHO IMPRESSED YOU IN 2011? Fifi Lapin, even though she’s just a bunny she is such a fashionista! I absolutely love her

WHAT’S YOUR 2012 FASHION RESOLUTION? To keep up on my personal style, not to get too influenced by trends and to accessorise more, especially with earrings and neck scarves by Hermès. WHAT WAS YOUR 2011 HIGHLIGHT? Winning the Olay Arabia Power

store and her blog. WHO DO YOU HAVE YOUR EYE ON FOR 2012? Cambridge Satchel have been so inspiring, their success story is amazing. www.cambridgesatchel.co.uk WHAT’S ON YOUR 2012

7 competition. It was very rewarding being acknowledged for all my hard work. CONGRATULATIONS, WHAT DID YOU LEARN? That a work/life balance is extremely important. I’ve been so focused on my work that I've forgotten about everything else.

WISH LIST? A bag from Cambridge Satchel and a Comme des Garçons collaboration! I’d also like to have my own small boutique for Fyunka. THIS YEAR I’LL BE… LISTENING TO: Musicals! WATCHING: Gossip Girl and Glee. READING: Emirates Woman magazine.

HOW DID YOU CELEBRATE NEW YEAR’S EVE? With some friends at a very intimate gathering. I like to have a very low-key New Year’s Eve. Although I’ll wear sequins. WHAT IMPRESSED YOU IN 2011? The support of so many companies in Dubai (both local and international) in helping FishFayce grow. WHO HAVE YOU GOT YOUR EYE ON IN THE REGION? I’m huge fan of Meher & Riddhima, Bow by Amanda, Kage and Tamara Al Gabbani. WHAT DO YOU HOPE TO HAVE ACHIEVED BY DECEMBER 2012? I hope to have influenced other people to start something that will make a change in their life. IN 2012 I WILL… Finally take some time off and travel the world! I will also be watching plenty of X Factor.

WHAT’S YOUR 2012 FASHION RESOLUTION? To create my own fashion line. DO YOU USUALLY MAKE RESOLUTIONS? I make businessrelated resolutions only. And usually I do keep to them. WHAT WAS YOUR 2011 HIGHLIGHT? Spending a month on a boat discovering the beauty of the Mediterranean Sea. It was amazing. HOW DID YOU CELEBRATE NEW YEAR’S EVE? With my family in Doha. More than 100 people got together in one big tent on the beach, where we cooked a barbecue, danced, sang and joked until sunrise. WHAT DID YOU WEAR? A chiffon maxi-dress by Roberto Cavalli with a leather jacket by Rick Owens and Minx nails by Nail Moda, of course. WHAT WILL YOU BE WATCHING IN 2012? Huda Kattan’s beauty blog (www.hudabeauty.com). She always gives such great advice on beauty and fashion. WHAT’S ON YOUR 2012 WISH LIST? A Moncler ski suit, a silk ostrich feather gown by Oscar de la Renta and an ushanka, a Russian hat with oversized ears. WHAT DO YOU HOPE TO HAVE ACHIEVED BY THE END OF 2012? The ability to communicate fluently in Arabic. ■

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WHY JEWELLERY DESIGN, AND NOT FASHION? Jewellery was my first passion and still is! SO YOUR HERITAGE WAS A BIG INFLUENCE… Yes, especially my

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grandmother [Sylvia Hennessy of the Hennessy Cognac family] who wore sumptuous jewellery that always filled me with wonder when I was a child. I think my passion for jewels came from that indelible childhood memory. AND WHAT ABOUT INSPIRATION TODAY? I have a really strong interest in women and the feminine universe is always my first source of inspiration. Other than that, I’d say nature and fashion – Dior collections are obviously a constant source of inspiration. IS FASHION SOMETHING YOU’RE PASSIONATE ABOUT? To me fashion is not

a ‘passion’, but I truly enjoy choosing and combining outfits to create a feminine silhouette for myself.

WHAT’S THE MOST EXTRAVAGANT THING YOU’VE EVER BOUGHT? A long time

ago I bought a Rolex – a unique piece and a special order for an African president. The eccentric design was inspired by the shape of a gold nugget.

TELL US ABOUT THE LA BAL DES ROSES COLLECTION.

The latest collection is comprised of 12 one-of-a-kind pieces, all designed as if Christian Dior’s favourite flower, the rose, was the personification of the couture house’s first clients; women looking for unique dresses to wear to the most extravagant balls. As is a signature of all of my work, the overall design and shape of each rose is true to reality but the colour combinations are fantastical. Choosing the colours was difficult, but I looked to nature and then selected stones to create the harmonies I was looking for. The collection took two years to create. WHAT KIND OF STONES DID YOU USE? Semi precious stones, which aren’t usually used in Haute Joaillerie, are combined with precious stones so that the sparkle of the diamonds is contrasted with plain colours. LUXURY IS…The artisanal aspect, the meticulous handiwork, the sophisticated technique, the time invested, the quality, and the materials. Unfortunately, luxury is expensive by definition. For me, if it’s accessible to everyone, it’s no longer luxury.

LUXURY IS... THE ARTISANAL ASPECT, THE METICULOUS HANDIWORK, THE SOPHISTICATED TECHNIQUE, THE TIME INVESTED, THE QUALITY, AND THE MATERIALS. UNFORTUNATELY, LUXURY IS EXPENSIVE BY DEFINITION. FOR ME, IF IT'S ACCESSIBLE TO EVERYONE, IT'S NO LONGER LUXURY

IF YOU HAD TO CHOOSE JUST ONE PIECE FROM LE BAL DES ROSES, OR ANOTHER COLLECTION, WHAT WOULD BE YOUR FAVOURITE? I can’t imagine having a preference

for one of my jewels; for me, they are like children – I love them all! I can’t play favourites. SO YOU MUST BE SAD TO SEE THEM GO… Of course, but I try to force myself not to become too attached. I accept that one day my children will leave home. I’ve gone through the [psychological] process: these jewels are going to leave.

LA BAL DES ROSES COLLECTION, AVAILABLE ON REQUEST: DIOR BURJUMAN MALL (04) 3515551, THE DUBAI MALL (04) 3308739 AND MARINA MALL, ABU DHABI (02) 6817477.

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BE AUT Y IT’S TIME FOR A FRESH BEAUTY PERSPECTIVE. ADHERE TO THE ADVICE OF THE PROFESSIONALS AND COMMIT TO MAKING 2012 YOUR MOST BEAUTIFUL YEAR TO DATE Written by Elizabeth Whiston-Dew

Looking in the mirror, it’s hard to be objective about our own beauty, honing in on even the slightest imperfection or flaw. The gift of makeup can be a huge confidence boost, and as Tom Ford eloquently states: “When you put on your make-up, you are preparing yourself for the world.” This season sees the style icon launch his first cosmetics collection filled with, as he puts it, “glamorous and sexy colour,” so no self-respecting beauty addict ought to go without. With a bold, new aesthetic, this collection isn’t for shrinking violets, and brows are a case in point. “They are the only feature that can change the face without surgery,” Ford quips. Whether arched, angled or gently curved, the statement brow is here to stay. And the tool du jour? The Tom Ford Brow Sculptor (Dhs200), with its calligraphy tip and hidden sharpening device, provides precision application. For look-at-me lips to complement your now exquisitely framed eyes, a berry-toned pout is the order of the day. With more punch than pink and a more sophisticated option than red, Tom Ford’s Lipstick (Dhs230) in Black Orchid does the trick.

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Plant power With two rival beauty clans – the organic goddesses and the super sci-fi queens – the great beauty debate of science versus nature seems endless. But French pharmaceutical brand Nuxe, a staple in every chic Parisienne’s Kelly bag, bridges the two categories perfectly. Its spokesperson and laboratory expert, Cécile Debrieve, tells EW: “I see it every day in my job, nature is really where the power lies.” We aren’t talking about a mere misting of rose water and dab of rosebud lip salve, but new power plants such as blue lotus seeds and althaea root, native to Africa where it is revered for its medicinal purposes. These ingredients make up Nuxe’s Nirvanesque Contour des Yeux eye cream (Dhs105), giving a natural botox-like effect to block muscle contraction and stop wrinkles in their tracks. Another new star ingredient is the white crocus, perfect for brightening dark spots and hyper-pigmentation. This clever little springtime bloom is a major discovery in beauty and, present in Nuxe’s Brightening Protective fluid (Dhs189), is every sun-worshipper’s antidote. 78

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Sunshine state The sun can be a major frenemy. Too little and we’re in danger of Vitamin D deficiency, too much and we’re on a fast track to sun damage and the big C. In our sunny climes the latter is a huge worry and daily protection is key. The question is, what level of SPF is high enough? “In Europe the highest SPF is 50+ which is 98 per cent effective against UV rays,” says Dr Yuliya Zielinski, guest dermatologist and aesthetician for Eucerin. “So if you use SPF100 there is no clinical advantage. Remember that here in Dubai the texture is also important and you should go for lighter formulas so you don’t clog your skin.” The new breed of SPFs are discreet and efficient, none more so than 3LAB Hydra Day SPF20 (Dhs375). Worth every penny, this water-based daily moisturiser is completely oil free so you won’t have a clogged pore in sight. For a higher level of protection opt for the St Tropez SPF50 Face with Tan Enhancer (Dhs90). With its star ingredient, melanobronze, stimulating melanin production, you can lounge by the pool without the risk of burning.

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Body talk There’s no escaping the fact that getting body beautiful comes down to a strict diet and exercise regimen. The cooler months are the perfect time to put down your Dukan Diet recipe book and get moving, but if you need a little encouragement to work out then head straight to swanky new haunt U Energy at DIFC. This stateof-the-art gym is reminiscent of a New York City loft, complete with artclad walls, juice bar, massage centre and lounge – you’ll never be out of your Stella by Adidas sweats. (055 9196666) For a long and lean silhouette, many A-listers turn to classical ballet. Former ballerina Reiko is singlehandedly bringing the tutu back as the most sought-after teacher in Dubai and holds classes of up to seven adults at just Dhs80 per class at her studio in Gloria Hotel, Dubai Media City. For bookings, email reimkhc@gmail.com


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FLAUNT A NEW SHAPE AND A NEW SHADE IN JUST 2 WEEKS There’s only one way to wear red – with confidence. So this year, let the Special K Challenge help you get in shape and feel great. Simply enjoy a delicious bowl of Special K for breakfast, one for lunch, then a healthy balanced meal for dinner. And what better way to enjoy your new, confident figure than by winning an unforgettable Dream Days experience? For details visit www.specialkchallengeuae.com Terms and conditions apply


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Whether it’s a nip or tuck, EW brings you the go-to gurus to help you on your way to beauty supremacy WRITTEN BY ELIZABETH WHISTON-DEW AND CHERITH NICHOLL

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The expert: Dr Michael Apa, D.D.S. Best for: The most natural-looking veneers in town New York-based Dr Apa is a pioneer of Facial Aesthetic Design, a technique that can transform the look of your face just by adjusting your teeth. Having worked with the A-list and supermodels alike, he is the go-to man for a dental makeover. He tells EW: “Your teeth are the first thing you see when you look in the mirror, they can change the shape of your eyes and even cheekbones.” If you want enhanced cheekbones, the teeth need to angle ever-so-slightly inward. On the flipside, building teeth outwards can have a great antiageing effect. His work looks to a patient's facial features for guidance. So no piano key porcelain veneers. The result: A Hollywood-worthy smile Clinic: Dr Michael’s Clinic, Dubai Price: From Dhs147,000 Tel: (04) 3949433 Website: www.rosenthalapagrp.com Dubai dates: January 28-February 5

Top tips to keep your teeth in check: See the hygienist for cleaning three times a year and invest in an electric toothbrush. Sonicare Diamond Clean is one of the best.

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The expert: Dr Andrew Frankel, M.D., F.A.C.S. Best for: A picture-perfect nose Considered by his contemporaries as a leader in his field, Dr Frankel is an award-winning surgeon who specialises in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery as well as otolaryngology (ear, nose and throat). If you’re lucky enough to get on his waiting list to tweak your beak, make sure you’ve done your homework. He says: “When someone is considering what to look for in terms of the new shape of their nose it's vital they can clearly articulate what they dislike about their current nose.” The surgery itself is done under ‘twilight’ sedation, or deep conscious sedation, and there is a down time of around 12 days. The result: A profile to be proud of Clinic: Lasky Clinic, Beverly Hills, USA Price: From Dhs17,000 Tel: (+1) 3105522173 Website: www.rhinoplastyrevisions.com Dubai dates: Summer 2012

Choose the right surgeon: Do your research and look at several photographs of a surgeon’s previous work in order to determine if you like the aesthetic of that doctor. It's vital you think your surgeon knows what looks good.

Face lift The expert: Professor Luiz Toledo, M.D. Best for: Taking years off your birth date This charming Brazilian surgeon, a certified member of the American Society of Plastic Surgery, has 36 years of private practice experience. “A face lift is recommended to remedy the problem of excess skin and thus reinstating the curves of the face,” he explains. During the procedure the cheekbones can be sculpted using fat grafting techniques and eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) can be undertaken at the same time. Dr Toledo advises that the stitches are removed one week after the op and the majority of swelling subsides after just 10 days. The result: A more defined and younger version of you Clinic: Mercato Family Clinic, Dubai Price: Dhs30,000-Dhs60,000 Tel: (04) 3448844 Website: www.drluiztoledo.com

Doctor’s tip: “The most important check you can do is to verify that the surgeon is a Board Certified Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon in his home country. Checking the operating facility is an absolute must,” says Dr Toledo.

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Breast augmentation The expert: Dr Buthainah Al-Shunnar M.D., F.A.C.S. Best for: Increasing your cup size in the right proportion A pioneer in her field and the only American Board Certified female plastic surgeon in Dubai, Dr Al-Shunnar is the go-to lady for a sensitive approach to your op. With 10 years of experience in the US before returning to her native UAE, she says that “a good aesthetic surgery result is one which looks natural and not ‘done’.” Dr Al-Shunnar admirably uses her skills to help breast cancer survivors in need of a woman’s touch for their reconstructive surgery. The result: A confidence boost with curves that look natural Clinic: Al-Shunnar, Dubai Price: Dhs21,000 Tel: (04) 3953033 Website: www.alshunnarplasticsurgery.ae

Top three options for breast augmentation: An implant is put in to replace the lost tissue. Tissue from your own body can used to create added volume and shape. Or a combination of an implant and body tissue can also be used for reconstruction.

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“A good aesthetic surgery result is one which looks natural and not ‘done’” – Dr Buthainah Al-Shunnar Tummy tuck The expert: Dr Jaffer Khan M.B., B.S., F.R.C.S.I., F.R.C.S. (Plast.), F.A.C.S Best for: Those who want to revisit their bikini days Often known as a Mummy Makeover, the tummy tuck will get rid of loose skin on the abdomen after pregnancy or weight loss. Dr Khan will talk you through the best type of tummy tuck to ensure you get the best possible result with minimal scarring. The result: A new-found waistline Clinic: Aesthetics International, Dubai Price: Dhs40,000 Contact Tel: (04) 3469888 Website: www.aesthetics.ae

Factoid: A doctor will only perform a long cosmetic procedure if the patient is medically fit – the longer the procedure, the longer they are under anaesthesia and the more risk involved.

Injectable breast The expert: Dr Maurizio Viel Best for: Those who want to go up a cup size without going under the knife With no risk of rejection and no possibility of an allergic reaction, women are flocking to Dr Viel to opt for an organic breast augmentation over implants. Fat is harvested from an area of your body (an added bonus) and then injected to create a fuller appearance. Dr Viel tells EW that the procedure is “ideal for new mothers who want to get back lost volume and those with sufficient fat on their abdomen and thighs.” The procedure can also be done to plump the face and the backs of hands to reduce the appearance of unsightly veins. The result: An instant boost with minimal down time to recover Clinic: London Centre for Cosmetic Surgery, Dubai Price: Dhs23,000 Contact Tel: (04) 3752393 Website: www.lcas.ae

Doctor’s tip: “Don’t be afraid to ask your surgeon questions such as who the anaesthetist is, where the surgery will take place and what risks are involved – a good surgeon should always be willing to provide this information,” says Dr Viel.


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TREATMENT: Talise Marine Detoxification Treatment SALON: Talise Spa BEST FOR: Serial party girls in need of a major detox Nestled in a private majlis, surrounded by ethereal gardens and water features, your therapist will begin with the green tea and sea salt exfoliation, giving danced-out limbs a new lease of life. Once rinsed, a rich Marine Body Mask is applied before you are cocooned in a warm wrap. As the formula gets to work, the soothing scalp massage will melt away any signs of stress. Finally, after a hot shower, a citrus lotion is massaged into your limbs leaving them feeling super-fresh. THE RESULT: You leave the salon with a new year spring in your step LOCATION: Madinat Jumeirah TEL: (04) 3666818 PRICE: Dhs695 TIME: 90 minutes

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the Big flush TREATMENT: Colonic irrigation CLINIC: The Holistic Health Centre ASK FOR: Dr Ludmila Vassileiva BEST FOR: Cleansing from the inside out Armed with the knowledge that 90 per cent of diseases stem from an unhealthy colon, EW felt it was time for a colonic. Lying down in your backless gown might not be the most glam position, but it’s worth it for flushing out toxins and removing any blockages. Informative therapists, who explain each stage, make the experience less intimidating. THE RESULT: You’ll feel lighter and internally 'spring cleaned' LOCATION: Al Wasl Road, Jumeirah TEL: (04) 3487172 PRICE: Dhs400 TIME: 105 minutes (including consultation)

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TREATMENT: Pevonia Botanica Oxy-Vital Facial SALON: Vanilla by Jelena Exclusive Ladies Salon & Spa BEST FOR: Dull, lifeless skin in need of a deep clean When it comes to anti-ageing, having regular facials should be number one on your new year’s resolution list, and this facial is the one to transform your skin from average to amazing. Not for the faint-hearted, the exfoliating and extractions are pretty intense. But post-treatment, your skin will look radiant, dewy, and boast a delightfully youthful glow. THE RESULT: Skin that’s clean, hydrated and radiant LOCATION: Palm Jumeriah, Al Das Building 10 TEL: (04) 4376010 PRICE: Dhs420 TIME: 90 minutes

TREATMENT: Detox Ritual SALON: The Spa at The Address Dubai Mall BEST FOR: Reducing the dreaded festive season bloat There’s no better pick-me-up than a scrub, and this is one of the best. Microspheres of bamboo are brushed over the body, sloughing off any signs of dryness to leave skin so fresh it’s tingling. A rich mask of warm seaweed packed full of minerals, vitamins and enzymes is then folded over the body. After a thorough rinse, a Hilot massage using coconut oil leaves your body in pristine condition. THE RESULT: Skin takes on an unrivalled glow LOCATION: The Address Dubai Mall TEL: (04) 4388888 PRICE: Dhs775 TIME: 120 minutes

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fancy needlework TREATMENT: Acupuncture CLINIC: T.C.M. Acupuncture Therapy Centre ASK FOR: Dr Lee BEST FOR: Promoting general health and energy realignment The traditional Chinese medicine of acupuncture is an ideal, and popular, post-party treatment. A series of super-fine needles are inserted into the anatomic points of the body to encourage energy flow and promote a

healthy immune system. Driving energy towards problem areas not only improves circulation but also reduces stress levels. THE RESULT: You’re left feeling serene with a clear piece of mind LOCATION: Shop no. 5, next to Ibis Hotel, Al Barsha TEL: (04) 3256432 PRICE: Dhs250 for one session or Dhs1,000 for five TIME: 60 minutes


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IT’S A SKIN WHAT’S THE NEXT BIG THING IN PERFUMERY? THE SEDUCTIVE SCENT OF LEATHER…

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orget sugary scents that smell more like dessert than something that should be dabbed on one’s wrists. The world of perfume is so much more refined these days. Girly concoctions more suited to Barbie and ‘fresh air’ scents with splashes of lavender are so last century. Modern perfumes are all about the deep and mysterious – igniting reactions and stirring memories. The scent du jour is leather. Not convinced? Just remind yourself of the delicious feeling your senses experience when unwrapping a lambskin handbag, equestrian gear, new shoes, or when you slip into the back of a very expensive new car. The instinct is to draw the leather close to your nose and inhale deeply. This is exactly the inspiration for perfumer Nathalie Larson with Cuir Noir, the latest launch for Armani’s Privé La

Collection des Mille et une Nuits. This range was created to celebrate all things Eastern, with previous scents including Oud Royal, Rose d’Arabie and Ambre Orient, and this ‘Black Leather’ latest addition sits happily alongside. The scent of leather has come a long way from its origins in the 15th century when it was actually considered putrid. However, after evolving over the years, Armani has now transformed the smell with the perfume’s leather note coming from the exact aroma of a new Jaguar interior. But, of course, alongside the leather sit some other fabulous ingredients too. Larsen has managed to create a scent that encapsulates all the good stuff related to leather tanning – the carnal animal elements, along with the tarry aroma of black birch, amber and spices like coriander and nutmeg. Tahitian vanilla punctuates throughout and adds only

the smallest hint of sweetness. The whole fragrance is feminised with the inclusion of the finest rose oil – distilled from the petals so it offers a light and powdery element. The backbone, though, is close to all Arabian hearts and that is the smokiness of oud, the perfect scent to wear day or night, and especially good with the balmy Arabian Gulf breeze. Get ready to inhale…

Allow extra time post check-in as you’ll most definitely be side tracked by the new Giorgio Armani boutique that has opened in Dubai airport. It has the renowned Crema Nera women’s skincare products from Pantelleria, all the quietly confident colours for eyes, lips and cheeks, the make-up artist’s favourite Luminous Silk Foundation, along with the last word in luxury when it comes to fragrances.

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FOOD TABOOS

With so many conflicting reports on what we should and shouldn’t eat, it’s difficult to know what’s good and what’s bad for us these days. EW investigates the so-called miracle foods and whether ‘bad’ ingredients are really that harmful to our health WRITTEN BY RACHEL SILVESTRI

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ating well can be a constant struggle. While we’re all educated enough to know that more fruit and vegetables, whole grains and non-processed foods make up the ideal diet, most of us also fight an ongoing battle as we desperately try to avoid the snacks and junk food we know are bad for us. But with a constant stream of often conflicting information from nutritionists, doctors, food agencies and the medical industry dictating what’s good and bad for us, healthy eating has become something of a grey area. Should we be eating more fish for its omega-3s, or less because of its mercury content? Should we up our intake of ‘good fats’ or cut them due to cholesterol risks? Where does the truth about our food really lie? “The most common misconceptions regarding ‘good’ and ‘bad’ foods rely heavily on the colour, such as brown being better than white in sugar and bread, in addition to ‘diet’ labels on products ranging from ‘natural’ juices to low-fat and sugar-free products,” says Sara Ismail, a Clinical Dietician at Lively Abu Dhabi. She stresses that while it’s important to read labels, a good deal of common sense is needed to truly understand them – and fruit juice is the perfect example. “We find a large number of juices on supermarket shelves, but which ones are best?” asks Sara. “Nectar cans indicate that sugar has been added to the original fruit juice. Natural juice means that no sugar has been added. But it’s important to note that natural juice still have fructose in it, the natural sugar found in fruits. So calories still count and they are not insignificant.” Dr Javier Magnago, Specialist Registrar at Dubai Hospital, agrees: “An orange contains a certain amount and type of carbohydrate, but if you drink the juice from it, it has a much higher glycemic index as it’s absorbed much faster and creates a higher peak of glucose in the blood than if you eat the whole orange.” So to avoid that glucose peak – a sugar rush resulting in a following ‘crash’, causing cravings for more sugary foods and promoting weight gain – the whole orange and a glass of water is much better. And it’s not just fruit

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NEW HEALTH DISCOVERIES ARE MADE EVERY DAY – HERE’S A SELECTION OF THE BIGGEST FOOD NEWS FROM THE LAST MONTH OMEGA-3s: A new study has revealed that patients who received omega-3 or antioxidant supplements after an acute lung injury such as pneumonia or sepsis were on ventilators for longer and spent more time in ICU. Dr Todd Rice and colleagues, published in JAMA GREEN TEA: Green tea may slow down body weight gain by limiting fat absorption. Penn State University food scientists, published in Obesity COFFEE: The more coffee an older woman drinks, the lower her risk of depression is. Harvard School of Public Health, published in Archives of Internal Medicine SOY: Soy protein has been found to reduce progression of clogged arteries in women within five years of menopause. Dr Howard N. Hodis and colleagues, published in Stroke EGGS: Eggs produced by free-range hens have no nutritional difference to those from battery hens. Poultry Science Association, published in Poultry Science POTATOES: Research has shown that potatoes are the most affordable and abundant source of potassium of all fruit and vegetables, also providing significantly better nutritional value per dirham than most other raw vegetables. Dr Adam Drewnowski and colleagues, presented at the American Dietetic Association’s Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo

MYTH-BUSTING

CAN YOU ALWAYS BELIEVE WHAT YOU READ? SOME OF THESE COMMONLY-HELD BELIEFS ABOUT HEALTHY EATING AREN’T ALL THAT THEY SEEM… WHILE OTHERS ARE 100 PER CENT TRUE

FALSE: OILY FISH INCREASES BRAIN POWER “Reading, playing Sudoku and switching off the TV increases your brain power,” says Dr Javier. “Fish oil does not.” However, oily fish is still good for you: “Omega-3 fats found in fatty fish are especially beneficial to the heart,” says Sara. “They may also protect against irregular heartbeats and help lower blood pressure levels.” FALSE: LOW-FAT MEANS LESS CALORIES “In terms of dairy products, it is recommended to turn to low-fat choices because they do cut the calories and reduce the total saturated fat content naturally present in dairy products,” says Sara. “However, while low-fat candy and sweets do contain a lower content 92

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of fat, they usually still contain a considerable amount of sugars, sweeteners and carbohydrates that add up to calories. Low-fat does not mean free of calories.” FALSE: BROWN SUGAR IS LESS FATTENING THAN WHITE SUGAR “They both contain the calories but they differ in the processing method,” says Sara. “Bleach is used to whiten the white sugar, whereas the brown remains the same.” FALSE: ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS CAUSE CANCER AND OTHER HEALTH PROBLEMS “Artificial sweeteners have been the subject of intense scrutiny for decades,” says Sara, “but according to the National Cancer Institute in the USA and other health agencies, there’s no sound

scientific evidence that any of the artificial sweeteners approved for use cause cancer or other serious health problems.” TRUE: WE DON’T NEED TO ADD SALT TO OUR DIET “In the modern world, soduim – salt – is already present in a lot of forms such as preservatives and processed food, so you don’t really need to add it to your diet, as it’s bad for hypertension – high blood pressure,” says Dr Javier. “One exception might be if you do sports and sweat, as you lose electrolytes including sodium, potassium and chloride from your body. So a sports drink containing these minerals helps with fast recovery.” TRUE: YOGHURT AIDS DIGESTION

SARA SAYS YOGHURT IS THE PERFECT SNACK: “It’s rich in calcium, proteins and helps reduce constipation.” TRUE: COLD-PRESSED OLIVE OIL IS BETTER FOR US THAN NORMAL OLIVE OIL Cold-pressed olive oil that hasn’t been heated is full of polyunsaturated fatty acids that help protect against clogged arteries. “But,” says Dr Javier, “if you heat the oil it becomes a saturated fat, which is not good for you. So don’t use your expensive cold-pressed olive oil for cooking, use the regular one.” TRUE: IT’S BETTER TO EAT DINNER EARLY “Have dinner at least two to three hours before sleep,” says Sara. “You need that time to digest it properly.”


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health/what not to eat juice where the lines between good and bad become blurred – ‘diet’ labels can hide some rather surprising ingredients. “Being labelled low fat doesn’t necessarily mean it’s good for you,” says nutritional therapist Laura Holland of Inshallah. “Many times these foods have just had loads of sugar added in place of the fat that has been taken out to keep the taste pleasing. So in many cases you would be better off eating the original product.” An exception to this rule may be artificial sweeteners in diet drinks such as Diet Coke – despite years of rumours that these sweeteners cause nasty health problems including cancer, these claims have never been proven. However, artificial sweeteners are still a processed food and don’t carry the health benefits of fresh, whole foods. A prime example of confusion around another serious health issue is cholesterol – conflicting reports about ‘good’ and ‘bad’ cholesterol, diseases it causes and foods that supposedly increase cholesterol levels abound. So much research goes into the causes and effects of high cholesterol that it’s difficult to know how, or even if, to tackle it. But some basic medical facts are all that are needed to solve the cholesterol conundrum. “Cholesterol is a specific type of fat that the body needs to function,” says Dr Javier. “In the blood you never find cholesterol alone, but combined or transported by lipoproteins, some of which are high density lipoproteins [HDL], others low [LDL] and others very low density [VLDL]. HDL is called ‘good’ cholesterol because its function is to remove cholesterol from the cells that cover the inside of arteries and capillaries, helping to prevent hardening of SARA ISMAIL, CLINICAL DIETICIAN AT LIVE’LY the arteries. LDL and especially VLDL do the ABU DHABI, WWW.LIVELY.AE opposite so they’re called ‘bad’ cholesterol. LAURA HOLLAND, NUTRITIONAL “The body can make all the cholesterol it THERAPIST, WWW.INSHALLAH.ORG.UK needs, so you don’t really need it in your diet. Any DR JAVIER MAGNAGO, SPECIALIST animal fat has cholesterol, but no vegetable fat or REGISTRAR AT DUBAI HOSPITAL, oil has cholesterol that the body will absorb from JMAGNAGO@DHA.GOV.AE your diet,” adds Dr Javier. So reducing intakes of animal fats is sensible for those watching their cholesterol, while vegetable fats shouldn’t give us anything to worry about. In fact, the belief that ‘good’ vegetable fats, despite being better than animal fats, will still make you put on weight is one that annoys many nutritional therapists, Laura included: “I've heard people say avocados and nuts make us fat. They don’t, and it is not the reason people experience challenges with their weight. Avocados and nuts are full of good fats that enhance our metabolism and help to make us leaner.” However, Sara adds her own word of warning: “Always keep in mind that ‘fat is fat’ when it comes to calories. So the energy that these fats give is still high and must be controlled in portions. Make wise choices to include ‘good’ vegetable fats in your daily diet while managing portion sizes and cutting down on fats from animal sources and desserts.” With new research into the effects of food released every day, the rules are ever changing, but there’s one constant we can all follow... eat plenty of fruit and vegetables, control your portions and cut down on treats to stay in shape. ■

LITTLE BLACK MEDICAL BOOK

POSITIVE EATING WITH SO MUCH INFORMATION ON FOOD AVAILABLE TO US, IT’S EASY TO FORGET THE FUNDAMENTALS – OUR EXPERTS CUT THROUGH THE CONFUSION AND GET BACK TO THE BASICS OF GOOD EATING DR JAVIER’S SIMPLE CHECKLIST FOR A FAD-FREE, BALANCED AND HEALTHY DIET:

1. Eat more vegetables and fruits 2. Put limits on the amount of fat you eat 3. Cut down on quickly-absorbed carbohydrates 4. If you’re overweight, cut down your overall calorie intake LAURA HOLLAND’S TOP TIPS FOR EASY, HEALTHY EATING: “Keep it simple and just try to eat good,

old fashioned food – food that actually looks like food, rather than stuff that’s been processed to within an inch of its life and is practically unrecognisable. This stuff is dead and does nothing to feed your body, so try to incorporate a large natural food element in every meal. An easy way to know that you are doing this is to try and increase the amount of raw food that you eat, this way you can be sure that you are eating natural, energy rich, vitality-boosting food.” SARA ISMAIL’S COLOURFUL ANTIOXIDANT ADVICE:

“Antioxidants protect cells from damage caused by unstable molecules known as free radicals. Free radical damage may lead to cancer, and antioxidants act to neutralise them. Antioxidants are abundant in fruit and vegetables, as well as in other foods including nuts, grains, and some meats, poultry, and fish. Important sources include: Orange foods: sweet potatoes, carrots, cantaloupe, squash, apricots, oranges pumpkin and mangoes. Green, leafy vegetables: collard greens, spinach and kale. Red-fleshed fruit: Tomatoes, watermelon, guava, papaya and grapefruit.”

BALANCED TRUTHS

EVERYTHING IN MODERATION – THESE FOODS HAVE BOTH GOOD AND BAD POINTS, BUT CAN ULTIMATELY BE BENEFICIAL IF USED IN THE RIGHT WAY

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BROWN BREAD PROS: Contains more fibre than white bread, good for a healthy digestive system CONS: Has the same amount of calories as white bread

EGGS PROS: High in protein, omega-3 and calcium CONS: One egg yolk contains more than 200mg of cholesterol

ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS PROS: Reduced calories, good sugar alternative for diabetics CONS: Encourage consumption of processed foods that have less health benefits than whole foods

HEALTHY FATS PROS: Improve blood cholesterol, decrease risk of heart disease CONS: Fats are fats – they contain lots of calories


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THE DAY THE MUSIC DIED London gallery Proud Camden celebrates the members of the tragic Forever 27 Club – musicians who passed away when they were only 27 years old – in its latest exhibit The Day the Music Died. The exhibition showcases portraits of Amy Winehouse, Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison and Janis Joplin. www.proudcamden.com

Tips and tricks for luxury holidays, city-breaks and everything in between….

Banyan Tree Al Wadi has introduced a special Magical Arabian Nights promotion where guests can enjoy a complimentary night’s stay with every two paid nights. The deal also includes breakfast and complimentary use of the hydrothermal wellness facilities at The Rainforest spa. Book now as the promotion is only valid until February 26. For bookings, call (07) 2067605/04 or email reservationsalwadi@banyantree.com.

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Skip the beaten track and embark on some of the most thrilling holidays the world has to offer – from diving in an ancient underwater city to sliding down the side of a volcano, your adrenaline-filled journey starts here… WRITTEN BY JADE BREMNER

CROSS A G IN RID HORSE AMA DESERT C THE ATA WHERE: San Pedro de Atacama, Chile DESCRIPTION: One of the best ways to conquer the driest desert in the world is on horseback, with an expert guide leading you toward the northern corner of Chile where awe-inspiring sights are waiting for all levels of rider. Venture across the terrain and see gigantic salt plains scattered with bright pink flamingoes, plus an 11m sculpture of a hand, which appears to wave at passers-by in the vast, motionless desert around it. Other astounding landmarks include a dormant train station filled with antique steam trains, once used by nearby towns that have since died out due to the harsh weather conditions. Eerie graveyards still remain in the area, made creepier by the fact that the dead bodies here don’t decay due to the lack of moisture in the air. DETAILS: Companies, including Unicorn Trails and Safari Riding can tailor-make your adventure. Week-long trips, including guides, accommodation and meals, start from approximately Dhs10,000. www.unicorntrails. com, www.safaririding.com WHILE YOU’RE THERE: Visit the astronomy centre 5km south of San Pedro. Situated 2,438m above sea level, the stargazing opportunities are world-class. It’s possible to see Mars and Saturn with the naked eye. www.spaceobs.com STAY: At luxury eco-tourism boutique hotel Tierra Atacama, you’ll be totally at one with the elements, with only the night sky illuminating your completely natural surroundings. www.tierraatacama.com JANUARY 2012

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G IN BIKIN N EMIRATES A T N U MO EVE S THE S S O R C A WHERE: Throughout the UAE DESCRIPTION: With almost a year to prepare for this exhilarating event, participants have plenty of time to get in shape for the fiveday, 400km cycle through all seven emirates. Discover small townships, mountain trails, desert tracks and stunning coastal routes along the way, then camp overnight, Bedouin-style, in this fascinating landscape. Not for the fainthearted, the gruelling journey will test every

muscle in your body but offers a massive sense of achievement too, as this adventure is in aid of a great cause. Sponsorship money will go toward the Gulf for Good charity, which helps children from deprived backgrounds around the world. DETAILS: The challenge takes place at the end of this year (check the website for exact dates). It costs Dhs2,200 to register and Dhs12,000 in sponsorship. www.gulf4good.org

WHILE YOU’RE THERE: The UAE is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts, so before the event notch up another life-changing experience with a skydive from 12,000ft over the worldfamous Palm Jumeirah in Dubai. www. skydivedubai.ae STAY: Prepare for the event in the luxury of the plush Mediterranean-style Ritz-Carlton Dubai resort, overlooking the shimmering coastline. www.ritzcarlton.com

G BOARDIN O N A C L VO WHERE: Lake Nicaragua, Nicaragua, Central America DESCRIPTION: At the base of Cerro Negro (Black Mountain) you’ll wonder exactly how you’re going to make it up the steep face of this ancient volcano. Luckily, the skilful tour guides have mastered getting their big yellow buses partly up the hill, from where it’s a 45-minute hike toward crater’s edge. Here you’ll stop, put on an orange boiler suit and some goggles, then launch yourself down the hill on a rickety sledge made from metal and wood. The speed of a volcano board is anywhere between five to 82km/hr, depending on the drop. Once zipping along the black sooty sand, made up of ancient lava, make sure you don’t 100

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fall off – you’ll get a stinging gravel burn to remember. DETAILS: Tours cost a reasonable Dhs100 and include national park entrance, equipment, transport and refreshments. www.bigfootnicaragua.com WHILE YOU’RE THERE: Visit the Corn Islands – a haven for wildlife and deepsea fishing. You can also trek through the rocky Nicaragua trails, where you’ll spot howler monkeys swinging through the trees. STAY: Appreciate the surrounding wilderness and nature at Pelican Eyes Hotel and Resort, set on the lapping coastline near the quaint fishing village of San Juan del Sur. Expect giant thatched lodges with private pools and five-star service. www.pelicaneyesresort.com


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GLACIER CLIMBING WHERE: Chamonix Valley, French Alps, France DESCRIPTION: This beautiful region in the French Alps is a haven for the rich and famous, who come for the beautiful scenery and sedate skiing. But for a bigger thrill, scale solid walls of ice of up to 1,350m high using only a rope, an ice pick and some crampons. While climbing you may have to battle with the forces of nature – think avalanches, unstable ice that crumbles and drastic changes in temperature. If you’re a complete beginner, start small at La Crèmerie in Argentière. There are lots of simple routes in this spot, some with easy 45-degree angles, so you’ll be able to learn the ropes in no time.

DETAILS: Take ice-climbing lessons with The Bob Culp Climbing School for Dhs550 per half day, per person. www.bobculp.com WHILE YOU’RE THERE: Trek 16,000ft up the famous Mont Blanc mountain to marvel at the jaw-dropping scenery, or tandem paraglide off one of the glistening peaks for an unparalleled bird’s-eye view of the glorious snowdusted valley. STAY: Splash out at the Hameau Albert 1er hotel, a Relais & Chateaux property at the foot of Mont Blanc. Here you’ll find a grand total of 27 chefs, plus a gigantic spa and golf course and cosy cabins you simply won’t want to leave. www.relaischateaux.com

ATER CITY EXPLORE AN UNDERW WHERE: Qiandao Lake, Zhejaing, China DESCRIPTION: Dive at this incredible site 24m below the surface of Qiandao Lake. The ancient city of Shi Cheng disappeared off the map 50 years ago after being flooded during the construction of a reservoir. However, one Shanghai-based diving company recently rediscovered the 1,800-year-old city and now holds dive trips inside its submerged walls. This is a trip for intermediate-experience divers only the diving conditions here can be harsh. With visibility at as little as 3m, there’s a

large chance you could lose your diving buddy if you don’t stay alert. The dive company brings high-powered torches to light the way so divers can go into buildings and look around rooms that were lived in until half a century ago. DETAILS: Big Blue Dive Company run trips from Shanghai to Qiandao Lake every month, and divers must be advance certified. Weekend trips cost Dhs1,950, including accommodation, transport and food. www.big-blue.cn

WHILE YOU’RE THERE: Trips leave from Shanghai, so while in the city visit the bohemian area of Tai Kang Lu, filled with trendy gift shops selling kitsch communist memorabilia and unique art. STAY: The Waldorf Astoria, Shanghai, on the famous colonial Bund waterfront dates back to the 1800s. The beautiful building has been immaculately restored to its former glory, with ornate neo-classical details. Though that’s not to say it is doesn’t boast modern amenities. www.waldorfastoria.com JANUARY 2012

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travel/ adventure G ZORBIN WHERE: Rotorua, New Zealand DESCRIPTION: Possibly the most fun of all extreme sports, Zorbing requires you to climb inside a 3m-high transparent inflatable ball, which is then launched down a hill or across all manner of surfaces while you’re inside, bouncing around. Choose either a waterbased Zydro Ride, where you slide around as you make your descent, or go for a Zorbit Ride, strapped into a harness inside the ball (similar to the training astronauts are given in preparation for space flights). Choose between a number of routes including a straight track, a zigzag track or a steep drop. DETAILS: Get three rides for Dhs250 per person. www.zorb.com WHILE YOU’RE THERE: The area of Rotorua is known for its rich natural sulphur, so don’t leave without a trip to Hell’s Gate Wai Ora Spa. This natural thermal park is filled with boiling mud pools, giant geysers and hot springs. The mud baths are said to have natural healing properties that cure skin ailments. www. hellsgate.co.nz STAY: Peppers on the Point Rotorua is a converted 1930s mansion that sits right beside the gleaming Lake Rotorua. Book the private lake cottage suite, with views out to Mokoia Island. www.peppers.co.nz

NING CANYO WHERE: Yungas, Coroico, Bolivia DESCRIPTION: This incredible thrill, suitable for complete beginners, starts atop a 12m waterfall in the heart of the jungle. Here you’ll lean backwards (to an angle of 90-degrees) with only a rope stopping you from crashing to the ground, while water rushes under your feet. Begin your descent by abseiling down the waterfall using a mixture of techniques (and a lot of rope), then make your way across the jungle’s canyons, down cascades and across towering ledges. DETAILS: Waterfall canyoning trips start from Dhs225. www.kanootours.com 102

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WHILE YOU’RE THERE: La Paz, the administrative capital of Bolivia, is around three-and-a-half hours away and well worth a visit. Head to The Witches’ Market on Calle Linares for a fascinating glimpse into local folklore, with stalls selling llama fetuses, dried frogs and other strange ingredients for potions and formulas. STAY: Radisson Plaza Hotel La Paz sits in the centre of town and offers delicious traditional barbecued treats in its Suma Uru Restaurant where a friendly piano bar will help soothe you after an adrenaline-filled day. www. radisson.com


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WHERE: Meru Peak, Garhwal, India DESCRIPTION: This is suitable for experts only, but once you’ve mastered it you’ll experience a sensation between skydiving and bungy jumping as you fly through the air from the highest base jumping platform on the planet, only pulling your parachute at the last possible moment. To start off we recommend a jump course to learn how to handle accelerated free fall. Many skydive centres (including www.skydivedubai.ae) will teach you how to jump, control your weight in the air and handle your parachute. DETAILS: Consult an expert base jumper before you book a trip. Website www. basejumper.com is a good place to start with tips and advice for anyone looking to

get into the sport. When you’re ready, climb to the summit of Meru Peak with companies such as The Mountain Company for Dhs12,200. www.themountaincompany.co.uk WHILE YOU’RE THERE: Visit the capital of Dehradun, where you can see Robber’s Cave (also known as Guchchu Pan). At this beautiful picnic spot surrounded by lush hills, you’ll find a tranquil freshwater stream. Alternatively, head to the area of Mussoorie, beside the Alaknanda River for a bonechilling white water rafting session. www. treknraft.com STAY: Stay in Mussoorie, at the luxe Hotel Nand Residency. In this off-the-beatentrack location you’ll be surrounded by the rugged Himalayan mountains. www. nandresidency.com n

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rsvp/ralph lauren

THE EW TEAM

WE LOVE THE A/W11 COLLECTION

THE CHIC CROWD

HOT TO TROT

Emirates Woman hosted the elegant opening of the Ralph Lauren shoe salon

HAPPY CUSTOMERS

WRITTEN BY ELIZABETH WHISTON-DEW

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STYLISH GUESTS

An über-stylish scene was set at the Ralph Lauren store at The Dubai Mall when Emirates Woman senior editor Sophia Serin introduced the fashion brand’s new shoe salon. Akin to a fashion fairy tale, glass cabinets were filled with a multitude of must-have trinkets designed to make the heart flutter. Guests browsed through the accessories where the Ricky Bags took pride of place, before arriving at the plush new shoe salon. Alongside Ingie Chalhoub, President and Managing Director of the Etoile Group, Sophia welcomed the specially invited customers to discover the latest collection of footwear. Sipping on candy coloured cocktails, guests mingled while slipping on the latest creations, from the buckled riding boot to the ever-popular suede Ralph Lauren monogrammed loafers. n

LAN STANLEY AND STEPHANIE KHOUY

HOT-TO-TOE RALPH LAUREN

DASHING IN RALPH LAUREN

THE RALPH LAUREN SHOE SALON

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rsvp/iwc charity gala

SHEIKH HASSAN BIN RASHID AL KHALIFA AND NINA ZANDNIA

RSVP

THE SPECTACULAR SETTING

STARS IN THEIR EYES OWEN WILSON

THE BIDDING FOR AN IWC WATCH, AUCTIONED FOR US$85,000

The glitterati dug deep at this spectacular gala; raising over US$1 million for charity WRITTEN BY ELLE TIMMS

The Dubai International Film Festival and luxury watch manufacturer IWC Schaffhausen joined forces to host a truly successful charity dinner and auction in aid of Oxfam and Dubai Cares. The star-studded event, held under the patronage of UN Messenger of Peace HRH Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, wife of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, saw US$1million raised through extravagant auctions with celebrity items and experiences going under the hammer. Highlights included the funding of 24 schools in Pakistan (US$710,000), an IWC watch (US$85,000), and an original artwork by Pablo Picasso (US$50,000). Regional celebrities, including Emirati film-maker Ali Mustafa and Egyptian film star Amr Waked, were special guests along with Bollywood legend Rahul Bose, Hollywood actor Owen Wilson, supermodel Helena Christensen and singer Ronan Keating, who provided the evening’s entertainment. It was truly a night to remember. n

SOPHIE SHELLIM AND DANNIELLE BLAKER

DESIGNER ESSA (RIGHT) AND LAN STANLEY

RONAN KEATING

AZIZ KHOLAIT AND NADINE KANSO

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REKHA AND MAHESH TOURANI WITH RONAN KEATING

HELENA CHRISTENSEN DIALA MAKKI

AYDIN MOMTAZ, PAUL FRANGIE, SHAWN STEPHENS, RALPH SEBASTIAN AND JONATHAN ASHMORE JANUARY 2012

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ADDRESS BOOK A Accessorize (04) 3409052 Adidas (04) 4340836 Aeropostale (04) 8136111 Aftershock (04) 4340870 Agnès b. (04) 3398860 Agnona (04) 3198999 Aigner (04) 4341333 Aldo (04) 2957885 Antik Batik (04) 4343080 Areej (04) 2837430 Armani Exchange (04) 2943057 Ayesha Depala (04) 3445378 Azal (04) 3300730

B Banana Republic (04) 3398462 Balenciaga (04) 3300564 Bally (04) 3410280 Balmain (04) 4098888 Bambah (050) 6741754 BCBGMAXAZRIA (04) 3558458 BCBG girls (04) 2329600 Benetton (04) 3414646 Bloomingdale’s (04) 3505333 Boom & Mellow (04) 3413993 Bottega Veneta (04) 3300449 Burberry (04) 2950347 Boucheron (04) 3410039 Boutique1.com Bulgari (04) 3303233 BurJuman (04) 3520222

C Cartier (04) 3300034 Carolina Herrera (04) 3415095 Carvela (04) 3399737 Catherine Malandrino (04) 3398102 Celine (04) 3593925 Chanel (04) 3240464 Charles & Keith (04) 3410408 Chaumet (04) 3398758 Christian Dior (04) 3515551 Christian Louboutin (04) 3990998 Chloé (04) 3300700 Coach (04) 3301020

DKNY (04) 3513788 Dolce&Gabbana (04) 3515551 The Dubai Mall (04) 4373200 Dune (04) 3594101

E Escada (04) 3591117 Emilio Pucci (04) 3398525 Emporio Armani (04) 3300778 Essa (050) 6346524 Etoile (04) 3414166 Etro (04) 3513737

F Faces (04) 3471225 Fendi (04) 3511833 Forever 21 (04) 2952031 French Connection (04) 4341116 Furla (04) 3522285

G Garage (04) 3398683 Gap (04) 3398784 Gerard Darel (04) 3399780 Gianfranco Ferré (04) 3410919 Gianmarco Lorenzi (04) 3827333 Giorgio Armani (04) 3300447 Givenchy (04) 3308282 Gucci (04) 3303313 Giuseppe Zanotti (04) 3300620

H H&M (04) 2957244 Harry Winston (04) 3317440 Harvey Nichols (04) 4098888 Hermès (04) 3511190 Herve Leger (04) 3808205 H.Stern (04) 3300730

I&J IF Boutique (04) 3947260 Inglot (04) 3398865 Jaeger (04) 3245145 Jaeger-LeCoultre (04) 3494195 JetSet (04) 330 0886 Jimmy Choo (04) 3300404

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Damas (04) 3525566 De Beers Salam (04) 3279222 Deira City Centre (04) 2951010

Karen Millen (04) 3398608 Kenneth Cole (04) 3555872 Kenzo (04) 3519449

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Khalil Al Sayegh (04) 2276555 Kurt Geiger (04) 3399737

L Lacoste (04) 2326040 Lanvin (04) 3303500 Links of London (04) 3557668 Loewe (04) 3558860 Louis Vuitton (04) 3592535

M Mall of the Emirates (04) 4099000 Mango (04) 2950182 Manolo Blahnik (04) 3515551 Manoukian (04) 4340724 Marami (04) 4343536 Marc by Marc Jacobs (04) 2326118 Marks & Spencer (04) 3245145 Marni (04) 3825120 Massimo Dutti (04) 2954413 Meher & Riddhima (04) 3300617 Merie Norman (04) 2328566 Michael Kors (04) 3300620 Missoni (04) 3398686 Miss Selfridge (04) 3399285 Montblanc (04) 3246675 Motivi (04) 3398358

N Nanis (04) 2066976 New Look (04) 2959542 Nina Ricci (04) 3825240 Nine West (04) 3398085 Nail Spa (04) 3399078

O&P Oasis (04) 2940011 Oasis Fashions (04) 3249074 ’O’ Concept (04) 3455557 O’de Rose (04) 3487990 Oscar de la Renta (04) 3399005 Ounass (04) 3300617 Paris Gallery (06) 5175555 Paspaley (04) 3398745 Parfois (04) 4343167 Paule Ka (04) 3253225 Piaget (04) 3388222 Pianegonda (04) 3521001 Pollini (04) 3510511 Pomellato (04) 3303375 Promod (04) 3414944

R Ralph Lauren (04) 3414200 Rami Al Ali (04) 3945607 Reiss (04) 3410515 River Island (04) 3399685 Rivoli (04) 3512279

S Saks Fifth Avenue (04) 3515551 Salvatore Ferragamo (04) 4099000 Seddiqi & Sons (04) 3552323 See by Chloé (04) 3951880 Sephora (04) 2326023 Sergio Rossi (04) 3301177 Shoemart (04) 3379811 Soirée (04) 3494995 Sonia Rykiel (04) 3308464 S*uce (04) 3447270 Splash Fashion (04) 2950553 Steve Madden (04) 3253052 Strandbags (04) 3410290 Stradivarius (04) 2941221 Sunglass Hut (04) 3414300 Symphony (04) 3308050 Swarovski (04) 3240168

T Tangara (04) 3411084 Ted Baker (04) 2326053 Temperley (04) 3398169 The Body Shop (06) 5302227 Tiffany & Co. (04) 3398350 The Outlet (04) 4264900 Tod’s (04) 3554417 Tommy Hilfiger (04) 3398097 Toni and Guy (04) 3303345 Topshop (04) 2951804 Tom Ford (04) 3308300

V Valentino (04) 3596450 Van Cleef & Arpels (04) 3398001 Vertu (04) 3551105 Versace Jewellery (04) 3398285

W, X, Y & Z Warehouse (04) 3407575 Yves Saint Laurent (04) 3300445 Zadig & Voltaire (04) 4233768 ■


agenda/stars

news around the time of the Cancer full moon on the 9th – this is a sensitive period for you. Lie low and see what transpires at your place of work. As much as you’d like to put up a fight, you may be wasting both your time and your energy, without a reality check. This month’s memo: Try to contain your emotions.

HOROSCOPES YOUR FORECAST FOR THE MONTH OF JANUARY

HOROSCOPES BY PETRA DU PREEZ / ILUSTRATION BY AREZOU ERJACKI

(DEC 22 – JAN 20)

Your year commences on an intense note, but for someone like you, who takes life seriously, this is a welcome relief. Be sure to set some realistic goals for yourself and don’t omit the very important balancing point for work, which relates to play and relaxation. You often work far too hard, but this month you're intent on getting the maximum dose of fun. If in-laws dabble in your affairs at home, take a stand to counteract that. This month’s memo: Ring in the changes at home. Birthday wish: To have yet another successful year at work.

AQUARIUS (JAN 21 – FEB 19) You're seemingly quite happy with the way things are going as far as your home and family life is concerned. If you had an unlimited budget, you could really do all those things you’d like to do. However, as with most things in life, one has to acknowledge one’s boundaries. That is very true as far as your debt is concerned this month. This month’s memo: Do not bury yourself under a mountain of debt. PISCES (FEB 20 – MAR 20) Love diva Venus settles into your sign on the 14th and promises to keep you happy and content for most of the month. Take note though that warrior Mars moves backwards into your love horoscope on the 24th, which needs careful handling. You definitely need

harmony and tact to calm down your other half. This month’s memo: Negotiating is better than confronting. ARIES (MAR 21 – APR 20) You start the year off on a motivated note and your work seems to benefit from this hardworking ethic. However, keep in mind that you’re good at starting things, so let someone else do the follow through. You also need to monitor your energy levels as your planet, Mars, goes backwards on the 24th. This month’s memo: Don’t take abundant energy for granted. TAURUS (APR 21 – MAY 21) You’re still the flavour of the year, what with popular Jupiter gracing your sign. It’s a good time to take calculated risks, as you probably have more luck than

usual. The same, however, doesn’t apply to your love life. Your partner seems to be quite unhappy towards the end of the month. This month’s memo: Allow your partner the ups and downs in life. GEMINI (MAY 22 – JUN 21) You’re all geared up to start 2012 on an organised note, especially at home. You’re able to accomplish much more during the first three weeks of the month, but come the 24th you either run out of steam or are having second thoughts. As always though, if the communication lines are open, you’re happy. This month’s memo: Be realistic about what’s achievable at home. CANCER (JUN 22 – JULY 23) Brace yourself for some unexpected

LEO (JULY 24 – AUG23) You’re so intent on making a success of your career this year that you’re perhaps not keeping an eye on what you're spending in order to achieve your goal. Although it’s an excellent time for progress at work, keep a close eye on your income and expenses. Be careful on the 24th when you're bound to have to cough up some big money. This month’s memo: Balance your financial books. VIRGO (AUG 24 – SEPT 23) It seems to be a divine time for love, especially around the 14th. The combination of Venus and Mars in your sign is making you appear more magnetic than usual. Keep in mind, though, that your energy and will might flag when Mars moves retrograde in your sign on the 24th. This month’s memo: Endeavour to maintain a steady mood. LIBRA (SEPT 24 – OCT 23) Your partner might be acting in a strange and unusual manner towards the end of the month, which will certainly leave you feeling anxious. Try not to probe too much and let them come to you naturally. Having Saturn in your sign for such a long time has made you quite mature. This month’s memo: Have faith in your relationship. SCORPIO (OCT 23 – NOV21) It’s not in your nature to form superficial friendships. So, it may come as a surprise that a close friend is either turning on you or withdrawing from your company. Chances are that this has nothing to do with you or what you said. Nevertheless, check it out and show your friend that you’re supportive through the ups and the downs. This month’s memo: Value your ability to be intuitive. n JANUARY 2012

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From a young age I’ve used sunscreen and find that the Kanebo range is great. As well as using SPF lotions, I kee p my hair tied back and wear a cap. I also use hair sunscreen to protect my fair hair.

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