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THE EDITORʼS LETTER
ummer is usually a time when UAE residents flee the heat to their holiday homes and favourite vacation spots, but there has been no such holiday at EW HQ. Over the last two months, we have met, interviewed and been inspired by the nominees of the Emirates Woman of the Year Awards 2010, and we are proud to present these incredible women in this issue. I am sure you will take great satisfaction in reading about their tremendous accomplishments, as have we. For the second year running, we are also pleased to announce the ADCB Ambition Award – an award that uncovers the ambitions of women in the UAE, supporting them in their bid to achieve their dreams. With a US$10,000 business grant and free investment advice from the experts at ADCB as the prize, now is the time to submit your entry. The month of September also marks the change of seasons, which makes for a very content Emirates Woman team as moving from S/S10 to A/W10 brings a whole new world of wardrobe happiness. In addition to the luxury side of our style, our feature on discount shopping will be your ultimate guide on where to pick up the best bargains around the world. Our friends at Chanel were kind enough to send us their stunning A/W10 collection all the way from Paris for an exclusive shoot, while we also shot on location some of the most talked about Oscar gowns in history, courtesy of Versace. EW Style Director, Sarah Joan Ross, chats to the doyenne of the design house, Donatella, about her celeb muses, and takes us on a private tour of her Italian palazzo and backstage at her A/W10 show. Closer to home, Poppy Skinner gets a front-row seat and VIP backstage pass at Rami Al Ali’s recent Alta Roma Fashion Week show, and we go behind the scenes with designer and business woman extraordinaire, Ingie Chalhoub, on the shoot for the Lys Royal gown from the INGIE Paris collection. Whether your September will be spent shopping the latest collections or planning your next holiday, one thing that should be on top of your list is to nominate for your favourite Emirates Woman of the Year Awards 2010 nominee. Simply cast your vote at: www.emirateswomanawards.com
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PARIS Drive in style with these gorgeous gloves by Hèrmes
ROME Rami Al Ali talking model’s make-up in Rome
Ingie Chalhoub directing her shoot in Paris
Head to Bloomingdales to bag a stunning (reversible) clutch by Amanda Navai
DUBAI Behind the scenes of the Emirates Woman of the Year Awards 2010 shoot With thanks to all the following designers and stores for supplying the wardrobe for the Emirates Woman of the Year Awards 2010 shoot: Alexander McQueen, Christian Louboutin, Dolce&Gabbana, Gap, Harvey Nichols, Jimmy Choo, Massimo Dutti, Moschino, New Look, Pucci, Soirée and www.modahouse.com
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70 Keira Knightley: Criticism, controversy and her new calling in life 77 Emirates Woman Of The Year Awards: 2010 nominees revealed 90 Global Report: Mauritanian girls force-fed for marriage 112 Versace Tribute: EW exclusive with Donatella and the house of Versace 158 Beauty And The Bleach: Skin whitening gets serious
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Inbox Style Online EW Insider The Lust List Fashion Report High-Street Buys
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High End Trend: Fur Anatomy Of A Trend Fashion Moment: Nicole Richie Opinion Column Black Book Of Beauty Beauty Box Beauty Trends: The New Gothic
70 The Rise Of Keira: Child actor turned Hollywood star 77 Emirates Woman Of The Year Awards: Vote now! 90 Global Report: Force-feeding Mauritania’s women. 98 The Seven Capital Vices: The original “seven deadly sins”
CONTENTS SEPTEMBER 2010
DONATELLA AT HOME
106 French Dressing: A/W 10 Chanel collection 112 A Night To Remember: Versace Oscar gowns shine in Dubai 127 Showgirl: EW gets an exclusive backstage pass to the A/W 10 Versace show 130 Wardrobe Detox: Clean out your closets 134 Rami Takes On Rome: Designer to the stars Rami Al Ali wows the crowds in Rome
139 Jessica Alba: An exclusive inteview with the Hollywood starlet 142 Ingie Chalhoub: Behind the scenes in Paris 145 Sale Away: Cheap chic shopping at its best
BEAUTY & HEALTH
152 On The Rise: Hair styles hot off the runway 158 Beauty And The Bleach: Skin whitening gets serious
164 One In A Million: Paco Rabanne’s latest fragrance 166 The Head Masters: Hair tips and tricks from Franck Provost 169 Precious Skin: Bulgari’s luxurious skin care 175 Health Notes 176 Eat Yourself Healthy: Must-know diet secrets
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Globetrotter Pocket Guide To Sydney Luxe Living Chez Versace: At home with Donatella RSVP: Gary Rhodes Address Book Horoscopes My Stylish Life
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STAYING POSITIVE The article The Pursuit of Happiness (EW, August) opened my eyes and brought me back to earth. It’s too easy to embrace self pity and complain, but we must realise how fortunate we are when compared to those who don’t even have a square meal a day. Just living and working in the UAE is a huge blessing and we must turn our negative attitudes into positive beliefs and make the most of our opportunities. Appreciating our good fortune and sharing it with the needy and deprived STAR is the true meaning of happiness. MESSAGE Andree Attie, Al Ain
STYLE HAVEN Loving the new fashion ladies! The Pony Tales shoot (EW, August) was fabulous and such a modern take on Emirates Woman’s fashion – up to date, fresh and now. Can’t wait to see what else you’ve got up your stylish sleeves… Anne-Laure Batiste, Dubai
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LITTLE BLACK BOOK The monthly updates from your new EW Insider page has finally allowed me to fill my family’s diary with more than my daughter’s ballet class, my son’s soccer practice or my husband’s work dinner. Now I can write in things that little old me wants to go to and it means I get to indulge in Dubai’s social scene once again – finally! Leila Horvat, Dubai
BEAUTY BASICS FASHION AT A CLICK I love your new fashion online page, as I do half my shopping on websites, but can you bring us more information on discounts and deals. Everytime I click on my favourite sites they seem to be offering some deal or other, so there must be tonnes out there. Fill me in – I don’t want to miss out! Jackie Simmons, Abu Dhabi
I really enjoy reading the beauty pages in Emirates Woman, but if I had one small request it would be for more hair stories. The weather, water and humidity play havoc with everyone’s hair here, and it would be great to find out more ways to manage it and keep it looking stylish. Louise Rowley, Abu Dhabi
Stylish shades and fashionistas go hand-in-hand in the sun-drenched UAE, and this month the writer of the Star Letter will receive a voucher from Al Jaber Optical, home to an extensive array of luxury brands such as Cartier, Chanel and Christian Dior.
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POLLYANNA.COM It can be, and indeed has been argued, that Pollyanna is one of the coolest boutiques in England. With their avant-garde and easily accessible site, cuttingedge pieces from Yves Saint Laurent, Ann Demeulemeester and Dries Van Noten can go from online to in your wardrobe in anything between one to three days.
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Everything Christopher Bailey touches turns to gold right now and following yet another critically acclaimed ready-to-wear collection for A/W10, it’s a safe bet devoted Burberry fans will be clamouring to clickand-buy this season’s ‘it’ pieces. For added inspiration, visit Burberry’s sister site, Artofthetrench.com – a virtual celebration of the brand’s most iconic item.
Don’t let the name, (Hqhair.com) fool you - it’s not just about hair. Although you can shop for culty products for locks like Bumble and bumble, Leonor Greyl and Louise Galvin. It’s also a haven for make-up and more, try out the lovely potions from Dermalogica or the hard-to-find Per-Fekt Beauty and Karin Herzog. Location is never a problem, as they ship worldwide. www.hqhair.com
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Style-conscious shoppers should head to BurJuman mall with the introduction of eight new stores, including Fred Perry, La Reine, Bimba & Lola and Dubai’s first stand-alone Balmain store.
A Story of Islamic Embroidery in Nomadic and Urban Traditions is now running until September 25 at Gallery One, Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi. The beautiful exhibit features rare textiles from nomadic life over the past 300 years. www.emiratespalace.com
Invest in one of the key autumn seasonal pieces by Qatar-based fashion brand Toujouri – such as billowing kaftans and figure flattering cocktail dresses. Available in Harrods, UK and S*uce boutiques across the UAE.
US Pastry Chef of the Year 2009 Anil Rohira will be cooking up a storm at the Grand Hyatt, Dubai, September 14-18 for sweet-toothed visitors. www.dubai.grand.hyatt.com
The Mall of the Emirates extension, featuring 40 new luxury stores including Boutique 1, Y-3, Paul & Joe, Missoni, Mulberry, Christian Louboutin, DVF and seven restaurants, is now open!
Drop by Iconic at Deira City Centre for an early look at the latest A/W10 collections – exclusive pieces by designers including HSY, Dar Al Hazar, Ramashka, Dan Trading and Al Dalaal are brand new to the store's fantastic Boutique area. .
Category winners of the Dubai Ladies Club Emerging Designer Contest competition are showcasing their designs at the annual Oriental Red Carpet Fashion Show on September 30. Call (04) 3499922 for details.
Jewellery favourites Van Cleef & Arpels launch their latest Perlée Collection this month featuring signature four leaf clover designs and borders of beautiful beading. The Dubai Mall (04) 3398001.
September welcomes Fashion Week and the much-awaited revealing of our favourite designers’ S/S11 collections. Dubai Fashion Week, September 27 – October 1.
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Get your hands on a limited edition ‘Roady’ bag with sleek signature ‘Dubai’ tag – exclusive to YSL stores in Mall of the Emirates and Emirates Towers in Dubai, and Marina Mall Abu Dhabi
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Sunglasses make our list every month and these beauties from Versace are at the top for a very good reason. Dhs1,040 Versace Nothing gets your skin softer or silkier than Natura Bissé’s Diamond Body Cream. Dhs1,275 Natura Bissé Ladies, you are looking at the new ‘it’ bag courtesy of Celine. DhsPOA Céline
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This stunning evening gown is the perfect way to make an elegant and stylish statement. DhsPOA Temperley London at Symphony
The perfect shade for the perfect smoky eye, you can’t go wrong with ‘Black Star’ by Chanel. Dhs138 Chanel
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They’re beautiful, sparkly, and perfectly envy-educing; these pumps from are quite simply a must. Dh4,720 (approx) Louis Vuitton
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ANIMAL PATROL It’s been around since fashion began and the animal pattern trend shows no sign of slowing down. For some of the most timely takes on it this season, head down to H&M where they have taken the wild animals out of the jungle and onto the high street.
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Both Beirut and Dubai played host to a pack of fashion-hungry footwear shoppers this month, as shoemaker maestro Christian Louboutin recently opened two new boutiques – one in Mall of Emirates and one in the Lebanese capital of style.
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Gold and diamond ring DhsPOA Versace
Gold ring Dhs8,100 H.Stern at Azal
Forget the BlackBerry, anyone who’s anyone these days is carrying the iPad. Luckily for us, Tod’s are offering up some fashionable accessories with their range of stylish iPad carriers in a host of breathtaking colours and leathers.
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Zoe Saldana gives the classic LBD a gothic overhaul
Kate shows off how to do lace during the day at the Burberry Beauty Garden Party
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Nicole sparkles in her Marc Jacobs gown and keeps her look on trend with an over-sized clutch bag. The addition of the black sash brings shape to the dress with the flowing train creating an elegant silhouette. She always picks looks that are classic with an interesting and edgy twist.
NICOLEâ€™S FASHION EVOLUTION FROM THIS... 2004
Nicole stands out from the crowd for all the wrong reasons, with a multitude of fashion faux pas, including serious clashing colours and unflattering lycra-infused fabrics.
The over-sized handbag has become a staple of Nicoleâ€™s style, with the star regularly being spotted with the latest â€˜itâ€™ bag. A simple cigarette pants and cropped jacket combo gives a vintage effect that is timelessly elegant.
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Whether it's cutting edge cool in denim hot-pants or a more sophisticated take on eveningwear, she really works the venue and event â€“ and always dresses appropriately.
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She is the queen of accessories. Here, she breaks up the black with a long gold chain.
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My mother played a big part, being an antique jeweller. I recall hanging out in her shop in Chelsea in London and always wanting to learn more about the history and heritage of every piece. My whole life has been a jewellery education, with my mother and many other antique dealers who have taught me so much. But to further my understanding of creating jewels as a silversmith, I studied at Central Saint Martins University in London. I also travel extensively â€“ I am of Persian descent and was born and bred in London. Many people call me a â€˜Chelsea girlâ€™, but Iâ€™ve lived in many cities from LA to New York and Dubai, so I call myself a worldly girl.
WHEN IT COMES TO PICKING EACH PIECE, WHERE DO YOU BEGIN?
Knowledge is everything as each piece signifies a moment in fashion history. I really love the more unusual pieces, as rarity is also of great value and interest. AS SOMEONE SO IN LOVE WITH JEWELS, CAN YOU PICK ANY FAVOURITES?
Definitely brooches â€“ theyâ€™re so versatile, I wear them on hats, scarves, jackets, belts and even on necklaces. My particular favourite is a 1930s Art Deco double clip brooch that can also be worn as earrings. WHAT WILL BE GRACING YOUR SHOPPING LIST FOR A/W10?
Brooches have been making a big comeback, and cocktail bracelets seem to sell as soon as they go live on the site. And I love anything produced by Trifari, Christian Dior and the Art Deco pieces â€“ these are an absolute must for me this season. AS FAR AS INVESTMENTS GO, ARE JEWELS A SHREWD MOVE?
Gold and diamonds traditionally are bought as an asset for oneâ€™s estate, but antique and vintage jewellery, much like fine art paintings, also carry the historical and art value. If something is still being produced, then the demand can never outweigh the supply, so of course rarity, or limited pieces, are important. An Art Deco Ballerina Powder Compact, some of Leila's favourite jewellery
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THE JEWELLERY YOU SELL IS STUNNING, BUT WHERE DID YOUR INITIAL OBSESSION WITH JEWELS COME FROM?
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Leila finds inspiration in Persian Art
THE TOP 5 RULES WHEN BUYING ANTIQUE JEWELLERYâ€Ś
RARITY: Buy pieces produced in limited editions or hand-crafted and unusual.
CONDITION: Look out for any bumps, lumps and chinks.
DESIGNER: If they were famous when they created the piece, then they, and the jewellery, will be even more so now.
PASSION: Ensure you buy pieces you love, so you can truly enjoy them.
AGE: Significant and famous eras of history throughout the world are good to look for in key pieces.
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he maxi dress â€“ itâ€™s what most ladies think they should sport when they arrive in Dubai. You could even say it has become a staple in the uniform of visitors. However, floor-length numbers do come with their very own set of problems and letâ€™s just say there is a lot of room for error. Mistake one: Some â€˜over compensateâ€™ for the length and covering of the legs, with too much skin on show around the chest. This is a country where demure dressing is de rigeur, so when maxi-dressing it up, donâ€™t lose it in the style stakes by dressing your top half down. Mistake two: Grappling with the skirt isnâ€™t the most alluring of stances, and youâ€™ll end up looking like someone from the 1800s
trying to tiptoe over mud and squalor. The dresses are long and elegant for a reasonâ€Ś let them be just that. Mistake three: Why do they never seem to fit properly? Too long, too low, too baggy, too tightâ€Ś I wonâ€™t go on. Not to mention some can actually be hazardous to your health. You thought that your pretty billowing number made you look all Sienna Miller, but in reality it gets stuck in car doors and sucked into those supersonic escalators at The Dubai Mall. Dangerous stuff. However, I must admit to a moment of madness when I did in fact purchase one myself. In the three years Iâ€™ve been in the UAE, Iâ€™ve worn it a grand total ofâ€Ś once.
And when I work it out PPW â€“ price per wear â€“ sad I know, but this often justifies a very expensive purchase, especially to the business brain of my other half â€“ this one dress has cost me dearly. There is one redeeming feature though â€“ itâ€™s black, and plain, with no zany colour combinations or fit-inducing patterns. Which is very handy, as hemlines have gone long for A/W10 and nothing that looks hippy dippy, tribal or Little House on the Prairie will wash with the latest incarnation of maxis. Tribal jewels to accessorise? Forget it. No ethnic baubles, please. This time the maxi is sophisticated. Think Great Gatsby-esque styles â€“ full length dresses and skirts teamed with chunky knitwear in muted autumnal colours like burgundy, grey and green. Check out Tallulah and Hope, (www. tallulahandhope.com) as they verge into vintage with the most beautiful silk, printed kaftans, which are very 1930s. And, when it comes to fit, theyâ€™re either sharp with very cleans lines â€“ check out The Row at www.boutique1.com and Michael Kors â€“ or whimsical and pretty like the tulle versions at Peter Som. The rules still apply â€“ if it is too long or the straps donâ€™t fit perfectly, get them altered. Plus, under pinning is key; if your rear resembles two ferrets fighting in a bag â€“ then the only way to go is the Harvey Nichols lingerie department for a pair of Spanks (aka big pants). These come in a plethora of variations, in both colour and style, and most importantly suck you in where you need it most. For all its downsides, the maxi, Iâ€™m pleased to say, does come with added benefits â€“ you can have an overly large lunch and not resemble an egg-eating snake, and you neednâ€™t worry about last minute leg hair epilations either. Now where is that ankle skimming black number hiding? Who knows, this autumn I might just get a little more wear out of it yet. Bargainâ€Ś â–
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STRAIGHT-TALKING With humidity still causing havoc with our locks the battle to get poker straight tresses seems to be on hold for another month. So, to enhance your natural wave and get salon-perfect curls try the new Ritual m-Styler by Maria Dowling. The nano-tourmaline ceramic styling plates will leave your curls looking shiny and bouncy, banishing any thoughts of straight-hair envy. Ritual-m-Styler, Dhs580 by Maria Dowling Hair www.mariadowling.com
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CLEANSE & HYDRATE With our skin still taking a gentle beating from the summer heat, September is all about one word – rehydration. The Guinot Super Cleanse Hydralift facial hydrates and moisturises keeping skin soft and supple and, most importantly, wrinkle-free. Book in for this treatment at Patsi Collins and you’ll also get a complimentary ear candling, too, which also increases wellness and alleviates stress. Guinot Super Hydralift Deluxe facial, Dhs525 at Patsi Collins. www.dubaibeautysalon.com
If you’re looking to take your beautifying regime one step further with a little nip/ tuck, put yourself in the capable hands of the team at Dubai Cosmetic Surgery. Offering a full range of surgical and non-surgical procedures, through your free consultation they will help you decide on the best option to meet your needs or offer expert advice on any areas that may require that extra little bit of TLC. www.dubaicosmeticsurgery.com
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THE NEW AGE Kick-start your quest for a fresher, wrinkle-free complexion with these beauty products…
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First up, cult New York brand 3Lab have launched their first ever anti-ageing Perfect Body Cream (Dhs950, available at Harvey Nichols and Bloomingdales), featuring ‘apple stem cell technology’ and ‘abyssine 657’, used to delay the signs of ageing and promote cell protection and repair. For the delicate eye area, L’Occitane’s Divine Eyes cream (Dhs289) is packed with essential oils to promote collagen production and aid cell recovery. Finally, target specific problem areas with Sisley’s Global Firming Serum (Dhs1,610) with dill and rye extracts to restructure the skin’s elasticity – all the ammunition you need to fight lines and wrinkles.
WE LOVE... The Body Shop’s new Hair Butter Mask, Dhs60. Free from silicones, parabens and sulphates, this moisture-locking mask is kind to your hair and the environment! Part of the new Rainforest collection of haircare products.
FRESH FACED A true believer in the philosophy ‘less is more’, Eve Lom is one of the most respected and soughtafter beauty professionals on the scene today. The pared-down regime Eve recommends is based on deep, thorough cleansing, hence the introduction of her Morning Time Cleanser, which contains a signature blend of aromatic hops, eucalyptus, Egyptian chamomile and clove oil leaves. Dhs195, available from September 15 at Boutique 1.
GO ORGANIC There is a real luxury feel about Neom’s range of organic beauty products. From the sophisticated white boxes, to the sensuous scents and highgrade organic ingredients, these stylish products make for the perfect gift. From Dhs205, www.neomorganics.com
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ROSY CHEEKS CHEEKS HAVE BEEN GIVEN AN ENERGY BOOST WITH COPIOUS AMOUNTS OF PINK BLUSH. Single blush in Aurora Dhs88 by Smashbox
PRO TIPâ€¦ Blend rouge high on the cheekbones, as opposed to the apples, to make the flush more sophisticated.
Blush compacts Dhs110 by Shiseido
LUSCIOUS LIPS THE VICTORIANA-INSPIRED MODELS FOR DIORâ€™S A/W SHOW SPORTED DELICIOUSLY DARK, POUTY LIPS.
PRO TIPâ€¦ Apply a thick layer of dark lipstick to the middle of the lips, fading slightly towards the outer edges.
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Lip colour in Rouge Volupte Perle Dhs125 By YSL
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ALL IN THE EYES INSPIRED BY DAVID BOWIE AND 80S CLUB KIDS, EYE MAKE-UP FOR A/W IS CREATIVE AND KOOKY.
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et creative with cosmetics. Extensive in-store and online collections reflect the ‘try and buy’ approach which has been a signature of the Sephora brand since its beginnings in France back in 1993. The latest collection for A/W10 features 13 vibrant new eye palettes and six shimmering solo shades infused with the latest ‘fine dust’ glitter, providing plenty of inspiration to mix-and-match your favourite colours. Boasting the latest ‘hi-boost complex’ technology to enhance the intensity and staying-power of the pigments, these fabulous new shades offer perfect coverage. Whether you opt for a classic, creative or couture-inspired look, there’s a colour to suit both your mood and skin tone. Add a finishing touch with Sephora’s Lash Booster mascara, which not only coats your lashes with gorgeous colour but also acts as a treatment, stimulating growth with visible results after just 15 days.
A GREY AREA Hipster girls and rockabilly roadies began the trend for silver hair last year (Kelly Osborne and Pixie Geldof are just two celebrities to have channelled the ‘groovy granny’ look), and now nails, eyes and even lips have followed suit. Embrace the charcoal trend with Sephora’s Limited Edition 035 nail lacquer, Smoky Black eye palette and eyeshadow in Catherine and Silver.
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THE RISE AND RISE OF KEIRA ALL GROWN UP AND DEFIANT IN THE FACE OF CONSTANT CRITICISM OVER HER CAREER, KEIRA KNIGHTLEY IS FINALLY SILENCING HER CRITICS. THE GIRL CAN ACT – SHE HAS THE AWARDS TO PROVE IT
ever Let Me Go, Keira Knightley’s latest film based on Kazuo Ishiguro’s highly acclaimed novel of the same name, will be opening the prestigious London Film Festival this month. Another of her films, Last Night, co-starring Eva Mendes is closing the Toronto International Film Festival. Both movies further cementing Keira’s new-found status as a bona fide Hollywood star. An accolade that has taken its time in coming, despite having already notched up nearly 30 films at the tender age of just 25. Looking back to childhood, when most little girl’s thoughts are consumed with playing dress-up and aspirations of becoming a princess
or astronaut, Keira was already planning her assault on the film industry, insisting from the age of three that she needed an agent. At six, she achieved her dream of professional ‘representation’ and has spent the years since dedicated to her chosen profession. For someone ingratiated so young into the weird, wonderful and often unsettling world of acting, Keira did well to avoid the pitfalls that plague so many young stars, turning them from wide-eyed innocents, into wild-child Hollywood wannabes. “I don’t have enough imagination,” she laughs in response. “I’m a bit of a square! But don’t write me off. Who knows, I might go completely off the rails at any minute!”
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At 25, the actress’ workload has been relentless since her breakout in 2002’s Bend It Like Beckham, only taking time out in 2008 to do “lots of stuff that I luckily didn’t have to give interviews about.” She smiles as she utters this comment, but it’s a thinly-veiled smile that masks a defensive wall she’s built up around herself to protect her privacy. Notoriously secretive, especially about personal affairs and matters of the heart, she famously refuses to even utter her boyfriend’s name despite a large chunk of her ‘year off’ being spent in Paris with Rupert Friend. The angularly handsome British actor she met whilst filming Pride & Prejudice has been her boyfriend since, though she steadfastly refuses to confirm or deny any such labels. As for Pride & Prejudice, a movie she describes as “one of the most beautiful, romantic stories ever told”, the love that spilled over from film set into reality, made for a very convincing portrayal of Elizabeth that earned her both Golden Globe and Oscar nominations. Two industry approvals that did much to silence those who had deemed her merely a middling talent attached to a very pretty face. There is no question that Keira does indeed possess a very pretty face, but this is not her only resounding attribute. Alongside her beauty and acting accolades, her association with other A-list talents ensure her name is kept in the headlines. Her social network connects her with other members of London’s young ‘it’ crowd and the new-wave of Brit-pack actors currently breaking the film industry in America, including of course Rupert and fellow thespian Dominic Cooper, whom she starred alongside in The Duchess. Welltimed critically acclaimed performances in Atonement (with James McAvoy) and The Edge of Love (with now close friend and fellow socialite Sienna Miller), saw Keira’s star truly begin to orbit. As directors came calling and her résumé began to take shape, so too did the parts in blockbuster movies that would firmly make her a household name. Landing the role of Elizabeth Swann in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl in 2003, alongside names such as Johnny Depp and Orlando Bloom, Keira recalls the film industry’s initial reaction: “People would laugh: a pirate film hadn’t been successful for about 50 years,” but two successful sequels later, box-office records tell all. Though Johnny Depp is likely to sign up for another tryst as Captain Jack Sparrow – for a rumoured recordbreaking paycheck upward of Dhs111 million, Keira is unlikely to reprise the role of Elizabeth Swann, as it’s one she feels ‘has ran its course’, preferring to be free to explore new acting ventures.
Those acting ventures have seen a transition from set to stage, in a move many ‘serious’ actors make, seeing theatre as a more ‘intellectual’ acting medium. In her West End debut earlier this year, as Jennifer in Martin Crimp’s contemporised adaptation of Molière’s 17th-century comedy The Misanthrope (think couplets re-rhymed and curse words peppered liberally in the style of Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet), she made the notoriously difficult transition from silver screen to stage. “The idea of doing theatre still scares me in an exciting way,” she says. “But doing any part always terrifies me... It boils down to a fear of standing there in a wig and a dress and suddenly thinking, ‘I feel like an idiot’. But you must never let your imagination see the absurdity of it, or you’ll cause your performance to die.” Her much-hyped and highly anticipated theatre debut resulted in Dhs5 million being taken at the box office in just four days after the casting was announced. Fans aside, many critics expected (and quite possibly hoped) she, and her acting skills, would fall short but on opening night The Telegraph’s theatre critic Charles Spencer wrote: “This stinging, zinging play would be a hit without Knightley. With her, it becomes unmissable.” And, in testament to her performance, she scored yet another nomination for Best Supporting Actress, this time at the Laurence Olivier Awards – the Oscars of British theatre. However, despite the plaudits, the industry praise and the everincreasing demand for her to appear in films both in the UK and America, the British press still staunchly refuse to believe this girl can act. In an interview with Elle magazine she says: “Oh, they still say that! Every time I do an interview with the English press, one of their questions is: ‘How do you feel knowing that everyone thinks you’re a bad actress?’” With her usual mild-mannered c’est la vie attitude, she merely smiles and shrugs, having learnt the lesson early on that criticism in the press is just part of the dance you do with the devil as an actress in the media spotlight. The reasons surrounding the industry criticism have often alluded to the inverted snobbery of the British press, rather than her actual acting credentials. While no one would claim she was landed gentry, she certainly isn’t a salt-of-the-earth type either. Growing up in London’s leafy suburbs, within a family that is just about as close as you can get to British theatrical royalty – her father and mother are both actors, while big British acting names such as Alan Rickman and Simon Callow were also frequent guests at the family dinner
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“I COME FROM A FAMILY OF ACTORS. I KNOW THIS PROFESSION AND THEREFORE I KNOW THE HIGHS AND I KNOW THE LOWS” table – Keira is subject to England’s closet obsession with class and comes just a little too far from the silver spoon side of the tracks. Not content with focusing critique on her professional career however, the UK newspaper The Daily Mail honed in on her weight, too. Running a story concerning a 19-year-old’s death from anorexia, they printed a picture of Keira in a bikini along with the headline: “If pictures like this one of Keira carried a health warning, my darling daughter might have lived.” For the naturally ‘gangly’ star it was one step too far, and just one article in a long back-catalogue suggesting her tiny frame was down to more than just family genes – she sued the newspaper and won the case. “I am naturally who I am. Luckily or not luckily I’ve never had to try to lose weight... I would love to have Monica Belluci’s figure but I’m never going to get it. So I am just going to have to make the best of what I’ve got.” And what she has, she has turned to her advantage, but it took the best part of her childhood and teen years (amid one or two fashion low points) before inner confidence kicked in and she was able to overcome the prejudice that at first hindered her rise to stardom. Fashion faux pas were frequent, however, and red carpet misses marked: the navel-scraping Gucci gown worn to the Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest premiere met with mixed reviews (many voicing their dislike to the overt display of her breast bones) and Atonement’s barely-there Rodarte dress didn’t fair much better – cutaway chiffon wrapped and draped to reveal impossibly slender sections of the starlet’s torso wasn’t so much a style statement, rather shock fodder for the flesh-hungry paparazzi lying in wait. Celeb gossip website Heckler Spray succinctly headlined the moment as: ‘Knightley Goes to Premiere, Wears Dress, Is Skinny.’ “I hate red carpet events, I absolutely hate them,” she admits. “I think the comments are incredibly rude. Maybe I’ve been brought up very well but I don’t think it’s polite to comment on the way people look when they walk down the street... it’s like playground bullying.” Some might attribute the star’s unwillingness to pander to the press – in the way that so many of her peers do – as adding fuel to the flames regarding the media’s obsession with her figure but, ever the realist, Keira is no diva and she doesn’t court the attention. “I come from a family of actors. I know this profession and therefore I know the highs and I know the lows.” While most of us embrace fleeting trends in terms of fashion in the comfort of virtual anonymity, it’s normally accepted that film stars must learn the ‘public’ way what works and what doesn’t. From risky career choices to disastrous couture, we feed off the good, the bad and the very, very ugly. For Keira, the knock-backs are simply an
appendage of a very steep learning curve, one that has culminated in the birth of a budding style icon. Wearing a strapless white Valentino gown to the Golden Globe awards in 2006 she showed off an hourglass silhouette for the very first time thanks to some clever waist-cinching detail. Likewise, a deep aubergine Vera Wang gown for the Oscars that same year saw her top many a best-dressed list, while most recently she’s been spotted on London’s social circuit in Erdem’s latest and loveliest print creations. All this leading to a recent flurry of interest in Keira by fashion houses, beauty brands and other luxury lifestyle companies eager to match her face to their marketing campaigns. Witness the designers queuing up to dress her public appearances, whilst her appearances in high-profile adverts for Asprey have littered the fashion glossies, netting the star a pretty penny for her efforts. Perhaps the biggest coup so far though, is her turn as Coco Mademoiselle in Chanel’s 2006 fragrance campaign – her somewhat androgynous beauty perfectly echoing the spirit of Madame Coco herself. From Vogue to Vanity Fair and Marie Claire to Elle, Keira has graced many a front cover and ad campaign. But her starring role in Amnesty International’s campaign, which highlights the 60th anniversary of the UN Declaration of Human Rights, is the one closest to her heart. “It is something everyone should be aware of, and be proud of as a statement of our common humanity.” No stranger to lending her support to charity (or perhaps controversy), she also appeared in a short called CUT promoting the work of Women’s Aid: a graphic piece of film on which she reunited with her Atonement director Joe Wright. Once again, a backlash ensued, with the content and levels of violence depicted called into question, rather than the star’s ability to hold the part. She remains resolute in her support though, defending her choice to speak up for those who can’t. It is this level of defiance and strength of conviction that has got Keira to where she is today: a gifted actress who has embraced both celebration and criticism in equal measure and is all the stronger for it. She is diligently self-deprecating (a potential nod to her upbringing) and despite spending the best part of a decade fighting off fierce criticism at every turn, her maturity has granted her an insightful perspective on the fame game: “It can be gone in a puff of smoke… you have to enjoy your moment and if it’s just a moment, that’s fine.” Until her final curtain call, however, expect to see Keira on a stage or screen near your for a long while yet. She has come this far and this is one lady who won’t be going quietly, anytime soon. ■
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CEO OF ASTECO REAL ESTATE Elaine Jones, CEO and co-founder of Asteco (one of the leading real estate companies in the UAE), is something of a living legend on the local property scene. A career that began in the UK at Rolls-Royce has developed over the decades in line with Dubaiâ€™s own explosive expansion. Since moving to Dubai in the mid-80s, Elaine has helped spearhead various sales and leasing projects within the city and beyond, attracting interest from international buyers, helping build Dubaiâ€™s reputation and putting it firmly on the map as a leading destination of the world.
PARTNER & INVESTOR, PLASTIC POWDER COATING Eleanor Brody is a successful businesswoman with wide-reaching interests. As partner and investor helped set up and runs Plastic Powder Coating in 1981, a pioneering steel treatment company in Jebel Ali, still operating today. Her other passions include practicing and teaching Feng Shui, alternative healing arts and Argentine tango, as well as championing international cuisine as chancelier for world-renowned gourmet organisation Chaine des Rotisseurs. She also owns a private airport in New York, and is developing a community around it.
After gaining a business and marketing degree from Boston University, Salina moved to Dubai in 1999, working for global companies such as Meryll Lynch. But it was when holidaying in Vietnam in 2003 that her real dream to open a boutique spa began to take shape. In 2004 SensAsia Urban Spa opened in Dubai’s Village Mall, offering a chic day spa for the modern woman. A second Palm Jumeirah branch opened in 2008, with further expansion planned this year. The Spa has also been nominated for several awards, including the Spa Asia Award in 2007.
A wife, mother and businesswoman, Isobel founded Magrudy’s bookstore in 1975 with her husband Abdullah. In addition to her chain of now nine Magrudy’s stores dotted around the UAE, Isobel is on a constant search to discover ways to share books with others. A co-founder of Jerboa Books, publishing children’s books in Arabic and English, a founding member and festival director of the annual Emirates Airline Festival of Literature and a co-host of a weekly radio programme Talking Of Books, Isobel can be credited for helping shape Dubai’s literary landscape.
As Vice Chairperson of the Apparel Group, which boasts over 500 stores and 50 international brands in its portfolio of contemporary fashion clients, Sima Ved belongs to a unique visionary elite. A University of Bradford MBA and a Business Management degree from the prestigious Kings College London harnessed Sima’s business ingenuity. Also a budding thespian (Sima acts with the Dubai Drama Group), a board member of the Children’s Hope Foundation and an advocate for women’s empowerment, Sima’s ‘can-do, will-do’ approach to life is testament to her success.
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Author, social advocate, motivational speaker and public servant are just a few career-defining moments for 90-year-old Mariam Behnam. Having grown up in Iran, India and Pakistan, Mariam has made Dubai her home for over 30 years. She has written four novels, submitted articles to Gulf News since her arrival on Dubai shores and is also a senior advisor for the Dubai International Womenâ€™s Club, where they call her Appa (an Indian sign of respect). On top of this, Mariam shares her wisdom empowering UAE women with motivational talks on womenâ€™s issues, relationships and family life.
Born and raised in Dubai, Hetal Pawani founded thejamjar and ArtintheCity.com in 2004. An arts organisation offering the regionâ€™s first public DIY painting studio combined with an International Contemporary Art Gallery, thejamjar prides itself on making art accessible to all. With its curatorial collaborations and cultural exchange programme, Hetalâ€™s contributions to the UAE via thejamjar brings cutting-edge art practices and community development through diverse arts programmes involving professional artists, schools, universities, corporate organisations and the public.
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Emily’s love for theatre began at an early age and has since flourished into a successful career teaching drama to primary school children. With a firm belief that drama is instrumental in unblocking a child’s fears Emily set up the Kids Theatre Works, which focuses on children with social dysfunctions, such as shyness and trauma. This year Emily, who is also a single mother to her daughter Skye Rose, launched a theatre programme in which young adults are given the chance to work with professionals to produce a performance, and hopes to make this an annual programme.
Taking inspiration from her Emirati roots, the environment she inhabits and the education she received at Chelsea College of Art and Design, London’s Guildhall University, the Institute of Gemology in Antwerp and closer to home at CERT, Abu Dhabi, Azza Al Qubaisi is a true innovator in the field of art and jewellery-making. An avid promoter of local handicrafts she established the first non-governmental organisation project in 2006 to promote locally-produced products through a ‘Made in the UAE’ initiative.
Proud to call Dubai her birthplace, Diya is a visual artist working in the commercial, fine arts and urban underground spheres. Since 2007 she has been committed to introducing public and urban art to Dubai’s cultural landscape. In 2008, Diya was chosen to create the UAE’s first public mural and in the years since has created works commissioned by DKNY, Nokia and DIFC Art Fair and has exhibited at the Traffic Gallery and DUCTAC to name a few. 2010 marked Diya being chosen as one of two artists from the UAE to create a bespoke piece for the Polo Jeans Co. Ralph Lauren Art Stars project.
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AUTHOR AND FOUNDER OF THE EMIRATES LITERACY GROUP Holding double masters, both in Library Science and Communication, former librarian Dedra founded the Emirates Literary Group in 2009. The incentive to start it came from her great love of writing and a desire to encourage other like-minded artists to create their own works of literature. A published author, Dedra continues to enhance the literary landscape in the UAE, and with her first book the Hakimas Tale being such a success, she has gone on to publish an additional two books and is now busy with her third.
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With a love of adventure and true stamina, it was unsurprising that Elham challenged herself to become the first Arab woman to reach the North Pole. She completed her journey in just eight days, and became the first UAE national to make the expedition unsupported, carrying her supplies by sled. With a business degree from the American University in Dubai and a masters degree from the London School of Economics, Elham has supassed expectations both educationally and physically.
Documentary film-maker turned author, Emirati Maha Gargash’s talents spans genres. With a radio/television degree from Washington University in Washington, D.C, and a masters from Goldsmiths’ College in London, her real passion lies in researching and documenting traditional Arab societies. It was this experience which inspired the subject of her debut novel, The Sand Fish. Set in 1950s Dubai, exploring the journey of life from a woman’s perspective, The Sand Fish has sold over 25,000 copies worldwide.
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“IN EUROPE THEY TALK ABOUT OBESITY, BUT THE CORRECT TERM HERE IS ‘BEAUTY’”
auritania is the only African country where the tradition of gavage (forcefeeding) still exists. When they turn six, girls are made by their mothers to eat and drink enormous quantities of food, often all through the night. According to the Health Ministry, at least one woman in 10 suffers from hyper-nutrition thanks to an overconsumption of couscous, camels’ milk and sometimes hormone pills. Yet, as Emirates Woman reveals, the reason they endure this is to guarantee themselves a good marriage: according to Mauritania’s Muslim men, a good woman should never weigh less than 100kg. Centuries before we started shouting it in loud indignant voices in the West, often spurred on by shocking images such a recent advertising campaign depicting a skeletal anorexic girl photographed by Oliviero Toscani, Mauritanian society had already decreed it: say no to skinny women. Indeed, in this country men audibly state that they actually prefer the opposite excess. Their mantra might as well chant: long live obese women, the fatter the better. From the Mauritanian perspective, or more precisely from the Mauritanian male perspective, women must be overweight: it is the accepted aesthetic norm, and skinny women are ostracised to such an extent that their destiny will almost certainly be to remain a spinster. This has led the mothers of Mauritania, those concerned about the future marital status of their daughters, to specialise in a peculiar practice seen almost nowhere else in Africa, and similar to the process of force-feeding geese to produce foie gras in France. When a girl reaches the age of five or six, her mother begins cramming her with food on a daily basis, mistreating her and using force where necessary. Fast forward a decade and the child will become a fattened-up young woman of 15, the minimum age for being courted by an eligible man who, traditionally, will bring a dowry. According to the World Health Organisation, one quarter of the million and a half Mauritanian women are obese, and a report by the national statistics office in 2001 (the most recent available) revealed that a third of women aged over 40 had practised gavage at some stage throughout their lives. “In Europe they talk about obesity, but the correct term here is ‘beauty’,” the doctor of a private clinic in the capital Nouakchott revealed, on condition of anonymity. “In Mauritania we say a woman isn’t beautiful if she doesn’t fill her veil. A skinny woman brings shame on her family: it means she’s grown up in extreme poverty or, worse, has been abused. The fat, on the other hand, are associated with the concept of nobility. When you see fat daughters in a household, you know your potential father-in-law has wealth to pass on to you.” 92
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An anthropologist doesn’t need to work hard to see the connection between this pursuit of ‘chubbiness; (and the desire for a showy, overtly wealthy, wedding), and the instinct to reproduce in human form the bounteous image with which man always associates Mother Earth (the goddesses of fertility synonymous with the survival of the species) and other buxom goddesses. But in a country where the spectre of hunger is never far away (four out of 10 people live below the poverty line), the actual explanation is more prosaic: an obese daughter is to a Mauritanian family like an SUV is to a Western one, with the added advantage that she isn’t paid for in instalments and – once married – will contribute to the continuation of the family line. The gavage – most widespread among Mauritani’s Arabic population – has often been defined as another of the many forms of women’s oppression in Muslim society. But one should remember that in Mauritania, a Muslim republic where Sharia law is enforced, 20 per cent of the seats in parliament and on municipal councils are legally reserved for women, and women wear the uniform of the army, the police and the national fire department. And many of those who were force-fed when young, even though they admit being treated harshly or beaten when they refused to eat, still say they feel proud of it. Senia Salem al Sudani, 50 years old and 120kg, firmly believes that it was done in her best interests. She was fattened up from her sixth birthday with an excess of couscous and sweetened camels’ milk. “My mother woke me throughout the night, and I had to gorge without pause. I drank up to 15 litres of milk a day, usually at night because during in the day the camels were in the pasture. I often threw up, but my mother still kept urging me to drink; first with words, then if that didn’t work, by pulling my hair or smacking me.” She laughs heartily at this, and her husband Ahmed, seated by her side, thin as a rake and half her weight, laughs with her. “At the end of the day I was happy,” Senia continues. “I felt like nobility and looked good to all those young men who visited my
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Aminetou Mint el Moctar, the President of Femmes Chefs de Famille fighting against gavage
family just to see me. When my daughter was six I did the same thing with her, but it was more problematic: in the mornings she had to go to school, and I couldn’t keep her awake all night. So I collected the milk then and fattened her up in the afternoons. It worked the same for her: she married well (or so she says), although today, at 32, she is divorced.” No one laughs at this comment: not her, not her husband Ahmed, nor their daughter, who’s there, too. There was not a single laugh during the afternoon spent in Nouakchott with Aminetou Mint el Moctar, (also divorced and, for the record, thin) President of the Association des Femmes Chefs de Famille Nongovernmental organisation, which has helped 6,800 divorced and single women fight against sexual discrimination and to eradicate the practice of forcefeeding. “Gavage is a social plague: children have only just come into the world, and already their families are giving them problems about getting married. And people, unfortunately, are ignorant and unaware of the physiological consequences of obesity,” she said, echoing something the Italian journalist Giuseppe Prezzolini once wrote: ‘fatness is a sign of a lack of education.’ “Once the girls were fattened with natural foods – cereals and milk – and the side-effects were limited to problems in the joints and in the cardiovascular system,” Aminetou continues. “But nowadays, especially in the cities where it’s harder to get camels’ milk, many mothers fatten their daughters with drugs containing hormones or cortisone, or worse, veterinarian products. More than once in the markets I’ve run into women who’ve bought goodness knows what from vendors pushing artificial pills, which they disguise using pictures of camels or cows on the label. The women think ‘sure, if these will fatten up a cow, they’ll work even better on a girl’. You can imagine the consequences that doctors now see – unexpected cardiac arrests, ultra-high cholesterol, renal complications, even brain damage and deformities transmitted to babies. My daughter, just as an example, was entrusted after my divorce to the care of her
paternal grandparents who force-fed her without my knowledge. She was five years old, and when I saw her again at 12, she weighed 110kg. I succeeded in convincing her to go on a diet, and today at 25 she’s a slim girl, but she’s always sick.” According to Aminetou, 30 per cent of Mauritanian girls are force-fed – three times the official estimate. But at the same time, the unstoppable spread of satellite dishes (even seen in the remotest villages) is slowly spreading the accepted Western aesthetic, and many young women, suddenly aware of their obesity, are trying to shed the kilos. After sunset (not because it’s less hot, but because it’s dark) they can be seen walking purposefully around the capital’s Olympic stadium, wet with sweat, wrapped in that sticky veil they’d once tried to fill. “The real problem,” Aminetou says, “is that in this country, speaking openly about gavage is taboo. It means questioning tradition. Some months ago I denounced the practice in a documentary shown on French TV. It caused a scandal. I was summoned by the Minister of Health and I listened to a lot of promises. The following day the Ministry organised a mass seizure of medicines in the markets, and a bonfire was lit in the main square. It was very theatrical, but the following day everything was back as it was before. And on top of that, I also received death threats.” This ugly tradition of gavage is one that promises to disappear as the Western world, with its own more modern traditions, slowly encroaches on Mauritanian society, but for some girls it is too little, too late. And as Aminetou states, the government and health ministries must lead by example. Despite making noises and small movements towards banishing this sometimes brutal act, their commitment is still being questioned and they are failing to fully honour their word. When asked about the satellite dishes, the stadiums and the women who wanted to become thin, the doctor of the Nouakchott clinic’s comment was limited to a single word, which he repeated three times as he raised the eyes to the heavens in search of help: alas. ■
“GAVAGE IS A SOCIAL PLAGUE. PEOPLE ARE IGNORANT OF THE PSYCHOLOGICAL EFFECTS OF OBESITY”
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THE 21ST CENTURY’S CAPITAL VICES THE ORIGINS OF THE ORIGINAL ‘SEVEN DEADLY SINS’ DATE BACK THOUSANDS OF YEARS, BUT MODERN-DAY UPDATED VERSIONS PROVE THAT THESE VICES ARE JUST AS RELEVANT IN THE 21ST CENTURY
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or even the most virtuous amongst us, it’s often difficult to avoid the so-called seven deadly sins. Whether you’re coveting your neighbour’s new Louboutins, indulging your gluttonous side at brunch, or are so concerned with your appearance you are on first-name terms with your beautician, these vices – pride, wrath, sloth, gluttony, lust, envy and avarice – have become an unavoidable part of life in the 21st century.
But where did these age-old sins originate? “Writings on the seven deadly vices can be traced back to early religious texts, such as Cassian, a fourth century writer,” explains Dr Raymond Hamden, clinical psychologist at Dubai’s Human Relations Institute. “And Geoffrey Chaucer, a 14th century English writer, included a treatise on repentance and the nature of the seven deadly vices in the last chapter of his book, The Canterbury Tales.” The original intention of succumbing to the seven deadly
“OUR VICES ARE CREATED AS A RESULT OF AN INABILITY TO CONTROL OUR TEMPTATIONS OR RESTRAIN OUR IMPULSES” vices was to educate men and women and warn them against temptations of sin. But, in spite of their doctrinal origins, these vices are as relevant today as they were 17 centuries ago, and have long since transcended creeds and belief systems, affecting us all. “Our vices are created as a result of an inability to control our temptations or restrain our impulses,” says Emily Cheyne, founder of Know How Life, a Dubai-based professional life coaching service. “As our ability of self-control diminishes, this can also lead on to our vices: the dieter to give in to eating chocolate, the teacher to accept a bribe, and so on.”
MODERN MORALITY If the old definitions of the vices seem a little dated in this day and age, perhaps we need to update them with a new set of ‘capital vices’ relevant to the 21st century woman. No less powerful than the ancient versions, they can be equally damaging to our personal and working relationships, motivation and self-esteem. Thus ‘pride’, considered by many as the original deadly sin, is not just about vanity in the 21st century. It has become a matter of oneupmanship, the desire to be seen as better and more important than those around you, leading to contempt for your peers. “In my own experience, you find symptoms in your life that are persistent, annoying, and obvious, says author Rebecca Konyndyk DeYoung, in her book Glittering Vices: A New Look at the Seven Deadly Sins and Their Remedies. “You start there, and as you try to track the symptoms to their source, deeper and deeper, you find that it all boils down to pride.” Devika Singh, licensed psychologist at the Dubai Herbal and Treatment Centre explains: “One-upmanship that borders on narcissism will affect us to the extent that it can take focus away from everything that is substantial; it makes us focus on the wrong thing, while we neglect the things that should really matter.” In today’s world, ‘wrath’ can easily replaced with ‘rage’, a word we hear all too often in the news – from road rage to air rage, even shopping rage. “I always get asked: ‘Are we getting angrier?’” says Devika. “Is rage on the rise? I think many women are frustrated and angry today because traditional roles have changed and are still changing. This has many advantages, but also means there are more undefined boundaries which can translate into the risk of greater misunderstanding and unclear expectations.” 100
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‘Sloth’ has become ‘apathy’, which destroys our ambitions. “Indifference or apathy is akin to walking down a road and not knowing or really caring where you are going, as long as you are on a road to somewhere,” Devika explains. She believes that a damaging modern example of apathy is when women continue in an unsuitable job or relationship, because they can’t or do not want to take the necessary action to change their situation for the better. ‘Bingeing’ has replaced ‘gluttony’. We are no longer content with just being sated – when we live a hectic lifestyle, it seems we feel we’ve earned the right to over indulge and let go of our selfcontrol, whether it’s bingeing on food, drink or clothes we don’t need or cannot afford. It is no surprise that recent studies show that middle class women earning a high income (over Dhs200,000 per year), have one of the highest rates of drinking too much. For the 21st century, ‘lust’ has become yet more destructive by turning into a thirst for power, money or relationships. “This craving can override healthy decisions,” says Devika. “Which can lead to the breakdown of trust and our relationships.” She believes that easy access to technology such as the Internet and social networking sites gives us the tools to act on our negative impulses, such as the desire to cheat. ‘Envy’ has developed into ‘status anxiety,’ the feeling that we need to prove ourselves by demonstrating our wealth or social standing. But this is an empty sentiment, warns Devika. “We know from the field of positive psychology, that as much as we believe that money and status are the answer to most of life’s woes, research consistently demonstrates that the correlation between money and happiness is a weak one.” And finally, ‘avarice’ becomes the daily battle to ‘keep up with the Joneses’ – believing that our self-worth is measured by the material goods that we possess. Competitive spending has intensified insidiously since the end of the 20th century, writes Juliet Schor, a Harvard economist, in her book The Overspent American. “We are impoverishing ourselves,” she adds, “in pursuit of a consumption goal that is inherently unachievable.”
VICE CITY In a fast-paced and often transient environment such as the UAE, or indeed any cosmopolitan city across the world, temptation can be found around every corner. You might say that we’ve accepted our vices as an inevitable side effect of modern life. After all, what’s truly wrong with wanting a bigger car, better clothes, a higher social standing? Whether it’s glossy TV soaps with flawlessly goodlooking characters, magazine advertisements for the latest fashion must-buys or clinics offering a quick fix for physical perfection, we’re continually bombarded with the message that we can have it all – whether we’ve earned it or not. It’s this lack of grounding and balance in our everyday lives which will lead to us developing personal vices, says Dr Hamden. “When people lose this balance in life, whether it’s productivity, recreation, a sense of belonging, or spiritual connectedness, this imbalance can lead to us seeking non-productive, stressful, lonely and even sinful pursuits,” he says. “This in turn leads to destruction and discord in our values, traditions, customs, ethics and morals.” Many of the most positive and enjoyable aspects of living in a country such as the UAE have the potential to transform into vices if we lose our sense of self-control. Frustration and impatience on the roads can quickly spill over into road rage. Buffets and brunches can descend into drawn-out bingeing session of greed... But when we spend our weekdays working hard, it’s no surprise that we feel the need to indulge ourselves in other areas too, adds
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FROM VICES TO VIRTUES There is a famous line in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, “Virtue itself turns vice, being misapplied, a vice sometime by action dignified.” And when it comes to matters of vice or virtue, the boundaries are often blurred. “A vice is a vice when it hurts oneself or another,” says Devika. “But it can become a virtue when it results in something for the common good, even if there is an element of individual satisfaction. For example, when people have a vice but they are motivated to do something about it or with it, this transforms the vice into a virtue.” While the vice remains the same, the way in which we harness the sentiment behind it has the potential to either harm or help, adds Emily. “Take envy, for example. Envy is a very natural emotion, a result of not feeling good enough, being dissatisfied with ourselves and yearning for what others possess, whether it’s their belongings or their lifestyle. But these feelings can be turned into a virtue. The individual needs to recognise the things that trigger their envy, and ensure that this feeling of jealousy is used as motivational emotion for self-improvement and not a destructive one.” Pride, the so-called deadliest sin has positive as well as negative connotations. A sense of pride in our own achievements can be an overwhelmingly positive emotion, while feeling proud of our family, neighbourhood or even country, resonates with the way in which we socially interact with our own community as a whole. And pride in our appearance often allows us to gain confidence,
such as with the common assumption that if you look powerful people will perceive you as powerful, hence the rise of ‘power dressing’ in the office. When it comes to our vices and virtues, it seems they stem from the same desires, which are based in genuine ‘positive’ feelings, such as love, security, happiness and self-worth, suggests Rebecca. But while virtues love, zeal, humility, generosity, temperance, self control, kindness have us acting for all the right reasons, vices lure us into seeking these feelings “on our own terms… in the wrong way, at the wrong times and wrong places, too intensely, or at the expense of other things of greater value,” she warns.
WHO’S PERFECT? However, the experts are quick to point out that though it is human nature to all have our vices, it doesn’t mean we’re intrinsically malicious or sinful people. “The point is certainly not to get caught up in a sense of guilt and an oppressive sense of one’s own shortcomings,” says Rebecca. Emily agree: “It’s important not to beat ourselves up over our vices. This can lead to low self-esteem, which in turn can increase feelings of envy and avarice, which then results in a vicious circle.” So where to go from here? The way forward is to nurture our virtues, says Dr Raymond. “Compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, patience, and love for other living beings on this planet.” Emily adds: “All individuals will have their vices,” says Emily. “We are not perfect human beings, nor are we expected to be. Though it’s how much we allow these vices to escalate and/or govern our lives that is the important issue. Running up massive debts over insatiable shopping sprees, or missing deadlines or opportunities due to slothful behaviour does start to tip the boundaries, but breaking a diet or the odd impromptu credit card splurge does not make us sinners at heart.” ■
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NEW DIMENSIONS Designers have gone all Avatar. Check out the fabulous Just Cavalli collection of clashing patterns and multi-dimensional prints. While at Splash not only is the A/W10 campaign shot in 3D, (a first for the Middle East) but they have also launched a range of limited edition 3D printed Tees, in store now.
In September… EXCLUSIVE: CHANEL’S A/W10 SHOOT IN DUBAI DONATELLA CHATS FASHION, FRIENDS AND HER IN ROME WITH RAMI AL ALI A/W10 SHOW THE MAKING OF INGIE CHALHOUB’S LYS ROYAL DRESS SEPTEMBER 2010
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Shredded wool dress and boots by Chanel
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The lady in red. Jessica Biel wore this scarlett gown by Atelier Versace to the Met Gala in 2009 SEPTEMBER 2010
Milla Jovovich wore this Atelier Versace mermaid dress at the Palme dâ€™Or closing ceremony, Cannes 2008 SEPTEMBER 2010
Embellished silver gown by Atelier Versace as seen on Charlize Theron, Festival del Cinema Venezia, 2008 SEPTEMBER 2010 EMIRATES WOMAN 121
This heavily embellished blush dress with sweeping train by Atelier Versace dressed Penelope Cruz at the 2007 Oscars
”VERSACE IS ABOUT BEING GLAMOROUS AND SEXY, AND THESE ARE THE QUALITIES I WANT TO PROMOTE FOR THE BRAND”
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n meeting the eternally-tanned Donatella Versace in a very swanky hotel in London, one of the first topics talked about was her love affair with Crème de La Mer face cream and how her life of luxury allows her to indulge not just her face, but her feet, in the exquisite and much-lusted after cream. When most
people, myself included, can barely use a rice-grain sized dollop for its designated purpose – the face – Donatella’s soles are sated with a very expensive habit indeed. But this is coming from the women who reportedly spent around Dhs20,000 on sunglasses in little under ten minutes. Restraint is not in her nature. But really
this is the essence of Versace; a brand that is all about extravagance. Donatella proudly confirms this… “Versace is about being glamorous and sexy, and these are the qualities I want to promote for the brand.” Which goes part way to explain Versace’s use of influential A-listers rather than models in their campaigns. “At Versace we have a history of using celebrities in our ad campaigns, so I am just keeping up the family tradition. Models can have an otherworldly look and an unnatural beauty, which I suppose is part of their appeal. Celebrities can paradoxically seem more ‘real’ – especially if they are actors, as we will have seen them playing roles, and so may feel we know them better than models who are more enigmatic. But models will always have their place – not least because they make clothes look fabulous.” In fact, it was Donatella’s brother, Gianni, who started the supermodel phenomenon. “When he put the world’s most famous models on the runway together for his Autumn/Winter 1991/1992 collection the phenomenon began. It was not common practise in those days to make models stars, as designers did not want their creations to be upstaged by the girls wearing them. But Gianni understood the nature of fame better than most – he realised that if he made these girls famous then they would help make him famous, too. He also understood that if he got those who were already famous to wear his clothes, Versace would become known for being glamorous.” Versace in turn created and built up relationships with musicians and actors, inviting them to his
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shows and photographing them for the advertising campaigns. “Of course today it seems like every fashion brand has celebrity endorsement, but 20-odd years ago it was not the case at all. In particular, I believe Versace acquired a reputation for dressing celebrities for red-carpet events because the clothes were so glamorous and sexy and dramatic. So the notion of Versace as the glamorous brand for celebrities was established by my brother, and it is something that I have been keen to perpetuate.” When considering celebrities to work with these days, Donatella has her own rules she abides by: “I ask myself whether they bring glamour and sensuality and whether they look comfortable in clothes that accentuate these qualities. Beyond that I am friends with some celebrities, and with others I have more of a business relationship. I think it is fair to say that most of those I have worked with have become friends first before I dressed them on the red carpet.” For Donatella, for someone to be dressed in Versace, and to be able to wear the pieces well, it is about finding someone who ‘feels’ the brand. “It is by getting to know someone so that I can judge whether they are going to project the right image for Versace. It was like the jungle dress that Jennifer Lopez wore on the Emmy Awards red carpet, I realized the immediate ‘hotness factor’ of the dress and I told Jennifer it was perfect for her. As a result, it sold out of every boutique in the world!” And, following on from the ethos behind the brand, choosing women to represent Versace as a whole, Donatella adds: “Basically, what I am really interested in is being inspired by strong, confident, sexy and glamorous women and men. From my perspective, all the celebrities I’ve worked with helped me to be more inspired. A couple of years back I did some ads for Versace featuring friends like Demi Moore, Halle Berry and Madonna. In many ways these are women who represent the spirit of Versace: they know who they are, have lived a bit, and are incredibly sexy and glamorous. For the spring/summer campaign I have moved to the younger generation with Georgia May Jagger, as rarely have the young been as strong, confident and glamorous as they are right now. I have to thank them all for the inspiration they gave me!”
THE GIANNI VERSACE DAYS SUPERMODEL STYLE...
Naomi Campbell, Gianni Versace and Christy Turlington
Naomi Campbell, Gianni and Carla Bruni
Gianni, Elle Macpherson and Linda Evangelista
THE ICONIC DRESSES
Elizabeth Hurley and Hugh Grant
DONATELLA & FRIENDS
Jennifer Lopez, Donatella Versace and Halle Berry
Madonna and Donatella
Donatella and Gwyneth Paltrow
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YOU’VE CREATED SOME BEAUTIFUL PIECES FOR THIS SEASON – WHAT IS IT YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT THE VERSACE A/W10 COLLECTION?
“I believe that it is exactly at a time like this when we need to be creative and bold. This is not a time for retreat, but for innovation, because when it comes to fashion you have to excite the consumer – you have to show her, or him, that you have new ideas. I think my A/W10-11 collection reflects this mood.” WHAT DID YOU TAKE INSPIRATION FROM THIS TIME ROUND?
“For Autumn/Winter the inspiration is tailoring reinterpreted in a daring and absolutely modern way! This collection explores volume and proportions and features a lot of asymmetrical cuts. It also has a biker theme running through it in the details, and in my use of mirrored-gloss leathers, which reference the chrome work of a motorbike.” ARE THERE ANY RULES THAT YOU STICK TO FOR EACH COLLECTION?
“Confidence and pride are the rules for my collections. I like the women to be positive and embrace their feminine sexiness. I like them to be the most glamorous in the room – whether that is a boardroom or a ballroom. We have had enough doom and gloom over the past year because of the economy – now it is time to show the world that we can still enjoy life and have fun. Fashion can help give you confidence and attitude. I think I was just tired of everyone moaning about the economy. I wanted to say: ‘Come on, let’s have some fun!’” FROM THE COLLECTION WHAT IS YOUR LUST-HAVE ITEM?
“I love every single biker outfit. Those looks are for a woman who has had some experience of the world and knows that a dose of glamour and rebellious rock ’n’ roll attitude can get you a long way.” WHEN IT COMES TO YOUR APPROACH TO DESIGNING, DO YOU HAVE A FORMULA?
“First you have a mood you want to capture. This can come from anywhere – a painting, a song, a place, a book, a film, an experience you’ve had, or in the case of my current Spring/ Summer collection, a combination of ideas. Then once I have
found my spirit and mood, I have meetings with my team and we start looking at sketches and at fabrics. I listen to music while I do this – it helps me relax. Sometimes a fabric will suggest a piece, because of its properties. Sometimes I will want to create a specific shape and will then find the perfect fabric to make it up in. My favourite part is when I start to see my ideas realised as real clothes – when those little sketches and squares of fabric walk in the room on models… that’s always exciting.” MUSIC PLAYS A KEY ROLE IN YOUR SHOWS. HOW DO YOU DECIDE WHICH SONGS TO USE?
“Music is my passion and it is an inspiration too. I usually try to match the songs with the powerful, glamorous and sensual themes of the show. The tracklist of my shows are always perfectly in tune with the mood of my collections.” DESPITE BEING IN THE BUSINESS FOR DECADES, DO YOU STILL GET NERVOUS BEFORE A SHOW?
“I am definitely more confident now as a designer than I have been before in my life. But still, before a show I feel nervous! But as I always say to my children and to my team… when things are tough you only have one choice: come out and fight!” DO YOU FIND IT DIFFICULT TO DESIGN AFTER SO MANY YEARS OF CREATING?
“When you design, you need to be able to let your imagination run completely free. This is something my brother Gianni taught me. My creative moments are always something spontaneous. The archive is there for support and inspiration, but unless you look for new ways to express yourself, you will soon become boring and predictable. Versace will always be Versace – but it is important to always reinterpret the design in a contemporary way.” WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE MEMORY OF MILAN FASHION WEEK?
“My favourite event is always the dinner with my team after the show when we can finally relax and have fun!”
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he key to a successful wardrobe detox is organisation and ruthlessness. Start with a bit of a sartorial shakedown; purge your closet from all that unnecessary clutter. All those scrappy old T-shirts youâ€™re saving to wear for when you get round to painting the house... they have to go. That gorgeous suit that just doesnâ€™t flatter your figure... it never will. And that clutter thatâ€™s silently hibernating under the bedâ€Ś time to shape it up and ship it out. Once youâ€™ve detoxed your wardrobe itâ€™s time to jazz things up a bit, add some new pieces that will keep on giving by transitioning into the next season seamlessly. On a budget? Not to worry... with these stylist friendly tips youâ€™re guaranteed a chic new look without breaking the bank.
THE STEP-BY-STEP PURGE â€“ GET RUTHLESS KEEP â€“ Keep anything you wear regularly (and are proud to wear) and which is relevant to the current season. Arrange items in your wardrobe by type: trousers, tops, skirts all separated. It may seem a little painstaking at this stage, but you will find selecting an outfit a million times easier.
for sentimental items. Maybe itâ€™s the cocktail dress which has seen better days, but you wore on your first date with your husband, an old school hoodie or your dadâ€™s ancient Rolling Stones tee. Choose a suitably sized keepsakes box before you start to make sure you keep the volume under control.
STORE â€“ Store pieces which
CHARITY â€“ Give items to
are seasonally inappropriate. You donâ€™t really need your ski gear cluttering things up â€“ get a vacuum storage bag and pop it under your bed. You should also allow yourself a small box
charity that are wearable, but just not for you. Maybe the style doesnâ€™t suit you, or it doesnâ€™t fit. If you have several similar skirts, but only ever wear one, get rid of the rest. And as a
rule, if you havenâ€™t worn or used something for six months... it is time to wave it goodbye.
Website: www.recycle-dubai.com Phone: (04) 329877 E-mail: email@example.com
RECYCLE â€“ Recycle items
THROW â€“ Only throw things
which are really unsuitable (old underwear, or pieces which are just too threadbare) to give to charity. A really scratty old pair of cotton pyjamas make great dusting cloths, just chop them into duster sized squares. Old shoe boxes are perfect for storing DVDs or paperwork. Alternatively, drop off any clothing items at a clothes recycling bank, or contact Recycle Dubai. www.recycle-dubai.com
in the bin if they really cannot fit into any of the categories listed â€“ this should not represent very much at all. Remember anything you throw is probably headed for the landfill, and will take a very long time to biodegrade. So have a think how you, or someone else, could use the item first. If you really do have to throw something away, remove any re-usable trimmings such as buttons. SEPTEMBER 2010
GBTIJPOTUZMFUJQT REPLENISH FOR LESS If you’re headed for one of our thrift-tastic insider shopping locations, make sure you shop with a view to the future. Try to pick pieces which will transition well; a white shirt will always have the longevity you need to see you through both autumn and winter.
A/W10 catwalk inspiration: Ralph Lauren dedicated an entire catwalk to rain-washed tones of grey, biscuit and taupe, as nudes are a big deal for A/W10. From gowns and trousers to trenches and jackets, beige is back. Edgy this up with last season’s statement shoe.
A/W10 catwalk inspiration: All things spangly have made an undisputed transition from night to day. Look for sequined mini-skirts, dresses and shrugs which can be layered up with thick tights and black separates come the cooler months. Keep it on trend with flats not heels.
A/W10 catwalk inspiration: You can’t go wrong with pastels – be it Parma violet, baby pink, canary yellow or mint sorbet green. And, in the UAE, the ice cream sweet aesthetic looks set to continue beyond winter, long into next spring. Think YSL’s canary yellow for inspiration.
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DRAGON MART Pearls pearls pearls... there’s something about their subtle lustre which brings an air of vintage chic to even the most high-street of outfits. Double length strands, individually knotted on silk thread, can be picked up for as little as Dhs30
at Dragon Mart, Dubai. Buy in bulk and wear en-masse.
TAILOR Get a good tailor and your life will change – they can make that much of a difference. Take along sketches, pictures, or old favourites to be recreated
INSIDER LOCATION TIPS WHERE TO PICK UP A BARGAIN AND PARTAKE IN A LITTLE ECO-FASHION…
REEM’S CLOSET Please don’t think you can fool anyone worth their fashion salt with a Karama fake. If designer is your bag, but the price really isn’t, Reem’s Closet at Mazaya Centre in Dubai is the answer to your purse’s prayers. firstname.lastname@example.org
DUBAI FLEA MARKET You could be forgiven for forgetting you’re in Dubai amongst the vintage treasures on show in the flea market. Special markets occur from time to time, like the ‘designer’ 132
in dazzling new materials at bargain-happy prices. Karama is packed with options, Dream Girls is a gem. (04) 3377287
TRIMS AND BLINGS With a little imagination, a trip to Satwa can revitalise wellloved classics or add individual
interest to new creations – feather trim tacked along the bottom of a skirt or dress, pompom ribbons around the lapels of a blazer, or even something as simple as statement buttons or logo badges sewn onto a jacket. Head to Al Nooras Trading. (04) 3446233
DRESS FOR LESS
BY REWORKING YOUR EXISTING PIECES If the credit crunch is really cramping your style, despair not; just play around a little with your existing wardrobe.
edition which we love. Check out the excellent website for scheduling. www.dubai-fleamarket.com
COVENT GARDEN MARKET, DUBAI Ignoring the obvious plagiarism in its name, the Covent Garden Market is a genuinely civilised affair. The Dolly Rockers stall receives rave reviews for their selection of vintage wares, or visit Hattah Style for reworked Arabic scarves in distinctly Missoni-esque weaves. www.coventgardenmarket.ae
LAYERING Experiment with shape and colour contrasts – T-shirts and shirts under dresses and vest tops layered over each other.
BELT UP The silk scarf as a belt has a distinctly Parisian stylelean. Try knotting it around jeans with a white T-shirt tucked in, or cinch around the waist of an LBD to add a blast of colour.
SKIRTING WITH LENGTH Hem-lines are notoriously as fickle as the wind. Iron-on hem tape like Wundaweb makes alterations not only as easy as pie, but also reversible. Ideal for letting lengths back down when fashion takes a more sombre tone.
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here are not many designers who can convince some of the worldâ€™s most fashion savvy people to ditch the beach club and trek into the centre of Rome on one of Europeâ€™s hottest days, but then again, not many designers are Rami Al Ali. The highly prestigious annual Alta Roma event brings together the great and the good of the fashion world and this year saw Rami looking to Persia for his â€˜Persian Princessâ€™ collection. In his own words the collection is for â€œvery sensual and feminine women with strong characters. 134
They know what they like and they know how to get it.â€? Persia has long been known for its beautiful, intricate carpets but who would have known it could serve as such a stunning backdrop for this new collection, as dresses in all the colours and patterns of the universe sashayed down the catwalk. Keeping with his trademark for elaborate prints and acute eye for detail, each dress made up of chiffons, silks and velvets was like a work of art. Playing peek-a-boo with the fashion-hungry front row, the collection and the beautiful artistry of the show, made its mark, leaving us in no doubt that Ramiâ€™s international status is very much secure.
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“Time for the fitting. There weren’t masses of alterations as the models were roughly the same size”
“We wanted to re-create the Shahrazad wedding in 1001 Arabian Nights. This is the bridal gown and part of the finale”
“For the invitations, a design was used of an antique Persian carpet – it was then re-worked and printed onto some of the gowns”
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“The first sketches are done fast, to get the ideas down, and then as details evolve, so do the drawings. Until they reach the final versions, which I spend my time on”
“No, I didn’t turn my hand to the make-up. I was just instructing the artist on what I wanted – which was a very Arabic look of strong smoky eyes, liner and pale beige lips”
“This is me in director role. We are on the streets of Rome shooting the look-book. I wanted them to act relaxed, and to slouch with a romantic feel, not stiff at all”
THE COLLECTION took 40 of my staff, which includes master cutters, sample makers “ Theandcollection tailors, along with embroiderers, beaders and finishers, to get it just right
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ON FASHION… COCO CHANEL
THE BEST FASHION ADVICE YOU CAN GIVE?
Confidence is the best accessory.
NUMBER ONE SHOE? Too many to mention but I love Roger Vivier, Christian Louboutin and Rickard Shah.
Dolce&Gabbana, Versace, Chloé, Viktor & Rolf, YSL, Marc Jacobs, Narciso Rodriguez and Coco Chanel. MARC JACOBS
FAVOURITE CLOTHING DESIGNER?
WHATʼS YOUR BEST FASHION MOMENT? The Oscars in 2006.
WHO IS YOUR STYLE IDOL? Carine Roitfeld
OFF-DUTY STYLE? I go for flats, jeans and a soft T-shirt.
WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST COSMETICS PURCHASE? Jessica Alba in New York
Black eyeliner and I was 12 years old.
Q&A HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE YOU TO GET DRESSED IN THE MORNING? 15 minutes.
YOUR FOUR FAVOURITE BEAUTY PRODUCTS? REVLON Colorstay Under Eye Concealer, Super Lustrous Shiny Sheers lip gloss, plus their mascara, and foundation. Another beauty essential is eyelash curlers.
YOUR FAVOURITE BRAND OF JEANS? Hudson, J Brand, Seven, Chip & Pepper, Rich & Skinny.
TOP BEAUTY TIPS
Plenty of water and sleep, plus a good scrub. Also, I love REVLON Colour Stay Active Makeup in True Beige as it contains SPF 25 and is sweat proof.
THE BEST FASHION ADVICE YOU’VE EVER RECEIVED? Less is more. ARE YOU HIGH- OR LOW-MAINTENANCE? Low-to-medium. HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE YOU TO DO YOUR HAIR AND MAKE-UP IN THE MORNING? 15 minutes. THE THING ABOUT YOURSELF THAT MAKES YOU MOST INSECURE/SELF-CONSCIOUS? Cellulite and dark circles under my eyes. DO YOU HAVE A FAVOURITE SPA TREATMENT? A 90-minute deep tissue massage. WORST BEAUTY MISTAKE? Thin eyebrows.
WHO IS YOUR FASHION AND BEAUTY ICON? THE BEST THING YOU LIKE ABOUT YOUR BODY? Probably my back.
It has to be Audrey Hepburn.
WHAT MAKES YOU FEEL BEAUTIFUL? Working out. WHAT’S YOUR CURRENT DÉCOR STYLE? Asian, masculine and comfortable. THE MOST EXTRAVAGANT THING YOU’VE BOUGHT FOR YOUR HOUSE? Antique Egyptian rugs, my customised kitchen and master bath. WHAT WOULD YOU LOVE TO SEE PARKED IN YOUR DRIVEWAY? Hybrids all the way and bicycles.
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1 THE DRESS â€œThe Lys Royal dress is certainly the most dramatic piece in the INGIE Paris collection, particularly with the long cape that hangs down the back. It is the finale piece: the one that comes on at the end of the show and elicits a gasp from the audience.â€?
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â€œThis is very Marie Antoinette. Itâ€™s the most striking piece in the range, with the cape and layers of fabric. The collection as a whole is very theatrical and flamboyant, and this dress is the pinnacle of that theme.â€?
3 THE DESIGN
5 THE COLOUR AND PRINT
“I like the contrast between old and new, this is especially encapsulated within this piece. The fabric is innately modern, while the overall design is relatively traditional and very reminiscent of French royalty. It is a fantastic juxtaposition between old and new that brings the glamour of the past into cutting-edge fashion and adds a new dimension to the collection as a whole.”
“It’s a silver and rose lurex brocade, a bucolic pattern shaped by animals and plants. It’s love at first sight. And the gorgeous pink and gold tiger brocade is what makes this gown so unique and, because I particularly loved the fabric from the back, I reversed it for the dress.”
4 THE MATERIAL “We met at a prestigious Italian fabric manufacturer renowned for its silks, savoirfaire and archives conserving prints and precious brocades. The importance is in the material, the weight, the touch, the way it falls, the state of being contemporary… In actual fact, the fabric came before the dress. I saw it in a material trade show in Paris and knew at once that it would be perfect for a Marie Antoinette-style dress.”
8 THE FINALE “Make-up, lights, props and styling… the finale! The Lys Royal dress is shot by acclaimed photographers Sofia and Mauro. The images will soon be found in my press book and in print.” ■
6 THE PROTOTYPE
7 THE FITTING
“In the atelier, collaborating with designer and couturiers, I slowly conceived the birth of the dress. Then follows the transformation of the sketch into three dimensions. Before finalising the cloth, the patronage and creating the first prototype.”
“Still in the fashion studio, together with my expert creative team, the dress is fitted on a model. We validate the cutting, pace, volumes and fitting.”
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DUBAI OUTLET MALL WHERE: Route 66 near the Al Ruwayya interchange, Dubai BEST FINDS: A version of the black Stella McCartney dress that Gwyneth Paltrow sported and Manolos as seen on SJP in Sex and the City. WHAT TO EXPECT: A huge mall that can’t really be conquered in one day. Head straight to Priceless, it has designer wares from Alberta Ferretti to Zac Posen, and everything in between – some at a staggering 90 per cent off. The Outlet store sells Boutique 1’s last season’s stuff; so pick up some brilliantly priced Missoni, Chloé and James Perse tees. Great accessories can be bagged at the Burberry store. And one piece of advice, head there on a Wednesday – it’s when some of the stores replenish their stock, which means it hasn’t been plundered yet by EW staffers.
BICESTER VILLAGE Top Alice by Alice Temperley
Bag Jimmy Choo
WHERE: Unit 5B, Bicester Village, Bicester, Oxfordshire, England. BEST FINDS: McQueen’s brilliantly cut jeans for less than half price and a great pair of suede shoe boots by Fendi. WHAT TO EXPECT: A mild heart attack! The amount of designer stores is incredible, and the prices are so good you won’t know when to stop. There’s everything from great fashion by the likes of McQueen, Temperley and Marni, chic accessories from Smythson and even the great Jimmy Choo holds residence here. Take an extra suitcase if you’re travelling from Dubai, or buy something equally stylish from the Samsonite store, oh, and Bicester Village , England inform your bank manager before going, in case he calls confirming your location (and spending)! Bag Jimmy Choo
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GBTIJPOPVUMFUNBMMT MARNI OUTLET WHERE: Via Tajani Filippo, 1, 20133 Milan, Italy BEST FINDS: We found a wonderful winter coat for less than Dhs800. WHAT TO EXPECT: It’s hidden on the outskirts of central Milan in the middle of a housing estate. The discreet buzzer is hard to find, but once those electronic gates open, you enter the magical world of Marni. They offer all the previous season’s collections, accessories, swimwear and their sensational understated lingerie.
LA ROCA WHERE: La Roca Village, 08430 La Roca del Vallès, Barcelona, Spain BEST FINDS: Burberry trench, Loewe handbags and lots of Dior. WHAT TO EXPECT: A quaint village atmosphere, just 45 minutes from the city. It houses lovely designer La Roc wears from Spain’s power house a, Spain leather brand, Loewe, along with cool, more indie brands like Hoss Intropia and Dress Hoss Bimba&Lola. If you’re in need of sustenance Intropia to top up your energy levels, stop off at Andreu, a local charcuterie that serves the most delicious pa amb tomaquet – bread doused in ripe tomatoes, garlic and olive oil.
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WHERE: 472 86th street, New York, USA BEST FINDS: Marc Jacobs, Viktor & Rolf, Tom Ford sunglasses and a massive selection of designer jeans. WHAT TO EXPECT: If you can’t afford 5th Avenue prices, head downtown to Century 21’s emporium for all things designer and discount. Expect to rummage through rails of Marc Jacobs and be bowled over by other over-ambitious shoppers, (there is the distinct possibility of being rugby tackled over the last piece of Pucci cashmere.) There’s also a nice home, beauty and men’s section, too. 146
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WAKEY, WAKEY! At the Pucci show, the girls look all wide-eyed and well, awake. Recreate their glow with YSL’s Flash Touch – Wake-up Eyecare, Dhs150. In one click, the stylish pen with roller-ball applicator, delivers the perfect dose of the vitamin-loaded lotion for each eye.
In September… HAIR – THE ONLY WAY IS UP BULGARI’S NEW BEAUTY RANGE WE MEET FASHION ON THE QUEST FOR LIGHTER, BRIGHTER SKIN AND FRAGRANCE MAESTRO PACO RABANNE SEPTEMBER 2010
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air for winter is up, up and away. The classic French chignon has made a come back, and it comes in various guises – from big and bouffant to refined… It will take plenty of pins, grips and spray to create the perfect up-do. Slick looks can be controlled by a decent comb and styling gel. While the bigger bouf is courtesy of some artful backcombing and adding thickness to hair with volumising products, dry shampoo and those donuts they used back in the 60s. If in doubt ask your your elders to offer some vintage styling advice, or read on to learn how you can create the look at home with the best products and tips we sourced from the pros. Oh, and there’s a whole lot of backstage inspiration straight from the shows, it’s hair-raising…
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CFBVUZIBJSUSFOET It’s all in the tongs at Donna Karan
Probably not the look most appropriate for the office… Maybe aim for a compact and bijou version
Big buns were the order of the day at YSL, while over at Chanel big bouff’s were très French
Headscarf and shades, à la Thelma and Louise, are optional At Jasper Conran, they were on a roll
Tribal up-dos took centre stage at Jenny Packham
C AT WA L K C R E AT I O N S (&5*/41*3&%8*5)"810$"58"-,-00,4 Just when the backstage beauty thought it was safe to breathe – hairdresser Guido, just kept on spraying. A spritz of hairspray is an understatement
Ballerina styles looked pretty but not perfect at Erdem
Way down low was the only way to go, well at Alberta Ferretti and Giambattista Valli anyway
It was a ‘beehive’ of activity at Giles
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Headbands Dhs20 by Marks & Spencer
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â€“ slightly dirtier hair has more grip, meaning it wonâ€™t collapse so soon.
Backcombing with a tail comb will give precise volume at the roots. While overall volume, and a fluffier texture, can be achieved with a small, natural bristle brush.
Elnett Hairspray Dhs35 by Lâ€™OrĂŠal Professional Shin Shine Dhs138 by Philip B at boutique1.com
3 Use bobby pins to secure,
Tail comb from Dhs20 chemists nationwide
available from Boots and various chemists, as these offer the most secure hold.
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For a slick finish tame fly-away strands with a toothbrush spritzed with hairspray.
Use mousse to give hair a more satin finish, and remember wax and gels can look rather wet. For the driest, fluffiest finish, hold with hairspray.
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Summer Hair Beach Waves Dhs75 by Frederic Fekkai
Add texture using tongs or crimpers to create stylish frizz.
Use hair accessories like headbands. Eugine Soulieman, at the Donna Karan show, employed black shiny versions for a super sleek look.
Guarana Berry Volumising Mousse Dhs40 by The Body Shop
Up-dos neednâ€™t be stiff or traditional. Use dry shampoo to create a bed-head texture. And place them off-centre and to the side for a relaxed twist. Or plait some pieces before putting up. Very tribal, very now.
Anti-Frizz Formula 57 Dhs178 by Philip B at boutiqique1.com
The quickest and easiest up-do is a ponytail with hair wrapped around. Use an invisible band like Blax or seethrough no-snag versions at Claireâ€™s Accessories.
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If you donâ€™t have enough volume, wrap hair around a â€˜donutâ€™ from Boots and various chemists. Itâ€™s what they used to create those oversized beehives of the 60s and are once again working their way back into fashion.
BEAUTY AND THE BLEACH JANAKI CHELLAM SCRATCHES THE SURFACE OF THE SKIN-LIGHTENING CRAZE AND FINDS A DISTURBING TREND THAT GOES SKIN-DEEP
or centuries, poets and writers have written about it and movies have exalted it. The ‘sweetly fair’ beauty, which has been referenced in literary classics by the likes of Shakespeare, Chaucer, and Calderon. There’s no denying that the pale and almost ethereal looks of actresses like Grace Kelly, and more recently Diane Kruger and Gwyneth Paltrow, have made possessing fair skin a beauty must-have and the skin-lightening industry is profiting from it. Whether it’s skin-lightening, skin-whitening or skin bleaching, it is a controversial topic that leaves itself open to questioning due to the detrimental effects on health, identity, self image, racial and colonial mentality. By why is this so? How did having fair skin become cachet and what are the psychological concerns attached to it? Scientists have for centuries tried to discover the ideal of beauty and the discourse has baffled many and concluded little. With so many factors at play, such as biology, history, culture and socio-economic status the task of trying to fathom the ‘generic’ idylls of beauty seems an impossible one. In his foreword to Peter Frost’s 2005 Fair Women, Dark Men, University Washington sociologist Pierre L. van den Berghe writes: “Virtually all cultures express a marked preference for fair female skin, even those with little or no exposure to European imperialism, and even those whose members are heavily pigmented.” Charles Darwin’s theory of sexual selection also supports this preference whereby competition within the species for resources meant that certain traits were valued over others. Besides biology, fair skin is also highly valued in many cultures, particularly South Asian, South-East Asian and Middle Eastern cultures. In China for example, images of goddesses from centuries ago are 158
depicted with fair skin tones and Chinese women, so desirous of pale skin, would swallow ground pearl from sea shells, which was believed to help purge skin of dark spots and pigmentation, which is caused by the imbalance of melanin. As a culture, the Japanese have long revered pale skin and a famous Japanese proverb that says: ‘Fair skin can conceal seven faults’, is still regarded and respected today. Geisha girls would powder their faces chalk-white to appear more attractive to men; legend has it that the whiter and softer the nape of a Geisha’s neck, the more desirous and beautiful they are. And, more recently, a skin-whitening movement has been gaining popularity in Japan, called Bihaku, which uses cosmetics to stop the production of melanin. Women in the Arab world are also susceptible to this trend and the preference for an ‘alabaster’ skin tone is highly coveted by many. In the prominently olive-skinned complexion of the Middle East, young women who are due to be married often cover themselves up for several months prior to the wedding, in order to preserve their pale skin tone and to ensure they look their fairest and best. However, Hassan Ahmed, a professor of sociology from Cairo’s Ain Shams’ University sees it as a simple case of ‘complexion envy’. “What is rare is expensive. Since in Egypt, like in the rest of the Arab world, olive skin is the most common, we prefer white skin,” he said in an interview with AFP, the global news agency. The West is also a booming, though smaller, industry for skinlightening products. The same products used in the East to whiten skin are used in more Western countries as they promote even skin tones. Things such as hyperpigmentation, age or sun spots, and acne scarring can all be lessened in appearance with the same products, which is why
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CFBVUZTLJOXIJUFOJOH the same industry has a million-dollar price tag on its head on both sides of the world. An eye-opening ITV documentary made in 2006 by UK documentarian Dami Akinnussi, Bleach My Skin, showed that this trend of skin-whitening affects different societies, cultures and races all over the world. Focusing on a young Indian woman from London who regularly bleached her skin (with the belief that the key to being successful lay in having fair skin), it also showed the extremes some girls would go to with Indian brides painting themselves white for their weddings and young girls rubbing the netting of their tutus on their faces trying to ‘get the black off ’. In terms of India, two of its greatest cultural imports are Bollywood and beauty queens. Bollywood competes with Hollywood as the most profitable and prolific global film industry and with several Miss Worlds and two Miss Universes, the beauty industry in India is a big money-spinner. Major Bollywood stars like Aishwarya Rai and Shah Rukh Khan are spokespeople for skin-whitening products and the latter has come under heavy criticism in India for this. Shah Rukh Khan, one of Bollywood’s hottest male actor exports, was recently criticised by Asian campaigners in the UK for promoting a skinlightening product which they believed promoted the idea that greater success befalls those with fairer skin. Kiran Kaur, a human rights activist in the UK told the BBC, “The ad simply reinforces the idea that you’ve got to be fair to be anything significant in life. Your skin colour determines how successful you’ll be and reinforces age-old prejudices.” And to continue the controversy, fans hit out at an ad starring Bollywood actress Kajol Devgan, as the ads were considered ‘misleading’, depicting her in the commercial as practically white, when it is well known that she has a dark complexion. Various studies have also shown the harmful psychological, physical and emotional health issues for those who use skin lighteners, with many human right activists fearing, in India and abroad, that there is a new rise of ‘colourism’ – a deep-rooted desire for fair skin. ‘Colourism’ still plays a part in many areas of Asia. A market survey by Asia Market Intelligence showed that “three quarters of Malaysian men thought their partners
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would be more attractive with lighter complexions.” While in Hong Kong the same survey revealed that two thirds of men prefer fairer skin, and half the local women wanted their men to be fairer. But, armed with such strong market information for ‘fair beauty’, companies have jumped on the ‘fair is lovely’ bandwagon resulting in huge sales and profits. Research shows that up to 48 per cent of women in Malaysia use these products while in India, skin-lightening products have become a hugely valued industry generating sales of US$200 million a year. Recent beauty industry market research in the Middle East indicates that the skin-lightening industry will grow by US$10 billion by 2015. Elaine O’Connell, senior show manager of Beauty World Middle East, says, “Traditionally in Asia and the Middle East, pale skin is considered beautiful and is also a sign of wealth and so given this cultural ideal there is a growing demand for skin-whitening products,” she says. She also believes there is a more basic reason that skin whiteners are popular. “The harsh climate here is another reason. Awareness on the use of SPF to protect your skin in the sun is increasing in the region, so too is the use of SPF products with skin-whitening properties in order to retain a paler complexion.” Other treatments, such as chemical peels, laser treatments and new LED techniques can also be used to lighten the skin, but in terms of skin-whitening product development, Unilever leads the market with their ‘Fair & Lovely’ range which has an arsenal of skin-whitening and lightening beauty products lining the shelves of stores from the UK to Dubai and India. Fair & Lovely ads have met the wrath of politicians and women’s groups in India who have demanded for a ban on such ‘misleading’ and ‘racist’ commercials. Their ads seem to focus on one thing: that having fair skin means you will be more successful, have a better choice of partners and jobs etc… However, despite the controversies, there’s no denying the success of Fair & Lovely in the region. An AFP article states that: “the Middle East and North Africa market was a godsend for Unilever which recognised the enormous potential in those countries mainly because of a growing young population.” Iain Potter, vice president of marketing Unilever North Africa Middle East however sees Fair & Lovely’s marketing strategy quite differently, saying: “Fair & Lovely in the Middle East is targeted at the woman who is looking to meet her beauty aspirations of an eventoned and fair skin via a high-quality product.” As for the controversy surrounding their ads, Unilever says, “Extensive market research carried out by independent agencies over the last 10 years has proved that the Fair & Lovely ads communicate the product promise faithfully and fit well with the cultural expectations.” Unilever is also hoping to capitalise on the success of Fair & Lovely in this region by launching Fair & Handsome, a fairness cream aimed at men, as male grooming is a fast growing demographic in the beauty industry. Aside from the psychological and cultural issues and ramifications attached to the skin-lightening industry, the actual products used are also heavily being called into question. Alongside Fair & Lovely, other skin-whitening products to be launched in the region include A Bonne products, Alpaya cosmetics, and AVA Cosmetic Laboratory’s White Skin Line and Spa. Most ingredients found in skin-lightening products contain little more than what you would find in sunblock creams. Non-prescription products contain perfectly safe ingredients like kojic acid, niacinamide, liquorice extract, Vitamin C, rice bran extract, and glycolic and salicylic acid. Dr Ibrahim Abbara of Belhoul European
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MERCURY HAS BEEN FOUND IN SKINLIGHTENING CREAMS, WHICH CAN CAUSE LIVER AND KIDNEY DAMAGE Hospital in Dubai comments, “These are products designed to be ‘cheap and cheerful’, but are generally safe as they have no effect or side effect.” However, the darker and more dangerous side of this industry is that the range of products available, which currently contain everything from inexpensive brands like Fair and Lovely, expensive ‘designer’ and prescription creams, to unregulated black market brands and homemade versions. Dermatologists fear that in the quest to be fairer, many might resort to using harmful bleaching agents. In 2006, the UK newspaper The Observer conducted an investigative report on skin bleaching and uncovered some horrific cases. Gina, a young Jamaican woman who started using a skin whitener suffered from an acute skin disorder that proved almost fatal – with her skin permanently disfigured, as well as her adrenal glands failing, which then stopped producing one of the hormones essential to life. A year later another article in a UK newspaper, The Daily Mail, exposed a dangerous skin bleaching product called Maxi White. Writer Paul Bracchi related one person’s horror story who said: “Using the product worked quite well to start with, but then my skin became thin and dehydrated. My forehead looked like a crinkled up piece of paper it was so cracked. Then I developed blotches on my face, which turned into boils and ulcers. I was a complete mess.” Where ‘supply and demand’ are concerned, as long as the demand is there, people will continue to supply these blackmarket products, that
are ridden with illegal and non-cosmetic ingredients. Dr Mahaveer Mehta a Dubai-based dermatologist from the Skin Medical Centre warns against using products that are not properly labelled or without a list of ingredients: “Some of the skin-lightening agents cause mild to serious side effects, especially with the long-term use of the potent steroid Dermovate (clobetasol), though some doctors do mix this with other skin-lightening creams and dispense it.” Ingredients like the steroid hydroquinone and mercury have also been found in skin-lightening creams and the side effects from these can be more damaging. “There is a long list of side effects including permanent atrophy of the skin, cancer and depigmentation,” says Dr Mehta. The steroid hydroquinone gained some notoriety in the press recently because of its presence in skin-lightening creams that are available on the black market. It’s so volatile that it has been banned in the use of cosmetic products in the UK because of the severity of skin reactions and irritations it can cause. Mercury is also now banned in the US because it can cause renal and neurological damage. “Creams containing mercury can cause mercury poisoning resulting in liver and kidney damage and may lead to psychiatric disorders. It can also lead to birth defects,” says Dr Mehta. While creams containing mercury are also on their way to being banned in more countries like Dubai, it is a slow process. However, products with too many chemical ingredients are generally on the decline. Though it’s questionable whether this is driven by discerning consumers who prefer more natural and organic ingredients or rather a growing trend in the beauty industry where manufacturers are increasingly alert to harmful chemical ingredients. According to Elaine: “Since early last year it was noted that natural products were faring far better than other similar products at the top of the price scale. Manufacturers are still looking to food ingredients for their beauty benefits and more recently the use of spices, especially turmeric in skin care products has increased.” The beauty industry certainly hasn’t missed out on the dual marketing opportunity of these products. Despite a general decline in cosmetic products over the last year due to the economic downturn, skin lighteners are still selling strong and the industry is a healthy one. And with beauty companies sharpening up to the ‘supply and demand’ of beauty products with more natural ingredients, the real danger lies in the black market and young, impressionable girls who are causing themselves harm through desperation or a lack of education, in their quest to become ‘fair’. The lesson to be learnt, for health and beauty reasons, is that though beauty may only be skin-deep, one should first learn to love the skin you’re in. ■
5 SAFE SKIN LIGHTENING PRODUCTS
Guerlain Perfect White Lotion Dhs220
Bobbi Brown Intensive Brightening Serum Dhs409
Clarins White Plus Aqua Lotion Dhs260
Olay White Radiance Dhs62
L’Oréal Rosy Day Cream Dhs40
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icknamed ‘the metallurgist’ (the metal worker) by Coco Chanel, Paco Rabanne made his entrance onto the French fashion scene in 1966 with his chain mail dresses and jewellery designs created in his material of choice – metal. His first foray into the world of fragrances followed in 1969 with Calandre, and since then the designer has been a regular on the best-selleing scent list. The launch of his latest perfume, Lady Million, has the great grand-daughter of Ernest Hemingway, Dree, as its face, a 164
gorgeous diamond shaped bottle and the famed nose of Anne Flipo behind its sweet, floral notes. Anne has been ‘le nez’ behind no less 36 fragrances and has collaborated with the world’s leading fashion design houses, including Yves Saint Laurent, Givenchy and Sonia Rykiel. She says of her latest creation: “Paco Rabanne has been a real challenge for me and I’m so proud of the Lady Million fragrance. To me, Paco Rabanne is a very aspiring brand, always creative and avant-garde, always standing out from the crowd.”
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WHAT ARE YOUR FUNDAMENTAL AIMS WHEN DEVELOPING A FRAGRANCE?
“The discovery of my vocation has been a question of luck. After my Baccalaureate, I went to the Institut Supérieur International-Parfum Cosmétique school in Versailles and it was during my apprenticeship that I learned to memorise the properties of raw materials, and discovered the magic of essential oils and their evocative power. Infected by the perfume virus, it became a real love affair – with a dedication and vitality which has never left me.” WHAT WOULD YOU SAY THE KEY TO YOUR SUCCESS HAS BEEN?
“I want to take pleasure in the creative process and share it with the team involved in the development of the fragrance. I also always look for challenges. I always need to surpass myself, to explore new routes.” HOW SHOULD ONE APPLY PERFUME?
“I like to apply perfume on the warmest points of the body. When I get out of the shower, I start with a spray in the back of the knees, then, in the hollow of the elbows and the neck, behind the ears. Each body movement will make your fragrance bloom!” HOW LONG DOES PERFUME LAST ONCE OPENED?
“The passion for my job, my natural curiosity and the need I have to always challenge myself and my creations.”
“Well, perfume evolves over time and, in a way, gets better by aging – a little bit like wine. The bottom notes will bloom, while the top ones will fade a little bit. A fragrance remains pretty stable for a year or two. Then you may see an evolution.”
WHO IS THE PACO RABANNE WOMAN?
“The Paco Rabanne woman is determined and feminine. She dares to be herself. Lady Million, is, in addition, very bold and independent. She is full of contrasts. She is a joyful femme fatale.” WHAT IS THE KEY TO THE PERFECT SCENT?
WHERE SHOULD WE STORE OUR PERFUMES?
“I think they are two main keys to creating the perfect scent: a fragrance that has a true signature and one that is multi-facetted.”
“In a dark and not too warm place.”
IS THE APPROACH DIFFERENT WHEN DEVELOPING MALE OR FEMALE SCENTS?
“I have three favourites. L’Heure Bleue, Giorgio and Feminite du Bois.”
“No, not really. I always start with a strong idea, a few ingredients blended together that define the signature of a fragrance. Then I start to bring new facets into the creation. I chisel it until I get to the final result.”
IF YOU WEREN’T IN THE FRAGRANCE INDUSTRY, WHAT WOULD YOU DO? “I would be a gardener.” ■
TRENDS ASIDE, WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE FRAGRANCE OF ALL TIME?
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1999 ULTRA VIOLET
2001 ULTRA VIOLET MAN
2005 BLACK XS FOR MEN
2007 BLACK XS FOR WOMEN
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2010 LADY MILLION SEPTEMBER 2010
IBJSQSPNPUJPOGSBODLQSPWPTU HAIR HOTSHOT FRANCK PROVOSTâ€™S MANE MAN, DAVID JOHN, REVEALS HIS A-LIST HAIR SECRETS As operations director at Franck Provost, and hairdressing maestro, David is the go-to man when celebrities land in Dubai. Before Kylie even stepped her size 3s on the tarmac at Dubai International, he was already booked for her Atlantis opening gig.
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KYLIE MINOGUE â€œShe totally trusts me â€“ she showed me the outfit she was wearing on stage, and we decided to go with a loose curl. We set it in rollers, then made sure the curls had bounce and a glasslike sheen with Lâ€™OrĂŠal Professional Shine Spray.â€?
PARIS HILTON â€œI designed all the styles for her during the filming of her TV show in Dubai. She was really experimental and got into the whole Arabian vibe.â€?
THE HEAD MASTERS
PINK â€œWe bleached her hair with a blue-bleach by Lâ€™OrĂŠal, as this gave a really white tone, as opposed to any yellow or brassy hues. And, as it was short, we simply finished her spiky style with Lâ€™OrĂŠal Professional Playball Wax.â€?
When it comes to getting great hair, experience counts. And there are no brands around that have clocked up more â€˜lockâ€™ time than the people at Frank Provost. The first salon opened its doors in the 70s in a little place called St Germain en Laye in France. Four years later there was the opening of the Parisian salon, and since then Franck Provost has over 600 salons worldwide (half a dozen in Dubai) and tends to, in excess of 7 million
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SHAKIRA â€œShe was super easy to work with. She has this mass of tumbling waves you would expect from a Columbian, so we just brought out the natural spring of her hair with Lâ€™OrĂŠal Professional Expert Serie Shine Curl Spray.â€?
THE SALON clients per year â€“ pretty impressive stuff. Franck himself has worked on the tresses of Tina Turner and Sharon Stone and has an award-winning academy where they train all their stylists. This is one of the great selling points of the Franck Provost salons, knowing that you are putting your tresses in safe hands without the fear that youâ€™ll be on receiving end of a questionable cut or colour.
FOR MORE INFORMATION ON SALONS AND SERVICES, VISIT: WWW.FRANCKPROVOSTDUBAI.COM
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Open for Admissions Jumeira Baccalaureate School (JBS), Taaleemâ€™s newest international school in the heart of Jumeira, Dubai, will explore a world of creative thinking and learning for students and parents alike. In the Primary School we will teach the International Primary Curriculum (IPC), followed by the International Baccalaureateâ€™s Middle Years Programme* with optional, elective IGCSEs and, subsequently, the International Baccalaureateâ€™s Diploma Programme*. English will be the main language of instruction throughout the VFKRROZLWKĂ€UVWDQGVHFRQGODQJXDJHSURJUDPPHVWDXJKWLQDQ innovative and engaging way in both French and Arabic.
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JBS is located in Jumeira 1, 53B Street, off Al Wasl Road (former ASD campus).
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or over a century, Bulgari has been creating beautiful, bespoke jewellery. It is usually only the rich and famous who are lucky enough to be adorned with their prestigious creations, and if there’s one piece of exquisite jewellery we aspire to own, it has to be something Bulgari. Elizabeth Taylor has long been a dedicated lover of the brand, so much so that her former husband, fellow screen legend Richard Burton, was once quoted as saying, “The only word Elizabeth knows in Italian is Bulgari.” The experts at Bulgari can certainly create stunning jewellery, but how good are they at developing an effective skincare range? After all, in the competitive world of beauty, one cannot live on packaging alone. In this day and age, with the likes of dermal fillers, Botox and laser treatments on the rise, you need hard and fast results when it comes to your face creams – particularly when it comes to anti-ageing. So what is Bulgari’s USP? In tests carried out in association with research institutes, laboratories and universities, Bulgari has created “a revolutionary active ingredient that scientifically exploits the natural properties of gemstones to impart their own splendour onto the skin,” says Patrizio Stella, Bulgari’s Perfume and Cosmetics Managing Director, who proudly endorses the range with the kind of chutzpah that could sell ice to eskimos. “Our research has shown that our winning formula, which contains gem essence from tourmaline, citrine, malachite and sapphire, produces a skin radiance, revitilisation and protection that’s second to none,” says the brand’s Skincare Director, Laurence Laubreaux Roberty. But for any doubters with concerns about how a high-end fashion brand can weave their magic in the beauty market, Laurence adds: “You can’t just produce a skincare range and make claims without
BULGARI HAS CREATED A REVOLUTIONARY ACTIVE INGREDIENT THAT SCIENTIFICALLY EXPLOITS THE NATURAL PROPERTIES OF GEMSTONES it actually working. You need a formula that works and builds consumer loyalty. Our Gem Essence range contains a powerful antioxidant called Thioneine EC Complex which is twice as powerful as renowned antioxidant Co Q10. In just seven days we can commit to skin being 91 per cent smoother, 78 per cent younger, 73 per cent replumped and 91 per cent more radiant.” Bulgari’s Cosmetic Research Department of Bulgari created the Gem Essence range, “as gemstones are the essence of perfection, expressing purity and transparency,” he says. “By capturing light and emitting energy, they give an unparalleled glow to the complexion, expressing purity and transparency.” ■ Bulgari skincare exclusively available at Harvey Nichols, Dubai.
BULGARI BEAUTY MUST-BUYS
The Precieuse Line
Souce Defense Teinté SPF15 170
Serum de Lumiere SEPTEMBER 2010
UV Gem SPF50 PA+++
The Cleansing Line
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he reign of the ‘it’ bag is over. No longer are shoes the down-trodden accessory – merely thrown on before running out the door. Outfits are now built around these skyscraper, vertigo-inducing, pieces of art. And no more so than Donna Karan’s stylish new offering. The butter-soft nappa calfskin stilettos, with the ergonomic heel and twisted straps, will add gravity and gravitas to any outfit. You could be the first to sport the beautiful pair by entering our exclusive Emirates Woman competition – we have three pairs to give away, worth Dhs4,520 each.
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When it comes to going ‘green’, beauty is fast following fashion’s suit. Bourjois’ new Foundation Bio Detox Organic is an example of how eco make-up can benefit your skin. 98.8 per cent of natural origin, the foundation helps detoxify your complexion and purify the skin, while giving you a matte and flawless finish. A breath of fresh air for you skin. Available from FACES.
The Anantara Spa at Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort is serenity in the extreme, with trickling fountains and a flower blossom garden. The 90-minute Anantara Signature massage is pure ‘go to your happy place’ heaven. A floral foot ritual, followed by a Meridien lines massage that stimulates circulation and relaxation while restoring the flow of energy, left us feeling beautifully blissed out. Contact: Anantara Spa at Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort, (02) 886 2088.
Bring skin back to life with a reviving Guinot Hydradermie facial at Pastels on Al Wasl Road, Dubai. Using their world-famous Guinot products, it exfoliates, rehydrates and plumps the skin back to a perfect state. Top tip: ask for Juliette. Contact: (04) 3947393.
The Dukan Diet is the new revolutionary celeb slimming plan – eat what you want to stay slim. Broken down into four stages: Attack Phase – short, sharp few days eat nothing but protein; Cruise Phase – protein balanced with vegetables; Consolidation Phase – which prevents rebound weight; and Stabilisation Stage – six days of normal eating, one of the Attack Phase. Sounds simple to us. www.dukandiet.co.uk
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hile it’s shocking to consider the World Health Organisation data showing that approximately 70 per cent of women in the UAE are considered to be medically overweight or obese, it is important to remember that the question of balance in a diet applies just as much to the remaining 30 per cent. Take as a good illustration the Weight Watchers scheme. Now while they would hardly condone it, their points system would allow a diet of 40 Starbursts a day, or perhaps 32 Hershey’s Kisses chocolates; an extreme example of why calorie counting and weight watching alone isn’t the answer to a healthy diet. For a celebrity case study, consider Lindsay Lohan versus Gwyneth Paltrow. The mean-girl is flying the flag for a heady mix of fast food while Ms Paltrow actively advocates fruit, vegetables and a healthy way of living. Both ladies have undeniably enviable figures, but a look at their skin tone and general complexion speaks volumes. Lindsay with a facial silhouette, which even on her thin physique can look jowly and grise, compared to Gywneth’s skin, which is considerably less ravaged, despite her being over a decade older. Dubai-based nutritional therapist Laura Holland suggests we stop thinking about the divide between ‘good’ and ‘bad’ foods, and instead compare ‘real’ and ‘fake’: “Fake foods are unnatural ingredients put together and then processed and packaged to look like food. Things with chemicals, preservatives, sodium, trans-fats, corn syrup – these
are all basically over-processed foods. Your body is not biologically evolved to process these and they create stress and excess that your body has to cope with. In the long run this is a huge source of toxicity and disease.” As simple, and as obvious, as it may seem, Laura thoroughly advises looking at the labels before you toss items in your shopping trolley: “If it includes sugars, sodium, additives, E-numbers, chemicals, trans-fats, corn syrup or anything that doesn’t sound like foodstuff, leave it on the shelf.” Kay Vosloo, a nutritional therapist from the Synergy Integrated Medical Centre, Dubai, adds: “Long-term damage from bad eating habits can eventually lead to a multitude of ailments: food intolerances, inability to absorb nutrients properly, skin problems, fatigue, insomnia, lack of energy, migraines, anxiety, depression, joint and muscle problems and digestive disorders.” And there are psychological benefits to eating well, too. Balanced meals give you sustained energy release and keep blood sugar levels at more stable levels. On top of this, being overweight shouldn’t simply be viewed as an aesthetic issue, as obesity is one of the leading causes of preventable deaths worldwide and can be implicated in Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, breathing difficulties, certain cancers, osteoarthritis and premature ageing. When it comes to healthy eating, there are certain things we need to action in order to ensure our health, says Belinda Rennie, a UAEbased nutritionist. “Antioxidants for example, which can be found in brightly coloured foods such as berries, beetroot, tomato and spinach, help counteract the effects of free radicals (atoms or groups
“LONG-TERM DAMAGE FROM BAD EATING HABITS CAN EVENTUALLY LEAD TO A MULTITUDE OF AILMENTS” LOSING IT UAE FAST FAT FACTS - Overweight is defined as a Body Mass Index (BMI) between 25kg/m2 and 30kg/m2 - Obese is defined as a BMI equal to and over 30kg/m2 - Obesity in women stands at 40 per cent, compared to 26 per cent in men. - A staggering 71.6 per cent of women in the UAE are overweight or obese. This is comparable to, and even higher than, large sections of the USA. Source: World Health Organisation
If you find the scales tipping too far, try these tips: ● Eat five small meals a day, rather than two or three, and never skip meals. ● The ideal meal size should fit neatly into the palm of your hands. ● Fruits and vegetables are actually carbohydrates. Meals should contain about 60 per cent carbs, so load up on these in preference to breads, white pasta and white rice. ● Avoid fat blockers like Xenical and Fat Expel. They block both good and bad fats, including those essential to our diets such as Omega 3, 6 and 9 essential fatty acids and the fat soluble vitamins A, D, E and K. The use of fat blockers can lead to malnourishment, easy bruising and eventually cancer as they block the good anti-carcinogenic effects of essential fatty acids. ● Avoid laxatives like Senekot, Ducolax and Agiolax. They severely dehydrate and disturb electrolyte and mineral balances. They lead to continual constipation and can become addictive. They can also cause internal organ damage in the digestive system and laxative abuse can eventually lead to cancer. Source: Kay Vosloo, Synergy Integrated Medical Centre
IFBMUIXIBUOPUUPFBU of atoms with an unpaired number of electrons that can be formed when oxygen interacts with certain molecules), while essential fats anti-age, normalise skin lipids and prevent cell dehydration and can be found in raw unsalted nuts, seeds and fish.â€? Other quick fix tips courtesy of Kay include rejecting the top slice of bread from a sandwich, steaming food rather than frying it (retaining nutrients as well as cutting the cholesterol), using olive oil instead of butter, lemon juice with olive oil to replace heavy salad dressings and freshly pressed fruit juice instead of sugar-added â€˜juice drinksâ€™. And, when it comes to your shopping list, the ethos is to keep it â€˜simple and go naturalâ€™, according to Laura: â€œThere is no need to over complicate your eating, just eat real foods. There are some excellent local farm stores open in Abu Dhabi and Dubai selling good fresh and local produce that are certainly worth checking out. The Organic Foods & CafĂŠ is also great for supporting a â€˜realâ€™ food diet, but donâ€™t underestimate your local supermarkets; Luluâ€™s, Spinneyâ€™s and Waitrose all have healthy aisles with great food choices.â€? Exercise added caution when dining out also, because fast-food joints arenâ€™t the only culprits here. The up-market American eatery Caramel includes cinemastyle popcorn butter in the glaze for their chicken appetiser â€“ a sure way to block up the arteries before youâ€™ve even got to the main course. Meanwhile, TGI Fridays convincingly put paid to the idea that a salad is always the healthiest option with their Pecan-Crusted Chicken Salad, which has the calorie equivalent to your daily allowance. Many such restaurants, however, do us the favour of publishing their nutritional information â€“ a quick look at their websites helps you make informed choices about what youâ€™re putting into your body. Generally speaking though, if youâ€™re out and about, always ask for your salad dressing on the side, go for steamed or grilled over fried, and whatever you do, just donâ€™t â€˜super-size itâ€™. â– LITTLE BLACK BOOK Laura Holland, Nutrional Therapist Tel: (050) 5048523 Website: www.inshallah.org.uk Kay Vosloo, Synergy Integrated Medical Centre Tel: (04) 3485452 Website: www.synergyctrdubai.com Belinda Rennie, Nutritional Therapist Tel: (04) 3486344 (Cooper Health Clinic) Website: www.lifestyle-uae.com 180
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IT: Iced Peppermint White Chocolate Mocha 400 calories, 9g fat â—? ORDER IT: Iced Caffe Latte 130 calories, 4.5g fat
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IT: Chicken Big Mac 593 calories, 32g fat â—? ORDER IT: Beef burger 254 calories, 9g fat
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IT: Medio Hot Chocolate with Marshmallows and Whipped Cream with Full Fat Milk 321 calories, 15.5g fat, 10.3g saturated fat â—? ORDER IT: Medio Hot Chocolate with Frothed Milk with Skimmed Milk 130 calories, 1.3g fat, 0.9g saturated fat
IT: Lemon Cupcake 435 calories, 19.3g fat, 8.8g saturated fat, 249mg sodium â—? ORDER IT: Low Fat Lemon & Orange Muffin 319 calories, 3.1g fat, 1.6g saturated fat, 81mg sodium
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IT: Red Baron Four Cheese Pan Pizza (per half pizza) 975 calories, 45g fat, 22.5g saturated fat, 1,725mg sodium â—? BUY IT: Waitrose Stone Baked Funghi Pizza (per half pizza) 299 calories, 8.6g fat, 5g saturated fat, 581mg sodium â—? DITCH
IT: Pringles Original (per 50g) 263 calories, 17g fat, 3.5g saturated fat, 265mg sodium â—? BUY IT: Kettle Baked Potato Chips Lightly Salted (per 50g) 214 calories, 5.4g fat, 0.9g saturated fat, 241mg sodium â—? DITCH
IT: Marble Slab Creamery Cheesecake-Reduced Fat (per 100g) 213 calories, 10.1g fat, 6g saturated fat â—? BUY IT: Ben & Jerryâ€™s Low Fat Strawberry Cheesecake Frozen Yoghurt (per 100g) 170 calories, 3g fat, 1g saturated fat
Recommended Daily Intake: 2,000 calories, less than 65g fat, less than 20g saturated fat, less than 2,600mg sodium Source: Food Standards Agency, UK
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The bright lights of NYC â€“ the city that never sleeps
NEW YORK, NEW YORK Since Alicia Keys and Jay-Z waxed lyrical over the Big Apple, weâ€™ve been compiling a list of the hippest hangouts for your next stateside adventure. With the searing summer heat a thing of the past and Christmas looming (think ice-skating at Rockefeller Centre) thereâ€™s no time like the present to channel a little SJPâ€Ś UĂŠ Trump Soho Bar dâ€™Eau â€“ Downtown New Yorkâ€™s hottest hidden gem. Say no more. www.trumpsohohotel.com UĂŠ The Surrey Hotel â€“ intimate, boutique and with lashings of Upper East Side glamour. www.thesurrey.com UĂŠ The Modern â€“ combine a MOMA visit with fine dining and views overlooking the Sculpture Garden. www.themodernnyc.com UĂŠ Gramercy Park Hotel â€“ Hirsts and Warhols in the lobby and a private park. True grandeur. www.gramercyparkhotel.com UĂŠ 230 Fifth â€“ NYCâ€™s largest roof terrace bar and unrivalled views of the Empire State Building. www.230-fifth.com
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CULTURE VULTURE The Syrian capital of Damascus is a jewel in the Middle Eastâ€™s crown. The oldest inhabited city in the world is bursting with avant-garde art galleries, teeming souks, hip eateries and stunning architecture. Take advantage of the Four Seasons Hotel Damascusâ€™ â€˜book three nights and get a complimentary fourth nightâ€™ Eid offer and revel in the cityâ€™s history in style. www.fourseasons.com/damascus
SEAS OF TRANQUILITY For five-star service, luxury accommodation and superb facilities, The Westin chain is a stylish stalwart. Their next venture is Thailand â€“ home to some of the worldâ€™s most picturesque beaches and scenery â€“ with the newly-opened The Westin Siray Bay Resort & Spa Phuket, a hotel that offers visitors a tranquil retreat in which to relax, rejuvenate and replenish. Pure bliss. www.starwoodhotels.com The One&Only Le Saint GĂŠran Muaritius
Pack for Prague, because Emirates have just launched a new route to the Czech capital. www.emirates-holiday.com
SUITCASE ESSENTIALS Pack up and fly in style
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If youâ€™re looking for somewhere tropical to head to escape the UAEâ€™s heat, make Mauritius your next destination. The One&Only Le Saint GĂŠran Muaritius is offering a free Junior Suite for up to three children when an Ocean Suite or Junior Suite for two adults is booked â€“ from now until September 30. Crisp white beaches, shimmering seasâ€Ś Sound tempting? www.oneandonlyresorts.com SEPTEMBER 2010
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Take the Bondi to Bronte cliff walk, via Tamarama Beach â€“ known to locals as 'Glamorama'. On the lower north shore, Balmoral Beach is a luxury seaside locale with a great lunch haunt â€“ The Pavilion.
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ArtLoft in Petersham holds one of the most unique collections of Australian contemporary art. Viewings by private appointment only. www.artloft.com.au
FEEL THE BEAT Sydneyâ€™s hottest club Ivy, on George Street in the CBD, has a private members bar and roof-top pool. If you call ahead with your credentials, the guest list is all yours.
CAFĂ‰ CULTURE For the best brews in town go on a coffee and chocolate walking city tour of the city (chocolatespresso.com.au) and visit Sydneyâ€™s first ever coffee shop in the Strand Arcade.
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HOT YACHTS Take a spin around Sydney harbour in your own luxury speedboat for the day, or up the ante with a fully-crewed overnight motor yacht. For super-sleek models, try Aqua Bay Charters (www.aquabaycharters.com.au).
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Bask under the blue skies of one of the worldâ€™s most cosmopolitan cities where world-class restaurants, secret beaches and private members clubs are par for the course. The coast, the cool urban ambience, a thriving arts scene and a culture oozing joie de vivre, Sydney really does have it all. Bar city beaches, out of town coastal retreats also beckon. Drive north to Palm Beach and Whale Beach for a sleepy escape, favoured by Elle MacPherson and Nicole Kidman. The fashion scene is also worth mentioning as Sydney boasts a host of sought-after local designers such as Colette Dinnigan, Sass and Bide, Akira Isogawa and Alexander Perry. For budding gastronomes, there is a plethora of world-class restaurants offering anything from barbecues and burgers to Michelin-starred cuisine. Otto, located along the trendy Finger Wharf in Woolloomooloo, where Russell Crowe resides, is one of Sydneyâ€™s most ambient restaurants. For all your Sydney needs, buy a LUXE City Guide, for chicseeking, trend-conscious travellers. www.luxecityguides.com.
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STYLISH STREETS Many local designers like Collette Dinnigan have boutiques in Paddington, while harbour-front Double Bay houses stylish local labels such as Tea Rose. For cool kit head to Ksubi in Bondi â€“ best jeans ever. 184
The warehouse-style boutique hip hotel Blue Sydney in Woolloomooloo (LHW.com/ BlueSydney), or try the stylish and understated Watsons Bay Hotel (watsonsbayhotel.com).
BACK TO NATURE The Domain and The Botanical Gardens offer incredible views while Centennial Park has bike tracks, horse riding and lakes.
Sydney skyline from The Botanical Gardens
EAT & DRINK For a casual option try North Bondi Italian in Bondi Beach and sup alongside Sydneyâ€™s cool crowd. Or pull up a bar stool at the classy Bayswater Brasserie for a cocktail or aperitif. For seafood lovers, itâ€™s got to be Doyleâ€™s, in Watsons Bay.
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HOW TO ENTER FOR A CHANCE TO WIN, ANSWER THE QUESTION BELOW: Q. What is the name of the suite you will be staying in at Park Hyatt Dubai? A: Hyatt Terrace B: Park Terrace C: Park Hyatt Terrace How to enter: A careful read of this page will give you all the clues you need to answer the question above. Visit www.winwithmotivate.com to enter. Rules: This competition is open to residents of all GCC countries and valid until September 30, 2010. Entries received after this date will not be accepted. The prize will be awarded to one entry received at random. No cash alternative is available. The prize can be redeemed on Thursday or Friday only. Complimentary certificates for accommodation, dining and spa must be redeemed all together, before December 29th, 2010. Maximum room occupancy is two adults. Room and spa reservation must be made directly at the hotel. Complimentary voucher must be presented upon check-in. Employees of Motivate Publishing, and the company contributing the prizes, are not eligible. The decision of Motivate Publishing is final and no correspondence can be entered into. The winner will be notified by phone.
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COME DINE WITH ME If youâ€™re doing a spot of decorating in your dining room, this Art Deco inspired table and chairs set from Home Centre is the perfect place to start. Team with a superior selection of crockery, glassware and cutlery and voila! A party to please the most discerning of diners. www.homecentre.net
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FOOD OF LOVE Jamie Doesâ€Ś by Jamie Oliver is the perfect summer postRamadan purchase. Following the world-famous chef round different cities and regions â€“ the recipes are a true feast for the eyes. Dhs182 from BOOKSPLUS stores throughout Dubai and Abu Dhabi, or call (04) 3940278.
THE POWER OF FASHION If youâ€™re a die-hard fashionista like the ladies on EW, immerse yourself in a trip down memory lane with Fashion â€“ The Story of a Lifetime, running from September 14 to October 17 in the Empty Quarter Gallery in DIFC. It is an exquisite collection of vintage and modern prints by celebrated fashion photographers, charting the history of high fashion in the Arab world and is a must for anyone with an eye for style. www.theemptyquarter.com
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ith her unfaltering style and business acumen, Donatella Versace, the ever-fabulous purveyor of glamour, is the powerhouse behind maintaining the success of the Versace brand. Assuming the reins of the luxury fashion house following the tragic death of her brother Gianni in 1997, the Italian designer and blonde’s blonde has stepped up from muse and critic to Chief Designer and ultimate trend-setter in her own right. As one of the few fashion masterminds who are able to connect the essential values of femininity with an interest in
new fabric technology, Donatella is a woman obsessed with the future. Under her watch, the brand has moved beyond high fashion to include diffusion lines, accessories, hotels and home furnishings – all revolutionary in their own right, all classic Versace. Drawing inspiration not only from the clothing collections but also from the kaleidoscopic world she inhabits, Donatella’s selfdesigned home exudes signature Versace-style sophistication. And while fluoro shades and thigh-splicing gowns will always provide the backbone to the brand’s fashion line, Donatella’s own story is all about going forward…
Donatella and Audrey, one of her most treasured possessions
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JUST BECAUSE FURNITURE IS BIG AND LUXURIOUS DOESN’T MEAN IT HAS TO LOOK HEAVY. I CHOSE SOLID AND PASTEL COLORS FOR MY FURNITURE Surrounded by collectors items, art is more than just a passion – it’s a way of life
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Taking inspiration from all around, Donatella’s home is a feast for the eyes Bright, light and airy this sitting room is above all homely
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Modern yet feminine, Donatella’s own style is evident in her interiors
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MY HOUSE IS A TREASURE BOX. WHEN I CLOSE THE DOOR, NO ONE CAN COME IN Marrying different styles, Donatella’s home screams eclectic chic
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ON THE MENU Duck salad Meat balls with apple sauce ● Pocket-sized cornettos of fruit sorbet ● Griddled baby back ribs ●
TAKE THE HIGH RHODES EXQUISITE FOOD WAS THE ORDER OF THE DAY
5IF&8UFBNKPJOFEUIFGBTIJPOQBDL BUUIFPQFOJOHPG3IPEFT5XFOUZ BUUIFPQFOJOHPG3IPEFT5XFOUZ10 No stranger to Dubai’s gourmet scene, the Michelin-starred celebrity chef, Gary Rhodes, is gracing the city’s culinary landscape, and our palates, with yet another five-star gastronomic extravaganza. Courtesy of Le Méridien Beach Resort & Spa, Rhodes Twenty10 threw open its fine-dining doors last month as it invited the toast of the town’s foodies, glitteratti and media to attend the opening. Rhodes Twenty10, second to its sister restaurant Rhodes Mezzanine at Grosvenor House, is a grill restaurant with a difference, serving bespoke burgers, tailor-made sharing platters (with anything from steak and burgers to lobster) and a mountain of flavours honed to Rhodes’ usual high gastronomic standards. With trays of tempting canapés elegantly presented to the guests, tastebuds were teased and pleased, while fruit-based mocktails, including Rhodes Twenty10 signature cocktail, The Purple Gangster, saw guests’ thirsts quenched beautifully. A personal address from the chef himself, in which he willingly struck comedy poses for the paparazzi flashbulbs, combined with the sleek and chic interiors, and stunning style on show, the night was electric and awash with satisfied and sated gastronomes.
EW’S CHERITH AND EMILY WITH CHEF EXTRAORDINAIRE, GARY RHODES
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BHFOEBTUBST ARIES (MAR 21 – APR 20)
The question to ask yourself this month is ‘how’? Turn problems into challenges and think outside the box – anything can be solved when you know how. A travel opportunity sees new horizons open up. Embrace the opportunity presented – it’s not often one is rewarded so highly. Tuesday 28th sees a surprise reaction leave you with a sense of relief. TAURUS (APR 21 – MAY 21)
HOROSCOPES :PVSGPSFDBTUGPSUIFNPOUIPG4FQUFNCFS VIRGO
(Aug 24 – Sept 23)
Whether it’s the weather, the move into autumn or simply a new state of mind, your shift in attitude sees you making the most of unchartered waters. Creating opportunities on Sunday 26th affords you the luxury of a cavalier response to petty squabbles that threaten to upset the apple cart. Just take care not to offend.
If your relationship is strong it will see you through a rocky patch. If it’s not, it will open your eyes to a situation that only you can rectify. If an endeavour you’ve invested time and effort in feels like it’s backtracking by Saturday 4th – be patient, the second act is just around the corner and it’s leading to a finale worthy of the wait. GEMINI (MAY 22 – JUN 21)
Recognise your weaknesses, so you can celebrate your strengths, as a departure from routine opens your eyes to the bigger picture. Listen to a friend who needs your counsel – your advice will be music to their ears. Health plays an important role from Friday 17th onwards. Now is the time for change.
LIBRA (SEP 24 – OCT 22)
SAGITTARIUS (NOV 23 – DEC 21)
AQUARIUS (JAN 21 – FEB 19)
There’s a great deal to be grateful for this month, and the wider opportunities on offer give you scope to stretch and spread your wings. Look further afield on Monday 13th to truly take advantage. There’s a shift in focus where family responsibilities lie – this is your time to stake a claim in the limelight and learn to shine.
Don’t shy away from facing your fears – do battle with them head on and your confidence will ensure surprising outcomes that lie in your favour. And, while you’re in the zone on Tuesday 21st, now is the time to take a career risk. Remember, there is no such thing as failure – merely new avenues to explore. Optimism is key all round.
Where work’s concerned, a nagging reminder lets you know you’d be wise to think before you act. History also has a nasty habit of repeating itself unless you stop it in its tracks, so do so on Thursday 30th. Listen to your heart this month, as it’s beating loud and clear – learn to pay attention to what it’s saying to reap the most from its message.
CANCER (JUNE 22 – JULY 23)
CAPRICORN (DEC 22 – JAN 20)
PISCES (FEB 20 – MAR 20)
LEO (JULY 24 –AUG 23)
With the new season upon us, the autumnal spring in your step is as refreshing as it is contagious. Pessimism and cynicism daren’t crowd your aura this month. The future sees a reprieve from past financial conflicts, allowing you to enjoy some well-deserved frivolity. Just make sure you don’t let the moment pass you by on Sunday 12th.
A valuable lesson is learned in your extra-curricular affairs – don’t let this education be shortlived. Romance and work spell trouble, so bear this in mind when faced with a make or break decision. Strategise well and you could use this to your advantage. Lady Luck is certainly on your side on Sunday 19th. Keep an open mind.
Money problems are back with ferocity, so be wise and choose carefully what you invest in this month. Toughening up your spirit will be necessary on Monday 6th, but once done your achievements will be many. A thinly-veiled compliment might be hiding a kinder one lurking underneath – you’d do well to keep your ears, eyes and heart open. ■
Romantic endeavours may be strained but learn to take a step back to open up a book that’s sealed tightly shut at present. Motivation is at an all time high so take the time to dust off that To Do list and start achieving. The higher you aim on Wednesday 8th the brighter the future you are carving out for yourself.
SCORPIO (OCT 23 – NOV 22)
As the planets migrate into your love sector on Friday 24th, attention is wanted and warranted as someone off your radar makes a bid for your affections. Mountains are often only moved when commitment comes from the heart, and the lingering personal dilemma you have will only be solved if you have faith in your abilities to overcome it – listen up.
BHFOEBTUZMF MY BEST FASHION ADVICE
DREAM DESTINATION AND WHY
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Either an island for sun and sand, or mountains with a lot of snow. I love how both can be really romantic and relaxing.
COULD NEVER LIVE WITHOUTâ€Ś
ULTIMATE FASHION PURCHASES
I mostly spend on childrenâ€™s clothes, shoes and one or two great bags, usually Carolina Herrera.
The love of my family and friends.
MY STYLISH LIFE
MY STYLISH LIFE
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CURRENTLY LISTENING TOâ€Ś 80s pop is my favourite.
DREAM DINNER DATES Nelson Mandela, George Clooney, US President Barack Obama, Jane Goodall and Gloria Steinen.
THE SMELLS I LOVE
Jasmine, tuberose, newly cut grass, the air after a storm, freshly brewed coffee and my children.
LIFE'S GREATEST THINGSâ€Ś
Food, my children, my husband, family and friends, my dogs, my house in the country in Spain, and a wonderful boat holiday with lots of friends.
DEFINE YOUR STYLE Relaxed, mix and match, not obsessed with labels, not trendy, and I donâ€™t over accessorise â€“ you could say Iâ€™m classic with a twist. 202
MY WARDROBE STAPLES Corduroy pants, cashmere sweaters, jeans.
ESSENTIAL BEAUTY BUYS Rosebud libsalve, Benefitâ€™s Benetint Liquid Blush, dark kohl for my eyes, lash curlers, Korresâ€™ Jasmin Body Cream, 212VIP EDT by Carolina Herrera.
FAVOURITE PLACES TO SHOP Carolina Herrera stores, Bergdorf Goodman, Zara, Lanvin and J Crew.
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