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The Season of Volume, Edge & Femininity



+ Style Influencer’s Favourite Pieces





Contents Ohlala



The Ouverture The Fashion Issue Editor’s Letter: Is It Really New? Style Icon: Off On The Right Foot


The First act The SS17 Runway Report Style Notes From Bloggers In His Shoes: Christian Louboutin


The Second ACT Big And Bold Beauty Top Tips From Kim Kardashian Travel Escapes: Heavenly Salalah



The Finale Local Escapes: Downtown Rotana Ohlala Boutiques: Best Finds In Town Miss Ohlala: Beach Babes


March 2017 issue 146

Publisher & Chairman John Hughes Chief Executive Officer Greg Hughes

Editor-in-Chief Georgie Bradley

Publishing Director Edward Smith


Creative DIrector

BUsiness development

Angela Beitz

Paula Leal


Sofia Graniello

Graphic Designers

Rami Khalil


sales Director

Imogen Sheridan

Jyoti Rawat Rashed Bindaina

Production Manager



Neil Mahmood

Shobin Joseph

Melek Yildirimtekin

Distribution Manager

Rashed Bindaina

Country Director Kirsty Edwards-Harris

Mayukh Majumdar

Ajit Kumar

COVER Image Rami Kadi

Credits image Roger Vivier

Accountants Gigimon Thankachen Praveen Alexander

Distribution Team

Printing Press


Jayapragash Ganesan

Akhbar Al Khaleej

Bahrain – Al Hilal Qatar – Dar Al Sharq

Rajesh Abdul Kadar

UAE – GLS, Tawseel Distribution & Logistics Enquiries

Editorial: | Advertising: General: | Telephone: (Bahrain) +973 1721 6099 | Postal Address: Ohlala Magazine, The Nans Group, P O BOX 30378, Budaiya, Kingdom of Bahrain. No part of this publication may be reproduced without the written permission of the publisher. All Rights Reserved. The views expressed in this magazine are not necessarily the views of the publisher. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information contained in this publication. However, FACT M.E. Publishing and all of its publications cannot accept legal responsibility for any error, content or omissions.









Editor in Chief

Blumarine Preen by Thornton Bregazzi

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Georgie Bradley


YDE by Ole Yde


’m not going to tell you that the runways were a revolution this season – sacrilege, I know. But let’s think about it, are they ever as evolutionary as we claim them to be? I and we as a magazine have been guilty of using the words: “The runways were awash with x,y,z new trends” when really it’s simply updated, recycled and rehashed ideas from the past that we repackage and market as something nouveau. Perhaps at this point you’re worried about my credibility as an editor but I can assure you I am going somewhere with this point. I love fashion as much as the next bunny (sorry, terrible… but you got it) and I thrill at the new lines coming in their droves to the shop floors. Fundamentally though, it’s just old style with new appeal – the never-before-worn element, excites us. You do of course get designers who blow us off the FROW with innovative, unusual and incredible costume pieces that instantly earn a place in a V&A style museum and this is what fashion is all about: pushing the boundaries and creating historic work. Even if what we see on the runways each spring has been seen before in another fashion life, the idea of spring brings a renewed sense of self beyond ready-to-wear. Fashion is the external to our internal happiness. It’s a wonderful thing that we have fashion to lift us and bring out the best of who we are. Let’s celebrate the newness of us and thank fashion for always being a constant to that.

Prabal Gurung

Jonathan Simkhai

Kristina Fidelskaya

Dion Lee


Editor’s Letter


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The SS17 Trend Report It’s that time of year where we dust off the old and buy the new. Welcome to our new season edit 14

Givenchy by riccardo tisci


Giorgio Armani Privé


House of Holland






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Zac Posen



Bottega Veneta


Pink Party





Emilio De La Morena

If there’s one colour to firmly set into your wardrobe, it’s pink. Whether it’s fuchsia, powder pink or coral, it’s a shade to be taken very seriously this season.

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Alexander McQueen


Preen by Thornton Bregazzi

Alexander McQueen


Punk Chic



Alexander McQueen

Marques Almeida


Alexander McQueen

Louis Vuitton




Upgrade your soft style sensibilities and add some grunge and edge. Keep to a winning ensemble of flowers and studded boots and you’ll rock.

Get your chill on Join us on the beach on 28th April 2017 for the official CafĂŠ Del Mar world tour, featuring DJs and live performers straight from the iconic Ibiza bar. Entrance starting from BD20 per person, book online via Virgin Megastores from early March. For ticket sales and more information, email or call +973 16000111 Extension 3112

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Poca & Poca

Statement Sleeves

Emilio de la Morena





Poca & Poca






YDE by Ole Yde

Simone Rocha


Marissa Webb

Marc Jacobs

The puffier, the better we say. Sleeves set the tone for how serious you are about fashion, so pad it out, power those shoulders up and be fierce.


Max Mara



Monique Lhuillier


Claudie Pierlot





Alberta Ferretti

Veronique Leroy


Kristina Fidelskaya

Paule Ka

Salvatore Ferragamo


Cinching the waist is the most gorgeously feminine thing you could do. After seasons of slouchy, oversized dressing, embrace your figure now.

Elie Saab






Moon Young

Jonathan Simkhai

Prabal Gurung


Dion Lee

Iris & Ink


Calvin Klein Resort

Zero Maria Cornejo

CeĚ line





Purificacion Garcia

Carolina Herrera


Paco Rabanne

The freshness of spring is highlighted with a clean, polished and uncompromisingly white palette. It’s a beautifully bold look when done from head to toe.




The Must-Haves Marni



Michael Kors

Carolina Herrera

There is nothing we love more than a new season. Here’s everything you’ll be wearing for SS17

Giambattista Valli

Christian Louboutin

Sophie Hulme

Johanna Ortiz

Francesco Scognamiglio

Utility Chic Break out the khaki and cargo pockets and get ready for safari. Valentino

Bedspread Florals


Michael Kors


Take your cue from your Grandmother’s décor with these pretty florals that would make Laura Ashley envious.

Power Dressing



Head to the boardroom in volume silhouettes with cinched waists that promise a feminine take on bold styles.

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LokaLart As of February 1st, Oliveto welcomes you to The Dining Room Gallery. As you savor a sunlit lunch or stylish dinner, you will see artworks by talented, local artists. To enhance your experience and embrace our creative, homegrown artists, new pieces will be displayed every two weeks. #LokalArt @lokalpopup @ olivetobahrain #artmeetsfood #eatyourartout #supportlocal #finedining

the Weekend Lunch Don’t miss Oliveto’s Weekend Live Lunch every Friday and Saturday 12-4pm. Enjoy a lovely assortment of antipasti, live cooking stations, pizzaiolo, mixologist, live music and DJ all in one beautiful venue. For reservations please call +973 39919093 or +973 17716747







ROKSANDA at Symphony


Temperley London

The Pouf Sleeve

Zero Maria Carnejo Symphony

Your favourite shirt has a new twist beyond the shoulder of one part Victorian and part total eighties.

Luxe Street We love a high-low mix and now it’s hit the runway cooling up feminine looks with a lot of glitter and an extra sass.


Francesco Scognamiglio


Alexander Wang


Johanna Ortiz


Patchwork Passion Rodebjer

Isa Arfen

Meet the new spring Bohemian whose clashing patterns and florals channel a romantic eclectic edge. Vilshenko

Roberto Cavalli


Proenza Schouler

Acne Delpozo


Carolina Herrera

Think wide leg sequin pants and the robe meets dress for the ultimate change in evening dressing this season.

Micha el Ko rs

Modern Evening









Saks Fifth Avenue, +973 17172000, City Centre Bahrain





Favourite hotel brand

Hotel Du Cap-Eden Roc in Monaco.

Essential beauty item

Celebrity style crush

Mascara – lashes are my thing.

Olivia Palermo.

Chanel SS16

Flats or heels

Favourite daytime accessory

Yalda Golsharifi

Flats by Le Silla.

Big sunglasses and a baseball cap!


The Kuwaiti style icon is embracing the bralette trend, loves running around in flats and can’t part with mascara

Must have SS17 pieces Anya Hindmarch

Ideal spring holiday

Favourite SS17 trend


Giambattista Valli

I really like the trend of wearing a bralette as outwear, it’s super stylish.


Extra-large bags are a winner for sure. And also, statement earrings.

Favourite fashion brand Balenciaga.

I love a good beach resort, specifically Iniala Resort in Phuket, it’s stunning and so peaceful.

Tom Ford

The Westin Doha

Celebrity style crush

Jil Sander

Favourite hotel brand

Sarah Jessica Parker

I’m a big fan of Westin properties.

Stella McCartney

Favourite SS17 trend

Kat Lebrasse

Crisp cottons. It’s such an easy trend to adapt into my wardrobe and wear over and over again.

Essential beauty item

The Dubai based blogger is one with shoes, loves the cerulean waters of the Maldives and could live off Chloé forever

I’m addicted to Lancome’s Grandiose mascara. Grandiose makes me feel like I’m wearing false lashes.

Favourite daytime accessory

Currently, I live in my Gucci Princetown mule slippers.

Rupert Sanderson

Favourite fashion brand

Must have SS17 pieces

If I had to wear only 1 brand for the rest of my life, I would choose Chloé.

Maldives. I spent a week at The Conrad Maldives with my family last year and it was the best holiday I’ve had in a long time.


“Give a woman the right shoes and she can conquer the world” – Marilyn Monroe.

Flats or heels

Ideal spring holiday


Self Portrait

A crisp, cotton shirt with a statement, like lace. And, pool slides. Chanel have nailed it with their chain details versions.




Outside The Box Nathalie Trad is a household name in the fashion world over. The eponymous brand doesn’t need much introduction anymore as it’s everywhere. Nathalie chats to us about how a chance meeting with Rupert Sanderson turned into a winning collaboration and why we should expect the unexpected from the brand


t’s safe to say, you’ve become the go-to brand for For Spring/Summer 2017, I set off on a journey to a fictional luxury clutches. What do you think has driven all city, a place I named Republic 406. An imagined beguiling your success? sanctuary one could only read about in the tea-stained pages We continuously experimented with our materials of a novel; a world so flawlessly contained, it could very well be and work towards discovering new inlay techniques, in a snow globe. This season, my collection was inspired by an pushing the boundaries of design conceptually and imagined sensory voyage across the city, a universe of fantasy and paradox, where modernity and oldtechnically. Each clutch is meticulously world glamour magnificently unite like hand-crafted and requires at least two weeks to come to life. This involves “The consumer is a mirage. The aura, reminiscent of Wes Anderson’s Grand Budapest Hotel, is molding, curing, preparing each piece no longer simply one of a lost world, an imagined land of shell, inlaying, lining and applying of fantasy and yearning for the artisanal the finishing touches. The process is after a product magic of bygone days. I was inspired by masterfully executed by artisans who his filtered view of the world, replete have been taught a craft that is only but rather an with sumptuous materials, elaborate passed on from father to son, through all-encompassing patterns, tactile textures and artisanal the generations. In this day and age, details. I attempted to weave through I believe the consumer is no longer experience” the collection my own language of simply after a product but rather an allsymbolism most notably the wind rose encompassing experience and journey; a that doubles as a beautiful ornament as well as a map to guide product that has a story, a timeless piece, a precious heirloom me on my magical journey. that she can truly hold onto. This is precisely what we strive I brought the collection to life by infusing iridescent tones of to offer our customers and what I believe makes our pieces mother of pearl with colours of tangy chartreuse, dusty rose, special. hammered gold accents and industrial steel. What can we expect from your SS17 collection? Will you ever do something totally different to the brand’s The collection “Republic IV ZERO VI” of handcrafted DNA we have come to know? architectural wearable art is an escape from reality and the It is very important for us to maintain the design ethos that is embodiment of my exploratory voyage. My hope is that it at the core of our brand. A design philosophy that attributes exudes a sentiment of whimsical nostalgia, femininity, verve the highest importance to innovation and the creation of and dash. unique and timeless pieces that speak to the modern woman Where did the inspiration come from?



“I am always looking for ways to expand the realm of possibilities with the materials I use�


Designer of today. A woman who is fluent in the language of art and design, who is not necessarily looking for trends, so much as special pieces to add to her wardrobe and hold onto. I would like to see the Nathalie Trad brand evolve into an all-encompassing lifestyle brand slowly but surely, expanding its reach throughout the years across various geographies. Who approached who for the Nathalie Trad x Rupert Sanderson shoe? What do you feel is Nathalie Trad’s and Rupert Sanderson’s best qualities that allow for a brilliant fusion of fashion? The collaboration with Rupert Sanderson came about during a chance meeting at Paris Fashion Week. We found that the inlaid materials I use on clutches would lend themselves beautifully to the heels of his shoes. And who better to collaborate with than the footwear master himself? Indeed, this collaboration was a great window into the world of footwear for me. I am always looking for ways to expand the realm of possibilities with the materials I use. This collaboration has given me the opportunity to explore new avenues and will hopefully lead to a new direction for Nathalie Trad as well as contribute to fulfilling our longterm goal of building a lifestyle brand offering accessories across multiple categories. What did the creative process involve? Who did what? It was important to allow each other creative freedom, so I worked on different inlay techniques for the heels that Rupert provided and he focused on creating the upper for the shoes. Was the end result what you imagined? The end result is even better than I could have ever possibly imagined! The perfect marriage of design, craftsmanship and comfort. We love how Nathalie Trad’s trademark is found on the block heel. Why the heel? We chose the heels as they allowed us to work with a big enough canvas to allow the inlay details to shine. The heel we picked for this collaboration is sculptural, geometric and modern, hence, represents both our aesthetic perfectly. Has this collaboration inspired you to create your own shoe line? Never say never!


Brilliant Blocks “The heel we picked for this collaboration is sculptural, geometric and modern, hence, represents both our aesthetic perfectly”


In His


The man behind the most instantly recognisable and revered heels sits with Georgie Bradley to discuss the Middle Eastern aesthetic, his love of collecting bowties and what his own shoe closet looks like




Give me your nail polish for a second, I said, I want to try something. I ended up painting the sole with this red nail polish and it looked much better


am meeting Christian Louboutin for a golden half hour – a small wedge of time granted between shoe signings, meal times, a charity gala, sleep, TV interviews and a return flight to Paris. Not your regular run-of-the-mill business trip, but a whirlwind 36 hours typical to the life of a fabulous designer who handles these packed pockets of time with expert ease. God forgive me, but I am wearing black trainers to meet him. What a let-down I think, especially when I catch a glimpse of a studded pair of Oxfords tucked underneath a coffee table, so shiny I can see my reflection in them – presumably worn at his charity gala the night before. Luckily, he’s wearing a pair of (a surprising choice, even to him) Middle Eastern leather sandals (“I never wear sandals, I don’t like them but I just decided to wear them today”) and an unintimidating blue hoodie and jeans ensemble. We settle on a plush beige sofa out on his private terrace at a five-star resort hotel, overlooking the cerulean Arabian Gulf. We sit face to face (he puts on a pair of royal blue sunglasses, but I can feel his warm eyes looking right at me without any self-consciousness despite being a self-proclaimed shy person) while his entourage get on with low-level but busied activity around us without interrupting. He has a small voice but his wit is confidently dry – he notes the absurdity of the cool weather in the region as he gathers his arms and rubs his palms together but his c’est la vie attitude is reassuringly intact. He takes interest in who I am and how I got to where I am. It’s very sobering to see that a man with so much genius, an emperor of high heels the world over, is also very genuine. His shoes have been worn by the most well-heeled members of the global elite and us everywomen, who feel our most fantastic selves when hoicked up in a pair of his stilettos and give a seductive flash of those signature red soles as we take our strong and sexy strides in them. He is remarkably unfazed by the flurry of excitement his work creates



and is unperturbed by industry events like fashion week too for that matter. It’s not that he doesn’t care, it’s just that his priorities lie in the nuts and bolts of the shoemaking process. He’s so intent on treating shoes as stand-alone pieces, he never designs them to match clothes. “While I am drawing, I always draw the woman naked. The only time I would think of clothes is if I am collaborating with another designer, otherwise it’s just about the shoe” he explains. Christian has designed a staggering 20,000 shoes. It seems incredible to think that there can be 20,000 differences in a pair of shoes but Christian has a simple philosophy behind his genius. “If you have a vivid mind, enthusiasm and a love for what you’re doing, it can be done. If you love to speak, you can speak for 100 years, if you love to dance you can dance for 100 years,” he says. One constant in all 20,000 designs though, is the iconic red sole. The story behind this trademark feature is just as cosmic as you might think. “Years ago, when the first prototype of a colourful Andy Warhol-inspired Mary-Jane shoe I designed arrived while I was in Italy, I thought it looked very good – but, the drawing looked better and I didn’t understand why? The drawing had more pop. At one point, I turned the shoe so the heel was facing me and the sole was black and suddenly the entire shoe became black despite having many colour. It was a huge percentage of black that didn’t exist in my drawings. The model who was trying on the shoe was actually painting her nails in a strong red colour in that moment and I said to her: ‘Give me your nail polish for a second, I want to try something.’ I ended up painting the sole with this red nail polish and it looked much better,” he recounts. And

that’s how the iconic red sole came to be. Contrary to what you’d expect, the requests he gets from celebrities are remarkably uncomplicated. Madonna, Lady Gaga and J.Lo have extravagant personas to uphold but typically, it’s not about the shoe for the specific occasion. “If it’s for an award show for example, it will never be a slide heel, because it might fall off as they go on and off stage so it’s more about being practical. They want to look good but they don’t want to have to think about what they are wearing because the agenda of their night is about their cause, not the shoe,” he explains. The Middle Eastern aesthetic never shies from attention. Christian has been coming back and forth to the Middle East for years and loves the “extreme and impressive makeup and hair” that women sport. He’s designed many one-off, exclusive pairs of shoes for the market in the past and sets “earthy colours with gold” as the perfect palette for Middle Eastern women – “gold goes very well with the sun”. Naturally, Christian is a shoe fiend. “I like every kind of shoe. My shoe closet is very organised too. There are two sections for sneakers, the black shoes are together, spikes are together, embroidered shoes are together and espadrilles are together,” he says. But when asked about his clothes collection, he struggles to list his favourite pieces – he doesn’t invest much in collecting any one piece except “ties and bowties. I have hundreds of them but I barely wear them, but I still keep collecting!” Instead, his collecting habits lie in native American art like masks and dolls or sculptures. “I love small, detail-oriented pieces like Persian Miniatures. I don’t collect art, I like three dimensional things. Oh [a little laugh] I collect houses too, I have to be careful with that, it’s a very bad addiction!”


Eye Candy Off-white lace, tulle and silk crepe, make Rami Kadi’s SS17 couture collection the stuff of candy-coloured dreams perfect for a modern fashionista wanting to deliver style and grace. The appliquéd motifs in rainbow colours offer a delightful pop where we know you’ll revel in this fun and happy take on couture.










+973 17 593993

Thom Browne

Colourful Spring From bright orange to striking pink hues, spring is bringing some serious colour blocking, in-youface shades and everything in between


Beauty Bulletin The Blonds

Spring 2017 Color Collection Chiang Mai Duo Eyeshadow, NARS

Blending Sponge, Lottie

Emilio Pucci

Multicoloured Play

Adam Selman

You Pi You, Christian Louboutin

Adam Selman

CandyYumYum, MAC

Spring 2017 Color Collection Breaking Free Lipstick, NARS

Cushnie et Ochs

Opening Ceremony

Powder Blush in You’ve Got Me Feeling, MAC X Mariah Carey


Hood By Air

Loubichrome, Christian Louboutin

Emilio Pucci

Thom Browne

Elisabetta Franchi

Victoria Beckham

Opening Ceremony

A collage of brights to up the ante for some serious drama


Beauty Buzz

Fresh Looks Victoria Beckham X Estee Lauder

Victoria Beckham x Estee Lauder

ethereal glow

Windflush, Joie De Vivre

Mon amour


Love Lust, Tom Ford

electric touch

Elegance, Chanel

Victoria Beckham x Estee Lauder

A playful guide on how to get some sass for springtime – from lips to tips, these looks are giving us all the feels

Black Lace, Sephora Blue Marine, Laura Mercier


Glitzerland, OPI

Beige Beige, Chanel

Blur Base Wow by Wojooh

Fresher Skin Foundation, Rimmel



Punch, Laura Mercier

Rouge Red, Chanel

Lip Contour Duo, Tom Ford

Rouge Coco Baume, Chanel



Prep Plus Prime Essential Oil, MAC

Teint Belle Mine Naturelle, Chanel

This Way Argan Oil, Rimmel

Scene One: A chance encounter on Abbey Road, London Starring: Nathalie Emmanuel #aloveaairwith... UAE | Kuwait | Qatar | Bahrain | KSA


Talk That Gloss with CHANEL As Lily-Rose Depp is the new face of Rouge Coco Gloss, we’re giving you the lowdown on what to expect from this rich and delicate collection. With a bold strike and yet delicate as a rose, the up-andcoming actress, Lily-Rose Depp, is set to take CHANEL to new heights with her fresh and youthful beauty.The enigmatic celebrity embodies perfectly her generation making her a valuable asset to the fashion and beauty brand. But not only is Depp the new face of Rouge Coco Gloss, she is also the face for N5 L’EAU.

Rouge Coco Gloss With a refreshing light texture, the Rouge Coco Gloss offers a chic and fun formula that carries a mix of ingredients for a voluptuous look with also a wide range of dazzling colours. Rouge Coco Gloss was developed in collaboration with Lucia Pica, CHANEL’s Global Creative Makeup and Color Designer that brings your lips to a new dimension. With a melt-away gel and a comforting glide-on application, the secret at the heart of this great formula is its hydraboost complex; natural waxes of jojoba, sunflower and mimosa, sprinkled with a natural coconut oil derivate, delivering instant comfort and long-lasting hydration to your lips.






Amuse Bouche

Burnt Sugar



- Our Top Favourite Rouge Coco Glosses -

Beauty Insight


Beauty Insight


Kim Kardashian

Visits Dubai Professional makeup artist, Sarah Ulhaq, gives us the scoop on Kim Kardashian and Mario Dedivanovic’s grand beauty conference that was held in Dubai. The beauty guru was present at the Master Class for all things makeup where she was answered her most burning beauty questions.


ario, do you have any advice for anyone who wishes to become a top make-up artist? Assists other make-up artists; pay your dues, clean brushes, hang around anything that you think you can learn from. Back stages are gold mines of information. How easy is it for a make-up artist to make it as a household name? The industry has changed, before you had to be willing to sacrifice more time in order to achieve anything. Now it’s become a thing that many come and go before you even realise. So, in order to get noticed, you have to be creative, be consistent, and be patient. Kim, how did you and other celebrities choose makeup artists? We use contacts from people we’ve work with in the past and personal references, but sometimes we just look on the internet and see who is doing something that we like. It’s not always a numbers game of who has the biggest fan base; sometimes it’s who is the most unique and whose style works with what we’re looking for. Kim, why have you stuck with Mario for so long as your MUA? We started pretty much together in the industry, and he’s not just my MUA but also more like family. He understands and respect personal

boundaries; when it comes to his craft I trust his judgment because quite frankly he knows what he’s doing. Kim, in your opinion how has the makeup industry changed since Mario first started? There is this whole new wave of artists that can learn so easily from makeup classes such as these, from social media, instagram and much more. It’s important to ask these questions because when Mario started he had to assist, clean makeup brushes, it’s all that, that truly defines his etiquette.

Master Class Tips from Sarah Ulhaq: 1. Blend 2. Less is more 3. You don’t always have to go heavy with the product. Shadowing and contour works wonders. 4 Beauty should be about enhancing, not hiding it 5. Don’t be afraid to try new things some products have dual purposes

Follow Sarah and her makeup adventures: Instagram and Snapchat @ Sarahthecosmedic; Twitter @Sarahcosmedic.


Beauty Insight




Strength, renewal and the character of a woman can always be achieved through the transformative power of makeup. Just like snakes change their skin, makeup can do the most wondrous things for a woman’s skin. Makeup Artist: Fajer Fadhel | Photographer: Veronika Vera Hairstylist: Merita Orrensuo | Model: Daria- Wilhelmina Reptiles: kholoud Alhosani


Beauty Column A new season is so exciting and a great opportunity to give your beauty look and regime a revamp. This season, make-up and beauty has taken a new turn and is now less about strong trends and more about what suits you. The look is also much more natural which we think is perfect for spring/summer especially here in The Gulf where summer is so hot and it’s a bit much to be layered in products. But before you think natural is boring don’t fret. Colour took centre stage on the eyes and the lips, with glossy pouts, glittery and electric hues on the eyes all spotted backstage. Nails and skin were pared-down but chic, with the natural and radiant feels. But the best advice for SS17 beauty is showing your own personality and playing up your good points. You might want to avoid buying that new matte lipstick or contour kit.

Over-Stencilled Brows Say ta-ta to eyebrow stencils and harsh pencils. It’s all about natural and slightly untamed brows this season. All you need is some clear brow gel and an eyebrow brush, adding a little brow pencil into any gaps and you’re ready to go. You should always be able to see the hairs of your eyebrow, especially on the ends. This look is so much easier and natural!

Harsh Contouring I love a good bronzer as much as the next girl but it’s all become a bit too much. The chiseled, contoured look that is super popular got a lot of attention thanks to the Kardashians but this season is better replaced with softer, strobe-like accents. Go for soft bronzers, light strokes and a small dab of highlighter and blush.

Salvatore Ferragamo

Game of Thrones Braids

Out With The Old Angela Beitz advises you to wipe your slate clean for the new season and tells you which trends to say goodbye to this year


While we won’t see braids falling off of the beauty surface completely, SS17 runway shows indicate that they will likely take a back seat to edgier, slicked-back ponytails, half-up, halfdown styles and knots in the upcoming season. Think crisp, cool power-looks that are super polished. Meanwhile, the soft waves that were popular for 2016 are being replaced with uneven, and slightly messy curls. Pump up the volume with a texturising paste or sea salt spray, working upward and outward.

Too Much Matte We’re not swearing off matte lipstick altogether. That said, the new trend is definitely high-shine. Scoop up a clear gloss and wear it by itself for a more natural look, or coat it over your favorite matte or cream shades for added dimension. Just like matte lipsticks, matte eye shadows are taking abackseat this season. Opt for a wash of metallic over the eyelid or get creative with one a neon shade.

Bare Face Ready With heavy make-up looks now gone it’s a great time to invest in your skin. Bare faced beauty that glows from within is easy you just need the right skincare. Your routine should include an exfoliator, hydration and moisture, and ingredients like Glycolic acid, Peptides, Hyaluronic Acid, Gluthatione, Collagen and Vitamin C for all-round care, leaving you with skin ready to bare. Ramp up your regime with serums and sheet masks for glowing, healthy skin.

‫‪VERNIS À LÈVRES VINYL CREAM‬‬ ‫طالء الشفاه الكريمي‬ ‫لون غني يدوم طويال‪ .‬تركيبة كريمية‬




Call Of The Wild There are desert escapes and then there’s Salalah in Oman. An exotic blend of lush foliage and arid beauty. We stayed at Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara and experienced a world away from the wider Gulf – bliss


Travel Escapes It started off in true style. Business class, a lounge and

ultimate comfort. We went off to Salalah via Dubai with Fly Dubai where we were pampered with sumptuous business class seating, wonderful food (we had prawn machboos, from a selection of four international dishes) and a Wifi connection that could easily rival the speed down at sea level! All in all, the start of our trip was smooth, easy and comfortable – the perfect way to prepare for a luxurious trip ahead. As we touched down in Salalah, we were super impressed by the airport, it was modern and much bigger than we expected, they are clearly planning for the future, which is great to see. The moment we stepped off the plane, the Omani hospitality was on overdrive and made us feel so welcome. We’ve often been told that in the entire GCC, the Omanis are famously warm and hospitable and we can definitely attest to that – if not more.

“The beach was uninterrupted for as far as the eye could see” As far as drives goes, the journey from the airport to the resort was seamless and beautiful. Salalah has so much greenery on offer, far more than we expected but also, a unique blend of lush foliage with arid beauty – something we are not always privileged with on our shores. There’s a real natural vibe about it too, as if we were on a tropical island. The resort, is a sight to behold. Situated in the heart of the perfume capital of Arabia, Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara is a playground of culture, history and adventure for inquisitive travellers, whilst empty white-sand beaches, shady palm trees and sun-kissed waters cater for those who wish to unwind. From historic forts and citadels, endless dunes and untouched beaches to soaring mountains, vibrant bazaars and lush coconut and banana plantations, this spellbinding Omani enclave oozes colourful stories intertwined with history and legend. We were welcomed by our own dedicated butler who handled the 62

check in process in the villa. During the check in process itself we had a relaxing welcome foot soak which we were told is a Thai traditional welcome – not your everyday welcome, that’s for sure, but it was a special touch nonetheless. The resort’s interiors boast traditional elements incorporating a communal seating area originally used to greet guests with Arabic coffee or tea, dressed in bright kilim fabrics and soft cushions. Recessed walls, once used to store supplies, are adorned with local antiques and artwork, with lanterns scattered throughout to create a peaceful ambiance. The use of symmetry is also an important feature throughout the grounds with raised black-stone water features mimicking the ancient falaj irrigation system running towards important focal points, the ocean and the lagoon. The stunning entrance arches embrace the beauty of Islamic



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“Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara is a playground of culture, history and adventure for inquisitive travellers

architecture to complement the natural landscape and the palm trees, imitating the curve of their graceful branches. The arch was designed for structural and functional purposes and is a key feature of this type of architecture, but it is now predominately used for decorative purposes. The arch features throughout the hotel, with the most spectacular examples found in the lobby and the spa, helping to create an authentic atmosphere. That night, we indulged in a seafood buffet dinner at Sakalan – a mix of local and Asian flavours, adhering to the overall of the hotel. Sakalan, which translates to ‘The Land of Frankincense’ is an all-day dining restaurant, with open kitchens and deli counters serving an array of cuisines from near and far. Breakfast greets guests with lavish choice – freshly baked bread, croissants and homemade jams alongside pita, creamy hummus and shakshuka. For lunch and dinner, guests can enjoy dishes from around the world, fresh sushi and authentic Arabic to fiery Indian and contemporary Western, all set by the infinity pool. The next morning, we took to a 10km run along the unending beach. We really appreciated the natural beauty of the coast where we saw so much wildlife. The beach was uninterrupted for as far as the eye could see. The hotel has no competing hotels either side, so it has a monopoly on the stretch that goes for miles and it makes it feel that much more exclusive. Later that day, we took to a tour of the Land of Frankincense Museum and Al Baleed Archaeological Park with Salalah Guru. Located within a short distance from the resort, the 60 hectare UNESCO World Heritage Site features ruins of an ancient city which dates back to 2500 BC and was the centre of frankincense trade. Just inside the park is the Land of Frankincense Museum with a comprehensive view of the history and cultural heritage of Oman as well as maritime legacy across the centuries. It added a lot of flavour to our experience overall and was filled with interesting stories. We closed the day with 30 minutes of yoga on the beach which calmed our mind and soul, against a gorgeous polychrome sunset. This was followed by Dining By Design on the beach. Surrounded by flickering candles, couples can enjoy a choice of connoisseur menus served by a personal chef and villa host in a secluded beach or garden setting for the ultimate dining à deux experience. A day by the pool is always our fast track to unwinding, and of course, when an infinity pool is involved, life becomes that much more sweet. What’s more, is this relaxing morning was followed by a trip to the spa – one that lasted many hours. Anantara Spa takes guests on a holistic journey to restore strength, beauty and balance to the body, mind and soul. Featuring five suites alongside separate male and female wet areas, relaxation areas, Thai massage suite and nail spa, and guests can experience a range of treatments in total privacy with the highly skilled therapists. Harnessing precious ingredients such as frankincense as well as bananas, coconuts and pomegranates from nearby plantations, each treatment has been designed to renew from tip to toe, whether it’s a stimulating body polish, therapeutic massage, replenishing wrap, radiant facial or ancient Ayurvedic treatment. In all, the Anantara experience in Salalah is nothing short of fantastic – from the breath-taking villas to the all-encompassing nature, this trip was faultless and we cannot recommend it enough. For more information or reservations call: +968 23 228222


Every Thursday From 7:00PM – onwards Tantalize your sense, and give yourself a treat. Discover the taste of Asia, with amazing selections of Sushi and Dim sum of your choice. BD 10.000 ++

For Reservation: 38 88 44 29 66

Elite Grande Hotel



City Slicker Think Manama is old news? Think twice. Downtown Rotana is perfectly placed near the souk and is full of character. We checked in for a luxury weekend stay and fell in love with the capital all over again


Downtown Rotana stands out tall in Manama. The

modest skyline is punctuated by the property’s unique architecture and design. It’s got an unassuming position within the business district but there’s easy access nonetheless. Coming up into the hotel driveway, the concierge swiftly took the keys off us and took care of the car. We were then ushered to reception for an even swifter check-in. Everyone in the hotel knew our name (very impressive considering the amount of staff throughout the hotel) and made us feel personally welcomed. We whizzed up to the 18th floor of the hotel to our top-quality Premiere Twin Room where a fruit platter and a pyramid of Arabic desserts awaited us on the table – it’s the small touches that count! The room is full kitted out with all the TV gizmos and gadgets you’d need – the room has a warm aura about it – above one of the twin beds is a boldly stencilled flower while the wall next to the desk area is painted a dark teal colour next to the overall beige palette. The height of the room gave us a reassuring amount of sound-proof quiet, away from the hustle of the souk down below. Although we did enjoy the sensory experience of the souk from way above – the night-time light twinkles made for a very romantic setting too. The bathroom was modern with a standing rain shower, L’Occitane en Provence bath products and a full set of vanity accoutrements. Overall the room is full of form and function: stylish and well thought-out to make your stay as comfortable and as fuss-free as possible. We normally don’t take corridors into account or even offer any comments because let’s be honest, a corridor is a corridor but at Downtown Rotana, the corridor from the elevator to the room was incredibly wide and spacious – so much so, we made a point to mention it each time we walked down it. There was something so luxurious and plush about it– either side of the corridor are floor to ceiling windows that offer double aspect views of Bahrain’s Financial


“It’s contemporary in style with simple clean lines in the furniture but there’s still oodles of character” Harbour and sprawling Manama. After settling our belongings in the room and freshening up, we went to Flavours on 2 for one of the most revered brunches in Bahrain. We have to admit, we already knew what this brunch was all about and how much it’s been a talking point around the island for a while now but you can never get enough of a great thing, can you? So, in true brunch style, we took our time to enjoy the plethora of fabulous food. The venue is super attractive and fun with a dynamic colour scheme of green and many other swatches – the floor to ceiling picture windows of the street show you Manama in full splendour. The brunch is as comprehensive as it gets; just when you think they’ve ticked all the boxes ( Japanese, Indian, Korean, International, French, British) they throw in an element of surprise to really draw you in (hello quiche and suckling pig!) We went for a hearty and highly varied plate of lamb chops, paneer, potato gratin, sushi and stir-fried vegetables. Desserts come in full force, on their own ‘island’ style

table. The Umm Ali is ummazing quite frankly, it’s very bready and creamy and is the perfect tummy pleaser on a winter’s day. After catching a few winks on our sumptuous bed, we went down to the 9th floor to Bodylines for a much-needed (especially after the spectacular amount of food at brunch) aromatherapy massage. Bodylines has a peaceful atmosphere, aided by the unobtrusive lighting and warm staff. Our therapist took a tough and soft approach to our massage by starting off with Thai style strokes, to help get rid of our knots and then she slowly kneaded her way through our body to relax us. One full hour of this pampering experience prepared us nicely for a trip down to the City Lobby Lounge for some afternoon drinks. The City Lobby Lounge is an absolute delight as far as lobby lounges go. The space is calm, elegant and comfortable. It’s contemporary in style with simple clean lines in the furniture but there’s still oodles of character. We sipped on a coconut hot chocolate and an immunity booster green juice packed with fantastic energy-giving ingredients. Although we couldn’t possibly get through the entire menu, it is necessary to note that it is incredibly extensive and varied to suit any craving and we are sure it’ll serve as a great spot for a meeting or friendly catch up. The next day after an uninterrupted sleep, we went back to Flavours on 2 for both breakfast and lunch. Although the emphasis with Flavours on 2 is on Friday brunch, this all-day dining venue has it all, and with each day the live stations have slightly different options, so it’s never predictable and thus more exciting. We highly recommend this slick city property as it ticks all the boxes from location to F&B to wellbeing to comfort, it’s a hidden gem in Bahrain.

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March Celebrations 1 year anniversary As the hotel celebrates its 1 year anniversary, they are offering a toogood-to-be-true package for guests to enjoy. Book on downtownrotana for a minimum of 2 nights and get the third night for only BD 1*. Pick the breakfast package to enjoy it for an additional BD 1* only on the third day. And also, celebrate the anniversary with a Friday Brunch at Flavours on 2 or Sushi and Sax Night at Teatro Downtown. Dine with the hotel and the second one will be for only BD 1*. Guests from 2 to 4 people will receive one BD1* offer and guests from 5 to 10 people will receive two BD 1*offers. For more information or reservations call: 1311 9999


Ohlala Spotlight

Tune In:

Hello Fashion TV The first fashion and lifestyle TV channel in the world has landed on our shores and we are so pumped for what is to come. We speak with FTV International’s Vice President for The Middle East, Romain Saint Gilles about what we can expect from this momentous move.

How exciting that you’ve come to Bahrain! What do you think of the fashion and party scene on the island? I’ve always felt Bahrain has a very interesting base for fashion brands and designers like Noon by Noor or Sofia Al Asfoor. But there’s been a missing national platform to spotlight and support these talents - this will be one of my missions here. I also believe Sophia Jawad is doing interesting work to pick up European young fashion designers in her multibrands store in Bahrain. I really like Bahrain’s lifestyle as a bridge between tradition and modernity - you can find great A list F&B locations too such as Bushido, Asia de Cuba and The Ritz Carlton. It’s an incredible mix of different cultures. Bahrain is an indispensable centre point, for culture, business and leisure. What is the core essence of Fashion TV as a channel? FashionTV is a global 24/7 TV station focused on fashion, beauty and styles, the biggest fashion and lifestyle cable network in the world. Since day one, FTV features the most updated fashion and lifestyle trends from around the world, including exclusive reports on famous houses such as Dior, Cavalli, Armani, D&G. FTV covers all fashion weeks around the world focusing on Paris, Milan, London, New York, Tokyo and Sao Paolo. Our FTV viewers meet 70

celebrities and popular models face-to-face, on and off the stage. From the Oscars to the Red Carpet at the Cannes Film festival - watch out for the upcoming FTV event at Bushido - March 30! What do you hope to cover on the scene in Bahrain? Our major mission is to dedicate our TV channel to promising fashion designers. Our objective is to set up a cross media/event platform to emphasise Bahraini designers through a global audience. FTV reaches 1 billion viewers on six continents. We will not only cover but we will initialise productions of local Fashion/art /models by scouting events with major local partners. Do you have any favourite hotspots in Bahrain already? As I was born in the South of France, close to the sea, I’m always very drawn to sea views and outlets! You will find me around the beach at The Ritz Carlton or at Bushido, Trader Vic’s, Moda Mall, The Domain, there’s such a variety in Bahrain, it’s amazing. I was also at the Asia de Cuba opening last month which was fantastic! Be sure to head to Bushido Restaurant & Lounge on March 30 for the first FTV event in Bahrain

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The Secret Garden International luxury brand, Amouage, introduces Blossom Love.This new fragrance

is the most recent addition to its floral themed The Secret Garden Collection in which thoughts, feelings and experiences are freely explored without the complications of the contemporary world “Blossom Love is inspired by the sassy nature and loyal heart of the vivacious modern woman. She defies conventions as she unabashedly lives for love, romance and new adventure,” explains Amouage Creative Director, Christopher Chong. Blossom Love reveals the romance of a perfumed secret garden where the light, sweet and delicate nature of cherry blossom nectar marries with rose to reveal inner boldness, and a memorable heart caressed by the exotic sophistication of Ylang Ylang. This floral love story is embraced by the seductive allure of amaretto, tonka bean, and vanilla before melting into sandalwood and cashmeran, to create an intense and enduring fragrant bouquet of memories. Classically elegant, the timeless flower motif of the Blossom Love presentation box evokes memories of precious moments and tender feelings. The delicately curved rose pink bottle is quintessentially feminine and romantic, while the sparkling light rose Swarovski crystal on the cap emotes joy and love in bloom. Blossom Love will be available exclusively at all Amouage standalone stores worldwide in March and all other stockiest in April 2017.

Spring Fashion at Moda Mall

Embrace Spring with MODA Mall’s new collection and win a luxury experience to the French Riviera It’s spring in full bloom at Bahrain’s luxury shopping destination, MODA Mall, blossoming with beautiful floral embellishments and themed-garden to welcome everyone to a seasonal shopping experience. The mall is adorned with touches of spring, featuring a garden brimming with flowers in the Fashion Court, a floral swing and a fountain for you to capture memorable moments where there will be a live musical performance every weekend. While you are rejuvenated with latest fashion trends and styles from high-end brands and floral settings, you also have an opportunity to earn a raffle ticket for every BD 20 or more spent and win a luxury experience to the French Riviera. The seven-day trip includes business class flights

and five-star accommodation for two to Cannes and a one-day trip to Grasse - Perfume Capital of the World. Moreover, you also get weekly opportunities to win spa and wellness packages or dining vouchers at the Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay, given away through a raffle draw on 1, 8 and 15 March. This festival will be going on until 21 March. For more information get in touch with Moda Mall via Instagram: @MODA_Mall Facebook: MODA Mall Bahrain Twitter: @MODA_Mall


Keeping Up With The Bakers Peer over the picket fence for a glimpse of the SS17 collections everyone’s talking about. The Bakers are new in town and they’ve already made quite the name for themselves. Tailor’s Lane – with its perpetual barbecues, vigorous bonnet buffing and nocturnal topiary – may appear the picture of suburban utopia, yet beneath the airs and graces of polite society lies a strange undercurrent… a community fixated on appearances. But little do their nosey neighbours know, when it comes to affairs of style The Bakers always have the upper hand. The Ted Baker collection is available from Ted Baker stores throughout the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain and Egypt.


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The American Dream Tommy Hilfiger hit the runway with their new, better than ever, spring/summer collection for 2017. This season the uber cool brand pays homage to youth and pop culture and of course, the USA

Dynamic Denim Get In The Mood Be sophisticated but casual in these unassuming yet statement-making looks

The ultimate mainstay in 90s fashion is having more moments. Keep those jeans coming, we say

A Splash Of Colour Stand out looking fierce and fabulous in a spectrum of hues


Classy Style Quiz has you covered for all your style requirements this season. There’s a real freshness and happy vibe with the SS17 collection highlighted through simple yet statement jewellery pieces, lovely A-line dresses, great day wear and even better, punchier evening looks.


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California Cool Shop the latest pieces from Juicy Couture featuring Boho dresses, bold blooms and Modinspired silhouettes. Reawaken your style with floral prints that go from day to night.


Keep Calm & Natural H&M’s SS17 collection explores the notion of elegance where each piece makes you feel like a natural beauty. Not only are H&M presenting simple yet stylish looks for the season, you’ll still standout because less is definitely more 76

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Funk up your outfits with a whole host of new and fantastic shoes and bags to carry you from desk to dinner




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The Essential Extras


Chic Eats

Italians Do It Better Oliveto’s Bahrain are offering up dining with a difference. We indulged in a beautiful spread of Italian fare while we sat in and amongst thoughtful artworks On the front of the menu at Oliveto’s Bahrain, there’s a telling prologue, if you like. It states that on April 4 2004, when the first Formula One Bahrain was inaugurated, Oliveto’s Bahrain, also opened. Speaking to the longevity of its popularity and success, this fine dining Italian restaurant is a firm favourite and has gone from strength to strength over the years and proves that a restaurant is like fine wine – it gets better with age. Upon entering Oliveto’s Bahrain, the expansive entrance and dining area has a sleek and uber modern feel to it. With a library of contemporary literature, art books and social commentary, this space is intelligent and well thought out. The grey and black palette is lifted by the colourful artworks by local artists (which change every couple of weeks) placed around the dining tables – some tables have traditional seating while others have sofas around them and it makes it feel like a restaurant cum living room. The menu is traditionally Italian - but without the casualness that is usually associated with the cuisine. This is fine dining Italian at its best. To start with, we took to a Burrata Alla Genovese – the artistic presentation saw a handsome slab of Burrata cheese spilling over a small bed of bruschetta and a perfect line up of cherry tomatoes with a delicate dome of tomato confit and basil pesto. The Burrata was lovingly soft and slippery, packed with punch and offered a creamy freshness. No matter how many Italian restaurants we have been to, the experience isn’t complete without sampling the Burrata. We also had the Vongole Alla Marinara, sautéed clams which were served in a deep clay-pot looking dish with a very generous portion of clams 78

swimming in sauce. Moving onto mains, we kept to seafood. The first dish was the Capesante ‘Coquille St. Jacques’ which saw a string of pan-fried sea scallops sautéed and wrapped in beef bacon strips on a black chalk board. All we can say is, these scallops are a direct route to happiness. The texture and taste of the scallops can make you melt. There’s nothing missing in this dish as the scallops are stacked up with a base of potato, olive oil drenched bruschetta and topped off with a cherry tomato. All your food groups are covered and it’s fantastic. Then we went in for the star of the lunch. The Cernia Al Sale, is local baby hammour covered in rock salt and is oven baked. It’s brought out on a trolley – it’s that huge, a full fish – and is a beauty to look at. Our waiter cracked the salt shell to reveal the moist hammour and started to creatively garnish our plate with vegetables and placed the hammour around it. It was wildly flavourful with strong and exciting prickly touches of salt throughout. The highly anticipated dolce involved a classic and luxuriously rich Tiramisu, circled in a coffee powdered Oliveto’s ‘O’ and then a stylishly put together Pannacotta All ‘Ameretto consisting of almond flavoured pannacotta with salty chocolate crumble and a dollop of ice cream. This was pleasantly light and tasted exactly right. The experience is beyond your typical Italian joint, it’s far more sophisticated and elegant on all fronts – through the décor, the menu options and the slick service – here’s to it being an institution of Italian fare. For more information or reservations call: 1771 6747

“The highly anticipated dolce involved a classic and luxuriously rich Tiramusi, circled in a coffee powdered lovely Oliveto’s O”



Dining “If music be the love of food, play on” William Shakespeare

Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay

Fancy a cooking class this month? Discover a new horizon of gastronomy with Chef Nazlan Muhamad (Asian cuisine) during an interactive cooking class in the hotel’s lively buffet restaurant Bahrain Bay Kitchen. This is happening on 12 March from 5:30-7:30pm for BD20++. We are sure you’ll pick up some great tips and tricks for future kitchen adventures! Speaking of adventures, head over to re/Asian Cuisine on 7 March for the Mei Yue Nights and experience the authentic world of Asian street food culture spiced with world renowned restaurateur Wolfgang Puck’s modern take on traditional Asian cuisine every first Tuesday of the month. It’s BD24++ exclusive of beverages and is from 7:00-11:00pm. And finally, treat your mother to a fantastic brunch on 17 March from 12:30-3:30pm at Bahrain Bay Kitchen: it’s BHD 27++ inclusive of non-alcoholic beverages and BHD 37++ inclusive of alcoholic beverages. Call: 1711 5500

Downtown Rotana

Looking for a solid business lunch option during your break? Head over to this supreme city hotel and experience the award winning all-day dining restaurant Flavours on 2 that offers international flavours from around the world serving breakfast, lunch and dinner buffet in addition to à la carte menu. The open-style kitchen and the live cooking stations bring a lively atmosphere into the restaurant. Make your way to Flavours on 2 between 12.30 pm – 3.30 pm and enjoy the special Business Lunch promotion for only BD9.5++. And calling all ladies, make your way to the best ladies night in the heart of Manama and enjoy free flow of our selected house beverages at Teatro Downtown, the award-winning restaurant, every Thursday from 7:00-10:00pm. Continue the evening with Teatro’s a la carte menu featuring a lavish spread of over 130 dishes while enjoying free flow of sparkling all night and be mesmerised with the live entertainment by our amazing Saxophonist. Why stop there? Wear something red to match with the colour of Teatro logo for something special. The best Lady in Red will stand a chance to win an amazing prize. Call: 1311 9999 80

Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa

The ancient flavours of the Etruscan people, enrooted in Tuscan cuisine are showcased in a 10-day food festival at Fiamma Restaurant from the gastronomically passionate hands of Chef Manuelo Pintore, a Tuscan by origin and at heart. Tuscany, the birth place of Italian language, is located in the central, western part of the country and like all Italian cuisine, the most fresh and simple ingredients of the season are used to present authentic dishes, rich in flavor, very hearty and quite filling. Not to forget that they are served with the known unsalted regional bread used to soak up the leftover delicious juices on the plate. This old tradition of unsalted bread has carried on and now marks Tuscan bread apart from other regions in Italy. The 10-day festival is from 8-18 March from 7:0010:30pm. Call: 1763 6363

The Royal Golf Club, Bahrain

The Royal Golf Club is delighted to announce that their jazzy a la carte brunch is back due to popular demand. Diners can once again enjoy a fabulous array of tasty dishes delivered freshly cooked to their table while enjoying spectacular golf course views and a live performance of contemporary jazz and blues from Ahmed Al Qasim. The jazzy a la carte brunch is available in the award-winning Links restaurant every Friday from 12:00-4:00pm and costs just BD30 inclusive of unlimited selected beverages. Call: 1775 1262

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Chic Eats The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain

This month you can look forward to the Brazilian Carnival at this resort property. Indulge in this Latin carnival of colour and flavour at our opening Beach Party of 2017, the perfect venue to celebrate this annual extravaganza happening in the heart of Seef District. The entertainers, flying in from London for this spectacular evening, are headlined by international DJ and Percussionist, Joshua Roberts, accompanied by Chris Sharp on Saxophone and Danni Veal and her team of dancers who will also provide a fire display during the evening. They will have a Brazilian themed buffet and bar, to complement the elaborately costumed dancers. It’s priced at BD25 for members and hotel guests and BD35 for non-members. It’s happening on 9 March from 8:00pm-1:00am. Call: 1758 0000

The Domain Hotel & Spa

We love nothing more than a delicious hot pot night. Enjoy many varieties at Level 35 at Imari every Sunday and Tuesday from 7:0010:30pm. It’s BD 8++ excluding soft beverages And BD 14++ including soft beverages. Don’t miss it because it’s super tasty and a unique feature on the island. And in the spirit of Asian cuisine, we highly recommend trying out Sushi Mondays where you’ll enjoy an all you can eat and drink variety of sushi from 7:00-10:00pm at Imari. It’s BD 14++ including soft drinks and BD 17++ including beverages. Call: 1600 0000

ART Rotana, Amwaj Islands

The Gulf Hotel Bahrain Convention & Spa

The Gulf Hotel Bahrain is proud to host one of Fusions Restaurants legendary Chef Nugi. Enjoy a month’s adventure of special menu’s highlighting Fusions blast from the past best dishes! Followed by a cooking class on 18 March and an exclusive wine dinner on 22 March. Additionally, the Art of Cooking lass begins every Saturday starting 4 March, with the Grand Launch with Chef Vineet Bhatia. Design for home cooks with busy lifestyles who have a passion for food, they offer intimate hands-on and demonstration classes, from the building blocks of cooking to delicious and exclusive mouthwatering menus, led by professional chef instructors. Call: 1771 3000

Al Areen Palace & Spa

Celebrate the colourful tradition of Holi, from 9-13 March. Roti Boti invites you to the enthusiastic celebration of Holi. Paint this day with colourful memories in majestic style with authentic North Indian menu and a live band. And in honour of International Women’s Day, Celebrate the achievement and contribution of women with the hotel’s stylish event to mark International Women’s Day. Ladies get 50% off on any restaurants at Al Areen Palace & Spa during lunch and dinner on 8 March. Also, this Mother’s Day on March 28 offers a perfect opportunity to honour mothers, daughters, grandmothers, wives and more – while leaving the cooking to the renowned chefs with free cakes to be given away. Be sure to take advantage and celebrate in style!. Call: 1784 5000

Experience a true sense of New Orleans culinary pleasures in the heart of ART Rotana with chilled vibes of a live Jazz performance. A lavish spread of New Orleans south east port indigenous and significant ingredients prepared in scrumptious buffet setting and superb live stations, along with tailored beverage menu filled with brews, malts, grapes and bourbons from USA. This is happening on 24 March from 7:00-11:30pm and is BD32++ for the alcoholic package. And you can also delight in a tasty journey through the French Bardinet vines while obtaining the insights of an expert sommelier. Indulge in a luscious 4 course set menu paired with a special tailored wine list to provide the perfect evening. All while you enjoy the fabulous melodies of our in-house band performing live and overlooking the marina area from Flames Terrace. You can enjoy this on 8 March from 7:00-11:30pm for BD30++. Call: 1600 0111

Sheraton Bahrain Hotel

If you love Latin music don’t miss the live performance from Intencion Band every day except Saturdays from 9:15pm-12:45am during weekdays and from 9:15pm-1:30am during weekends at An Nada Lounge. Get updated on An Nada happenings, follow their twitter account @AnNadaLounge. And on Thursdays, head over from 7:30 PM to midnight by the pool for a weekend BBQ. Enjoy a selection of flame grilled marinated meats and seafood, delicious sauces and condiments, a fresh salad bar and tasty dishes, followed by tempting desserts. It’s BD30 inclusive of selected beverages and BD25 inclusive of soft drinks.Call: 1753 3533


Health Files

Spa Days There’s no better way to unwind than having a full day at a spa. Luckily for us, there are plenty of luxury spa spots in Bahrain. We indulged in a pampering session of massages and other equally thrilling treatments last month courtesy of ART Rotana’s Bodylines Spa


ou’re never at a loss of spa treatments on our island. From Saar to Sanad to Amwaj, you can drop in to any salon or spa (because you’ll find one every 50 meters) and the likelihood of getting a treatment right there and then is high. So, let’s be honest here lovely readers, we are super spoilt because the access and availability allows us to be. But beyond your run-of-the-mill spa treatments in Bahrain, you do get the exceptional variety too, ones where you should block out your entire day because doing anything but relaxing is non-negotiable. How can you possibly do any form of menial work when you’re in a total state of zen? One such example of heavenly spa experiences exists at ART Rotana on Amwaj islands. This resort hotel with its sea-facing view rooms is an elegant and romantic getaway from the city. The service stays on the right side of attentive and sincere, the food and beverage outlets range from Italian to Steakhouse which come highly rated (by us of course) and recommended for their top-quality ingredients and masterful chefs from all over the world. Being a resort, the emphasis on wellness is strong here. This resort begs to be enjoyed lying prone on a sun lounger beside the pool or the palmfringed, white sand beach. So, we took to their spa on a weekday (lucky us, you say) to discover the true meaning of relaxation. Let us walk you through the kind of treatments you can indulge in… We love facials. Who doesn’t? Yes, you might feel a bit red raw after it 82

but the long-term benefits make it worthwhile. The spa’s unique facials cater to all skin types and offer that all important ‘me-time’. And for all of us constantly trying to fight gravity and the ageing process (you’re still beautiful don’t worry) we recommend the Visible Brilliance Facial. This anti-aging face and eye treatment instantly firms, rejuvenate and plumps up the skin whilst reducing dark circles from around the eye contour. This superior treatment is further enhanced by a luxurious hand and arm massage, and destress scalp treatment for the ultimate in the scientific skin-therapy. After a treatment like this, you’ll be beaming off the walls with glow and shine. Equally too, we recommend, as per our experience, the Ultimate Aromatherapy Experience. The treatment name alone should sink your soul into deep relaxation. This customised aromatherapy experience uses carefully applied pressures and techniques to encourage a healthy well-being for the body and mind. There are several signature oils to choose from, formulated with natural plant and flower oils with wonderful exotic scents and powerful therapeutic benefits. This treatment works from your head to your toes, it will dissolve away all of your stress and tension held in every part of your body leaving you feeling recharged. We definitely felt all of the above and were taken such good care of from the time we arrived to our sad but inevitable departure. ART Rotana’s spa is the resort’s finest and main draw for its serene atmosphere and rejuvenation qualities – we loved every second of it. The Visible Brilliance Facial is 75 minutes long and is BD59. The Ultimate Aromatherapy Experience is 60 minutes long for BD35 or 90 minutes for BD45. For more information or to book a treatment call: 1600 0111


Diva Drives

The New Generation Porsche Panamera Turbo


lthough we like to consider ourselves somewhat seasoned professionals when it comes to test driving luxury vehicles, we admit to initially feeling slightly intimidated when handed the keys to the secondgeneration Porsche Panamera Turbo. This car has such a presence to it, the excitement hits long before sliding into the driver’s seat. The new and improved design creates a stylistic link to Porsche’s iconic 911. With its pronounced shoulders, aesthetic flanks, beautifully sloping roof line, LED headlights and larger wheels, the ultimate sporty look has been achieved. This is no small task when considering we are talking about a four door saloon. Longer, wider and taller than its predecessor, the front-end design of the Panamera has been overhauled and is now complete with a crossbar in the radiator grille emphasising the car’s width. An arrow-shaped bonnet adds to the commanding presence, hinting at the power lying beneath. LED rear lights which include four-point brake lights are interconnected by a narrow LED strip which results in a unique night Porsche has design. Upon entering the car, it took a few upgraded and moments to absorb the spacious and futuristic merged elements layout of the cabin. Everything about this car screams class. From the luxury upholstery of superior to the neat and convenient layout of the dashboard console, our eyes could not take technology, in all of the impressive details fast enough. comfort and This super saloon car feels years ahead of the previous generation and everything performance to is new. The geniuses at Porsche behind create a truly the design have updated all safety and convenience features, which revolve around wonderful the clear and intuitive user interface. Having driving gotten rid of many of the buttons previously found up front, the new touchscreen interface experience. is like that of a smartphone or tablet, which contains practical features for controlling the vehicle, front and back. The standard 12.3” digital display has razor sharp quality and one immediately feels more in control of the experience. One is even able to control the car’s air vents and spoiler through the console. Ambient lighting as well as a 3D high-end sound system from Burmester, add to the already ample list of extravagant features. The general layout of the interior is capacious with individual seats for four people. The rear doors have been extended making climbing in and out far easier. The soft 84

close door feature is a novel one. The back seats come with multiple electronic adjustment options and all seats have multiple massage selections, a great way to ease stress throughout the busy day. So how does this piece of automobile art handle on the roads? In one word, immaculately! With four modes to choose from, namely Normal, Manual, Sport and Sport Plus, any and all terrain becomes a joy to navigate. Even at high speeds, we felt in complete control. The car feels glued to the road, even on tricky bends. The throttle is delicate and the gearbox very responsive, whilst the steering is precise and sharp. Able to go from 0 – 100kph in only 3.6 seconds and boasting a top speed of 306kph, we couldn’t help but smile as the power of the acceleration forced our bodies back into the seats. The acceleration is matched in quality by its extremely effective breaking system, which adds to the vehicle’s feeling of complete safety. With the new twin-turbo engine providing 550hp output, combined with the brand’s first eight-speed Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) transmission, not only is far more power available, but a significant reduction in both fuel consumption and emissions. The Panamera Turbo utilises its Porsche Traction Management (PTM), which is a permanent, fully variable all-wheel drive system. When tuned to the specific driving situation, PTM sensors continually monitor wheel speeds and provides perfect performance on dry roads as well as in wet conditions. One can feel completely at ease when transporting loved ones. Long stretches of road seemed to roll by in mere moments and when stuck in congestion upon our return, we remarked how we had never been so comfortable in a traffic jam. The makers of this luxury sedan have achieved something quite special with this automobile offering. They have combined the expected magical presence of a Porsche with extreme comfort, superior technology and ultimate driving control. With so many features still to discover and experience, handing back the keys was no easy task. For more information or to book a test drive call Porsche Centre Bahrain: 1745 9911

“This super saloon car feels years ahead of the previous generation and everything is new�



SAKS Fifth Avenue SS17 Fashion Show As we said hello to a new season of brilliant fashion and style, SAKS Fifth Avenue marked the occasion with a stunning fashion show last month. The runway saw a range of minimalist and statement looks punctuated with bold and daring accessories as well as slicked back hair and simply yet strong beauty. The show was followed by an after party at The Westin Bahrain City Centre with fabulous drinks and canapes.


Porsche Panamera Launch A sports car and luxury saloon in one, the new Panamera launch phase has officially begun. Porsche Centre Bahrain, Behbehani Brothers w.l.l, marked the introduction of the new generation by unveiling two all-wheel drive versions: the Panamera 4S and Turbo to attendees at the Four Seasons Hotel, Bahrain Bay. In its second generation, the Panamera has been redeveloped down to every last detail. Modifications to the engine, transmission, chassis and overall design concept, make it a performance icon in the luxury class.


Farewell Reception The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain held Mr. Christian Zandonella’s farewell and introduced the newly appointed General Manager, Mr. Jean-Paul Dantil. Mr. Dantil is joining The RitzCarlton Bahrain from The Ritz-Carlton, Vienna, where he served as the General Manager for two and half years. He graduated from the Centre International de Glion and enjoys a solid career in top luxury brands in Europe, Asia, the Caribbean’s and the Middle East.


Ladies Lunch At Masso UK Property Advisor Nadia Shaheen hosted a ladies lunch at Masso in Adliya last month in association with Centre Point to showcase a stunning new development in Central London. The lunch was attended by an exclusive array of high net worth females from every professional industry as well as the dynamic teams from both CBRE and Almacanter.


Cucina Italiana Master Chef Final Season 4 of Cucina Italiana Restaurant’s Master Chef competition held the grand final last month with guest of honor H.E. Domenico Bellato – the newly appointed Italian Ambassador of Bahrain. The night saw fantastic fare created by the participants while guests and members of the media enjoyed a complimentary cocktail reception.


Too Far Co. Launch Latifa Abdulrahman Fares Al Khalifa, the founder of Too Far Co. hosted a launch party at Bahrain’s new favourite rustic kitchen spot, Hopscotch last month. Too Far Co. is an arts platform that recruits talent from the MENA region, and the Global South in the form of artists, photographers, and makers. They work closely with emerging and established artists to create special projects about life in Bahrain.


Gallery 21 Grand Opening The most anticipated restaurant complex in Adliya opened its doors to the public last month to a rave reception. The grand opening saw members of the media, VIPs and other esteemed guests enjoy the six venues within the complex: Asia De Cuba, Genwa, The Cigar Lounge, Gallery Cafe, The Art Gallery and Firma.


Villa Mamas Tasting Menu The much-loved food spot in Saar invited members of the media to experience their new weekly changing ‘Tasting Menu’ last month where we had the opportunity to sample a full range of the Villa Mamas repertoire.


For The Love Of Tuscany As part of the 10 day Tuscan food festival held at the Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa from March 8-18, we were invited to an exclusive media dinner at Fiamma Restaurant hosted by Chef Manuelo Pintore. The night saw one delicious dish after another brought with typical Italian passion and flair.


Jawad Mini Marathon The annual Jawad Mini Charity Marathon took place last month from Jawad Dome Barbar in association with the Northern Governorate. The mini marathon included options to do a 5KM run, an 8KM run or a 5KM walk. This year the group aimed to use the event to spotlight Autism Spectrum Disorder. All proceeds from the race were donated to Bahrain Autistic Society.


DHL 40 Year Anniversary After serving in the MENA region since 1976, DHL celebrated its 40 year anniversary last month at the Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay. In honour of the celebration, the CEO of DHL Express Mr. Nour Suliman was present at the event as well as Arab singer Angham.


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Miss Ohlala provides the perfect tips on how to keep your cool with your beach chic wardrobe this summer What could be easier than throwing on a bikini, grabbing a towel and heading to the beach? In fact a lot of women have a real fear of bikini season. It can be hard to feel confident and glamorous when you’re lying on the beach on a baking hot day, in a swimsuit with no makeup on, and with flyaway hair plastered in sunscreen. So here are some of my tips for a practical beach chic wardrobe that will boost your confidence: • Do pick a bikini or one-piece which suits your shape and complexion. If you have a wardrobe of muted colours, swimwear provides a golden opportunity to try out bolder hues and braver patterns. If you have pale skin, avoid white and opt for flattering hues such as coral pinks or cobalt blues. Nautical stripes are always in fashion when it comes to swimwear. • Before you change into your swimwear, cover yourself with a high factor sunscreen and let it sink in. Then ensure you top up at appropriate intervals throughout the day. This helps avoid unsightly burn lines where you have not applied sunscreen right up to the edge of your swimwear. Sunburn is not cool so be careful! • Do follow my grandmother’s advice and procure the largest sunglasses you can, with adequate UV protection, to fight wrinkles. And don’t forget to wear a large-brimmed beach hat to protect your face. Eugenia Kim’s sunhats with witty slogans are delectable. • Flip flops are the only practical footwear for the beach. Although I must admit I do like the current trend for pompom sandals. • Keep accessories to a minimum to avoid looking like an extra from 98

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Ohlala Bahrain March 2017  

For The Modern Middle Eastern Woman

Ohlala Bahrain March 2017  

For The Modern Middle Eastern Woman