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Fashion & Furniture

Talking To The Dream Team

Kenzo x H&M

+ Style Inspired By Architecture

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Contents Ohlala



The Basics A Note From The Editor Style Icon: Chanel Style Focus Starters


Statement Pieces Wardrobe Inspiration Cool Collaborations: Kenzo x H&M Fashion Meets Furniture



The Details Decadence With Plakinger The Beauty Moodboard Michael Kors & Lily Aldridge


The Finishing Touches Travel: Hong Kong Ohlala Boutiques: Pandora Chic Eats: re/Asian


october 2016

issue 141

Publisher & Chairman John Hughes Chief Executive Officer Greg Hughes

Editor-in-Chief Georgie Bradley

Publishing Director Edward Smith


Creative DIrector

BUsiness development

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Graphic Designers

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elcome to our lovely October issue! We have taken a bit of a different path in this month’s edition of Ohlala, wherein we look at the power of design and its influence on fashion. By taking architectural wonders around the world, we look to fresh inspiration for our wardrobes through key visionaries of the 21st century including Zaha Hadid and Ken Yeang. We also look back at the history of the most revered manufacturers of silverware: Christofle and Baccarat who have given us the most sophisticated and chic ornaments for our homes. My personal favourite feature of this issue is the Plakinger photoshoot set in Shanghai’s Waldorf Astoria. It’s a completely flawless concept of melding daring fashion with decadent settings. And for your everyday style needs, you’ll find a variety of looks to choose from, whether that’s dinner party chic with sleek and silky LBDs or going back to the future with latex laden pieces. Elsewhere in the issue we have an exclusive chat with Humberto Leon and Carol Lim, creative directors of Kenzo, alongside Ann-Sofie Johansson, creative advisor to H&M, who have paired up together for the highly anticipated Kenzo x H&M collaboration. Their insight into the business of brand building via creative fusions is as telling and endearing as the collection itself. As ever we maintain a strong presence about town and enjoy the finer things in life at the best eateries and most luxurious venues - our lifestyle section has all the information you need to live unapologetically large. You don’t get better than re/Asian cuisine - that’s all I’m going say!

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Co ol Collaborations H&M has become one of the most powerful high street brands in the world of fashion. With every collaboration, the style stakes are raised to new heights. Now, Kenzo is at the helm of the latest H&M campaign. We talk to both sides of this dream team about the freedom of fashion, the creative process and the synergy between the brands





Kenzo’s Creative Directors Humberto Leon & Carol Lim What is it about H&M that sits well within the KENZO aesthetic? Humberto Leon: We were so excited to be asked to collaborate with H&M. They do such a great job of celebrating the brands that they work with, and don’t ever want any compromise on the collections – they want the true DNA of KENZO. H&M really understand the fun of fashion, and want to make style attainable for everyone. What kind of pieces can we expect? And what kind of person do you see wearing them? Carol Lim: KENZO x H&M is like a conversation between us and Kenzo Takada, who founded the brand. We wanted to look at the archives through our own eyes, clashing together prints, colours and global influences to create pieces that will only ever be available through KENZO x H&M. We’re so excited to see who buys which piece – we love that there’ll be people buying their first ever piece of KENZO through the collaboration, as well as those who may have bought Mr Takada’s designs the first time around. What is the a ultimate aim of this collaboration? Are you aiming to tap into a different market of customers? Perhaps younger? Why is that? CL: There are so many people who only know our take on KENZO. They don’t know about the history of the brand, or the incredible legacy of Mr Takada. He was such a visionary designer who broke all the rules in 70s and 80s Paris. He had such freedom in his attitude to style, and we wanted to share that sensibility with a whole new generation around the world. Tell us about the process and how this collaboration was approached in the first instance? HL: We’ve been in conversation with H&M about collaborating for a couple of years, and it was great that they were happy to wait till the time was right for us. The process has been really clear and straightforward. We talked about what the collection will be like, and then they left us alone to design it how we wanted. They produced the samples, which were so exciting to see for the first time. We then fitted the collection until we reached the final samples and the finished collection. What direction do you hope to take KENZO to via this collaboration? CL: This is the first time that we’ve ever truly played with the archives, making it a special one-off collection. Even if you regularly wear KENZO, you’re going to find pieces in KENZO x H&M that you’ve never seen anywhere else before. It’s a special chance for us to celebrate the brand, and give everyone the chance to play with their style.

H&M’s Creative Advisor Ann-Sofie Johansson How do you think this collaboration with KENZO will add more value to the H&M DNA - you’ve done many collaborations (namely with Balmain) so how will this particular brand bring out 36

the essence of H&M? We love to give our customers a totally new experience with our designer collaborations, something completely different. I love that in the past three years, we’ve had the urban sportswear of Alexander Wang, the new glamour of Balmain and now the playful energy of KENZO. From the beginning, our collaborations have been about breaking down the walls of fashion, giving people the chance to own clothes by designers they may not usually get to wear. We’re so happy with KENZO x H&M and can’t wait for it to reach the stores. H&M has always been seen as an accessible, high street brand. Are you wanting to create a more high fashion appeal by collaborating with luxury brands? It has been so exciting to be able to bring designer fashion to a whole new audience, and to break down the old barriers that used to exist. It’s been great to discover that what we all have in common is a love of fashion, and a desire to share that with the world. We love that our customers get to experience these different worlds, and to have in their wardrobe, pieces by designers they would never normally get to wear, all through their collaboration with H&M. What are you wanting to give the H&M customer out of this collaboration? Our designer collaborations are for anyone who loves fashion. It’s really exciting to think that there’ll be some teenagers who will be getting their first ever piece by KENZO, and maybe their first ever taste of designer fashion, through KENZO x H&M. Then there’ll be all the fans of KENZO around the world who have loved Carol and Humberto’s take on the brand since they started in 2011. They’ll want to get an exclusive design from KENZO x H&M that they’ll never be able to get anywhere else. It’s also exciting to think that there might be original customers of Kenzo Takada who will be buying pieces that will be like mementos for them of how they used to dress. We can’t wait to see how people wear KENZO x H&M in their own way. You’ve been doing brand collaborations for over a decade now. Why do you think they’ve been so successful? It’s amazing to think that when we started our designer collaborations, there were so many barriers in fashion. It’s been great to see those walls be broken down, and to let everyone in the world share in the experience. With each of our collaborations, we want to give our customers access to a whole new designer world, and to have pieces by designers they may not usually get to wear. What is the synergy between the two brands in terms of the aesthetics for this exclusive collection? How did this collaboration bring out the true H&M spirit? KENZO have been so generous in giving us a collection that goes deep into their archive. It’s amazing to be able to give our customers a piece of fashion history with our collaborations, and with KENZO x H&M, Carol and Humberto are mixing their own look with that of the brand’s founder, Kenzo Takada. The result is something very special, bringing fashion history to life and creating pieces that have both historical significance and also a present day sense of fun and energy.




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Emirati brand, KAGE was born of Edie Sedgwick inspiration, the pop art icon and muse to Andy Warhol. We talk to designers, Basma Abu Ghazaleh and Arwa Abdelhadi about cat love and the cut-throat nature of the fashion industry How did you get started in fashion? My partner at the time and I were both at a point in our lives where we wanted to leave our jobs and embark on a new journey. We went through many ideas together, all creative. Travelling to London together inspired us. We shipped back fabric rolls and accessories which we collected from our trip and started designing. The KAGE brand was born and our first collection debut was A/W09. Why did you decide on creating such a contemporary aesthetic (micro-prints) in your clothing? ? For A/W16, we were inspired by fabric. While exploring, we came across 3D Tulip and Cat prints which mesmerised us and so we designed the collection based on the material. Describe the A/W16 collection for us? It’s combinations of streamlined silhouettes that are met with this season’s contemporary lengths concluding in an understated approach to winter dressing. Shades of hazy greys, earthy browns, twilight blues, soft reds and greens are incorporated with playful cat and tulip prints. Simplistic shapes and cuts are used with soft shirt cottons, giving an instant update that reinstates a light-hearted sprightly aura. What are the challenges you’ve faced in your work? Keeping up and working ahead of schedule is key and most challenging in the fashion industry which is a fast-paced, cut-throat industry. It’s also a very competitive business so making sure your brand is constantly evolving is very important and challenging as well. Are you focused exclusively on the Middle Eastern market or do you design in a way to gain a global reach? Our designs are well suited for the Middle Eastern as well as the Western market. While designing, the KAGE girl always comes first. She is a girl who loves to explore, travel and doesn’t take fashion too seriously. 38



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The proliferation of style over function when it comes to our home pieces is a mainstay of interior decorating. At the forefront of this new wave of design is Dutch Marcel Wanders who opens up conversation with every lamp, chair or table he creates. He talks to us about his collaboration with Christofle, where his ‘outside the box’ ideas come from and his favourite part of a home What is your design philosophy? Philosophy of life and design – it’s about eternal pieces. I create pieces that last a lifetime and more. I believe that designs that are created to capture the past and present will remain throughout life and will have more meaning than something created with a modern design.

Does your inspiration come from somewhere specific or is it all over the place?

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To me it’s very simple. It happens if you are honest and straightforward. We think and we have been shaped to think that we are rational beings, but we are not. We are emotional beings, and way more than just our brain. That is how we are human. That is the most important underlying ideal behind our work. Our work is truly spiritual, emotional, rational and a reflection of what we have to give.

What’s your favourite part of a home and why?

I love it when a home has nice large spaces. But I really do like small spaces as well. I think it’s important as a designer to create both; it’s really easy to create big ones and forget small ones. It’s very complex.

Which part of the world do you feel has the best sense of home design and décor and how do you feel about the Middle Eastern sense of home design and décor?

It’s hard to answer this question – I see people, around the world, but outside of their home environments. I have seen them in the US, Europe and Asia. On average I have seen 10-100 homes, which is really not measurable. Some 46

people really love to spend time and energy in their home, and they design their home as a place to celebrate. And some people care less. Some areas in the world are more equipped to do beautiful and wonderful designs. We make sure we touch the culture and tap into it and utilise the beauty of the place. As for the Middle Eastern sense of design, I think there is a beautiful sense of craft. People really find a way to put those qualities in their modern houses. Transparency in Middle Eastern homes is beautiful. The psychology is evident in the home.

Are you more of a traditionalist or modernist?

What is fundamental to my work is the context of modernism: the past is irrelevant to the future. To me, if that is the thinking, it means that the things I create today will be no longer be relevant tomorrow. I decided that I will incorporate living with the past and bringing it into the future, with all my work, linked to the past with innovation of the future. That is how my mom and daughter lives. And this is what my collections have been built on, such as the grandfather clock and Jardin D’eden (Garden of Eden) for Christofle.

What made you decide to partner with Christofle?

It was around 10 years ago that they asked me to do a project with them and I remember it took a few years till we got something we were both happy with. There were so many ideas and concepts being shared from both sides. Some that didn’t fit their vision and some that didn’t fit ours. We finally came up with the Jardin D’eden concept; we started working together based on that.

What is the inspiration behind the grandfather’s clock, what does the clock represent to you? Different, clocks have lost their functionality completely. Everyone has the time on their wrist, phone, iPad, etc.. It has now become completely functionless. We only have it because they are reflections of time and the

past. These are not easy; we are not trying to design easy products. It is very difficult, special and precious – it takes incredible craftsmanship to make this piece. The clock has three hours working in it, so you can customise what you want to measure on it. We live in an international world. I don’t have a specific person in mind, but I do feel that the piece I made is for the people who probably like and value showing that life is worth celebrating. And those objects express something to people - it shows that you care about them and that they really connect in a bigger part of your life. Give them something eternal. People who want to view this as an eternal piece are my clients for this piece.



LUXURY LIVING Personal space is an indulgence we love to explore. Both Christofle and Baccarat have always given our homes an injection of glamour and sophistication. We look at their most unique pieces through history and how they came to be through a visual chronology of their empires





Since its founding in 1830, the Christofle House has sustained its unique know-how of silvercraft, while continuously modernising techniques and applications throughout the years. Christofle’s exceptional pieces, which includes original creations by designers and artists, re-editions and reproductions of historic pieces, and custom orders are all produced in its Haute Orfèvrerie workshops, currently located in the Christofle factory in Yainville (Normandy), France. Internationally renowned designers and artists, some of whose pieces are exhibited in the world’s most prestigious museums, work with Christofle, expressing their creative talent through the unparalleled knowledge of Master Silversmiths. Artists who have left an indelible mark on the world, such as Italian architect Gio Ponti or Danish designer Christian Fjerdingstad, and, more recently, French designers Martin Szekely and Ora-Ito, American artist Michele Oka Doner and Dutch designer Marcel Wanders contribute to the stylistic evolution of the 50

brand’s Haute Orfèvrerie Collection. Christofle regularly re-edits pieces from its heritage collections, thereby perpetuating age-old gestures and manufacturing techniques. These exceptional objects, whether decorative or practical, are the privileged witnesses of an era and the embodiment of inspired creative minds. Beyond this exceptional production, Christofle remains loyal first and foremost to the spirit of its founders, who cherished modernity and innovation. With the soul of a pioneer, Christofle has always associated its name with major creative movements and with famous artists like Man Ray and Jean Cocteau, avant-garde architects like Gio Ponti, modernist silver designers like Lino Sabattini and Christian Fjerdingstad, today’s designers, such as Martin Szekely and Andrée Putman, and, more recently, Ora-Ïto and Karim Rashid. As the years pass, Christofle continues to distinguish itself through the spirit with which it imbues all its collections.


Since 1764 Baccarat has written the chapters of its remarkable history in sparkling letters. Founded in Lorraine, by permission of King Louis XV, the world’s most famous Crystalworks has, over the ages, become a symbol of superb craftsmanship and French Art de Vivre. The name Baccarat reverberates like an echo of outstanding pieces, extraordinary places and unforgettable parties. Baccarat’s prestigious pieces, which met with great acclaim and won a number of prizes at the various Paris Universal Exhibitions since 1867, to this day illuminate the most outstanding palaces and locations around the world. These range from the impressive collection of chandeliers for the Dolmabahçe Palace in Istanbul, to the pieces commissioned by Napoleon III for his royal apartments in the Louvre and the Tuileries. Baccarat has never ceased to amaze, turning every instant into a rare and precious moment. In addition to seducing such personalities as the Duke and

Duchess of Windsor, Prince Aga Khan III, Prince Rainier and Princess Grace of Monaco, Josephine Baker and Aristotle Onassis, Baccarat’s designs immortalise both the elegance and excellence of its craftsmanship. This know-how is at the forefront of progress, handed down over the centuries by elite craftsmen and the symbol of an incomparable heritage. Inspired by alchemists’ elemental secrets, glassblowers, cutters, engravers and gilders put their peerless talent to the service of perfection. Each timeless work of art takes you on an exciting journey through light and creativity. Each carafe, glass, vase, flacon, every chandelier embodies an ultimate promise, an experience to be lived but first and foremost shared. Filling your home with Baccarat pieces represents history and gives your space a regal touch. For 250 years Baccarat has been the icon of exquisite moments of celebration and has created truly unforgettable experiences.


Decadent Days & Nights There’s something gloriously vintage about shooting a lookbook in a hotel. It’s glamorous, dramatic and hauntingly beautiful. The Shanghai Waldorf Astoria stars alongside PLAKINGERS’S AW16/17 collection where the lavish suites match the strikingly elegant dresses while the hotel’s rich history chimes with the 1970s vibe of the collection. From the glossy Sicilian marble floors to the retro furniture to the chic fireplace, the romance of the collection shines through Words by PLAKINGER

“The Shanghai Waldorf Astoria is more than a hotel. It’s where the exclusive Shanghai Club, a British gentlemen’s club, was created in 1911” 52


“The AW16/17 collection is inspired by Jerry Hall and her love story with Mick Jagger. The Waldorf symbolises this sense of grandeur, the luxury and extravagance displayed by rock stars in the 1970s. Our collection is a tribute to the splendid vibes and glamour of this iconic and welldocumented relationship� 54

“We liked the hotel’s tasteful elegance. From our graphic red pieces to our metallic dresses, we wanted to play with the contrast between minimalist androgynous style and formal cosmopolitan elegance. It was easy for our collection to blend in with these sumptuous surroundings because of how they sublimated our silhouettes”


“Our collection mixes sophisticated looks with fluffy knitwear pieces. The silk floral slip-on dress is very homely for instance, perfect to unwind by the fire� 56


“We imagined Jerry Hall dancing barefoot in the alleyways wearing a glitzy gown, or lounging in her bed tucked in a red fur coat�


“Female empowerment is at the heart of PLAKINGER. Our clients are educated and confident women who work and live by their own rules. They earn money, they travel for business trips and they wear power suits at the office�


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Whimsical beauty and muse to Michael Kors, Lily Aldridge chats about his latest fragrance and what the scent means to her What do you love about the Wonderlust fragrance?

I love that it’s a very sophisticated floral scent. Which makes it versatile, it carries me from day to night. What does Wonderlust mean to you? To me, Wonderlust is all about living life with a sense of adventure! Paving your own path with confidence and allure. What has been the most memorable part of working on the campaign? Shooting the campaign with Mario Testino. We were on a gorgeous yacht off of a beautiful island. It was so glamorous! It’s something I’ll always remember. What is your first scent memory? I grew up in California so my first scent memory is the smell of the ocean mist. No matter where I go, that smell makes me feel at home. Why did you choose to be the face of Wonderlust? I’m so honoured to be the face of Wonderlust. I love being a Michael Kors woman! This campaign is all about adventure, glamour, and luxury – which is so inspiring. What more could you ask for! You and Michael are known for your great chemistry. What was the set of

the Wonderlust campaign like? We had so much fun! Between Michael and Mario, we were just laughing the whole time. I love them both very much and couldn’t ask for a better team to get to experience this with. What’s been the most Wonderlust-inspired thing you two have experienced together? Shooting this campaign was very Wonderlust! It was jet-set and spontaneous, something Michael and I really embraced. If you could go on a dream vacation, where would it be? I’ve always wanted to travel to Japan to explore a new part of the world. What do you think makes a woman beautiful? Confidence! That’s the most genuine and pure form of beauty. It’s so important for women to see their own beauty. It’s why I’m drawn to Wonderlust. How do you prepare physically and mentally for a shoot like this? There really is no way to prepare but to be ready for anything! It’s important to be able to have fun and enjoy the moments. I’m so grateful to be a part of the Wonderlust campaign. How spontaneous are you? Very! I love a good adventure, sometimes it’s the most fun when you decide to pick up and go without a lot of planning. Your career seems like quite the adventure. How has your life evoked the Wonderlust spirit? My world revolves around traveling the world at a moments notice! I love that about my job. You never know where tomorrow will take you!


Beauty Talk

A first glimpse We took a fabulous trip to Dubai to be one of the exclusive guests in the region to try and test L’Occitane’s new approach to anti-ageing with their Divine Harmony collection 76

L’Occitane En Provence does it again for women in need for a younger look, battling wrinkles, fatigue, and in need of that elusive glow. The new collection focuses on enhancing harmony both inside and outside the body with the help of two signature products: Divine Harmony Serum and Divine Harmony Cream. The Lowdown

Divine Harmony Serum: With active ingredients held by 5,000 micro-drops of Immortelle Millésimée and enriched with Jania Rubens, both infused together melt into the skin, offering a lightweight effect. Also, to keep in mind, the bottle is eco-friendly which you can be refilled at any given time. The serum also offers a youthful plumpness, smoothness and adds definition to the contours of the face. Divine Harmony Cream: Revive radiance and slow signs of time with this uplifting cream. The cream is smooth in texture and melts into the skin with its active ingredients, which provides hydration and a comfort feeling to the skin. Use daily and night after cleansing the face. But for those with an oily skin type, forgo during the daytime and use only at night for a hydrating result. Did we mentioned it is also an eco-friendly packaging?

Beauty Column

The Digital Dilemma Angela Beitz dissects why the #bodygoals of 2016 are unattainable and unnecessary Maybe I’m just getting old, but I really feel sad that the classic, feminine beauty of icons such as Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn have been taken over by the likes of Kim Kardashian and Kendall Jenner with their fake, pouty lips and breast cleavage peering out from under the crop top. Call me old fashioned but is this really what we want to look like? Have the likes of the Kardashians really taken over in place of good old fashion chic simplicity and natural beauty? Don’t get me wrong, I am all for an Instagram filter and I’m hardly going to post a picture where I look horrible but I still want to look like myself and not like a cartoon character or Snapchat filter. It’s part of my job (and my own personal pride) to look presentable and I like to look good. But that look is my best possible self not like someone else or a ‘mannequin’ version of me. Clearly social media is partly to blame, there are so many pressures in society to look ‘perfect’ or a certain way, not to mention maintaining a fabulous lifestyle. “I’m having a better time than you” blares from Instagram, Facebook and Snapchat, we are all guilty of it. Most social media is all about FOMO, worrying that something better may be currently happening elsewhere. Social media constantly shows women with super toned bodies, long luscious locks, perfect eyelash extensions, carefully lined lips, contoured faces and more. It’s hard to keep up with the phenomenon. But here’s some food for thought….no amount of paleo diets, green smoothies, squats and crossfit will give you the combination of a Kardashian waist and bottom, Karlie Kloss’ legs or Olivia Palermo’s bird-like arms. The combination of D-cup breasts, tiny waists, sculpted abs, big butts and thigh gaps inches-wide are not achievable or realistic. Kim Kardashian often wears a corset for up to 15 hours a day and also tries to sleep in it to achieve a super tiny waist. There’s even been rumours about getting two of her ribs removed to make her waist smaller. There’s nothing wrong with looking and feeling great and eating well and exercising is so important, but you’ll never feel better than when you are being yourself.



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Out of the ordinary Angela Beitz checks into one of Hong Kong’s oldest hotels to be dazzled by a world where old meets new


Travel Escapes

“We slide up to the hotel’s main doors in our Rolls Royce and our bags are quickly whisked away while our check-in is attended to flawlessly” When you are greeted at Hong Kong airport in a Rolls Royce Phantom, it instantly becomes clear

this is not going to be any old hotel stay. The Peninsula Hotel Hong Kong is all about providing memorable experiences and we’re off to a good start. You can also be picked up at the airport by the hotel’s helicopter and arrive on the rooftop of the hotel and there’s a special rooftop lounge, exclusively for guests travelling by chopper. What a way to leave an impression on your guests before even arriving at the hotel. The Peninsula Hong Kong opened her doors in 1928 for the first time and has been welcoming guests and patrons from all over the world in true Peninsula fashion ever since. Every great lady has a history, and The Peninsula is no exception. Hers is a remarkable story of vision and evolution with the architects who, in the early 1920s drew plans for “the first hotel east of Suez”, doing so at the behest of men whose foresight and confidence in Hong Kong was considered audacious at the time. We slide up to the hotel’s main doors in our Rolls Royce and our bags are quickly whisked away while our check-in is attended


to flawlessly and we are in our room within about five minutes of arriving. One thing we love about this hotel is that it has a history, you can feel it as you walk through the front doors and are taken back to a whole different era. We are staying in the Grand Deluxe Harbour View Room and the views from Tsim Sha Tsui looking over Victoria Harbor to Central on Hong Kong Island are simply breathtaking. There is nothing better than being privy to a fabulous view that makes you feel you are really enjoying the best of the city you are visiting. It’s the small details that explain why The Peninsula Hong Kong is considered as one of the world’s best hotels. The Oscar de le Renta toiletries in the bathroom are such a nice touch along with free wifi and wireless VOIP phones but what we were seriously impressed with was the nail dryer. Yes, that’s right dear Ohlala readers, a nail dryer. The rooms have a gorgeous dressing table with a hairdryer and lit-mirror along with a nail dryer. It seems they’ve thought of everything. The rooms is controlled by a Samsung tablet that is super easy to use unlike other hotels where it takes half an hour to work out how to close the curtains or turn the lights off. The hotel has worked out how to blend the luxury combination of old world elegance with all the modern gadgets seamlessly. The rooms have been revamped in the last couple of years and are painfully chic with beige and dark timber furnishings, plush carpets and hints of Asian design. The huge bathrooms are original and decadent, there are twin sinks so you don’t have to share, a huge bathtub that you can watch TV in and a lovely rain

shower. There’s a wide selection of Asian teas, a big Nespresso machine, a wine chiller and fresh fruit is delivered daily. Another clever detail is the multi device charger next to the bed so none of your devices will ever go flat. No detail has been overlooked. There are a few must-dos when staying at this iconic hotel. The first is their high tea. It’s legendary worldwide and if you’re not a guest, there’s a long queue in the foyer that will have you waiting for an hour or two. Everyone should try it at least once. We sip our tea when a three-tier platter of scones with jam and cream, cucumber and smoked salmon sandwiches and watercress quiche is delivered in front of us and the top tier is covered in petite fours and cakes. On our visit we were very lucky to be privy to a special Tiffany & Co themed high tea where the top layer of petite fours and cakes were themed in Tiffany & Co blue and small blue boxes. Perfection. This is a timeless and opulent high tea experience that we would highly recommend. Another must-do at The Peninsula is a visit to the spa. The Peninsula Spa offers guests a deeply personalised spa experience with over 12,000 square feet of the ultimate in luxury and tranquility. The space boasts spectacular views of Victoria Harbour with stylishly designed treatment rooms for ultimate relaxation and rejuvenation of the mind, body and spirit. Two exclusive ‘spas within a spa’ are available for a luxurious private spa experience and are ideal for couples. The Spa’s design fuses traditional Chinese elements with contemporary flair featuring warm tones of marble, rustic woods and textured granite. Men’s and women’s relaxation rooms are equally lavish, with hammam-style steam rooms, saunas


Travel Escapes



Travel Escapes

“It’s the small details that explain why The Peninsula Hong Kong is considered as one of the world’s best hotels” and crescent-shaped, aromatherapy experience showers. We were lucky enough to try a facial by Margy’s Monte Carlo during our stay. Launched exclusively at The Peninsula, Margy’s Monte Carlo is an anti-ageing programme created by renowned beauty expert Margie Lombard and used by a who’s who of the world’s most beautiful and famous women. Featuring four unique, highly effective facial treatments that incorporate a range of rare active ingredients and high-quality, Swiss-made products developed specifically to slow down the signs of ageing. We try the Ultimate Aesthetic Facial Treatment by Margy’s (1 hour, 40 minutes) which is a highly effective treatment that uses revolutionary technology to administer ultrasonic waves and controlled warmth to the skin’s deeper tissues. This pioneering treatment transforms the skin from the inside out by stimulating the growth of fresh new collagen and new elastin with collagen refill technology, tightening skin, reducing wrinkles and combating the signs of ageing, leaving skin looking and feeling smoother, visibly firmer and younger, where optimal results will be seen within three months. We can say hands down this is the best facial we have ever tried and it felt like we’d some sort of non-invasive fact lift. Our skin was plump, clear and bright. When visiting the spa we recommend using the facilities beforehand and the beautiful partially open air Roman-bath style pool, with waiter service. Both the pool and the state of the art fitness center have unobstructed views of the harbor. The plethora of restaurants at this iconic hotel is very impressive with lots of variety starting with fine dining at the Philippe Starck designed top floor Felix, again with amazing views, classic and upscale Cantonese at Spring Moon, romantic French at Gaddi’s, modern Japanese at Imasa, a cool speakeasy bar hidden below the lobby; and Chesa, serving Swiss alpine classics like spaetzle and fondue in a charming space. The Verandah is also a standout, with a beautiful breakfast spread with delicious options in a pretty setting which is such a refreshing experience to the usual tired buffet options. The Peninsula is a truly great hotel and we can almost guarantee you will be impressed. It’s certainly opulent and dear but it’s truly worth it and you’ll remember your stay for years to come. 84


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Ohlala Spotlight

Unlocking Greatness Being breast cancer awareness month, we want to highlight an honourable cause. Saks Fifth Avenue have partnered up again with Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) and the Entertainment Industry Foundation for the 2016 Key To The Cure campaign. In the spotlight, wearing a very fetching T-shirt designed exclusively by Christian Louboutin is Halle Berry. We salute!


cademy Award Winner, Halley Berry is the ambassador of the 2016 Key To The Cure campaign, which she holds dear to her heart: “I, like so many others, have been touched by cancer, which is why I’m proud to continue to lend my support,” she says. As campaign ambassador, Berry will appear in a Saks Fifth Avenue-sponsored national public service announcement in fashion and lifestyle media outlets throughout September and October sporting the Christian Louboutin-designed T-shirt. “Key To The Cure is one of the most important and valuable fund-raising and charitable initiatives that Saks undertakes,” said Marc Metrick, President, Saks Fifth Avenue. This is the first time Saks Fifth Avenue has partnered up with an accessories designer to create the T-shirt – in the past the likes of

Michael Kors and Diane von Furstenberg have taken the reigns on this prestigious project. “I am very glad to work with Saks to support this important cause to help people who are affected by cancer,” stated Christian Louboutin. “It is my mission to help women feel beautiful, and I hope that this t-shirt empowers those who wear it.” Saks Fifth Avenue Bahrain will partner with Bahrain Cancer Society to host an interactive in-store experience with a Selfie-Station and merchandise to purchase to donate to the cause on October 6,7 & 8, to support the national initiative. Since the campaign’s inception nearly 18 years ago, Saks Fifth Avenue has donated nearly $40 million to cancer research and treatment organisations throughout the United States. The T-Shirt will be available in Saks Fifth Avenue Bahrain on October 1.


Ohlala Boutiques

A girl’s best friend PANDORA has always been our go-to for timeless elegance. The new Rose collection for autumn-winter 2016 is enchanting as ever with the kind of luminosity that can make you shine from miles away


We love these classic necklaces with their discreet and sophisticated design.


Rose Galaxy

Inspired by the unique beauty of a rosy galaxy is the stylish Galaxy Openwork charm.


Reworking popular motifs, these blush coloured metals are beautifully enduring.

Timeless Treasure

Old traditions are revisited with classic cuts and craftsmanship that translates a vintage appeal.

Sparkling Bows

Neat and tidy bows decorated with glittering stones are perfect for channeling a feminine feeling.

Shimmering Feather

The organic form of the symbolic feather is rendered in PANDORA’s muted pink metal.


Ohlala Boutiques

Putting It Together Find inspiration for your home with some lovely tea sets, a decadent throw or pure white bed setting

Homely Touches Complete your living space with these pieces

from Debenhams to give a warm, inviting and well-travelled vibe.

Tea For Two

A flower tea pot and a three tiered cake stand - the perfect afternoon set up courtesy of the muchloved British brand, Cath Kidston. 90

Sophisticated Space These bedroom looks are the stuff of dreams. You wouldn’t want to leave your room if you had Zara to furnish your personal space.


Culinary Insight

Asian Twists

You can so easily be blown away by any Wolfgang Puck dining experience. The brilliantly executed re/Asian restaurant atop the Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay is a complete sensory journey


t’s hard not to get excited by re/Asian. In fact any outlet at the Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay can stir excitement, especially when there’s a Wolfgang Puck label attached to it. Having sped up to the 50th floor in an old world meets modern elevator and walked down the swanky corridors to get to the expansive yet intimate setting of re/Asian, we drank up the sparkling views of Manama before submitting to a never-ending menu of Asian delights prepared by Executive Chef Brian Becher. As a team, we are already well versed in the wonderfully complex offerings of re/Asian but we can never get enough of the beautiful variations of traditional Asian cuisine. We start off with a trio of Spicy Tuna Tartare In Sesame Miso Cones with Chili Aioli and a flurry of Shaved Bonito. Each bite is better than the next - so incredibly moreish and swimmingly fresh. The tuna has a sprightly zing in its flavour and the crispy glaze of the miso cone gives an unexpected sweetness. Next up were a super platter of dumplings ranging from Pan Seared Pot Stickers, Wagyu Beef, Scallion, Chili Oil, Cilantro and Black Vinega as well as XO Shrimp Dumplings, Crispy Garlic, Chinese Chives and Fermented Black Beans and the Chili “Dan Dan” Chicken Dumplings, Preserved Vegetables, Sichuan Pepper, Roasted Peanuts. These offer an exciting pack of exotic flavours that just melt in your mouth in a long-lasting, satisfying way. And if you’re familiar with your typical Asian street food, you’ll have a place in your belly for Steamed Bao Buns. Ours were filled with Wagyu Beef Short Ribs with a Sweet Bean Glaze and Pickled Chili. These fluffy pieces of heaven are all punch and crunch and are deep in powerful pickledness, preventing the sweet bean glaze from being overly syrupy. The balance is lip-smackingly happy. As far as appetisers go, they have great impact and set a promising precedent for what’s to come. We are swiftly proffered an endearing portion of Pan-Seared Hokkaido Scallops Pad Thai, Rice Noodles and Thai Chilis that is 92

generously coconut-peanut sauced where the noodles are gluten free. Chef Brian is able to adapt to your dietary needs without skimping on the quality or experience of any dish, so gluten intolerants unite! We then proceed to the Braised Beef Short Ribs, Peanut “Rendang”, Kaffir Lime with Coconut Rice - the beef falls so gracefully off the bone and is equally butter-soft when you chew - in fact, there’s very little chewing involved, making it an elegant choice for beef lovers. It’s necessary to note we washed down every course with a medley of mocktails including: Double Happiness and Time Will Come - both are passion fruit based and are incredibly addictive. And for a sweet finale, we were presented with a solid Chocolate Red Miso Caramel Bar, Caramelized Puffed Rice, Chocolate Ganache and Butterscotch Ice Cream. We have no words here. There’s no room for even the most minor gripe at re/Asian. You get such a complete experience in ways you didn’t even think food could master. For more information or reservations call: 1711 5046


Furn Rotunda, the tea-room wing of The Westin’s recently launched bistro and bakery, has come up with an innovative new take on a concept reminiscent of colonial times, that you can delight in throughout the afternoon for a social soiree with friends and family. Living up to its promise of fusing together “culinary skill and local authenticity, along with a modern environment to deliver a truly unique experience,” from 2pm to 6pm, while away the hours enjoying a delicious spread of unique and dainty savoury bites and sweet pastries. Choose from Furn’s traditional afternoon tea offering or their signature Khaleejiinspired collection, each served on elegant high tea trays for that regal feel, and including apple strudel with whipped cream, and plain and fruit scones served with clotted cream and home-made jam. From some more traditional options, savour cucumber, chive and crème fraiche on wheat bread, quail egg salad on bite-sized English muffin and mustard cress, and smoked Scottish salmon, avocado and horse radish on traditional rye bread. Follow this up with sweet treats of butterfly cake with vanilla cream and strawberry jam, blueberry tart and chocolate orange tea cake. The signature alternative features beef basturma with thyme and onion confit in brioche, saffron pita pocket filled with pistachio chicken, and date paste, tahina and cream cheese on wheat bread. Afterwards indulge your sugar cravings with chocolate choux buns with keshta cream, Furn’s best-selling red velvet slice and rosewater and raspberry cheese cake. A pot of tea (per person) of your choice will accompany your meal, select from an array of black - Assam Breakfast, Darjeeling 2nd Flush, Earl Grey, Decaffeinated Ceylon, or green - Japanese Sencha, Jade Sword, Gen Mai Cha and Morrocan Mint. Furn’s décor exudes contemporary sophistication, the service is impeccable and the afternoon tea, the finest on the island.

Sweet Sugar Rush Fancy afternoon tea with a Westin twist? We enjoyed a spot of tea at the newly opened and already creating much chatter, Furn Bakery 94

What? Afternoon Tea Where? Furn, The Westin City Centre When? Daily from 2pm to 6pm Price? BD20++ for two persons

Chic Eats


October Dining

“Food is for eating, and good food is to be enjoyed. I think food is, actually, very beautiful in itself” Delia Smith


Bushido Restaurant & Lounge

Head to Bushido for “Dia de Muertos aka the Day of the Dead! Don’t miss the chance to celebrate Halloween with a little Mexican flair at one of Bahrain’s most upscale locations as this haunted night will definitely be a night to remember for a long time! The entire venue will be transformed into a spooktacular celebration with dancers, dj ravin & the entire team dressed in Dia de Muertos costumes. It’s free for ladies between 9-10pm and after it’s BD10. For gents it’s BD10 in advance and BD15 at the door. Throughout October, the restaurant will be celebrating the unique umami flavours of Kabocha or Japanese pumpkin, while most pumpkins are available all year-round the Kabocha pumpkin is at its peak in October. Kabocha is a rather unique type of squash due to its versatility as it can be used in both sweet and savory dishes, Kabocha can be steamed, roasted, baked, grilled, fried, or braised. Bushido’s Executive Chef and his team proudly present an exclusive menu carefully created to enhance kabocha’s delicious flavours. Call: 1758 3555

Trader Vic’s Restaurant & Mai Tai Lounge

Wahine-Tuesday, Trader Vic’s ever-popular ladies’ night returns after the hot summer break, taking place every Tuesday evening. Make time for your girlfriends and enjoy a relaxed catch-up at Trader Vic’s Bar. Ladies enjoy free entry and drinks including our popular Tiki Puka Puka. Every Tuesday, 6-9pm. Call: 1758 6555

Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay

Executive Chef Stefano Andreoli invites you all to enjoy a Pink Brunch at Bahrain Bay Kitchen for a breast cancer benefit every Friday from 12:303:30pm during October. The popular weekend event will feature pink signature dishes displayed in five live cooking stations on top of the regular brunch offerings. It’s BD27++, including soft beverages, or BD37++ with an extended beverage package. And if you’re wanting to have a properly chic high tea with a view, make your way to Bay View Lounge for a Pink High Tea where Executive Pastry Chef Imad Boukly impresses with extra pink macaroons. It’s BD15++ for two guests or BD28++ for a party of four. This is happening daily from 3-6pm. Call: 1711 5500

The Domain Hotel & Spa

This gleaming city property hosts Kushi Mori nights, every Wednesday from 7-10pm, where Master Chef Riichiro’s prepares his favourite Kushi Mori Dishes. It’s priced at BD15++ including soft beverages and it’s BD18++ including bubbly. Head to Imari on the 35th floor. And if you’re craving for some more Japanese goodness, there’s the Momiji Bento Box to enjoy. This is a Japanese Autumn Promotion with fresh ingredients available on Thursdays and Fridays at Imari from 7-10pm and is BD17++ with a glass of wine. And if you’re big on your meats, why not try The Classic Burger (250gm burger!) on Sunday nights from 6:30-10:30pm at Le Sauvage and Le Domain on the 34th floor where you’ll be served a variety of sauces, lovely and crispy French fries and fresh salad – all for BD9++. Call: 1600 0000

The Royal Golf Club

Brush the cobwebs off your party clothes if your family is up for some spooky Halloween fun! The Royal Golf Club will be holding a poolside Halloween fancy dress party for kids and adults on October 28 from 6-9:30pm. The children can enjoy games such as pumpkin golf, boo bowling, and tug of war and there will be a magician, face painting, a scary movie and snacks to look forward to as well. Parents are welcome to join in the fun or they can sit back, relax and enjoy some refreshments on the Prego restaurant terrace while their kid’s party. And the club team is also planning a wide range of activities this month in support of the Think Pink Bahrain breast cancer awareness charity, including a “Beat the Pros” golf challenge on October 8, a 9 hole par 96

3 event on October 13, a ladies Think Pink Pro-Am tournament on October 19 and an on-course Think Pink selfie station throughout the month. The restaurants are also showing their support by selling special pink desserts and cocktails, with 50% of sales revenue going to the charity. Call: 1775 0777

Al Areen Palace & Spa

Surprise your palate with the diverse and vibrant tastes of Indonesian Cuisine. Transport yourself to the grand realm of Indonesia with delicacies bursting with flavour and colourful presentations, while you dine in the synonymous island ambience of the Asian restaurant Keizo, at Al Areen Palace & Spa from October 14-21, from 7-11pm everyday. A special Set Menu at BD12++ per person as well as an A La Carte menu featuring Indonesian specialties will be available. In addition, ask for the chef ’s signature specials when you visit any of the four restaurants at the property this month. Get to enjoy specials like Surf n Turf at Rimal or a slow cooked Lamb Shank at Saffron or enjoy the sizzler at Keizo or an exotic and exquisite Tandoori Kebabs Platter at Roti Boti when you visit to dine in! Call: 1784 5000.

The Crowne Plaza Bahrain

Offering the freshest and most delectable seafood that the kingdom has to offer, Waves Seafood Restaurant is now open on Saturdays. Cooked in whichever way you want and delivered to your table tantalisingly fresh. The restaurant is open from 12pm to 12am. And gear up for an Absolutely Fabulous Friday brunch in honour of Halloween. Enjoy a bigger and better Friday brunch with four fabulous venues, with the addition of one themed brunch every month, giving you a fabulous experience at The Crowne Plaza Bahrain. Enjoy our themed brunch - Monsters University Halloween party Discover your inner monster at their scary university brunch and enjoy trick or treating. It’s happening on October 28 at: La Mosaique Restaurant, The Harvesters Pub, Cappuccino Café and The Patio. It’s priced at BD35 and BD12.750 for kids 7-12. Call: 1753 1122

The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain

Feast like a Maharajah in honour of the Diwali Festival this month in Nirvana and celebrate the festival of lights in style. Executive Indian Chef Mahipal Singh, has created a selection of authentic recipes that will transport your palate to a new world of culinary delight. It’s happening on October 28-30, from 7-11pm. Head to Primavera for Napoli Night on October 10 for a uniquely authentic Italian experience with a journey to Italy’s Southern region to experience Campania’s unique and enticing specialties. Primavera, the Moderna Trattoria will demonstrate its heritage for the second time with a communal dining arrangement, bringing the traditions of Italy to Bahrain. It’s BD32++ including one welcome drink and it’s happening from 7pm onwards. And if you’ve got a penchant for mushrooms, be sure to go to Plums between October 15 to November 15 for Deluxe Mushrooms as Chef Yann Bernard Lejard celebrates mushroom season and creates a selection of gourmet dishes specially crafted for the occasion. And also, an authentic Mexican restaurant, Cantina Kahlo is officially opening on October 19 located next to Trader Vic’s with a menu created by Chef Cesar Daniel de Leon Torres. The traditional flavours within the wide range of delectable dishes offer a real taste of Mexican cuisine and culture. The interiors has a concept inspired by Frida Kahlo de river’s most famous paintings. Call: 1758 6499

ART Rotana Amwaj Islands

This month, this beachside property will be hosting four brunches in cooperation with Think Pink to raise funds and awareness on breast cancer – head over to Choices Terrace on October 14, 21 and 28 and support the cause while you enjoy a vast array of superb live cooking stations, their one-

Chic Eats Chef Tawatchai celebrates Songkran with a special buffet of Thai street food specialties. The talented chef will serve a feast of street food favourites from live cooking stations. Highlights will include Thailand’s famous SomTum spicy papaya salad and mango salad  prepared to your personal taste to enjoy with grilled marinated prawns. There will also be Thai satay with condiments, grilled beef and fish balls, Tom-Yum Koong or spicy Thai prawn soup, Pad Thai and much more. Call: 17746412

Le Meridien Bahrain City Centre & The Westin Bahrain City Centre, Seef

“Everything in food is science. The only subjective part is when you eat it” - Alton Brown of-a-kind winery section where you can sample premium wines, plus drinks stands and music entertainment – it’s BD34 and goes on from 12:30-4pm. You’re also invited to sample Fisherman’s Voyage at Choices Terrace every Thursday from 7-10:30pm. Guests can feast on a bounty of seafood offerings, refreshing Island drinks and live entertainment throughout the evening. Buffet packages are priced at BD16++ including soft drinks and juices or BD25++ with selected house beverages. And if you’re looking for a great way to spend your Wednesday evenings, head to Cellar 59 for Wine and Cheese Night. Sample a wide selection of wines and enjoy their hand selected pairing of fine cheeses from around the world for BD15++. Call: 1600 0111

Sheraton Bahrain Hotel

Step into a superb atmosphere of Golestan Iranian Restaurant with elegant and unique table setting, perfectly balanced with a blue and turquoise colour scheme and a trio of hanging lamps. Start up the meal with freshly made Arabic bread followed by a grand selection of classic dishes. Enjoy great a selection of Iranian dishes for just BD12. Business lunch is served daily except Sunday from 12:30- 2:45 pm. Also, gear up for Oktoberfest where you can go to An Nada between October 1-7 and get a selection of sausages, cold cut platter, lamb shake königsberger klopse, black forest gateau and more served daily from 1pm-1am. Call: 1753 3533

The Gulf Hotel Bahrain Convention & Spa

For the month of October, Chef Enrico and his talented culinary team invites you to La Pergola to indulge a lavish selection of fresh Mediterranean seafood basket. Their creative menu includes whole red mullet, crispy prawn, calamari ring, marinated sardines, baby fish omelet and fried mixed dumplings. Friends dining together will love sharing this generous mixed seafood basket for BD23++. And Throughout October at Royal Thai Restaurant.

Dress up in your pink glad rags on October 28 and head to Le Meridien’s Baharat for the ‘Think Pink’ brunch and get a chance to win a brunch for 2! Being “The Sweetest brunch” and awarded best brunch by popular vote by Citi FACT Awards can only mean that it’s tip-top fantastic! Discover it for yourself, and be prepared to indulge in a sensorial and savoury experience (including live music from Colombian Fire Soul Duo) for BD18++ including soft drinks and water, or BD30++ including selected free flow beverages. Book for 10 + people, and receive 20% discount. Discounted access to swimming pool. From 12:30pm – 4pm. And all throughout October at The Westin, in light of breast cancer awareness month, this property is showing their full support by having an array of pink pastries available at Furn bakery for guests to enjoy and fill their tummies and hearts! This will feature ‘Pink Velvet’ in their pink afternoon tea. Call: 1717 1144

InterContinental Regency Bahrain

Come dance along to the fun and funky performances from the hotel’s band for Friday Roast and enjoy an all-inclusive brunch style package. You can help yourself to as much lamb, beef or chicken as you please, making the tough “which meat shall I choose?” dilemma, a thing of the past!. As expected, there are also mountains of roast potatoes, Yorkshire puddings, and seasonal veg to pile on your pile. Every Friday from 12pm to 4pm at Downtown Bar. It’s BD25++ including selected beverages. Or how about a night of fusion American and Mexican Cuisine at Tex Mex night while enjoying the performance of the hotel’s live band at Downton Bar every Tuesday from 4pm-12am. Special Menu Available. Call: 1722 7777

Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa

The ‘Spirits’ of Halloween will be arriving at Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa on October 28 for the fourth year on the row. The Halloween beach party extravaganza features delicacies from the grill and drink potions to keep you going all night. Jam to the beats of DJ Dana Jasmin and watch a spooktacular musical performance under the stars by the hotel’s scarily talented guest band! Scary fashion has never been ‘cooler’ and it is time to pick out your costumes and get your tickets for a night of devilish fun! The fun starts at BD38, inclusive of five drinks and food from the grill. Call: 1763 6363

Casa Mexicana

Head to ladies night every Monday night with the girls to relax, unwind and enjoy yourself. Go between 7-11pm and receive a complimentary beverage when you order a starter and a main course dish. Or if you’re wanting something with a more Mexican twist, Sunday nights are margarita nights where if you order a jug of margarita, you get the next one free. And lastly, every Saturday is couple’s night where if you order a shared appetiser and a main course dish each, you get a complimentary single margarita of your choice or a 10% discount on your total bill and you will get a chance to win a dinner for two voucher. Call: 1771 5521


Diva Drives

Ferrari GTC4Lusso Like its predecessorthe FF,the GTC4Lusso is a supercar for allthe family, but also improves onthe outgoing model in every singleway


errari’s new shooting brake was launched recently, so we travelled to the Italian Alps to try it out. To the untrained eye, the GTC4Lusso is very similar to the FF. This is because the new car’s designers were told that the Lusso must have the same exterior dimensions – length, width, height – as the outgoing model. However, they were also told that the new car must look better, boast better performance, and be more spacious and comfortable than the FF as well! Make magic, in other words. And magic they have indeed made. On closer inspection, you’ll see that the GTC4Lusso has had a significant revamp on the styling, looking sharper, more modern and stylish, yet with classic Ferrari 98

lines, especially along that long sweeping bonnet and at the rear of the car. Although different, it’s still unmistakeably Ferrari. The interior has been significantly redesigned too. Again, looking more modern and futuristic, one of the most significant advantages is the inclusion of the passenger-side controls in the ‘dual cockpit’ design. This means that the passenger can essentially act as co-pilot, with their own information, audio and navigation controls on the dash in front of them. It still comfortably seats four passengers, with an added 16mm of legroom in the rear over the FF, and an added 50% of storage space throughout the car, with up to 800l in the rear for shopping, luggage and so on. Never has power been so practical! There’s also a lovely, light and airy atmosphere to

the whole passenger cabin thanks to the front-to-back panoramic sunroof, essentially creating a ‘glass dome’ effect. In terms of performance, the GTC4Lusso still boasts that glorious Ferrari V12 engine. It is phenomenally powerful, putting out 690hp and 697Nm of torque, making for a 0-100km/h time of just 3.4 seconds. This is in spite of the fact that the new engine is also more efficient and economical than the old one. Like the FF, the new GTC4Lusso also boasts a highly sophisticated all-wheel drive system that makes for incredible grip and performance. However, the GTC4Lusso improves on this significantly with the addition of all-wheel steering as well. The rear wheels turn slightly to assist with cornering, and the improvement to the

handling and safety is huge. The grip for such a long car is unbelievable – it handles pretty much like you’d expect any Ferrari to handle, except unlike any other Ferrari it can do so with your whole family on board! The GTC4Lusso is the closest you’ll get to a limousine from Ferrari, which means that you don’t have to compromise on performance just because you’ve had a family. You get the best of both worlds! Power, AND practicality.


Ohlala Spotlight My Job Work ethic? I multi-task by nature and I am hands on from the choices of meat and spices used, to the menu selections, interior design and everything inside Casa Mexicana.

Typical day?

As the Administrator for MPR our PR & Marketing Company, I deal with clients, manage communication and updates specifically for VIP clients / investors.

Latest Project?

In MPR, my latest job involves the title as publisher for Marhaba fil Bahrain where I make sure we meet deadlines.

My Style Fail-safe Outfit? Black is definitely a safe day-to-day colour. A black straight cut dress would be my best option on a daily basis.

Your Wardrobe?

I have a walk-in closet arranged as follows: casual work outfit, chic corporate, weekend and formal party dress.

Favourite Hue?

From earthy tones to shades of blue and black.

Favourite Designer?


Rowena M. Al Musawi

I have a lot of Roberto Cavalli clothes and shoes/bags from Prada, Louis Vuitton, Fendi - a bit of everything.

My Essentials Day Scent?

I am a Chanel No. 5 kind of woman.

Handbag State?

I always keep my handbags neat and tidy like my home.

Make-up Preference?

Administrator for Mohammed Public Relations (MPR), a PR & Marketing Company, Managing Director and owner of Casa Mexicana and Property Manager for Burj Omran, Rowena is a trailblazing one-woman powerhouse

Lipstick. I love YSL and Bassam Fattouh matte lipsticks. Matte is a must!

My Mornings

Having peace of mind is true happiness, it is an inner quality…it is a state of mind. If your mind is at peace the rest will follow.

Wake up time? There’s no need for an alarm as my body clock wakes me up at 8 am.

Breakfast plan?

I enjoy the traditional Bahraini and Filipino breakfast, which means I really eat like a king!

Any rituals?

I read the newspaper whilst enjoying my breakfast. I don’t exercise in the morning though I walk my dogs in the afternoon. 100

I prefer the ‘nude look’.

Beauty Essentials?

My Views Philosophy in Life?

Ways To Unwind?

Spending quality time with my daughter, at home or out. Secondly, I have a massage once a week and thirdly, spending time with my girlfriends.

Queen For A Day?

One day would not be enough for the changes that I would make but I’d start by addressing the way we women sacrifice ourselves for the men we love. I would change the mindset of women and make them remember to love themselves first.

The 25th Bahrain International Music Festival For the 25th year in a row, the Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities will be holding the annual Bahrain International Music Festival, and also celebrating its Silver Jubilee, a celebration held to mark a 25th anniversary. This year, the popular annual showcase of musical innovators from around the world is held under the “Your Destination Bahrain” year-long programme. The acclaimed musical acts headlining this year’s festival represent diverse cultures and genres from the Arab world and beyond. From classic orchestral compositions to modern pop music, the festival appeals to the music fan in all of us.

Our Top Picks

Anoushka Shankar

Yazz Ahmed

Bahrain Music Band

This will be a concert to remember as Grammy-winning crossover artist Anoushka Shankar will feature music from her latest album ‘Land of Gold’ which was inspired by the plight of refugees and humanity’s quest for inner peace.

You’ll be mesmerised by the melancholy sounds of Yazz Ahmed who is inspired by traditional seafaring chants of Bahraini pearl divers and women’s wedding songs which she has fused with elements of jazz and electronica.

Since its establishment in 1996, the Bahrain Music Band has been the Kingdom’s music ambassador in celebrations and events locally and abroad, in addition to serving as a platform for talented composers to perform their works.

October 16, Bahrain National Theatre, 8pm, Tickets sold at Virgin Megastore

October 15, Cultural Hall, 8pm, Free Admission

October 20, Cultural Hall, 8pm, Free Admission

The festival will kick off on October 13 and last until October 22. For more information visit: 101

Lumee Opening in Saar Building on its success at Lumee Street Café at Al A’ali Complex, the popular cafécum- deli has expanded its offerings with a second branch dubbed Lumee Saar Kitchen. Situated amidst one of the island’s prominent residential areas, the gleaming new branch in Saar Mall is introducing a wide range of new culinary offerings in a beautifully designed, home-inspired venue.


Amazing Tastes of Thailand The Tourism Authority of Thailand in partnership with the Royal Thai embassy launched the “Amazing Tastes of Thailand Fest 2016 at the Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thallasa Sea & Spa bringing together 12 restaurants across Bahrain. Guests were entertained by live musical performances from Sbun-Nga. Additionally, a segment called ‘Celebrity Cooking Showdown” was held wherein two of Bahrain-based celebrities will battle for a live cooking face-off. 103

Tommy Hilfiger Kids A/W 16 Launch The Tommy Hilfiger A/W 2016 kids collection, Welcome to America, was launched at Bahrain City Centre last month which saw a transatlantic journey to New York City in the 1920s. From vintage references to nautical influences, old world culture meets new world confidence; the signature look is effortlessly relaxed and cool.


CycleBand Store Opening Italian kids brand, Cycleband opened in Bahrain City Centre last month in the presence of the brand’s CEO from Italy, Mr. Andrea Ferri as well as Faisal Jawad and other representatives from Jawad Business Group and members of the media. The brand offers lovely and chic pieces for the little ones. 105

Nirvana Curries & Kebabs Menu We embarked on a culinary journey like no other last month at The Ritz-Carlton Hotel in their Indian restaurant: Nirvana. Chef Mahipal Singh prepared mouth-watering dishes including a wide array of seafood kebab, meats and vegetarian options alongside delectable sauces, rice and naan bread.


Chef Jaime Pesaque Visit We experienced the finest contemporary Peruvian food last month on the 52nd floor at the Capital Club hosted by Peruvian Chef Jaime Pesaque.The gastronomic journey was enjoyed by members of the media who indulged in unique tastes of Peru. 107

Meisei Robata Experience Meisei, the home of modern Japanese fusion experiences, had us over to sample their new menu items last month that were cooked on their state-of-the-art Robata grill involving hot charcoal. Chef Michael Sang Lee and his team prepared a proper meat and fish feast on skewers and more.


InterNations Manama 9th Anniversary InterNations Manama, the leading networking community for expats in Bahrain, held a celebration at Brazil Lounge, Adliya, in honour of its nine year anniversary. The community is all about building social and business relations to spark new and exciting opportunities. 109

TKD Lingerie Opening TKD Lingerie held a day-long celebration to commemorate the opening of its first Bahrain boutique in Al A’ali Shopping Complex last month. TKD’s gorgeous lingerie line-up includes your everyday essentials including swimwear and nightwear.


Lush Opens in Seef Mall Lush, home to fresh handmade cosmetics and irresistible bath products has officially opened in Seef Mall Bahrain! We were immersed in their fizzy bath bomb world at the grand opening where we soaked up the happy soaps and smells. 111

ART Rotana Cooking Class Last month we were invited to an exclusive Asian cuisine cooking class at ART Rotana, Amwaj Islands hosted at WU Asian Restaurant & Lounge where we were shown how to create papaya salad and a green chicken curry alongside other members of the media.


Modern Residence 2 Opening Award-winning property management company Impact Estate and the prominent Bahrain-based developer Zahed Modern Properties W.L.L. introduced a new bespoke residential development, Modern Residence 2, into the hospitality market. The Amwaj-based boutique residential development offers spacious and luxurious apartments with sea-views, for sale. 113

Genesis G90 Launch First Motors, the exclusive distributor of Hyundai vehicles in Bahrain, hosted last month the launch of the luxury brand, Genesis and its new flagship model, the Genesis G90 at the Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain. The media and VIPs were present to see the unveiling of the car’s cutting-edge innovations and sleek design.


The All New Renault Talisman Launch Y.K. Almoayyed and Sons launched the new Renault Talisman at a special event held at The Gulf Hotel Bahrain Convention & Spa. The premium sedan was unveiled in the presence of company vicechairman Fareed Almoayyed, director Amal Almoayyed and other senior management. 115

Miss Ohlala Miss Ohlala relives the fashion days of her childhood and isn’t a fan I am normally giddy with excitement as I open the


Not loving the


pages of each new fashion magazine that arrives on my desk, whilst savouring a cup of Earl Grey tea and a violet cream. But for the first time in my 18 years of subscription to these magazines, I was thoroughly disappointed with the September issues and the trends for this A/W. After trawling though the first 130 + pages of adverts, a late 80s/early 90s revival clearly emerged. A cocophony of velvet, Prince of Wales checks, tweed, shearling and cat prints. It brings back distant memories of school tartan kilts that smelt like wet dogs when they got soaked through by the rain, and standing awkwardly in the corner at teenage parties wearing emerald velvet scoop neck bodies and homemade prom dresses with shoulder pads. I would prefer such memories to remain distant memories. Saint Laurent’s take on the 80s shoulder pads will do no one any favours. A very close friend of mine has a velvet phobia and just can’t bear to touch the material and I can see why. Even the ladylike Prada velvet dresses left me feeling cold. And as for the rushed dresses at Preen, my first thought was “well that would be a comfortable maternity dress”, which is never a good commendation. Tartan should be reserved for athletic Scots men or teenagers in mini-skirts. Whilst I admit Shearling is exceptionally warm, and would’ve been very useful in my university days when queueing outside nightclubs, I wouldn’t actually want to be seen wearing it. Tweed only works in the British countryside when paired with Hunter wellingtons and a working dog. Tweed blazers...yawn, military coats...yawn, “dark florals”... yawn, “pretty” punk... yawn. It also became apparent to me that if you’re short of cash and you want to look like you are straight off the catwalks at Sonia Rykiel and Balenciaga, all you need do is pull down your most dated chintz curtains and fashion yourself a long floaty dress, then cover an old pair of knee high boots with the same fabric and hey presto... I can’t even get excited by the colours that are trending this season. Staple black, and old-fashioned Victoriana or upholstery colours such murky greens and browns. I know we all like a good period drama (hello Poldark), but do we need to dress like Queen Victoria. Richly textured fabrics have their place, but only in the hands of experts like Valentino. The sickly sweet violet hues as seen at Michael Kors and Miu Miu are basically unwearable unless you look like the lovely Gigi Hadid. Thank goodness for Alexander McQueen’s constellation dresses and broaches that sparkled in comparison to the drab collections that filled the pages of the September issues. Though I would definitely need to wear one of the constellation dresses with a slip underneath, for modesty’s sake.

Pink Friday

Coming together to support cancer awareness.

10% of ticket sales shall be donated to Think Pink Bahrain

A month of Pink Brunches Help us support breast cancer awareness this September and October by joining us for 4 ‘Pink Brunches’ at Choices Restaurant. Join us for the official Think Pink breast cancer awareness month launch on the 30th September with 3 more brunches on the 14th, 21st and 28th of October. Each brunch will also feature an amazing raffle to win prizes, with the proceeds going to charity along with 10% of every brunch ticket sold. For bookings and information please call +973 16000111 or email

P. O. Box 50949, Amwaj Islands, Bahrain, T: +973 16000111, 117

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For The Modern Middle Eastern Woman

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