chanel haute couture collection 2012
Rory Coen steps inside the world of Santoni to learn all about their fabulous shoes.
Breast enhancement controversies gain momentum across the world. Debrina Aliyah, talks to experts exploring the whys and what ifs of plastic surgery.
Love is in the air
Christina Maria Paschyn continues her ‘Dropping the Doha dozen’ saga.
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Don’t miss our red hot Valentine’s section showcasing the best gifts for you and your loved ones, places to go and things to gorge on!
Power couple Heidi Klum and Seal send shockwaves with their split announcement.
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GLAM gets the juice from local lady Lama El Moatassem about the opening of her new boutique Toujouri at The Pearl Qatar.
Jordanian Anas Younis Shanaah opens up to GLAM about his lust-worthy brand Aennis Eunis.
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Lynette Cowie, The Style Revivalist, discovers who’s doing what and with whom, as top designers meet fast-fashion retail this spring.
GLAM hosts its own awards ceremony, paying kudos to the best dressed stars of the month.
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Talk All we can say is love is in the air and oh what a jam-packed issue have we got for you! Whether you’re single or loved up, don’t miss our exciting section displaying awesome gifts for you and your loved one, and things to do in the month of love. On the subject, we’re head over heels with The Pearl Qatar’s latest installment of luxury, the new must-visit store Toujouri. We meet its mastermind Lama El Moatassem to unveil what you can expect. We also catch up with Anas Younis Shanaah, the man behind the increasingly popular brand Aennis Eunis, renowned for its outstanding collection of shoes. In our health & fitness section, fitness guru Nicole Van Hattem shares tips on how to show the ones you love just how much you care through the food you feed them. And don’t miss our fashion shoot, where Yama Yoga Studio instructors show us their flexible fashion in eye-catching threads. There’s heaps more crammed in the issue.
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2012 always starts off with the same promises. I insist I’m going to eat healthier and visit the gym more often. Yet I always struggle to maintain these things. However, with help of Nicole Van Hattem’s tips on how to get on track and stay on track, I think life is going to be a whole lot easier. Thanks Nicole! Lama Sajeen
GLAM, I really enjoyed your article about the hair and make-up guru Jenny Schoenmann. When I learned she has pampered the likes of Brad Pitt and Enrique Iglesias, I was so jealous. It’s my ultimate dream to meet those two men! I think a career change is in order so I can make my dreams rubbing shoulders with celebs come true! Sarah Howard
GLAM Fashion! Cool ‘Winter Prints’ fashion shoot GLAM magazine! The clothes were really beautiful and I’m so pleased that there’s a huge selection of high-end, lust-worthy brands available in Doha. Keep showcasing all those gorgeous pieces. Noor Almeera
Hello, I completely sympathise with the story about trying to lose weight in this country, or ‘dropping the Doha dozen’ as it is referred to. Since I came here last June, I’ve found myself increasingly ordering fizzy drinks and being distracted by the wealth of fast food options available in the city. Thank goodness for the amount of fun fitness classes, I just need to keep the motivation up. Nice to know I’m not the only one struggling! Angiezska Stam
Greetings GLAM! It puzzles me why so many girls want to use skin whitening treatments. I think people should be comfortable in their own skin, whatever their colour, and be grateful for what they’ve got, rather than focusing on what they don’t. Girls, always remember that beauty comes from within. Marta Salanzo
Hey GLAM, Victoria Beckham has come a long way in the fashion field indeed, so it was nice to see you toasting her in your last issue for her achievement at the prestigious British Fashion awards. She really is an icon; I especially love her collection of mesmerising clothing and ever so cute baby daughter Harper. Elaine Gratan 16 / FEBRUARY 2012
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Put your best foot forward in these mind-blowing Louis Vuitton snakeskin embellished wedges
We worship this fierce Thomas Wylde clutch bag, the perfect piece to polish any look
Six luminous shades offering a pearly or sparkle finish have us lusting over La Boheme eyeshadow palette from Make Up For Ever
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Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama’s work called “Dots Obsession : Infinity Mirrored Room” (c)AFP PHOTO/ROBERT FRANCOIS
Louis Vuitton teaming with ‘polka dot artist’ Yayoi Kusama
Mary Katrantzou teams with Longchamp for Eastern-inspired totes
ising London-based designer Mary Katrantzou has collaborated with French label Longchamp for a collection of Eastern-influenced handbags. Designed with the vision “When East meets West”, the line continues Katrantzou’s signature patterned aesthetic, and includes an array of totes adorned in Easterninspired motifs such as orchids and paper lanterns. Longchamp, whose previous design partners include British model Kate Moss, have chosen well with their latest collaboration as Katrantzou is currently one of London’s biggest emerging fashion talents. The Greek-born creator, whose fan base includes model Alexa Chung and fashion editor Anna Dello Russo, was announced Emerging Talent Ready-to-Wear winner at the British Fashion Awards back in November. She is becoming a dab hand at collaborations too; a 14-piece collection of dresses by Katrantzou for British high street retailer Topshop will be released this February. 20 / FEBRUARY 2012
ouis Vuitton has collaborated with Yayoi Kusama on a series of products including leather goods, ready-to-wear, accessories, shoes, watches and jewellery. WWD reports the French fashion house’s artistic director Marc Jacobs worked with the Japanese artist on the range, which hits Louis Vuitton boutiques early July. Special window installations based on Kusama’s unique aesthetic are also scheduled. The artist is best known for her interest in polka dots, which she has famously applied to tree trunks, entire rooms and even people. The collaboration ties in with a major retrospective of Kusama’s work which hits London’s Tate Modern February 9 following spells in Rome, Madrid and Paris. Jacobs has collaborated with contemporary artists such as Richard Prince and Takashi Murakami in the past, and in 2009 a range inspired by the late Stephen Sprouse’s motifs such as graffiti prints and roses coincided with a retrospective of the designer and artist at New York gallery Deitch Projects. Louis Vuitton isn’t the only French fashion house with close links to the art world: during last year’s Art Basel Miami Beach fair Christian Dior unveiled an accessories line in partnership with German contemporary artist Anselm Reyle which included wallets and leather handbags in Reyle’s trademark camouflage patterns.
Couture meets rap: Oscar de la Renta teams up with Dr. Dre
here have been a string of Oscar de la Renta expansions of late, although the most unexpected comes in the launch of a partnership with rapper Dr. Dre on a pair of lavish designer headphones which double up as earmuffs. Currently featuring on the “new arrivals” section of the Oscar de la Renta website, the fluffy “luxe silver fox” earmuffs surround a pair of Beats by Dr. Dre headphones. Retailing at $695, this limited edition item is one of de la Renta’s more extravagant partnerships, compared to the label’s teaming up with US luxury stationery firm Mrs. John L. Strong on items such as note cards, invitations and place cards - the set of 12 place cards featured on the site is selling for a more accessible $50. While de la Renta, which counts rap stars such as Nicki Minaj and Kanye West among its fans, announced the launch of a childrenswear collection for Fall 2012 just last month, the label’s Dre collaboration hints there could be hip-hop themed ventures to come for the ever-expanding brand. Meanwhile, if the idea of headphone earmuffs appeals but the almost $700 price tag doesn’t, there is a cheaper variety available from Los Angeles-based brand Juicy Couture. The label currently offers Fair Isle-print earmuff headphones on its website for a reduced price of $69.99 (originally $98). The designer earmuffs are just one example of how fashion houses are increasingly coming up with unexpected items to adorn with their trademark style: labels Hermes and Jimmy Choo’s luxury coffee-cup holders recently caused a stir in the fashion world thanks to their respective prices of $250 and $165.
Rise of the 1990s supers: Naomi Campbell shines in Cavalli campaign
s the Spring 2012 fashion ads come flooding in, Roberto Cavalli’s Steven Meisel-shot campaign highlights the renaissance of the supermodel, with Naomi Campbell taking a starring role alongside Kristen McMenamy, Karen Elson and Daphne Groeneveld. While Groeneveld is 17, Campbell, McMenamy and Elson are all in their 30s and 40s, signaling a stark contrast to fashion’s fascination with teenage models in recent years. Campbell’s presence in particular marks the recent rise of the original supermodel, with the 1990s’ biggest names becoming increasingly prevalent in the past few months. Since appearing in the music video for British band Duran Duran’s single “Girl Panic” alongside fellow supers Helena Christensen, Cindy Crawford, Eva Herzigova, and Yasmin Le Bon back in November, 41-year-old Campbell has also been unveiled as the face of Italian label Pinko’s Spring 2012 ad campaign, as well as appearing on Harper’s Bazaar UK’s December 2011 issue alongside her video co-stars. Meanwhile, fellow “Girl Panic” super Le Bon was this week announced as the face of Joseph Ribkoff’s Spring 2012 collection. Courtesy afp.relaxnews.com
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Haute Couture Highlights Jean Paul Gaultier’s tribute to ‘unique’ Amy Winehouse
here is no mistaking the look of the first model at Jean Paul Gaultier’s couture show Wednesday, the beehive hair and thick eyeliner, black skirt and brassiere visible under a white top. “Amy Winehouse was a true style icon,” Gaultier told reporters backstage after a show conceived as a tribute to the soul singer, six months after her untimely death. “What she stands for above all, is uniqueness. Both in music and the way she dressed, she mixed a great many influences to create her style", he said. Playing on the late star’s style, rooted in the 1950s and 1960s, Gaultier sent out corsets – a staple of his – as well as bustiers and layered brassieres, mixing bold colours with black. The French designer took care to keep his tribute subtle – with nothing too literal – and Winehouse’s voice rang out only at the very end, blending with the sound of a cappella band on stage. Top models of the moment Karlie Kloss and Milagros Schmoll dazzled the room wrapped in hooded capes of billowing chiffon, or a suit matching asymmetric jacket and a man’s pinstriped pants – tailored to a woman’s curves. Hand-crafted artistry was on ample display, like in the thousands of pieces of glitter embroidery on a violet-blue coat, worn over a pleated white skirt and plant-green top made entirely from sequins. After the wedding dress – a corset-gown in powder pink – the models returned without their skirts, revealing the sophisticated lingerie underneath, with a black veil over the face like Spanish widows. “It’s not a funeral,” smiled Gaultier afterwards. “They are happy brides.”
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The wild side of couture with Iris Van Herpen
aris walked the wilder side of haute couture on Monday night as Dutch designer Iris Van Herpen conjured strange, otherworldly creatures inspired by the teeming, invisible world of the microscopic. Showing her second collection as guest member of the exclusive haute couture club, the 27-year-old adorned dresses with organic curves and curled tentacles, created from plexiglas, antique bronze, latex or lampshade fabric. The designer, whose late-evening show in a Paris convent wrapped up the first of three days of couture collections, is known for her use of innovative, computerised design techniques alongside traditional hand-craftsmanship. Her opening thigh-length dress, for instance, had rows of iridescent tentacles snaking down it, made from hundreds of tiny half moons of plexiglas, planned out on a computer, number-coded and hand-stitched onto the garment. “It’s like a big puzzle,” said the designer backstage before the show. Van Herpen – whose fans include the singers Bjork and Lady Gaga – aimed with her spring-summer collection to show the beauty of microscopic organisms, “a beauty that is half way between extraordinary and bizarre.” Models stepped out in “Fang” shoes with ten sharp teeth points to each foot – wearing dresses that suggested even stranger animals. Tiny mini-dresses had intricate motifs fanning out in spirals, made from countless strips of silver fabric – originally lampshade material – or threedimensional panels made from minuscule plexiglas pins. Van Herpen explained backstage that she saw experimenting with new materials and techniques as a vital part of her craft.
onatella Versace turned the luxury dial to full throttle Monday, sending out glamorous gladiators dripping with gold and lace as the Italian designer made her comeback to the haute couture club. The Versace Atelier line was the house’s first couture collection following an eight-year hiatus, kicking off three days of spring-summer shows in Paris headlined by such names as Chanel, Dior, Jean Paul Gaultier and Givenchy. “She���s a very glamorous warrior,” the tanned, platinum blonde designer told AFP backstage after the show, staged Monday morning on a gold-coloured podium under the frescoes of the historic Beaux Arts school on the banks of the Seine. Opera legend Maria Callas provided the soundtrack as US model of the moment Karlie Kloss stepped out in the first pale water-green dress, sculpted head-to-toe in French lace with scintillating floral embroidery.
Half a dozen models in pale watery green were followed by an explosive sunflower yellow, then gold, fluorescent green and a bright coral orange with perspex embroidery, and gold again for the finale. Dazzling decadence was the watchword, with strips of metal plated with real gold circling the dresses like luxury body armour, around a shoulder, across the back or down the side of the ribs. Sheer floor-length lace and embroidery dresses exposed legs up to the thigh, while short bodysculpting models in lace or leather came with shieldlike plates on the front of stilettos, or reaching up above the knee. “Versace’s woman is sculptured, conscious of her body, and has a taste for futurism,” the designer – herself dressed all in black – told reporters. “And I always have in mind the celebrities.” A-listers who lined up backstage amid the media scrum for the obligatory photo shoot with the designer
included actresses Cameron Diaz, Diane Kruger and Abbie Cornish. “What I love about Donatella Versace’s design is that she nevers forgets she is dressing a woman,” Diaz told AFP afterwards. “I love the architecture of the clothing, and the way it reflects the light.” Likewise, Karlie Kloss, smiling broadly despite her impossibly tight-fitting bodice, insisted: “It feels good! It keeps it all in!” Haute couture is a protected appellation in France, awarded based on strict criteria like the amount of work carried out by hand and in-house, and the share of pieces made to measure. Two dozen houses will be sending out one-off creations over three days of exclusive shows in Paris, their dizzying artistry matched only by their astronomical price tags, with wedding dresses reaching 100,000 euros ($130,000) or more. Courtesy afprelaxnews.com FEBRUARY 2012 / 23
Sizzle in Spanish Style
Good news ladies, stylish Spanish brand SuiteBlanco has opened its first store in Qatar! The spacious shop is brimming with the latest trends that will make you stand out this season. With colourful collections ranging from cool casuals to glam eveningwear, and a juicy range of accessories, there seems to be something to please everyone. The youthful urban spirit of the brand is evident throughout the range, and the best part is the affordable price – check out some of our fave pieces... SuiteBlanco is at Lagoona Mall
‘Karl’ has arrived! The highly anticipated collection ‘Karl’ from fashion King Karl Lagerfeld is now available online at Net-a-Porter.com. The luxury online shop has sealed a deal with the maestro as the exclusive online retailer. There are 70 wow pieces available including draped jersey dresses, classic pants, sweatshirts, skirts, shirts, dresses, T-shirts, shoes and bags, all referencing Lagerfeld’s distinct aesthetic – predominantly black and white with a rock ‘n’ roll edge. On the collection, Karl Lagerfeld said: “We are working on a lot of amazing ideas which are all about making luxury affordable and accessible. I’m very excited about bringing this vision to life with this brand.” 24 / FEBRUARY 2012
Katara Style With the powerful voice of Fairuz echoing across the room, the fashion boutique at Katara Art Center exuded a traditional Lebanese aura for the showcase of Lina Hajar’s ‘Hebo’ Collection. The fashion showcase gave attendees an opportunity to learn more about the fashion boutique at Katara, while viewing Lebanese Hajar’s collection, designed exclusively for the event. Hajar designs her beautifully hand-crafted oriental inspired pieces for “very elegant and stylish women who have the audacity to wear such bold designs.” The self-made fashion designer started designing her own clothes four years ago, and after receiving so much interest, started creating pieces to sell. According to Garine Kekejian, Commercial Manager of Katara Art Center, the concept of the fashion boutique at Katara Art Center “is to act as a platform for talented local and international fashion designers. It doesn’t matter if they are beginners, if their work fits with the theme of Katara – we will encourage them to exhibit here.” For more info, visit kataraartcenter.com
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With Awards season in full swing, we've held our very own ceremony to toast the style stars
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Joan Collins proves she's still the style queen supreme, flaunting her toned figure in a demure sequined jacket and long satin dress, at the Unicef Ball in Beverley Hills. Joan, we salute you.
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Toujouri Contemporary fashion with a vintage soul
Local fashion talent Lama El Moatessem has been preparing for this moment for two years – the opening of her brand Toujouri’s flagship store at The Pearl Qatar. She tells Orna Ballout all about it.
Doha is rapidly building its reputation as a hub for
aura of exploration and transformation.
fabulously fashionable folk. With its high-end brands,
“We looked to the designer’s unique iconography
quirky boutiques, and local ladies who take style seri-
when designing Toujouri, and tried to reflect it in the
ously – it won’t be long before it’s the fashion capital
store’s architecture. That, combined with elements of
of the Gulf.
the Qatari landscape, informed the store’s overall de-
One lady is certainly setting a standard. Lama El
sign,” confirmed Peter Marino.
Moatessem, a name you may be familiar with, is a 27-year-old fashion designer, who has been popular
with the style savvy folks since the creation of her cov-
Lama El Moatessem, of Palestinian origin, was born
etable brand, Toujouri, in 2009.
and raised in Qatar before re-locating to London with
Toujouri’s genius East-meets-West designs have
her parents as a teenager. “I wanted to do something
been available in stores across the globe for the past
creative and fashion came naturally to me. My fam-
two years, but for the first time, they will be given an
ily didn’t understand what I was doing at the begin-
exclusive home in the luxurious settings of The Pearl
ning. At the time, there was a certain perception of
the fashion industry in the Middle-East and limited
Not one to do things by halves, the Qatar-based
opportunities. My dad really wanted me to become an
brand sought help from renowned architect Peter Ma-
architect – that was his happy medium of “something
rino – famous for creating iconic stores for the likes of
creative but real.” Since I made the decision however,
Louis Vuitton, Chanel and Christian Dior – to design
they have been extremely supportive and involved in
what I do.”
The store represents the essence of Toujouri, which
After studying at the prestigious Central St Martins
translates as ‘Treasure Chest’ in Arabic. The concept
and London College of Fashion, Lama went on to boost
of a jewellery box is fused with visual of a gallery
her credentials, working as an intern at Chloe for six
space, resulting in a contemporary space exuding an
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"Toujouri radiates understated luxury, featuring very subtle, easy to slip on pieces that make you feel glam." 32 / FEBRUARY 2012
Matthew Williamson. In 2009, she launched Toujouri, which, according to Lama: “is about creating modern pieces with a hand-crafted soul.”
transformed in such a way. “The store really compliments the elements of the Toujouri: colour, texture and a hand-finished feeling. We strived to create a jewellery box theme
with different sections like the hidden spaces and
Although Toujouri designs have been available to
drawers that jewellery boxes contain. There’s also a
purchase in stores across the globe, Lama hasn’t been
gallery feel with an army of mannequins on a catwalk
selling in boutiques in Doha, preferring to wait for the
showcasing the clothes. One of the shop walls took
right moment to open her flagship store in a place she
over two months to build as it contains over 2000
holds close to her heart. “I love Doha; it’s always been
my goal to bring my experience from abroad here and create something on an international level. Having
Doha as my base is very significant – it’s so exciting to
When designing a collection, Lama’s doesn’t look to
be part of its change and development.”
other designers, instead gathering inspiration from
Every step of Lama’s journey has been a proud
an era and its characteristics. “I’m very influenced by
moment; she fondly refers to Toujouri as her “baby”
vintage. I’m intrigued by the story behind it and how
and is finally seeing her dreams become a reality. The
it lived before getting here.”
most recent achievement to date is the opening of the
Toujouri’s S/S 2012 Collection – Apollonia – is made
store, as she reveals how amazing it is to see space
up of eye-catching dresses, eveningwear and kaftans
"The store really compliments the elements of the Toujouri: colour, texture and a handfinished feeling."
in a selection of luxurious materials. Its playful colour
myself up and go again. I really need that as there
palette ranges from neutral to neon. “Everything
have been so many challenges which have turned
you see is completely unique to Toujouri. We design
into learning experiences. I came from a bustling
embroidery from scratch; some things have taken
environment in London with a phone ringing all the
up to eight days to embroider. We buy all our fabric
time, to Doha, on my own, where my phone never rang
completely white and dye it. Luxury is not in the
and I had no collection to sell. I had contacts in terms
bling, it is in the labour. Toujouri radiates understated
of research but had to create something from nothing.
luxury, featuring very subtle, easy to slip on pieces
My family and mother have patiently sat through
that make you feel glam.”
lengthy discussions, “for my next collection...” They have embraced what I do and are very proud. Mum
comes with me to India and sits through really lengthy
Opening the store, creating new collections and
meetings and has in a way become a fashion expert
travelling for buying trips, comprise just some of the
herself! She is just so proud I’m doing something I’m
tasks in Lama’s hectic life as a fashion designer. So, it’s
really passionate about.”
lucky for her she has a supportive family. “My mother is my rock; I can’t do this without her!
Toujouri is located at
She’s got the attitude of tough love which is a great,
The Pearl Qatar, Parcel 1,
because she’ll feel really sorry for me if something
Shop No. 14, Doha, Qatar. For more information visit toujouri.com
goes wrong but will give me the motivation to pick
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At GLAM, we love the month of love. It’s the perfect opportunity to tell the most important person in the world – yourself – I love you! Little Cupid really does get the better of us all, making us feel that little less guilty splurging our cash on things we adore. So, with that in mind, we’ve rounded up the best Valentine’s inspired pieces to indulge. 34 / FEBRUARY 2012
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show him how you feel with these fab finds...
Lanvin Hat Lanvin Bag 3. Versace Shoes 4. Valextra Ipad case from www.mrporter.com 5. Lacoste Cardigan 6. Salvatore Ferragamo Cufflinks 7. Tod’s Shoes 8. Carolina Herrera Briefcase 9. Salvatore Ferragamo Bag 10. M Generation Perfume from MAUBOUSSIN Perfumes 1.
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Corum ADC Seafender
Tag Heuer Formula 1 Black and Red Bezel Chronograph
Tonda from Parmigiani
Spree Pamper your man with a shopping spree, and help him invest the hottest S/S trends!
IWC Ingenieur Automatic Edition Laures Sport
Michael Kors S/S Collection The tribal trend is big news for S/S. If heâ€™s stylish enough to pull off a sarong, go for it! Otherwise opt for some gladiator sandals.
Lacoste S/S Collection Blue is one of the hottest hues of the season; a fresh blue blazer will gain him instant style points.
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Love Compiled by Cassey Oliviera
Bites Wondering where to go with your special someone this Valentine’s Day? GLAM explores what the top hotels in town are offering.
Relive the escapades of the most cherished couple in history with a ‘Romeo & Juliet Evening’ at the Flying Carpet restaurant. Enjoy a sumptuous sea food buffet, Valentine chocolate and ice carvings while the Moonlight Duo keep you mesmerised with classic love songs.
Spend a night at the WOW suite and be pampered with an in-room-dining breakfast and a three-course candle light dinner for two in one of their ‘wet’ private cabana’s. Speciality drinks and a bouquet of roses are included. WOW! Price: QR 2,999
Price for two: QR 400 including soft drinks, coffee, tea and juices
Grand Hyatt Doha Hotel
The two of you can enjoy a two hour treatment each with a 15% discount at the Jaula Spa and then relax for an hour in the exclusive VIP suite’s jacuzzi. Don’t forget to gorge on healthy fruit salad, light canapes, a glass of bubbly or herbal tea. Price: On request
Four Seasons Hotel Doha
Indulge in a romantic dinner at the fine dining Italian restaurant Il Teatro. San Valentino four course menu, including one cocktail/ mocktail on arrival, coffee and love chocolate petite fours. Price: QR 520 Price: QR 2,850 with a bottle of bubbly Head over to the Pool and Grill restaurant for a delightful dinner, while the blanket of stars keep you company let the bonfire add to the sizzle of the night. Price: QR 3,000 including a glass of bubbly upon arrival Sip on some amazing Valentine’s special tea at the Seasons Tea Lounge. Price: QR 135 per person 38 / FEBRUARY 2012
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The Ritz-Carlton Doha
An unforgettable evening awaits you at the signature French restaurant La Mer with delectable five course dinner accompanied with picturesque views of the Arabian Gulf as the perfect backdrop. Price: QR 495 per person (including a glass of bubbly) Chef Ricardo and his team of ‘Il Giardino Armonico’ chefs will delight your palates with a five course ensemble rich in enchanting Italian flavours at Porcini. Price: QR 450 per person Meanwhile on Feb 11, you get a chance to cook simple yet exquisite Italian lunch for your loved one with Chef Ricardo. Price: QR 265 per person The Marina Night Club is hosting a black and red party for all you couples out there. Sway to the tune of the famous DJ Anza performing together with Lady Dj Kat and a live Irish band. Ladies get one glass of sparkling wine on arrival before midnight. There are chances of you winning some exciting prizes such as hotel deals, a high end mobile device and two return tickets to a romantic getaway.
The Doha Mariott Hotel
Chefs at the Gallery restaurants and JW’s Steakhouse are busy preparing an exclusive romantic menu for the evening. The celebration of love starts with a glass of bubbly as a welcome drink at the Gallery entrance. Ladies will also receive a complimentary beverage. There’s also a corner reserved in the lobby where you can get a framed photo of the two of you for QR50, with money donated to charity. That’s not it. The terrific salsa duo Carlos and Yoly will keep you entertained with their sexy moves. For a more subtle mood, sit back at the lobby to hear resident pianist Lina play some romantic tunes. Price: Salsa (set menu) - QR 185 Taj Rasoi (set menu) - QR 225 Asia Live Restaurant (set menu) - QR 225 Corniche Restaurant (buffet) - QR 175 JW’s Steakhouse (five course meal menu) - QR 429
The Sheraton Doha Resort & Convention Hotel
Spice up your evening at the Latino restaurant with a live performance by the exciting Latino duo-Aura. Try out some exotic South American flavours in a four course menu. Ladies get a complimentary red rose and there’s a welcome bubbly to complement the night. Price: QR 260 per person Enjoy a romantic Italian dinner under the stars at the La Verenda restaurant. While your mind wanders off the Italian streets with the catchy tunes of the resident guitarist, feast on the special offerings of Chef Frederica in a succulent four courses menu. There’s a red rose for the lady as well. Price: QR 270 The romantic ambience of the Al Shaheen restaurant rooftop will be accentuated further with a live performance by a talented Lebanese singer accompanied by a romantic four-course set menu. Before you step in, there’s a sparkling drink, a red rose for the lady and special cake from the Chef to greet you. Price: QR 285 per person
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LOVE IS IN THE AIR
By orna ballout
La Veranda’s newest chef on the block whips up a Valentine’s treat for GLAM.
When GLAM was invited to experience a Valentine’s dish prepared especially for us by La Veranda’s new Italian Chef Federica Piccioni, we couldn’t wait to see what was on offer. Chef Federica certainly didn’t disappoint with her deliciously sweet and spicy dish. “We’ve created a special dish for Valentine’s day using a combination of veal, lobster, grilled vegetables, chili, and ginger, topped with chocolate truffle sauce. The truffles come from my region Umbria, and are among the best truffles you can find in Italy. It’s a modern interpretation of a classic dish,” Federica shared. Frederica learned the tricks of the trade from her grandmother, an Italian cook, who used to take her eager granddaughter to various cooking events in Italy. “I have fond memories of helping my grandmother make home-made pasta. My passion was ignited early, I was just three, and I used to have a small area set up for me because I was too small to reach the table!” After finishing her studies in Hotel Management Institute, she started her culinary adventure that would lead her to various parts of the world such as Egypt, Abu Dhabi and now Doha, showcasing her skills of preparing traditional home-style Umbrian cuisine. What’s your fave dish? "I like to create different kinds of home-made pasta, especially ravioli. We have the classics and special ones which you can’t find in other restaurants." Share your top tips for aspiring chefs... "Work, work and work! In this line of work, there is so much to learn. Even if you’re a Master Chef, there’s always room for improvement. Every day the world of food is changing, and you can learn a new technique or dish." Tell us what food is in fashion... "Healthy food is in style!" La Veranda Restaurant is located at Sheraton Doha Resort.
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2 Al JAssAsiyeh stone CArVinGs Al huWAilAh, northern QAtAr
QMA GAllery (BuildinG 10)
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A new art space run by Qatar Museum Authority hosting various art exhibitions all year long. From 20th January 2012 to 1st June 2012: Conscious & Unconscious by the late artist Louise Bourgeois B KAtArA Art Centre (BuildinG 5) The Katara’s epicentre for art with exhibition space, retail units focusing on original creative works and an art bookshop.
ArAB PostAl stAMP MuseuM (BuildinG 22) A stamp collection covering 22 Arab countries as well as equipments used in the past in Arab post offices and a small library that houses books about stamps Admission is free.
A sAffron lounGe (BuildinG 26) Modern Indian Cuisine and the menu was designed with the consultation of Michelin-starred chef Vineet Bhatia. Opening hours: 12.30 to 3pm, 7pm to 10.30pm Phone: +974 3325 8919
Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra performs B KhAn fArouK tArAB CAfe and promotes western and Arabic music (BuildinG 7) to inspire development of music in this Traditional Egyptian Cuisine with shisha region. and live music The 2012 season will see performances Opening hours: 12noon to midnight of pieces from Rimsky-Korsakov, Marcel Phone: +974 4408 0840 Khalife, Tchaikovsky, Beethoven and Stravinsky. For full schedule and tickets, C suKAr PAshA (BuildinG 31) please refer to http://qatarphilharmonicorchestra. Turkish and Arabic cuisine with beautiful Ottoman inspired lounge for private org
parties and dining Opening hours: 6.30pm to midnight Phone: +974 4408 2000 l’WzAAr seAfood restAurAnt (BuildinG 27)Modern Seafood with a fresh seafood counter where you can take your pick on the choices and have it cooked to your liking Opening hours: 12 to 3pm, 7pm to 11pm shoPPinG Phone: +974 4408 0710 d
e red VelVet CuPCAKes (BuildinG 24) A cute and chic cafe from United States specializing in cupcakes and coffee Opening hours: 19am to 12 midnight Phone: +974 4408-0700
GPS 25.36008, 51.52614
Katara is Doha’s cultural village, a collective of restaurants, galleries and artistic and creative societies.
KAtArA BeACh The Katara Beach is open to public with admission charges and is a great place for water sports and activities. It had about 800 umbrellas and beds. Opens daily from 9am to 6pm. e
Spend the afternoon relaxing at the beach, or take a tour around the museum and exhibitions around the village and end the day with
Take advantage of the free buggy services available when going to different locations of Katara
dininG Wear comfortable walking shoes as Katara is designed with cobblestone landscape
Call ahead to make reservations at the restaurants that you would like to dine in especially during the weekends
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24 hours or More If you are spending 24 hours or more in Qatar, take the opportunity to explore the natural beauty of the desert by taking trips out of Doha. Dune bashing, desert safaris and expeditions to forts and old settlements out of the city can be arranged via tour operators who will make sure you get the best experience.
GPS 25.33344, 51.46498
GPS 25.26028, 51.44273
Doha is one of the few areas in the world where the desert dunes produce a deep and resonant humming sound that earned it the nickname of singing sand Dunes. this is a natural phenomenon resulting from the friction of a thin layer of sand flowing down the side of a sand dune. the friction sound is amplified by the crescent shape of the dunes and can be heard up to 10km away. The exact location for the singing sand Dunes is at GPs coordinates: 25.0388811, 51.4060266
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VillAGio – shoPPinG MAll
+974 44135 222 Aspire Zone, Al Aziziyah estiMAted OpeningdriVinG hours: Duration to the8am Airport Carrefour: to 10pm 40 Minutes Starbucks: 8.30am to 10pm Other Stores: 10am to 10pm 48 h o u r s as q aan t aItalian r I 2 0village 12 Designed with
The shopping scene in Doha is growing rapidly as more and more new brands enter the market. Just like dining, you can find a variety of shopping to suit your taste, budget and preference here. For local merchandises, hit the souks to interesting gems along with visiting thefind singing sand Dunes, thelike carpets, pottery and crafts while the malls will offer all the international brands you can think of. For a more chic style, visit the travel operators will usually plan the day trip few dependent boutiques where you can find unique pieces from all around together with an experience of Dune Bashing. the world. Get ready for an exhilarating adventure as you take on the desert dunes in big 4x4 wheels! If you opt for a full day safari, the itinerary 4 8 setting h o u r supqcamp a t a ratI the 2012 will usually include inland sea for the night where you will get to experience a taste of Bedoiun lifestyle. Enjoy the stillness of the desert night skies and wake up to the beautiful sunrise over the sand.
Al Zubara town is one of the most interesting archaelogical attraction in Doha. It was originally the centre of power for Qatar and the town was established as one of the most important port and pearl trading centers in the Persian Gulf in the 18th Century. The site is currently being excavated to gain better insight into the1 Al MourJAn – leBAnese +974 4483 4423 glorious times of the trading port. The Al Al Corniche Street, West Bay Zubara fort was built in 1938 during the Sat to Weds: 12.30pm to 12.30am reign of Sheikh Abdullah bin Jassim Al Thurs to Friday: 12.30pm to 1am Thani and was erected beside the ruins of the original fort from the 18th century. It was used as a coastguard station up Situated on the Corniche, you get excellent view plus the experience of till the mid 1980s.
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+974 4487 5222 Madinat Khalifa Opening hours: Carrefour: 8am to 10pm Starbucks: 8.30am to 10pm Other Stores: 10am to 10pm
gondola rides and visions of blue skies on the ceilings, Villagio is a one stop entertainment spot for the family. Other than shops of established brands like Zara, Mango, H&M and the likes, there is also With Marks and Spencer and BHS as its an ice hockey rink and a cinema. The new anchor tenants, Landmark is a favourite extension of the mall is home to its luxury Dining in Doha can be quite anbrands experience with the extensive variety of for fashion lovers with including brand tenants including Marc Jacobs, cuisines available. The choices reflect the multi-cultural and multi-ethnic Victoria’s Secret and Kurt Geiger. Louis Vuitton, and Dolce & Gabbana. composition of the residents in the city. You can explore the best of each cuisine at different meal times of the day and large number of restaurants are clustered together in areas such as ramada Plaza, the Pearl and souq Waqif. 4 8 h o u r s q ata r I 2 0 1 2 Be sure to call ahead to make reservations because some restaurants can be fully booked especially during the weekend. Licensed restaurants means that alcohol is available in the establishment. In the cooler months, take advantage of the outdoor seating provided by most restaurants to enjoy the weather.
Umm Salal is home to the Umm Salal Mohammed Fort and the Barzan Tower, both a historical attraction to this area. The fort was built during the late nineteeth and twentieth centuries as a residential fort and features thick high walls and an impressive facade. The was also designed with unique decorative and architectural elements. The Barzan Tower was originally built as a watch tower and has a ‘T’ shaped architectural style. It has three levels and an external staircase.
PAMPAno – MexiCAn
tse yAnG – Chinese
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+974 4495 3876 ext 2071 Porto Arabia, The Pearl Daily: 7pm to 11pm
BurJ Al hAMMAM – leBAnese
+974 4495 3876 ext 1291 Porto Arabia, The Pearl Daily 10am to 10pm Impressive selection of Lebanese food in a very posh environment, this can be considered Lebanese fine dining. Outdoor dining available. Licensed. Good for entertaining guests
leBAnese shAWArMA – leBAnese
+974 4466 2616 Between D Ring and E Ring Road, Off Airport Road Daily noon to 2am
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Shawarma and Falafel Sandwich snack place. On The Go.
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The best way to getting around the city is to organize transportation with the hotel that you are staying in. Most hotels will provide limo service for hire by the hour or by the destination that you intend to visit. Make sure to keep the hotel’s or the limo service’s number so that you can call them whenever you need to be picked up. Cab services are available but it is always advisable to arrange your transportation in advance as cabs might not be available at all spots in the city. For longer trips, you may opt to rent a car.
The best way to navigate around the city is to identify landmarks in the location that you are headed to. In this guide, you will find more of location descriptions for the destinations rather than street addresses. Providing these information will be more helpful to your driver as street addresses are not commonly used for navigation.
Qatar is a Muslim country so it is advisable to dress respectfully in accordance to the local culture. Generally, skirts should be of knee length or longer and tops should cover the shoulders for women. It is also a great idea to carry a shawl or a scarf, which can be wrapped
Chinese fine dining cuisine helmed by a Shanghainese chef who brings the best of the Far East to this region. Also has a swanky bar great for catching up with friends in the evening. Licensed. 4 8 h o u r s q ata r I 2 0 1 2
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An excellent Mexican seafood restaurant with outdoor seating facing the marina. A different take than the usual Mex-Tex fare. Licensed. 5
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+974 4495 3876 ext 1221 Al Istiqlal Street, The Pearl Daily: 6pm to 1am
dining by the water. Good for entertaining guests
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a meal at one of the restaurants while enjoying a variety of seasonal entertainment including live music and cultural shows.
GPS 25.68692, 51.51631
This museum overlooks the beautiful Al Khor coastline and displays archaelogical finds from neolithic and bronze ages. It also offers a glimpse into the fishing, pearling and dhow building industries. the museum is also famous for displaying the legend of Ghilan and Mae, believed to be the region’s BEST SEA FOOD first female pirate.
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location : Lusail Street, West Bay opening hours : Various opening times for the various establishments Contact : +974 44110003 Website : http://www.katara.net time to spend : Half day or full day depending on points of interest to visit
These rocky hills close to the northeastern coast of Qatar between the two villages of Al Huwailah and Fuwairit, contain more than 900 prehistoric carvings depicting different types of boats and symbols. Spread over a large area, the carvings may be difficult to spot, so it is advisable to hire a tour operator for a guided tour.
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around the shoulders, especially if y are visiting communal places like th souq or the park. Tops with plunging necklines and spaghetti strap tank tops should be avoided. Men should avoid wearing sleeveless t-shirts or shorts. Swimwear including bikinis a allowed at the hotel pools but make sure you are covered once you mov away from the those areas.
As with all cultures, travelling to a new country means that you may need to learn a slightly different set social etiquette. In Qatar, be mindfu when you are meeting locals of the opposite gender. Always wait for them to extend their hands first f a handshake as some may not feel comfortable touching a stranger of the opposite gender.
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Paradise Heidi Klum and Seal send shockwaves with split announcement By Orna Ballout
without a battle. In an appearance on the popular Ellen DeGeneres
It seems that the soul singer isn’t prepared to let things go show, Seal was sporting his wedding ring as a mark of respect to his wife and mother of four cute children.
was no doubt, a year filled with shock stories. Notably the break-
Talking about the break-up, he revealed to Ellen: “I think we
ups of some of the most talked about couples in the world of
were shocked. You go into these things with the greatest intentions
showbiz. There was Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher; Russell
when you say “I do” and you say “’til death do us part.” Those vows
Brand and Katy Perry; Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries.
hold value. They are not just words.”
GLAM thought that enough was enough already and 2012 would be more promising. Yet, it’s playing out very differently. Actress and singer Zooey Deschanel filed for divorce from her husband at the beginning of the year. And gossip has been circulating that a breakup is on the cards between couple of 14 years Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis. However, the news that really gobsmacked us was that power couple Heidi Klum and her husband of eight years Seal were splitting after “growing apart.” Heidi and Seal were the pair that seemed to have it all – she the beautiful, original Victoria’s Secret angel and he the soulful singing sensation – with a seemingly strong marriage in which they’d renew their wedding vows in a lavish ceremony every year. Rumor has it that Seal’s wild partying antics have been a major contributing factor to the split. And a family holiday to the Aspen ski slopes at Christmas was the icing on the cake for the leggy German model, who couldn’t deal with the arguing anymore. Seal, on a promotional junket for his latest album Soul 2, has made various appearances since the announcement, openly talking about the split, adding controversy to the news with his behavior.
Adding further mystery, he belted out a rendition of Al Green’s classic song Let’s Stay Together, which appears on his new album
Soul 2 – and may have been a not-so cryptic message to his wife. In a frank interview with Piers Morgan, Seal hinted that there was possibility of reconciliation with his wife, when he shared his feelings for the supermodel ‘has not waned one iota’. Appearing upset, he revealed: “I love her with all my heart. How can you not somebody who you have just spent eight years with?” When quizzed by Piers Morgan whether he and his wife would get back together, he highlighted: “You can never say never. I can’t speak for my wife and I’m not going to sit here and BS you and say we haven’t had problems. Of course we have had problems, otherwise why have we split up?” He further divulged: “This is not a charade. We have problems, we have issues, but to our credit we have always been able to talk about them, to confront them. To assume that any couple goes without arguing is just nonsense.” Meanwhile, Heidi Klum has kept tight-lipped. Although, she was spotted wearing her wedding ring, leaving an LA studio after filming Project Runway. The question is now, will they or won’t they go through with divorce proceedings. Only time will tell. FEBRUARY 2012 / 47
The way they were... “Each year, Heidi and I get remarried. It’s a great party, but for about an hour, we go off on our own down to a private beach. We sit there with the kids and read vows to each other as the sun sets. It’s a very special moment to us.” Seal. “When I first met Seal he had a kindness and compassion that was so sincere I knew he’d be a good father. But it wasn’t until Leni was born and we had our three other children that I grasped what a great dad he is. He has infinite amounts of love and patience for our kids. He puts me and the children first.” Heidi 48 / FEBRUARY 2012
Soulful Seal Seal wooed the crowd at a Victoria’s Secret Show in 2007 with his upbeat song Amazing, while a parade of models including his wife Heidi Klum, stormed the catwalk showcasing dazzling designs. Singing at shows is commonplace for the star, as in the past, he and Heidi even took to the stage at a Victoria’s Secret show to perform a duet called ‘Wedding Day.’
Brains and Beauty
Larger-then-life supermodel Heidi Klum first burst on to the modelling scene in 1992, after winning a $300,000 contract from her participation a contest “Model 92” in her native Germany. Her modelling career went from strength to strength, and she would eventually cement her status as the original ‘angel’ in her work for Victoria’s Secret, where she hosted many of its runway shows. In 2004, Klum furthered her repertoire, becoming the host, judge and executive producer of hit show Project Runway, which offers fashion design enthusiasts the chance to make their dreams come true with a prize money and opportunity to display at New York Fashion Week. She was also host, judge and co-producer of Germany’s Next Top Model. Aside from modelling and presenting, Klum has tried her hand at fashion design, painting, singing and acting – a well rounded woman is all we can say! FEBRUARY 2012 / 49
Pay homage to the sports trend this season, by showing off your athlete-chic in eye-catching numbers that were made to be moved in. PHOTOGRAPHERS: HABEEB MOHAMMED ALI ABU-FUTTAIM AND KEVIN RODRIGUES MODELS: KRISTIN LEIB, PATRIZIA DORINGER, CARL ROBERTS, FRANCESCA CAMERANO AND ELIAH ENGLISH, YOGA INSTRUCTORS FROM YAMA YOGA STUDIO FASHION STYLIST: DEBRINA ALIYAH HAIR & MAKE-UP: Eric Pascual and Pipo Estacio Corpuz, Frank Provost, Four Seasons Doha SHOOT CO-ORDINATION: ORNA BALLOUT LOCATION: INTERCONTINENTAL DOHA BEACH 50 / FEBRUARY 2012
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MODEL: KRISTIN LEIB JUMPSUIT: MSGM (SALAM STORES) 52 / FEBRUARY 2012
MODEL: FRANCESCA CAMERANO DRESS: MSGM (SALAM STORES) BRACELETS: IMPRESSION BOUTIQUE FEBRUARY 2012 / 53
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their true colours By Rory Coen
Italian shoes have long been synonymous with quality and superb craftsmanship. Their fastidious attention to detail during every stage of production makes them stand out against others. The Santoni brand extends this further by their unique hand-colouring techniques.
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hoe production and design can be
shoe is distinctive because it is finished by hand.
compared with many commodities on
When the assistants are colouring, they are obviously
"The Qatari market is very important to us,"
the market I'd imagine, but surely not
following a sample, but such is the varying weight and
explained Federico. "They like to dress in comfort
with football. As Santoni's Commercial
dryness of the leather, each shoe reacts to the pressure
here and we understand this, which is why we
Manager for Middle East, Federico
of a finger very differently."
designed something which is specific for their needs.
men's sandal for this region.
Ferranti, explained the history behind
The finished shoes in the shop at the Pearl looked
Every man here can have one formal pair of shoes –
Italian shoes dominance in the luxury market, it was
sublime. The colours seemed to blend into a blur of
the classic or the limited editions – for their suit; they
hard not to marvel at the similarities.
organised chaos. I understood what Federico meant
can wear the club when they are in jeans or cotton
"We have a strong tradition of producing shoes in
about the leather reacting differently to each assistant
trousers; and then they can wear this new sandal
Italy," said Federico "The English were innovators
graceful touch, because each shoe looked independent
when they are wearing their thobe."
in shoe construction, in producing sturdy soles, and
of another, yet so similar at the same time.
we learned from this. But the upper sole – or the upper part of the shoe – is something very Italian. The look, the design, the touch, the feel. A Santoni shoe is distinctive in its colouring and design. The handmade stitching, the inside stitching, the finishing – incredible quality." Santoni SPA was founded by Andrea Santoni in
So we know how Santoni are able to finish these
"We take our leather mainly from Italian tanneries which are the best in the world in terms of quality. The shoes you fitted in our shop is calf leather (young calf - very high quality leather) and is handmade,"
Marche, Italy – a region on the east coast – in 1975. Its
The Santoni brand is represented in more than 70
headquarters are in a small town called Corridonia,
countries world-wide. Since its foundation – when
and it employs its labour directly from the town.
Andrea Santoni concentrated specifically on the
"We take our leather mainly from Italian tanneries
Santoni started with just four employees working in
production of men's hand-made luxury shoes – they
which are the best in the world in terms of quality. The
a basement under his house in 1972, but now has 450
have evolved somewhat and now figure as leading
shoes you fitted in our shop is calf leather (young calf -
employees working in three factories in his home-
producers of ladies and children's shoes, as well as
very high quality leather) and is handmade," he said.
other leather accessories, such as belts, wallets and
"This area of Italy has a very special relationship
shoes, but where do they acquire their raw materials to produce them?
I was personally fitted for a pair of Limited Editions during my visit, which were so fined fitted I hardly
with tradition," said Ferranti. "It's known all over the
Since 1995, Santoni has been widening its presence
knew I was wearing them as I took them out for a
world for shoe production." Andrea Santoni takes
in the Italian market as well as in the new growing
test-walk. They were of course unfinished at this
students directly from high school here and personally
markets of Europe, China, Russia and America,
time, betraying a rather sallow yellow colour, and
trains them in his school. It takes years to understand
intensifying the retail channel with the opening
didn't go at all well with my denim jeans. But they felt
how to colour a Santoni shoe.
of direct boutiques, as well as partnerships and
"Santoni has always had a passion for quality and beauty – ever since he founded the brand. These
franchises. It opened up at Porto Salon at the Pearl, here in Doha, in 2009.
Federico documented my preferred type of leather, design and colouring, which was then sent to their
were essential components of his shoes from the first
Santoni has three men's lines – Classic, Limited
head-quarters in March for production. Ironically,
day. He then introduced this unique hand-colouring,
Edition and Club – which serve a man's different
the colour I chose, unwittingly, was old England dark
where each colouring is like a secret recipe and every
needs in a shoe. However, they have also developed a
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By Orna Ballout
As a youngster, it was creating ‘little dreams’ out of Lego that sparked Jordanian Anas Younis Shanaah’s interest in design. It would eventually lead him to become an architect-turnedfashion designer which has us lusting over his brand – Aennis Eunis – characterised by its drop dead gorgeous collection of shoes and accessories inspired by Arabic calligraphy.
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may trace in the designs, architecture followed by Industrial design training, reinforced my sensitivity to details, textures and composition; a thing that became
foundation to my work. I am also keen on giving each
Lego as a child...building homes and creating little
You launched Aennis Eunis in 2009 after a lengthy
strong colour blocks, substantial platforms and strong
dreams. I believe this is what got me eventually into
career working in New York, tell us about your ex-
lines. In every one of our collections you will find a
architecture. As I grew up, I found myself becoming
cultural reference. In this collection we chose “saya”
the fashion consultant for friends and family.
My experience in New York City was a mix of retail
fabrics from Damascus as accents to the designs.
design, window treatment, merchandising and
When we normally would see this lively fabric used in
You studied architecture in Jordan before re-
fashion. I feel as if I arrived at the fashion world from
traditional wardrobe, we decided to give it a contem-
locating to Italy to work in fashion, what sparked
the back entrance through retail and merchandising.
porary twist. So we played with old vs new concept
the change in direction?
At the same time, this gave me a valuable realistic
and we worked with busy background vs solid blocks
It was mere coincidence. Moving to Florence, in Italy,
insight on customer expectations. This is why I am
was with the mission to study Industrial Design, which
proud to say that our designs are as comfortable as
Do you have a personal favourite piece?
I embarked on upon my arrival. To support myself I
they are particular. They answer to customer needs,
They are all my babies...but sometimes when I see fi-
worked in the leather market (Mercato San Lorenzo)
yet, they stand out in any occasion.
nal samples I take sides. I must say that style “Devine”
hat’s your earliest memory of
design collection a strong conceptual theme. I apply a
interest in design?
theme every season that has a story behind it and an
I think it goes back to the days when
analytical backing so each collection has a fresh flavor.
I was left for hours playing with
is my favourite. It is actually one of the styles that
as a sales person. Almost every store had a workshop in the back where leathers were cut and sewn according
Who is the Aennis Eunis woman?
follow the calligraphy theme (that we continue to
to designs and trends of the season. This opened my
She is confident; She is strong but feminine; She car-
design). In every collection there will be a couple of
eyes to the world of fashion accessories and retail. I
ries herself with elegance and sophistication, yet she
styles that follow the calligraphy theme; our signa-
enjoyed the fast pace cycle in this dynamic field, and
is down to earth; She is someone who creates her own
ture. This design in particular turned out to be really
decided to learn more.
trend because she knows what works best for her.
feminine. Rich but delicate.
Does architecture influence your work?
Discuss the inspiration for the S/S 2012 collection...
Qatari ladies are known for their appetite for
Absolutely. Besides the architectural lines that you
The main theme for S/S 12 is fun, bold and daring...
luxury. What factors of your brand appeal to this?
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Besides comfort, leather quality, and refined finishing of each item produced, our styles have a rich presence. The details we include in our designs stand out as laborious work with hours invested in each piece. When we chose the factories in Italy for our production we made sure we went with an artisan type who
What’s the most invaluable thing you’ve ever
can invest the needed time in our products. This is
why our collections are not mass produced, and will
To believe in yourself, your intuition and gut feel-
remain at a limited capacity production.
ing...and not allow other people or opinions pull you back. For me, this has been repetitive lesson I learned
Do you have any celebrity fans?
throughout my design career.
Our designs have been worn by socialites and celebrities in the region and in Europe as well. I am sure we
Share your career highlight...
will see our designs on the red carpet soon.
My career in fashion design is only a year old...The highlight is when I saw my new creations displayed in
If you could put yourself in somebody else’s shoes
a high-end store right next to all those international
for the day, who would you choose and why?
brands. It was so rewarding to see my designs dis-
my brand internationally recognised. My real goal,
Giorgio Armani. He started his career as a window
played and purchased for the first time.
however, is a harder challenge. I want to show the rest of the world how our cultural references and the
dresser at La Rinascente in Milano. Now he has a branded empire expanding into furniture, lifestyle,
Aside from fashion, what makes you tick?
beauty I see in our surroundings is something that
floral design and even chocolates. It would be nice
Good music, poetry, smart commercials, and clever
could be shared globally. I hope the day will come
to see how it feels to live your dream through a clear
when Arabic motifs and some local aesthetic influences become standards to go by.
philosophy that lends itself to any aspect of one’s life. Out of all designers, I feel I can relate to this approach
Tell us the ultimate dream for Aennis Eunis...
As any designer starting off new, I would want to see
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Our blushing red is not just a perennial fashion favourite, it is a colour that has captivated the imagination and attention of the beholder for centuries. A symbol of power, success and passion, worn by monarchs and the privileged – no colour screams ‘I am here’ like the colour Red. From the 1800s when soldiers dressed in red to intimidate and gain advantage on their enemies on the war field, to Duke John arriving in Paris in a red velvet suit lined with grey fur, worked over with gold foliage, resonating victory and power, to king Louis XIV who deemed red-heeled shoes as a symbol of the monarchy and only to be worn by nobility. A colour, unabashedly still holding its head high in arrogance today: Think of modern version of power dressing: from hurrying Wall Street executives in red ties and red suspenders, to the likes of Hillary Clinton with red power suits, red nails, red lips and red shoes. The magnetic appeal of one colour that can eclipse all else and transform a person or an object instantly.
Carolina Herrera Alberta Ferretti
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Dolce & Gabbana
Dolce & Gabbana
In fashion, we have been blessed with icons who over the years had the hindsight to use the symbolism of the colour to create fashion statements that have stood the test of time and turned simple basics into legends. No one personified that better than Valentino (Garavani). Inspired by an opera in Barcelona, where as a teenager perched from the balcony, he sat looking down into the opera floor, marvelling at how women seated themselves in all their couture glory “looking like baskets of red flowers.” The trademark Poppy Red was first born in his 1950s Fiesta Cocktail Dress and became a pillar of his collections: 100% magenta, 100% yellow and 10% black – voluptuous and alive.
Dolce & Gabbana
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Oscar de la Renta
Salvatore Ferragamo Pucci
Oscar de la Renta
Christian Louboutin, at the tender age of 16, uninterested in bubbly or loud music, would sneak into Parisian nightclubs and appear at the Folies Bergere music hall with shoe etchings for the burlesque showgirls. Ten inch stilettos with platform detailing that extended the wearers legs â€“ making her feel sensual, beautiful and powerful. In 1992, on a quiet morning at his showroom atelier in Paris, peering at another shoe designed for one of his discerning clientele, he realised it lacked soul. What happened next would define Louboutin and catapult his name into the frontline of the fashion world. He took red nail varnish from his assistant who was painting her nails, and painted the sole of the shoe with it, giving birth to his signature Christian Louboutin red sole.
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Oscar de la Renta
Oscar de la Renta
Marc by Marc Jacobs
Marc by Marc Jacobs
Fashion rewind back to 2800 BC, Sumeria (a region in ancient Mesopotamia, modern day Iraq). A gold box with a paste of red powder is found in the tomb of a princess. For centuries thereafter, from Cleopatra to other Mesopotamian princesses, the red hue has been part of the make-up retinue. Red lipstick – like shoes and dresses – is striking, powerful, defiant and independent – transcending the wearer from simple to simply fabulous. In 1954 Coco Chanel created the vintage hue that would become known as Chanel Red. Satiny, creamy and long-lasting, as Coco Chanel once said: “If you’re sad or heartbroken, just put on a red lipstick and attack.” And so our love affair with Chanel Coco Rouge no 14, just like her sister Le Vernis Rouge Carat 587, remains in our hearts.
Spring into the Shade
It is only natural that the undying Red so rich in versatility and endurance, over time and space evolves into other varying shades of warmth. This Spring/Summer 2012 sees this evolution, with the colour red gently weaving its presence into pantones colour of the year: Tangerine Tango. Shoes, cocktail dresses and handbags – the colour is vibrant and full of sensual energy. This February when cupids arrow strikes, make sure you’re seen in the colour of the season.
Marlene Naicker - Founder/Creative Director Muldooneys. The brand Muldooneys is renowned for its luxury, discerning leather accessories – notably handbags – designed for the sophisticated, independent and fashion conscious woman. www.muldooneys.com. www.facebook.com/Muldooneys FEBRUARY 2012 / 67
Style Repeat would you
again? For some, there may have been a time when wearing a dress more than once was given a reluctant second thought. Yet, it seems that, nowadays, people are more than happy to parade the same ensemble loud and proud, by wisely investing in pieces that transcend seasonal styles. We asked Dohaâ€™s style junkies for their thoughts and tips...
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Style icon Kate Middleton sported the same creme ensemble to Zara Philips wedding ceremony in 2011 that she wore to an event in 2006, albeit with a different fascinator.
I believe in making high quality garments that are made to be treasured. The art of fashion has become extremely commercialised in the last decade and in order to be accessible, the quality of finish and materials used is compromised. Invest in pieces you love and reinvent your look with the styling. A beautiful dress will always make you feel great, and preserve meaningful memories.
Lama El-Moatassem, Founder of Toujouri
When wearing a dress more than once I like to play around with accessories, make-up and hair styles to give the outfit a fresh look. I try and pair it with different shoe styles, maybe with tights where appropriate. Using a different handbag or accessories can really funk up the outfit making the dress look new. However sometimes if I loved the look of the dress the first time, I have no issue in wearing the outfit the exact same way but play around with make-up. I like to think of the different looks before I buy any item of clothing.
There are many ways to wear a dress. If you wear a dress only once, you’re not really giving it a chance. You can accessorise it in different ways – wear a scarf or a jacket over it, or a cool new necklace. Heck, if you’re feeling crafty, add on some embellishments, cut it all up and sew it all over again. Get creative and make it your own.
Carla Mallari, PR & Marketing Co-ordinator, Style House
I find wearing a dress that works for you again is perfectly fine. I mean, if it works for your body and shape then it doesn’t matter how many times you wear it. Back in the day when a person wore a dress once, they usually wouldn’t wear it again because it was last season or so. However, nowadays people are more fashion educated and buy wisely. I believe that you make the dress beautiful, not the other way around.
Noora Al-Thani, Student
Rabia Zaman, Junior Account Executive, Hill & Knowlton The Queen of England knows a thing or two about style. She works the same yellow number at Kate and Wills wedding that she wore on her Australian tour, changing the look with black and white accessories.
The Style Revivalist Lynette Cowie offers her top tips...
1. Firstly buying a dress in a solid natural colour rather than, perhaps a very distinctive bold pattern or colour, can add versatility and longevity to the dress.
2. Adding a gilet or waistcoat to the dress, giving it more a look of separates. 3. Of course the tuxedo trend begs us to pair our dress with a lovely sequinned or super satin lapelled jacket as a hot option for a night out.
4. Belt it. Wearing different type of belts can really change the look, length and mood of a dress. Try skinny low slung, or wide in the waist or go with even higher waisted belt creating an empire styled dress.
5. Altering the length of a dress can be very impactful. Turn your once-worn floor
length gown into your best loved cocktail dress. If you want to lengthen a dress you could pick up on the least noticeable colour in the dress and add a new layer to the dress, thereby adding interest or play it safe with the same colour but a different texture. Either way it’ll add a new dimension and interest to your piece.
6. Doha is teaming with laces, braids and other decorative trims, maybe all the dress needs is some neckline details or a new lacy sleeve.
7. Give it a punch of colour – bringing new attention to your ensemble by way of a colourful pair of shoes can draw ones eye away from the much worn dress onto the new piece de resistance!
8. There’s always accessories like scarves, necklaces or a vintage brooch to add interest and a new dimension to one's ensemble!
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Who’s got designs on who?
Marni for H&M
GLAM’s Lynette Cowie, The Style Revivalist, discovers who’s doing what and with whom, as top designers meet fast-fashion retail this spring. A look at the hot guest-designer collaborations.
s it merely that February is the month of love, or are you, too, feeling a certain buzz in the air? We could put this down simply to an excited anticipation, as several high-end designers tie the knot with our favourite mass retailers over the next month or two.
MARNI Mania The ‘marriage’ on everybody’s lips is the imminent collaborative partnership between H&M and Italian designer Consuelo Castiglioni for MARNI. The women’s and men’s wear and accessories are predicted to sell out faster than you can say “sophisticated
description to MARNI’s signature look. ...But Versace Got there First If you weren’t one of the lucky ones to snap-up a goldstudded or tropical-print Versace piece on the first day of H&M’s Versace launch last November, then take heed of this spring’s MARNI ‘down-the-aisle’ date of March 8. The Trend Target Set Earlier this month, if you so much as blinked, you
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too might have missed the actual online and in-store offerings of celebrated New York designer Jason Wu in his collaboration with Target, US’s second largest discount retailer. Whether or not you were part of the day’s cyber frenzy, Jason Wu has gallantly translated his usually top-dollar priced designs (famously worn by Michelle Obama) into new, inexpensive pieces that sold for no more than $60 (QR220) a piece. This successful collaborative union is the perfect match to woo young, hip and fashion-conscious shoppers – those who have an unrelenting appetite for internationally acclaimed designer-wear at cheap and cheerful prices. Wu’s one-off with Target adds to over a decade of similar short-term partnerships, the first courtship being with Mossimo in 2000. Target’s clever initiation of the now-popular collaboration trend, and their persistence in cherry-picking the most relevant and acclaimed designers – the likes of Isaac Mizrahi, Proenza Schouler, Alexander McQueen (a year before
Versace Cruise Collection for H&M
his death) and more recently Missoni – has positioned the retailer as a ‘hot bachelor’, and partnering with them somewhat of a status-symbol for up and coming designers. FEBRUARY 2012 / 71
David Beckham for H&M For The Long Haul While kicking the trend of short-lived marriages, but eager to score through the soaring Valentine’s Day sales period, is David Beckham. He and H&M sealed the deal to launch his men’s underwear line earlier this month in 1800 H&M stores worldwide. Now considered part of the H&M team, plans are underway to have Beckham’s latest men’s bodywear products launched seasonally. Another strategically chosen partnership, that goes the mile, is that of actress and style icon, Chloe Sevigny, with Manhattan-based retailer Open Ceremony. Now on her fourth collection, it’s clear that this is one collaborative design philosophy that works for designer, retailer and customer, albeit a little bit on the steeper price range. Win-Win Indeed The benefits of collaborative projects to retailer and designer are numerous, with vastly different objectives and motivations. For the designer, collaborations offer an insight and entry into a younger market. They use this opportunity to market and position themselves as sought-after among youthful consumers, thereby growing their global awareness. With many collaborations being once-off affairs, it also presents them with the opportunity to try their hand at a new line, and being paid handsomely for it. Take Diane von Furstenberg’s collaborative entry into GAP Kids and Baby (sorry mums, only up to the age of 14 will be wearing GAP DVF this season) as a keen example of how the American designer can test the waters to potentially venture into her own kids’ wear range. Next month the Diane von Furstenberg line will be appearing in GAP Kids and Baby retail stores in 30 countries, while available online and shipped to 75 countries. While companies won’t kiss and tell of the fees and sale figures coming from these marriages of conveniences, it’s safe to say that it’s becoming increasingly lucrative for designers, whose fees have generally doubled over the last five years, as the demand and popularity of collaborations soar. This fast infusion of cash, whether a once-off fee or based on a percentage of sales, can certainly go a long way to sustaining their high-end collections and runway shows. For the lesser known or less established designers, a longer-term collaboration can build brand awareness. So it is for Siriano, winner of Project Runway 2008. Payless SHOESOURCE has agreed to a royalty remuneration scheme, which gives him the financial muscle to build on his
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GLAM successes. Siriano’s shoes will be in 4 000 stores this spring, giving consumers an opportunity to buy into an otherwise elitist brand. On Everyone’s Feed For the retailer, the collaboration success has, surprisingly, little to do with the sales volumes, as their success is measured in the publicity generated around the partnership, rather than the items sold. Online fashion shows, tweets, Facebook, fashion blogs, videos are just some of today’s most powerful online tools used to exhaustively promote campaigns. Sure to grab the attention of online and in-store shoppers this month, is designer Mary Katrantzou’s 14-piece SS12 collection for TopShop. While this isn’t the first time they’ve joined hands, the popularity buzz is predicted to intensify over her latest distinctive, multi-print designs. In fact, when all is said and done, it’s about enticing and satisfying us, the customer and thankfully we won’t have to wait long to be part of these alluring unions!
Shopping Tips to Snap-up the Best: If online, ensure you’ve pre-registered on the site, going as far as to order an item beforehand to ensure you’re not held-up in the system’s payment or delivery
Know your size. Familiarise yourself with the size chart guidelines to ensure you’re ordering correctly Get there early. Take note of global time differences when going online and opening times in-store. Be prepared to jostle, regrettably, among some consumer greed
Jason Wu for Target
Being part of the short-lived frenzy is unavoidable, so be mindful of choosing wisely, basing your selection on figure, style, lifestyle and colour suitability If in doubt, select an accessory like a scarf or handbag – an item that’s sure to be used without the uncertainty of fitting correctly.
Aptly known as The Style Revivalist, Lynette Cowie dedicates her energies to family, friends and clientele. For personal styling consultations and viewing of her COWIE range visit www.lynettecowie.com
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S/S STeals Carolina Herrera Sunglasses
With the African planes as inspiration, take guidance from Mulberry, Roberto Cavalli, Gucci, Lanvin, Michael Kors and Salvatore Ferragamo, to unleash your inner wild side this season in a selection of animal prints.
Topshop Tiger Print Jumper Gucci
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Micheal Kors Spring
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Carolina Herrera Miss Selfridge Dress
And it was all Yellow!
Mulberry Louis Vuitton
Compiled by Orna Ballout As the weather starts heating up, make sure your wardrobe does too with an injection of yellow hues. Spotted at Louis Vuitton, Mulberry and Versace, to name a few, the sunshine shade is big news this season.
Paul Smith Paul Smith Bag
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Mango Bracelet Lanvin Clutch
Shana London clutch
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Under The Sea
Shells, mermaids, pearls, seahorses, crabs and fish are set to become your fave friends. From Chanel’s pearly production to Versace’s underwater vibe – dive head first into the trend with aquatic inspired accessories.
Mesi Jilly Ring
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By Debrina Aliyah
dmit it. We have all, regardless of
enhancement surgery performed may surpass the two
Sheyla Hershey went to great lengths with more
gender, at some point stared intently
than eight breast enhancement procedures and was
at a woman with a sizable pair of
While these women satisfy their desire for a
awarded the Brazilian equivalent of the Guinness
breasts. Be it out of admiration,
heavier and fuller bosom, there are risks of multiple
Book of World Records for the biggest breasts at
envy or visual entertainment, we
complications that may occur which will result in
the size of 38KK in the year 2009. A year later, she
just cannot help but steal a look
irreversible damage to the breast tissues and muscles.
suffered from staph infection because of her implants
and wonder just how amazing it is to be blessed with
Serious ramifications include â€˜calcificationâ€™ - calcium
and subsequently had to remove all her implants as
a full bosom. We fantasise that this woman must be
build-up in breast tissues, capsular contracture -
well as her own breast tissue.
very popular with men, that she must look fantastic
hardening of the breast area around the implant,
Even with celebrities like Pamela Anderson and
in swimsuits, and that she must lead a fabulous life
and deformity of the chest wall or the underlying rib
the late Anna Nicole Smith as real life examples of
because of all the perks that come with an attractive
cage due to the weight of the implants. Unflattering
breast implants gone wrong, women are still flocking
body. That conversation inside our heads is probably
paparazzi shots of celebrities with breast implants
to get their breasts enhanced in hopes of achieving
the number one factor why the number of breast
including Janet Jackson and Vivaca Fox reveal
beauty and sense of confidence. Pamela Anderson was
enhancement surgeries performed around the world
implants that appear sunken from the side, a common
famous for her huge heaving bosoms on the shores of
is increasing by the year despite the risks involved.
blunder resulting from silicon displacement in the
Baywatch, which many medical experts say is too big
incorrect position of the breasts.
for her frame. After years of enduring the weight, she
The International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS) revealed in its latest survey that
finally underwent surgery to reduce the size of her
more than 1.5 million breast enhancement surgeries
enhancement procedures can cause a deep dent in
were performed worldwide in the year 2010, and
your pockets. ISAPSâ€™s survey records that the average
estimated that this number increased by about 20%
cost of a procedure is around QR 12,550 and this is not
in 2011. Breast enhancement surgery remains the
inclusive of the after-care and clinic fees. There have
second most popular aesthetic procedure in the world
been reports in countries like China, Lebanon and
enhancement surgeries is the Poly Implant Prothese
after liposuction. These statistics come only from
Venezuela where women would go as far as taking
(PIP) silicone implants that has reportedly caused
surgeons around the world registered with ISAPS
personal loans just to have the procedures done. And
ruptures in at least two thousand patients in France. To
and it is estimated that the actual amount of breast
if just one implant is not enough, Brazilian housewife
the rest of the world, it may be a funny news headline
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The International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS) revealed in its latest survey that more than 1.5 million breast enhancement surgeries were performed worldwide in the year 2010, and estimated that this number increased by about 20% in 2011.
as we are reminded of slapstick jokes, but for women with breast implants, it is their biggest nightmare unfolding. Eight of the affected women had been found to have cancer including one of a rare immune system cell cancer. PIP reportedly used industrialgrade silicone rather than medical-approved silicone in its implants, possibly a move to increase profits by driving down costs, causing disastrous results. While medical-approved silicone records a 1% rate of leakage, PIP implants has a remarkably high 11% rate of leakage which results in serious complications including inflammation of breasts tissue due to its industrial content. It is no wonder that women in the UK are taking to the streets to demand for hospitals to replace their PIP implants with safer ones. PIP is the only company thus far that has been discovered in their unethical practice of substituting silicons with unapproved materials, but what guarantee is there that there arenâ€™t any other implant companies out there who are doing the same thing but yet to be exposed? With all these dangers lurking around the corner, why are women still willing to undergo the knife to alter a part of their body which is vital to the reproduction system? The notion of perky full breasts
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The Maxi Push Up Collection from women’secret offers an array of attractive bras that’ll help dramatically increase the appearance of your bust size. The comfy and chic offerings are available in different colours and materials such as lace, cotton and tulle.
as part of society’s obsession with the perfect body
by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are
drives the way women look at themselves. When
allowed by the council so the PIP implants would not
confidence is derived from physical appearance rather
have been allowed into this country. If you have had
than from an inner place, women begin to seek all
the procedure done elsewhere with a PIP implant, I
kinds of methods to improve their outer look, breast
would recommend you do a thorough check-up with
your surgeon and discuss the possibilities of replacing it with a new implant,” explains Dr. Makki.
Popular in Qatar
Natural Beauty: Gwyneth Paltrow flaunts her natural figure in this low cut green ensemble
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There are various types of breast enhancement
Here in Qatar, renowned consultant plastic surgeon Dr
procedures available to cater to the different needs
Ahmed Seif Makki says that the most popular reason
of patients including the most common silicone
for breast enhancement is to correct asymmetrical
implants, saline implants, and lipo-filling injections.
breasts followed by desire to enlarge and enhance small
Lipo-filling or fat injection acts to plump up areas that
breasts and finally as post-breast cancer reconstructive
have lost volume as a result of surgery, injury, or aging.
surgery. At his clinic, Plastic Surgicentre, Dr Makki
The transplanted fat comes from the patient’s own
performed about 50 breast enhancement procedures
body and this procedure does not carry risk of allergic
last year while Dr Kamal Husein Saleh, the consultant
reaction. Because of its seemingly harmless effects, fat
cosmetic surgeon at Al-Emadi Hospital also recorded
injection is a popular procedure in Qatar.
a similar amount of breast procedures done at his
“Most of my patients prefer to do lipo-filling of the
centre in 2011. Collectively, both doctors agree that
breasts using their own body fat and the second most
breast enhancement is one of the most popular
popular procedure is the silicone breast implant. The
aesthetic procedures here in Qatar.
implants come in different quality and shapes from
“There is no need for our patients to worry about
different suppliers so the surgeons themselves must
the PIP implants here in Qatar because the Supreme
choose the right one based on their own experience
Council of Health maintains a strict requirement
to best suit the patients. Even if it means it is the
when it comes to medical supplies. All medical related
more expensive option, the safety of the patient is the
supplies used in clinics and hospitals are received
utmost priority,” Dr. Saleh says.
and examined thoroughly by the council before
Prior to a breast enhancement procedure, patients
being distributed. Only supplies that are approved
must go a thorough consultation with the doctor to
n the flip side of the coin, there are plenty of
celebrities who are proud of their less curvaceous cleavages. Hollywood A-listers Cate Blanchett, Keira
Knightley, Zoe Saldana, Tilda Swinton and Gwyneth
Paltrow are beautiful actresses that have not succumbed to the pressure of achieving the bust size of the Marilyn Monroe ideal.
In fact, because of their slim and slender silhouettes, they have
become favourites with fashion houses as they can carry off all the latest trends from the catwalk. There are lots of different
styles that you can experiment with for a small chest, from grungy
androgynous dressing to subtle feminine glamour. And if you ever find the need to fill up a sexy plunging V-neck ensemble, let us recommend some quick and painless tips... understand the process, the possible complications
Wearing the right undergarment
and the after-care. Dr Makki explains that the
Finding the perfect bra in the right size may not be the easiest
consultation would usually cover the motivations of
task as our bodies are individually unique but once you have
a patient for seeking breast enhancement, the desired
nailed down the right one to give you the support you need, stick
size of the enhancement and its compatibility with the
to it and it will help create the fuller cleavage that you crave. A
patient’s body shape and lifestyle as well as a medical
good push-up bra does wonders by not only giving you a heavy
check which sometimes include a mammogram.
bosom but also helps push the fat from under the armpits to the
Dr Makki explains that the new generation silicone
chest. Specialised body suits like Spanx, a body shapewear, will
implants, when inserted properly, will last for a
also help tone the body in the long run. Some undergarments also
lifetime and would only need to be replaced if the body
come with special accessories like bra clips to help with support.
goes through changes like drastic weight loss or gain and pregnancy. When the body shape changes, the
Using extra padding
breasts follows suit so it is important to have implants
Why put silicone implants in your body when you can just insert
that match the body shape for optimal results.
them into your bra? The innovation that hit the market about a
The PIP debacle has brought afresh the dangers
decade ago remains one of the most popular options to instantly
and issues surrounding breast implants and could
lift the breasts and create a cleavage. These silicon pads are easy
this take a hit at the breast enhancement industry?
to use, either as an insert into your bra or a stick-on under your
Dr Makki reassures that this is an isolated case and
breasts. Other than silicon, there are also a variety of bra inserts
that the ISAPS is continuously playing its roles in two
which are designed for different outfits including swimwear and
primary functions, to ensure patients’ safety through
monitoring as well as life-long education for its members in all development of aesthetic surgery.
Make up is not just for the face
“As with all things in life, there are risks. Of course
Bronzing powder and blushers are perfect to add a little illusion
there are risks to any type of surgery but it is our duty
to your bosom. Pick a shade that best suits the colour of your
as doctors to minimise the risks by following all the
chest and dust it across the bosom area. Just like how you would
rules. We must provide the right patients with the
use a highlighter to define your nose, use the same technique in
right procedures at the right facilities and the right
between your breasts and you are ready to go!
surgeons.” Dr Makki concludes. FEBRUARY 2012 / 81
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Dropping the Doha Dozen Part Two BY Christina Maria Paschyn
Iâ€™ve been dreading writing this article. I had thought that, by now, I would have lost nearly all of my extra pounds and been celebrating achieving my goal weight. To jog your memories, in December I embarked on an intense diet and fitness regime to drop 15 pounds; my plan was to eat no more than 1200 calories a day and exercise 3-5 times a week. This was my main resolution for the New Year, and I was getting a head start. With ambition and determination burning within me, I had lost about seven pounds by the time I wrote my first instalment for GLAM.
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wish I could say I lost another seven pounds in the past month – hell, I’d be satisfied with just two. But the truth is the holidays really did a number on my diet and fitness plan. Most people just have to get past two main winter holidays: Christmas and New Year’s Eve. If only I was so lucky. My family’s Ukrainian-American
background and Eastern-Catholic roots mean that, not only do we celebrate the Gregorian schedule of religious events, we follow the Julian calendar as well. That means celebrating regular Christmas, Ukrainian Christmas (Jan. 7), regular New Year’s Eve and then the Ukrainian one. It’s a constant stream of bubbly, food and overindulgence from Dec 25th to Jan 14th. It’s embarrassing admitting my failure on paper. But as my husband tenderly reminded me recently, most people have already given up their weight loss
On the go with hardly any time to spare? Download the free Workout Trainer app by Skimble. Offering a variety of moderate to intense 20-minute or less exercise routines, you’ll be able stay in shape with just your phone in tow.
To make sure you follow your plan, put it in writing. This will reinforce your resolve and make you more accountable for meeting your weekly goals. And each time you reach an important milestone in your weight loss plan, don’t forget to give yourself a little treat, like a spa day or shopping for clothes to fit your hot new physique. I like to use a colourful and peppy goal game, created by Michelle Ward of Spring: Inspiration in Bloom. It lets you break down your goal into several steps and rewards your achievements along the way. You can download it for free here: http://springinspiration.com/michelles-goal-gamedownload/ Log on to Track Your Success! If your weight loss strategy includes tracking calories or logging your physical activity, you know it can be tiresome to calculate it all by hand. Let the internet do it for you! Lose It (www.loseit.com) is an ingenious tool that, based on your gender, age, current weight
resolutions. According to The Huffington Post, that’s
and height, calculates how many calories you should
why gyms seem to burst at the seams in January, when
be consuming and expending to lose however many
memberships often increase by 25%. But come mid-
pounds per week. You can log your daily calorie
February, attendance peters off to typical rates and
intake; the site’s extensive list of foods and respective
60% of gym memberships go unused for the rest of
calorie values mean you won’t have to consult any
nutrition books yourself. Lose It even estimates how
So, it looks like I’m just like everybody else, and I’m
many calories you burned during a particular workout
guessing most of you reading this are just as frustrated
hour. Make peace with the fact you’re only human and
(so no need to buy a heart rate monitor).
with your failed attempt or stalled progress. So where
you need a break every so often. In fact, it’s healthy!
do we go from here? Do we just throw in the towel
Ignoring your cravings for too long can lead to binge
and settle for the status quo? Or can we get ourselves
eating. So when you do cave, relax and enjoy the
back on track? Clearly, I want to do the latter, and
experience. Just make sure you get back on track: eat
I’m sure you do too. What’s lacking in us isn’t desire,
a salad for dinner or workout for an extra half-hour
it’s motivation. Particularly, the motivation to push
the next morning. And remember, a single slipup isn’t
through the tough times, like when boot camp starts at
going to derail your plans and negate all of your hard
6am and the thought of crawling out of bed makes you
work. A full day of overeating, however, can. That’s
want to cry, or when you’ve eaten a sensible lunch and
something I still need to work on: not to shake my fist
the office-feeder waves a batch of cupcakes under your
at Jillian Michaels after an abysmal workout session
Another site I recommend is www.SparkPeople. com. Spark People provides a similar service and encourages you to engage its other users so you can build your own support community; it also provides various exercise videos. On the go with hardly any time to spare? Download the free Workout Trainer app by Skimble. Offering a variety of moderate to intense 20-minute or less exercise routines, you’ll be able stay in shape with just your phone in tow.
nose. All I can say is do not despair, for there is hope!
or binge on butter cookies after one poorly planned
In fact, there are tips, tricks and tools you can use to
Trick Yourself: Use smaller plates and larger forks Portion control is an essential component of any
stay motivated and make sure you cross the finish line. Devise a Strategy
weight loss plan. It may be hard to adjust to fist-size
Saying you want to lose 15 pounds is all very well, but
cuts of steak from the massive slabs you typically get
Accept that eventually you will fall off the horse.
if you don’t have a specific plan and time frame in
at restaurants. But believe me, you’re not making it any
Just resolve to get back on it!
mind, it’s never going to happen.
easier for yourself by eating your food off an oversized
Here are the ones I’ve now come to rely on:
Mistakes are natural; nobody is perfect and there
Break up your goal into baby steps, like resolving to
will be days when that plate of grease-soaked burger
lose two pounds per week. That way, you won’t feel
and fries is too tempting to resist or you really can’t
like you have a behemoth obstacle to overcome; you
be bothered to hop on the elliptical machine for an
can focus on jumping one tiny hurdle at a time.
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plate. Invest in smaller dishes; then mentally you won’t feel like you’re rationing your grub. However, the opposite is true for utensils. Researchers at the University of Utah in Salt Lake
City found that diners who used larger-than-average
as you monitor your weight on a daily basis, you’ll
small. Hang it up in a spot where you will see it every
forks ate less. You’d think the opposite would be true.
begin to figure out how your weight is affected by
day. It will serve as a reminder to keep reaching for
But apparently people who used a smaller fork felt
certain foods or even a particularly time of the month.
your goal. And when you are finally able to put on
they were making less progress finishing their meals,
When I was at my lowest weight last year - 120 pounds
that previously too tight dress or shirt, you’ll feel
which led to more consumption of food than those
- I decided to reward myself with a pizza and cheesy
like you’ve conquered the world. It worked for me
who used a big fork.
bread feast. The next day when I weighed myself, I
last year, and I’m hoping it works for me this year as
saw I had shot up seven pounds overnight! I didn’t
well. It has to since I sort of blew my last paycheque
Stop eating after eight o’clock and hit the sack
really - the cheese and related sodium in the pizza
on a brand new wardrobe that fits just a bit too tight
Over the past few weeks, I’ve come to realise late night
had caused me to retain water, and my weight went
for comfort. OK, so this actually wasn’t my intention.
snacking is the main culprit derailing my progress. I
back to normal after two days. But the experience was
When I was ordering the clothes online I thought I
exercise everyday and eat sensibly from breakfast to
a revelation. You can bet I certainly did not eat pizza
was purchasing a good fit. I guess I have no choice
dinner. But come 10 or 11pm, I’m hungry again and I
the night before my wedding!
now but to lose the weight. Otherwise, I won’t have
start to snack. It may be healthy snacks, like nuts or
But maybe the scale isn’t enough for you; you don’t
fruits, but by that point at night, I’ve already consumed
care what number you see below your feet, you just
most of the daily calories I needed. I know I shouldn’t
want to look good. My advice: go out and buy yourself
Take the time to feel beautiful
eat any more, but the hunger pains lure me back into
a pricey new pair of jeans, one or a couple sizes too
It’s easy to feel ugly after an unintended spike in
any suits to wear to work!
the kitchen. The solution? Get into the habit of not
weight. Many feel ashamed and want to hide from
eating after eight o’clock. Debate remains whether late
family and friends in fear of gossip and judgment.
night snacking negatively affects your metabolism,
The best I can say is get over it. Locking yourself up
but even if it doesn’t, you don’t really need those extra
in your apartment is not going to help you get fit, but
calories. So what to do if you’re still hungry at night?
it will give you ample opportunity to eat away your
Go to bed! Stop watching TV, which makes you want
sorrows with tubs of ice cream and junk food. Realise
to munch, and just hit the hay. Researchers have found
that, regardless of how much you weigh, you are still a
lack of sleep often leads to weight gain because the
beautiful person and you can’t let some extra pounds
less sleep you get, the hungrier you feel and the more you begin to crave carbs and high-calorie sugary foods for an energy boost. Moreover, the earlier you get to bed, the earlier you wake up; researchers have also found people who rise before 9am eat less calories throughout their day than people who sleep until noon. So do yourself a favour: Turn off the remote and start counting sheep. Weigh yourself every day and give yourself a reason to lose weight Recent studies show people who weigh themselves everyday tend to maintain their weight and avoid additional pounds than people who just weigh themselves once a week. I know, I know. Many people disagree; they say your body experiences so much dayto-day fluid fluctuation, you’ll see inaccurate losses or gains on the scale and start to feel discouraged. Yes, that’s true. But what’s also true is weight can pile on rapidly before you even know what hit you. That’s what happened to me in the week after my wedding when I realized I had gained five pounds in just seven days. Weighing yourself every day keeps you on your
Recent studies show people who weigh themselves everyday tend to maintain their weight and avoid additional pounds than people who just weigh themselves once a week.
stop you from living and excelling in life. As you know by now, many people around the world struggle with maintaining a healthy or aesthetically pleasing (to them) figure. That doesn’t mean other people don’t find you just as attractive, interesting or inspiring as you were before. More importantly, confidence has the amazing ability to pull focus away from any physical imperfections. I’ve done just that. A few days after the New Year, I brushed aside any apprehensions and doubts and bravely put my faith in a hair stylist who proceeded to chop off my gorgeous long blonde locks (a look I’ve sported since the 8th grade). And you know what? I absolutely love my haircut! I feel so much more sophisticated, yet daring and trendy, than I ever did before. And I know that my new look is going to look all the more fabulous when I reach my ‘perfect size.’ When you’re happy you’ll find that it’s easier to stay motivated in all aspects of your life, including fitness and nutrition. You’ll also start each day excited about what new opportunities are in store for you. So go out and make yourself feel beautiful, whether that means splurging on a luxury pedicure or buying a sexy new
toes, keeping you motivated to, at the very least, not
dress. Imagine the confidence you’ll gain when, in a
overeat beyond the recommended calorie limit. And
few months time, you realise you need to take it in! FEBRUARY 2012 / 85
If you love them â€“
feed them well By Nicole Van Hattem
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February being the month we take time to celebrate love, let’s take a moment to look at the way we express love with food.
raditionally, women would spend many
with chemicalised canned drinks?
hours a day planning, preparing and serving
supermarket, restaurants and convenience outlets. Express your love by choosing to serve foods that
food to her family, with many growing crops
nourish and are healthy. Make the best choices you
and animals, gathering wild ingredients or
When you plan for a celebration, do you often choose
can and keep loving for a long time to come.
bartering and buying at local markets. Food
a menu of processed, large volume low quality foods,
was understood as an expression of love and
high in saturated fats, salt and sugar, accompanied by
Say I love you with...
a woman’s skill and knowledge in the kitchen highly-
large portions of animal foods. Or is there a rainbow
Gourmet chocolates and cakes.
valued. Meals were well-thought out and designed
of natural colours on the table – recipes made from the
Rather than going for a large quantity, which may look
to grow strong children, maintain the health of the
freshest, organic, local and unprocessed specialities?
impressive but is likely to be filled with poor quality ingredients, choose a gourmet option. Higher quality
family, to heal the sick, and also please the palate. At feast times, holy days and special occasions, high
may mean a higher price and most likely a much lower
quality and skilfully prepared plant and animals foods
As you think of your last romantic restaurant meal,
volume, but it will say a great deal about how much
were key focal points of celebrations and were enjoyed
consider how the venue was chosen? Was the decision
you care about the recipient.
together as a family and even as a community.
based on beautiful decor and lighting, price, range of
How do you express love with food?
items on the menu, location? How much consideration
Packaged convenience foods – read the labels.
was given to choosing a restaurant that offered the
Avoid foods with long lists of ingredients, especially
freshest and highest quality of food, appropriate
sugar, hydrogenated oils, artificial colours flavours
portion sizes, organic, free range and locally grown
and preservatives. Where possible prepare your own
When you have friends over for a coffee and a chat,
foods on the menu?
meals made from fresh, whole foods.
do you serve processed snacks such as biscuits,
In our modern world, we are in a constant rush to
crisps, cakes and chocolates, or all natural fresh
move ever more quickly to the next activity and then
and unprocessed foods? Do you serve spring water,
to the next, often commenting that we just don’t have
Serve high quality instead of high quantity. Bigger is
home-made lemonade and mocktails made with
enough time to plan, shop, cook and eat properly. New
not necessarily better.
freshly squeezed juices or soft drinks and high calorie
generations of young adults have little or no knowledge
of or value for kitchen skills and don’t understand how
to communicate through food. With vast volumes of
Serve smoothies made from fresh fruits, or add freshly
convenience and packaged foods available we have
squeezed juices to sparkling water instead of canned
When you look at the food table at a children’s party
become lazy in the way that we express love and
and bottled drinks with added sugars and chemicals.
– do you see fruit and vegetables, yoghurt, lean meats
appreciation through food.
and home baked goods, served with spring water and
February is the month of love. Food is love. How will
freshly squeezed fruit juices? Or a range of quick
you be expressing love through food this month? You
There are so many to choose from so spend your
and easy, factory produced snack foods which are
may not be able to grow your own food, prepare a
money wisely. If you are eating out because it’s a
often heavily laden with artificial sugars, colours,
gourmet meal of organic, local ingredients; however
special event, then opt to go to a restaurant that has
preservatives and cheap ingredients, offered along
you do have power to make healthy choices at the
organic and free range ingredients on the menu.
Nicole van Hattem is Founder and Wellness Director of Art of Abundant Living, which specialises in individual health coaching, corporate wellness programs, health products and retreats. Find out more at www.artofabundantliving.com, join Art of Abundant Living on Facebook or follow Nicole on twitter @AALNicole and LinkedIn FEBRUARY 2012 / 87
BY jody ryan
unwrapping the layers to find warmth and beauty glam, beauty.... and yoga? Does beauty have a part to play in this practice of yoga? Debates abound in the yoga world these days about just that â€“ the glamorisation of yoga. Of yoga losing its true meaning. Young, thin, picture-perfect women in expensive yoga clothes. For many, yet another unattainable standard or body to live up to. But in thinking and mulling it over there is a relationship between the two, though perhaps not in the way you might expect.
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s a yoga teacher I work to heighten
give pleasure to the senses ...”.
my observation skills to first help
I feel that about myself? When do I feel
my students with their physical
yoga practice by keeping them
Living in Qatar and having opportunity
safe and second, to view each as an individual,
on many occasions to dress up and glam my
guiding them through various postures, or
look, one might think that’s when I feel my
asanas. To me, it’s not so much how each
best. But is it? After all the hair, dress, shoes,
student’s postures appear in comparison to
make-up, nails are done, I somehow feel a
what I may have seen in pictures, studied in
little, well, overdone. For me, beauty is the
books or learned of in anatomy class. Yes,
feeling derived from an underlying quality of
those are all key components of their practice
particular moments in my day, or in my life.
and of my teaching, but what matters most is
Like when I was pregnant.
how they feel while moving, breathing and
of my body all round, curvaceous and full.
transitioning throughout the hour or so I
While walking barefoot along the beach,
have with them during a class. As much as I
wind blowing through my hair, make-up
can observe and assist, the students are their
free, my old baggy cut-offs on. Or when out
own best guides because only they know
for a simple meal with my husband. When I
how they feel throughout.
peel back the layers, it is all about how I’m
Within each movement and posture
feeling under it all. I feel beautiful because
are several layers of thought, action and
my body is overflowing with new life. I feel
connection and each of these variables are
beautiful because I am on a wondrous beach,
different on any given day. Exploring each of the subtle layers is how we learn. We learn about our bodies, ourselves, our lives. We learn what yoga really is. Take for instance the posture of Vrksasana, or Tree Pose.
Simple you might think,
looking at it. Tree pose is great for calming the mind but it can also be challenging to
Beauty: the quality or aggregate of qualities in a person or thing that gives pleasure to the senses or pleasurably exalts the mind or spirit. (Merriam Webster definition)
many because it requires presence, focus,
smelling the sea, sand massaging my feet and toes, the sun’s rays warm upon my face. I feel beautiful because my husband is looking at me and I sense his love for me. None of these are about how I look externally
underneath. It is not always what’s on the surface that tells the story, but what lays below.
breath, balance, strength, extension. All of this, just to stand with one foot raised.
Yoga helps me unwrap the layers and look closely within. Noticing not only the
Balance poses can be daunting when trying to combine aspects of the physical
moments of beauty but all the moments in my life. Take some time to look for
along with the clarity and calmness of the mind that’s required.
them, uncover them, notice them, feel them. Your moments, your self, your life,
But back to this business of beauty. As the definition says, “the qualities that
your beauty. Then, let yourself shine! FEBRUARY 2012 / 89
THE TAN COMMANDMENTS
As much as we love the cooler winter months here in Doha, this is not so great for maintaining the beautiful sun kissed look that we are used to now. Thankfully there is sunless tanning which enables us to keep our gorgeous glow all year round!
ow Sunless Tanning Works... The ingredient in tanning lotions that gives your skin that delicious golden glow is Dihydroxyacetone, also known as DHA.
DHA was first discovered in the late 1920s when DHA spilled on the skin and produced a brown colour. DHA has been listed with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) since 1973, and has been used in cosmetic preparations for almost 30 years. Rest assured that despite itâ€™s rather long and off-putting sounding name, DHA is not absorbed through the skin into the body and it has no known toxicity so it is perfectly safe. The skin is made up of two main layers: the epidermis and dermis. The epidermis is also made up of layers. The outermost layer of the epidermis, the stratum corneum (or horny layer) is where self tanning occurs. DHA reacts with amino acids on the skin and oxygen in the air causing skin to turn brown, giving the appearance of a tan. Every day millions of dead skin cells are sloughed or worn away from the surface of the skin. Actually, every 35 to 45 days you have an entirely new epidermis. This is why the colour change produced by DHA creating the tan effect will gradually fade. A sunless tan lasts about 5-7 days usually. One great benefit of sunless tanning is that your skin is not exposed to harmful UVA and UVB rays which are partly responsible for the ageing effect on the skin as well as leading to other more dangerous skin problems. There are two tanning methods. One is spray tanning which is usually done in salon by a trained professional and leaves you with a beautiful even colour. The second method is application by hand which uses a cream and is rubbed onto the skin, almost as you would apply a moisturiser, this can be done in salon or at home by yourself. 90 / FEBRUARY 2012
Tanning tips: Be sure to exfoliate before you apply your tan, this will help your tan last longer and fade evenly. If in the salon, be sure your therapist applies a barrier cream around your eyebrows, finger and toe nails. If you are applying the tan at home always use gloves to avoid staining your hands, apply moisturizer to your elbows, hands, knees and feet. Where you have drier areas on your skin the tan will develop darker. When I am applying tan to moisturizer to dilute it so that I don’t have orange
A monthly trip to the salon for a facial really is something that we should all do, especially after the
my hands and feet , I always like to mix it with
festive party season, as late nights can make your skin feel tired too! However, not only can salon Most sunless tanners have a guide colour, this en-
visits be costly but also very time consuming! Here is a recipe for a mask that you can make at home
ables you to see exactly where you are applying
that will instantly revive your skin to reveal a fresh glowing complexion.
it and minimizes the risk of streaks and missing areas. This colour will come off onto clothing and bedding, but it is just vegetable dye, it will wash
The mask has only 3 ingredients pineapple, papaya and raw honey and this is why... Pineapple is an excellent natural exfoliator rich in fruit enzymes to smooth the skin and also provides anti-aging benefits by stimulating the formation of collagen cells. Papaya also helps to exfoliate and soften the skin and is rich in vitamin C which will brighten your
out so don’t worry.
complexion. To maintain your tan try to apply a gradual tan-
Honey is great for moisturising, calming and soothing the skin.
ning lotion every other day after your initial tan-
2 Chunks Fresh Pineapple
ning application. The gradual tan lotions contain
1 Ripe Papaya
a small percentage of DHA to prolong the colour of your tan while it moisturises your skin and because it has such a small percentage of the tanning ingredient you don’t have to worry about streaks
1/2 teaspoon Raw Honey Add all ingredients to your blender or mix by hand until a smooth consistency is achieved. Apply to your face for 5-10 minutes. Rinse with cool water. Apply your favorite moisturiser. This mask is 100% natural and be sure to make it fresh every time!
or the shade looking too dark.
Drip five drops of your favorite nail shade into a bottle of clear basecoat for a translucent hint of colour that’s very 2012.
Aloe Vera gel is a fantastic moisturiser for all types of skin.
Kirsten McLachlan is the Training Manager at AND Trading, ensuring all staff have up-to-date training on the newest , trendiest and highest quality services available in the market. She has been in the beauty industry for 12 years. Kirsten also manages the Nails Boutique Salon inside Zai Mall on Salwa Road where you can see her for appointments on request. She will write a regular column on skin, hair and nail care for GLAM. Join Nails Qatar on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @nailsqatar e-mail: email@example.com FEBRUARY 2012 / 91
compiled by CASSEY OLIVEIRA
01 Sensibio H2O make-up remover from Bioderma
Applying make-up can be fun, but removing it isnâ€™t. Thanks to Bioderma, women now have a safe and gentle way of wiping off make-up, including waterproof mascara, with the first cleaning and make-up removal water â€“ Sensibio H2O. The liquid gently removes dust and impurities and leaves the skin feeling exquisitely clean, soft and comfortable. GLAM says: Say yes to make-up!
02 Pour Elle fragrance from Mauboussin This elegant and captivating fragrance is infused with notes of rhubarb, rose, red fruits and jasmine, complemented by amber and sandalwood scents. The bottle comes with a ring, and its sensuous curves further add the mysterious charm of this skin-coloured essence. GLAM says: Spray on the charm!
03 Traffic Stopping Shadow from Rimmel This silky-smooth baked powder eyeshadow creates dazzlingly dramatic, long-lasting eye-looks that are simply gorgeous. Its high-tech formula containing silk mica and other emollients lends it a soft, velvety smooth texture that glides on so easily and remains for 10 hours. The rich, vibrant hues combine with light-catching sparkle for eyes that glow. GLAM says: Stop the lights!
04 Healthy Balance powder from Bourjois Offering a genuine Asian fruit therapy, this powder combines the benefits of the moisturising sharon fruit, and the astringen and balancing yuzu. It has an anti-shine effect, so your skin will look radiant and matte-finished for up to 10 hours. GLAM says: Look natural!
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05 Touche Healthy Mix concealer from Bourjois Eliminate dark circles, redness and imperfections with this new concealer from Bourjois. Enriched with lightreflecting pigments, the concealer brightens up your eyes to produce a refreshing effect in an instant. Moreover, it twist-pen design makes it all the more fun to use. GLAM says: Be a perfectionist!
06 Volume Glamour Max Definition mascara from Bourjois
Now you can add volume to those beautiful lashes with the new mascara from Bourjois. Enriched with fortifying and protective black pearl extract and volume-enhancing agents, the power bristles gently coat your lashes making them look incredibly thick. GLAM says: Pump up the volume!
07 Ultra Gentle Moisturiser from L’occitane The magical skincare properties of shea butter are carefully packed in this handy moisturiser bottle. Rich in Vitamin A, antioxidant Vitamin E, and fatty acids that help to strengthen cell membranes, this natural beauty secret leaves the skin soft, supple and perfectly nourished. It’s perfect for all skin types. GLAM says: Its shea-bulous!
08 Scandaleyes mascara from Rimmel Giant luscious lashes are now easy thanks to a brand new chunky brush and innovative formula that reaches every single lash. The magical mixture of collagen and keratin ensure your lashes stay healthy, plump and gorgeous without clumping. Packed in a bright orange tube, it’s simply irresistible. GLAM says: Be outrageous!
09 Nailgrowth Miracle Serum from Sally Hansen
No time to hit the salon for a manicure? Get elegant, pampered-looking hands at home. This innovative serum instantly softens and smoothes cuticles, while helping nails resist dryness and damage as they grow longer. You get measurably longer nails and flawless-looking cuticles in just two weeks. GLAM says: Nail it!
10 DVF Diane perfume from Sephora “Women inspire me, I design to inspire them,” says designer Diane von Furstenberg of the new fragrance that captures the essence of femininity. The precious spray is created using two exquisite flowers violet and frangipani that are further brightened by the aromas of patchouli, myrrh and musk for a soft, sensual fragrance. GLAM says: Celebrate femininity!
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Latest from the world of beauty Courtesy afprelaxnews.com
Kimora Lee Simmons blending “East and West”with new skincare venture Supermodel Kimora Lee Simmons is branching into the realm of skincare with the launch of a product line blending Eastern and Western influences next month. The US model and entrepreneur has already successfully ventured into fragrance and cosmetics and is now following in the footsteps of models including Iman and Christie Brinkley in entering the skincare market. Simmons has ambitious goals for her nine-item treatment range, Shinto Clinical, which will be unveiled next month. Made in collaboration with New York dermatologist Eric Schweiger, products include an anti-aging moisturizer, a pore minimizer and an eyelash enhancer, with prices ranging from around $30-$70. Asian influences can be seen via ingredients including fish oil, pearl powder, omegas, and Wakame kelp extract. “This line is about their Eastern allure of diet and beautiful skin. It’s based on cultures that live from the sea,” Simmons told WWD. “The Western [influence] is the medicine, the efficacy, the delivery and the clinical results.” Simmons, who unveiled her namesake make-up brand in beauty chain Sephora back in 2006, added she has plans to “revamp” KLS Cosmetics once the Shinto Clinical launch is complete. Shinto Clinical debuts on shopping channel QVC February 24, with retail rollouts scheduled for late February and early March initially comprising US retailers Nordstrom and Fred Segal. The line is expected to develop consequently into the Middle East and Asian markets.
Kristen Stewart face of Balenciaga’s new ‘modern’ scent Kristen Stewart has been revealed as the face of a new yet-to-be-announced scent from Balenciaga, scheduled for release this fall. Speaking to WWD January 13, the fashion house’s creative director Nicolas Ghesquihre explained how the actress is the ideal muse for the fragrance. “Kristen embodies the modernity of the new Balenciaga fragrance with her unique sensibility and intelligence,” he explained, adding she shares the “radical spirit of Balenciaga.” Despite having appeared in movies ranging from Panic Room to Welcome to the Rileys, Stewart is best known for portraying Bella Swan in the Twilight 94 / FEBRUARY 2012
franchise. The Balenciaga job sees her joining co-stars Dakota Fanning and Ashley Greene in landing modeling gigs, with the latter being DKNY’s latest face and Fanning fronting the campaign for Marc Jacobs’s Oh, Lola! scent. Stewart expressed her excitement over the modeling venture, saying she felt a connection with Balenciaga even before she truly took an interest in style. “Even when I first began to consider fashion and admittedly rarely knew the brand I was wearing, I always recognized and loved Balenciaga. It feels full circle to be involved with something that spoke to me then and of course continues to excite me now,” she explained. French actress and singer Charlotte Gainsbourg will remain the face of Balenciaga Paris, the label’s debut fragrance, which was launched in 2010.
Master perfumer at helm of Louis Vuitton’s first fragrance since 1930s Louis Vuitton has confirmed its entrance into the realm of fragrance, with master perfumer Jacques Cavallier-Belletrud heading up the scent development. The news is significant considering the French fashion house has not marketed any perfumes since the 1920s and ‘30s, and it signals another expansion following the brand’s ventures into watches in 2002, fine jewelry in 2004 and eyewear in 2005. WWD reported January 4 that Cavallier-Belletrud has officially started work with the brand, although there is not yet a date for release as the perfumer will be taking his time and traveling the globe to find the perfect scents. The upcoming fragrance will eventually be distributed exclusively in Louis Vuitton’s 461 boutiques worldwide. “Making perfume is a magnificent journey, which starts with the quality of the base ingredients,” explained Cavallier-Belletrud. Cavallier-Belletrud’s past work includes L’Eau d’Issey, Dior Addict, Poeme by Lanctme and Stella by Stella McCartney. Louis Vuitton isn’t the only major fashion house to announce new fragrance ventures: beauty giant Estee Lauder announced last September that it has partnered with Italian label Marni for the latter’s first foray into perfume, set for release in fall this year.
New anti-wrinkle technology ‘tricks’ cells into regeneration The buzz around 2012’s must-have anti-wrinkle cream has begun, with a product reportedly set for release by French cosmetics company L’Oreal generating interest in the anti-aging industry. A report published January 2 by The Daily Mail claims a new line of anti-wrinkle creams which “trick” skin cells into regenerating themselves is expected for release this year.
“Now we are able to create a rejuvenating effect on the deeper levels of the skin.” Meanwhile, Richard Gallo, a professor of dermatology at the University of California in San Diego, described the results of the study into cell regeneration technology as “surprisingly good.” Gallo told The Sunday Times the technology could have a huge
According to the publication, L’Oreal will use a special type
impact on releases from across the beauty industry, although
of technology registered as Glycanactif for a product line in
urged a cautious approach. One product developed using L’Oreal’s
which artificial chemicals can mimic natural chemical behavior,
glycobiology technology to have already made the headlines is
penetrating the skin’s surface and stimulating cell regeneration.
Yves Saint Laurent’s Forever Youth Liberator.
“There is still much more to cell signaling and the ageing
The new line containing the glycan complex is aimed at women
process, but all the cosmetics we had before were acting on the
over 30 and comprises a serum, cleansing mousse, lotion, cream,
surface,” explained L’Oreal’s research director Bruno Bernard.
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heaven sent Stargazing
What the stars foretell...
February 17 1981, Aquarius Aries
Slow and steady wins the race! That’s the mantra to follow this month as all matters need to be handled with a lot of caution Love Quotient: Bring communication into your relationship and see the difference it makes. Remember, that relationships also come with a tag. ‘Handle with care!’
Your energy levels are generally high this year and the month of love actually starts it all off! Achieving your goals is uppermost in your mind, but don’t stress yourself out! Love Quotient: It’s a roller-coaster ride as far as relationships are concerned, so tread carefully. But they also say, “You love, you live, and you learn!” So this year may well be your perfect learning ground.
Communication could be garbled and unclear this month. Keep a cool head and work with the information coming your way! Love Quotient: This month could be a decisive period in your love life. Marriage is on the cards for all you single ladies and for those who are already living that road, would have a great month ahead.
Taurus If your life needs a makeover, this is the right time for it! Focus on all that’s important to you and start working on your goals. If you face an obstacle, be calm. Love Quotient: Stability makes love and relationships enduring. This year, it’s all about life being smooth; just the way you want it! Enjoy the endearing moments.
Gemini It’s time to keep your bags packed! Travelling is on the cards for the first half of this month. Your career is also going great guns and it’s time for that promotion/raise. Expect the unexpected! Love quotient: This month, make sure you and your partner spend some quality time together! Dust off those dancing shoes and enjoy the moments you get to spend with your beloved!
Capricorn Virgo The workplace could be a source of mystery and intrigue in the initial days of the month. Try to stay under the radar and keep your focus. Love Quotient: Love is in the air! Go on, get a makeover, buy some new clothes and present yourself in front of your partner! Open up your heart in front of him and do not doubt him!
This month is all about lying low and allowing others to hog the limelight. Stop, breathe and enjoy the serenity while allowing time for some introspection. Love Quotient: You are going to be emotionally happy and that would reflect in your relationships as well as the matters of the heart become the centre of attraction in your life.
Aquarius Libra It’s time to think practically and know what’s good for you and what’s not! Your health may be of some concern so take special care. Love Quotient: Love is also about spending time with your family. You’ve not been paying too much attention to the home front. It’s time to have a family holiday!
Relationships come into focus this month as you try to keep your emotions in check while dealing with certain people in your life. Keep calm and see the positive light at the end of the tunnel. Love Quotient: ‘Forget and forgive’ is the mantra towards living a better life. For those looking to tie the knot, this is the time to do so. All the best!
Money matters could leave you scratching your head this month. You may need to seek professional help to straighten out the mess. Be patient and wait until things get sorted. Love quotient: Be open and frank enough with your partner and try to understand his feelings to get back on track with your relation!
It’s time to embark on some ‘home improvement’. Get that D-I-Y stuff you’ve always wanted to do going. An uncluttered home means an uncluttered mind! Love Quotient: Surprise your significant other with things other than gifts. Show your love with small surprises like a cosy dinner for two or a spa voucher. There is no dearth when it comes to ideas!
The go-getter in you comes to the surface as you take on all types of work with dedication and enthusiasm. You are a free bird and so are your thoughts and views. Love Quotient: Your positivity will attract the right people to you. So make the right choice and you’ll never regret it. Singles can look forward to meeting that special someone.
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