37 PLEIN LANGUAGE
Cult label Philipp Plein finds a new home at The Pearl-Qatar and he tells us why a little bit of rock and roll makes the world go round.
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QATAR'S NO. 1 FASHION MAGAZINE W W W.G L A M QATA R .C O M
JULY / AUGUST 2014
The definitive guide to the coolest kaftans and dresses as well as gifts that will put a smile on your loved ones’ faces.
48 DKNY RAMADAN
The label launches its first ever regionalised capsule collection in a special campaign featuring the Middle East’s finest social media darlings.
Contents 54 GRECIAN BEAUTY
Rita Pateroni opens its first international outpost in Qatar and tells us why simple silhouettes make for better wedding dresses.
58 CUTTING EDGE
Lya Lya finds new inspirations in the punk movement to give bold new strength to the everyday bag.
62 STYLE VOICE
The girls behind Visionaries of Style get serious in mapping out exactly what it takes to help you find your inner style voice.
68 AMANDA SEYFRIED
In her first comedy role in the new movie A Million Ways To Die In The West, Seyfried explores a new side to acting and discusses her coming-of-age as a woman.
88 CHAMELEON CITY
The city that straddles East and West unearths new adventures that will draw you in physically and spiritually.
QATAR'S NO. 1 FASHION MAGAZINE JULY / AUGUST 2014
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EVENTS OF THE MONTH Miami Fashion Week - Swim 17th – 21st July 2014 The Raleigh Hotel, Miami It’s right in the middle of the summer heat and what better time for the Swimwear edition of fashion week featuring cult favourites including Clover Canyon and Wild Fox. Title sponsor Mercedes Benz is also running a special Instagram competition this season with the hashtag #MBFWSwimstagram to find the next big swimwear model. Check out the full shows at mbfashionweek.com/Miami
Our bumper September issue comes rolling with runway reports of the most influential collections of Autumn Winter 2014 – the biggest trends, the hottest buys, and how to wear them! Also, an exclusive look into the glorious house of Fendi, the fashion vanguards of fur. Image: Marques’Almeida AW14 (Daniel Sims, British Fashion Council).
Contributors TAMSIN DUPLESSIS Tamsin Duplessis, the Manager of the Remede Spa at The St. Regis Doha studied cosmetology in Cape Town, South Africa. She has over ten years of experience in the health and beauty industry, specializing in skincare; she is trained in a number of specialty facial therapies and is a qualified trainer.
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ANGEL MALLARI Michael Angelo Mallari, or widely known as Angel Mallari, has been a steadfast with the GLAM team shooting an array of lifestyle and fashion-inspired photographs for our pages. Experimenting with lights and perspectives, Angel is always on the lookout for the next Great Picture. The fun loving and creative photographer can be found at www.thescenestealer. com
YOUR VOICE ON TWITTER & FACEBOOK Ricky Bag launch at Villagio Saira Iqbal love it. Tima’s fashion world we look fabulous love it. Bonjour Chiara Nice! KdeeJa Choudhary Gorgeous ladies
Let there be light – Lanvin fashion editorial Bonjour Chiara fantastic!
Founder of Qatar’s first street-style blog, Nomad*, Carla is a fashion design graduate who leans towards the experimental side. Currently producing select pieces of her own designs while working for wardrobe departments of various ventures, she brings fashion ideas to life through styling and street photography.
BLANCA MONTENEGRO Blanca is a no stranger to the hair and make-up scene of Doha, having worked extensively with JCCTV, Al Jazeera News, top filmmakers, photographers, talent agencies, fashion magazines and local celebrities. With close to 30 years of international experience, she also specialises in Brazilian Keratin, spray tan, 3DM eyelash extension and eyebrows services. Find her at email@example.com
DEBI MENDEZ Makeup is her weapon. Art is her passion. Celebrated Qatar-based international celebrity makeup artist Debi Mendez has worked for Hollywood actors such as Mark Strong, Michelle Yeoh and fashion designer Roberto Cavalli. She is also a portrait painter, particularly keen on pop-art. http://www.facebook.com/theartofdebimendez
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LETTERS The health issue of Glam was a refreshing change. It is great to see so many creative ideas in your magazine. Lynette Richmond Having no place to go during the summer holidays I was glued to your magazine and found the read interesting and entertaining. Sarah T. R. Your fashion spread on the Richard Serra exhibit was nice. I just don't know what all the fuss is about a few steel plates. R. Fouazza
G Talk ur annual summer double issue in past years has often focused on the art of travelling, dedicated to the exodus of the majority expatriate population who take the opportunity to return home or to embark on worldly adventures. But as the stars align (or should we say the moon) this year, the Holy month of Ramadan and the much-looked forward to celebrations of Eid have kept many footed making these two months in Doha unprecedentedly more lively and vibrant than before. These festivities, as we all know now, call for a wardrobe change into the charming world of kaftans and jalabiyas, for which, befittingly, we have curated this issue. This shift has not gone unnoticed by the international fashion industry, what with the growing influence of our market. DKNY launched their first ever regionalised capsule collection especially for Ramadan and have cleverly harnessed the power of social media with a campaign aptly called #DKNYRamadan. A hashtag is the easiest way to get the story out, and with two regional fashion bloggers, Yalda Golsharifi and Tamara Al-Gabbani as the face of the campaign, it is no wonder the brand has gained rocket traction this month. Check out the appropriately modest pieces worn by the bloggers in a special editorial shot by none other than Dubai’s favourite Saeed Al-Khalifa in our special feature. But of course, regional labels like Amal Azhari and Isabella Ferrera come into the limelight for their colourful kaftans, while newcomer to Qatar, Rita Pateroni, offers dreamy feminine pieces for the balmy evenings of Eid. And in preparation for the new fall season in September, we posed the million-dollar question to two style experts, “How do you find your own sense of Style?” Access, update or reinvent the wheel completely as we move into the next fashion season. The rebirth comes not only on the outside but also of growth from within, as our cover girl Amanda Seyfried tells us about her road to independence and becoming a stronger woman. From all of us at GLAM HQ, Ramadan Kareem and Eid Mubarak!
EDITOR’S PICK THE MUST-HAVE CLUTCH THIS YEAR IS THE COLLABORATIVE BRAINCHILD OF UAE’S ACCESSORIES BRAND L’AFSHAR AND READY-TO-WEAR LABEL MADIYAH AL SHARQI. THE TWO EMERGING CREATIVES FROM THIS REGION MARRIED THEIR SIGNATURE AESTHETICS; MADIYAH’S MUTED PINK AND CREAM SHADES AND L’AFSHAR’S SIGNATURE LOGO OF A CROSS BETWEEN A SCARAB AND DRAGON FLY – RESULTING IN A DUAL-COLOUR BOX CLUTCH THAT CAN BE WORN ON BOTH SIDES. AVAILABLE ON WWW.LAFSHAR.COM FOR QR2,025.
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JUICY COUTURE EXPANDS IN THE REGION
Giambattista Valli will unveil a new line, Giamba, during the SS15 Milan Fashion Week. Nearly a decade after his first runway show, the second line will offer a fresh perspective on the designer’s vision for womenswear. Inspired by the nickname given to the designer by his friend, Giamba will provide a new “Valli Girls” twist to the aesthetic. Remaining true to the “ageless, effortless and timeless” spirit of the main collections, the new line will allow Valli to express another side of his personality.
The brand will be coming to Qatar in December with a store in Lagoona Mall. “Juicy Couture continues to be one of the strongest and most prominent lifestyle brands in the region,” says Ahmed Galal Ismail, CEO at Majid Al Futtaim - Ventures. “We are looking forward to bringing the brand to shoppers in Doha by year’s end and continuing with our future expansion plans.” Juicy Couture is owned internationally by Authentic Brands Group, LLC. (ABG) and is currently being strengthened on many fronts around the world with an expanding product line and other key strategic initiatives.
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All eyes will be on Brazil this month ahead of this summer’s FIFA World Cup, but it’s not just the country’s football that gets pulses racing! Here’s a run-down of five of the country’s established fashion talents, who have dominated fashion pages and runways over the last decade.
Gisele Bündchen Born in Horizontina, Rio Grande do Sul, Gisele has undoubtedly been the country’s and the world’s top runway and commercial talent over the last decade and took home $42 million in earnings last year, according to Forbes Magazine’s annual survey. Alongside her many fashion contracts she also founded natural skincare line Sejaa. Adriana Lima The third best earning model in the world after her countrywoman Gisele and Australian star Miranda Kerr, Lima is the longest standing Victoria’s Secret Angel, having worked with the famous lingerie brand since 2000. The 32 year old is also a spokesperson for beauty brand Maybelline.
Alessandra Ambrosio Having successfully launched her own fashion brand Ále by Alessandra earlier this year, the model is also one of the Victoria’s Secret Angels and has starred in campaigns for Moschino, Dolce & Gabbana and Loewe and walked in shows for Prada and Chanel. She also appeared in the Rio handover section during the closing ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games. One of the most popular models out there, Alessandra has almost two million followers on Instagram.
Isabeli Fontana With major fashion campaigns for Louis Vuitton and H&M, among others, Fontana has also starred in the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue and in multiple editions of the Pirelli calendar. Currently the face of Viktor & Rolf ’s Flowerbomb fragrance, 30-year-old Fontana is clearly still at the top of her game.
Izabel Goulart This “Angel” was contracted to Victoria’s Secret from 2005 to 2008 but has continued to walk in the annual fashion show, helping to maintain her profile. She also appeared alongside fellow Angel Alessandra Ambrosio in an episode of “Entourage.” Goulart is also well known for the elaborate workout and pilates moves she posts as videos on her insanely popular Instagram account.
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DREAM IN STYLE Express your passion for fashion in your boudoir and give it a thoroughly modern monochrome makeover with The Oneâ€™s trendy Fashion Frenzy decor style. Combining striking black and white with punchy chrome and pretty powder pink, this is the stuff that dreams are made of. Get the look with contempo-retro fashion magazine cover wallpaper and a clean-lined bed in crisp white fabric, dressed to the nines in monochrome bedding and accessorised with pink scatter cushions. Continue the pink theme with an oh-so-feminine velvet upholstered stool at the foot of the bed - giving you some fabulous extra storage space - and a gorgeous lotus tea light holder on the bedside table, for that all-important mood lighting.
GENTLE STRENGTH The White Lotus is a unique flower. A flower of the Orient. Blessed with an aura, imbued with softness. In the alluvium of lakes and ponds, it buds with a sensual and sovereign perfection. Opening its petals at dawn and closing up again at night, it embraces the arcing of the sun. The White Lotus is a flower of serenity and light. Kenzo cultivates the White Lotus in Asia, in the Chinese province of Zhejiang. This part of the world is blessed with a climate where a lotus can flourish, beautiful and strong. The White Lotus is bursting with benefits. It is very relaxing, extremely soothing. It is available in a high concentration in Belle De Jour. The product is available at all Merch stores in Qatar.
DESIGN IN THE DETAILS The Autumn-Winter 2014 collection from Hoss Intropia is an exercise in details with four different themes in the fabric collection. The first is Blue Passion, after the elegant flower that bears this name. The colours and shading of this flower have inspired the clothes, ranging from ink, navy, blackberry, bougainvillea and poppy to ivory and black. The jacquards stand out, with original colour combinations, geometric shapes, stripes, dots, and animal and vegetable prints. Ethnic embroidery and coats with a masculine cut. Inspired by oriental elegance. Kokoro is a Japanese word, which means heart, soul, mind and feelings and is also the name of one of the most important novels in Japanese literature, written by Natsume Sōseki, Kokoro, Sensei’s Testament, reflects “the heart of Hoss Intropia.”
BRAZILIAN FARE During his journey through Brazil, Olivier Baussan filled page after page of souvenir notes: name of a painter, lists of ingredients, a sketch of a flower, a phrase… the L’occitane au Bresil project began to take shape. Vitoria Regia is a new line of fragrant products that evoke the two phases of a giant water lily, whose leaves measure almost three meters in diameter. Two new fragrances were inspired by the different facets of this flower. Freshness has a new face.
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OF LAVENDER AND HONEY If you are thinking of going natural, here is a perfect route. For the past decade, Bath & Body Works has reinvented the personal care industry with the introduction of fragrant, flavorful indulgences including shower gels, lotions, candles and accessories. It has newly launched it French Lavender and Honey collection which comes with a fragrant shower gel and body lotion. Available in Doha at Villagio and Dar Al Salam Mall.
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ELEGANT PERSUASION The Paola Frani Spring Summer 2014 geo-garden where shapes break up, rejoin and remain impressed on evolving bodies and where cuts are definite and classy. Lines become sophisticated and elegant: a flared skirt and a patchwork tunic in organza with macramé flowers. Cuts and inserts are regular and precise on the devoré rhombus dress. Geometric details are superimposed on other geometric details, lines intersect and multifaceted figures are created and multiply. The brand is available at Salam Stores.
MADE IN ITALY A new line of bags, Capoverso custom-made with an ethnic flavour and created with a hint of the nostalgia of the 70’s has just hit Qatar’s stores. Keeping in mind the original principles of the handmade tradition and '100% made in Italy,' the new collection is made up of vivid colours, geometric textures and patterns. Available at Merch outlets in Qatar.
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COOL FOR SCHOOL The bells have rung and school is definitely out. Summer calls for a chance to get moving outdoors whether in the mangroves of Qatar or the rustic streets of South East Asia. There has never been a more fun time to be carrying a backpack without looking nerdy, with its revival on the catwalk in all colours and embellishments. Get tough in a pair of leather shorts with this season’s sports-inspired tees that will keep you chic and comfortable even if you are hiking the hills. A dash of print and a kimono-cut outer piece will add a touch of femininity to the hip look.
1 Die-Cut backpack, QR195. ● 2 Floral Print Top, QR115. ● 3 ● Kimono with pockets, QR125 4 Polo Tee, QR125 ● 5 Leather-look shorts, QR175 ●
1 Maia leather shorts, QR3,366, Acne ●
All items available from Stradivarius, Villaggio Mall and Landmark Mall.
Studios, Net A Porter.
2 Aliosha Backpack Carreaux Calf ●
Multicolor, QR10,372, Christian Louboutin, Villaggio Mall. 3 Mesh T-Shirt, QR2,081, Neil Barett, ● Net A Porter. 4 Carolina Kimono, QR1408, Rabens ● Saloner, Question-Air.com 5 Printed Cotton Blend Tee, QR563, ● Chloe boutique, Porto Arabia.
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MONI & J
It has been a busy summer for Manar Laktineh and things have really just begun. The Kuwaiti designer behind the cult handbag brand Moni & J was nominated as a finalist in the prestigious 8th Annual Independent Handbag Designer Awards in New York. The label’s signature piece, the Marshal Bag, competed in the Best Handbag in Overall Style and Design category. “The bag was designed to elevate your daily outfit to the next level. We added metal epaulet parts to turn it from classic to edgy,” she explains. The bag grew so popular that it has been spotted on many of the region’s fashion set. And while in the Big Apple, Moni & J won the love of the press and buyers with its cheeky yet functional offerings that get updated every season in new materials and colours. “We are constantly inspired by the beautiful things we see daily and of course designers with their own distinct touches like Alexander McQueen,” Manar says. Moni & J is now available at Per Lei Couture boutique, Porto Arabia.
Honouring her family’s legacy, Valerie Messika set about establishing her own touch in the world of fine jewellery about a decade ago. Her venture, Messika Paris, has since grown to be a purveyor of contemporary fine jewellery with a special focus on diamonds, an ode to the designer’s father, Andre Messika, who is one of the most respected diamond dealers in the world. Valerie sets the essence of her brand of bringing a modern finish to highlight the innate beauty of quality stones, like the innovative shapes of the Skinny Collection. Using unique arrangement of nano-springs, the diamond strands become flexible, allowing the pieces to adapt to the wearer’s individual comfort. The classic collar and chokers from this collection make for a refreshing take because of their ability to adapt to the wearer’s neck. This season, Messika Paris also released the Faith collection to celebrate the holy month of Ramadan – get yours from Ali bin Ali jewellery showrooms.
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DIOR: THE LEGENDARY IMAGES, GREAT PHOTOGRAPHERS AND DIOR
After past exhibitions that examined the relationships of Dior with art, celebrities, and cinema, the 2014 installment looks at the role of photographers in creating the vision of the house that contributes to its global success. The exhibition focuses on the photographer’s eye, the resulting portraits of Dior’s style and the construction of the Dior image in a selection of two hundred photographs accompanied by sixty haute couture dresses. There are also archival documents that illustrate the collaboration between the house and its artistic directors as well as more than eighty stellar photographers from the mid 20th to the early 21st centuries. In the early post-war years, Richard Avedon, Horst P. Horst and Clifford Coffin were among the first to establish the visual style of Dior, a style laterdeveloped by the likes of Guy Bourdin, Helmut Newton and more recently Patrick Demarchelier and Bruce Weber. The exhibition runs until 21 September at the Christian Dior Museum in Normandy. A book of the same name to immortalise the exhibition is also now available.
1 Front cover of the The Legendary ● 2 Inez Van Lamsweerde Images book. ●
and Vinoodh Matadin, 2012; Dress from the Fall 2012 Prêt-à-Porter collection in the Hall of Mirrors at the Château de Versailles;© Inez van Lamsweerde and 3 Norman Parkinson, Vinoodh Matadin. ● 1950; Mozart dress, Spring–Summer 1950 Haute Couture collection, Verticale line; © Copyright Norman Parkinson Ltd/Courtesy Norman 4 Paolo Roversi, Parkinson Archive. ● 2013; Silhouettes from the Autumn– Winter 2013 Haute Couture collection; © Paolo Roversi/Art+Commerce. 5 Patrick Demarchelier, 2007; Jacket ● from the Ko-Ko-San silhouette, Spring–Summer 2007 Haute Couture collection; © Patrick Demarchelier.
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VALENTINO GARAVANI ROUGE ABSOLUTE SIGNATURE
This highly customisable collection has been all the rage this spring and the fiery red theme continues into summer. The capsule collection of accessories featuring the Valentino Red interlaced with scarlet and ruby red comprises of bags, shoes, small leather goods and eyewear, all featuring three removable and customisable studs. Valentino has gone a step further by offering twenty-six English letters and eight unique symbols that can be purchased separately to be used to truly make the accessories your own. The collection is an extension of Valentino’s dedication to craftsmanship – all leather goods are hand-finished. Valentino boutique is at Villaggio Mall.
JUDITH HOBBY CLOTHING’S BRAND NEW FUSION
Dubai’s favourite comfort casual label Judith Hobby Clothing has upped the ante with a new collection of accessories that are entirely environmentally friendly. The line, called Fusion, features pieces that are made from natural and biodegradable material including bone, horn, wood, shell and brass. This unique selection of materials results in an interesting line of accessories that has a funky tribal vibe reminiscent of ancient times where these materials were first used across many cultures as symbols of power and good fortune. As the materials all naturally sourced, each piece is unique with little natural imperfections that make it all so covetable as a one-of-a-kind piece. The line starts from QR350 and is available from www.judithhobbyclothing.com
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Uma Thurman wore a pair of fringe sandals from Tod’s SS14 collection.
Blake Lively wore a Michael Kors Resort 2015 dress to the CFDA awards with pink suede pumps from Casadei, and jewellery from Lorrain Schwartz.
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WHAT Lupita Nyong’o wore Salvatore Ferragamo sunglasses in a top to toe Alexander McQueen ensemble.
TRENDS / 37 Dianna Agron of the TV series Glee spotted carrying a soft calf leather bag from Miu Miu SS14 collection and wearing shoes from Prada.
Carine Roitfeld shone in a glittering sequin gown from Saint Laurent by Hedi Slimane at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival’s AMFAR event. Milla Jovovich wore a similar number in gold at a separate festival event.
Supermodel Karlie Kloss kept it all in a Sophie tote from Michael Kors’ SS14 collection.
Kourtney Kardashian carried the Celine’s Summer Tie Bag – a versatile piece to fit everything on the go.
Emily Blunt shines in a stunning red gown from Prada at the premiere of her new movie, Edge of Tomorrow.
Olivia Palermo decked in a casual tribal-inspired ensemble from Carolina Herrera at the opening party of the new CH Carolina Herrera store in San Francisco.
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Jennifer Lawrence in a printed full skirt ensemble from Dior during the 2014 Cannes Film Festival.
Marissa Tomei did a full runway look from Tod’s SS14 runway for the premiere of HBO’s The Normal Heart.
Emma Watson embodied the essence of Ralph Lauren in the label’s signature white shirt and skirt ensemble at a tribute dinner to the brand.
Julianne Moore wore a jade green oneshoulder crepe dress from Lanvin’s AW2014 collection and black pumps from the SS14 collection to the premiere of the The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1.
Popstar Lorde wore a black bonded jersey and satin cropped jacket with ostrich feather from Lanvin’s AW2014 collection to the 2014 Billboard Music Awards where she bagged the titles of ‘Top New Artist’ and ‘Top Rock Song’.
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PLEIN LANGUAGE Fashion’s bad boy Philipp Plein has not only arrived in Qatar, but he has done in style by launching his new boutique at the most prominent storefront view of the promenade of Porto Arabia, The Pearl – Qatar. The designer’s eponymous label is well-known for its panache towards rock and roll aesthetics, anchored by its signature embellished skull design. Edgy and wildly modern collections aside, the label strives for something beyond just the clothes; “We are all about selling a lifestyle. There’s only so much innovation that can happen but it is the values of the Philipp Plein persona that are important,” the designer explains. And the essence is much embraced in the brand’s famous fashion week productions, which in the past have included performances by Rita Ora, Grace Jones and Iggy Azalea. The performers themselves are women who have succeeded by being unique, and Philipp likes to cast women of all shapes and sizes as his runway models. The vivacious spirit of his collections has been well-received in Dubai despite the notions of a more conservative market and Philipp is confident that his new Qatar boutique will be successful. “I have a lot of Middle Eastern clients who come to our stores around the world when they travel. I think we live in such a global world now where styles and cultures are interconnected and it is no longer appropriate to just categorise people according to where they live,” Philipp says. The boutique, represented by Ali bin Ali Group, is located at La Croisette 6, Porto Arabia and debuts with the AW2014 collection. DEBRINA ALIYAH
40 \ EID CHIC Escape to faraway lands with destination-inspired scarves and cover-ups from Athena Procopiou. The London-based label specialises in soft-to-touch quality cashmere, cotton, silk and modal fabrics that are Italian-made. Shop the Muscat Nightfall kaftan and The Pilgrimage scarf on shop.athenaprocopiou.com Arushi Couture’s Ramadan collection of kaftans hit the sweet notes with shades of greens in silk chiffon while the Jalabiyas collection goes luxurious with silk cashmere and Moroccan hand-dyed crepe. The crème de la crème piece from the collection is a unique kaftan made of cream French lace, perfect for Eid celebration itself.
ALL THE STYLE NOTES YOU NEED FOR A FASHIONABLY CHIC FESTIVE SEASON.
FACTOR Make your Fendi 2Jours and 3Jours bag truly yours with the Fendi Style Me personalisation that is now available in Arabic especially for Ramadan and Eid. Drop by the boutique at Villaggio Mall and you can have your initials in Arabic done on the spot on any of the multi-coloured tags of your choice. For an extra touch of glamour, get your hands on one of the miniature mink pompoms to jazz up your bag.
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Feminine and flowing silhouettes from the Alice & Olivia summer pieces make for a great modern take on the kaftan and the jalabiya. A major plus point is the pop of colours that will peek out from under your abaya when you are walking down the street!
The Satin Gold Alligator Bracelet from Kenneth Jay Lane and the Petunia Pequeno Earrings from Italian label Dopodomani are all the statement pieces you need to finish your festive look. The bracelet is plated in 22karat gold while the earrings feature Swarovski crystals in a vintage charm. Get them from the online accessories portal, www.esswara.com
Bint Thani releases â€˜The 7+ Styles Turbanâ€™ collection which plays with the combinations of design, fabric and colour. The same turban can be created in seven different variants; matt versus shiny satin, and palette of colours including lime yellow and pale turquoise for a highly personalised head piece. Photos by Saeed Khalifa.
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Go all black to contrast your colourful festive dresses with Crucianiâ€™s Black Block bags. A dark repertoire done in saffiano leather with enamel detailing, the bags come in variants including Standard Queen, Royal to the Marilyn bag, and the Princess.
Reminiscent of prayer beads, the statement necklace piece and tasseled bracelets from Italian house Rosantica adds an Oriental element. All Rosantica pieces are handmade in their Milanese workshop using a blend of traditional and modern techniques. These pieces are available at Etoile boutique, Dubai.
Brighten up the abaya during Ramadan with dashes of polka dots â€“ a sure-fire way to put a smile on your face. Cult accessories brand Hogan released a capsule collection designed by stylist and editor Katie Grand called Love, featuring signature shapes from Hogan plastered with polka dots.
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These fun rainbow colour leather pieces make for good gifts for the young ones. Fresh from the newly introduced Lacoste leather collection for summer 2014, the range includes wallets, totes, gym bags and covers for tech gadgets.
Hereâ€™s an alternative to the hand henna â€“ the hand bracelet. Gaydamak, the pioneers of this very chic jewellery has just landed in the Middle East and their intricate motifs are sure to light up your hands for evening occasions.
Fanilla Couture brings pop art to their latest tees, giving the Middle Eastern treatment to classic Renaissance paintings and highlighting the traditional women of the desert. Shop fanillacouture. tumblr.com for the casual option during Eid.
44 \ EID CHIC From their summer catwalk presentation, Valentino brings to life the Valentino Garavani Horoscope necklace collection which makes for personalised presents for different horoscope signs. The necklaces are in brass with satinized gold finishing. Valentino boutique is located Villaggio Mall.
One of the trendiest ways to stay modest this season is the ball gown skirt. Ingie Paris does a shimmering gold number for their pre-fall collection while Poca Poca goes for the stripey effect.
The ever classic Van Cleef Arpels jewellery house launches the Cosmos collection that explores the delicate influences of nature with blooming flowers. The pieces feature four heart-shaped petals motif in the materials of mother-of-pearl, pink gold, onyx and white gold.
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QELA brings the traditional mashrabiya motif to their signature Lulu clutch and Nasheet wallet this summer. A perfect homage to the Qatari culture, these pieces make for great gifts.
Have some fun with the charms on your bracelet and mix it up every day of Ramadan with different combinations from Pandora. The brand has just released a mix of flamboyant colours, intriguing patterns and mystical motifs for a truly customisable look. Get them from Fifty One East at City Center Mall, Moderna at The Centre or the Pandora boutique at Lagoona Mall.
Buttery soft Aladdin slippers from Lanvin hit all the right spots especially when you are visiting friends and family during Eid. Available in various leathers, the sparkly gradient shades are part of the brandâ€™s summer focus. Finish the look with a Kiss necklace to spread the festive cheer. Lanvin boutique is located Villaggio Mall.
Keep your hands lightweight and swap the bag for a clutch. As an extension of your outfit, accessorise with box-style pieces like the Kayu Katherine Shell Clutch and the Skalidi Leather and Wood Asymmetrical Clutch. The Kayu clutch features a mother of pearl effect with suede lining while the Skalidi number can be transformed into a cross body with a detachable bronze chain. Both the pieces are available from www.zahrart.com
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TRENDING WITH EXPERIMENTATION Vibrant and pulsating with life, the colours and prints on the Amal Azhari kaftans are so mesmerising we could hardly take our eyes off them. The pieces are perfect accompaniments this season whether for celebrating the Holy Month and Eid or a beachside summer escapade. Marketing wiz turned designer Amal Azhari began making kaftans and bags in 2005 and quickly gained success following her presentation at Paris Fashion Week the year after. As her collections debut in Qatar this season at Per Lei Couture boutique, we caught up with the designer on a 101 to her work.
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INSPIRATIONS AND DESIGN In my creations, I strive to fuse elements of civilizations and cultures from all around the globe. Everything I encounter inspires me in ways I canâ€™t explain. I look upon my family and home as the primary sources of inspiration, especially when I retire to do my study late into the night. I jot down all sorts of ideas and thoughts in my notepad which I keep close all the time. My latest collection, Wind, is inspired by the desert, the golden sands and dunes. It is a piece of art full of vivid eye-catching colors that reflect a spirit full of life and joy. It is a fusion between the bohemian style and an easy-going pattern, giving a feminine aura. Wind was mostly made of three types of fabrics with Indian designs, manufactured from cotton, silk and chiffon transparent fabrics.
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HISTORY Ever since I was a child, I used to frequently head down to our family-owned sandy beach resort in north Lebanon, wearing puffy loose clothes, which earned me the nickname â€œthe tanned gypsyâ€?. The turning point in my career took place whilst I was attending an event in southern France, where I wore for the very first time, an abaya of my own design. I received compliments and praise which gave me the push I needed to actively start designing my own collection.
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THE MIDDLE EASTERN MUSE Middle Eastern women have a unique aura, an air that stands out from other women elsewhere. Arab women are stylish, love fashion, and always strive to better themselves. This sense of self-worth motivates me in designing pieces that reflect these characteristics. As a muse, the Arab woman inspires me to stay innovative, to constantly aim to raise the bar in my next collection.
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RAMADAN CAPSULE COLLECTION
DKNY LAUNCHES THE BRAND’S FIRST REGIONALISED CAMPAIGN FOR SUMMER 2014 IN CELEBRATION OF THE HOLY MONTH. THE SUMMER CAPSULE COLLECTION INCLUDES A SELECTION OF ITEMS THAT REPRESENT DKNY’S STRIKING COLOR PALETTE AND KEY LOOKS FOR THE SEASON.THE CAMPAIGN FEATURES MIDDLE EAST SOCIAL MEDIA ICONS, YALDA GOLSHARIFI AND TAMARA AL GABBANI TO FURTHER REACH OUT TO FASHION FORWARD COMMUNITIES IN THIS REGION ON A MORE PERSONALISED LEVEL. Photographer: Saeed Al Khalifa Makeup: Revlon Middle East Hairstylist: Ricci Capricci Beauty Salon
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DKNY boutique is located at Lagoona Mall.
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DETAILED HAND WOVEN EMBROIDERY AND THICK-SET FABRICS SET THE TONE FOR THE LAVISH COLLECTIONS THAT HAVE BEEN A STAPLE FROM THE LABEL ISABELLA FERRERA FOR THE PAST TWO YEARS. The name evokes a Mediterranean charm representing the heritage of the label’s designer Hania Nasreddin who has now finally decided to call Qatar home. Her collection has become a familiar go-to for elaborate and decorative kaftans and jalabiyas with the local fashion set – every piece is unique with its handmade elements making it a keepsake piece for the next generation. Inspirations I was inspired by old Hollywood looks from the 1930’s and nature. Some of the pieces have a vintage feel, and some others have a fresh summery appeal. Having grown up in Tangier, Morocco - a picturesque town with rich colours of the ocean and nature– made it easy to portray nature in my designs. Beauty is what influences my work. I think the key thing for me is to be able to see beauty, and I can see it in anything from nature, art, furniture; it’s pretty random. Essence of the brand I first designed my own kaftan when I was twelve. I went with my mom to pick a fabric, and then I chose the style and embroidery. I never thought of it as ‘designing’; in fact I thought it was a pretty normal thing to do until people started asking me who made the kaftans I wore. The signature of the label is femininity, and originality. The pieces are delicate, worldly, and they are very hard to imitate. The fabric, the adornments of beads, lace, crystals, and motifs are from all over the world so I like to think that each kaftan is your little own piece of everywhere. Heritage I am half Syrian, and a little bit of Eritrean and Saudi. I spent my childhood in Morocco. My nationality is Italian, I was born in Milan, and having lived there for a few years, I felt that I wanted to give the brand an Italian name. The kaftan is more or less an Eastern dress and I did not want to limit my dresses to a particular region. They are for everyone and I am from everywhere, so I wanted to give it a Western name to attract a broader audience and to represent who I am. Design Process I have a small production, only one piece per style. Some pieces take up to three months to be made. They are all handmade, and there are up to seven people involved in the whole process. Then there are specialists who deal with embroidery (tarz), and others who deal with beading. The sfifa is handmade by a craftsman who only makes sfifas, and the belts are also made by a craftsman who specially makes belts. It’s a lengthy, delicate process, and you can see the ardour on the pieces. All the pieces are made in Morocco, where they excel at this type of handiwork in a way like no other place in the world. Isabella Ferrera is available at Jo La Mode boutique, Royal Plaza.
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GRECIAN BEAUTY BY SONALI RAMAN
THE WARM AND LOVELY RITA PATERONI TELLS THE STORY OF HOW HER LOVE AFFAIR WITH FASHION BEGAN – HAND IN HAND WITH THE OTHER LOVE OF HER LIFE; HER HUSBAND.
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Rita (right)and her daughter Liana at the boutique in The Pearl - Qatar.
who used to make her own clothes even as a child, sold her first collection when she was just nineteen with the help and support of her husband. The duo started manufacturing ladies knitwear in 1975 and selling wholesale to stores all over Greece. Their daughter Liana grew up in this environment and used to love going from school straight to her mother’s atelier. It was Liana’s new vision that brought the brand into the next chapter, launching the Rita Pateroni label in 1992 specialising in bridal wear and exclusive bespoke pieces. “Having my daughter follow in my footsteps is the best possible gift,” says Rita. The brand’s core essence is in being a fashionable European label, able to adapt to the style sense and culture here and offer exclusivity to the stylish women
of Qatar. They have added a small line of abayas, specially made for this region, to their collection. Liana tells us that each of their designs are created keeping in mind the aesthetics and traditions of this region, so dresses have longer hemlines and sleeves are added. “Perhaps the best selling point of the brand is that we offer custom-made exclusive clothes for our clients,” Rita explains. “Every item in the collection can be ordered, customised to individual taste and in two weeks you will have a unique Rita Pateroni dress!” Fine fabrics like silk, lace, cotton and linen form the basis of the pieces in feminine and classic aesthetics. The Rita Pateroni woman is active, has a career and a busy social life. Liana designs some of the dresses keeping in mind that a woman may want to wear a
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dress to work on some days and feel feminine. “It’s more about attitude and how you feel, how you carry it off ” – she says. The summer collection in store now has feminine daywear and dreamy evening dresses as well as a beautiful bridal collection housed in the upper level of the boutique, where a bride-to-be can make her choice in private. Although Rita loves adding colour to the collections, Liana veers towards neutrals and it’s evident in the new collection, which is all about nudes, white and sand tones. The fabrics seem plain at first glance but have subtle embellishments on the surface with gold threads and details on a closer look. The feminine and fitted, sometimes draped dresses take their inspiration from the 1930s in this collection and capture the spirit of that era beautifully. iana believes that a wedding dress should reflect the bride’s personality and make her feel true to herself. “Every woman dreams of looking like a princess in her wedding dress, from when she was a child, my three-year old is already talking about hers!” She feels that most brides tend to overdo things with a big dress, make-up and hair that tend to become over the top in the end. “Imagine the whole picture when choosing a dress and keep the dress simple and elegant, as a bride’s glow is the best accessory,” she says. Liana recommends nude as a colour for this season and would go for ivory or classic white for wedding dresses this year. Rita, who is now based in Qatar to ensure the clients’ needs are met at the store, understands that the fashionable women of Qatar prefer brighter colours like yellow, red and blue alongside the quintessential black.
The Rita Pateroni boutique is now open at The Pearl. Looking to expand the network of the brand, they picked Qatar as their first stop in the Middle East. The label participated in the IWED exhibition two years ago and the great response prompted the label to launch their store in Doha.
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LA DOLCE VITA
Heralding the unmistakably treasured Florentine craftsmanship, the self-taught designer Ermanno Scervino brought forth a new touch to old couture, the sporty touch. Ermanno combined two of his passions, the art of clothing and architecture to offer sporty couture styling based on traditional silhouettes resulting in a collection of evening jackets, and fitted corsets that are elegant yet contemporary. His initial works – the technique he applied to sportswear - were so well-received in Italy for it identified with the free-spirited and innovative needs of women at the time. After setting up a series of workshops to form his atelier, he has sought to imprint the Made in Florence concept as an integral part of his brand’s DNA. The house presented their latest collection in Qatar to inaugurate the opening of its second Middle East boutique, that will focus on both womenswear and kids collection. “The Gulf countries are one of the most interesting markets for the Maison,” says Toni Scervino, CEO of the Ermanno Scervino Group. “They are looking for the authentic Made in Italy quality that we have never betrayed, in terms of both materials and workmanship, and clearly also of style. We have a cultured, international clientele, that’s why Doha is a crucial step in our retail expansion.” Ermanno Scervino is represented by Ali bin Ali Group and the new boutique is located at Porto Arabia, The Pearl-Qatar. DEBRINA ALIYAH
CUTTING EDGE BY ABIGAIL MATHIAS
NOT TOO LONG AGO PUNK JACKETS WERE EVERYWHERE. RESERVED MOSTLY FOR REBELLIOUS TEENAGERS AND ANGSTRIDDEN BIKERS, WHO CLEARLY WERE OUT TO MAKE A FASHION STATEMENT. BRINGING THE TREND BACK IN A COMPLETELY NEW AVATAR ARE THE BOLD BAGS FROM LYA LYA.
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These metallic embellished clutches and handbags stand out for their defiant use of colour (from mint green to shocking pink) and ingenious designs. Marked by the vision of Layla Shugri, an aspiring fashion designer of Lebanese and Russian descent who made Dubai her home, Lya Lya is a fashion couture name synonymous with cutting edge style. The fashion label made its debut in September 2012 and has quickly spread throughout the region. A recipient of the Arab Women’s Awards in 2012 for best young talent, Layla is inspired by architecture, geometrical shapes, bold silhouettes and unusual structures. Confident when it comes to her brand, she speaks candidly about style. “To me, the bag has to be the main accessory and focal point that takes an outfit to another level. That is the reason why I use metallic elements in my designs as it adds that extra bling to it,” she explains. After setting up shop in nine cities worldwide, Lya Lya recently made its debut in Doha. The designer explains, “I am very excited to launch our AW2014 collection in Qatar as it has been a market that I wanted to tap into and explore for a while.” Discussing Qatar’s robust fashion scene she adds, “As is the case in Dubai, Qatar has also developed a rapidly growing fashion industry and local talent has been emerging and recognised immensely in the last few years. I look forward to launching my collection and adding something new and unique to the fashion scene here and hope to receive positive feedback and response especially from Qatari women.” Bags and accessories from Lya Lya have been favoured by many personalities and celebrities from the region. These include MBC’s professional make-up artist, Joelle Mardinian, TV presenter Diala Makki, Alanoud Badr (creator of Lady Fozaza) and Emirati actress Buthaina al Raisi, to name a few. “We collaborate a lot with bloggers from the region to showcase our products and collections,” states Layla, who’s work was first introduced to the Glam team by celebrity make-up artist and blogger Najla Kaddour. From funky fierce rings to bold bracelets, the collection conveyss a ‘don’t mess with me’ defiance. The leather for the bags is handpicked while the metal pieces are all custom made. “The AW2014-2015 collection is inspired by the Roman era, as well as the vulture, playing with hard and soft textures, metals and Swarovski stones. It is a more refined, luxurious and a more diverse collection in which I have also introduced my accessories line, with very bold and standout pieces, from belts, rings and earrings. When it comes to the use of colour I have used a lot of metallic leather and skins from midnight blue to grey hues
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“Before women only wanted to wear high-end international brands but now it is considered trendy and cool to wear local designers.” and incorporated Swarovski elements in my accessories line,” explains Layla. The protective feel of the armor, the attack mode of the vultures and the fighting spirit of the spike embellishments, make these unique pieces the focal point of any outfit. ayla’s inspiration comes from books, architecture and travel. “I have always been drawn to elegance with an edge. Coming from a mixed background and traveling the world has definitely affected my creations, as they do not belong to a particular culture or object but to various aspects of life. I am also continuously inspired by architecture, geometrical shapes, bold silhouettes and unusual structures, and that is apparent with every piece of my collection.” While some believe that fashionable accessories should be mass marketed, others hold the view that it is the luxury of a few. We ask Layla for her opinion. “I believe that any unique luxurious standout piece should never be mass-produced, as it does lose its value and its uniqueness. However, since bold jewelry is the luxury of a few, high quality, unique and bold accessories are a great alternative that can also be considered as investment pieces.” When quizzed about how the fashion scene has changed within the Middle East in the last decade, she beams, “It has changed drastically. Before women only wanted to wear high-end international brands and now it is considered trendy and cool to wear local designers, and the market demand is increasing which ultimately and with time will expose the local talent to the world.” Lya Lya will be available in two boutiques in Qatar - ‘Jo La Mode’ and ‘Impressions Boutique’. “Our bags and accessories are also available on our website and we ship worldwide,” informs the designer.
Bags and accessories from the brand can be purchased at www.lya-lya.com
HELPING YOU FIND
YOUR STYLE VOICE A STYLISH MOMENT SOMETIMES MAKES US WONDER EXACTLY WHAT IT TAKES TO APPEAR SO EFFORTLESSLY APPOINTED. It is one of the most clichéd and overused notions that style cannot be bought, and fashion is but a fleeting trend; all leading to some form of fashion snobbery and a never ending quest for the elusive thing called ‘style’. But dressing up should never be a daunting task; fashion is always meant to uplift and be an extension of self-expression. In the pursuit of helping our readers find their inner style voice, GLAM sought the help of two fashion gurus, Nazia Williamson and Kristine Kilt, the brains behind Visionaries of Style, to cover some key issues on personal style.
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We are creatures of habit and this is often amplified when it comes to our dress sense. We always go for comfort or the safe option of wearing muted colours. Daily dressing shouldn’t be a chore; it should make you feel good about yourself and give you confidence. 1 Selfie, “A great way of remembering ● what outfits work for you is to take pictures of yourself in your favourite clothes and either print them to stick inside of your wardrobe doors or save them on your phone. This will save you so much time in the morning when you’re getting dressed. Really worthwhile doing if you have a hectic life or if you’re a mother.” 2 Swarovski Adorn ring, “If you like ● wearing black or muted colours and feel uncomfortable wearing bright garments, then introduce colour slowly through accessories – they will make such a difference.”
WHAT DO YOU THINK ARE KEY AREAS THAT WOMEN ALWAYS FIND DIFFICULTY IN WHEN DRESSING UP EVERY DAY?
Great style should only take minutes each morning! My advice comes in two parts; firstly find a particular silhouette that flatters your body shape and purchase a few key items in this style. The biggest mistake that I see is women investing in fabulous fashion items that just don’t flatter their figure. The first step to perfect ‘every day dressing’ is beautifully fitting clothes; with the right cut you will always look well-presented. Secondly, try on what you have in your wardrobe and prepare five ‘Go To Looks’ which include shoes and accessories. Keep these five special looks for the days when you are really pushed for time as you won’t have to think about putting an outfit together. When you are most busy you can quickly take one of these carefully considered looks out of the wardrobe and they will work wonderfully. I would also advise doing the same for evening wear, and having five ‘Go To Looks’ for the evening.
We know all too well about growing wardrobes – it can be a nightmare trying to find an item of clothing. We advise our clients to pack away any items that they won’t be using for the summer/winter; it’s often best to vacuum pack clothing as they are protected. This also gives you more room in the wardrobe and makes it easier to find things. If you haven’t worn an item of clothing for over a year or two, it’s best to give it to charity, sell it, or give it to someone else. Some items are worth holding onto, of course, due to sentimental values or they may become trendy again. Gucci evening dress, “Always buy quality pieces, which are timeless, that you can wear over and over again. We don’t really like the disposable culture, especially when the environment is a concern. You could say we are (almost) ethical fashionistas.”
Confidence. I personally believe it’s the key to the foundation of style. Once you are comfortable in your own skin, you feel confident about wearing anything – this has been my mantra for the last decade.
OUR CLOSETS ARE ALWAYS GROWING. WHAT ADVICE DO YOU GIRLS HAVE WHEN IT COMES TO WARDROBE MANAGEMENT?
WHAT DO YOU THINK IS THE ESSENCE OF STYLE FOR A WOMAN?
It’s easy for our wardrobe to become out of control if we continue shopping but don’t let go of older items. The more you have in the wardrobe the less you will actually see and therefore you will wear less of your clothes! To keep your wardrobe ‘readable’, try to organise it by colour. That way it’s easy to see what pieces can be matched with others. Every few months, change the layout of your wardrobe or simply the order that it hangs on the rail so that pieces you haven’t worn for a while are more visible. Organise. “Try on older items and ask yourself “Would I be comfortable to show up to X event wearing this?”. If the answer is no, then the likelihood that you will wear that item again is slim. Give these items to charity, that way you won’t feel that your beloved clothes have been thrown away but instead are going to a new good home."
Knowing the silhouettes that work for your individual body shape.
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For me it was all about experimenting. I was very much a ‘tom boy’ in the early half of the last decade, but this is because I was influenced by the music and art I was into at the time. The music and art has stayed with me of course, as it’s a part of my identity, but it gave me the basis to try different styles, taking inspiration from the 40s, 50s (Dior New Look), punk, and contemporary. I became a mood dresser and I am still that way today. The only way of cultivating a sense of style is to try things and to not be afraid of putting something on you may have never considered, or because your friends tell you that it’s not really you. Style is about transcending trends and following your own path.
A LOT OF PEOPLE SAY STYLE IS NOT SOMETHING THAT CAN BE BOUGHT, IT HAS TO COME FROM WITHIN, BUT HOW DO YOU ADVISE WOMEN TO START CULTIVATING THE SENSE OF STYLE?
I would advise women to go out and try things on. You may be pleasantly surprised to find that some things will look fantastic on you. It’s only by experimenting and finding out what works and what doesn’t that you will begin to cultivate your own individual sense of style. Emilio Pucci printed trousers; “Experiment and have fun!! Try on prints, colours and shapes that you would usually never dream of wearing.”
Visionaries of Style is a style consultancy with a contemporary cool and luxury edge that is based in London. The co-founders, Nazia Williamson and Kristine Kilty, met when they worked at Vivienne Westwood Couture and Gold Label. Nazia worked in PR for over 10 years within fashion, music, film and events. She has worked with numerous clients including celebrities and music artists. Kristine is a Creative Director, Fashion Editor at Beige Magazine, Menswear Fashion Editor at Fault Magazine and Fashion Editor at Geist Magazine. Kristine is a stylist for music artists and celebrities. Visionaries of Style are offering Glam Qatar readers 15% off the personal shopping service (this offer is available to readers visiting London and expires at the end of 2014. Email firstname.lastname@example.org and state GQ x VoS offer).
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Cristina Ortiz 9 karat rose gold diamond ring Statement accessories are a must. For daytime, I would choose an elegant ring like this handmade 9 karat rose gold diamond ring from Cristina Ortiz.
GETAWAY ESSENTIALS FOR
Tim Ryan - Fringed Jacket Tim Ryan’s hand-made fringed jackets are limited edition and the designer is known to create bespoke pieces for his most discerning clients. They can be worn over almost anything from a swimsuit to skinny trousers with a simple top for a lunch and also an evening out!
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Charlotte Olympia- Belinda cut out sandals The sandals are so feminine and romantic. I think they are ideal for the perfect dreamy day on holiday.
Alaïa- Laser-cut flower clutch bag On holiday, I prefer clutches over large day bags. Alaïa’s laser cut bags are so effortless and chic!
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Donna Karan Two-Tone Flowing Gown A halter neck gown or maxi is very easy to wear; it gives you freedom to move easily and is very flattering on any figure. It can be easily dressed up with great accessories or can be worn in a simple, carefree fashion, but it will always make you feel you feel glamorous.
Balmain Tuxedo Jacket Whether it’s a lightweight, unstructured or a small structured jacket, a tuxedo jacket is great to have draped over your shoulders as you head out to dinner or go for an evening stroll
Belmacz Beauty Blitz Cream Eye Shadow It’s enriched with precious metal leaf and glides smoothly on to the skin and can be mixed with your moisturizer for a soft, overall glow. It’s great to use to show off the tan.
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Virzi+De Luca Gold Plated Tentacle Bracelet An evening out in a very warm climate calls for fewer items of jewellery. Statement necklaces and bracelets are a great touch. The Virzi+De Luca Gold Plated Tentacle bracelet is interesting and beautifully crafted. I also like the amazing Ben-Amun necklace; they embrace’s this season’s global-traveler look.
Jimmy Choo T-Bar Sandals You want your footwear to be light in the evening, especially in hot countries where you might end up with swollen feet.
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IN HER SHOES BY JAN JANSSEN / THE INTERVIEW PEOPLE
ONE OF HOLLYWOOD’S MOST BEAUTIFUL WOMEN, AMANDA SEYFRIED HAS ALSO PROVEN HERSELF AS A SUPREMELY TALENTED ACTRESS WITH PERFORMANCES IN FILMS SUCH AS LOVELACE, LES MISERABLES, AND CHLOE.
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she’s extending her range further with her appearance in Seth MacFarlane’s raucous new comedy, A Million Ways to Die in the West. Known for his twisted and somewhat obscene humour as the writer and creator of Family Guy and as director of Ted, MacFarlane has pulled out all stops in an effort to rewrite western history as a potty-mouthed, bawdy comic farce. “It’s the funniest thing I’ve read since ‘Mean Girls’ and everyone on the set was laughing all the time. We were shooting 14-hour days under a hot desert sun but nobody even noticed; every line is hilarious,” Seyfried says. Shot in Santa Fe, New Mexico, the film boasts an impressive cast that includes Charlize Theron, Neil Patrick Harris, Sarah Silverman, Giovanni Ribisi and Liam Neeson. MacFarlane plays the lead role as Albert Stark, a timid sheep farmer whose fickle girlfriend (Seyfried) dumps him after he chickens out after being challenged to gunfight. Albert then finds a new love in the statuesque form of Anna (Charlize Theron) who teaches him the art of gunplay. Those skills may come in handy given that Anna’s evil outlaw husband (Liam Neeson) shows up in town bent on gunning down poor Albert! The 28-year-old Seyfried has also been cast as the female lead in MacFarlane’s forthcoming Ted sequel, replacing Mila Kunis, and has two new films in the pipeline, Fathers and Daughters, a drama co-starring Russell Crowe and Aaron Paul, as well as While We’re
I love it. Seth is an amazing guy, and this is a film where he was able to both direct and immediately get into his character and do his scenes.
Young, a comedy with Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts. For the past year, Seyfried has been in a relationship with actor Justin Long (Live Free or Die Hard, Going the Distance). However, she is also very attached to her beloved Australian Shepherd dog, Finn, who is her constant companion. “I’m co-dependent with Finn. He’s the most wonderful dog on earth.” How does it feel to be in a Seth MacFarlane comedy? I love it. Seth is an amazing guy, and this is a film where he was able to both direct and immediately get into his character and do his scenes. He’s a real movie star and incredible comic genius. He was very focused on what he needed as a director, setting up the shots, watching each take, and then all of a sudden he would be standing next to you, doing his scenes with you, and yell “cut.” Did you enjoy getting to do a comedy like this? I definitely wanted to do something lighter after Lovelace and this was the perfect kind of film where I could throw myself into a really raunchy kind of comedy and be part of an incredible cast. Even though the story is set in 1890, Seth gives things a very modern twist. We shot it in Santa Fe and the people there are so friendly and laid-back. Maybe the heat has something to do with it - no one really needs or wants to do anything too fast. Does comedy require a different type of acting skill from drama? You have to be very conscious of your timing and also not try to go too far overboard sometimes because often the comedy comes as much from the situation as from your expression or the actual line that you’re delivering. There’s a lot of discipline involved in doing comedy and the people who do it best are very skilled performers who have this innate sense of the kind of reaction they know instinctively they’re going to be able to get. Did you learn a lot from watching Seth MacFarlane? I admired how inventive his mind can be. If something wasn’t working properly in a scene, he could rewrite the lines or change something very quickly to make it
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You’ve been working a lot the last few years. Do you think you’ve changed over this time as compared to your early success in films like Mamma Mia! and Dear John? ’m more confident. Not that I doubted by abilities as an actress but I’ve gained more confidence in myself and just feeling that I can take on a lot of different challenges. Films like Les Miserables and Lovelace were big moments for me. Les Miserables was the fulfillment of a dream for me and I will never forget my experience making that movie and being able to sing in such a great musical. And Lovelace was another test in terms of having to put myself in some dark places emotionally and psychologically. You would like to think you can explore those darker sides of yourself but sometimes you need to actually go there to prove it to yourself. I’m feeling a lot more fearless now in terms of what I feel I can take on as an actress and even personally. Why personally? I needed to toughen up in some ways. I’m used to being somebody who played up to the younger, innocent, more naive side of me because I was afraid of speaking up sometimes and that’s got me in trouble. I was exploited because of that because I want to make other people happy. But I’m realising now that if it’s taking away from me then it is not healthy and I have to watch out for myself. I just have to protect myself. I think these values are less from my parents and more from realizing that I don’t get anywhere, especially in this business, if I’m always a “yes-man”. Nobody does. I’m still getting there. I’m still learning how to be more assertive. Have you noticed any changes in the way people in or outside the film business treat you now after you’ve gained a lot of exposure with your work in Les Miserables and Lovelace? It feels a little different now. Before, I felt that I could get around pretty anonymously but now there’s more attention and more people coming up to you. I also think I have more recognition inside the industry and that’s helped in terms of getting more offers and being able to find really interesting roles. You always want to find yourself in that position. You’re also known as an actress who isn’t shy about doing nudity or sex scenes in your films? I’ve never really understood why people sometime make such a fuss about sex and nudity. We still have a lot of taboos about that, at least in film. I’ve always enjoyed doing sex scenes because it’s usually pleasant to be in physical contact with another body and there’s
FASHIONISTA FASHION / 75 nothing bad about that. I’ve had some fun times with very good-looking and sexually attractive guys who were always very cool doing those scenes and maybe even a little nervous. But there’s no reason not to want to enjoy those intimate moments even though of course you’re simulating having sex. There’s no reason to feel embarrassed, though, and I just try to enjoy those moments. Do you still deal with anxiety issues? I can still get nervous and anxious in certain situations or when I feel like I have a lot of time on my hands. I’m much more relaxed than I’ve ever been though and I think a lot of that comes from maturing and from becoming more self-assured in general. I have a much better sense of where I’m headed in life now and that’s opened me up more and me less self-conscious.
Are you more confident on a film set than you are away from the set? here is some truth to that. When I’m working, I’m totally into the moment and I’m able to throw myself into my character and any scene I happen to be doing. But when I’m by myself I have a terrible tendency to over-analyse everything and worry about things that I really shouldn’t be worrying about. Now I don’t stress myself so much anymore. Was there any one role or film which helped you gain a lot of self-confidence and self-belief ? Chloe was a very important film in that sense. It was a complex role to play psychologically but it was the kind of role that helped me break down a lot of barriers, including shooting the sex scene with Julianne (Moore). Being naked and available emotionally for an intense scene like that was a form of personal and professional liberation. I felt that I had overcome so many inner doubts and conflicts just by being able to get through that scene and being able to play a dark role like that of Chloe. It’s the kind of performance that frees you on so many levels. When you do interviews or go on talk shows, you’re much more uninhibited than most guests? That’s because I’ve had a few drinks to ease my nerves, I don’t know, I try not to take myself too seriously. I wear what I want to wear, do what I want to do and go where I want to go. I don’t try to fit into any mould. And I say what I want to say. I don’t edit myself as much as I should, but that makes me feel better in the end of the day. I’m not being fraudulent or withholding and I try not to filter what I’m saying. I know that
sometimes you should probably be more circumspect, but for some reason I just can’t stop talking! Do you feel that you’ve grown into the kind of woman you would like to be? I’m working on it. I’ve gained a sense of independence and self-belief so that I can be tough on people when I’m not getting what I need emotionally in a relationship, or when I feel like I’m being treated badly. As far as love goes, are you an idealist or incurable romantic at heart? Yes. Love is such a beautiful thing to have. Work is important, but nothing compares to love. I could go anywhere to follow the man of my life. As long as I can take Finn along with me! (Her beloved dog, an Australian shepherd - ED)
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A FINE JEWELLER BY ABIGAIL MATHIAS
WHEN OSCAR WINNING ACTRESS CATE BLANCHETT STRUTTED ACROSS THE LUSH RED CARPET, BLOWING AIR KISSES TO ADMIRERS AT THE BIGGEST NIGHT OF THIS YEAR’S FASHION CALENDAR, WHAT CAPTURED THE ONLOOKERS’ ATTENTION WAS A SIGNATURE PIECE OF JEWELLERY..
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Historic building which was the first house of Chopard
Lous-Ulysse Chopard with his family.
Cate Blanchett at the 2014 Oscar ceremony wearing Chopard
wore a pair of opal drop earrings. She also selected a brown diamond bracelet set in 18-carat white gold, and a toi et moi pear-shape diamond ring set in 18-carat white gold. Cate was one of many celebrities wearing Chopard that day. Leading actor Matthew McConaughey was seen with Chopard’s L.U.C XP Tonneau timepiece and its cufflinks. This is a tradition perfected by jewellery makers Chopard and is an indication of the brand’s broad reach and appeal. This is a company that shares more than 150 years of creative constancy. Established by Louis-Ulysse Chopard in 1860, the firm prides itself on the spirit instilled in it by its founder. After modest beginnings, Chopard established itself in the 19th century as a benchmark in the field of precision watches. In 1963 Karl Scheufele took over the brand which to date thrives on excellence. Through the years Karl and his wife Karin along with their children, Karl-Friedrich and Caroline, have shaped the firm’s growth -- from the first ‘Happy Diamonds’ model, to the latest ‘Haute Joaillerie watches;’ and right through to the sophisticated L.U.C watches -- which have made the brand known worldwide. Over the past few decades, Chopard has explored global horizons while remaining true to its two core fields of competence -watchmaking and jewellery.
Oscar Winning actress Kate Winslett wears Chopard to the Oscars.
Jane Fonda at the 42nd AFI Life Achievement Award honouring her career.
Singer Elton John with Karin at an AIDS fundraiser
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Karl-Friedrich and Caroline Scheufele, Co-presidents of Chopard.
Some of the earliest time pieces from Chopard.
Family legacy While Karin and Karl Scheufele continue to chair the group, Karl-Friedrich and Caroline are its co-presidents. Karl-Friedrich, a trained goldsmith and watchmaker, is responsible for the men’s watch division, as well as handling the technological and commercial aspects of the company. Caroline, a trained gemmologist, takes charge of design and management, along with fragrances and accessories. he family members regularly consult one other on decisions pertaining to corporate development or issues such as global strategy, production, distribution, new designs and new products. Their approach is guided by a concern for detail, a cautious attitude, and a policy of small incremental steps. The first stand-alone boutique was opened in 1983 in Hong Kong at the same time as the retail division was established, so as to ensure direct contacts with consumers. Through an active network of subsidiaries, Chopard continues to spread its reach even here in the Middle East. The brand is active in 124 countries and employs a total of 1,900 people and makes 75,000 watches and as many pieces of jewellery per year. Chopard boutiques are now dotted around the world, including in Geneva, Moscow, Dubai, Beverly Hills, Munich, London, Mumbai, Tokyo, Almaty, Saint Barthélémy, Gstaad, Marrakech and Shanghai to name a few. In 2007, a new boutique concept designed by French architect Thierry Despont was introduced with the inauguration of a flagship store at 709 Madison Avenue, New York – followed in 2009 by the opening of another new-look boutique in Singapore. Eager to reduce its dependence on suppliers, Karl Scheufele has striven to achieve vertical integration of production. “We make almost everything ourselves, from cases to straps. Ideas are almost instantly translated into reality thanks to our two watch and jewellery design studios.” The brand is endowed with a considerable sum of expertise and innovative capacity. In Meyrin, Chopard even makes its own gold alloys; Pforzheim is mainly devoted to jewellery, while Fleurier produces the high-end L.U.C watches. When it comes to designing exhibition booths for trade shows and boutique displays, Chopard also has its own in-house decoration department. We witness this every year at the Doha Jewellery and Watches Exhibition where the brand has constantly made a mark with its elegant display booth.
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“Our family history is the cornerstone of Chopard, laid by artisans and handed down from generation to generation. This knowhow is infinitely precious,” Karl-Friedrich Scheufele. Giving back In today’s competitive arena, corporate social responsibility is necessary to pass muster. Long before this was ever the case, Chopard showed a commitment to philanthropic and responsible patronage. It has been associated with efforts to increase funding for AIDS research. At the live auction of the 2014 AIDS Solidarity Gala, Chopard created a collier of 18 kt white gold and diamonds in various shapes. In homage to the “Red Ribbon” the link between the chain and the pendant was designed as a ribbon and set with 105 red rubies. In total the collier included 14,85 ct of diamonds and rubies. The collier raised approximately QR 74,1680 for charity. Commitment to training Training is an inherent part of this brand’s legacy. In an effort to pass on its expertise and nurture innovation, Chopard has its own internal training division. Each year, 25 apprentice watchmakers and jewellers take a four-year intensive training course and are supervised by an apprenticeship master. In 2010, Chopard celebrated its 150th anniversary through a set of high jewellery and watchmaking collections expressing its contemporary touch and its long-established expertise. While offering a powerful symbolic reminder of the past 150 years,
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they also reflect its present and assure a future based on the transmission of excellence and the independence of a company built to withstand the passage of time. Lights, camera and Cannes From film stars like Jane Fonda to singers like Lady Gaga, the Chopard list of loyal followers is comprehensive. Its most famous partnership since 1998 is a true romance shared with the Cannes Film Festival. At the recently concluded 2014 Cannes Film Festival, actress Berenice Bejo wore a pair of linear brilliantcut diamond drop earrings (8 carats) set in 18-karat white gold, an emerald-cut white diamond line bracelet (28 carats) and an emerald-cut white diamond ring (4 carats). Indian Actress Aishwarya Rai wore a pair of linear pear-shaped diamond drop earrings set in 18-karat white gold, a pear-shaped diamond ring (5 carats) set between two heart-shaped diamonds in 18-karat white gold, and a marquise-cut diamond ring. Annually making the Palme dâ€™Or in its workshops, adorning stars for the famous â€œmounting the stepsâ€? ritual, rewarding up-
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Racing in style: Karl-Friedrich Scheufele has a personal interest in vintage cars and racing which drives the company towards presitigous sporting events.
and-coming actors, and organising some of the hottest-ticket evening events of the festival fortnight, are all a part of Chopard’s brand related activities. The company created an iconic trophy of solid gold in 2013 to replicate a film negative. One of its first recipients, actor Colin Firth, mentioned that he was personally grateful to Karin and her brand for creating such a ‘unique’ trophy. Fine mechanics Among its passions, Chopard is closely associated with the world of classic racing. Joining forces with the Grand Prix Historique de Monaco it has served as a sponsor and official timekeeper for the event since 2002. The event brings the oldest competing cars dating back to the 1930s for a race of endurance. Karl-Friedrick an avid collector who is passionate about vintage cars, explains; “This passion was passed on to me by my father who is a classic car enthusiast.” Every year Chopard creates a limited edition watch to celebrate the event and 2014 was no exception. There are clearly no limits to the miles this company will go. All images courtesy Chopard
BY DEBRINA ALIYAH
n the midst of the explosion of colours and candies that ran amok in the space at The Closet, the reigning factor was the unbelievably intricate and precise beading details of Manish Arora’s work. The crème de la crème of the AW 2014 collection was the final piece on the runway during the presentation at Paris, a fully beaded fuchsia number featuring cascading red waves. It was the star piece during the trunk show, of course, the modest silhouette a winner though definitely not shy in the colour department. Introducing the fall collection to Qatar, a collection which can be best described as electrifying and sugar-high inducing (all puns intended), The Closet teamed up with Plush Events to recreate a Willy Wonka-worthy sugar wonderland. Candies designed from the ornaments and embellishments on Manish Arora’s collection came to life, bringing a three-
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dimensional experience of the designer’s work. In creating the collection, the designer had bought generous bags of candies as ground work. Combining the colourful and decadent world of sweets with the brand’s equally off-kilter aesthetics, the collection brims with widesleeved sweatshirts, baggy sweatpants, puffy cape coats, and generous full-skirts. The prints, of ice creams, chocolate bars, and candy canes, extend into a Christmas winter house and a fantasy space universe. There were Oriental touches – a kimono neckline top and the ever-present obi-belt that has been given a puffy touch. The finishing touches to the collection were our favourites, little gummy bear charms, cup cake ear muffs, cherry on the top beanies, and the cushiony soft high-top sneakers reminiscent of our childhood teddy soft toy. David Martinez from Blue Brush Studio worked his magic to create coiled candies on the models’ hair and mile-long rainbow eyelashes that fluttered happily at the trunk show. Special guest at the event, Kuwaiti celebrity beauty blogger Dala AlDoud was absolutely fascinated by the candy universe that Manish Arora had created for Fall. “I really love the colours. It is kind of crazy but it is so covetable!”
GODMOTHER BY SONALI RAMAN
THE VERY FORTHRIGHT AND STYLISH CHAIR OF THE FASHION DESIGN DEPARTMENT AT VCUQ, SANDRA BELL WILKINS, SAYS SHOPPING HAS BECOME HER PASTIME AFTER LIVING IN DOHA FOR OVER 12 YEARS!
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got to peek into her closets (one in every room) that are every fashionista’s dream come true! Sandra credits her fashion sense to her grandmother, Elisabeth Bell, who taught her how to sew, and she grew up watching this tall elegant lady who was always well dressed. Her personal style can be described as kind of minimalist androgynous chic blend. “I never liked frills or bows! A hint of masculinity conveys a sense of power- a kind of power dressing, nothing complicated or flashy is what I am comfortable with” she says. Black, grey and blue are her favourite although she has tried to incorporate colours and a few dresses into her wardrobe over the last few years. “I got a Diane von Furstenberg wrap dress, I still feel chic without being girly in jersey dresses”. She loves suits in linen and denim but likes her jeans to be crisp and well laundered! “I am too old to do distress denim!” She considers Coco Chanel as the ultimate designer but also likes Giorgio Armani for his very clean and straightforward lines. Sandra insists she’s not saying this because she lives in Doha, but she truly believes that HH Sheikha Mozah is just amazing. “I love that she has created her own sense of style within the framework of her religion and culture and she never wears anything that’s frilly or overdone,” she says. Although her closets stand testimony to her shopping, Sandra buys few clothes. “I shop for handbags and shoes. I’ve got a
serious handbag and shoe thing - always have had!” She actually buys them to look at them and not necessarily wear them. She loves shoes more than anything and to her they are like pieces of art! Sandra lets us into the secret that her closets in Doha only house half of her collection of shoes while the rest are in her home in Richmond, Virginia, USA! Sandra wouldn’t spend money on a Birkin, but fulfilled her aspiration to own a Fendi bag. She also loves the American brand Coach and tells us with candour that she would buy three or four Coach and Michael Kors bags a year easily. When it comes to the sartorial sense of the people of Doha, she is disappointed .“Everywhere you go you see short pants and nothing else! It's alright at the beach but not elsewhere!” Her one piece of advice to more mature women who want to be stylish is to stay away from the high street stores except to get some basics and t-shirts. She believes the biggest problem is that many women have no idea of what they want to look like and what their style is. “Stand in front of the mirror and take a really good at yourself, do a self-examination to figure out your style”. Sandra suggests packing light for your upcoming vacation with a few easy pieces and a nice jacket. “Every woman ought to have a pair of white linen trousers for the summer.” On her wish list for those who celebrate Ramadan & Eid would be to see some lovely cotton kaftans for the family gatherings and linen abayas for going out and to stay away from polyester.
STORY BY SINDHU NAIR
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cuts, free fittings, colours that are soothing, material that make you comfortable. This was how I had perceived Uterque as I scanned through their last few collections. When they came with an agenda of familarising the brand with a styling session in the Middle East, they had half their job done. Though it is entirely impossible to influence someone who has strong likes and dislikes, when the influencer is a brand that is already on the radar for its designs, the task is much easier. Uterque was giving a personalised image consultancy session with Rana Saab, the Founder of Mirror Image Consulting. Certified from the Association of Image Consultants International (AICI), Rana provided each guest with guidelines on how to dress up in items that would suit her skin tone and body type. She also gave them tips on how to pick the best items from the Uterqüe 2014 Spring Summer Collection. Each consultancy session lasted an hour. Though Rana did not say anything revolutionary nor did she give me a fashion tip that I did not know, I was intrigued by the colour palette selection method she followed. She has a colour wheel with all the hot colours, cool and the neutral ones and used this wheel to determine which colour matched the skin tone perfectly to enhance the face's contours without subduing it. Though I did have an idea that certain colours suited one more than others, I had not seen the effect browns or golden hues had on my skin. My pallor changed to red and my face took on a flushed stain when pitted against the golden hues. So Rana recommended that I keep to the cool colours, the blues, the greens and the pinks. No earthy browns or golden tinges for me. Rana also took me through the collection and picked clothes that would fit my body type. Most of which would be something I would go for myself, though I did find that the options in the Landmark store were much limited when compared to the international version available online. But one thing I can vouch for: Uterque is for those women who prefer comfort to ornamentation, its subtle designs are for those women who celebrate themselves for what they are and not just for the clothes they wear.
ESSENTIALS TO STYLING 1 Know your body type and buy what makes you feel and look ●
2 Know your colour palette and dress in colours that go with ●
your skin tone.
3 Whites are a must for the summer and Uterque has its ●
collection stocked in white cottons and linens.
4 Realise that it is not the clothes alone that add to your ●
persona, it is your confidence that shines across the room. So go with your head high and shine on.
ON HOME TURF BY ABIGAIL MATHIAS
THE GENERAL CONSENSUS IN DOHA IS THAT FASHION EVENTS ARE FEW AND FAR BETWEEN AND OFTEN HELD IN A HAPHAZARD MANNER.
same set of faces are seen at shows which don’t usually start on time and leave much to be desired. While that may sometimes be the case, things are changing for the better. At Glam, we constantly attempt to showcase not just the upcoming designers, but a whole sea of individuals working behind the scenes to promote talent in the region. Taking centre stage is Design Creationz. Established in Doha on October 2012, the team initially started out as a company focusing on rebranding for designers. Soon it grew into a fullscale fashion events management and marketing company, featuring Doha designers at in-house fashion shows and trunk shows. The team has led designers to international fashion platforms in countries such as the UAE and the UK. Describing its mission Polie Campiteli, Design Creationz manager, states “With a passion for expanding opportunities for women, we have gained wide recognition throughout Doha and the Middle East for our strategic ways of marketing and promoting female designers throughout the region.” The team at DCz (as they are often referred) are hurriedly preparing for their next show. Polie explains, “Our first Laha Trunk Show debuted in Ramadan 2013. Since then, we have had three Laha Trunk Shows and are preparing for more this upcoming Ramadan. The concept behind the show is to create a high-end ladies-only exhibition where designers are able to bring their latest collections and showcase them exclusively to our VIP clients.” “Laha Trunk Show is not your typical fashion exhibition,” claims Polie. Each show is thoughtfully crafted into a space where designers are able to display their collections in mini-boutiques as opposed to standard booths. “All the boutiques are designed by us and are hand crafted by leaders in the Qatari production industry. Our idea is to create an elegant space where designers and visitors are free to shop, socialise, and enjoy,” she stresses. With an ever expanding fashion circle in Doha, there is ample room and opportunity for event groups. “Qatar is quickly integrating into the fashion world through fashion shows, photo shoots, and fashion exhibitions. Every woman in Qatar has her eyes set on fashion and is very style-conscious. We see a lot of new emerging designers in the country with a fresh outlook on the fashion world, coming from diverse backgrounds. There are endless possibilities in this industry, and Qatar is taking advantage of this opportunity to make its mark in the fashion world. We see a lot of potential in our Qatari designers and are excited to see what trends they introduce next,” says Polie. Some of the designers featured at the May show included Dar Naseem Alandalos, Anwar Al Manaii, Agmarat, Ghudfah and Jo La Mode boutique. In addition to these names, participating designers at the trunk show included Ashghal Kuwaitia, Samar Secret Abaya, M. Jay Design and La Chic Khawla, among others. The event took place at the Torch Doha Hotel. “We had a hardworking team of 10 ladies, each with a specific task to make sure every detail of the event and the fashion show ran smoothly to keep our VIP ladies happy,” smiles Polie. The response from participating designers has been positive – a validation for the
SPECIAL / 89 efforts of the organisers. Despite all efforts, people still complain that events in Qatar are not well publicised even though they are promoted on social media and print. Polie affirms, “As an event management and marketing company, not only do we organise and create events, we also market all of our designers and sponsor our partners.” The team takes its job of tracking each designers’ progress. “We create awareness about their brands and companies in every way possible, from social media marketing, to media advertisements as well as promotions during our events. Through extensive research we keep track of each designer and sponsor’s social media followers and revenues before and after our events to measure results,” explains the manager. Speaking of upcoming plans she adds, “Our Laha Ramadan Edition will take place from July 1-8 at the same venue. We will be bringing the best designers from around the Middle East. The idea is to showcase everything a woman could ask for, from clothing to handbags, accessories, handcrafted goods and delicious sweets. Laha Ramadan will be a woman’s one-stop shop to find your perfect Eid outfit and get all your Eid gifts for your loved ones.”
LAHA RAMADAN NIGHTS JULY 1-4 WILL BE THE FIRST EDITION, FEATURING THE FOLLOWING DESIGNERS: NAME BRAND Noora Noora Alhathran Reem Alhussain Reem Al Hussain Mariam al Hammadi Le Voile Collection Abeer al Ajmi Dar 3abayer Sahar Alhoumoud My Boutique Deema Lokum by Dema Dalal Al Radwan Dar Al sadu Jo Nirraamyaa Noora Atchaliya razan Al Azouni Razan Al Azouni Nora Yafuz Noor Collection Najla Black & Style Soha Ashi Soha Ashi Haya, Sophie Debaj Collection THE SECOND EDITION, FROM JULY 5-8 WILL FEATURE THE FOLLOWING DESIGNERS: NAME BRAND Bodour Nouf Al Maadid Eman Al Hussein Abeer Al Ajmi Dema Rouaa Attiah Jawaher Al Dosari Dalal Al Radhwan Noor Yavuz Dalal Soha, Fatima Haya, Sophie Haya
Bead Style Aseef Butterfly Abayas Dar 3abayer Lokum by Dema Statement Jewelry Pearl Bridal House Dar Al Sadu Noora Collection Shihana Designs Soha Ashi Debaj Simple and Chic
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THE CHAMELEON CITY WORDS AND PHOTOS BY DEBRINA ALIYAH
WILL YOU EVER GET ENOUGH OF ISTANBUL AND ITS MYSTIC, WHEN EVERY PASSING DAY HERALDS NEW DISCOVERIES THAT POINTS TO A DEEPER PAST? THE RELENTLESS HISTORICAL AND ARCHAEOLOGICAL EXCAVATIONS THAT CONTINUES TO THIS DAY PROMISES MORE OBJECTS AND FINDS THAT DENOTES AN EVEN OLDER CIVILIZATION IN THE CONTINENT’S HISTORY THAN WE ALREADY KNOW. CHANGE HAS BEEN A SYNONYMOUS FACTOR FOR THE CITY, AS IT SAW THE RISE AND FALL OF EMPIRES AND NOW A CONVERGENCE INTO A GLOBAL MEETING POINT BETWEEN THE EAST AND WEST.
the Bosphorus Bridge that connects the two continents, like an invitation for lovers from two lands to meet, locals set up fishing lines as a daily after-work ritual. As they wait patiently for the catch of the day (if luck dictates), they banter and admire the strait while tourists throng the walkway with cameras and excited chatters. Istanbul is no stranger to the influx of travellers curious to see the glory of the Islamic empire that blended seamlessly into the Christian throne that they have taken over from. But with its evolving historical landscape and the rise of its own modern pop culture, the city beguiles visitors to return again and again. It is like drinking from a cup that never ends. Go deep into the heart of Sufism – the defining spiritual experience that is unique to Istanbul – at the Hodja Pasha Dance Theater. Once a day, the theater opens its doors for visitors to experience the highly private Sema ceremony where men go through a spiritual ascent of mind through the physical act of whirling. It is a hypnotising sight and endears you to reflect internally on your own state of mind. A spiritual journey later, get familiar with the complex history of the Byzantine and the Ottoman through the many monuments that were built to awe, the Topkapi Palace, the Sultan Ahmed Mosque, the Hagia Sophia and the Basicilia Cistern. The city remains probably the only place in the world to soak in the glory of the Islamic civilization as the Topkapi Palace plays sentinel to the holy relics of Prophet Muhammad himself. The Grand Bazaar and the Spice Market offer a treat to the senses with a rainbow of colours, smells and tastes – indulge in a Simit (Turkish bagel) and Pide (flatbread) as you mime sign language with street vendors to bring home Turkish delights and exotic tea concoctions. For a slice of the hip Turkish culture revolution, head on to Tunel and Karakoy for quaint cafes and local boutiques designed by local artists. The Istanbul Handicrafts Center, housed in a restored 17th Century madrasah (school), is a gem for its hand-painted silk, ceramics, porcelain and contemporary interpretation of “ebru” – an age old Turkish art form of marbled paper. Stay stylish into the evening and get visual at 360, the much-lauded rooftop eatery with a complete view of the city that specialises in some delicious Kibbe meatballs. For a final chance to soak in the magnificence of the city from the inside and out, head upwards to the Eyup district, a predominantly Muslim area that has long been used as a place of burial. The calmness that envelopes the elevated area makes for a quiet cup of Turkish coffee while you take in the almost bird's eye view of the Golden Horn at the boutique cafes on the hill.
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GLOBALLY YOURS Istanbul’s convergence point between the East and West has opened up an important transit route for its national carrier Turkish Airlines. This summer, take advantage of the airline’s flights from Doha to Istanbul; be it as your final destination or as a transit point to Europe to explore the historically fascinating city. Tour Istanbul is the airline’s unique offering for all its passengers that are transiting in Istanbul before continuing their journey elsewhere. From the moment you land in Istanbul, the airline will help you sort out your luggage before whirling you away on a day-trip to see important sights in the city. Tour Istanbul is free for all transit passengers that have more than six hours of connection time. At the end of the tour, return to the Ataturk Airport and while away your time at the impressive duplex Executive Lounge for premium cabin travellers. The lounge is one of the few unique lounges offered by global airlines that feature a complete package of suites and showers as well as entertainment consoles including golf and racing simulations. Enjoy a movie in the cinema theater with some popcorn, play a game of pool, read a book from the library or get a relaxing massage at the in-house spa. The food and beverage at the lounge is catered by Turkish Do & Co – the F&B arm of the airline that also bagged the airline the Skytrax award for Best Business Class catering.The delicious meals continue in-flight with the introduction of the Flying Chef concept in the premium class cabins of the airline where a chef is on-board selected flights to cater to your every whim and fancy. Turkish Airlines currently flies twelve times a week from Doha to Istanbul. GLAM was accommodated by Perpax Travel and Istanbul Marriot Hotel Sisli. Images courtesy of Turkish Airlines.
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MODEL OF THE MONTH Photography by: Rob Altamirano Makeup and hair by: Blanca Montenegro Model from: Trinity Talent Qatar
ISABELLA HAYCOCK Last year, an 18-year-old Isabella had beat out three thousand models to win the prestigious Elite Model Look competition in the UAE and Qatar. She then went on to represent the region on the international stage in China, where she gained valuable experience training in a model boot camp with professionals from all over the world. Now, at 19, she is arguably one of the top models based in Qatar.
Before I starting modelling, I was an accomplished horse-rider, dancer and sports enthusiast. I modelled for a childrenâ€™s wear designer in New Zealand when I was 10. In Doha, Trinity discovered me and got me my first magazine cover and fashion spread when I was 15.
My personal style in three words would be; classy, elegant and simple. I always want to look my best, and present myself well. You never know who is watching!
Miranda Kerr has inspired me with her holistic and healthy approach to modelling, because while it is important to look after your diet, fitness and skin, it is equally important to look after your psyche, and positive daily affirmations can set you up for the entire day. My favorite designers are Elie Saab, Valentino, Yves Saint Laurent, Sass and Bide, Prada and Chanel. I have also loved some of the local Qatari designers and enjoyed modeling their beautiful creations, inspired by their unique culture.
FOR ASPIRING MODELS
You have to have strong self-confidence, because you will be rejected a lot. You also have to be disciplined about your health and exercise, and be passionate about this industry. Keep practicing your poses and know how to move your body, and what angles suit you. Itâ€™s also important to be respectful and positive and get on with everyone on set from the make-up artists to the hairdressers and photographers: you are all part of a team and there to do the best job you can for your client.
WHERE THE BIG BOYS COME OUT TO PLAY
Christopher Shannon has been announced as the winner of the 2014 British Fashion Council/GQ Designer Menswear Fund. The designer received QR920,000 in grant as well as high-level mentoring support programme for the next twelve months to further develop his namesake label.
Silver screen’s leading men Robert Pattison, Mads Mikkelsen and Djimon Hounsou all looked perfectly suited in Dior during their separate appearances at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival.
Just in time for the World Cup 2014, football sensation Cristiano Ronaldo has been named as the new TAG Heuer ambassador. “TAG Heuer is by far the best at what it does,” says Cristiano “No other luxury brand has such strong ties to the highest levels of sports. It is incredibly glamorous yet also so unconventional, and we share exactly the same determination: to totally change the game, push the limits and make our own rules.”
Calvin Klein offers new editions of its successful Euphoria Men fragrance that was first launched in 2005. The 2014 edition, Liquid Gold is a modern woody oriental version with notes of black pepper, saffron and creamy sandalwood. It is available for QR395.
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Get into the adventure with the new leather pieces from Lacoste – a carry all weekender bag for both short trips or to the gym, and a fun backpack to keep your hands free.
Italian designer Ermano Scervico recently celebrated the opening of his second boutique in the region at The Pearl-Qatar. The menswear AW2014 collection which combines the touch of classic suits and innovative materials for casual wear is now available at the boutique.
The Tod’s Gommino is an essential pair for summer. This casual-chic moccasin took inspiration from the driving shoes used in the ‘50s. Its trademark is a sole covered with one hundred and thirty-three rubber ‘pebbles’, giving the shoe its distinctive look.
Bremont releases the eagerly anticipated MB III – an extension of the highly exclusive MBI which was reserved solely for pilots who flew with aircraft using a Martin-Baker seat. The MB III features a unique case design, distinct-coloured barrel, and ground-breaking technical features for both military and civilian use. It is available at Fifty One East, Lagoona Mall.
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JULY / AUGUST 2014 WE’VE TRANSFORMED YET AGAIN AND THIS MONTH WE OFFER YOU THE PERFECT REGIME TO BRING OUT THAT HIDDEN GLOW DURING THIS MOST AUSPICIOUS TIME.
A FRESH FACE THIS RAMADAN The Month of Ramadan is a time of reflection, purity and of course love. Here at Wojooh we believe that each and every one of you possess a natural beauty - worthy of some pampering. So during the Month, let’s take out our makeup remover and go back to basics. There are so many natural ingredients around us that can benefit our skin - from shea butter to aloe vera and even beeswax. Let’s take this time to preserve the skin we are in and reward our beautiful faces with some natural remedies. While taking time to relax during Ramadan, why not try one of our favourite at-home recipes for an all-natural face mask. You would be surprised as to how many things you have in the kitchen that can actually benefit the skin! For this facemask you will need: 1 Half a ripe avocado ● 2 Half a ripe banana ● 3 1 tablespoon of plain ● 4 1 table spoon of chopped cucumber ● 5 1 tablespoon of olive oil yoghurt ●
Mix the ingredients together in a blender - and your mask is ready. For best results add a thick layer of the mask to your face. Our Wojooh Skincare Specialist has compiled 6 easy steps to get the best results when applying a face mask.
1 Wash: Wash your face with warm water and a cleanser to open up all ● 2 Steam: Soak a face towel in warm water and rest your those pores ● 3 Apply: Apply the mask to your face with clean face for 5 minutes ● 4 Relax: Leave the mask on hands, always avoiding the eyes and lips ● 5 Rinse: Wash off the for about 15 - 20 minutes and sit back and relax ●
mask using warm water, rubbing gently to ensure it all comes off 6 Splash: Splash your face with cold water to close up all the pores ● After applying a moisturizing facemask we suggest applying some facial oil to your new and improved skin! One of our favorite natural skin oils is Argan Oil. It contains anti-inflammatory fatty acids and a high level of vitamin E that is proven to enhance the overall health of your skin. This miracle oil is good for any type of skin - flaky, oily, or even skin that suffers from acne. Its antioxidants won’t break under the sun, so not only is the oil good to use during the day but it’s also perfect for our region! The ultimate touch points to apply any facial oils are 1- the cheeks, 2- the forehead and 3- the chin. Apply 3 small drops of oil on each touch point and press gently. Begin to rub in and massage the oil into the skin using upward motions on each 3 areas. Last but not least, wipe some oil over the lips in a circular motion and then on the nose in an upward motion. Now let the oil sit, and enjoy the benefits and results of using natural skin oils.
SUBTLE SOPHISTICATION In keeping with the season, Bourjois is spotlighting nail art in its purest form: nude nail art. A directional and ultra-feminine collection. For this collection, the lacquers have been designed for short nails, in nudes and bleached pastels that never go out of style. The colours are soft and minimalist. Bleached pastels for freshness.. The shades are discreet but contrasted and lacquered. Their delicate shades make an immediate impact. They give your hands a graceful, groomed appearance.
EID LOOK Look stunning this Eid with Sephoraâ€™s gorgeous range of makeup that is beyond perfect for the festive season. The brandâ€™s beauty experts have put together the perfect combination of Sephora goodies to make you stand out from the crowd this summer.
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TROPICAL FEELING This summer is all about sea, sun and football. In keeping with this year’s hosts, Brazilian beauty has got rhythm deep within its core, yet it’s also seen on the outside with golden-hued skin, fiery lips, hips that know how to move, neon-coluored nails, flamboyant eye shadow and arched backs. Here beauty dances, sambas and takes flight, yet then suddenly surrenders to tropical languor. With the initials BB, Brazil Beauty beats under the sun, enjoys the beach and goes wild with a jungle version. Check out the Diva Carioca fashion look for Summer 2014 by Sephora. The brand’s Rouge lipsticks are available in four new shades: Flamingo, Carnival, Samba and Bikini. There’s even a bronzing powder, a hand wash and shower gel. The newly launched sorbet is akin to an ancient beauty secret, this generously-sized jar reveals a sorbet-like lotion to quench the skin. Its unique creamy, ultra-refreshing texture seems to melt into the body while scenting it with an exotic fragrance. A true explosion of sensations for the skin.
/ 99 NAIL PERFECTION NCLA has quickly risen to the top bringing their love for fashion, beauty and iconic California style straight to your fingertips. Colours are custom blended to ensure each nail lacquer has a unique formula that stands out from the rest, and are high shine, quick dry and chip-free. All polishes are 'five free,' meaning 100% free of DBP, toluene, formaldehyde, camphor and animal testing because they “love their furry friends and toxins aren’t fashionable.”
VIBRANT NEW PERFUME RANGE New York, New York- DKNY brings another reason to celebrate the electric feeling of romance in New York with the introduction of DKNY Limited Edition fragrances for men and women. DKNY Women Limited Edition is a fresh fragrance inspired by the effervescence and passion that thrives in New York City. Colourful sparkling Grapefruit and vibrant Lantana Leaf unleash an invigorating splash of freshness and energy complimented by a succulent burst of juicy Pear. The fragrance unwinds into a sheer veil of White Musk, creamy Sandalwood and hints of warm Amber for a lingering sensual feeling. The men’s perfume is inspired by the spirit of the city with top notes of sparkling Kaffir Lime and spicy Coriander combined with textured Bamboo Leaf, capturing a bold energy. The aromatic heart is a charismatic fusion of Geranium, Mastic and Lavandin, reinforcing the fragrance’s clean freshness and creating a bridge to the provocative woodiness in the base. DKNY Women Limited Edition and DKNY Men Limited Edition will be available at all beauty counters across the UAE, Qatar and Jordan. DKNY Women Limited Edition and DKNY Men Limited Edition 100 ml, Qr. 250.
TERRIFIC TERRACOTTA The legendary formula of Terracotta - the number one bronzing powder - has been reinvented for a limited edition. From a cult product to an unmissable collector’s item, it has become a bronzer and blush Powder Duo. The powder is etched with a unique design and is set to be the season’s absolute must-have to create a radiant tan glow.
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INGLOT GOES INTERACTIVE BY REBECCA PROCTOR
INTERNATIONAL COSMETIC BRAND INGLOT RE-OPENS THE DOORS OF ITS STORE IN THE DUBAI MALL WITH THE BRAND’S FIRST-EVER CONCEPT STORE.
R Victoria and Zbyszek at the launch event
enowned for its colourful and vibrant cosmetics, INGLOT’s worldwide debut of its new concept store showcased a new and interactive way to experience beauty. The event witnessed a host of VIP guests, beauty experts and loyal beauty enthusiasts. In special attendance was Jon Hennessey, the New York-based celebrity make-up artist regarded as one of the industry’s most eminent artists and lecturers. Hennessy has worked with some of the world’s top celebrities including Alicia Keys, Anne Heche and Cynthia Nixon. As part of the launch, he hosted a series of special workshops over the course of two days inviting professionals and enthusiasts to learn how to apply make-up for various occasions using INGLOT products. Also in attendance was Victoria Bonya, the Russian supermodel who became the brand’s ambassador this year. She discovered INGLOT the first time when she was working in Dubai and was immediately taken by the brand’s multitude of colourful cosmetics. “For my job, I need to put on make-up every day,” she says. “I thus have to use the best quality products available. I carry INGLOT wherever I go – especially the lip gloss, which I cannot live without.” Bonya was accompanied by Polish officials as she took part in the tutorial sessions conducted by Hennessey. The new concept store is warm and inviting and focuses on providing guests with a unique way to experience beauty products. Visitors are encouraged to browse and sample products, while The Beauty Station allows customers to peruse new collections and even have a quick make-over. The store’s décor is heightened by arty wall features and majestic chandeliers that project a sense of elegance. INGLOT’s chairman Zbyszek Inglot was also present to inaugurate the new store. “The brand has made its mark as both an international name as well as a beauty authority,” says Inglot, who founded the company 30 years ago in the small town of Przemysl,
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HERE IS A LIST OF PRODUCTS YOU CAN USE TO CREATE THE LOOK:
Jon works his magic with the Inglot makeup range.
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INGLOT Secret Volume mascara INGLOT AMC Pigment 24 INGLOT AMC Press powder 63 INGLOT Gel eyeliner 77 INGLOT Lipstick 424
Poland. “INGLOT is set to usher in a new era for beauty retail by re-defining the whole beauty experience with the launch of this new store.” Inglot underlines that the brand’s success stems from its strong research and development team. “At present our R & D team is working on specific face category products exclusively prepared for the skin tones of Middle Eastern clients,” he says. “We are expecting to have these new products in the Middle East within the next four months.” The brand is now available in around 57 countries on six continents and over 450 boutique stores, stands and retail locations internationally. In the UAE, INGLOT is represented by Apparel Group, the global fashion and lifestyle retail conglomerate. The brand’s vibrant hues and cutting-edge beauty cosmetics serve as an excellent addition to Dubai’s everexpanding landscape for top beauty and fashion brands. For a Glamorous Look: Make-up tips by Jon Hennessy In terms of top tips for a glamorous look, we need to realize that glamour, at its most effective, usually has a significant historical reference point. The most commonly referenced era for Red Carpet style glamour tends to be the 1930s to the 1950s. These looks are heavily edited and adapted, based on the wearer’s personal preferences, but ultimately, the point is that we often tend to reinterpret the classics. When trying to create a look that has an obvious historical reference point, we should always consider ways to reinterpret the fundamentals of makeup in order to create new looks. Color, texture and shape can be looked at individually, or collectively, in order to create something new.
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A TOUCH OF
BLUSH The soft-spoken Amandine Clerc-Marie composes the latest fragrance for Chopard, the universal Rose-Malaki for both genders perusing the classic touch of the rose flower for both genders, inspired by the classic touch of the rose flower. The core ingredient may be an age-old scent but Amandine believes that the individual touch of the creator is key. â€œWhile perfumers repeat the same gestures over and over, inspirations are ever-changing. The ingredients that you think you know by heart can come together in an infinite number of combinations, endlessly opening new perspectives,â€? she explains. Amandine had previously created scents for the likes of Dunhill, Emporio Armani and Chloe and is part of the Firmenich creation team. Amandine talks to us about working with Chopard.
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What were the sources of inspiration to create this fragrance? I wanted to reveal two different aspects of rose’s scent: power and refinement, that’s why I created a leathery rose. Why did you find the necessity to expand this perfume line into “Rose Malaki”? You know, I really love rose scent and I thought that this line needed to have a perfume truly dedicate to this magical flower. Rose’s seductive and luxurious notes are perfectly adapted to Chopard universe. In some perfumes, we associate Oud and Rose. Why not have two perfumes dedicated to these incredible ingredients in a same line? What aspects of the orient inspired you to create this fragrance? In the Middle-East, fragrances are so important. I think that the real culture of perfume and quality motivated me to be more and more exigent. It is very challenging. Of course I have been inspired by typical notes we can find there, like leather and balmy notes. And in Rose Malaki, I tried to express the warmth that you can feel when you are in the middleeast.
What does Chopard mean to you? When I hear the name Chopard, I always think about the Cannes Film Festival and its red carpet. I think it’s because I see in this brand a glamorous and luxurious universe. What does the rose scent mean to you? People may think that rose scent is very common for perfumers but it is a so magical flower. I can’t tell you how much possibilities of creation roses offer. Probably an infinity. I have never been tired of rose scent and I think I will never be…
How would you describe this fragrance in your own words? For me, the three main aspects of Rose Malaki are the richness, brought by the Damascena Rose, the elegance, revealed by the rose petal accord, and the sensuality of saffron.
How do you imagine the person who wears this perfume? Like any Chopard woman, she has a rare elegance. Both seductive and refined, she loves luxury and her life is a daily parade on the red carpet. I think that she is seeking a kind of timeless elegance.
What do you think makes this juice unique and ‘royal’? The choice of raw materials is for me the better way to express the quality of a juice. In Rose Malaki, the Damascena Rose reveals the richness that I see in the brand universe and that I wanted to translate in the perfume. But much more than this, I have decided to choose only high quality ingredients. I know that it can totally transform a good juice into a great perfume.
The fragrance is unisex, how is the rose scent appealing to both genders in the Middle East? You know, Rose Malaki is a leathery rose. It means that, in this fragrance, rose reveals refinement and power. That can totally suit to both genders. That’s also what I find so interesting in the Middle East perfumery. People love fragrances and are really open-minded. It’s inspiring.
Pull & Bear Spring Summer 2014
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REFLECT BY TAMSIN DUPLESSIS
AS MARK TWAIN SO ELOQUENTLY EXPRESSED, “WHENEVER YOU FIND YOURSELF ON THE SIDE OF THE MAJORITY, IT’S TIME TO PAUSE AND REFLECT”
ince we are in the holy month of Ramadan, and everything in Qatar has somewhat slowed down, this is the perfect time to pause, reflect and prep yourself for your summer vacation! As you know, you’ll be taking lots of selfies so you’ll need to be camera ready. No need to panic. I have a few recommendations to help you achieve the results you covet. I’m sure all of us can relate to feeling insecure about our bodies when we have to don that dreaded swimsuit, be it our size, body shape, skin texture, cellulite, stretch marks or scars. All of these skin conditions are completely normal and when you take good care of your skin, they actually improve. The skin on your body needs to be taken care of the same way you would your face. Dry Brushing is a great way to improve circulation, remove dead skin cells, reduce cellulite, tone skin and improve your digestion. Just a few minutes before your bath or shower twice a day and you will experience these great benefits. Use a brush with firm, natural bristles and brush the skin on all areas towards the heart as this stimulates lymph drainage and detoxification. Body scrubs such as salt or sugar help remove all dead skin cells and improve circulation. This also makes skin absorb body crèmes much better and makes the skin feel soft and silky. Moisturizing daily is an important part of
keeping your skin soft and hydrated. In this day and age we are spoilt for choice when it comes to different types of body moisturizers. Body oils are great for very dry cracked skin, body balms are nourishing and body crèmes feed the skin with moisture. Then we have treatment body creams which treat skin concerns such as stretch marks, cellulite, uneven silhouette and scars. So now that you are on your way to achieving the silhouette of your dreams, I have a few useful tips: Drink lots of water to stay hydrated during the hot Doha summer as well as to flush out toxins, regular exercise to assist with circulation, eat lots of healthy, fresh foods and you’ll be ready for your summer vacation in no time. Remede Spa offers The Rodial Body Overhaul, a 60 Minute Body Wrap which can easily be scheduled into your busy diaries. It consists of a skin smoothing body polish with coffee grains, coconut and Shea butter which is removed by steaming hot towels. After this, the skin is properly prepared to soak up the slimming body wrap. The slimming gel contains Isoslim complex to breakdown cellulite and Redulite to flush out toxins is applied all over your body, paying special attention to your areas of concern. Your therapist then wraps you in a heated blanket which increases the absorption and effectiveness of the wrap.
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ANALYSING THE ROLE OF WOMEN IN THE ARAB WORLD THE CONTRIBUTIONS OF WOMEN HAVE BEEN UNDERMINED BUT ALL THAT IS CHANGING.
Governments in many countries are now focusing on nationalisation and hence the opportunities for Arab women are rapidly increasing. It is imperative for businesses to integrate women into the workforce and empower them for leadership roles. From the 22nd and 23rd of September 2014 “The Arab Women in Leadership and Business Summit” will be held in Dubai, UAE and Entrepreneurship, Leadership and Legal and Financial empowerment of women in the region would be key discussions. “In the region we have a significant number of women who represent a great resource of talent; encouraging these women to join the work force and assisting them to set a career path will not only help boost the regional economy but also will be beneficial to communities, companies and organizations,” says Danish Shaikh, Executive Vice President at MICE Quotient. The Arab Women in Leadership and Business Summit aims at inspiring women to seek their highest level of professional development by providing them with information, strategies, insights and perspectives on Leadership and entrepreneurship.
RICKY BAG MAKES ITS WAY TO QATAR THE ‘GIANT RICKY BAG’ MADE ITS WAY TO QATAR’S VILLAGIO AMID MUCH FANFARE. The bag made its debut in September, 2013 at Saks Fifth Avenue in New York City before greeting visitors in Madison Avenue and the Ralph Lauren Greenwich, Connecticut store. It has travelled to Japan and Kuwait, besides other countries around the world. The Giant Ricky took a team of four expert artisans approximately one month to create. Beautifully outfitted with authentic details, from Italianmade leather construction to its key bell, grommets and functioning lock. Six feet tall and five feet wide, the Giant Ricky Bag is over four times the size of the Soft Ricky and weighs approximately 250 pounds.
CANADIAN COFFEE HOUSE KICKS OFF
The Tim Horton’s café in Ezdan Mall was launched by His Excellency Andre Dubois, Canadian Ambassador to Qatar. The popular café which also serves snacks and quick bites is popular with the young and old alike. A friendly ice hockey match was arranged at the venue.
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CERRUTI 1881 MAKES ITS DOHA DEBUT
AL JABER WATCHES RECENTLY LAUNCHED ITS NEWEST BRAND, CERRUTI 1881 AT THE MILLENNIUM HOTEL IN DOHA. The French fashion house introduced their latest collection of menâ€™s and womenâ€™s timepieces accented with elegance, luxury and quality. Over the years, Cerruti 1881 has built quite the impressive reputation for itself that has won the hearts of many. Michael Douglas, Jack Nicholson, Tom Hanks, Bruce Willis, Sharon Stone, Julia Roberts, Robert Redford, Harrison Ford, Al Pacino and Jean Paul Belmondo are some of the famous names that Cerruti 1881 has primed. Now Cerruti 1881 can be found at all outlets of Al Jaber Watches.
A Greek festival was held at the Sharq Village and Spa. It was organised at the Al Liwan Restaurant. Guests were invited to sample authentic Greek cuisine including salads, meats and seafood.
IWED MAKES A SPLASH
The seventh edition of International Wedding Exhibition (IWED), a one-stop destination for finding solutionss to all wedding related materials was recently held at the QNCC. The event promoted the Qatari industry as one of the major luxury markets in the Middle East by staging a high profile luxury wedding exhibition as well as a string of glitzy fashion shows. Supported by the Qatar Tourism Authority, the four-day exhibition also displayed menswear, kidswear, eveningwear and bridal dresses and lingerie by exhibitors from Qatar, Italy, Greece, the UAE, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Bahrain, India and Egypt. Renowned Lebanese couturier Fadi Nahle was the Guest of Honour at the soiree. Known for his exquisitely crafted Oriental and European womenswear lines, the designer presented a collection at an exclusive fashion show on the inaugural day of the event.
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The premier Qatari abaya brand, Al Motahajiba launched their AW2014 collection in a private trunk show at the St.Regis Doha for clients to pre-order their favourite pieces before they hit stores. The Autumn collection is a story that comes from the past with Etre style and a modern geometric hint. The story brings us to the combination of different textiles and embellishment using simple material like dori to make the final look of the design rich and sophisticated. The Winter mood continues the aesthetics of Autumn and is more developed in terms of the story behind the design; Exuberance 70, Chic Animal, and Parures Dâ€™Exception gives the final design modernity and elegance. The collection also sees the latest trends in abaya fabrics including velvet, shiny silk, cotton, linen, leather and textured surfaces.
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TWENTY MINUTES TO A FITTER YOU
High intensity interval training (or HIIT) is the hottest fitness trend in 2014. Marsel Rodriguez, a Personal Trainer at Fitness with Food, gives us the lowdown. HIIT consists of short, intense bursts of exercise with either active recovery (less intense exercise) or complete rest in between. HIIT burns fat, improves cardio vascular and muscle endurance and builds strength. Its popularity is down to studies showing that “vigorous” exercise is especially effective at burning calories not only during the activity itself but also long after. This means your body is continually burning calories long after your workout has ended in what is known as the excess post-exercise oxygen consumption (EPOC) effect where one’s metabolism remains elevated for hours - sometime seven days after (commonly referred to as the “afterburn affect”). Available at Beattitude Spa in Doha.
SATISFYING YOUR SWEET CRAVINGS
IF YOU THOUGHT POPCORN COMES IN JUST ONE OR TWO FLAVOURS, THINK AGAIN. Let’s Popcorn Qatar CEO, Hussain Akbar Al Baker, a self-confessed popcorn fan, set up the first popcorn company in Qatar and continuously develops and improves the product. The 30+ mouthwatering flavours come in a variety of caramel and nuts. However, when it comes to dates, Let’s Popcorn goes the extra mile ensuring this flavor is of the highest quality. As a signature Arabic delicacy, Let’s Popcorn imports directly from specific farms famous for growing the best dates.
SHOW STOPPERS AL DARY AW 2014 Autumn Winter sees the story of the Etre style and the exuberant 70s for the modern, chic and elegant woman of Al Motahajiba. The brand is available at City Centre Mall, Landmark Mall, Lagoona Mall, The Mall, and Markhiya.
Photographer : Mohammed Nairooz @ Nairooz Photography | Mobile : +97477615566 |Email : email@example.com Makeup : Samia Al Saleh @ The Swan Beauty Center Hair : Samira @ The Swan Beauty Center - Doha, Qatar | +97444727300 Model: Nuha Al Samarrae
SHOW STOPPERS AL DARY AW 2014
SHOW STOPPERS AL DARY AW 2014
SHOW STOPPERS AL DARY AW 2014
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