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28 BEACHSIDE CHARM One-piece swimwear and delicate lace coverups make summer this year an all feminine affair.

36 BRIDE OF THE MOMENT

Inspiration moodboards to get the bride-to-be started on her journey to find the perfect look for the spring wedding.

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52 WEDDING PARTY

MAY 2014

55 WHITE ALMONDS

QATAR'S NO. 1 FASHION MAGAZINE W W W.G L A M QATA R .C O M

Ace the best dressed guest award with the season’s hottest prints and accessories.

The region’s premier bridal gift registry lends a helping hand in solving the gifting dilemma.


Contents 58 ARUSHI COUTURE

The bridal couture house tells us how they have captured the hearts of brides in the region for the past three decades.

62 FAIRY DESIGNER

The hottest name in bridal wear, Monique Lhuillier talks about her new direction in designing for brides of all seasons.

66 QUIRKS & ART

Wilfredo Rosado’s eclectic background forms his vision in championing a new era in artistic jewellery.

70 NS BY NOOF

Combining the world of clutches and adornment, NS By Noof creates pieces that are heirloom worthy.

74 CENTRE FRONT

The sixteen graduating seniors of VCUQ talk about their final student collection and their inspirations.

80 KHEIT COMPETITION In a fashion dialogue between Qatar and Brazil, design students from two cultures interpret their vision of Kheit.

GLAM

QATAR'S NO. 1 FASHION MAGAZINE MAY 2014

ON THE COVER EXCLUSIVE PREVIEW OF MONIQUE LHUILLIER’S AW 2014 BRIDAL COLLECTION


GLAM SOCIAL MEDIA

EDITOR

SINDHU NAIR DEBRINA ALIYAH

CHIEF FASHION CORRESPONDENT SENIOR CORRESPONDENTS

ABIGAIL MATHIAS

EZDHAR IBRAHIM ALI

PHOTOGRAPHER

ROB ALTAMIRANO

SENIOR ART DIRECTOR

VENKAT REDDY

DEPUTY ART DIRECTOR

HANAN ABU SIAM

AYSWARYA MURTHY

ASSISTANT ART DIRECTOR

SENIOR GRAPHIC DESIGNER

MAHESHWAR REDDY B

SENIOR MANAGER – MARKETING

FREDRICK ALPHONSO

ASSISTANT MANAGER – MARKETING

SENIOR MEDIA CONSULTANTS

HASAN REKKAB

LYDIA YOUSSEF

MARKETING RESEARCH & SUPPORT EXECUTIVE

SENIOR ACCOUNTANT

SR. DISTRIBUTION EXECUTIVE

DISTRIBUTION SUPPORT

AYUSH INDRAJITH

THOMAS JOSE

KANWAL BALUCH PRATAP CHANDRAN BIKRAM SHRESTHA ARJUN TIMILSINA BHIMAL RAI

Angeline Jolie stars as the Mistress of Evil, the villain from the Sleeping Beauty fairy tale, in the new blockbuster Maleficient which retells the back story of the popular Disney narrative. Playing the titular villain character, Jolie has an impressive ‘witch-inspired’ wardrobe that comes complete with her own headgear in the shape of horns. Go online to our Facebook page for more exclusive imagery of the dresses that she wore in the movie. www.facebook.com/glamqatar

EVENTS OF THE MONTH Community Supported Art Exhibition 2014 From May 7th Katara Art Center The annual Community Supported Art project, run by the Katara Art Center, provides both emerging and established Qatar-based artists a platform to present their artwork. The project is implemented in a format allowing artists direct access to potential collectors and a wider audience Inspired by similar projects in the United States, community supported initiatives have appeared as a way to connect cultural producers with their audience through a tested market concept that encourages face to face connections and community building. All selected artworks will be reproduced as limited edition prints, to be sold during CSA’s exhibition and live auction priced at QR2500 each (70% of which goes to the artist).

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PUBLISHER AND EDITOR–IN–CHIEF

YOUSUF JASSEM AL DARWISH

CHIEF EXECUTIVE

SANDEEP SEHGAL

EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT

ALPANA ROY

VICE PRESIDENT

RAVI RAMAN

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COMING UP

June marks our Health and Beauty special issue! The sun is shining bright and it’s time to get active, because as the saying goes, beauty starts from within. We will be featuring the latest in sportswear inspired designer collections as well as the latest hair and makeup trends for Summer 2014. Photo: Backstage at Tod’s SS14 presentation.


Contributors 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

MONIQUE LAGNERIUS Trained at the iconic Vidal Sassoon Academy in Los Angeles, Monique has three decades of global hair and makeup experience. Her eye for detail and highly-technical skills has been sought after by Hollywood and Bollywood insiders and she has worked with celebrities including Demi Moore, Karl Lagerfeld, Jose Mourinho and Patrick Swayze. She has led presentations and interviews on the subject of fashion makeup and hairstyling and worked with brands including Cartier, L’Oreal, and Vogue. After a career in cities including New York, London, Munich, Los Angeles, Zurich, and Dubai. Monique is currently enjoying the breeze of Doha at Habibs Hair & Beauty Qatar.

YOUR VOICE ON TWITTER & FACEBOOK Reacting to Saint Laurent designs: Colette Moolman: Personally I think they both could have done with some tailoring. @BonjourChiara: I read the (Bloggers and Beauty) article. Well Done! I love all their different styles!

BIDYA THAPA With seventeen years of experience as a professional hair stylist, Bidya Thapa has always believed that a sense of curiosity is needed to keep up with the changing world of fashion. Always on the look out for new techniques and artistic forms in the world of hairstyling, she has worked and trained under some of the best in the industry. She now specialises in colour and hair treatments. Bidya is available at Habibs Hair & Beauty Qatar.

LETTERS There’s always so much happening in Glam. I can’t wait to bring home my copy and pour over the contents. Ruth Bisteni I didn’t get what all the hype on fashion is all about. As a newly-wed I picked up my wife’s copy of your magazine and was hooked. Myron T.R

JULIE DE BRITO The Remede Spa at the St. Regis Doha and GLAM have paired up to offer skincare and well-being tips for our readers in a column answered by Julie De Brito. Be it questions, comments, or just to enquire about new products, drop us a line on our social pages, @GlamQatar on Twitter and www.facebook.com/GlamQatar and we will get the therapists to answer them! If you prefer to be anonymous, just tell us and we will gladly respect your privacy.

It is good to know there are certain things you can depend up on. Your magazine always gives me that reassuring feeling that I will be well informed. Brenda Isaacs


G Talk o you remember your wedding day in all the minute details? To a 40-year-old that is a challenging question indeed, but then when have I not taken up challenges! I do remember some details, which seemed insignificant then, but in retrospect, are the true treasured memories. I remember the slight pressure on my hands when our hands clasped in the final act of our wedding ceremony, the heaviness of tears gathering in my eyes, the teary yet brilliantly smiling face of my mother, the sparkle of jewels, the heaviness of the silk saree as I took the auspicious rounds with my husband around the mandap (stage). There is no denying it; the wedding day is the most important day for a woman, one that she prepares for from the time she starts playing ‘dressing up’ games with her dolls. In this era when we scorn on rituals and long elaborate dos, even the most career-oriented woman secretly covets an Angel Sanchez gown and a dream locale for the most important day of her life. It is for these women who dare to dream that we have picked our best selections for the most precious moment of our lives. Read on and keep your dream alive! There is nothing more gratifying for an industry than the moment of the dawn, when the new set of designers comes in focus. Qatar has only one such event the Virginia Commonwealth University annual fashion show, and while the event attracts the best in the industry, it is a shame that the designers do not get a springboard from which their design career can take off. But this year, for the first time, one of the big fashion names has given the opportunity to a designer to showcase her designs within their premises. While the talented ones make their own opportunities (Wadha is a case in point), some handholding in the initial stages of their career will go a long way towards fostering a fledgling career line. Glam takes you through all these important local events and collaborations. Not to be missed are our pages on international designer, Wilfredo Rosado, whose jewellery becomes a focal discussion point, or regional talent, Bahraini designer Noof Al Shekar, whose Noof clutches defy the conventional.

EDITOR’S PICK THIS YEAR, THE GLAM FASHION EDITOR WAS IMPRESSED BY THE SHOW PUT ON BY VCUQ STUDENTS. WE ALWAYS LOVE THE MOMENTS WHEN FASHION IS TAKEN TO A NEW LEVEL OF FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION. SUCH AS WHEN MARIANNE FOLLACK BERMEJO BROKE ALL CONVENTIONS AND GAVE US ALL A FUN MOMENT WITH SPURTS OF CREATIVITY AT THE SHOW. BUT WE ALSO FELT THAT BEING THE MEDIUM THROUGH WHICH REGIONAL AND LOCAL TALENT IS PROMOTED, JOURNALISTS SHOULD BE GIVEN PRECEDENCE AND SOME EARLY OR DEDICATED SPACE TO ASSESS TALENT.


GLAM / NEWS

MAY 2014

OBSESSIVELY PRIVATE VERA WANG UNVEILS SPRING 2015 BRIDAL FILM

The New York City designer, famed for her luxurious bridal gowns, has unveiled an extremely cool fashion film to show off her latest designs. Vera Wang debuted her Spring 2015 Bridal collection with a new film titled “Chasing Alix.” Directed by fast-rising fashion filmmaker and photographer Gordon Von Steiner, the one-and-a-half minute film stars A-list models Caroline Brasch Nielsen, Elisabeth Erm, Nastya Sten and Sophie Touchet. “The opportunity to create a visual and expressive experience of the clothes, as interpreted by my fashion vision, is a whole new way for me to communicate with not only brides, but women everywhere” explained Wang. Shot at La Selva Mansion on Long Island, the girls cavort in Wang’s slinky bridal designs to the minimalist soundtrack of Son Lux’s “Easy.” Make-up duties were taken care of by Marla Belt and hair by Jimmy Paul. Von Steiner has previously created films for Vogue Italia, Lanvin and Chanel. Check out the film here: http://vimeo. com/91822518

Private Blend London is a fragrance specifically crafted to celebrate the launch of the new Tom Ford store in Knightsbridge. This rich and spiced, woody animalic fragrance captures London’s cultural vibrancy and unique dynamic between elegant, urbane composure and sometimes scandalous carnal amusements. This tension between composure and carnality is expressed in the core of the fragrance Tonkin musk, and ingredient with ancient roots that conjures man’s animal nature like no other, and noble oud wood intermingle amidst birch tar oil, cedarwood Atlas and torchwood. Through this harmonizing of mesmerizing sensuality, Private Blend London achieves an elegance with a feral character that dares to challenge the conventions of propriety, yet remains grounded in restraint and civility. The Private Blend London will be available in May 2014 at all Tom Ford Beauty Private Blendcounters in the Middle East.


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JIMMY CHOO CREATES FUKUSHIMA SHOES LINE

Loewe, the Spanish luxury leather house founded in 1846, Brownbook held an exhibit at Cuadro Gallery to introduce to its guests the exquisite universe of the Maison and its latest “Skin” collection. The event gathered an array of personalities from Dubai’s art enthusiasts to its up and coming fashion trendsetters. The cocktail was also an occasion to present the traditional craftsmanship and the flawless quality that defines Loewe’s products. One of the in house artisans came especially from Madrid to explain the gestures and the dedication that are required to make each one of Loewe’s celebrated bags. Archive pieces from the last Century, from a vanity case made to order from the 1920s to the 1975 iconic Amazona bag, video projections and visuals featuring Loewe’s brand ambassador, the Oscar winner Spanish actress Penelope Cruz, helped creating the perfect atmosphere to illustrate the exciting present moment of the brand. Loewe stores are located in the Dubai Mall, Sowwah Square (Abu Dhabi) and Kingdom Centre (Riyadh).

(Relaxnews)

SECOND SKIN

Designer Jimmy Choo recently unveiled a one-off range of shoes in Japan, made using materials and techniques native to the disaster-hit Fukushima area, in a bid to boost the profile of artisans there. Choo was inspired to come up with the creations after visiting workshops in the area, which is struggling to overcome the tsunami-sparked nuclear catastrophe that hit in 2011. There he found traditional materials that have been made in the area for hundreds of years, such as Aizu cotton, super-fine Kawamata silk and the Aizu lacquerware, which he thought could perfectly complement six pairs of high heels. The Penang, Malaysia-born Choo, whose haute couture shoes are worn by everyone from British royals to Madonna and US First Lady Michelle Obama, said a pair of shoes is more than just something to wear on your feet. “You know the shoe is a shoe, but a shoe to me is an art piece... Some people can buy them and not necessarily wear them.”


GLAM / SHOP

MAY 2014

50 YEAR LEGACY Bridal designers Pronovias commemorated its 50th anniversary with its “50 Years Dressing Dreams” concept, paying homage to Pronovias brides around the world. In its rich history the brand has been working with great designers such as Pedro Rodríguez in the seventies, Francesco Arenas in the eighties, Manuel Mota who joined in the nineties, Emanuel Ungaro, Valentino and Badgley Mischka represented in 2000, the current Elie by Elie Saab collection and the company’s top-of-the-range line developed by the Atelier Pronovias creative team. The firm has put together a collection of dresses and representative pieces from its history, which will soon be exhibited in Barcelona and will then travel to other fashion capitals such as New York and Milan.


26 \ SHOPTALK Necklace in 18ct white gold set with pear shaped diamonds (69.2cts) and round brilliant-cut diamonds (21,4cts)

Earrings in 18ct white gold set with two pear shaped diamonds (3cts), four round rose cut diamonds and two round brilliant cut diamonds Necklace in 18ct white gold set with diamonds and featuring a pear shaped diamond (4cts)

Earrings in 18ct white gold set with round brilliant-cut diamonds (3,7cts) and pear shaped diamonds (18,5cts)

Earrings in 18ct white gold set with marquise cut diamonds (6,4cts), round cut diamonds (5,9cts) and diamonds

Earrings in 18ct white gold set with diamonds (2cts)

Ring in 18ct white gold set with a heart shaped diamond (3cts) and diamonds

BRIDAL GLOW When it comes to your wedding day, you should have the very best. These bridal pieces from Chopard are certain to add more sparkle to a truly special day.

High Jewellery watch in 18ct white gold from the “L’Heure du Diamant” collection set with diamonds (5,43cts)


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TOUCH OF HOLLYWOOD Treat your boudoir to a luxurious makeover fit for a star, with The One’s Spring/Summer 2014 So Hollywood style. Inspired by 1920s Hollywood glamour, this decidedly romantic look features an elegant, almost nude colour palette of cream, beige and gold with accents of dusty pastel blue. Think sumptuously upholstered furniture and reflective surfaces co-starring with luxe fabrics like velvet, cashmere and fur for an opulently feminine feel. The hero of this show is undoubtedly the curvaceous Art Deco-style stainless steel bed. A few special effects in the form of graceful gold table lamps, a filigree lantern and divine scented candles complete this Oscar-worthy production, ensuring rave reviews from the sternest critics.

YOUR SOMETHING BLUE The new perfume from the house of Oscar De La Renta offers not just a perfume but also a unique ring that has been engraved with the designer’s signature logo. The brand claims that the perfume brings luck and love to the wearer. Both perfumes are available in Merch stores in Qatar.


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CHARM Delicate lace and floral cut-outs make a luxurious appearance among this season’s summer trends, taking resort wear towards a more subdued and feminine direction. Give the conventional kaftans and string bikinis a break and indulge in intricate laser-cut motifs on cover-up coats that will take you from the beachside to the beach club. Off-kilter one-piece swimwear exudes an allure of confidence and subtle sexiness while bikinis get a Mad Men- inspired update with bandeau tops and high-waisted bottoms. The evertrusty pair of casual white trousers makes the perfect finishing touch for a sophisticated look worthy of a Mediterranean coastal getaway.

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1 Full Length Jacket, QR4,638, Moschino ●

QR50. 3 Strappy Bikini Bottom, ● QR40. 4 Gold Textured Shorts, ● QR200. 5 Lace Coat, QR 750. ● 6 Casual Laser Cut Trousers, ● QR250 Available from H&M at Villaggio Mall.

Cheap and Chic, The Gate.

2 Naples Short, QR3,350, Diane Von ●

Furstenberg, Salam Studios & Stores. 3 Ruched High-Rise Bikini Briefs, QR1,058, ● Norma Kamali Bill, Net A Porter. 4 Halterneck Bikini Top, QR1,058, Norma ● Kamali Bill, Net A Porter. 5 Scout One-Shoulder Textured Swimsuit, ● QR1,814, Zimmerman, Net A Porter. 6 White Lace Pants, QR6,586, Givenchy, ● The Gate.

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AN EDIT OF THINGS THAT ARE HOT NOW OTT

Dubai-based brand OTT has got us all in a spin with their out-of-this-world prints that will most definitely make you look twice. A mesh of kitsch with quality tailoring, there are glitters, sequins, and embroideries along with the crazy prints that makes up the collection. OTT originally started out as a classic kaftan line, but has now revamped itself into a brand that takes quirkiness and eccentricity in fashion as their main inspirations. After their stellar showing in Paris in 2008, the brand has since been picked up by many retailers around the globe, and has amassed a cult following with the fashion crowd. The Elizabeth Taylor skirt is currently the hottest item from the brand’s recent collection and is available from QR2,500 at www.byott.com

LOEWE ESPADRILLES

Just in time for summer, Loewe has released a colourful and fun collection of espadrilles that continues the brand’s initiative to explore the origin and spirit of its creations. Part of the Best Hands of Spain project where Loewe works with Spain’s greatest craftsmen, the espadrilles project is a collaborative effort with Castaner, a shoe brand founded in 1774 that specialises in rope soles. The craftsmen of Castaner still continue work by the shores of the Banyoles Lake in Catalonia, the original location of the craft. The Loewe Espadrille will be available in eight different shades for women and four for men, with the upper in a choice of napa, ostrich or Loewe’s signature ‘Oro’ suede.


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FAR FETCH X MUUSE

Far Fetch is the absolute online haunt for limited edition, vintage and superbly cool fashion finds so it was no surprise when they announced an online pop-up initiative with another uber-cool online retailer Muuse. Muuse, which is based in Copenhagen, has talent-spotted some of the most popular names in the industry, picking them from fashion schools and selling their debut collections. This collaboration features five designers; Sara Lundberg from the Swedish School of Textiles, Ece Gozen from Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University Turkey, Jantine Van Peski from Antwerp Royal Academy, Sasha Nassar from Instituto Marangoni Paris, and Eun Jung Lee from Esmod Berlin. The collections are now on sale exclusively on www.farfetch.com

LIBERATTI SCARF RINGS

DAR AL DAZAH

The intricate details on the evening and bridal dresses by Dar Al Dazah is a testament to the dedication and passion of the label’s designer Maha Al Mannai to making your wedding day a truly spectacular experience. The Qatari label has been making abayas for close to a decade specialising in luxurious pieces apt for special occasions and henna nights before venturing into bridal wear two years ago. Maha has loved sewing since she was a young girl and is a self-taught designer who now runs the atelier of about fifteen craftsmen providing custom service to clients. This season, her bridal collection is inspired by the feminine form and finished with the label’s signature detailing work with Swarovski crystals. “There are two distinct dresses, one for the bride who pays attention to the little things in life and the other for the confident bride who wants a simple silhouette,” Maha explains. The piece de resistance in her atelier at the moment is the Cinderella abaya, designed for the modern-day Cinderella and features a double bow at the back that stretches into a long train. Dar Al Dazah’s collection is featured in our editorial this month. The atelier is located in Al Waab.

We could not help but remember the scouting uniform back in school where they wore scarves held together by rings when we came upon Liberatti. The online portal is dedicated to the art of scarf rings, carrying a selection of their own hand made pieces as well as vintage rings from brands like Hermes and Fendi. Liberatti’s handmade pieces come in gold, silver, leather and buffalo horn and they also take custom orders for that perfect piece to match your scarves. The site is like an encyclopedia for everything scarf ring related including tutorial videos on how to mix and match the scarves with your outfits. www. scarfring.com


36 \ STYLE THIS

Miu Miu Vitello Bag in Lacca

GET THE LOOK

Lupita Nyong’o carries a Miu Miu bag in Lacca, a great pop of colour to her muted casual outfit. The Miu Miu Vitello bag features a single top handle with additional straps for versatility.

Angeline Jolie styles an effortless all-white silk ensemble with pair of Salvatore Ferragamo nude patent pumps at the Las Vegas CinemaCon.

Salvatore Ferragamo Nude Patent Pump

Saint Laurent Blouse Dentelle

Prada Saffiano Print SS14 bag

Dakota Fanning carries the Prada Saffiano print bag from the Spring 2014 collection. The face print bags, featuring illustrations by Jeanne Detallante are one of the most-talked about fashion collaborations this season.

Saint Laurent Le Smoking Jacket Saint Laurent’s smoking jacket makes two appearances on actresses Emma Watson and Jennifer Connelly. Watson chooses a white base shirt while Connelly goes for an all-black effect including a pair of Saint Laurent’s Classic Escarpin heels in python skin.

Saint Laurent Classic Escarpin heels


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SPRING INTO THE SEASON OF LOVE WITH THE ULTIMATE BRIDAL DRESS. CELEBRATING ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT STYLE MOMENTS OF YOUR LIFE, WE HAVE GOT YOU COVERED FROM THE MILE-LONG VEIL TRAIN TO THE PERFECT PAIR OF WHITE STILETTOS THAT WILL TAKE YOU FROM THE AISLE TO THE DANCE FLOOR. Dress: Oscar de la Renta Shoes: Christian Louboutin Earrings: Sophie Bille Brahe Bracelet: Inez and Vinoodh Ring: Illeana Makri Photograph by James Meakin for Net A Porter


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Matelasse Silk-blend Gown, QR15,815, Sophia Kokosalaki, Net A Porter

Lace Embroidered Gown, QR44,500, Roland Mouret, Net A Porter

Rani Zakhem Bridal 2014

MY FAIR LADY SOFT SILHOUETTES WITH OFF-WHITE TONES FOR THE ROMANCE-INSPIRED BRIDE.

Flower Motif Jewellery Set, Mouawad, Lagoona Mall

Lace Blouse, QR7,013, Balmain, FarFetch Sandra Mansor Bridal


42 \ TRENDS

Crystal Brooch Sterling Jacket, QR29,074, Lanvin, Net A Porter

Full Sleeve Gown, Antonio Berardi, Net A Porter Lace Skirt, QR5,676, Valentino Garavani, FarFetch

Draped Silver Silk Embellished Tilly Gown, QR9,807, Catherine Deane, StyleBop

Ballroom Dancing Headband, Erickson Beamon, QR5,389, Net A Porter

Swarovski Crystal Headband, Jennifer Behr, Net A Porter

Lily Embellished Clutch, Marchesa, QR12,000, Net A Porter


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Shift Dress with Lace Detail, QR5,079, Altuzarra, FarFetch

Lanvin Blanche 2014

SHORT ENGAGEMENT SHORT HEMLINES FOR THE BRIDE WHO SHOWS OFF HER STATEMENT SHOE.

Cut Out Boot Heel, QR4,864, Charlotte Olympia, FarFetch

Lace-Up Pumps, Christina Louboutin, Villaggio Mall

Carolina Herrera Bridal 2014


46 \ TRENDS Net Headpiece, QR921, Gigi Burris Millinery, FarFetch

Crepe Cocktail Dress with Feather Trim, QR14,118, Marchesa, StyleBop

Embroidered Flare Dress, QR14,925, Giambattista Valli, FarFetch

Liane Veil, QR1,416, Maison Michel, FarFetch

Bow-embellished Duchesse Satin dress, QR21,647, Lanvin, Net A Porter

Natale Palladium-plated Necklace, QR6,663, Dolce & Gabbana, Net A Porter


48 \ TRENDS

Rose Gold Diamond Hope Ring, QR 13,552, Charles Goode, Liberty UK

Silk Gown with Embellished Collar, QR4,770, Issa, StyleBop Tabata Strapless Cady Gown, QR15,475, Calvin Klein Collection, Net A Porter Layered Top Gown, QR6,153, Adam Lippes, FarFetch

VISION IN WHITE

THE NO-FUSS MINIMALIST BRIDE THAT SHINES ON HER OWN. 14kt Gold Croissant de Perle Earring, QR7,347, Sophie Bille Brahe, StyleBop

Basic White Heels, QR2,130, Giuseppe Zanotti, FarFetch

Silk Georgette Gown, QR9,275, Vionnet, StyleBop

Lanvin Blanche 2014

Fine Lace Pumps, Christian Louboutin, Villaggio Mall


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Pearl Embellished Silk Blend Tulle Veil, QR6,390, Lanvin, Net A Porter

Rani Zakhem Bridal 2014

Patricia Bonaldi SS2014

Ralph & Russo Couture 2014

A DRESS TO REMEMBER

DRAMATIC ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME GOWNS FOR THE FAIRY TALE BRIDES.

Nocturne Hair Ornament, Van Cleef Arpels, Villaggio Mall


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Silk Blend Gown with Beaded Overlay, QR24,773, Zuhair Murad, StyleBop

Embellished Silk Strapless Fishtail Gown, QR47,632, Marchesa, StyleBop

Ruffled crepe gown, QR21,282, Lanvin, Net A Porter

Stone Embellished Column Gown, QR42,525, Kaufman Franco, Net A Porter Cygne Ring, Dior Fine Jewellery, Villaggio Mall

Strapless Faille Gown, QR30,513, Lanvin, Net A Porter

Gold Embellished Gown, Patricia Bonaldi, Harrods


TRENDS / 53 Isabella Necklace in Platinum and Diamonds, Van Cleef Arpels, Villaggio Mall

Pique Blazer, QR7,173, Lanvin, Net A Porter

Embellished Slippers, QR2,840, Alexander McQueen, FarFetch Pique Tapered Pants, QR4,642, Lanvin, Net A Porter

CLEAN LINES

Chain Detail Pumps, QR3,496, Saint Laurent by Hedi Slimane, FarFetch

SHARP TAILORING FOR THE BRIDE WHO WANTS A DIFFERENT TWIST.

Princess Pumps, Christian Louboutin, Villaggio Mall Ralph & Russo Couture 2014


54 \ TRENDS FASHION

RÉPONDEZ, S’IL VOUS PLAIT CHIC SOLUTIONS FOR BOTH BALLROOM AND DESTINATION WEDDINGS. ACE THE BEST DRESSED GUEST AWARD AND MAKE IT WORTHY OF THE PHOTO ALBUMS. Dress: Mary Katrantzou Bag: Proenza Schouler Earrings: Jennifer Meyer Ring: Anita Ko Photograph by James Meakin for Net A Porter


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Graffiti Daisy Shift Dress, QR3,591, Matthew Williamson, The Gate.

Floral Sleeve Column Gown, QR7,817, Matthew Williamson, The Gate.

THE WEDDING PARTY

Silk Organza Embroidered Dress, QR3,027, Red Valentino, StyleBop

Graffiti Daisy Oversized Tshirt Gown, QR5,402, Matthew Williamson, The Gate. Nina Ricci SS2014

Beaded Lace Cocktail Dress, QR18,428, Zuhair Murad, StyleBop


56 \ TRENDS 18kt Yellow Gold Star Earrings with White Diamonds, QR32,812, Nikos Koulis, StyleBop

Ramie-Silk Blend Cocktail Dress, QR3,075, Dsquared2, StyleBop

Tribal Raffia Necklace, QR3,924, Matthew Williamson, The Gate.

Silk Chiffon One Shoulder Draped Cocktail Dress, QR18,912, Marchesa, StyleBop

Silk Strapless Dress with Tiered Tulle Skirt, QR3,705, Red Valentino, StyleBop

Metallic Leather Sandals, QR2,688, Vionnet, StyleBop

Mina Clutch, Christian Louboutin, Villaggio Mall

Suede Artemis Peep-Toes, QR2,736, Paul Andrew, StyleBop Laser-Cut Leather Peep-Toes, QR2,494, Sergio Rossi, Porto Arabia.


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TO HAVE TO HOLD BY ABIGAIL MATHIAS

IF MARRIAGES ARE ONLY ABOUT LOVE, THAT CONCEPT IS GETTING A FACELIFT. GONE ARE THE DAYS WHEN COUPLES SIMPLY ACCEPTED SEVEN IDENTICAL TOASTERS AS A WEDDING GIFT FROM WELL-MEANING FRIENDS AND FAMILY.


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well-wishers want to not only appease the bridal couple, they are willing to make that extra effort to ensure that the newlyweds feel special by offering them the very best. The concept of wedding registries is somewhat new to this region. Sara Farah, the founder of White Almonds, decided to fill a gap by launching the first of its kind wedding registry service in Dubai. In a short span of time she has collaborated with leading brands and stores to offer only bespoke gift items. In an exclusive interview with Glam she shares insights into the complex world of gift giving. The concept of wedding registries is new to this region. Describe the journey of how White Almonds came to life? Just before moving to New York to pursue my acting career I took a job at a wedding shop in London. It was during that time that the concept of White Almonds came to my mind. I had many friends and family getting married in Dubai and I started to see their frustration of trying to find a place that offered a convenient flexible wedding gift registry service. I soon realised there was a great opportunity and potential in an untapped market. It was obvious that the traditional wedding registry known in the West for gifting just kitchen, household and tabletop items from one store was becoming quite frustrating for contemporary, trendsetting couples. We wanted to create a sophisticated program which was unique and flexible that had an online presence, allowing couples the choice of numerous stores and items such as electronics, furniture, travel, honeymoons, art, and tabletop decorative accessories. Did you ever feel like people would not understand the concept? When creating White Almonds I saw great potential in Dubai due to the melting pot of cultures and various gift giving traditions. Firstly, there was nothing like White Almonds in the region and secondly I discovered a huge problem that many wedding gifts go to waste and are a huge expense. A large percentage of gifts are thrown out or passed on as they are of no use or not the couple’s taste. With this in mind, I seized an opportunity to deliver a flexible, convenient and elegant form of gift giving with a top level service. As the concept of wedding registries is relatively new in the Middle East, how have you been able to expand your database? We are doing many events in partnership with other related businesses such as wedding event planners and couture dress designers. We have also been extremely fortunate to have a lot of attention from the press in both English and Arabic which will help us in communicating what a wedding gift registry is, why it is convenient, and the services we provide which are like no other. What has been the most outrageous request you received? As of yet we have not received anything outrageous. With the


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WITHIN the next few months we

plan to offer customers an option to choose a ‘Charity Wedding Gift Registry’ so instead of gifts, guests can donate towards a charity of the couple’s choice. unique flexibility of our services, our clients really have the luxury of time and freedom with their requests and desired gifts. Are there plans to expand to Qatar and the rest of the Middle East? Indeed, we have ambitious plans to expand. In fact, due to a lot of interest, we are hoping to branch out to London soon. As part of our vision of growth we intend to move to other areas within the GCC, including Qatar within the next 18 months. If marriages are made in heaven, what is your response to those who feel that one should not fill it with materialistic things? The wedding gift registry, by tradition, was established as a convenient and elegant solution to presenting the newlyweds with gifts of value that would essentially be used to set up their new home and be cherished, which some could argue are materialistic things, but on the other hand they are things that are beneficial and valuable. Within the next few months we plan to offer customers an option to choose a ‘Charity Wedding Gift Registry’ so instead of gifts, guests can donate towards a charity of the couple’s choice.


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THE FIRST LIGHT OF SUNSHINE BY DEBRINA ALIYAH

AMONG THE SOCIETY CIRCLES OF DUBAI, ARUSHI COUTURE IS THE NAME THAT ALWAYS POPS UP WHEN WEDDINGS AND ENGAGEMENTS ARE ON THE CARDS. THE LABEL HAS BEEN PRESENT IN THE DESERT CITY FOR MORE THAN THIRTY YEARS, GROWING TOGETHER WITH DUBAI AS THE CITY NOW BECOMES ONE OF THE MOST FASHIONABLE CITIES IN THE WORLD. FRENCH DESIGNER MIREILLE ALOUGHLIN WAS AT A TURNING POINT IN HER CAREER IN THE 1970S WHEN SHE DECIDED THAT DUBAI WOULD BE A NEW EXCITING TERRITORY TO EXPLORE. PICKING THE NAME ARUSHI, SHE WANTED TO EVOKE THE WORD’S ANCIENT PERSIAN MEANING OF SUNRISE, TO EXUDE A MAGICAL COMBINATION OF TALENT, PASSION AND LOVE.


FOCUS / 61 THE SPRING SUMMER 2014 COLLECTION

GRACE A princess-style gown featuring a bustier bodice in Chantilly lace with a cross-stitched and embroidered Swiss tulle hem.

FAN FARE Silk organza tulip wedding dress featuring appliqué tulle on the bustier bodice and expands through a dramatic hip line.

Mireille’s

ethereal design vision combined with the technical expertise of her atelier has created many ‘happilyever-after’ gowns for brides in the region. It is an intimate and detailed process from the start, with Mireille’s focus discussing with clients their wants and guiding them through each step from fabrics to embellishments. “We listen to our clients and work with them closely so we can capture the exact look that she is expecting,” Mireille says. Brides in the Middle East have a strong preference for tulle and lace which exudes looks that are light, dreamy and romantic, a strong hold area for Arushi Couture’s ateliers.

“And this year, key trends include subtle details with beautiful and classic cuts as the base for an elegant gown. Embellishments are also toned down, the new philosophy is less is more,” she explains. What is it about the Middle East region that captured your love and made you decide to set up here and work with women from this region? Thirty years ago, Dubai was not as widely known as it is today. The only people who I met and could discuss about the idea of entrepreneurship were Emiratis themselves, and to me it was an opportunity. I had not


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BELLA RIVA Blue silk duchess gown with a exaggerated peplum and layered appliquĂŠ tulle over a pleated skirt.

GIGI Layers of sparkly tulle refined with flower appliquĂŠs, this gown features a dramatic long train.

TIFFANY Cut in embossed organza, the waist is embellished with tiny Swarovski crystals emphasising the rounded shape over the hips.


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VOGUE Our favourite piece from the collection, the Vogue gown features a French cotton lace bustier with a rounded embellished bottom.

really study the cultural implications of this move but I was ready to embrace something new. I came to Dubai with an open mind and fresh perspectives that my design and style would work in the region. What is the most important advice that you would give to brides who are finding it difficult in choosing THE dress? Choosing THE dress can be difficult and overwhelming. It is best to take a close friend or relative to accompany you in all your research and fittings. Visit the bridal shop and try on as many shapes as you can in order to determine the one that suits you the best. Collect cuttings and ideas from magazines or the Internet. Show everything to the designer in order to create the perfect mood board. Tell us about your atelier, and its specialized work in embroidery. Arushi’s embroidery atelier has been our pride and a centre for creative development for decades now. Its strength and reputation have been founded by the support of textile designers bringing constant

innovative resourceful ideas to any challenges presented to them. The team is experienced and is able to work closely with the technicians who cut and prepare each garment which ensures the best finish for each creation. Arushi is famed for the special Henna dresses, unique to this region. What are some of the key aesthetics to these dresses? Henna dresses have been Arushi’s specialty and a garment created by the house for decades. Our first brief was a thobe, a T-shape garment heavily embroidered on the front with embroidered pants, and over the years, this has developed and become one of our signature pieces. We started researching how we could make the concept of this garment evolve. It has empowered the team to look at and study combinations of colours, suitable fabrics, history, different cultures, and traditional techniques of embroidery. It has a definite formal aspect of the costume although these days I encourage my team to make them more casual to appeal to the new generation of brides.


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MONIQUE LHUILLIER:

THE

FAIRY DESIGNER BY DEBRINA ALIYAH

THE MONIQUE LHUILLIER BRIDE THIS SPRING IS THE EMBODIMENT OF A FAIRY TALE IN ANY SETTING YOU MAY FANCY. An intimate garden do in a knee-length cocktail number, an afternoon affair in a light dreamy piece, a dancing party in flouncy hems, and of course a ballroom fiesta in a cascading lace gown. The new range of pieces is reflective of the increasingly diverse ideas and notions of what a wedding should be and what a bride should look like, something that Monique knows all too well. The designer, whose womenswear collection is an echo of femininity and grace, is one of the most successful contemporary bridal designers whose brand now includes lifestyle services to complete the Monique Lhuillier wedding experience. Fresh from her recent visit to Qatar, we chat to the designer about choosing the ultimate dress for your big day.


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Silk white Chantilly lace strapless Azure gown with asymmetric horsehair peplum and full tulle skirt, Intrigue headpiece and Belle shoe.

Silk white embroidered tulle cap Illusion sleeve gown with natural waist and A-line skirt, Harper headpiece and Sophia shoe.

Ivory silk organza illusion neckline Portrait gown with natural waist, long sleeves and embroidered lace overlay, crystal embellished Portrait belt and Romance headpiece.

Silk white Chantilly lace bateau neck Monaco gown with asymmetric tiered lace and tulle skirt, Harper headpiece and Monaco veil.

Ivory embroidered tulle strapless trumpet Darcelle gown, ivory embroidered tulle Darcelle bolero, Intrigue headpiece and Yvette shoe.


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What are the inspirations behind your SS14 bridal collection? This season I was inspired by not just one bride but many. I considered the needs of every type of wedding. Tailored, sheath suits and highly embellished cocktail shifts for a more casual gathering, to more elaborate gowns of silk, lace, taffeta, and tulle in cascading layers for black tie affairs.

Silk white textured organza asymmetric draped Charade gown with cascading embroidery, Intrigue headpiece and Belle shoe.

Gold embroidered tulle halter modified trumpet Willow gown with full tiered tulle skirt and gold tulle chapel length Willow veil.

What are some key trends for bridal wear this year? Colour alternatives for white have been a trend. I think you should always opt for something that is not distracting and takes away from the big day. I love a pale pink or blush for a touch of the unexpected; it can be quite enchanting for the brides looking for something nontraditional. Shorter hemlines are also more common now on the runway. I have a line of short dresses in signature laces and jacquards for my brides who feel less is more. What is the most important advice that you would give to brides who are finding it difficult to choose THE dress? I always tell my brides to be open minded. It is such an important day and a big investment, so you need to be 100% sure about your dress. I tell my brides at the beginning of the process to try on several styles of dresses so you can eliminate options. Most brides end up wearing a style they never dreamed of wearing! Tell us more about some unique pieces in your SS14 collection; the lace capes, the jackets; they are quite modern and minimalist at the same time. My favourite silhouette for the season was a mini wedding dress with a matching overcoat either in jacquard or my signature lace. Accessories and jewellery obviously play a big role in completing the wedding outfit. What is your philosophy when it comes to accessorising? The main key is not to wear something that will distract. All eyes should be on the bride and specifically her dress. The accessories should only complete her look and be a reflection of her aesthetic, but with special, luxurious elements. If you are wearing statement earrings, perhaps opt out of wearing a bold necklace; the same goes with hair accessories to make sure everything is balanced. Monique Lhuillier is available at Fifty One East, Lagoona Mall.


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QUIRKS ART BY DEBRINA ALIYAH

WILFREDO ROSADO HAS IT ALL; FEATHERS AND JEWELS DESIGNED WITH BOUNDLESS CREATIVITY, AND IT IS ONE COLLECTION THAT WHEN WORN WILL PUT THE SPOTLIGHT ON YOU.


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Black Rhodium Bracelet

Cocktail Ring that flips open revealing a mirror

Earrings in Coloured Stones

Emerald Green Fringe Earrings

Urban Prince Pendant with Mesh Tank

The Green Array Cuff

Flight of Fancy Brooch

Hand to Hand Earrings

Hand Carved Cameo Snake Pendant


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When we first laid eyes on the Green Array cuff, we knew we needed to pick the creative brains behind the curious piece of jewellery. A cross between a bracelet and an arm cuff, highlighted by gorgeous deep green feathers, it got the discussion going on how we would wear it and what we could style it with. It was in essence, a conversation starter, and very much the vision that Wilfredo Rosado wanted to achieve when designing the piece. Just like the Green Array cuff (which is also available in sublime dusty pink feathers), the rest of Wilfredo’s collection was one inquisitive object after another. “I want to create innovative pieces that can be worn to a grand ball but also to the nightclub,” Wilfredo says. It is a new age approach to the world of haute jewellery where designs can often be classical and structured, with valuable pieces only broken out for special occasions. “I want my client to feel beautiful, sexy and unique. They are not wallflowers and used to getting attention and my jewellery is always a discussion focal point. I want them to feel as if they are wearing a work of art, something that has been a labour of love, something that is as unique and engaging as they are,” he says. Wilfredo is keen to introduce an alternative mindset to perceive his work as highly crafted pieces of art that are meant to be enjoyed, and “not hidden in a vault somewhere, gathering dust.” This form and function gives way to his dramatic yet cheerful aesthetics, honed by his eclectic years of experience of being tutored by two creative giants of contrasting disciplines, Giorgio Armani and Andy Warhol. In an unexpected twist of fate, Wilfredo’s childhood dream of becoming a doctor was sidelined after being spotted by Armani for his eye for detail, and then by Warhol, who appointed Wilfredo as the fashion director of the cult magazine, Interview. After immersing himself in the world of art, Wilfredo returned to join Armani, with whom he worked for 23 years. Jewellery had never been a main feature in his career, and yet, when he finally decided to venture out on his own, he started off by designing a limited edition line of fine jewellery for Versace. “In a way, not coming from a jewellery background gave me a certain kind of freedom. I wasn’t aware there were rules or guidelines so I designed as I pleased, letting my creativity run wild,” Wilfredo says.

Throwing caution to the wind, he set about a chain reaction in creating a new hype with the people he worked with. “When working with my craftsmen they would study my ideas and become very excited as most of what I propose has never been done. This creates a wonderful creative dynamic that I thrive on,” he explains. Perhaps this ingenuity and gumption helped convince the famed Maison Lemaire to work with him, despite the fact that he was then a newcomer to the industry. The Array cuff was one of the few masterpieces, produced in collaboration with the feather atelier. Wilfredo’s work, which now spans into a rather comprehensive collection, draws inspiration from urban culture and art, two things that have been omnipresent for most of his life. Putting his spin into the way subculture is viewed and perceived and then translating them into wearable jewels, the process is a reverse of more traditional jewel-making methods, which always starts from acquiring the stone. Versatility and designs that can be transformed with different variants is also key to Wilfredo’s signature. Works like The Urban Prince embody this philosophy – a handcarved ebony wood pendant inspired by the classic blackamoors depicting African merchants and princes is updated by Wilfredo resulting in pendants that reflects an African-American face wearing mesh tanks and single earrings with a tilted crown. “It is an ode to Jean Michel Basquiat and much like the kids in New York who wear their baseball caps to the side,” Wilfredo refers to the late cult American graffiti artist. The Feather Collection, of which the Array cuff is part, came from the time when girls in the 1980’s used to wear brightly coloured feathers on clips pinned to their hair or jeans. “I loved the idea of using feathers with precious metals and stones, the contrast felt very unique to me.” The pieces, though flamboyant and sometimes theatrical, are truly characteristic of Wilfredo’s fantasies, and it takes women of certain panache to embody the spirit of the jewellery. The designer considers a cosmopolitan of women as his muses, including powerhouses like Maria Felix and Empress Farah Diba to contemporary icons Rihanna and Charlotte Casiraghi. “In some way, all these women exude a fearlessness and strength that I find alluring,” he says.

In some way, all these women exude a fearlessness and strength that I find alluring.


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ATYPICAL BY DEBRINA ALIYAH

THAT DESCRIBES NOOF CLUTCHES AND ITS DESIGNER, NOOF AL SHEKAR, IN A WORD.

idea of a small bag to carry only the essentials for an evening out has evolved from intricately beaded soft pouches of the 1920s to modern rectangular clutches. Now it marks an era of return to the world of delicate embellishments. As an extension of a stylised outfit, the clutch plays an even bigger visual role than a handbag, as it often accompanies a richly decorated evening dress. Reimagining the clutch as a piece of adornment was first an idea, and then manifested into a gorgeous collection by Bahraini designer Noof Al Shekar. That begins the story of NS By Noof, the designer’s foray into the fantasy world of combining clutches with jewellery. “In essence, they are statement clutches that takes jewellery further than the standard. After all, a clutch is a hand piece,” Noof explains. The label goes big as purveyor of luxury and ‘everything rich’, rich being the fundamental DNA of the concept and craftsmanship that goes into each clutch. Every piece in the collection is crowned with unique semi-precious collectors’ stones handpicked and accumulated throughout Noof ’s travels around the world. The highly selective process brings about pieces that are limited and individually numbered, making each clutch a solitary experience of its own. It is Noof ’s deep love for art jewels and royal patterns that form the framework for the designs of the clutches. The signature pieces feature gold brass structures and exotic skins with intricately carved patterns and then crowned with the individual stones. Working with Italian leather tanners, metal smith specialists and jewellery masters in Lebanon, the


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SHOUG Crowned with four natural zircons. This piece is made from a brass base covered with soft lambskin and encased in 22 karat gold plated brass. Comes with a hidden chain and tassle both in solid brass too.

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ANDELUCIA Limited Edition out of seven Intricately caged and inspired architecture from the Andelucian Arabian empire. The signature collector’s piece is crowned with a single stone with engraved 22 karat gold plated brass cage.


I’M SO PROUD

to hear of women buying my creations to pass on to their daughters when they grow up.

pieces then come to life marrying the fantasy visions of the designer with the seasoned hands of the artisans. “They are centred on statement pieces, the unusual designs that leave me awestruck at the unbelievable amount of detail. Then come historical graphics, geometrical art forms in architecture and treasures that mark history,” Noof says. In a time where minimalism is celebrated in fashion, Noof certainly

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AL FATEH Featuring key intricate patterns of the label and crowned with two stones. Italian tanned nappa seeps through an engraved 22 karat gold plated brass.

does not shy away from her zeal for the regal fineries. But neither is the label a trend of the moment but an expression of something more classic and everlasting. “When I design something I like it to be grand, everything about the process entails richness. The indulgence in the art of jewels comes first and then stones, rich patterns, references from my archives of personalities and their treasured belongings,” she explains. While she celebrates the distinctiveness of both contemporary and storied

designers, the fickleness of the modern design industry is not something she identifies with, preferring NS By Noof to produce collections that are timeless. “I’m so proud to hear of women buying my creations to pass on to their daughters when they grow up; that’s exactly what I aim to do, to build something that only gets more precious with time.”

NS BY NOOF is now available at Fifty One East, Lagoona Mall.

04 ANDELUCIA GRANDE Limited Edition out of eleven An upsize to the classic Andelucia, with the same cut out brass design of Arabesque inspiration. Crowned with a single stone, rich Italian tanned nappa with engraved 22 karat gold plated brass cage.


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CANDY A cross body clutch in crocodile leather featuring a handmade silver frame with lambskin lined interiors. The piece only comes in Cayman crocodile with varying stones.

NOOF AL SHEKAR

the visionary behind NS BY NOOF. How did you find yourself in the fashion world? It all started in 2009. Creativity has always been within me, passed down through generations. Curiosity took my hand and led me into a universe of exploration in jewels, clutches and refined luxuries where I fell in love and decided to stay. The more I searched, the more I came to learn that quality is priceless. Passion for the industry kept me going and took me further. The appreciation of luxury, beauty and the unique pushed me to bypass all struggles and brought me to where I am today. Your Personal Style Discreet, feminine, timeless, I can’t get enough of jewellery, at the same time I am not an over-the-top kind of person. It’s very important to get the right amount of high shine and statement, going past just right becomes too much, that’s what initially influenced the NS BY NOOF concept. Further to this, discretion and distinctiveness allows me to be me, not a follower. I love richness in everything, quality and style in its timeless sophistication. Describe a typical day in the life of Noof Al Shekar. My jewel-surrounded kind of life differs every day, there is not a set routine. I am a ‘follow your heart’ kind of person; these three words say it all. My family means the world to me. Experiments, discoveries and things I stumble upon add to my book of experiences. That’s how my ‘typical’ days are spent, being everything but not typical.

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ZAIN Limited Edition out of one. Customisable piece with stones and leathers of choice featuring signature metalwork on top handle with detachable gold plated brass chain.


CENTRE

FRONT PHOTOGRAPHY BY ROB ALTAMIRANO

THE THEME OF THE GRADUATION SHOW IS A PLAY OF TECHNICALITY MEETS THE INTRINSIC; THE STARTING POINT OF GARMENT CONSTRUCTION AND THE DREAM OF EVERY FASHION DESIGNER TO BE IN THE CENTRE FRONT OF THEIR CAREERS. THE 15TH GRADUATION SHOW OF THE VIRGINIA COMMONWEALTH UNIVERSITY QATAR SAW SIXTEEN FASHION DESIGN STUDENTS INTERPRET THEIR OWN MEANING OF BEING IN THE CENTRE OF THE LIMELIGHT. A DRAMATIC INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF GRADUATES THIS YEAR FROM THE LAST, THE COLLECTIONS WERE ALSO MORE REFLECTIVE OF TRENDS OF THE TIME IN A BIG NOD TO THE COMMERCIAL VIABILITY OF THE GRADUATING DESIGNERS.

AHMED MALALLA

“Being a Qatari male designer puts pressure on me to succeed and move forward in the fashion industry. I thrive in my passion to make my mark in the Middle East and, one day, the world.”


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AISHA AL NAEMI

”Inspired by jazz of the busy yet glamourous city of New York, I incorporated block colours with elegant detailing that is desirable and oozes sophistication.”

ALEXIA THOMAS AL ANOUD AL NUAIMI

“My designs and ideas are bold, exaggerated and at times, dark. I’m a gamer and I love fantasy, macabre themes, and anything whimsical and out of the ordinary.”

“Fashion, I define as processed memories. The first Filipino wedding, the grandfather’s weird dancing, the first radical haircut, the mother’s shoes and lipsticks, the rediscovery of Paris every time, all this makes the senior collection, right now.”


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DOUHA AL JOZALI

”My Spring 2014 collection is inspired by geishas and is an homage to the strength of women. It combines an alluring Asian theme with a modernised take on Asian silhouettes.”

FATIMA MAKI

HISHAM DAWOUD

“I envision the women in my garments to feel free to wear them to any occasion; because my purpose it to invite Qataris to live their culture in today’s means, not simply look back at it for a while and then forget it.”

”Dreams, thoughts and fantasies that cannot be conveyed through words are what I present to you in my collection that I believe to be an extension of me as a designer.”


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IMELDA B. JURASOVA

“Art is a way to communicate my feelings to the outside world. Inspiration comes from my surroundings, from memories of places I visited and from events that I have experienced.”

MAHA AL SAAD

MAHA KHALIFA AL SUBAEY

“Red and pink never had it easy as a pair. Always dismissed as a fashion crime, I wanted to explore the beauty of these two colours paired together, and the results were magical.”

“I like imperfections; I like the tension, and my designs walk the line between drama and discipline. I really like working with futuristic and hi-tech textiles to make them look beautiful.”


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MARIANNE FOLLACK BERMEJO

“I was an avid collector of plush toy animals. I collected them in all colours, sizes and types. This collection is a combination of my two passions, plush toy animals and Harajuku fashion.”

NADA TAHA

“My collection is inspired by the great history of ancient Egypt and my Egyptian identity. For this, I researched ancient goddesses and mummies. I used a wide range of draping, gold prints and custom embroidery.”

MUNIRA LAFF DA SILVA

“My bridal wear collection is inspired by chandeliers, extravagant decorative items that add a sense of drama and boldness. I was also inspired by jellyfishes; they are graceful creatures in my eyes.”


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NOOR ABDULLA HAMAD AL THANI “The collection is based on the concept of natural forms and organic objects, inspired by the illustrations of German philosopher Ernst Haeckel. His work caught my eye because of all the beautiful lines and curves he worked into his drawing.”

RAYAH AL

MEGHAISAIB

”With designs contrived purely my nature, I try to remind us all that it is within Islamic teachings to appreciate the beauty of the natural world. Hours spent on studying the dissected physique of a rose led to my desire to recreate its splendor on the human form.”

NOOR RASHID AL THANI

“I am conscious of women’s comfort which is why most tops have a loose fit. The colour palette consists of pastels symbolising purity and new beginnings.”


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THE COMMON THREAD BY ABIGAIL MATHIAS

TWO STUDENTS FROM DIFFERENT CONTINENTS HAVE MORE IN COMMON THAN MEETS THE EYE. THEY MAY NOT SPEAK THE SAME LANGUAGE OR SHARE THE SAME BELIEFS, BUT THEY SHARE A PASSION TO CREATE. THE COMMON THREAD THAT BINDS THEM TOGETHER IS FASHION.


Winners of the first Kheit competition: Carolina Tonnetti dos Santos and Kinda Morshed

Carolina

Tonnetti dos Santos from Brazil and Kinda Morshed from Qatar are the proud winners of the first Kheit Competition. Kheit, Arabic for ‘thread’, offered an opportunity for students to research attire from each country and create and interpret cultural heritage through art and design. The competition began in February and March 2014 where participating students designed pieces that incorporated heritage style of both countries in a contemporary manner. As part of the Qatar-Brazil culture year, students from Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar (VCUQ ), and the Centro Universitário Belas Artes de São Paulo were brought together to showcase a common interest in culture. The students are global ambassadors of the countries they represent. For Professor Valeska Nakad, Head of the Fashion

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Design Department at Belas Artes de Sao Paulo, who speaks to us shortly after landing in Qatar, the experience is extraordinary. She explains, “We had 21 students who sent their designs to Qatar from which five finalists were selected. The jury that made this selection included the fashion elite from Brazil.” Carolina is from Belas Artes in Brazil. On her first visit to this part of the world and to Doha, she is slowly taking it all in. “Whatever I have read and learnt about Qatar was helpful but visiting the country has offered a unique picture. There is a kind of mystery which is exciting to explore,” she beams. The process of bringing this project to life involved the guidance of the teachers of each of the participating institutes. “We took up specific designs from Qatar but were acutely aware about the dressing attire in this country. For us it was important to respect the traditional heritage of the country,” mentions Carolina who explains that she was inspired by Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser. She adds, “I observed her unique style. I later used some of these patterns and interspersed them with Brazilian designs


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Carolina Tonnetti dos Santos and Professor Valeska Nakad, Head of Fashion Design Department Belas Artes, Brazil.

Kinda Morshed with her sketches

Finalists from VCUQ, Fatima Khalil H J Maki, Imelda Baralon Jurasova, Dylon Sergel Adons, Kinda Morshed and Maryan Mohammed Al Darwish

Fatima Khalil H J Maki from VCUQ

and tried to adapt the two.” Closer to home, Kinda Morshed found the subject of Brazil equally fascinating. The 21-year-old VCUQ student was born and raised in Doha, although originally from Yemen. “Even before the competition I was interested in carnival outfits,” says Kinda. “I researched about the origins of these costumes. I also learnt more about the people who live in the rainforest. Everything they do is inspired by nature.” All of Doha’s participants had to first learn about the country and each of the tribes that live there. Kinda explains, “The first step was research on the ethnicity of cultures. Each student chose a region in Brazil to explore. This was where we studied more about the country and then juxtaposed our findings with colours and attributes from Qatar.” Much more than simply swapping roles and visiting a new country, this initiative is viewed as a life-altering experience for these young impressionable minds. “Though I was guided by my peers and professors this is the first event of its kind so I was facing a new challenge. I had a few basic guidelines but beyond that, I was on my own,” says Carolina. Despite the huge inroads that fashion has made in many circles it is still considered a hobby by the uninitiated. These students had their own share of resistance to deal with. “Initially my father didn’t want me to get into fashion. He wanted me to take up


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another profession like architecture where I would easily be able to open an office and set up a business. Rather than take the safe option, I went into fashion,” explains Carolina whose victory at Kheit validates her abilities. is something Kinda can identify with. She says, “I’m shocked that people from Brazil have to deal with the same bias towards fashion. All my siblings are doctors and my family assumed I would become a surgeon. I started drawing in grade seven and soon everyone noticed I had a passion for design. They did hope I’d do something along scientific lines but they always pushed me to follow my dreams.” Professor Valeska has studied the business aspect of fashion for many years. She is quick to point out, “Fashion is not just about a glamorous world. We must understand that it contributes much more to society. Belas Artes has been teaching fashion for more than 12 years and we recognise it as a profession which requires a strong business sense. Unfortunately students who want to join fashion are often forced to take up other streams.” “In Brazil we are still quite traditional in terms of career choices. For men who want to get into fashion design it is much harder as there is a stereotype that fashion is only for women,” she adds. A fascinating insight into a region that has produced some leading names such as Walter Rodrigues. Carolina lists John Galliano and Marc Jacobs as some of her favourites besides Ellie Saab and Stella McCartney. Kinda on the other hand has quite a different set of influences. “Cristóbal Balenciaga fashion with its affinity to the 50s just fascinates me. I’m more interested in costume design and I love the work of Susan Kulkarni who did the work for the TV series, Downtown Abbey which has a 20s feel,” she explains. The organisers hope the competition will become an annual event as a way of sharing knowledge and fostering cultural exchange and dialogue between various countries. The Brazilian winning student says, “I believe the real test lies within one’s self and in making yourself better. For students to make it to the final round is itself significant as their designs will be showcased in international museums –– a huge feat so early in life.” While the glory of their victory is still sinking in, her Doha counterpart adds, “The most important aspect for anyone not those just in fashion is to believe in your talent. There is place for everybody. It’s just a matter of proving yourself.”

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THE LOOK – NIGHT OF STARS “Romance, elegance and mystery are the first three words that come to my mind when I think of Qatar. So I created a look that would convey these three characteristics. The look has a basic straight coat with a collar in an unusual format and with bell sleeves. The uniqueness of the look is provided through the fabric which is fluid – allowing cuts in thin strips to be braided. Since the tunic is blue with pearls which is reminiscent of a starry sky, the name of the look is ‘Night of Stars.’” Carolina Tonnetti dos Santos The Kheit exhibition is on view at the VCUQ from 20 April until 1 July 2014 and will travel to the Museu Belas Artes de Sao Paulo (MUBA -Belas Artes Museum in Sao Paulo) and will be open to the public in September 2014.


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CONFIDENCE BY ABIGAIL MATHIAS

IT IS EASY TO DISREGARD DANA MASOUD AS JUST ANOTHER NEW KID ON THE FASHION BLOCK. CLOSER INSPECTION REVEALS MUCH MORE ABOUT THIS UPCOMING DESIGNER. FOR ONE, SHE HAS HER HEAD ON HER SHOULDERS AND FEET FIRMLY ON THE GROUND.


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Dana was merely an average designer, she would not have already sold two gowns before her first collection was unveiled in one of Doha’s leading retail stores. Dana graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University Qatar (VCUQ ) last year and was selected to showcase her first limited edition garments in Salam Studio & Stores. Holding nothing back, she smiles, “It was quite challenging because up until now, I have only done fashion shows for VCUQ. My clothes didn’t get sold before and with this collection the target audience is different. Of course it is an achievement for such a big retailer to choose me out of all the students in my school.” She explains how she chose the name for the collection. “The name Tiraaz originates from an old Arabic word which means embellishment. I am a big fan of embellishments and embroideries so I thought it really went well. A tiraaz was used in the olden days as an embroidered badge. It was used as a gift of honour by the ruler to deserving people in the community.” “The reason I used it is because I want people to feel honoured when they wear my clothes,” explains Dana. She adds, “I fell in love with the name. The logo is actually Arabic calligraphy. We played around with the image so it looks floral and feminine. The whole process took six months.” The former fashion student adds, “When I was called and told that two of my garments were sold I was so relieved because it was recognition of people appreciating my work.” Dana is already working on her second collection which will be out in a couple of stores in Doha. For an upcoming designer this is no simple deal. She says, “Everyone dreams of getting to showcase their designs.” People think it is really simple to design clothes. It involves a lot of hard work especially since these clothes are hand embellished, emphasises the designer. As with most designers, each piece tells a story. The road ahead looks promising for young Dana. “At the moment I want to study embellishments further. I am a huge fan of details and I simply love the work of Elie Saab and Reem Acra. I would like to spend the next few years experimenting. I would like to learn more while I am still young,” she says. The Doha-based designer feels it is too early for a Qatar fashion week, although a lot of people may aspire for one to be held here. “Here people are really fashionable and love to dress up. It would be great for upcoming designers but I feel we have a long way to go,” she says. When it comes to wedding attire Dana is all excited, “As someone who is in love with the finer details, wedding dresses are something I truly love. However, for me it is too early to get in to wedding gowns. I want to develop as a designer and see how things take shape over the next few years,” she concludes.


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Veil by Dar Al Dazah; Diamond Set by Al Zain Jewellery.


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ONCE UPON AN ARABIA BOLD TEXTURES, RICH LUSCIOUS EMBROIDERY, DELICATE DETAILING AND A DREAM ABAYA TO FINISH IT ALL, THE ARABIAN BRIDE IS THE QUEEN OF ALL HEARTS. Photographer: Angel Mallari assisted by A.L Dee Make Up and Hair: Monique Lagnerius and Bidya Thapa from Habibs Hair & Beauty Qatar Henna Artist: Kavya Nair Models: Shaimaa Hassoun, Daniela Murillo Gutierrez, Darya Murha from Trinity Talent Qatar On Location Team: Aline Achkar Layyous from Al Zain Jewellery, Rania Hatoum from Pronovias, Maha Al Mannai from Dar Al Dazah, and Munira Manica from Trinity Talent Qatar.


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Dress by Pronovias; Diamond Set and Brooch (worn on hair) by Al Zain Jewellery.


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Dress and Veil by Dar Al Dazah; Diamond Set by Al Zain Jewellery.


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Dress by Pronovias; Diamond Set and Brooch (worn on hair) by Al Zain Jewellery; Henna by Kavya Nair.


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Dress by Pronovias; Diamond Set by Al Zain Jewellery.


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Dress and Veil by Dar Al Dazah; Diamond Set by Al Zain Jewellery.


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Cinderella Abaya by Dar Al Dazah.


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Backstage Ralph & Russo Couture presentation.

ONE FINAL NOTE... AS YOUR BIG DAY ARRIVES YOU ARE BOUND TO GET A FEW BUTTERFLIES IN YOUR BELLY. WHILE YOU TAKE A FEW DEEP BREATHS, LET US HELP YOU CHECK OFF A FEW ESSENTIAL ITEMS ON YOUR TO-DO LIST.


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VENUE Intercontinental Doha The City is a stylish and modern hotel with a wealth of business and leisure facilities. The hotel offers 349 hotel rooms and suites as well as 176 apartments, alongside as four restaurants and two lounges. Choose from delectable cuts at Prime; fusion Mediterranean cuisine and stunning views at Strata, Doha’s highest restaurant and lounge; international cuisine at The Square; Asian flavours at Huang or a casual bite in The Lobby Lounge. Whatever your taste, Intercontinental Doha The City is the ultimate destination in Doha.

HAIR AND BEAUTY NEEDS Habibs Hair and Beauty is Qatar’s first urban lounge since 2008. Gone are the days of the lounge being a luxury for Habibs believes in building the lounge culture into your lifestyle to achieve inner well-being. Step away from the everyday hustle-bustle to enjoy a little peace, serenity and relaxation. Habibs offers specialised design treatment rooms like Massage Room, Facial Room, Moroccan Room , Hair and make up studios and a professional Nail care,Nail art section and deals with brands like L’oreal, Hair Dreams, OPI, LCN, CND and Dermalogica.

ALL UNDER WRAPS For those special wedding favours and gifting needs try Wrapt. This is a premium, fashion-based, gift wrapping and packaging services brand, with a wide range of printed paper designs, gift wrapping items and accessories all designed exclusively for each outlets. Based in the UAE and established in May 2009 with the purpose of bringing the art of gift wrapping to the world, they now have stores in Qatar’s Landmark and Lagoona Mall. The brand has two different aspects of creating gifts for its clients. “The outstanding designers we work with are experts in their field and exclusive to Wrapt. We have alliances with designers regionally and internationally, apart from laying emphasis on finding fresh and exciting local talent, something Wrapt considers to be of the highest importance,” says Christopher Naperi, designer and visual merchandiser for Wrapt. They also offer a privileged customer programme.


Creating the ultimate range of handcrafted, contemporary and unique cufflinks for discerning businessmen, the Tateossian brand is a purveyor of stylish shirt sleeve fasteners for everyone from bankers to brokers. The men’s collection now covers a wide range of accessories: from watches to money clips, bracelets, and necklaces all in keeping with the Tateossian trademark use of innovative and striking materials.

Orlando Bloom of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit fame received his star on the Walk of Fame last month. He wore a muted blue Lanvin suit with Christian Louboutin shoes for the occasion.

WHERE THE BIG BOYS COME OUT TO PLAY

Lanvin Men focuses on their Flock accessories this summer, from bag packs to hand-strapped cases. Flocking, the textile screen printing technique, gets a reincarnation by Lanvin on leather resulting in velvety prints on the season’s IT pieces.

Prada presents a collection of Arabian-inspired sandals exclusively for this region using luscious materials including their signature Saffiano leather, antique hand-finished kid, and exotic skins. Each design features enamelled hardware with a focus on the fine details including the leather soles.

Valentino Uomo is the new fragrance from the house by perfumer Olivier Polge. A profoundly Italian blend that brings together the scents of zesty bergamot, myrtle, coffee, gianduja cream and a touch of spice. The result is a subtle and light scent that is discreet only to be enjoyed up-close.


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HACKETT LONDON OPENED ITS DOORS IN VILLAGGIO LAST MONTH WITH THE ATTENDANCE OF THE LABEL’S FOUNDER, JEREMY HACKETT. HACKETT LONDON IS ONE OF THE LEADING BRITISH MENSWEAR BRANDS WITH CLOSE TO EIGHTY STORES GLOBALLY. In the Middle East, the label’s suit and classic lines have been gaining fast momentum, not to mention its casual collection – the main revenue earner. In the last decade, Hackett has quickly become a favourite among men in the Gulf, and now Arab shoppers to the label’s stores in London are seeking out serious tailoring pieces. “I think they like the heritage. There has been a long history and relationship between Britain and this region,” Jeremy explains. The AW2014 collection, pictures a global traveller and the different incarnations and characters of the man on his travels. Pieces include hooded shearlings, reversible padded suede jackets and luxury knits.


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MAY 2014 ON TOP OF THE WORLD. THAT’S HOW YOU SHOULD FEEL ON YOUR WEDDING DAY. AS YOU WALK DOWN THE AISLE AND FOR THE DAYS TO COME, WE’VE SOURCED SOME OF THE LATEST BEAUTY SECRETS TO KEEP YOU GLOWING.

For flawless foundation that’s fit for a princess, try MAC’s Prep+Prime CC Colour Correct, an innovative new line of colour correcting creams and powders that enhance and perfect your skin tone. Prep+Prime CC Colour Correcting SPF 30 is a creamy, tinted primer that evens skin tone in a multi-tasking formula while Prep+Prime CC Colour Correcting powders apply transparently, smoothing away the appearance of lines and imperfections.

Princess Madeleine of Sweden at the Royal Palace, Stockholm on her wedding day.


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Since Summer is well and truly here dab on the Body Shop’s trendy summer collection.

Perfectly pink lips are now possible thanks to Guerlain Rouge G. Its exceptional luscious formula contains highly precious ingredients: ruby powder for radiant colour, ultra-moisturising wild mango butter, and Guggul resin and Tiger Grass known for boosting collagen synthesis. Apply Guerlain Rouge G to embellish, smooth and plump up the lips, and instantly redefine their outline. This perfect lipsptick is created by Olivier Echaudemaison and designed by Lorenz Bäumer, the talented Place Vendôme jeweler.

And for that final flourish, who can add that diva touch better than J. Lo? Make the ultimate commitment with her latest fragrance, aptly called, Love.


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KISSABLE LIPS

A BURST OF COLOUR Say goodbye to dry and chapped lips. The lip lover from Lancôme is a refreshing change. The lip perfector offers the comfort of a balm, the eye-catching colour of a lipstick and the enhancing shine of a gloss.

Bassam Fattouh’s newest product, Kiss Kouss, is a revolutionary liquid lip gloss with a brilliant shine. This one-of-kind new texture seamlessly combines luxurious liquid crystal gels with pure sparkling pearls to create a potent modern emulsion that remains separate until shaken. The rolling applicator ensures effortless and perfect coverage. Great on its own or as a dazzling touch over a classic matte lipstick, Kiss Kouss is available in glistening shades that flatter all skin tones. Your lips will seduce with an incredible sparkling effect and metallic finish.


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EYE COUTURE Couture is an art that is expressed in a multitude of forms. In tribute to women, Nicolas Degennes orchestrated a Couture show to enhance their eyes. Blanc Satin; Beige Mousseline; Rose Dentelle; Bleu Soie; Taupe Velours; Kaki Brocart; Gris Organza; Prune Taffetas; Brun Cachemire. This is not the description of a series of looks, but their rendering in a colour-maker’s imagination. A succession of creations that, as a whole, focus on a style the way we focus the eyes. With Ombre Couture, Nicolas Degennes offers a collection of eyeshadows that is unique in the diversity of shades and effects it offers.


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BEGINS… BY AYSWARYA MURTHY

MY FIRST FOUR WEEKS WITH CRUNCH FELT LIKE I WAS NEGOTIATING A LANDMINE DOTTED WITH PAIN, SWEAT, TEARS AND HUNGER PANGS. BUT YOU KNOW THAT FEELING YOU GET WHEN YOU WALK OUT OF THE GYM AND THE COOL BREEZE BRUSHES AGAINST YOUR SOAKED T-SHIRT? BLISS.

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ay 0: I text Saima asking if I can join tomorrow instead of today. Suddenly, it hits home that for the next 84 days I can’t be even seen within five feet of anything resembling a pizza or crispy fried chicken. Like a man being led to the gallows, I just wanted one more day…one more day…. A tad over-dramatic, perhaps. But let someone threaten to take away from your life all fats, carbs, sugar and everything you hold dear. And then tell me how dramatic it gets. Day 1: It isn’t as bad as I thought it would be. Yet! I am 11 hours into my new diet. Boiled egg whites, brown rice and lettuce. I like that the frequency of meals means that just when I am about to feel hungry again, the next mouthful (and that’s exactly how much it is, folks) is on the horizon. And then I went for the workout session. As it turns out the diet is the easy part. Day 2-7: Oh the pain! I could write lines of poetry about the pain if I could but lift my arm. “At least it means it’s working,” my colleague says sympathetically when she sees me limping into work. “Well, it’s not going to work if I’m dead or disabled in two weeks,” I tell her with a straight face. I can honestly say that I never in my life have I lifted these kinds of weights. Dumbbells that literally weigh me down, pull down machines that’d have had me flying out of my seat had I not been firmly clamped down. Most of the time, I have to be supported by the trainer. What’s the point, I ask? Isn’t it better to be able to do smaller weights by yourself than do larger weights with someone else’s

help? “Well imagine you are lifting an 8 kg dumbbell with my support instead of 6 kg all by yourself,” Nuwaid explains, “You are probably effectively lifting 7 kg. Why compromise even on that 1 Kg?,” he asks. The important thing is to not let your muscles get comfortable. Of course different trainers have different views on this. But even with someone pushing you and lifting with you, it is agony. I happen to peek into the workout manual (mostly to check how many more push ups or pull ups or lifts or whatever there are still to go before I can go home, curl up and pass out) and this is written against all the exercises – ‘x’ sets till failure. Often, nay, every time, failure comes much before the recommended number of the sets but the trainer just pushes, yells, bullies and helps me through the rest. By the second day everyone in the gym knows my name; if you happen to be passing by Corniche, I am the girl who is constantly being screamed at to not give up and fight through the pain. “Oh god,” I whimper during one particularly brutal squatting exercise. “There is no god here,” Robin, says pushing me down again. It truly did feel like my god had abandoned me. Not being able to feel my arms was actually better; what came 24 hours later was not. Week 2-4: The supplements finally arrive. They crossed the Atlantic and Europe in under two days but were sitting in Doha’s customs office for another two whole days. Then I had to go and collect them from Hamad Medical Centre. But it was worth it. After almost 15 days, I can taste sugar again (my workout catalyst comes in a cool watermelon flavour). My tongue hasn’t


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Your relationship with your trainer is like any other connection you make in life. Either it clicks or it doesn’t. But trust and good comfort levels go a long way towards helping you get the best out of your training. (Above) Here, Marcus demostrates the lateral lift. It’s particularly tough to get the form right on this one. (Far left) Robin shows us his person favourite – the inclined abdomen crunch. For him, there are literally no limits. He has witnessed clients lift ten times as much weight as they started out with, in just a month. (Left) Sunil gives his legs a workout on the leg press; that dreaded machine that literally moves people to tears. Everytime.

shrivelled and died after all. I almost want to cry. My fears about supplements seemed unfounded, it’d seem. Online reviews, discussions with the trainers and other people in the programme put my worries to rest. In fact, by the end of the week we are even trading flavours with each other. am warned early on that women lose weight slower than men. “Women’s bodies are designed to protect the fat,” Nuwaid tells me as I am sweating it out on the elliptical trainer. (Yay me!) “So don’t get disheartened and keep at it.” The advice comes in handy because for the first three weeks I see absolutely no change on the scale and shed an unimpressive 2 kgs by the fourth week. I am a bit jealous to hear discussions about 4-5 kg and even 10-kg weight losses amongst my workout buddies. But honestly, now that the pain has subsided and I have settled into a regular routine, I almost (almost) don’t mind it; at least not as much as I thought I would. I have lost only 1/10th of the goal weight I had in mind but I have

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seen my body changing (so can the people around me); some of my worst health habits are being exorcised out of me under the threat of pain (like not drinking enough water, for example); and I truly am enjoying the two hours or so I am spending at the gym. The ritual of slipping into your gym clothes (mode), the soreness in my muscles, the easy camaraderie between the people I am working out with, the post-exercise euphoria; I can see why people might be hooked on this. In fact, many of Crunch’s former clients walk out of the programme to a whole new lifestyle, Nuwaid says. More than tangible change, it’s this internal transformation that promises to be long-term and rewarding. A couple of us lounge around after the workout, enjoying a well-deserved rest, and almost invariably the discussion turns towards food. Easter was particularly hard. Have you tried this or that restaurant? They have the best such and such in the whole of Doha. There is a melancholic sigh or two. Two more months, I tell myself. Two more months.


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KEEPING IT

SIMPLE BY JULIE DE BRITTO

WHEN TALKING ABOUT SKINCARE, WE USUALLY THINK ONLY ABOUT WOMEN, RIGHT? BUT INCREASINGLY MORE MEN ARE BEGINNING TO USE SKINCARE, SO THIS MONTH, WE WILL TALK ABOUT HOW TO HELP THE MEN IN OUR LIVES IN THIS DEPARTMENT! JUST THINK ABOUT ALL THE PUZZLED LOOKS WHEN MEN GO COSMETIC SHOPPING, SO LET’S GIVE THEM A HELPING HAND!

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skin of male and females are very different so the first advice I would give, is for them to stop secretly using our products. Yep, that’s right! We all know that they are trying on our products when we are not around. Men’s facial skin is typically thicker than women’s. Men usually spend less time caring for their skin and are more likely to damage their skin through daily shaving and excessive scrubbing. They need specially formulated moisturizers and cleansers to maintain a healthy skin. So, it’s time to tell them to man up and use their own products and to give them the little push every man needs, be the one to buy them their first products. Skincare for men is usually a simpler routine; the basics including a cleanser, face scrub, moisturizer and eye gel. A healthy skin care regimen is just as important for men as it is for women. But let’s face it; men just prefer a fuss free approach to skin care that is quick and easy to follow. So let’s break it down into an easy four step program towards good skin; cleanse, exfoliate, eye care and moisturize. Exfoliation is done once a week, so essentially it is only three steps a day. Always choose a brand designed especially for men, and one of the brands I would recommend is The Refinery, which we are

launching this month in Remede Spa. Specifically formulated for men’s skincare requirements, The Refinery Collection has been perfected to include only nine products with balancing and healing ingredients. Power-packed with essential oils, Refinery is a pioneering shaving and skin care collection specifically formulated for men by men. We are the first spa in Qatar to launch The Refinery Collection - London’s leading one stop shop for men’s grooming - by renowned UK spa brand Aromatherapy Associates. We will also introduce three new treatments dedicated for men only. The 60-minute Refinery Essential Facial focuses on deep cleansing and a brightening effect; while the 90-minutes option is a result-driven facial to lift, tone and hydrate the skin. Finally, we also have the Refinery Ultimate Face and Body treatment, including a back cleansing and exfoliation, a stress relieving back and scalp massage and a rebalancing facial to leave your man stress free and refreshed. Father’s Day will also be happening next month, so why not offer your dad some skincare products or even a voucher for a spa treatment? It also helps that male skincare now comes in masculine packaging so it looks great in the bathroom. Even boys deserve to look and feel good, right?


MODEL OF THE MONTH Photography: Rob Altamirano Camera Assistant: Maria Imelda Enrile Makeup and Hair: Glaiza Mari Castro & Emma Talingdan from Franck Provost JLD Model represented by Trinity Talent Qatar Shot at Renaissance City Center Hotel

ANASTASIA BOGATYREVA 19-year-old Russian, Anastasia Bogatyreva was born in St Petersburg, but grew up in Doha and Sao Paulo. Despite being a girl of few words, she speaks Russian, Portuguese, English and Spanish fluently. Anastasia is now dedicating more time to modeling (and helping stray animals) while she’s awaiting admission to University.

MUSICALLY INCLINED

My father works with the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra, and I used to play piano and violin. I’m also trained in jazz and ballet dancing.

EARLY START

I’ve always been into fashion since I was young and Trinity allowed me to work after school, so it didn’t interfere with my studies. My first modelling experiences were jalabiyah, abaya and wedding fashion shows when I was only 16. My parents were very supportive and took me to all my first jobs. I wouldn’t be able to work or do anything without their support.

PERSONAL STYLE

I like to keep it casual - for everyday outwear I like Karen Millen. In Doha I like to wear pants with shirts and jackets; nothing too eye-catching.

INSPIRATION

My favourite models are Freja Beha, Doutzen Kroes, Lily Donaldson and Natasha Polyto name a few. My favourite designers are John Galliano for Christian Dior, Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel, Gianni Versace for Versace and I love Marc Jacobs for Louis Vuitton.

ADVICE

Modelling is an amazing opportunity; take it if you can. Contact: contact@trinityqatar.com and www.trinitytalentqatar.com


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QATAR WELCOMES LANVIN

IN A HIGHLY ANTICIPATED OPENING AT VILLAGIO MALL WHERE FAITHFUL FANS BROWSED THROUGH THE BRAND’S WELL-KNOWN DESIGNS. The boutique’s interior follow the new concept of Lanvin stores worldwide and offers the customer an unforgettable shopping experience. The shopping haven displays a wide range of readyto-wear, accessories and bridal gowns, targeting the fashionforward elite. A VIP service is also provided for those seeking a customised acquaintance and special orders. Creative window displays portray the Lanvin spirit and catch the eyes of passers-by and three metres of high dark bronze metal and glass vitrines fill the boutique.


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THE KAYYS FASHION SHOW

THE FASHION LABEL LAUNCHED THEIR SPRINGSUMMER 2014 COLLECTION, SIREN, AT THE VISUAL ART CENTRE AT KATARA. In a unique display the venue had foil-like raincoats hanging from different points on the ceiling, and a corner with props to take for selfies. Large boxes were placed throughout the hall, inside them were the models who were meant to look and ‘act’ like showroom mannequins. They were dressed in The Kayys’s sartorial pastel-coloured pieces. As if that weren’t enough, bubble machines were installed in semi-hidden corners, blowing thousands of bubbles all over the venue. As the fashion-forward of Qatar admired the looks, the brand clearly owned the night.

ALL THAT GLITTERS CHAUMET’S PRESIDENT

THIERRY FRISTCH WAS HOSTED BY AL FARDAN JEWELLERY ON HIS MAIDEN VISIT TO QATAR. Chaumet has been one of the most sought-after houses in haute jewellery in Doha and recently presented their new Liens collection at the Doha Jewellery and Watches Exhibition 2014. The new collection was designed by Chaumet’s debut creative director, Claire Dévé-Rakoff.


SHOW STOPPERS Dabya A Qatari label Available at 51 East, Lagoona Mall and Galeries Lafayette, Dubai Mall. www.dabya.net


SHOW STOPPERS

Dabya A Qatari label Available at 51 East, Lagoona Mall and Galeries Lafayette, Dubai Mall. www.dabya.net


114 \ FASHION SHOW STOPPERS Dabya A Qatari label Available at 51 East, Lagoona Mall and Galeries Lafayette, Dubai Mall. www.dabya.net



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