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An exclusive interview with Miss USA 2010 Rima Fakih
Interview with Lebanese fashion designer Reem Acra discussing her fabulous life and beautiful designs
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wow! what a whirlwind of a month it has been in Doha. The arrival of mega celebrities for the highly anticipated DTFF and the WTA championships guaranteed the nightlife hotspots would be buzzing with the fash pack and elite of the movie world. So, in this issue, there’s nothing better than juicy stories of some of the most super gorgeous and talented people around; all delivered to you in a new hip design style of our magazine. We give you an exclusive interview with Miss USA 2010, Rima Fakih, who visited Doha for a quick visit on the first leg of her Middle-Eastern tour. She shares the story of her fabulous journey so far, lifting the lid on her love-life and sharing some top-tips on how to maintain a svelte figure. Remember Baywatch, that American show we all adored with its never ending cast of beautiful, toned lifeguard beauties? Well, we caught up with Jeremy Jackson, the ambassador of ultra trendy brand Ed Hardy, to talk about life, fame and much more. Adding a touch of tradition, we spoke to three amazing abaya and dress designers, Amal Murad, Mariam Al Mazro and Aisha A. Al-Naemi, to explore their latest collections available in Zai and to discover what their future holds.
In Globe Trekker, we treat you to a fashion focused piece on the offerings of Ireland’s fashion capital Dublin, revealing the best places to shop, sight-see and party with the stars. Our fashionista is cute, friendly, High School Musical star Vanessa Hudgens. We take a sneak peek into the life of a young talented actress who has girls all over the world green with envy because of her relationship with hunk Zac Efron!
On the subject of hunks; this month’s eye-candy delivers you not one but a long list of mouth-watering A-list celebrities who have female fans across the globe hooked to their every move. We highlight exactly who these beaus are and give you the reasons as to what makes the female population weak at the knees!
There’s all this and much more crammed into this month’s issue of GLAM. Enjoy the read people and always remember to stay stylish and keep smiling; until next time, be cool y’all.
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brickbats… Gossip and Glamour GLAM lives up to its name of being one of the most glamorous magazines I have come across. The star buzz section is interesting and fun to read. However, the October issue didn’t carry any fashion or style tips. It would be nice to read something on the do’s and don’ts of fashion. I hope to see it in the next issue. But overall, GLAM is a terrific fashion magazine. - Zahara Farzeen
A model’s tale I have always believed that a supermodel’s life is all about glamour, parties and fun. But, with GLAM, I have realised that even models lead a very normal life. They are only portrayed as people with a lavish lifestyle and carefree attitude; in reality the modelling profession as its own share of hardships. I thoroughly enjoyed reading the article on Daria Werbowy - her journey from being a normal teenager to a household name! - Grace Louis
A treat of three I am a great fan of Jonas brothers, and I would like to thank GLAM for featuring them as ‘Eye Candy’ for the October issue. It’s pretty amazing how these guys have managed to follow their dreams and rock the charts with their fantastic music, at such a young age. I wish them all the luck for their future! Even the article on Anne Hathaway made for an interesting read. She has definitely grown as an actress, and despite all the fame she’s still so down-to-earth. - Kiana Selez
Glam Night rocks I got a chance to attend my first Be GLAM night, and the party totally rocked! A big thank you to GLAM for organising this event. I must say, I was pretty impressed with the magazine too. It contains everything and anything about fashion and style - from fashionistas, to beauty products to star buzz. I am eagerly waiting to lay my hands on the next month’s issue of GLAM. - Maureen Wahid
Gossip and Glamour GLAM lives up to its name of being one of the most glamorous magazines I have come across. The star buzz section is interesting and fun to read. However, the October issue didn’t carry any fashion or style tips. It would be nice to read something on the do’s and don’ts of fashion. I hope to see it in the next issue. But overall, GLAM is a terrific fashion magazine. - Zahara Farzeen
Princess wears Prada Anne Hathaway has been in the list of my favourite actresses ever since I have watched Princess Diaries. And to see her featured in your magazine was a treat. She’s a natural in terms of acting and can pull of any role with ease. I especially loved her in ‘The Devil wears Prada’. Even the article on Argentina was good. It gave me enough reasons to go and visit the country. I would really like if you have an article on travel in every issue. - Rabia Datta
Alyson is all Praise
How I Met Your Mother star Alyson Hannigan is all praise for co-star Neil Patrick Harris, and says she can’t wait for him to be a Dad. Alyson says, “He can get into the kids’ energy easily. He’s fantastic with my daughter, and she just loves him.” We’ve got to admit Alyson; the man does have a way about him. We wish him success in fatherhood! Whatever you do Harris, don’t channel Barney!
Happy Birthday Amro! There’s famous... and then there’s famous. Egyptian superstar Amro Diab is certainly the latter. Such is his fan base that fans insisted on celebrating his 49th birthday at Rotana Cafe in Cairo. Fans of the star came laden with posters to mark the event... and what’s more this is not the first time they’ve held the event. It was also carried out last year. Now that’s what we call a dedicated fan base!
All the gossip, all the dope, all the scandals and some news about all the stars you love… Simon’s ‘Ex’ Factor
T.I does Time October didn’t bring good news for everyone! Rapper T.I found himself facing the prospect of jail time for the possession of narcotics. The very sorry rapper’s pleas to the judge went unheard and he was sentenced to 11 months in prison. Are we sorry for him? Well... this isn’t his first brush with the law. When will the man learn? We hope this is the last time T.I!
All is not right in the Cowell home according to certain reports. Apparently fiancée Mezhgen Hussainy is unhappy that Cowell spends so much time with his ex girl friends. The acerbic judge maintains warm relations with all his exes, and apparently Ms. Hussainy is none too happy about it. Can we blame her? Nope! Simon, at the risk of sounding like... you... get your act together!
Boyle’s new Biography She first caught the world’s attention on Britain’s Got Talent. Honey voiced Susan Boyle has now penned (and launched) her autobiography aptly titled The Woman I Was Born To Be. Boyle’s hoping that the bio will prove that she’s “as good as anybody”. You did that a long, long time ago Suse!
sh Fendi feast Feast your eyes on Fendi’s scrumptious winter accessories collection, beautiful bags, shoes and belts all to die for! Thigh high boots are the rage this fall; as is anything in camel tones or leopard print. We here at GLAM can’t take our eyes off this lot; it’s a jungle out there, ladies, go hunt them down quickly!
Timeless luxury Salam Stores has a new addition of luxury accessories with the availability of famed Greek jewellery & watch brand, Oxette. The avant-garde range gathers inspiration from the magical city of New York, exuding an edgy feel with references to art movementsâ€™ neo-constructivism, neo-dada, graffiti, and optical art. Offerings include casual sporty watches and ultra chunky ones glistening with jewels; bold, thick necklaces dominate as do impressive crystallized rings.
Versace need we say more? Check out Versace’s must-have winter accessories collection. The range has a superwoman/space vibe feel with its metallized leather materials and metal chain details. In the GLAM office, we especially love the cutesy blue clutch; team with any outfit and you’re ready for the party!
Giordano’s clever winter woolies
Giordano’s new winter clothing collection is crammed with inviting seasonal pieces of urban style hoodies, blazers, sweaters and polos. The highlight of the range, however, has to be the cleverly designed four-inone-jacket. Made from cotton and flannel, the inner and outer jackets can be worn together or alone; flexible to cope with whatever weather presents from a scorching day to a cool winter evening.
Hungry? More Mango please
Spanish brand extravaganza, Mango, recently held a special shopping night in the Villagio Mall showcasing its winter 2010 collection. The interactive concept involved gorgeous models getting photo ready in a Faces make-up booth nestled into the corner of the store, before taking to the stage to pose for photographers and keen shoppers. The night was a great success where the high-street favourite brand shared its latest offerings of clothing trends, featuring cutesy ensembles inspired by the British countryside, 1970’s and glamour of the theatre. This season is all about camel tones, deep gold and red, leopard print, fur detailing, hints of sparkle, sequins and feathers. Chunky knits rule along with over sized skirts and it’s all about definition of the waist ladies; get your paws on this hot collection quickly!
W Hotel hosts Kate Moss Complementing its fashionable and chic surroundings, the W hotel was host to a special guest last week in the form of British supermodel Kate Moss. The international style icon had a one night stopover in the prestigious hotel before continuing on her journey to the Maldives. Renowned for her stellar modeling career and collaboration with fav high-street brand Topshop; she was received warmly by the managers and staff who were super excited to receive such a well-known figure. Not one to disappoint, Moss made sure she wooed onlookers when she delighted the diners at Spice Market restaurant to a beautiful rendition of George Gershwin’s Summertime. She mingled with the crowd before retiring to her luxurious Extreme Wow Suite just after midnight. In the surroundings of this suite, she would have been spoilt for choice with panoramic sea views, pool table, conference room, hanging swing chair, private massage room and aquarium. W Hotel & Residences General Manager, Safak Guvenc said: “It has been a pleasure for W Doha to host a fashion icon and supermodel of this caliber. We had a fantastic evening in Spice Market and her song was an unexpected, but very pleasant surprise. She was a very gracious guest and we will always be happy to welcome her at W Doha whenever she has time to visit us.”
Hollywood yoghurt favourite available in Landmark It’s now possible to satisfy your taste buds celebrity style with a cup of frozen yoghurt available from new store, Pinkberry, in Landmark mall. The fat-free frozen yoghurt established its first store in Beverly Hills making it a firm favourite amongst the Hollywood stars. Rich in calcium and available in six delicious mouth-watering flavours of Chocolate, Original, Green Tea, Passion Fruit, Pomegranate and Coconut; its delicious taste simplifies the reason as to why the celebs are buzzing over a cup of swirly goodness.
Dior answers your dilemma Are you fed up rooting through your bag to find your telephone? Alas, Christian Dior has the answer to your mobile problems. This nifty, elegant mobile phone has a clever accompaniment in the form of a keying called My Dior, which links to phone within a range of 15 metres through Bluetooth technology. Attach it to the exterior of your bag, and voila, answer calls simply, and even check your make-up in the handy compact mirror. Mobile phone perfection!
Great gifts Treat someone special in your life to the perfect perfume pressie this fall from collections by Versace, Moschino and John Richmond. The lush gift sets come in a variety of offerings of beautiful scents and bath products; brilliant for discerning males and females who like the fusion of fashion and fragrance.
Wrap up in Hermes Happiness Coveted luxury brand Hermes deployed a quirky and tactical plan to launch its scarf collection, with the simple style message – J’aime Mon Carre (I love my scarf.) A team of one photographer, one art director and one stylist; accompanied with 250 scarves and a lot of photo booths, hit four fashionable cities, New York, London, Paris and Tokyo to capture moments of fun centred around four girls and their lives, which include their friends, lovers and most importantly, their scarves.
Bridal boutique Pronovias available in Villagio A world renowned luxury bridal boutique, Pronovias, is now available in the Villagio Mall, thanks to Al Mana Fashion Group who has introduced it to Qatar. The Pronovias collection caters to discerning fashion conscious brides with its offerings of fabulous gowns, accessories and colourful cocktail dresses. The familyowned Barcelona brand also carries exclusive ranges from designers of the fashion elite including Elie Saab and Manuel Mota.
Star line up for Luxury watch launch
A spectacular new luxury watch range was recently launched by three successful actors in Rome, Italy. The Longines ambassadors present were English rose Kate Winslet, Bollywood icon Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Asian filmstar Chi Ling Lin; who gathered their expertise to unveil the new DolceVita collection at the lavish ceremony. The famed Swiss watchmakerâ€™s new line fuses steel with various colours of gold and embodies the brandâ€™s vision of contemporary elegance.
Happy in Desigual Desigual’s new winter ‘Happy’ clothing collection really does what it says on the tin. The colourful line is designed with a palette of violets, pinks, greens and blues to stimulate a warm feeling of well being. Four different lines are available, all exuding a positive vibe; smiling at others is contagious, wearing Desigual clothing is too!
Prep it up Lauren style
Like ladies fashions, camel coats are a firm hit in the male style ranks appearing all over Ralph Laurenâ€™s fall collection. The range fuses youthful exuberance with debonair charm; featuring beautifully tailored outfits which exude a preppy look combined with modern twists of a play on patterns.
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Lacosteâ€™ winter lovelies Menâ€™s Confused about what to buy your father or special other half this festive season? Well, take your pic from this bang on trend fantastic footwear collection by Lacoste. We especially love the red and blue styles which are inspired by the French heritage of Lacoste and the tricolour emblem of France.
Womenâ€™s We canâ€™t get enough of this fabulous lot from Lacoste. Ski-slope fashion is a major craze this winter so make sure you strut around in some uber trendy ski-style booties. The collection is brought to life with vivid colours that will help lighten any winter wardrobe; while a chic glossy finishing on other styles will differentiate you from the crowd.
Be seen in Chloe
We are drooling over this new See by Chloe collection which embodies a fusion of light-hearted and confident femininity. The style is all about military spirit, country chic, and school-girl with hints of masculine tailoring. Materials like leather, denim, silk, tweeds and velvet dominate in an inviting palette of greens, plums and chocolate browns. Careful attention is paid to detail with miniature studs on shoulder straps, zips on hemlines and striped chain embroidery to add that punk rock vibe.
Luxury manufacturer, JaegerLeCoultre, has been the official sponsor for the prestigious Venice International Film Festival since 2005. It recently unveiled whimsical watch creations at this prestigious event to celebrate cinema, culture, history, time and excellence in craftsmanship. The glistening array of beautiful watches, Montre Extraordinaire La Rose, Reverso Squadro Art, Master Tourbillon Wild and Master Grande Tradition Grande Complication Venice Edition, epitomise extreme glamour whilst displaying intricate detailing that evokes the fairytale aura of the Venice festival itself.
Jaeger-LeCoultreâ€™s timeless art
Grey wool jumper
Fur fringed sleeveless jacket
Denim & fur sleeveless jacket
Camel & burgundy cardigan
ALPINE CHIC Wrap up in the in these chic winter offerings for an uber glamorous winter.
Cosy camel boots
Chocolate suede boots
Catwalk model at Fendi winter show.
Glossy black boots
Belted tan parka
Fendi logo and patent boots
Tan leather belt
Orange & grey jewel necklace
Flower jewel necklace
Sliver leather shoes
Fendi logo clutch bag
GLAM Boutique Check out these must-buy-now accessories to update your winter wardrobe and transform you into a style goddess.
Chunky gold necklace
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Large leopard tote
Black snakeskin platforms
Crocodile style satchel
Her designs epitomise glamour and sophistication with luxury. Reem Acra has an understanding of what women would look good in.
Reem Acra Table cloth dresses to haute couture By sonal rama i n
er designs epitomise glamour and sophistication with luxury. Reem Acra has an understanding of what women would look good in. Her grandmother who was skilled in making handmade silk flowers introduced her to the world of fashion at an early age. Her father brought water purification to the people of Beirut during the terrible war and her mother passed on her love for textile and design. Her mother had her own seamstress and took Reem to the bazaars to buy fabric. Reem picked a vintage dress from a Bedouin herder whom she met with her mother, when young. This was the start for her love affair with intricate embroidery and beading. She studied design at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York and at the Esmod Ecole de Mode in Paris. Reem Acra began her career as an embroidery artist in New York and Reem Acra Bridal, her wedding gowns label was born when her friend wore her first wedding dress design to a society wedding and it sparked international interest in her work. GLAM had a chance to talk with the designer in the beautiful setting of the Sukar Pasha restaurant at Katara during DTFF. Reem Acra is soft spoken yet comes through as a warm and powerful woman with a love for fashion and all things beautiful around.
A model presents a creation by Reem Acra at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York
How did it all start for you? The first fashion show in Lebanon when I was
Reem Acra will be opening her first franchise boutique in the country of her birth- Lebanon, Beirut in early November. She is recognised for her signature use of embroidery creating delicate beadwork and tiny Swarovski crystals and seed pearls. She creates intricate gold bullion and shadow embroidery for her classic traditional bridal dresses. For her Fall 2011 bridal show, she designed a wedding dress reminiscent of Hollywood glamour and paired it with bunny ears! She said that it was meant to add some levity to a stressful day and that brides can have fun too. From Lebanon to New York City, dressing Hollywood stars and the American Vice President’s wife, Jill Biden, on inauguration night Reem Acra’s is the quintessential American story.
studying at the American Institute- it all started from there. A fashion editor discovered her when she showed her ornately embroidered silk organza gown made from her mother’s tablecloth!
What inspires you? Who inspires you? My travels, every country, all the people, on the streets of England, Paris...furniture, wallpaper, ceilings... it’s a blessing- to look at things and be inspired. People and objects inspire me. That’s why I feel free – I am not stuck with a personality for inspiration and limited by that. A combination of countries inspire me - I love, love, love the East! It’s always full of surprises and elements, details - I am a detailed person. Sitting here in the restaurant, I see so many things and am amazed, as I love it all! I love embellishment so definitely the East is an inspiration for me.
Who is the woman you design for? The woman I design for is very intellectual, welltravelled, well read, loves to travel to different places, is sophisticated and likes to look glamorous.
How would you describe your association with Hollywood and it’s celebrities
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Reem Acra has dressed numerous Hollywood celebrities- for the Red Carpet and for other occasions- like Angelina Jolie, Taylor Swift, Eva Longoria, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Jennifer Lopez and Halle Berry, to name a few. I understand fit and construction, glamour and a certain simplicity that is required to dress Hollywood actresses. I make the dresses for the red carpet similar to the glamour of old Hollywood,
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Your favourite colour? Red You never leave home without? My dog (Lulu) A fashion faux pas you see always? Over dressing Your favourite accessory? My way of thinking!
04 Shoes or bags? 05 Neither!
Your style icon? All of Hollywood.
06 Your favourite designer? 07 Many Your favourite food? 08 Tabouleh Your favourite piece of clothing? 09 The first dress I designed 10
You believe in? God.
What comes to mind (one word) when we say... Qatar – Fabulous DTFF – Amazing HH Sheikha Mozah – Extraordinary Queen Rania – Beautiful New York City – Beyond A model presents a creation by Reem Acra at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York 41
to make her look glamorous and give her power.
Would you design for films? It’s all about opportunities – if the opportunity comes- why not! I designed gloves for the Titanic a long time ago! I am even mentioned in episodes of TV shows - Gossip Girls and Ugly Betty!
Have you designed for any Bollywood celebrity? How would you dress Aishwarya Rai? No. I would love to! I think there is so much glamour there and I would like to understand the characters. I love the music and love to dance to it! Reem is said to have a love of dancing - especially the salsa. I believe Aishwarya Rai is a sexy bombshell and I would dress her in something that portrays her international appeal - like the Hollywood stars on the Red Carpet.
What would you advise the women of Qatar on fashion? I love love love Qatari women! To me they are pure, loving, adorable, and portray kindness from inside. I see them as sweet women who have a lot of glamour inside, but didn’t expose it yet. They are ready for it though. I can’t wait to be a part of their glamour being exposed, for it to explode!
Will we then see more of Reem Acra in Doha? I love Doha and it’s opening up to culture worldwide and I cannot see myself not coming here more often. I love Doha and the country.
How would you say your fashion sense/ style has evolved from when you designed that dress made from your mother’s tablecloth? All of us evolve of course, but when I saw my old slides yesterday (shown at TEDX Doha) – I realised that the dresses looked exactly as the ones I design today! They could be on the Red Carpet even today. In the beginning of my career when I hadn’t even studied fashion- there was something there. It’s been there from the beginning and it’s been the same. I look at the dress I wore when I was 7 years old and I would have designed the same, even today. Its inside me and I am born with it. Reem made a dress that she wore for Palm Sunday when she was just 7
A model presents a creation by Reem Acra at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York
Rima Fakih fashionista
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Confident, beautiful, intelligent, stylish, friendly are only some words worthy of summing up Rima Fakih, the current Miss USA 2010. Since her catapult to fame, all eyes have been
focused on her every move as the first Arab-American to win the sought after title. She talks to GLAM about pressures, aspirations and all things fashion exclusively revealing which famous baseball star has won her heart. 45
“I haven’t been your average Miss USA; besides the fact that I’m travelling internationally, I’m the first ArabAmerican to hold the title, possibly the first Muslim. Because of this, I have so many different eyes focusing on me and looking up to me; it’s something I take very seriously,” she says.
buzz of excitement radiates through the room as Rima Fakih, reigning champion of Miss USA 2010, enters Salam Stores. The leggy Lebanese born stunner looks every inch the beauty queen with her long glistening jet-black hair, enviable hour-glass figure and pearl white teeth; and topping it off she’s uber fashionable wearing a chic cropped Armani jacket. It is clear the coveted crown hasn’t gone to her head as she happily obliges to pose for waiting photographers. Twenty-five-year-old Fakih has just launched her Middle-Eastern tour with Qatar being the first stop on her busy schedule, “I was invited here for the Made in USA expo and Salam Stores sponsored the whole trip, which I’m very happy about,” she beams proudly; despite already posing for a photo shoot and conducting three media interviews her face animates with every word she shares, her smile never fading. The most intense aspect of Fakih’s reign has been a result of her background, “I haven’t been your average Miss USA; besides the fact that I’m travelling internationally, I’m the first Arab-American to hold the title, possibly the first Muslim. Because of this, I have so many different eyes focusing on me and looking up to me; it’s something I take very seriously,” she says. Fakih has been put under the spotlight on various occasions and often has to tackle
Now her ambition is to hone in on her acting skills and cement her status as a world class actor; looks like she is set for success as she has just completed a movie with Australian heart-throb Hugh Jackman, wow! questions surrounding her Arab roots. When she’s quizzed on certain issues, she places emphasis on removing the virus from whatever question is directed at her. “I would like to let everyone know that there is actually nothing negative about what I’m doing. I never try and force people to change their opinion of me; instead I try and give them a better understanding. I think all too often people judge a book by its cover and it’s something that you should never do,” she shares. Unlike most beauty pageant queens who spend years training and battling in cut-throat contests in hope of one day winning the most sought after crown in America; Fakih seems to have been the dark horse skipping most of the bitchy competitions. “This is all new to me, I used to be a tomboy growing up, the whole regime of putting on make-up and glamming up is only something I have got good at last year,” she reveals. Both her parents hail from Southern Lebanon so it’s easy to comprehend where she inherits her style, as the country is quickly becoming the fashion capital of the Middle-East. Her family moved to America when she was three-yearsold and spent most of their life in New York before moving to Michigan in 2003. The reality of being so far away from those she loves is heightened as she recalls her family life; overtaken by a sudden wave of emotion, the interview is briefly stopped as Fakhi’s eyes wellup at the thought of her 16-year-old brother. “I just miss spending time with him so much.” Ready for the silver screen Before the whirlwind journey of competing in Miss USA and again in Miss Universe, Fakih was like any other young girl, working hard at three jobs to make a living. Not just a
pretty face, she also has degrees in Business and Economics which she gained from the University of Michigan. Now her ambition is to hone in on her acting skills and cement her status as a world class actor; looks like she is set for success as she has just completed a movie with Australian heart-throb Hugh Jackman, wow! Not only does she count mouth-watering Jackman as a colleague, she exclusively reveals that she’s currently dating baseball player Ricky Romero from the The Toronto Blue Jays. “I can’t believe I just told you that; I’ve been single and independent all my life, Ricky and I have been friends for a while and things just blossomed; we’re really serious about each other.” Style icons The lucky lady has been a guest at numerous fashion shows during New York fashion week; yet sticking true to her roots, she beholds Lebanese extravaganza fashion designer Elie Saab as one of her favourite as well as Chanel. “During NY fashion week, I got to model in a private show for Loris Diran; he asked me to wear one of his outfits as the theme for his new line is called The Middle East-The desert, it was amazing, there was Arabic music playing and everyone was having so much fun.” The ambitious lady counts Angelina Jolie and Kim Kardashian as her style icons; “Angelina Jolie’s style is simple yet unique, she’s so elegant and also sexy. I admire her because she’s a mum, a UN ambassador and a great actress,” she shares passionately. No pain, no gain? With an envious figure and legs that go on forever, GLAM was keen to know the secrets behind Fakih’s svelte shape. “A lot of people
think that losing weight or looking thin means that you don’t eat, that is completely untrue. I make sure I eat five times a day and never eat after 7pm. I choose carbohydrates carefully, usually brown rice or sweet potatoes,” she shares. Her schedule is often so demanding that she has little time to complete the desired workout she envisages; instead she makes sure that she works out at least three times a week with a mixture of both cardio and weight training. However, like us all, Fakih has a downfall in the form of ice-cream. “I just can’t give it up,” she enthuses. With plastic surgery becoming an increasing problem in the region, Fakih insists that she is all about natural beauty and doesn’t agree with the extreme measures some girls go through to achieve the look they want. “I’m not completely against plastic surgery; however, I don’t agree with girls who get carried away with it - if you are unhappy with something, fair enough, change it but don’t continue changing other things. I would really advise girls not to do anything until after the age of 25 because our bodies are constantly changing even at that age.” Miss USA 2010 has successfully managed to storm her way to the top in the toughest competition in America, has a dream beau, has collaborated with the fashion elite and mingled with the big-timers of the movie world; so, what advice can she provide to all young hopefuls? “You can’t be a model, actress or Miss USA unless you are proud, confident and love yourself. You need a positive mentality and the ability to look in the mirror and tell yourself you are strong, smart and sexy. Above all, you have to be a good person; I’m nice and made an effort to be friendly with all the girls in the competition.” Good luck Rima; GLAM is rooting for your future movie success!
Pint sized, high school queens are a dime a dozen. Pint sized, singing, acting beautiful high school queens? Not so common! Introducing one of Hollywoodâ€™s fastest rising stars... Vanessa Hudgens!
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The second I met Zac, I thought he was a really cool guy. It’s hard not to have chemistry with someone who is so attractive.
ho or what is a Vanessa Hudgens? If you’re asking that question, chances are you’ve lived under a rock for the last half decade. Like Hello? High School Musical? This young elfish beauty is the latest young star well on her way to becoming a super singing and acting sensation. Hudgens was born in California on December 14, 1988 and grew up all over the West Coast. Her exotic good looks are courtesy of parents Gregory and Gina Hudgens. From her father’s side, Hudgen’s inherited Irish and Native American good looks. Her mother, Gina, is of Chinese, Filipino and Spanish descent; doubtless, Hudgens inherited her ‘dark, smoky, Goddess’ look from that side of the family! Hudgens started singing and acting in school plays when she was just eight years old. Her commercial career only began though, when she auditioned for a commercial and, wonder of wonders got the part! Subsequently, her whole family relocated to Los Angeles. Indeed, even today, Hudgens insists that she wouldn’t be able to do anything without the support of her family. Her mother especially is a key part of her support system; according to Hudgens “She [her mother] gave up so much for me. She moved many times so I could follow my career.” Her career really took off in 2003 when she starred in independent film Thirteen. Though she played a very minor role, the film’s critical success garnered her role in 2004’s Thunderbird’s, which was, unfortunately for Hudgens, a box office flop. Still, the young actress didn’t let that hold her
back, and appeared in several TV shows, such as Quintuplets, Still Standing, The Brothers Garcia and the Suite Life of Zach and Cody. Late 2005 though, saw Hudgens get her BIG break in the form of High School Musical. Starring alongside young Zac Efron, Vanessa was cast as the lead in the movie and after its release the movie proceeded to drive kids (and some adults over the world) completely wild. Hudgen’s who played meek yet beautiful Gabriella, Zac’s love interest, instantly became every young boy’s newest crush. Hudgen’s chemistry with co-star Zac Efron was undeniable. Even to herself. She explained later, “The second I met Zac, I thought he was a really cool guy. It’s hard not to have chemistry with someone who is so attractive”.
Millions of girls whole heartedly agreed. In 2006, Hudgen’s released her debut album, V. The album reached number 24 on the Billboard 200 and was certified Gold in early 2007. Vanessa, whose first love had always been movies – “my passion is doing movies, and as long as I keep doing that, I’ll be happy. I want to do movies, fun roles and dramatic ones. I love all of it” – found music scarier, “When you’re acting, you’re a character and you can hide behind that. Music is who you are right then and there--you can’t hide.” Continuing in the singing vein, Hudgens participated in High School Musical: The Concert Tour in 2006. The tour was wildly successful albeit a little tiring. Says Hudgens, “touring is tough. You’re almost in a haze because you don’t really know where you are half the time: You’re
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touring is tough. You’re almost in a haze because you don’t really know where you are half the time
in a hotel room one moment, and the next thing you know, you’re onstage performing for 60,000 people, then you’re back on an airplane. It’s very hectic and I couldn’t do it without my family.” The end of her tour saw her reprise her role as Gabriella in High School Musical 2 in 2007, and later in High School Musical 3: Senior Year in 2008. Her second album also came out during that year. For her role in the High School movies, Hudgens has won numerous awards including but not limited to a Teen Choice Award, MTV Move Award, Kids Choice Award, Young Artist Award and an Imogen Foundation Award. In December 2008, she was ranked number twenty on Forbes ‘Highest Earners Under 30’ list. She was number 62 on FHM’s Sexiest Women of the World list in 2008 and jumped 20 places ahead to number 42 in 2009. She has also been included in People’s Annual ‘100 Most Beautiful People Lists’. So what makes this girl tick? She’s a genuine all round nice girl for one. Hudgen’s insists that she’s good friends with the entire cast of High School Musical, and her on screen nemesis, Ashley Tisdale, is actually her real life best friend. Hudgen’s explains, “It’s hard to find people you are very close to and can relate
to, but with this movie we really did bond. I felt very blessed for that”. Her nice girl persona only becomes stronger when she admits to crying over Disney movies, “The Lion King always makes me cry, especially when Simba’s father gets trampled.” Hudgen’s always glams it up at the red carpet, but insists that she’s a fan of the funk! Says Hudgens, “I love funky styles. Not preppy or rock, just funky!” According to her she’s ‘known’ because of her scent, (girls take note!) Pink Sugar and is one of the biggest fans of... wait for it... lip gloss! Yep, Hudgen’s admits that she’s a sucker (pun intended) for lippy, “Lip gloss is my calling!” But perhaps, one of the most wackiest things she’s ever admitted to is having a poster of current boyfriend Zac Efron, up on her wall, “...I have a poster of Zac Efron on my wall! I think every girl has a poster of him in their room so, why not join the club!” We don’t blame you Hudgens, not one bit. Here’s to many more years of unparalleled, awesome success. This is one star that’s going to shine for a long time to come! We don’t blame you Hudgens, not one bit. Here’s to many more years of unparalleled, awesome success
of a Collection
In an exclusive
showing in Doha, Christieâ€™s unveils
Fabulous Parures which is set to go under the hammer.
sabelle La Bruyère, Director, Middle East, and Lyne Kaddoura, Jewellery Specialist, Christie’s Dubai, made their mark in Qatar, with the Fabulous Parures – an important private collection and international modern and contemporary art jewellery and art exhibits held at the Four Seasons Hotel, Doha. From emerald studded necklaces to 20th century Egyptian paintings from the collection of Dr. Mohammed Says Farsi, former Mayor of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, La Bruyère and Kaddoura exposed some extraordinary collections, as a preview to the auction on October 26 in Dubai, to art lovers in Doha.
When it comes to high-end designer pieces the brand image established by the jewellery house and designers speaks for itself. That, however, cannot be the case with everything, such as the private collection that was auctioned by Christie’s in Dubai. Then what is it that draws in collectors who invest thousands of dollars in the jewels? “Quality and provenance, is what attracts great collectors out there,” says La Bruyère. “With art and jewellery, you look at the artist, how much of a following does he have? Is he in demand? How many shows has he had behind him? How prolific he is? How good the piece is, is it in good condition, is it a piece from an important
moment or series, is it fresh to the market or has it been on the market for a long time? All these are important questions one needs to ask, and should never be afraid to ask,” she says. As far as collectors are concerned, Kaddoura adds, there is an assessed need for jewellery specialists to advise and guide clients so that they are able to make informed choices when purchasing jewellery. “My first and foremost job is to give unbiased advice to my clients – the vendors and sellers. We never own the pieces, we are basically brokers between two people,” says Kaddoura. “If someone has a collection, or a piece of
A Magnificent Emerald and Diamond Parure by Jahan (to be sold as separate lots, all without reserve) including: An emerald and diamond necklace, by Jahan, composed of a fringe of seven Colombian pear-shaped emerald drops weighing a total of 158.52 carats. $180,000-250,000 QR660,000-910,000 A pair of Colombian emerald and diamond ear pendants, by Jahan, the emeralds weighing 13.37 and 12.62 carats respectively. $60,000-80,000 QR220,000-290,000 An emerald and diamond ring, by Jahan, mounted with a pear-shaped emerald weighing 16.53 carats. $50,000-70,000 QR190,000-250,000 A Colombian emerald and diamond bracelet, by Jahan. $60,000-80,000 QR220,000-290,000
A Stylish Suite of Diamond, Turquoise and Aquamarine Jewellery, by Bogh-Art Estimate: $110,000-130,000 QR410,000-480,000
“My first and foremost job is to give unbiased advice to my clients – the vendors and sellers. We never own the pieces, we are basically brokers between two people,” says Kaddoura.
or the past 100 years, with four generations of passion and expertise in gems and high-end jewellery, the Boghossian family has been creating unique jewellery pieces for a selective and demanding clientele. In 2008, Albert Boghossian, together with two nephews Roberto and Ralph, created the House Bogh-Art, in Geneva Switzerland. Bogh-Art produces exclusive jewels which blends beautiful colours with extremely fine craftsmanship resulting in unique and exquisite sophistication. Their fine Haute Joaillerie line skilfully combines beautiful precious stones with audacious and innovative designs, as displayed in the Magnificent Natural Pearl and Diamond Suite. Bogh-Art is also famed for its revival of the ancient art of inlay, a decorative technique of setting a stone directly into another stone, to form patterns and pictures that are seamlessly set within the matrix. Once a specific design has been imagined, a skilled master craftsman is charged with sculpting and carving the hard stone and creating the precise space required to house the precious stone and bring to life the desired pattern.
We were the first international auction house to open in the GCC and have sold over 1,000 works by Middle Eastern artists in less than 4 years and made over $66.5 million.
jewellery, they want to know what it’s worth, the price, and what the best place to sell it is. We also organise two sales every year, which I organize with my colleague, David Warren, who is the Head of Jewellery for the Middle East. Then we promote our sales, hold exhibitions like this one in Doha. We know our collectors very well, so we know which pieces are best suited for their collections. Then we give a reasonable estimate of how much to pay for a particular piece,” she says. According to La Bruyère, great collections take time to build, as they are usually born out of patience and careful selection. “Don’t rush. Buy with your heart, then with your head,” she advises new collectors. “Art is something very personal that you live with. Moreover, buy the best of what you can afford, because quality and state are very important. Try and see as much as possible, the good and the bad, ask questions, teach yourself. Experts in this field love to share their knowledge,” she says. As they evaluate the past and present, the women find themselves mesmerised by the concepts that emerge from the Middle Eastern talent mine. “We were the first international auction house to open in the GCC and have sold over 1,000 works by Middle Eastern artists in less than 4 years and made over $66.5 million. The potential and demand from clients in this region is unbelievable. And there is just such a large pool of talent here that the rest of the world doesn’t know about. Our catalogues, which go out to 10,000 clients worldwide, these artists, by being in our catalogues were being exposed for the first time ever to the international art market, whether it be through our website, brochures, or catalogues,” says La Bruyère. Committed to promoting Middle Eastern art on an international platform, La Bruyère and Kaddoura believe that the strategy the promotional strategies
they employed with artists can also be applied to jewellery designers. “In our catalogues here, we devote an entire section to Middle Eastern designers, showcasing their designs for the first time on an international platform. We have done this previously with art, by displaying the art work of Middle Eastern artists in our catalogues and sales. We are now adopting the same approach with jewellery,” she explains. Fabulous Parures – An Important Private Collection, therefore, happens to be in the right place at the right time. The dazzling suites which have been brought to Doha, include entire parures, or sets of matching jewellery, by contemporary Middle Eastern designers like Elie Chatila and Pascal Mouawad. The dazzling suites which have been brought to Doha, include entire parures, or sets of matching jewellery, by contemporary Middle Eastern designers like Elie Chatila and Pascal Mouawad. “My personal favourite from this collection is this sapphire and diamond bracelet by Mouawad,” says Kaddoura, pointing to a white gold bracelet mounted with a sugarloaf cabochon sapphire weighing 180.86 carats, set within an emerald-cut diamond demi-surround to the tapered lattice-work band composed of a series of vari-cut diamonds and circular-shaped cabochon sapphires. Showcasing its art and jewellery collections in Doha echoes Christie’s desire to strengthen its presence in the Middle East by extracting and exposing quality art from within the region. “Dubai is a part of Christie’s investment in the Middle East. It is really part of implementing Christie’s in this region and showing to the region that we are not here to come, have an auction, pack up and go. It is to show how committed we are to this region, and how willing we are to expand into other markets like Qatar,” says Kaddoura
An Unusual Set of Aluminium Fibre and Diamond Jewellery, by Bogh-Art Estimate: $24,000-28,000 QR88,000-105,000 58
The Panther Bracelet The Onyx and Diamond Panther Bracelet, by Cartier, Paris, 1952, the attenuated and articulated body designed to encircle the wrist and to assume a stalking attitude. Est. £1,000,000-1,500,000
The Noble Jewels
Last month Doha received a visit from some of the
most iconic and exquisite jewels created in the last century. Twenty jewels and precious objects formerly in the collection of the late Duchess of Windsor have been flown in as part of an exclusive pre-sale tour by Sotheby’s. Created and designed by the world’s top jewellery houses, such as Cartier and Van Cleef & Arpels, the 20 pieces are returning to the market after 23 years in a private collection. They were acquired by the private collector at Sotheby’s legendary Jewels of the Duchess of Windsor auction in Geneva in 1987, which to this day remains the most valuable single-owner collection of Jewellery ever to be sold at auction. The auction will take place on November 30, with live bidding on www.sothebys.com 60
The Emerald, Ruby and Diamond
20th Anniversary Brooch, mounted by Cartier, Paris, 1957 ... of heart-shaped design, applied to the centre with a monogram of the initials W and E set with a calibrecut emeralds above the Roman numeral XX set with calibre-cut rubies, surmounted by a Royal Duke’s coronet, similarly set, to a background pave-set with brilliant- and single- cut diamonds.
The Cross Bracelet
The Gem-Set and Diamond Cross Bracelet, by Cartier, c. 1935, designed as a single row of spectacle-set brilliant-cut diamonds, supporting nine gem-set Latin crosses, each engraved with inscriptions. The Duchess wore this piece on her wedding day to the Duke and it was one of her favourite pieces. Est. £350,000-450,000
The Flamingo Brooch The Ruby, Sapphire, Emerald, Citrine and Diamond Flamingo Clip, mounted by Cartier, Paris, 1940, created by Jeanne Toussaint for Cartier. One of the great brooches of the 20th Century. Est. £1,000,000-1,500,000
The gold coin watch by Cartier
is dated 1940 (circa) and estimated at US$12,300 - 18,500. The coin watch was developed by Cartier in 1929 and intended for the pocket or handbag. Watches at this period were also being incorporated into other objects including cigarette cases and lipstick holders. Luxury accessories made from precious materials were being introduced into everyday life where there was an eager audience more able to afford to purchase such novelties. Throughout their time together the Duke and Duchess assembled a personal collection of jewels that were often very thoughtful, romantic and poignant to them. Her collection was composed mostly of modern and contemporary jewels by top designers and houses including Van Cleef & Arpels, Cartier and David Webb. These jewels were often created specifically for the Duchess, sometimes using gems from the Duke’s collection.
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Watching the Bay with Jeremy Jackson By y Casseira Olive
A quick glance at Jeremy Jackson, from head-to-toe, and you are left gaping ‘Was he the same cute teenaged ‘Hobie’, prancing about in Baywatch?’ Staring right back at you is now a handsome hunk with the fading adolescence making way for those drooling biceps...
LAM caught up with this former child-star to have a tête-à-tête on life, fame and much more... Baywatch stint The catapulted Jeremy to fame, and so the show is close to the actor’s heart. At just 10 years of age, Jeremy joined the cast and became an adorable character in the show’s riveting story line. Offscreen too, he had several amazing moments on the set, which he recollects avidly, especially his birthday (October 16) which always fell during the summers when they were still filming, and Jeremy would make a great deal about it. Jeremy also recollects his mother reading him the scripts, since he is dyslexic and found it difficult to do so by himself. “My mom had to read my lines and I had to listen to them and memorise them.” Though dyslexia hampered Jeremy’s education, the disorder couldn’t do much to retain the young and enthusiastic Jeremy from bouncing back. “At that time, the American school systems didn’t cater much to learning disabilities. I didn’t do well in a normal school, I was the class clown.” But everything worked for the better for him,
Acting or music:
Music is more for fun, right now itâ€™s only acting.
Definitely action. I always loved comic superheroes.
Your favourite superhero: My mom...and Spiderman!
Who influences you as a person?
Anybody who has been there, done that. I like to take advice.
Best thing about fame:
Fame helps to break the ice, people know you in some way.
Worst thing about fame:
People have preconceived notions about you, even though it might be the complete opposite.
Your best trait:
My willingness to put others before me.
Motto in life:
There is always room for learning and improving!
GLAM feels Jeremy. “Since I started acting at an early age, I got a chance to travel the world. And that has been an education in itself.” Moreover, the actor had private teachers on the sets, indulged in independent studying and with this the disorder was gradually rectified. But the budding star’s growing years were embroiled in a lot of controversies. He faced drug charges and was sent to rehabilitation. “While growing through my teen years, I made a lot of mistakes - party, drugs, losing sight of what is important like family, friends, etc. It was all about fun,” says a much sober Jeremy. “Everybody, my mom, my uncle, my grandma told me that I would land in trouble if I went about like this. But it’s tough when you are young; you think people are holding you back from something fun. Had I listened to them, I would have been a lot different today.” Everyone learns through their own mistakes, and who knows this better than Jeremy himself. “Luckily I had people around me who loved me, and I realised I was hurting them. That kept me grounded. Now I spend my time with young guys encouraging them to get away from drugs or alcohol.” Ask the actor the reason behind addiction, and he promptly replies, “Basically, it stems from some kind of emptiness or unhappiness from inside. Regardless of how nice your clothes are or how many cars you have, all external stuff cannot make you internally happy.” Things change when time passes, and so did Jeremy. “I have changed for the better. Earlier, my curiosity made me want to do things which grown-ups did. But I soon realised that things just
didn’t turn out right. Its not me, but a higher power involved, who controls me.” And with this, Jeremy merrily shows off a tattoo on his right foot which has the date ‘24-9-00’ embossed on his flesh. “That’s my sobriety date and it’s on my right foot to remind me of all the years of starting on the wrong foot.” What about the left foot? Yes, it has a ‘triskele’, a motif of three interlocked spirals. “The spirals represent me, my mom and my sister interlocked in unity, despite everything changing around us.” Speaking about tattoos, his association with symbols don’t end yet. The actor has been the brand ambassador for Ed Hardy Clothing, for almost eight years. Ed Hardy clothing line is based on the famous American tattoo artists Don Ed Hardy’s designs, which have been replicated on to shirts, caps and accessories by designer Christian Audigier. The actor was going for the billboard musical awards and needed an outfit. He walked into a store and was pretty impressed with the collection. Upon enquiring about the owner of the store, Jeremy was introduced to Christian, who designed him an outfit. “People loved Chris’s designs. I even wore them for the MTV music awards. Eventually, I started doing events for him, we became a team, and now we are called almost everywhere to throw an Ed Hardy party.” Endorsing a cool fashion line is amazing, but what about Jeremy’s own personal style statement? “I used to dress flamboyantly earlier, but now that I am getting older, it’s more about comfort. I like jeans, soft t-shirts.” Jeremy laughingly complains
about finding it hard to find well-fitting clothes. “Now that my muscles have grown, I end up ripping a lot of clothes”, says Jeremy jokingly. Other than hosting fashion shows around the world for the fashion house, Jeremy has a tight schedule ahead. He is planning on a small indie project with a producer friend of his and will have him starring as a fictional late 80s conman who ends up writing a book on prison fitness, in jail. The word ‘fitness’ seems conspicuous in Jeremy, after all his brawny body speaks for itself. The actor always had an inclination towards sports, and has been a part of several charity events involving sports. But fitness is not all about a great body; it’s more of good health. “I hit the gym not for aesthetics, but for athleticism. I train for better performance, strength, endurance and power.” And so we believe, without a doubt! Now fitness doesn’t end here for Jeremy. In fact, he owns a website called ‘www.nationsupplements. com’ which has a team of spokesperson who have themselves overcome adversities, in addition to a virtual trainer. “I am passionate about this site. It’s a place where people can learn about various nutritional supplements, follow training and have a fit life”, says Jeremy. He also intends to start a non-profit organisation for the same. So, spanning a career from being a child star, singer, fashion show host to the present Jeremy, this has been one wild journey, feels Jeremy. “I feel like I have lived a lot of lives already. Looking back at my journey, I wouldn’t change anything. I feel I am the person today because of what I have done and the success I have met.”
“Luckily I had people around me who loved me, and I realised I was hurting them. That kept me grounded. Now I spend my time with young guys encouraging them to get away from drugs or alcohol.”
trip to party central, Ibiza, with friends at the age of 18 sparked Joelle’s love affair with DJing; on arrival home, she started messing around on her brother’s decks and eventually started tapping into the music scene. Now, at 26, after years of hard work and determination, the English born mixing extravaganza is cementing her reputation as a successful DJ and catching the attention of popular music moguls. Originally from Walton-on Thames in Surrey, England, Atkins is the newest addition to one of the coolest clubs, Crystal lounge in the W Hotel. Life in Doha is a far cry from what she’s used to back home, “Every morning I wake up and have to pinch myself so I know it’s real,” she modestly admits; and so would we, rising in the surroundings of a lush apartment in the W Hotel’s residences. For years she has been growing her repertoire in London, playing in successful clubs Pasha and Ministry of Sound; her popularity and introduction to key contacts in the music biz eventually led her to shores abroad, allowing her to gig in countries including Russia, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Miami, India and now, Doha. Her musical influences include artists like Pete Tong and Hernan Cattaneo; the genre of music she creates is mostly house, “There are
lots of sub-genres in house but I like to play a variety to suit the Doha crowd, like deep, soulful US garage and funky, progressive electro,” she says. Her success can be seen as she recently caught the attention of mega DJ, Buenos Aires born Hernan Cattaneo, by landing a spot in his top 20 charts, “I only found out last week and I am really chuffed,” she beams proudly at our meeting in the W Hotel. Atkins thinks that being a girl in a male-dominated industry is an advantage, as she reveals: “There aren’t that many of us battling to get to the top spot, it is a lot more competitive between males.” But, is there any discrimination or jealously from males as a result of her success? “There are times when it can be slightly sexist, as is the case in most industries, but I have never found it difficult and generally everyone is always really supportive,” she shares. Her tips for young girls looking to get into the industry are: “Be true to yourself and never give up on your dreams. There have been times when I have doubted myself; I’m not nearly as successful as I want to be as this takes a lot of hard work. Networking and production is very important; often people want everything from day one but learning the art of patience is a key to success.” Joelle Atkins will be playing in the Crystal Lounge in the W Hotel on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday nights. She’ll also be mixing up the hottest tunes at GLAM’s party on 15 December, come and celebrate with us ladies!
GLAM BEAUTY AWARD SHORTLIST Tension is reaching fever pitch in the GLAM office as the finals of the Bea ty Awards 2010 are nearly upon us. We linked up with Faces to bring you this fabulous competition, which let you, our readers, share your expert opinion on the best beauty brands in town. The countdown is nearly over as we
have rounded up the products which are set to battle it out for the coveted number one spot. Check out the nom nees and stay tuned for the winners which will be revealed in Decemberâ€™s issue.
Best Men’s Fragrance I BOSS by Hugo Boss I Givenchy Purple Box by Givenchy I Black XS by Paco Rabanne
Best Ladies’ Fragrance I Chloe I Miss Dior Cherie by Christian Dior I Prada L’eau Ambree by Prada
Best Foundation I Mac I Kanebo I Channel
Best Mascara I YSL I Chanel I Maybelline
Best lipstick I MaxFactor I Dior I Estee Lauder
Best Brand I Lancome I Clinique I Guerlain
Best Anti-Ageing product I Derematologica I Roc I BioSphere
GLAM it up in Dublin
By orna ballout
GLAM gives you the lowdown on Ireland’s fashion capital, Dublin, exploring the best places to shop, sight see, eat, relax and, if you’re lucky, party with the stars. 72
tereotypical Ireland is perceived by many as what you see in the movies; expanses of green countryside with villages that are filled with traditional, friendly folk-all of whom have an extreme fondness for alcohol! While some of these perceptions are true, Dublin is a multi-cultural city that offers the most discerning fashion traveller a mix of modern and traditional with its array of boutiques, malls, markets, nightlife, restaurants and historical sights.
Shopping in Dublin There are many great shopping areas in Dublin; however, a walk down Grafton Street will provide a variety of choice with a selection of high-end and affordable stores. It houses all the usual high street faves like Topshop, River Island, Office, Coast etc. A visit to Ireland’s home grown luxury mall, Brown Thomas, is a must; at least a couple of hours are required to consume its extensive offerings of the latest designer collections of handbags, fashion, beauty and accessories. For all you foot fetish fashionistas, the second floor is devoted to a fantastic shoe collection, stocking brands such as LK Bennett, Kurt Geiger and more high-end collections Gucci, Louboutin and Chloe (to name a few). In the clothes department, the list of available designer brands is endless and would take pages to discuss but a key note is you can avail of Greek-born designer Mary Katrantzou’s latest range which caused a stir at London fashion week. Take a trip on the luas (silver trams you’ll notice snaking around the city) to Dundrum Shopping Centre; be extra vigilant when crossing roads for oncoming trams, there has been many an incident of pre-occupied walkers carelessly getting injured by walking out in front of one. On arrival at Dundrum, be prepared to shop until you drop in the surroundings of Ireland’s award winning shopping centre. A good stop to visit here is Harvey Nichols, which specialises in many international luxury brands; also head to London designer favourite, Lipsy, and treat yourself to a cute party dress from the latest collection which boasts a cult following of celebrities and stocks the range of singer Pixie Lott’s sought after line. Fast-food restaurants are around to tackle hunger when it strikes; for a finer dining experience, head to the top floor which contains a larger selection of restaurants for those with a refined palette.
A visit to Avoka store on Suffolk Street offers a unique shopping experience; it has many offerings including household items like luxurious throws made from lamb’s wool and mohair and quirky jewellery. The best aspect of the store, however, is nothing to do with the clothing but the cafe nestled on the top floor; here you will find scrumptious dishes (the best thick cut home-made chips), with portions so huge, that its recommended you only order one meal between two! For edgier shops, the best place to visit is Powerscourt Townhouse Centre. This homes a great vintage store, The Loft Market, offering quirky pieces and award winning lines of Ireland’s youngest talents. A trip to the boutique, Covet, gives customers the option of renting key seasonal highend pieces at a fraction of the price (good news if you’ve gone overboard spending in other stores and are looking for something ultra fashionable to wear just for a night!) If planning a December trip, it’s worth visiting the Christmas market held at George’s Dock in the IFSC from 3-22 December. Bartering for gifts isn’t a common occurrence in Ireland but here, if lucky, you might be able to arrange a deal with the workers of the stalls, which are packed with jewellery, stocking fillers and leathers.
Dining If you’re a fan of steak and searching for a luxury dining experience then venture to Shanahan’s On The Green. It’s famous for super tasty slabs of beef, but, be warned that prices are steep and a steak will cost QR230 +. Acapulco, a Mexican cuisine on South Great Georges Street, is another recommended spot to dine at a reasonable price. The food is good and friendly staff are on hand to provide a promising evening in quirky surroundings.
Partying For an exclusive night on the tiles and the opportunity to maybe party with some celebrities, visit Lillie’s Bordello on Grafton Street. This hotspot allures the fashionable elite of the city and is renowned for throwing lavish bashes; its celebrity fans include Rihanna, U2 and all the Irish models. Another celeb spot is Krystal nightclub, situated on Lower Camden Street; this club has great promotions on a Friday night of QR15 cocktails before 12pm.
Phoenix Park The world’s largest enclosed park in a city covering a whopping 707 hectares in total; to put into perspective its twice the size of New York’s Central Park and around 5 times the size of London’s Hyde Park. Its grounds home Dublin Zoo which is great to visit if you have the time. It is advisable to avoid visiting the park at night, especially if alone, as high level of crime rates in Ireland is a reality and one should always take precautions.
Trinity College For your intellectual side, head to one of the city’s oldest buildings (dates back to 1700’s), take a stroll around the beautiful grounds and visit the huge library which contains over one million books.
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In the clothes department, the list of available designer brands is endless and would take pages to discuss but a key note is you can avail of Greek-born designer Mary Katrantzou’s latest range which caused a stir at London fashion week. Another fixture on lower Camden Street is Copper Face Jacks, it’s situated next to Krystal and often gets so packed that one can barely move. It doesn’t have the greatest reputation in the country as drink-fuelled attendees can often become ‘sleazy’. However, as with the hit and miss aspect of all club scenes, it all depends on the crowd and the people you’re with-sometimes this club paves the way for a great night out.
Where to Stay If seeking an ultra luxurious hotel, The Westbury, is a good choice. Located on Grafton Street, it’s a stone’s throw away from all the shops and a perfect pad for a shopping trip. Avail of one of its many packages, ladies will enjoy the ‘Because she’s worth it’ option; at QR2,400 it includes a pampering session with a newly opened luxury salon, Dylan Bradshaw, offering a hair blow-dry, make-up application and manicure (accompanied with a glass of bubbly). The package also includes a 3 course meal in Cafe Novo, a complimentary cocktail
in The Marble Bar and a glass of red wine in your room on arrival! And not to forget a full Irish breakfast for two in the morning; obviously to perk you up from the exhaustive night of boogying on the town the night before and to gear up for a busy day ahead.
Horse-racing Similar to Qatar, Ireland is passionate about everything horsey and its horse trainers and breeding facilities are world renowned. Impressively, on a yearly basis it holds around 300 festival and race meetings spread throughout 26 race courses; not bad for a country its size. A day out at the races is an absolute must for everyone, especially fashionistas, as it provides ample opportunity for fillies to glam up in new threads and parade the track; there may even be a chance to win the prize for best dressed lady. A Suggested upcoming fixture is Leopardstown Race course in Dublin, one of the most prestigious horse tracks, which is hosting a Christmas hunt festival 26-29 December
Fashion house ZAI is on fire with the availability of new collections by super hot designers from Qatar and around the Gulf. The new Abaya and Arabic themed dress collections is a new market choice for ZAI which is renowned for stocking high-end brands like Elie Saab, Lanvin, Jean Paul Gaultier and Kenzo
Fusion of fashion and tradition By orna ballout
ccording to Diana Karaatanassova, Sales and Marketing Manager of NBK fashion, which is the Qatari holding company that created Zai: “The reasoning for the introduction of these new collections is to motivate young designers and expose their talents. We want them to showcase their collections in our store and build up a reputation where people’s fashion expectations are catered for at a local and international level.”
The brightly lit, ultra chic store is spread over three levels, dedicating space to numerous specialized luxury boutiques which can be found in different themed corners of the store. You can enter a room with walls decorated in jewels or one with a tropical theme – whatever one it is, the magical ambience guarantees that it’s a pleasure to view all the collections. According to Karaatanassova: “Zai has changed the luxury fashion scene in Qatar with its expertly edited assortments, sumptuous surroundings and brilliant customer service.” Redaa by Amal Murad 79
Redaa by Amal Murad
er first name, Amal, means hope in Arabic, and this lady certainly has no shortage of it with her aspirations for the future. Amal Murad, from Dubai, is one of the most coveted abaya designers in the Middle-East; she’s worked as a judge on MBC channel for the famous abaya competition, styled famous Arabic figures for a photo shoot in L’Officiel magazine, and this year, made one of her dreams become a reality when she showcased her designs on the catwalk at Rome Fashion Week. “It was my first step to be recognised internationally and has definitely been one of the biggest accomplishments on my little journey,” she beams proudly at our meeting in Zai fashion house. Ever since she was a little girl, works of art adorning the walls of her family home have played a huge part of her creative influences, especially as the pieces were crafted by a professional painter who is no other than her father. “I have always been interested in fashion design; I used to save all my money as a child to buy fashion magazines that were imported from the US and the UK, because at the time, we didn’t have them available in the Gulf.” At 12, with creativity brimming from her young mind, she drew a picture of a dress which her mother encouraged her to bring to the tailor to make. Like something you see in a film; the transformation from a 12-year-old’s picture on the drawing board to a real life piece was created when her
changed the luxury fashion scene in Qatar with its expertly edited assortments, sumptuous surroundings and brilliant customer service.
younger sister wore the very same dress during Eid celebrations. Whilst studying a degree in university, she applied herself on various fashion courses and regularly attended a prestigious fashion seminar in Paris called “Class Seminar”. In 2005 she established her brand Redaa and it quickly climbed the style ranks attracting the attention of some of the biggest Middle-Eastern celebrities who can often be spotted on the red carpet donning one of the sought after designs. “When I first established my brand, I tried to combine traditional and contemporary elements; I wanted to represent our identity from the GCC whilst at the same time creating something trendy in which the younger generation can express themselves.” Her designer inspirations change every season but a big influence on her style was as a result of her style icon, Yves Saint Lauren, “I learnt to have passion for fashion looking at his wonderful collections. Every year I make sure to attend all the fashion shows to gather ideas for colour combinations. I also love Marc Jacobs and Lanvin’s draping designs.” The latest abaya collection is very stylish with its careful attention to detail; belts nip the waistline for definition and outfits are accompanied with gorgeous matching bags and shoes, whilst delicate detailing of gold and red lace dazzle on other Abayas. “I want to create Abayas that are recognised across the world as they are a beautiful symbolization of our culture. For years we have been importing things from other parts of the world, now is our chance to export a part of our culture to the West.”
Redaa by Amal Murad
Mimi Fashion Designs by Mariam Al Mazro
earing one of the pieces from Mariam Al Mazro’s latest collection you’re guaranteed to feel like you’ve left reality and entered a magical realm of fairytale fantasy. The new line’s theme is inspired by the popular second movie, Alice in Wonderland, which sees Alice grow into a woman. This theme is represented in the clothing with cutesy designs dominated with girly pinks and pale blues on silk material. Al Mazro, from Sharjah, is quickly making a name for herself across the Middle-East; with four fashion shows in Dubai under her belt and the unveiling of this new whimsical collection she looks set for a stellar career. Her own fashion fairytale began in the summer of 2006, “I made a top for my sister who was actually studying fashion design at the time; she encouraged me to carry on making more pieces for friends and things just took off from there,” Al Mazro reveals. With firm support from her whole family, she started designing dresses and tops and eventually caught the eye of some industry insiders when she was invited to attend the Sharjah bridal show in 2007. Since then, she has been busy discovering her own sense of style before making her first collection at the end of 2008. “This current collection is the one that has really caught the attention of the crowd. I thought the inspiration of Alice in Wonderland was the best representation of my collection; the transition from childhood to adulthood really attracted me as these dresses are directed at the younger generation and will hopefully capture their minds too.” With inspirations from designers like Etro and Christian Lacroix, Al Mazro crafted a plan and some fitting designs for her first collection in Doha, “There are only eight pieces available here. Before I came, I did some research into the market and found out that people really love exclusivity. I usually make around 30 pieces per collection; however, I tailored these eight exclusive and exquisite designs especially for Qatar.” The range is versatile and appeals to a variety of tastes and different nationalities. “In our culture, women having gatherings in houses for different occasions like weddings and henna parties. And for women who don’t wear Abayas, these dresses can be worn to glamorous events.” It won’t be long until Al Mazro has positioned herself globally as a successful designer and captured the attention of an international audience, “At the moment, I’m happy collaborating with boutique stores like ZAI and in the future I will hopefully have my own store, obviously this is a dream of every designer. I’m actually more inspired by the people I work with as I think when you interact with encouraging people your own personal creativity expands.”
Fresh Qatari talent Aishaz’ by Aisha A. Al-Naemi
Despite the fact it’s her first official collection, the creative ‘shoulder Jewel’ themed range of abayas by Qatari born Aisha Al-Naemi, look like they’ve been created by someone who’s been in the business for years. The 24-year-old student of Mmarketing student is starting off exceptionally well for her first exhibition, “It all began when I created some designs for my friends and family, and with much encouragement and support from everyone, I decided to bring my designs to the public,” Al-Naemi shares. The unique collection combines traditional and contemporary designs with its emphasis on shoulder detailing in beautiful beading and embroidery. She counts Lanvin and Valentino as her designer inspirations and is extremely proud to be showcasing her collection in a store which carries such elite brands. “One of the reasons for collaborating with ZAI is because I adore this shop. Lanvin is one of my favourite designers, to have my clothes available in the same surroundings is a dream come true and one day I hope to be just as successful.”
Well good luck Aisha, Mariam and Amal, GLAM loves all your designs and wishes you all the best for the future!
MIMI Fashion Designs by Mariam Al Mazro
YOUR MONTHLY HOROSCOPE…
Demi Moore Born on November 11 Aries
Don’t hesitate to get emotional if that’s how you feel. Right now you need to deal with whatever’s at the forefront of your thinking. You know you want to see things through, of course, but you might want to think longer-term to really nail something great.
Taking steps backward this month can solidify your relationships. Your ruling planet, Venus, turns retrograde in your 7th House of Partnerships, delaying progress with new projects. If you examine situations more thoroughly, you may discover unused resources that increases satisfaction in relationships.
You have a ton of positive energy to draw on at the moment, and it might be hard to deal with people who are down and depressed. If you have unfulfilled desires or talents that haven’t been fully developed, consider putting in the extra effort to turn potential into reality.
The good news is that you’re generally at home with lots of responsibility and you may get some additional recognition for it now. Frustrations at work or with a romantic partner could cause you to lash out. Learning to control your temper will be invaluable in these times when your patience could be seriously tested.
Expression and high ideas figure into your month you might fall into a sentimental mood and feel entirely unsocial. Mostly though, you will remain cheerful, alert and attuned to beauty through the month. It’s also a very good time to sit back and think of some new ideas to solve future problems.
You may have been dead set against a particular plan or person, but you’ll see your opinions spin around completely after the new gossip hits. Make the most of this great energy and see if you can find another to share with. A shift in your social scene could cause some disquiet in your life, and force you to adapt.
It’s important to spend time and money intelligently. The Sun’s presence in the resource house of your chart suggests that investing in training, travel or equipment now could pay off later. Get in touch with anyone who might be beneficial to your career. Simply remaining in contact when you’re not looking for a job is an excellent way to keep you finger on the pulse of your profession.
This busy month brings so much to do that you fear you’re neglecting what truly matters. Taking several steps backward doesn’t seem like a great way to advance one’s career, but could be exactly what’s needed now. However, putting on a good show will only open the door and it’s vital that you nail down the details and deliver the goods to keep it from slamming in your face. As the energy in your immediate environs goes, so goes your romance. And this looks to be a very good for your romance seeing as how your energy is way better than good. If you’re single; expanding your network will be incredibly easy -- and also amazingly fun. It could be because you find something interesting in every new face, and you let them know!
The planets are popping in your chart this month, which is likely to intensify your work life. If you’re looking for new ways to respond to long-standing challenges, you’ll succeed if you can break out of those old patterns. Think around problems instead of trying to barrel straight through them
Travel and education could be keys to advancing your professional interests for most of this month. The Sun is in your 9th House of Higher Mind and Faraway Places, which can provide you with opportunities when you study. If your ideas or a new connection holds up through this period of time, you may be onto something that will last.
The good news is that you can attract a partner who makes your work life easier. The bad news is that you’re going to have to deal with another person’s way of operating. And don’t forget to spend some time by yourself. It’ll help you focus on the things that really matter.