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what’s inside


Dress: Not So Serious Scarf: Elie Saab Shoes: Christian Louboutin Shaima Al-Hammadi






Vintage Vignettes

Donatella Versace chats exclusively to GLAM on the collaborative coup of the year with H&M

Cassey Oliveira indulges in a luxury stay at St. Regis Singapore to explore what the hotel and city have to offer.


Don't miss our photo shoot, Style through the decades, where we've gone all nostalgic for fashion from the past

Yousra Samir shines light on the fashion capital that invented haute couture



GLAM Meets

Orna Ballout meets TV star Shaima Al-Hammadi for an exclusive photo shoot at The Torch Hotel

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Super Star: British singing sensation Leona Lewis arrives at Katara for the closing ceremony of the Doha Tribeca Film Festival



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Health & Fitness



Glitz & Glamour

Yousra Samir tells us how to nail the opulence trend

Style Snapshot

Image and Clothing Revivalist Lynette Cowie dives deep to uncover the beauty of pearls

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Fitness guru Nicole Van Hattem shares top detox tips to get your healthy self back on track

A journey to Cowley Manor Hotel located in the lush green countryside of England


GLAM gets all starry-eyed at the Doha Tribeca Film Festival


Yousuf Jassem Al Darwish Sandeep Sehgal Alpana Roy Ravi Raman


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Talk Amazed is the best word to describe how we're feeling after the Doha Tribeca Film Festival. We can't stop replaying those spectacular red carpet moments in our minds. There was Lebanese director and actress Nadine Labaki in that stunning black Stephane Rolland creation – and all those bespoke designs from India's leading designer Manish Malhotra, sigh. For the lowdown and an exclusive with Malhotra, check out our festival coverage between pages.28-34. While on celebrities, we meet TV star Shaima Al-Hammadi for an exclusive interview and photo shoot at the Torch Hotel. Al-Hammadi shows us her style files wearing luxurious designers available at Zai boutique. We also chat to Donatella Versace about the collaborative coup of the year with high street fave H&M. As you know, trends inspired by the past are hot news for A/W 2011. Don't miss our photo shoot, Style through the decades, which highlights top trends from the 20s, 30s, 60s and 70s. To get your healthy self back on track, make sure you listen to advice from Nicole Van Hattem who shares her top detox tips. Looking forward to a break? GLAM's Cassey Oliveira indulges in a luxury stay at St. Regis Singapore to see what's on offer; and we explore a beautiful manor set in the lush green countryside of England. There's heaps more crammed into the issue...

Enjoy the read and Happy Eid!




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As the holiday season is fast approaching, can you please help me out by highlighting great gifts for men and women? I'm so busy and don't really have time to search the shops – hope you can help! Alicia Martinez

Hello, I'm new to Doha and just picked up a copy of GLAM – cool mag! I'm really interested in fashion and love to know what's going on in the city. It would be great if you could highlight popular events and info on how to access them. Thanks. Chloe Lockett

Hi, I was out shopping recently and spotted an Audrey Hepburn look alike on the cover of GLAM, nice photo shoot! I really loved the idea of 'stars re-imagined' inspired by the glamour of the DTFF! I'm so looking forward to seeing all the celebrities in Doha for the festival, and hope to see some exciting pictures in your next issue. Layla Hussein

Hey GLAM, Interesting interview with Britain's most sought after wedding planner Sarah Haywood. I'm getting married in six months and haven't started any planning yet! Inshallah I'll have everything organised by then! Reema Al-Seadi

How are you GLAM! Thanks for featuring gorgeous fashion in the October issue. I liked the A-Z of fashion trends, and also the article showcasing how to get ready for all the events at Doha Tribeca Film Festival. I always enjoy shopping for cute outfits to wear at the festival and your guide made it a whole lot easier! Katie Colt

GLAM, It's so funny – every month I religiously buy a copy of the magazine, and each time, without fail, I catch my husband reading it. Men are so feminine at heart! Of course he denies that he enjoys reading female mags, however, all the guys I know seem to be at it! Is it the pics of gorgeous girls that attract them, I think it's more than that! Maybe you can do a story on this and find out what it is they like to read about!! Sarah O'Shea

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Remember the 'lost choo' episode of Sex and the City? Well that's where the Feather – an iconic sandal from Jimmy Choo first made its debut. Now, as part of the new ICONS Collection, it has been refashioned as a platform sandal adorned in peacock-blue feathers studded with crystals. It even comes in a commemorative box and card to explain its heritage – eek! Available from Obsessed is probably an understatement of our emotions toward this superb clutch from Wilbur & Gussie. The eye-catching piece will spark interest from fellow fashionistas and def set hearts racing. Available from theoutnet. com

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Does this beautiful bandage style dress look familiar? Yes, you've guessed it; this coveted Shola Dress is the same number style savvy Kate Middleton wore for a royal meeting with Barack and Michelle Obama in Buckingham Palace. Available at Reiss right now – hurry! Reiss is at Landmark Mall

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Looking for an eye-catching choker to carry you through the festive party season? We've found it! This glam Swarovski crystal and Perspex choker from London fashion designer of the moment Holly Fulton is seriously hot. A statement piece to be cherished forever! Available from

We literally had to pick our jaws up off the floor when we feasted our eyes on this piece from the new Versace Vanitas handbag collection. The quilted leather and Medusa icon celebrate the rich heritage of the House of Versace and cement its lust worthy status. Versace is available at Al Majed Building

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GLAM can't get enough of the Bambi collection from women'secret. The collection features loveable Disney characters on accessories and sleepwear. We heart these cute, cozy, chic pyjamas. Perfect for lazy days snuggling up on the couch. Women'secret is at Landmark Mall, Almana Towers and City Centre

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Claws out in clash of the Fashion Weeks


ar has broken out between Milan and New York – with London the first casualty – as the top fashion capitals clash over the dates of their rival style marathons, held back-to-back once every six months. Twice a year the global pack of fashion buyers, style gurus and journalists trek across the world to scout styles for spring-summer and autumn-winter, stopping for eight days in New York, five in London, seven in Milan and nine for the finale in Paris. But the 29-day Fashion Week calendar for September 2012 has been jumbled up in an unseemly game of musical chairs – with Milan overlapping New York by a day, and running over the entire duration of London's own fashion week. The mix-up originated during the summer, when New York announced it was shifting its shows back by a week to avoid the Labor Day holiday weekend, which it says was harming

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business. London duly slid its dates back to accommodate New York - but the dance ground to a halt in Milan, where the National Chamber of Italian Fashion flatly refused to budge. Shifting them by even a few days, it argued, would put too great a squeeze on the production schedule for Italian fashion houses, making it impossible to get their clothes into stores in time for the spring-summer season. Only Paris, which wraps up the fashion marathon, is so far unaffected with its dates following on from Milan. As things stand, the fashion pack will have to choose between the capitals, a headache for journalists and buyers – and an even bigger one for models. But for fashion houses, who invest heavily to showcase their collections before the global fashion pack, the prospect of sending out models to a half-empty room spells disaster.

Karl Lagerfeld to launch two new lines next year


erman multitasker Karl Lagerfeld will release two new ranges in January designed to relaunch his namesake brand. Set to launch during haute couture week in Paris, a 100-piece collection simply named Karl will become available on designer shopping site Net-à But as opposed to much of the e-store's usual offerings, the range will retail at affordable prices, ranging from €60 to €300. Besides designing for Chanel, the designer recently demonstrated his "love for the masses," collaborating with budget retailers including Macy's, while putting his own label on hold for a year. According to the Fashion Foie Gras blog, another line called Karl Lagerfeld Paris will also launch during couture week. In order to be notified of updates concerning Lagerfeld's Net-à-Porter launch, sign up




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Miuccia Prada and Elsa Schiaparelli to be focus of next Met exhibit

Haute couture saved by Middle Eastern socialites


hile designers are trying to target Western customers with affordable fashion chain collaborations or diffusion lines, their haute couture branches are almost single-handedly being kept alive by clients in the wealthy Gulf countries, reports the UK Telegraph. "I want to be different from others," a frequent buyer explains. "What I want is unique pieces, extravagant and chic. I do not want to pay 5,000 or 6,000 euros for a dress, as it happened to me with a Pucci outfit recently, and see it on somebody else the same evening." For these lucky few, a calendar full of weddings and other high-profile social events de-

mands a wardrobe of one-off dresses by the likes of Christian Dior, Stephane Rolland, Valentino and Chanel, which can cost around $75,000 a piece. "I have known of many occasions when a couturier will be invited to a private home for a showing. The hostess will buy maybe 20, 30 couture outfits for a season," Simon Lock, a creative director of Dubai Fashion Week, told the newspaper. He adds: "I had the opportunity to see a wedding that was recently held here in Dubai. 4,000 women were invited to the reception and everybody in the room was wearing haute couture."


he works of the two Italian designers will engage in an "anachronistic conversation" as part of the New York Metropolitan Costume Institue's fashion exhibition next year. According to Women's Wear Daily, the reason to stage an exhibit of the late Schiaparelli now is that the Institute was able to obtain large parts of the designer's archives. "Once we got Schiaparelli as the core part of what we wanted to do, it became a logical jump to Miuccia," one of the organizers told the paper. "They are both Italian women, and even though Miuccia might not describe herself as a feminist, what we see is these two very strong women with a very strong aesthetic." The connection between Schiaparelli's work of the 1920s-1950s and that of Prada might not seem evident at first glance, but a spokesperson for the Met insisted that "they are both very provocative for their time...we thought it would be very interesting to pit these two women together in an anachronistic conversation." In any case, Australian film director Baz Luhrmann – who has been chosen as the creative director for the exhibit, while star of his movie The Great Gatsby Carey Mulligan will chair with Prada and Vogue's Anna Wintour – will have a hard time paralleling the recordbreaking success of Alexander McQueen's "Savage Beauty" display at the Institute that drew more than 600,000 visitors this year. Courtesy NOVEMBER 2011 / 17

shop talk

S/S 2012 collection An exclusive preview of his new Spring/Summer 2012 collection was also on display and ready for pre-orders. The new collection will be available exclusively at Impression Boutique in March 2012. Impression Boutique is at The Pearl Qatar

Darmaki makes an Impression Ladies were treated to a meeting with shoe-per star Sultan Al-Darmaki, Creative Director of Darmaki, who was in Impression Boutique to showcase his dazzling A/W collection. Like his other collections, each shoe is adorned with intricate details and incorporates high-quality mixed materials with an extraordinary use of motifs. Guests not only got to view the beautiful footwear on display, they also had the opportunity to have their own Darmaki heels signed by the man himself. GLAM's Cassey Oliveira chatted with the chirpy couture designer... Highlight of the A/W collection: History has always played a very important part in our designs. This season it's the vintage brocade. Darmaki's signature style: Mix of materials and attention to detail. A/W trends: Pop colours are huge this season. However, as a brand we try not to follow the trends but strive to create our own. Our shoes are classical; an investment that will last season after season. Your inspiration: Beauty in all its forms. Your love for shoes: Even as a kid, I was obsessed with the psychology behind shoes. You can tell the personality of a woman from the shoes she wears. I love the creativity that is associated with designing shoes. A woman whose style you admire: Angelina Jolie. She can be fully dressed up but still has a sensual feel to her. Shoe advice for women: Comfort...don't torture yourself wearing painful heels!

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Karen Millen Hosts 30th Birthday Bash High street fave Karen Millen kicked off its 30th birthday in true style with a cool party at its store in the Villaggio Mall. Since its founding in 1981, it has cemented its reputation as the go-to brand for design-led luxury at affordable prices. 30 years on, the covetable collection of clothing and accessories prove that over time, things are only getting better! Pretty models paraded around the store showcasing the A/W 2011 range which focuses on laid-back glamour. Doha's fashionistas were wooed by the Limited Edition collection designed especially for the anniversary – consisting of show stopping bags, iPad cases, purses and more. The mesmerising items garnered attention with their eye catching designs; some pieces sparkled with Swarovski crystals, while others popped in chic patent leather, or pony fur covered in studs – adding that rock star touch. The Karen Millen team was helped by Maisa Taha and Lena Akrawi of La Vedette Fashion and Image Consulting, who were on hand to offer customers styling tips such as what colours, cuts and materials would best suit; while MAC make-up artists were also on board to offer beauty tips and showcase their creative flair on willing customers. The Doha celebration is just one of 30 parties that are set to take place in cities across the globe to commemorate this special occasion for Karen Millen. Karen Millen is at Villaggio Mall

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English Elegance from Mulberry At last, the wait is finally over – the covetable A/W collection from Mulberry has hit Doha shores, yippee! This season, the brand has borrowed inspiration from Roald Dahl's classic Fantastic Mr Fox, and a host of other quintessentially British themes including hunting, shooting, and fishing – in true country-side chic fashion. The collection is brimming with beautiful bags and purses in rich autumn shades and new neutrals including Deer Brown, Fox Brown, Conker, Dark Heather, and more vibrant hues with the likes of Waders Green, Bright Cabbage, Foxglove Pink and Field Gold. A standout piece comes in the form of the Haircalf Bayswater with Fox Rivets which is covered in eye catching little fox face studs. The popular Tillie family also has an updated look with the availability of the butter-soft Quilted Leather style which is inspired by the aesthetics of fishermen's attire. Don't miss (we're pretty sure you won't be able to) the amazing print collections. Feathered Friends is a cool print focusing on feather colours and textures; while the Leopard Spot is a graphic print that is guaranteed to set hearts racing. Mulberry is at The Pearl Qatar

Sweet Style from L'Occitane L'Occitane teamed up with the Pastry Chef team from Four Seasons Doha for the launch of its new delicious festive collections: Délice des Fleurs and Délice des Fruits – which borrow inspiration from a traditional sweets factory in the heart of Provence, in France. Attendees were given a special treat – the opportunity to watch Four Seasons Pastry Chef Loic Carbonnet whip up sweet delights in the form of tasty Rose and Raspberry marshmallows and Lemon Pates de Fruit – which complimented the theme of the new collections. Delice des Fleurs is inspired by the sweet scents of rose and violet petals, delicately draped in sugar, while on the other hand, Délice des Fruits, reflects scents of citrus fruits blended with sugar. The new collections consist of sweetly scented offerings for both the body and home including hand creams, body creams, perfumes, candles and fragrant diffusers. The inspiration was born when the Fragrance Merchant stumbled across an intriguing place in Provence, France, and on further investigation revealed an old distillery that had been transformed into a sweets factory. The Fragrance Merchant was filled with awe when he spotted the workshops where confectioners were busily handling sweet smelling goodies, and got the scents of delicate flowers which had been draped in sugar, and gently candied lemons and clementines. L'Occitane is at Villaggio, Landmark and Royal Plaza NOVEMBER 2011 / 21


SHOP TALK Tod's: Touch of Italy Clear space in your wardrobes for a new range of arm candy: The Tod's Signature Collection. In its latest delivery of luxury, Tod's brings the magic of the old cobbled streets of Italy to life, and the pieces are already causing quite a stir among A-listers who have been spotted carrying various styles. The collection celebrates the famous gommino pattern with a pebble motif imprinted on leather to exude a distinctive and sophisticated look. Models available include a shoulder bag, a portfolio clutch, a small trunk style, a shopper, a soft envelope clutch and a pochette bag created from the finest quality natural leathers such as soft patent leather, metalised leather, shiny calfskin and semi-opaque nappa leather. Tod's is located at Villaggio Mall.

T Qatar Silver Media Sponsor of DTFF

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T Qatar, the Qatar edition of New York Times Style Magazine has signed on as silver media sponsor for the third edition of Doha Tribeca Film Festival (DTFF). T Qatar maintains the essence of T: New York Times Style Magazine-design, fashion, arts, beauty and style, while incorporating relevant local and regional content, providing a mix of sometimes quirky, but always fascinating, stories from across the world. Oryx Advertising Co is the publisher of the magazine in Doha. Through this association, T Qatar will lend an ideal platform for exclusive and in depth coverage of the festival, the films it showcases and the stars it brings to Doha. "The seeds of the both the magazine and the film festival were sowed in New York, to bring in a new perspective and depth to mediums they represent. Both have now found an audience in Qatar, and it's only natural that this tie-up should happen," says Ravi Raman, Vice President, OAC. Hanaa Issa, Head of Sponsorship at DFI said: "We are really pleased to be media partners with T-Qatar for this year's DTFF. From movies to cultural events to the fashion and style of this year's stars who will be in Doha for the festival, T-Qatar will provide in depth coverage of the festival bringing the full flavor of this community event to local Qataris and showcase the many arts and cultural events associated with DTFF to our local community in Doha." OAC is the largest and oldest publishing house in Qatar, with a stable of publications which are all leaders in their segments: Qatar Today, Qatar Al Yom, Woman Today, GLAM and T Qatar, to name a few.


Festive Style File Banana Republic Holiday Collection 2011

With the festive season just around the corner, it won't be long before you'll be rummaging through stores searching for that something special. However, fear not, Banana Republic has done all the hard work for you as is clear from its show stopping Holiday Collection 2011 which was recently presented in the Monarch Hotel, Dubai. We're predicting this is quickly going to become your fave one-stop-shop!

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ubai's fash pack couldn't get enough of the enviable looks which exuded an adventurous, trustworthy and romantic vibe. The collection packed in cool casuals with sweaters and cardigans which took centre stage in rich details of textured stitches, chunky cables and luxurious yarn mixes. A sporty touch was evident in the clean-cut sweater colorations and stripes which gather inspiration from the vintage St. Moritz ski styles. According to Creative Director Simon Kneen, "Banana Republic's holiday collection is intended to make festive dressing stylishly easy. We've done all the work for you – from party dressing, to gifting your loved ones, or spoiling yourself – leaving more time to enjoy the season with friends and family." Glamorous occasion ensembles commanded attention from the crowd, think billowing dresses featuring pretty gems, sequins, and embellishments – making sure that outfits really popped; while luxurious materials such as lace and satin teamed with velvets and brocades added a sense of regality. The luxurious feel didn't just stick to evening wear, as sweaters and cold-weather styles received a glamorous sparkling makeover. Mouth watering clutch bags, high-heel and flats focused on a neutral colour palette to easily accompany the jewel coloured palette of the collection inspired by gems such as sapphire, amethyst and agate. A touch of leopard print spotted on clutches, shoes and clothing added a touch of retro glamour, and cemented the range as a definite crowd-pleaser!

Banana Republic is located at Villaggio Mall

Covetable: The new Holiday Collection 2011 from Banana Republic comprises cool casuals, magical evening ensembles and must-have-now accessories. NOVEMBER 2011 / 25

Edoardo Caovilla Generation Game

Rene Caovilla: Show Stopping Shoes



very fashion forward girl strives to differentiate herself through style. So when the luxurious Rene Caovilla boutique held a special event allowing ladies to do just that, you can only imagine the excitement that ensued. With help from a Rene Caovilla Artisan, attendees were encouraged to design their very own sparkling, show stopping shoes, while also viewing a selection of pieces from the vintage collection. One was really spoiled for choice with different colours, materials and Swarovski crystal charts to choose from. As Rene Caovilla shoes take hours of dedicated craftsmanship to produce, unfortunately the custom made 26 / NOVEMBER 2011

orders take a while to deliver, however, not much longer ladies! In store, you'll find the A/W collection is alive with a myriad of enticing styles, from jewelled sandals covered with marabou feathers, to refined elegant pieces sparkling with Swarovski crystals. As a family run business, it has built quite a reputation for producing delectable shoes and evening bags with exceptional attention to detail, and boasts a very impressive celebrity following. And, throughout the years has collaborated with a great number of haute couture designers including Chanel, Dior and Carrie Bradshaw's fave Manolo Blahnik.

The Rene Caovilla tale started in the 1920s with Edoardo Caovilla, who paved his way for success with the trade he learned from Luigi Voltan, the man behind Riviera del Brenta's distinguished history of shoemaking. In 1950s, his son Rene took over the business and became known for his sophisticated bejeweled creations. GLAM chats to Rene's son, also named Edoardo, who handles the financial and publishing aspect of the brand. According to Edoardo, Rene Caovilla is different from other luxury brands. "We're one of the few left still owned and managed by ourselves. Behind our brand there is a history, a tale of excellent capability in embroidery and production." A Rene Caovilla typical buyer "is a lady who is very knowledgeable, appreciates quality and fine craftsmanship." Despite a difficult climate, Edoardo highlights: "We understand that less people are buying, however when they do purchase something, they seek the top, and we're lucky to be considered in this segment of the market." New openings will be ongoing. "First, in Taipei, in six months time Beijing and many others to come in China. We'll open a third one in Moscow and possibly one in Miami."

Rene Caovilla is at The Pearl Qatar.

Angel Eau de Toilette from Thierry Mugler

Oh Lola! From Marc Jacobs Although the advertising campaign starring teen sensation Dakota Fanning sparked some controversy, there's no denying that the scent is, in one word – addictive! The top notes of the refreshing fragrance consist of effervescent Raspberry, Frais Des Poir and Pear. Peony, Magnolia, and Cyclamen portray a feminine pink heart, and Vanilla, Sandalwood and Tonka Bean comprise a sensual flirty base. Stock up now as we're predicting it's going to become a sell-out!


To follow his Angel Eau de Perfume that became a firm fave since its birth in 1992, Thierry Mugler has expanded his portfolio with the new Angel Eau de Toilette, set to appeal to the next generation of fashionistas. With muse Eva Mendez fronting the ad campaign, and delicious scents of Bergamot, Patchouli Vanilla, Cedar and White Musk fused with hints of Pepper, Pralines and Berries, we're sure this is going to quickly become the numero uno scent in town.

Star Sce Compiled by Orna Ballout


The Golden Secret from Antonio Banderas

Fancy channelling seductive Spanish actor Antonio Banderas? Then get your paws on his latest fragrance which embodies his best characteristics into its lingering scent. The luxurious black casing adorned in a golden metal plate with a lock set stirs up mystery of the sensuous scent it homes. The perfume combines the perfect mix of spicy, woody and leather notes, just scrumptious.

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GLAM Jolie Rose from Azzaro


Idylle Eau Sublime from Guerlain

The pretty bottle alone is enough to crave this floral, fresh and fruity fragrance. The smooth cap, shaped to resemble a soft rosebud, is the perfect fit for a delectable perfume which evokes life, colour, softness and femininity through the simplicity of a delicate flower. Top notes combine Citron, Kumquat and Blackcurrant. The heart pays tribute to the beauty of flowers with trails of Violet and fresh Water Lily. The base reflects a deeper ground with Cedar and White Musk.

This enchanting perfume tells the tale of rose and water. Eau represents fine raindrops, while Sublime portrays a Bulgarian Rose showcased in all its grandeur. Perfumer Thierry Wasser chose to present Rose Essence with Rose Water together, an unprecedented move in perfumery, which blends tradition and innovation. Rose Water has been an essential part of the house of Guerlain since 1830, yet never before has it been teamed with Rose Essence.

nts GLAM sniffs some covetable new fragrances on the block

Attar al Mohabba from Rasasi Perfumes This exclusive Eau de Parfum is great for boys who 'love' to indulge in a little TLC. The Arabic name literally means 'Perfume of Love' and is a tribute to the universal and eternal feeling. A blend of Cardamon, Cinnamon, Grapefruit and Mandarin comprise the top notes. Apple and Rose take the middle stage, while Musk, Leather and Argawood make up the alluring base. The 75 ml bottle comes with a gift set of cufflinks, need we say anymore!

1 Million from Paco Rabanne Perfect for men on the move, this limited edition 20ml glass spray bottle will conveniently slip into a wash bag or stay snug in its flamboyant and chic gold case. The fragrance is just the trick for those who like to flaunt their stylish flair, with its excess and fantasy. The irresistible scent of fresh spicy leather is certain to boost a fashion savvy lovers style credentials.

Decibel from Azzaro Check out the cool microphone shaped bottle, in love yet? Well, we think Decibel is the type of stuff dreams are made off. A love for rock stars, a confident and charismatic attitude are among some of the characteristics a Decibel wearer maintains. This powerful and playful perfume contains exciting notes of Licorice, Green Italian Tangerine and Tonka Bean mixed with lighter accords of Violet and Vanilla; a sexy rock staresque whiff that will leave everyone in awe.

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Starry-Eyed at Doha Tribeca Film Festival by ORNA BALLOUT

Leona Lewis, Freida Pinto, Antonio Banderas, Yosra and Nadine labaki are among some of the celebs who helped boost the star credentials at the country's glitziest affair – dtff. GLAM was of course there to capture all the action, in order to bring you fresh juice of fashion and film...


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he style was ranked up full notch as film and fashion folk descended on Katara Cultural Village for the glitzy Doha Tribeca Film Festival. A star-studded opening ceremony encouraged thousands of attendees to pack in to the spectacular Katara Open Air Theatre for the world premiere of Arabian epic Black gold. The film's stars Antonio Banderas, Frieda Pinto, Tahar Rahim, Riz Ahmed, Mark Strong, Jan Uddin, Akin Gazi, managed to cause a stir on the red carpet throughout the festival. As did a host of other celebrities in the form of Yosra, Nadine Labaki, and Doha Film Institute Executive Director Amanda Palmer – who all got the opportunity to showcase their stunning style files with help from two of the world's most prominent fashion designers – Stephane Rolland and Manish Malhotra – both in attendance. And let's not forget Robert De Niro, Michelle Yeoh, Omar Sharif and a whole bunch of other A-listers who helped boost star credentials. With a myriad of movies to choose from and a

range of other activities such as workshops and interactive sessions – the crowd certainly wasn't let down. 'Doha Talks' proved popular, especially 'She is Film' which four female filmmakers – Nadine Labaki, Yasemin Samdereli, Jasmila Zbanic and Nansun Phi – take centre stage to discuss subjects such as politics, religion and women working in the industry; While an 'In Conversation' session with sexy Spanish star Antonio Banderas set hearts a flutter when he shared details of his life and prolific film career to a packed out audience. A perfect finale to the festival came with a show from singing sensation, Leona Lewis. The beautiful British chart topper belted out a powerful performance of her hit songs such as Bleeding Love and Collide, as well as some renditions of popular hits consisting Snow Patrol's tear-jerker Run, Grenade by Bruno Mars and Seal's Kiss From A Rose.

Egyptian film actress Yosra poses in her Stephane Rolland creation with the man himself

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Lebanese Film Director Nadine Labaki in a stunning Stephane Rolland gown with her husband Khaled Mouzannar


Freida Pinto and Dev Patel dazzle the crowd in their style savvy Salvatore Ferragamo outfits

Legendary actor Robert De Niro makes his entrance on the red carpet

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executive director of dfi amanda palmer with moroccan actress maysa maghribi

sexy spanish star antonio banderas sets hearts racing at the festival

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Black Gold stars (Left to right) Tahar Rahim, Mark Strong, Akin Gazi, Frieda Pinto and Jan Uddin.

'She is Film' panel (Left to Right) Neshan Der Haroutiounian, Jasmila Žbanic, Yasemin Samdereli, Nansun Shi, and Nadine Labaki 34 / NOVEMBER 2011


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British singing sensation Leona Lewis belted out a powerful performance of hit songs at the closing ceremony Antonio Banderas and Omar Sharif award at the DTFF Arab Film Competition Awards Ceremony

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Manish Malhotra

Bollywood on the Ramp GLAM's orna ballout chats with India's leading fashion designer at the festival


espite numerous interviews and photo calls at the bustling Doha Tribeca Film Festival, India's top fashion designer Manish Malhotra is calm and polite when GLAM meets him. Dressed smartly in a blue (his fave colour) shirt, pin striped waistcoat and fitted pants – he's the epitome of cool, exuding an inviting aura boosted by his gentle voice and handsome looks. He is actually pretty humble considering the fact he's the man behind the style of Bollywood's biggest stars such as Aishwarya Rai, Kareena Kapoor, Kajol, Karisma Kapoor – to name a few – in other words the movers and shakers of fashion in film, whose association has ultimately caused him to become quite the celebrity himself. It's Malhotra's first time in Doha, and he's been given the mammoth task of creating bespoke designs for the festival's stars including Doha Film Institute Executive Director Amanda Palmer, Yosra, Dalia El Bahairy and Dorra Zarrouk, for the MENA premiere of Bollywood: The Greatest Love Story Ever Told. "I'm very excited to be here especially during this special time of Diwali," the designing extravaganza enthralled. Malhotra is characterised by his fabulous fashion creations that grace the figures of Bollywood's screen sirens, and it is thanks to the opulent colourful combinations made up of luxurious materials, intricate embroidery, embellishments, and an India meets West theme that has caused the fashion world to fall at his feet. He proves to be hit among Arab clientele, especially in Dubai where he has a store. "I think it is the opulence of the designs that appeals to women. I haven't got any clients in Doha but hope that people will appreciate my work, and would of course love to open a store here in the future." Malhotra started his career as a costume designer for film, and this set the foundations for him to carve out a career as India's most successful fashion designer. So it is unsurprising that, aside from fashion, what really makes him tick, is film. "I really love watching movies, any spare time or opportunity I get, I watch them. I've grown up watching films and they've been a huge influence on my fashion career." However, despite his movie affection, he can't quite nail his most memorable fashion moment in film, as, "there have been so many of them." Reflecting his humble persona, when GLAM quizzed him as to who has been his biggest support and inspiration, he shared: "It has to be my mother because we are actually very similar." Cute! For more info visit

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DFI Executive Director Amanda Palmer, Daila El Bahairy, Manish Malhotra, Dorra Zarrouk and Yosra dressed in Malhotra's bespoke designs

Shaima Al-Hammadi

Lighting up the Torch Photographer: Abdulla Al-Suwaidi Make-up Artist: Seta Al-Humaidi Stylist: Orna Ballout Clothes: Zai boutique, Salwa Rd Location: The Torch Doha by ORNA BALLOUT

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When I meet Shaima Al-Hammadi for an exclusive photo shoot and interview at Doha's Torch Hotel, two things take me by surprise right away.


the tower that housed the 2006 Asian Games cauldron in Aspire Zone has been refashioned into a uber cool hotel. Second, that Shaima is just 26. Her fresh complexion and doll-like features give her a youthful vibe and I wouldn't have guessed she was a day older than 21. That is, until, she starts talking and I quickly learn that her wit and intelligence seem go beyond the birthdays she has clocked! A petite star with a huge personality, she is the Gulf girl who has it all: looks, a hit TV presenting job, and to top it all – a down-toearth attitude. The Omani-born presenter burst on to the media scene 20 years ago. "I started presenting when I was just six years old so it has always played a huge role in my life. I love working in the media as you have the ability to inspire and change people's lives," she reveals. In Qatar for the past four years, she currently hosts a popular Ara40 / NOVEMBER 2011

bic show Al Daar (In the House) on Qatar TV which sees her report on various subjects including education, health, culture and history. "I absolutely love it here; it's safe, the people are friendly and it's not too far from Oman so it's convenient to see my family and friends." Although in love with her job, she finds the pressures that come with it sometimes make it difficult to balance her time. "Working in the spotlight means you have to give it everything and there is a certain lack of privacy. However, it's something I've learned to accept and all the positive aspects certainly outweigh the negatives. This is my life, I wouldn't change it," she honestly shares. Al-Hammadi's show keeps her busy, and travelling around the region for various reports and interviews is commonplace. Despite not seeing her family as often as she would like, they are all hugely supportive of her career choice. "My family is always motivating me and telling me that God has given me something, and that I have a responsibility and

The Omaniborn presenter burst on to the media scene 20 years ago.



Top: Anne Valerie Hash Leggings: Antik Batik Shoes: Christian Louboutin Sunglasses: Linda Farrow. Jewellery, Scarf, and designers available at Zai Boutique. NOVEMBER 2011 / 41


FASHIOnISTA Top: Fairly Jeans: My Lovely Jean Scarf: Carlos Miele Jewellery and designers available at Zai Boutique

"I absolutely love it here; it's safe, the people are friendly and it's not too far from Oman so it's convenient to see my family and friends." 42 / NOVEMBER 2011


Top: Barbara Bui Jeans: Victoria Beckham Bag: Jerome Dreyfuss Scarf: Elie Saab (Available at Zai Boutique)


ability to educate people with information through my work." On camera is where Al-Hammadi feels at home. "It is my world and I'm always anticipating that moment. There's a lot of behind the scenes work involving scripts, books and the internet. But when I'm presenting, especially live, is when I'm in my element." In her 20 years of working in the industry, Al-Hammadi can't pinpoint her favourite moment. "I feel like I have to constantly learn and excel in my career. I'm truly appreciative that I have so much support and am well known in the Gulf and Arab countries, but I still want to keep growing and learning as much as I can." The pretty star looks forward to her free time where she can enjoy her other passions. "Work is hectic, but when I get the chance I enjoy listening to music, singing, reading, catching up with friends and getting massages – anything to help me unwind." She is also into fashion, and her fave designer is Lebanese haute couturist Elie Saab. "I admire his work – the way he chooses materials, cuts and colours to produce gowns with exceptional attention to detail. I'm actually wearing one of his gowns on the red carpet at the Doha Tribeca Film Festival." Girls who like the idea of a career in television have to be 100 percent certain before they embark on it, according to Al-Hammadi, "It is by no means an easy job as you've to be confident, focused and willing to give it all. You have to remember that there won't always be time for family and friends, or sometimes you might not be able to take a vacation for two years. It's tough, but if you're passionate, it's very rewarding work." NOVEMBER 2011 / 43


FASHIOnISTA Top: Antik Batik Scarf: Elie Saab. (Available at Zai Boutique)

"Work is hectic, but when I get the chance I enjoy listening to music, singing, reading, catching up with friends and getting massages – anything to help me unwind." 44 / NOVEMBER 2011

FARHAN : Suit: Lanvin (Zai) Gloves: Ermenegildo Zegna (Salam) Shoes : Doucals (Zai) LAURA: Coat: Temperly London (Salam) Tights: Plein Sud (Zai) Shirt: Max Mara (Emporium) Boots: Lanvin (Zai Gloves: Costume National (Zai)


Decades of



Opt for nostalgic fashion this winter in ensembles inspired by the past. Take your pickings from the elegance of the 20s, the conservative cuts of the 30s, the retro swinging 60s and the uber groovy 70s.

Photographer: Rob Altamirano Models: Laura Nicoleta and Farhan Hussain Stylists: Lena Akrawi and Maryann Agpay, La Vedette Fashion and Image Consulting Hair and Make-up: Eric, Frank Provost, Four Seasons Doha Shoot Co-ordination: Orna Ballout Location: The Pearl Qatar

FARHAN : Jacket: Ralph Lauren (Salam). Shirt: Lagerfeld (Salam). Trousers: Ralph Lauren (Salam). Tie: Armani Collezione (Salam) LAURA: Coat & dress: Missoni (Emporium)

GLAM FARHAN : Coat: Hugo Boss (Salam) Trousers: Zilli (Zai) Shoes: Costume National (Zai). Scarf: Polo Ralph Lauren (Salam) LAURA: Dress: Frankie Morelle (Salam). Scarf: Sport Max - Max Mara (Emporium) Bracelet: Max Mara (Emporium)




FARHAN : Shirt: Lagerfeld (Salam) Trousers: Polo Ralph (Salam). Vest: Polo Ralph (Salam) Tie: Zilli (Zai) LAURA: Dress: Paul Smith (Salam)

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FARHAN : Coat: Rob Robson (Salam). Vest: Polo Ralph Lauren (Salam) Shirt: Givenchy (Salam) Trousers: Lanvin (Zai) Tie: Yves Saint Laurent (Zai) LAURA: Dress: Fairly Women (Zai) Necklace: Lanvin (Zai)

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FARHAN : Cardigans: Paul Smith (Salam) Shirt: Paul Smith (Salam) Trousers: Canali (Salam) Tie: Paul Smith (Salam) Scarf: Paul Smith (Salam) Shoes: Costume National (Zai) LAURA: Dress: Missoni (Emporium) Scarf: Missoni (Emporium) and Emilio Pucci (Salam) Earrings: Oxette (Salam) Boots: Lanvin (Zai)

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Car: 1973 Nissan President 54 / NOVEMBER 2011



FARHAN : Coat: Polo Ralph Lauren (Salam) Trousers: Polo Ralph Lauren (Salam) Shirt: Zilli (Zai) Shoes: Costume National (Zai) Tie: Lanvin (Zai) LAURA: Dress: Missoni (Emporium) Shoes: Lanvin (Zai) Earrings: Oxette (Salam) Sunglasses: Linda Farrow (Zai)

Make-up genius Eric from Frank Provost showcasing his talent Getting ready for action – look at those luxurious long leather boots, sigh!

Behind the scenes Check out our pictures to see all the behind the scenes action. Big thanks to Frank Provost for an excellent job on the hair & makeup; La Vedette Fashion and Image Consultanting for styling; Saleh Al Hamad Al Mana Co. for allowing us to borrow two super cool Nissan cars; And last but not least, UDC, for giving us permission to conduct our shoot in the ultra glam surroundings of The Pearl Qatar. Stay tuned for our next exciting photo shoot!

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Posing with the uber cool Nissan Infiniti G37 Convertible

The vintage 1973 Nissan President car was a perfect addition for a touch of nostalgia



The glamorous style goddess opens up to GLAM about the collaborative coup of the year... DONATELLA ON... THE COLLABORATION When H&M asked me at the beginning of the year to do a collaboration, I said yes straight away. Many young people don't really know Versace, or what Versace represents. I want to show to them what Versace is about and what makes Versace an iconic brand. I've gone on a journey through the archives, right up to the present day. It's like a CD of the greatest hits, all of the icons in one collection. It's true that three years ago I said that I wouldn't do a collaboration, but that was because at the time I was focused on consolidating Versace's position as a luxury house in the 21st century. Now that we've done that, it is the correct moment to do a collaboration.

DONATELLA ON... H&M The collaboration with H&M has been a real revelation for me. I feel 58 / NOVEMBER 2011

like I'm free to do whatever I want, to make the clothes that I want to make. It's amazing – H&M don't just want clothes, they want real fashion, without compromise. When I saw the samples for the first time, they were incredible. With some of the pieces, I couldn't believe it. I thought, is it a mistake? Is it Versace? Or is it H&M? It made me think about why fashion is so fixated with rules. Fashion should be more fun, with more inspiration, more excitement. When the young designers on my team saw the clothes, they came begging to me, asking if they could buy it now. The collaboration has caused so much excitement for everyone at Versace, it makes me really happy

DONATELLA ON... CREATING THE COLLECTION I knew that I wanted to create an iconic collection. I get so many young people asking me where they can get a Versace printed T-shirt, or a studded jacket. They want to know where they can find these pieces.


And having Lady Gaga wear Versace has been amazing. She has wanted to wear Versace for a long time, but I wasn't ready for it. Now it's the right fit. It proved to me this is the right moment for this look. Of this I'm sure, 100%. Nobody does it like Versace. Forgive me for being immodest, but nobody does. For the collection, the iconic pieces come from the past right up to the present, all reworked for H&M. Everything has been made right for today: proportions are different, the cuts are different, but the icons are still recognisable. It is amazing for me to see how these iconic pieces seem even more relevant now. It makes me so proud, because with many of them I worked next to my brother Gianni when he created them. It gives me a very good feeling. To make the collection, I didn't need to visit the archive. It's all here, in my memory.

DONATELLA ON... THE ICONS OF VERSACE There are so many iconic moments in the history of Versace. One of the most iconic is when Gianni invented the supermodel. For the first time, Christy Turlington, Linda Evangelista, Naomi Campbell and Cindy Crawford were on the catwalk together. George Michael was singing Freedom. Everybody remembers that show. Or when Jennifer Lopez wore the palm print dress. The next day she was on the cover of every newspaper around the world. It was amazing. Of course there is Liz Hurley in the safety pin dress too. There are always new icons of Versace: there's Angelina Jolie wearing an incredible Versace couture gown, and Lady Gaga wearing a studded leather archive look. You have all these extremes. I love extremes. I don't like anything in the middle.

DONATELLA ON... THE ICONS FOR H&M There are so many iconic moments in the collection for H&M. One of my favourites is the metal mesh dress. Gianni was the first to use metal mesh in fashion. I remember when I first saw what he had created. I was on set with the photographer Richard Avedon, one of the


worlds greatest, because Gianni only ever worked with the best, just like myself. There was this group picture of fifteen models all lying on pillows, all of them wearing metal mesh dresses. When Avedon and I saw it, we said to each other, wow, what is this? It was Gianni's cutting that made metal mesh look soft and romantic. It was difficult, but he did it. And the way the metal mesh drapes in the H&M collection is just beautiful.

DONATELLA ON... THE PRINTS The prints are one of the most important parts of the Versace heritage. For H&M, we have used my prints as well as Gianni's prints. From the mid-90s we have used the palm tree print, and also the Miami print. And from Versace today we have used my "techno Japan" print. One of my favourite pieces from the collection is the print dress which has the techno Japan print in six different colours – from the front its blue, black and green, and when you turn it's a whole other story. I love the printed leggings, the printed cashmere sweaters, and the printed jeans, too. Nobody does printed jeans, so I thought, why not do it? The H&M collaboration has given me the freedom, and the chance, to do it. There are also other ways with prints in the collection, like the printed sequin and fringe dress, which uses a print that the artist Jim Dine created for the house in the 1990s, the printed fringing an idea that comes from one of my most recent collections.

DONATELLA ON... THE MANY SIDES OF VERSACE The Versace DNA is full of contrasts that create the unique signature of the house, and you can see it in so many of the iconic pieces for H&M. I love the jersey dress with the studs, because it shows how there is always a balance between hard and soft in Versace. It is also how I believe women are too: strong, but also with a softer side. There is also the contrast between the exuberance of the prints, and then the classicism of the crepe dresses with gold buttons, like the black dress with the cutaway back, or the dress with lace panels at the NOVEMBER 2011 / 59



side. It's a different mood, but it's always all Versace.

DONATELLA ON... THE ACCESSORIES FOR WOMEN I love all of the collection, and I especially love the accessories. The jewellery is just gorgeous, iconic – the flower rings are especially beautiful. I want them all. The printed bags with the Miami print on them are amazing, and the shoes are exactly what I like: there are only high heels. I don't do sneakers.

DONATELLA ON... THE ICONIC PIECES FOR MEN The Versace man is masculine, determined and heroic. There are so many different sides to him: Versace is about dressing many different people, but still giving them an identity. There's the classic suits, and the shirts, but then there's also the prints, like the black and white optical print, or the crocodile print on the jeans. And then there's the leather pieces, and also the black shorts too. I've noticed that even in the winter, young people are wearing shorts. And so I've done them here too. They look amazing with the studded leather jacket, so young and fresh.

DONATELLA ON... THE WORLD OF VERSACE Gianni was the first to do pieces for the home, so it's a great privilege to be the first designer collaboration to create home pieces for H&M. 60 / NOVEMBER 2011

We've used the Techno Japan print to make these cushion and duvet covers, which are just incredible. My own home is full of Versace home pieces. I mix up pieces from the new collections with pieces from the archive, changing it all the time. One thing I cannot stand is white houses anymore. It is easy to have a white house, easy to look like you have good taste. But to me, that is banality. That's why I love prints!

DONATELLA ON... thoughts ABOUT THE COLLABORATION When we were creating the collection, I wanted to do more and more and more. They had to stop me! It's such a big collection, and there was nothing that I couldn't do. They never said, "we'll see if we can do it". Always, the answer was, "yes". I've worked with some extraordinary people, from photographers to stylists, but I've never worked with a team like that at H&M before. For me, it's amazing to be able to reach a new generation. I'm dying to see what they do with these clothes. They'll probably wear a gorgeous skirt with big biker boots – who knows? I really want to show them what fashion is all about. Fashion should be fun. It's not art, it's fun. It needs to give you pleasure. I cannot wait to wear more from the H&M collaboration. I've already worn the studded leather dress at my most recent menswear show. Next I want to wear the dress with the pink studs – I love studs. And I'd love to wear the printed dress. I need to wear all of them! I need them all now!



Vintage I'm really into vintage fashion. I especially love searching through markets in London, Paris and New York to find interesting pieces. This 1920s bracelet is a very precious piece that was given to me by a friend.

'These are a few of my Favourite things...' You probably recognise her as that awesome DJ who has been rocking the decks at Doha's coolest parties. A Sound Specialist by day and DJ Nadine Eskie by night, after only six months in Qatar the Russian native is rapidly making a name for herself thanks to her

Accessory I adore this little bag. I got it in Paris and think it's perfect for clubbing as it's small and sweet.

Fave person Carl Roberts is my favourite person in Doha. I first started DJing at events alongside him here; he's an amazing person who really makes things happen. 62 / NOVEMBER 2011

eclectic mixes. Her take on style is classic, bohemian and slightly arty, and despite her technical background, she admits that she is often very girly: "I love clothes, shoes, bags and pink – it really depends on my mood."

I found this silk Japanese scarf in a market, it's chic, versatile and compliments everything.

Fashion This top is from All Saints, which is currently one of my fave labels. The clothes are well made and make quite a statement.

Music Music is my ultimate passion. My DJ controller really helps me at gigs, I take it everywhere with my laptop – it's great for mobile DJing.

Toy My little penguin toy comes everywhere with me. I like to take pictures of him at icons when I travel, and an added bonus is that I can conveniently store some things inside!

Trend Report: Refined Opulence by yousra samir

One look at the dazzling Ottoman and Byzantine inspired collection that was Chanel Pre-Fall 2011 and it was clear to see that the climate in the fashion world had changed. Karl Lagerfeld travelled back over seven millennia in history to produce a collection inspired by Empress Theodora and included the use of opulent gold, pearls and multi-coloured jewels as embellishments on dresses and jackets, heavy gold chokers and cuffs with Byzantine motifs and equally splendid gold Byzantine-style headdresses.And then the other big names in fashion followed en suite with more lavishing of refined opulent fashion for F/W 2011. Chanel


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gainst the glittery and starry backdrop of Dolce & Gabbana's F/W 2011 collection models clutched exquisite gold, pearl and multi-coloured gem encrusted chain bags worn with skirts and shoes of a matching design. Meanwhile at Lanvin, models were adorned with huge jeweled chokers and chunky gold cuffs. This season's opulence isn't just about gold, pearls and jewels. Designers have paid special focus to the use of luxurious fabrics and sensual textures that entice the senses of sight and touch. It is basically about fashion that you can enjoy feeling, stroking and touching. Fur, real and faux, made an appearance in countless designers' F/W 2011 collections and not just in your typical blacks, greys and whites, but in jewel colours too. Fur is usually a popular winter trend, but this time around, it was used more as a finishing or accessory rather than as a garment. This is good news for Doha dwellers who may want to try out the fur trend, since our winters aren't that cold that we can wear fur coats! At Miu Miu and Alexander McQueen fur was used as trimmings on collars, shoulders and cuffs as well as stoles worn around the neck and the arms. Snakeskin in rich jewel hues dominated the catwalk at Gucci creating a whole new way to wear animal skins. Velvet was another big hit on the catwalks. Ever a luxe fabric, Gianfranco Ferre, Nina Ricci, Giorgio Armani and Elie Saab were just a handful of designers who produced jumpsuits, dresses, skirts and trouser suits in rich shades of velvet. Brocade and baroque prints are two other opulent styles that were featured in the collections of the likes of Mary Katranzou, Dries van Noten and Giles Deacon. And finally, feathering was hot on the runway, as featured at Alexander McQueen, Versace and Chanel. Feathers were packed

together very close on the garments, creating that look of opulence and excess. For the past few years with the economic recession, many designers, let alone the women who wear their creations, held off from producing creations that seemed too lavish or extravagant. Instead, what we saw for several seasons was the recurrent theme of simple tailoring and minimalism. Yet with this season's brazen show of luxurious fashion, it seems that designers finally deem it appropriate to bring out the extravagant. And that could reflect the fact that finally, after five hard years of economic austerity, things have started to look up in the world's financial climate. The fact that even Stella McCartney, Celine and Calvin Klein, champions of the minimalist trend, showcased beautiful and luxurious velvet and fur designs in their F/W 2011 collections is enough evidence in itself that times are changing. Back in September, designer Tom Ford told Vogue he was glad to be done with "disposable fashion which was constantly changing and lacked quality...It is time for a new elegance and clothes made from beautiful fabrics and exquisite details." The important thing to know about this trend of opulence is that it is not purely about excessive luxury. Rather it is about a more subtle and refined take on opulence. It is also a look at the past as well as the future. Chanel and Dolce & Gabbana 's Byzantine-inspired creations and the use of brocade and baroque style prints all suggest that we are interested in the opulence and wealth of old times as well as new. A decadent form of opulence you could say. "This is a different way of expressing opulence – more pared down" Peter Dundas of Pucci told Vogue, "It's hard to put your finger on it, but after the economic crash we want to return to tradition yet look forward, we want excitement."

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John Galliano


Nail the trend



Opulent does not necessarily have to mean expensive. Take these tips and head to the high street to find purse-friendly takes on the trend. This trend is perfect for evenings out, parties and other special occasions – look for ladylike silhouettes, pencil skirts and draped dresses. Look for luxe fabrics such as velvet, brocade, silk, satin and chiffon that look really luxurious. Go for a palette of jewel colours – emerald, amethyst, ruby, sapphire and citrine – for that expensive look. Wear fur in Doha's less forgiving climate by opting for faux fur collars and stoles. Accessorise with gold or gold plated chokers and chunky cuffs, especially those encrusted with multi-coloured jewels, pearls and gems. Ditto for bags and shoes. Want a subtle take on the trend? Invest in faux fur, velvet and fake animal skin clutches, handbags and shoes.

Queen of my Castle I

t's not everyday that I sit in the lap of luxury, so it was only natural to feel regal when a bunch of us were flown business class through Qatar Airways, in a sevenhour (and 50 minutes to be precise) flight, to an address where influence resides – the St. Regis Singapore. While the major part of our stay had us touring the opulent luxury tucked in the nooks and corners of the hotel, the vibrant city too had me intrigued the rest of the time. A relaxing bubble bath in my cosy executive suite thus served as the perfect end to a long, tiring yet well-spent day. So what makes St. Regis Singapore a class apart? Bentley Baby

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have commissioned a fleet of Bentley cars to ride their guests around the lovely and bustling tropical island. Reason: the hotel views each guest as an esteemed VIP. Yes, we were referred to as "VIP" (Ah... what a moment!) while being transported through Singapore's exclusive private terminal at the Changi airport in a buggy to a waiting St Regis Continental Flying Spur Bentley car, ready to whisk us away to our hotel. Allow me.

That's the signature style of the personal butler service, a hallmark of the St. Regis brand, catering to every guest's unique tastes and preferences. I had requested for a female butler to help me unpack and pack my suitcase, and an ever-smiling Ann turned up. The thing

Cassey Oliveira indulges in a three-day luxury stay at St. Regis Singapore to explore the many facets that both the hotel and the city have to offer.

with sweet butlers is that you end up feeling guilty to make them do the chores, which I could have easily done myself; only they are much neater! Anyway, Ann also prepared my bubble bath later. Amazing Art

One cannot fail to notice the inspiring works of art that is part of St. Regis's exquisite ambience. Offering private access to one of the finest premier art collections in South East Asia, the collection showcases over 70 original works of art, including sculptures, paintings, and prints by artists from the international master Pablo Picasso to the indigenous genius Georgette Chen. You could spot these works, at the fine-dining restaurants, by the grand staircase or while you wait at the


lobby – it's simply conspicuous. A particular Reclining Woman by Columbian Figurative artist, Fernando Botero, outside the hotel's entrance, seemed a hit with the cameras. Culinary delights

No trip is complete without gorging on local delicacies, and the hotel's Yan Ting restaurant ensures you satisfy your palette with its authentic Cantonese cuisine. Not very adventurous when it comes to food, I managed to try the jellyfish. It's not soft, rather chewy, unlike other fishes...I stuck to the lobsters. Then there's the casual Italian dining

establishment, LaBrezza, which offers wholesome goodness of Italian cuisine. Traditional oven-baked pizzas, with a thin crust, that were laid on our tables got over in no time. Just when I was full with the risotto (and the slight parmesan cheese shavings simply adds magic), a plate of tiramisu came in. Could I say no to the classic Italian dessert? For some French-style dining, head over to the hotel's Brasserie Les Saveurs restaurant. Apart from its savoury menu, the restaurant's ambience exudes classic European elegance with its imposing floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook the tropical gardens and


sparkling pool. The restaurant is beautiful in the evening, as the colourful fountains spring to life, and the music by the live orchestra adds to the tantalising French flavours. Sip and shake.

You can always have your coffee, but if you partake in the Afternoon Tea dance at the Brasserie Les Saveurs restaurant, give those 31 exotic tea varieties a try, at least a few, if not all. A whiff of the freshly infused tea leaves makes each sip all the more enjoyable. And while I hoped that sipping hot teas and having a bite of those breads and confectioneries would make me look "engaged", my peers NOVEMBER 2011 / 69

photo: singapore tourism board

photo: singapore tourism board

Orchard Road

Night Safari

Clarke Quay

The famed Orchard Road is just a five minute walk from the St. Regis Singapore. For shop-o-holics, the road has a chain of high-end shopping malls, department stores, boutiques in addition to restaurants and cafes. Things are a little expensive here, so if you are looking out for reasonably priced souvenirs, visit the Far East Shopping Centre.

The Night Safari at Singapore Zoo is the world's first safari park for nocturnal animal. Almost 30% of the species here are threatened; hence captive breeding is one of Night Safari's focus areas. Before embarking on the Safari, we were lucky enough to catch the day's last show of 'The Creatures of the Night' which had cute, furry creatures showing us some eco-friendly practices.

With a plethora of restaurants on the bank, and skyscrapers towering behind them – the view is breathtakingly beautiful especially at night when everything is lit up. A walk on the Clarke Street, located next to the quay, is a must to experience the vibrant night-life of Singapore.

photo: singapore tourism board

photo: singapore tourism board

Singapore's major attractions...

Watch out St. Regis Doha

Botanic Gardens

Intan Museum

Home to a great diversity of tropical plants, the Gardens are an ideal place to find tranquillity. Spread over three hectares on the highest hill in the Gardens, the National Orchid Garden offers a visual spectacle of over 60,000 dazzling orchid-plants – the National flower of Singapore.

A descendant of Chinese immigrants, Alwin is a Peranakan. With the culture close to his heart, Alwin has converted his home into the city's first private museum to exhibit the Peranakan art and craft pieces that he has fondly collected over the years. While you tour his house, sample the Nonya desserts prepared by his mum.

Note: Qatar Airways operates daily flights from Doha to Singapore using its flagship Boeing 777 aircraft. Starting November 3, 2011, flights will be twice daily.

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The Jazz Club at St. Regis Doha.

The iconic St. Regis is set to expand its legacy in the Middle East with St. Regis Doha eyeing a January 2012 launch. Ideally located between The Pearl Qatar, Lusail city and West Bay, the St. Regis Doha will feature 336 guest rooms, all with sea views. In addition, the hotel will offer more than 4,000 square meters of meeting and conference space, over 100m of private beachfront, a selection of exciting restaurants and lounges, plus the Remède Spa with over 20 treatment rooms. Continuing the brand tradition, St. Regis Doha will offer the finest butler service with a higher ratio of butlers per room. "The St. Regis is a true luxury brand with over 100 years of history that will be evident in the product and services we offer. With a number of major launches expected in the coming months, we are working with our colleagues around the world to introduce the St. Regis and share our excitement about the amazing difference The St. Regis Doha will bring," says Tareq Derbas, General Manager, The St. Regis Doha.



While you are in Singapore...

01 02 03 04 05 06 07 took notice, and I ended up on the dance floor, cha-cha-ing to the instructions of the dance trainer, which surprisingly was fun. St. Regis Singapore is the only hotel in Singapore to offer an Afternoon tea dance – a form of social gathering that was initiated by the French elite. Magical Jade.

Jade stones have been used for centuries now in China for its healing properties. St. Regis Singapore's Rèmède Spa employs these same very powerful precious stones in one of its signature treatments – the Cooling Jade Facial

– to massage and soothe tired, puffy skin. Inspired by the element of water, the Spa's décor is relaxing in itself. From the full leaded crystal chandelier that reflects the formation of stalactites, to the Eucalyptus Scented Chambers and Ice Fountains, the spa takes you through the various stages of water formation. Once the treatment is done, sit back to enjoy customblended teas and artisan chocolate bon bons. Little Surprises.

While everyone's turning high-tech, St. Regis Singapore makes sure to add a personal

Admire the Green. If you have lived in the Gulf for long, the lush greenery that begins from the airport itself is a treat to your eye. Don't litter or else pay a heavy fine. You will be surprised to hear locals speak English fluently. With a great foreign influx, English is considered the main language. Try the Black Pepper Crab preferably at the Long Beach restaurant – the creator of the original and the best black pepper crab of Singapore. Experience reverse bungy. The G-Max reverse bungee is a threeseat capsule that is hurtled about 60 m into the air. Definitely not for the faint hearted. Spot the Merlion. While you take a ride on the bum boat at Clarke Quay, you will see the iconic water-spitting Merlion standing at the Merlion Park. Taste the durian. Though the National fruit of Singapore, the durian is not quite relished by many Singaporeans due to its formidable odour and distinctive taste. (Missed sampling one as they were out-of-season.)

touch to your stay. Back in your room, scan the bed or your table for handwritten notes left behind by your butler or any of the staff – wishing you a good night or checking if you need any assistance. A bunch of oversized children that we were, we would excitedly wait to get back to our rooms each night in search of those little surprises which I safely packed in my suitcase.

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Chanel's pearl adornments for S/S 2012

Pearls of Perfection

With a personal passion for pearls Lynette Cowie, Doha's Image and Clothing Revivalist, dives deep to explore and prize open the secrets of how and why this gemstone remains the pinnacle of timeless style.

"A pearl of a lady" is how veteran Italian designer Giorgio Armani defined his 2012 woman at Milan Fashion week. Similarly Karl Lagerfeld, Chanel's legendary head designer, created an underwater palace-themed stage at Paris Fashion Week; from belts and buttons, to bracelets and hair ornaments, it was all pearly. It's noteworthy to point out that the 'Master of Chic' didn't include a single pearl necklace, which adds weight to Jackie Kennedy's famously quoted comment that the pearl is appropriate for any occasion. The diverse colour and style variations, in a myriad of shapes, types and price ranges all 72 / NOVEMBER 2011

contribute to the pearl's appeal, making each wearer as distinct and individual looking as her chosen adornment. Beginning of time

Second to diamonds, pearls are the world's most sought after gem. It is no wonder the pearl symbolises health and longevity, since its healthy existence as a fashionable accessory, dates back to 350BC. The formation of the pearl is a lengthy and 'accidental' natural development. It's this spontaneity of nature, free of any human intervention or aid, that produces a 'natural' or 'wild' pearl. The popularity and rarity of the

pearl seems destined to increase as natural pearling is today confined mostly to the seas off Bahrain and the Australian Indian Ocean. Due to their rarity natural pearls are often sold singularly, with very few strands in existence. The value is based on size, shape, quality of its surface and unique luster. It's not surprising that Bahrain boasts one of the world's most proficient pearl testing laboratories; using gemological x-ray is the only method to positively distinguish natural pearls from beaded cultivated pearls. Carefully cultured

Cultured sea and freshwater pearl production


Bahrain's natural pearl from Shine Jewellers.

Mix your freshwater pearls for a feast of colour

- predominantly run by Japan and China comes about through the process of implanting tissue, and potentially a round bead, into a shell. Saltwater pearls are more valuable as, with most sea pearls, the sea oyster can only be nucleated with one pearl at a time while freshwater mussels are capable of a multitude of implants. Lengths we'll go

Being synonymous with old Hollywood glamour, it seems fitting that pearl necklaces have their own special vocabulary for lengths. The 'collar' is often confused with the 'choker'. The former sits against the throat – a must-have for A/W 2011 – while the choker nestles just at the base of the neck. Punctuated as the 40s housewife trend, the 'princess' length falls to or just below the collarbone while the 'matinee' length finishes just above the breasts. An 'opera' length measures anywhere from 70 to 90 centimetres reaching the breastbone or sternum. For impactful dressing, try the 'pearl rope', a length falling down from 115 centimetres in length. Care

Wear your pearls at least once monthly to maintain their glowing lustre, enhanced by being exposed to fresh air and your skin's moisture. After wearing, wipe with a soft watermoistened cloth before wrapping them in a transparent fabric pouch, out of directsunlight and heat. Savvy pearl shopping

While one certainly doesn't want to negate the significance of Qatar's pearling history, a

Safely stored pearls help retain their luster


Marhaba Jewellery offers some freshwater pearl design innovation at QR750 per strand

From classic to funky, the pearl's versatility is endless

it's probably real whereas imitation pearls will feel smooth. Stylist's little black book H Book from Museum of Islamic Art +974 44224444 H Shine Jewellers +974 44327828 H Marhaba Jewellery +974 44361654 H Damas Jewellery H Cultured Pearl Association of America H Orchira

visit to the Gold Souq shows evidence of the pearl no longer being a must-buy Qatari commodity. Japanese salt and freshwater pearls are abundant, although necklace differentiation and style innovation are sorely missing. On prompting though, Shine Jewellers brought out some cased single Bahrain wild pearls, offered in a variety of hues and weights (measured in carets), which will fetch around QR1600 for .83ct of pearl. The value of a pearl is determined by a combination of lustre, colour, size, lack of surface flaw and symmetry. Real pearls will feel cool when picked up, eventually adapting to your body temperature while imitation won't feel cool at first touch. Take note of their weight, as imitation pearl are lighter than the real deal. Rub the pearls lightly along the biting edge of your upper teeth or one pearl against the other. If it feels gritty or sandy

Pearl styling tips

For a colourful collaboration, go the distance by mixing your long and shorter strands of pearls achieving a medley of seasonal hues and lengths. For a classy and elegant touch wear white or cream pearls against a basic black or navy, or be adventurous by showcasing them against the season's vivid colours of emerald, orange and candy pink. With on-going nautical inspired ensembles, tie a lariat knot into your 'opera' or 'rope' pearls as a length differentiator. For swan-like elegance wear the pearl collar, teamed simply with a pair of pearl or diamond studs earnings. Combining a string of pearls with other necklace types and lengths creates textural contracts and gives an outfit a youthful New Yorker look. For jaw dropping glamour team a long knotted 'rope' pearl with an open back dress allowing the pearls to spill down your nude back.

Aptly known as Doha's Image and Clothing Revivalist, Lynette Cowie consults on style, designs ready-to-wear ranges and revives previously loved fashion pieces. For personal styling consultations and to view the Cowie range visit

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TrĂŠs Chic! This month we take style tips from the fashion capital that invented haute couture by yousra samir

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Christian Dior retouching a model's outfit

Clemence Poesy

Audrey Tautou


omen across the globe have been trying to emulate the simple elegance of Parisian women for generations. It's as if French women are born naturally chic! The women of Paris, one of the major fashion capitals of the world, use simple clothes – style staples like black trousers, silk blouses and light cardigans that should be in every woman's wardrobe – and minimal accessories to create a look that appears well-put-together yet at the same time not overdone. So just how do the trés chic women of Paris do it?

They stick to a neutral palette You won't find neon colours in a Parisian woman's wardrobe – just lots of black, navy and nude shades. The saying goes that everyone in Paris wears black and to an extent that's right – it's a stylish, elegant and more importantly, slimming colour that suits everyone whatever their age. They don't overdo the bling In fact, most Parisian women are not "blingy" at all. Accessories are minimal – one ring or a pair of delicate earrings. And they love neck scarves – a great finishing touch that jazzes up any outfit. Parisian women love their pearls by day and diamonds for night. No sneakers. With all those cobblestones in Paris, sneakers would be anyone's go-to option for comfortable footwear. Not for a Parisian woman. She'll opt for some cute ballet pumps – comfortable and stylish. Leave the tracksuit at home. You will never see a Parisian woman donning jogging pants – even on a grocery run she will be wearing proper clothes. No labels on show. Brandishing brand names is considered tacky in Paris. The women there love their designer but keep it subtle. She does wear denim in the form of black or dark wash skinny jeans – perfect with Breton stripes on top. She's fresh faced. Parisian women like to go "au naturel" when it

comes to their beauty regime – undone, tousled hair and subtle makeup that enhances their natural beauty. If they do wear makeup they will only highlight one area of the face – either the eyes or the lips, but never both. French Fashion Idols Coco Chanel

As well as creating France's most famous fashion house, Coco Chanel was – and still is – a style icon herself. She turned trousers into an item of womenswear, while injecting a whole load of chic into them on the way and her love of pearls rubbed off onto women worldwide. Everything Coco created was something she would – and did – wear herself. She is truly the epitome of Parisian chic. Audrey Tautou

Her cute pixie crop and gamine features mean that she is often compared to Audrey Hepburn. Audrey rose to fame in 2009 after being casted as Coco Chanel in Anne Fontaine's Coco before Chanel – a role that fitted her perfectly. Consequently, she became the face of Chanel No. 5. Her style is eclectic yet simple – flirty cocktail dresses teamed with a slash of red lipstick. Clémence Poésy

Gossip Girl star and face of Chloé the scent, Clémence Poésy's modern and edgy take on Paris cool has got people talking – in a good way. She always looks fresh-faced and does the boy-meets-girl look so well. We want her bed-head hair and effortlessly thrown-together look which often includes a jacket or blazer teamed with a blouse and skinny black trousers, finished off with a lust-worthy bag. Marie Antoinette

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Models showcasing fashion at the famous SaintOuen Flea Market

with the opulence of Versailles. Her clothing caused political controversy and she used extreme costumes to project the image of power to France's enemies. Designers Who Defined French Fashion Christian Dior

There is a lot more to this fashion house than the recent demise of John Galliano. Dior is one of the world's top fashion houses and the eponymous creation of late French designer Christian Dior. Dior founded his fashion house in 1946 and is credited with being the pioneer of the "New Look" – an era of fashion after the Second World War which saw the conservative, fabric-rationed clothes of the war time era being swapped for far more feminine, sensual and voluptuous creations that used a lot more fabric. Dior often took inspiration from art and nature, particularly France's botanical gardens, a theme that was replicated by John Galliano for Dior's Autumn/Winter 2010 and Spring/Summer 2011 collections. Did you know Christian Dior started his career in fashion as an employee at Lelong dressing the wives of Nazi officers? Chanel

Think of French fashion and you think of Chanel. Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel started off as a milliner and ended up as one of the world's most famous fashion designers. She opened her first shop in 1912 selling custom-made hats, the beginning of several fashion revolutions. She taught women the concept of comfortable dressing, ditching uncomfortable corsets for corset-free dresses, and she introduced jersey fabric and trousers into the picture. Coco debuted the little black dress in 1926 and created the nautical look so iconic of Parisian style. Her Chanel 2.55 quilted chain bag – which she created for herself out of 76 / NOVEMBER 2011

practicality (she wanted a bag that would keep her hands free) – continues to be sought after by women worldwide and throughout the decades the Chanel suit – usually composed of a boxy jacket and kneelength skirt made from wool or tweed, finished with gold buttons - is a symbol of the elegant, high-flying woman. Did you know Coco Chanel got her nickname while working as a singer at a cabaret? A popular song was "Quia qu'a vu Coco dans le Trocadero" (Who saw Coco at the Trocadero) and after she performed it the audience cried "Coco! Coco!" and the nickname stuck. Christian Lacroix

Critics in the '80s said that Christian Lacroix did not understand the type of clothes women needed but he sure proved them wrong when he was awarded a CFDA award for being the most influential designer in 1987! Lacroix launched his fashion house in 1987 and with a background in theatrical costume and historical clothing, his creations were often opulent, fantastical and colourful. He created the "pouf" gown – a dress with a fluffy, ball-shaped skirt. The recent world recession brought much loss to the fashion house and ultimately its end, with Lacroix taking his final bow in 2009, but he remains to be one of France's greatest designers and his fashion lives on. Did you know Christian Lacroix is currently collaborating with Barcelona-based label Desigual? Jean Paul Gaultier

The most defining moment of Jean Paul Gaultier's fashion career has to be the unveiling of Madonna's cone bra which she wore in 1990 during her Blonde Ambition tour. The "enfant terrible" of French fashion



Christian Lacroix leads a model wearing his creation through an enthusiastic crowd

and former creative director of Hermés is famous for his unconventional approach to fashion. Gaultier, who launched his first collection in 1976, takes his inspiration from street style and popular culture to produce fun and playful collections. Just as his collections are unconventional so are the models he chooses for the runway – large women, older men and heavily tattooed and pierced models. Did you know Jean Paul Gaultier released a single in 1988 called "How To Do That?" Shopping in Paris

Shopping is a serious business in Paris. Window shopping is deemed inappropriate by the locals who call it "window-licking." Paris is definitely boutique-central, bursting to the brim with multi-brand boutiques and vintage stores. Here's our pick of Paris' finest: Merci 111, boulevard Beaumarchais, the Third

This multi-brand concept store, located on the eastern side of the popular shopping district of Marais, is perhaps Paris' most inviting boutiques. It's sunny, it's cosy and it has couches and a reading area! Merci houses a mix of new and vintage designer pieces by the likes of Yves Saint Laurent, Isabel Marant and Marni, as well as up-and-coming local designers. Cellphones have to be given in at the door but shopping here is well worth it – Merci donates its profits to a charity that helps women and children in Madagascar. L' Éclairer 40, rue de Sévígné, the Third and 10, rue Hérold, the First

L' Éclairer, which means "The scout", is definitely the place to go for

Jean Paul Gautier

the more adventurous shopper. It's dark and mysterious interiors are home to mainly directional pieces from your major labels like Lanvin and Balenciaga to your less well-known like Mihara Yasuhiro. You'll definitely come across items here that you won't find elsewhere. The Saint-Ouen Flea Market Port-de-clignancout

The Saint-Ouen Flea Market is the world's largest and is home to over 2500 dealers. You will need a whole day to browse the boutiques, booths and pop-up shops that sell vintage clothes, accessories and antiques. Look carefully and you can bag yourself vintage Yves Saint Laurent or Chanel. Falbalas Marché Dauphine, 140 rue des Rosiers, Saint-Ouen, Port-declignancout

Located in the ever-popular flea market of Saint-Ouen, Falbalas has an amazing range of vintage clothes that date back as far as the 18th century! Prices are great too, starting at 30 Euros going up to the hundreds. Owners Francoise and Erwan dé Fligué are super friendly and knowledgeable, especially when it comes to pieces from the '40s and '50s. Please note that they only take cash and French cheques. Didier Ludot 24 galerie Montpensier, 75001, Palais Royal

The world-famous vintage store of designer, art collector and historian Didier Ludot is home to a carefully sourced and selected collection of vintage Chanel, Hermés, Balenciaga and others. Located on a prime site – the historical galleries of Palais Royal – prices match the premium location. NOVEMBER 2011 / 77

by Marlene Naicker

The Fall Effect Fall 2011 epitomises countless ways to be chic: Polished , complete and the trend of the year ColourBlocking is still in all its glory – Giambattista Valli used beautiful silken fabrics in rich hues to lighten up the dark days of winter, but still encouraging the chic middle eastern woman to embrace the code of colour blocking in finished, lavish looking skirts and blouses. Bottega Veneta serenades us in a vibrant burnt orange – almost forgiving us for thinking we are back in the heady days of summer and Narciso Rodriquez and Sophie Theallet in diaphanous rust brown and flowing fuchsia. Winter is clearly no longer about sobriety or drama...

When the leaves begin to turn yellow and brown and darkness descends at 6 p.m., when the air is still alive but quiet, Autumn has appeared in Europe. Along the canals the smell of fresh wood earth fires being lit permeates, the soft billowing smoke spiralling through the air and filling the night sky with its warmth. The cafes are bathed in a candlelit glow, people huddled together conversing in animated but quiet disposition. Autumn is the time of winding down, the year is almost over and winter is not far behind. But Fashion in Autumn as in Winter has its own buzz...its own necessities, must-haves and shopping eccentricities. From the cashmere coats to soft, sinking fur lookalikes, snow boots and dainty little gloves the shop windows and stores are warmly, inviting lit and decked in all the seasons steals. On my way to the office , I pondered on the status of

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winter fashion in the Middle East – Summer temperatures soar into the 50 degrees – So what does winter bring ? And to my delight read that average temperatures are around 25 degrees – which means that you fortunate souls have almost 12 months of summer fashion. Whilst the rest of us are freezing and covering every wee bit of bare skin and looking for inspiration from Marc Jacobs to Muiccia Prada to brighten up the cold, grey wet days. In the middle east you still have the luxury of dressing for summer but mixing with the wonderful colour palettes and fabric trends of our winter. Scouring through the catwalk diaries and look books of 2011, to my delight I came across the Fall Effect for 2011, cuts and colours that with a little creative thinking from fashionistas work for both European and Middle Eastern Winters...



Giambattista Valli

Narciso Rodriguez

Bottega Veneta

Vera Wang

Sophie Theallet

Graphic Prints added a sophisticated and sleek twist to rounded skirts and tops. Givenchy engaged us in a visual display with fluorescent yellow and floral foliage prints – for a feminine appeal. Whereas, Balenciaga took on a more masculine approach and Stella McCartney did not disappoint in her black and gold lame.

Oscar De La Renta The Jacket has been updated to 24/7 status this season with Oscar De La Renta using the richness of emerald green and robust faux fur for a luxurious jersey throw and Vera Wang in her eponymous clean, straight lines in neutral tones making a beeline down the catwalks. A jacket or jersey to keep you warm during those chill evenings – brought in by the desert winds? Givenchy

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Giorgio Armani

Dolce & Gabbana

Ralph Lauren

Embellishment What is winter without the flutter of Glitter? This season it is understated with beading and embroidery. Think Ralph Lauren in long black velvet gowns bedecked with emerald green beading; or Dolce & Gabbana in their bejewelled shift dress finished with blue and white polka dot sleeves; or Giorgio Armani using the tone of pastel and silver shimmered tassels to create a flowing easy gown.


Christian Louboution

Jimmy Choo 80 / NOVEMBER 2011

Too Hot to Foxtrot? Fabulous fur particularly fox – are embellished on everything from coats to bags to shoes. Fendi re-created the look using the fox stole as centrepiece blouse – with soft diaphanous black silk sleeves embellished with sequins. Alexander McQueen's Sarah Burton used the fluff on virginal white for a crisp, clean look.


GLAM Jason Wu

Marc Jacobs


Winter lace ethereal softness, undenied femininity and this season dyed and embroidered in rich shades of red with scalloping see Marc Jacobs to Jason Wu's elegant and refined ready to wear skirts and blouses to Lanvin's mischievous black sheath dress – lace is still around and clearly remains a favourite amongst our designers.

Muldooneys Eileen Black & White Python

Fall Accessories From fur trims on bags, shoes to python and snake embellishments – this season accessories are no longer about simply being an investment piece for our recession hit wardrobes – this season it is about letting go and having fun – with pointy shoes, clutch bags which are updated for day use and long earrings which bedazzle. In short – Fall fashion 2011 has all the key essentials for the warm wintery days in Qatar, the trick is to allow your imagination to run with the colours and textures and update your wardrobe in key pieces which are on trend, keeping you one step ahead of the fashion crowd! Have Fun with it!


Ralph Lauren

Oscar De La Renta

The LGD when night falls the Long Green Dress makes its statement. Long, flowing lavish fabrics in greens of all hues – this seasons LGD blows the LBD to pieces. Emilio Pucci uses sateen silk with his avatar inspired cut and Ralph Lauren polishes it off in a sweeping floor length absinthe green gown. Could night time have becoming anymore exciting?!!

Marlene Naicker is Founder and Creative Director of Muldooneys – London. The brand Muldooneys is renowned for its luxury leather accessories, notably handbags, designed for sophisticated, independent, fashion concious women.

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The Mistress of Cleanse When you’re listening to your body and it’s telling you it’s time to take a healthy break, what are your options? Nicole Van Hattem explores them... To get the most out of your detox and cleanse process, you need to know what’s available and what will work best for you (your family), budget, available time, health status and readiness for change. Here are three ways to cleanse your body, mind and soul and the benefits of each. Choose the one that works for you and you’ll soon be bursting with healthy energy and vitality. Healthy Habits Name

Mini Breakaway

Health Holiday

More Raw

Six Senses

Facebook Group

Sharq Hotel, Qatar


1 day up to 1 month

1-4 days

4 days to 3 weeks

What’s involved / available

Join the facebook group – More Raw.

Complete a health questionnaire and meet with a health consultant at Six Senses.

A full range of health packages to choose from:

Follow the step by step, week by week guides to detox and cleanse. Make changes at own pace and to suit lifestyle, budget, accessibility of products, health condition.

Your personalised program is then created for you (this could be 1-4 days in length)

The Spa Resort, Thailand

Detox and weight loss packages Yoga, pilates and mind/body retreat packages

Throughout the day you are waited on by your personal butler.

Guided detox and cleanse packages

Follow and/or contribute to online group discussions.

The environment is pure bliss, luxury, calm and relaxation.

Convalescence retreat

Watch video posts.

1 day program (EXAMPLE ONLY):

Read group educational documents and weblinks.

Detox tea on arrival.

Recipes and equipment advice provided. Certified Health Coach online twice a day to answer queries

Boot camp fitness holiday Raw food holiday package Extensive range of spa treatments, massages, meditation, yoga and outdoor activities to choose from.

Guided morning yoga. Morning smoothy to give you energy for the day and speed up your metabolism. Healing shake with intestinal detoxifier. Hydrotherapy with detox tea. Fruit juice and energy cleansing. Healing shake with intestinal detoxifier. Hammam treatment. Vegetable juice, vegetable broth and detox tea.

Suitable for

Those wanting to make healthy changes to their diet and lifestyle, at their own pace, at home or on the road, with online support and guidance.

A great way to take a short and yet total break away and recharge body, mind and soul.

Excellent for those wanting to complete a full detox and cleanse program. Fully guided retreats available. Extensive range of detox, weight loss programs and health retreat packages available. Also great for those who want to relax, unwind and eat great food but not do a detox program, or who want to accompany someone who is on a detox program. A complete health holiday for individuals, groups and families.

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GLAM My personal experience:

I enjoy the flexibility, huge amounts of useful information, the group support and the recipes. Great way to stay on track throughout the year and sustain a healthy lifestyle.

Luxurious and a fabulous way to step away from the busyness of life and have a quick recharge, while being pampered like a queen. My challenge was to resist the urge to check mobile messages between treatments – but the gorgeous Spa environment made it easy to resist.

health & fitness

I do this about once a year. A fantastic way to stay young, lose weight, cleanse internal organs, clear the mind, tone the body, boost energy, learn new skills, meet new people, do some sightseeing and shopping, and great when my husband wants to join me for a holiday but he doesn’t want to detox. It’s affordable, in a stunning location, and there is something here for everyone.


Year round

Year round

Year round + regular guided retreats (



1 day – QR 1,500 per person

From as little as QR 3,000 per person

4 days – QR 4,500 per person

Includes accommodation and detox program. Not including flights.

Level of complexity



Easy to Complex

Level of support







Affordable to Luxury

Age levels


18 yrs & above


Health levels


All – those with chronic or acute health conditions should seek medical advice before beginning cleanse

All – those with chronic or acute health conditions should seek medical advice before beginning cleanse.


Worldwide – at home

Doha, Qatar & all Six Senses global locations

Thailand: Chiang Mai, Koh Samui, Koh Chang

Pre-programme consultation



Yes - if attending guided retreat

Post programme consultation



Yes - if attending guided retreat

Individual or group programme

Individual and Group

1-2 people per day maximum

Individual and Group

Suitability for families




Health Food Provided



Yes Extensive range of organic, raw, vegetarian and standard menu available on site

Detox supplements provided




Fitness activities provided




Spa Treatments




Documentation provided



Yes + health journal if attending guided retreat

Colonic therapies





Discounts offered to participants of More Raw by therapists (such as holistic massage, all natural facials, aromatherapist, homeopath, naturopath, reiki, reflexology etc)

Accommodation available

Wide range of accommodation options.

Holistic therapists available

Wide range of local tourist attractions and activities for individuals and families. Excellent shopping opportunities. Holistic therapists and counsellors. Healthy cooking classes. Medical doctor on site.


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Nicole van Hattem is Founder and Wellness Director of Art of Abundant Living, which specialises in individual health coaching, corporate wellness programs, health products and retreats. Find out more at, join Art of Abundant Living on Facebook or follow Nicole on twitter @AALNicole and LinkedIn NOVEMBER 2011 / 83

Beauty Buzz Kate Winslet launches makeup range with Lancôme Following her modeling gigs for beauty brand Lancôme's L'Absolu Rouge lipstick and Trésor fragrance, Hollywood actress Kate Winslet is putting her relationship with Lancôme to a charitable use. In aid of her charity, the Golden Hat Foundation, which helps improve the lives of autistic children, Winslet has released a small beauty collection, including the face-illuminating Poudre Lumière, a L'Absolu Rouge lipstick, and Mini Le Vernis, a range of smaller-sized nail polishes in red and pink. Prices range from $15 to $40. Lancôme has said it will be donating at least 150,000 euros from the collection's sales to the Golden Hat Foundation, whose logo is embossed in gold onto the products and packaging.

Eat your way to healthier hair For healthy tresses, it's not just what you put on your hair that counts but what you put in your body – especially when it comes to thinning hair, according to a new report. While you can't change your genes, 84 / NOVEMBER 2011

which are often to blame for hair loss in both men and women, most people don't realize that other causes of hair loss may be temporary and reversible, stated MyHealthNewsDaily in a report last week. One surefire way to improve a bad hair day? Change your diet, noted that article. To keep your hair healthy, you'll need to ensure your diet contains plenty of protein, iron, omega-3 fatty acids, zinc, and vitamin A, all crucial for scalp health and keeping hair shiny. However supplementing with too much vitamin A may actually contribute to hair loss, according to research from the University of Hawaii in the US. Of course, changing your diet won't transform fine, thin hair into mane-like tresses, but ensuring your diet includes plenty of growthpromoting protein and iron can make a difference. Aim for high-quality protein, such as eggs, poultry, and low-fat dairy. One way to give your hair a boost is to add beans and nuts, such as almonds, pecans, and cashews for zinc, iron, and biotin. Also dark leafy greens (spinach, broccoli and Swiss chard) contain vitamins A and C. Brazil nuts are high in selenium, which can promote scalp health, and walnuts and salmon are rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Research published late last

month also revealed that stress, smoking, drinking, and even too much sunlight could contribute to hair loss, especially in women. While you can take preventative measures such as wearing a hat in the sun, quitting smoking, and reducing your alcohol consumption, researchers add that adopting healthier lifestyle choices could possibly help your hair grow back.

Deets on Dita Von Teese's fragrance revealed The famous burlesque dancer Dita Von Teese's debut signature scent, simply called Dita Von Teese, will be released at the end of the month. "The fragrance is not designed with a strict goal to appeal to men since it does not contain notes of fruit, candy or vanilla; the fragrance is made for a woman full of confidence and that's what makes her attractive," Von Teese said, adding that "a scent needs to reflect all the different facets of my personality. It had to be elegant, glamorous, sophisticated, sexy, dark, and mysterious." What this translates to in the fragrance are top notes of bergamot, peony, and pepper, followed by a heart of jasmine, tiare, and rose that melts into basenotes including patchouli, guaiac wood, sandalwood, incense, and musk. Bottled in a vintage-style flacon inspired by the 1930s, the perfume will be priced from €16.50 to €28.

New gel may work like Botox but without the needle Don't like needles or crow's feet? A new topical gel containing the same ingredient as Botox may soon be within reach to smooth away wrinkles without the pain. On September 21, health website WebMD reported on the new topical gel containing botulinum toxin type A, the same as in injectable Botox, to reduce wrinkling around the eyes. The product, created by Revance Therapeutics in California, has undergone two clinical studies showing promising results with few side effects. For the product to take effect, a patient needs to sit with the gel around the eye area for 30 minutes before it is wiped off. The gel works by penetrating the skin to "relax" the underlying muscles, similar to Allergan's Botox or other cosmetic injectables, including Dysport and Xeomin.Researcher and New York City plastic surgeon

Michael Kane will present the results of the studies on Saturday, September 24, at the annual meeting of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons in Denver, Colorado. WebMD reported that no head-to-head comparisons have yet been made between the new gel and injectable products. Also the gel needs to undergo another round of trials before reaching approval from the US Food and Drug Administration. Meanwhile, for those who want beauty with less pain, US-based company BellaNovus recently announced its new line of Ouchless Needle devices – small, disposable needles that numb the injection site while simultaneously cooling the surrounding skin. Traditional local anesthetic creams on the injection site can take more than half an hour to take effect, but BellaNovus may offer a way around this problem, by delivering a "precise stream of numbing vapocoolant to the skin just ahead of the tip of the needle just before the skin is pierced, and does not leave patients with post injection numbness."

BMW launches hand sanitizer Automakers regularly launch accessories that tie in with their brand name – Ferrari pens, Jaguar mugs, Maserati luggage, it's all part of the merchandising game for valuable brands. Far less frequently do they launch pharmaceutical products, as BMW did this week with a new Hand Sanitizer aimed at its die-hard fans. Created in association with Austrian cosmetics brand Susanne Kaufmann, the Purif-i hand sanitizer is the first product launched in conjunction with BMW i, the German automaker's eco-friendly subbrand. Ignoring the fact that BMW i doesn't actually have any vehicles on the road yet, fans of the brand can express their love with a quick spray of the all-natural spray which BMW promises "simultaneously sanitizes and softens hands." The link with BMW i is explained in a statement, although consumers may need a little more persuading: "Purif-i was created for the BMW i generation, a generation always in search of products that not only make life in megacities easier, but also minimize environmental impact. Purif-i is composed entirely of herbal extracts and a combination of intelligent, super active substances." Customers will be able to buy the spray in some European stores and online at

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01 Lingerie de Peau Foundation & Concealer from Guerlain


This stylish black case is home to Guerlain's first 'all-in-one' complexion product. Sitting side by side, the foundation and concealer are the perfect team to achieve a fresh, flawless glow with help of the most advanced materials that help create a thin texture, similar to a second skin. GLAM says: A compact dream!


02 Mattene Lipstick from MAC

A Mattene lippy from the MAC masters Posh Paradise collection is all you need to maintain semi matte lips that look, feel and smell fantastic. Available in an array of different colours, however, GLAM adores this Orange-Beige hue called Delectable which certainly lives up to its name. GLAM says: Get luscious lips!

03 Kate Moss Finish Lipstick Collection from Rimmel Can 'It Girl' Kate Moss get any cooler? Seems like it as the fashion extravaganza has taken her partnership with Rimmel a step further. No longer is she the face behind the campaign, she's brought her skills to the fore with the introduction of her own range of 15 stunning lipsticks in the Kate Moss Finish Lipstick Collection. GLAM says: Channel Kate's effortless glamour.




04 Ultra Black Volumizer from Bourjois GLAM recommends the new ultra black edition of Volumizer mascara which helps easily achieve wow lashes, with no clumps guaranteed! The trick is the deep black mineral pigments which help coat lashes in a thick coat of black with 11 times more volume. GLAM says: Pump up the volume!

05 Eyecolor from bareMinerals Get your paws on this little pot of eye magic from Sephora. The creamy texture ensures an easy application which feels like velvet on your skin. The vibrant hue will ensure all eyes on you, and the best part is that the colour won't smudge or run! GLAM says: Mesmerising eyes!


06 Limited Edition Smoky Palette from Make Up For Ever We love, love, love this Smoky Palette which contains eight shadows of winter's most popular colours. The palette comprises one matte black and seven satiny shadows including Deep Plum Shimmer, Metallic Navy Blue, Peacock Green, Metallic Copper, Metallic Taupe, Yellow Beige and White Shimmer. GLAM says: Palette Perfection!


07 ck one shock from Calvin Klein


Cool packaging and a mouth-watering scent make the latest fragrance from Calvin Klein a real hit. The scent combines passion flower, pink peony and poppy flower with mid scents of blackberry, jasmine and liquid chocolate accord, finished with addictive patchouli, vanillin and magnetic ambers. Delicious! GLAM says: A stylish scent!

08 PhotoReady Concealer from Revlon Revlon's clever creamy lightweight concealer boasts the capability of achieving airbrushed skin thanks to its specially designed formula which has been tested under harsh lighting and a high definition camera lens to achieve flawless skin! GLAM says: Erase those imperfections!

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Cowley Manor by Anthony Ryman

A rather English country manor hotel

England is known for our Royal Family, tea, cricket and pomp and circumstance. We also do the stately home thing very well and there's a great many to visit all around this green and pleasant land of rolling hills and dales.

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ritain boasts over 1400 heritage attractions, from stately homes to country mansions steeped in history, heritage and prestige, a remembrance of our rich and noble empire – today, a long, lost memory of glories past, but commemorated and featured in some of the grandest and most imposing of ancestral homes. Examples include the grand and imposing Blenheim House near Oxford, featuring baroque palatial at its grandest amid 2500 acres of gardens designed by Capability Brown and Chatsworth House in Derbyshire otherwise called Palace of the Peak. Cowley Manor is not a stately home of such grandeur or opulence. It's a country house, once owned by the Horlicks family, sitting between Cheltenham and Cirecenster in the picturesque (and rich) county of Gloucestershire, only 2.5 hours from London. When you drive up to Cowley Manor, through the village of Cowley, you know

you're in for a very special treat from the moment the tyres hit the gravel as you stop in the courtyard. It's a manor in the true sense of the word. And yet from the moment you enter and feel the weight of history, there is a very modern twist to the decor. This juxtaposition of old and new is mirrored throughout as the architecture of the building is counterbalanced by modern and iconoclastic home furnishings. The furnishings and furniture really make a statement. Inside, there are marvellous rooms in the main house with splendid views out to the lake, serene as it sits in the middle of rolling fields. There are all tastefully designed rooms in the stable block, which, while interesting, are not as grand as those in the main house with its peaceful and grand lake views. A meandering walk outside across the rolling 55 acres of woods, meadows, lakes and gardens is very gratifying and relaxing and


you clearly see why the gardens have been Grade 2 listed as you stroll round, followed discreetly by swans gliding across the lake towards you. There are underground springs that feed the water features, from the upper lake which cascades down to a series of water features into yet another lake and then another. Ultimately the waters find their way to the River Churn and then to the Thames. It's possible to picnic on the grounds, and revel in the quiet and beautifully landscaped gardens and gaze at the majesty of the building across the lake, all columns and giant windows. Another attraction nearby is the Church of St Mary's which dates back to the 13th century. But back to the hotel. The service is impeccable, discreet and yet friendly and the food – well if you like traditional English breakfast in a panelled great room with enormously high ceilings, all wood and history and see this remarkable view, you'd be writing this review! And by the by, the food is really rather good.

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What the stars foretell...

aishwarya rai NOV 1 1973; scorpio Aries


It's time to separate the personal from the professional. That way, relationships do not get strained and you get the much needed peace of mind. This November, career and finance top your list of priorities, so watch out for long-standing problems that may come to light. Display your innate leadership abilities while making important decisions. All the best!

Be assertive! That's the best advice you can give yourself this month. Don't let people walk all over you just because you are nice. An unexpected opportunity to travel may arise and you'll much the wiser for it. There are plenty of decisions to be made, but go through one by one and be calm. A family project may also consume most of your time.





It's family time for Taureans this month with short holidays and fun-filled parties. You are taking the lead and everyone will love you for it! Work commitments may be hefty but don't let that deter you. Also November is the time to get rid of nonessential things in your life. Get rid of the excess baggage in all senses... and feel at peace.

You've been worrying about money much of the year, dear Virgo, and now is an excellent time to take charge of your finances. Yes, you need to buckle down, but it feels good to do so as you get your priorities straight. Relationships with siblings and neighbours improve and are a source of happiness. Many of you are enjoying more success in your studies. Nevertheless, energy levels are low or they fluctuate. Get extra rest to prepare for an especially busy end of the year period

Gemini Are you stuck in a rut and don't know how to get out? Well, you could take a look at that hobby that's also your passion. This is a favourable time for turning a creative undertaking into a profitable hobby. Also try to take stock of your health concerns and get started onto that fitness routine, right away! With determination and motivation, you will reach what you aimed for.

Cancer Look out for that job offer or career move you were always hoping for. Opportunities to strengthen a partnership this month are especially strong. You are much more focused and ambitious when it comes to work, health, fitness and self-care programmes. In essence, you feel more inspired and motivated to take care of yourself. 94 / NOVEMBER 2011

Libra You are accustomed to making everyone else in your life happy, dear Libra, but this month you can tend to your own needs without guilt. It's a time for pushing your own personal projects and interests ahead. Surprises are in store in a close relationship though clashes in values or conflicts over money with a friend can be irksome.

Scorpio You are at your chattering best this month, but it's always better to think before you speak lest you rub people the wrong way. Things at work are looking up and career matters are fast-paced and stimulating. Steer clear of demanding people and continue working hard as usual.

Recognition and possibly increased remuneration can work rewarding and very fulfilling. Be helpful and involved, but avoid the tendency to forget your own needs in the process. Be careful of what you commit so that it doesn't backfire on you. It's time for your place in the sun. As you've rightly earned it. November is a strong month for creative pursuits and love matters. Your ambition is heightened this month, but you also enjoy contributing to a team or group effort, where you can shine right now. Your support is rewarded, as others can come to your aid or inform you of an opportunity for personal advancement in the last week of the month.

Aquarius Developments in your career are favourable this month, dear Aquarius. You experience more motivation to realise your business goals and to improve your income from business. You could form alliances that further your professional goals or you might make friends through professional interests and contacts. Partners can be demanding or cranky this month. Resolve to manage problems as they come up.

Pisces Finances come into prime focus and you need to rein in your spending and borrowing habits. Conflicts may arise with those at work, so attempt to work independently at your own pace. You will communicate well and will be recognized for your ability to express yourself.

Glam November 2011  
Glam November 2011  

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