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Master Makeover

Celeb Controversy

Check out the style transformation of GLAM’s Orna Ballout conducted by La Vedette Fashion & Image Consultants.

First it was John Galliano, then Charlie Sheen... what is it with celebrities and their fierce tempers? We explore a bunch of cases...

Spanish Sensation

GLAM Meets



Spanish fashion extravaganza, Carlos Silveira, opens up about the methodology behind his innovative designs.

We caught up with Zallascht Sadat, winner of Miss Deutschland 2010 to talk about tougher times and her Doha dreams.

Paule Ka SS 2011

what’s inside

april 2011

38 Natalie Portman

Following the Galliano escapade where Portman dissociated herself from the star; GLAM documents her rise to fame.




Paule Ka SS 2011

what’s inside

april 2011





Pooch Power

Festival Fever

IWED Special

Chic Cuisine

Wedding Wish List




Bonhams orientalist specialist, Taline Aynilian, explores how the Arab world influences the West and orientalism fashion is back with a bang.

The recent edition of IWED has us all in fifth gear of wedding fever; check out our pictures and interview with Saudi superstar Waed.


Amel Osman shares her experience of receiving her little puppy, Tucker, sharing tips on the highs and lows of owning a dog in Doha.

Food favourite, Nando’s, set fashion design students a quirky challenge for the launch of its new drink offerings. Check out the sketches...

We’re so excited about camping it up at festivals... GLAM showcases some hot global choices.

As Kate and Wills prepare to say I do this month in the wedding of the year; we highlight the gifts we’d like to receive on our big day.



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Talk Life is a rollercoaster. Recently, fashion guru John Galliano, shocked the fashion realm with his distasteful behaviour... soon followed by Charlie Sheen who publicly embarrassed himself (on numerous occasions) in similar style; don’t miss the other temper tantrum celeb cases we’ve rounded up for you. On a sad note, we pay tribute to Hollywood legend, Dame Elizabeth Taylor, the original GLAM girl who passed away on March 23. It seems like everyone is walking down the aisle this year; at GLAM, we can’t contain our excitement for the impending nuptials between Kate and Wills – make sure to check out our wedding wish list. Also view our new GLAM Gauge where we tell you what’s hot and not this month. We catch up with Zallascht Sadat, winner of Miss Deutschland 2010, to talk about tougher times and her Doha dreams. We also meet the graduating class of VCU 2011 to explore their hopes for the future. There’s all the above and a lot more packed into the issue. Enjoy the read, and people of Doha, it’s a simple task – try and stay in your own lane at roundabouts please? See you next month!




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BRICKBATS Local Talent

It was very interesting to read the Style & The City section featured in last month’s issue of GLAM. Who knew Doha possessed an array of such talented designers, photographers, models and image consultants. It always makes a good read to learn about people working in this city; even though it is a small country, I think we have a blossoming fashion scene and it is going to get better and better! Lauren Carter

Star Stylist Hello GLAM, I really enjoyed reading about famous hair stylist, Rossano Ferretti. It must be such a tough job to cut celebrities hair but it seems like he does a really good job as they keep coming back for more! I’m so excited to experience the Ferretti way of styling and plan to venture to his new salon at the Ritz Carlton soon! Linda Moore

Power Platform In the mag last month you explored powerful women of the past and present. This was a really nice idea, and I know you did it for women’s day, but it would be nice to explore powerful men or teen stars. I also miss your supermodel section, so if would be great if you can start putting in more gossip on celebrities. Thanks! Reem AlSabeer

Modern Fitness I learnt about the Zumba classes available in Doha after reading GLAM, and I decided to experience it with some of my friends. Oh my, did we have fun; it was really invigorating and we were absolutely exhausted at the end of it. As summer is fast approaching it would b quite cool for you to highlight different fitness regimes as I’m sure all the gals want to achieve a toned bod. Lavanya Patel

Sparkle Sparkle I attended the recent Doha Jewellery and Watches Exhibition; it was truly a lavish event and I was looking forward to the coverage in the magazine. However, I was a little disappointed that I didn’t see more pictures of the public – I was photographed at the event and hoped to see my picture!! Not to worry, I have appeared in pictures in the magazine before; maybe I’m just being greedy!! Alice Fernandez

Drops of Compassion I really respect the initiative created by Giorgio Armani to raise money for children who don’t have access to drinking water. I purchased a bottle of perfume to contribute to the cause and hope that many others did too. There isn’t enough awareness for less developed countries in the world; I really hope your magazine and other media can keep highlighting campaigns of how more people can get involved to help the situation. Hayfa Douglas




Fashion Conscious Make sure you head to H&M stores on April 14 for the launch of its new ‘Conscious Collection’ – a hot spring collection made from sustainable fabrics. Sustainability is one of the fashion favourite brand’s number one priorities, and the new range for women, men and children, focuses on just that with clothes made from environmentally friendly materials such as organic cotton and recycled polyester. According to H&M Head of Design AnnSofie Johansson, “Shades of white are the season’s biggest fashion trend and it feels right for this collection. White creates romantic feeling with lace and Broderie Anglaise, but is also the basic colour in a sporty, relaxed style and in a preppy tailored look for men.”



Take note of April’s fashionable happenings to mark in your diary pronto Bonhams Dubai Auction Art enthusiasts are set to gather at the highly anticipated photograph & orientalist art sale this month. Top auctioneers, Bonhams, will be showcasing the rare offerings to the public on April 12 and holding the auction on April 13 at the One & Only Royal Mirage, Dubai. Some of the highlights include Barry Lategan’s photograph of Twiggy and Horst P. Horst’s Coco Chanel taken in Paris in 1937. The orientalist sale will feature masterpieces from famous European and American artists from the 19th and 20th Centuries. Make sure you take a sneak peak at a supreme creation by Etienne Dinet, titled “L’Arabe et son cheval,” which is expected to fetch between a whopping $ 150,000-250,000. For more info visit


Dancing Under Intercon’s Moonlight We’re going to be Dancing in the moonlight at the Intercontinental Hotel on April 14 for the Toploader & Akcent concert. Yes British sensation band, Toploader, will be gracing Doha’s shores to perform a gig with hit Romanian band, Akcent. Toploader topped the global charts with their sensational hit Dancing in the moonlight, however they broke up in 2003 but are back on track and set to release a new album Only Human in May. This event looks promising; be there!



The GLAM Gauge have collaborated hot Chariatble Cause Artists to raise money for victims of Japan’s tsunami with an album, Songs for Japan, featuring the likes of Lady Gaga and Eminem. The CD is downloadable from itunes for QR 36($9.99).

hot Party Time We love the pickup of the weather – beach parties at the Intercontinental are back with a bang. Hooray!

hot Middle East Inspiration Louis Vuitton SS 2011

The East is inspiring the West in terms of fashion and orientalism fashion is on fire.

Wedding Fever At GLAM, we’re in fifth gear of fashion brainstorming thinking about the array of celebrity weddings this year – most notably the impending nuptials of the royal wedding between Kate and Wills on April 29. Make sure to visit The Outnet ( on April 26, as it will be hosting a wedding sale extravaganza. Dresses and cocktail gowns from designers like Alberta Ferretti, Erdem, Notte, Vivienne Westwood Gold Label and Temperly London will soon be on sale with up to 70% off!

not Cut it out!

What’s up with drivers in Doha not being able to stay in one lane at roundabouts – did we mention road rage!

not Drop it!

Rumour is out that Lindsay Lohan wants to drop her last name; can you blame her? This time her dad is in deep as he was recently arrested for an alleged assault against his ex-fiance. Ouch!


Fading away

Shrinking celebrities – Leann Rimes, Megan Fox, Jennifer Hudson... what happened to the curves girls! 15



The Original GLAM Girl Dame Elizabeth Taylor Born February 27, 1932 Died March 23, 2011


Calm down now! What is it with celebrities and their tempers? Recently both John Galliano and Charlie Sheen lost their cool which resulted in their consequent termination... GLAM takes a look at some other high-profile celebrity controversies...

Naomi Campbell

Kim Kardashian

Russell Crowe

This leggy supermodel has been in the news for all the wrong reasons. In 2007, she allegedly hit her maid with a cell phone in a fit of rage. The year next, she was caught in a tussle with two police officers at London’s Heathrow Airport. In 2010, she gifted her driver with a ‘black eye’! Heard of anger management Naomi?

The reality TV star recently tried her hand in singing, but alas! She didn’t quite get her vocals right and stormed out of the recording studio. We don’t know if the song in question has been completed!

In 2005, Russell threw a telephone at a hotel clerk in New York. He was apparently annoyed at being unable to reach his wife in Australia. The poor clerk had to bear the brunt of the Gladiator’s anger as well as a small cut to his face!




Justin Bieber

John Galliano

Charlie Sheen

This kiddo sure rocks the music charts, but his childish tantrums gets the better of him. He was once spotted in an upmarket London restaurant sporting a painted moustache on his upper lip. In addition to this bizarre get-up, he purportedly flew his remote-controlled helicopter into onlookers’ heads. Ouch!

This haute couturier for Christian Dior recently made global headlines after publicly declaring his ‘love’ for Hitler. Of course in an inebriated state! He also hurled anti-Semitic insults to a couple at a trendy eatery in Paris. Guess his ‘love’ didn’t go down to well with the fashion house that fired him pronto.

Charlie’s glorious stint in the hit comedy Two and a half men came to an abrupt end when he called producer Chuck Lorre a ‘clown’ and ‘stupid, stupid, little man’. Moreover, his unprofessional conduct on the sets not only gave TV executives a tough time, but also a fairly good reason to oust him from the show. Charlie was earlier also charged for domestic violence against ex-wife Brooke Mueller. C’mon Charlie, be a man!

Chris Brown-Rihanna It all started with a text! The night before the Grammy Awards, Rihanna got in the car with ex-boyfriend Chris. Reading a message from another woman, the singer got into an argument with him. Minutes later, a bruised Rihanna emerged from the car and Chris was charged with felony. One can spot hints of the singer’s personal tragedy in Eminem’s hit single Love the way you lie feat. her! 21

shop talk

The event was inaugurated by (left to right) Sibylle Schon, CEO of Aigner, Ashraf Abu Issa, Blue Salon ChairmanCEO, Fawaz Idrisi, Blue Salon – Chief Executive Officer, Martin Zeil, The State Minister of Bavaria and Ruth Herkes, Ambassador of Germany.

Aigner at The Pearl Qatar

Stunning: A model showcasing a luxury leather wallet from the coveted Aigner collection

Doha has yet another brand on its luxury list with the opening of the new Aigner store at The Pearl Qatar. The ceremony was attended by many of Doha’s VIPs who were keen to grab a look at the coveted brand’s latest offerings, and specialized Aigner bag master, Christina Buettner was on hand to inaugurate the chic new boutique. A range of beautiful bags, wallets, belts and stylish clothing is available from the new store. The Spring/Summer 2011 collection is inspired by the idea of mother nature meeting technology; matt confronts gloss while tradition mixes with innovation. The color palette comprises a range of versatile and contrasting elements; while luxury new leathers have been used including soft crocodile, lizard and python.

Stylish Affair: Many of Doha’s VIPs rubbed shoulders at the suave event 22

Mastermind: Sibylle Schon, CEO of Aigner, was present to inaugurate the store.


Get Carried Away The new Made to Order Service from luxury fashion giant, Ralph Lauren, is set to become a hit among Doha’s fash pack Ladies, you’re in for the ultimate treat with the new service from fashion favourite Ralph Lauren. The luxury brand has introduced a new Made to Order service allowing customers the capability of personalising their very own bag. The new concept allows customers to choose from a selection of styles, colours and textures and is guaranteed to be a hit, as it will encourage fashionistas to showcase their design skills. The process is simple; choose from the different styles available including Ricky, Tiffin, Traveler and the Bedford bag. Once you’ve selected the style, choose from 21 various alligator styles; you can even choose the lining colour from six options and also have block initials engraved on to the removable plaque from two different fonts! Once you’ve chosen the design, the Ralph Lauren design whizz kids will work their magic and have the bag back to you in three months – the finished results are well worth the wait! The service is available in Doha and Dubai stores from April.

Ricky Bag Anne Hathaway carries a black version of the coveted Ricky bag



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Quality Craftsmanship: The Ralph Lauren masters will carefully craft the bag to perfection

Animal Instinct: Choose from 21 differnt alligator styles to personalise your bag

Luxury Leather: Choose the exterior and interior elements for a chic design



shop talk Wedding Wish List Oh what we would give to be on Kate Middleton and Prince William’s wedding guest list. At GLAM, we’ve gone into overdrive thinking about all the accessories we’d like to receive as gifts on our big day – Here’s to dreaming...

Tom Binns earrings from The Outnet

Mulberry Jewelled Lily clutch bag

Chopard Happy Diamonds ring

Piaget Limelight Garden Party Collection earrings

Chopard Happy Heart watch

Christian Dior intricate gold bracelet Perfect match: The countdown is on to Prince William and Kate Middleton’s lavish wedding on April 29th.

Swarovski Glamour necklace Versace white and beige sling bag in calf leather

Tag Heuer Formula 1 Lady Steel and Ceramic Chronograph 26

Versace beige peep toe shoes in patent leather



shop talk Travel Treat The best thing about this time of the year is the opportunity to jet set around the globe showcasing fabulous spring style. Every fashionista looks for a sturdy luggage companion and the revamp of Mulberry’s Scotchgrain Collection is just the trick to carry us through those long overdue voyages. The Jessie Clipper, Simple Clipper, Medium Clipper, Luggage Tag, Makeup Bag and Wash bag have all undergone a transformation and are now available in the colour du jour, Hot Pink. Hooray to Mulberry.

Spring into Fashion The new Bluegirl collection, available at Zai on the Salwa Road, is full of perfect summer pieces that have us all at GLAM dreaming of vacation. This spring is all about print; we especially love the periwinkle blue all in one featuring whacky leopard designs. And, we wouldn’t mind this cutesy mini dress with pearl detailing either!

Royal Inspiration

Travelling Through Time The Spring/Summer collection from luxurious brand, Escada, is inspired by the life of artist, activist, socialite and writer – Peter Beard. He documented his various travels from Montauk to Kenya which encouraged him to explore subjects like endangered elephants, supermodels and the Rolling Stones. A natural palette dominates the line with ocean blues, sepia browns and hot lava. The fabrics are carefully crafted to create a draping floating effect with safari details prominent throughout. Prints are a main focus point with animal motifs, batiks and the sea fusing into a quirky collage design.


The countdown is on to what is set to be the event of the year – the lavish wedding ceremony between Prince William and Kate Middleton on April 29. Pronovias is in on the excitement as it is preparing to deck out its premises for the impending nuptials, presenting an array of specially designed gowns at its boutique in London’s New Bond Street. Manuel Mota, Creative Director of Pronovias has designed three fantastic gowns inspired by bride-to-be Kate Middleton. “I loved the idea of thinking up and designing three dresses for future princess of England to wear. Each design embodies Kate Middleton’s elegance, sophistication and personality,” says Manuel Mota.



shop talk perry nice polish!

Pop sensation, Katy Perry, has linked up with nail polish masters, OPI, to create the glittering Katy Perry Collection. The four new offerings are inspired by Perry’s quirky style and her fresh album, Teenage dream. Perry is renowned for her daring fashion sense, and a revolutionary Shatter Black top coat accompanies the collection to create an edgy ground-breaking pattern when applied over dried nail

summer adventure It’s time to start investing in decent swimwear and GLAM loves the Sabana collection available at women’secret. It will do just the trick as it’s packed with fun pieces designed with an active summer in mind. A whole range of inviting swimwear and outerwear is on offer; made from quality material and inspired by summer backpack adventures. The inviting colour palette compromises dusky tones, olive greens with extra pizzazz of funky camouflage and leaf prints.

Essence of life As if the month couldn’t get any better... Karisma Cosmetics, one of our favourite must-stop beauty shops, has introduced, Essence, the hit teen makeup brand to its stores. To celebrate the launch, the Hyatt Plaza store celebrated in style, offering customers free samples. Essence is renowned for its colourful, chic and affordable range of products that prove to be a firm hit among girls between the ages of 14-25. Karisma, a concept masterminded by Abuissa Holding, also offers a fantastic array of designer cosmetics, fragrances and accessories at great prices.

Splash Drenches Fashion Crowd Dubai’s fashion set was drenched in the latest Splash fashions at the recent fashion show at Madinat Arena. The spectacular show lured around 3,000 attendees to mingle and consume the display where over 25 international models showcased the S/S 2011 delights on the ramp. The highstreet favourite introduced a new concept for its campaign this season as it took to the streets to explore Voyeurism in Fashion which set the path for the show’s inspiration. An array of inviting men and women collections inspired by popular trends enthralled the crowd including ‘Pretty Boho’, ‘Modernist Resort’, ‘Divinity’ and ‘Humble Classics’.




Photographer: Rob Altamirano


FASHIOn fashion


The Dream Zallascht Sadat, winner of Miss Deutschland 2010 and Miss Afghanistan Germany Beauty Pageant in 2008, talks to Orna Ballout about weathering tough times and her Doha dreams...


ost beauty pageant queens maintain a desire to heal the world. Through various charity events and tours of different countries, they seem to develop an inner will to help people in need. However, for 24-year-old Zallascht Sadat, winner of Miss Deutschland 2010 and Miss Afghanistan Germany Beauty Pageant in 2008, her natural flair for care has been nurtured by a cause closer to home. “Finding out that my nephew was born with Down’s Syndrome was difficult to deal with at first. I helped my sister raise him and actually think it is positive as it highlights just how precious health is and gives you an understanding and urge to help people that need it,” she reveals at our meeting. When Zallascht received an invitation from Qatar Foundation to visit Doha she jumped 33

at the chance as it is the first Islamic country she’s ever been to. “It is so different from Europe but I love it. The people here are so friendly and I’ve seen all the developments going on, like The Pearl-Qatar, which is really exciting; the future of Doha looks great.” Her long dark hair, mysterious brown eyes and inviting smile makes her the ideal beauty queen candidate. The exotic looks can be credited to her parents, who both hail from Afghanistan, but fled the war torn country to Germany when their daughter was just seven months old. “I’ve never been to Afghanistan, but have heard so much about it. My biggest wish is to help people there, especially children. I was very lucky to have a normal childhood growing up in Europe – I had good schooling and the opportunity to make a career for myself.” Usually girls don’t get the honour of representing two different countries in beauty contests, and to top it, win them both. But this is something Zallascht achieved with ease, yet she can’t determine which role she prefers. “Afghanistan is my roots, my culture, it is who I am. However, I was also the lucky one who got the opportunity to experience a beautiful childhood in Europe, so Germany is also very important to me.” With her Muslim background, perhaps it was inevitable that people would question her chosen career path. “It was mainly people in Germany who were puzzled at what I was doing because of my Muslim heritage. I was surprised at the response from people in Afghanistan; I received more than 200 letters of positive feedback and support – they seem proud which is really gratifying.” These days, it has become normal for parents to parade children as young as three in beauty competitions. This is an aspect of the contests that Zallascht disapproves of. “Children should enjoy their childhood. It is very precious, we don’t get it twice. I think once they’ve finished high school they are mature enough to make their own decisions.” Her interest in Qatar, personal experience and matters relating to her roots has inspired her to settle in Qatar and set up a charity here. “This country is so great because they really support the people, especially women. I would love to live here, and it is my ambition to create an annual fundraising event in Doha, a gala dinner or something similar to raise money for children in need. The first event will be for the children of Afghanistan, and from then on, children of the world.” Asides from her bustling modeling career, Zallascht juggles the profession of fashion designer with being student as she is currently preparing to write her thesis for her Master’s in Business Administration. In five years time she hopes to be happily married with children, although there is no lucky man in her life at the moment. “Inshallah maybe I’ll find someone in Doha.”




Fashion Fusion Orientalism is back in fashion as the Arab world influences style in the West says Taline Aynilian, Senior specialist from Bonhams the Auction House in London


A Stlye Icon: Qatar’s first lady, Sheikha Moza, in conversation with Carla Bruni. 36

re you looking at the fashion runways these days and thinking, “I’ve seen this before?” You’re not the only one. As the age-old adage goes, fashion mimics art and in this instance, all rules apply. Looking at Elie Saab or Armani’s couture lines of Garden of Allah and Maharajaesque pieces, it’s clear that Orientalism in back in fashion. Today Orientalism is very much a part of both eastern and western culture. In Paris fashion, these days the wind is also blowing from the East. Billowing burnooses, drifting djellabas and clinging kaftans are turning up in the top French couture and ready-to-wear collections. And while we see these pieces crop up in the west and we wear them feeling very a la mode, there is never any doubt as to the origins of these classic Arab-world shapes. Vive l’Orientalisme! Orientalism is defined as the western impression of the East. The Orientalists were the American and European artists who made their way to the Middle East or the MENASA region predominantly in the 19th Century to paint what they saw. Orientalists preserved vital details of architecture, wardrobe and artefact in luxuriant colour and form. At times theatrical, filled with a measure of the imagination, these pictures remain things of



The French love affair with Orientalist fashion is a long one, dating back at least 65 years to Paul Poiret’s 1002 Nights party in Paris in June 1911”

extreme beauty. The Orientalists were fascinated by the light in North Africa and the giant ocean of sand in the Sahara. They strived to relate the beauty and dignity of the tribesman, merchants and women in the markets. They were confronted by ornate Ottoman architecture and the unfamiliar religions of India. Their pursuit of the East’s essence has left us both with beautiful images of what the West imagined as the East, and with truthful renderings of sights, sounds and colours. Let’s face it though, Islamic art and culture has always dazzled and mystified Western travelers, even in the Middle Ages. Crusaders returned home with stories and beautiful objects that they had picked up along the way. The messages of the collected treasures were not immediately understood, but they were still very much cherished and gathered. This is how the collection of Eastern artifacts began. However, widespread interest in the genre began soon after Napoleon’s 1798 expedition into Egypt. It really started to boom some 40 years later, courtesy of burgeoning railway lines and the relaxation of the Ottoman Empire’s travel and trade restrictions. As a result, travellers brought back with them textiles, instruments, mosaics and other trinkets. What they couldn’t bring back with them, they wrote down in their journals and sketched with detail. Paris, in particular, as it has always been, a cosmopolitan metropolis, drew many of these artists and travelers. So it does not come as a surprise that the first couturier utilising Arab-inspired details, was in Paris. “The French love affair with Orientalist fashion is a long one, dating back at least 65 years to Paul Poiret’s 1002 Nights party in Paris in June 1911” Patricia McColl, former editor of Women’s Wear Daily, wrote in 1977. She goes on to say that Paul Poiret, the most famous fashion designer of his time, loved the lushness and rich colour mixes of fabrics from the Middle East. He was inspired by these fabrics, by Islamic miniatures he had seen in London’s Victoria and Albert Museum and by the exotica of the Ballet Russe’s Sheherazade – first performed in Paris in 1909. As a result, Paul decided to launch his version of Middle Eastern fashion. On the night of his party, Paul received his 300 guests sitting on a green and gold throne, magnificently clad in a fur-trimmed, gray quilted satin kaftan and a bejeweled turban, much like the one seen in Rudolf Ernst’s work painted in the early 1900s. Nearby, locked in a golden cage was the Sultan’s favourite – Paul’s wife Denise – dressed in a short hoop skirt and harem pantaloons, again similar to the woman’s in Amedeo Simonetti’s watercolor painted in the first decade of the 1900s. These two statements 37

Islamic art and culture has always dazzled and mystified Western travelers, even in the Middle Ages.

alone showed he was immersed in the art and culture of his time, imitating the interest in the Orientalist-inspired world he lived in. Two months after this fete, he presented his first couture collection starring the pantaloons. Travel and trade, throughout history, have always been facilitators of exchange and this is no different for the fashion world of the 20th Century. In particular, over the last decade, we have seen Orientalism resurface as a result of the oil boom in the Gulf. Westerners have become fascinated with the Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Mumbai, Beirut and Cairo. Each has developed its own gravitational pull in business and art, to which the West is drawn more strongly every year. Why do you think for example, Sex and the City 2 was set in Abu Dhabi? The West is still very much fascinated by the exoticism and allure of the unknown Middle East. It’s the year 2010 and Sarah Jessica Parker is still making references to magic carpets and the movie set is brought to life with belly dancers, niqabis and burqinis! Likewise, western artists are still creating Middle Eastern inspired art. Of course not for the exact same reasons that they created the works in the 19th Century, but they still maintain the same theme 38

which is that Westerners are still inspired by the East. It comes as no surprise then that fashion has moved in a parallel direction. While in 1911 Paul found his inspiration in a highly imaginative – even romanticised – interpretation of Arab women’s dress, many of today’s designers are inspired by their travels and experiences in those regions. For example Yves Saint Laurent, who is as influential as Paul was in his day, was born in Algeria although he split his time between Paris and Marrakech. Whether designing for his couture collection or his Rive Gauche pret-a-porter collection, he has always inserted Arabian flare into his lines. Some seasons, it has been as subtle as a soutache brain and ball-button trim. Other seasons, for example in 1976, his Rive Gauche collection was almost completely built around the classic kaftan. In March 2010, an exhibition of YSL’s creations showcased amongst other items, his first African collection (1967) and his Lalanne dresses that are abayas with head scarves, embellished with a bust and waist sculpture of galvanised copper (1969) and inspired by his favourite vacation spot in Morocco. Today we see the same trend repeating, if it ever stopped. Apart from YSL or Christian Dior, designer Marc Boham who fell under the spell of the Middle East when he spent his holidays aboard a boat on the Nile, we can see the Orientalist tradition in the most chic of designers. Collections are reflecting interests in all things Arabian – from jewellery, freely adapted from Egyptian art treasures, to fashion shapes. Armani’s turbaned head-gear and silk and silver-threaded patterns just ooze Orientalist admiration. And the list goes on...

Expert: Taline Aynilian is Bonhams Senior Specialist in Orientalism


Natalie Portman Brains, beauty, talent – some girls are fortunate enough to have it all. And Natalie Portman is one of the blessed ones. Following the John Galliano scandal where Portman expressed her disassociation with the disgraced star, GLAM explores her feelings and rise to fame. 40




atalie Portman is the perfect mix of brains and beauty, the quintessence of an academy award winning actress. Her productive acting career and envious looks encouraged Christian Dior to make her the campaign face of their fragrance Miss Cherie. The recent John Galliano escapade, where Galliano infamously hurled anti-Semitic abuse at a couple of females in a trendy eatery in Paris, while declaring his love for Hitler, caused Portman to issue a statement regarding the incident. “I am deeply shocked and disgusted,” she stated, “I will not be associated with Mr. Galliano in any way.” Portman and Galliano have been previously photographed together in happier times, but the scandal which embroiled Galliano shocked the celebrity world and eventually led to his termination from Dior. Aside from the Galliano turmoil; Portman has been rocking the headlines for a variety of positive reasons. Her paramount performance in hit movie, Black Swan, where she plays a crazed ballerina, Nina Sayers, desperate to


make it in the competitive world of classical ballet, resulted in an Oscar win and a Golden Globe; lucky girl! “I truly, sincerely wish the prize tonight was to work with my fellow nominees. I am in such awe of you,” Portman revealed winning her Oscar. Her win was well-deserved as her powerful performance saw her spending one whole year training in intense ballet sessions lasting between five to eight hours a day! She told people magazine, “It was an amazing experience but definitely a difficult one!” Not only did the film encourage an Oscar; it inspired both fashion and fitnessthe catwalks of late have been packed with tutu wearing models, while ballet schools in London have been inundated with new member requests; now that’s powerful inspiration! Portman was born in Jerusalem, in 1981, and lived there before her family re-located to America when she was three years old. They lived in Washington for four years, two years in Connecticut before eventually settling in Long Island. She first claimed global attention with her fabulous acting skills in the hit movie, Lyon; not many children can portray the role of an orphan who develops a close relationship with

a hitman with such command. She had stints in other less know films, but gained worldwide recognition again in 1999 with her role as Queen Amidala in Star Wars. It didn’t stop there for the beauty, she powered on making her mark in the acting realm while at the same time educating herself with a degree in Psychology from Harvard; she is also fluent in Hebrew, English and French - brainy beauty! Her next huge role came with her rendition in the film Closer; her performance encouraged a Golden Globe win for her role alongside co-stars Julia Roberts, Clive Owens and hot stuff, Jude Law. Portman shares a close relationship with her parents; her father is a fertility doctor while her mum is an American artist. She also manages an unassumingly good friendship with Britney Spears; the pair have been friends since childhood and even hosted a New Year’s bash together at the Hudson Hotel, New York, in 2002. Apart from her fruitful acting career, and brains to burn, Portman is looking forward to motherhood as she is expecting her first baby with fiance Benjamin Millepied; her choreographer she met on set filming Black Swan – cute!

Her win was well deserved as her powerful performance saw her spending one year training in intense ballet sessions lasting between five to eight hours a day!





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The city of Doha will soon see a spate of young upcoming fashion designers, thanks to the Fashion Department at the Virginia Commonwealth University, Qatar. We spoke to the graduating class of 2011 and got to know a bit about their final design collections and future plans. By Sonali raman




Budding talent A group photograph of the budding designers from Virginia Commonwealth University who are preparing to hit Doha’s fashion scene. (From left to right) Modawi Al-Ansari, Esra Sharab, Ahmed El Sayed, Carla Mallari (back), Vanja Smitran, Dana Riad, Reem Al-Hajri (back), Khaltham Daham Al-Kuwari, Bekita Ahmed, and Hissa Zainal.

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This young Qatari mother/ senior student describes herself: “I can’t call myself a fashion designer because I’m more in it for the sales and marketing side of things – for retail and merchandising.” DESCRIBE YOUR COLLECTION AND STYLE? I’m not very much into casual-wear and my senior collection is more about evening gowns, wedding gowns...most of my fabrics are laces. It’s for a specific category of girls between 20-35, very fitted and figure flattering (not revealing), for curvy and conservative women. Most of what I’ve been working with is very similar in style – long sleeves, high neck, even if the neckline is low there would be lace on top and not expose skin. YOUR PLANS FOR THE FUTURE? I’m a new mother – I have no idea what would be next because he’s only 3 months old! I already work with Qatar Foundation and it depends on what would be available that would interest me. Of course, I would personally prefer to be a stay-at-home mom for now. 51

Dana Riad This Palestinian double major student was born in Doha and has lived here all her life. Although she has finished her major in Interiors last year and is currently finishing her Fashion major, she is more drawn towards fashion. TELL ME ABOUT YOUR STYLE AND COLLECTION? I like to design both ‘Ready-to-Wear’ and Haute Couture gowns, explore different areas in fashion. My aesthetic is basically feminine mixed with a ‘grungy’ rock feel. Suspenders inspire my collection and I am taking it away from casual wear and mixing it with haute couture pieces, nightgowns and dresses. The colour story is Royal Blue, mixed with Champagne and the edginess of Black. I like to work with tulle (although everyone will tell you the same), chiffons and organza. The collection has a lot of tulle skirts...volume... embroidery, sequins – I have embroidered 3D elements on some of the pieces. FUTURE PLANS? I must say I ‘m going toward fashion and I want to gain as much experience and knowledge as I can from people in the industry. Hopefully in the future I will have my own label, but I don’t think I will be in Doha, as they don’t really look for new designers here. It’s always about the high-end labels. My first stop around the world is going to be Dubai. I have been there for my internship and saw a lot of new designers coming up and there is the Dubai Fashion Week... I hope to attend the Paris and London Fashion Weeks – every designer’s dream!

Bekita Ahmed This 25-year-old young lady has a Namibian father and Qatari mother, and has lived in Doha and Namibia. TELL ME ABOUT YOUR COLLECTION? It’s subtle, elegant, feminine – very wearable. My favourite colours are beige and peach, so I have a lot of them in my collection. I love yellow and have never worked with it before. In this collection, I have used yellow in the interior of some of my pieces. The idea came from playing around with watercolours when I was illustrating my designs. I am designing something that I would actually wear and feel comfortable in. I call

Khaltham Daham Al Kuwari This Qatari fashion senior is doing art history as a minor subject and it looks like she leans more towards art than fashion! TELL ME ABOUT YOUR COLLECTION? Each year my style changes – years ago I liked bold colours like red, purple, yellow but this year my style has evolved as I have grown. It’s become more classic and conservative. My senior collection is based on HH Sheikha Mozah – I am making her wardrobe for her diplomatic visit to the Asian countries. For example if she is going to India – she is not going to be wearing a sari – but she would wear something that has an element of a sari in it, the fabric of a sari made into a dress perhaps. I have noticed that the silhouette she usually wears is very tailored, a lot of 3/4 sleeves, conservative, not showing too much skin, not too fitted or too tight, based on our Islamic tradition. At the same time, it will be trendy and chic. FUTURE PLANS AFTER YOU GRADUATE? I was thinking of pursuing my masters in Art History and as for Fashion – I am interested in it, but my priority is to do my masters and then I will see what I want to do. I want to work in the Modern Art Museum (Mathaf) or the Museum of Islamic Art... if I could combine fashion and art – I would love to do fashion in my free time while I work with art. 52



Hissa Zainal This young Qatari is a fashion senior and in her final semester seems to be discovering a new side to herself through her collection. TELL ME ABOUT YOUR COLLECTION? For the past two years – for my sophomore and junior collection – I was always thinking of something classic, simple and wearable. This year, I thought of doing something funky and colourful with volume at the same time wearable. For the last semester I did a collection of four pieces called ‘Wonderland’, and I decided to use them in the senior collection and I call it ‘The Show’. Its basically inspired by the circus. I am using stripes, polka dots and blocks of colour to break the patterns – this is something I have never done before. It’s the first time I am doing a colourful collection. I love black and white – so in this collection I combined the black and white patterns with blocks of colour. FUTURE PLANS? I would love to work as a fashion designer, but at first I would like to get some experience in styling. I want to get trained in styling first and then start with a small collection of my own and hopefully have my own store one day. my collection ‘My Treasure Box’. Most of the silhouettes have pleats, gathers and are very loose. I am working on an abaya and will do another one. If you look around – I don’t think anyone else is making Abayas. I think I first need to understand what I wear before I create other kind of clothes. Although I know how to construct other garments – as a half Arab, half Namibian I need to figure out how to deal with the clothes I wear here in the gulf. FUTURE PLANS? It’s my dream to have my own store that will have my designs and other young designers. But I have a long way to go before I approach that goal and I need to learn a lot. During my internship in Turkey with Sedef Calarkaf, I got to learn about the business side of fashion and I think it’s very important for a successful designer to understand this part. I need to find a good job that will teach me this side of the industry before I start achieving my goals.

Esra Sharab This young Palestinian-New Zealander was born in Doha, raised in Auckland and has been back in Doha the last six years. Her collection is inspired by the geometric prints of Turkish Kilims. DESCRIBE YOUR COLLECTION AND STYLE? I did my internship in Istanbul with Sedef Calarkaf, Bekita and I were there together and we spent a lot of time in the Grand Bazaar and our landlord was a kilim /carpet maker. I was walking in the Bazaar and saw these really beautiful carved wooden blocks and I have done a similar pattern placement for the garments. They have a simple silhouette, complementing the body, and reflects my take on placing prints in different parts of the garment. FUTURE PLANS? I have a lot of plans! I would love to work as a seamstress at the Qatar Luxury Group. I would like to be involved in the Dubai Fashion Week and don’t mind writing for magazines, doing editorial work, photo shoots. Hopefully in about 5 -10 years time, I would have had enough experience and would have learnt from the industry and I can have my own store where ‘Esra Sharab’ will be known in the Middle East! 53

Reem Al-Hajri This Bahraini double major student, majoring in fashion and graphic design is excited about the fashion show coming up, her passion, curiosity and ambition will take her far. DESCRIBE YOUR COLLECTION AND STYLE? I like details, even though I have been advised against it. Since I am a double major student with not much time, I am told to keep it simple. I don’t want to loose my style and want to keep the same aesthetic but make it more practical to construct. My collection is called ‘Walk on Water’. It’s defiant, rebellious with edge and

Selina Farooqui She is a 23-year-old Indian, fashion senior at VCUQ, who has lived in Qatar for eight years. Always having been creative, her love for fashion started with art and drawing and she expresses herself through fashion design now. DESCRIBE YOUR COLLECTION AND STYLE? My design aesthetic is feminine, luxurious yet wearable, rich in details and textures. I love designing separates like jackets, blouses, skirts, etc, that women can mix and match, dress up or dress down according to their own personal style. My upcoming collection is inspired by the transformation of Winter to Spring. The colours start off in the pastels range and as the collection continues, the shades get deeper and richer, like flowers coming into bloom. FUTURE PLANS? I started my own fashion label, ‘Selina Farooqui’, last year. I will have a new collection selling at Cugini at the Pearl, Doha, this Fall. So after graduation, I will dive straight into producing that collection, which will be inspired by what you will see in the VCUQ Fashion Show. I would also love to start developing a website for my label, and exploring options for expanding to other parts of the Middle East.

Ahmed El Sayed Quite different from fellow blogger Carla, this young Egyptian designer, born and raised in Doha used to be a management student who transferred to Graphic Design and finally found his calling in Fashion. He talks about how he feared fashion, not really knowing what it was about and finally taking the courage to be part of the industry. He says he was lucky to get into VCUQ. DESCRIBE YOUR COLLECTION AND STYLE? I took up this course to basically learn about styling, branding and merchandising. As the years have gone by, I have fallen in love with designing. As this is my graduating collection, I want to pay homage to this region, the desert and am calling it ‘The Nomads’ – modern age tribes returning back home from the luxuries of Europe. There are a lot of harem pants, fur, jewels, for men the pants have high-waisted belts and long cardigans. FUTURE PLANS? Do a little self-discovery and test myself as someone who wants to be in the fashion industry. Do some freelance work in fashion magazines and see where I stand. I can see myself more in PR and marketing. 54

GLAM looks utilitarian, but actually it isn’t. My muse is a warrior of life – the kind of person who faces challenges and obstacles and I have tried to incorporate that struggle into the collection. The physical inspiration is the sea, which is calm sometimes, and raging at other times. I am using blue and gradients of cream, to resemble the sea.


FUTURE PLANS? I am considering working as a graphic designer by day and a fashion designer by night – a kind of double life! I have found in fashion a passion I can’t ignore. I hope to stay here, as the fashion industry here is just growing with so much opportunity. I would love to go back home, but I have a network of people and my school is here, so I feel a part of something already.

Vanja Smitran This Bosnian-born young man is an exchange student from the mother campus in Richmond, Virginia and grew up in the USA. He has come over for his final semester. DESCRIBE YOUR COLLECTION AND STYLE? My style is very simple and I like to design women’s wear and to make them feel beautiful. My collection is inspired by the Edwardian era and street-style contemporary. I am inspired by the period movie ‘Picnic at Hanging Rock’ set in the Edwardian era in Australia. I am dyeing silk to make it look like the skies (shows me a silk swatch that looks like lovely blue cloudy skies!). I am using a lot of lace and silk but am going to mix other patterns and some menswear fabrics. FUTURE PLANS? Oh – I need to pay off a lot of student loans and am willing to work anywhere really. I am definitely going to work in the fashion industry - preferably New York, maybe Los Angeles. I am going to have my store – be my own boss in the long term – that’s what I like to do. I like it here and would like to come back to work here given the chance.

Carla Mallari Originally from the Philippines, Carla has lived here all her life and considers Qatar as her home. Apart from being a senior, she also has her own street-style blog along with fellow student Ahmed El Sayed. TELL ME ABOUT YOUR STYLE AND COLLECTION? My style is quirky, I use a lot of unusual colours...I take my inspiration often from art. My collection is kind of wearable art. I have taken my paintings and laminated them onto the garments. I am using unconventional fabrics that I have made myself out of sack! I am using that as accents mainly. Unfortunately there aren’t too many designers here; otherwise I would be wearing their work. I really want to create wearable art. FUTURE PLANS? After I graduate I’ll definitely find a job to begin with – there are a lot of opportunities here, so why not make use of it. Afterwards – in a few years time I’ll head out to one of the fashion capitals – New York, Paris, London, and Milan – watch out! 55


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23-year-old Qatari, Maryam Al-Maadeed, studies Interior Design at vcu but finds her passion in fashion design. She opens up to Orna Ballout about her new range of edgy t-shirts and future plans. 56



ou’re studying Interior Design so why fashion? I’ve always been interested in fashion and I’m so keen to learn everything about it. I seem to get inspired by everything around me; everyday is like a new journey that’s full of ideas for creation. It is really exciting and I’m planning to venture to London to study fashion soon. Are you designing t-shirts exclusively or will you create other garments? At the moment I’m concentrating on t-shirts, but I hope to expand and create blazers and blouses too. I am also considering designing clothes for children. I’m actually currently working on my Spring/Summer line inspired by Disney that will be for both adults and children.

Are you selling your line in a boutique? Not at the moment, I do plan to open my own boutique one day though. At the moment I’m taking most of my orders through my Tumblr page, The t-shirts prove quite popular as they are reasonably priced and make a great present too!


Photographer: Nasser Aljouf Model: Nadine

Where do you gather most of your ideas? I find inspiration from everything around magazines, Sex and the City – Carrie Bradshaw is my ultimate style icon. What’s your view on Qatar’s fashion scene; what can you bring to it? Most of the women here know a great deal about fashion, and there is a lot of variety and uniqueness in the way people dress. My designs fuse edginess with modernity which is perfect for Qatari and expat women living in Doha. What designers do you admire? Several of the designers that influenced me include: John Galliano with his edgy, unique style, Alexander Mcqueen, Diane Von Furstenberg, Peter Som, Marc Jacobs and Phillip Lim to name a few. How would you describe your own personal style? My personal style is effortless. I like to combine classy with casual. I always make sure to have my own touch on everything I wear and this reflects on my designs as well – simple but elegant, always with an appreciation of the beauty around us. 57

Spanish Sensation Famous fashion designer, Carlos Silveira, from Spain, will soon be gracing Doha’s shores to host a whimsical event showcasing

his talent. He opens up to Orna Ballout about his inspiration and the methodology behind his award winning designs.



What lures you to the art of fashion? I inherited my fashion flair from my family. My father, in his younger years, was a men’s tailor and my grandmother was a fashion enthusiast. I, too, found my forte expressing myself through fashion design.

personalised high fashion dresses. For the first, pret a porter, I’ve previously explored femininity and women’s intelligence. Once I know my inspiration, I translate it into textiles, shapes, volumes. Music is very important to me, I cannot create without it – I gather many ideas from specific melodies and rhythms. The second focus is personalised high fashion; I gather inspiration from the ladies who visit my atelier. I need to know how my client thinks, what she needs to express, how she wants to look... With all this data plus a morphologic study I create a small collection of designs from which she can choose that which reflect her emotions. With all this information I go back to my atelier which is more like my “textile lab”; I select high quality textiles, textures, and stunning embroidery and work for many hours, playing music in a great ambience to make many women’s dreams come true!

What inspires you? My previous collections were inspired by my feelings, fantasies, tears and dreams. A good book can inspire me, a song, a trip, a character ... or a woman. I believe inspiration is not the most important thing, but what you do with it – how you use your inspiration to create. What differentiates every designer is the ability to translate inspiration into shapes, colours and textures in order for the general audience to recognise it and see it reflected in their clothing. Tell us about your work... There are two different aspects to my work – creating catwalk collections and working on


Fashion flair: Spanish designer Carlos Silveira

You’ll soon be holding a fancy event at the W Hotel; why Doha? Qatar has become an avant garde country striking the perfect balance between modernity and tradition. My curiosity, love of travel and eagerness to learn about different countries, history, culture and customs has enticed me. It will be my first time in Doha and I will travel with an empty “soul” ready to enrich myself with different feelings and sensations. What problems do you think the fashion industry is facing? The last decade has seen the rise of “fashion democratisation” where many brands offer cheap clothing to the public. This is good in a way as it makes design more accessible, but sometimes I think we need to go back to old school ways - designers need to get back the essence of art, modernise and renew it. They need to provide fashion with soul which is sometimes a challenge.

Venture to the W Hotel on June 18 at 5.30 p.m. to witness a fantastic fashion Spanish cocktail party. The event, masterminded by Aida Masdeu from Ladies & The City, will be a brilliant opportunity to interact and socialise in a relaxed, fun ambience, learning tricks about fashion while trying out tasty tapas! Carlos Silveira will be present to show his collection and explain the inspiration, materials and textures. There will also be ‘speed styling sessions’ where attendees will learn how to exploit style. For more information, contact

What has been your career highlight? During Madrid Fashion Week, I received the best designer and best collection awards – as well as the award of excellence and best designer in the country. I look forward to developing a professional international brand and creating a runway with soul. 59

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Clever, cuddly and cute...pooches rule celebrities’ lives and are often spotted looking just as glamorous as their owners. Amel Osman shares her own experience of finding the perfect pup, Tucker, and gives the lowdown of owning a dog in Doha. 60


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was never much of an animal lover growing up. There are countless pictures in family albums of me as a little girl during day trips to London Zoo with my tear stained face twisted in horror as I grasp my parents’ hands. When I phoned my mom to announce that I was getting a puppy she was shocked and reminded me of the time I ran out of the house when she came home with a kitten on my 16th birthday. Two weeks after moving to Doha, I met Benjy, the three year old maltese-yorkie mix that belonged to the nail technician I would visit weekly. He was the most obedient, cuddly bundle of white fur I had ever met and when he showed me his array of exciting tricks I fell in love with him and that was it, I was going to get a dog and nothing was going to stand in my way. For weeks I scoured websites, classifieds and shelters for a Yorkshire terrier, as this was the only dog I felt suited my busy lifestyle, susceptibility to allergies and small apartment. My efforts were in vain, as it seemed this type of dog just was not available in Qatar. Enter Europuppy. I spoke to Eddie at Europuppy and discussed my requirements. He sent me many pictures of gorgeous pups that could be with me in just a few weeks. Patient and understanding he did not once rush my decision. It was especially nice to see pictures of the puppy’s sire and dam as it gives you a clear idea of what your puppy will look like in a few weeks as the tiniest of puppies can grow into the largest of dogs very quickly. A quick browse on qatar.europuppy. com offers a wealth of information on different breeds and temperaments and the excellent recommendations by all their customers really took out all the stress, worry and doubt of purchasing a pooch online. My decision to invite Tucker into my life was an impulsive one, and the biggest commitment I have made to date. I was responsible for an

Gossip Girl star, Blake Lively, enjoying a coffee break with her teddy bearesque pup

Never one for doing things low key, Paris Hilton and her entourage of four pups!

Ozzy model, Miranda Kerr, and her Yorkshire terrier – both glowing

animal that relied on me for everything from his daily meals to his hygiene and wellbeing. I have always been very absent minded, impulsive and disorganised. Since Tucker entered my life I am much calmer, responsible and grounded.

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Check out Britney Spears mini me, don’t you love the matching collar and earrings!

local celebrity and would be missed by all if we moved. Another option is to contact Dogs in Doha. Birgit Marquerithe and her team work tirelessly to rescue and re-home dogs as I recently witnessed at one of their open adoption days. This is a fantastic opportunity for people to come and have a look at rescued, abandoned or simply new born puppies looking for a loving home. It is not the dog’s age, breed or even look that captivates a new owner, but it is the chemistry felt between the two that determines the match so it is really worth going to an open day and seeing who you click with! For dogs currently up for adoption and upcoming event log onto www.dogsindoha. Time If you work long hours you should consider dogs that are happy to be left on their own, are easily housetrained, and do not require much exercise such as Pomeranians or Shitzus. Some dogs require extensive daily grooming and if you are unable to maintain this you should consider a low maintenance breed. Also remember that if you are to housebreak a puppy this could take weeks, if not months so patience and mops need to be at the ready. If you are working you will need to take a few days of work initially to help your puppy settle into their new environment as they cannot be left alone for the first few days. Cost Purchasing a dog is not a one off expense. Vet bills can be very costly so you must budget for 62

Wow, Rihanna’s little cutey looks incredibly like a stuffed toy!

unexpected bills that could run into thousands of riyals. The cost of regular grooming sessions start at QR150 and Stephanie at Jazi Pets offers personalised grooming services to keep your little darlings looking their best. You can contact Stephanie on 55030523. Jazi pets also offers a boarding facility with the daily charge including pet food and a bath on the day you collect your pet. There is nothing better than cuddling your clean and fluffy pup after weeks apart. If you travel a lot as many Qatar residents do, remember that if there is no one to take care of your pet while you are away, you will have to book a kennel months in advance especially during busy times such as Eid, Ramadan, or school holidays.

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Health (both yours and your pet’s!) Having suffered allergies for many years, I had to consider carefully and research extensively before choosing a dog. A Yorkshire terrier was perfect for me as they are one of only a few hypoallergenic dogs that do not shed any hair. Tucker and I can cuddle comfortably without fear of me erupting in hives and having my clothes covered in fur! Anyone who walks the streets of Doha will notice that a dog being walked is not a familiar sight. There are of course plenty of dog owners here, you only have to visit a local dog event to see the large number of people with dogs varying from the tiniest of toys to the greatest of Danes. It is very important that while you are out walking your dog that you respect local customs and traditions. As anywhere else in the world, you must pick up any mess your dog makes, tie it securely into a plastic bag, and place it in a bin. Avoid walking dogs in picnic areas and keep your dog on a tight leash, as there are often people on the roads onto their way to the daily prayers and a dog touching them or their clothes would mean they would be unclean and unable to attend. Commitment Owning a dog is a lifelong commitment with endless rewards that you reap every day. Whether you come home to kisses or a destroyed pair of Louboutins depends on the time you have invested in training your puppy as well as choosing the right breed for you, so make sure you do your research and you will have a long and happy life with your pet.





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This eye shadow enables you to create romantic, enchanting smoky eyes for a seductive yet innocent style. GLAM Says: Smokey and Seductive!

10 Brush With Fashion from The Body Shop This is perfect for people on the move; the collaboration with the London College of Fashion is portable and can be used anytime, anyplace. GLAM says: Make up artistry made easy!

11 Chanel lipstick 01

Pucker up to perfection with this chic shade of lipstick from Parisian favourite Chanel. GLAM says: Get lushes lips!

12 Face Luminizer Gel from Make Up For Ever

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Always wondering how to achieve a Hollywood glow? This silky gel is the answer to your dilemma!Available in eight shades, it gives the face a natural glow and even works well mixed with foundation! GLAM says: Get glowing!






hot pants, sunnies and tents at the ready as we prepare to camp it up at this year’s hottest gatherings; Orna Ballout explores some popular festival options around the globe...


Where: O’Higgins Park, Santiago, Chile When: April 2-3 For the first time ever, this popular Chicagobased festival will grace the bustling city of Santiago. For a couple of days, O’Higgins Park will be transformed into a cool hangout for music fans. Unfortunately, there are no camping facilities; however there are plenty of hotels in the surrounding areas to accommodate your needs. An incredible fusion of rock, indie, electronic and hip hop offerings will delight attendees. Headliners include The Killers, 30 seconds to Mars, Armin Van Buuren, Cypress Hill and more. 66




Where: Punchetstown Racecourse, Kildare, Ireland When: July 7-10 Despite it being summer time, the weather in Ireland is so unpredictable that it’s advised you bring protective gear to defend yourself from the muck infested grounds which have become this festival’s main feature. However, Ireland’s biggest gathering, aptly called Oxegen – is something you really need to experience, and many eager beavers will be attending to watch popular acts like Paulo Nutini, Black Eyed Peas, Foo Fighters and Blink 182. A fun fairground is always on hand as is a cool, chill out 3D cinema.

Fuji Rock Festival

Where: Naeba Ski Resort, Japan When: July 29-31 The picturesque location, high up in the mountains of this Japanese resort, adds a unique touch to the laid back ambience. Over 100,000 attend and the seven large stages ensure that people with different music tastes will be entertained. With over 200 artists playing from UK, US and Japan, it is a three-day fun-fulfilled occasion. Awesome acts Coldplay, Arctic Monkeys and Incubus will be on hand to spice it up and don’t miss taking a trip on the world’s longest gondola lift to view the breathtaing beauty of the surroundings. 67

Don’t forget... Dance: You’re at a festival so act like it; dance like crazy, exercising will help get rid of your hangover by helping the body rid itself of toxins. Cold showers: Make use of the freezing showers on site; they get your circulation going and jumpstart your lymph nodes, which filter out toxins.


Where: Empire Polo Grounds, Indio, California When: April 15-17 This festival is increasingly growing in popularity and has cemented its reputation as the place to ‘be seen’ in America. With acts like Kings of Leon, Mumford & Sons, The Strokes and Kanye West, it’s comprehendible as to why crowds flock the desert climate of Indio. The style is generally indie/rock; however, cool dance acts encourage a mixed audience. Copious celebrities attended the event last year to mingle with the crowd. Be there for your chance too!


Where: Pilton Farm, Somerset, England When:June 22 -26 Attending this festival should be in your top 10 list of musts! Tickets sell as quickly as hot cross buns, and as expected, are already gone for this year but should become available in mid April. Pilton Farm in Somerset, England, will be transformed into a musical hub where big stars will grace the many stages, enticing die-hard fans to rough it up in the fields for a peak at their favourite acts. Highlights include U2, Beyonce, Coldplay and The Chemical Brothers. 68

Burnt BBQ: Bring a travel BBQ and don’t fret about burning your dinner. Burnt food will give you a boost of carbon which actually mops up impurities in the stomach.



127 hours



Genre: Drama/Adventure

Genre: Family/Animation

Genre: Drama/Suspense

Based on a true story of mountain climber Aron Ralston, the movie portrays his remarkable meet with destiny. Aron is an extreme sport enthusiast who loves living life on the edge. During an adventure trip in Utah, a huge stone falls on his arm trapping him in an isolated canyon for five days. However these five days prove to be the most significant days of his life when he discovers his inner strength and courage. Ultimately, he resorts to the extreme measures in a desperate attempt to free himself. James Franco plays an impressive performance of the character Aron.

The protagonist Rango, voiced by Johnny Depp, is a pet chameleon who gets lost in a town called Dirt and then decides to start his life all over again. Scared of the new place, he tries to mingle with people and soon becomes their favourite. Soon the town-mates put him in a high political place only to find out that Rango is not what he claims to be. A bunch of lively characters make this animated venture a treat to watch.

Based on the novel Dark Fields by Alan Glynn, the movie is about an unsuccessful writer who lays hands on a top pharmaceutical drug that can enhance one’s intelligence. Soon he climbs the ladder of financial and social success. But the drug has lethal side-effects, including a ‘tripswitching’ phenomenon in which time moves with a stopmotion quality. A game of cat and mouse begins when certain mysterious antagonists start chasing the writer.


GLAM Party Rocks at The Pearl





It may have been the last party of the season, but that didn’t stop the awesomeness and fun had by all attendees at the BeGLAM night at Marriot Hotel’s Pearl Lounge. The event was jamming with Doha’s fash pack and VIPs who gathered to mingle in the club’s suave surroundings. Guests were entertained by the funky rhythms created by Resident DJ, Joe Mitri, while enjoying an array of tasty cocktails. Thanks to our beauty partner, Faces, the first 100 ladies to enter received goody bags full of treats including a scarf from Calvin Klein, a Bourjois bag holder, lots of vouchers and much more. Two lucky best dressed ladies won vouchers to pamper themselves at GLOW American Salon. Thanks to all our partners who ensured the part was a great success; especially to Virgin Megastore (promotional partner), (creative partner), Digitek (photography partner), GLOW American Salon (salon partner), Trinity Talent Qatar (hostess provider), Faces (beauty partner) and Red Bull (official beverage).



Cocktail Nando’s sets fashion design students a fun challenge to launch their new collection of ‘Designer Drinks’ Just when you thought food outlet, Nando’s, couldn’t get any cooler, the hip eatery delights the fash pack with their new range of ‘Designer Drinks’. For the launch of the tasty new offerings, Nando’s set the junior fashion design students from Virginia Commonwealth University a challenge to design an outfit inspired by the drinks. Four students stepped up to the task: Elizabeth Ju, Marion Sanguesa, Mona Al-Ansari and Sara Al-Thani; all producing suitably show-stopping outfits to complement the new cocktails. This refreshing design project doesn’t stop here as Nando’s is currently masterminding ways to propel it to the next level.

Outfit inspired by “Refresh Mint” from Marion Sanguesa

Outfit inspired by “Citra” from Mona Al-Ansari 72


chic cuisine

Fusion of fashion and food Nando’s collaboration with art started many years ago when the brand’s outlets across the world started displaying local artwork to create a cool art-gallery restaurant ambience. The idea of using local talent is to personalise and adapt to the country of the restaurant. Nando’s believes that not every branch should look the same, and wants to highlight to customers that its ambition to adapt to a country’s customs, cultures and showcase talented designers. Check out the funky sketches created by the students and the new drinks that inspired them...

Outfit inspired by “Citrus Bliss” from Sara Al-Thani

Outfit inspired by “Iced Chocoespresso” from Marion Sanguesa

Outfit inspired by “Cinnacino Cool” from Mona Al-Ansari Outfit inspired by “Coconut Crush” from Elizabeth Ju


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The International Wedding Exhibition & Fashion Show woos Doha



oha’s female population is predictably in fifth gear of wedding fever and waiting for prince charming to pop the question after the recent edition of IWED – a dazzling four-day wedding exhibition showcasing coveted fashion from the east and the west. The event held at the Doha Exhibition Centre, organised by Qatar Expo, proved to be a popular hit, with a turnout of an estimated 22,000 visitors. Saudi superstar Waed and Qatari businesswoman Mona Al-Sulaiti, set the excitement launching the event where more than 100 exhibitors were on hand to woo the crowds with their creativity. Highlights included famed wedding designer Vera Wang and popular Dubai designer Walid Atallah. Many of Doha’s fashionistas and VIPs were spotted consuming the array of stalls featuring mesmerising gowns, accessories, makeup, events management, catering ideas; while also enjoying the entertainment of traditional dancing and inspiring fashion shows.


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Pop power: Waed showcasing her chic designs at IWED Saudi Superstar Talented, ambitious, and friendly are some words to best describe the personality of Saudi Arabian superstar Waed. When GLAM met her during the IWED exhibition, she was enthusiastically showing attendees highlights from her fabulous fashion collection. “Everybody has always complemented my style sense throughout my singing career, so I thought why not create my own line.” The enticing range of glitzy evening dresses is created for ladies who have an appetite for style. “My collection is classy and comfortable, featuring beautiful long and short dresses for glamorous ladies between the age of 25 and 40.” Mid interview, a mannequin showcasing one of Waed’s creations is suspect to a wee accident; a clumsy girl knocks it over – resulting in a loud

bang and a beautiful dress sprawled across the floor! Despite the drama, Waed maintains her cool and tells the worried girl not to worry. Now that’s star patience! Much of Waed’s design inspiration is gathered from the likes of Jean Paul Gaultier, Valentino and controversial designer John Galliano. When Waed is quizzed about her view of Galliano’s termination from Dior, she reveals: “He’s crazy but I still like him.” Waed is currently living in Beirut, the fashion hub of the Middle-East, concentrating on her successful singing career while also focusing on her foray into the fashion realm. She currently runs a small fashion boutique in Beirut but plans to expand throughout the region soon, “It is my dream to open one in Doha, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia.”

GLAM magazine’s: Orna Ballout with pop sensation and fashion designer Waed 76


iwed special

Design Dreams Walid Atallah’s fashion show was one of the most anticipated events of the exhibition and lured a massive crowd to drool over the latest designs. Enjoy our picture highlights...


Matthew Williamson SS 2011 Available at Salam Stores



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Matthew Williamson SS 2011 Available at Salam Stores


Matthew Williamson SS 2011 Available at Salam Stores



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Matthew Williamson SS 2011 Available at Salam Stores


heaven sent



What the stars foretell...

Leona Lewis April 3 1985




When you are working in a group dynamic, experiment with holding back. Let other people work it out – they can handle things, and you could use a break from the rat race. Your influence is important, but people need to notice your absence. If you closely observe the group interaction and reflect on its inner workings, you will make quite a few connections that will explain some frustrating mysteries.

You know exactly what you want but don’t let that blind you to what others want. Remember that this month when you’re out socialising with close friends. Be careful with your investments, emotional and otherwise. In this case, you might really want to do some investigation. Once you’ve felt out the situation, go for it! The rewards might just surprise you.

Jupiter, your lucky planetary ruler enters your work sector this month bringing some brilliant new opportunities for you to make money and build something lasting and meaningful. The more beauty in your world the better, and with Jupiter entering Taurus, you’ll have more than enough aesthetic influence to keep you grounded and inspired. Count your lucky blessings, Sag.


There is some clutter in your life that must go. Don’t worry, you’ll have fun getting organised. Once you’ve cleared your mind (and soul), try something new. Routines can be wonderfully efficient and even comforting, but you are truly at your best when you’re experimenting to learn new things. So forget about everything else and do what you do best.

Venus will be in your sign for the first two days of the month. You will be concerned with finances and resources but have the desire to splurge on a luxury item or new outfit. Several planets in Pisces during the first half of the month will bring the desire to help others and get involved in community initiatives.



You are so full of fun on the 1st and 2nd that others might think you don’t have any room in your life for work. Not true! At least, not for an amazing multitasker like you. You can bring your fun self to work and let that super-fun self-help make everybody else a heck of a lot happier. How? By helping them have fun, of course. It’s no wonder everyone loves you, Libra. Make the most of it.

It’s prime time to get busy. Activities that require focus or creativity will be supported. Physical strength and energy will encourage you to do something active. If you’ve felt sluggish, tired, or a little under the weather, expect an end to that. Let the artist in you take over and consider creative projects that take strength, such as building something out of wood.



You’ve got so much going for you in nearly every life arena you won’t know where to focus first. You thrive under intensity, so your ridiculously busy life won’t be a problem. It’s just that Saturn bearing down in your sector of sleep, dreams and retreat will feel like an on-going thorn in your side should you neglect taking enough time out for yourself to re-balance and shut out the demands of the big bad world.

Don’t stop believing, Pisces! If you’ve been procrastinating on turning your visions into a goldmine, this is your time to bust a serious move and catch the amazing non-stop momentum of April. There’s no spacing out, hiding home or escaping from reality. Things are just too good to miss!

It’s a simple truth: If you balk at an obstacle, it probably means you don’t really want whatever it is that’s on the other side. Think about that when you encounter a problem. What is your reaction? And what does it say about what you really, really want? The more thought you give this now, the better prepared you’ll be. Also, go out and network. There’s nothing wrong with mixing business with pleasure.

Gemini It might feel as if your entire world is being filmed in slow motion. Things are throttling down, but you might not be ready for it. If people are thinking or acting as quickly as you want them to, you are going to have to help them along. Gently shove the slow ones and hint to the dim-witted ones that they need to understand just what the heck needs to happen.

Cancer You are just oh-so intellectual on the 1st. And you are so super smart on the 2nd. You might even be so over-the-top brilliant that other folks have a hard time keeping up with you! By the very emotional (in a good way) 13th and 14th, you and a partner are really ready to bare your souls to each other. Let go of your ego, and the process will be really rewarding. 82





Glam April 2011