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NAYLA AL KHAJA Biography
THE BOOKS I LOVE By Alia Al Shamsi
18 PRO SECRETS TO FOOL-PROOFING YOUR MAKEUP Precious insights from makeup artist, Shazia Niaz
A look on an online fashion platform by three Emirati siblings
LEO BY S: KAFTANS FOR MODERN WOMEN
For women who love to be special
CREATE FROM YOUR HEART Director of Native Dubai on looking beyond trends
TAKE A U-TURN American staples in Abu Dhabi as told by George Nabil Kanaan
THE LATEST HOMEGROWN JEWELRY BRAND
SHINE BRIGHT LIKE A DIAMOND Yataghan's briliant designs by Sarah Hussein Abudawood
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SEVENTEENELEVEN DESIGN STUDIO
ENOUGH WITH PRAISEAND CLAPPING
Multidisciplinary studio specialising in branding
Words from Jalal Luqman - curator of the Art of Word exhibition.
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ARCHANA RD @bluvianeye www,bluevianeye.blogspot.com
FAS H I O N ST Y L I ST
BRIMAH AND JOHN
PHOTO GRAP H E R
LAYO U T DES I G N E R
SEVENTEEN ELEVEN @seventeenelevenuae www,seventeeneleven.net
Archana RD Archana
fashion, photography, and all
based in the UAE who writes on
things creative. A passionate
specialising in full branding
global art and culture.
story teller who dreams of
based in Abu Dhabi
mouth piece for those silenced
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using her creativity to become a
Br imah and John
issue #1 2016
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Nayla Al Khaja Nayla etched herself into the region’s film
by producing and directing award-winning shorts such as “The Neighbour” and “Malal” which went on to be nominated and received awards from no-table festivals such as the Dubai International Film Festival, Florence Middle East Film Festival and Abu Dhabi Film Festival. To date, her films have participated in over 42 festivals worldwide.
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eing the first UAE National woman to embark on such a career, Nayla Al Khaja received media attention and accolades from as far away as the Washington Post NHK and BBC World.
Nayla graduated from Dubai Women’s College with a degree in Mass Communication in 1999 and had a stint with Arabian Radio Network where she hosted her own travel show. She later applied to Ryerson University in Canada, well-known for its filmmaking program and graduated in 2005 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Image Studies – Film. She later founded her production company “D-SEVEN Motion Pictures” that same year — a full-service production company specializing in the production of short films, documentaries, TV commercials and corporate videos. The company quickly grew and worked with industry giants such as Mercedes, BMW, Vogue, Nike, Nivea, Gucci, Canon, LG, and Discovery Studios to name a few.
Dubai International Film Festival in 2007 where she was awarded the title for ‘Best Emirati Filmmaker.’
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4 ALL-TIME FAVORITES
I loved this film because it was fantastically well-made, especially for that time period. It was done in 1973. What’s really amazing about the film is the soundtrack. It was really out of this world. Another thing I liked about
THE GODFATHER PART ONE
the film was the fact that the director (William
tools to film some of the scenes. One of the effects he created was the steady cam effect. So a lot of the shots that were made in the film were never done before, subsequently what the director actually created was groundbreaking. As a story, it may not have aged as well as my other all-time favorite films but when you’re 15 or 17 and you watch I love this film because it’s a film where
this film, it scares the living light out of
you have the victim triumph in the
you. For the director to have these vivid
end and who doesn’t like a movie like
scenes with the crucifix, the language
that. The film has the three classical
spoken, the kid at that age, the makeup,
axioms along with a beautiful cast. So
the atmosphere, and the mood that
I think it’s all about the character and
was created was just so beautiful.
that’s something that’s really missing
So in essence, what I’m saying is that
in current cinema. I would like to see This is a classic film that I love because I’m attracted to the dark genre. The
more films like Shawshank Redemption being made these days. It’s definitely a
film is very dark but it makes you laugh.
film that even if you watch it today, it’s
It makes you think. It has a political
ageless and that’s another reason why
layer. It has a social layer linked to it
this is one of my all-time favorite films.
I chose this film because I like the whole film-noir style with the addition of a bit of color. I also liked that the
very character-driven film and it really
(Stanley Kubrick) actually had someone
broke boundaries when it came out,
bring him 400 hats, just to put the right
so I think that’s the kind of filmmaking
hat on an extra that you’ll see a mile
again that’s missing.
was. He was obsessed and I love people who are obsessed. I love intensity and this film has all the intensity you want.
much based on character and story line which again I miss nowadays.
example is the grotesque head of a horse on a bed. In addition, it was a
although it’s a horror film, it was very
film had some very vivid images. One
and the attention to detail is incredible
away — that’s how detailed the director
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BY ALIA AL SHAMSI
Alayah by Alia Al Shamsi
THE ALCHEMIST I read it the first time when I was 16 and ever since then it's a book I revisit.
Alia Al Shamsi is an Emirati author and photographer
THE CONFERENCE OF THE BIRDS This book is a journey that takes you to your outmost depths. It's a book that I recommend all the time but you have to read it at the right moment in your life.
from Dubai. After receiving a BA in Photography from Griffith University in 2004, she worked as a photojournalist for local newspapers covering regional and international news. In
Durham University and has lectured photography as an adjunct at the American University of Sharjah. Her photography has been exhibited internationally and holds awards including EDAAD scholarship 2007, British Council Cultural Leadership International 2010 and 2011 Emirates Woman Artist of the Year.
THE LITTLE PRINCE Al Shamsi’s recently published book "Alayah" has been awarded the support from Dubai Cultural as part of their printing and publishing movement “Reading in Arabic Challenge."
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Beautifully written. I was moved with every page I turned.
JUST KIDS One of the rare occasions when I slowed down reading because it was so beautiful I never wanted it to end.
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Right Foundation One that evens out your skin tone, blends in seamlessly, and makes you feel like you’re wearing no makeup at all, is the right one. “Go for the one that’s not too oily and not too cakey. As long as
Pro Secrets to Fool-Proofing Your Makeup
you use a good cleansing regime, you can use a foundation everyday.” And the best tip to keep it in place that Shazia swears by, is mud primers.
DUBAI-BASED MAKEUP ARTIST SHAZIA NIAZ GIVES US PRECIOUS INSIGHT INCLUDING WHY WE MUST GO FOR FOUNDATIONS AND CONCEALERS WITH VITAMIN A AND PEPTIDES
Face Contouring Knowing your face’s bone structure is the key. The simplest way to understand contouring is to imagine a light over your head. The areas of the face that the light will illuminate are the highlights and the areas in the shadow are the contours. “Your contouring product shouldn’t be more than two colors deeper than your complexion. If your skin is light to deep, go for taupes and grayish browns. Darker skin tones should try warmer tones.” THE BOUTIQUE MAGAZINE / 18
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If you are in a hurry this is the minimum you can
Your makeup is only going to look as good as
do. “Apply foundation or concealer as needed.
your skin. “Moisturize to the tenth power! Putting
Use your fingers to apply foundation or concealer
foundation on skin that is not moisturized is like
only to cover the areas of redness, dark circles or
spilling water in the Sahara. The best thing you can
uneven skin tone. Set it with your compact powder.
do for your appearance is to drink lots of water.
Use a blush to add some glow and apply brow gel
Hydration helps your skin stay moisturized and
to keep your brows in place. Curl your lashes and
glowing, boosts your metabolism, and keeps your
put on mascara. It opens up your eyes helping you
energy levels up. Spritz water on your face too,
look more awake and fresh and in the end, apply
especially in the summer, to keep it feeling and
a tinted lip balm or lipstick as desired. This five-
looking refreshed,” reminds Shazia.
minute look will pull your face together and help you look a bit more polished than just going as
Perfect Red Lips This is one color you can’t do without. Choose cooler “true” red tones with a bit of blue if you have pink in your skin or are super fair-skinned. A warmer orange-red tone works best for olive-skinned women. “Red is a must
How to Do Perfect Makeup
color in my kit. My favorites are Tijuana from Kat Von D and Ruby Woo from Mac,” says Shazia.
“Practice, practice, and practice. Get your friends over to the house and do their makeup. Look at magazines for inspiration. Practice new techniques — that’s the only way you’re going to get better. If you wish to take it up professionally know that there are some amazing makeup schools out there offering different courses. A lot of cosmetic companies also offer seminars and training sessions. Educate yourself and really experiment,” says Shazia.
Wrinkle Cover The right makeup does not pull attention to wrinkles. “Instead of trying to turn back the clock on your skin, try turning over a new leaf with your makeup application. The right technique will cover wrinkles and restore youthful smoothness to your skin. Look for foundations and concealers that contain retinol, vitamin A, or peptides as a primary ingredient. Avoid using powder-based foundations as they look cakey and draw attention to the wrinkles,” says the expert.
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TAKE A U-TURN
BEING A RESTAURANT MANAGER
GEORGE NABIL KANAAN OF
It is by pure chance that I
U-TURN DINER SPEAKS OF
was personally introduced
to this line of business
STAPLES IN ABU DHABI
19 years ago and since
A diner is originally American
structure, a casual atmosphere,
a counter, often characterized
by an exterior layer of stainless
different experiences in
steel — a feature unique to
a one-day journey. It is
diner architecture. We have
a “vibrant” environment,
one such in Abu Dhabi, with a
challenging, it's always
unique name — U-Turn Diner
manager George Nabil Kanaan
tells us the story.
put this magic potion into
believe that it will turn out good.
THE ROAD MAY END THE NAME — U-TURN
Previously diners used to not be located in main streets and were located at the back of the road. One had to take a u-turn to reach them. “It so happened that we have in front of our location a place where you have to make a u-turn, as well,” says George. The décor is transport inspired. “When you enter our shop the first element
BUT YOU CAN ALWAYS MAKE A U-TURN.
that you will notice is the Metro, tailor-made to fit our place and made out of it are cabins with tables and seats. We have our Bus Corner, where you can see all these stainless shiny pipes with
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OMG BURGER We offer traditional American food, We are not a fast food joint. However, we serve our food fast. One of our popular dishes is OMG Burger. You must try it.
ADVICE TO ASPIRING RESTAURANTEURS For those who would like to one day own or manage a successful restaurant, having these in place is advised: A - Education and experience are the most important B - Work on a business plan C - Financing & funding – cash management Being a manager you have to set a positive leadership role all the time. You have to be fair yet firm. Remember: “You are as strong as your weakest
My advice to break into the field and pursuing a career here, is to work for big chains and acquire the “system” experience, and to choose a career path — something you love, then pursue it. I only recommend this line for people who are challenge addicts and have high endurance especially in the people management category.
Seeing a resilient UAE restaurant business and scope, George advises aspirants that an education in restaurant management will be great. The most reputable schools in the field as per his opinion are — Ecole Hoteliere de Lausanne (EHL), Switzerland; Le Cordon Bleu, Paris and Canada; Cornell University, USA; Glion Institute of Higher Education (Glion IHE), Switzerland and UK). THE BOUTIQUE MAGAZINE / 24
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shine bright LIKE A
Dubai-based Saudi jewelry designer and
a strong yet pure form of love. The showroom at Sunset Mall at Jumeira Beach
“I am drawn to jewelry that tells a story or
SAUDI JEWELRY DESIGNER SARAH HUSSEIN ABUDAWOOD’S BRILLIANT DESIGNS MAKE A BIG ROAR IN THE UAE
that carries with it a slice of history,” says Sarah who notices fine details of jewelry and its value beyond aesthetics. Besides the obvious status recognition, Sarah believes that jewelry is a medium of self-expression. “One of the first things we notice from a woman is her jewelry. It adds to her beauty and femininity. It really is an extension of her taste, her personality and most importantly her style,” she says.
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Diamonds — A Girl's Best Friend
Aren’t they? As we speak, Sarah spots classic 3-carat
(seen in Arabic) and also her favorite piece, from
Her surroundings are her inspiration. “I'm a very
What is keeping Sarah busy these days is an expansion
solitaire diamond stud earrings (her staple favourite),
Yataghan’s Hubb (love collection). Not just these,
emotional person and a passionate designer. I'm very
plan for her Hubb series. “Soon offering rings and
along with her own design — ISME necklace that
there are bracelets too. Two diamond tennis bracelets
much affected by my surroundings so I must say each
earrings and more setting options for my clients. Right
reads "Umm Omar," which translates to "Omar's
— one set in white gold, the other in rose gold that
city has its own effect on me, has shaped an aesthetic
now, Hubb is available in black and white diamond. We
mother" (Omar is her son’s name). She stacks the
lay side by side to the curve and black diamond Hubb
in me, and has presented me with unique experiences
will be introducing colored stones like emerald ruby
diamond ‘curve’ necklace and Harfi necklace letter S
‘love’ bracelets. The picture is just as perfect as you
that I factor into my designs and photographs,” says
and different diluted sapphires in addition to the baby
collection,” adds Sarah.
Love is a brilliant inspiration. In Sarah’s case her
“I love when older trends resurface. I'm a seventies
Highly goal-oriented, this designer is passionate
Her message for jewelry design aspirants is a simple
mother too contributed to this influence. “My late
girl and grew up in the eighties so I do have a strange
about learning the fine points of this business. “I'm
one — “Be true to who you are. Ask yourself constantly,
mother's heart solitaire ring is a very sentimental piece
interest in the old or vintage styles. But I loathe the
inspired by great design and originality. I am inspired
how can I make this better and offer truly unique brand
for me as it is a reminder of her big heart and the
idea of matching jewelry and clothes. With jewelry one
by the loyalty and support of Yataghan’s clients. I
love she had for her family and friends, as well as her
must make a statement — less is more. Unless you are
am inspired to keep them enticed and excited about
passion for fine diamond jewelry,” says Sarah, who is
stacking delicate, artistic pieces from Yataghan, then
upcoming collections. They inspire me to keep working
equally a fan of the brilliant stone and vintage designs.
the more the merrier,” laughs Sarah.
hard to ensure that the Yataghan experience will be the best that they have ever had,” says Sarah.
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Things You Did Not Know About Sarah
1. A Saudi girl at heart, she loves Kabsa — a traditional Saudi dish but she is also a big fan of sushi rolls. 2. She has lived in Jeddah, Phoenix, London. and Dubai. 3. She loves to watch a Disney movie with her son and is hooked on Game of Thrones Season 6 at the moment. 4. She loves Greek designer brand Ozar and describes the jewelry as romantic and fashionable.
The Story Behind the Unique Name "Yataghan" is a Turkish word that represents an
I knew that creating a brand and a business had its
Ottoman sword or dagger. "I wanted a bold word
challenges. I wanted a word that will constantly remind
with a strong meaning behind it. Sword is weapon —
me to keep fighting and overcome all obstacles.
here, symbolic of a fight for something we hold dear. It
Yataghan is a word that represents this brand’s
denotes struggle and ultimately success.
designs,” says Sarah.
5. Sarah has a unique collection of Victorian antique
6. Jennifer Lopez, Monica Bellucci, and Cate Blanchett are the best accessorised women according to Sarah but only after Queen Elizabeth, of course!
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MA K E UP : S H A Z I A ( @T E X T UR ES MA K E UPA RTISTRY ) MO DE L : S H E R E E N ( @S H E R E E N A H ME D) C R E AT I V E DI R ECT I O N , ST YL I N G A N D P H OTOG RAPHY: N I â€™M A H ( @B R I MA H A N DJ O H N ) LO CAT I O N : U -TU R N D I N E R ( @UT UR N DI N E R)
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Solano Abaya / 1300 AED Sail Sunglasses at The Exposed House / 995 AED Native Dubai Owl In Nude Bag / 5,900 AED Native Dubai Ballerina Heartbeat woven and calf in nude shoes / 1,250 AED Sabrina Dehoff at The Exposed House chain bracelet / 590AED Sabrina Dehoff at The Exposed House cord wrap bracelet / 290 AED Sabrina Dehoff at The Exposed House rose quartz ring / 620 AED
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• Rafaah Designs dress / POR • ASOS sunglasses / £12.99 • Sabrina Dehoff at The Exposed House rose quartz ring / 620 AED • Sabrina Dehoff at The Exposed House chain bracelet / 590 AED • Native Dubai Prism in orange bag / 6,500 AED • Native Dubai Ballerina off-white shoes / 1,600 AED
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Moza Collection abaya / 1300 AED Raa.by.Raa nude dress / POR Native Dubai Owl In Nude Bag / 5,900 AED Native Dubai The Knot in nude heels / 2,550 AED Sabrina Dehoff at The Exposed House chain bracelet / 590 AED Sabrina Dehoff at The Exposed House cord wrap bracelet / 290 AED Sabrina Dehoff at The Exposed House rose quartz ring / 620 AED
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• Raa.by.Raa abaya and black ribbed maxi vest / POR • Sail Sunglasses at The Exposed House / 995 AED • Sabrina Dehoff at The Exposed House Octo with triangle gemstone ring / 750 AED • Sabrina Dehoff at The Exposed House chain bracelet / 590 AED • Native Dubai sandals black / 2,200 AED • Native Dubai Secret Window green and envy bag / 4,750 AED
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Pearla Dubai two piece, / 1,350 AED Native Dubai Sliders Sequence in flag / 1,100 AED Sabrina Dehoff at The Exposed House cord wrap bracelet / 290 AED Sabrina Dehoff at The Exposed House rose quartz ring / 620 AED Sabrina Dehoff at The Exposed House open circle ring / 510 AED
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8.Twelve pink dress / POR Ruh Collective white shirt dress / $95.00 Native Dubai Begin Over tango mesh and tangerine bag / 4,750 AED Native Dubai The Knot heel / 2,550 AED Dehoff at The Exposed House triangle ring / 750 AED Sabrina Dehoff at The Exposed House rose quartz ring / 620 AED
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• BH Boutique dress / 950 AED • Native Dubai Secret Window bag / 4,750 AED • Native Dubai black sandals / 2, 200 AED • Sabrina Dehoff at The Exposed House chain bracelet / 590 AED • W.Britt at The Exposed House F bracelet / 1,085 AED • W.Britt at The Exposed House F ring / 460 AED THE BOUTIQUE MAGAZINE / 46
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WHAT’S SOMETHING THAT SELLS ALL THE TIME? Usually accessories sell more that fashion clothing especially bags. The artistic Basket Bag by Savas Milano was a bestseller through three seasons.
WHAT’S THE GENERAL LOOK FOR SPRING? Spring came while keeping the classics but with a whole new attitude. Classic stripes were a big contender, as well as off shoulder tops and dresses. We also see a touch of sport in terms of mesh complemented by luxurious materials,
Launched in 2013, The Exposed House online
as well as romantic ladylike dresses
fashion platform is a dream that three talented
made simpler with flats and relaxed
Abu Dhabi siblings saw.
accessories. We also see oversized
The Exposed House caters to fashion and art enthusiasts who look for independent luxury labels that are unique, handpicked, and come
The inspired siblings we are talking of here Meera
bold geometric shapes. Basically, it’s a mix of the familiar with the new, the classic with the bold.
from around the world.
sunglasses with a bit of cat-eye and
and Mohamed Al Omaira. The Al Omaira’s represent
WHAT’S A STAPLE OF YOUR PERSONAL) WARDROBE?
the new generation of Emiratis who are changing the monogram fashion scene in the UAE rapidly. Their combined backgrounds in art, design, and business give them a unique advantage to build
For us ladies, it’s the basics because we believe that basics are the foundation for any wardrobe and once we have it, then it would be easier to
this almost cult brand.
add whatever crazy, artistic pieces we With a wide range starting from 55 AED to 10,500 AED, here is what the founders tell us why they are
fall in love with along the way. Mohamed says it is the sneaker — "Whatever I choose to wear, I can
a cut above the rest.
easily were the sneaker with it!" M AR ZO O K LU C ID B LAC K 2 ,9 9 5 AE D
G RE Y A NT B E RLIN S HADES / 1,105 AED
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WHAT IS THE BEST PART OF YOUR JOB? Basically everything! We put all our creative energy in
from our products, customer service, and ending to our packaging. The three of us are the face of The Exposed House, so everything we do, we do it as a team. If one proposed an idea, the other two complete it.
WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE TRENDS FOR AUTUMN/WINTER 2016? Velvet! Itâ€™s the key fabric used for Autumn/Winter 16, as well as the irregular hem trend and ruffle dresses.
HOW DID YOU GET STARTED IN THE FASHION WORLD?
WHAT CURRENT TREND MAKES YOU CRINGE?
We always had this eagerness to create something with fashion and art that has its unique and personal attitude and at the same time is interesting and inspiring to people. The lack of concept stores in Abu Dhabi that provide highly fashionable artistic aesthetics was our main driving factor for creating and starting The Exposed House. But fashion alone is not our main vision. Our aim is a new vision that encompasses the essence of both fashion and art. This we believe is what makes us different than other e-commerce, as well as brick and mortar shops. Our motto is â€œInspire and be inspired."
WHAT ARE YOUR THREE FAVORITE THINGS IN YOUR STORES RIGHT NOW? Intoxicated By Shamsa Al Omaira Liudmila Nizam Shoes Savas Milano mini Luchetto Bag
WHAT AND WHO INFLUENCES YOU WHEN BUYING FOR YOUR STORES? Our designers and artists are not the usual. We collaborate with established local and international talents but believe in encouraging emerging talents and providing them with a platform for celebrating their creativity. Our fashion buyer tours the globe in search of designers and artists who have distinctive, creative aesthetics and who create to exude a sense of originality, artistic flare, and beauty. We personally focus on the local and Gulf talents. Before getting any brand, we personally do extensive research on this brand we carry, whether local or international. It is important that these designers exude a sense of originality through their collections, artistic flare, beauty, and are different from most of the other brands out there.
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KAFTANS FOR MODERN WOMEN
Leo by S
Shamma Al Romaithi was inspired by her mother’s keen interest in designing clothes and today owns her own label — Leo by S. The brand name reveals the designer’s star sign, Leo. The label can be found at Al Muroor Road in Abu Dhabi as well as Arabian Porter in Qatar. Wearing flowing Zara pants and a simple Moschino t-shirt, Shamma talks to us about her inspired life as a fashion designer and explains how she finds elegance in simple clothing. “Everyday is different. In the morning, I have my Arabic coffee and get
DESIGNER SHAMMA AL ROMAITHI PRESENTS LIBERATING DESIGNS FOR WOMEN WHO LOVE TO BE SPECIAL
ready for work. Then I go check emails,
newspaper and then a visit to the gym. My afternoons are for family, evenings are dedicated to designing/ sketching. I end my day with TV in bed,” says Shamma who likes this balanced routine of work and life. In between her busy schedules, if she needs some alone time, she heads to any local coffee shop to simply enjoy a hot cup. Though
culture she has a keen palate for Thai food and sushi and there is a city that she has fallen head over heels for. “I'm in love with New York city,” says the designer.
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Shamma’s favourite designer brand other than her own are classic lines from Dior and Miu Miu. “Dior for evening wear and Miu Miu for casual wear,” specifies Shamma who believes that luxury in designs must come from its quality and simplicity.
WHAT IS A KAFTAN? The kaftan is of ancient Mesopotamian origin and was worn by many MiddleEastern ethnic groups. A kaftan, loosely called an Arabic tunic is a variant of the robe. Various versions of it have been worn by several cultures around the world for thousands of years. The kaftan is often worn as a coat or overdress, usually
The designer votes Sarah Jessica Parker as the best dressed celebrity. She says the first thing you look for when you see a dress is undoubtedly the quality of the fabric, details, and finishing.
reaching to the ankles with long sleeves. It can be made of wool, cashmere, silk, or cotton, and may be worn with a sash. Through its dissemination and evolution, the kaftan has acquired different styles, purposes, and names depending on the culture. In many regions with a warm climate, like that of the UAE, the kaftan is worn as a light-weight, loose-fitting garment. The kaftan has served as a symbol of royalty too in some cultures.
Shamma confesses she is hooked to shopping
favourite series Harem Al Sultan and Fr i e n d s . The designer has a message for fashion design aspirants. “Be unique and focus in quality not the expenses,” says Shamma. Targeting women who love to be special, Shamma is a living prototype of her target
How to accessories your kaftan? “My favourite piece of jewelry to go with kaftans is a Boucheron long/layered neckwear,” says Shamma. Boucheron is fine French jewelry made in Paris and available in many stores across the UAE.
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m o r f e t a t e r r C our Hea Y Unique bags, shoes, and
the fashion collection with some great coffee from Atti Bassi, currently rule the floors of House of Native on Jumeirah Beach Road's Villa No 573. Fashion and luxury sell season after season because they make you feel good but there is more than
RACHNA MALKANI, CREATIVE DIRECTOR OF NATIVE DUBAI TELLS HOW TO LOOK BEYOND TRENDS
just trends to follow while you make your pick. Rachna Malkani, the Creative Director of Native Dubai brand spills the secret. Rachna sees spring as a season or a better reason to celebrate life blossoming into different colours, silhouettes, and fabrics. "You can feel it and style it up in your clothes, shoes, bags, and accessories. In Native, I’m quite excited about the new collection being launched as Native Elements. It's a combination of structured classic bags in a range of colours and small leather goods useful for travel and dayto-day carry." she says. A fan of elegance and easy-to-carry-chic clothing, Rachna's day-to-day favourites include mostly BCBG, Max Mara, TIBI, and Massimo Dutti. "And my occasions are mostly dominated with Roksanda, Erdem, Armani, Row and Burberry Prorsum," she adds.
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SO HOW DID IT ALL START IN THE FASHION WORLD FOR HER?
I still don't say I’m in the fashion world. I just feel I’m creating from my heart which has amazingly fit in well with the fashion and luxury world. I got into it purely for the love and passion for the leather, the challenge, and the excitement and uniqueness of creating the world-class quality manufacturing in the UAE.
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WHY THE "ART OF WORD?" PLEASE SPILL THE INSPIRATION TO THE EVENT TITLE AND LEAD US TO ANY CURRENT OR NEW RELEVANT EVENTS THAT HAVE HAD AN IMPACT.
When we look at letters regardless of what language or what alphabet they relate to, we get drawn to the phonetic association of the letter but there is more to it. If we look at letters or words as images, lines, dots, curves, and streaks, then we admire the visual element of it. The way a Chinese letter or word may appear to a Chinese is different than an Indian who does not know how to read Chinese, so the Indian enjoys the visual element of the Chinese word, and viceversa.
COULD YOU VISUALIZE CITIZEN E GALLERY TO BECOME A MUSEUM OF THE UAE THROUGH ALL AGES?
No, Citizen E’s function is not that of a museum. Citizen E is an art gallery with an open mind, We work with the established artists, while we support the newcomers who want to learn. We listen when no one else wants to listen and we help when others are up in the sky to help the small person.
HOW WOULD YOU CURATE A SHOW THAT CONSISTS
JA L AL LU Q MAN
OF THE PECULIAR NATURE OF DESIGN AS THE CENTRAL FOCUS OF ART?
ENOUGH WITH PRAISE AND CLAPPING I N TE RVI E W BY A RC H A N A RD A K A B ’ LU , A N A RTI ST-JOU RN A L I ST BAS E D I N TH E UA E WH O WRI TES ON G LO BA L A RT A N D C U LTU RE .
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If we take the titles away and do not pigeonhole practices, we will fail to find any difference
The Citizen E Art Gallery curator, and one of the most important voices in the UAE's art scene, Jalal Luqman reflects on what lies beneath the Art of Word exhibition.
between art and design. There is no clear definition of art. Also, what is design? Is it art with function? So do we mean art has no function? I don’t waste my time categorizing the function. I see the raw act of creating and dreaming, regardless of the materials that are used, or what the function of the resulting work is. So in short the answer to your question is letters and words are neither design nor art. It is the artist or designer who transforms the letter or the word to something else.
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WHAT DO YOU CONSIDER TO BE YOUR
MOST SUCCESSFUL SHOWS FROM THE
BETWEEN CALLIGRAPHY AND THE ART OF
PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE? HOW DO YOU
IS THERE A FUTURE FOR SUCH EXHIBITIONS?
If we count the applications we received, then yes. They did not stop pouring — I had to stop
Remember way before language was
accepting them very soon after I announced it.
Success as a curator or a gallery is the
ever created, humans communicated
However, we are yet to see the viewers' opinion
amount of exposure the artist gets and
through drawings. They kept historical
and that will be known after the opening night.
how much of that exposure translates
record of their travels, their lives,
into sale. Artists, like all other humans
and their hunting parties. So yes,
need artwork that helps improve the
calligraphy in my opinion is closely
surrounding environment, helps enrich
related to the people of every land.
HAS THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE EMIRATE HELPED YOU IN COLLECTING
Well as an artist who started before the art revolution of
the viewer, and helps to elevate the art
the UAE, I believe I had my share of publicity locally and
and culture in society.
internationally. As a gallery, it is great because after a long track record as an artist, my gallery gets credibility based on my past experience.
THE CURRENT EXHIBITION? PLEASE RUN US THROUGH THE STORY — HOW THE IDEA CAME ABOUT. PLEASE SHARE IF THERE WERE ANY SPECIAL MEMORABLE EPISODES THIS TIME.
It was very simple. I was planning to have a calligraphy exhibition then I noticed that some of the hardcore calligraphers were too confined to the proper rules and regulations associated with their art. This automatically alienated many artists who produced
calligraphic qualities yet did not conform to O SMA LOT F Y
any rules (very similar to my approach to art, rules and being 'proper'), so I did away with the rules and opened it to anything with a
HAVE THE ‘GENERAL PUBLIC’ REALLY HAD AS MUCH CONTEMPORARY ART AS THEY CAN BEAR IN THE UAE?
Building an appreciation for art in the UAE is going to take a long time. However, attracting the international
word or a letter of any language and every culture, and the Art of Word was born.
art love to the UAE will take much less time. There is never enough contemporary art in the UAE and as long as humankind walks the earth, there will always be contemporary art. The more the UAE attracts it, eventually the general public will get used to it and grow to learn about it and appreciate it.
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L ATE E F H ASSAY N
WHEN PEOPLE READ CITIZEN E BRAND NAME, DO THEY TOO OFTEN THINK ONLY OF EMIRATI? WAS THIS CHALLENGING?
Not at all. E can stand for Everything on Earth, Emirati, or European. You make the E whatever you want it to be
WHAT’S THE NEXT PROJECT IN THE PIPELINE?
To bring back Jalal’s Art Trip in 2017. FATM A AL K HY ELI
WHAT WOULD BE YOUR IDEAL IN-GALLERY PHOTOGRAPHY HOW MUCH INFLUENCE HAS GRASS ROOT LOCAL
DO YOU EVER GET NEGATIVE REACTIONS TO
HISTORY/ART MOVEMENTS CONTRIBUTED TO
ART IN SHOW? HOW DO YOU COUNTER ART
YOUR THEMES AND NEW DISPLAYS?
I stand at the crossroads of time. I saw the
When one has spent as much time as I have in
past. I see what is happening now and based
the field, you learn to pay attention to who and
on where I have been and where I am, I have
what is important. Remember, every person
an idea of where we are going and this is
has an opinion. I don’t have time to listen to
the reason I give particular attention to the
negativity — life is too beautiful to waste.
and videos. Our brains have become accustomed to receiving thousands of images a day. Unlike the old days, we now see much more visual garbage that what is important swiftly gets buried in our brain by a new pile of visual garbage.
WHEN YOU PROGRAMME YOUR TITLES, WHAT
who grew here and became artists on Emirati
soil, because they are the ones who are
COLLECTIONS AND TOPIC?
happened here hundreds of years from now,
We are surrounded by snapping pictures
grown, I mean all artists who are in the UAE,
ones whose art will tell a true story of what
PUBLICITY/CAMPAIGNS TO ART EVENTS?
locally-grown artists. When I say the locally-
the true historians of the land. They are the
VALUE DO YOU GIVE/ASSOCIATE TO PHOTO
My ideal photography policy would be to look at the art and not take a picture
of it for at least 15 minutes. Teach your memory to preserve the image of the
I just keep it simple, something that everyone
artwork, then after you are done you are
can understand and relate to.
allowed to snap away.
yet in this new art revolution where only the new and the foreign is appreciated. The locally-grown talent will be left behind unless
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people like me have their back.
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Articulating 'Art of Word'
Nour Mousa When I heard of the exhibition's theme, the first thing that came to my mind was the famous sentence which calligraphists have to master among other templates to be certified professionals (light above light). My name Noor means light. I am not a calligraphist, therefore, decided to write it and express it my own
Words by the participating artists
way. Starting from using a bulb shape instead of one (light), writing the rest of the sentence (above light). The process included deriving the shape of this classic bulb; choosing the colors of light, and using multi mediums to express the fractions and emotions
Fatma Al Khyeli
Artistic inspirations began at an early age for
Spirituality has been the soul of my paintings. My
me. As a young girl, I have always been the quiet
works at the Art of Word study oil on canvas and
one who wanders. I would look deeply into my
mixed media with calligraphy, abstractions using
surroundings and contemplate every bit. I had a
geometric and organic shapes, and lines in two-
different perspective. Now that I am 16, I learned
value patterns with application of 24-carat gold
how to convey my line of thinking into illustrations
leaf on focal point. My art conveys a message of
using different media. This became my influence
peace and tranquility. We begin everything with
which continues to inspire my work today. My
the blessings of Almighty the Most Merciful, the
artwork ‘In the Name of God’ is inspired by the
Most Compassionate and I bear witness that no
allure of the Islamic arts. I expressed the beauty
one is worthy of worship but Allah the one, alone
of Arabic calligraphy on carved wood with a touch
without partner and I bear witness that Mohammad
of golden color.
is his servant and messenger.
of such colors. For instance, white stands for peace of N O U R MO U SA
mind, yellow and orange (warm colors) emit energy, openness and optimism. This is light. This is me.
I found a great opportunity in presenting my new
Unity is the main concept of my artwork and what
artworks with a touch of calligraphy through the
could be better than a herd of camels (( )ذ و ذود دthawd -
event Art of Word. It gave me a motivation to paint
herd of camels which include three to ten camels) to
the best emotion I have towards letters unsaid yet
express it. I chose to paint in white in order to express
meaningful in its silence. The concept attracted
the unity of direction, ambitions, and journey under
my skills in combining abstract colors with letters
one leader. The colored petals replacing the haze
altogether. Thus from deep within, I extracted three
caused by the movements of the herd play the touch
works — Call of the Soul, Landing, and Letters Track
of hope, challenging the hardships of desert. I also
as an output of this criteria. I’m pleased to see
thought of adding a touch of the traditional Emirati
my artworks among other pieces telling its own
handcrafting (Sado,) for a clearer and colorful identity.
unique stories to visitors without a noise. However,
Moreover, it connects the past with the present and
communication is mutual. When art meets its
viewer, they begin to speak. HAZ EM ABU TAWILA
M E E RA K AM AL
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Maryam Al Suwaidi
The Kufic Bench design is inspired by one of the
I have participated with four artworks. The first
main Islamic design elements — calligraphy. It has
group is called as the Letter Trees. The idea
been used rampantly in the Islamic architecture
originates from different inspiring perspectives
through the ages. I have used the oldest form of
the tree represents symbolically. A tree is a
calligraphy — the Kufic script. This inspiration has
symbol of giving. The words have a similar quality
been handled with a modern approach of Kufic
as they stand as a symbol of emotional giving.
square script. The Kufic square is based on an
I chose the first letter "Ha'a" from my mother's
equal grid, which I used as my main inspiration
name as this inspiration has come from her. In
where the bench is made of square slots and can
other words, she is simply the perfect example of
be filled with blocks to create words and phrases.
giving unconditionally — just like the trees. I am
As an interior designer, I think about furniture and
also inspired by the powerful image of a horse.
functionality and as an artist, I think of art and
The animal is also a famous symbol of our Arabic
beauty. This piece combines both art and function.
culture. I have used the shape of the horse to
It’s a bench with an artistic function. I have used
read as "Faras" — its Arabic name. The picture
raw materials such as concrete finish and wood
and the letters convey the same idea and can be
finish to give it that modern look.
enjoyed by someone who does not speak Arabic too.
O SA M A LOTF Y
JALAL LU Q M AN
M A RYA M A L S UWA IDI
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