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EDITOR’S LETTER

Dear Trendsetters, “And they lived happily ever after”. Yes indeed! Thank God even Disney no longer tries to sell us that story!! Yet the story of love lives on in each and every one of us; males or females, young or old, optimistic or broken hearted, we all believe in and live for love. At the end of the day, love is one of the greatest reasons for our existence. To experience it, share it and spread it… This month bring our ‘Weddings’ issue. I dedicate it to all those who love… And there is no human being who doesn’t. So here’s to you,

Zeina Mokaddam

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HIND NASSAR

SIMON BALSOM

“For better or for worse... till death do us part” a sacred bond that links two souls that complete each other. As this season is filled with weddings, engagements and ceremonies, we decided to bring you the latest tips and tricks to look your best on your big day. May your lives be filled with nothing but love and purity. To our newlyweds, congratulations! All the happiness in the world awaits you and to our single readers, may you find your other halves whom will understand your wishes, desires, fears and dreams.

We’re incurable romantics, and enjoy nothing more than a big wedding. They say; “It’s the bride’s day”. Sure. Let them believe that if they want but, truth be told, weddings are the best reasons we’ve ever discovered for pushing the boat out while shopping and coming home ready to dress our very best. And, in these litigious times, we’ve also discovered greatest pre-nuptial agreement in the world – it’s called ‘love’. It’s really that simple.

SARAH RAJI

CHADI MOUFIED

I am such a romantic, so putting this issue together was oodles of enjoyment for me! I was fortunate enough to meet great people (whose interviews you’ll read in this issue) and go through the motions of planning a wedding- without actually having one. As little girls, we spend hours dreaming about the big day, but it is important to remember that the real life starts after the hazy dreams. Keep your head in the clouds and your feet on the ground!

It’s May—the month that signals the official start of wedding season. Whether you’re getting married in a month or in a year from now (or even if you’re just planning on being an excellent bridesmaid or a guest at your friend’s wedding), we have created the ultimate wedding guide just for you. This issue we are celebrating weddings. We’re celebrating the union of love and we hope you enjoy reading them as much as we have enjoyed working on them.

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CONTENTS

Contents May 2014

16 Local Features Local Female Interview: 22. The Yalwah Girls 26. The Canopy Kuwait Local Male Interview: 66. Wedding Wonderland 68. Sama Dental 100. Kuwait Exclusives International Features 16. Cover Story

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International Interview 28. Lanvin Q&A Alber ElBaz 84. Nathalie Colin Takes A Moment 60. Her & His Style Icon 58. Celebrity Wearing 104. The Street Styles Collective Trends 30. Her Trends 52. Beauty 70. His Trends 86. Car Trends 90. Grooming 74. Setting Watch Trends

Health

92. Prepare Your Skin for the Sun

Travel

94. Serene St. Lucia

Reviews

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Restaurant Review Book Reviews Movie Reviews Horoscopes


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COVER STORY

Pronovias

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hen it comes to bridal gowns, Pronovias is in a league of its own. With 163 stores internationally and over 4000 points of sale, it is not hard to see why Pronovias is the go-to store for brides. The line started in 1922 Barcelona, in the prestigious boutique El Suzio. Catalonian brides were renowned for their luxurious tastes, which Pronovias was eager to provide. The family-owned brand used the finest silks, embroidery, and lace (all hand-crafted) that lead to the launch of Spain’s first prêt-a-porter bridal gowns in 1968. The brand expanded, and with Pronovias establishing itself as the first-ever bridal store in Spain, international expansion was only inevitable. Pronovias asserted its presence in France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, and Latin America. Throughout the final decades of the 20th century, Pronovias opened in North America, and erected its flagship store in New York City, a seven-storey building in the heart of 52nd street and 5th Avenue. WWW.THETALK-ONLINE.COM

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What makes Pronovias so popular is its intricacy and dedication to detail. One team of designers, pattern makers, model-makers, and seamstresses combine their talents with the goal of making a memorable bride. The design team firsts drafts sketches of gowns, the materials and cuts of which must be carefully explained in excruciating detail to the modelmakers. Then it becomes the responsibility of the pattern makers to gather all materials and pieces, and assemble them on a mannequin to create a physical “draft� of the dress. Because Pronovias only uses the finest materials, the testing phase of the dress is, or toile, is usually made by using materials that are shy of the real ones. The final step is a combined effort of 18

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the entire team, where the paper version of the approved dress is made. Every element of the dress is cut out of special paper on which details regarding embroidery, stitching, and cutting are written to ensure perfection in execution. Some dresses have over 300 parts, so it is not unusual for the paper cutting process to take over eighty hours. The end result, of course, is a stunning gown that can only be produced by the highly luxurious Pronovias. 2015 is Pronovias’s 50th anniversary, and the respective Atelier Pronovias and Pronovias lines reflect the company’s history and future in its cleanly cut lines, flowing materials, and subtle details. Atelier Pronovias stands out from WWW.THETALK-ONLINE.COM

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other lines because of its unique elements. Some designs are separated into two pieces, allowing for more combinations and fresh looks for trendy brides. Atelier Pronovias also uses new materials, such as Ottoman silk and French lace, combined with the Pronovias staple, tulle. Vintage accessories also make appearances through flapper-inspired headpieces. The Pronovias 2015 line deviates from the norm by incorporating other colours into its bridal gowns, such as pink, apricot, and beige. Mikado silk is a new material that, coupled with gauze, tulle, and crepe, creates truly unforgettable silhouettes and designs. The standard attention to detail Pronovias boasts makes its mark on bridal gowns, as the collection’s finest work is in the details: embroidered bodices, lace hem and necklines, and precise cuts.

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Pronovias continues to be the ultimate destination for any bride, because it never fails to create gowns suitable for a bride with any taste, ranging form modern, to romantic, to simple, and to daring. Pronovias continues to consolidate its position as a global leader of the bridal sector year after year. It started out as a family business in Barcelona in 1922 and is now the world’s leader in bridal gowns, present in more than 105 countries with 164 stores and more than 4,000 sales points.

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The Yalwah Girls

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roub Al-Abdaly, Noor Al-Baghli and Basma Al-Baghli are the founders and managing partners of Yalwah. Yalwah started off as a directory website and blog dedicated to all things weddings, events, and celebrations in Kuwait to serve clients in a luxurious niche market. The website gathered the best vendors and top quality services, which was key to make Yalwah on top. Yalwah then developed itself into an umbrella company, under which fell three respective entities. The first is the website, the third is the wedding and event planning portion, and the third and most recent addition is the VIP concierge service and bridal consultations. How did you start? The official launch of the Yalwah website was on the 12th of December 2012, and we introduced ourselves to the public as a directory and blog. We began to progress into the two other entities all under one umbrella. We started because of our passion and attention to details. Planning events and weddings was a hobby for us and we often helped our friends and family out of enjoyment, not business. It was casual, but then we decided to become professional and attained a license. Attaining the license was a bit difficult, but I advise young entrepreneurs of Kuwait to acquire legality, because that establishes the company as reliable and high-end. What is the most important thing about a wedding? The most important thing is that the bride likes everything! The bride herself must not be surprised in any way; she should know everything from a-z to avoid anxiety and tension. The wedding should be happy, and this does not necessarily stem from riches and luxury. There are two side of the wedding: the bride’s party, and the audience. All the people must be satisfied and pleased, because really, a wedding is a happy occasion and no one should be distraught. Our first campaign was happiness is on its way to you. That is the message we want to be remembered for.

What does the name Yalwah mean? Yalwah is a traditional regional event, which is the henna night before the wedding. The yalwah is the first celebration that a bride does, and it is the first step of entering happiness: yalwah, milcha, and then the wedding. We want to be the first step towards that happiness. Happiness can come just as easily as anger. How do you deal with bridezillas? Oh, bridezillas are our specialty! Dealing with stressed and anxious brides on a daily basis makes us their therapists, and we tend to absorb that anger because we try to bond with the bride by going to her house and getting a feel for her and her family. Even if a bride has a moment of anger, we totally understand because we have been through this before. You can’t stop a bride from worrying, but if we guide her carefully and give her support as well as help her family, she will eventually calm down

and remember that a wedding is the happiest of occasions. What is the Yalwah touch? It is very classic and timeless. We have more of vibe then a touch, since we are organizers and the designers are more responsible for that first impression than we are. Our touch is not visual, but you will find special things here and there, such as our signature tree instead of a guest book. Yalwah specializes in harmony and seamless transitions. Your VIP Concierge service is all the rage in Kuwait. What can you tell us about it? Our VIP concierge service has developed over time and demand that has developed over the span of our business. Basically, we try to meet the difficult requests of our clients. Some might want a seat in a certain fashion show, or a limited couture gown, or a celebrity singer, and all of that is a phone call away. We have high WWW.THETALK-ONLINE.COM

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demands on honeymoon bookings, which we are known for because of our competitive prices and great destinations. It is not just a regular concierge service; it is an international one as well. We also have bridal consultations, which is when we take care of the brides from a-z. Brides come to us after getting engaged, and we take care of everything from her makeup, hair, dress, to honeymoon bag. We close the bag according

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to her destination, and we provide her with a checklist that she can fill. We then give a special Yalwah gift as a reward for getting through the entire ordeal. What keeps you energetic and passionate? Being content with what you have achieved at your age makes you very happy. Age is just

a number, and it’s more about the soul. We segregate ourselves from the material world and see ourselves as happy souls. It is the Yalwah spirit; people like to deal with us because we have a vibe and we radiate positive energy. We are happy, fresh, and comfortable, which is how we want our clients to feel. Achieving comes from dreaming!


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The canopy kuwait Lulwa Al-Shaheen and Fatima Al-Yaseen

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ulwa Al Shaheen and Fatima Al-Yaseen are Kuwait University College of Business graduates with degrees in accounting. They are the owners of The Canopy Kuwait, the first themed canopy rental company in Kuwait. They provide all the tents and accessories for the canopies, and they have different themes to suit each client’s specific needs. The Canopy started with the Summer Canopy, followed by the Love Canopy. When Ramadan started, they created the Arabian Canopy, and finally with the start of the cold Kuwaiti winter, they began marketing the Winter Canopy. The tents come in two options: indoor and outdoor, and the only difference is the size. Lulwa and Fatima also take advantage of their business and use their resources to experiment and create new designs, with Lulwa using a grander version of the Love Canopy in her own recent wedding. Each tent is created to serve a different purpose. The Winter Canopy is meant to instill warmth, so the materials Lulwa and Fatima chose correspond to this purpose. The colour scheme is dark and cozy, so the floors are dark purple, the tables are wooden, the materials are thicker and heavier than the other tents, and they have included a campfire simulation to add to the overall effect. The Love Canopy has a completely white interior, which makes it very popular amongst the bridal crowd. The Summer Canopy is very popular during Chalet season, because it includes all beach necessities such as beach chairs, towels, and protection from the strong summer sun; and naturally it complies to a summer-friendly colour scheme by making use of yellows and blues. Finally, the Arabian Canopy follows a traditional Kuwaiti décor by featuring a sandooq, antique lanterns, and several mubkhar decorated to look like candleholders, all in the name of keeping the atmosphere Arabian. In total, there are four themed canopies to choose from. Lulwa and Fatima have been best friends since middle school, and they both shared an entrepreneurial spirit. They make the most of their friendship, since they both have different perspectives and often tend to notice certain details that the other had not. They knew they

had the drive and the ambition, but they hadn’t yet realized their exact idea. It was not until a university project had them become event planners that they realized the idea of a canopy business was very plausible. Lulwa states that she had not imagined the canopy business would flourish so much in Kuwait, but she says with pride that Kuwait is very supportive of small businesses and young entrepreneurs. Most of their clientele are young women, according to Fatima, and mothers’ day was a recent success for them with many clients ordering the Love Canopy. Most of their major competitors are men, so clients tend to express shock that two young Kuwaiti women are able to manage opening tents and driving to locations, etc. As their company grew, they hired employees to help them set up and reach far locations. However, Fatima says that she and Lulwa ensure they visit each site so that they add their personal touches. When it comes to their reception in Kuwait, they stand out from other young women who follow less industrial business ideas. Lulwa and Fatima make use of their femininity and tap into their interior decorating instincts, because a woman’s touch really shows. They noticed oftentimes that competitors would tend to mimic their designs in subtle ways, which they took as a compliment. It is all in the details, according to Fatima, and competitors tend to follow a standard without many details. They love what they do, and it is a hobby more than work for them. When they first

started, they faced a lot of challenges. Fatima was a newlywed at the time, and she had to balance education, work, and marriage. Lulwa mentions that finding a committed driver was just as difficult, because The Canopy is a very hands-on business and drivers must be ready to put up and take down the tents, as well as be willing to drive to far-off locations. With their respective families’ help, they bought a car for The Canopy, and have been able to keep up with clients’ demands. The future of The Canopy Kuwait lays in a café with a multitude of different types of canopies that can be reserved either separately or altogether. Lulwa and Fatima say that it was only with willpower and tenacity that they were able to keep building their company. Oftentimes, one was exhausted and wanted to throw in the towel, but the other was always there to provide support during a time of heavy stress. They love what they do, and the passion coupled with support from friends and family helped them reach their current level. Fatima advises all young entrepreneurs not to think of the obstacles, and meet each challenge with a clear mind. Lulwa says that it’s important to be energetic and not lose sight of the main goal. They went with the flow, and that they never at one point felt men were superior to them in any way. They found success through time management and positivity. You can find their designs on www.smallq8/the-canopy and on their Instagram, @TheCanopy_Kw.


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Lanvin Q&A Alber Elbaz Lanvin Bridal is available at NET-A-PORTER.COM

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escribe the Lanvin bride. A kaftan for the bride in the sunshine, a trench coat for the bride in a hurry, a tulle cardigan for the romantic bride, anembroidered collar on tulle for the flirtatious bride, a bubble dress for lazy days. They are all Lanvin brides! What is the philosophy behind Lanvin Blanche? I have first created wedding dresses for my friends, some clients and sometimes even for colleagues. I have launched a collection of wedding gowns in 2008, especially designed for women who want to say “I do”, each in her own style, and why not more than once? “Blanche” is a tribute to MarieBlanche, Jeanne Lanvin’s unique daughter and muse. And also for the color-symbol of a wedding day… Jeanne Lanvin created wedding gowns too. The oldest and certainly the first we have in our archives, is dated on the year 1911. She made wedding dresses for a lot of royal bride-to-be’s like Grace Kelly, and also for great artists.

Are Lanvin Blanche’s creations inspired by the Lanvin prêt-a-porter line? « Blanche » dresses are new creations or reinterpretations of silhouettes from past collections. I always enjoy imagining them because they are made with the most exquisite materials. They have to be contemporary and elegant pieces, and a reflection of the personality. What should a bride-to-be keep in mind when selecting a gown for her special day? Most of all, it has to reflect her personality. She has to feel happy and comfortable in her dress. A woman always remembers her emotions about the dress she wore for one of the most beautiful day of her life.

What is the mood of the collection this year? Lanvin Blanche 2014 is designed for everyone who loves fairytales and girly stories, with fifteen Couture dresses to wear for the best day of their life! Colours are as pure as first love: white, ivory, eggshell, powder, oatmeal and putty. Each detail of a Lanvin dress is carefully considered to ensure the most striking silhouette. What are the key details for this collection? The first dress of the collection is created from metres and metres of net, flared from the waist, creating a fairytale look. Another gown contrasts with the sobriety of a strapless model adapted from the show and moulded with neoprene, highlighting the modern material used. What signature Lanvin elements make an appearance? Fabrics are as sensual as the occasion demands: silk, washed faille, crisp tulle, taffeta, lace, organza and muslin. This is one of the main signatures at Lanvin - the beautiful materials used. WWW.THETALK-ONLINE.COM

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Red Carpet Wedding Glam By Reem Acra

Reem Acra Bridal Spring 2014 collection was a celebration of the female form. Designed for the 21st century woman, the bridal gowns featured interesting elements like illusion necklines, cutouts, and the unique umbrella veils! Wedding favorite fabrics like lace, tulle, and sequins were a strong feature. For the bride who wants to feel red carpet glamorous on her wedding day, Reem Acra’s dazzling style is the way to go! The collection is available at La MariÊe, Thuraya Mall.

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Kenneth Jay Lane

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The Net-A-Porter Wedding Dress Gallery

Looking for ‘the one’? Find your perfect wedding dress here... Marchesa

Calvin Klein

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Temperley London

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Antonio Berardi Kaufman Franco

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Christian Louboutin

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From Dreams To Reality By Alberta Ferretti The bridal collection by Alberta Ferretti Forever takes inspiration from timeless palaces like Alhambra, Balmoral, Buckingham, Hermitage, and others. The gowns are like haute couture creations, with unique details like light pleating, delicate ruffles, and jeweled embroidery on ethereal fabrics like chiffon, organza, lace and taffeta. The dresses are suspended between dreams and reality, like a modern fairytale told through yards of floating fabrics. Alberta Ferretti available at La MariĂŠe, Thuraya Mall.

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Setting Her Trends Damiani Damiani

Alexander McQueen

Roll Out The Red Carpet! Evening wear takes on new heights this season! Vibrant colors and elegant fabrics like silk, chiffon, satin, and tulle are key features to look out for in gowns. Intricate embellishments and feminine details make them the perfect choice for memorable events and celebrations. Colored jewels and high-wattage metallic accessories complete your statement look. Giambattista Valli Pomellato

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Vanina

Maison Boinet

Tosca Blu Vanina

Tosca Blu

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Marc By Marc Jacobs

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Love Moschino

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Glam Up with Evening Wear at Harvey Nichols Kuwait The Spring Summer 14 Evening Wear Collection at Harvey Nichols Kuwait displays an exquisite lineup of the finest designers showcasing the best selections & trends, from glamorous gowns to chic cocktail dresses, much to the delight of everyone who sees you wearing any of them. Christos Costarellos: He has a distinctive gift to create refined feminine designs which combine timeless elegance with a contemporary character. The SS14 collection is infused with an haute couture touch which shows off the beauty and power of ethereal, alluring women.

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tailoring and inherent finesse. The collection is beautiful yet strong. Mikael D: He draws his inspiration from a variety of sources: architecture, exhibition, a work of art or even an auction for antique lace.

Kymira: The sensational and glamorous line is designed by Sandy Abdelnour to make a woman the stunning star of today. The pret a porter collection sketches beauty and elegance that embrace your body with surprising styles making you look completely gorgeous. Mandalay: Attending a high class party or a wedding, Mandalay has you covered. Their evening dresses are a perfect choice: off shoulder necklines and body conscious shapes with whimsical details like jewels, fine bead work and impressive floral and lace applique. Tadashi Shoji: Tadashi Shoji designs delight the eyes with feminine beauty enhanced by exquisite choices of colour, impeccable 42

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Tuvanam by Tutti: Tuvanam by Tutti is an elegant and luxurious brand so unique in the way how rare fabrics are combined with colourful jewels.

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Julian Joyce by Mandalay: It is a sister line of Mandalay focusing on short evening dresses; they are timeless and elegant, intricately designed in a unique metallic lace, with floral embellishments. Oscar de la Renta: Whether wearing daytime dresses embroidered with floral patterns or an


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evening gown displaying impressive thread works; the glamour of the de la Renta woman is evident. Catherine Deane: Catherin Deane’s designs are culled from her nomadic lifestyle and her passion for long forgotten craft techniques with a modernist twist of simplicity. ML by Monique Lhuillier: Her designs capture the essence of luxury by provoking femininity, allure and glamour. Monique has dressed many celebrities and important political figures.

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Notte by Marchesa: Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig introduced a host of complementary diffusion lines including Notte by Marchesa. The beautiful gowns and evening dresses form a thoroughly mature and sophisticated collection that has grown into a red carpet favourite.

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Visit us to see all these glamorous spring summer designs available at Harvey Nichols Kuwait, Grand Avenue – The Avenues.

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“Le Royaume Enchanté”, Rami Kadi’s latest collection unfolds within the pages of a fairytale, and is inspired by story of a sleeping beauty who wakes up from an ever long sleep and finds her self within the confines of a sumptuous castle. It is with mixed feelings of surprise, and astonishment that the gracious princess walks through the aisles of the palace, and discovers a place glowing with royal opulence and yet holding an air of modernity. It is within the castle’s main ballroom that Kadi’s collection makes its debut: from the ambient pastel colors, the lace embroideries covering the tables, and flowers held into dramatic bouquets by silk ribbons to the bead embroidered curtains and extravagant chandeliers, it is in a context of lavish royalty that the collection unfolds and sets a mood of anticipation for the latest creations of the designer. Rami Kadi’s collection for this season sets itself in refined standards of elegance, where exquisite cuts are produced on new and innovative fabrics: Tulle, Silk Crepe, Organza, Mikado, and Lace are married into dramatic volumes and refined shapes. In line with his previous collections, this latest creation sets yet another milestone in Kadi’s career, and creates anticipation for future releases.”

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Dazzling Jewels By Carla Amorim

Carla Amorim founded her namesake brand in 1992. The Brazilian designer is inspired by inspired by three major Brazilian elements: Architecture, Nature, and Culture. Contemporary, fresh, feminine, and delicate are words that would be apt to describe the beauty of a Carla Amorim creation. The red carpet favorite has been spotted on Michelle Obama, Sandra Bullock, Sofia Vergara and other trendsetters. Carla Amorim is available at Al Ostoura Jewelry, Thuraya Mall.

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Ivanka Trump Journey Jewelry Series The time has come to rock tradition. Check out Ivanka Trump’s glamorous jewelry collection this season!

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Beauty

More is More: Madly Yours by Maha Al Otaibi

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he new spirit of “Madly Yours” is vibrant and joyously iconoclastic. Maha Al Otaibi dawns an uplifting, ultra-feminine moment that triumphs experimentation over timid trend-following and brings women together for her “Madly Yours” opening at Harvey Nichols in Grand Avenues. Tell us more about “Madly Yours”. How and when did you start it? I started this collection because of my acne. In the 90s, my doctor introduced me to minerals and how to apply powder to protect the skin from the sun because I have a very sensitive skin. I wanted to help Arab women find the correct foundation for their skin. So this is how it all began! What was your main inspiration? I have always been in love with colors especially earth colors. They are very captivating and they always look great each season. I think it’s glamorous and natural at the same time. You can wear it with almost anything and still look good. I also got inspired by the beauty of minerals and how it can be so beneficial for your skin. So I worked hard to make it work. I think it’s very natural and it helps women see their natural beauty and that’s what’s important.

requesting different colors based on fashion and the designer brands and what they have in store. So let’s say the theme for spring is floral then we go for earthly colors and pastels. Can you tell us more about the trending makeup for weddings and brides this season? When it comes to bridal, I always like to go with the natural look to go with the white dress. It brings out women’s beauty and strong features. It always pops their eyes. I also love focusing on eye lashes more instead of eye shadow because it makes a statement. I would go for pastels – peachy, pinkish, and pearl colors for sure. I would also suggest silvery and golden touches. In terms of bridal, we’re talking makeup and not fashion and that’s the beauty of it because it’s not dependent on something else; it has its own entity which is that brides should always look natural and pretty. In your opinion, which is the most important makeup item? I would have to say foundation for sure! Foundation gives you base and tone for your skin. It also gives a fresh look. It is very important

for every woman to find the right foundation that matches her skin because then she’ll know exactly how to manipulate it and play around it. It makes you look flawless and that’s very important! Some people say lipstick; but for me, I think the base is the most important because it holds everything together. Where do you see yourself in the near future? I see myself going global! If we keep bringing the right thing to women and if we keep working so hard for this brand, I believe I will! Do you have any makeup tips to share with our readers? Use mineral foundation and you will learn the trick. It is very natural and flawless; you can sleep and wake up in it and you still look just as good. It’s beneficial for your skin as well and you don’t have to wash it off! Mineral foundation has suddenly taken on the role that lipstick and nail polish used to play alone, “Madly Yours” makeup provides a wide range of products help to bring out the natural beauty of every woman.

Tell us about your collections. We have different spring and summer collections. Every two months, we have a new collection; sometimes a change of color or just the production of lighter shades of this color. I also love mixing colors and it really depends on what women want. We’re not just focused on foundation; we have lipsticks, eye shadow, eye liner, lip liners, all kinds of foundation and palettes, mascaras, etc. Nowadays, they keep

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L’Oreal Professionnel’s IT Bridal Looks 2014 gets you splendidly ready for your exciting big day! L’Oreal Professionnel is as ready as ever to usher in a fabulously vibrant wedding season as the brand rolls out its bridal collection for 2014. A cutting-edge twist on the brand’s “It looks” collection, now for the blushing bride, IT Bridal Looks sources its inspiration from the most significant fashion shows, the world’s most photographed celebrities and street style stars from the world over! Once an It girl, always an It girl, and with L’Oreal Professionnel’s It Bridal Looks, it’s now time to become the It Bride! Using the latest colors and styles that are becoming increasingly popular in 2014, L’Oreal Professionnel brings you an exclusive array of IT Bridal hairstyles from nine leading salons around the GCC. The salons that created the spectacular and diverse looks were Salon Bouthaina (Jeddah, KSA), Abu Dhabi based Salon Hairwaves by Charbel Doumit, Salon Oriana Jeddah, Bahrain-based Salon Rawnaq, Salon Apollo Riyadh, Salon St. Beauty Abu Dhabi, Salon Brigitte Kuwait, Dubai-based Salon Version-Francaise and Salon Lamasat Jeddah. With the brand’s Ammonia-free permanent color INOA as the base, the talented hairdressers fashioned different looks that boasted sun-kissed highlights, glossy finishes and Ombre nature highlights among other elements using the brand’s efficient range of products such as Dia-Light, Maji Blonde 900s and Dia-Richesse. A couple of the exotic hairstyles also received the fashionable touch

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of one of L’Oreal Professionnel’s most up-tothe-minute hair accessory, Hair Chalk, which offers quick and temporary hair polish that washes out with shampoo! A special day where several dreams come true, calls for a look that is unique and beautiful and this is something that L’Oreal Professionnel understands very well. Set the most fashionable standards on your big day as L’Oreal Professionnel’s IT Bridal Looks for 2014 will ensure that you are a bride unlike any other!

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Bobbi Brown for Carolina Herrera Spring 2015 One of the most classic and timeless collections to date, the Carolina Herrera Spring 2015 Bridal collection is about softness and grace, featuring luxurious layering, lace treatment and sleek silhouettes. The effect is romantic and sensual. With an element of surprise and whimsy signature to Carolina Herrera style. To complement the unforgettable collection, the beauty look is flawless and polished, with natural flushed cheeks, beautifully defined brows and thinly lined eyes paired with a classic berry lip. Skin: Hydrating Face Cream Face: Creamy Concealer, Corrector, Skin Foundation Stick, Retouching Powder Eyes: Long-Wear Eye Base, Eye Shadow in Ivory, Eye Shadow in Shell, Eye Shadow in Taupe, Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner in Black Ink, No Smudge Mascara Cheeks: Blush in Sand Pink and Pale Pink Lips: Sheer Lip Color in Carolina, Lip Liner in Pink Mauve

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Bobbi Brown for Oscar de la Renta Spring 2015 To complement the feminine silhouettes and textures at the Oscar de la Renta Spring 2015 bridal show, the beauty look remained pretty and romantic. Champagne swept eyes, a diffused rose cheek and a nude pink lip were the perfect accents to the flawlessly glowing skin. The Oscar bride looked how every bride should on her wedding day – herself but prettier. Skin: Hydrating Face Cream Face: Skin Foundation Stick, Pale Yellow Sheer Pressed Powder Eyes: Dark Brow Kit, Long-Wear Eye Base, Ivory Eye Shadow, Champagne Quartz Metallic Eye Shadow, Perfectly Defined Eyeliner in Scotch, No Smudge Mascara Cheeks: Rose Shimmer Brick, Nude Pink Blush Lips: White Brightening Lip Gloss, Ballet Pink Lip Liner

Bobbi Brown for Reem Acra Spring 2015 Inspired by a modern woman on her wedding day, the Reem Acra Spring 2014 bridal collection takes shape in whimsical but feminine silhouettes. To complement the ethereal textures and colors, the makeup look is soft and romantic. Her skin is glowing and flawless, her eyes swept with antiqued rose shadow and her lips a delicate stain of dusty rose. To complete the look, her cheeks are lightly dusted with a soft pop of pink. Skin: Hydrating Face Cream, Hydrating Eye Cream Face: Corrector, Creamy Conceale, Skin Foundation Stick Eyes: Long-Wear Eye Base, White Eye Shadow, Antique Rose Eye Shadow, Perfectly Defined Gel Eyeliner in Chocolate Truffle, No Smudge Mascara Cheeks: Pink Retouching Powder, Pale Pink Blush, Brightening Finishing Powder in Nude Lips: Sunset Orange & Dusty Rose Art Stick

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PRONOVIAS DRESSES FRANCESCA EASTWOOD AND FRANCES FISHER FOR THE GOLDEN GLOBES Pronovias has made its first appearance on the red carpet at the Golden Globes, dressing Miss Golden Globe 2013 Francesca Eastwood and Frances Fisher for the 70th edition of the event at the famous Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills. The actresses were accompanied by Hollywood legend, Clint Eastwood. Actress Francesca, who is also Clint Eastwood’s daughter, has been named Miss Golden Globe for 2013, following in the footsteps of the daughters of notable actors and actresses who have been honoured in the past. She chose Pronovias to dress her for this very special occasion. The beautiful actress appeared wearing a stunning white mermaid dress in delicate guipure lace with a flattering sweetheart neckline, straps embellished with delicate floral appliqué and an eye-catching semitransparent back from Pronovias by Manuel Mota. Frances Fisher, Francesca’s mother and also an actress, has appeared in blockbusters such as “Titanic”, “60 seconds” and “House of Sand and Fog”. Frances wore an elegant, dark blue, V-neck mermaid gown from the Pronovias Cocktail 2013 collection in soft tulle with bead embroidery, elbow-length tulle sleeves and a belt with silver beading around the waist. For further information: www.pronovias.com FOLLOW US ON: @Pronovias http://www.facebook.com/Pronovias www.youtube.com/Pronoviastv

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HER & His style icon

Great Expectations Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher are getting hitched and having a baby!

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Fans of That 70s Show will remember Jackie

and Kelso’s on-screen chemistry as one of the best things about the show. Now, eight years after the series finale, Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis rekindle their flame with the recent news of their engagement. The long-time friends were rumored to be dating since April 2012, and they kept it no secret. They took luxurious romantic vacations together in destinations like Bali, and they are constantly caught engaging in PDA. The couple has been friends since the 90s, but each of them developed respectively as actors and style icons.

In 1983, Mila Kunis was born in Chernivtsi, Ukraine to a physics teacher mother and a mechincal engineer father. Her family moved to Los Angeles when Kunis was 7, citing religious freedom as their main reason for the move. Two years later at the age of 9, her father enrolled her in acting school. Her first audition landed her a role in a Barbie commercial, and in 1994 she made it on primetime television with minor appearances in Days of Our Lives and Baywatch. When Kunis was 14 in 1998, she was cast as Jackie Burkhart in That 70s Show although the minimum audition age was 18. Her acting got her noticed by many agents, and she landed roles such as appearances in 7th Heaven and tenure as Meg Griffin in Family Guy. He debut on the silver screen, however, was not as successful. She cites her early roles in films such as American Psycho 2 and Get Over It as “embarrassing” and “better for fans to forget about”. In 2008, director Judd Apatow cast her in a starring role in Forgetting Sarah Marshall, the positive reviews of which helped her gain popularity amongst Hollywood headhunters. In 2010, Mila Kunis broke out as a star with the theatrical release of the controversial Film Black Swan opposite Natalie Portman. In contrast to the dark mystery of Black Swan, Kunis was next cast in the romantic comedy Friends WWW.THETALK-ONLINE.COM

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With Benefits with Justin Timberlake. The film established Kunis’ range, showing that she can be asas serious as she is funny. To date, Kunis has earned 8 film awards, the most recent of which being an MTV Movie Award for her performance in Oz the Great and Powerful. Ashton Kutcher’s rise to fame was a bit different than that of his fiancée. He was born in Iowa in 1978 and lived a very trouble adolescent live. His fraternal twin brother suffered many maladies, which lead Kutcher to suffer emotionally. He consequently wound up in trouble, and was even on probation for three years. In university he took up odd jobs such as working in the General Mills Cereal factory, but fortunately, a scout for a modeling agency scooped up the attractive young man and took him to New York City, where he modeled for names such a Calvin Klein and Abercrombie & Fitch. Later, he pursued his interest in acting by moving to Los Angeles. His first auditioned earned him the role of Michael Kelso in That 70s Show, and several large-scale films such as Dude Where’s My Car, Guess Who, My Boss’ Daughter, and The Butterfly Effect. Although Kutcher was confident on screen, he had several contingency plans and invested in startups such as Skype and Foursquare. Kutcher hosted his own show, Punk’d, which made him popular amongst young audiences, and his work in romantic comedies such as Killers earned him popularity amongst older audiences. He was named in Time Magazine’s Top 100 Most Influential People in 2010. Kutcher was in the spotlight later in life than Kunis, so he was able to skim over the awkward 90s teen looks. His style starts in 1997 with ironic tees and casual red carpet looks, which swayed into more mature business casual looks as he rose to prominence. However, it was his well-documented relationship with Demi Moore 62

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that pushed Kutcher to become a surprise male style icon. His well-tailored suits, slacks, and button-downs and scruffy good looks did not die out with his relationship; he continues to shine on the red carpets and streets all the same. Consequently, Kunis’ style is more timeless than Kutchers: the East-European beauty plays with her assets such as her dark hair, olive skin,

and sultry eyes, and makes the most out of her natural looks. She opts for the effortlessly sexy, and tends to lean towards more neutral colours and shades, such as blacks, whites, and beiges. As a couple, Kunis and Kutcher complement each others’ opposite looks, and with a baby on the way, we wish the couple the happiest of futures!


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Wedding Wonderland Qasem Dashti

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othing brings out your inner DIYer more than planning a wedding. Qasim Dashti understands this better than anyone and has ideas that will appease any bride. In an exclusive interview, THETALK discovers the passion and determination that have made him one of Kuwait’s most wanted wedding planners. it’s a pleasure to be with you! Please tell us about yourself.

signature element that enchants attendees. For example, Kuwait is a desert environment and when a wedding contrasts that by incorporating greenery and lush flowers, the image resonates in the memories of people who are typically accustomed to barren deserts and a lack of flora and fauna. I sometimes find that it is a challenge to enchant the wedding guests because Kuwaitis are some of the most tasteful people in the world. Because Kuwaitis are well-travelled, they see the beauty or respective elements of design in different places such as Beirut or Paris and come back home wanting to incorporate what they saw into their own weddings. To me, it always comes back to the use of flowers.

aura to them, and they are more flexible. It is true that there are fewer details, but the environment is prettier. I personally encourage mixed wedding, as we do go to mixed malls, restaurants, even work environments, so why do we stop at weddings? Have you ever worked with a difficult bride? How do you deal with the like?

Plenty! To me, organizing is a challenge. It’s easy if the client has taste that she is confident in and asks me to render her vision. The more difficult clients are the ones who do not know what they want. Usually Kuwaitis have a vision in mind and come prepared with examples. I play the amateur psychologist and study the What makes a Qasim Dashti wedding? personality to discover what she likes. Other I always lean towards simplicity. Simple is always times, I show her some of my previous work, and wait for her reaction. A wedding planner elegant, because when you have a large and is a profession which requires patience and simple setting, you can display stunning pieces that will not overwhelm guests or take away from compassion because I am in the business of creating beauty and happiness. The most another piece. You can spend vast amounts of money on expensive and glamorous pieces, but important person to me is the bride herself, as she is the one who is going to have her wedding to me, it always boils down to being timeless in in memory for years to come. This job is very your taste. Oftentimes, overwhelming weddings hard as it is full of stress and tension, but once can come off as nouveau riche, because the urge to display wealth trumps the urge to display I organize myself according to the time limit that i have and know what my client wants, success taste. comes floundering in. Have you ever done weddings outside of What is your favourite thing about a Do you have an educational background in Kuwait? What are the differences? wedding? floristry or wedding planning? Yes, I have done weddings in Bahrain and in The lighting is very important, and the bride of Yes, actually, I studied fine art and art history Dubai, and the differences in taste are evident. course. To me, the wedding complements the here in Kuwait. What I learned the most was In other Gulf countries, weddings are typically bride, not the other way around. I like to see that the beauty of a space is found in a perfectly more expensive than they are in Kuwait; yet arranged mis-en-scene. The balance is very Kuwaiti weddings look grander. I believe that this the bride’s dress to make sure that the theme important when it comes to colour and symmetry, is because Kuwaitis are heavily influenced by the matches and the décor will only be a muted representation of her appearance. Weddings are and proper use of space is a key element that Lebanese. a source of joy, love, and happiness, so it is very can be often overlooked. important that every last detail will reflect the What is the biggest difference in terms of atmosphere in the photographs years to come. In your opinion, what is the most memorable décor between a segregated wedding and a thing about a wedding? mixed wedding? The pleasure is all mine. My name is Qasim Dashti, and I am both a wedding planner and a florist. I love décor and flowers respectively, and I was a successful florist with my own shop. I believe that it is important to hold all the strings, and if I were to be successful in my own field, I would need to have a say in all fields. This is what exposed me to wedding planning. If I could plan the wedding, then I would have the freedom to incorporate as much flower as I want. The bases of all my décor was- naturally- flowers. At first, I only worked on the bride and groom’s seat, but then I expanded to include more elements of the wedding such as photography, furniture, lighting, venue, catering, and even tiny details like plates and the uniforms of the servants. I found that everything was interlinked, and I needed to have a grasp on all the aspects of the planning to maintain harmony.

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Invisalign is the newest practical and invisible orthodontic treatment Dr. Salem Al Anzi, Dentist

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r. Salem Al Anzi is an orthodontic consultant at Sama Dental Center. He holds a Master’s Degree in Orthodontics from Boston University, USA in 1986. He was the first dentist in Kuwait to become a licensed Invisalign dentist in 2001. MEN’S PASSION interviewed him for more insight on Invisalign as compared to the traditional metal braces. What is orthodontic treatment? Orthodontics is a major treatment in dentistry. The process involves aligning teeth to treat the malocclusion of crowded or irregularly spaced teeth, in addition to maintaining an appropriate relation between the teeth and jaws in terms of shape and size. Orthodontics caters to a variety of cases of re-alignment; the most recent among which is Invisalign’s clear aligners. What makes Invisalign unique? Invisalign is a hardly noticeable aesthetic orthodontic appliance as the trays are transparent and almost invisible; they can be easily removed, cleaned, sterilized and reattached. Subsequently, this allows maintaining dental hygiene just like always with a reduced potential of gum infections. The trays can be removed to eat normally and hassle-free, as they are detachable.

What’s the ideal age for clear aligners? This is an all-age product. Since, 1997, more than a million and a half people aged between 17 and 75 used this technique in the U.S. and Europe. Adolescents aged between 12 and17 can also use this treatment. Why would someone resort to clear aligners and do they differ from traditional braces? Invisalign is a treatment based on science and developed leveraging on the scientific research and clinical expertise of a large group of Orthodontic specialists, biotechnologists and information technologists according to prominent standards of accuracy, health, safety and aesthetics. Furthermore, Invisialign are designed to be detachable any desired time whilst traditional braces are fixated on teeth and cannot be removed until the treatment is over. How do trays influence speech or other functions and do they generally suit patients?

Clear aligners are convenient and suit the lifestyle of many patients; the mouth shape is not altered; and articulation is not influenced and the patient’s social and career life is preserved intact. Whereas traditional braces give an This is extremely important for people with job or impression of a protruded mouth or lips for social obligations that prevent them from wearing certain patients as the braces stay in the mouth; moreover, some patients find it hard to articulate metal braces. 68

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some letters at the beginning of the treatment with traditional braces. How are clear aligners more favorable in comparison with metal braces for eligible candidates? Clear aligners are more hygienic and practical given their detachability. Teeth can be brushed and flossed. Food between the teeth will not accumulate to cause tooth decay or gum infection because of the braces or wires as might happen traditionally, in addition to the sharpedged wires that might scratch or cut the gums, tongue or even lips. Invisalign trays are made of smooth medical plastic. A licensed doctor first starts the treatment using this technique through digital imprints and images of teeth, which are sent to Invisalign laboratories to develop a treatment plan indicating how these teeth will appear before and after the treatment. A medical plastic tray is customized for the patient’s teeth, based on which the treatment cost is set based on the severity of the case. On the other hand, traditional braces would be measured and teeth would be evaluated after obtaining a clay mold for teeth in order for the metal braces to be fixated and only removed upon the end of the treatment.


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Made-To-Measure

A Personalized Approach to Lanvin Suits

An exquisite tailoring service that bridges the gap between modern cuts and heritage - this is today’s approach to contemporary classics. More than simply altering a ready-made suit, the made-to-measure service for Lanvin is as much about the experience as it is about the final product. Its head tailor of the bespoke department, Julien Fouache, says that everything begins with a sample kit, the base that is then combined with the customer’s measurements, needs and desires. The Lanvin silhouette is characterized by its classicism and modern cut - it’s form fitting without compromising on comfort. In addition are the minute details curated by the customer himself, including the number of buttons, lapel variations, buttonholes and monogram placement and you have yourself a personalized Lanvin creation. To ensure that the optimum fabric is chosen, there is an impressive library made available, where the customer can view up to 1,500 fabric swatches, both permanent and seasonal options. After all, satisfying the customer’s every whim and fancy is part of the made-to-measure experience. Guided by Fouache, advice is given while options are explored to find harmony between the Lanvin aesthetic and the customer’s preferences. The toile, where the suit will rest on in its early stages, is quality personified - it is made from natural fibres including horsehair and camel hair, pure cotton thread and a lining made with pure bemberg. The entire process takes up to seven weeks, of which includes three fittings, where even a fraction of a centimetre difference is made, if need be - that’s just part of Lanvin’s meticulous approach. What sets this service apart from its existing counterparts is the intimate experience. A

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first visit with the tailor quickly develops into a conversation about how the customer defines himself and the message he wants to share with others. Without being invasive, the service not only crafts a perfectly fitted Lanvin suit, it also builds a rapport between the creator and the user, an often overlooked and underrated aspect of the experience. The process is collaborative and like all other good things in life, you get as much out of it as you put in. The Lanvin man is an individualist; he wants to be unique without sacrificing the slightest ounce of quality and finish. This is exactly what the Lanvin Made-to-Measure service encompasses - a synthesis of style and savoir-faire that is definitively Lanvin. Since the mid-1980s, this service allows a way of personalizing men’s tailoring halfway between a full bespoke service and ready-to-wear clothing. The manufacturing process is also halfway as the initial elements are factory -produced with the final alterations made by hand.

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Lanvin Metal Shoes Studded loafers strike the ground with a metallic rhythm, bringing back tactile pleasures in a world where the virtual reigns supreme. Braided black calfskin featuring a rubber effect, smooth glossy calfskin in black, midnight blue or brown, or two-tone python comes together to form moccasins with soles studded with hand sewn metal rivets. These little metal rings, embroidered onto the leather and often in three rows, lend a stylish air to this otherwise functional footwear. Originally designed to strengthen the shoe›s structure, they add stylish detail to the Lanvin male stride. With smooth glossy calfskin brogues or striped flocked calfskin, their sensible nature receives a military, masculine twist. Echoing the spotlights and massive cables arranged around the catwalk, the accessories for Lanvin Men’s Summer 2014 by Lucas Ossendrijver marry elegance with neo-industrial details, drawing upon the infinite richness of materials.

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setting the watch trends

The Best of the Best from Baselworld 2014

Baselworld remains the essential meeting place for the world’s watch industry. Now in its 42nd edition, the show hosts more than 1,500 exhibitors and 150,000 visitors over an 8-day period. Simply put, there is no better place to gauge the temperature of the global timepiece marketplace. There is nowhere better to feel the trends, meet the people and see, first hand, this year’s innovations and novelties. For the business of watchmaking, regardless of size, stature and heritage, Baselworld remains the place to be seen. It’s the Geneva Motor Show of the watch world. The brand directory reads like the A-Z of global horology. Again this year we walked the halls and met the people that are shaping the

Men’s Hublot Classic Fusion Tourbillion Firmament For the first time from Hublot, its Classic Fusion Tourbillon Firmament watch features a case in osmium crystal. Osmium is considered the rarest metal on the planet. Its origins date back to the formation of the Earth and the primitive solar nebula. In its compact and crystallised form, it becomes inalterable in air and its brilliance will never fade. Its blueish sparkle is unique amongst metals. And there lies the wonder of osmium crystal dials: osmium crystals vary in size from tenths of a millimetre to just a few millimetres, making osmium in its crystal form one of the greatest new developments in the precious metals market. The case of the Classic Fusion Tourbillon Firmament watch is in polished black ceramic and its diameter is of 45mm. The timepiece features a strap in black alligator stitched onto black rubber with black stitching.

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future and style of the business. It was a stellar year for innovations and new releases. From all the brands and all the pieces we’ve managed to distill the best down to our favourite five picks for men and women.


Glashütte Original Seventies Chronograph Panorama Date The Seventies Chronograph Panorama Date, introduced at Baselworld 2014, features an entirely new chronograph movement, Caliber 37-02, which was designed and manufactured in-house at the brand’s manufacture in Saxony. The new watch becomes the latest in the vintage-inspired Glashütte Original Seventies collection. The movement beats at a frequency of 4 Hz, and its full range of functions include a central stop seconds hand, 30-minute and 12-hour counters, a flyback mechanism, small seconds, a power reserve indicator, and the brand’s trademark Panorama Date display.

Tissot PRS 516 Extreme The sporty Tissot PRS 516 Extreme is based on a motorsport-inspired Tissot timepiece from the 1960s but adds some contemporary touches. The smooth lines of the case evoke the bodywork of modern automobiles and the details on the dial and bezel echo those on car dashboards. The strap (available in leather or rubber) has a racing-stripe design with a honeycomb pattern reminiscent of an automobile’s ventilation system; there is also a version available that has the original model’s famous bracelet, with cut-out circles illustrating the steering wheels of racecars. The automatic movement, visible through a clear caseback, powers a chronograph and date display. The black PVD-coated stainless steel case is water-resistant to 100 meters.

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Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Flyback First introduced by Blancpain in the 1950s, the Bathyscape was reinterpreted in 2013 and this year Blancpain added a new model featuring a new self-winding F385 movement featuring a flyback chronograph function. Inside the new Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe model is a new 13-lignes Manufacture Blancpain movement fitted with a column-wheel chronograph mechanism with a vertical clutch. Beating at a rate of 36,000 vibrations/ hour it also features a flyback function which makes it possible for the user to reset and instantly restart the chronograph by simply pressing the button at 4 o’clock. It also features chrono-pushers that are water resistant to 300 meters in order that the chronograph can be used at depth without fear of damage to the watch.

Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Quantieme Ivory Enamel The piece offers modernity with the art of a classic timepiece. Incorporating a silicon balance spring and inversed horns on the pallets fork, the watch presents a significant update to the movement of the brand’s legendary models. Its use of such modern materials allows it to withstand shock and environment, keeping perfect stability. Finished with tones of gray and black the model has a contemporary feel yet nods to the brand’s identity with a movement embellished with fanned Cotes de Geneve decoration. The watch is available in two versions, red and white gold with a diameter of 39 and 43 millimeters.

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Women’s Breguet Secret de la Reine (GJ24BB8548DDCJ99) With its case of 18-carat white gold, and floral cameo carved by hand, its bow decoration of 18-carat white gold is paved with 432 brilliant-cut diamonds (approximately 3,69 cts). The dial flange is set with 48 brilliantcut diamonds (approximately 0,101 ct). The dial, in silvered gold, is paved with 116 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 0,321 ct), in a traditional setting. A Breguet medallion in white motherof-pearl inset at 12 o’clock with Breguet open-tipped hands. The piece features a white gold ribbon bracelet, and is also available in rose gold.

Omega Constellation ‘Pluma’ These unique models take their name from the Latin word for feather, subtly hinting at the delicate design that accentuates the dial. Among the most striking design elements of these 27 mm models are their mother-of-pearl dials that are available in natural white or blue - a hue that is created by coating the underside of a white mother-of-pearl piece with black paint. A soft, wavy pattern cast from the iconic claws on the bezel is engraved on the dial and recalls the gentle lines of a feather. Complementing the alluring dial are eleven diamond indexes set in 18K gold holders.

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Harry Winston Avenue Classic Diamond Drops Set with 29 brilliant-cut diamonds, the white gold case of the piece creates the ideal frame to showcase the intricate composition of the dial, like a window gazing out towards the sky. The textured base of the dial is shown in sophisticated shades of grays – the smoky hues creating the perfect contrast to showcase the brilliant sparkle of each individual stone. A snowsetting featuring 190 brilliant-cut gems gently cascades down the dial, awakening the composition with a sense of movement and emotion.

Balmain Maestria Lady Round The Maestria Lady Round is unanimously praised by women, irrespective of age, social class, taste or character, since it appears to have universally appreciated qualities: modern while being traditional and refined, simple, but at the same time sophisticated, discreet, yet glittering, gentle and still full of energy. And that’s not all. Other strengths contribute to this acclaim: its round shape, its pure lines, the perfection of its finish and its pleasing detail. And also its versatility: thirteen models for a range that is guaranteed to bring luck. Whether its face is made up in black, white mother-of-pearl or silvered arabesque motifs, it retains the same sparkling smile. It remains equally appealing whether its body is covered in diamonds (66 on the case, 12 on the dial), steel, pink PVD or yellow PVD. Whether its arms are satin or steel, it embodies elegance in all its styles.

Chopard Happy Sport Tourbillon Joaillerie The Happy Sport joins the world of Haute Horlogerie with the Happy Sport Tourbillon Joaillerie model housing a L.U.C 02.16-L movement produced by the Chopard Manufacture. Available in 18-carat white or rose gold, this creation stems from the most delicate gem-setting techniques such as the snow setting that entirely carpets the dial with a flurry of diamonds. The tourbillon bridge are also gem-set, as is the bezel embellished with the refined touch of 36 trapezecut diamonds. The crown features baguette-cut diamonds and a briolettecut diamond. Last but not least comes the 7 famous moving diamonds spinning between two sapphire crystals. 78

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Harry Winston In 1989, building upon its legacy of fine jewelry design and innovation, Harry Winston ventured into the field of watch making. Ranging from exquisite diamond jewelry timepieces to high complication technical designs, Harry Winston timepieces maintain the company’s quest for excellence and commitment to quality without compromise, consistently earning international top industry awards. Harry Winston opened its own timepieces Manufacture in Geneva in 2007.

In the first of a short two-part series we look at their current perfect forms.

throughout the series – from Histoire de Tourbillon 1, which explores the movement and sculpture of the complication, to Histoire de Tourbillon 4, which seeks the next level of precision and performance – a powerful idea took shape: for the first time, the Histoire de Tourbillon 5 would fully reveal the exceptional mechanism behind the tourbillon.

Avenue Classic Diamond Drops & Midnight Diamond Drops 39 mm

Midnight Moon Phase Automatic 42mm

The House of Harry Winston introduces an enchanting new dial design that celebrates the brilliance and sparkle of the world’s finest diamonds. Like a pointillist painter, the gemsetter creates an intricate composition using only brilliant-cut stones, replacing colors with the sparkle of icy white gems. This enchanting canvas demonstrates the Harry Winston’s expertise in gem-setting and references the signature techniques used in the House’s fine jewelry creations: the near-invisible clawsetting on the chatons ensures that nothing distracts from the beauty of each diamond; diamonds are placed on the dial using a snowsetting, demonstrating the gem-setter’s skill and precision.

The Harry Winston Midnight Collection derives its classic credentials from a rare balance between the distinct elements that make up an exceptional timepiece. Each has been conceived according to the role it is to play. The case evokes the iconic arches that define the façade of Harry Winston’s historic Fifth Avenue Salon – proclaiming its unmistakable heritage.

Histoire De Tourbillon 5

Project Z8

Harry Winston’s Histoire de Tourbillon is a sophisticated collection of limited edition timepieces dedicated to the craftsmanship of one of the most revered and complex horological complications. Launched in 2009, each Histoire de Tourbillon underscores Harry Winston’s continued pursuit of excellence in innovation, by presenting the tourbillion in a series of spectacular new forms.

Carrying the lucky number 8, Project Z8 represents the latest model in Harry Winston’s innovative Project Z series, which showcases the House’s pioneering use of ZaliumTM. Lighter, harder than titanium and extremely resistant to corrosion, ZaliumTM is a zirconium-base alloy exclusive to the House, and reflects its motto of “only the exceptional” in design. Its matte gunmetal gray color gives an unexpected and captivating gleam to this striking sporting timepiece.

Now part of Swatch Group, Harry Winston have reaffirmed their commitment to fine watchmaking, and one has the feeling we are in the midst of witnessing classics in the making.

Building on the technical challenges introduced

Like its predecessors, the Midnight Automatic and Midnight Big Date, the Midnight Retrograde Second Automatic 42mm exudes an understated elegance. Watchmaking tradition is expressed on its sunray satin-brushed silvertoned dial with two central hands expresses fine watchmaking tradition.

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setting the watch trends

MYSTIQUE FOULARD Precious like the silk scarves from which it draws inspiration, Mystique Foulard interprets one of the most iconic themes in Versace: the Baroque. The fine dial is personalised with the famous fantasy patterns from the Versace’s DNA - a triumph of acanthus leaves, arabesque motifs and opulent corollae: the gold filigree decorations are silhouetted against a polychromatic enamel background featuring exuberant juxtapositions of blue & black, fuchsia & black and black & blue. The diamond indexes

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give the composition extra touches of light.

Technical information:

The IP rose gold case, with its characteristic central lugs, is fastened to the wrist by a patent leather strap in bright colours matching the dial. In addition there are two versions with the IP rose gold bracelet: one with a diamond-studded bezel and the other with a full pavé on the first bracelet links too.

Case: IP rose gold - 38 mm Ø

Mystique Foulard is a super sophisticated jewellery watch that reflects the creative opulence of Versace’s DNA.

WR: 30 m/3 ATM Movement: quartz (Ronda 762.2) Swiss-Made Dial: Baroque with blue & black enamel and rose gold pattern 4 diamond indexes, logo at 12h Strap: blue patent leather – butterfly buckle Strap: blue patent leather – butterfly buckle


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PREMIER CHRONOGRAPH 40MM Harry Winston loved women. In his eagerness to please them, he set out to adorn them with the most extraordinary precious stones. This original mindset is still embedded in the Harry Winston timepiece collections – as if the founder himself were still reading women’s hearts and fulfilling their wishes. The Premier Chronograph 40mm expresses the House’s jewelry tradition and creative virtuosity through subtle decorative motifs. Stemming from the House’s first timepiece collection, which launched in 1989, the Premier is the perfect blend of seduction and femininity. In its newest version, the House has preserved the same style codes of the iconic design, while giving free rein to its creative instincts. Let the magic begin. The volume of the rose gold case has been slimmed down to create a more elegant profile, while the 40 mm diameter gives this chronograph a defined presence on the wrist. The attachments, which recall the neo-classical arch defining the façade of Harry Winston’s historic Fifth Avenue Salon, have been redesigned for a smoother finish. Generous diamonds of the finest quality are delicately handset, recalling the House’s iconic diamond creations. The crown is shaped like an exquisitely faceted gem, proudly celebrating Harry Winston’s fine-jewelry heritage. The stunning brown Tahitian mother-of-pearl dial radiates a seductive smoky effect, hovering between shades of warm brown and couture grey. The diamond-set appliques and indexes, ornate decoration, and the striking asymmetry of the various dials, combine to create a stunning visual rhythm on the dial.

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Powered by a quartz movement, this chronograph has 12-hour and 30-minute counters, as well as small seconds at 6 o’clock. A shiny taupe alligator strap provides the perfect finishing touch, further enhancing the refinement and harmony of the design. Wish granted. Mr. Winston’s passion still guides our creative vision.


The acoustic poetry of time

A. Lange & Söhne presents the LANGE ZEITWERK STRIKING TIME in pink gold Three high-pitched chimes and one lowerpitched tone are the sounds with which the LANGE ZEIT-WERK STRIKING TIME announceseach passing quarter and full hour. The first A. Lange & Söhne wristwatch with a chiming mechanism is now available in pink gold as well. A. Lange & Söhne explored new avenues when it presented the LANGEZEITWERK STRIKING TIME, its first chiming wristwatch, three years ago. Now, the resonant masterpiece with precisely jumping numerals is also available in pink gold with an argenté-coloured dial and pink-gold hands. In the LANGEZEITWERK STRIKING TIME, key chiming mechanism components are visibly integrated into the dial design. The blackpolished steel hammers can be seen on either side of the subsidiary seconds dial: one on the right for the quarter hours and one on the left for the full hours. The two gongs, embedded in a recess between the dial and bezel, are also readily recognisable. Every 15 minutes, the mechanism triggers the striking of one of the two gongs. Three higher-pitched tones sound each quarter hour, while a low-pitched tone chimes the top of the hour. The chiming mechanism can be deactivated to prevent any disturbance during the night or at a meeting. A push piece at 4 o’clock raises the hammers and silences the watch. This process can be observed through the sapphire-crystal glass, so it is always apparent whether the mechanism is switched on or off.

minute indications enable the current time to be read clearly. In fractions of a second, the patented constant-force escapement advances the numerals minute by minute until the full hour when all three numeral discs jump forward simultaneously by exactly one increment. The LANGEZEITWERK STRIKING TIME enriches the exciting interplay of numbers with a unique tone in a quarter-hour cadence for the wearer’s listening pleasure. The heart of the LANGEZEITWERK STRIKING TIME, the L043.2 manufacture calibre, fulfils all those expec-tations that watch connoisseurs legitimately associate with the name A. Lange &Söhne: its assets include the lavish decoration of all movement parts by hand as well as the balance wheel with eccentric poising weights and a proprietary Lange balance spring.

With its precisely jumping numerals display, the new member of the LANGEZEITWERK family also repre-sents lucid design and crisp legibility. The large numerals of the adjacent hour and

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International interview

Nathalie Colin Takes a Moment

“The unique Swarovski sparkle not only lights up a woman on the outside, but also from the inside. �

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he season’s new jewelry is tailored for the brave and bold. Swarovski’s Creative Director, Nathalie Colin talks Baselworld, new collections, and what she has in store for the future in an exclusive interview with THETALK magazine. Could you please tell us a bit about Baselworld this year, have you launched anything special? For BASEL 2014 we are launching a new line called “Crystalline Bangle”. The “crystalline bangle” is a very fashionable, innovative and modern piece due to its striking bracelet. The bangle holds a respectable amount of approx. 1800 crystals. In SS 14 the bangle will be launched in stainless steel and rose-gold PVD with clear crystals. And for the perfect Christmas gift, in FW 14 it will be introduced in the exciting color combination of black and light gold. Besides, the crystalline bangle, we are also launching the first interchangeable set. It is not only the first interchangeable set in the history of Swarovski watches but it is also designed by the famous jewelry designer Shourouk called “Swarovski by Shourouk”. The watch sets includes three different, fashionable bezels and three straps. It’s a beautiful piece think by women and for women. What was your main inspiration for the Swarovski Spring Summer 2014 collection this year? The name of our ss14 collection is IMPRINTS our collection theme for SS14. When we started to work on this collection, ART was the key inspiration, and most of all the origins of art: tribal and primitive arts, mixed with a modern and urban mood. Without doubt, consumers around the world are rediscovering Art as an inspiring antidote to the lingering crisis. But a multitude of influences enrich this new and innovative Swarovski collection;  imprints from art, imprints from nature, imprints from cultures and crafts…, and all treated with a modern, feminine twist – our core signature! All these inspirations mix together to create a variety of unique and beautiful jewelry styles for every woman, and for easy everyday looks. The brand has changed a lot in the past few years, could you tell us how exactly and where you see yourself in the near future? Actually, I pay a lot of respect to the heritage of Swarovski, and to the initial visionary approach of M. Daniel Swarovski who founded the company. My role as creative director is to define a creative

vision that set the path towards tomorrow, to define, enrich, and evolve Swarovski unique brand language that reflects in the coherency of the collections and in a matching product environnement as well. My focus is to keep on innovating & creating, to keep the initial visionary approach of Daniel Swarovski alive. Thanks to today’s innovation and modern resources, we can continue to nurture dreams that may personify in a different collection but that relate to the same dream, like in the beginning of the saga: enchanting our world with this magical material crystal! On one side, we have an heritage and values we need to protect, maintain, further evolve. On the other side, the world is changing and brands must adapt to this new environment and consumer tastes. It is my responsability to balance the heritage with the need for change, in a careful and respectful way. Concerning future, i don’t know, I still have so many things to do with Swarovski ! My philosophy is to live the present moment and to give the best of myself ! What was your favorite piece this collection? For SS14 My favorite pieces belong to the AIRY family. These designs really show the key trends for the season: mixed gold platings, metal fringe and dangling elements, graphic compositions of crystal. And for the FW14/15 collection, that we present during the Paris Fashion Week, my favorite piece is the “StarDust” bracelet (a bracelet with crystal and nylon that we will sell in 20 different colors) is perfect both from a fashion point of view and accessible pricewise. And it is a piece that can work in any situation and for every fashion look; day to night, casual to more dressed up. We are very confident and we hope that, as the slake, it will become a “it”. Do you have any special styling tips to share with our readers? As I always advise: be yourself, do not try to copy fashion trend 100%, and dare, wear all with selfassurance. Jewellery has no rules! Try to find the piece which represent the best you and your style and makes you feel beautiful! What is your favorite piece for evening wear? Well it’s not easy to say. It all depends of the situation. Personally I love ring, necklace and cuff. I do not go out without a few oversized rings at

the right hand and hardly without a cuff. But when I have a dinner or a party I always try to find a piece that makes me feel beautiful, sparkling and that perfectly fit with my outfit! So it could be a necklace, a ring, a cuff or BOTH ! How would you describe the Spring Summer 2014 collection? It’s a collection with extraordinary pieces for every day looks; unique designs that are on-trend and easy to mix and match, layer and combine. Crystal jewelry is not only for a special occasion, but can and should be worn every day. That’s why we more and more offer easy to wear pieces in a variety of sizes, colors and price points. Could you share with us any information on what to expect this Fall Winter? Of course! As I said previously, we introduced to the worldwide press our FW14/15 collection during the Paris Fashion Week! This new collection is called Facets of Light. As for the previous SS14 collection that took inspiration from the origins of art, we are still inspired by artistic expression. This collection is all about an artistic interpretation of how light and crystal can create magic and excitement. The metal and crystal together create light reflections that feel modern and attractive. Intense color combinations and patterns create chromatic vibrations and almost holographic effects. On parting, she adds, “this shows how different FACTES OF LIGHT together with crystal create the unique Swarovski sparkle that light up a woman on the outside, but also from the inside.” Indeed. WWW.THETALK-ONLINE.COM

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Setting the car trendS

Porsche’s New Macan Part SUV, part sports car

The new Macan is the sportscar of the compact SUV segment. A Porsche through and through, the Macan is setting benchmarks in terms of driving dynamics and enjoyment – both on paved streets and off-road terrain. The Macan brings together the most powerful engine range in its class with the sporty sevenspeed Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) and one of the finest drive systems in the world – Porsche Traction Management (PTM) in conjunction with a sporty mix of tyres, fitted as standard. Furthermore, the new Porsche model line offers a choice of three sporty chassis

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versions, one of which features air suspension – an exclusive in the Macan’s segment. The Macan is quick to claim the top spot in its segment from the very outset. The top model in the range, the Macan Turbo equipped with a 3.6-litre V6 biturbo engine and delivering an output of 400 hp (294 kW), as well as the Macan S equipped with a 3-litre V6 biturbo engine and delivering an output of 340 hp (250 kW), are defining a new performance class that competitor vehicles are yet to reach. The role of the high-torque powerhouse of the

SUV trio has been assumed by the Macan S Diesel thanks to its 258 hp (190 kW) turbo diesel engine, which provides a torque of 580 Nm across a broad engine speed range. However, the Macan is not just setting the benchmark for driving dynamics – the vehicle also delivers the combination of efficiency, comfort and everyday suitability that has become a defining feature of the Porsche brand. The sporty DNA of the Macan, as with all Porsche vehicles, is immediately recognisable in the design. Many details are reminiscent of the iconic 911 sportscar and the technological


benchmark 918 model, and the Sports Utility Vehicle is unrivalled in its flat and broad profile on the road. The wraparound bonnet and gently sloping roofline accentuate the overall impression of sporty elegance and powerful dynamics. Many of the design elements have been taken from Porsche sportscars and enhanced for the Macan, making it clear to see from the very first glance that the Porsche Macan heralds the first sportscar in the compact SUV segment. Macan highlights l Gear

changing in true sportscar style: Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) as standard l Optimum traction and vehicle stability: Porsche Traction Management (PTM) l Off-road mode: An all-terrain programme for even greater traction l Sport button as standard for enhanced performance l Sport Chrono package as an option for quicker sprints and faster laps

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Range Rover Evoque Style, with substance What do you get when you take a Range Rover, add a beautiful interior and then turn the style up to 11? The Range Rover Evoque of course. Undeniably the most stylish of luxury SUVs, beneath the skin we discover there’s an SUV of significant substance. When it was first unveiled in 2010, Victoria Beckham was announced as the Range Rover Evoque’s creative design director. It’s a decision that possibly made more sense then than it does now, but it was a clear signal from Range Rover that this was a car destined to be as at home on the chic streets of Paris and Milan as it is plugging across deserts and over mountain tops. Instantly declared a fashion hit, the Evoque has undergone several style make-overs since being released in 2011, with the 2014 model looking the best of them all. The rising beltline, muscular shoulder and

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tapered roof give Range Rover Evoque a capable and athletic appearance. With its interior the Evoque brought a new dynamism and sparkle to the Range Rover marque. Surround yourself in cutting-edge design. The twin-stitched leather and the highlyfinished dials reflect the attention to detail that has been spent on every element of the interior design. You’ll notice the rotary gearlever dial, born in a Jaguar but fast becoming a feature of all automatic Jaguar-Range Rover cars, and surrounded by more neatly designed, smaller switchgear than in previous Range Rovers. Land Rover has trodden a careful path with the Evoque’s cabin. It would have been easy to over-glamorise it. Instead, it just errs towards the classy, without being overly bejewelled (except perhaps in the dials department).

Perceived quality is broadly very commendable. You will find no better plastics, leathers or textures at this price. In Prestige trim, those surfaces extend to leather seats. The Black Design Pack (available for Dynamic Coupe and Dynamic 5 door versions only) further emphasises the confident nature of Range Rover Evoque; with Aero Flip Spoiler, Exhaust Finishers, 20-inch Gloss Finish Wheels – all in Santorini Black - and darkened tinted lights. Evoque highlights Optional sophisticated park-assist Large, easy-to-access buttons sit on each side of the screen Upgraded stereo sound-system On-board hard-drive for music storage


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grooming

grooming with GQ Salon It’s a little-known secret that great hair can be bought. Knowing what works best for you will ensure that you select the most appropriate products and use them effectively. And in order to know what works for you, it’s vital that you be familiar with hair care basics. Luckily, GQ salon breaks down the basics in the three big categories of hair & skin care for men: cleaning, styling and maintenance! What are your best hair product treatments? Shampoos are often classified according to hair type. Our best hair products would be Wella and System Professional (SP) because they are organic and work for most men. For Wella, we have shampoos, conditioners, hair creams, and gels. For SP, there’s more variety such as syrups, wax, hair masks, gels, mousse, sprays, creams, shampoos and conditioners as well.

In your opinion, what are the most effective moisturizers and facial creams? We have an organic line called “Image” for all the skin and it has categories underneath. It is specifically for the face and it protects it from the sun and it comes as both day and night facial creams. We have the “Max Cream” and the “Ornadic” and the “MD” for all skin care and they are for facial skin repair. Can you give us tips for healthy hands and nails? We provide manicure/pedicure to make the nails and skin softer and healthier and we offer our “Q Smart Spa” cream and scrub to help enhance the skin. What hair tips can you give our readers?

What are the famous hair style trends for this summer?

- Always use conditioners after shampoos for softer hair.

It really depends on what each person likes and how and what works. However, usually people come in here wanting the same exact hairstyle and that is having long mohawk hair on top with shaved sides and back. This hairstyle is very in right now and everyone is going for it – alongside the beard! The beard gives a very manly look and it works for all occasions. All you need to do is style it differently depending on the occasion.

- Hair masks are essential at least once a week.

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- When applying gel, make sure to use organic ones avoid damaged hair. We provide “Bamboo Power Hold Gel”. - Use our “Rescue” cream with clean hair. Leave it overnight and wash it off in the morning to ensure healthier hair.


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HEALTH

Bridal Health Beauty Regime FAQ As the big day approaches, you are definitely on the edge of your seat. There are so many last-minute things to get done; who could possibly have the time? Don’t worry! We put together a wedding week bridal checklist to make sure nothing goes amiss on your special day. 7 DaysWork out harder and longer to get that last bit of extra skin off your dream body. By now, you have been working long and hard to achieve that wedding dress figure, and adding in an extra hour will not only calm you, but tone your body even more. 6 DaysCleanse your face, but don’t get a full-on facial. You should have had your special bridal facial at least two weeks before the wedding, because extractions and rough scrubs tend to leave unwelcome marks on your face. Instead, sooth your skin and moisturize to guarantee an extraspecial glow. 5 DaysSay goodbye to salt! Now that you are 5 days away, you have to be careful not to consume too much salt. You don’t want to retain water and look bloated in your wedding dress, so now is as good a time as any to detoxify. This will not only cleanse your body of toxins, but it will also give you a clean, fresh look. 4 DaysThis is the worst part, but a bride’s gotta do what a bride’s gotta do! 4 days away from the wedding means it’s time to get all the waxing and hair removal out of the way. In case you went with laser hair removal earlier

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on, give your doctor a visit and ask for a quick touch-up in case of any stray hairs. Any irritation this will produce will clear up just in time for the wedding. 3 DaysNow that you have smooth skin, you want it to look radiant too! This is the best time to get a spray tan, in case you want to give yourself an extra oomph. This is the one spray tan in your life that you should splurge on, because you don’t want it to be streaky or orange. Find the best tanning salon in your area and invest. 2 DaysThe most overlooked detail is the most crucial one- your mani/pedi! Your ring finger is going to be wearing a diamond (we hope) crown today, so make sure it is at its most presentable. The colour you choose will stay in pictures for the rest of your life, so don’t go with a fad colour like orange or blue; stick to your Essie whites and you will be safe. 1 DayAah! It’s here! Take a breather, and make sure you are confident, comfortable, and know that you are absolutely beautiful. Congratulations on making it through the stress, now go get yourself a massage and get a good night’s sleep in preparation for the big day. And remember: it is bad luck to see the groom before the wedding, so say your temporary goodbyes.


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Serene St. Lucia With Honeymoon season coming up, you are having a hard time deciding where you and your new spouse are going to celebrate your marriage. Some want adventure, some want romance, and some want serenity. Luckily for you, St. Lucia has it all: the beach destination has African, Indian, Caribbean, British, Spanish and French influences to ensure your honeymoon has the best the world has to offer.

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The Caribbean island boasts white beaches framed by the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean sea, St. Lucia is a picturesque plot with lush greenery and inactive volcanoes shrouded by adventure. Several miles north of Barbados, this Caribbean gem is home to many different activities and natural sites. The island is home to the iconic Piton Mountains, which reach up to the heavens in sharp triangles of over 2000 feet that offset the monotony of the calm beaches. The rainforests are home to some of the most glorious flowers and trees known to man, with giant ferns and orchids of vibrant colours, the sights of which can only be complemented by the trilling of brilliantly coloured birds. Mangoes, ba96

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nanas, coconuts, and papayas are indigenous to the tropical island, so you will have more than your fair share of the island’s bounty. St. Lucia has a rich history of colonialism and war, making it a historic sight alive with the battles and conquests of its past. Western St. Lucia’s sights will take your breath away, as through its twisting forests lay marvelous breaks of land. The island is very small- it is 27 miles long and 14 miles wide, which means you will be able to explore every inch of it and still have enough time left over to explore its underwater world. The island is a great place for an adventure because of all the different activities there are

available. For those who enjoy trekking, the Tet Paul Nature Trail is a marvel for urban eyes. In case you are into aquatic activities (which ought to be true, since you’re vacationing on an island!), give Snuba a try- it is a cross between scuba diving and snorkeling, and gives you a chance to swim with the fish meanwhile not straying too far away from shore. The Reef Kite and Surf activity is a must- St. Lucia is best seen from a parasailer’s point of view! For a more leisurely day, visit the memorable St. Lucia Golf and Country Club, a prestigious address were you can ride horses, take Segway tours of the city, and, of course, play golf. The real beauty of St. Lucia, however, is in its beaches.


Anse Chastanet is easily one of the more beautiful beaches of this vast world; the sheltered bay is hidden from the rest of the island by tall cliffs and secret coves that make the experience as intimate as it is beautiful. The Diamond Mineral Baths are a perfect place for you to unwind and relax, especially after all that hectic wedding planning you and your new spouse just endured! When you’re on your honeymoon, you don’t want to hold back on any expense! Check in at the Calabash Cove Resort and Spa, where you will be treated with the luxury you deserve. Sugar Beach by Viceroy Resorts is a stunner, WWW.THETALK-ONLINE.COM

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and you would want to spend all your time in the hotel instead of roaming the Island. While you’re there, make sure you check out one of the many local infusion cuisines, such as the bayside Rainforest Hideaway. But most importantly, while you’re in St. Lucia for your honeymoon, switch off your social media and enjoy every blissful moment. Congratulations!

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St. Lucia Quick Facts: Language: English Currency: East Caribbean Dollar (1 KWD=9.5XCD) Climate: Tropical Maritime Capital: Castries Population: 173, 765 Dialing Code: (+1 758) Time Zone: UTC -4 Drives on the: Left Outlets: North American 3-pin Airport: Hewanorra Airport (UVF)

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Kuwait Exclusives

BBQ dinner hosted by the International Advertising Association in honor of the Advertising Managers of Daily Newspapers and Weekly and Monthly Magazines The International Advertising Association hosted an honorary dinner for the Advertising Managers of daily newspapers and weekly and monthly magazines, as a gesture of gratitude to their continuous efforts and contribution to the Association activities and events, which translated into a great success for the Association over the year 2013. For a special BBQ dinner organized by the Holiday Inn hotel in Salimiya, the invitees were greeted by the BoD Chair and members in person. The president of the IAA-Kuwait, Walid Kanafani, delivered a speech on behalf of the BoD where he welcomed all those who attended commending on their continuous cooperation, dedication and firm belief in the IAA goals and its mission of anchoring the professional ties between newspapers, magazines, advertisement agencies and publishing houses. Kanafani also extended his thanks to Mr. Adnan Al-Rashed for attending the event but above all for his effective support of all IAA activities; and to Mr. Ahmed Behbehani, Chairman of the Federation of Arab Journalists, for his indispensable role within IAA. To crown the event, all invitees were awarded memorial shields by the BoD members who expressed their wish of seeing more of such gatherings in future occasions.

Sporty SUV set to propel Porsche into new segment Porsche Centre Kuwait reveal of the all-new Macan The world’s first sports car in the compact SUV segment, the Macan, has been revealed to an excited audience by Porsche Centre Kuwait, Behbehani Motors Company at an exclusive event held at Crowne Plaza Hotel last night. First deliveries of the all-new Macan will start on April 12. The introduction marks Porsche’s pioneering move into a new segment, following in the footsteps of the brand‘s most successful model in the luxury SUV range, the Cayenne. Commenting on this occasion, Christer Ekberg, Managing Director of Porsche Middle East and Africa FZE, said: “With first deliveries of the all-new Macan starting on the 12th of April, Porsche will launch a world first and enter a new segment. I have no doubt that this car will be another success for Porsche, with the long-term commitment and intensive efforts of our local Porsche Centre here in Kuwait.” The name Macan comes from the Indonesian word for tiger, a spirit the car truly embodies. Boasting pure Porsche power and assertiveness, the Macan is also a nimble yet tenacious off-roader. The latest stage of evolution of the all-wheel drive – known as Porsche Traction Management – has produced one of the world’s most powerful drive systems.

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SALVATORE FERRAGAMO OPENS A FERRAGAMO BOUTIQUE IN KUWAIT CITY Salvatore Ferragamo, one of the world’s most renowned luxury brands, is pleased to announce the opening of a Ferragamo boutique in Kuwait City. The boutique is situated in the prestigious Al Hamra Tower, a mall for international brands, including several luxury labels. Strategically located at the gates to the city’s commercial centre, the tower is an icon of Kuwait City’s commercial business district. The boutique offers all Salvatore Ferragamo product lines: RTW and leather accessories, eyewear, watches, perfumes and, for the first time in Kuwait, Ferragamo Jewels. The jewellery line was launched in late 2011 in Europe, and Kuwait City is third the location to sell Ferragamo Jewels in the Middle East, where the brand boasts a total of 12 stores. The boutique entrance, affords guests a complete view of the Salvatore Ferragamo range, opens up to a space devoted to bags. Next, the shoe and women’s RTW collections follow, featuring ivory raffia upholstery. The final room, which displays the men’s collections, is more masculine with its walnut panelling and creamcoloured Vendome stone floors throughout.

Madly Yours, the First Middle Eastern Mineral Makeup Brand, Launches at Harvey Nichols Kuwait Madly Yours, the first Middle Eastern mineral makeup brand in Kuwait has launched in Harvey Nichols Kuwait at Grand Avenue – The Avenues. Madly yours reshapes the concept of beauty by creating customized makeup for every skin tone, age and preference that reveals the natural glow in a healthy way. Madly Yours offers a wide range of beauty and makeup products including more than 450 different items and colors. Madly Yours makeup has become the favorite of so many women in a very short period of time as it inspires self-confidence and is the complete essence of femininity, creativity and glamour dedicated to beauty uniqueness and healthy skin for woman around the world, and for Arab women in particular. Madly yours makeup was designed for all the adventurous women with glamorous and unique looks. The custom made shades of colors allows all women to get the look they desire for any occasion. Madly yours makeup and wide range of products help to bring out the natural beauty of every woman. Maha Al Otaibi, the creator and founder of the brand, has a vision to create an innovative and gentle makeup beauty launch pad that provides a flawless all-natural look with the use of only healthy and purified ingredients. Providing natural long lasting coverage and establishing the perfect match for any type of skin has become the primary focus of Madly Yours. During the launch of Madly Yours at Harvey Nichols Kuwait, Maha Al

Otaibi commented: “We seek to be the best mineral cosmetics brand offering the highest quality of skincare products in the Middle East and across the world. We aim to stay trendy and to constantly innovate and create new shades and lines of cosmetic products.” You can find the full range of Madly Yours products and makeup in Harvey Nichols at the Grand Avenue – The Avenues where a makeup and beauty specialist will assist you in choosing what suits your skin tone from the best foundations, eye shadows, lipsticks and other beauty products and cosmetics of the highest quality. WWW.THETALK-ONLINE.COM

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Kuwait Exclusives

“Korloff” and “Behbehani Group” Launch Gossip Watches Collection A chance for purchasers of elegant Gossip lady watches to win a trip to New York Behbehani Group (Morad Yousuf Behbehani Company), the exclusive agent of some of the most famous luxurious world trademarks in the field of watches and jewelry and one of the major retail companies in Kuwait and Korloff, the established world jewelry trademark announced the launch of Gossip lady watches collection for the year 2014. This new collection was launched at Korloff Boutique at 360 Mall in the presence of representatives of Behbehani Group and Korloff and mass media in addition to celebrities of the fashion world and VIPs. Gossip collection launching party was held at an atmosphere inspired by New York City. On this occasion, a promotion offer was made for this collection, namely draw on 4-night trip to New York. Each purchaser of any Gossip watch during the promotion period from 23rd April 2014 till 23rd May 2014 will have a chance to enter the draw and win a trip to New York. Gossip lady watches collection is characterized with elegant and shiny design with a drama hint. It brings together creative design and watch manufacturing authenticity.

Marc jacobs Exclusively at Sephora Marc jacobs proudly announces the launch of his namesake cosmetics line, marc jacobs beauty. the breakthrough brand debuts with 120 products exclusively at sephora. as with his fashion, marc`s rule-breaking creativity is at the heart of his makeup vision. for marc, it’s about the spirit of youth, confidence and experimentation. he inspires you to push the boundaries and create your own style. so indulge in the impeccably-exquisite textures, take liberties with provocative shades, and play with daring designs. marc redefines beauty as imperfectly perfect. “i see beauty in many things and i am attracted to all sorts of imperfection, to style, to confidence or experimentation. it’s unexpected and surprises you.” inspiration stems from the spirit of “the girl” and her makeup ritual. “i think the idea of transforming into this person you want to be, is a lot of fun…it’s this idea of a young woman enjoying creating her look, getting ready for her night out, or her night after her night out.” marc jacobs beauty is an assortment of 16 innovative complexion and color cosmetics, and four chic and luxurious makeup brushes. 102

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MEMAC OGILVY Kuwait welcomes ‘Advertising Person of the Year’ In line with the annual regional tour, Memac Ogilvy Kuwait welcomed Founder, Chairman and CEO of Memac Ogilvy- Edmond Moutran, at the annual Red Breakfast event which was held at the Sheraton Four Points hotel. Mr. Moutran met with the local team to recognize outstanding efforts and demonstration of impactful work over the year. During the Red Breakfast event, a number of employees were honored for their long-standing years in the agency and for their commitment in contributing to the success of Memac Ogilvy. Also during the same event, the ‘Employee of the Year’ was exceptionally awarded to Mayson Kamah, Senior Art Director, for her outstanding performance and dedication in 2013. In his speech made during the ceremony, Mr. Moutran congratulated everyone for winning the Lynx ‘Network of the Year’ in Dubai on March 12th, 2014.Memac Ogilvy Dubai received on the same date ‘Agency of the Year’ honors. It is worth noting that during the same evening, Mr. Moutran himself received ‘Advertising Person of the Year’ honors from the organizers of the Lynx Festival.

50 YEARS OF PRINTMAKING Mohamed Omar Khalil showcased his exhibition “50 Years of Printmaking” on Wednesday the 23rd of April at the Contemporary Art Platform (CAP). The works, many of which had never been exhibited before, present an alternative reading of the artist’s entire career, not only as a traveler between cultures and epochs, but as re-interpreter of the meaning of visual culture in general: He attempts to re-locate sensorial experience elsewhere than with the pure colors that characterize the postmodern, hereby searching in the black, for a warmer place where his book of art and life meets the viewer. Applying a traditional technique acquired from European print-makers from earlier centuries, Khalil’s etchings on black represent with vividness all his pictorial periods, from the early student days investigating modern art through his numerous travels, the experiments with abstract figures, and ultimately renditions of tributes to modern music and classical painting. Withdrawing from the visual field, the artist is opening the possibility of entering the world with an altogether different morphology, causing apparently unrelated elements to collide into each other and emerge as distinct syntactic compositions. A precise amalgamation between folkloric elements and handicraft, and the timeless quality of art history, give birth to composite worlds with life of their own. The last day of the exhibition is Sunday June 15th.

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THE STREET STYLES COLLECTIVE

the street styles collective A new season and a new dose of inspiration! This time we have hit all the major capitals around the world; not just London, New York & Paris but Copenhagen, Tokyo, Milan and more. From local to international, we are bringing you an assortment of fashion styles and combinations. As with every season, do not miss out on the fun of experimenting!

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Restaurant REVIEW

Sweet Treats: Absolute Chocolate Katharine Hepburn reportedly once said, “What you see before you, my friend, is the result of a lifetime of chocolate.” And if chocolate worked for Katharine Hepburn, it could also work for you. Now that we’ve resolved the conundrum of what to wear to weddings, it’s time to figure out what to snack on. The best route, we think, is to bring your own fresh take on Laila Al-Mukhtar and Sama Basil Hassan’s Absolute Chocolate. The variety of chocolate offered there contributes a great deal to a satisfying overall experience. “All our chocolates are handmade by the Absolute Chocolate team within our own kitchen. Our ingredients come from all around the world, and our chocolates from Belgium and France,” says co-owner Laila Al-Mukhtar “and the most ordered ones for weddings are the Milk Salted Caramel and Cookie Dough Truffle.” From Salted Caramel to Cookie Dough to Dark Chocolate Turtles, chocolate comes in many iterations, each as delicious as the last and this sweet confection speaks many languages. Of course, we had to ask, what’s the secret to a good chocolate dessert? According to Laila, “the best chocolate requires great chocolate, distinguished complimentary ingredients, and knowing how to mix them together. No matter what you make, it has to be the quality of the chocolate.” What would be trending now for Absolute Chocolate

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is the Salted Pumpkin Caramel bars and it is exquisite. The textured and layers give an aftertaste of bittersweet savor that is above and beyond all your expectations. The chocolates and desserts can be designed in shapes, colours and decorations that fit your themes and celebrations. Everything from their pops, chocolates, brownies and baskets are made to satisfy your aspirations, and is tailored just for you. The most noticeable feature of “Absolute Chocolate” is the aroma of melted cocoa that lingers throughout the rooms. Some of the desserts include Milk Chocolate Ganache Cake, Salted Pumpkin Caramel Bars, Dark & Milk Chocolate Turtles, Cookie Dough Truffles, Dark Hazelnut Clusters, Paleo cinnamon Rolls, Caramel Pecan Fudge Brownies, and the Kinder Cookie Cake. For us, our favorite has to be the Milk Date & Speculoos, for the whole experience is sweetly childish. A refined chocoholic with a childhood dream and a profound passion for chocolate, Laila Al-Mukhtar launched Absolute Chocolate in September 2013. “It has always been a lifelong passion to bake chocolates and I remember I used to always make Nutella Truffles when I was younger and I always learnt to bring my own dessert to gatherings, just in case what was available was not satisfying.” What Absolute Chocolate aims to do is for their customers to be able to customize and create their own preferable chocolate desserts. So whether you’re planning for an event, looking to satisfy your sweet tooth, or following Katherine Hepburn’s lifestyle choice, Absolute Chocolate is the right place for you. The result is part art installation, part performance, and part Willy Wonka fantasy made real.

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BOOK REVIEWs

Bride on the Mind The Wedding DressRachel Hauck Rachel Hauck’s novel is a mix between The Hours and The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants. The protagonist, Charlotte, happens across a beautiful vintage dress to wear on her wedding day, but the more she studies the intricacies of the gown, the more secrets it reveals to her. Soon, she seeks out the three other women who wore the dress: Emily from 1912, Mary Grace from 1939, and Hillary from 1968. Through knowing the history of the dress, Charlotte discovers her own heritage and her own past, meanwhile trying to save her sputtering relationship.

I Want to Get MarriedGhada Abd El Aal The Princess BrideWilliam Goldman If you’re a bride about to walk down the aisle, don’t let the premarital jitters get to you! Sometimes, you need a friendly tale of wild adventure from your childhood to remind you of all the adventures you have to look forward to with your new hubby! The back cover of the book tells you all you need to know about this thrilling fantasy novel: “Fencing. Fighting. True Love. Strong Hate. Harsh Revenge. A Few Giants. Lots of Bad Men. Lots of Good Men. Five or Six Beautiful Women. Beasties Monstrous and Gentle. Some Swell Escapes and Captures. Death, Lies, Truth, Miracles, and a Little Sex.” 110

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Being 32 and a bachelorette in Cairo is not an easy task- and Ghada Abd El Aal spares no details of her account. The hilarious best seller was translated from Egyptian Arabic to English, and took the world by storm. After the 65th suitor, Ghada lost count and continued to document her misadventures on her blog, Wannabe Bride. The stories took off, and the expose into the world of a modern-day Egyptian bachelorette took the world by storm. It was picked up by 9 networks for a 30 episode miniseries, which became the #1 show all over the Middle East.


Vintage Weddings: One Hundred Years of Bridal Fashion and Style- Marnie Fogg Marnie Fogg’s extensive anthology on the past century in bridal looks is a must-have for all brides. She gathered and described key looks from renowned designers and icons in order to ease the dress picking process for new brides, whether it’s a dazzling beaded tunic that captures the jazzy energy of the roaring twenties or a glamorous Hollywood-inspired dress from the 1950s, it can shape the entire wedding.

Vision In White- Nora Roberts

The Wedding DiaryMargaret James

Wedding photographer Mackensie “Mac” Elliot is most at home behind the camera, but her focus is shattered moments before an important wedding rehearsal when she bumps into the bride-to-be’s brother...an encounter that has them both seeing stars.

Cat Aston has won a fairy tale wedding- only she has no one to share it with! Her fiancé came down with a case of cold feet, and she is all alone. Meanwhile, Adam Lawley was left devastated when his girlfriend turned down his heartfelt proposal. He’s made a vow never to fall in love again. When the two of them meet, they should not have fallen in love, but they cannot seem to get each other off their respective minds. This is the cute kind of story that every bride should read to unwind and relax before the big day.

A stable, safe English teacher, Carter Maguire is definitely not Mac’s type. But a casual fling might be just what she needs to take her mind off bridezillas. Of course, casual flings can turn into something more when you least expect it. And Mac will have to turn to her three best friends-and business partners-to see her way to her own happy ending.

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movie RevIEws

movies showing this month

The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Cast: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx Directors: Gareth Edwards Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi Synopsis: An ancient colossal creature is accidentally awakened by mankind, and seemingly leaves nothing but destruction in its wake, as its presence becomes known to the world.

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Godzilla

Cast: Aaron TaylorJohnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Bryan Cranston Director: Gareth Edwards Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy Synopsis: It’s a jungle out there for Blu, Jewel and their three kids in RIO 2, after they’re hurtled from that magical city to the wilds of the Amazon. As Blu tries to fit in, he goes beak-to-beak with the vengeful Nigel, and meets the most fearsome adversary of all - his father-in-law.

X-Men Days of Future Past Cast: Hugh Jackman, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Michael Fassbender

Directors: Bryan Singer Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy Synopsis: The X-Men send Wolverine to the past in a desperate effort to change history and prevent an event that results in doom for both humans and mutants.

Maleficent Cast: Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, Sharlto Copley Director: Robert Stromberg Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama Synopsis: The untold story of the villain from “Sleeping Beauty” reveals the events that hardened Maleficent’s heart and drove her to curse the baby, Aurora, only to later realize that the child may hold the key to peace in the land.

Neighbors

Cast: Seth Rogen, Rose Byrne, Zac Efron Directors: Nicholas Stoller Genre: Comedy Synopsis: A couple with a newborn baby face unexpected difficulties after they are forced to live next to a fraternity house.


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TAURUS (Apr. 21-May 21)

Horoscopes CANCER

(June 22-July 22) What you put in motion now can come into being as the month moves on. But that does not mean you should not see this as an important time, for everything has to have a beginning, and a gestation before it comes a reality. Do think like this because short term pressures can fade.You would be able to get in touch with old friends from far off places for this month.

LEO

(July 23-Aug 22) So much extra energy and verve is being pumped into your situation, why might you find yourself tense, or even procrastinating for this month, Leo. Well, perhaps it is because you are set to do something really momentous, a life changing event in this month. So it is understandable that you are tentative. Soon enough you will reach a defining point. Important personal and professional events are lined up for the month ahead for you, Leo.

LIBRA

(Sept. 24-Oct. 23) If you feel that people have been telling you what they think you want to hear, rather than what they think, your exasperation can ramp up in this month. How you respond, is down to you, but the chances are you will react in a feistier way than they expect. If you’re dealing with office politics or tricky rivals, this can be a good thing. But a partner might feel the brunt. Hence remain a little elusive in this matter as it might burn bridges.

The focus is now so firmly on your spiritual side, it is inevitable that you will find yourself connecting to your past or to the more psychological side of your nature during the course of this month. Unfortunately, someone you thought was sincere and genuine may be revealed to be anything but a fake for this period. Upsets can spring from no-where, and your mood can be up and down for this month. But do not lose your cool; there are other brighter things worth looking in life.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 20) The desire to have an influence on your immediate surroundings can be huge in this month, Capricorn. You want to get things done. Theorizing is unlikely to please you and you could be quite defensive - even grumpy if someone close tries to block you. But you need to be patient, because the present planetary positions may not help you to express yourself as usual.

PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) If balancing the books is becoming more and more tedious you can get a real burst of determination from this month to better your lot. This extra planetary power is going to be on-going for the next four weeks. A big transformation is possible in your life for this time period. Be physically and mentally active and do not idle your time day-dreaming Pisces

ARIES

(Mar. 21-April 20) Be cautious about uncertainty and misunderstanding in those 30 days. You will be very active with work related issues. Get structured and keep an eye out for information. Keep in mind that good company may enhance your wellness, so avoid disputes.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 23) You may not see yourself as a pugnacious person, but you may find yourself being more to the point, even blunt in the next one month period. This can be a good thing, because it can give you the power potential to get things done. Yet there may be moments when you may have to resist being uncharacteristically ruthless. Push too hard, something can break. Hence give some breathing space for those around you and take some time off from the rigors of life for this month, Virgo.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 21-Feb. 19) You are a natural born communicator, so why is it, that sometimes you are so reluctant to do precisely that in your life, Aquarius. Well, part of it is your penchant for independence. This means, that despite your natural friendliness, there are times when you prefer to be alone. Now in this month however, you can find yourself connecting with people for fun.

SAGITTARIUS

(Nov. 23-Dec. 21)

We live in serious times, but it is important, wherever possible, to reengage with the things that make us happy. You have an amazing chance to do this now, and your drive to get out and have fun and take part, can be clear. Your love life is set to go through a dramatic phase, and if you’re solo, your desire to bring romance into your life, can be incredible. This is a period of fun and freedom in your life. You would be able to feel this more like never ever before.

GEMINI

(May 22-June 21) However much you have been weighing up your hopes, from now you have a wonderful chance to make at least some of them tangible as the month moves on. Strangely, some of these aspirations may be more spiritual, but a huge injection of planetary energy is putting heavy wind in your sails. There would be certain delays and hindrances in your life for this month but you would be able to overcome those with your grit and better communication skills.

SCORPIO

(Oct. 24-Nov. 22) The planetary positions for this month will give you an extraordinary appetite for hard work and applying yourself over the next one month period. If that get-fit campaign has stalled, this can soon get you back on track. It is also possible not a lot will come your way, over this time. Try to avoid creepy places and tasks at hand at least for this month time.

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