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Issue 29/50 - April 2013

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EDITOR’S LETTER

Dear Trendsetters, Remember those Timberland hiking shoes days? Well, for me they are back andwith a vengeance!! You see, I always say one has to dress up the part to truly feel it, live itand be up to it. Having successfully overcome severe challenges in the earlier part of theyear, and knowing that there will probably be a new set awaiting me in thenear future, I felt the need for my Timberlands! Empowered by the sheer look and feel of them, I promise you, if I could get away with wearing them with an evening dress, I would! And that got me thinking… Why not? Isn’t the ultimate fashion an individualistic statement of an inner feeling that is looking for an outlet? Having said that, as I don’t like to push the envelope unless necessary, I decided to stay away from posh evenings and keep my Timberlands for professional meetings!! To each her little vice I guess… Enjoy yours, Till next issue,

Zeina Mokaddam

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SIMON BALSOM

When I am not in this reality I am in my own circus! I thought to bring that into this issue, taking inspiration from entertainment; old and new. Highlighting the creative outlets we have at our disposal and also with the new season and new step forward I chose to take steps back and look closer at the heritage behind the core of fashion. We have basically put together a ball of inspiration for your embrace of a new season. Enjoy!

Yves St. Laurent’s assertion that “fashion fades, but style is eternal” has never struck a greater chord than it does today. A look along the catwalks and throughout the hottest streets in the style capitals of the world reveals a host of brands that can trace their heritage back decades, indeed sometimes more than a century. Their secret? To go beyond mere transitory fashion and embrace the permanence of style. This month we celebrate those who continue to follow their own path to unending elegance.

ALI SULTAN

NOUF AL-HAJRI

Spring is a season of resurrection and rebirth. The world prepares to wake up from its winter dormancy to bloom and prosper. Now is the time for you to dust off the winter blues and let your inner spring shine. Don’t be afraid to grow and stand out. Make a statement, be confident and most importantly happy. This is the inspiration for this month’s cover.

My favorite 2 months of the year have always been January and April. January is usually associated with a new beginning, a new resolution, new plans for a new year and the excitement & joy that comes along in getting things done early. April on the other hand is the start of the spring season, the traditional etymology for “April” comes from the Latin verb aperire, “to open” in allusion to its being the season when trees and flowers begin to “open”. May you have a wonderful month full of activities and blooming opportunities.

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CONTENTS

Contents

Local Features 28. Al Mahha 64. The Talent Scout 86. Kuwait Exclusives

April 2013

Style Features 22. The Ringmaster 34. Street Styles 44. Her Style Icon 46. Her Closet 52. His & Her Season’s Trend 54. His Closet 60. His Style Icon 68. Burberry Heritage

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Brand Previews 72. Fashion Brand Previews 80. Watch Brand Previews 81. Car Previews News

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90. Celebrity News 92. Interesting News 94. Sports News

Beauty & Grooming 98. Sprout This Spring

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Health

96. Run Through!

Travel

100. Music is in the Air

Reviews

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Movie Reviews Al Forno Restaurant Gadgets Book Reviews


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INTERNATIONAL DESIGN

The Ringmaster John Galliano

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The Ringmaster

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ohn Galliano has created the most spectacular fashion shows of our time. Since his 1984 degree collection, Les Incroyables, which metamorphosed his London art school into a French Revolutionary street scene, he has transported his privileged audiences to more exotic and sartorially blessed places than they could possibly have imagined or experienced. We have dubbed him as the ringmaster of fashion for his incredible theatrical designs.

himself with his more slovenly English schoolmates, made him stand out and taught him important standards of dress, which he would require later in life. However, he was not considered an outstanding student. It was not until Galliano reached design school and was around people more like himself that he began to flourish.

Having spent the first six years of his life submerged in a sensuous wonderland: Mediterranean colour and swirling, woven textile surrounded him at every turn. Such an environment kindled a love of textiles and design in Galliano from an early age, and Latin influences are prevalent in his later work.

Once Galliano had graduated from City and East London College, he enrolled at Central Saint Martins, where he made a remarkable impact. His graduation collection, titled ‘Les Incroyables’, made brilliant by his romantic flair and diligence, received huge approval. Indeed, his whole line was hastily snapped up and put into the window of Browns boutique. Galliano left Central Saint Martins in 1983 with a first class degree and a healthy stockpile of critical acclaim.

In 1966, Galliano and his family moved to London. A massive culture shock awaited Galliano, as he was removed from his more vibrant former surroundings. His family prided itself immensely on appearance and each time he left the house as a child, Galliano was immaculately dressed. These standards of self presentation, especially when he compared

In 1984, Galliano unleashed his own label. More critical approval followed. His daring reinvention of romantic themes and delicate, superbly tailored garments were his trademarks. In 1987, he received the ‘British Designer of the Year’ award. However, critical success was not matched by major financial success. He lost backers and did not have enough money

to show for several seasons. In frustration, he quit London for Paris in the early 1990s. This was not an immediate solution. Several times Galliano was almost forced to declare bankruptcy. This was made all the more bitter by the fact that, while he struggled for money, his critical praise continued unabated. Fortunately, the admiration of the fashion community allowed him to continue. Fashion editors and critics were always busy trying to get work for Galliano, and models, like Kate Moss, worked for him out of friendship rather than money. In 1995, Galliano finally got the break he so richly deserved: he became the first Englishman to head a French couture house, when he was put in charge of Givenchy. Immersing himself in the role, he went on to present his first couture show at the helm of the company at the beginning of 1996, impressing those who attended the event at the Stade Francais. The collection was well received, with adulation and praise for his creative genius coming from critics and the fashion WWW.THETALK-ONLINE.COM

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media. Impressed by this success and others, luxury goods conglomerate LVMH, which owned Givenchy, had Galliano transferred to Christian Dior less than two years later, where he replaced Italian designer Gianfranco Ferre. He staged his first couture show for the luxury brand in January 1997, the same time the label was celebrating its 50th anniversary. The same year also saw Galliano gain recognition after being declared British Designer of the Year, although he had to share the award with Alexander McQueen, his successor at Givenchy. This was the fourth time he had won the accolade, having triumphed in 1987, 1994 and 1995. His knack for taking themes and styles, often Latin or romantic, from the past, and somehow making them contemporary and edgy, was astonishing. Perhaps just as remarkable was the perseverance and conviction of the man. He managed to keep his talent undiluted through difficult times and emerged with glory and success. However, Galliano hit the headlines for all

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of the wrong reasons in 2011 when a video emerged of him allegedly making anti-sematic remarks to Italian tourists in a Paris bar. Actress Natalie Portman, who is the face of the Miss Dior Cherie fragrance and is of Jewish ancestry, said she was disgusted by the comments. After suspending the designer in February 2011, Dior announced in March 2011 that it has begun proceedings to permanently dismiss Galliano. Dior chief executive Sidney Toledano said he “firmly” condemned the remarks made by the fashion designer. Galliano finished last month grimly for the fashion industry when he turned up at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London to advise aspiring students. The college was quick to quash rumours that the former Christian Dior director would return to work there. “For several years, second-year students have been set a project on a theme set by John Galliano, he does not have a teaching post at

Central Saint Martins.” The designer is suing Dior for over 2.5 million KD, alleging unfair dismissal. We just hope that he works it all out and establishes a new platform for himself so that he can continue to deliver his beautiful designs.


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LOCAL BLOGGER

Al Mahha Mashael Basheer

As hard working as she is determined;

Mashael began working whilst studying at Kuwait University. Starting off as a freelance writer for newspapers then moving on to various experiences until landing her job as a writer for KUNA; her most distinctive work, for us, would have to be her insightful and endearing blog almahha.com Focusing on art and everything that it stands for, she brings us closer to beauty with every post. We had to get more personal with the rising star! Why the name Almahha? I wanted an Arabic name that is easy for westerners to read and I wanted something that represents specifically the Gulf. Almahha is an Oryx found in this region which is a type of female deer that has these huge beautiful eyes. I love to emphasize the beauty in this part of the world and I think that deer represents that perfectly. And just as Mashael has a great eye for art,

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she has beautiful eyes to match. Making her blog Almahha perfectly named with an incredible purpose. Art is a means of communication; it is a way of life. It is a way of sending a message in a sophisticated way. It affects a person’s feelings. That is why I love focusing on it. I always want to know other people’s opinion on the art I’m looking at and never ask ‘what do you see?’ I ask ‘how do you feel?’ it is really important to me to see the connection people have with the artwork, not just my own connection. I want to know what is shared and what is more personal. There was a time when I took the opinion of my younger sister. At the time she was eleven, and I posted about the Lebanese photographer Mohammad Bader on the project he did depicting the rituals of Ashura in Lebanon, I asked her ‘What do you think?’ and the conversation with her made me realize that if a child understood it very well and it moved her, I knew that this

project is speaking to a wide range of people, of different ages. That moved me. What was it that made you start the blog? The blog started in November 2011. I was constantly going back and forth to Bahrain since I was doing my masters in modern communication there to get more involved in journalism so that I work at the United Nations. I started going to art galleries every time I was there. Not knowing we had any in Kuwait. I use to love art so visiting the galleries brought me back into this world of creativity. I became very interested and wouldn’t miss anything that was part of the art scene. Then here in Kuwait I started to look for art exhibitions. A friend of mine was participating in a group exhibition at FA Gallery called ‘Without Boundaries’ at that point I wanted to write for my job at KUNA. So I asked the gallery


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manager if I can cover the event and he was happy for me to do that. That night I had met a lot of incredible photographers and artists, one of which was Mohammad Sharaf. I was amazed at how much talent there was, a lot of young Kuwaitis are working on themselves. So I sent the article to KUNA but working in a governmental agency is very specific.

same for an artwork. I was asked why I am doing this very locally in Kuwait that is because I want to encourage Kuwaitis. I understand that the art scene in Dubai is huge. It is so diverse and so dynamic; it is a non-stop wheel of events. I don’t want to just go there and report about it, I want to support the ones in Kuwait so that we have the same here.

They want a formal description and in a very certain way but to describe art is not like that. Writing about art has to be liberated from the restrictions around you. It should be anything but formal. Since the artists themselves do not stay within restrictions. They think outside the box and they produce something beautiful that out of respect you need to write something that honestly represents that state of mind. That’s how the blog began. You never know what the experiences you go through in life are preparing you for...

What makes you choose the art that you choose to cover?

What are you hoping to achieve with it? You see how in Kuwait there’s a lot of buzz on a new restaurant, or a brand, I want to do the

If you asked me a year ago I would have a completely different answer. I would have been much more specific. I don’t like sculptures I like paintings, I like abstract I don’t like still life… Now, I don’t have anything specific that I like. I choose art that moves me. Sometimes when I see an art piece I feel like it is talking to me and that is when I know I want to cover it, and sometimes artworks make you only want to focus on it but sometimes it makes you wonder about the artist himself. Who is behind what I am looking at? And that is when I approach the artist; which is quite rare because I don’t always

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connect with the artist over the art itself. Another reason why I wanted to write a blog was that I would sit with people and discuss art and I would hear people say I’m sure what I am seeing is wrong, the artist knows. What they don’t know is that there is no such thing as right or wrong in art. It is everyone’s interpretation of it. It is about making you feel something personal and deeper to you because otherwise it is just an art deco. It is very important to connect with art. Connecting, this invisible thread between you and the artwork, to whichever form of art it may be. If it exists then the artist has successfully managed to communicate with you and to deliver the message to you. How has the experience of having a blog been for you? I didn’t get much support. It wasn’t something people understood but at the end of the day as stressful as it is carrying it all on your own is, it is up to you to listen to the one supporter or to the ten criticizers. I chose to listen to the one and never looked back and I am really enjoying it. This is just the beginning for me. Having an art blog and writing about it in

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a country that unfortunately doesn’t give enough attention to the art scene is a major encouragement for me. What direction are you taking for the next five years? I know that I will be heavily part of the art and cultural scene. That is definite. I hope to have an art center for children. To build the creativity in our future, I would like to give the children here a place where art can be educated to them and also for them to express themselves and have the tools to accomplish that creativity. Are eyes kept steering down to her shoes, finally we had to ask the question, where are they from?

An independent boutique in London. Of course you won’t find Mashael shopping in Selfridges or Harrods. She strives for creativity and expression. Something that glistens in her eyes shows you instantly how passionate she is. We look forward to seeing much more of her. She is a Kuwaiti that is already making a huge difference for our country, and we can bank on the fact that she will be doing a lot more with every step she takes. We will continue to keep a close watch on her blog: almahha.com


STREET STYLES

Head in the Clouds Actress Christian Serratos attends the NYLON and Sony X Headphones September TV issue launch event with cover star, Lea Michele at Mr. C Beverly Hills, California.

A general view of atmosphere at The X Factor Viewing Party Sponsored By Sony X Headphones at Mixology101 & Planet Dailies in Los Angeles, United States.

Actress Keira Knightley attends the ‘Last Night’ press conference during The 5th International Rome Film Festival at Auditorium Parco Della Musica in Rome, Italy.

A model wears K-Swiss during the ‘Play A model prepares backstage at the LAMB Nice’ runway show and party hosted by by Gwen Stefani Spring fashion show K-Swiss to kick off open week fever at during Olympus Fashion Week in New Skyline Gallery in New York City. York City. Vogue Williams, the wife of Brian McFadden DJs as she attends the Lavazza marquee on Crown Oaks Day at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne, Australia.

Alexandra Stan performs on stage during ‘40 Principales Awards’ at Palacio de los Deportes in Madrid, Spain.

Charlotte Ronson attends AD Oasis at The Raleigh in Miami, Florida.

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Alicia Keys’s hubby during the Pepsi Super Bowl XLVII Pregame Show at Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Actress Jana Pallaske attends the Molami headphones launch in Berlin, Germany.

Alexa Chung inside at The 8th Annual Teen Vogue Young Hollywood Party at Paramount Studios in Los Angeles, California.

Actress Joy Bryant attends MercedesBenz Transmission LA AV CLUB Curated by Mike D at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA in Los Angeles, California.

DJ Havana Brown performs live at the MTV Party in Sydney, Australia.


Head in the Clouds DJ Ruckus attends The X Factor Viewing Party in Los Angeles, United States.

DJ Samantha Ronson attends the NYLON Magazine 13th Anniversary Celebration Presented by Beadhead by Tigi at Smashbox West Hollywood in West Hollywood, California.

DJ Zara Martin attends Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation for Cancer Research benefit hosted by Total Management in London, England.

DJ Zedd performs onstage during KIIS FM in Los Angeles, California.

Keisha Buchanan DJ’s at the launch party of T-H-X new hairstyling range in London, England.

Havana Brown performs onstage at 103.5 KTU’s KTUphoria at PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel City, New Jersey.

Kaylee DeFer attends the Get Glam A Fashion Week Lounge event at the Empire Hotel in New York City.

Model Agyness Deyn and The Strokes Guitarist Albert Hammond Jr. visit The Plumm in New York City. Sophie Ellis Bextor attends the launch party for Breast Cancer Campaign at Tower in London, England.

Nicki Minaj visits at Z100 Studio in New York City.

Lil’ Wayne, wearing diamond studded beats headphones by Dr. Dre sits courtside during the NBA All-Star Game at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida.

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FASHION FEATURE

A Star Is Born Every season new faces appear on the runway and that is where models’ careers are made. We all take inspiration from models. They have the strongest applicable view from all aspects of the fashion industry. They experience some of everything that happens. From the concepts of the fashion shows, photoshoots and collections, to the designs, the alterations and the thought processes expressed by the designers themselves. So when new models come onto the scene it is exciting to have an added, new, fresh perspective. Some of the models worth keeping an eye out on would have to be Polish native Karolina Waz, the Russian Kristina Romanova, Dutch model Lucette Van Beek and leading the male model pack are the two Swedish hunks; Hampus Luck and Viggo Jonason. Watch out for these newcomers that we can see will soon become rising stars!

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Taking Center Stage There was a mix of models, from seasons back, years back, to brand new and fresh off the streets. A great variety just like the clothes they adorned. Both the models and the outfits they wore made a huge impact in the latest runway shows; proving that the fashion world is only getting better. Yes we can take inspiration from past designs, but only to create something more magnificent. That is exactly what is happening with every new show presented by established designers. The trend we are seeing most that is resonating through fashion and the world in general is exaggeration. We all have a natural need for the dramatic, so why not let that seep on to our looks and style? With a defined look and strong character the world can be our stage!

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Break A Leg Its bad luck to say good luck in the world of theatre. Instead? “Break a leg” is used. A phrase models dread in times of the runway, for slips on the long stretched stage are seen all too often. The slick flooring and unearthly shoes make “Hitting the stage” much more literal than intended. But even with that it can be done gracefully and even artistically; as Richie Rich did on his rollerblades in his show, A Muse by Richie Rich collection show. There are the conscious models that simply take-off their shoes and walk with them down the catwalk, and then there are those who just decide to leave the stilettos behind on the floor, not the most practical for the rest to come walking down. Tut tut.

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THE FIRE-BREATHER Ellie Goulding

Never likely to be one of those singers who is content just to turn up, lay down a main vocal part and leave, Ellie’s approach to writing and recording is, she admits, borderline obsessive – but then, anything less, she says, would be a waste of time.

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THE FIRE-BREATHER

A s her debut album, Bright Lights, made so

thrillingly clear, Ellie Goulding uses her voice as a texture in much the same way that a skilled instrumentalist would. It is a sound – in Ellie’s case, an utterly distinctive and unforgettable one – that can play as important a role in her songs as any other musical detail. The new record Halcyon describes a journey out of heartache and towards hope. It is almost as if you can hear Ellie’s psyche shrinking and then renewing, rebooting itself after two-and-a-half tumultuous years in her life. This was followed after she released an album that includes select songs from Bright Lights, remixed to mimic the rhythm of a run. Running being her favourite sport which she practices daily resulted in the EP Run Into The Light. Ellie’s success in America – her single, Lights, is still an immovable fixture in the upper reaches of the Billboard Hot 100 chart, after 35 weeks – has been another experience she finds it hard to describe. America has clearly got under her skin. “They embrace everything,” Ellie says. “They’ll take your biggest fault and turn it into something positive. And the work ethic in music over there isn’t like anything I’ve ever known. You get back to your hotel at one in the morning and someone will contact you and go, ‘Do you want to come over to the studio?’. So over you go, and there’s Swedish House Mafia and Skrillex there, and will.I.am in the next-door studio. Everyone’s just hanging out, making music.” As for her fashion sense, it is clear that Ellie dresses depending on the occasion. It seems to come easy for her as she hits every red carpet in a perfectly clad ensemble, completely appropriate for the event. The little added edge may come from her former boyfriend, Skrillex; an odd pairing for fans in England who were in shock to know the two were dating. Worried about the bad boy effecting their British angel. The relationship did not last due to the long distance. Although short, it made an impact on the singer for many of her songs. Songs that take us away with her magnitising voice and words that express so much more than the surface presented. With the ability to hit more chords than imaginable, a beautiful personality and deep psyche has made her an icon with only two official album releases. This is only the beginning of her blossoming career as she will be bringing more musical fire to our ears. WWW.THETALK-ONLINE.COM

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The Front Row With all our favourite musicians touring the world after each album release it has become so easy to hop on a plane to Dubai for a weekend just to catch a show, or to schedule sometime whilst abroad to be part of the great experience of live music! Although some artists are better off heard behind all the tweaking technology but for the most part it is about the whole experience. Joining thousands of people with the same shared interest and making memories is what it is all about. Some artists such as Beyonce and Madonna go all out and turn it into a show that can rival the theatre.

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THE ECCENTRIK Jack White

Jack White; being the vocalist, guitarist and pianist of The White Stripes, vocalist and guitarist for The Raconteurs and the drummer of The Dead Weather and solo artist with his album Blunderbuss, makes him an artist that just keeps on giving. Always the expressive character, he finds ways in channeling his creative energy through his music which attracts fans from all walks of life. He has a cult following seperate from his associations with bands and projects. Jack White is his own entity whether he chooses to be or not.

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f Polish, scottish, and Canadian descent, Jack is the youngest of ten children. He began playing the drums at the mere age of six. Growing up listening to the blues and 1960s rock which heavily influenced the direction of his life. In 2005 on 60 Minutes, White told Mike Wallace that his life could have turned out differently. “I’d got accepted to a seminary in Wisconsin, and I was gonna become a priest, but at the last second I thought, ‘I’ll just go to public school. I had just gotten a new amplifier in my bedroom, and I didn’t think I was allowed to take it with me.” We are very thankful for that amplifier! Jack White first came onto the scene as one half of The White Stripes. The other half was his ex-wife, Meg White, whom he claimed was his sister. The world believed they were siblings for years until records showed that the pair were married and that Jack took Meg’s last name. Not many people cared after the discovery but instead found that it funnily reflected their eccentric style. They saw great success with their new sound bringing a breath of fresh air to music that was commercially becoming monotone. He is ranked No. 17 on Rolling Stone’s list of “The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time”. The recognition for his talent enabled him to collaborate as a solo artist with other renowned musicians, such as Beck, The Rolling Stones, Jeff Beck, Alicia Keys, Bob Dylan, Electric Six, Insane Clown Posse, and Loretta Lynn, whose 2004 album Van Lear Rose he produced and performed on. Jack dabbled in acting when he appeared in the romantic favourite, Cold Mountain, where he met his short-term flame Renee Zellweger. It was not long after that he met British model Karen Elson. The two met on the set of The White Stripes’ music video “Blue Orchid” and were married in 2005. Meg White was Karen’s maid of honor at the couple’s wedding. Six years later Jack and Karen invited all their friends and family in celebration of their divorce. No surprise there since his first ex-wife still remains to be his best friend. As his relationships and music differ from the norms, so does his fashion sense. A devoted fan of black; the colour is a staple in his style. Pointy shoes and hats come to play often, from his everyday to his red carpet looks. Even when keeping it extremely simple, Jack manages to make a statement. WWW.THETALK-ONLINE.COM

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THE TALENT SCOUT Mohammad AlEbrahim

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n absolute ball of energy Mohammad is a character unlike any other. With a great sense of humor, an EXTREMELY easy going personality and channeled ambition, he is leading the way with his company AL GAS Events. He brings us the best in terms of quality, professionalism and entertainment. We have been fans of his work since 2010 when he first founded his company. Finally, we had the chance to spend time with him one on one to understand more on how he is able to organize the best events in the country! How did the idea for the company begin? I started making a couple of projects and events while I was at University, one of which was called Yalla Shabab; supporting young entrepreneurs and that’s when I knew I would want to start this company. I founded the company a year before graduating. We are expanding, we are doing business across the globe and we have many affiliates in the region that are holding events under our name. From comedy shows to seminars, we will organize them. We also hold a speakers house, we get speakers and also arrange regional tours for them. We also work as a Talent agency. For example you have an event, you need an MC or comedian; we provide that. How do you pick the talents you sign? The first three comedians I approached myself, those are Mohammed Aqua, Bashar Aljazzaf and Ahmad Alshammari. I met them and just had to sign them and now we have the series That Comedy Show. When I see the talent, the charisma, the quality, the fire, I sign them! Do you spend a lot of time with the comedians? At the shows I’m usually running around making sure everything is perfect so I don’t stay with them too much but we hang out a lot, they are really great guys, great personalities, very real and genuine and of course very funny. Who is the most recent talent you have signed on?

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We signed with Faces of Disco the duo from Britain’s Got Talent. We are their middle-east agents. That is amazing! How did you manage that? I travel a lot for work and in general. One of my favourite cities is London. I go there many times a year. I met them there, I saw them performing in Covent Garden so I approached them of course! Our eyes beam with delight! Which are your favourite areas in London? Camden Town, Covent Garden and any place by the river really.

Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra and Louis Armstong. Elvis Presley is my all time favourite. He is The King! Then from current music I love Example and Florence + The Machines. Back to classic cars, how are they a hobbie? I collect them, I have three so far. One of which is my grandfather’s car which my aunt kept it with her and gave to me when I turned eighteen. It is a 1983 Mercedes S-Class. I also have King Kreole, my 1978 Cadillac Seville Opera and a 1980 Z28 Camaro. King Kreole?

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Yes! I named the Cadillac after the Elvis Presley movie/song.

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Nice! Do you have any other collections?

In terms of sports squash is my favourite, I love it. I am a music junkie. Looking through my music collection you will find music from the 50’s till date and I love classic cars. Old is gold.

Motorcycles. Love them. I have one; it is new but with a very classic look.

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It runs in the family! My mum is a Matryoshka Doll collector, she travels for them, has them all

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You are quite the collector!

around the house, I can’t even count how many there are. Different colours, sizes, you name it. My dad is also a vintage junkie like I am. He collects stamps and coins, classics! I use to travel with my dad and visit stamp and coin exhibitions and got pretty into it from when I was 10 to 14 years old. But I have stopped those collections and focusing on my new ones. Yes, like collecting talents! What is the next thing happening by AL GAS Events? We have an Egyptian company that we have partnered with to hold The Knowledge Club. We organize seminars throughout the year and put them all together into one package. We are getting six of the top international speakers in Kuwait. One of which is Jack Canfield, the co-creator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul book series. He will be here for the first time ever. Another is Tony Buzan the master of Mind Mapping. We love what he is doing. Bringing great knowledge and entertainment to us in the most amazingly organized and perfectly conducted ways!


BRAND heritage

heritage Snake is the Yin to last year’s Dragon Yang. That said, Snake does not settle for mediocrity, either. We’re likely to see significant developments in the area of science and technology this year. Research and development are apt to flourish. This is a Water year as well, the element most closely associated with education and research, making 2013 a very special year for scientists and scholars. Snake is a positive sign, with energy that can help us face all of the challenges ahead of us. This is a perfect opportunity take advantage of this vibrant influence to improve our lives -- and our world!

1856 Trained dress-maker Thomas Burberry founded the brand at the age of 21.

1856 Trained dress-maker Thomas Burberry founded the brand at the age of 21.

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1895 Burberry develops a weatherproof coat called the ‘Tielocken’, the predecessor of the iconic trench coat.

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1909 Opening of the Burberry store in Paris at 8 Boulevard Malesherbes.


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Burberry motoring coat, with a full leather lining.

Roald Amundsen and his team become the first people to reach the South Pole. Burberry supplied their clothes and tents.

1910 Celebrated aviator Claude Grahame-White wearing Burberry gabardine. He became the first person to fly between London and Manchester in less than 24 hours.

1912 The Burberry gabardine tent from Robert Scott’s attempt to reach the South Pole.

1913 Burberry moved to a larger London premises. Designed by the architect Walter Cave in 1911, the store opened at 18-21 Haymarket in 1913.

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Captain John Alcock and Lietenant Arthur Whitten Brown in Burberry aviator suits. They piloted their plane in an exposed cockpit, and completed the first non-stop transatlantic flight in 72 hours.

1920 Reopening of the Paris store following renovation

1926 Advertisement in the British Daily News. Burberry Greatcoats were made regulation for officers from the King’s household and the guards.

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1970 Burberry womenswear trench coat.

1970 Burberry womenswear trench coat.

1960 Burberry menswear cotton coat, known as the ‘Commander II’

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The Burberry Autumn/Winter 2004 Campaign featuring British model Lily Donaldson, photographed by Mario Testino.

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2007 The Burberry Spring/Summer 2007 Campaign featuring British models Georgia Frost, Stella Tenant, Kate Moss and Lily Donaldson, photographed by Mario Testino.

2006 Celebrating 150 years of Burberry at the womenswear Autumn/ Winter 2006 show in Milan.

2006 The Burberry Spring/ Summer 2006 Campaign featuring model Gemma Ward, photographed by Mario Testino.


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The Burberry Spring/Summer 2008 Campaign featuring British actor Eddie Redmayne and British models Agyness Deyn and Lily Donaldson, photographed by Mario Testino.

The Burberry Autumn/Winter 2008 Campaign featuring British model Rosie HuntingtonWhitely, photographed by Mario Testino.

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The opening of the new Burberry global headquarters at Horseferry House in London.

The Burberry Spring/Summer 2009 Campaign featuring British model Lily Donaldson, photographed by Mario Testino.

The Burberry Spring/Summer 2009 Campaign featuring British musician George Craig, British model Lily Donaldson and British musician Sam Beeton, photographed by Mario Testino.

2011 The Burberry Autumn/Winter 2011 Campaign featuring British actors Sam Claflin and Callum Turner, British actress Felicity Jones, British models Amber Anderson, Edie Campbell, Jake Cooper, Cara Delevingne, Jourdan Dunn, Johnny George, Thomas Penfound, Milly Simmonds and Molly Smith and British musicians Rob Pryor and Matthew Whitehouse, photographed by Mario Testino.

The Burberry Spring/ Summer 2011 Campaign featuring British models Cara Delevingne, Jourdan Dunn, Tara Ferry, Tali Lennox, Sacha M’Baye and Jacob Young, British musicians Karen Anne and Johnny Flynn, British actress Sophie Kennedy-Clark and British actor Matthew Beard, photographed by Mario Testino.

The opening of the American Burberry headquarters, at 444 Madison Avenue in New York City.

2009 The Burberry Autumn/Winter 2009 Campaign featuring British actress Emma Watson, photographed by Mario Testino.

2010 The Burberry Spring/Summer 2010 Campaign featuring British singer George Craig and British actress Emma Watson, photographed by Mario Testino.

2010 The Burberry Autumn/Winter 2010 Campaign featuring British singer Sam Fry, British models Nina Porter and Sam Rollinson, British actor Douglas Booth and British model Rosie HuntingtonWhiteley, photographed by Mario Testino.

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The Burberry Spring/Summer 2012 Campaign featuring British actor Eddie Redmayne and British model Cara Delevingne, photographed by Mario Testino.

The Burberry Autumn/Winter 2012 Campaign featuring British musician Roo Panes and British actress Gabriella Wilde, photographed by Mario Testino.

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Rami Al Ali Spring/Summer 2013 An iconic novel rewritten through the arts. Where post-war society defies convention. Art Deco is born, defining a new generation. Inhibitions lowered, spirits soar. Tradition gives way to indulgent lifestyles. Playful, powerful, rebellious and rich ‌The Great Gatsby is back!

RAMI AL ALI, is a Syrian designer based in Dubai. His line is chic, avant-garde and uses classic shapes to make the female body look sultry and sleek. He established his own line in 2001. Immediately after its launch he was boldly entered into the fashion arena with quick international recognition. His designs were soon on the cover of leading fashion magazines. This is his third collection to be featured in Paris during Couture Week. We love!! 72

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FASHION BRAND PREVIEW

VANESSA PARADIS IS THE FACE OF CONSCIOUS, AS H&M LAUNCHES GARMENT COLLECTING Vanessa Paradis is the face of Conscious at H&M this spring, wearing pieces in the campaign that are both on-trend and also moresustainable. It is all part of H&M’s ongoing commitment to a more sustainable fashion future, showing that the best fashion can be made from Conscious materials. The actress and singer wear pieces as a ruffle-edged yellow sundress, as well as an embellished zip-up utility jacket worn with botanical print trousers. The pieces are part of a collection full of optimism for spring, with romantic styles like a floor-length dress alongside sporty shapes such as a cropped jumpsuit and a tropical print T-shirt dress. There are accessories too, such as ankle-strap heels, and the entire collection is made from more sustainable materials, such as organic cotton, recycled polyester, and Tencel. Vanessa Paradis says, “I like being part of something like the Conscious collection at H&M. I try my best to shop consciously, and vintage is very much part of my wardrobe. I love the style and it works in an eco-friendly way because I like to use and reuse old clothes.”

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Coinciding with the campaign will be the launch of a Conscious garment collecting action at H&M. Customers will be able to bring any unwanted garments from any label to selected stores, and in return for each bag receive an H&M voucher, to a maximum of two bags per customer per day. H&M is the first store to encourage garment return on this scale, in an effort to prevent clothing from going to landfill.


THE BEAUTIFUL WORLD OF MAKEUP FOREVER We all know about MAKEUP FOREVER. The brand had established itself way back, since becoming a fashion show favourite and earning the right as a fundamental part in every makeup bag. We have tried getting our makeup professionally done before and the result has always been the cake look. Of course we won’t mention where our previous experiences were for the sake of common sense, but MAKEUP FOREVER is a must! No matter how much you study and follow tutorials, it is always best to have a professional who won’t have the preconceived flaws that sometimes are uniquely to you because, well, we are all at least slightly delusional to our image, so having them work with the dimensions of your face makes you learn tips and tricks that result in a better and much more enhanced done up version of yourself. We discovered a whole new makeup world

when we had a one on one with the incredible MAKEUP FOREVER makeup artist. We learnt the importance of prepping and priming before applying makeup, it really makes a difference. Also, the magic that can be done with shading and highlighting features to create a contoured flawless face can be achieved easily when you know the right steps, with a light steady hand and MAKEUP FOREVER’s Sculpting Kit. However our most exciting discovery is their Pro Finish foundation. Once you’ve found your perfect colour match it will become your new best friend as it has become ours. With great coverage and a barely there feeling, it was hard not to fall in love. So natural, soft and quick and easy to use, we can’t imagine using anything else. To end it all, finish with their setting spray and your makeup will be perfect for the day/night with only your lipstick to retouch!

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MAD FOR MOD: BANANA REPUBLIC AND AMC ANNOUNCE RETURN OF THE “MAD MEN” COLLECTION WITH A MOD-INSPIRED CAPSULE FOR SPRING 2013 

Designed by Banana Republic in collaboration with Emmy® Award-winning Costume Designer for “Mad Men,” Janie Bryant, the collection takes its inspiration from costumes featured in the show, reflecting the mod vibe of the late ‘60s.  The capsule moves away from the Camelot era’s early ‘60s look and into the late ‘60s mod fashions. Spring’s collection incorporates fresh bold prints, bright colors and new silhouettes, all demonstrated through the versatile and instantly wearable Banana Republic lens. 76

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Tête à tête with Ines Di Santo

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Tête à tête with Ines Di Santo

same respect and warmth. Every person is important to me, not just celebrity clients. All my designs are crafted from 100% Italian silk, because I only believe in using the highest quality materials to create my designs. I studied Italian and Spanish dress cuts with a French teacher, which gave me the best of all worlds. A special draping technique is used in the dresses, which contours a woman’s figure and makes it appear slimmer and more proportionate. Al Ostoura: What is a typical day for you like? Ines Di Santo: The first thing I do when I wake up in the morning is to thank God for everything he has blessed me with. It was destiny that brought me from my hometown in Argentina to where I am today in Canada. My work day is very fulfilling since I work with my daughter Veronica. The business is run as a mother-daughter venture, which is a wonderful feeling for me as a mother. It is a very fulfilling experience.

Italian born designer Ines Di Santo was

raised in Europe and South America. She is recognized globally as a leading evening wear and bridal couture designer. Her Italian and Spanish heritage is revealed in her designs, which bloom with unrestrained luxury. The designer showcases two collections every year – on the runways of New York and also in Italy. Ines’ designs are crafted to drape, enhance, highlight and transform the best features of a woman, using her near instinctual understanding of the female form. With her signature ruching and hand-tailoring, the wedding gowns feature sumptuously detailed bodices with beading, lace work and embroidery; combined with gorgeously layered skirts adorned with pleats and ruffles. Ines believes that no bride can deny the romance and sentimental connections associated with a wedding gown. To this scenario, Ines adds a luxurious touch of couture, making every bride feel like royalty on her special day. Al Ostoura invited Ines for a private bridal show and spoke with her to unveiled the designer’s raison d’être.

Al Ostoura: What inspired you to become a designer? Ines Di Santo: I believe that every woman loves fashion. Women appreciate beauty, both within and in those around them. I aim to make every bride’s dream come true – of being a princess on her wedding day. Al Ostoura: How did you start your professional journey? Ines Di Santo: I actually started out with a $10 machine I found. I used to work at a boutique earlier; I designed a dress there and displayed it in the vitrine. A French lady was enamored by the dress and came by almost every day to request for a discount on the price. However, the store owner wouldn’t allow it. Finally, she spoke to the customer herself and arranged for me to design the dress with the cost of materials to be paid directly to me. That was the beginning of my journey, and I haven’t looked back since. I design because I love it, and not for the money. It is not work, but a hobby for me. Al Ostoura: What sets Ines Di Santo apart from other bridal designers? Ines Di Santo: I treat each customer with the

Al Ostoura: How would you term your experience in Kuwait with Al Ostoura? Ines Di Santo: I thank Al Ostoura for inviting me to Kuwait, and I have had a wonderful time here. The people are very nice and polite and they are so knowledgeable about fashion. I am so pleased to see the customers here appreciating my collection. I respect Kuwait’s culture as it is so family oriented. This inspires me further to create more designs for the Middle East market. I admire Najla Maatouk as she is a truly elegant lady, and is an icon for the fashion industry. The Al Ostoura stores too, are very elite and tastefully and perfectly decorated. I hope to come again soon and interact with more people.

Scoop with Ines Star Sign: Sagittarius Favorite Flower: Orchid Favorite Food: Pasta Favorite Sweet: Chocolate Favorite Color: Blue Favorite Stone: Emerald, Sapphire Best Day: The day I gave birth to my daughter Inspirations: Colors of the rainbow after the storms, the magic of rain

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Constellation Sedna OMEGA SEDNA TM

CONSTELLATION SEDNA

Sedna™ gold is the name OMEGA has given to a new alloy that stunningly blends three elements: gold, copper and palladium. It is an 18K rose gold, meaning that it has a minimum gold content of 75%. Sedna™’s unique rose colour is a result, in part, of just the right proportion of copper: Its palladium content helps to ensure that the reddish hue of Sedna™ gold will be particularly long lasting. It takes its name from a trans-Neptunian object which astronomers called Sedna – the same name as an Inuit goddess who is said to live at the bottom of the Arctic Ocean. The surface of the orbiting object has been described as one of the reddest in our Solar System.

The OMEGA Constellation Sedna is the first watch to be crafted in 18K Sedna™ gold. This limited edition wristwatch seamlessly blends the timeless aesthetic appeal of a legendary watch family with the world premiere of an innovative material. 18K Sedna™ gold, a patented alloy blending gold, copper and palladium, has been created to ensure that the unique rose gold lustre of the watch case will be especially long-lasting. The indexes and hands are also made of 18K Sedna™ gold, as is the clasp on its strap.

Swatch Group assembled a team of top metallurgists and scientists from several of its companies with the shared goal of creating an 18K rose gold alloy whose colour would be not only beautiful but enduring. Sedna™ gold – developed 100% in house by the Swatch Group team – is the patented, breath-taking confirmation of their success.

The distinctive timepiece has a polished casebody with a brushed bezel emboldened by tone-in-tone Roman numerals. It has a luxurious silvery “piepan” dial inspired by that of the very first Constellation launched in 1952. The timepiece is presented on a strap crafted from fine brown leather. The watch is equipped with OMEGA’s innovative Si14 silicon balance spring and the industry-changing OMEGA Co-Axial calibre 8501, visible through a sapphire crystal caseback. The OMEGA Constellation Sedna water resistant to 10 bar (100 metres / 330 feet). The OMEGA Constellation Sedna will be produced in an edition limited to 1,952 pieces, signifying the year OMEGA debuted the renowned Constellation watch family. It is delivered in a special wooden presentation box with a rose-coloured lining. The watch has a full four-year warranty.

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CAR PREVIEW

AL-ZAYANI UNVEILS THE ALL NEW JAGUAR F-TYPE The long wait is over; the thrillingly powerful Jaguar sports car is has arrived to Al-Zayani showroom. Unveiled with the presence of guests and media friends, the all new F-Type gained a lot of interest. The two-seater convertible comes from a history of over 75 years of the most gorgeous and desirable cars ever built; adding to it the power of the new technologies to give the market a completely different ‘feel’ to what sports cars are all about. Derek Davies, Automotive Director at Al-Zayani, said: “This beautifully powerful sports car from Jaguar will open up new windows here in Kuwait. After its announcement, customers have been anticipating its arrival and, now, it is finally here for all its admirers to enjoy.” Three variants will be available at launch – F-TYPE, F-TYPE S and F-TYPE V8 S. Each is distinguished by the power output of its supercharged petrol engine. A new 3.0-litre V6, developed from Jaguar’s highly acclaimed 5.0-litre V8, is available in either 340PS or 380PS variants, powering the F-TYPE and F-TYPE S respectively. Both applications exhibit the same free-revving, willing nature that encourages the enthusiastic driver to explore the full extent of the engines’ abilities. An active exhaust system, which is standard on the S and V8 S models, adds another dimension of driver-engagement. Valves in the exhaust system open under load from 3000rpm which allows the exhaust note to build to a thrilling crescendo at the redline. The F-TYPE has a set of eight closely-spaced, sporting ratios in its Quickshift transmission, giving greater driver control. The V6-powered S model also includes a Dynamic Launch feature, which optimises acceleration from rest. The company’s eye to the future is encapsulated in the assertive design language that deliberately challenges preconceptions. Jaguars have always defined sinuous, muscular simplicity and the F-TYPE is no exception, its shape being defined by two ‘heartlines’ forming the front and rear wings. Its journey is taken up at this point by the second

heartline which swells out to form the muscular rear haunch before sweeping dramatically around the sensual low tail, made possible by the inclusion of an active rear spoiler which deploys at speed to reduce lift by up to 120kg. Full LED rear lamps create a new Jaguar sports car signature by reinterpreting classic cues from the past and, by wrapping around to the trailing edge of the rear wheelarch, emphasise the powerful stance of the car and its rear-wheel drive sporting potential. The focus on driver involvement and sporting performance in the F-TYPE is emphasised by the ‘one plus one’ layout of the asymmetric cabin. Taking inspiration from cockpits of fighter airplanes, the controls are ergonomically grouped by function. Further aeronautical inspiration can be found in the joystick-shaped SportShift selector controlling the

eight-speed transmission. The air vents on top of the dashboard will only deploy when instructed to by either the driver or complex control algorithms, staying tucked discreetly out of sight in other circumstances. Fahed Al-Anezi, Jaguar Brand Manager at AlZayani, said: “The F-Type is a completely new Jaguar that we will see a big number of on the Kuwaiti roads this year. The design, the details and the technological advancements that this sports car carries are beyond what the Kuwaiti market has experienced in any other car in its category.” The all new sports car, the Jaguar F-Type is now in Kuwait.

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Véranda opens its doors to introduce the first luxury haute cuisine dining concept from Harvey Nichols Kuwait

Véranda, the long-awaited new luxury dining concept, opened its doors to Kuwait customers on the 12th of March on the first floor of Harvey Nichols Kuwait. Véranda promises to be the destination for haute cuisine, combining a delicately conceived menu from world-class chefs and an ambiance taking into account the finest of interior décor details. An exclusive concept based around Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisine with influential Asian fusions, Véranda’s menu includes Wagyu fillet and Rib-eye Rossini, using the finest organic and exclusively imported ingredients from around the world. The succulent starter menu choices focus on Middle Eastern concepts that reflect a sense of hospitality and convivial gatherings to enjoy unique interpretations of Humous, Moutabal and a Cherry Wood Smoked Salmon, 82

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presented in a glass cloche, enveloping the salmon in smoke which hits the diner’s senses when revealed. For main dishes, attention is on seasonality and freshness. Lamb Moussaka is a special treat with the lamb being cooked slowly for five hours in a Josper oven. The main course star is Hamour cooked in a Jellab reduction sauce, unique to the culinary world. For customers wanting to indulge in exotic and scented desserts, the Crème Brulee triology is divine, with a Madagascar Vanilla Pod Crème Brulee, a Rose Crème Brule and delighting the palate finally with Pistachio Crème Brulee. Even the coffee at Véranda has been meticulously planned, with an in-house roasting preparation taking place in the kitchen for the best quality beans sourced from Guatemala, Nicaragua, Brazil and Ethiopia, offering guests

exquisite espressos, sultry house blends and frothy Italian milk styles such as cappuccinos and lattes, with the option to purchase coffee grinds for enjoying their strong aroma and flavour at home. For decaf coffee lovers, the decaf process at Véranda is like no other, with an in-house Swiss-water system to ensure the cleanest, most organic decaffeinated option in Kuwait. For tea lovers, Véranda offers one of the largest menus of fine teas in the Middle East, with 21 different tea blends, all as meticulously sourced and refined as their coffee counterparts. The environment at Véranda was conceptualised by internationally acclaimed hospitality designer Adam D. Tihany, who created a dynamic space tailored to Kuwait’s discerning, local community and cosmopolitan clientele. Véranda’s ambiance is a welcome respite from the bustling, luxury shopping environment outside its doors, occupying


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a 10,000 square foot space overlooking the Grand Avenue of The Avenues. The restaurant’s scale and spacious layout echoes the grand scope of Harvey Nichols Kuwait’s shopping experience while managing to convey a sense of intimacy and serenity. Véranda’s muted color palette and open layout combine to create a high-style retreat, with light wood beams on one side of the dining area buttressing an all-encompassing white ceiling, composed of curvaceous layers; these undulating forms ultimately bend into layered, white walls opposite the beam structures. The minimalist surroundings, low dining tables and complimentary views from each seat encourage guests to relax and embrace the easy setting and delectable food on offer, and the subtle yet definite segregation of two different seating sections – the upper section being cosier and more intimate, the lower being more open and facing the Grand Avenue

– offer clientele the option of having a private retreat or a meal with a view. Landscaping also plays a pivotal role in Véranda’s composition. Plants drape from the walls at varying heights and shapely trees are strategically placed throughout the dining area. Véranda’s designers also teamed up with artist Bram Tihany, who created a monumental, photographic mural depicting site-specific topiary sculptures of playful forms resembling stilettos, handbags and sunglasses. Located at the entrance of the restaurant, this majestic bespoke mural transforms the patrons’ arrival to the space into a memorable event. Located on the first floor of Harvey Nichols Kuwait, guests can enter Véranda directly off the Grand Avenue and experience haute cuisine of a lifetime for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and all those magnificent moments in between.


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Mövenpick Hotel & Resort Al Bida’a Kuwait held a Media Dinner. The Mövenpick Hotel & Resort Al Bida’a Kuwait held a Media Dinner on March 11th at the Beldani Restaurant. Guests from different newspapers and magazines in Kuwait including Marketing Directors, Editors and Photographers attended the Media gathering at the Mövenpick Al Bida’a and enjoyed a wonderful time with their colleagues and the hotel management. The event was also attended by the Marketing & Communications Manager of Mövenpick Hotel & Residences Hajjar Tower Makkah, Mahy Medhat, who came especially to meet the local media and raise awareness of the hotel in the local market. Mövenpick Hotel & Residences Hajar Tower Makkah  enjoys an ideal location directly on Al Haram Court, facing the King Abdul Aziz Gate, some of the hotel’s 1,200 rooms have magnificent views of the Holy Mosque and Kaaba. Conveniently situated within the Abraj Al Bait Tower Complex, the hotel is the perfect choice for Hajj and Umra pilgrims.

The guests enjoyed a fun-filled evening complemented by a mouth-watering buffet prepared by the Executive Chef of the hotel Emmanuel Thomas and his team.

Dr. Joyce Azar’s visit to Rola’s Beauty Lounge Rola’s Beauty lounge held a press conference during Dr.Joyce Azar’s visit to introduce the most updated and efficient ways for skin care and the latest practices to rejuvenate the skin naturally without having to go through procedures. Dr. Joyce is considered one of the lead Dermatology Specialists in consulting serious diagnosis in skin care and new medicine.

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THE ARMANI GROUP OPENS ARMANI/KUWAIT, A NEW CONCEPT STORE AT THE NEW PRESTIGE AVENUE, THE AVENUES MALL Giorgio Armani is pleased to announce the opening of Armani/Kuwait, at the newly opened Prestige Avenue, The Avenues Mall, Kuwait City. Armani/ Kuwait, like Armani/Fifth Avenue in New York, is a concept store that combines different collections under one roof. Here, customers will be offered a selection of menswear and womenswear by Giorgio Armani, Emporio Armani, EA7 and Armani Jeans; as well as childrenswear by Armani Junior. They will also be able to experience he new Emporio Armani Caffè, the premium Milanese restaurant concept created by Giorgio Armani. Armani/Kuwait, covering over 2000 square meters, features three entrances – one each to the Women’s and Men’s sections, from the Prestige Avenue side, as well as one to Armani Junior, located in the Grand Avenue. The external façades are finished with backlit onyx panels.

The fashion and accessories collections are displayed over three different areas, for womenswear, menswear and childrenswear. The flooring is covered in beige spun silk carpets, while the ceiling is finished with glossy silver marmorino panels. The impression it creates is one of elegance and sophistication, with hues of gold and black, and marble and glass fixtures echoed throughout the store. Designed in symmetry with the Armani/Kuwait store, the Emporio Armani Caffè boasts comfortable internal and external seating options, with the outside seating area located on a raised podium. The Caffè will be open from 10:00 am to midnight and will host up to 95 seated guests.

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MENBUR ANNOUNCES STORE OPENING AT THE AVENUES MALL IN KUWAIT MENBUR, the European leader in evening, special occasion and bridal shoes opened its first store at The Avenues Mall, Kuwait. For the last 40 years, this Spanish brand has been designing shoes and accessories for women with elegance without forgetting its identity. Menbur shoes and accessories for ceremonies and special occasions are based on perfect balance between elegance, glamour and naturalness. The Avenues store concept is based on a feminine universe, full of details and sensations. A place where women can discover, touch and know Menbur in an exquisite and time-honored manner. The store’s environment is dominated by serenity, elegance and sophistication, where the brand’s customer service and attentiveness aims to be the center of a unique shopping experience. Customers were invited to be a part of the stylish unveiling of the Spring Summer 2013 collection at the Avenues store on Monday, 18 March. The ribbon cutting was followed by a runway showcase of several ‘special treasures’ from the season’s collection.

Launching of BBQ Night at Hotel Missoni Kuwait Hotel Missoni Kuwait presents a unique way of enjoying the upcoming spring in Kuwait. Every Wednesday, the pool terrace at Hotel Missoni will be open to guests to lounge, while enjoying an out of the ordinary BBQ evening! Hotel Missoni Kuwait’s BBQ nights will take place every Wednesday during March and April. From 7pm till 11pm, offering a wide variety of live cooking stations, Arabic mezze’s and an assortment of International food. Located on the second floor of the property, Hotel Missoni Kuwait’s pool terrace includes a spectacular view of the Arabian Gulf, and a large pool holding the signature Missoni stripes at its base.

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Kenzo Womenswear Spring-Summer 2013 In the vibrant jungles of Asia began our inspiration for this collection, awash in colors of green and ochre, prowling with clouded leopards and tigers. We’ve translated that raw natural energy into an urban language for Spring, with jolts of ice blue and pale pink, with geometric and organic patterns.We’ve combined our love of utility, found in versatile multifunctional pieces, with sensuality and fluidity, baring a lot of skin, and pairing tailoring with looser silhouettes.We took on one of KENZO’s signatures, the off-the-shoulder dress, and pared down the volume to create a more streamlined take on it in tops and dresses. Many pieces feature hints of lingerie, appearing almost as though the undergarments are on the exterior. Details such as these give each piece a twist for the woman who wants to be noticed. Irreverent illusions are found throughout the collection, such as tigers hiding behind leaf prints, and a pant that appears to have a boot pulled over the knee.A camouflage leopard print appears throughout the collection in tangerine, turquoise and mustard yellow hues that lend a surreal, synthetic quality to the animal print. We’ve introduced a psychedelic forest print, which we

imagined is what the jungle might look like viewed through night-vision goggles.Our tiger motif is embroidered onto denim pieces and added to golden buckles.We’ve partnered again with Delfina Delettrez who has created a collection of jewelry pieces featuring textured, printed metals, fringed arm cuffs, animal rings, and hair combs which add a jungle fierceness to each look.Skyhigh leather boots with drawstrings, high-heeled acid lizard loafers and heavily embroidered, glossy lizard sandals with raffia and metal

detailing complete the urban jungle look.Humberto and CarolTHANKS:PRODUCTION & SET DESIGN: VILLA EUGÉNIE VIDEO ART: KENZO DIGITALMUSIC: BLOOD ORANGE HAIR: ANTHONY TURNER MAKEUP: YADIMNAILS BY: MARIAN NEWMAN FOR MACSPECIAL THANKS TO:

INGIE Paris debuts first global signature boutique in Kuwait Ingie Chalhoub opens the doors of her signature flagship boutique, INGIE Paris. Inspirational founder and president of the Etoile Group, Ingie Chalhoub showcases her fashion expertise in the first global INGIE Paris store located in the heart of Kuwait. The region’s leading bespoke luxury retail authority, the Etoile Group is the platform in which Ingie Chalhoub epitomizes her sense of style and fashion demeanour. Creating a fashion domain where Kuwaiti stylistas can now view their favourite pieces brings a new dimension to the concept of semi-couture. Ingie Chalhoub brings the brand to life as she relishes in selecting Kuwait to be the first city to host an INGIE Paris boutique,

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New Look’s Spring/Summer 2013 collections New Look invited us to Dubai to preview their incredible new collections. Their events are always spectacular. At a different location each time and with creative presentations of the collections, the setting is always perfect in highlighting the season’s must-haves. Every piece is a key staple that can be worn differently to suit your mood. We love New Look because of how much fun we have dressing up in their trendy pieces. This time however, the collections have blown us away and trust us when we say there is something for everyone…. The New Look Womenswear collection is fronted by three key trends. ‘Cowgirl’ embodies a feminine take on the Wild West. New Look takes you on a nostalgic journey back to the 50s with ‘Pleasantville’ where femininity was celebrated and glamour coveted. And finally ‘Eastern Trail’ is inspired by the diversity and vibrancy of the East. New Look’s Spring/Summer 2013 Swimwear collection takes inspiration from the four corners of the globe, making it easy for every woman to feel beach-beautiful and poolside-perfect. The New Look Menswear collection key trends give you something for every occasion whether it is for casual days, busy work days and even

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evenings out. With ‘Brighton Beach’, nautical is re-visited and invigorated with the use of fresh colours and clean, simple silhouettes. ‘Mash Kulture’ is all about re-working classic pieces to create something new, fresh and directional. Using jeans as the foundation, the ‘New Vintage’ collection leans on this eponymous wardrobe staple to influence a story that is accessible, wearable and durable. The collections are now in stores at The Avenues!


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CELEBRITY NEWS

Gwynnie is in her own 150,000 KD La-La World! On Gwyneth Paltrow’s lifestyle website Goop, the actress has posted her favourite looks for spring and summer. We are not sure who her lifestyle website is targeting exactly since the total of 8 looks add up to over 150,000 KD. Keeping in mind a couple of looks are meant for casual everyday and even a ‘Maxi at Home’ ensemble. She seems to be a bit in her own world since even her recipes for homemade dishes would cost you more than a feast at Nobu. The ingredients are hard to find and the equipment needed would require a house of their own to store them. Nevertheless, we can’t help but enjoy her website for inspiration and for ideas and we glee with excitement when we find a recipe that is actually do-able. All in all her website is very classy and chic, and we love that she is honest and doesn’t shy away from her indulgences. Bless!

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Tilda Swinton has become a living work of art Swinton is taking part in a “still life” installation at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Yesterday, the Vogue cover girl slept in a glass box for eight hours in the middle of the famed art gallery as surprised visitors watched on. The actress will participate in the oneperson piece a further six times over the next year, all held in different locations at MOMA. The installation is called The Maybe and was first held at The Serpentine Gallery in London in 1995. At the time, the piece attracted 22,000 visitors and received a Turner Prize nomination. When it comes to her roles in movies and even her fashion sense, Tilda has always had an artistic style. Breaking boundaries with androgynous looks and breaking her ethereal beauty with sharp hairstyles and makeup, or better yet lack thereof. We love what she is doing, keep it up Tilds!

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Game of Thrones Season 3 is what it has been all about We can’t wait for every new episode of this genius show to air; however, Season 3 is the reason why the show even began. “Watch those beautiful trailers, but seriously, this is the one that we’ve been looking forward to for so long because when we read the books, even before we pitched it to HBO, long before we knew it’d be a series, we got to the third book and started calling each other [with] this feverish panic, because we just thought, if we can get this far — there’s so many of our favorite scenes from the whole saga… in this season coming up,” Says the “Game of Thrones” Executive Producer. Whilst filming the scenes across five different countries, even the tough Northern Irish crew couldn’t help but cry from the drama that took place. Hmm… challenge accepted!

The next 007 is already in motion After the huge success of ‘Skyfall’, the most successful out of all twenty-three of the movies, Studio MGM is already developing the script for the next one. MGM Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Gary Barber said: “We are currently developing the screenplay and working with our partners. We look forward to developing the script soon and signing a director. We are hoping within the next three years it will be released.” They hope to announce a director in the near future however, ‘Skyfall’ director Sam Mendes has already confirmed he will not be directing it due to his busy schedule. Now we are really hoping Quentin Tarantino would direct it. Can you imagine his spin on the franchise? It would be brilliant. Here’s to wishful thinking..

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INTERESTING NEWS

The Russian Jack Sparrow is aiming to build an exact replica of the Black Pearl pirate ship. Alexander Marchenko decided to construct the traditional 17th century-style wooden sailing vessel after watching blockbuster hit Pirates of the Caribbean at his local cinema. Inspired by the hit movie series, the 38-year-old has spent more than two years working on his labour of love in a bid to achieve his childhood dreams. With no experience in the art of ship building, the determined entrepreneur researched the project online where he downloaded pictures of the ship. Moored to a bank of the Yenisei River in the Siberian Taiga area in Khakassia region, Mr Marchenko hopes his beloved ship will become a world famous tourist attraction. Made from locally-sourced pine and cedar wood, the Russian native’s ambitious project is now nearing its completion. The ship builder is confident of matching every aspect of the Pearl and is currently working on its interior ahead of its official opening in the summer. Bless!

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A Chinese video game addict has spent the last six years living in an internet cafe Li Meng almost never leaves his chair, except to buy food and take the occasional shower, at the cafe in China’s north-east city of Changchun, in the Jilin province. One person told the Beijing Times: ‘He generally comes at night to play the game, gets sleepy during the day and sleeps here. From time to time will be out to take a bath.’ He is thought to have supported himself by selling virtual goods for real money. He has a monthly income of 2,000 yen, or 106 KD, of which 25 KD is paid as a fee to the cafe every month. China has a well-documented problem with young people’s addictions to gaming, with reports of camps designed to cure children of their internet cravings. It was reported earlier this year that the father of a 23-yearold Chinese man hired ‘online assassins’ to kill his avatar repeatedly, in the hope his son would give up and get a job.

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Newborn Lambs given jumpers made of their mother’s wool Less than a week old, Flake, Frosty and Snowy have been adorned with brightly-coloured woolly jumpers to protect them from the Arctic weather that has the UK in its icy grip. ‘We’ve had to take them inside to keep them extra warm as we have families planning to come to our farm this Easter – but I know many farmers have been suffering heavily in the snow. ‘We’re giving them that little helping hand to ease them through their first weeks and they’re definitely enjoying their new style.’ While the woolly jumpers are undoubtedly cute, the wintry weather is no laughing matter for livestock. Thousands of animals are feared to have been killed following blizzards in the past month. Let’s pray that they get through!

Six people were arrested over a robbery: Caught by their own foot-prints As the winter weather continues to cause chaos in England, the bumbling thieves were tracked down by police after officers simply followed their footprints in the snow leading away from the store and to a block of flats nearby. The robbery at the One Stop store in Whitnash at around 7:30am on Saturday saw members of staff threatened by two men who also stole money and scratch cards. Having followed the footprints in the snow, officers moved on to a second address following further enquiries and subsequently arrested four people. Two others were then arrested later in the day. Of the six arrested, four appeared in court charged with robbery, while the others were released without charge. The story sounds like an episode of Scooby Doo!

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SPORTS NEWS

Northampton’s giant striker Akinfenwa makes critics eat their words with first hat-trick Northampton striker Adebayo Akinfenwa, who at 16st is believed to be the country’s heaviest footballer, enjoyed making his critics eat their words when he scored his first professional hattrick in the win against Accrington. Akinfenwa, a cult figure at the Cobblers due to the size of his shorts as well as his goal tally, is no stranger to chants about his weight. But the London-born striker says the terrace jeers are a motivating factor. “Their fans were giving me some stick a couple of minutes before my first goal so it was nice to shut them up a little bit,” he told the Northampton Chronicle. “It’s a beautiful thing. I want them to talk when they need to talk. I know it’s pure banter and part and parcel of football. When they do that, I

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generally score so they need to keep doing it so I can keep scoring goals. “If I was playing a game and they weren’t doing it I would think something was strange so they can do what they’ve got to do and I’ll do what I’ve got to do.” Nicknamed The Beast, Akinfenwa admits: “I eat loads — but I’m not a McDonald’s or fast food guy. But I think I should have shares in Nandos because I live there so much.” Akinfenwa’s fame has already spread beyond Northampton fans. He is the CEO of HAHA! clothing range, and the star of its popular ‘2 big 2 play football’ T-shirts, which retail for 10 KD. He even has a slogan, something he calls ‘Beast Mode’.


Maria Sharapova into Sony Open semifinals as Italy’s Sara Errani is defeated in straight sets Maria Sharapova prevailed 7-5, 7-5 despite turning in an error-strewn display, the thirdseeded Russian racking up almost 60 unforced errors and committing 13 double faults. Fortunately for Sharapova, who saved three set points in the second, Errani did not have the weapons to take advantage and she did just enough to set up a last-four encounter with 22nd seed Jelena Jankovic. “Sara is extremely difficult to play,” Sharapova said. “She doesn’t have the height or the power, but she gets so many balls back and stays so consistent, and does it over and over again. “She is so consistent. She also has great court coverage and variety. She really makes you work. “She can do a lot of things with that court coverage and variety when she has time, so my success in the beginning of the match and in some other points was when I didn’t give her that opportunity. But most of the time I did, and that’s why she kept coming back and kept playing really well out there.” “I feel very lucky that I’m through. She had her chances to win that second set - who knows what would have happened. I’m lucky to get to the next one and have a chance to be in the semis again.” Sharapova is bidding for her first win at the Florida event after four previous runner-up finishes, including back-to-back final defeats in each of the last two years. Standing in her way in the last four is Serbia’s Jankovic, who beat another Italian, Roberta Vinci, 6-4, 6-7 (6/8), 6-3. In the men’s draw, third seed David Ferrer came from a set down to beat Jurgen Melzer 4-6, 6-3, 6-0 and set up a semi-final with Novak Djokovic’s conqueror, Tommy Haas. Ferrer dropped the first set despite going up a break, but was in control from there - particularly in the final set as he broke three times and dropped just four points on serve. “I was a little bit nervous in the first set and part of the second,” Ferrer said. “But I tried to fight every point, to be focused and I had a good feeling in the final of the second set and of course in the third one.”

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HEALTH

Run Through! It is the perfect time of year, with this beautiful fresh weather, butterflies soaring, greener plants and flowers flourishing to put on your trainers and jump start your body with a good run. Running isn’t just for a quick fix of endorphins but has plenty of great benefits too. As we mentioned, our HerStyleIcon of the month counts this exercise as a favourite. Here are the main reasons to add running to your weekly routine: 1.Healthy heart Running is one of the best ways to give your heart muscle an effective workout. By running regularly you can improve circulation, and reduce the risk of a heart attack, high blood pressure and stroke. 2.Weight loss The average runner burns 1,000 calories an hour during a training session. So expect to get thinner, which will in turn help you run faster. 3.Osteoporosis If you run on a regular basis you are continually taxing your muscles and bones so the bones are stimulated to remain stronger and do not easily weaken with age. So bye bye osteoporosis. 4.Mental health A regular running habit will you lift your mood and build self-esteem. It also increases your self-confidence as you reach fitness and/or weight loss goals. Running can help relieve mild depression. 5.Sleep Studies show that runners find it easier to get to sleep at night and sleep longer. Insomniacs take note. 6.Stress Running increases your ability to cope with everyday minor irritations and stresses. 7.Happiness Endorphins engendered by exercise mean that people who run are often happier than those who don’t: ever felt that sense of elation during or after a run (known as the runner’s high)? Running regularly can also improve patience, humour and ambition, and make you more good-tempered and easy-going. 8.Anxiety Runners generally have a lower level of anxiety than those who don’t run. One study suggests that regular training reduces the activity of the serotonin receptors in the brain which regulate mood. Reduced sensitivity of these receptors to stimulation might explain the positive effects of exercise on anxiety. 96

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9.Immune system If you are a runner you will find that you have a stronger immune system, that means you’ll suffer less from minor illnesses such as colds, allergies, fatigue, menstrual discomfort, backache, and digestive disorders.

circulation, improving the transportation of nutrients around your system and flushing out waste products. This will help make your skin clearer and give you that distinctive runner’s glow.

10. Brain power You can increase your mental functions by going running as it boosts blood flow to the brain and helps it receive oxygen and nutrients, making you more productive at work.

12. Fat burn By running you are building lean muscle, changing your body composition and your metabolism. Lean muscle weighs heavier than fat, but burns more calories even when you’re resting, so cultivate a regular running habit and you should see a gradual, healthy inch loss.

11. Complexion Running stimulates your


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BEAUTY & GROOMING

Sprout This Spring L’Occitane - NEW VOLUMIZING RITUAL A new hair care ritual, complete with 5 essential oils making it a bouquet of benefits! With silicone-free formulas, that give body to fine hair that lacks volume. Density and substance are restored to the hair fibre, for hair that bounces with vitality!

Makeup Forever – Pro Finish Our new favourite foundation and we guarantee it will be yours as well! If you want a flawless complexion within minutes, (who doesn’t?) then this is a must! With its transforming texture and breakthrough formula, this versatile and multiuse foundation allows you to fully customize your finish and coverage level. Giving a natural look and the ability to be used wet or dry, we couldn’t have asked for more from this great makeup essential.

Volumizing Shampoo This shampoo gently cleanses and gives lightness, fullness and density to the hair. Hair regains substance, fullness, bounce & hold.

Volumizing Conditioner Enriched with Vitamin B5, this conditioner leaves hair soft and light, and easier to style. Hair is instantly detangled and stays supple, soft and light.

Yves Saint Laurent – Crème De Blush This blush has an amazing velvety-soft texture that offers a luminous, radiant, and healthy look. The cream-to-powder formulation feels like silk, and makes an excellent touch-up tool throughout the day. YSL CRÈME DE BLUSH Soft Blush is an Allure Best of Beauty Award Winner and after trying it for a month, we now know why!

Essie – Crocadilly Nail Polish “my repstyle is magnetic enough to attract anyone” says Essie, and yes we are very attracted to this polish that is perfect for this season! Green being the major colour, we are favouring the croc hunter green shade from the Repstyle Collection. With the magnet on the top of the cap, you get an instant snake skin effect. Perfect for a quick professional look that is on trend, making the cold blooded inspiration hot as hell! 98

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Volumizing Mist 7- Dior - Crème Abricot Fortifying Cream For Nails Created in 1963, Dior’s “Cultfavorite Magic Multi-tasker” is the key to truly terrific nails. This creamy salve encourages nail growth, improves nail strength, and conditions cuticles. It can be massaged into the base of nail pre- or post- polish. But we found that applying it right after showering gave the best results instantly and its long lasting!

This light, leave-on mist gives body and lift to the hair and leaves it delicately scented.

Volumizing Mask Enriched with apricot oil, this mask helps to nourish and coat the hair fibre without weighing hair down, leaving it supple and static-free. Hair looks transformed and more beautiful


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Ojon – Volume Advance Animated Volumizing Cream This styling cream gives limp, fine hair fierce fullness, strength, separation, texture, shine—and a bit of “grip” to make styling easier. Unlike thickeners that can create crunchy, clumpy hold that collapses when touched, this cream leaves hair feeling touchable, flexible, soft, and resilient.

With constant shaving and the change of weather, pores are getting bigger and more congested. After cleansing and moisturizing The POREfessional is perfect to quickly minimize the appearance of pores. Apply this silky, lightweight balm to achieve translucent pore coverage and smootherthan-smooth skin. Pores—now you see ‘em, now you don’t!

L’Occitane - CADE SHAVING CREAM Following in the purist age-old traditions of Provence, the L’OCCITANE Cade collection has been specifically designed to provide expert skincare dedicated to men’s skin. The result is a gentle shaving ritual that keeps men’s skin looking young and feeling great. With its new, even smoother texture, this cream provides supreme comfort for the skin.

Clinique – Anti-Fatigue Cooling Eye Gel Rough night? No one will ever know: this cooling roll-on gel instantly revitalizes, hydrates, and brightens tired-looking eyes. It absorbs quickly to combat puffiness and dark circles.

L’Occitane - CADE SHAVING OIL The shaving oil has a transparent texture that rinses off easily and is ideal for softening tough stubble before shaving. It is particularly useful for tracking dense growth areas and trimming goatee beards, sideburns and moustaches. Held in a small bottle, it is perfectly portable and makes the ideal travel companion for men.

Gucci Guilty Black Pour Homme Gucci Guilty Black Pour Homme is a daring aromatique fougere, inviting you to indulge in your deepest desires. Notes:Lavender, Coriander, Orange Flower, Patchouli. Style:Daring. Indulgent. Provocative. The Guilty Black lovers bring out the most scandalous sides of each other: alone they are magnificent, together irrepressible. Fearless in their passion, they are brazen, shameless, unpredictable—ready for each and every explosive encounter. Their attraction is instinctive: they go where they sense danger and each other.

L’Occitane - CADE ANTI FATIGUE GEL A gel that’s quick and easy to use, for men in a hurry who want perfect results. Transforms into a thick, silky foam to effectively tackle all types of beard.

L’Occitane – CADE AFTER SHAVING BALM A light and fluid texture with calming properties for fast-acting soothing care. There is nothing vain about a man applying products to protect, regenerate and soothe his skin. It is simply an essential step to maintaining a healthy complexion. WWW.THETALK-ONLINE.COM

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TRAVEL

Music is in the air Celebrating the spring with music and culture. This month we introduce the softer side of four international cities known for their strong role in the international financial markets. London, New York, Frankfurt and Beijing, metropolitan cities that attract thousands of business people to be part of the business world. But when then offices close and the night takes over, creativity, art and culture take over. The skylines turn from glass towers reflecting the sunlight into colorful pillars of light advertising musicals and plays inviting visitors and locals to let go of the stressful day and dive into a world of magic and music where anything can happen.

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Music is in the air

London

If you are looking to enjoy a great musical, London is the place with to be. The Culture of London concerns the arts, music, museums, festivals and other entertainment in London, the capital city of the United Kingdom. London is widely believed to be the culture capital of the world. London is particularly renowned for its theatre quarter, and its West End theatre district has given the name to “West End theatre”, the strand of mainstream professional theatre staged in the large theaters in London. For every musical taste London has something of offer. Our musical tip for this season is “The Bodyguard”, Book is by Alex Dinelaris. Based on the Warner Bros. film of the same name with screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan. Features Whitney Houston’s hit songs. After the great loss of this pop icon, this musical is will take us back to the beginning of the 90’s and will leave room to reminisce the good old days. Our hotel tip is the W London, Leicester square. The 5-star rooms at W London have iPod docks, 37-inch flat-screen TVs, and an impressive media library and all the heart of London’s musical hotspot.

New York

The home of broadway, where the world’s best performers, singer and dancers live, that is New York. The city that never sleeps truly has world class musical on offer. The two most popular Shows playing on Broadway are Wicked, The Lion King and The Book of Mormon. Time Square is a hotspots for hotels, restaurants and theaters. Our Musical tip is “Once”,

where an Irish musician and a Czech immigrant are drawn together by their shared love of music. Over the course of one fateful week, an unexpected friendship and collaboration quickly evolves into a powerful but complicated love story, underscored by the emotionally charged music that has made ONCE an international sensation. Our hotel tip

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China Beijing Grand Theatre With the China Olympics in 2008, China has shown the world that there is more to it than manufacturing every day goods. Who would have thought that the Beijing Theatre will be listed as one of the Top 10 destinations to enjoy culture and entertainment. The most impressive venue is the Beijing Grand Theatre, with its futuristic architecture designed by Paul Andreu.

The building is situated in the heart of Beijing on Chang An Avenue next to the Great Hall of the People and in close proximity to Tian An Men Square and the Forbidden City. The musical program features, classical concerts, musical and traditional Chinese music and theatre.

Frankfurt

The financial center of the Euro is the one of the most cosmopolitan cities in Germany. Known for it’s strong banking service sector and home to the european central bank, Frankfurt is a truly international City, with thousands of business visitors daily. Art and culture are as much part of the Frankfurt experience as a visit to the Louvre when in Paris. So is the MMK, the museum for contemporary art in Frankfurt a center for art appreciators, and features stunningly curated art shows throughout the year. One show that caught our eye is named “Walls

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to talk to” by the Korean artist Jewyo Rhiis starting from July 5th until september 1st. You don’t have to speak German to have a great musical night out. At the English Theatre located at the heart of the Frankfurt’s commercial district, you can enjoy international musicals in English. For the those who want to enjoy classical plays interpreted in a very contemporary way we suggest the Schauspielhaus (eng. Theatre). Our hotel tip is the new Jumeirah hotel which is located in the shopping district of Frankfurt.


MOVIE PREVIEW

ARE YOU THE NEXT POPCORN FACE? After the massive hype of the Exclusive Skyfall opening in Kuwait, Grand Cinemas Al Hamra luxury center once again agitates the Cinema lovers by launching the exceptional digital campaign “Grand Cinemas Popcorn Face”, which invites moviegoers to stand a chance to have their faces printed on Grand Cinemas popcorn tubs. The Popcorn Face campaign has witnessed lots of accolades and fans engagements in all Grand Cinemas locations across the region, and now it’s time Kuwaiti cinemagoers upgraded their movie experience through this exciting and funny contest at their favorite cinema destination. All you need to do is three simple steps, take a funny picture of your face, post it on Grand Cinemas fanpage then invite your friends to vote for it. After one month, the eight highest voted photos will be posted on Grand Cinemas popcorn tubs. “It’s not every day that you get the chance to become one of Kuwait celebrities, so here we bring it up for you”, said the Regional Marketing Director at Grand Cinemas Carly Ramia Habis. “We will continue to interpret our Motto Always Entertaining into actions, for our valued patrons in Kuwait and across the region”. Whether you are a movie lover or not, you’re invited for fame at the movies! Be among thousands of fans spreading the word and joining the excitement. FB| facebook.com/GCkuwait Follow us on Twitter @GC_kuwait ABOUT GRAND CINEMAS Introduced into Kuwait in 2012 under the ownership of Selim Ramia, Grand Cinemas represents a new era in quality entertainment following a run of unprecedented success as the largest chain of theatres in the Middle East. Founded in 2000 in the United Arab Emirates, the Grand Cinemas brand consistently strives to set the industry standard and today stands boldly over 23 multiplexes - a staggering 180 screens - throughout the region. The future is Grand. Following the launch of Grand Cinemas Al Hamra Luxury Center, future projects include new theatres in downtown Beirut’s Landmark, Aleppo’s Shahba Mall, and Jordan’s Taj Mall. Join us as we rewrite the rules of entertainmentkw.grandcinemas.com | http://www.facebook. 104

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eye for strategic locations and acquisitions by Selim Ramia, co-founder of Gulf Film LLC Group, SR&Co is the fastest growing company in market share acquisition in Lebanon, Jordan and Syria. Expect the future to be a thrilling ride as we look to take the SR&Co standard ever higher www.srndco.com


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REVIEWS

movies showing this month

4-Apr

EVIL DEAD Starring: Jane Levy, Shiloh Fernandez and Jessica Lucas Mia, a young woman struggling with sobriety, heads to a remote cabin with her brother and a group of friends, where the discovery of a Book of the Dead leads to danger and horror.

April 4

June 6

April 4

JURASSIC PARK

Pain & Gain

OBLIVION

Stars: Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum A wealthy man has created an island amusement park filled with dinosaurs cloned from fossilized DNA. When he invites experts to endorse it, nature takes over.

Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson and Rebel Wilson

Stars: Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, Andrea Riseborough, Olga Kurylenko

A pair of bodybuilders in Florida gets caught up in an extortion ring and a kidnapping scheme that goes terribly wrong.

In 2073, a 37 yearold former-Marine Commander Jack Harper (Tom Cruise) is one of the last few drone repairmen stationed at Earth which was nearly destroyed by an alien invasion 60 years ago.

April 25

SCAPY MOVIES5 Stars: Lindsay Lohan and Charlie Sheen Three dancers -- one veteran performer and two upstarts who are also best friends -- vie for the lead in a new production from a snooty, aloof and imperious director.

April 18

THe Host Stars: Saoirse Ronan, Diane Kruger, William Hurt When an unseen enemy threatens mankind by taking over their bodies and erasing their memories, Melanie will risk everything to protect the people she cares most about.

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RESTAURANT PREVIEW

Al Forno! A staple of Italian excellence right here in Kuwait!

Get transported to Italy right in the midst of The Avenues at Al Forno. The authenticity of the Italian restaurant is vibrant as you enter and you see a real olive tree, as you walk past the woodfired oven responsible for the mouth watering thin crust pizzas and the open cuccina (kitchen) where you get a glimpse of the culinary excellence in action. From the concave brick ceiling to the wooden details and ceramics that decorate the walls, it is instantly apparent that we have walked into somewhere special. 106

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Unlike any other restaurant in Kuwait, this is not an Italian-American restaurant but a true Italian restaurant with their chef, a true Italian national, with incredible experience, having worked with one of the most influential chefs, Jamie Oliver. However, the cherry on top of this incredible treat is that Al Forno is a Kuwaiti founded brand! As the brand starts branching out across the Middle-East and hopefully the rest of the world, it will be a chain to be truly proud of! This restaurant is full of surprises and my goodness how we love surprises such as their Festa Della Pasta festival! They always make their pasta fresh on a daily basis; and this ongoing festival gives visitors a chance to watch how it all happens!

With spring here, the weather is perfect to enjoy their stunning outdoor terrace that could seat up to twelve people. It is truly a scene from Tuscany, with wooden details and porcelain accessories imported from Europe. The comfortable seating, beautiful surrounding colours and fresh air compliment the food brilliantly. The setting, whether indoors or out, goes hand in

hand with their authentic Italian recipes. Italians are known to eat lunch as a family, and the family feel shows in all aspects of Al Forno, from the portions of the delectable dishes that encourage sharing, to the Italian home decorations, but most of all the service that is so welcoming making it a place to visit over and over again!

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GADGETS

Musically Inspired Gadgets!

Rock

The Hyper Touch Guitar.

The iRock is an updated version of the traditional rocking chair. It’s a self sufficient iPad dock and sound station, making that rocking motion worth while. The iRock is handcrafted out of Swedish pine wood and comes in 5 Different colors. So as you rock back and forth you regenerate your devices power. Awesome!

From the mind of Max Battaglia at Givingshape Design Studio, this unorthodox design replaces strings with a multi-touch screen, allowing the user to adjust the number of “strings” and frets, as well as tuning and sound effects. A wireless command center that permits endless customization and infinite possibilities of expression.

Sound Asleep Pillow Made in the UK with a luxurious hollowfibre filling, the speaker is undetectable and offers a totally restful sleeping experience. Listen to your favourite music, audio books or even teachyourself language books. As the speaker is built inside the pillow, this unique product requires absolutely no headphones. You control the volume of the sound, so only you can hear your personal music, meaning your partner can sleep in peace.

Zeppelin Air Nothing looks like it. Nothing sounds like it. Critics and listeners agree: Zeppelin Air is the complete speaker dock, making your music sound richer and more lifelike than you’ve ever heard it before. And with Apple’s AirPlay® wireless streaming technology built in, you can play it however and wherever you like.

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I’M Watch i’m Watch is much more than a watch. It’s a latest generation device that makes the most of your smartphone. With i’m Watch you can leave the phone in your pocket, in your purse or on your desk.

The Crosley Revolution™ Crosley’s Revolution™ turntable truly fits the word in every way. Where other turntables take up space, this one dances around a desk without ado. Where other record players must be kept in their designated place, the Crosley Revolution™ practically begs to join you on every journey. And where other turntables tangle you in a web of wires, the Crosley Revolution™ effortlessly pairs with any FM radio for cordless, clear sound. It is a turntable of firsts-the first battery-powered Crosley turntable, the first with a platter smaller than a teacup saucer, and the first with a wireless transmitter for cord-free enjoyment.


BOOK PREVIEW

Spring Forward with these Best-Sellers

Life After Life

Lionel Shriver

What if you could live again and again, until you got it right? On a cold and snowy night in 1910, Ursula Todd is born to an English banker and his wife. She dies before she can draw her first breath. On that same cold and snowy night, Ursula Todd is born, lets out a lusty wail, and embarks upon a life that will be, to say the least, unusual. For as she grows, she also dies, repeatedly, in a variety of ways, while the young century marches on towards its second cataclysmic world war. Darkly comic, startlingly poignant, and utterly original -- this is Kate Atkinson at her absolute best.

The Son

For Pandora, cooking is a form of love. Alas, her husband, Fletcher, a self-employed high-end cabinetmaker, now spurns the “toxic” dishes that he’d savored through their courtship, and spends hours each day to manic cycling. Then, when Pandora picks up her older brother Edison at the airport, she doesn’t recognize him. In the years since they’ve seen one another, the once slim, hip New York jazz pianist has gained hundreds of pounds. What happened? After Edison has more than overstayed his welcome, Fletcher delivers his wife an ultimatum: It’s him or me. Rich with Shriver’s distinctive wit and ferocious energy, Big Brother is about fat: an issue both social and excruciatingly personal. It asks just how much sacrifice we’ll make to save single members of our families, and whether it’s ever possible to save loved ones from themselves.

Philipp Meyer, the acclaimed author of American Rust, returns with The Son: an epic of the American West and a multigenerational saga of power, blood, land, and oil that follows the rise of one unforgettable Texas family, from the Comanche raids of the 1800s to the to the oil booms of the 20th century. Harrowing, panoramic, and deeply evocative, The Son is a fully realized masterwork in the greatest tradition of the American canon—an unforgettable novel that combines the narrative prowess of Larry McMurtry with the knifeedge sharpness of Cormac McCarthy.

Meg Wolitzer Wide in scope, ambitious, and populated by complex characters who come together and apart in a changing New York City, The Interestings explores the meaning of talent; the nature of envy; the roles of class, art, money, and power; and how all of it can shift and tilt precipitously over the course of a friendship and a life.

Khaled Hosseini Khaled Hosseini, the #1 New York Times–bestselling author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, has written a new novel about how we love, how we take care of one another, and how the choices we make resonate through generations. Following its characters and the ramifications of their lives and choices and loves around the globe—from Kabul to Paris to San Francisco to the Greek island of Tinos—the story expands gradually outward, becoming more emotionally complex and powerful with each turning page.

The Flame throwers: Rachel Kushner’s first novel, Telex from Cuba, was nominated for a National Book Award and reviewed on the cover of The New York Times Book Review. Her second novel, even more ambitious and brilliant, is the riveting story of a young artist and the worlds she encounters in New York and Rome in the mid-1970s—by turns underground, elite, and dangerous. The Flamethrowers is an intensely engaging exploration of the mystique of the feminine, the fake, the terrorist. At its center is Kushner’s brilliantly realized protagonist, a young woman on the verge. Thrilling and fearless, this is a major American novel from a writer of spectacular talent and imagination.

“We don’t need a list of rights and wrongs, tables of dos and don’ts: we need books, time, and silence. Thou shalt not is soon forgotten, but Once upon a time lasts forever.” — Philip Pullman Born to Run Isolated by Mexico’s deadly Copper Canyons, the blissful Tarahumara Indians have honed the ability to run hundreds of miles without rest or injury. In a riveting narrative, award-winning journalist and often-injured runner Christopher McDougall sets out to discover their secrets. In the process, he takes his readers from science labs at Harvard to the sun-baked valleys and freezing peaks across North America, where ever-growing numbers of ultra-runners are pushing their bodies to the limit, and, finally, to a climactic race in the Copper Canyons that pits America’s best ultra-runners against the tribe.

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ARIES

(Mar. 21-April 20)

Horoscopes VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 23) April will be an extremely stimulating interval for studies, trips and long-distance collaboration. There will be interest in activities and you’ll also come into contact with the cultural, scientific or legislative world. Take it all in and enjoy!

LEO

(July 23-Aug 22) The morale will be excellent all throughout April 2013. You’ll feel capable of anything, and this will give you unbreakable optimism. Beware, though! The Sun-Mars conjunction can bring along various incidents. Take it easy and don’t take risks! Success is in store for you!

SCORPIO

(Oct. 24-Nov. 22) In the first half of the month almost all the energy coming from passion will be invested in work. Somehow, duty and the affective relationship will go hand in hand. It’s possible that immediately afterwards, the emotional availability will boost, and the sentimental opportunities will appear.

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If you already have a relationship you care about, it’s time you brought something new to the relationship so that you stimulate it. Unless you take some clearly planned action, this wave of energy can take unwanted shapes, resulting in incidents or conflicts. Everything will be top-level in the first half of April 2013, with a peak around the date of 7th. Most of the charm will fade away after April 15th, and after the 20th you’ll come back to a state of normality. You’ll have a lot to show now. You’ll want attention, admiration and obedience given to you. The financial interest will be strongly highlighted and will become even more visibly marked after April 15th 2013 and very visibly marked after the 20th. You’ll have a lot of energy and you’ll overflow with vitality, especially in the first two deaconates of April 2013. Beware, though: the risks of acute incidents or accidents will still persist.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 20) The first part of April will be more isolated, more domestic-like. A past relationship or problem could come back to attention. The second part of April will imply more openness and more creativity. Fate will be on your side. It’s high time you changed some things around.

PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) You won’t be in the best possible shape in regards to energy, but you’ll cope with effort, stress and restlessness surprisingly well. You’ll benefit from inner strength and balance that will support you. And when you’re motivated, you’ll mobilize excellently.

TAURUS (Apr. 21-May 21) You’ll probably have to make some decisions, settle some matters, take some initiatives, even fight. The combative spirit will light up; the desire for victory will amplify. Success will come closer to you.

LIBRA

(Sept. 24-Oct. 23) April 2013 will first and foremost be a month of partnerships and contracts. There will be a lot of movement at the level of social interactions, which could result in new collaborations and relationships. Don’t rush when communicating to others, behave wisely and tactfully!

AQUARIUS (Jan. 21-Feb. 19) It is now that love declarations can occur, but also explanations, confession, negotiation or even contradictory discussions. There’s a lot to be said. If you find the right tone of voice, you can achieve anything you want by means of communication. You’ll be extremely persuasive!

GEMINI (May 22-June 21) The planetary agglomeration in Gemini’s house of projects will awaken your hopes and will stimulate you to make future plans. April 2013 will be a month in which you’ll easily find the necessary resources to reach your goals!

CANCER

(June 22-July 22) So much energy will be given birth to in Cancer’s house of career and social status Organize yourself in such a way as to have enough time left for rest and relaxation! You’ve got to be firm and strong, yet diplomatic!

SAGITTARIUS

(Nov. 23-Dec. 21)

At the sentimental level, Sagittarius will be one of the most favored signs in April 2013. Under these circumstances, love can happen any time, manifesting itself powerfully, in an explosive, enthusiastic and daring way. You’ll have the opportunity to live exceptional moments. WWW.THETALK-ONLINE.COM

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