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Issue 25/46 - December 2012

Winter Whites Her Closet


Khaleda Rajab

A Kuwaiti Takes London Tahir Sultan

A Perfect Ending, An Even Better Start











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Dear Trendsetters, A mall that hosts the largest flagships in the region of the most exclusive of brands, a stone clad twisting tower that is the highest in the world in its category, a 60 minutes firework that made the whole world stop and watch..THIS is Kuwait today! An Amiri Plan to construct a city like no other, a metro, new oil and gas facilities, new residential areas, new roads and infrastructure, new hospitals, new electricity plants..THIS is Kuwait the future! Kuwaitis have always been known for their forward thinking, their earned elitism, their ability to be trendsetters, let us NEVER forget that! And let our focus always be on how we can build better, work better, dress and compose ourselves better, discover and live better. And let us not EVER follow chaotic trends that lead nations backwards, Kuwaitis after all have always stood apart from the crowd. After all, Kuwaitis are and always will be the trendsetters! Wishing you all a flourishing 2013 Till next month, Zeina Mokaddam





Every New Year’s Eve before midnight, people around the world wait in anticipation for the clock to strike 12. Feeling sentimental about the journey that has passed, and excited to begin a new one, we bring to you an issue that will wrap up your year stylishly whilst preparing you for the next.

During my visit to Venice, I purchased a unique mask and thought it would be perfect for the cover of THETALK – a representation of New Year’s Eve, and a symbol that has no gender. Although simple, this mask carries a lot of meaning to me... but I’ll leave it to you to find your own interpretation.

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It was Coco Chanel who once said “A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous”. And I’m thinking that there’s no reason why a guy shouldn’t achieve the same two states. Let this month’s men’s style guide steer you (or your man) towards his best look for 2013

Every year, I make 100 resolutions of things I want to change in my life. Every year, I find myself making the same resolutions I made the year before. This year, I decided not to have any.. and my only resolution is to have no resolution! Life is about embracing the moment and living in the “now” rather than being caught up planning for it when it happens, as you might actually miss it. May 2013 be full of your presence in every moment.

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Local Features 20. Fierce 24. A Kuwaiti in London 82. Kuwait Exclusives

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Style Features 28. Designs of India 32. Street Styles 36. Stages & Set-Ups 38. A Grand Finale 40. Her Style Icon 42. Her Closet 50. Her Season’s Trend 52. His Style Icon 54. His Closet 60. His Season’s Trend 110. Style Competition


Brand Previews 62. Fashion Brand Previews 72. Watch Brand Previews 78. Car Previews 80. Gadget Previews News Beauty Health Travel


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& Grooming 94. Her Guide to Beauty 96. Rola’s Beauty Lounge 98. Splendidly Groomed Hair

100. Discussing Diabetes 102. A Perfect Ending

Reviews 106. Restaurant Review 107. Book Reviews 108. Movie Reviews

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88. Celebrity News 90. Interesting News 92. Sports News

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Fierce Khaleda Rajab Khaleda Rajab, a Bahraini national, has done it big- not just in our region, but in the outside world as well. With her innate sense of style, both eccentric and glamorous, she has combined numerous elements of style into a package, creating garments that are sure to make one stand out in a crowd. Rajab is all about taking risks, and to no surprise, she has incorporated that same mindset into her designs; introducing collections that are a mere reflection of her own persona. Fierce, versatile, and inventive, Khaleda Rajab is surely one of the region’s most sought-after designers today.

Have you always had this passion for fashion?

Yes. Since I was really young, around 15 or 16, I remember designing outfits for friends and family. I focused more on costume designs at the time, for prom and Halloween, yet expanded my design interests once moving to Boston for university. I always knew that I wanted to be involved in something to do with fashion, whether it was to own my own boutique, or become a fashion designer. While in Boston, I would find myself looking through the windows of fashion institutes, knowing for a fact that my passions stood there. Nonetheless, I was pushed by my parents to study within the field of business- a decision I am so happy to have made. Now, being the CEO of my own company, I am glad that I have enough knowledge to combine both my business and design skills into one. Did living in the U.S influence your design ideas in any way? I was so accustomed to the fashion in the Middle East before moving to the U.S, and

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although people here do dress very well and hold an extremely unique sense of style, there was something about the U.S that just pushed my fashion boundaries a little further. In our region, I feel that people choose to stay on the safe side of fashion, becoming less experimental in terms of their style. In the U.S I saw a variety of styles, from bohemian looks to the gothic look, so I was able to capture many different styles, reflecting a number of different personalities. Which of these looks did you believe fit well with your future label? The modern, futuristic look. You can tell from my designs that I do not base them around classic looks or cuts, rather, I like to create avant-garde styles through an asymmetric field, as I believe a woman should be able to stand out in a crowd, adorned in something so unique and different than what can be found in the market. I want those who wear my clothing to hold a sense of confidence whilst being comfortable- no matter how many looks or stares they receive from the crowd.

Do you believe women in the Middle East are able to experiment with extravagant styles? Because we are in the Middle East, it is more difficult to experiment with fashion, as we would not be allowed to wear hot shorts or miniskirts for instance. However, there are ways to tie in the conservative culture with fashion. Ascia, for example, is someone that I am very proud of in the region as she has been able to incorporate the veil into her sense of fashion. She has changed the whole look of the veil, and many people around the world look up to her for that. Is your personality reflected throughout your designs? My personality is actually the most major aspect within my designs. I have a few classic looks with shoulder pads and structured blazers, but I always make sure to give each piece an edge. Each of my garments include a minimal touch, withstanding its wow factor- something very reflective of my own personality. My personality is loud, very loud, but at the same time, I know when to hold back. The line I am working on


now, and which will be showcased at Harvey Nichols is the most reflective of me, in my opinion. It will include everyday-wear, with that wow factor, of course. Along with your personality, where do you receive your inspiration to create the designs? For my last collection, I was in a coffee shop in London, and the inspiration just came to me. As it started to rain, all of the fashionable girls outside began to hide in the corners, safeguarding their bags and shoes so that the rain would not affect the suede or leather. It was then I decided I should create a rain collection, placing the elements of the rain drops and generating something more beautiful out of it. When viewing your comments on instagram, we have seen that many people refer to you as Lady Gaga. Is she your muse?



Lady Gaga is definitely one of them. She is different and although she does not hold back the way I like to, she does grab the world’s attention through her style, and that is something I admire her for. She is able to present her strong personality through her sense of fashion, allowing her to be unique to everyone else in the industry and around the world. Someone else I would consider my muse is Anna Dello Russo, as she holds a different look in the fashion world, and she is not afraid of what people think of that. She has even quoted herself claiming that fashion is fun- and it should be. You have to give in your personality 100% through your style, and be sure to play around with it. What are your hopes for the future of fashion design, and are you proud of what you have achieved today? Looking at my interviews four years ago, I believe I have come a long way. I have achieved most of what I hoped to achieve before, and within such a short time, I know I have covered enough. Numerous celebrities have dressed in my designs, from Hofit Golan, to actress Jessica Lowndes of Beverly Hills 9021, to Noelle Reno, the presenter for Fashion TV, and my designs have even been shown on Kourtney and Kim Take over NYC. I want to be out there, and I want to become the next designer to represent the Middle East, becoming a global name with my designs.

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A Kuwaiti Takes London Tahir Sultan

Fashion designer Tahir Sultan is a man to be admired, impressing us once again this year with his collections in haute-couture, inclusive of stylistic consistencies and fresh new elements. Throughout his worldly experiences in fashion design, Tahir has left his foot print in the region, presenting a collection that is both laid-back, quirky, and fun- a symbol of who Tahir is and what he represents. Here we meet with Tahir Sultan as he returns from London Fashion Week and unveils his exquisite collection of womenswear at Harvey Nichols Kuwait.

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25 commercially viable. There are no platforms here for one to go and look for funding, rather, one must ingenuously come up with that and approach people thereafter. All of my funding came from India last year, and I hope that as a Kuwaiti designer, companies will soon step up to the plate as well. People must understand that there is no proper industry here, so to be climbing to the top of one’s game, when someone comes from an infrastructure that does not exist, it will later lend a lot of hope to people and push people to follow their dreams. You say you would like to inspire people to follow their dreams; but what inspires you to continue?

How did you initially get into fashion design? I was studying at the Architecture Association in London, but then decided I would rather explore the world of fashion, prompting me to leave London. I worked in the fashion industry thereafter for two years, then applied to Central Saint Martins. After doing my course in fashion at Central Saint Martins, I went on to work with Alexander Mcqueen and John Galliano, and finally came back to Kuwait three years ago and began my own label. Having attended Central Saint Martins and working with top figures in the industry, do you believe those experiences to be defining moments in your career? I don’t believe there is ever a defining moment in one’s career. However, I do believe I have grasped a lot in terms of experience throughout these different milestones in my career. I’ve learned through first-hand experience, the ins and outs of the industry- from designing to placing embroideries, models, fittings, and many other intricate details that I wouldn’t have known otherwise about fashion design.

You recently showcased your designs at London Fashion Week. What can you tell me about that experience? It was an amazing experience, being the first Kuwaiti to actually reach there. London Fashion Week is an extremely professional and important platform which reaches a wide audience. There is no room there for mediocrity, as you are playing with the big boys; so unless you really step up your game and prove yourself, you will drown. As Fashion Week comes twice a year, I am now working towards February. It’s a hard process with lots of work, and it does take a lot of time and effort; from the logistics and funding, to the design work and embroidery, all must be done well in order to ensure everything falls into place correctly. Have you found it hard to receive funding from companies in Kuwait? Because people in the Middle East have such an immense knowledge of art, there are many foundations supporting it. However, people fail to realize that art and fashion are both businesses, and fashion has recently become more

Everything inspires me. I am constantly thinking and designing in my head, and I visit art museums, flea markets, the theatre, ballet shows, and a lot of time on my own to find my inspiration. Everything around me and all of my experiences inspire me, even my culture. By using my Arabic and Indian culture as inspiration I have incorporated the notion of draping, hiding and veiling, and mixed that together with western views of the body. My next show is to be held in mid-february and I already have the silhouettes in my mind, along with a few drawings here and there. I like to make sure I have gathered enough information, and just as like a collage, I put it all together in the end. I choose to hold continuity from one label to the next so that people can have different options which carry an echo of what they had from the last collection. You are now based in Dubai. Have you found this move to be essential to your career? I moved to Dubai because there is a fashion infrastructure over there. I think the Kuwaiti market is very sophisticated in terms of its clients, but I see Dubai as a greater platform for emerging fashion designers in the region. There, you can find press, magazines, a social scene, an international scene, and many other factors that create a different dynamic than Kuwait. Even in terms of factories and production, I see Dubai as a base- a center for the Middle East. After my move, I have expanded back into India, buying my fabrics from there, along with some knitwear from London. The move had to be made. Nonetheless, I do find Kuwait to be a good platform in terms of clientele. After



placing my collection at Harvey Nichols Kuwait, my clothing has reached a vast and varied section of society. I have my private clients, but Harvey Nichols is an avenue to different parts of society. Within the first 10 days of placing my clothing there, I have received a 50-60% sell out rate. It’s a very good synergy, especially in Kuwait, and I work very closely with the team as they help to promote designers from this region. What makes you different than the other emerging designers in the region? I have studied design and worked with professionals in the industry for 10 years. I come from a privileged background, and was luckily afforded the best education, so I want to give back to my countries, both India and Kuwait by doing the best in my field and through inspiring people. What sets me apart is that I am me, and my clothes are me. There is a lot of hard work, time, tears, and sacrifice, but at the end of the day, these designs are a reflection of who I am. How would you define success, and do you believe you have reached there? Absolutely not. I definitely have not reached where I wanted to as there is so much more I would like to learn and achieve. I look at it as a journey of personal and self growth, and I don’t let anything go to my head. I take it as it comes, and it’s still a lot of work and heartache, but again, I am working towards creating an awareness for the youth to know they can follow their dreams and achieve their goals. The label is slowly growing and it has its followings. I would like to soon create an established brand, run a fashion house, move to Paris, create a menswear line, and just continue what it is I have already been doing. My idea of success is not so much what it was 10 years ago, but I am happy to have achieved the amount I already have, and I surely will continue for many years to come. For more information: Website: Email: Twitter: @tahirsultan Instagram: tahirsultan

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Designs of India Manish Arora

Considered one of the most entertaining designers to watch during Paris Fashion Week, Manish Arora is known for his rich palette of psychedelic colors and kitsch motifs in garments combining traditional Indian embroidery with Western silhouettes. His spring/ summer 2013 show was no exception- he chose to reference India whilst incorporating a comical layer of Bollywood as gold leggings, facial jewelry, clip-on necklaces, and bangles adorned the models atop their simple and elegant garments.

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egarded as the John Galliano of India, R Manish Arora showcased his first collection in 1997, retailing initially in India. Three years later, he represented India at the Hong Kong Fashion Week and participated in the first ever India Fashion Week held in New Delhi. Afterwards, he went on to launch his second label, ‘Fish Fry,’ a colorful, sportswear-styled line in association with the athletic apparel manufacturer Reebok. A year after, he opened his first flagship store in New Delhi, and a second in Mumbai. Another successful showing at India Fashion Week in 2003 led to a stocking deal with fashion house Maria Luisa (Paris) and the beginning of a successful business began. During 2005, his successful debut at London Fashion Week led him to receive an overwhelming response from buyers as well as the press. Since being invited by Didier Grumbach to show his Spring/Summer 20008 collection at Paris Fashion Week, his collections have been showcased every season since. Manish Arora is now a well-reputed name in the fashion industry, creating exceptional pieces of work through unique collaborations with some of the biggest names in the fashion scene.



For this year’s Paris Fashion Week show, Manish Arora’s designs presented a combination of the ancient and contemporary, with a mind-blowing collection of India Enchanted jewelry and designs. The collection, crafted by Manish Arora and Amrapali Jewels, were inspired by the decadence of the royal Indian lineage. Antique jewelry from Amrapali were fused with pastel colour palettes, demonstrating the high level of precision and meticulous craftsmanship intertwined to create this superbly magnificent collection. Once the collection was unveiled with all its beauty and creativity, it was very well received by the international audience attending Paris Fashion Week.

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Back to the 70’s Actress Evan Rachel Wood poses at the ‘The Ides Of March’ photocall during the 68th Venice Film Festival

Actress Shelley Mack attends the 1st Annual Diamonds Not Fur Gala General atmosphere during the 2011 Northside Music Festival

TV personality Padma Lakshmi attends the 2011 FiFi Awards Blanca Cuesta attends Top Ginevra Elkann attends the Glamour Women of the Year ‘Carnage’ premiere Awards

Rapper Nicki Minaj attends the Carolina Herrera Spring 2012 fashion show during MercedesBenz Fashion Week Kourtney Kardashian attends the book signing for ‘Dollhouse’ at Barnes & Noble A detail of a model is seen as she walks the runway during the Sonia Rykiel Ready to Wear Spring / Summer 2012

Singer Yasmin attends the MTV Europe Music Awards

Whitney Port attends the ‘2 Hours To Sparkling Smiles And Holiday Styles’ Soiree Actress Melissa McCarthy arrives at The Hollywood Reporter’s Annual ‘Power 100: Women In Entertainment Breakfast

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A detailed view of TV personality Khloe Kardashian’s shoes as she attends Z100’s Jingle Ball

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Actress Elizabeth Olsen arrives at the 17th Annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards

Actress Elizabeth Olson arrives to the 37th Annual Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards

Actress Diane Kruger attends the ‘Les Adieux De La Reine’ Photocall

A detail of a model is seen as she walks the runway during the Valentino Spring/Summer 2012 Haute-Couture Show Actress Brie Larson arrives at the Premiere Of ‘21 Jump Street’

Actress Winona Ryder attends the Marni at H&M Collection Launch

Singer/actress Tulisa Contostavlos arrives at the (Belvedere) RED PreGrammys Party with Mary J Blige

Actress Kirsten Dunst arrives at the 2012 Film Independent Spirit Awards

Lily Collins attends the ‘Blanche Neige’ Paris Premiere at Gaumont Capucines

Actress Milla Jovovich carries a pink handbag as she speaks to reporters following the Life Ball 2012 press conference

Model Lisa D’Amato attends the GenArt 14th Annual Fresh Faces In Fashion

Solange Knowles attends the 2012 CFDA Fashion Awards

M.I.A. attends the ‘Schiaparelli And Prada: Impossible Conversations’ Costume Institute Gala



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Phoebe Price arrives at the premiere for the film ‘Vicky Cristina Barcelona’ at the Palais des Festivals

Bristol Palin poses on the set of ‘Extra’ at the Grove

Aerosmith tour manager Jimmy Eyers and singer Steven Tyler

Grace Jones performs live at the Royal Albert Hall

A Vivienne Westwood designed Tiger Satyr boot from 1995

Designer Whitney Pozgay attends the ENK Fashion Coterie

Rory Tahari attends the 5th Annual charity: ball at the Metropolitan Pavilion Author Karyn Bosnak attends the premiere of ‘What’s Your Number?’ Fan Bing Bing attends the ‘Louis Vuitton - Marc Jacobs: The Exhibition’ photocall Actress Jane Fonda arrives at The Hollywood Reporter’s Annual ‘Power 100: Women In Entertainment Breakfast’

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TV host Christina Millian arrives to the NBC Universal 2012 Winter TCA Tour AllStar Party

Actress Emmy Rossum arrives at the W Magazine Best Performances Issue and The Golden Globes celebration

35 Aubrey O’Day attends the ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ Live Finale at American Museum of Natural History

Zoe Hardman arrives for the relaunch of Esprit flagship store Coco T attends The Cinema Society special screening of ‘Two Days In New York’

Natalie Decleve at Sky Room

Actress Constance Marie poses in the press room during the 2012 NCLR ALMA Awards

Actress Gabrielle Union attends the Mark McNairy New Amsterdam Spring 2013 fashion show

Singer Lady Tramaine Hawkins attends Michael Clarke Duncan’s Memorial Service

Singer Christina Millian poses in the press room at the iHeartRadio Music Festival

LuAnn De Lesseps attends the Ok! Magazine’s 5th Annual Fashion Week Celebration at Cielo

Nina Zandnia attends the Jaeger LeCoultre private gala dinner Actress Carmen Ejogo attends the Premiere Of Summit Entertainment’s ‘Alex Cross’

Astrid Klisans attends Academia del Perfume Awards



Stages & Set-Ups Most Outrageous at Fashion Week While we love seeing all the exciting, innovative ensembles on the runway and in the front row, sometimes the most memorable outcomes arise from the stage and fashion show set-ups themselves. An homage to ‘80s pop stars, including Madonna and Boy George, John Paul Gaultier’s runway featured a tableau of dancers hanging from the ceilings through a string. Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel, transformed his runway into a model for sustainable energy using wind turbines and faux solar panels. Furthermore, Louis Vuitton’s set-up gave way to a yellow-and-white checkered floor that matched the patterns on the model’s clothing, with escalators including the same patterns towards the back of the stage. At Givenchy, an imposing organ was placed in the center of the runway, creating a mood that complemented the gray, black, and white designs displayed. Marc Jacobs opted to use a triangular runway, recalling the mod style of the 1960’s. In Paris, Rick Owen’s show began with a wall of foam that turned into a floor of studs, using technology from Ibiza’s foam parties. And finally, Alexander Wang set out a fleet of platinum blond amazons, cut the lights, and revealed that the garments were actually glow-in-the-dark!

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A Grand Finale China Fashion Week 2012 As a multi-million dollar industry, the world of fashion deals with glamour, dreams, and the latest trends. China, as the most populated country in the world, is not an exception. In a place with such a large number of inhabitants, the popularity of fashion has acquired a different meaning. China Fashion Week is a center for both avant-garde and timeless works of fashion in both clothing design and make-up styling. For this year’s China Fashion Week, design collections were showcased with a variety of different styles that made up of men’s apparel, women’s, children, and wedding gowns. A combination of everyday design lines and haute couture were displayed, along with its extravagant gathering of designers, models, manufacturers, and intellectuals. The majority of the models along the runway were Chinese, as a fair amount of the fashion itself played off the nation’s deep-set love of colors, shapes, colors, styles, and motifs. Although the importance of the fashion itself is not to be overlooked, China Fashion Week also plays a crucial role in bringing together the developing minds of the design universe.

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A Modern Media Mogul Miroslava Duma When it comes to Miroslava Duma, the petite founder of fashion news website Buro 24/7 exudes a perfect counterargument that size actually does matter. Miroslava Duma has continuously made global fashion headlines year after year for her eclectic yet polished style. She is now also a burgeoning media mogul, amassing an audience that remains keen on watching her sense of avant-garde style through fashion shows and numerous blogs around the world.

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M iroslava Duma, or Mira to her friends, is

one of the glamorous troupe of women known as the ‘Russian Mafia’ in the fashion scene of New York. This group of women have dominated the street style blogs since arriving on the scene a few years ago for their unbounded and impeccable taste in high-end designer styles. Her immaculate look is proof that the Russian style, stereotyped as tight and bright, has evolved to come something much more sophisticated over the years. Ever since her birth, Miroslava’s sense of style has always been eye-catching, even when attending Moscow High School. Sources claim she had always taken the trend a little bit further than the other girls at school. Today, the amazing Russian blogger can be seen featured on numerous street style columns of magazines such as Vogue and Elle, and has become known a fashion guru by many. She began making global fashion headlines when her photos appeared on popular fashion blogs like ‘Jak & Jil’ and ‘The Sartorialist.’ As her image and style has become widely know, her popularity in the fashion world seems to mirror what she sees happening in Russia in terms of its burgeoning fascination with global fashion. The Soviet Union was once a fashion-free zone, with absolutely no fashion boutiques or magazines. In 1991 though, things changed after the collapse of the USSR, and young people were eager to get as far away as possible from the stereotypes of the Russian Kitsch. Today, many designers such as Vika Gazinskaya and Alexander Terekhov have become part of a revolution of thinking, showing that Moscow has the potential to become a fashion capital in the world. “The department stores had such limited stock of clothes- I was a huge fan of the Hollywood golden age, so I got my fashion fix from watching movies featuring Katherine Kepburn, Cary Grant, and Marilyn Monroe,” said Miroslava. Although Miroslava’s part in the revolution is less design-based, she has dedicated her life to fashion, art, architecture, music and style, by becoming a freelance writer through web journalism on Buro 24/7. According to Miroslava, what differentiates young Russians from other consumers of fashion is their sense of risk-taking; and Miroslava seems to have exhibited that style very well, exuding a sense of style so unique to others in the industry and grabbing the attention of many along the way.

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Biker Chic In a season of betwixt and between different weather, opt to turn to the old staple dose of rebel-without-a-cause look. It’s the hardest working item of clothing you’ll ever buy, but a biker jacket is the oldest trick in the book. Wear yours with ultra-wide or skinny fit bottoms, or on top of a floaty floral dress. The archetypal cool kid piece is now being redesigned by all the top brands, adding a flare of their own interpretation. These biker jackets are perfect for giving your style the ultimate cool factor, and it’s a classic trick for girls who like to look the right amount undone!

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Iconically Quirky Johnny Depp

Johnny Depp is perhaps one of the most versatile actors of his day and age in Hollywood, with an unconventional style which was instigated following the portrayal of Captain Jack Sparrow in the acclaimed Pirates of the Caribbean. It is with no doubt that Depp has his own distinct image, and follows no trends; instead, he cultivates his own relaxed, offbeat style. Eyeliner, hats, bracelets, and nail polish are his staples, and somehow, it works.

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53 orn in 1963, Johny Depp was raised in B Florida, dropping out of school at the age of 15 in the hopes of becoming a rock musician. Depp rose to prominence after taking on a role in the 1980’s television series, 21 Jump Street, prompting him to become a teen idol worldwide. Afterwards, Depp turned to film for more challenging roles, playing the lead character in Edward Scissorhands, Sleepy Hollow, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Alice in Wonderland, and of course, Pirates of the Caribbean. Depp has played many characters throughout his career, winning a Golden Globe Award and Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Actor as well. But on top of all that, Depp has garnered a sex symbol status in American cinema, and has been known to become one of the most stylish men of Hollywood. Over the years, Depp engaged himself in several relationships with famous actresses and models, including the likes of Kate Moss, Winona Ryder, and Vanessa Paradis. Many throughout the years have focused mainly on his girlfriends’

styles, but recently, Depp has been getting his turn in the spotlight. Throughout his lengthy career, we have seen him sport some quirky fashion statements; from Canadian tuxedos to his signature Indiana Jones-style hats. Like most trend-setters, Depp does not care what others think of him, and he is having a grand old time just being ‘Johnny,’ looking towards his inner guide for inspiration rather than looking out. It’s not every day you can find someone who is completely comfortable in their own skin, and can wear anything and still look good. Of the many looks we love, we adore his usage of hats, necklaces, rings, tattoos, hair, and boots to create a look of eccentric coolness. Not many people consider Depp stylish because his style is, well, too out there, but we, on the other hand, beg to differ. From head to toe, to tattoos and eyeglasses, Johnny Depp has one of the most recognizable styles in show business. Some say its grunge, while others say it’s multicultural; we like to stick with iconically quirky- and we can’t help but love him and his style for that.



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Military-Inspired If you look to keep warm and look stylish this season, the most essential piece would definitely be the military jacket. From the trench coat to aviator sunglasses, men’s fashion staples have been born out of the necessity of war. For this reason, military style comes around again and again, but this time in the guise of modern army-inspired clothing. This style comes in many forms and in the past few years, it has marched down the street with a historical pomp, and on the runway, with a move of austerity, practicality, function, and form. This season the military jackets can be long, from parka to a shortened coat. Simple forms are opposed by complex coats, and layering effects are in fashion. This military style can be expressed in either color or detail, or it may copy the actual retro-military fashion of the 40’s.

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Sarar Sarar Set To Weave Its Way Into Kuwait Sarar, the internationally famous menswear brand that is recognized for its exquisite craftsmanship and tailoring, will be introducing its new collection to Kuwait customers this Autumn. Sarar will shortly be opening its first store in the Middle East in the new extension of The Avenues mall, in partnership with the leading international retail franchise operator M.H. Alshaya. Established in 1944, in Eskiehir, Turkey, ‘attention to detail and quality’ are the brand’s trademarks. Sarar’s premium upscale menswear and accessories are measured by the beautiful fabrics used in the tailoring which combine with strong classical and modern Italian and Turkish design influences. “Both in Turkey and internationally, Sarar’s unique offering is all about quality menswear at affordable prices,” said Emrah Eren, Business Director, Sarar at M.H. Alshaya. “We use the most innovative manufacturing and design processes that use quality materials carefully selected by expert designers. The resulting

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menswear ranges from Sarar really showcase the brand’s desire for perfection and we are delighted to bring Sarar to a discerning audience in Kuwait and the wider Middle East, who we believe will be inspired by its unique array of designs. ” Sarar’s unique service to the customer includes having an experienced and professional tailor on site in its elegant store where customers can enjoy choosing a suit and have it completely bespoke to their measurements, confident that the resulting finished article will be of the highest quality. Already operating in countries across five continents, Sarar is fast becoming a global brand with new designers of international fame and innovative store concepts designed for each local market. Sarar prides itself on its keen understanding of changing consumer needs and fashion trends as the brand has continued its journey, started in 2000, of becoming a leading menswear brand.


Corneliani Primavera Estate - Spring Summer 2013 Corneliani is a perennial source of sartorial go-tos for the modern man, and this season brought it in spades: All types of jackets, from flight to bomber to double-breasted sports, were rendered in rich swatches of leather and wool, while everyday essentials like suiting and sweaters received the label’s relaxed Italian cut. These are clothes for doing your business, while showing off its considerable spoils. Corneliani is available in Kuwait from Dananeer in Alraya Mall.



Karen Millen Autumn/Winter 2012 A tough but supremely womanly mood dominates autumn winter from bold tailoring which takes its cue from military and equestrian details to the dark palette that has inspired evocative winter florals, rich texture mixes and intricate surface decoration. There is a firm focus on the waist with hourglass silhouettes and crisp peplums. Say hello to autumn’s dark and strong femininity.

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Bimba & Lola Bimba & Lola is a Spanish company dedicated to the creation of contemporary and eclectic collections. Its proposals understood and developed in a conceptual and evolutionary manner. Each collection drawing upon a broad array of references that enrich the designs and are capable of surprising and enticing the woman interested in fashion and the trends. Its cheerful and feminine name reflects the brand’s youthful and singular character, these peculiarities condensed in its logo, a stylized greyhound silhouette. The brand positions itself in the mid-luxury segment of the fashion industry and offers an attractive price/quality ratio. Its spaces favor simplicity, valuing structural and functional elements. Modular display units such as panels and shelves enhance the warm ambience where we see a careful use of materials and textured fabrics. Located on the best streets and shopping centres, bimba & lola stores offer a stylish and pleasant shopping experience.



Bebe For over 30 years, bebe has remained one of the most popular brands in the USA and has continued its reach through International expansion. Trend-setting celebrities are among bebe’s fashionable clientele list. They include Eva Longoria, Rebecca Romjin, Rihanna, Kim Kardashian and many other world stars. Bebe is the ‘go to’ place where someone can buy a dress for any occasion (cocktail, party, office & casual) all year round. Collections are delivered weekly and bebe’s knowledgeable expert stylists are always on hand to present a complete range of tops, skirts, pants, coats and the latest in fashion denim. In addition to providing clothing, bebe is the headquarters for an extensive collection of accessories including: shoes, bags, scarves, jewelry and high quality sunglasses and watches – all to satisfy the most demanding fashionistas. The bebe brand has become synonymous with a lifestyle, an attitude, a frame of mind – it’s not a size or a passing trend – it’s a way of life.

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Vicomte A FW12 Collection Themes Crans Montana: Vicomte A introduces a refined and sophisticated collection in the elegant style of the sixties. After the war, the famous resort of Crans Montana in the Swiss Alps drained the most exclusive and smart tourists who came to indulge in winter sports in the Crans’s authentic decor and comfort. Vicomte A brings these values together in this collection so rich in details and where the finest fabrics, cashmere, flannels, silk, Italian combed wool act as a reminder of those happy years. Gastinne Renette: They are celebrating, this year, the 200th anniversary of this legendary brand. While keeping the most beautiful pieces of last season, we have added fifty new products, colors and details specific to Vicomte A., selecting the best materials as always: English tweed, Scottish wool, silks etc‌ They celebrate Gastine Renette as they should be with this new exclusive collection of high quality products in vibrant colors and modernized cuts. FFP: Vicomte A, official outfitter of the French national polo team and partner of the French Federation of Polo, presents here an exclusive new fashionable sport line to accompany our champions in their future international competitions.

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The Shoebox New York Heritage Brand: Chanluu Description: Wrap Bracelet W/ Gunmetal Plated Nugget In Brown Leather

Brand: Chanluu Description: Tear Drop Earrings

A great pair of shoes has emotional connections beyond just great looks. To some women, a great pair of shoes can change everything. Since 1954, Shoebox New York has been New York’s top women’s multi-brand retailer for luxury footwear, handbags and accessories. Shoebox New York’s reputation is built on its vast product assortment and trend-setting styles, offering women the latest fashions from top European and American designers, including the Arturo Chiang, Vince Camuto, and BCBGMaxAzria brands. The exceptional product offering coupled with the personalized customer experience, has garnered Shoebox New York a dedicated following of sophisticated, chic women worldwide.

Brand: UGG Description: Women Mini Bailye Button

Brand: Dannijo Description: Fuschiacameo Crystal Drop Earrings

Brand: UGG Description: Women Classic Short Boots

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Brand: Dannijo Description: Cuff With Seashells Charms

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Brand: UGG Description: Women Bailey Button

Brand: Dannijo Description: Gold Plated Collar Necklace

Brand: UGG Description: Women Mini Bailey Button

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Prada Prada Opens A New Store In Kuwait City In The 360 Mall

Prada opens a new boutique in Kuwait City, in the prestigious 360 Mall. Designed by architect Roberto Baciocchi, the store occupies a total surface of 380 square meters offering the women’s clothing, bags, accessories and footwear collections and the men’s luggage and accessories collections. The visually striking façade is characterized by a luminous curtain lending the space a refined identity: fitted into the regular geometry of polished steel profiles, the curtain – made of resin – opens to unveil two entrances, the shop windows, the light boxes and the precious display cabinets. Inside, the shop is divided in two areas: the first dedicated to women’s bags and accessories with chequered black and white marble flooring, elegant display niches on the walls covered in green fabric, and shelves in saffiano cera with polished steel profiles. The second, of poligonal shape, dedicated to bags and footwear displayed in the classic green fabric boxes. The clothes, instead, are found in a more “intimate” area, where the softness of the walls covered in green fabric and the contrasting perspex of the displays and of the light boxes make the enviroment glamorous and refined. These two spaces are connected by a walkway totally dedicated to men’s leathergoods, enriched by elegant black and white marble flooring and floor to ceiling black saffiano leather shelves with polished steel profiles. Classic glass and polished steel counters and soft couches in velvet complete the furniture.

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Blancpain Speed Thrills The latest addition to the L-evolution collection features a flyback split-seconds chronograph mechanism and a large date. This watch, combining carbone fibre and cutting-edge technology, reflects Blancpain’s strong commitment in GT racing. Having decided to adopt such an extreme attitude, Blancpain naturally chose carbon fibre in creating this timepiece. Its lightness and sturdiness, combined with its aesthetic appeal, provide a wealth of development options. This high-tech material was used to create certain watch components: the carbon fibre bezel, caseback and dial represent significant technical feats, reflecting Blancpain’s characteristic innovative strength. To accentuate this sporting personality, the large date display features a digital font; red accents punctuate the black background; the 8 o’clock pusher echoes the shape of a fuel-cap; and the 9 o’clock counter that of an insignia. At the heart of this new

model beats Calibre 69F9 with its 409 parts including 44 jewels, ensuring a 40-hour power reserve. It is equipped with a column wheel that guarantees precise pusher control, as well as a vertical coupling-clutch that avoids any unwanted jerking of the hand when the chronograph is activated. This movement combines a flyback split-second chronograph mechanism with a large twin-aperture date display. The split-second chronograph function is a major horological complication that enables readings of “split” or intermediate times thanks to a so-called split-second (rattrapante or “catch-up” in French) hand that is superimposed on the chronograph sweep seconds hand. The overstitched strap in black alcantara features carbon inserts reminiscent of the latest breakthrough developments in the field of racing cars, while the carbon folding clasp adds an ultimate touch of refined detailing.

Certina DS First Chronograph Dynamic, modern men seek a timepiece that neatly blends sporty ruggedness, precision and durability, with just the right amount of elegance. The new DS First Chronograph brings together the best of these qualities, in a classy yet straightforward timepiece with a very masculine feel, thanks to its broad ceramicfinished bezel, boldly sculptured steel case and five-row stainless-steel bracelet. Certina’s DS First Chronograph is recognizable at first glance. Handsome and natural, it blends established Certina design principles with the Swiss watchmaker’s usual rugged reliability and attention to detail. Selected areas of its exquisite 41mm case and horns, beautifully shaped around a broad bezel finished in hightech ceramic with PVD markings, are tastefully finished in either polished or brushed areas for a delightfully elegant result. The full stainlesssteel version is equipped with a five-row steel bracelet whose links follow the same visual

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theme, with three rows of brushed links neatly cradling two rows with a polished finish. Modest, unpretentious yet incredibly stylish. Behind a rounded sapphire crystal with antireflection coating, the black dial is pure business. Solid, large indices and broad HM hands with generous amounts of Superluminova ensure excellent readability in all lighting conditions. Three snailed counters include small-second timing and two chrono counters for 12 h and 1/10 sec chronograph functions and the support of two central counters for 60 min and 60 sec timing. The date window is

comfortably placed at 6 o’clock. This classy timepiece is of course equipped with the Certina DS Concept and a screw-on case-back, to ensure water resistance up to a pressure of 20 bar (200 m). For added aesthetic finesse, the tip of the protected screw-in crown is monogrammed with the letters DS and is fully polished, as are also the two adjoining chrono push-buttons. The DS First Chronograph is also available in a leather-strap version, a full-titanium version or with three hands, to match specific needs or lifestyles.


Timberland Adventures in Time Keeping Rugged individualism, versatility, and strength, combined with a refined style and a true love for the outdoors – Timberland explores it all with its Fall/ Winter 2012 – 2013 collection of brave timepieces. Be it for adventures on land or in water, Timberland gears adrenaline seeking enthusiasts for all their thrills and spills regardless of the season. Simplicity teamed with a serious concern for protecting the environment defines the culture of Timberland. Debuting reliability and unexplored freedom in Kuwait this season, Timberland tickers are inspired by the rich hues and the simplistic yet intriguing elements of nature. Down-to-earth and downright daring, Timberland watches are engineered to power through the extremes. Checkout the fearless new line of Timberland watches at select “On Time” outlets across Kuwait.

Swatch Swatch Unveils Classic Irony In Gold Colour And Crystals Swiss watch and jewellery maker Swatch presents the Night Glows Collection, featuring golden surfaces and glittering crystals in six new variations on classic Irony style. Two models each from the Irony Chrono, Medium and Big lines offer sophisticated versions in pink and yellow gold coloured PVD. A clear, clean design presents black dials and links set off by the polished golden surfaces, enhanced in four of the six models by sparkling, transparent white crystals on the bezel or dial. Irony Chrono, Medium and Big models feature signature Irony cases in 40, 37 and 33mm polished stainless steel 316L, while the pink and yellow gold coloured PVD and sparkling white crystals add an upmarket air. The bold design concept deploys black dials, touches of black on the bezels and black nylon links on all but the Irony Big models to send a clear, simple message of assured style and elegance.



Omega The Omega Ladymatic In 18 Ct Red Gold With Nearly 900 Diamonds! The OMEGA Ladymatic wristwatch combines feminine grace and elegance with the technological innovation that has always defined one of the world’s great brands. And to celebrate this festive season, OMEGA proudly proposes one of the glittering stars of its collection. The dramatic 34 mm 18 Ct red gold case is only the beginning of the story of a truly spectacular timepiece. Its bezel is paved with snow-set diamonds, as are the inner links of the 18 Ct red gold bracelet. There are also diamonds in a wave pattern artfully set on the side of the watch. In fact, this Ladymatic has 894 diamonds with a total weight of 5.46 carats, including the 11 diamond indexes mounted on an evocative deep brown dial. This Ladymatic is a wristwatch that not only makes a bold fashion statement but also features the OMEGA Co-Axial caliber 8521, one of the finest mechanical watch movements in the world. Each one is equipped with the brand’s exclusive Si14 silicon balance spring, a non-magnetic component with incredible resistance to external shock and environmental disturbances. Every Ladymatic is delivered with a four-year warranty but for the woman who unwraps hers this holiday season, it will be the beginning of a lifetime relationship.

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Mercedes-Benz SUV Unrivalled New Mercedes-Benz Suv Range Expands Horizons In The Luxury Off-Roader Segment

Taking centre stage was the media launch of the flagship new Mercedes-Benz GL. The award winning large size SUV occupies the top position amongst luxury off-road vehicles and is built around the modern Arab family with its seven seats, best in class engines, powerful performance, space, refinement and cutting edge technologies. With excellent driving dynamics and high levels of ride comfort – both on the road and on difficult terrain – the GL pampers its occupants with the first-class comfort of a luxury saloon. Up to seven passengers enjoy an excellent amount of space and an optional ON&OFFROAD package for the new GL has six driving programs for optimising driving dynamics and handling safety,

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as the optimum drive system control is provided for an extremely wide range of on-road and off-road operating conditions. With the ability to travel almost 900 kms on just a single tank of

fuel, numerous measures significantly increase the energy efficiency in the 435 hp GL 500 4MATIC BlueEFFICIENCY petrol model, with fuel consumption cut by about 18 percent.



including the tailor-made carbon fibre bonnet, Airbrake and rear deck, as well as gloss black GT3-style rear bumper graphics and nickel plated interior switches and steering wheel spokes. Other options fitted include an MSOdesigned carbon fibre front bumper insert, exterior MSO carbon fibre pack and extended carbon fibre gear shift paddles, which debuted earlier this year. McLaren Special Operations (MSO), the bespoke personalisation division of McLaren Automotive, has confirmed the importance of the Middle East with the region being selected for the world premiere of its new customisation options, which are available to new and existing owners of the 12C and the recently launched 12C Spider. A one-off 12C will tour the region, where the

average amount of bespoke MSO features specified per car is triple the personalisation service division’s average, debuting new items including bespoke carbon fibre panels, as well as restyled bumpers and interior upgrades. This striking 12C is finished in satin Volcano Orange with contrasting carbon fibre highlights,

The world premiere comes as McLaren Automotive starts its tour around the region of its ultimate personalisation service, MSO, and the unique design concept will visit all McLaren retailers in the Middle East network, which includes Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Doha, Jeddah, Kuwait City and Manama.



Hottest Gadget Releases In today’s world, one can’t go by without being introduced to new, over-the-edge, technological advancements assisting us in going about our daily lives with a little more ease than we had the day before. Here, we’ve provided for you our top picks for the hottest gadget releases of this month.

DoubleUp Between docking stations and cables, it seems there can never be enough to charge all your idevices at one time. And if there are plenty of cables, they’re not all in the same room! There is no reason we should change rooms or choose which device to charge when in one place. Kanex, the makers of i-connectivity accessories has created this high powered DoubleUp gadget just so we don’t have to go through all that. This DoubleUp has been created so you can charge two iPads at once, providing even more power than two individual chargers! So double up, and charge both your apple items at once.

Voice Activated Alarm Clock With a sleek and unassuming form which allows it to fit into the most refined surroundings, the ivee voice activated alarm clock is the perfect addition to your bedroom. Most alarm clocks remain quiet throughout the day, until it’s time to wake you up from your sleep with an incessant ring, until you press snooze. This voice activated alarm clock will reply to you as you shut off the snooze function, and even give you the chance to speak to it. This ivee Voice Activated Alarm Clock is said to be able to understand more than 30 simple commands, a 5’’ LED display, a selection of sleep sounds, and 6 alternative alarms with a built-in thermostat.

Jawbone UP Set to revolutionize how we track our health and fitness, the Jawbone UP is also a stylish looking bracelet device. Wear it 24/7 and it will track everything and sync up with your smartphone. From your workouts, to your daily sleep activity, all is noted. You can even set it to gently wake

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you up. The iOS app will soon be able to track deep versus light sleep and even scan your food barcodes as well.

All Terrain Electric Bicycle The All Terrain Electric Bicycle is the only electric bicycle of its kind, capable of traversing deserts and tundras without batting an eyelid. It boasts 600-watt brushless electric motor that will drive a 14-speed gearing configuration which Is capable of hitting speeds of up to 40 mph on straightaways and steep areas. The bicycle also includes wide tubeless mocoque tires, with unparalleled stability to ensure safety during tight turns while delivering traction on dirt, sand, or snow.

Swissvoice ePure Cordless Phone Although mobile phone proliferation has been going on for a long time, many still have a landline at home. Landlines tend to be boring, and wired- but with the Swissvoice ePure Cordless Phone, you can experience something extremely different. This phone will deliver unprecendented audio and ergonomic comfort, bringing the DECT cordless phone category to an even higher level than before, making it the most ideal upgrade to landline calling. With a stylish look, this ePure cordless phone will bring in a functional piece of art to any home that wants a modern look. It includes a generous acoustic chamber as well as speakers that help optimize sound volume and clarity, wherever you are, and with the ergonomic design, you can hold the handset in comfort. Other attractive features include a backlit LCD display, up to 10 hours of talk time on full charge, an alarm clock, auto answer, and different ringtones for an added variety to your life.

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Canon Middle East Proves that All Good Things Come in Small Packages with its EOS M Regional Launch Canon, a world leader in imaging solutions, expanded its award-winning EOS range with the launch of the new EOS M at an exclusive regional press event held in Hatta, UAE. The EOS M, is Canon’s first ever compact system


Maison Martin Margiela x H&M This month, H&M brought us fashion beyond our expectations! Set at the Avenues- Grand Avenue, and Marina Mall, H&M introduced their signature autumn collection for ladies and men in collaboration with one of the most mysterious and iconic labels, the French fashion house Maison Martin Margiela.

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camera (CSC), that is designed for those who use photography to share their everyday passions. The event showcased the EOS M camera along with a range of interchangeable lenses with participants including journalists, photographers and members of Canon Middle East’s regional office putting the camera through its paces at the scenic Hatta Village. The EOS M is available in sleek black, glossy white, stylish silver or bold red colours, and condenses Canon’s renowned EOS imaging heritage into a stylish, compact design.


Harvey Nichols Harvey Nichols Kuwait Now Officially Open At The Grand Avenue, The Avenues Harvey Nichols is proud to officially open Kuwait’s first of a kind luxury department store on the 5th of November. Bringing together 500 international fashion brands, Harvey Nichols Kuwait also offers other exclusive products and services, such as beauty treatments, concierge, valet parking and VIP personal shopping. Since its foundation in 1831 in London, Harvey Nichols has been in the forefront of fashion and has kept the discerning brand-savvy constantly excited by offering a second-to-none luxury shopping and lifestyle experience. The two-floor, 10,000 square meter store is an unparalleled shopping and lifestyle experience, which has never been seen before in Kuwait. A dedicated accessories area on the ground floor has a dazzling selection of luxury items, including designer shop-in-shops offering some of the world’s most exquisite leather goods and accessories from exclusive designers such as Anya Hindmarch, DVF and Proenza Schouler. Customers can enjoy the latest selection of handbags, shoes and accessories that the fashion world has to offer. The jewellery area will

entice customers with its desirable and unique creations, including Theo Fennell, Mawi and Erickson Beamon. The ready-to-wear area is guaranteed to keep fashionistas up-to-date with the latest and on-trend fashion picks, from designers such as Vivienne Westwood to the most glamorous items of eveningwear from Carlos Miele, among others. A sophisticated, refined selection of intimates makes up an extensive Lingerie Department, featuring Agent Provocateur for the first time in Kuwait. Harvey Nichols Kuwait will also be the place to find the perfect children’s outfit in the Childrenswear department which offers a varied selection of exclusive brands in clothing, shoes and accessories for the young. Marcello Grasselli, Business Director of Harvey Nichols Kuwait commented: “The opening of Harvey Nichols Kuwait is a landmark in Kuwait’s fashion scene and we will be directing the way forward in terms of high-end style, fashion and luxury, making Harvey Nichols Kuwait into one of the most important fashion hubs in the region”.



Hassan’s Optician As part of its ongoing Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives, Hassan’s Optician Company organized a Blood Donation Campaign Drive at their Head Office in Kuwait City in association with Kuwait Central Blood Bank. The President of Hassan’s Optician Co. Mr.Hassan Saadat and the CEO Mr.Kian Saadat expressed their gratitude to all volunteers who took part in the voluntary blood donation camp in large numbers and applauded their ‘overwhelming support’ towards this initiative.

Mont Blanc Sustained by robust growth in the global luxury retail business, luxury goods manufacturer Montblanc, recognized worldwide for its classic timepieces, jewelry, leather goods and writing instruments visits Kuwait for a second time as part of a regional tour aimed at an analysis of the regional market. The event aimed at promoting the new set of watches Rieussec, one of Mont Blanc’s famous watches.The Montblanc boutique in Kuwait is operated through franchise partners Beidoun Trading Company that represent the largest perfume, cosmetics, and accessories retail chain in Kuwait. The company has grown to become one of Kuwait’s leading retailers and marketers of prestige brands and luxury goods.

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Gerard Darel Autumn – Winter 2012/13 Accessories We love them. We may get many new ones each season, but whatever happens, we grow attached to them. Our favorite objects, faithful as well as confident companions, bags are accessories that can say a lot about us and frame an outfit, so they are naturally an important stylistic exercise for Darel. The bestsellers from the house of Darel showcase a taste for detail and an aesthetic sense combined with a functional use in women’s lives. Built as a true ready-to-wear collection, the new Darel leather goods cover

a spectrum of wants and styles, revisiting vintage lines to give them a more modern feel. In that spirit, the Flat Pom Bag pouch, in sand-colored suede or black leather, and the School Bag satchelin geranium-colored leather echo an autumn somewhere between New York and Paris. The vertical volume of the Trotteur hobo bag, in black or two-toned brown/chocolate studded full-grain leather, is perfect for daily life in the city. As is the Midday Midnight bag in grey leather, whose trapezoidal curves and short handle give a dash of light, energetic movement.

West Elm West Elm Introduces its Collaborations with Global Artisans at Grand Avenue Through the collaborations, the home furnishings brand enhances its product offering to include uniquely designed and handcrafted products that won’t be found anywhere else. The collections range from dinnerware and textiles to decorative accessories and furniture. The new West Elm home furnishings store which recently opened for the first time outside North America, offers simple and sophisticated pieces,

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whimsical and worldly wares at a compelling value. The extensive range includes bedroom, living, dining and outdoor furniture, plus a wide range of decorative accessories and tableware. The eclectic mix which is inspired by artists and the way artists live extends beyond the product offering to working with a global community of artisans and helping to support their livelihood.


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The Man Behind the Victoria’s Secret Show Shoes The Victoria’s Secret 2012 show was a big hit among many, and almost everyone has been interested to know who the designer behind those super sexy shoes on the runway was. Well, it’s none other than our very own Nicholas Kirkwood. Unlike past seasons where a collection of footwear designers had created shoes for the world’s most glamorous lingerie show, this year, Germanborn, London-based designer Kirkwood was the sole designer involved. Kirkwood described his experience by stating, ‘I think everyone fantasizes about being a part of the Victoria’s Secret show in some way, and it was an exciting opportunity to be able to contribute to this fantasy.’ By combining his signature graphic soles and statement heels with the theme of this show, Kirkwood was a great fit for the collection. His shoes were all about drama, a concept the Angels of Victoria Secret are extremely accustomed to, and the show was an incredible platform for Kirkwood to expand his growing influence in the U.S.



Brooke Burke-Charvet Diagnosed with Cancer The Dancing with the Stars co-host, Brooke Burke-Charvet, recently revealed she had been diagnosed with having a cancerous nodule on her thyroid gland. This connective native, tied the knot with Baywatch alumni, David Charvet in St.Barts during August of last year. The couple have become parents to daughter Rain and son Shaya, and Burke also has two children from her previous marriage. After an initial medical test failed to determine if the mother of four’s nodule was cancerous or benign, she eventually had to undergo additional tests and second opinions. Finally, when the results returned, they were not good and she was to receive a thyroidectomy (thyroid surgery). Burke stated, ‘I don’t get to just walk around and pretend nothing happened or not follow up or not share, because it’s going to be pretty much dead center.’ Despite her diagnosis, the famous brunette says she is feeling better than ever, and is ready to make a positive out of such a negative situation

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89 Carly Rae Jepsen’s Cost of Fame Carly Rae Jepsen is now seeing that success does sometimes have its downside. The Canadian singer is on the receiving side of a copyright infringement suit being filed by a fellow Ukrainian recording artist who claims Jepsen has ripped off her song and used it in the infectious hit, ‘Call Me Maybe.’ The Ukrainian popstar has accused Jepsen of borrowing elements from her tune ‘Hunky Santa’ off her album ‘High Speed’ for ‘Call Me Maybe’ sampling her lyrics without asking for permission. The Ukrainian singer is seeking unspecified damages against Jepsen and company, and a court barring the parties from continuing to possess, distribute, sell, advertise or promote ‘Call Me Maybe’ around the world.

Nicholas Ghesquière Takes Fashion Industry by Storm Nicholas Ghesquière, the creative director for Balenciaga has decided to quit the label he has been working with since 1997. Known as one of the biggest talents in fashion, it’s no surprise that fashion insiders and his twitter followers reacted badly to the news. The designer parting ways with Balenciaga is certainly something of a shock. Ghesquière was responsible for making Balenciaga relevant to the new generation. The house has always been known for its sculptural use of volume, nipped in suits and vivid color. Ghesquière gave these set codes a modern tough, managing to make even scuba-wear, ditsy florals, and sci-fi logos become edgy must-have items. Ghesquière has so far remained silent, and claims to only be looking for a new challenge. No names have been put forward for his replacement, and the fashion world is much more interested in working out Ghesquière’s new move.



Watching Horror Movies Burns 200 Calories a Time According to new research, watching a horror film could burn off a whole bar of chocolate. Viewers who put themselves through 90-minutes of adrenaline pumping horror can use up as much as 113 calories, an amount equivalant to a chocolate bar, and close to the amount burned during a half-hour walk. The movie which topped the list of calorie-burners was the 1980 pyshcological thriller, The Shining, with a whopping 184 calories used by the average viewer. Scientists were able to find out the resolts by recording viewers’ heart rates, oxygen intake, and carbon dioxide output. The research revealed that films featuring moments designed to make viewers jump in terror are the best calorie-burners, as they cause the heart rate to sore. It is the release of fast acting adrenaline, produced during short bursts of intense stress which lowers the appetite and increases the Basal Metabolic Rate, which ultimately burns a high level of calories.

HotTopics Donald Trump’s Twitter Rant after Barack Obama Wins US Election Following Obama’s triumph during the US Elections this year, Donald Trump, the billionaire property mogul went into meltdown on twitter. In a series of highly personal attacks, the real estate tycoon criticized the president’s victory as a ‘total sham,’ ‘a travesty,’ and a ‘disaster for democracy.’ The 66 year-old also called for a revolution of the American Political System, including a rally in Washington DC. Trump made the attacks in nine messages to almost 1.9 millions followers, moments after Obama was declared the election winner- other posts were deleted. His comments provoked heated responses from celebrities including Alec Baldwin and Steve Levitan. Throughout the bitter campaign Trump made a number of farcical interventians including a bizarre agreement to donate $5 million to charity should President Obama agree to release his college and passport records. We wonder where this rivalry even stemmed from, and when it will be over.

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91 Harvard Students Send Hamburger into Space Five Harvard University students launched ‘Operation Skyfall’ this month as they sent a hamburger soaring 100,000 ft and filmed its adventure in space. Students are well known for their love of fast food, but never has one decided to send a hamburger where no snack has ever gone before- space, that is. The video, uploaded on YouTube by Nyassin14 showed just how they did it. First, the hamburger was coated with lacquer to make sure it has a chance to withstand the elements on its trip to space. Then, it was connected to a camera and GPS system before being attached to a helium balloon. The hamburger made it to an altitude of almost 100,000 feet before the balloon burst, sending the burger back onto Earth. A few days later, the hamburger and camera were found stuck on a tree just outside Boston. Thankfully, both were still intact.

Being Selfish Makes us Happier Researchers have found that being selfish really does make us happy, so long as we can avoid feeling guilty. Although we have been taught the benefits of kindness and altruism, it seems we are happiest when told to pursue our own self-interests. It was found that the key to contentment is feeling that we have no choice but to be selfish. In contrast, the study, carried out by psychologists at the University of Pennsylvania, found that those who constantly choose a selfish path usually have to battle with the guilt afterwards. To no surprise, if we make a decision of self-interest, we have often been taught to feel bad for prioritizing ourselves over others. This frequently means we forego the things we know will make us happy based on our guilty conscious.



Zlatan tops the list A global panel of football voters agreed on one thing: Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s four-goal spree for Sweden against England and his amazing 25-yard overhead kick goal made him the overwhelming choice to top the Associated Press Global 10 football rankings. The Paris Saint-Germain striker collected an astonishing 199 points — out of a possible 200 — from the panel of 20 journalists around the world. Each voter awards 10 points for his choice of the best player and team of the week, falling to one point for 10th place. “It’s hard to look beyond Zlatan after his virtuoso performance and video game ‘golazo’ for Sweden against England,” said Will Tidey of the San Francisco-based Bleacher Report, referring to Ibrahimovic’s overhead kick. Added panelist Christian Schaetzle of German blog “Four goals in the 4-2 victory over England, plus the bicycle kick from 25 metres for one of the greatest goals of all times.” Tom Timmermann of the St. Louis PostDispatch also had no doubt. “How can you not go with Ibrahimovic?” Timmermann said. “As much as (Lionel) Messi did, I’ll never get another chance to vote for something like that. Messi gets my vote 24 out of 25 weeks. This time, I salute a tremendous effort, and a pretty good game regardless.” Messi, who usually tops the rankings, trailed far behind Ibrahimovic in second place with 138 points despite scoring twice in Barcelona’s 3-1 victory over Real Zaragoza. Liverpool forward Luis Suarez was third with 75 points. Barcelona jumped back into the top spot in team rankings, three points ahead of Italian club Fiorentina, which won praise from panelists after it moved into third place in Serie A with a 4-1 victory over Atalanta — featuring two goals from Alberto Aquilani. Egyptian club Al Ahly received its reward for winning a seventh African Champions League title and was voted into ninth place, even with Arsenal. Al Ahly, the only non-European team in the top 10, has overcome a terrible year in which the club could not play domestic football for nine months because of unrest in Egypt.

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Zaid Ashkanani The nation of Kuwait was raised high in the ranks of the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge through the participation of 18 year-old Kuwaiti driver Zaid Ashkanani, who took part in the challenge with the support of his father and through personal effort without any support or sponsorship. His performance in the Cup impressed organizers and other contestants, especially after achieving fourth place during qualifying. His greatest achievement came through winning first place for the silver category and fifth place in the overall, and he also won the Cup the Best Promising Driver on the first round. The rookie Kuwaiti race driver said “I dedicate this win to my beloved country Kuwait, and to my father who supported me always in achieving this result.�



Her Guide to Beauty

Rasasi’s Ashaar Range

‘Crème Fraîchede Beauté’ by Nuxe NEW ‘Crème Fraîche de Beauté’ by Nuxe offers effective Moisturizing & Soothing solution for dehydrated sensitive skin. This new range is a unique and innovative concept for pharmacies, which combines plant performance and the pleasure of beautiful skin. Lancaster’s Suractif Volume Contour

A fragrance that breathes in as it breathes out; a perfume which celebrates life as in a poetry, an unconventional fragrance that could easily engage with the concept of magical realism. Welcome to the world of Ashaar from Rasasi Perfumes!

Suractif Volume Contour, the latest skincare line by Lancaster, has recently sparked a genuine revolution in FIRMNESS. Inspired by the Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2004 on protein degradation mechanisms, the researchers at Lancaster focused on proteasome and discovered that reinforcing the activity of this natural “recycling system” could boost collagen production.

Rimmel Introduces New Scandaleyes Show Off Mascara Steal the show with dramatically luscious, runway-ready lashes courtesy of new Rimmel ScandalEyes Show Off Mascara. It’s Rimmel’s most scandalous defined volume, lift and length mascara yet. For lashes that want it all! Make Up For Ever Reinvents Lipstick With Aqua Rouge Make Up For Ever reveals its new addition to the Aqua Range with the new Aqua Rouge, the ultimate waterproof liquid lipstick which leaves incredibly beautiful and plump lips under the spotlight. Available in 12 irresistible shades (Nude Beige, Rosewood, Chesnut, Beige brown, Pink brown, Red, Burgundy, Raspberry, Dark Raspberry, Purple, Light Rosewood), this very long-lasting waterproof lipstick with a dazzling colour result provides perfect coverage for extreme sophistication and unstoppable shine. Even Better Eyes Dark Circle Corrector Dark Circle Corrector, a gentle formula that has the power to lighten the entire eye area – a credit to the persistence of Clinique Laboratories. The results: clinically proven to visibly reduce dark circles by 30% in 12 weeks.

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Build your Own Palette with Urban Decay Urban Decay continues its relentless pace of innovation by teaming up with fashionista Rachel Zoe to develop Build Your Own Palette. This is a novel way for every girl to show off her style by building a palette perfectly suited to her wardrobe. Loud designer packaging makes this the ultimate accessory to keep on hand for every occasion.





Rola’s Beauty Lounge Rola’s beauty lounge is a spa and salon surpassing all others in Kuwait and the region. They have developed a passion based on advanced esthetic science, incorporating innovations in areas of skin and body care. With an ambition to bring forth a combination of natural active ingredients with cutting-edge technology, along with the most influential products and professional spa therapies, Rola’s beauty lounge is just perfect for anyone searching outstanding results. Here, we speak with Mrs. Rola AlRayes the owner of Rola’s Beauty Lounge to discuss what differentiates her Beauty Lounge from others in Kuwait, as well as the exceptional products and services offered. What is the philosophy you follow in Rola’s Beauty Lounge? The core of our philosophy is the understanding that each individual is unique and has different needs that change from day to day. We aspire to provide our clients with a made to measure experience using avant-garde technologies and beauty products to provide the perfect solution for everyone. What are the key tips to running a successful concept as Rola’sBeauty Lounge? It is great to be well positioned in the beauty and spa industry. Its one of the fastest growing industries in the world . In my opinion,c ustomer service and satisfaction is the key to any successful service business. Customer service is gold. Paying attention to the internal system of your business is the key ingredient to success. We, at Rola’s Beauty Lounge, aim to have superior customer service. As there are many salons and spas in Kuwait, what do you believe makes Rola’s Beauty Lounge distinctive to others? Rola’s Beauty lounge is a 100 % hygienic, using a disposable concept, working with high-end medical sterilizers and disposables towels and tools from head to toe. Moreover Quality is of course at the core of all our services. We use the best products only. You can rest assured that nothing less than the best in the industry is being offered in a stress-free, no hassle, rejuvenating manner. Our clients are our guests and we strive to make their time and service as wonderful as possible. In terms of your spa services, what is it that sets Rola’s Beauty lounge apart from other beauty salons and spas?

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97 Rola’s Beauty Lounge offers treatments with the successful combination of natural active ingredients and cutting edge technologies into skincare, body care, hair care and total well being. Through offering some of the most influential anti-aging concepts and products, we aspire to offer only and only effective treatments. I believe we are offering an escape that embraces the ever changing needs of today’s hectic lifestyles by creating the ultimate medical spa experience through touch, aroma, and texture on one hand , yet more evidently science, technology, knowledge, expertise, and ultimately results on the other hand. What unique services does Rola’s Beauty Lounge provide? We offer a lot of signature treatments so it is really difficult to narrow it down. We are a hybrid

beauty and medical spa. Our spa treatments have been medically proven as helpful in combatting cellulite and lifting using the latest avant-garde technologies. Spa is a lifestyle choice for a better health. Our concept includes various therapies choices and all with cutting edge products that help maintain a healthy and beautiful body. Tell us about your latest breakthrough treatment? We use only the finest, state-of-the-art FDA approved equipment. The Accent Ultra is the latest body contouring technology, combining two state of the art systems for safe, non invasive and painless body reshaping with no down time, or uncomfortable side effects and pain. It is the first real alternative to surgical procedures.

Accent Ultra is ideal for sculpting thighs, buttocks, stomach, back, upper arms, face and second chin. The Accent Ultra treatment makes a personalized program to target localized fat deposits. You can see results in just a few sessions with a noticeable circumference reduction of up to 2-3 cm in the first session and the tightening of skin and improvement of body contour. Accent Ultra is a breakthrough that is effective and guaranteed. RESULTS SPEAK FOR THEMSELVES. Walk us through the lounge, what are the different sections of the lounge and what do you offer in each section? The lounge offers a very modern, hygienic relaxed environment. It has a salon area which offers all the salon services from to coloring to chromo therapy hair and scalp treatments, kerastase treatments and others, including a VIP room for privacy. Our medical Apollo hair replacement system takes up a section, with complete care for its clients, our new Brazilian blowout services as well. You will also be introduced to the mani / pedi area which caters to all the different trends and treatments for your hands and feet. The tanning room and waxing and eyebrow shaping with our esteemed 20 years experience team and makeup area for the latest styles and hits in makeup use only the best products. On the other hand, the lounge offers a totally different theme for our spa and medical services, a complete isolation from reality and stress and noise. Facial rooms equipped with the latest technologies from hydro-dermabrasion to oxygen machines, radiofrequency and lifting treatment with the most effective medical equipment and products. We offer massage rooms with warm oils and candle massages for extreme relaxation, and our body therapies target cellulite, and weight loss. Not to forget our Moroccan steam and body polish, all in our disposable and aromatic towels and products. What characteristics do you look for when selecting members of your team? We invest a lot in the education and training of our staff .their technical skills are a must of course, however, we aim to always keep them updated with the latest training and concepts. Their people’s skills are important as well. They have to be good team players.



Splendidly Groomed Hair When it comes to grooming, if there’s one thing men care about the most, it’s their hair- the kind on their head anyway. Whether it’s poorly cut, thinning, falling out by the minute, or greasy, it is an instant indictment of a guy’s appearance. Men say they are more apt to experiment with their hair than mess with their skin, and a simple new haircut or styling paste can dramatically change your look immediately. Rather than splashing out on visits to a posh barber, Al-Jothen Gallery has you covered with all the high-end products that work best for you, ensuring great hair care for men, whether dealing with cleaning, styling, or maintenance. So turn your mane into your biggest asset by using one of our top choices of products from the Al-Jothen store, Kuwait. Nashi Argan: Argan oil is precious and rare for it comes from a particularly long and labour-intensive manual extraction process- 40 kg of fruit from the Argania Spinosa tree. It has been known for centuries among the Berber people of Morocco for its cosmetic, medicinal, and nutritional properties. Scientific studies have revealed that this oil, rich in high concentrations of unsaturated fatty acids, linoleic acid, and vitamin E, stimulating vital cell functions, and nourishing and moisturizing each hair deep down from the roots.

Kadus Professional: Beautiful, young looking hair is full of life. It’s alive with color, texture, movement and shine. At Kadus Professional, they believe that hair is like a flower, and like a flower, Kadus Professional is constantly blooming. Their products and services are simple, beautiful, and accessible, and they are also affordable. With their long and proud heritage, they are able to bring new life to your hair, making hair look more alive with vigor, texture, and shine.

All of the above products can be found at the Al-Jothen Gallery in Salmiya, Kuwait.

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Discussing Diabetes Diabetes is usually a lifelong (chronic) disease in which there are high levels of sugar in the blood. In Kuwait, the incidence and prevalence of diabetes is alarmingly high, as Kuwait is one of the top ten countries with high obesity dominance. Kuwait is also ranked third on a global level with high diabetes prevalence, and ranked number one within the MENA region. This phenomenon is largely associated to the radical change in lifestyle among Kuwaitis over the last thirty years. About Diabetes Diabetes can be caused by too little insulin, resistance to insulin, or both. Insulin is a hormone produced by the pancreas to control blood sugar. People with diabetes have high blood sugar because their bodies cannot move sugar into the fat, liver, and muscle cells to be stored for energy. Type 1 Diabetes: This type of diabetes can occur at any age, but is most often diagnosed in children, teens, or young adults. With this disease, the body makes little or no insulin, thus, daily injections of insulin are needed. Type 2 Diabetes: This type makes up most diabetes cases. It most often occurs during adulthood, however, due to high obesity rates, teens and young adults are now being diagnosed with it. Many who have type 2 diabetes are not aware that they even have it.

Type 1 & 2 Diabetes: Common symptoms for both type 1 and type 2 diabetes include fatigue, unexplained weight loss, excessive thirst and urination, excessive eating, and poor wound healing.

Cause of Diabetes

Medical Treatment for Diabetes

Type 1 Diabetes: Type 1 diabetes is believed to be an autoimmune disease in which the body’s immune system specifically attacks the cells in the pancreas that produce insulin. A predisposition to develop type 1 diabetes may run in family, but genetic causes are more common for type 2 diabetes. Environmental factors may play a role, including common unavoidable viral infections. Type 2 Diabetes: Type 2 diabetes has strong genetic links, meaning that type 2 tends to run in families. The risk factors for developing type 2 diabetes include high blood pressure, obesity, and aging.

The treatment of diabetes is highly individualized, depending on the type of diabetes, whether the patient has other medical problems, his/her age, and the general health of the patient at the time of diagnosis. In order to manage diabetes, patients must meet with a health care professional in order to set goals for lifestyle changes, blood sugar control, and treatment. This would be done by keeping records of blood sugar levels, when and how much insulin or medication were taken, when and what was being eaten, and for how long the patient exercises. First and foremost though, education about diabetes is the core of its treatment.

Symptoms of Diabetes Type 1 Diabetes: This type of diabetes is usually recognized during childhood or early

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adolescence, and is often associated with an illness or injury. The extra stress can cause diabetic ketoacidosis, which includes nausea and vomiting, dehydration, and often-serious disturbances in blood levels of potassium. Type 2 Diabetes: People with type 2 diabetes can develop hyperglycemic hyperosmolar nonketotic syndrome. Also, if not treated properly, type 2 diabetes can lead to complications such as blindness, kidney failure, heart disease, and nerve damage.

To speak with a healthcare professional, visit or call the 24-hour hotline on +965 2536 0000.



The Perfect Ending New Year’s Eve Around the World New Year’s Eve, according to the Gregorian calendar falls on the last day of the year, December 31. In many countries around the globe, New Years Eve is celebrated during the evening with social gatherings, dance festivals, and lit fireworks. The celebrations usually go on past midnight, and many cities feature concerts, late-night partying, or formal events. From watching the ‘ball drop’ in New York City’s Times Square to wearing white on the beaches of Brazil, your opportunity to draw in the New Year right are endless! Here, we present to you our top choices of New Year’s Eve destinations, inclusive of those with culture and fun-filled celebrations!

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Rio De Janeiro, Brazil: While the rest of the world stays warm during New Years Eve in their embellished coats and boots, it’s practically midsummer in Rio de Janeiro. For this reason, and many others, partygoers shun sweaty indoor clubs and take the part onto the streets instead. Two million visitors visit the beaches of Rio de Janeiro to watch the incredible fireworks display. Copacabana

Beach is the epicenter of all the action on New Years, where celebrations begin at 8pm with live music shows from Brazilian samba to rock bands. During the celebrations, it is customary to wear white as its said to bring you luck. On top of all the fun, many restaurants offer exclusive New Year’s Eve menus especially for all the partygoers.

Prague, Czech Republic:

Prague is very well known for its wild New Years Eve, with its hand-held fireworks free-for-all competing with an official midnight display over the Prague Castle and Vltava River. During Christmas time, markets in Prague are in full swing, with colorful wooden huts selling handicrafts, hot food, and warm drinks in the Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square. Culture lovers can take in the morning or evening performaces from the Czech

Philharmonic Orchestra at Rudolfinum and then attend the New Year’s Eve gala ball at Prague State Opera. Those who like their festivities to be wilder than that can opt for the rowdy bars, clubs, and prime fireworks spots like the Charles Bridge and the town squares. For crowd-controlled celebrations, dinner cruises are handled on the Vltava River with music and dancing going on until the wee hours.



Rhodes, Greece: All throughout Greece, tradition plays a very big role in how they celebrate their New Year’s Eve. If we were to choose just one place though, we recommend heading to the medieval district of Rhodes Town on the island of Rhodes. In this historic setting, you can witness a number of New Year’s carols or card games, done in order to enhance your luck for the

New York City, U.S: This year, cram into NYC’s Times Square for concerts and in order to watch the ball drop with fellow tourists from all over the world. The famous ball drop atop One Times Square has been a tradition dating back to 1906. Each year, over one million people descend upon Times Square to party and experience this free and memorable event After the ball drop, you can then buy tickets and celebrate some more at one of the officially hot and popular New Year’s Eve parties in NYC... For more of a local end-of-year experience, party in the Meatpacking District in order to access all the exclusive clubs, buffet dinners, and DJ performances.

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upcoming year. Luck is also an important part in Greece, wherein, the first person to step over your doorstep on New Year’s Day will determine the years luck. While in Greece prepare yourself for parties all over the island, the plazas, cafes, bars, and hotels, which all run from midnight until dawn.


Goa, India: Popular for its turn-on-tune-in-drop-out hippie paradise in the 1960’s, Goa seems to have kept its New Year’s Eve free-living reputation alive. Backpackers flock to Goa for psychedelic trance raves in the open air Bollywood Stars visit this Indian state for some New Year’s Eve antics. The locals generally keep to their own traditions with the New Year’s balls surrounding nearly every brightly decorated village. It will be hard to find

Edinburgh, U.K:

In Edinburgh, festivities kick off on the 30th of December, with revelers carrying torches from Parliament Square to Calton Hill, while fireworks set the sky ablaze. Approximately 80,000 people fill the streets to sing the biggest and loudest rendition of Auld Lang Syne on New Years Eve. To party, DJs and other musicians fill the streets to create performances not to be missed. Celebrations continue on New Year’s Day with games such as ‘scotch hoppers’ and ‘dreadnought’ created by local artists in the Old Town.

anywhere else where you can dance on the beach with the sand between your toes and fairy lights strung on every palm tree, and be surrounded by sequined sari skirts twirling under the stars. New Years Eve is definitely the best place to party in Goa, with fireworks and celebrations all along the coast of India’s good-time state



Restaurant Review Christmas Dining at THE One Invented by Thomas Lundgren, THE One Total Home Experience opened its first store in Abu Dhabi in 1996. Today the brand is present in six countries across the Middle East. But THE One doesn’t believe the world needs another retailer; they believe we need a better world. That’s why, intent on being THE [responsible] One, the company aims to be both magical and meaningful: inspiring their fans with seasonal Home Fashion Collections that are ‘Always Different, Always Limited and Never Expensive’ while Changing the World Together. THE One’s funky in-store Restaurants offer fast and friendly service and exciting international dishes ranging from all-day breakfasts, light lunches and salads, to hearty main meals and divine desserts. Each Restaurant features a variety of

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seating options ranging from relaxing sofas and armchairs around coffee tables to your more traditional dining tables and chairs. All furniture and decoration is taken from THE One’s own range and is updated regularly to keep the Restaurant fresh and exciting. THE One aims to excite more than just the taste buds by creating new and funky interpretations of classic dishes and cooking styles from all over the globe that put the “oooo” back into food. This month, THE One is giving you the chance to celebrate the festive season with a fabulous 2- or 3-Course feast while enjoying a glass of mulled festive punch and a coffee on the house. So get yourself to THE One this Christmas, and enjoy some grand dishes catered specifically to the spirit of the season!


Best-Seller Books Fifty Shades Freed Wheat Belly Killing Lincoln


A renowned cardiologist explains how eliminating wheat from our diets can prevent fat storage, shrink unsightly bulges, and reverse myriad health problems. According to Davis, that excess fat has nothing to do with gluttony, sloth, or too much butter: It’s due to the whole grain wraps we eat for lunch. After witnessing over 2,000 patients regain their health after giving up wheat, Davis reached the disturbing conclusion that wheat is the single largest contributor to the nationwide obesity epidemic—and its elimination is key to dramatic weight loss and optimal health.

Half the Sky From two of our most fiercely moral voices, a passionate call to arms against our era’s most pervasive human rights violation: the oppression of women and girls in the developing world. With Pulitzer Prize winners Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn as our guides, we undertake an odyssey through Africa and Asia to meet the extraordinary women struggling there. Through these stories, Kristof and WuDunn help us see that the key to economic progress lies in unleashing women’s potential. Deeply felt, pragmatic, and inspirational, Half the Sky is essential reading for every global citizen.

When unworldly student Anastasia Steele first encountered the driven and dazzling young entrepreneur Christian Grey it sparked a sensual affair that changed both of their lives irrevocably. Now, Ana and Christian have it all—love, passion, intimacy, wealth, and a world of possibilities for their future. But Ana knows that loving her Fifty Shades will not be easy, and that being together will pose challenges that neither of them would anticipate. Just when it seems that their strength together will eclipse any obstacle, misfortune, malice, and fate conspire to make Ana’s deepest fears turn to reality

MIND WHAT A riveting historical narrative of the heart-stopping events surrounding the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, and the first work of history from mega-bestselling author Bill O’Reilly. The anchor of The O’Reilly Factor recounts one of the most dramatic stories in American history—how one gunshot changed the country forever.



The Panther Anti-Terrorist Task Force agent John Corey and his wife, FBI agent Kate Mayfield, have been posted overseas to Sana’a, Yemen-one of the most dangerous places in the Middle East. While there, they will be working with a small team to track down one of the masterminds a high-ranking Al Qaeda operative known as The Panther. Filled with breathtaking plot turns and told in John Corey’s inimitable voice, THE PANTHER is a brilliant depiction of one of the most treacherous countries in the world and raises disturbing questions about whether we can ever know who our enemies - or our allies - really are. Source:



Movie Reviews

December 2012

Jack Reacher:

In an innocent heartland city, five are shot dead by an expert sniper. The police quickly identify and arrest the culprit, and build a slam-dunk case. But the accused man claims he’s innocent and says “Get Jack Reacher.” Reacher himself sees the news report and turns up in the city. The defense is immensely relieved, but Reacher has come to bury the guy.

Life of Pi:

The Silver Linings Playbook The Collection:

Arkin escapes with his life from the vicious grips of “The Collector” during an entrapment party where he adds beautiful Elena to his “Collection.” Instead of recovering from the trauma, Arkin is suddenly abducted from the hospital by mercenaries hired by Elena’s wealthy father.

Based on the best-selling novel by Yann Martel, is a magical adventure story centering on Pi Patel, the precocious son of a zoo keeper. After a shipwreck, Pi finds himself adrift in the Pacific Ocean on a 26-foot lifeboat with a zebra, a hyena, an orangutan and a 450-pound Bengal tiger named Richard Parker, all fighting for survival.

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Life doesn’t always go according to plan. Pat Solatano has lost everything - his house, his job, and his wife. He now finds himself living back with his mother and father after spending eight months in a state institution on a plea bargain. Pat is determined to rebuild his life, remain positive and reunite with his wife, despite the challenging circumstances of their separation.

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A great love is about to come your way, whether you’re already attached and quite happy, or single and looking for a whole new relationship. Either way, someone will inspire you to open up your whole heart to them, and once you’ve done that, you’ll find a new side of yourself. That may mean cohabitation, marriage, or simply a totally unconditional profession of love. It’s time to take the initiative, so put together a resume that truly represents you and get it out there. There’s no doubt that your physical health will either improve or stay as robust as ever now Of course, the one thing you will need to avoid is the tendency to overdo, in all departments, from food and drink to staying up late, chatting with a lover - or soon-to-be lover. Try your best to moderate.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21)



(Dec. 22-Jan. 20) When good appears, you’ve received a very important indication that you’ve done the right thing, and been in the right place at the right time. If you’re not satisfied, don’t despair. Something you never expected will come along, when you least expect it.



(Feb. 20-Mar. 20)

(Mar. 21-April 20)

This month indicates the ending of several matters. First of all, and most important to you, will be the fact that you’ll actually be ready to come together with “an other” to find your perfect match. Trust your instincts and know that your long trek is over.

GEMINI (May 22-June 21) This month, something is definitely coming to an end. Contrary to popular opinion it truly indicates a change. Granted, it will be a tremendous change - but change, after all, is what life is all about. Don’t be scared. Be invigorated. The only outcome you need fear is if you ignore your own instincts.

This month, listen to the advice that dear ones offer, but also pay attention to yourself - to your dreams, your feelings of déjà vu, and to the voice of your intuition. You have spirit guides and angels guiding you.

CANCER (June 22-July 22) If you work hard - which may mean doing not just your own job, but someone else’s, too you’ll have terrific rewards waiting for you this month. You know exactly what needs to be banished from your life. Think of this month as spring cleaning for your spirit.



(Aug. 23-Sept. 23)

(Sept. 24-Oct. 23)

No matter what you’re assigned to do at work this month, there’s no doubt that you’ll enjoy it. You may enjoy it so much, in fact, that your selfconfidence grows as much as your reputation for being able to do not just your own job. Your one warning: don’t spoil your superiors, who’ll come to expect nothing less than what you’ve been providing.

You need to be sure that no matter what changes the Universe tosses your way, the two of you will be fine in all relationships this month. Also, you will be presented with a terrific new work opportunity this month, which will most likely be in a field you’d never pictured yourself working in. Your mission is to keep your eyes open and be sure not to miss it.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 21-Feb. 19) If you’re attached, this month will let you know that you’re definitely with the right person. Over the next month, you’ll be called upon to do the right thing - for yourself and for others, too. You’ll righteously stand up for anyone who needs you, keep your promises, and look for the deeper meaning in all situations.

TAURUS (Apr. 21-May 21) A great love is about to come your way, whether you’re already attached and quite happy, or single and looking for a whole new relationship. Over the next month, try to spend some time on your own, deciding exactly who and what you want to be when it’s done.


(July 23-Aug 22) You’ll want to rush now in all matters, and that may be the best course of action. If everything you want to do has already been set into motion, then by all means, go for it! Act with confidence and let everyone around you know that you have no fear of moving forward.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) For the longest time, you seem to have been learning a lesson that’s been not at all pleasant: you’ve been learning not to trust. Now, however, someone is due to enter your life who’ll teach you not just to trust, but also to trust yourself again.Give it another shot. If a health issue has been nagging at you, seek out medical advice and solve this problem.



Barbora Babulova

Laetitia Casta

21% ? t s e B t i e r o W o h W

Who can go wrong in such a simple black dress? Well, that’s probably what Barbora was aiming formaintaining that simplicity. Laetitia has passed this one by far with her choice of shoes, sleeves, and length. This Dolce & Gabanna dress definitely does not flatter Barbora’s body, as her bust does not seem too fitting in the dress. With this dress, one has the freedom to choose any shoe color in the world- Barbora chose black! Blue is so much more bold, and you know how much we love making a statement out of something simple!

THETALK / December / 2012



Brandy Norwood

Kellie Pickler

40% ? t s e B t i e r o W o h W

These two singers look great as they don a Herve Leger by Max Azria dress on two separate occasions. But who wore it best? Votes show that Kellie Pickler won based on length of the dress, and through her choice of hair and makeup. When wearing a bold texture (fringes are considered bold) opt for a simpler hair-do and more natural makeup. The two chose similar shoes, so not much of a difference there. The length though- Kelli kept the dress at knee length while Brandy chose a shorter look. Let’s reiterate- tone down EVERYTHING when wearing something even slightly bold!


TheTalk issue 46 - December 2012  

TheTalk Magazine

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