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SEPTEMBER 2010
FRENCH STYLE, SHIMMERY
MAKEUP, CHEAP CHIC
CRITICISM,
CONTROVERSY &
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ummer is usually a time when UAE residents flee the
heat to their holiday homes and favourite vacation spots,
but there has been no such holiday at EW HQ. Over the
last two months, we have met, interviewed and been
inspired by the nominees of the Emirates Woman of the Year
Awards 2010, and we are proud to present these incredible
women in this issue. I am sure you will take great satisfaction in
reading about their tremendous accomplishments, as have we.
For the second year running, we are also pleased to
announce the ADCB Ambition Award – an award that
uncovers the ambitions of women in the UAE, supporting
them in their bid to achieve their dreams. With a US$10,000
business grant and free investment advice from the experts at
ADCB as the prize, now is the time to submit your entry.
The month of September also marks the change of
seasons, which makes for a very content Emirates Woman team as moving from S/S10 to A/W10 brings
a whole new world of wardrobe happiness. In addition to the luxury side of our style, our feature on
discount shopping will be your ultimate guide on where to pick up the best bargains around the world.
Our friends at Chanel were kind enough to send us their stunning A/W10 collection all the way from
Paris for an exclusive shoot, while we also shot on location some of the most talked about Oscar gowns in
history, courtesy of Versace. EW Style Director, Sarah Joan Ross, chats to the doyenne of the design house,
Donatella, about her celeb muses, and takes us on a private tour of her Italian palazzo and backstage at her
A/W10 show. Closer to home, Poppy Skinner gets a front-row seat and VIP backstage pass at Rami Al Ali’s
recent Alta Roma Fashion Week show, and we go behind the scenes with designer and business woman
extraordinaire, Ingie Chalhoub, on the shoot for the Lys Royal gown from the INGIE Paris collection.
Whether your September will be spent shopping the latest collections or planning your next holiday, one
thing that should be on top of your list is to nominate for your favourite Emirates Woman of the Year
Awards 2010 nominee. Simply cast your vote at: www.emirateswomanawards.com
Editor,
Sophia Triantafillou
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THE EDITORʼS LETTER
SHOPPING
IN SEPTEMBER…
Drive in style with these gorgeous
gloves by Hèrmes
ROME
DUBAI
Head to Bloomingdales to bag a stunning
(reversible) clutch by Amanda Navai
THIS MONTH ...
BEHIND THE SCENES
Ingie Chalhoub directing
her shoot in Paris
Treat yourself to Chanel’s lovely
Coco Mademoiselle body products
Behind the scenes of the Emirates
Woman of the Year Awards 2010 shoot
Rami Al Ali talking model’s
make-up in Rome
PARIS
With thanks to all the following designers and stores for supplying the wardrobe for the Emirates Woman
of the Year Awards 2010 shoot: Alexander McQueen, Christian Louboutin, Dolce&Gabbana, Gap, Harvey
Nichols, Jimmy Choo, Massimo Dutti, Moschino, New Look, Pucci, Soirée and www.modahouse.com
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Editor-in-Chief Obaid Humaid Al Tayer
Group Editor and Managing Partner Ian Fairservice
Group Senior Editor Gina Johnson
Editor Sophia Triantafillou
Deputy Editor Emily Baxter
Style Director Sarah Joan Ross
Style Editor Claire Carruthers
Deputy Fashion and Beauty Editor Elle Timms
Fashion and Beauty Writer Cherith Nicholl
Assistant Editor Cecilia D’Souza
Editorial Intern Jessica Ramohoebo
Assignments Editor Ingrid Valles Po
Chief Sub-Editor Iain Smith
Senior Art Director Jan Stoop
Senior Designer T Prasadan
Senior Photographer Vikram Gawde, Farooq Salik
General Manager – Production and Circulation S Sasidharan
Production Manager C Sudhakar
General Manager – Group Sales Anthony Milne
General Manager – Abu Dhabi Joe Marritt
Business Development Manager – Nicola Hudson
Senior Advertisement Manager Seema Kausar
Senior Advertisement Manager Chaitali Gandhi
Sales Executive Salma Eddinari
Advertisement Manager – Abu Dhabi Darryl Wiley
Contributors Victor Besa, Claire Glasby, Ana Maksic, Michelle Liu,
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ON THE COVER
70 Keira Knightley: Criticism,
controversy and her new calling in life
77 Emirates Woman Of The Year
Awards: 2010 nominees revealed
90 Global Report: Mauritanian girls
force-fed for marriage
112 Versace Tribute: EW exclusive with
Donatella and the house of Versace
158 Beauty And The Bleach: Skin
whitening gets serious
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FRONT ROW
35 Inbox
36 Style Online
38 EW Insider
40 The Lust List
43 Fashion Report
44 High-Street Buys
FEATURES
70 The Rise Of Keira: Child actor turned
Hollywood star
77 Emirates Woman Of The Year Awards: Vote now!
90 Global Report: Force-feeding Mauritania’s women.
98 The Seven Capital Vices: The original “seven deadly sins”
49 High End Trend: Fur
54 Anatomy Of A Trend
57 Fashion Moment: Nicole Richie
61 Opinion Column
63 Black Book Of Beauty
65 Beauty Box
67 Beauty Trends: The New Gothic
emirates
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FASHION
106 French Dressing: A/W 10 Chanel
collection
112 A Night To Remember: Versace Oscar
gowns shine in Dubai
127 Showgirl: EW gets an exclusive backstage
pass to the A/W 10 Versace show
130 Wardrobe Detox: Clean out your closets
134 Rami Takes On Rome: Designer to the
stars Rami Al Ali wows the crowds in Rome
FEATURES
139 Jessica Alba: An exclusive inteview with the
Hollywood starlet
142 Ingie Chalhoub: Behind the scenes in Paris
145 Sale Away: Cheap chic shopping at its best
BEAUTY & HEALTH
152 On The Rise: Hair styles hot off the runway
158 Beauty And The Bleach: Skin whitening
gets serious
164 One In A Million: Paco Rabanne’s latest
fragrance
166 The Head Masters: Hair tips and tricks
from Franck Provost
169 Precious Skin: Bulgari’s luxurious skin care
175 Health Notes
176 Eat Yourself Healthy: Must-know diet secrets
190
DONATELLA
AT HOME
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LIFESTYLE & AGENDA
183 Globetrotter
184 Pocket Guide To Sydney
189 Luxe Living
190 Chez Versace: At home with Donatella
197 RSVP: Gary Rhodes
198 Address Book
201 Horoscopes
202 My Stylish Life
emirates
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The article The Pursuit of Happiness (EW, August) opened my
eyes and brought me back to earth. It’s too easy to embrace self
pity and complain, but we must realise how fortunate we are
when compared to those who don’t even have a square meal
a day. Just living and working in the UAE is a huge
blessing and we must turn our negative attitudes
into positive beliefs and make the most of our
opportunities. Appreciating our good fortune
and sharing it with the needy and deprived
is the true meaning of happiness.
Andree Attie, Al Ain
LITTLE BLACK BOOK
The monthly updates from your new EW Insider
page has finally allowed me to fill my family’s
diary with more than my daughter’s ballet
class, my son’s soccer practice or my
husband’s work dinner. Now I can write
in things that little old me wants
to go to and it means I get to
indulge in Dubai’s social scene
once again – finally!
Leila Horvat, Dubai
BEAUTY
BASICS
I really enjoy reading the
beauty pages in Emirates
Woman, but if I had one
small request it would
be for more hair stories.
The weather, water and
humidity play havoc with
everyone’s hair here,
and it would be great
to find out more ways to
manage it and keep it
looking stylish.
Louise Rowley, Abu Dhabi
Loving the new fashion ladies! The Pony Tales
shoot (EW, August) was fabulous and such a
modern take on Emirates Woman’s fashion –
up to date, fresh and now. Can’t wait to see
what else you’ve got up your stylish sleeves…
Anne-Laure Batiste, Dubai
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Stylish shades and fashionistas go
hand-in-hand in the sun-drenched
UAE, and this month the writer of
the Star Letter will receive a voucher
from Al Jaber Optical, home
to an extensive array of luxury
brands such as Cartier, Chanel and
Christian Dior.
Write to The Editor, Emirates Woman,
PO Box 2331, Dubai, UAE; or send an email
to emirateswoman@motivate.ae. Name and
address must be supplied but a nom
de plume may be used for publication.
We reserve the right to edit letters for
length and suitability.
WRITE THE STAR LETTER
OF THE MONTH AND
RECEIVE A VOUCHER
WORTH DHS1,500 FROM
AL JABER OPTICAL.
STAYING POSITIVE
STYLE HAVEN
FASHION AT
A CLICK
I love your new fashion
online page, as I do
half my shopping on
websites, but can you
bring us more information
on discounts and deals.
Everytime I click on my
favourite sites they seem to
be offering some deal or
other, so there must be tonnes
out there. Fill me in – I don’t
want to miss out!
Jackie Simmons, Abu Dhabi

STAR
MESSAGE
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FEATHERS FASHION IS THE ONLINE
SITE OF THE HIGHLY SUCCESSFUL
LONDON-BASED BOUTIQUE
FEATHERS. WITH GIVENCHY,
ALEXANDER MCQUEEN AND
MARKUS LUPFER HEADLINING
THEIR DESIGNER DOSSIER, THIS IS
THE SITE FOR THOSE LOOKING
FOR SOMETHING LUXURIOUSLY
ON-TREND FOR NEXT SEASON.
BEAUTY LOOT
Don’t let the name, (Hqhair.com) fool
you - it’s not just about hair. Although
you can shop for culty products for
locks like Bumble
and bumble, Leonor
Greyl and Louise Galvin.
It’s also a haven for make-up
and more, try out the lovely
potions from Dermalogica
or the hard-to-find Per-Fekt
Beauty and Karin Herzog.
Location is never a problem,
as they ship worldwide.
www.hqhair.com
Evil eye necklace
Dhs1,285 by Kara Ross at
www.farfetch.com
Pink Opal egg charm pendant
DhsPOA by Tiffany&Co at
www.tiffany.com
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JEWELS GALORE
It can be, and indeed has been argued, that Pollyanna is one of the coolest
boutiques in England. With their avant-garde and easily accessible site, cutting-
edge pieces from Yves Saint Laurent, Ann Demeulemeester and Dries Van Noten
can go from online to in your wardrobe in anything between one to three days.
OUR PICK OF THE BEST
JEWELLERY ONLINE THIS MONTH
REVOLVECLOTHING.COM
If you are a fan of the quirky yet elegant styles of the likes of Nicole Richie
and Olivia Palermo then revolveclothing.com is your ticket. Featuring
brands such as Diane Von Furstenberg, Anna Sui and Moschino, the site
even has a handy style guide for those seeking extra inspiration.
POLLYANNA.COM
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Dhs944 by Lara Bohnic at
www.accessorieslounge.com
BURBERRY.COM
Everything Christopher Bailey touches
turns to gold right now and following yet
another critically acclaimed ready-to-wear
collection for A/W10, it’s a safe bet devoted
Burberry fans will be clamouring to click-
and-buy this season’s ‘it’ pieces. For added
inspiration, visit Burberry’s sister site,
Artofthetrench.com – a virtual celebration
of the brand’s most iconic item.
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EW INSIDER
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Drop by Iconic
at Deira City
Centre for an
early look at the latest A/W10
collections – exclusive pieces by
designers including HSY, Dar Al
Hazar, Ramashka, Dan Trading
and Al Dalaal are brand new to
the store's fantastic Boutique area.
.
The Mall of the
Emirates extension,
featuring 40 new
luxury stores including
Boutique 1, Y-3, Paul & Joe,
Missoni, Mulberry, Christian
Louboutin, DVF and seven
restaurants, is now open!
1
September
welcomes
Fashion
Week and the much-awaited
revealing of our favourite
designers’ S/S11 collections.
Dubai Fashion Week, September
27 – October 1.
Jewellery favourites
Van Cleef & Arpels
launch their latest Perlée
Collection this month featuring
signature four leaf clover designs
and borders of beautiful beading.
The Dubai Mall (04) 3398001.
Category winners
of the Dubai
Ladies Club
Emerging Designer Contest
competition are showcasing
their designs at the annual
Oriental Red Carpet Fashion
Show on September 30. Call
(04) 3499922 for details.
27
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Style-conscious
shoppers should
head to BurJuman
mall with the
introduction of eight new
stores, including Fred Perry,
La Reine, Bimba & Lola and
Dubai’s first stand-alone
Balmain store.
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Invest in one of the key
autumn seasonal pieces by
Qatar-based fashion brand
Toujouri – such as billowing
kaftans and figure flattering
cocktail dresses. Available
in Harrods, UK and S*uce
boutiques across the UAE.
A Story of Islamic
Embroidery in Nomadic
and Urban Traditions is now
running until September 25 at
Gallery One, Emirates Palace,
Abu Dhabi. The beautiful
exhibit features rare textiles from
nomadic life over the past 300
years. www.emiratespalace.com
US Pastry Chef
of the Year 2009
Anil Rohira will be
cooking up a storm at the Grand
Hyatt, Dubai, September 14-18
for sweet-toothed visitors.
www.dubai.grand.hyatt.com
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Get your hands
on a limited
edition ‘Roady’ bag with sleek
signature ‘Dubai’ tag – exclusive
to YSL stores in Mall of the
Emirates and Emirates Towers
in Dubai, and Marina Mall
Abu Dhabi
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This stunning evening
gown is the perfect way
to make an elegant and
stylish statement.
DhsPOA Temperley
London at Symphony
Sunglasses make our
list every month and
these beauties from
Versace are at the top
for a very good reason.
Dhs1,040 Versace
Countdown the minutes with
this stunner – time-keeping
at its most elegant.
Dhs110,000 Montblanc
Nothing gets your skin softer or silkier than
Natura Bissé’s Diamond Body Cream.
Dhs1,275 Natura Bissé
Channel your
inner caped
crusader with
this beauty.
Dhs1,295 Reiss
They’re beautiful,
sparkly, and perfectly
envy-educing; these
pumps from are quite
simply a must.
Dh4,720 (approx)
Louis Vuitton
Indulge yourself
in 80s nostalgia
with the return of
the chunky bangle.
Dhs2,300 Dior.
The perfect shade
for the perfect
smoky eye, you
can’t go wrong
with ‘Black Star’
by Chanel.
Dhs138 Chanel
Ladies, you are looking
at the new ‘it’ bag
courtesy of Celine.
DhsPOA Céline
Carry your
mobile phone
in style with this
glam number.
Dhs2,625
Dolce&Gabbana
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Mall of the Emirates | Tel. +9714 34 10 011
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It’s been around since fashion
began and the animal pattern
trend shows no sign of slowing
down. For
some of the
most timely
takes on it this
season, head
down to H&M
where they
have taken the
wild animals
out of the
jungle and onto
the high street.
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Both Beirut and Dubai played host
to a pack of fashion-hungry footwear
shoppers this month, as shoemaker
maestro Christian Louboutin recently
opened two new boutiques – one
in Mall of Emirates and one in the
Lebanese capital of style.
Forget the BlackBerry, anyone who’s anyone these days is
carrying the iPad. Luckily for us, Tod’s are offering up some
fashionable accessories with their range of stylish iPad
carriers in a host of breathtaking colours and leathers.
ANIMAL PATROL
This month, if fashion
be your passion, it’s all
about the new Fashion
Dome at Mall of the
Emirates. Luxurious
boutiques, such as
Bottega Venetta, Missoni
and D&G await you –
and your credit cards.
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MARCHING
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Sweater Dhs950
Zadig & Voltaire
Rabbit Fur Hat Dhs990
Zadig & Voltaire
Sunglasses
Dhs520
Ray-Ban
Boots
Dhs750
Carvela
Coat
Dhs199
H&M
Belt Dhs250 Ted Baker
Bag Dhs580
Diesel
Shoes Dhs750
KG by Kurt Geiger
Cuff
Dhs100
River Island
Leggings Dhs700
Alice by Temperley
Chinos
Dhs180 Next
Trousers
Dhs520 Reiss
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Shoes Dhs680
French Connection
Boots
Dhs450 Aldo
Gloves
Dhs129 H&M
THE ACCESSORIES
Zoe Saldana
gives the classic
LBD a gothic
overhaul
Kate shows
off how to do
lace during
the day at the
Burberry Beauty
Garden Party
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Alice by Alice
Temperley
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H&M
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Zadig & Voltaire
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GREY JEANS
Dress
Dhs715
Manoukian
Shoes
Dhs699
Kurt Geiger
Jacket
Dhs2,700
Carolina
Herrera
Handbag
Dhs4,610
Tod’s
Earrings
Dhs41,000
Tach
Camisole
Dhs89
Stradivarius
Scarf Dhs990
Zadig&Voltaire
Handbag
Dhs2,600
Carolina
Herrera
Sandals
Dhs140
Aldo
Earrings
Dhs19
New Look
Top DhsPOA
Alice by
Temperley
Shoes Dhs2,555
Georgina Goodman
Necklace
Dhs800
Hoss Intropia
Ring Dhs580
Carolina Herrera
Handbag
Dhs5,270
Dolce&Gabbana
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VESTED
INTEREST
THE KNOW-HOW
Look for a soft, rounded neckline.
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shoulders to waifs and the super-brave).
Invest in a quality fabric such as cashmere,
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Find a length that sits on your hips.
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PARED DOWN, TO UPTOWN
The 90s Calvin Klein/Kate Moss
powerhouse combination gave them
‘masters of minimalism’ status. Bare
essential connotations went from
white-trash to layered-chic, and
stayed that way.
TIMELESS TREND:
NOW & THEN
Racer-back jersey
tank Dhs340 by
Alexander Wang at
Net-a-Porter.com

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The Outsiders
cotton tank Dhs115
Topshop
Thomaston
hemp tank
Dhs855 The Row
at Boutique 1,
Boutique1.com
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Calvin Klein S/S99
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Jade Jagger, Ian Schrager
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Leighton Meester, Gisele Bündchen, Jennifer Aniston and Rachel Bilson underpinning different looks.
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FASHION MOMENT
W
hen it comes to evolutions of
fashion, Nicole Richie is a high
contender for most improved in
such a short space of time. After infiltrating
our TV screens co-starring in The Simple
Life with Paris Hilton in 2003, Nicole’s style
has gone from trashy to trendy, taking the
star on a journey that has seen her swap
tracksuits for maxi dresses and party girl
garb for biker chic. From worst-dressed
to best-dressed, the mum of two regularly
2010
Nicole sparkles in her
Marc Jacobs gown and
keeps her look on trend
with an over-sized clutch
bag. The addition of the
black sash brings shape to
the dress with the flowing
train creating an elegant
silhouette. She always
picks looks that are classic
with an interesting and
edgy twist.
2004
Nicole stands out from the
crowd for all the wrong
reasons, with a multitude of
fashion faux pas, including
serious clashing colours and
unflattering lycra-infused
fabrics.
now makes appearances on Hollywood’s
red carpet radar for all the right reasons.
With her accessory line House of Harlow
gaining a steady following, with the likes of
Madonna and Julianne Hough firm fans,
and her Winter Kate clothing range getting
rave reviews, Miss Richie has proven she
has the fashion know-how when it comes to
image reinventions and enough savvyness
in the style department to make her designs
stand up and be counted.
NICOLE’S
FASHION
EVOLUTION
2006
The over-sized
handbag has
become a staple of
Nicole’s style, with
the star regularly
being spotted with
the latest ‘it’ bag.
A simple cigarette
pants and cropped
jacket combo gives
a vintage effect that
is timelessly elegant.
2007 & 2008
Whether it's cutting edge
cool in denim hot-pants
or a more sophisticated
take on eveningwear,
she really works the
venue and event –
and always dresses
appropriately.
2009
She is the queen of
accessories. Here,
she breaks up the
black with a long
gold chain.
FROM
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Bag Calonge Outlet.
Original price Dhs1,288
R E D A L E R T
WHETHER IT IS SHOES, BAGS
OR BELTS, DON’T LIMIT RED
TO ONLY YOUR CLOTHES
All items are available from the Dubai Outlet Mall.
For more information, go to
www.dubaioutletmall.com or call (04) 4234666
Facebook: www.facebook.com/DubaiOutletMall
Twitter: www.twitter.com/dubaioutletmall
Your Ultimate Value Shopping Destination
Dhs
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Dhs
950
Dhs
515
Clutch Calonge Outlet.
Original price Dhs275
Shoes Cesare
Paciotti Outlet.
Original price
Dhs2,400
Bag by Donna Karan
available at Bargains Outlet.
Original price Dhs8,264
Dhs
3,306
Dhs
363
Dress Monsoon
Outlet. Original
price Dhs1,075
Dhs
1,010
Dress by Christian
Lacroix available at
Rodeo Drive Outlet.
Original price Dhs2,020
Watch by Lacoste
available at Rivoli Outlet.
Original price Dhs585
Dhs
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IN THE RED
Marni
Giorgio Armani
Sonia Rykiel
Nina Ricci
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WHEN IT COMES TO PICKING EACH
PIECE, WHERE DO YOU BEGIN?
Knowledge is everything as each piece
signifies a moment in fashion history.
I really love the more unusual pieces, as
rarity is also of great value and interest.
AS SOMEONE SO IN LOVE WITH JEWELS,
CAN YOU PICK ANY FAVOURITES?
Definitely brooches – they’re so versatile,
I wear them on hats, scarves, jackets, belts and
even on necklaces. My particular favourite is
a 1930s Art Deco double clip brooch that can
also be worn as earrings.
WHAT WILL BE GRACING YOUR
SHOPPING LIST FOR A/W10?
Brooches have been making a big comeback,
and cocktail bracelets seem to sell as soon as
they go live on the site. And I love anything
produced by Trifari, Christian Dior and the
Art Deco pieces – these are an absolute must
for me this season.
AS FAR AS INVESTMENTS GO, ARE
JEWELS A SHREWD MOVE?
Gold and diamonds traditionally are bought
as an asset for one’s estate, but antique and
vintage jewellery, much like fine art paintings,
also carry the historical and art value. If
something is still being produced, then the
demand can never outweigh the supply, so of
course rarity, or limited pieces, are important.
THE JEWELLERY YOU SELL IS STUNNING,
BUT WHERE DID YOUR INITIAL
OBSESSION WITH JEWELS COME FROM?
My mother played a big part, being an
antique jeweller. I recall hanging out in
her shop in Chelsea in London and always
wanting to learn more about the history and
heritage of every piece.
My whole life has been a jewellery
education, with my mother and many other
antique dealers who have taught me so much.
But to further my understanding of creating
jewels as a silversmith, I studied at Central
Saint Martins University in London. I also
travel extensively – I am of Persian descent
and was born and bred in London. Many
people call me a ‘Chelsea girl’, but I’ve lived in
many cities from LA to New York and Dubai,
so I call myself a worldly girl.
VINTAGE
ROCKS
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RARITY: Buy pieces produced
in limited editions or hand-crafted
and unusual.
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CONDITION: Look out for any
bumps, lumps and chinks.
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AGE: Significant and famous eras
of history throughout the world are
good to look for in key pieces.
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DESIGNER: If they were famous
when they created the piece, then
they, and the jewellery, will be even
more so now.
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PASSION: Ensure you buy pieces
you love, so you can truly enjoy them.
THE TOP 5 RULES
WHEN BUYING
ANTIQUE JEWELLERY…
For more information on V4 Vintage,
log onto: www.V4Vintage.com
or email Leila on info@v4vintage.com
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An Art Deco
Ballerina Powder
Compact, some of
Leila's favourite
jewellery
LEILA MALIK-MUSAVI
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T
he maxi dress – it’s what most ladies
think they should sport when they
arrive in Dubai. You could even say
it has become a staple in the uniform
of visitors. However, floor-length numbers do
come with their very own set of problems and
let’s just say there is a lot of room for error.
Mistake one: Some ‘over compensate’ for
the length and covering of the legs, with too
much skin on show around the chest. This is a
country where demure dressing is de rigeur, so
when maxi-dressing it up, don’t lose it in the
style stakes by dressing your top half down.
Mistake two: Grappling with the skirt
isn’t the most alluring of stances, and you’ll
end up looking like someone from the 1800s
trying to tiptoe over mud and squalor. The
dresses are long and elegant for a reason…
let them be just that.
Mistake three: Why do they never seem
to fit properly? Too long, too low, too
baggy, too tight… I won’t go on. Not to
mention some can actually be hazardous to
your health. You thought that your pretty
billowing number made you look all Sienna
Miller, but in reality it gets stuck in car doors
and sucked into those supersonic escalators
at The Dubai Mall. Dangerous stuff.
However, I must admit to a moment of
madness when I did in fact purchase one
myself. In the three years I’ve been in the
UAE, I’ve worn it a grand total of… once.
And when I work it out PPW – price per
wear – sad I know, but this often justifies
a very expensive purchase, especially to
the business brain of my other half – this
one dress has cost me dearly. There is one
redeeming feature though – it’s black, and
plain, with no zany colour combinations
or fit-inducing patterns. Which is very
handy, as hemlines have gone long for
A/W10 and nothing that looks hippy dippy,
tribal or Little House on the Prairie will wash
with the latest incarnation of maxis. Tribal
jewels to accessorise? Forget it. No ethnic
baubles, please.
This time the maxi is sophisticated.
Think Great Gatsby-esque styles – full
length dresses and skirts teamed with
chunky knitwear in muted autumnal
colours like burgundy, grey and green.
Check out Tallulah and Hope, (www.
tallulahandhope.com) as they verge into
vintage with the most beautiful silk, printed
kaftans, which are very 1930s.
And, when it comes to fit, they’re either
sharp with very cleans lines – check out
The Row at www.boutique1.com and
Michael Kors – or whimsical and pretty like
the tulle versions at Peter Som. The rules
still apply – if it is too long or the straps
don’t fit perfectly, get them altered. Plus,
under pinning is key; if your rear resembles
two ferrets fighting in a bag – then the only
way to go is the Harvey Nichols lingerie
department for a pair of Spanks (aka
big pants). These come in a plethora of
variations, in both colour and style, and
most importantly suck you in where you
need it most.
For all its downsides, the maxi, I’m
pleased to say, does come with added
benefits – you can have an overly large
lunch and not resemble an egg-eating
snake, and you needn’t worry about last
minute leg hair epilations either.
Now where is that ankle skimming
black number hiding? Who knows, this
autumn I might just get a little more wear
out of it yet. Bargain… ■
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If you’re looking to take your beautifying
regime one step further with a little nip/
tuck, put yourself in the capable hands of
the team at Dubai Cosmetic Surgery. Offering a full
range of surgical and non-surgical procedures,
through your free consultation they will help you
decide on the best option to meet your needs or
offer expert advice on any areas that may
require that extra little bit of TLC.
www.dubaicosmeticsurgery.com
With humidity still causing havoc with our
locks the battle to get poker straight tresses
seems to be on hold for another month.
So, to enhance your natural wave and get
salon-perfect curls try the new Ritual m-Styler
by Maria Dowling. The nano-tourmaline
ceramic styling plates will leave your curls
looking shiny and bouncy, banishing any
thoughts of straight-hair envy. Ritual-m-Styler,
Dhs580 by Maria Dowling Hair
www.mariadowling.com
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WRITTEN BY CHERITH NICHOLL
GO TO… Beauty therapist Valley at Cut Above Salon,
Jumeirah for the perfect brow shape and tint. She will create
the kind of arches usually only found post eye-lift.
Dhs45. Call (04) 344 6444.
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CLEANSE & HYDRATE
With our skin still taking a gentle beating from
the summer heat, September is all about one
word – rehydration. The Guinot Super Cleanse
Hydralift facial hydrates and moisturises keeping
skin soft and supple and, most importantly,
wrinkle-free. Book in for this treatment at Patsi
Collins and you’ll also get a complimentary ear
candling, too, which also increases wellness and
alleviates stress. Guinot Super Hydralift Deluxe
facial, Dhs525 at Patsi Collins.
www.dubaibeautysalon.com
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ALL GROWN UP AND DEFIANT IN THE FACE OF CONSTANT CRITICISM
OVER HER CAREER, KEIRA KNIGHTLEY IS FINALLY SILENCING HER
CRITICS. THE GIRL CAN ACT – SHE HAS THE AWARDS TO PROVE IT
ever Let Me Go, Keira Knightley’s latest film based on
Kazuo Ishiguro’s highly acclaimed novel of the same name,
will be opening the prestigious London Film Festival this
month. Another of her films, Last Night, co-starring Eva
Mendes is closing the Toronto International Film Festival.
Both movies further cementing Keira’s new-found status as a bona fide
Hollywood star. An accolade that has taken its time in coming, despite
having already notched up nearly 30 films at the tender age of just 25.
Looking back to childhood, when most little girl’s thoughts are
consumed with playing dress-up and aspirations of becoming a princess
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or astronaut, Keira was already planning her assault on the film industry,
insisting from the age of three that she needed an agent. At six, she
achieved her dream of professional ‘representation’ and has spent the
years since dedicated to her chosen profession. For someone ingratiated
so young into the weird, wonderful and often unsettling world of acting,
Keira did well to avoid the pitfalls that plague so many young stars,
turning them from wide-eyed innocents, into wild-child Hollywood
wannabes. “I don’t have enough imagination,” she laughs in response.
“I’m a bit of a square! But don’t write me off. Who knows, I might go
completely off the rails at any minute!”
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At 25, the actress’ workload has been relentless since her breakout in
2002’s Bend It Like Beckham, only taking time out in 2008 to do “lots
of stuff that I luckily didn’t have to give interviews about.” She smiles
as she utters this comment, but it’s a thinly-veiled smile that masks
a defensive wall she’s built up around herself to protect her privacy.
Notoriously secretive, especially about personal affairs and matters
of the heart, she famously refuses to even utter her boyfriend’s name
despite a large chunk of her ‘year off ’ being spent in Paris with Rupert
Friend. The angularly handsome British actor she met whilst filming
Pride & Prejudice has been her boyfriend since, though she steadfastly
refuses to confirm or deny any such labels. As for Pride & Prejudice,
a movie she describes as “one of the most beautiful, romantic stories
ever told”, the love that spilled over from film set into reality, made for
a very convincing portrayal of Elizabeth that earned her both Golden
Globe and Oscar nominations. Two industry approvals that did much
to silence those who had deemed her merely a middling talent attached
to a very pretty face.
There is no question that Keira does indeed possess a very
pretty face, but this is not her only resounding attribute. Alongside
her beauty and acting accolades, her association with other A-list
talents ensure her name is kept in the headlines. Her social network
connects her with other members of London’s young ‘it’ crowd
and the new-wave of Brit-pack actors currently breaking the film
industry in America, including of course Rupert and fellow thespian
Dominic Cooper, whom she starred alongside in The Duchess. Well-
timed critically acclaimed performances in Atonement (with James
McAvoy) and The Edge of Love (with now close friend and fellow
socialite Sienna Miller), saw Keira’s star truly begin to orbit.
As directors came calling and her résumé began to take shape, so
too did the parts in blockbuster movies that would firmly make her
a household name. Landing the role of Elizabeth Swann in Pirates of
the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl in 2003, alongside names
such as Johnny Depp and Orlando Bloom, Keira recalls the film
industry’s initial reaction: “People would laugh: a pirate film hadn’t
been successful for about 50 years,” but two successful sequels later,
box-office records tell all. Though Johnny Depp is likely to sign up
for another tryst as Captain Jack Sparrow – for a rumoured record-
breaking paycheck upward of Dhs111 million, Keira is unlikely to
reprise the role of Elizabeth Swann, as it’s one she feels ‘has ran its
course’, preferring to be free to explore new acting ventures.
Those acting ventures have seen a transition from set to stage,
in a move many ‘serious’ actors make, seeing theatre as a more
‘intellectual’ acting medium. In her West End debut earlier this
year, as Jennifer in Martin Crimp’s contemporised adaptation of
Molière’s 17th-century comedy The Misanthrope (think couplets
re-rhymed and curse words peppered liberally in the style of Baz
Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet), she made the notoriously difficult
transition from silver screen to stage. “The idea of doing theatre
still scares me in an exciting way,” she says. “But doing any part
always terrifies me... It boils down to a fear of standing there in a
wig and a dress and suddenly thinking, ‘I feel like an idiot’. But you
must never let your imagination see the absurdity of it, or you’ll
cause your performance to die.”
Her much-hyped and highly anticipated theatre debut resulted in
Dhs5 million being taken at the box office in just four days after the
casting was announced. Fans aside, many critics expected (and quite
possibly hoped) she, and her acting skills, would fall short but on
opening night The Telegraph’s theatre critic Charles Spencer wrote:
“This stinging, zinging play would be a hit without Knightley. With
her, it becomes unmissable.” And, in testament to her performance,
she scored yet another nomination for Best Supporting Actress, this
time at the Laurence Olivier Awards – the Oscars of British theatre.
However, despite the plaudits, the industry praise and the ever-
increasing demand for her to appear in films both in the UK and
America, the British press still staunchly refuse to believe this girl can
act. In an interview with Elle magazine she says: “Oh, they still say
that! Every time I do an interview with the English press, one of their
questions is: ‘How do you feel knowing that everyone thinks you’re
a bad actress?’” With her usual mild-mannered c’est la vie attitude,
she merely smiles and shrugs, having learnt the lesson early on that
criticism in the press is just part of the dance you do with the devil as
an actress in the media spotlight.
The reasons surrounding the industry criticism have often alluded
to the inverted snobbery of the British press, rather than her actual
acting credentials. While no one would claim she was landed gentry,
she certainly isn’t a salt-of-the-earth type either. Growing up in
London’s leafy suburbs, within a family that is just about as close as
you can get to British theatrical royalty – her father and mother are
both actors, while big British acting names such as Alan Rickman
and Simon Callow were also frequent guests at the family dinner
“EVERY TIME I DO AN INTERVIEW WITH
THE ENGLISH PRESS, ONE OF THEIR
QUESTIONS IS: ‘HOW DO YOU FEEL
KNOWING THAT EVERYONE THINKS
YOU’RE A BAD ACTRESS?‘”
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appendage of a very steep learning curve, one that has culminated
in the birth of a budding style icon.
Wearing a strapless white Valentino gown to the Golden Globe
awards in 2006 she showed off an hourglass silhouette for the very
first time thanks to some clever waist-cinching detail. Likewise, a
deep aubergine Vera Wang gown for the Oscars that same year saw
her top many a best-dressed list, while most recently she’s been
spotted on London’s social circuit in Erdem’s latest and loveliest
print creations.
All this leading to a recent flurry of interest in Keira by fashion
houses, beauty brands and other luxury lifestyle companies eager to
match her face to their marketing campaigns. Witness the designers
queuing up to dress her public appearances, whilst her appearances
in high-profile adverts for Asprey have littered the fashion glossies,
netting the star a pretty penny for her efforts. Perhaps the biggest
coup so far though, is her turn as Coco Mademoiselle in Chanel’s
2006 fragrance campaign – her somewhat androgynous beauty
perfectly echoing the spirit of Madame Coco herself.
From Vogue to Vanity Fair and Marie Claire to Elle, Keira has
graced many a front cover and ad campaign. But her starring role
in Amnesty International’s campaign, which highlights the 60th
anniversary of the UN Declaration of Human Rights, is the one
closest to her heart. “It is something everyone should be aware of,
and be proud of as a statement of our common humanity.”
No stranger to lending her support to charity (or perhaps
controversy), she also appeared in a short called CUT promoting the
work of Women’s Aid: a graphic piece of film on which she reunited
with her Atonement director Joe Wright. Once again, a backlash
ensued, with the content and levels of violence depicted called into
question, rather than the star’s ability to hold the part. She remains
resolute in her support though, defending her choice to speak up for
those who can’t.
It is this level of defiance and strength of conviction that has got
Keira to where she is today: a gifted actress who has embraced both
celebration and criticism in equal measure and is all the stronger
for it. She is diligently self-deprecating (a potential nod to her
upbringing) and despite spending the best part of a decade fighting
off fierce criticism at every turn, her maturity has granted her an
insightful perspective on the fame game: “It can be gone in a puff of
smoke… you have to enjoy your moment and if it’s just a moment,
that’s fine.” Until her final curtain call, however, expect to see Keira
on a stage or screen near your for a long while yet. She has come this
far and this is one lady who won’t be going quietly, anytime soon.
table – Keira is subject to England’s closet obsession with class and
comes just a little too far from the silver spoon side of the tracks.
Not content with focusing critique on her professional career
however, the UK newspaper The Daily Mail honed in on her weight,
too. Running a story concerning a 19-year-old’s death from anorexia,
they printed a picture of Keira in a bikini along with the headline:
“If pictures like this one of Keira carried a health warning, my
darling daughter might have lived.” For the naturally ‘gangly’ star it
was one step too far, and just one article in a long back-catalogue
suggesting her tiny frame was down to more than just family genes –
she sued the newspaper and won the case. “I am naturally who I am.
Luckily or not luckily I’ve never had to try to lose weight... I would
love to have Monica Belluci’s figure but I’m never going to get it. So
I am just going to have to make the best of what I’ve got.”
And what she has, she has turned to her advantage, but it took the
best part of her childhood and teen years (amid one or two fashion
low points) before inner confidence kicked in and she was able to
overcome the prejudice that at first hindered her rise to stardom.
Fashion faux pas were frequent, however, and red carpet misses
marked: the navel-scraping Gucci gown worn to the Pirates of the
Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest premiere met with mixed reviews
(many voicing their dislike to the overt display of her breast bones)
and Atonement’s barely-there Rodarte dress didn’t fair much better
– cutaway chiffon wrapped and draped to reveal impossibly slender
sections of the starlet’s torso wasn’t so much a style statement, rather
shock fodder for the flesh-hungry paparazzi lying in wait. Celeb
gossip website Heckler Spray succinctly headlined the moment as:
‘Knightley Goes to Premiere, Wears Dress, Is Skinny.’
“I hate red carpet events, I absolutely hate them,” she admits.
“I think the comments are incredibly rude. Maybe I’ve been brought
up very well but I don’t think it’s polite to comment on the way
people look when they walk down the street... it’s like playground
bullying.” Some might attribute the star’s unwillingness to pander to
the press – in the way that so many of her peers do – as adding fuel
to the flames regarding the media’s obsession with her figure but,
ever the realist, Keira is no diva and she doesn’t court the attention.
“I come from a family of actors. I know this profession and therefore
I know the highs and I know the lows.”
While most of us embrace fleeting trends in terms of fashion in
the comfort of virtual anonymity, it’s normally accepted that film
stars must learn the ‘public’ way what works and what doesn’t. From
risky career choices to disastrous couture, we feed off the good, the
bad and the very, very ugly. For Keira, the knock-backs are simply an
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I KNOW THIS PROFESSION AND
THEREFORE I KNOW THE HIGHS
AND I KNOW THE LOWS”
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CEO OF ASTECO REAL ESTATE
Elaine Jones, CEO and co-founder of Asteco
(one of the leading real estate companies in
the UAE), is something of a living legend on
the local property scene. A career that began
in the UK at Rolls-Royce has developed over
the decades in line with Dubai’s own explosive
expansion. Since moving to Dubai in the
mid-80s, Elaine has helped spearhead various
sales and leasing projects within the city and
beyond, attracting interest from international
buyers, helping build Dubai’s reputation
and putting it firmly on the map as a leading
destination of the world.
ELEANOR BRODIE
PARTNER & INVESTOR, PLASTIC
POWDER COATING
Eleanor Brody is a successful businesswoman
with wide-reaching interests. As partner and
investor helped set up and runs Plastic Powder
Coating in 1981, a pioneering steel treatment
company in Jebel Ali, still operating today. Her
other passions include practicing and teaching
Feng Shui, alternative healing arts and Argentine
tango, as well as championing international
cuisine as chancelier for world-renowned
gourmet organisation Chaine des Rotisseurs. She
also owns a private airport in New York, and is
developing a community around it.
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FOUNDER AND MANAGING DIRECTOR
OF SENSASIA URBAN SPA
After gaining a business and marketing degree
from Boston University, Salina moved to Dubai
in 1999, working for global companies such as
Meryll Lynch. But it was when holidaying in
Vietnam in 2003 that her real dream to open
a boutique spa began to take shape. In 2004
SensAsia Urban Spa opened in Dubai’s Village
Mall, offering a chic day spa for the modern
woman. A second Palm Jumeirah branch opened
in 2008, with further expansion planned this
year. The Spa has also been nominated for several
awards, including the Spa Asia Award in 2007.
ISOBEL ABULHOUL
FOUNDER OF MAGRUDY’S
A wife, mother and businesswoman, Isobel
founded Magrudy’s bookstore in 1975 with
her husband Abdullah. In addition to her
chain of now nine Magrudy’s stores dotted
around the UAE, Isobel is on a constant search
to discover ways to share books with others.
A co-founder of Jerboa Books, publishing
children’s books in Arabic and English, a
founding member and festival director of the
annual Emirates Airline Festival of Literature
and a co-host of a weekly radio programme
Talking Of Books, Isobel can be credited for
helping shape Dubai’s literary landscape.
SIMA VED
VICE CHAIRPERSON OF THE
APPAREL GROUP
As Vice Chairperson of the Apparel Group, which
boasts over 500 stores and 50 international brands
in its portfolio of contemporary fashion clients,
Sima Ved belongs to a unique visionary elite.
A University of Bradford MBA and a Business
Management degree from the prestigious Kings
College London harnessed Sima’s business
ingenuity. Also a budding thespian (Sima acts with
the Dubai Drama Group), a board member of the
Children’s Hope Foundation and an advocate for
women’s empowerment, Sima’s ‘can-do, will-do’
approach to life is testament to her success.
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Author, social advocate, motivational speaker
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Having grown up in Iran, India and Pakistan,
Mariam has made Dubai her home for over 30
years. She has written four novels, submitted
articles to Gulf News since her arrival on Dubai
shores and is also a senior advisor for the Dubai
International Women’s Club, where they call her
Appa (an Indian sign of respect). On top of this,
Mariam shares her wisdom empowering UAE
women with motivational talks on women’s issues,
relationships and family life.
HETAL PAWANI
FOUNDER AND MANAGING
DIRECTOR OF THEJAMJAR
Born and raised in Dubai, Hetal Pawani founded
thejamjar and ArtintheCity.com in 2004. An arts
organisation offering the region’s first public DIY
painting studio combined with an International
Contemporary Art Gallery, thejamjar prides itself
on making art accessible to all. With its curatorial
collaborations and cultural exchange programme,
Hetal’s contributions to the UAE via thejamjar
brings cutting-edge art practices and community
development through diverse arts programmes
involving professional artists, schools, universities,
corporate organisations and the public.
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AZZA AL QUBAISI
ARTIST AND MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKER
Taking inspiration from her Emirati roots,
the environment she inhabits and the
education she received at Chelsea College
of Art and Design, London’s Guildhall
University, the Institute of Gemology in
Antwerp and closer to home at CERT, Abu
Dhabi, Azza Al Qubaisi is a true innovator
in the field of art and jewellery-making.
An avid promoter of local handicrafts she
established the first non-governmental
organisation project in 2006 to promote
locally-produced products through a
‘Made in the UAE’ initiative.
EMILY MADGHACHIAN
FOUNDER OF KIDS THEATRE WORKS
Emily’s love for theatre began at an early age
and has since flourished into a successful career
teaching drama to primary school children.
With a firm belief that drama is instrumental
in unblocking a child’s fears Emily set up the
Kids Theatre Works, which focuses on children
with social dysfunctions, such as shyness and
trauma. This year Emily, who is also a single
mother to her daughter Skye Rose, launched
a theatre programme in which young adults
are given the chance to work with professionals
to produce a performance, and hopes to make
this an annual programme.
DIYA AJIT
VISUAL ARTIST
Proud to call Dubai her birthplace, Diya is a
visual artist working in the commercial, fine arts
and urban underground spheres. Since 2007 she
has been committed to introducing public and
urban art to Dubai’s cultural landscape. In 2008,
Diya was chosen to create the UAE’s first public
mural and in the years since has created works
commissioned by DKNY, Nokia and DIFC Art
Fair and has exhibited at the Traffic Gallery and
DUCTAC to name a few. 2010 marked Diya being
chosen as one of two artists from the UAE to
create a bespoke piece for the Polo Jeans Co. Ralph
Lauren Art Stars project.
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With the arts, fashion and culture scene as her
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bringing Kitsch22 and 9714 to the UAE, Saadia
also set up shop in Dubai with fashion store 50C.
She continues to change the cultural and lifestyle
scene in the UAE with her recent partnership with
the brownbook brothers, Ahmed and Rashid Bin
Shabib. She is also at the helm of Shelter, a space
in both Dubai and Sharjah set up as an intellectual
and creative haven for forward-thinkers and
entrepreneurs to meet and exchange ideas.
DEDRA STEVENSON
AUTHOR AND FOUNDER OF THE
EMIRATES LITERACY GROUP
Holding double masters, both in Library Science
and Communication, former librarian Dedra
founded the Emirates Literary Group in 2009.
The incentive to start it came from her great
love of writing and a desire to encourage other
like-minded artists to create their own works of
literature. A published author, Dedra continues
to enhance the literary landscape in the UAE, and
with her first book the Hakimas Tale being such a
success, she has gone on to publish an additional
two books and is now busy with her third.
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THE FIRST EMIRATI FEMALE TO
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With a love of adventure and true stamina, it
was unsurprising that Elham challenged herself
to become the first Arab woman to reach the
North Pole. She completed her journey in just
eight days, and became the first UAE national
to make the expedition unsupported, carrying
her supplies by sled. With a business degree
from the American University in Dubai and
a masters degree from the London School of
Economics, Elham has supassed expectations
both educationally and physically.
MAHA GARGASH
AUTHOR AND FILM-MAKER
Documentary film-maker turned author,
Emirati Maha Gargash’s talents spans
genres. With a radio/television degree from
Washington University in Washington, D.C,
and a masters from Goldsmiths’ College in
London, her real passion lies in researching
and documenting traditional Arab societies.
It was this experience which inspired the
subject of her debut novel, The Sand Fish. Set
in 1950s Dubai, exploring the journey of life
from a woman’s perspective, The Sand Fish has
sold over 25,000 copies worldwide.
REEM & HIND BELJAFLA
FOUNDERS OF THE DAS COLLECTION
By merging her lifelong passion for design with
an appreciation of local culture and tradition,
St Martin’s College graduate Reem Beljafla
has created a unique, cutting-edge and stylish
clothing range. With the Abaya at its heart, she
founded DAS Collection in 2008, which offers
a modern twist on traditional attire and it is due
to Reem and her sister Hind’s unique vision and
business acumen that the brand has become
internationally recognised. In addition to the
fashion line the sisters juggle charity work and
a communications and design business.
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(who have worked over 42,000 hours in the
last year) and making sure their abilities are
used to their full capacity, Lola’s organisations
have supported, organised and managed nearly
200 charitable events. She has in turn saved
the charities she helps almost Dhs3,000,000 by
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community resources, before donating them free
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IMAN YABROUDI
PATIENT AFFAIRS COORDINATOR,
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As advisory committee member and patient
affairs coordinator with the Palestine Children’s
Relief Fund Iman’s role sees her helping deprived
and disadvantaged children from neighbouring
countries, such as Syria and Palestine, receive
urgent medical treatment. A lover of art and
culture she has also devoted time to the Palestine
Youth Orchestra and other institutions in the West
Bank. With a caring hands-on approach, Iman
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children whilst they recover and get back on track,
while also overseeing the administration involved.
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LUCY BRUCE
FOUNDER OF HARMONY HOUSE
British-born Lucy has been in the UAE since
1999; in 2003 she co-founded Insignia, a
bespoke brand communication agency in
Dubai. Over the past few years, she has become
increasingly devoted to charity work, founding
her own non-profit organisation, Harmony
House. Her initiatives have made a difference
to the lives of nearly 100 under-privileged
children living in the outskirts of Delhi, as
Harmony House provides education, food
and basic hygiene to destitute children. She is
also actively involved in every aspect of fund-
raising and the management of the charity.
SAHER SHAIKH
FOUNDER, ADOPTACAMP AND CARE
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A notion that began with buying a labourer’s
lunch at a supermarket four years ago, has seen
Saher create two non-profit initiatives and
subsequently improve the lives of thousands of
workers in the UAE. Working alongside a team
of dedicated volunteers, Saher’s vision has seen
the donation of relief packages to hundreds of
labour camps, which deliver essential supplies
and toiletries to the labourers who helped build
our nation. Her ‘boys’ say that her kindness has
changed their lives, proving that a little gesture
can go a long, long way.
ISPHANA AL KHATIB
DIRECTOR OF AL NOOR TRAINING CENTER
FOR CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS
For the past 28 years, Al Noor has provided
professional training to the special needs community
of Dubai, helping the city’s children live life to
their full potential. Since joining Al Noor in 1998,
Director Isphana has introduced comprehensive
training programmes while raising the standard
and profile of the centre, helping to improve the
lives of over 265 individuals. Testament to Isphana’s
commitment, professionalism and passion, she
recently received the award for Best Director at
the Princess Haya Awards for Special Education
(PHASE).
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“IN EUROPE THEY
TALK ABOUT
OBESITY, BUT THE
CORRECT TERM
HERE IS ‘BEAUTY’”
auritania is the only African country
where the tradition of gavage (force-
feeding) still exists. When they turn
six, girls are made by their mothers
to eat and drink enormous quantities
of food, often all through the night.
According to the Health Ministry, at
least one woman in 10 suffers from
hyper-nutrition thanks to an over-
consumption of couscous, camels’ milk and sometimes hormone
pills. Yet, as Emirates Woman reveals, the reason they endure this is
to guarantee themselves a good marriage: according to Mauritania’s
Muslim men, a good woman should never weigh less than 100kg.
Centuries before we started shouting it in loud indignant voices
in the West, often spurred on by shocking images such a recent
advertising campaign depicting a skeletal anorexic girl photographed
by Oliviero Toscani, Mauritanian society had already decreed it: say
no to skinny women. Indeed, in this country men audibly state that
they actually prefer the opposite excess. Their mantra might as well
chant: long live obese women, the fatter the better.
From the Mauritanian perspective, or more precisely from the
Mauritanian male perspective, women must be overweight: it is
the accepted aesthetic norm, and skinny women are ostracised to
such an extent that their destiny will almost certainly be to remain
a spinster. This has led the mothers of Mauritania, those concerned
about the future marital status of their daughters, to specialise in a
peculiar practice seen almost nowhere else in Africa, and similar to
the process of force-feeding geese to produce foie gras in France.
When a girl reaches the age of five or six, her mother begins
cramming her with food on a daily basis, mistreating her and using
force where necessary. Fast forward a decade and the child will become
a fattened-up young woman of 15, the minimum age for being courted
by an eligible man who, traditionally, will bring a dowry.
According to the World Health Organisation, one quarter of the
million and a half Mauritanian women are obese, and a report by the
national statistics office in 2001 (the most recent available) revealed
that a third of women aged over 40 had practised gavage at some stage
throughout their lives. “In Europe they talk about obesity, but the
correct term here is ‘beauty’,” the doctor of a private clinic in the capital
Nouakchott revealed, on condition of anonymity. “In Mauritania we
say a woman isn’t beautiful if she doesn’t fill her veil. A skinny woman
brings shame on her family: it means she’s grown up in extreme poverty
or, worse, has been abused. The fat, on the other hand, are associated
with the concept of nobility. When you see fat daughters in a household,
you know your potential father-in-law has wealth to pass on to you.”
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An anthropologist doesn’t need to work hard to see the connection
between this pursuit of ‘chubbiness; (and the desire for a showy,
overtly wealthy, wedding), and the instinct to reproduce in human
form the bounteous image with which man always associates Mother
Earth (the goddesses of fertility synonymous with the survival of
the species) and other buxom goddesses. But in a country where the
spectre of hunger is never far away (four out of 10 people live below
the poverty line), the actual explanation is more prosaic: an obese
daughter is to a Mauritanian family like an SUV is to a Western one,
with the added advantage that she isn’t paid for in instalments and –
once married – will contribute to the continuation of the family line.
The gavage – most widespread among Mauritani’s Arabic
population – has often been defined as another of the many forms of
women’s oppression in Muslim society. But one should remember that
in Mauritania, a Muslim republic where Sharia law is enforced, 20 per
cent of the seats in parliament and on municipal councils are legally
reserved for women, and women wear the uniform of the army, the
police and the national fire department. And many of those who were
force-fed when young, even though they admit being treated harshly
or beaten when they refused to eat, still say they feel proud of it.
Senia Salem al Sudani, 50 years old and 120kg, firmly believes that
it was done in her best interests. She was fattened up from her sixth
birthday with an excess of couscous and sweetened camels’ milk.
“My mother woke me throughout the night, and I had to gorge
without pause. I drank up to 15 litres of milk a day, usually at night
because during in the day the camels were in the pasture. I often
threw up, but my mother still kept urging me to drink; first with
words, then if that didn’t work, by pulling my hair or smacking me.”
She laughs heartily at this, and her husband Ahmed, seated by her
side, thin as a rake and half her weight, laughs with her.
“At the end of the day I was happy,” Senia continues. “I felt like
nobility and looked good to all those young men who visited my
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family just to see me. When my daughter was six I did the same thing
with her, but it was more problematic: in the mornings she had to go
to school, and I couldn’t keep her awake all night. So I collected the
milk then and fattened her up in the afternoons. It worked the same
for her: she married well (or so she says), although today, at 32, she is
divorced.” No one laughs at this comment: not her, not her husband
Ahmed, nor their daughter, who’s there, too.
There was not a single laugh during the afternoon spent in
Nouakchott with Aminetou
Mint el Moctar, (also divorced
and, for the record, thin)
President of the Association des
Femmes Chefs de Famille Non-
governmental organisation,
which has helped 6,800 divorced
and single women fight against
sexual discrimination and to
eradicate the practice of force-
feeding. “Gavage is a social
plague: children have only
just come into the world, and
already their families are giving
them problems about getting
married. And people, unfortunately, are ignorant and unaware of the
physiological consequences of obesity,” she said, echoing something
the Italian journalist Giuseppe Prezzolini once wrote: ‘fatness is a
sign of a lack of education.’
“Once the girls were fattened with natural foods – cereals and
milk – and the side-effects were limited to problems in the joints and
in the cardiovascular system,” Aminetou continues. “But nowadays,
especially in the cities where it’s harder to get camels’ milk, many
mothers fatten their daughters with drugs containing hormones
or cortisone, or worse, veterinarian products. More than once in
the markets I’ve run into women who’ve bought goodness knows
what from vendors pushing artificial pills, which they disguise using
pictures of camels or cows on the label. The women think ‘sure, if
these will fatten up a cow, they’ll work even better on a girl’. You
can imagine the consequences that doctors now see – unexpected
cardiac arrests, ultra-high cholesterol, renal complications, even
brain damage and deformities transmitted to babies. My daughter,
just as an example, was entrusted after my divorce to the care of her
paternal grandparents who force-fed her without my knowledge.
She was five years old, and when I saw her again at 12, she weighed
110kg. I succeeded in convincing her to go on a diet, and today at 25
she’s a slim girl, but she’s always sick.”
According to Aminetou, 30 per cent of Mauritanian girls are
force-fed – three times the official estimate. But at the same time,
the unstoppable spread of satellite dishes (even seen in the remotest
villages) is slowly spreading the accepted Western aesthetic, and
many young women, suddenly
aware of their obesity, are trying
to shed the kilos. After sunset
(not because it’s less hot, but
because it’s dark) they can
be seen walking purposefully
around the capital’s Olympic
stadium, wet with sweat,
wrapped in that sticky veil they’d
once tried to fill.
“The real problem,” Aminetou
says, “is that in this country,
speaking openly about gavage
is taboo. It means questioning
tradition. Some months ago I
denounced the practice in a documentary shown on French TV.
It caused a scandal. I was summoned by the Minister of Health
and I listened to a lot of promises. The following day the Ministry
organised a mass seizure of medicines in the markets, and a bonfire
was lit in the main square. It was very theatrical, but the following
day everything was back as it was before. And on top of that, I also
received death threats.”
This ugly tradition of gavage is one that promises to disappear
as the Western world, with its own more modern traditions, slowly
encroaches on Mauritanian society, but for some girls it is too little,
too late. And as Aminetou states, the government and health ministries
must lead by example. Despite making noises and small movements
towards banishing this sometimes brutal act, their commitment is
still being questioned and they are failing to fully honour their word.
When asked about the satellite dishes, the stadiums and the women
who wanted to become thin, the doctor of the Nouakchott clinic’s
comment was limited to a single word, which he repeated three times
as he raised the eyes to the heavens in search of help: alas. ■
Aminetou Mint el Moctar, the President of
Femmes Chefs de Famille fighting against gavage
“GAVAGE IS A SOCIAL
PLAGUE. PEOPLE ARE
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THE ORIGINS OF THE ORIGINAL ‘SEVEN DEADLY SINS’ DATE BACK
THOUSANDS OF YEARS, BUT MODERN-DAY UPDATED VERSIONS PROVE
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or even the most virtuous amongst us, it’s often difficult
to avoid the so-called seven deadly sins. Whether you’re
coveting your neighbour’s new Louboutins, indulging
your gluttonous side at brunch, or are so concerned with
your appearance you are on first-name terms with your
beautician, these vices – pride, wrath, sloth, gluttony, lust,
envy and avarice – have become an unavoidable part of life
in the 21st century.
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But where did these age-old sins originate? “Writings on the
seven deadly vices can be traced back to early religious texts,
such as Cassian, a fourth century writer,” explains Dr Raymond
Hamden, clinical psychologist at Dubai’s Human Relations
Institute. “And Geoffrey Chaucer, a 14th century English writer,
included a treatise on repentance and the nature of the seven
deadly vices in the last chapter of his book, The Canterbury Tales.”
The original intention of succumbing to the seven deadly
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vices was to educate men and women and warn them against
temptations of sin. But, in spite of their doctrinal origins, these
vices are as relevant today as they were 17 centuries ago, and have
long since transcended creeds and belief systems, affecting us all.
“Our vices are created as a result of an inability to control our
temptations or restrain our impulses,” says Emily Cheyne, founder
of Know How Life, a Dubai-based professional life coaching
service. “As our ability of self-control diminishes, this can also lead
on to our vices: the dieter to give in to eating chocolate, the teacher
to accept a bribe, and so on.”
MODERN MORALITY
If the old definitions of the vices seem a little dated in this day
and age, perhaps we need to update them with a new set of ‘capital
vices’ relevant to the 21st century woman. No less powerful than
the ancient versions, they can be equally damaging to our personal
and working relationships, motivation and self-esteem. Thus
‘pride’, considered by many as the original deadly sin, is not just
about vanity in the 21st century. It has become a matter of one-
upmanship, the desire to be seen as better and more important
than those around you, leading to contempt for your peers. “In my
own experience, you find symptoms in your life that are persistent,
annoying, and obvious, says author Rebecca Konyndyk DeYoung,
in her book Glittering Vices: A New Look at the Seven Deadly Sins
and Their Remedies. “You start there, and as you try to track the
symptoms to their source, deeper and deeper, you find that it all
boils down to pride.”
Devika Singh, licensed psychologist at the Dubai Herbal and
Treatment Centre explains: “One-upmanship that borders on
narcissism will affect us to the extent that it can take focus away
from everything that is substantial; it makes us focus on the wrong
thing, while we neglect the things that should really matter.”
In today’s world, ‘wrath’ can easily replaced with ‘rage’, a word
we hear all too often in the news – from road rage to air rage,
even shopping rage. “I always get asked: ‘Are we getting angrier?’”
says Devika. “Is rage on the rise? I think many women are
frustrated and angry today because traditional roles have changed
and are still changing. This has many advantages, but also means
there are more undefined boundaries which can translate into the
risk of greater misunderstanding and unclear expectations.”
‘Sloth’ has become ‘apathy’, which destroys our ambitions.
“Indifference or apathy is akin to walking down a road and not
knowing or really caring where you are going, as long as you are
on a road to somewhere,” Devika explains. She believes that a
damaging modern example of apathy is when women continue in
an unsuitable job or relationship, because they can’t or do not want
to take the necessary action to change their situation for the better.
‘Bingeing’ has replaced ‘gluttony’. We are no longer content
with just being sated – when we live a hectic lifestyle, it seems we
feel we’ve earned the right to over indulge and let go of our self-
control, whether it’s bingeing on food, drink or clothes we don’t
need or cannot afford. It is no surprise that recent studies show
that middle class women earning a high income (over Dhs200,000
per year), have one of the highest rates of drinking too much.
For the 21st century, ‘lust’ has become yet more destructive
by turning into a thirst for power, money or relationships. “This
craving can override healthy decisions,” says Devika. “Which can
lead to the breakdown of trust and our relationships.” She believes
that easy access to technology such as the Internet and social
networking sites gives us the tools to act on our negative impulses,
such as the desire to cheat.
‘Envy’ has developed into ‘status anxiety,’ the feeling that we
need to prove ourselves by demonstrating our wealth or social
standing. But this is an empty sentiment, warns Devika. “We
know from the field of positive psychology, that as much as we
believe that money and status are the answer to most of life’s woes,
research consistently demonstrates that the correlation between
money and happiness is a weak one.”
And finally, ‘avarice’ becomes the daily battle to ‘keep up
with the Joneses’ – believing that our self-worth is measured by
the material goods that we possess. Competitive spending has
intensified insidiously since the end of the 20th century, writes
Juliet Schor, a Harvard economist, in her book The Overspent
American. “We are impoverishing ourselves,” she adds, “in pursuit
of a consumption goal that is inherently unachievable.”
VICE CITY
In a fast-paced and often transient environment such as the UAE,
or indeed any cosmopolitan city across the world, temptation can
be found around every corner. You might say that we’ve accepted
our vices as an inevitable side effect of modern life. After all, what’s
truly wrong with wanting a bigger car, better clothes, a higher
social standing? Whether it’s glossy TV soaps with flawlessly good-
looking characters, magazine advertisements for the latest fashion
must-buys or clinics offering a quick fix for physical perfection,
we’re continually bombarded with the message that we can have it
all – whether we’ve earned it or not.
It’s this lack of grounding and balance in our everyday lives which
will lead to us developing personal vices, says Dr Hamden. “When
people lose this balance in life, whether it’s productivity, recreation,
a sense of belonging, or spiritual connectedness, this imbalance can
lead to us seeking non-productive, stressful, lonely and even sinful
pursuits,” he says. “This in turn leads to destruction and discord in
our values, traditions, customs, ethics and morals.”
Many of the most positive and enjoyable aspects of living in a
country such as the UAE have the potential to transform into vices
if we lose our sense of self-control. Frustration and impatience
on the roads can quickly spill over into road rage. Buffets and
brunches can descend into drawn-out bingeing session of greed...
But when we spend our weekdays working hard, it’s no surprise
that we feel the need to indulge ourselves in other areas too, adds
“OUR VICES ARE
CREATED AS A RESULT
OF AN INABILITY
TO CONTROL OUR
TEMPTATIONS OR
RESTRAIN OUR
IMPULSES”
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SLOTH
Laziness and the avoidance of
physical, mental or spiritual work.
* 2Jsl CENIUkY VlCE: Apathy
* OPPO5lNG VlkIUE: Zeal
WRATH
An intense anger or fury, and any
action carried out in this state of mind,
particularly for punishment
or vengeance.
* 2Jsl CENIUkY VlCE: Rage
* OPPO5lNG VlkIUE: Kindness
PRIDE
Considered the original and most
serious sin, it is the excessive love of
oneself, and the desire to be more
important and attractive than others.
* 2Jsl CENIUkY VlCE: One-upmanship
* OPPO5lNG VlkIUE: Humility
GLUTTONY
The act of over-indulgence and
demanding more gratification from
something than we really need,
whether it is food, entertainment or
physical pleasure.
* 2Jsl CENIUkY VlCE: Bingeing
* OPPO5lNG VlkIUE: Temperance
LUST
An intense craving for physical
pleasures of all kinds.
* 2Jsl CENIUkY VlCE: Thirst for power,
money or sex
* OPPO5lNG VlkIUE: Self-control
ENVY
Worse than jealousy, it is
a feeling of discontent and
resentment due to another
person’s fortune.
* 2Jsl CENIUkY VlCE: Status
anxiety
* OPPO5lNG VlkIUE: Love
AVARICE
Also known as greed or
covetousness, it is characterised
by an excessive desire to possess
more material wealth or goods
than you actually have need for.
* 2Jsl CENIUkY VlCE: Keeping up
with the Joneses
* OPPO5lNG VlkIUE: Generosity
Emily. “Greed isn’t just limited to money either. Some individuals
feel they are entitled to have it all – the cars, the regular beautician
appointments and so on.”
FROM VICES TO VIRTUES
There is a famous line in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, “Virtue
itself turns vice, being misapplied, a vice sometime by action
dignified.” And when it comes to matters of vice or virtue, the
boundaries are often blurred.
“A vice is a vice when it hurts oneself or another,” says Devika.
“But it can become a virtue when it results in something for
the common good, even if there is an element of individual
satisfaction. For example, when people have a vice but they are
motivated to do something about it or with it, this transforms the
vice into a virtue.”
While the vice remains the same, the way in which we harness the
sentiment behind it has the potential to either harm or help, adds
Emily. “Take envy, for example. Envy is a very natural emotion, a
result of not feeling good enough, being dissatisfied with ourselves
and yearning for what others possess, whether it’s their belongings
or their lifestyle. But these feelings can be turned into a virtue. The
individual needs to recognise the things that trigger their envy, and
ensure that this feeling of jealousy is used as motivational emotion
for self-improvement and not a destructive one.”
Pride, the so-called deadliest sin has positive as well as negative
connotations. A sense of pride in our own achievements can be
an overwhelmingly positive emotion, while feeling proud of our
family, neighbourhood or even country, resonates with the way in
which we socially interact with our own community as a whole.
And pride in our appearance often allows us to gain confidence,
such as with the common assumption that if you look powerful
people will perceive you as powerful, hence the rise of ‘power
dressing’ in the office.
When it comes to our vices and virtues, it seems they stem from
the same desires, which are based in genuine ‘positive’ feelings,
such as love, security, happiness and self-worth, suggests Rebecca.
But while virtues love, zeal, humility, generosity, temperance, self
control, kindness have us acting for all the right reasons, vices lure
us into seeking these feelings “on our own terms… in the wrong
way, at the wrong times and wrong places, too intensely, or at the
expense of other things of greater value,” she warns.
WHO’S PERFECT?
However, the experts are quick to point out that though it is human
nature to all have our vices, it doesn’t mean we’re intrinsically malicious
or sinful people. “The point is certainly not to get caught up in a sense of
guilt and an oppressive sense of one’s own shortcomings,” says Rebecca.
Emily agree: “It’s important not to beat ourselves up over our vices. This
can lead to low self-esteem, which in turn can increase feelings of envy
and avarice, which then results in a vicious circle.”
So where to go from here? The way forward is to nurture our
virtues, says Dr Raymond. “Compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness,
patience, and love for other living beings on this planet.” Emily adds:
“All individuals will have their vices,” says Emily. “We are not perfect
human beings, nor are we expected to be. Though it’s how much we
allow these vices to escalate and/or govern our lives that is the important
issue. Running up massive debts over insatiable shopping sprees, or
missing deadlines or opportunities due to slothful behaviour does start
to tip the boundaries, but breaking a diet or the odd impromptu credit
card splurge does not make us sinners at heart.”


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this is the essence of Versace; a brand
that is all about extravagance. Donatella
proudly confirms this… “Versace is about
being glamorous and sexy, and these are
the qualities I want to promote for the
brand.” Which goes part way to explain
Versace’s use of influential A-listers rather
than models in their campaigns. “At Versace
we have a history of using celebrities in
our ad campaigns, so I am just keeping up
the family tradition. Models can have an
otherworldly look and an unnatural beauty,
which I suppose is part of their appeal.
Celebrities can paradoxically seem more
‘real’ – especially if they are actors, as we
will have seen them playing roles, and so
may feel we know them better than models
who are more enigmatic. But models will
always have their place – not least because
they make clothes look fabulous.”
In fact, it was Donatella’s brother,
Gianni, who started the supermodel
phenomenon. “When he put the world’s
most famous models on the runway
together for his Autumn/Winter 1991/1992
collection the phenomenon began. It was
not common practise in those days to
make models stars, as designers did not
want their creations to be upstaged by the
girls wearing them. But Gianni understood
the nature of fame better than most – he
realised that if he made these girls famous
then they would help make him famous,
too. He also understood that if he got
those who were already famous to wear
his clothes, Versace would become known
for being glamorous.” Versace in turn
created and built up relationships with
musicians and actors, inviting them to his
people, myself included, can barely use a
rice-grain sized dollop for its designated
purpose – the face – Donatella’s soles are
sated with a very expensive habit indeed.
But this is coming from the women
who reportedly spent around Dhs20,000
on sunglasses in little under ten minutes.
Restraint is not in her nature. But really
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Donatella Versace in a very swanky
hotel in London, one of the first
topics talked about was her love affair with
Crème de La Mer face cream and how her
life of luxury allows her to indulge not
just her face, but her feet, in the exquisite
and much-lusted after cream. When most
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shows and photographing them for the
advertising campaigns. “Of course today it
seems like every fashion brand has celebrity
endorsement, but 20-odd years ago it was
not the case at all. In particular, I believe
Versace acquired a reputation for dressing
celebrities for red-carpet events because
the clothes were so glamorous and sexy
and dramatic. So the notion of Versace
as the glamorous brand for celebrities
was established by my brother, and it is
something that I have been keen
to perpetuate.”
When considering celebrities to work
with these days, Donatella has her own
rules she abides by: “I ask myself whether
they bring glamour and sensuality and
whether they look comfortable in clothes
that accentuate these qualities. Beyond
that I am friends with some celebrities,
and with others I have more of a business
relationship. I think it is fair to say that
most of those I have worked with have
become friends first before I dressed them
on the red carpet.” For Donatella, for
someone to be dressed in Versace, and to
be able to wear the pieces well, it is about
finding someone who ‘feels’ the brand. “It
is by getting to know someone so that I can
judge whether they are going to project the
right image for Versace. It was like the jungle
dress that Jennifer Lopez wore on the Emmy
Awards red carpet, I realized the immediate
‘hotness factor’ of the dress and I told
Jennifer it was perfect for her. As a result,
it sold out of every boutique in the world!”
And, following on from the ethos
behind the brand, choosing women to
represent Versace as a whole, Donatella
adds: “Basically, what I am really interested
in is being inspired by strong, confident,
sexy and glamorous women and men.
From my perspective, all the celebrities
I’ve worked with helped me to be more
inspired. A couple of years back I did some
ads for Versace featuring friends like Demi
Moore, Halle Berry and Madonna. In many
ways these are women who represent the
spirit of Versace: they know who they are,
have lived a bit, and are incredibly sexy
and glamorous. For the spring/summer
campaign I have moved to the younger
generation with Georgia May Jagger, as
rarely have the young been as strong,
confident and glamorous as they are right
now. I have to thank them all for the
inspiration they gave me!”
Naomi Campbell,
Gianni Versace and
Christy Turlington
Elizabeth Hurley
and Hugh Grant Naomi Campbell Jennifer Lopez
Naomi Campbell,
Gianni and Carla Bruni
Gianni, Elle Macpherson
and Linda Evangelista
Jennifer Lopez, Donatella
Versace and Halle Berry Madonna and Donatella
Donatella and
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found my spirit and mood, I have meetings with my team
and we start looking at sketches and at fabrics. I listen
to music while I do this – it helps me relax. Sometimes
a fabric will suggest a piece, because of its properties.
Sometimes I will want to create a specific shape and
will then find the perfect fabric to make it up in. My
favourite part is when I start to see my ideas realised
as real clothes – when those little sketches and
squares of fabric walk in the room on
models… that’s always exciting.”
MUSIC PLAYS A KEY ROLE IN YOUR
SHOWS. HOW DO YOU DECIDE WHICH
SONGS TO USE?
“Music is my passion and it is an
inspiration too. I usually try to
match the songs with the powerful,
glamorous and sensual themes
of the show. The tracklist of my
shows are always perfectly in tune
with the mood of my collections.”
DESPITE BEING IN THE BUSINESS
FOR DECADES, DO YOU STILL GET
NERVOUS BEFORE A SHOW?
“I am definitely more confident
now as a designer than I have
been before in my life. But still,
before a show I feel nervous!
But as I always say to my children
and to my team… when things
are tough you only have one
choice: come out and fight!”
DO YOU FIND IT DIFFICULT TO
DESIGN AFTER SO MANY
YEARS OF CREATING?
“When you design, you need
to be able to let your imagination
run completely free. This is
something my brother Gianni
taught me. My creative moments
are always something spontaneous.
The archive is there for support
and inspiration, but unless you
look for new ways to express
yourself, you will soon become
boring and predictable. Versace
will always be Versace – but it is
important to always reinterpret
the design in a contemporary way.”
WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE
MEMORY OF MILAN
FASHION WEEK?
“My favourite event is always
the dinner with my team after
the show when we can finally
relax and have fun!”
YOU’VE CREATED SOME BEAUTIFUL
PIECES FOR THIS SEASON – WHAT IS IT
YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT THE VERSACE
A/W10 COLLECTION?
“I believe that it is exactly at a time like
this when we need to be creative and
bold. This is not a time for retreat,
but for innovation, because when
it comes to fashion you have
to excite the consumer – you have
to show her, or him, that you have
new ideas. I think my A/W10-11
collection reflects this mood.”
WHAT DID YOU TAKE
INSPIRATION FROM THIS
TIME ROUND?
“For Autumn/Winter the
inspiration is tailoring
reinterpreted in a daring
and absolutely modern
way! This collection
explores volume and
proportions and features a lot of
asymmetrical cuts. It also has a biker
theme running through it in the details,
and in my use of mirrored-gloss leathers,
which reference the chrome work of a
motorbike.”
ARE THERE ANY RULES THAT YOU
STICK TO FOR EACH COLLECTION?
“Confidence and pride are the rules
for my collections. I like the women
to be positive and embrace their
feminine sexiness. I like them to
be the most glamorous in the room
– whether that is a boardroom or a
ballroom. We have had enough doom
and gloom over the past year because of the
economy – now it is time to show the world that
we can still enjoy life and have fun. Fashion can help
give you confidence and attitude. I think I was just
tired of everyone moaning about the economy.
I wanted to say: ‘Come on, let’s have some fun!’”
FROM THE COLLECTION WHAT IS YOUR
LUST-HAVE ITEM?
“I love every single biker outfit. Those looks are for
a woman who has had some experience of the world
and knows that a dose of glamour and rebellious
rock ’n’ roll attitude can get you a long way.”
WHEN IT COMES TO YOUR APPROACH
TO DESIGNING, DO YOU HAVE A FORMULA?
“First you have a mood you want to capture. This can come
from anywhere – a painting, a song, a place, a book, a film,
an experience you’ve had, or in the case of my current Spring/
Summer collection, a combination of ideas. Then once I have
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WR I T T E N B Y C H A R L O T T E MU R P H Y
he key to a successful wardrobe detox is organisation and ruthlessness. Start with a bit of a sartorial shakedown; purge
your closet from all that unnecessary clutter. All those scrappy old T-shirts you’re saving to wear for when you get round
to painting the house... they have to go. That gorgeous suit that just doesn’t flatter your figure... it never will. And that
clutter that’s silently hibernating under the bed… time to shape it up and ship it out.
Once you’ve detoxed your wardrobe it’s time to jazz things up a bit, add some new pieces that will keep on giving by
transitioning into the next season seamlessly. On a budget? Not to worry... with these stylist friendly tips you’re guaranteed
a chic new look without breaking the bank.
KEEP – Keep anything you
wear regularly (and are proud
to wear) and which is relevant
to the current season. Arrange
items in your wardrobe by
type: trousers, tops, skirts all
separated. It may seem a little
painstaking at this stage, but
you will find selecting an outfit
a million times easier.
STORE – Store pieces which
are seasonally inappropriate.
You don’t really need your ski
gear cluttering things up – get
a vacuum storage bag and pop
it under your bed. You should
also allow yourself a small box
for sentimental items. Maybe
it’s the cocktail dress which has
seen better days, but you wore
on your first date with your
husband, an old school hoodie
or your dad’s ancient Rolling
Stones tee. Choose a suitably
sized keepsakes box before you
start to make sure you keep the
volume under control.
CHARITY – Give items to
charity that are wearable, but
just not for you. Maybe the style
doesn’t suit you, or it doesn’t
fit. If you have several similar
skirts, but only ever wear one,
get rid of the rest. And as a
rule, if you haven’t worn or used
something for six months... it is
time to wave it goodbye.
RECYCLE – Recycle items
which are really unsuitable (old
underwear, or pieces which
are just too threadbare) to give
to charity. A really scratty old
pair of cotton pyjamas make
great dusting cloths, just chop
them into duster sized squares.
Old shoe boxes are perfect for
storing DVDs or paperwork.
Alternatively, drop off any
clothing items at a clothes
recycling bank, or contact Recycle
Dubai. www.recycle-dubai.com
Website: www.recycle-dubai.com
Phone: (04) 329877
E-mail: info@recycle-dubai.com
THE STEP-BY-STEP PURGE – GET RUTHLESS
THROW – Only throw things
in the bin if they really cannot
fit into any of the categories
listed – this should not represent
very much at all. Remember
anything you throw is probably
headed for the landfill, and
will take a very long time to
biodegrade. So have a think how
you, or someone else, could use
the item first. If you really do
have to throw something away,
remove any re-usable trimmings
such as buttons.
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If you’re headed
for one of our
thrift-tastic
insider shopping
locations, make sure you shop
with a view to the future. Try to
pick pieces which will transition
well; a white shirt will always have
the longevity you need to see you
through both autumn and winter.
PASTELS
A/W10 catwalk inspiration:
You can’t go wrong with pastels
– be it Parma violet, baby pink,
canary yellow or mint sorbet
green. And, in the UAE, the ice
cream sweet aesthetic looks set
to continue beyond winter, long
into next spring. Think YSL’s
canary yellow for inspiration.
SEQUINS
A/W10 catwalk inspiration:
All things spangly have made
an undisputed transition from
night to day. Look for sequined
mini-skirts, dresses and shrugs
which can be layered up with
thick tights and black separates
come the cooler months. Keep
it on trend with flats not heels.
NUDES
A/W10 catwalk inspiration:
Ralph Lauren dedicated an
entire catwalk to rain-washed
tones of grey, biscuit and taupe,
as nudes are a big deal for
A/W10. From gowns and
trousers to trenches and jackets,
beige is back. Edgy this up with
last season’s statement shoe.
WHERE TO PICK UP A BARGAIN AND
PARTAKE IN A LITTLE ECO-FASHION…
REEM’S CLOSET
Please don’t think you can fool
anyone worth their fashion salt
with a Karama fake. If designer
is your bag, but the price really
isn’t, Reem’s Closet at Mazaya
Centre in Dubai is the answer
to your purse’s prayers.
info@reemscloset.com
DUBAI FLEA MARKET
You could be forgiven for
forgetting you’re in Dubai
amongst the vintage treasures
on show in the flea market.
Special markets occur from
time to time, like the ‘designer’
If the credit crunch is really cramping your style, despair
not; just play around a little with your existing wardrobe.
LAYERING
Experiment with shape and colour contrasts – T-shirts and
shirts under dresses and vest tops layered over each other.
BELT UP
The silk scarf as a belt has a distinctly Parisian style-
lean. Try knotting it around jeans with a white T-shirt
tucked in, or cinch around the waist of an LBD to add
a blast of colour.
SKIRTING WITH LENGTH
Hem-lines are notoriously as fickle as the wind. Iron-on
hem tape like Wundaweb makes alterations not only as
easy as pie, but also reversible. Ideal for letting lengths back
down when fashion takes a more sombre tone.
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Pearls pearls pearls... there’s
something about their subtle
lustre which brings an air of
vintage chic to even the most
high-street of outfits. Double
length strands, individually
knotted on silk thread, can be
picked up for as little as Dhs30
at Dragon Mart, Dubai. Buy
in bulk and wear en-masse.

TAILOR
Get a good tailor and your life
will change – they can make
that much of a difference. Take
along sketches, pictures, or
old favourites to be recreated
TAKE A BREAK FROM THE UAE’S MEGA MALLS AND HEAD
TO THESE GEMS FOR SOMETHING A LITTLE DIFFERENT…
in dazzling new materials at
bargain-happy prices. Karama
is packed with options, Dream
Girls is a gem. (04) 3377287

TRIMS AND BLINGS
With a little imagination, a trip
to Satwa can revitalise well-
loved classics or add individual
interest to new creations –
feather trim tacked along the
bottom of a skirt or dress, pom-
pom ribbons around the lapels
of a blazer, or even something
as simple as statement buttons
or logo badges sewn onto a
jacket. Head to Al Nooras
Trading. (04) 3446233
DRESS FOR LESS
BY REWORKING YOUR EXISTING PIECES
edition which we love. Check
out the excellent website for
scheduling.
www.dubai-fleamarket.com
COVENT GARDEN
MARKET, DUBAI
Ignoring the obvious plagiarism
in its name, the Covent Garden
Market is a genuinely civilised
affair. The Dolly Rockers stall
receives rave reviews for their
selection of vintage wares, or
visit Hattah Style for reworked
Arabic scarves in distinctly
Missoni-esque weaves.
www.coventgardenmarket.ae
REPLENISH FOR LESS
OFF THE BEATEN TRACK
INSIDER LOCATION TIPS
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here are not many designers who can convince
some of the world’s most fashion savvy people to
ditch the beach club and trek into the centre of
Rome on one of Europe’s hottest days, but then
again, not many designers are Rami Al Ali. The
highly prestigious annual Alta Roma event brings
together the great and the good of the fashion
world and this year saw Rami looking to Persia
for his ‘Persian Princess’ collection. In his own words the collection
is for “very sensual and feminine women with strong characters.
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They know what they like and they know how to get it.” Persia has
long been known for its beautiful, intricate carpets but who would
have known it could serve as such a stunning backdrop for this new
collection, as dresses in all the colours and patterns of the universe
sashayed down the catwalk. Keeping with his trademark for elaborate
prints and acute eye for detail, each dress made up of chiffons, silks
and velvets was like a work of art. Playing peek-a-boo with the
fashion-hungry front row, the collection and the beautiful artistry
of the show, made its mark, leaving us in no doubt that Rami’s
international status is very much secure.
Rami Al Ali with
models after the show
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“THE COLLECTION IS VERY SENSUAL AND FEMININE
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THEY KNOW WHAT THEY LIKE AND THEY
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THE COLLECTION
“No, I didn’t turn my hand
to the make-up. I was just
instructing the artist on what
I wanted – which was a very
Arabic look of strong smoky
eyes, liner and pale beige lips”
“Time for the fitting. There weren’t
masses of alterations as the models
were roughly the same size”
“This is me in director role. We are on the
streets of Rome shooting the look-book.
I wanted them to act relaxed, and to
slouch with a romantic feel, not stiff at all”
“The first sketches are done fast,
to get the ideas down, and then as
details evolve, so do the drawings.
Until they reach the final versions,
which I spend my time on”
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“We wanted to re-create the Shahrazad
wedding in 1001 Arabian Nights. This is
the bridal gown and part of the finale”
“For the invitations,
a design was used of
an antique Persian
carpet – it was then
re-worked and
printed onto some
of the gowns”
The collection took 40 of my staff, which includes master cutters, sample makers
and tailors, along with embroiderers, beaders and finishers, to get it just right
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Too many to mention
but I love Roger Vivier,
Christian Louboutin
and Rickard Shah.
THE BEST
FASHION
ADVICE YOU
CAN GIVE?
Confidence is the
best accessory.
FAVOURITE
CLOTHING
DESIGNER?
Dolce&Gabbana,
Versace, Chloé,
Viktor & Rolf,
YSL, Marc Jacobs,
Narciso Rodriguez
and Coco Chanel.
WHATʼS
YOUR BEST
FASHION
MOMENT?
The Oscars in 2006.
ON FASHION…
OFF-DUTY STYLE?
I go for flats, jeans and
a soft T-shirt.
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ON BEAUTY…
Q&A
YOUR FOUR
FAVOURITE BEAUTY
PRODUCTS?
REVLON Colorstay Under Eye
Concealer, Super Lustrous Shiny
Sheers lip gloss, plus their mascara,
and foundation. Another beauty
essential is eyelash curlers.
WHAT WAS
YOUR FIRST
COSMETICS
PURCHASE?
Black eyeliner and
I was 12 years old.
THE BEST
THING YOU
LIKE ABOUT
YOUR BODY?
Probably my back.
WHO IS YOUR
FASHION AND
BEAUTY ICON?
It has to be Audrey
Hepburn.
Jessica Alba in New York
TOP BEAUTY TIPS
Plenty of water and sleep, plus a
good scrub. Also, I love REVLON
Colour Stay Active Makeup in
True Beige as it contains SPF 25
and is sweat proof.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE YOU TO GET
DRESSED IN THE MORNING?
15 minutes.
YOUR FAVOURITE BRAND OF JEANS?
Hudson, J Brand, Seven, Chip & Pepper, Rich & Skinny.
THE BEST FASHION ADVICE YOU’VE EVER RECEIVED?
Less is more.
ARE YOU HIGH- OR LOW-MAINTENANCE?
Low-to-medium.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE YOU TO DO YOUR HAIR
AND MAKE-UP IN THE MORNING?
15 minutes.
THE THING ABOUT YOURSELF THAT MAKES YOU MOST
INSECURE/SELF-CONSCIOUS?
Cellulite and dark circles under my eyes.
DO YOU HAVE A FAVOURITE SPA TREATMENT?
A 90-minute deep tissue massage.
WORST BEAUTY MISTAKE?
Thin eyebrows.
WHAT MAKES YOU FEEL BEAUTIFUL?
Working out.
WHAT’S YOUR CURRENT DÉCOR STYLE?
Asian, masculine and comfortable.
THE MOST EXTRAVAGANT THING YOU’VE BOUGHT
FOR YOUR HOUSE?
Antique Egyptian rugs, my customised kitchen and master bath.
WHAT WOULD YOU LOVE TO SEE PARKED
IN YOUR DRIVEWAY?
Hybrids all the way and bicycles.
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“The Lys Royal dress is certainly the most
dramatic piece in the INGIE Paris
collection, particularly with the long cape
that hangs down the back. It is the finale
piece: the one that comes on at the
end of the show and elicits a gasp
from the audience.”
2 THE INSPIRATION
“This is very Marie Antoinette. It’s the
most striking piece in the range, with
the cape and layers of fabric. The collection
as a whole is very theatrical and flamboyant,
and this dress is the pinnacle of that theme.”
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3 THE DESIGN
“I like the contrast between old and
new, this is especially encapsulated
within this piece. The fabric is
innately modern, while the overall
design is relatively traditional and
very reminiscent of French royalty.
It is a fantastic juxtaposition
between old and new that
brings the glamour of the
past into cutting-edge
fashion and adds a new
dimension to the
collection as a whole.”
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4 THE MATERIAL
“We met at a prestigious Italian fabric
manufacturer renowned for its silks, savoir-
faire and archives conserving prints and
precious brocades. The importance is in the
material, the weight, the touch, the way it falls,
the state of being contemporary… In actual
fact, the fabric came before the dress. I saw it in
a material trade show in Paris and knew at
once that it would be perfect for a Marie
Antoinette-style dress.”
5 THE COLOUR
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“It’s a silver and rose lurex brocade,
a bucolic pattern shaped by animals and
plants. It’s love at first sight. And the
gorgeous pink and gold tiger brocade is
what makes this gown so unique and,
because I particularly loved the fabric
from the back, I reversed it for the dress.”
8 THE FINALE
“Make-up, lights, props and styling…
the finale! The Lys Royal dress is shot by
acclaimed photographers Sofia and Mauro.
The images will soon be found in my press
book and in print.” ■
6 THE PROTOTYPE
“In the atelier, collaborating with designer
and couturiers, I slowly conceived the birth
of the dress. Then follows the transformation
of the sketch into three dimensions. Before
finalising the cloth, the patronage and
creating the first prototype.”
7 THE FITTING
“Still in the fashion studio, together with
my expert creative team, the dress is fitted
on a model. We validate the cutting, pace,
volumes and fitting.”
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WHERE: Route 66 near the Al Ruwayya interchange, Dubai
BEST FINDS: A version of the black Stella McCartney dress that Gwyneth
Paltrow sported and Manolos as seen on SJP in Sex and the City.
WHAT TO EXPECT: A huge mall that can’t really be conquered in one day. Head
straight to Priceless, it has designer wares from Alberta Ferretti to Zac Posen, and
everything in between – some at a staggering 90 per cent off. The Outlet store sells
Boutique 1’s last season’s stuff; so pick up some brilliantly priced Missoni, Chloé and
James Perse tees. Great accessories can be bagged at the Burberry store. And one
piece of advice, head there on a Wednesday – it’s when some of the stores replenish
their stock, which means it hasn’t been plundered yet by EW staffers.
DUBAI OUTLET MALL
BICESTER VILLAGE
WHERE: Unit 5B, Bicester Village, Bicester, Oxfordshire, England.
BEST FINDS: McQueen’s brilliantly cut jeans for less than half price
and a great pair of suede shoe boots by Fendi.
WHAT TO EXPECT: A mild heart attack! The
amount of designer stores is incredible, and the
prices are so good you won’t know when to stop.
There’s everything from great fashion by the likes of
McQueen, Temperley and Marni, chic accessories
from Smythson and even the great Jimmy Choo
holds residence here. Take an extra suitcase if
you’re travelling from Dubai, or buy something
equally stylish from the Samsonite store, oh, and
inform your bank manager before going, in case
he calls confirming your location (and spending)!
Bicester Village, England
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LA ROCA
WHERE: La Roca Village, 08430 La
Roca del Vallès, Barcelona, Spain
BEST FINDS: Burberry trench, Loewe
handbags and lots of Dior.
WHAT TO EXPECT: A quaint village
atmosphere, just 45 minutes from
the city. It houses lovely designer
wears from Spain’s power house
leather brand, Loewe, along with
cool, more indie brands like Hoss Intropia and
Bimba&Lola. If you’re in need of sustenance
to top up your energy levels, stop off at Andreu,
a local charcuterie that serves the most
delicious pa amb tomaquet – bread doused
in ripe tomatoes, garlic and olive oil.
CENTURY 21
WHERE: 472 86th street, New York, USA
BEST FINDS: Marc Jacobs, Viktor & Rolf, Tom Ford sunglasses and a massive
selection of designer jeans.
WHAT TO EXPECT: If you can’t afford 5th Avenue prices, head downtown to
Century 21’s emporium for all things designer and discount. Expect to rummage
through rails of Marc Jacobs and be bowled over by other over-ambitious
shoppers, (there is the distinct possibility of being rugby tackled over the last piece
of Pucci cashmere.) There’s also a nice home, beauty and men’s section, too.
MARNI OUTLET
WHERE: Via Tajani Filippo, 1, 20133 Milan,
Italy
BEST FINDS: We found a wonderful winter
coat for less than Dhs800.
WHAT TO EXPECT: It’s hidden on the outskirts
of central Milan in the middle of a housing
estate. The discreet buzzer is hard to find, but
once those electronic gates open, you enter
the magical world of Marni. They offer all
the previous season’s collections, accessories,
swimwear and their sensational understated lingerie.
LOW RES
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La Roca, Spain
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air for winter is up, up and away. The classic French
chignon has made a come back, and it comes in
various guises – from big and bouffant to refined…
It will take plenty of pins, grips and spray to create
the perfect up-do. Slick looks can be controlled by a decent comb
and styling gel. While the bigger bouf is courtesy of some artful
backcombing and adding thickness to hair with volumising
products, dry shampoo and those donuts they used back in the
60s. If in doubt ask your your elders to offer some vintage styling
advice, or read on to learn how you can create the look at home
with the best products and tips we sourced from the pros. Oh,
and there’s a whole lot of backstage inspiration straight from the
shows, it’s hair-raising…
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It’s all in the tongs
at Donna Karan
Headscarf and
shades, à la Thelma
and Louise, are
optional
At Jasper
Conran, they
were on a roll
Tribal up-dos took
centre stage at
Jenny Packham
Big buns were the
order of the day at
YSL, while over at
Chanel big bouff’s
were très French
Ballerina styles
looked pretty
but not perfect
at Erdem
C A T WA L K
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Just when
the backstage
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to breathe –
hairdresser
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It was a ‘beehive’
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Probably not the look
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1 Day-old hair is much easier to style
– slightly dirtier hair has more grip,
meaning it won’t collapse so soon.
2 Backcombing with a tail comb
will give precise volume at the roots.
While overall volume, and a fluffier
texture, can be achieved with a small,
natural bristle brush.
3 Use bobby pins to secure,
available from Boots and various
chemists, as these offer the most
secure hold.
4 For a slick finish tame fly-away
strands with a toothbrush spritzed
with hairspray.
5 Use mousse to give hair a more
satin finish, and remember wax
and gels can look rather wet. For
the driest, fluffiest finish, hold with
hairspray.
6 Add texture using tongs or crimpers
to create stylish frizz.
7 Use hair accessories like
headbands. Eugine Soulieman, at the
Donna Karan show, employed black
shiny versions for a super sleek look.
8 Up-dos needn’t be stiff or
traditional. Use dry shampoo to
create a bed-head texture. And place
them off-centre and to the side for a
relaxed twist. Or plait some pieces
before putting up. Very tribal, very
now.
9 The quickest and easiest up-do is
a ponytail with hair wrapped around.
Use an invisible band like Blax or see-
through no-snag versions at Claire’s
Accessories.
10 If you don’t have enough
volume, wrap hair around a ‘donut’
from Boots and various chemists.
It’s what they used to create those
oversized beehives of the 60s and
are once again working their way
back into fashion.
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or centuries, poets and writers have written about it and
movies have exalted it. The ‘sweetly fair’ beauty, which has
been referenced in literary classics by the likes of
Shakespeare, Chaucer, and Calderon. There’s no denying that
the pale and almost ethereal looks of actresses like Grace
Kelly, and more recently Diane Kruger and Gwyneth Paltrow,
have made possessing fair skin a beauty must-have and the
skin-lightening industry is profiting from it.
Whether it’s skin-lightening, skin-whitening or skin bleaching, it is
a controversial topic that leaves itself open to questioning due to the
detrimental effects on health, identity, self image, racial and colonial
mentality. By why is this so? How did having fair skin become cachet and
what are the psychological concerns attached to it? Scientists have for
centuries tried to discover the ideal of beauty and the discourse has
baffled many and concluded little. With so many factors at play, such as
biology, history, culture and socio-economic status the task of trying to
fathom the ‘generic’ idylls of beauty seems an impossible one.
In his foreword to Peter Frost’s 2005 Fair Women, Dark Men,
University Washington sociologist Pierre L. van den Berghe writes:
“Virtually all cultures express a marked preference for fair female skin,
even those with little or no exposure to European imperialism, and even
those whose members are heavily pigmented.”
Charles Darwin’s theory of sexual selection also supports this
preference whereby competition within the species for resources meant
that certain traits were valued over others.
Besides biology, fair skin is also highly valued in many cultures,
particularly South Asian, South-East Asian and Middle Eastern cultures.
In China for example, images of goddesses from centuries ago are
BEAUTY AND
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depicted with fair skin tones and Chinese women, so desirous of pale
skin, would swallow ground pearl from sea shells, which was believed
to help purge skin of dark spots and pigmentation, which is caused by
the imbalance of melanin.
As a culture, the Japanese have long revered pale skin and a famous
Japanese proverb that says: ‘Fair skin can conceal seven faults’, is still
regarded and respected today. Geisha girls would powder their faces
chalk-white to appear more attractive to men; legend has it that the
whiter and softer the nape of a Geisha’s neck, the more desirous and
beautiful they are. And, more recently, a skin-whitening movement has
been gaining popularity in Japan, called Bihaku, which uses cosmetics
to stop the production of melanin.
Women in the Arab world are also susceptible to this trend and the
preference for an ‘alabaster’ skin tone is highly coveted by many. In the
prominently olive-skinned complexion of the Middle East, young
women who are due to be married often cover themselves up for several
months prior to the wedding, in order to preserve their pale skin tone
and to ensure they look their fairest and best.
However, Hassan Ahmed, a professor of sociology from Cairo’s Ain
Shams’ University sees it as a simple case of ‘complexion envy’. “What is
rare is expensive. Since in Egypt, like in the rest of the Arab world, olive
skin is the most common, we prefer white skin,” he said in an interview
with AFP, the global news agency.
The West is also a booming, though smaller, industry for skin-
lightening products. The same products used in the East to whiten skin
are used in more Western countries as they promote even skin tones.
Things such as hyperpigmentation, age or sun spots, and acne scarring
can all be lessened in appearance with the same products, which is why
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the same industry has a million-dollar price tag on its head on both sides
of the world.
An eye-opening ITV documentary made in 2006 by UK
documentarian Dami Akinnussi, Bleach My Skin, showed that this
trend of skin-whitening affects different societies, cultures and races
all over the world. Focusing on a young Indian woman from London
who regularly bleached her skin (with the belief that the key to being
successful lay in having fair skin), it also showed the extremes some girls
would go to with Indian brides painting themselves white for their
weddings and young girls rubbing the netting of their tutus on their
faces trying to ‘get the black off ’.
In terms of India, two of its greatest cultural imports are Bollywood
and beauty queens. Bollywood competes with Hollywood as the most
profitable and prolific global film industry and with several Miss
Worlds and two Miss Universes, the beauty industry in India is a big
money-spinner. Major Bollywood stars like Aishwarya Rai and Shah
Rukh Khan are spokespeople for skin-whitening products and the
latter has come under heavy criticism in India for this. Shah Rukh
Khan, one of Bollywood’s hottest male actor exports, was recently
criticised by Asian campaigners in the UK for promoting a skin-
lightening product which they believed promoted the idea that greater
success befalls those with fairer skin.
Kiran Kaur, a human rights activist in the UK told the BBC, “The
ad simply reinforces the idea that you’ve got to be fair to be anything
significant in life. Your skin colour determines how successful you’ll be
and reinforces age-old prejudices.” And to continue the controversy, fans
hit out at an ad starring Bollywood actress Kajol Devgan, as the ads were
considered ‘misleading’, depicting her in the commercial as practically
white, when it is well known that she has a dark complexion.
Various studies have also shown the harmful psychological, physical
and emotional health issues for those who use skin lighteners, with many
human right activists fearing, in India and abroad, that there is a new rise
of ‘colourism’ – a deep-rooted desire for fair skin. ‘Colourism’ still plays
a part in many areas of Asia. A market survey by Asia Market Intelligence
showed that “three quarters of Malaysian men thought their partners
would be more attractive with lighter complexions.” While in Hong
Kong the same survey revealed that two thirds of men prefer fairer skin,
and half the local women wanted their men to be fairer.
But, armed with such strong market information for ‘fair beauty’,
companies have jumped on the ‘fair is lovely’ bandwagon resulting in
huge sales and profits. Research shows that up to 48 per cent of women
in Malaysia use these products while in India, skin-lightening products
have become a hugely valued industry generating sales of US$200
million a year. Recent beauty industry market research in the Middle
East indicates that the skin-lightening industry will grow by US$10
billion by 2015.
Elaine O’Connell, senior show manager of Beauty World
Middle East, says, “Traditionally in Asia and the Middle East, pale
skin is considered beautiful and is also a sign of wealth and so given
this cultural ideal there is a growing demand for skin-whitening
products,” she says.
She also believes there is a more basic reason that skin whiteners
are popular. “The harsh climate here is another reason. Awareness on
the use of SPF to protect your skin in the sun is increasing in the
region, so too is the use of SPF products with skin-whitening
properties in order to retain a paler complexion.”
Other treatments, such as chemical peels, laser treatments and new
LED techniques can also be used to lighten the skin, but in terms of
skin-whitening product development, Unilever leads the market with
their ‘Fair & Lovely’ range which has an arsenal of skin-whitening and
lightening beauty products lining the shelves of stores from the UK
to Dubai and India.
Fair & Lovely ads have met the wrath of politicians and women’s
groups in India who have demanded for a ban on such ‘misleading’
and ‘racist’ commercials. Their ads seem to focus on one thing: that
having fair skin means you will be more successful, have a better choice
of partners and jobs etc…
However, despite the controversies, there’s no denying the success of
Fair & Lovely in the region. An AFP article states that: “the Middle East
and North Africa market was a godsend for Unilever which recognised
the enormous potential in those countries mainly because of a growing
young population.”
Iain Potter, vice president of marketing Unilever North Africa
Middle East however sees Fair & Lovely’s marketing strategy quite
differently, saying: “Fair & Lovely in the Middle East is targeted at the
woman who is looking to meet her beauty aspirations of an even-
toned and fair skin via a high-quality product.”
As for the controversy surrounding their ads, Unilever says,
“Extensive market research carried out by independent agencies over
the last 10 years has proved that the Fair & Lovely ads communicate the
product promise faithfully and fit well with the cultural expectations.”
Unilever is also hoping to capitalise on the success of Fair &
Lovely in this region by launching Fair & Handsome, a fairness
cream aimed at men, as male grooming is a fast growing demographic
in the beauty industry.
Aside from the psychological and cultural issues and ramifications
attached to the skin-lightening industry, the actual products used are
also heavily being called into question. Alongside Fair & Lovely, other
skin-whitening products to be launched in the region include A Bonne
products, Alpaya cosmetics, and AVA Cosmetic Laboratory’s White
Skin Line and Spa. Most ingredients found in skin-lightening products
contain little more than what you would find in sunblock creams.
Non-prescription products contain perfectly safe ingredients like kojic
acid, niacinamide, liquorice extract, Vitamin C, rice bran extract, and
glycolic and salicylic acid. Dr Ibrahim Abbara of Belhoul European
RECENT MARKET
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Hospital in Dubai comments, “These are products designed to be ‘cheap
and cheerful’, but are generally safe as they have no effect or side effect.”
However, the darker and more dangerous side of this industry is that
the range of products available, which currently contain everything from
inexpensive brands like Fair and Lovely, expensive ‘designer’ and
prescription creams, to unregulated black market brands and homemade
versions. Dermatologists fear that in the quest to be fairer, many might
resort to using harmful bleaching agents. In 2006, the UK newspaper
The Observer conducted an investigative report on skin bleaching and
uncovered some horrific cases. Gina, a young Jamaican woman who
started using a skin whitener suffered from an acute skin disorder that
proved almost fatal – with her skin permanently disfigured, as well as her
adrenal glands failing, which then stopped producing one of the
hormones essential to life.
A year later another article in a UK newspaper, The Daily Mail,
exposed a dangerous skin bleaching product called Maxi White. Writer
Paul Bracchi related one person’s horror story who said: “Using the
product worked quite well to start with, but then my skin became thin
and dehydrated. My forehead looked like a crinkled up piece of paper
it was so cracked. Then I developed blotches on my face, which turned
into boils and ulcers. I was a complete mess.”
Where ‘supply and demand’ are concerned, as long as the demand is
there, people will continue to supply these blackmarket products, that
are ridden with illegal and non-cosmetic ingredients. Dr Mahaveer
Mehta a Dubai-based dermatologist from the Skin Medical Centre warns
against using products that are not properly labelled or without a list
of ingredients: “Some of the skin-lightening agents cause mild to serious
side effects, especially with the long-term use of the potent steroid
Dermovate (clobetasol), though some doctors do mix this with other
skin-lightening creams and dispense it.”
Ingredients like the steroid hydroquinone and mercury have also been
found in skin-lightening creams and the side effects from these can be
more damaging. “There is a long list of side effects including permanent
atrophy of the skin, cancer and depigmentation,” says Dr Mehta.
The steroid hydroquinone gained some notoriety in the press recently
because of its presence in skin-lightening creams that are available on
the black market. It’s so volatile that it has been banned in the use of
cosmetic products in the UK because of the severity of skin reactions
and irritations it can cause. Mercury is also now banned in the US
because it can cause renal and neurological damage.
“Creams containing mercury can cause mercury poisoning resulting
in liver and kidney damage and may lead to psychiatric disorders. It can
also lead to birth defects,” says Dr Mehta. While creams containing
mercury are also on their way to being banned in more countries like
Dubai, it is a slow process.
However, products with too many chemical ingredients are generally
on the decline. Though it’s questionable whether this is driven by
discerning consumers who prefer more natural and organic ingredients
or rather a growing trend in the beauty industry where manufacturers
are increasingly alert to harmful chemical ingredients.
According to Elaine: “Since early last year it was noted that natural
products were faring far better than other similar products at the top
of the price scale. Manufacturers are still looking to food ingredients
for their beauty benefits and more recently the use of spices, especially
turmeric in skin care products has increased.”
The beauty industry certainly hasn’t missed out on the dual
marketing opportunity of these products. Despite a general decline in
cosmetic products over the last year due to the economic downturn,
skin lighteners are still selling strong and the industry is a healthy one.
And with beauty companies sharpening up to the ‘supply and demand’
of beauty products with more natural ingredients, the real danger lies
in the black market and young, impressionable girls who are causing
themselves harm through desperation or a lack of education, in their
quest to become ‘fair’. The lesson to be learnt, for health and beauty
reasons, is that though beauty may only be skin-deep, one should first
learn to love the skin you’re in. ■
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metal worker) by Coco Chanel,
Paco Rabanne made his entrance
onto the French fashion scene in 1966
with his chain mail dresses and jewellery
designs created in his material of choice
– metal. His first foray into the world of
fragrances followed in 1969 with Calandre,
and since then the designer has been a
regular on the best-selleing scent list.
The launch of his latest perfume, Lady
Million, has the great grand-daughter
of Ernest Hemingway, Dree, as its face, a
gorgeous diamond shaped bottle and the
famed nose of Anne Flipo behind its sweet,
floral notes. Anne has been ‘le nez’ behind
no less 36 fragrances and has collaborated
with the world’s leading fashion design
houses, including Yves Saint Laurent,
Givenchy and Sonia Rykiel. She says of her
latest creation: “Paco Rabanne has been a
real challenge for me and I’m so proud of
the Lady Million fragrance. To me, Paco
Rabanne is a very aspiring brand, always
creative and avant-garde, always standing
out from the crowd.”
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“The discovery of
my vocation has
been a question
of luck. After my
Baccalaureate,
I went to the
Institut Supérieur
International-Parfum Cosmétique
school in Versailles and it was during my
apprenticeship that I learned to memorise the
properties of raw materials, and discovered
the magic of essential oils and their evocative
power. Infected by the perfume virus, it
became a real love affair – with a dedication
and vitality which has never left me.”
WHAT WOULD YOU SAY THE KEY
TO YOUR SUCCESS HAS BEEN?
“The passion for my job, my natural
curiosity and the need I have to always
challenge myself and my creations.”
WHO IS THE PACO RABANNE WOMAN?
“The Paco Rabanne woman is determined
and feminine. She dares to be herself.
Lady Million, is, in addition, very bold
and independent. She is full of contrasts.
She is a joyful femme fatale.”
WHAT IS THE KEY TO THE PERFECT SCENT?
“I think they are two main keys to creating
the perfect scent: a fragrance that has a true
signature and one that is multi-facetted.”
IS THE APPROACH DIFFERENT WHEN
DEVELOPING MALE OR FEMALE SCENTS?
“No, not really. I always start with a strong
idea, a few ingredients blended together that
define the signature of a fragrance. Then
I start to bring new facets into the creation.
I chisel it until I get to the final result.”
WHAT ARE YOUR FUNDAMENTAL AIMS
WHEN DEVELOPING A FRAGRANCE?
“I want to take pleasure in the creative
process and share it with the team
involved in the development of the
fragrance. I also always look for
challenges. I always need to surpass
myself, to explore new routes.”
HOW SHOULD ONE
APPLY PERFUME?
“I like to apply perfume on the
warmest points of the body. When
I get out of the shower, I start with
a spray in the back of the knees,
then, in the hollow of the elbows
and the neck, behind the ears. Each
body movement will make your
fragrance bloom!”
HOW LONG DOES PERFUME
LAST ONCE OPENED?
“Well, perfume evolves over
time and, in a way, gets better by
aging – a little bit like wine. The
bottom notes will bloom, while
the top ones will fade a little
bit. A fragrance remains pretty
stable for a year or two. Then
you may see an evolution.”
WHERE SHOULD WE STORE OUR
PERFUMES?
“In a dark and not too warm place.”
TRENDS ASIDE, WHAT IS YOUR
FAVOURITE FRAGRANCE OF ALL TIME?
“I have three favourites. L’Heure
Bleue, Giorgio and Feminite du Bois.”
IF YOU WEREN’T IN THE FRAGRANCE
INDUSTRY, WHAT WOULD YOU DO?
“I would be a gardener.” ■
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when celebrities land in Dubai. Before Kylie
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When it comes to getting great hair,
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than the people at Frank Provost. The first
salon opened its doors in the 70s in a little
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Four years later there was the opening of the
Parisian salon, and since then Franck Provost
has over 600 salons worldwide (half a dozen
in Dubai) and tends to, in excess of 7 million
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“I designed all the styles for her during
the filming of her TV show in Dubai.
She was really experimental and got
into the whole Arabian vibe.”
“She was super easy to work with. She
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curl. We set it in rollers, then made
sure the curls had bounce and a glass-
like sheen with L’Oréal Professional
Shine Spray.”
clients per year – pretty impressive stuff.
Franck himself has worked on the tresses
of Tina Turner and Sharon Stone and has
an award-winning academy where they
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great selling points of the Franck Provost
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tresses in safe hands without the fear that
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newest international school in the heart of Jumeira,
Dubai, will explore a world of creative thinking and
learning for students and parents alike.
In the Primary School we will teach the International Primary
Curriculum (IPC), followed by the International Baccalaureate’s
Middle Years Programme* with optional, elective IGCSEs and,
subsequently, the International Baccalaureate’s Diploma Programme*.
English will be the main language of instruction throughout the
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innovative and engaging way in both French and Arabic.
JBS is located in Jumeira 1, 53B Street, off Al Wasl Road
(former ASD campus).







Regular Coffee Mornings
are being held at JBS on
Mondays and Wednesdays,
8.30am and 10.30am.
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WEIGHT WATCHERS
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The Dukan Diet is the new revolutionary
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“LONG-TERM DAMAGE FROM BAD EATING
HABITS CAN EVENTUALLY LEAD TO
A MULTITUDE OF AILMENTS”
If you find the scales tipping too far, try these tips:
● Eat five small meals a day, rather than two or three, and never skip meals.
● The ideal meal size should fit neatly into the palm of your hands.
● Fruits and vegetables are actually carbohydrates. Meals should contain about 60 per cent
carbs, so load up on these in preference to breads, white pasta and white rice.
● Avoid fat blockers like Xenical and Fat Expel. They block both good and bad fats, including
those essential to our diets such as Omega 3, 6 and 9 essential fatty acids and the fat soluble
vitamins A, D, E and K. The use of fat blockers can lead to malnourishment, easy bruising
and eventually cancer as they block the good anti-carcinogenic effects of essential fatty acids.
● Avoid laxatives like Senekot, Ducolax and Agiolax. They severely dehydrate and disturb
electrolyte and mineral balances. They lead to continual constipation and can become
addictive. They can also cause internal organ damage in the digestive system and laxative
abuse can eventually lead to cancer. Source: Kay Vosloo, Synergy Integrated Medical Centre
LOSING IT
UAE FAST FAT FACTS
- Overweight is defined as a Body Mass
Index (BMI) between 25kg/m2 and
30kg/m2
- Obese is defined as a BMI equal to and
over 30kg/m2
- Obesity in women stands at 40 per
cent, compared to 26 per cent in men.
- A staggering 71.6 per cent of women
in the UAE are overweight or obese. This
is comparable to, and even higher than,
large sections of the USA.
Source: World Health Organisation
hile it’s shocking to consider
the World Health Organisation
data showing that approximately
70 per cent of women in the
UAE are considered to be
medically overweight or obese,
it is important to remember
that the question of balance in a
diet applies just as much to the
remaining 30 per cent. Take as a good illustration the Weight Watchers
scheme. Now while they would hardly condone it, their points system
would allow a diet of 40 Starbursts a day, or perhaps 32 Hershey’s
Kisses chocolates; an extreme example of why calorie counting and
weight watching alone isn’t the answer to a healthy diet.
For a celebrity case study, consider Lindsay Lohan versus Gwyneth
Paltrow. The mean-girl is flying the flag for a heady mix of fast food
while Ms Paltrow actively advocates fruit, vegetables and a healthy
way of living. Both ladies have undeniably enviable figures, but a
look at their skin tone and general complexion speaks volumes.
Lindsay with a facial silhouette, which even on her thin physique
can look jowly and grise, compared to Gywneth’s skin, which is
considerably less ravaged, despite her being over a decade older.
Dubai-based nutritional therapist Laura Holland suggests we stop
thinking about the divide between ‘good’ and ‘bad’ foods, and instead
compare ‘real’ and ‘fake’: “Fake foods are unnatural ingredients put
together and then processed and packaged to look like food. Things
with chemicals, preservatives, sodium, trans-fats, corn syrup – these
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are all basically over-processed foods. Your body is not biologically
evolved to process these and they create stress and excess that your
body has to cope with. In the long run this is a huge source of
toxicity and disease.”
As simple, and as obvious, as it may seem, Laura thoroughly
advises looking at the labels before you toss items in your shopping
trolley: “If it includes sugars, sodium, additives, E-numbers,
chemicals, trans-fats, corn syrup or anything that doesn’t sound like
foodstuff, leave it on the shelf.”
Kay Vosloo, a nutritional therapist from the Synergy Integrated
Medical Centre, Dubai, adds: “Long-term damage from bad
eating habits can eventually lead to a multitude of ailments: food
intolerances, inability to absorb nutrients properly, skin problems,
fatigue, insomnia, lack of energy, migraines, anxiety, depression,
joint and muscle problems and digestive disorders.” And there
are psychological benefits to eating well, too. Balanced meals give
you sustained energy release and keep blood sugar levels at more
stable levels. On top of this, being overweight shouldn’t simply be
viewed as an aesthetic issue, as obesity is one of the leading causes
of preventable deaths worldwide and can be implicated in Type
2 diabetes, heart disease, breathing difficulties, certain cancers,
osteoarthritis and premature ageing.
When it comes to healthy eating, there are certain things we need
to action in order to ensure our health, says Belinda Rennie, a UAE-
based nutritionist. “Antioxidants for example, which can be found
in brightly coloured foods such as berries, beetroot, tomato and
spinach, help counteract the effects of free radicals (atoms or groups
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of atoms with an unpaired number of
electrons that can be formed when oxygen
interacts with certain molecules), while
essential fats anti-age, normalise skin lipids
and prevent cell dehydration and can be
found in raw unsalted nuts, seeds and fish.”
Other quick fix tips courtesy of Kay
include rejecting the top slice of bread from
a sandwich, steaming food rather than frying
it (retaining nutrients as well as cutting the
cholesterol), using olive oil instead of butter,
lemon juice with olive oil to replace heavy
salad dressings and freshly pressed fruit juice
instead of sugar-added ‘juice drinks’.
And, when it comes to your shopping
list, the ethos is to keep it ‘simple and go
natural’, according to Laura: “There is no
need to over complicate your eating, just eat
real foods. There are some excellent local
farm stores open in Abu Dhabi and Dubai
selling good fresh and local produce that are
certainly worth checking out. The Organic
Foods & Café is also great for supporting a
‘real’ food diet, but don’t underestimate your
local supermarkets; Lulu’s, Spinney’s and
Waitrose all have healthy aisles with great
food choices.”
Exercise added caution when dining
out also, because fast-food joints aren’t
the only culprits here. The up-market
American eatery Caramel includes cinema-
style popcorn butter in the glaze for their
chicken appetiser – a sure way to block
up the arteries before you’ve even got to
the main course. Meanwhile, TGI Fridays
convincingly put paid to the idea that a salad
is always the healthiest option with their
Pecan-Crusted Chicken Salad, which has the
calorie equivalent to your daily allowance.
Many such restaurants, however, do us
the favour of publishing their nutritional
information – a quick look at their websites
helps you make informed choices about what
you’re putting into your body. Generally
speaking though, if you’re out and about,
always ask for your salad dressing on the
side, go for steamed or grilled over fried, and
whatever you do, just don’t ‘super-size it’. ■
LITTLE BLACK BOOK
Laura Holland, Nutrional Therapist
Tel: (050) 5048523
Website: www.inshallah.org.uk
Kay Vosloo, Synergy Integrated Medical Centre
Tel: (04) 3485452
Website: www.synergyctrdubai.com
Belinda Rennie, Nutritional Therapist
Tel: (04) 3486344 (Cooper Health Clinic)
Website: www.lifestyle-uae.com
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The bright lights of NYC –
the city that never sleeps
If you’re looking for somewhere tropical to head to
escape the UAE’s heat, make Mauritius your next
destination. The One&Only Le Saint Géran Muaritius
is offering a free Junior Suite for up to three children
when an Ocean Suite or Junior Suite for two adults is
booked – from now until September 30. Crisp white
beaches, shimmering seas… Sound tempting?
www.oneandonlyresorts.com
CLUB TROPICANA
Pack for Prague, because Emirates have just
launched a new route to the Czech capital.
www.emirates-holiday.com
The Syrian capital of Damascus is a jewel in
the Middle East’s crown. The oldest inhabited
city in the world is bursting with avant-garde art
galleries, teeming souks, hip eateries and stunning
architecture. Take advantage of the Four Seasons
Hotel Damascus’ ‘book three nights and get a
complimentary fourth night’ Eid offer and revel in
the city’s history in style.
www.fourseasons.com/damascus
CULTURE VULTURE
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Since Alicia Keys and Jay-Z waxed lyrical over the Big Apple, we’ve been compiling a list of the
hippest hangouts for your next stateside adventure. With the searing summer heat a thing of the
past and Christmas looming (think ice-skating at Rockefeller Centre) there’s no time like the present
to channel a little SJP…
Trump Soho Bar d’Eau – Downtown New York’s hottest hidden gem. Say no more. UÊ
www.trumpsohohotel.com
The Surrey Hotel – intimate, boutique and with lashings of Upper East Side glamour. UÊ
www.thesurrey.com
The Modern – combine a MOMA visit with fine dining and views overlooking the Sculpture UÊ
Garden. www.themodernnyc.com
Gramercy Park Hotel – Hirsts and Warhols in the lobby and a private park. True grandeur. UÊ
www.gramercyparkhotel.com
230 Fifth – NYC’s largest roof terrace bar and unrivalled views of the Empire State Building. UÊ
www.230-fifth.com
NEW YORK, NEW YORK
These Prada shades
are so Jackie O
Style on the streets
courtesy of Spring
Pack up and fly in style
SUITCASE ESSENTIALS
Four Seasons’ Hotel Damascus
Nautical and nice –
Diesel bikini
For five-star service, luxury accommodation and
superb facilities, The Westin chain is a stylish
stalwart. Their next venture is Thailand – home to
some of the world’s most picturesque beaches and
scenery – with the newly-opened The Westin Siray
Bay Resort & Spa Phuket, a hotel that offers visitors
a tranquil retreat in which to relax, rejuvenate and
replenish. Pure bliss. www.starwoodhotels.com
SEAS OF
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The Westin Siray Bay Resort & Spa Phuket
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Take the Bondi to Bronte cliff walk,
via Tamarama Beach – known to
locals as 'Glamorama'. On the
lower north shore, Balmoral Beach
is a luxury seaside locale with a
great lunch haunt – The Pavilion.
Take a spin around Sydney
harbour in your own luxury
speedboat for the day, or up the
ante with a fully-crewed overnight
motor yacht. For super-sleek
models, try Aqua Bay Charters
(www.aquabaycharters.com.au).
BEACH LOVERS
For the best brews in town go
on a coffee and chocolate
walking city tour of the city
(chocolatespresso.com.au) and
visit Sydney’s first ever coffee
shop in the Strand Arcade.
CAFÉ CULTURE
HOT YACHTS
Bask under the blue skies of one of the world’s most
cosmopolitan cities where world-class restaurants, secret
beaches and private members clubs are par for the course.
The coast, the cool urban ambience, a thriving arts scene and
a culture oozing joie de vivre, Sydney really does have it all.
Bar city beaches, out of town coastal retreats also beckon.
Drive north to Palm Beach and Whale Beach for a sleepy
escape, favoured by Elle MacPherson and Nicole Kidman.
The fashion scene is also worth mentioning as Sydney
boasts a host of sought-after local designers such as Colette
Dinnigan, Sass and Bide, Akira Isogawa and Alexander Perry.
For budding gastronomes, there is a plethora of world-class
restaurants offering anything from barbecues and burgers to
Michelin-starred cuisine. Otto, located along the trendy Finger
Wharf in Woolloomooloo, where Russell Crowe resides, is one
of Sydney’s most ambient restaurants.
For all your Sydney needs, buy a LUXE City Guide, for chic-
seeking, trend-conscious travellers. www.luxecityguides.com.
Sydney’s hottest club Ivy, on George Street
in the CBD, has a private members bar
and roof-top pool. If you call ahead with
your credentials, the guest list is all yours.
ArtLoft in Petersham holds one
of the most unique collections
of Australian contemporary art.
Viewings by private appointment
only. www.artloft.com.au
ART ATTACK
FEEL THE BEAT
Tamarama Beach
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Many local designers like Collette
Dinnigan have boutiques in
Paddington, while harbour-front
Double Bay houses stylish local labels
such as Tea Rose. For cool kit head
to Ksubi in Bondi – best jeans ever.
STYLISH STREETS
For a casual option try North
Bondi Italian in Bondi Beach
and sup alongside Sydney’s cool
crowd. Or pull up a bar stool at
the classy Bayswater Brasserie for
a cocktail or aperitif. For seafood
lovers, it’s got to be Doyle’s, in
Watsons Bay.
The warehouse-style boutique
hip hotel Blue Sydney in
Woolloomooloo (LHW.com/
BlueSydney), or try the stylish
and understated Watsons Bay
Hotel (watsonsbayhotel.com).
BED DOWN
EAT & DRINK
The Domain and The
Botanical Gardens
offer incredible views
while Centennial Park
has bike tracks, horse
riding and lakes.
BACK TO
NATURE
Artwork by
Sidney Nolan
The Ivy
Sydney skyline
from The Botanical
Gardens
Doyle’s seafood
restaurant
Blue Sydney
Hotel
Paddington
shopping
Strand Arcade
Boats for hire
POCKET-GUIDE TO...
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Q. What is the name of the suite you will
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A: Hyatt Terrace
B: Park Terrace
C: Park Hyatt Terrace
How to enter: A careful read of this page will give you all the clues you need to
answer the question above. Visit www.winwithmotivate.com to enter.
Rules: This competition is open to residents of all GCC countries and valid until
September 30, 2010. Entries received after this date will not be accepted. The
prize will be awarded to one entry received at random.
No cash alternative is available. The prize can be redeemed on Thursday or
Friday only. Complimentary certificates for accommodation, dining and spa
must be redeemed all together, before December 29th, 2010. Maximum room
occupancy is two adults. Room and spa reservation must be made directly at
the hotel. Complimentary voucher must be presented upon check-in. Employees
of Motivate Publishing, and the company contributing the prizes, are not
eligible. The decision of Motivate Publishing is final and no correspondence
can be entered into. The winner will be notified by phone.
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As part of your prize, you and your guest will be treated to a night in
a luxurious Park Terrace Suite, followed by a candle-lit dinner at one of
the city’s finest restaurants, Traiteur, a sumptuous room-service
breakfast, and finally an Emerald Ritual treatment at the hotel’s five-star
Amara Spa. When it comes to stylish city retreats, they don’t come any
more relaxing or resplendent.
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If you’re doing a spot of decorating in your dining
room, this Art Deco inspired table and chairs set from
Home Centre is the perfect place to start. Team with a
superior selection of
crockery, glassware
and cutlery and
voila! A party to
please the most
discerning of diners.
www.homecentre.net
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If you’re a die-hard fashionista like the ladies on
EW, immerse yourself in a trip down memory
lane with Fashion – The Story of a Lifetime,
running from September 14 to October 17 in
the Empty Quarter Gallery in DIFC. It is an
exquisite collection of vintage and modern prints
by celebrated fashion photographers, charting
the history of high fashion in the Arab world and
is a must for anyone with an eye for style.
www.theemptyquarter.com
THE POWER
OF FASHION
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COME DINE WITH ME
Dubai’s über-stylish boutique, S*uce, are launching
their annual ‘Design A Dress’ competition in a bid to
uncover and celebrate local talent. Asking fashion
designers in the making to design and submit a dress,
the winner gets to design a four-piece collection
DESIGNING DUBAI
co-sponsoreds and retailed at S*uce.
The closing date for submissions is October 1,
so unleash your creativity now. For competition
guidelines, e-mail: Melina@shopatsauce.com
FOOD OF LOVE
Jamie Does…
by Jamie Oliver
is the perfect
summer post-
Ramadan
purchase.
Following the
world-famous
chef round
different cities and regions – the recipes
are a true feast for the eyes. Dhs182 from
BOOKSPLUS stores throughout Dubai and
Abu Dhabi, or call (04) 3940278.
AD PLACE HERE
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Donatella Versace, the ever-fabulous purveyor of
glamour, is the powerhouse behind maintaining
the success of the Versace brand. Assuming the reins of the
luxury fashion house following the tragic death of her brother
Gianni in 1997, the Italian designer and blonde’s blonde has
stepped up from muse and critic to Chief Designer and
ultimate trend-setter in her own right.
As one of the few fashion masterminds who are able to
connect the essential values of femininity with an interest in
new fabric technology, Donatella is a woman obsessed with the
future. Under her watch, the brand has moved beyond high fashion
to include diffusion lines, accessories, hotels and home furnishings –
all revolutionary in their own right, all classic Versace.
Drawing inspiration not only from the clothing collections but
also from the kaleidoscopic world she inhabits, Donatella’s self-
designed home exudes signature Versace-style sophistication. And
while fluoro shades and thigh-splicing gowns will always provide
the backbone to the brand’s fashion line, Donatella’s own story is
all about going forward… W
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VERSACE HAS A STRONG
CONNECTION BETWEEN FASHION
AND HOME DESIGN. MOST OF
THE IDEAS FLOW FROM THE
CLOTHING COLLECTIONS
Donatella and Audrey, one of her
most treasured possessions
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JUST BECAUSE FURNITURE IS BIG AND
LUXURIOUS DOESN’T MEAN IT HAS
TO LOOK HEAVY. I CHOSE SOLID AND
PASTEL COLORS FOR MY FURNITURE
Bold pieces and strong hues
make a style statement in
the dining room
Surrounded by collectors
items, art is more than just
a passion – it’s a way of life
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Bold pieces and strong hues
make a style statement in
the dining room
IN THE
EVENING
I WANT TO
SINK INTO
A COUCH SO
DEEP I FORGET
ANYTHING
THAT GOT TO
ME DURING
THE DAY
Bright, light and airy
this sitting room is
above all homely
Taking inspiration from all
around, Donatella’s home
is a feast for the eyes
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Modern yet feminine, Donatella’s
own style is evident in her interiors
I’M INSPIRED BY
MUSIC AND ART
Marrying different
styles, Donatella’s home
screams eclectic chic
Home is where the art is
MY HOUSE IS
A TREASURE BOX.
WHEN I CLOSE THE
DOOR, NO ONE
CAN COME IN
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No stranger to Dubai’s gourmet scene, the Michelin-starred
celebrity chef, Gary Rhodes, is gracing the city’s culinary
landscape, and our palates, with yet another five-star
gastronomic extravaganza. Courtesy of Le Méridien Beach
Resort & Spa, Rhodes Twenty10 threw open its fine-dining
doors last month as it invited the toast of the town’s foodies,
glitteratti and media to attend the opening.
Rhodes Twenty10, second to its sister restaurant Rhodes
Mezzanine at Grosvenor House, is a grill restaurant with
a difference, serving bespoke burgers, tailor-made sharing
platters (with anything from steak and burgers to lobster)
and a mountain of flavours honed to Rhodes’ usual high
gastronomic standards.
With trays of tempting canapés elegantly presented to the
guests, tastebuds were teased and pleased, while fruit-based
mocktails, including Rhodes Twenty10 signature cocktail, The
Purple Gangster, saw guests’ thirsts quenched beautifully.
A personal address from the chef himself, in which he
willingly struck comedy poses for the paparazzi flashbulbs,
combined with the sleek and chic interiors, and stunning style
on show, the night was electric and awash with satisfied and
sated gastronomes.
ON THE MENU
●Duck salad
● Meat balls with apple sauce
● Pocket-sized cornettos of fruit sorbet
●Griddled baby back ribs
RSVP
EXQUISITE FOOD WAS THE ORDER OF THE DAY
EDGY HIGH HEELS AND COOL CLUTCHES MADE UP THE ROLL CALL OF FASHION
AND KEPT THE PHOTOGRAPHERS’ FLASHBULBS POPPING
EW’S CHERITH AND EMILY WITH CHEF
EXTRAORDINAIRE, GARY RHODES
TAKE THE
HIGH RHODES
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BHFOEBTUBST
LIBRA (SEP 24 – OCT 22)
There’s a great deal to be grateful
for this month, and the wider
opportunities on offer give you
scope to stretch and spread
your wings. Look further afield
on Monday 13th to truly take
advantage. There’s a shift in focus
where family responsibilities lie –
this is your time to stake a claim
in the limelight and learn to shine.
SCORPIO (OCT 23 – NOV 22)
As the planets migrate into
your love sector on Friday 24th,
attention is wanted and warranted
as someone off your radar
makes a bid for your affections.
Mountains are often only moved
when commitment comes from
the heart, and the lingering
personal dilemma you have will
only be solved if you have faith
in your abilities to overcome it –
listen up.
SAGITTARIUS (NOV 23 – DEC 21)
Don’t shy away from facing your
fears – do battle with them head
on and your confidence will
ensure surprising outcomes that
lie in your favour. And, while
you’re in the zone on Tuesday
21st, now is the time to take a
career risk. Remember, there is no
such thing as failure – merely new
avenues to explore. Optimism is
key all round.
CAPRICORN (DEC 22 – JAN 20)
With the new season upon us, the
autumnal spring in your step is
as refreshing as it is contagious.
Pessimism and cynicism daren’t
crowd your aura this month.
The future sees a reprieve from
past financial conflicts, allowing
you to enjoy some well-deserved
frivolity. Just make sure you don’t
let the moment pass you by on
Sunday 12th.
AQUARIUS (JAN 21 – FEB 19)
Where work’s concerned, a
nagging reminder lets you know
you’d be wise to think before you
act. History also has a nasty habit
of repeating itself unless you stop it
in its tracks, so do so on Thursday
30th. Listen to your heart this
month, as it’s beating loud and
clear – learn to pay attention to
what it’s saying to reap the most
from its message.
PISCES (FEB 20 – MAR 20)
A valuable lesson is learned in
your extra-curricular affairs –
don’t let this education be short-
lived. Romance and work spell
trouble, so bear this in mind
when faced with a make or break
decision. Strategise well and you
could use this to your advantage.
Lady Luck is certainly on your
side on Sunday 19th. Keep an
open mind.
ARIES (MAR 21 – APR 20)
The question to ask yourself this
month is ‘how’? Turn problems
into challenges and think outside
the box – anything can be solved
when you know how. A travel
opportunity sees new horizons
open up. Embrace the opportunity
presented – it’s not often one is
rewarded so highly. Tuesday 28th
sees a surprise reaction leave you
with a sense of relief.
TAURUS (APR 21 – MAY 21)
If your relationship is strong it will
see you through a rocky patch. If
it’s not, it will open your eyes to a
situation that only you can rectify.
If an endeavour you’ve invested
time and effort in feels like it’s
backtracking by Saturday 4th –
be patient, the second act is just
around the corner and it’s leading
to a finale worthy of the wait.
GEMINI (MAY 22 – JUN 21)
Recognise your weaknesses, so
you can celebrate your strengths,
as a departure from routine opens
your eyes to the bigger picture.
Listen to a friend who needs your
counsel – your advice will be
music to their ears. Health plays
an important role from Friday
17th onwards. Now is the time
for change.
CANCER (JUNE 22 – JULY 23)
Romantic endeavours may be
strained but learn to take a step
back to open up a book that’s
sealed tightly shut at present.
Motivation is at an all time high
so take the time to dust off that
To Do list and start achieving. The
higher you aim on Wednesday
8th the brighter the future you are
carving out for yourself.
LEO (JULY 24 –AUG 23)
Money problems are back with
ferocity, so be wise and choose
carefully what you invest in this
month. Toughening up your spirit
will be necessary on Monday 6th,
but once done your achievements
will be many. A thinly-veiled
compliment might be hiding a
kinder one lurking underneath
– you’d do well to keep your ears,
eyes and heart open. ■
Whether it’s the weather, the move into autumn or simply a new state of mind,
your shift in attitude sees you making the most of unchartered waters. Creating
opportunities on Sunday 26th affords you the luxury of a cavalier response to petty
squabbles that threaten to upset the apple cart. Just take care not to offend.
VIRGO
(Aug 24 – Sept 23)
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HOROSCOPES
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BHFOEBTUZMF
80s pop is my favourite.
CURRENTLY
LISTENING TO…
LIFE'S GREATEST THINGS…
Food, my children, my husband, family and
friends, my dogs, my house in the country in
Spain, and a wonderful boat holiday with lots
of friends.
Rosebud libsalve, Benefit’s Benetint
Liquid Blush, dark kohl for my eyes,
lash curlers, Korres’ Jasmin Body Cream,
212VIP EDT by Carolina Herrera.
ESSENTIAL
BEAUTY BUYS
MY BEST
FASHION ADVICE
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DEFINE YOUR STYLE
Corduroy pants, cashmere
sweaters, jeans.
MY WARDROBE
STAPLES
MY
STYLISH
LIFE
$"30-*/")&33&3"+/3
CREATIVE DIRECTOR FOR FRAGRANCES
I mostly spend on children’s clothes,
shoes and one or two great bags,
usually Carolina Herrera.
ULTIMATE FASHION
PURCHASES
Either an island for sun and sand, or
mountains with a lot of snow. I love how
both can be really romantic and relaxing.
DREAM DESTINATION
AND WHY
The love of my
family and friends.
COULD NEVER
LIVE WITHOUT…
Relaxed, mix and match, not
obsessed with labels, not trendy,
and I don’t over accessorise – you
could say I’m classic with a twist.
Nelson Mandela, George
Clooney, US President Barack
Obama, Jane Goodall and
Gloria Steinen.
DREAM
DINNER DATES
FAVOURITE PLACES
TO SHOP
Carolina Herrera
stores, Bergdorf
Goodman, Zara,
Lanvin and
J Crew.
Jasmine, tuberose, newly
cut grass, the air after
a storm, freshly brewed
coffee and my
children.
THE SMELLS
I LOVE
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Burjuman Centre, Tel. 04 355 9090 - Dubai Mall, Tel. 04 339 8883
Wafi, Tel. 04 324 6060
Audemars Piguet Boutique: Mall of the Emirates, Tel. 04 341 1121
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