EDITOR SINDHU NAIR

CHIEF FASHION CORRESPONDENT DEBRINA ALIYAH
SENIOR CORRESPONDENTS ABIGAIL MATHIAS
EZDHAR IBRAHIM ALI
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Angeline Jolie stars as the Mistress of Evil, the
villain from the Sleeping Beauty fairy tale, in
the new blockbuster Maleficient which retells
the back story of the popular Disney narrative.
Playing the titular villain character, Jolie has
an impressive ‘witch-inspired’ wardrobe that
comes complete with her own headgear in
the shape of horns. Go online to our
Facebook page for more exclusive imagery of
the dresses that she wore in the movie.
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COMING UP
EVENTS OF THE MONTH
Community Supported Art Exhibition 2014
From May 7th
Katara Art Center
The annual Community Supported Art project,
run by the Katara Art Center, provides both
emerging and established Qatar-based artists
a platform to present their artwork. The project
is implemented in a format allowing artists
direct access to potential collectors and a
wider audience Inspired by similar projects in
the United States, community supported
initiatives have appeared as a way to connect
cultural producers with their audience through
a tested market concept that encourages face
to face connections and community building.
All selected artworks will be reproduced as
limited edition prints, to be sold during CSA’s
exhibition and live auction priced at QR2500
each (70% of which goes to the artist).
June marks our Health and Beauty special
issue! The sun is shining bright and it’s time
to get active, because as the saying goes,
beauty starts from within. We will be
featuring the latest in sportswear inspired
designer collections as well as the latest hair
and makeup trends for Summer 2014. Photo:
Backstage at Tod’s SS14 presentation.
SPLURGE
●1 Full Length Jacket, QR4,638, Moschino
Cheap and Chic, The Gate.
●2 Naples Short, QR3,350, Diane Von
Furstenberg, Salam Studios & Stores.
●3 Ruched High-Rise Bikini Briefs, QR1,058,
Norma Kamali Bill, Net A Porter.
●4 Halterneck Bikini Top, QR1,058, Norma
Kamali Bill, Net A Porter.
●5 Scout One-Shoulder Textured Swimsuit,
QR1,814, Zimmerman, Net A Porter.
●6 White Lace Pants, QR6,586, Givenchy,
The Gate.
SAVE
VS
SPLURGE
●5
30
SAVE
●1 Cut Out Swimsuit, QR 100.
●2 Tube CrossOver Bikini Top,
QR50.
●3 Strappy Bikini Bottom,
QR40.
●4 Gold Textured Shorts,
QR200.
●5 Lace Coat, QR 750.
●6 Casual Laser Cut Trousers,
QR250
Available from H&M at
Villaggio Mall.
Delicate lace and floral cut-outs make a luxurious
appearance among this season’s summer trends, taking
resort wear towards a more subdued and feminine
direction. Give the conventional kaftans and string
bikinis a break and indulge in intricate laser-cut motifs
on cover-up coats that will take you from the beachside
to the beach club. Off-kilter one-piece swimwear
exudes an allure of confidence and subtle sexiness
while bikinis get a Mad Men- inspired update with
bandeau tops and high-waisted bottoms. The ever-
trusty pair of casual white trousers makes the perfect
finishing touch for a sophisticated look worthy of a
Mediterranean coastal getaway.
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AN EDIT OF THINGS THAT ARE HOT NOW
OTT
Dubai-based brand OTT has got us all
in a spin with their out-of-this-world
prints that will most definitely make you
look twice. A mesh of kitsch with quality
tailoring, there are glitters, sequins,
and embroideries along with the crazy
prints that makes up the collection.
OTT originally started out as a classic
kaftan line, but has now revamped
itself into a brand that takes quirkiness
and eccentricity in fashion as their
main inspirations. After their stellar
showing in Paris in 2008, the brand has
since been picked up by many retailers
around the globe, and has amassed a
cult following with the fashion crowd.
The Elizabeth Taylor skirt is currently
the hottest item from the brand’s recent
collection and is available from QR2,500
at www.byott.com
LOEWE ESPADRILLES
Just in time for summer, Loewe has
released a colourful and fun collection
of espadrilles that continues the brand’s
initiative to explore the origin and spirit
of its creations. Part of the Best Hands
of Spain project where Loewe works
with Spain’s greatest craftsmen, the
espadrilles project is a collaborative effort
with Castaner, a shoe brand founded in
1774 that specialises in rope soles. The
craftsmen of Castaner still continue
work by the shores of the Banyoles Lake
in Catalonia, the original location of
the craft. The Loewe Espadrille will be
available in eight different shades for
women and four for men, with the upper
in a choice of napa, ostrich or Loewe’s
signature ‘Oro’ suede.
34 \ TRENDS
DAR AL DAZAH
The intricate details on the evening and bridal dresses by Dar Al Dazah is a testament
to the dedication and passion of the label’s designer Maha Al Mannai to making your
wedding day a truly spectacular experience. The Qatari label has been making abayas
for close to a decade specialising in luxurious pieces apt for special occasions and henna
nights before venturing into bridal wear two years ago. Maha has loved sewing since she
was a young girl and is a self-taught designer who now runs the atelier of about fifteen
craftsmen providing custom service to clients. This season, her bridal collection is
inspired by the feminine form and finished with the label’s signature detailing work with
Swarovski crystals. “There are two distinct dresses, one for the bride who pays attention
to the little things in life and the other for the confident bride who wants a simple
silhouette,” Maha explains. The piece de resistance in her atelier at the moment is the
Cinderella abaya, designed for the modern-day Cinderella and features a double bow
at the back that stretches into a long train. Dar Al Dazah’s collection is featured in our
editorial this month. The atelier is located in Al Waab.
FAR FETCH X MUUSE
Far Fetch is the absolute online haunt
for limited edition, vintage and superbly
cool fashion finds so it was no surprise
when they announced an online pop-up
initiative with another uber-cool online
retailer Muuse. Muuse, which is based in
Copenhagen, has talent-spotted some of
the most popular names in the industry,
picking them from fashion schools and
selling their debut collections. This
collaboration features five designers;
Sara Lundberg from the Swedish School
of Textiles, Ece Gozen from Mimar Sinan
Fine Arts University Turkey, Jantine Van
Peski from Antwerp Royal Academy,
Sasha Nassar from Instituto Marangoni
Paris, and Eun Jung Lee from Esmod
Berlin. The collections are now on sale
exclusively on www.farfetch.com
LIBERATTI SCARF RINGS
We could not help but remember
the scouting uniform back in school
where they wore scarves held
together by rings when we came
upon Liberatti. The online portal is
dedicated to the art of scarf rings,
carrying a selection of their own
hand made pieces as well as vintage
rings from brands like Hermes and
Fendi. Liberatti’s handmade pieces
come in gold, silver, leather and
buffalo horn and they also take
custom orders for that perfect piece
to match your scarves. The site is
like an encyclopedia for everything
scarf ring related including tutorial
videos on how to mix and match
the scarves with your outfits. www.
scarfring.com
TRENDS / 39
SPRING INTO THE SEASON
OF LOVE WITH THE ULTIMATE
BRIDAL DRESS. CELEBRATING
ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT
STYLE MOMENTS OF YOUR LIFE,
WE HAVE GOT YOU COVERED
FROM THE MILE-LONG VEIL
TRAIN TO THE PERFECT PAIR OF
WHITE STILETTOS THAT WILL
TAKE YOU FROM THE AISLE TO
THE DANCE FLOOR.
Dress: Oscar de la Renta
Shoes: Christian Louboutin
Earrings: Sophie Bille Brahe
Bracelet: Inez and Vinoodh
Ring: Illeana Makri
Photograph by James Meakin for Net A Porter
40 \ TRENDS
Rani Zakhem Bridal 2014
Sandra Mansor Bridal
Lace Embroidered
Gown, QR44,500,
Roland Mouret,
Net A Porter
Matelasse Silk-blend
Gown, QR15,815,
Sophia Kokosalaki,
Net A Porter
Flower Motif
Jewellery Set,
Mouawad,
Lagoona Mall
Lace Blouse,
QR7,013, Balmain,
FarFetch
SOFT SILHOUETTES WITH
OFF-WHITE TONES FOR THE
ROMANCE-INSPIRED BRIDE.
MY
FAIR LADY
40 \ TRENDS
42 \ TRENDS
Ballroom Dancing
Headband, Erickson
Beamon, QR5,389,
Net A Porter
Swarovski Crystal
Headband, Jennifer
Behr, Net A Porter
Lily Embellished Clutch,
Marchesa, QR12,000,
Net A Porter
Lace Skirt, QR5,676,
Valentino Garavani,
FarFetch
Crystal Brooch Sterling
Jacket, QR29,074, Lanvin,
Net A Porter
Full Sleeve
Gown, Antonio
Berardi,
Net A Porter
Draped Silver Silk
Embellished Tilly Gown,
QR9,807, Catherine Deane,
StyleBop
Lanvin Blanche 2014
Carolina Herrera Bridal 2014
44 \ TRENDS
SHORT HEMLINES FOR THE BRIDE WHO
SHOWS OFF HER STATEMENT SHOE.
SHORT
ENGAGEMENT
Shift Dress with Lace
Detail, QR5,079,
Altuzarra, FarFetch
Cut Out Boot Heel,
QR4,864, Charlotte
Olympia, FarFetch
Lace-Up Pumps,
Christina
Louboutin,
Villaggio Mall
44 \ TRENDS
Crepe Cocktail Dress
with Feather Trim,
QR14,118, Marchesa,
StyleBop
Net Headpiece,
QR921, Gigi Burris
Millinery, FarFetch
Embroidered Flare
Dress, QR14,925,
Giambattista Valli,
FarFetch
Natale Palladium-plated
Necklace, QR6,663,
Dolce & Gabbana,
Net A Porter
Liane Veil, QR1,416,
Maison Michel,
FarFetch
Bow-embellished
Duchesse Satin dress,
QR21,647, Lanvin,
Net A Porter
46 \ TRENDS
Lanvin Blanche 2014
48 \ TRENDS
Rose Gold Diamond
Hope Ring, QR 13,552,
Charles Goode,
Liberty UK
Fine Lace
Pumps, Christian
Louboutin,
Villaggio Mall
14kt Gold Croissant
de Perle Earring,
QR7,347, Sophie Bille
Brahe, StyleBop
Silk Gown with
Embellished
Collar, QR4,770,
Issa, StyleBop
Silk Georgette
Gown, QR9,275,
Vionnet,
StyleBop
Basic White
Heels, QR2,130,
Giuseppe
Zanotti, FarFetch
Tabata Strapless
Cady Gown,
QR15,475, Calvin
Klein Collection,
Net A Porter
THE NO-FUSS MINIMALIST BRIDE
THAT SHINES ON HER OWN.
VISION
IN WHITE
Layered Top Gown,
QR6,153, Adam
Lippes, FarFetch
A DRESS TO
REMEMBER
DRAMATIC ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME GOWNS
FOR THE FAIRY TALE BRIDES.
Patricia Bonaldi
SS2014
Ralph & Russo
Couture 2014
Rani Zakhem
Bridal 2014
Pearl Embellished
Silk Blend Tulle Veil,
QR6,390, Lanvin,
Net A Porter
Nocturne Hair
Ornament, Van
Cleef Arpels,
Villaggio Mall
50 \ TRENDS
Silk Blend Gown with
Beaded Overlay, QR24,773,
Zuhair Murad, StyleBop
Embellished Silk Strapless
Fishtail Gown, QR47,632,
Marchesa, StyleBop
Ruffled crepe gown,
QR21,282, Lanvin,
Net A Porter
Strapless Faille
Gown, QR30,513,
Lanvin, Net A Porter
Cygne Ring, Dior
Fine Jewellery,
Villaggio Mall
Gold Embellished
Gown, Patricia
Bonaldi, Harrods
Stone Embellished
Column Gown,
QR42,525, Kaufman
Franco, Net A Porter
52 \ TRENDS
CLEAN
LINES
SHARP TAILORING FOR
THE BRIDE WHO WANTS
A DIFFERENT TWIST.
Ralph & Russo
Couture 2014
Isabella Necklace in
Platinum and
Diamonds, Van Cleef
Arpels, Villaggio Mall
Pique Blazer,
QR7,173, Lanvin,
Net A Porter
Embellished
Slippers, QR2,840,
Alexander
McQueen, FarFetch
Pique Tapered
Pants, QR4,642,
Lanvin, Net A Porter
Chain Detail
Pumps, QR3,496,
Saint Laurent by
Hedi Slimane,
FarFetch
Princess Pumps,
Christian
Louboutin,
Villaggio Mall
TRENDS / 53
54 \ FASHION
CHIC SOLUTIONS FOR BOTH BALLROOM
AND DESTINATION WEDDINGS. ACE THE
BEST DRESSED GUEST AWARD AND MAKE IT
WORTHY OF THE PHOTO ALBUMS.
Dress: Mary Katrantzou
Bag: Proenza Schouler
Earrings: Jennifer Meyer
Ring: Anita Ko
Photograph by James Meakin for Net A Porter
RÉPONDEZ,
S’IL VOUS
PLAIT
54 \ TRENDS
TRENDS / 55
Nina Ricci SS2014
Floral Sleeve Column
Gown, QR7,817,
Matthew Williamson,
The Gate.
Graffiti Daisy
Shift Dress,
QR3,591,
Matthew
Williamson,
The Gate.
Graffiti Daisy
Oversized Tshirt
Gown, QR5,402,
Matthew Williamson,
The Gate.
Beaded Lace Cocktail
Dress, QR18,428, Zuhair
Murad, StyleBop
Silk Organza
Embroidered
Dress, QR3,027,
Red Valentino,
StyleBop
THE
WEDDING
PARTY
56 \ TRENDS
Ramie-Silk Blend
Cocktail Dress,
QR3,075, Dsquared2,
StyleBop
Tribal Raffia
Necklace, QR3,924,
Matthew
Williamson,
The Gate.
Metallic Leather
Sandals, QR2,688,
Vionnet, StyleBop
Suede Artemis
Peep-Toes, QR2,736,
Paul Andrew, StyleBop
Laser-Cut Leather
Peep-Toes, QR2,494,
Sergio Rossi, Porto Arabia.
Silk Chiffon One
Shoulder Draped
Cocktail Dress,
QR18,912, Marchesa,
StyleBop
18kt Yellow Gold Star
Earrings with White
Diamonds, QR32,812,
Nikos Koulis, StyleBop
Silk Strapless Dress with
Tiered Tulle Skirt, QR3,705,
Red Valentino, StyleBop
Mina Clutch,
Christian Louboutin,
Villaggio Mall
AMONG THE SOCIETY CIRCLES OF DUBAI, ARUSHI COUTURE IS THE NAME
THAT ALWAYS POPS UP WHEN WEDDINGS AND ENGAGEMENTS ARE ON
THE CARDS. THE LABEL HAS BEEN PRESENT IN THE DESERT CITY FOR
MORE THAN THIRTY YEARS, GROWING TOGETHER WITH DUBAI AS THE CITY
NOW BECOMES ONE OF THE MOST FASHIONABLE CITIES IN THE WORLD.
FRENCH DESIGNER MIREILLE ALOUGHLIN WAS AT A TURNING POINT IN
HER CAREER IN THE 1970S WHEN SHE DECIDED THAT DUBAI WOULD BE A
NEW EXCITING TERRITORY TO EXPLORE. PICKING THE NAME ARUSHI, SHE
WANTED TO EVOKE THE WORD’S ANCIENT PERSIAN MEANING OF SUNRISE,
TO EXUDE A MAGICAL COMBINATION OF TALENT, PASSION AND LOVE.
THE FIRST LIGHT
OF SUNSHINE
BY DEBRINA ALIYAH
60 \
THE SPRING SUMMER 2014 COLLECTION
GRACE
A princess-style gown featuring a bustier bodice in Chantilly
lace with a cross-stitched and embroidered Swiss tulle hem.
FAN FARE
Silk organza tulip wedding dress featuring appliqué tulle on the
bustier bodice and expands through a dramatic hip line.
ethereal design vision combined with the technical
expertise of her atelier has created many ‘happily-
ever-after’ gowns for brides in the region. It is an
intimate and detailed process from the start, with
Mireille’s focus discussing with clients their wants
and guiding them through each step from fabrics to
embellishments. “We listen to our clients and work
with them closely so we can capture the exact look that
she is expecting,” Mireille says. Brides in the Middle
East have a strong preference for tulle and lace which
exudes looks that are light, dreamy and romantic,
a strong hold area for Arushi Couture’s ateliers.
“And this year, key trends include subtle details with
beautiful and classic cuts as the base for an elegant
gown. Embellishments are also toned down, the new
philosophy is less is more,” she explains.
What is it about the Middle East region that captured your
love and made you decide to set up here and work with
women from this region?
Thirty years ago, Dubai was not as widely known as it
is today. The only people who I met and could discuss
about the idea of entrepreneurship were Emiratis
themselves, and to me it was an opportunity. I had not
Mireille’s
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62 \ FOCUS
GIGI
Layers of sparkly
tulle refined with
flower appliqués,
this gown features a
dramatic long train.
BELLA RIVA
Blue silk duchess gown with a exaggerated peplum and layered
appliqué tulle over a pleated skirt.
TIFFANY
Cut in embossed organza, the waist is embellished with tiny
Swarovski crystals emphasising the rounded shape over the hips.
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really study the cultural implications of this move but I
was ready to embrace something new. I came to Dubai
with an open mind and fresh perspectives that my
design and style would work in the region.
What is the most important advice that you would give to
brides who are finding it difficult in choosing THE dress?
Choosing THE dress can be difficult and
overwhelming. It is best to take a close friend or
relative to accompany you in all your research and
fittings. Visit the bridal shop and try on as many shapes
as you can in order to determine the one that suits you
the best. Collect cuttings and ideas from magazines or
the Internet. Show everything to the designer in order
to create the perfect mood board.
Tell us about your atelier, and its specialized work in
embroidery.
Arushi’s embroidery atelier has been our pride and
a centre for creative development for decades now.
Its strength and reputation have been founded by
the support of textile designers bringing constant
innovative resourceful ideas to any challenges
presented to them. The team is experienced and is
able to work closely with the technicians who cut and
prepare each garment which ensures the best finish for
each creation.
Arushi is famed for the special Henna dresses, unique to
this region. What are some of the key aesthetics to these
dresses?
Henna dresses have been Arushi’s specialty and
a garment created by the house for decades. Our
first brief was a thobe, a T-shape garment heavily
embroidered on the front with embroidered pants, and
over the years, this has developed and become one of
our signature pieces. We started researching how we
could make the concept of this garment evolve. It has
empowered the team to look at and study combinations
of colours, suitable fabrics, history, different cultures,
and traditional techniques of embroidery. It has a
definite formal aspect of the costume although these
days I encourage my team to make them more casual to
appeal to the new generation of brides.
VOGUE
Our favourite piece from the collection, the Vogue gown features a
French cotton lace bustier with a rounded embellished bottom.
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An intimate garden do in a knee-length cocktail number, an afternoon
affair in a light dreamy piece, a dancing party in flouncy hems, and of course a
ballroom fiesta in a cascading lace gown. The new range of pieces is reflective
of the increasingly diverse ideas and notions of what a wedding should be and
what a bride should look like, something that Monique knows all too well. The
designer, whose womenswear collection is an echo of femininity and grace,
is one of the most successful contemporary bridal designers whose brand
now includes lifestyle services to complete the Monique Lhuillier wedding
experience. Fresh from her recent visit to Qatar, we chat to the designer about
choosing the ultimate dress for your big day.
BY DEBRINA ALIYAH
MONIQUE LHUILLIER:
THE
FAIRY
DESIGNER
THE MONIQUE LHUILLIER BRIDE THIS
SPRING IS THE EMBODIMENT OF A FAIRY
TALE IN ANY SETTING YOU MAY FANCY.
66 \ FASHION
Silk white Chantilly lace
bateau neck Monaco
gown with asymmetric
tiered lace and tulle
skirt, Harper headpiece
and Monaco veil.
Ivory embroidered tulle
strapless trumpet Darcelle
gown, ivory embroidered
tulle Darcelle bolero,
Intrigue headpiece and
Yvette shoe.
Ivory silk organza illusion
neckline Portrait gown
with natural waist, long
sleeves and embroidered
lace overlay, crystal
embellished Portrait belt
and Romance headpiece.
Silk white Chantilly lace
strapless Azure gown with
asymmetric horsehair
peplum and full tulle skirt,
Intrigue headpiece and
Belle shoe.
Silk white embroidered
tulle cap Illusion sleeve
gown with natural
waist and A-line skirt,
Harper headpiece and
Sophia shoe.
66 \
What are the inspirations behind your SS14 bridal collection?
This season I was inspired by not just one bride but many. I
considered the needs of every type of wedding. Tailored, sheath suits
and highly embellished cocktail shifts for a more casual gathering,
to more elaborate gowns of silk, lace, taffeta, and tulle in cascading
layers for black tie affairs.
What are some key trends for bridal wear this year?
Colour alternatives for white have been a trend. I think you should
always opt for something that is not distracting and takes away from
the big day. I love a pale pink or blush for a touch of the unexpected;
it can be quite enchanting for the brides looking for something non-
traditional. Shorter hemlines are also more common now on the
runway. I have a line of short dresses in signature laces and jacquards
for my brides who feel less is more.
What is the most important advice that you would give to brides who are
finding it difficult to choose THE dress?
I always tell my brides to be open minded. It is such an important day
and a big investment, so you need to be 100% sure about your dress.
I tell my brides at the beginning of the process to try on several styles
of dresses so you can eliminate options. Most brides end up wearing a
style they never dreamed of wearing!
Tell us more about some unique pieces in your SS14 collection; the lace
capes, the jackets; they are quite modern and minimalist at the same time.
My favourite silhouette for the season was a mini wedding dress with
a matching overcoat either in jacquard or my signature lace.
Accessories and jewellery obviously play a big role in completing the
wedding outfit. What is your philosophy when it comes to accessorising?
The main key is not to wear something that will distract. All eyes
should be on the bride and specifically her dress. The accessories
should only complete her look and be a reflection of her aesthetic,
but with special, luxurious elements. If you are wearing statement
earrings, perhaps opt out of wearing a bold necklace; the same goes
with hair accessories to make sure everything is balanced.
Monique Lhuillier is available at Fifty One East, Lagoona Mall.
Gold embroidered tulle
halter modified trumpet
Willow gown with full
tiered tulle skirt and
gold tulle chapel length
Willow veil.
Silk white textured
organza asymmetric
draped Charade gown
with cascading
embroidery, Intrigue
headpiece and Belle shoe.
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68 \ SPOTLIGHT
WILFREDO ROSADO HAS IT ALL; FEATHERS
AND JEWELS DESIGNED WITH BOUNDLESS
CREATIVITY, AND IT IS ONE COLLECTION THAT
WHEN WORN WILL PUT THE SPOTLIGHT ON YOU.
BY DEBRINA ALIYAH
QUIRKS
ART
SPOTLIGHT / 69
70 \ SPOTLIGHT
Black Rhodium Bracelet
Cocktail Ring that flips open
revealing a mirror
Emerald Green
Fringe Earrings
Flight of Fancy
Brooch
Hand Carved
Cameo Snake
Pendant
Hand to Hand
Earrings
Urban Prince
Pendant with
Mesh Tank
Earrings in Coloured Stones
The Green
Array Cuff
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we first laid eyes on the Green Array cuff, we knew we needed to
pick the creative brains behind the curious piece of jewellery. A
cross between a bracelet and an arm cuff, highlighted by gorgeous
deep green feathers, it got the discussion going on how we would
wear it and what we could style it with. It was in essence, a con-
versation starter, and very much the vision that Wilfredo Rosado
wanted to achieve when designing the piece. Just like the Green
Array cuff (which is also available in sublime dusty pink feathers),
the rest of Wilfredo’s collection was one inquisitive object after
another. “I want to create innovative pieces that can be worn to a
grand ball but also to the nightclub,” Wilfredo says.
It is a new age approach to the world
of haute jewellery where designs can
often be classical and structured, with
valuable pieces only broken out for
special occasions. “I want my client to
feel beautiful, sexy and unique. They
are not wallflowers and used to getting
attention and my jewellery is always a
discussion focal point. I want them to
feel as if they are wearing a work of art,
something that has been a labour of
love, something that is as unique and
engaging as they are,” he says. Wilfre-
do is keen to introduce an alternative
mindset to perceive his work as highly
crafted pieces of art that are meant to
be enjoyed, and “not hidden in a vault
somewhere, gathering dust.” This form
and function gives way to his dramatic
yet cheerful aesthetics, honed by his
eclectic years of experience of being
tutored by two creative giants of con-
trasting disciplines, Giorgio Armani
and Andy Warhol. In an unexpected
twist of fate, Wilfredo’s childhood
dream of becoming a doctor was sidelined after being spotted by
Armani for his eye for detail, and then by Warhol, who appointed
Wilfredo as the fashion director of the cult magazine, Interview.
After immersing himself in the world of art, Wilfredo returned
to join Armani, with whom he worked for 23 years. Jewellery had
never been a main feature in his career, and yet, when he final-
ly decided to venture out on his own, he started off by designing
a limited edition line of fine jewellery for Versace. “In a way, not
coming from a jewellery background gave me a certain kind of
freedom. I wasn’t aware there were rules or guidelines so I de-
signed as I pleased, letting my creativity run wild,” Wilfredo says.
Throwing caution to the wind, he set about a chain reaction in cre-
ating a new hype with the people he worked with. “When working
with my craftsmen they would study my ideas and become very
excited as most of what I propose has never been done. This cre-
ates a wonderful creative dynamic that I thrive on,” he explains.
Perhaps this ingenuity and gumption helped convince the famed
Maison Lemaire to work with him, despite the fact that he was then
a newcomer to the industry. The Array cuff was one of the few mas-
terpieces, produced in collaboration with the feather atelier.
Wilfredo’s work, which now spans into a rather comprehen-
sive collection, draws inspiration from urban culture and art, two
things that have been omnipresent for
most of his life. Putting his spin into
the way subculture is viewed and per-
ceived and then translating them into
wearable jewels, the process is a re-
verse of more traditional jewel-mak-
ing methods, which always starts from
acquiring the stone. Versatility and de-
signs that can be transformed with dif-
ferent variants is also key to Wilfredo’s
signature. Works like The Urban Prince
embody this philosophy – a handcarved
ebony wood pendant inspired by the
classic blackamoors depicting African
merchants and princes is updated by
Wilfredo resulting in pendants that re-
flects an African-American face wear-
ing mesh tanks and single earrings with
a tilted crown. “It is an ode to Jean Mi-
chel Basquiat and much like the kids
in New York who wear their baseball
caps to the side,” Wilfredo refers to the
late cult American graffiti artist. The
Feather Collection, of which the Array
cuff is part, came from the time when
girls in the 1980’s used to wear brightly coloured feathers on clips
pinned to their hair or jeans. “I loved the idea of using feathers with
precious metals and stones, the contrast felt very unique to me.”
The pieces, though flamboyant and sometimes theatrical, are
truly characteristic of Wilfredo’s fantasies, and it takes women
of certain panache to embody the spirit of the jewellery. The de-
signer considers a cosmopolitan of women as his muses, including
powerhouses like Maria Felix and Empress Farah Diba to contem-
porary icons Rihanna and Charlotte Casiraghi. “In some way, all
these women exude a fearlessness and strength that I find allur-
ing,” he says.
In some way,
all these
women exude a
fearlessness and
strength that I
find alluring.
When
idea of a small bag to carry only the
essentials for an evening out has evolved
from intricately beaded soft pouches of
the 1920s to modern rectangular clutches.
Now it marks an era of return to the
world of delicate embellishments. As an
extension of a stylised outfit, the clutch
plays an even bigger visual role than a
handbag, as it often accompanies a richly
decorated evening dress. Reimagining the
clutch as a piece of adornment was first an
idea, and then manifested into a gorgeous
collection by Bahraini designer Noof Al
Shekar.
That begins the story of NS By Noof, the
designer’s foray into the fantasy world of
combining clutches with jewellery. “In
essence, they are statement clutches that
takes jewellery further than the standard.
After all, a clutch is a hand piece,” Noof
explains. The label goes big as purveyor
of luxury and ‘everything rich’, rich being
the fundamental DNA of the concept and
craftsmanship that goes into each clutch.
Every piece in the collection is crowned
with unique semi-precious collectors’
stones handpicked and accumulated
throughout Noof ’s travels around the
world. The highly selective process
brings about pieces that are limited and
individually numbered, making each
clutch a solitary experience of its own.
It is Noof ’s deep love for art jewels and
royal patterns that form the framework for
the designs of the clutches. The signature
pieces feature gold brass structures
and exotic skins with intricately carved
patterns and then crowned with the
individual stones. Working with Italian
leather tanners, metal smith specialists
and jewellery masters in Lebanon, the
THAT DESCRIBES NOOF CLUTCHES AND ITS
DESIGNER, NOOF AL SHEKAR, IN A WORD.
BY DEBRINA ALIYAH
ATYPICAL
The
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02
SHOUG
Crowned with four natural zircons.
This piece is made from a brass
base covered with soft lambskin
and encased in 22 karat gold plated
brass. Comes with a hidden chain
and tassle both in solid brass too.
ANDELUCIA
Limited Edition out of seven
Intricately caged and inspired
architecture from the
Andelucian Arabian empire.
The signature collector’s piece
is crowned with a single stone
with engraved 22 karat gold
plated brass cage.
pieces then come to life marrying the
fantasy visions of the designer with the
seasoned hands of the artisans. “They are
centred on statement pieces, the unusual
designs that leave me awestruck at the
unbelievable amount of detail. Then come
historical graphics, geometrical art forms
in architecture and treasures that mark
history,” Noof says.
In a time where minimalism is
celebrated in fashion, Noof certainly
I’M SO
PROUD
to hear of
women buying
my creations to
pass on to their
daughters when
they grow up.
AL FATEH
Featuring key intricate
patterns of the label and
crowned with two stones.
Italian tanned nappa seeps
through an engraved 22
karat gold plated brass. 03
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does not shy away from her zeal for the
regal fineries. But neither is the label a
trend of the moment but an expression of
something more classic and everlasting.
“When I design something I like it to
be grand, everything about the process
entails richness.
The indulgence in the art of jewels
comes first and then stones, rich
patterns, references from my archives
of personalities and their treasured
belongings,” she explains.
While she celebrates the distinctiveness
of both contemporary and storied
designers, the fickleness of the modern
design industry is not something she
identifies with, preferring NS By Noof
to produce collections that are timeless.
“I’m so proud to hear of women buying
my creations to pass on to their daughters
when they grow up; that’s exactly what
I aim to do, to build something that only
gets more precious with time.”
NS BY NOOF is now available at
Fifty One East, Lagoona Mall.
ANDELUCIA GRANDE
Limited Edition out of eleven
An upsize to the classic
Andelucia, with the same cut
out brass design of Arabesque
inspiration. Crowned with a
single stone, rich Italian tanned
nappa with engraved 22 karat
gold plated brass cage.
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NOOF AL SHEKAR
the visionary behind NS BY NOOF.
How did you find yourself in the fashion world?
It all started in 2009. Creativity has always been within me, passed down
through generations. Curiosity took my hand and led me into a universe of
exploration in jewels, clutches and refined luxuries where I fell in love and
decided to stay. The more I searched, the more I came to learn that quality
is priceless. Passion for the industry kept me going and took me further.
The appreciation of luxury, beauty and the unique pushed me to bypass all
struggles and brought me to where I am today.
Your Personal Style
Discreet, feminine, timeless, I can’t get enough of jewellery, at the same
time I am not an over-the-top kind of person. It’s very important to get the
right amount of high shine and statement, going past just right becomes too
much, that’s what initially influenced the NS BY NOOF concept. Further to
this, discretion and distinctiveness allows me to be me, not a follower. I love
richness in everything, quality and style in its timeless sophistication.
Describe a typical day in the life of Noof Al Shekar.
My jewel-surrounded kind of life differs every day, there is not a set routine. I
am a ‘follow your heart’ kind of person; these three words say it all. My family
means the world to me. Experiments, discoveries and things I stumble upon
add to my book of experiences. That’s how my ‘typical’ days are spent, being
everything but not typical.
CANDY
A cross body clutch in
crocodile leather featuring a
handmade silver frame with
lambskin lined interiors. The
piece only comes in Cayman
crocodile with varying stones.
ZAIN
Limited Edition out of one.
Customisable piece with
stones and leathers of choice
featuring signature metalwork
on top handle with detachable
gold plated brass chain.
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06
THE THEME OF THE GRADUATION SHOW IS A PLAY OF TECHNICALITY
MEETS THE INTRINSIC; THE STARTING POINT OF GARMENT
CONSTRUCTION AND THE DREAM OF EVERY FASHION DESIGNER TO BE
IN THE CENTRE FRONT OF THEIR CAREERS. THE 15TH GRADUATION SHOW
OF THE VIRGINIA COMMONWEALTH UNIVERSITY QATAR SAW SIXTEEN
FASHION DESIGN STUDENTS INTERPRET THEIR OWN MEANING OF BEING
IN THE CENTRE OF THE LIMELIGHT. A DRAMATIC INCREASE IN THE
NUMBER OF GRADUATES THIS YEAR FROM THE LAST, THE COLLECTIONS
WERE ALSO MORE REFLECTIVE OF TRENDS OF THE TIME IN A BIG NOD
TO THE COMMERCIAL VIABILITY OF THE GRADUATING DESIGNERS.
“Being a Qatari male
designer puts pressure on
me to succeed and move
forward in the fashion
industry. I thrive in my
passion to make my mark
in the Middle East and,
one day, the world.”
PHOTOGRAPHY BY ROB ALTAMIRANO
CENTRE
FRONT
AHMED
MALALLA
SPOTLIGHT / 77
AISHA
AL NAEMI
”Inspired by jazz of the busy
yet glamourous city of New
York, I incorporated block
colours with elegant
detailing that is desirable
and oozes sophistication.”
AL ANOUD
AL NUAIMI
ALEXIA
THOMAS
“My designs and ideas are bold,
exaggerated and at times, dark. I’m a
gamer and I love fantasy, macabre
themes, and anything whimsical and
out of the ordinary.”
“Fashion, I define as
processed memories. The
first Filipino wedding, the
grandfather’s weird dancing,
the first radical haircut, the
mother’s shoes and lipsticks,
the rediscovery of Paris
every time, all this makes the
senior collection, right now.”
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DOUHA
AL JOZALI
”My Spring 2014
collection is inspired
by geishas and is an
homage to the
strength of women. It
combines an alluring
Asian theme with a
modernised take on
Asian silhouettes.”
“I envision the women in my
garments to feel free to wear
them to any occasion;
because my purpose it to
invite Qataris to live their
culture in today’s means, not
simply look back at it for a
while and then forget it.”
”Dreams, thoughts and
fantasies that cannot be
conveyed through words are
what I present to you in my
collection that I believe to
be an extension of me as a
designer.”
FATIMA
MAKI
HISHAM
DAWOUD
“Red and pink never had it
easy as a pair. Always
dismissed as a fashion
crime, I wanted to explore
the beauty of these two
colours paired together, and
the results were magical.”
“I like imperfections; I like
the tension, and my designs
walk the line between drama
and discipline. I really like
working with futuristic and
hi-tech textiles to make
them look beautiful.”
MAHA
AL SAAD
MAHA
KHALIFA
AL SUBAEY
“Art is a way to
communicate my
feelings to the outside
world. Inspiration comes
from my surroundings,
from memories of places
I visited and from events
that I have experienced.”
IMELDA
B. JURASOVA
SPOTLIGHT / 79
“I was an avid collector of
plush toy animals. I
collected them in all
colours, sizes and types.
This collection is a
combination of my two
passions, plush toy animals
and Harajuku fashion.”
“My bridal wear collection is
inspired by chandeliers,
extravagant decorative
items that add a sense of
drama and boldness. I was
also inspired by jellyfishes;
they are graceful creatures
in my eyes.”
MARIANNE
FOLLACK
BERMEJO
MUNIRA
LAFF DA
SILVA
“My collection is inspired by
the great history of ancient
Egypt and my Egyptian
identity. For this, I
researched ancient
goddesses and mummies. I
used a wide range of
draping, gold prints and
custom embroidery.”
NADA
TAHA
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“The collection is based on
the concept of natural
forms and organic objects,
inspired by the illustrations
of German philosopher
Ernst Haeckel. His work
caught my eye because of
all the beautiful lines and
curves he worked into his
drawing.”
“I am conscious of women’s
comfort which is why most
tops have a loose fit. The
colour palette consists of
pastels symbolising purity
and new beginnings.”
NOOR
ABDULLA
HAMAD
AL THANI
NOOR
RASHID
AL THANI
RAYAH AL
MEGHAISAIB
”With designs contrived purely
my nature, I try to remind us all
that it is within Islamic teachings
to appreciate the beauty of the
natural world. Hours spent on
studying the dissected physique
of a rose led to my desire to
recreate its splendor on the
human form.”
SPOTLIGHT / 81
WHERE THE BIG BOYS
COME OUT TO PLAY
Creating the ultimate range of
handcrafted, contemporary and unique
cufflinks for discerning businessmen, the
Tateossian brand is a purveyor of stylish
shirt sleeve fasteners for everyone from
bankers to brokers. The men’s collection
now covers a wide range of accessories:
from watches to money clips, bracelets,
and necklaces all in keeping with the
Tateossian trademark use of innovative
and striking materials.
Lanvin Men focuses on their
Flock accessories this summer,
from bag packs to hand-strapped
cases. Flocking, the textile
screen printing technique, gets a
reincarnation by Lanvin on
leather resulting in velvety prints
on the season’s IT pieces.
Orlando Bloom of The
Lord of the Rings and
The Hobbit fame
received his star on the
Walk of Fame last
month. He wore a muted
blue Lanvin suit with
Christian Louboutin
shoes for the occasion.
Valentino Uomo is the new
fragrance from the house by
perfumer Olivier Polge. A
profoundly Italian blend that
brings together the scents
of zesty bergamot, myrtle,
coffee, gianduja cream and
a touch of spice. The result
is a subtle and light scent
that is discreet only to be
enjoyed up-close.
Prada presents a collection of
Arabian-inspired sandals exclusively for
this region using luscious materials
including their signature Saffiano
leather, antique hand-finished kid, and
exotic skins. Each design features
enamelled hardware with a focus on the
fine details including the leather soles.
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HACKETT LONDON
OPENED ITS DOORS IN
VILLAGGIO LAST MONTH
WITH THE ATTENDANCE
OF THE LABEL’S FOUNDER,
JEREMY HACKETT.
HACKETT LONDON IS ONE
OF THE LEADING BRITISH
MENSWEAR BRANDS
WITH CLOSE TO EIGHTY
STORES GLOBALLY.
In the Middle East, the label’s suit
and classic lines have been gaining fast
momentum, not to mention its casual
collection – the main revenue earner. In the
last decade, Hackett has quickly become a
favourite among men in the Gulf, and now
Arab shoppers to the label’s stores in London
are seeking out serious tailoring pieces. “I
think they like the heritage. There has been a
long history and relationship between Britain
and this region,” Jeremy explains. The AW2014
collection, pictures a global traveller and the
different incarnations and characters of the
man on his travels. Pieces include hooded
shearlings, reversible padded suede jackets and
luxury knits.

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