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#HMBalmaination
H&M is proud to announce its autumn guest
collaboration with the Parisian house of Balmain.
A veritable bastion of French luxury, under the
creative directorship of young Olivier Rousteing,
Balmain has grown into a global pop-culture
phenomenon. Rousteing and his friends Kendall
Jenner and Jourdan Dunn, walked the red carpet
at The Billboard Music Awards, revealing the first
pieces of the collection. Join the social media
movement through the hashtag
#HMBalmaination and watch the exclusive
unveiling video on our Facebook page.

EVENTS OF THE MONTH


Fashion Saray Exhibition 2015
Za abeel Hall 1, Dubai World Trade Centre
11th 13th June, 12pm to 10pm.
From the root word Saray which
means palace, Fashion Saray is a fusion of
fashion, couture, and Arab culture.
The annual exhibition showcases classic
and contemporary collections of luxury
abayas, jalabeya, kaftans, haute couture,
evening dresses, jewellery, scents,
and accessories. Featuring regional
designers and brands, visitors can get
up-close with the pieces and preview
limited edition creations. Shoppers can
also place orders directly as they fit, and
interact first-hand with the most creative
designers in the region.

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G Talk
As we enter into moments of reflection and respite to honour the Holy
month of Ramadan, we will be ponder the underlying messages that
designers try to communicate through their collections. We critique
silhouettes, construction and relevance but often overlook the message
that brings the creative pieces together. Fashion is not devoid of soul, and
we were reminded of this when Malia Bennett Henry spoke to us about
projecting an important part of herself into her graduating collection.
Her six-piece narrative, using Jackson Pollock lines to represent the chaos
and confusion that a person goes through during depression, made such
an impression that we awarded her our inaugural GLAM New Talent Award.
We brought her vision to life, imagining a womans range of emotions in
an empty space in Blue Funk. Though it is easy to forget, fundamentally,
every piece of work is an idea birthed by the creative mind with a back
story. The abaya designers we profile this month reveal their own stories;
giving modernity and functionality to the traditional garment and along
the way, winning unlikely fans such as superstar Beyonc who sported a
Bouguessa creation in her online campaign.
In celebration of women of all sizes and shapes, we speak to the talented
Tadashi Shoji, who will be opening his first standalone store in the Middle
East, right here at Lagoona Mall. His wizardry is godsent for making women
look and feel good, from ages 17 to 70. To complement our inner rumination
this month, stay cool and modest with kaftans and dresses, but do check
out our extensive guide to summers best accessories.
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The month of Ramadan is always a


reflective time in Doha, one that is
spent with family and close friends
particularly during the after-hours
get-together. In recent years, the Holy
Month has coincided with summer
and the breezy silhouette of the kaftan
has proved to be useful in keeping us
cool and modest, while respecting the
religious observance. The flowing dress
with a traditional origin, is a versatile
piece that can be styled for any occasion,
from a formal do to a casual affair.
The usual colourful tribal pieces make
for great on-the-go outfits without
additional accessories, while blockcolour pieces allow for styling to suit
your mood. Kaftans are also great for
travel, as you can make the transition
from day to night with just a simple
knot, or a change of shoes.

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1 Candy earrings, QR44
2 Beaded clutch,

3 Conscious Collection kimono


QR165
4 Mosaic print coat, QR275
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6 Kaftan dress, QR165
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Floral dress, QR275
8 Bib necklace,
Slingback sandals, QR110

QR110. All items available from H&M at


Villaggio and Landmark Mall.

1 Gemma white clutch, QR2,038, Stuart Weitzman, The

2 Lace-trimmed silk kaftan, QR11,287, Oscar


Gate Mall.
3 Silk maxi dress with front
de la Renta, Net-A-Porter.
4 Floral dress,
drape, QR14,329, Etro, Porto Arabia.
5 Satin
QR5,844, Noon by Noor, Per Lei Couture.

kimono dress, QR14,018, Alexander McQueen, Porto


6 Leather sandals, QR3,459, Santoni, Porto
Arabia.
7 Jewelled necklace, QR2,170, On Aura Tout Vu,
Arabia.
8 Floral earrings, QR1,030, Otazu, Cadenzza.
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JUNE 2015

AN EDIT OF THINGS THAT ARE HOT NOW

C DE CARTIER
Cartier introduces its new handbag,
the C de Cartier, that takes
inspiration from the glimmering
tones of the houses fine precious
stones. Designed in an array of
vibrant hues, the bag takes on a soft
shape which makes it a perfect day
bag for the woman on-the-go. The
colourful palette is a cheery tribute
to the houses signature shades of
jewel tones, including capricious
splashes of amethyst, spessartite

garnet, cordierite, turquoise,


chalcedony and pink rose quartz.
Through a meticulously formulated
tinting process, the colours were
hand-finished at one of the oldest
tanneries in France, which dates
back to 1803. The bag is also crafted
with saddle stitching in toneon-tone or contrasting colours, a
hot-stamped Cartier signature, and
leather-trimmed lining, and comes
with an adjustable shoulder strap.

FIAMMA EID AL-FITR 2015


Salvatore Ferragamo has created a
limited-edition handbag exclusively
for the Middle Eastern region in
celebration of Eid 2015. The piece
is a new twist on the Fiamma bag
by creative director Massimiliano
Giornetti, who drew inspiration from
female members of the Ferragamo
family and their enduring influence
on the houses style. The Fiamma
Eid al-Fitr 2015 comes in a chic
miniature size with opulent satin in

two colours, Saphir cornflower blue


and Griotte pink. The flap is studded
with individually-set Swarovski
crystals of different special cut
stones and polished settings, that are
applied entirely by hand. Just like the
original Fiamma, the hemispherical
bag features the Gancio lock pocket,
double zip fastening, stitched
handles with matching ribbing, a
detachable adjustable shoulder
strap and a personalised plaque.

Photo courtesy Cartier 2015, JB Thiele.

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LOUIS VUITTONS STICKERS


Nicolas Ghesquire adds playful notes to his 60s and
70s inspired Spring Summer 2015 collection for Louis
Vuitton with fun and flirty sticker prints on key pieces
of accessories and ready-to-wear. The Petites Malles
stickers make reference to the Pop Art culture of
hyper-realist prints found on household objects from
the 50s such as lipsticks, eyelash curlers, vintage cars,
and telephones. The sticker print is a playful reminder
of the stamps that travellers used to place on Louis
Vuitton trunks and suitcases an ode to the heritage of
the Maison. It is a bold fashion statement, and actress
Michelle Williams went all out in a tongue-in-cheek
sticker print dress to the opening The Louis Vuitton
Foundation. But if you just want a small dose of the
trend, try the fun accessories to brighten up your day.

RAOUL COMES TO DOHA


Singaporean fashion label Raoul makes
its Middle Eastern debut with a spanking
new boutique in Lagoona Mall. Founded
in 2002 by Douglas and Odile Benjamin
as a mens shirt label, Raoul has since
expanded to include womenswear, with
a philosophy of impeccably cut separates
made in luxe fabrics and considered
details. As the creative force behind the
label, Odile gathers her inspiration from
the Raoul woman. She is a multitasking,
confident, accomplished, fresh, and
witty lady who curates an easy and vivid
style, that is always perfectly pitched.
The brands accessory is designed by
Raphael Young, whose creations have
been worn by Beyonc, Lady Gaga and
Rihanna. The brands Summer 2015
collection is inspired by Warhols shoe
and celebrity mono-prints where threedimensional constructs are reduced
to graphic two-dimensional forms in
garish colours.

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VERSACE
ORNAMENTAL COLLECTION

FANILLA COUTURE
For Spring 2015, designer Razan
Suliman of Fanilla Couture introduces
her new scarf collection that brings
lively prints onto delicate fabrics.
Scarves, as a versatile accessory, are
given a vibrant and colourful take, to
create a collection that will fit with
any outfit and personal taste. Razan
made the designs resound with the

Gulf culture by representing various


traditional Arabic elements including
oud perfume, old gold and Arabic kohl
bottles. Available in a range of unique
shades and distinct art work, the designs
are an extension to the bold visions
of the Fanilla Couture brand. Prices
start from QR500 and the collection is
available at 51 East, Lagoona Mall.

Versace pays tribute to the handover of


the restored Galleria Vittorio Emanuele
II to the city of Milan with a dedicated
capsule collection, the Ornamental
Collection. With iconic models for both
men and women, the special release
includes bags from the Palazzo family,
sneakers and a selection of textiles, all
decorated with a special print in bright
tones that combine the characters of
Versace with the symbolic image of the
dome of the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele
II. Each piece will have a special
hallmark edition.

KATE MOSS FOR LONGCHAMP


Kate Mosss latest collaborative initiative with
Longchamp focuses on the clutch a neat, diminutive
design with a chunky buckle, that is practical and
exudes a vintage vibe. Dubbed the Rock Night
Clutches, the collection of four variations is reflective
of Kates personal style. The first is an animal print
version with a striking giraffe pattern in black, yellow
and white on baby calf hair, trimmed with black
python-style calfskin. Kate took the same palette and
transformed it into bold blocks of colour on pythonstyle calfskin for a graphic look that nods to the Sixties.
The other two designs see some rock n roll sensibility
with rows of black nickel-finish studs on soft suede
calf in two of her signature shades classic black and
neutral taupe. While the original clutch can segue
seamlessly from day to night, Kate also wanted to create
two after-dark versions, so she tweaked the proportions
of the design to transform it into a glamorous baguette.

SUMMER
WATCHLIST

TURN UP THE STYLE QUOTIENT AND GET


CONVERSATIONS GOING WITH STAND-OUT
ACCESSORIES THAT BRING YOUR OUTFITS TOGETHER.

White Howlite mini


brief, Andrew GN,
Per Lei Couture.

Accordion bag, Loewe,


Villaggio Mall.

Stackable Trellis
cuff in marble ivory,
Lele Sadoughi, Per
Lei Couture.
Glittering gold at Agnona Collezione.

Pink leather clutch bag,


Santoni, Porto Arabia.

Murano glass bracelet,


Salvatore Ferragamo, The Gate Mall.

Brushed leather bag, Michael Kors,


www.michaelkors.com

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Cina Chow necklace, Dsquared2,
www.dsquared2.com
Pearl choker, CH
Carolina Herrera,
Villaggio Mall.

Frida Kahlo cuff,


Anton Heunis, Cadenzza.

Let your accessories


do the talking.
Carolina Herrera
Spring Summer 2015.

Gold Spider brooch, Cindy Chao


The Art Jewel, www.cindychao.com

Ring loop necklace,


Paule Ka,
www.pauleka.com

Geometric earrings,
Loewe, Villaggio Mall.

Armlet, Dsquared2,
www.dsquared2.com

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Petite Malle Wildflower


foldover, Louis Vuitton,
Villaggio Mall.
Domino bag, Sonia Rykiel,
www.soniarykiel.com

You Cant Sit With Us


bracelet, Braided Tales,
www.braidedtales.com

Earthy florals
at Cline

Amalfi two half straight cut


moccasins, CB Made In Italy,
Level Shoe District.

Le Fauve shower slide,


Coach, www.coach.com

Rosemary shoe,
Chrissie Morris,
Per Lei Couture.

Kellan runway leather and


jute sandal, Michael Kors,
www.michaelkors.com

Surf & The City espadrilles,


Longchamp, www.longchamp.com

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Crosby duffel, Marc by Marc


Jacobs, Villaggio Mall.

Colours and prints


make for a fun
summer at Coach.

Zigzag print beach bag,


M Missoni, The Gate Mall.

Paper print box square flap bag,


Kenzo, Porto Arabia.

Emmanuel
Hare Ray tall
tote, Coach,
www.coach.com

Retro sunglasses,
Paule Ka,
www.pauleka.com

Halifax shoulder bag,


Dsquared2, www.dsquared2.com

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Relaxed weekend
vibes at Elizabeth
and James.

Body range necklaces


and small bell necklace,
Cline, Villaggio Mall.

Curved clutch, Cline,


Villaggio Mall.

Black shoulder bag with


floral embroidery,
M Missoni, The Gate Mall.

Espadrille with
floral embroidery,
Dior, Villaggio Mall.

White & black pom-pom


sandals, M Missoni,
The Gate Mall.

Leather slides,
Paul Smith,
The Gate Mall.

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Block necklace,
Dsquared2,
www.dsquared2.com

Ring necklace,
Paule Ka,
www.pauleka.com

Trio stack ring,


CH Carolina Herrera,
Villaggio Mall.

It is all in the
details at Lanvin.

Python mules,
Santoni, Porto Arabia.

Si tu maimes ring,
Chaumet, Porto Arabia.

Bijoux black clutch, Stuart


Weitzman, The Gate Mall.

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Rose Des Vents


bracelet, Dior Fine
Jewellery, Villaggio Mall.

Tribale
earrings, Dior,
Villaggio Mall.

Garden fence bracelet,


Lele Sadoughi, Per Lei
Couture.

Androgyny
meets feminine
frills at Kenzo.

Denim and leather


sandal, Louis Vuitton,
Villaggio Mall.

Kimberley clutch, Dsquared2,


www.dsquared2.com

Le Pliage Zodiac bag, Longchamp,


www.longchamp.com

Luna leather bucket bag,


Marc by Marc Jacobs, Villaggio Mall.

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Lapis Lazuli clutch,
LAfshar, The
Luxury Arcade.

Antigone sandals,
Dsquared2,
www.dsquared2.com

Frida Kahlo necklace,


Anton Heunis,
Cadenzza.

Take a walk on the wild side


with Simone Rocha.
Applique Peekaboo
bag, Fendi.

Black mesh ballerinas with


pom poms,
M Missoni, The Gate Mall.

Dun Dun cross-body leather


bag, Paula Cademartori,
Per Lei Couture.
Mesh bucket
tote, Kenzo,
Porto Arabia.

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Jewelled neckpiece,
Max & Co,
www.maxandco.com

Hammered necklace
and rings, Paul
Smith, The Gate Mall.

Go for power
and style in
Louis Vuittons
ankle boots.

Neville goatskin
leather loafer, Marc
by Marc Jacobs,
Villaggio Mall.

Textured crossbody
bag, Max & Co,
www.maxandco.com

Leopard heel, Victoria Beckham,


www.victoriabeckham.com

Soundtrack shoe in black suede,


Stuart Weitzman, The Gate Mall.

Arta gold tassle sandal,


Paul Andrew, Per Lei Couture.

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Geometric ring,
Dsquared2, www.
dsquared2.com

Opera minaudiere,
Nina Ricci, www.
ninaricci.com

Laser-cut mules,
Kenzo, Porto
Arabia.

Reflect style with


the feminine vibes
of Nina Ricci.

Lace mules,
CH Carolina Herrera,
Villaggio Mall.

Kaja runway leather


slingback flats, Michael Kors,
www.michaelkors.com

Purple Cybill bag,


Aigner, Porto Arabia.

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Black and gold
rules at Lanvin.
Glitter red star clutch,
LVK X LAfshar,
www.lafshar.com

Enamel bracelet,
Versace, The Gate Mall.

Cyan Ring, Swarovski,


Lagoona Mall.

Murano glass clutch, Salvatore


Ferragamo, The Gate Mall.

Leather clutch, Viktor & Rolf,


www.viktor-rolf.com

Essenziale bag, Cruciani,


Dubai Mall.

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WHERE IS

KARLITO?
The adorable little tuft of fur hanging
off Fendi bags over the past season is
of course, Karlito, the limited edition
Fendi charm in the form of its creative
director, Karl Lagerfeld. When it made
its debut appearance on the runway
of the brands Autumn 2014 show,
requests for the item alone sparked off
mile-long waiting lists. This season,
Karlito is back with its own dedicated
limited edition capsule collection
which fuses fur with denim and
sportswear. Headlining the collection
is the original Karlito charm, which
is now also available in a mini

version, accompanied by sweatshirts,


jeans, sneakers, a fur hat, a studded
backpack, a shawl, a shopping bag and
an iPhone cover. Each piece features
an iconic flourish of fur across both
the body and crest in vibrant colours
ranging from fuchsia to turquoise. The
charms are dressed in Karls iconic
outfit with black mink sunglasses, a
black tie in leather a white shirt and
a silver fox body. The crest is a fun
touch in kidassia fur, with variations of
fuchsia, orange, turquoise and green.
The special pieces are now available at
the Fendi boutique in Villaggio Mall.

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Karlito is back with its
own dedicated limited
edition capsule collection
which fuses fur with
denim and sportswear.

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FRESH
GROUND
BY DEBRINA ALIYAH

DISCOVER CUTTING-EDGE LABELS THAT


INNOVATE THE ABAYA SILHOUETTE INTO A
FUNCTIONAL AND CONTEMPORARY WARDROBE.

FOCUS / 43

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FOCUS / 45

hen Bouguessa was launched


last year, it captured the
attention of an unlikely
crowd women who do not
usually don the abaya. Sure, the label was
introduced as a purveyor of abayas, and
with a dominant monochromatic palette
of long robes, it ticked all the boxes of a
typical Arabian brand. But a flip through
the look book unveiled tuxedo lapels,
sharp shoulders, precise peplums, capes,
and leather belts, all cleverly incorporated
into the familiar traditional robe.
The debut collection sparked off a new
discourse on the future of the revered
traditional garment. At a time when
Arab women are increasingly respected
globally for their in-depth knowledge
of fashion and trendsetting, it is only
apt that the abaya evolves in the same
direction. French-Algerian designer Faiza
Bouguessas foresight has amassed her
following in new markets - non-abaya
wearing expatriates in the region and
Hollywood stylists who dress celebrities,

including those attending the recent


Cannes Film Festival. What I want to
accomplish is to create a brand that blends
in with international trends, and to create
a bridge between cultures. I want to give
women wearing our abayas the feeling of
being part of the global culture while still
being able to observe the tradition, Faiza
says.
Translating the elegance of the abaya
into her body of work, Faiza finds
inspiration from the mystical charm that
she feels is unique to Arab women. I think
this helps me a lot during the creative
process, she says. The essence of the
label then takes flight with her personal
sense of style minimalistic and feminine.
Bouguessa is very reflective of this. To
me, the ornament that matters is in the
details. It could be refined jewellery, a
sophisticated perfume, or a luxurious
detail in the inner part of your garment,
she says.
Growing up in a family of stylish women,
Faiza has always been surrounded by art

in various mediums and took to selfexpression by creating, illustrating, and


even working with clay. My grandmother
taught me how to sew and knit, and later, I
took on internships in sewing workshops,
she says.
At the recent Fashion Forward Dubai,
Faiza unveiled the labels Autumn Winter
2015 Collection that explores the abstract
concept of the line between modesty and
individuality, and between comfort and
elegance. Graphic lines form the focus
and appear in different ways, either
through tailored cuts, or zipper and colour
contrasts. A rich orange-red brings an arty
feel to the collection while contrasts of airy
whites, greys and classic blacks mark it
with a modern casual vibe. Key silhouettes
include an oversized shirt-dress paired
with a structured poncho abaya, the T-shirt
dress and the double-breasted trench coat
abaya. This versatile collection allows
for comfortable layering and mixing and
matching with a wide range of separates,
dresses and abayas.

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SUPERHEROS CAPE
Abayas to us are the superheros
cape and who can argue that women
arent the modern day superhero?
says Mariam Bin Mahfouz, the cofounder of cult abaya label Haal Inc.
What started out as an experimental
pop-up abaya project for retail
shows has since become one of
the most sought-after labels in the
region. Named after the Arabic
word for cardamom, the brand is a
Saudi Arabian venture whose abayas
are dreamily plush and effortless.
Cardamom is an aroma that every
Arab can relate to. It brings you back
home wherever you are, she says.
By combining textiles and
creating contrasts, the brand
considers the garment as a whole
look rather than just the traditional
idea of a cover-up. Its not made
to conceal, but rather to highlight
and empower. Its a grand piece.
Its like wearing power shouldered

jackets every day, Mariam says.


And just like contemporary jackets,
the brand experiments with fabrics
from around the world including
customising their own fabrics to
find ideal patterns and lengths.
The right fabrication in the right
weight will result in a beautiful fall
that gives shape to our designs, she
explains.
For the 006 Collection, the sleeve
and the length of the garment was
reinterpreted for ease of wear. The
materials are unique, taking the
concept of the cloak and turning
it into outerwear with lapels.
From pearl-embroidered tweed
to delicate crpe de Chine, the
collection is set in a neutral palette
of black, ivory, beige, and taupe
as canvas for the embellishments.
Show off your shoes! Ankle-length
abayas are my favourite right now,
Mariam says.

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KBT KONCEPT
The KBT Koncept SS15
collection reflects the urbanity of
Dubai city with inspiration from
the emerging contemporary art
scene. Garment construction
stays bold and designs continue
to be experimental. Details
include plastic bubble wrap,
the prints of the plastic bubble
wraps, raw ropes and small
plastic water pipes in grey and
beige.
KBT KONCEPTs alternative
abayas are highly structured
with each design falling under
one of three design principles:
asymmetric, standard or
shorter length. The abayas
often incorporate touches of

contemporary embroidery
including a signature red
thread stitched into every collar,
adding to the
brief that the designs are
functional works of art.
KBT Koncept abayas are
intended to accompany todays
global woman on journeys
around the world. Some designs
are hemmed to allow for walking
in city streets both at home and
away. The collection is meant
to be worn by women from all
backgrounds who might not
ordinarily identify with the
Gulf s traditional dress, but
would like to make it part of
their unfolding stories.

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SLOUCHYZ
The key inspiration for this
collection is the symmetry of
modern architecture that is
transported to geometric patterns,
which in turn is carried on to
compose the fabrics shapes in linen,
cotton, and crepes. The colour
palette remains classic and solid
with navy, black, white, beige, and
greys to achieve the SlouchyZ
signature look.
Details are in handmade
embroideries that are created with
intense designs. A combination
of these details coupled with
luxurious fabric in bold blocks
craft the abaya. The fragile and

mystique interweaved with a cult of


uniqueness and distinction, are all
elements that interpret the vision of
the brand.
It is important that SlouchyZ
retains its established principles but
at the same time develops a new
and up-to-date look. We feel that
as our culture blends more with the
western culture, it is necessary to do
the same with fashion, nonetheless,
upholding our traditional values.
We want to make sure we send
the right message that we can be
modern, edgy and traditional at the
same time, comments Maryam Al
Selaich, founder of the brand.

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E V E R Y
BY DEBRINA ALIYAH

Tadashi Shojis dresses fit like


a dream for every woman.
In New York Tadashi Shojis name is synonymous with glamour.
Flattering silhouettes that one can trust to make you look and
feel good, regardless of size and shape. The understanding of the
female form has helped the designer build a solid label that spans
three decades, with a diverse following from Michelle Obama to
Dita Von Teese. The philosophy is simple: Every woman deserves
to feel confident, comfortable and gorgeous, and it is one that is
easily relatable by women all over the world.
Tadashis success in repertoires of form-flattering occasion
wear lies in a combination of fabric choices and meticulous
techniques of draping, ruching and shutter pleats. Beyond just
a pretty dress, ultimately, it is the effortless and comfortable fit
which creates a sense of confidence for the wearer. My designs
are built for movement and comfort, which is carefully achieved
through the use of proportion, fit and fabric, Tadashi says. With
aesthetics that are classic and enduring, it is also a brand that
caters to all ages, from 17 to 70.

The Japanese-American designer began showing his label


as part of New York Fashion Week in 2007 and has since been
accepted as a member of the Council of Fashion Designers of
America. With his collections currently available in more than 50
countries, Tadashi will be debuting his standalone boutique in
the Middle East with the regions first store right on our shores at
Lagoona Mall. My team and I travelled to Doha last year to view
boutique locations. We fell in love with the space within Lagoona
Mall and the atmosphere the mall offers. Once the doors open, I
very much look forward to visiting again to see my vision brought
to life, he says. The new boutique, which will launch in the
coming months, is a creative collaboration between Tadashi and
Los Angeles-based architecture firm (M)Arch.
What are your impressions of Qatar?
Tadashi: Qatar is an oasis of luxury, style and innovation. I am
intrigued by the vibrancy of the country and the cultural blend of

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traditional and modern elements that are infused into everything,


from the cuisine to the fashion.
Tell us about your AW2015 collection.
Tadashi: For Autumn, I was inspired by the beauty and romance
of flight from the delicate feathers of a bird to the cogs and
gears of airplane mechanics. Details include ethereal silhouettes,
feathered skirts and capes, gear-motif embroidery and hardware,
as well as airy fabrics such as tulle. Some of my favourite looks
this season include the frayed-edge silk organza and hand-cut
feathered tulle skirts, handembroidered capes, and the
vibrant coloured gear and
feather-motif tulle gowns.

I am thrilled to share my
design vision with such
a beautiful country, in
one of the most exclusive
lifestyle destinations in
the world.

What can we look forward to in


the new Qatar store?
Tadashi: I have been doing
business in the region for many
years now, which has given
me the opportunity to really
understand the Qatari woman
and her needs. While it is too
early for us to reveal if there
will be a special capsule collection for the opening, I can confirm
that I will be designing bespoke styles offered in exclusive
colours, fabrics and silhouettes, that will be special to the store
and region.
Why did you choose Qatar as the starting point for this region?
Tadashi: I am very happy to be opening my first flagship store
in Doha in partnership with Al Mana, who I have a very longstanding relationship with. Expanding our global business, with a
key focus on the Middle East, is essential for our growth strategy.
Qatar is one of the most promising markets for us and only
continues to build momentum. I am thrilled to share my design
vision with such a beautiful country, in one of the most exclusive
lifestyle destinations in the world.
The boutique will be special from a design perspective. Could you tell
us about the interior design and how it relates to your brand?
Tadashi: For the boutique, I want to offer our customers a
luxurious and inviting setting when shopping for all of their
special engagements. From the selection of the material palette,
to the strategic layout of the store every architectural detail
is considered to create a warm atmosphere to showcase my
collection. The design of the space is distinguished by different
retail experiences including an intimate salon that features floor
to ceiling mirrors, lounge seating and two beautiful fitting rooms.
To bring my vision to life, I have partnered with my good friends
at (M)Arch who I have collaborated with for many years including
the design of my home in Pasadena, our headquarters in Los
Angeles and most recently, the redesign of my US flagship store
in Costa Mesa, California.

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EXPERIMENTAL
JEWELLERY
BY DEBRINA ALIYAH

Brass goes upscale in


Dalia Hamdallahs jewellery world.

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I am so fascinated by
the endless possible
designs I can create
using a plain wire.

n a region where jewellery is usually


measured by the brightest and most
precious, Dalia Hamdallahs work
is not only refreshing, but makes
us rethink the concept of kitsch.
The collections, which fuse art
and architecture, exude a strong vision
in statement pieces that will anchor any
outfit. The fluidity of the work comes
from Dalias craft of using brass wire, a
material that is considered to be kitsch in
jewellery-making, yet allows the designer
to experiment with shapes and lines. I
am so fascinated by the endless possible
designs I can create using a plain wire,
she says.
Born in Palestine, Dalia grew up in the
colourful cities of Egypt and Sudan, where
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I began with simple brass wire, added


semi-precious stones, and then moved
to soldering metal parts, and then
I started using Swarovski crystals.
inspired her love for shapes and textures.
Accompanying her mum on shopping
trips where they bought stones, gems and
hand-painted beads at local Sudanese
markets, Dalia tried her hand at making
her first piece of jewellery when she was
in 4th grade. My mum was the first to
wear my work, she says. D by Dalia came
to life in 2002 as an ever-evolving project
for the designer, in terms of techniques
and designs. I began with simple brass
wire, added semi-precious stones, and
then moved to soldering metal parts, and
then I started using Swarovski crystals.
The D by Dalia DNA, is evident in its
metamorphosis throughout time.
Academically trained in Fine Arts, the
designer also pursued Jewellery Design
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started showcasing her work in galleries


around the region most recently at
Dubais Fashion Forward 2015. A selection
of her work is now available in Dubais O
de Rose, Dubai Malls Galeries Lafayette
and Saudi Arabias Sinwan.

an you describe the SS15


collection?
The Petite Pieces is a selection
of mini ear jackets, which is
a huge trend this year. Its all
about small and close-to-face
pieces this season, and the peek-a-boo
effect makes them stand out. Its like an
everyday stud thats not your everyday
stud! The Architectural Illusions collection
focuses on a more modern and minimal
vibe. I make all my pieces in my home in
Dubai. Each piece might take 3 to 4 hours
to complete, depending on how clear the
design is in my head.
Tell us about your love for jewellery-making.
In terms of jewellery, the majority of my
work was self-taught. My Fine Arts degree
has definitely exposed me to history,
cultures, and a basic all-around knowledge
of the art world. However, my work relies
on my instinct and practice more than
specific studies. Its also about learning
new techniques and the willingness to dive
into something you know nothing about. I
started soldering metal by experimenting.
I bought a gold-plating machine and
started learning by watching tutorials, and
the process of trial and error. I was never
afraid to learn something new and invest
the time into it. So I would say, my work
relies on constant experimentation. I live
by the quote Let inspiration find you

working, by Pablo Picasso.


How do you think your work fits into the
accessories scene in the Middle East?
Fashion trends in the Middle East, and
more specifically in the UAE, evolves
quickly and women are always looking
for something new. I am constantly
researching new designers, trends,
fashion bloggers, and keeping up with
new developments regionally and
internationally. Being aware of whats
happening definitely helps guide my
design process. However, I think my
best work happens when Im not trying
to design for a specific brief. I choose
crystals from Swarovski according to my
colour scheme for the next collection or
just based on what I like. You will find a
saturation of green and blue in my line
because theyre crowd favourites and they
complement the Mediterranean and the
Middle Eastern woman. I admire Arab
womens daring sense of style and ability
to pull off statement pieces, and their dark
features that complement the bold colours

in my jewellery line.
Who is the woman that you design for?
She is an ageless, modern, independent
woman who is full of character. She is not
afraid to rock statement jewellery and can
work it into her style effortlessly. She is
connected to her past, appreciates vintage
designs and appreciates the craftsmanship
that goes into a handmade piece.
Where do you find inspiration?
My main source of inspiration is travel...
feasting your eyes on the beauty of nature
and the beauty of different faces you
meet around the world. Keeping my
eyes and senses open to the world is a
must. I believe that inspiration cannot
be pinpointed at all times; it is rather a
flow of your subconscious visual memory
that translates into your work. I am also
obsessed with vintage jewellery and
cannot buy enough of it which youll find
translated in my work. Ottoman and
Pharaonic style jewellery are among my
favourites.

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BLUE
FUNK
AN ABSTRACTION OF AN EMOTIONAL
EXPERIENCE, DESIGNER MALIA
BENNETT HENRY EXPLORES THE
DELICATE LINE BETWEEN DARKNESS
AND LIGHT IN HER AWARD-WINNING
COLLECTION, DEPRESSION.
Photography: Angel Mallari
Make Up: Debi Mendez
Model: Oby Uguru from Trinity Talent Qatar
Fashion Editor: Debrina Aliyah
Photography Assistant: Jonas Zeus Mallari
Malia Bennett Henry is the winner of the
inaugural GLAM New Talent Award in
collaboration with the fashion department
of Virginia Commonwealth University Qatar.

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Malia (right)
wears her
own design.

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The collection
centres on
graphics inspired
by Jackson Pollock.

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Malia created the


Jackson
Pollock-inspired
graphics by hand
which were then
printed on to the
fabric, resulting in
unique prints on
each piece.

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The entire
collection is
made in
jersey fabric.

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The silhouettes
are organic and
adaptable through
the use of zippers.

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The lines express


how your mind
goes crazy in
depression and
the black blocks
represent when
the mind starts to
feel nothing. I
wanted to show
that experience,
its something that
people suffer and
yet find difficulty
in expressing.
- Malia

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ALL
AMERICAN
STYLE
AS TOMMY HILFIGER CELEBRATES HIS LABELS 30TH
ANNIVERSARY, THE DESIGNER TALKS ABOUT HIS
JOURNEY THROUGH DESIGN, GROWTH, CELEBRATING
THIS MILESTONE AND THE LAUNCH OF HIS MEMOIR.

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What have these past 30 years taught you?
We are proud and honoured to be considered one of the pioneers
of all-American style, and we are excited that our consumers
recognise our brands signature aesthetic thats classic, American
and cool. The past 30 years have taught me the value of hard
work, dedication and passion. Im proud that I always stayed true
to myself and never gave up on my dreams.
Is there anything you would do differently?
I always focus on the positive that comes from any challenge.
Looking to the future, its all about finding the right balance
between tradition and innovation. We always strive to strike the
perfect mix of classic and modern in our designs.
30 years ago, did you think that the brand would grow to
become this big?
It feels like it was only yesterday when I founded my namesake
brand. I dreamed of having a globally-recognised lifestyle brand,
but I never could have expected that our company would grow on
such an incredible scale. We are very proud that today we have
over 1,400 stores in more than 90 countries worldwide.
What is the key for a brand to succeed for so long?
Since I founded my brand, my inspiration has always remained
rooted in classic American cool style. Our signature look
celebrates the East Coast Americana lifestyle with a West
Coast twist thats laidback, confident and cool. Our success has
come from defining this clear brand DNA and staying true to
this heritage, and we love to see how our customers worldwide
interpret our designs in their own unique way.
Why is America your main inspiration?
I grew up on the East Coast and that all-American lifestyle has
always remained one of my core sources of inspiration. I have
also always been drawn to iconic Americana and pop culture.
Some of my favourite style icons include Steve McQueen, Grace
Kelly, James Dean, and Jackie O. Each is legendary in their own
right, and each has made a permanent mark in music, film, or
culture.
What can we expect to find in your memoir?
Ill be publishing my memoir in 2016 with Random House. Ill
share stories from all the milestone moments that have defined
my career and my personal life, and how I got to where
I am today.
Rafael Nadal has been named the brand ambassador of the Tommy
Hilfiger Tailored and Underwear FW15 collections. Can you
comment on this?
Im continuously inspired by his dedication and passion for his
sport. Rafaels style is effortless and really exemplifies our brand
spirit -- hes fun and cool, and doesnt take it too seriously.
What can we expect from your brand for the next 30 years?
We are excited to see what the future will hold -- I always believe
that the best is yet to come! We always see opportunity for growth
and elevation, and we will continue to design, create and expand
our product offering while staying true to our brand heritage.

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Maracatu Campana
Brothers

STYLE
AND
FUNCTION
AS FASHION EXTENDS INTO DIFFERENT FACETS OF OUR LIVES,
LOUIS VUITTON EMBOLDENS THIS SPIRIT BY TRANSPORTING ITS
HERITAGE INTO FURNITURE AND TRAVEL ACCESSORIES.

Lamp Nendo

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Stool Atelier Oi

First

incepted during the Design Miami Fair


2015, the Objets Nomades range now
includes 16 items from a hammock to a
foldable stool all in noble materials and
sold in limited editions or experimental
prototypes. Created in collaboration
with some of the most distinct designers
including Patricia Urquiola, Maarten Baas,
the Campana Brothers, Damien LangloisMeurinne, Atelier O, Nendo, Gwenal
Nicolas and Raw Edges, the collection
pays homage to the Houses special orders
of the past such as the iconic Bed Trunk
and Wardrobe Trunk with a contemporary
spirit. This years new collaborators give us
a quick look at their innovative pieces.
ATELIER O
Combining the traditional Japanese art of
origami with Louis Vuittons trunk making
techniques, Atelier Oi designs a stool that
is folded so it appears like a single sheet
of leather, and when unfolded, it becomes
a leather travel stool. As working with
materials is fundamental to our process,
we were immediately taken with the
opportunity of collaborating with a house
that stands out for the quality of its savoirfaire. We were inspired by the workshops
in Asnires and immersed ourselves in
their history, philosophy and the artisans
work. Aurel Aebi, Armand Louis and
Patrick Raymond of Atelier Oi.
CAMPANA BROTHERS
The Maracatu is a unique cabinet de
voyage: a foldaway, portable travel cabinet
that uses recycled leather of cuts from
the Louis Vuitton Haute Maroquinerie
workshop in Asnires. Evoking flamboyant
folk costumes worn during parades in
the Brazilian state of Pernambuco, it

Concertina Lamp Raw Edges

Beach Chair
Maarten Baas

I called it Surface
because it is a
sheet of leather: the
surface of the animal
and also the surface
of the light.
perfectly combines the spirit of the
brothers homeland with Louis Vuittons
love of travel. Our work incorporates the
idea of transformation and reinvention.
We were impressed with the archive of
materials, as well as the artisans ability
to detect distinct colours in the leather
and to assemble various pieces in slightly
different shades to achieve the effect
of a specific colour. Fernando and
Humberto Campana.
MAARTEN BAAS
The Beach Chair is an attach case that
you carry to the sea rather than the
office. The frame is covered in Maartens
trademark hand-applied resin, which not

only protects the chair but also makes each


one a unique object. The chair structure is
based on the iconic cotton strap, ensuring
safe packing in Louis Vuitton trunks and
suitcases. Each frame is hand-modelled,
so every time its a unique piece. After
that, the fabric is put on it, but the handsculpted frame, which really contains my
identity, is still visible. Maarten Baas.
RAW EDGES
The paper in the Concertina Light Shade
creates a gentle glow while its delicately
floating metal structure forms, lined in
leather, a fascinating play of shadows and
light. The Concertina Collection, as the
folding principle was initially based on a
concertina mechanism. The products are
quite complex in their geometry, so we had
to consider both form and function very
carefully. But there is more to it than that
because we also looked at what the shape
expresses, if it reminded us of something
else. - Yael Mer & Shay Alkalay of Raw
Edges.
NENDO
The Surface Lamp is a space enveloped
by a sheet of exquisite leather. The
lamps thin steel chassis holds the sheet
perforated to resemble Louis Vuittons
Damier pattern when lit that shades
the LED bulbs and disguises the USBrechargeable battery. The lamp can be
easily taken apart, rolled up and packed in
its harness. I called it Surface because it
is a sheet of leather: the surface of the
animal and also the surface of the light.
The two words would be craftsmanship
and technology. The use of LEDs and
rechargeable batteries, and the treatment
of the leather were a perfect marriage for
this object. Plus, the way it can be charged,
rolled up and carried around gives it a
clear link to travel. - Oki Sato of Nendo.