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THE EDITORʼS LETTER
Editor,
Sophia Serin
T
he Emirates Woman team has had
a busy few weeks, both on the
ground in the UAE and abroad.
It kicked off with my trip to Paris
with Hermès to discover the
latest perfume from the famed French
fashion house. Then, the face of Nina
Ricci’s newest fragrance, Florrie Arnold,
flew into town. Naturally, we had to snap
her up for a fashion shoot, and you can see
the stylish results on page 84.
Back in Dubai for what seemed like
a split-second, I was quickly back on a jet
plane, this time heading to Munich and
on to Hamburg to board a cruise ship with
Nivea to celebrate its 100-year anniversary. Once all aboard, the festivities
started with a private show from the beauty brand’s newest ‘face’, Rihanna.
Next to jet off was our favourite on-line editor, Primrose Skelton, from
LOVESTYLE.com, who got up close and personal with the fashion in Brazil,
while our very own Cherith Nicholl spent a week soaking up the glamorous
atmosphere in Barcelona and Madrid.
In addition to the business of representing the UAE across the globe, this
month’s bumper edition of Emirates Woman and Emirates Bride is packed
with the ultimate style pages, a summer scent guide that will leave you a life-
long fragrance aficionado, and all the health, travel and society info you need
to feast your eyes on throughout the month.
Nominations for the Emirates Woman, Woman Of The Year
Awards close in July, so the time is now to tell us who you think
should be nominated, and crowned, the Emirates Woman,
Woman Of The Year 2011. If you know women who are making
an impact in the worlds of business, philanthropy, entrepreneurship
or visionary fields, log onto www.emirateswomanawards.com
and nominate today.
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recognise and celebrate the incredible and inspirational women that
make the UAE the success story it is – from those running billion-dollar
companies and the most creative of entrepreneurs, to heart-felt
humanitarians and women moving mountains in their quest to achieve
incredible things.
But who are the women worthy of a nomination for 2011? This is
where you, the readers, come in. We need your help in finding the
fabulous women who are making waves in the fields of business,
philanthropy, entrepreneurship and visionary projects. All you have to
do is email us at emirateswoman@motivate.ae and tell us who you think
deserves a nomination and, most importantly, why.
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ON THE COVER
56 More Than A Muse Penelope
Cruz’s red-carpet comeback
62 Global Report One woman‘s war
against landmines
93 Tom Ford’s Femmes Fatales
The fashion designer‘s much-anticipated
return to womenswear
111 Spray, Set & Match 8-page
summer fragrance guide
124 Mind Over Fatter How to think
yourself thin
135 Gourmet Luxe List 20 of the
world‘s coolest restaurants
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FRONT ROW
32 Inbox
34 EW Insider
35 Fashion At A Click
36 Fashion Report
38 The Wanted
40 Cheap Chic Walk the line
43 High End Trend French Riviera
45 Anatomy Of A Trend Embrace lace
47 Fashion Column
49 Beauty Trend The golden rule
51 Hair Trend Punk out
52 Beauty Box
54 Black Book Of Beauty
FEATURES
56 More Than A Muse Penelope Cruz’s
red-carpet comeback
62 Global Report One woman‘s war against
landmines
68 Emirates Woman, Woman
Of The Year Awards 2011 Nominate now
124 Mind Over Fatter: How to think yourself thin
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72 Once Upon A Time In Mexico The finery of Frida Kahlo
becomes our inspiration
84 Renaissance Girl The new wave of relaxed retro dressing
courtesy of Florrie Arnold, the face of Nina Ricci‘s new fragrance
93 Tom Ford’s Femmes Fatales: The fashion designer‘s much-
anticipated return to womenswear
96 Right On Time It‘s all black and white for this summer‘s
ultimate wrist-candy watches
98 Dubai Fashion Week Rounding up the best in show
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BEAUTY
104 Mane Attraction Hairstyles
to make heads turn
111 Spray, Set & Match: 8-page
summer fragrance guide
112 The Secret Garden EW meets
the nose of Hermès‘ newest fragrance
118 Hitting The Right Note Singer
songwriter Florrie Arnold on being the face
of Nina Ricci‘s new perfume, Nina L‘Elixir
120 L’eau And Behold Guerlain‘s
Les Exclusives fragrance collection launches
in Dubai
123 Golden Age Essential summer
scents worth their weight in gold
HEALTH
124 Mind Over Fatter How to think
yourself thin
128 Health Hot List
104
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TRAVEL & LIFESTYLE
131 Globetrotter
132 Pocket Guide To… Bodrum
135 Gourmet Luxe List 20 of the
world‘s coolest restaurants world
142 Luxe Living
AGENDA
145 RSVP: Tea with Sima Ved
147 RSVP: Chefs For Japan
148 RSVP: C‘est Moi
150 Competition Win a one-night
stay at the Address Dubai Marina
152 Address Book
153 Horoscopes
154 My Stylish Life Jessica Alba
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As an avid reader of EW, I left my unread May
issue on my coffee table while my mother was
visiting. An hour later I was barley able to tear
it from her hands! Soon we were both sat
devouring the Chic At Any Age article. We both
thought the advice given was incredible helpful
and the fashion and beauty pieces absolutely
beautiful and spot-on suitable. Thanks EW.
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Your In The Swim (EW,
May) guide to picking
the perfect swimwear
for different body
shapes was timed to
perfection. As a curvy
lady, I definitely struggle
with finding pretty yet
supportive bikinis, but
now I know where to
head you’ve cut my
shopping time, and stress
levels, in half!
Lana Karim, Abu Dhabi
MULTI-TASKING
I like to use the term ‘career woman’ to describe myself. However, there is so
much more to my everyday lifestyle. I’m not only a wife, but also a mother and
I find the constant juggle something of a skill – a skill that is not always easy to
master. I really enjoyed reading your piece High Society Housewives (EW, May).
It was comforting to learn about other women who enjoy successful jobs while
still managing to maintain a social life and, if anything, it spurred me on to get
up for Sunday morning meetings!
Aliyah Shamman, Dubai
FASHION FOR ALL
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emirateswoman@motivate.ae. Name and
address must be supplied but a nom de plume
may be used for publication. We reserve the
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LOCAL ROCKS
Good on you EW for showcasing
a little local talent in your Rocking
It feature (EW, May). UAE-based
magazines are often filled solely with
international mega-brands, which
means we’re left never knowing
where to source home-grown
goodies. I found it really refreshing
and interesting to learn about the
three women changing the face of
our local jewellery industry with
their beautiful and unique designs.
Janice Crawley, Dubai
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page, especially as I choose to
shop for clothes online as opposed
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tourist season. Your news on
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are my essential read
every month.
Thanks EW!
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Artspace gallery
is showcasing a
selection of works
by Middle Eastern
artists which will
run throughout June and the rest
of the summer. The Gate Village,
Dubai (04) 3230820.
www.artspace-dubai.com
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Retailers,
designers,
models and
celebrities will be honoured this
month at the annual Scottish
Fashion Awards. Celebrating the
very best from the Scottish fashion
industry, including Christopher
Kane and Jonathan Saunders .
www.scottishfashionawards.com
Prep your skin for
summer with a visit
to the Lime Spa at Desert Palm,
which has recently added
cult beauty brand Eve Lom to
its treatment list. We love the
90-minute Signature facial
(Dhs620). Lime Spa at Desert
Palm hotel (04) 3238888
Madame Grès, the
legendary couturier,
died more than 17
years ago. Her creativity lives
on in Paris this summer with an
exhibition showcasing some
of her most exquisite creations.
On now until July 24.
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Scotch & Soda has
grown from a small Amsterdam-
based label to a popular
international fashion brand. Stock
up on S/S11 checked shirts,
prairie-style dresses and slouchy
tees at the store in Mirdif City
Centre.www.scotch-soda.com
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Club at the Habtoor
Grand Resort &
Spa, which hosts
monthly ‘So Rich,
So Pretty’ and Fashion TV parties
with guest international DJs
and live performers. Call
(04) 3995000 for more details.
One the best
art spaces in
the region,
The Third Line
is welcoming young, up-and-
coming curators to put together
an exhibition using works
available from the gallery.
www.thethirdline.com
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examines more than two decades
of the designer’s work. The
exhibition, curated by Andrew
Bolton, makes use of clothing
and accessories from private
collections as well as designs from
the late Isabella Blow’s personal
collection. www.metmuseum.org
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of a ‘buy two get one free’
personal training package
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into full swing this
month as Glastonbury in the UK
kicks off with U2, Coldplay and
Beyoncé joining a formidable
line-up of jazz, pop, indie and
dance acts.
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Developed by John Skelton
(formerly of cult gadget
shopping site oki-ni.com and
Harrods), new retail concept
LN-CC (Late Night Chameleon
Café) is home to both men’s
and womenswear based around
the concept of unisex styling.
Music, books and limited edition
paraphernalia also add to the
mix at this East London store
and online boutique. Mainline
brands including Balenciaga,
Jil Sander, Dries van Noten and
Rick Owens are combined with
underground Japanese labels
such as Sasquatch and Wacko
Maria and international newbies
including J.W. Anderson, Sibling
and Tze Goh. The result is a
streetwear influenced selection
of some of the world’s most
sought-after fashion items.
Free international shipping is
available. www.ln-cc.com
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The brainchild of Irish founder Lisa Carroll, online
boutique www.theluxuryemporium.com features designers
including Terry de Havilland, Philip Treacy and Lara
Bohinc. Most recently, designer duo of the moment
Proenza Schouler have been added to the mix, along
with exclusive pieces by Middle Eastern designers.
Flying the fashion flag for the UK,
www.youngbritishdesigners.com pulls
together products from inspirational
young British fashion designers, including
participants of new talent initiatives such as
NEWGEN, Fashion Fringe and Estethica.
HIS & HERS
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Beyond the Valley print
kimono Dhs1,455 www.
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Floral print
shopper Dhs89
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Vivienne Westwood
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my-wardrobe.com
Shoe designer Nicole Le Grange has recently launched a bespoke footwear
brand, Love Art Wear Art. The tribal-inspired collection for S/S11 is limited
to just 50 pairs per style, each individually numbered and
featuring luxury leathers, cone heels and multi-buckle
strapping. International shipping is available.
www.loveartwearart.com
Best of british
With an aim to raise awareness and funds for
international humanitarian issues through fashion,
fantastic online magazine Frontline Fashion also
boasts its own clothing range, Zanmi, meaning
‘friends’ in Haitian Creole. Fifty per cent of all
profit from sales of Zanmi slogan tees and totes go
towards building an orphanage in the earthquake-hit
country of Haiti. www.frontlinef.com
FOR THE GREATER GOOD
Prada’s sister label, Miu Miu has recently launched
an e-commerce site with runway-only pieces and
online exclusives, as well as the standard ready-to-
wear and accessories. www.miumiu.com
EASTERN PROMISE
WRITTEN BY CHERITH NICHOLL
Head to Kingsley Heath stores
for style essentials with an exotic
touch. Inspired by the east coast
of Africa, the latest collection
includes safari-inspired khaki
shorts, embellished vest tops and
boyfriend jeans. Kingsley Heath
stores can be found at Deira
City Centre, The Dubai Mall
and Dubai Marina Mall.
www.kingsleyheath.com
Those who favour a luxurious
approach to swimwear will be
flocking to Hamac to be spoilt
with an array of costumes from
designers such as Vilebrequin,
Nicole Olivier and Eres. Its range
of new Swarovski-designed
Havaianas will finish off your
ensemble beautifully. Swarovski
Havaianas Dhs210 Hamac,
The Dubai Mall
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the 1980s are about to be banished with the
arrival of the super-quirky Nana collection. Each
ornate pair is handmade in Italy using a mix of
vintage and new materials, with a wide range
of colours and embellishment depending on just
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Check out the newest website for the
Middle East’s fashion crowd by clicking
on to www.superfabme.com. With the
latest blogs, all the breaking industry
news and the chance to have your say
on what is hot, or not, this interactive
forum is the perfect place to vent your
fashion frustrations.
FASHION AT YOUR
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Fashion forward sisters Reem
and Hind Beljafla were inspired
by sea-life for their latest collection
of abayas for their brand, DAS.
Fluid designs in aquatic greens
and blues give way to the prettiest
pale pinks, to see you through the
summer months in the most refreshing
of shades. For more information visit
www.dascollection.com
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Dhs249 Dune
Lace tank top
Dhs70 Garage
Gold ring
necklace
Dhs80 Aldo
Multi-coloured
hat Dhs59 Aldo
Cowl neck dress Dhs499
Tommy Hilfiger
Cut-out swimsuit
Dhs105 Garage
Bow detail pumps
Dhs429 Nine West
Dress Dhs100 Splash
Black and white heels
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Versace at
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Luggage bag
Dhs6,000
Celine
Leoni handbag
Dhs17,100 Bulgari
Brown Chevron
acetate sunglasses
Dhs1,400 Bulgari
Balaton crochet
playsuit Dhs2,400
Missoni Mare at
net-a-porter.com
Silk Scarf
from Dhs1,550
Hermès
Cardena Tresse wedge sandals
Dhs2,190 Christian Louboutin
Lock Me collection
cuff Dhs1,970
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silhouette clean and neat.
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chunky to delicate, make it look effortless.
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LADIES IN
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English model and actress Jane
Birkin sporting a lace mini
dress and nightcap during
a London fashion shoot
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fashions from
the Daily Herald
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1966
Model Nicky
Allen models
a Dior lace
terrace dress
CELEB STYLE
2006
Elle Macpherson adds a
rocking edge to her look
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Lady Diana
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then on-trend pie-
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her engagement to
Prince Charles
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welcomed with instant
icon status
Lace dress
Dhs1,000
French
Connection
Condor lace trim top
Dhs1,260 by Winter Kate
at my-wardrobe.com
Silver-dipped lace ring
Dhs1,300 by Aurélie
Bidermann at
net-a-porter.com
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he month of June, in my book,
officially means summer. Hello,
hot weather wardrobe… and
goodbye swimsuit avoidance.
Oh dear... How did the ‘official
summer’ get here so quickly?
It just sneaks up on you, like the stealth
‘season’ in a sunshine climate. I know,
I know – it’s another classic ex-pat moan;
the weather here is just too perfect, too
much of the time. People living in locations
where all four seasons actually exist are
preparing the violins accordingly. But hear
me out – for many women, living in the
UAE means sacrificing the little-appreciated
luxury of cool, springtime preparation
months when layers disguise a ‘work-in-
progress’ body. Here, all of a sudden, it’s
summer and the clothes we’re wearing
haven’t really changed since December. The
drum roll of panic towards a grand summer
holiday ‘unveiling’ is lost, and it’s just not
fair. Well, that’s one excuse anyway.
However, I’m not really one for excuses,
as this column clearly demonstrates. But
this year I fear the sand timer really has
run out, and the only possible solution is
to investigate how one cuts corners in time
(cough, and effort) when it comes to looking
half-decent come beach o’clock. It’s far
too late in the day to assume that the gym
will fix it. I’ve explored that avenue before,
getting overly excited about my new kit
by Stella McCartney for Adidas – which is
lovely by the way (check out the collection
at www.stellamccartney.com). I even
contemplated copy-catting a friend who
bought cycling shorts with a padded bottom
for spinning class (that’s right, think derrière
à la Kim Kardashian; it’s ‘professional’, you
know) but it seemed concentrating on the
overall look pre, rather than post, work-out
isn’t the key. I also realised that I do not
enjoy the prospect of public exercise. For
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at the reigning DVD exercise queen at www.
tracyandersonmethod.com. Much less hassle,
and something you can return to in the
privacy of your living room, thus eradicating
outfit panic.
With the above in mind, you can imagine
my delight to discover that there are some
understanding beauty brands out there.
Clarins recently launched its Extra-Firming
Body Cream (Dhs254). Not just firming,
extra-firming. It’s a luxuriously rich, thick
whipped cream emulsion to rub into those
wobbly bits, diminishing any signs of dry
skin (another no-no when contemplating
beachwear), and with regular application
skin elasticity really does perk up, not to
mention looking constantly luminous. More
help from the French comes in the form of
L’Occitane’s Amande collection, a deliciously
scented, almond-based range that includes
Gel Corbes Exquises (Delightful Shape Gel,
Dhs180) and Brume Jambes Legres, (Elegant
Legs Spray, Dhs80). With names like this
you’d be mad not to give it a try, and the
meltingly fresh gel in particular leaves you
feeling firmer pretty much instantly. Okay,
it may look a little like baby food, but keep
with it and successful body contouring’s
coming right up. Who needs boring old
exercise?
Unfortunately, in reality, everyone does.
And lots of water, of course: the regular ‘dos
and don’ts’. Just enough to get the blood
flowing and keep skin hydrated, mind you.
As they say, the only way to see results is
to select a routine (French beauty products
included) with a big dollop of perseverance.
I suppose that’s my problem; I’ll try
anything, once. ■
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gold are the chicest addition
to bronzed limbs.
SEEN AT: Zac Posen, House
of Holland, Anna Sui.
“Having nails that look nice
is a confidence booster. You
don’t have to look in the
mirror to see your nails; they
are in front of you all day.”
Nail guru, Marian Newman
"Apply gold eyeshadow
generously around the eyes,
then dab or dust off with a
cotton bud. This gives a smudgy,
post-night out appearance.”
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gold over the lid is a subtle
way to wear this sultry trend.
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GET THE LOOK
“This haircut has a punk, urban feel to it
and it has been created by cutting back
the sides shorter than the top; cutting
disconnected lengths creates the spiky
look. Also leaving length at the front
can give a sense of softness or hardness,
depending on whether you opt to leave
it long or very short and choppy. Try
adding a hint of colour which will give
a strong presence to the style and help
to create texture. For maintenance,
choose products that add texture –
anything from mousse to texturising
gels, hairspray and wax to achieve the
finishing look.”
Pasquale Ferrante, editorial hairstylist
and founder of cult salon Ion Studio in
New York. www.ionstudionyc.com
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runway were all for taking a short
cut with hairstyles that erred on
the punky side. Androgynous, edgy looks
featured short undercut crops with longer,
textured lengths on top and through to the
fringe. Ends are kept long and pliable with
low-shine pomade worked through hair to
recreate a messed up, edgy texture.
Skip the eyeliner and opt for lots
of contouring with shading on the
cheekbones, around the eye sockets
and on the brow bones – just
add a touch of mascara and sheer
lipgloss for a slightly feminine
finishing touch.
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of our favourite summer
fruits and turned it into a
sumptuous treat for the lips.
The Raspberry Liquid Lipstick
delivers long-lasting colour
while having the benefit of
being a lightweight lipgloss.
Containing raspberry oil,
which is rich in vitamin E,
parched lips will be drenched
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With summer
now here in
force, many of
the lucky ones
will be packing
their bags and
flying off to
cooler climates.
Keep Chanel’s
latest treat handy to help
rehydrate jet-lagged skin, as the
lightweight formula melts into the
skin quickly, giving you a fresh
complexion that hides the telltale
signs of travel. Hydra Beauty
Sérum Dhs391 Chanel
Typically, skin breakouts usually
coincide with a big event
you’ve been looking forward
to. Now you can cover up
blemishes and under eye
circles subtly with the latest
must-have from celebrity skin
care giants, La Mer. With three
shades to complement varying
skin tones, and a built in SPF
25, the easy to use concealer
is perfect for quick make-up
fixes on the go. The Radiant
Concealer Dhs281 La Mer
LIGHT TOUCH
RASPBERRY
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Give the traditional smoky eye some serious
wow factor by switching your eye pencil
to the Latex Kohl liner. The revolutionary
formula gives a definition with greater
intensity to create a Bardot effect, which will
last in the battle with humidity so you can
avoid those nasty panda eyes.
Latex Kohl Dhs182 Thierry Mugler
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The ideal gift for beauty fans now comes in the shape of the Anti-Ageing
Face and Eyes Collection, a kitsch padlocked box containing three Elemis
hero products. The pro-collagen day, night and eye creams are the perfect
combo to help in the battle against wrinkles and skin imperfections.
Anti-Ageing Face and Eyes Collection Dhs630 Elemis
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Usually, the only undressing that happens
for us in The Dubai Mall is in the changing
rooms on Fashion Avenue. However,
there’s another reason to go au natural at
the shopping paradise as Sisters Beauty
Lounge is offering a new Charme
D’Orient Honey Paradise treatment
(Dhs450) to aid our quest for super soft
skin. You’ll be scrubbed with a natural
mitt and olive oil-injected black soap,
before honey and royal jelly are
applied to your face and body
to soften skin; all while you laze
under the gentle steamy mist of
the hamman. Wonderful.
www.sistersbeautylounge.com
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What do celebrities Jennifer Lopez, Sharon Stone and
Victoria Beckham all have in common? They all book
into a certain establishment to get a more toned
visage and tightened body. And now you can too; the
first EndermoSpa by LPG has just opened in Jumeirah,
Dubai, offering brilliant refining and toning
treatments. Its unique selling point is it combines all
your exercise regimes into one single session from
cardio-training and stretching to Pilates, muscle toning
and core exercises. For more information, email
lpgendermospa.dubai@gmail.com, or call
(050) 8540826.
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One treatment the jet-set should have on
speed dial is the Jet Lag Remedy (Dhs595) at
the Natural Elements Spa, Le Méridien Hotel.
It begins with a hydrotherapy session as you
lie in a bath while water jets pummel your skin
to boost blood circulation and the elimination
of toxins. Next, a back, neck and shoulder
massage soothes away any in-flight kinks
while the de-stress eye treatment uses Pevonia
products to banish any post-plane ‘puffy eyes’.
www.lemeridien-dubai.com
SKIN DEEP
HIGH FLYER
It’s time to renew your membership as part of the glossy posse. If your
hair is looking a little lackluster from a series of sun, sea and
straightener damage, the L’Oréal Fiberceutic treatment at Pastels Salon
is your rescue remedy. This two-step treatment repairs tired tresses and
locks in moisture to guarantee a serious high shine finish. From Dhs150
per session, this should be a permanent part of your healthy hair
regimen. www.pastels-salon.com
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disappearing act from
the red carpet spells
one of two things in
Hollywood – a career
that’s flatlining, or…
a pregnancy. For Penelope
Cruz, it could only have
been the latter. But the
36-year-old beauty – and
now mother of one
– is back, making quite
the red-carpet return
promoting her latest
movie, Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. As bloggers’
hovered feverishly over keyboards and the paparazzi trained their
lenses to catch a glimpse of Penelope’s first post-pregnancy outing
since Leo’s birth in January, her reappearance certainly caused ripples
– of the good kind. The 64th Cannes Film Festival last month saw
Penelope dazzle in a tulle Marchesa dress twinkling with thousands
of sparkling beads, while the German premiere in Munich saw ‘the
lady in red’ step out in a flawless, floor-length Giorgio Armani Privé
gown looking regal, elegant and the picture of health. If you’re going
to make a return
to the red carpet, this is how you do it.
With all eyes on her post-baby figure, she was, to the gall of any
Hollywood-haters out there, perfect. Not a hair out of place and not
an inch of baby fat on show – the Spanish beauty’s got her groove,
and body, back and is as voluptuous and fiercely feminine as ever.
But as the gossip-hungry gawp in jealousy, all she wants to do is talk
babies. “He is beautiful, absolutely beautiful,” she says of her son,
Leo. “My life is completely different now – more settled and just
complete.” Of course, she shares her ‘complete’ life with another
Hispanic Hollywood heavyweight, Javier Bardem – her husband
of a year. As for the adjustments that come with motherhood?
“Nothing that isn’t wonderful and good. Bar the sleeping!”
In her first big interview as a mother with US Vogue last month,
she spoke of her the new love of life: “From the first second, you feel
so much love. It is a revolutionary experience. That’s the best way
I can describe it. Nature is very wise and it gives you nine months to
prepare, but when you see that face, it transforms you completely, in
a second, forever.” But it’s not just Penelope who’s been transformed,
Javier’s acceptance speech at February’s Goya Awards was even more
melt-your-heart, announcing: “I dedicate this award to my wife and
son for awakening my heart and smile every day.” With a new movie,
and two beautiful men in her life, things are good – very good. But
at 36, it’s been a long road to contentment. Born in Madrid in 1974,
her happy childhood was spent curled up in a corner of her mother’s
hair salon. With her nose in her books, her eyes and ears were trained
far more acutely on the conversations and secrets her mother’s
clientele divulged. “I always looked at that place like my first acting
school, because I really saw what those women were looking for,”
she laughs. “They walked in feeling one way and left feeling more
confident. Sometimes it was like a therapy session for them. As for
me, I pretended I was doing homework, but really I was observing –
I was fascinated. It was beautiful to see them look in the mirror and
feel good about themselves. It’s an act that means something – to
take care of yourself and to feel comfortable in your own skin is very
beautiful.”
However, despite her early beauty education, it was the world of
ballet, and then movies, that won her affections. “At first I wanted to
be a dancer and grew up as a ballet student, but then, as I got older,
I became fond of movies. My dad bought me a Betamax video player
and I devoured movies. If I liked one I’d watch it 20 times in a row!”
The rest is history… “I’ve acted ever since!”
Penelope landed a spot on a Spanish TV series at just 14, and,
with the training wheels well and truly off, found herself an agent
and put herself through theatre school. She didn’t have to wait long
for the big league offers to role in. “When I started to get parts,
I thought to myself, ‘maybe this can work for me,’ and it’s continued
until now.”
Skip forward nearly 20 years and her CV is weighed down by 50
movies. Not quite a Hollywood veteran, but she’s certainly on her
way. Her early career produced Jamon, Jamon in 1992. Not only did
this initiate the first meeting of Penelope and Javier (who would,
almost 16 years later, become her husband), but the movie – and her
acting – caught a certain influential film director’s attention. Pedro
Almodóvar, the king of Spanish film, had found his new muse –
while Penelope found an idol, mentor and life-long confidante.
In 1997, he cast her in Live Flesh (with Javier in the lead role), and
after his 1999 film All About My Mother, the world sat up a little
straighter in their cinema seats and Hollywood batted its eyelashes
enticingly. A string of high-hitters followed… All The Pretty Horses,
“FROM THE FIRST SECOND, YOU FEEL
SO MUCH LOVE. IT IS AREVOLUTIONARY
EXPERIENCE. THAT’S THE BEST WAY
I CAN DESCRIBE IT”
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Blow, Vanilla Sky, Vicky Christina Barcelona (cue another Bardem/
Cruz collaboration), Nine and, of course, Pirates.
Through a reputation for ambition, professionalism and passion,
Penelope’s firmly ensconced herself in the camp of A-listers who
directors vie to cast and who can cherry-pick their roles. “I don’t want
to play myself or the same character twice. When I have this feeling of
‘I need to do this, I want to experience and understand this character’,
then I take it as a sign.”
The most recent ‘sign’, it seems, gently pushed her in the direction
of a swashbuckling pirate movie. Step forward Pirates of the Caribbean
4. Playing Angelica, the love interest of Johnny Depp’s comedic, yet
slightly deranged, Captain Jack Sparrow came quite naturally to the
self-confessed ‘flirt’. “We worked together 10 years ago on Blow and we
had a great experience,” she reminisces. “He’s one of the kindest and
most genuine people I know. People don’t realise how funny or smart
he is – the set is always a lively place when he’s there. I only have good
things to say about him.” The pirate master is only too keen to bat the
compliment right back: “A lot of things can be said about this creature
Penelope Cruz – none of them bad.”
Despite her baby bump, Penelope was committed to her role –
sword fights and all. “We trained hard and had a lot of preparation.
Everything was safe and they were really protective and patient,
thankfully!” Now in its fourth instalment, Pirates is clearly a money-
spinner for Universal Studios, while adding Cruz to the credits will
only be a bonus for the film’s bankability. It may not be an Oscar-
worthy role, but hey, she’s got one already and let’s face it – how
many gold statues does one girl need? “Of course!” she laughs when
we suggest that Javier and her keep their Oscars together. “It’s funny
though, because I keep my Oscar in Spain as that’s our main home
and where our family is. And when I’m there, it comes to the beach
with me. I’m not joking – I wrap it up in a towel and it sits next to
me on the sand!”
Speaking of her Latin roots, Penelope – along with the likes of Eva
Mendes, Salma Hayek and Jessica Alba – is proud to be flying the
Latina flag in Hollywood – something that’s important for the actress
who “loves her language” and vows she’s “always a Spanish actress at
heart”. Her rich, creamy accent aside, Penelope’s dark, mysterious looks
have drawn comparison to some of the industry’s greats… including
Audrey Hepburn. “I have heard that before,” she laughs. “I’ve never
modelled myself on her, but I have always admired her – she was a
great actress and very unique.” And where does she stand on being a
role model? “I don’t really see myself like that. I am not somebody who
likes to give much advice, unless it’s to my close friends or family. But
it’s a responsibility, nonetheless.”
Away from the silver screen, Penelope professes to be one of ‘those’
women who can maintain a svelte silhouette sans diet. She says:
“I don’t do any strange diets, as my Mediterranean diet is healthy
enough. But a good husband and happiness helps!” A regular on the
beauty circuit, she is also the new ambassador for Lancôme – a role
she’s particularly proud of. “I’ve been a fan of Lancôme since I was a
little girl and saw Isabella Rossellini in her Trésor ads. I’m a very visual
person,” she explains, “and I’ve always been amazed by the feeling you
can get from an image – how it can take you to another world. It’s
magical.” Shooting with Mario Testino was also an enormous reward.
“It was actually the first time we worked together and we connected as
if we had been working together for 20 years. I hope we were able to
create that Lancôme magic, because the brand is like a homage to all
women, and it has a lot of care and respect for us.”
For a woman who admits to not being “great at her own make-
up”, her beauty box isn’t shy of a purchase or two. “I love Lancôme’s
L’Absolu Rouge lipstick and I’ve worn Trésor and Pôeme perfumes
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”I ALSO LIKE TO MIX IN A MORE
CONSERVATIVE, LADYLIKE, CHIC LOOK.
CHANEL IS MY FAVOURITE, WHICH IS A BIT
OF A BLAIR WALDORF INFUSION; CLASSIC
BLACK AND WHITE OUTFITS THAT ARE
MORE AUDREY HEPBURN”
“MOTHERHOOD HAS CHANGED ME.
AFTER YEARS OF BEING A WORKAHOLIC
AND ALWAYS BEING TIRED, I CHANGED
RHYTHM AND FOUND A HAPPIER
EQUILIBRIUM”
for years. I definitely have too many products,” she confesses. “The
problem is airports. You spend so much time there that you can’t
help but pick up something at duty free. One more cream, one more
something…”
With or without make-up, she refuses to let the paparazzi intrude
in her life. “I just avoid the places that call for that type of attention.
I prefer quiet places.” Preparing for her biggest (yet not necessarily
quietest) role yet as a mother, she promises to fight for her son’s
anonymity even more fervently than she does her own.
As for work, once the promotion for Pirates is over, it’s baby first,
movie sets second. “I will work again, of course; we all need to work!
There’s so much more I want to do. But it’s very important to have
time with my family,” she says protectively.
What’s next for the woman who finally has it all? “Well,
motherhood has changed me. After years of being a workaholic
and always being tired, I changed rhythm and found a happier
equilibrium. I will work, but for now only on one film a year.” But
acting runs through Penelope’s veins, so it will never be far from her
thoughts. “Acting is still like a first date to me. Every time I go to a
movie set and start a project, I feel the same feeling; the butterflies in
the stomach, not having control over it – because acting is like that,”
she says. “That’s the beauty of it. You’re always learning and there’s
always more. I refuse to get to 50 and wait at home for the phone to
ring. In Spain, actresses work until they are old. That’s my plan.” As
signs go, we’ll take this as ours – that although our leading lady may
be taking a break, we certainly haven’t lost her for good.
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it slowly. In front of her in the dense Cambodian
jungle lies a hidden garden of danger. Her eyes
move from left to right following the head of a
black metal detector over freshly cut brush. She
listens intently – loss of focus could cost her life.
The metal detector hums at a low pitch. If it
jumps to a high frequency she must carefully
mark the spot. Red signs with skull and crossbones dot the
landscape, warning: “Danger! Mines!”
Sokhon is a deminer working for the Mines Advisory Group
(MAG), a British demining charity. She searches for landmines –
facing the same threat that shattered her life at the age of 19, when
she stepped on one and it exploded. She is one of the very few
female amputee deminers in the world, and her courage is helping
to rebuild her country. “I don’t want people to experience what
I have been through,” she says.
Born in 1982, Sokhon’s life started when civil war raged like wildfire
across Battambang Province, in western Cambodia. Her village
was trapped between the recently ousted but still genocidal Khmer
Rouge forces, and the armies of the Cambodian and Vietnamese
governments. “I remember growing up, that fighting would break out
at any time,” she says. She recalls hiding with her mother and siblings
under the family chicken cage. “But the chicken pooped on me,” she
laughs. Her father ran and hid when Khmer Rouge soldiers entered
their village. “If they caught my father and knew he was a teacher, then
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they would kill the rest of his family. He had to quit teaching.” Sokhon
was witnessing one of the last sad chapters of the revolutionary
movement that devastated Cambodia.
During their reign of terror from 1975 to 1979, the Khmer Rouge
unleashed one of the most brutal social, political and economic
restructurings of a society ever seen. Their goal was to create a pure
classless nation of farming peasants. Cambodian towns were emptied.
Cambodian currency was abolished, religion banned, schools, post
offices and communications were closed. Citizens were forced to march
into the fields working like slaves. Anyone who resisted faced death.
Contact with the outside world was cut off, and the leadership reset the
calendar of Cambodian history in 1975, deeming it: Year Zero.
The regime leader Pol Pot set out to cleanse all of Cambodia, first by
executing anyone from the previous government, and then other Khmer
Rouge leaders. His paranoia reached such a height that any Cambodian
with an education could be judged a spy and executed. Neighbours were
encouraged to inform on one another; children were taught to spy on
their parents. Four years of terrifying misrule resulted in 1 to 2 million
deaths by execution and starvation.
The revolution destroyed Cambodia’s social fabric, economy and
political system. And although Vietnamese forces toppled the Khmer
Rouge in 1979, installing a new government, civil war continued to
heap misery on the country.
By 1998 that war was over. Sokhon’s youth had been spent
working 16-hour days helping her mother feed nine children.
Sokhon, the daughter of a schoolteacher, was illiterate. She says:
“We didn’t even have enough rice to eat, so how could I go to school?
Even today I can’t read or write my own name.” Her family was
landless – so poor they often borrowed rice from neighbours. They
were reduced to scavenging for any food and work they could find.
In 2002, desperation forced Sokhon, then aged 19, to make a
life-altering decision. She and her mother travelled west, 75 km to
O’chheukrom village, in Pailin province on the Thai-Cambodia
border. She says: “Many people told me in Thailand they could earn
up to three times what I made in Cambodia.”
But it was a difficult decision. To secure a ceasefire Pailin province
had been created as a sanctuary for Khmer Rouge leaders. In the
1990s it was covered in pristine forest, providing shelter for Khmer
Rouge insurgents as Cambodian and Vietnamese forces pushed them
to the fringes of the borderlands. When Sokhon arrived in 2002 the
forest was gone. Khmer Rouge forces had clear-cut the trees, selling
them to sustain the war, leaving a dusty landscape of scrub brush,
Sokhon’s supervisor, Thor
Thoeun, points to examples of
land mines and UXO typically
found in Cambodia
Photo #8967 of Sokhon
taken for ICRC’s records
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and low rolling hills in the shadows of the Cardamom Mountains. As
the trees were removed soldiers on all sides laid an insidious barrier –
the K-5 minefield – sealing off the Khmer Rouge.
The K-5 minefield snakes along the entire Thai-Cambodian
international border from the Gulf of Thailand to Laos. Containing
up to 6 million mines, it forms one of the deadliest manmade barriers
in the world, measuring 700 km long by 500 metres wide. Since 1979,
mines and UXO (Unexploded ordnance) have injured or killed more
than 60,000 Cambodians. When Sokhon arrived at O’Chheukrom, the
Cambodian Mine Victim Information System (CMVIS) listed it one
of the most high-risk villages in the country, averaging 10 accidents
per year. Sokhon was aware of the danger. However, thousands of
Cambodians crossed the minefields daily to work in Thailand.
One February morning in 2002 Sokhon also crossed the border
into Thailand. She immediately found work in an orchard clearing tree
limbs. She recalls returning home, saying: “I earned 100 baht (US$2.50).
My mom decided to come the next day. We were so happy!”
Then on the second day, she went to collect some water pipes when
it happened. “There was a huge explosion. The next second I was sitting
down covered in smoke. I noticed one of my legs had gone. The other
one was bleeding everywhere. I couldn’t feel anything – but I screamed.”
When her mother arrived she fainted.
“At first I didn’t want to live,” Sokhon admits. No longer able to
help her family, she felt hopeless and asked her fiancé to call off their
wedding – but he stood by her. Convinced it was true love she married
him at a small ceremony in 2003. Shortly after she left for two months
of rehabilitation at the International Committee of the Red Cross
(ICRC) centre in Battambang city. When she arrived ICRC staff took
photo #8967 for their records. In it, Sokhon looks devastated, scared and
alone. It is the oldest picture she has of herself, because as she admits:
“I destroyed all my childhood photos. I didn’t want to remember how I
was.” She adds that: “Losing a leg by an explosion is more painful than
giving a birth to a child – both physically and emotionally.”
At the centre, ICRC Supervisor Lim Horsan recalls thousand
of amputee cases, saying: “They are regarded negatively by society
as Chon Pika, meaning ‘broken person’. But here we refer to them
as sister or brother.” He estimates 80 to 90 percent have suicidal
thoughts at first. They think their life is meaningless; a burden to
their family. “They know they will be discriminated against by the
community. For women becoming an amputee is more difficult –
they think they lose their beauty.”
During Sokhon’s absence in rehab her mother-in-law arranged for
her husband to marry another woman. Sokhon remembers returning
to O’Chheukrom, saying: “I let him go. This was not only his mother’s
desire, but all his relatives and now he himself. This was what they
wanted to do. He had come to ask for a divorce two or three times.” She
was heartbroken – and two months pregnant with his child.
Sokhon resolved to support herself, a huge task in a village with
no electricity or running water. She recalls being nine months
pregnant. “The riverbank was steep and slippery. The water was too
Inside the workshop at
the ICRC. Chhorn Lang,
who helped make Sokhon’s
prothesis, also lost a leg
to a landmine in 1988
Landmine and
trauma victims
recieve treatment
from staff at the
Emergency Life
Support For Civilian
War Victims hospital
in Battambang,
Cambodia
Amputees in rehab
at the ICRC centre in
Battambang city. The ICRC
centre has treated 18,122
cases from 1991 to 2010,
most of them amputees
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heavy to carry – I dropped it,” she says. “I saw some women who
were pregnant, but their husbands stood by and helped them with
heavy work.” She pushed herself again, knowing she needed water to
cook food. The strain induced Sokon into labour. “I sat down and
cried,” she says. Later that day she gave birth to a baby girl: Sreymao.
In August 2006 the Mines Advisory Group (MAG), with funding
from CARE, targeted O’Chheukrom for mine clearance, and
presented Sokhon with an opportunity to rebuild her life. Regional
Manager Chea Sarim recruited Sokon. He recalls: “At first she was
very isolated in her village.” MAG put her with a team and they
treated her the same as a non-amputee. “There is a big difference
in her attitude now,” he says, explaining
that when MAG starts a local demining
team project they target vulnerable people
– the poorest of the poor. “Previously our
people thought that women could not be
away from the kitchen or the house. So
this is one of the changes we have made to
the community – that a woman can be a
deminer.”
Sokhon admits that initially the thought
of clearing mines worried her. She laughs
now with confidence. “I was stupid,” she
says, admitting that her lack of education
scared her most. During training some
classmates looked down on her. She wanted to give up, but says; “I tried
very hard to remember everything. After a while I could remember
better than the others.” To everyone’s surprise she finished second out of
50 in her class. During graduation her instructor noted her intelligence
before the entire group. Sokhon smiles: “It was a great time in my life,
one of the best achievements.”
On August 21, 2006, Sokhon and her team started demining
O’Chheukrom village. “One of the areas we cleared was where I used
to go to collect water with my daughter every day. We found mines
everywhere. That was scary.” By April 5, 2007 the village was finally
free of landmines. 69,379 square metres of land was rendered safe.
Sokhon’s MAG team found 405 mines, 64
unexploded bombs and 164,213 pieces of
fragmentation. Villagers started farming
the area without fear, bringing a sense of
relief and prosperity to the community.
Sokhon’s confidence was returning too.
Her income now supported her extended
family. But, in a moment of sadness she
told her friend, Yean Maly: “I never want
to get married again. I don’t think any
man could truly love an amputee woman
like me.” Today, Kheun Sokhon walks
with a confident limp over a hill known
as Koun Phnum, or ‘Baby Mountain’,
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teach mine risk education to primary school
children in Suay Chrum village, Pailin. The series
of banners teaches children how to identify mine
and UXO and what to do if they see it
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a minefield 20 km from O’Chheukrom. Eight male co-workers
follow behind. Three are amputees and also limp. Wearing body
armour, blast visors and carrying hundreds of pounds of demining
equipment they step into the minefield. In searing heat Sokhon
begins hiking up and down the hill, removing heavy piles of brush.
She takes great care not to step over a thin red line marking the
minefield boundary. She says the experience requires total clarity of
mind. “I have to concentrate only on the sound of the metal detector.
I cannot think about anything else, or an accident could happen.”
Sokhon’s supervisor, Thor Thoeun, stands safely 25 metres away,
watching. With tension gripping his face, not wanting to disturb
her, he whispers: “We are always scared in the minefield. When the
detector signals, Sokhon will pinpoint the spot with a red chip.” Then
she will excavate to find what is underneath. If she sees a mine she
will place a red triangle pointing toward the danger. Then she will
blow a whistle for the supervisor to check the item. If it is a landmine
it is generally destroyed in situ. Twenty minutes later a Chinese
Type 72 mine is found. Sokhon’s supervisors prepare demolition
equipment, delicately placing 100 grammes of TNT explosive on it.
Four deminers begin announcing on loudspeakers to surrounding
villagers: “We inform all of you working near our minefield. We
will conduct a demolition shortly. Please evacuate the area!” On a
hill 100 metres away farmers harvesting cassava disappear out of
sight. Then Sokhon’s supervisor connects black demolition wire to
a detonator switch. He blows three long blasts on a whistle followed
by three short ones. Then he presses the detonator, triggering an ear-
shattering explosion that booms across the valley.
At 3pm Sokhon and her team descend from the minefield to their
base camp, dead tired. Their uniforms are covered with brown soil
and leaves, and drenched with sweat. Their workdays start at 4am
and finish at 5pm.
On the way home Sokhon stops at the local market to shop for
dinner – she still has to cook for her family. The shopkeepers joke
with her as a photographer is following her: an unusual sight in
Pailin until recently. In 2002, Angelina Jolie adopted her first child,
Maddox, in Battambang, and started a foundation, bringing a touch
of glamour to the locals, many of whom hope to catch a glimpse of
the superstar. Sokhon smiles shyly, embarrassed by the attention, but
later she jokes: “I also want to be famous! Do you think Brad Pitt
will come to see me?”Arriving at home at sunset, Sokhon’s daughter
Sreymao, 7, runs out to greet her. Sokhon sits down in front of her
parent’s house – a bamboo hut with a sheet metal roof, and measures
5x4m. Indoor electricity comes from a car battery that powers one
12-watt light bulb and a small TV. Sokhon’s house next door has
a palm frond roof and measures 3x3m. She shares it with Sreymao.
Sokhon changes her black work boots for pink slippers. She pauses
to put Sreymao’s hair in a ponytail and begins cooking.
Sokhon’s mother, Kep Nann, sits down outside, saying: “We are so
proud of her!” She admits Sokhon is the primary reason the family is
slowly escaping poverty and paying for her daughter and siblings to
attend school. With Sokhon’s help they recently purchased a small plot
of land in O’Chheukrom where they plan to build a house.The last
light of day trickles in over the Cardamom Mountains, highlighting
Sokhon’s smile. She sits down with Sreymao who is busy studying her
2nd grade schoolwork. “I want her to be a doctor, but we are too poor
for that. I hope she can be a nurse,” Sokhon says.
Standing behind them working, far enough away that he can’t hear,
is Sokhon’s new husband, Khhuan Ry. Sokhon says: “My husband
gives me good support. I cannot find another man better than him. He
doesn’t drink and helps with the housework. He carries water from the
river. He is responsible and takes Sreymao to school. All my hope came
back to me. So I opened my heart back up. Yes – I am in love!” ■
After a Chinese Type
72 mine is found,
Sokhon’s supervisor,
Im Samkul, prepares
demolition equipment
Sokhone and eight male co-workers walk over ‘Koun Phnum’
or ‘Baby Mountain’ minefield, wearing body armour, blast visors
and carrying hundreds of pounds of demining equipment
Sokhon at her house with her
daughter Sreymao and her parents
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Green dress (worn underneath) Jean Paul Gaultier
Black belt Alexander McQueen
Brown belt Streets Ahead at Harvey Nichols
Necklace and earrings Splash
Rings Nashville at Bloomingdale’s
Large ring (left) Christian Dior
Blue bracelet Shashi at Harvey Nichols
Shoes Christian Dior
Chair, throw and ornamental dog from THE One
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Dress Versace
Scarf Camerucci and necklace Lucy Hutchings both at Bloomingdale’s
Ring Lucy Hutchings at Harvey Nichols
Earrings Splash
Red bracelet and blue ring both Shashi at Harvey Nichols
Rings as before
Flowers, skull and chair from THE One
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Dolce&Gabbana at Saks Fifth Avenue
Skirt Manish Arora at Saks Fifth Avenue
Black jacket Laugh Cry Repeat at Harvey Nichols
Goldfish pendant Bambah
Necklace Assad Maneer at Harvey Nichols
Bracelet and ring Boom & Mellow
Rings as before
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Earrings Rada at Boom & Mellow
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Striped dress Moschino and long dress (worn underneath) Herve Leger
Necklace Shashi at Harvey Nichols
Tribal necklace Lucy Hutchings at Harvey Nichols
Earrings Boom & Mellow
Necklace (worn as bracelet) Shashi at Harvey Nichols
Rings Nashville at Bloomingdale’s
Shoes Christian Louboutin
Skull from THE One
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Dress Trina Turk at Saks Fifth Avenue
Chair and cushions from THE One
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Cream tiered dress Ralph Lauren
Floral scarf Franco Ferrori and necklace Kendra
Scott both at Saks Fifth Avenue
Belt Lee Cooper for Splash
Earrings Boom & Mellow
Gold bracelet Lavish at Bloomingdale’s
Large ring (left) Christian Dior
Rings as before
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Top and skirt both Marni at Harvey Nichols
Shoes Vionnet at Harvey Nichols
Belt Christian Dior
Necklace stylist’s own
Bracelets and rings as before
Skull from THE One
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White shirt Ralph Lauren
Floral skirt Dolce&Gabbana at Harvey Nichols
Necklace Kendra Scott at Saks Fifth Avenue
Ring (on right) Lucy Hutchings at Harvey Nichols
Rings as before
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Large necklace Boom & Mellow
Fringed white top Roberto Rodriguez,
dress Cecilia and necklace Kendra Scott
all at Saks Fifth Avenue
Hair and make-up Kate Goodwin
Model Miriam T at Bareface
Stylist assisted by Cherith Nicholl
Shot on location at Maria Bonita Taco Shop, Jumeriah
(www.mariabonitadubai.com)
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Denim shirt Burberry Brit at Bloomingdale’s
Shoes Marni at Harvey Nichols
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Shoes Christian Dior
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Denim pinafore Stella McCartney
Nude bodysuit Martin Margiela
at Harvey Nichols
Silk scarf Hermès
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Salmon leather jacket
Alexander McQueen
Chiffon embellished
dress 3.1 Phillip Lim
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Denim jumpsuit
Moschino Cheap & Chic
at Harvey Nichols
Printed shirt YSL at
Harvey Nichols
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at Bloomingdale’s
Tan silk shorts Dries Van
Noten at Bloomingdale’s
Silk shirt Theory at
Bloomingdale’s
Glasses as before
Hair and make-up
Kate Goodwin
Stylist assisted
by Cherith Nicholl
Model Florrie
Shot on location at
Media One hotel, Dubai.
www.mediaone.com
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TOM FORD’S
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1961
THOMAS CARLYLE
FORD IS BORN IN
AUSTIN TEXAS ON
AUGUST 27
1977
AGED 16 HE LEAVES
SCHOOL TO MOVE
TO NYC AND STUDY
HISTORY OF ART
1978
LEAVES NYU TO STAR IN
12 NATIONAL ADVERTISING
CAMPAIGNS AND TV
COMMERCIALS
1986
LANDS HIS FIRST
FASHION JOB AT CATHY
HARDWICK AFTER
PHONING HER EVERY
DAY FOR A MONTH
THE TOM FORD EFFECT
1988
MOVES TO PERRY
ELLIS TO WORK
ALONGSIDE DESIGNER
MARC JACOBS
F
ord fever is on the rise.
The much-anticipated first
womenswear collection under
the Tom Ford umbrella has
arrived on our shores. At
his über-slick velvet accented saloon
in The Dubai Mall, a flurry of sequins,
exquisite tailoring and oh-so-dahling
cocktail attire brings fashion traffic to a
standstill. The power his garments evoke
is undeniable, a true alchemist of fashion,
he famously mixes pure 70s glamour with
just the right amount of provocation.
The man himself cuts quite the striking
figure, too, with his dashing Hollywood-
worthy looks. He is rarely seen without
his statement unbuttoned crisp white shirt
and beautifully tailored suit (his casual
attire), an echo of his equally perfectionist
work ethic.
Standing firmly at the helm of
Gucci and YSL as creative director,
he dominated the realm of high-end
womenswear for a decade from 1994
to 2004, both solidifying his fashion
forerunner status and making him
every high profile female’s go-to gent
for gasp-inducing gorgeous garments.
As the man himself professes: “My last
few collections at Gucci and Yves Saint
Laurent were some of my best. But I
was really unhappy and could not have
continued… I got back into this because
I love clothes. I love women’s fashion.
I want to do it.”
A brief departure from the world of
womenswear coincided with the launch
of the Tom Ford emporium and his
directorial debut with the stylishly shot
The Single Man. The break away was
instrumental in confirming his love of
the craft. “I’ve been watching fashion for
the last five or six years… we’ve strayed
away from real clothes. I want to make
beautiful clothes for women and men
Karen Elson
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Natalia Vodianova
Joan Smalls
ATTENDS THE PARSONS
NEW SCHOOL FOR DESIGN,
INTERNS AT CHLOÉ IN
PARIS FOR A YEAR AND
GRADUATES WITH A DEGREE
IN ARCHITECTURE
1980S
A REGULAR AT STUDIO
54, A NIGHTCLUB THAT
BECOMES A SOURCE OF
INSPIRATION
MID 1980S
1990
HIRED AS GUCCI’S
CHIEF WOMEN’S
READY-TO-WEAR
DESIGNER
Tom Ford
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EW’S TOP FIVE LOOKS
Trendsettter Daphne
Guinness in a hand-
embroidered leopard
print, sequin and lace
evening gown
who appreciate detail an quality.”
Those who appreciate his eye for detail
need simply look to his first womenswear
showcase for his label. A show which
saw powerful representations of modern
women, his muses, by and large, take to
the runway in designs made to reflect their
respective personalities and beauty.
“I wanted to have an old, glamorous
fashion show… great people in the
audience and great people on the runway.
I thought, who are my favourite icons that
I’ve had on my wall forever? I wrote letters
to all these women.”
Lauren Hutton, Beyoncé Knowles,
Daphne Guinness and Julianne Moore
made the final cut for what became a
spellbinding affair. Gone are the runway
shows of his Gucci era and in their place are
intimate showcases, with no photographers
or bloggers allowed. Tom Ford is single
handedly bringing back the notion of
exclusivity in fashion, and we want in.
“THESE ARE CLOTHES MADE FOR THE WOMAN
WHO TRULY VALUES BEING ‘DRESSED’. IT IS A RETURN
TO ELEGANCE, AND A RETURN TO THE TRUE ROOTS
OF WOMENSWEAR”
Sixties supermodel
turned actress Lauren
Hutton in an ivory
blazer and wide leg
trouser suit complete
with felt hat
Runway favourite
Karlie Kloss in a black,
silk and velvet shirt
with a satin, velvet and
fishnet trimmed skirt
Model Lakshmi Menon
in a form-fitting ivory
skirt and safari jacket.
Accessorised with an olive
green, suede safari hat
with woven leather trim
Model Du Juan in
a hand-painted and
embroidered column
evening gown with
fringe detail
1992
PROMOTED TO DESIGN
DIRECTOR FOR READY-TO-WEAR,
FRAGRANCE, IMAGE AND
ADVERTISING
1999
THE GUCCI GROUP
ACQUIRED YSL AND TOM
FORD IS MADE CREATIVE
DIRECTOR OF YSL
2000
WINS THE BEST
INTERNATIONAL
DESIGNER AT THE VH1/
VOGUE AWARDS
2001
IS ANNOUNCED AS WOMENSWEAR
DESIGNER OF THE YEAR AWARDED
BY THE COUNCIL OF FASHION
DESIGNERS OF AMERICA
2005
FORMS THE TOM
FORD BRAND AND
MAKES WAVES
WITH SUNGLASSES,
FRAGRANCE AND
BEAUTY
2009
HIS DIRECTORIAL DEBUT, A SINGLE MAN,
STARRING JULIANNE MOORE AND COLIN
FIRTH, IS NOMINATED FOR A GOLDEN
LION AT THE VENICE FILM FESTIVAL
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1994
MADE CREATIVE
DIRECTOR AT GUCCI.
GUCCI SALES THEN
INCREASE BY
90 PER CENT
THE TOM FORD WOMENSWEAR COLLECTION IS
AVAILABLE AT THE TOM FORD BOUTIQUE AT
THE DUBAI MALL, (04) 3308300.
RIGHT ON TIME
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1 Atlas Dome watch with
leather strap Tiffany & Co.
2 Love heart watch Bulgari
3 Chronograph Black IP Case
watch Philip Stein
4 Cristal watch with ceramic
strap Dior
5 Diamond encrusted dial
watch Blancpain
6 Chronograph stainless steel
case watch Philip Stein
7 Black watch with rubber
strap U-Boat
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2 Ceramic J12 watch Chanel
3 Diamond studded watch
Carrera y Carrera
4 DS First Lady watch Certina
5 Atlas watch with crocodile
strap Tiffany & Co.
6 Constellation watch Omega
7 Ocean Lady Moon Phase
watch Harry Winston
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Meher & Riddhima
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androgynous, all-black clad
models exited the runway in
Paris it symbolised the close
of another Fashion Week and the industry
power-players, bloggers and buyers could
once again return to their respective capitals,
fresh fashion fodder in hand and head’s
brimming with new season inspiration.
Fortunately, the fashion world is an
all-encompassing marvel, transcending
the boundaries of the Big Four to take in
sights further afield. While French editors
could finally put their feet up, organisers of
Dubai Fashion Week (DFW) were finalising
schedules, drawing up media dockets and
shipping in sleek white seating for a plush
new VIP lounge.
Taking over Zabeel Hall at the World
Trade Centre, the new-look DFW boasted
a packed schedule featuring local, up-and-
coming and international designers. Show
regular Hassan Shehryar Yasin (HSY) proved
a highlight on day one with a collection that
celebrated traditional Pakistani tailoring and
handicrafts (think embroidered cropped
jackets and embellished saris), while
acclaimed Indian designer Rajesh Pratap
Singh closed the event with a packed out
finale, showcasing signature deconstructed
dresses and sequined tunics.
Joining DFW’s veteran designers were
six up-and-coming talents, students Azdan
Zandi, Anna Guracz, Sarah Mrad, Kay Li,
Sophie Wanney and Sara Al Rafai, who
impressed with collections that fused an
experimental use of fabrics and futuristic
tailoring, confidently packaged into
consistent and well-executed themes.
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Azdan Zandi
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BACKSTAGE AT DFW
Rimmel were in charge of perfecting
the make-up looks during DFW,
which ranged from experimental and
downright demonic (Gaurav Gupta) to
fresh-faced and girly (Emerging Talent).
EMERGING TALENT
Six aspiring designers (including two students from
leading French fashion school Esmod), showcased
collections that ranged from the romantic (a la
Nina Ricci) to the futuristic (a la Gareth Pugh).
Inspired by the movie The Chronicles of
Riddick, Kay Li presented fitted jackets
with strong shoulder cuts in shades of
bronze-copper, black, white and grey,
while Azdan Zandi celebrated ladylike
grace with simple shifts and flared jumpsuits.
One of the show highlights was Lebanese
designer Sarah Mrad, who offered up
a wearable collection of balloon-
shaped dresses and skirts with bow-
belt detail that celebrated the female
form – a Burberry-esque body-con dress being one
of the many covetable pieces to hit the runway.
HSY
As with all HSY shows, video imaging played
a large part in setting the ‘theme’ of the collection,
which for A/W11 revolved around the title
‘Voyage National’, or as Hassan Shehryar Yasin
later told EW: “A journey through the diverse
and rich cultural heritage of Pakistan.”
Embroidery for the 42-outfit collection was
produced by an organisation that aims to
improve the working conditions of Pakistan’s
artisanal women, resulting in eye-catching yet
wearable waistcoats, dresses and jackets in
a palette dominated by deep green and
mustard. “The inspiration was a multitude
of embroideries,” the designer revealed,
adding: “Some date back many
hundreds of years. Each piece in
the collection has embellishment
to represent a different region of
Pakistan.”
MUMBAI SE PRESENTS
MEHER & RIDDHIMA
Popular fashion boutique Mumbai
Se collaborated with four of its
32 stocked designers for a spot
on the DFW schedule – Hemant
& Nandita, Mynah by Reynu
Taandon, Ekta Singh and, of
course, Meher & Riddhima – the
designers largely credited with
creating Dubai’s love affair
with vibrant print day dresses
and Swarovski-encrusted
eveningwear. For A/W11, the
duo showed signature cocktail
dresses, tunics and floor-length
gowns in georgette and chiffon,
in addition to hair bands and
clutch bags from their new
accessories line. “This season,
we’ve been inspired by Oscar
Wilde, Paco Rabanne and
the 1960s,” Meher and
Riddhima revealed. “Our
top three pieces from the
collection are the bronze silk
drape jumpsuit, the metallic
‘Oscar’ dress and the colour
block tulle dress.”
GAURAV GUPTA
A newbie to the DFW
schedule, Indian designer
Gaurav Gupta was out to
make an impact with flashy
audiovisuals depicting
water droplets, billowing
smoke, fish fins and bird
wings (all elements that
contributed to his ‘fluidity in
the world’ concept), and
later showed off abstract
designs in his vibrant
mix of ruffle dresses,
statement saris
and structured
jackets.
RAJESH PRATAP SINGH
Models walked a glossy black
runway in boxy tunics featuring
bold, oversized print motifs;
collared playsuits and ankle-
length coats in luxe fabrics that
ranged from silk to velvet and
leather for Rajesh Pratap Singh’s
fitting finale to DFW.
FASHION WEEK ROUND-UP
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Coco Chanel was the accidental
pioneer of the tanned complexion after
having too much sun on a visit to the
French Riviera in the 1920s. Her loyal fans,
who copied her every move, adopted the
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with the natural state of their locks. Whether you sport a gamine crop or have a
long, wild Jerry Hall-esque mane, there will always be a hint of the grass is always
greener syndrome. In the UAE, granted we don’t have to compete with the wet
weather, yet it seems as if we are ever so slightly shortchanged after a blow-dry.
During the summer months, hair doesn’t seem to stand a chance with humidity inducing
frizz or, on the flipside long, limp, flat-as a-supermodels-stomach lengths, and not to mention
excessive chlorine turning newly sun-kissed tresses into what can only be described as
something resembling straw with a greenish hue. The question on everyone’s lips remains;
how can we turn the strands we were born with into something exquisite?
Don’t panic, we have the answer. Delve into the next few pages for tear out and keep tips on
how to get the hair you really want.
M A K I N G WA V E S
Letting your hair hang loose has had a glamorous make over. Wavy hair has a natural bounce and the slight curl ensures the
surface catches the light, paving the way for hair with a mirror-like shine. The secret to a true centre parting is to train the hair by
pinning it down whilst you sleep. To create effortless layered waves, run an extra strong mousse and curl spray through damp hair.
Once dry, opt for wide barreled hair tongs to curl the hair section by section. Remember to keep the tongs in a diagonal pointing
from the chin to the top of the head for that desert dune effect.
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Y O U R H I G H N E S S
A sophisticated up do has come a long way since the scruffy bun. Turn yourself into the ultimate
Hitchcock heroine with a high fashion twist. Divide your hair into both ‘fringe’ and ‘beehive’ sections.
With the beehive, create a ponytail leaving a sizeable halo of hair around it loose. Slip the hair donut
over your pony and start backcombing the entire section. Pull the halo section of hair up and over the
donut backcombing as you go; the more backcombing the higher the end result will be. Secure all the
hair by pulling the ends together into a ponytail at the top of the beehive. Curl the loose ends with tongs
and secure with bobby pins. For the fringe, create a mass of curls using a small-barreled curling tong,
back comb at the roots and sweep to one side. The key to this look is a super-strength hairspray.
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For the bold among us, a Fifties inspired coif with a quiff is the epitome of style. Start
by sectioning hair from ear to ear over the top of the head using a pintail comb, then
backcomb the front section focusing at the roots. Run a texturising paste through the
lengths of the hair and sweep it forward to create the quiff. Pull the hair across the
forehead and to one side securing with bobby pins at the temple. For the remaining
back section of hair opt for a sleek ponytail for a nod to true equestrian style.
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For big hair with an added bounce, channel your inner disco diva and sport a halo
of tight curls. The secret here is to drench damp hair in a volumising mousse from root
to tip followed by a curl spray. Taking small sections of hair wrap them around a small
barreled tong and pin each curl tight to the head with a bobby pin. Mist hair all over
with a heavy-duty hairspray and leave to cool. Once cooled the curls will be set,
remove the pins and rather than using a brush run your fingertips through the curls for
a more ethereal effect.
C O R K S C R E W C U R L S
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hen you are on top of your game, I find, whatever your
profession you act without pretense, with confidence
and have nothing to prove. This is how I would describe
perfumer and artisan Jean-Claude Ellena. The first ever
full-time perfumer to be employed by the most prestigious
brand in the world, Hermès, Jean-Claude has carte blanche
to develop beautiful, sensuous scents and, like everything
that comes out of the Hermès house, his creations are rich,
luxurious and, best of all, timeless.
Jean-Claude’s tenure began with the first of the Garden Perfume fragrance line
(there are now four) Un Jardin Méditerrannée (2003), which was inspired by the
Tunisian garden of Leïla Menchari, director of display for Hermès. In 2005, Un Jardin
sur le Nil was created – this time the gardens at Assouan in Egypt were his muse.
In 2008, Un Jardin après la Mousson came to life after his travels to India and now,
in 2011, Un Jardin sur le Toit (garden on a rooftop) takes us closer to the Hermès
home at the flagship boutique, 24 Faubourg in Paris, to a garden with a difference.
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In addition to housing all the Birkins, belts and bottles of fragrances,
the boutique is also home to the Hermès museum, artisan workshops
and a roof top garden. “During the Second World War it was a working
garden full of potatoes and tomatoes,” explains Jean-Claude. “After
the war, and after Jean-Louis Dumas took over the responsibility of
Hermès, he wanted to make this garden as beautiful as possible and so
it is white. On his travels to Normandy he brought back an apple, pear
and magnolia tree to plant in the garden and these fragrances make up
the body of Un Jardin sur le Toit. I know this garden well and when
I came up with the idea [to use the Hermès garden as his inspiration]
the family liked the concept.”
Making this fragrance a truly family affair, Philippe Dumas created
the artwork, which appears on the perfume box and in the advertising
campaign. “Philippe is a member of the fifth generation of the Hermès
family and also an artist,” says Jean-Claude. “He gives his point of view
of the garden, one that is in the centre of Paris and from which you
can see the city with the roofs and streets. In his mind, you can also
recognise the Eiffel tower and Montmartre. It’s all imaginary, but at
the centre of his attention is this very special, and beautiful, garden.”
Most of the fragrances developed under Jean-Claude’s nose, are
suitable scents for both women and men. “It is only quite a recent trend
to have both a male and female fragrance. This started at the beginning
of the 20th century and was for economic and marketing reasons –
to sell two products instead of one. But we like to give the freedom for
you to choose. If you think about our approach at Hermès, it is quite
unique and different. One thing you need to know is that I don’t smell
the market; I don’t care what the market does. We do no tests, no focus
group or any of that kind of marketing approach – we don’t believe in
that. We base decisions on our sensitivity and our emotions. We share
what we want to put on the market and together we decide this is a
perfume we want to put on the shelves.”
His father and uncle were both perfumers, so Jean-Claude was born
into the fragrance world and explains: “I was born in Grasse, so I was a
child of perfume and it was all quite natural. I was a bad pupil at school
and my father decided when I was 16 years old to make me work in the
industry.”
These days, Jean-Claude develops his fragrances at his house in the
South of France, aided by his two assistants, and develops two perfumes
a year – although this is not set in stone. “I spend a lot of time on each
perfume, but if I am not ready we are able to say we need more time
– we are lucky, we can do that.”
Although passionate about his craft, Jean-Claude is still humble
about his work and says that the most rewarding thing about perfumery
is creating: “The pleasure is there and when [the fragrance] is finished
I liken it to when you make a baby, and after that the baby is no longer
yours – it has to make its own life. You have to believe in your child,
share and follow it, but it is not yours anymore and so you have to make
another one!” ■
UN JARDIN SUR LE TOIT IS AVAILABLE IN HERMÈS BOUTIQUES AND
MAJOR BEAUTY STORES IN THE MIDDLE EAST. WWW.HERMES.COM
The Hermès garden in Paris – the
source of Jean-Claude’s inspiration
Jean-Claude Ellena
“WE DO NO TESTS, NO FOCUS
GROUP, WE DON’T BELIEVE IN
THAT. WE BASE DECISIONS
ON OUR SENSITIVITY AND OUR
EMOTIONS“
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1951
EAU D’HERMÈS
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2000
ROUGE HERMÈS
2007
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COLLECTION
HERMESSENCE
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COLLECTION HERMESSENCE
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Arnold, to use her full name, is not your
typical twenty something. The British starlet
is a singer, songwriter and now spokesmodel for the
latest fragrant offering by Nina Ricci. In person, her
wide-set blue eyes and mass of blonde hair give her
a naïve, girlish charm. Yet, when she steps on stage,
she professes to feel most alive, and we witness a
more effervescent and quirky version of Florrie.
Performing on stage barefoot at her exclusive gig
in Dubai’s Art Sawa gallery, Florrie conjures up an
image of a 1960s pixie, jumping from the mic to the
drums (which she has been playing since
she was six) for a jamming session
with her band.
Nina Ricci, a brand known
for its French femininity and
romanticism, shook things up
on the fashion front with their
appointment of Peter Copping
in 2009. This year the company
aimed to do the same with the
fragrance house, and Florrie was
pinned as the girl to do it. The
brand describes the discovery of
Florrie as love at first sight, with just
the right amount of rock chick edge
juxtaposed against her elegance and
fairytale-esque quality.
HOW DID YOU FEEL WHEN YOU WERE
CHOSEN AS THE FACE AND VOICE OF
NINA L’ELIXIR?
It was amazing, I had never done anything like
it before. When I flew to Paris to meet with the
board of Nina Ricci, I stood in front of them
and had to sing without any music. They must
have liked it because it wasn’t long before we
started shooting the advert.
WHO DO YOU COUNT AS YOUR STYLE
ICONS?
Audrey Hepburn, particularly the way she
looks in Funny Face starring alongside Fred
Astaire; this movie best describes my style.
wI also look up to Grace Kelly and Debbie
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Florrie Arnold
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”IT’S EVERY GIRL’S
DREAM TO BE A
PRINCESS FOR A DAY.
FOR THE SHOOT,
I WAKE UP IN MY
BEDROOM AND
FOLLOW THE BOTTLE
THROUGH A BEAUTIFUL
RAINFOREST“
PHOTOGRAPHER LOUIS CHRISTOPHER, STYLE DIRECTOR SARAH JOAN ROSS, HAIR AND
MAKE-UP KATE GOODWIN, STYLIST ASSISTED BY CHERITH NICHOLL, MODEL FLORRIE
ARNOLD SHOT ON LOCATION AT MEDIA ONE HOTEL, DUBAI. WWW.MEDIAONE.COM
Harry.
WHAT WAS THE SHOOT LIKE?
It is every girl’s dream to be a princess for a
day. I was lucky enough to do it for a whole
week. It’s a dreamy scenario. I wake up in my
bedroom and follow the bottle through a
beautiful forest. The set itself was incredible.
WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE PERFUME?
I really love it. Actually, I remember when I
first saw Nina L’Elixir, it was unrecognisable
to how it looks now, in its plain little sample
bottle. I am drawn to scents with citrus notes,
so it was perfect for me. I wear it every day,
even when I’m onstage.
IN THE ADVERT YOU SING BLONDIE’S
SUNDAY GIRL? WHY DID YOU PICK
THAT SONG?
We spent a long time thinking about the
perfect song. We started with a list of maybe
20 songs and that one was chosen. I think it
is a great song with such a lovely melody.
WHAT IS A TYPICAL WORKING DAY
LIKE FOR FLORRIE?
I have been flying all around the globe
from Miami to Paris to here in Dubai to
promote the fragrance, but when I am in
England I live between Kent and Shoreditch
(in London’s East End.) Everyday I go to
the studio to rehearse the drums and write
songs, then I try to go to the gym and by the
time I get home I am exhausted.
ANY FOOD LOVES?
Sushi and Haribo.
WHAT’S YOUR EXERCISE REGIME?
Running and swimming.
WHAT ARE THE SECRETS BEHIND YOUR
FLAWLESS SKIN?
I make sure I have at least eight hours of sleep
every night and I drink lots of water. I take
my make-up off with Eau Démaquillante
Micellaire aux 3 roses by Nuxe. I think Nuxe
skincare is the best for my skin.
YOU HAVE WORKED WITH BOTH KYLIE
AND GIRLS ALOUD. WHAT HAVE BEEN
THE MOST DEFINING MOMENTS FOR
YOU SO FAR?
Apart from being the face and voice of Nina
L’Elixir, it would have to be meeting and being
photographed by fashion icon Karl Lagerfeld.
I had to pinch myself.
WHICH MAKE-UP PRODUCTS WOULD WE
FIND IN YOUR MAKE UP BAG?
M.A.C’s Face & Body Foundation is fantastic,
Touche Éclat by YSL, Nars Bronzer and lip
balm. I’m addicted to lip balm. I think I’ve
tried every single one out there, and I normally
have three on the go at one time. ■
On set shooting the ad
Touche Éclat
Eau
Démaquillante
Micellaire
Rosebud Salve
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s a teen, my signature scent went
something like this… It was either A)
Whatever my classmates were spritzing
on. Or B) Whatever box set I’d received in my
Santa sack. If I wanted a splash of something
decadent, I would rifle through my mother’s
belongings. But fragrance was somewhat of
an after thought. And then the 90s came along
and it was all about L’Eau de nothing.
Nowadays, it seems you can’t make it
through one end of a department store to
the other without being hit by a fragrance
sniper. There are celebrity scents (usually
blah), designer and high street ‘fashion’
scents; why there are even scents out there
dedicated to your dog. How on earth do
you choose (bar the latter, of course)?
THE NITTY GRITTY
The Guerlain Les Exclusives collection is
only available in 50 of the most prestigious
boutiques around the world. They offer the
limited edition and rare fragrances, including
the very first Guerlain fragrance ever made,
Eau de Cologne Impériale, created for Her
Majesty Empress Eugénie in 1853. Plus, the
more modern interpretations such as One
City, One Perfume, Paris-Moscow, Paris-New
York and Paris-Tokyo, which sum up the
streets and vibe of each city.
L’EAU AND
BEHOLD
However, there is a
little haven on offer. A place
where you can sit quietly
and, well, sniff to your nose’s
delight; where there are
experts who have clocked up
over 182 years of experience
under their belt (or should
I say nose?), to help guide you
through making the right perfume purchase.
Welcome to Guerlain Les Exclusifs Perfume
Boutique.
Perched next to a touch-screen computer,
you are shown pictures and asked a plethora of
questions about your favourite flowers, smells,
experiences, and even vacations and foods. The
fragrance expert then builds up a profile of
what she thinks you might like and chooses the
appropriate bottles. After a good sniff around,
I decide to purchase Mayotte, a beautiful mix of
Indian jasmine, ylang ylang and neroli. It’s the
perfect after-dark scent and I’ve been wearing
it every weekend, since. So I guess you could say
I definitely found my perfect perfume match.
I might just have to return to find a glorious
scent for the daytime, too. ■
GUERLAIN LES EXCLUSIVES BOUTIQUES ARE
AVAILABLE AT HARVEY NICHOLS (04)4098888 AND
PARIS GALLERY, THE DUBAI MALL (04) 3308289.
WWW.GUERLAIN.COM
EW’S TOP FIVE PICKS FROM THE GUERLAIN COUNTER
WRITTEN BY SARAH JOAN ROSS
Vetiver Pour Elle
Initially released in the 50s, it
got a make-over in 2000 and has
been on our top spritz list ever
since. Very green notes of vetiver,
bergamot and lily-of-the-valley
Tonka Impériale
A gourmand fragrance
with tonka bean and
almond that is sweet,
but not too toothache-
inducing sickly
La Petit Robe Noire 2
A fruity floral
spiked with
bergamot, Iris and a
surprise element of
marshmallow
Elixirs Charnels
Chypre Fatal
Packs a powerful
punch with rose,
patchouli and
vanilla
Aqua Allegoria
Jasminora
A fresh floral
scent with
jasmine at its
heart
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DITCH THE CRASH DIETS AND FORGET THE FADS,
BECAUSE LONG-TERM WEIGHT LOSS IS ALL IN YOUR
HEAD, SAYS NATASHA FARUQUE
S
uch is the zeal with which women search for a miracle
cure that will endow them with the body they crave, that
followers of fad diets often term themselves ‘disciples’.
Whether you worship at the temple of Mr Atkins, swear
by the made in Miami South Beach diet, or substitute
meals with copious cups of skinny cafe lattes (allegedly
the path of über-stylist Rachel Zoe) but still can’t fit into ‘those’
jeans, perhaps the time has come to ditch the guerrilla tactics in the
battle of the bulge, ignore the fads and opt instead for the simple
method of starting to ‘think yourself thin’?
Experts agree that by applying the principles of cognitive behavioural
therapy, you can stick to your healthy eating plan, avoid sabotaging
thoughts (along the lines of continuously giving yourself ‘opt out’
clauses, such as you’ve had a bad day, or justifying that a ‘cake isn’t really
that calorie-laden, is it’?). You just need to change the way you think.
Jared Alden, a Dubai-based psychotherapist at the German Centre
for Neurology and Psychiatry, encourages us to “use the principles of
behavioural learning theory to properly change how you eat”. Jared
says: “Set one small measurable goal at a time. For example, decide that
for the next three weeks you are not going to drink soda, or perhaps
eat French fries. You can also set positive-based goals, such
MIND
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FATTER
as promising to eat a small fresh salad every day instead. You may well
have an emotional response to this, such as boredom or anger, and this
could be the key to why your diets have failed in the past.” He adds:
“Diets fail to take into account what we will feel about dieting and how
food contains and distracts us from emotions that can be inconvenient
and scary. By taking on one small measurable change you will be able
to compassionately and practically engage with the emotion that has
been getting in your way. Think of it like riding your bike for the first
time – it will be scary and unfamiliar, with a few scraped knees along
the way, but you get back up and keep riding.”
Denial leads to yearning; quick-fix diets that forbid certain foods or
force you to follow tight perimeters with no exceptions often lead to
followers obsessing about them, or are just plain impractical in the long-
term. “Diets don’t work because they rely on willpower, which works for
only two per cent of the population,” argues Milan Keswani-Gurnamal,
founder of The Third Eye, a Dubai-based mind, body and energy
centre. “The term diet implies a short-term fix which rarely sticks in the
long-run. For effective weight management, an entire lifestyle change
is necessary, as agreed by nutritionists and fitness experts.” Jared agrees:
“Diets do not teach us how to eat, they teach us what to eat. We may
have the information about what is a good breakfast, but how do we fit
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that into our life? What do you do when you get really hungry at 11am?”
Nutritional therapist Laura Holland elaborates: “Quick fixes don’t
work. They are unsustainable because you haven’t dealt with the root
cause of the challenge and so it is only a matter of time before the
situation returns.” Jared calls this the ‘boot camp mentality’. “We want
to be quickly over-hauled, we want an expert to force us to change and
then we imagine we will keep up with that change once it is achieved.
This may be true for several months, but I don’t predict that lasting
change is possible by doing this. You need to learn how to eat in your real
world. You need to incorporate these behaviours so your emotions can
learn and by controlled by them – not the other way round.”
There are several easy methods of adapting your mind to
think like a thin person. Setting yourself small, achievable goal is
one way, as a sudden cold-turkey overhaul rarely lasts. If you are
tempted to stray, stop and think why you are tempted; is there a
trigger that you recognise and can later try to avoid? How do you
feel when you are denying yourself something you want? Write
down your thought processes, as it helps to track your emotions
and can help indentify specific triggers – such as periods when you
emotionally eat, or foods you specifically crave at certain times…
It has also been proven that people who have support (from friends
or mentors etc) tend to better stick to their routines, so enlist
a ‘support network’ to be your Mr Motivators. On top of this,
a trusted therapist, who can explore your emotional state, could
be an additional bonus in beating the bulge.
Milan is a firm belief in dealing with the issues that lead to weight
gain in the first place. “People don’t realise that experiences and traumas
that happened in childhood often still affect them, and their biggest
influence is in the areas of body image, proportion and height leading
to issues with self-esteem, self-love and self-deprecation. Lack of self-love
is often the biggest culprit.”
The Third Eye’s weight loss programmes address the mind, which
in turn affects the body; ‘Think yourself thin’ uses alternative therapies
like dream therapy, vision boards and hypnotherapy in an eight-week
programme that combines suggestion-based work with actual therapy
to deal with emotional issues that might have triggered weight gain.
1. Respond to sabotaging
thoughts: identify triggers
that evoke these thoughts and
minimise exposure to them.
2. Understand your hunger:
learn to tell the difference
between the need to eat and
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Laura Holland, Nutritional Therapist,
www.inshallah.org.uk, (050) 5048523
Milan Keswani-Gurnamal, The Third Eye,
www.thirdeyeonline.com, (04) 3266539
Jared Alden, Psychotherapist, German Center for
Neurology and Psychiatry, www.gncdubai.com
Rujuta Diwekar, www.rujutadiwekar.com
LITTLE BLACK BOOK
One of its clients identified the fact that, as a child, she was blackmailed
into finishing all the food on her plate – even when she wasn’t hungry.
Her parents used to evoke feelings of guilt, using the image of starving
Somali children to induce her to eat – and then, as she grew older, to
overeat. Once this was addressed on a mental level, she was able to
change her eating habits.
Laura acknowledges that there is profound scepticism among many
people about using alternative therapy to deal with a problem perceived
as being physical. “It isn’t helpful to get on the bandwagon of ‘I have a
mental problem’ but gently becoming aware of your thoughts, feelings
and emotions that are creating what you are experiencing is incredibly
helpful. Knowledge is power and knowing thy self is the key
to transformation.”
Bollywood actress Kareena Kapoor’s endorsement of Rujata
Diwekar, best-selling author of Women & The Weight Loss Tamasha,
has given Diwekar an elevated platform from which to preach
her mantra of ditching extreme diets and instead focussing on
the individual and what works for your particular body type.
She promotes a holistic attitude to well-being that has gained
numerous followers disheartened by yo-yo dieting, turned on by
her sassy commentary and sensible approach. She argues that her
book is “not a weight loss book, it’s a ‘get real’ book”. She says: “It
doesn’t tell you how to lose weight, it tells you to throw out the
scales and measure success or results depending on whether you
have learned to listen to your stomach and eat according to your
innate wisdom, versus measuring food or consuming low calorie
food.” Diwekar is lauded for being one of the first authors to cover
all aspects of health and well-being, rather than just listing do’s and
don’ts that we generally already know about but either can’t, or
don’t, follow.
Put simply, we need to re-evaluate what works for us individually
rather than blindly believing what the tabloids tell us is working
for an all-encompassing mass of starlets and fashionistas. We need
to think of food as essential nourishment, not just calories. Jackie
Keller, a nutritionist who counts Angelina Jolie and Susan Sarandon
among her clients, emphasises the point: “I try to educate my clients
to make food their friend. Most of us think of food as an enemy that
makes us fat. Successful dieters change that mindset and befriend
favourable foods.”
Changing your eating patterns drastically is often easier in the
short term than actually changing your mind-set. The difference is
that the former is more often just a quick fix that may attain equally
quick results, but is rarely sustainable in the long run. Working with
yourself, and/or a trained professional, to alleviate the causes of your
unhealthy patterns and making a conscious decision to re-evaluate
and rethink your own behaviour is the only way to overhaul your
lifestyle, and thus overhaul your body. ■
THINK YOURSELF THIN: IN EIGHT STEPS
the desire to eat.
3. Don‘t focus on
unfairness: or on what
others can eat and you
can‘t – focus on successful
dieters and use them as
your inspiration.
4. Write it down: unless
you make changes
in your thinking, you
probably won‘t sustain
behaviourial change.
Make motivational cards
to help you.
5. Build up your resistance
muscle: at every step try to
strengthen your resistance
muscle and weaken your
giving-in muscle.
6. Alleviate tension: use
distraction techniques to
alleviate stress associated
with cravings.
7. Get planning: write a
weekly food plan to avoid
spontaneous decisions.
8. Eliminate emotional
eating: find the trigger first.
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BODRUM, TURKEY
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The Turkish Hammam is an ancient
bathing ritual that is cleansing and
intensely soothing. With its beautiful,
opulent marble Hammam, Rixos Royal
Spa promises the full luxury five-star
experience. After a pore-cleansing
sauna, water is poured gently over
the body. Whilst covered in soapy
bubbles, the body is then exfoliated
from tip to toe, massaged and tenderly
washed once more. Rixos Premium
Bodrum, Turkey, (+90) 252 337
1122, www.rixos.com
SPA OF THE MONTH
HEALTH
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FIGHTING FIT
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This summer, if you can’t stand
the heat… head to Zuma. The award-
winning restaurant, and favoured EW
haunt, will be serving up low-cal coolers
and cleansers throughout the beach season.
Packed with real fruit and sweeteners of only
the natural variety, you can cool down
and sup away the sizzling
summer months guilt-free!
www.zumarestaurant.com
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For skin you’ll love to wear, you’ve simply got to
try on Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula. Fashion’s
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thick and lush to leave you feeling deliciously
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Melbourne is the cooler, more cosmopolitan city to Sydney’s touristy haven
– full of boutiques, café culture and laid-back living. For a hotel that does
boutique to perfection, it’s the impeccably turned out The Lyall in South Yarra.
With only 40 suites, the emphasis is very much on a low-key but highly
personalised experience – one that oozes sophistication. Each suite comes
complete with a fully-kitted out kitchen and sitting room, with all the little
personal touches that make it feel like home. The spa is quite the lure for
locals (which gives you an idea of its reputation), while the Champagne Bar
is also a delicious draw. Perched within walking, or short tram, distance to
the centre of town, the beach (St.Kilda) and Brunswick (boutique shopping),
it is one of Melbourne’s elite resting places.
www.thelyall.com
SUITCASE ESSENTIALS
STAY OF THE MONTH
ROMANCE IN RIO
The colourful capital of Rio de Janeiro boasts beautiful
views, beaches and bodies, while the atmosphere
refuses to be anything other than electric. That said,
even the hardiest of party-lovers needs a recluse to
recharge at and La Maison is the perfect place to do
just that. Perched on a hill in Gavéa, La Maison is a
guesthouse exclusive, stylish and charming in equal
measure. With just five bedrooms, a luxurious lounge
and a garden boasting monkeys and toucans, it’s an
insider secret well worth shouting about.
www.lamaisonario.com
The lovely Lyall Hotel
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WANDERLUST
Unleash your inner
adventurer with this
coffee table tome
from Condé Nast
Traveler. Guess the
destination of the
100 anonymous vistas or
simply admire the stunning images
shot by world-class photographers.
www.shopatassouline.com
THE WILD SIDE
For a twist on the traditional safari, sign up for
an ‘art safari’ – perfect for those who can wield
a paintbrush with panache and a love of the
great outdoors. With all the usual trappings of
a safari – exotic animals, luxury-eco lodges, and
breathtaking vistas – an art safari allows you to
indulge your imagination while committing your
memories to canvas, rather than just a camera.
Kenya, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Namibia… Africa
is your oasis. www.spencerscotttravel.com
SUMMER DEAL
Hotels that cater for both kids and adults are
vital for family summer holidays. Set in a tropical
paradise, the luxurious Four Seasons Resort
Mauritius at Anahita is making it an even more
perfect choice of destination by offering three
complimentary nights with every four consecutive
nights booked in a pool villa. With breakfast,
dinner, golf and water sports thrown in for free,
we know where your Louis Vuitton luggage will
be heading! www.fourseasons.com
Keep track of time on your travels with style
Omega’s Ladymatic
sits pretty and timeless
Bulgari’s Tubogas bracelet
is perfect eveningwear
Wrist-candy alert courtesy
of Longine’s Dolce Vista
Romance in Rio
Beauty and
the beach
Ol Pejeta Conservancy, an art safari
highlight with Spencer Travel
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BODRUM
Probably the seaside resort’s most documented landmark, Bodrum Castle
dates back to the 15th century and today houses the Museum of Underwater
Archaeology. Along with ancient finds, your assent will be rewarded with
stunning panoramic views of the town and surrounding Aegean Sea.
For some spectacular coastal
scenery, head to the harbour and
take to the seas for a day’s boating.
QUEEN OF THE CASTLE
ANCHORS AWAY
POCKET-GUIDE TO...
Famed for its 4,000-capacity outdoor superclub
Halikarnas, during the summer Bodrum has a
feverish party scene. Similarly outdoors, Fink is
an alternative nightspot to don the heels and
dance the night away. www.halikarnas.com.tr
PAINT THE TOWN
BAG A BARGAIN
Going to Turkey and not having
a Turkish hammam, is like coming
to Dubai and not visiting Burj
Khalifa. The Bodrum Hamami
(www.bodrumhamami.com.tr) is
an authentic yet lavish experience,
or try the Rixos Royal Spa (www.
rixos.com).
Rixos Premium Bodrum is the ultimate
luxury resort – think beachside
cabanas, azure waters, a mojito
bar and Bulgari products. With
several top-notch restaurants, bars,
beach, two pools, spa and sports
facilities, there’s little reason to venture
anywhere else. www.rixos.com
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Perched on Turkey’s sparkling southern Aegean coast and dotted with
pine trees and pretty whitewashed buildings, few could argue that
Bodrum is anything but picture perfect. Its notable beauty has long drawn
visitors, while its desirable position has seen the town under Persian,
Roman, and Byzantine rule.
Today, the popular holiday resort presents itself as an eclectic mix of
ancient history (it was the site of the now-destroyed Mausoleum of
Halicarnassus – one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World) and
a chic destination for Turkey’s jet set and intellectuals, as well as hoards of
international tourists.
Begin your day by exploring the marina and winding streets of the old
town, stopping to sample the sticky dough balls sold from vendor carts.
Bodrum Castle is the town’s most prominent attraction and is home to a
large collection of underwater treasures. As evening falls, make your way
to Rixos Premium hotel (www.rixos.com). Here the freshest of seafood,
along with an array of Bodrum mezes, are served beneath the stars.
Continue your night outdoors at the resort’s pulsating Beirut-inspired
Layali Club, before getting some shut-eye in one the hotel’s plush rooms,
suites or villas.
Among its winding streets, you'll
find an array of leather goods for
sale, particularly handbags that are
extremely well-made. Elsewhere,
colourful Turkish ceramic bowls will
brighten up any Dubai-kitchen.
ALL ABOARD
For cocktail-supping, seriously
fresh seafood and the best
people-watching, head to the
Marina Yacht Club (www.
marinayachtclub.com).
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Leipzig, Germany
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Wien · Vienna, Austria
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GLOBETROTTING
GOURMET
WRITTEN BY RACHEL SILVESTRI
Even though New York is constantly
evolving, it can seem stuck in the ‘hottest, newest,
next’ rut. So for a deliciously different and more
established experience, make your way out of
Manhattan to the city’s hippest districts for some
gems you’ll be glad you crossed the water to try.
There’s still plenty happening in New York – you
just have to be prepared to go the extra mile.
Bar belle: For
a little bit of
Brooklyn flavour,
head to The
Clover Club –
new home of the
old cocktail –
where the bar staff are masters of
the classics, and the simple dining menu, is
simply divine. www.cloverclubny.com
King of Queens: Not a restaurant per se,
Eddie’s Sweet Shop (718 5208514) is the
oldest original ice cream parlour in NYC.
Based in Queens, it serves malted milkshakes
and sundaes to sweeten any day. Eddie’s
Sweet Shop, 10529 Metropolitan Avenue,
Forest Hills, Queens. Tel: (718) 5208514
A rose in Harlem: Don’t be sucked in by
the tourist-trap soul food joints – taste the
real thing in the stylish Red Rooster.
Mixing blackened catfish with black eyed
peas and hearth-baked lemon chicken
with Helga’s Swedish meatballs, this eatery
brings international flavour to Harlem.
www.redroosterharlem.com
Public knowledge: Gastropubs are
a distinctly British creation, but less than
$2 on the PATH train from the
World Trade Center will get you
to the Iron Monkey, the New
Jersey equivalent. Don’t miss
the Monkey Mac and Cheese,
or the Shredded Duck Confit.
www.ironmonkey.com
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Australians have a reputation as a relaxed
bunch, and the very best of their cuisine is no
different. Effortlessly blending the flavours of
the Pacific Rim, as well as cuisines from the
world over, Sydney’s food scene has steadily
grown into the international melting pot it is
today. Combine this with Australia’s superior
meat and produce and you’ve got the meal of
your life just waiting to happen.
On safari: Sydney’s Greek, Italian,
Vietnamese, Turkish, Portuguese and
Lebanese areas are chock-full of dining gems,
so why not take a walking tour of some of
them to point you in the tastiest direction?
Gourmet Safaris will give you the low-down
on these cuisines and more, with tours on
wheels and special banquets also available.
www.gourmetsafaris.com.au
Just a taste: Becasse is one of Sydney’s most-
lauded restaurants, its crisp and elegant fine
dining style the perfect accompaniment to
the fresh and forward-thinking French
cuisine it serves. The degustation menu
comes in five or nine courses, with a tasty
course for vegetarians, too. A must-try.
www.becasse.com.au
Beachy keen: Get yourself beachside for
a modern Aussie meal. Swell, a great local
restaurant on the beautiful Bronte Beach,
is the perfect spot for a relaxed lunch. The
menu is thoughtful and well-crafted, best
finished off with the brilliant organic
coffee that Swell serves so well.
www.swellrestaurant.com.au
Cool as ice: Succulent seasonal seafood and
modern Italian dishes set temperatures
rising at Icebergs Dining Room & Bar in
North Bondi – and with stars such as Natalie
Imbruglia, Sienna Miller and Pink making
appearances, it’s truly a hotspot for the
hungry. www.idrb.com
FUSION FANTASTIC
SYDNEY, OCEANA
Becasse
Icebergs Dining
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It would have been easy for Shanghai to forget its
past – the Cultural Revolution of the 1960s and
70s attempted to wipe out many remnants of the
city’s former swinging heyday. But the
Shanghainese are made of strong stuff and love
only one thing more than their city – food. The
place is obsessed with cuisine and slowly but surely
the treasures of its culinary
past are coming to the fore
once again – in typically
exuberant Shanghainese style.
Ancient flavour: Originally
opening in 1875, Lao Fan
Dian may have moved twice
and changed its name once,
but it still serves top-notch
Shanghainese cuisine. Get your Eight-
Treasure Duck and Xiaolongbao dumplings
here. www.laofandian.com
Eco chic: Thoroughly modern yet
endearingly nostalgic, Downstairs with
David Laris at the spectacular Urbn eco
hotel incorporates ancient woks, bricks and
wood from traditional Shanghainese homes,
which have been pulled down into its design,
effortlessly mixing historic Shanghai
artefacts with delicious and innovative
dishes in a carbon neutral environment.
www.urbnhotels.com
Blast from the past: Jimmy’s Kitchen was
first established in Shanghai 87 years ago,
serving far-from-home expats with
comforting British and American classics.
After a lengthy 63-year absence it’s back
again, and more gastro-chic than ever
before. Try the madras prawns or the
sensational corn-fed chicken Kiev for
an up-to-date brush with nostalgia.
www.jimmys.com
Starry, starry bites: M on the Bund has
Shanghai’s elite market cornered, on the top
floor of one of the Bund’s beautiful historic
buildings. Plus, it has a reputation as a celeb
hangout with Tyra Banks, Daniel Radcliffe,
Andre Agassi and the fashion and royalty
pack as past diners. But don’t let celeb-
spotting get in the way of your food, the
modern Mediterranean-inspired flavours
are superb. www.m-onthebund.com
MIXING THE OLD
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SHANGHAI, ASIA
Downstairs
Jimmy’s Kitchen
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Shoot the breeze at Breezes
It may surprise you to know that a place best-
known for a devastating famine is having a
culinary renaissance, but in Addis Ababa,
where memories of lethal food shortages are
still fresh, meals are savoured that much more.
Couple this with a huge Italian influence, not
to mention the most amazing fresh coffee, and
you’ve got a recipe for a food destination par
excellence.
Mamma mia!: In the 1930s an Italian soldier
came to Ethiopia and never left. Francesco
Castelli opened his eponymous restaurant,
Ristorante Castelli in 1948, and years later
it’s now known worldwide in food circles.
The Jolie-Pitts make a point of stopping off
there and Bob Geldof has described
Ristorante Castelli as his favourite Italian
restaurant, bar none. Try the linguine and
calamari. Mahatma Gandhi Street, Piazza.
Tel: (00251) 11563580
Local flavour: Fasika offers tribal dances,
a chance to spot local celebrities and – above
all – sensational Ethiopian food. Try the
bozena shiro, a spicy beef and chickpea stew.
If it’s good enough for Haile Gabriel Selassie
– the fastest marathon runner in history –
it’s good enough for us. Africa Avenue near
Meskal Square, Bole. Tel: (00251) 115509912
Sleep easy: For luxury and tranquility the
Sheraton Addis has it all – including top-
notch dining. Breezes is the hotel’s gorgeous
outdoor restaurant, with excellent views and
barbecues to die for. www.sheratonaddis.com
Café culture: Ethiopia is the home of coffee
so where better than Addis Ababa to enjoy
a steaming cup? The city’s oldest café, Enrico
Pastry, is full of Italian flavour and serves
a mean slice of cake. Off Churchill Road,
Piazza. Tel: (00251) 11571490
ETHIOPIA’S HIDDEN
GASTRONOMIC
TREASURE
ADDIS ABABA, AFRICA
The Sheraton serves up
several culinary hot-spots
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RUSTIC REFINEMENT
ARGENTINA, SOUTH AMERICA
Spectacular mountains, beautiful people and beef
that’s better than Japan’s, why aren’t we all
visiting Argentina? Its culinary cred stems mainly
from its exquisite beef, but we can’t forget the
organic revolution happening in Argentina’s wine
industry – winery Trapiche even harvests
according to the phases of the moon. Whether
you’re sipping Italian coffee in Buenos Aires or
making your way to a rustic inn in Mendoza,
Argentina’s food is preparing to surprise you.
Long gone are the days of steak, steak or pasta –
Argentine food has evolved.
Beef it up: Siga La Vaca, whose translation
means ‘follow the cow’, is the local’s choice
when it comes to traditional Argentine asado
(barbecue) in Buenos Aires, but head to the
Swiss-run Brasserie Petanque in the San
Telmo district for something different with
both atmosphere
and taste. The
great flavours of
prime Argentine
meat – as well as
plenty of other
creative brasserie
favourites – shines through.
www.sigalavaca.com /
www.brasseriepetanque.com
Taste of history: Argentina’s history may be
comparatively short, but what it lacks in length
it makes up for with richness. Just a short stroll
from the capital’s famous Plaza 25 de Mayo is
the Café Tortoni, the oldest café in the country,
positively pulsing with history. A cortado
(coffee with a drop of milk) while watching the
ancient waiters expertly glide through the
room is a pleasure. www.cafetortoni.com.ar
Through the grapevine: Get an in-depth look
at Argentina’s burgeoning wine industry at the
Trapiche winery – not just for wine buffs, it’s
a lesson in architecture, organic farming
methods and the history of the Mendoza
region. Leave the capital behind and
head for the majestic Andes to see
some more of Argentina, the eighth-
biggest country in the world.
www.trapiche.com.ar
Port side: The original Puerto
Madero port has been redeveloped and is now
the hottest part of the city, with restaurants
and clubs galore. Head to El Clan for Argentine
food with an Italian and Spanish twist –
Madonna has been spotted there and if it’s
good enough for the Queen of Pop…
www.el-clan.com.ar
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Opening April 2011
By Sun Resorts
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There’s a time and a place, special moments, where
couples share their intimate secrets; there’s no better
place than paradise. We won’t intrude, just a little
whisper to let you know what paradise can offer you.
For a 5 nights stay in beautiful and serene sorroundings
at any of Sun Resort hotels in the Maldives and
Mauritius, we will indulge both of you in 25 minutes of
well deserved massage, a romantic dinner for two, an
aromatic lovers’ bath, up to 30% discounts in the hotel’s
gift shop and a beautiful souvenir gift. It’s no secret we’ll
take care of you with our very special packages to the
Maldives and Mauritius, valid from 1 May till the end of
September 2011.
We promise, your secrets will be kept between paradise
and you. To book our “Whisper Promotion”, contact
your preffered Travel Agent or call Regional Sales and
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let’s have dinner
Forget Irish stew – the freshest seafood,
organic beef and local produce are what’s on the menu
in the Emerald Isle. Strict controls on genetic modification
and sustainable, organic farming mean that Ireland’s
booming food industry is as wholesome as it is varied.
Head to Dublin’s markets and Kerry’s restaurants for
traditional tastes and a bit of Michelin stardust.
Back to school: Put Ireland’s sensational ingredients
to good use at Ghan House Cookery School, set in the
picturesque Calingford, County Louth. Experienced
teachers, including Irish celebrity chef Paula McIntyre,
are as entertaining as they are informative, while tours
of the surrounding countryside and the Cooley
Peninsula often take place. www.ghanhouse.com
From the source: Dublin’s fabulous farmers’ markets
are always worth a visit – Leopardstown Farmers’
Market in south Dublin is sheltered from the weather
while selling all manner of Irish goodies. Harcourt
Street Food Market is open every Thursday, selling
CUTTING ITS
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IRELAND, EUROPE
The Great Room
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By Sun Resorts
sunresortshotels.com
The peace and quiet you have been longing for are within
your reach. Don’t worry about keeping your kids busy
and enjoying their time, let us do it for you. We will make
sure they eat, play and laugh while you share your
special moments in our paradise.
For a minimum of 4 nights stay at any of Sun Resort
hotels in Mauritius get 1 more night on us. Your kids
below 12 years stay free of charge when sharing your
room and get access to our fully supervised kids club
with their own private pool, games rooom, kitchen and
garden where they will be welcomed with gifts and a
souvenir photograph. Get 10% off our babysitting
services and 30% discount on selected gift shop items.
Don’t worry about your late checkout we will host you till
the end and offer you a complimentary dinner too.
Enjoy this special package to Mauritius, valid from 1 May
till the end of September 2011. To book, contact your
preferred Travel Agent or call our Regional Sales and
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let them enjoy, so you can too
international as well as domestic produce.
www.irishfarmersmarkets.ie
Irish rover: The ultimate way to get the most from
your foodie trip – a gourmet tour of Ireland. Pass
through the counties of Clare, Cork and Kerry
amongst others on the country’s southern coast to
sample excellent food and luxurious lodgings at every step
of the way. www.irishtourism.com
Northern star: Belfast may play second fiddle to Dublin’s
party town, but even Mischa Barton couldn’t resist the
Northern Irish city when staying at the fabulous Merchant
Hotel, with its superb fine dining restaurant, The Great
Room. Local produce combines with classic recipes
resulting in dishes such as herb crusted Glenarm salmon
and seared venison, making for truly refined eating.
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Before the summer heat commits alfresco
dining to a distant memory, Rare at Desert
Palm beckons for one last soirée under the
stars. The grill restaurant, which cooks
simple and healthy fine meat and seafood
to perfection, overlooks the hotel’s stunning
polo pitch, and it’s here that fine wining
and dining play host to a night of luxury
away from the chaos of the city.
www.desertpalm.peraquum.com
A RARE OCCASION
Dubai’s furniture and interiors stalwart,
THE One, is throwing caution to the wind
with Collective Soul, its latest and most
‘daring collection to date’. Rules are out
and creativity is in with a blend of
different cultures, colours, shapes, textures
and time periods creating an eye-
catching and eclectic theme. Time to give
your décor some TLC, if you dare!
www.theoneplanet.com
For those looking for a more decorative place
to sit one’s derriere, the iconic Vanitas
armchair, originally designed and
unveiled by the late Gianni Versace in
1994, is now available to
buy online. With a 24k
gold leaf and velvet
finish this chair, which
showcases the brand’s
provocative and
playful spirit, is
decadence at its best.
FULL OF SOUL
SITTING PRETTY
Anything that makes life simpler for parents is
a must in our book – especially if it doesn’t cut
corners on style. The JustKidding store caters
for all your parental needs, with a
smörgåsbord of toys, furniture, fashion and
safety fixtures and fittings to choose from. Its
newest and biggest store has just opened on
Sheikh Zayed Road (Al Safa), meaning you
have even more ways to spoil the little
people in your life. www.justkidding-uae.com
CHILD’S PLAY
WRITTEN BY EMILY BAXTER
Flowers make a house a home, however,
it’s the vases that become the focal point
once the petals fall. From a simple but
elegant table decoration to a gorgeous
flower holder, Asprey’s Bubble Vases are
elegant eye-candy in more ways than
one. Available at the Asprey store,
Mall Of The Emirates.
FOOD SAVIOUR
The recent spate of high-end delis and boutique café openings in Dubai has whet our appetite and left
us hungry for more. So with news that Australian luxury food emporium Jones The Grocer is opening this
month in Al Manara, our tastebuds have been sent into overdrive. Gourmet products, natural goodness
in its ingredients and a fabulous café on-site boasting exquisite hearty and healthy dishes, we know
where we’ll be shopping this summer. www.jonesthegrocer.com
FLOWER POWER
With the UAE in the throes of an
eco-revolution we’re jumping on
board the sustainability train by
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Atlantis hotel on the Palm Jumeirah for the VIP preview
screening of Sima Ved’s new TV show, Hi Tea With Sima Ved.
Vice Chairperson of the Apparel Group, Sima has extended
her talents to this chat-meets-cooking show and interviews
some of the region’s most famous celebrities.
Filming takes place around the globe and boasts Switzerland,
India and Dubai as some of its cosmopolitan backdrops.
The event opened with a very special visit from HH Sheikh
Nayan bin Mubarak Al Nayan, the UAE Minister of Higher
Education and Scientific Research, and was followed by a live
performance by Boman Irani who sang up a storm for Sima and
her guests.
Dining on food from Nobu, and a stunning sweet station,
guests watched clips from the show, which is sure to be a hit.
Hi Tea With Sima Ved screens at 8.30pm on Saturdays on Star
Plus Middle East.
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Food lovers, city slickers and high rollers gathered Zuma’s
terrace in DIFC to outbid each other for the chance to take home
the best cooking talent in the emirate, all in the name of charity.
Guests made their high stakes offers as part of the Chefs For
Japan event, with the head chefs from seven of Dubai’s finest
restaurants auctioning off their services in the kitchen to the
highest bidder.
The charity initiative, organised by Zuma co-founders Rainer
Becker and Arjun Waney, was launched to raise funds for the
Japanese Red Cross to help the victims of the devastating
earthquake and tsunami which hit the country earlier this year.
Hosted by Ajaz Sheikh, Zuma’s director of operations
for the Middle East, the bidding from foodies was fast
and furious as each chef was auctioned off to cater for
a private party of 12 in the winner’s home.
With high-end restaurants such as The Rivington
Grill, La Petite Maison and Zuma, represented on the
night, the selection of canapés on offer presented a taste
of some of the finest menus in Dubai.
Competition was so intense that one couple who didn’t
secure the services of a chef in the live auction splashed
out on their own private culinary masterclass for an
undisclosed, but very generous, amount.
The evening’s style levels were only topped by the generosity
on display – now that’s what we call chic charity!
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Very few people can rally a crowd on a Saturday
in Dubai, and for an event that lasts eight hours,
it’s practically unheard of. However, enter the
C’est Moi girls, Rashmi and Muskan, who
hosted a trunk and fashion show that set new
rules on how to host an event in Dubai.
From morning until night, the top floor at
the Capital Club in DIFC was packed with Dubai’s
fashionistas and social set who feasted
on a bevy of dresses from C’est Moi, jewels from
By Sophie and make-up by M.A.C.
Whilst supping cocktails courtesy of Absolut, the
crowd’s eyes danced over the stunning fashion shows
of ‘cocktail couture’ – the style of gowns the design duo
are most famous for.
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n a city filled with five-star hotels, it’s hard to stand out in a crowd,
but The Address Dubai Marina has many strings to its hospitality
bow to pit it above the rest. First and foremost… its location. Nestled
in Dubai’s Marina, the waterside location means your morning can
be spent supping coffee on your balcony whilst admiring the marina views
and the very best boats the dock has to offer. And then, of course, there’s
the Marina Mall it’s attached to – a smaller, far more manageable mall than
most, boasting high-street shopping and lavish designer labels, alongside
gourmet restaurants and a boutique cinema.
The hotel itself is elegance at its best and the Tower Suite is sublime.
With gastronomic indulgences available from Kambaa (think gourmet
finger food and gorgeous little gateauxs) and recipes from around the
world at the culinary powerhouse of Mazina – famous for their Saturday
family brunch – all your senses will be sated.
To work off your hard-earned pounds, the hotel’s gym gently beckons,
with a three-month pass on offer to keep you on track (and on the
treadmill). Then, when you can run no more, retire to The Spa, where an
Arabian Oasis treatment awaits, with the experts exfoliating, massaging
and cleansing your body and face, allowing you to drift away on a tide of
tranquility. Doesn’t sound so bad, does it?
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Accessorize (04) 3409052
Adidas (04) 4340836
Aftershock (04) 4340870
Agnès b. (04) 3398860
Agnona (04) 3198999
Aigner (04) 4341333
Aldo (04) 2957885
Antik Batik (04) 4343080
Areej (04) 2837430
Armani Exchange (04) 2943057
Ayesha Depala (04) 3445378
Azal (04) 3300730
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Banana Republic (04) 3398462
Balenciaga (04) 3300564
Bally (04) 3410280
Balmain (04) 4098888
Bambah (050) 6741754
BCBGMAXAZRIA (04) 3558458
BCBG girls (04) 2329600
Benetton (04) 3414646
Bloomingdale’s (04) 3505333
Boom & Mellow (04) 3413993
Bottega Veneta (04) 3300449
Burberry (04) 2950347
Boucheron (04) 3410039
Boutique1.com
Bulgari (04) 3303233
BurJuman (04) 3520222
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Cartier (04) 3300034
Carolina Herrera (04) 3415095
Carvela (04) 3399737
Catherine Malandrino (04) 3398102
Celine (04) 3593925
Chanel (04) 3240464
Charles & Keith (04) 3410408
Chaumet (04) 3398758
Christian Dior (04) 3515551
Christian Louboutin (04) 3990998
Chloé (04) 3300700
Coach (04) 3301020
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Damas (04) 3525566
De Beers Salam (04) 3279222
Deira City Centre (04) 2951010
DKNY (04) 3513788
Dolce&Gabbana (04) 3515551
The Dubai Mall (04) 4373200
Dune (04) 3594101
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Escada (04) 3591117
Emilio Pucci (04) 3398525
Emporio Armani (04) 3300778
Essa (050) 6346524
Etoile (04) 3414166
Etro (04) 3513737
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Faces (04) 3471225
Fendi (04) 3511833
Fisico (04) 3827333
Forever 21 (04) 2952031
French Connection (04) 4341116
Furla (04) 3522285
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Gap (04) 3398784
Gerard Darel (04) 3399780
Gianfranco Ferré (04) 3410919
Gianmarco Lorenzi (04) 3827333
Giorgio Armani (04) 3300447
Givenchy (04) 3308282
Gucci (04) 3303313
Giuseppe Zanotti Design
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H&M (04) 2957244
Harry Winston (04) 3317440
Harvey Nichols (04) 4098888
Hermès (04) 3511190
Herve Leger (04) 3808205
H. Stern (04) 3300730
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IF Boutique (04) 3947260
Jaeger (04) 3245145
Jaeger-LeCoultre (04) 3494195
Jimmy Choo (04) 3300404
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Karen Millen (04) 3398608
Kenneth Cole (04) 3555872
Kenzo (04) 3519449
Khalil Al Sayegh (04) 2276555
Kimaya (04) 3499903
Kurt Geiger (04) 3399737
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Lacoste (04) 2326040
Lanvin (04) 3303500
Links of London (04) 3557668
Loewe (04) 3558860
Louis Vuitton (04) 3592535
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Maha Lozi (050) 4579570
Mall of the Emirates (04) 4099000
Mango (04) 2950182
Manolo Blahnik (04) 3515551
Manoukian (04) 4340724
Marami (04) 4343536
Marc by Marc Jacobs (04) 2326118
Marks & Spencer (04) 3245145
Marni (04) 3825120
Massimo Dutti (04) 2954413
Meher & Riddhima (04) 3300617
Michael Kors (04) 3300620
Missoni (04) 3398686
Miss Selfridge (04) 3399285
Montblanc (04) 3246675
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Nanis (04) 2066976
New Look (04) 2959542
Nina Ricci (04) 3825240
Nine West (04) 3398085
NStyle (04) 3398414
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Oasis (04) 2940011
Oasis Fashions (04) 3249074
O’de Rose (04) 3487990
Oscar de la Renta (04) 3399005
Ounass (04) 3300617
Paris Gallery (06) 5175555
Paspaley (04) 3398745
Parfois (04) 4343167
Paule Ka (04) 3253225
Piaget (04) 3388222
Pianegonda (04) 3521001
Pollini (04) 3510511
Pomellato (04) 3303375
Promod (04) 3414944
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Ralph Lauren (04) 3414200
Rami Al Ali (04) 3945607
Reiss (04) 3410515
River Island (04) 3399685
Rivoli (04) 3512279
Roberto Coin (04) 3279880
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Saks Fifth Avenue
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Salvatore Ferragamo
(04) 4099000
Sarah’s Bag (+961) 1 575585
Seddiqi & Sons (04) 3552323
See by Chloé (04) 3951880
Sephora (04) 2326023
Sergio Rossi (04) 3301177
Shoemart (04) 3379811
Sonia Rykiel (04) 3308464
S*uce (04) 3447270
Splash Fashion (04) 2950553
Stradivarius (04) 2941221
Strandbags (04) 3410290
Symphony (04) 3308050
Swarovski (04) 3240168
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Ted Baker (04) 2326053
Temperley (04) 3398169
The Body Shop (06) 5302227
Tiffany & Co. (04) 3398350
The Outlet (04) 4264900
Tod’s (04) 3554417
Tommy Hilfiger (04) 3398097
Toni and Guy (04) 3303345
Topshop (04) 2951804
Tom Ford (04) 3308300
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Valentino (04) 3596450
Valleydez (04) 3242883
Van Cleef & Arpels (04) 3398001
Vertu (04) 3551105
Versace Jewellery (04) 3398285
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Warehouse (04) 3407575
Yves Saint Laurent (04) 3300445
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CANCER (JUNE 22 – JULY 23)
Another year older, another
year wiser – so the saying goes.
But this month is all about
embracing your inner child.
You’ve been sensible for far too
long, it’s time to throw caution
to the wind, let your hair down
and uncover your wild side.
Monday 24th’s revelations will
help build strong foundations for
the future.
LEO (JULY 24 – AUG 23)
A welcoming committee may
well be waiting in the wings,
but you can’t rely on them to
provide the back-up you need
– that comes down to your own
backbone. Think you’ve got
what it takes? Then… prove it.
Contact with an older friend on
Thursday 16th helps put your
own life into perspective – now
it’s just decisions, decisions.
VIRGO (AUG 23 – SEP 22)
Okay, so you have to work a little
harder than most at affairs of the
heart, but that doesn’t mean what
eventually comes your way won’t
be worth waiting for. You know
how it goes… Patience is a virtue.
While others block book their
calendars for the month ahead,
you need to start clearing yours
on Wednesday 8th – you’ll soon
see why.
LIBRA (SEPT 24 – OCT 22)
Speculation is a dangerous game,
but one you play with aplomb!
If you want the facts, ask – it
will save you months of game-
playing in the long run. Flaunt
your talents on Thursday 30th,
as someone new in your life is
worth impressing. But this is
strictly out of the boardroom –
work happily plays second fiddle
this month.
SCORPIO (OCT 23 – NOV 22)
There’s something comforting
about familiar faces, so if you’re
feeling the need to seek refuge,
look to family and old friends.
Wise words will be dished out
in abundance – pick and choose
what to absorb. Friday 3rd may
be a somewhat conservative day,
but there’s a lot to be said for the
simpler things in life.
Around Tuesday 7th, grab all
the romance you can and drink
in the attention – who knows
how long it will last. If you feel
the need for confrontation,
proceed with caution. Make
sure you have all the facts first,
as nobody likes a smart alec.
A question posed to you at the
end of the month needs proper
thought – rush your answer and
you’ll only regret it.
CAPRICORN (DEC 22 – JAN 20)
Letting go can be one of life’s
hardest personal challenges,
but carrying excess (emotional)
baggage does nothing but hold
you back. Time to peel back the
outer layers to reveal a new you
beneath. Expect the unexpected
come Sunday 26th, surprises
come in big packages for those
who deserve it.
AQUARIUS (JAN 21 – FEB 19)
Who knew you were such a
dark horse! You’re a force to be
reckoned with this month and it’s
about time people took notice.
Play this to your advantage.
Financial issues rear their head on
Friday 3rd, but think logically to
avoid negative developments and
protect your personal interests.
PISCES (FEB 20 – MAR 20)
Wielding your words around
blindly could result in
inadvertently upsetting someone
wholly undeserving. Temper
your tongue on Monday 20th and
reacquaint yourself with ‘tact’ and
its partner in crime ‘diplomacy’.
Take a friendship to another level
to enjoy everything it has to offer.
ARIES (MAR 21 – APR 20)
The world of luxury is essential
for you this month. Dig deep to
reward yourself as you see fit,
as it’s only you that you have to
answer to. Asking questions on
Wednesday 15th is important
and as we were once taught – no
question is a stupid question.
Use this to help you get ahead in
a project you’re working on, as
those who try, succeed.
TAURUS (APR 21 – MAY 20)
Love and laughter are the main
ingredients for the month of
June – news you’ve been waiting
patiently for. And, while the sun
is shining, look to other areas of
your life that could benefit from
a little ray of light. Tuesday 28th
looks set to serve up a challenge,
but no sweat, this one will be a
breeze. ■
How long are you going to sulk for? You’ve got until the end of the month, then it’s time
to pull yourself out of the doldrums. Got it? Compromise will be necessary on Monday
6th, but the balance will swing in your favour. While image isn’t everything, yours is
making quite the impact. Now that’s something worth smiling about, surely?!
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Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn,
I try to emulate their classic sensibility
when it comes to fashion.
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cleanser, Lait Nettoyant,
then moisturise with Dr.
Hauschka Toned Day cream,
which I love as it is organic.
Being a mother, I have learned how to multi-task, so I love
products that I can apply with just one finger whilst holding
my daughter in one arm. Eyelash curlers are always in my
make-up bag too, they really open up my eyes.
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I always like a lot of
mascara, at night I wear
Revlon’s Double Twist to
give me lots of
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FAVOURITE SCENTS
At night I always wear Essence
by Narciso Rodriquez. It is a
sensual scent with a beautiful
bottle and my husband adores it.
FAVOURITE
PLACE TO SHOP
I adore Milan and also a store
called Opening Ceremony that’s
in LA and New York.
Cindy Crawford, I wanted to be like her
when I was growing up as she’s so beautiful.
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