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DECEMBER 2020

A MOTIVATE PUBLICATION

THE PARTY

ISSUE

The ultimate guide to after hours fun


THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

SCAN, SHOP AND

DISCOVER MORE

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES | KUWAIT | KINGDOM OF SAUDI ARABIA


EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

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Editor’s Letter

Welcome to The Party Issue. In this issue we balance

work and play. We partnered with BYFAR for a cover

that celebrates fun and freedom with the coolest touch

of nineties revival. Our cover star Haya Jarrar, Founder

of Romani, is an incredible woman with both beauty

and business acumen.

We’ve gone all-out this issue in

terms of the experts with exclusive

interviews from designer Alexandre

Vauthier in The Showstopper on

page 36, Ex Chief Marketing &

Membership Officer at Soho House,

Jodie Harrison in the Guestlist on

page 42, tablescape guru Fiona

Leahy in The Party Planner on page

50 and global go-to for sequins Retrofête in Welcome To

The Party on page 72. The Hero Buys on page 46 delivers

high shine dressing, we look at a modern take on the

classic tuxedo in Le Smoking on page 48 and channel

WHAT BETTER

LESSON THAN TO

LIVE IN THE MOMENT.

SEE YOU ON THE

DANCEFLOOR.

desk to dinner cool with transformative accessories in

Crystal Clear on page 54. In terms of beauty we look

at balms to keep skin smooth in Winter Skin on page

88, compile the perfect edit for exceptional fragrances

that last all night long in After Hours on page 106,

hero the party prep must haves in

Polished on page 96 and interview

Sofia Schwarzkopf-Tilbury on how

to up the ante for party season in

The Magic Touch on page 102. We

also hear from incredible women

on what keeps them looking fresh

during festive season in The Skin

Saviours on page 118. If you’re still

undecided on where to celebrate,

The Supper Club on page 126 will be your guide.

As we close 2020, we stay grateful for the lessons

this year has taught us and what better lesson than to

live in the moment. See you on the dancefloor.

Amy Sessions

EDITOR / ASSOCIATE PUBLISHER

THE HERO BUYS

Kate medium croc-effect

suede shoulder bag Dhs7,677

Saint Laurent available at

NET-A-PORTER

Alexandre Vauthier

Jumpsuit Dhs11,811

Alexandre Vauthier

Velvet box clutch

Dhs869 Anya

Hindmarch available

at THE OUTNET

Luxury Palette Eye

Shadow - Copper Charge

Dh154 Charlotte Tilbury

Iriza 100 patent-leather

pumps Dhs2,553

Christian Louboutin

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CONTENTS

DECEMBER 2020

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THE

MONITOR

Monitor News p.16

Social Listings p.17

Cover Shoot with

BYFAR p.18

Exclusive Interview

– Cover Star Haya

Jarrar, Founder &

Creative Director of

Romani p.30

Left: Rose Gold

sequin chain choker

mini dress Dhs205

Pretty Little Thing

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CONTENTS

DECEMBER 2020

The Edit – High

Voltage p.34

The Showstopper –

Exclusive interview with

Alexandre Vauthier p.36

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FASHION

The Guestlist – Jodie

Harrison p.42

The Hero Buys –

Sequins p.46

Le Smoking –

After hours dressing

calls for a touch

of tuxedo p.48

The Party Planner –

Exclusive interview

with Fiona Leahy p.50

Red Hot – The hottest

shades to celebrate in

for FW20 p.52

Crystal Clear –

Instant desk to dinner

dressing p.54

Hermès p.60

Max Mara p.66

The Craftsman –

Exclusive Interview

with Rene Caovilla’s

creative director,

Edoardo Caovilla p.70

Courage & Creativity –

Interview with

Alighieri p.76

The Super Stylist –

Interview with the

stylist to the A-list p.78

Luxe Feet p.80

A Masterpiece –

Dolce & Gabbana’s

ode to priceless

heritage p.82

BEAUTY

Hot New Buys p.86

Winter Skin – Balms

for superlatively

smooth skin p.88

The Power of Scent

– Interview with Dior’s

perfumer François

Demachy p.92

The Beauty Shelf –

Haya Jarrar p.94

Polished – The

ultimate edit of beauty

buys you need for

pre-party prep p.96

All That Glitters –

Interview with the

co-founders of

Glitterbox p.100

The Magic Touch –

Interview with

Sofia Schwarzkopf-

Tilbury p.102

AM/PM Beauty – Fajer

Fahad p.104

After Hours –

Exceptional

fragrances to last all

night long p.106

The Cover

Baby Amber Matcha

Bag Dhs2,046 BY FAR,

The Sammy Dress

Dhs2,571 Romani

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Welcome to the

Party – Interview with

Retrofête p.72

Dinh Van p.56

108 118

Interview

with Ex Nihilo p.90

FEATURES

The Signature –

Exclusive

Interview with Laura

Bailey p.108

The Unwind –

Incredible women

on how they will be

unwinding at the end

of the year p.112

The Miracle Worker

– The guru for

immaculate skin this

party season p.114

The Skin Saviours

– Skin secrets for

looking flawless p.116

LIFESTYLE

The Sensation –

Interview with founder

and owner of Zuma,

Rainer Becker p.118

The New Hotspot –

Interview with Roka’s

executive head chef

Libor Dobis p.120

The Baller – Waldorf

Astoria DIFC p.122

The Supper

Club – The edit

of the superlative

establishments across

Dubai p.124

Fine Finish – Interview

with the creative

director of Fine Blooms

Chloe Szukilojc p.130

The Rejuvenation

– Rest, relax and

revitalise ready for the

New Year p.132

Festive Finish –

Decorations to add

luxe and light to your

celebrations p.134

RSVP – True

tablescape goals p.135

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The Countdown

With luxury colognes, miniature candles and bath & body

treats behind each of the 24 doors, this is the perfect way to

surprise someone special

THE HERO

BUYS

Silky satin lip colour Pink

Dhs307 Christian Louboutin

Advent Calendar

Dhs2,065 Jo Malone

Black Orchid Perfum Gold

100ml Dhs845 Tom Ford

Beauty available at OUNASS

Begum crystal-embellished

PVC pumps Dhs3,538

Amina Muaddi available at

MATCHESFASHION

THREE TO OWN

1 2

3

Coco silk-satin pyjama

set Dhs1,995 Olivia

Von Halle available at

NET-A-PORTER

Fria logo-print wool

and faux shearling ankle boots

Dhs3,392 Gucci

Celestial Black Diamond

Cream, 50ml

Dhs2,686 111Skin available

at NET-A-PORTER

Aubrielle sequined chiffon mini

dress Dhs2,600 Retrofête

available at NET-A-PORTER

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THE MONITOR – NEWS


Social Listings

A curated list of who to #follow this month

@maisonvalentino

From strict tailoring to flowing

dresses and separates,

Valentino continues to dazzle

for FW20.

@renecaovilla

Dressing women from the

feet up since the 1950s with

beautifully designed creations.

Rene Caovilla crafts pieces

of art with an emphasis on

heritage and quality.

@retrofete

Founded by Ohad Seroya and

Aviad Klin, Retrofete is known

for its party season appropriate

sequin dresses.

@jomalonelondon

Unexpected combinations

of ingredients made British

lifestyle brand Jo Malone

famous for its elegant yet playful

fragrances.

@laurabaileylondon

Modal, writer, Cultural

Ambassador for the British

Fashion Council and Brand

Ambassador for Chanel, Bailey

has a honed eye for style.

@hayajarrar

Founder and Creative

Director of Romani, Haya Jarrar

bring a rebellious edge to her

ready-to-wear label.

@alighieri_jewellery

Founded by Rosh Mahtani,

Alighieri offers jewellery

collections inspired by Dante’s

Divine Comedy, where each

piece corresponds to one of the

poet’s 100 works.

@gildaambrosio

Gilda Ambrosio co-founded

‘The Attico’ alongside long-time

friend Giorgia Tordini, adding an

edge to classic glamour.

COMPILED BY: DIYANA HAKMI

@byfar

Taking reference from the 90s

this brand is sustainable as well

as fun.

@fionaleahydesign

Bringing dream dinners to life,

Fiona Leahy creates incredible

tablesscapes for royalty and

rock royalty alike.

@theartsclubdubai

The Arts Club is one of the

most luxurious and famous

private members’ clubs in the

world. The London-based club

is now happily opening

its doors in Dubai’s DIFC.

@camillecharriere

Journalist and Broadcaster,

Camille Charrier delivers her

own sense of half British/half-

Parisian style.

THE MONITOR

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Words & Creative Direction:

AMY SESSIONS

Photography:

GREG ADAMSKI

THE BEST,

BY FAR

Bulgarian label BY FAR designs sleek, understated

shoes and accessories that combine ’90s cool-girl

nonchalance with grown-up, elevated glamour

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Previous spread: The Fallon Shirt Black Dhs1,175 Romani Official, The Beverly Pants Dhs1,249 Romani Official, Mini Fuchsia Croco

Dhs1,959 BY FAR, Tiffany Peony Dhs1,742 BY FAR; Left and right page: Beverly pants White, Dhs1,249 Romani Official, Krystal Blazer White

Dhs2,497 Romani Official, Mini Nutella Croco Dhs1,964 BY FAR, Tanya Silver Glitter Dhs1,480 BY FAR

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This page: V-neck satin cami top Dhs4,306 Bottega Veneta, Sequinned

Slim-leg flared trousers Dhs780 Raey, Baby Amber Pure White Croco

Dhs2,046 BY FAR, Cynthia Black Creased Dhs1,611 BY FAR;

Right page: V-neck satin cami top Dhs4,306 Bottega Veneta available at

MATCHESFASHION, Zoe cropped leather trousers Dhs1,738 Stand Stud

available at MATCHESFASHION, Shoes - Liliana Lilac Dhs1,568 BY FAR


Puff-shoulder satin mini dress Dhs6,033 Halpern available at

MATCHESFASHION, Mini Rachel Matcha Croco Dhs1,244 BY FAR


This page: The Fallon Shirt Black Dhs1,175 Romani Official, The Beverly Pants Dhs1,249 Romani Official, Mini Fuchsia Croco

Dhs1,959 BY FAR, Tiffany Peony Dhs1,742 BY FAR; Right page: Dress stylist’s own, Baby Amber Pure White Croco Dhs2,046 BY FAR

PRODUCTION: KELLI MADDOCK; VIDEOGRAPHER: STEVE ERANA; FASHION ASSISTANT: SARAH JOSEPH; HAIR & MAKEUP: ANIA PONIATOWSKA AT MMG ARTISTS; LOCATION: WITH SPECIAL THANKS TO NYX AT GAIA DIFC (04) 241 4242

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Focused on sustainability, each BY FAR piece

is handmade in the same family-run factory.

We spoke to co-founder Valentina Ignatova about

retro revival and having it all

What do your first 30 mins of the day look like, your morning routine?

All three of us are mothers, so usually our time at home

is dedicated to our families. Of course, we try to keep our skincare

routines, meditate and exercise, but sometimes our mornings

start with urgent emails and reading the news.

Do you feel more drawn to the creative or the business side? Denitsa

– our sister-in-law, is the Creative Director, Sabina is the

CEO and I am Head of Marketing. We explore our natural talents

and complete each other in that sense, but we don’t forget

to challenge ourselves and push the boundaries of BY FAR.

How did you all meet and what was the moment you decided to

launch ByFar? Sabina and I are twins, and she met Denitsa in

2005 through their then-boyfriends who are brothers, and we

have been inseparable ever since. Before we started BY FAR

and before we entered the fashion industry, we were in the sustainable

solar energy business. Throughout this period, we all

had our first boys, which are actually the inspiration behind

the name BY FAR (F for my son Filip, A for Sabina’s son Alec

and R for Denitsa’s son Roman).

There has always been a strong heritage of shoe craftsmanship

in Bulgaria and when we visited by chance a small familyrun

factory, we really felt like it was destiny! We are still partnering

with them but have expanded a lot. The idea behind the

brand was to make cool shoes that are comfortable and make

women feel like they can conquer the world.

You’re sold globally on some of the biggest ecommerce sites –

how did this come about? Since the very beginning BY FAR received

a lot of attention from international press and retailers. We

have evolved so much over the years, but we continue to challenge

ourselves and celebrate every success. A turning point for us was

when we launched the bags collection and Bella Hadid wore the

Rachel baguette a few days after. We are constantly growing and

our website sales are tripling each quarter. We are blown away

how many people are loving and supporting BY FAR!

What has been the biggest hurdle since launching the brand and

how did you overcome this? BY FAR is like our baby, so we take

every aspect under careful consideration. It feels rewarding to

see the results of all of our hard work and endless collective

effort. Every day is a challenge as we strive for perfection, improvement,

and satisfying our clients with not only a timeless

product but also that BY FAR experience.

Do you have any mentors or guides and how does this help navigate

the right path throughout life and your career? Throughout

our journey, we had been blessed to be mentored by so

many strong women, but in the heart of it all are our mothers.

They’re always there to support us, especially at times when

even we doubted ourselves.

“The pandemic showed us that with hard work, you can still

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What do you look for in terms of hiring your own team? Being a

fast-growing successful start-up, which values their employees’

voice and contribution, we are looking for super ambiguous,

amazingly talented people. BY FAR is like our child, and

every new team member becomes part of our family. So, most

of all, we’re looking for passion, dedication and loyalty.

How has this year impacted the industry both positively and negatively?

Fashion needed to change, and this was the wake-up call

the industry needed. We are optimistic about the future of fashion

and that it will continue to change for the better. The pandemic

showed us that with hard work, you can still achieve great

results no matter where you are based. We are eternally grateful

that we managed to create a virtual showroom not once but

twice already and stay in touch with our clients. It was definitely

an amazing experience, thanks to which we learned a lot and

grew as a brand. We strongly believe that digital is a huge part

of the future of fashion, and it is something that we will surely

continue to develop and implement into the BY FAR experience.

How do you approach scaling the business and what works in

terms of client retention? We wanted to create vintage-inspired

designs which compliment any wardrobe, whilst combining

comfort with an addictive contemporary edge. BY FAR has become

the ‘It’ shoulder bag brand. Our nostalgic baguette bags

and minimalist, barely-there sandals are the core of any effortlessly

chic outfit. We felt like the industry needed accessories that

are desirable, yet not overpowering, without sacrificing quality.

BY FAR is about emotion, not age or nationality! Our shoes and

bags are classic, yet with a modern twist. Your BY FAR piece

will demand the spotlight whilst being infinitely wearable.

The 90s is a strong influence aesthetically – was this part of the

brand DNA from the outset? Our aesthetic combines playful

designs and nostalgic silhouettes, and we always knew that

we want to do effortless and colourful styles that just feel

fresh. We are very much inspired by the fashion of the 90s and

early 2000s. We’re constantly binge-watching iconic TV series

from this period, which is how the Rachel bag was born

(inspired by FRIENDS). There was something very authentic,

empowering and emotional about fashion and we truly want

to bring these feelings back.

Which pieces are your bestsellers, and do you notice differing trends globally

in terms of sales? BY FAR has become the go-to shoulder bag brand

and the Rachel baguette is our top best seller in the Western world. From

the shoes, we became known with the boot styles such as Sofia and Este.

Our all-time bestsellers such as the Tanya mules, as well as the Mini and

Miranda bags have seen amazing success among our clients in the Middle

East. People fell in love with their simplicity, but we have been experimenting,

as we want to introduce new cool pieces.

How has social media affected the luxury industry and which platform has

been most useful? Social media is an inseparable part of the fashion industry

and if luxury brands aim to stay relevant, they need to include these

platforms in the strategy. Speaking from our personal experience, since we

are based in Eastern Europe, far from the fashion capitals, we wanted to

connect with clients, partners, and people from the industry worldwide. Our

space as a brand is more digital than physical, so Instagram naturally became

an essential part of BY FAR. BY FAR is about

the joy of dressing up! We simply have fun with Instagram,

and it is so easy to connect with girls that

love fashion and design – and be inspired by their

style. At the same time, our profile is a collection of

all the things we love, and it is a way to give a glimpse

into the BY FAR world.

Do you have any pre-bedtime rituals? We often work

until late after the kids go to sleep, so we definitely

do our best to balance family life and career. It is an

exciting ride and keeps us inspired at all times. The

biggest challenge in our routine is to tune out of work

mode because we enjoy nurturing BY FAR so much.

If you were not on your current career path, which

other role would you have chosen career-wise? All 3

of us are very passionate about visuals and fashion,

therefore it was only natural to move to fashion and

if By FAR didn’t exist, we would probably be doing

something similar.

This is ‘The Party issue’, where/how will you be celebrating

this season? Given the complicated situation

in the world right now and the difficulties of travelling,

we are planning to spend the holidays at home

with our families. Is there a better way of celebrating

than to be surrounded by the ones you love the most?

What should you gift the host when attending a dinner?

A beautiful bouquet is always a good idea.

What’s your secret to surviving party season and still

looking flawless? Always drink a lot of water, don’t

go to bed too late, and never trade comfort for style

when it comes to shoes.

What is your go-to party outfit?You can never go wrong

with a slip dress and our Alla mules – a highlight of

the season and the return to power dressing in a majorly

glam kind of way. Of course, you should top the

look with our ultimate obsession – the Mini Rachel

bag. It’s perfect for your cocktail attire, and it fits all

that you need: phone, credit card and a lipstick.

What is on your wishlist this festive season? Right

now, all we wish for is health – for our families, our

friends, for everyone.

achieve great results no matter where you are based.”

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Dress stylist’s own, Mini Nutella Croco Dhs1,964 BY FAR

WORK & PLAY

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Founder & Creative Director of Romani,

Haya Jarrar creates unconventional pieces with a touch

of the rebellious. Is she on our guestlist? Absolutely.

What do your first 30 mins of the day look like, your morning routine? I check my

emails the minute I wake up and respond to all of them before getting out of bed.

Then I begin my morning skincare routine and have breakfast before I hit the gym.

Do you feel more drawn to the creative or the business side? Definitely the creative

side. I didn’t even know what an income statement is until I started Romani.

How did you know it was the right time to launch your own brand and what were the

stepping-stones to that point? You know in life, there’s never really the ‘right time’.

It’s always been my dream to start my own label, so I just went for it. Studying fashion

design in university and working in the industry after graduating helped me gain

experience and insight which I used to start my own brand with my own identity.

What has been the biggest hurdle since launching the brand and how did you overcome

it? Starting as a very young girl in this very big industry was very challenging

for me in the beginning. It was a struggle in every single aspect

(finding the right suppliers, creating the right designs

that represent me, promoting my brand and making sure

I’m doing the right thing). With time, you learn that every

successful person in any industry has to struggle a bit before

finding their way.

Do you have any mentors or guides and how does this help

navigate the right path throughout life and your career? My

inspiration and motivation in life is the person I aspire to be

in the future. I try to work really hard

on myself every day and try so hard

to improve myself because everything

you want in life and strive to achieve

is already within you; you just need to

carve your way in.

What do you look for in terms of hiring

your own team? It’s important for me

to be surrounded by a team that understands

my vision. That’s the most

important thing. I also value a team

that is hard working and that has

something to bring to the table.

How has this year impacted the industry

both positively and negatively?

Negatively, as a brand we’ve struggled

in terms of production and missing

fashion weeks and not being able to

showcase our collections and connect

with our customers and having to put things aside for

a while and delaying production. Positively, it gave us the

time and space to sit back, relax and breathe. It made us

realize that we were constantly rushing before. Now, we are

not rushing anymore.

How do you approach scaling the business and what works

in terms of client retention? I want to scale my business by

going into more retails stores and I want to also expand to

other areas (other than fashion) through Romani. We will

be making this reveal very soon!

There’s a rebelliousness and unconventionality to the pieces

you create – was this part of the brand DNA from the outset?

Yes. Usually, from what I see, a lot of designers base their designs

on what buyers are looking for or what is the norm in the

region. For me, I wanted to create designs that represent my

identity and me from the beginning.

Which pieces are your bestsellers and do you notice differing

trends globally in terms of sales? The Sylphina jacket. It’s very

dear to my heart since it’s the first piece I ever created for Romani.

And luckily, it is our most

popular piece.

How has social media affected the

“You know in life,

there’s never really

the ‘right time’.

It’s always been my

dream to start my

own label, so I just

went for it.”

WORDS: AMY SESSIONS

luxury industry and which platform

has been most useful? It enabled

us to become closer to our customers

and helped us understand them

more. Instagram has been the most

useful by far.

Do you have any pre-bedtime rituals?

Recently, I got into meditation.

And it works so much better for me

at night than in the morning. Also,

I really enjoy a nice walk to clear my

mind right before bedtime.

If you were not on your current career

path, which other role would

you have chosen career-wise? I

believe I was born to create. If not

fashion design, then definitely interior and furniture design.

This is ‘The Party Issue’, where/how will you be celebrating this

season? I think I will be somewhere cold, cozy and Christmassy

with my husband and family.

What should you gift the host when attending a dinner?A candle

is always a good idea.

What’s your secret to surviving party season and still looking flawless?

Lots of water, exercise, vitamins and a healthy routine.

What is your go-to party outfit? Either a Romani dress or Romani

suit. You can never go wrong with a Romani suit.

What is on your Wishlist this festive season? Bottega Veneta

boots, an Alexander McQueen knit…

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F A S H I O N

F I L E

DOLCE&GABBANA


THIS PAGE AND OPPOSITE: BALMAIN

HIGH VOLTAGE

Limited edition satin blazer

Dhs549 Zara

Rita metallic snake-effect

leather clutch Dhs1,570

Ximena Kaalekas available

at NET-A-PORTER

Limited edition satin

trousers

Dhs369 Zara

Henson chainembellished

leather

sandals Dhs3,055

Amina Muaddi

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WORDS & STYLING: AMY SESSIONS

High shine & opulent embellishments to see

you through party season

18-karat rose

gold diamond ear cuff

Dhs12,173 Anita Ko

Oversized embellished

jumper Dhs4,318

Amen available at

FARFETCH

Faux leather jogging

trousers

Dhs179 Zara

Slouchy ankle

boots Dhs2,127

The Attico

FASHION

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Blending daring designs with extravagant elegance

and an anarchic spirit, Alexandre Vauthier creates

statement dresses and separates made for after dark

WORDS: OLIVIA MORRIS

The

Showstopper

FASHION

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“Hurdles bring strength and always allow you to get out of the

most perilous situations.”

What has the journey with your brand been like over the

last 11 years? My first collection had immediate commercial

resonance. We started with two Haute Couture

collections a year and then two other ready-to-wear collections.

We have gradually moved forward to meet the

demand. Then we added intermediate collections and we

continue to develop and expand our commercial territory.

What does your brand represent? It’s hard for me to talk

about this. I work on an aesthetic, with a very French

flair. The ambassadors and the clients of the house

would speak about it better than me.

What do your designs represent? An instinctive feeling

of femininity; Paris and the chic French style; and luxury.

How did you start out in fashion & what did it take to get

where you are now? I started my work in fashion with

Mugler and Gaultier. To do this job in general and especially

in this special period I always keep in mind that

it takes a lot of work, sincerity, rigour and precision.

From the start, our keynote has always been clear, with a

very natural creative process. As we are an independent

house, we always need to be flexible and reactive.

You have cultivated such an iconic brand. How has this

evolved? My style comes from my roots, my own desires.

The style of the Parisian woman, luxurious and sexy. I

work a lot with ‘Les Metiers d’Arts’. They were part of my

learning ground. They are the ones who help me achieve

such good quality, all this very French ‘Savoir faire’.

If you could describe Alexandre Vauthier in just five words,

what would they be? Parisian. Craftsmanship. Sexy. Luxurious.

Haute couture.

Where do you get your motivation? It’s really a human adventure.

Since I was little I needed to dream and to try to

make things look better around me, to make things more

aesthetic. Motivation is the quest for infinite improvement,

always doing better. I also have an amazing team!

What advice do you wish you had received on your journey

to success? To have tenacity, methodology and organisation

and be ready for a very athletic way of life.

In fact, one cannot expect any results without working.

Looking back over your career, can you tell us about some

major hurdles you have faced? It is a job with one thousand

hurdles and the current period proves it. But hurdles

bring strength and always allow you to get out of the

most perilous situations.

What are your future plans for Alexandre Vauthier? Any

exciting things you can reveal? My three objectives are to

strengthen the markets in which I am present, to open up

the Asian market and to develop lines of accessories and

shoes. Fashion allows a lot of activity and collaboration.

The next project is the new format of my next Haute Couture

collection. This is something I have never done and

it is a project that excites me but I cannot reveal it yet.

This is ‘The Party Issue’ – how will you be celebrating this

year? I miss parties, I try to put all the party spirit in my

work. I will celebrate this year with my family.

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THE

GUESTLIST

Previously at MR PORTER, MODA OPERANDI

and most recently at Soho House where she was Chief

Membership & Communications Officer, curator of

exceptional content, Jodie Harrison tells us what makes

the perfect party and the ideal guest

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“There will always be a sense of luxury to a printed page – and now

What do your first 30 mins of the day look like,

your morning routine? I wake up early – generally

around 5 or 6am (much to the annoyance

of my husband who is a night owl). I

check my phone and walk our dog, Jed, up to

Hampstead Heath or down to Primrose Hill.

I’m at my most creative in the morning, so I

spend a lot of this walk writing down ideas

and thoughts on my iPhone.

How did your previous roles set you up

for success and did you always know you

wanted to work in the luxury industry? I

started out my career at GQ as their Style

& Grooming Editor, having always dreamt

of working in magazines. As a consequence,

print holds a special place in my heart. In

every job since, I’ve enjoyed seeing how

print evolves in the ever-growing shadow of

digital. At MR PORTER it manifested as

a way to reach new customers in The MR

PORTER Post and books we published with

Thames & Hudson. At Soho House I edited

their second coffee-table book, MORNING

NOON NIGHT, and again, this was often

someone’s first, proper introduction to the

brand. There will always be a sense of luxury

to a printed page – and now more than

ever, there’s a desire for something tangible,

crafted. The confidence, time, meticulousness

and energy of putting something in ink

will always be a luxury to me.

You have to wear multiple hats in your role. Do

you feel more drawn to the creative or the business

side? In my gut, it’s always the creative

side. That’s my default setting, the place that

makes me get up in the morning and breathe

happy. The business side takes more study,

planning and method for me but over the

years as I’ve moved from magazines to digital

and e-commerce, I often found myself thrilled

at the business acumen I’ve built up.

You’ve lived both in London and New York, is

there a difference in terms communication?

There’s a huge, gaping difference. In the

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more than ever, there’s a desire for something tangible, crafted.”

US, service is gold. Even if you have the best

product out there, if you have poor service,

you might as well forget it. Good service

comes from strong supply chains, amazing

logistics, over-communication, clarity

and commercial confidence. Americans are

comfortable with being sold to, so you become

much more overt in your marketing

tactics. In the UK, it’s about packing things

up in more clever, palatable ways with tinges

of humour – back-door marketing.

What makes the perfect host and the ideal

guest? For years, hosting for me was about

seeking perfection: an exquisitely set table,

an overcomplicated menu and fancy cocktails.

As I’ve got older, I’ve realized it’s about

being relaxed and spending less time in the

kitchen and more time with your guests. A

fun host is a fun party. Leave the washing up

(what a buzz kill!). It’s that simple. A year

later, people will remember the dancing, the

laughter – the brilliant conversation, not

the burnt bruschetta. Oh, and the outfits –

that’s one place I refuse to be relaxed.

Do you have any mentors or guides and how

does this help navigate the right path throughout

life and your career? My mentor is my

second boss, Jeremy Langmead, who hired

me to be Editor at the yet-to-be-launched

MR PORTER in 2009. He is always the first

person I call when a prospective role has me

on the fence or there’s a crisis I can’t think

my way out of. He has an amazing grip on

perspective and the sharpest tongue I’ve

ever witnessed. I might start the conversation

in tears but I always end it in rib-aching

laughter. His words and wisdom calm me.

What do you look for in terms of hiring your

own team? I look for self-starters who bring

joy to teamwork. I look for honesty, an open

heart and the willingness to go that extra

mile. I also look for people better than I

am – nothing pushes you as a leader than a

high-performing, fun-loving team.

How has this year impacted the industry both

positively and negatively? The effects of the

Covid-19 pandemic have been clearly devastating

to the hospitality industry. What’s

been heartbreaking to watch is the fact this

has mostly kicked businesses at the start gate

or on the smaller size – the bigger boys have

investors and bank balances to help them

weather the storm. There have been good

things to emerge from this chapter though

– the focus on less is more, local and handcrafted.

At Soho House we focused on tighter,

more efficient teams, better food, better service,

and for the customer, we saw a more discerning

eye that knows, and rewards, quality.

How has social media affected the luxury

industry and which platform has been most

useful? Love it or hate it, social media has

been the constant over the last 15 years. I’ve

managed social teams in every job I’ve had

and it’s been incredible to watch how this

sector – and Instagram in particular – has

helped grow luxury. The part I like seeing

now is how it’s enabling young brands to

reach their customers directly and without a

middleman. I’m an avid Instagram user and

find it an incredible source for discovering

new brands, new friends and new ideas.

What should you gift the host when attending

a dinner? Something they don’t always love

to buy themselves. I like getting a scented

candle or a pretty scented bouquet, as it’s

something I’ll use for a few days afterwards

and remember the person who gave it to me

as I see and smell it.

Which Instagram accounts do you follow

for inspiration? I follow a huge amount of

interior-design and Antique furniture accounts

as this is an area I’m moving further

and further towards. My current favourites

to follow are @ralfesyard, @larlatan and

@8hollandstreet. I also love typography accounts

– check out @voilaineetjeremy!

Do you have any pre-bedtime rituals? No

matter if the hours have been passing, I always,

without fail, remove my makeup before

bed. I have a shower (even at 3am), I

put on a serum (Barbara Sturm’s and The

Ordinary’s collections are my current artillery)

and I drink a glass of water.

If you were not on your current career path,

which other role would you have chosen career-wise?

Well, funny you should ask. I just

left Soho House to pursue a new career in interior

design. I’m retraining in the new year with

a course at Inchbald School of Interior Design

and some placements with friends in the industry

– Vicky Charles of Charles & Co and

James Waterworth of Thurston Design. So, I

guess I’m doing my other career right now – or

at least I’m starting out on the path. I’m calling

it a pivot, my second life, and I can’t wait.

What’s your secret to surviving party season

and still looking flawless? Not a very party

girl – but sleep. I like at least 8 hours and

never do three nights out in a row, unless the

third is for something really special.

What is your go-to party outfit? Right now it’s

pretty much anything by Khaite – the collection

by New York designer Cate Holstein

who we worked with closely during my time

at Moda Operandi. She has this incredible

eye for nostalgia and I’m always drawn to her

seasonal narrative. I bought several pairs of

her flared silk pants this year and currently

like wearing them with just a simple silk camisole,

topped off with an oversized wool coat

by Nanushka and a pair of heels by Bottega

– they’re just comfy enough so I can dance!

What is on your wishlist this festive season?

Honestly – a holiday. I miss travelling, foreign

food, antique shopping and the feeling

of stumbling across somewhere totally new.

If Covid permits, I’ll be heading to Marrakesh

in late December. My friend owns

the beautiful El Fenn hotel there and we are

planning a good old New Year’s get together

under the starry skies.

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The

Perfect

Host

Fiona Leahy is a master

at curating the perfect

setting for dining in style.

Having created incredible

tablescapes for almost

everyone in the luxury

industry, Leahy has also

conjured other-worldly

designs for Middle -

Eastern and rock royalty

What do your first 30 mins of the day look like, your morning routine? I

get up and bring the dogs into the garden then I make a celery juice.

I have a celery juice every morning on weekdays, it’s my insurance

policy for a good day.

You started in an unusual way, tell us about the beginning of your career?

Well, I started as a fashion stylist, then went into jewellery

and became Assistant Creative Director for Garrard the jeweller. I

became involved with throwing the parties for the brand, hired Dita

von Teese for her first European performance, went on to produce

Dita’s wedding and 15 years later the rest as they say is history!

How did you know it was the right time to launch your own company

and what were the stepping-stones to that point? It was serendipity. I

never really set it up deliberately, there was no business plan.

I started working in reaction to demand and I pretty much still

am. I will say that being an entrepreneur is something that is instinctive

and that you either want your own business or you want

the security of a job. I have always loved working for myself so that

would be a decisive stepping stone.

You’ve created so many incredible tablescapes – do you have any

which stand out for you? I love the Christmas tablescape that I designed

for Emilia Wickstead. It was the perfect mix of feminine

chintz and festivity. It was matchimal but also classic and I would

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totally happily sit at that table again a few years later. The wedding

I designed for Krissy O’Neill in Positano is also a favourite. It was

the first time I did matching print on print for a wedding and it was

from the linens to the hand-painted plates all in blue and white. The

tablescapes I love the most are the ones that were the hardest to

pull off where everything had to be made from scratch. They become

labours of love.

What’s the key to curating the perfect dinner setting? I think planning

and symmetry are key alongside with lighting, to me the perfect

dinner setting is dimly lit with candlelight and you are transported

momentarily to another place in time.

Do you feel more drawn to the creative or the business side of the brand

and how have you grown the team to support this? I really love both.

Art and commerce need to co-exist. I learned early on that no matter

how amazing the idea it always needs to make sense as a line item in a

budget (That took me longer to figure out than I let on!) I am probably

more adept at the creative side and I am always drawn to fellow creatives,

so I have had in the past a predominantly creative team. Moving

forward post pandemic, I realise I need more business support so

that is what my focus is from now on. Business support is everything!

Do you have any mentors or guides and how does this help navigate

the right path throughout life and your career? Nikki Tibbles from

Wild at Heart is an incredible friend and mentor, who is in the same

industry. The late David Collins was my very first mentor. It is such

an important thing to have guidance and advice from someone you

admire and respect.

How has this year impacted the industry both positively and negatively?

I haven’t had any real live events and I sadly needed to make a

number of my team redundant as we had no real event work. Positively

it has made me reassess how I work and allowed me to experiment

differently with more intimate settings leading to other work in

curation, tabletop influencing (yes that’s a thing) and design. I have

also been busy on a new venture, during the last lockdown I was made

Creative Director of Aquazzura Home so that is a huge positive.

How has social media affected the luxury industry and which platform

has been most useful? Instagram is hugely inspirational for the industry

and has been a huge factor in my work. I think for most of

us it is the immediate reference for so many things. We look, bookmark,

shop. I think honestly Instagram has changed everything.

What should you gift the host when attending a dinner? A beautiful

candle, or I sometimes love to bring a monogram sourdough loaf

with the host’s initials from Harrods.

Which Instagram accounts do you follow for inspiration? @iamlaurajackson,

@skyemcalpine, @fayedreamsalot, @retrouvious, as well as a

mix of interiors, food and window design accounts to keep me inspired.

Do you have any pre-bedtime rituals? I usually have a magnesium

salt candle-lit bath, I light Palo Santo which I bought in bulk in

Peru and I go to sleep listening to the Calm app. Matthew McConaughey’s

bedtime story always sends me into a deep sleep, that or

the sound of rain.

If you were not on your current career path, which other role would

you have chosen career-wise? I always wanted to be a buyer so I

would say I would be a homeware buyer or an interior designer.

This is ‘The Party Issue’, where/how will you be celebrating this season?

I hope to be going to Claridge’s for a sleepover with my girlfriends

for my birthday in December. This symbolises to me the

start of the festive session. For Christmas and NY I hope to be in

Mexico, I love spending the festive season barefoot on sand.

What’s your secret to surviving party season and still looking flawless?

Drinking celery juice and having sessions at The Light Salon

and Facegym. I am also a huge infra red sauna fan and go to Glowbar

at least twice a week. I feel like all these things fight inflammation

which is the enemy of flawless. I do as much of the feel good as I can.

What is your go-to party outfit? I love a long vintage dress, accessorised

with Alessandra Rich sparkly earrings. Aquazzura platform

shoes (Sundance are my go-to for parties) and a fun clutch from Edie

Parker or Olympia Le-Tan, I love capes and have a selection of vintage

ones from One Vintage... they help make a great entrance and exit !

What is on your wishlist this festive season? I have redesigned my

kitchen and on my wishlist is a wall of bespoke delft tiles. Honestly,

every penny is going into my kitchen – no new clothes, a beautiful

La Cornue pale blue range is even better!

“To me the perfect dinner setting is dimly lit with candlelight and

you are transported momentarily to another place in time.”

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SPLENDOUR

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The Craftsman

René Caovilla’s Creative Director, Edoardo Caovilla,

shares his secrets to keeping the brand ever-evolving

whilst staying true to its DNA

Talk us through your morning routine and how

you set yourself up for a successful day. I usually

get up at 6.30, and I always try to have

breakfast with my children. I always start my

day by drinking water with lemon or green

tea and eating plenty of fruit. I leave at 7.30

in the morning and get to the office by 7.45. I

am lucky that my office is close to my home,

and it’s a beautiful journey. At my desk, the

first thing I do is to go through the digital

press reviews specific to my fields of interest

and catch up on all top-line brand activities

and launches. I leave the office around 7 pm,

and then I usually work out. I train for triathlon

competitions, so I either swim or run

– I find exercising and movement each day

is key! Practicing my favourite sports makes

me start the week in the best way.

Tell us about the DNA of René Caovilla. The

DNA of René Caovilla is summarized by

Venice, our iconic city. Caovilla is an incomparable

heritage of three generations. All

our shoes are entirely handmade in Italy, focusing

on the highest-quality craftsmanship

from the same factory we’ve had since 1929.

The brand has always played the subtle

game of transforming iconic shapes into a

new desirable classic. Caovilla is a brand of

refined luxury that prioritizes care in intricate

details and we keep growing and evolving

to satisfy our global clients’ preferences.

How do you retain the heritage of the brand

whilst approaching it with a modern perspective?

Craftsmanship alone is not enough

today. Making superb shoes is about more

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than mere technique. It demands artistry,

virtuosity, skill, and an interpretive talent

that only the genuinely great master artisans

possess. Innovation and new technologies

have become the cornerstone of the

ongoing evolution of René Caovilla. Here

the manual artistry of embroidery happily

coexists with leading-edge quality control

to guarantee that each pair of Caovilla shoes

is a triumph of beauty and comfort.

When it comes to the design process, what is

key for you? Inspiration usually strikes when

I wake up in the morning. When I’m thinking

about creating a specific shoe during the

evening, I often happen to see it when waking

and this is why I usually go to the office

so early, to channel all of my inspiration and

ideas. Together with the creative team, we

work to realize and create the ideas by defining

all the technical and stylistic details

that give life to the shoe prototype.

Do you see particular styles driving sales in

the Middle East, and if so, which? The Middle

East market has always been quite devoted

to a feminine attitude. We noticed a great

response to the chunky mules enriched by

crystals or embroidery over the last few seasons.

Mules and slides are ever prevalent as

they are so practical and comfortable, yet

still beautifully elegant.

Which is your favourite piece of the FW20

collection? One of my favourite pieces from

FW20 is, for sure, the Juliette Sandal. This

jewelled sandal is made by a stunning heel

featuring a satin weave and embellished

with a crystal chain.

How do you ensure personalised service for

your e-commerce clients? Online sales have

become one of the priorities of the brand;

we are moving more and more towards digital.

We care a lot about our e-commerce site,

which should not be seen as a simple sales

platform but as a unique universe in which

the customer can get lost and immersed in the

world of Caovilla. We sell online; we also provide

an exceptional customer experience that

considers the smallest details, style suggestions

in our “style notes,” anecdotes and curiosities

about the brand’s history, and many

more. It’s truly a whole world to discover.

How do you approach scaling the business?

Renè Caovilla has always taken care of the

business in the Middle East and, despite all

circumstances, the brand has an established

identity in this region. Today, the aim is to

enhance this loyal and solid relationship

with a tailored strategy designed for limited

edition capsules or private events.

Which Instagram accounts do you follow for

inspiration? I always like to be updated in

real-time. Social media is one of the best

channels to keep up to date with current

news and trends. I love to follow news pages

ranging from general culture to fashion, from

newspapers to fashion magazines. This allows

me to follow publications from all over

the world. I am also very passionate about

art, travel, and cooking. Among the accounts

I follow you can find famous photographers,

chefs, travel and living pages and more.

What advice would you give to your younger

self-starting out? This is what my father always

told me but also advice I will for sure

give myself back. “You are capable of everything,

constantly develop, look around and

try to see the world from different angles.”

If you were not Creative Director and COO of

René Caovilla, which other roles would you

choose career-wise? I believe in the value

one can create by combining the Italian lifestyle,

the entire industry of fashion and food

and beverage with the IT world of Silicon Valley.

I would love to have more time to explore

these aspects. We should all be open on one

side and add experience on the other. Also, I

wouldn’t mind working in the service sector

instead of sales. I’m fascinated by the data

world, and I am exploring some of its topics.

This is ‘The Party Issue’ – how will you be celebrating

this year? It has been and still is

an exceptional year that has made me appreciate

the little things even more. For me,

a perfect celebration can be spent at home,

in the company of my family and my closest

friends. I love to cook and play the piano. A

beautiful dinner with good food, music and

laughter – this is the real luxury, to appreciate

simple things!

“We provide an exceptional customer experience that

considers the smallest details.”

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With a dose of vintage embodied in every

design, the duo talk us through their journey

of creating pieces that channel a touch

of disco for after hours, making the brand

one of the most sought after for party season

Welcome

to the Party

New-York based Retrofête

co-founders, Ohad Seroya and

Aviad Klin bring us the ultimate

party experience this season

with their show-stopping pieces

Creativity is something that is innate – what

were some of the key events that lead you

both to become co-founders of the brand?

Ohad: We both have very different backgrounds,

I have a retail background and

Aviad worked in IT and finance. I handle the

creative side of the brand, while he handles

the business side. I gained my experience in

design through our work with private label

clients and the opening of our own sales

showroom, Mint. Through our private label

work, we learned about product development,

different retail markets and the art of

embellishment, which is a very important

part of Retrofête’s identity.

Tell us why sequins have become such a key

part of the brand’s DNA and was that the vision

from the outset? Each sequin colourway

and pattern is unique to our brand, we designed

the sequin styles to mimic a sense of

emotion, with each colour offering a different

type of feeling – they make you feel special,

and uplift your mood. We want women

to feel that wow factor, and now, even with

our non-sequin items, women can experience

the same feeling.

How has the brand overcome the challenges

posed this year? Has e-commerce seen

more of boost from your perspective? Before

the pandemic, we were mainly a wholesale

business and didn’t have an e-commerce

platform to lean on. In May, we launched

our e-commerce site, which we developed

with the help of a California-based digital

agency called the Anton Eye in about six

weeks. Having our own site helped us bring

visibility to our non-sequin assortment. It’s

no secret that evening wear has taken a hit

this year due to the pandemic, so it was really

important for us to develop and showcase

our denim offering.

Describe the Retrofête DNA? In the past

couple of seasons, we’ve found beauty in

simplicity but at the core, Retrofête is about

the glamour, the shine and the sparkle – we

are known for our more-is-more aesthetic.

We always think about the woman’s body,

what she’s going to feel comfortable in, but

still confident and powerful.

Tell us about your recent collection and what is

the story behind it? Our FW20 collection was

inspired by NYC after the rain. After it rains,

the ground is wet and shiny but it feels clean,

this is what we wanted to translate into the

collection. Many pieces have that “wet” effect,

a lot of shine and the dirtiness of the city

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also comes through in more rugged designs.

Our HO21 collection was initially inspired by

Morocco – it has an edgy meets boho feel.

With the pandemic, we had to pivot to make

it easier and more wearable. We focused on

bodies that are comfortable but have “dressy”

design elements like gold chains and stars or

stretchy netting and sequins.

What’s some of the most important business

advice that you have ever received? Don’t

rush into opening a business, work for other

companies first and then open your own.

But no matter the amount of experience

you have, there will always be obstacles and

surprises that arise – just accept that, you

learn something new every day!

How would you style sequins without overdoing

it, outside party season? With amazing

energy! The way you express yourself in

clothes is so important. We’ve introduced a

lot of denim silhouettes, lightweight silks,

cotton knits in the latest collections. You can

pair these pieces with a sequin top or skirt,

but you can also opt for a more relaxed look

that still makes a statement. For a creative

alternative, you can jazz up a pair of jeans

or sweats with an open Gabrielle Robe. For

the FW20 collection, we reimagined a cool

jogger set with camo sequins – easy styles

for the Retrofête girl when she’s on the go.

Is there any uncharted territory you still have

to conquer as a brand? Opening a flagship!

I [Ohad] came from retail, that’s my background,

so I’d love to provide clients with

the ultimate Retrofête experience. I’d love to

have a retail location with a cool atmosphere

to hang out at on the weekends, to meet our

clients. Given the current situation with so

many small businesses shutting in NYC due

to the pandemic, it’d be great to support the

rebuilding of our city’s retail sector.

What Instagram accounts do you follow for

inspiration? Maluma! We love his style and

his energy. And my friends – we always look

to them for inspiration.

What are your goals for 2021? To be able to

party and celebrate with everyone we love!

Hopefully, we can get back to a sense of normalcy

where women can wear our dresses out

again. Design wise, I want to continue pushing

myself, being more expressive with Retrofête’s

designs to hopefully reflect a joyful

and more positive year. I also want to travel

for inspiration, to feel that sense of connection

again and experience human touch.

Which key pieces from the FW20 collection

would suit anyone? The Desreen Sweatshirt

Dress is super comfortable but still stylish.

The Nikita Dress is the perfect work to party

dress. The Eva Jacket and Ivy Blazer set are

a great holiday look. Of course, every woman

needs a Gabrielle Robe in their closet!

This issue is ‘The Party Issue’ – how will you be

celebrating this year? We will be celebrating

with our friends, cooking dinner for them –

we love to host people! Great food, good music,

good chemistry – that’s all we need.

“We want women to feel that wow factor, and now, even with our

non-sequin items, women can experience the same feeling.”

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Courage

and Creativity

Launched in 2014 by Rosh Mahtani,

Dante’s Divine Comedy inspires

Alighieri’s designs. We spoke to

Mahtani about inspiration and the

beauty of imperfection

Talk us through your morning routine and

how you set yourself up for a successful day.

I’m an early riser. I like to wake up around

5:30 am when the world is still quiet, and

then it’s coffee! Whilst I make it, I like to

cleanse the space; I have some fantastic Palo

Santo, which inspires me when I wake up in

the morning.

What inspired you to launch your jewellery

brand? I studied French and Italian at university

and became obsessed with Dante Alighieri.

It then all happened very organically. I

dreamt of creating wearable objects inspired

by literature. I loved writing and photography

and thought, if I start making one piece of

jewellery for each of Dante’s poems, I could

write and create books and play with objects.

That’s when I started, and it all fell into place.

As founder of Alighieri, how do you balance

the commercial and creative side of the role,

and do you prefer one to the other? I think

the balance of the creative and commercial

side of the role is heavily intertwined.

I create objects rooted in stories, finding a

starting point in the poem, and then looking

outwards to photography and music, sculptors,

and artists. I like creating a universe

of objects and ideas. That’s when I start

carving in wax to create modern Heirlooms,

which look like they have been dug up from

the ground. I believe our customers relate to

the story in which each piece tells and makes

it their own. It is this connection and story

that makes the pieces commercial.

Why did you choose Dante’s poems as inspiration

for your designs? I loved the poems in

Dante’s Divine Comedy because it’s a story

about being lost in a dark wood, which I

think everybody can relate to. I was going

through a rough time in my life, and his

poem was almost like a comfort blanket for

me. That’s when I decided that I wanted to

make one piece for each of his poems.

How do you approach growing the business?

Since starting Alighieri six years ago, we

have been so lucky to experience exponential

growth quite organically. There have been

many challenges, like quickly building infrastructure

and a team to manage this growth.

I guess it’s all about flowing with it and staying

true to our story in everything we do. The

key for me is to grow without losing any of our

heart, ethics, and commitment to sustainability,

connect communities and people worldwide

through the objects I create and stories

they tell. Therefore I approach it at my own

pace and without compromising on quality.

How do you source your materials? We make

all of our jewellery, and source all of our materials

in London’s Hatton Garden – in our

studio and the six streets surrounding it.

Our core Alighieri pieces are cast in recycled

bronze before being plated in gold or made

in solid Sterling Silver. We ethically source

‘imperfect’ pearls that most industries do

not use due to their inconsistency. At Alighieri,

we love that everything is unique and

believe that is the beauty of what we do.

Which is the key signature piece for you?

One of our key pieces is the Leone Medallion.

It’s inspired by the first canto of the

Divina Commedia, when Dante wakes up,

lost, in the Selva Oscura, afraid and alone.

He is confronted by a lion who is so terrifying

that even the air around him trembles

in fear. Dante turns on his heel, to give up

hope, and at this point, his guide – the great

Virgil – appears. He tells Dante to be brave,

and it’s a poignant example of fear turning

into courage. I made the Leone medallion

as a reminder to myself to be courageous.

When people started buying it, they would

write to me and tell me why they were buying

it, what they needed courage for, and that’s

how the “Lion Club” community was born.

This is the core of Alighieri – connecting

with people through objects and stories.

How has social media affected the fine jewellery

business, and which platform has been

most useful? Social media has helped me

connect with our community around the

world directly, and I love how it has helped

the jewellery industry become more approachable

and relevant. Jewellery is no

longer just an accessory; it is a key and vital

part of the fashion industry. I manage the

Instagram account myself, which is my favourite

platform, so I love having a direct dialogue

with my customers and hearing their

stories first hand. Recently on Instagram,

we have been releasing our SS21 collection,

The Roots, which was shot on a myriad of

real women. I have loved sharing so many

inspiring stories with our wider community

to connect people during this surreal year.

Which Instagram accounts do you follow for

inspiration? Many visual arts inspire me on

Instagram, including my dear friend Jaja’s,

who’s feed is filled with the most amazing

references she has uncovered from throughout

history. @julystars

If you had not launched Alighieri, which other

role would you choose career-wise? Good

question – I love creating so much, so it would

need to be something else with my hands. Perhaps

I would be a ceramicist. I am a collector

of fragmented and broken sculptures and Roman

ceramics. I would love to create more of

these objects embedded with meaning.

What advice would you give to your younger

self starting out? Be confident and keep telling

your story.

This is ‘The Party Issue’ – how will you be

celebrating this year? Despite the restrictions

this year, I hope to get dressed up in

my favourite statement, Alighieri jewellery,

and spend time with my family and friends

if possible. My parents are self-isolating, so

all I want is to hug them – hopefully we can

all have a nice meal together this festive season.

A bonus would be to have a nice dinner

with my team and celebrate everything we

have achieved this year.

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The

Super

Stylist

Danielle Timperley

has carved a name

as super stylist

to the A-list. Izabel

Goulart, Misse

Beqiri, Olivia Culpo,

Abbey Clancy and

many more. We ask

her how we should

be dressing for

party season and

tap into the power

of the perfect outfit

What does the first 30 mins of your day look

like? I usually try and wake early and will do a

run or do a workout first thing so that it’s out

of the way and I have the rest of the morning

and day to myself to get the work done,

after which I then sit and check my emails.

I’m currently working on something with a

friend which will be announced beginning of

2021, so I work on that a lot too. If there’s a

project or event coming up for my clients, I

will be prepping and calling in looks for fittings

and creating moodboards for them. Of

course, the less exiting part is waiting in for

couriers and deliveries which is quite often.

Tell us about your career so far and how did

you get into fashion? I feel really lucky to be

in the place I am right now with my career.

My business has grown a lot over the years,

although I’m still not exactly where I want

to be and have goals which I’m working towards.

As I studied fashion for 2 years at

college and then did a degree in fashion promotion

with styling and marketing, I took

a break half-way through to go live in London

and had the opportunity to complete a

work placement with Jimmy Choo in their

PR department. I loved it but it made me

realise that styling was the avenue I wanted

to venture in. I started to intern for more

magazines such as InStyle and then started

working at a fashion boutique in Liverpool

called Cricket, which sells luxury brands.

This is probably when I knew I wanted to

work more with luxury brands myself, and

move into styling full-time. My boss Justine

was really accommodating and used to let

me attend the shoots for the store. I moved

to LA when I was 24 to work for celebrity

stylist Nicole Chavez, who taught me a lot

and threw me in the deep end. She had really

incredible clients such as Kristen Bell,

Rachel Bilson, Catherine Zeta Jones and

Jessica Simpson, I eventually gained so

many skills by shadowing her. My first ever

client was Misse Beqiri, as she was going on

a TV programme and I started by helping

her with a few looks. We hit it off straight

away which led to us working together for

what is now 6 years. She’s gone from a client

to being one of my closest friends. When I

took the plunge to style full-time by myself,

I started gaining more clients and it just

kind of grew from there. Olivia Culpo was

my first ever US-based client to work with,

after she spotted me on Instagram and from

then I started to work with Nadine Leopold

who was my first Victoria Secret model, and

then Izabel Goulart. Although some of them

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don’t live in UK, we make it work and I get

to travel to visit them which is fun.

Who are some of your go-to designers for

styling? I’m not big on patterns or anything

overtly girly. I love Michael La Sordo, Dion

Lee, Jacquemus, Peter Do, Mugler, David

Koma, Saint Laurent, Anthony Vaccarello,

The Attico, Wardrobe.NYC, The Row and

Christopher Esber.

Do you have any looks that you’ve created

to date? I have quite a few personal favourites

which include the Red Alessandra

Rich look on Emma Louise Connolly for

the royal wedding, the Alexander Terekhov

mini dress and matching blazer we did on

Josephine Skriver in Cannes and the looks

we did on Izabel Goulart. We sat in her hotel

fitting-room and decided on a cooler take

rather than making it glam so we styled it

with socks and trainers instead of heels and

as soon as she left the hotel she was chased

down the street being photographed. I don’t

think we expected to see that image as many

times as we did. I also did one on Caroline

Receveur for Forbes Magazine where we

were inspired by this picture of Rosie Huntington

that we wanted to recreate in a look

by The Row. I had lots of Bvlgari jewels for

her and at the last minute before the shot,

we stacked every single bracelet on the one

wrist and it worked. Our Paris street styles

are always fun and we recently did a look

on Izabel Goulart, in a Saint Laurent jacket

worn as a dress and we added biker boots to

it, for more of an edge.

What’s your styling philosophy and how do

you choose what works best for each client?

I find styling my clients in a sleek but cool

and edgy look works best. I love the 90s

supermodel era, it’s probably my favourite

generation in terms of fashion because it’s

quite effortless. If I have an amazing piece

that I want to place, I wouldn’t style it on

just anyone, it would have to go with each

of my client’s specific personalities. I love

creating the street style looks with them,

it’s always more of a refreshing way of playing

about with pieces and showing off their

personality through fashion. My street style

looks always tend to get a lot more of a reaction

than the red carpet ones.

If you could style anyone who would it be and

why? Jodie Comer, she’s so talented and

seems really open to having fun with her looks.

What’s the best business advice you’ve received

and how has it helped you grow your

business? Don’t focus on what everyone else

is doing and just focus on what’s ahead and

work toward your own goals. Hone your distinctive

point of view – stay true to your aesthetic

point of view as an artist and always

prioritize quality over quantity! Don’t worry

about followers, as quality is everything

and try and keep to the same standards in

your work throughout. In addition, also try

and maintain and build relationships with

photographers, designers and PRs as these

people and relationships are what’s going

to help you in your career in future. Finally,

… be patient! It can take years to get that

big break and some not so long – everyone’s

journey is different.

What Instagram accounts do you follow for inspiration?

There are so many. My friend who’s

a New York based stylist, Kristina Askerova

– I love her page, Misse Beqiri, who’s both a

friend and a client has an inspiring page for

style and décor inspiration along with Valentina

Muntoni and Amina Muaddi. Additionally,

Dream casa for interiors, heroine, Gilda

Ambrosio and Giorgia Tordini.

Which key pieces should every woman have

in her wardrobe? A great suit, a well-tailored

sharp blazer and a good pair of denim jeans

– preferably with no rips. I also love leggings

from Wardrobe.NYC and The Row. A plain

classic white tee by Celine is one of my personal

favourites and a good leather jacket

looks good with anything and everything.

What pieces are worth the investment for

party season? I love knitwear. Attico has

some incredible pieces and they look great

styled back to a mini or leather pants that

can be worn with a heel and dressed down

with a pair of jeans. Saint Laurent do amazing

tailored pieces. A pair of Amina Muaddi

heels are a great party piece investment and

Alessandra Rich for accessories.

We all have busy lives, how do you advise

your clients to go from desk to dinner? Swap

the flats for heels or a heeled ankle boot.

Add a bold red lip, and keep it simple with

your basics. All you need is a basic pair of

black skinnys or leggings with a white crisp

white shirt or blazer – these can always be

dressed up with accessories later on to transition

into night time.

We love your aesthetic. How do you go about

planning a seasonable wardrobe? I've just

worked on a seasonable wardrobe with a

personal client of mine. We focus more now

on buying core pieces and timeless wardrobe

staples. A Max Mara camel coat, Bottega

Veneta for autumn winter pieces and

boots for example. I usually go through my

client’s wardrobe and do a full detox so we

can replace things with keys pieces and I’ll

show them how to carry through looks from

day to night. As I’ve got older, I’m also more

focused on sustainability and investing in

expensive pieces that will last forever.

This issue is “The Party Issue”, how will you

be celebrating this year? I was planning on

being away on holiday but we just have to

make the most of these uncertain times so

I’ll still be toasting the New Year with my

nearest and dearest and family.

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CAMILLE CHARRIERE WEARING CHANEL

LUXE

FEET

From cashmere to

glitter socks and logo

emblazoned tights,

we’ve curated the best

edit for FW20

DOLCE&GABBANA

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Doris polka-dot 40-denier

tights Dhs80 Swedish

Stockings available at

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GG snake-print tights

Dhs940 Gucci

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Metallic logo-jacquard tights

Dhs2,720 Gucci

Cable-knit kneehigh

socks Dhs750

Dolce&Gabbana available

at FARFETCH

GV Signature Jacquard

Socks Dhs400 Versace

Cashmere Bed Socks

Dhs590 The White

Company

Two-tone long socks

Dhs469 Marni

Logo-embroidered

zig-zag socks

Dhs160 Missoni

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A Masterpiece

As an ode to priceless heritage, Dolce & Gabbana’s

Atla Gioielleria tells a unique story of infinite

love and Italian excellences that continues to be

handed down to new generations

Attesting to centuries-old traditions that

continue to live on, the Alta Gioielleria

creations are a tribute to the love for

craftsmanship. While dating back to the

Renaissance period, each piece is carefully

handcrafted according to the goldsmith’s

mastery and fine eye for precision. Showcased

in the magnificent rooms of the Officina

Profumo-Farmaceutica di Santa Maria

Novella, Firenze, the jewels are a perfect

balance between tradition and innovation

while emphasising the exceptional nature of

Europe’s first workshop. As a perfect amalgamation

of the values between two luxurious

excellences which include Officina di

Santa Maria Novella and Dolce & Gabbana,

these timeless rare jewels have been forged

until it became a masterpiece of exceptional

nature. Each creation exhibits an opulent

shine for those who have the privilege of

wearing them.

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B E A U T Y

F I L E

BALMAIN


Hot New Buys

An edit of the best party season make-up

& skin saviours

Depuff & Define

Designed to combat puffy eyes, MZ Skin’s

treatment works on brightening darkness

or shadows with high-potency caffeine

and peptides for all those late nights and

a busy lifestyle. Dhs640 MZ Skin

GLITTER BURST

You’ll have punchy shimmer pigments in just a swipe with this metallic lipstick for the festive

season getting you ready for a full night of fun and dance, ultimately giving your lips the star

treatment they deserve. Dhs180 NARS available at Sephora.ae

Tape à l’Oeil

Being just in time for the festive season,

the calligraphy-inspired applicator

swiftly applies this limited-edition golden

eyeshadow in a defined warm glittery

shade. Dhs173 Christian Louboutin

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Winter Glow

For some next level radiance, give your

cheeks a glow with this skin-enhancing

illuminating powder to create a dewy

effect. The infused pearl pigments deliver

a light-reflective shine in a sleek

mirrored compact, so you can amp your

glow on the go. Dhs235 Bobbi Brown

available at Bloomingdales.ae

HIGH-SHINE FINISH

Inspired by a vintage era of Hollywood glamour, this blush nail polish has a quickdrying

formula with a custom brush to ensure smooth, even coverage with a pigment-rich

colour. Dhs107 Gucci Beauty

Caviar Creme

This micro-nutritive product from Dior

leaves the skin feeling instantly renewed

and plump in no time with fine lines and

wrinkles appearing diminished after just

a few applications. Le Micro-Caviar de

Rose by Dior is the perfect repair elixir for

tired and stressed-out skin. Dhs1,927

Dior available at bloomingdales.ae

Gold Leaf

Formulated with a clear base, this nail polish is sure to add a hint of sparkle to

those neutral shades and is filled with glitter elements of gold to be used alone or

teamed over another polish. Dhs92 Smith & Cult

Collagen Boost

Approved by A-Listers, the diamond

radiance collagen mask is designed

for maximum absorption and is used

to combat signs of aging like dullness,

dark circles and fine lines – leaving you

party ready in no time. Dhs220 Knesko

available at OUNASS

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Winter Skin

Balms for superlatively

smooth skin

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01. Nutrition Baume de Rose, SPF 15

Dhs221 By Terry; 02. Rouge Hermès,

Lip Care Balm Dhs278 Hermès available

at bloomingdales.ae; 03. Lip Butter Balm

Dhs110 Summer Fridays; 04. Hydrating

Conditioning Lip Balm Dsh170 Chanel

Rouge Coco Baume; 05. Protective Lip

Balm SPF30 Dhs65 5.5g Aesop;

06. Lip Balm, 15ml Dhs53 Le Labo;

07. Soleil Lip Balm Dhs168 Tom Ford

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08. Eight Hour® Cream Intensive Moisturizing

Hand Treatment, 75ml Dhs131 Elizabeth Arden;

09. Orientalist Hand Balm, 500ml Dhs218

Tom Dixon; 10. Age-Repair Hand Cream, 40ml

Dhs121 Grown Alchemist available at NET-

A-PORTER; 11. Vitamin E Hand Treatment,

100ml Dhs213 Jo Malone London; 12. Rose

Hand & Body Lotion, 250ml Dhs126 Bamford;

13. Hand Serum 10, 30ml Dhs242 Verso

available at NET-A-PORTER; 14. Resurrection

Aromatique Hand Balm, 75ml Dhs93 Aesop;

15. Marshmallow Whipped Hand & Cuticle

Scrub, 72g Dhs121 Deborah Lippmann

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A Unique Blend

Benoît Verdier, Co-Founder of EX NIHILO shares the

superlative scents to gift this season from the Parisian

fragrance house’s collection

What are your favourite top notes of a fragrance?

Difficult to say! You know despite

having some favourite materials in your

heart, the beauty of our universe is to discover

day by day endless olfactory options. For

top notes, I would say Orange Blossom for its

sparkling and energizing facets, but I have

nothing against replacing the hesperides by

some beautiful spices like White Pepper. It’s

what we’ve done with Yann Vasnier for Citizen

X and the mix between White Pepper and

Iris Pallida from Italy works amazingly well!

Do you have a go-to daily scent for the collection

and does this differ for after house?

To be honest I don’t wear fragrances on a

daily basis when we are creating new scents

to keep my brain fresh. Nevertheless I’m still

obsessed by Citizen X and French Affair, I

can wear them anytime in large quantities!

To go celebrate or for a special occasion I

would choose a creation like Venenum Kiss

as it is inspired by the smell of Dubai streets

by night or maybe go for a personalisation

made with Osmologue, our exclusive technological

device that allow us to make your

fragrance unique and memorable !

Tell us about your latest launches? Its name

is Gold Immortals, it has been created by

our friend and Master perfumer Jordi Fernandez.

In these difficult times we wanted

to create a mesmerising scent to give people

joy and wonder without any restrictions. Its

unique blend of Pear, Lys Ylang and Amber

is an ode to Immortality. Its combination of

ingredients makes it very self indulgent and

unique, and I can say its sillage on your skin

will be immortal as well!

Which fragrance from your collection do you

recommend as the ideal gift to suit everyone?

It’s always difficult to propose a fragrance for

anyone as we are worshipping extreme individuality

and exclusivity but for a gift I would

directly go to Fleur Narcotique because its our

most iconic scent, with its addictive overdose

of Peony, otherwise I would offer a private

consultation for a custom fragrance so the

person could choose what she prefers living a

memorable olfactory experience!

Tell us about your personalisation process?

Our ritual is really an immersive experience

into the core of fragrance creation. Through

our exclusive technology, we mix a futuristic

ritual with the best of French craftsmanship

for a unique result, I would say it’s a

Techno Craft approach. You can walk in or

have a private appointment (what I would

recommend). Then around a cup of tea we

will deeply understand what the customer

is looking for, through a little oral questionnaire.

It will be the occasion to smell the

absolute of fragrances like Rose of May, Iris

Pallida, Orange Blossom in their purest form,

and also to experience all our combinations

according to your mood. All these combinations

have been validated by our team of

master perfumers here in Paris. Once your

choice is made we will proceed to the making

of your juice with the Osmologue, the High

Tech robot we have specifically developed.

It will weigh, blend and create your own

composition in only a few minutes in front

of you. So you will be able to leave with your

own scent without waiting weeks to get the

result. We will also give you a nominative

certificate of authenticity and keep all your

preferences in our database so we can provide

the very best level of custom service.

In the end if you can’t travel to one of our

Top Tier stores we propose a layering experience

around our Sublimes Essences scented

oils, a range of five perfumed oils you can

combine with your favourite fragrance to

make your own mix! Its our conception of

Do It Yourself luxury!

This is ‘The Party Issue’ – how will you be celebrating

this year? I don’t know yet but will for

sure avoid theses depressing ZOOM home

parties! If we have to stay confined in Paris

we will do it in style, maybe in small but great

company, properly (over)dressed and fun!

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Can you tell us about Dior’s new fragrance J’adore Infinissime? We

have unfurled the flowers of the J’adore bouquet, enveloping them

in feverish, intense sensuality with a hint of wood. An endless burst

of flowers that diffuse infinitely. A hyper-present composition signifying

a new vigour, adding volume and curves. This J’adore has

even inspired its own name, an affectionate neologism expressing its

infinite beauty – J’adore Eau de Parfum Infinissime.

How does J’adore Eau de Parfum Infinissime differ from previous

scents by Dior? The framework of J’adore is still here, but I played

different ingredients as major guests: tuberose and sandalwood.

By incorporating grasse tuberose into the

J’adore composition, I create a romantic

encounter. It is as though J’adore “seduced”

the tuberose, taking it on, showcasing

it, colouring it and giving it light.

The fragrance has a sensual charm thanks

to this little white flower that is as intense

as it is moving. It has an immediate, intact

power that transcends trends. It is a genre

of scent in its own right. It instantly symbolises

a powerful and confident femininity.

What has gone into the process of creating

J’adore Eau de Parfum Infinissime? It’s

pretty usual to have about two years between

the beginning of the project and the

launch on the market. In the two years, I

include every step: the perfume creation, the name, bottle, packaging.

For the perfume creation, this time, it was rather quick and took

about eight months. I was asked to make a J’adore but “more, more,

more”. So, I made it sexier and even more sensual.

Can you talk us through your creative process when creating a fragrance?

As soon as the project starts, I always work in three different

directions. This prevents me from saturation, which happens

when you smell the same thing repeatedly. It’s also a lot safer as it

gives me more opportunities to have one of them right, so they have

to be very different from one another. What follows is almost like

a building construction – you imagine the structure, you create it

“Letting go in

the pleasures and

desires of life.

That’s also what

being inspired

means to me.”

and then you decorate. When you are at this stage, you can include

some “accords” that you have previously worked on because even inbetween

projects you never stop creating. Sometimes I have limited

time, sometimes less. The creative process is a solitary one, but very

quickly I have to share it. It is crucial as you don’t really know anything

until you get feedback from others. I always say that doubt is a

very important part of my job as a perfumer. In the end, the direction

has the final say on the perfume we will launch.

What makes a fragrance timeless? I have no real answer, because if I

knew I would only make timeless ones! It is a combination of parameters

that always comment on after the fact, but the

truth is that while you are in the middle of it,

you don’t know anything for sure. And even

when it works, it’s not only the perfume that

becomes a success, it’s a whole – the name,

the campaign, the bottle. It’s the product with

a capital P. It’s like making a mayonnaise:

sometimes it works really well, and sometimes

you do exactly the same gesture with the

same proportions and it doesn’t take.

Where do you take inspiration from? Everywhere,

in everything! Travelling is an

immense source of inspiration for me, as

well as cooking and local cuisine. But it expands

to so many things: encounters, and of

course women. Letting go in the pleasures

and desires of life. That’s also what being inspired means to me.

Why did you choose Theron as the face of this perfume? I think Charlize

and I almost started working on J’adore at the same time. You

can like or dislike J’adore, but I don’t think someone can say it does

not smell good – I think it’s the same for Charlize Theron. No one

can say that she isn’t beautiful and smart. Whether she wears flat

sandals or high heels, she is always attractive and magnetic. That’s

definitely one “infinissime” thing about her. All the meetings I have

had with her, she was always very open and accessible.

What feelings do you hope this fragrance evokes for women? Confidence,

boldness, sexiness…

The Power of Scent

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The new J’adore Infinissime encourages women to embrace

their boundless strength. Making the fragrance more powerful

than ever, Dior’s perfumer François Demachy explains how

this fragrance will make you feel like an icon

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The Beauty Shelf

Cover star Haya Jarrar takes us through her hero products

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The Face Oil Dhs840

Augustinus Bader

I have very dry skin, but when

I apply this at night, I wake up

with super hydrated skin. Also,

this is a new brand that I got from

LA and recently started using.

All I can say is that I’m obsessed.

Cleansing Gel Dhs240

Augustinus Bader

With the increasing pollutants

in the air and daily use of facemasks,

this cleansing gel removes

all the impurities from the

skin and leaves it clean and fresh.

Lip Fuel Hyaluronic Lip Balm

Dhs66 Kosasport

I started using it recently, but it

gives a very natural colour with

perfectly lasting hydration.

LED Light Shield Mask Dhs700

DMH Aesthetics

You’re supposed to use it for three

weeks to start seeing results. I’ve

only been using it for two weeks,

but I already see a difference.

Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer

Colour Stick Dhs210 Chanel

It gives me the perfect sunkissed

look, very natural.

Caution Extreme Lash Mascara

Dhs147 Hourglass

I already have long eye lashes,

but this makes them look full

without the over-dramatic look.

Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil

Dhs182 Hourglass

I love this as it gives a natural

neat look.

Vanish Seamless Finish

Foundation Stick Dhs215

Hourglass

The most flawlessly natural coverage

with a velvet finish.

Deep Cleansing Masque Dhs144

Grown Alchemist

I’ve been using this for a very

long time and use it two to three

times a week.

L’Intemporel Blossom

Beautifying Cream-in-Mist

Dhs252 Givenchy

The most refreshing mist ever.

I use it when I’m on the go like

when I’m running errands, on

flights and more.

Hair Oil

I use a combination of different

oils and I mix them myself.

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PARTNERSHIP

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TOMMY HILFIGER’S HOLIDAY CAMPAIGN CELEBRATES

TRADITION IN STYLE

As the world embraces a host of new

traditions this year, Tommy Hilfiger is

ever forward thinking. Creating a campaign

that celebrates a diverse set of

talent, all set in their own festive homes.

With low-key festive party looks for this

year’s celebrations, the 2020 Tommy

Hilfiger Holiday collection provides a

warm colour palette for you to feel your

best self this festive holiday period.

Complimented with the house’s THmonogram

and festive Tommy Hilfiger

packaging, you can have holiday-ready

ensembles everyone will want to find

under their Christmas tree.

Dubai-based presenter Enjy Kiwan

is seen wearing the Tommy Hilfiger collection

along with her children who are

styled in pieces from Tommy Hilfiger

Kids’ collection. Influencer Leena Kaziz

and her husband wear head-to-toe Tommy

Hilfiger as they dine in style while

creating new traditions at home, whilst

DJ Sonya gets ready in her Tommy Jeans

clothes for a live-streaming gig.

Channel the holiday spirit and create

new traditions with Tommy Hilfiger

this season. The collection will be

available in Tommy Hilfiger Stores and

on Tommy.com across the GCC.

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The ultimate edit of beauty buys you

need for pre party prep

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S K I N C A R E

Sisley Gentle Cleansing Gel with Tropical Resins, 120ml Dhs340 available at ounass.ae; 111SKIN Celestial Black Diamond

Eye Mask x 8 Dhs395 available at bloomingdales.ae; Kora Organics Noni Glow Face Oil, 30ml Dhs250 available at NET-A-PORTER;

MZ SKIN Depuff & Define Contouring Eye Rescue, 15ml, Dhs404 available at NET-A-PORTER; Charlotte Tilbury Charlotte’s

Magic Serum Crystal Elixir, 30ml Dhs350 available at Namshi

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H A I R

BYREDO Hair Perfume – Rose of No Man's Land, 75ml Dhs275 available at NET-A-PORTER; Olaplex No.5 Bond Maintenance

Conditioner, 250ml Dhs103 available at NET-A-PORTER; Olaplex No.7 Bonding Oil, 30ml Dhs103 available at NET-A-PORTER;

Olaplex No.4 Bond Maintenance Shampoo, 250ml Dhs103 available at NET-A-PORTER

BODY

Rituals Body Shimmer Oil Dhs100 available at rituals.ae; Aesop Geranium Leaf Body Cleanser, 200ml Dhs92 available at NET-A-

PORTER; Acqua Di Parma Colonia Bath & Shower Gel, 200ml Dhs209 available at ounass.ae; Aesop Redemption Body Scrub, 180ml

Dhs125 available at bloomingdales.ae; James Read H2O Tan Drops Body, 45ml Dhs125 available at lookfantastic.ae; Fenty Beauty

Body Lava Dhs260 available at Sephora

M A K E U P

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz Dhs110 available at Harvey Nichols – Dubai; Charlotte Tilbury Glowgasm Beauty Light Wand Dhs175

available at Namshi; Givenchy Beauty Mister Instant Corrective Pen Dhs140 available at NET-A-PORTER; Bobbi Brown Highlighting

Powder – Afternoon Glow Dhs235 available at ounass.ae; Dolce & Gabbana Beauty The Glam Liner, Dhs160 available at Sephora;

Givenchy Beauty Teint Couture Everwear Foundation SPF2, 30ml Dhs242 available at bloomingdales.ae

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All That

IMAGE: GETTY

Glitters

Co-founders Lara and

Nadine Elias created a business

from a love for all things shiny.

With party season approaching,

we asked what it takes

to create an empire of fun

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What do the first 30 mins of your day look

like? Each day can be completely different

depending on how busy we are, but usually

replying to emails and checking the Glitterbox

Instagram is a priority as we get a lot of

enquiries through our social platforms.

What made you take the leap to start the

brand and what were your most important

considerations? We were on a night out putting

glitter on each other when a group of

girls crowded around, waiting for their turn,

that was it – Glitterbox was born a couple of

months later and back then it was just us and

a suitcase full of glitter. We had no idea our

small idea would put glitter on the map here

in the Middle East. It never felt like work because

we were able to spend time with one

another yet also make people smile and feel

good. That was the most important thing to

us – that we enjoyed what we were doing.

What advice would you give to your younger

selves starting out? Don’t take everything

to heart. When we started out not everyone

understood what our service was, however

we were consistent and continued – we

didn’t let anyone dull our sparkle.

What have been your biggest hurdles this

year and how have you overcome them both

independently and together? Just like any

company that thrives during event season

here in Dubai we have really missed doing

what we love best – spreading our sparkle.

With lockdown and new restrictions for

events we’ve not been able to shine as much

as we’d like to but this gave us time to work

on other exciting Glitterbox projects. We

reached out to friends in our creative circle

for help with our products and making them

come to life on the website, most importantly

remaining a team and supporting one

another during a difficult time.

What inspired you to create the biodegradable

glitter range? With the world shifting to

find ways to live more sustainably, we were

also conscious about the impact we may

be having on local ecosystems. We offer the

biodegradable glitter at all our glitter stations

so guests have the option to choose.

We are also the first company here in the

UAE to source a completely plastic free glitter,

which “shimmers” rather than sparkles

due to the absence of aluminum and plastic

in the glitter. The glitter is proudly made

from plants not plastic.

How has social media helped scale the business

and which platform do you prefer to

use? We love Instagram for sharing our favourite images –

icons, sequins, disco and of course our events. Instagram

has become more of an outlet for us to share our thoughts

and inspiration as well as for our products.

Which Instagram accounts do you follow for inspiration?

Rowi Singh @rowisingh, Prod Antzoulis @prodantzoulis

and Isamaya Ffrench @isamayaffrench.

What events are the core of your business both pre COV-

ID-19 and now and has it changed? Event season is sadly still

non-existent although we are looking forward to next year

and we have exciting events planned for NYE. This time last

year you would be able to find us all over Dubai from festivals

to disco-themed events. 2020 finally gave us the push

we needed to develop our other ideas and push the brand

further with an accessories range. Our sequin facemasks

have been extremely popular. We also put together our range

of glitter party packs so you can shine safely at home.

Having worked with a portfolio of luxury clients, how do you

create a bespoke service for each? We work closely with

each brand to bring the element that best fits their event, location

and clientele – we offer a range of services as well as

the glitter. For example, guests can choose from a selection

of face jewels or boho-themed face paint and UV colours.

For the Hermès Twilly d’Hermès Eau Poivrée launch

we sourced face jewels that matched the perfume bottle

and pink disco theme of the event or at Blue Marlin’s annual

Burning Beach event guests could add tribal designs

to compliment their glitter. Our glitter gang is a group of

friendly artists who are selected for your event depending

on your requirements.

What is the most extravagant theme you’ve ever been asked

to create? We put a lot of thought into making sure the glitter

station is a talking point at each event. Working with Nike

last year where we helped the “Nike Salon” come to life with

the creative team was definitely one to remember. Guests

could choose Nike glitter “swooshes”, glitter hair tattoos and

a custom braid bar with a selection of charms to add to their

braids which we sourced. Have you ever heard

of an “Intergalactic Bedouin”? We joined this

themed post wedding party where the bride

flew us to Jordan to complete her incredible

costume with our glitter and then all the

guests. We made everyone shine in a valley

between two mountains in Wadi Rum. It was

like something from a film! There are so many

incredible parties we have had the pleasure of

joining however at this time of the year working

with Swarovski is one of our favourites

where we literally ‘frost’ the guest with glitter

and crystals to match the jewellery!

This issue is ‘The Party Issue’ – how will you

be celebrating this year? As you can imagine

Christmas is our favourite time of the

year, all the sequins come out and most

nights are an excuse to get dressed up. Even

if we aren’t glittering faces as much we will

be shining on our sofas! You can usually

find us at The Maine – one of our favourites

with our family in the run up to the big day.

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The Magic

Touch

Sofia Schwarzkopf-Tilbury is the

makeup artist, brand ambassador

and product and content creator

at Charlotte Tilbury, who’s honed

her skills under the mentorship of

her aunt, Charlotte Tilbury

Did you have a passion for beauty from a

young age? Growing up as a child in Ibiza,

I was always into animals and art, but as I

got older, I became interested in beauty from

watching Charlotte (Tilbury) and soaking

up all of the creative energy I was surrounded

by! My grandfather, Lance Tilbury, is an

artist, my grandmother Patsy was a fashion

producer, my mum Leah, was incredibly

creative too – I was always on a path to

something in that world!

When I moved to the UK, for boarding

school, I would go to London at the weekends

to visit Charlotte in her office and she

would always let me take some makeup back

to school to play with! I’d spend hours doing

makeup and taking photos, trying to copy

Charlotte’s looks from magazine covers and

shows. After school, I knew I wanted to do

something in fashion and beauty, and Charlotte

took me under her wing and taught me

everything I know. I have been so lucky to

watch and learn from her over the years!

Which products are clients buying more heavily

into this year? I think we’re seeing people

spending a lot more time taking care of their

skin this year. Skincare is selfcare and during

lockdown, I definitely found myself relying

on my beauty rituals for a bit of calmness

every day. Charlotte always says, ‘you can’t

have a beautiful painting without a beautiful

canvas,’ and she’s right! After cleansing

with my two-step Goddess Cleansing

Ritual every morning and evening, I like to

use Charlotte’s supercharged Magic Serum

Crystal Elixir to massage the skin and create

a beautiful, smooth, hydrated filter effect.

It helps makeup glide on better too! People

are so much more focused on powerful skincare

ingredients these days, and this is formulated

with Polyglutamic Acid – which is

four times more hydrating than Hyaluronic

Acid, Golden Vitamin C to brighten and even

the look of the skin, as well as niacinamide

to tighten pores and help balance oilier skin

types. I’ve seen a huge difference in my skin

since I started using it. Then I follow with

Charlotte’s Magic Cream moisturiser, which

I never do my makeup without – it’s one of

Charlotte’s biggest bestsellers! People adore

it, because it has the most incredible, rich, nourishing

formula that gives you a lit-from-within look and helps

makeup stay glowing and flawless all day. If you’ve got oily

or acne prone skin, I recommend using Charlotte’s new

Magic Cream Light for the same glow-boosting, smoothing,

hydrating effect, with a light-weight texture. We

launched Magic Cream Light this summer and people are

in love, especially those in more humid climates.

How do you balance your multiple roles on a daily basis and

is there anything that helps you to do this? My job is super

varied, and I think people are always surprised by how

hands-on I am with product development at Charlotte Tilbury

on top of working on campaigns and creating content.

When we are creating a new product, I work with the team

to trial new textures, find the perfect shades that work for

every skin tone and test every look on models of all ages and

skin types. When we’re on set for a shoot, I work with all of

the pro artists and the creative team to help capture all of

the emotion and feeling behind a new campaign. I love the

fact that my role is so fast paced and fun, and we have the

most amazing dream team, so it never feels like work!

What’s the secret to dewy skin? My ultimate secret for

glowing, dewy skin is Charlotte’s Hollywood Flawless Filter.

I like to use it under my foundation to get a lit-fromwithin,

glowing finish, but you can also use it on its own

for a fresh, dewy, no-makeup look; mixed with foundation

for a flawless glow, or on the high points of the face like

a highlighter! Charlotte has always been obsessed with

glowing skin, and she launched this product so that everyone

can have a radiant, glowing skin day – everyday.

It’s like a real-life social media filter!

How do you ensure your makeup lasts all day and how do you

elevate for evening? To ensure my makeup looks flawless all

day, I like to use the full coverage Airbrush Flawless Foundation,

which has an incredible formula of skincare ingredients

that work when you wear it. It’s perfect for concealing

blemishes, scars and pigmentation and lasts all day and

night. I like to blend it over the skin from the centre of the

face to outwards in order to create a gorgeous,

seamless-looking complexion with a natural

matte finish. Then, I buff the Airbrush Flawless

Finish powder over my T-Zone to set the

base and ensure nothing moves throughout

the day. I couldn’t live without this powder, it

is so finely milled; it blurs any imperfections

and never looks heavy or talc-y like some

powders. It’s the one product I always slip

into my celebrity clients’ clutch bags before

an event. I have one on me at all times when

I’m going out in the evening. I am also obsessed

with the new Airbrush Setting Spray,

which sold out almost immediately when we

first launched it. It primes, sets and fixes

your makeup for up to 16 hours and it smells

incredible – just like a day at the spa. This is

going to be a gamechanger for all your beauties

in the Middle East.

What are your skin care tips to stay glowing

during party season? Charlotte has taught

me all of her secrets to make the skin glow

“The sparkling, diamond-inspired shades instantly make

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efore an event – for red carpets, we love to

use the Goddess Skin Clay Mask to tighten

the look of pores and get that baby soft skin

feel. Unlike other clay masks, this does not

dry or crack, its super hydrating on the skin

whilst still being very purifying.

If my client has skin on the drier side,

I’ll use the Instant Magic Dry Sheet Mask to

flood the skin with moisture. It has a unique

biomimetic delivery system that helps the

supercharged ingredients – peptides, oils,

butters – get deeply into the skin where you

need it most, giving you a gorgeous glow.

Another of Charlotte’s top tips for a

flawless glow is ICE. We always have ice

packs on hand to cool down any puffiness,

tighten the look of the skin and get all the

blood flowing for a healthy-looking glow.

What’s your signature look for party season?

For me, party looks are all about glow on the

eyes, lips, skin, everywhere! Even though

we might not necessarily be partying like

we’re used to this year, gifts like the Palette

of Pops in Dazzling Diamonds are great for

a party season smoky eye. The sparkling,

diamond-inspired shades instantly make

your eyes look brighter and more mesmerizing,

even on a Zoom call! You can use the

shades like eyeshadow toppers to dial up

your look, or use them all together to create

an otherworldly shimmer effect! Charlotte’s

Hollywood Superstar Glow highlighter is

also amazing for gilding your skin with

a smoother-looking, golden glow. I love wearing off-theshoulder

dresses and tops at this time of year, so it’s great

for buffing over your collarbones and shoulders too! For lips,

gloss and sparkle look great on and off camera! Charlotte’s

new Jewel Lips are enriched with Hyaluronic Acid so they’re

super hydrating, and they also have Diamond Powder in

them to give you an instantly glamourous, shimmering lip.

Which three Charlotte Tilbury products suit

everybody and make the perfect gift? This is

such a hard question! I’m obsessed with all

of Charlotte’s beauty secrets this year. She is

always inspired by the most incredible lightplay

magic and this year, it was all about

JEWELS and GEMSTONES. I will definitely

be gifting the Walk of No Shame Lip

Kit, as it’s one of my absolute favourite lipstick

shades, and such an adorable stocking

filler. It’s a globally-loved, berry-rose that

makes your lips look fuller, wider and justkissed,

making it the perfect gift for everyone

from best friends to your grandmother.

I am also obsessed with the Bejewelled

Eyes to Hypnotise Instant Eye Palette,

which has four glowing eye looks inspired by

topaz, rubies, amethyst and smokey quartz.

We’re all wearing masks right now, so the

eyes are more of a focus than ever this year!

So many of my girlfriends are begging me for

this! The new light-play textures are so velvet-soft

and creamy. It’s such an easy way

to create a sparkling smokey eye in seconds.

Finally, I have to choose some skincare

as everyone, everywhere loves hydrated,

glowing, flawless skin – men and women.

Charlotte’s Magic Skin Icons set is the most

divine collection of supercharged, sciencepowered

skincare for instant results. You’ve

got Charlotte’s best-selling Magic Cream to

cushion your skin in moisture, her groundbreaking

Magic Serum to tighten your pores

and smooth the look of skin, the eye-brightening

Magic Eye Rescue and Magic Night

Cream – which is literally like beauty sleep in

a jar. I also love that it includes Charlotte’s

Magic Lip Oil, as my lips get so dry at this

time of year, and it’s easy to forget they need

skincare too. Magic Lip Oil is like a serum for

your lips that boosts lip volume by up to 70%

in 4 weeks, so I am absolutely addicted. These

are the products I never do makeup without,

and I know my father, uncles, grandmother –

everyone, will love them for the holidays.

This is the party issue – how will you be celebrating

this year? We all need a bit of joy and

positivity in our lives and this year, I can’t

wait to embrace new traditions with fun dinners

at home with my family, virtual parties

with friends who are far away, and lots of gifts

and treats to spread happiness! I think that

makeup and skincare truly have the power to

change your mood and your confidence, so

they make the perfect presents. And to make

your holiday shopping even easier this year,

Charlotte has created her new virtual consultations,

so you can head to CharlotteTilbury.

com and book a 1-2-1 with a beauty expert to

get all of your gifting wrapped up!

your eyes look brighter and more mesmerizing.”

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AM TO PM BEAUTY

Kuwaiti content creator and media influencer Fajer Fahad

shares her daily beauty and skincare rituals

Talk us through your morning routine.

I like to do pulling with coconut oil

– my favourite brand is Dale Audrey,

the cinnamon flavour. I usually do this

while I dry brush and before I jump

in the shower. For my face I alternate

between MZ Skin Cleanse and Clarify

Cleanser and Augustinus Bader

cleansing balm. Depending on where

I am in the world I alternate between

MZ skin bright and perfect vitamin C

corrective and Shani Darden retinol.

And how about your evening routine? I

like to use Elemis Collagen Balm as a

cleanser then tone with Sisley Lotion

Tonique au Fleurs, I use the La Mer

eye cream and finish off with 111 Skin

Rose Gold Radiance Booster or the

MZ Skin Placenta Serum.

What is in your makeup bag? In my

makeup bag I always have La Prairie

eye and lip duo, KKW lip pencil and

Augustinus Bader lip balm.

Are you a fan of masks? I love masks!

I use 111 Skin, MZ Skin and Summer

Fridays jet lag mask.

What three makeup products can you

not live without? Mac Spice lip liner,

Nars liquid concealer and Anastasia

Beverly Hills bronzer.

How would you describe your relationship

with makeup? I try to use make up

as little as possible during the day. I

will use mascara, highlighter and shiny

lip balm, whereas I love a full glam for

the evening, always trying to play with

colour if I can at night.

How has your relationship with makeup

evolved? As I have matured I realised

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Clockwise from left:

Powder Bronzer Dhs162 Anastasia Beverly Hills; Jet Lag Mask Dhs240 Summer Friday’s; Moisturising Hair Oil

with Lavender Dhs175 Christophe Robin; Black Saffron Perfume 50ml Dhs600 Byredo; Radiant Creamy Concealer

Dhs165 NARS; Rest & Revive Restorative Placenta & Stem Cell Night Serum Dhs1,550 MZ Skin

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the importance of great skin and taking

care of my skin. The better my skin

is, the better my glam looks. Also, it’s

so important to completely remove

makeup before you sleep and work out.

Let’s talk fragrance. What are you loving

at the moment? I love a great body

spray and hair perfume. I am finding

it a lighter combination than actual

perfume. I use La Prairie body spray as

well as the Gisou hair perfume.

How do you choose your evening fragrance?

My evening perfume I love to

go out with is Byredo – all their scents

are amazing. I rotate them depending

on my mood.

Talk us through your hair routine. My

hair is very important to me. I try to

take care of it as best as possible. I

use Christophe Robin lavender oil

once a week and follow that with his

lemon cleansing balm. I then finish

with the milkshake argon mask that I

try to leave on for 30 minutes at least

on towel dried hair. I use the Kerastase

Densifique ampoules at night as well

as their eight-hour magic serum. During

the day I apply milkshake argan oil

on my ends religiously.

What is the most unusual item in your

makeup bag? The most unusual item

in my makeup bag is my Pellequr CBD

drops and CBD zen pen. They help me

sleep at night and combat any anxiety I

tend to have. I also always have a small

vile of Inulin powder from Gangster

Chic which is made from Jerusalem

root. It helps me with bloating or when

I get water retention.

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MORRIS

After Hours

The edit of exceptional fragrances which will

last the whole night long

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Armani Oud Royal

This mystical and sensual oud

scent is considered to be a second

skin in the Middle East.

100ml, Dhs1,050 bloomingdales.ae

Celine Black Tie Eau

de Parfum

An oriental woody fragrance for

both women and men, perfect

for any black tie event.

200ml, Dhs1,200 celine.com

Jo Malone

Pomegranate Noir

Cologne

This classic scent encapsulates

daring sensuality right in one

bottle. 100ml, Dhs650 jomaloneme.com

Ex Nihilo Atlas Fever

Eau de Parfum

With base notes of vanilla, sandalwood,

oak, cedar and guaiac

wood, this signature fragrance

captures an elegant and refined

spirit. Dhs1,800 bloomingdales.ae

Carolina Herrera

Gold Incense Eau de

Parfum

A warm and intense fragrance

with notes of cedarwood, vanilla

caviar and marigold, perfect for

party season.

Dhs1,090 ounass.ae

Tom Ford Noir Extreme

Eau de Parfum

This woody-oriental fragrance

is the ideal scent for those partying

all night long.

50ml, Dhs521 bloomingdales.ae

Chloé Nomade

Fragrance

This sweet and fruity scent incorporates

Mirabelle plum, inflections

of velvety davana and

notes of soft sandalwood.

75ml, Dhs575 Chloé

Givenchy L’Interdit Eau

de Parfum Intense

An intense fragrance with deep

woody undertones of Vetiver

and Patchouli.

50ml, Dhs471 givenchybeauty.ae

Gucci Bloom

Ambrosia di Fiori Eau

de Parfum

This floral fragrance fuses the

scent of jasmine bud, rangoon

creeper and Indian tuberose

with a base of Damasc rose and

Tuscan orris.

50ml, Dhs460 Sephora.ae

Byredo Bal D’Afrique

Eau De Parfum

A warm and romantic vetiver

inspired by Paris in the late 20s

and its infatuation with African

culture, art, music and dance.

100ml, Dhs893 Sephora.ae

BEAUTY

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Laura Bailey has

honed her creative

eye through

photography and

having co-founded

fine jewellery brand

Loquet London.

This season she’s

partnered with

THE OUTNET to

create a signature

capsule collection

WORDS: AMY SESSIONS

What do your first 30 mins of the day look

like, your morning routine? I’m an early

bird. These days I get up in the dark to

run or walk with my two dogs, Frankie

& Bambi, before I wake my kids at 7am

and make breakfast before they head off

to school. In an ideal world (not in lockdown),

I would play an hour of tennis

or join a class at my local Bodyism gym

before I start work, which might mean a

shoot, meetings all over town or a day at

my desk. I have no ‘normal’ day, I have

quiet days and crazy days and somehow it

all works out. But sport, and being able to

organise all around my kids’ routine is key.

You started in the industry as a model, how

did you discover your eye for design? I

have worked an unconventional model life,

always combining shoots with my passions

for writing, photography and travel,

and creative direction including design.

My diverse creative lives are entwined and

cross-pollinating and I am always casting,

pitching & collaborating, in all fashion

fields. I have been so lucky to work with

some of the best creative visionaries, from

Karl Lagerfeld to Edward Enninful, and

have watched and listened hard.

How did you know it was the right time

to launch Loquet London and what were

the stepping-stones to that point? Loquet

London has been a labour of love for Sheherazade

Goldsmith and I. The shorthand

and trust of an old friendship combined

with Sheherazade’s idea for an innovative

and romantic reinvention of the locket is

a source of pride and inspiration and although

I am less involved in the day to day

I love watching the brand grow in style and

we have just launched a limited edition

special collaboration with beloved artist

Charlie Mackesy and another old friend

Chantal Conrad, who has developed a

brilliant miniature lens which allows secret

messages to be embedded in a special

Lumiere pendant. Mine holds a favourite

Nick Cave lyric. It’s a kind of magic.

Each of the pieces you’ve designed for

THE OUTNET capsule has been carefully

crafted to emulate your signature style.

What was the key DNA and which is your

favourite piece? The key DNA was simply

timeless, iconic style, inspired by my

passions for film and vintage. I wanted

to create timeless pieces and to design

a capsule whereby everyone can find a

piece that works for them, and style it in

their own way. I thought a lot about the

one dress that you take on a trip, again

and again, or the one piece in your wardrobe

that you reach for when you want to

simply feel your best. The black velvet

‘Isabella’ is the one I’ve been wearing the

most, even from the first samples. It’s relaxed

but chic, easy modern luxe.

Tell us about how this project supports

Save The Children? It was really important

to me that this collaboration worked

beyond the quest for the perfect party

dress. Ten per cent of proceeds from each

sale will go to support the brilliant work

of Save The Children, a charity for whom

I have long served as ambassador.

Do you feel more drawn to the creative

or the business side and how have you

grown the team to support this? I am definitely

more drawn to the creative side,

though I am working hard on the business

side too! One of the joys of collaboration

is the freedom to play to strengths and

ask for help. The team at Iris & Ink and

THE OUTNET have supported me every

step of the way, and the entire process has

been a joy and the best kind of challenge.

Do you have any mentors or guides and

how does this help navigate the right path

throughout life and your career? My friendships

with extraordinary women working

in diverse fields are a source of immense

pride, joy and inspiration. From fashion

designer Bella Freud to journalist Christiane

Amanpour, creative visionary Amanda

Harlech to Cathy Kasterine, stylist and

collaborator in my photographic work. I

am extremely lucky to work in constant

dialogue with such talent and intellect. I

have relied heavily on my girlfriends for all

kinds of guidance. They are my family.

And these days one of the greatest

thrills and challenges is to serve as men-

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“Iris & Ink and The OUTNET have supported me

tor within my community via homework

clubs, mentoring, and volunteering. I always

try to share and pass on the same wisdom,

kindness and sense of opportunity I was

gifted when I needed it most.

How do you balance having both a professional

and family life so well and do you have

any rituals that help you relax if you do have

five mins? I’m not going to lie. It’s not easy.

Motherhood is my most important role and

has made me the happiest and most fulfilled.

My kids are older now but I have learnt to

be super organised and to plan around their

needs. I want to work hard and to come home

with adventure stories – but I also don’t

want to miss a thing. I relax with my kids – in

the park, with the dogs. We’re all sport mad

and I box with my daughter and play tennis

with my son. I love a hardcore massage once

in a while or a movie night. I’m a voracious

reader but my main solace comes via nature,

even in the heart of London, the city I love

that remains my forever inspiration.

How has social media affected the luxury

industry and which platform has been most

useful? I have a slightly complicated relationship

with social media as I’m desperately

trying to get off my phone and be more

mysterious! And I am strict as a mother

regarding tech and I’m hyper aware of the

dangers and the pressures, especially for

teens. But I also have to acknowledge that

my iPhone has set me free, enabled me to

work anywhere, take pictures constantly and

travel light. Instagram has been a hugely important

work tool for me in terms of connection,

inspiration and community. As a photographer

it’s given me a platform to control

and share both my work and my influences

and to amplify my passions and politics. It’s

sometimes confusing. And I often promise

to give it all up. It’s definitely ok to switch

off from time to time. And to edit ruthlessly,

but still be grateful for the good stuff.

Which Instagram accounts do you follow for

inspiration? Hard to choose – but here are 5

I love in diverse worlds: @thegreatwomenartists,

@mubi, @britishvogue, @duroolu-

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every step of the way, and the entire process has been a joy.”

wo and @alexeaglesportingclub.

Do you have any pre-bedtime rituals? It depends

on the day…. but usually Dog-walking,

a Chanel No.5 bubble bath, the NY

Times, Budd pyjamas, poetry, playlists via

@stackradioapp, browsing @artsy, reading

(currently the Trebizon school series by

Anne Digby ) with my daughter. I’ve also

been taking a supplement called Lyma Life,

with breakfast and at bedtime, for a year

now – and whilst I don’t pretend to understand

the science, I think it might be magic.

If you were not on your current career path,

which other role would you have chosen careerwise?

If I didn’t work in the arts I would

probably have followed a sporting path, as a

teacher or an athlete. And in my dream life,

I’d mostly be playing tennis. Maybe I can

still combine the two via sports photography

and travel reportage. All worlds collide.

We love your style, what approach do you

have to dressing? Thank you! No rules.

Making it up as I go along. Totally impulsive

and mood driven. Eclectic British Portobello

princess/tomboy style. Something

borrowed from my son or my boyfriend and

a little black dress forever. I’m always ready

to run, bike or kick a ball around.

This is The Party issue, where/ how will you be

celebrating this season? 2020 has been a year

like no other. But it is even more important

to me now to celebrate what really matters –

health, friends and family. I don’t know yet

what Christmas will look like, or what will be

allowed, but I feel sure I’ll stay close to home

this year with greater appreciation of simple

pleasures, cooking with my kids, walks in

the park and sometimes dressing up even

with nowhere to go. I love (and miss!) a party

but I also love the quiet intimacy of time out

with cherished friends and am learning how

to make even the simplest (maybe taken for

granted) pleasures and rituals extra special

in these times. A Winter Sunday stroll down

Portobello Road, a movie night with my kids,

a day trip to the countryside...

The Iris & Ink X Laura Bailey capsule collection

is available at THE OUTNET

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WORDS: SARAH JOSEPH

The

Party Piece

Maison d’AngelAnn creates party pieces that

leave an impact. Founder Anna Chybisova

has carved a niche for the brand by creating

showstopping dresses for party season

What do the first 30 minutes of your day look

like? I always spend the first 30 minutes

of my morning over a cup of coffee reading

news and discussing the previous day’s

news regarding the brand. My favourite part

is to see the progress the design studio has

achieved and my heart always skips a beat

while waiting for photos of new samples, it’s

such an exciting process.

Embellishment is key to the brand’s DNA, was

that the vision from the outset? We embellish

our pieces with beautiful Swarovski crystals.

Since childhood, I have imagined women to

be magical princesses in sparkling dresses,

seeking my inspiration in classic ballet such

as Swan Lake and Carmen, where Prima

ballerinas are always dressed in incredible

pieces. Just a slight gleam gives a feeling

of a magical dress or costume; even a skirt

with crystals always draws admiring gazes

towards its owner.

What’s some of the most important business

advice that you have ever received? To

always do as much good as possible, 100%

professionally, so you’re satisfied with the

result yourself!

How do you suggest dressing for party season?

As we use genuine Swarowski crystals

by printing them on fabrics to ensure it stays

smooth to the touch, I would advise investing

in simple cuts and classic silhouettes.

You make the perfect ambassador for your

brand. How important is that role? Thank

you. I think it’s vital for the founder to also

act as an ambassador of the brand. I’m an

absolute perfectionist! If I wear a dress, it

should fit perfectly, and this is a guarantee

for our clients that when they dress up in our

brand they will look incredible.

How do you approach client engagement

and how helpful has social media been? This

is a very difficult question, because our customers

are our stars, and when a woman

finds something unique in any brand, she

always returns. Our clients inspire us, from

private clients to celebrities such as Lady

Gaga, Beyoncé and Rhianna all of whom

have worn our creations. A good product

doesn’t always need additional advertising.

What Instagram accounts do you follow for

inspiration? Mario Testino is a huge source

of inspiration for me.

What advice would you give to your younger

self starting out? To shine everyday.

Which are the key pieces from the collection

this season? Coats with crystals are perfect

for all business meetings in London or Paris,

cashmere sweaters and dresses are ideal for

Moscow and skiing resorts. And of course,

on New Year’s Eve we hope to see the most

beautiful women around the world in our

show stopping dresses!

This issue is ‘The Party Issue’ – how will you

be celebrating this year? I’ll be celebrating

in Dubai, because it’s one of my favourite

places to celebrate the New Year, and then I

hope for Christmas we’ll be dancing till the

morning in a close circle of friends in sparkling

mini dresses in the Maldives!

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The Unwind

After an incredibly challenging year for all, we speak to

some of the most incredible women we know about how

they will be unwinding at the end of this year

NINA UBHI

MAKEUP ARTIST

@ninaubhi

COMPILED BY: OLIVIA MORRIS

What have you learned throughout 2020? Take nothing for granted! It’s

easy to become complacent with everyday luxuries and even people. So, this

year has taught me how unimportant material things are and how important

spending time with loved ones is. Being an entrepreneur means I’m constantly

working and with so much being focused on social media you sometimes

forget to put your phone down and soak in those special moments.

This year I’ve learnt to live in the moment and

not worry so much if I have a heavy workload –

it will still be there tomorrow!

How will you be celebrating this festive season?

I will be celebrating this festive season with my

husband and we’re likely to have a quiet one at

home. After all, it’s all about who you spend it

with rather than where you go. I love cooking

and baking so I’m pretty excited to take some

time off and focus on feeding people!

What will you be doing to unwind at the end of

the year? I still haven’t thought that far ahead

but I usually decide with my husband a week

before! I’m taking each day as it comes and I

think this year I feel more inclined to do something

relaxing. Anything that will still leave me

feeling refreshed in the new year.

ZEYNAB ELHELW

BLOGGER AND INFLUENCER

@fashion_pirate

What have you learned throughout 2020? I’ve learnt that life is extremely precious,

unpredictable and family along with health is everything. My priorities changed a lot

this year therefore doing and saying what I feel without hesitation is paramount.

How will you be celebrating this festive season? We will be celebrating with the delivery

of my nephew which we are so excited about. Moreover, I’ll hopefully be having

the company of my parents flying from London and joining us in Dubai to celebrate

the festive season on the beach by relaxing and enjoying special moments together.

What will you be doing to unwind at the end of the year? I’ll be spending exceptional

quality time with the family and taking each day as it comes with no long-term plans.

It is valuable for me to live in the now and unwind to start the New Year afresh.

HER

EXCELLENCY

DR. SARA

AL MADANI

FOUNDER OF HALAHI, SOCIAL FISH

AND PROPOSAL CUPIDS

@sara_almadani_

What have you learned throughout 2020?

2020 has been a tough yet amazing year.

A lot of good things happened to me. I’ve

changed the way I work and my priorities,

so COVID was a blessing in disguise. This

year has also taught me that it’s okay to take

some time off, it’s okay not to be as constantly

busy as we are used to. I’ve learned

it’s okay to let go sometimes and not work

and it’s okay to focus on your mental health

because that’s all that matters.

How will you be celebrating this festive season?

Due to the current situation, we can’t

be very festive, but usually, I spend it with my

family remembering the heritage of the UAE

and all the things that come with it.

What will you be doing to unwind at the end

of the year? I’m thinking of taking a trip to

the Maldives, to unwind on the beach – my

mind needs it and my body needs it!

AYA

FAISAL

FASHION INFLUENCER

@theayoot

What have you learned throughout 2020? My

happiness depends on myself and my moods.

How will you be celebrating this festive season?

I will be celebrating with my dearest family.

What will you be doing to unwind at the end

of the year? A small gathering with my family

and my closest friends to remind everyone

of what we’ve been through this year and we

are grateful to be here all together.

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DOUNIA SHEIKH EL ARD

DUBAI-BASED CONTENT CREATOR

@mydounia

What have you learned throughout 2020? 2020 has taught me patience and gratitude

in so many ways. It’s not easy to put our lives and plans on hold.

How will you be celebrating this festive season? I will be celebrating at home with my

loved ones. It feels funny yet comforting to have a different style of celebration this year,

usually by this time I’d have my whole week of Christmas and New Year’s Eve planned

with gatherings and even my outfits!

What will you be doing to unwind at the end of the year? To unwind, I found that developing

my creative side has helped me a lot. I’m currently taking sewing and pottery

classes just to focus on something else and it’s been quite inspiring!

LANA

ALBEIK

MODEL

@lana_.jpg

What have you learned throughout 2020? To

celebrate and enjoy any small achievement.

How will you be celebrating this festive

season? I will take time off work and

spend it with my family but I will probably

work on some side projects.

What will you be doing to unwind at the end

of the year? Try my best to be in nature and

be in the winter sun – nothing relaxes me

like the sun.

FATMA

AL OTAIBA

FOUNDER OF ODEEM

@odeem_official

What have you learned throughout 2020?

This year has been quite an interesting year

for everyone I believe. The circumstances

showed me what is of true value to us – our

family and loved ones, not to take simple

pleasures for granted.

What will you be doing to unwind at the

end of the year? I usually travel around

this time. At the end of this year though,

I’m looking forward to taking some time

off and spending quality time locally. The

weather’s great in Dubai during this season

and it would be a perfect time for a

staycation with my family.

GHIZLAN

GUENEZ

ENTREPRENEUR AND

BUSINESSPERSON

@ ghizlan_guenez_

What have you learned throughout 2020?

2020 taught me to slow down and focus on

all areas of my life that need attention to

enable me to be a good, healthy and happy

person. I had spent four years consumed

with setting up and launching a business

and before that 14 years in a very fast-paced

industry and realised that whilst I was thriving

professionally, I wasn’t truly nurturing

other important aspects of my life such as

my personal relationships, my physical wellbeing

and my recreational time – be it going

on vacations or taking the time to just

“switch off”. This year forced many of us to

take a pause which was probably necessary

for many of us, certainly for myself. I had

the time to reflect back and reconsider what

I would like my life to look like for me to feel

happy and as balanced as can be whilst still

fulfilling my ambitions and goals.

How will you be celebrating this festive season?

With family and friends. We’re close as a

family and enjoy celebrating holidays together.

We’re all foodies and my brothers cook really

well so we enjoy nothing more than a great

meal and lots of conversation and laughter

around the dinner table. In today’s pace, we

don’t get to sit together for a proper meal often

so the holidays are a great occasion to reconnect

with loved ones and spend quality time

What will you be doing to unwind at the end

of the year? It would have been lovely to travel

somewhere but on the positive side staying

in town has allowed us to re-explore parts of

the UAE that we hadn’t before. I have been

to some beautiful places such as Hatta which

I hadn’t visited since I was 13! So, I’m planning

on a staycation in one of the local resorts

either in the desert or by the sea.

HANEEN ODEH

OWNER OF SNOB SALON

@haneenodeh

What have you learned throughout 2020? How much we took everything for

granted. I learnt to take time to enjoy the little moments in life and not stress over

things that don’t matter! I also learnt to enjoy my time at home and not be running

around all the time.

How will you be celebrating this festive season? Quietly, with my family! I think

this festive season will be a bit more low key than any other time and gives us a

chance to slow down and spend time with loved ones. A lot of cooking and barbecuing

as well in this amazing weather!

What will you be doing to unwind at the end of the year? A lot of self-care. This

year has been tough for a lot of people and for once I’m not going to have a new

year’s resolution list because I don’t want to put myself under pressure of achieving

for next year. Nothing went according to plan in 2020 and I think 2021 will also

be a bit unpredictable. Just take a breath and live day by day!

“Take nothing for granted!” – Nina Ubhi

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The Miracle Worker

WORDS: OLIVIA MORRIS

ments also includes the ‘Fire and Ice Facial’,

where the skin is deeply cleansed and then

an intensive resurfacing mask is applied –

the “fire”. The “ice” then comes in the form

of a cold-infusing rejuvenating mask. The

combination of the innovative facial leaves

the skin glowing like you wouldn’t believe.

The best part of it all? There is no downtime

involved with the facial. Lemke sat down

with Emirates Woman to discuss all things

HER Skin Studio, the Gua Sha treatment

and Fire and Ice Facial, her career, her holistic

approach to skincare, and much more.

We always want to look flawless particularly

during party season. Radiant, hydrated and

nourished skin go hand-in-hand with this,

but as the end of the year comes around we’re

often tired, dehydrated and in need of a muchdeserved

break. This is exactly why we’re in

need of a true miracle worker, which is where

skin guru Julie Lemke comes into play.

Originally from Denmark, Lemke has

resided in Dubai for over eight years and is

an expert in all things skin having recently

founded her own business – HER Skin

Studio, which stands for Holistic Esthetic

Revolution. “I want to revolutionise the way

skincare is perceived – it doesn’t have to hurt

to be effective,” she tells Emirates Woman. “I

want to educate people on skincare and skin

health in a more holistic way and let people

know that there are alternatives to Botox if

you don’t want to go down that route.” This

is why Lemke has become an expert in the

use of the Gua Sha, which is part of ancient

Chinese medicine. Through the use of the

Gua Sha, Lemke explains that you release

the tight muscles, which she refers to as “holistic

Botox”. Another of Lemke’s hero treat-

What do your first 30 minutes of the day look

like, your morning routine? The very first

thing I do in the morning is take my silk

eye mask off and do a nice long stretch in

bed. I try to keep my mobile phone out of

the bedroom as it tends to be the last thing

you look at before falling asleep and the first

thing you reach for when you wake up in the

morning. It gives me a certain calmness to

keep it safe in the kitchen during night hours

and going back to basics with an alarm clock

on my bedside table.

Tell us about where you trained and why you

decided to study these particular practices. I

completed most of my studies in Denmark

and in the US. Some seminars I have attended

virtually others have been hands on

practice. The thought of working holistically

with skin resonates with me. Our skin

is such a clever organ and it can regulate

itself, sometimes it just needs a bit of help

along the way. I believe a lot of people ultimately

end up harming their skin by doing

too much which ultimately leads to inflammation.

This creates a downward spiral

of people using harsher products. Less is

sometimes more when it comes to skincare.

How did you know it was time to set up your

own business and what were the stepping

stones to this? Setting up my business was

more of an intuitive act as I just felt I had

so much knowledge to pass along and I really

want to educate people on skincare, diet

and overall health. HER Skin Studio stands

for Holistic Esthetic Revolution. I want to

educate people on skincare and skin health

in a more holistic way and let people know

that there are alternatives to Botox if you

don’t want to go down that route. Before

launching HER Skin Studio on my own, I

was looking to join a team of therapists. The

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Julie Lemke, founder of HER Skin Studio, is your

guru for flawless skin this party season

training I was getting was simply put – just

do as we do, no questions asked. Again, with

everything I do, it has to make sense to me.

The last thing I want to do is perform robotic

facials. I just knew that it would never work

out in the long run and then this opportunity

came about and I felt this was meant to be.

Which brands or beauty products are your real

hero buys? I absolutely love the serums from

iS Clinical especially their Pro-Heal Serum

Advance+ which provides the highest level of

antioxidant protection containing time released

vitamin C. It is phenomenal. The same

goes for the Super Serum Advance – it works

wonders at reducing the appearance of scars

and healing sun damaged skin. Their vitamin

C serums are the most potent on the market

containing 15 per cent L-ascorbic acid. Also,

it is formulated in such a way that it does not

oxidize. Finally, their active serum is great for

fine lines and wrinkles and an excellent option

for blemish prone skin. It gently exfoliates

and promotes brighter and cleaner skin.

Where do you stand on beauty tools – do they

work? Beauty tools is an incredibly widely

used term, but I would definitely say yes.

I am a big fan of a lot of the tools available

on today’s market, such as Gua Sha and my

new face reflexology tool. It is so important to

maintain your results in between treatments

and tools such as these help you do that.

However, I would say the home micro needling

trend is a total no-no. I have seen really

bad cases of scarring caused by a quite severe

skin infection. When you poke your skin with

needles you are creating pathways for bacteria

to enter and it is impossible to keep your

tool sterilized – the disinfectant that usually

comes with the device can only do so much,

but does not target all pathogens.

You swear by the Gua Sha, but have mentioned

not many people know how to use

it properly? Why is this? I just see a lot of

people only working on their face superficially.

In order for Gua Sha to be effective

you will need to open your neck first to create

a pathway for lymphatic flow. If your neck is

jammed and tight the lymph has nowhere to

flow once you start draining the facial region.

Think of your face like the branches of a tree.

The branches will get their nutrition from the

roots and it will be transported through the

trunk. The same goes for your neck – when

you release tension in your neck region you

will notice that your face transforms.

What benefits does it have? The Gua Sha has

so many benefits and it is no wonder that it

has been so popular in Chinese medicine for

thousands of years. It stimulates collagen production,

brings fresh nutrients and oxygen to

the tissue, it has an incredible firming effect

and helps promote lymphatic flow. A stagnant

lymphatic system can manifest in an abundance

of blackheads –even acne – or just what

people would describe as an overall dull complexion.

We live in a world with a lot of stress

and this can manifest on the face. By working

on the face and releasing the tight muscles we

are able to create the perfect environment for

flow. When flow is not obstructed you will get

an amazing glow. Puffiness will decrease and

fine lines and wrinkles become less noticeable

– or might even vanish. That’s why Gua-Sha

is also known as “Holistic Botox”.

You also specialise in the ‘Fire and Ice Facial’.

Can you talk us through this? The facial starts

with performing a double or triple cleanse

of the skin with the Cleansing Complex to

remove any trace of make-up. The next step

involves applying the Intensive Resurfacing

Masque. This is the ‘fire’ part of the facial

which will create a slight tingle and warming

sensation on the skin while it’s working its

magic. After removing the mask, the skin is

brought back to its normal pH level with the

Cleansing Complex, before proceeding to the

‘ice’ part of the facial where

the skin will receive a cold

infusing form of the Rejuvenating

Masque. I will be

massaging your skin with

ice-globes while the mask is

on. The facial is completed

with different iS Clinical

serums, eye cream, moisturiser

and SPF. After the

innovative Fire & Ice Facial,

you will be ready to take on

the world with a tremendous

glow and a smooth,

refined and ultra radiant

complexion.

Why is the Fire and Ice Facial

so beneficial? The Fire

& Ice Facial bridges the gap

between a gentle facial and

invasive peel, it is formulated

with the purest pharmaceutical

grade ingredients.

It is specifically designed to

THE

HER SKIN

STUDIO

HERO

PRODUCTS

iS Clinical Super Serum

Advance 15ml Dhs573

iS Clinical Pro-heal Serum

Advance 15ml Dhs573

iS Clinical Active Serum

15 ml Dhs558

Rejuvi K cleanser

200 ml Dhs115

Rejuv S Tinted Sun

Protection 65 g Dhs126

Rejuvi A Night gel A

45 ml Dhs252

rapidly, but safely, resurface your skin and

will help to reduce fine lines and wrinkles,

smoothen and soften your skin while encouraging

cellular renewal. The treatment

will result in a dramatically refined complexion

and has zero downtime. There are no

side-effects associated with the treatment,

this is exactly why the red carpet-worthy facial

is loved by Hollywood’s A-listers.

For many of us fine lines creep in without us

noticing. Your skin is incredible – what’s the

best cure for this and what should we not be

doing? I believe that the lines you are referring

to in most cases are actually linked to

surface dehydration. Surface dehydration is

such a common condition. Once your skin

is hydrated, you will notice all the fine lines

vanish. Surface dehydration is a lack of water

in the skin and it cannot be fixed by increasing

your water intake. It has to be targeted

topically. So usually this surface dehydration

is from using too harsh or aggressive foaming

cleansers stripping the skin by removing its

natural oils. You can easily be dehydrated on

the surface but oily underneath, so you really

want to target the problem in the right way.

So, to boil it down – stop using harsh foaming

cleansers on your face.

Which Instagram accounts do you follow for

inspiration? I love Danna Omari @noyskincare

– she is such a beautiful person and

so inspiring to follow as

an esthetician to help you

grow professionally. I also

discovered face reflexology

though her and I cannot

tell you how excited I am

about offering this service

in 2021. It fits perfectly with

the Gua Sha. My teacher –

Jackie Van Ruler @mindbodybeautyinsitute

is also

so incredibly talented and

sweet. Finally, @educateyourskin

@askneridajoy

– such a powerhouse, gorgeous

soul and the ultimate

wealth of knowledge

in skincare. We need more

like her in my industry!

Ultimately, I look for inspiration

everywhere, but I always

try to make it my own.

Visit HER Skin Studio at

Salon INK in Dubai.

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The

Skin Saviours

Skin secrets for looking flawless

this party season

COMPILED BY: OLIVIA MORRIS

NINA

UBHI

MAKEUP ARTIST

@ninaubhi

What is your go-to product to give you an instant

glow? My go-to for an instant glow is

the Boscia Rosewater mist with Witch Hazel.

It’s refreshing and also leaves a natural, dewy

finish. I always get compliments on my skin

after I’ve used this product.

Your hero product or skincare trick for staying

flawless during party season? I don’t go

anywhere without my Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush

Flawless finish powder. If I’ve had my

makeup on all day and I want to head out for

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the evening but don’t have time to re-do my

makeup, then I add Airbrush Flawless finish

under my eyes and all the places I would usually

highlight – this literally gives my skin the

airbrushed flawless finish.

What are your three skin saviour hero products?

I’m obsessed with The Ordinary’s 1% Retinol

which I’ve been using for around three weeks now

– it’s a game changer. I also love the Dr. Lancer

Caviar Lime Acid Peel – I use this once a week

as an overnight treatment to feed my skin and

nourish it. In the morning it’s plump and super

smooth. Lastly, I don’t leave the house without

applying Dr. Barbara Sturm Sun Drops SPF 50.

This is the best SPF I’ve used for my face as it

doesn’t leave a greasy feeling on the skin and you

can still apply your makeup as normal.

HANEEN

ODEH

OWNER OF SNOB SALON

@haneenodeh

What is your go-to product to give you an

instant glow? I love the Ole Henriksen Phat

Glow facial. It’s packed with PHAs which are

acids that require no downtime and make the

skin look plumper too. It leaves my skin really

smooth and glowy and makeup goes on better

too. I have dry and slightly sensitive skin

and if I follow the directions it never causes

the sensitivity or redness that other acid peels

sometimes cause.

Your hero product or skincare trick for staying

flawless during party season? A good

primer! I love the hydro grip primer from Milk

Makeup because it really does make my foundation

stay longer without causing my skin to

look dry and chalky. The party season is always

super busy and I like to just apply my

makeup in the morning and have it last all day

with only minor touch ups. I also love having

a good compact powder to reapply during the

day. IT Cosmetics bye bye pores is one of my

favourites. It comes with a little sponge too so

you don’t have to carry a brush.

What are your three skin saviour hero products?

A toner – wearing makeup all day and

now a mask too, can cause congestion which

then causes breakouts. I love using Pixi’s

Clarity Tonic which has salicylic acid and

helps keep zits at bay.

A mask – my skin can get a bit dry from

the colder weather and the Clinique Moisture

Surge mask is extremely hydrating without

being too heavy. I put it on before bed and

wake up with healthy, hydrated skin.

A cleanser – holiday season makeup can be

super glamorous but it needs to come off at the

end of the day. I swear by the Eve Lom cleansing

balm to completely remove all my makeup.

The consistency is great for breaking up heavy

foundations and even waterproof products. It

also doesn’t strip the moisture from my skin

and it never feels tight afterwards.

AYA

FAISAL

FASHION INFLUENCER

@theayoot

What is your go-to product to give you an instant

glow? My go-to product for skin care

would be the Truth Serum from Ole Henriksen

and makeup would be the Cali Kissed

Palette from Smashbox.

Your hero product or skincare trick for staying

flawless during party season? The Estée Laud-

er Serum advanced night repair, use it for only

three weeks and you’ll already see results. I also

use ice on my face before I put on any makeup.

What are your three skin saviour hero products?

If I had to choose three it would be the

soap cleanser from Clinique, the serum from Ole

Henriksen and the soft moisturiser from La Mer.

WALAA

AL FAYEG

TV PERSONALITY AND ARCHITECT

@walaa_official

What is your go-to product to give you an instant

glow? I like to use an overnight hydrating

mask with hyaluronic acid to hydrate my

skin and give it an instant glow or the 111SKIN

Celestial Black Facial Diamond Lifting and

Firming Mask is also amazing.

Your hero product or skincare trick for staying

flawless during party season? I love my

day and night vitality serum by Embyou Skin,

as well as the advanced ceramide capsules by

Elizabeth Arden for an instant glow under my

eyes. I like to also gently massage my skin using

a rose quartz roller by Omorovicza which

is perfect to use over and over again.

What are your three skin saviour hero products?

I am currently obsessed with embyou products

so totally in love with vitality eye cream, vitality

serum and day cream. Makeup looks amazing

on me since I started using this routine for a

flawless skin preparation before makeup.

Advanced Night Repair Recovery Complex

Dhs289 Estee Lauder; 1% Retinol Dhs33

The Ordinary; Sun Drops SPF 50 Dhs530 Dr.

Barbara Sturm; Moisture Surge Overnight

Mask Dhs172 Clinique; Truth Serum

Collagen Booster Dhs154 Ole Henriksen

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The

Sensation

When it comes to being the crowning jewel of the restaurant

space in Dubai, Zuma is certainly one of the

strongest contenders to take that title.

Having been at the forefront of the F&B space in

the emirate for 12 years, Zuma has continued to be a

staple for restaurant-goers in Dubai. With impeccable

service, an unbeatable menu, a stellar venue and its

household name, the contemporary Japanese restaurant

has stayed at the centre of the restaurant scene despite

the ever-growing and crowded market in Dubai,

which truly makes the establishment a showstopper.

Emirates Woman sat down with Zuma’s owner and

founder Rainer Becker to find out what brought Zuma

to Dubai 12 years ago, how the restaurant has stood the

test of time, Zuma’s hero dishes and what it takes to

stay at the top of your game in such a competitive space.

Can you talk us through your career history? I trained

in some of the most prestigious kitchens in Germany,

including Goethehaus in Bensberg, Koenigshop in Munich

and I eventually became Chef de Cuisine in the Hyatt

Regency Hotel in Cologne, where I stayed for three

years. I then had a “breakthrough” moment when I was

promoted to Executive Chef of Park Hyatt Sydney, in

1992, a role which I very proudly accepted. I was there

for two years and gained some recognition including

being awarded Executive Caterer of the Year. Following

this time in Australia, in 1994, I became Executive

Chef in the Park Hyatt Tokyo, where I was in charge of

launching and running all of the five hotel restaurants.

I stayed there for six years before returning to London

with dreams of opening what is now Zuma.

What eventually brought you to Dubai? We opened

Zuma Dubai in 2008, four years after opening Zuma

London and one year after opening Zuma Hong Kong.

At the time, and to this day, our decision to open in a

specific location is really driven by our customer base.

Cities such as Hong Kong and Dubai are where our

customers travelled for work or for vacations and it

made sense to follow our clients.

How does the food and beverage industry here differ

from other places around the world? When we first

As the showstopper of all

Dubai hotspots, delve deep into

the 12-year journey of Zuma

opened, Dubai was a very different beast. The market

has changed significantly in the 10 plus years that we

have been open. It is now a lot more competitive; it is

a crowded market but no more than anywhere else, you

just feel it more because it has happened so quickly. I

think this is a positive though, you need to be at the

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“My hero dishes are the chicken

wings with sake, sea salt and

lime; they are very simple but

have just the right level of sweet,

salt and acid.”

top of your game all the time to remain a market leader.

Having first started in London, what was the appeal of

bringing Zuma over to Dubai? I probably answered this

earlier, but it was our customers! Aside from that the

other deciding factor was my business partner, Arjun

Waney, whose brother resides in Dubai and had for

many years. He explained to us that there was nothing

like Zuma in the marketplace and he felt we would do

well there. The rest is history!

You’ve just celebrated an incredible milestone of being

named the top bar in the Middle East. What does this

achievement feel like? It’s wonderful! I could not be

prouder of the team. I never would have imagined this

after 12 years. It really illustrates how hard everyone

works to be “at the top of their game”.

You’ve really paved the way for a lot of international

brands to come to Dubai. How do you ensure Zuma

stays ahead? I believe competition is very healthy, it

drives the business forward and forces you to strive to

be consistently better. Product and consistency are key!

Additionally, I believe all elements within a restaurant

hold equal importance, the design, service, food, drinks,

lighting, music. We have all been out for dinner and had

great food but if the service is not up to scratch you are

not likely to return. We work incredibly hard as a business

to ensure that all areas are of the highest standard.

What are the hero dishes, in your opinion, at Zuma? Oh,

that’s a tricky one but I would probably go back to some

of the original Zuma London dishes. My hero dishes are

the chicken wings with sake, sea salt and lime; they are

very simple but have just the right level of sweet, salt and

acid. Additionally, the tuna tataki; sliced seared tuna

with chilli daikon and ponzu sauce is a particular favourite

of mine. To be honest, there are too many hero or

signature dishes to name. Others include the Chilean sea

bass, spicy beef, yellowtail with ponzu – the list goes on!

Who would you say is your chef inspiration? There are

too many to count but I would definitely say Alain Ducasse

inspires me, he draws on classic techniques and

puts a contemporary twist on his dishes. In the Japanese

food world, Chef Hirohisa Koyama changed the

way I saw Japanese cuisine and was very much ahead of

his time. And I know she is not a “chef”, but my mother

was a really good cook and I remember her cooking dinner

whilst I was doing homework at the kitchen table, I

would often jump up and try to get involved.

What are the hurdles you’ve experienced during your

career? Sometimes naivety and enthusiasm are our best

business gifts. I never opened Zuma with a concise business

plan for the global reach it now has. I only ever wanted

to open one restaurant, and I never thought beyond

that at the time when I was planning the original Zuma.

As a result, I sometimes struggled with the idea and

speed of the business expansion, you worry about being

able to consistently deliver. But here we are and I am very

proud of what we have built and the team behind it all.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, what are the milestones?

I always wanted to cook. I used to come home

from school and my mum would be cooking dinner. I am

not sure if that was a driving force or impacted my choice

but for as long as I can remember I enjoyed and wanted

to cook. My father, however, decided it wasn’t much of

a career so, in a bid to dissuade me, he sent me to his

friend’s restaurant to work there one summer, in a desperate

attempt to put me off. I got stuck in doing basic

cooking and kitchen duties – it was hard graft! Instead, I

came back more fired up than before. From that moment,

he supported me so that was a pretty big milestone. My

career took me to Australia and from there Japan where

everything changed, both experiences were very influential

to me and therefore pretty big milestones.

What do you see next for Zuma Dubai? The team are

driving the business, innovating and achieving great

things – I would be happy to see that continue in the

years to come.

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The New

Hotspot

As sister to Zuma, the new Business

Bay restaurant ROKA has a lot to live

up to and it certainly does

Business Bay hotspot ROKA has taken the

challenge of being the new contender headon

and has become an instant hit amongst

the Dubai restaurant crowd. Situated in The

Opus, a building designed by Zaha Hadid,

ROKA has brought its unique style of con-

temporary Japanese Robatayaki cuisine to

Dubai and it’s an absolute must-try. Like

its elder sibling Zuma, ROKA’s flagship

restaurant is located in London, but it’s

undoubtedly already carved its place in the

F&B space in the emirate under the leadership

of executive head chef Libor Dobis.

Emirates Woman sat down with the critically-acclaimed

chef to find out what it has

been like opening a restaurant in the middle

of a pandemic, how he believes the Dubai

restaurant scene sets itself apart from other

places, ROKA’s hero dishes and the future

of the establishment in Dubai.

Can you talk us through your career history?

My career really kick-started in London in

2004 when I started working at I Sapori

by Stefano Cavallini, an Italian restaurant.

My passion for food always stemmed from

South-East Asian flavours and cooking

techniques so I developed to work for the

likes of Nobu, Nahm, a famed Thai restaurant

at the time, and Naamyaa by Alan Yau.

Finally, I landed at ROKA and worked both

in the Mayfair and Canary Wharf locations

where I worked my way up to Head Chef before

moving to Dubai.

What eventually brought you to Dubai? From

a career perspective, I was ready for the next

step and a new opportunity but there was

no way I was leaving the ROKA family so

when the project in Dubai presented itself, I

jumped at it. From a family perspective, we

were also looking for a new adventure and

Dubai seemed like the ideal place at this

stage in our life.

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How does the food and beverage industry

here differ from other places around the

world? Dubai is a new and different world.

It is relatively young from an industry perspective

with lots of new restaurant opening

all the time, it’s booming! There are obviously

cultural diversities in every country,

which need to be adapted to whether this is

from a customer or business perspective.

ROKA opened just before the pandemic and

then closed. What was that like for you as a

chef? It was tough, I won’t lie, having just arrived

in the country and then virtually going

straight into lockdown. However, you must

take the positive experiences out of difficult

situations, I learnt a lot during this time.

How was ROKA affected during lockdown?

How did you adapt? I believe all restaurants

were affected similarly. We started takeaway

relatively quickly and when we were able to

reopen, we adapted the restaurant swiftly

in-line with the government’s regulations.

During the time we were closed we took advantage

of it and used it to plan and strategise

new menus etc.

ROKA really has found its own niche in the

Business Bay area. Would you agree? I definitely

agree, YES! We are fortunate to have

a fantastic location; the terrace views are

to die for. To top it off we are in a building

which I believe is becoming an icon of the

“ROKA has

heart, warmth

and energy,

which is a unique

feeling I believe,

it hits you when

you walk through

the doors.”

Dubai skyline – really it could not be better.

What are the hero dishes at ROKA? We have

a large amount of ROKA signature dishes

from London on our menu that have been

firm favourites here as well. The likes of the

Kampachi Salad, Lamb Cutlets and Mushroom

Hotpot. In addition, there are dishes

that are unique to the Dubai menu which I

would consider are hero dishes now, such as

the Bone Marrow & the Baked Potato.

What do you think sets ROKA apart from other

eateries in Dubai? ROKA has heart, warmth

and energy, which is a unique feeling I believe,

it hits you when you walk through the doors.

It is driven by the passion to deliver consistently

high levels of food, service, drinks; every

element. The ROKA culture is a “thing”

that exists throughout all the locations and I

am yet to see this replicated elsewhere.

Who would you say your chef inspiration is?

Honestly, it is difficult to say as there are so

many great chefs, and I have had many mentors

but if I had to choose I would name David

Thompson, who I worked for at Nahm, and the

ROKA Group Executive Chef Hamish Brown,

he has a unique passion and incredible pallet.

What are the hurdles you’ve experienced

during your career as a chef? I would say the

lockdown was probably the most stressful

time, the business is forced to close, and you

have no idea what the next day will bring…

On the opposite end of the spectrum, what

are the milestones? Moving to Dubai was a

milestone for sure. It started a new chapter

in my life personally and professionally and

has opened many doors that I never thought

of when I was back in London.

What future do you see for ROKA in this region?

I see ROKA having a very bright future

internationally and within the region but ultimately

the expansion is not within my control

so I would simply say, watch this space!

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The ideal location to spend the festive

period whether you’re there for

the day or indulging in a staycation.

From world-class culinary delights

to exclusive experiences and an aweaspiring

view.

Bull & Bear

Inspired by the legendary eatery

based in New-York, diners can relish

an extensive array of dishes that cater

to all palettes while adding a twist to

the classics in a relaxed setting. Gather

for New Year’s Eve to indulge in a

gastronomic selection of delights.

St. Trop

For that Parisian chic avant-garde

flair, St. Trop is an urban paradise

of mid-day escapes located in the

heart of the city with a stylish rooftop

lounge – with its pool, whirlpool, timber

decking and bright colours.

THE CHRISTMAS EVE

DINNER

Date: 24th December 6.30-11.30pm

Make this festive occasion a special

one with delicious culinary treasures

filled with immense flavour.

Dhs325 per person with a Mulled grape

cocktail on arrival

CHRISTMAS DAY

Date: 25th December 1-5pm

Guests can relish an opulent feast and

enjoy a Wolf of Wall Street themed

festive brunch with all the traditional

trimmings.

Dhs325 per person

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The Baller

You’d be forgiven for thinking you’re in the latest

hangout in New York. Waldorf Astoria DIFC successfully

delivers beautiful design and excellence in service

NEW YEARS EVE

Date: 31st December 9pm-3am

A magnificent display of lights and

fireworks across an unrivalled skyline.

Dhs350 per person booking before December

25th 2020

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The

Supper Club

The edit of the superlative

establishments across Dubai

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Left:

Indochine

Enjoy a piece of New York

City right here in Dubai at

Indochine, which has been a

hotspot in the city that never

sleeps for over 36 years.

THE HERO DISH

Beef Pho Rolls

Steamed rice noodle, beef,

Thai basil, scallion confit,

nuoc cham, crispy shallots

and cashew

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Scalini

Scalini Dubai brings a taste of

its diverse heritage from London

and Italy to the UAE.

THE HERO DISH

Tagliolini with Grana Padano

sauce and Truffle

99 Sushi

This fine dining spot just recently

made its way to Dubai

after being a huge success in

Abu Dhabi. With unbeatable

views of the Burj Khalifa, exquisite

Japanese cuisine and

a chic ambience, it makes for

the ideal spot to celebrate this

festive season.

THE HERO DISH

Lobster maki with sake

Nammos

Bringing the glamour and

party atmosphere from the

shores of Mykonos right to

Dubai, Nammos offers superb

taste and sumptuous views.

THE HERO DISH

Lobster meat pasta

Right:

Il Ristorante – Niko

Romito, Bvlgari

Hotel

Combining the aesthetic

of the original Bvlgari Hotel

Milano with unbeatable

views of the Arabian Gulf, Il

Ristorante – Niko Romito

at the Bvlgari Hotel Dubai is

the perfect place for a seamless

dining experience during

party season.

THE HERO DISH

Steamed langoustines with

mayonnaise, lettuce and chilli

Above from left:

Cipriani

High gloss wood interior and

polished stainless-steel take

centre stage at buzzing DIFC

hotspot Cipriani. Expect nothing

but flawless Italian cuisine

from this superlative gem.

THE HERO DISH

Veal Piccatine al Limone

Shanghai ME

Combing the art-deco elegance

of 1930s Shanghai with a contemporary

twist, this restaurant

has raidly become a firm

favourite with those who love

to dine amongst opulent decor.

THE HERO DISH

Yellowtail Carpaccio with

Black Truffle

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Right from top:

The MAINE

Land Brasserie

The third brainchild of the

MAINE man Joey Ghazal, the

MAINE Land Brasserie combines

a period fidelity with

a speakeasy feel to create a

contemporary gem located in

Business Bay.

THE HERO DISH

Angry Lobster Pasta

Avli by tashas

Avli by tashas captures the

essence of Greek cuisine combined

with a chic and sophisticated

space reminiscent of

the Mediterranean.

THE HERO DISH

Lamb Youvesti

Lamb shank cooked in

cinnamon, orzo, tomato,

kefalotyri and sage

LPM

Restaurant & Bar

Having been a staple of the

Dubai restaurant scene for a

decade, LPM Restaurant &

Bar offers a superlative experience

every time.

THE HERO DISH

Coquelet with Confit Lemon

Roast baby chicken marinated

in lemon

CE LA VI

There’s no doubt that skyhigh

restaurant CE LA VI

gives the absolute best views

of Dubai, and the contemporary

Asian cuisine certainly

matches the stunning skyline.

THE HERO DISH

Black Truffle ‘Sushi Rice’

Risotto

L’Atelier de Joel

Robuchon

As one of the worlds most

renowned restaurant chains,

L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon

recently opened its doors in

Dubai just in time for party

season.

THE HERO DISH

Crispy poached egg with

caviar

GAIA

The brainchild of Chef Izu,

GAIA encompasses the Greek

Goddess of Earth, the mother

of the sun, the mountains and

the sea and is the inspiration

for each exquisite Mediterranean

dish.

THE HERO DISH

Lamb cutlets, pita bread and

tzatziki

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Fine

Finish

Chloe Szukilojc

approaches

creating fine floral

arrangements

with a daring eye

for the unusual

What do your first 30 minutes of the day look

like? When I am up, I like to head to the gym

or clean my house while listening to a podcast.

I find this so therapeutic. I love coming

home to a fresh, clean house because my

days can be so busy that I need to be in a clear

space when I return home. I try to take some

time for myself in the morning because this

is the only time in my day where I am able

to do so. I have become addicted to podcasts

and it allows me the space to not focus on

everything else, even for a short time.

Tell us about your role as Creative Director of

Fine Blooms. I love my job so much. There

are so many different aspects to my role and

every day is different from the next. I spend

a lot of time sourcing and ordering flowers as

most of our products come from our suppliers

in Holland. Making sure the flowers are

here on time for events and orders is essential.

The role is ever changing, we all help out

and work together as a team and this is key

for the success of any business.

How did you know you wanted to be a florist?

I have always wanted to do something creative.

I always excelled in textiles, design

and art at school. My passion for flowers

came from a young age, and as I grew older,

I become more confident in pursuing my

dream. Being a florist then, isn’t the same

as it is now, back then it would have been

very uncommon to leave school and do what

I do. Now I think floristry is more exclusive,

it’s like an art practice.

What has been the biggest challenge since

launching and how did you overcome this? I

relocated to Dubai at the end of February of

this year and three weeks later, we went into

lockdown. Not only was I in a completely

new country and in a new role, but also in

the middle of a global pandemic. There have

been some tough times, but honestly, the

good far outweighs the bad. I feel very proud

of how Fine Blooms has excelled this year.

Which flower is your favourite, and why? This

is honestly the most challenging question,

and it changes every season. By the end of

the peony season, I’m ready to see some-

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thing new but when they come back, I’m in

love again. That’s what’s so great about my

job; things are always changing all the time.

Currently, I cannot live without chocolate

cosmos. They look like chocolate and smell

exactly like chocolate.

Which floral trends are the most popular in

the region? Floristry is like fashion, and any

other face-paced industry. Trends are continually

changing and evolving. I think people

in the region are now looking for something

different, unusual and unique. When

we create our wildest designs, that’s usually

what gets the most attention.

How should you look after your floral arrangements?

Lots of water! Fill your vase

right to the top as flowers drink super quickly,

especially when it’s hot, and if you receive

a bouquet the stems can be different lengths.

So, to avoid any dying off quicker than the

others, make sure to fill right to the top of the

vase and change the water every two days.

What’s inspires when creating floral designs?

I take a lot of inspiration from my surroundings.

The environment, natural products

and landscapes inspire me. I love using the

unusual. Over the past year we’ve used sand,

fruit and even salt rocks in our designs.

I want to do things differently and show

people how to incorporate what you have in

your fruit bowl into your dinner party table

arrangement set up.

What key elements should be present in flower

arrangements for the festive season, and

will you be creating festive wreaths? Everyone

celebrates the festive season differently, so I

think it’s important not to box yourself into

the stereotypical designs or colour schemes.

We will be focusing heavily on dried flowers

this festive season so our customers can keep

arrangements in their homes for longer, even

through into the New Year.

Which Instagram accounts do you follow for

inspiration? @rubymarylennox is a magician.

An Australian florist now living in Berlin

and taking the floristry world by storm. I

gasp every time I see a new post.

Also, my sister @isabellaszukilojc, she is

fabulous. She is the Dark Lab’s Marketing

Director, which holds the most captivating,

eye-opening festival every year, Dark Mofo

in Hobart, Tasmania. It honestly blows my

mind what they do there.

What advice would you give to your younger

self starting? Trust your instinct. I spent a

few years working in the fashion industry

because I thought it was the closest thing I

could do to floristry. Obviously, in the end, I

wasn’t happy, as it wasn’t where my passion

lay. Also, always go for what you want and

don’t get too caught up in what’s the traditional

route of a career. You can make anything

happen if you work hard and believe in

yourself. Don’t seek approval from others; it

will always hold you back.

This is ‘The Party Issue’ – how will you be celebrating

this year? Like many others this year,

I won’t be able to make it home to my family

and friends back in Australia, which is heartbreaking.

Still, I’m trying to make the best

out of this situation and take some time off

and explore the UAE and spend my first holiday

season in my new home with my partner

and friends. I’m so looking forward to it. I

think the whole world deserves a good break!

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Elemis Biotec Firm-A-Lift

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you to rediscover the architecture of your

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The philosophy at the Dubai-based Thaiinspired

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A wellness centre may not be where your

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The Palm Spa, Dubai; The SPA at the

Palazzo Versace Hotel, Dubai

chauffeur fetching you from your Dubai

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Festive Finish

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