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UAE DHS25 OMAN RO2.70 BAHRAIN BD2.60<br />


DECEMBER 2020<br />



ISSUE<br />

The ultimate guide to after hours fun






Obaid Humaid Al Tayer<br />


Ian Fairservice<br />


amy.sessions@motivate.ae<br />

SENIOR ART DIRECTOR Olga Petroff<br />

DIGITAL EDITOR Olivia Morris<br />




WEB DEVELOPER Firoz Kaladi<br />

DIGITAL DIRECTOR Sabir Khodabux<br />






GROUP DIRECTOR Andrew Wingrove<br />


Bindu Gupta bindu@motivate.ae<br />


Neha Kannoth neha.kannoth@motivate.ae<br />


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Editor’s Letter<br />

Welcome to The Party Issue. In this issue we balance<br />

work and play. We partnered with BYFAR for a cover<br />

that celebrates fun and freedom with the coolest touch<br />

of nineties revival. Our cover star Haya Jarrar, Founder<br />

of Romani, is an incredible woman with both beauty<br />

and business acumen.<br />

We’ve gone all-out this issue in<br />

terms of the experts with exclusive<br />

interviews from designer Alexandre<br />

Vauthier in The Showstopper on<br />

page 36, Ex Chief Marketing &<br />

Membership Officer at Soho House,<br />

Jodie Harrison in the Guestlist on<br />

page 42, tablescape guru Fiona<br />

Leahy in The Party Planner on page<br />

50 and global go-to for sequins Retrofête in Welcome To<br />

The Party on page 72. The Hero Buys on page 46 delivers<br />

high shine dressing, we look at a modern take on the<br />

classic tuxedo in Le Smoking on page 48 and channel<br />






desk to dinner cool with transformative accessories in<br />

Crystal Clear on page 54. In terms of beauty we look<br />

at balms to keep skin smooth in Winter Skin on page<br />

88, compile the perfect edit for exceptional fragrances<br />

that last all night long in After Hours on page 106,<br />

hero the party prep must haves in<br />

Polished on page 96 and interview<br />

Sofia Schwarzkopf-Tilbury on how<br />

to up the ante for party season in<br />

The Magic Touch on page 102. We<br />

also hear from incredible women<br />

on what keeps them looking fresh<br />

during festive season in The Skin<br />

Saviours on page 118. If you’re still<br />

undecided on where to celebrate,<br />

The Supper Club on page 126 will be your guide.<br />

As we close 2020, we stay grateful for the lessons<br />

this year has taught us and what better lesson than to<br />

live in the moment. See you on the dancefloor.<br />

Amy Sessions<br />



Kate medium croc-effect<br />

suede shoulder bag Dhs7,677<br />

Saint Laurent available at<br />


Alexandre Vauthier<br />

Jumpsuit Dhs11,811<br />

Alexandre Vauthier<br />

Velvet box clutch<br />

Dhs869 Anya<br />

Hindmarch available<br />

at THE OUTNET<br />

Luxury Palette Eye<br />

Shadow - Copper Charge<br />

Dh154 Charlotte Tilbury<br />

Iriza 100 patent-leather<br />

pumps Dhs2,553<br />

Christian Louboutin<br />

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DECEMBER 2020<br />

16<br />

THE<br />


Monitor News p.16<br />

Social Listings p.17<br />

Cover Shoot with<br />

BYFAR p.18<br />

Exclusive Interview<br />

– Cover Star Haya<br />

Jarrar, Founder &<br />

Creative Director of<br />

Romani p.30<br />

Left: Rose Gold<br />

sequin chain choker<br />

mini dress Dhs205<br />

Pretty Little Thing<br />

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DECEMBER 2020<br />

The Edit – High<br />

Voltage p.34<br />

The Showstopper –<br />

Exclusive interview with<br />

Alexandre Vauthier p.36<br />

32 84<br />


The Guestlist – Jodie<br />

Harrison p.42<br />

The Hero Buys –<br />

Sequins p.46<br />

Le Smoking –<br />

After hours dressing<br />

calls for a touch<br />

of tuxedo p.48<br />

The Party Planner –<br />

Exclusive interview<br />

with Fiona Leahy p.50<br />

Red Hot – The hottest<br />

shades to celebrate in<br />

for FW20 p.52<br />

Crystal Clear –<br />

Instant desk to dinner<br />

dressing p.54<br />

Hermès p.60<br />

Max Mara p.66<br />

The Craftsman –<br />

Exclusive Interview<br />

with Rene Caovilla’s<br />

creative director,<br />

Edoardo Caovilla p.70<br />

Courage & Creativity –<br />

Interview with<br />

Alighieri p.76<br />

The Super Stylist –<br />

Interview with the<br />

stylist to the A-list p.78<br />

Luxe Feet p.80<br />

A Masterpiece –<br />

Dolce & Gabbana’s<br />

ode to priceless<br />

heritage p.82<br />

BEAUTY<br />

Hot New Buys p.86<br />

Winter Skin – Balms<br />

for superlatively<br />

smooth skin p.88<br />

The Power of Scent<br />

– Interview with Dior’s<br />

perfumer François<br />

Demachy p.92<br />

The Beauty Shelf –<br />

Haya Jarrar p.94<br />

Polished – The<br />

ultimate edit of beauty<br />

buys you need for<br />

pre-party prep p.96<br />

All That Glitters –<br />

Interview with the<br />

co-founders of<br />

Glitterbox p.100<br />

The Magic Touch –<br />

Interview with<br />

Sofia Schwarzkopf-<br />

Tilbury p.102<br />

AM/PM Beauty – Fajer<br />

Fahad p.104<br />

After Hours –<br />

Exceptional<br />

fragrances to last all<br />

night long p.106<br />

The Cover<br />

Baby Amber Matcha<br />

Bag Dhs2,046 BY FAR,<br />

The Sammy Dress<br />

Dhs2,571 Romani<br />

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Welcome to the<br />

Party – Interview with<br />

Retrofête p.72<br />

Dinh Van p.56<br />

108 118<br />

Interview<br />

with Ex Nihilo p.90<br />


The Signature –<br />

Exclusive<br />

Interview with Laura<br />

Bailey p.108<br />

The Unwind –<br />

Incredible women<br />

on how they will be<br />

unwinding at the end<br />

of the year p.112<br />

The Miracle Worker<br />

– The guru for<br />

immaculate skin this<br />

party season p.114<br />

The Skin Saviours<br />

– Skin secrets for<br />

looking flawless p.116<br />


The Sensation –<br />

Interview with founder<br />

and owner of Zuma,<br />

Rainer Becker p.118<br />

The New Hotspot –<br />

Interview with Roka’s<br />

executive head chef<br />

Libor Dobis p.120<br />

The Baller – Waldorf<br />

Astoria DIFC p.122<br />

The Supper<br />

Club – The edit<br />

of the superlative<br />

establishments across<br />

Dubai p.124<br />

Fine Finish – Interview<br />

with the creative<br />

director of Fine Blooms<br />

Chloe Szukilojc p.130<br />

The Rejuvenation<br />

– Rest, relax and<br />

revitalise ready for the<br />

New Year p.132<br />

Festive Finish –<br />

Decorations to add<br />

luxe and light to your<br />

celebrations p.134<br />

RSVP – True<br />

tablescape goals p.135<br />

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Beauty available at OUNASS<br />

Begum crystal-embellished<br />

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Aubrielle sequined chiffon mini<br />

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Social Listings<br />

A curated list of who to #follow this month<br />

@maisonvalentino<br />

From strict tailoring to flowing<br />

dresses and separates,<br />

Valentino continues to dazzle<br />

for FW20.<br />

@renecaovilla<br />

Dressing women from the<br />

feet up since the 1950s with<br />

beautifully designed creations.<br />

Rene Caovilla crafts pieces<br />

of art with an emphasis on<br />

heritage and quality.<br />

@retrofete<br />

Founded by Ohad Seroya and<br />

Aviad Klin, Retrofete is known<br />

for its party season appropriate<br />

sequin dresses.<br />

@jomalonelondon<br />

Unexpected combinations<br />

of ingredients made British<br />

lifestyle brand Jo Malone<br />

famous for its elegant yet playful<br />

fragrances.<br />

@laurabaileylondon<br />

Modal, writer, Cultural<br />

Ambassador for the British<br />

Fashion Council and Brand<br />

Ambassador for Chanel, Bailey<br />

has a honed eye for style.<br />

@hayajarrar<br />

Founder and Creative<br />

Director of Romani, Haya Jarrar<br />

bring a rebellious edge to her<br />

ready-to-wear label.<br />

@alighieri_jewellery<br />

Founded by Rosh Mahtani,<br />

Alighieri offers jewellery<br />

collections inspired by Dante’s<br />

Divine Comedy, where each<br />

piece corresponds to one of the<br />

poet’s 100 works.<br />

@gildaambrosio<br />

Gilda Ambrosio co-founded<br />

‘The Attico’ alongside long-time<br />

friend Giorgia Tordini, adding an<br />

edge to classic glamour.<br />


@byfar<br />

Taking reference from the 90s<br />

this brand is sustainable as well<br />

as fun.<br />

@fionaleahydesign<br />

Bringing dream dinners to life,<br />

Fiona Leahy creates incredible<br />

tablesscapes for royalty and<br />

rock royalty alike.<br />

@theartsclubdubai<br />

The Arts Club is one of the<br />

most luxurious and famous<br />

private members’ clubs in the<br />

world. The London-based club<br />

is now happily opening<br />

its doors in Dubai’s DIFC.<br />

@camillecharriere<br />

Journalist and Broadcaster,<br />

Camille Charrier delivers her<br />

own sense of half British/half-<br />

Parisian style.<br />


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Words & Creative Direction:<br />


Photography:<br />


THE BEST,<br />

BY FAR<br />

Bulgarian label BY FAR designs sleek, understated<br />

shoes and accessories that combine ’90s cool-girl<br />

nonchalance with grown-up, elevated glamour<br />

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

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

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


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This page: V-neck satin cami top Dhs4,306 Bottega Veneta, Sequinned<br />

Slim-leg flared trousers Dhs780 Raey, Baby Amber Pure White Croco<br />

Dhs2,046 BY FAR, Cynthia Black Creased Dhs1,611 BY FAR;<br />

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

MATCHESFASHION, Zoe cropped leather trousers Dhs1,738 Stand Stud<br />

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

Puff-shoulder satin mini dress Dhs6,033 Halpern available at<br />

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<br />

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<br />


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Focused on sustainability, each BY FAR piece<br />

is handmade in the same family-run factory.<br />

We spoke to co-founder Valentina Ignatova about<br />

retro revival and having it all<br />

What do your first 30 mins of the day look like, your morning routine?<br />

All three of us are mothers, so usually our time at home<br />

is dedicated to our families. Of course, we try to keep our skincare<br />

routines, meditate and exercise, but sometimes our mornings<br />

start with urgent emails and reading the news.<br />

Do you feel more drawn to the creative or the business side? Denitsa<br />

– our sister-in-law, is the Creative Director, Sabina is the<br />

CEO and I am Head of Marketing. We explore our natural talents<br />

and complete each other in that sense, but we don’t forget<br />

to challenge ourselves and push the boundaries of BY FAR.<br />

How did you all meet and what was the moment you decided to<br />

launch ByFar? Sabina and I are twins, and she met Denitsa in<br />

2005 through their then-boyfriends who are brothers, and we<br />

have been inseparable ever since. Before we started BY FAR<br />

and before we entered the fashion industry, we were in the sustainable<br />

solar energy business. Throughout this period, we all<br />

had our first boys, which are actually the inspiration behind<br />

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

and R for Denitsa’s son Roman).<br />

There has always been a strong heritage of shoe craftsmanship<br />

in Bulgaria and when we visited by chance a small familyrun<br />

factory, we really felt like it was destiny! We are still partnering<br />

with them but have expanded a lot. The idea behind the<br />

brand was to make cool shoes that are comfortable and make<br />

women feel like they can conquer the world.<br />

You’re sold globally on some of the biggest ecommerce sites –<br />

how did this come about? Since the very beginning BY FAR received<br />

a lot of attention from international press and retailers. We<br />

have evolved so much over the years, but we continue to challenge<br />

ourselves and celebrate every success. A turning point for us was<br />

when we launched the bags collection and Bella Hadid wore the<br />

Rachel baguette a few days after. We are constantly growing and<br />

our website sales are tripling each quarter. We are blown away<br />

how many people are loving and supporting BY FAR!<br />

What has been the biggest hurdle since launching the brand and<br />

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

every aspect under careful consideration. It feels rewarding to<br />

see the results of all of our hard work and endless collective<br />

effort. Every day is a challenge as we strive for perfection, improvement,<br />

and satisfying our clients with not only a timeless<br />

product but also that BY FAR experience.<br />

Do you have any mentors or guides and how does this help navigate<br />

the right path throughout life and your career? Throughout<br />

our journey, we had been blessed to be mentored by so<br />

many strong women, but in the heart of it all are our mothers.<br />

They’re always there to support us, especially at times when<br />

even we doubted ourselves.<br />

“The pandemic showed us that with hard work, you can still<br />

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What do you look for in terms of hiring your own team? Being a<br />

fast-growing successful start-up, which values their employees’<br />

voice and contribution, we are looking for super ambiguous,<br />

amazingly talented people. BY FAR is like our child, and<br />

every new team member becomes part of our family. So, most<br />

of all, we’re looking for passion, dedication and loyalty.<br />

How has this year impacted the industry both positively and negatively?<br />

Fashion needed to change, and this was the wake-up call<br />

the industry needed. We are optimistic about the future of fashion<br />

and that it will continue to change for the better. The pandemic<br />

showed us that with hard work, you can still achieve great<br />

results no matter where you are based. We are eternally grateful<br />

that we managed to create a virtual showroom not once but<br />

twice already and stay in touch with our clients. It was definitely<br />

an amazing experience, thanks to which we learned a lot and<br />

grew as a brand. We strongly believe that digital is a huge part<br />

of the future of fashion, and it is something that we will surely<br />

continue to develop and implement into the BY FAR experience.<br />

How do you approach scaling the business and what works in<br />

terms of client retention? We wanted to create vintage-inspired<br />

designs which compliment any wardrobe, whilst combining<br />

comfort with an addictive contemporary edge. BY FAR has become<br />

the ‘It’ shoulder bag brand. Our nostalgic baguette bags<br />

and minimalist, barely-there sandals are the core of any effortlessly<br />

chic outfit. We felt like the industry needed accessories that<br />

are desirable, yet not overpowering, without sacrificing quality.<br />

BY FAR is about emotion, not age or nationality! Our shoes and<br />

bags are classic, yet with a modern twist. Your BY FAR piece<br />

will demand the spotlight whilst being infinitely wearable.<br />

The 90s is a strong influence aesthetically – was this part of the<br />

brand DNA from the outset? Our aesthetic combines playful<br />

designs and nostalgic silhouettes, and we always knew that<br />

we want to do effortless and colourful styles that just feel<br />

fresh. We are very much inspired by the fashion of the 90s and<br />

early 2000s. We’re constantly binge-watching iconic TV series<br />

from this period, which is how the Rachel bag was born<br />

(inspired by FRIENDS). There was something very authentic,<br />

empowering and emotional about fashion and we truly want<br />

to bring these feelings back.<br />

Which pieces are your bestsellers, and do you notice differing trends globally<br />

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

and the Rachel baguette is our top best seller in the Western world. From<br />

the shoes, we became known with the boot styles such as Sofia and Este.<br />

Our all-time bestsellers such as the Tanya mules, as well as the Mini and<br />

Miranda bags have seen amazing success among our clients in the Middle<br />

East. People fell in love with their simplicity, but we have been experimenting,<br />

as we want to introduce new cool pieces.<br />

How has social media affected the luxury industry and which platform has<br />

been most useful? Social media is an inseparable part of the fashion industry<br />

and if luxury brands aim to stay relevant, they need to include these<br />

platforms in the strategy. Speaking from our personal experience, since we<br />

are based in Eastern Europe, far from the fashion capitals, we wanted to<br />

connect with clients, partners, and people from the industry worldwide. Our<br />

space as a brand is more digital than physical, so Instagram naturally became<br />

an essential part of BY FAR. BY FAR is about<br />

the joy of dressing up! We simply have fun with Instagram,<br />

and it is so easy to connect with girls that<br />

love fashion and design – and be inspired by their<br />

style. At the same time, our profile is a collection of<br />

all the things we love, and it is a way to give a glimpse<br />

into the BY FAR world.<br />

Do you have any pre-bedtime rituals? We often work<br />

until late after the kids go to sleep, so we definitely<br />

do our best to balance family life and career. It is an<br />

exciting ride and keeps us inspired at all times. The<br />

biggest challenge in our routine is to tune out of work<br />

mode because we enjoy nurturing BY FAR so much.<br />

If you were not on your current career path, which<br />

other role would you have chosen career-wise? All 3<br />

of us are very passionate about visuals and fashion,<br />

therefore it was only natural to move to fashion and<br />

if By FAR didn’t exist, we would probably be doing<br />

something similar.<br />

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

this season? Given the complicated situation<br />

in the world right now and the difficulties of travelling,<br />

we are planning to spend the holidays at home<br />

with our families. Is there a better way of celebrating<br />

than to be surrounded by the ones you love the most?<br />

What should you gift the host when attending a dinner?<br />

A beautiful bouquet is always a good idea.<br />

What’s your secret to surviving party season and still<br />

looking flawless? Always drink a lot of water, don’t<br />

go to bed too late, and never trade comfort for style<br />

when it comes to shoes.<br />

What is your go-to party outfit?You can never go wrong<br />

with a slip dress and our Alla mules – a highlight of<br />

the season and the return to power dressing in a majorly<br />

glam kind of way. Of course, you should top the<br />

look with our ultimate obsession – the Mini Rachel<br />

bag. It’s perfect for your cocktail attire, and it fits all<br />

that you need: phone, credit card and a lipstick.<br />

What is on your wishlist this festive season? Right<br />

now, all we wish for is health – for our families, our<br />

friends, for everyone.<br />

achieve great results no matter where you are based.”<br />


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Dress stylist’s own, Mini Nutella Croco Dhs1,964 BY FAR<br />

WORK & PLAY<br />

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Founder & Creative Director of Romani,<br />

Haya Jarrar creates unconventional pieces with a touch<br />

of the rebellious. Is she on our guestlist? Absolutely.<br />

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

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

Then I begin my morning skincare routine and have breakfast before I hit the gym.<br />

Do you feel more drawn to the creative or the business side? Definitely the creative<br />

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

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

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

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

design in university and working in the industry after graduating helped me gain<br />

experience and insight which I used to start my own brand with my own identity.<br />

What has been the biggest hurdle since launching the brand and how did you overcome<br />

it? Starting as a very young girl in this very big industry was very challenging<br />

for me in the beginning. It was a struggle in every single aspect<br />

(finding the right suppliers, creating the right designs<br />

that represent me, promoting my brand and making sure<br />

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

successful person in any industry has to struggle a bit before<br />

finding their way.<br />

Do you have any mentors or guides and how does this help<br />

navigate the right path throughout life and your career? My<br />

inspiration and motivation in life is the person I aspire to be<br />

in the future. I try to work really hard<br />

on myself every day and try so hard<br />

to improve myself because everything<br />

you want in life and strive to achieve<br />

is already within you; you just need to<br />

carve your way in.<br />

What do you look for in terms of hiring<br />

your own team? It’s important for me<br />

to be surrounded by a team that understands<br />

my vision. That’s the most<br />

important thing. I also value a team<br />

that is hard working and that has<br />

something to bring to the table.<br />

How has this year impacted the industry<br />

both positively and negatively?<br />

Negatively, as a brand we’ve struggled<br />

in terms of production and missing<br />

fashion weeks and not being able to<br />

showcase our collections and connect<br />

with our customers and having to put things aside for<br />

a while and delaying production. Positively, it gave us the<br />

time and space to sit back, relax and breathe. It made us<br />

realize that we were constantly rushing before. Now, we are<br />

not rushing anymore.<br />

How do you approach scaling the business and what works<br />

in terms of client retention? I want to scale my business by<br />

going into more retails stores and I want to also expand to<br />

other areas (other than fashion) through Romani. We will<br />

be making this reveal very soon!<br />

There’s a rebelliousness and unconventionality to the pieces<br />

you create – was this part of the brand DNA from the outset?<br />

Yes. Usually, from what I see, a lot of designers base their designs<br />

on what buyers are looking for or what is the norm in the<br />

region. For me, I wanted to create designs that represent my<br />

identity and me from the beginning.<br />

Which pieces are your bestsellers and do you notice differing<br />

trends globally in terms of sales? The Sylphina jacket. It’s very<br />

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

And luckily, it is our most<br />

popular piece.<br />

How has social media affected the<br />

“You know in life,<br />

there’s never really<br />

the ‘right time’.<br />

It’s always been my<br />

dream to start my<br />

own label, so I just<br />

went for it.”<br />


luxury industry and which platform<br />

has been most useful? It enabled<br />

us to become closer to our customers<br />

and helped us understand them<br />

more. Instagram has been the most<br />

useful by far.<br />

Do you have any pre-bedtime rituals?<br />

Recently, I got into meditation.<br />

And it works so much better for me<br />

at night than in the morning. Also,<br />

I really enjoy a nice walk to clear my<br />

mind right before bedtime.<br />

If you were not on your current career<br />

path, which other role would<br />

you have chosen career-wise? I<br />

believe I was born to create. If not<br />

fashion design, then definitely interior and furniture design.<br />

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

season? I think I will be somewhere cold, cozy and Christmassy<br />

with my husband and family.<br />

What should you gift the host when attending a dinner?A candle<br />

is always a good idea.<br />

What’s your secret to surviving party season and still looking flawless?<br />

Lots of water, exercise, vitamins and a healthy routine.<br />

What is your go-to party outfit? Either a Romani dress or Romani<br />

suit. You can never go wrong with a Romani suit.<br />

What is on your Wishlist this festive season? Bottega Veneta<br />

boots, an Alexander McQueen knit…<br />


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F I L E<br />




Limited edition satin blazer<br />

Dhs549 Zara<br />

Rita metallic snake-effect<br />

leather clutch Dhs1,570<br />

Ximena Kaalekas available<br />

at NET-A-PORTER<br />

Limited edition satin<br />

trousers<br />

Dhs369 Zara<br />

Henson chainembellished<br />

leather<br />

sandals Dhs3,055<br />

Amina Muaddi<br />

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High shine & opulent embellishments to see<br />

you through party season<br />

18-karat rose<br />

gold diamond ear cuff<br />

Dhs12,173 Anita Ko<br />

Oversized embellished<br />

jumper Dhs4,318<br />

Amen available at<br />


Faux leather jogging<br />

trousers<br />

Dhs179 Zara<br />

Slouchy ankle<br />

boots Dhs2,127<br />

The Attico<br />


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Blending daring designs with extravagant elegance<br />

and an anarchic spirit, Alexandre Vauthier creates<br />

statement dresses and separates made for after dark<br />


The<br />

Showstopper<br />


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“Hurdles bring strength and always allow you to get out of the<br />

most perilous situations.”<br />

What has the journey with your brand been like over the<br />

last 11 years? My first collection had immediate commercial<br />

resonance. We started with two Haute Couture<br />

collections a year and then two other ready-to-wear collections.<br />

We have gradually moved forward to meet the<br />

demand. Then we added intermediate collections and we<br />

continue to develop and expand our commercial territory.<br />

What does your brand represent? It’s hard for me to talk<br />

about this. I work on an aesthetic, with a very French<br />

flair. The ambassadors and the clients of the house<br />

would speak about it better than me.<br />

What do your designs represent? An instinctive feeling<br />

of femininity; Paris and the chic French style; and luxury.<br />

How did you start out in fashion & what did it take to get<br />

where you are now? I started my work in fashion with<br />

Mugler and Gaultier. To do this job in general and especially<br />

in this special period I always keep in mind that<br />

it takes a lot of work, sincerity, rigour and precision.<br />

From the start, our keynote has always been clear, with a<br />

very natural creative process. As we are an independent<br />

house, we always need to be flexible and reactive.<br />

You have cultivated such an iconic brand. How has this<br />

evolved? My style comes from my roots, my own desires.<br />

The style of the Parisian woman, luxurious and sexy. I<br />

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

learning ground. They are the ones who help me achieve<br />

such good quality, all this very French ‘Savoir faire’.<br />

If you could describe Alexandre Vauthier in just five words,<br />

what would they be? Parisian. Craftsmanship. Sexy. Luxurious.<br />

Haute couture.<br />

Where do you get your motivation? It’s really a human adventure.<br />

Since I was little I needed to dream and to try to<br />

make things look better around me, to make things more<br />

aesthetic. Motivation is the quest for infinite improvement,<br />

always doing better. I also have an amazing team!<br />

What advice do you wish you had received on your journey<br />

to success? To have tenacity, methodology and organisation<br />

and be ready for a very athletic way of life.<br />

In fact, one cannot expect any results without working.<br />

Looking back over your career, can you tell us about some<br />

major hurdles you have faced? It is a job with one thousand<br />

hurdles and the current period proves it. But hurdles<br />

bring strength and always allow you to get out of the<br />

most perilous situations.<br />

What are your future plans for Alexandre Vauthier? Any<br />

exciting things you can reveal? My three objectives are to<br />

strengthen the markets in which I am present, to open up<br />

the Asian market and to develop lines of accessories and<br />

shoes. Fashion allows a lot of activity and collaboration.<br />

The next project is the new format of my next Haute Couture<br />

collection. This is something I have never done and<br />

it is a project that excites me but I cannot reveal it yet.<br />

This is ‘The Party Issue’ – how will you be celebrating this<br />

year? I miss parties, I try to put all the party spirit in my<br />

work. I will celebrate this year with my family.<br />


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THE<br />


Previously at MR PORTER, MODA OPERANDI<br />

and most recently at Soho House where she was Chief<br />

Membership & Communications Officer, curator of<br />

exceptional content, Jodie Harrison tells us what makes<br />

the perfect party and the ideal guest<br />

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“There will always be a sense of luxury to a printed page – and now<br />

What do your first 30 mins of the day look like,<br />

your morning routine? I wake up early – generally<br />

around 5 or 6am (much to the annoyance<br />

of my husband who is a night owl). I<br />

check my phone and walk our dog, Jed, up to<br />

Hampstead Heath or down to Primrose Hill.<br />

I’m at my most creative in the morning, so I<br />

spend a lot of this walk writing down ideas<br />

and thoughts on my iPhone.<br />

How did your previous roles set you up<br />

for success and did you always know you<br />

wanted to work in the luxury industry? I<br />

started out my career at GQ as their Style<br />

& Grooming Editor, having always dreamt<br />

of working in magazines. As a consequence,<br />

print holds a special place in my heart. In<br />

every job since, I’ve enjoyed seeing how<br />

print evolves in the ever-growing shadow of<br />

digital. At MR PORTER it manifested as<br />

a way to reach new customers in The MR<br />

PORTER Post and books we published with<br />

Thames & Hudson. At Soho House I edited<br />

their second coffee-table book, MORNING<br />

NOON NIGHT, and again, this was often<br />

someone’s first, proper introduction to the<br />

brand. There will always be a sense of luxury<br />

to a printed page – and now more than<br />

ever, there’s a desire for something tangible,<br />

crafted. The confidence, time, meticulousness<br />

and energy of putting something in ink<br />

will always be a luxury to me.<br />

You have to wear multiple hats in your role. Do<br />

you feel more drawn to the creative or the business<br />

side? In my gut, it’s always the creative<br />

side. That’s my default setting, the place that<br />

makes me get up in the morning and breathe<br />

happy. The business side takes more study,<br />

planning and method for me but over the<br />

years as I’ve moved from magazines to digital<br />

and e-commerce, I often found myself thrilled<br />

at the business acumen I’ve built up.<br />

You’ve lived both in London and New York, is<br />

there a difference in terms communication?<br />

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more than ever, there’s a desire for something tangible, crafted.”<br />

US, service is gold. Even if you have the best<br />

product out there, if you have poor service,<br />

you might as well forget it. Good service<br />

comes from strong supply chains, amazing<br />

logistics, over-communication, clarity<br />

and commercial confidence. Americans are<br />

comfortable with being sold to, so you become<br />

much more overt in your marketing<br />

tactics. In the UK, it’s about packing things<br />

up in more clever, palatable ways with tinges<br />

of humour – back-door marketing.<br />

What makes the perfect host and the ideal<br />

guest? For years, hosting for me was about<br />

seeking perfection: an exquisitely set table,<br />

an overcomplicated menu and fancy cocktails.<br />

As I’ve got older, I’ve realized it’s about<br />

being relaxed and spending less time in the<br />

kitchen and more time with your guests. A<br />

fun host is a fun party. Leave the washing up<br />

(what a buzz kill!). It’s that simple. A year<br />

later, people will remember the dancing, the<br />

laughter – the brilliant conversation, not<br />

the burnt bruschetta. Oh, and the outfits –<br />

that’s one place I refuse to be relaxed.<br />

Do you have any mentors or guides and how<br />

does this help navigate the right path throughout<br />

life and your career? My mentor is my<br />

second boss, Jeremy Langmead, who hired<br />

me to be Editor at the yet-to-be-launched<br />

MR PORTER in 2009. He is always the first<br />

person I call when a prospective role has me<br />

on the fence or there’s a crisis I can’t think<br />

my way out of. He has an amazing grip on<br />

perspective and the sharpest tongue I’ve<br />

ever witnessed. I might start the conversation<br />

in tears but I always end it in rib-aching<br />

laughter. His words and wisdom calm me.<br />

What do you look for in terms of hiring your<br />

own team? I look for self-starters who bring<br />

joy to teamwork. I look for honesty, an open<br />

heart and the willingness to go that extra<br />

mile. I also look for people better than I<br />

am – nothing pushes you as a leader than a<br />

high-performing, fun-loving team.<br />

How has this year impacted the industry both<br />

positively and negatively? The effects of the<br />

Covid-19 pandemic have been clearly devastating<br />

to the hospitality industry. What’s<br />

been heartbreaking to watch is the fact this<br />

has mostly kicked businesses at the start gate<br />

or on the smaller size – the bigger boys have<br />

investors and bank balances to help them<br />

weather the storm. There have been good<br />

things to emerge from this chapter though<br />

– the focus on less is more, local and handcrafted.<br />

At Soho House we focused on tighter,<br />

more efficient teams, better food, better service,<br />

and for the customer, we saw a more discerning<br />

eye that knows, and rewards, quality.<br />

How has social media affected the luxury<br />

industry and which platform has been most<br />

useful? Love it or hate it, social media has<br />

been the constant over the last 15 years. I’ve<br />

managed social teams in every job I’ve had<br />

and it’s been incredible to watch how this<br />

sector – and Instagram in particular – has<br />

helped grow luxury. The part I like seeing<br />

now is how it’s enabling young brands to<br />

reach their customers directly and without a<br />

middleman. I’m an avid Instagram user and<br />

find it an incredible source for discovering<br />

new brands, new friends and new ideas.<br />

What should you gift the host when attending<br />

a dinner? Something they don’t always love<br />

to buy themselves. I like getting a scented<br />

candle or a pretty scented bouquet, as it’s<br />

something I’ll use for a few days afterwards<br />

and remember the person who gave it to me<br />

as I see and smell it.<br />

Which Instagram accounts do you follow<br />

for inspiration? I follow a huge amount of<br />

interior-design and Antique furniture accounts<br />

as this is an area I’m moving further<br />

and further towards. My current favourites<br />

to follow are @ralfesyard, @larlatan and<br />

@8hollandstreet. I also love typography accounts<br />

– check out @voilaineetjeremy!<br />

Do you have any pre-bedtime rituals? No<br />

matter if the hours have been passing, I always,<br />

without fail, remove my makeup before<br />

bed. I have a shower (even at 3am), I<br />

put on a serum (Barbara Sturm’s and The<br />

Ordinary’s collections are my current artillery)<br />

and I drink a glass of water.<br />

If you were not on your current career path,<br />

which other role would you have chosen career-wise?<br />

Well, funny you should ask. I just<br />

left Soho House to pursue a new career in interior<br />

design. I’m retraining in the new year with<br />

a course at Inchbald School of Interior Design<br />

and some placements with friends in the industry<br />

– Vicky Charles of Charles & Co and<br />

James Waterworth of Thurston Design. So, I<br />

guess I’m doing my other career right now – or<br />

at least I’m starting out on the path. I’m calling<br />

it a pivot, my second life, and I can’t wait.<br />

What’s your secret to surviving party season<br />

and still looking flawless? Not a very party<br />

girl – but sleep. I like at least 8 hours and<br />

never do three nights out in a row, unless the<br />

third is for something really special.<br />

What is your go-to party outfit? Right now it’s<br />

pretty much anything by Khaite – the collection<br />

by New York designer Cate Holstein<br />

who we worked with closely during my time<br />

at Moda Operandi. She has this incredible<br />

eye for nostalgia and I’m always drawn to her<br />

seasonal narrative. I bought several pairs of<br />

her flared silk pants this year and currently<br />

like wearing them with just a simple silk camisole,<br />

topped off with an oversized wool coat<br />

by Nanushka and a pair of heels by Bottega<br />

– they’re just comfy enough so I can dance!<br />

What is on your wishlist this festive season?<br />

Honestly – a holiday. I miss travelling, foreign<br />

food, antique shopping and the feeling<br />

of stumbling across somewhere totally new.<br />

If Covid permits, I’ll be heading to Marrakesh<br />

in late December. My friend owns<br />

the beautiful El Fenn hotel there and we are<br />

planning a good old New Year’s get together<br />

under the starry skies.<br />


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CELINE<br />

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Alessandra Rich available<br />

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Satin-lapel sequinned<br />

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Alexandre Vauthier<br />

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DhsPOA Balmain<br />

Emely sequined mini<br />

skirt Dhs1,368 In The<br />

Mood For Love available at<br />



Sequins to wear low key and high-impact<br />

this season<br />

Callie sequined<br />

satin bag Dhs2,915<br />

Jimmy Choo<br />

Oversized sequined<br />

top Dhs6,925<br />

Naeem Khan<br />

Sequined sweater<br />

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Stella McCartney<br />

Laura sequinned boots<br />

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The<br />

Perfect<br />

Host<br />

Fiona Leahy is a master<br />

at curating the perfect<br />

setting for dining in style.<br />

Having created incredible<br />

tablescapes for almost<br />

everyone in the luxury<br />

industry, Leahy has also<br />

conjured other-worldly<br />

designs for Middle -<br />

Eastern and rock royalty<br />

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

get up and bring the dogs into the garden then I make a celery juice.<br />

I have a celery juice every morning on weekdays, it’s my insurance<br />

policy for a good day.<br />

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

Well, I started as a fashion stylist, then went into jewellery<br />

and became Assistant Creative Director for Garrard the jeweller. I<br />

became involved with throwing the parties for the brand, hired Dita<br />

von Teese for her first European performance, went on to produce<br />

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

How did you know it was the right time to launch your own company<br />

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

never really set it up deliberately, there was no business plan.<br />

I started working in reaction to demand and I pretty much still<br />

am. I will say that being an entrepreneur is something that is instinctive<br />

and that you either want your own business or you want<br />

the security of a job. I have always loved working for myself so that<br />

would be a decisive stepping stone.<br />

You’ve created so many incredible tablescapes – do you have any<br />

which stand out for you? I love the Christmas tablescape that I designed<br />

for Emilia Wickstead. It was the perfect mix of feminine<br />

chintz and festivity. It was matchimal but also classic and I would<br />


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totally happily sit at that table again a few years later. The wedding<br />

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

the first time I did matching print on print for a wedding and it was<br />

from the linens to the hand-painted plates all in blue and white. The<br />

tablescapes I love the most are the ones that were the hardest to<br />

pull off where everything had to be made from scratch. They become<br />

labours of love.<br />

What’s the key to curating the perfect dinner setting? I think planning<br />

and symmetry are key alongside with lighting, to me the perfect<br />

dinner setting is dimly lit with candlelight and you are transported<br />

momentarily to another place in time.<br />

Do you feel more drawn to the creative or the business side of the brand<br />

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

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

how amazing the idea it always needs to make sense as a line item in a<br />

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

more adept at the creative side and I am always drawn to fellow creatives,<br />

so I have had in the past a predominantly creative team. Moving<br />

forward post pandemic, I realise I need more business support so<br />

that is what my focus is from now on. Business support is everything!<br />

Do you have any mentors or guides and how does this help navigate<br />

the right path throughout life and your career? Nikki Tibbles from<br />

Wild at Heart is an incredible friend and mentor, who is in the same<br />

industry. The late David Collins was my very first mentor. It is such<br />

an important thing to have guidance and advice from someone you<br />

admire and respect.<br />

How has this year impacted the industry both positively and negatively?<br />

I haven’t had any real live events and I sadly needed to make a<br />

number of my team redundant as we had no real event work. Positively<br />

it has made me reassess how I work and allowed me to experiment<br />

differently with more intimate settings leading to other work in<br />

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

also been busy on a new venture, during the last lockdown I was made<br />

Creative Director of Aquazzura Home so that is a huge positive.<br />

How has social media affected the luxury industry and which platform<br />

has been most useful? Instagram is hugely inspirational for the industry<br />

and has been a huge factor in my work. I think for most of<br />

us it is the immediate reference for so many things. We look, bookmark,<br />

shop. I think honestly Instagram has changed everything.<br />

What should you gift the host when attending a dinner? A beautiful<br />

candle, or I sometimes love to bring a monogram sourdough loaf<br />

with the host’s initials from Harrods.<br />

Which Instagram accounts do you follow for inspiration? @iamlaurajackson,<br />

@skyemcalpine, @fayedreamsalot, @retrouvious, as well as a<br />

mix of interiors, food and window design accounts to keep me inspired.<br />

Do you have any pre-bedtime rituals? I usually have a magnesium<br />

salt candle-lit bath, I light Palo Santo which I bought in bulk in<br />

Peru and I go to sleep listening to the Calm app. Matthew McConaughey’s<br />

bedtime story always sends me into a deep sleep, that or<br />

the sound of rain.<br />

If you were not on your current career path, which other role would<br />

you have chosen career-wise? I always wanted to be a buyer so I<br />

would say I would be a homeware buyer or an interior designer.<br />

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

I hope to be going to Claridge’s for a sleepover with my girlfriends<br />

for my birthday in December. This symbolises to me the<br />

start of the festive session. For Christmas and NY I hope to be in<br />

Mexico, I love spending the festive season barefoot on sand.<br />

What’s your secret to surviving party season and still looking flawless?<br />

Drinking celery juice and having sessions at The Light Salon<br />

and Facegym. I am also a huge infra red sauna fan and go to Glowbar<br />

at least twice a week. I feel like all these things fight inflammation<br />

which is the enemy of flawless. I do as much of the feel good as I can.<br />

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

with Alessandra Rich sparkly earrings. Aquazzura platform<br />

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

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

ones from One Vintage... they help make a great entrance and exit !<br />

What is on your wishlist this festive season? I have redesigned my<br />

kitchen and on my wishlist is a wall of bespoke delft tiles. Honestly,<br />

every penny is going into my kitchen – no new clothes, a beautiful<br />

La Cornue pale blue range is even better!<br />

“To me the perfect dinner setting is dimly lit with candlelight and<br />

you are transported momentarily to another place in time.”<br />


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Boys & Girls – Sasha 23<br />

Dhs130<br />

Tom Ford Beauty<br />

Rosie Glass crystalembellished<br />

PVC pumps<br />

Dhs3,362 Amina Muaddi<br />

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Pussy-bow striped<br />

sequined silk-crepe midi<br />

dress Dhs31,563<br />

Saint Laurent<br />

Sage TB-monogram<br />

grained-leather<br />

cardholder Dhs1,065<br />

Burberry<br />

Frances one-sleeve<br />

cutout jersey thong<br />

bodysuit AED629<br />

Marika Vera<br />

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wide-leg pants<br />

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Veneta<br />

Ribbed wool and<br />

cashmere-blend turtleneck<br />

sweater Dhs3,990<br />

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Instant desk to dinner dressing<br />


Silver-tone crystal<br />

earrings Dhs1,681<br />

Isabel Marant<br />

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earrings Dhs885<br />

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Alphabet rhodium-plated<br />

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Retrofête available exclusively<br />

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Silver-plated, faux pearl<br />

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Discreet lines and subtle volume epitomises<br />

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Hermès’s Enchaînements Libres fine<br />

jewellery collection showcases the beauty<br />

of each precious stone and the virtuosity<br />

of the stone-setter’s hand<br />



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GILDED<br />

GLORY<br />

Max Mara’s Resort 2021 collection<br />

is dedicated to the opulence and magic<br />

of St Petersburg<br />

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The Craftsman<br />

René Caovilla’s Creative Director, Edoardo Caovilla,<br />

shares his secrets to keeping the brand ever-evolving<br />

whilst staying true to its DNA<br />

Talk us through your morning routine and how<br />

you set yourself up for a successful day. I usually<br />

get up at 6.30, and I always try to have<br />

breakfast with my children. I always start my<br />

day by drinking water with lemon or green<br />

tea and eating plenty of fruit. I leave at 7.30<br />

in the morning and get to the office by 7.45. I<br />

am lucky that my office is close to my home,<br />

and it’s a beautiful journey. At my desk, the<br />

first thing I do is to go through the digital<br />

press reviews specific to my fields of interest<br />

and catch up on all top-line brand activities<br />

and launches. I leave the office around 7 pm,<br />

and then I usually work out. I train for triathlon<br />

competitions, so I either swim or run<br />

– I find exercising and movement each day<br />

is key! Practicing my favourite sports makes<br />

me start the week in the best way.<br />

Tell us about the DNA of René Caovilla. The<br />

DNA of René Caovilla is summarized by<br />

Venice, our iconic city. Caovilla is an incomparable<br />

heritage of three generations. All<br />

our shoes are entirely handmade in Italy, focusing<br />

on the highest-quality craftsmanship<br />

from the same factory we’ve had since 1929.<br />

The brand has always played the subtle<br />

game of transforming iconic shapes into a<br />

new desirable classic. Caovilla is a brand of<br />

refined luxury that prioritizes care in intricate<br />

details and we keep growing and evolving<br />

to satisfy our global clients’ preferences.<br />

How do you retain the heritage of the brand<br />

whilst approaching it with a modern perspective?<br />

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than mere technique. It demands artistry,<br />

virtuosity, skill, and an interpretive talent<br />

that only the genuinely great master artisans<br />

possess. Innovation and new technologies<br />

have become the cornerstone of the<br />

ongoing evolution of René Caovilla. Here<br />

the manual artistry of embroidery happily<br />

coexists with leading-edge quality control<br />

to guarantee that each pair of Caovilla shoes<br />

is a triumph of beauty and comfort.<br />

When it comes to the design process, what is<br />

key for you? Inspiration usually strikes when<br />

I wake up in the morning. When I’m thinking<br />

about creating a specific shoe during the<br />

evening, I often happen to see it when waking<br />

and this is why I usually go to the office<br />

so early, to channel all of my inspiration and<br />

ideas. Together with the creative team, we<br />

work to realize and create the ideas by defining<br />

all the technical and stylistic details<br />

that give life to the shoe prototype.<br />

Do you see particular styles driving sales in<br />

the Middle East, and if so, which? The Middle<br />

East market has always been quite devoted<br />

to a feminine attitude. We noticed a great<br />

response to the chunky mules enriched by<br />

crystals or embroidery over the last few seasons.<br />

Mules and slides are ever prevalent as<br />

they are so practical and comfortable, yet<br />

still beautifully elegant.<br />

Which is your favourite piece of the FW20<br />

collection? One of my favourite pieces from<br />

FW20 is, for sure, the Juliette Sandal. This<br />

jewelled sandal is made by a stunning heel<br />

featuring a satin weave and embellished<br />

with a crystal chain.<br />

How do you ensure personalised service for<br />

your e-commerce clients? Online sales have<br />

become one of the priorities of the brand;<br />

we are moving more and more towards digital.<br />

We care a lot about our e-commerce site,<br />

which should not be seen as a simple sales<br />

platform but as a unique universe in which<br />

the customer can get lost and immersed in the<br />

world of Caovilla. We sell online; we also provide<br />

an exceptional customer experience that<br />

considers the smallest details, style suggestions<br />

in our “style notes,” anecdotes and curiosities<br />

about the brand’s history, and many<br />

more. It’s truly a whole world to discover.<br />

How do you approach scaling the business?<br />

Renè Caovilla has always taken care of the<br />

business in the Middle East and, despite all<br />

circumstances, the brand has an established<br />

identity in this region. Today, the aim is to<br />

enhance this loyal and solid relationship<br />

with a tailored strategy designed for limited<br />

edition capsules or private events.<br />

Which Instagram accounts do you follow for<br />

inspiration? I always like to be updated in<br />

real-time. Social media is one of the best<br />

channels to keep up to date with current<br />

news and trends. I love to follow news pages<br />

ranging from general culture to fashion, from<br />

newspapers to fashion magazines. This allows<br />

me to follow publications from all over<br />

the world. I am also very passionate about<br />

art, travel, and cooking. Among the accounts<br />

I follow you can find famous photographers,<br />

chefs, travel and living pages and more.<br />

What advice would you give to your younger<br />

self-starting out? This is what my father always<br />

told me but also advice I will for sure<br />

give myself back. “You are capable of everything,<br />

constantly develop, look around and<br />

try to see the world from different angles.”<br />

If you were not Creative Director and COO of<br />

René Caovilla, which other roles would you<br />

choose career-wise? I believe in the value<br />

one can create by combining the Italian lifestyle,<br />

the entire industry of fashion and food<br />

and beverage with the IT world of Silicon Valley.<br />

I would love to have more time to explore<br />

these aspects. We should all be open on one<br />

side and add experience on the other. Also, I<br />

wouldn’t mind working in the service sector<br />

instead of sales. I’m fascinated by the data<br />

world, and I am exploring some of its topics.<br />

This is ‘The Party Issue’ – how will you be celebrating<br />

this year? It has been and still is<br />

an exceptional year that has made me appreciate<br />

the little things even more. For me,<br />

a perfect celebration can be spent at home,<br />

in the company of my family and my closest<br />

friends. I love to cook and play the piano. A<br />

beautiful dinner with good food, music and<br />

laughter – this is the real luxury, to appreciate<br />

simple things!<br />

“We provide an exceptional customer experience that<br />

considers the smallest details.”<br />


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With a dose of vintage embodied in every<br />

design, the duo talk us through their journey<br />

of creating pieces that channel a touch<br />

of disco for after hours, making the brand<br />

one of the most sought after for party season<br />

Welcome<br />

to the Party<br />

New-York based Retrofête<br />

co-founders, Ohad Seroya and<br />

Aviad Klin bring us the ultimate<br />

party experience this season<br />

with their show-stopping pieces<br />

Creativity is something that is innate – what<br />

were some of the key events that lead you<br />

both to become co-founders of the brand?<br />

Ohad: We both have very different backgrounds,<br />

I have a retail background and<br />

Aviad worked in IT and finance. I handle the<br />

creative side of the brand, while he handles<br />

the business side. I gained my experience in<br />

design through our work with private label<br />

clients and the opening of our own sales<br />

showroom, Mint. Through our private label<br />

work, we learned about product development,<br />

different retail markets and the art of<br />

embellishment, which is a very important<br />

part of Retrofête’s identity.<br />

Tell us why sequins have become such a key<br />

part of the brand’s DNA and was that the vision<br />

from the outset? Each sequin colourway<br />

and pattern is unique to our brand, we designed<br />

the sequin styles to mimic a sense of<br />

emotion, with each colour offering a different<br />

type of feeling – they make you feel special,<br />

and uplift your mood. We want women<br />

to feel that wow factor, and now, even with<br />

our non-sequin items, women can experience<br />

the same feeling.<br />

How has the brand overcome the challenges<br />

posed this year? Has e-commerce seen<br />

more of boost from your perspective? Before<br />

the pandemic, we were mainly a wholesale<br />

business and didn’t have an e-commerce<br />

platform to lean on. In May, we launched<br />

our e-commerce site, which we developed<br />

with the help of a California-based digital<br />

agency called the Anton Eye in about six<br />

weeks. Having our own site helped us bring<br />

visibility to our non-sequin assortment. It’s<br />

no secret that evening wear has taken a hit<br />

this year due to the pandemic, so it was really<br />

important for us to develop and showcase<br />

our denim offering.<br />

Describe the Retrofête DNA? In the past<br />

couple of seasons, we’ve found beauty in<br />

simplicity but at the core, Retrofête is about<br />

the glamour, the shine and the sparkle – we<br />

are known for our more-is-more aesthetic.<br />

We always think about the woman’s body,<br />

what she’s going to feel comfortable in, but<br />

still confident and powerful.<br />

Tell us about your recent collection and what is<br />

the story behind it? Our FW20 collection was<br />

inspired by NYC after the rain. After it rains,<br />

the ground is wet and shiny but it feels clean,<br />

this is what we wanted to translate into the<br />

collection. Many pieces have that “wet” effect,<br />

a lot of shine and the dirtiness of the city<br />

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also comes through in more rugged designs.<br />

Our HO21 collection was initially inspired by<br />

Morocco – it has an edgy meets boho feel.<br />

With the pandemic, we had to pivot to make<br />

it easier and more wearable. We focused on<br />

bodies that are comfortable but have “dressy”<br />

design elements like gold chains and stars or<br />

stretchy netting and sequins.<br />

What’s some of the most important business<br />

advice that you have ever received? Don’t<br />

rush into opening a business, work for other<br />

companies first and then open your own.<br />

But no matter the amount of experience<br />

you have, there will always be obstacles and<br />

surprises that arise – just accept that, you<br />

learn something new every day!<br />

How would you style sequins without overdoing<br />

it, outside party season? With amazing<br />

energy! The way you express yourself in<br />

clothes is so important. We’ve introduced a<br />

lot of denim silhouettes, lightweight silks,<br />

cotton knits in the latest collections. You can<br />

pair these pieces with a sequin top or skirt,<br />

but you can also opt for a more relaxed look<br />

that still makes a statement. For a creative<br />

alternative, you can jazz up a pair of jeans<br />

or sweats with an open Gabrielle Robe. For<br />

the FW20 collection, we reimagined a cool<br />

jogger set with camo sequins – easy styles<br />

for the Retrofête girl when she’s on the go.<br />

Is there any uncharted territory you still have<br />

to conquer as a brand? Opening a flagship!<br />

I [Ohad] came from retail, that’s my background,<br />

so I’d love to provide clients with<br />

the ultimate Retrofête experience. I’d love to<br />

have a retail location with a cool atmosphere<br />

to hang out at on the weekends, to meet our<br />

clients. Given the current situation with so<br />

many small businesses shutting in NYC due<br />

to the pandemic, it’d be great to support the<br />

rebuilding of our city’s retail sector.<br />

What Instagram accounts do you follow for<br />

inspiration? Maluma! We love his style and<br />

his energy. And my friends – we always look<br />

to them for inspiration.<br />

What are your goals for 2021? To be able to<br />

party and celebrate with everyone we love!<br />

Hopefully, we can get back to a sense of normalcy<br />

where women can wear our dresses out<br />

again. Design wise, I want to continue pushing<br />

myself, being more expressive with Retrofête’s<br />

designs to hopefully reflect a joyful<br />

and more positive year. I also want to travel<br />

for inspiration, to feel that sense of connection<br />

again and experience human touch.<br />

Which key pieces from the FW20 collection<br />

would suit anyone? The Desreen Sweatshirt<br />

Dress is super comfortable but still stylish.<br />

The Nikita Dress is the perfect work to party<br />

dress. The Eva Jacket and Ivy Blazer set are<br />

a great holiday look. Of course, every woman<br />

needs a Gabrielle Robe in their closet!<br />

This issue is ‘The Party Issue’ – how will you be<br />

celebrating this year? We will be celebrating<br />

with our friends, cooking dinner for them –<br />

we love to host people! Great food, good music,<br />

good chemistry – that’s all we need.<br />

“We want women to feel that wow factor, and now, even with our<br />

non-sequin items, women can experience the same feeling.”<br />


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Courage<br />

and Creativity<br />

Launched in 2014 by Rosh Mahtani,<br />

Dante’s Divine Comedy inspires<br />

Alighieri’s designs. We spoke to<br />

Mahtani about inspiration and the<br />

beauty of imperfection<br />

Talk us through your morning routine and<br />

how you set yourself up for a successful day.<br />

I’m an early riser. I like to wake up around<br />

5:30 am when the world is still quiet, and<br />

then it’s coffee! Whilst I make it, I like to<br />

cleanse the space; I have some fantastic Palo<br />

Santo, which inspires me when I wake up in<br />

the morning.<br />

What inspired you to launch your jewellery<br />

brand? I studied French and Italian at university<br />

and became obsessed with Dante Alighieri.<br />

It then all happened very organically. I<br />

dreamt of creating wearable objects inspired<br />

by literature. I loved writing and photography<br />

and thought, if I start making one piece of<br />

jewellery for each of Dante’s poems, I could<br />

write and create books and play with objects.<br />

That’s when I started, and it all fell into place.<br />

As founder of Alighieri, how do you balance<br />

the commercial and creative side of the role,<br />

and do you prefer one to the other? I think<br />

the balance of the creative and commercial<br />

side of the role is heavily intertwined.<br />

I create objects rooted in stories, finding a<br />

starting point in the poem, and then looking<br />

outwards to photography and music, sculptors,<br />

and artists. I like creating a universe<br />

of objects and ideas. That’s when I start<br />

carving in wax to create modern Heirlooms,<br />

which look like they have been dug up from<br />

the ground. I believe our customers relate to<br />

the story in which each piece tells and makes<br />

it their own. It is this connection and story<br />

that makes the pieces commercial.<br />

Why did you choose Dante’s poems as inspiration<br />

for your designs? I loved the poems in<br />

Dante’s Divine Comedy because it’s a story<br />

about being lost in a dark wood, which I<br />

think everybody can relate to. I was going<br />

through a rough time in my life, and his<br />

poem was almost like a comfort blanket for<br />

me. That’s when I decided that I wanted to<br />

make one piece for each of his poems.<br />

How do you approach growing the business?<br />

Since starting Alighieri six years ago, we<br />

have been so lucky to experience exponential<br />

growth quite organically. There have been<br />

many challenges, like quickly building infrastructure<br />

and a team to manage this growth.<br />

I guess it’s all about flowing with it and staying<br />

true to our story in everything we do. The<br />

key for me is to grow without losing any of our<br />

heart, ethics, and commitment to sustainability,<br />

connect communities and people worldwide<br />

through the objects I create and stories<br />

they tell. Therefore I approach it at my own<br />

pace and without compromising on quality.<br />

How do you source your materials? We make<br />

all of our jewellery, and source all of our materials<br />

in London’s Hatton Garden – in our<br />

studio and the six streets surrounding it.<br />

Our core Alighieri pieces are cast in recycled<br />

bronze before being plated in gold or made<br />

in solid Sterling Silver. We ethically source<br />

‘imperfect’ pearls that most industries do<br />

not use due to their inconsistency. At Alighieri,<br />

we love that everything is unique and<br />

believe that is the beauty of what we do.<br />

Which is the key signature piece for you?<br />

One of our key pieces is the Leone Medallion.<br />

It’s inspired by the first canto of the<br />

Divina Commedia, when Dante wakes up,<br />

lost, in the Selva Oscura, afraid and alone.<br />

He is confronted by a lion who is so terrifying<br />

that even the air around him trembles<br />

in fear. Dante turns on his heel, to give up<br />

hope, and at this point, his guide – the great<br />

Virgil – appears. He tells Dante to be brave,<br />

and it’s a poignant example of fear turning<br />

into courage. I made the Leone medallion<br />

as a reminder to myself to be courageous.<br />

When people started buying it, they would<br />

write to me and tell me why they were buying<br />

it, what they needed courage for, and that’s<br />

how the “Lion Club” community was born.<br />

This is the core of Alighieri – connecting<br />

with people through objects and stories.<br />

How has social media affected the fine jewellery<br />

business, and which platform has been<br />

most useful? Social media has helped me<br />

connect with our community around the<br />

world directly, and I love how it has helped<br />

the jewellery industry become more approachable<br />

and relevant. Jewellery is no<br />

longer just an accessory; it is a key and vital<br />

part of the fashion industry. I manage the<br />

Instagram account myself, which is my favourite<br />

platform, so I love having a direct dialogue<br />

with my customers and hearing their<br />

stories first hand. Recently on Instagram,<br />

we have been releasing our SS21 collection,<br />

The Roots, which was shot on a myriad of<br />

real women. I have loved sharing so many<br />

inspiring stories with our wider community<br />

to connect people during this surreal year.<br />

Which Instagram accounts do you follow for<br />

inspiration? Many visual arts inspire me on<br />

Instagram, including my dear friend Jaja’s,<br />

who’s feed is filled with the most amazing<br />

references she has uncovered from throughout<br />

history. @julystars<br />

If you had not launched Alighieri, which other<br />

role would you choose career-wise? Good<br />

question – I love creating so much, so it would<br />

need to be something else with my hands. Perhaps<br />

I would be a ceramicist. I am a collector<br />

of fragmented and broken sculptures and Roman<br />

ceramics. I would love to create more of<br />

these objects embedded with meaning.<br />

What advice would you give to your younger<br />

self starting out? Be confident and keep telling<br />

your story.<br />

This is ‘The Party Issue’ – how will you be<br />

celebrating this year? Despite the restrictions<br />

this year, I hope to get dressed up in<br />

my favourite statement, Alighieri jewellery,<br />

and spend time with my family and friends<br />

if possible. My parents are self-isolating, so<br />

all I want is to hug them – hopefully we can<br />

all have a nice meal together this festive season.<br />

A bonus would be to have a nice dinner<br />

with my team and celebrate everything we<br />

have achieved this year.<br />

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The<br />

Super<br />

Stylist<br />

Danielle Timperley<br />

has carved a name<br />

as super stylist<br />

to the A-list. Izabel<br />

Goulart, Misse<br />

Beqiri, Olivia Culpo,<br />

Abbey Clancy and<br />

many more. We ask<br />

her how we should<br />

be dressing for<br />

party season and<br />

tap into the power<br />

of the perfect outfit<br />

What does the first 30 mins of your day look<br />

like? I usually try and wake early and will do a<br />

run or do a workout first thing so that it’s out<br />

of the way and I have the rest of the morning<br />

and day to myself to get the work done,<br />

after which I then sit and check my emails.<br />

I’m currently working on something with a<br />

friend which will be announced beginning of<br />

2021, so I work on that a lot too. If there’s a<br />

project or event coming up for my clients, I<br />

will be prepping and calling in looks for fittings<br />

and creating moodboards for them. Of<br />

course, the less exiting part is waiting in for<br />

couriers and deliveries which is quite often.<br />

Tell us about your career so far and how did<br />

you get into fashion? I feel really lucky to be<br />

in the place I am right now with my career.<br />

My business has grown a lot over the years,<br />

although I’m still not exactly where I want<br />

to be and have goals which I’m working towards.<br />

As I studied fashion for 2 years at<br />

college and then did a degree in fashion promotion<br />

with styling and marketing, I took<br />

a break half-way through to go live in London<br />

and had the opportunity to complete a<br />

work placement with Jimmy Choo in their<br />

PR department. I loved it but it made me<br />

realise that styling was the avenue I wanted<br />

to venture in. I started to intern for more<br />

magazines such as InStyle and then started<br />

working at a fashion boutique in Liverpool<br />

called Cricket, which sells luxury brands.<br />

This is probably when I knew I wanted to<br />

work more with luxury brands myself, and<br />

move into styling full-time. My boss Justine<br />

was really accommodating and used to let<br />

me attend the shoots for the store. I moved<br />

to LA when I was 24 to work for celebrity<br />

stylist Nicole Chavez, who taught me a lot<br />

and threw me in the deep end. She had really<br />

incredible clients such as Kristen Bell,<br />

Rachel Bilson, Catherine Zeta Jones and<br />

Jessica Simpson, I eventually gained so<br />

many skills by shadowing her. My first ever<br />

client was Misse Beqiri, as she was going on<br />

a TV programme and I started by helping<br />

her with a few looks. We hit it off straight<br />

away which led to us working together for<br />

what is now 6 years. She’s gone from a client<br />

to being one of my closest friends. When I<br />

took the plunge to style full-time by myself,<br />

I started gaining more clients and it just<br />

kind of grew from there. Olivia Culpo was<br />

my first ever US-based client to work with,<br />

after she spotted me on Instagram and from<br />

then I started to work with Nadine Leopold<br />

who was my first Victoria Secret model, and<br />

then Izabel Goulart. Although some of them<br />

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don’t live in UK, we make it work and I get<br />

to travel to visit them which is fun.<br />

Who are some of your go-to designers for<br />

styling? I’m not big on patterns or anything<br />

overtly girly. I love Michael La Sordo, Dion<br />

Lee, Jacquemus, Peter Do, Mugler, David<br />

Koma, Saint Laurent, Anthony Vaccarello,<br />

The Attico, Wardrobe.NYC, The Row and<br />

Christopher Esber.<br />

Do you have any looks that you’ve created<br />

to date? I have quite a few personal favourites<br />

which include the Red Alessandra<br />

Rich look on Emma Louise Connolly for<br />

the royal wedding, the Alexander Terekhov<br />

mini dress and matching blazer we did on<br />

Josephine Skriver in Cannes and the looks<br />

we did on Izabel Goulart. We sat in her hotel<br />

fitting-room and decided on a cooler take<br />

rather than making it glam so we styled it<br />

with socks and trainers instead of heels and<br />

as soon as she left the hotel she was chased<br />

down the street being photographed. I don’t<br />

think we expected to see that image as many<br />

times as we did. I also did one on Caroline<br />

Receveur for Forbes Magazine where we<br />

were inspired by this picture of Rosie Huntington<br />

that we wanted to recreate in a look<br />

by The Row. I had lots of Bvlgari jewels for<br />

her and at the last minute before the shot,<br />

we stacked every single bracelet on the one<br />

wrist and it worked. Our Paris street styles<br />

are always fun and we recently did a look<br />

on Izabel Goulart, in a Saint Laurent jacket<br />

worn as a dress and we added biker boots to<br />

it, for more of an edge.<br />

What’s your styling philosophy and how do<br />

you choose what works best for each client?<br />

I find styling my clients in a sleek but cool<br />

and edgy look works best. I love the 90s<br />

supermodel era, it’s probably my favourite<br />

generation in terms of fashion because it’s<br />

quite effortless. If I have an amazing piece<br />

that I want to place, I wouldn’t style it on<br />

just anyone, it would have to go with each<br />

of my client’s specific personalities. I love<br />

creating the street style looks with them,<br />

it’s always more of a refreshing way of playing<br />

about with pieces and showing off their<br />

personality through fashion. My street style<br />

looks always tend to get a lot more of a reaction<br />

than the red carpet ones.<br />

If you could style anyone who would it be and<br />

why? Jodie Comer, she’s so talented and<br />

seems really open to having fun with her looks.<br />

What’s the best business advice you’ve received<br />

and how has it helped you grow your<br />

business? Don’t focus on what everyone else<br />

is doing and just focus on what’s ahead and<br />

work toward your own goals. Hone your distinctive<br />

point of view – stay true to your aesthetic<br />

point of view as an artist and always<br />

prioritize quality over quantity! Don’t worry<br />

about followers, as quality is everything<br />

and try and keep to the same standards in<br />

your work throughout. In addition, also try<br />

and maintain and build relationships with<br />

photographers, designers and PRs as these<br />

people and relationships are what’s going<br />

to help you in your career in future. Finally,<br />

… be patient! It can take years to get that<br />

big break and some not so long – everyone’s<br />

journey is different.<br />

What Instagram accounts do you follow for inspiration?<br />

There are so many. My friend who’s<br />

a New York based stylist, Kristina Askerova<br />

– I love her page, Misse Beqiri, who’s both a<br />

friend and a client has an inspiring page for<br />

style and décor inspiration along with Valentina<br />

Muntoni and Amina Muaddi. Additionally,<br />

Dream casa for interiors, heroine, Gilda<br />

Ambrosio and Giorgia Tordini.<br />

Which key pieces should every woman have<br />

in her wardrobe? A great suit, a well-tailored<br />

sharp blazer and a good pair of denim jeans<br />

– preferably with no rips. I also love leggings<br />

from Wardrobe.NYC and The Row. A plain<br />

classic white tee by Celine is one of my personal<br />

favourites and a good leather jacket<br />

looks good with anything and everything.<br />

What pieces are worth the investment for<br />

party season? I love knitwear. Attico has<br />

some incredible pieces and they look great<br />

styled back to a mini or leather pants that<br />

can be worn with a heel and dressed down<br />

with a pair of jeans. Saint Laurent do amazing<br />

tailored pieces. A pair of Amina Muaddi<br />

heels are a great party piece investment and<br />

Alessandra Rich for accessories.<br />

We all have busy lives, how do you advise<br />

your clients to go from desk to dinner? Swap<br />

the flats for heels or a heeled ankle boot.<br />

Add a bold red lip, and keep it simple with<br />

your basics. All you need is a basic pair of<br />

black skinnys or leggings with a white crisp<br />

white shirt or blazer – these can always be<br />

dressed up with accessories later on to transition<br />

into night time.<br />

We love your aesthetic. How do you go about<br />

planning a seasonable wardrobe? I've just<br />

worked on a seasonable wardrobe with a<br />

personal client of mine. We focus more now<br />

on buying core pieces and timeless wardrobe<br />

staples. A Max Mara camel coat, Bottega<br />

Veneta for autumn winter pieces and<br />

boots for example. I usually go through my<br />

client’s wardrobe and do a full detox so we<br />

can replace things with keys pieces and I’ll<br />

show them how to carry through looks from<br />

day to night. As I’ve got older, I’m also more<br />

focused on sustainability and investing in<br />

expensive pieces that will last forever.<br />

This issue is “The Party Issue”, how will you<br />

be celebrating this year? I was planning on<br />

being away on holiday but we just have to<br />

make the most of these uncertain times so<br />

I’ll still be toasting the New Year with my<br />

nearest and dearest and family.<br />


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LUXE<br />

FEET<br />

From cashmere to<br />

glitter socks and logo<br />

emblazoned tights,<br />

we’ve curated the best<br />

edit for FW20<br />


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Doris polka-dot 40-denier<br />

tights Dhs80 Swedish<br />

Stockings available at<br />


GG snake-print tights<br />

Dhs940 Gucci<br />



Metallic logo-jacquard tights<br />

Dhs2,720 Gucci<br />

Cable-knit kneehigh<br />

socks Dhs750<br />

Dolce&Gabbana available<br />

at FARFETCH<br />

GV Signature Jacquard<br />

Socks Dhs400 Versace<br />

Cashmere Bed Socks<br />

Dhs590 The White<br />

Company<br />

Two-tone long socks<br />

Dhs469 Marni<br />

Logo-embroidered<br />

zig-zag socks<br />

Dhs160 Missoni<br />


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A Masterpiece<br />

As an ode to priceless heritage, Dolce & Gabbana’s<br />

Atla Gioielleria tells a unique story of infinite<br />

love and Italian excellences that continues to be<br />

handed down to new generations<br />

Attesting to centuries-old traditions that<br />

continue to live on, the Alta Gioielleria<br />

creations are a tribute to the love for<br />

craftsmanship. While dating back to the<br />

Renaissance period, each piece is carefully<br />

handcrafted according to the goldsmith’s<br />

mastery and fine eye for precision. Showcased<br />

in the magnificent rooms of the Officina<br />

Profumo-Farmaceutica di Santa Maria<br />

Novella, Firenze, the jewels are a perfect<br />

balance between tradition and innovation<br />

while emphasising the exceptional nature of<br />

Europe’s first workshop. As a perfect amalgamation<br />

of the values between two luxurious<br />

excellences which include Officina di<br />

Santa Maria Novella and Dolce & Gabbana,<br />

these timeless rare jewels have been forged<br />

until it became a masterpiece of exceptional<br />

nature. Each creation exhibits an opulent<br />

shine for those who have the privilege of<br />

wearing them.<br />

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B E A U T Y<br />

F I L E<br />


Hot New Buys<br />

An edit of the best party season make-up<br />

& skin saviours<br />

Depuff & Define<br />

Designed to combat puffy eyes, MZ Skin’s<br />

treatment works on brightening darkness<br />

or shadows with high-potency caffeine<br />

and peptides for all those late nights and<br />

a busy lifestyle. Dhs640 MZ Skin<br />


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

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

treatment they deserve. Dhs180 NARS available at Sephora.ae<br />

Tape à l’Oeil<br />

Being just in time for the festive season,<br />

the calligraphy-inspired applicator<br />

swiftly applies this limited-edition golden<br />

eyeshadow in a defined warm glittery<br />

shade. Dhs173 Christian Louboutin<br />


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Winter Glow<br />

For some next level radiance, give your<br />

cheeks a glow with this skin-enhancing<br />

illuminating powder to create a dewy<br />

effect. The infused pearl pigments deliver<br />

a light-reflective shine in a sleek<br />

mirrored compact, so you can amp your<br />

glow on the go. Dhs235 Bobbi Brown<br />

available at Bloomingdales.ae<br />


Inspired by a vintage era of Hollywood glamour, this blush nail polish has a quickdrying<br />

formula with a custom brush to ensure smooth, even coverage with a pigment-rich<br />

colour. Dhs107 Gucci Beauty<br />

Caviar Creme<br />

This micro-nutritive product from Dior<br />

leaves the skin feeling instantly renewed<br />

and plump in no time with fine lines and<br />

wrinkles appearing diminished after just<br />

a few applications. Le Micro-Caviar de<br />

Rose by Dior is the perfect repair elixir for<br />

tired and stressed-out skin. Dhs1,927<br />

Dior available at bloomingdales.ae<br />

Gold Leaf<br />

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

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

teamed over another polish. Dhs92 Smith & Cult<br />

Collagen Boost<br />

Approved by A-Listers, the diamond<br />

radiance collagen mask is designed<br />

for maximum absorption and is used<br />

to combat signs of aging like dullness,<br />

dark circles and fine lines – leaving you<br />

party ready in no time. Dhs220 Knesko<br />

available at OUNASS<br />

BEAUTY<br />

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01 02<br />

06<br />

Winter Skin<br />

Balms for superlatively<br />

smooth skin<br />


07<br />

11<br />

L I P S<br />

01. Nutrition Baume de Rose, SPF 15<br />

Dhs221 By Terry; 02. Rouge Hermès,<br />

Lip Care Balm Dhs278 Hermès available<br />

at bloomingdales.ae; 03. Lip Butter Balm<br />

Dhs110 Summer Fridays; 04. Hydrating<br />

Conditioning Lip Balm Dsh170 Chanel<br />

Rouge Coco Baume; 05. Protective Lip<br />

Balm SPF30 Dhs65 5.5g Aesop;<br />

06. Lip Balm, 15ml Dhs53 Le Labo;<br />

07. Soleil Lip Balm Dhs168 Tom Ford<br />

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H A N D S<br />

08. Eight Hour® Cream Intensive Moisturizing<br />

Hand Treatment, 75ml Dhs131 Elizabeth Arden;<br />

09. Orientalist Hand Balm, 500ml Dhs218<br />

Tom Dixon; 10. Age-Repair Hand Cream, 40ml<br />

Dhs121 Grown Alchemist available at NET-<br />

A-PORTER; 11. Vitamin E Hand Treatment,<br />

100ml Dhs213 Jo Malone London; 12. Rose<br />

Hand & Body Lotion, 250ml Dhs126 Bamford;<br />

13. Hand Serum 10, 30ml Dhs242 Verso<br />

available at NET-A-PORTER; 14. Resurrection<br />

Aromatique Hand Balm, 75ml Dhs93 Aesop;<br />

15. Marshmallow Whipped Hand & Cuticle<br />

Scrub, 72g Dhs121 Deborah Lippmann<br />

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A Unique Blend<br />

Benoît Verdier, Co-Founder of EX NIHILO shares the<br />

superlative scents to gift this season from the Parisian<br />

fragrance house’s collection<br />

What are your favourite top notes of a fragrance?<br />

Difficult to say! You know despite<br />

having some favourite materials in your<br />

heart, the beauty of our universe is to discover<br />

day by day endless olfactory options. For<br />

top notes, I would say Orange Blossom for its<br />

sparkling and energizing facets, but I have<br />

nothing against replacing the hesperides by<br />

some beautiful spices like White Pepper. It’s<br />

what we’ve done with Yann Vasnier for Citizen<br />

X and the mix between White Pepper and<br />

Iris Pallida from Italy works amazingly well!<br />

Do you have a go-to daily scent for the collection<br />

and does this differ for after house?<br />

To be honest I don’t wear fragrances on a<br />

daily basis when we are creating new scents<br />

to keep my brain fresh. Nevertheless I’m still<br />

obsessed by Citizen X and French Affair, I<br />

can wear them anytime in large quantities!<br />

To go celebrate or for a special occasion I<br />

would choose a creation like Venenum Kiss<br />

as it is inspired by the smell of Dubai streets<br />

by night or maybe go for a personalisation<br />

made with Osmologue, our exclusive technological<br />

device that allow us to make your<br />

fragrance unique and memorable !<br />

Tell us about your latest launches? Its name<br />

is Gold Immortals, it has been created by<br />

our friend and Master perfumer Jordi Fernandez.<br />

In these difficult times we wanted<br />

to create a mesmerising scent to give people<br />

joy and wonder without any restrictions. Its<br />

unique blend of Pear, Lys Ylang and Amber<br />

is an ode to Immortality. Its combination of<br />

ingredients makes it very self indulgent and<br />

unique, and I can say its sillage on your skin<br />

will be immortal as well!<br />

Which fragrance from your collection do you<br />

recommend as the ideal gift to suit everyone?<br />

It’s always difficult to propose a fragrance for<br />

anyone as we are worshipping extreme individuality<br />

and exclusivity but for a gift I would<br />

directly go to Fleur Narcotique because its our<br />

most iconic scent, with its addictive overdose<br />

of Peony, otherwise I would offer a private<br />

consultation for a custom fragrance so the<br />

person could choose what she prefers living a<br />

memorable olfactory experience!<br />

Tell us about your personalisation process?<br />

Our ritual is really an immersive experience<br />

into the core of fragrance creation. Through<br />

our exclusive technology, we mix a futuristic<br />

ritual with the best of French craftsmanship<br />

for a unique result, I would say it’s a<br />

Techno Craft approach. You can walk in or<br />

have a private appointment (what I would<br />

recommend). Then around a cup of tea we<br />

will deeply understand what the customer<br />

is looking for, through a little oral questionnaire.<br />

It will be the occasion to smell the<br />

absolute of fragrances like Rose of May, Iris<br />

Pallida, Orange Blossom in their purest form,<br />

and also to experience all our combinations<br />

according to your mood. All these combinations<br />

have been validated by our team of<br />

master perfumers here in Paris. Once your<br />

choice is made we will proceed to the making<br />

of your juice with the Osmologue, the High<br />

Tech robot we have specifically developed.<br />

It will weigh, blend and create your own<br />

composition in only a few minutes in front<br />

of you. So you will be able to leave with your<br />

own scent without waiting weeks to get the<br />

result. We will also give you a nominative<br />

certificate of authenticity and keep all your<br />

preferences in our database so we can provide<br />

the very best level of custom service.<br />

In the end if you can’t travel to one of our<br />

Top Tier stores we propose a layering experience<br />

around our Sublimes Essences scented<br />

oils, a range of five perfumed oils you can<br />

combine with your favourite fragrance to<br />

make your own mix! Its our conception of<br />

Do It Yourself luxury!<br />

This is ‘The Party Issue’ – how will you be celebrating<br />

this year? I don’t know yet but will for<br />

sure avoid theses depressing ZOOM home<br />

parties! If we have to stay confined in Paris<br />

we will do it in style, maybe in small but great<br />

company, properly (over)dressed and fun!<br />

BEAUTY<br />

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Can you tell us about Dior’s new fragrance J’adore Infinissime? We<br />

have unfurled the flowers of the J’adore bouquet, enveloping them<br />

in feverish, intense sensuality with a hint of wood. An endless burst<br />

of flowers that diffuse infinitely. A hyper-present composition signifying<br />

a new vigour, adding volume and curves. This J’adore has<br />

even inspired its own name, an affectionate neologism expressing its<br />

infinite beauty – J’adore Eau de Parfum Infinissime.<br />

How does J’adore Eau de Parfum Infinissime differ from previous<br />

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

different ingredients as major guests: tuberose and sandalwood.<br />

By incorporating grasse tuberose into the<br />

J’adore composition, I create a romantic<br />

encounter. It is as though J’adore “seduced”<br />

the tuberose, taking it on, showcasing<br />

it, colouring it and giving it light.<br />

The fragrance has a sensual charm thanks<br />

to this little white flower that is as intense<br />

as it is moving. It has an immediate, intact<br />

power that transcends trends. It is a genre<br />

of scent in its own right. It instantly symbolises<br />

a powerful and confident femininity.<br />

What has gone into the process of creating<br />

J’adore Eau de Parfum Infinissime? It’s<br />

pretty usual to have about two years between<br />

the beginning of the project and the<br />

launch on the market. In the two years, I<br />

include every step: the perfume creation, the name, bottle, packaging.<br />

For the perfume creation, this time, it was rather quick and took<br />

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

more”. So, I made it sexier and even more sensual.<br />

Can you talk us through your creative process when creating a fragrance?<br />

As soon as the project starts, I always work in three different<br />

directions. This prevents me from saturation, which happens<br />

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

gives me more opportunities to have one of them right, so they have<br />

to be very different from one another. What follows is almost like<br />

a building construction – you imagine the structure, you create it<br />

“Letting go in<br />

the pleasures and<br />

desires of life.<br />

That’s also what<br />

being inspired<br />

means to me.”<br />

and then you decorate. When you are at this stage, you can include<br />

some “accords” that you have previously worked on because even inbetween<br />

projects you never stop creating. Sometimes I have limited<br />

time, sometimes less. The creative process is a solitary one, but very<br />

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

until you get feedback from others. I always say that doubt is a<br />

very important part of my job as a perfumer. In the end, the direction<br />

has the final say on the perfume we will launch.<br />

What makes a fragrance timeless? I have no real answer, because if I<br />

knew I would only make timeless ones! It is a combination of parameters<br />

that always comment on after the fact, but the<br />

truth is that while you are in the middle of it,<br />

you don’t know anything for sure. And even<br />

when it works, it’s not only the perfume that<br />

becomes a success, it’s a whole – the name,<br />

the campaign, the bottle. It’s the product with<br />

a capital P. It’s like making a mayonnaise:<br />

sometimes it works really well, and sometimes<br />

you do exactly the same gesture with the<br />

same proportions and it doesn’t take.<br />

Where do you take inspiration from? Everywhere,<br />

in everything! Travelling is an<br />

immense source of inspiration for me, as<br />

well as cooking and local cuisine. But it expands<br />

to so many things: encounters, and of<br />

course women. Letting go in the pleasures<br />

and desires of life. That’s also what being inspired means to me.<br />

Why did you choose Theron as the face of this perfume? I think Charlize<br />

and I almost started working on J’adore at the same time. You<br />

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

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

can say that she isn’t beautiful and smart. Whether she wears flat<br />

sandals or high heels, she is always attractive and magnetic. That’s<br />

definitely one “infinissime” thing about her. All the meetings I have<br />

had with her, she was always very open and accessible.<br />

What feelings do you hope this fragrance evokes for women? Confidence,<br />

boldness, sexiness…<br />

The Power of Scent<br />


The new J’adore Infinissime encourages women to embrace<br />

their boundless strength. Making the fragrance more powerful<br />

than ever, Dior’s perfumer François Demachy explains how<br />

this fragrance will make you feel like an icon<br />

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The Beauty Shelf<br />

Cover star Haya Jarrar takes us through her hero products<br />


The Face Oil Dhs840<br />

Augustinus Bader<br />

I have very dry skin, but when<br />

I apply this at night, I wake up<br />

with super hydrated skin. Also,<br />

this is a new brand that I got from<br />

LA and recently started using.<br />

All I can say is that I’m obsessed.<br />

Cleansing Gel Dhs240<br />

Augustinus Bader<br />

With the increasing pollutants<br />

in the air and daily use of facemasks,<br />

this cleansing gel removes<br />

all the impurities from the<br />

skin and leaves it clean and fresh.<br />

Lip Fuel Hyaluronic Lip Balm<br />

Dhs66 Kosasport<br />

I started using it recently, but it<br />

gives a very natural colour with<br />

perfectly lasting hydration.<br />

LED Light Shield Mask Dhs700<br />

DMH Aesthetics<br />

You’re supposed to use it for three<br />

weeks to start seeing results. I’ve<br />

only been using it for two weeks,<br />

but I already see a difference.<br />

Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer<br />

Colour Stick Dhs210 Chanel<br />

It gives me the perfect sunkissed<br />

look, very natural.<br />

Caution Extreme Lash Mascara<br />

Dhs147 Hourglass<br />

I already have long eye lashes,<br />

but this makes them look full<br />

without the over-dramatic look.<br />

Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil<br />

Dhs182 Hourglass<br />

I love this as it gives a natural<br />

neat look.<br />

Vanish Seamless Finish<br />

Foundation Stick Dhs215<br />

Hourglass<br />

The most flawlessly natural coverage<br />

with a velvet finish.<br />

Deep Cleansing Masque Dhs144<br />

Grown Alchemist<br />

I’ve been using this for a very<br />

long time and use it two to three<br />

times a week.<br />

L’Intemporel Blossom<br />

Beautifying Cream-in-Mist<br />

Dhs252 Givenchy<br />

The most refreshing mist ever.<br />

I use it when I’m on the go like<br />

when I’m running errands, on<br />

flights and more.<br />

Hair Oil<br />

I use a combination of different<br />

oils and I mix them myself.<br />


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A Hilfiger Holiday<br />



As the world embraces a host of new<br />

traditions this year, Tommy Hilfiger is<br />

ever forward thinking. Creating a campaign<br />

that celebrates a diverse set of<br />

talent, all set in their own festive homes.<br />

With low-key festive party looks for this<br />

year’s celebrations, the 2020 Tommy<br />

Hilfiger Holiday collection provides a<br />

warm colour palette for you to feel your<br />

best self this festive holiday period.<br />

Complimented with the house’s THmonogram<br />

and festive Tommy Hilfiger<br />

packaging, you can have holiday-ready<br />

ensembles everyone will want to find<br />

under their Christmas tree.<br />

Dubai-based presenter Enjy Kiwan<br />

is seen wearing the Tommy Hilfiger collection<br />

along with her children who are<br />

styled in pieces from Tommy Hilfiger<br />

Kids’ collection. Influencer Leena Kaziz<br />

and her husband wear head-to-toe Tommy<br />

Hilfiger as they dine in style while<br />

creating new traditions at home, whilst<br />

DJ Sonya gets ready in her Tommy Jeans<br />

clothes for a live-streaming gig.<br />

Channel the holiday spirit and create<br />

new traditions with Tommy Hilfiger<br />

this season. The collection will be<br />

available in Tommy Hilfiger Stores and<br />

on Tommy.com across the GCC.<br />

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Polished<br />

The ultimate edit of beauty buys you<br />

need for pre party prep<br />


S K I N C A R E<br />

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

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

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

Magic Serum Crystal Elixir, 30ml Dhs350 available at Namshi<br />

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H A I R<br />

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

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

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

BODY<br />

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

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

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

Body Lava Dhs260 available at Sephora<br />

M A K E U P<br />

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

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

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

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

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All That<br />


Glitters<br />

Co-founders Lara and<br />

Nadine Elias created a business<br />

from a love for all things shiny.<br />

With party season approaching,<br />

we asked what it takes<br />

to create an empire of fun<br />


What do the first 30 mins of your day look<br />

like? Each day can be completely different<br />

depending on how busy we are, but usually<br />

replying to emails and checking the Glitterbox<br />

Instagram is a priority as we get a lot of<br />

enquiries through our social platforms.<br />

What made you take the leap to start the<br />

brand and what were your most important<br />

considerations? We were on a night out putting<br />

glitter on each other when a group of<br />

girls crowded around, waiting for their turn,<br />

that was it – Glitterbox was born a couple of<br />

months later and back then it was just us and<br />

a suitcase full of glitter. We had no idea our<br />

small idea would put glitter on the map here<br />

in the Middle East. It never felt like work because<br />

we were able to spend time with one<br />

another yet also make people smile and feel<br />

good. That was the most important thing to<br />

us – that we enjoyed what we were doing.<br />

What advice would you give to your younger<br />

selves starting out? Don’t take everything<br />

to heart. When we started out not everyone<br />

understood what our service was, however<br />

we were consistent and continued – we<br />

didn’t let anyone dull our sparkle.<br />

What have been your biggest hurdles this<br />

year and how have you overcome them both<br />

independently and together? Just like any<br />

company that thrives during event season<br />

here in Dubai we have really missed doing<br />

what we love best – spreading our sparkle.<br />

With lockdown and new restrictions for<br />

events we’ve not been able to shine as much<br />

as we’d like to but this gave us time to work<br />

on other exciting Glitterbox projects. We<br />

reached out to friends in our creative circle<br />

for help with our products and making them<br />

come to life on the website, most importantly<br />

remaining a team and supporting one<br />

another during a difficult time.<br />

What inspired you to create the biodegradable<br />

glitter range? With the world shifting to<br />

find ways to live more sustainably, we were<br />

also conscious about the impact we may<br />

be having on local ecosystems. We offer the<br />

biodegradable glitter at all our glitter stations<br />

so guests have the option to choose.<br />

We are also the first company here in the<br />

UAE to source a completely plastic free glitter,<br />

which “shimmers” rather than sparkles<br />

due to the absence of aluminum and plastic<br />

in the glitter. The glitter is proudly made<br />

from plants not plastic.<br />

How has social media helped scale the business<br />

and which platform do you prefer to<br />

use? We love Instagram for sharing our favourite images –<br />

icons, sequins, disco and of course our events. Instagram<br />

has become more of an outlet for us to share our thoughts<br />

and inspiration as well as for our products.<br />

Which Instagram accounts do you follow for inspiration?<br />

Rowi Singh @rowisingh, Prod Antzoulis @prodantzoulis<br />

and Isamaya Ffrench @isamayaffrench.<br />

What events are the core of your business both pre COV-<br />

ID-19 and now and has it changed? Event season is sadly still<br />

non-existent although we are looking forward to next year<br />

and we have exciting events planned for NYE. This time last<br />

year you would be able to find us all over Dubai from festivals<br />

to disco-themed events. 2020 finally gave us the push<br />

we needed to develop our other ideas and push the brand<br />

further with an accessories range. Our sequin facemasks<br />

have been extremely popular. We also put together our range<br />

of glitter party packs so you can shine safely at home.<br />

Having worked with a portfolio of luxury clients, how do you<br />

create a bespoke service for each? We work closely with<br />

each brand to bring the element that best fits their event, location<br />

and clientele – we offer a range of services as well as<br />

the glitter. For example, guests can choose from a selection<br />

of face jewels or boho-themed face paint and UV colours.<br />

For the Hermès Twilly d’Hermès Eau Poivrée launch<br />

we sourced face jewels that matched the perfume bottle<br />

and pink disco theme of the event or at Blue Marlin’s annual<br />

Burning Beach event guests could add tribal designs<br />

to compliment their glitter. Our glitter gang is a group of<br />

friendly artists who are selected for your event depending<br />

on your requirements.<br />

What is the most extravagant theme you’ve ever been asked<br />

to create? We put a lot of thought into making sure the glitter<br />

station is a talking point at each event. Working with Nike<br />

last year where we helped the “Nike Salon” come to life with<br />

the creative team was definitely one to remember. Guests<br />

could choose Nike glitter “swooshes”, glitter hair tattoos and<br />

a custom braid bar with a selection of charms to add to their<br />

braids which we sourced. Have you ever heard<br />

of an “Intergalactic Bedouin”? We joined this<br />

themed post wedding party where the bride<br />

flew us to Jordan to complete her incredible<br />

costume with our glitter and then all the<br />

guests. We made everyone shine in a valley<br />

between two mountains in Wadi Rum. It was<br />

like something from a film! There are so many<br />

incredible parties we have had the pleasure of<br />

joining however at this time of the year working<br />

with Swarovski is one of our favourites<br />

where we literally ‘frost’ the guest with glitter<br />

and crystals to match the jewellery!<br />

This issue is ‘The Party Issue’ – how will you<br />

be celebrating this year? As you can imagine<br />

Christmas is our favourite time of the<br />

year, all the sequins come out and most<br />

nights are an excuse to get dressed up. Even<br />

if we aren’t glittering faces as much we will<br />

be shining on our sofas! You can usually<br />

find us at The Maine – one of our favourites<br />

with our family in the run up to the big day.<br />

BEAUTY<br />

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The Magic<br />

Touch<br />

Sofia Schwarzkopf-Tilbury is the<br />

makeup artist, brand ambassador<br />

and product and content creator<br />

at Charlotte Tilbury, who’s honed<br />

her skills under the mentorship of<br />

her aunt, Charlotte Tilbury<br />

Did you have a passion for beauty from a<br />

young age? Growing up as a child in Ibiza,<br />

I was always into animals and art, but as I<br />

got older, I became interested in beauty from<br />

watching Charlotte (Tilbury) and soaking<br />

up all of the creative energy I was surrounded<br />

by! My grandfather, Lance Tilbury, is an<br />

artist, my grandmother Patsy was a fashion<br />

producer, my mum Leah, was incredibly<br />

creative too – I was always on a path to<br />

something in that world!<br />

When I moved to the UK, for boarding<br />

school, I would go to London at the weekends<br />

to visit Charlotte in her office and she<br />

would always let me take some makeup back<br />

to school to play with! I’d spend hours doing<br />

makeup and taking photos, trying to copy<br />

Charlotte’s looks from magazine covers and<br />

shows. After school, I knew I wanted to do<br />

something in fashion and beauty, and Charlotte<br />

took me under her wing and taught me<br />

everything I know. I have been so lucky to<br />

watch and learn from her over the years!<br />

Which products are clients buying more heavily<br />

into this year? I think we’re seeing people<br />

spending a lot more time taking care of their<br />

skin this year. Skincare is selfcare and during<br />

lockdown, I definitely found myself relying<br />

on my beauty rituals for a bit of calmness<br />

every day. Charlotte always says, ‘you can’t<br />

have a beautiful painting without a beautiful<br />

canvas,’ and she’s right! After cleansing<br />

with my two-step Goddess Cleansing<br />

Ritual every morning and evening, I like to<br />

use Charlotte’s supercharged Magic Serum<br />

Crystal Elixir to massage the skin and create<br />

a beautiful, smooth, hydrated filter effect.<br />

It helps makeup glide on better too! People<br />

are so much more focused on powerful skincare<br />

ingredients these days, and this is formulated<br />

with Polyglutamic Acid – which is<br />

four times more hydrating than Hyaluronic<br />

Acid, Golden Vitamin C to brighten and even<br />

the look of the skin, as well as niacinamide<br />

to tighten pores and help balance oilier skin<br />

types. I’ve seen a huge difference in my skin<br />

since I started using it. Then I follow with<br />

Charlotte’s Magic Cream moisturiser, which<br />

I never do my makeup without – it’s one of<br />

Charlotte’s biggest bestsellers! People adore<br />

it, because it has the most incredible, rich, nourishing<br />

formula that gives you a lit-from-within look and helps<br />

makeup stay glowing and flawless all day. If you’ve got oily<br />

or acne prone skin, I recommend using Charlotte’s new<br />

Magic Cream Light for the same glow-boosting, smoothing,<br />

hydrating effect, with a light-weight texture. We<br />

launched Magic Cream Light this summer and people are<br />

in love, especially those in more humid climates.<br />

How do you balance your multiple roles on a daily basis and<br />

is there anything that helps you to do this? My job is super<br />

varied, and I think people are always surprised by how<br />

hands-on I am with product development at Charlotte Tilbury<br />

on top of working on campaigns and creating content.<br />

When we are creating a new product, I work with the team<br />

to trial new textures, find the perfect shades that work for<br />

every skin tone and test every look on models of all ages and<br />

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

the pro artists and the creative team to help capture all of<br />

the emotion and feeling behind a new campaign. I love the<br />

fact that my role is so fast paced and fun, and we have the<br />

most amazing dream team, so it never feels like work!<br />

What’s the secret to dewy skin? My ultimate secret for<br />

glowing, dewy skin is Charlotte’s Hollywood Flawless Filter.<br />

I like to use it under my foundation to get a lit-fromwithin,<br />

glowing finish, but you can also use it on its own<br />

for a fresh, dewy, no-makeup look; mixed with foundation<br />

for a flawless glow, or on the high points of the face like<br />

a highlighter! Charlotte has always been obsessed with<br />

glowing skin, and she launched this product so that everyone<br />

can have a radiant, glowing skin day – everyday.<br />

It’s like a real-life social media filter!<br />

How do you ensure your makeup lasts all day and how do you<br />

elevate for evening? To ensure my makeup looks flawless all<br />

day, I like to use the full coverage Airbrush Flawless Foundation,<br />

which has an incredible formula of skincare ingredients<br />

that work when you wear it. It’s perfect for concealing<br />

blemishes, scars and pigmentation and lasts all day and<br />

night. I like to blend it over the skin from the centre of the<br />

face to outwards in order to create a gorgeous,<br />

seamless-looking complexion with a natural<br />

matte finish. Then, I buff the Airbrush Flawless<br />

Finish powder over my T-Zone to set the<br />

base and ensure nothing moves throughout<br />

the day. I couldn’t live without this powder, it<br />

is so finely milled; it blurs any imperfections<br />

and never looks heavy or talc-y like some<br />

powders. It’s the one product I always slip<br />

into my celebrity clients’ clutch bags before<br />

an event. I have one on me at all times when<br />

I’m going out in the evening. I am also obsessed<br />

with the new Airbrush Setting Spray,<br />

which sold out almost immediately when we<br />

first launched it. It primes, sets and fixes<br />

your makeup for up to 16 hours and it smells<br />

incredible – just like a day at the spa. This is<br />

going to be a gamechanger for all your beauties<br />

in the Middle East.<br />

What are your skin care tips to stay glowing<br />

during party season? Charlotte has taught<br />

me all of her secrets to make the skin glow<br />

“The sparkling, diamond-inspired shades instantly make<br />


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efore an event – for red carpets, we love to<br />

use the Goddess Skin Clay Mask to tighten<br />

the look of pores and get that baby soft skin<br />

feel. Unlike other clay masks, this does not<br />

dry or crack, its super hydrating on the skin<br />

whilst still being very purifying.<br />

If my client has skin on the drier side,<br />

I’ll use the Instant Magic Dry Sheet Mask to<br />

flood the skin with moisture. It has a unique<br />

biomimetic delivery system that helps the<br />

supercharged ingredients – peptides, oils,<br />

butters – get deeply into the skin where you<br />

need it most, giving you a gorgeous glow.<br />

Another of Charlotte’s top tips for a<br />

flawless glow is ICE. We always have ice<br />

packs on hand to cool down any puffiness,<br />

tighten the look of the skin and get all the<br />

blood flowing for a healthy-looking glow.<br />

What’s your signature look for party season?<br />

For me, party looks are all about glow on the<br />

eyes, lips, skin, everywhere! Even though<br />

we might not necessarily be partying like<br />

we’re used to this year, gifts like the Palette<br />

of Pops in Dazzling Diamonds are great for<br />

a party season smoky eye. The sparkling,<br />

diamond-inspired shades instantly make<br />

your eyes look brighter and more mesmerizing,<br />

even on a Zoom call! You can use the<br />

shades like eyeshadow toppers to dial up<br />

your look, or use them all together to create<br />

an otherworldly shimmer effect! Charlotte’s<br />

Hollywood Superstar Glow highlighter is<br />

also amazing for gilding your skin with<br />

a smoother-looking, golden glow. I love wearing off-theshoulder<br />

dresses and tops at this time of year, so it’s great<br />

for buffing over your collarbones and shoulders too! For lips,<br />

gloss and sparkle look great on and off camera! Charlotte’s<br />

new Jewel Lips are enriched with Hyaluronic Acid so they’re<br />

super hydrating, and they also have Diamond Powder in<br />

them to give you an instantly glamourous, shimmering lip.<br />

Which three Charlotte Tilbury products suit<br />

everybody and make the perfect gift? This is<br />

such a hard question! I’m obsessed with all<br />

of Charlotte’s beauty secrets this year. She is<br />

always inspired by the most incredible lightplay<br />

magic and this year, it was all about<br />

JEWELS and GEMSTONES. I will definitely<br />

be gifting the Walk of No Shame Lip<br />

Kit, as it’s one of my absolute favourite lipstick<br />

shades, and such an adorable stocking<br />

filler. It’s a globally-loved, berry-rose that<br />

makes your lips look fuller, wider and justkissed,<br />

making it the perfect gift for everyone<br />

from best friends to your grandmother.<br />

I am also obsessed with the Bejewelled<br />

Eyes to Hypnotise Instant Eye Palette,<br />

which has four glowing eye looks inspired by<br />

topaz, rubies, amethyst and smokey quartz.<br />

We’re all wearing masks right now, so the<br />

eyes are more of a focus than ever this year!<br />

So many of my girlfriends are begging me for<br />

this! The new light-play textures are so velvet-soft<br />

and creamy. It’s such an easy way<br />

to create a sparkling smokey eye in seconds.<br />

Finally, I have to choose some skincare<br />

as everyone, everywhere loves hydrated,<br />

glowing, flawless skin – men and women.<br />

Charlotte’s Magic Skin Icons set is the most<br />

divine collection of supercharged, sciencepowered<br />

skincare for instant results. You’ve<br />

got Charlotte’s best-selling Magic Cream to<br />

cushion your skin in moisture, her groundbreaking<br />

Magic Serum to tighten your pores<br />

and smooth the look of skin, the eye-brightening<br />

Magic Eye Rescue and Magic Night<br />

Cream – which is literally like beauty sleep in<br />

a jar. I also love that it includes Charlotte’s<br />

Magic Lip Oil, as my lips get so dry at this<br />

time of year, and it’s easy to forget they need<br />

skincare too. Magic Lip Oil is like a serum for<br />

your lips that boosts lip volume by up to 70%<br />

in 4 weeks, so I am absolutely addicted. These<br />

are the products I never do makeup without,<br />

and I know my father, uncles, grandmother –<br />

everyone, will love them for the holidays.<br />

This is the party issue – how will you be celebrating<br />

this year? We all need a bit of joy and<br />

positivity in our lives and this year, I can’t<br />

wait to embrace new traditions with fun dinners<br />

at home with my family, virtual parties<br />

with friends who are far away, and lots of gifts<br />

and treats to spread happiness! I think that<br />

makeup and skincare truly have the power to<br />

change your mood and your confidence, so<br />

they make the perfect presents. And to make<br />

your holiday shopping even easier this year,<br />

Charlotte has created her new virtual consultations,<br />

so you can head to CharlotteTilbury.<br />

com and book a 1-2-1 with a beauty expert to<br />

get all of your gifting wrapped up!<br />

your eyes look brighter and more mesmerizing.”<br />

BEAUTY<br />

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Kuwaiti content creator and media influencer Fajer Fahad<br />

shares her daily beauty and skincare rituals<br />

Talk us through your morning routine.<br />

I like to do pulling with coconut oil<br />

– my favourite brand is Dale Audrey,<br />

the cinnamon flavour. I usually do this<br />

while I dry brush and before I jump<br />

in the shower. For my face I alternate<br />

between MZ Skin Cleanse and Clarify<br />

Cleanser and Augustinus Bader<br />

cleansing balm. Depending on where<br />

I am in the world I alternate between<br />

MZ skin bright and perfect vitamin C<br />

corrective and Shani Darden retinol.<br />

And how about your evening routine? I<br />

like to use Elemis Collagen Balm as a<br />

cleanser then tone with Sisley Lotion<br />

Tonique au Fleurs, I use the La Mer<br />

eye cream and finish off with 111 Skin<br />

Rose Gold Radiance Booster or the<br />

MZ Skin Placenta Serum.<br />

What is in your makeup bag? In my<br />

makeup bag I always have La Prairie<br />

eye and lip duo, KKW lip pencil and<br />

Augustinus Bader lip balm.<br />

Are you a fan of masks? I love masks!<br />

I use 111 Skin, MZ Skin and Summer<br />

Fridays jet lag mask.<br />

What three makeup products can you<br />

not live without? Mac Spice lip liner,<br />

Nars liquid concealer and Anastasia<br />

Beverly Hills bronzer.<br />

How would you describe your relationship<br />

with makeup? I try to use make up<br />

as little as possible during the day. I<br />

will use mascara, highlighter and shiny<br />

lip balm, whereas I love a full glam for<br />

the evening, always trying to play with<br />

colour if I can at night.<br />

How has your relationship with makeup<br />

evolved? As I have matured I realised<br />

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Clockwise from left:<br />

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

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

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


the importance of great skin and taking<br />

care of my skin. The better my skin<br />

is, the better my glam looks. Also, it’s<br />

so important to completely remove<br />

makeup before you sleep and work out.<br />

Let’s talk fragrance. What are you loving<br />

at the moment? I love a great body<br />

spray and hair perfume. I am finding<br />

it a lighter combination than actual<br />

perfume. I use La Prairie body spray as<br />

well as the Gisou hair perfume.<br />

How do you choose your evening fragrance?<br />

My evening perfume I love to<br />

go out with is Byredo – all their scents<br />

are amazing. I rotate them depending<br />

on my mood.<br />

Talk us through your hair routine. My<br />

hair is very important to me. I try to<br />

take care of it as best as possible. I<br />

use Christophe Robin lavender oil<br />

once a week and follow that with his<br />

lemon cleansing balm. I then finish<br />

with the milkshake argon mask that I<br />

try to leave on for 30 minutes at least<br />

on towel dried hair. I use the Kerastase<br />

Densifique ampoules at night as well<br />

as their eight-hour magic serum. During<br />

the day I apply milkshake argan oil<br />

on my ends religiously.<br />

What is the most unusual item in your<br />

makeup bag? The most unusual item<br />

in my makeup bag is my Pellequr CBD<br />

drops and CBD zen pen. They help me<br />

sleep at night and combat any anxiety I<br />

tend to have. I also always have a small<br />

vile of Inulin powder from Gangster<br />

Chic which is made from Jerusalem<br />

root. It helps me with bloating or when<br />

I get water retention.<br />

BEAUTY<br />

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MORRIS<br />

After Hours<br />

The edit of exceptional fragrances which will<br />

last the whole night long<br />


Armani Oud Royal<br />

This mystical and sensual oud<br />

scent is considered to be a second<br />

skin in the Middle East.<br />

100ml, Dhs1,050 bloomingdales.ae<br />

Celine Black Tie Eau<br />

de Parfum<br />

An oriental woody fragrance for<br />

both women and men, perfect<br />

for any black tie event.<br />

200ml, Dhs1,200 celine.com<br />

Jo Malone<br />

Pomegranate Noir<br />

Cologne<br />

This classic scent encapsulates<br />

daring sensuality right in one<br />

bottle. 100ml, Dhs650 jomaloneme.com<br />

Ex Nihilo Atlas Fever<br />

Eau de Parfum<br />

With base notes of vanilla, sandalwood,<br />

oak, cedar and guaiac<br />

wood, this signature fragrance<br />

captures an elegant and refined<br />

spirit. Dhs1,800 bloomingdales.ae<br />

Carolina Herrera<br />

Gold Incense Eau de<br />

Parfum<br />

A warm and intense fragrance<br />

with notes of cedarwood, vanilla<br />

caviar and marigold, perfect for<br />

party season.<br />

Dhs1,090 ounass.ae<br />

Tom Ford Noir Extreme<br />

Eau de Parfum<br />

This woody-oriental fragrance<br />

is the ideal scent for those partying<br />

all night long.<br />

50ml, Dhs521 bloomingdales.ae<br />

Chloé Nomade<br />

Fragrance<br />

This sweet and fruity scent incorporates<br />

Mirabelle plum, inflections<br />

of velvety davana and<br />

notes of soft sandalwood.<br />

75ml, Dhs575 Chloé<br />

Givenchy L’Interdit Eau<br />

de Parfum Intense<br />

An intense fragrance with deep<br />

woody undertones of Vetiver<br />

and Patchouli.<br />

50ml, Dhs471 givenchybeauty.ae<br />

Gucci Bloom<br />

Ambrosia di Fiori Eau<br />

de Parfum<br />

This floral fragrance fuses the<br />

scent of jasmine bud, rangoon<br />

creeper and Indian tuberose<br />

with a base of Damasc rose and<br />

Tuscan orris.<br />

50ml, Dhs460 Sephora.ae<br />

Byredo Bal D’Afrique<br />

Eau De Parfum<br />

A warm and romantic vetiver<br />

inspired by Paris in the late 20s<br />

and its infatuation with African<br />

culture, art, music and dance.<br />

100ml, Dhs893 Sephora.ae<br />

BEAUTY<br />

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Laura Bailey has<br />

honed her creative<br />

eye through<br />

photography and<br />

having co-founded<br />

fine jewellery brand<br />

Loquet London.<br />

This season she’s<br />

partnered with<br />

THE OUTNET to<br />

create a signature<br />

capsule collection<br />


What do your first 30 mins of the day look<br />

like, your morning routine? I’m an early<br />

bird. These days I get up in the dark to<br />

run or walk with my two dogs, Frankie<br />

& Bambi, before I wake my kids at 7am<br />

and make breakfast before they head off<br />

to school. In an ideal world (not in lockdown),<br />

I would play an hour of tennis<br />

or join a class at my local Bodyism gym<br />

before I start work, which might mean a<br />

shoot, meetings all over town or a day at<br />

my desk. I have no ‘normal’ day, I have<br />

quiet days and crazy days and somehow it<br />

all works out. But sport, and being able to<br />

organise all around my kids’ routine is key.<br />

You started in the industry as a model, how<br />

did you discover your eye for design? I<br />

have worked an unconventional model life,<br />

always combining shoots with my passions<br />

for writing, photography and travel,<br />

and creative direction including design.<br />

My diverse creative lives are entwined and<br />

cross-pollinating and I am always casting,<br />

pitching & collaborating, in all fashion<br />

fields. I have been so lucky to work with<br />

some of the best creative visionaries, from<br />

Karl Lagerfeld to Edward Enninful, and<br />

have watched and listened hard.<br />

How did you know it was the right time<br />

to launch Loquet London and what were<br />

the stepping-stones to that point? Loquet<br />

London has been a labour of love for Sheherazade<br />

Goldsmith and I. The shorthand<br />

and trust of an old friendship combined<br />

with Sheherazade’s idea for an innovative<br />

and romantic reinvention of the locket is<br />

a source of pride and inspiration and although<br />

I am less involved in the day to day<br />

I love watching the brand grow in style and<br />

we have just launched a limited edition<br />

special collaboration with beloved artist<br />

Charlie Mackesy and another old friend<br />

Chantal Conrad, who has developed a<br />

brilliant miniature lens which allows secret<br />

messages to be embedded in a special<br />

Lumiere pendant. Mine holds a favourite<br />

Nick Cave lyric. It’s a kind of magic.<br />

Each of the pieces you’ve designed for<br />

THE OUTNET capsule has been carefully<br />

crafted to emulate your signature style.<br />

What was the key DNA and which is your<br />

favourite piece? The key DNA was simply<br />

timeless, iconic style, inspired by my<br />

passions for film and vintage. I wanted<br />

to create timeless pieces and to design<br />

a capsule whereby everyone can find a<br />

piece that works for them, and style it in<br />

their own way. I thought a lot about the<br />

one dress that you take on a trip, again<br />

and again, or the one piece in your wardrobe<br />

that you reach for when you want to<br />

simply feel your best. The black velvet<br />

‘Isabella’ is the one I’ve been wearing the<br />

most, even from the first samples. It’s relaxed<br />

but chic, easy modern luxe.<br />

Tell us about how this project supports<br />

Save The Children? It was really important<br />

to me that this collaboration worked<br />

beyond the quest for the perfect party<br />

dress. Ten per cent of proceeds from each<br />

sale will go to support the brilliant work<br />

of Save The Children, a charity for whom<br />

I have long served as ambassador.<br />

Do you feel more drawn to the creative<br />

or the business side and how have you<br />

grown the team to support this? I am definitely<br />

more drawn to the creative side,<br />

though I am working hard on the business<br />

side too! One of the joys of collaboration<br />

is the freedom to play to strengths and<br />

ask for help. The team at Iris & Ink and<br />

THE OUTNET have supported me every<br />

step of the way, and the entire process has<br />

been a joy and the best kind of challenge.<br />

Do you have any mentors or guides and<br />

how does this help navigate the right path<br />

throughout life and your career? My friendships<br />

with extraordinary women working<br />

in diverse fields are a source of immense<br />

pride, joy and inspiration. From fashion<br />

designer Bella Freud to journalist Christiane<br />

Amanpour, creative visionary Amanda<br />

Harlech to Cathy Kasterine, stylist and<br />

collaborator in my photographic work. I<br />

am extremely lucky to work in constant<br />

dialogue with such talent and intellect. I<br />

have relied heavily on my girlfriends for all<br />

kinds of guidance. They are my family.<br />

And these days one of the greatest<br />

thrills and challenges is to serve as men-<br />

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“Iris & Ink and The OUTNET have supported me<br />

tor within my community via homework<br />

clubs, mentoring, and volunteering. I always<br />

try to share and pass on the same wisdom,<br />

kindness and sense of opportunity I was<br />

gifted when I needed it most.<br />

How do you balance having both a professional<br />

and family life so well and do you have<br />

any rituals that help you relax if you do have<br />

five mins? I’m not going to lie. It’s not easy.<br />

Motherhood is my most important role and<br />

has made me the happiest and most fulfilled.<br />

My kids are older now but I have learnt to<br />

be super organised and to plan around their<br />

needs. I want to work hard and to come home<br />

with adventure stories – but I also don’t<br />

want to miss a thing. I relax with my kids – in<br />

the park, with the dogs. We’re all sport mad<br />

and I box with my daughter and play tennis<br />

with my son. I love a hardcore massage once<br />

in a while or a movie night. I’m a voracious<br />

reader but my main solace comes via nature,<br />

even in the heart of London, the city I love<br />

that remains my forever inspiration.<br />

How has social media affected the luxury<br />

industry and which platform has been most<br />

useful? I have a slightly complicated relationship<br />

with social media as I’m desperately<br />

trying to get off my phone and be more<br />

mysterious! And I am strict as a mother<br />

regarding tech and I’m hyper aware of the<br />

dangers and the pressures, especially for<br />

teens. But I also have to acknowledge that<br />

my iPhone has set me free, enabled me to<br />

work anywhere, take pictures constantly and<br />

travel light. Instagram has been a hugely important<br />

work tool for me in terms of connection,<br />

inspiration and community. As a photographer<br />

it’s given me a platform to control<br />

and share both my work and my influences<br />

and to amplify my passions and politics. It’s<br />

sometimes confusing. And I often promise<br />

to give it all up. It’s definitely ok to switch<br />

off from time to time. And to edit ruthlessly,<br />

but still be grateful for the good stuff.<br />

Which Instagram accounts do you follow for<br />

inspiration? Hard to choose – but here are 5<br />

I love in diverse worlds: @thegreatwomenartists,<br />

@mubi, @britishvogue, @duroolu-<br />


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every step of the way, and the entire process has been a joy.”<br />

wo and @alexeaglesportingclub.<br />

Do you have any pre-bedtime rituals? It depends<br />

on the day…. but usually Dog-walking,<br />

a Chanel No.5 bubble bath, the NY<br />

Times, Budd pyjamas, poetry, playlists via<br />

@stackradioapp, browsing @artsy, reading<br />

(currently the Trebizon school series by<br />

Anne Digby ) with my daughter. I’ve also<br />

been taking a supplement called Lyma Life,<br />

with breakfast and at bedtime, for a year<br />

now – and whilst I don’t pretend to understand<br />

the science, I think it might be magic.<br />

If you were not on your current career path,<br />

which other role would you have chosen careerwise?<br />

If I didn’t work in the arts I would<br />

probably have followed a sporting path, as a<br />

teacher or an athlete. And in my dream life,<br />

I’d mostly be playing tennis. Maybe I can<br />

still combine the two via sports photography<br />

and travel reportage. All worlds collide.<br />

We love your style, what approach do you<br />

have to dressing? Thank you! No rules.<br />

Making it up as I go along. Totally impulsive<br />

and mood driven. Eclectic British Portobello<br />

princess/tomboy style. Something<br />

borrowed from my son or my boyfriend and<br />

a little black dress forever. I’m always ready<br />

to run, bike or kick a ball around.<br />

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

celebrating this season? 2020 has been a year<br />

like no other. But it is even more important<br />

to me now to celebrate what really matters –<br />

health, friends and family. I don’t know yet<br />

what Christmas will look like, or what will be<br />

allowed, but I feel sure I’ll stay close to home<br />

this year with greater appreciation of simple<br />

pleasures, cooking with my kids, walks in<br />

the park and sometimes dressing up even<br />

with nowhere to go. I love (and miss!) a party<br />

but I also love the quiet intimacy of time out<br />

with cherished friends and am learning how<br />

to make even the simplest (maybe taken for<br />

granted) pleasures and rituals extra special<br />

in these times. A Winter Sunday stroll down<br />

Portobello Road, a movie night with my kids,<br />

a day trip to the countryside...<br />

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The<br />

Party Piece<br />

Maison d’AngelAnn creates party pieces that<br />

leave an impact. Founder Anna Chybisova<br />

has carved a niche for the brand by creating<br />

showstopping dresses for party season<br />

What do the first 30 minutes of your day look<br />

like? I always spend the first 30 minutes<br />

of my morning over a cup of coffee reading<br />

news and discussing the previous day’s<br />

news regarding the brand. My favourite part<br />

is to see the progress the design studio has<br />

achieved and my heart always skips a beat<br />

while waiting for photos of new samples, it’s<br />

such an exciting process.<br />

Embellishment is key to the brand’s DNA, was<br />

that the vision from the outset? We embellish<br />

our pieces with beautiful Swarovski crystals.<br />

Since childhood, I have imagined women to<br />

be magical princesses in sparkling dresses,<br />

seeking my inspiration in classic ballet such<br />

as Swan Lake and Carmen, where Prima<br />

ballerinas are always dressed in incredible<br />

pieces. Just a slight gleam gives a feeling<br />

of a magical dress or costume; even a skirt<br />

with crystals always draws admiring gazes<br />

towards its owner.<br />

What’s some of the most important business<br />

advice that you have ever received? To<br />

always do as much good as possible, 100%<br />

professionally, so you’re satisfied with the<br />

result yourself!<br />

How do you suggest dressing for party season?<br />

As we use genuine Swarowski crystals<br />

by printing them on fabrics to ensure it stays<br />

smooth to the touch, I would advise investing<br />

in simple cuts and classic silhouettes.<br />

You make the perfect ambassador for your<br />

brand. How important is that role? Thank<br />

you. I think it’s vital for the founder to also<br />

act as an ambassador of the brand. I’m an<br />

absolute perfectionist! If I wear a dress, it<br />

should fit perfectly, and this is a guarantee<br />

for our clients that when they dress up in our<br />

brand they will look incredible.<br />

How do you approach client engagement<br />

and how helpful has social media been? This<br />

is a very difficult question, because our customers<br />

are our stars, and when a woman<br />

finds something unique in any brand, she<br />

always returns. Our clients inspire us, from<br />

private clients to celebrities such as Lady<br />

Gaga, Beyoncé and Rhianna all of whom<br />

have worn our creations. A good product<br />

doesn’t always need additional advertising.<br />

What Instagram accounts do you follow for<br />

inspiration? Mario Testino is a huge source<br />

of inspiration for me.<br />

What advice would you give to your younger<br />

self starting out? To shine everyday.<br />

Which are the key pieces from the collection<br />

this season? Coats with crystals are perfect<br />

for all business meetings in London or Paris,<br />

cashmere sweaters and dresses are ideal for<br />

Moscow and skiing resorts. And of course,<br />

on New Year’s Eve we hope to see the most<br />

beautiful women around the world in our<br />

show stopping dresses!<br />

This issue is ‘The Party Issue’ – how will you<br />

be celebrating this year? I’ll be celebrating<br />

in Dubai, because it’s one of my favourite<br />

places to celebrate the New Year, and then I<br />

hope for Christmas we’ll be dancing till the<br />

morning in a close circle of friends in sparkling<br />

mini dresses in the Maldives!<br />


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The Unwind<br />

After an incredibly challenging year for all, we speak to<br />

some of the most incredible women we know about how<br />

they will be unwinding at the end of this year<br />



@ninaubhi<br />


What have you learned throughout 2020? Take nothing for granted! It’s<br />

easy to become complacent with everyday luxuries and even people. So, this<br />

year has taught me how unimportant material things are and how important<br />

spending time with loved ones is. Being an entrepreneur means I’m constantly<br />

working and with so much being focused on social media you sometimes<br />

forget to put your phone down and soak in those special moments.<br />

This year I’ve learnt to live in the moment and<br />

not worry so much if I have a heavy workload –<br />

it will still be there tomorrow!<br />

How will you be celebrating this festive season?<br />

I will be celebrating this festive season with my<br />

husband and we’re likely to have a quiet one at<br />

home. After all, it’s all about who you spend it<br />

with rather than where you go. I love cooking<br />

and baking so I’m pretty excited to take some<br />

time off and focus on feeding people!<br />

What will you be doing to unwind at the end of<br />

the year? I still haven’t thought that far ahead<br />

but I usually decide with my husband a week<br />

before! I’m taking each day as it comes and I<br />

think this year I feel more inclined to do something<br />

relaxing. Anything that will still leave me<br />

feeling refreshed in the new year.<br />



@fashion_pirate<br />

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

unpredictable and family along with health is everything. My priorities changed a lot<br />

this year therefore doing and saying what I feel without hesitation is paramount.<br />

How will you be celebrating this festive season? We will be celebrating with the delivery<br />

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

the company of my parents flying from London and joining us in Dubai to celebrate<br />

the festive season on the beach by relaxing and enjoying special moments together.<br />

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

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

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

HER<br />


DR. SARA<br />




@sara_almadani_<br />

What have you learned throughout 2020?<br />

2020 has been a tough yet amazing year.<br />

A lot of good things happened to me. I’ve<br />

changed the way I work and my priorities,<br />

so COVID was a blessing in disguise. This<br />

year has also taught me that it’s okay to take<br />

some time off, it’s okay not to be as constantly<br />

busy as we are used to. I’ve learned<br />

it’s okay to let go sometimes and not work<br />

and it’s okay to focus on your mental health<br />

because that’s all that matters.<br />

How will you be celebrating this festive season?<br />

Due to the current situation, we can’t<br />

be very festive, but usually, I spend it with my<br />

family remembering the heritage of the UAE<br />

and all the things that come with it.<br />

What will you be doing to unwind at the end<br />

of the year? I’m thinking of taking a trip to<br />

the Maldives, to unwind on the beach – my<br />

mind needs it and my body needs it!<br />

AYA<br />

FAISAL<br />


@theayoot<br />

What have you learned throughout 2020? My<br />

happiness depends on myself and my moods.<br />

How will you be celebrating this festive season?<br />

I will be celebrating with my dearest family.<br />

What will you be doing to unwind at the end<br />

of the year? A small gathering with my family<br />

and my closest friends to remind everyone<br />

of what we’ve been through this year and we<br />

are grateful to be here all together.<br />

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@mydounia<br />

What have you learned throughout 2020? 2020 has taught me patience and gratitude<br />

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

How will you be celebrating this festive season? I will be celebrating at home with my<br />

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

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

with gatherings and even my outfits!<br />

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

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

classes just to focus on something else and it’s been quite inspiring!<br />

LANA<br />

ALBEIK<br />

MODEL<br />

@lana_.jpg<br />

What have you learned throughout 2020? To<br />

celebrate and enjoy any small achievement.<br />

How will you be celebrating this festive<br />

season? I will take time off work and<br />

spend it with my family but I will probably<br />

work on some side projects.<br />

What will you be doing to unwind at the end<br />

of the year? Try my best to be in nature and<br />

be in the winter sun – nothing relaxes me<br />

like the sun.<br />

FATMA<br />



@odeem_official<br />

What have you learned throughout 2020?<br />

This year has been quite an interesting year<br />

for everyone I believe. The circumstances<br />

showed me what is of true value to us – our<br />

family and loved ones, not to take simple<br />

pleasures for granted.<br />

What will you be doing to unwind at the<br />

end of the year? I usually travel around<br />

this time. At the end of this year though,<br />

I’m looking forward to taking some time<br />

off and spending quality time locally. The<br />

weather’s great in Dubai during this season<br />

and it would be a perfect time for a<br />

staycation with my family.<br />


GUENEZ<br />



@ ghizlan_guenez_<br />

What have you learned throughout 2020?<br />

2020 taught me to slow down and focus on<br />

all areas of my life that need attention to<br />

enable me to be a good, healthy and happy<br />

person. I had spent four years consumed<br />

with setting up and launching a business<br />

and before that 14 years in a very fast-paced<br />

industry and realised that whilst I was thriving<br />

professionally, I wasn’t truly nurturing<br />

other important aspects of my life such as<br />

my personal relationships, my physical wellbeing<br />

and my recreational time – be it going<br />

on vacations or taking the time to just<br />

“switch off”. This year forced many of us to<br />

take a pause which was probably necessary<br />

for many of us, certainly for myself. I had<br />

the time to reflect back and reconsider what<br />

I would like my life to look like for me to feel<br />

happy and as balanced as can be whilst still<br />

fulfilling my ambitions and goals.<br />

How will you be celebrating this festive season?<br />

With family and friends. We’re close as a<br />

family and enjoy celebrating holidays together.<br />

We’re all foodies and my brothers cook really<br />

well so we enjoy nothing more than a great<br />

meal and lots of conversation and laughter<br />

around the dinner table. In today’s pace, we<br />

don’t get to sit together for a proper meal often<br />

so the holidays are a great occasion to reconnect<br />

with loved ones and spend quality time<br />

What will you be doing to unwind at the end<br />

of the year? It would have been lovely to travel<br />

somewhere but on the positive side staying<br />

in town has allowed us to re-explore parts of<br />

the UAE that we hadn’t before. I have been<br />

to some beautiful places such as Hatta which<br />

I hadn’t visited since I was 13! So, I’m planning<br />

on a staycation in one of the local resorts<br />

either in the desert or by the sea.<br />



@haneenodeh<br />

What have you learned throughout 2020? How much we took everything for<br />

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

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

around all the time.<br />

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

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

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

as well in this amazing weather!<br />

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

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

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

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

be a bit unpredictable. Just take a breath and live day by day!<br />

“Take nothing for granted!” – Nina Ubhi<br />


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The Miracle Worker<br />


ments also includes the ‘Fire and Ice Facial’,<br />

where the skin is deeply cleansed and then<br />

an intensive resurfacing mask is applied –<br />

the “fire”. The “ice” then comes in the form<br />

of a cold-infusing rejuvenating mask. The<br />

combination of the innovative facial leaves<br />

the skin glowing like you wouldn’t believe.<br />

The best part of it all? There is no downtime<br />

involved with the facial. Lemke sat down<br />

with <strong>Emirates</strong> <strong>Woman</strong> to discuss all things<br />

HER Skin Studio, the Gua Sha treatment<br />

and Fire and Ice Facial, her career, her holistic<br />

approach to skincare, and much more.<br />

We always want to look flawless particularly<br />

during party season. Radiant, hydrated and<br />

nourished skin go hand-in-hand with this,<br />

but as the end of the year comes around we’re<br />

often tired, dehydrated and in need of a muchdeserved<br />

break. This is exactly why we’re in<br />

need of a true miracle worker, which is where<br />

skin guru Julie Lemke comes into play.<br />

Originally from Denmark, Lemke has<br />

resided in Dubai for over eight years and is<br />

an expert in all things skin having recently<br />

founded her own business – HER Skin<br />

Studio, which stands for Holistic Esthetic<br />

Revolution. “I want to revolutionise the way<br />

skincare is perceived – it doesn’t have to hurt<br />

to be effective,” she tells <strong>Emirates</strong> <strong>Woman</strong>. “I<br />

want to educate people on skincare and skin<br />

health in a more holistic way and let people<br />

know that there are alternatives to Botox if<br />

you don’t want to go down that route.” This<br />

is why Lemke has become an expert in the<br />

use of the Gua Sha, which is part of ancient<br />

Chinese medicine. Through the use of the<br />

Gua Sha, Lemke explains that you release<br />

the tight muscles, which she refers to as “holistic<br />

Botox”. Another of Lemke’s hero treat-<br />

What do your first 30 minutes of the day look<br />

like, your morning routine? The very first<br />

thing I do in the morning is take my silk<br />

eye mask off and do a nice long stretch in<br />

bed. I try to keep my mobile phone out of<br />

the bedroom as it tends to be the last thing<br />

you look at before falling asleep and the first<br />

thing you reach for when you wake up in the<br />

morning. It gives me a certain calmness to<br />

keep it safe in the kitchen during night hours<br />

and going back to basics with an alarm clock<br />

on my bedside table.<br />

Tell us about where you trained and why you<br />

decided to study these particular practices. I<br />

completed most of my studies in Denmark<br />

and in the US. Some seminars I have attended<br />

virtually others have been hands on<br />

practice. The thought of working holistically<br />

with skin resonates with me. Our skin<br />

is such a clever organ and it can regulate<br />

itself, sometimes it just needs a bit of help<br />

along the way. I believe a lot of people ultimately<br />

end up harming their skin by doing<br />

too much which ultimately leads to inflammation.<br />

This creates a downward spiral<br />

of people using harsher products. Less is<br />

sometimes more when it comes to skincare.<br />

How did you know it was time to set up your<br />

own business and what were the stepping<br />

stones to this? Setting up my business was<br />

more of an intuitive act as I just felt I had<br />

so much knowledge to pass along and I really<br />

want to educate people on skincare, diet<br />

and overall health. HER Skin Studio stands<br />

for Holistic Esthetic Revolution. I want to<br />

educate people on skincare and skin health<br />

in a more holistic way and let people know<br />

that there are alternatives to Botox if you<br />

don’t want to go down that route. Before<br />

launching HER Skin Studio on my own, I<br />

was looking to join a team of therapists. The<br />


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Julie Lemke, founder of HER Skin Studio, is your<br />

guru for flawless skin this party season<br />

training I was getting was simply put – just<br />

do as we do, no questions asked. Again, with<br />

everything I do, it has to make sense to me.<br />

The last thing I want to do is perform robotic<br />

facials. I just knew that it would never work<br />

out in the long run and then this opportunity<br />

came about and I felt this was meant to be.<br />

Which brands or beauty products are your real<br />

hero buys? I absolutely love the serums from<br />

iS Clinical especially their Pro-Heal Serum<br />

Advance+ which provides the highest level of<br />

antioxidant protection containing time released<br />

vitamin C. It is phenomenal. The same<br />

goes for the Super Serum Advance – it works<br />

wonders at reducing the appearance of scars<br />

and healing sun damaged skin. Their vitamin<br />

C serums are the most potent on the market<br />

containing 15 per cent L-ascorbic acid. Also,<br />

it is formulated in such a way that it does not<br />

oxidize. Finally, their active serum is great for<br />

fine lines and wrinkles and an excellent option<br />

for blemish prone skin. It gently exfoliates<br />

and promotes brighter and cleaner skin.<br />

Where do you stand on beauty tools – do they<br />

work? Beauty tools is an incredibly widely<br />

used term, but I would definitely say yes.<br />

I am a big fan of a lot of the tools available<br />

on today’s market, such as Gua Sha and my<br />

new face reflexology tool. It is so important to<br />

maintain your results in between treatments<br />

and tools such as these help you do that.<br />

However, I would say the home micro needling<br />

trend is a total no-no. I have seen really<br />

bad cases of scarring caused by a quite severe<br />

skin infection. When you poke your skin with<br />

needles you are creating pathways for bacteria<br />

to enter and it is impossible to keep your<br />

tool sterilized – the disinfectant that usually<br />

comes with the device can only do so much,<br />

but does not target all pathogens.<br />

You swear by the Gua Sha, but have mentioned<br />

not many people know how to use<br />

it properly? Why is this? I just see a lot of<br />

people only working on their face superficially.<br />

In order for Gua Sha to be effective<br />

you will need to open your neck first to create<br />

a pathway for lymphatic flow. If your neck is<br />

jammed and tight the lymph has nowhere to<br />

flow once you start draining the facial region.<br />

Think of your face like the branches of a tree.<br />

The branches will get their nutrition from the<br />

roots and it will be transported through the<br />

trunk. The same goes for your neck – when<br />

you release tension in your neck region you<br />

will notice that your face transforms.<br />

What benefits does it have? The Gua Sha has<br />

so many benefits and it is no wonder that it<br />

has been so popular in Chinese medicine for<br />

thousands of years. It stimulates collagen production,<br />

brings fresh nutrients and oxygen to<br />

the tissue, it has an incredible firming effect<br />

and helps promote lymphatic flow. A stagnant<br />

lymphatic system can manifest in an abundance<br />

of blackheads –even acne – or just what<br />

people would describe as an overall dull complexion.<br />

We live in a world with a lot of stress<br />

and this can manifest on the face. By working<br />

on the face and releasing the tight muscles we<br />

are able to create the perfect environment for<br />

flow. When flow is not obstructed you will get<br />

an amazing glow. Puffiness will decrease and<br />

fine lines and wrinkles become less noticeable<br />

– or might even vanish. That’s why Gua-Sha<br />

is also known as “Holistic Botox”.<br />

You also specialise in the ‘Fire and Ice Facial’.<br />

Can you talk us through this? The facial starts<br />

with performing a double or triple cleanse<br />

of the skin with the Cleansing Complex to<br />

remove any trace of make-up. The next step<br />

involves applying the Intensive Resurfacing<br />

Masque. This is the ‘fire’ part of the facial<br />

which will create a slight tingle and warming<br />

sensation on the skin while it’s working its<br />

magic. After removing the mask, the skin is<br />

brought back to its normal pH level with the<br />

Cleansing Complex, before proceeding to the<br />

‘ice’ part of the facial where<br />

the skin will receive a cold<br />

infusing form of the Rejuvenating<br />

Masque. I will be<br />

massaging your skin with<br />

ice-globes while the mask is<br />

on. The facial is completed<br />

with different iS Clinical<br />

serums, eye cream, moisturiser<br />

and SPF. After the<br />

innovative Fire & Ice Facial,<br />

you will be ready to take on<br />

the world with a tremendous<br />

glow and a smooth,<br />

refined and ultra radiant<br />

complexion.<br />

Why is the Fire and Ice Facial<br />

so beneficial? The Fire<br />

& Ice Facial bridges the gap<br />

between a gentle facial and<br />

invasive peel, it is formulated<br />

with the purest pharmaceutical<br />

grade ingredients.<br />

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iS Clinical Super Serum<br />

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iS Clinical Active Serum<br />

15 ml Dhs558<br />

Rejuvi K cleanser<br />

200 ml Dhs115<br />

Rejuv S Tinted Sun<br />

Protection 65 g Dhs126<br />

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rapidly, but safely, resurface your skin and<br />

will help to reduce fine lines and wrinkles,<br />

smoothen and soften your skin while encouraging<br />

cellular renewal. The treatment<br />

will result in a dramatically refined complexion<br />

and has zero downtime. There are no<br />

side-effects associated with the treatment,<br />

this is exactly why the red carpet-worthy facial<br />

is loved by Hollywood’s A-listers.<br />

For many of us fine lines creep in without us<br />

noticing. Your skin is incredible – what’s the<br />

best cure for this and what should we not be<br />

doing? I believe that the lines you are referring<br />

to in most cases are actually linked to<br />

surface dehydration. Surface dehydration is<br />

such a common condition. Once your skin<br />

is hydrated, you will notice all the fine lines<br />

vanish. Surface dehydration is a lack of water<br />

in the skin and it cannot be fixed by increasing<br />

your water intake. It has to be targeted<br />

topically. So usually this surface dehydration<br />

is from using too harsh or aggressive foaming<br />

cleansers stripping the skin by removing its<br />

natural oils. You can easily be dehydrated on<br />

the surface but oily underneath, so you really<br />

want to target the problem in the right way.<br />

So, to boil it down – stop using harsh foaming<br />

cleansers on your face.<br />

Which Instagram accounts do you follow for<br />

inspiration? I love Danna Omari @noyskincare<br />

– she is such a beautiful person and<br />

so inspiring to follow as<br />

an esthetician to help you<br />

grow professionally. I also<br />

discovered face reflexology<br />

though her and I cannot<br />

tell you how excited I am<br />

about offering this service<br />

in 2021. It fits perfectly with<br />

the Gua Sha. My teacher –<br />

Jackie Van Ruler @mindbodybeautyinsitute<br />

is also<br />

so incredibly talented and<br />

sweet. Finally, @educateyourskin<br />

@askneridajoy<br />

– such a powerhouse, gorgeous<br />

soul and the ultimate<br />

wealth of knowledge<br />

in skincare. We need more<br />

like her in my industry!<br />

Ultimately, I look for inspiration<br />

everywhere, but I always<br />

try to make it my own.<br />

Visit HER Skin Studio at<br />

Salon INK in Dubai.<br />


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The<br />

Skin Saviours<br />

Skin secrets for looking flawless<br />

this party season<br />


NINA<br />

UBHI<br />


@ninaubhi<br />

What is your go-to product to give you an instant<br />

glow? My go-to for an instant glow is<br />

the Boscia Rosewater mist with Witch Hazel.<br />

It’s refreshing and also leaves a natural, dewy<br />

finish. I always get compliments on my skin<br />

after I’ve used this product.<br />

Your hero product or skincare trick for staying<br />

flawless during party season? I don’t go<br />

anywhere without my Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush<br />

Flawless finish powder. If I’ve had my<br />

makeup on all day and I want to head out for<br />

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the evening but don’t have time to re-do my<br />

makeup, then I add Airbrush Flawless finish<br />

under my eyes and all the places I would usually<br />

highlight – this literally gives my skin the<br />

airbrushed flawless finish.<br />

What are your three skin saviour hero products?<br />

I’m obsessed with The Ordinary’s 1% Retinol<br />

which I’ve been using for around three weeks now<br />

– it’s a game changer. I also love the Dr. Lancer<br />

Caviar Lime Acid Peel – I use this once a week<br />

as an overnight treatment to feed my skin and<br />

nourish it. In the morning it’s plump and super<br />

smooth. Lastly, I don’t leave the house without<br />

applying Dr. Barbara Sturm Sun Drops SPF 50.<br />

This is the best SPF I’ve used for my face as it<br />

doesn’t leave a greasy feeling on the skin and you<br />

can still apply your makeup as normal.<br />

HANEEN<br />

ODEH<br />


@haneenodeh<br />

What is your go-to product to give you an<br />

instant glow? I love the Ole Henriksen Phat<br />

Glow facial. It’s packed with PHAs which are<br />

acids that require no downtime and make the<br />

skin look plumper too. It leaves my skin really<br />

smooth and glowy and makeup goes on better<br />

too. I have dry and slightly sensitive skin<br />

and if I follow the directions it never causes<br />

the sensitivity or redness that other acid peels<br />

sometimes cause.<br />

Your hero product or skincare trick for staying<br />

flawless during party season? A good<br />

primer! I love the hydro grip primer from Milk<br />

Makeup because it really does make my foundation<br />

stay longer without causing my skin to<br />

look dry and chalky. The party season is always<br />

super busy and I like to just apply my<br />

makeup in the morning and have it last all day<br />

with only minor touch ups. I also love having<br />

a good compact powder to reapply during the<br />

day. IT Cosmetics bye bye pores is one of my<br />

favourites. It comes with a little sponge too so<br />

you don’t have to carry a brush.<br />

What are your three skin saviour hero products?<br />

A toner – wearing makeup all day and<br />

now a mask too, can cause congestion which<br />

then causes breakouts. I love using Pixi’s<br />

Clarity Tonic which has salicylic acid and<br />

helps keep zits at bay.<br />

A mask – my skin can get a bit dry from<br />

the colder weather and the Clinique Moisture<br />

Surge mask is extremely hydrating without<br />

being too heavy. I put it on before bed and<br />

wake up with healthy, hydrated skin.<br />

A cleanser – holiday season makeup can be<br />

super glamorous but it needs to come off at the<br />

end of the day. I swear by the Eve Lom cleansing<br />

balm to completely remove all my makeup.<br />

The consistency is great for breaking up heavy<br />

foundations and even waterproof products. It<br />

also doesn’t strip the moisture from my skin<br />

and it never feels tight afterwards.<br />

AYA<br />

FAISAL<br />


@theayoot<br />

What is your go-to product to give you an instant<br />

glow? My go-to product for skin care<br />

would be the Truth Serum from Ole Henriksen<br />

and makeup would be the Cali Kissed<br />

Palette from Smashbox.<br />

Your hero product or skincare trick for staying<br />

flawless during party season? The Estée Laud-<br />

er Serum advanced night repair, use it for only<br />

three weeks and you’ll already see results. I also<br />

use ice on my face before I put on any makeup.<br />

What are your three skin saviour hero products?<br />

If I had to choose three it would be the<br />

soap cleanser from Clinique, the serum from Ole<br />

Henriksen and the soft moisturiser from La Mer.<br />

WALAA<br />

AL FAYEG<br />


@walaa_official<br />

What is your go-to product to give you an instant<br />

glow? I like to use an overnight hydrating<br />

mask with hyaluronic acid to hydrate my<br />

skin and give it an instant glow or the 111SKIN<br />

Celestial Black Facial Diamond Lifting and<br />

Firming Mask is also amazing.<br />

Your hero product or skincare trick for staying<br />

flawless during party season? I love my<br />

day and night vitality serum by Embyou Skin,<br />

as well as the advanced ceramide capsules by<br />

Elizabeth Arden for an instant glow under my<br />

eyes. I like to also gently massage my skin using<br />

a rose quartz roller by Omorovicza which<br />

is perfect to use over and over again.<br />

What are your three skin saviour hero products?<br />

I am currently obsessed with embyou products<br />

so totally in love with vitality eye cream, vitality<br />

serum and day cream. Makeup looks amazing<br />

on me since I started using this routine for a<br />

flawless skin preparation before makeup.<br />

Advanced Night Repair Recovery Complex<br />

Dhs289 Estee Lauder; 1% Retinol Dhs33<br />

The Ordinary; Sun Drops SPF 50 Dhs530 Dr.<br />

Barbara Sturm; Moisture Surge Overnight<br />

Mask Dhs172 Clinique; Truth Serum<br />

Collagen Booster Dhs154 Ole Henriksen<br />


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The<br />

Sensation<br />

When it comes to being the crowning jewel of the restaurant<br />

space in Dubai, Zuma is certainly one of the<br />

strongest contenders to take that title.<br />

Having been at the forefront of the F&B space in<br />

the emirate for 12 years, Zuma has continued to be a<br />

staple for restaurant-goers in Dubai. With impeccable<br />

service, an unbeatable menu, a stellar venue and its<br />

household name, the contemporary Japanese restaurant<br />

has stayed at the centre of the restaurant scene despite<br />

the ever-growing and crowded market in Dubai,<br />

which truly makes the establishment a showstopper.<br />

<strong>Emirates</strong> <strong>Woman</strong> sat down with Zuma’s owner and<br />

founder Rainer Becker to find out what brought Zuma<br />

to Dubai 12 years ago, how the restaurant has stood the<br />

test of time, Zuma’s hero dishes and what it takes to<br />

stay at the top of your game in such a competitive space.<br />

Can you talk us through your career history? I trained<br />

in some of the most prestigious kitchens in Germany,<br />

including Goethehaus in Bensberg, Koenigshop in Munich<br />

and I eventually became Chef de Cuisine in the Hyatt<br />

Regency Hotel in Cologne, where I stayed for three<br />

years. I then had a “breakthrough” moment when I was<br />

promoted to Executive Chef of Park Hyatt Sydney, in<br />

1992, a role which I very proudly accepted. I was there<br />

for two years and gained some recognition including<br />

being awarded Executive Caterer of the Year. Following<br />

this time in Australia, in 1994, I became Executive<br />

Chef in the Park Hyatt Tokyo, where I was in charge of<br />

launching and running all of the five hotel restaurants.<br />

I stayed there for six years before returning to London<br />

with dreams of opening what is now Zuma.<br />

What eventually brought you to Dubai? We opened<br />

Zuma Dubai in 2008, four years after opening Zuma<br />

London and one year after opening Zuma Hong Kong.<br />

At the time, and to this day, our decision to open in a<br />

specific location is really driven by our customer base.<br />

Cities such as Hong Kong and Dubai are where our<br />

customers travelled for work or for vacations and it<br />

made sense to follow our clients.<br />

How does the food and beverage industry here differ<br />

from other places around the world? When we first<br />

As the showstopper of all<br />

Dubai hotspots, delve deep into<br />

the 12-year journey of Zuma<br />

opened, Dubai was a very different beast. The market<br />

has changed significantly in the 10 plus years that we<br />

have been open. It is now a lot more competitive; it is<br />

a crowded market but no more than anywhere else, you<br />

just feel it more because it has happened so quickly. I<br />

think this is a positive though, you need to be at the<br />


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“My hero dishes are the chicken<br />

wings with sake, sea salt and<br />

lime; they are very simple but<br />

have just the right level of sweet,<br />

salt and acid.”<br />

top of your game all the time to remain a market leader.<br />

Having first started in London, what was the appeal of<br />

bringing Zuma over to Dubai? I probably answered this<br />

earlier, but it was our customers! Aside from that the<br />

other deciding factor was my business partner, Arjun<br />

Waney, whose brother resides in Dubai and had for<br />

many years. He explained to us that there was nothing<br />

like Zuma in the marketplace and he felt we would do<br />

well there. The rest is history!<br />

You’ve just celebrated an incredible milestone of being<br />

named the top bar in the Middle East. What does this<br />

achievement feel like? It’s wonderful! I could not be<br />

prouder of the team. I never would have imagined this<br />

after 12 years. It really illustrates how hard everyone<br />

works to be “at the top of their game”.<br />

You’ve really paved the way for a lot of international<br />

brands to come to Dubai. How do you ensure Zuma<br />

stays ahead? I believe competition is very healthy, it<br />

drives the business forward and forces you to strive to<br />

be consistently better. Product and consistency are key!<br />

Additionally, I believe all elements within a restaurant<br />

hold equal importance, the design, service, food, drinks,<br />

lighting, music. We have all been out for dinner and had<br />

great food but if the service is not up to scratch you are<br />

not likely to return. We work incredibly hard as a business<br />

to ensure that all areas are of the highest standard.<br />

What are the hero dishes, in your opinion, at Zuma? Oh,<br />

that’s a tricky one but I would probably go back to some<br />

of the original Zuma London dishes. My hero dishes are<br />

the chicken wings with sake, sea salt and lime; they are<br />

very simple but have just the right level of sweet, salt and<br />

acid. Additionally, the tuna tataki; sliced seared tuna<br />

with chilli daikon and ponzu sauce is a particular favourite<br />

of mine. To be honest, there are too many hero or<br />

signature dishes to name. Others include the Chilean sea<br />

bass, spicy beef, yellowtail with ponzu – the list goes on!<br />

Who would you say is your chef inspiration? There are<br />

too many to count but I would definitely say Alain Ducasse<br />

inspires me, he draws on classic techniques and<br />

puts a contemporary twist on his dishes. In the Japanese<br />

food world, Chef Hirohisa Koyama changed the<br />

way I saw Japanese cuisine and was very much ahead of<br />

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

was a really good cook and I remember her cooking dinner<br />

whilst I was doing homework at the kitchen table, I<br />

would often jump up and try to get involved.<br />

What are the hurdles you’ve experienced during your<br />

career? Sometimes naivety and enthusiasm are our best<br />

business gifts. I never opened Zuma with a concise business<br />

plan for the global reach it now has. I only ever wanted<br />

to open one restaurant, and I never thought beyond<br />

that at the time when I was planning the original Zuma.<br />

As a result, I sometimes struggled with the idea and<br />

speed of the business expansion, you worry about being<br />

able to consistently deliver. But here we are and I am very<br />

proud of what we have built and the team behind it all.<br />

On the opposite end of the spectrum, what are the milestones?<br />

I always wanted to cook. I used to come home<br />

from school and my mum would be cooking dinner. I am<br />

not sure if that was a driving force or impacted my choice<br />

but for as long as I can remember I enjoyed and wanted<br />

to cook. My father, however, decided it wasn’t much of<br />

a career so, in a bid to dissuade me, he sent me to his<br />

friend’s restaurant to work there one summer, in a desperate<br />

attempt to put me off. I got stuck in doing basic<br />

cooking and kitchen duties – it was hard graft! Instead, I<br />

came back more fired up than before. From that moment,<br />

he supported me so that was a pretty big milestone. My<br />

career took me to Australia and from there Japan where<br />

everything changed, both experiences were very influential<br />

to me and therefore pretty big milestones.<br />

What do you see next for Zuma Dubai? The team are<br />

driving the business, innovating and achieving great<br />

things – I would be happy to see that continue in the<br />

years to come.<br />

LIFE<br />

emirateswoman.com<br />



The New<br />

Hotspot<br />

As sister to Zuma, the new Business<br />

Bay restaurant ROKA has a lot to live<br />

up to and it certainly does<br />

Business Bay hotspot ROKA has taken the<br />

challenge of being the new contender headon<br />

and has become an instant hit amongst<br />

the Dubai restaurant crowd. Situated in The<br />

Opus, a building designed by Zaha Hadid,<br />

ROKA has brought its unique style of con-<br />

temporary Japanese Robatayaki cuisine to<br />

Dubai and it’s an absolute must-try. Like<br />

its elder sibling Zuma, ROKA’s flagship<br />

restaurant is located in London, but it’s<br />

undoubtedly already carved its place in the<br />

F&B space in the emirate under the leadership<br />

of executive head chef Libor Dobis.<br />

<strong>Emirates</strong> <strong>Woman</strong> sat down with the critically-acclaimed<br />

chef to find out what it has<br />

been like opening a restaurant in the middle<br />

of a pandemic, how he believes the Dubai<br />

restaurant scene sets itself apart from other<br />

places, ROKA’s hero dishes and the future<br />

of the establishment in Dubai.<br />

Can you talk us through your career history?<br />

My career really kick-started in London in<br />

2004 when I started working at I Sapori<br />

by Stefano Cavallini, an Italian restaurant.<br />

My passion for food always stemmed from<br />

South-East Asian flavours and cooking<br />

techniques so I developed to work for the<br />

likes of Nobu, Nahm, a famed Thai restaurant<br />

at the time, and Naamyaa by Alan Yau.<br />

Finally, I landed at ROKA and worked both<br />

in the Mayfair and Canary Wharf locations<br />

where I worked my way up to Head Chef before<br />

moving to Dubai.<br />

What eventually brought you to Dubai? From<br />

a career perspective, I was ready for the next<br />

step and a new opportunity but there was<br />

no way I was leaving the ROKA family so<br />

when the project in Dubai presented itself, I<br />

jumped at it. From a family perspective, we<br />

were also looking for a new adventure and<br />

Dubai seemed like the ideal place at this<br />

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How does the food and beverage industry<br />

here differ from other places around the<br />

world? Dubai is a new and different world.<br />

It is relatively young from an industry perspective<br />

with lots of new restaurant opening<br />

all the time, it’s booming! There are obviously<br />

cultural diversities in every country,<br />

which need to be adapted to whether this is<br />

from a customer or business perspective.<br />

ROKA opened just before the pandemic and<br />

then closed. What was that like for you as a<br />

chef? It was tough, I won’t lie, having just arrived<br />

in the country and then virtually going<br />

straight into lockdown. However, you must<br />

take the positive experiences out of difficult<br />

situations, I learnt a lot during this time.<br />

How was ROKA affected during lockdown?<br />

How did you adapt? I believe all restaurants<br />

were affected similarly. We started takeaway<br />

relatively quickly and when we were able to<br />

reopen, we adapted the restaurant swiftly<br />

in-line with the government’s regulations.<br />

During the time we were closed we took advantage<br />

of it and used it to plan and strategise<br />

new menus etc.<br />

ROKA really has found its own niche in the<br />

Business Bay area. Would you agree? I definitely<br />

agree, YES! We are fortunate to have<br />

a fantastic location; the terrace views are<br />

to die for. To top it off we are in a building<br />

which I believe is becoming an icon of the<br />

“ROKA has<br />

heart, warmth<br />

and energy,<br />

which is a unique<br />

feeling I believe,<br />

it hits you when<br />

you walk through<br />

the doors.”<br />

Dubai skyline – really it could not be better.<br />

What are the hero dishes at ROKA? We have<br />

a large amount of ROKA signature dishes<br />

from London on our menu that have been<br />

firm favourites here as well. The likes of the<br />

Kampachi Salad, Lamb Cutlets and Mushroom<br />

Hotpot. In addition, there are dishes<br />

that are unique to the Dubai menu which I<br />

would consider are hero dishes now, such as<br />

the Bone Marrow & the Baked Potato.<br />

What do you think sets ROKA apart from other<br />

eateries in Dubai? ROKA has heart, warmth<br />

and energy, which is a unique feeling I believe,<br />

it hits you when you walk through the doors.<br />

It is driven by the passion to deliver consistently<br />

high levels of food, service, drinks; every<br />

element. The ROKA culture is a “thing”<br />

that exists throughout all the locations and I<br />

am yet to see this replicated elsewhere.<br />

Who would you say your chef inspiration is?<br />

Honestly, it is difficult to say as there are so<br />

many great chefs, and I have had many mentors<br />

but if I had to choose I would name David<br />

Thompson, who I worked for at Nahm, and the<br />

ROKA Group Executive Chef Hamish Brown,<br />

he has a unique passion and incredible pallet.<br />

What are the hurdles you’ve experienced<br />

during your career as a chef? I would say the<br />

lockdown was probably the most stressful<br />

time, the business is forced to close, and you<br />

have no idea what the next day will bring…<br />

On the opposite end of the spectrum, what<br />

are the milestones? Moving to Dubai was a<br />

milestone for sure. It started a new chapter<br />

in my life personally and professionally and<br />

has opened many doors that I never thought<br />

of when I was back in London.<br />

What future do you see for ROKA in this region?<br />

I see ROKA having a very bright future<br />

internationally and within the region but ultimately<br />

the expansion is not within my control<br />

so I would simply say, watch this space!<br />

LIFE<br />

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The ideal location to spend the festive<br />

period whether you’re there for<br />

the day or indulging in a staycation.<br />

From world-class culinary delights<br />

to exclusive experiences and an aweaspiring<br />

view.<br />

Bull & Bear<br />

Inspired by the legendary eatery<br />

based in New-York, diners can relish<br />

an extensive array of dishes that cater<br />

to all palettes while adding a twist to<br />

the classics in a relaxed setting. Gather<br />

for New Year’s Eve to indulge in a<br />

gastronomic selection of delights.<br />

St. Trop<br />

For that Parisian chic avant-garde<br />

flair, St. Trop is an urban paradise<br />

of mid-day escapes located in the<br />

heart of the city with a stylish rooftop<br />

lounge – with its pool, whirlpool, timber<br />

decking and bright colours.<br />


DINNER<br />

Date: 24th December 6.30-11.30pm<br />

Make this festive occasion a special<br />

one with delicious culinary treasures<br />

filled with immense flavour.<br />

Dhs325 per person with a Mulled grape<br />

cocktail on arrival<br />


Date: 25th December 1-5pm<br />

Guests can relish an opulent feast and<br />

enjoy a Wolf of Wall Street themed<br />

festive brunch with all the traditional<br />

trimmings.<br />

Dhs325 per person<br />


The Baller<br />

You’d be forgiven for thinking you’re in the latest<br />

hangout in New York. Waldorf Astoria DIFC successfully<br />

delivers beautiful design and excellence in service<br />


Date: 31st December 9pm-3am<br />

A magnificent display of lights and<br />

fireworks across an unrivalled skyline.<br />

Dhs350 per person booking before December<br />

25th 2020<br />


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The<br />

Supper Club<br />

The edit of the superlative<br />

establishments across Dubai<br />


Left:<br />

Indochine<br />

Enjoy a piece of New York<br />

City right here in Dubai at<br />

Indochine, which has been a<br />

hotspot in the city that never<br />

sleeps for over 36 years.<br />


Beef Pho Rolls<br />

Steamed rice noodle, beef,<br />

Thai basil, scallion confit,<br />

nuoc cham, crispy shallots<br />

and cashew<br />

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Scalini<br />

Scalini Dubai brings a taste of<br />

its diverse heritage from London<br />

and Italy to the UAE.<br />


Tagliolini with Grana Padano<br />

sauce and Truffle<br />

99 Sushi<br />

This fine dining spot just recently<br />

made its way to Dubai<br />

after being a huge success in<br />

Abu Dhabi. With unbeatable<br />

views of the Burj Khalifa, exquisite<br />

Japanese cuisine and<br />

a chic ambience, it makes for<br />

the ideal spot to celebrate this<br />

festive season.<br />


Lobster maki with sake<br />

Nammos<br />

Bringing the glamour and<br />

party atmosphere from the<br />

shores of Mykonos right to<br />

Dubai, Nammos offers superb<br />

taste and sumptuous views.<br />


Lobster meat pasta<br />

Right:<br />

Il Ristorante – Niko<br />

Romito, Bvlgari<br />

Hotel<br />

Combining the aesthetic<br />

of the original Bvlgari Hotel<br />

Milano with unbeatable<br />

views of the Arabian Gulf, Il<br />

Ristorante – Niko Romito<br />

at the Bvlgari Hotel Dubai is<br />

the perfect place for a seamless<br />

dining experience during<br />

party season.<br />


Steamed langoustines with<br />

mayonnaise, lettuce and chilli<br />

Above from left:<br />

Cipriani<br />

High gloss wood interior and<br />

polished stainless-steel take<br />

centre stage at buzzing DIFC<br />

hotspot Cipriani. Expect nothing<br />

but flawless Italian cuisine<br />

from this superlative gem.<br />


Veal Piccatine al Limone<br />

Shanghai ME<br />

Combing the art-deco elegance<br />

of 1930s Shanghai with a contemporary<br />

twist, this restaurant<br />

has raidly become a firm<br />

favourite with those who love<br />

to dine amongst opulent decor.<br />


Yellowtail Carpaccio with<br />

Black Truffle<br />


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Right from top:<br />

The MAINE<br />

Land Brasserie<br />

The third brainchild of the<br />

MAINE man Joey Ghazal, the<br />

MAINE Land Brasserie combines<br />

a period fidelity with<br />

a speakeasy feel to create a<br />

contemporary gem located in<br />

Business Bay.<br />


Angry Lobster Pasta<br />

Avli by tashas<br />

Avli by tashas captures the<br />

essence of Greek cuisine combined<br />

with a chic and sophisticated<br />

space reminiscent of<br />

the Mediterranean.<br />


Lamb Youvesti<br />

Lamb shank cooked in<br />

cinnamon, orzo, tomato,<br />

kefalotyri and sage<br />

LPM<br />

Restaurant & Bar<br />

Having been a staple of the<br />

Dubai restaurant scene for a<br />

decade, LPM Restaurant &<br />

Bar offers a superlative experience<br />

every time.<br />


Coquelet with Confit Lemon<br />

Roast baby chicken marinated<br />

in lemon<br />

CE LA VI<br />

There’s no doubt that skyhigh<br />

restaurant CE LA VI<br />

gives the absolute best views<br />

of Dubai, and the contemporary<br />

Asian cuisine certainly<br />

matches the stunning skyline.<br />


Black Truffle ‘Sushi Rice’<br />

Risotto<br />

L’Atelier de Joel<br />

Robuchon<br />

As one of the worlds most<br />

renowned restaurant chains,<br />

L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon<br />

recently opened its doors in<br />

Dubai just in time for party<br />

season.<br />


Crispy poached egg with<br />

caviar<br />

GAIA<br />

The brainchild of Chef Izu,<br />

GAIA encompasses the Greek<br />

Goddess of Earth, the mother<br />

of the sun, the mountains and<br />

the sea and is the inspiration<br />

for each exquisite Mediterranean<br />

dish.<br />


Lamb cutlets, pita bread and<br />

tzatziki<br />

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Fine<br />

Finish<br />

Chloe Szukilojc<br />

approaches<br />

creating fine floral<br />

arrangements<br />

with a daring eye<br />

for the unusual<br />

What do your first 30 minutes of the day look<br />

like? When I am up, I like to head to the gym<br />

or clean my house while listening to a podcast.<br />

I find this so therapeutic. I love coming<br />

home to a fresh, clean house because my<br />

days can be so busy that I need to be in a clear<br />

space when I return home. I try to take some<br />

time for myself in the morning because this<br />

is the only time in my day where I am able<br />

to do so. I have become addicted to podcasts<br />

and it allows me the space to not focus on<br />

everything else, even for a short time.<br />

Tell us about your role as Creative Director of<br />

Fine Blooms. I love my job so much. There<br />

are so many different aspects to my role and<br />

every day is different from the next. I spend<br />

a lot of time sourcing and ordering flowers as<br />

most of our products come from our suppliers<br />

in Holland. Making sure the flowers are<br />

here on time for events and orders is essential.<br />

The role is ever changing, we all help out<br />

and work together as a team and this is key<br />

for the success of any business.<br />

How did you know you wanted to be a florist?<br />

I have always wanted to do something creative.<br />

I always excelled in textiles, design<br />

and art at school. My passion for flowers<br />

came from a young age, and as I grew older,<br />

I become more confident in pursuing my<br />

dream. Being a florist then, isn’t the same<br />

as it is now, back then it would have been<br />

very uncommon to leave school and do what<br />

I do. Now I think floristry is more exclusive,<br />

it’s like an art practice.<br />

What has been the biggest challenge since<br />

launching and how did you overcome this? I<br />

relocated to Dubai at the end of February of<br />

this year and three weeks later, we went into<br />

lockdown. Not only was I in a completely<br />

new country and in a new role, but also in<br />

the middle of a global pandemic. There have<br />

been some tough times, but honestly, the<br />

good far outweighs the bad. I feel very proud<br />

of how Fine Blooms has excelled this year.<br />

Which flower is your favourite, and why? This<br />

is honestly the most challenging question,<br />

and it changes every season. By the end of<br />

the peony season, I’m ready to see some-<br />

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thing new but when they come back, I’m in<br />

love again. That’s what’s so great about my<br />

job; things are always changing all the time.<br />

Currently, I cannot live without chocolate<br />

cosmos. They look like chocolate and smell<br />

exactly like chocolate.<br />

Which floral trends are the most popular in<br />

the region? Floristry is like fashion, and any<br />

other face-paced industry. Trends are continually<br />

changing and evolving. I think people<br />

in the region are now looking for something<br />

different, unusual and unique. When<br />

we create our wildest designs, that’s usually<br />

what gets the most attention.<br />

How should you look after your floral arrangements?<br />

Lots of water! Fill your vase<br />

right to the top as flowers drink super quickly,<br />

especially when it’s hot, and if you receive<br />

a bouquet the stems can be different lengths.<br />

So, to avoid any dying off quicker than the<br />

others, make sure to fill right to the top of the<br />

vase and change the water every two days.<br />

What’s inspires when creating floral designs?<br />

I take a lot of inspiration from my surroundings.<br />

The environment, natural products<br />

and landscapes inspire me. I love using the<br />

unusual. Over the past year we’ve used sand,<br />

fruit and even salt rocks in our designs.<br />

I want to do things differently and show<br />

people how to incorporate what you have in<br />

your fruit bowl into your dinner party table<br />

arrangement set up.<br />

What key elements should be present in flower<br />

arrangements for the festive season, and<br />

will you be creating festive wreaths? Everyone<br />

celebrates the festive season differently, so I<br />

think it’s important not to box yourself into<br />

the stereotypical designs or colour schemes.<br />

We will be focusing heavily on dried flowers<br />

this festive season so our customers can keep<br />

arrangements in their homes for longer, even<br />

through into the New Year.<br />

Which Instagram accounts do you follow for<br />

inspiration? @rubymarylennox is a magician.<br />

An Australian florist now living in Berlin<br />

and taking the floristry world by storm. I<br />

gasp every time I see a new post.<br />

Also, my sister @isabellaszukilojc, she is<br />

fabulous. She is the Dark Lab’s Marketing<br />

Director, which holds the most captivating,<br />

eye-opening festival every year, Dark Mofo<br />

in Hobart, Tasmania. It honestly blows my<br />

mind what they do there.<br />

What advice would you give to your younger<br />

self starting? Trust your instinct. I spent a<br />

few years working in the fashion industry<br />

because I thought it was the closest thing I<br />

could do to floristry. Obviously, in the end, I<br />

wasn’t happy, as it wasn’t where my passion<br />

lay. Also, always go for what you want and<br />

don’t get too caught up in what’s the traditional<br />

route of a career. You can make anything<br />

happen if you work hard and believe in<br />

yourself. Don’t seek approval from others; it<br />

will always hold you back.<br />

This is ‘The Party Issue’ – how will you be celebrating<br />

this year? Like many others this year,<br />

I won’t be able to make it home to my family<br />

and friends back in Australia, which is heartbreaking.<br />

Still, I’m trying to make the best<br />

out of this situation and take some time off<br />

and explore the UAE and spend my first holiday<br />

season in my new home with my partner<br />

and friends. I’m so looking forward to it. I<br />

think the whole world deserves a good break!<br />

LIFE<br />

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The Rejuvenation<br />

Rest, relax and<br />

revitalize ready for<br />

the New Year<br />

Remède Spa, Abu Dhabi<br />

Immerse yourself in luxury at the Remède Spa<br />

at the St. Regis Abu Dhabi. This sanctuary<br />

has an array of therapists on-hand to customise<br />

treatments for every individual to ensure<br />

each person receives the optimum benefits.<br />


Elemis Biotec Firm-A-Lift<br />

Using a blend of massages and sculpting<br />

galvanic technology, this treatment enables<br />


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Left page from top: SENSASIA<br />

Stories at the Kempinski Hotel Mall<br />

of the <strong>Emirates</strong>, Dubai; Remède<br />

Spa, Abu Dhabi<br />

you to rediscover the architecture of your<br />

face. Within just 60 minutes, the face is visibly<br />

strengthened for a contoured and lifted<br />

complexion.<br />

Anantara The Palm<br />

Spa, Dubai<br />

The philosophy at the Dubai-based Thaiinspired<br />

resort spa is “unending”, meaning<br />

that the Anantara Spa aims their treatments<br />

to leave a lasting effect on their guests long<br />

after they leave.<br />


Magnesium Full Body Massage<br />

Combining magnesium – which is one of<br />

the seven macrominerals and contributes to<br />

healthy bones, supporting nerve and muscles<br />

function, promoting energy level and<br />

aiding a healthy immune system – and a<br />

deep full body massage, your body will feel<br />

like it’s had a complete weight lifted off it<br />

after the treatment.<br />

SENSASIA Stories at the<br />

Kempinski Hotel Mall of the<br />

<strong>Emirates</strong>, Dubai<br />

Aiming to give its guests a sense of escapism,<br />

SENSASIA Stories delivers a hushed,<br />

monastic and completely customisable spa<br />

experience – driven by mood and devoted to<br />

holistic wellness for both body and mind.<br />


Inhibit Face and Neck Lift<br />

This new beauty protocol combines the<br />

revolutionary Inhibit range of professional<br />

products with the most advanced facial<br />

massage technique to effectively soften<br />

wrinkles. It’s the perfect prep for the party<br />

season or rejuvenating for the New Year.<br />

The Hundred Wellness<br />

Centre, Dubai<br />

A wellness centre may not be where your<br />

mind goes to when you think of pampering,<br />

but it’s the perfect place to recentre yourself<br />

and rejuvenate your inner being. The<br />

holistic wellness centre, founded by Asma<br />

Lootah, encourages people to transform<br />

their physical, mental and emotional health<br />

through holistic practices, natural medicine<br />

and positive nutrition.<br />


Rapid Transformational Therapy<br />

Combining hypnotherapy, psychotherapy,<br />

NLP, CBT and neuroscience, this treatment<br />

aims to give a truly transformational experience<br />

to people by targeting physical, emotional<br />

and psychological pain to reframe core beliefs,<br />

values, habits and emotions that are deep in<br />

the subconscious.<br />

The SPA at the Palazzo<br />

Versace Hotel, Dubai<br />

Unwind in true style at The SPA at the Palazzo<br />

Versace Hotel. With marble floors and<br />

mother of pearl details, you don’t get much<br />

more lavish and decadent than this.<br />


The Ultimate<br />

This treatment truly is ‘The Ultimate’ giving<br />

guests the opportunity to unwind for seven<br />

hours and indulge in five of The SPA’s most<br />

luxurious treatments. The day includes a<br />

This page from top: Anantara<br />

The Palm Spa, Dubai; The SPA at the<br />

Palazzo Versace Hotel, Dubai<br />

chauffeur fetching you from your Dubai<br />

home and then breakfast at the Giardino<br />

Restaurant, with the spa journey beginning<br />

with the Signature Hammam followed by<br />

the Ceremonial Massage. You’ll also have a<br />

two-course meal, followed by a rejuvenating<br />

facial, blow-dry, classic manicure and<br />

pedicure, along with a glass of champagne<br />

or mocktail. It’s the perfect ‘me’ day.<br />

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Festive Finish<br />

Decorations to add luxe and light to your celebrations<br />


Clockwise from top right: Metal candlestick Dhs65 H&M Home; Feather Christmas garland<br />

Dhs145 Zara Home; Radiant Glitter Gold Star Ornament Dhs25 Crate & Barrel<br />

From left: Goat decoration Dhs55 Ikea; Gold maple leaf wreath Dhs649 A by Amara; Myrrhe Candle<br />

Dhs246 Diptyque; Glitter ball ornament Dhs30 Bloomingdales; Sheepskin Dhs195 Ikea<br />


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RSVP<br />

True tablescape goals<br />


Clockwise from left: Glass candle lantern Dhs27 each H&M Home; Venato Imperial China 27<br />

Plate Dhs140 each Wedgwood; X Giobagnara Agora medium round suede bowl Dhs1,960 Nick<br />

Vinson Exclusively available at MATCHESFASHION<br />

From left: Ripple Champagne Saucer Set of 2 Dhs177 Ferm Living available at Amara; Haas Lynda Box and Plate Set of 4 Dhs2,235 L’Objet;<br />

Marquis Maxwell Decanter Dhs315 Waterford; Art Deco teacup and saucer Dhs55 each Spal available at bloomingdales.ae<br />

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