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5 New Gucci Beauty Lessons, From Mascara Tears to Lilac Lids

Rather than offering an escape from reality,, in Italian, in the show notes. “May the miracle of skillful hands and holding breath come out of the shadows.” Inside the Gucci Hub, showgoers arrived to find themselves in a place that tends to stay hidden from the front of house—the ever-elusive backstage. There, amid rows of collapsible makeup chairs and vanity mirrors, attendees watched robe-clad models get ready for the show. As makeup artist Thomas de Kluyver melted Gucci’s new Mascara L’Obscur to create a teary effect down the face, hairstylist Paul Hanlon did some final zhuzhing on the show’s sharp, geometric wigs and affixed crystal headbands atop dizzying braided updos. After their beauty transformations were complete, the show’s 60 models were dressed inside a glass-walled cylinder before hitting the runway. With the enchanting fly-on-the-wall experience, Michele celebrated the process of transformation like never before. Here, five hair and makeup ideas to take straight from the Gucci runway. Mascara Tears Dry on Their Own Photo: Getty “We’re using mascara in a little bit of an unexpected way for the show today,” explained De Kluyver. For a grungy, punk look, the pro swiped on Mascara L’Obscur underneath the waterlines, then melted it with water to tear-stained effect. Crystal Headbands Go With Everything Photo: Getty Of all the accessories, the pièce de résistance was the crystal mesh headband, which was worn with a wide variety of hair looks, from a tousled-back updo and loose waves to the elaborate braided updos woven by Hanlon. A Scarf Is the Chicest Bad-Hair-Day Fix Photo: Getty If your hair isn’t cooperating, or you just want to make a statement both chic and simple, a muted floral-print hair scarf adds a touch of ’70s cool. Lilac Lids Add an Unexpected Pop Photo: Getty Bright lavender was swept across a few gazes for a soft yet impactful feel. Instead of basic brown or black, reach for lilac to add a pop to your fall color palette. Bleached Brows Are the Ultimate Statement Photo: Getty Before the show, De Kluyver mixed up blue bowls of bleach and applied the lightening elixir to select sets of arches. The takeaway? Worn with starkly bare skin, canceled-out brows are the paramount Gucci muse beauty statement. Originally published on Read Next: The post.

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An Exhibition of Banksy Artwork is Heading to Saudi Arabia This Weekend

An artwork Banksy created on the side of a house in Bristol, England on Valentine’s Day. Photo: Instagram/@banksy We still may not know the identity of British street artist, and auctioned off for millions of dirhams. This weekend, art enthusiasts from the region can grab a glimpse of the anonymous graffiti artist’s work in the Middle East for the first time. Also Read: Called “The Art of Banksy ‘Without Limits'”, the traveling exhibition has already made stops in European capitals Amsterdam, Berlin, and Paris, before heading to exhibition in celebration of his artwork and messages the organizers hope to spread across the world, explains the event website. The ticketed event has yet to be authorized by the artist himself and is unlikely to be considering his belief that his art should be enjoyed at no cost. Case in point: The unexpected live destruction of his infamous “Girl with Balloon” during a Sotheby’s auction via a secret shredder Banksy installed within the painting’s frame. More recently, the UK-based creative resurfaced after a few months of silence on Valentine’s Day with a 3D mural depicting a young girl firing a slingshot of red flowers on the side of a house in Bristol, reminiscent of the same iconic work he shredded a few years ago. “The Art of Banksy ‘Without Limits'” will run at the King Abdullah Financial Centre in Riyadh from February 21 until April 20.  Read Next: The post.

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Sheikh Mohammed & Ivanka Trump Highlight the UAE’s Progress Towards Gender Equality

Ivanka Trump addressing the Global Women’s Forum Dubai. Photo: Instagram/@dubaimediaoffice Although the World Economic Forum has already ranked the as the leading country in gender equality within the Middle East closing 64% of its overall gender gap, the record-breaking country championed for achieving the “biggest” and the “best” has its sights set on something greater: Becoming one of the world’s top 25 countries for gender equality by 2021. Taking proactive steps to realize this vision, the UAE is fast becoming a model for gender balance in the region, empowering women in social, economic, political, and educational spheres. This change has not gone unnoticed by US presidential adviser at the opening of the Global Women’s Forum Dubai (GWFD) at Madinat Jumeirah yesterday, February 16. “Substantial legal reforms have been made by governments across the Middle East this past year to advance,” wrote Trump on Instagram. “I participated in the Women’s Global Forum Dubai and We-Fi Regional Summit this weekend to build on this momentum and advocate for further change across the region and around the world.” HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, Crown Prince of Dubai Sheikh Hamdan, and Senior US Presidential Advisor Ivanka Trump at the Global Women’s Forum in Dubai. Photo: Instagram/@dubaimediaoffice Read Also: Centered around the theme “The Power of Influence”, GWFD invited more than 100 global leaders and 3,000 delegates, including former UK prime minister Theresa May and managing director of the IMF Kristalina Georgieva, to engage in actionable dialogue on the advancement of women in the Arab world and highlight those who are already paving the path for future generations. In her speech, Trump praised the UAE and its leadership for the increasing representation of Emirati women in the local economy as well as “removing barriers to women joining the workforce and developing a national strategy that recognizes women as central to sustainable growth”.  The US President’s daughter also recognized many other countries in the region that are making progress in gender equality, such as Bahrain’s legislation against workplace discrimination and Morocco’s expansion of land rights. HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, and senior US presidential advisor Ivanka Trump meet during the Global Women’s Forum in Dubai. Photo: Instagram/@dubaimediaoffice Women in the Emirates are quickly becoming leaders in both public and private sectors of the workforce across all disciplines, a fact HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE shared with his followers on Twitter yesterday after attending the GWFD with his son Sheikh Hamdan.  “We are proud of UAE‘s achievements and grateful for the efforts of Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak whose energy propelled the UAE to leading positions in empowering women,” tweeted His Highness. “Women make up a third of UAE government, 50% of Federal National Council, & over 70% of university graduates.”  These new graduates especially are the ones who are going to make long-lasting strides and positive worldwide impact explained Trump. “You are the women who are going to imagine new industries, discover new cures, create works of beauty, and improve lives around the world,” said the American businesswoman. “We come together to ask nations in this region to continue to work with us to break new ground, to institute changes—legally and culturally—that will give every woman a chance to determine her own destiny and bring greater peace and prosperity to this region and to the world.” Arab women have long been challenging gender-based norms, defying outdated myths, and redefining what it means to have equal rights, so it was only a matter of time before the international world noticed and championed its progress. “I participated in the Women’s Global Forum Dubai and We-Fi Regional Summit this weekend to build on this momentum and advocate for further change across the region and around the world,” wrote Trump on Instagram. Photo: Instagram/@ivankatrump Read Next: The post.

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Imaan Hammam Rocks the Milan Fashion Week Runways Once Again

Imaan Hammam in Fendi at Milan Fashion Week. Photo: Instagram/@imaanhammam Imaan Hammam is quickly becoming a, Hammam is reminiscent of a bygone era in elbow-length satin gloves and a dusty rose dress complete with a statement fur wrap. The next day, the Dutch model of Moroccan and Egyptian heritage is all about maximalism, embracing for leaving her speechless after every show. Imaan Hammam in Moschino at Milan Fashion Week. Photo: Instagram/@imaanhammam Imaan Hammam in Moschino at Milan Fashion Week. Photo: Instagram/@imaanhammam Considering her longtime relationship with the famed house, it’s no surprise that Hammam rounded out her MFW schedule walking once again for donned an oversized knit sweater embroidered with vibrant floral accents and matching handbag this time around for a cozy yet chic way of keeping warm during the next wave of colder months. Also Read: Imaan Hammam in Versace at Milan Fashion Week. Photo: Instagram/@imaanhammam For Hammam, the runways are now her home. After years of wishing and practicing, the frequently sought-after fashion model’s dream turned into a reality when she opened.” Although the emerging regional star is setting her sights on other opportunities in the sartorial world, including launching a, it’s heartening to see her return to the stage once again in a vivid representation of Arab girl power. Scroll through the gallery below to see more of Imaan Hammam’s unforgettable runway looks over the years. Imaan Hammam in Alexander McQueen. Photo: Instagram/@imaanhammam Imaan Hammam in Moschino. Photo: Instagram/@imaanhammam Imaan Hammam in Versace. Photo: Instagram/@imaanhammam Imaan Hammam in Anna Sui. Photo: Instagram/@imaanhammam Imaan Hammam in Sportmax. Photo: Instagram/@imaanhammam Imaan Hammam in Versace. Photo: Instagram/@imaanhammam Imaan Hammam in Fendi. Photo: Instagram/@imaanhammam Imaan Hammam in Versace. Photo: Instagram/@imaanhammam Imaan Hammam in Moschino. Photo: Instagram/@imaanhammam Imaan Hammam in Versace. Photo: Instagram/@imaanhammam Imaan Hammam in The Row. Photo: Instagram/@imaanhammam Imaan Hammam in Versace. Photo: Instagram/@imaanhammam Imaan Hammam in Mugler. Photo: Instagram/@imaanhammam Imaan Hammam in Moschino. Photo: Instagram/@imaanhammam 1 Read Next: The post.

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The Region’s Show-Stealing It Girls at Milan Fashion Week

Leena Al Ghouti in Prada at Milan Fashion Week Photo: Instagram/@leenalghouti Amina Muaddi in Fendi at Milan Fashion Week. Photo: Instagram/@aminamuaddi Diala Makki in Dolce & Gabbana at Milan Fashion Week. Photo: Instagram/@dialamakki Ola Farahat in Gucci at Milan Fashion Week. Photo: Instagram/@olafarahat Negin Mirsalehi in Prada at Milan Fashion WeekPhoto: Instagram/@negin_mirsalehi Oumayma Elboumeshouli in Prada at Milan Fashion Week. Photo: Instagram/@oumaymaboumeshouli Rania Fawaz in Prada at Milan Fashion Week. Photo: Instagram/@raniafawazz Ola Farahat in Max Mara at Milan Fashion Week. Photo: Instagram/@olafarahat Tamara Kalinic in Furla at Milan Fashion Week. Photo: Instagram/@tamara Farhana Bodi in Max Mara at Milan Fashion Week. Photo: Instagram/@farhanabodi Salma Abu Deif in Prada at Milan Fashion Week. Photo: Instagram/@salmaabudeif Fatema in Max Mara at Milan Fashion Week. Photo: Instagram/@justfatema Leena Al Ghouti in Max Mara at Milan Fashion Week Photo: Instagram/@leenalghouti Negin Mirsalehi in Gucci at Milan Fashion WeekPhoto: Instagram/@negin_mirsalehi Rania Fawaz in Max Mara at Milan Fashion Week. Photo: Instagram/@raniafawazz Ola Farahat in Versace at Milan Fashion Week. Photo: Instagram/@olafarahat Farhana Bodi in Brunello Cucinelli at Milan Fashion Week. Photo: Instagram/@farhanabodi Fatema in Brunello Cucinelli at Milan Fashion Week. Photo: Instagram/@justfatema 1 While all eyes are on the long-awaited runways of in a series of chic outfits highlighting the power of mixing fabrics and colors for a trendy take on everyday fashion. Scroll through the gallery above for more examples of elevated street style for which the Middle East is quickly becoming renowned. Read Next: The post.

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Victoria Lopyreva, Model and Influencer, is Bridging Russian and Emirati Cultures in Dubai Through Her Festival

Named after Russia’s famous wooden nesting dolls, the Matrëshka Festival aims to bridge Russian and Emirati cultures. Photo: Instagram/@matreshka_festival While the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia piqued the interest of many tourists around the world to visit the vast European nation, the agreement last year waiving visa requirements between will be returning to Dubai for its fourth edition this March. Launched in 2014, the festival was co-founded by Russian model and influencer Victoria Lopyreva with the goal to bridge the two nations in an elaborate celebration of arts, fashion, music, and cuisine through a packed schedule of live entertainment and fair-style vendors. “The 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia was one of the most exciting projects of my life,” explained Lopyreva, who was an official ambassador of the iconic sporting event. “For 4 years, I was proudly part of the strongest marketing team in the world—and together we achieved phenomenal goals!
 Through hard and intensive work, we created a huge wave and surge of interest for Russian culture around the world, an achievement we hold close to our hearts.” Matrëshka Festival co-founder Victoria Lopyreva. Supplied Hoping to translate her life-changing experience with FIFA across various cultural experiences in destinations around the world, the Lopyreva helped to create and organize the Matrëshka Festival in the UAE. “I see my mission as building dialogue further between our countries, creating new opportunities for the development of small and medium-sized businesses in Russia and abroad, and welcoming more international tourists and travelers to the regions of the Russian Federation,” said the former Miss Russia. Matrëshka Festival co-founder Victoria Lopyreva with Dubai-based designer Rami Al Ali. Supplied Lopyreva may be well on her way of achieving this personal goal, with previous years of the festival attracting more than 100,000 visitors and sometimes more than 5,000 visitors per day, including Lebanese-Australian humanitarian and model Jessica Kahawaty and Dubai-based designer. Supported by the Dubai Sports Council, the Russian Consulate in Dubai, the Russian Business Attache, and Emaar, this year’s event will feature a showcase of Emirati artists and attempt to be the largest gathering for in the UAE. Festivalgoers can also shop designers from the high streets of Moscow, indulge in a menu of Russian delicacies, and watch a special curation of performances throughout the multi-day event. While last year the festival occurred at City Walk, Lopyreva took to social media a few weeks ago to ask her 3.4 million followers for their help in deciding its 2020 destination: City Walk, The Palm, The Dubai Mall, or Dubai Design District. Cultural dance performances are one of the forms of live entertainment at the Matrëshka Festival in Dubai. Photo: Instagram/@matreshka_festival As per Lopyreva’s announcement, royalty, dignitaries, and esteemed personalities from the region are invited to the festival’s exclusive gala dinner on March 7 for a red-carpet evening under the glimmering lights of the world’s tallest building in the, the Armani Pavillion is the prime location to view the tower’s facade reflecting the colors of the Russian flag alongside a personalized presentation of Dubai’s legendary dancing fountains. Gala guests will enter an interactive garden blossoming with thematic installations and 3D technology for a digitally-enhanced Russian fairytale brought to life with opera singers, classical pianists, and ballet dancers hailing from the infamous St. Petersburg Mariinsky Theater. Stay tuned for more updates on the cultural event of the season. Ballet dancers from the world-famous Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg will be performing at the festival’s Gala. Photo: Instagram/@matreshka_festival Read Next: The post.

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This is the Fendi Way of Carrying Your Electronic Devices Around

With the designer by taking away the doubts surrounding the practicality of the miniature accessories. The Italian luxury house’s collaboration with London accessories brand Chaos resulted in the creation of “tech jewelry” which is sure to tempt both style and tech enthusiasts into adding them to their shopping wishlists. Also Read: The collaboration takes care of nearly every electronic device of the modern-day tech user — from AirPods and iPad pens to MacBooks, as well as cheeky metal lighters and miniature glasses. The accessories came in colorways of metallic gold, black, and splashes of true blue, all embossed with the unmistakable Fendi logo.  Stylish down to the way one would wear them, the accessories were hooked on to belts and handbags like charms while pens dangled from the models’ ears like avant-garde earrings. Click through the gallery below to get inspired by all the ways you could be carrying your tech around this season. Photo: Armando Grillo / Gorunway.com Photo: Armando Grillo / Gorunway.com Photo: Armando Grillo / Gorunway.com Photo: Armando Grillo / Gorunway.com Photo: Armando Grillo / Gorunway.com Photo: Armando Grillo / Gorunway.com Photo: Armando Grillo / Gorunway.com Photo: Armando Grillo / Gorunway.com ARPhoto: Armando Grillo / Gorunway.com ARM_Photo: Armando Grillo / Gorunway.com Photo: Armando Grillo / Gorunway.com Photo: Armando Grillo / Gorunway.com Photo: Armando Grillo / Gorunway.com Photo: Armando Grillo / Gorunway.com Photo: Armando Grillo / Gorunway.com Photo: Armando Grillo / Gorunway.com Photo: Armando Grillo / Gorunway.com Photo: Armando Grillo / Gorunway.com 1 Read Next: The post.

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Why Giorgio Armani is Holding an Empty Show at Milan Fashion Week

In an unanticipated move,, “given the recent developments of the coronavirus in Italy.” According to the statement released by the label, “the decision was taken to safeguard the well-being of all his invited guests by not having them attend crowded spaces.” The Italian designer is set to close Milan Fashion Week with two shows at 4:00pm and 5:00pm CET taking place at the label’s Via Bergognone headquarters. “The show will happen, but in front of an empty teatro.” shared a spokesperson with Vogue. “It will be live-streamed on Armani.com, Instagram @giorgioarmani, Facebook @giorgioarmani. Due to the status of the coronavirus in Italy, Mr. Armani has decided that he wants to safeguard the wellbeing of all his invited guests by not having them attend crowded spaces.” The announcement follows media reports from Friday and Saturday in which health authorities and Italy’s Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte confirmed two virus-related deaths and almost 80 reported cases of infection. Due to the outbreak, several Italian towns are on lockdown while regional authorities have ordered the closure of schools, businesses, and restaurants in Veneto and Lombardy. The designer recently presented the fall/winter 20-21 collection for Emporio Armani at Milan Fashion Week which highlighted the use of recycled materials. Read Next: The post.

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Hend Sabri on Her Empowering Foray into Fashion at Her First Milan Fashion Week

Hend Sabri. Photographed by: Amr Ezzeldinn Hend Sabri may have a long accolade-filled history with the film industry, but the Tunisian actor only recently began her empowering foray into the fashion world, journeying into the “intimidating” depths of luxury fashion with her first Milan Fashion Week this year. “It’s new to me,” she confided. “I come from the cinema world so fashion to me has always been kind of intimidating. But it’s art, it’s costumes coming to life and this I relate to, so so far, it has been nice.” Although Sabri attended the coveted runways of Paris Fashion Week once before, this season’s presentations are an altogether “new experience” for the new fashion enthusiast. “This is the first one where a big label invited me specifically to come and watch it every day.” Hend Sabri in Etro at Milan Fashion Week. Photo: Instagram/@hendsabri As a thespian spanning different genres and mediums over her decades-long career, Sabri is no stranger to the power of presentation. However, she often relied on her work to speak for itself instead of her red carpet style until the age of digital media disrupted these preconceived notions. “I was more focused on my work as an actress and I did not care what to wear or how to present myself. Then I understood now, in the social media world and this world of image, your image is the number one impression people will get and it might actually draw people to go and watch you. So, I invested my time and energy into my styling and I’m trusting now a lot of good people.” Hend Sabri in Etro at Venice Film Festival. Photo: Instagram/@hendsabri Also Read: While Sabri will always be an “actress first,” she’s “happy because I’m kind of exploring myself more, playing with my identity more” instead of observing the fashion scene from afar. A reformed “conservative” dresser, the celebrated Arab actor now chooses to be more experimental with her sartorial choices due to a newfound sense of confidence in herself.  “Maybe because I’m more self-confident — I don’t have the same insecurities I used to have when I was 20 with my body, my face — I’m more in-tune with myself so I can play more. And I love the playful part of it.” Hend Sabri in Solace London at the 2019 El Gouna Film Festival. Photo: Instagram/@hendsabri Only recently embarking on this style transformation, the award-winning Noura’s Dream star has already had a series of red carpet ensembles that quickly categorized her as a fashionable figure to watch at film festivals and award evenings. After joking about her worst red carpet moments—”I have many”—Sabri fondly reminisces over two of her best at the 2019 El Gouna Film Festival: one being a custom tuxedo from Egyptian brand OrangeSquare and the other being a Solace London black gown that made her feel “feminine” in its simplicity. However, the reasoning behind her top choices is not only because of how she looked or felt but also because of the memory attached to the outfit. “I can never disassociate my fashion moments with the moment itself that I’m living and it has to be a film moment,” Sabri explained. “It can not just be about fashion, it’s not me.” Yet, as she continues her love affair with the industry, it’s no surprise the champion of Arab voices is also keeping an eye out for regional designers to curate a tasteful wardrobe that blends famous creatives, such as Zuhair Murad—”I think [his latest collection] is one of his best collections”—and up-and-coming talent, including fellow Tunisian Ali Karoui. “There are lots of local designers in Tunisia, Morocco, and Egypt. I really like designers who play more and more with the local culture, with the traditional costumes.” Hend Sabri in OrangeSquare at the 2019 El Gouna Film Festival. Photo: Instagram/@hendsabri Read Next: The post.

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Will This “Jellyfish” Bag Be The New Pouch? All The Best Accessories In Bottega Veneta’s FW20 Show

Bottega Veneta Fall 2020 Ready-to-Wear. Photo: Alessandro Lucioni / Gorunway.com All eyes were on the accessories at, as an intellectual crowd that included Sigourney Weaver and Call Me By Your Name director Luca Guadagnino waited to see what Daniel Lee would do next. Needless to say, he did not disappoint. Already known for his puffy, pillowy Pouch and Cloud bags, for fall/winter 2020 Lee revealed himself to be even softer still, sending models down the runway with fluffy, jellyfish-like bags that trailed tentacles of fuzz tucked under their arms. “I was thinking about softness,” he said after the show, “These bags that felt sensual and soft at a time when everything else felt structured and hard.” Bottega Veneta’s signature intrecciato weave, which Lee has so successfully reinvigorated, appeared in giant totes, laundry bags slung over shoulders, and satchels with straps embellished with gold detailing. Kaia Gerber carried a macramé-inspired take on the house weave, while Adut Akech’s slender intrecciato envelope sprouted twice its length again in leather fringe. Last year’s thick-soled bovver boots were given a Cuban heel and a square toe, while Mariacarla Boscono was among those sporting Bottega’s neon take on the humble wellington boot. Below, all the best accessories from Bottega Veneta’s fall/winter 2020 show. Bottega Veneta Fall 2020 Ready-to-Wear. Photo: Armando Grillo / Gorunway.com Bottega Veneta Fall 2020 Ready-to-Wear. Photo: Getty Bottega Veneta Fall 2020 Ready-to-Wear. Photo: Getty Bottega Veneta Fall 2020 Ready-to-Wear. Photo: Getty Bottega Veneta Fall 2020 Ready-to-Wear. Photo: Alessandro Lucioni / Gorunway.com Bottega Veneta Fall 2020 Ready-to-Wear. Photo: Getty Bottega Veneta Fall 2020 Ready-to-Wear. Photo: Getty Bottega Veneta Fall 2020 Ready-to-Wear. Photo: Getty Bottega Veneta Fall 2020 Ready-to-Wear. Photo: Getty 1 Originally published on Read Next: The post.

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Ivanka Trump Champions Women Empowerment and Modest Fashion at Dubai Forum

Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai Sheikh Hamdan, and Senior US Presidential Adviser Ivanka Trump at the Global Women’s Forum in Dubai. Photo: Instagram/@dubaimediaoffice US presidential adviser ahead of her keynote address at the official opening of the Global Women’s Forum Dubai (GWFD) today February 16. “I am delighted to be attending the Global Women’s Forum Dubai to advance women’s economic empowerment around the world and highlight the progress of the Women’s Global Development and Prosperity (W-GDP) Initiative,” explained Trump, highlighting the one-year anniversary of her women’s rights program. “This initiative has impacted over 12 million women in its first year, well on its way towards our goal of economically empowering 50 million women by 2025.” Held at Madinat Jumeirah over the course of two days, the GWFD is set to welcome more than 100 global leaders and 3,000 delegates, including former UK prime minister Theresa May and managing director of the IMF Kristalina Georgieva, with the aim to engage in multi-disciplinary dialogue on the advancement of women in the Arab world. Trump welcomed by Mona Al Marri, Chairperson of the Dubai Women Establishment Board of Directors. Photo: Instagram/@dubaimediaoffice Also Read: Upon her arrival in, the daughter of the American president was welcomed by Mona Al Marri, Chairperson of the Dubai Women Establishment Board of Directors, wearing a long, white tailored coat with contrasting black lapels for a clean modern look as they discussed the GWFD organized by the Dubai Women Establishment under the patronage of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. Continuing her whirlwind visit in the UAE, Trump headed to the capital to tour the. Ivanka Trump dons Emirati label Layeur at the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi. Photo: Instagram/@ivankatrump Combining business with pleasure at her next stop at the Louvre Abu Dhabi, Trump met with UAE ministers and local entrepreneurs, including Minister of Culture and, to discuss female empowerment in the region before visiting the museum’s collections. “This is the perfect way to start out what is a short but hopefully very substantive and productive visit to the UAE,” she said in the meeting. “To hear directly from female entrepreneurs about the opportunities and the barriers that have been lifted in recent years and challenges ahead for each of you directly in your unique businesses and industries.” Ivanka Trump meets with UAE ministers and entrepreneurs at the Louvre Abu Dhabi. Photo: Instagram/@ivankatrump While addressing the second edition of the GWFD on topics of economic reform and women’s rights progress, Trump donned a golden wrap dress with a high collar and cinched sleeves. “The UAE is taking bold leadership on this mission in the region and we hope that other countries join in reforming laws that prevent women from fully and freely integrating into the political, social and economic spheres,” said Trump previously. Echoing the sentiment in her speech earlier today, the American businesswoman praised the UAE’s leaders for “removing barriers to women joining the workforce and developing a national strategy that recognizes women as central to sustainable growth”. Trump addressing the Global Women’s Forum Dubai. Photo: Instagram/@dubaimediaoffice Read Next: The post.

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6 Things You Need To Know About Huda Kattan’s Skincare Routine

Huda Kattan. Photo: Instagram/@wishfulskin Name: Huda Kattan, What you do: Make-up artist, blogger and founder of and Wishful Skin. What do you love most about your skin? I love my skin now; I didn’t necessarily love it so much before. My skin has been a journey. I’ve had acne, adult acne, scarring, freckling and pigmentation, and it’s still very much a work in progress, though it has definitely become more even and soft. I also love that it’s my skin as I have learned how to take care of it, and I’m proud of it now. What one skin issue do you wish you could fix? I would love to be able to fix pigmentation as people regularly ask me how to fix it. I don’t have sun damage pigmentation, just the kind that comes from dry skin around the mouth area. So it’s not my skin issue, but I am curious how to fix it for people. Courtesy of Wishful What is your favourite skin product and why? Ooh, I really do love the skincare products that we are working on – there’s a few of them, but I love the. It’s a three-in-one formula combining enzymes, acids and physical exfoliation to reveal glowing skin – plus, it’s gentle, making it great for all skin types. I just know I can count on it because of its quality, raw ingredients. Also Read: Your first skin product purchase: It was the L’Oréal three-step cleanser, toner and moisturiser. It didn’t work well for me though as it made my skin break out. My skin is very sensitive, so I’ve learnt over time what I can and can’t use – that’s not to say it wouldn’t work for someone else though. The one thing you wouldn’t be without? I keep a really good rose oil [with me at all times] as it heals and hydrates the skin without being too greasy. Courtesy of 111Skin Take us through your Sunday skincare routine: In Dubai [where I live], it’s actually Saturday that we do this, not Sunday. I do a head-to-toe exfoliation, which I like to do in the bath so I get really into it. Facially, I like to mask, usually a sheet mask like TonyMoly, and then I will usually do a pretty intense treatment mask like the 111 Skin Celestial Black Diamond Lifting And Firming Treatment Mask. I also love doing the three-step microdermabrasion at home from Ole Henriksen [the Power Peel Transforming Facial System]. It’s so good as it has an almond scrub, a lemon peel and a lavender mask. So I would do that and then just hydrate as usual. Originally published on Vogue.co.uk Read Next: The post.

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5 Tips for Protecting Your Eyes From Technology

Backstage at the SS20 Aigner show. Courtesy of Aigner Do you pick up your phone first thing in the morning, sit in front of a laptop all day at work and finally end the day watching Netflix? Like so many of us, your eyes are probably feeling exhausted. Constant exposure to blue light not only affects our vision but also our body. This can cause changes to our body’s clock and can lead to various conditions such as dry and tired eyes, blurry vision, difficulty focusing and sometimes even progressive loss of vision. Here Dr Anurag Mathur, Specialist Ophthalmologist at Aster Clinic, Bur Dubai shares his top tips for protecting your eyes. Avoid overexposure. Adults should try to use technology as less as possible. For kids, the recommended screen time is just 30 to 45 minutes a day. Blue light filters on mobiles. A majority of today’s phones come with a blue light filter setting. Enabling this on your phone lets you filter out blue light and adjust the warmth of the colors on your display. Blue light blocking technology. If you are a person that uses tech heavily, consider getting spectacles with blue light blocking technology. Lubricating drops. Your eyes tend to get dry when you focus on screens for too long. Lubricating drops are sold over the counter that you can use based on how dry the eye is. If the problem persists, it’s best to get your eyes tested by an ophthalmologist. The 20/20/20 rule. The famous rule says that for every 20 minutes spent looking at a screen, one should look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds. This gives your eyes time to recover and lets you take frequent breaks from constant screen time. Read Next: The post.

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Meet the Kuwaiti Visual Artist Collaborating With the World’s Leading Brands

The Kuwaiti visual artist on collaborating with high-end brands and why she’s serious about plants Najd Al Taher in a Saint Laurent suit and shirt. Photographed by Faisal Albisher for the February 2020 issue of Vogue Arabia Language of expression Breaking out of her shell wasn’t easy for through a photography competition. Behbehani invited Al Taher to showcase her work at the UN-supported, non-profit organization Peace One Days art show. “It was the first time I created for the purpose of showing and my first public appearance as an artist,” Al Taher says. Titled Queens Never Die, the series of photographs touched on Syria’s uprising. Her subsequent solo shows have explored the culture of consumption, isolation, detachment, and self-reflection. Favorite accessories include Prada kitten heels, jewelry from Chanel, and frames from Gucci. Photographed by Faisal Albisher for the February 2020 issue of Vogue Arabia Studio start-up Recently, Al Taher launched Public Society, a visual studio offering creative direction, branding, photography, videography, and installations. “It started with the idea of focusing on to execute its B.zero1 20-year anniversary campaign, comprising a short film and still imagery infused with her signature illustration techniques. “My aesthetic is so hip and contemporary. I was blown away when I found out that Bulgari wanted to work with a young spirit,” she comments. Najd Al Taher next to one of her artworks, in a Christian Lacroix suit, Nina Ricci frames, and Alexander McQueen ring. Photographed by Faisal Albisher for the February 2020 issue of Vogue Arabia Also Read: Classic meets punk “I’m androgynous and avant-garde, but I can be feminine at the same time,” considers Al Taher. “I love structured pieces. I’m all about the boxy shoulder pads, the cinched-in blazer, and razor-sharp, high-waisted, tailored pants.” Her roster of power suits by sandals with floor-sweeping threads. Saint Laurent and Chanel boots flank heels from Louis Vuitton and Prada. Photographed by Faisal Albisher for the February 2020 issue of Vogue Arabia 20/20 vision “I’m partially blind, and I need to wear eye-glasses because I can’t stand contact lenses,” the artist says. She adds tinted prescription lenses to her designer frames, putting her own pastel spin on a sharp pair by frames up the bridge of her nose. Put your records on Music plays a big part in Al Taher’s day. She picks up a matte Mini Martin acoustic guitar to offer a smooth rendition of Tracy Chapman’s “Fast Car.” “I keep one of my guitars in the studio for hard times,” she says with a playful smirk. Her fingers dance across the strings, each adorned with silver rings by, Mariah the Scientist, or Blood Orange,” she says. “I cherish my limited-edition records.” Najd Al Taher in a Sonia Rykiel look with boots by Judari and a Telfar bag. Photographed by Faisal Albisher for the February 2020 issue of Vogue Arabia Plant parent “I’m a proud plant mom,” Al Taher says. “Even when I gift, I gift plants.” She spent her childhood surrounded by flowers and getting her hands dirty in the garden. “Growing up, my aunt would take me with her to buy plants for my grandmother’s garden. We would plant together and that’s how I became familiar with gardening. It was our bond,” she recalls. Today, her studio space flourishes with iridescent specimens that range from a blossoming lipstick plant and potted bird’s-nest ferns to the climbing variety of heartleaf philodendrons. “This one is my baby,” she says, admiring a white bird of paradise plant. With its large, paddle-shaped leaves, sturdy stems, and tropical feel, it acts as a focal point amid the greenery of her urban jungle. “It’s been struggling to open, but I will never give up on it. I talk to it every day, and if the leaf edges start to brown, I cut them very gently.” She spends her weekends scouring plant nurseries. “Some of them hate me, because I’m a bargainer,” she says with a laugh. Originally published in the February 2020 issue of Vogue Arabia Read Next: The post.

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Meet the Modern-Day Renaissance Woman from Lebanon on a Mission to Protect Her Country’s Beloved Cedars

Publisher, journalist, novelist, environmentalist, and hotel owner – Desirée Sadek has had as many lives as she has passions. She looks back on her 40-year career and reflects on her true calling among the Lebanese cedars “We must remove all borders and create bridges between our cultures—and fashion can help do that,” says Desirée Sadek. Photography by Guillaume de Laubier for the February 2020 issue of Vogue Arabia. “As a child, I dreamed of being a writer. I wrote poems from the age of six. I loved the sound–the rhythm and rhyme–of words and would recite Baudelaire and Rimbaud out loud. However, at the time, girls who loved books and studying were not considered to be the marrying kind; I remember my father throwing my books at me in exasperation. Yet, I persevered and studied at the Centre de formation des journalistes de Paris. I was devoted to becoming a journalist, and worked at a printing house at night to pay for my studies. Shortly after graduation, I had a serious car accident and was left paralyzed for a year. After relearning how to walk, I finally launched my journalism profession with a year-long internship as a proofreader at a magazine. My budding career soon took an exciting leap when I next became a reporter at and then editor-in-chief of a French health monthly. With my professional life thriving, at age 27, I became mother to my daughter. And then, another dream was realized as I became a published author in 1991. Le Cèdre du Liban is a factual story of the symbol of, aimed to incite others to protect it. My book was well-received by critics and won the l’Académie des sciences morales et politiques prize. By pure coincidence, the honor was awarded to me on November 22, Lebanon Independence Day. Next came my first work of fiction, Le parfum du bonheur. Then, in 1999, the Figaro Group approached me to launch the woman’s magazine Version Femina as its editor-in-chief. It was an enriching experience – we had a distribution of four million. After a while, however, I made the decision to start my own magazine. I created the bimonthly Byzance, first published in France and then in Lebanon, focusing on the worlds of interior decor and art de vivre between the Middle East and the Occident. “Le Cédre du Liban is a factual story of the symbol of Lebanon, aimed to incite others to protect it.” All this served as the foundation for launching Elle in the Middle East as publisher in 2006 and editor-in-chief of the French edition alongside Arabic and English editions. These were hard times; we were at war in Lebanon and our teams took refuge in the mountains where they would work and hide. Meanwhile, the women who went abroad during the war returned with a wind of change. They brought with them the concept of the emancipated working woman. In press and marketing in particular, more and more women slowly but firmly occupied positions. If I accomplished anything in my life, at my own level, it is my role in empowering Arab women, by restoring their pride in their own culture and their own fashion and decor. Bringing opulence to the Occident and simplicity to the Middle East was the message I’ve always sought to convey throughout my career, which has spanned 40 years. We must remove all borders and create bridges between our cultures – and fashion can help do that. In the past, the main challenge with Arab fashion and femininity has been finding an identity that embraces all Arab women – finding the face of that woman. In fact, she is a woman that the Middle East is still looking for today, given her many facets. This was the subject of my first ever editorial: an Arab woman with a complex identity, not a pale imitation of the Western woman. She may choose not to hide her face, nor will she expose herself. She wears her femininity as her identity. No, she is not submissive, and no, she is not freed from any constraints either – this sort of labeling does not suit her. She is neither black nor white, neither in the dark nor in the light; she is a kaleidoscope of nuances where the possible exceeds the impossible, and she’s very much worth the trouble. Regardless of my love of journalism and the printed word, I believe that the importance that the new generation is giving to writing and reading is diminishing, especially when it comes to accurate reporting and investigations. We are currently witnessing an uncontrolled media revolution, with challenges that we are still struggling to solve. La Maison des Cédres Hotel in Lebanon. Photography by Guillaume de Laubier for the February 2020 issue of Vogue Arabia. While I continue to work as an author and interiors editor, I’m also embarking on my forever adventure – preserving my country’s emblematic cedars. With my books Le Cèdre du Liban and L’Enfant des Cèdres, my aim is to sensitize readers to reforestation and to invest profits from the sales in planting cedars in the Lebanese mountains. I have also opened a hotel, La Maison des Cèdres, in my village of Bsharri, northern Lebanon, where guests can plant their own cedar tree and revisit it at any time. I founded the NGO the International Committee for the Safeguarding of the Lebanese Cedar to support this initiative. I remember the day when the reforestation of the cedar forests in Lebanon became my true calling. I was crying on my balcony in Paris, as I had just learned that a terrible storm had decimated thousand-year-old cedars in the forest near my village. It was there, on my balcony, that I realized that the cedar seeds that I had planted had begun to grow. This gave me hope and inspired me to write L’Enfant des Cèdres. The main character is a shepherd named Nabil – Liban backwards – a shepherd who reforested the mountain by planting small cedars. In 2006, Dr Youssef Tawk, with whom I had been planting cedars for a decade, introduced me to Nabil Semmaan, who represented a Mexican patron of Lebanese origin, Alfredo Harb Helo. The number of living cedars around the ancient forest of Bsharri has since increased from 40,000 to 100,000, as in L’Enfant des Cèdres. To this day, this prophetic tale that started in a book and eventually became true in real life is my most beautiful story. Today, while I remain entrenched in the fashion world, I am also dedicating my life to help my village, my region, and the cedars – those precious symbols of Lebanon that will always be in my heart.” Originally published in the February 2020 of Vogue Arabia Read Next: The post.

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How Huda and Mona Kattan Could Be Your Next Mentors

Huda and Monda Kattan will be hosting a Beauty Pitch Fest in Abu Dhabi this March. Photo: Instagram/@hudabeauty It often seems like Huda and Mona Kattan have more than 24 hours in a day. Between juggling a multi-million dirham beauty empire that includes cult-classic makeup brand around the world—it seems impossible the American-Iraqi sisters can do it all in a lifetime, let alone in a mere few years. However, one lucky entrepreneur from the region will soon learn the secret to the Dubai-based moguls’ unprecedented success at VidCon Abu Dhabi this March. “I can’t wait to be at VidCon Abu Dhabi and to meet future entrepreneurs who wish to create their own path like I did in 2013 when my sisters and I launched our company, which now encompasses a portfolio of beauty brands,” said the founder and CEO of eponymous Huda Beauty in a release. “It’s an honor to have the opportunity to share what I’ve learned as a CEO and mentor the next generation of entrepreneurs.” Also Read: Hosting “Huda Beauty Pitch Fest” on the final day of the four-day convention, March 28, the Kattan sisters will listen to three live pitches from aspiring creative entrepreneurs and award the winner with a tailored mentorship program and AED 22,000 cash prize—the same amount of funding with which the star duo began their still-expanding portfolio. Both individuals and groups can submit their business ideas online to the VidCon Abu Dhabi website for a chance to receive guidance on how to begin their enterprising journey from two of the industry’s most successful leaders who had their own fair share of struggles before making it to the top. Other attendees will also have the opportunity to meet Huda & Mona through a raffle meet-and-greet and a seminar led by Mona for insider tips on how to build a business. Mona and Huda Kattan photographed by Domen / Van de Velde for Vogue Arabia “It is a pleasure for us to be part of VidCon Abu Dhabi to discuss the future of this industry and how our business has evolved and expanded from a line of faux eyelashes to multiple global brands,” Huda Beauty global president Mona said. “We can’t wait to hear ideas for the pitch fest and to encourage attendees to follow their passions and make their dreams come true!” VidCon Abu Dhabi will run from March 25-28 at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center. Read Next: The post.

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Why You Must Watch These 4 Nadine Labaki Films

Nadine Labaki wears Dress, Elie Saab. Photographed by Drew Jarrett for Vogue Arabia, October 2018 Academy Award-nominated director is a triple threat poised to take the world by storm. Continuing her quest to reinvent the film industry and transform the way mainstream media perceives Middle Eastern cinema, the Lebanese director, actor, and writer has become a beacon for change. For more than a decade, Labaki has used her award-winning creative work to shed light on universal societal issues, such as child poverty and women’s empowerment, in the hopes it will spur action across the world because, to her, “art is the only medium for change.” “The objective of my films cannot be only artistic, it has to be placed at the service of a greater social cause,” shared the former “Cinema is the means through which I can best express myself. I use it to limit the effects of the destruction all around us, and to assume my responsibility as a member of this society but also as an artist. I believe equally in the importance of the artist’s commitment to defend her society’s causes as I believe in cinema’s ability to effect change. If a film succeeds in influencing its viewers, this impact might reach various levels, and this is what pushes me to explore deeper and more important topics after every cinematic experience.” In celebration of Labaki’s birthday today, February 18, we take a closer look at four of the female filmmaker’s features you must add to your watchlist for hours of thought-provoking content and unforgettable characters. Caramel Why you need to watch it: The movie that started it all, “Caramel” is Labaki’s critically-acclaimed directorial debut that thrust her in a burgeoning spotlight back in 2007. Also co-writing the script and playing a lead role in a female-led cast, the Arab star portrays the everyday trials and tribulations of life and romance through the overlapping stories of five Lebanese women from different backgrounds who largely spend the length of the film talking in a Beirut beauty parlor. With most of the characters’ conversations revolving around problems often deemed taboo by cultural and societal norms, Labaki sparked an unprecedented dialogue on the female identity in the region. After premiering in the Directors’ Fortnight at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival, the film received global success and was shown at other renowned festivals worldwide, hinting at the future success that would soon follow. Her inspiration: “Lebanon is not only burning buildings and people crying in the street. When you say Lebanon, especially to foreigners, that’s the first thing they think of,” Labaki explained to Reuters. “For me, Lebanon is about other things … we live love stories like any other person in any country all over the world. That’s why I wanted to talk about an issue that has no relation to the war and which shows a new picture of Lebanon, specifically that it’s a people with imagination, who love life, people with warmth, people with a sense of humor.” Where Do We Go Now? Why you need to watch it: This 2011 box office-records-setting film about a group of women who take it upon themselves to achieve peace amongst the religious strife threatening to overtake their village was a symbolic snapshot of the sectarianism dividing Labaki’s native country of Lebanon. Once again starring a strong cast of women, the film’s feminist subplot cannot be ignored and neither can Labaki’s talent for bringing to screen the very real and widely unknown roles of Arab women in times of conflict. Her inspiration: “On May 7th, 2008, fighting broke out between two opposing parties,” Labaki told The New Yorker. “Beirut turned into a war zone in a matter of hours. We were stuck at home, the roads were blocked. I was watching TV and saw people with masks, weapons, and grenades. I thought, ‘Is that really possible? Could we be here yet again? And go into civil war one more time?’ I thought if my son was now eighteen years old and he was tempted to join the fight and take the burden of protecting his family—because it’s always tempting especially for young men—what would I do as a mother to stop him?” Also Read: Rio, I Love You Why you need to watch it: A global ensemble of star-studded creatives, including Labaki, united in the third chapter of the fan-favorite Cities of Love anthology⁠—this time heading to the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro to depict 10 separate narratives steeped in humor, tragedy, and romance. Labaki’s segment, titled “O Milagre” or “The Miracle” in English, explores a pair of tourists who meet a young orphan boy waiting for a call from Jesus and the unrivaled joy a child exudes in the light of hope. Her inspiration: “I don’t know how I understood this culture or why I understood it so quickly…but I’m a big observer usually in life and I am fascinated with human behavior and the fact that you [Brazilians] are such an open culture and such open people and I feel like I can read a bit the people and the personality because I don’t feel like there are too many layers, it’s sort of what you see is what you get,” Labaki said during a video interview with Judão. “I think there’s a lot of similarities also with the Lebanese culture and something about the personality that is very similar.” Capharnaüm Why you need to watch it: Although it may seem overexaggerated, all the hype surrounding this 2019 Oscar-nominated film is true. Likely Labaki’s most recognized film, Capharnaüm features an unlikely protagonist in the form of a 12-year-old boy in Beirut who takes his parents to court for the suffering life in poverty has caused him. The heart-wrenching storyline captured the hearts of critics around the world, garnering nominations at the Golden Globes, BAFTAs, and Critics’ Choice Awards 2019 ceremonies. However, Capharnaüm receiving a 15-minute standing ovation at its Cannes Film Festival premiere and winning the prestigious Jury Prize is an anecdote that will not soon be forgotten, especially since this recognition made Labaki the first female Arab film director and fifth woman to claim the coveted award. Labaki didn’t stop making history there, becoming the first female Arab to be nominated for a Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award. Her inspiration: “I wanted the movie to trigger public policy debates that lead to legislation affecting the lives of marginalized children. NGOs are undertaking tremendous efforts, but the load is huge, and a more concerted effort is needed, Labaki shared with Vogue Arabia, asking the million-dollar question, “How can I witness this injustice and turn my back to it?” Read Next: The post.

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The Duchess Of Cambridge Gets Candid About Hypnobirthing, Motherhood & Life In The Public Eye

Kate Middleton. Photo: Getty The has never been one to share too many details about her life with the public – but she made an exception during an appearance on the Happy Mum, Happy Baby podcast recently, chatting with host Giovanna Fletcher about the joys (and considerable anxieties) that come with motherhood. After admitting that she felt “equally as nervous” as Fletcher about the interview, the Duchess revealed that for her the secret of parenting lies in celebrating everyday moments. “Life now is so busy, so distracting,” explained Kate, who was there to support her Five Big Questions On The Under Fives survey, designed to create more and better support for parents in need of help. “Sometimes the simple things like watching a fire on a really rainy day provide such enjoyment.” She reiterated that message on Instagram on Saturday night, sharing a personal image of Princess Charlotte. “I’ve got this one photo of Charlotte smelling a bluebell, and really for me it’s moments like that [that] mean so much to me as a parent,” she told Fletcher. “I try every day to put moments like that in, even if they’re small or even if I don’t have time.” Yet, the Duchess admitted that while she loved motherhood, she also struggled with “mum guilt”. “Yes, absolutely,” she said when asked whether she sometimes feels torn between parenting and her other responsibilities. “All the time… Even this morning, George and Charlotte were like, ‘Mummy, how could you possibly not be dropping us off at school this morning?’ No, it’s a constant challenge.” Of course, for the Duchess, the challenges of motherhood began during pregnancy, when hyperemesis left her feeling “utterly rotten”. It was through battling chronic morning sickness, however, that she claims she discovered “the power of the mind over the body”, which ultimately led her to decide to hypnobirth all three of her children. “I saw the power of it really, the meditation and the deep breathing and things like that, that they teach you in hypnobirthing, when I was really sick,” she said, before adding, “I’m not going to say that William was standing there chanting sweet nothings at me. He definitely wasn’t!” Another notable admission? “It had been so bad during pregnancy, I actually really quite liked labour,” Kate said with a laugh. Then again, she did find the act of presenting a newborn Prince George outside of the Lindo Wing at St Mary’s Hospital to be “slightly terrifying”, acknowledging that the Duke of Cambridge had even practiced strapping a baby doll into a car seat ahead of the event. “It was quite hard to do that on the world’s stage [for the first time]…” The podcast with the Duchess of Cambridge is available to listen to in full now. Originally published on Vogue.co.uk Read Next: The post.

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Neon Times: Shop the SS20 Season’s Boldest Trend

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Maison Christian Dior Launches a Perfume Primed for Valentine’s

Courtesy of Dior Looking for a last-minute valentine’s day gift? Maison Christian Dior has just revealed its latest fragrance and it just so happens to be the perfect package. Named Rouge Trafalgar it is inspired by the iconic red designs created by Christina Dior. “Translating a color into a perfume is an exercise in style. Even more so when it’s Dior Red, one of our House’s iconic shades,” explains François Demachy, Dior’s Perfumer-Creator, “For me, this red had to evoke a joyful color, a radiant scarlet red like the outfits designed by Christian Dior.” Courtesy of Dior Arriving in the house’s signature glass oval bottle, the juice is a blush berry shade reminiscent of a bouquet of. The scent itself is mouth-watering. Looking to red fruits like cherry, strawberry, and raspberry, Demachy has combined them with the unexpected notes of blackcurrant and grapefruit. In the middle of the fragrance, violet-leaf arrives adding a touch of greenness before wood, patchouli and musk round it off. The result is almost like a fruit punch, juicy, sweet and feminine. Courtesy of Dior The name itself is not only derived from the notes but the “Trafalgers”. Christian Dior described them in his published in 1956, Dior by Dior, “As for the shocking models, those which are designed to draw attention to the new line, they are shown towards the middle of the show. It is the custom to call them the “Trafalgars”, those which make the covers or big pages of the magazines […] After an hour of the show, they recapture the wandering attention of the audience.” A fitting name for such a lively and joyful blend. Read Next: The post.

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How to Do the ’90s Hairstyle That’s Making a Major Comeback

Bella Hadid. Photo: Getty Jennifer Lopez. Photo: Getty Dua Lipa. Photo: Getty Hailey Bieber. Photo: Getty Ciara. Photo: Getty Rosalia. Photo: Getty Kylie Jenner. Photo: Getty 1 Remember those tendrils that once framed the late ’90s and early-aughts faces of and Julia Stiles? Now they’re resurfacing on Instagram feeds and red carpets alike. “It’s not an easy look to pull off,” laughs celebrity hairstylist hair—both of which featured the chunky chin-grazing strands. Those two stars aren’t the only ones feeling nostalgic. Last week, stepped out for a fashion week event sporting two uber thin pieces of hair on either side of her cheekbones. “You have to have the right amount of hair,” explains Appleton, adding that an inch on either side of the part is the almost perfect rule of thumb. As for the length? “It has to frame the jaw,” he says. “If it’s too long, it just kind of sticks out.” And while some opt for a ponytail or textured bun to collect the majority of the hair, Appleton usually goes for something a bit tighter. “I always like to leave the rest of the hair snatched and slicked behind it,” he says, which helps the look feel “a bit more modern.” “For a while, it was a real no go,” he says of the style, noting it could come off as “cheesy.” But just like anything in fashion—even those 90s you swore you’d banished for good—everything that’s old becomes new again. Originally published on Read Next: The post.

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Liquid Gold: Why Argan Oil is One of Beauties Biggest Heroes

Photographer: Angelo D’Agostino Argan oil has long been embedded in Middle Eastern culture – and is now catching the eye of the world The strip of land between Morocco’s Atlantic coast and the Atlas Mountains is home to the argan tree. Its fruit is harvested by more than two million people, the majority being Amazigh women, who rely on it as an important source of income. Peeled open, the fruit reveals an almond-shaped nut. This is then cracked open with much skill, and force to open up its ultimate secret: one to three small seeds. Inside lies argan oil, a thick golden liquid with a subtle nutty aroma – and one of beauty’s most potent ingredients. The oil is embedded in culture and has been used for centuries for culinary and cosmetic purposes. “This oil is so rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties, including vitamins A, C, and E, fatty acids, and omega 6,” says Asma El Mernissi, founder of luxury beauty spa Maison d’Asa in Casablanca. A native of Tunisia, El Mernissi moved to Casablanca in 1986 and discovered the wonders of argan oil on a trip to the Amazight city Tafraoute. “The women had traditional face tattoos and no sign of irritation despite the extremely hot weather. I wanted to know how this was possible and was told about argan oil as a cosmetic product,” she shares. Courtesy of Argan Liquid Gold “It is magic,” says Lebanese image consultant Maya Eltal, who began using it at a young age. “I use it for my hair and my skin too. I instantly felt the change.” El Mernissi incorporates it in facial treatments, hair masks, massage oils, and nail cures. In the early 2000s, she opened her own spa with argan oil as the star ingredient, right around the same time the international market started taking note. As the demand for argan oil rose, so did corruption, with exports being diluted to the disadvantage of local farmers. Moroccan-British May Hamid created the skincare label Argan Liquid Gold to combat this. As a and makeup artist, she used argan oil on her clients. There was a high demand for it but it was almost impossible to find pure argan oil outside of Morocco. “When it’s diluted, it loses all of its benefits,” she explains. Having used the ingredient her whole life, she understood the importance of not only finding the right supplier but also safe transport and storage. After shipping the fair trade argan oil to the UK, it’s bottled in dark glass. “Argan oil that is packaged in a clear or light bottle begins to oxidize,” Hamid explains. There are many ways to adopt argan oil into your. Hamid advises applying a few drops to slightly damp skin after cleansing and toning. Massage it in and then apply moisturizer, SPF, and makeup. You can also use argan oil as a hair mask or a styling product. Anyone can use argan oil, Hamid says. “It’s anti-inflammatory, it’s anti-aging, and it’s great for people with acne-prone skin. It’s an all-rounder for everything.” Originally published in the February 2020 issue of Vogue Arabia Read Next: The post.

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Tiffany & Co.’s Colored Gemstones Reflect the Timeless Elegance of Bespoke Jewelry

Tiffany Victoria mixed cluster drop earrings in platinum with diamonds; Tiffany diamond studs in platinum with diamonds. Photographed by Mann Butte for Vogue Arabia February 2020 Legacy and modernity have always gone hand in hand at The ever-evolving brand remains at the forefront of discovery and design not only for its diamonds but also for colored gemstones. Draw inspiration from the exquisite tones of tourmaline, tanzanite, and ruby, or contrast the warmth of gold with the cool brilliance of diamonds to create an unexpected new-decade look. Tiffany Victoria mixed cluster earrings in platinum with diamonds; platinum marquise diamond cluster bracelet (worn as necklace); platinum garnet and green tourmaline diamond wave bracelet (worn as necklace); Tiffany Victoria narrow alternating bracelet in platinum with diamonds (worn as necklace). Photographed by Mann Butte for Vogue Arabia February 2020 While the heritage jewelry house is renowned for crafting opulent pieces that best showcase the gemstones on which Charles Lewis Tiffany founded his world-famous brand in 1837, Tiffany & Co.’s latest collections have captured the imagination of modern-day muses looking to stand out in an increasingly homogenous world of mass jewelry production. “There is a trend to personalize jewelry pieces; whether it’s through gemstones that reflect your personality or wanting a design that nobody else owns,” explained chief gemologist of Tiffany & Co. Melvyn Kirtley. Tiffany Victoria alternating graduated necklace in platinum with diamonds (worn as headpiece); platinum graduated line diamond necklace (worn as headpiece); Tiffany diamond studs in diamond and platinum. Top: Marella. Photographed by Mann Butte for Vogue Arabia February 2020 Tiffany & Co. Schlumberger 20 stone hoop earrings in gold with diamonds; 16 stone ring with diamonds and sapphires; rope four-row X ring with diamonds; 16 stone ring with diamonds; 16 stone ring with diamonds and rubies; Lynn bracelet in 18ct gold with diamonds; 36 stone bracelet in 18ct gold with diamonds; 36 stone bracelet in platinum with diamonds. Top: Emilia Wickstead. Photographed by Mann Butte for Vogue Arabia February 2020 The classic Tiffany Victoria collection blooms into intricate mixed-cut diamond clusters reminiscent of flower petals on platinum drop earrings, bracelets, and necklaces, which can be transformed into decorative headpieces for an unexpected elegant detail. Meanwhile, acclaimed jewelry designer Jean Schlumberger’s nature-inspired creations reinvent the manner in which we perceive everyday earthly elements, from the artisan’s signature X motif on braided 18ct gold rope rings to the timeless Lynn bracelet boasting round diamonds far more valuable than the stones they mimic. Tiffany Soleste ring in platinum with diamonds and tanzanite; platinum oval tanzanite ring 8.71; Tiffany Soleste ring in platinum with diamonds and tanzanite; platinum ruby 3.80ct ring with diamonds; platinum round cut 4.05ct diamond ring; Tiffany Soleste earrings in platinum with tanzanites and diamonds. Photographed by Mann Butte for Vogue Arabia February 2020 Although Tiffany & Co.’s diamonds are celebrated the world over, the American brand’s foray into colored gemstones catapulted it to the level of prestige in which it shines today. Finding rare colorways and transforming them into unique cuts in combination with Tiffany’s coveted diamonds is the best of both worlds. The Tiffany Soleste collection, named after the Spanish word for sun, is just one example of this sparkling contrast with the deep blue depths of tanzanite often taking center stage. Whichever the collection, the most important aspect is the special feeling one gets when donning a piece of jewelry. Each and every part of the design must speak to the wearer’s unique style and personality, emulating it to the rest of the world in a dazzling display. “It all has to do with the personal connection to the jewelry, to the piece, the color…all of that together,” said Kirtley. Tiffany & Co cushion green tourmaline diamond drop earrings, totaling 17.46ct in platinum, with 154 round diamonds; cushion green tourmaline 28.88ct, diamond basket pendant in platinum, with 168 round diamonds. Dress: Iris & Ink. Photographed by Mann Butte for Vogue Arabia February 2020 Originally published in the February 2020 issue of Vogue Arabia Photography by Mann Butte
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The Friends Reunion Has Finally Been Confirmed

Photo: Getty Fans have been dreaming of a on Friday. (The news also explains why Perry recently joined the platform.) Speculation has abounded about a Friends reunion for years, with that each of the six stars will receive at least $2.5 million for appearing in the exclusive unscripted special. It’s unclear what, exactly, unscripted means in this context; we know the reunion will take place on the original Warner Bros. lot in Burbank, but will there be any sort of structure? Or will Kudrow, LeBlanc, Aniston, Cox, Perry, and Schwimmer simply improvise? (One can’t help but think of the season two episode “The One Where Dr. Ramoray Dies,” in which LeBlanc’s character, Joey Tribbiani, gets his Days of Our Lives character killed off for telling a reporter he wrote his own lines.) Whatever form it takes, we can’t wait to see what twists and turns the Friends gang’s lives have taken over the past 14 years. Are Ross and Rachel still together—or are they on another break? Are Monica and Chandler’s now-teenage twins on TikTok? Is Phoebe a full-time We’ll just have to wait and see, but at least we’re going to finally get The One With All the Answers. Originally published on Read Next: The post.

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9 Eco-Retreats to Add to Your Bucket List

At idyllic far-flung eco retreats, the. Go Back to Nature Wild Coast Tented Lodge, Sri Lanka Courtesy of Wild Coast Tented Lodge Courtesy of Wild Coast Tented Lodge Courtesy of Wild Coast Tented Lodge Courtesy of Wild Coast Tented Lodge Courtesy of Wild Coast Tented Lodge Courtesy of Wild Coast Tented Lodge 1 Immerse yourself in the power of nature as the jungle meets the sea for an awe-inspiring experience. Located at the south of the island, Wild Coast Tented Lodge is adjacent to world-renowned Yala National Park. Created by local fishermen from natural materials and in the shape of a leopard’s paw print, the resort’s 28 luxury tented cocoons blend seamlessly into the environment, as do the communal areas, which are reminiscent of the beach’s many boulders. Half the resort’s energy comes from the sun, while exhaust from the rooms’ air-conditioning provides hot water. Ocean water is recycled into the ponds dotted around the lodge, where you may catch a glimpse of free-roaming animals, including elephants, sambar deer, and monkeys. Or you can go on a daily safari with the resort’s rangers, where the world’s highest concentration of leopards awaits. Don’t forget to look out for the great sloth bear. Checklist: Unwind at the spa where therapists work with Ceylon tea and cinnamon. Sustainable Stay-Cay Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi Courtesy of Jumeirah Saadiyat Island Resort 1 Leading the way for eco-friendly resorts in the UAE, is the first hotel in the region to obtain The Oceanic Standard badge for its sustainable practices. Upon check-in, you receive a reusable water bottle to refill at various locations around the resort, with the theme continuing throughout with greywater recycling, environmentally friendly thermostats, and refillable and marine-degradable packaging for toiletries. Checklist: Stay in one of four spa villas where you can be pampered in privacy. Jumeirah.com A Winter Wonderland Treehotel, Sweden Courtesy of Treehotel Courtesy of Treehotel Courtesy of Treehotel Treehotel Harads A7 April 2016-207-HDR copy Credit Raganar Sigurdsson Courtesy of Treehotel 1 A UFO, a mirrored cube, a bird’s nest, and a dragonfly. These are rooms hidden in the treetops of Sweden’s most unique hotel. Located in the remote town of Harads and run by two Lapland locals, the rooms were masterfully designed by different architects. The interiors are quintessentially Swedish, incorporating materials from the surrounding areas while utilities are eco-friendly and water saving. Activities on offer read like a bucket list. Watch the northern lights, enjoy a spot of dog sledding or-pulled skiing, go bear-spotting or moose-calling, and try foraging in the forest for your dinner. Checklist: Yoga on ice with sauna, meditation, and a snow bath – a three-hour journey awakening your mind, body, and soul. Treehotel.se To the Mountains Dwarikas Resort, Nepal Courtesy of Dwarikas Resort Courtesy of Dwarikas Resort Courtesy of Dwarikas Resort Courtesy of Dwarikas Resort Courtesy of Dwarikas Resort Courtesy of Dwarikas Resort 1 This picturesque resort is perfecting the art of wellbeing in the Himalayas. Drawing upon the knowledge and holistic lifestyle that is synonymous with the region, Dwarikas focuses on biology, spirituality, psychology, astronomy, nutrition, and beauty. This is achieved by finding a balance between your mental, physical, and spiritual states. The resort also maximizes its positive impact on its surroundings by harvesting from its own organic farm and investing in the local people and crafts. Checklist: A visit to the spa village, where you will find an Ayurvedic spa and rooms dedicated to yoga, meditation, and crystal and salt therapy. The Inner City Sanctuary 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge, US Courtesy of 1 Hotels Courtesy of 1 Hotels Courtesy of 1 Hotels Courtesy of 1 Hotels Courtesy of 1 Hotels 1 Enter the lobby of 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge and you will instantly be mesmerized by floor to ceiling windows framed by lush greenery. At any given time, you can expect to find a farm stand providing local produce to guests, a non-profit offering volunteer experiences helping to contribute to sustaining the surrounding environment or a candlelit event encouraging you to unwind for an hour or two. In-house guests are also invited to partake in complimentary Mind & Movement programming – think workouts like vinyasa yoga and high-intensity interval training. Checklist: Go with the seasons – gatherings include ushering in the new moon or solstice. For the Yogi The Yoga Barn, Bali Courtesy of The Yoga Barn Courtesy of The Yoga Barn Courtesy of The Yoga Barn Courtesy of The Yoga Barn Courtesy of The Yoga Barn 1 Beginners, students, and experts come together at The Yoga Barn. A yoga studio and holistic healing retreat, it has become a sanctuary for those looking to nourish their being. Daily classes from both its established and visiting teams include workshops in traditional styles of, including classical hatha and vinyasa flow, as well as pranayama, and kundalini. Meditation, sound healing, and ecstatic dance are also among the experiences. At its Holistic Healing center, some of the world’s most sought-after therapists offer private sessions in Chinese medicine and naturopathy. Checklist: Embark on a yoga or detox retreat ranging from three to 10 days, or look to a training qualification to transform yourself from student to teacher. Theyogabarn.com All-Out Experience ION Adventure Hotel, Iceland  Courtesy of ION Adventure Hotel Courtesy of ION Adventure Hotel 1 This unique hotel makes for the perfect base when exploring the natural wonders of Iceland. The eco-friendly escape uses geothermal power, with sustainability at the forefront of the design – much of the furniture was made using recycled materials. The dining area was created with northern lights viewing in mind and for those venturing outside, glaciers, volcanos, and lakes await. Checklist: Snorkeling in the Silfra fissure, located in Thingvellir National Park, in the crystal clear waters between the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates.  Into the Jungle Mashpi Lodge, Ecuador Courtesy of Mashpi Lodge Courtesy of Mashpi Lodge Courtesy of Mashpi Lodge Courtesy of Mashpi Lodge 1 Get ready to fully immerse yourself in the Ecuadorian jungle, where the forest meets the sky. Not just a five-star hotel, this property is also a research station at the forefront of rainforest protection. When not enjoying its five-star amenities – which include an outdoor hot tub, yoga deck, and spa with rainforest inspired treatments – you can volunteer to help the resident scientists; many of whom are native to the region. Checklist: The guided dragonfly canopy gondola takes you over, across, and through the jungle. Mashpilodge.com Wellness Warrior Six Senses Zighy Bay, Oman Courtesy of Zighy Bay Courtesy of Zighy Bay Courtesy of Zighy Bay 1 When it comes to unwinding, everyone is different – which is why is forever expanding its list of wellness activities. The resort, located on the Musandam Peninsula between the sea and mountains, can also be reached by paragliding if you dare. Head straight to the spa, where the renowned integrated wellness program awaits. In-house experts measure and analyze your key physiological biomarkers and provide you with lifestyle and nutritional advice, before designing a personalized program of spa treatments, fitness, and wellness activities. Checklist: After completing a sleep quiz, your personal sleep ambassador will transform your room for optimum shut-eye. Sixsenses.com/Zighybay  Read Next:   The post.

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We Now Know the Timeline for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Final Royal Days

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will soon be carrying out their final round of royal duties. Photo: Getty On January 8, Prince Harry and gave their notice: They were to “step back” from royal life. When, exactly, was unclear. Was this immediate? Weeks from now? Months from now? The Queen of England later clarified it would be in the spring—but still, a season is pretty vague. On Wednesday the couple officially announced They will give up public funding and many of their royal duties. (They’ll keep some private patronages, like the Prince Harry–founded charity Sentebale and the Invictus Games.) Much of their But it’s still mid-February. What will happen between now and then? For one, the Sussex couple will return to the United Kingdom, and soon: Prince Harry will team up with Jon Bon Jovi to rerecord “Unbroken” with the Invictus Games Choir on February 28. The couple announced the partnership on their Instagram account on Friday. They will stay through March: are also due to attend the Endeavour Fund Awards, the Mountbatten Musical Festival, and the Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey. The latter is particularly significant: It’s a staple in the royal-appearance calendar, and the entire extended Windsor clan attends. It will be the first time the public sees them all together since the Sussexes’ bombshell announcement. After that, it’s off to a new life with its as-yet unknowns. The queen has allowed Harry and Meghan to keep their HRH (His or Her Royal Highness) titles, but after some debate the couple announced today they have withdrawn the trademark applications for the use of given British government rules around the word “royal.” “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex do not intend to use ‘Sussex Royal’ or any other iteration of the word ‘Royal’ in any territory…when the transition occurs Spring 2020,” their website (sussexroyal.com) stated. While the couple will be creating a new “non-profit entity,” the site also clarified that “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex do not plan to start a ‘foundation’, but rather intend to develop a new way to effect change and complement the efforts made by so many excellent foundations globally.” There’s no word yet on what their organization will be called, but the couple are laying the groundwork for it in the meantime: Last week they visited Stanford University for guidance on setting up the nonprofit. For the next month, they’re still part of “The Firm”—the nickname for the British royal family, whose bonds are often compared to those of a business. Yet come March 31, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have officially quit their jobs. Originally published on Read Next: The post.

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Miuccia Prada and Raf Simons Join Forces as Co-Creative Directors

Miuccia Prada and Raf Simons at the Prada Resort 2019 show in New York. Photo: Getty Raf Simons has joined. Can these two forces share a stage? They both indicated that they think so this afternoon. “I’m extremely happy to start this new phase, it’s certainly going to be extremely exciting. … We like each other, we respect each other, and we’ll see if we go somewhere,” Prada said at the press conference. This from Simons: “I’m very pleased to announce our partnership on Prada, a brand I’ve been interested in my whole life… I’m not closing my own business… I always look for new challenges in my life. … Mr. Bertelli approached me right after my exit from Calvin Klein… I question the role of creativity in fashion. It brought me to discussions with lots of designers. We have to look at creativity…how can that evolve. “At this moment, lots of creatives feel troubled, feel the fashion industry is [becoming] an industry where it might move to excluding creatives… We do believe that collaborating could reposition that aspect of the business.” Prada added, “The contract is forever, there is no end date to the contract.” Prada and her husband Patrizio Bertelli, CEO of the Prada Group, have known Simons since at least 2005, when Simons signed on at Jil Sander, which was majority owned by the Prada Group. (By all reports Simons had a strong relationship with Bertelli.) In a 2016 interview with System Magazine, the designers discussed their mutual respect and the healthy competition that exists between them. “For me,” Simons said, “I would be excited if Miuccia would do the Raf Simons brand for a season, and then I would do a season for Marc Jacobs in New York, and Marc would do Prada; I think the audience would be totally excited by that.” That seemingly offhand comment has proven prophetic. Prada and Simons are now officially working together. It’s a unique arrangement. There are few examples of designer founders splitting duties with another creative of high profile. But there’s reason to believe it could work. Later on in that interview, Simons said, “I think that the fashion business has recently stopped exploring its own possibilities; it should become much more liberated once again.” Prada’s response? “I totally agree. I really think that’s true.” Indeed, at a time when the industry is facing increasing challenges—from the culture’s growing awareness of global warming and the role that fashion plays in it to the global decline in luxury spending and consumers’ changing shopping habits—the originality of the partnership could be invigorating. Consider the recent collaboration between—one-off that it was—and the extraordinary amount of goodwill it engendered. When asked about the possibility of succession, Prada responded, “No, absolutely not. I like working, and sincerely I think I will have to work more.” A Prada resort show scheduled for May in Japan has been postponed due to the coronavirus. The fruits of Prada and Simons’s new relationship will debut on the runway at Prada’s spring 2021 women’s show in Milan in September. “We feel strengthened by idea of collaborating,” Simons said. Originally published on Read Next: The post.

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Jewelry Designer Dima Rashid Debuts a 15th-Anniversary Collection Reminiscent of Her Arab Heritage

“I had absolutely no plans whatsoever to do anything related to jewelry,” said fine jeweler Dima Rashid, 15 years after her first official trunk show. Photo courtesy of Dima Rashid. “All my life, I’d looked up to people like Palestinian legislator Hanan Ashrawi. I studied political science and I wanted to be a politician; I had absolutely no plans whatsoever to do anything related to bead store soon manifested into a life turning point and a newfound fascination with jewelry making. “By coincidence, a class was taking place at the shop at the same time as I arrived. I joined it and then I signed up for the class that followed, too. I arrived in the morning and didn’t leave until night – I loved the experience,” she recalls. “Initially, I redesigned jewelry pieces that I owned. Some got ruined, but I was obsessed,” she laughs. Black jade rings carved in reptile shapes. Photo courtesy of Dima Rashid Rashid began designing on a small scale for family and friends, and launched her first official trunk show at her home in 2003, selling to a wider clientele five months later. “While the show was a great success, I felt overwhelmed by the business side,” she says, sharing that she felt out of her depth negotiating prices and answering requests to change designs. She even considered shutting down the business “and never doing it again.” Then her mother stepped in to oversee the main showroom and atelier in. Crafted from 18ct gold and set with precious and semi-precious stones and diamonds, Dima Rashid Jewellery is recognized for its unique blend of tradition, modernity, and color. The light of warmer months inspires her. “I love the sea, its sand, and the sun,” she shares. “I like roses, jasmine, and colors. That’s what makes me happy and when I’m happy, I create.” Egyptian star Yousra wearing Dima Rashid Jewellery. Photo courtesy of Dima Rashid Also Read: Her anniversary collection is a small capsule of strong statement pieces. Rare black jade is set in gold rings carved in reptile shapes, highlighted with diamond and ruby strands. Turquoise earrings feature the carved portrait of Mother Mary from which dangle three citrine drops. A further black jade piece–alligator and snake earrings–feature large rubies that appear to drop from the creatures’ tails. Stones are selected to promote emotions of harmony and well-being. “I have always had something for gemstones. My father used to collect gems, and since I was a little girl, I would enjoy differentiating aquamarines from torques and rubies,” she says. “I like roses, jasmine, and colors. That’s what makes me happy and when I’m happy, I create,” says Rashid. Photo courtesy of Dima Rashid Rashid enthusiastically speaks in Egyptian Arabic with a Palestinian accent and inter-mingles English, displaying her rich and varied background. Born in Kuwait of Palestinian heritage, she was raised in Saudi Arabia and Canada, before moving to Palestine for two years, and finally settling in Egypt. Her heritage is reflected in her collections, which are inspired by a modern flair influenced by the past. Rashid was one of the first designers who managed to successfully recreate Middle Eastern traditional old coins and craft icon-infused jewelry into fine contemporary pieces for an international clientele that includes. “Whatever statement piece I wear, you can always recognize it’s a Dima.” “Here, Arab women love my jewelry,” muses Rashid. “And I sold in New York more than a lot of other designers because of my Eastern touch. Overall, Eastern and Western women will be able to find themselves in my pieces, as the mood of my collections carries it all.” Egyptian star Ghada Adel wearing Dima Rashid Jewellery. Photo courtesy of Dima Rashid Originally published in the February 2020 issue of Vogue Arabia Read Next: The post.

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This Spa Offers the Perfect Spot for a Little Me Time

Courtesy of the Guerlain Spa One&Only The Palm, Dubai With the demands of modern-day lifestyles, there is nothing quite as important as. A moment in your day or week where you focus on self-healing. If you don’t, there’s a strong chance that you may suffer from burn out. The best way to truly unwind and celebrate the occasion is a trip to the spa. Located along the trunk and onto its last frond, is the One&Only The Palm and nestled within its lush greenery, you will find the Guerlain Spa. Courtesy of the Guerlain Spa One&Only The Palm, Dubai Stepping foot through its white marble arches into a courtyard, you feel instantly at ease. The focus is on a subtle elegance, with clean bright hallways and simple yet luxurious treatment rooms flooded with natural light. Therapists wearing crisp white uniforms, and are some of the best in the region working with the brand’s iconic formulas to offer services that range from facials to massages and specially. Courtesy of the Guerlain Spa One&Only The Palm, Dubai For those visiting in the week, the “Me Time” package can’t be missed. Lie down on the plush massage bed and doze off as your therapist performs a 60-minute face treatment that’s catered to your individual needs. This is then followed by a 30-minute foot massage reflexology which can help reduce stress and improve blood circulation. Finish the experience with a cup of tea in the spas reception, where a curated selection of Guerlain are available to purchase so you can continue the pampering at home. The “Me Time” package is AED820 per person. Available Sunday to Wednesday, 10am to 4pm. Visit for more information  Read Next: 9 Eco-Retreats to Add to Your Bucket List The post.

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The Marc Jacobs Runway Was a Reminder That Black Eyeliner and Red Lipstick Have Timeless Appeal

Photographed by Corey Tenold. Instagram/@coreytenold As a designer, show, it was exemplified through the lens of two perennial makeup bag classics: Black eyeliner and red lipstick. Whether you want to go punk or polished, the possibilities are limitless with the pairing in tow, says legendary makeup artist, who illustrated as much backstage inside the Park Avenue Armory today. “When you think of black eyeliner and red lipstick, you think of all time periods,” explained McGrath, who tended to 90 models, as well as the over 50 dancers who performed during the show. “Past, present, and future. It’s everything.” Also Read: Photographed by Corey Tenold. Instagram/@coreytenold “No one can look the same!” McGrath added. “It’s a real play on individuality.” Peeking out from beneath the collection’s bandanas and slouchy caps were various rimmings, washes, and traces of jet-black Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner Gel Eye Crayon, as well as swipes of Le Marc Lip Crème in strawberry Oh Miley, rich ruby Miss Scarlet, or deep maraschino Goddess. After receiving a‘s gaze was stamped with thick, out-to-there wings, while her sister Gigi—a red beret layered over her cascade of blonde waves—wore coquettish flicks with a stamp of crimson on the mouth. “A huge inspiration for this show was past, present, and future women that he loves,” explained Palau, who also whipped up a wide medley of decade-spanning styles, including deep side parted-updos, neat curvilinear bobs, tautly wound vertical cornrows, and loose curls of all shapes and textures. “Marc’s always attracted to iconic women that he either knows, or fantasizes that he’s known.” Photographed by Corey Tenold. Instagram/@coreytenold Individuality certainly reigned supreme but, as Palau put it, there was also a “richness and realness” to each one of this season’s fantastical characters. So whether you’re bound for a cinematic occasion, or an all-too-ordinary day at the office, don’t underestimate the power of a good hair day teamed with a cat-eye or a dash of red lipstick. Originally published on Vogue.com Read Next: The post.

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