Wednesday, July 23, 2014

First Look: Kurt Geiger A/W 2014 Collection

Evoking the power of scarlet, print, texture and silhouettes, shoes are designed for the Kurt Geiger girl's taste in British traditions and the magic of fashion.Laced sandals and slippers with stars, stones and sparkle reflect the glittering water of the Grand Canal whilst an increase in brown, tan and earthy tones, cuddly shearling and suede protect you in the great English outdoors.  

New Chelsea boots, Derbies and Go-Go boots ensure that the flat ankle boot and over the knee styles continue to be all the rage.
Flats get the fantasy treatment too with stilettos, slippers and skaters in touchy feely velvet with brooches and bows.
Crimson sets a darker mood for accessories with saffiano leather bags crafted in classic shapes in shades of scarlet, oxblood and hot pink; as well as a rich wine python print.This season the ‘London’ saffiano bag is introduced with a limited edition hand painted Venetian lace print, echoing the Kurt Geiger London lace shoes.
Exclusively for the Middle East the Carvela collection will offer an edited series of styles with rhinestones, shine and sparkle.Fairytale courts with encrusted bows, mules that shimmer and block heel sandals boasting an intricate lattice upper; this season's shoes reflect in both silver and gold with accents of black and nude.  

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*Photo: Courtesy of Kurt Geiger

Monday, July 21, 2014

Save The Date

Ayyam Gallery London is pleased to announce Improbable Possibilities, a forthcoming solo show of British-Iraqi artist Athier.Applying theoretical physics as part of its conceptual basis, the exhibition will feature a recent series of paintings that offer visual interpretations of parallel dimensions and their access points, while exploring the notion of absolutes and the potential of imagined realities.

Initially inspired by readings in string theory, Athier has created three distinct but related bodies of work, dividing his aesthetic investigation into a succession of visualised phenomena: Push and Pull, The Cut and Eternal Balance.Collectively, the artist's new paintings present a point of departure for a broader envisioning of solutions for the present and futuristic passageways to the unknown. 

The painterly journey through space-time begins with canvases dominated by dynamic architectural elements and fluid tubular forms.These intersecting facets are bookended by entry and exit points: wormholes that the artist describes as, ‘an attempt to imagine the unimaginable as pure energy moving from one space through to another.’ In each painting, overlapping planes support a suspended transfer of energy, as the composition becomes the site of unconstrained forces. 

Date         : 18 September - 21 October, 2014

Timings    : 18 September (6PM - 9PM)

Venue       : 
143 New Bond Street, 1st Floor, W1S 2TP, London. 


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Sale Alert

Virgule is your online one-stop-shop for the perfect gift this Eid-Al-Fitr and with 25% off the entire collection why would you need to look anywhere else?

Gift your family and loved ones with something different this Eid from Virgule's stunning collection of gifts including home wares, fashion, accessories and everything in between.Virgule has the latest styles for you to update your look this Eid with handmade fashion pieces and accessories letting you stand out from the crowd this summer.

Offering same day delivery in the UAE, Virgule is perfect for any last minute gifts and now offering worldwide shipping, Virgule allows you to gift your friends and family in the West  with a taste of the East – use the code EID25% at the checkout from July 21 – July 31, 2014 to avail discount.

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Out & About: A New Season At Toko

TOKO Restaurant & Lounge, the award winning contemporary Japanese concept that revolutionised Japanese dining in Australia, has spread it's wings internationally with the opening of the first TOKO restaurant outside of Sydney, at the Vida Downtown in Dubai in February of this year.

Renown for it's impeccable presentation, TOKO's menu is ‘authentic yet modern’ and offers it's diners a contemporary interpretation of Japanese cuisine.Utilising unique and innovative techniques, Executive Chef Nasser Laziri and his team have created dishes that explore the harmony between taste and texture. 

Located in Downtown Dubai, with direct access from Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, TOKO boasts a dining room, lounge and bar featuring lofty ceilings, an expansive and eloquent terrace, as well as a private dining room.This exceptional space on the ground floor of the luxury boutique Vida Downtown has been setting a new standard for the Dubai dining scene, and transforming the Japanese dining experience in Dubai.

The design of TOKO Dubai uses a minimalist neutral palette featuring beautiful natural timbers and streamlined joinery to create an impeccably detailed setting.After designing the Sydney location, the owners of TOKO approached Australian architect, Matthew Darwon, believing he was the only designer who could deliver such a welcoming and intimate environment, whilst sustaining a sense of the traditional aesthetics.

After opening it's doors in the trendy Sydney area of Surry Hills over six years ago, the TOKO brand has become an institution on the Sydney dining and social scene, as it is quickly becoming on the Dubai scene.TOKO has earned its place as an established and consistent dining experience, and one of the most popular and stylish bars, distinguished by it's intimate atmosphere, fashionable crowd and coveted cocktail menu.TOKO Sydney enjoys a stellar celebrity following with the likes of Russell Crowe, Hugh Jackman, Jennifer Hawkins and Baz Lurhmann all regular visitors, alongside international A-listers such as Leonardo Di Caprio, Vin Diesel, Salma Hayek, Jermaine Jackson and Nicole Kidman.

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*Photo: Courtesy of Toko Dubai

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Crush Of The Day: Nana's Headpieces

I really love statement headpieces and you can never go wrong with a whimsical romanesque design by Nana's Jewellery.Whatever your style classic, avant-grande or boho-chic these beautifully gold plated pieces go with any look.So if you want to stand out from the crowd, dare to wear one of these beauties, but make sure that only the headpiece takes center stage.

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*Photo: Courtesy of Nana's Jewellery

Saturday, July 12, 2014

First Look: Aigner's S/S 14 Cara Collection

A stylish, classical clutch is a wardrobe essential for every woman and Aigner's Cara Collection ticks all of the right boxes.This collection of chic evening clutches feature the finest leather and luxurious metallic finishes.The iconic Aigner logo has been reinterpreted to create an eye-catching clasp.Featuring a detachable metallic strap, this evening bag can transition from day to night seamlessly.

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*Photo: Courtesy of Aigner

Friday, July 11, 2014

Shout Out Of The Day: Designer-24 Launches In Dubai

Women of the region have a huge demand of dresses – cocktail dresses and evening dresses, which sometimes can only be worn once or twice.Even the most affluent customers have realized that this can become a very expensive undertaking! And so, Designer-24 was born.With the prevalence of social media in today's society, and the slew of magazines with society pages, once a dress is worn, it is literally everywhere, presenting the dilemma of not being seen in the same outfit twice.

Designer-24 provides women a stellar wardrobe of new season dresses straight from the runway, adding the latest designs to the collection every season.To ensure the best, the founders spent almost a year meeting and pitching the innovative idea of designer dress hire to designers from across the globe.The collections include high-end contemporary designers as well as some of the most famous names in evening wear and couture.These names include international names like Marchesa Couture, Antonio Berardi, Naeem Khan, Herve Leroux and Halston as well as some regional designers like Ayesha Depala and Rani Zakhem.

With the UAE being very events driven and a haven for fashion in the Middle East, the UAE was the perfect choice to launch the concept.Society is very style and brand conscious and Designer-24 affords women the ability to wear something new for every occasion.The intent was to modernize and revolutionize women's shopping patterns in the region and educate women on the different styles and new season trends - to promote a new way of shopping.

Designer-24 is a great way to try new designers and get a feel for a brand.The concept also serves to expose designers to potential new clients who may not otherwise have considered buying their gowns.Clothing hire is somewhat of an alien concept in the region, but with Designer-24 and its approach to offering the correct product with a personalized service including door to door delivery, the concept is set to create a fashion revolution!

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*Photo: Courtesy of Designer-24

Beauty Flash: Figs & Rouge Cherry Blossom Hand Cream

Summertime brings wistful thoughts of fruity flavours and bright colours.Now the sunniest season is upon us, so why not indulge in the juicy delights and treat yourself to something very special... beautiful hands.Your fingertips might be painted with an exotic shade, but are they smooth and hydrated? Don’t let the summer dry your hands out.Allow Figs & Rouge to help!

This summer, the Natural Cherry Blossom Hand Cream is bursting with sweet flavour and fruity aroma.Perfect for sunny days, multi tasking and hard working, this superb moisturising cream features natural antioxidants and algae extract for protection against daily elements.Infused with glycerine and ginseng to soften and nourish throughout the day, it has a unique concentrated formula for smooth, softer hands, nails and cuticles.

All of the pure and natural Hand Cream range is light, non greasy, easily absorbed and enriched with rich cocoa butter to keep skin supple.Other multitasking fragrances to try are the mouth watering Mocha Orange and lady like Coco Rose.These delicious creams are not just moisturising, but also attractively nourishing at the same time.The 80ml size is perfect for your handbag, your desk or as a travel essential.

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*Photo: Courtesy of Figs & Rouge

Sale Alert

Feeling fatigued with your summer wardrobe? Spring into action on Tuesday, July 15th with THEOUTNET.COM's ultimate shoe edit that will instantly transform your outfit.With discounts of up to 70% off, you won't want to miss out!

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Sunday, July 06, 2014

Queen Of Spades

Bring out your maracas as Queen of Spades goes all Latin with it's latest Mexican-inspired collection.The vivacious collection was unveiled at the La Fiesta Grande, a private pre-Eid preview, held at the Galeries Lafayette, The Dubai Mall.The fashionable evening unfolded over a sit-down dinner, designed and styled by Lafayette Gourmet to present an epicurean experience fit for the Mexican bonhomie that designer Lamya Abedin presented.

Abedin's exotic Latin designs once again celebrate folk art and traditions and represent it in an urban, modern style - the very elements that make up the core of the Queen of Spades brand.The newest creations keenly emphasise indigenous crafts and pre-Columbian art that has thrived over a wide timescale, from 1800 BC to AD 1500.Abedin has particularly drawn from certain artistic characteristics that were widely prevalent in the Latin-Spanish belt through the years, like a preference for angular, linear patterns, and three dimensional ceramics.These patterns and notable handicrafts seen on clay pottery from the valley of Oaxaca and the village of Tonala have found manifestation in her latest assortment of ensembles.

The look of the collection manifests a strong inspiration from the works of the Mexican painter Frida Kahlo, who has achieved great international popularity.Kahlo painted using vibrant colours in a style that was influenced by indigenous cultures of Mexico interspersed with European influences of Realism, Symbolism, and Surrealism.

In Abedin's collection you will find these influences through visual hits of colourful embroidery, textured textiles, authentic local weaves and a flurry of lush fabrics like jute, cotton, organza, raw silks, satins, chiffons, tulle and lace, sourced all the way from Guatemala, Mexico, Spain, India, Indonesia, Korea, Japan and many other destinations.
For this collection Abedin chose hues of Latino spices, handicrafts and local bazaars like yolk yellow, deep purple, apricot, terracotta, tangerine, dark slate and the like, making this one of her most effervescent collections by Queen of Spades.

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*Photo: Courtesy of Queen Of Spades

Sale Alert

Whether you're off to a festival, a wedding, summer BBQ, or just because ... don't miss out on Angel Jackson's Spring/Summer 2014 sale. 

Enter the discount code SUMMER40 at checkout and get yourself a piece of Angel Jackson for a steal.Discount code SUMMER40 is only valid until midnight tonight!

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Saturday, July 05, 2014

Beauty Buzz: Treat your Tresses This Ramadan At JetSet

JetSet brings back healthy and fabulous hair this Ramadan, offering a range of glamorous hair treatments and pampering experiences to nourish and revitalize your roots, bringing back that extra shine to your hair.Show your roots some love this summer to reverse the effects of the sun exposure and reveal hair that's vibrant, stronger and well loved this holiday season.

JetSet invites you to let your hair down and relax as they condition your hair into the perfect mane with their exclusive Ramadan package.Begin your pampering experience with one of their signature hair mask treatments, designed to soften and repair dry, brittle hair.After a soothing head and scalp massage, top off your pampering experience with one of their glamorous blow-dries that will leave you looking picture perfect for any social event on your agenda.

This exclusive Ramadan package is priced at AED 105.The offer is valid throughout July on weekdays (Sunday – Wednesday), from 1pm to 4pm and is only valid in Palm Strip and Emirates Towers branch.

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*Photo: Courtesy of JetSet 

Out & About: Vogue Café Introduces Arabian Menu For Ramadan

In line with Level Shoe District's Arabian Pearl Heritage theme running throughout the holy month of Ramadan and in collaboration with Al Jalila Foundation, Vogue Café is featuring it's Pearls of Wisdom menu, a bespoke Arabian menu infused with the authentic flavours of the Middle East.

Indulge in the traditional spread of an Arabian home with Vogue Café's selection of Arabic mezze, which includes hummus, babaganoush, crisply calamari and stuffed green olives.For main courses the café offers delectable Homemade Kofta, succulent Lamb Cutlet and a seafood platter incorporating the finest grilled seafood from the pristine waters of the Arabian Gulf.Treat yourself to a fine array of desserts offered on the menu from the traditional Umm Ali to the more contemporary Honey & Yoghurt Mousse.

While dining, prepare to be mesmerized by the artistic talent of the Arabian peninsula as part of Level Shoe District will be converted into a ‘Majlis’, where talented Arabic musician Basel will be performing traditional Arabic music on electric oud.Adding to this atmosphere, weekly poetry reading sessions will be taking place every Tuesday from 9pm to 10pm at Vogue Café.

Works of several Arabic artists will also be on display throughout Level Shoe District, including renowned sand artist Shaima Al Mughairy from Oman who will perform in store exclusively on July 31st from 5 to 10pm, and the UAE's own Mattar Bin Lahej whose famous 3D steel calligraphies and sculptures that integrate circular shapes, brings to life the concept of the Pearls of Wisdom.

Other exciting activities include live traditional calligraphy on plates, introduction to the pearl culture, opening of live shells and customization of fresh pearls.Eat and be serenaded with Arabian beauty this Ramadan at Vogue Café which has just the right food and ambience to take you on the most hospitable of Arabian journeys.

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*Photo: Courtesy of Vogue Café

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Shout Out Of The Day: Valleydez Boutique Now Open At Dubai's Newest Galleria Mall

Adding a new dimension to fashion, Valleydez announces the opening of it's third boutique, in the city's latest mall complex, Galleria, located in the heart of the city, next to the City Walk complex.

Vallydez's new contemporary boutique showcases stylish interiors a brand new collection of clothing that is exclusive to The Galleria.With their range of bright, eye-catching dresses elegantly lined up against the neutral walls of the boutique, it's hard not to stop by and shop till you drop.

Offering an exclusive collection designed by some of the most proficient local and international designers, Valleydez will spoil you with options to choose from.From short dresses to long cocktail gowns and unique accessories that will add that element of unique to your personality, Valleydez is the ultimate shopping haven for any woman!

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*Photo: Courtesy of Valleydez

First Look: Tod's D-Cube S/S 14 Collection

The Tod's D-Cube is the new must have bag for the Spring-Summer 2014 season.The D-Cube is a favorite amongst many celebrities such as Uma Thurman, Katie Holmes, Ahn Duong, Jessica Joffe, socialites like Anne-Catherine Frey, Sara Brajovic, Petra Nemcova and bloggers like Helena Bordon, Denni Elias and Leandra Medine.

The Tod's D-Cube is the new evolution of the brand's icon, the D-Bag which, for this season, is cube-shaped and comes in four sizes, with contrasting coloured panels and in a range of leathers, including exotic skins.

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*Photo: Courtesy of Tod's

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Beauty Flash: Flawless Feet With Herbline Essentials Foot Scrub & Foot Cream

Our feet need nourishing and protecting in the heat of the desert.What's more, the fact that they're constantly on show in sandals and flip-flops is an added incentive to make sure we are taking great care of our tips and toes.

Herbline Essentials, the all natural Ayurvedic skin and hair care brand is homegrown in the UAE. It's foot scrub and foot cream use entirely organic ingredients for ultimate care and protection for your feet.Organic products are on the rise and Herbline Essentials' complete holistic approach has gained the trust of consumers all over the world.

The foot scrub is a unique blend of absorbent clays that are combined to detoxify and exfoliate your feet, cleaning and soaking away dirt and leaving them soft and clean.With additional extracts of oil of wintergreen, the foot scrub will also relax and reduce your feet's fatigue.Natural ingredients also include spring water, clay, coco palm wax, sunflower oil and walnut shell.

After a vigorous scrub, enjoy the cooling foot cream.Using a nourishing blend of oils, waxes and natural extracts, this cream repairs tired and cracked feet, leaving them perfectly soft and flip-flop friendly.The powerful wintergreen extract provides extra astringent benefits, alleviates muscle pain and helps to improve signs of aging by tightening the skin.

The brand new tube design of the foot scrub and the foot cream means you can carry it in a small handbag or the zipper of your beach bag.Both foot products are paraben, paraffin and cruelty-free, making Herbline Essentials the ideal choice for savvy consumers who are making purchases with an ethical conscience.

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*Photo: Courtesy of Herbline Essentials
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