Buckle Up with Burberry

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Introducing The Buckle Eyewear Collection – the new collection of Burberry sunglasses and optical frames, detailed with a distinctive gold- tone buckle, inspired by design elements from our signature trench coat.

Featuring a distinctive gold-tone buckle, The Buckle Eyewear Collection is available in a colour palette that references the many shades and textures of The Patchwork by juxtaposing solid colours with different coloured tortoiseshells. The Collection features sunglasses in square, cat-eye and round shapes, with opticals in square and round, both with the distinct buckle as the focal point of design.

DIESEL FALL/WINTER 2017 MAIN COLLECTION

The raw energy of 90s alternative rock heads upstate this season for a camping trip with a difference.

“Fall Winter is about the energy of grunge in the forest at night time,” explains Diesel Artistic Director Nicola Formichetti. “The spirit of rock ’n’ roll is nocturnal and being surrounded by nature after dark can be a strange experience. A lot of crazy things can happen.”

Styled in a mismatched way, plastic raincoats are worn with silky dresses, whilst stripes and checks are clashed with polka dots and flower prints. The shiny and new is paired with the well-loved – and perfectly ‘destroyed’ denim.

Blue is the key colour for jeans. There are six new washes for men and eleven for women, from the premium Slow Indigo, crafted using artisan techniques to super soft JoggJeans.

Iconic striped grunge knits are transformed by incorporating lace, an element of the precious, whilst characteristic rock leathers, signature zips and knit beanies appear throughout the collection.

The feel of American vintage is present through trucker style, from shearling trimmed jackets to classic red-and-black plaid, alongside elements of uniform and utility.

Patches on classic military bombers, parkas and capes are taken from the Diesel archive, reworking codes of the past and paying tribute to Diesel heritage.

Slip-on style S-KBY footwear is lightweight, flexible and breathable, with a camo-knit upper in both men’s and women’s variations.

Iconic Lisa Corti

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Lisa Corti designs things that she experiences and feels during her many trips around the world: the connection with India, which has been with her forever, her memories of Africa, but also her eastern fascination with China and Japan and her love for Milan and Italian Renaissance art, a passion she has always worn on her sleeve.

Her home collection Spring Summer 2017 is a nod to China, a vintage feel and timeless classicism in perfect Lisa Corti style. Floral and geometric designs create worlds built on stories of lands that are far away but instantly recognisable.

The colours are intense and remain vivid in the memory. They speak of Lisa Corti, but also capture the essence of contemporary style in her Home collection for spring summer 2017.

The new collection offers four new designs, in line with her best tradition, in a myriad of multi-coloured, ultra-fine textile solutions for the home, all hand-printed.

The Damask design has been a must in many collections: Lisa Corti has presented a new take on its faraway origins that date back to ancient China and reach as far as Italy in the sixteenth century, giving it a light feel by adding stylised flowers and endowing it with a chromatic contrast created between the lines and the background.

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For the new collection it goes back to its roots and in the design Chinese Spring, in the two versions Geranio and Mustard, it creates a trait d’union between East and West, between damask fabrics and velvety, multi-coloured silks.

The Camelia design is inspired by a water lily, decorated with spiral shapes that bring movement to the composition. Another flower, with a strong Oriental taste and a sacred symbol for Hinduism and Buddhism, is presented in Ninphea.

Geometric, a vintage print, kept in the brand’s archives up until now gets a new lease of life. The ethereal aquatic flower is set alongside a series of rhombuses that define the fields of colour.

Instead, the Acanto Escher design combines two drawings of the garment collection into one, causing fragile acanthus and geometric patterns inspired by contemporary graphics to interact in perfect harmony – in the best Lisa Corti tradition.

The best-selling pieces by the Milanese designer, including her mezzeri, mandalas, quilts, curtains and canvases, are joined by a new limited edition summer gudri, made of organza, which is lighter and cooler, a fine, shiny fabric ideal for the summer season. An even more prestigious double-faced version juxtaposes a plain edge with the floral print in the centre.

The new ideas for spring summer 2017 also include an accessory for the table. The Camelia design is back, printed on an American mat in masonite enhanced by a gold leaf applied by hand. The new Lisa Corti Spring Summer Home collection represents tradition and also a new style – one that is always timeless and iconic, as only Lisa Corti can be.

British Polo Day celebrates its 9th event in Dubai at the Al Habtoor Polo Club & Resort

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Friday 24th March 2017: British Polo Day, presented by RJI Capital, returned to Dubai for its 9th event. The British Polo Day 2017 Series was launched in style with Bear Grylls throwing the first ball of 2017, but British Polo Day began in Dubai in 2009, in partnership with Habtoor Polo. This was the first time that the event was held at the fabulous new St. Regis Al Habtoor Polo Resort and Club. Some 450 guests and VIPs including Khalaf Al Habtoor, Mohammed Habtoor, Mr Ghazi Al Madani Paddy Meade, 8th Earl of Clanwilliam , and Randle Siddeley, 4th Baron Kenilworth came together to celebrate the best of UAE and British traditions.

The UK/UAE Year of Creative Collaboration was launched by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces and HRH The Prince of Wales in October 2016, with the aims of increasing the visibility of the UK in the UAE and vice versa in order to give greater focus, depth and contemporary relevance to the long-standing relationship between the two nations. The unique cultural programme has been initiated to strengthen existing relationships and broker new ones between people, institutions and businesses.

The British Polo Days in the UAE provide such a platform, with the best of British and the UAE on display, with Harrods, Bentley, Royal Salute and Hackett all supporting. There was also a chance to introduce the new British Polo Day global partner, Chelsea Barracks, the exceptional new neighborhood development incorporating 5 new garden squares in Belgravia, London, to the guests. Other new partners included VistaJet and YPI Luxury Yachts, further cementing the British Polo Day community.

The event kicked off with a Cavalry v Guards Camel Polo display, a sport that has its biggest annual showcase at British Polo Day. Next followed a bicycle polo demonstration, a sport played in the Olympics over 100 years ago, with players from the regiments of Cavalry and Guards competing in Bentley and St. Regis Dubai Polo Resort and Club Teams respectively for The Thesiger Trophy.

Mohammed Al Habtoor, Chairman of the Al Habtoor Polo Resort and Club said: “It is wonderful to see British Polo Day here at our Polo resort and Club. I was very happy to take part in the forming of this event back in 2009 with my Habtoor Polo organization. I am always glad to see the British Polo Day team come back to Dubai and now I am especially honored to welcome them to our brand new and excellent facilities.

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At 3.15 pm, Stuart Wrigley captained the Oxbridge team, sponsored by Chelsea Barracks, against the Gulf team, sponsored by Vista Jet. RJI Gulf beat Chelsea Barracks with 8 ½ goals to 6.

British Polo Day Dubai’s official prize giving ceremony saw the winning teams collecting the bespoke-commissioned British Silverware British Polo Day trophies presented by Richard Oakes from Chelsea Barracks, James Houghton of British Silverware, and Mr Ghazi Al Madani. The agile Don Juan, ridden by Guillermo Cuitino, was named Jaeger-LeCoultre’s ‘Best Playing Pony’ by Marc de Panafieu, Brand Director for Middle East.

This completed the British Polo Day UAE events, and everyone is eagerly awaiting the 10th British Polo Day Dubai in 2018.

*British Polo Day Abu Dhabi took place on

Saturday 18th March at Ghantoot Racing & Polo Club

The event is presented by RJI Capital, and partnered with Royal Salute, Harrods, Bentley, Chelsea Barracks, VistaJet, YPI Yachts, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Hackett London, Justerini & Brooks, Charles Russell Speechlys, Nyetimber, British Silverware, True Luxury Travel, InterContinental Abu Dhabi, Clinova, Taylor Morris Eyewear, DR Harris, Floris, Cassabo and Brompton.

 

The St. Regis Dubai Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club to Host British Polo Day

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The recently-opened St. Regis Dubai Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club will play host to British Polo Day on Friday 24 March 2017. The hotel, which has just opened will welcome 500+ polo enthusiasts at the event.

The Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club, located in the heart of Dubailand is a luxury lifestyle destination which is devoted to equine sports. There are stables for more than 500 horses, a veterinary clinic, a polo club and academy, and a riding school offering multiples disciplines including polo, dressage, show jumping and traditional horseback riding.

The centerpiece of the resort is the five-star St. Regis Dubai Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club, an Andalusian-style hotel, comprising of 151 guest rooms including 30 suites and 25 St. Regis branded villas. The hotel features an exquisite range of culinary experiences inspired by global themes and influences. There are a range of indoor and al fresco dining options including Andalucia – offering flavours of the Mediterranean, The Grill Pit steakhouse, Taperia – a Tapas bar and restaurant overlooking the polo fields, St. Regis Polo Bar – a sports bar, Equestrian Lounge and the soon-to-open Oasis pool side restaurant.

The hotel marks the legendary brand’s first ever equestrian-inspired resort worldwide – reinforcing Dubai’s standing within the global polo circuit and the St. Regis’s rich polo history, which dates back to the Astor period. The St. Regis Dubai Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club is ideally placed within close proximity to Dubai’s main touristic attractions. The resort is designed around four international-standard polo fields.

This weekend also marks an exclusive invitation to the resorts neighbours to a Neighbourhood Cocktail & Canapé Event on Thursday 23 March 2017. Nearby residents will get the chance to view the facilities and experience the St. Regis Dubai Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club’s bespoke hospitality while enjoying the Sport of Kings.

Khalaf Ahmad Al Habtoor, Founding Chairman, Al Habtoor Group – the developer of luxury lifestyle destinations in Dubai, said, “We welcome the local community with open arms. This event will give them the opportunity to experience our latest luxury development in Dubai. The resort exudes relaxation and elegance, while at the same time it showcases some of the world’s best polo.”

The Neighbourhood Cocktail & Canapé Event will take place on Thursday 22 March 2017 from 4:40-7pm.

Residents from nearby communities should RSVP to:

Tel: (04) 435 4414

Email: joanne.madriaga@stregis.com

Picturesque landscapes – New Zealand

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New Zealand has to be one of my top five destinations not because it is on the way home for me when I travel back to Fiji Islands but the terrain truly is breathtaking. From spectacular glaciers, rugged mountains, vast plains, rolling hillsides, subtropical forests, volcanic plateaus to miles of coastline with beautiful sandy beaches.

New Zealand has two main islands, the North Island and the South Island and many smaller islands lie offshore. The country enjoys varied landscape and dramatic geographical features and is a popular location for tourists as well as the production of TV programmes and films, including The Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit trilogy.

Maori Culture is an integral part of New Zealand society. Perhaps the most well known piece of Maori culture is the Haka, a Maori war dance that is performed at many important events, including before each All Blacks game of rugby. It is captivating and one of the things we look forward to during the Dubai Rugby 7s.

Like Fiji, Maori culture has roots in the Polynesian islands but Maori natives have their own particular style developed over centuries. Maori people still consider family and community to be paramount and aspects of this can be found in their art, music, dance and dress. Maori men and women are known to tattoo their faces and bodies with beautiful intricate patterns throughout history.

Nature has blessed New Zealand with some spectacular geothermal areas and relaxing hot springs, as well as providing electricity and heating in some areas. Rotorua is the centre of geothermal tourist activity, with plenty of mud pools, geysers, and hot springs in its active thermal areas–not to mention its trademark ‘Sulphur City’ smell.

First settled by Maori who used the hot springs for cooking and bathing, Rotorua soon attracted European residents. The reputed health benefits of its hot pools quickly earned the area the name of ‘Cureland’.

In addition to Rotorua, you can enjoy hot springs and other thermal activity in most regions of the North Island north of Turangi, as well as in Hanmer Springs and the West Coast in the South Island. The sandy beaches on the coast are perfect for swimming, surfing and sunbathing.

If you love nature, visit the Abel Tasman National Park to explore the most beautiful beaches, bays and lush forests NZ has to offer.  The Abel Tasman is quite like paradise and New Zealand’s only coastal national park. Enjoy long stretches of deserted golden beaches, turquoise clear waters with a fantastic variety of adventure activities.

For extreme adventure, adrenaline attractions are plenty in New Zealand. You can leap from an airplane for a sky diving experience, get dropped off by a helicopter on unique and rugged terrain and ski the slopes at a dizzying altitude, jump off a bridge or suspension pod attached only by a bungy cord to your ankles, or ride the Nelson Fly by Wire reaching speeds of up to 100 kilometres per hour.

New Zealand’s Southern Alps have a number of glaciers, the largest being Tasman glacier, which you can view by taking a short walk from Mount Cook village. New Zealand’s most famous glaciers are the Franz Josef and Fox on the South Island’s west coast.

Health resorts and spas are ideal for spiritual retreats, rejuvenation, beauty treatments or as a getaway to improve your health and well being and New Zealand has plenty of these on both main islands.

If you are in Auckland, drive or take the ferry from Auckland City to historic Devonport, explore the naval caves at North Head, and admire the city view. Spend some time at Cheltenham or Devonport Beach. Browse through the boutique shops and cafes and visit the Torpedo Bay Navy Museum, the official museum of the Royal New Zealand Navy.

If you have kids, they may enjoy the Kelly Tarltons SEALIFE Aquarium. An all-weather visitor attraction, you can see the world’s largest penguin colony, over 30 exhibits and more than 80 different marine species.

For a self-guided tour of Auckland City, visit the Aotea Square, which is used for a myriad of activities including festivals, parades and community events. Auckland’s newest waterfront neighbourhood Wynyard Quarter provides free activities for families in the weekends and school holidays as well.

Weather in New Zealand can change unexpectedly. As New Zealand observes daylight saving, during summer months daylight can last up until 9.30pm. Which can be a good thing, as you do need more hours in the day to explore the many attractions New Zealand has to offer.

 

EXTREME OFFSHORE POWERBOAT CATAMARAN TAKES THRILL SEEKERS ON RIDE OF THEIR LIFE AT DUBAI INTERNATIONAL BOAT SHOW

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Two adventure thrill seekers had a once in a lifetime experience at the Dubai International Boat Show, riding along on board an extreme offshore powerboat catamaran which is capable of reaching speeds of up to 120mph.

Two more lucky winners will make wakes on Friday, with a hashtag-powered competition hosted by Dubai International Boat Show.

Karen Mclean, also known as the blogger Secret Squirrel, and Alex Jimenez took to the cockpit of the catamaran with Brett Luhrmann and Pål Virik Nelson, two of Team Australia’s top pilots.

Jimenez, known on Instagram as The Yacht Guy: “Of all the extreme things that I have done, this was one of the most exciting experiences of my life! It’s a two man operation, so I even got to drive a bit with the help of the pilot. We took the boat out on the water and got up to 114 mph!”

On Friday 3 March, two more winners of the Dubai International Boat Show’s Instagram competition will take a ride-along in the Team Australia Boat.

Winners landed their seat in the extreme boat by hashtagging their way using #dubaiboatshow and #extremeadventure on Instagram.

For more information on the competition please visit: http://www.boatshowdubai.com/x-cat

The 25th Dubai International Boat Show at Dubai International Marine Club – Mina Seyahi is open to trade visitors and the general public from 3pm – 9.30pm daily from Feb 28 to March 4, 2017. Tickets are available at the gates for AED 60.

 

MODA OPERANDI LAUNCHES DUBAI FAVORITE CLUTCH BRAND L’AFSHAR SS17 TRUNKSHOW

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Clutch and accessories label, L’Afshar, launches their spring summer 2017 collection, exclusively on luxury pretailer Moda Operandi. Inspired by her travels and experiences, designer Lilian Afshar creates stunningly sophisticated box clutches with unexpected marble patterns and captivating textures cleverly crafted.

Since her brand’s inception in 2014, Designer, Lilian Afshar’s handmade clutches have been spotted everywhere from Fashion Week to Kendall Jenner’s recent metallic B-day look. With such versatile colours and unique materials and designs, it is easy to see why L’AFSHAR is this season’s must have accessory.

This season it’s about acrylic clutches (and now lady bags) with geometric detailing and an art deco influence, accompany the marble bags, which garnered the brand its high-fashion following.

The piece to buy – the red and white cube print marble clutch.

Shoe Connoisseur

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Zeina Zebian – Artist, Designer, and Creator

Zeina Zebian, Dubai based artist and designer has taken her love for shoes to another level by elevating her creativity and design experience into sculptural art pieces.

Zeina is a Lebanese who was born in Dubai and was brought up in the Emirates. Growing up, she spent many summers in Vienna, which influenced her artistic side by visiting many museums and old European Palaces. Traveling and exploring is one of her passions.

After completing one year of Fashion Design, Zeina graduated with a BA in Marketing and Advertising. In 1998, she was amongst the first graduating batch from the American University in Dubai. She then started a successful career in advertising with multinational companies and International agencies like Grey and BBDO/OMD as Senior Media Planner.

Zeina’s life was influenced by her dad, a successful businessman, as well as by her artistic mother. Design is in her blood as her great grandfather was a shoe designer working from his own atelier in Beirut. His wife was a hat designer and their daughter, Zeina’s grandmother, designed and handcrafted coats.

Zeina and her husband Tarek enjoy travelling and adventurous experiences, her favourite being bungee jumping and skydiving. They moved to New Zealand started a family there, becoming proud parents of Elisa and Aref.

Due to her mother’s illness, Zeina moved back to Dubai to be by her side. Over the years, she supported her mother through numerous challenges, accompanying her during extensive treatments in Germany, Beirut, and Dubai. The 14-year journey with her mum battling cancer influenced Zeina and contributed to her growth, mental and spiritual awareness.

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Starting from 2000, Zeina continued her journey of spiritual awareness though learning many modalities, like Reiki, Breath work, and Access consciousness. Her favourite course was Self Revitalising, as it directed towards self-healing and discovery. She follows an alternative holistic approach and is a strong believer in Homeopathy and natural healing.

Throughout these years, Zeina felt that she neglected her artistic side and revisited her childhood dream of art and designing SHOES!!! Since the age of two, she mastered walking in her mom’s high heals, and that vivid memory kept on ‘haunting’ her.

Following her dream, Zeina signed up for few art courses, her favourite being Art Journaling and a Shoe Design Short course with London College of Fashion. It was the best gift she gave herself, awakening her creativity and artistic talents.

On joining a clay-scultpturing course, Zeina decided to handcraft art pieces in the form of shoes, inspired by different stages of her Journey and personal development. She created three sculptures from the heart:

Her First Sculpture, “Polarity” is inspired by Rene Magritte after visiting his museum in Brussels. Zeina is a big fan of surreal art and her piece reflected masculinity vs. femininity and white (purity) vs. Black. The shoe base is feminine and the heel was the pipe represents the Masculine. The piece was intentionally left unfinished, as this is an ongoing battle of our world! It also represents her experience as a woman and her experiential journey as a mother.

Zeina’s 2nd sculpture, “Grounding” is inspired by her beautiful Mother. The piece features leaves surrounding and hugging the feet to enhance unity and earthly connection. The colour of the leaves red, yellow and orange are inspired by autumn, which are also colours of the first 3 chakras or energy centres. The color gold is associated with higher ideals, wisdom, and enlightenment. It inspires knowledge, spirituality, and deep understanding of self. The OM sign is present inside the sculpture.

This piece represents Zeina’s experience of landing into real life, marriage, work, pregnancy, children, and facing fears. It is dedicated to her beautiful mother who taught her strength, endurance, courage, and love for life and family.

Zeina’s 3rd sculpture is “Hermes”, messenger of God in Greek religion and Mythology. He is considered a god of transitions and boundaries. The colours represent Greece and its blue sea and ancient gold. Hermes is always seen carrying a Caduceus, which is the staff entwined by two serpents and wearing Talaria, his winged sandals.

This sculpture represents Zeina’s journey of healing, forgiveness and harmony. The snakes represent the triggered fear felt by Zeina after an accident that killed her beloved dog. Bella, her pet chihuahua, received the deadly snakebite meant for Zeina. This act of loyalty and love, along with the triggered fear of snakes, led her into another soul-searching journey. The message of the sculpture is learning to accept loss, to understand death, and to move forward. The wings of the sculpture represent the liberating experience of her overcoming those fears, and finding forgiveness in her heart. She believes in the need to coexist in harmony and peace with animals.

Zeina is now pursuing her childhood dream, by merging her spiritual development with her creative entrepreneurship of shoe art. She is combining her love for art and design, into her sculptures and shoes. Her sculptures ideally serve as decorative art pieces and yet evoke new ideas for innovative shoe lines amongst creative designers. Zeina is contemplating and searching for the possibility of conceptualising her art into wearable statement shoes.

 

KAMAT SHIREEN launches Gifting packages for the festive season

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Inspired by the traditional local and international customs of gifting sweets and snacks on special occasions and the end of year festive season, KAMAT SHIREEN has on offer beautifully packaged delights for guests hosting parties to close 2016 or when visiting parties to see the end of year with friends and family.

Under the creative direction of Irfan Gaya, Managing Director of KAMAT SHIREEN, end of year gift boxes and baskets include sweets, savoury products, and can be customised as per customer requirements.

For customers with a sweet tooth, KAMAT Shireen offers ice cream, sweets such as Gulab Jamun, Mango Kalakand that melts in your mouth, colourful and extravagant Anarkali, Barfis, Katlis, Laddoos and Pedas.

Savoury snack connoisseurs will find a perfect mix of savoury, spicy, tangy and sweet, to create an array of delectable Namkeen, including Navratan Mixture and Khatta Meetha are bound to awaken your senses.

Kamat SHIREEN also offers gift vouchers that make excellent wedding gifts, corporate gifts and birthday presents. The brand also offers B2B business opportunities to restaurants, hotels and Cafes looking to incorporate traditional snacks, sweets and ice cream into their menus.

Gift boxes and hampers can be prepared between AED 75/- to AED 150/-.