Al Raha Mall’s Brand4U outlet offers affordable branded lifestyle products

Shoppers attracted by leading international brands at affordable prices

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Al Raha Mall Abu Dhabi introduces Brands4U factory outlet, subsidiary of Concept Brands Group, a global fashion and lifestyle retail conglomerate known for international branded luxury goods.

Mr. SadiqAfridi, Mall Manager at Al Raha Mall said, “Al Raha Mall shoppers will find Brands4U a one-stop destination for multiple fashion brands at affordable prices all year. The store offers luxurious products for customers at competitive prices.”

Vijay Samyani, Founder and Managing Director of Concept Brands Group adds, “Our vision is to cater to the average luxury consumer at Al Raha Mall with affordable prices and quality lifestyle products. We are delighted to be part of the retail portfolio at Al Raha Mall.”

The 892sqm Brands4u at Al Raha Mallmeets the requirements of luxury connoisseurs and brand conscious customers looking to buy perfumes, cosmetics, skincare, watches, jewellery, writing instruments, designer footwear and clothes.

Shoppers at Al Raha Mall can win AED 50,000 weekly and grand prize of AED 1 million as part of Line Investments & Property LLC’s ‘Mall Millionaire’ campaign. To become a ‘Mall Millionaire’, shoppers spending AED200/- can present their receipts to customer service and their entries will reach them digitally via email and SMS.

Al Raha Mall outlets include, Lulu Express Supermarket, Al Raha Cinema, Party Center, Zaks, Dubai Library, Tas-heel, Tasleem, Low cost Travel, Tadbeer, Brands4U, Sparky’s, Etisalat, Al Ansari Exchange, Asfar Laundry, Thrifty Rent A car, Salons, Photo studio, ATM’s and Green Land Flowers.Food lovers can enjoy Subway, Papa Murphy’s, Charley’s, Burger Hut, Soulful Restaurant, Samurai Japanese Restaurant, Sapori Veri Restaurant, Fresh Bakes Café, Bonjour Bonsoir Café, Caesar’s Restaurant & Confectionery and Tche Tche Boulevard Restaurant.

Al Wahda Mall to become home to leading luxury outlet, THE DEAL

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THE DEAL, Chalhoub Group off price channel, will open its third store of 1004 sqm store in Al Wahda Mall. Shoppers can now enjoy the best deals for menswear, womenswear, kids, beauty and accessories from the luxury outlet.

Mr. Navaneeth Sudhakaran, General Manager, Al Wahda Mall said, “We are delighted to welcome THE DEAL on board as it brings the best worldwide brands such as Dolce & Gabbana, Tory Burch, Marc Jacobs, Kenzo, Ralph Lauren, Michael Kors, Paul Smith, Zadig & Voltaire, Swarovski, Tumi and many other at discounted prices to the vibrant retail environment of Al Wahda Mall.”

Hamdi Kulahcioglu, General Manager of The DEAL commented “We are very pleased to open our 8th store in the UAE. With a global reach and over 200 designer brands, we aim to offer more desirable top fashion brands at attractive and affordable prices and hope to meet the discerning tastes of Al Wahda Mall customers bringing them the best from the fashion industry.”

The award-winning Al Wahda Mall has over 400 tenants offering a superb retail mix of fashion, jewellery, electronics, food court, home improvement, family entertainment, beauty, gym, sports lounge, renowned high-street brands, kiosks and over 50 mouth-watering world class F&B outlets.

Al Wahda Mall adds Babyshop to its retail portfolio

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The new Babyshop store at Al Wahda Mall

Al Wahda Mall adds Babyshop, a concept store specializing in fashion clothing, baby basics, toys and nursery furniture for new born babies, toddlers and children up to 16 years of age to its expanding retail portfolio.

As a leading children’s store that provides exceptional value and a great shopping experience for moms and kids, the chain’s international brands include Lee Cooper, Barbie, Disney, Maui & Sons, Avent, Fisher-Price, Graco, Ferrari, Maclaren, Maxi-Cosi, Quinny, Little Tikesand several others.

Mr. Navaneeth Sudhakaran, General Manager, Al Wahda Mall said, “To adapt to changing market and consumer needs,the new Babyshop store at Al Wahda Mall is designed with comfort and convenience for new families being top priority. We are glad Babyshop is on board with us to bring the best for your little ones and offer a family friendly shopping experience.”

Ruban Shanmugarajah, COO, Babyshop added; “As the leading omni-channel kids’ retail destination, one of our key missions is to come closer to the customer and bring them the best experience and joy of shopping for their little ones, right in their neighborhood. Having our store now in Al Wahda Mall meets this objective, while making sure that mother’s in Abu Dhabi have everything they would need — all under one roof.

The award-winning Al Wahda Mall has over 400 tenants offering a superb retail mix of fashion, jewellery, electronics, food court, home improvement, family entertainment, beauty, gym, sports lounge, renowned high-street brands, kiosks and over 50 mouth-watering world class F&B outlets.

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.

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.

 

Weill launches Spring/Summer 2017 collection

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French luxury brand Weill hosted a preview of its inspiring Spring/Summer 2017 collection in Emirates Towers, in the presence of International Manager and 5th generation family member Elie Weill and Creative Director Edward Achour.

A fusion of organic and fresh tones brings the collection to life this season. New and classic shapes are encased in crisp hues, exuding a refreshing feel which makes this offering cool, vibrant with chic flavors.

The classics with a twist and other unconventional accents… Original proportions, tried and tasteful combinations ranging between the chic and the casual, masculine and feminine, sporty and urban… With Weill, the formal adopts a cheerful attitude with highly contrasted alliances and luminous themes, a spruce Parisian style determined to interpret dress codes freely.

The Spring Summer collection represents Weill’s timeless craft combined with a modern muse, skillfully presented in an array of exquisite materials and colours to create an offering destined for longevity.

Paul Smith Announces opening of new store at Mall of the Emirates

CHT_6536_HI-RES.jpgUK based brand Paul Smith has announced the opening of its new space in the heart of the dynamic Fashion District at Mall of The Emirates, where consumers can now shop the latest in men’s fashion across the brand’s array of collections.

To celebrate the new Paul Smith shop opening, the top regional funk-rock band, Abri & Funk Radius, played tracks that have inspired Sir Paul in his creative process. The tracks were selected from Paul’s series of curated playlists for Apple Music.

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Spanning over a total surface area of 140 square meters and sprawled across two curated rooms, the new shop houses men’s ready-to-wear, shoes, and accessories including key product lines such as A Suit To Travel In, seasonal dinosaur-print products and a wide range of suits, shirts and formal accessories.

Lovers of the brand can also shop the newly launched line ‘PS by Paul Smith’, a less formal take on the iconic British designer’s mainline collection, which features tailored sports jackets and polo shirts in a range of bold colors and unique prints. Embracing the label’s classic, laidback sensibility, PS by Paul Smith includes ready-to-wear, footwear, bags, and accessories, all finished with the new circular logo.