The Top Fashion and Beauty News Stories of December 2023 | Savoir Flair
The Top Fashion and Beauty News Stories of December 2023
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by Mimi Droeshout 3-minute read December 14, 2023

Navigating the deluge of fashion, beauty, and culture news can be overwhelming, even for the experts. That's why Savoir Flair takes on the mission of sifting through the influx and getting the essential insights. Circle back every month to check out what you may have missed.

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Erdem's Capsule Holiday Collection

In a revelation of historical charm and modern sophistication, Erdem unveils a new collection, drawing inspiration from his Victorian-era London home.  Erdem exclusively told Savoir Flair, "I took my home, a former Victorian House of Hope, as inspiration for this collection. I was fascinated by the lives of the women who lived within these walls. We were constantly discovering hidden secrets within the house; flashes of Victorian wallpaper inspired the floral metallic jacquards in the collection." 

This 19-piece capsule, self-photographed by Erdem, beautifully intertwines the past and present, featuring lightweight black organza dresses adorned with sequined vines and feather trims alongside crushed satin dresses with floral embroidery, echoing a 1950s couture silhouette.

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Jacquemus Announces E-Commerce Platform in the UAE

Marking a significant milestone in its global expansion, Jacquemus has launched, its first dedicated e-commerce platform for the UAE, in collaboration with Chalhoub Group. This digital debut in the Middle East brings the spirited holiday collection Gurilande to the fore, featuring festive renditions of iconic designs like Le Bambino and Le Chiquito alongside an exclusive range of ready-to-wear, shoes, and accessories in vibrant holiday hues and luxurious materials. Adding to the excitement, their new e-commerce platform also introduces L'Enfant, a delightful kids' collection mirroring the brand's classics, with the promise of same-day delivery in Dubai and next-day across other emirates. 

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Chopard Launches a Limited-Edition Watch

Chopard's L.U.C XP Urushi Year of the Dragon watch symbolizes luck and prosperity, intertwining the art of gold and lacquer to celebrate the Chinese zodiac. Meticulously crafted by Japanese artisans using the ancient Maki-e technique, each dial of the limited-edition watch is adorned with a mighty dragon in honor of the Chinese New Year. This masterpiece, housed in a slim 18-carat rose gold case and powered by an in-house movement, represents the completion of the zodiac cycle. 

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The Chloé Karl x Met Exhibition

The Chloé store in Dubai Mall is hosting an enchanting exhibition, which showcases its festive collection alongside iconic archival dresses celebrated at the "Karl Lagerfeld: A Line of Beauty" themed Met Gala. This display pays homage to Lagerfeld's enduring influence on the fashion world, particularly during his tenure as Chloé's creative director. The exhibition features Gabriela Hearst's reinterpretations of Lagerfeld's classic designs from his time at Chloé, including the Aurelien dress from Spring/Summer 1983, along with original pieces from Lagerfeld. Drawing inspiration from Chloé's rich archives, the new collection embodies the festive spirit with modern takes on Lagerfeld's shimmering arrow motif and the embellished guitar from the same Spring/Summer 1983 Collection. 

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The First Middle Eastern Clothing Brand Launches on Selfridges

Leem, a vanguard in modest fashion, has achieved a landmark expansion, debuting on Selfridges, marking its first Middle Eastern clothing brand to be featured on the platform. This move aligns with Leem's ambition to cater to a global audience, offering versatile, contemporary fashion that resonates with women worldwide. Embodying sophistication and modernity, Leem's designs, known for exquisite fabrics and elegant silhouettes, continue redefining modest fashion, gaining a loyal following, and steadily growing its presence internationally in the Middle East and on key digital platforms.

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Golden Goose At Level Shoes

Luxury sneaker brand Golden Goose heralds the opening of its innovative concept store at Level Shoes in Dubai Mall, blending its commitment to sustainable and responsible fashion with a transformative retail experience. This unique space – designed with raw concrete, timber shelves, and vintage furnishings – offers a sustainable journey for clients, featuring artisanal laboratories for the restoration and personalization of formal shoes, heels, and bags in collaboration with "The Cobbler." The store debuts the "As Unique As You" bag collection, emphasizing personal evolution and introducing a curated selection of vintage men's and women's watches in partnership with Bernardini Milano.


Saint Laurent's New Concept Store in Paris

Designed by Anthony Vaccarello, Saint Laurent opens its largest flagship store on the prestigious Avenue des Champs-Élysées in Paris. The space masterfully combines modern luxury with the building's original Haussmannian architecture, featuring striking interiors, including a neon light sculpture by Cerith Wyn Evans and a serene private garden. Having opened on December 9th, this flagship store offers Saint Laurent's complete collection, including exclusive items, in a unique environment where history and elegance collide.

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Montblanc x Park Hyatt Holiday Celebrations

Park Hyatt Dubai and Montblanc unveil an exquisite five-and-a-half-meter Christmas tree at the hotel's lounge terrace this holiday season. Encapsulating both brands' commitment to memorable experiences, the tree is adorned with lights and the iconic Montblanc logo, revealed on December 8th amidst an enchanting atmosphere of Christmas carols and festive treats. In addition to the grand tree lighting, Montblanc will enhance the festive spirit with a dedicated kiosk, allowing guests to explore and purchase crafted gifts, making Montblanc and Park Hyatt Dubai focal points for holiday celebrations this season. 

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Alaïa and Rare Books Team Up

This winter, Alaïa embarks on a captivating collaboration with Rare Books Paris, blending high fashion with the art of literature. From November 27th to January 4th, the Paris Marignan and London New Bond Street Alaïa boutiques transform into havens for bibliophiles, featuring a selection of limited edition and collectible books specially curated by Pieter Mulier. Alongside these literary treasures, the pop-up stores will offer an exclusive, customizable Alaïa leather bookmark, embodying the maison's commitment to artistic intersections and its deep reverence for books as timeless vessels of beauty and legacy.

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Thélios Launches Its Middle East Subsidary

The grand launch of Thélios' Middle East subsidiary at Dubai's Opera Garden – set against the stunning vistas of The Dubai Fountain and Burj Khalifa – not only celebrated Thélios' expansion but also showcased its Spring 2024 collections in an elegant showroom, highlighting the brand's commitment to the dynamic luxury market in Dubai. With its strategic location in the Dubai Design District, Thélios' new subsidiary is poised to illuminate the Middle Eastern eyewear scene, leveraging its expertise in marrying distinguished house identities with exquisite Italian craftsmanship.


Bottega for Bottegas

In a continuation of spotlighting artisanal mastery, Bottega Veneta, with its Bottega for Bottegas 2023 initiative, celebrates the creativity and skill of small workshops globally for the third year in a row. This year's selection traverses cultures and crafts, from Taiwanese artist Cheng Tsung Feng's preservation of traditional techniques and Liu Wenhui's dedication to ancient Chinese woodworking to Kitai Rhee's commitment to Korean kite-making and Modiano's renowned Italian playing cards. These distinctive bottegas (or "workshops") are honored on Bottega Veneta's platforms, including its website, newsletter, and the prestigious window of its Milan flagship store – showcasing the diverse realms of artisanal excellence.

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Dior Reopens Its Doors at Mall of the Emirates

Dior's boutique at Mall of the Emirates has undergone a transformative reinvention, emerging as a space that brings together the house's diverse universes – from Maria Grazia Chiuri's ready-to-wear collections to Victoire de Castellane's exquisite jewelry. The boutique's design harmoniously blends heritage with modern elegance, featuring Versailles parquet flooring and a color palette of soft whites and grays, enhanced by captivating art pieces that echo Dior's deep connection to artistic expression.


A Vacheron Constantin Christmas Tree

Unveiling its fifth annual Christmas tree, Mandarin Oriental Jumeira has collaborated with the esteemed watchmaker Vacheron Constantin in a stunning tribute to its 'Less'ential' philosophy that intertwines simplicity and elegance. This unique tree, combining the iconic Mandarin Oriental fan and the Vacheron Constantin Maltese Cross, showcases a blend of gold hues and intricate designs, mirroring the precision and artistry of Vacheron Constantin's legendary timepieces. Alongside this festive masterpiece, guests can indulge in an exclusive Afternoon Tea at Noor Lounge, inspired by the craftsmanship of Vacheron Constantin.


Brunello Cucinelli Pop-Up at Level Shoes

Level Shoes has announced an exciting new collaboration with Brunello Cucinelli, marked by a special pop-up at Dubai Mall from November 30 to December 17. This partnership will be showcasing Brunello Cucinelli's signature luxury aesthetic and a selection of pieces from its Spring/Summer 2024 collection. Highlights include exclusive colorways of cotton jacquard-knit sneakers and an array of loafers and summer sandals, embodying the brand's commitment to quality craftsmanship and its Italian heritage.


The Watch Collab of the Year

In a remarkable last project for François-Henry Bennahmias, CEO of Audemars Piguet, the haute horlogerie manufacturer collaborated with Travis Scott's record label and brand Cactus Jack to launch the Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar Openworked “Cactus Jack” Limited Edition timepiece. This exclusive watch, fondly referred to as "the chocolate AP" by Scott, boasts white gold hexagonal screws and a transparent sapphire dial showcasing the Calibre 5135's openworked design. Echoing Cactus Jack's visual language, the watch features unique calendar and week indications inspired by Scott's hand-drawn models, with a caseback engraved with "Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar," "Limited Edition of 200 Pieces," and a phrase that is a nod to Scott's latest album that says, "Utopia is a state of mind." 

"I approached this collaboration similar to sampling or starting a beat, taking inspiration from classics while introducing innovation to push them into the future. I'm beyond amped about the results, a first ever for the iconic Royal Oak,” said Scott. 

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Amina Muaddi x Ounass Pops Up on Kite Beach

From December 1st to December 27th, the Amina Muaddi X Ounass Pop-Up Store will captivate anyone passing by Kite Beach in Dubai. This exclusive pop-up, designed by Crosby Studio, not only offers four unique Amina Muaddi designs available only at this location but also introduces her latest Fall/Winter 2023 collection, which marks a significant evolution for her Paris-based brand with the introduction of handbags and structured square-toed shoes.


Louis Vuitton Opens in Atlantis Royal

A new chapter for Louis Vuitton is written with the opening of its inaugural resort store in the Middle East, located in Atlantis The Royal. This exclusive shopping haven offers a panoramic view of the Dubai skyline from its outdoor terrace, inviting clients to explore an extensive range of Louis Vuitton products, including the resort collection, vibrant Parfums Louis Vuitton, and the maison's latest Objets Nomades furniture collection. Celebrating its heritage and the grand opening, the store features unique personalization options, such as an exclusive Atlantis The Royal silhouette hot stamp, alongside an exquisite selection of women's precious leather bags and iconic heritage pieces like the Malle Fleurs.

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Burberry Reopens in Dubai

Now showcasing Daniel Lee's debut Winter 2023 collection, Burberry has reopened its doors in Mall of the Emirates. Elevating the store's ambiance, unique wooden sculptures by artist Casey McCafferty and rugs by British textile artist Tom Atton Moore are thoughtfully integrated, bringing the brand's unwavering dedication to craftsmanship to the forefront. The store boasts a blend of menswear, womenswear, homeware, and accessories, each adorned with seasonal checks and the refreshed Equestrian Knight Design.


Dior Beauty in Andalusia

Puente Romano Beach Resort, a hidden gem nestled along southern Spain's famed "Golden Mile," offers a serene Andalusian escape with its "Chase The Sun" package – just in time for the festive season. Enhancing this luxurious experience, guests can immerse themselves in an exclusive Dior Beauty festive makeup masterclass held in the opulent Imperial Suite from December 18th to 20th. This three-hour expert-led masterclass will provide behind-the-scenes access to the world of Dior Beauty while guests are invited to learn tips and techniques from industry experts on how to create the ultimate look for the holidays.

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