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Mandarin Oriental Jumeira, Dubai Celebrates 5th Anniversary with Garrard Partnership
Mandarin Oriental Jumeira, Dubai celebrates its fifth anniversary in collaboration with Garrard, the renowned royal jeweler. This partnership gives rise to 'The Perfect Fifth', a suite package that not only offers luxury accommodations but also includes a bespoke Garrard pendant for the first five guests. The pendant, symbolic of the fifth anniversary, is crafted from 18-carat white gold, encrusted with diamonds, and features a sapphire heart. Garrard's rich history, dating back to 1735 and its role as Crown Jeweller since Queen Victoria's reign, adds a royal touch to the celebrations. Guests can enjoy an array of exclusive experiences, such as a sapphire-inspired Afternoon Tea at Noor Lounge and a unique facial treatment at The Spa, reflecting the theme of the anniversary. The hotel further highlights the event's significance, comparing it to the harmonious perfect fifth in music. The celebrations, running until December 2024, aim to blend luxury, history, and bespoke experiences, inviting guests to partake in this significant milestone of the resort.
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Two New Additions to the Loewe Home Scents
Explore nature's essence with the new Loewe Home Scents collection additions, crafted by Creative Director Jonathan Anderson and Perfumier Nuria Cruelles. The Mushroom fragrance offers earthy depths, evoking the rich, complex aroma of Portobello mushrooms and the intricate world of fungi. Meanwhile, Roasted Hazelnut provides a warm, cozy scent, reminiscent of roasted hazelnuts with hints of sweet brown sugar. Both fragrances, available in various forms, are designed to create a serene, welcoming ambiance, enhancing the botanical themes of the Loewe Home Scents collection.
Charlotte Tilbury Announces Sports Sponsorship
Charlotte Tilbury has made history as the first beauty brand to partner with F1 Academy for 2024, championing female empowerment in the high-speed world of Formula 1. This collaboration focuses on highlighting the exceptional female drivers of F1 Academy, using Charlotte Tilbury's global platform to celebrate their talents and achievements. As a trailblazing female founder, Charlotte Tilbury is excited to support these dynamic women, aligning with the brand's mission to inspire confidence in everyone, everywhere.
Balenciaga's Grand Opening in Mall of the Emirates
Balenciaga has opened its largest store in the Middle East, a sprawling 500-square-meter space on the first floor of the Mall of the Emirates’ Fashion Dome, showcasing the latest collections for men and women. To mark this milestone, the brand hosted its first Couture exhibition in the region, displaying pieces from the 50th, 51st, and 52nd Couture Collections, along with exclusive items from the Balenciaga Couture Store in Paris. This unique event provided an insight into the world of Balenciaga Couture, complete with expert tailors available to customize garments for individual wearers.
Narciso Rodriguez Unveils New Fragrance
Narciso Rodriguez introduces For Her Musc Nude, the latest addition to the iconic For Her collection, a fragrance that embodies soft sensuality. Designed to enhance and celebrate the wearer's natural scent, this new fragrance wraps the body like a second skin, offering a delicate yet radiant take on the classic chypre structure. At its heart is musc, complemented by pink peppercorn, white jasmine, damask rose, and a warm blend of woody notes, making For Her Musc Nude an addictive scent.
'Experience Time' Returns for its Second Edition
Richemont Group's Specialist Watchmakers Maisons have announced the second edition of Experience Time, an exclusive cultural and interactive experience showcasing the world of watchmaking in Dubai from February 14th to 18th. Hosted at the flagship boutiques in Dubai Mall, the event invites watch enthusiasts to immerse themselves in live experiences, learn from esteemed artisans, and explore the rich history and innovations of prestigious brands like A. Lange & Söhne, IWC Schaffhausen, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Panerai, Piaget, Roger Dubuis, and Vacheron Constantin.
Louis Vuitton Launches YouTube Series
Louis Vuitton is launching 'Nicolas Ghesquière: Shaping Fashion,' a YouTube series celebrating the Artistic Director's decade at the Maison. The series features intimate conversations with Ghesquière and friends like Emma Stone and Jennifer Connelly, exploring his career and creative influences. With episodes directed by Lynn Hirschberg and Sylvia Jorif, viewers are invited to reminisce and discover the stories behind Ghesquière's impactful tenure at Louis Vuitton. The first episode premiered on February 13th.
Gisele Bündchen Stars in New Alaïa Campaign
Embodying the essence of the Alaïa woman, Gisele Bündchen stars in the Winter Spring 2024 campaign, radiating empowered beauty and sensuality. Captured by Tyrone Lebon in Miami's minimalist Riverset Studios, Bündchen personifies the collection's sensuality through form-fitting latex, leather, and knitwear, complemented by sculptural jewelry and iconic accessories. Pieter Mulier praises her unique aura and elegance, stating, "She is the Alaïa woman. Wearing Alaïa is natural for her."
Van Cleef & Arpels Collaborates with Emirati Artist
Van Cleef & Arpels collaborates with Emirati calligraphy artist Fatima Alketbi, blending Arabic calligraphy and heritage with modern design. Alketbi's use of traditional materials like palm fronds in her work reflects her deep Emirati roots and the UAE's landscape, offering a unique artistic journey for the Maison's Ramadan collection. This partnership underscores both parties' dedication to cultural heritage and preservation with a modern artistic expression that crafts calligraphy artworks, creating pieces of modern elegance.
Diesel's Dubai Capsule Collection
Diesel's Dubai Capsule Collection celebrates the brand's reopening in Dubai Mall with iconic denim, special 'Dubai For Successful Living' logo pieces, and a UAE flag-colored, crystal-encrusted bag. Glenn Martens' bold design philosophy is reflected in the store's industrial, nostalgic, yet modern aesthetic, featuring vintage Diesel ads and a dedicated denim room. This collection and store concept embody Diesel's identity of boldness and freedom, connecting with the global network in a uniquely Dubai expression.
Miu Miu x Churches Is Back
The Church's x Miu Miu collaboration makes a remarkable return for Spring/Summer 2024 with a fresh take on the Shanghai style, first introduced in 1929. Capturing a blend of tradition and contemporary flair, the campaign, set against a lush garden, showcases models Matilda Liedholm and Judith Shyamala, who embody a relaxed yet refined attitude. This fusion of heritage and modernity, through natural color palettes and luxurious aged leather, epitomizes the dynamic interplay of old and new that both brands are celebrated for.
Erdem and Barbour Collaborate for SS24
Erdem has collaborated with Barbour for Spring/Summer 2024, reinventing the classic waxed jacket into a couture statement inspired by Deborah, the late Dowager Duchess of Devonshire. This collaboration combines Barbour's iconic practicality with Erdem's dramatic flair, featuring a sand-waxed cotton coat with an open neckline and a quilted liner made from chintz curtain remnants from Chatsworth House, available from February 2023 online and in selected retailers.
Judith Leiber and Mott 32 Celebrate Lunar New Year
Upscale Chinese restaurant Mott 32 ushers in the Lunar New Year with a dazzling collaboration with Judith Leiber Couture, marking the Year of the Dragon with style. The partnership introduces a collection of Judith Leiber's iconic crystal minaudières, featuring designs like the Dragon's Fire and Dragon's Egg, alongside Mott 32's special menu inspired by the opulence and prosperity of the new year. From February 10th through March 10th, guests can indulge in this unique culinary experience, surrounded by panoramic views of Dubai and 26 of Judith Leiber Couture's elegant designs.
The Piaget Polo 79 is Back
The Piaget Polo '79, a watch that encapsulates the luxury and sportive elegance of the 1980s, makes a triumphant return for Piaget's 150th anniversary. This icon, originally crafted to meet the demands of a lifestyle that blends style with sport (more specifically, polo), remains a testament to Piaget's mastery in creating timepieces that fuse form and function with unparalleled luxury. The Piaget Polo '79, reimagined with modern sensibilities yet faithful to its roots, continues to symbolize the brand's heritage of crafting elegance for the sportive elite. Now powered by the ultra-thin 1200P1 caliber, it offers contemporary wearers unmatched sophistication.
Guerlain Appoints Balqees as First Regional Ambassador
Guerlain warmly welcomes artist and singer, Balqees Fathi, as its first Emirati Regional Ambassador, celebrating a mutual passion for sustainability, savoir-faire, and empowering women across the Middle East. Balqees' partnership with Guerlain transcends traditional ambassadorship, deeply connecting with the brand's values and sharing her personal Guerlain rituals with fans. This milestone marks a new era, blending Guerlain's longstanding beauty expertise with Balqees' influential presence in the region.
The Prada Re-Nylon Campaign
Prada's groundbreaking Re-Nylon Collection for 2024, celebrated in a captivating campaign featuring Emma Watson and Benedict Cumberbatch, underscores the brand's commitment to sustainability and ocean preservation in collaboration with UNESCO. Through this transformative journey, Prada has transitioned all virgin nylon production to regenerated nylon, echoing a sustainable ethos with the Re-Nylon line of accessories and ready-to-wear. This initiative not only showcases Prada's innovative approach to luxury but also contributes to environmental conservation, with a portion of proceeds supporting the SEA BEYOND educational program for ocean literacy.
Burberry Turns Harrods Knight Blue
Burberry is transforming Harrods into a knight-blue wonderland this February to celebrate British luxury and the spirit of adventure. The iconic department store's makeover includes a bespoke Facialist Suite and showcases Burberry's heritage through exclusive capsule collections and immersive experiences. From virtual realms in Roblox to a physical journey through British exploration history, it's a fusion of tradition and modern luxury, inviting you to experience Burberry's innovative spirit in the heart of London!
Chloé Launches 'Chloé Portraits'
Chemena Kamali's debut as Chloé's Creative Director is heralded by a captivating portrait series photographed by David Sims. This series beautifully captures the essence of Chloé's powerful yet effortless spirit through iconic figures and a fresh generation of muses. As a prelude to the show at Paris Fashion Week, it not only showcases a refined Chloé logo but also sets a promising tone for the brand's new creative direction, seamlessly blending the traditional Chloé feel with a vision for the future.
Miu Miu's SS24 Campaign
Miu Miu's Spring/Summer 2024 campaign exudes a raw, disheveled chic, beautifully captured through dynamic portraits set against the ever-shifting light of Los Angeles. The campaign features a diverse cast, including Lexie Liu and Emma Corrin, and skillfully blurs the lines between everyday transitions and personal style narratives. It showcases a reflective and rebellious wardrobe with materials steeped in history and juxtapositions that challenge conventions. Miu Miu presents a vision of style that is both irreverently informed and deeply connected to the vibrancy of life.
The Breitling x Victoria Beckham Watch
In a dazzling collaboration, Breitling and Victoria Beckham unveil the Chronomat Automatic 36 Victoria Beckham collection. Limited to just 1,500 pieces, this collection marries Breitling's craftsmanship with Beckham's sophisticated and fresh design ethos. Emphasizing the fusion of fashion and function, the collection offers unique colorways and exclusive co-branding, celebrating bold and authentic women. The campaign, shot by the iconic Mario Sorrenti, captures the essence of this exceptional collaboration.