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The Legacy

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It’s finally here: the first editorial piece conceptualized, art directed and styled by me. I could not be any happier with the results or the process.

I explained earlier on social media why I wanted to start shooting unique content for my site. I also have been really lucky to meet a bunch of like minded creatives and this month we were hosted by the newly opened St. Regis hotel where we had the opportunity to (with the marble magnificence for a backdrop) shoot a series of trends that I find worthy of highlighting. I will go deeper into individual trends from next month onwards but for now I wanted to start this part of the blog by focusing on timeless concepts I rely a lot on when styling / working with personal clients / dressing myself.

As I have a very soft spot for the heritage of the St. Regis and the historical legacy that it carries (and with age I have begun to appreciate learning in depth about brands I work with and understanding their ethos), a legacy thats well mirrored in the interiors, I have chosen to name the editorial just that: The Legacy.

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The tonal dressing: coat 3.1 Phillip Lim; top ACNE; trousers Paul & Joe. All Boutique 1. Shoes Giuseppe Zanotti.

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The double stripe: pants Rag & Bone, sweater Theory. Both Boutique 1. Shoes Giuseppe Zanotti.

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The GUCCI: (because since the new creative direction of Allesandro Michele it’s a power house): pants and shoes GUCCI, sweater Raoul at Boutique 1.

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The daytime metallics: dress and shoes Stine Goya from DULAAB.

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One more GUCCI because it’s just so good.

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The statement outerwear: coat from Sakspotts at DULAAB.

Photography Francesco Scotti; make up Nadine Elias; hair Jehnna Mahoney; model Kate C. from Wilhelmina Models Dubai.

 

Mint Velvet

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Originally from the UK, contemporary brand MINT VELVET has arrived in the UAE, opening of their first store in Festival City.

The Mint Velvet story began in 2009 with three women who, inspired by a desire for something new, set about creating a collection which was contemporary, stylish and had a luxe everyday feel to it, without the matching price tag.

I had a browse through their current in-store selection and below are the key pieces that I think make the trek to the far end of town worth while:

  • MINT VELVET footwear (somewhat inspired by the high end designs) delivers quality without the price tag. (See the lace up pointy ballerinas as well as high heeled booties).
  • Suede pieces are seen everywhere due to the 70’s fashion influx. Suede is as 70’s as it gets!
  • Wooly scarves in the hue du jour, camel beige.
  • Jumpsuits, with or without patterns, are going nowhere. Perfect on their own or layered, I find many women think of jumpsuits as an unforgiving piece which could not be further from the truth. MINT VELVET has a strong selection of boho ones, with a flattering draping over mid section, a problem area for many.

Happy shopping! X

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Faithfull.

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Latest purchases – knit from APC and Liberty London in the perfect camel hue as well as flow pants from Faithfull The Brand. XXX P.S I am trying to add shopping links but slow internet won’t let me so I’ll update the page tomorrow.

The Cut by Wolfgang Puck – the brunch.

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When it comes to Friday brunches in Dubai they are divided in two types of vastly different experiences. One is an alcohol fueled extravaganza where food plays a very little role. I am never seen at one of those. The other is a classy and a proud showcase of the impressive restaurant scene that Dubai is home to. I am seen at those as often as I can.

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If you scroll down the blog you’ll see I have written about The Cut and Chef Raymond before. It was refreshing to see however that even though it’s been almost a year since my last visit the quality of food and service has’t changed the slightest.

In Dubai  we are lucky to have celebrity chef endorsed venues pop up every month. They tend to be grand for the first month or so but quickly loose their edge and commitment to quality before the ink on the departure boarding pass of the namesake celeb chef has dried.

The highlights of the brunch?

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  • The steaks (as anticipated seeing as The Cut takes great pride in their selection and preparation method of those);
  • The deserts;
  • The majestic views (make sure to enjoy the outdoors terrace now that the weather is mild again).
  • The Bloody Mary cart. Best one in town.

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The Kooples

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I have already stated on Instagram that when I think women always divide themselves in shoe people and bag people. I am shoe people.

As far as red heels go I already have a few pairs but liked the pony skin finish and the lady bug pattern. The heel height is walkable too!

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They come from the ubercool French The Kooples (in Dubai available at the Dubai Mall). X