fashion

June 18, 2018

Jacques Cavallier Belletrud’s quest for raw ingredients has taken him to some of the farthest-flung corners of the globe. To craft his fragrances, Louis Vuitton’s master perfumer has sourced Peruvian balsam from the forests of Salvador; fresh ginger from Nigeria; cocoa from the Ivory Coast; and oud assam from a family-run farm in Bangladesh. But it was a trip to Guatemala in search of cardamom that he counts as one of his most memorable.

“We were in a town called Coban, which is one of the most dangerous places in the world, but also one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen,” he says. “It is in a valley"...

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June 18, 2018

Sacoor Brothers is the new official fashion partner of the National Football Team of Portugal and The Portuguese Football Federation staff, becoming the formal fashion partner of the Portuguese delegation that traveled to Russia for the World Cup. The agreement with the FPF extends until 2020. Sacoor Brothers therefore becomes the official partner of the National Selection AA, in the national and international market. The partnership includes all players, team coaches, entourage, technical staff, management and administration.

President of The Portuguese Football Federation, Mr. Fernando Gomes and Moez Sacoor, Co-Founder of the international"...

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June 13, 2018

Dubai Watch Week and Christie’s have confirmed that they will be hosting the first international Horology Forum in London on September 11 and 12.

The first edition of the Horology Forum took place at the inaugural Dubai Watch Week in 2015, providing a space for intellectual discussion between leading watch curators, pioneers, authors, historians, collectors, brands and industry professionals.

An original concept created by Dubai Watch Week, the Horology Forum is designed to foster free-flowing conversation covering a broad spectrum of industry topics. It is the first edition of its kind in partnership with Christie’s and is expected to attract a growing number of visitors from the"...

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June 13, 2018

I am not going to lie to you, I am not the world’s greatest football fan, mainly because I hail from a fashion background and the outfits are just so, well, drab.

While it would be unfair to hark on about the importance of cut and matching colours to skin tone, there is no denying that, all too often, World Cup strips are firmly on the dull side of predictable.

The only saving grace of the near-identical tops (which make it hard for a lay person like myself to tell the teams apart) is the high-tech fabrics used. However, tedium has not always been the driving"...

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June 12, 2018

When Dubai-based designer Fernando Barios won the Mega Magazine Young Designer of the Philippines award in 1993, it not only marked his arrival into the world of fashion, it was the culmination of a long-held dream he had paid a high price for.

Barios, popularly known as Furne, left his home at the age of 17 after his parents refused to accept his choice of profession.

“My mother wanted me to be an accountant and my father wanted me to be an engineer. Back in the day, those were THE professions,” he recalls. “They didn’t think fashion designing"...

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June 11, 2018

Givenchy designer Clare Waight Keller sure has been busy. Fresh from creating the wedding dress for Britain’s newest royal, Meghan Markel, Waight Keller has now dressed music royalty Beyoncé and Jay Z.

The French house has created customs for the couple’s On the Run II tour, which kicked off in Cardiff on June 6, and will run for 48 dates across Europe and North America.

Naturally, Waight Keller"...

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June 11, 2018

This new discount scheme in Dubai is sure to add some sparkle to your summer shopping plans.

The Dubai Gold and Jewellery Group, in collaboration with participating jewellery retail outlets, has announced a first-of-its-kind promotion, where buyers will be able to get up to 70 per cent discount on gold and diamond jewellery across 65 stores in Dubai, from June 8 until July 8.

Buyers will also get the chance to enjoy zero making charges as part of the campaign at select participating stores, as well as get free jewellery gifts on a minimum spend.

The group wanted to introduce something new to the sector rather than the usual raffle draw promotions during this festive and holiday season,"...

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June 10, 2018

As ever with a Saint Laurent show, the location was hard to ignore — the creative director, Anthony Vaccarello, baited Instagram with a ritzy Eiffel Tower backdrop for his womenswear show in February. For his first menswear show since joining the label in spring 2016, he took his audience to New York.

“I thought it was nice. Nothing is happening here. Everything is moving to Paris,” he said backstage, referring to the exodus from New York fashion week. At New Jersey’s Liberty State Park, built on landfill tidal flats jutting out into the Hudson, guests — many of whom had been flown into the city for the event —"...

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June 9, 2018

The Adler Joailliers Instagram page is utterly unexpected. Given that the Swiss-Turkish jewellery house specialises in beautiful, one-off and often bespoke pieces of high jewellery, its social media message is disarmingly quirky. The artworks, interspersed with dazzling gems and jewels, draw their inspiration from such varied themes as shinsei – the Japanese philosophy of eternal Renaissance, or the French palaces of Trianon, and the German folklore prankster Espiègle. Elsewhere, singular pearls double as the base of hot-air balloons, a cluster of gems is rearranged to resemble a bunch of grapes, and a trapeze artist swings within a diamond-encrusted ring surrounded by circus props.

“We"...

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June 9, 2018

Gucci thinks Alessandro Michele’s decadent universe of crystal-coated sunglasses and painted handbags can become nearly as profitable as Louis Vuitton’s dipped canvas totes.

After growing 45 per cent last year, Gucci’s annual revenue of 6.2 billion euros ($7.3bn) surpassed that of rival Hermes International. Now the Italian brand, owned by Kering of France, is setting its sights on $12bn, according to an investor presentation Thursday.

While not giving a time frame, Gucci also said it aims to widen its operating margin to at least 40 per cent after"...

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