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The latest flagship openings, skincare saviours and more jewellery than you’ll know what to do with.
Gucci has opened an impressive new flagship boutique in The Dubai Mall, spanning more than 1,000 square meters across three floors. Featuring the Italian brand’s latest womenswear, menswear, accessories and newly-launched Gucci Décor collection, the new boutique also offers Alessandro Michele’s DIY service, where fashion-lovers can express their individuality and curate their own bespoke bags, shoes and ready-to-wear. Customdesigned, marble mosaic floors, velvet armchairs, beautifully eccentric wallpapered walls and vintage oriental rugs all make this new universe an inviting home for Alessandro’s latest magical creations.
After four years of intense testing and lab trials, La Prairie has remastered its famous Skin Caviar Luxe Cream with a ground-breaking new ingredient: Caviar Premier. The Swiss skincare brand first discovered the powerful benefits of caviar on skin 30 years ago, and has been working to utilize the powerful ingredient ever since. Now, thanks to advanced technology and research, the Caviar Premier extract lifts and nourishes even more, while breathing new life into tired skin. What’s more, the caviar used in each product is grown in environmentally-conscious aqua-farms especially for the brand, making it cruelty-free and even more covetable.
Hours after arriving at Celine’s HQ at 16 rue Vivienne in Paris back in February, Hedi Slimane was already drafting the curvaceous line of what would become, six months later, the house’s first It-Bag. The “16” (pronounced ‘seize’), named after the location of the French label’s atelier and offices, is the first release by the new artistic, creative and image director, and serves as an updated take on the brand’s archival bags from the sixties. Created to be worn the Parisian way: resting on the elbow – close to the body, the lady-like tote showcases the brand’s storied craftsmanship and has already been seen on the arms of Lady Gaga and Angelina Jolie. Available in three different sizes, the Seize is just the beginning for Hedi’s brand new Celine.
In 1952, when asked about her nighttime rituals, Marilyn Monroe famously referenced Chanel No.5 – the French house’s best-selling perfume – as her sole accessory. This season, the fragrance lends its iconic contour to the very first makeover since its beginnings in 1921, with the rectangular glass bottle turning ruby red. Revamped in time for the holidays, the crimson, limited edition bottle is now available in Eau de Toilette and Eau de Parfum, with just 55, 900ml numbered versions in Baccarat Cristal Rouge available around the world. Red being one of Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel’s favorite colors and a symbol of seductive power, the scent is still as alluring as ever.
Chopard has announced that it will now only sell 100-percent, ethically-sourced gold; paving the way for other global jewelry brands to become more ethically-sustainable. Defined as “gold acquired from responsible sources that have been verified to meet international practices and social standards,” sustainability has been the jeweler’s priority for over thirty years, since regrouping all of their ateliers in-house. Now, by using only ethically-sourced gold, the 158-year-old brand leads the way in high jewelry with a conscious. Caroline Scheufele, Chopard’s co-president and creative director, explains: “True luxury comes only when you know the handprint of your supply chain.”
Whatever Gigi Hadid touches turns to gold. After several successful fashion collaborations and an exceptionally-acclaimed creative partnership with Parisian jewelry brand Messika, the LAbased model is at it again, unveiling her second dazzling line with the French jeweler. Entitled “My Soul,” the new capsule collection steers away from the punk-rock influences of the first line and boasts a bohemian aesthetic, with a range of ear cuffs, piercings, chokers, hoop earrings and ankle bracelets. Destined to be layered, mix-matched and stacked, the jewels mingle white and yellow 18k gold with signature Messika diamonds. Dream jewelry fit for all fantasies.
With powerful women go powerful accessories, and what better than a watch that doublesup as a great piece of jewelry to convey the “French girl” bold and modern attitude? French luxury watchmaker Piaget has reinvented the Limelight Gala watch, a ‘70s classic originally designed in 1973 and named after Salvador Dali’s spouse, Gala Dali. Resurrected with a supple metallic mesh strap and an adjustable clasp, the Milanese bracelet merges feminine codes of glamor and the watchmaker’s recognizable craftsmanship, with 62 brilliant-cut diamond sparklers swirling around the gem set case. Available in 18k white and rose gold, and in a bevy of different bracelet versions, the vintage design’s contemporary updates make it a delectable timepiece to wear from day all the way through to night.
Bulgari has introduced a new high jewelry collection celebrating the power of nature. Fiorever is a play on the Italian word for flower, “fiore” and forever. This new collection is inspired by flowers, reimagined via the Roman jeweler’s bold and playful creativity. At the heart of the line is a wild bloom with four petals, plucked from Rome’s heritage, and constructed in different variations, encrusted and decorated with some of the best diamonds that can be found. The sculptural signature is made-up of 24 precious pieces, gathered together to create a bouquet that can be worn forever.
GET TO THE GREEK
While Dubai is not short of fine-dining restaurants, its latest offering, Gaia, has made a very big splash in the culinary ocean. The homegrown concept, by chef Izu Ani and the Bulldozer Group, offers excellent Greek-Mediterranean cuisine in the heart of the DIFC. Start with tuna tartare, grilled prawns or vegetable fritters with tzatziki, before hand-picking your own seafood from an ice market with daily offerings and a chef on-hand to suggest the best way to cook your catch. Each dish is packed full of fresh Aegean ingredients, sourced directly from the Mediterranean, resulting in excellent, authentic food worth every morsel of hype.
Cartier paid homage to the importance of its Saudi Arabian aficionadas by hosting an event in Jeddah recently – the first of its kind in the kingdom, for the brand. Presenting their latest Cactus de Cartier and Panthère de Cartier collections, the French jeweler designed a show space exclusively for the occasion, amidst the gardens of the Park Hyatt’s Al Sohba ballroom. “We value the important relationships Cartier has developed in Saudi Arabia, which is one of our key markets,” Alban Du Mesnil Du Buisson, managing director of Cartier KSA acknowledged at the event. “And we hope to host many more events in the country and to continuously strengthen the links with our loyal Saudi clients.”
EAST MEETS WEST
Swiss-based jeweler Boghossian is a family affair. Founded by brothers and sixth-generation jewelers, Ralph and Roberto Boghassian, the 8-year-old brand embraces cultural diversity and champions creative partnerships – the latest with French fashion designer Stephane Rolland. Presented during Paris Haute Couture FW18 Fashion Week in July, the collection masterfully merged couture and high jewelry with six exceptional Rolland couture looks enlivened by the jewelers’ dramatic creations. The unique house has honed its own technical creations, including the “inlay,” where semi-precious stones are inlaid on precious stones (that Albert – Ralph and Roberto’s father – devised after a visit to the Taj Mahal in his twenties), and the kissing stones: a unique setting of two stones that literally kiss. The Boghossian harmony lies in the family’s rich, shared history.
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