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Center Front: Virginia Commonwealth University Qatars 15th Annual Fashion Show 15 to 17 April, 6.30pm The Gate Mall Center Front showcases the work of VCUQs fashion design sophomores, juniors and seniors, launching the latter from students into successful designers. The show will present a lineup of distinct and individual creative looks that the students have researched, experimented with, and now present for the audience. Tickets are available for purchase online for QR50 each. Proceeds will be used to send design students on a Reach Out to Asia service trip to Bayat Vocational School in Indonesia. During the trip, VCUQatar students provide vital instruction in art, design and crafts to the students of Bayat, enabling them to use their new found skills to launch a sustainable career.

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May marks our annual bridal issue, a style celebration for those who are tying the knot this year. Interviews with emerging and top bridal designers as well as pages of the latest in bridal trends to help you make some of the most important style choices in your life!

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Warm sunny days are back and while shorts and tees are not the usual standard in Doha, some subtle skin-baring can be excused with the right essential pieces. By way of a nod to this months major music and art festival, Coachella, which normally delivers all kinds of fashion inspirations, we pick out some the living is easy pieces ala the jazz standard Summertime. Matching pant and cropped top ensemble in prints with toned down white cover-ups, and your feet gets a respite with flat sandals. Make sure you get a good pedicure in earthy nail colours while the straw hat finishes the perfect rest and relax look.
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1 Embellished sandal, QR151, H&M. 2 Polka Dot Cropped Top, QR151, H&M. 3 Polka Dot Pants, QR202, H&M. 4 White Blouse, QR252, H&M. 5 Straw Hat, QR125, Zara.

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1 Floral Print Sandals, QR3,521, Givenchy, The Gate. 2 Floral Cropped Top, QR2,490, Dolce & Gabbana, Villaggio Mall. 3 Floral Pants, QR2,908, Dolce & Gabbana, Villaggio Mall. 4 White Silk Blouse, QR4,180, Chloe, Porto Arabia. 5 Straw Hat with Print Scarf, QR2,333, Lanvin, Villaggio Mall.

H&M and Zara are available at Villaggio and Landmark Mall.

AN EDIT OF THINGS THAT ARE HOT NOW

YAZBUKEY BOX CLUTCH

When Impressions Boutique first opened its doors in Doha some two years ago, the Yazbukey statement pins featuring images of celebrities including Lady Gaga and Karl Lagerfeld became an instant hit. They were great pick-me-up accessories on the abaya. This season, Yazbukey continues with 3D-sculpted clutches that look anything but a clutch including this really cool Live Fast Die Young version that we have spotted on many street style photos. Made from perspex and plexiglass, the clutch features an interior mirror and closes magnetically. Yazbukey was founded by Egyptian designer Yaz, and is now available at www.valerydemure. com. The clutches start from QR2,968.

LOUBOUTIN

This is most definitely the season for period art lovers as even Christian Louboutin has brought the playfulness of his modern work together with the delicate pieces of Monet and Van Gogh. Acclaimed photographer Peter Lippmann shoots the brands Spring Summer 2014 collection in a creative collaboration inspired by the floral works of the two famous impressionists. The result is a visually stunning spot-theshoe series of photographs, with pieces carefully nestled within and around floral arrangements and table settings. Christian Louboutin is at Villaggio Mall.

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CASATI COLLECTION

Looking back and moving forward, CH Carolina Herrera finds inspiration in Marchesa Luisa Casati in presenting her new Casati handbag collection. An icon and constant source of inspiration during the first few decades of the 20th Century (also the namesake of the famous US label Marchesa in the 21st Century), Casatis extravagant lifestyle, bold fashion statements, and eccentric personality captivated some of the most influential artists and designers of the era including Lon Beask, Paul Poiret, Ert and Giovanni Boldini. Considered to be the worlds first female dandy among the European high society, Luisa Casati was the muse for both renowned portraits and innovative collections, satisfying her desire for immortalization. Casati was quoted stating I want to be a living work of art. In the same vein, Carolina Herrera takes inspiration from Marchesa with the new accessory collection. CH Carolina Herrera is at Villaggio Mall.

BARABOUX

HKD

HKD, short for Hooked, is a conceptual jewellery line founded by the bright and roving Farah Nasri, whose novel creations have garnered quite a buzz. Finding inspiration in art history and mythology, the pieces are a cross between art sculptures and statement adornment jewellery. Earrings do not come in pairs, and the pieces are often oversized but that has never been an issue to the fashion forward dresser. Reconstructing Vermeers Golden Age painting, the Girl With a Pearl Earring, HKD has launched the Sombre earring made of resin and pearl. The pearl sizes are interchangeable to individual liking and are available at DNA boutique at Porto Arabia, The Pearl.

On evenings when all you need are your mobile phone and keys, there cannot be a more stylish contraption than the Reema clutch from Baraboux. Made out of water snake and stingray leather, the gorgeous blush gradient colour turns it into more of an accessory than a bag. It is lined in silk and discreetly opens with a push on the cuff. Baraboux, a chic bag label conceived in Riyadh by Sheikha Reema Bandar Al Saud, has been quietly making waves in Paris among the fashion insider crowd since its launch in 2013. With its collection of both functional and whimsical bags, the label has recently partnered with fashion editor Caroline Issa to produce a special collaboration. The Reema clutch is available for QR5,370 at www. baraboux.com

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Keep It Twice Bracelet, QR1,511, Louis Vuitton, Villaggio Mall. Leather Peplum Abaya, QR496, XELA Abaya, www.namshi.com

If you deconstruct the age-old abaya, it is essentially a black cloak or a black maxi dress, depending on which regional style you are referring to but nonetheless still a stylish monotone ensemble that exudes a sense of elegance. And with the regions rising profile of new fashion talents, it is least surprising to see new interpretations of the cultural dress, weaving in trendy elements for a modern outlook. Hayas Closet experiments with biased drapes while XELA gives a fun leather peplum, resulting in pieces perfect for special occasions. Accessories aside, a nice au courant touch to the abaya is the cape a simple yet dignified finishing touch.

MOD ABAYA
Alligator effect Tote, Paule Ka, www.pauleka.com

Auburn Cuff, QR1929, Swarovski, Lagoona Mall.

Drape Abaya, QR346, Hayas Closet, www.namshi.com

Perspex Bangle, Paule Ka, www. pauleka.com

Pivoine Mystrieuse clip in white and red gold, diamonds and Mystery-Set rubies, Van Cleef Arpels, Villaggio Mall.

Woven Raffia Loafers, QR2,311, Nicholas Kirkwood, The Closet, Porto Arabia.

Crepe de Chine cape embroidered with silk flowers, Poca Poca, www.pocapoca.com

Escarpin DOrsay, QR2,237, Saint Laurent by Hedi Slimane, www.ysl.com

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Actress Emma Roberts in a Lanvin shirtdress with Elbar Albez at the Lanvins AW2014 show. Bottega Veneta

House of Holland

The best of both worlds comes together in the shirt dress, the masculine sharp tailoring of a shirt, elongated in a straight silhouette as a feminine dress. Variations in different fabrics make it appropriate for different occasions CH Carolina Herreras floor-length V-neck version calls for an evening do while Salvatore Ferragamos sleeveless pinstripe number in suiting fabrics makes for great power dressing. Shoes play a big part with knee-length shirtdresses and while high heels always make for a safe choice, slim boots adds a dominatrix factor and flat sandals tones down the look for a casual weekend jaunt.

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Salvatore Ferragamo

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Flouncy skirts and a tight bodice may sound like the leading ladies of Jane Austen, fortunately in a modern spin without the corsets and more forgiving hemlines. Ladylike dressing makes a big comeback this season sans the frills. An ode to a conservatively chic silhouette and playing with volumes and fabrics, the trend spells out like the lunching ladies of 1960s New York. Fashion editor Mira Duma leads the way in a deep-khaki ensemble by Noon By Noor, in a cocoon coat and delicately embellished knee-length skirt.
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NEW SHAPES, NEW COLOURS, AND NEVER THE SAME AGAIN. THE CHANGING FACE OF THE ABAYA IS DRIVEN BY THE EVOLVING NEEDS OF THE MODERN WOMEN OF QATAR. AS TRAVELS, OCCASIONS AND PROFESSIONAL COMMITMENTS TAKE THEM TO NEW PLACES, DESIGNERS UPDATE THEIR CHERISHED CULTURAL CLOAK TO SUIT THEIR NEW STRIDE. THREE QATAR-BASED FASHION LABELS SHOW US WHAT THE FUTURE OF THE ABAYA LOOKS LIKE.

BEYOND THE CLOAK

FUFISTYLIST ABAYA
The Summer 2014 collection is a reflection of FufiStylists signature look that plays with colour blocking and the cocoon silhouette. We have long been big fans of this flattering silhouette as it pushes the design beyond the standard abaya cut, making it appealing even to the non-abaya wearing audience. The cocoon shape makes it versatile enough to turn into a dress or a coat reminiscent of Cristobal Balenciagas sack dress.

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Unconventional materials make for this breakthrough collection from Waad Designs. The Qatari designer Waad Ali has been finding her footing for the past few collections and has finally found her unique design standpoint. Using a combination of wool blend and knit materials, she finishes the pieces with her special embroidery touches on silhouettes that are easy and relaxed. All the pieces are made to order and would make great additions to the travelling abaya wardrobe.

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DARZ DESIGNS ROUGE COUTURE


Our home front leading abaya brand Darz Design is the ultimate go-to for classic and occasion-wear abayas. Setting the gold standard for the traditional Qatari-cuts as well as regal pieces for weddings, the Rouge Couture collection is an extension of the labels focus on elegance and femininity. Lace overlays, capes, and V-neck lines are the standout elements of the collection.

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Monique Lhuilliers collection at Fifty One East

At the Corniche against the Doha skyline

MONIQUES DOHA

Colours of the Souk

Fifty One East presentation

Strike a pose at the Museum of Islamic Arts Doha

At the presentation, guests were also treated to a personal introduction to the designers Resort and Spring 2014 collection, as well as gowns worn by stars at the recent 2014 Oscar ceremony. Monique shared fashion tips and styling advice and also spoke extensively on her bridal collections, a signature aesthetic that has shot the designer to fame as one of the premier bridal designers in America. I am so excited by this visit. I am intrigued by the glamour and beautiful culture of this city. The women embody dramatic style and sophistication and I love the opportunity to dress them, Monique says. The designer also made pit stops at the Museum of Islamic Arts and Souq Waqif to soak in the local culture. Monique Lhuilliers Spring 2014 collection is dedicated to delicately balanced textures, innovative layering and sophisticated ease. A rich colour palette includes coral, fuchsia and red pop against neutrals like cream, soft rose gold and nude. Evening gowns evoke ease and elegance and asymmetrical silhouettes are a new interpretation of traditional eveningwear. Monique Lhuilliers eveningwear, bridal and shoe collections are available exclusively at Fifty One East, Lagoona Mall.

DRESSED IN A GORGEOUS AMBER JUMPSUIT, AMERICAN FASHION DESIGNER MONIQUE LHUILLIER MADE HER DEBUT APPEARANCE IN QATAR AT FIFTY ONE EAST IN A PRESENTATION TO PREVIEW A CAPSULE OF HER FALL 2014 COLLECTION.

BAG OF TRICKS

Tri Quadri Colourblock tote, QR2,148, Longchamp, www.longchamp.com

Embellished Bag in Lizard, Matthew Williamson, The Gate.

SPRING 2014 HAS UNLEASHED THE ONSLAUGHT OF ECCENTRIC AND QUIRKY WHEN IT COMES TO BAGS. STASH AWAY YOUR CLASSIC DOCTORS AND BOWLINGS, AND EMBRACE THE NEW-AGE VERSIONS IN ALL SHAPES AND SIZES.

Printed bag, QR2,021, Kenzo, Porto Arabia.

D-Cube Bag, QR5,189, Tods, Villaggio Mall.

Quincy Bag in Nude Alligator, Victoria Beckham, Net A Porter.

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Raffia Woven Bag, QR1,457, M Missoni, The Gate.

Macy Clutch, QR6,882, Salvatore Ferragamo, Porto Arabia.

Petal Embossed Clutch in Degrade Leather, QR4,812, Burberry, Villaggio Mall.

Saffiano Face-Printed Cross Body Bag illustrated by Jeanne Deallante, QR10,975, Prada, Villaggio Mall.

Belle De Nuit Feather Shoulder Bag, QR94,450, Louis Vuitton, Villaggio Mall.

Syd Hawaii Backpack, Christian Louboutin, Villaggio Mall.

Siddharta Cotton Book Clutch, QR6,266, Olympia Le-Tan, Net A Porter.

Ornament Clutch, Bottega Veneta, Villaggio Mall.

Soft Clutch, QR2,605, Maison Du Posh, Fifty One East, Lagoona Mall.

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SPANISH BRAND CUPL MAKES AN ARABIAN FORA Y
THE SUN-KISSED LAIDBACK LIFE OF THE SPANISH MEDITERRANEAN IS THE STORY OF THE CUPL WOMAN THIS SUMMER. SPANISH SUPERMODEL BARBARA GARCIA FRONTS THE CAMPAIGN, BRINGING TO LIFE THE MAGICAL WARM LIGHT OF THE MEDITERRANEAN VILLAGES THAT INSPIRED PAINTERS, POETS AND ARTISTS, AND NOW, THE NEW CUPL COLLECTION.

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Anum of Desert Mannequin styles a black vest jacket from Cupl.

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Carla styles an outfit in the fitting room of the Cupl boutique. Shoes and hanging outfits by Cupl.

campaign, shot in Tabarca, a charming small island off Alicantes coast, is also part of the brands 30th anniversary celebration. The label recently arrived in Qatar and with the help of local fashion bloggers, paints a picture of style straight from the seaside of Spain to the desert of Arabia. We chose Doha as our first Middle Eastern outpost because we believe strongly in the market. The first three months since the store opened have been extremely encouraging, Pastor explains. At the collection launch hosted by Teresa Snchez Pastor, the lead designer of the label and also daughter of the founder of the brand, fashion bloggers including Carla Mallari of Nomad, Anum Bashir of Desert Mannequin and Karen Nicolet of Clumsy Chic took to styling their outfits with pieces from the collection. The coastal life influence of the brand makes it a great place to shop for the seasons essentials, blogger Clumsy Chic remarks. Cupl started out as a leather goods brand, heralding the leather supply business with an impressive track record dating from 1952. It is an area that is of pride and joy to the family, All our leather products are still hand-finished in Spain, Pastor says. In recent years, the label began offering a ready-to-wear collection inspired by global trends and refined with a Spanish touch. We are always travelling and keeping our eyes open for new trends, be it from catwalks or street styles, and we translate that into our clothing collection, she explains. The diversification has been proved a success, with the label now present not only in Spain but Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Chile, France, Hungary, Netherlands and now Qatar. For Summer 2014, the collection draws on the colour palette of the towns and beaches along the Mediterranean coastline and is finished with innovative materials and fine detailing. Shoes and bags are complemented by a wide range of clothing that suits all tastes and a collection of accessories that combines Cupl sophistication with summer ethnic touches. As always, the brand seeks to find the perfect balance between practicality and sophistication adapting our models to the latest trends and the different needs of consumers, Pastor says. Cupl is located at Landmark Mall.

COOL HUNTER
BY DEBRINA ALIYAH

TO THE MOST AVID OF ONLINE SHOPPERS, WHICH MAKES UP PRETTY MUCH MOST OF US LIVING IN QATAR, FINDING BRAND NEW GEMS AND DISCOVERING NOUVEAU DESIGNERS ARE ALWAYS BIG HIGHLIGHTS.
A spanking new site based in London, Avenue 32 serves as a cool hunter seeking out emerging designers that might not be flying on the radar of bigger online retailers yet, giving you the first dibs on fashions next big thing. Taking their service to the next level, Avenue 32 also offers personalised services including style advice, personal shopping experiences, alteration and bespoke monogramming of products, giving it an edge over other online boutiques. Avenue 32 is all about curation and discovery. Our unique selling point is that we are a true online boutique featuring designers that we really believe in. We wanted to bring back an element of discovery to online shopping so we scout for new and exciting talent to showcase to our customers, says Roberta Benteler, Founder of Avenue 32. Feels like all you need to do is just kick your shoes off and wait for your precious shopping to arrive? That is exactly what Avenue 32 wants to achieve, We want our customers to feel like we have gone out and done all the work for them. Benteler shares some of the emerging designers that we should be keeping our eyes on this season.

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REJINA PYO

Rejina PYO is an award-winning Korean-born designer based in London. She is currently working on the second season of her eponymous label and previously worked for Roksanda Ilincic as her first assistant immediately after graduating from her MA Fashion at Central Saint Martins. We love Rejinas use of fabric and colour she is often inspired by architecture and art and her pieces are feminine but strong.

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New York-based designer, Tanya Taylor, was born in Toronto. Cultural experiences remain a constant throughout Taylors life as she graduated from McGill University with a major in Finance followed by a degree in Fashion Design at Parsons. In 2011, after years of designing for Elizabeth and James, the Tanya Taylor brand was founded with the mission to add unexpected femininity to classic American sportswear and everything is produced in Manhattan. The eponymous collection infuses classic sophistication with an artful femininity.

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As the granddaughter of Grace Kellys personal clothier, there is a sense of history in Katie Ermilios clothes. From the iconic Green Jacket her grandfather designed for The Masters Tournament at Augusta, to the Eisenhower Jacket he created for World War II, Katies legacy has inspired not only her love of fashion, but also the garments she creates. Designing clothes from the time she was 12, Katie continues to draw on the heritage that shapes her work. At 28, a life-long education in tailoring acquired in her fathers custom clothing shop acquainted Katie with the principles of construction and fundamentals of design. Infusing each distinctly feminine piece with sharp tailoring and soft drape, her clothes embody the modern interpretation of timeless dress. The Spring collection was inspired by her hand-drawn Blue Rose Print and seeks to capture the romantic nature of English rose gardens within it.

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London College of Fashion-trained Lucas Nascimento has been gently making waves on the London Fashion Week circuit for the past three seasons. He plays with the geometric and textural aspects of knitwear; his designs come in clean structural forms with a futuristic edge. His signature style focuses on chic cocoon-shaped dresses and separates. Minimalist, paired back tailoring is what Nascimento does best and it really came through on raw edged white dresses in superfine Japanese plong leather with a subtly sexy scoop on the back; a white tailored double-crepe skirt and a great white cropped jacket, perfect as summer cover up.

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Paul Andrew, the British-born, New York-based footwear and accessory designer, debuted Paul Andrew his eponymous line of luxury womens shoes in Spring 2013. The collection is on course to firmly establish him as a fresh, innovative and creative force within the fashion industry. Long familiar with the rigor and discipline required to design for the worlds most discerning and fashionable consumers, Paul Andrew has cultivated his craft alongside iconic designers such as Donna Karan, Calvin Klein, Narciso Rodriguez and Alexander McQueen. With his wealth of experience and peerless manufacturing resources, Andrew proposes a style and sensibility for his namesake collection that is uniquely his own: an aesthetic that is sensual and refined without severity, use of the finest materials and craftsmanship, ingenuity to maximize comfort and performance and a singular, passionate approach to the modern shoe silhouette.

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Born in Beirut and raised in Dubai, Nathalie Trad developed a strong penchant for asymmetric designs which today forms the basis of her eponymous line whilst earning a BA from Paris ESMOD International. It was then, in 2007, that she discovered her personal design ethos: to take classic shapes ubiquitous in our natural environment and radically transform them, deconstructing and redefining the boundaries of fashion aesthetics. In 2008, Trad relocated to New York to further pursue this vision where she obtained a BBA in Design and Management from Parsons The New School for Design and worked under the mentorship of an industry-leading accessories designer at Proenza Schouler. Her collections are punctuated by chiselled contours, geometric structures and sharp contrasts in colour, texture and pattern.

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J. JS Lee is by Jackie JS Lee who was born in Seoul and came to London to take the Post Graduate Pattern Course at Central Saint Martin in 2007. After her two years of working as a pattern cutter at Kisa London she came back to study at Central Saint Martin for her MA degree. Her MA Graduation Collection in 2010 received much positive press and buyer attention, and was rewarded with the revered Harrods Award; with her collection being housed in the window of the Knightsbridge department store. In March, she launched her eponymous label, J JS LEE featuring sleek and chic androgynous pieces in tailoring. Her vision for creating a label which defines a modern woman who is concerned with looking sharp in a uniquely feminine way has been given a platform to launch itself.

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Charlie Brear had been a stylist for 10 years when she founded The Vintage Wedding Dress Company in 2005. The company was re-branded as Charlie Brear this year; in time for the launch of her first mainline fashion ready-to-wear collection. Among the highlights are full skirts in damask and brocade, a reversible kimono, a clever three-in-one look consisting of a leather waistcoat, cropped jacket and shearling vest, a white lace boiler suit and a navy coated-lace pleated skirt. Brear has been shortlisted for SS14 at London Fashion Week as one to watch by WWDs Julia Neel: The clothes have clear commercial appeal, but that doesnt undermine the vision and confidence that comes through in a tightly balanced palette of denim blue, buttercup, mink, shell pink and inky navy.

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AMBER VALETTA TALKS SUSTAINABILITY LIFESTYLE
EDITED BY DEBRINA ALIYAH

IN AN INDUSTRY WHERE SUSTAINABILITY AND ETHICAL PRACTICES OFTEN GET SWEPT UNDER THE CARPET, SWEDISH GIANT RETAILER H&M HAS MADE A LOUD AND CLEAR STAND IN ITS EFFORTS TO PROMOTE A CONSCIOUS APPROACH TOWARDS GARMENT MANUFACTURING.

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Glamour and bohemia are at the heart of Conscious Exclusive at H&M for Spring 2014. Flamenco and the toreador are key inspirations, both for the ruffles on the gowns and the sharp tailoring. There is a bohemian spirit throughout the collection, with rich embellishment and intricate detailing.

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launch of the Conscious Exclusive collections has made shoppers more aware of what they are buying, and also given them an opportunity to learn about the process that goes into the recycling and reuse of materials. The Conscious Exclusive Spring 2014 collection features new materials; 100% organic mulberry silk and organic leather, in addition to their existing repertoire of organic cotton, recycled cotton, recycled polyester, hemp, and recycled plastic beads. To help strengthen their cause, the Spring 2014 collection was designed with input from EVER Manifesto, a sustainable fashion and design think tank, and features actress Amber Valetta as the face of their campaign. The actress, who is an avid supporter of a sustainable lifestyle, talks to us about the importance of making conscious efforts and her collaboration with H&M. How can you think about sustainability in your daily life? It all starts at home, in my opinion. I have solar panels on my house and am generally very mindful of our energy use, switching off lights and computers when not in use. And were also careful about how much water we use. I have a compost area in my garden, and my car is electric. I choose carefully where I do my grocery shopping and always make sure to pick the organic option. I do bring cloth bags to the store and try not to waste any food. For business I just launched my own webshop Master and Muse hosting brands that are socially and environmentally sustainable while still offering great fashion.

What are your wardrobe musts? My most important and treasured pieces are a number of great jackets and boots. Boots can really make an outfit and if you care for them they can last a long time. A jacket can make anything look smart also a key item. How can you make your clothes last longer? How you wash your clothes is really important. Use detergents that are natural, as they come out with the water and we want to minimize chemicals. Lower the temperature and hang clothes outside, or inside if you live in a cold country, and avoid tumble-drying if you can. And be mindful about where you dry-clean your clothes. Choose a greener option if available. Its so great that H&M has launched its new wash care label clevercare.info so consumers can learn how to wash more responsibly. What would you wear for a gala night? I always try to wear something with an added sustainability value. Either a vintage piece that way Im also sure Ill be wearing a unique dress, plus the fact that old clothes are often so beautifully made or an outfit from a responsible brand. There are great designs out there that are made sustainably by companies that take great care to consider both people and the planet.

Be aware of where you shop. Is the brand conscious? Do they have a sustainability platform?

Do you have any advice to fashion consumers on how to act responsibly? Be aware of where you shop. Is the brand conscious? Do they have a sustainability platform? Does the product have longevity, design and quality wise? Reuse clothing. Change the hem of a skirt or dress to alter it. Dont dry-clean clothes too often many garments that are dry-clean only on the care label can be hand washed. Recycle clothes. All textiles can be used, for insulation, rags, new fabrics or second-hand, like with H&Ms garment collecting initiative. Ask questions and push brands to be more sustainable. We the consumers, are the ones in control. What is sustainable style to you? Sustainable style can be a great design, creative enough to be timeless and fantastic every time you wear it. Or simply perfect in fit, form and function. It could be a vintage find that gets a second, third or fourth life. Or just great fashion made responsibly.

What is your favourite piece from the H&M Conscious collections? I have two favorites from H&M Conscious Exclusive. One is the kimono style a little 70s-inspired, wide-sleeved dress made of a lurex paisley-patterned Tencel and silk mix. Its fun and sexy, perfect for a disco. The other is a white organic cotton blend lace dress in a beautiful simple cut with long sleeves. How does it feel to be the face of H&M Conscious and Conscious Exclusive for Spring 2014? I am very excited and honored to be the face of H&M Conscious this spring. The fashion is great, and its amazing to collaborate with a company that matches my values the way H&M does. Its a surprise and privilege to learn about H&Ms sustainability work not only with the collection but also internally in how they are leading the way for sustainability in fashion. Its super-cool that a company offering cool and contemporary fashion is also at the forefront when it comes to sustainability. If your clothes are made better, you feel better!

This stunningly soft alligator backpack from Tods makes for the perfect travelling companion featuring the characteristic Double Stripe with zip fastening and metal slides. It also has special compartments for documents, and tablets or laptops.

WHERE THE BIG BOYS COME OUT TO PLAY

Bradley Cooper, who was Oscar nominated for his role in American Hustle wore a Chopard L.U.C 1937 classic timepiece crafted in stainless steel, featuring a white dial and black alligator strap, to the Oscar ceremony.

Matthew McConaughey picked up an Oscar for his leading role in Dallas Buyers Club wearing a Chopard L.U.C XP Tonneau timepiece crafted in 18k white gold, a white dial and black leather strap.

Lanvin Made-To-Measure is a new alternative combining bespoke tailoring suit service with the ease of ready-to-wear. The service adapts existing suit designs according to clients measurements up to fifty or so variable elements and final alterations are done by hand to ensure the perfect fit. Drop by a Lanvin boutique for a consultation.

The Clinique Mens Skin Care Diagnostic tool, available on the IOS platform, is a convenient app to help you identify personal skincare needs and match it with the right products. We know you boys tend to shop and run so this is perfect for you to discover grooming needs from the comfort of home.

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GLAM MEETS
BESPOKE TAILORS THOM SWEENEY HAS LANDED AT MR PORTER WITH A DEBUT READY-TO-WEAR COLLECTION THAT BRINGS TOGETHER ALL THEIR SIGNATURE STYLES; TAILORING, CONSTRUCTION, QUALITY AND STYLING. THE DESIGN DUO THOM WHIDDETT AND LUKE SWEENEY GIVES US THE 101.
DESIGN PHILOSOPHY Our design philosophy is centred on individuality, luxury, style and understated elegance. We shy away from any gimmicks, aiming for a timeless quality. USP Thom Sweeney is known for its tailoring. We have a forward looking silhouette with a flattering waisted jacket, a natural but roped shoulder, high arm hole, slim sleeve and minimal canvasing. Ultimately for us its not about having one look or style that jumps out at you. There should be a subtle play on style and proportions that make it a Thom Sweeney. COLLABORATION WITH MR PORTER MR PORTER has been setting the global style agenda for men and we wanted a global partner to launch our debut ready-to-wear collection with. Its remarkable how mens perceptions have changed (in a positive way) towards buying online and MR PORTER deserves a lot of the credit. Their innovative approach sits well with our forward thinking philosophy RTW VS BESPOKE Our ready-to-wear collection has been conceived from all the elements we love about bespoke tailoring. Weve made sure the construction, quality and styling fits within our bespoke values. As always with our design the man is at the centre and our ready-to-wear is in our signature silhouette and uses great quality fabrics to create suits of exceptional style and value.

Luca Caprai photographed by Maria Teresa Furnari

Cruciani Presentation in Milan

FOUR-LEAF CLOVER FOR LUCK


BY DEBRINA ALIYAH

CRUCIANI:

Wedding Dress made of Arnaldo Caprai Lace

ARMED WITH AN UNSHAKABLE VISION AND NERVES OF STEEL, THE THEN 25-YEAR-OLD LUCA CAPRAI REVOLUTIONISED HIS FAMILYS BOOMING TEXTILE BUSINESS INTO THE COMMERCIAL CLOTHING LINE THAT IT IS TODAY. CRUCIANI HAS MADE INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES COUNTING SUPERSTARS INCLUDING BEYONCE AS FANS, BUT ONE THING THAT HAS REMAINED TRUE IS LUCAS PROMISE TO PRESERVE THE FAMILY VALUES OF TRUE ITALIAN CRAFTSMANSHIP.

Cruciani SS2014 by Nima Benati

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Inspired
by his father Arnaldo, a respected figure in the linen and home textiles industry, Luca founded Cruciani in 1992 with a focus on high quality cashmere knits. Investing in modern and advanced weaving technologies, Cruciani became a forerunner in innovative and ultra-thin knitwear gaining the brand traction in the global market. The success led to the expansion of the labels collections which have come to include tailored garments, luxury leather goods, accessories and shoes. However, the standout star is the lace jewellery line, a simple lace bracelet featuring the four-leaf clover that has become a cult adornment. The bracelets are made of macram needlework by one of the familys companies and over a million bracelets have been sold worldwide. With the arrival of Cruciani to Qatar this month at Blue Salon, Glam met the highlydriven Luca for his take on the companys legacy. Obviously the bracelets have become something of a phenomenon. On a deeper level to you, what is the important symbolism behind the bracelets for your brand, and for yourself ? Cruciani C bracelets are symbolic in how contemporary style and culture are brought together with the traditional skill of lace making. Each bracelet is a nod to tradition and Italian heritage. While on a personal level, the four-leaf clover bracelet is a genuine lucky symbol for me and my family. The clover was the
The Daily Struzzo Bag in Beige Ostrich

Knitwear from the SS14 collection

Cruciani SS2014 by Nima Benati

Museum Collection of Arnaldo Caprai

The making of Cruciani C bracelets

The Crocodile bags are designed with the Middle East market in mind

first bracelet I made and ever since, each bracelet has been a symbol of luck, hope and love in one way or another, whether its the clover, The Evil Eye Amulet or the Hand of Fatima. Developing a collection that revolves around knit and cashmere, in a brand new way, must have been a challenging task. What was the secret behind your success? We ensure that Cruciani pieces are casual but always elegant. Our forms are free-flowing and light and created with the utmost attention to detail. We like to say that every Cruciani garment has a feeling of art de vivre and a cosmopolitan attitude. Cruciani rules are creatively dcontract which frees the pieces from the sense of old-fashioned knitwear. What is the essence of Cruciani? The essence of Cruciani is true, high class luxury, we do not compromise on quality under any circumstance. Everything is made by traditional craftsman in Italy with the best materials. We also want our clients to feel a local connection to the brand no matter where they are in the world from Japan to the USA to Qatar. We have an Italian soul but we want to be seen as Chinese in China, Brazilian in Brazil and Arabian in Arabia. We are both a large international corporation and a small family local business. Tell us more about the importance of the value of Made in Italy for Cruciani. I believe that a Cruciani product can only be made entirely in

I believe that a Cruciani product can only be made entirely in Italy to represent the best of traditional heritage and the state of an art in continual evolution.
Italy to represent the best of traditional heritage and the state of an art in continual evolution. These two requisites cannot be met outside Italy. We inscribe Made in Casa on Cruciani pieces which means that not only are we made in Italy but it is made in my family factory. Casa means home and its an amusing way to convey to our clients that the Cruciani business and the family are one and we are traditional Italian craftsmen. There is a strong ethical value within the brand and the sourcing of cashmere for the collections. Why is that important to you? Every single Cruciani product conveys a series of values. Cruciani operates a policy of genuine respect for its employees, suppliers and the environment. As every product is made with the best yarns, sourced from all over the world, we make sure our suppliers comply with international standards. Our exclusive Cruciani yarn called the Diamante Rosso, is certified by the world-leading classification. We make sure there is little waste and that no aggressive or harmful dyes are used on our yarns. Cruciani prides itself on these quality controls that guarantee

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Cruciani SS2014 by Nima Benati

the exclusive care taken in creating every Cruciani piece. In recent years, there has been a lot of talk about the dearth of new fashion inspirations from Italy, what do you think can be done to encourage more dynamic fashion growth in Italy? I think that Italian businesses need to keep to what we are traditionally good at, while appealing to a younger generation and todays popular fashion culture at the same time. This is exactly what we have done with Cruciani C bracelets. They are made of traditional Italian lacework by Italian artisans in Italy but they are affordable, they are popular luxury items. Having operated in Dubai for a while now, how do you think the luxury market in the Middle East has responded to Cruciani? We have seen wonderful success throughout the Middle East. Clients here are attracted to pure quality and luxury. They are detail-oriented and they appreciate when pieces are made exclusively for them or with them in mind. This is something that Cruciani will continue to do for our clients here whether it be the new Crocodile Bags made especially for the Middle East or a Cruciani C bracelet made in collaboration with a regional designer like Nadine Kanso as we did last Fall. How has the Middle East inspired you in new creations for Cruciani? The Middle East continues to inspire me every day. I love the
Cruciani C Dubai skyline bracelet

region, and all the cultures and the tastes of the people here. They understand and appreciate the Cruciani brand in its promise of luxury and quality. We created the crocodile skin bags with the Middle East clientele in mind. They are made of absolutely top-quality crocodile skin and the metal details are made of brass plated in 2.5 miligrams of real gold. They have been produced in an extremely unique range of vibrant colours. Our Middle Eastern clients have been asking for colour and we gave it to them! We have also created multiple Cruciani C bracelets for the region including the collaboration with regional Arabic jewellery designer Nadine Kanso and the 18k gold beaded Hand of Fatima bracelet.

Cruciani SS2014 by Nima Benati

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Inspired
by his father Arnaldo, a respected figure in the linen and home textiles industry, Luca founded Cruciani in 1992 with a focus on high quality cashmere knits. Investing in modern and advanced weaving technologies, Cruciani became a forerunner in innovative and ultra-thin knitwear gaining the brand traction in the global market. The success led to the expansion of the labels collections which have come to include tailored garments, luxury leather goods, accessories and shoes. However, the standout star is the lace jewellery line, a simple lace bracelet featuring the four-leaf clover that has become a cult adornment. The bracelets are made of macram needlework by one of the familys companies and over a million bracelets have been sold worldwide. With the arrival of Cruciani to Qatar this month at Blue Salon, Glam met the highlydriven Luca for his take on the companys legacy. Obviously the bracelets have become something of a phenomenon. On a deeper level to you, what is the important symbolism behind the bracelets for your brand, and for yourself ? Cruciani C bracelets are symbolic in how contemporary style and culture are brought together with the traditional skill of lace making. Each bracelet is a nod to tradition and Italian heritage. While on a personal level, the four-leaf clover bracelet is a genuine lucky symbol for me and my family. The clover was the
The Daily Struzzo Bag in Beige Ostrich

Knitwear from the SS14 collection

Cruciani SS2014 by Nima Benati

Museum Collection of Arnaldo Caprai

The making of Cruciani C bracelets

The Crocodile bags are designed with the Middle East market in mind

first bracelet I made and ever since, each bracelet has been a symbol of luck, hope and love in one way or another, whether its the clover, The Evil Eye Amulet or the Hand of Fatima. Developing a collection that revolves around knit and cashmere, in a brand new way, must have been a challenging task. What was the secret behind your success? We ensure that Cruciani pieces are casual but always elegant. Our forms are free-flowing and light and created with the utmost attention to detail. We like to say that every Cruciani garment has a feeling of art de vivre and a cosmopolitan attitude. Cruciani rules are creatively dcontract which frees the pieces from the sense of old-fashioned knitwear. What is the essence of Cruciani? The essence of Cruciani is true, high class luxury, we do not compromise on quality under any circumstance. Everything is made by traditional craftsman in Italy with the best materials. We also want our clients to feel a local connection to the brand no matter where they are in the world from Japan to the USA to Qatar. We have an Italian soul but we want to be seen as Chinese in China, Brazilian in Brazil and Arabian in Arabia. We are both a large international corporation and a small family local business. Tell us more about the importance of the value of Made in Italy for Cruciani. I believe that a Cruciani product can only be made entirely in

I believe that a Cruciani product can only be made entirely in Italy to represent the best of traditional heritage and the state of an art in continual evolution.
Italy to represent the best of traditional heritage and the state of an art in continual evolution. These two requisites cannot be met outside Italy. We inscribe Made in Casa on Cruciani pieces which means that not only are we made in Italy but it is made in my family factory. Casa means home and its an amusing way to convey to our clients that the Cruciani business and the family are one and we are traditional Italian craftsmen. There is a strong ethical value within the brand and the sourcing of cashmere for the collections. Why is that important to you? Every single Cruciani product conveys a series of values. Cruciani operates a policy of genuine respect for its employees, suppliers and the environment. As every product is made with the best yarns, sourced from all over the world, we make sure our suppliers comply with international standards. Our exclusive Cruciani yarn called the Diamante Rosso, is certified by the world-leading classification. We make sure there is little waste and that no aggressive or harmful dyes are used on our yarns. Cruciani prides itself on these quality controls that guarantee

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Cruciani SS2014 by Nima Benati

the exclusive care taken in creating every Cruciani piece. In recent years, there has been a lot of talk about the dearth of new fashion inspirations from Italy, what do you think can be done to encourage more dynamic fashion growth in Italy? I think that Italian businesses need to keep to what we are traditionally good at, while appealing to a younger generation and todays popular fashion culture at the same time. This is exactly what we have done with Cruciani C bracelets. They are made of traditional Italian lacework by Italian artisans in Italy but they are affordable, they are popular luxury items. Having operated in Dubai for a while now, how do you think the luxury market in the Middle East has responded to Cruciani? We have seen wonderful success throughout the Middle East. Clients here are attracted to pure quality and luxury. They are detail-oriented and they appreciate when pieces are made exclusively for them or with them in mind. This is something that Cruciani will continue to do for our clients here whether it be the new Crocodile Bags made especially for the Middle East or a Cruciani C bracelet made in collaboration with a regional designer like Nadine Kanso as we did last Fall. How has the Middle East inspired you in new creations for Cruciani? The Middle East continues to inspire me every day. I love the
Cruciani C Dubai skyline bracelet

region, and all the cultures and the tastes of the people here. They understand and appreciate the Cruciani brand in its promise of luxury and quality. We created the crocodile skin bags with the Middle East clientele in mind. They are made of absolutely top-quality crocodile skin and the metal details are made of brass plated in 2.5 miligrams of real gold. They have been produced in an extremely unique range of vibrant colours. Our Middle Eastern clients have been asking for colour and we gave it to them! We have also created multiple Cruciani C bracelets for the region including the collaboration with regional Arabic jewellery designer Nadine Kanso and the 18k gold beaded Hand of Fatima bracelet.