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54 Summer Shading 50 beauty buys

you can’t live without

60 Love Don’t Cost A Thing Jennifer

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66 Labour Of Love How Ethiopian

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78 More Is More

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86 Bags Of Style It’s all about the BB bag at

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88 Mr Romantic Peter Copping, the man at the helm

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husband was grateful) but also gave me hope
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I so enjoyed reading the Pump Up The Volume column in the July
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a huge fan of big hair and I’m relishing the fact that it’s officially
back in! I also took your recommendation to visit the Ted Morgan
salon on The Palm in the hope they could sort out my limp and
lank humidity-hit locks. And… I’m pleased to say that I’ve finally
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back exercises
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& THEN
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Dhs200 Jane
Norman
Sequin shorts
Dhs1,000 by
Gryphon at
Bloomingdale’s
1950
Summer fun
in garish,
all-over print
Leather shorts
Dhs1,000 French
Connection
1960
British model
Rosaleen
Murray channels
practicality
1970
Printed paper bag
shorts Dhs250
Topshop
A sporty take
on the look,
then labelled
‘the passion
killer’
Get
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TIPS FOR THE TREND
2009
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stripes; Shorts partners the perfect and
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GUCCI
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GERMAN MODEL EVA PADBURG
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&

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earrings Dhs29

Spring Red sundress Dhs499 Blue wedges Dhs130 Aeropostale Nine West Straw Dhs90 fedora Aldo Sunglasses
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Red sundress
Dhs499
Blue wedges
Dhs130
Aeropostale
Nine West
Straw
Dhs90 fedora
Aldo
Sunglasses
Dhs35 Garage
BELLE
Black bikini
Silver ring
Dhs29Spring
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necklace
Dhs90 Aldo
LOOK TO THE STARS
HEIDI KLUM
NICOLE RICHIE

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Charles Drawstring dress Kenneth
Charles
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dress
Kenneth
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match chic, and your clash so miss prints
colours
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Cole

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LAURA BAILEY, ALEXA CHUNG IMAGES GETTY AND ANTHEA SIMMS PRIM O’CLOCK 0 2 OSCAR DE LA
PRIM O’CLOCK 0 2 OSCAR DE LA RENTA CHANEL GIANFRANCO FERRÈ
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CHANEL
GIANFRANCO FERRÈ
5 6 1. Pearl necklace Dhs2,800 Ben Amun at Bloomingdale’s 2. Diamond earrings Dhs510,000 Dior
5
6
1. Pearl necklace
Dhs2,800
Ben Amun at
Bloomingdale’s
2. Diamond
earrings
Dhs510,000 Dior
Fine Jewellery 3.
Watch Dhs4,400
Valentino 4. Shoes
Dhs2,800 Valentino
at net-a-porter.com
5. Gloves DhsPOA
Nina Ricci 6.Hat
Dhs1,500 Paule Ka
7. Bag DhsPOA Elie
8
Saab 8. Ballet flats
from Dhs2,260
Chanel
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2
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3
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my-wardrobe.com
3. Dress Dhs6,620
Lela Rose at net-a-
porter.com
4. Jacket Dhs4,200
Armani Collezioni

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5. Jacket Dhs2,070

Carolina Herrera

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I n

is

my book, everyone who

anyone watched the royal

wedding in April; seldom

has there been such an occasion that competes when it comes to sartorial scrutiny, and the guests prepared their Gaga-inspired millinery accordingly. Of course the bride, Kate Middleton, looked fairytale radiant. Her dress hit a fashion home run, accessorised to perfection with self-applied make-up and a beautiful head bridesmaid. However, there was one question troubling me; long after the oh-so-cute Aston Martin carriage whisked the sweethearts away. What, did Princess Beatrice have on her head? Commentators later compared the pink silk Philip Treacy creation to antlers, a toilet seat and, my favourite, a pretzel… the 22-year- old had made a fashion faux pas of monumental proportion and the furor that ensued was reminiscent, albeit royally, of Elizabeth Hurley wearing that slashed-to-the-waist, chili-hot red Versace (complete with leopard print knickers) to a ‘friend’s’ wedding in 1998. Conscious act or not, Princess Beatrice was branded a thunder stealer, finding herself in a situation that begs the question

FASHION CAN BE A FUNNY OLD GAME… OF HIDE AND SEEK, MOSTLY, THINKS ELLE TIMMS

of ‘how do I strike a balance between looking fashion-forward, without making people hate me?’ I found a similar sentiment echoed recently, when I stumbled across a genuinely funny fashion blog, www.manrepeller.com. Born from a conversation that went a little like this: Girl 1: “What are you wearing tonight?” Girl 2: “My sweet lime green drop- crotch utility pants.” Girl 1: “Oh, so we’re man repelling. Cool.” The site’s young New Yorker author, Leandra Medine, notices that when it comes to directional fashion, what women love, men generally hate. FYI, this season the wedge heel in all forms and Chanel’s sunshine yellow Mimosa polish should repel to a tee. Sunglasses and shoes are, of course, the key to complicating your outfit the simple way. Try Alexander Wang’s extreme

angular frames, Dhs1,100 at www. net-a-porter.com – utterly festival fabulous. I could go on for hours when it comes to shoes. I’m sold again on the second season of Iris van Herpen’s United Nude collaboration – www.unitednude. com – and on the high street, Julian Louie’s A/W11 drop at Aldo looks to be Balenciaga-inspired… dramatic, statement shoes at their finest, and total ‘man-repellers’. There are two things to remember here. First of all, know your audience – especially when it comes to royal weddings. Secondly, understand that sculpting genuine ‘look-at-me’ style takes time, and usually fame. The fabulousness of Daphne Guinness and eccentric genius of Lady Gaga are art forms to reconstruct with extreme care. By all means, take elements of McQueen’s groundbreaking

silhouettes or Thierry Mugler’s razor-sharp tailoring and work them into your own style… I’m just saying think before you take

a dip into blue hair and stilt heels

territory if we’re going to get all Fashion Police about it. The answer is easy, really

– small doses, ladies. Yes, it’s important to include elements of your personality within your visual expression to the world – this is the fundamental reason why fashion exists. But do it with caution, as nobody loves a try- hard wacko. Exercise statement flair with an innovative ‘extra touch’, just not to Princess B’s pretzel proportions.

SHEER CUSTO WRITTEN BY ELLE TIMMS Custo Dalmau T hey’re brothers and reigning kings of
SHEER
CUSTO
WRITTEN BY ELLE TIMMS
Custo Dalmau
T hey’re brothers and reigning kings of sculpting an aesthetic fit for
the most discerning Nikki Beach party queen. But what you may
not know is that Spanish design duo David and Custo Dalmau
TOP NOTES
Ginger lemon and
HEAT NOTES
>Violet
and
Pink Pepper
BOTTOM NOTES
Wood
and
– aka Custo Barcelona – have been doing ‘disco couture’ since the 1980s,
presenting their ‘fun layered on fun’ collections at New York Fashion Week
for nearly 15 years. And this season, they’re bringing it to your beauty cabinet.
The story began with the innovative prints and vivid colour surrounding
1970s California, a location that inspired the siblings to create their own
fashion line following the pair’s great American adventure on a motorcycle.
Capturing the essence of this lightheartedness is a design approach to
which they have remained true, most notably with their latest venture into
the world of fragrance with Pure Custo Woman. Elle Timms grabbed five
minutes with Custo, the creative force and face of the label, to find out more…
Vanilla
WHAT DOES S/S11 MEAN TO YOU?
Every season we try to start from scratch, trying to reinvent ourselves
without losing our DNA. This collection was a very architectural one,
inspired by the movement of the geometric pieces by the American sculptor,
Calder. And, of course, this is the season we launched our fragrance…
it celebrates and complements the line perfectly.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE TEAM BEHIND CUSTO BARCELONA?
“Never expose
your fragrance
bottle to sunlight,
it’s a sure way to
We have been working together for such a long time, we understand each
other almost without speaking. And for the fragrance, we worked with
renowned perfumer Alberto Morillas to create Pure Custo.
spoil the
original
FROM CREATING CLOTHES TO PERFUMES – HAVE YOU ENJOYED
THE JOURNEY?
scent
entirely
in a
matter of weeks”
Alberto Morillas,
Yes, because trying to translate our strong visual identity into
something so ethereal as a perfume was an adventure.
perfumer
TELL US ABOUT THE METHODS YOU USED…
I wanted to go back to the beginning and remember what we were
looking for when we launched the brand: freshness and creative
freedom to do something new and different.
NOW THAT SUMMER’S HERE, WHERE’S YOUR FAVOURITE
PLACE TO BE?
A quiet beach, anywhere. I am really a summer person.
CUSTO BARCELONA IS AVAILABLE AT THE DUBAI MALL, (04 339 8644)
Backstage with Custo

HEAVENLY THE FACTORY, GEMOPOLIS, INSIDE BANGKOK, THAILAND Design to mould 1. The chief designers at

HEAVENLY

THE FACTORY, GEMOPOLIS, INSIDE BANGKOK,
THE FACTORY,
GEMOPOLIS,
INSIDE BANGKOK,
THAILAND Design to mould 1. The chief designers at Pandora’s Copenhagen headquarters unveil two new
THAILAND
Design to mould
1.
The chief designers at Pandora’s
Copenhagen headquarters unveil two
new collections a year. Once finalised,
the design specs are sent to the factory
in Thailand, which employs 3,600
local workers and jewellers. Moulds are
carefully created for the new designs,
which, when finished, will be filled with
wax to make blueprints for the charms
before they are cast in silver or gold.
2. MAKING THE
GRADE
Each precious gem is
inspected for quality –
around 75 per cent of
the gems make the
Pandora grade.
3. CREATING
THE BLUEPRINT
The moulds, which
can be used around
100 times, are
injected with wax
via the hot box.
5. SCRUBBING UP The jewellery and charms are washed. 4. TREE OF JEWELS The jewellers
5. SCRUBBING UP
The jewellery and
charms are washed.
4. TREE OF JEWELS
The jewellers personally
weld each wax charm
onto a special ‘tree’, so
the charms can be easily
accessed for casting.
6. CASTING
Jewellery is casted from
the wax blueprints in
boiling hot cylinders.
7. Filing and polishing
9.
The final touches
Hand-
finished
8.
stone
setting
10. AND VOILA. THE FINISHED PRODUCT!
The charms and jewellery pieces are then
shipped to more than10,000 points of sale
across six continents.

JEWELLERY

WRITTEN BY ALICIA BULLER

T he Pandora jewellery brand is on the march to become

as famous as its Greek goddess namesake. The Danish

charm bracelets, necklaces and rings are sold in more

than 55 countries and have adorned the wrists of A-list stars from Goldie Hawn to Catherine Zeta-Jones. The beauty of the brand is that you can customise each piece to your taste, ensuring that each item is truly unique. This is especially true with Pandora’s charm bracelets, which have propelled an age-old concept into the 21st century with modern pieces created from Murano glass, gold, silver, diamonds and precious stones, with charms for births, anniversaries and almost every milestone in between. According to the factory’s managing director, Thomas Nyborg, the pieces have become talking points themselves for women in shopping queues, at work or in restaurants. With over 60 million units produced on a yearly basis at Pandora’s factory in Bangkok, Thailand, Emirates Woman was lucky enough to sneak a peek behind the scenes to see how the jewellery is handcrafted and assembled – and where Pandora’s story begins.

and assembled – and where Pandora’s story begins. made charms are collected for Freshly quality further
made charms are collected for Freshly quality further inspection The Murano glass is melted and
made
charms
are
collected
for
Freshly quality
further
inspection
The Murano glass is melted and wound round
The centre of
the Murano
glass bead is
added
a rod over a flame. Experts roll the glass into
a bead worthy of a bracelet. Warning: This is
PANDORA’S A/W11 COLLECTION WILL BE IN STORES
FROM SEPTEMBER. WWW.PANDORA.NET
extremely difficult! All of Pandora’s jewellers
are trained for one month to perfect the art of
making Murano glass beads. Thailand is famed
for its expert jewellery heritage and talent pool,
which is a major reason why Pandora founded
its production facilities in the country in 1989.
Finished Murano glass beads
Finished
Murano
glass
beads

PRODUCT IMAGES VIKRAM GAWDE

PRODUCT IMAGES VIKRAM GAWDE SYMBOLIC STEPS Anas Younis Shanaah T he unique, Arabic calligraphy WHAT INSPIRED

SYMBOLIC

STEPS

PRODUCT IMAGES VIKRAM GAWDE SYMBOLIC STEPS Anas Younis Shanaah T he unique, Arabic calligraphy WHAT INSPIRED

PRODUCT IMAGES VIKRAM GAWDE SYMBOLIC STEPS Anas Younis Shanaah T he unique, Arabic calligraphy WHAT INSPIRED
PRODUCT IMAGES VIKRAM GAWDE SYMBOLIC STEPS Anas Younis Shanaah T he unique, Arabic calligraphy WHAT INSPIRED
Anas Younis Shanaah
Anas
Younis
Shanaah

T he unique,

Arabic

calligraphy

WHAT INSPIRED THE MOVE FROM BUILDING DESIGN TO FASHION?

inspired footwear designs of Jordanian Anas Younis Shanaah are quickly catching the attention of

Dubai’s discerning shoe queens. With a S/S11 collection of brightly blocked colour, it’s clear that the designer who graduated with a degree in architecture in Amman in 1992, has a strong connection with creating bold structure

I didn’t have a goal at the time to follow fashion, I just fell into it. Given the famous leather artisans in Florence and the leather industry

I was submerged in, it was almost

inevitable. Handbags, shoes and leather jackets were everywhere;

I fell in love with that part of the industry.

THEN, AFTER 15 YEARS OF WORKING IN NEW YORK, YOU LAUNCHED AENNIS EUNIS…

Yes, I had always looked forward to having my own brand, designed and produced under my name, and my experience in New York

gave me the confidence to do this.

I participated in shows to learn

more about the industry whilst

I was there, and I think my overall

fashion and retail experience made the choice clear to me.

TALK US THROUGH THE S/S11 COLLECTION

It takes inspiration from our Arabic surroundings, with calligraphy and geometric Arabesque. I incorporated Arabic lettering across brilliant colour for a rich feel and reference at the same time, adding a cultural dimension to modern style.

DO YOU MISS ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN?

I do sometimes. Maybe I express

that longing in some of my fashion pieces. However, working with fashion and accessories is more rewarding. I could be designing a new shoe today, and in six weeks have it in my hands. There is something to be said

for the flexibility and creativity allowed in fashion, and it makes

it more appealing.

YOU’RE LAUNCHING YOUR

READY-TO-WEAR AND ACCESSORIES LINE WITH SHOES - WHY NOW?

I’ve always admired shoes, the complexity and endless designs of each component. I appreciate the sculptural nature of shoes, and perhaps I relate to footwear more than fabrics because of that three- dimensional factor, as if they are

objects or products.

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Very Hollywood 1 Dhs340 (50ml) Michael Kors BOX 2 Silk Peeling Mask Dhs337 Kanebo Sensai
Very
Hollywood
1
Dhs340
(50ml)
Michael Kors
BOX
2
Silk Peeling Mask
Dhs337 Kanebo Sensai
3
WRITTEN BY CHERITH NICHOLL
AMC Face
and Body
Illuminator
in 67 Dhs120
Inglot
1 | WELCOME TO HOLLYWOOD Have your very own
red-carpet moment by accessorising your favourite little black
dress with a spritz of the deliciously glamorous new scent
from Michael Kors. Hints of raspberry, ylang ylang and
jasmine combine to create a fruity, summer scent with a
touch of vetiver to add an edge for those evening soirées.
2
5
DEREK LAM

Volupté Sheer Candy in Juicy Grapefruit Dhs148 Yves Saint Laurent

4
4

A-20 Matte Water Dhs275 and Eye Contour Brightening Dhs565 Euoko

| SILKY SOFT Treat yourself to a micro-dermabrasion in the comfort of

your own home with Kanebo Sensai’s Silk Peeling Mask. After leaving the

creamy mask on for just one minute, your skin will be moist and luminous –

perfect for post-pool pampering. 3 | GLEAM QUEEN Finding the summer

sun just a bit too hot for a tan top-up? Cheat your way to a golden glow

the safe way with AMC’s Face and Body Illuminator. A few dots blended

on to décolletage and cheek bones delivers a sun-kissed sheen without

the worry of UV ray damage. Alternatively, take a break from foundation

by mixing a few drops into your favourite day cream to create a tailor-

made tinted moisturiser. 4 | BEAUTY AND THE GEEK After taking the

beauty world by storm in America, Euoko has hit our shores with a new

approach to skincare. The brainchild of IT genius Brandon Truate, Euoko

takes a scientific approach to solving skin problems such as wrinkles,

pigmentation and environmental exposure. Euoko is now available at Saks

Fifth Avenue, Dubai. 5 | GET FRUITY The heat of summer and fierce

air conditioning can leave your lips dry and parched. Give them a boost

with a slick of YSL’s Volupté Sheer Candy, a fruity lipbalm that rehydrates

pouts instantly. With six shades to choose from and a sheer and glossy

finish, we predict this will be a beach bag staple for sun goddesses.

6 | PEACHES AND GREEN Estée Lauder never disappoints with its

Bronze Goddess collection, with a host of goodies to help you achieve beach chic flawlessly. We particularly love the limited edition ShadowStick Duo; the warm pink tone is a fabulous base as an eyeshadow, while the

teal green provides the perfect pop of colour along the lower lash line.

the perfect pop of colour along the lower lash line. ■ ShadowStick Duo in Pink Teal

ShadowStick Duo in Pink Teal Dhs118 Estée Lauder

6
6

EMIRATES WOMAN

AUGUST 2011

54

C H A R LESK E I T H . C O M
C H A R LESK E I T H . C O M
C H A R LESK E I T H . C O M

POPPY DELEVIGNE, LAURA BAILEY, ALEXA CHUNG

IMAGES GETTY AND ANTHEA SIMMS

LAURA BAILEY, ALEXA CHUNG IMAGES GETTY AND ANTHEA SIMMS PRIM O’CLOCK 0 2 OSCAR DE LA
PRIM O’CLOCK 0 2 OSCAR DE LA RENTA CHANEL GIANFRANCO FERRÈ
PRIM
O’CLOCK
0
2
OSCAR DE LA RENTA
CHANEL
GIANFRANCO FERRÈ
5 6 1. Pearl necklace Dhs2,800 Ben Amun at Bloomingdale’s 2. Diamond earrings Dhs510,000 Dior
5
6
1. Pearl necklace
Dhs2,800
Ben Amun at
Bloomingdale’s
2. Diamond
earrings
Dhs510,000 Dior
Fine Jewellery 3.
Watch Dhs4,400
Valentino 4. Shoes
Dhs2,800 Valentino
at net-a-porter.com
5. Gloves DhsPOA
Nina Ricci 6.Hat
Dhs1,500 Paule Ka
7. Bag DhsPOA Elie
8
Saab 8. Ballet flats
from Dhs2,260
Chanel
1 3 2 4 3 1 4 7 1. Sequin jacket Dhs12,500 Elie Saab at
1
3
2
4
3
1
4
7
1. Sequin jacket
Dhs12,500 Elie Saab
at Boutique1
2. Dress Dhs3,600
Philosophy di
Alberta Ferretti at
my-wardrobe.com
3. Dress Dhs6,620
Lela Rose at net-a-
porter.com
4. Jacket Dhs4,200
Armani Collezioni

at Bloomingdale’s

5. Jacket Dhs2,070

Carolina Herrera

5
5
IMAGE WIREIMAGE
IMAGE WIREIMAGE

I n

is

my book, everyone who

anyone watched the royal

wedding in April; seldom

has there been such an occasion that competes when it comes to sartorial scrutiny, and the guests prepared their Gaga-inspired millinery accordingly. Of course the bride, Kate Middleton, looked fairytale radiant. Her dress hit a fashion home run, accessorised to perfection with self-applied make-up and a beautiful head bridesmaid. However, there was one question troubling me; long after the oh-so-cute Aston Martin carriage whisked the sweethearts away. What, did Princess Beatrice have on her head? Commentators later compared the pink silk Philip Treacy creation to antlers, a toilet seat and, my favourite, a pretzel… the 22-year- old had made a fashion faux pas of monumental proportion and the furor that ensued was reminiscent, albeit royally, of Elizabeth Hurley wearing that slashed-to-the-waist, chili-hot red Versace (complete with leopard print knickers) to a ‘friend’s’ wedding in 1998. Conscious act or not, Princess Beatrice was branded a thunder stealer, finding herself in a situation that begs the question

FASHION CAN BE A FUNNY OLD GAME… OF HIDE AND SEEK, MOSTLY, THINKS ELLE TIMMS

of ‘how do I strike a balance between looking fashion-forward, without making people hate me?’ I found a similar sentiment echoed recently, when I stumbled across a genuinely funny fashion blog, www.manrepeller.com. Born from a conversation that went a little like this: Girl 1: “What are you wearing tonight?” Girl 2: “My sweet lime green drop- crotch utility pants.” Girl 1: “Oh, so we’re man repelling. Cool.” The site’s young New Yorker author, Leandra Medine, notices that when it comes to directional fashion, what women love, men generally hate. FYI, this season the wedge heel in all forms and Chanel’s sunshine yellow Mimosa polish should repel to a tee. Sunglasses and shoes are, of course, the key to complicating your outfit the simple way. Try Alexander Wang’s extreme

angular frames, Dhs1,100 at www. net-a-porter.com – utterly festival fabulous. I could go on for hours when it comes to shoes. I’m sold again on the second season of Iris van Herpen’s United Nude collaboration – www.unitednude. com – and on the high street, Julian Louie’s A/W11 drop at Aldo looks to be Balenciaga-inspired… dramatic, statement shoes at their finest, and total ‘man-repellers’. There are two things to remember here. First of all, know your audience – especially when it comes to royal weddings. Secondly, understand that sculpting genuine ‘look-at-me’ style takes time, and usually fame. The fabulousness of Daphne Guinness and eccentric genius of Lady Gaga are art forms to reconstruct with extreme care. By all means, take elements of McQueen’s groundbreaking

silhouettes or Thierry Mugler’s razor-sharp tailoring and work them into your own style… I’m just saying think before you take

a dip into blue hair and stilt heels

territory if we’re going to get all Fashion Police about it. The answer is easy, really

– small doses, ladies. Yes, it’s important to include elements of your personality within your visual expression to the world – this is the fundamental reason why fashion exists. But do it with caution, as nobody loves a try- hard wacko. Exercise statement flair with an innovative ‘extra touch’, just not to Princess B’s pretzel proportions.

SHEER CUSTO WRITTEN BY ELLE TIMMS Custo Dalmau T hey’re brothers and reigning kings of
SHEER
CUSTO
WRITTEN BY ELLE TIMMS
Custo Dalmau
T hey’re brothers and reigning kings of sculpting an aesthetic fit for
the most discerning Nikki Beach party queen. But what you may
not know is that Spanish design duo David and Custo Dalmau
TOP NOTES
Ginger lemon and
HEAT NOTES
>Violet
and
Pink Pepper
BOTTOM NOTES
Wood
and
– aka Custo Barcelona – have been doing ‘disco couture’ since the 1980s,
presenting their ‘fun layered on fun’ collections at New York Fashion Week
for nearly 15 years. And this season, they’re bringing it to your beauty cabinet.
The story began with the innovative prints and vivid colour surrounding
1970s California, a location that inspired the siblings to create their own
fashion line following the pair’s great American adventure on a motorcycle.
Capturing the essence of this lightheartedness is a design approach to
which they have remained true, most notably with their latest venture into
the world of fragrance with Pure Custo Woman. Elle Timms grabbed five
minutes with Custo, the creative force and face of the label, to find out more…
Vanilla
WHAT DOES S/S11 MEAN TO YOU?
Every season we try to start from scratch, trying to reinvent ourselves
without losing our DNA. This collection was a very architectural one,
inspired by the movement of the geometric pieces by the American sculptor,
Calder. And, of course, this is the season we launched our fragrance…
it celebrates and complements the line perfectly.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE TEAM BEHIND CUSTO BARCELONA?
“Never expose
your fragrance
bottle to sunlight,
it’s a sure way to
We have been working together for such a long time, we understand each
other almost without speaking. And for the fragrance, we worked with
renowned perfumer Alberto Morillas to create Pure Custo.
spoil the
original
FROM CREATING CLOTHES TO PERFUMES – HAVE YOU ENJOYED
THE JOURNEY?
scent
entirely
in a
matter of weeks”
Alberto Morillas,
Yes, because trying to translate our strong visual identity into
something so ethereal as a perfume was an adventure.
perfumer
TELL US ABOUT THE METHODS YOU USED…
I wanted to go back to the beginning and remember what we were
looking for when we launched the brand: freshness and creative
freedom to do something new and different.
NOW THAT SUMMER’S HERE, WHERE’S YOUR FAVOURITE
PLACE TO BE?
A quiet beach, anywhere. I am really a summer person.
CUSTO BARCELONA IS AVAILABLE AT THE DUBAI MALL, (04 339 8644)
Backstage with Custo

HEAVENLY THE FACTORY, GEMOPOLIS, INSIDE BANGKOK, THAILAND Design to mould 1. The chief designers at

HEAVENLY

THE FACTORY, GEMOPOLIS, INSIDE BANGKOK,
THE FACTORY,
GEMOPOLIS,
INSIDE BANGKOK,
THAILAND Design to mould 1. The chief designers at Pandora’s Copenhagen headquarters unveil two new
THAILAND
Design to mould
1.
The chief designers at Pandora’s
Copenhagen headquarters unveil two
new collections a year. Once finalised,
the design specs are sent to the factory
in Thailand, which employs 3,600
local workers and jewellers. Moulds are
carefully created for the new designs,
which, when finished, will be filled with
wax to make blueprints for the charms
before they are cast in silver or gold.
2. MAKING THE
GRADE
Each precious gem is
inspected for quality –
around 75 per cent of
the gems make the
Pandora grade.
3. CREATING
THE BLUEPRINT
The moulds, which
can be used around
100 times, are
injected with wax
via the hot box.
5. SCRUBBING UP The jewellery and charms are washed. 4. TREE OF JEWELS The jewellers
5. SCRUBBING UP
The jewellery and
charms are washed.
4. TREE OF JEWELS
The jewellers personally
weld each wax charm
onto a special ‘tree’, so
the charms can be easily
accessed for casting.
6. CASTING
Jewellery is casted from
the wax blueprints in
boiling hot cylinders.
7. Filing and polishing
9.
The final touches
Hand-
finished
8.
stone
setting
10. AND VOILA. THE FINISHED PRODUCT!
The charms and jewellery pieces are then
shipped to more than10,000 points of sale
across six continents.

JEWELLERY

WRITTEN BY ALICIA BULLER

T he Pandora jewellery brand is on the march to become

as famous as its Greek goddess namesake. The Danish

charm bracelets, necklaces and rings are sold in more

than 55 countries and have adorned the wrists of A-list stars from Goldie Hawn to Catherine Zeta-Jones. The beauty of the brand is that you can customise each piece to your taste, ensuring that each item is truly unique. This is especially true with Pandora’s charm bracelets, which have propelled an age-old concept into the 21st century with modern pieces created from Murano glass, gold, silver, diamonds and precious stones, with charms for births, anniversaries and almost every milestone in between. According to the factory’s managing director, Thomas Nyborg, the pieces have become talking points themselves for women in shopping queues, at work or in restaurants. With over 60 million units produced on a yearly basis at Pandora’s factory in Bangkok, Thailand, Emirates Woman was lucky enough to sneak a peek behind the scenes to see how the jewellery is handcrafted and assembled – and where Pandora’s story begins.

and assembled – and where Pandora’s story begins. made charms are collected for Freshly quality further
made charms are collected for Freshly quality further inspection The Murano glass is melted and
made
charms
are
collected
for
Freshly quality
further
inspection
The Murano glass is melted and wound round
The centre of
the Murano
glass bead is
added
a rod over a flame. Experts roll the glass into
a bead worthy of a bracelet. Warning: This is
PANDORA’S A/W11 COLLECTION WILL BE IN STORES
FROM SEPTEMBER. WWW.PANDORA.NET
extremely difficult! All of Pandora’s jewellers
are trained for one month to perfect the art of
making Murano glass beads. Thailand is famed
for its expert jewellery heritage and talent pool,
which is a major reason why Pandora founded
its production facilities in the country in 1989.
Finished Murano glass beads
Finished
Murano
glass
beads

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PRODUCT IMAGES VIKRAM GAWDE SYMBOLIC STEPS Anas Younis Shanaah T he unique, Arabic calligraphy WHAT INSPIRED

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PRODUCT IMAGES VIKRAM GAWDE SYMBOLIC STEPS Anas Younis Shanaah T he unique, Arabic calligraphy WHAT INSPIRED

PRODUCT IMAGES VIKRAM GAWDE SYMBOLIC STEPS Anas Younis Shanaah T he unique, Arabic calligraphy WHAT INSPIRED
PRODUCT IMAGES VIKRAM GAWDE SYMBOLIC STEPS Anas Younis Shanaah T he unique, Arabic calligraphy WHAT INSPIRED
Anas Younis Shanaah
Anas
Younis
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T he unique,

Arabic

calligraphy

WHAT INSPIRED THE MOVE FROM BUILDING DESIGN TO FASHION?

inspired footwear designs of Jordanian Anas Younis Shanaah are quickly catching the attention of

Dubai’s discerning shoe queens. With a S/S11 collection of brightly blocked colour, it’s clear that the designer who graduated with a degree in architecture in Amman in 1992, has a strong connection with creating bold structure

I didn’t have a goal at the time to follow fashion, I just fell into it. Given the famous leather artisans in Florence and the leather industry

I was submerged in, it was almost

inevitable. Handbags, shoes and leather jackets were everywhere;

I fell in love with that part of the industry.

THEN, AFTER 15 YEARS OF WORKING IN NEW YORK, YOU LAUNCHED AENNIS EUNIS…

Yes, I had always looked forward to having my own brand, designed and produced under my name, and my experience in New York

gave me the confidence to do this.

I participated in shows to learn

more about the industry whilst

I was there, and I think my overall

fashion and retail experience made the choice clear to me.

TALK US THROUGH THE S/S11 COLLECTION

It takes inspiration from our Arabic surroundings, with calligraphy and geometric Arabesque. I incorporated Arabic lettering across brilliant colour for a rich feel and reference at the same time, adding a cultural dimension to modern style.

DO YOU MISS ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN?

I do sometimes. Maybe I express

that longing in some of my fashion pieces. However, working with fashion and accessories is more rewarding. I could be designing a new shoe today, and in six weeks have it in my hands. There is something to be said

for the flexibility and creativity allowed in fashion, and it makes

it more appealing.

YOU’RE LAUNCHING YOUR

READY-TO-WEAR AND ACCESSORIES LINE WITH SHOES - WHY NOW?

I’ve always admired shoes, the complexity and endless designs of each component. I appreciate the sculptural nature of shoes, and perhaps I relate to footwear more than fabrics because of that three- dimensional factor, as if they are

objects or products.

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LOVE don’t cost A THING

Despite calling time on her THIRD MARRIAGE, LOVE is still a four-letter word in JENNIFER LOPEZ’s vocabulary – especially where her TWO BABIES are concerned…

Written by EMILY BAXTER

W hen it comes to celebrity relationships, most are far more ‘showmance’ than romance, with

W hen it comes to celebrity relationships, most are far more ‘showmance’ than romance, with the telltale

signs of a calculated PR push rather than the genuine victims of Cupid’s well-aimed arrow. So, when a couple such as Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony step forward with, what appeared to be, the ‘real deal’, cynics are forced to make way for the closet romantics to have their turn in the spotlight. Demi and Ashton, SJP and Matthew Broderick, and Jennifer and Marc… Hollywood’s golden couples all going the distance. Or, so we thought. But then news hit the gossip sites mid-July that all was not well in JLo’s camp and, after seven years, her relationship with the Puerto Rican singer wasn’t just floundering, it was officially over. Reporters started their digging for dirt before the cynics even had time to say ‘I told you so,’ as they rooted around to sort the facts from the fabrications about the fated relationship. It goes without saying that the gossip columns and tabloids’ imaginations have since been running rampant, conjuring up all manner of flamboyant, and potentially wildly inaccurate, accounts of the failings behind the marriage (mostly based on speculation, we might add). But the couple has remained resolute and respectful in their silence over the separation. From accusations that Marc was a manipulative and controlling husband, and his jealousy over her career resurgence following her stint as an American Idol judge, to reports that she had an affair with the

model William Levy (who starred in her I’m Into You video), tongues have certainly been wagging. But it’s worth noting that, as acrimonious

as many celebrity splits get, the ever-dignified couple were at least on amicable enough terms to have released a joint statement about their separation, simply saying: “We have decided to end our marriage. This was a very difficult decision. We have come to an amicable conclusion on all matters.” One point well raised, however, is the Oscar-worthy performance of both parties in the lead up to the split – quite some cover-up. One would assume, and hope, that the couple was already in discussions regarding their split prior to the shock announcement on People.com on Friday 15th July (just nine days before her 42nd birthday), however the preceding

months indicated nothing other than a united front. They shared the stage (her dancing, him singing) at the American Idol finale on May 15th, and appeared very much ‘together’ at their last public appearance at the Boys And Girls Club event in New York on June 10th… quite an acting tour de force. However, perhaps the fact that she chose to take her mother

to meet Prince William and Duchess Kate at the BAFTA Brits To Watch party on July 9th, and not her husband, was somewhat of a sign that all was not well. With one engagement (Jennifer and Ben Affleck) and three prior marriages between them (her two, him one) perhaps this relationship was always set to fail – despite the adage of ‘third time lucky’? But, as with any relationship where children are involved, the emphasis so far appears to be on making the break-up as peaceful a process as possible. It was Jennifer who made this stance most evident, stepping out in West Pennsylvania less than 10 days after the announcement wearing a tracksuit from Peace Love World, with the ‘peace’ sign emblazoned over the back of it. Message received, loud and clear.

LOVE is a very COMPLEX topic for me and the more I LEARN about it, the more I realise how much I DON’T KNOW”

Will we ever know the real reason behind the split? Doubtful. But with children, the joint venture of their fashion line for Kohl still due to launch (albeit now separately), and their television show Q’Viva! The Chosen (with the creator of the Idol TV talent shows) in the pipeline, it seems as if their lives are destined to be entwined for that little bit longer. And as the days post break-up continue to unfold, you can bet gossip columnists the world over will continue to bleed the rumour mills dry, desperate to be the ones who finally uncover the ‘truth’. In the meantime, however, the singer has other things to talk about – namely love, but only for the little people in her life…

other things to talk about – namely love, but only for the little people in her

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YOU RECENTLY RELEASED YOUR SEVENTH STUDIO ALBUM LOVE? – WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO CALL IT THAT?

Well, love is a very complex topic for me and the more I learn about it the more I realise how much I don’t know. It is a journey, you know, and that is why I think it should have been spelt with a question mark.

TELL US THE STORY BEHIND IT…

There are so many songs on the album that I am excited for people to hear for so many reasons. Some of them because they are just straight club bangers, some because of what they have to say and some because of how they make you groove. All my albums have always been a mix of different types of music. Like urban and dance, pop and a little bit of Latin. This one is no different. All for different reasons, but they are all very thematic in a sense that they are all about love.

TALKING ABOUT LOVE, HOW ARE YOUR LITTLE ONES?

Max and Emme are beautiful. They just turned three and I can’t believe it. It is something new every day.

SO YOU WERE READY TO GET OUT OF THE TERRIBLE TWOS?

(Laughs) I don’t know if that is going to end. Not for a few years, anyway. But they are amazing and they are so smart and sweet and loving, and I am just proud.

ARE EITHER OF YOUR CHILDREN STARTING TO FOLLOW IN YOUR FOOTSTEPS?

My babies? Emme sings and it is just so funny when you listen to her because she sings out of pure joy and pleasure, but the minute she thinks you are watching her she stops. But she has a beautiful little voice, like a little Shirley Temple vibrato thing. Max is just kinda loud, with a very loud voice. He is a real boy! Marc used to say he will be her manager! He is super smart and amazing and a real boy. He is just into everything and just wants to throw and break everything in the world.

WHAT IS DAY-TO-DAY HOME LIFE LIKE FOR YOU WITH TWO CHILDREN?

Well, the minute we get anywhere, because we travel a lot, we have to move everything up. No flowers on the coffee table, no cups, no knives, no forks, no food. Max likes to throw fruit. We have to put everything away. Anything he finds he just throws over his shoulder. Why? He just doesn’t want it there (laughs).

ARE THEY AS OBSESSED WITH MUSIC YET AS YOU?!

Well, they are obsessed with the movie Beauty and the Beast right now and The Chipmunks.

In a sense, ALL MY ALBUMS are about LOVE”

I think I have seen The Chipmunk movie

about 700 times – I could actually recite it to you, it is crazy.

WHAT’S IT LIKE GOING OUT IN PUBLIC – DO YOU HAVE TO GO INCOGNITO?

I tell you, that’s why I love Hallowe’en,

because we get to put on masks all night. My coconuts, that’s what I call my babies, were

going insane because they couldn’t believe people were giving out free candy everywhere. But what was great is that Marc and I were wearing masks and we got to walk through the whole neighbourhood and no one knew

it was us and we were like, ‘This is kinda fun’.

But no, it is not something I would do all the time.

were like, ‘This is kinda fun’. But no, it is not something I would do all

“Max and Emme are BEAUTIFUL . They just turned THREE and I can’t believe it.

“Max and Emme are

BEAUTIFUL. They

just turned THREE and I can’t believe it.

It is SOMETHING NEW EVERY DAY

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IN T ERVIEW CO U RT E SY O F M AGG IE RYA N /F EATURES P RESS, IM AG E C ORB I S

LIFE MUST HAVE CHANGED A LOT SINCE THEY CAME ALONG…

Oh my gosh, so much! It just changes you so completely from the inside out and it is just the most profound thing that can happen to you as a woman. You have a child and they just completely change your perspective on the world and on yourself and on your life and what you have been doing and the way you see things. It is just a totally different thing.

YOU ARE A MUMMY FIRST AND FOREMOST BUT YOUR NEW RECORD SHOWS THAT THERE IS STILL THAT PARTY GIRL IN THERE!

(Laughs) Too right! Babies have gotta sleep some time and grandma comes over and mummy can go out and cut loose for a while! Mummy can go out and have a little bit of fun. For sure (laughs). There is nothing wrong with that. It can’t be all the time, but I definitely stay connected to that girl that used to just love to dance. That is what I really loved about my recent track On The Floor, is that it really expressed that feeling. I love music that expresses and captures a feeling that I identify with the minute I hear it. If I can’t get it myself then we write them.

BUT BUT CAN CAN YOU YOU STILL STILL HIT HIT A A CLUB CLUB ON ON A A

FRIDAY FRIDAY NIGHT NIGHT OR OR DO DO YOU YOU GET GET MOBBED? MOBBED?

(Laughs) Well, for example, I went out last New Year’s Eve and I got up on the couch and danced all night. Sure, I was trapped in the VIP area, but I still got to dance!

THE VIDEO WAS A J LO PRODUCTION AT ITS BEST…

Thank you! We wanted to create this club where you have all these different kinds of people who come together. I play the queen

– the lady that runs the club – and then you

have the other character who I play, which is the girl who loves to come to the club just to dance and forget about life for a little while. I think that is what dancing is all about.

TO TO

CONTRIBUTE CONTRIBUTE TO TO THE THE SONG? SONG?

I picked Pit because for me, right now, there is

nobody who gets on a track and just elevates it the way he does. Everything I hear him on is just amazing – he just makes it more party, more everything.

WHY WHY

DID DID

YOU YOU

PICK PICK

PITBULL PITBULL

SO TO AMERICAN IDOL – YOU PROVED A HUGE SUCCESS!

I am so happy that everyone loved the show.

I am very grateful about that. I really just

wanted to be myself and I think Steven [Tyler] felt the same thing. I think that’s why we were chosen – they knew that we were good, and hopefully interesting, people. It was just a very natural, fun experience for me and I think that is what came across. We were also very serious about what we are doing. We actually cared about it and about the process – about music and the artists, and you got that from us every week. I truly had a great time.

AND YOU GOT TO WORK WITH THE GREAT STEVEN TYLER FROM AEROSMITH…

I know! He’s a very spontaneous person – you

never knew what was going to come out of his mouth. Probably half the series was me looking at him in surprise, thinking, ‘Did he just say what I think he just said?’ (laughs). He is just so funny and I enjoyed every second of it – all the zaniness and craziness.

WERE YOU ALREADY A BIG FAN OF THE SHOW?

Oh yeah, I was, and still am, a huge fan. I have always loved the judging and doing it from my couch at home. I always thought, ‘I could do that’ and then I did.

It wasn’t like I WAS AFRAID for people to get to know me – I’m actually HAPPY for that as people ONLY KNOW ME through INTERVIEWS”

DO YOU THINK YOUR FANS GOT TO SEE A DIFFERENT SIDE TO YOU?

It is funny, I didn’t think of that in the beginning and this was the first time I had ever been on TV before without a script. I mean I have done interviews and stuff before and minutes here and there but not where people really get to see me like that, where I am really me and I was quite

terrified the night of the premiere. I was like ‘Oh my goodness, this is so overwhelming.’

I remember waking up white as a ghost and

Marc saying I looked crazy! It is funny, even though I have been out there for so many

years it is a totally different thing. It wasn’t like I was afraid for people to get to know me

– I’m actually happy for them to because I feel

so much has been written about me over the years and people only know me through the interviews – but this is actually a nice thing and I cannot tell you how very appreciative I

am of being able to show who I really am.

and I cannot tell you how very appreciative I am of being able to show who

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A WOMAN’S WORK

A WOMAN ’S WORK ETHIOPIA’S FEMALE LABOURERS HAVE FOUND SALVATION IN BRICKS AND MORTAR L ife

ETHIOPIA’S FEMALE LABOURERS HAVE FOUND SALVATION IN BRICKS AND MORTAR

FEMALE LABOURERS HAVE FOUND SALVATION IN BRICKS AND MORTAR L ife for women in rural Ethiopia

L ife for women in rural Ethiopia is defined by hardship and abuse. Disadvantaged and vulnerable, they are forced

to marry at an extremely young age. Cultural and social traditions dictate their role is to produce and educate children, as well as toiling in the fields as and taking care of the home. For these women, life is tough; a daily struggle to make ends meet and stay alive. But in this desperately poor country, female manual labour is not only confined to villages deep in the countryside. In the cities too, women are increasingly found working on building sites. These labourers are often unmarried, divorced or separated. As single mothers they are seen as outcasts by society and their families, making it virtually impossible to find work. But far from being a burden on their already difficult lives, they see the building site as their salvation. “I’m one of the fortunate ones,” says Ayehu with a shy smile. “I have a job.

“I’m one of the fortunate ones,” says Ayehu with a shy smile. “I have a job.
“I’m one of the fortunate ones,” says Ayehu with a shy smile. “I have a job.

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A labourer on the University of Axum construction site

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The work is often backbreaking but the alteratives are far worse

work is often backbreaking but the alteratives are far worse Workers at a flint mill In

Workers at a flint mill

In my country it is difficult for everyone. But especially for women like me.” Ethiopia
In my country it is difficult for
everyone. But especially for
women like me.”
Ethiopia was ranked 157th
of 169 countries listed on
the United Nations’ 2010
Human Development Index.
This index measures life
expectancy, literacy, education
and standards of living. It is a
standard means of measuring
well-being, especially child
welfare and is used to
distinguish whether a country
is a developed, developing or an
under-developed country, and
quality of life.
Despite an apparently
booming economy that has
grown at a rate of around 10
per cent every year since 2005,
most Ethiopians live below the
poverty line, with many earning
less than $2 per day.
More than 80 per cent of
Ethiopia’s 85 million citizens
live in rural areas; half are under
the age of 15. Due to regular
famines and food shortages, and
the growing scourge of HIV/
AIDS, life expectancy has fallen
to barely more than 40 years.
And the plight of the nation’s
womenfolk is most acute of all.
Throughout the world,
“WE WERE BEATEN
and abused by our
husbands. WHY
WOULD WE WANT
IT in our job as well?”
the on going issue of children
forced into arranged marriages
is rightly considered a violation
of basic human rights, but
in Ethiopia the situation is
particularly grave. Pressures
imposed on young girls by
various cultural and religious
aspects of their community
mean it is virtually impossible
for them to break free from
this tradition of marriage and
family life, which they start
at a far younger age than is
considered morally responsible,
or acceptable, in the West.
If they try to resist a union,
the girls risk being ostracised by
their families and society – they
are more likely to be offered
a beating than emotional, or
financial, support. In such cases,
girls – usually uneducated –
find themselves married off
by the age of 10, and in some
cases even younger. Despite
the fact the legal minimum age
for marriage is 18, the law is
regularly ignored and it is rare
to find an unwed girl over the
age of 16.
Many of these girls fall
pregnant before their bodies
are properly matured and are
injured in childbirth – once
again leaving their future bleak
and susceptible to further
recriminations.
As for the men, those with
deep-rooted attitudes or beliefs
often have little respect for
women. It is not unusual for

A woman in a training center for road construction specialising in cobblestone

center for road construction specialising in cobblestone one man to be in a relationship with several

one man to be in a relationship

with several women at one time, while others mistreat their wives, abusing them physically and sexually while under the influence of dagga (drugs). If

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during childbirth, as happens frequently due to a lack of medical care, she is simply cast aside and abandoned by her husband. And, in a society where single women are treated with little respect, this only heaps more misery on them. They struggle to find work and

girl is disfigured or injured

eke out a living, barely able

to earn enough to feed their children. Meseret’s story is typical. She was just 13 when she married a boy she had never met before the day of her wedding. Her new partner was barely older than she was, but the cruelty and violence he inflicted on her was like that of a grown

man. However, 10 years on her life took a turn of the worse – if imaginable. Her husband abandoned her and she was left to raise five young children alone. Ayehu, now 28, was 15 when she fell pregnant. Being so young, her first child was stillborn – a common occurrence in a country that lacks appropriate pre-natal care. But, as if the loss of a child wasn’t a brutal enough blow, it was the ‘shame’ this tragedy

brought on her family that led to them not to close ranks around her to provide support,

but to completely ostracise her. Her husband deserted her and she was left to fend for herself. Through no fault of their own, both Meseret and Ayehu – like thousands of other young women – became social outcasts. They also faced an added challenge. Like most of their contemporaries, they received no schooling once they

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were married. They are among the 80 per cent of Ethiopians who cannot read. Discarded
were married. They are among
the 80 per cent of Ethiopians
who cannot read.
Discarded by their relatives,
many women turn to begging
with their children to survive,
or risk verbal, physical and
sexual abuse working as ‘house
servants’. Others resort to
prostitution, which in turn has
led to an increase in the spread
of HIV and other sexually
transmitted diseases.
But Meseret and Ayehu
are two of the lucky ones.
They’ve been given work on
a project set up by GTZ, an
aid agency sponsored by the
German Federal Ministry for
Economic Cooperation and
Development (BMZ). GTZ,
and other foreign organisations,
are working in Ethiopia on
programmes teaching women
new skills, whilst also helping
to build the country’s industry
and infrastructure by finding
them work on construction sites
and road-building schemes.
Across the capital, Addis Ababa,
“WE WORK VERY
HARD. On average
we are on site for 10
to 12 hours every
day. That makes it
almost IMPOSSIBLE
FOR US TO LOOK
AFTER our children”
the sight of women working
in construction has become
commonplace.
Some women are employed
as day labourers, mixing sand
and gravel and carrying heavy
bags of cement and rocks. In
Meseret and Ayehu’s case, GTZ
has taught them how to work
with cobblestones, breaking
them up in milling machines
to make gravel, a far more
sustainable material for building
roads in rural areas than using
expensive tarmac or concrete.
The techniques and skills they
have acquired can easily be
replicated in the impoverished
regions they come from.
Nevertheless, the work is
intense, the hours long and the
conditions harsh. Even though
the high altitude across much
of Ethiopia means the daytime
temperatures are lower than in
the city, the dust, sandstorms
and heavy manual labour the
women endure makes life hard.
And for all their efforts, these
women earn the equivalent of
just Dhs310 a month, slightly
less than the average of around
Dhs415. “We work very hard.
On average we are on site for
10 to 12 hours every day. That
makes it almost impossible for
us to look after our children,”
says Meseret.
Like Meseret, most of the
other women are divorced or
separated, forced to bring up
families alone. Some have five
or more children. Disowned
by relatives, they lack the usual
support network available in
developing countries, spending
much of their meagre wages on
rudimentary childcare, paying

Laying the foundations for a road in Axum, Ethiopia

With unemployment and poverty levels high, work is scarce for single women

neighbours to look after their children whilst they work. Those with young babies usually bring them to the site, breastfeeding them when they can. The work may be backbreaking, but the alternatives, in a land ravaged by high unemployment, are potentially far worse. These women are under no illusions and, grateful for the employment opportunity afforded them, work diligently and seldom complain about anything. “We are just happy to have work,” says Ayehu. “It is very, very difficult for a woman in Ethiopia to find a job. Especially single women like us, says Ayehu. “We are the lucky ones.” They know full well that no matter how tough the work gets, they are better off on the building site than on the street or at home, trapped in a violent marriage. “We were beaten and abused by our husbands,” Ayehu continues. “Why would we want it in our jobs as well?”

Couture ERIN O’CONNOR’S STATUESQUE BEAUTY DISPLAYS THE MOST SPECTACULARLY INDULGENT DRESSES OF THE SEASON, AGAINST
Couture
ERIN O’CONNOR’S STATUESQUE BEAUTY
DISPLAYS THE MOST SPECTACULARLY
INDULGENT DRESSES OF THE SEASON,
AGAINST THE MAGNIFICENT BACKDROP
OF LONDON’S CLASSICAL CULTURE SPOT,
THE VICTORIA AND ALBERT MUSEUM
Creative direction Mohieb Dahabieh
Photography & co-ordination MoDa’s Touch
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Dress by Georges Chakra Haute Couture,

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Dress by Alexander McQueen, all jewellery by Moussaieff

Dress by Gaultier Paris, all jewellery by Moussaieff
Dress by Gaultier Paris,
all jewellery by
Moussaieff
Dress by Stéphane Rolland Haute Couture, all jewellery by Moussaieff
Dress by Stéphane
Rolland Haute Couture,
all jewellery by
Moussaieff

Production Christian Helland Ouff | Model Erin O’Connor at D Management (Milan) | Special thanks to Ramy R. A. | Make-up Caroline Donnelly using M.A.C Cosmetics | Hair Craig Marsden at Carol Hayes using Redken | Production assistant Lukas Kroulik | Location Victoria and Albert Museum, London

WRITTEN BY ELLE TIMMS [koo-t oo r; Fr. koo-tyr] –noun 1. The occupation of a
WRITTEN BY ELLE TIMMS [koo-t oo r; Fr. koo-tyr] –noun 1. The occupation of a
WRITTEN BY ELLE TIMMS [koo-t oo r; Fr. koo-tyr] –noun 1. The occupation of a
WRITTEN BY ELLE TIMMS [koo-t oo r; Fr. koo-tyr] –noun 1. The occupation of a
WRITTEN BY ELLE TIMMS [koo-t oo r; Fr. koo-tyr] –noun 1. The occupation of a
WRITTEN BY ELLE TIMMS
[koo-t oo r; Fr. koo-tyr] –noun
1. The occupation of a couturier; dressmaking
and designing.
2. Fashion designers or couturiers collectively.
3. The clothes and related articles designed by
such designers.
Mr Armani following
his East-meets-West
presentation
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ARMANI PRIVÉ:
I.E Paris’ haute couture shows assemble a three-
day mini ‘fashion week’, taking place twice a year.
A handful of cherry-picked labels are invited by
OPULENT ORIGAMI
the Chambre Syndicale to showcase their skilful
creativity, and they do so with rigour by making the
world’s most expensive garments, available made-to-
measure and by order only, for the world’s wealthiest
women. Think decadence.
Giorgio Armani’s stunningly sombre couture
zoned in on, and paid homage to, Japan.
The designer has been quietly contributing
to a scholarship programme that helps child
victims of the natural disasters earlier this year,
and appropriately wove blossom-printed silks,
obi-esque belts, paper-like parasol silhouettes
and strategically folded hats (courtesy of Philip
Treacy) into this moving, elegant show.
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VALENTINO:
A COUTURE
IN
THE CREATION
OUT WITH THE OLD
PEEK
EARLY
STAGES
OF
THE
COLLECTION
AT VALENTINO'S
ROMAN
AT SALON
Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli
looked to the decadence of the last Tsar of
Russia’s family before adding their signature
red splash and contemporary flourish. The
Valentino client requires her couture to have
a fresh attitude – and doesn’t this design
duo know it. Ultra-glamorous pleated tulles,
modern gothica nods and the injection of
eau de nil, a delicious soft green tinge (trust
us, it’s going to be big), saw to that.
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ALAÏA:
BACK IN BUSINESS
Tunisian-born Azzedine Alaïa is famously
very shy. So shy in fact, that this is his first
couture collection in eight years – and it
was definitely worth the wait. The designer
had to be coaxed from backstage to
take his bow in front of an audience
that included Kanye West and Sofia
Coppola. The show saw the ‘King of
Cling’ give his dedicated followers
exactly what they wanted: sculpture,
laser-cut precision and a perhaps
surprising hint of green. The colour
of next season, it would seem.
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4 5 ELIE SAAB: GIVENCHY: CRYSTAL CLEAR DIVINE INSPIRATION With an ice-like smattering of sequins,
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ELIE SAAB: