CHRISTMAS LIKE IT USED TO BE

December 21, 2014  |  Beirut, Fashion
CHRISTMAS LIKE IT USED TO BE

Wrap up warm and sink into your favorite armchair- Christmas is nearly here and it’s time to embrace the festive season with the gusto it deserves. For more holiday inspiration, take a look here at L’Officiel-Levant’s photo shoot of the most luxurious winter spots around Lebanon.

THIS WEEKEND IN: BEIRUT

December 20, 2014  |  Beirut, Lifestyle
THIS WEEKEND IN: BEIRUT

Craving a culture fix? Stop by MAS Beirut for the opening of their new exhibition. Titled “Compositions,” it features the works of 10 exciting contemporary artists that include Camille Blatrix and Julie Beaufils. Stop by from 6pm onwards to enjoy a glass of bubbly and beautiful art. Tel. 70.366.969

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Al Mandaloun Pâtisserie is ushering in the sweetest time of year with a new selection of holiday specialities. Gingerbread houses, bûches de Noël and Christmas cookies are just a few confections adding a festive twist to the bakery’s menu. Tel. 04.547.411

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Cozy furnishings and thoughtful details make L’Avocat an extension of your living room, complete with tasty eats and signature cocktails. With a covered terrace, rain or shine, it’s the perfect year-round patio pleasure. Tel. 01.382.522

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Displaying exquisite craftsmanship, Italian luxury furniture brand Baxter has opened a new flagship store in Beirut. This family-owned company creates traditional styles that are refined to suit modern sensibilities. Tel. 01.563.111

JAGUARS AND JIMMY CHOOS

December 20, 2014  |  Beirut, For Her, For Him
JAGUARS AND JIMMY CHOOS

This December, Aïshti is offering the best competition in town! Spend $200 or more at Aïshti or any affiliated boutique for the chance to win a 2015 Jaguar F-Type Coupé or Samsung 78″ curved smart TV. Because fast cars and designer clothes belong together.

BEHIND THE SCENES WITH AISHTI

December 19, 2014  |  Beirut, Fashion
BEHIND THE SCENES WITH AISHTI

Curious about Aïshti’s new window displays? Look behind the scenes at how New York agency Sagmeister & Walsh created the kooky Christmas campaign. With green body paint and a red background, it makes the festive season truly fashionable.

NAOMI CAMPBELL LIKE YOU’VE NEVER SEEN HER BEFORE

December 19, 2014  |  Fashion, For Her
NAOMI CAMPBELL LIKE YOU'VE NEVER SEEN HER BEFORE

Speaking to Grazia, Naomi Campbell confessed, “I would never have dreamt I’d be doing this at 44.” We can’t say we’re surprised though- clad in a number of glossy, glamorous pieces from Agent Provocateur’s spring/summer 2015 collection, the supermodel defiantly proves that age ain’t nothing but a number.

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ZEGNA BOUTIQUE OPENS WITH EXCLUSIVE PARTY

December 19, 2014  |  Beirut, Fashion, For Him
ZEGNA BOUTIQUE OPENS WITH EXCLUSIVE PARTY

Ermenegildo Zegna’s well-suited clients gathered Downtown for the official opening of the brand’s revamped Beirut boutique. In a luxurious, open-air lounge fashioned outside the shop, guests were treated to a trunk show of the fall/winter 2014-15 looks from the Sartorial, Upper Casual and Z Zegna collections.

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Sounds from a live jazz band and the night’s DJ floated through the air as visitors enjoyed cocktails and a tour of the new boutique.

NEW YORK FASHION WEEK FORCED TO FIND NEW LOCATION

December 19, 2014  |  Fashion, New York
NEW YORK FASHION WEEK FORCED TO FIND NEW LOCATION

After spats with community groups, New York Fashion Week will be forced to leave Lincoln Center after its upcoming set of shows. With complaints that public city space was being monopolized by the elitist fashion world, new ground will have to be found for the city’s tribe of stiletto-clad fashionistas.

STUNNING PHOTOSHOOT WITH ELISA SEDNAOUI

December 19, 2014  |  Fashion
STUNNING PHOTOSHOOT WITH ELISA SEDNAOUI

Model, actress and director Elisa Sednaoui has that rare ability to make even the simplest item of clothing look sophisticated. Photographed by Laurence Ellis in the latest issue of L’Officiel-Levant, the Egyptian-European beauty is mesmerizing. See the full shoot and interview here.

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WHAT’S COOKING?

December 18, 2014  |  Beirut, Lifestyle
WHAT'S COOKING?

A graphic designer by trade, Pascale Habis wanted something to control from start to finish: no clients, no constraints, just an unfiltered outlet for her creativity. “All the ingredients were there for the book,” she explains. “I love eating. I can talk about food and watch people eat for hours on end.” Fifteen months later, Beirut Cooks was born. Read more about her cookbook filled with hearty recipes from the kitchens of Beirut’s bourgeoisie here.

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Fashion designer Rabih Kayrouz was one of the many creatives who shared a recipe for the book.

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Food pornography of the highest caliber, Beirut Cooks offers a glimpse into the vibrant, refined world of modern Beirut.

HONG KONG WITH TINA LEUNG

December 18, 2014  |  Hong Kong, Journey, Lifestyle
HONG KONG WITH TINA LEUNG

Hong Kong native Tina Leung lived in Los Angeles, London and New York before returning to her hometown and its abundance of bars, restaurants, clubs, shops and beaches. Stylist and blogger, she shares the coolest spots in the city.

1. Salon Number 10
” Always intimate, this bar offers a perfect cocktail to start the evening. Good music, good atmosphere and fabulous drinks.”

2. Edit 67
“I loves this shop, which offers brands such as Yazbukey and Ann-Sofie Back.”
www.67edit.com

3. Woaw
“This is a brilliant concept store owned by my friend, Kevin Poon, in which you will find a great selection of lifestyle items, as well as delicious coffee and pastries.”
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4. Landmark
“This is my favorite mall. With four buildings, it combines all my favorite brands: Dior, Céline, Roger Vivier… There’s also the wonderful Oriental Spa and the best restaurants in town: China Tang, Sevva and Canteen.”
www.landmark.hk

5. The Upper House
“A very friendly hotel. The rooms are lovely and Grey Cafe is pleasant for a drink.”
www.upperhouse.com

6. 9th Muse
“Created by a school friend, this is the best jewelry address.”
www.the9thmuse.com

7. Fly
“One of the biggest clubs, it’s an open air spot. I stay until 2am before going to Volar, five minutes away.”
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8. Duddell’s
“This private club is a cultural and social destination. I love the arts conferences which they organize, the dim sum and the cocktails. ”
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9. Vitasoy
“My favorite soy milk drink.”

10. Yardbird
“For a true gastronomic journey! It’s impossible to go home hungry or sober!”
www.yardbirdrestaurant.com