With Valentine’s Day around the corner, the region’s most opulent getaways are offering romantic packages for couples. And if you’re resolutely single, fear not – the Sofitel has dedicated the entire month of February to amour in its many guises. What’s not to love?
Dubai’s Bab al Shams Desert Resort and Spa, an award-winning hotel built in the style of a traditional Arabic fort, has launched an “Indulgence Package” that includes camel rides, archery sessions, falcon show and a discount on the couple’s massage. Sound a bit too active for you? The “Romantic package” will lull you into bliss with a Balinese massage and a candlelit dinner in the dunes. Tel. +971 4 809 6100
Sofitel Dubai has decided to play matchmaker with the introduction of its “Love Month.” From a night dedicated to single ladies to a limited edition “Love Cake” at their patisserie, the luxury hotel is celebrating love in all its shapes and forms. Tel. +971 4 503 6666
It’ll be all you can do to stop yourself from curtsying in Alice and Olivia’s gorgeously full skirts. Creative director Stacey Bendet drew upon a trip to the Palace of Versailles as the source of her inspiration, lavishly populating skirts and bomber jackets with vibrant prints that beg to be worn.
A study in gracefulness, Audi’s Prologue is, according to the company, “the sportiest car in the luxury segment.” Showcasing the clean lines, sleek surfaces and inimitably subtle approach to advanced technology for which the German automaker brand has built their reputation, it’s a car that doesn’t need to shout loudly to be heard.
Miley Cyrus has put her Los Angeles home on the market – and unsurprisingly, the $5.995 million-dollar mansion is kitted out with all the amenities you’d expect from one of the world’s biggest superstars.
The ornate home features hardwood flooring, wrought iron accents and elaborate fireplaces.
Miley’s backyard comes equipped with a swimming pool, hot tub and skating ramp.
British architect David Adjaye’s significant contributions to design will be celebrated during a major retrospective of his work at the Haus der Kunst museum in Munich. “Form, Heft, Material” presents more than 45 of his projects, both completed and ongoing, that cover Adjaye’s housing for the socially vulnerable, his expertise in African architecture and urbanism and his monumental public buildings. It’s a worthy tribute to one of the world’s most influential architects. Runs until May 31.
Philly-based artist Alex Da Corte’s got quite the reputation for scavenging. His creations, often cobbled together from objects he’s found, reveal the perverse in the ordinary. Stop by “Die Hexe,” his solo exhibition which sprawls across Luxembourg & Dayan’s East 77th Street townhouse in New York, to experience his provocative work firsthand. Transforming familiar imagery into a dollhouse and haunted house, one can expect only the unexpected. Runs from February 26 – April 11.
Cherine Khadra knows exactly what her aesthetic is. The Lebanese fashion designer, who has just opened Atelier C, her address for custom-made clothing in Saifi Village, advocates timelessness, explaining with a simplicity that underlines her sentiment, “I do not feel the need to create a collection in compliance with the seasons.” Instead, expect Uzbec and Indian textiles, silk and organza and streamlined silhouettes. We caught up with Khadra to understand how the designer finds serenity in a demanding life.
I’m most excited about… All the good things to come!
Happiness is… When you complain less and appreciate more.
My biggest vice is… Stubbornness.
If I had to wear one thing for the rest of my life, it would be… This is a nightmare! Maybe a light grey t-shirt with a comfortable pair of jeans.
A trend that makes me cringe is… When we follow trends so much that we end up being copies.
Remember the ice bucket challenge? This time round, raising money for a cause is easier – just apply lipstick, smudge and snap a selfie. Georgia May Jagger was the first celebrity to artfully smear bright lipstick across her perfect pout; Rita Ora quickly followed suit with a darker shade and sunglasses to add rockstar credentials. Done in the name of charity, all funds will go to Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust, which hopes to encourage women to get pap smears with the campaign. So go on, support women’s health and #smearforsmear.
The stars turned out in full force for Dior’s Haute Couture show, one of the most anticipated spectacles on fashion’s annual calendar. Raf Simons did not disappoint – think plastic, sequins and guipure lace- but the lightbulbs flashed brightest for the carefully planned sartorial tributes worn by a flock of A-list actresses and fashionistas.
Left to right: Elizabeth Olsen, Natalie Portman, Natalie Vodianova and Eva Herzigova, Emma Watson, Marion Cotillard and Olivia Palermo, all dressed in Dior.