Make like sultry French songbird Lou Doillon during Paris Fashion Week in skinny jeans, high-quality staples, offbeat accessories and an insouciant expression.
From left to right: Handbag by M2Malletier, Tory Burch scarf, coat by Chloé, Dsquared2 bracelet, Diesel jeans, Clarins lipstick in raspberry sorbet, shoes by Céline, Chanel’s Misia perfume and Balenciaga sunglasses
Ballet has been dominating the headlines of late. The internet spiraled into a frenzy over the video of bad boy ballet dancer Sergei Polunin performing an electric piece of choreography to Hozier’s “Take Me To Church” last month. And a recent high-profile collaboration between indie-rock musician Sufjan Stevens with the New York City Ballet exposed an entirely new audience to the art form.
Never one to shy from a trend, Jimmy Choo has created a ballet-inspired collection that boasts tawny heels and silk ribbon embellishments around the ankle. Whether you’re a prima ballerina or a dedicated fashionista, it’s right en pointe.
Milan Fashion Week didn’t fail to disappoint as fashion editors, industry types and bloggers paraded the veritable catwalk outside each show. Fashion allegiances were pledged with carefully selected accessories, like these clunky Stella McCartney star-studded shoes.
Anna Dello Russo, famed for her fabulously eccentric fashion choices, wore head-to-toe Moschino from last fall’s collection.
An amber-drenched, woody fragrance, Tom Ford’s latest fragrance, Tom Ford Noir Extreme, serves up sophistication à la Ford. Designed for any man that likes to make an impression, the fragrance’s defining feature is its use of Indian Kulfi- an accord inspired by the ancient royal concoction prepared for 16th century Mughal Emperors. A worthy purchase for any aspiring aristocrat.
It was a tender moment at Dolce & Gabbana’s fall/winter 2015-16 show as models walked down the catwalk, babies in arms and children trailing behind, while “Mama” by the Spice Girls played. “Viva La Mamma!” was a new direction for the fashion world as les enfants (and not just l’enfant terrible of which the fashion world is so accustomed) were celebrated in a rousing tribute to motherhood.
Aïshti founder and CEO Tony Salamé was knighted with The Order of Merit of the Italian Republic by the Italian Embassy at an event attended by diplomats, business partners and family. Italy’s highest-ranking honor, it was awarded to Mr. Salamé for his contribution to the country’s arts and economy. Today, Aïshti works with more than 300 Italian houses, encompassing ready-to-wear, jewelry, accessories and home wear. And as the Lebanese company gears up for the October 2015 launch of the Aïshti Foundation, Italy will play an integral role. Ten Italian architects are involved in the project’s design, and Italian suppliers are responsible for everything from textiles to steel. “I thank you for this award,” Mr. Salame said. “Know that the support you have given me is invaluable – and that in my heart, I am Italian.”
Swedish popette superstar Lykke Li, known for her ethereal vocals, stars in Gucci’s new digital film to celebrate the Lady Web bag. Telling the story of a young artist’s creative journey, it shows the inspiration behind crafting a song.
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With spring just around the corner, the executive chef at Six Senses Zighy Bay in Oman shares a recipe for squash soup.
500ml vegetable stock
750 gram squash, cut into cubes
2 red onions, chopped
2 garlic cloves, halved
60 ml yoghurt
1 gram ground nutmeg
Salt and pepper to taste
1. Put the stock and 500ml of water into a heavy-based pan and bring to boil, add the squash, onions and garlic and return to the boil. Reduce the heat slightly and cook for 15 minutes or until the squash is smooth.
2. Drain the vegetables in a colander, reserving the liquid. Puree the squash mixture until smooth, either in a blender or with a hand masher (you may need to add some of the reserved liquid to make mashing a little easier). Return the squash puree to the pan and stir in enough reserved liquid to reach the preferred consistency. Season to taste the nutmeg and cracked black pepper.
3. Ladle the soup into bowls and pour some of the live yoghurt into each bowl to create a swirl pattern on the top. Sprinkle with nutmeg and serve with fresh rye bread.
Looking to the Far East for inspiration, Roberto Cavalli made his preoccupation with China clear in the metal pagoda buttons, opulent embroideries and silk fringing that dotted his fall/winter 2015-16 collection. For those searching for Cavalli’s signature lesson in seduction, chiffon evening gowns and pony skin micro-dresses were a nod to the more familiar.