Let the Outlet Village Spoil You this DSF

Yes, it’s that time of the year again when Dubai becomes the Middle East’s shopping hub and we can’t wait to tell you what The Outlet Village by Meraas has in store for us! Dubai Shopping Festival spoils us every year with the best deals with over 90 stores offering special deals and discounts on childrenswear, accessories and everything in between. So here’s how this shopping wonderland will spoil you this DSF.

While Rivoli Eyezone offers you a complimentary pair of sunglasses when purchasing one, Mamas and Papas gives you the opportunity to spoil your children with three items for the price of two. An additional 25% discount is applied to select items at Michael Kors and Priceless – where the items are already on offers. Fashionable men also have their share of this shopping joy, as they can take their pick from stylish suits discounted up to 90% at Hugo Boss and up to 70% at Pal Zileri and Ted Baker.

And for high-street fashion savvies, you should never miss the chance to pass by The Kooples for discounts ranging from 50 to 60% or M Missoni and Pinko for reductions in prices that reach 80%. Of course, shoe lovers are never forgotten, so in order to find statement pieces, head to Fabi where discounts can be up to 75% or Giuseppe Zanotti and Opera, where discounts run as high as 90%.

In addition to the great discounts and offers, The Outlet Village by Meraas invites you to ‘Fashion Comes Alive’, an interactive concept that comprises a Style Makeover Hub where you can meet with a renowned fashion consultant and get tips on how to take your style to new levels, as well as hair and beauty experts who will complete your look, free of charge, before visiting the photo booth for an instant cover shoot. And for those of you who like to add fun to their experience, a fashion caricaturist will be there to humorously depict your final look.

For gentlemen, His Style Pod allows them to try on more than 30 outfits from the destination’s retailers to find the perfect one, while kids are given the chance to explore their creative skills by crafting fashion accessories at dedicated workshops. 

To make this experience even more joyful, spending AED200 and above will allow you to participate in weekly raffle draws, where 200 winners stand to win up to AED1 million in Meraas Gift Cards over a six-week period.

More about this exciting event here!

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Lanvin Appoints Bruno Sialelli as its New Creative Director

Following the speculations about the house of Lanvin, the Parisian label has finally appointed 31-year-old French designer Bruno Sialelli as its new Creative Director, who will assist in the re-evolution of the brand, instilling its timeless codes with a modern and contemporary lingo. Indeed, Sialelli’s modern vision for Lanvin has earned him a spot at the helm of the Parisian label and he is now a part of a brand new chapter in the house’s history.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Bruno as the new Creative Director of Lanvin,” says Jean-Philippe Hecquet, Lanvin’s Chief Executive Officer. “His singular and very personal vision, his audacity, his culture, his energy and ability to build a strong creative team definitely convinced us. I can’t wait to discover Bruno’s first collections which will fully bring back to life this beautiful and unique fashion house, and once again inspire a passion among our customers.”

The designer, who was previously working as Menswear Designer Director at Loewe, had also an extensive experience as Pre-collection Womenswear Designer at Balenciaga, working under both Nicolas Ghesquière and Alexander Wang, before becoming Senior Womenswear Designer at Acne Studios, and then at Paco Rabanne. His ability to effortlessly transition between menswear and womenswear will help break barriers and flows well with Lanvin’s DNA.

"I am delighted and honored to join Lanvin, a house founded by a visionary woman who among the first French couturiers dared to offer a global universe with a very wide field of expression. Bringing emotions through compelling stories and defining a modern attitude are going to be exciting challenges in continuing this legacy,” explains Sialelli.

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CHANEL to Present its Cruise 2019/2020 Collection at Paris’ Grand Palais

Photo credit: Cruise 2018/2019 campaign stars actress Penélope Cruz, photographed by Karl Lagerfeld

For its Cruise 2019/2020 collection, CHANEL returns to its dearest Grand Palais, at the heart of the French Capital, with nothing less than pure style and creativity in mind for its next show. Indeed, the Maison will present its long-anticipated collection on Friday, May 3rd, 2019 in this emblematic venue and we can’t wait to see what Karl Lagerfeld has in store for us!

The latter has always had a thing or two for extraordinary décors – Ancient Greek vibes circa 2017, nautical inspirations and décors in 2018 and the list goes on – so we can only imagine what Lagerfeld will be stunning us with this year. The venue in particular has been the go-to choice for the designer’s CHANEL Haute Couture and Ready-to-Wear runway shows since 2005 and his decision to hold this year’s show at the Grand Palais yet again proves the House’s close link with the legendary location and its desire to contribute to the cultural and artistic influence of Paris around the world.

Well we don’t know about you, but we’re looking forward to another CHANEL greatness!

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30 Years of Paule Ka

To celebrate its 30th anniversary, Paule Ka has unveiled a collection of 30 iconic looks created by its founder, Serge Cajfinger.

The anniversary collection represents all that defines the fashion house’s spirit ever since Serge Cajfinger created his own brand of high-end ready-to-wear. And why Paule Ka, you might ask? Simply because the designer named it after his aunt, Paule, and baptized it Ka in honor of his last name: Cajfinger. And who is the Paule Ka woman? She’s the one whole lives by Audrey Hepburns’ words:  “Elegance is the only beauty that never fades...”

And so, the 2019 spring-summer collection pegs itself as an ode to English Photographer Charlotte Wales who transformed this very collection into image.

“Inspired by the years when I myself was 30. A hymn to love, sensuality, freedom, and the joy of living. I had a wonderfully good time recreating the festive spirit that reigned at Studio 54 in New York, at the Palace, or at the Bains-Douches in Paris. I added the graphic style I love from Greece, without forgetting the masculine-feminine theme or the little black dress, a must-have for every wardrobe,” she said.

The photographer has been recognized for her feminine-meets-trendy shots that have graced pages of magazines such as Pop, Dazed, and the Parisian and British editions of Vogue. And who better than supermodel and Czech actress, Karolina Kurkova to embody the Paule Ka woman? No one, that’s who.

But allow us to take you first on a small trip down memory lane. In 2014, Serge Cajfinger left the fashion house, leaving its creative direction to Alithia Spuri-Zampetti. And it’s only in 2017 that businessman Xavier-Marie, founder and former CEO of Maisons du Monde, sought out Serge Cajfinger to help him rediscover the brand’s DNA and prepare its 30th-anniversary collection. And so, Serge Cajfinger returned in September of 2017 to supervise the collections in collaboration with the creative teams.

“Paule Ka is obviously a style I know by heart. I wanted to infuse it today with the air of time and fantasy that characterizes it, and always with the customer in mind,” he said.

So what should you expect? A collection that is both radiant and free, just like the House’s core values.

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Bottega Veneta Unveils Women’s and Men’s Pre-Fall 2019 Collection

Creative Director Daniel Lee’s first collection for Bottega Veneta comes in the form of a concrete “off-runway” expression. Indeed, the Pre-Fall 2019 collection pegs itself as a true representation of what a Bottega Veneta wardrobe embodies.

The House’s timeless and exceptional legacy comes to life in a series of finely crafted and unique pieces, true to Bottega Veneta’s knack for all-things modern and eternal. In the fashion world, that means high craftsmanship and top-notch materials – all of which are combined with the ever-so charming Italian heritage. That said, the clothes are not only made in Italy, but they’re also a vivid representation of the warmth and generosity of Italy. Picture cozy and warm pieces fitting the body like a glove, expressing nothing less than pure sensuality what with the tailored coats, the scarf-dresses, the abundance of leather and the see-through garments.

Men’s and women’s clothing seem to connect simultaneously with looser and blazé proportions, as a nod to the contemporary way of dressing that is ever so popular today.

With colors skewing from amber to espresso, cordovan and Milanese black, the collection drowns in a fury of very soft materials – think cashmere and silk, wools, cottons, shearlings and leather. The House’s moniker intrecciatois rendered into macro-size, reflected on both accessories and garments.

Need a wardrobe for life? Bottega Veneta has got you covered.






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Maison Pyramide Partners Up with The Tot and SMOL to Celebrate the Holiday Season

To celebrate the Holiday Season, the leading children’s online boutique has partnered up with Maison Pyramide and Beirut’s children’s store SMOL for The Tot’s Beirut Holiday charity brunch and trunk show. The event was part of the online boutique’s roadshow in the Middle East and welcomed guests such as designers Karine Tawil and Jessica Khoueiry, bloggers Karen Wazen and Nathalie Fanj, amongst others. And so, Maison Pyramide and SMOL joined hands to raise awareness on Lebanon’s displaced children as well as the necessity of education in our refugee camps, bringing together Beirut’s socialites and working mothers, politicians, the press and influencers over a private ladies’ brunch at Liza Beirut followed by a trunkshow, with a share of the proceeds going to Malaak foundation.

The gathering was sparked with talks from Nasiba Adilova – The Tot’s founder – who opened up about her endeavor and UN journalist Dalal Mawad who constantly goes back and forth to refugee camps in the Middle East, dedicating her career to humanitarian goals. The latter introduced Asma Bou Ezzedine Rasamni, founder of Malaak foundation, an organization dedicated to ending illiteracy in the refugee camps through education and innovative programs. And it’s in the same holiday spirit that SMOL hosted a talk on the very next day, powered by Maison Pyramide and featuring Nasiba Adilova, Karen Wazen and TV host Nardine Farag to cover the topic of modern motherhood and the struggles working mothers face today.


Yalda Zacca, Karen Wazen, Raya Zacca, Nasiba Adilova, Tanya Jreissaty and Nathalie Mroue


Karen Wazen and Nasiba Adilova


Founder of Malaak, Asma Bou Ezzedine Rasamni


The Tot’s Beirut Holiday charity brunch


The Tot’s Beirut Holiday charity brunch


The Tot’s Beirut Holiday charity brunch


The Tot’s Beirut Holiday charity brunch


The Tot’s Beirut Holiday charity brunch


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Gucci Celebrates New Dubai Mall Boutique

Dubai Mall’s Fashion Avenue Extension has now added Gucci to its perennial list of luxury fashion houses. And so, to celebrate the new boutique, Gucci hosted an in-store event in the presence of international and regional press, alongside high-profile clients, VIPs, artists, creatives, influencers and other guests – all of whom revelled in the DJ sets by the regional sensation DJ Karrouhat.

To top it all off, the cocktail event was followed by a private party in collaboration with Sole DXB and hence welcomed American Rapper, Songwriter and Record Producer A$AP Rocky, whose performance made for a fabulous soirée. The evening was highlighted with a wondrous DJ line up that included Diamond Setter and Stretch Armstrong, entertaining notable attendees such as Trevor Stuurman, Jody Paulsen, Dear Ribane, Arwa Al Banawi and Cheb Moha – amongst others.

Scroll below to view snippets of the remarkable soirée!

A$AP Rocky
Photo Courtesy of Altamash Urooj


Abu Hamdan
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Cheb Moha
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Mashael Al Saie
Photo Courtesy of Altamash Urooj


Nour Flayhan
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Parvane Barret
Photo Courtesy of Altamash Urooj


Tarsila Schubert
Photo Courtesy of Altamash Urooj


Jody Paulsen
Photo Courtesy of Altamash Urooj


Dev Hynes
Photo Courtesy of Mehdi Shahbazi


Ashley Wentling
Photo Courtesy of Altamash Urooj


A$AP Rocky
Photo Courtesy of Gucci by Farel Bisotto

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