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Dev Patel honoured for Lionheart charity work at Chivas Icons event


NEWS  by Lucire staff/May 2, 2017/23.22




François Nel

English actor Dev Patel (Slumdog Millionaire, Lion) was the guest of honour at the Chivas Icons event on May 2 at Play at the H Hotel in Dubai, UAE.
   Patel was honoured by the Scotch brand for his work in the Lionheart campaign, which helps vulnerable children in India.
   The campaign was in part inspired by the BAFTA-winning, Oscar-nominated film Lion, the adaptation of Saroo Brierley’s book, A Long Way Home. Patel, who was nominated for a Best Actor Oscar, starred in the film, with Nicole Kidman playing his adoptive mother.
   Each year, 80,000 children go missing in India, and 11 million live on the streets. The campaign supports three Indian charities: Magic Bus, Childline India, and Railway Children India.
   Patel said in a release, ‘I am grateful for my life and the success I have enjoyed. I don’t have to worry about where I’m going to sleep; when I’m going to eat or how I’m going to protect myself. I have the freedom to make my own choices and choose my path in life. Unfortunately, this is not the case for millions of children in India and around the world. For this reason, I want to help others by telling culturally diverse stories that educate and shed light on the human condition. True success means using your own to help others who don’t have a voice or the freedom we take for granted. This is what [the Chivas Regal campaign] Win the Right Way means to me. It shows that success is better shared and is a force for good.’
   Chivas Icons was launched in October 2016 to recognize and celebrate individuals in the Gulf who not only find success, but benefit those around them on their journey. Previous winners were: Dubai restaurateur Silvena Rowe; Dubai-based industrialist and founder of Petrochem, Yogesh Mehta; and Charles Blaschke of Taka Solutions.
   Win the Right Way is supported by celebrities including Javier Bardem, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Chris Evans, Don Cheadle and Oscar Isaac.












François Nel

Zlatan Ibrahimović launches A–Z sportswear line; Aéropostale shows off summer ’16 trends


NEWS  by Lucire staff/June 13, 2016/20.24



Aéropostale, Inc. has announced its summer 2016 trends. The international retailer, with 744 stores in the US and Puerto Rico, 41 in Canada and 310 licensees globally, says the season is about getting away, with a range showcasing a classic, simple, retro look. For women, the trends are ‘Topanga Canyon’, a boho-chic, ’60s look; ‘The Left Coast’, inspired by southern California surf culture with vibrant citrus colours; and ‘Castaway’, light and airy looks with floral prints and water-related motifs. For men, Aéropostale forecasts ‘Wet ’n’ Wild’, with bright, coral shades; ‘Nocturnal Surf’, with neon shades mixed with black and contrasted with grey and white; and ‘Tropic Thunder’, with tropical jungle colours.
   Professional footballer Zlatan Ibrahimović has launched his A–Z sportswear line, with a stark, début video about determination and proving the doubters wrong. ‘Play them, beat them, surprise them, never show weakness. Who will conquer? I will,’ says Ibrahimović in his video. ‘You will sweat, cry, scream, bleed … Only one thing will take you from A to Z: you.’ The video was created by Forsman & Bodenfors and directed by Philippe Templeman.
   Ibrahimović says he was driven by what he went through in his past. ‘All the hard work. Feeling different, from where I came. There wasn’t a lot of opportunities. But I took my opportunity. I trained harder than everybody else. I needed to be ten times better than the other ones, because of my background and because of where I came from. This is my way of giving back to all the people out there. This is the people’s brand. I am the people’s man. That is the way it is.’




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Aishwarya Rai, Araya A. Hargate, Blake Lively, Ola Alfares, Li Yuchun, Thylane Blondeau at Festival de Cannes, day 4


NEWS  by Lucire staff/May 15, 2016/12.10




Venturelli, Andreas Rentz, L’Oréal Paris

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan wore an extravagant golden Elie Saab gown for the fourth day at the Festival de Cannes, attending the première of The BFG (short for Big Friendly Giant), based on the Roald Dahl book, and directed for Disney by Steven Spielberg.
   Rai Bachchan, easily one of the most photographed women at the Cannes Film Festival, was rivalled by her fellow L’Oréal Paris spokeswoman Blake Lively, who shone in a bright blue Atelier Versace gown and showing off her baby bump once more.
   Rai Bachchan wore lipstick from the L’Oréal Paris Pure Reds collection, with jewellery by Boucheron and shoes by Salvatore Ferragamo, marking her 15 years at the Festival.
   Thai actress Araya A. Hargate also represented the French cosmetics’ giant, wearing a Zuhair Murad gown. Bérénice Bejo also chose Versace for her red-carpet walk, Mallika Sherawat wore Georges Hobeika with jewellery by de Grisogono, and Paz Vega wore Stéphane Rolland. Former Miss France Flora Coquerel also attended the première.
   Jordanian lawyer Ola Alfares, Chinese actress–singer Li Yuchun, a very dapper-looking Jing Boran, the Chinese singer, and US drag queen Miss Fame represented L’Oréal Paris in their respective markets.
   It was the first appearance for the company for Thylane Blondeau, the 15-year-old daughter of the recently separated Veronika Loubry and Patrice Blondeau. She would be the youngest “face” from the French brand to appear on the red carpet at Cannes.

























UAE’s Blowout & Go now offers GHDs, both for its hair services and for sale


NEWS  by Lucire staff/March 2, 2016/11.10


GHD has teamed up with Blowout & Go, the upscale mobile hair and make-up service in the UAE.
   Since its summer 2015 launch, Blowout & Go says over 4,000 women have used its services, and now its 25 style agents will be armed with GHDs.
   Blowout & Go founder Paria Ghorashi said that GHD was ‘the missing piece of our quest to deliver the highest quality blowout experience in the UAE’.
   The service will carry a full line of GHD products to help achieve the many hairstyles on offer for its clients.
   Blowout & Go will also retail the full range of GHD tools at its website, at shop.blowoutandgo.com.

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David Beckham opens Adidas’s flagship Dubai Homecourt store at the Mall of the Emirates


NEWS  by Lucire staff/September 30, 2015/8.16



Warren Little

David Beckham opened Adidas’s Dubai Homecourt flagship store on Tuesday, delighting the thousands of fans who had ventured to the Mall of the Emirates to get a glimpse of the football star.
   Beckham personally welcomed 50 winners of an Instagram competition, who were individually greeted and photographed, and some managed selfies with the footballer.
   The 375 m² store is designed to bring a more authentic in-store experience, says Adidas. The store features the Arena Façade, which resembles an entrance gate, welcoming each visitor with a “sound shower” of cheering fans as one enters; a Team Room, a large fitting area and social space allowing shoppers to try on products; and the Shoebase, a bar with an interactive table and two touch-screens connected to the Adidas website to help customers select a product.
   Those present included Adidas directors and vice-presidents from the Middle East and North Africa regions: Osman Ayaz, Jason Thomas, Tushar Goculdas, Jad Chouman, and Siddarth Jham.
   Beckham said, ‘I always love coming to Dubai—it’s a special place that’s constantly evolving, just like Adidas and their stores. Spending some time here today, it was great to get a sense of the energy people have for sport. In Dubai I’ve met people from all around the world who are united in their passion for sport.’
   Fans can find more on social media at facebook.com/adidasfootballMena and @adidasmena on Twitter and Instagram.











Warren Little

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Chivas Regal the Icon launches with Dubai tasting; on sale for US$3,500


NEWS  by Fenella Clarke/June 11, 2015/14.29




Warren Little

Chivas Regal has released its most iconic Scotch whisky yet, called, appropriately, Chivas Regal the Icon. Having released its first luxury whisky in 1909, Chivas Regal has since been known for its style, substance and exclusivity.
   Its latest whisky is Chivas Regal’s biggest feat yet, mixing from more than 20 different distilleries, including some rare whiskies from distilleries that have gone. ‘Chivas Regal the Icon is a truly exquisite blend, perfectly smooth with an intense concentration of sumptuous flavours that develop into an exceptionally long, lingering finish,’ said Colin Scott, master blender, a veteran at the company who joined in 1973, and learned his craft over the decades under his predecessor. At the heart of the whisky is a malt from Chivas Regal’s spiritual home, Strathilsa, a distillery the company brought in the 1950s which has featured in all of the brand’s blends.
   Chivas Regal the Icon has rich notes of honey, vanilla and dark chocolate, creating a bold, balanced and unforgettable blend. It comes in a hand-blown crystal decanter created at Dartington Crystal that has been delicately etched and finished with precision metalwork. The bottle itself has a slight green finish that is a homage to the first Chivas bottle, which was also green. It is finished with the signature luckenbooth stopper, a traditional Celtic symbol of love.
   Chivas Regal celebrated the release of its new whisky with both a tasting and a launch party in Dubai. From May until September 2015, this whisky will be sold at Dubai Travel Retail at an RRP of US$3,500.—Fenella Clarke










Warren Little

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Fragrance Du Bois recognizes achievements at the Arab Woman Awards


NEWS  by Lucire staff/January 8, 2015/12.21



Top Fragrance Du Bois presented a special fragrance set to Dr Shaikha Al Maskari in recognition of her outstanding contribution to society and receiving the Businesswoman of the Year award at the Arab Woman Awards 2014. Above HE Ameera Bin Karam and Emma Henry present the award for sport to Khadijah Mohammed.

Paris-based Fragrance Du Bois, a sponsor of the Arab Woman Awards 2014 in the UAE, presented its Oud-based fragrances to some of the women at the ceremony, it announced this week. Recipients were Dr Shaikha Al Maskari, a businesswoman who has demonstrated that a compassionate leadership style can work in engendering loyalty and commitment; and Khadijah Mohammed, the first female weightlifter to represent the Arabian Gulf region at the Olympic Games, and the first female Emirati athlete to qualify outright. At a previous ceremony in Kuwait, the company had presented an award to Farah K. Behbehani, a graphic designer.
   The Oud used in Fragrance Du Bois’s range is sourced from Asia Plantation Capital. The company says it meets international sustainable standards.
   Explaining the fit between the brand and the awards, Emma Henry, the director of Fragrance Du Bois in the Middle East, said, ‘Fragrance Du Bois is proud to be associated with women who inspire the world to achieve higher standards. We are the brand for individuals who have aspirations for a better society, and we want to continue to encourage the progress that is being made. Dr Al Maskari, Ms Mohammed and Ms Behbehani all stand out as individuals and have the leadership qualities that have improved our world. Whether by making contributions to charity, changing mindsets or opening doors, these are the people who make positive changes in the communities we live in, and they are the people who Fragrance Du Bois will always be eager to partner, in 2015 and beyond.’

Fadwa Baruni celebrates UAE National Day with new collection


NEWS  by Lucire staff/November 13, 2014/21.23

Designer Fadwa Baruni has launched a UAE National Day-themed collection in association with Professionelle Boutique in Dubai Mall, available from November to the day itself on December 2.
   The dress design features the colours of the country’s flag, using silk and other high-quality fabrics. It features red, black and white, with a deep shade of green.
   Iraqi actress Alaa Shaker will promote the dress, while photographer Mohammed Al Marzouqi and Poupa Salon & Nail Spa have contributed to the promotion.
   Professionelle Boutique is on level 1 of the Dubai Mall, facing Shakespeare & Co.

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