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The third edition of Dubai Design Week closes with a record-number of 60,000 visitors
Dubai Design Week 2017 staged over 200 events celebrating design in a wide range of disciplines and brought 60,000 visitors to the Dubai Design District (d3), an impressive 50% increase from last year, further establishing Dubai’s position as a regional hub for design and creativity. Throughout Dubai, designers showcased ground-breaking design, hosted talks and workshops and welcomed visitors into the creative process. Providing an exceptional educational opportunity, 3,200 students from schools and universities across the UAE took part in the educational tours at Dubai Design Week 2017.
Benedict Floyd, CEO and Co-Founder of Art Dubai Group that owns and manages Dubai Design Week, says: “In only three editions, Dubai Design Week has grown to equal in stature its sister event Art Week and plays a similar role in establishing Dubai as the region’s capital for culture and creativity. Through our events such as Art Dubai, the world’s most globally diverse art fair and Global Grad Show, the world’s largest gathering of universities, we are able to leverage Dubai’s position to create unique events that have become meeting points for the world’s creative community”
d3’s Chief Executive Officer, Mohammad Saeed Al Shehhi, says: “We’re very pleased with the incredible response to Dubai Design Week, hosted by d3 again this year, which witnessed a significant increase in visitors from last year. The collaborations between organisations and independent designers, including more than 50 d3 creative partners and retailers, present an extraordinary calibre of creativity and innovation in various sectors of design. This has not only boosted Dubai’s role as an arbiter of cutting-edge design, but also helped emerging regional designers, thinkers and design students bring forth their ideas to a much larger audience.”
More information about Dubai Design Week visit: http://www.dubaidesignweek.ae
Enjoy watching the presentation of THE SPIRIT OF BENTLEY: BE EXTRAORDINARY BOOK
Event in London at Maison Assouline.
‘THE SPIRIT OF BENTLEY’ CAPTURED IN AN EXQUISITE BOOK.
A Unique collaboration between Bentley and French publisher Assouline.
‘The Spirit of Bentley’ is a limited edition coffee-table book which captures these extraordinary people and takes the theme of journeys to explore them in the context of contemporary Britain.
Shop the Book:
1. The Perfect Christmas Gift from Lanson – White Label Champagne Music Box
It’s no surprise that receiving a bottle of Champagne Lanson is music to anyone’s ears.
When it comes to good taste this Lanson White Label is fresh, zesty and crisp with a soft, off-dry character and mouth-watering aroma – especially when perfectly served between 7 and 9 degrees.
And for those ears? Well, with a nifty tin that doubles as a natural smart phone speaker, you’ve got yourself a genuine corker of a music box.
Available from selected Sainsbury’s outlets; or in Black and Pink from Selfridges.
2. Sama Eyewear – Jewelry Inspired Collection
OPTIC OPULENCE TO SPARKLE IN ANY DESTINATION THIS RESORT SEASON 2017/2018 with a dash of drama and decadence Limited Edition Release of Sama Eyewear and Loree Rodkin Eye Couture Swarovski Crystal Collection
Dazzling Decadence and Drama – are the themes for Resort/Winter 2017/2018 — as Sama introduces statement jewelry looks Pretty in Punk and Street Influences for their latest Swarovski Crystal Eyewear.
Taking a page from Haute Couture and Ready-to-Wear runways — Designer Sheila Vance adapted the fabulous statement jewelry looks creating the illusion of high jewelry in incredible Swarovski crystals, onyx, minerals and gold. In addition she pushed the category to include a street influence with a more Bijoux Punk — adaptation for Loree Rodkin Eye Couture in black and gunmetal. These limited edition collections are big – bold and showcase shine and luxe from every angle and showcase big style — with fun festive whimsy — and a dash of street — to literally frame the face from the Hawaii Heat to the slopes in Gstaad or the beaches of St. Tropez or shores of Santa Monica.
24K Gold plating, genuine platinum plating and beta titanium are all included in the collection. Stonework is Swarovski Crystals in custom curated shapes — from rhombus to triangles in addition to round. Also included are studs and skulls in black matte noir gunmetal and anthracite. Temples feature a “stained glass” panel in noir or gunmetal that has geometric details. All the frames are made in Japan with the limited edition Swarovski Crystals and stone work applied domestically by a team of artisans at the Sama Design Studio in Los Angeles.
3. Richard Mille – Limited Edition
RM 055 YAS MARINA CIRCUIT
To epitomize the successful and long-lasting partnership with Yas Marina Circuit, Richard Mille has created the RM 055 Yas Marina Circuit watch, a limited edition of 50 pieces exclusively for the UAE.
Richard Mille pays tribute to the circuit by placing the YMC logo on the sapphire case-back. The mechanical movement of the RM 055 YMC in grade 5 titanium displays extreme skeletonization, with a PVD and Titalyt® treated baseplate and bridges. This combination provides the whole structure with optimum rigidity and excellent surface flatness and finish, essential aspects for the perfect functioning of the gear train. The caliber RMUL2 is thus capable of withstanding accelerations of over 500-G’s.
The RM 055 YMC is a highly technical creation that is innovative, sporting and hand-finished in the finest watchmaking traditions. The piece is exclusively available at Richard Mille Boutiques in the Dubai Mall and Galleria Mall in Abu Dhabi.
“We are an international, luxury fragrance brand, with long lasting and innovative fragrances that pay tribute to the art of fine perfume making. Our fragrances sing and tell a different story with creative integrity.”
Amouage fragrances have reflected the wonderful traditions of luxury perfume creation internationally for 33 years. The brand has a global reputation for bringing true artistry to all its creations. Other categories have been added to the overall range and today Amouage is not just a perfume brand, but expresses a luxury lifestyle. By extending the product offer to include luxurious bath ranges, a beautifully perfumed, long-lasting range of candles and parfums d’ambience, and an amazing hand-crafted range of small leather goods and handbags, all of which reflect innovation, attention to detail and luxury, the brand sets itself apart from other perfume houses today.
SOEBEDAR is a luxury footwear brand launched for the Fall 2015 season by creative director Sieta Soebedar. All SOEBEDAR shoes are hand-crafted in Parabiago, Italy using the highest-grade leather skins and fabrics. The brand emphasizes on creating luxurious, elegant, feminine yet wearable footwear for the modern woman.
Exclusive Interview with shoe designer Sieta Soebedar who talks to us about her Autumn/Winter 2017/18 Collection
How did you get into the whole shoe world and become a shoe designer?
With my passion for design and fashion sense, at a certain point in my life, I decided to follow my dream in the fashion industry. I was inspired by Italian tradition of high craft and luxury, so through research I ended up in Parabiago.. I began my journey by visiting shoe factories, tanneries, heel suppliers and fairs. I had no credentials in shoe design. I learned the shoemaking craft from scratch working with various artisans and suppliers.
What inspired the current collection AW 17/18?
The Autumn/Winter 17/18 collection is inspired by classic styles.
What is the best thing about designing shoes?
Designing shoes is like meditation for me. Makes me feel happy and free.
What makes a good shoe?
A good shoe is a shoe that fits well, is comfortable and make you feel amazing, sexy and confident.
Between history and legend, Andrey Remnev has inspired the 2018 Vivetta Spring-Summer collection.
Vivetta Ponti transfers his art onto the catwalk: his ancient, melancholic strokes, yet graphical and modern, his colours and the delicate and dream-like women, the main characters of his paintings.
These noble, hypnotic ladies, suspended in a surreal atmosphere, emphasise his passion for detail and, more specifically, for embroidery. Vivetta’s dresses, just like canvases, portray a marvellous, enchanted universe, with a wealth of magical elements. A desecrating tribute to both the world of contemporary art and the Russian artist.
A collage of refined hand-made decorations. Sophisticated sequin macramé and evanescent profiles. Dazzling Swarovski and pearl appliques. Precious brocades as well as bright, multi-coloured Haute Couture duchesses.
Remnev’s favourite motifs are directly transferred onto the dresses. Irises bloom on the fabrics, crossed by the featherweight flights of dragonflies, butterflies and swallows. In addition to these, there are also elements taken from the underwater and woodland world. In the eternal surreal interplay of transformism, nature overcomes the real dimension: fantastic animals such as fish and winged creatures blossom in splendid flowers.
Skirts that are as light as clouds and volumes emphasised by puffy crinolines. Cascades of raw edged tulle. Transparencies and micromesh lace. The crystal-studded organza is gradually blurred with delicate, lightweight feathers. The lightness of these fabrics is contrasted with those of a sturdier nature. The bustier dress is rather striking with its exaggerated volumes in denim which is treated, woven and dyed by hand.
The common thread linking these two inspirational worlds, which are only apparently poles apart, is actually jeans, that co-exist in this collection. Revisited, faded and embroidered denim with bands of coloured feathers is used also for the footwear: for a true total look. There is a clear reference to a typically-90s POP underground style in terms of fit, volumes and prints. Oversized garments and hyper-feminine outfits. Organza, fil coupé brocade and jacquard cotton that recall romantic tapestries.
The little tassels that enrich them have also been taken from the world of furnishing and design.
Maxi T-shirts are worn over 1960-style mini-dresses adorned with minute, sparkling sequins. Flaming, acid-coloured embroideries with sporty elements also for dresses in silk satin. The emerald green dress, with a deep side split, matching feather train and boa is a real key piece.
The cut and paste effect is ensured by the styling: a top recalling a baseball T-shirt, with contrasting lace on its sleeves and a red carpet-worthy skirt. Also the black dress, with its decorated white satin bodice, that in terms of cut and silhouette perfectly complies with the design codes of this mood, has been created by wearing a short T-shirt over a tulle skirt. The elements of decor which Remnev was so fond of, can be seen once again in the prints, on shirts and short dresses, that have been re-elaborated according to a decidedly more contemporary taste.
The range of colours is amazing. The light, dusty hues of the purest dawns from soft blue to baby pink, clash with the unique fluo colours and plenty of gold, a clear reference to the precious pigments blended by hand and used by the artist himself, as in the past.
Accessories: high cuissard boots and bow mules, either glittered or in bright pastel colours. Delicate “profiled” ballerina shoes in clashing hues.
MATTEO THUN AND ANTONIO RODRIGUEZ DESIGN
“ALLAPERTO” FOR ETHIMO
A DYNAMIC, VERSATILE OUTDOOR COLLECTION DESIGNED FOR HOSPITALITY
GRAND HOTEL – The lux version
Keep the bones – change the dress: by changing the outfits Allaperto’s body transforms. It dresses up for four different worlds and chooses particular accessories. One single shape, one structure appearing in different looks.
Long Island, at ease. Elegant and refined, with its white lacquered wood and hand-woven seating, GRAND HOTEL masters classical luxury at its best.
Details: Lounge chair, small dining armchair and adjustable sun lounger. Metal structure and white lacquered wood. Seating in Etwick fibre of two-tone plastic straps. Waterproof fabric cushions.
White laquered wood for parts of the corpus and a classic white, hand-woven and recyclable synthetic seating serves as elegant base for trimmed timeless chair pads, cushions and rolls. Generous sunbeds come with canopies.
MOUNTAIN – Alpine cosiness
Alpine scenery, snow-capped wood lands, sunlit terraces. Tailored for high-altitude settings MOUNTAIN embraces nature. It echoes its beauty and elements: from natural teak wood, to pure wool and cashmere.
Details: Lounge chair, small dining armchair and adjustable sun lounger. Metal structure meets nature.
Partly covered with stained teakwood MOUNTAIN presents a bark netted seating topped with different paddings. A luxurious sleeping bag version padded with either shearling or pile cares for cosiness. The zipper makes it easy to slip in, a Velcro simplifies its fixing. To set a sign on the terrace the lounge chair, dining chair and the adjustable sunbed are covered in woven Etwick fibre or technical fabric with a typical tartan alpine pattern.