Models and Sisters Imaan and Aicha Hammam Front Our December 2022 Issue Celebrating Family, Unity, and the Will of Humanity

Models and Sisters Imaan and Aicha Hammam Front Our December 2022 Issue Celebrating Family, Unity, and the Will of Humanity

Imaan Hamma for Vogue Arabia, December 2022. Photo: Bibi Borthwick
Fashion is reflecting the world’s current shift – with a global recession looming and ongoing strife in Palestine and Iran, next season glitter and glamour will be replaced with ripped, wrinkled, and distressed clothes as seen at Prada and MM6 Maison Margiela, and featured as a preview in the December edition’s pages. And yet optimism and hope reign. Vogue Arabia celebrates its last number of the year with a cover highlighting the unbreakable bond of Egyptian-Moroccan sisters, models Imaan and Aicha Hammam.
Aicha and Imaan Hamma for Vogue Arabia, December 2022. Photo: Bibi Borthwick
“Because I started modeling at such a young age, it helped me become comfortable with myself,” says Imaan. “It made me the woman I am today. And that’s why I wanted to help her in her process and in her journey of just becoming,” she adds of her younger sister. Commenting on the rising confidence of Arab creatives, she furthers, “Everything I do, I want people to know where I come from. I’m just so happy that it’s possible now, and that the door is open. Looking back, I’m not going to say I’m confident all the time, but I feel confident within myself and with what I’ve accomplished as a woman of color, as a Muslim woman.”
Sheikh Rashid bin Ahmad Al Maktoum with wife Natalie Lankester. Photo: Sam Rawadi
Another feature underscoring the strength in family unity is the story of Sheikh Rashid bin Ahmad Al Maktoum and wife Natalie Lankester. For the first time, they reveal Sheikh Rashid’s courageous battle against leukemia. “Our entire world was just thrown upside down. The diagnosis was overnight, and within 12 hours, we were on a plane to London for his treatment,” recalls Lankester. Yet they soldiered on, through intense chemotherapy treatments and onwards to continue their passion as professional equestrians. They share their goals for the upcoming international equestrian competitions, and the delight and ease of raising their two daughters in a multicultural home.
Ashley Park. Photo: Tarek Mawad
This edition also features Ashley Park, the actress best known as Mindy in the Netflix series Emily in Paris. Park has achieved global stardom, and it’s a process that has also seen the actress embark on a journey of reassessment and self-discovery. “I’ve realized how important it is for me to center in myself, establish boundaries, and understand how to not spread myself too thin. As a people-pleaser and somebody who likes to say yes to everything and make everyone happy, I’ve really had to recalibrate a bit recently,” she says.
Farnoush Hamidian. Photo: Ankita Chandra
Exclusively for Vogue Arabia, this month sees Iranian model Farnoush Hamidian, featured in Chopard and Dolce & Gabbana campaigns, reveal for the first time her harrowing rape as a child at the hands of Iranian intelligence officers, and her fight for redemption as the unrest spurred by the murder of Mahsa Amini grows. “Reading her testimony touched me profoundly,” writes editor-in-chief Manuel Arnaut. “It reminded me that we never know what others might be struggling with.” Through Hamidian’s trials, she acknowledges her mother for carrying her every step of the way, stating, “I didn’t stay alive because I wanted to, but because my mother made me. I have never felt safe in my life other than in my mother’s arms. My mother showed me the strength of a woman.”
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In this issue, Vogue Arabia announces its annual Ball of Arabia under the theme of Arabia’s golden age of entertainment. The night will see the careers of three groundbreaking divas honored – cinema icon Nabila Ebeed, music phenomenon Latifa, and the eternal muse Georgina Rizk – before hundreds of esteemed guests. Glamour and talent will also be feted at the upcoming Red Sea Film Festival, happening early this month in Jeddah. In celebration of the Kingdom’s burgeoning cinema industry, this issue interviews five new Saudi actresses and actors – Ahmed Yaqoub, Aseem Al-awwad, Raghad Bokhari, Adhwa Fahad, and Fatima Al Sharif. It also highlights the talent of Moroccan craft being passed on to younger generations with the work of the school of Fadila El Gadi. The North African country’s talent was recently honored on the global stage at Fashion Trust Arabia Doha, with designer Artsi Ifrach of Maison Artc winning the top prize for evening wear. In his feature this month, Moroccan Ifrach explains why he believes everything is possible in the Mena region today, “The prize recognized my work but also recognized the culture and heritage and the significance of staying in one’s own country. It recognized being an ambassador for what Arab culture means and what fashion means to us and why it is so important for us.”
All this and more in the December 2022 issue of Vogue Arabia, on stands now.

Moroccan-Egyptian Models Imaan and Aicha Hammam on the Power of Sisterhood and Representation in the Industry

Moroccan-Egyptian Models Imaan and Aicha Hammam on the Power of Sisterhood and Representation in the Industry

Supermodel Imaan Hammam has conquered the runways with her arresting presence—and now her younger sister Aicha is swaying in her footsteps.
Even with an ocean between them, the Zoom connection between the sisters crackles with love and delight in each other’s company. Supermodel Imaan Hammam is in her New York City apartment, while her younger sister and fellow cover star Aicha is at home in Amsterdam. They laugh and share stories, effusive with praise and adoration for each other. The younger clearly in awe of her big sister; the older beaming with pride. “We’re at such a great stage because she’s 21, I’m 25, and it’s so easy to talk and have conversations,” Imaan shares. “She’s so wise. This generation is so smart, I’m like, how do you know all this? You’re younger than me!”
Aicha wears top, trousers, gloves, Valentino; boots, Lanvin; earrings, Dior. Imaan wears coat, Alexander McQueen; socks, Cos; shoes, Peris Costume; earrings, Bottega Veneta. Photo: Bibi Borthwick. Vogue Arabia, December 2022
Imaan wears coat, skirt, belt, Prada; earrings, Bottega Veneta. Aicha wears coat, turtleneck, Prada; earrings, Dior. Photo: Bibi Borthwick. Vogue Arabia, December 2022
Fresh off the cover shoot in Portugal with photographer Bibi Borthwick, the Moroccan-Egyptian sisters still have that Mediterranean-sunshine glow. They are quick to share stories about their time in the country, where their mother, Mbarka Belouta, also joined them. “It didn’t feel like work, it was very warm, and it was nice to have our family there,” Imaan says. Aicha picks up the thread, “With Mom being there, the whole vibe was different, and I felt very comfortable. We were matching each other’s energies. You can see in the photos that we just have this chemistry.” In-between shots, Imaan would sneak peeks at the images. “I would see her being so strong and I was screaming, ‘Yes!’” Imaan has been modeling at the upper echelons of fashion since opening (and walking exclusively for) Riccardo Tisci’s Givenchy SS14 show when she was 16, after being scouted at Amsterdam Centraal Station three years prior. She graced her first Vogue cover in 2017 – the second issue of Vogue Arabia – and has since featured on 18 more, including Vogue Arabia’s first anniversary issue, next to modeling icon Iman Abdulmajid. Her appeal stretches from couture catwalks to high-street campaigns, her striking features making her one of the most in-demand models of the past decade. It’s a mantle she wears lightly, yet reverently, aware of the impact and importance she has as a Muslim woman with Arab and African heritage walking the global stage.
Imaan wears jacket, dress, Dries Van Noten; earrings, Bottega Veneta. Photo: Bibi Borthwick. Vogue Arabia, December 2022
Aicha wears jacket, top, skirt, shoes, Fendi; trousers, Allëdjo Studio; earrings, Dior. Photo: Bibi Borthwick. Vogue Arabia, December 2022
It might seem like intimidating footsteps to follow in, but Aicha is determined to make her own way in the industry, with her sister as her guide, mentor, and friend. “I saw her when I was a young girl and I was like, wow, I just love what she’s doing and achieving,” Aicha recalls. “And that’s how it all started. It was different to dreaming of becoming a model – I saw how she was doing and that opened doors for me. I’m so proud of her still to this day.” Imaan was happy to help set Aicha up in the industry. “Because I started modeling at such a young age, it helped me become comfortable with myself,” she says. “It made me the woman I am today. And that’s why I wanted to help her in her process and in her journey of just becoming.” In Aicha’s shoots – she has done commercial and editorial work, including for Vogue Arabia’s October 2020 issue – the young model exudes confidence and grace, and an ease in front of the camera that comes not only from learning from the best, but from inherent talent. She didn’t start that way, she recalls, smiling at the memory of her first shoots with Imaan. “I was shy, wondering how I was going to look. On our second shoot, I was more chill and I was saying, I should do modeling.” “I was shy, too,” Imaan interjects. “I used to get anxious about going in front of the camera, but when I did, something just clicked. And then I would see the pictures and I would be like, wow, that’s me?”
The sisters’ parents and grandmother at the latter’s home in Casablanca, in the 90s
Imaan and Aicha at their older sister’s house in Amsterdam with their nephew
Imaan and her father celebrating her third birthday at home
Growing up as the Netherlands-born children of a Moroccan mother and Egyptian father, the sisters – two of six siblings – shared a full, busy home in Amsterdam. Theirs was always rich in tradition and culture, with “cousins, aunts, everyone” eating at their house. It was a beautiful way to grow up, Imaan says. Their mother has always been supportive of their dreams, the sisters say, and was “definitely stricter” with the older siblings than with Imaan and Aicha. “She understood that she had to let me go and do my thing and find my journey,” Imaan shares. “And I think by me doing those things, she was able to be even easier on Aicha and really accept her for what she wants to do.” The melting pot of Amsterdam also helped Imaan hone her own identity as a self-proclaimed Afro-Arab. “As a kid, being in all those circles of different cultures helped me get a view on things and I understood that who you are and where you come from don’t necessarily define who you’re going to be.” At home, they speak Arabic with their mother and are proud of their roots that stretch deep into Africa and the Arab world. Curiosity led Imaan to do a DNA test, which came up “70% Egyptian and then after that it’s Sudanese and all these African countries.” While she’s aware of the added responsibility of representation, Aicha is proud of her big sister and the way she’s taking up her rightful space. “You opened a lot of doors for a lot of girls, and I really look up to that, because it isn’t easy,” she says. The industry is changing, Imaan notes – in part thanks to her, as well as models like Moroccan-British Nora Attal and Moroccan-Italian Malika El Maslouhi.
Aicha wears shirt, skirt, Jil Sander; earrings, Dior. Photo: Bibi Borthwick. Vogue Arabia, December 2022
Imaan wears jacket, dress, Acne Studios; earrings, Bottega Veneta. Photo: Bibi Borthwick. Vogue Arabia, December 2022
“I don’t shy away from my roots or my culture,” Imaan comments. “Everything I do, I want people to know where I come from. I’m just so happy that it’s possible now, and that the door is open. Looking back, I’m not going to say I’m confident all the time, but I feel confident within myself and with what I’ve accomplished as a woman of color, as a Muslim woman.” It’s an earned confidence born from fortitude, yes, but also from solid familial bonds. The sisters are looking forward to seeing each other – and the rest of the clan – in person again soon. Imaan sums it up succinctly, “When we’re together, we’re strong. I feel like we can conquer anything.”
Originally published in the December 2022 issue of Vogue Arabia
Style: Rudy Simba BettyFashion director: Amine JreissatiHair: Hos HounkpatinMakeup: Lucy BridgeStylist assistant: Claudia SoaresHair assistant: Paulo FonteMakeup assistant: Beatriz TexugoCreative producer: Sam AllisonOn-set production: Mamma TeamOn-set producer: Beatriz FeioProduction coordinator: Patricia AlvesLocation manager: Miguel CruzFirst assistant photographer: Dani BastidasDigi tech: Carole Durosoy

The 77 Best Cyber Monday Mattress Deals You Can Still Shop in 2022: Helix, Casper, DreamCloud

The 77 Best Cyber Monday Mattress Deals You Can Still Shop in 2022: Helix, Casper, DreamCloud

We can’t think of a higher-priority investment than sleep, which is why we’re still scoping out the best Cyber Monday mattress deals of the 2022 holiday shopping season. Because no matter what life may throw at you, your bed is there for you. And with a long, unforgiving winter ahead, there’s no better time than Cyber Week 2022 to upgrade your bedding essentials and snag a new mattress at a discount.Although both Black Friday and Cyber Monday are in the rearview mirror, many, many retailers and mattress brands still have deals available at the lowest price ever right now. Since it’s already a bit of a mess to keep track of where the very best Cyber Monday mattress sales that are still live, having a streamlined shopping strategy is more important than ever. Luckily, it is literally our job to lose sleep over the best markdowns on sleep products. Jump to:Top Post-Cyber Monday mattress dealsThere are still a head-spinning amount of Cyber Monday deals to wade through. We’ve noted SELF Certified mattresses that we’ve tested and other popular bedding brands like Layla, Leesa, Purple, and Nolah—just to name a few.Helix Plus Mattress—originally $1749; now $1449Birch Luxe Natural Mattress—originally $2800; now $2400Brooklyn Bedding Aurora Hybrid Mattress—originally $1874; now $1406Tuft & Needle Mint Mattress—originally $1595; now $1196How to shop for a high-quality mattress during Cyber WeekIn order to find a mattress that will reliably prevent back pain, provide pressure relief, and, most importantly, help you get a solid night’s rest night after night, you should shop based on your sleeping position. Side sleepers, for example, stand to benefit from sleeping on a medium-firm mattress—it has the right amount of give to accommodate their knees, hips, and shoulders without sinking too much. Those who sleep on their stomachs or backs, on the other hand, will appreciate the support that comes with a firmer mattress. Additionally, you should look at a brand’s customer service and return policies to see whether you can enjoy a generous trial period, a warranty, or even free returns if you’re on the fence about your new bed. Many mattress-in-a-box brands offer convenience in value with 100-night free trials (or more) if you’re nervous about purchasing a mattress. if you’re looking for more home and bedroom deals take a look at our top Cyber Monday furniture sales.Best Post-Cyber Monday Mattress DealsBelow, we’ve pulled together details on all of the Cyber Monday mattress deals that you can still shop. If you want to keep up with all the notable sales on mattresses, bedding, and other sleep essentials that this holiday shopping season has to offer, watch this space—we’ll continue to update this page through Cyber Week.This wildly popular bed-in-a-box brand is marking down mattresses (including the SELF Certified Wave Hybrid) by 25%—and you can snag that same discount on sheets and adjustable bases, too. Other select items, including pillows, duvets, and the brand’s dog bed, are 10% off.CasperCasper Wave Hybrid Mattress (Queen Size)CasperCasper Hyperlite Sheets (Queen Size)CasperCasper Original Mattress (Queen Size)Don’t miss Helix’s ongoing Cyber Monday Sale, where you save more when you order more. Plus, all mattress purchases come with two free pillows. Check out our review of the Helix Plus mattress to see if it’s for you.HelixHelix Midnight Luxe Mattress (Queen Size)HelixHelix Dawn Luxe Mattress (Queen Size)HelixHelix Twilight Mattress (Queen Size)From Prime Day to Cyber Monday and beyond, Amazon is a fantastic place to find a mattress at a reasonable price (and there are still droves of excellent Amazon Cyber Monday deals to shop). From memory foam mattresses to plush hybrid models, there’s a wide range of top-rated Amazon beds to check out at stunningly low prices.AmazonZinus 12″ Green Tea Luxe Memory Foam Mattress (Queen Size)AmazonSignature Design by Ashley Chime 12″ Plush Hybrid Mattress (Queen Size)AmazonLucid 10 Inch Memory Foam Mattress (Queen Size)AmazonMolblly 12-Inch Gel Memory Foam MattressDreamCloud’s sitewide sale, which knocked 25% off everything and threw a bevy of accessories in with every order, will end very soon, but you can check to see if you can still grab the tested and loved DreamCloud Premier mattress with a fantastic price cut.This extremely well-reviewed, award-winning mattress brand is running a phenomenal sale across its site, with deals as big as 50% off. EmmaEmma Original Mattress (Queen Size)EmmaEmma CliMax Hybrid (Queen Size)Enjoy a discount of 25% off all of Brooklyn Bedding’s offerings, including such top mattresses as the SELF Certified Aurora Hybrid and the hotel-quality, cooling Sedona Elite. Use the code CYBER25 at checkout.Helix Sleep’s eco-conscious sister brand, Birch, uses sustainably sourced materials like organic cotton, latex, and natural New Zealand wool. If you act fast, you can snag one of the brand’s natural mattresses for $400 off during Birch’s sale with the code CYBERSALE400. Check out our full review of the Birch Luxe Mattress here.This mattress-in-a-box brand’s sale includes discounts on mattresses and sleep accessories like sheets, mattress toppers, bed frames, and headboards. We recently reviewed the Tuft & Needle Mint mattress and found it to be the most adjustable bed for all sleeping positions.Tuft & NeedleTuft & Needle Legacy T&N Original Mattress (Queen Size)Whether you’re shopping for a new mattress, fresh bedding and accessories, or cost-efficient bundles of goodies, the Cyber Week sale over on Layla’s site should not be missed. Your mattress savings could amount to $200 now.Layla SleepLayla Sleep Memory Foam Mattress (Queen Size)LaylaLayla Hybrid Mattress (Queen Size)Select mattresses are a cool $700 off during Leesa’s Black Friday Sale, going strong all week long. And the brand will throw in two free pillows with your order for a limited time, too.LeesaLeesa Original Mattress (Queen Size)LeesaLeesa Legend Hybrid Mattress (Queen Size)During Saatva’s extended sale, you can enjoy up to $500 in savings, depending on the size of your order. And, with options ranging from a classic innerspring mattress to a natural latex hybrid mattress, this sale has a deal for every type of sleeper.SaatvaSaatva Classic Mattress (Queen Size)SaatvaSaatva Latex Hybrid Mattress (Queen Size)Nolah’s sale will help you save up to $700 on a new mattress and pick up two free pillows (a $198 value) as part of your order.NolahNolah Signature 12” Mattress (Queen Size)NolahNolah Natural 11” Mattress (Queen Size)For mattresses that provide major pressure relief and a sound night’s sleep, look no further than Tempur-Pedic’s Cyber Monday sale, where savings can amount to hundreds of dollars.WinkBeds’ buzzy and beloved beds are on sale for $300 off with the code SLEEP300.WinkBedWinkBed Mattress (Queen Size)WinkbedsWinkbeds Ecocloud Mattress (Queen Size)The longstanding favorite mattress brand has a slew of Cyber Week specials running right now, so don’t hesitate to snap up a Sealy of your own. SealySealy Posturepedic Hybrid Mattress (Queen Size)SealySealy Chill Memory Foam Mattress (Queen Size)Not only can you enjoy serious markdowns on select mattresses during Beautyrest’s extended Black Friday Sale, you can also get an adjustable bed foundation at a discount, too. BeautyrestBeautyrest Harmony Lux Carbon Series Mattress (Queen Size)Between $450 in savings on mattresses and 30% off adjustable bed bundles, Amerisleep has loads of deals to offer this Cyber Week. Use the promo code AS450 at checkout.Zoma’s athlete-approved mattress, designed with rest, recovery, and airflow in mind, is on sale for $150 off right now.ZomaZoma Hybrid Mattress (Queen Size)You can save big time on this brand’s innovative mattresses, furniture, and bedding right now. Markdowns on mattress purchases can reach $300, while the Ascent Adjustable Base is $500 off.PurplePurple Plus Mattress (Queen Size)PurplePurple Hybrid Premier 3 Mattress (Queen Size)For Floyd’s Holiday Sale, you can take 20% off all types of the brand’s housewares, including its hybrid mattress and sleek, minimalist bed frame.FloydFloyd Mattress (Queen Size)FloydFloyd The Bed Frame (Full/Queen Size)You can save as much as $880 on a mattress during Avocado’s enormous weekend-long Black Friday Sale, in which 10% is taken off everything on the brand’s site. Just use the promo code SAVE10 at checkout.AvocadoAvocado Green Mattress (Queen Size)AvocadoAvocado Eco Organic Mattress (Queen Size)You can enjoy discounts of up to $800 all month long on mattresses from Serta’s Arctic, iComfort, and Perfect Sleeper lines.SertaSerta Perfect Sleeper Mattress (Queen Size)SertaSerta Arctic Mattress (Queen Size)Use the code BFCW20 at checkout to save at least 20%—and as much as 50%—on Zinus’ housewares, including its wonderfully affordable line of mattresses.ZinusUltra Cooling Gel Memory Foam Mattress (Queen Size)ZinusZinus Pressure Relief Extra Firm iCoil Hybrid Mattress (Queen Size)Those shopping for mattresses, accessory bundles, and bedding can take up to 50% off their purchases at Nest right now. And those looking for bedroom furniture can save a handy 10%, too.GoodbedNest Bedding Sparrow Signature Hybrid Mattress (Queen Size)Nest BeddingNest Bedding Quail Love & Sleep Mattress (Queen Size)As Essentia’s biggest sale of the season, the brand’s Cyber Week event is not to be missed. You can take 25% off your purchase of one of Essentia’s luxe organic mattresses and bring home two free pillows and an organic sheet set with your order.EssentiaEssentia Stratami Organic Mattress (Queen Size)EssentiaEssentia Tatami Organic Mattress (Queen Size)Vaya’s streamlined offerings, including its pressure-alleviating layered foam mattress, are on sale for $300 off right now.VayaVaya Mattress (Queen Size)Best Cyber Monday Bedding DealsIf you’re looking for other great bedding essentials like sheet sets, duvet comforters, and blankets, check out online sales from Nordstrom, Brooklinen, Target, and more. Your coziest sleep awaits you.Brooklinen’s sale saves you 25% off sitewide. The Brooklyn-based online retailer has a selection of luxury bedroom and bath essentials to keep you cozy this winter season.BrooklinenBrooklinen Classic Hardcore Sheet BundleBrooklinenBrooklinen Marlow Pillow (Standard Size)BrooklinenBrooklinen Luxe Core Sheet Set (Queen Size)BrooklinenBrooklinen Down Alternative Comforter (Full/Queen Size)While you may go to Nordstrom for enticing clothing and beauty deals, you should stick around for the retailer’s bedding sales, too. Nordstrom’s sale is full of markdowns on cozy quilts, ultra-cooling lyocell sheets, and more.NordstromSijo Eucalyptus Tencel Lyocell Sheet Set (Queen Size)NordstromNordstrom Soft Wash Grid Quilt & Shams Set (Queen Size)NordstromNordstrom Linen Sheet Set (Queen Size)Read more: Best Nordstrom Gifts 2022Between cotton pillows designed with side sleepers in mind and soothing weighted comforters, the sale items at Eli & Elm will seriously upgrade your sleeping situation. You can save 20% on bedding across the site when you shop now.Eli & ElmEli & Elm Cotton Side-Sleeper PillowEli & ElmEli & Elm Weighted Comforter (Full/Queen Size)Save 30% on Gravity’s SELF Fave weighted blanket and more soothing nap time essentials right now.Buffy, maker of some of our favorite comforters and duvets, is offering 20% off sitewide. Whether you sleep hot or run cold, you’ll find a Buffy blanket that suits your sleep style.BuffyThe Buffy Cloud Comforter (Full/Queen Size)Target’s Cyber Monday deals are one of the best go-to stops for holiday shopping, it’s only natural for Target to have some stellar bedding deals ripe for the picking. TargetEluxury 2-Piece Extra Thick Mattress Topper (Queen Size)TargetColor Sense 1200 Thread Count Cotton Rich Sateen Sheet Set (Queen Size)TargetCore Products Tri-Core Orthopedic Cervical Neck Support PillowTargetPuredown Ultra Soft All Season 75% Down Comforter (Full/Queen Size)Read more: Best Target Gifts 2022You can shop Luna’s discounted pillows and weighted blankets on Amazon or the brand’s very own site (where orders of $100 or more are 30% off)—either way, you’ll save big.AmazonLuna Cotton Weighted Blanket (15 lb.)LunaLuna Orthopedic Knee PillowBedding deals abound at this mega retailer’s sitewide Deals For Days event.WalmartDawn Basics Bed Pillows (2-Pack)WalmartEssence of Copper Luxury Knit Bed Pillow (2-Pack)WalmartRest Haven Shredded Memory Foam Bed Pillows (2-Pack)WalmartSweet Home Microfiber Deep Pocket Bed Sheet Set (Queen Size)Related:

These timeless jewellery brands from Bloomingdale’s will elevate any outfit

These timeless jewellery brands from Bloomingdale’s will elevate any outfit

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by Team Emirates Woman
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IN PARTNERSHIP: As 2022 comes to a close, party season is upon us and it’s a time for celebration.
And with party season, you always need to make sure your outfit is en pointe. How do you do that exactly? Well, you can never go wrong with a timeless piece of jewellery, which always elevates an ensemble.
But, when it comes to jewellery, you always need to ensure you’re investing in quality pieces from quality brands. This is why Bloomingdale’s is the ideal place to shop this season.
With a roster of sophisticated jewellery houses on its books from the likes of homegrown brand Noora Shawqi to internationally acclaimed Maisons like David Yurman and Marli, Bloomingdale’s is the place to shop this party season for classic pieces that will never go out of style.
David Yurman
For over 40 years, jewellery brand David Yurman has been creating timeless and exquisite pieces of jewellery which aim to tell a story. The eponymous New York-based brand was founded by David Yurman in 1980, who built it through his passion for art and design. A sculptor by trade, Yurman and his wife Sybil Yurman, who is a painter, have always brought an artistic sensibility to the brand. Combining expert craftsmanship with a modern touch to classic pieces of jewellery, these pieces will last you a lifetime
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Helena Wrap Petite Ring, 18K Yellow Gold & Diamonds Dhs14,500 David Yurman
Noora Shawqi
Known for drawing inspiration for her pieces through her love for travelling, Noora Shawqi’s fine jewellery collections combine quality with a timeless aesthetic as she works closely with skilled artisans. The Emirati designer’s eponymous collection is primarily made in Dubai and she creates meaningful pieces to mark special occasions in her life.
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Mother Of Pearl Studs Dhs4,200 Noora Shawqi
Mizuki
Mizuki is a fine jewellery brand which pays tribute to the founder’s rich cultural background. Mizuki Goltz, born in Tokyo, Japan, but now residing in New York and California offers a contemporary take on pearls with her modern, yet classic designs.
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Spaced Necklace, 14K Yellow Gold & Baby Akoya Pearls Dhs2,450 Mizuki
Roxane First
South African-born jewellery designer Roxanne First created her namesake label in 2018. Inspired by her grandmother’s jewellery collection, Roxanne First is created for the effortlessly cool girl. This London-based brand focuses on ethically sourced materials for its pieces that are crafted in solid gold, designed with a distinctly unique look, perfect for layering.
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Thicc Yellow Sapphire Tennis Bracelet Dhs11,500 Roxane First
Suzanne Kalan
This family-run jewellery brand is led by Suzanne Kalan and her daughter Patile. Suzanne Kalan is known for its dramatic placing of diamonds in pieces, which add a unique twist to traditional designs and pieces.
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Princess Diamond Stud Earrings Dhs8,500 Suzanne Kalan
Sydney Evan
Founded by Rosanne Karmes in 2001, Sydney Evan is derived from the name of the designer’s children – Sydney and Evan. Karmes’ pieces focus on eclectic designs, with a California-chic aesthetic which is inspired by her travels and love for arts and culture.
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Signet Ring, 14K Yellow Gold & Mini Pavé Diamonds Dhs4,850 Sydney Evan
Marli
Born to create emotive pieces that are effortless day-to-night wear, Marli was founded on the principles of being a timeless women-to-women jewellery brand. Founded by Maral Artinian, the world of Marli enhances the unique allure of those who choose it, as the fine jewellery history goes back a century with elements infused from the founder’s travels across Asia, Europe and the Middle East.
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Cleo Green Agate & Rose Gold Bangle Dhs17,500 Marli
All pieces are available at bloomingdales.ae.
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Kim Kardashian is ‘Reevaluating’ Her Balenciaga Relationship After ‘Disturbing’ Ads

Kim Kardashian is ‘Reevaluating’ Her Balenciaga Relationship After ‘Disturbing’ Ads

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Kim Kardashian, arguably Balenciaga’s most high-profile brand ambassador, has issued a statement about her relationship with the fashion house after disturbing ads featuring children were published online.
“I have been quiet for the past few days, not because I haven’t been disgusted and outraged by the recent Balenciaga campaigns, but because I wanted an opportunity to speak to their team to understand for myself how this could have happened,” Kardashian wrote in a statement published to her social accounts on Sunday, November 27.

As a mother of four, I have been shaken by the disturbing images. The safety of children must be held with the highest regard and any attempts to normalize child abuse of any kind should have no place in our society — period.
— Kim Kardashian (@KimKardashian) November 27, 2022

“As a mother of four, I have been shaken by the disturbing images. The safety of children must be held with the highest regard and any attempts to normalize child abuse of any kind should have no place in our society—period,” she wrote.
Last week, shoppers called out the Spanish fashion house for publishing photos of children holding teddy bears wearing leather harnesses and cuffs to its website. “Balenciaga using photos of little girls playing with teddy bears dressed in bondage gear on their website. Lovely,” wrote one user on Twitter. In another ad for Balenciaga’s collaboration with Adidas, documents pertaining to child pornography laws are clearly visible in the foreground. Observant users have since found even more references to the exploitation of children in campaigns published earlier this year.
Kardashian concluded her statement addressing her “future” with the fashion house. “I am currently re-evaluating my relationship with the brand, basing it off their willingness to accept accountability for something that should have never happened to begin with—[and] the actions I am expecting to see them take to protect children,” she wrote.

As for my future with Balenciaga, I am currently re-evaluating my relationship with the brand, basing it off their willingness to accept accountability for something that should have never happened to begin with — & the actions I am expecting to see them take to protect children.
— Kim Kardashian (@KimKardashian) November 28, 2022

In a statement posted to its Instagram Stories last week, Balenciaga condemned the “abuse of children in any form” and noted it planned to take legal action against the “parties responsible for creating the set and including unapproved items for our spring 23 campaign photoshoot.”
Originally published in Glamour.com

How Edge of Ember’s founder creates timeless demi-fine jewellery with an edge

How Edge of Ember’s founder creates timeless demi-fine jewellery with an edge

Fashion

by Olivia Morris
1 hour ago

Lynette Ong founded Edge of Ember in 2014 intending to fill a gap in the market for demi-fine jewellery. Eight years on, she’s ensured social responsibility is at the core of her business model, while also creating a brand where the pieces work as a collective.
The Inspiration
Back [in 2014] I was still working in the finance world and wanted to find quality jewellery that didn’t cost an arm and a leg, and I also wanted to know that it was made ethically, with sustainable materials. However demi-fine jewellery was still somewhat in its infancy stages then, most of the products in the market were either cheap costume throwaway jewellery or super expensive designer ones. I have always wanted to do something creative and entrepreneurial, had just turned 30 and decided to bite the bullet and quit my job. I was inspired by the model of Warby Parker and Toms where social responsibility is at the core of their business, and I wanted to create a profitable and scalable brand that has social responsibility at the heart of it.

The Development
We’ve grown from a team of two working from my home to a buzzing team of 14, we’re still primarily an e-commerce brand and selling to more than 50 countries.
The Passion
I’ve always loved it since I was a little girl playing dress up. To me, jewellery is almost like makeup – without it, I feel naked and my look isn’t complete! I’ve always preferred more fuss-free pared-back clothes, and jewellery is what I use to jazz up my outfit.
The Creative Process
I have a massive ongoing moodboard of things I like, which I keep refining. I love to build upon previous collections. For new in- spiration, I think about what I would want to layer and stack with and also get inspired by looking at others and how they dress. I love seeing other styles and how they use jewellery to express themselves.

“I love to build upon previous collections – for new inspiration, I think about what I would want to layer and stack with and also get inspired by looking at others and how they dress.”

The Edge of Ember Woman
She’s effortlessly stylish and has a subtle sophistication with an edge. She loves a good laugh, is comfortable in her own skin, and has an interest in sustainability and how our decisions impact the world around us.
Harnessing Social Media
We have stepped up working with influencers as we have found it a very effective way to increase brand awareness. It is also a great source of user-generated content for us, which we use on our newsletters and organic social channels. Our audience loves seeing pieces of “real” people, which compliments the model e-commerce photos we have on our website.
The Motivation
I’m not sure, to be honest! I’ve always been driven. From when I was in school, to my early years on the trading floor, and now own my own business. I hardly ever switch off – although this is something I’m trying to change, especially now that I have two kids! I think a contributing factor might be perhaps because I’ve lived in quite a few different countries – I grew up in Singapore, then moved to the US, Hong Kong and now Lon- don – and being in many new environments has molded me to become very adaptable.

The Advice
Get as much hands-on experience as possible, and surround yourself with mentors.
The Hurdles
I think the initial COVID-19 period posed a huge challenge to us, like many others. It was such an unprecedented time, and we were a smaller team then so the lack of pro- cesses and frameworks resulted in more un- certainty with the shipping of our orders. We closed our first round of investment last year – this wasn’t so much a hurdle, but it was a challenging time for me as I had to juggle between running a business, being a mum to two toddlers, and having a full-on schedule of calls and pitches to potential investors (which is a full-time job in itself !). But it was so worth it, as that round of investment al- lowed us to scale our business in a way that we wouldn’t have been able to if we had just relied on organic growth like we used to.
Cultivating a Collection
Go for pieces that are a reflection of your style (not just because they look good on someone else) and make you feel confident, then they will become a timeless part of your ensemble. I always love versatile items too – ones that you can wear with more casual daytime clothes but also accessorise your dressier outfit in the evening.
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UAE National Day 2022: The ultimate gift guide for your loved ones

UAE National Day 2022: The ultimate gift guide for your loved ones

Fashion

by Sarah Joseph
4 hours ago

Every year December 2nd marks the joyful unification of the seven emirates and is formally celebrated as UAE National Day.
As the UAE celebrates 51 years of togetherness year, nothing makes the occasion even more special than a patriotic treat in red, green, white and black to highlight how the country has grown from rolling desert dunes to now dazzling cityscapes.
From perfumes to sophisticated bags produced by homegrown brands, there are a plethora of gifts to suit everyone’s desires this year.
To mark this special occasion, Emirates Woman has curated a guide of all our favourite presents to enjoy with your loved ones.

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138 Best Cyber Monday Deals 2022: Amazon, Target, Nordstrom, Therabody, Nike, West Elm, Apple

138 Best Cyber Monday Deals 2022: Amazon, Target, Nordstrom, Therabody, Nike, West Elm, Apple

While Black Friday has come and gone, the holiday shopping extravaganza isn’t over. We’re keeping tabs on the best Cyber Monday deals 2022 and we’re also tracking excellent gift ideas. Hurry, because you only have today, Monday, November 28 to shop deep discounts, and everything is already going fast. And be sure to check out our top picks for the best fitness deals, fashion sales, mattress sales, kitchen deals, furniture deals, tech savings, and much more.Big-name retailers like Amazon, Nordstrom, Target, Walmart, and Best Buy have been rolling out deals all of November. If the sales are making you dizzy we’re updating this page with the best Black Friday deals 2022 so be sure to bookmark this page as we update it through the end of Cyber Week.Jump to:The best Cyber Monday deals right nowWith so many retailers offering different types of deals, choice paralysis is real, so we’re zeroing in on a few of our favorite stores and brands. If you’re hunting for a new computer or want to upgrade your work-from-home setup, then retail giants like Best Buy, Walmart, HP, and Dell, are among the best places to shop for laptop deals, monitor deals, and gaming headset deals. Now that Black Friday is in the rearview, Cyber Monday is the best time of the year to shop for tech gadgets like AirPods Pro, MacBooks, Kindles, iPads, and more. Aside from coveted tech gadgets, you can shop for your home, office, or bedroom. If you’re looking for a new mattress or bedding essentials, you’ll want to check out Casper, DreamCloud, Helix, Tuft & Needle, and other mattress-in-a-box brands. Popular kitchen devices like KitchenAid stand mixers, air fryers, Instant Pots, and Our Place Always Pan are hot items. In the beauty and skin care deals department the most popular deals we’re seeing are on Dyson hair tools, Glossier bundles, and other great beauty deals from Dermstore and SkinStore. On the fitness front, many home gym equipment like treadmill deals, exercise bike deals, and elliptical deals are the lowest they’ve ever seen. And if you’re searching for wardrobe or activewear, there are an endless amount of clothing sales at Everlane, Madewell, Outdoor Voices, and more. The online giant is running exclusive deals for Prime members. If you’re not a Prime Member, however, it’s easy to sign up for a free 30-day trial to get in on fast shipping and exclusive markdowns. Amazon’s Cyber Monday sale has deals on wireless earbuds like the SELF Fave Powerbeats Pro. If you’re searching for fitness gifts, coffee gifts, or tech gifts Amazon is the best place to shop for devices across every category. If you’re looking for  Amazon Cyber Mondayy clothing deals we spotted tons of Amazon dresses. The most popular deal right now though are on Instant Pot deals, the Kindle Paperwhite (under $100), Fire TV stick, and Amazon devices. If you see something on sale now, it’s better to grab it before certain models go out of stock.AmazonFire TV Stick 4K Streaming DeviceTargetApple AirPods Pro (2nd Gen.)Best BuyBose Quietcomfort 45 Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones (Black)AmazonJBL Clip 4 Portable Mini Bluetooth SpeakerAmazonSamsung T7 2TB External Solid State DriveAmazoniRobot Roomba J7 Wi-Fi Connected Robot VacuumInstant PotInstant Pot 9-in-1 Duo Plus (6 qt.)Instant Pot 9-in-1 Duo Plus (6 qt.)Best BuyMeta Quest 2 Advanced Virtual Reality HeadsetRead more: Best Amazon Gifts 2022Target’s Cyber Monday deals are your one-stop shop for sales on kitchen appliances, luxury makeup dupes, electronics, and more. We’re seeing online-only savings similar to Target Deal Days in July. If you were planning to shop in-store note that Target stores will be open at 7 AM on Black Friday, but if you want to avoid the crowds, there are plenty of sought-after deals on popular gadgets available right now. Whoever is on your nice list this year will appreciate a highly-rated massage gun from Theragun or the highly sought-after AirPods Pro.AmazonApple AirPods Pro Wireless Earbuds (1st Gen.)Google Nest Mini (2nd Generation)TCL 55″ 4k UHD HDR Smart Roku TVBeats Studio3 Over-Ear Noise Canceling Bluetooth Wireless Headphones

Patek Philippe Partners with Gemsetter Salanitro

Patek Philippe Partners with Gemsetter Salanitro

The Geneva-based jewelry design and gem-setting firm Salanitro SA announced that Patek Philippe SA has acquired a stake in its capital. Much more than a partnership, this acquisition of a stake in the company symbolizes the coming together of two independent Geneva-based family businesses.
Salanitro SA, the Swiss leader in jewelry creation and stone setting in the world of Haute Horlogerie, has been based in Geneva since its creation more than thirty years ago; and as a firm that works for the most prestigious brands, Salanitro has always favored creativity, innovation, quality and craftsmanship, respect for tradition, service and a sense of responsibility towards its customers, as well as independence and a family spirit.
These are all values shared with Patek Philippe, whose objective is not only to engage with Salanitro SA as a partner for the long term, but above all to support and safeguard the company’s future, so that it may forge ahead with confidence and continuity, beyond generations.
Thierry Stern commented: “We believe that this is a great opportunity to contribute to securing the future as well as the continuity of a Geneva-based family business to which we are close, and with which we share the same values of excellence, independence and family spirit. We are delighted to further strengthen our ties with Pierre Salanitro. His well-run business is ideally positioned to continue to grow and develop its production capacity in the jewelry watch segment, which offers significant potential for development.”
Pierre Salanitro added: “I am very proud and delighted that Patek Philippe has acquired a stake in my company. Patek Philippe is an emblematic Manufacture that represents the ideal partner for securing the firm’s future. I have great confidence in Thierry Stern and his team to continue our activities and guarantee jobs beyond generations.”
Source: Patek Philippe

Jacob & Co. Teams with Binghatti for Dubai Skyscraper

Jacob & Co. Teams with Binghatti for Dubai Skyscraper

Uniting their rich heritage and iconic architectural and horological codes, power brands Binghatti and Jacob & Co introduce their ultra-luxury Dubai skyscraper
The project, ‘Burj Binghatti Jacob & Co Residences’, aspires to achieve the record for the world’s tallest residential structure. The event celebrating the reveal of Burj Binghatti Jacob & Co Residences took place on November 16th, 2022, at the largest multipurpose indoor stadium in the Middle East, Coca-Cola Arena, Dubai.
Burj Binghatti Jacob & Co Residences coins a new term in upper-crust real estate: hypertower. Opening a new era in uber-luxury living, this unparalleled skyscraper aims to set a record as one of the tallest residential constructions in the world. In a great leap upwards, it stands opulently in the heart of Dubai’s most eminent financial district, Business Bay. The proposed design comprises over 100 stories that are made of lavish two-bedroom and three-bedroom residences. 

Source: Jacob & Co.

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