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Dubai has a vision... to be the hub of art and design not only in the GCC region but to the world.Under the patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Design Week was born in 2015. It is one of the world's newest international events and is supported by Dubai Design & Fashion Council and Dubai Culture & Arts Authority.A 6-day program filled with keynote speeches, panel discussions, public performances and workshops all open to public that means everyone from kids to design professionals have the opportunity to discover, experience and engage with design...

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Thursday, 03 November, 2016
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As part of an art exchange organized by See Saw Seeds, Yuuki Tsukiyama from Kobe Japan arrived in Dubai about a month ago. Finding himself in a strange city with 7-lanes highway, Yuuki found himself lost in traffic with a map in hand (google map anyone?) looking for art galleries. We catch up with this experimental artist from Japan and find out what he thinks about this cosmopolitan and glamorous Dubai.What is your impression on UAE art scene?I am very impressed with the diversity that have been displayed in galleries here in the UAE...

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Friday, 07 October, 2016
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These guys are young, these guys are fresh, these guys are daring and these guys are also a little nuts.  But those are the components of a creative mind.  Behold the spanking new boutique creative talent agency Things by People founded by these two funny and also visionary guys - Mansoor Bhatti and Faisal Shah.   ----------------------- We chatted recently about their brand new agency and how it is to introduce their revolutionary views into this rather dull fashion scene of Dubai. Kay (KL): Tell me who you are what made you guys start ThingsbyPeople?Faisal (FS): We are a small team: Mannbutte is a renowned Fashion Photographer as well as one of the top Creative Directors in Dubai with over 10 years of experience...

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Tuesday, 28 June, 2016
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To initiate the summer season, Tashkeel Dubai presents Made in Tashkeel 2016, an annual exhibition showcasing the works of its members, workshop participants and recent exhibiting artists. The exhibition celebrates the on-going practice of members that makes up the creative and communal atmosphere within the art organization.Every year the "Made in Tashkeel" exhibition has presented the wide range of disciplines offered in the studios and through the workshop programme, the diversity of media used by artists and the energy, commitment and enthusiasm of its members...

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Thursday, 26 May, 2016
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Can you imagine your life without your computer? Can you imagine your life without your smart phone? Can you imagine your life with checking Facebook every 5 minutes? Commenting on instagram every 10 minutes? Can you imagine your life without technology?Connectivity, the latest art exhibition in Tashkeel Dubai explore this exact subject through a group show. It questions how technology affects our lives and our relationships, our working practice, and our engagement with the world around us.  Exhibiting Artists:Abir Tabbara TukanAlicia ArlandaDebjani BhardwajElle FordIsaac SullivanJalal BinthaneyaMaitha DemithanMarta Krivosheek and Zayad MotlibNatalia LassoOmran AlOwaisRuben SanchezSafwan AslanScott FitzgeraldZlatan Filipovic The exhibition runs till 28 Apr 2016...

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Thursday, 24 March, 2016
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The most exciting event on my March calendar... (drum roll please!!!)No, it is NOT Fashion Forward Dubai. It is also NOT my AW collection photo shoot although i am super excited about it and you will of course hear all about it later. Well... it is Art Dubai!!!! A week long non-stop art events all around the city. All the art-lovers who had gone on hibernation mode suddenly is everywhere, and not to mention big international artists getting their work exhibited in the city. The atmosphere is so alive! Creativity is in the air!On the opening night of Art Dubai, i went to photography exhibition Community8SS held at 8th Street Studio to support my dear friends, the fierce Mannbutte, known for his fresh and provocative style; Marta Lamovsek for her piercingly soulful and dreamy images...

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Wednesday, 16 March, 2016
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Having been in the Dubai fashion scene for quite some time, I am glad to finally see a quite a few of local fashion labels raise the bar to break out to an international stage. One of such label is Army of One. It is a contemporary brand that embodies understated, cool, everyday luxury. It is designed to compliment the modern style of women by offering an edgy mix of high-end knits and technical fabrics. I even think a lot of our Asian readers would find them very urban and layering-friendly!Every season they are getting better and better, adding patterns and asymmetrical cuts to a laid-back silhouette...

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Thursday, 04 February, 2016
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As part of the Dubai Shopping Festival between 1 Jan, 2016 to 30 Jan 2016 attraction, Downtown Burj park hosts the annual Market Outside The Box (OTB) during the last week of the festival.The setup is beautiful, beneath the tallest building of the world, Burj Khalifa, and just across the famous “Dancing fountain” of Dubai Mall.Most if not all vendors are local brands, selling from Macaroon-inspired cosmetics, women's clothing to interior deco. While the adults can “shop till you drop”, the kids can go to the play area where they can do all kinds of fun activities...

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Thursday, 28 January, 2016
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No, i don't follow the Kardashians or nothing of that sort.  As a fashion designer, i watch out for fashion/lifestyle bloggers that speak to my target market - cultured, sophisticated, and confident.  I follow Instagram accounts that are artistic and tasteful.  I need to have a sense of what people like and dislikes, how to style outfits that would stop traffic.  These ladies are doing just that!  They are beautiful, smart, street style savvy and create beautiful images that would take your breathe away...

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Wednesday, 16 December, 2015
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Last week was Dubai Design Week - meaning all the galleries in Dubai opened their doors and put up their coolest and newest exhibitions/installations. I visited many and the one that I find the most intriguing is the Sound Weaving – Middle East Edition. It was experimental and interactive, just simply - “wow”.This project was produced by at Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design Budapest (MOME) in Hungary. This was the work of a textile designer Zsanett Szirmay, based on traditional Hungarian embroidery, was first showcased at Vienna Design Week last year...

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Thursday, 05 November, 2015
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Bye Bye Summer! The season in Dubai has finally arrived!  To kick off countless fashion events, art exhibitions, galleries evenings - Fashion Forward Season 6 will be held on 22-25 Oct in the prestigious Madinat Jumeriah Conference Center , just a stone throw away from the 7-star Burj al Arab.I will be going there to support my friends, attend talks from international biiiiiig names and of course hang out to just people watch!So watch this space!  I will be giving you an insider look in the most exciting fashion event from the glitz DxB! https://youtu...

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Friday, 16 October, 2015
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Hurray!! The summer is almost over!! Technically it is already fall but with temperature still soaring at around 40 degree, winter seems like miles away. Very soon, we will be able to detach ourselves from the air-conditioned mega Malls in Dubai and actually go check out more niche and often creative boutiques in the City.One of my personal favorite is O-Concept. It is just off the famous Jumeriah Grand Mosque and the place is spacious and arty. There is a cafe in the boutique so you can grab a icy drinks to cool down from the heat outside before you proceed to check out the unique and stylish merchandize they have on offer...

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Monday, 21 September, 2015
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While there was Gundam or Minions exhibition in the shopping malls in Hong Kong, Dubai took a slightly more feminine and sophisticated approach to entertain the mommies, ladies and the very young ladies. To celebrate their 10th year anniversary, Mall of the Emirates – Dubai is showing 24 Barbie Collectibles featuring her as a model for some of the world's greatest fashion houses. From 2-8 September, you can see Barbie in beautiful gown of Zuhair Murad, in the iconic Christian Dior New Look, and Burberry's signature trench coat to name a few...

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Sunday, 06 September, 2015
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With Dubai Summer Surprises well underway, everyone, including tourists from all over the world, can shop till you drop. The usual indoor malls will be having promotions or event programs for the whole family to spend the entire day. However, if you are after niche brands, stylish and unusual clothing, then head over to The cARTel on AlSerkal Avenue in Al Quoz area in Dubai. From edgy abayas to one-off art piece, you can always find something unique for any occasion!   Website: http://thecartel...

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Wednesday, 29 July, 2015
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The most exciting part in creating a collection – Photo shoot. It is normally the first time when I get to see the garment on a person. Yes.. i know.. there should be fitting (Let's just say it is not as simple as you think getting that done!).On top of that, I get to work with the most talented photographer in Dubai - Mansoor Bhatti, aka Mannbutte. His style is very very different than the usual “goth-romance” or the “floating in abaya” look you see in the Middle East. His is sharp, provocative and edgy...

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Wednesday, 15 July, 2015
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Returning from the prestigious Central Saint Martins in London, Andraya Farrag established BEDOUIN,  a contemporary womenswear label that aspires to create easy-to-wear collections with a confident and spontaneous style, and it has been taking Dubai by storm! Encouraging “Style Without Borders” concept, the transitional collections provide pieces that live beyond just one season.This Autumn/Winter 15, BEDOUIN takes you on a journey through the magical Nevada Desert where the sky is vast and the landscape is alive...

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Friday, 19 June, 2015
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Right.. The first 3 words that popped up in your head when I say “Middle East Fashion”. Bling? Conservative? Tacky? Glamor? Or how about Edgy? Razor-sharp? Creative? Innovative?Step aside your stereotype of Middle East fashion, the new breed of regional designers will take you by surprise! Allow me to introduce you Middle-East avant-garde heavy weight Khulood Thani.Born and raised in Dubai, Khulood Thani is the first UAE national to hold a degree in Fashion Management and Marketing from ESMOD Paris...

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Friday, 05 June, 2015
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100 of the best independent designers in the world, 100 of the best Italian manufacturers and 1 gigantic Fiera di Vicenza. Not Just a Label, an online platform that supports and nurtures young and emerging designer around the world, pulled off the impossible. My fashion label Kay Li and I were lucky enough to be selected as part of the 100. I still have no idea why they chose me but the team of NJAL ensured everyone that participated were in fact THE BEST out of the 18,000 designers they have in their database...

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Friday, 22 May, 2015
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Once upon a time, there was a curious and ambitious young girl from Hong Kong with a “can-do” spirit. She studied, worked, lived and traveled around the world, from US to UK, to Switzerland to the Middle East. She has now chosen to live just a stone throw away from the world's tallest and glitziest building, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai.This girl has a dream, a big ambitious dream to create an independent fashion label that provide comfortable uncomplicated quality clothing for modern sophisticated women...

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Wednesday, 20 May, 2015
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