Dubai Fashion Blog | Dubai Beauty Tips | UAE Luxury Shopping Guide - La Moda Tue, 03 Feb 2015 10:08:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Manbag sales offset decline in ladies’ handbags /2015/02/manbag-sales-offset-decline-in-ladies-handbags/ /2015/02/manbag-sales-offset-decline-in-ladies-handbags/#comments Tue, 03 Feb 2015 10:08:00 +0000 /?p=24026 Double-digit sales growth among bags worn by men, especially sport equipment bags and handbags, held the $11.5 billion U.S. accessory bag market steady during the 12 months ending December 2014. This occurred despite sales declines in the largest category, women’s handbags, according to global information company, The NPD Group.

In 2014, 5 percent fewer handbags were sold for use by women than in the prior 12-month period, noteworthy for a category that represents 65 percent of women’s bag sales, and 49 percent of all bags sold in the U.S. Although they are much smaller segments of the market, backpacks, duffel bags, and messenger bags gained popularity among women this year. Unisex bags that appeal to both men and women are among the top growth categories, particularly in the athletic and outdoor specialty channels*.

“Fashion and function must come together to appeal to today’s always on-the-go consumer,” said Marshal Cohen, chief industry analyst, The NPD Group, Inc. “Male or female, consumers are carrying a lot of things around with them, and want a bag that looks good while also meeting their multifunctional needs.”

Bags worn by men accounted for $2.3 billion in sales in 2014, nearly one quarter of total industry results. Last year’s double-digit unit and dollar sales increases clearly make the men’s segment the one to watch in 2015. Men are purchasing more bags than ever before, and wearing bags of all types.

“The bag industry has an opportunity to continue to capture and keep the attention of male and female consumers alike by emphasizing designs that accommodate their lifestyles in both form and function,” added Cohen. “This is especially important now that gas prices are the lowest they have been in a decade, and consumers are on the go even more.”

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Expert makeup with Mikyajy 22K Pro /2015/01/expert-makeup-with-mikyajy-22k-pro/ /2015/01/expert-makeup-with-mikyajy-22k-pro/#comments Sat, 31 Jan 2015 12:12:23 +0000 /?p=24017 Wish to create stunning, runway-ready looks without the need for hours of training as a makeup artist? With Mikyajy’s new 22K Pro range, you can do your own professional looking makeup in just a few easy steps!

Cover up your skin flaws with the ultimate perfecting product, the 22K Pro Camouflage Concealer. A revolutionary full coverage cream concealer, it offers take care of unsightly under-eye circles, blemishes and scars along with tattoos, birthmarks and other imperfections. From illuminating dull skin to neutralizing age-induced discoloration, this easy-to-apply creamy formula is your ticket to a beautiful, luminous glow. Creating an instant camouflage for all skin problems, the concealer has a light and breathable texture that feels comfortable like second skin. Available in three different shades of Almond Fusion, Pale Sand and Warm Taupe, there’s a matching shade for every skin colour.

Long, luscious and clump-free lashes are every woman’s dream. Realize this desire with Mikyajy’s 22K Pro Mascara, a revolutionary multi-action mascara armed with a superpower flex brush that bends up to 80° for striking volume. Offering precision application and smudge proof with no smearing or flaking, it creates incredible volume to lacklustre lashes that stays up to 16 hours! The 22K Pro Mascara is the product you need for high-impact lashes, as it offers better lift and curl than regular mascaras.

If you are seeking inspiration for your next mesmerizing look, then let your eyes do the talking with Mikyajy’s 22K Pro Eyeliner Pencil. An absolutely black matte eye finish pencil, it can keep your eyes looking ravishing for up to 24 hours! Completely water and smudge proof, you can also use it as kohl on the waterline for an enchanting gaze.

Price list
22K Pro Camouflage Concealer – AED 69
22K Pro Mascara – AED 75
22K Pro Eyeliner Pencil – AED 75

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Get that dewy look from Dior’s SS2015 couture show /2015/01/get-that-dewy-look-from-diors-ss2015-couture-show/ /2015/01/get-that-dewy-look-from-diors-ss2015-couture-show/#comments Wed, 28 Jan 2015 06:35:44 +0000 /?p=24013 Want to get the fresh, dewy look that models at Dior’s Spring/Summer 2015 Haute Couture show sported? Peter Philips, Creative and Image Director for Dior Make-Up, explains how to get it down to a tee.

He used pure, luminous make-up that provides a soft match to the psychedelic inspiration of the collection created by Raf Simons.“I wanted to create make-up that gives a sense of fluidity, clarity and appeasement. Like a calm moment, a pause in the midst of a collection that displays an inspirational mix, rich with colours and materials,” Philips explained.

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Philips highlights “the clarity of a face made up lightly, in a spirit of harmony and purity.”

“The eyes are subtly shaded with the new Eye Reviver Backstage Pros palette (April 2015). The eye shadow gradients let you work the upper eyelid with nude shades that blend into the complexion. I chose to do an airy twist on a cut crease. The shape is neither too sharp nor too rounded. The line rises from the inner corner of the eye then flares out gently towards the temple to open up the eyes.”

“The lashes are simply curled with Backstage Lash Curler and the eyebrows are also gently highlighted,” Peter Philips adds.


Worked with the Nude Air line, “the complexion is all about make-up that is light and transparent,” Peter Philips explains. “The cheekbones are highlighted in two steps: first illuminated with Starlight Diorblush, then the Peach Splendor colour is applied to the apples of the cheeks.”


“Lips are transparent and shiny thanks to Dior Lip Maximiser, which gives the mouth volume. A very natural, plumped-up effect.”


“Hands stay discreet with Dior Vernis Muguet, a soft pink.”


Hair by Guido Palau draws inspiration from the 60s, very sophisticated and accessorised. The hair is pulled back, smooth and flat from the brow then puffed up and lacquered on the top of the head. Two metallic or bright-colour lacquered metal rings hold together the two parts of a low pony tail.



Haute Couture Spring-Summer 2015

Description: HauteCoutureSpring-Summer 2015, Dior Show Backstage.

Complexion: Nude Air Serum de Teint foundation, Nude Air Powder and Nude Air Loose Powder. Touches of Dior Skinflash.

Cheekbones are highlighted with DiorBlush n°421 Starlight and n°536 Peach Splendor.

Eyes: Eye Reviver Backstage Pros (April 2015) to shade the eyelids. Crayon Sourcils Poudre on the eyebrows. Lashes are curled with the Backstage Lash Curler.

Lips: Dior Lip Maximiser

Nails: Dior Base Coat Abricot, Dior Vernis n°108 Muguet, Dior Gel Coat

Obligatory credits:

Haute Couture 2015, Dior Show Backstage,

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Marsala beauty by Mikyajy /2015/01/marsala-beauty-by-mikyajy/ /2015/01/marsala-beauty-by-mikyajy/#comments Tue, 20 Jan 2015 12:18:34 +0000 /?p=24020 Incorporate Pantone’s color of the year Marsala into your daily beauty routine. Pick up these special items from Mikyajy’s luxe 22K range and get Marsala’s feminine and sophisticated vibe in an instant.


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Smokey Eye How-to Video by Mikyajy /2015/01/smokey-eye-how-to-video-by-mikyajy/ /2015/01/smokey-eye-how-to-video-by-mikyajy/#comments Sat, 10 Jan 2015 12:30:35 +0000 /?p=24023 Looking for expert tips on creating smokey eyes like a professional? Check out Mikyajy’s latest Beauty Confidential video and sport a glammed up look around the party circuit.

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Justin Bieber is the new face of Calvin Klein /2015/01/justin-bieber-is-the-new-face-of-calvin-klein/ /2015/01/justin-bieber-is-the-new-face-of-calvin-klein/#comments Wed, 07 Jan 2015 09:10:50 +0000 /?p=24004

Appearing in the American brand’s jeans and underwear campaign, pop music’s troubled young star poses awkwardly with Lara Stone and tries to recreate that iconic Calvin Klein model vibe, which he just can’t do. We don’t want teen muscle, we want Kellan Lutz back!


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Liam Neeson in Dubai for Taken 3 premiere /2014/12/liam-neeson-in-dubai-for-taken-3-premiere/ /2014/12/liam-neeson-in-dubai-for-taken-3-premiere/#comments Wed, 24 Dec 2014 10:31:07 +0000 /?p=24001 The countdown has begun as Gulf Film, the region’s leading film distributor, and Novo Cinemas, the Middle East’s largest chain of cinemas, subsidiaries of Qatar Media Services, announce the the Middle East premiere of Taken 3, with international movie star Liam Neeson in attendance. The red carpet reception and screening will take place on 12th January 2015 at Novo Cinemas Cineplex, and will be open to the general public in a first-of-its-kind event in Dubai.

Selim El Azar, CEO of Gulf Film, the Middle East distributor of Taken 3, commented, “The Taken franchise has earned its place as one of the most successful film franchises of the past decade. As the leading film distributor and exhibitor in the region, we are very proud to host the third leg of the world premiere tour of Taken 3 in Dubai and we look forward to a record-breaking movie event.”

Liam Neeson has enjoyed a multi-faceted film career that includes such noteworthy movies as Les Misérables, Batman Begins, Schindler’s List, Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, as well as the first two blockbuster instalments of the Taken franchise. His role as retired special agent Bryan Mills, a man with “a particular set of skills”, has helped earn the Taken franchise a global following.

Debbie Stanford-Kristiansen, CEO of Novo Cinemas, said, “We are thrilled to be hosting the Middle East premiere of Taken 3 at Novo Cinemas with Liam Neeson making a special appearance for hundreds of our patrons. Once again, Novo Cinemas is pioneering in the field, and the Taken 3 fan-centric event will be the first time seats at a premiere with the presence of the leading actor will be open to the public to purchase and attend.”

Tickets to the Taken 3 red carpet premiere go on sale December 21st and can be booked via and at the Novo Cinemas Cineplex (near Wafi City) Box Office.

Produced by EuropaCorp, Taken 3 is directed by Oliver Megaton, and written by Luc Besson and Robert Mark Kamen. The action-thriller stars Liam Neeson, Forest Whitaker, Famke Janssen and Maggie Grace.

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La Mer unveils Moisture collection /2014/12/la-mer-unveils-moisture-collection/ /2014/12/la-mer-unveils-moisture-collection/#comments Thu, 18 Dec 2014 12:49:24 +0000 /?p=23998 Crème de la Mer – the miracle that started a devoted following – now comes in five transformational textures. The story of Crème de la Mer is one of hope, healing and one man’s deep respect for the power of the living sea.

Years ago, aerospace physicist Dr. Max Huber was severely burned in a laboratory accident. When doctors could no longer offer him help, Dr. Huber went on a crusade to create a treatment potent enough to help restore the look of his skin. What began as one man’s healing journey became a transformative experience that would be whispered about all over the world.

Dr. Huber believed that sea kelp has the healing energies of the sea in every cell.


The moisture collection includes five unique textures of the original Crème de la Mer. Each immerses skin in moisture and the healing energies of our Miracle Broth™ to empower skin’s natural repair process, visibly transforming with the promise of new radiance, the look of youth. From the legendary original to the ultralight gel, there is a texture to transform every complexion.

Luxurious. Dewy
Crème de la Mer – The original miracle
A rich and dewy, ultraluxe formula that started it all

Weightless. Luminous
The Moisturizing Soft Cream
Rich, yet weightless cream formula. Leaves skin looking luminous.

Lightweight. Satin
The Moisturizing Lotion
Versatile moisturizer in a lightweight fluid formula. Leaves skin with a satin finish.

Oil-free. Matte
The Oil Absorbing Lotion
Oil-free moisturizer in a lightweight fluid formula. Leaves skin with a soft matte finish.

Ultralight. Velvet.
The Moisturizing Gel Cream
An ultra lightweight, cooling gel that instantly refreshes and hydrates skin, leaving a soft, velvet finish

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Nadal named brand ambassador for Tommy Hilfiger /2014/12/nadal-named-brand-ambassador-for-tommy-hilfiger/ /2014/12/nadal-named-brand-ambassador-for-tommy-hilfiger/#comments Thu, 18 Dec 2014 12:43:14 +0000 /?p=23994 The Tommy Hilfiger Group has named internationally renowned tennis star Rafael Nadal will appear as the global brand ambassador for the Tommy Hilfiger underwear and Tommy Hilfiger Tailored collections beginning in Fall 2015. Both collections are available at Tommy Hilfiger stores globally, through select wholesale partners and online at

“Rafael Nadal has been a longtime personal friend and supporter of our brand, and I’m continuously inspired by his dedication and passion for his sport,” said Tommy Hilfiger. “This exclusive partnership brings one of the greatest athletes of this generation into our Tommy family. Rafael embodies an effortless sense of style that exemplifies and reflects our brand spirit – he’s confident, fun and cool.”

The campaign imagery will be photographed in early 2015 in Spain and it will break globally in fall 2015 with dedicated print, online, and out-of-home media placements worldwide. To further support the global initiative and collaboration, Nadal will attend exclusive Tommy Hilfiger launch events in North America, Europe and Asia.

“I’ve always admired Tommy Hilfiger’s cool, all-American designs which are sophisticated and easy to wear, and I’m excited to be partnering with the brand,” said Rafael Nadal, the 14-time Grand Slam winner.

The Fall 2015 Tommy Hilfiger underwear collection refreshes classic styles with updated fits, revamped fabrics and elevated details. Design innovations combine with premium fabrics for a result that’s sophisticated, durable and essential for everyday comfort. The Fall 2015 Tommy Hilfiger Tailored collection features sharp silhouettes, modern tailoring and rich textures.

Born in 1986 in Manacor, Spain, Nadal has ranked amongst the world’s top five tennis players since 2003. Widely regarded as one of the greatest professional tennis players in history, at the age of 24 he became the youngest athlete to complete the “Grand Slam” and is the second male player in the world to have completed the “Career Golden Slam” after winning the French, Australian and U.S. Opens; Wimbledon; and a 2008 Olympic gold medal. Nadal currently holds a record for his nine French Open victories – the most won by a single player – including five consecutive title wins.

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Julien MacDonald unveils Debenhams collection in Dubai /2014/12/julien-macdonald-unveils-debenhams-collection-in-dubai/ /2014/12/julien-macdonald-unveils-debenhams-collection-in-dubai/#comments Wed, 17 Dec 2014 06:37:06 +0000 /?p=23991 World-renowned British fashion designer Julien Macdonald stepped out to introduce his STAR by Julien Macdonald Autumn/Winter 2014/15 collection this weekend, to a fashion forward crowd at Debenhams, Mall of the Emirates, Dubai.

Now in its 22nd season, the collection – that falls under the aegis of Designers at Debenhams – has been a firm favourite of consumers internationally, since its launch in 2003.  The fun-filled event commenced with a live mannequin show, as a flurry of international models surrounded the designer, while unsuspecting shoppers stopped to watch. A question & answer session in front of a large crowd of fashion fans followed, which saw Julien reveal style secrets and top tips for consumers, as well as details of the upcoming Debenhams Yas Mall, Abu Dhabi, which when open, will be the largest Debenhams internationally, second only to the flagship London store.

“The event was a huge success and it was a privilege to have Julien Macdonald with us to host this exciting evening at our Mall of the Emirates store,” said Pat Kelly, of  Debenhams Middle East “Our Designers at Debenhams portfolio is a celebration of British fashion, showcasing the very best the UK has to offer.”

Julien, who has worked alongside fellow fashion greats Karl Lagerfeld and Alexander McQueen, and for brands such as Chanel, Lagerfeld and Givenchy, met and mingled with consumers, posing for photographs and offering fashion advice.

“It’s such an honour to be working with one of the United Kingdom’s best-loved department stores and I couldn’t be happier to be part of the Designers at Debenhams,” says Julien. “The fabulous ladies of Dubai love glamour and sophistication and that’s what my STAR label epitomises.”

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