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French hairstylist José Eber – known internationally for his range of curling irons, flat irons and hairdryers – has opened his first international salon, José Eber La Loge, in Dubai.

His flagship location is in the heart of Beverly Hills, California, where he works almost exclusively with Hollywood celebrities. I booked myself in to the new salon for a blow-dry, eager to see whether the whole Beverly Hills-meets-Dubai experience would be any different from a date with my usual stylist.

There’s certainly an exclusive feel to the salon, which is nestled in the middle of the luxurious Emirates Hills community at the Golf Academy of Address Montgomerie. The main room where hair is cut, dried and styled is lined with long mirrors featuring reflective gold panels on the borders.

The seats resemble black honeycombs, the walls are tiled in marble with flecks of gold, and a tall vase of orchids is placed in one corner in front of a window draped with gauzy gold curtains. In the centre of the room hangs an ornate chandelier, with lampshades mirroring the majestic light-fittings placed along the salon’s walls.

Feel like a star after a blow-dry at José Eber La Loge in Dubai

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In French, “La Loge” means private room, hair stylist Jelena tells me, adding that everything was shipped from the United States to replicate the signature José Eber interiors.

I ask for a blow-dry with lots of volume and curled ends. My hair is naturally straight, and when stylists create curls using only brushes and the hair dryer, they usually don’t stay in place for more than a few hours. Jon, who works on my blow-dry, is aware of this and plugs in curling tongs to create the curl effect.

He takes his time with each handful of hair, and after all of it has been curled with the tongs, uses his fingers to lightly brush out the curls, giving them a more natural and less controlled and structured look. Every now and then he turns my chin to the side and steps back to examine his work, fluffing out a section of hair here or patting down a tuft of hair there.

Finally, he lifts up the top layers of hair for some backcombing, essential to the big-hair look that I’m going for. After he settles it into its final shape, I glance at the mirror and am delighted with the result. I ask Jon if there’s any way that I can extend this look for a week – if there are any particular products that I need to buy. He advises me to get some L’Oreal dry shampoo.

Though I’m a bit hesitant to go more than two days without washing my hair, I manage to make the hairstyle last five whole days, with a few sprays of dry shampoo in the mornings for three days.

Overall, the experience was top-notch and personalised. If I were attending a wedding or glamorous red-carpet event, I would certainly go back.

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نوشته شده در چهارشنبه 18 آذر 1394 ساعت 11:13 توسط : عنوان وبلاگ | دسته : | 105 بازدید
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  • On late Tuesday, Pete Wentz, bassist for the rock ’n’ roll punk band Fall Out Boy, was at the Mary Boone Gallery in Chelsea examining “Two Napoleons Crossing the Alps,” a 2015 painting by Peter Saul. Mr. Saul, 81, is a father of the Pop Art movement, and for the gallery show, he copied old masters in his familiar Day-Glo style.

    “Do you know what that means?” he asked, pointing to the painting, which depicts Napoleon seated on a horse.

    “No,” a visitor replied. “Do you?”

    “Let’s look it up,” he said, fishing his iPhone out of his pocket and pulling up an image of the 1801 painting by Jacques-Louis David, “Napoleon Crossing The Alps,” upon which the painting was based.

    “The cape looks exactly the same,” Mr. Wentz said. But Mr. Saul’s Napoleon was accompanied by a woman in a lime green outfit, his hand tucked inside her blouse, seemingly caressing her ample bosom.

    “Looks like it’s wandering a little bit,” Mr. Wentz said, smiling.


    Mr. Wentz, 36, has admired Mr. Saul’s paintings ever since seeing a 1984 portrait of Ronald Reagan. Mr. Wentz is a painter himself who regularly visits museums in Los Angeles, where he lives. He recently visited the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, where the “Rain Room,” a popular installation that uses motion detectors, is on display.

    “It was so cool,” Mr. Wentz said. “You need to experience stuff or you grow up hating it.”

    On this rainy afternoon, the gallery was mostly empty, except for a few stragglers who walked in, peered inside and quickly left. That was fine with Mr. Wentz. “I’m not good at connecting,” he said, his voice echoing against the concrete floor. “I always have too much anxiety.”

    He turned to Mr. Saul’s “Louis XIV Feeds His Pets,” a reimagining of Hyacinthe Rigaud’s “Louis XIV,” and was struck by the artist’s vibrant colors. “Who wouldn’t want a couple of pink dogs?” he said. “I do have yellow sneakers,” added Mr. Wentz, who was otherwise dressed in a black coat and charcoal pants, in sharp contrast to the explosion of blue, yellow and crimson before him.

    He paused, pointing at Louis XIV’s lemon-colored shoes. “Red and yellow, though, is tough,” he said. “There is a fine line between rocking it and having everyone call you ‘bananas.’”

    Mr. Wentz is no stranger to fashion. In 2006, he started a street wear line, Clandestine Industries, which made hoodies and T-shirts with a bat heart logo. It lasted about six years. “I do think the world wants you to be one thing if you are good at it, especially if they don’t know you for anything else,” he said. “But my brain doesn’t work like that, with just one kind of idea.”

    Indeed, he has dabbled in many creative areas. In 2005, he wrote a book about his recurring childhood nightmares, “The Boy With the Thorn in His Side.” He has appeared as a host of “Best Ink,” a reality TV show about tattoo artists. He is a co-owner of a nightclub.

    And in 2008, he had his own art show at Gallery 1988 in Los Angeles with his friend Travie McCoy, a rapper and singer-songwriter. The show, “Without You I’m Just Me,” suggested an affinity for street art. He experimented using spray paint over rubber cement, which he once burned.

    As he ambled around the gallery, Mr. Wentz stared at each painting intently, pointing out the obvious differences but also finding the connection to his life experience. He gasped when he saw “Art and Money,” a montage of dollar bills, paint brushes and a gush of red and orange that flowed like spilled liquid across the canvas. “It looks like blood,” he said.

    Artists are often asked to sacrifice something to stay commercially viable, he said. He has pondered this, especially now as he has two children and a home in the San Fernando Valley. “You get into music because it’s your passion,” Mr. Wentz said. “But then everyone grows up and has a mortgage.”

    Mr. Wentz marveled that, despite Mr. Saul being an octogenarian, his work had the contemporary sensibilities of younger artists. “It’s hard not to get stuck,” he said.

    And that’s the same quandary whether one is a painter or musician. “It’s like remixes,” he said of Mr. Saul’s “Birth of Venus,” which looked more like a dissembled Picasso than Alexandre Cabanel’s 1863 painting that it is based upon. “I feel like it’s an interesting way to have a new generation of people looking at something different.”

    That may also explain why Fall Out Boy recently released a hip-hop version of its 2015 rock album, “American Beauty/American Psycho.” Called “Make America Psycho Again,” it has the original tracks remixed with different rap or hop-hop artists, including Azealia Banks and Wiz Khalifa.

    As he left the gallery to grab coffee at the nearby Rail Line Diner, he marveled at how mainstream Fall Out Boy had become since its early bad-boy days. Indeed, he was headed to the White House in two days to play at the lighting of the National Christmas Tree.

    “We are this crazy punk band and we are playing a Christmas show with Miss Piggy,” he said, shaking his head. “I love it.”

    نوشته شده در دوشنبه 16 آذر 1394 ساعت 11:38 توسط : عنوان وبلاگ | دسته : | 135 بازدید
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  • When it comes to a study of French savoir-faire it is hard to surpass the past weekend's Chantilly Arts & Elegance. Now in its second year, the event draws together classic car collectors and concept car enthusiasts for a festival of automotive appreciation, housed within the grounds of the majestic Chateau de Chantilly.

    However, in addition to the respective rallies and automobile parades, the elite event programme also included a world-class polo match, Bonhams car auction, black tie gala within the Chateau's Great Stables and a genteel garden party hosted by perhaps the world's quietest luxury brand, Moynat.

    So what attracted the French leather goods maison that does virtually no communications and certainly no advertising to such an event? 'We were a pioneer in the automobile world,' explains Moynat CEO Guillaume Davin, who together with creative director Ramesh Nair (who worked at Hermès prior) discreetly relaunched the 166-year-old luggage brand in late 2011. 'We were the first trunk maker to patent an automobile trunk in 1902, which was designed with a curve to fit exactly on the roof of the very first automobiles.'


    The story goes that founder Pauline Moynat wanted to respect the silhouette of the automobile, and therefore designed her Limousine trunks to precisely fit the curves of these early cars, without the need for a metal luggage holder. 'We are quite proud of it because it is far more difficult to do a curved trunk that a flat trunk,' adds Davin. They were similarly customisable in a range of lacquered hues to match the car's paintwork.

    'She was also the only woman in that business,' he continues, of the brand that was established in 1849 (predating Goyard and Louis Vuitton) and then lay dormant from 1976 until Bernard Arnault bought the business through his private holding company and brought in Davin and Nair.

    'Chantilly is going to be as equally beautiful as Pebble Beach, which is really about elegance, or Goodwood that's about speed,' adds Davin of the fledgling festival. 'But here, we have the French joie de vivre.'

    A tour of Moynat's rue Saint-Honoré design room, located just above its flagship store, reinforces this spirit. 'It is 15 layers of paint,' explains Davin as an artisan hand paints 3D initials onto a tote bag. 'We don't use any patterns or screens. It is completely hand done in the size of your choice.'

    This message is reinforced at the brand's atelier, housed just a few streets away. 'We love the idea of doing things by hand and not using any shortcuts,' he says as a craftsman cuts leather pieces, which will make up the handle of their Sac Ballerine, with a scalpel. 'It is the reason why we stand apart.'

    In addition to its patented curved trunks, Moynat is also renowned for its intricate leather marquetry (whereby intarsias are created by tiling hand cut leather patterns), and hand carved wooden clutch bags. Here, there are no bold logos. The beauty of these bags lies in the smallest details.

    Even more surprising is that every single product for sale in the brand's three stores (Paris, Hong Kong and London included) is made within this 1st arrondissement atelier by one of the brand's 12 artisans under Nair's direction. A fact that has fuelled the premium brand's cult following worldwide.

    'We don't say waiting list, but there is a waiting time,' says Davin of their artisanal production scale. 'We try shapes that are sometimes very, very strange,' says Nair holding up the dual zip Swing bag and a sample of a rippled bowling bag that he's still toying with. 'We keep trying out things all the time.'

    'If Ramesh is convinced, it can go,' says Davin of the brand's streamlined design process. 'Sometimes we just make one or two,' adds Nair. 'That's the good thing about having this atelier.'

    While slow and steady is clearly winning this race, Moynat's immediate future holds a new store opening in Beijing this October with plans for New York there after. 'Within the next 10 years we would like to be in the 10 capitals of the world,' says Davin as a Bugatti goes under the hammer for 1.4 million euros.


    نوشته شده در سه شنبه 17 شهريور 1394 ساعت 18:56 توسط : عنوان وبلاگ | دسته : | 111 بازدید
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