Interviews

KM Talks To The Talented Tara Young – From Broadway To The UAE

[su_heading]Tara Young, 49, is Artistic Director of La Perle, a groundbreaking permanent show in Al Habtoor City, Dubai. The Canadian debuted as a performer on New York’s Broadway aged 18 in a show with Cabaret star Liza Minnelli. Ms Young has worked with LA Opera, New York City Opera, New York City Ballet and as Artistic Director of Michael Jackson’s ‘The Immortal’ world tour before former Cirque du Soleil creative Franco Dragone hired her for his China show and then La Perle. Here we talk to Ms. Young on her life and her future ambitions:[/su_heading] Q. What is a day…

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Let’s Get To Know The Lady Entrepreneur: Reem Abou Samra

[su_heading]Reem Abou Samra is a business woman at the top of her game with the ownership of fashion, beauty and lifestyle licenses under her belt. Some of those names include the celebrity hair salon, Jose Eber Laloge, Versace Kids, Samra jewelry amongst many. Reem is also a well connected socialite known for her lavish events and for being seen among the notable and elite members of the UAE society. She also participates in a lot of charity work and uses her position to give back to organisations such as the Rashid Centre for Disabled children with personal visits to the…

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An Interview with Natasha Rudatsenko: On Health and Wellness.

Natasha Rudatsenko (formally known as Natasha Stephenson) is a Dubai based health and fitness entrepreneur who describes herself as a ‘serial health nagger’ after regularly pestering family and friends into living a healthier lifestyle through a combination of yoga, exercise and good food. Originally from Estonia and educated in London, Natasha moved to Dubai in 2010 and has since gone on to launch a number of award winning businesses including Muncherie Organic Foods and RAWR Yoga. Shortly after moving to Dubai, Natasha fell in love with Hot Yoga from the first sweat. Becoming a regular class goer, she went to…

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On the Wings of Light : Art Noor chats with us about his latest work “Fragrance of Faith”

[su_heading size="20"]In last week of June, the holy month of Ramadan arrived. So did Art Noor’s solo exhibition of Paintings depicting the divine ‘99 names of Allah’.[/su_heading] Titled, “Fragrance of Faith”, it exhibited 48 artworks at Le Patio in St Regis Dubai on a much larger scale than his earlier exhibition which was held last Ramadan at Sofitel the Palm Dubai. He has been having the exhibitions on the same subject since 2004, when his first solo exhibition called ‘Noor’ was held in the UAE organized by Directorate of Art, Sharjah. Though invited, I couldn’t make it to the opening…

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Master of Turkish Couture: An Interview with Rasit Bagzibagli

[su_heading size="20"]Glamour and luxury exemplify the unparalleled collection of couture in Turkish Fashion Designer Rasit Bagzibagli’s dresses, bringing out every woman’s natural femininity and elegance with every drape and shimmer. As a curious 8-year-old, Rasit saw fashion in a reverie of bold colors, crepes, and silks and drawing inspiration from his mother’s couture fittings, decided to become a Fashion Designer at the tender age of 12. Rasit set up his first atelier at his family business in 2007, releasing his first female couture collection aged 21 and by 2013 he had presented his first ready-to-wear collection named RASHID, debuting in…

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The Perfume Story: An Interview with French Perfumer, Hervé Gambs.

[su_heading size="20"]For more than 20 years, Hervé Gambs, artistic director and floral fabric design initiator, imagines sensory experiences for unconventional luxury seekers. As a free thinker, his approach is meticulous and instinctive. He tries various olfactive ways and succeeds in giving a new refreshing meaning to the French traditional Haute Perfumery. He creates free, intimate and sensual fragrances as a mirror of his passion for authenticity. This contrast between raw and extreme sophistication soon became his trademark. In an exclusive interview, KM talk to the man that does it all, right from the aromatic distillation to the finish of a…

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An Interview with Sophie Allouche: On Natural Ingredients and Skincare.

[su_heading]Sophie Allouche, Founder of luxury skincare brand KOSME PARIS has always been very in touch with the environment and its effect on our health. Ever since she became a vegetarian, she has always been vigilant about petrochemicals such as parafins and oils, believing that animal fats or products made from them are harmful for your skin and the environment. After a chance encounter with an ethnobotanist, her interest in creating natural products grew and the rest has been history. Sophie maintains her vegetarian philosophy right from the ingredients of her products to her focus on ethical farming ensuring that each…

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An Entrepreneur In The Making: Interview with YouTuber Saygin Yalcin on StartUp Hero, Middle East’s First Entrepreneurial Show.

[su_heading]Saygin Yalcin, Founder of Startup Hero’s YouTube channel, which has over 136,000 subscribers making it the largest business focused channel in the Middle East, gives us tips on how to be a budding entrepreneur and on how to devise a potential idea for a successful business.[/su_heading] 1. When did the idea to start an entrepreneurial YouTube channel strike you? Why and how? A: The idea came after I became a course lecturer at the Canadian University of Dubai. I felt the need to create an environment that fosters a can-do culture and belief that business and entrepreneurship is not something…

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An Exclusive On LaLaQueen And The Brand’s Founder Sally Sarieddine

[su_heading size="17"]As Middle East flourishes in its style goals and aesthetic landscapes in the midst of chaos, Sally Sarieddine, the founder and the creative director behind LaLaQueen keeps the spirit of designing alive and well in her optimistic aura. We take you on with her from here on...[/su_heading] Q: As we read through your profile, we found out your love for creative energy as you shifted from theatre to advertising and then designing. How does that make you feel as an artist? The shift makes me feel like my creative energy is in constant challenge and has a freshness that…

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Meet Wafa Yahya – A Blogger, A Cosmetologist And A Hijabi.

[su_heading size="17"]Wafa Yahya is a young Hijabi blogger catering her beauty and fashion tips to local Middle Eastern girls. She is the owner of Wafa’s Diary and is an emerging face in the social media world. KM brings you an exclusive with Wafa focusing on our skincare concerns during Ramadan, her style tips and her take on Halal Cosmetics as a Muslim.[/su_heading] Q : In regards to Halal Cosmetics and Modest Beauty, what are your thoughts on vegan/cruelty free makeup? Do you consider vegan products as necessary a requirement in your makeup box as halal options? A : The word…

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