Initiated by the Art Dubai Group and supported by Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture), Art Week is the region’s largest cultural festival taking place in the UAE every March as part of Dubai’s Art Season.
The 9th edition of Art Week starts on Saturday March 16 with over 500 events taking place over seven days across three Emirates – Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah. As a testament to the UAE’s thriving and dynamic cultural scene, this year’s Art Week sees a 25% increase in venues staging events throughout the week, with over 80 venues filled with exhibitions, panel discussions, film screenings, workshops and live performances.
For the first time, a selected range of activities, all open to the public, are available to view on Art Dubai’s website; searchable by category and location, listing the highlights of the Week and what not to miss. The website is supported by a free print guide to Art Week in partnership with My Art Guides, available at Art Dubai and arts venues across the UAE.
Art Dubai, the flagship cultural event of Art Week, returns to Madinat Jumeirah, March 20-23, with its most extensive programme to date comprising of four gallery sections, performance art and music, talks and workshops, special projects and family programming. For its 13th edition the fair introduces Bawwaba, a new section focused on projects about Latin America, the Middle East, Africa and Central and South Asia, and UAE NOW which explores the evolving landscape of the country’s independent local artist-run platforms.
The 6th edition of Dubai Art Season ‘Take a Walk on the Art Side’ runs from March 1 –April 30. Under the patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice Chairman of Dubai Culture & Arts Authority, SIKKA Art Fair returns for its 9th edition in the heart of Old Dubai at Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood from March 16-24 . The fair, the first to open during Art Week, reflects 2019 as the Year of Tolerance in the UAE by bringing together emerging regional talents displaying works under the theme An Open Window to Art and Tolerance. For the first time this year, Sikka Art Fair will offer two distinctive but intertwined experiences: ‘Sikka by Day,’ celebrating Al Fahidi tenants, the neighbourhood, and their art exhibitions and installations; and ‘Sikka by Night’ where multiple cultural activations will be hosted.
On March 18, Alserkal Avenue’s Galleries Night will provide an extended-hours evening of exhibitions, commissions, artist talks, guest projects, screenings, tours and workshops. Not to be missed on this vibrant evening is Concrete’s Fabric(ated) Fractures, a group exhibition presented in collaboration with the Samdani Art Foundation featuring works from artists with a connection to Bangladesh. Concurrently, DIFC Art Nights presents a fusion of art, culture and entertainment with a number of exhibitions and creative activities.
Across town in Jaddaf Waterfront, the newly opened Jameel Arts Centre presents its inaugural exhibition Crude as well as a selection of Artist’s Rooms by Maha Malluh, Seher Shah and Randhir Singh, Hemali Bhuta and Farah Al Qasimi and an array of talks related to exhibitions and activities happening across the UAE. Elsewhere in Dubai, Tashkeel presents a group exhibition of 30 works by artists living and working in the UAE.
Beyond Dubai, visitors to the Louvre Abu Dhabi, can view works by Rembrandt van Rijn and Johannes Vermeer for the first time in the Middle East. Also making a debut in the region is the The Princely Collections, featuring key figures in the Late Renaissance and Baroque artistic movements, presented at the 16th annual Abu Dhabi Festival at ADMAF in Manarat Al Saadiyat. Other Abu Dhabi debuts include Swiss artist Zimoun’s survey exhibition at the NYU Abu Dhabi Art Gallery and Warehouse421’s group exhibition focusing on the development of six of the key Abjads (consonantal alphabets) of the Middle East.
A major highlight of the calendar this year is the 14th edition of the Sharjah Biennial, which takes over spaces at the Sharjah Art Foundation, Sharjah Art Museum, the Emirates Fine Art Society and stretches across to venues on the East Coast. Elsewhere in the Emirate, Maraya Arts Centre host UAE Unlimited’s fifth collaborative exhibition and Sharjah Art Museum presents the long-term exhibition Century in Flux: Highlights from the Barjeel Art Foundation.
Lacoste is an awesome French brand. Its roots are in tennis, of course, and the founder’s great prowess at the game. Added bonus: It has the peerless, first-ever fashion emoji logo—the crocodile, which was inspired by his defensive nickname.
Louise Trotter, formerly at Joseph, has been brought in to refine Lacoste’s fashion identity and help push it up the rankings. With this debut collection, she sometimes drifted into the Zone, that unforced sweet spot of inspiration and relaxation in which players produce their best game.
The 13th century Musée de Cluny plays host to the first Women’s and Men’s collection designed by Bruno Sialelli for the house of Lanvin, sublimating the illustrious heritage of the Parisian maison in the midst of its own renaissance. As the first true purveyor of lifestyle, Lanvin encompasses a prismatic vision of fashion. Contemplating the life and
times of our founder Jeanne Lanvin, a vital optimism permeates this respectful evolution– acknowledging the maison as a florilegium of creative energy. Embodying a folkloric spirit, the Fall Winter 2019 collection roams from the Rue Saint-Honoré to Brest and far beyond, reminiscing upon cinematic and literary personas through history.
Reviving Lanvin’s playful narrative in a symphony of romantic archetypes, Sialelli draws upon a multitude of moods: from nautical to bucolic, regal to childlike, the collection personifies lyrical conversations in cloth. Pre-Raphaelite colours depart from Lanvin ‘quattrocento’ blue into powdery shades of avocado, absinthe, banana and bergamot warmed by mahogany, navy, tomato and a blaze of ultraviolet. Inciting pure comfort and a suite of leisurely pursuits, classic shapes are spliced with sensual fabrications,
as Norwegian blankets, exotic Fair Isles, and giant clan tartans swaddle inherently French garments. ‘Whole garment’ knits create sinuous volumes shaped in cashmere and lurex, whilst the vareuse from Brittany, the heart-collar caban, zipped blousons and riding coats are rendered in cashmere, gabardine, intarsia shearling or wool gazar.
Passing from myths to modern fairy-tales, graphics flit from Paul Iribe’s logo La femme et l’enfant (1924) on stamped muslin to mosaic monogram pyjama silks and delicate marguerite micro-florals. Evoking the whimsy of Cécile and Jean de Brunhoff’s Babar the Elephant books, illustrated scenes float over crewneck twinsets and foulard riding boots, whilst tufted hares and foxes frolic across transparent tulle. Sensuous and in perfect symmetry, shaped necks and contoured sleeves impart blouses or dresses with a medieval line, as the scrolling imprint of illuminated manuscripts is writ large across
silk twill. Faded Merovingian splendour is woven throughout, from gilded leather amulets and dipped thimble rings to St. George’s dragon resplendent on embroidered velvet.
Voluminous kaftan gowns trail with linings inside and out, layered with bands of lace, pleated satin, and portrait print georgette.
Lanvin’s muse is embellished with abandon, adorned from head to toe with heraldic charm jewellery and porcelain chokers, fruit minaudières and salome wedges in Viennese metalwork. Grounding the season’s mystic vision, satchels, flat totes and asymmetric bucket bags are crafted in supple suede, canvas and calfskin to match fringed tennis shoes, studded clogs and moulded moccasin boots.
Stella McCartney uses for her collections is harvested from certified sustainably managed forests in Sweden. But that’s just the beginning of her work around the topic this season. Different colors were added to the mens looks, with layering very clear.
For Balenciaga Fall Winter 2019, Demna Gvasalia presented 52 mens looks as part of the show. Like several shows this season, it felt like a clearing away any distractions throughout the design the show, so people can focus on the collection. so you could see silhouettes—the minimal cool tailoring with an upstanding, rounded shoulder-head, the button-less wrap-over cocoon coats and jackets, and the run of solemn, minimalistic chic pant suits calculated to please both men and women.
A new world for Gucci perfumes, a new story of magic and imagination in Luxury Collection: The Alchemist’s Garden.
Collection inspired by the science of alchemy, Alessandro Michele reimagines the path of transformation from lead into gold with the art of fragrance making to create seven eaux de parfum, four oils, three acque profumate and a candle.
The perfumer, Alberto Morillas worked with Alessandro Michele’s vision on a collection using pure natural plants and flowers layered with modern molecules. Blended through rediscovery, a hero ingredient is magnified for each scent: Oud, Amber, Violet, Iris, Mimosa, Rose and Woods. Every fragrance and every formula is created as an unicum, telling the story of a place, a moment, a season, and a smell of memory.
“The idea that some primary scents of perfumery, like the essences of the flowers, the green scent of some plants could be joined to atmospheres, linked to memories. And also link to the idea that a perfume in an alchemical way can through a scent bring you back to a different place, through a sense so strong and so important for every human being,” Gucci Creative Director Alessandro Michele.
Following a comprehensive upgrade, one of Porsche’s most popular models, the Macan, is now available in the market. With performance credentials that underline the model’s position as the true sports car in its segment, the latest generation was showcased to guests at a special event held by Porsche Centre Dubai, Al Nabooda Automobiles, at the showroom’s rooftop. The brand’s compact SUV has evolved in terms of comfort and driving dynamics, with two engine versions available at launch, the Macan and the more powerful Macan S.
The vehicle dynamics of the Macan remain a principle feature. The revamped chassis increases driving pleasure, offering stability and improved comfort thanks to newly developed mixed-size tyres, enhanced brakes and the intelligent all-wheel drive Porsche Traction Management (PTM) system. All combined, the Macan feels even more like a sports car than ever before.
The range of standard equipment has been further enhanced, thus increasing the attractiveness of the new model. Customers can now enjoy features, such as a panoramic sunroof, automatically dimming mirrors and ParkAssist in front and rear with reversing camera, at no extra costs.
Three new Breitling Aviator 8 Curtiss Warhawk watches honor Curtiss Wright, a renowned American aircraft manufacturer, and the Curtiss P-40 Warhawk, its most famous plane. The P-40 Warhawks were manufactured between 1938 and 1944. Two chronographs – one featuring a Breitling Manufacture Caliber 01 movement – have been introduced along with a stunning three-hand model.
Since 1884, Breitling has established a global reputation for high-precision timepieces, its pioneering role in the development of the wrist chronograph, and its uncompromising commitment to design excellence. With the brand’s storied association with aviation, Breitling has shared the finest moments in humankind’s conquest of the skies. Renowned for its spirit of innovation, it has also earned a place of privilege in the worlds of science, sport, and technology. Breitling manufactures its own movements in-house and the quality of every watch is confirmed by its status as a COSC-certified chronometer, made in Switzerland.
The sharp and couture-refined tailoring gives Anthony Vaccarello’s silhouettes a distinct and graphic elegance. Sculptural lines, inspired by the eighties, recall the sophisticated and liberated spirit of Betty Catroux, Bianca Jagger and Catherine Deneuve, iconic muses of the house.
Following the strict geometry, the Opium myth of red and gold embroideries turns into new dynamic shapes in precious materials. For the finale, in the mirrored kaleidoscopic show set, a black light unveils the contemporary, effortless aspect of Saint Laurent’s soul.
“Everything starts from the shoulder construction. The graphic sculptural tailoring gives a sharp sophistication to the liberated impulse of desire” Anthony Vaccarello
For this season the french designer took many of her most recognizable signatures on an urban safari of sorts, conjuring the scene with a palette of sandy neutrals and earth tones that recalled a desert landscape. An 80’s inspired looks with the use of the chunky sweaters and high-waist pants in beige and grey.