India Fashion Week Season 1 arrives in Dubai

India Fashion Week Season 1 in Dubai - Cherry CrossNot everyone can jet set to New York, London and Paris for bi-annual fashion week seasons (although we really really want to). Hence, some of us have to make do with local fashion weeks to quench that thirst.

When I got to know of India Fashion Week coming to Dubai, I quickly assumed it to be in the league of Lakme Fashion Week and signed up. I was pleasantly surprised at Shujaah (organizer’s) prompt reply to my queries via email, and connecting me to the person in charge. But from there on, it was one disappointment after the other.

I was promised a delivery of printed invites, and only received an e-invite after a couple of reminders. I arrived for the press conference, only to see hammers at work and men plastering wallpapers. I looked around, went to meet a friend who was showcasing (Shweta Wahi) and then finally chatted with an intern for Masala Magazine. I waited for an hour, keeping an eye for any hopeful movements but finally decided to leave.

I came back for Shweta’s show, which was scheduled for 6:30 PM but started at 9:00 PM. I was told that the models were rehearsing BETWEEN the shows (how does that work anyway?), they were seen tripping more than once and the designers showcasing were MOSTLY below average.

I wish I had something positive to say about the experience, but I don’t. It does not mean I don’t appreciate the effort; trust me, I do. Such shows provide a platform for upcoming designers to showcase their collections, and attract prospective buyers and boutiques. The management only needs to work on their administration, and raise the benchmark for designers who can participate, to make it a roaring success.

On second thoughts, maybe the presence of Meera Jee and Bipasha Basu made the efforts worth it after all :)

I don’t have many pictures from the shows, only some really bad quality ones I took with my new HTC Desire 816. Please visit to get a glimpse of India Fashion Week Season 1.

Did you attend the first season of India Fashion Week? Your comments?

Hits & Misses at Emmys 2014

Hollywood is abuzz with award ceremonies and fashion statements. Right after MTV’s VMA 2014, the biggest night of television was hosted in LA by Seth Meyers. Attendees included who’s who of the entertainment industry, and the fashionable display on the red carpet left us enchanted.

Here’s who made it to our LOVE list:

Lizzie Kaplan in Donna Karan Atelier

Lizzie Kaplan in Donna Karan Atelier – Monochrome Magic!

Julia Roberts in Elie Saab

Julia Roberts in Elie Saab – Good to see those legs again Julia!

Joanne Froggatt

Joanne Froggatt – Elegance Personified!

Allison Janney

Allison Janney – Drape ‘em in style!

Behati Prinsloo in Prada

Behati Prinsloo in Prada – Very Elie Saab-ish but absolutely gorgeous!

January Jones in Prabal Gurung

January Jones in Prabal Gurung – OMG! This was what fashion fantasies are made of!

Allison Williams in Giambattista Wali Couture

Allison Williams in Giambattista Wali Couture – Because Yellow makes it all alright!

Michelle Dockery in Rosie Assoulin

Michelle Dockery in Rosie Assoulin – Layers and such!

Kate Walsh in Stephane Rolland

Kate Walsh in Stephane Rolland – A peplum here and a tail there….

Natasha Lyonne

Natasha LyonneNatasha Lyonne – A fiery lace number for you

On second thoughts, I would leave out the misses from Emmys Red Carpet – Why not just focus on all that’s gorgeous and fashionable.

So who was your favorite on the red carpet at Emmys 2014?


Guess Jeans FW 2014 (2)For Fall 2014, GUESS goes back to its roots, taking inspiration from the authentic American soul of Nashville, otherwise known as Music City. The advertising campaign features models Gigi Hadid, Bojana Ksrmanovic, Samantha Hoopes, Yara Khmidan, Silviu Tolu and Nick Fouquet photographed in the city where a musician’s dreams are made.

Guided by Paul Marciano, Creative Director for GUESS?, Inc., and shot by longtime collaborator, Ellen Von Unwerth, the Fall 2014 campaign captures the GUESS Girls and Guys embodying the spirit of Nashville while personifying the authenticity and heritage of the GUESS brand. The images follow sexy and adventurous GUESS Girls exploring Nashville as musicians on a quest for shopping, music and fun. Playful and free‐spirited poses are captured while they bring the viewer on this exciting journey through Nashville, letting the city bring them an experience filled with discovery and opportunity.

Where country meets rock n’ roll, the gorgeous GUESS Girls are seen strolling through town in a variety of denim‐focused looks, including high‐waist jeans paired with western‐inspired chambray button down shirts, classic denim pencil skirts and jackets mixed with modern styles embellished with studs and  fringe. Dresses in romantic floral prints, satin and lace are mixed into the looks to beautifully complement the strong denim pieces. Laid‐back and carefree GUESS Guys are seen in true cowboy fashion exploring romance around the city in classic chambray shirts embellished with metallic collar tips paired with a graphic tees and leather jackets.

Guess Jeans FW 2014 (4)

Guess Jeans FW 2014 (1)

Guess Jeans FW 2014 (3)


Held last night at The Forum in Inglewood, MTV’s VMA for the year had interesting red carpet fashion moments. From nearly naked Amber Rose to seductively sheer Kendall Jenner and haggard Kim Kardashian (motherhood much?), celebrities did their best to put the best fashion foot first – some stumbled and some strutted right through. Here’s our lowdown on best and worst dressed.

Jennifer Lopez can do no wrong at the red carpet, and stuns once again in her Charbel Zoe dress

Jennifer Lopez can do no wrong at the red carpet, and stuns once again in her Charbel Zoe dress

Katy Perry immitates Britney Spears Denim Statement on the red carpet

Katy Perry imitates Britney Spears Denim Statement on the red carpet

Ariana Grande in Moschino.... Metallic Love!

Ariana Grande in Moschino…. Metallic Love!

Taylor Swift ditches pants for Mary Katrantzou's short romper - Miley influence you reckon?

Taylor Swift ditches pants for Mary Katrantzou’s short romper – Miley influence you reckon?

Kendall Jenner in an Alon Livne mesh top and trousers - One of my absolute favorites!

Kendall Jenner in an Alon Livne mesh top and trousers – One of my absolute favorites!




Who was your favorite from last night’s VMA cherries?

P.S. Average, been-there-done-that looks have been omitted – for obvious reasons.

The Art of Gifting “BIG” at Cherry CrossWhen I was at Axact, we were pretty enthusiastic about birthdays and weddings. We used to plan way in advance about what presents to buy, where to celebrate, what food to order and other such details. As time passed, we got way too busy to plan such momentous events (and the increasing size of our department didn’t help either). It got to a point where we just collected cash, dumped it in a plain ol’ envelope and presented with an absent smile. Sad state of affairs.

That got me thinking –> What if there were a personal shopper for gifts? Or a service that somehow manages it for you? And this is how I landed at Gift registry is a very common concept in west and one that’s becoming  popular in East as well. is based on the same idea, whereby you can send gifts to your loved ones in Middle East from anywhere in the world. Moreover, you can get together with your friends to pitch in for something big – say honeymoon tickets for your newly wed best friend? Or a new laptop for that unemployed dork you have for cousin? at Cherry CrossHow it works –> Quite simple. Visit, create a group gift for the occasion, pick a gift card from over 60+ options (from fashion, beauty to electronics, wellness, entertainment and dining), customize your card, invite friends to pitch in and voilà – you are done! Your beloved can redeem the voucher at their convenience, and pick gifts that they REALLY like. Art of gifting has been made so much simpler with

I am off to get some beauty goodies from Faces with my voucher :) Share the post with friends and family to drop ‘subtle’ hints (and sharing is SEXY) – Happy Gifting and Shopping lovelies!

Fashionista’s Guide to Egypt

Fashionista's Guide to EgyptIn recent years, Egypt has positioned itself as one of the cultural hubs in our part of the world. Known for ethnic fashion and old-school shopping sprees, this land is full of hidden gems if you know how and where to look.

Since my travel bone is tickling, I am looking at places to visit – my criteria are quite simple: Fun, inexpensive and happening. Egypt, and more specifically Cairo, meets the checklist and here I am, exploring possibilities.

Before venturing out, I need to know where to SHOP. Oh please, you are a guy and will never understand the pleasure of a good bargain, so don’t judge me. Anyway, coming back to shopping. Egypt, like many Middle Eastern countries, houses two distinct kinds of experiences. One is the traditional souk, where shops and carts are splayed around, selling everything from gold and spices to artisan pieces and home ware. On the flipside, they offer modern shopping experiences as well, with beautiful malls, air-conditioned interiors, brands from around the world and prices at par with the international outlets.

Despite the price advantage, I have never been drawn to Souks. I fancy comfort during vacation, and souks can get hot and tiresome.  Having said that, you can’t visit Egypt and not go to Khan El Khalili in Cairo.  This 500 years old maze of streets, lanes, stores, and shops occupies the center of Islamic Cairo and forming one of the most famous touristic markets in the world. It is the perfect place for gifts and souvenirs, and if you go deeper, you will find wonderful jewelry, glass, copper, and brassware items. Word of advice: YOU MUST BARGAIN!

Khan el Khalili in Cairo, Egypt
Now, for some upmarket shopping experience, here are the most recommended destinations for you:

  • 50A Concept Store: Fancy international labels? Then this is the place for you to be at!
  • Pepper Closet: Chic multi-brand store that houses covetable fashion brands
  • Amuse: Cairo’s hub for art and design enthusiasts
  • El Herrera: Grassroots Egyptian culture meets fashion
  • Mounaya Gallery: Love statement accessories? Visit Mounaya.
  • Sami Amin: Your retailer for all things leather and brass
  • Orange Square: Got a man with you? Take him to Orange Square for tailored suits.

So what do you think à Have I missed anything? Or you got a favorite that’s not in the list? Do share in the comment box below!

Travel Essentials: Neutrogena

Neutrogena's Product Review at Cherry Cross

Neutrogena’s Product Review at Cherry Cross

Some brands are like your favorite cosy blanket – they have been there for as long as you can remember and are essentially fail-proof. Neutrogena is one such brand, with a loyal following regionally and internationally. And with travel season upon us, let’s see if we need their products to keep our skin flawless and camera-ready?

Recently, I got to try four products by the brand, and here’s what I think about them:

Neutrogena’s Visibly Clear Pore & Shine Daily Wash: This is one of my two favorites from the bunch. With tangerine meets mint and bumps into lime kind of fragrance, the daily wash works fabulously to take the grit off your skin, leaving it clean and refreshed. The packaging is rather simple – with clear bottle and easy to use pump. It works well for blackhead removal as well, and comes in handy when you are too lazy to remove makeup. Love it! Word of caution: People with dry skin might not love it much.

Neutrogena’s Visibly Clear Pore & Shine Daily Scrub: Now here’s a scrub that a major softy. A cream based potion, this scrub is gentle on your skin and works to minimize blackheads. Having said that, it isn’t my favorite for it doesn’t “Scrub” well. If you know what I mean…

Neutrogena’s Hand Cream: With the abundance of moisturizers available, we are shamelessly spoilt! This one, however, isn’t your sweet smelling, butter-soft creamery. This basic and boring tube contains fragrance free, fast absorbing, moisturizing  cream that works like a charm on dryness. The only thing that leaves me wanting is fragrance – life isn’t fair, but beauty products should be! Besides mindless vanity, this is a fab product to battle dryness and nourish your cuticles.

Neutrogena’s 6 Hours Protection Lip Balm: I love how it feels on my lips!! Remember good ol’ vaseline? This is an improved, beauty-oriented version of it. It’s non sticky, comes in a tube with rounded tip, and is super easy to use. It will keep your lips moisturized for quite some time (not 6 hours for me but long enough). The small tube lasts FOREVER, and is a must-buy!

Another note-worthy thing is that this product is extremely pocket-friendly and available easily. We recommend purchase, and repurchase!

It’s a MAC Thing!

ads2I have heard SO much about MAC that it’s surprising that I haven’t raided their stores yet. I am not a pro at buying makeup (honesty!) and usually get by with gifts (voluntary or forcefully given by my dearest sisters). But I think it’s time I break my MAC virginity and get some beauty goodies for myself.

And the best thing that could happen to a confused shopper is a gorgeous blogger doing a post on what should a first-time MAC shopper buy. I owe it to Vivanna Does Makeup big time. So here’s what she suggested I (or a MAC virgin) should buy:

MAC 217 Brush – Even though I’m still pretty crappy when it comes to eyeshadow application, I was way crappier in pre-MAC 217 times. There’s something about the shape and fluffiness of this brush that just does the work for you, blending and diffusing the colour exactly where you want it. I have to say the lazy brush cleaner inside of me is tempted to pick up another…

MAC Eyeshadow in All That Glitters – The only eyeshadow in the history of eyeshadows that I’ve been in ownership of that has a dent in it where you can see the pan at the bottom. If that’s not the sign of a much-loved beauty product then I don’t know what is. A peachy, golden, champagne-y, pink, it’s a tough colour to pin down but one that’s just so flattering on the lids. It looks particularly good in the summer, paired with a hella load mascara and not much else. Load. Me. Up.

MAC Lipstick in Patisserie – Well, well, well, we all knew that this would be here didn’t we. Easily my most worn lipstick over the past twelve months I can’t find fault with it. A classic ‘MLBB’, it goes with whatever eye thing I’ve got going on and can be slicked on without a mirror – which we all know is the sign of a kick-ass lipstick. There’s a hint of shimmer to it, but don’t let that put you off, it’s just one of those ‘subtly enhancing’ things that won’t make you look like you’ve regressed back to the ’90′s. Promise.

MAC Mineralise Skinfinish Natural – Ah ha! Finally the secret to ridiculously flawless looking skin. I don’t like to look like a doll-version of myself on a daily basis, but when I’m filming and need something to keep away my cheek crease sweats (nice), this is perfect and makes the complexion look seriously polished. This can be avoided with a light hand of course and actually over a tinted moisturiser it sits nicely and no matter how much you build it up itnever goes cakey. If you’re a non-powder lover who’s in the market for a new one then I’d point you in the direction of this.

MAC Lip Pencil in Cherry – If you need a red lip liner then this is your guy. I’ve yet to find a red that this didn’t work with. It’s a classic formula, so expect things to be a bit dry and matte, but that’s what makes it so long lasting and a good choice for painting all over the lips on its own and leaving it at that. If I had a penny for every time I’d asked a girl what red she was wearing and she said this, well a Tom Ford Perfume wouldn’t be on my wishlist – you know what I’m saying? 

I am all set for my shopping spree at MAC – Are there any must-have, ‘if MAC discontinued it you’d send them a curtly worded letter’ products to add to the list?

Goodbye Cosmo. Hello Porter.

Porter Magazine at Cherry Cross

Porter Magazine at Cherry Cross

If you are still unaware of my obsession with magazines, you probably are not following me, at least not enough. Or at all. Anyway, I will say it again for you my dear reader – My ultimate dream is to land a job at a fashion magazine, as an Editor. And so far, I knew my destination was Cosmopolitan. Or so I thought.

But lo and behold, for another GIANT has entered and TAKEN OVER the publishing world.

PORTER is the game-changing new fashion magazine – powered by NET-A-PORTER.COM – for the stylish, intelligent woman of now.

Delivering an authoritative global point of view and a bespoke curation of fashion, beauty, travel and culture, PORTER combines the intimacy of print with the instant gratification technology allows, meaning that you can shop everything that inspires you directly from the page in two ways – either through the innovative digital edition or with the free NET-A-PORTER shopping app.

Moreover, this publication actually offers something to read, instead of just glossy pages with high-resolution pictures of products I would have to starve for 3 months to buy. Almost fashion literature if you like – timeless, educating, engaging and the one that leaves its mark. It’s much pricey here in Dubai, AED 60/issue, whereas you can get a yearly subscription for 17GBP. That is actually one heck of a bargain!

PORTER tops my list of favorite magazines; following PORTER would be Elle, Emirates Woman, Harper Bazaar and Cosmopolitan (listed in the order of preference). All these have Middle Eastern editions and hence preferred. Publications like Vogue, Marie Claire and W don’t have their regional editions for this part of the world yet, so I tend to buy them once in a few months.

For weekly buzz, I love my Grazia and Ahlan. And then there are my favorite blogs for daily fashion fix. Click here to check out my favorite blogs.

I do like to read other genres as well; I used to be a Reader’s Digest fan at one point. I also flip through Friday, OK and lifestyle section of newspapers.

So, that’s my magazine shopping cart for you. What magazines do You religiously follow, and love?

Launch Invite: Hottest New Cosmetic Hub in Dubai

Media Invite for DBC Members

Media Invite for DBC Members

You’re invited to the launch of Beverly Hills Aesthetic & Medical Centre on 12 August 2014 from 5pm-8pm.

Get the first look at the facilities, meet and greet the  team of cosmetic experts, get complimentary skin analysis and enjoy light refreshments .

Location: Beverly Hills Aesthetic & Medical Centre. Villa 460, Jumeirah 2, Al Wasl Road. Near EPPCO petrol station. Dubai.

It would be fantastic to see you there.



Beverly Hills Aesthetic & Medical Centre offers a complete range of medical and aesthetic solutions for hair, skin and body, and is committed to providing state-of-the-art patient care, tailored to the needs of communities spanning the GCC region.

Their team comprises of highly qualified, expert cosmetic dermatologists, cosmetic surgeons, aesthetic therapists and dieticians. Treatments are completely safe and administered using world-class equipment and products, and include GentleMax Pro laser hair removal, skin rejuvenation, pigmentation solutions, Titan skin tightening, HydraFacial and clinical peels. Additionally, Beverly Hills Aesthetic & Medical Centre offers treatments for acne, hair loss and bacterial and fungal infections, among others.