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The musician artist

There is a fierce sense of humor in Ihab Shaker’s new collection, currently exhibiting in Safar Khan. The extensive collection that includes works done in oils, pencil and ink feels like a commentary about Egypt with great imagery and mute musical notation. The exhibition reveals an artist of versatile talents. Shaker’s career encompasses a well-known …

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Step into spring with the latest urban wear

This has been a challenging year for fashion. New trends have formed as designers and fashion conscious shoppers take a new approach to dressing. People are dressing in bolder and brighter pieces in defiance of the gloom of the global recession. Many designers have taken into consideration that the days of dressing extravagantly are now …

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Bespoke Bags: Nuniz starts a trend in Cairo

High quality leather bags made only from local resources are the new talk of town, thanks to Nadia Zurkani, whose Maadi workshop has revived the production of and the demand for the trendy made-in-Egypt brand, Nuniz. Zurkani – known to friends and family as Nuniz – wants to fill a gap in the Egyptian leather …

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Tahir Sultan: A cut above the rest

There is a new phenomenon in Cairo that few people will have the fortune to experience: the first Spring/Summer 2009 collection by Tahir Sultan. Crafted by a young man whose training in fashion design was extensive, and fashion philosophy is well grounded, the new line includes pieces that bridge the gap between art and fashion. …

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Tamarai: Cairo's new shining nightspot

Tamarai opened its doors early January amid whispers across the city about who would be invited to the opening night. Reservation numbers were never answered, and trying to pull strings to get a booking was impossible for close to six weeks after opening. I only managed to get my humble self and a party of …

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Brides and grooms, here's a tip

Planning a wedding takes a lot of patience, drive and emotional investment; and could potentially lead to a break up. So many couples would benefit from a mediator, or better yet, someone to assuage their fears and assume responsibility for the whole ordeal. A convenience abroad, wedding planning services is a relatively new phenomenon in …

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El Horreyya Designs: the hippest way of being charitable

The recent images of the Israeli genocide of innocent civilians in Palestine has caused much outrage; and vehement claims for the urgency of pan-Arab unity was met by a very weak showing of high society charity fund raisers, university students rallying to collect donations for medical aid and very little progress on the part of …

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A touch of pashmina

The simple woolen knit that was handmade with love by your grandmother; those ever-elusive silk scarves and delicate pashmina throws are more than just fashion or weather dictates. Silk scarves are synonymous with elegant French women shopping on Avenue Montaigne, tied short and tightly in a perfect sailor’s knot around a very slim neck. There …

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Jewelry still sparkles despite global recession

There s a touch of aristocracy to the house of Bajocchi, a family jewelry business that was established in Egypt in 1900 and to this day stands regally in its historic location on 45 Abdel Khalek Tharwat St. in the heart of Downtown Cairo. Hailing from Italy, the family of Bajocchi have been jewelers for …

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Tossoonian reconciles sculpture with poetry

The second solo exhibition by Sarkis Tossoonian, currently hosted by Safar Khan Gallery in Zamalek, proved to be once again a brilliant illustration of Tossoonian’s ability to merge the aloofness of metal work with human warmth. Tossoonian has designated unconventional names to his pieces – whether the humorous or the poetic – such as “Jovially, …

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Style predictions for 2009

It has been an interesting year for fashion: taste has become more refined as styles sailed away from once celebrated notions of excess. Bling is out, and lady like elegance is back in vogue. Séances of fashion spirits have taken place on both runways and in the workplace as Audrey Hepburn elegance and Jackie O. …

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Fusion flair at Indigo

The team that presented Cairo with Club 35 has recently celebrated the opening of their new restaurant, Indigo, in First Mall, Giza providing a venue similar in style and feel to some of those one makes a special trek to in London or Paris. The spacious restaurant overlooks a stunning view of the Nile, making …

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Links of Interest

The site www.urbanvegan.net provides vegan recipes of all sorts by a woman who follows a vegan lifestyle herself. With daily recipes added, its one woman’s shared efforts about the struggles of keeping vegan in a carnivorous world with innovative recipes that modify typical meat and dairy recipes with vegan substitutes. Stumbleupon is like a remote …

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Don't poke fun at grandpa's plaid

It is the print of the Scots and geriatrics, slightly formal and often derided as being wholly ‘uncool’ for young fashionistas; but today, plaid is back with a vengeance. Yes the term is plaid if you reside in North America, but it is tartan if you are in Scotland or Europe. Plaid is a material …

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The year's top 10 restaurants

It has been a delightful year for any foodie living in Cairo. By foodie, I mean anyone with a keen curiosity about all things food related. From cooking it to eating it, 2008 was witness to Cairo’s finest restaurants growing from strong to stronger, making a foodie such as myself quite indulged throughout the year. …

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Unique gift ideas and where to find them

It is that time of the year when expectations are set high by friends and families whose birthdays and anniversaries you ignored or forgot over the year. Armed with good intentions and hope, it s time to make your holiday purchases. Cairo, to the surprise of many, offers a plethora of possibilities for those seeking …

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Capturing life with flair

At a time when Egyptian talent and interest in photography is increasing, the work of Toufic Araman has garnered exceptional attention. In less than four years, Araman has learned not only how to handle a camera, but how to capture a variety of subjects with a unique eye. A versatile photographer, Araman is a photojournalist, …

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Souad Mardam Bey paints with her wand again

Souad Mardam Bey has painted magic again. Ethereal and ephemeral figures and silhouettes grace her canvases in a collection that has outdone her previous exhibitions. All her subjects, humans and animals alike, are fantastical and whimsical. Horses with beautiful braiding, Nubian figures in intricate turbans and old styled fezzes and galabeyyas styled as if they …

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Eklego: Young duo nominated for dynamic designs

This year’s Emirates Glass LEAF Awards were said to be the most hotly contested competition since the inception of the award five years ago. Recognizing excellence in architecture in both residential and commercial sectors, the awards emphasize innovation of design, structural design and sustainable development. Representing the best of Egypt’s young talent are interior designer …

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Red carpet glamour at the Cairo Film Festival

It’s not everyday international and Egyptian stars strut their stuff down the same red carpet, especially when this carpet is rolled out in the heart of Cairo. It was a rare chance to see – and scrutinize – the best and worst dressed celebs, from the elegant to the haughty, the simple to the extravagant. …

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Artisan delights for the ethnically inclined

It all started with jealousy, said Mounaya Gallery’s owner Ghada Abdelhak-Khalife laughingly. She is as warm as the gallery she has been running in Zamalek for three years with the help of her sister Rufayda and niece Rudayna selling artisan handcrafts. “I was jealous of non-famous brand boutiques abroad selling special pieces that are brand-less …

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