Born in 1968, ETRO features the word “Freedom” hard wired into its DNA.

What does freedom mean today? Self-expression, for sure. And who better than artists interpret this desire for self-expression?

Channeling a non-conformist and independent aesthetic, Veronica Etro explores the universes of Rudolf Nureyev and Jimi Hendrix, artists sharing the same free-spirited, rebellious attitude.

Pictures showing him off-duty reveal the private intimacy of the ballet superstar, whose passion for Renzo Mongiardino’s home decors resonates in the sense of vibrant exoticism that is deeply rooted in the ETRO DNA. Nureyev’s sophistication meets Jimi Hendrix’s indie style with his languid embroidered robe coats, fringed blazers and evening vest dresses. The result is a wardrobe of special pieces but at the same time real characterized by a loose and comfortable silhouette.

Inspired by Russian ballets’ motifs and geometric intarsia, precious prints are juxtaposed to the embroideries of Nureyev’s costumes that Gimmo Etro, founder of the fashion house, has collected over 30 years. Upholstery patterns and tiger prints evoke Jimi Hendrix’s exotic world.

Patchwork coats infused with an artsy-crafty spirit find place next to urban quilted anoraks and cozy knits to wrap around the body. Mannish suits are rendered in brocades, while corduroy baggy pants show tie dye motifs. Tops with inlaid bibs exude feminine sophistication, highlighted by the mini and maxi dresses cinched at the waist by belts showing embossed metal buckles. Hoodies, washed jeans, leggings and outerwear, including bombers, parkas and puffers, add a touch of streetwear appeal to the collection. Its nomadic spirit is exalted by the use of flat boots and the canvas Pegaso camera cases featuring multiple pouches.

In this rich, diverse universe, the ETRO woman walks across an industrial space filled with light where Paisley motifs decorate like a tattoo the catwalk. The essential location is like a white canvas, where ETRO stages a rich, colourful fashion concept, introduced by songwriter Arlissa performing live from Los Angeles.

The brand’s colour sensibility and its exquisite craftsmanship meet an effortless, dynamic attitude echoing today’s independent spirit.


Brunch, Romance & Family Holiday Packages are now available to book online

City Centre Rotana Doha, one of the leading contemporary 5-star hotels in the heart of the city, has launched a series of ‘Escape’ packages for guests seeking treasured moments to recharge and experience unique staycations to feast, unwind and enjoy in West Bay.

The packages consist of a Brunch Escape, a Romance Escape and a Family Holiday Escape, each

carefully designed to cater to a range of interests and needs amongst residents in Qatar.

The Brunch Escape, specially created for the growing number of foodies in Qatar, pairs an overnight stay with an indulgent brunch. Guests will stay in a contemporary room or suite, any weekend, with a room upgrade depending on availability and enjoy breakfast at the all-day-dining restaurant Olive Oil as well as a rich international brunch. The 24-hour check-in and check-out makes it an extra sweet escape for those looking to indulge and relax at their own pace.

The Romance Escape is thoughtfully designed for the couples looking to spend quality time together while experiencing all that a five-star getaway has to offer. Guests stay in a room or suite which has been given special romantic touches and comes with a complimentary room upgrade, complimentary breakfasts and an intimate dinner at the hotel’s signature, award-winning Teatro fusion cuisine, as well as a late checkout. There is nothing better for those looking to reconnect and relax together.

The Family Holiday ‘Escape’ offers a respite for parents and fun for kids. Parents can enjoy the well needed break while children make a splash in the outdoor pool. For more of a me-time, adults can visit the spacious, well-equipped gym, and later on enjoy the fine dining restaurant “Teatro” or choose a more relaxed atmosphere at Boston's. The West Bay location and direct link to the mall offers great options for shopping, entertainment and outdoor activities. Families will be eligible for early check-in and late check-out and comfortably stay in the two modern, interconnected rooms. The entire family can enjoy a generous set-menu breakfast in Olive Oil restaurant.

All guests can also use their stay to explore Doha. City Centre Rotana is located only a few minutes walk from the DECC metro stop from which guests have easy access to museums, parks and recreation spots while the hotel’s direct link with City Centre Mall provides ‘doorstep’ shopping and entertainment opportunities.

For more information about the Rotana ‘Escape’ packages, please access the following link:

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The Hushed Haven of Maldivian Splendor

Few destinations exude romantic appeal like The Maldives and it’s clear to see why. Powder white beaches, incredible weather and relaxation aplenty await in the heart of the Indian Ocean. Cheval Blanc Randheli, located in the unspoiled setting of Noonu Atoll is an intimate, contemporary and harmonious refuge that offers an unparalleled experience of luxury and refinement.

Cheval Blanc Randheli Private Island

Accessible by a dedicated jetty, a private island is entirely devoted to this villa just a few minutes from the island. The spectacular dimensions and exclusive features of this villa, including a 25-meter infinity pool inspire a sense of unfettered freedom. The private island makes a perfect refuge that is out of sight and in elegant comfort.


Ferried there aboard a traditional dhoni, guests arrive at Spa Cheval Blanc Island, where six treatment villas await to provide guests with tranquility and relaxation, overlooking the translucent waters of the lagoon. A wide range of treatments offered by Guerlain includes two created especially for Cheval Blanc Randhelli- the Sun Ritual and the After Diving Experience.

Culinary Arts

The culinary arts reign at Cheval Blanc Randheli, with lively, surprising and deliciously varied restaurants ranging from top-end, fine-dining to a Teppanyaki overlooking the ocean. In total, there are five restaurants, four bars and personalized catering to your villa or elsewhere under the label “Carte Blanche”


Cheval Blanc Randheli plays host to the only surf simulator in the Maldives. All guests, from beginners to the most experienced surfers are invited to ride a wave. Play castaway onboard the Azimut, the superb 30m yacht moored at Cheval Blanc Randheli. Find unexplored vistas, picnic on a desert island, dine at sunset adrift on the tide and make memories that last forever.

All aboard Cheval Blanc Randheli’s Private Seaplane

Welcome to the sleek Twin Otter De Havilland in Cheval Blanc’s signature taupe and yellow shading that whisks guests from Malé to Randheli island. In preparation for the private flight, guests will be welcomed to the Maison’s own seaplane lounge with delicious refreshments and Cheval Blanc espadrilles to begin the holiday in style. Once on board, the flight is made comfortable and restful with a cooling kit for each guest. With only nine seats, swathed in signature taupe Italian calf leather, and serene white interiors, the seaplane ensures each guest can sit back and relax with wireless headsets and enjoy every moment of the short journey.

Architecture & Design

An elegant and refined paradise, Cheval Blanc is the work of the celebrated architect Jean-Michel Gathy. Each villa is a private retreat- an oasis of calm and pleasure, aligned at the juncture where lush tropical vegetation meets the turquoise lagoon. A collection of contemporary artworks by Vincent Beaurin complements the design of the resort.

#ChevalBlanc #Randheli #Maldives

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