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The apothecary makes a wish

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The Kiehl’s event held last night at the Cuadro Fine Art Gallery at DIFC was in aid of Make a Wish Foundation, a children’s charity to help fulfill the wishes of these extraordinary little people. The gallery for one evening was transformed to replicate the original pharmacy in New York with mini-counters and eager consultants. Ayaad Damouni was on hand to take photos of the guests with the proceeds being donated to Make A Wish Foundation.

The event was well attended by Dubai’s ‘must see’ list – our editor described it as rowdy as a flea market so the organisers, Image-Nation, must have been thrilled with the attendance. In the crowd, the dashing Mrs. Ayesha Depala and the rarely seen but talented designer Essa were spotted hanging out in the Apothecary’s counters trying Kiehl’s magic potions.

Kiehl’s also took this opportunity to unveil their newly-appointed brand ambassadors including Cuadro Gallery owner Bashar Shroogi, David Dessureault, Maisa Al Qassimi, Saadia Zahid and Siobhan Leyden. Not your typical choices of brand ambassadors, I agree, but Kiehl’s wanted a wide range of personalities from different industries and nationalities. Think United Colours of Benetton.

Clockwise: Kiehl’s brand ambassadors Haya and Sama Abu Khadra / Lina Samaan and friends

What La Moda got to take home in their goody bag was some of Kiehl’s best selling products:

• Rice and wheat volumizing shampoo **STAR BUY for La Moda
• Olive Fruit Oil Nourishing Shampoo and Conditioner
• Amino Acid Shampoo
• Vital Sun Protection SPF 30 ** STAR BUY for La Moda


  1. Suzie Q

    June 4, 2010 at 11:19 pm

    I wonder if the Ed’s note has anything to do with personal bias? Hmmmm…publisher Darren James happens to be one of Dubai’s successful photographers and the husband of La Moda’s Editor in Chief Faye James. Any bias there when critiquing the work of another photographer? I wonder.

  2. LMD Fashion Squad

    June 5, 2010 at 12:29 am

    When I think about it, it kinda does look like the critique was biased because of the Jameses’ involvement in La Moda. But no, that’s really what I thought of some of the portraits, regardless of who our publisher is and who shot the photos. Whether you want to believe that or not, it’s up to you to form your own opinion. Thanks for visiting! – Jim

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