Direct From Dubai
As we arrived at the candlelit Armani Hotel Pavilion, an array of beautifully decorated tables offered the promise of a chic dinner under the stars and with a backdrop of dancing fountains and Dubai’s cityscape. Co-hosted by Vogue Italia and Emaar, the dinner attracted a powerful guest list with attendance from notable international press and legendary fashion icons. While digging into a starter of Canadian lobster, we listened to opening speeches by the evening’s hosts, Mr. Mohammed Alabbar and Franca Sozzani, along with models, Afef Jnifen and Naomi Campbell. Each reminded guests to partake in the evening’s charity auction, stating that the ultimate luxury was giving back; all proceeds from the auction went to the Dubai Cares organization to support education for underprivileged Ethiopian children. All the lots were fashion-focused, and while the auctioneer may have gotten off to a rocky start by interchangeably quoting prices in both U.S. Dollars and UAE Dirhams, soon enough the guests were generously bidding an average of USD $100,000 to purchase prizes from the likes of Chanel, Valentino, IWC, and Moncler.