Calvin Klein Appoints A New Creative Director (And Other News You May Have Missed This Week)

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Can we get a round of applause for Veronica Leoni? This week, Calvin Klein announced the QUIRA founder as its new creative director, sharing that the autumn 2025 collection will mark the House’s return to the runway. Elsewhere, Huda Beauty revealed its brand-new blush while Saint Laurent tackled summer essentials with a limited-edition collaboration. As for the region’s restaurants, a beloved neighbourhood eatery has been transformed into a beach club for the summer season, while a DIFC institution announced its debut on the sunny shores of Mykonos. Here’s all the news you may have missed this week.

New Kid on the Block

Image courtesy of Collier Schorr for Calvin Klein

Calvin Klein announced Veronica Leoni as its creative director alongside news that the House will be returning to the runway for Autumn/Winter 2025. Not only the founder of QUIRA and 2023 LVMH Prize finalist, Veronica Leoni’s previous experience includes roles at The Row, Celine, Jil Sander and Moncler. “I’m thrilled and honoured to have the opportunity to write a new chapter of the Calvin Klein story,” shared Leoni in a statement. “For decades, Calvin Klein interpreted the idea of bold self-expression, and I am willing to empower it with a strong accent on style and creativity.”

Pinch Me

Living in the relentless heat and humidity of the Middle East means long-lasting, summer-proof products are essential for our beauty routines. Huda Beauty’s new liquid blushes promise exactly that, with blendable formulas that don’t budge. Drying down to an airbrushed, filtered finish, Blush Filter provides a playful pop of colour with a soft-focus glow that leaves complexions looking natural yet flawless. Available in five shades, from the light-pink cotton candy to sensual black cherry, the blushes can even be worn together to replicate Huda’s favourite multi-dimensional ombre blush technique. Join the waitlist

Beachside Bliss

Beloved waterfront eatery Brix Café has gotten a makeover for summer, transforming its outdoors into a beach club. Brix Summer Beach Club is drenched in uplifting hues of sunshine yellow, with striped sunloungers and umbrellas dotted along the newly added beach. (Naturally, Brix went the extra mile and sprinkled its outdoors with sand for the full experience). The menu has been revamped for the occasion, too, and now features prawn mango salad, pineapple sorbet, turkey cheese focaccia and Brix’s signature coconut ice cream croissant. Learn more

You Want It, You Got It


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The convenience of online shopping is unmatched. Scrolling (in pyjamas, usually) through pages of goodies that will soon be in your arms. The downside? Waiting days for the package to arrive. Enter: Level Shoes. Following suit from the Dubai outpost, Level Shoes has announced 2-hour delivery in Riyadh, KSA for selected products as well as the usual same-day delivery and next-day delivery options. Shop now

To A T

Blue Box Café in Tiffany & Co. Dubai Mall welcomes a new afternoon tea experience complete with savoury sandwiches, scones, pastries and desserts, all washed down with an array of fine teas. Presented on Tiffany T True dinnerware and in the chicest of surrounds, this is definitely an afternoon tea to bring out-of-towners to. If the traditional affair is not your cup of tea (we judge you), then opt for delights from the brand-new á la carte menu, which includes blue box benedict and the diamond lobster roll. Book now

Island Life

Beloved Dubai haute-spot LPM opens in Mykonos this June, dishing up panoramic views of the Aegean sea alongside beloved french-mediterranean fare. Located at the swish Anandes hotel, LPM Mykonos is not only the first fully-outdoors LPM restaurant, but the first to offer poolside dining. Expect all of the favourites on the menu, from warm prawns with olive oil and lemon juice to snails with garlic butter and parsley, as well as a poolside menu of sea bass ceviche with truffle ponzu. In another first for the group, LPM Mykonos will also provide breakfast for the hotel’s guests, waking their tastebuds with a substantial spread of eggs provencal, french toast with fresh berries and a plethora of freshly baked treats. Book now

Disco Fever

Are you ready to party like it’s 1980? Leave your Gen Z friends at home and head down to Farrago Bar & Lounge at W Dubai – Mina Seyahi for the Retro 80s party. The second edition follows the rip-roaring success of May’s debut and is guaranteed to be a night filled with nostalgia, good vibes and expertly crafted beverages. The dress code for the upcoming edition is ‘denim-on-denim’ so dust off those high-rise mum jeans and prepare for a night to remember. 7 June Book now

In The Bag

Marc Jacobs takes pride of place at Harvey Nichols this season with a colourful pop-up. The pop-up features a giant flower emerging from the centre in-keeping with the theme of the House’s ‘future floral’ collection; the sack bag is the star of the show, adorned in blooms and uplifting summer hues. Aside from the pop-up, Marc Jacobs’ pre-fall footwear and jewellery are available throughout Harvey Nichols. Until 10 June

Against The Current

If drinking from the mouth of a salmon (albeit a ceramic one) or being served your drink on a dry ice-breathing dragon sounds like your idea of a great time, award-winning cocktail bar Salmon Guru should be on your radar. The always-buzzing venue, hailing from Spain, celebrated its second birthday this week with a spectacular birthday bash and reflected on two years of bringing quirky concoctions to Dubai. Diego Cabrera, the mastermind behind Salmon Guru, took time away from the Madrid outpost (which has been awarded Best Bar in Spain and has featured in World’s 50 Best Bars) and visited Dubai to celebrate, mingle with partygoers and present the newly revamped interiors. Book now

Through The Looking Glass

Image courtesy of Saint Laurent

Packing your last-minute summer essentials? Sunglasses are a must for sun-drenched shores and Saint Laurent Rive Droite x Ray Ban takes on the iconic wayfarer silhouette in an ultra-black version with sharp edges, sleek frame and contrasting logos on either side. Ideal for blocking out the haters, hiding a late night or simply staying sun-safe, the limited-edition piece is a do-it-all hero. Shop now

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  • Words by Savanna Smith
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