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Day: February 9, 2024

MILAN — Bottega Veneta is making a statement in Milan.

The Italian luxury brand on Tuesday will officially open its first store in the city designed by creative director Matthieu Blazy. It is Bottega Veneta’s third unit in Milan, joining the existing stores on tony shopping streets Via Montenapoleone and Via Sant’Andrea, which will remain open.

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The new boutique is located in storied luxury shopping arcade Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, a landmark location between the city’s Duomo cathedral and the Teatro alla Scala.

Covering almost 2,600 square feet over two levels, it was modeled after Blazy’s striking blueprint, first unveiled in Paris on 12 Avenue Montaigne last September, followed by Aspen last December.

“There are different experiences of space in the store,” Blazy told WWD. “I wanted to express the idea of a domestic interior referring to Italian modernist architecture that contrasts with the aesthetic of a spaceship. And to capture the intimacy and the imagination of getting dressed.”

The boutique carries the brand’s leather goods and shoes for men and women, and women’s ready-to-wear.

Inside the new Bottega Veneta store in Milan.

Inside the new Bottega Veneta store in Milan.

“We are delighted to open our latest Bottega Veneta store in such an iconic location,” said the company’s chief executive officer Leo Rongone. “Galleria Vittorio Emanuele is a historical Milanese landmark that is renowned as a discerning luxury destination, attracting visitors from all over the world.”

The store is centrally placed in a strategic location in the Galleria that used to house a Gucci boutique, which moved to the other side of the arcade. Both Bottega Veneta and Gucci are owned by Kering.

“We look forward to welcoming new and established clients in an intimate and elevated environment, where every design detail expresses our profound relationship with Italian materials and craft,” said

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Rita Ora stepped out in Paris on Friday for Dior Homme’s PFW show, sitting amongst the likes of Kate Moss, her daughter Lila, and Princess Eugenie.

The singer, fashion designer and wife of filmmaker Taika Waititi is recognised for pushing the boundaries of fashion. Whether she’s wearing prosthetic dinosaur spikes on her back, sheer outfits when performing for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex or taking classic leopard print to new heights – she’s constantly turning heads with her bold style agenda. 

But the 33-year-old captured our attention for the opposite reason at Dior’s show. Her outfit was, as always, completely on trend, but the laid-back, TikTok-approved aesthetic was totally unexpected.

Rita simply wore a pair of dark grey pleated trousers with a lighter grey turtleneck jumper left loose over the top, finished with a pair of navy loafers. It wouldn’t be a Rita ‘fit without something slightly unusual: her jumper boasted two extra sleeves which she wrapped across her chest, giving the aesthetic a preppier feel.

PARIS, FRANCE - JANUARY 19: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY - For Non-Editorial use please seek approval from Fashion House) Rita Ora attends the Dior Homme Menswear Fall/Winter 2024-2025 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on January 19, 2024 in Paris, France. (Photo by Peter White/Getty Images)© Peter White
Rita Ora at the Dior Homme FW24 show

Her look combined ‘normcore’ with ‘dark academia’ and it’s perfect for this winter.

If you’re not familiar with the two terms prominent in Gen Z’s buzzword vernacular, normcore champions all things – you guessed it – normal. Patternless clothing and simple outfit formulas. Think: unpretentious dad dressing – jeans, jumpers, trainers and shirts. 

PARIS, FRANCE - JANUARY 19: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY - For Non-Editorial use please seek approval from Fashion House) Rita Ora attends the Dior Homme Menswear Fall/Winter 2024-2025 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on January 19, 2024 in Paris, France. (Photo by Francois Durand/Getty Images)© Francois Durand
Her pared-back look was totally unexpected

Dark academia is a newer aesthetic that made waves in 2023. Attire includes tapered trousers, collared shirts under knitted vests and plenty of tweed in hues of brown, grey and black. Thanks to the simplicity of the trend and its earth-toned aesthetic, many affordable brands like H&M and Mango have great pieces at reasonable prices available to get the look.

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Qatar 365 brings you a selection of the best visual arts experiences in Doha, from the 5th edition of the Qatar International Art Festival to the World Wide Walls initiative, which aims at widening the colours palettes of the urban areas.

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In Qatar 365, we explore some of the best visual art in the country, starting with the highlights of the 5th edition of the Qatar International Arts Festival. Featuring more than 300 artists from over 60 countries, the festival is one of the biggest in the country.

Aadel Haleem met Irina Tosheva, a Macedonian fashion designer with a sustainability mindset. Irina reuses and upcycles all kinds of materials, such as the pieces of glass she found on the beach, and custom makes them into buttons on jackets.

Local Qatari artist Sara Khalid Al Hail explains her passion for art started around the same time the festival started, which offered her an ideal platform to showcase her artwork.

However, visual art in Qatar is wider than indoor spaces. There are many painted murals on display across Doha. This type of public art has changed through initiatives like World Wide Walls. Its founder, Jasper Wong, told Aadel Haleem about the impact this type of art has on urban spaces and how the public’s perception has positively evolved over the years.

Laila Humariah found out why art is considered a mirror of the mind and is increasingly used as a healing tool and a form of therapy. Colours and creativity can help express emotions where words can fail.

Hala Aljaafari is one of 30 artists who displayed their work at the Qatar Foundation’s Artful Minds exhibition. She encourages everyone to hold a brush and try some art to feel immediate relief.

Whether on display in public areas or set up in

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