ROGER VIVIER Celebrates 2021 Chinese Lunar New Year by bringing in passion with a curated assortment from its SS2021 collection by Creative Director Gherardo Felloni. Red is a symbol for prosperity and success, and is also the signature color of Roger Vivier. To celebrate the new year of the Ox, Roger Vivier presents a special edition of Viv’ Skate sneakers, featuring a red and white colorway. The sneakers get an added touch of luxury with the Maison’s signature crystal buckle, composed of 32 sparkling red crystals, all assembled by hand. Matching this special motif is the Miss Vivier Pocket Phone Holder, hand crafted in a rich, red shade of leather, with the RV crystal logo and a miniature Broche buckle.
意大利南部著名度假勝地兼歷史旅遊區PUGLIA普利亞大激發和引領 Dior大媽設計師Maria Grazia Chiuri 為2021度假系列時裝展的創作靈感，Maria 大媽說：「在這非常時期，我希望展現共同努力的新形式。雖然距離帶來不便，但以不同角度看待日常生活可為我們帶來力量和想像力。」生於斯長於斯，這地方對她來說別具意義，為Dior 2021的度假系列設計領先出擊，打響頭炮，再次發揮創意想像，與衆多藝術領域表表者和單位合作，推廣意大利傳統藝術和工藝，探索文化和承傳傳統的起源。
人類學家 Ernesto De Martino曾為 Germano Celant 及 Georges Didi-Huberman 等作家帶來啟發和影響，將有關當地傳統的著作和當地的不同藝術傳續至今，如怪誕非常及宗教色彩濃厚兼帶有儀式“聖”的塔蘭圖拉毒蛛舞蹈症 (Tarantism) 等奇聞異事，在此塑造了實在的烏托邦，亦是對世界的全新解讀。同時，在 2021 年度假系列時裝秀中，Maria 大媽 在她情有獨鍾的意大利亦希望向光雕藝術致意，與藝術家 Marinella Senatore合作，透過亮麗迷人的燈飾，為公眾廣場及歷史遺跡襯托出別具特色的面貌。這場表演採取閉門方式進行，體現了由藝術與工藝交織而成的奇幻之美。此燈飾更是剛剛過去的聖誕節Dior在全球指定城市首要的櫥窗設計和燈飾佈置，當中包括本邦Pavilion 商場主入口的亮麗耀眼的聖誕燈飾佈置。
光雕藝術更促成了一款用於多色頸巾、形象化的主題圖案，而鏤空及刺繡裝飾亦與之呼應。藝術家 Marinella Senatore 把這些閃亮的裝飾重新演繹，她的作品以頌揚參與式藝術為主。此系列所重視的集體智慧典範，糅合了規律與傳統、音樂與舞蹈的非凡力量，演繹超越自身的方式。襯托由 La Notte della Taranta 基金會贊助、經 Sharon Eyal 精心編排的激情舞蹈節奏，配以 Paolo Buonvino 高深的音樂造詣，令現場精彩絕倫的表演燃點起不可抗拒的魅力。從編織藝術到「光雕藝術」耀眼的燈光裝置，再由不可或缺的舞蹈演出，以至儀式音樂的力量，House of Dior 在向大自然和該地區的獨特景觀致以崇高敬意的同時，也在積極地支持這種多元而無價的文化，這地方一直以來都牽動 Maria 大媽內心深處，她亦堅持她有她獨行，不必相送的態度，促成此系列通力合作的成果，頌讚回憶、價值、文化及精湛工藝的未來。
“I am so thrilled to be working with H&M on this very special collection. It truly is a celebration of the signatures of my brand, and the influences that have shaped me. As a designer, and as a customer, I’ve been such a fan of the H&M collaboration concept. Margiela, Alber Elbaz, Comme des Garcons – it’s such an amazing list of alumni to be a part of.” Simone Rocha
It is easy to be overawed by jaw dropping skyscrapers in Dubai and much of the restaurant dining scene takes place inside many of these monoliths. Being one of the most sought after dining precincts in Dubai, the vertical dining concept of Pier 7 offers multiple levels of international restaurants from exotic Arabic and Asian to European inspired dining to tantalize your taste buds. This dining establishment in Pier 7 goes for a more upmarket clientele and Atelier M requires a smart casual dress code. Fair enough, for an evening to remember or to some by celebrating special occasions, feels-good-looks-good accompanied by specially crafted atelier menu that inspires. Yet, it is not the formal fine dining atmosphere that defines your upright sitting position with elbows off that dining table setting ambience, it is rather a relaxed surrounding adorned by white linen clothed tables with an overweight brass style table lamp, that go along with comfortable white rattan outdoor cushion chairs.
Served with charred cherry tomato, fingerling potatoes and lemon confit, the dish was only lukewarm when it arrived at the table, but it had a nice smoky flavour, however, it lacked the finesse of the other appetizers, as the octopus was rubbery and a lack lustre presentation. It was a little led down after what we just had from the previous two most delish appetizers.
We settled on three main courses to savour a range of cooking styles and looked forward to more surprises from the kitchen. The Black Onyx Ribeye is another triumph of a dish. Top quality Japanese marbled beef was served with glaze roasted Kabocha with a dash of truffle sauce and well-diced mouth full of roasty toasty potatoes. The meat was simply divine and the potatoes were the fluffiest and lightest you could possibly have. A dish like this did not need any additional sides, as you just want to savour every morsel of the beef and the potatoes. A must order!
Accompanied with yummy crispy saffron risotto and lamb juice, the salted bush lamb was perfectly cooked and falling apart easily. A heartwarming dish!
Quite a generous portion! This baby chicken is cooked with a miso glazed breast roulard and legs – a French bird – and was tender, flavoursome, juicy and a standout flavour (French chickens can have such a distinctive flavour), plus the tasty roasted capsicum and mushroom was a perfect accompaniment.
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We are always quite replete by the time the dessert menu comes out, but we couldn’t resist trying two creations by choosing the Lotus Milk Cake as a start which delivered quite a delicious airy tres leches sponge cake as a base, onto which is added lotus Chantilly cream and pailette feuillantines. A harmony and delightful finish!
The White Chocolate Opalys has a solid and tasty coconut parfait base, with jasmine gelato and dolce powder. Perfectly executed in lightness and flavours and ended a memorable meal without the heaviness of some desserts.
Overall, the evening was a success in terms of the culinary journey, although there is some mixed messaging with the service, as they seem to be aiming for fine dining, but miss some of the touches. Our table service was generally very switched on, with only the occasional lapse. It was also strange that the bread-and-butter knives were not preset and then due to the design were difficult to set in just the right place on the plate when the bread was served. Ronald looked after us for most of the evening and was quite knowledgeable and attentive.
Our table on the terrace was one of the best in the house and gave us another perspective of the sights of Dubai (and Dubai Marina) and we stayed for much longer than we anticipated, due to all the elements coming together. While there were a few items on the menu which did not hit the same high mark as the others, there is some culinary magic to be had here, which is a testament to sourcing the right ingredients and handling them carefully, but simply, in the kitchen and letting the flavours speak for themselves of their intrinsic qualities. Cooking with the passion for the perfect taste with elements that inspire, chef Islam and his culinary team have added creativity and marked it with their own style. To some dining at Pier 7 may sound touristy but Atelier M is truly another destination dining that you must book a table at!
Tried & Tested:
Design & Decor: 4/5
Food & Beverage: 4.5/5
Value For Money: 4/5
Floor 7/7M, Pier 7
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Tel: +971 04 450 7766
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