Blaze Burger’s Unveils 2 National Day Dishes

The Blaze Continues From Balaleet to Bahraini Tikka

Blaze Burgers, one of the Premium burger joints in Bahrain and UAE is already in celebration mood towards the spirit of the union on UAE National Day (2nd December) and Bahrain National Day (16th December) with a limited edition taste tickle to their already bold food selection. And though it’s quite wait to find a table at Blaze Burger JBR The Walk, the food really is worth the wait. Today the popular gourmet burger Bahraini chain is announcing the addition of two very popular items to commemorate UAE National Day, Balaleet and Bahraini Tikka. Both these items are specials back in Blaze Burger Bahrain where foodies and diehard burger lovers alike await the month of December to devour the deliciousness before the month is over.

Anyone familiar with the UAE and the Gulf countries would know how popular and delicious Balaleet is. This special breakfast dish is an unusually delicious mix of both salty and sweet eaten on the regular and is actually considered a type of sweet. Blaze has taken one of the most popularly traditional dishes and turned it into a milkshake to celebrate the local dish on National Day. Prepare to have your taste buds tickled with the rich blend of rose water, cardamon and saffron spices with the Balalee6 Milkshake.

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Any Bahraini, Gulf local or expat knows by heart how wonderful Bahraini Tikka is. Not only it is one of the most traditional Bahraini street foods, it is also largely inspired by coastal Persian cuisine for its bold and memorable flavors. It takes quite the guts and brings in a lot of glory to twist a traditional dish into a successful burger, and a highly memorable one at that! Every December Blaze Bahrain introduces the Bahraini Tikka burger, a popular dish for its flavors of traditional Lime based marinade used by all Bahraini Tikka restaurants alike.

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You really don’t want to miss out on these two additions in December at Blaze Burgers, for once the month is over, they will be gone as well, quite a fitting way to end the year we think! From edgy art to edgy food and great atmosphere, we really couldn’t ask for more! Head over to JBR The Walk from December 2nd UAE National day, to witness and enjoy this merge of exotic and traditional flavors.

 

PHILIPPINE DEPARTMENT OF TOURISM AND PHILIPPINE AIRLINES TO HOST THE BIGGEST ‘ANILAO UNDERWATER SHOOTOUT’

PDOT aims to grow diving enthusiasts market from the Middle East region – 

 The stage is set for the world’s largest underwater macro photography shootout in the Philippines.

Dubbed the “World Cup of Underwater Photo Competitions,” the Anilao Underwater Shootout is back for its fifth year from November 28 to December 2 in Mabini, Batangas.

Co-organized by the Department of Tourism (DOT) and Philippine Airlines (PAL), the shootout projects some 200 underwater photography enthusiasts participating from all over the world, thus making it one of the biggest in the world.

The 2016 competition drew in 165 eager competitors both locally and internationally from countries like Singapore, China, Thailand, Japan, Malaysia, Taiwan, Korea, Turkey, Portugal, United States of America (USA), Switzerland, Germany, France, Australia, and Canada. With PAL offering an additional 40 kilos fee in baggage capacity for traveling divers, more overseas participants will most likely flock to the waters of Anilao and capture through their lens its colorful and diverse marine life.

This year, the DOT aims to showcase Anilao’s extremely rich biodiversity evident in its world-class critter diving, variety of dives sites suitable for every type of diver and photographer and stunning seascapes which makes it one of the world’s premier underwater photography destination and the perfect setting for the annual shootout.

“The DOT is also leading in the implementation of a strict “No Marine Life Manipulation” policy for underwater photography competitions, employing the assistance of spotters and dive guides to help ensure the protection and conservation of marine life during the competition proper. With the cooperation of the local government units and the resorts owners association, we have been able to successfully implement this so that the country continues to enjoy Anilao as one of the best dive destinations in the world,’’ explains Undersecretary for Tourism Development, Benito Bengzon, Jr.

Comprising the panel of judges at this year’s shootout are some of today’s most celebrated photographers, namely, world-renowned nature photographer and Lennart Nilsson Award winner David Doubilet; aquatic biologist and widely published photojournalist Jennifer Hayes; Palme D’or winner and photographer Scott “Gutsy” Tuason; Singapore-based veteran diver and underwater photographer William Tan; Tobias Friedrich, diver and award-winning photographer from Germany; and Yoshi Hirata, Philippines-based Japanese marine biologist and accomplished underwater photographer.

Two special categories are also available at this year’s competition: Blackwater and Bonfire, which must feature animals found and photographed by doing either blackwater and bonfire dives; and GoPro/iPhone Special Beginners, a new category for participants who use GoPros, smartphones, and the like for underwater photography.

Registration and submission of entries for the competition proper will be held at Acacia Resort and Dive Center, while awarding and closing ceremonies will take place at Camp Netanya.

The Philippines has seen the consistent growth in tourist arrivals from the Middle East. In 2016, the Philippines received a total of 83,546 tourists from the region, growing by 9.69% over 2015. Tourist arrivals from Saudi Arabia and UAE, the two largest markets out of the region for the Philippines, reached 50,884 and 16,881 respectively.

The PDOT aims to achieve 7 million tourists by the end of 2017 and proactively developing strategic partnerships with key stakeholders in the Middle East to capture a sizeable percentage of its high-yield tourist market.

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For further information about the Philippines visit the Philippines Department of Tourism English and Arabic social media sites at:

Facebook: @funinphili

Twitter: @PhilTourismME

Instagram: @PhilTourimME

Wrapchic … UK’s latest Food Sensation is here in UAE – JLT Dubai

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Combination of flavors from India & Mexico, the recipes are uniquely prepared by introducing healthier cooking styles with never-fried ingredients and exotic stuffings done in Warps provides you a fusion of Mexican & Indian food.
Situted in JlT, Wrapchic is a fastest growing & emerging restaurant chain in UK which is now expanding here in UAE.
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They offer the best Flavors of Indian Street Food in an easy to eat Mexican format. To maintain their standards & for authentic taste , they blend & grind their own spices.
I have recently experienced their food, enjoyed the fusion wraps & Burritto, liked the mild spicy stuffings and sides.
The menu is interestingly done….. choose your own Mexican Style like Burritto, Quesadilla, Wraps or a Bowl etc.
The fillings are done using Indian spices & flavors. Both Veg & Non-Veg options are available. The varieites are Chicken Mughlai, Chicken Punjabi, Chicken Rajasthani, Prawn Amritsari, Paneer Masala, Bombay Aloo & Chole Masala.
To add more delight to the wraps Extras are available like Cheese, jalapenos, Sour Cream, Hummus, Guacamole.
Although their wraps are very richly stuffed and good enough to enjoy just the big wrap itself. But the side options are still in the menu….
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Wraposa ….. sandwiches stuffed with a filling of your choice.
Side Wrapchos …..Tub of warm Nachos with your choice of toppings.
Lassi …. Traditional Indian Fruit Yogurt drink in Coconut & Mango Flavor.
Other than this, you can also have soft drinks & Jarritos ( traditional Mexican drinks) which are available in various flavors.
I had the delicious Burritto with Chicken Mughlai filling which was combined with beans, rice & chutney.
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We opted our wrap to be stuffed in with Chicken Punjabi which was served with different chutneys.
Our side options were Nachos & Wraposa stuffed with potatoes.
This small eatery offers great food by combining & bringing together the two famous cuisines at one platform. The wraps & Burrittos with tasty filling options are a big hit in their menu . Do give it a try!
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You can also enjoy outdoor dining these days with beautiful lake views of JlT.
They also provide home delivery service.

Launch of new Menu At Signature By Sanjeev Kapoor – Melia Dubai

Last week, we attended the launch event at the  Signature Restaurant Melia Dubai. The restaurant owned  by the renowned Indian Celebrity Chef  Sanjeev Kapoor.

Signature by Sanjeev Kapoor is a super fine dining restaurant that serves Chef Sanjeev Kapoor’s authentic Indian and signature dishes.

At the signature chain of restaurants, food is the focus. Signature boasts of a menu that integrates the best of traditional Indian cuisine with signature dishes that showcase quintessential Indian ingredients and cooking techniques.

Event was attended by media & bloggers. In addition to try the perfectly curated recipes from the new menu, the guests at the event got the golden chance to meet & greet with  Chef Sanjeev Kapoor in person.

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Restaurant has an elegant interior. The evening was a great fun alongwith delectable food bites.

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At the entrance the colorful presenation of desserts was on display , some of them were truly inviting with great innovations & taste. Some of those like …. Saffron Poached Pears With Reduced Milk Balloon, Passion Fruit Amarkhand Charcoal Rasmalai, Cardamom Flavored Baked Yogurt, Coco Lychee Blast, Chocolate Papdi With Cardamom Gel, Sweet Crispy Fried Bread.  Enjoyed eating these sweet treats, each one had its own distinctive flavor & presentation.

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We were served mixed platters of Veg & Non- Veg  Canapes in starters like … New Age Baby Corn Cracker, Mascarpone Cheese Dahi Wada, Dori Wali Seekh With Ulta Tawa Paratha, Basil Flavored Stuffed Chicken Breast, Chicken Tikka Ki Gilawat.  All these had great flavor & perfect combinations of ingredients.

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During the evening , they also introduced Main Course items like Veggie Pot, Lamb Mince & Vermicelli Pilaf, Lalla Musa Dal, Dahi Wada Butter Chicken, Mango Butter Chicken, Soya Methi Bharta etc.

For a detailed feedback about these items, I will revisit the restaurant to review the dishes & share my personal recommendations about the food.  But  Signature By Sanjeev Kapoor needs no special introduction, you can have variety, taste , presentation in food & ambiance at the same time. And all Veg & Non- Veg are very well taken care of.

The Collective Affair – A celebration of Fashion, Food, and Travel launched in Dubai.

Hosted by 365dots from Los Angeles & dubai ON demand , the fun filled & interactive foodie event took place in Bambooda Restaurant , Roda Al Bustan.  The event was a fabulous networking opportunity with  local influencers, media, brand executives, and prominent Dubai trendsetters.

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The wonderful Hosts at the evening were ….  Ferial Moloo & Reim El Houni.

About Collective Dubai …….

The Collective Affair (A PROJECT OF 365DOTS) exists to build beneficial and supportive trendy lifestyle communities for Fashion. Food. and Travel. After its successful presence in Los Angeles, now its making easier for brands, influencers, and marketers to connect in the USA & the United Arab Emirates. The goal is to provide brands with a thoughtful space to connect, engage, and create relationships with sought after Trendsetters, Foodies, Influencers, Media Professionals, and most importantly, their Consumers. The Collective Dubai will initiate the presence here in UAE bringing together top influencers, brands, marketers, and media executives from the Fashion, Food, & Travel industries.

ABOUT dubai ON demand

dubai ON demand (A Ti22 Films brand) connects lifestyle brands with influencers.  They  work with a host of personalities creating consistent video content for their channels positioning them as experts in their niche.  From parenting to make-up, fashion, food and even CrossFit, if you are passionate about your niche, dubai ON demand can support you in creating a consistent video strategy to help you grow and attract brands.  dubai ON demand is a one-stop shop for both influencers and brands offering everything from creative video solutions to social media support,  photography, blogging support, representation and much more – whatever support service you need to build your position and following, dONd is the answer.  In  collaboration with The Collective Affair they are excited to offer more brand partnership opportunities to local influencers as well as valuable education and information sessions to help you on your journey.

All the attendees walked away with generous goodies bags & vouchers.

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THE NEW MENU AT MYBC, UPTOWN MIRDIF

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Its been only a week since I have visited MYBC to try their new menu. Still haven’t got over the mind blowing taste of their Risotto . MYBC is located inside the Uptown Mirdif Mall. Uptown Mirdif is another great spot in Dubai to enjoy & hangout , perfect for foodies & shoppers.

MYBC has a lively & colorful interior, they also have outdoor seating.
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Restaurant offers delicious selection in their menu which includes Burgers, Sandwiches, Pastas, Rice etc. The updated menu also features an array of delicious comfort dishes including; Hurricane Prawns (fried prawns tossed in spicy sweet chilli sauce), the MYBC Burger and MYBC Baked Cheesy Lasagna to name but a few!

For those with a sweet-tooth, the MYBC Freakshakes have already proven to be a smash hit… you’ll have to come down to see why! Some of those like Cotton Candy Unicorn, Peanut Butter & Mocha Caramel Latte etc
I had the most amazing one, Lotus Biscoff Tower, so much yumminess in a glass. Take enough time to enjoy the crunch of biscuits, the delight of fresh cream, drizzled caramel sauce & chocolate bars.
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They also have fresh juices, mocktails & other hot & cold beverages in the menu.

MYBC Burger ….. When you are at MYBC, go for this richly stuffed burger with Angus Beef Patty, Mushrooms, Beef Bacon, Cheddar Cheese, Lettuce, Tomatoes, Onions & to add more , they have their own MYBC specially prepared sauce.
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Saffron Chicken Risotto …. I have not tried any other main items from their menu yet, but I am sure this one is a big hit in their menu. Such a flavorful Risotto, & very good value for money, as serving is good enough. Soft sliced Chicken breast is placed on bed of velvety Risotto with Balsamic Glaze, & garnished with Cherry Tomatoes, Black Olives & Baby Spinach.
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Additionally , they also have special packings of cookies, jam etc. You will also find a good variety of desserts including pastry items, Cakes, Tiramisu, Panacota, & Cheese Cake.

The Second and Third Day of Arab Fashion Week Showcased Ready Couture From All Around The Globe

ARAB FASHION WEEK (AFW)

DAY 2: November 16, 2017

DAY 3: November 17, 2017

The five-day Arab Fashion Week was officially declared open on 15th November  by the Arab Fashion Council in partnership with Sheikh Mohammed Maktoum Juma AlMaktoum Investment (MBM). The second of the bi-annual event this year takes place between November 15 and 19 ,2017 at City Walk, in partnership with Meraas. With the distinction of being the world’s only ready-couture and pre-collections fashion week, international and local designers will be presenting their collections for Spring/Summer 2018 and Pre-fall/Winter 2019.

Nine designers presented their Ready Couture Spring/Summer 2018 collections on the second and third day of Arab Fashion Week. Asworld’s only bi-annual Ready Couture Fashion Week, the AFW has established itself in the fashion world for showcasing creative and technical brilliance of both local andinternational labels.

Day 2

The evening started with the Indian designer Nitin Kartikeya, presenting his eponymous label Kartikeya. Using contemporary silhouettes and forms as the canvases to showcase the rich and intricate Baroque patterns and embroidery, the collection celebrates the grandeur of the bygone times by presenting them as ultra-contemporary pieces. Kartikeya described his collection as If pop-icon Madonna was to be envisioned by William Shakespeare, then my collection is what she would wear”.

French designer Christophe Guillarmé presented the second collection of the evening. The set is Christophe’s contemporary vision of Hollywood’s Golden Age. Flowing gowns and cocktail dresses, halter and boat necks, shimmer and chiffon effortlessly come together to create glamorous red carpet moments, reminiscent of the great stars of the yesteryears, and their great sense of style. The designer said, “My style is noticeable at first sight. I’m a real keeper of traditional creative approaches and exquisite finishing: my gowns are a mix between Glam Rock and Couture. My ultra-feminine style shows the contemporary way of creating glamorous icons”.

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The evening’s final showcase was from Viola Ambree, the Swiss luxury fashion house. Clean and precise linear forms accentuated by handcrafted detailing were the highlights of this chic urban collection. The theme upholds every cosmopolitan fashionista’s requirement to be exquisitely dressed whilst doing everyday things. The predominantly white and pastel collection comprises of gowns, dresses, pant-suits and quilted jackets.  Viola Ambree commented, “This Ready Couture collection was created to make every day and every occasion in a woman’s life memorable”.

Day 3

Featuring six designers, the evening commenced with Phuong My, the Vietnamese designer. Her Spring/Summer 2018 Ready Couture is themed as “Daffodils”. The delicate flower is the essence of her 30 piece collection where soft pastels intermix with cool and warm tones exude the retro style of the 50s. Delicately embroidered or appliquéd, and set with Swarovski crystals, feathers and fine beads, the daffodil detailing are accentuated with pink, purple, green, yellow, black and white hues of the fabrics. A formal collection that epitomizes elegance, the gowns and dresses are a play of soft feminine colours with strong silhouettes. The pure silk collection carries her signature silhouette – the hourglass cocoon shaped bottom-half that showcases the feminine shape at its best. Phuong My commented about the inspiration she acquired from daffodils, “This is the flower of spring and summer and its delicate look and exquisite structure reminds me of the beauty of Asian women”.

The second designer of the evening was David Tlale from South Africa. The Spring Summer 2018 Ready Couture collection showcased retro glamour and stayed true to his signature showmanship. Elaborately structured cocktail dresses and statement piece gowns in vivid colours offset with elements of black created stunning visuals. David said, “My inspiration is always pop culture and glamour, into which I introduce the warmth and colour of Africa which is globally popular in fashion.

Tamam Humariff from Russia followed, with her exquisite collection of formal evening wear and bridal wear that is the epitome of elegance and femininity at its finest. Intricate detailing and shimmering fabrics are used to create the beautiful cocktail dresses and full-skirted gowns. Magnificent in their structure and detailing, the full-length hoop skirted bridal wear with cinched waists and fitted upper-halves showed off the designer’s brilliance of technique and design. Tamam described the collection as an acknowledgement to the host city, “Dubai’s love for beautiful and gorgeous things was my inspiration. My collection celebrates the grandeur and magnificence that the city symbolises”.

The fourth designer of the evening was the pop-icon Mua Mua Dolls from Italy, renowned for its range of Mua Mua Dolls that became an instant rage with fashionistas across the world. The Spring/Summer 2018 collection continues the label’s celebration of pop-culture, taking every day names and turning them into ultra-chic urban fashion. Knitted tops and scarves teamed with full length silk skirts, fitted and sequined long dresses and kimonos emblazoned with graphics, and accessorised with the signature Mua Mua dolls, bags and sunglasses, brings out the fun and informality of fashion. Ludoviga Virga, the designer behind the label said, “Fashion is best done with lots of fun”.

Minaz from Malaysia presented the evening’s modest fashion collection. The sophisticated and elegant Spring/Summer 2018 Ready Couture showcased Minaz’s understanding and mastery over colour, form and detailing. From pant-suits to gowns, the entire collection was created with pastels and chiffon, with a hint of vibrant colours that gently contrasted with the overall subtlety. Minaz said, “My inspiration is summer and the practicality that is required for the season. Elegance is the key for every woman that wears modest fashion and every piece is not only practical but also elegantly brings out the feminine side”.

 The evening ended with the second designer from Italy, Renato Balestra. Classic Italian style that was immortalized through Italian films and theatre of the 50s and 60s was the inspiration for this Spring/Summer Ready Couture collection. Full-on glamour and chic reigned supreme, with fitted cocktail dresses with capes, structured jacket and full-skirt ensembles and red carpet gowns with side-panels in black, gold and jewel tones. Each piece a stunning creation, the entire collection had all the elements of being show-stoppers.

 

Ghaf Kitchen’s Restaurant on Wheels Launched at Waterfront Market in Deira

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Ghaf Kitchen, the popular restaurant on wheels, has announced its new home opening at Dubai’s state of the art fresh food market, Waterfront Market in Deira.
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Ghaf Kitchen serves menu for Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.It includes a number of fresh selections, such as, the Fresh Catch Burrito; a flour burrito filled with seared fresh catch of the day from the market, spicy rice, sour cream and house made salsa, Crab Chilli Fries, Chicken Burger, also available as a vegan option, and The Ghaf Burger made from house-ground Aberdeen Angus beef patty, Irish mature cheddar cheese, crispy onions, and tomato jam. Rounding off the menu are sweet delights, cool Fentiman’s lemonade, soft drinks and fresh daily roasted artisanal coffee.
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Now open at Waterfront Market, Deira from 9am to 8pm on weekdays and 8am to 8pm on weekends and all national holidays.
Along with shopping options of fresh vegetables & fruits , and a bunch of eateries, you can also enjoy the outdoor area with Corniche views , Alfresco dining & pleasant weather.
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We had Chicken Burger, Ghaf Burger, a rich flavorful beef burger. Fish Burrito was also good , Sea Bass Fillet on a bed of rice & served with dips.
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Instagram: @GhafKitchen
Facebook: @GhafKitchenDXB

Saher Dia’s Golden Era Takes Over Arab Fashion Week

The five-day Arab Fashion Week was officially declared open yesterday evening by the Arab Fashion Council in partnership with Sheikh Mohammed Maktoum Juma AlMaktoum Investment (MBM).  The second of the bi-annual event this year takes place between November 15 and 19 ,2017 at City Walk, in partnership with Meraas. With the distinction of being the world’s only ready-couture and pre-collections fashion week, international and local designers will be presenting their collections for Spring/Summer 2018 and Pre-fall/Winter 2019.

“Simplicity is elegance” said Saher Dia following his show at Arab Fashion Week on November 15th where he showcased an exclusive collection for the first time as a pret a couture for this season.

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With an impressive clientele inclusive of various Royalty and VIPS across the GCC and Levant, Fashion designer Saher Dia’s latest collection debuts at Arab Fashion Week leaving a truly memorable golden shine over all present.

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Lebanese Saher is no stranger to opulence and grandeur, having been born and brought up in the UAE, and since establishing his atelier in 1997 he had mastered the art of how the right dress or fabric can perfect a woman at any function or event, from evening out to wedding.

Saher’s Golden Era collection included evening gowns and one royal wedding gown. The collection was completed by combining a powerful yet moving mix of pastels, boi de rose to pinks, blue gray to blues and a soft mix of off-whites and beiges moving towards golden on different fabrics with accents of silver and gradual color shifts. Bringing together a beautiful blend of fabrics, from stretchy satin and crepe and dantelle, chiffon, tulle, organza, taffeta and some detailed embroidery. From romantic aesthetics to breathtaking silhouettes, the collection takes you to a time where a woman’s femininity was evident in the sway of her skirt.

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“We have to find a way to have the dress glow” Said style icon Marlene Dietrich long ago, and today Saher’s collection has drawn inspiration from golden style icons Marlene Dietrich followed by the exotic Rita Hayworth who has captured his heart, providing him the inspiration to create more gowns after further fashion research into the past, and then finally followed by timeless Greta Garbo, three historical fashion icons who left a serious fashion imprint within the same era. The three powerhouses of style gave birth to Saher’s Golden Era collection, bringing together a timeless collection of dresses loved from the 1920’s to the late 1940’s.