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Karolina Kurkova DubaiSpotted: Karolina Kurkova
The place: The Armani Hotel Dubai. Located in the famed Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, this minimalist, ultra-modern hotel occupies the first 8 floors and several more from floor 38 up, offering one of the city’s most stunning views. Rooms and common spaces are dark and sleek, and the restaurants – especially the Indian offering – are some of the best in the city. On any given afternoon in the lounge, you’ll almost certainly spot a celeb; at the very least, it's solid people-watching. Locals dominate the scene here, which is the center of social life in Dubai
The occasion: Dubai’s Fashion Week. As part of the lavish spectacle that was the anniversary celebration of Dubai’s Vogue Fashion Experience and Emaar (the real estate firm behind the entire development of downtown Dubai), Karolina joined the likes of Naomi Campbell, Vogue editors, and Gulf billionaires – the financial backers of this ambitious project. Karolina was spotted at the gym of the Armani Hotel, where security was tighter than the Fed’s vault, between hair and makeup preparations for a circuit of fashion shows and cocktail parties. The event culminated in a VIP gala at the Armani Pavilion overlooking the famed fountains, as 500 or so of Emaar’s closest friends indulged in lobster and champagne in the midst of a live ballet performance. The next morning, Karolina brunched over scrambled eggs and halloumi cheese in the Armani/Mediterraneo restaurant, accompanied by a youngish, handsome silver fox. We’re assuming that her chic black pleated skirt and matching cashmere sweater were – you guessed it – Armani.