Net-a-Porter promises same day delivery service for UAE next year

Alison Loehnis. (Photo courtesy: Net-a-Porter)
Updated 14 May 2018

Net-a-Porter promises same day delivery service for UAE next year

DUBAI: Alison Loehnis, president of the world’s leading fashion e-commerce platforms, Net-a-Porter and Mr.Porter, delivered a keynote speech at last week’s Arab Luxury World in Dubai, revealing some of the company’s plans for, and insights into, the Middle East.

To better serve the UAE’s fashionistas, Loehnis announced, the company will launch its classy same-day delivery service (first launched in London) in Dubai next year.

She also broke out some interesting facts about how men and women shop for fashion: “A woman’s going on vacation. She opens up her closet and what does she see? Nothing,” Loehnis said. “Nothing at all. So she goes shopping because she wants things and she has nothing.

“Men open their closet and they see blue shirts. So what do they go looking for when they go shopping? More blue shirts,” she continued. “Women shop for what they don’t have. Men shop for what they already own.”

She allowed this was a “sweeping generalization,” but said it was backed up by her platforms’ data.

The Middle East, she revealed, is a crucial market for both the women’s platform, Net-a-Porter, and the men’s. The Gulf market, she said, is full of early adopters who are constantly on the lookout for new styles. It’s also one of the company’s biggest markets for what it calls “EIPs” (Extremely Important People) — its most engaged and discerning customers. Globally, EIPs represent around three percent of the company’s customer base and 40 percent of its revenue. In the Middle East, 12 percent of customers are EIPs.

“Our GCC customer is slightly younger than our average customer, and spends more than twice that of our average customer,” she said, adding that the top brands for regional consumers — both male and female — include Fendi, Chloé, Oscar de la Renta, Gucci, Loro Piana, and Tom Ford.

GCC women, she explained, like to get dressed up. But they do so in different ways from country to country. “Emirati women love dresses, they love Oscar and Gucci. In Kuwait, they’re a little more trend-driven, and they love embellishment. In Saudi, they love glamor, and — in particular — jewelry; yellow gold and diamonds.”

French-Algerian star Lyna Khoudri wins big at French Oscars

The team behind ‘Papicha’ posed for photographs at the Cesars. (AFP)
Updated 29 February 2020

French-Algerian star Lyna Khoudri wins big at French Oscars

DUBAI: “Papicha,” a touching story of Algerian women fighting for their freedom by Mounia Meddour won both best first film and best female newcomer for actress Lyna Khoudri at the French Oscars on Friday.

The 27-year-old French-Algerian star won big at the Cesars for her portrayal of 18-year-old university student Nedjma, who finds herself struggling to continue her passion for fun and fashion as conservative forces sweep Algeria.

Lyna Khoudri won the best female newcomer award at the ceremony. (Getty Images)

Meanwhile, director Roman Polanski won best director for “An Officer and a Spy” at the fractious ceremony that ended in walkouts and recrimination in Paris, AFP reported.

The entire French academy had been forced to resign earlier this month amid fury that the veteran — wanted in the US for the statutory rape of a 13-year-old girl in 1977 — had topped the list of nominations.

Protesters chanting “Lock up Polanski!” tried to storm the theater where the ceremony was being held before being pushed back by police firing tear gas.

And France’s Culture Minister Franck Riester had warned that giving the maker of “Rosemary’s Baby” a Cesar would be “symbolically bad given the stance we must take against sexual and sexist violence.”

But Polanski won two awards, best adapted screenplay and best director — with the latter prompting Adele Haenel, who was nominated for best actress for “Portrait of a Lady on Fire,” to storm out, crying “shame!“

The French press had dubbed the event “The Cesars of Anguish,” with Le Parisien daily mocking up a movie poster of Hitchcock’s “Vertigo.”

And the ceremony lived up to its billing.

It was the absent figure of Polanski which caused most unease, with a presenter only daring to mumble his name when he opened the envelope for his first win.

The publicity campaign for Polanski’s movie was halted last year after another woman, photographer Valentine Monnier, claimed that she had also been raped by the director in 1975.

But that did not stop it becoming a box office hit in France.

Polanski had told AFP that he had decided to stay away from the ceremony to protect his family and his team from abuse.

“The activists brandish the figure of 12 women who I am supposed to have molested half a century ago,” he said.

“These fantasies of sick minds are treated as established fact,” he complained.