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Calling all bloggers: Chance to win cash prizes and Editor-in-Residence status


Love blogging? Love shopping? Love travel? If so, we want to hear from you. We’re looking for exciting writers who blog about the joys of travel shopping. It could be a post on the airports you rate for retail therapy, or, the amazing travel-exclusive products you’ve picked up, or, your essential airport shopping lists. Whatever you choose to blog about, if you’re writing about travel shopping we want to be reading you.

From April, PretAirporter will host the monthly PretAirporter Travel Shopping Blog Awards, a recognition of the importance that bloggers and key opinion leaders play in raising the profile of travel shopping.

Each month the best posts across beauty, fragrance, fashion, luxury, watches and jewellery, fine wines & spirits, and general travel shopping will be assessed, with the best each winning a US$300 cash prize, a ticket in Dubai Duty Free’s Finest Surprise luxury car draw and a special PretAirporter award logo.

To be considered for the monthly awards, all online posts must include a reference to and be dedicated to the travel shopping channel and its products.

The initiative will culminate in December with the PretAirporter Blogger and Key Opinion Leader of the Year Awards, featuring some outstanding cash and product prizes and winners’ trophies. The ultimate winner will also earn a paid stint as Editor-in-Residence at PretAirporter.

The award categories include:

· Blogger of the Year – Beauty
· Blogger of the Year – Fragrance
· Blogger of the Year – Fashion
· Blogger of the Year – Luxury
· Blogger of the Year – Wines & Spirits
· Blogger of the Year – Travel shopping
· Vlogger of the Year
· Instagrammer of the Year
· PretAirporter Global Blogger of the Year

For more information on the awards or to be featured on, please contact If you are launching a travel shopping exclusive, please tell us about it.


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Sparkle with Swarovski this spring: New traveller-exclusives available

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Spring marks the beginning of warmer days, brighter wardrobes and… an excuse to update our jewellery boxes? Swarovski certainly thinks so and has launched a collection of traveller-exclusive accessories for spring/summer 2017.

The cutely named Giggles pendants will have customers smiling as they step into a new season. These mixed-plated pendants feature several ‘lucky charms’ which are available in different metal plating, decorated with clear crystal pavé. Swarovski says the pendants are perfect for a gift or as an everyday essential.

The Gino Set includes an elegant rhodium-plated necklace and matching earrings. A sparkling stone inside a square cage in crystal pavé dangles from the necklace.

If you don’t want to restrict yourself to one colour then the Gaelle pendants offer variety. Featuring purple, silver, blue and pink crystals, the pendants add a feminine touch to an everyday look. The pendants are presented on a rhodium-plated chain.

Look pretty in pink with the Sage pendant. Hanging on a rhodium-plated chain, the pendant presents a Rosaline crystal drop delicately wrapped in clear crystal pavé.


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Before Coco: Chanel goes back to the start for its latest inspiration

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The fashion feast of a film Coco Before Chanel, featuring Audrey Tautou, chronicled the early life of Gabrielle Chanel before she became ‘Chanel’. Now, the French fashion house has turned to those early years for its latest inspiration.

Earlier this week saw the release of a new chapter of the Inside Chanel film series: ‘Gabrielle, a Rebel at Heart’. The film which runs for a scant minute and a half, explores the early influences of the iconic designer who is credited with freeing women from the constraints of corsets into a brave new world of clothes which combined elegance with comfort and ease.

The two major launches of the Gabrielle campaign will be a fragrance line (the company’s first new fragrance pillar in 15 years according to industry bible WWD) and a handbag design.

By returning to the ‘rebel heart’ of its founder, the campaign seems to be designed to attract more of the free spirited, rebellious Millennial generation to the brand.

Gabrielle Chanel eau de parfum is scheduled to make its debut in June in Chanel boutiques and on the official Chanel website before rolling out to other Chanel retail outlets. Information disclosed at this point reveals it to be an ‘abstract floral’ created by Chanel Fragrance Creator Olivier Polge.

The Gabrielle handbag was first seen on the catwalk last October and is due to reach stores in March. Intriguingly, WWD reports that Pharrell Williams will become the first man to star in a Chanel handbag campaign (he wears a croc version of the Gabrielle cross-body). Three other Chanel muses: Kristen Stewart, Cara Delevingne and Caroline de Maigret will also feature in the Karl Lagerfeld-shot campaign, to be released on 3 April.

There’s also news that ‘Gabrielle’ will inspire new watch and jewellery designs from the house later in the year.

Did somebody say waiting list?

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Love is in the air at Dubai Duty Free

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Lacking inspiration as to what to buy your loved one for Valentine’s Day? Why not declare your love with an Akaru diamond set, available exclusively at Dubai Duty Free. After all, diamonds are a girl’s best friend.

Inspired by traditional floral designs, the exclusive diamond sets include a pendant and earrings. The diamonds are intricately set in a new technique called ‘miracle setting’ which is claimed to enhance the brilliance and beauty of the diamonds – so you’ll be sure to dazzle in your bling.

There are two sets to choose from, each offering a pendant and earrings. One set is priced at US$1,305.56 and the other is selling for US$2,152.78.