Posts goes live

Grazia Middle East has launched its new digital platform, The new website aims to deliver a mix of fashion, beauty, celebrity news and luxury content directly to its audience, complementing its print and social media channels for a complete 360 conversation. The new website will also feature a combination of editorial and ecommerce, with Grazia Shop that will enable readers to shop covetable curations by the Grazia team as well as host takeovers by a coterie of Instagram celebrities and selected brands.

The new website will be lead by Olivia Phillips, Deputy Editor of Grazia Middle East. She will oversee the content and contribute strategies for the growth of the digital platform.

“This is an emotional day for Grazia Middle East,” says Alison Tay, Editor-in-Chief, Grazia Middle East. “We’re so excited to offer our readers more ways to connect with and contribute to conversations about how we can all make a difference in the world and to extend the brand’s reach further in the GCC.”

Luxury bridal publication goes live

New bridal magazine, Dubai Wedding Planner – Insider has launched under the domain With a focus on luxury bridal fashion, beauty, lifestyle and culture, as well as travel guides that will feature destinations for weddings and honeymoons, the online platform, will be complemented by an annual print magazine. The magazine’s print issue will be limited to 5,000 copies, which will be hand-delivered to its VIP readers and stocks will also be available in spas, golf and beach clubs, as well as selected first and business class lounges across the GCC.

The new launch sees the appointment of Aishwarya Tyagi to the role of Editor. Aishwarya, who has previously worked across media titles including MOJEH, Grazia Middle East and Masala!, will work across the magazine’s editorial content and contribute towards its development across the region.

Who’s next for the top spot at Vogue?

Following the breaking news surrounding Princess Deena Aljuhani Abdulaziz’s departure from her position as Editor-in-Chief of Vogue Arabia, all questions point to who is next in line for the top spot. TMN lists out seven worthy contenders for the throne…

  1. Sofia Guellaty: Previously Editor-in-Chief of Arabia, also part of Nervora Publishing, Sofia has extensive experience in luxury fashion titles and is well known for discovering and honing creative Middle Eastern talent.
  1. Manuel Arnaut: Currently Editor-in-Chief of Architectural Digest Middle East, Manuel’s flair for fashion and style and association with one of Condé Nast International’s most reputed titles makes him a strong – and – likely candidate for the role.
  1. Rhea Saran: Previously Associate Editor and Features Editor of GQ India, Rhea was appointed as Editor-in-Chief of Condé Nast Traveller Middle East in September 2013. Renowned fashion journalist, Suzy Menkes may know something that we don’t… Rhea featured not once, but twice on Suzy’s Instagram over the past month.
  1. Ritu Upadhyay: Middle East Correspondent for Women’s Wear Daily for over 10 years, Ritu is well-versed with the Middle East and global fashion landscape, as well as the business and retail side of the industry.
  1. Louise Nichol: Editor-in-Chief of luxury women’s glossy, Harper’s Bazaar Middle East – which runs neck-to-neck with Vogue Arabia – Louise is an obvious choice and a more than able candidate for the role.
  1. Esther Quek: Previously Fashion and Beauty Director at APP for Rake Middle East, Revolution Middle East and Condé Nast Traveller Middle East and currently Editor-in-Chief of Citizen K Arabia, Esther is a well-known personality on the national and international luxury fashion scene.
  1. Alison Tay: Currently Editor-in-Chief of Grazia Middle East, Alison is a regular on the FROW at all the major fashion weeks. With decades of experience in fashion writing, styling and presenting, she’s an obvious candidate for the role.

Nominations open for Grazia Style Awards

Hosted by Grazia Middle East, the 2017 Grazia Style Awards is now accepting nominees. Scheduled to take place on March 29, 2017, the awards ceremony aims to recognise and honour talent across the fashion and beauty industries in the region. This year’s event will feature new categories of awards including the best in hair and beauty and the most exciting emerging talent. Nominees can register themselves via the ‘click to nominate now’ tab on

In The Hot Seat – Naomi Chadderton

Team TMN catch up with Naomi Chadderton, Editorial Manager at Action Global Communications, who talks about transitioning from journalism to PR and what she thinks about the media industry in the Middle East… 

Name: Naomi Chadderton

Age: 30

From: United Kingdom

Current job title: Editorial Manager, Action Global Communications

When did you first arrive in Dubai?

I arrived in Dubai fresh out of university back in 2008, which seems like a lifetime ago now.

Where did you work prior?

I originally started my journalism career as an intern for Grazia Middle East, where I continued to work for three and a half years as Junior Fashion and Beauty Editor. I then moved over to The Dubai Mall Magazine before returning to the UK and working in London for a year. I was also Fashion and Beauty Editor for Ahlan! Magazine right before I joined Action.

What were your first impressions of the media industry in the Middle East?

I was a young pup when I first started working in magazines, so of course I was dazzled by the glitz and glamour of it. It didn’t take long for me to figure out how much hard work, dedication and long hours it takes to forge a successful career out of it though – not that I’m complaining!

Has your opinion changed much?

The industry has definitely changed with the times and the declining economic climate, and it’s obvious that everyone is feeling the pinch. The foundations stay the same, but it’s becoming a tougher industry to be in.

Tell us about your current role…

I’ve only been in my current role for three weeks so I’m still learning! But the backbone of my job is to create content across our consumer and lifestyle portfolio to get the client’s messages out to the media clearly and concisely. One day this may be writing press releases, but mostly I will be going back to my creative roots and compiling longer features which can then be pitched to time-poor journalists in need of a story. Other days I’ll be helping pitch to new clients, creating social media plans and brainstorming ideas for events – no day is the same.

What challenges do you face?

While it’s not so much a challenge, it’s been interesting making the transition from journalism to PR and seeing how the other side works and thinks. I just need to make sure I’m now always thinking from the other side’s point of view. This gives me an advantage though, as I know exactly how journalists and influencers work and think and what they are looking for from an PR agency.

How do you overcome writer’s block?

Go for a walk, have a Diet Coke break and try again. If not, sleep on it. Writer’s block definitely kicks in for me later in the day, so I try to prioritise any longer jobs earlier on.

How would you rather be contacted at work?

As a Journalist I would have said email every time, but in my new role I’m open to all forms of communication.

How has content marketing shaped the relationship between journalists and PR professionals in the UAE?

With smaller teams and more focus on money, journalists are definitely under a lot more pressure these days to simply bang out copy in much smaller time frames. I’ve experienced this first hand, so in my new role, I think having quality copy that can be pitched directly to journalists is extremely influential in strengthening the relationship.

Describe yourself in five words…

Creative, loyal, sociable, active and Northern!

What’s your most overused saying?


Five things you can’t live without?

My iPhone, credit card, friends, family and food.

If you weren’t in your current role, what would you be doing?

Anything that would allow me to travel the world for the rest of my life would be fine by me.

Masala! Appoints Fashion and Beauty Editor

Aishwarya Tyagi has joined ITP Publishing as Fashion and Beauty Editor for Masala!. Previously Picture Editor and Writer at Grazia Middle East and most recently Editorial Assistant at Mojeh magazine, Aishawarya has over six years of PR and journalism experience which she will bring to her new role. As Fashion and Beauty Editor, she will be responsible for the fashion and beauty, as well as lifestyle features including; travel, food and society.

Olivia Phillips joins Grazia Middle East

Fashion and lifestyle magazines Grazia Middle East, Grazia Qatar and Grazia Luxury, part of the ITP Publishing group, welcome Olivia Phillips to the role of Deputy Editor. With 10 years of experience, Olivia most recently worked as Fashion Features Editor for Emirates Woman, where she was responsible for fashion and beauty features. Previously she held positions at Stylist UK and and has written for You magazine, and

Time Out Dubai welcomes new Editor

Time Out Dubai, part of ITP Publishing, has welcomed Shitika Anand to the role of Section and Social Media Editor. Previously Assistant Editor for Grazia Middle East, Grazia Luxury and Grazia Qatar, Shitika has also worked for publications including PORTER magazine and Women’s Wear Daily. As Section and Social Media Editor, she will now be responsible for editing the Shopping and Body & Mind pages for the weekly entertainment guide to Dubai, as well as managing and strategising all of Time Out Dubai‘s social media accounts.

Shitika Anand moves to freelance

Shitika Anand, former Assistant Editor of Grazia Middle East, Grazia Arabia and Grazia Luxury, has made the move to freelance journalism. With over four years of experience, Shitika has had work featured in publications such as Women’s Wear Daily, Cosmopolitan and CNN International. She will now be available to work as a social media/digital consultant as well as for fashion, travel and lifestyle feature writing in a freelance capacity.

“Working with the incredible Grazia Middle East team has been a delight,” says Shitika. “I’ve had the opportunity to interview some of the greatest talents in the fashion and food industry and write some of the best stories of my career yet. I’m very excited to take all my skills into the world of freelance and I look forward to writing for other publications and collaborating with brands on a digital and print platform.”

Kate Hutchinson joins Grazia Middle East

ITP Publishing Group has welcomed Kate Hutchinson to the role of Deputy Editor, Grazia Middle EastGrazia Arabia and Grazia Luxury. Joining the team from Sydney, Australia where she was Editor of Peninsula Living and North Shore Living at Active Networks and, prior, writing for Grazia Australia Kate boasts over 10 years of experience in print publishing. In her new role, Kate will be supporting Grazia Editor-in-Chief Alison Tay to produce the fashion titles.