Friday - - Editor’s Letter - Natalie Long, edi­tor Reach me at

Ev­ery cover story we do at Fri­day is ex­cit­ing for the team, but this week’s one is some­thing I am re­ally happy to see. Mostly be­cause we were able to an­swer the fun ques­tion, ‘Can we do a fash­ion shoot around the idea of Guns N’ Roses style?’ with a re­sound­ing ‘Yes, we can!’.

When we first dis­cussed the idea, we thought it might be a stretch – would there even be any rock out­fits in stores (we al­ways shoot with things you can ac­tu­ally pick up in shops this week­end) that looks like the Novem­ber Rain video? Uh, yeah. To­tally.

Flan­nel shirts, dis­tressed denim and big black boots are in style in a big way – or maybe, they never went away. In any case, I felt at once old – as I en­joyed wear­ing those clothes as a teen; happy – as I’d still like to wear them; and elated – as there’s that won­der­ful feel­ing when you pull some­thing off. I don’t want to get all Nike com­mer­cial on you (al­though that is one cool ad) but I am sure we all love it when a dream (how­ever big, small or Guns N’ Roses-themed) takes off. When a plan just comes to­gether. (Some­thing about that state­ment also makes me want to nar­row my eyes and stroke a cat in a Bond vil­lain-ish way.)

So keep at it. When they say no, let that be your mo­ti­va­tion to prove them wrong. Do it some­where else, bet­ter.

On that pos­i­tive note, let me tell you about some­thing else awe­some that’s tak­ing place next week­end – Fri­day’s go­ing to be at Taste of Dubai! I’ll be there speak­ing to some of the best chefs around about food (that could go on for quite a long time, to be honest). If you think you’ve got what it takes to cook for the top chefs, join us in ex­clu­sive Fri­day ses­sions in the cook­ing chal­lenge tent – head over to fri­day­ to find out how you can take part.

Or sim­ply send us your photos of food that you’ve en­joyed at the event for our Sto­ry­tellers page. Bon ap­pétit!

If YOU think you’ve got what it takes to cook for the TOP CHEFS, join us in EX­CLU­SIVE

FRI­DAY ses­sions in the cook­ing chal­lenge tent

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