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A beautiful high tea at Fairmont the Palm was where we got to live the NYC dream for a day, as Aussie fashion illustrator Megan Hess launched the first stop of her NYC- inspired book tour in Dubai.

Boasting a portfolio dotted with the most fabulous luxury brands, from Dior to Yves Saint Laurent, Hess’s latest book, New York: Through a Fashion Eye, is an elegantly illustrated journey through the artist’s chic take on the city that never sleeps.


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The afternoon took a leaf out of Hess’s book- literally! The artist’s illustrations of New York were brought to life in the form of life-sized backdrops, which set the perfect mood to whisk the attendees away to a warmer version of a New York November.


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Our favourite part was seeing Hess’s fashion illustrations’ real life re-creations, which featured one of our very own Deborah Henning black on black ensembles, complete with a pair of round-toed black heels, a Chanel tote, and a pair of black sunnies. Did someone say breakfast at Tiffany’s?

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Unlike the public book-signing event, which took place later on in the evening, the closed event was small and intimate enough for guests to enjoy fabulous food and drinks, as well as a chance to chat with Hess herself.

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