Preview: Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueledhttps://www.shortlistabudhabi.com/shopping-style/article/26243-preview-crash-team-racing-nitro-fueledA slew of colourful characters. Check. Crazy kart courses with white-knuckle bends. Tick. Exhilarating speed boosts after a neat drift. But of course. Any developer could include all these makings of a fantastic racing game and still pale in comparison to the giant that is Mario Kart.

But there was once an underdog (or bandicoot in this case) in the late ‘90s that held its ground against the king of karts, and any PlayStation fan will know that was Crash Team Racing. Twenty years later, developers Beenox have brought Naughty Dogs’ original back to life, and it may leave Mario behind in a plume of tyre smoke.

Okay, that may be over-dramatic. But there’s no denying how much fun Crash Team Racing is, and Nitro-Fueled looks to bring that magic back, along with a few tricks up its sleeve. Like the original, the update features a lengthy list of characters from Crash Bandicoot for players to choose from in order to race along winding courses filled with hidden pathways, crates with power-ups to slow your fellow drivers down and plenty of hills to catch some air. Alt-hough this time everything is faster, turns are tighter and courses have been revamped to add even more Easter Eggs to get players to first place.

CTR hasn’t just been slapped with a fresh coat of paint like other remasters (although it does look gorgeous), it’s been made from the ground up to attract a new generation of gamers. It’s welcome, as a number of old fans knew every nook and cranny from the original, so it gives them new karting skills and courses to master. Also, now that Nitro-Fueled introduces online gameplay, ‘90s players won’t completely dominate all the novice drivers.

They may anyway, as it takes some time to get used to CTR’s standout feature: boosts. The longer you drift, the more boost power you get, but it’s knowing when to drift, how long for and when to execute a triple boost that’s the kicker. Boosting through different courses is akin to a rhythm game, and mastering each one is all the fun.

Along with local and online play, adventure mode returns, and if it’s anything like the first, it’s the best crash course tutorial players could ask for. It gets painstakingly hard towards the end, but it’s also heaps of fun to get to know all the colourful characters from the series.

Turns out an old bandicoot can learn new tricks.

Available on PS4, Xbox One and Switch, June 21.

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Splurge of the week: Sandalshttps://www.shortlistabudhabi.com/shopping-style/article/26164-cool-by-the-poolSPLURGE
Prada crossover sandals

Let’s be honest, nobody wants to let the side down around the pool, right? Looking your best while soaking up the sun, or strolling down the beach, is crucial. But while you don’t always need to spend a small fortune, sometimes a sharp investment costs, as it does with these Prada sandals. At AED2,460, you will want to get a decent amount of wear out of them, but the slick black design and comfortable fit ensures you will never want to take them off.
Price: AED2,460, levelshoes.com

SAVE
Gucci rubber gg slides




If you’re looking for a slightly cheaper alternative, this model from Gucci will make you stand out from the crowd, that’s for sure. To be brutally honest, you probably need to be a certain kind of individual  to pull them off. Bright red and rubber flip flops are certainly not for everybody, but if you’re brave enough, and confident in your own appearance, these could represent a sound investment. If nothing else, they’re guaranteed to get you noticed, and that can’t be bad.
Price: AED1,150, levelshoes.com

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Style of the week: Fast fashionhttps://www.shortlistabudhabi.com/shopping-style/article/26197-fast-fashionwe’ve all slopped a bit of pizza down our front at one time or another, and now any stray slices of pepperoni will just blend right in.

Philipp Plein’s new Pizza Boy capsule collection is here and it’s piping hot and ready to devour.

Not only does the punk-renegade inspired style combine our love for fashion and fast food, it also means any rogue pizza toppings can be stored safely on your person for later consumption.

The T-shirts, hoodies and joggers are adorned with patchworks and prints, with each piece being expertly crafted in Italy.

And like any good pizza, it’s not going to last long. The latest drop has a limited number of pieces available and once it’s gone, it’s gone.

You can pick up yours now at Philipp Pleinstores in The Dubai Mall and Mall of the Emirates or order in from www.plein.com.

German designer Philipp Plein founded his namesake luxury fashion brand in 2008.  Based in Switzerland, the collection is distinguished by an unconventional and non-conformist style combined with impeccable craftsmanship.

We can’t wait for a slice.

www.plein.com

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These sports brands are the comeback kids in fashion https://www.shortlistabudhabi.com/shopping-style/article/26155-the-comeback-kidsChampion
Once the brand for jocks and preps in the US, it’s now as popular with the Hollywood A-listers as it is on the basketball courts. The clue is in the name.

diadora
A classic Italian sports manufacturer, whether it’s trainers, tracksuits or football boots, if you’re wearing diadora, you’re guaranteed to look the part.

ellesse
An iconic sports brand back at the peak of its powers. Just like strawberries and cream, expect to see it make an appearance at Wimbledon.

FILA
A staple for young blokes frequenting the terraces on a Saturday afternoon in the ‘80s, FILA has come full circle and is now a brand to be seen in once more. Shame the terraces no longer exist.

Kappa
A brand which adorned the shirts of the all-conquering AC Milan team of the ‘90s. If it’s good enough for Gullit, Rijkaard and Van Basten…

Umbro
Comfortable and stylish, who said you can’t have both? A brand which will forever be associated with ‘90s football, but are you telling us that’s a bad thing?

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Wheels of the week: 2019 Infiniti QX80 Limitedhttps://www.shortlistabudhabi.com/shopping-style/article/26212-wheels-of-the-week-2019-infiniti-qx80-limitedOh no, we blinked. Tell us what we missed.  Now Infiniti’s largest model, it’s definitely bulked up, holding up to eight passengers in its two-tone grey and black Alcantara leather seats. And it’s double-arch grill and headlamps are 10cm higher.

...Erm, is that it?
That’s just design. Take into account the comfort-orientated suspension and ample performance from its 5.6 litre V8 engine and 428 horsepower, and you’ll be driving as smooth as butter. Along with its wood- and leather-lined steering wheel, it just feels richer.

Ah, one of those sophisticated vehicles.
Sophisticated – with a dash of style. The fancier QX80 Limited wears a set of trim-specific dark, machine-finished 22-inch wheels. Although, they should have stuck to the regular QX80’s kicks.

Oh? A problem with the new edition already?
Hardly, but the Limited’s wheels will give drivers a little bumpier ride on rougher roads. Although, that’s hardly a problem when driving in the city.

What’s a little style over comfort anyway?
You know it. In fact, you can book yourself a test drive in Dubai now if you visit www.infiniti-dubai.com. If you like it, expect to pay $91,000 (around AED334,000) for daily luxury drives. Go on, give your family the first-class experience.

We’ll be sure to give that test a go before we fork over the dirhams.

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What we're watching and playing this week in Dubaihttps://www.shortlistabudhabi.com/film-tv/article/26122-what-are-we-watching-and-playingCINEMA
Men in Black: International (PG13)

Did you really think Hollywood would leave this franchise untouched? We’re in the age of remakes after all. That, and 2012’s Men In Black 3 was a box office smash hit, so of course they would rekindle the extraterrestrial fire. But this time we’re not going to get our hopes up like we did for 2016’s Ghostbusters (oh, the pain), even if it does look like bundles of fun.

Move over agents J and K, this time we’re getting the men and women in black – Thor: Ragnarok stars Tessa Thompson and Chris Hemsworth as agents M and H, and we couldn’t think of a better duo. Ragnarok showed audiences how playful they can be on screen, so we can already imagine the back-and-forth banter they’ll have when given cool alien tech to muck around with. They also seem to be in good hands, as International is directed by F. Gary Gray, the man behind The Fate of the Furious and Straight Outta Compton. Basically, that means thrilling action and smarts, so maybe it isn’t just a run-of-the-mill reboot. Let’s hope not.

The story follows Agent M as a recent recruit, teaming up with Agent H to investigate a mole in the MIB organisation, from an alien threat known as The Hive who can take the form of anyone. So, Liam Neeson also stars as High T, and we’re calling it now – he’s the mole. If he is, International wouldn’t have the most original plot out there, but MIB is all about the crazy weaponry, fun action scenes and quirky aliens, so we’ll let that slide.
In cinemas June 20

X-Men: Dark Phoenix (PG13)
How the mighty have fallen. Fox’s X-Men franchise used to be the go-to superhero movie largely thanks to X2 and Days of Future Past, then a new bunch of young mutants came along and ruined it all. Dark Phoenix (Jean Grey gone bad) is supposed to be the X-Men’s biggest threat, but the last entry doesn’t do her justice with its bland plot and underwhelming action. Let’s just say Fox had a great 20-year run, but we’re glad it’s over.
In cinemas now

GAMING
Crash Team Racing Nitro-fueled

A slew of colourful characters. Check. Crazy kart courses with white-knuckle bends. Tick. Exhilarating speed boosts after a neat drift. But of course. Any developer could include all these makings of a fantastic racing  game and still pale in comparison  to the giant that is Mario Kart. But there was once an underdog (or bandicoot in this case) in the late ‘90s that held its ground against the king of karts, and any PlayStation fan will know that was Crash Team Racing. Twenty years later, developers Beenox have brought Naughty Dogs’ original back to life, and it may leave Mario behind in a plume of tyre smoke.

Okay, that may be over-dramatic. But there’s no denying how much fun Crash Team Racing is, and Nitro Fueled looks to bring that magic back, along with a few tricks up its sleeve. Like the original, the update features a lengthy list of characters from Crash Bandicoot for players to choose from in order to race along winding courses filled with hidden pathways, crates with power-ups to slow your fellow drivers down and plenty of hills to catch some air. Although this time everything is faster, turns are tighter and courses have been revamped to add even more Easter Eggs to get players to first place.

CTR hasn’t just been slapped with a fresh coat of paint like other remasters (although it does look gorgeous), its been made from the ground up to attract a new generation of gamers. It’s welcome, as a number of old fans knew every nook and cranny from the original, so it gives them new karting skills and courses to master. Also, now that Nitro Fueled introduces online gameplay, ‘90s players won’t completely dominate all the novice drivers.

They may anyway, as it takes some time to get used to CTR’s standout feature: boosts. The longer you drift, the more boost power you get, but it’s knowing when to drift, how long for and when to execute a triple boost that’s the kicker. Boosting through different courses is akin to a rhythm game, and mastering each one is all the fun.

Along with local and online play, adventure mode returns, and if it’s anything like the first, it’s the best crash course tutorial players could ask for. It gets painstakingly hard towards the end, but it’s also heaps of fun to get to know all the colourful characters from the series.
Turns out an old bandicoot can learn new tricks.
Available on PS4, Xbox One and Switch, June 21.

Layers of fear 2
Any great profound story is like an onion – it has layers, which makes this first-person horror experience one terrifying onion. Layers of
Fear 2 places you in the role of an actor on an ocean liner, as the player roams around the creepy cruise to piece together what’s going on. And there’s a director gone mad chillingly speaking to you while surreal and terrifying happenings spook you to death.
Out now on PS4, Xbox One and PC

NETFLIX
Neon Genesis Evangelion

The granddaddy of mech anime (and arguably the most controversial) is finally making its grand debut, not just on Netflix, but online. Officially, unless you somehow found it on DVD, it’s nearly impossible to watch the hit ‘90s series anywhere. This is a big deal for fans of philosophical shows and giant robot fights who may have missed Hideaki Anno’s masterpiece. Though, it is a strange one.
Releases on June 21

Happy! Season 2
If you can stomach grotesque scenes and completely over-the-top gore, you’ve probably already watched the first absurd but entertaining season of Happy!. Well, prepare for it all again as season two is here, and this time Nick Sax (played by a crazy good Christopher Meloni) and his imaginary friend, Happy, are trying to live a normal life, but that’s hard to do when an evil Easter Bunny is terrorising the city.
Out now on Netflix

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ASOS releases brand-new ‘Virtual Catwalk’Darragh Murphyhttps://www.shortlistabudhabi.com/shopping-style/article/26226-asos-releases-brand-new-virtual-catwalkNeed to see what your clothes look like before the big buy? Or maybe you just want your own personal fashion show? You’ll want to download the ASOS app.

Why? Because the fashion brand has launched its first-ever ‘Virtual Catwalk’, an augmented reality (AR) experience that lets potential buyers see models walk around in shirts, pants – you name it.

Available now through the ASOS app on Apple iOS 11.3 devices and above in the UAE, the Virtual Catwalk test is live on 100 new-in ASOS Design products. Go on, give it a go.

Simply by pointing their smartphone camera at any suitable flat surface and clicking the ‘AR’ button on the product page in-app, customers will be able to view models as if they are walking in front of them.

The technology has been developed in partnership with London-based augmented reality firm, HoloMe.

“By allowing the consumer to bring mobile shopping into their own physical space, we can create a more intimate buying experience. We are excited to see how our technology can be used as a new way to communicate to the customer”, said CEO of HoloMe Janosch Amstutz.

The test is part of ASOS’ ongoing experimentation with new technology. We hope to see it on many more items in the future.

Along with this, ASOS also launched a project with Google Assistant, allowing customers to shop with just their voice, and has introduced an AIdriven Fit Assistant to help customers get the right size, first time.

The online retailer is also trialling other AR features, including a tool which allows customers to view products on different size models, so customers can get a better sense of how something might fit their body shape.

In other fashion news, swimwear brand Vilebrequin has launched a special collaboration with Off-White, while Nike's new Stranger Things trainers are a thing of nostalgic beauty.

We’re downloading the app now.

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Ten best luxury streetwear brands in Dubaihttps://www.shortlistabudhabi.com/shopping-style/article/26154-boulevard-of-styleTake a step back and have a look at what you’re wearing. We’re willing to bet a considerable amount of, erm *insert what you most desire here* that either Nike, Puma or adidas are branded on something you’re wearing. If you do, guess what? You’re a bonafide high roller in fashion. That’s because streetwear is peak style now, and we’re not just talking about the apparel people wear on a casual night out – street fashion is a luxury style plastered all over the most notable catwalks in Milan, London and New York. While some are just plain ridiculous (like Balenciaga’s Ikea bag which costs over AED7,000, yikes), we’re here to tell you about the best luxury streetwear brands that go beyond your usual go-to store. Save up those dirhams, it’s time to get street smart.

Off the beaten track
amongst few

First up is one of the city’s trendiest spots, amongst few. Not only does this Dubai-based brand have its own collection of t-shirts engraved in Arabic, a wealth of snap backs and classic variations of sweatpants, but it also offers exclusive collaborations with the NBA, The Hundreds (also on this list) and niche brands. Be sure to look out for their Reasonable Doubt collection, boasting black and white musical influences in Arabic translations. Having Arabic logos on your attire is stylish and rare. That’s what we call exclusive.
Where: Palm Strip on Jumeirah Beach Road
Website: amongstfew.com
Contact: +971 4 386 9221

Stella McCartney
Most of the ladies reading this will know Stella McCartney as a noteworthy luxury brand, but there is also a men’s collection? Yes lads, delve through its website and you’ll find a selection of tie-dye hoodies, sleeveless sweaters and track jackets with a bit of sparkle added on. While most of their apparel are at the smarter end of streetwear, you’ll find you can definitely sport a check blazer and trousers with a trendy pair of Yeezys. For those on the lookout for more of that skater-type style, we recommend its “no smile, no service” T-shirts, that come  in minimalist versions or shout-out-loud branding. If that sounds up your street, get involved.
Where: Fashion Avenue, The Dubai Mall; Mall of the Emirates
Website: www.stellamccartney.com/ae

Off-White
If you’re the kind of person who not only pulls off bright colours, but can wear them proud, Off-White should be your luxe brand. You won’t find a single piece of clothing that won’t make you stand-out from the crowd, from its green and pink neon graffiti ski jackets all the way down to its selection of high-raised cross-flamed socks that are definitely not meant to be hidden behind trousers (especially since a pair can set you back AED305). All streetwear aficionados will know clothes aren’t the only way to stay on trend, which is why Off-White also deal in keychain accessories, headwear (including knitted beanies) and even camera straps. Going completely Off-White is certainly no bad thing.
Where: The Dubai Mall
Website: www.off---white.com/en/AE
Contact: +971 54 454 1546



Out of the norm
Z Zegna
Who said you have to play sports in order to kit yourself out in sweatbands and aerodynamic leggings? Italian luxury fashion brand Z Zegna answers that question with its tennis-inspired fashion line, featuring deconstructed jackets, bombers and raincoats in cobalt blues, vivid reds and yellows, along with natural woolen white. Naturally, streetwear and sportswear are one and the same, with the street look’s roots heavily embedded in the skater scene, so sporting (no pun intended) the Z Zegna tennis look is very much on trend. Also, for the more casual streetwear fashioner, its June Edit is all about those cool grey sweaters and a jersey cashmere and silk jacket that acts as both a blazer and hoodie.
Where: The Dubai Mall
Website: www.zegna.com
Contact: +971 4 330 8811


MCM
The sky’s the limit for MCM.

Its summer collection reimagines the motifs of aviation into modern expression, giving its customers a new way to reflect their passion of high-flying fashion. Its “Luft (the German word for air) Collection” isn’t what you wear for literal airline travel (although, why not?), but MCM has taken on board the adrenaline-pumping aspects of aerodynamics with its new line. It’s the mobility, freedom and creativity that’s embodied by the art of flight, so expect breezy sweaters, bright yellow jumpsuit trousers and clothes that completely fit the skaters doing a crazy flip in the air.
Where: The Dubai Mall
Contact: +971 4 454 7742
Website: mcmworldwide.com


Kenzo
If pictures speak a thousand words, then emojis sum up what we can’t quite articulate with everyday lingo. So, wearing a sweater with a wink and a heart from French designer Kenzo’s “I love Kenzo” collection speaks volumes. Blues, pinks and red shades for the colour fans, whites and greys for the more tamer street dresser. If you’re feeling a little more ferocious, Kenzo’s latest line (“The Tiger”) is the look you’re after. Offering one raging tiger design in many colourful shades on different apparel, such as a violet bomber jacket or hoodie sweatshirts, this one comes straight from Paris, and is available to order online.
Where: Various locations including The Dubai Mall, Mall of the Emirates
Website: kenzo.com/eu/en/home

The Favourites
A BATHING APE (BAPE)
A Bathing Ape, or BAPE, started back in 1993, and continues to deliver seasonal clothing lines that turn heads. When Pharrel Williams started to wear the brand in the mid-2000s he introduced the Japanese streetwear giant to a global audience and it’s never looked back. AAPE, also hugely successful, is a sub-brand of BAPE, which only serves to underline the brand’s increasing popularity, but BAPE recently opened in Dubai Mall on May 31, which means you won’t have far to go in order to pick up the most fashionable items. And if wearing it makes you even half as cool as Pharrel, well, that’s just an added bonus.
Where: The Dubai Mall
Contact: +971 4 589 6894
Website: aape.jp

Obey
Founded by Shepard Fairey, Obey is steeped in sarcasm and the whole “stick it to the man” culture, which is confusing when one literally wears the word “obey” on their clear-cut Californian shirts. It’s all reverse psychology, though, which is why you’ll see plenty of those prone to the world of satire honouring the label. Think mostly dark tees, shirts covered with crooked smiles and, of course, the beloved capitalised ‘OBEY’ scrolled across snapbacks. It also has a line of waistbags that actually look cool, not like the ones seen attached to tourists on “an adventure to Asia”.
Website: Namshi.com

HUF
Keeping true to its ‘90s roots, HUF is well known for producing clothes for the actual skater boys of this world. And if you’re not one yet, its fashion line will make you want to buy a deck with wheels just so you can say you are. HUF quickly became a one-stop shop of all things skate and surf back in San Francisco when it first started, thanks to its minimal designs such as a simple HUF on a white t-shirt or its now-trendy triangle designs on long-sleeved shirts. For nostalgia factor, HUF also has sweet collaborations with classic toons, including Peanut sandals and Popeye-punching sweaters.
Website: Namshi.com


The Hundreds
Offering everything including T-shirts, denim, wovens, fleece, headwear, and outerwear, The Hundreds is way more than just a streetwear clothing brand. It’s a media platform for the latest in street culture as a whole. Just check out its site, thehundreds.com, featuring the latest events from around the world (street-wise, of course) and blogs from creator Bobby Kim himself. His love of niche art is clearly shown in The Hundreds’ latest designs, with collaborations with Fool’s Gold and even Marvin the Martian from Looney Tunes. Clothes here are usually in beige and calm colours, which is a tad conflicting given The Hundred’s “bomb” logo. But we’re not complaining. Yet another brand worth checking out if you feel as though your wardrobe needs a revamp. Thank us later.
Website: Namshi.com

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Nike's new Stranger Things trainers are a thing of nostalgic beautyDarragh Murphyhttps://www.shortlistabudhabi.com/shopping-style/article/26214-nikes-new-stranger-things-trainers-are-a-thing-of-nostalgic-beautyWe’re all getting ready for the long-awaited Stranger Things season three on Thursday July 4 (just in time for the weekend), but the show is already bringing back fashion trends from the ‘80s.

Step into the shoes of the kids from Hawkins High School, quite literally, with Nike’s exclusive collaboration with Netflix’s Stranger Things, offering a new range featuring two distinct new-looks for three classic Nike trainers: the Cortez, Blazer and Tailwind.

There are two collections, with the first based on where the stars of the show are educated, the Hawkins High School collection, and features a green and orange colour scheme to represent the school's colours.

The second collection is all about the third season and is called the OG Pack. It’s based on the red, white and blue of the US flag, given some of the news in the series is focused on Independence Day.

The first collection will be available in the US on Thursday June 27, while the second launches a little later on Monday July 1. So when can we expect to see the new kicks in Dubai?

Depending on the demand of the two new collections, Nike stores across the city are expecting to see the collection a month after the US release, which means fans of fresh sneakers may have to wait until August to get them.

Nike explained how the line tied in with Stranger Things' 1985 setting: "The sporting world in 1985 was undergoing a radical change – energy was reverberating from the summer games in Los Angeles and pro basketball was swinging firmly into its showtime era.

"At Nike, 1985 was the year visible Air began to take shape (realised two years later in the Air Max I) and when the iconic Dunk emerged on collegiate basketball courts.

"Meanwhile, the Cortez, Blazer and Tailwind remained sport and style staples, granting a timely authenticity to the Stranger Things collection."

Looking for swimwear instead? Have a look at Vilebrequin newly launched special collaboration with Off-White.

For all things sneakers and fresh pairs of kicks, check out our kicks of the week, which is all about being footloose and fancy free.

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Swimwear brand Vilebrequin launches special collaboration with Off-Whitehttps://www.shortlistabudhabi.com/shopping-style/article/26157-swimwear-brand-vilebrequin-launches-special-collaboration-with-off-whiteThe time is ripe for summertime beach days, and to be sure you’re on top of the swimwear fashion trend, you’ll want to check out this special collaboration.

Off-White has launched its collaboration with swimwear brand, Vilebrequin, featuring five styles of board shorts in an array of different colours and prints. You’ll certainly stand out when you’re taking a dip in the sea.

Available in Off-White and Vilebrequin stores across the region, two styles feature the Off White signature arrow logo in black and in white, while the remaining three styles come in acid yellow, floral and black and white stripes.

Each piece from the collection aims to highlight the “perfectly tailored yet casual charm of Vilebrequin”.

Fancy getting your hands on a pair? You can head to The Dubai Mall from 10am until midnight any day of the week to pick up a trendy pair of board shorts, or head over to www.off---white.com/en/AE to shop online.

If you swiped a pair, there are plenty of places in Dubai to show them off, including this AED99 daycation at the Hilton JBR along with this new poolside summer brunch at Shades Dubai Shades Dubai.

For other style choices, have a look through our kicks of the week where you can be footloose and fancy free, along with our “Hit The Surf” style of the week.

When: Daily 10am-midnight
Where: The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai (both shops)
Website: https://www.off---white.com/en/AE
Contact: +971 54 454 1546

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