Track down one-of-a-kind fine Arabian design
Ready-to-wear designer Dima Ayad recently partnered with sportswear label Hautletic to create an ultra-glam athleisure collection. The nine pieces include a bomber jacket, hoodie, wide-leg pants and kimono that can transition from day to night. Silhouettes are practical and stylish, with a monochromatic palette of black, gold, grey and silver. Each piece also boasts an on-trend metallic accent. Hautletic is a multi-brand Dubai boutique that stocks stylish, high-performance activewear from many labels such as Alo Yoga, Splits 59, Ultracor and Private Party. Besides its Galleria Mall flagship store, there’s also a Hautletic concession within Robinsons Department Store, Dubai Festival City.
Moschino loves Dubai
To celebrate Moschino’s new boutique in the luxury wing of The Dubai Mall, the brand’s creative director Jeremy Scott created a limited-edition capsule collection. Available only in Dubai, the Moschino X Dubai pieces exude the brand’s famously irreverent vibe, from the bold branding splashed across T-shirts to statement gold and pearl costume jewellery. We especially love the statement brooch that adds an instant splash of vibrancy to any look.
Fit for a queen
Starting life as a boutique for curated vintage clothing, homegrown Bambah Boutique now creates its own range of 1950s-style fashion. The brand features bold shapes, large graphic florals, oversized corsage embellishments and crocheted lace fabric. The distinctive vintage look also appealed to Queen Rania of Jordan, who touched down in the UAE recently rocking a purple lace top with matching skirt. Bambah’s founder and creative director, Maha Abdul Rasheed, said she did a double-take when she saw the Queen’s outfit. “I can’t even explain how happy this makes me feel,” she says. “Queen Rania has been an idol for me and I always look up to her as a strong, confident, and stylish woman. Seeing her in one of my designs means the world to me.”
Bags of style
Trad’s accessory refresh
Dubai-raised accessory designer Nathalie Trad is known for her eponymous line of handbags that boasts asymmetric designs. Inspired by the classic shapes found in nature (such as the stars and moon), Trad radically transforms these shapes as she pursues her quest to re-examine traditional design. After launching her inaugural collection in 2013, Trad’s range includes leather handbags, shell clutches and necklaces that feature geometric shapes and contrasting colours, textures and patterns. Her work can be found in two glamorous Dubai locations – Bloomingdale’s and Harvey Nichols.
The Pôlette Concept Store at City Walk is a retail space for emerging designers and graduates from the international fashion design school ESMOD Dubai, who can use the space to flex their talent for designing, manufacturing, retailing, branding and marketing their collections. It’s believed the store is the world’s first retail start-up platform to launch university students’ fashion brands. Alongside the designer collections, the store also stocks handpicked accessories, fashion books, and lifestyle and interior products.