Known for its glitzy malls, Dubai is quite the fashion and shopping destination.
In the last few years though, more street style shopping arcades have opened in the cosmopolitan city.
Now comes Love Shop Pray – a lifestyle boutique that offers clothes, jewellery, bag, shoes, furniture pieces, ceramics and gifts.
Brain child of fashion designer Preeti Chandra, who has had stores across the globe, has now curated different brands from all over the world under one roof.
The boutique store has some stunning armchairs to jewellery pieces from Capri and homegrown ceramic brand from Dubai.
Preeti claims to have affordable pricing that ranges from AED50 to 4000. There are only three pieces of one item, which makes it limited edition.
We loved the armchairs, ceramics and some unique tops available at the store.
The store, located on Al Wasl Road, has a cozy cottage feel inviting you to spend some time browsing.
Henna has been traditionally used in many parts of the world for celebration purposes. Just before Eid, women in the UAE adorn their hands with the natural dye. But even henna is prone to trends.
Henna artist Simona, from Dubai’s SOH Art+Beauty, says this year’s trend is edgy.
“We are seeing fashionable designs with a modern twist. It’s giving an edge to the tradition,” she adds.
Another trend this season is dark and white henna.
Here’s a video of the designs:
“White henna is mostly suited for special occasions and sits on top of the skin and is more prone to come off sooner than the regular henna that lasts up to seven days.”
She also explained how regular back and front of the hand are not the only places for designs. It’s all mixed up now from only the wrists to a combination of wrists and fingers.
“We can place designs on the side of the hand making it go in the front and the back or just do the fingers.”
Vidi’s Kloset by Hina Karani, is a high fashion meets bespoke brand.
The store feature a multiplicity of gowns that infuse traditional oriental handiwork with the styles and charm of western haute fashion.
From bright and beautiful pastels to classic golden zardosi embroidery, the store has various pieces and fabrics to choose from.
The Spring Collection is designed to reflect the sense of individuality. Trends woven into the collection blend understated elegance with a touch of modernized style. A minimalist 70’s approach pervades this season, brushed with modernism for a neo-nostalgic look that is dreamy and pensive.
For the female collection, classic maritime with revamped classics, evolved spots and stripes combined with simplified styling under a sports influenced umbrella directs a strong nautical message this spring season. Nautical colors with bright highlights in quirky conversational prints and oversized polka dots transforms a more modern take on this evergreen trend.
Key shapes such as culottes, tubular maxi’s, roll-up chinos & resort polo t-shirts play a big role in updating this classic look.
Black and white tailoring with proportion play, and typography stay a key trend from the past for Spring 2016. Stencil florals, linear markings, and simple horizontal stripes update the classic monochrome trend with key shapes like long lined cardigans, slim leg pants, wrap front jumpsuit boxy shift dress, kimono’s & slim leg with kick flare trousers.
For the men’s collection, preppy resort wear is the new nautical for Spring 2016. This trend focuses on resort styling with sailor stripes and color pop updating this classic trend. Simple typography, yacht referencing anchor motifs as well seaside conversational prints bring that fun modern edge. Core classic shapes such as; the single button blazer, tipped polo shirt, cricket sweater the 5-pocket chino & tailored shorts are updated with modern resort styling.
Monochrome sportswear continues to have the biggest influence on the season with proportion play, oversized fits, longer hemlines and Bauhaus typography.
Simplified graphics with easy slogans continue in monochromatic shades. These are found in shapes such as; slim fit joggers, active inspired t-shirts longer length shirts, cut and sew polo’s slouchy crew neck tops to name but a few.
Italian brand PLEASE opened its first store in Dubai at Mercato Mall. Known for its vintage chic, its strength lies in the speed of design and production – with the time taken between conceptualisation and final product roll-out being four weeks.
Widely known by the European fashionistas, Please distinguishes itself through a multiplicity of women’s collections for everyday, characterized by a vintage look. It also has a dynamic, fashionable and evolving style for chic young women.
The price range starts at AED300.
Le Silla launches their Spring Summer collection in Dubai with a variety of feminine and sexy elegance as is in the DNA of the brand to a sporty fetish style under the banner of guaranteed comfort.
Le Silla women believe in themselves. They confide their charm in the high heels that they wear unhesitatingly both day and night. Their selections range from pumps in basic materials and tones to fine leather or fabrics like lace. Or ankle boots and clogs whose return is now official. To sandals which are the absolute key players. From the essence of a bare sandal with geometric strategic cuts to multi ribbons and interwoven straps. The curves of the female figure and her bodily movement are accentuated with the “torchon” heel. There is also a fifties retro feel with the open toes marked by the soft reflection of light from the crystal welt of the sole.
When evening comes the high stiletto heel sandals come out in traditional black, gold or silver or in passionate tones such as orange. They are even more powerful when decorated with metal eyelets or if they are in python leather with semigloss or stain. Crystals when used all over are tiny to create a more sophisticated bright reflection. They are played down when used for Pop themes and for writing referring to typically female charms.
Jungle inspiration for more aggressive and daring seduction. Leopard graphic prints are inadvertently discovered on the inner soles. The anklets are enriched with accessories and workings with an ethnic feel. The braiding in buff or black is transformed into the unique construction of the sandal or the decoration of a wedge. The leopard or zebra printed pony combines with laminated leather and is also used for the summer.
Moreschi Previews SS15 in Dubai with its Men’s & Women’s collections.
The Sring Summer 2015 collection encloses the different souls of the Moreschi style which all share the lowest common denominators of the passion and devotion that the Maison puts into its work in order to reach maximum quality, giving the utmost care and attention to every single details, focusing on craftsmanship which uses experience and heart, a truly Italian Talent, an art which makes Moreschi stand out all over the world and makes its products synonymous with excellence.
The heart of the collection is a Classic Moreschi, a man who loves classic style, above all if reinterpreted every sensation with stylish details which mean it is always in line with current trends. He does not follow fashion, he is not homologated, nor does he buy the brands that everyone else buys, on the contrary, he always looks for that elite originality which makes him stand out. Even in simplest of choices, he knows how to be sophisticated, but he is never a snob. For his footwear and accessories he choices precious materials, the softest skins, leather which has been aged for more than 18 months, the most natural shapes.
He is a professional, committed to his job, who places a great deal of value on concreteness in his purchases, he chooses Moreschi again and again over time, as he knows he can count on top quality and craftsmanship which has made the history of luxury footwear in Italy and in the world.
In the Spring Summer 2015 Collection Moreschi has chosen to highlight several pieces of its classic tradition to a renewed research for aesthetics and rigorous beauty, identifying with PLAYING BEAUTY this return by men to a rigorous style of beauty, to the desire to wear a beautiful “object”.
It is impossible then not to remember a Moreschi Must, the moccasin, “slip lasted” to make the shoe extremely flexible and light, and for the Spring Summer 2015 collection the inner lining is soft toweling so it can easily be worn without socks, as well. Made of deerskin, perforated kangaroo skin, natural suede and , the innovation of this season, of printed suede which, thanks to particular machining, creates a denim effect.
Another soul of the collection is the Contemporary Elegance, which is the Spring Summer 2015 collection is an ELEGANT JOURNEY to the magical atmosphere of Marrakech, a real heaven on earth where one can lose oneself wandering through the narrow streets, among building in the style of Moorish architecture or along the streams, amongst the flowers. An eden which fascinated the Moreschi creative team and has wonderful Majorelle Garden in Marrakech and whose geometrical perforations of different shapes and size recall the patterns of the stained glass windows and enhance the reflections which go from shadow grey to hues of blue.
Lastly, ever-present in the collection is the Free Style Moreschi, in other words the DRIVER starring PORTOFINO, which has always been an expression of luxury softness, enveloping your foot softly and naturally to give unique softness. Another iconic Made in Vigevano model which for the upcoming Spring Summer features new finishings, that is a little bow with personalized metal tips or fun tassels.
The Moreschi woman is a FRESH NEW LADY, a young lady with good taste, fresh and dunamic who has enjoys playing with colour, adding it with ease to her elegant and formal look. You can picture her under the canopy of the Annetta Beach Club in Forte dei Marmi playing buraco with her friends, but you could just as easily find her at a vernissage of contemporary art in Milan, or with her husband and friends on a yacht in Capri. The Moreschi Spring/Summer 2015 collection reflects and enhances the various souls/characteristics of this woman.
TIMELESS ART is the traditional and experience of Moreschi craftsmanship transferred to a woman and her femininity, refines shoes, exquisitely crafted with modern design detail.
WISELY COLORFUL is about using and being daring with colour; in other words, creativity translated into an elite search for precious leathers and lively chromatic matches, which give the Moreschi woman an radiant and contemporary charm.
FRESHLY FLOWER, in other words inspiration taken from the fragrances of the flowers of a fresh and sweet-smelling spring, rediscovering the elegance and style of the shoes through the choice of a sinuosity favouring a 10cm heels to give a refined and sensory allure which, at times, is even sensual.
UPPER TASTE is the skill of managing to satisfy the most sought-after tastes, in the nuances of colour, in shapes, in models, in finishing, all without obviously emulating the fashions of the moment. It is a sporty-chic style for a sophisticated woman who loves to stand out.
A new season means fresh new releases in just about everything! Summer is finally here and Nine West has launched its fresh summer collection with stunning blends of styles that embrace texture, proportion, silhouette and embellishments, perfect for a sun-kissed look! Floral Focus in Nine West SS2015.
Drawing inspiration from the boardroom, the runway, and street style around the world, this season takes a wearable and firm approach to fashion’s imaginative and ever-changing landscape, with a focus on femininity and confidence. The collection re-imagines the modern woman’s life in the city, bringing new meaning to both style and comfort, along with new shapes and textures to help tell the story.
This line offers the following key trends for the season:
LA FEME: Crystal adornments, glitter embellishments and 3-D florals enhance otherwise classic silhouettes, while muted metallic and pretty pastels let high voltage details take center stage. Delicate straps and clean curves coupled with kitten heels and stiletto spikes give this ladylike collection a subtle edge.
THE APPRENTICE: Minimal shapes make an impact when paired with commanding hardware and patent leather accents. Clean silhouettes in rich leathers look as luxurious as they feel. Polished stilettos and peep toe pumps lend a feminine authority to classic workwear shapes.
WORLD TOUR: Global artisans by way of city streets featuring a palette of full-bodied colors, treated leathers and braided detailing. This assortment of buckled booties and perforated lace-ups presents a free-spirited approach to city life.
THE EXHIBITIONIST: Modern and bold like the women who wear it, striking silhouettes are softened with a sporty sensibility as seen in wedge sandals, transitional flats and playful slip-ons. Comfort, edge and an overall fashion-forward point of view keeps this woman confident to step out in style.
Morgan De Toi SS15 preview in Dubai that takes us on a voyage across time to luxurious destinations where fashion is glamourous and knows no boundaries. The 1960’s are brought bang up-to-date in a collection reminiscent of sunny days spent on faraway tropical islands and Italy’s stunning island of Capri.
Offering a delicate vision of the modern pin-up girl, 60’s style finds its contemporary groove with retro-inspired gingham waist-tied shirts worn with Capri pants. A monochrome palette mixed with a pop of pink is the colour of choice for knitted dresses, batwing jumpers and calf length skirts. Reliving the swinging decade, luminous orange is back with a bang seen on jackets, pussy bow blouses and statement handbags.
The classic nautical trend is given a modern twist this season. Think cruising Mediterranean seas. Must-have sailor trousers are adorned with golden zips, while this sophisticated look earns new stripes through a play on transparency, embroidery and optical patterns.
Arrival at the shore of paradise beaches sees the colour chart change to gemstone emerald. Frivolity and escapism are the backdrop to idyllic sunshine getaways, translating into a wardrobe of flounce skirts, waisted dresses and easy-to-wear tops in exotic prints.
Latin influences are seen as femininity and sensuality intertwine. The spirit of Seville pervades a jacquard bustier dress and flared sleeve top, ready to come alive at the sound of the music. Floral hints are seen intricately on delicate chiffon tops and dresses for dramatic dance floor entrances.
Shoe Mart achieves its greatest corporate milestone as the company turns 25 years old this month, making it the most established and largest footwear and accessories retail concept in the Gulf. Shoe Mart celebrates 25th anniversary by signing Maya Diab as its latest brand ambassador, who will be fronting Shoe Mart’s Spring/Summer 2015 advertising campaign.
The new face of Shoe Mart, Lebanese actress, singer and fashion icon Maya Diab, needs no introduction. Considered one of the most influential celebrities in Middle East entertainment, Maya has received numerous awards for her contributions to the fashion and beauty industries. Since her meteoric rise to fame, Maya has been consistently hailed as a powerful female role model, embodying feminine glamour, strength and dignity.
As a way of giving back to customers that have supported Shoe Mart’s growth into a retail giant, the brand will be launching exclusive promotion that will offer regular shoppers access to quality products at great value. This will be headlined by a 25% off promotion available in most Shoe Mart stores in the GCC from 18 February until 7 March 2015.
Shoe Mart’s silver jubilee also coincides with the launch of its Spring/Summer 2015 collection of footwear and accessories for men, women and kids, which was unveiled at a glamorous event attended by the Dubai’s VIPs and fashion elite. Drawing inspiration from reigning runway trends, the show highlighted three major themes as the key looks for the brand’s latest collections. Eclectic Tropical features warm and sunny colours reminiscent of a relaxing afternoon on a picturesque beach, while Futuristic Pastels offer styles pulsating with these florescent and space-age shades that spell sheer excitement. The third and final theme, Desert Sun, portrays a fun fashion safari of earthy neutral hues paired with metallics and exotic skins to capture the adventurous spirit of the season.