House of Native celebrates breast cancer survivors

Rebecca McLaughlin-Duane   |  October 27, 2016

Wearing its heart on its sleeve this month for Breast Cancer Awareness Month is the luxury leather goods brand House of Native. Ahead of its first boutique opening in the UAE, along Dubai’s Jumeirah Beach Road next Tuesday (November 1), the all-natural design house has chosen four breast cancer survivors to be... Read more

Dima Ayad unveils easy-to-wear designs at FFWD

Hafsa Lodi   |  October 24, 2016

If designers at Fashion Forward were to be rated according to the versatility of their spring/summer 2017 collections, Dubai-based Dima Ayad would surely be at the top. Though Ayad was given an entire room for her spring/summer presentation, she chose only to use about half of the space, which was decorated simply,... Read more

Fashion Forward video: Emirati designer Zareena takes a bow with her daughters

Rebecca McLaughlin-Duane   |  October 24, 2016

The day two curtain fell on Emirati designer Zareena Yousif eponymous runway show at Fashion Forward in Dubai Design District.The best of the day had been kept for last with the Dubai-based designer sending one of her finest collections down the ramp. The smell of oud hung in the air and a blue-lit winter woodland... Read more

Model attitude: behind-the-scenes images from Fashion Forward

Rebecca McLaughlin-Duane   |  October 24, 2016

Any fashion week involves a great deal of running around in heels, and not just for the attendees dashing from one front row seat to another. The back-to-back schedule of runway shows and presentations can be a gruelling one for models too, often involving complete transformations of their hair and make-up from one... Read more

A concoction of dresses grace Ezra runway at FFWD

Hafsa Lodi   |  October 23, 2016

The line to enter the hall for Ezra’s spring/summer 2017 fashion show was a nightmare. Crammed like sardines in the humid outdoors, guests were separated into VIP and regular entry queues, and the VIP line — or crowd, rather, as single-file seems to be an unknown concept at these types of events — ... Read more

Hâsché hits some high notes at FFWD

Hafsa Lodi   |  October 23, 2016

The mood was otherworldly at the spring/summer 2016 presentation from Hâsché at day one of Fashion Forward. The clothes consisted of a lot of whites, geometric details and asymmetrical cuts. Some pieces featured peculiar embellishments of a spiral, bullseye nature. Others looked especially luxe, like a pink... Read more

Kage embarks on a playful new direction at FFWD

Hafsa Lodi   |  October 23, 2016

On the first day of Fashion Forward in Dubai, it was a full house for the Kage spring/summer 2017 presentation, which was a big feat in itself, with Kage being a fashion label that hasn’t been in the spotlight much in recent years. The brand’s past collections have usually come just short of having a... Read more

Herbal Essentials unveils kiosk in Mercato Mall

Hafsa Lodi   |  October 20, 2016

UAE-based beauty brand Herbal Essentials is launching its derma kiosk, The Beauty Hub by Herbal Essentials, in Dubai’s Mercato Mall. This will offer customers the opportunity to receive free professional skincare analysis sessions, where staff can give expert advice on skin issues like pigmentation, acne,... Read more

Shop pre-loved fashion at My Ex Wardrobe pop-up

Hafsa Lodi   |  October 20, 2016

Dubai-based shopping concept pop-up, My Ex Wardrobe, will be hosting its next event on Monday, October 24. Founded by three sisters in May of 2011, as a way to give UAE residents an outlet to buy and sell their preloved fashion, My Ex Wardrobe events have grown to include sponsors, themes and other small businesses at ... Read more

Tory Burch opens boutique in Mall of the Emirates

Hafsa Lodi   |  October 19, 2016

Mall of the Emirates is now home to Tory Burch’s newest UAE shop. The eponymous fashion label was founded in Manhattan in 2004, and its first Dubai store opened in 2011. There are now more than 180 Tory Burch boutiques around the world including Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait Qatar and Egypt. Though Tory Burch... Read more