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Green things to do: January 15 to 21

All things green for the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi.

A T-shirt you can transform

When it comes to T-shirts you can never have too many – until you run out of room in your wardrobe, that is. These Lotty Dotty organic T-shirts not only help save the planet, but also help save a lot of shelf space. With interchangeable 3D outfits for the character, it’s like wearing a new top every day. They’re made of 100 per cent organic cotton and use recycled material whenever possible for the rest of the shirt. Available from February.

Dh600 (three outfits), S*uce, Marina Mall, 02 681 8650; Village Mall, 04 344 7270; Dubai Mall, 04 344 7270

 

A whiff of delight

We loved the combined smell of white tea, fresh freesia and citrus bergamot in this fragrance by the eco-friendly brand Korres. Without harsh, non-biodegradable chemicals to damage your skin or cause any allergic reactions, this scent will make you smell great.

Dh195, Korres, Dubai Mall, 04 339 8315

 

 

The bag of bags

You can be a green goddess with this quirky handbag, and make plastic shopping bags a thing of the past. Like a Russian doll containing all its miniatures, this handbag comes with 20 brightly coloured smaller bags suitable to carry all your supermarket items. Made of super-light but strong nylon, these eco-bags can fit on your shoulder and fold neatly back into the original handbag.

Trolley-Dolly bags, Dh235, ZPM London. Available at Harvest Home, Jumeirah Centre, 04 324 0225

 

 

Too good to be true

There’s nothing we like better than guilty pleasures that are good for us. “Coffee and chocolate,” we hear you cry? But wait. Vivani Feine Bitter Chocolate contains 85 per cent cocoa – which we all know has health benefits – and is 100 per cent organic. It melts in your mouth and is lip-smackingly delicious. Wash it down with a cup of organic coffee for good measure.

Vivani Feine Bitter Chocolate, Dh11, and Cia Organica Espresso Coffee, Dh143, both available at Organic Foods and Café, www.organicfoodsandcafe.com

 

 

Ethical elegance

Fashion ComPassion’s unique collection of clothing and accessories proves ethical fashion is just as glam as anything you’ll find on the catwalk. We love this recycled glass necklace with agate beads from West Africa. The company’s slogan is “Empowerment through trade” and it sells brands and products made by skilled and creative women from marginalised communities around the globe. But the best thing about buying an item on this site is that a percentage of sales goes directly back to the artisan who made it.

Asra necklace, Dh250, www.fashioncompassion.co.uk

 

Natural light

Start making your home an eco-zone with these fragrant candles. Mixing sophistication with minimalist design, this richly infused botanical wax Chandel candle features unique EcoWood wicks that crackle soothingly when lit.

Dh399, The One, Zayed The First Street, Abu Dhabi, 02 681 6500; Jumeirah Beach Road, Dubai, 04 345 6687, and elsewhere

       

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 Styled with bleached bobs and pale skin, the models wore clean and sporty separates reminiscent of the chic workwear of The Hunger Games. Courtesy Getty Images

Fashion Forward: Thoughtful tailoring at Asudari

The womenswear label Asudari showcased a collection that featured sharp masculine tailoring, but with feminine silhouettes.

Styled with bleached bobs and pale skin, the models wore clean and sporty separates reminiscent of the chic workwear of The Hunger Games.

Designer Lamia Asudari says she was influenced by Delftware ceramics from the 16th century, as well as the imagery of weaponry and artillery. Indeed, pistols, grenades and guns were emblazoned over jackets and dresses.

 Several of Jo Baaklini's pieces featured fruit prints. Courtesy Getty Images

Fashion Forward: At Starch, watermelon shirts, anyone?

“We need to cultivate our own fashion heroes — our own regional brands,” stressed Fashion Forward’s honcho Bong Guerrero in a press con two weeks ago.

Aptly, the slot for this season’s opening runway show was given to two newbies: Jo Baaklini and Timi Hayek, whose talents were scouted by Starch, a group dedicated to launching emerging Lebanese designers.

Between the two, Mr Baaklini had a stronger showing.

 Jean Louis Sabaji’s collection was very good when the tricks were toned down — like the simple white jumpsuit with a sculptural neckpiece. Stuart C. Wilson / Getty Images

Fashion Forward: Jean Louis Sabaji’s debatable debut

Jean Louis Sabaji’s collection was very good when the tricks were toned down — like the simple white jumpsuit with a sculptural neckpiece, the floral crop top, and the radiant yellow pleated skirt.

But most of the time he went too far. There were bell-bottoms, separates that looked like costumes from The Jetsons, and a yellow dress reminiscent of Bjork’s infamous Oscars swan dress — several disparate elements in one multicoloured, multilayered show.

 Launched in 2009 by childhood friends Arwa Abdelhadi and Basma Abu Ghazaleh, Kage bills itself as a label whose “ultimate goal is to design a collection appealing to all.” Courtesy Getty Images

Fashion Forward: Kage pleases all palates

Did the designers of Kage aim to showcase every type of basic clothing on their latest show?

Because there were skirts, shorts, trousers, off-shoulder tops, short dresses, cocktail dresses, long flowy dresses, spaghetti straps, jackets, hoods — and even pyjamas, which with the incoming summer heat, looked especially appealing.

Launched in 2009 by childhood friends Arwa Abdelhadi and Basma Abu Ghazaleh, Kage bills itself as a label whose “ultimate goal is to design a collection appealing to all”, they said in their statement.

 The standout was a grey hooded cape that created a tension between edge and elegance. Courtesy Getty Images

Fashion Forward: Polish, craft (and fur!) at The Emperor 1688

The best show of Day 1 at Fashion Forward was delivered by the three Golkar brothers behind The Emperor 1688.

The coats and capes were the clear winners: they came in all sorts of interesting colours and sizes — and featured exceptionally tailored proportions. There was a lot of volume, but also stiffness.

And whimsy: two favourites were a green double-breasted suit and a blue overcoat with a red clover pattern and gold buttons.

 Midway through Ezra's show, snow started falling from the ceiling. Ian Gavan / Getty Images for Fashion Forward

Fashion Forward: Ezra stuns in snow-covered show

Turns out the Filipino designer Ezra, known for his dreamy couture, still had a few surprises up his sleeve.

Midway through his show, snow started falling from the ceiling.

It created a starkly beautiful atmosphere for his intricately constructed gowns that seemed to be designed for an Ice Queen transported back to the 1950s.

He showed a collection that had a lot of technical firepower behind it: glittering iridescent fabrics paired with head and neckpieces that were moulded and stiffened to stand out in odd angles.

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