People, places and things on our hot list this week.
M is all about: Prints, heels and flowers
Mary Katrantzou for Topshop
London's biggest up-and-comer, Mary Katrantzou, has us on our toes yet again. This time it's not her main collection, which was shown at London Fashion Week last month, that we're salivating after, but rather an affordable range from Topshop. The queen of print offers a mix of florals, three-dimensional patterns and structured shapes. Pair any of these pieces with killer heels, no accessories, barely there make-up and a slick of red lippy for a touch of drama.
Out this month at Topshop, Marina Mall, 02 681 8242; Dubai Mall, 04 339 9802; and elsewhere
Taking inspiration from the well-known tradition of the sobhiya, a women's social gathering over tea, Mirdif City Centre is offering exclusive deals just for us females. Every Monday between 10am and 2pm, women can receive 10 to 50 per cent discounts on more than 70 fashion, beauty, electronics and homeware stores, including the high-street favourites Debenhams, Miss Selfridge, Juicy Couture and Reiss. Food and beverage discounts will also be available plus 50 per cent off Gold Class seating at the Vox Cinema. What are you waiting for?
Pick up a brochure outlining all the offers at any customer services desk, Mirdif City Centre, Dubai; www.mirdifcitycentre.com
Sometimes we could all do with a career confidence boost. A Brand Called You is a two-day course designed to help you to re-evaluate your career by sharpening your identity, transforming your confidence and helping you discover practical ways to align your work with your passions and talents. Led by Marissa Woods, founder of the brand styling consultancy Image Factor and the brand consultancy Brand&People, and the mountaineer and confidence coach Julie Lewis, the course consists of group coaching, workshops and voice training sessions.
A Brand Called You, two-day residential course at Desert Palm Hotel & Resort, Dubai, Dh2,387 per person to include the use of resort facilities, breakfast and lunch, March 15-16, 9am-5pm daily. For further information call Marissa Woods, 050 953 2134, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Wrapped in flowers
Kaleidescopic prints and fresh colours make this Matthew Williamson scarf a key buy for spring. Wrap around the handle of your bag, wear it loosely around your neck or tie it over your hair to protect it from the wind and humidity while driving.
Approximately Dh1,085, www.net-a-porter.com
Jewels on show
If you've ever wanted a glance into the world of high-fashion jewellery, then look no further. Dior's new Dior Joaillerie coffee-table book takes you behind the scenes at one of the industry's most extravagant workshops. It's so pleasing to the eye it almost satisfies us enough not to want the real thing.
Dh174, available on amazon.com
Walking on petals
Giuseppe Zanotti is known for his sky-high heels (not quite made for walking), but these peep-toes still managed to startle us. The skinny stiletto heel paired with the dainty ankle strap and floral print are a perfect combination of this spring's trends. Rest assured that these shoes will do all the flirting for you.
Dh2,875, Giuseppe Zanotti, Dubai Mall, 04 439 0409; Mall of the Emirates, 04 341 3117
Lessons in leadership
The award-winning actress Sigourney Weaver, the CNN anchor and correspondent Hala Gorani and the director of Iraq, Iran and North Africa programmes at the United States Institute of Peace Manal Omar (pictured) are among the high-profile speakers at this year's Women as Global Leaders Conference. Now in its fourth year, the three-day event held under the patronage of Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak and organised by Zayed University is packed with talks and workshops that aim to inspire and connect an emerging generation of female leaders from around the world. Open to the public, this is an event for anyone with an interest in education, government and the future.
Women as Global Leaders Conference, March 13-15, Zayed University, Abu Dhabi, www.zu.ac.ae; day passes can be purchased for the conferences and tickets can be bought on site