x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 21 July 2017

Quest for the best racing fashion for Dubai World Cup

With the Dubai World Cup coming up this weekend, we pair two personal shoppers with two willing victims and send them out to find the perfect outfits.

Elizabeth Denholm opted for a silver, full-length dress by Massimo Dutti and a bespoke Christiane Edmondson hat. Silvia Razgova / The National
Elizabeth Denholm opted for a silver, full-length dress by Massimo Dutti and a bespoke Christiane Edmondson hat. Silvia Razgova / The National

Eleonore Bengtsson

Age 32

Nationality Swedish

Resident Dubai

Occupation lawyer

Body type hourglass

Brief find an elegant designer gown suitable for a VIP/royal box and formal evening corporate hospitality

Budget unlimited

Store private consultation at the personal shopping department in Bloomingdale's, The Dubai Mall

The winning oufit

Monique Lhuillier spring/summer 2013 couture gown in burnt orange with pearl and leather hand embroidered tulle bodice. Corseted to the waist with Grecian silk chiffon draped skirt and pleated tail, Dh21,550

Peep-toe, snake leather limited edition Salto Alto Fechado pumps in gold, Dh3,000

Snake-skin Rodo clutch in smoke green and gold, Dh1,900

Drop earrings in 18-carat gold with semi-precious stones by Alexis Bittar, Dh825

Swarovski and precious stone cuff by Alexis Bittar, Dh1,000

Semi-precious stoned cocktail ring by Alexis Bittar, Dh825

Tiffany solitaire engagement ring, model's own

Total Dh29,100

Eleonore's make-up

Brand: Laura Mercier, Bloomingdale's

Tinted moisturiser, nude, Dh178

Mineral powder, tender rose, Dh148

Loose setting powder, universal, Dh144

Free-spirit eye palette, Dh203

Crème eyeliner, espresso, Dh93

Faux lash mascara, Dh90

Lip glacé bare pink, Dh102

Total: Dh958

The verdict

"I loved the finished outfit and thought the accessories were beautiful finishing touches. I wasn't convinced orange was my colour initially or that the dress would suit me when I saw it on the hanger. However, it fitted like a glove and enhanced my curves. I would revisit Lhuillier as a designer in the future. My default choice might have been the red dress but, with the stylist's gentle encouragement, I tried something different and it looked great. I hadn't done personal shopping before and would definitely try it again because I've struggled to find the right dress for special occasions in the past. However, it goes without saying that if you're going to spend this amount on a gown, it's important that it be adaptable and wearable to more than one event."

Outfits for Eleonore that were pipped at the post

1st runner-up: Ruby red, floor-length evening gown by Reem Acra, Dh27,900

2nd runner-up: Burgundy lace-detailed cocktail dress with oyster lining by Pucci, Dh8,450

To book an appointment with Bloomingdale's At Your Service personal shopping department, call 04 350 5333 or email atyourservice@altayer.com. There is no minimum spend and consultations are free of charge. Find Bloomingdale's at www.thedubaimall.com and www.altayer.com

Elizabeth Denholm

Age 37

Nationality Australian

Resident Dubai

Occupation marketing and account manager

Body type athletic, petite

Brief source an affordable dress that can comfortably be worn all day with a statement head-piece that can be reused at the Melbourne Cup, weddings, etc.

Budget Dh4,000

Stores Massimo Dutti and the International Millinery Exhibition at Burjuman Shopping Centre, Dubai

The winning oufit

Bespoke Christiane Edmondson hat in charcoal and cream, Dh2,500

Silver, full-length dress by Massimo Dutti, Dh649

Cream leather and chain belt, -Massimo Dutti, Dh175

Platformed peep-toe nude patent pumps, Massimo Dutti, Dh595

Diamante drop earrings and Swarovski jet cuffs, model's own.

Total

Dh3,919

Liz's make-up

Brand: Dior, Saks Fifth Avenue

Nude Foundation 020, Dh229

Forever Compact 022, Dh265

Twin Set eyeshadow, Dh165

Iconic Overcurl mascara, Dh169

Lip maximiser, Dh162

Total: Free. Consultation and professional application courtesy of Dior, Saks Fifth Avenue, Burjuman Centre

Outfits for Liz that were pipped at the post

1st runner-up: Sinamay hand-made canary yellow hat by Jennifer Bell, Dh2,100; navy, white and yellow striped silk-cotton mix dress, Dh495; blue leather woven belt, Dh175; navy leather peep-toe shoes, Dh495; sapphire crystal chandelier earrings, model's own

2nd runner-up: Coral jacketn Dh495; navy cap-sleeved, lace cocktail dressn Dh495; navy leather peep-toe shoes, Dh495; Liz Georgia peach cap with deconstructed brimn Dh1,500

Apparel from Massimo Dutti

The verdict

"I loved the finished outfit and having styles suggested by the store stylists took the stress out of shopping. I really liked the colour of the dress and could definitely wear it many ways, not just for the races, maybe even casually with flats to a barbecue, for example. The prices were reasonable given the adaptability of the pieces I ended up with. There was a hat for everyone at the milliner's exhibition. I don't think I would have chosen a hat this big had the milliner not suggested it, but the style complemented the dress perfectly and was very comfortable to wear."

Massimo Dutti, Burjuman Centre, Bur Dubai, call 04 351 3352, www.burjuman.com/shop/massimo-dutti/. The International Millinery Exhibition runs until Saturday

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