Dune London AW15

Dune previews are always highly anticipated for me, I don’t know whether that’s just the London girl in me but I think its because they always have really nice collections that are always conceptual and completely different to the last. This season had an apparent seventies influence with rounded saddle bags in rich chestnut and berry croc. The different shapes and textures were also reminiscent of the seventies. The deep auburn, navy and brown tones were suggestive of autumn and the beautiful nude hues played with the idea of bareness in an opulent season.

The collection has something for everyone, whether your a modern girl who loves colour blocking and in your face prints or a classic girl looking for a brushed saffiano leather tote. The beautiful velvet clutches embellished with brooches and feathers may speak to the flapper girl within, its a must see collection and you are likely to find a bag perfect for you.

The shoes very much mirror the bag trends, from casual ankle boots to embellished stilettos and mesh detailed pumps. A predominantly autumn palette however this collection spoke to the all-year-round open shoe wearing Dubai girl in me. There were wedges, platform stilettos and even clogs…I don’t think I could pull of the clogs but they would definitely look great on the right girl.

Plums and burgundies are my favourite autumn hues and I love my customised Zizzleblog croc bag, its small but has pockets for EVERYTHING and it comes in a variety of prints and textures, head to your nearest Dune store to find your perfect accessory!

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Summer Street Style

I really love these looks for summer, most of them are effortless and so chic when paired with heels and a clutch. This seasons must have for me is a nice hat, its amazing how much the right hat can add to an outfit and its always about the details for me. Chunky tribal jewellery and accessories paired with simple outfits is a win for me this season. Hope you can draw some inspiration for your summer wardrobe!

Modest Wear

Over Ramadan I got familiar with some of the regions modest wear boutiques, from jalabiyas to Shaylas, here are a few you can check out before Eid Al Adha comes around in September, the great thing is if you like an item you can tweek it and get something customised for yourself.

Zouzou Couture

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We got chatting to Zuweina of Zouzou Couture who has a fantastic range of Jalabiyas, she has a very unique and colourful collection amongst other apparel and also a childrens clothing line. She gave us the scoop on why Zouzou is so unique, and her inspiration behind the brand “I started doing this seriously in March, I have always loved clothes and have always had a tailor as I find shopping difficult because things are too big or too small and I thought if Im going through this then other people must be too so I decided to start ZouZou Couture. You can buy our clothes on our website or here in the workshop (details on website). What’s different with me is I don’t mass produce, they are unique pieces because I don’t believe in uniforms. Most things in shops are mass produced and everybody is wearing them so I design my own pieces by looking at the fabric and deciding what to do with it. My abayas are really colourful with different colour combinations, I wanted them to be more modern. We also make evening and wedding dresses and couture.

Her collection has only been around since March and already selling out fast! You can even make orders via her whatsapp and pay cash on delivery

Lamiah

We met Mariam who created the brand Lamiah, her scarves were beautifully hand embroidered with intricate stone work and cut work amongst other designs. They can bring to life any outfit, adding a little sparkle for the evening or simply making a statement with some of the bolder, colourful designs. Lamiah is a design house which specializes in making exclusive handmade shaylas, hijabs and swarovski scarves. You can check out more designs on the Facebook page and place your orders there.

Lomar

Lomar is a Saudi brand who specialise in Abayas and Thobes for all occasions, they have evening wear, casual wear and even sports-wear. It is owned by a couple who began designing the clothes in their home with an in-house tailor and due to popular demand they grew to have various outlets within the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Their mission is to introduce fashion sense and creativity into traditional Saudi attire. To create a new level of style by reinventing traditional norms and transforming them into bold and dynamic fashion statements. To elevate Saudi fashion through innovation.You can shop the collection on their website.

Met Gala: Through The Looking Glass

This years Met Gala was themed China: Through The Looking Glass which was the perfect opportunity for many A-listers to flaunt their perfect figures. Most went with sheer fabrics and a few didn’t leave much to the imagination. Then their were others who interpreted the theme in their very unique way such as Rihanna who looked like an omelette, the dress took Guo Pei two years to hand embroider and she claims that was what drew her to it. I think perhaps the Queen could work it but it was a fail for Rihanna, she was unfortunately my worst dressed and I didn’t get SJP’s headpiece at all. I thought Solange made a very bold statement and I also loved Kendal Jenners look. J-Lo looked stunning and despite the whispers she definitely still has it and looked fantastic in her Versace gown! My other favourite was Queen Bey who looked incredible in her peekaboo Givenchy gown. I know Beyonce’s and J-lo’s dresses were just as sheer as Kim K’s and I think I even liked her dress better but I just didn’t like her in it. Many celebs opted for cut-work, sheer panels and fabrics. Who was your favourite?

Call It Spring Yacht Party

Call It Spring is one of my favourite shoe shops, affordable, trendy and most importantly comfortable!! Their new collection was my favourite one yet and it was unveiled in the most amazing setting. We were aboard a beautiful yacht in Dubai Marina and as we sailed into the sunset we got to walk around and look at the wonderful displays. The collaborative collection with Mike Perry was so colourful and perfect for Spring. Some of my favourite pieces from the SS15 collection included the knee length Gladiator sandals and of course the amazing rucksack with fringing and a multicoloured eagle embellishment (Pictured above)-can’t wait to get my hands on that bag! It reminds me of something Peruvian given a rockstar makeover and Its such a wearable, versatile piece.

Lets talk about the party, I arrived on the yacht to be greeted by paparazzi happy snapping away and soon the yacht was full with Dubai’s glitterati, the DJ was on deck playing smooth R&B grooves and as the sun went down everybody got up on the dance floor and there was some amazing dance-offs! Some professional dancers also performed for us and I also got my groove on for a bit. It was a really nice opportunity to get to know the other bloggers a bit better, most of the time you come to an event, get your info and pics, see whoever is there while you are, and leave but this one was nice because you got to mingle, all the bloggers and brand managers were there and being on a yacht…nobody could leave haha. I don’t think anybody wanted to, my only criticism was that it ended too soon, I think we all had a wonderful time and wanted to party longer. For me it was one of the best collection launches I have attended in my four years of blogging, I can’t wait for the next one!

Ted Baker

I had a fabulous night at the Ted Baker SS15 launch, the beautiful poolside garden at the Hilton Conrad Dubai was perfect for the springy shades and floral prints that adorned the runway. The collection didn’t disappoint, it was comprised of stylish versatile and very wearable pieces. I love the brand and the styling really highlighted how ready-to-wear it was, my attention was actually drawn more to the menswear. Of course the dishy models were pretty distracting but the clothes were on point, I loved the cuts and colour combinations and the patent grey shoes really caught my eye. The blazers had beautiful details and prints and I loved the different shades of blue. The fashion conscious crowd embellished the sophisticated setting, another triumph for brag events!

Nine West

Nine West’s gorgeous SS15 launch was a breath of fresh air and really got us in the mood for Spring. The terrace was transformed into a summery garden adorned with fabulous women’s shoes. Whatever the occasion, we love that Nine West is sure to have something suitable, be it wedding shoes, office shoes, party wedges or a cute pair of summer sandals. The dancers injected more fun into the event and the key trend pieces certainly did the same for Nine West’s SS15 collection.

The La Feme theme had great pieces for a night out on the town. Stiletto spikes embellished with crystals or the statement 3D florals  were mesmerizing. The Apprentice style had great shoes for the office or to complete a classic look, they were definitely our favourite and we could not get enough of our customised pair pictured below initialled Z.B. The World Tour pieces definitely spoke to the traveller within, the braided details and buckled booties certainly had an artisanal touch. The Exhibitionist shoes were exactly that, loud and screaming for all eyes on them, they were like leather and canvas Toms shoes, the prints and playful slip-ons will be sure have you standing out from the crowd. We enjoyed trying on the array of hats, if you still haven’t found your head-gear for the races, head to Nine West!

Modcloth Swimwear

It’s always a good excuse to get ready for summer with some sexy swimwear! We have found a fabulous online store, Modcloth, which has the most gorgeous 60’s inspired swimming costumes. Actually they have an amazing collection of vintage inspired clothes but we fell head over heels for the swimsuits. The designs are really flattering and accommodate all shapes and sizes, we love the high waisted bikinis, ruched tankini’s and cute dress costumes and they even have plus sized swimwear which is a bonus! We love a little modesty and these classy numbers are right down our street, we love what they have done with the one piece bathing suits too. Here are some of our favourite pieces:

Timberland SS15 Fashion Show

We ended February on a complete high at the Timberland SS15 Fashion show in the desert. It was rumoured to be something like a desert safari  with the slogan Lets Get Lost and dress-code being “rugged traveller”. We were all taken there in coaches and as we approached, our coach buzzed with talk of people wondering where this sandy road led to? We soon reached a very rustic resort, however it wasn’t quite as rustic as a camp which was great. The old style buildings added a touch of Arabian Heritage and made it more luxurious while keeping it authentic. There were a lot more people then we imagined and the Timberland sign rested in the sand-dunes while bloggers and other attendees posed with it. It was very clearly branded and as soon as you arrived you knew what the event was about. The wine reception and stage set-up, forecast a good time and that is exactly what it was!

The Fashion show was the main event, we loved how the catwalk was nestled in the wilderness of the desert and the audience sat on the walls either side of it. It began shortly after we were seated and unfortunately the styling did not cater to the crowd. We know Timberland is an adventure brand, popular amongst travellers but they could have definitely done a better job to make there clothes more appealing, it was just a bit of a bore, nothing noteworthy.There were some nice pieces in their collection and hopefully at their next show they will find a way to showcase them in a more stylish way.

All-in-all it was an amazing evening! The setting somehow made everyone more affable, there was this sense of all being on an adventure together and we witnessed more socialising then usual which was really interesting, cliques dispersed through the evening and the dance-floor was packed. We can’t wait to get lost again!