More new shops opening in Dubai in time for Christmas...
Valley Dez: Short for The Valley of Designers, this new boutique showcases a hand-picked selection of unique creations from leading and emerging international designers, imported directly from the catwalks of the world’s fashion capitals (think Milan, Paris, London, New York and Tokyo). From sleek eveningwear to mini Eliza Doolittle hats and funky pink sequined suspenders, Valley Dez has it all. Wafi (04 502 5218).
Gemme Couture: Even wish you could get your hands on some custom-made jewellery? Finally, there’s a place in Dubai that offers it. Gemme Couture is a ready-to-wear and bespoke jewellery line run by two friends with design backgrounds. They specialise in gem and precious stone jewellery set in leather and precious metals, and their creations are truly one of a kind. Definitely more thoughtful than getting her a heart-shaped pendant for Christmas… Emirates Hills, by appointment only. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 04 311 6579 for details.
Secret crush: We’d never thought we’d utter these words, but there’s nothing quite like a glamorous bolero. This shimmery number from Jane Norman can dress up even the most casual outfit. Jeans and a tee? Suddenly it’s a sleek example of smart casual, and likely to win you several approving nods at the office. Jane Norman, Deira City Centre (04 294 3122). Other location: Mall of the Emirates (04 340 3312). Dhs280.
A bespoke look: As far as we’re concerned, nothing beats a man in a tailored suit, and thankfully Harvey Nichols is now joining the fight to make our men sexier. From January, Italian tailor Sergio Nesci is lending his services to the department store, creating super-sleek made-to-measure suits. Available exclusively at Harvey Nichols, Mall of the Emirates (04 409 8888).