Fashionville The spring/summer 2012 collections of 29 of Pakistan’s biggest fashion imports will be on show at new trade event Fashionville on Thursday February 16. As well as showcasing affordable designer clothing, professional stylists will be on hand to offer advice. Participating designers include Wardha, Seema Jaffar, Usman Dittu, Nazrah Lodhi, Zainab Sajid, Nazish Hussain, SNL, Zarmina, Naaj, Hejab Zafar, Flitz X and Amrah Khan. Free. 11am-7pm, February 16. Modula Conceptio, Jumeirah Beach Road, firstname.lastname@example.org.
New stores & collections
American Eagle Outfitters spring/summer 2012 collection Inspired by the American tradition of spring break, this laid-back retro-style line is awash with ’80s-inspired bright colours such as neons, and features sneakers in bright prints. For her, the options have a bohemian feel – you’ll find floppy hats, lace and floral prints. Dhs80 to Dhs100. American Eagle Outfitters, various locations including Mirdif City Centre (04 231 6631).
Bimba & Lola spring/summer 2012 collection The quirky Spanish fashion and accessories brand has just launched its new collection, full of wearable options for women. You’ll find culotte-style shorts in camel shades, as well as sophisticated day dresses in a punchy palette of sorbets. The new accessories and shoes are to-die-for cute, and feature parrot bracelets and leopard-print T-bar flats. The brand is also offering discounts until Saturday February 18 – see below. Dhs95-Dhs2,700. Bimba & Lola, various locations including BurJuman (04 352 2030).
Fashlink Do you have trouble putting outfits together? Try Fashlink, an online portal and app featuring a catalogue of more than 70 brands, where you can browse the latest collections and create your own looks. Fashlink also offers a virtual styling tool that enables you to take photos of the items in your closet, and the Fashlink team will have them uploaded in 24 hours. You’ll then be able to log in to and style your own private online closet. www.fashlink.com, or search for Fashlink on the iTunes store.
Sales & offers
Hot discounts continue at Fred Perry, Bimba & Lola and more Our favourite hotspots are still holding generous sales, including up to 50 per cent off at Diesel, up to 50 per cent off at Fred Perry, up to 70 per cent off at Bimba & Lola and up to 60 per cent off at Custo Barcelona. Until February 18. Diesel, various locations including Deira City Centre (04 295 0792). Fred Perry, various locations including The Dubai Mall (04 339 9358). Bimba & Lola, BurJuman (04 352 2030). Custo Barcelona, various locations including Dubai Marina Mall (04 399 7139).
Montblanc exhibition at The Dubai Mall Entitled ‘Writing Time – Two Centuries of Chronograph History’, this exhibition will offer visitors an insight into watchmaking innovations through displays of historical pieces. Until February 26. Outside Montblanc, The Dubai Mall, www.thedubaimall.com (04 362 7500).
Night safari at The Dubai Mall Head to the Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo at The Dubai Mall to check out the nocturnal wildlife that comes alive when night falls. Headlamps can be purchased for Dhs10. Tickets from Dhs50. Sun-Wed 10am-10pm; Thu-Fri 10am-midnight. Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo, The Dubai Mall (04 448 5200).
See art on display at Hermès in The Dubai Mall The work of German-born, Paris-raised graffiti artist Darco (the first man ever to be convicted of damage to public property in France) is currently on display at the Hermès store in The Dubai Mall. Head down there to suss out his style. Until March 31. Hermès, The Dubai Mall (04 330 8385).
Now in store
Beach bag Still too chilly to lie out on the sand? If you can’t wait until summer, bring the beach to you with this holiday-inspired hessian-style bag from Spanish label Bimba & Lola, a brand well versed on relaxed sophistication. It will work both on and off the beach. Dhs595. Available at Bimba & Lola, various locations including BurJuman (04 352 2030).
Star in the making The David Bowie-esque star motif, a big hit with ’80s glam rock bands, is back for this season, and this T-shirt shows that guys can rock the trend too. We think it adds an air of circus cool. Dhs440. Available at Zadig & Voltaire, The Dubai Mall (04 339 9186).
Getting shirty Shirt dresses are easy to wear and can work for both day and night, but if you’re not so keen on borrowing his, opt for this ready-to-wear version with button-down detailing and a tan skinny belt. Dhs95. Available at New Look, various locations including Ibn Battuta Mall (04 423 0655).
Hardware homewares This hardware-style coffee table may not come cheap, but its cool toolbox appeal makes it a bachelor-pad essential. Dhs6,995. Available at THE One, various locations including Beach Road (04 345 6687).