Winter in Dubai is by no means chilly. Other cities find justifiable use for items such as sheepskin and parkas, and while Dubai’s temperatures can drop to 15°C in the evenings during December it’s an entirely different fashion game. There are, however, plenty of wearable trends for the coming season – you just need to know how to navigate them. Dubai-based Swedish stylist Teresa Karpinska, and blogger of styledrifter.com, reveals how.
How can we rework 2012’s winter trends for Dubai weather? You can work the military trend with a tailored shirt with epaulette embellishments and an open high collar. High-quality leather is a surprisingly cooling fabric. Sleeveless fur waistcoats are also versatile for creating that chunky layered effect. Get one in a crispy white hue. Are there any summer trends that are simply being updated for autumn/winter 2012? This season, jumpsuits have reappeared on the catwalk after being equally prominent throughout spring/summer 2012. This season they are full length, immaculately tailored and in softer shades.
What are women’s must-have items this season? A well-tailored pencil skirt in high-quality leather (Boutique 1 and Harvey Nichols are good for contemporary pieces), plus a crisp white shirt (Zara keeps delivering and is a great high-street alternative to luxury brands). Burgundy is huge this season too – opt for a slouchy loose knit that will work with a leather skirt.
What about must-have autumn/winter 2012 items for men? Diesel is great for high-quality yet affordable chunky boots and fitted trousers that can be tucked into the boots. French brand Zadig & Voltaire is great for light high-quality cashmere pieces as well as informal blazers. Finally, bow ties are my pick for this season. Now is the time to invest in one.
Which labels cater to Dubai-friendly autumn/winter trends? The outlets that carry a good balance of Dubai-friendly and travel-friendly merchandise include My-Wardrobe.com, and the larger department stores such as Bloomingdale’s and Galeries Lafayette. If you want to jump on board the layering trend, go to West LA Boutique in Jumeirah’s Sunset Mall for versatile loose knits.
Why do so many Dubai stores insist on stocking cold-weather clothes when temperatures rarely drop below 15°C? Most outlets in Dubai cater to those who live here, but also to the high numbers of tourists that Dubai attracts. Expats and Emiratis are also very mobile and visit colder climates on a regular basis. I don’t, however, understand the existence and survival of all the fur outlets scattered all over Jumeirah Beach Residence. Fake furs are the more humanitarian option these days, but also there’s nothing versatile about a floor length long sleeved mink coat – unless your spend most your time in the Russian tundra.
Five key trends for autumn/winter 2012
Navy and black ‘As a reaction to all the brights and neons that dominated the scene this spring, we’ll see a lot of demure understated hues. The main colour combination dominating the catwalks this season was black with navy blue, for both men and women.’
Reptile prints ‘Animal print always finds its way onto almost every runway, but this season it’s definitely about scales. Designers such as Cynthia Rowley, Yigal Azrouël and plenty of others opted for this reptile pattern du jour.’
Leather ‘A must at every autumn/winter catwalk show this season. Soft and tailored, sexy and feminine leather pieces were seen at Rodarte, Derek Lam and Thakoon. In Dubai, opt for a short-sleeved leather peplum top or trousers shorts that will work all year round.’
Military ‘This trend has been hovering for a while, and has made a preppy-chic comeback, both for men and women. Think epaulettes, chest pockets and high-necked collars.’
Winter whites ‘Crisp white pieces, worked into complete top-to-toe white ensembles, all have flawless tailoring in common.’