B51 pop-up store This temporary pop-up store is running for eight days and features avant-garde, conceptual and affordable fashion from little-known international designers including Gaze de Lin and OTT. Workshops and styling advice are also on offer. Dhs300-Dhs3,000. Until April 18. FN Designs, Alserkal Avenue (050 384 3880).
Open casting for Elite Model Look contest
Think you can pull a pose better than Kate Moss or rival Gisele on the runway? International model agency Elite Model Management is running open castings for the Elite Model Look 2013 contest on Friday April 19, with the final to be held in the UAE in September. Until April 19. Dubai Festival City Mall, apps.facebook.com/elitecastingae/ (04 454 86845).
New stores & collections
Kiwi Saint Tropez opens at Souk Madinat Jumeirah The French beachwear label has just opened a flagship store at the Madinat Jumeirah. The latest collection includes beach attire and accessories for men, women and children in a range of shapes, prints and colours. The best bit? Ladies can mix and match tops and bottoms of two-piece swimsuits. It also stocks beachy dresses, shirts, T-shirts, shorts, towels, hats, slippers, bags and its own line of sunscreens, moisturisers and oils. Dhs115-550. Kiwi, Souk Madinat Jumeirah (04 454 1507).
Pinko spring/summer 2013 collection
Smothered in Euro attitude, the new beach chic collection from Italian brand Pinko is fun, flirty and daring. The line features bold prints, bright accessories, floaty skirts and summer’s favourite hues, including minty pastel and coral, as well as the tried-and-tested monochrome. Dhs350-3,000. Pinko, The Dubai Mall (04 339 9416).
UCLA college men’s collection at Iconic The official college gear of famous LA graduate school UCLA is now available at this youth department store, featuring sporty, varsity-style casualwear for men, such as track pants and jackets. Ladies, if you dig the emblazoned threads as much as he does, we suggest you make a visit to the store to try on the smaller-sized hoodies. Dhs40-180. Iconic, various locations including Deira City Centre (04 294 3444).
West LA Boutique’s From Paris With Love collection The Sunset Mall hotspot has just unveiled its first haute couture collection manufactured by high-design heavyweights working with Balmain, Givenchy and Chanel. The collection features lace, leather, chiffon and palettes of camel, salmon and mint. Dhs3,000-20,000. West LA Boutique, Sunset Mall (04 394 4248).
Offers and deals
Clearance sale on designer brands at Sconto This multi-brand designer boutique is offering up to 95 percent off on all its stock from labels including Nina Ricci, Balmain, Fisico Beachwear, Paule Ka, See by Chloé, Gianmarco Lorenzi and others. The range features designer bags, dresses, killer heels and accessories. Until April 18. Sconto, Dubai Marina Mall (04 399 7899).
Discounts on second-hand designer goods at Lovin My Bags Luxury handbags, shoes, belts and accessories from big-name brands including Hermès, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Prada and Miu Miu have been slashed by up to 70 percent. Until April 30. Lovin My Bags Boutique, Palm Strip Mall, Jumeirah 1 (04 386 6081).
Win a BMW at Splash Spend Dhs150 in any Splash store for the chance to win one of 20 brand new BMWs. There are also Samsung TVs, Galaxy Note II phones, iPad 3s, iPhone 5s and Macbook Air laptops to be won. Until May 4. Splash, various locations including Mall of the Emirates (04 341 0644).
Ladies’ day at Mirdif City Centre Every Monday, head down to this quieter mall in Mirdif to take advantage of freebies and promotions from 10am until 2pm. More than 80 retailers and food outlets within the mall are giving shoppers up to 60 percent off fashion, beauty treatments, dining and entertainment. Plus, collect a stamp every Monday on the Sobhiya shoppers’ card and you’ll have the chance to win Dhs4,000 every month. Ongoing. Mirdif City Centre (800 6422).
Louis Vuitton window display
Check out LV’s new street sensibility in the form of an edgy window display at the MOE outlet, the result of a collaboration between the luxe French designer brand and Tunisian street artist El Seed. Until April 30. Louis Vuitton, Mall of the Emirates (04 395 0431).