10 to try: Fashion tips

Festive trends and the lowdown on the new collections in Dubai

Saks Fifth Avenue, in conjunction with Swarovski, recently showcased some custom-made festive creations from top designers. It got me pretty excited about the holidays. I mean, have you seen Harvey Nichols’ new festive window installation? Someone needs to give that visual merchandiser a pat on the back.

With the festive season comes a whole plethora of wardrobe woes (how do you dress seasonally in the desert, for instance?). Personally, I will celebrate Christmas early this year and join the throngs lining up at H&M for a taste of Jimmy Choo’s high street concoctions. I have my eye on the fringed dress (note to H&M: please reserve this in a size 10). To me, the whole line screams ‘Christmas party’.

The most exciting thing about this time of year is that the spring/summer 2010 collections have started trickling into our little sandpit. I can’t wait to see the end of the autumn/winter ranges (no one needs a snood in Dubai’s climate, anyway). And to make sure you’re all on trend, I’ve devised these top 10 tips – who said fashion girls don’t have a heart?

1 Pick pieces that are ladylike and feminine (take a tip from Giambattista Valli and Mulberry). You get extra points for florals.

2 Pretend you’re an otherworldly sea creature (as demonstrated by Alexander McQueen this season).

3 Dress up your legs with unusual tights or ankle socks.

4 Grab some genie pants; the trousers of the season will secure your place on the fashion-forward list.

5 Anything knotted is bang on trend.

6 Unleash your inner milk maid (à la Chanel, D&G and YSL).

7 Pick up some pinstripes.

8 Ruffles are big news this season (see Chloé, Lanvin and Christopher Kane for examples).

9 Go bright white: Yves Saint Laurent, Gucci and Calvin Klein all began their shows with a succession of all-white ensembles.

10 Start worshipping Chanel’s Abbey Lee Kershaw (she was the hottest model this season, and walked for everybody from Gucci to Zac Posen).

Now you’re armed with the inside knowledge, use it wisely – perhaps on a trip to The Dubai Mall. While you’re there, check out Alexander McQueen (let’s hope the store has those amazing wedges), and pop into Topshop for the new Kate Moss line.

Another thing sending my pedicured toes into a frenzy is that the end of the season heralds the autumn/winter sales – your bank manager will love me. For the best bargains (and for things that aren’t available in Dubai), head straight to members-only website gilt.com and sign up for the treasure chest of discount dreams. And theoutnet.com is a must too. So there, that’s my Christmas present to you. Enjoy!
Holly Williams’ fashion blog, Holly Would, can be viewed at holly-williams.blogspot.com.

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