Best new stores

2009 was packed with hot store openings and remarkable attire


1 Topshop, The Dubai Mall: We were overjoyed to discover that this (affordable) British fashion haven was opening a larger store in Dubai Mall, offering its beloved assortment of catwalk-inspired, cutting-edge pieces at wallet-friendly prices.

2 Candylicious, The Dubai Mall: We were like kids in a candy store when we first visited. Oh wait, we were actually in a candy store. And not just any candy store, mind you: in true Dubai style, Candylicious is billed as the world’s largest.

3 Galeries Lafayette, The Dubai Mall: The king of French department stores landed in Dubai earlier this year, bringing some of the very best brands in high-end fashion to the emirate.

4 Chanel, The Dubai Mall: Finally, a space that does justice to this iconic French brand: 7,100sq ft full of Karl Lagerfeld’s ready-to-wear pieces, accessories and fine jewellery. It may be the third Chanel store in Dubai, but it’s also the grandest; Coco would approve.

5 Alexander McQueen, The Dubai Mall: If we won the lottery, we’d buy everything. I mean everything.

6 Burlesque, Al Wasl Road: It’s refreshing to finally find a funky furniture store that’s independent. It’s not a big chain – instead, Burlesque offers a selection of one-of-a-kind pieces that inspire.

7 Agent Provocateur, The Dubai Mall: Want to look like a pin-up model? This sexy lingerie store is the place to get the props. Absolutely the hottest knickers in town.

8 Hamley’s, The Dubai Mall: It’s hard to imagine how kids survived before Hamley’s landed in town. Dubai’s a bit scant when it comes to decent toy stores, making this place even more of a boon.

9 Temperley, The Dubai Mall: This store had a lot to live up to (the flagship boutique in London’s Colville Mews is more like an art space than your basic run-of-the-mill fashion store). Live up it did; filling 2,500sq ft with Alice’s signature breathtaking gowns and the like.

10 Zara, The Dubai Mall: Because you can never have too much of a good thing. This Spanish high street store continues to offer slick looks straight from the catwalk at reasonable prices, and has long been one of our favourite haunts.

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