Fashion forward

What does 2010 hold for Dubai’s fashion fans? Holly Williams has the skinny

I have a feeling that 2010 is going to be a good year, especially for fashion. In February we will, of course, see the return of the international fashion weeks: an exciting month in any style fan’s diary. Also on the cards for the new year are two notable fashion happenings: the world will be watching our sandpit as the first Armani Hotel opens at the Burj Dubai, and department store giant Bloomingdale’s arrives at The Dubai Mall in spring 2010, marking its first store outside the US.

The start of the year also heralds a new season for fashion, namely the spring/summer season. While our European counterparts will be frustrated with the influx of summer attire during their coldest winter months, here in the desert we can take our pick of the prettiest summery ensembles without risking pneumonia.

In my last column I gave you the hottest trends for S/S10, and in this column I’m going to reveal the hottest must-have items for the season. First up, those Alexander McQueen boots and wedges. Okay, so they’re awfully impractical, but they’re absolutely ravishing. Another item that will score you serious fashion points is the vibrant graffiti-print vest dress from Topshop Unique’s S/S10 collection. If you’re on a budget, buy a pair of cotton socks from Falke or Gap and team them with super-high heels (left); this affordable trend was all over the spring catwalks. Also, a piece from Alexander Wang’s sporty-inspired collection will instantly update your look; the knee-high socks and cute-as-a-button shorts are on my wish list (as always, the budget-conscious should head to Zara for amazing copies).
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