Personal shoppers in Dubai

Dubai's fashion experts give us their tips on the season's styles

Derek Khan
The international fashion stylist to the stars
Derek Khan
The international fashion stylist to the stars
Kelly Lundberg

The personal stylist and author
Kelly Lundberg
The personal stylist and author
Rana Saab
The personal image consultant and trainer
Rana Saab
The personal image consultant and trainer
Hussein Abbas
The personal shopping manager, Bloomingdale’s
Hussein Abbas
The personal shopping manager, Bloomingdale’s
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Derek Khan

The international fashion stylist to the stars

The spring/summer must-haves
1 Balenciaga’s antique clock-inspired watch – the statement piece of the season.

2 Dior’s white parka with a masculine edge.

3 Safari-themed tribal jewellery from Armani.

4 Louis Vuitton’s Eastern-influenced coat in an electric orange print with belted sleeves and an obi-like belt.

5 Balenciaga creeper-ish flat shoes.

Buy for your body…

• Boyish: Dior’s suede-lined jackets and navy donkey jacket.

• Tall and skinny: Lanvin’s amazing skirts will do justice to any tall, skinny person.

• Short: Elie Saab’s chiffon and sequinned jersey dresses and fabulous platform sandals.

• Athletic: Raf Simons’ collection for Jil Sander.

• Curvaceous: I strongly suggest liposuction to fit into most of this season’s collections!

How to shop ’til you drop…

Long legs, glowing skin, perfect posture and a rich husband.


Kelly Lundberg

The personal stylist and author

Where to get what in Dubai…
Shoes: Saks – its new Louboutin concession just opened. Kurt Geiger is a great high street alternative.

Accessories: Sophie’s Closet: the Gossip Girl head bands are divine. Bloomingdale’s costume jewellery: check out Oytun’s designs.

Haute high street:
Zara or H&M for the best versions of the trends.

’70s-inspired vintage jewels: Garderobe and Toujourchic. Fleurt in Mercato Mall has some ’70s-style (non-authentic) items.

Make the most of your new season shopping…
1 Edit your wardrobe first to see what you may need.

2 Do your homework: check the collections online first.

3 Think CPW (cost per wear): if you will use it a lot, it’s worth investing in.

Key buys for spring/summer
• Extreme wedges

• A short playsuit

• A minimalist maxi dress

• Wide-legged jeans


Rana Saab

The personal image consultant and trainer

Rana’s spring/summer style guide
• Shop for items that you can layer to add interest. Crochet and lace tops or vests in white or neutrals are perfect over this season’s fruity, fluorescent colours.

• Experiment with this season’s clashing prints. Mix floral or leopard with stripes or polka dots.

• Invest in summer boots: pair them with long skirts and dresses for a bohemian look or tuck your flowy, floral pants into them for a modern twist.

Get the right bright…
• Fair-skinned blondes: to avoid getting washed out, wear a vibrant colour on the bottom half or add the colour with your accessories.

• Redheads: purples, greens and blues will bring out the red in your hair and add vibrancy to your look.

• Dark-skinned brunettes: deep skin tones can wear all vibrant colours, including spring’s electric and flouro palette.

Three wardrobe essentials

1 Breezy maxi dresses with deep-cut V-necks.

2 ’60s-inspired sheath dresses.

3 Midi skirts that hit right below the knee.


Hussein Abbas

The personal shopping manager, Bloomingdale’s

5 ways to get on trend…
1 Colour blocking: Diane Von Furstenberg’s bold-coloured skirt and blouse.

2 Stripes: Gryphon and Mason striped tops

3 Bold prints: Blumarine Girl maxi dress

4’70s style: Dries Van Noten wide-legged white jeans

5 Slouchy blazers and pants: 3.1 Phillip Lim pants and trench cardigan

Pick of the collections
• Phillip Lim – easy to wear and the light fabrics are great for Dubai.

• Dries Van Noten – the boldly printed blouses and wide-legged pants nail the ’70s trend

• Alexander McQueen – feminine yet edgy; great bold prints.

• Brian Atwood – the blush pinks and cobalt blues are right on trend.

So last season...
Ditch leopard prints and leggings, but keep bright colours.

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