Paul Smith collaboration

British designer teams up with shoemaker Paul Lobb

Gents, a dapper designer collaboration is on the horizon. In an unusual (but awesome) partnership, British fashion aficionado Paul Smith (04 339 8572) has teamed up with ultra exclusive men’s shoemaker John Lobb (04 330 8244) to create a three semi-affordable footwear styles for sartorially sound gentleman. They include the Westbourne, a classic oxford available in four colours, and the Willoughby, a plain derby in colourful cashmere suede. Get yours this month at the John Lobb store at The Dubai Mall – prices to be confirmed.

On the subject of British designers, Mall of the Emirates department store Harvey Nichols (04 409 8888) this week launches a month-long initiative celebrating British fashion. During October the luxe haven will feature a Brittania-themed area on level two, showcasing the autumn/winter 2012 collections from icons such as Alexander McQueen, Stella McCartney, Victoria Beckham, Mary Katrantzou and Matthew Williamson.

Back on home turf, check out new Dubai womens wear label Nelson & Wilson ( brainchild of Dubai-based Indian nationals and brothers Nelson and Wilson Rodrigues, the line features strapless body-con dresses with sweetheart necklines in different textures, patterns and colours. They’re not available in stores – but you can buy online at

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