Bang on Trend from 9-5

How do the UAE’s working women do on-trend daytime dressing? We visited three fashion-savvy offices to find out...
Thursday , 27 October 2011
Cheryl Lewis
Cheryl Lewis
Georgina Gainza
Georgina Gainza
Souraya Al Ahmar
Souraya Al Ahmar
Iman Pasha, Private
Iman Pasha, Private
Leah Whitfield
Leah Whitfield
Sonia Leretz
Sonia Leretz
Hannah Roche
Hannah Roche
Randa Kamal
Randa Kamal

Boutique 1

Cheryl Lewis, Personal Stylist
“I like to keep it effortless, smart and trendy for work. Because I’m always running to and from appointments my go-to brands are Alice & Olivia and Elizabeth and James. They’re functional, yet fashionable.”
Cheryl wears: 3.1 Philip Lim trousers and top (with necklace attached); Rupert Sanderson patent courts.

Georgina Gainza, Buyer
“When I’m travelling I have to keep in mind that I’m representing Boutique 1 on an international level. I like to mix up my work outfits with labels like Joseph, Diane Von Furstenberg and 3.1 Philip Lim. Heels are an absolute must!”
Georgina wears: Victoria Beckham dress; Oscar de la Renta bracelet; Rolex watch; Camilla Skovgaard heels; rings from the Gold and Silver souk, Dubai.

Souraya Al Ahmar, PR Manager
“I’m a classic and casual girl. I love a high-waisted pant and Alice & Olivia does a fabulous cut. I have about 30 shirts in my wardrobe; I swear once you try a Joseph shirt you’ll never go back!”
Souraya wears: Preen silk blouse; Paul & Joe trousers; Rupert Sanderson shoes; rings from Egypt.

Iman Pasha, Private Shopping Manager
“In hot weather I like to dress in light silks and jerseys and I always wear bold wedges or chunky-soled stilettos to balance my frame. As far as style secrets go, I always keep a pair of ballet flats at the ready; I have my eye on the Chloé Fall Collection slippers – they’re sooo comfy.”
Iman wears: Vince tank top; Paul & Joe orange shorts; Carolina Bucci bracelets; Alexander Wang belt; Olivia Palermo for Roberta Freymann necklace; Christian Louboutin pumps; Rolex watch.

EURO RSCG PR

Leah Whitfield, Communication Executive
“My wardrobe is a mix. I’m obsessed with Paul Smith’s work wear and Lanvin’s heels. Longchamp has some great bags, which I love because I can fit all of my things into them. I wear lots of high street brands mixed with designer labels for work.”
Leah wears: TopShop top and skirt; Paul Smith jacket; Lanvin high-cut heels; Accessorize necklace; vintage ring and pearl stud earrings.

Sonia Leretz, Communication Executive
“I’m a classic jeans girl. My work uniform is smart casual, and I dress it up with heels. I wear L’Occitane’s make-up to work – their natural ingredients give me a glow.”
Sonia wears: Zara blazer and jeans; Hermès scarf, tied as a bustier; Christian Louboutin heels; Pequignet watch; Camellia bracelet.

DABO & CO PR

Hannah Roche, Account Director
“I like to keep it upbeat at work by incorporating colour into my wardrobe. I accessorise with lots of gold and chunky statement jewellery. My style secret? Eve Lom facials at SensAsia Urban Spas.”
Hannah wears: Dress and jacket by asos.com; New Look heels. Also bag and bangles from Spitalfields market, London; necklace from a boutique in Lucca, Italy; rings from Gold & Diamond Park, Dubai.

Randa Kamal, Senior Account Manager
“Working for prestigious brands such as BMW you have to keep up appearances. I like to mix high street with high fashion to keep on-trend and professional.”
Randa wears: Reiss top and skirt; Zara heels; Mulberry tote bag; Bulgari ring.