The Ahlan! Fashion Blog

Naomi Chadderton on New Look's latest collection, the latest celeb craze and more
ByNaomi ChaddertonFriday , 06 November 2015
The Ahlan! Fashion Blog

In The Trenches
If you’re as big of a fan of Burberry’s iconic coat as I am, you’re going to love this latest social media platform. Art of the Trench celebrates the trench and how people wear it, with a campaign starring over 35 established Middle Eastern pioneers from the worlds of film, art, design, food and more. There’s fashion influencers Sama and Haya Abu Khadra, style sisters Ayah and Maliha Tabari and Lebanese TV personality Raya Abirached, to name a few, but make sure you log on to check out the whole bunch! 

INFO: The full set of images can be viewed across global platforms including the Burberry Tumblr page, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Pinterest and Sina Weibo

Beach Bunny
We’re bang in the middle of beach season right now, so there’s no better time to update your swimwear. I recommend checking out new label Naila, which lands on our shores direct from New York – there are hyper-bright bikinis, playful swimsuits and stylish kaftans galore. This is one range that is sure to make an impact.

INFO: Available at InterContinental, Sofitel, Burj al Arab and the Rixos hotel groups

Middle East Exclusive!
Want to stand out from the international crowd? Our fave bridge brand, Reiss, has introduced a hot new collection exclusively for the Middle East, and it’s jam-packed with dresses and separates that are seriously making me swoon. My pick of the bunch? This dark green Florence jumpsuit is chic and sophisticated with its flowing tulip trousers.

INFO: Available at Reiss stores nationwide

A Spanish Affair
It was a beautiful night last week as local label Mochi launched its new season collection at the One&Only Palm Courtyard. Inspired by the hidden Alhambra on the coast of Spain, the magical new line comprises dresses and separates in Dolce & Gabbana-esque rose prints and embroidery. I can’t wait for this to hit stores!

Fit for a Queen
If you’re looking to inject a little New York-cool into your autumn wardrobe, look no further than Kings Ambition. An edgy, mainly monochrome streetwear label born in Dubai, this unisex brand comprises tees, joggers, hoodies, shorts and accessories for the fashion-forward customer. Think Kanye with a unique twist. Chris Brown and Two Tone are already fans!


The M&S Makeover
If you think that M&S is better suited to your mum, think again as this autumn it’s had a super-stylish update! A nod to the season’s Bohemian-luxe trend, there’s autumnal pea coats, trilbys and accessories to boot, so now you have another reason to splash that well-earned cash! Here are my top picks from the collection…

INFO: Available at M&S stores nationwide

Happy Day
Keep the summer spirit alive with Anya Hindmarch’s cheery new season collection. With smiley faces, rainbows and excited eyes embossed on wallets, backpacks and keyrings, these cute accessories are the perfect extras for autumn.

INFO: Available at


Gigi Hearts Hilfiger
She almost broke the internet when she stormed the NYFW SS 16 catwalk in this super-hot bikini but we think Gigi looks just as good in this red velvet number she wore to the Fashion Media Awards. We feel a new muse coming on!



Mochi Goes Global
Great news for local label, Mochi! The brand has been snapped up by Harrods in London to create a capsule collection of Christmas decorations in its signature embroidery exclusively for the store. Talk about a fashionable festive season, if you’re heading over to the UK, make sure you pick me some up!
INFO: Available at Harrods, London


Georgia Teams up with Mulberry
Fashion’s fave ‘It’ girl Georgia May Jagger has created the ultimate London Cool biker jacket for Mulberry and it’s one I’ll definitely be saving the dirhams for! Crafted from soft black lambskin leather, this will definitely add a bit of biker-chic to your autumn wardrobe.
INFO: Available at Mulberry stores nationwide 


Style Crush: Nicola Peltz
The Transfomers star has a great appreciation for tasteful bodycon and slim silhouettes


Coach Reopens at The Dubai Mall
If you’ve been waiting to get your Swagger bag fix, you’ll be pleased to know that Coach’s next generation store is now open at The Dubai Mall. Designed by the brand’s creative director Stuart Vevers, you’ll be transported straight to New York with its chic brick walls, pine floors and custom wool carpets. There’s an extra 25 percent more space than before, too, which means they can stock up an even more pieces of arm candy, all for our shopping pleasure.


Ja Rule’s New Groove



One for the boys, the rapper has teamed up with high-street fave Steve Madden to launch an exclusive men’s collection, Maven X Madden. Treat your fella to sneakers, dress shoes and kicks in soft nappa, nubuck leather and suede.
INFO: Available at Steve Madden stores nationwide


Online Shopping Goes Boho
Looking for a new fashion fix? Introducing Maarli – a new online boutique offering beachy Boho brands such as Dancing Leopard, Sea Dreamer and Mavele swimwear, perfect for those with wanderlust. Check out my edit of my fave pieces on the site…happy shopping!

Multi Aztec Dhs450


Dancing Leopard Dhs200

Multi Aztec Dhs450


Aspinal of London’s New BFF
In one of the most fashion-forward collaborations of the new season to date, Aspinal of London has joined forces with Étre Cécile, the label for the true ‘It’ girl, to create a line of totes and rucksacks for the city-chic stylista. Neon hues marry with a darker palette while a tartan effect adds a playful edge. There’s bold Nineties’ inspired graphics, too, for a dose of London cool.
INFO: Available at Aspinal of London stores nationwide


Bebe Launches on Sivvi
It seems they are signing new brands almost daily now and our fave online shop’s latest offering is none other than the go-to-label for all things glam, Bebe. With exclusive rights in the Middle East, updating your evening wardrobe just got that much easier so now we can shop its bodycon dresses and killer heels right from the comfort of our very own homes.

INFO: Available at

Is This Gaga's Wedding Dress?
If her recent Instagram post is anything to go by, Gaga might be doing a Carrie Bradshaw for her upcoming nuptials. The singer looked stunning in this bridal-inspired Vivienne Westwood gown which the fash-pack think might be a nod towards her big day. Personally I think this looks amazing on her!

Shine With Bil Arabi
Inspired by the beauty of the night sky, the latest collection from local jewellery designer Nadine Kanso is simply stunning. The new Shine collection from Bil Arabi features delicate stars and all shapes and sizes with Arabic calligraphy. Invest now for a jewellery injection that needs to be seen.

INFO: Available at Bloomingdale’s Dubai, Harvey Nichols Dubai and S*uce

Bedtime Comforts
Look forward to getting your beauty sleep that little bit more thanks to Boux Avenue’s new AW’15 collection. The pretty silk slips are über comfy while I can’t wait to get my hands on the cute Dalmatian print pair for added fun factor.

INFO: Available at Boux Avenue, Festival City

What Lies Beneath
It’s the biggest Victoria’s Secret collection to date and it’s finally landed on our shores! Packed with on-trend yet comfortable styles, the Body by Victoria collection comes in prints and block colours that will sit pretty all day. Plus, it’s the brand’s first campaign that features all of the 10 new Angels together at once!

INFO: Available at Victoria’s Secrets stores nationwide

Editor’s Pick!
I love this beautiful George top from Zena Presley’s debut collection. I’m mad for crazy prints and need this tee to team with skinny white jeans for the perfect day-to-night ensemble.

INFO: available at

Taylor Swift Loves Michael Kors
The songstress has been out and about with her new season Casey satchel a lot in recent weeks. I want! 

The Address Wedding Fair is Back!
Looking to plan your big day? Let the lovely people at The Address Hotels + Resorts help you out as the 2015 edition of their fabulous wedding fair returns this September. Covering everything from pre- and post- wedding events, hair, makeup, flowers, food and accommodation, it’s a must-attend for all brides-to-be.

INFO: The Symphony Ballroom, The Address Downtown Dubai, 12pm-7pm, 25-26 Sep

If you’re looking for a perfect red-carpet dress or struggling to find something to wear to that black-tie do, the new Max Mara Elegante collection has landed just in time! From sweeping gowns to fabulous cocktail dresses, they come draped, structured, short and off-shoulder so you’re sorted for any occasion. Time to get saving…

INFO: Available at Max Mara stores nationwide


Celeb Style Spot
Christina Milian
OTT Dhs3,300



Sasha Pivovarova for Zadig & Voltaire
They’re renowned for getting top international names for new season campaigns and this season is no different as French label Zadig & Voltaire signs up Russian muse Sasha Pivovarova. The stunning model shows off the brand’s signature rock chick style with dirty black jeans, metallic dresses and snakeskin boots, while cosy knits and fierce print dresses also make an appearance. I can’t wait to get my hands on this one!



MSGM Opens its Doors                 
At last! Luxury Italian label MSGM has opened its standalone store in the region at our very own Dubai Mall. Expect a kaleidoscope of colours, shapes and lines with an indie-chic edge.


Mad Over Mango
Yay! The new season Mango images have finally landed in my inbox and I’m already mentally preparing my autumn wardrobe! Nailing the season’s hottest trends – from Boho and stripes to mannish tailoring – there’s a look for every occasion so you’re sorted from the office to dinner to the after-party.

INFO: Available at Mango stores nationwide


Fashion From Down Under
We all know the Aussies have some of the freshest labels around and now thanks to hot new e-commerce site BNKR, it’s that much easier to get our fashion fix. Stocking everything from Keepsake and Finders Keepers to The Fifth, celeb fans of the brands include Kendall Jenner, Jessie J and Taylor Swift. Shopping fingers at the ready!




Step Up
Fashion meets function in the region’s latest shoe label launch as Bensimon finally lands at Level Shoe District. It’s iconic canvas shoe collection are über comfy yet still on point and perfect for those days when you’re on your feet. Team with skinny jeans or a LBD.

Info: available at Level Shoe District and House of Fraser


Moeva Dhs1,100

Moeva Dhs1,590

Style up the Beach
Living in year long sunshine means we always need to up our swimwear game, right? So make sure you check out the new collections from Moeva and Zanzan at Valleydez. With sleek cut-out one pieces, flattering high-waisted bikinis and the most stylish of sunnies, you literally have no excuse!



High-Shine Accessories

If you are looking for your next bling fix, fine jewellery designer Suzanne Kalan is now available at S*uce Rocks. With over 27 yeras experience, her edgy designs and signature use of baguette diamonds has caught the eye of A-list style set including Rihanna, JLo and Taylor Swift.




New Look’s Summer Fling
If you’re looking to update your wardrobe without breaking the bank, I have just the thing for you. The new high summer collection has hit New Look stores and with fruity prints, bold hues and loose-fitting silhouettes, you can find everything you need under one roof. Here’s my top edit of the pieces I’ll be splashing my cash on this summer…

INFO: available at New Look stores nationwide

Ahlan! Loves…
Jennifer Lawrence carrying the Roger Vivier Prismick Micro bag

Celeb Style Spot
Gigi Hadid


Summer Dreaming With Bebe
Back with a bang for the new season collection, supermodel Irina Shayk shows off the new Bebe collection of playful frocks, arabesque kaftans and Bohemian-inspired separates in her most sultry campaign to date. I’ll be stocking up for a summer wardrobe overhaul…

INFO: Available at Bebe stores nationwide

Fash Fitspiration
When my exercise gear makes me feel good I’m much more motivated to go to the gym, so I can’t wait to get my hands on the new adidas StellaSport collection. The most vibrant line yet, Ms McCartney’s really outdone herself with a bright colour palette, popping prints and figure-hugging silhouettes that blur the lines between fitness and fashion. Now i’ll definitely be getting on that treadmill!

INFO: Available at


Bil Arabi has the Wow Factor this Ramadan
Bil Arabi’s Nadine Kanso is branching out from her fine jewellery line to launch a limited-edition porcelain plate this Ramadan and I love it! With her traditional Arabic ‘Wow’ calligraphy written in 24k gold, it’s the perfect decorative piece for the Holy Month.

INFO: Dhs270, available at S*uce,

Cara & Kate Reunited
Congrats to fashion’s favourite pair, who have been announced as the latest faces of Mango’s new-season campaign. Now they’re some shots I can’t wait to see!

Totes Teched Up
I’m seriously loving the new line of Marylebone Tech totes right now from Aspinal of London. Perfect for the modern-day woman on the go, the new Autumn/Winter 2015 collection also includes key rings with built-in chargers for your precious mobile, meaning you’ll never be out of contact again. How cool is that?

INFO: Available at Aspinal of London stores

Looking to the future With Diesel Black Gold
The fashion-forward team at Diesel is already looking ahead with the label’s 2016 pre-spring collection. Inspired by Venice Beach, the sporty range features easy-breezy silhouettes and a monochrome palette with pops of pale grey and electric blue thrown in, while bound seams, stitches and chunky zippers add an chic aesthetic edge. Bring on the new season!

Ahlan!’s Top 3…
Paisley Prints

Warehouse’s Summer Spirit
If you’re seeking a one-stop collection that hits all the new-season notes, you need look no further than Warehouse. With its playful colour palette and free-flowing separates, it will keep you both breezy and bang on-trend.


Get Talking to Zac Posen on Instagram! 
The fashion guru is listening! With an impressive career in which he’s launched his own lines, worked as Creative Director of Brooks Brothers womenswear and frequently appeared as a judge on Project Runway, it’s baffling that Zac Posen has any time for social media, but the designer has admitted he looks to Instagram for “its complete, immediate consumer feedback and dialogue”. He says: “It has encouraged me to add more separates, suits and daywear.” Who says social media is a waste of time?

Hurrah! Blake is Back…

She may have only just given birth in December but Blake Lively is already back on the red carpet rocking a number of show-stopping gowns with a body to die for! All in the name of work, of course…


The blonde bombshell chose a stunning red Monique Lhuillier gown for her dramatic return at the New York premiere of her new movie The Age of Adaline – an extreme Marilyn Monroe moment if we do say so ourselves! She followed this with nine – yes nine – looks in one day on her promo tour including a John Galliano Fall 2015 navy printed dress, an über feminine blue and white dress from Zuhair Murad’s fall collection and a hyper-bright colour block Roksanda Lockwood dress that was up there with the best of them! She may have had the odd fashion fail, but we reckon these looks more than make up for it…


Celeb Couple Style

Stylish power couple Olivia Palermo and Johannes Huebl were seen wearing Tommy Hilfiger in New York City’s Meatpacking District. The trend setting newlyweds are internationally renowned for their covetable wardrobes and iconic street style.

Celeb Style
Reese Witherspoon with her Large Leather Goods Bally bag

The High-Street’s Hottest



If you’re anything like me, you love nothing more than spending the summer lazing around in loose-fitting tees and slouchy shorts. Lucky for us then that the new collection in at Pull & Bear is perfect for the fashion-forward beach bum! Think California-inspired vests, simple crops and heaps of denim, it’s the perfect line to mix and match for chilled out days and balmy nights. Now all I need is that tan!

INFO: Available at Pull & Bear stores nationwide













Celebs Love…
Anya Hindmarch

A whole bevvy of A-list beauties have been spotted out with her ‘Crisp Packet’ clutch!



Olivia Wilde



Kerry Washington



Nathalie Emmanuel





Morgan De Toi is Back!
Fashion flashback! Remember the brand Morgan from your teens? Well the brand is back with a bang and I’m sure excited to relive my youth and invest in a little urban style. With sports-inspired influences and the prettiest of pastels, it’s time to reminisce.

INFO: Available at Al Ghurair Centre

Hot New Label Alert!

How amazing are these statement necklaces from They’re just what you need to jazz up any outfit! And at these prices they certainly won’t break the bank.








Fashion For A Cause



He’s this year’s CFDA Fashion Icon so it’s safe to say Pharrell knows his stuff when it comes to style. His new collection for RAW for the Oceans is one for the style books, though – it contains the first denim made from recycled ocean plastic. Created in partnership with G-Star, each pieces works to combat the global issue of plastic pollution. Doing our bit for the environment while indulging in a little retail therapy? It’d be rude not to!



Dhs 429






INFO: Available at G-Star RAW stores nationwide



Hollywood to High Street



Bella Thorne



H&M Dhs149


Ahlan! Loves…





Charlotte Olympia
How cute are these pumps from the shoe queen herself? Each shoe from the ABC collection comes with 52 adhesive stickers along with her Guide to Accessorising so you can customise your flats for any occasion. Need!

INFO: Dhs2,600, available at Charlotte Olympia Mall of the Emirates


Your LBD’s new BFF!
If you’re looking for an original way to jazz up your outfit, I have just what you need. Already popular with the likes of Jessie J and Gala Gonzales, The Chatelaine Charm Belt Co. is taking the UK style set by storm and now we can get in on the action, too. Think a charm bracelet for your waistline, they allow you to create bespoke belts with a huge selection of silver, rose gold and gold-plated charms. I have mine already!





INFO: From Dhs360, available at


Olivia for MAX&Co.



Any brand that has Ms Palermo’s seal of approval is a hit by me, so I can’t wait to check out the new collection from MAX&CO. Pretty pastels, chic stripes and structured separates are the name of the style game this summer.


It’s a 80s revival!

We are taking a step down memory lane to the groovy audacious styles of the 80s. Kurt Geiger’s Spring/Summer 2015 Collection captures the essence of this fashion revival in high-intensity hues. The collection comprises of ballerina flats, grippy sole urban sandals, block heels and racy stilettos in metallics and bright neon colours like lime, orange and pink – super funky! 



Dhs 1,299



Dhs 499



Dhs 349



Dhs 249


Party Time at New Look



I have been impatiently awaiting this news. The soon to be renovated New Look store will open its doors Wednesday, 8 April, at The Dubai Mall from 5pm-10pm. Come join in on the party and get your photo taken by a professional photographer and have it superimposed onto the front cover of Ahlan! To keep you in the party mood there will also be a DJ, live mannequins modelling the latest collections in store and a bunch of awesome giveaways. See the latest fashion trends and be the first to see their new collections in their new store. Here are a few of my favourite edits from New Look's latest collection.



Dhs 49



Dhs 115



Dhs 125


A Pop of Colour




Kenzo have made this one colourful season! Taking inspiration from Andy Warhol’s famous works, they have created a line of funky timepieces in a range of colours that are sure to get people talking. These flamboyantly fab watches make for a perfect extension of your personality – So what’s your colour?

A-List Style!

Gigi Hadid
G-Star Raw Dhs2,599

Ahlan! Loves…



If you want to get a head start on your summer festival wardrobe, I highly recommend the new summer collection from Springfield. With Boho separates and Seventies-inspired prints, you’ll be Glastonbury-ready in no time! 


Richard Nicoll’s Debut at Jack Wills



He’s one of my favourite British fashion designers so when Richard Nicoll was announced as creative director for Jack Wills, I was super excited to see what he would bring to the brand. And his first collection definitely doesn’t disappoint with an energetic line of graphic colour pops and fun silhouettes. Think Boho-print dresses and polka-dot separates, this fashion breath of fresh air is just what the brand needed!










Trends For The Treadmill
If you’re looking to update your workout wardrobe for the new season, throw on your trainers and get down to Bloomingdale’s stat! Featuring fresh and fun labels such as Norma Kamali, VPL, Lucas Hugh and Koral, this is just what you need to nail the season’s sports-chic trend.



Alala Dhs775



 Lucas Hugh Dhs1,750



[red crop] Lucas Hugh Dhs575



[blue top] Norma K Dhs900


Zidane for Mango



Check out the super-hot campaign images of Zinedine Zindane, the newest face of Mango. You’re welcome ladies! 






Celebs Love Anya Hindmarch's Crisp Packet Clutch 

Say hello to the season's new It bag - well the celeb's fave, anyway! A whole bevvy of beauties have been spotted out carrying the clutch which you can snap up for yourself at Net-a-Porter,com. Just be quick before it sells out!

Anya Hindmarch, Dhs5,000 at


Say Goodbye to Marc by Marc Jacobs

The rumours have been doing the rounds for quite some time now but it’s finally official – Marc by Marc Jacobs will be no more. The RTW line – currently headed by Luella Bartley and Katie Hillier – is to be merged with the designer’s primary collection in a move to combine the strengths of both into one fantastically fashion-forward line. Unfortunately for our bank balances, prices are set to match those of Jacob’s main collection, but we’re already sure it will be worth our hard-earned cash! We’ll just need a little time to mourn, first…

CFDA Fashion Awards Nominees are Revealed!

It’s the biggest night for the international style set as the industry’s most talented names are recognised for their talent. And now that the nominees for the 2015 CFDA Fashion Awards have finally been announced, I'm getting even more excited by the day! Led by CDFA president Diane von Furstenberg, if the list is anything to go by it’s going to be a tough call in the race up to the ceremony on June 1. Here’s who I think should walk away with the top three awards…

Womenswear Designer Of The Year

Ashley Olsen and Mary-Kate Olsen for The Row

Other nominees: Joseph Altuzarra for Altuzarra, Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors, Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez for Proenza Schouler

Menswear Designer Of The Year

Tom Ford


Other nominees: Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne for Public School, David Neville and Marcus Wainwright for Rag & Bone, Thom Browne, Tim Coppens

Accessories Designer Of The Year

Alexander Wang
Other nominees: Irene Neuwirth, Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez for Proenza Schouler, Ashley Olsen and Mary-Kate Olsen for The Row, Tabitha Simmons

Oh, and I'm sure Mr Williams is feeling extra happy right now as the music mogul was announced as the CFDA’s 2015 Fashion Icon Award – congrats!

Alexa For Longchamp Spring 2015

I love it when the fash-pack’s ‘It’ Brit’s are chosen to front international campaigns so I’m seriously swooning over these new BTS shots that landed in my inbox. Shot by Jean-François Julian, Alexa Chung looks amazing as she models the new Longchamp Le Pilage Heritage bag in these latest campaign images over-looking the Marseille skyline. And how colourful is the collection, too? Perfect for a long, hot summer! 



Celebs go Gaga for MOO!




I’m always looking for fun new ways to inject a little quirkiness into my accessories’ drawer and these MOO sunnies might just be the next big thing! Already snapped up by the likes of Rita, Cara and Lady Gaga, looks like I’d be in good company, too!










INFO: Available at 


A-list Style!



Jessica Chastain in H&M Conscious Exclusive


Amy Hearts Max Mara



How chic does Amy Adams look in the new Max Mara Accessories S/S15 campaign images? I want it all! 



Top 3: Kate Spade Spring Bags











Richard Nicoll’s Debut at Jack Wills

He’s one of my favourite British fashion designers so when Richard Nicoll was announced as creative director for Jack Wills, I was super excited to see what he would bring to the brand. And his first collection definitely doesn’t disappoint with an energetic line of graphic colour pops and fun silhouettes. Think Boho-print dresses and polka-dot separates, this fashion breath of fresh air is just what the brand needed! 

A-list Style!



Olivia Palermo


Michael Kors Dhs7,183 at



Mini Trend: Chokers



Miss Selfridge Dhs80



Marni Dhs430 at



Topshop Dhs80


Miss Selfridge: The Collection



Upping the ante on its new season offerings, Miss Selfridge introduces The Collection – a stunning capsule collection of fresh new evening wear. With floral separates, fluid metallic gowns and chiffon cocktail dresses, it’s just what I’m after from some stylish top-to-toe dressing.












Celeb Fash Spot!



Rita Ora spotted in the DIUSTUD dress from the Diesel Black Gold SS15 Collection!



Who Wore It Best? H&M Conscious 


This new H&M Conscious skirt is doing the rounds! Olivia Wilde was first spotted in the grey version just last week at the Elle Style Awards while Ukranian beauty Olga Kurylenko followed suit by teaming this red number with an H&M T-shirt and casual chic hair and make-up. Who do you think looks best? I can't wait 'til this collection hits stores!

Olivia Wilde 

Olga Kurylenko

Celebs go Gaga for MOO!

I’m always looking for fun new ways to inject a little quirkiness into my accessories’ drawer and these MOO sunnies might just be the next big thing! Already snapped up by the likes of Rita, Cara and Lady Gaga, looks like I’d be in good company, too!

Lady Gaga and Cara work their MOO specs

Brainchild of Central St. Martins graduate MOO Piyasombatkul, she was inspired by vintage antiques with a dramatic comtemporary twist when creating her line of Baroque-inspired eyewear. Unique, bold and beautiful, it's no wonder celebs are already fighting over them. Make sure you snap them up and fast! 






INFO: Available at 

Your Very Own Cinderella Moment!

How cute is this!? To celebrate the magical release of Disney’s live action film Cinderella, Disney have teamed up with nine luxury designer shoe brands across the world to recreate Cinderella’s iconic glass slipper.

Paul Andrew, Alexandre Birman, Rene Caovilla, Jimmy Choo, Salvatore Ferragamo, Nicholas Kirkwood, Charlotte Olympia, Jerome C Rousseau and Stuart Weitzman are part of the fabulous collection with each creating their own interpretation of the iconic glass slipper. What’s more, Swarovski, which produced the glass slipper for the film under the direction of Academy Award winning costume designer Sandy Powell, provided the crystals featured in the designers’ shoes.

I’ll definitely be heading down to check it out so see you there! And the retold film of Cinderella will be in theatres from March 12th – woop!

INFO: The shoes will be exclusively be displayed at Level Shoe District from March 11th to the 24th.



#ShoesInTheCity with Ahlan

A girl can never have too many heels and you may just win another pair. We've teamed up with Saks Fifth Avenue to offer two lucky ladies a pair of special designer shoes! Get ready to snap a pic of your heels at one of Dubai's most iconic locations and upload the shot to Instagram with the hashtag #ShoesInTheCity and tag @Saksme and @ahlanmagazine. You have until 12 March to enter so good luck and may the best lady win!



My Top 5 Oscars Dresses of all Time

As the 2015 Academy Awards draw to a close, I’ve been reminiscing about the best dresses that have ever graced the Oscars’ famous red carpet…

Penelope Cruz in Versace, 2007
Ms Cruz wore this strapless blush Atelier Versace gown with elaborate feather train to the 79th Academy Awards and in the process, took red carpet dressing to a whole new glamorous level! I love it when the A-list dress to make an impression and this one sure did.


Kate Hudson in Versace, 2003
Possibly the ultimate Oscars gown, this Atelier Versace number was made with 14 carat gold and designer Donatella had to hand-sew the lace embroidery herself. In total this took 500 hours to make – quite a feat!



Hilary Swank in Guy Laroche, 2005
Perhaps one of the most risqué dresses the Academy Awards has ever seen, this midnight-blue gown was a knock-out. Long-sleeved and high-necked but with a dramatic cut-out back, the dress was formed from an impressive 27 yards of silk jersey. And she took home an Oscar that night too – what a night for Hilary!



Cate Blanchett in Givenchy, 2011
Structured yet pretty, Cate may have gained some slating from the critics for this structured Givenchy gown but for me, it’s up there with the best of them.


Gwyneth Paltrow in Tom Ford, 2012
Another one you might not expect to see at the Oscars, Gwyn ditched the trademark flouncy style in favour of this fierce white cape dress. You can’t go wrong with Tom Ford, right? I love it when a good fashion risk works out! 





Behind The Scenes with Adriana Lima
If there’s one thing that can make my fave Vogue sunnies look even hotter, it would be a Victoria’s Secret model. It’s no wonder then that the Brazilian beauty has been chosen as the face of the new S/S ‘15 campaign – and I have this stunning BTS look just for you! Shot in Buzios, Brazil by renowned photographer Ellen von Unwerth, the colourful beachside shots show Ms Lima looking fresh, fun and flirty – and she has my new summer shades sorted!

INFO: Available at all major eyewear stores 




Gwen Stefani in The Kayys
It's the collaboration that had the whole local fashion scene talking, it’s amazing news that none other than superstar Gwen Stefani chose to wear designs by The Kayys during her recent trip to Qatar. Creating bespoke looks for herself and her female dancers, the fashion icon was dressed head-to-toe in the Qatari label – another huge step for our local designers! 





Rosie for Autograph SS ‘15
I’m looking forward to some cosy nights in now that the new sleepwear collection from Autograph has launched. The best bit, it’s designed by one of my top style icons Rosie Huntington-Whiteley – win/win!





In collaboration with M&S, the collection comprises mix and match pieces featuring vintage rose motifs in complementary tones of pale pinks, dove grey and black silk to create the best sleep wardrobe for you.

INFO: Available at Marks & Spencer stores nationwide




Celeb Style
Nicole Richie may have been busy making the fashion rounds during her recent trip to Dubai but she still had time to sport a little local fashion during her interview with Virgin Radio. These chic Ginger sunnies are available at our very own





Micro Trend: Butterflies
Butterflies have been taken out of twee territory this summer with graphic designs and bold colour patterns.



Oasis Dhs110



Oasis Dhs520



Topshop Dhs295


Olivia Palermo Collaborates with Aspinal of London
I have to admit it – I have a major girl crush on Olivia Palermo. I’m super excited then that the style icon has collaborated with the luxurious lifestyle brand Aspinal of London to design a limited edition Marylebone TechTote. So what’s so special about it? It has tech capabilities that allow customers to charge their phone and iPad on the go! Talk about next generation fashion, now you can carry a cute bag and power up your phone at the same time. Genius!

INFO: Aspinal of London, Yas Mall

Stradivarius’ New Style



Stradivarius has been given a serious style makeover for the new season and if these fab new campaign images are anything to go buy, I’ll be bankrupt by the end of the month!


Top 3 Spring Sunnies 



Cutler and Gross Dhs1,440 at




Le Specs Dhs180 at  



Quay Eyewear Dhs150 at West LA


Carla’s Closet Launches in the UAE

Bridging the gap between local and international fashion, Carla’s Closet is the latest online boutique taking the fash-pack by storm. Representing a slick edit of international designers including my faves Alice McCall and Sass & Bide, founder Carla Douss curates seasonal and limited editions onto the site too so you can find unique buys that aren’t available elsewhere. As if I needed another excuse to fuel my online shopping addiction!



Jennifer Zeuner Dhs970



 Mara Hoffman Dhs904



Hunter Bell Dhs845



Sass & Bide Dhs2,156


Ahlan! Loves House of Holland
How gorgeous is the new House of Holland Resort ’15 collection? From animal prints and striking brights to ‘90s-style ripped denim, it combines everything I love about today’s style scene.

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