A to Z of Fashion
New season fashion is as easy as A,B,C
A for Autumn Leaves. Your new neutrals are the full-on shades of burgundy, bottle green, mustard and brown. Be inspired as designers explore a darker side.
B for Baroque. Relive the decadence of times gone by with embellishment, brocade, lace,
jacquards, velvets, embroidery and
dazzling crystals that scream more is more.
C for Checks. Check into the new season with lumberjack plaids, country cloths and graphic houndstooth. Stella McCartney, Giorgio Armani, Tommy Hilfiger, Burberry, Paul & Joe, Paul Smith, Proenza Schouler, J.W.
Anderson and Ralph Lauren can’t all be wrong!
D is for Disco Nails. Whatever style tribe you subscribe to, your nails have a mind of their own for winter. It’s all about taupe, maroon and glitter, glitter, glitter!
E for E-Runway. So you don’t have an invite or connections? Screen Fashion Week from your laptop instead. Log on for live S/S13 runway shows from Acne, 3.1 Phillip
Lim, Calvin Klein, Prada, Burberry, Proenza Schouler, Preen, DKNY,
Alexander Wang, Lacoste, Marc Jacobs, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors and
F is for Fur. Winter works its animal magic with colourful furs that could rival Sesame Street. GRRRR.
G for Gamine. Dress like Lou Doillon or Alexa Chung, rocking pinafores, Peter Pan collars, schoolboy blazers and tailored pants with a satchel and a pair of brogues. All you need now are carved out cheek-bones, bushy brows and a wide eyed gaze to pull your best gender-bending tricks. Girls will be boys.
H is for Heels and Handbags. Bags and shoes must make a match. Yves Saint Laurent Dhs6,850
I is for iPad. The latest fashion apps are cool and useful...
Discovered - Style-setters and celebs list 10 of their fave discoveries. Laura Bailey, Tory Burch and Mary Katrantzou are in the know. www.discoveredd.com
The Cools - Find out what fellow ‘cool’
people are following then shop their
The Fancy - Like Pinterest with a key benefit- shopping your amazing, collectable finds right there and then. www.thefancy.com
Stylebook - A virtual closet for your real-life wardrobe, with more than 90 tools to
manage your favorite outfits, sizes and style inspirations. www.stylebookapp.com
Opensky - Shop items endorsed by
celebrities and industry-insiders like Julianne Moore, Cynthia Rowley and Kelly Rutherford at a reduced price. www.opensky.com
Trendabl - An iPhone app that allows you to share outfit images, make comments and tag them according to brand, price, colour and more. www.trendabl.com
Hipswap - Buy and sell pre-owned fashion, then have it delivered. You can also shop celebrity closets. www.hipswap.com
J is for Jeans. The season’s most exciting labels share one common denominator - denim.
Our edit: BLK DNM from Johan Lindeberg nails cool Swedish style
MiH JEANS is the London-born label that makes tomboys sexy www.MiH-jeans.com
ISABEL MARANT is the cool girl’s choice for Parisian insouciance www.isabelmarant.fr
GENETIC DENIM makes jeans with a laidback, LA cool vibe
CURRENT/ELLIOT is renowned for orignal silhouettes that stay true to the label’s LA roots
NOTIFY produces flattering cuts which are a favourite with the French style-set
IRO designs chic jeans with an edgy, rock’n’roll twist
J.CREW is a New York
institution, known for its
luxe take on everyday staples. www.jcrew.com
K for Killer Cure. Take your beauty tips from the fashion pack’s little black book. The aromatherapy massage, from Dhs450 at The Address, Dubai Marina, the anti-ageing gold facial, Dhs350 at Merle Norman, and the bespoke treatment range, from Dhs490 at The Armani Spa, Downtown Dubai, all go into our venerated hall of pamper fame!
L For Luxe Florals. There’s nothing soft about this seasons florals; think dark, edgy, OTT winter blooms.
M for Make Me Up. This season, make-up is all about butter soft skin. Start with flawless foundation, chiselled cheekbones and bold brows, then add a coloured lip. The prize for most coveted item backstage at Fashion Week goes to MAC’s PRO palette, featuring the brand’s most loved lip shades Russian Red, Lady Danger and Ruby Woo....Dhs95 each.
N is for the New Pack. From Russia with love... The Stylist: Vika Gazinskaya personifies her day job. Part stylist, part designer, part street style star, her namesake ready-to-wear label is
O for Oh So Optical. Play out autumn’s print catalogue in head to toe
pattern. Go hard
or go home!
P for Pop Art. Make like pop artist Roy Lichtenstein and add primary colours red, yellow and blue to paint your own comic closet. KER-pow!
Q for Queen Sized Jewels. Our top rocks from the season’s new talents:
MAN REPELLER X DANNIJO: Dannijo has teamed up with Man Repeller blogger Leandra for a super-cool collection called ‘Eye Spies’.
From Dhs635 at www.shopatsauce.com
MIRIAM SALAT: Salat has created a capsule
collection for charity Water for People.
Learn more at www.miriamsalat.com
PAMELA LOVE: This American is known for her
handmade jewels, inspired by the Southwest.
MONIQUE PEAN: Pean’s jewellery is as gorgeous as it is ethical, using sustainable, conflict free materials.
TOM BINNS DESIGN: Classic meets clash. There ain’t a girl in the world who wouldn’t want to wear it.
EDDIE BORGO: Borgo’s rock’n’roll brand was born
after he created the jewels for Philip Lim’s runway. www.eddieborgo.com
ARTE MADRID: Have a session with a colour consultant at the Spanish brand’s new Mirdif store and match your gemstones to your mood.
(04) 255 9339
FENTON: Dana Lorenz started out making collages - now the jewel line’s gone worldwide.
R is for Retro Hair. Killer quiffs, set curls and Great Gatsby bobs. It’s a retro redux.
S for Shades. Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean the sun’s stopped shining. Marni has a killer range of shades this season, as do Thierry Lasry and Alexander Wang at www.netaporter.com
T for Trouser Suit. After years on the sidelines, the trouser suit is back. Wear it with masculine
panache or a la di da feminine flourish - as long as it’s a head to toe pigeon paired look, what’s not to love?
U for URLs. The best clicks of the season:
FOR VINTAGE: Buy vintage clothes in mint
condition from Dubai based business
FOR A GAMBLE: Place your bids and score luxury designer goods for pennies at
FOR HOME: Step inside the homes and offices of fashion’s A-list at www.thecovetuer.com
FOR DIY: Spend your weekends making runway-inspired pieces with www.ispydiy.com
FOR PRODUCT: Stock up on hard to find beauty must-haves at www.cultbeauty.co.uk
FOR OPINION: Have your outfit approved before you step outside on www.pose.com
FOR A TUNE: Forget scouring the blogs, social networks and message boards for the songs of the moment - they’re at www.wearehunted.com
FOR EXCLUSIVITY: Timeless fashion with no waiting list at
FOR INSPO: Model, photographer and blogger Candice Lake
captures the world’s best dressed at www.candicelake.com
V for Volume Control. Bold proportions are the new directive. Upsize your coat, round your shoulders and leave room in your trousers.
W for White Shirt. It’s a good ol’ staple and one our fall wardrobes can’t live without. Wear yours with jeans, a trouser suit or leather skirt. Any which way, it means business.
X for X-rated leather. Turn to the dark side with subversive black leathered looks. YSL, Christopher Kane, Dior, Hermes, Fendi, Alberta Feretti, Diesel and Gucci all had a go this season.
Y for Yarn. Fun, fluffed and fabulous, winter’s best
warmers come in woollens. Keep an eye out for the International Woolmark Award, which launched Yves Saint Laurent and Karl Lagerfeld’s careers back in the 1950s. The finals, which are in February 2013, are rumored to be judged by Alexandra Shulman, France Sozoni and Karl himself. Log onto
www.woolmarkprize.com to track the winners.
Z for Zip it! Zip details are everywhere, adding extra detail to darts, pleats, seams and pockets. It’s statement making with a capital S!