fashion q&a

Fashion Features Editor Olivia Phillips answers this week’s most pressing fashion questions from where to find unique cold weather-wear to how to pay homage to this season’s art attack trend…

Q.) I’m off to Europe for two weeks in September and (obviously) this necessitates a whole new wardrobe. I’d like something suitable for the changeable weather, but also that I’m unlikely to see on that many people there. Don’t ask for much, do I?!

A.) You’re right to be fussy when it comes to your wardrobe. And you’re also in luck; are imminently (and exclusively) launching US brand Coach’s inaugural ready-to-wear collection. Branching out from just bags, the collection combines Americana vibes with a cool downtown appeal, resulting in shearling trims, witty knitwear and the most incredible pastel blue aviator jacket your eyes will ever witnessed. It launches on August 27 until September 15, which means it’s pretty exclusive – ergo not every Tom, Dick & Harry will be donning it on the streets of London/Paris/whatever fabulous city you’ll be visiting. Prices start from Dhs1,699


Light to right: Whipstitch Turnlock Tie Suede Dakotah;
Leather Jean Jacket


Left to right: Danny Merino Intarsia Crew;
Round Hem Skirt with Grommets


 Q.) I love shopping online and want to add another site to my address book. I’m interested in up and coming designers as well as fashion-forward pieces, and I tend to wear a lot of dresses with easy, throw-on-and-go capabilities. What do you recommend?

A.) You need trunk show site Moda Operandi on your radar asap, if it isn’t already. You can pre-order various pieces from next season or just shop to your heart’s content from their beautifully directional buy what’s available right now. They’ve just had a new drop come in and there are dresses a-go-go from cool, new-guard designers like Josh Goot and Mary Katrantzou. Enjoy!


Moda Operandi

Left to right: Dress Dhs2,793 Josh Goot;
Dress Dhs5,932 Cushnie Et Ochs;
Dress Dhs9,782 Mary Katrantzou


Q.) I’ve heard that art influences are going to be huge for autumn but my budget can’t quite stretch to Burberry Prorsum. I’m a big art fan, though, so I would really like to take advantage of the trend while I can. Can you help?

A.) You’ve heard correctly!  The UAE’s very own Reemami’s new pre-fall collection pays homage to one of my favourite artists, Frida Kahlo, stamping her inimitable face over prom skirts, clean-cut coats and midi dresses. Mini masterpieces, really!


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