With the festive season in full swing, the Emirates Woman team share their soiree styles, reveal their icons and divulge their sartorial tips.


SOPHIA SERIN, Senior Editor

During the day, my style doesn’t vary a lot but by night – everything changes. Depending on my mood, and the event – I will go masculine and don a tuxedo one night then a tutu the next.

My party wardrobe consists of a lot of black, white and cream cocktail dresses, which I dress up with a statement piece – heels, hats and capes are my favourite. I know YSL invented the ‘le smoking’ for women but my Ralph Lauren tuxedo takes the cake as my favourite party outfit ever!


Clockwise: Belts POA Lanvin at The Dubai Mall. Shoes Dhs10,690 Christian Louboutin. Clutch POA Bulgari


Clockwise: Necklace Dhs4,420 Lanvin, The Dubai Mall. Pink coat Dhs4,500 Alice + Olivia at Saks Fifth Avenue. Ring POA Dior


Clockwise: Black and white dress Dhs2,895 Carven at Saks Fifth Avenue. Fur cuff POA Carolina Herrera. Gloves Dhs535 Bimba & Lola


In addition to all of the fabulous DIFF soirées, work launches and events, I will be hosting several dinner parties, so I’ll have an on-the-go wardrobe under lock and key in the Motivate studio.


I have so many but Gwyneth Paltrow is turning out to be a favourite. A style chameleon, she looks as good in a suit as she does a skirt and never looks over-done, which I love.

SARH JOAN ROS, Style Director

I like the play on maxi-meets-minimalist: modern, vintage and interesting silhouettes. I tend to opt for items that will have longevity, like a classic tuxedo – Raf Simons at Dior did remarkable versions this season – cashmere knits and vintage fur. Basically anything I can wear now and then pull out when I’m 80. My party style in Dubai varies depending on venue and occasion, one night I could be at a pool party wearing a C’est Moi kaftan and the next, at a black tie event sporting vintage Balenciaga, but mainly my heart lies with a well-cut tailored smoking jacket, so Saint Laurent is on my wish list this festive season.


Clockwise: Vintage Lanvin belt POA at Bambah. Dhs29.300 by Nikos Koulis at stylebop.com. Clutch Dhs2,567 by Giuseppe Zanotti


Clockwise: Belted satin jacket Dhs11,666 by Balmain at net-a-porter.com. Necklace Dhs7,607 Lanvin. Feather dress by Milly Dhs3,007 at stylebop.com, Necklace POA by Dior


Clockwise: Patent Resille Strasse nude pumps Dhs4,273 by Christain Louboutin. Ahenie prined crepe maxi skirt Dhs1,142 by Malene Birger. Jacket, Dhs3,232 by Alice + Olivia

Parties I’ll be attending

I’ll be out and about at festive gatherings, cocktail parties and anything to do with the Dubai Film Festival.


My inspiration is Kate Moss in Saint Laurent. The model rarely gets it wrong when it comes to her sense of style.


ANGELA BEITZ, Fashion Editor

My party style

My go-to look is classic and feminine with a modern twist. I prefer dresses that enhance the female silhouette and project a striking look without making too much of a fuss. This season I’ll be sticking to ladylike dresses and enhancing them with pearls and fun costume jewellery.

Parties I’ll be attending

I’ll be attending a lot of festive gatherings at my friends or drinking bubbly at Glo Bar in The Rosewood Hotel, Abu Dhabi.


I adore Grace Kelly with her elegant style. Everything from her glamorous red carpet haute couture gowns of the 1960s or her chic daywear, she proved that true style never goes out of fashion.


Jacket Dhs2,300 and disco ball belt Dhs6,540 both Kate Spade


The Knot mini clutch Dhs5,590 Bottega Veneta at net-a-porter.com. Earrings POA CZ by Kenneth Jay Lane at Bloomingdale’s. Belt POA Dior


Satin twill and crepe gown Dhs19,268 Lanvin at net-a-porter.com. Necklace POA CZ by Kenneth Jay Lane at Bloomingdale’s. Bow Terrace Small Fulton Dhs1,645 Kate Spade. Lace and feather dress Dhs12, 228 Carolina Herrera

Main Image: Lanvin, Oscar De La Renta, Dries Van Noten