Taking notes from Dubai’s urban shopping hotspot, Al Ghurair Centre, five of its most stylish ladies share their tips on taking their outfit from desk to dance floor.
Who: Irina Cooper | Age: 33 | Nationality: Romanian | Role: Shopping Mall Manager
Red-Carpet Ready: I love throwing on my favourite LBD or something monochrome. When it comes to a special event I’ll go for leopard print or something with a splash of red.
Handbag Must-Haves: Wet wipes, advil, business cards, hairpins, a sticky roller as I have cats and my perfume of the day.
Best Fashion Advice: A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous – Coco Chanel
Who: MaryLou Ruiz-Gray | Age: 32 | Nationality: American | Role: Marketing Manager
Personal Style: Chic and classic with an edge.
After-Hours: Ditch the blazer and add a chunky necklace or statement earrings.
Best Fashion Advice: It’s not about what you’re wearing, but how you choose to wear it.
Who: Leeann Brittain | Age: 30 | Nationality: South African | Role: Events & Promotions Manager
Personal Style: My style depends on my mood, but I always love to dress up.
Red-Carpet Ready: I love adding blush to freshen up my look and of course, some statement heels.
Beauty Regime: I always make time to moisturise and finish my look with bronzer and lashings of mascara.
Who: Julie Algoet-Leblic | Age: 34 | Nationality: French | Role: Tourism Manager
Personal Style: My style icon is Marion Cotillard – classy all the way.
Best Fashion Advice: Wear a maximum of three different colours at one time.
Beauty Regime: I never go to bed with my make-up still on, no matter how late it is.
Who: Chelsea Lauren Walsh | Age: 24 | Nationality: British | Role: Leasing Executive
Personal Style: Elegant, sophisticated and formal.
Beauty Regime: Blow-dry, hair in rollers and then my make-up musts: winged eyeliner, black khol and lip liner.
Best Fashion Advice: Forget the rules, if you like it, wear it!
Irina: Dress, Zara; Heels, Jimmy Choo
Leeann: Dress, Dolce & Gabbana; Heels, Christian Louboutin
MaryLou: Dress, Topshop; Heels, Christian Louboutin
Julie: Jacket, Alice + Olivia; Skirt, Kenzo; Heels, Dolce & Gabbana
Chelsea: Jacket, Topshop; Top, Sandro; Trousers, Topshop; Heels, Christian Louboutin; Necklace, Kenneth Jay Lane
Styled by: Alexandra Venison | Photographed by: Farooq Salik