Designer-to-the-stars Lana Marks was a close friend of the late royal.

Everything from her iconic haircut to her barely-there makeup and refined wardrobe spurred many women to emulate her classic style.

And now you can copy Diana, Princess of Wales’ statement accessories collection thanks to one recently opened Dubai boutique.

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The late royal was an ardent fan of one luxury US label, and even struck up a lasting friendship with brand founder Lana Marks.

South African-born Marks, who launched her eponymous label in 1988, first met the British royal when Princess Diana was introduced to her designs during a visit to Washington.

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The royal requested Marks design a bag for her, and ended up ordering 15 colourways of the creation, according to the brand.

With its structured frame and ladylike handle, the result was a timeless piece that Princess Diana was pictured wearing on many occasions.

“I am looking at the most beautiful handbag imaginable,” the royal wrote to Marks in a personal letter, according to the brand.


The designer has since gone on to imagine many incarnations of the elegant style, selected pieces of which are available at Marks’ first flagship store in the UAE.

The boutique, which is located in the main lobby of Atlantis The Palm, offers several versions of the Princess Diana bag—however they don’t come cheap.


The black alligator version, with subtle touches of gold hardware, starts at Dhs62,000, while Marks reinvented the signature style (which made in limited numbers) with diamond detailing last year.

Complete with a gem-studded heart fastening, the number was created to honour the 20th anniversary of Princess Diana’s passing in 2017.

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The special-edition piece, which features 3.22 carats of diamonds, will set you back Dhs148,000 (so we might need a bit of saving-up time for that one).

Marks has also kitted out stars including Angelina Jolie, Helen Mirren, Jennifer Aniston and Kate Winslet, but it was Princess Diana who became far more than just a customer.

“She was the princess of hearts,” Marks told the Daily Mail.

“I want people to remember this beautiful person. She was somebody who inspired.”

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