20 November 2018Last updated


Fashion diary

Fashion and Beauty Director Danielle Elmes-Hughes gives us her pick of the month’s top style events and launches

Danielle Elmes-Hughes
24 Jan 2016 | 10:04 am
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Get the look

Style director at, Leila Yavari always looks her fashion-worth whilst still managing to look timeless. Here at Milan Fashion Week, Leila wears a Sonia Rykiel blouse, J Brand jeans, Pierre Hardy heels and Celine sunglasses. All big names, but it can be done on a budget with these fab finds…


Dh179, Koton; Dh299, Charles & Keith; Dh450, Banana Republic; Dh195, Sophie’s Closet; Dh899, Kurt Geiger.

Virtual shopping alert!

AQ_160101_fashion-news151118_Asos_Shot_12_059, with its marketplace full of fab finds from international vintage boutiques, has long been a fav of mine.
Now add to that the style-savvy sale and the just-launched S/S16 collection and its one chic cyber click-to right now! My virtual shopping basket is full of spring colours and pretty florals, all with a carefree gypsy mood – just the vibe I want in 2016!


What I’m buying this month


Brit brand Mint Velvet has arrived in Dubai! Its first store in Dubai Festival City mall is full of high-quality wearable separates and accessories with just the right amount of trend twist. Embellished voluminous dresses, fringed leather bags, studded flats and delicate layered jewels are at the top of my 2016 wish list! No wonder the brand is a favourite of
The Duchess of Cambridge. Mint Velvet, we curtsey to you! Prices from Dh225

Designer collaboration to watch out for…


Debenhams, a department store well-known for its successful designer collaborations, has added Nine by Savannah Miller (Sienna’s sister). The collection takes inspiration from the designer’s own wardrobe – Boho meets vintage meets Camden, London, style! The ankle boots, embellished knits and accessories, as well as this swallow print shirt (my favourite piece!), are perfect for weekend cool. Prices from Dh150



Dorothy Perkins has gone retro, looking to the Sixties for inspiration. Classic pieces are given a modern twist with graphic prints and Victoriana high necks, making swing style the must-have look for this season. I particularly love the mustard and orange tones and chic dungarees – practical and stylish! Available in Dorothy Perkins stores nationwide.

In stores now

3 of the best mini bags


Dh200, Aldo; Dh299, Charles & Keith; Dh249, Armani Exchange.

Danielle Elmes-Hughes

Danielle Elmes-Hughes

Fashion and Beauty Director