The New Céline: Bottega Veneta
In the wake of Phoebe Philo’s departure from Céline, the die-hard #oldceline fans are searching for a replacement brand they can worship. Enter Bottega Veneta – soft shapes, strong silhouettes and premium craftsmanship that’s worthy of the hefty price tag. Newly appointed Creative Director Daniel Lee skipped the SS19 show, so we’ll have to wait until June 2019 to shop his pre-collection of buttery loose-fit leather trousers, a bold daffodil-yellow wool coat, and an elegant camel two-piece that will last us more than one season.
The Local Hero: L'Afshar
We’ve always had a soft spot for L’Afshar’s acrylic box bags created by the Dubai-based designer. And now we know we were on to a good thing, as they’ve been picked up by the sartorial style mavens over at Net-a-Porter and were stocked on the site at the end of last year. “I’ve always believed that you should start with something small and hit the nail on the head with one strong product,” confesses the Iranian designer. Along with the highly covetable acrylic pieces, she’s ventured into leather too, with a mock-croc, top-handle style that satisfies all our mini-bag needs.
The Slow-Fashion Find: Maison Cléo
“Authentic, transparent and true,” reflects Marie Dewet, one half of the mother and daughter duo Maison Cléo. Mother Cléo is the seamstress behind the handmade creations that have flown off the e-shelves of their website that only opens for one day a week. “Our customer is a girl who cares about what she consumes and wants quality as well,” continues Dewet. “We don’t use synthetic fabrics. She can be any size as we make every piece to order.” On a recent Instagram Story, Dewet broke down the cost of a sold-out blouse that was made using 1.5 metres of fabric and took three hours to construct. How wonderful to see exactly how our money is being spent. Smart, savvy, and impossibly cool, is how we would describe Maison Cléo. We can’t wait to see what will come from the French brand in 2019.
Sheer silk blouse Dhs714
The Retro Mavericks: Rixo London
We’ve waxed lyrical about Rixo over the past few months and that’s not going to stop, especially now as the London-based design duo has introduced swim and beachwear, scarves and scrunchies. All, of course, in the eccentric vintage prints we’ve come to adore.
Rose dress in red tiger Dhs1,625
Siena coat in leopard Dhs1,125
Rose dress in polka dot Dhs1,625
Betty dress in mono tiger Dhs1,375
Jessica bikini in mono tiger Dhs700
Jessica bikini in polka dot Dhs655
Alexa neck scarf in green gingham Dhs200
Alexa neck scarf in gold chain Dhs200
Scrunchie in mono tiger Dhs100
Scrunchie in red love heart Dhs100