I read once that Anna Dello Russo said that if your clothes are comfortable they’re no longer fashion. Whilst I have nothing on the authority that is Anna I can’t level with her here. A lot of creativity goes into keeping relaxed outfits look stylized, perhaps even more than if you opt for a show stopping mini combined with bold structural (read painful) heels. Now by no means am I against dressing up; it’s just that per necessity, in my day to day life I have to 1. move freely; 2. work long hours; 3. respect the culture of the UAE and 4. protect myself from the desert heat whilst looking like someone who works in fashion.
On that note – I recently visited the Armani Exchange store at the Dubai Mall and found myself pleasantly surprised to how much of a revamp the brand has undergone. Screaming logos and shiny faux leathers were nowhere to be found; instead the brand focuses on quality tailoring, muted tones and pieces with a timeless relaxed fit.
On my list of must haves this season is the chambray wide trouser / top combo. When worn with just a white sneaker they feel like a ”grown up pajamas”. They don’t crease excessively either which was a pleasant surprise.
A beige fitted blazer (whilst sounding like a Kardashian staple) is ridiculously versatile and will be perfect for when the winter season sweeps over the region. In the photo above I wore it with black pencil trousers and a simple white tee but I am yet to wear it over a white maxi dress. Tres tres chic.
Last but not least – another wide leg fit, this time in grey suit material that looked nothing but pure class when worn with a loud metallic pointy toe heel. Basic but not basic – I am 100 percent behind that motto. / XXX