Packing for a recent trip to Dubai had me stumped.
I wanted long and light and the only long frocks I own that match those adjectives have been to Award Shows.
I’m just not a maxi dress. I am a short skirt. So we had a problem…
When I travel I tend to pack in character and in Dubai I wanted to be Carrie meets Talitha Getty meets Princess Jasmine. I saw kohl eyeliner, OTT jewels, big frocks and some sequins. Camilla Franks very kindly lent me a whole host of the beautiful pieces from her S/S 2013 Collection and I mixed it up with some silk shirts, flat sandals, satin clutches and a couple of ball gowns I couldn’t resist bringing – it was actually a great holiday away from my usual work-day black.
Here’s what I wore.
I met Hind Beljafla - one half of Emirati design duo – DAS Collection. The sisters are the first designers to bring fashion to the traditional Abaya. Hind gave me a much greater understanding of the Abaya – its use, its importance and significance.
The duo have just shown their first collection at London Fashion Week and I was lucky enough to try on this stunning gold dress fresh from the runway. It’s an Abaya – DAS’s most in-demand (and copied) design.
I have it on pre-order – it felt and looked amazing.
This was in the foyer of Raffles Hotel (hence the Raffles palm). The magnitude of this hotel takes your breathe away. I adore this skirt – the colour and the stretch silk. It’s on the summer shopping list - Camilla Hydra Stretch Yoke Full Skirt, $499. The shirt is an old, much loved cream, self polka-dot blouse from Scanlan & Theodore.
This was a Camilla skirt (out late November) that I turned into a dress (pulled it up, folded it over and tightened with a hair elastic). Over my shoulders is an Alexander McQueen Black Tuxedo Jacket.
Carla Zampatti rockmelon georgette grecian draped gown. Bought it at her last sample sale. It is a dream. So was this hotel – The Palm – One & Only, Dubai.
Camilla Violet Eyes Long Kaftan with Overlay, $799 (available mid-November).
Camilla Palais de la Zahia Long Kaftan with Overlay, $799 (available mid-November).
Camilla Surrealist Xanado Long Scarf, $169 (available mid-November).
This was the night of a thousand kaftans. Literally. We were in the desert, it was my last night and I had a suitcase full of looks I needed to bust out. I love this style of kaftan because it has less volume than some of the other styles – it’s more evening gown. The browny, orange is my favourite.