The impending flip from one season to the next signals new beginnings, especially in one’s wardrobe. Let the fashion desk be your compass to navigate through the trend crossroads for Winter 2017/18 through to Spring 2018 with this fuss-free shopping guide. Vogue.me reveals its lust-have shopping lists for parties, homeware updates, and accessories that will ignite a new sartorial direction.
Fashion extroverts, rejoice! Sequin-loaded key pieces, high-shine metallic dresses, and liquid velvet wardrobe staples are officially ‘in’ so gravitate towards unapologetic pieces from Gucci, Zuhair Murad, Halpern, and SemSem. Meanwhile, the modest movement has permeated through all echelons of the fashion world meaning you can find long-sleeved, elegant gowns across the collections – from international names Dolce & Gabbana through to Saudi designer Nora Al Shaikh and Omani-based fashion house Amal Al Raisi. Check through the pieces that have gained a tick from Vogue.me below…
Fashion-desk approved key pieces that will always look chic:
Gold Turban Upgrade your outfit with a chic turban. Pair with sunglasses or hoop earrings for a statement-making look.
Embellished Evening Kaftan With Ramadan around the corner, an elegant kaftan to carry you through all the iftars and suhoors you’ll be attending is a wardrobe essential. We love this embellished, fringed piece by the Oman-based brand Bthaina.
Black ‘Anxiety’ Hair Pins As part of its Spring 2018 collection, Ashley Williams dreamed up a set of crystal-embellished hair clips that spell out words like “Anxiety”, “Paradise”, and “Paranoia” that will instantly upgrade any hairstyle with a tongue-in-cheek twist.
Women’s Yellow “Chiquito” Micro Bag The teeny accessory comes in a marigold hue and is compact enough just to fit all of your night-out essentials, aka lipstick and a credit card.
Satin Camelle 501 Sandals Spotted on the brand’s Spring 2018 runway, the standout detail of these sandals is their embellished contrasting straps, which create a chic mismatched look. Pair with a crisp, white shirt dress for a dazzling, leg-lengthening effect.
Morante Rouge Clean, timeless, and ultra-functional, this luxurious leather bag comes in a vivid red hue to add a pop of color to any look.
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18-Karat Gold Diamond Cuff Add this statement bracelet to your jewelry arsenal for those occasions when off-duty outfits need a finer finish, or to top off your glamorous evening gown with aplomb.
Pink Tulle Embroidered Dress Understated sartorial staples often have more impact when you feel confident and comfortable in what you are wearing. Team this Amal Al Raisi dress with premium sandals and fully-loaded personality for social engagements.
Sequin Jumpsuit In an exclusive for Browns, this Halpern sequin number is every inch the showstopper outfit you need to rocket to the top of the best-dressed list for spring party season.
Light-Blue Bianca Iguana Print Embroidered Sandals Elevate your baby blue jeans with a twist of glamour by the storied Italian fashion house.
Knotted Jersey Dress Conservative and cool, this Off-White dress is perfect for power lunch meetings and long days at the office when you need to look chic around the clock.
Duchesse-Satin Draped Jacket This winter’s trending hue for the front row at NYFW is perfectly captured by master designer Rabih Kayrouz in a chic blazer. Wear with carbon black suiting or denim threads.
Mille Hortense Glitter 100 Boots Kuwaiti designer and 2017 DDFC/Vogue Fashion Prize finalist Najeeba Hayat of Liudmila has been creating achingly cool shoes since founding her brand in 2014. Fresh for the new season, these boots were made for walking.
Embellished Wool Jacket Press pause on what the trends are dictating and invest in staple pieces that will be relevant time and again. A trophy jacket is always a safe investment. Wear this one with an understated T-shirt and jeans.
Desert Pierce Mini Backpack When you need to go handsfree (because you have kids in tow or need to meet-and-greet friends with ease) but need to have your style elevated, a luxury backpack comes into its own. In a new season ‘desert’ shade, JW Anderson take the cult-classic Pierce bag and reworks it into a wardrobe essential you can carry multiple ways.
Appliquéd Stretch-Crepe Gown When an occasion calls for a secret weapon dress, reach for a gown with an exaggerated silhouette. Featuring long sleeves that frame your figure, this dress is flattering and on-point for formal dress codes.
Peekaboo Mini with Multicolored Fabric Pledge your allegiance to the house of Fendi with this striking mini Peekaboo bag that oozes edge. Wear it with off-duty threads or high octane gowns – it will hold its own either way.
Grey Jacket and Pants Set There are days when you need an outfit that is head-to-toe ‘done’ bar a pair of statement heels. Here’s your relaxed power suit for when the mercury rises but you still mean business.
Lace-Paneled Cotton and Wool-Blend Crepe Coat Some garments can be worn in so many versatile ways you wonder how your wardrobe functioned without them? This is one such key piece that can rev up jeans and sneakers or add elegance to evening gowns. Clever.
Magpie Sequined Jersey Sweater Today’s object of desire is none other than this sequin loaded sweater that’ll double up as your take-everywhere disco glitter ball. We love it when clothes come with an in-built party spirit!
Aylin Crepe Midi Dress This Roksanda dress has a conservative spin to it that means it’ll work across multiple dress codes in the Middle East. With extra va-va-voom on the sleeves, this is a wardrobe staple that’ll cut a strong silhouette against the Spring 2018 season’s fluid gowns.
Noemi Long Sleeve Dress Bring on the new season with this Sies Marjan dress that hits the zeitgeist directly thanks to its ultra violet hue (Pantone Color of 2018, don’t you know!).
‘For Walking’ Stilettos If you’re in need of some revved up stilettos that will blend with your wardrobe staples, Off-White have just the ticket. The wit of these shoes just won’t wear off anytime soon – think of them as a fashion week conversation starter.
Colonel Leather Shoulder Bag Manar, the Syrian-born designer behind the Kuwait-based luxury handbag brand Moni & J, has brought a timeless array of colors into the forefront of women’s wardrobes (black, burgundy, and crisp white) in the form of the Colonel handbag. The statement hardware and geometric shape will render this handbag hero your daily go-to that collects compliments.
Black Georgina Skirt When you need a little froufrou fashion frivolity in your day, reach for a Noora Hefzi’s statement skirt that can be worn with a Tee and sneakers or a cashmere top and stilettos for evening wear. Style extroverts will love the va-va-volume of this key piece.
Sateen Trench Coat If you need a versatile cover-up that can be teamed with jeans and crisp suiting respectively, then this Lanvin trench is your spring go-to.
Light Pink Mariposa Dress Central Saint Martins grad Andraya Farrag’s Bedouin Studios is a go-to label for wardrobe staples that capture the moment coolly. The brand has just launched on Ounass this week. Team this statement dress with chunky ankle boots to contrast.
Black Dotted Tulle Pearl Embellished Abaya With party season in full swing and the New Year social calendar looking equally as packed with invite-only events, an elevated abaya to layer over evening gowns is a must. Call off the search for yours here.
Nilsa Woven Raffia Shoulder Bag Inspired by the designer’s childhood growing up in Oman, the traditional hand woven techniques makes this statement bag a conversation in itself, let alone a head-turning accessories for Spring 2018 and beyond. Clever.
Black Watersnake Pauwau Sandals If you ponder this wardrobe conundrum, “which shoes go with your favorite frock?” reach for these invisible stilettos that tap the less-is-more vibe. Problem solved.
US $:: 462
Lace-Up Striped Ribbed Cotton-Blend Sweater All of this talk about party season makes those who favor off-duty dressing reach for laid-back threads all the more. Take a fashion vacation from wearing a sequin gown in this Self Portrait top that delivers a super wearable separate to pair with trusty jeans.
US $:: 223
Lace-Up Leather Platform Ankle Boots While industry tributes have been flooding in for the late designer, fans of Alaïa have turned to their wardrobes to salute the genius. Stock up on statement pieces from his last collections to buy now and wear forever.
US $:: 1,799
Me One-Shoulder Floral-Appliquéd Tulle Gown Did someone say “party season?” We thought so. There’s no such thing as being upstaged in the style department if you’ve got this gown ready and waiting in your closet.
US $:: 12,626
Silk Crepe de Chine and Lace Gown Every woman needs a secret weapon dress. A go-to gown that she puts on and then she feels transformed. Strong and womanly. If you don’t have one yet, we’ve just found it for you.
US $:: 5,838
Rose-Gold, White Ceramic & Diamond Serpenti Spiga Watch With a watch face surrounded by brilliant-cut diamonds and a modern, edgy ceramic strap that coils around the wrist, this is a key piece to keep in your forever fashion treasury.
US $:: 10,754
Wing 18ct Gold Turquoise Earrings Add a welcome dash of color to your daytime outfits with these classic earrings from Noor Fares’ Fly Me to the Moon collection. Best teamed with a classic camel coat or all-black ensemble.
US $:: 2,247
Embellished Wool-Felt Jacket Pledge your allegiance to the Burberry pack with this Net-a-Porter exclusive jacket that stole the hearts and new-closet budget of the front-row at fashion week. This jacket needs little accompaniment by way of accessories, simply team with your wardrobe staples and heels.
USD $:: 3,493
24K Boa Hat Moroccan-born, New York-based designer Youssef Lahlou has been in business since January 2017 and have reignited our love of the kooky chapeau. The statement Boa hat is the perfect finishing touch to understated jeans and cover-up outfits. Simply wear with confidence. And lots of it.
US $:: 885
Two-Tone Layered Tulle Jacket Saudi brand Alazzouni’s new season offering plays upon the designer’s love of sculpture and art. With frou-frou detailing and amplified silhouettes, this jacket is a go-getters trophy piece. Dial it down with jeans or add it to an understated evening gown for extra va-va-voom.
US $:: 722
Oui 18K Yellow Gold and Diamond Ring Just say yes to this statement ring by the house of Dior that captures whimsy and a twist of French humor in one key piece that’ll stand the test of time.
Atomic Nature Dress With in-built silk sleeves and a high-neck in contrasting carbon black, consider this a dress that comes pre-styled. Ideal for those days when you don’t want to overthink your look. Add metallic mules and go!
Cream Cloqué Abaya Complete with bell sleeves accentuated in feathers, and with an asymmetric trail of embellishment down one side of the garment, this classic abaya is a must-have for winter. Team with jeans and heels for days when your style needs to transition from off-duty to covered, or wear with an evening dress for formal occasions when the sartorial dial needs to turned up to maximum impact.
Sock Heeled Ankle Boots As spotlighted in the October issue of Vogue Arabia, the Fendi sock boots lead the charge on trending shoe du jour. Wear it with cropped denim – frayed edges out – and tailored separates.
Moment of Clarity Gold-Plated Earrings Using hot wax casting techniques, Alighieri’s statement gold-plated earrings are a thoughtful muse on the narrative poem the Divine Comedy. The purposefully mismatched shape will lend a millennial edge to off-duty and on-duty threads respectively.
Niki Swarovski Crystal-Embellished Leather Knee Boots With 3,000 Swarovski crystals dazzling across soft Italian leather, these boots are made for Instagram as well as walking! The Fall 2017 Saint Laurent boots nearly broke the internet at fashion week. The Niki boots had reached cult status by the time Rihanna was spotted wearing a pair. Own a piece of fashion history.
High Windsor Velvet Trench Coat
Instantly update your wardrobe with a touch of the rich colors of Fall with Racil’s versatile cover-up. Team with slogan Ts and love-worn jeans for off-duty chic.
Mini Silver Across-Body Pierce Bag
Add an instant status update to your wardrobe with the designer arm candy that’s garnered a cult following across the industry. From Middle East to West, this is the It bag du jour, and now features in a future proof, metallic finish.
Cold Shoulder Ribbed Jumper
When heading on a long-haul flight and transitioning between Middle East and Western cooler climes, you’ll need some natty knitwear. Look no further than Calvin Klein for instant cool in winterwear.
Embellished Tulle-Paneled Silk Gown
For instant wow-factor at a high society event, reach for Reem Acra’s embellished evening gown that features floor-sweeping sleeves, and an intricate neckline. Add strappy, sky-high stilettos to complete this secret weapon dress.
18kt Rose Gold with Pink Diamonds
Taking design cues from Middle Eastern art and architecture, the Arabesque Deco collection features striking key pieces that will stand the test of time and elevate every outfit.
The مين عزمك على حياتي؟/who invited you to my life hoodie in baby blue is cool, laid-back addition to your long-haul travelling wardrobe. Team with deconstructed jeans and sky-high heels for the perfect mix of streetwear and luxe.
Savannah Lurex Heels
These heels were made for walking. Add the Midas touch to all-black abayas or one color midi dresses with Malone Souliers statement heels. The Lurex fabric make them weather-proof in sand-swept climes. Lace-up and make an impact.
From 2017 DDFC/Vogue Fashion Prize fine jewelry winner Nadine Ghosn to Prada’s future-proof belt bag that’s get your through family events hands-free (and chic), shop new-season treats to elevate your closet and your boudoir:
Jasmine Sanders photographed by Ellen Von Unwerth for Vogue Arabia, December 2017
Retro + Merlot Cardigan
Crystal Interlocking G Stockings
Lucky II Slipper
Veggie Burger Ring
Intrecciato Leather Passport Cover
Tiffany Metro Watch
Leather-Trimmed Quilted Velvet Belt Bag
Vetements x Reebok Logo Instapump Fury Sneakers
Printed Patent-Leather iPhone 6 and 7 Case
Jessica Crepe and Silk Blazer
Ful Medames Can Clutch
Elie Saab Book by Janie Samet
Abd El Kader Scented Candle
Stephanie Floral-Printed Silk Dress
Capital Ideas Notebook
Moon Silver Pearl Choker
iPhone X Silver 256GB
Diamond, Multi-Stone & Pink-Gold Mina Earrings
Whiskey Lace-Hem Silk-Blend Kimono
Pink Velvet Royalty Tiara Embellished 100 sandals
With the entertain season in full swing and 2018 already unraveling before our stilettos, it’s important to make your home a chic sanctuary to press reset. Because there’s no such thing as too many candles, the fashion team curates its must-haves infused with oud, sandalwood, or rose:
Nachson Mimran’s house photographed by Reto Guntli for the July/August issue of Vogue Arabia
Manor Portobello Oud bowl wax candle
Armatura scented candle
Large tubéreuse scented candle indoor and outdoor edition
Terre Blanche candle
Colonia Oud cube candle
Cyrnos scented candle
Gardenia medium candle
Rose grapefruit candle
From natty blazers to the J.W Anderson Pierce bag in a velvet finish, shop the luxe fabric du jour:
Velvet Double-Breasted Blazer
US $:: 1,754
Mini Pierce Handbag
US $:: 1,634
Velvet Maxi Dress
US $:: 1,275
Lincoln Velvet Wide-Leg Trousers
US $:: 510
US $:: 679
Long Sleeved Velvet Gown
US $:: 1,941
Bonded Velvet Trench Coat
US $:: 2,086
Grace Crushed-Velvet Tote
US $:: 780
Clara Bow Velvet Pumps
US $:: 527
Burgundy Velvet Dress
US $:: 517
Jeannine Velvet Lace Booties
US $:: 1,432
Red Drawstring Dress
US $:: 5,035
Lead image: Backstage at Dior Haute Couture Fall 2017/18
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