Fashion Weekly

Seasonal twist to style

November 15 - 21,2017

Gulf Weekly Mai Al Khatib-Camille
By Mai Al Khatib-Camille

Gulf Weekly Seasonal twist to style

Fashionistas around the kingdom are bidding farewell to sandals and sassy summer dresses and welcoming in autumn and winter’s cosy fashion trends featuring knits, ankle boots and cigarette trousers.

City Centre Bahrain has launched its latest fashion campaign highlighting the latest collection of handbags, sunglasses, clothing, cosmetics and perfumes found in the mall’s exclusive outlets.

Stores such as Saks Fifth Avenue, Paris Gallery, CH by Carolina Herrera, Kenzo, Tory Burch, Hugo Boss, Salvatore Ferregamo, Jo Malone and Ralph Lauren to name but a few are all carrying the latest lines.

A firm favourite at the moment is Karl Lagerfeld with high-waist sailor pants, chunky turtlenecks and structured tuxedo blazers meeting dainty bows, pleats and silk georgette ruffles in blouses and dresses. The designer outlet is located on the ground floor of the mall.

Its new collection is effortless and easy-to-wear, striking the perfect balance between masculine and feminine, youthful but chic and classic but modern. It’s all about mix-and-match wardrobe essentials with a cool, nonchalant charm.

This season, 18th and 19th Century military uniforms have been reimagined with a feminine twist. Tonal patches and embroideries mix with rope, lace and zippers.

A core palette of black and white is livened with pops of soft pink and army green.

Lace-up finishes adorn the designs at the back of a military trench. The final touch is a statement biker jacket with a shearling collar and panels, cut with a slightly oversized fit.

As the festive holidays approach, the style is about versatility and juxtaposition, elegant and comfortable.

A black and white palette is accented by pops of rhubarb, rhinestone details and metallic gold trimmings. Quilted-down jackets and coats are topped with feminine metallic bouclé, seen in a gilet, a cropped bomber and a long bomber. Crafted from hand-selected yarns, the bouclé also appears in blazers, pencil skirts and dresses.

Tailoring essentials, jumpsuits, wide-leg trousers, ruffled blouses and blazers are modernised with sparkling fabrics and textured pleating.

There’s a wide selection of Karl’s iconic black cocktail dresses including silk with a sheer cape, bouclé with metallic weaving and a silk georgette maxi with a built-in cat-suit.

For the most festive occasions a tuxedo silhouette is crafted in metallic gold, and as a nod to the designer’s playful side there’s a hidden surprise of zippers set vertically in the jacket’s sleeves which can slide open, instantly transforming it into a cape.

As for accessories the new Rocky Bow range includes two totes and two cross-body silhouettes in grainy calf leather, topped with gold and silver bow details. The K/Klassik Diamonds and K/Rocky Studs are finished with oversized stone appliqués or a degradé pattern of studs, pearls and stars.

This season’s K/Signature offering has two new silhouettes- a large shoulder bag and a zip-top shopper. Accessories include a range of iconic gloves, minaudieres, Choupette-inspired hats and beanies, playful key chains, and a dozen scarves for layering. In footwear, sneakers and the iconic ‘Kreeper’ platform is in demand. Slip-on and lace-up styles range from bouclé and metallic leather to pearly studs and artworks. Boots are also a staple with new biker and knee-high silhouettes. For glamorous occasions there’s no shortage of heels, with sparkling glitter finishes and pearl appliqué studs to further emphasize a feminine-chic aesthetic.

Check out Debenhams too. The departmental store, originating from the UK, offers a variety of brands and products ranging from clothing to home décor, cosmetics and perfumes.

Maricel Paragas, deputy manager of Debenhams in Bahrain, said: “We carry a variety of fashion and styles for men and women from different age groups. We have what we call young fashion, the core trends and designer brands.

“At the moment most of our collections are the latest from autumn and winter and the new season styles at Ben de Lisi’s Principles section and from The Collection are particularly popular.”

Principles feature contemporary pieces including formal wear for the office with statement accessories. There is also evening wear too.

The Collection offers stylish, every day essentials, from beautiful dresses and jackets to chic tops and trousers and complimented by a selection of shoes, handbags and jewellery.

Maricel said: “We conducted a survey at the store to see which are the top and favoured power brands and a lot of women stated how much they love Principles for its quality and fit.

“Debenhams truly has it all as it’s a one-stop-shop featuring everything from home accessories to getting the right look with items starting at BD5.”

Debenhams is also the first major UK department store to begin selling Aab, an international brand offering a range of conservative clothing including tops, dresses, jumpsuits, kimono wraps, hijab pins and caps for the modest female.

Shoppers visiting City Centre Bahrain also have the chance to win luxury fashion items. Shoppers spending BD100 or more can redeem their receipts at the Customer Service Desk to receive a unique code number to unlock various possible prize cabinets on display.

Shoppers can also double their chances of winning. Those spending BD30 or more could be lucky enough to pick up a Fall Season Wardrobe worth BD1,000 in gift cards, every week during the campaign! 

Beauty and fashion personality Noor Al Shaikh will also be highlighting the latest fashion items available on the mall’s social media pages.

Duaij Al Rumaihi, senior mall manager, said: “City Centre Bahrain is proud to underline its vision for creating great moments for everyone, everyday - providing customers with the latest fashion trends this Autumn / Winter season, all featured from the mall’s broad range of exclusive high-end and leisure fashion brands.”

An Autumn / Winter Fashion Catalogue highlighting the latest trends, retail offers and promotions at the mall, is being distributed today with GulfWeekly.

For more information about City Centre Bahrain, please visit the mall’s customer service desks or visit or


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