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September 2019

Update Your Look for autumn with these Must-Have Bags

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New bags to update your look for autumn


For fashion fans, few things conjure more excitement than a new bag. From backpacks to totes, cross-bodies to clutches, a good bag can change the mood of your outfit in an instant and update all manner of wardrobe favourites with a hint of new trend nous.

Here is our pick of five new arrivals this season that’ll make sure your outfit works for the office, party, or any activity in between.


Caramella cross-body bag, Bonia, visit Mall of Egypt


Caramella cross-body bag, EGP3,045, Bonia, visit Mall of Egypt


We love a cross-body bag for the hands-free convenience it offers, and this beauty from Bonia is no exception. Roomy enough for all of your essentials but small enough to remain elegant, it comes in a host of both bright and neutral colours. We adore this very chic, goes-with-everything caramel with a pop of gold hardware.


Raffia-effect cross-body bag, Parfois, visit Mall of Egypt


Raffia-effect cross-body bag, EGP549, Parfois, visit Mall of Egypt


Raffia fashion accessories have been tremendous over the summer, and the fashion trend is set to continue into autumn/winter, with new embellishments taking a look from the beach to the city streets. We loved this raffia-effect cross-body bag from Parfois for its cheerful, bright botanical print and highly usable shape. Pair with jeans and a tee, or a simple dress, for a bold pop of colour.


Asheely printed rucksack, Geox, visit Mall of Egypt


Asheely printed rucksack, EGP2,650, Geox, visit Mall of Egypt


A backpack might not be the 1st thing that springs to mind when you think of bags, but being both on-trend and practical, they’re a super buy for today’s multi-tasking woman. The graphic graffiti print on this leather Geox offering stands out, while the pop of neon green adds a high-fashion streetwear edge. It’s the ideal way to carry your laptop and all your workaday essentials this season.


Snake-effect bucket bag, Karen Millen, visit Mall of Egypt


Snake-effect bucket bag, EGP1,350, Karen Millen, visit Mall of Egypt


Snake has been stealthily taking over from leopard as the print of the season, so get ahead of the pack with this snake-effect bucket bag from Karen Millen. With a fixed shoulder strap and dog-clip fastening, it’s super-practical, keeping all of your essentials within easy reach in a very on-trend manner.


August 2018

This Season’s Most Wanted High-street Handbags

The hit pieces to carry now.

Designer inspired bags without the hefty price tag

Designer inspired bags without the hefty price tag 


We all know the hefty price tag that comes with designer bags, so give your bank balance a break by snapping up one of these more affordable totes. 

The latest collection of new season styles take shape in a variety of forms, from dazzling minaudières to straw shoppers and printed box bags.

Scroll below to shop our wardrobe must-haves available from the shopping malls in Dubai and further afield across the Middle East.

Pink bag, H&M, available at Mall of the Emirates and City Centres

Pink bag, H&M, visit Mall of the Emirates, City Centre Sharjah, City Centre Fujairah, City Centre Deira, City Centre Mirdif, City Centre Me'aisem, City Centre Bahrain, City Centre Muscat, City Centre Qurum, City Centre Alexandria, City Centre Maadi and City Centre Beirut


On the hunt for the perfect work tote? Look no further than H&M’s powder pink drawstring bucket bag. Complete with both a hand and shoulder strap, this multi-purpose piece will be your daily go-to for corporate chic. 

Gingham bag by Mango, available at Mall of the Emirates and City Centres

Gingham bag, Mango, visit Mall of the Emirates, City Centre Mirdif and City Centre Muscat 


Incorporate summer’s favourite fabric into your get-up through this small gingham box bag. Go for a fashion-forward clash and wear with other prints such as polka dots or nautical stripes. 

Raffia bag by Stradivarius, visit Mall of the Emirates, Mall of Egypt, and City Centres

Raffia bag, Stradivarius, visit Mall of the Emirates, City Centre Deira, City Centre Mirdif, City Centre Bahrain, City Centre Muscat, Mall of Egypt and City Centre Beirut 


Nothing says summer quite like raffia shopper (we have ours on rotation all season long) and this plaited tote is the perfect piece to add a flash of colour to your collection.  

Printed box clutch by Zara, available at Mall of the Emirates, Mall of Egypt, and City Centres

Printed box clutch, Zara, visit Mall of the Emirates, City Centre Deira, City Centre Mirdif, City Centre Bahrain, City Centre Muscat, City Centre Alexandria and City Centre Maadi


Geometric prints are a prevailing trend for the current season, and this two-tone clutch will see you through those after dark soirées in style. 


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April 2018

4 of Our Favourite Fashion Finds To Shop This Month

If you only buy four things this month, let it be these coveted new arrivals.

Top shopping buys for the new season

Top shopping buys for the new season


The temperature is rising in the UAE, which gives us the perfect excuse to update our wardrobe from the latest Spring/Summer 2018 collections!

We’ve been doing what we enjoy best – searching through the new collections to handpick four of our favourite fashion finds especially for you. If, like us, you can’t resist these coveted new arrivals, hurry along to the shops now before they sell out. 

If you’ve nailed that work project recently or been good in the gym, reward yourself with a special treat. Not that you ever need an excuse to hit the shopping malls in Dubai!

Belted shorts by Mango Dubai, visit Mall of the Emirates and City Centres

Belted shorts, Mango, visit Mall of the Emirates, City Centre Mirdif and City Centre Muscat


It’s time to break out the shorts again. This season, rethink the sartorial staple and team with oversized lightweight knits and platform-soled sneakers for a fresh take. 

Pleated skirt by H&M, available at Mall of the Emirates and City Centres

Pleated skirt, H&M, visit Mall of the Emirates, City Centre Sharjah, City Centre Fujairah, City Centre Deira, City Centre Mirdif, City Centre Me'aisem, City Centre Bahrain, City Centre Muscat, City Centre Qurum, City Centre Alexandria, City Centre Maadi and City Centre Beirut


This pleated midi skirt by H&M’s Studio line is a multi-tasking wardrobe must-have for the new season. Wear to work, followed by dinner with friends and anywhere else the day takes you. 

Nude heels by Christian Louboutin, available at Mall of the Emirates

Nude heels, Christian Louboutin, visit Mall of the Emirates 


Our love of nude heels has reached new heights thanks to this pair of leg-elongating stilettos by Christian Louboutin. You will want to wear these with every single outfit in your closet. Ask soon-to-be royal Meghan Markle, who repeats her neutral-toned heels for a variety of events.

Leather bag by Massimo Dutti, available at Mall of the Emirates, Mall of Egypt and City Centres

Leather bag, Massimo Dutti, visit Mall of the Emirates, Mall of Egypt, City Centre Deira, City Centre Mirdif and City Centre Bahrain


While we do not usually play favourites with our accessories, this sky blue bucket bag has become our daily tote of choice in recent weeks. The chic bag also comes in a variety of other pastel shades, including lemon yellow and blush pink.

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April 2018

3 Dresses To Suit Your Mood

The best frocks to match your attitude.

Stylish and flattering dresses to match your attitude

Stylish and flattering dresses to match your attitude

Three stylish dresses to fit how you’re feeling – all available from the shopping malls in Dubai and across the Middle East. 

The Confidence Booster 

We all have those dreaded “fat days”. This is when you need a highly flattering wear-anywhere dress that you can quickly throw on and feel great wearing. 

Enter Diane von Furstenberg’s classic wrap dress – an iconic silhouette that suits just about every body type under the sun. The style nips in at the smallest part of your waist fall at a flattering midi length skim the midriff and covers arms – an all-around winner in our eyes. 

Opt for timeless black or take your pick from an array of new season rainbow hues and prints, such as this tropical floral version. 

Dress by Diane von Furstenberg, available at Mall of the Emirates and City Centre Mirdif

Wrap dress, Diane von Furstenberg


The Mood-Lifting Dress 

Whatever the reason for a bad mood, be it a stressful day at the office or the kids acting out on the school run, we’re firm believers that throwing on a fabulous frock can help smooth away a strop.

This metallic sequin-splashed mini dress by Zara Dubai is a great mood lifter. We challenge you not to feel amazing while wearing this statement number. Now you need a place to wear it… we recommend somewhere with a dancefloor.

Sequin dress by Zara, available at Mall of the Emirates and City Centres

Sequin dress, Zara, visit Mall of the Emirates, City Centre Deira, City Centre Mirdif, City Centre Bahrain, City Centre Muscat, City Centre Alexandria and City Centre Maadi

The I-Mean-Business LBD  

An important day at work (or job interview) calls for an outfit that not only ensures you look professional but also makes you feel confident and ready to tackle what lies ahead.  

From experience, we can vouch for something smart and structured in a neutral tone – you can always add a pop of colour and on-trend elements through accessories. However, we say steer clear of accessories that are too loud, as you want your potential new boss to be listening to your words, not admiring a rack of jangling bangles. 

This office-approved dress by Massimo Dutti is professional, modest and on-trend in this season’s print du jour, gingham. 

Dress by Massimo Dutti, available at Mall of the Emirates, Mall of Egypt and City Centres

Gingham dress Massimo Dutti, visit Mall of the Emirates, Mall of Egypt, City Centre Deira, City Centre Mirdif and City Centre Bahrain


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September 2017

The Maison Pyramide Family Have Moved into Mall of Egypt

Maison Pyramide has opened its first boutique at Mall of Egypt. We spoke to co-Founder Maria Sanchez Muñoz about the house of fashion creative strategists based in Cairo about what they do and what you can expect to see at their store. Working with over 15 local brands, we expect Maison Pyramide to set new standards for the Cairene fashion scene.

What does Maison Pyramide do in a nutshell?

We are a house of creative fashion strategists. We take international and local brands, analyze them and provide services that can grow their visibility and sales. We take them and offer 360-degree consultancy.

Tell us a bit about your store at Mall of Egypt.

 Maison Pyramides retail store entrance

Our store at the boutique was intended to provide our local brands or designers with a platform to display their talent and products. We curated their collections to see what is the most appealing commercially and what pieces represent Maison Pyramide the most.

What kind of buyers should visit your home at Mall of Egypt?

Anyone who wants to buy a different gift will find something for sure. The variety is the catchiest element of Maison Pyramide. You can find everything you want in a really small space.

Anything you’d like to tell our readers?

Go to the store and feel like you’re getting designs from everywhere around the world. See what local has to offer.

Describe the Maison Pyramide family members that are at your Mall of Egypt store.

Name: Okhtein
Age: 2.5 years
Achievements: Won VOGUE Arabia Fashion Prize 2016, one of the top accessory brands in Egypt
Friends: the likes of Gigi Hadid, Kylie Jenner, and Emma Watson
Personality: Egyptian, urban, cultured, and innovative

Hollywood celebrities also carry Okhteins Egyptian designer black studded bags
Name: Plum Plu
Age: 1 year
Sister: Opio (non-identical twins)
Personality: luxurious, prêt-à-porter, crafty, structured, cares about quality and detail
Friends with: adventurous women, trendsetters, and distinguished individuals

Plum Plus long black embroidery coat is a representation of urban fashion

Name: Ghazl Banat Boutique
Age: 7 years
Achievements: Curating a range of international brands that have super cool designs all under one roof
Personality: high-end, contemporary, and urban

Ghazl Banats fashion boutique offers a variation of red dresses
Name: Kojak Studio
Age: 3.5 years
Personality: prodigy, theatrical, and a bold avant-garde to the core
Achievements: contestant on Fashion Runway Middle East

Patterned purple skirts and wide collared blazers found at Kojak Studios
Name: Cotton Ball
Age: 5 years
Personality: pure, simple, and straightforward with a twist
Friends: Kojak, people who enjoy picking their cut, their size and a unique color
At Mall of Egypt: collaboration with Kojak, basics range (t-shirts, sweatshirts, tank tops, dresses, etc.)

Cotton Ball a cotton brand offers basic cotton clothes and ranges

Name: Djewelled
Age: 1 year
Personality: friendly, fancy, and will customize pieces to your liking
Friends: those who enjoy the finer things in life
At Mall of Egypt: high-end gold and pearl jewelry

Fatimas silver and gold highend hand necklace are located at Djewelled
Name: Sandbox Jewelry
Age: 3 years
Personality: modern, conceptual artist, and empowered feminist
Friends with: conceptual thinkers and silver lovers

Sandbox Jewelry shows off their square shaped silver earrings with semi-precious stones
Name: House of Select Jewelry
Age: a century old
Personality: luxurious, established, and high-end
Friends: Okhtein and Egypt's elite

Luxurious gold jewelry are beautifully stacked at House of Select Jewelry

Name: Deana Shaaban
Age: 7 years
Personality: funky feminine, one-off, colorful, and vibrant
Friends: fans of the female figure who have no shame in flaunting their own

Black and white funky skirts with patterns and triangular designs distinguishes Dean Shaman
Name: Jazzy
Age: 2 years
Personality: natural yet urban and lover of the elements
Friends: people who love glasses that are different

Jazzy offers a variation of eyewear including funky sunglasses and shades
Name: Tollie Designs
Age: 2 years
Personality: Bohemian hippie
Friends: free spirits

Hippie fashion utilized with Tollie Designs Bohemian patterned tops and floral red patterns
Name: Zag Store
Age: 2.5 years
Personality: curator, very different, and earthy
Friends: those that stand out

Zag stores’ patterned red blue and orange kimonos showcases urban fashion
Name: ZANG
Age: 1.5 years
Personality: very cool and appreciative of typography
Friends: those bold enough to wear words on their chests and arms

Egyptian Designers menswear store Zang dabbles with typography designs

For more information about Maison Pyramide and the brands in this blog, go to:




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Ghazl Banat Boutique:

Kojak Studio:

Cotton Ball:


Sandbox Jewelry:

House of Select Jewelry:

Deana Shaaban:


Tollie Designs:

Zag Store:


February 2017

Who Is Nada Akram Designs

A brand that stands out as bright as a pink highlighter, Nada Akram Designs’ boutique is one to look out for in the Mall of Egypt.

Starting more than six years ago as a completely handmade project, Nada Akram Designs was fueled solely by funk, a love for happiness and supported by nothing but a mission to make people happy through what they wear.

We spoke to the founder herself, Nada Akram, to understand the philosophy behind the authentic yet contemporary brand, what to expect and her new collection. With a degree in Fashion and a stimulated drive, Nada has been dressing women and their children in patterns that aren’t for the mediocre minimalists.

The woman behind the brand is a representation of the brand itself. Happy, artistic, funky, Egyptian to the core and most importantly, different. Her project started off from a purely artistic perspective with no business endeavor in mind and, surprisingly, her love for Barbie.

Barbie was her main muse as a child. She was obsessed with dressing her up and cutting up her Mother’s stockings to create new pieces to make her Barbie funky and colorful. Along with herpassion for all things joyful, Nada has a mad obsession with the likes of Soad Hosny and Sherihan, incorporating them onto her T-shirt prints and her dedication to Egyptian textile.

Her aesthetic is simple: she designs happy patterns. Whether it’s putting the most iconic faces of Egyptian pop culture onto the t-shirts, funking them up with extra ribbons and flowers, Nada wants her customers to wear patterns that make them joyful.  Inspired by an idea that comes to mind, Nada made a promise to never limit herself to trends, timelines, agendas and international fashion rules. She creates when she sees an opportunity to create.  She doesn’t believe in collections that follow a certain mood board or structure; her brand unleashes when her ideas come forth unforced.

The casual wear line of Nada Akram range from cocktail dresses, t-shirts and skirts. Her fans sometimes ask for customized pieces to wear in bachelorettes, birthdays or even simple cocktail parties. She has created various designs for known celebrities, including a vegetable skirt for celebrity Mai Selim and a piece speckled with colored candies for actress Nesrine Amin.

Nada believes that her clothes aren’t for anyone and she is perfectly comfortable with that. The dresses decorated with unicorns, donuts and cupcakes aren’t for the simple woman that runs away from the spotlight. A woman who wears her designs should be ready to have people look at the designs on her clothes as they try to decipher the patterns relationship with the bright colors and adornments.

When pop art and kitsch meet an Egyptian cultural appreciation, Nada Akram comes alive.

Stay tuned for her basics line and new collection inspired by unicorns, rainbows and mermaids at the Mall of Egypt!

February 2017

PANTONE Fashion Color Report 2017

Limiting yourself to a color scheme isn’t something we advocate, but being aware of the 2017 color palette could do no harm. The spring palette doesn’t value mediocrity with banal blues and standard reds. With Pantone’s annual release of the color of the year, greenery, the colors that complement it are nothing but fabulously natural yet energetic. It promises a celebration of new beginnings that we all yearn for each spring.

The top colors of 2017 spring fashion are:

PANTONE 17-4123 Niagara
PANTONE 13-0755 Primrose Yellow
PANTONE 19-4045 Lapis Blue
PANTONE 17-1462 Flame
PANTONE 14-4620 Island Paradise
PANTONE 13-1404 Pale Dogwood.

No purples or reds. No shades of blacks or white. None of the shades are vibrantly neon, unsaturated and muted. They all have a vivacious, yet calm energy to them.

Let’s have a look at the colors in detail.

Color of the year: PANTONE 15-0343 Greenery

Greenery is the go to color for 2017. Everything complements this color, with everything that it stands for socially and psychologically. A refreshing and revitalizing shade, Greenery is symbolic of new beginnings. It is a zesty yellow-green shade that fortifies nature’s ability to rise from ruins, give life, flourish and unite different beings. The color was chosen for more than its appearance; it was chosen to represent the current need for all of us to pull away from modern life and submerge into nature’s neutral energy. Green isn’t the usual go to color to wear even as a basic t-shirt but we seem to like this shade on most skin tones.

Colors that complement it:

PANTONE 17-4123 Niagara
A shade of blue you can never go wrong with, just like the right classic pair of jeans. Looks easy, feels easy. This shade would look gorgeous in a flirty blouse or a sharp pencil skirt.

PANTONE 13-0755 Primrose Yellow
Consider it to be the hot yellow, imbuing heat and vitality. It’s the color of a sunny day, a happy cheerleader, an enthusiastic entrepreneur. This color isn’t for the faint hearted. Go risky and try out a cocktail dress with this shade, adorning it with deeper statement accessories to create a prominent contrast.

PANTONE 19-4045 Lapis Blue
Lapis blue is a color that resembles inner radiance and strength. It has intensity that is somewhat calm. Who would’ve thought a shade of blue could be mysterious? Pair this color up with one of the more intense colors in the spring 2017 family (pink yarrow) to really highlight the blue’s hidden potential.

PANTONE 17-1462 Flame
A red-based orange, fun loving and vivacious. Adds lots of spice and flare to the Spring 2017 palette. The ultimate risk? Lipstick in this color or a monochromatic make up look all inspired by flame. Now that’s hot!

PANTONE 14-4620 Island Paradise
Island Paradise is a cool, suave shade of blue green that reminds us of blue lagoons, tropical beaches with juicy coconuts. A shade that calls for a Mediterranean weekend. If you’re going for a softer look for work or a simply day out with friends, this shade is your new best friend.

PANTONE 13-1404 Pale Dogwood
Pale Dogwood is a pink shade that is a beautiful version of a nude that shows purity and innocence, putting us in a tranquil mood.  This color is so friendly; it melts with almost every color in the palette. Fuse it with any of the neutrals in the palette for a minimalistic, soft look. If you’re daring to go big with it, we suggest you try it out with Greenery and Kale for a new twist on green fashion!

PANTONE 17-2034 Pink Yarrow
Pink Yarrow is asking you to look at it without being too in your face. It is bold, alive, and on an adrenaline frenzy. Like a pink flower on a beautifully sun-kissed Hawaiian native.  From a long dress to a simple crop top, this shade can do no wrong in bringing out your complexion regardless of its shade.

PANTONE 18-0107 Kale
Kale fits in and neutralizes the solid energy brought from the other colors such as Pink Yarrow and Flame in the palette. Almost a foliage-like green, it’s easy on the eyes with its depth and shade. This color can make the most mediocre jacket or vest turn into a statement item.

PANTONE 14-1315 Hazelnut
A creamy neutral color that is key for spring and any palette for that matter. It’s warmth blends in different colors of the palette, allowing them to intertwine effortlessly. A key color for this spring that doesn’t ask for too much. We suggest mixing Hazelnut with all over the colors in the palette.

Greenery doesn’t fade away in spring! It can be paired up with neutrals, bright hues, deeper shades, pastels and metallic beyond these shades for other seasons to celebrate our yearning for a reconnection with nature. Experiment, decide what works for you and don’t limit yourself!

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