Fashion fair

Left: LABEL NEHA SARAN Right: RIMPLE AND HARPREET NARULA

In the lead up to Diwali, around 200 designers from India will visit Dubai to participate in fashion exhibitions, showcasing designer wear, jewellery, accessories, crafts and home décor. Entry is free. These events will include catwalk shows and pop-up stores so you can browse and buy from latest collections that usually are only available in India. Some of the confirmed designers include Ayesha Depala, Rimple and Harpreet Narula and Nikhil Thampi. Here’s my pick of the ones not to miss:

Modista (formerly known as En Vogue), September 15 and 16 at Roda Al Murooj, Downtown Dubai.

Divalicious September 16 and 17 at Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel.

Numaish Festive Fair September 22 and 23 at Godolphin Ballroom, Jumeirah Emirates Towers.

Sopritti September 23 at Roda Al Murooj; September 25 at Dusit Thani Hotel Abu Dhabi. 

Design One September 30 and October 1 at the Godolphin Ballroom, Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel.

Rumour has it...

That India’s leading celebrity fashion designer and style icon Manish Malhotra will be opening his flagship standalone store in Dubai next year. Manish has had retail presence in the region before and the designer visits regularly to showcase his latest collections at fashion shows and attend events as he has many friends in Dubai. In fact, he is visiting Dubai at the end of September to exhibit his latest collection. Watch this space for details on more info on his store and designs.

Shoes with personality

If you have a soft spot for bold statement shoes, then you’re going to love Kanvas Kloset by Komal Panchal. They make hand-painted shoes in traditional Indian and digital prints. Shoe styles range from chic and edgy oxfords and brogues, to fancy kolhapuris and wedges. Prices start at Dh80. kanvaskloset.com

Kanvas Kloset will also be available at Numaish Festive Fair.

Stand out jewellery

If you’re looking for something special as a gift or just as a treat for yourself, then Valliyan by Nitya Arora jewellery is my must-have brand. The designs are almost a work of art with with bold stones, and brightly coloured details on gold pieces. Prices range from Dh100 to Dh2,000. Valliyan.com

Ethnic fusion wear

Looking for a modern sari or an outfit to wear to your friends wedding? Try The Ethnic Fix. The site features clothing and accessories from 17 designers. You’ll find contemporary outfits, lehengas, saris, dresses for women, men’s sherwanis and even kids’ Indian outfits. The prices are really reasonable with prices for lehengas starting at around Dh305. The Dubai-based website offers delivery service within 48 hours for Dh15 or free if the purchase is above Dh350. Shop online now at theethnicfix.com

Priyanka’s red carpet reign

Actress Priyanka was ruling the red carpet at the recent Toronto International Film Fetsival. Here are my favourite looks:

Left: Fendi Right: Zaid Affas