THE DE­TAILS

Free re­turns on Asos and a new Pak­istani fash­ion store in Dubai – Lind­say Judge brings you the lat­est fash­ion news

Friday - - Fashion -

FREE RE­TURNS WITH ASOS!

UK-based online shop­ping meg­a­site Asos is giv­ing UAE shop­pers free ship­ping on re­turns. The new ser­vice means you can shop as much as you want and re­turn un­wanted or ill-fit­ting items via Aramex. Pre­vi­ously there was a fee to re­turn items, which made shop­ping on the site un­ap­peal­ing to some cus­tomers. The online por­tal will al­low cus­tomers to ar­range pick-up of the items they don’t want and fill in the de­tails of why they are re­turn­ing the item online. The an­nounce­ment is part of Asos’s plans to grow in the Mid­dle East mar­ket – just the lat­est in­ter­na­tional online re­tailer to en­ter the fray this year.

ADD SOME SPARKLE

Swarovski has opened its first Crys­tal Lab, and no surprise, it’s in Dubai. What is a crys­tal lab, you ask? Noth­ing to do with Break­ing Bad ,we promise. It’s the Aus­trian crys­tal brand’s first cus­tomis­ing store, and shop­pers can take along their own shoes, clothes, ac­ces­sories, jew­ellery and home­wares to have them per­son­alised with crys­tals. Find it inside the new Robin­sons depart­ment store in Dubai Festival City.

RE WORK YOUR HE RM È SS CAR F

Her­mès Matic is the lat­est pop-up store to land in Dubai. Not only can you browse and buy from the new­est col­lec­tion of scarves and ac­ces­sories, you can also ‘overdye’ your old Her­mès scarf to give it a fresh look. The Her­mès Ma tic store takes on the form of a retro laun­derette and even has a Silk Am­bas­sador on site to help you choose the per­fect scarf. It’s at City Walk 2 un­til to­mor­row.

SKIN STYLE

I’m re­ally lov­ing Swatch’s new Skin col­lec­tion of watches. The range in­tro­duces a grown-up feel to the brand, and in­cludes seven min­i­mal­ist styles and colours for men and women. The stretchy strap is de­signed to move with your skin, mean­ing you won’t even no­tice that you’re wear­ing it. From Dh395, avail­able at Rivoli.

CALL­ING ALL AUSSIES

Aus­tralian ladies (and fash­ion lovers of all na­tion­al­i­ties) out there will be se­ri­ously ex­cited about next month’s launch of You Bou­tique. This is the first online re­tailer in the UAE that we’ve seen with so many af­ford­able Aus­tralian fash­ion brands in one place. Some of the brands avail­able are Isabelle Quinn, Mossman, Mor­ris­day The La­bel, Run­away and Seven Won­ders (pic­tured left). This is just the start­ing point – ev­ery month new de­sign­ers will be added to the site. Prod­ucts will be de­liv­ered di­rect to your door, within the UAE – you-bou­tique.com.

MORE PAK­ISTANI FASH­ION

Khaadi has added a new shop to its grow­ing list in the UAE. Now open in Deira City Cen­tre, the store stocks tra­di­tional and mod­ern Pak­istani designs for men, women and chil­dren. The artis­tic feel to the brand means you’ll find hand-drawn prints and arty designs on the clothes. There’s also a fab range of ac­ces­sories and home­wares, in­clud­ing bed­ding and fur­ni­ture. What more could you want?

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