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Delpozo and other evening-wear brands at Al Boushiya; and cre­ative clutches from Baraboux

One of the cap­i­tal’s first-ever evening­wear stores, Al Boushiya, has added a new la­bel to its ros­ter of in­ter­na­tional brands. Among the floaty March­esa dresses, struc­tured shapes by Zac Posen and glit­ter­ing cre­ations by Zuhair Mu­rad, vis­i­tors to the Cor­niche store will now find one of the hottest tick­ets from the lat­est edi­tion of New York Fash­ion Week: Delpozo. The new la­bel, which showed only its sec­ond collection this fash­ion sea­son, was on ev­ery­one’s tongues a er the de­signer, Josep Font, pre­sented yet an­other del­i­cate but strong collection.

Font was re­spon­si­ble for sin­gle-hand­edly re­vi­tal­is­ing the brand – which was started by the Span­ish de­signer, Jesús del Pozo, in 1974 – us­ing his back­ground in ar­chi­tec­ture to play with shapes, com­bin­ing hard sil­hou­ettes with fluid fabrics for a dra­matic ap­peal. Al Boushiya has al­ready be­gun re­ceiv­ing pieces from Delpozo’s spring/sum­mer 2014 collection, which was in­spired by the French artist Jean-Bap­tiste-Camille Corot’s paint­ing of a gypsy. The vo­lu­mi­nous pieces, in pas­tel shades of lilac and peach jux­ta­posed with neon flo­rals, will con­tinue to stream into the more than 20-year-old Abu Dhabi bou­tique over the next few weeks. The fam­ily-run Al Boushiya first opened its doors in Kuwait City in 1979, be­fore the Ka­luti fam­ily handed the reins over to their daugh­ters. With the third gen­er­a­tion of the fam­ily now in­volved in the busi­ness, Al Boushiya re­mains one of the largest stores in the re­gion spe­cial­is­ing in evening-wear and bridal.

So, what to ex­pect next from the Ka­lutis? Na­jwa, the lat­est fam­ily mem­ber to join the team, plans to ex­pand the ever-grow­ing list of de­sign­ers on of­fer, with evening-wear heavy­weights such as Gi­ambat­tista Valli and Kauf­man Franco, from Septem­ber.

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