Kelly Lundberg's tips & tricks
A veteran of the Dubai fashion scene, Kelly Lundberg has been styling up and shopping with the city's most glamorous clients, include Katie Fielder, Shereen Mitwali, Huda Kattan and even some royalty.Here’s her insider’s guide to fashion hot-spots for both him and her.
Describe Dubai street style?
Glamorous, polished and perfected.
What is Dubai’s most fashionable district?
I recently did a street style shoot on Al Wasl Road, Box Park and found myself getting really excited about this area as it's something quite different and much needed in Dubai. It's very cool, and has lots of local street artwork and good people-watching. It’s quite different from anywhere else in Dubai as it has a number of independent boutiques that give the area lots of personality.
Dubai’s best-kept fashion secret?
I love Bambah boutique on Beach Road. While it’s no fashion secret to stylish locals, it does require a special trip to visit. It's worth the extra effort as clients are never disappointed.
Your favourite mall?
A year ago I would have said The Dubai Mall. It was the one-stop-shop for myself and my clients. That said, since its expansion, I am enjoying exploring Mall of the Emirates all over again, both its new luxury designers and stores such as the huge Burberry boutique, which has an internal cosmetics counter that offers make-up matching technology.
Who's your favourite local designer?
I tend to wear what suits my mood. When I want to be fun and quirky I would turn to Zayan The Label or Dee By Dalia. If I were looking for an on-trend everyday look, then it would have to Deborah Henning - she has a minimalist collection featuring my favourite shades: black, grey and white. For a show-stopping red carpet or event dress, my go-to pick would be Aiisha Ramadan. Her innovative cuts and creativity win every time.
In which store will you find the perfect special event dress?
Bloomingdale’s! They never let my clients or me down; their choice of brands is as extensive as it is eclectic. Last year I found a gorgeous Mary Katrantzou dress, which I wore on the red carpet at the BAFTAs in Los Angeles. The additional appeal is that Bloomingdale’s suits all prices points and the staff are super helpful.
And suits for men?
We are spoilt for choice. However the one that ticks all my boxes and which offers the best service for made to measure is Sartor in Bur Dubai. They will arrange pick-up and drop-off if you need, and they have a great selection of suiting fabrics as well.
Best designer/store for accessories?
For something original, S*uce has a fabulous selection of one-off pieces that are totally unique. I also really love Boom & Mellow in Town Centre Jumeirah.
What store keeps both halves of a couple happy?
Harvey Nichols, hands down!. An in-house hair salon for men and women completes the head-to-toe experience. The menswear floor has recently been revamped and has a great selection of new designers. Women are spoilt for choice in the shoe department with everything from Valentino and YSL to Gucci and Manolo Blahnik.
Do you have a go-to for fashion alterations?
Needle and Thread in The Dubai Mall has an impressive and efficient service. Just last week I needed six complicated alterations done in two hours for a client. A perfect turnaround and a super impressed client. Plus, you can shop while you wait.
What three fashion items would you pack for a holiday in Dubai?
* An iconic Lulu Guinness cabin bag. Each lip print represents Lulu’s kiss of approval, so you are guaranteed to arrive in style.
* An interchangeable travel sunglasses case so you can take your pick of sunglasses. It's an easy way to travel with more than one pair of sunnies. I can take up to six in mine!
* The must-have Louis Vuitton wrap. Perfect for those chilly airports and planes, or for when the evening turns unexpectedly cool. Mine travels everywhere with me.
* A hat, preferably a functional and stylish piece, one to protect you from the sun, one to keep you warm.
* Shoes that keep your feet happy. Flip-flops or tasteful sandals (without socks) are fine for lazy days by the pool, but a pair of something more robust and stylish are needed for day trips, shopping and evening nights out.