Tips and tricks from Dubai celebrity stylist, Kelly Lundberg
A veteran of Dubai’s fashion scene, Kelly Lundberg has been styling up and shopping with the city's most glamorous clients, including Shereen Mitwalli, Huda Kattan and members of royalty. Here Kelly reveals the best boutiques and fashion hotspots for both him and her.
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.
Describe Dubai street style?
Glamorous, polished and perfected.
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 makeup 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. For accessories, S*uce has a fabulous selection of one-off pieces that are totally unique. I also really love Boom & Mellow in Town Centre Jumeirah.
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.
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.
And finally, essential items you would pack for a holiday in Dubai?
For women, I'd recommend carrying a statement handbag, stylish sunglasses and a light shawl to wear in the evenings. Men should pack comfortable tees, smart shoes and a tailored blazer to wear on nights out in Dubai. Pack light so you can pick up new essentials at one of the city's many impressive malls.