Want to know how to pull off fur and leather in our sunny city?
Time Out Bahrain staff
Winter in the region is by no means chilly. Other cities find justifiable use for items such as sheepskin and parkas, and while our temperatures can drop to 15°C in the evenings during December it’s an entirely different fashion game. There are, however, plenty of wearable trends for the coming season – you just need to know how to navigate them. GCC-based Swedish stylist Teresa Karpinska, and blogger of styledrifter.com, reveals how.
How can we rework 2012’s winter trends for Bahrain weather? You can work the military trend with a tailored shirt with epaulette embellishments and an open high collar. High-quality leather is a surprisingly cooling fabric. Sleeveless faux fur waistcoats are also versatile for creating that chunky layered effect. Get one in a crispy white hue.
Are there any summer trends that are simply being updated for autumn/winter 2012? This season, jumpsuits have reappeared on the catwalk after being equally prominent throughout spring/summer 2012. This season they are full length, immaculately tailored and in softer shades.
What are women’s must-have items this season? A well-tailored pencil skirt in high-quality leather (Aizone at City Centre is good for contemporary pieces), plus a crisp white shirt (Zara keeps delivering and is a great high-street alternative to luxury brands). Burgundy is huge this season too – opt for a slouchy loose knit that will work with a leather skirt.
What about must-have autumn/winter 2012 items for men? Diesel is great for high-quality yet affordable chunky boots and fitted trousers that can be tucked into the boots. French brand Zadig & Voltaire is great for light high-quality cashmere pieces as well as informal blazers. Finally, bow ties are my pick for this season. Now is the time to invest in one.
Which labels cater to GCC-friendly autumn/winter trends? The outlets that carry a good balance of region-friendly and travel-friendly merchandise include My-Wardrobe.com, and the larger department stores such as Debenhames and Saks Fifth Avenue If you want to jump on board the layering trend, go to some of the outlets in Moda Mall for versatile loose knits.
Why do so many of oure stores insist on stocking cold-weather clothes when temperatures rarely drop below 15°C? Most outlets in the region cater to those who live here, but also to the high numbers of tourists that we attracts. Expats and Bahrainis are also very mobile and visit colder climates on a regular basis. I don’t, however, understand the existence and survival of all the fur outlets. Fake furs are the more humane option these days, but also there’s nothing versatile about a floor length long sleeved mink coat – unless you spend most of your time in the Russian tundra.