So let me summarize the situation. Now, I won't have to use fashion only to support the Iranian woman dealing with the forced Hijab but also to help the Muslim one in France to forget about the forced uncovered head/body. I think I'll turn schyzophrenic..Happy to fight the stereotypes from my both countries now. Let us wear what we fucking want! For the stupid ones that are criticizing my new town, let me tell you that Dubaï is THE example in terms of respect and fashion tolerance. I wear bikini at the beach while surrounded by burqinis and sometimes burqas. They let me wear what I want in their country without looking bad at me because I show 99% of my skin and I am thankful for this. No country is perfect but still, in 2016 I am astonished to see how a so-called "democratic" and "free" country like my beloved France can react.
Stitch in Time FashionTailor
Satwa is the popular area of Dubaï. I love going there because this is the only place in Dubaï where actually people walk in the streets! It's also the area where every expat goes for a handmade garment. On the Satwa road you will find all the fabrics shops and in every perpendicular the famous tailors. I was recommended to go to "Dream girls" tailors but while walking there, I found one guy at "Stitch in time" tailors that won my confidence. I gave him a drawing with a kind of moodboard and he made exactly what I wanted. A kimono/abaya with victoria inspirations and details on the sleeves. The prices are reasonable, the final touches are good and he works very fast.
Being French and having worked in Paris fashion industry makes you super confident when it comes to defining what is fashion or beauty standards. I thought that this worldwide french "je ne sais quoi" beauty routine was attested as a must do. But since I moved to the Middle East, I figure out that what I thought being every chic women's guidelines for beauty weren't the same as mine, at all!
I guess this is one of the good thing of moving from one continent to another. Your behaviour and habits are altered and then you start thinking in another way. Maybe it's ok to have a blow dry? Or maybe it's chic to put lipstick and blush at the same time? Basically the French make-up guide is being as natural as possible. If you put foundation,it has to be hidden. The only thing that can be exaggerated is the famous red lips. Not too much mascara,not too much khol... I never saw one of my friend with a blow dry. A lot of them use the "home-made braids with wet hair during the night" solution.
Every single woman has her own tastes and therefore her own beauty standards and the diversity of beauty is exactly the most important point of this subject. Also depending on your ethnical and living background. As a half-persian I am used to this "too much" make-up look. I remember the persian "mehmoony" (parties) since I first entered Iran in 1993. All the women were SO chic (universally chic), SO beautiful and SO well prepared. They didn't know that they all inspired me for my whole life and helped building my character. I am probably super french when it comes to everyday beauty practices but I am definitively Persian when it's about a party preparation. Proof: As a persian I never go out at night without high-heels and as a French I would never start contouring (Never say never?!).
In an article for Antidote Magazine, Sofia Guellaty said "Dubaï is the 5th city of Fashion" after Paris, Milan, London and New York. I would love to say that she is wrong and it's gonna be TEHRAN. But actually, She's right. We do not have only Malls and huge shopping centers that look like cities for themselves.
We also have great small and medium initiatives and wonderful concept stores. Comptoir 102 is one of the Dubaï fashion spots where you can drink a smoothie with almond milk and find exclusive french creators. The place is either a very good restaurant or a great fashion and design store.
Located in Jumeirah/ Open everyday from 8:30 to 21:00