Spring/summer boho look on a models from Etro. Victor Boyko / Getty Images
Spring/summer boho look on a models from Etro. Victor Boyko / Getty Images

Fashion notes: Bohemian chic done the white way

Open the web browser on your phone or computer, and type in www.netaporter.com. Go to the designers' tab, scroll down until you reach "March11" and click. Take in all of the fabulous elements, from the embroidered puff sleeves to the quirky tassel-ended ropes hanging from the necklines. These are the styles you need to invest in this season – minus the flashy, in-your-face shades.

I have to admit, when the whole bohemian craze first popped back into fashion a few seasons ago, I was reluctant to jump on the bandwagon – that is, until I saw the ­Ukranian spin on the trend, inspired by the traditional ­Vyshyvanka dress. Leandra ­Medine of Man ­Repeller and Anna Dello Russo of Vogue Japan were seen sporting dresses by the Ukranian label Vita Kin while at fashion weeks last year, and the trend blew up from there. Now, there are even cheap knock-offs available ­online.

While the reds, blues and other vibrant colours may appeal to some customers, the kind that captured my heart were the white designs, decorated with relatively subtle embroidery – though the clothes themselves can hardly be deemed subtle, with balloon-like sleeves and tasselled accompaniments. Seeing these beautiful pieces made me pro boho, so I’ll pass on this advice to you: embrace it – as long as you're dealing with white tones. Whether your boho attire carries influences that are ­Ukranian or Victorian, invest in whites, creams and light beiges. Below is an image you simply can’t turn down: the floor-length dress shown on the runway by Alberta Feretti for spring/summer. Sheer fabrics were mixed with intricately cut laces, unique necklines and feminine draping.

For more edge, look to Louis Vuitton. For its spring/summer show, the brand used ruffling techniques to add drama and charisma to crisp whites. Outfits were made street-chic with the addition of black ankle boots and masculine vests.

Because the climate is still mild right now in the Emirates, we can give our lightweight looks some extra layers. If you’re anxiously waiting for the perfect weather to wear your little white boho dress, stall no longer: pair it with soft, grey, over-the-knee socks and a debonair leather jacket, and you’re set to step ­outside.

Don’t buy into the bohemian trend with garish colours that you’re unlikely to wear more than once. Look for classic whites that are brought to life with a little bit of print or embroidery, and be creative with your layering.

I realise that variations on this trend can often not feel “pretty” enough. Bell sleeves, lace-up necks and earthy tones, while not masculine, aren’t the most feminine of elements either, and because of that seeming lack of femininity, it took me a while to get on board, too. But every once in a while, a designer comes along and revolutionises a look, taking its conventional air and modifying it ever so slightly so that it then exudes an entirely different ­attitude.

For spring/summer, we saw Etro’s usual bohemian influences on the runway. But one look in particular showed a cream-coloured eyelet dress and embellished belt that seemed to nail the whole boho vibe. The inclusion of a gold embroidered bomber jacket, lace-up ballerina flats and ribbon choker necklace had me sold. This was boho-chic meets modern ballerina, and the combination worked ­wonderfully.

It goes to show that with the addition of some unexpected layers and accessories, you can take any trend and give it some of your own character and ­personality.


Where to donate in the UAE

The Emirates Charity Portal

You can donate to several registered charities through a “donation catalogue”. The use of the donation is quite specific, such as buying a fan for a poor family in Niger for Dh130.

The General Authority of Islamic Affairs & Endowments

The site has an e-donation service accepting debit card, credit card or e-Dirham, an electronic payment tool developed by the Ministry of Finance and First Abu Dhabi Bank.

Al Noor Special Needs Centre

You can donate online or order Smiles n’ Stuff products handcrafted by Al Noor students. The centre publishes a wish list of extras needed, starting at Dh500.

Beit Al Khair Society

Beit Al Khair Society has the motto “From – and to – the UAE,” with donations going towards the neediest in the country. Its website has a list of physical donation sites, but people can also contribute money by SMS, bank transfer and through the hotline 800-22554.

Dar Al Ber Society

Dar Al Ber Society, which has charity projects in 39 countries, accept cash payments, money transfers or SMS donations. Its donation hotline is 800-79.

Dubai Cares

Dubai Cares provides several options for individuals and companies to donate, including online, through banks, at retail outlets, via phone and by purchasing Dubai Cares branded merchandise. It is currently running a campaign called Bookings 2030, which allows people to help change the future of six underprivileged children and young people.

Emirates Airline Foundation

Those who travel on Emirates have undoubtedly seen the little donation envelopes in the seat pockets. But the foundation also accepts donations online and in the form of Skywards Miles. Donated miles are used to sponsor travel for doctors, surgeons, engineers and other professionals volunteering on humanitarian missions around the world.

Emirates Red Crescent

On the Emirates Red Crescent website you can choose between 35 different purposes for your donation, such as providing food for fasters, supporting debtors and contributing to a refugee women fund. It also has a list of bank accounts for each donation type.

Gulf for Good

Gulf for Good raises funds for partner charity projects through challenges, like climbing Kilimanjaro and cycling through Thailand. This year’s projects are in partnership with Street Child Nepal, Larchfield Kids, the Foundation for African Empowerment and SOS Children's Villages. Since 2001, the organisation has raised more than $3.5 million (Dh12.8m) in support of over 50 children’s charities.

Noor Dubai Foundation

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum launched the Noor Dubai Foundation a decade ago with the aim of eliminating all forms of preventable blindness globally. You can donate Dh50 to support mobile eye camps by texting the word “Noor” to 4565 (Etisalat) or 4849 (du).


Stage 3:
1. Einer Rubio (COL) Movistar Team - 4h51’24”
2. Remco Evenepoel (BEL) Soudal Quick-Step - 14"
3. Adam Yates (GBR) UAE Team Emirates - 15"
General classifications:
1. Remco Evenepoel (BEL) Soudal Quick-Step
2. Lucas Plapp (AUS) Ineos Grenaders) - 7"
3. Pello Bilbao (ESP) Bahrain Victorious - 11"


Director: Nikhil Nagesh Bhat

Starring: Lakshya, Tanya Maniktala, Ashish Vidyarthi, Harsh Chhaya, Raghav Juyal

Rating: 4.5/5


Director: Daniel Espinosa

Stars: Jared Leto, Matt Smith, Adria Arjona

Rating: 2/5

Could We Be More

Artist: Kokoroko
Label: Brownswood Recordings
Rating: 3.5/5

Company profile

Name: Purpl

Co-founders: Karl Naim, Wissam Ghorra, Jean-Marie Khoueir

Based: Hub71 in Abu Dhabi and Beirut

Started: 2021

Number of employees: 12

Sector: FinTech

Funding: $2 million

Some of Darwish's last words

"They see their tomorrows slipping out of their reach. And though it seems to them that everything outside this reality is heaven, yet they do not want to go to that heaven. They stay, because they are afflicted with hope." - Mahmoud Darwish, to attendees of the Palestine Festival of Literature, 2008

His life in brief: Born in a village near Galilee, he lived in exile for most of his life and started writing poetry after high school. He was arrested several times by Israel for what were deemed to be inciteful poems. Most of his work focused on the love and yearning for his homeland, and he was regarded the Palestinian poet of resistance. Over the course of his life, he published more than 30 poetry collections and books of prose, with his work translated into more than 20 languages. Many of his poems were set to music by Arab composers, most significantly Marcel Khalife. Darwish died on August 9, 2008 after undergoing heart surgery in the United States. He was later buried in Ramallah where a shrine was erected in his honour.


Starring: Lupita Nyong'o, Joseph Quinn, Djimon Hounsou

Director: Michael Sarnoski

Rating: 4/5

Getting there

The flights

Emirates and Etihad fly to Johannesburg or Cape Town daily. Flights cost from about Dh3,325, with a flying time of 8hours and 15 minutes. From there, fly South African Airlines or Air Namibia to Namibia’s Windhoek Hosea Kutako International Airport, for about Dh850. Flying time is 2 hours.

The stay

Wilderness Little Kulala offers stays from £460 (Dh2,135) per person, per night. It is one of seven Wilderness Safari lodges in Namibia; www.wilderness-safaris.com.

Skeleton Coast Safaris’ four-day adventure involves joining a very small group in a private plane, flying to some of the remotest areas in the world, with each night spent at a different camp. It costs from US$8,335.30 (Dh30,611); www.skeletoncoastsafaris.com

Tips to keep your car cool
  • Place a sun reflector in your windshield when not driving
  • Park in shaded or covered areas
  • Add tint to windows
  • Wrap your car to change the exterior colour
  • Pick light interiors - choose colours such as beige and cream for seats and dashboard furniture
  • Avoid leather interiors as these absorb more heat
25 Days to Aden

Author: Michael Knights

Pages: 256

Available: January 26


July 5, 1994: Jeff Bezos founds Cadabra Inc, which would later be renamed to Amazon.com, because his lawyer misheard the name as 'cadaver'. In its earliest days, the bookstore operated out of a rented garage in Bellevue, Washington

July 16, 1995: Amazon formally opens as an online bookseller. Fluid Concepts and Creative Analogies: Computer Models of the Fundamental Mechanisms of Thought becomes the first item sold on Amazon

1997: Amazon goes public at $18 a share, which has grown about 1,000 per cent at present. Its highest closing price was $197.85 on June 27, 2024

1998: Amazon acquires IMDb, its first major acquisition. It also starts selling CDs and DVDs

2000: Amazon Marketplace opens, allowing people to sell items on the website

2002: Amazon forms what would become Amazon Web Services, opening the Amazon.com platform to all developers. The cloud unit would follow in 2006

2003: Amazon turns in an annual profit of $75 million, the first time it ended a year in the black

2005: Amazon Prime is introduced, its first-ever subscription service that offered US customers free two-day shipping for $79 a year

2006: Amazon Unbox is unveiled, the company's video service that would later morph into Amazon Instant Video and, ultimately, Amazon Video

2007: Amazon's first hardware product, the Kindle e-reader, is introduced; the Fire TV and Fire Phone would come in 2014. Grocery service Amazon Fresh is also started

2009: Amazon introduces Amazon Basics, its in-house label for a variety of products

2010: The foundations for Amazon Studios were laid. Its first original streaming content debuted in 2013

2011: The Amazon Appstore for Google's Android is launched. It is still unavailable on Apple's iOS

2014: The Amazon Echo is launched, a speaker that acts as a personal digital assistant powered by Alexa

2017: Amazon acquires Whole Foods for $13.7 billion, its biggest acquisition

2018: Amazon's market cap briefly crosses the $1 trillion mark, making it, at the time, only the third company to achieve that milestone

Match info

Bournemouth 1 (King 45+1')
Arsenal 2 (Lerma 30' og, Aubameyang 67')

Man of the Match: Sead Kolasinac (Arsenal)


Juventus 1 (Dybala 45')

Lazio 3 (Alberto 16', Lulic 73', Cataldi 90+4')

Red card: Rodrigo Bentancur (Juventus)