Stripes ranged from Temperly's romantic styles to others that were more sporty. Carl Court / AFP
Stripes ranged from Temperly's romantic styles to others that were more sporty. Carl Court / AFP

Best trends from London Fashion Week

London is, and always has been, about individualism. Where trends in New York are often easy to categorise, designers in Britain’s capital, like the street-fashion pioneers who inspire them, search for innovation and uniqueness. In the past, this has taken them off into worlds so uncommercial it’s impossible to find the buyers necessary to keep their businesses going. However, the British Fashion Council’s funding schemes and involvement in education mean that right now, London is basking in a new credibility, producing fashion that is explosive yet largely wearable. And beneath the flights of fancy, brilliant sets and wacky ­styling, there are plenty of trend threads to look out for this season.


This soft, peachy shade of orange is the romantic sister to New York's coral obsession. Emma Hill at Mulberry used apricot from daywear to evening on prints and lace, creating an almost sepia, retro effect. Richard Nicoll mixed it up with mint in neat jersey sportswear. Even some gentle apricot, pinky-orange and peach frocks were found among Issa London's hot tropical prints.


It's been an obsession for a while, but designers continue to find new ways to deal with lace, including as outerwear. Christopher Raeburn encased it in plastic to make raincoats, Christopher Bailey at Burberry bonded leather to metallic foil and laser-cut it to make a lacy trench, Paul Smith panelled it into his silk dresses, Temperley used an oversized abstract lace overlay (rather like Calvin Klein's version last week), and Simone Rocha picked a giant floral lace to turn into neon dresses. And that's before you even start on broderie anglaise.

Rave culture

Henry Holland's show invitation was an iPhone case in a classic 1990s green and pink psychedelic tie-dye pattern, and his House of Holland collection was just as tied to the era, with tie-dye frocks, grungy shapes, heavy boots and a classic soundtrack including Deee-Lite's Groove Is in the Heart and Urban Cookie Collective's I've Got the Key. Louise Gray, meanwhile, went back to late 1980s, with a collection full of neon, graffiti, tribal make-up and music even more old-skool than Holland's.


A look common to both New York and London, stripes came as prints, panels, knits and devoré fabrics, with styles ranging from romantic to sporty. Possibly the most luxe version was from Temperley, in which organza was panelled with satin horizontal stripes on dirndl skirts, while PPQ had nautical stripes and Jonathan Saunders used metallic stripes on jackets.

Shocking pink

It genuinely was shocking when the king of pale and interesting, John Rocha, chose to start and end his show with vibrant pink bubbles of dresses. The similarly minimalist Osman also added bolts of fuchsia, together with electric blue and yellow.

From our London Fashion Week 2012 blog
• Day one: fragile flavours from Willow and Bora Aksu
• Day two: a bunch of raving hippies but John Rocha goes against the grain
• Day three: feeling blue at Ford, Schwab, Temperley, Smith
• Day four: old-school revivals at Louise Gray, Burberry, Richard Nicoll, Osman and a family affair at Smythson
• Day five: gecko fabulous at Mulberry, disco divas at Roksanda Ilincic, neon novelty at Simone Rocha


From bishop sleeves to slender-fit trenches, the sassy style of the 1970s woman was everywhere, but the two designers who most obviously - and most differently - cited the decade for their collections were Roksanda Ilincic, with flares and paper boy caps a-go-go, and Emma Hill at Mulberry, whose maxi dresses and lovely prints were more Ossie Clark romantic than New York disco diva.


It's a trend that rarely goes away now, partly thanks to ever-improving fabric and leather technology. Mulberry, Pringle of Scotland, Jonathan Saunders and House of Holland all played around with Lurex knit and shiny leather. The most unforgettable example, though, came at Burberry, where silk and metallic thread was woven together for a plissé effect on dresses and jackets, and foiled leather was used on bags, shoes and, spectacularly, on the final series of metallic leather trenches, in a rainbow of colours.


In a rare display of pragmatism, large hoods appeared to be a big thing for London designers, who were perhaps remembering this summer's downpours. They looked best on starchy duffels, as with Kinder Aggugini's prettily printed nautical version and Richard Nicoll's edgier sports-styled one.

Grey marl jersey

The preppy, sport-influenced look has been popular in New York and London, but that perennial athletics fabric grey marl jersey had a particular boost from Richard Nicoll and Roksanda Ilincic. Nicoll panelled it into his neat jersey dresses, which looked deceptively simple but on closer inspection were subject to fiendish pattern-construction. Ilincic went for a more relaxed approach, throwing it into her 1970s mix as belted dresses that were wrangled and twisted into shape, with turned-up sleeves, dance-studio-style.


London isn't London without some vibrant, quirky reference to blooms and blossoms, at least for spring/summer seasons. For 2013 it came in a multitude of forms, from daisy-shaped jacket studs and embossed leather at Mulberry and printed, sequinned and appliquéd roses at Holly Fulton to tropical blooms on Issa's long dresses (with orchids in the models' hair), densely ruffled rosette shapes in bright silk at John Rocha and a modern rose print in shades of grey at Paul Smith, panelled with blocks of richly coloured silk.

Navdeep Suri, India's Ambassador to the UAE

There has been a longstanding need from the Indian community to have a religious premises where they can practise their beliefs. Currently there is a very, very small temple in Bur Dubai and the community has outgrown this. So this will be a major temple and open to all denominations and a place should reflect India’s diversity.

It fits so well into the UAE’s own commitment to tolerance and pluralism and coming in the year of tolerance gives it that extra dimension.

What we will see on April 20 is the foundation ceremony and we expect a pretty broad cross section of the Indian community to be present, both from the UAE and abroad. The Hindu group that is building the temple will have their holiest leader attending – and we expect very senior representation from the leadership of the UAE.

When the designs were taken to the leadership, there were two clear options. There was a New Jersey model with a rectangular structure with the temple recessed inside so it was not too visible from the outside and another was the Neasden temple in London with the spires in its classical shape. And they said: look we said we wanted a temple so it should look like a temple. So this should be a classical style temple in all its glory.

It is beautifully located - 30 minutes outside of Abu Dhabi and barely 45 minutes to Dubai so it serves the needs of both communities.

This is going to be the big temple where I expect people to come from across the country at major festivals and occasions.

It is hugely important – it will take a couple of years to complete given the scale. It is going to be remarkable and will contribute something not just to the landscape in terms of visual architecture but also to the ethos. Here will be a real representation of UAE’s pluralism.


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

Director: Michael Sarnoski

Rating: 4/5


Display: 10.9" Liquid Retina IPS, 2360 x 1640, 264ppi, wide colour, True Tone, Apple Pencil support

Chip: Apple M1, 8-core CPU, 8-core GPU, 16-core Neural Engine

Memory: 64/256GB storage; 8GB RAM

Main camera: 12MP wide, f/1.8, Smart HDR

Video: 4K @ 25/25/30/60fps, full HD @ 25/30/60fps, slo-mo @ 120/240fps

Front camera: 12MP ultra-wide, f/2.4, Smart HDR, Centre Stage; full HD @ 25/30/60fps

Audio: Stereo speakers

Biometrics: Touch ID

I/O: USB-C, smart connector (for folio/keyboard)

Battery: Up to 10 hours on Wi-Fi; up to 9 hours on cellular

Finish: Space grey, starlight, pink, purple, blue

Price: Wi-Fi – Dh2,499 (64GB) / Dh3,099 (256GB); cellular – Dh3,099 (64GB) / Dh3,699 (256GB)

Federer's 19 grand slam titles

Australian Open (5 titles) - 2004 bt Marat Safin; 2006 bt Marcos Baghdatis; 2007 bt Fernando Gonzalez; 2010 bt Andy Murray; 2017 bt Rafael Nadal

French Open (1 title) - 2009 bt Robin Soderling

Wimbledon (8 titles) - 2003 bt Mark Philippoussis; 2004 bt Andy Roddick; 2005 bt Andy Roddick; 2006 bt Rafael Nadal; 2007 bt Rafael Nadal; 2009 bt Andy Roddick; 2012 bt Andy Murray; 2017 bt Marin Cilic

US Open (5 titles) - 2004 bt Lleyton Hewitt; 2005 bt Andre Agassi; 2006 bt Andy Roddick; 2007 bt Novak Djokovic; 2008 bt Andy Murray

No more lice

Defining head lice

Pediculus humanus capitis are tiny wingless insects that feed on blood from the human scalp. The adult head louse is up to 3mm long, has six legs, and is tan to greyish-white in colour. The female lives up to four weeks and, once mature, can lay up to 10 eggs per day. These tiny nits firmly attach to the base of the hair shaft, get incubated by body heat and hatch in eight days or so.

Identifying lice

Lice can be identified by itching or a tickling sensation of something moving within the hair. One can confirm that a person has lice by looking closely through the hair and scalp for nits, nymphs or lice. Head lice are most frequently located behind the ears and near the neckline.

Treating lice at home

Head lice must be treated as soon as they are spotted. Start by checking everyone in the family for them, then follow these steps. Remove and wash all clothing and bedding with hot water. Apply medicine according to the label instructions. If some live lice are still found eight to 12 hours after treatment, but are moving more slowly than before, do not re-treat. Comb dead and remaining live lice out of the hair using a fine-toothed comb.
After the initial treatment, check for, comb and remove nits and lice from hair every two to three days. Soak combs and brushes in hot water for 10 minutes.Vacuum the floor and furniture, particularly where the infested person sat or lay.

Courtesy Dr Vishal Rajmal Mehta, specialist paediatrics, RAK Hospital


Director: Mohamed Kordofani

Starring: Siran Riak, Eiman Yousif, Nazar Goma

Rating: 5/5


Director: Vikas Bahl
Starring: Ajay Devgn, R. Madhavan, Jyothika, Janaki Bodiwala
Rating: 3/5

Muguruza's singles career in stats

WTA titles 3

Prize money US$11,128,219 (Dh40,873,133.82)

Wins / losses 293 / 149


5pm: UAE Martyrs Cup (TB) Conditions Dh90,000 2,200m

Winner: Mudaarab, Jim Crowley (jockey), Erwan Charpy (trainer).

5.30pm: Wathba Stallions Cup (PA) Handicap Dh70,000 1,400m

Winner: Jawal Al Reef, Richard Mullen, Hassan Al Hammadi.

6pm: UAE Matyrs Trophy (PA) Maiden Dh80,000 1,600m

Winner: Salima Al Reef, Jesus Rosales, Abdallah Al Hammadi.

6.30pm: Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak (IFAHR) Apprentice Championship (PA) Prestige Dh100,000 1,600m

Winner: Bainoona, Ricardo Iacopini, Eric Lemartinel.

7pm: Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak (IFAHR) Ladies World Championship (PA) Prestige Dh125,000 1,600m

Winner: Assyad, Victoria Larsen, Eric Lemartinel.

8pm: Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Jewel Crown (PA) Group 1 Dh5,000,000 1,600m

Winner: Mashhur Al Khalediah, Jean-Bernard Eyquem, Phillip Collington.

About My Father

Director: Laura Terruso

Stars: Robert De Niro, Sebastian Maniscalco, Kim Cattrall

Rating: 2/5


Director: Justine Triet

Starring: Sandra Huller, Swann Arlaud, Milo Machado-Graner

Rating: 5/5

The Little Mermaid

Director: Rob Marshall
Stars: Halle Bailey, Jonah Hauer-King, Melissa McCarthy, Javier Bardem
Rating: 2/5

Teri Baaton Mein Aisa Uljha Jiya

Directors: Amit Joshi and Aradhana Sah

Cast: Shahid Kapoor, Kriti Sanon, Dharmendra, Dimple Kapadia, Rakesh Bedi

Rating: 4/5


Uefa Champions League last-16, second leg:

Real Madrid 1 (Asensio 70'), Ajax 4 (Ziyech 7', Neres 18', Tadic 62', Schone 72')

Ajax win 5-3 on aggregate

Kill Bill Volume 1

Director: Quentin Tarantino
Stars: Uma Thurman, David Carradine and Michael Madsen
Rating: 4.5/5


Display: Main – 6.7" FHD+ Dynamic Amoled 2X, 2640 x 1080, 22:9, 425ppi, HDR10+, up to 120Hz; cover – 3/4" Super Amoled, 720 x 748, 306ppi

Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, 4nm, octa-core; Adreno 740 GPU

Memory: 8GB

Capacity: 256/512GB

Platform: Android 13, One UI 5.1.1

Main camera: Dual 12MP ultra-wide (f/2.2) + 12MP wide (f/1.8), OIS

Video: 4K@30/60fps, full-HD@60/240fps, HD@960fps

Front camera: 10MP (f/2.2)

Battery: 3700mAh, 25W fast charging, 15W wireless, 4.5W reverse wireless

Connectivity: 5G; Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.3, NFC (Samsung Pay)


Cards: Nano-SIM + eSIM; no microSD slot

Colours: Cream, graphite, lavender, mint; exclusives – blue, grey, green, yellow

In the box: Flip 4, USB-C-to-USB-C cable

Price: Dh3,899 / Dh4,349


Director: Nikhil Nagesh Bhat

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

Rating: 4.5/5


Director: Brandt Andersen
Starring: Omar Sy, Jason Beghe, Angeliki Papoulia
Rating: 4/5

The bio

Date of Birth: April 25, 1993
Place of Birth: Dubai, UAE
Marital Status: Single
School: Al Sufouh in Jumeirah, Dubai
University: Emirates Airline National Cadet Programme and Hamdan University
Job Title: Pilot, First Officer
Number of hours flying in a Boeing 777: 1,200
Number of flights: Approximately 300
Hobbies: Exercising
Nicest destination: Milan, New Zealand, Seattle for shopping
Least nice destination: Kabul, but someone has to do it. It’s not scary but at least you can tick the box that you’ve been
Favourite place to visit: Dubai, there’s no place like home

The biog

Family: wife, four children, 11 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren

Reads: Newspapers, historical, religious books and biographies

Education: High school in Thatta, a city now in Pakistan

Regrets: Not completing college in Karachi when universities were shut down following protests by freedom fighters for the British to quit India 


Happiness: Work on creative ideas, you will also need ideals to make people happy


Starring: Elia Suleiman, Manal Khader, Amer Daher

Director: Elia Suleiman

Rating: 4.5/5

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