Kardashian-family matriarch and “momager” Kris Jenner is coming to Dubai this week for a series of special engagements – so far shrouded in mystery. Known for her love of fashion – and her loyalty to the maison of Balmain – speculation is rife that the mum-of-six might opt to wear creations by regional designers while she’s in town. Here are a few of the UAE-based designers, already favoured by celebrities, who she might be tempted by.
Emirati owner of clothing brand Nabrman Hend Al Mutawa dressed Jenner and her daughter, Kim Kardashian, when they visited the UAE together in 2011.
The reality-TV star and her mum opted for traditional black abayas and sheilas by the Dubai-based Emirati designer, who has made a name for herself with bold silhouettes and modern embellishments.
Classic black aside, Al Mutawa favours kaleidoscopic colours and often accentuates her designs with pearls, studs and crystals.
This season, Jenner could choose from abayas featuring oversized blush bows, lime-green trims and lace panels.
For cocktail couture, Jenner should make a beeline for the atelier of Dubai-based designer Michael Cinco. His celebrity client list reads like a Hollywood who’s who. Mila Kunis famously wore one of his creations in the sci-fi movie Jupiter Ascending.
Guaranteed to leave Jenner sparkling, Cinco’s classic gowns are heavily embellished with semi-precious stones, crystals and beads.
Stars who have dazzled in his eveningwear of late include Kylie Minogue, at the Dubai World Cup last year, Nicole Scherzinger and Britney Spears.
With prints and cuts inspired by his Indian origins and Arab sensibilities, Essa Walla could be Jenner’s go-to designer for killer kaftans.
His pieces have been worn by Lady Gaga, who slipped on a sheer abaya-like gown for the private after-party following her concert in Dubai two years ago.
“I made a piece, which was soft, classic and all-black, teamed with gorgeous gladiator cuffs by Egyptian designer Nina Bakry,” he says. “It was the only piece I sent and the one her stylist chose. When Gaga saw it in her room, so the story goes, she said: ‘It feels like a whisper of a dream’.”
If Jenner wants to maximise media coverage while she’s in town, she might want to take a look at the latest creations by Abu Dhabi-based fashion entrepreneur Lina Mustafa.
Dubbed the Oppression Dress, Mustafa’s edgy PVC, eel skin and lace creation – part of Mustafa’s graduation project – was chosen by Lady Gaga to wear during a United States radio interview in 2012.
Mustafa’s concept store in the capital houses a well-curated mix of women’s clothing and accessories for Jenner to choose from.
Statement-making separates this season include silky black basketball shorts teamed with a bandeau and sheer shirts.
Lebanese designer Dima Ayad has made a name for herself in recent years by dressing a host of celebrities, not least Sarah Jessica Parker.
The Sex and the City star flew to Dubai in 2014 to promote her eponymous shoe line and opted for a pink-hemmed grey skirt by Ayad to offset a leopard-print kaftan. The star accessorised with fuchsia heels from her range to match Ayad’s creation.
If Jenner opts for the designer’s autumn-winter 2016 collection, we might see her step out in a chiffon-panelled geometric dress in cream, black or camera-popping red.
Ezra Santos should be on Kris Jenner’s speed-dial if she’s looking for a red-carpet gown to wear in Dubai.
The Filipino couturier is no stranger to dressing celebrities. Model and actress Molly Sims wore a petrol-blue floor-sweeping gown to the Vanity Fair Oscars party last year. Other VIP clients include Lady Gaga, Paris Hilton and Haifa Wehbe.
For sleek Hollywood starlet-style gowns, Ezra’s atelier in Dubai is a vital stop-off.
He also happens to be one of the region’s most-respected wedding dress designers – just in case Jenner’s boyfriend Cory Gamble pops the question anytime soon.