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Dubai and Versace are a match made in maximalist heaven. It’s no surprise then that the Italian fashion house chose the city for its second foray into hotels (the first, on Australia’s Gold Coast, is best known as the luxurious bolthole that celebs escape to on being turfed out of ITV’s I’m A Celebrity). ‘Versace has always been about more than just a catwalk,’ Donatella herself told Front Row at the hotel’s recent launch party. ‘Dubai is a city that combines a deep respect for tradition and an obsession with the future. This mix is also what defines the Versace world.’ The Palazzo Versace could just as well be named Planet Versace: cushions, sofas and mosaic floors come in every print imaginable – even the apples in the gym are emblazoned with the iconic medusa logo. And, just like Dubai, what the hotel lacks in intimacy, it makes up for in glamour.

 

Rooms from £840, though last-minute rates are available for less, palazzoversace.com.

 

Wear where

Once upon a time, you could only get a table at the Ivy by venturing into London’s West End. Now it has six outposts, with openings this year in Bristol and Wimbledon. There is even a new private dining room at its popular King’s Road spot, Ivy Chelsea Garden (above).

 

EARRINGS, £190, Marni, from net-a-porter.com

 

JUMPSUIT, £179, Baukjen, baukjen.com

 

SHOES, £45, Next, next.co.uk

 

For those of us more likely to be found in Devon than Dubai, we segue to the wonders of quilted and wax jackets. Namely those by Barbour, which Front Row has eyed up on a number of fashion folk about town (and country). Moving away from its trend pieces of recent years, Barbour has returned to what it does best – timeless, practical coats that look great on all and induce brisk walks in fresh air. From £139, barbour.com.

 

Assembly of Objects is a handy pre-Christmas discovery for arty types and to put aside for the new baby in your life. The wooden gift boxes are filled with items – including hand-thrown bowls, original artwork and bespoke scented candles – curated by former gallery owner Zoe Black and sourced from designers and artisans the world over. £195 each, assemblyofobjects.com.

 

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BAG, £395, Mulberry, mulberry.com

 

By Amy E Williams 

 

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