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Designer must-haves to welcome 2012

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The new year is all about beginnings: a new way to do things, a new approach to life, and most importantly, a new excuse to shop for designer items to ensure a steady flow of couture into your wardrobe all throughout 2012.

Here’s our must-have list for 2012, ranging from the ever handy coin purse to statement abayas to the unapologetically indulgent exotic clutch. Buy one or buy all, it doesn’t really matter as long as you’ve got something new (not old or blue) this new year.

Balenciaga small leather goods

They say keep your pockets full of coins as you welcome the new year (because, we don’t know, maybe they want you to earn pennies all year round), but we say that’s too heavy plus it ruins your silhouette. How about keeping them all in a Balenciaga coin purse?

Blazers and abayas by Malaak

Huda N’s Malaak label has gone from zero to fashion-famous in one season, and we’re not surprised why. Most fashion houses these days struggle to come up with one marketable it-look with every collection, while Malaak’s got all our sartorial requirements covered. Be sure to snap up an Ashi blazer and a Gladiator abaya before they’re gone.

One of Lady Fozaza‘s *fierce* blazers

Okay, we admit it, we are blazer fans. But this one’s not to be missed: Dubai-based blogger-turned-designer Alanoud Badr of Fashion Gossip recently launched her Lady Fozaza line of statement blazers at Bloomingdale’s Dubai and we recommend buying at least one. Somewhere down the line you’ll have one of those moments when you have to sartorially outshine everyone within a 10-mile radius, and Lady Fozaza will be the way to go.

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Bvlgari’s Monete evening clutch

We’ve only seen the beginning of the party season before the holidays, and there’s a lot of partying left to do before the dead air of Summer 2012. That means a lot of shopping for clothes and accessories because Dubai and outfit repeats don’t quite agree with each other. Get your rich on with Bvlgari’s Monete range of evening bags; we’re particularly liking this clutch in golden karung skin.

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