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Inside/Out: Ayesha Depala

October 27, 2011

One of Dubai's most respected designers and faces around town shares her Dubai with Satellite Voices.

  • Text by Kate Hazell

Ayesha Depala is one of Dubai's biggest fashion designers with her singature grecian style becoming a staple among Dubai's fashiostas. This season Ayesha updates her use of lace and chiffon with more stuctured silhouettes.

Satellite Voices: What’s your occupation... a) during the day & b) at night?
Ayesha Depala: I have my children and fashion on my mind day and night.

SV: How long have you lived in your city and brought you there?
Ayesha Depala: I have been living in Dubai for almost 11 years now. I moved here from India after I met my husband Dipesh.

SV: What does your city mean to you?
Ayesha Depala: I have seen this city virtually transform from a small city to a buzzing metropolis in the span of 11 years that I have spent here. It has evolved greatly and continues to do so on many levels. I have some wonderful memories of this city and have met some wonderful people too. Dubai will always be home to me.

SV: What do you think of the local fashion scene in Dubai?
Ayesha Depala: Dubai is one of the fastest emerging fashion capitals of the world housing some of the world’s finest brands and Boutiques. Due to a very varied cross section of cultures it is almost impossible to ascribe an adjective to Dubai's fashion scene. I have seen it mature over the years greatly and it will always maintain a  diverse mix of styles rather than having one unique or distinct style.

SV: What inspired this collection?
Ayesha Depala: The new season prefall and fall winter 2012/2013 Ayesha Depala girl maintains her femininity with a slight injection of sexiness. The line consists of ever present lace and chiffon but with a structured yet sheer silhouette.

SV: What are your plans for the weekend?
Ayesha Depala: I plan on spending time with my kids and taking them to the beach on Friday. Work permitting, I'm also contemplating a quick two-day trip to Sri Lanka to see my friend and surprise her for her birthday!

Aysha Depala
The Village Mall, Jumeriah Beach Road

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