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Zamalek, Cairo, Egypt.
Villa Baboushka: Cairo Chic Boutique
If the massive fuchsia doors aren’t enough to indicate that you’re entering an every-women’s paradise; perhaps the fact that every item you see in the store is for sale will spark the pleasure centre of your purse! Along with the myriad of clothes and accessories, furniture, including pieces by Nihal Zaki and artwork from France, Brazil and Argentina are on offer. A dramatically long opaque white chandelier (14970LE) imported from Spain captures the mood of Villa Baboushka perfectly: feminine, a bit quirky and expensive.
Villa Baboushka stocks designers from the well-known and long-coveted to the up-and-coming.You’ll find British labels such as Vivienne Westwood and Maggy London as well as American names like Poleci, Mara Hoffman and Robert Rodriguez. A few local designers are on hand, including Baheya, while Lebanese labels Shorouk, Vanina and Rim Mikdashi’s accessory collections are on display.
The on-trend fashions at Villa Baboushka are great for dressing ladies of any age for any occasion. The twenty-something fashionista can easily slip from daywear to night with one of Baheya’s flirty sundresses (1100LE), slimming Space jeans (1290LE) or a funky G-Lish t-shirt with lace embellishment (1990LE). Mature ladies will find style and grace in Maggy London’s monotone jacquered sheaths (1590LE) – perfect for a formal lunch – and Whatever Whatever’s flowy black dress (1750LE) for an evening out.
An entire room is devoted to shimmery formal wear, which ranges from classy to killer.Think full-length Theia Couture gowns for 5490LE and a barely-there one-shoulder mini dress by Treuse for 2190LE.
Eye-catching accessories are displayed around Villa Baboushka in cubbies and cases, including a black and white snake skin clutch by Tango that is covered with beading (2390LE), and a necklace (1190LE) decked out with vintage charms of ballerinas, ribbons and lockets.
Villa Baboushka’s designs are sure to turn heads; but it’s quite pricey, so watch out that you don’t go overboard.You could find yourself all dressed up with no place to go.
It is a known fact that the Egyptian fashion scene has been flourishing at an accelerating rate. Cairenes are definitely embracing their love for all things glitzy, glamorous and en vogue.
One boutique which definitely echoes this fashion frenzy is The Dressing Room, located in Zamalek, Cairo’s hub for all kinds of creative venues. Upon entrance, we were greeted by the smile of the sales personnel, who graciously welcomed us into the cosy store.
Concept-wise, The Dressing Room is basically the place to hit up when you’re in need of a unique clothing piece for any occasion. With half its apparel designed by local designers and the other half imported from Paris, it caters to all tastes.
The décor is rather simple, and non-distracting, making the whole focus on the clothes and accessories on display. We did, however, spot a full-body mirror with “selfie station” sprawled on it and thought it added a nice touch to the overall feel of the place.
Amongst the rack of items designed by Egyptian designers, we fell in love with printed kaftan pants from Sherwal (350LE) and a flowy maxi dress by Dina Shaker (250LE). Moving further into the store, we spotted a long-sleeved lace top (780LE), which could easily be either dressed up or dressed down, as well as a white lace adorned maxi dress (660LE) that looked effortlessly comfy to lazily lounge around in.
Amongst the rack of evening wear, our eyes fell on, and then continued to be glued to a long, metallic, hand-beaded dress that was equal parts flattering, as well as eye-catching (6720LE).
We noticed a few other items displayed including swimsuits, bucket bags and clutches, crop tops, jumpsuits, as well as colourful accessories. Furthermore, whilst paying at the cashier, we couldn’t help but grab some gold and metallic flash tattoos (200LE/ sheet) to adorn our recently sun-kissed skin.
To wrap up, The Dressing Room is definitely one for all you non-mainstream-clothes-loving fashionistas to watch out for, thanks to its inimitable fashion offerings, as well as generally pleasant staff. We definitely had a smooth shopping spree and may or may not be planning to go back there again to cause some further damage to our bank accounts.