Photography Vincent Dolman

Meet Dubai’s best dressed

Photographer Vincent Dolman headed to Sole DXB to snap the Koffee-headlined cultural festival’s most stylish attendees.

by Mahoro Seward
16 December 2019, 5:00pm

Photography Vincent Dolman

A proud cluster of gleaming spires rising from the dunes, Dubai has established itself as a hub of both culture and commerce in a relatively short time-span -- and not just for the region, but for the world. As a stroll past the branded storefronts in any of the Emirates’ coolly ventilated mega-malls will confirm, fashion is a keystone of its rapidly developing cultural identity. However, while such presences certainly imply a discerning local client base, the sanitised shopping environments they provide don’t exactly scream a dynamic youth or street culture.

What do, however, are events like Sole DXB, a three-day annual celebration of music, fashion and art. Founded by a group of sneakerhead friends back in 2010, the cultural festival now sees over 25,000 guests cross its threshold at its site in the Dubai Design District, a purpose-built nerve-centre for the fostering of the region’s arts and design industries.

This year’s crowds flocked to headline performances by Wu-Tang Clan, Yasiin Bey and Talib Kweli as Black Star, and current i-D cover star Koffee -- the reggae rising star’s first performance in the region. While the event organisers funnelled their energies into the programme’s curation, its attendees paid just as much attention to what they wore. Photographer Vincent Dolman was there to capture some of the sharpest festival-goers, whose looks ranged from eccentric to street-savvy to chic. Meet Dubai’s best dressed below.

A curly haired woman holds her tinted glasses, and wears a coral zip-up cardigan.
Lana AlBeik, 24
A young man with dreadlocks wear a three-stripe Adidas jacket and sits on an Adidas logo-ed metro seat.
Uglymoss, 18
A young man wearing glasses smiles and looks towards the lens.
Amirlan Kurakov, 23
A woman wearing a hijab in black and orange streetwear look.
Rihab Nubi, 25
A man in a khaki outfit with a dread cap.
Don Letts, 64
Two young men stare directly into the camera. The man on the left has green hair and wears sunglasses, the man on the left has short red hair.
Taha, 21 and Abdulaziz Aboshaye, 25
A man standing in a lime-green blazer and shorts combo.
A man stands against the Dubai skyline in a full pink outfit
Mahmoud Sidani, 30
Pyer Moss creative director Kerby Jean-Raymond standing in the forecourt of Sole DXB wearing a full Pyer Moss look.
Kerby Jean-Raymond, 32


Photography Vincent Dolman

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