Sarah Garden24 May 2015 AT 05:39 PM

My week in pictures... Zena Presley

7 days in the life of the glamorous local designer
Sarah Garden24 May 2015 AT 05:39 PM
Sunday: "SS16 is work in progress already! Taking advantage of a relatively relaxed Sunday to get some creativity on."
Sunday: "SS16 is work in progress already! Taking advantage of a relatively relaxed Sunday to get some creativity on."
Monday: "In an exotic location shooting something special in the desert – keep an eye out for it soon!"
Monday: "In an exotic location shooting something special in the desert – keep an eye out for it soon!"
Tuesday: "Had so much fun talking red carpet with Graziella and Dubai TV for their new show 'Take II'."
Tuesday: "Had so much fun talking red carpet with Graziella and Dubai TV for their new show 'Take II'."
Wednesday: "At Harvey Nichols doing an interview and going through some AW15 pieces preparing for the launch in June."
Wednesday: "At Harvey Nichols doing an interview and going through some AW15 pieces preparing for the launch in June."
Thursday: "Back to reality after a few days of glamour, we are all hard at work on our AW15 pieces ensuring quality is at its very best."
Thursday: "Back to reality after a few days of glamour, we are all hard at work on our AW15 pieces ensuring quality is at its very best."
Friday: "Lucky to get one day off and chose to spend it with friends at Eden Beach unwinding and enjoying the weather."
Friday: "Lucky to get one day off and chose to spend it with friends at Eden Beach unwinding and enjoying the weather."
Saturday: "After a crazy Saturday, I headed for some therapy... forget spas and massages, the only energiser I need is shopping. A new discovery of mine is Urbanist store at Boxpark Dubai. It's a refreshing mix of fashion and art, and here I am falling in love with this Damascene mirror."
Saturday: "After a crazy Saturday, I headed for some therapy... forget spas and massages, the only energiser I need is shopping. A new discovery of mine is Urbanist store at Boxpark Dubai. It's a refreshing mix of fashion and art, and here I am falling in love with this Damascene mirror."

Zena Presley is a poster girl for Dubai. The Syrian-born expat uses international artists to create prints for her collections, embodying the multi-cultural city. As a new designer on the local fashion scene she’s making huge strides already, and her first collection is set for the rails of Harvey Nichols Dubai this June.

It’s clear that Zena was born creative, and her life is a reflection of that. We gave her a camera for a week and asked her to capture one image per day and the result is awash with collection planning, interviews and fashion shoots.

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“My life might look a bit relaxed and peaceful, maybe even more on the glamorous side, but what pictures don’t show is just how hectic it is!” says Zena. “People would be surprised to know the amount of time and effort running a clothing line takes, you’re always on the go trying to balance all the difference sides of the business, while still finding the time to get into the creative zone and design the next collection.”

You can preview Zena Presley’s upcoming collection here, ahead of its launch at Harvey Nichols Dubai.

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