Soon Ramadan will grace us with its presence and shortly after, the heat of summer will take over. Before bidding the final days of spring goodbye, there were a selection of events that took place in Dubai, making it a special and exciting time for fashion enthusiasts. Arab Fashion Week was amongst those unmissable events.
The long-awaited event took place between the 24th to the 28th of April at 1422, a new concept store from Arab Fashion Council in the very heart of City Walk. The catwalk took up half the space of the store, making it rather small but the quality of designers and the incredible atmosphere compensated for the lack of physical space.
We met Anna Mashkovskaya at Arab Fashion Week and got hooked to her amazing illustrations. She provided the illustrations to go with our list of favorite designers from the show. Anna also has a blog called Amamoda, meaning “love fashion” in Spanish. She says ¨fashion is my passion and I express myself through my illustrations.¨ For more on Anna, follow her IG @amamoda.
Now, Do you want to know what we liked most? This is our list!
ARAB FASHION WEEK: OUR LIST
MEHMET KORKMAZ transported us to back to the famous 20s Great Gatsby style, with feathers, sequins, glitter, silhouette hugging cuts, and beautiful headpieces to compliment the look.
ARSHY´S from the UAE presented a fresh and funky collection with whites, greys and colorful appliques. Fun, Fun, Fun!
BLESSED, also from the UAE, showcased a collection with whites, neon, black, greys, and rose pleated skirts, dresses, urban oversized sweaters, jackets, and hoodies. Some romantically airy, others more modern with unexpected cuts. This collection is done for the city girl that is avant-garde and fashion-forward keeping her own feminity. Messages of “Pret a Gratitude”, “Thanks” and “Gratitude” inundated the graphics reminding us to give thanks. Lama Riachi and her sister are a social fashion brand that supports cancer patients.
THE INTERVIEW: BAV TAILOR
BAV TAILOR- Not only are her designs beautiful, Bav Tailor is also sustainable and you know how much we value anything eco-friendly! It’s about time a sustainable fashion designer of her caliber would showcase collections in the UAE. Seeing her contemporary and flattering clothes in person, the quality and finish is top of the top. Check our short interview with her here.
YARA BIN SHAKAR Emirati brand that started showing her pieces in the previous ARAB FASHION WEEK and is now back for more. The last collection was all about reversible pieces. This one is all about color blocks of pink, red, blue, yellow and some surprise sequins. Most of the pieces were accented with her signature waist wrapping.
AMATO. Furne One is always ready to wow the audience. He surprised us by not only showing the big gowns (that probably wouldn’t have fit in this runway anyways) but short, quirky and fun dresses with big sunglasses that reminded us of Michael Cinco´s “always-on-sunnies”. Ladies Nights from now on couldn’t be more glamorous. He used color blocks and had the models walking in squads by the color of their dresses: white, black, red, blue, green, yellow and brown. He also showed a Men´s collection, combining materials like lace and leather with proposals of embroidery in black. The highlight of the night was the launch of a new Amato Jewellery line.
RAMI KADI from Lebanon closed the Arab Fashion Week and brought a sparkle with the many beautiful sequins, glass mosaic and shiny fabrics that he built his dresses with. From structured and architectural gowns to flowing chiffon dresses, glamour levels went up by the thousands with his collection.
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