While Key fashion events including the Met Gala and the final for the LVMH Prize for Young Fashion Designers have both been cancelled.
The Arab Fashion Week has witnessed this year plenty of designs that certainly stood out and spoke highly of their designers! The event took place in Duabi’s City Walk in the concept store 1422 that is to open after to the public after the show.
From Sara Al Madani’s unique twist on the traditional ‘abaya‘ to Turkish creator Mehmet Korkmaz’s amazing pink designs, we have narrowed down some of the most incredible looks that stood out during the runway of Arab Fashion Week.
Yara Bin Shakar- UAE
Emirati Designer Yara Bin Shakar is known for experimenting with colors and prints, she seeks to empower women who wear her designs and inspire them. She brought to the AFW a twenty piece collection, ‘this time, her signature feminine aesthetic is enhanced with a cheeky nod to the cartoons of her youth.’
Sara Altawim– Saudi Arabia
Saudi Designer Sara Altawim was born to a family of art lovers, hence her longtime passion for fashion design. After attending the college of arts and design in Jeddah, she went on to teach art and started to make her own unique fashion styles.
This Saudi designer is widely known in the region for her remarkable bridal gowns, and her use of dense beading and embroidery. Her latest collection, ‘The Vision‘, is inspired by wheat, and the good luck it resembles.
Her pieces surely caught the attention of many during the AFW, and with her growing maturity and development, she is certainly one designer to keep an eye on.
One of the designs that a lot have looked forward to seeing on the runway is the fashion brand Blssd, they are the only non-profit social enterprise fashion brand in the region dedicated to helping cancer fighters.
Packed with plenty of attitude, it’s all about comfort and style.
“We know that style is more than what you wear; it’s also about attitude” Stated Blssd, “The attitude we like the best is an attitude of gratitude”.
The Turkish Brand, showcased the Fall Winter ready couture collection. inspired by oriental themes.
Hiba Younis, Palestine
We were certainly wowed by Hiba Younis’s SS19 collection, that pays tribute to the Arabic language; through her use of embroidered calligraphy on her gowns. Giving her pieces yet another remarkable, and unique touch.
The Emirati fashion label showcased two bold and innovative collections during the runway, the first is for the The Pre SS20/Ramadan capsule collection aptly titled ‘Into the Starry Night’ and the other titled “Perplexed”.
Her designs will be available to pre-order from the 1422 store in Dubai, City Walk II.
Her designs are inspired from Vincent Van Gogh’s most famous art work, after which the collection is named.
The First Middle East Fashion Week Is Coming To Dubai Next Week
The region’s biggest fashion even, the debut Middle East Fashion Week (MEFW) is set to land in Dubai next spring in 2021. The five-day event will feature more than 20 creatives in the fashion industry plus showrooms, fashion forums, awards, trunk shows, VIP lunches and galas.
The first edition will definitely be the highlight of the year and one of the most booming events of 2021. Antonio Rubel, the Founder and President of MEFW has been in the fashion scene for seven years and he’s the one behind nine fashion weeks held un Dubai, two in Beirut and, of course Riyadh Fashion Week.
“The Middle East is the new fashion capital of the world, and we want to shout about it. MEFW will be a magnificent concoction of creativity, flair, talent and energy, showcasing fashion designers from around the world in one stunning location,” Rubel said. “We have been bringing fashion events to the region for more than seven years now, but this will be like nothing the Middle East has ever seen before.”
“Fashion is more than the unveiling of a finished look; it is a creative process. The Dubai Fashion Emporium will offer a front row seat behind the curtain; a permanent installation showcasing the gears as they turn from conception to catwalk. Dubai Fashion Emporium creates experiences that open the gateway to the world of fashion and brings outsiders in. We will be revealing exciting projects – who’s excited to know more! Stay tuned.” The website read.
Check Out Mônot’s Latest Breathtaking Campaign at Al-Ula
The historical site Al-Ula just witnessed yet another splendid campaign and one of the most notable photo-shoots this year!
Lebanese-American designer Eli Mizrahi had a breathtaking photoshoot in Al-Ula last January for his fall collection with a remarkable cast of supermodels and creative team, made up of the industry’s most talented individuals ever.
Eli Mizrahi, the creative director of Mônot, enlisted some of his superstar model friends to star in their epic Fall campaign. Mizrahi personally reached out to Kate Moss, Jourdan Dunn, Candice Swanepoel, Alek Wek, Mariacarla Boscono, Amber Valetta, and Xiao We Ju to appear in the campaign, which was shot in 24 hours.
“I wanted to bring together a cast of amazing supermodels from all different backgrounds, ages, and ethnicity to underline the fact that Mônot is both an inclusive brand and one that wants to empower and celebrate women,” Mizrahi said.
“I just spoke to the models from the heart about my vision, as an emerging independent brand, and they were really receptive to what I had to say.” He added.
Shot entirely in Al Ula to feature its breathtaking scenery! Photography by the duo Luigi & Iango before the world went into lockdown Eli’s vision was brought to life within both a stunning series of images and beautifully shot video.
Luigi & Iango shot the campaign last January in Al Ula, luckily before the lockdown. Another major get was enlisting Carine Roitfeld to style the shoot and Georgi Sandev on board for makeup. “I still can’t believe we got it all done in just 24 hours!” Mizrahi says.
Arab Fashion Week Goes Digital This Year
Arab Fashion Week (AFW) was scheduled to kick off in June but with the current situation, the industry is now introducing fashion week but in a whole different manner.
The Arab Fashion Week will be kicking off as planned but this year, it will be virtual this year as announced by the Arab Fashion Council and will take place online from June 24 to 26.
“We are thrilled to be able to revolutionize the traditional calendar by adapting a new digital experience that best fits the global financial and digital trend. We consider this move as a victorious step to shape the future of the fashion system into a more consumer conscious platform and sustainable culture, ” Founder and CEO of Arab Fashion Council Jacob Abrian said.
Both the runways and panel discussions will air live on the official website of AFW, and viewers will be able to purchase their favorite items online as well.
Shoppers who wish to purchase items from a brick-and-mortar store will be able to buy the collection off the shelves at a dedicated pop-up in 1422 Concept Store at City Walk, Dubai.
AFW follows the lead of the fashion weeks in London and Milan, which have also announced that they will be going digital and also take place online due to coronavirus restrictions.
The three-day long fashion event will be streamed on the AFW website and also broadcasted live to hundreds of millions of viewers, both via the website and in partnership with leading social media platforms.
“Today, more than ever, the traditional fashion system is in dire need for revolution and innovation. . . What we cherish now, the way we perceive luxury and the way we engage with things is completely different with how it used to be when the current fashion system was last updated in the last century. COVID-19 . . . has been the key accelerator to lead decisions in reshaping the norms,” Chief Strategy Officer of the Arab Fashion Council Mohammed Aqra said.