Arab Fashion Week in Dubai sets sail aboard Queen Elizabeth II

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Filipino-born designer Furne One has dressed the world’s most celebrated stars. (Arab News)
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The designer Furne One showcased some of his most delicate yet, with out-of-the-box, floaty lace and tulle ball gowns causing quite a stir in the well-heeled audience. (Arab News)
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Amato Couture kicked off the sixth edition of Arab Fashion Week with a catwalk show. (Arab News)
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Amato Couture kicked off the sixth edition of Arab Fashion Week with a catwalk show. (Arab News)
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The designer Furne One showcased some of his most delicate yet, with out-of-the-box, floaty lace and tulle ball gowns causing quite a stir in the well-heeled audience. (Arab News)
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Amato Couture kicked off the sixth edition of Arab Fashion Week with a catwalk show. (Arab News)
Updated 10 May 2018
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Arab Fashion Week in Dubai sets sail aboard Queen Elizabeth II

DUBAI: The world’s first floating fashion week got off to a stylish, if not very delayed, start on Wednesday night as industry insiders gathered aboard the newly inaugurated naval hotel, the Queen Elizabeth II, which is docked in Dubai.

The Arab Fashion Council’s sixth edition of Arab Fashion Week in Dubai is set to showcase runway shows by 18 international designers including homegrown brand Amato Couture, which kicked off the event with a catwalk show.

Launched in 2002 in the UAE, Amato Couture is the brainchild of Filipino-born designer Furne One, who has dressed the world’s most celebrated stars including supermodels Heidi Klum and Tyra Banks, as well as singing sensations such as Beyonce, Katy Perry, Jennifer Lopez and Nicki Minaj.

The designer showcased some of his most delicate yet, with out-of-the-box, floaty lace and tulle ball gowns causing quite a stir in the well-heeled audience. The dresses were ideal for the modern bride, with their form-fitting cuts, beaded bodices and flowing, embellished white capes.

This season, designers from 13 different countries will take part including the UAE, Russia, UK, Venezuela, Lebanon, US, Saudi Arabia, China, Taiwan, Portugal, Italy, Armenia and Egypt. The fashion-forward event will also see the launch of an eco-friendly collection under the name of AFC Green Label — a major move towards fashion sustainability in the region.

For the most part, the designers will showcase their Resort or Cruise collections, which makes the choice of a cruise ship-cum-hotel as the location for this edition of Arab Fashion Week so fitting.

Cruise or “resort” shows — shown by only a handful of the world’s fashion houses — were originally conceived to target wealthy women who traveled on cruise ships in the winter. Nowadays, they are used as a lucrative means of re-stimulating fashions in the mid-season lull.

The world-famous cruise liner, with a history spanning five decades, will see models walk the plank to showcase the most innovative creations from international designers, in a stylish event set to run from May 9-12.

The ship has been restored to her former glory — maintaining interior design features such as period furniture, paintings and famous memorabilia. The original porthole windows add a maritime feel to the modernized guest rooms and many of the restaurants have retained the same names.


The Six: Arab and Muslim models in New York

Updated 16 February 2019
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The Six: Arab and Muslim models in New York

DUBAI: Arab and Muslim models took the runways by storm at New York Fashion Week, which closed on Sunday in the Big Apple.

Bella Hadid

The Palestinian-American model was a smash during the Michael Kors show, which paid tribute to 1970s fashion, rocking a sparkling black blazer with feathers on the sleeves.

Gigi Hadid

The hectic supermodel lifestyle didn’t get in the way of Bella’s sister, who was seen on the streets in her retro runway hairdo after walking the Michael Kors show.

Halima Aden

This Muslim model turned heads when she closed the Christian Cowan show with an oversized black and neon pantsuit and a chain-link rhinestone hijab.

Noor Tagouri

This Libyan-American journalist took her confidence to the next level when she decided to put down her pen and walk the runway for US brand Rebecca Minkoff.

Nora Attal

The British-Moroccan model kicked off the week in elegant leatherwork by French brand Longchamp and walked the runway for Brandon Maxwell.

Shanina Shaik

The Australian model, who was raised a Muslim and whose father is half-Saudi, modelled for Vietnamese designer Nguyen Cong Tri.