Ones to watch at Arab Fashion Week in Dubai

Arab Fashion Week in Dubai will showcase 13 designers from around the world. (AN/Ghaith Tanjour)
Updated 10 May 2018
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Ones to watch at Arab Fashion Week in Dubai

  • 13 designers from around the world are taking part in this years fashion week in Dubai

DUBAI: Arab Fashion Week in Dubai is well and truly on the road and with 13 designers from around the world taking part, who should you keep on your fashion watchlist?

Arab News rounded up the most fearless, innovative and dreamy designers on show at the event, which is set to run until May 12, so you can keep them firmly on your style radar.

Ilse Jara

This intriguing Paraguayan designer blends a modern aesthetic with traditional techniques. Her collections have been inspired by the cellular structure of plants, the underwater world, gemstones, and cymatics — the study of sound waves.

Jara has said of her work: “I want my viewers to dream with me and live unique experiences. I love proposing new and fresh ideas. Exploring new materials and techniques is always present in the development of each collection.

Aiisha Ramadan

The UAE-based Lebanese designer launched her couture clothing line in 2007. In the decade-and-a-bit since, she has established herself as one of the region’s most accomplished designers, renowned for her cuts, embroidery and technique.

Ramadan apparently made her start in dressmaking “sitting on the floor near my aunt’s tailoring machine and picking up fabric scraps to make dresses for my Barbie dolls.” She’s come a long way since.

Rana Yousry

The founder of Cairo-based ASORY House told Insight Egypt that she enjoys “exercising the art of creation: from designing, production, tailoring, detailing and embroidery to seeing the final look of the design on stage or on my client.” She added that she wants to “carve the name of ‘ASORY’ into the history of fashion.”

She interned with Tony Ward, one of Egypt’s leading couturiers, before she started her own label, and credits that experience as one of the main reasons behind her success.

Yu Jordy Fu

Expectations are high around the multi-talented designer’s return to Arab Fashion Week. The UK-based Chinese architect, designer and artist, who has said she “works at the intersection” between those three disciplines, is one of fashion’s most inventive designers. “Creativity has no limits,” she told Bangkok Post of her multi-disciplinary approach. “The only limit is your imagination. As an artist and architect, my role is to make this world a better place and that’s what I am aiming to do.” Fu described herself to Design Trends as “a dreamer, creator, entrepreneur and a cat lover.”


Leena Al-Ghouti wraps up as LFW winds down

Gigi Hadid walking the Burberry show at LFW 2019.(AFP)
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Leena Al-Ghouti wraps up as LFW winds down

DUBAI: As Gigi Hadid walked the runway, Dubai-based influencer Leena Al-Ghouti showed up at the Burberry show at London Fashion Week in a chic ensemble.

The fashion influencer donned a black hijab, cat-eye shades and an uber-cool camel colored coat, with an oversized Burberry shawl, as she posed outside the show.

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Burberry earned its place — again — as one of the top shows in London Fashion Week on Sunday, according to Reuters, with a widely ranging catwalk show that honored the British brand’s long tradition but showed it is still ready to mix it up and set trends.

Chief Creative Officer Riccardo Tisci showed in his second collection that he is perfectly comfortable stretching the Burberry look to keep its younger fans happy while easily switching gears to create classic, severely tailored ensembles that ooze chic.

The two sides of the Burberry coin were reflected in the two adjacent rooms where the collection was shown: one a sedate auditorium with comfortable, padded seats; the other a raucous wide-open space ringed by a climbing gym of the type young kids would use.

“I have been thinking a lot about England as a country of contrasts, from the structured to the rebellious and free, and I wanted to celebrate how these elements coexist,” Tisci said.

He said he had four characters in mind when putting the collection together: a girl and a boy, and a lady and a gentleman.

The transition was obvious as models went from street-style clothes — oversize puffer jackets, metallic ornamentation, revealing slip dresses, silver boots, faux fur, big red plastic sneakers — to subtle, timeless outfits in muted fall colors.

There were occasional references to the brand’s earlier incarnation as a purveyor of fine, traditional menswear as a few models were dressed in classic suits and ties, including one double-breasted throwback, Reuters reported.

Tisci made ample and imaginative use of the traditional Burberry trench and check, and paired a number of sexy evening dresses with full-length coats for a look at once provocative and classy.

There were a few eccentric touches, including an outfit set off by a giant scarf that paid homage to “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” by English poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge.

For her part. Hadid took to the runway in a sporty, monochromatic ensemble featuring a miniskirt and black corset with dramatic puffed sleeves over a white polo shirt.

Tisci seems to be enjoying his time at Burberry, treasuring tradition but refusing to be overwhelmed by it.