Fashion Forward Dubai postponed indefinitely, organizers announce

Models display creations by the designer Arwa al-Banawi during a fashion show at the opening of the Fashion Forward show 2017 at in Dubai Design District on Oct. 26, 2017. (AFP)
Updated 02 October 2018
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Fashion Forward Dubai postponed indefinitely, organizers announce

DUBAI: It’s official, Fashion Forward Dubai — one of the region’s leading style events — has been postponed indefinitely.
The event was to take place from Oct. 25 to 27, but organizers released a statement saying: “The creators and producers behind fashion Forward Dubai are committed to ensuring the next Fashion Forward experience is sustainable and addresses the needs of a rapidly evolving industry. For now, future editions of Fashion Forward Dubai, the bi-annual event, are postponed until further notice.”

Founded in 2013, Fashion Forward is a Dubai’s first platform to showcase regional and local designers. It offered regional designers an opportunity to show their work through runways and presentations and was supposed to be returning this month after being postponed in March.

However, there is another fashion event taking place this month, the first edition of Saudi Fashion week in Riyadh will be from Oct. 21 to 25. Organized by Princess Noura Bint Faisal Al-Saud, Saudi Fashion Week will host rising designers and will give them an opportunity to showcase their newest collections.


Arab style stars front new Michael Kors campaign

Updated 13 November 2018
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Arab style stars front new Michael Kors campaign

  • Lebanese beauty queen and model Jessica Kahawaty takes the lead in the Michael Kors campaign
  • The special-edition Whitney bag will be unveiled on Nov. 14

DUBAI: Fashion powerhouse Michael Kors (MK) has enlisted the region’s style icons to unveil an exclusive Middle East design of a limited-edition shoulder bag.

Lebanese beauty queen and model Jessica Kahawaty takes the lead in the elite portrait series showcasing a special-edition of the Whitney bag, set to be unveiled at an exclusive event in Dubai on Nov. 14.

The beauty queen took to Instagram to announce the stint, where she posted a picture of herself along with other Arab fashion icons strutting the newly redesigned Whitney bag, including Dubai-based influencer Leena Al Ghouti, fashion blogger Ola Faharat, and filmmaker Lana Al Beik..

“So honored to be fronting this @michaelkors campaign for their new Whitney bag. My MK family is here in Dubai all the way from New York for the celebration this week and I couldn’t think of more powerful ladies to share this photograph with,” Kahawaty wrote.

Dubbed as the Whitney, the compact bag is one of the newest additions to the fashion label’s exclusive accessory collection. The bag is crafted in panel-quilted lambskin, accompanied by a sleek chain strap.

“We were able to incorporate a very subtle M-shaped outline, something I’ve been sketching since I was in middle school,” American designer Michael Kors himself said.

The Middle East edition will be released in a rich blue, which Kors described as “the perfect blend of sophistication and luxury for our customers” in the region.

Kors has expressed how the Middle East is an important region for his fashion label, saying “our customers in the Middle East truly love fashion and glamour, which makes it a fun and exciting place to be as a designer.”

MK, widely known for its premium leather handbags, recently bought luxury designer Versace for $2.05 billion, bolstering its position against its larger European rivals.

“With the acquisition of Versace we have created one of the world’s leading fashion and luxury groups,” said John Idol, chairman and CEO of Michael Kors Holdings.

This came a year after it also acquired British stiletto-heel maker Jimmy Choo for $1.2 billion.