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

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.


Meet Aya Barqawi, the Saudi-born social media star

Updated 18 August 2019

Meet Aya Barqawi, the Saudi-born social media star

  • Barqawi promotes what she calls ‘high-street fashion’
  • Barqawi’s Instagram posts are designed with digital frames to add a unique touch to her content

DUBAI: Between the luxurious fashion statements and international runways, Palestinian-Jordanian Aya Barqawi continues to inspire her followers with thousands of on-budget styles.

“I always try to make people feel inclusive. I want to end this intimidation that comes with fashion,” the Saudi-born blogger told Arab News.

Barqawi promotes what she calls “high-street fashion” and finds the challenge of adapting to international trends “fun.”

“I am looking for new ways to make trends work for me,” she said. “You just need a little bit of creativity and imagination.”

Like many women her age with similar passions, the 24-year-old was unable to study fashion in college because of a lack of opportunity in the Middle East. Now, as a design graduate, she incorporates her field of study with a social media career.

Barqawi’s Instagram posts are designed with digital frames to add a unique touch to her content. “Studying design helped me shape my visual identity on Instagram because I do a lot of graphic work on my photos. It makes it easier for me to create digital content,” she said.

The stylist also worked as a fashion photographer for a brand in Berlin. “I never thought they would pick me over people who are actually from Berlin, who were actually German,” she said. “But my work spoke for itself.”

Barqawi is always looking to motivate other women. “No matter what the field of work you are in, never underestimate yourself. Never second-guess yourself and never compromise your standards for anyone or anything,” she said.

The fashion blogger has also worked in media as a TV producer and segment producer. “I have done digital, I have done TV, so now I am just open to anything that comes my way,” she said.