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.


Nora Attal has her day in the sun in Marrakesh

Updated 19 March 2019
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Nora Attal has her day in the sun in Marrakesh

DUBAI: British-Moroccan model Nora Attal posed up a storm in Marrakesh’s golden sunlight for a new campaign by fashion brand Zara.

The in-demand model shared snaps from the campaign, photographed by Christian Macdonald, on her Instagram account.

The collection of photographs show Attal modelling looks from Zara’s laid-back Spring/Summer 2019 collection against a backdrop of rippling sand dunes. Her featured ensembled include kaftans and long-length cardigans with hefty stripes in a clay-and-beige color palette.

Attal is no stranger to fronting campaigns — in January, the model was chosen as one of seven rising stars to feature in British fashion house Alexander McQueen’s latest campaign.

The Spring/Summer 2019 collection photoshoot was shot by British fashion and documentary photographer Jamie Hawkesworth and featured Attal wearing a number of cowboy-inspired looks.

The year has gotten off to a busy start for Attal, who was similarly in demand in 2018, when she took to the catwalk for Elie Saab, Loewe and Dior during Paris Fashion Week in September and starred in Italian fashion label Versace’s summer advert campaign.

In May, luxury e-retailer Farfetch launched in the Middle East with a little help from the young model.

She starred in a photoshoot wearing pieces from collections on sale on the platform. The colorful photographs were accompanied by a snappy, chatty interview with the young model.
Readers got the chance to gain insight into her earliest fashion memories and learn some off-the-cuff facts about the star.

“Recently I’ve been obsessed with noughties trends. Everyone was so cool and effortless back then. Now I go out in a full Juicy Couture tracksuit with no shame,” she told Farfetch at the time.

“If I wasn’t a model, I’d probably be at university, studying to get into something like criminal investigations, profiling or law,” she added.

Attal finished off 2018 by hitting the sand dunes in the UAE — however, this time it wasn’t part of a high-end photoshoot, but rather a day of fun.

The model enjoyed an afternoon of sandboarding in the emirate of Sharjah and even posted a snap on Instagram at the time.

“Apparently sandboarding is a thing,” she captioned the sunset shot.