DUBAI: Saudi-born designer Arwa Al-Banawi was named as the Best Regional Designer at the 12th annual Grazia Style Awards in Dubai last week.
Al-Banawi, who grew up in Jeddah, was voted by Grazia readers as this year’s winner of the award. She took to social media to thank people “for believing in me.”
“Four years ago, I launched a ready-to-wear brand that will give a voice to strong women who inspire me, women I want to dress and I aspire to, celebrating my heritage and my love for sharp dressing. I’m extremely humbled and honored by this moment,” she wrote on Instagram, alongside a photo of her receiving the award.
She also gave a shout out to her mother: “(To) my mom, I wouldn’t be here without you. Thank you for being my rock all of those years and for your fashionable, stylish genes.”
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ARWA AL BANAWI WINNER REGIONAL DESIGNER OF THE YEAR AWARD | Thank you from the bottom of my heart to you all for believing in me , 4 years ago I launched the ready to wear brand that will give a voice to strong women who inspire me women I want to dress and I aspire to , celebrating my heritage and my love for sharp dressing , Extremely humbled and honored for this moment, Alhamdulilah . My mom I wouldn’t be here without you thank you for being my rock all of those years and for your fashionable stylish genes @majda_abdulshakour
The ceremony was hosted by Grazia Middle East, an English-language magazine that covers luxury fashion and celebrity news.
“The Grazia Style Awards celebrates the stars who shape the future of fashion, art, music and culture in the region,” Editor-in-Chief Alison Tay told Arab News.
“Arwa Al-Banawi has been behind some of the most creative collections and collaborations of the past 12 months, and we can’t wait to see what she does next,” Tay said.