High hopes for Arab Fashion Week as panelists talk job opportunities, Vision 2030

Attendees from all over the world listened to a panel discussion held to open Arab Fashion Week in Riyadh. (Photo by Ziyad Alarfaj)
Updated 11 April 2018

High hopes for Arab Fashion Week as panelists talk job opportunities, Vision 2030

RIYADH: Arab Fashion week in Riyadh began with a bang on Tuesday evening as attendees from all over the world listened to a panel discussion held to open the historic event.
With the market for luxury brands well established in the Kingdom, some of the biggest names in international fashion are attending the event over the coming days, including Roberto Cavalli, French couturier Jean-Paul Gaultier and Russian designer Yulia Yanina, as well as 13 designers from across the Middle East and Central Asia who will showcase their creations in highly-anticipated runway shows.
Speaking on Tuesday night’s opening panel, which was held at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Riyadh — where the rest of fashion week will also take place — Princess Noura bint Faisal Al-Saud, honorary president of the event organizers, Arab Fashion Council (AFC), said that the event was part of a historic movement that would go far in developing the nascent fashion industry in Saudi Arabia.
“This historical movement is not exclusive to Saudi Arabia, but to the whole world,” she added. “Fashion is a universal language that the whole world speaks.”
Luca Ferrari, the Italian ambassador to the Kingdom, said: “Saudi Arabia is an important market for the fashion industry… I think (it) is perfectly capable of doing its own fashion.”
Meanwhile, Caroline Rush, chief executive of the British Fashion Council, said: “Creating an environment where young entrepreneurs can flourish (is important). In a matter of years, we will see a different ecosystem in Riyadh.”
The 26-year-old CEO of the AFC also shared his thoughts on the importance of the fashion industry in the country, saying “Saudi Arabia is the most important hub for the fashion industry in the world. Today, it is a fact and a reality that fashion week is an important pillar. We are all motivated and committed. Development of local talent is a reason why the government is supporting this so much.”
It was increasingly evident during the panel discussion that the inaugural Arab Fashion Week in Riyadh is about so much more than just fashion. There are high hopes that a local fashion industry will positively impact the economy and create a multitude of job opportunities in various sectors, something that all panelists agreed is part and parcel of Vision 2030.
The opening ceremony ended with a performance of the traditional Saudi Al-Arda dance and dinner.

French-Moroccan label Casablanca presents new collection via video

Updated 12 July 2020

French-Moroccan label Casablanca presents new collection via video

DUBAI:  Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Paris Men’s Fashion Week looked a lot different this season, with many brands showcasing their latest collections in a digital-only format. 

For Spring 2021, Paris-based label Casablanca transported its fans to sunny Hawaii for its newest menswear offering entitled “After the Rain Comes the Rainbow” – Hawaii is nicknamed the “Rainbow State” – with a video that was streamed on the brand’s Instagram and YouTube accounts.

“The narrative of this show is that it’s kind of like a souvenir of our trip to Hawaii,” Charaf Tajer, the French-Moroccan designer who spearheads the label, told Paper Magazine. “We were very much into the idea of after-COVID and how even more we always cling to the idealist type of thinking and the love of nature, architecture and culture in general. I think we can bring a message of hope.”


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Tajer, who got stranded in Maui for over a month during lockdown paid homage to the Pacific state by way of a kaleidoscopic collection of knitwear, polo tops, tennis shorts, tailored suits and printed button-ups in a colorful color palette of blush pink and ocean blue inspired by the archipelago’s natural landscape.;

Classic denim jackets embroidered with shell motifs and the brand’s upcoming New Balance 237s also punctuated the collection. 

You can check out the brand’s Spring 2021 virtual presentation in the video above.