The Six: Designers at Dubai Fashion Days

Dubai Fashion Days is set to run from Nov. 21-25 in Citywalk and Dubai Design District. (Shutterstock)
Updated 21 November 2018

The Six: Designers at Dubai Fashion Days

DUBAI: Set to run from Nov. 21-25 in Citywalk and Dubai Design District, Dubai Fashion Days will showcase a mix of regional and international designers.

Amato Couture
Launched in 2002, Amato Couture is the brainchild of designer Furne One and textile expert Rashid Ali, who are set to show off their collection on Nov. 21. The label has been worn by the likes of Beyoncé, Katy Perry and Jennifer Lopez.

Michael Cinco
Dubai-based Filipino designer Michael Cinco is known for his gorgeous couture gowns and glittering client list, including Rihanna and Lady Gaga. His show is set to take place on Nov. 25.

Yara Bin Shakar
Yara Bin Shakar is an Emirati fashion designer with an uber cool aesthetic. Her latest collection is inspired by vintage Hollywood and will be showcased on Nov. 21.

Soraya B. Couture
Portuguese fashion designer Soraya Bacai is the face behind the Dubai-based fashion house that will show off its wares on Nov. 25.

THISNORTHAT
Lin Yu Bo and Tan Li Chen are the duo behind the label THISNORTHAT that will dress models for the catwalk on Nov. 21.

Sophia Nubes
A Switzerland-based label that creates ready-to-wear pieces, fashion lovers can see its latest collection on Nov. 23.


Mariah Carey champions Dubai-based designer at Expo 2020 party

Mariah Carey stepped out in a gorgeous gown by Dubai-based designer Furne One. (Mohammed Fawzy/Arab News)
Updated 21 October 2019

Mariah Carey champions Dubai-based designer at Expo 2020 party

DUBAI: Mariah Carey stepped out in a gorgeous gown by Dubai-based designer Furne One, founder of Amato Couture, as crowds gathered at Burj Park on Sunday night to mark the one-year countdown to Expo 2020.

Carey sparkled in a full-length studded dress featuring intricate patterns and Swarovski crystals. She has been spotted in one of Amato Couture’s gowns before, at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year when she wore a black sequinned number.

One is a couturier from the Philippines and his dresses are a hit with some of the biggest female celebrities in the worlds including Shakira, Beyonce, Jennifer Lopez, Lady Gaga and Nicki Minaj.

Carey sparkled in a full-length studded dress featuring intricate patterns and Swarovski crystals. (Mohammed Fawzy/Arab News)

“I started sketching dresses at around 10 years old and continued until I went to college,” the designer told Arab News. “As a boy, I would keep everything to myself and spend most of my time alone with my imagination, sketching away dresses. As I grew older, I became a little rebellious. In time, I grew out of that phase and started focusing on my career and become a successful designer."

His big break came when he won a major fashion design competition in 1994 that was judged by a famous Filipino-US designer Josie Natori. “The moment it happened, she took me under her wing and brought me to Paris and New York to work for her as an apprentice because she saw potential in me."

He won first prize at Japan’s Women Wear Awards that same year and, three years later, stood out as a finalist at Manila’s Fashion Design Awards.

Carey, who is 49, sang some of her greatest hits songs including “Emotion” and “We Belong Together” to an enthusiastic audience who braved the heat and humidity of the outdoor venue.

Expo 2020, which runs for six months and begins next October, is to be held at a vast new site in the south of Dubai. Organizers are expecting around 25 million visitors.