Harvey Nichols Riyadh hosts Mideast fashion designers

The pop-up is driven by Fashion Forward’s mission to promote talent. (Photo/Supplied)
Updated 10 March 2019

Harvey Nichols Riyadh hosts Mideast fashion designers

  • Marriam Mossalli said: “With all the progressive changes happening in Saudi Arabia, we are excited to see it extend to the fashion industry and its creatives”

JEDDAH: Fashion Forward Dubai (FFWD) is presenting nine Middle Eastern designers throughout March at Harvey Nichols Riyadh.
Regional apparel and accessory designers are showcasing their collections during Fashion Forward’s third pop-up shop in Saudi Arabia.
The pop-up is driven by Fashion Forward’s mission to promote and develop the region’s leading talent, providing them with opportunities to retail in some of the most renowned department stores.
This initiative is in partnership with Harvey Nichols Riyadh and Niche Arabia, and is supported by the Dubai Design District (d3) and Saudi Arabia’s fashion ambassador, Princess Noura bint Faisal Al-Saud.
One of the pop-up’s highlights is an exclusive event and keynote talk led by Princess Noura on how women in the Kingdom are moving fashion forward.
In conversation with her, successful Saudi entrepreneurs Arwa Al-Banawi and Renad Hefni will share their insights on the evolving fashion landscape in the Kingdom. Other designers will also be available for comments or questions.
“Harvey Nichols takes pride in its efforts to work closely with regional designers. Through the … pop-up, we continue to empower regional and local designers as they showcase their passion for fashion through their dedication and talent,” said Mostafa Cherkaoui, retail manager at Harvey Nichols Riyadh.
“We are also very excited to host the fashion panel discussion that will highlight two Saudi designers and the rise of fashion within the Kingdom.”
Bong Guerrero, CEO and co-founder of FFWD, said: “Fashion Forward is pleased to expand our Saudi presence with the prestigious Harvey Nichols Riyadh, as we firmly believe in the synergy that such collaboration brings to all parties involved.”
He added: “Riyadh is a robust retail market, and we are enthusiastic about the opportunity to continue nurturing and promoting sales for our designers across Saudi Arabia.”
Niche Arabia founder Marriam Mossalli said: “With all the progressive changes happening in Saudi Arabia, we are excited to see it extend to the fashion industry and its creatives.”
She added: “Retail has always been a strong part of the overall Saudi economy, and now with the support towards local brands and the job creation that results from it, we will see it become even more so.”


Wait is almost over for music fans eager to learn who will headline E-Prix concerts

Updated 13 November 2019

Wait is almost over for music fans eager to learn who will headline E-Prix concerts

  • Organizers promise this year’s line-up of international stars at Diriyah event will be bigger than ever

RIYADH: The first of the major international music acts that will perform at the Diriyah E-Prix this month will be announced on Wednesday.

There were incredible scenes at the event last year when David Guetta, One Republic, the Black Eyed Peas, Amr Diab, Enrique Iglesias and Jason Derulo rocked the UNESCO World Heritage site. About 40,000 fans flocked to the Diriyah Circuit, on the outskirts of Riyadh, for the after-race concerts, the first unsegregated music events in Saudi Arabia

The stage is set for even bigger and better things this year, with the promise of another two nights of unmissable music on Nov. 22 and 23 as the E-Prix racing returns.

“If you were one of the 40,000 who were lucky enough to be part of that watershed moment (last year) for the Kingdom, believe me, you have not seen anything yet,” said Prince Abdul Aziz Al-Faisal Al-Saud, chairman of the General Sports Authority.

“Last year we told people before we announced (the acts) they should get their tickets early to avoid disappointment. Once we revealed who was coming, the tickets sold out incredibly quickly. This year will be the same but even bigger, so for music fans who want to enjoy the biggest concerts in Saudi Arabia, the smart move is to get your ticket now.”

The Diriyah E Prix kicks off the sixth season of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship, the world’s premier all-electric motorsport series, with a double header of races. It also marks the start of Diriyah Season, a month of sport, entertainment, art, cultural festivities, food and retail experiences. Tickets for the Diriyah E Prix, which include entry to the after-race concerts, are available at www.diriyahseason.sa.