Raising our hats to the Style Stakes at Dubai World Cup

Among those who did not enter the competition, the all-white look seemed to be a favorite, while a few stood out with bold choices.(AN)
Updated 02 April 2019

Raising our hats to the Style Stakes at Dubai World Cup

  • Thousands from across the world sported unique looks at the annual event
  • The all-white look seemed to be a favorite, while a few stood out with bold choices

DUBAI: From peacock-feather hats to full-blown gowns, fashion at the Dubai World Cup is always a sight to see, and the regalia at this year’s 24th edition of horse racing at Meydan Racecourse did not disappoint.

Thousands from across the world sported unique looks at the annual event, as they watched jockeys and their steeds battle it out for the $35m prize purse on Saturday.

But horse racing aside, the event is also known for its glamour as the most outlandish and best-dressed attempt to outdo each other at the Style Stakes contest.

Hundreds entered the fashion competition that ran throughout the day alongside the horse races.

Photo gallery: Looks from Dubai World Cup 2019

Fashionistas entered themselves into the competition and were judged by five industry experts that included stylist Kelly Lundberg, designer Noor Breish, women’s hat designer Ana Pribylova, Esquire Middle East fashion director Mark McMahon and Saudi influencer Tamara Al-Gabbani.

There were six categories, including best hat, most creative hat and best dressed.

Eleanor Campbell won best dressed, while Australian nurse Conna Tution won best hat for her blue and golden headpiece, which she said was her tribute to the desert. Eksuda Vassakosol received the prize for most creative hat for one that was inspired by afternoon tea. Prizes amounted to more than $68,000 and included shopping gift vouchers and brunch packages.

Among those who did not enter the competition, the all-white look seemed to be a favorite, while a few stood out with bold choices. The look of the day for Arab News was a woman in a bright salmon suit, which she paired with a white shirt and black ribbon tie, wearing a see-through mesh tophat with a cut-out horse on the inside.

Other favourites included a white bow hat, decorated with white feathers and a delicate net over the eyes: a simple, traditional look, yet elegant nonetheless.


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.