Fashion Forward Dubai unveils line-up of designers

Saudi designer Arwa Al-Banawi will show off her capsule collection ‘The Saudi Dream.’ (AFP)
Updated 25 September 2019

Fashion Forward Dubai unveils line-up of designers

DUBAI: Fashion Forward Dubai (FFWD) has unveiled its line up of designers, who will show off their new collections during the Oct. 30 – Nov. 2 event held at the Dubai Design District.

Highlights of this year’s event include shows by international fashion houses Christian Cowan, whose designs have been worn by Lady Gaga, Beyonce, and Cardi B; London-based fashion label Robert Wun, who has dressed Gigi Hadid; and Nadya Dzyak, celebrated for her effortlessly luxurious ready-to-wear collections.

A number of past participants are also set to return this year, including Dubai-based label Amato, Omani brand Atelier Zuhra — which just showed off its denim collection at London Fashion Week — Filipino designer Michael Cinco and Kuwaiti designer to the stars Yousef Al-Jasmi.

Ready-to-wear labels Arwa Al-Banawi, Behnoode, Hessa Falasi, Mrs. Keepa, Roni Helou, Sadeem and Varoin Marwah will also send models down the runway in Dubai.

Saudi designer Arwa Al-Banawi will show off her 2019 capsule collection “The Saudi Dream” that celebrates Saudi youth street culture. The pieces are inspired by 1990s silhouettes merged with traditional Saudi garments.

Meanwhile, Emirati designer Hessa Falasi revealed that her new collection is inspired by travel, in a released statement.

“My collection is inspired by my travel,” she said. “Attentively curated, the collection understands the importance of travel as a haven to unwind, an experience to educate, and an adventure to remember.”

For her part, Saudi designer Sadeem Alshehail will showcase a collection inspired by the past.

“My collection ‘Doors,’ or Abwaab, is inspired by a nation moving forward without letting go of the past. It’s about standing tall and being proud. It’s about new opportunities and beginnings. The designs are a contemporary take on the motifs found in native folklore, architecture and jewelry. The lines and colors reflect Sadeem’s roots and aspirations for a bright and empowered future,” the designer said in a released statement.

A number of up-and-coming talents will also take to the Fashion Forward runway with their designs, including Hass Idriss, Hazem Kais, Jessica K, Maison Farah Wali, Reemami, Thym and Tanya Skaff.

Lack of spirit leaves World War II saga hanging midway

Roland Emmerich’s just-opened “Midway” comes nowhere close to the 1950s and 1960s war adventures. (Supplied)
Updated 14 November 2019

Lack of spirit leaves World War II saga hanging midway

CHENNAI: Movies on World War II have delighted cinema audiences for years. Nobody can forget the daring Allied escape in the 1965 “Von Ryan’s Express” with Frank Sinatra and Trevor Howard driving a train through Nazi-occupied territory.

There were others in that decade and earlier such as David Lean’s “The Bridge on the River Kwai” about British prisoners of war building a railway in malaria-infested Burma (now Myanmar). These were great classics, but recent efforts have not been as memorable.


Roland Emmerich’s just-opened “Midway” comes nowhere close to the 1950s and 1960s war adventures. Despite audiences still being thirsty for WWII sagas and a star-studded cast (Patrick Wilson, Woody Harrelson, Mandy Moore, Ed Skrein and Nick Jonas), the film is unmoving, mainly because of the shallow characters. If the dialogues are stiff, the dramatic potential – including the relationship among the men – appears to have been left midway.

The film begins with Japan’s December 1941 air attack on the US naval base in Pearl Harbor, Honolulu, which dragged America into the conflict, and the flick follows America’s revenge mission culminating in the June 1942 Battle of Midway.


For the US, it was a victory against all odds giving them control of the Pacific’s Midway atoll. It was also a major triumph of human spirit, but the film does not quite capture it.

Most of the exploits relate to real-life fighter pilot Dick Best (Skrein), whose devil-may-care attitude earns him the title “cowboy.” His wife Ann (Moore), the only female character, urges him on but seems a washed-out figure. However, there is plenty of action in the air with dog fights, bombings and pilots ejecting from burning planes high above the ground.


For fans of singer Jonas, his small but significant part may appeal. He is sailor Bruno Gaido whose spontaneous and heroic action during a Japanese raid earns him promotion.

“Midway” plays at three levels, including one about Japanese military officers, and was shot in Hawaii and Montreal with a lot of computer graphics thrown in. The camera work (Robby Baumgartner) is impressive, but somewhere the soul is missing, and the characters fail to come across as real people.

Despite this, the film opened atop the North American box office last weekend with a reported $17.5 million in ticket sales.