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.

Where We Are Going Today: Jeddah’s Dopamine Cafe

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Where We Are Going Today: Jeddah’s Dopamine Cafe

Complementing coffee with books and games, the perfect place to spend hours without being bored is Dopamine Cafe in Jeddah.

What sets this place apart from others in Jeddah is the range of activities that people can enjoy while having a cup or two of coffee.

The walls are lined with books for those seeking a moment of calm or are on their own, while groups of friends are guaranteed hours of entertainment thanks to the collections of games at the tables. Warm lights and soft music enhance the cozy and relaxing concept the cafe is going for.

It serves custom-crafted beverages, baked goods, breakfast options and more. The hazelnut cake is one of the best cakes I have had for a while — a chocolate sponge topped with espresso buttercream frosting and hazelnut chunks.

The cafe is calming and a great way to detox from the loud city and its busy lifestyle. It is located on Prince Sultan Road in Al-Rawdah district.