Menswear takes a mystical turn at Dubai fashion show

Menswear designer Varoin Marwah will return to Fashion Forward Dubai on Friday. (Supplied)
Updated 01 November 2019

Menswear takes a mystical turn at Dubai fashion show

DUBAI: Five years after launching his first label, menswear designer Varoin Marwah will return to Fashion Forward Dubai (FFWD) with his latest collection on Friday.

Marwah's Mystical Shangri-La collection will offer complete wardrobe solution for men, ranging from daywear to beachwear and formal wear.




Varoin Marwah's collection has a strong green color palette and features embroidered leaf pattern motifs. (Supplied)

“My Mystical Shangri-La is an unknown world of the forest. A place where one can desire for anything and achieve it,” he said.

“I hope this collection proves that we need not dress down for summer because I have created  silhouettes that are comfortable enough to be worn in summer and look chic at the same time.”




Marwah studied fashion in New Delhi. (Supplied)

Marwah studied fashion in New Delhi, his home city, before moving to Dubai to launch his label. His designs mix Indian handicraft and textile traditions with this region’s love of luxury.

“As the world moves closer, creativity can no longer be limited to one culture.  The lines of inspiration are blurred and more fluid,” the designer said.

His collection has a strong green color palette and features embroidered leaf pattern motifs.




The designer launched his label in Dubai. (Supplied)

Marwah has dressed young Bollywood actors such as Ranveer Singh and Arjun Kapoor, and is known for his love of extravagance.

Now a Dubai resident, he was nominated by the Dubai Design and Fashion Council to represent the Middle East region at the International Woolmark Prize two years ago.

“Dubai has always been home for me as part of my family have been based here for years. All my visits as a child made me realize that the city has a great mix of people and talents. I cannot imagine being anywhere else.”


Amr Diab is the first Arab artist to get his very own Times Square billboard

Arabic music star Amr Diab features on Times Square billboard. (Photo: AFP)
Updated 12 November 2019

Amr Diab is the first Arab artist to get his very own Times Square billboard

  • Amr Diab is the first Arab artist to appear on a Spotify billboard in Times Square
  • The move is a bid to promote the music and culture of the Middle East and North Africa

DUBAI: Amr Diab is the first Arab musical artist to get his face plastered on a Spotify billboard in New York City’s iconic Times Square. 

The streaming giant projected a smiling portrait of the Egyptian crooner in one of the most-visited landmarks in the Big Apple in a bid to promote the music and culture of the Middle East and North Africa.

The Egyptian singer has become the first Arab music artist to be featured on a billboard in Times Square. Supplied

“Today we are celebrating Diab’s legacy and we are proud to see him shine so brightly - literally - on the global stage,” says Claudius Boller, Managing Director, Spotify Middle East and Africa in an official press statement. 

According to Spotify, the legendary singer’s music is most streamed in the United States, followed by Sweden, Germany, the UK and Canada.

His album “Nour el-Ain” (Our Eyes Beam) brought him global success and earned him the title of “The Father of Mediterranean Music” for his style of blending Egyptian and western rhythms. 

Diab received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Big Apple Music Awards in 2009. At the 2014 World Music Awards, Diab was also awarded Best Egyptian Artist, Best Male Arab Artist, and World’s Best Arab Male Artist Voted Online.

He was also one of the first artists to headline a concert in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia during the Saudia E-Prix in 2018. He was part of a superstar lineup that included the likes of Enrique Iglesias, Jason Derulo, the Black Eyed Peas, One Republic and David Guetta. 

The 58-year-old singer is set to take the stage of the Dubai Media City Amphitheatre in Jan. 20, 2020.