DUBAI: Read on for key points from the final day of Arab Fashion Week 2021, which finished April 1.
A subversive Scandinavian and monochromatic aesthetic, combined with custom-developed materials, fabrics and trimmings, the ready-to-wear label — founded by brothers Julius Juul and Victor Juul from Copenhagen — reveals a high attention to detail throughout every collection.
This homegrown brand was founded by Lebanese and Brazilian design duo Ahmad Ammar and Vincenzo Visciglia. Celebrated for their ready-to-wear gowns and dresses, this year’s collection featured couture evening pieces made in a black and white color theme, with feather and crystal beadings adding a unique blend of elegance.
Ihab Jiryis is a Palestinian designer who creates luxurious couture gowns. His collection showcases contradictory elements, such as the exposed and covered, contrasting colors, and plain fabrics offset by embroidered alternatives.
“I sincerely believe in the power of the dress and styles that express ideas and emotions that reflect what we have in our hearts and brains,” Jiryis said in a statement.
Dubai-based Filipino designer Michael Cinco is known for his gorgeous couture gowns and glittering client list, which includes music stars Rihanna and Lady Gaga. He presented his collection through a fairytale-like film showing the story of a boy who dreams of a young girl lost in a secret garden. Cinco’s collection featured soft, airy and feminine gowns that accentuated feminine waists.
Antonio Grimaldi is an Italian-based brand. The founder chose Rome and the Acquario Romano, a 19th century building with marine environment decorations, to present 32 creations from a new high fashion collection.
The designs are characterized by asymmetrical cuts and sculptural lines in motion — the hallmarks of his work. The collection is divided into three main outfits: Pantsuits, kaftans and evening dresses.