Fashion Forward Dubai celebrated its 10th season this month. It took place from the 26-28 October, 2017. 28 designers from the region showcased their latest collections. Today I would like to share my favourite looks with you.
Amato‘s collection includes artistically constructed pieces: beautiful gowns & sleek intricate dresses. A signature Amato show, avant-garde meets theatre style drama.
Joao Rolo was inspired by the palatial environments of the XVIII (18th) century. Feminine gowns with lace fabrics, pastel colours, feathers, intricate embroidery and crystal embellishments.
Hussein Bazaza‘s spring summer 2018 collection included a remarkable number: a gown with a corset style bodice and long skirt decorated with sparkly sequins in the shape of Batman. Batman chic! I never thought I would want to wear a dress with Batman on it, but Bazaza made it a must-have.
One trend spotted on the Fashion Forward Dubai runway is ‘metallic fever’: gold, silver, sequins and other embellishments. The more bling the better. This gown by Essa fits perfectly into this theme.
Abstraction and accessibility are two words that explain Sid Neihum‘s style best. He is a designer with a passion for geometry. I’ve chosen this look because it is something I would wear, and I have an obsession with this particular shade of pink.
Mohanad Kojak’s collection includes fierce designs in vibrant red and shades of pink.
Anaya‘s collection includes several pieces I would love to add to my wardrobe, including these two looks. very feminine, with a touch of fierceness. The designs are made of different silks, lace, tulle, a lot of beads and beautiful hand crafted 3D flowers.
Royaled by RH‘s collection was inspired by 1980’s hiphop style mixed with Middle Eastern glam. This long white coat with red embroidery details on the pockets resembles the traditional Abaya.
Roni Helou finds inspiration in intangible aspects of humanity such as psychology and anthropology. With this collection the designer brings together modern femininity and grunge.
For his spring summer 2018 collection Eudon Choi continues his architectural exploration. He was inspired by designer Eileen Gray’s E-1027 house (located in France). Once again I have chosen a design I would like to add to my wardrobe, this one is perfect as work wear!
Lara Khoury‘s collection is very accessible. It includes pieces in black & white but also bright yellow and on trend shimmering metallics.
Sara Altwaim‘s collection is called ‘Salam’ which means peace. I like the designs with ethnic embroidery and bright colours like this one.
Zareena‘s collection merges Arabic culture with the historic beauty of the Renaissance.
Atelier Zuhra is THE highlight of Fashion Forward Dubai Season 10. The show includes white, black, silver and gold gowns. Each one more beautiful than the next. A parade of tulle, sequins, embroidery details, tassels and crystals. I found it hard to pick a favourite. The looks are feminine, some romantic but at the same time futuristic. I am a fan!
Madiyah Al Sharqi has a flair for 70’s silhouettes. This collection subtly references Little House on the Prairie.
Let me know which of these designs is your favourite!
Photography by Stuart C. Wilson and Cedric Ribeiro, Getty Images