Fashion Week 2021 kicks off in Dubai – News
The first and second days of the event featured exceptional collections from renowned designers.
A design by Atelier Zuhra (Photos: Shihab)
The current Fashion Week 2021 presents the best designers from Asia and their exceptional collections. Held at The Arena, IMG Worlds of Adventure, on an exquisite specially designed ramp, the event is a three-day fashion extravaganza that promises to delight all fashion lovers and style influencers.
âFaithful to the trajectory traced by the Rulers of Dubai, we created this Fashion Week to support designers. Our goal is to revive the fashion trade, by stimulating the generation of livelihoods for the farmer who cultivates the fiber, the weavers, the mills, the artisan embroiderers, the tailors. It’s time to shine the spotlight on designers, choreographers, makeup and hair stylists, models, sound and light producers, to give them a platform to shine after the pandemic, âsaid the founder and producer of Fashion Week 2021 , Saif Ali Khan, who also runs Supreme Events, the producers of this event.
Kevin Oliver’s choreography sets this event apart from most of the fashion weeks of the past. It was pure theater. The musical performances, the play of light transformed the stoic models into actors! The high quality of the production, paired with both Saif Ali Khan and Kevin Oliver, helped Fashion Week 2021 set the bar high to showcase the style.
Some highlights from Thursday’s shows (Day One):
Rabia Z & Ameera Al Ahli, are sisters who collectively founded âHouse of Ikatâ to revive their Emirati and Uzbeki heritage. Using a treasure trove of Ikat prints donated by their grandmother, they modernized local fashion staples like the Emirati mukhawar.
While Rabia Z’s silhouettes were modest yet modern, with a touch of feminine flow, Ameera showcased some bold luxury streetwear. Both collections reflected the region’s vast vocabulary of women’s fashion.
Emirati designer Atelier Zuhra (design pictured above) presented a âRebirth Collectionâ celebrating Dubai’s love for grace and elegance.
Rich, high-quality fabrics, finely crafted, in an ethereal color palette of emerald greens, fuchsia and romantic yellows, have all been inspired by the beauty of the ocean. Representing the designer’s vision, this collection has been designed to make every woman feel chic and comfortable.
The Victor closet
Created for the unconventional, courageous and confident man, this collection showcased the unique signature and vision of three designers to create edgy and assertive streetwear pieces. Paying great attention to detail, from the hand stitching to the finesse of the fit, the designers have perfected each set with a focus on the details. This is not a collection for the faint-hearted, but a choice for those who want to be on the cutting edge of style.
Channeling a winter ball hosted by the Tsar of Russia in the early 19th century, Angelo Estera drew on pages of Russian history to recreate this in a contemporary context. Echoing the elegance and preciousness of luxury, the designer used rich brocades, French lace, sheer tulle, texture with an ornament of rare caviar pearls to create ensembles worthy of modern royalty. Angelo’s tailoring skills were visible through his highly technical construction of ball gowns and exquisite boning cuts.
Along with the glamor of the event, there is a community initiative called ‘Bazaar’, which showcased delicious products from micro and small business owners in the area.
Highlights of Friday (second day):
The highlight of the day was the Opening Show, a unique initiative to encourage future creators, specially created by Raza Baig of Splash Fashions and Saif Ali Khan of Supreme Events, in line with their continued commitment to highlight emerging talents.
Emerging Talent and Fashion Show by Splash Fashions
The opening show that showcased emerging talent, selected by Splash Fashions, and the winner of the FAD Emerging Talent Show was Areej RIMAWI. Fashion Week 2021 turned out to be the trampoline from which she launched her modern and modest collection. And the RIMAWI collection was a perfect example of modest Dubai style with a touch of culture.
Limak by Kamil
A designer inspired by his roots, Kamil sharpened his passion to evolve as an expert in glamorous evening wear. Kamil’s collections were elegantly constructed, with a sense of drama. Having designed for Sri Lankan celebrities, international beauty pageants like Miss Universe, Miss International and Supermodel Of The World, Limak by Kamil presented the same touch of class in Dubai. Its design story revolved around a touch of vintage with a modern twist, perfect for the Dubai red carpet.
âUpwards and Onwardsâ had a significant and positive impact, raising hope. The strong stripes, geometry, fine cuts of Marwah have been heavily retouched; its hand-painted designs, a subtle reminder to meet and overcome the challenges of the pandemic. But the highlights of the show were Marwah’s womenswear. A capsule collection with a clean design, with a magnificent cut, showing the designer’s ability to reflect the refinement and finesse expected by today’s empowered woman.
Known for his iconic style of Bollywood divas, Rocky’s new collection is an ode to the galactic world. The twinkling, twinkling light of the stars reflected through a combination of classic black and antique gold was pure and brilliant. The detailed sparkling sequin embroidery gave it an edge.
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