The emerging talents of Dubai Fashion came to life on the third day of Dubai Fashion Week. Designers Nasrine Dechahe and Nova Krishnan were my top rated talents. Nasrine’s collection was all about casual chic, and Nova’s collection was very feminine and inspired by Indian fashion.

Abaya designers Nabrmaan and Homa Q showcased their SS11 Abayas which were appreciated for their combination of simplicity and elegance.

A favorite to many celebrities including Fergie who constantly wears their designs, Falguni and Shane Peacock’s collection comprised of edgy short dresses and a couple of evening dresses.

A very lacey collection was presented on the fourth day of Dubai Fashion Week by Bisma Ahmed entitled “Chantilly Lace & A Pretty Face”.

Next show was “Fashion For A Cause” where women from all around Dubai came together with models to raise awareness for the joint disease Arthritis.

More Abayas came to Dubai Fashion Week but this time by one of Dubai’s favorite Abaya labels, Hanayen. I loved the hats with draped shawls inspired by the Emirates Airline Stewardesses.

The talented Indian designer Divya Oswal presented her collection “Indulge” which had lovely kaftans and evening dresses. The inspiration was both Indian and Arabic.

Another favorite of mine, Saher Dia, showcased his couture collection which was a beautiful closure to the evening.

Dubai Fashion Week’s final day started with Arnab Sengupta’s elegant Indian collection “From The Trunk of Nizam”. Arnab used mirror work and embroidery on the colorful saris.

A very fierce Abaya collection by Rouge Couture entitled “Viva La Rouge” designed by Sara Al Madani and Apple Wang gave a feeling of suspense to the audience as the models came out with gorgeous Abayas carrying guns and wearing leather gloves.

Dubai Fashion Week’s most awaited show was finally on with Dubai’s most loved couture house “Amato Couture” by Filipino designer Furne One. His collection wowed Dubai’s audience just as it wowed the audience in London Fashion Week. The head pieces screamed Lady Gaga and the dresses were so beautifully made.

Dubai Fashion Week came to an end with Bollywood’s favorite designer Manish Malhotra of Studio 8. Manish Malhotra’s collection was a very elegant and sophisticated. He used a lot of velvet and embroidery on both Womenswear and Menswear.

Manoj Bhojwani, Chairman of Dubai Fashion Week said “We have 350,000,000 people living in the Middle East without a single serious fashion week compared to Europe with 300,000,000 people with three fashion weeks. So from that angle, Dubai Fashion Week has a lot of potential.”

Dubai brought designers and audiences together to highlight the importance of Fashion in our region. Dubai Fashion Week’s Middle Eastern and South Asian collections made a big hit and I can’t wait for Dubai Fashion Week next year!


By: Zubaida Al-Ali Basha


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