Organised by the Arab Fashion Council, Arab Fashion Week (October 6 to 10) reached its third season, and what a season it has been.
With 22 countries, mainly from the Arab world, represented, Arab Fashion Week helped put the Middle East firmly on the fashion map. Here are our top highlights from the event.
The Queen Of Spades Ruled
Lamya Abedin kick-started Arab Fashion Week season three in true style with a collection of 30 unique dresses. Almost stealing attention from the dresses was the mini carnival theme stage complete with Ferris wheels, candy floss and carousels.
Beyonce’s Designer Wowed Us
New York-based celebrity designer LaQuan Smith made his Middle East debut showcasing his signature dresses, chic separates and sleek styles for everyday women. The designer who taught himself to sew at a young age with the help of his grandmother, successfully launched his first collection six years ago during New York Fashion Week, introducing a line of high fashion and luxury items, taking the industry by storm.
World First In Emirati Fashion
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Model Rafeea Al-Hajsi walked the catwalk for Lebanese designer Aiisha Ramadan on Sunday and made history in the process as she was the first Emirati model to strut runway at Arab Fashion Week. “Rafeea represents the beautiful Arab girl,” said designer, Ramadan about the model who admits making it onto the international fashion scene is difficult because of her social constraints and not wanting to don more revealing ensembles.
Special Ambassador Award
American-Yemeni YouTube sensation Adam Saleh picked up a special ambassador award at the fashion week. His award was attributed to his work in “bridging cultures and boundaries between the west and the Middle East.”
INGIE Closed The Show
Rocked it! Thank you #arabfashionweek for inviting @ingieparis to close the show! #ingiepariswoman #ingieparis #arabfashionweek
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French-Lebanese designer Ingie Chalhoub closed Arab Fashion Week with a collection inspired by American pop art icon Andy Warhol with vibrant hues of red, blue and black making up the predominant colour scheme. “My design is all about the Parisian chic woman who is travelling all over the world,” she told AFP.
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