Next month, Arab Fashion Week returns to Dubai and it’s set to be the biggest showcase yet.

Encompassing both couture FW22/23 and SS23 ready-to-wear between October 10, 2022 to October 15, 2022, the Arab Fashion Council, in strategic partnership with Dubai Design District (d3), is set to showcase 36 different designers, both new and returning.

As the Council continues to put the region on the map when it comes to fashion, some 23 countries will be represented amongst the labels showcasing their work at AFW with emerging and established designers from as far afield as Mexico, Nicaragua, Thailand, Malaysia and Ukraine. Designers from the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Jordan, Palestine, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Turkey and more will also present their show-stopping pieces.

Paris-based label Weinsanto will also be participating in Arab Fashion Week for teh fifth time, being presented by La Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode, the French body responsible for coordinating Paris Fashion Week. As well as this, homegrown UAE brand The Giving Movement is set to debut its new range of clothing, FiftyMade, on the catwalk.


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Meanwhile, a history-making collaboration is also set to take place between Barbie, the 2021 recipient of the Fashion Icon Award, and Lebanese couturier Jean-Louis Sabaji who will become the first Arab designer ever to work with the global icon. The iconic and historic capsule is set to be unveiled on October 10 at d3, which will also mark the opening of Arab Fashion Week.

Khadija Al Bastaki, Vice President of d3, shared her excitement about the upcoming Dubai mega-event and welcoming a “creative community” to the Dubai Design District.

“It is very much our mission at Dubai Design District to elevate the creative ecosystem here in Dubai and the wider region with opportunities to showcase, tap into new stakeholders and audiences, and – most importantly – rethink the regular,” she said. “Arab Fashion Week continues to be at the very heart of our regional fashion industry while also taking the global narrative on all that is happening here in our region to new heights, further growing Dubai’s reputation as a global fashion hub. We look forward to welcoming all fashion lovers and enthusiasts.”

Arab Fashion Council’s Chief Strategy Officer Mohammed Aqra also shared a similar sentiment as the Council countires to foster and support “the global trajectories of our local talent and businesses that represent our creative heartlands”.

“We are very excited about having pioneered a global collaboration between Barbie and Lebanese couturier Jean-Louis Sabaji, the first Arab in history to work with the global icon,” he added. “We also celebrate Arab Fashion Week’s success as the region’s #1 creative platform, propelling its designers onto a global stage and before international brands, buyers, and worldwide media. Together with d3, we continue to champion Dubai’s role as the region’s fashion capital.”

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