Fashion Forward Season 9 sadly came to an end yesterday. However, if you missed out on the action, fear not as we have rounded up the best shows, highlights and street-style looks from the three-day event.

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A storm may have been brewing here in Dubai, but the ninth season of FFWD kicked off to a fashion-fabulous start as the style set came together to watch the region’s local talent on the runway.

BEST SHOW: Arwa Al Banawi


Known for her vivid and creative collections, Arwa Al Banawi’s S/S17 collection was an exotic mix of colour, print and impeccably cut pieces. The bold red jackets were a firm favourite with the FROW and fashion editors alike, with their sharp shoulder pads and a contrasting white lapel.

The show wasn’t without some evening glamour either, as gold sequins adorned mannish blazers and sparkling asymmetric dresses.

BEST STREET STYLE: @layansarkiss

Before the rain comes a picture ⚡️#FFWD

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Wearing Fila and Adidas, Layan makes tracksuit pants look luxe with white heels and tinted sunnies.

HIGHLIGHT OF THE DAY: Michael Cinco’s larger than life Disney-esque dresses sweeping down the catwalk.



The rain continued to pour, but that didn’t dampen the mood on Dubai’s fashion elite. The FROWs were packed and a host of local designers – including Kristina Fidelskya, Abed Mafouz and Emperor – showcased their A/W17 collections. The talk of the day, ‘Getting Smart on Fashion’, was hosted by Sarah Hermez, founder of Creative Space in Beirut.

BEST SHOW: Abed Mafouz



Lebanese designer Abed Mafouz wowed us with a stunning collection of dresses featuring intricate embroidery, frothy ruffled shoulders and sheer skirts. Our favourite? The glistening golden gown with sheer caped shoulders.


Denim + @amiraharoonofficial ✨

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Radwa wears an oversized customised denim jacket and @amiraharoonofficial‘s Beatrix dress.

HIGHLIGHT OF THE DAY: Cheyma’s fashionably fun runway beauty look.



The last day saw a strong finish to Season 9 of Fashion Forward, with jaw-dropping presentations from our local favourites, Lama Jouni, Bedouin Studios, Zayan the Label and Kage.

BEST SHOW: Lama Jouni

Lama Jouni

BEST STREET STYLE: @theabduls wearing Arwa Al Banawi A/W17 collection.

Arwa Albanawi’s gang

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HIGHLIGHT OF THE DAY: Bedouin Studios’ statement sleeve jacket.


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