Fashion Forward is back with a second season and team EW have been there to witness all of the action. Read our latest report with all the fashion happenings now!


                                       Fashion Editor Angela Beitz follows this season’s navy trend topped off with a headpiece from Vivienne Morgan Millinery

With the Starch Foundation, Ezra and Emperor 1688 shows ahead that evening, we kicked off our afternoon browsing the designer exhibition showcasing beautiful white dresses and gowns from each designer.


All dressed in white

We then went onto the The Starch Foundation Show presentation, where we discovered four new labels that they are currently supporting.

We’ll definitely be keeping a watchful eye on Lebanese Hussein Bazaza, who previously worked as a Junior Designer for Elie Saab. His striking regal red numbers with gold brocade and embellishment hit all of the right notes for the up-coming party season.


Some of the beautiful pieces at The Starch Foundation show

Before we headed to the GisellaBLU show we headed down to the chic Fashion Café for quick recoup with a refreshing mocktail. The whole place was buzzing with bloggers, stylists, designers and fashion folk ready for the show.


The party gets started at The Fashion Café

The GisellaBLU show was fun, feminine and frivolous, with looks inspired by1940s icon Florence Broadhurst known for her bold clashing patterns.


Some of the stunning pieces from the GisellaBLU show

Next on our list was Ezra, so we raced over to Hall 2 to take our seat on the front row. The FROW was jam packed with all the usual fashionistas, including Lina and Tala Samman and Mohammed Al Habtoor, plus a number of fellow designers showing their support.


We spotted some familiar faces in the FROW

EW’s Fashion Editor Angela was super impressed and reported back with a rave review:“The Ezra show took everyone’s breath away, so much so that he received a standing ovation. 

“The OTT designer delivered his usual range of feminine silhouettes embellished with diamantes, Swarovski and different shaped mirrors. This was all offset by more Swarovski headpieces and lace masks that bought even more glamour and drama to the very well received show”


Ezra didn’t disappoint with bold colours and feminine silhouettes

With Ezra done, we hightailed it over to The Emperor 1688 show which was bright and interesting, and a welcome nod to The Great Gatsby.


The Emperor 1688 getting their Great Gatsby on

Read all about FFWD Day 2 here.

All photographs taken by Vikram Gawde