Think bold colours, gorgeous details, and high drama.

If you don’t know, now you know. Arab Fashion Week kicked off on Wednesday night with shows from Amato Couture, AIISHA Ramadan, Louzan, and Saher Dia (as well as an opening bash), and since we live to serve here at Emirates Woman, we’ve rounded up the must-see looks for you here.

The week is just getting started, so do keep checking back, but we think you’ll agree the looks are coming out strong. There’s a sunshine yellow dress in here we’ll be dreaming about for weeks…

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Saher Dia

saher dia

The evening’s first show was from the Lebanon-born, Dubai-raised Saher Dia. He’s known for his love of fine fabrics and eye for detail, both of which are on display on this icy column gown. If you want to feel like a modern Grace Kelly, you could do a whole lot worse. How pretty is that bodice?

AIISHA Ramadan

aiisha ramadan

Also hailing from Lebanon but having started her line in the UAE is Aiisha Ramadan. She’s been at it for 10 years now, and you can see that expertise in the draping above. We’re hooked on that sunny hue – it really brings a Grecian cut to life. Empire waists are so pretty.



We had high hopes for this contemporary abaya and sheila label, and with looks like this, it didn’t disappoint. The embroidery at the collar, sleeves and hem is inspired, and we love the subtly mixed textures of the fabrics. Wear this and have people asking where you got it all day.

Amato Couture


Shutting night one down was big name label Amato Couture. This deep-V teal gown caught our eyes immediately – it’s elegant, interesting, and red-carpet ready in a huge way. Side note: the very extra gown-and-sunglasses combo is one we love, and will be seeing more of…


Just for a casual whip around the mall, you know? Low key. Jokes aside, we love this dusky rose colour and the mix of fabrics. We’ve got a sneaking suspicion the panelling around the bust and waist would be super flattering on non-models, too.


This teired, caped confection is a lot of look, but we love it. One for an offbeat bride, perhaps? It’s a bit boho and a bit ballgown, and it’s working.


Speaking of hippy vibes, the crochet situation here is one we’re very into. Again, gorgeous colour too. It’s slinky but not too simple, which is a winning combo.

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