There were ruffles and royals aplenty as the label beloved by A-listers took to the Arab Fashion Week catwalk.

It was the closing show of Arab Fashion Week’s opening night… and boy, it did not disappoint.

Womenswear label Marchesa paraded a dazzling array of its Autumn/Winter 17 gowns down the Meydan Hotel catwalk, with local fashionistas and even royals sitting front and centre.

Co-founder and designer Georgina Chapman, who established the glitzy label with Keren Craig back in 2004, even jetted into Dubai for the occasion, and took a bow at the show’s close.

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Marchesa, which has been sported by Blake Lively, Jennifer Lopez and Penelope Cruz (to name but a few), is the guest of honour at the fourth edition of Arab Fashion Week.

After showcasing spectacular ready-to-wear gowns on May 16, the New York-based brand will also present its ethereal bridalwear on May 20.

The Arab Fashion Week headline appearance coincides with Marchesa’s Middle Eastern debut, with the label opening its first-ever standalone boutique in Dubai Mall earlier this year.

The fashion week shows also allow shoppers to buy off-the-runway looks at a Marchesa pop-up in the Meydan Hotel, as well as schedule VIP fittings over the four-day event.

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But even if you can’t afford to buy, Tuesday night’s show gave the style set an up-front glimpse at the label’s frothy and uber-feminine creations.

With no further ado, here are the highlights of Marchesa’s A/W show…

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With their dipped backs, ebony palettes and hint of romantic tulle, these LBDs have a Gothic flamenco vibe that we’re really feeling (especially with those slicked-back buns).

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The ornate bodice and minimalistic layered skirt pair against each other beautifully in this ballet-inspired midi. And we’d be sure to dance all night in this number…

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Exquisite embellishments are a hallmark of the luxury label, and this gown is perfect proof with its jewel-encrusted bodice sitting atop an artfully draped skirt.

This golden Gatsby-esque beaded number is even more mesmerising when in motion…

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Sparingly placed feathers add a touch of retro glamour to this sheer floor-sweeper (that we can totally see J-Lo rocking on a red carpet in the near future).

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The flashes of turquoise elevate this shimmering sheath to new levels.

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This sugary confection was the real showstopper of the night, with heads turning in its wake as it made its way down the runway.

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