Calling all fashion lovers in the region, as Arab Fashion Week is once again returning to Dubai after a tumultuous period of online shows, from the 10th of October to the 15th. The extravagant Women’s Fashion Week is being hosted by the Arab Fashion Council in partnership with Dubai Design District (D3). This season will showcase the latest Autumn/Winter 22/23 Couture and Spring/Summer 23 Ready-To-Wear collections. For the first time ever, the line-up will feature over 35 talented designers from Middle Eastern countries like: UAE, Saudi Arabia, Palestine, Iran and Lebanon to name a few. Alongside, creatives from around the globe will showcase, including countries such as Ukraine, UK, Mexico, Thailand and India among a total of 23 countries. The organisation will welcome regional and international buyers, editors and industry leaders to witness all the skill-fully curated collections. In addition, the week is set to be packed with multitudes of runway shows and presentations, invigorating panels with esteemed professionals, and gripping activations. So, keep an eye out on Arab Fashion Week and Arab Fashion Council’s social media platforms to get your invite to the ‘It’ event of the year. Here’s some of the most exciting moments we’re looking forward to:
Barbie x Jean-Louis Sabaji
The enticing week will be commemorated on the 10th of October at D3. Starting strong, with a special collaboration between, 2021 Fashion Icon Award winner, Barbie and Lebanese couturier Jean-Louis Sabaji. The duo was teamed up to curate a historic collection, signifying similar iconic partnerships in fashion history like the Moschino x Barbie collaboration. Mohammed Aqra, chief strategy officer at the Arab Fashion Council has stated “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… propelling designers onto a global stage and before international brands, buyers, and worldwide media.”
FiftyMade, The Giving Movement
The UAE based, sustainable athlesiure brand The Giving Movement will be debuting their new clothing range, FiftyMade. The latest sub-brand, similar to the main line features a sustainable framework, with the addition of bio-based materials. FiftyMade was recently launched in August, with a collection of slides crafted utilising bio-sugarcane to minimise greenhouse emissions. The newest venture is said to encapsulate eco-conscious clothing along with the latest fashion phenomenon, tech.
For the first time ever, American-based Syrian brand Atelier Forger will be showcasing their collection at Arab Fashion Week. Atelier Forger is a ready-to-wear slow fashion label, which is made to order and curated with sustainably sourced materials. The clothing brand with Middle Eastern roots is often crafted meticulously by artisans in Beirut and the local community. The brand currently has only one collection coined ‘Timeless’ which is embedded into each garment and captures the essence of Atelier Forger.
The renowned Weinsanto will be returning for the fifth time, to showcase its collection at the Arab Fashion Week. The Paris-based label is presented by the organisation responsible for Paris Fashion Week, La Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode. The continuous partnership among the organisations, magnifies the relevance of Arab Fashion Week and Dubai to the global brands. Weinsato studied ballet and his presentations are often a homage to his creative background and a colourful celebration of the performing arts.
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