Arab Fashion Week returned in October with a virtual gathering of local and international designer talents. Here are 15 looks for the new season that caught our eye
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Arab Fashion Week returned this October. Like other designer gatherings, this was a virtual affair, but still an opportunity to see a range of designer talents from across the Middle East and beyond. The event, organised by the Arab Fashion Council, welcomes a rich mix of names, also supporting local and emergent talent. We’ve picked out 15 high-glamour designs – with everything from edgy short gowns to dramatic feather-trimmed ballgown styles.
1. Elegant revival
Euphoria, the Emerati design house founded in 2018 and already stocked by major retailers across the Middle East, showcased its Revive collection on Day 1 of Arab Fashion Week. We loved this cool silver grey gown with shawl detail collar, neat tailored bodice and flowing skirt with slouch pockets. An elegant look for a modern bride, it has a touch of 1950s debutante glamour in the mix.
2. Fairytale flavour
Also from Euphoria, this fairytale one-shoulder gown in romantic pink colourway has an ethereal lightness with its tiered layers of tulle and frothy shoulder detail. We love the shorter length – all the better to reveal a dream pair of party heels.
3. Neat sheath
Dubai fashion house Baravia showed a bold collection with lots of form-fitting and shorter gowns in the mix. This sleek sheath gown caught our eye, with its Far Eastern cheongsam flavour and strong shoulder detailing.
4. Lace luxe
Day two of Arab Fashion Week was dedicated to Brazilian fashion and Maison Alexandrine took to the virtual runway with this slinky plunge front lace gown with split skirt and overskirt. The label will be familiar to fashion watchers, having been spotted worn by Miley Cyrus, Kim Kardashian and Carrie Underwood.
5. Fluid line
Renowned Brazilian partywear designer Sandro Barros has dressed the great and the good and was a star turn on day two of Arab Fashion Week. We loved this fluid and on-trend white gown with its high neck, feature sleeves and embellished bodice.
6. Fiesta feathers
Sandro Barros has his atelier in the heart of São Paulo but his designs reflect both the spirit of Brazil and his love of everything from opera to porcelain. This glorious party gown has a distinct carnival flavour with its soft latte hue and dressing of lavish feathers.
7. Scarlet style
Vitor Zerbinato’s 2021 spring/summer collection is inspired by the flora and fauna of Brazil, with a rich palette of tropical colours. This scarlet gown is a bold number from a richly hued collection, with bootlace straps and frills down the bodice for added flourish.
8. Party time
Day three of Arab Fashion Week focused on the designers of Lebanon – and was a tribute to the city of Beirut, a fashion capital with a rich fashion design history. This gown from Antoine Kareh is among our favourites. A pink lace ankle-skimming slimline gown, it features a lavish tulle overskirt.
9. Luminous line
In a collection inspired by new shapes and fabrications, this starry Antoine Kareh design stole the show. The glittering embellished sheer gown with bold one-shoulder cut has a lavish overskirt with train.
10. Femme fatale
Lebanese designer Aboud Jammal’s Luminescent collection (also featured top) majored on glamorous and sensual gowns and this iridescent pale silver design is pure Hollywood femme fatale with its one-shoulder cut, feature sleeve and daring front split.
11. Ruffles up
The final day of Arab Fashion Week brought together designers from seven nations. Star Iraqi label Zeena Zaki showed one of our favourite gowns of the whole four days. It was a week that showcased many feminine pink gowns but this stood out for its delightfully romantic lines. With off-the-shoulder cut and soft and flattering bodice, it has a full tiered skirt and is just made for dancing till dawn.
12. Short and sleek
Also from Zeena Zaki’s new collection, and in complete contrast to its romantic full-length pink gown, this elegant and form-fitting calf-length dress has a sharply tailored buttoned bodice, fitted sleeves and pencil skirt.
13. Nature quest
Zara Umrigar’s Wonderland collection is inspired by a fairytale world where dreams come true. This collection features beautiful hand embroidery, showcased on this sleek long-sleeved design with intricate leaf embroidery along the length of the gown.
14. Feathered finery
Maliché, created by Philippines-based designer Michelle Bernardo, specialises in high-glamour evening and bridal wear and her spring/summer collection is strong on classic shapes with intricate embellishment. This lovely dove grey gown has a trail of fine feathers.
15. Fifties flair
One of our favourite gowns from Arab Fashion Week, this stunning cream ballgown by Maliché has elegant 1950s lines with its structured bodice and wide ballgown skirt. We love the romantic leaf-trail motif with glittering embellishment.
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