2015 is ending and I am flooded with meetings, reports,
people, dealing with people etc. In spite of the mounting pile of work awaiting me, I have decided to put a halt to it and committed to updating my blog the latest, exciting event that took place in the previous week – the very first edition of the Arab Fashion Week organised by the Arab Fashion Council.
The venue was at Park Hyatt Hotel in Deira, Dubai with main sponsorship from Huawei. Since I have recently moved to Dubai, I did not know what style should I stick to – clean, neat and simple or “over the top”. I went with the first option, just to realise that I was underdressed. The Middle Eastern style comprises of sophisticated texture and patterns, multi-coloured, festive gowns and I was stuck in monotone shades of black and white. Oh well.
The design that we were most impressed with in Day 1 was Abed Mahfouz’s. Each gown reflected delicacy, complexity and a strong touch of Lebanese design style. The models have well showcased the high fashion of his latest collection.
Two of my favourite dresses from the collection.
Unfortunately, I did not capture all of the elegant looks during the runway, but you can follow Abed Mahfouz on Instagram @Abedmahfouzpr.
We thought we got lost again on our way to Park Hyatt (yup, I admit I’m a “noob” driver with a poor sense of navigation), but luckily, Genny runway was delayed for half an hour. I have been yearning to see her design which I believe matches very well with my style. Her collection is a version of elegance, infusing an Italian’s beautiful, neat, minimalistic approach.
I love the monotone in Genny’s design – her high-end “ready-to-wear” outfits which I personally would consider purchasing.
You can follow Genny on Instagram @Gennyofficial
The talented Mireille Dagher concluded the night with the traditional Lebanese, sophisticated gowns. The collection was not the most mind-blowing design but it surely ended the night in a strong, positive note. Each gown presented a character, a personality, an emotion and an attitude. A true definition of Haute Couture.
I love them, which one would you pick? My personal favourite is the red gown, don’t you think the dress will make you look strong, powerful, royal and slightly arrogant (it’s a positive adjective, us women need to be slightly arrogant) ?
You can follow Mireille Dagher on Instagram @mireille_dagher
First of all, I actually had the time to pose at the Red Carpet.
I was wearing the black laced dress from Thuy Design House.
Tiiya by Alanoud Al Attiya showcased her SS16 collection and it was completely mind-blowing. Bloggers were all using their phones to video the whole runway. There were more applauses than ever everytime a model presented a gown. Her design is unpredictable, reflected her creativity and challenged other fashion houses. She is one capable, potential designer who I strongly believe will make it far. Her princess gowns may not be practical to be worn regularly, but once you attend an important event with her well-crafted dress, all eyes will definitely focus on you, and only you.
Tell me which is your favourite?
You can follow Tiiya on Instagram @tiiyaofficial.
The well-respected fashion house, Tony Ward has concluded the Arab Fashion Week in a high note. Post-runway, it felt as if every lady in the ballroom would sneak in the backstage to quickly pre-order the new gowns.
Tony Ward’s SS collection 2016. What do you think? I do think they are unique and highly creative *mouth-watering*.
You can follow Tony Ward on Instagram @tonywardcouture
Once again, I am extremely grateful for such eye-opening event and honoured to have received the formal invitation from the Arab Fashion Council. I couldn’t be more thrilled. Style and Fashion are in fact my happy pills. They help take my mind off my chaotic work and deadlines. And now, post-event, I have to readjust to my default system and get back to work.
Much love from Dubai,