5th Season of FFWD
Dubai has turned into the capital of fashion in the Middle East and is rapidly getting more attention from international names. The Arab fashion world develops quickly and demonstrates a great deal of potential. The
Dubai has turned into the capital of fashion in the Middle East and is rapidly getting more attention from international names. The Arab fashion world develops quickly and demonstrates a great deal of potential. The beauty and excellence about Fashion Forward is that the designers showcase collections, which are impacted by Arab society and legacy, from oriental embroidery to long, streaming outfits made from silky fabrics, draped and layered in innovative ways. Twenty three designers showcased their Ready-to-Wear/Haute Couture Autumn/Winter 2015 Collections this season.
Fashion forward commenced with the launch of The Garden, a retail space for the upcoming accessories and apparel designers, had experienced a touch of an alter as well, with Emirati brands debuting their avant-garde collections.
There were a considerable number of surprises at this season’s runway shows. Locally based designers, Amato and Ezra wowed everyone with vintage and gothic themes; they raised the bar high for the rest of the participants, earning a much-deserved overwhelming applause.
Ezra Santos pulled off the opening show with his lavish and romantic Victorian-inspired laced, fairytale illustrations. He showcased an array of stunning gowns. The collection formerly known as The Clara Collection was propelled by Manila of the 1930’s and Spain’s colonisation of the Philippines. Blush pink characterised the collection with Ezra’s trademark Cinderella ball gowns made of silk tulle shining with intricate bead detailing. It was one of his best collections so far. The finale was dramatic and out of the world; models with puffy gowns strolled down the runway and then gracefully sat on the floor. It felt like cherry bloom petals fell on the runway. A male model then made his way down the runway and picked up one model after the other, which resulted in an excellent finale.
The Emperor 1688 had a similarly amazing show, The Golkar Brothers showcased a first class show with an exclusive womenswear collection portraying monochrome tweeds, flouncy skirts, exposed zips- designs which were produced maturely in depth and texture. The collection looked sporty, energetic, structured and yet feminine. The brothers are ready to take on risks by displaying dresses that elongated the body, which looked tailored and easy-going.
Collections like those of Hussein Bazaza and Mauzan met the high expectations this season. Hussein Bazaza is a standout amongst the most talked-about emerging designers from the Middle East. His collection was based on prints, which were on silk dresses, skirts and shirts. The showcase featured a fabric mash up: lace, silk, jersey, mesh, velvet and wool-were all utilised to create sculpted designs. All in all, Bazaza proved how it should be done.
Taller Marmo’s finale included a mother-daughter stroll down the runway, few models’ faces were painted black. When speaking of Said Mahrouf, it must be said that his signature style is draping; he never sketches. Instead, he wraps fabrics on a mannequin. This season, Mahrouf delivered silhouettes that were airy and exquisite; his collection was extremely versatile, as it would fit women of all sizes. The House of Nomad designers, have been popular in the region after the launch of their athletic + leisure wear; their show started off with a school bell ringing with models walking out in cropped tops, grey skirts, thigh-high socks and coats. Their designs depicted a very clean neutral palette of white, grey and navy blue.
Finally, Amato put on an extravagant show with his gorgeous and artistic designs during the grand finale of Fashion Forward. Glancing back at the past seasons of FFWD, the designer knows how to put on a stunning show, as his intricate dresses are haute couture pieces. However, while this collection displayed the same level of craftsmanship it showed that he could also appeal and cater to the ready-to-wear market. His collection was truly challenging and incorporated a considerable amount of denim.