Time Out donned its glad rags and graced Dubai Fashion Week
Now in its 10th season, Dubai Fashion Week is where many of the UAE’s local trends originate. Last week’s autumn/winter DFW was less influential than the spring/summer event in October, but there was some genuine talent. Here is our pick of the top five collections...
Rajesh Pratap Singh
The closing show of the event, India-based, Paris-appreciated designer Rajesh Pratap Singh’s Dubai debut featured bold patterns and textures.
Think velour alongside metallic sequins – it was undoubtedly the most grow- up and covetable collection of the week.
Available at S*uce, The Village Mall, Jumeirah (04 344 7270).
Key trend: Bold florals
At a Glance
Emirati duo Lamees and Eman Al Hajri, founders of local label At a Glance, presented a slick show characterised by a surprising mix of materials, particularly the lace dress that featured a shock of fur in the front panel.
Overall, we were impressed with the brave silhouettes and clever use of tailoring – too many locally based designers rely on flowing gowns that require little actual measurement.
Available at Ush Boutique, Al Wasl Road (04 344 2202).
Key trend: Mixed textures
Since 2010, local label HSY – run by media darling and Dubai style icon Hassan Sheheryar Yasin – has been known for its strong Pakistani and Middle Eastern style.
The latest collection, entitled ‘Voyage National’, is a showcase of Pakistan’s tradition of embroidery, strengthened by rich, mature colours and strong, directional cuts. While not wearable every day, it’s the perfect trousseau for the South Asian bride.
Available at Soiree, Villa 11, Al Wasl Road (04 349 4995).
Key trend: Intricate embroidery
This half-Iraqi, half-Russian, Jordan-based designer knows how to flatter the female form.
Her latest line, ‘A Return to Glamour’, was just that: chiffons, silks and crystal embellishments featured on floaty gowns in emerald green, peacock blue and grape, plus champagne and black lace.