Nine designers show off collections for charity at Media One
ESMOD fashion students This French fashion school, based in Dubai Academic City, is well respected and produces fine design minds – five of the best students from this year’s batch have been chosen to show off their clothes, and we’re particularly impressed by the strongly architectural pieces of Kai Li. Clothes not yet commercially available. www.french-fashion-university.com.
FLY by Ina Kammerzell This German expat made her first dress for her Barbie doll when she was 10 years old, but only began designing professionally when she moved to Dubai. From rainbow kaftans (perfect for local tastes) to racier silhouettes in sparkling silvers, acid patterns and neon leopard prints, Ina’s designs aren’t for shy, retiring types. From Dhs900-Dhs1,550, available at Si Fashion Gallery, Jumeirah Beach Road, Jumeirah 2 (04 349 0775).
Montaigne by Nasrine Dechache Parisian Nasrine Dechache debuted in the Emerging Talent show at Dubai Fashion Week last October, and just last month she had her own show at the autumn/winter event, while also working full time in marketing. Her clothes are wearable (think leggings and tailored jackets), focusing on materials such as cotton and jersey, yet still have girly flourishes throughout. From Dhs500-Dhs1,500, available through the Montaigne par Nasrine Facebook page.
Reemami Born and raised in the UAE, Reema Al Banna’s line is characterised by young, bold cuts and colours with an ’80s feel. We love the wearable shorts and shoulder-tastic jackets from her spring/summer ’11 range and look forward to seeing some of her new pieces showcased at next week’s event (she’s promised us plenty of new designs). From Dhs700-Dhs9,000, available at S*uce, The Village Mall, Jumeirah (04 344 7270) and Vallydez, Wafi (04 324 2883).
Sev Sev Sevan Tavitian’s quirky singlets with gold necklaces, braces, feathers, flowers, scarves and pearls are comfortable signature pieces, although she says the collection she’s going to unveil next Saturday is edgier in both form and colour. From Dhs300-Dhs900, available at S*uce, The Village Mall, Jumeirah (04 344 7270), and online at www.aura-b.com.
Shrekahnth A graduate of the National Institute of Fashion Technology in Hyderabad, India, this young designer is best known for his bold, artistic prints that incorporate everything from galaxy images to Babushka dolls and hardware to Islamic art. Unlike most designers, he crafts his patterns himself; his originality in an at-times-homogenous scene is something to be celebrated. From Dhs2,300, available at S*uce, The Village Mall, Jumeirah (04 344 7270) and Vallydez, Wafi (04 324 2883).