This week: Fashion Forward at the Madinat Conference Centre and the The bag new women’s shoe label, Aquazzura.
The debut of Dubai fashion initiative Fashion Forward (fashionforward.ae) ended with a bang last week, as local and regional designers gathered for a lively closing party to celebrate the first season of the Middle East fashion extravaganza. Over four days at the Madinat Conference Centre, the style clique attended 18 catwalk shows featuring emerging and international designers including local brands KAGE, Ezra and Zayan. The pieces on show at Dina JSR and Amato weren’t quite to our taste, but front row fashion was as edgy as we’ve seen in Dubai. Buyers, VIPs, bloggers and media donned neon pumps and beanies, shades (yes, in the dark), spikes and studs. Meanwhile, Lebanese bridal and red carpet designer Reem Acra was the guest of honour at an exclusive industry closing luncheon. Acra was discovered by a fashion editor while studying at the American University of Beirut and has carved a successful career for herself as one of Hollywood’s most favoured heavyweights. Keep your ears peeled for news on FF season two.
Dubai Mall’s Level Shoe District celebrated the launch of new women’s shoe label Aquazzura (04 501 6690) at the store this week with a visit from the Italian IT-label’s designer Edgardo Osorio. During the showcase customers were invited to choose a made-to-order pair of shoes, with Osorio presenting books of sketches and choices of materials. Until next week, get shopping!