Your guide to Fashion Forward

We meet the hot designers and pick the must-do events

The Emperor 1688 catwalk show
The Emperor 1688 catwalk show
The Golkar brothers at The Emperor 1688
The Golkar brothers at The Emperor 1688
Fashion Café
Fashion Café
Pop-up shop
Pop-up shop

We look at the forthcoming Vogue Fashion Dubai Experience and Fashion Forward events.

For those on Dubai’s style circuit, the next two weeks are sort of a big deal. First up, the second season of homegrown sartorial event Fashion Forward runs from Tuesday October 15 to Friday October 18. As well as fashion discussions, you get to attend runway shows, after-parties and a lot more besides. Before that, the first ever Vogue Fashion Experience Dubai kicks off for one day on Thursday October 10. Here, we meet the designers behind one label showing at Fashion Forward, and reveal our editor’s picks of the best public fashion events across both affairs.

Meet the designers

We go backstage with the creative brains behind fashion label The Emperor 1688, and chat to British-Iranian brothers Haman, Babak and Farhan Golkar.

Why are you participating in Fashion Forward?
It’s important for any designer to showcase their ideas on a runway presentation. This is the way buyers actively see the concept.

What do you expect to get out of the event?
On a personal level, it will see us show our vision as designers. We have something to say about the way men should dress, so having a platform to show what we think and feel about fashion is very humbling. We aim to be the brand for the UAE that Paul Smith is for England. We are a brand that is born here and we want to have as much presence as possible in this region.

What are your inspirations for this collection?
For our Spring Summer 2014 collection we started with the classic novel Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh, which is set in the 1930s. We develop the colours and themes from these ideas and fuse it with a very contemporary attitude so the modern man can enjoy wearing the clothes as much as seeing the inspiration behind the collection.

What trends are evident in your Spring/Summer 2014 collection?
We always stay true to our roots of exquisite tailoring and timeless cuts. So while we love to work with different prints, fabrics and themes, the essence of The Emperor 1688 will always be evident in the quality. We have used lots of light, fresh fabrics and colours to complement our styles in our collection.

Fashion Forward editor’s picks

October 15
Garden Party

From 3pm, check out the new space dedicated to housing 40 regional accessory designers and a pop-up shop while you scoff sartorial-sized cupcakes.

Glam Hour
From 7pm, rub shoulders with the fashion elite and enjoy mocktails and drinks in the Fashion Café.

London College of Fashion – d3 Fashion Talk
London College of Fashion lecturer Paul Tierney talks about the rise of the fashion blogger.

October 16
Fashion Brunch

Taking place daily from noon in the Fashion Café.

October 17
KAGE Fashion Show

See the local label’s latest edgy designs up close at the catwalk show taking place from 7.30pm in Hall 3.

October 18

Mingle with fellow fashion fiends at the after party on the Terrace from 10pm

Nanette Lepore d3 Fashion talk
From 6.30pm, the renowned American designer will give a talk about her views on the industry.
General admission tickets Dhs75 daily or Dhs150 for a four-day pass. Students with ID get a discount. For more info on tickets visit

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