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Prada Mode’s Dubai iteration opened its doors to fans of the House from the region, exhibiting the ‘The Pharmacy’ by artist Damien Hirst from 9-10 November. For Prada Mode Dubai, Damien transformed a dedicated space at the landmark ICD Brookfield Place in Dubai International Financial Centre district (DIFC), welcoming the city’s favorite A-listers. Here’s a round up of our favourite looks from the event.

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As the Arab Fashion Week Women’s Ready-To-Wear Spring-Summer 2023 season comes to an end after a six-day affair of international fashion crossed with Arabian tastes, we round up our favourite looks from the runway.

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Arab designer Jean-Louis Sabaji opened the Arab Fashion Week with his SS23 collection in collaboration with the world’s most iconic doll, Barbie. Jean has become the first Arab designer to collaborate with the Matell label, in succession of international labels like Moschino and Balmain.

The collection presented feathers, crystals and Barbie’s iconic ponytail silhouette reflected as cuts and flairs on the designs. Think of voluminous gowns, crystal beading, sequences and heart-shaped material that offers a modern take on the style quotient of the iconic brand.

Jean revealed that the collection is powered by the color pink and its ability to be a powerful tool of self expression. “The collection is designed to celebrate the beauty and strength of women,” he added.

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Lebanese-American designer Rami Kadi’s Fall-Winter 2019/20 collection is akin to a walk in a verdant garden. The ‘Temple of Flora’ line was recently showcased during Arab Fashion Week (9-14 October) in Dubai, following its reveal during Haute Couture week in Paris this July.

 

This is the second season that I showcased at in Dubai this year,” Rami told Villa 88. “After Paris and Montenegro, it was good to bring it to the Arab World, so that our region can see it. Arab Fashion Week was the right platform to do that, and I’m hoping we can emphasize more on the fashion in our region.”

From 3D-knitted iridescent sequins to the ombré effect, hand-painted plastic leaves to laser-cut techniques, the collection offers a lesson in intricate detailing. Rami draws inspiration from Taschen’s reprint of the book The Temple of Flora, which he came across while browsing a private book collection in Beirut, a box set portfolio of illustrations by Robert John Thornton that was originally published in 1799. 

When asked how the collection is a fit for the regional woman, Rami said, “This collection is for the strong woman who has a dash of femininity, and wants to be herself. The floral element gives the collection the its feminine twist.” We can’t wait to see what Rami brings to the table next.


 

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The Arab Fashion Council  has rolled out the ninth edition of Arab Fashion Week in collaboration with City Walk, and the six-day event that runs from 9-14 October promises a diverse line-up of over 40 regional and international designers from the Middle East, Europe and Asia.

Among the highlights of the event are fashion shows, pop-ups, presentations and trunk shows that will take place at 1422,  which is known to be the world’s first ready couture store and the region’s first-ever designer acceleration hub at City Walk. Designers Dhruv Kapoor, Hussein Bazaza, Rami Kadi and Nora Al Shaikh are among the headline acts.

What’s more? Arab Fashion Council will  shine the spotlight on the AFC Green Label initiative, in line with the United Nations Global Sustainable Goals, which is a part of the Arab Fashion Week festival. The aim of AFC Green Label is to promote an eco-conscious approach to the environment by sourcing ethical materials.

Arab Fashion Week is the first platform in the region to have introduced the See-now, Buy-now concept to the runway, and will bring back the concept this season with its traditional trunk shows. “We don’t sit and watch, but we create the desire. Together with our multinational partners, we create the need for the luxury market,” Mohammed Aqra, the Arab Fashion Council’s head of partnership, said in a release.


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