There were a lot of surprises at this season’s Fashion Forward (FFWD) runways. Locally-based designers Furne One and Ezra wowed the audience with vintage and gothic themes. They raised the bar high for the rest of the participants, like Hashe and Aiisha Ramadan, but not everyone was up to the challenge.
On the one hand, newcomer Jean Louis shocked onlookers with his memorable edgy, yet soft, floral collection. Then, of course, there were the let-downs, as is in any show, including Lama Jouni and Maral, whose designs lacked originality.
Dubai is stepping up its fashion scene with every year that passes by. Collections like those of Hussein Bazaza and Mauzan set high standards on the runway this season. The competition in previous years may have been few and far between but this year it is the highest it’s ever been. Though there are many talented local designers emerging and giving their all in their designs, there are others who might not be aware of the growing number of resilient opponents and have not wowed us this season.
Dubai is no longer an occasionally fashionable city, it has become the capital of fashion in the Middle East and is quickly gaining attention from international names. Many of the participants at FFWD have had their designs worn by A-list celebrities.
So to the designers who did not make it to our “best list,” step it up a notch, the competition just got serious.
Click here for an overview of the the weekend as perceived by Arabian Business:
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