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FASHION FORWARD, season 5 day 2

Ezra sure raised the bar at FFWD Day 1, and as I dragged myself back for more the next day (dehydrated from previous night festivities), I wondered how I’d get through the day. And then came Arwa Al Banawi…

ARWA AL BANAWI (Presentation)

Being a child of the 90s, I’m a sucker for 90s everything. The birth of the supermodel. Neon colors. Babydoll dresses a la Ghesquière for Balenciaga. Jane Fonda’s leotards. Unisex casual chic. So Arwa Al Banawi’s 90s-inspired colorful prints hit the spot and was a perfect kick-off at Day 2 FFWD.

Arwa Al Banawi - Presentation - Dubai FFWD April 2015

Arwa Al Banawi – Presentation – Dubai FFWD April 2015

 

STARCH FOUNDATION (Catwalk)

I fell in love with Starch the day I visited their Saifi village flagship in 2010 I think it was, well before their acclaim of today. How can you not love an incubator for Lebanese fashion talent? Starch was established by Rabih Kayrouz, Tala Hajjar in collaboration with Solidere in 2008.

This Starch Foundation collection by collaborators Joe Arida, Nour Najem and Sarkis Dersahagian is not trying too hard. In fact, what makes it special is it appears not to be trying at all. Because when you’re confident, you’re just cool the way you are. These threads simply glide…

Starch Foundation - Runway - Dubai FFWD April 2015

Starch Foundation – Runway – Dubai FFWD April 2015

 

Starch Foundation - Runway - Dubai FFWD April 2015

Starch Foundation – Runway – Dubai FFWD April 2015

 

HACHE (Catwalk)

Ava Hashemi makes me want to go out and buy a winter coat, and look all Breakfast at Tiffany’s with a stylish updo. My favorite pieces from this collection of Hâché were definitely the coats.

Hashe - Runway - Dubai FFWD April 2015

Hashe – Runway – Dubai FFWD April 2015

 

YOUSEF AL-JASMI (Catwalk)

Kuwaiti designer Al-Jasmi may be known more for dressing brides but I’m crushing on his evening gowns; suggestive, provocative, sinewy. Not for the faint-hearted!

Yousef Al-Jasmi - Runway - Dubai FFWD April 2015

Yousef Al-Jasmi – Runway – Dubai FFWD April 2015

 

Yousef Al-Jasmi - Runway - Dubai FFWD April 2015

Yousef Al-Jasmi – Runway – Dubai FFWD April 2015

 

BOUGUESSA (Presentation)

Bouguessa’s progressive abayas inspire me to want to wear one. This is because of the contemporary aesthetic which has now become Bouguessa’s trademark.
DESIRE: This black with red piping can easily double up as a spring coat.

Bouguessa - Presentation - Dubai FFWD April 2015

Bouguessa – Presentation – Dubai FFWD April 2015

 

AIISHA RAMADAN (Catwalk)

Aicha. Aicha. Aicha. The Cheb Khaled song is ringing in my head right now. These pieces are going straight to my heart. Monochromatic palettes, bold colors. Feminine with a sense of decorum, just like the designer herself.

Aiisha Ramadan Presented By Dhamani - Runway - Dubai FFWD April 2015

Aiisha Ramadan Presented By Dhamani – Runway – Dubai FFWD April 2015

 

Aiisha Ramadan Presented By Dhamani - Runway - Dubai FFWD April 2015

Aiisha Ramadan Presented By Dhamani – Runway – Dubai FFWD April 2015

 

MARAL (Catwalk)

Maral entertained us and then she presented a gorgeous show-stopping collection. Not an easy feat to pull off. Clearly the designer isn’t shy of color or drama.

Maral - Runway - Dubai FFWD April 2015

Maral – Runway – Dubai FFWD April 2015

Maral - Runway - Dubai FFWD April 2015

Maral – Runway – Dubai FFWD April 2015

 

DIMA AYAD (Catwalk)

Fringe Binge! Who isn’t a fan of fringes? Though not everyone can pull off fringes tastefully. And doesn’t Dima Ayad herself look so darling in her own creation?

Dima Ayad Presented By HTC - Runway - Dubai FFWD April 2015

Dima Ayad Presented By HTC – Runway – Dubai FFWD April 2015

 

Dima Ayad Presented By HTC - Runway - Dubai FFWD April 2015

Dima Ayad Presented By HTC – Runway – Dubai FFWD April 2015

 

HUSSEIN BAZAZA (Catwalk)

There is nothing simplistic about this collection. In fact, I would speculate the inner working of Hussein Bazaza’s mind are rather deep and complex; combining the most unexpected colors and textures to deliver such a spectacular collection.

Hussein Bazaza - Runway - Dubai FFWD April 2015

Hussein Bazaza – Runway – Dubai FFWD April 2015

 

Hussein Bazaza - Runway - Dubai FFWD April 2015

Hussein Bazaza – Runway – Dubai FFWD April 2015

 

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