DUBAI’S DESIGNER SHOWCASE: Fashion Forward Dubai, a biannual fashion showcase, has named the roster of designers that will show their spring collections at the regional fashion platform for Dubai and the Middle East.
The ready-to-wear, couture, accessory and jewelry designers are Amato by Furne One, Amira Haroon, Arwa Al Banawi, Bedouin, Bouguessa, Amal Al Raisi, Dima Ayad, Ezra, Michael Cinco, Mira Hayek, Mrs. Keepa, Orkalia, Said Mahrouf, Salta, Sotra, Starch Foundation, Salim Azzam, Timi Hayek, Tair, Zaid Farouki, Varoin Marwah, Zareena, Zena Presley, Alessa Jewelry, Bleuis Bags, Exocet, Rula Galayini, Madiso, Myriam Sos, Nathalie Trad, Ns by Noof, Vanina, and Vinita Michael.
Supported by the Dubai Design and Fashion Council, Fashion Forward Dubai will be held from Oct. 20 to 23 at the Dubai Design District.
“Each season, we look forward to welcoming returning brands to FFWD while debuting new designers that we have sourced and selected from across the region,” said Fashion Forward Dubai chief executive officer and cofounder Bong Guerrero. “Season eight sees the exciting introduction of designers from beyond the region, a tactical addition by FFWD to extend the breadth of the event while maintaining its authenticity to support emerging talent.”
“Fashion Forward has established itself as an important platform to celebrate creativity and fashion, and to showcase the work of our designers from the region,” Dubai Design and Fashion Council ceo Nez Gebreel added. “The event continues to gain momentum each season and we look forward to witnessing the breadth of talent on display during this edition.”
Earlier this year, Fashion Forward, Dubai’s unofficial fashion week, attracted a number of first-time buyers from abroad to its new location in the Dubai Design District. Senior executives from retailers including Harvey Nichols Hong Kong, Galeries Lafayette in Paris and Moda Operandi came to see the 39 apparel and accessories designers from Dubai and its surrounding region that were showcased during the four-day event.