Fashion Forward round up

Kristina Fidelskaya show at Fashion Forward Fall/Winter 2016, Dubai Design District on March 31, 2016 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)
Kristina Fidelskaya show at Fashion Forward Fall/Winter 2016, Dubai Design District on March 31, 2016 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)

Fashion Forward, the three day fashion event, took place last weekend in Dubai.

In a brand new venue within the purpose built Dubai Design District, the new space consisted of an open courtyard surrounded by re purposed shipping containers. This, the seventh edition of this industry-only event featured twenty eight runway shows, presentations and talks, and has now forged a name for itself as being a major force in the Dubai fashion calender.

As every season, Dubai based designer Amato closed proceedings, with the final runway show of the weekend, and as expected, opted for a typically extravagant show. This season, for AW16, Amato showed gothic inspired dresses, swathed in bondage style webbing, showcased against a film of a raging forest fire. In a departure from their trademark colour palette of pastels, this darker, more dramatic collection was in scorched reds, and distressed nudes and blacks.

Other noteworthy shows include local name Taller Marmo, who presented a small but balanced collection. With nod to Gucci, they presented mismatched trousers, jackets and bombers in a charming jacquard woven Persian hunting scene. The stand out silhouette however, was a pair of high waisted, bell bottomed white trousers. Kristina Fidelskaya too gave a predictably strong show, with sharply tailored tops and cigarette trousers in felted wool.

Accessories brand were given a dedicated space in The Showcase, and Lebanese brand Vanina offered delicate jewellery and evening bags created from recycled packaging, which was both clever and eco conscious. Alessa Jewellery launched Synchrony rings, with interchangeable beads to allow customisation, allowing beads to be removed entirely and placed on earrings.

Roula Ghalayini offered fierce clutches, finished with brass hardware that doubled as a handle.

Industry led discussions also took place, with London Collage of Fashion participating in a talk on 3D printing and the future of wearable tech in fashion, while online shopping site Moda Operandi had two of their heads in town, to both scout for local talent and participate in a talk on Runway to Retail.

However, the stand out star of the whole weekend was Salta, a Kazakstani label, who delivered a confident and assured show. In this her first showing in the Middle East, and citing Tibet as the inspiration, she sent models en masse, and in slow motion, down the runway. Styled to perfection with hats and felt accessories, the collection of bulbous layers, caught with simple tie fastenings at waists and necks, was a triumph.

Published: April 4, 2016 04:00 AM

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