Arab Fashion Week returns to the Dubai Design District with an international offering of women’s shows and a landmark collaboration
- Barbie will take center stage through a global collaboration with Lebanese designer Jean Louis Sabaji
- For the first time, Arab Fashion Week will welcome over 35 designers from the MENA region, Europe, Asia and America to the d3 area and its B2B platform
- Eco-conscious brand The Giving Movement introduces its new clothing line FiftyMade
- Sustainability and fashion technology will be paramount on the catwalk
In a strategic partnership the Arab moderate and Dubai Design District (d3) are pleased to announce the return of Arab fashion week for women With Couture F/W 22/23 and spring/summer 2023 ready-to-wear shows will take place from October 10th to 15th, 2022 at d3.
Amid the city’s design and fashion pulse, the creative world – and more than 35 designers – will unite in Dubai at d3. Powered by the TECOM Group PJSC creative platform, the six-day calendar will be packed with runway shows, an international collaboration, panel discussions and activations.
As the global fashion industry continues to recover from the pandemic, Arab Fashion Week will welcome regional and international editors, buyers, industry leaders and global celebrities to see a curated selection of fashion-forward designers from the MENA region, Europe, the Americas and Asia. A number of new and returning designers are expected to feature on the season’s dynamic calendar and La Federation de la Haute Couture et de la Modethe French organization responsible for coordinating Paris Fashion Week will once again showcase the Paris-based label wine santo. It is Weinsanto’s fifth time attending Arab Fashion Week, underscoring Dubai’s ever-growing importance to global brands.
United Arab Emirates-based brand The Giving Movement is premiering its new clothing line named FiftyMade on the catwalk, while Atelier Forger will become the first Syrian label to take center stage at Arab Fashion Week.
Emerging and established designers from Mexico, Nicaragua, Thailand, Malaysia and Ukraine will also be attending Arab Fashion Week for the first time – alongside names from the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Jordan, Palestine, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Turkey, India, Indonesia, Vietnam, France, UK, Philippines, Poland, Romania, Paraguay and Belarus. A total of around 23 countries will be represented.
In addition, Arab Fashion Week will kick off with a special commemorative event Barbiethe recipient of the Fashion Icon Award 2021. Forging a unique collaboration with the world’s most diverse doll, the Arab Fashion Council tapped the Lebanese couturier Jean Louis Sabaji the first ever Arab designer to collaborate with the global icon, following similar partnerships with Balmain and Moschino. The historical capsule will be revealed on October 10th at d3.
To kick off the season of physical presentations, the runway shows will be streamed on live screens dotted around the d3 space. The public will also be invited to watch the live shows via social media platforms Arab Fashion Week and Arab Fashion Council.
Khadija Al Bastaki, Vice President of Dubai Design District (d3), said: “We are proud to announce, together with our strategic partner, the Arab Fashion Council, the line-up for this autumn’s Arab Fashion Week, which will be by far the largest edition yet with more than 35 designers Runway over the six day event – from all corners of the world. We look forward to welcoming the creative community to d3 to engage, connect and be inspired, and to see many emerging and established talent on our catwalk for the first time, as well as at workshops, panels and wider participate in activities. It is our mission at Dubai Design District to enrich the creative ecosystem here in Dubai and the wider region with opportunities to express themselves, reach new stakeholders and audiences and most importantly – rethink the regular. Arab Fashion Week continues to be at the heart of our regional fashion industry while elevating the global narrative of everything happening here in our region and continuing to build Dubai’s reputation as a global fashion hub. We look forward to welcoming all fashion lovers and enthusiasts.”
Mohammed Aqra, Chief Strategy Officer of the Arab Fashion Council, says: “The Arab Fashion Council is focused on its passionate mission of strategizing and bridging the gap between international and regional businesses – structured to support the Council’s mission of promoting and supporting the global development of our local talent and companies that represent our creative core countries. We are very proud to have pioneered a global collaboration between Barbie and Lebanese couturier Jean Louis Sabajithe first Arab in history to work with the global icon. We also celebrate the success of Arab Fashion Week as the region’s #1 creative platform, bringing its designers onto a global stage and in front of international brands, buyers and global media. Together with d3, we continue to promote Dubai’s role as the region’s fashion capital.”
Serge Carreira, Head of Emerging Brands Initiative, La Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode, said: “We look forward to further strengthening our long-term collaboration with the Arab Fashion Council. Some of our most promising talent could build strong and enduring relationships and explore the region’s market season after season. This undoubtedly helps pave the way for global success.”
The Arab Fashion Council is also pleased to announce the participation of its international corporate sponsors: Meta, Microsoft, Windows, Electra, Schwarzkopf professional, KIKO Milano, Waldorf Astoria DIFC, Launchmetrics, Ferronato Switzerland and Quintessentially.
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