The new de­sign­ers rock­ing the cat­walk at Dubai’s big­gest fash­ion event.

Dubai’s big­gest fash­ion event of the year has just kicked off, and if you haven’t man­aged to bag a front row ticket, we bring you the low-down on the best new de­sign­ers hit­ting its cat­walk for the first time

Friday - - Contents - WORDS BY LIND­SAY JUDGE

How do you feel about show­ing your col­lec­tion at Fash­ion For­ward for the first time? I re­ally be­lieve that Fash­ion For­ward has be­come the best plat­form in the Mid­dle East and I am ex­cited to be a part of the new emerg­ing fash­ion cul­ture sur­round­ing it. Why did you choose Dubai to show your col­lec­tion? My S/S16 col­lec­tion is in­spired by my Dubai her­itage but it’s a mod­ern in­ter­pre­ta­tion. I be­lieve the best place to do it is Dubai as the city was the driv­ing force be­hind this col­lec­tion.

What

should we ex­pect to see in your col­lec­tion this sea­son? The col­lec­tion is in­flu­enced by the his­tory and beauty of pearls, as well as the sto­ries of pearl divers who scour the seabed for them. I have crafted a col­lec­tion in a pal­ette of white pearl, ocean blue, black pearl and sandy grey. The col­lec­tion is also re­flec­tive of na­ture in the use of tex­ture and print. Smooth silk chif­fon, jacquard, sub­tly tex­tured fab­rics, and del­i­cate wa­ter­colour prints make it up and evoke the beauty of the wa­ter and sand. What has been the high­light of your ca­reer so far? Show­ing at New York Fash­ion Week and dress­ing Eva Lon­go­ria. Who is your de­signer in­spi­ra­tion? Coco Chanel, Raf Si­mons as well as the late Alexan­der McQueen. Which celebrity would you most like to dress? Diane Kruger, Natalie Port­man and Si­enna Miller – it’s im­pos­si­ble to choose just one! Where do you see the fash­ion industry in the UAE go­ing over the next five years? Over the next five it will get even stronger thanks to ex­cit­ing projects such as Dubai De­sign Dis­trict.

How do you feel about debuting your col­lec­tion here for the first time? We are very ex­cited and hope to get some great ex­po­sure for the brand. Also, we are open­ing a store soon in the Dubai De­sign Dis­trict, so it’s im­por­tant to us that we be part of the fash­ion com­mu­nity here. What should we ex­pect from your col­lec­tion? The S/S16 cou­ture col­lec­tion is in­spired by Ja­panese cul­ture and par­tic­u­larly fea­tures the im­por­tance of the cherry blos­som tree in the coun­try. What has been the high­light of your ca­reer so far? Start­ing our com­pany in Dubai and be­com­ing part of Dubai De­sign Dis­trict has been a very im­por­tant step for us. Who is your de­signer in­spi­ra­tion?

Chris­tian

Dior. Which celebrity would you most like to dress?

Char­l­ize Theron. How do you see the fash­ion scene here de­vel­op­ing? Dubai is on its way to gain­ing promi­nence in world fash­ion, and is be­com­ing one of the im­por­tant fash­ion hubs.

What is the most ex­cit­ing part of be­ing a fash­ion de­signer? One of the most re­ward­ing parts of be­ing a de­signer is see­ing mod­els wear your de­signs. It’s al­ways a very proud mo­ment for me to see how my vi­sion comes to­gether and what the re­ac­tion to the col­lec­tion is. How do you feel about show­ing your col­lec­tion at Fash­ion For­ward? Be­douin is pro­duced in Dubai by a small ded­i­cated team and I spend half of the year here over­see­ing sam­ple mak­ing and pro­duc­tion, so it only seemed right. I also feel that Fash­ion For­ward is a great plat­form for young de­sign­ers and is well re­spected through­out the re­gion. What should we ex­pect from your col­lec­tion this sea­son? A sum­mery, sub­tle colour pal­ette, for­ward-think­ing crease-free fab­rics that are per­fect for travel, lots of em­broi­dery and a con­trast of fem­i­nine and loose fit­ting sil­hou­ettes. Each col­lec­tion is in­spired by a dif­fer­ent des­ti­na­tion or tribe from around the world. What has been the high­light of your ca­reer so far? See­ing my col­lec­tions in stores. Our first stock­ist in the Mid­dle East was The Rail in Jor­dan and it is amaz­ing to look back on three suc­cess­ful sea­sons with them. Be­douin was also part of the Harvey Ni­chols Pop Up last month. I showed the S/S16 col­lec­tion at Lon­don Fash­ion Week in the De­signer Show­rooms. I re­ceived some incredible feed­back from the press and buy­ers from all over the world, so I hope to show in Lon­don ev­ery sea­son now.

Who is your de­signer in­spi­ra­tion?

Phillip Lim and Stella McCart­ney. Which celebrity would you most like to dress? Olivia Palermo would be amaz­ing to dress, she is so ef­fort­lessly stylish. Where do you see the fash­ion industry in the UAE go­ing in the next five years? The UAE strives for the best and so it should! I think with this kind of drive Dubai will be­come the fash­ion cap­i­tal of the Mid­dle East.

How ex­cited about Fash­ion For­ward are you? We can’t wait to show our S/S16 col­lec­tion – every­thing we’ve been work­ing on for the past six months will fi­nally be un­veiled on such a large scale! Why did you choose Dubai to show your new col­lec­tion? As our pro­duc­tion fa­cil­i­ties and de­sign stu­dios are based here, we think it’s im­por­tant to keep giv­ing back to the com­mu­nity by show­cas­ing our col­lec­tions in the mar­ket that has al­ways been so sup­port­ive of us. What should we ex­pect from your col­lec­tion? It’s an ode to the mod­ern woman. The line-up will in­clude tops, skirts, shirts and pants, dresses and gowns that are ver­sa­tile and speak to the idea of mul­ti­task­ing and ef­fi­ciency. What has been the high­light of your ca­reer so far? Wit­ness­ing a sus­tain­able busi­ness grow from the ground up. We are now one of the few de­sign houses in Dubai, which don’t out­source their ser­vices and prod­ucts. It al­lows us to con­trol all as­pects of the brand. Who is your de­sign in­spi­ra­tion? Ev­ery de­signer serves as an in­spi­ra­tion for me. Which celebrity would you most like to dress? Real women – it doesn’t mat­ter whether they are celebri­ties or not. Where do you see the fash­ion industry in the UAE go­ing? With the de­vel­op­ment of bet­ter in­fras­truc­ture and in­sti­tu­tions such as Fash­ion For­ward and the Dubai De­sign & Fash­ion Coun­cil, the trend of a more sus­tain­able and ma­ture industry will surely grow.

How do you feel about show­ing your col­lec­tion at Fash­ion For­ward for the first time? I am re­ally ex­cited about this as it’s not only my first Fash­ion For­ward show, but also my de­but run­way show. Why did you choose this event to make your de­but? The Zena Pres­ley brand was born in and is based in Dubai, so it seems only right that my first run­way show be here. Ad­di­tion­ally, it is the top plat­form in the Mid­dle East and at­tracts a lot of at­ten­tion from around the re­gion and glob­ally. What should we ex­pect from your col­lec­tion this sea­son? It is based on art and is very colour­ful, with bold prints and ex­pres­sions. My aim was to cre­ate pieces that main­tain a bal­ance be­tween the bold and fem­i­nine, and that is what I am try­ing to com­mu­ni­cate through the show – demon­strat­ing how a woman can be strong and dar­ing while still main­tain­ing a la­dy­like sense of class. What has been the high­light of your ca­reer so far? As a new­comer, I re­ally feel like the past few months were an achieve­ment and I am ex­cited about peo­ple’s re­ac­tion to­wards my cloth­ing line.

Who is your de­signer in­spi­ra­tion? Delpozo’s Josep Font, Le­banese de­signer Krikor Jabo­tian and Mary Ka­trant­zou. They have artis­tic el­e­ments in their works. Which celebrity would you most like to dress? Miroslava Duma and Olivia Palermo are on top of my list. Where do you see the fash­ion industry in the UAE go­ing in the next five years? Fash­ion has def­i­nitely evolved over the past five years here and will un­doubt­edly con­tinue to do so. Re­cently, we have seen peo­ple move away from high-end lux­ury brands to­wards new ones. Peo­ple are much more ex­per­i­men­tal and are in­creas­ingly look­ing for pieces that will make a state­ment and stand out, and with that comes the re­gion’s in­creased ac­cep­tance and sup­port for emerg­ing tal­ent.

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