Emerg­ing de­sign­ers

Friday - - Fashion -

Last year saw more de­sign tal­ent com­ing out of the UAE than ever be­fore, and our lo­cal de­sign­ers hav­ing suc­cess across the world. ‘Af­ter show­ing at Fash­ion For­ward, de­signer Hus­sein Bazaza de­buted his [au­tumn/win­ter] 2016 ready-to-wear col­lec­tion on the on­line shop­ping plat­form Moda Operandi,’ says Bong Guer­rero, CEO and co-founder of FFWD. ‘Dubai-based fine jew­ellery and ac­ces­sories de­signer Madiso un­veiled a col­lec­tion of evening box clutches and state­ment neck­laces on the same in­ter­na­tional plat­form. Long-time FFWD par­tic­i­pant Rula Galayini was picked up by FarFetch dur­ing sea­son seven and also re­ceived an in­vi­ta­tion to re­veal her sig­na­ture cuffs at the iconic Ga­leries Lafayette Hauss­mann in Paris. Such ac­com­plish­ments demon­strate how FFWD acts as a cat­a­lyst for in­ter­na­tional vis­i­bil­ity and drives our com­mit­ment to in­vest in the plat­form with new and in­no­va­tive el­e­ments each sea­son.’

Elie Saab, Zuhair Murad and Rami Al Ali all be­gan their ca­reers in the Mid­dle East and we can see the in­cred­i­ble suc­cess they’ve had, so I hope 2017 will bring fur­ther suc­cess for our lo­cal tal­ent.

Aside from Fash­ion For­ward, late last year came the an­nounce­ment of the Dubai De­sign and Fash­ion Coun­cil (DDFC) Men­tor­ship Pro­gramme and the DDFC In­tern­ship Pro­grammes, which will find and nur­ture lo­cal de­sign tal­ent. Funded by the Dubai gov­ern­ment, the Men­tor­ship pro­gramme is struc­tured in five-month cy­cles, dur­ing which time de­sign­ers will be paired with men­tors and even­tu­ally have the ca­pa­bil­ity of build­ing their own fash­ion brand. The DDFC In­tern­ship pro­gramme will also con­nect stu­dents with suc­cess­ful fash­ion busi­nesses to help grow their knowl­edge.

Elie SAAB, Zuhair MURAD and Rami AL ALI all be­gan their ca­reers in the MID­DLE EAST and we can see the in­cred­i­ble SUC­CESS they’ve had, so I hope 2017 will bring fur­ther suc­cess for our LO­CAL TAL­ENT

Above: Hus­sein Bazaza’s show at Fash­ion For­ward. Left: FFWD par­tic­i­pant Rula Galayini caught the eye of FarFetch

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