A mag­i­cal won­der­land


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Fairies, brides in black and hand-knit dolls took the run­way in Dubai for the fifth Arab Fash­ion Week, a five-day af­fair fo­cussed on in­stantly avail­able “ready cou­ture” and pre-col­lec­tions. At the open­ing shows, ball­go­wns and evening gowns ap­peared in full force, with Le­banese de­signer Sa­her

Dia show­cas­ing a col­lec­tion in­spired by old Hol­ly­wood — in­clud­ing a metal­lic-fringed dress that ap­peared to be a modern-day trib­ute to Gin­ger Rogers.

And in a city that has be­come a metaphor for lux­ury, Filipino de­signer Furone One, of Dubai’s Amato Cou­ture, turned his mod­els into fairies living the high life.

“This col­lec­tion is in­spired by fairies — sea fairies, all kinds of fairies, be­cause as a child I be­lieved in fairies,” Furone told AFP back­stage.

His col­lec­tion did not dis­ap­point.

The celebrity favourite, who has dressed Bey­once, Katy Perry and Heidi Klum among oth­ers, sent more than 20 mod­els down the run­way in holo­graphic and pearl head­pieces, their arms stained with green duochrome glit­ter, as if Tinker­bell had gone for a swim.

Em­broi­dered or beaded, gowns in muted blues, blushes and beiges were paired with voile capes and purses made from seashells in a col­lec­tion

that was still wear­able

for the Dubai crowd.

“For me, Arabs are very creative,” One said.

“They love to ex­per­i­ment, they love to ex­plore,” he added. “Here in Dubai, you have the time for lux­ury.”

Arab Fash­ion Week’s spring/sum­mer 2018 sea­son strikes a markedly dif­fer­ent tone from the pre­vi­ous fall/win­ter sea­son, which had a heav­ier fo­cus on uni­sex and menswear lines.

While Ai­isha Ra­madan, the Le­banese de­signer who has gar­nered a ded­i­cated fol­low­ing in the Gulf for her tra­di­tional abaya robes, did em­brace the uni­sex struc­tured blazer, hers had blue ruf­fled over­lays pour­ing out of the shoul­der pads.

Her “bridal” look was a galaxy-print ballgown with pock­ets and a black veil — a far cry from the solid colours and long kaf­tans she is known for.

“The Arab client is def­i­nitely changing,” Ra­madan said back­stage, in biker boots studded with crys­tals.

“She’s changing in the way she’s think­ing. She’s be­com­ing sim­pler, some­one who wants to shine more than the dress on her.”

Arab Fash­ion Week, held twice a year, show­cases only see-now­buy-now col­lec­tions and pre-col­lec­tions, as op­posed to the tra­di­tional haute-cou­ture model in which designs are de­liv­ered only months after they are or­dered.

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