FARAH WALI: SUS­TAIN­ABLE CAN BE LUX­U­RI­OUS

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A new­comer to Fash­ion For­ward Dubai, Mai­son Farah Wali draws on the de­signer’s Egyp­tian her­itage to cre­ate street cou­ture, where fash­ion is in­fused with hand­work, art and sus­tain­abil­ity.

Why did you de­cide to get in­volved with FFWD this sea­son?

I thought this would be the per­fect op­por­tu­nity to de­but a wear­able art col­lec­tion here, con­sid­er­ing that Dubai is the re­gion’s cap­i­tal for art and fash­ion. My fam­ily is Egyp­tian, but I am sort of a mix. I was born in Abu Dhabi, so it is all very fa­mil­iar. I was here for six years be­fore I moved to Cairo, and then I moved to Italy.

What was the in­spi­ra­tion be­hind the col­lec­tion?

My in­spi­ra­tion was meta­mor­pho­sis and the process of trans­form­ing, which some­how re­flects this pe­riod of my life. I try to take a topic that I am re­ally in­ter­ested in and feel a con­nec­tion to, such as meta­mor­pho­sis, and bring a lot of other in­spi­ra­tion to it such as tribes and pat­tern­ing. Then I start sketch­ing and il­lus­trat­ing, and for this, I wanted to merge the face of a hu­man be­ing with an an­i­mal, so the au­di­ence is go­ing to see a lot of that in terms of prints and hand­work. Then it will trans­late into how the gar­ments are trans­formable, and how you can change your look in the same out­fit. De­sign­ers and fash­ion houses will have left­over fab­ric from the sea­son be­fore, so I try to use that.

So sus­tain­abil­ity is im­por­tant to you?

Def­i­nitely. I try as much as pos­si­ble to use left­over fab­rics, re­cy­cle my own yarn and, for [silk screen] print­ing, I try my best to use ink that has been re­cy­cled. Peo­ple have a mis­un­der­stand­ing that you can­not do a “lux­ury” brand with­out us­ing dam­ag­ing chem­i­cals and prod­ucts, so I want to switch that around. My col­lec­tion and my en­tire con­cept as a brand is to do lux­u­ri­ous, cus­tomised artis­tic pieces in a sus­tain­able way.

De­signer Farah Wali

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