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Arab Fashion Week is organized by Arab Fashion Council (AFC) to unite 22 Arab countries within one roof and create fashion infrastructure. It is one of the top five most important fashion weeks in the world. The much-anticipated fashion week was postponed from 24th March 2021 to 28th March 2021 because of the sudden demise of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Deputy Ruler of Dubai and Minister of Finance.
The Arab Fashion Week started on 28th March 2021 and went on till 1st April 2021. The five-day event was broadcasted online with the help of Microsoft, especially on Instagram and Facebook. The event was attended by a mix of local designers and international designers.
The Story Behind the Arabic Fashion Week
The first edition of the Arabic Fashion Week kick-started its journey in Dubai from 31st October 2015 to 2nd November 2015. It was a five-day successful event, and many renowned designers became a part of it. The second edition of the fashion week was scheduled from 16th to 19th March 2016 in Dubai. It was witnessed by a huge number of people and also became one of the most successful fashion weeks.
In its third edition, Arab Fashion Week saw an increase in the audience as well as the designers. The fourth edition proved to be a great milestone as it was mentioned in Vogue. The tenth, eleventh, twelfth, and thirteenth edition of Arab Fashion Week was held online because of the pandemic. The legacy continued, and in January 2021, Arab Fashion Week announced the first-ever Men’s Fashion Week in the Middle East. It was organized with the collaboration of the Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode, the French organization, and coordinated by the Paris Fashion Week. It was also streamed online and created a benchmark with 500,000,000 views and impressions. The Arab Fashion Week also had a huge turnout rate with some of the big designers and esteemed guests.
Designers At the Arabic Fashion Week
Arabic Fashion Week, 2021 had some of the finest pieces that were definitely head-turners. The event was graced by many designers and they brought some of their masterpieces.
Zaid Farouki showcased his work that reflects modern style and designs. He played with primary color palettes and bold designs. The famous Italian designer Antonio Grimaldi brought back the 19th-century style to show his creations. His designs had asymmetrical cuts, and all the thirty-two designs were divided into three main categories: pantsuits, evening dresses, and kaftans. Weinsanto set the stage on fire with his geometrical bags and double pocket details. Another remarkable collection was by Baravia. The Dubai-based celebrity designer showed her own take on fashion with her latest collection, “Level up.” Keeping aside celebrity designs and high-end fashion, the designs are part of her new ready-to-wear line. It is specially designed for people at an affordable price. Baravia also announced the launch of its new accessory line for its customers worldwide.
Germanier by Kevin Germanier showed us some of the extraordinary designs with mirror panels, cropped jackets, asymmetrical hems, shimmering dresses, etc. Ezra Tuba shows futuristic fashion with her latest designs. The most talked-about design was the use of Graphene Denim. It was created along with Orta Anadolu Denim. It is a biodegradable fabric that acts as a conductor of heat and electricity. They showed us the future of fashion by using artificial leather made up of apples and cotton from biodynamic agriculture. Francesca Liberatore took fashion to another level. She used the cut-out puppets set in a theatre and combined them in different ways. Her designs were unique in every way, whether it was a ruffled tulle dress, trouser set, semi-sheer dress, etc.
Many other guests and designers also made appearances in the online Arab Fashion Week 2021. It not only promoted Arab fashion but also gave a new dimension to it.
Towards the End
The Arab Fashion Week’s spirit remained undimmed in spite of the pandemic. Though the event was postponed for three days, it ended great. Some of the top designers of the world participated in this gala event. The opening night was filled with glamour and beauty. National and international designers paved the way for new fashion.
Each and every designer came with spectacular designs that left everyone flabbergasted. Every design was unique and portrayed a new sense of fashion. Arab Fashion Week is the perfect place for fashion enthusiasts who want to know and learn more about the fashion industry. It showed the new era of fashion and how it is revolutionizing the entire fashion industry. Many top designers are showing their interest in the Arab Fashion Week and are also actively participating in it. It is now one of the topmost fashion weeks in the world.