The BnB team spent an amazing day at the 5th edition of Fashion Forward, the Middle East’s definitive fashion platform. The four day long event was a bevy of talent with an amazing lineup of regional designers showcasing their designs on the catwalk along with inspiring talks and panel discussions led by global industry experts and fashion academia. In the midst of high fashion you also have The Garden, The Fashion Gallery and Fashion Café exhibiting an assortment of accessory designers, retailers along with social events and parties.
Decked up in our Blogger badges, cameras in hand we were ready to roll. Day 2 had a great mix of designers from the region: Aiisha Ramadan, Yousef Al Jasmi, Maral, Jean Louis Sabaji, Zareena, Starch Foundation, Hussein Bazaza. Each designer presented a different spin on their local traditions and cultures, marrying it perfectly with contemporary aesthetics. And although the event was propagated as a medium for exposing local talent, the designs would have felt right at home at any of the fashion capitals. Which is not surprising considering that these designers have dressed the likes of Jennifer Lopez, Nicole Scherzinger, Paris Hilton, Lady Gaga, Shakira and more.
EZRAClara Collection inspired by the gorgeous mestizas clad in their finest Maria Clara and the days of the Spanish occupancy in old Manila. The collection uses Piña, a fibre made from the leaves of pineapple plant mixed with silk to create a very organic textile, along with tulle, jacquard, crepe silk and neoprene. The whole experience was a mix of fairytale meets high fashion.
YOUSEF AL JASMI
For more details on the event, designers and images connect with Fashion Forward.