ARAB FASHION WEEK – DAY THREE HIGHLIGHT

5 International and Regional Designers were the highlight of day three
Dubai Based Label Autonomie collaborates with Aramex
Emirati designer Yara bin Shakar partners with GoDaddy
Dubai, UAE: 27 October 2021
The Shows Highlight:

Emirati designer, Yara bin Shakar, has marked her return on the Arab Fashion Week calendar as the event is back to in-person shows, with a twist to the brand’s DNA, the brand has replaced the modest wear with more focus on relaxed sleeveless cuts. Whilst the brand maintained pastel calm colors it featured also light fabric and prints. In collaboration with the Fashion Week partner, GoDaddy, Yara Bin Shakar has launched an online store utilizing all the digital innovation to reach international audience. The collaboration is documented by a digital campaign that highlights Yara Bin Shakar’s success story as an Emirati homegrown brand. 
Polish label, Dorota Goldpoint, has opened her show with a classical violin performance before the runway was dominated by floral red prints inspired by the Polish culture. Whilst the cultural inspiration was heavily present on the prints and colors, the designer maintained a modern aesthetic to the brand thanks to the wearable silhouettes. The collection featured mainly evening gowns with attention to simple cuts away from embroideries that makes a perfect choice to business women and those who prefer simplicity.  
Dubai Design District based label, Autonomie founded by Egyptian creative director Maha Ahmed, has showcased for the first time on Calendar to grace the runway with an edgy vibe, a ready to wear collection, titled “Metanoia” which refers to the act of reforming, becoming new. The link to the collection name is clear being dominated by short dresses, oversized pants, cropped trousers, asymmetrical skirts and playful fabric styled with white sportswear socks and black pumps.

In collaboration with Aramex the Maison has featured on the runway exclusive looks created out of upcycling the shipping materials using boxes, shipping labels and tapes. The capsule looks were very synced with the rest of the collection and clearly very wearable and edgy like the young DNA of the brand.
French designer, Victor Weinsanto put the sass in Alsace with his spring collection. Having worked at the elbow of Jean Paul Gaultier before launching his brand last year, Weinsanto loves runway razzle-dazzle, and everything about is just unexpected. On their first in-person debut at on the Arab Fashion Week calendar, Weinsanto left everyone on the runway filming his SS22 collection dominated by Pretzel-shaped braids propped on headbands, kooky kougelhof handbag, elements of traditional Alsace dress — including the blouse and the “corselet” all creatively curated in cabaret-tinged way, parading terrific shirt dresses with nipped waists and ballooning sleeves.
The last highlight of the day was the British-New York based designer Christian Cowan, who made it clear with his SS22 collection that a strong party life post Covid is over. This was best evidenced in midi, off-the-shoulder, skintight dresses, whittled waist, oversize rhinestones, a leg slit up to the hip, and, most fancifully, feathers cascading down from the shoulders like white streamers, as well as a veil. There were pink marabou feather balaclavas; bedazzled scarf tops; sheer and sparkly maxi dresses. Christian Cowan’s Spring/Summer 2022 collection brought a playful flair to the Arab Fashion Week this year; from the party-cloth theme featuring feathers, crystals, sheers an array of unpredicted prints to the models walking down the runway who were told to “ham it up” on runway similar to the 90s.

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