Arab Fashion Week is back. The Dubai event that first launched in 2015 features a wide roster of fashion designers from the Arab world and beyond, all showcasing their fall/winter 2021-22 collections. In addition to the shows, Arab Fashion Week is hosting a range of talks hosted by industry pioneers, who will discuss the latest challenges and developments related to the fashion business.
Organized by the Arab Fashion Council and presented in partnership with Microsoft, Arab Fashion Week this season highlights womenswear and features a number of Dubai-based designers, including Amato, Michael Cinco, Nohma Design, Aavva and Maliché. Fashion designers from the rest of the MENA region include Jean-Charles Zakaria from Lebanon, Palestinian Ihab Jiryis and Zaid Farouki, who is Jordanian but based in Dubai. Other guests include Italian designer Sophia Nubes, Turkish designer EzraTuba, Polish label JAP Petelicka and Brazilian designers Andrea Conti and Sandro Barros. Italian couture designer Antonio Grimaldi is this season’s invited guest.
“Not only is Arab Fashion Week now established on the international fashion calendar, through challenging times, it has continued to evolve to remain relevant, thereby reinforcing its position as the most valuable platform for designers operating in the Middle East,” says Mohammed Aqra, chief strategy officer of the Arab Fashion Council.
In keeping with COVID-19 etiquette, Arab Fashion Week is virtual this year, like the majority of 2021’s runway shows so far. “Following the success of the previous virtual editions and the continued restrictions to curb the spread of COVID-19, Arab Fashion Week will present the five-day program virtually and in line with the council’s strategy to provide the world with a platform through which to view and access the exceptional creative fashion talent from the Arab region and abroad,” said Jacob Abrian, founder and chief executive of the Arab Fashion Council.