It was with the same serene tone that Tania Fares, dressed by Yousef Akbar, the FTA 2020 laureate in the Evening Wear category, in a sumptuous blue night sequined long dress, took the floor to welcome the guests, announced the list of finalists, wished them good luck, and reminded them of the mission of FTA. Fares gave thanks to FTA’s Honorary Chair, Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, “Everyone knows by now that I am your biggest fan. I am so inspired by all that you do for education and for women across the region. Every designer I meet dreams of dressing the style icon that you are. Thank you for placing your trust in me.”
“To my co-chair, Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad Al Thani. We do make a good team! This initiative would not be possible without your dedication, focus and your genuine desire to help young talent. Your support is truly invaluable, to all of us. I’m in awe of all that you do for fashion, culture, and art. Look around us tonight, you have built many bridges through an exciting week of events; you had a vision and changed the regions’ cultural scene. FTA has come a long way, to think in 2019 we started with 200 applications and this year we’ve jumped to over 1,000 applications!” she said.
In this opening speech, Farès also thanked the sponsors, “Mr. El Baker from Qatar Airways and Qatar Duty Free, thank you for flying us to Doha. After all, it is the best airline, I’m sure you all agree with me! I would also like to thank Galeries Lafayette Doha, Chopard, through Al Fardan, and Miu Miu. Thank you ITKIB, MatchesFashion, Code8 Beauty, Balmain Hair, Bicester Village, Harrods, Maison Pyramide, Maison de Mode, the W Hotel and Mazen Jaidah for the wonderful food. I know it’s a lot people to thank, but we are very fortunate to have so much support! I also want to thank Naomi Campbell for her support to FTA this year”. Fares rounded out her speech by praising the teams of Qatar Creates and Qatar Museums, as well as FTA’s collaborators for their indispensable help and their efficiency.