Fashion Highlights: Latest Dubai Fashion Week News

Saturday, 23 April 2011 Let’s glance at the latest fashion highlights about DFW FW 11. Latest news about fashion designers and their creations showcased at Dubai Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2011.

Latest FW 2011 Collections from runway shows at Dubai Fashion Week.

Fashion Highlights Dubai Fashion Week latest newsFinal Day of DFW FW11 kicks off with Surbhi Jaggi Abbayas & At a Glance

Surbhi Jaggi

Surbhi Jaggi, former winner of DFW’s Emerging Talent, showcased her line of abayas and started off the last day of Dubai Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2011. The ‘Maharani Collection’ fused Indian cuts and silhouettes into the abaya through touches such as Mughal detailing on the bust and a sari-inspired abaya featuring an over the shoulder sash in sequinned black. Wraparound abayas with pink brocades and abayas with multihued cowl necks paired with chunky gold earrings and waist chains, were some of the highlights.

At A Glance

A-line dresses in white with black and green back paneling were showcased on the runway, as designer duo Lamees and Eman Al Hajri, presented creations from their label ‘At A Glance’.

Sheer shirts were paired with foliage-inspired sequined harem pants and bubble skirts in solid colors. Strong shoulders in leather were alternated with fluffy fur sleeve detailing. Fabrics were combined in innovative ways including an outfit with an uneven white fur panel over a leather dress with a lace collar. A bridal outfit of plissé fabric and bunched tulle layers brought the show to a close. The outfits were complemented with jewellery by Sharmela Puri.

Grand chunk of Abbaya fashion on Day 4 comes from Marayem Abbayas and Slouchy’Z

Marayem Abbayas/Slouchy’Z

The grand chunk of abaya fashion for Day 4 of Dubai Fashion Week came from local labels Marayem Abbayas and Slouchy’Z.

Marayem Abbayas’ creations were infused with ample layering and ruffles. Tiered fabric around necklines gave outfits the illusion of deep necks while retaining the abaya’s modest silhouette. Shimmering fabrics were used as whole sleeves, draped jackets and also in the form of an oversize bow attach on the shoulder.  The showstopper was a caped abaya made entirely of sequinned black and gold horizontal bands. Other highlights included batwing-sleeved abayas with lowered waists that were adorned with sequins across the bust and along the hip.

The Slouchy’Z collection from designer Maryam Selaich used patchworks of textiles, putting a spin on the conventional crepe abaya. With the black abaya at its core, the outfits in silks and chiffon were inter spaced with patterned fabric.

Jacket abayas over colored gowns were alternated with colored jackets over ankle-length solid black gowns. Glamorous evening gowns in mustard and turquoise were held up with elaborate belts and multi-hued bows. The creations were complemented by accessories from Abu Dhabi-based  Amwaj Jewellery. The show closed with a wedding gown featuring wide-tiered cloth detailing and a knotted veil along the side.

Uma Ghosh Deshpandey and Geeta Basra walk the ramp for EL DESEO by Fatma Al Majid

El Deseo

For the second time at Dubai Fashion Week, Fatma Mehdi Al Majid dazzled audiences with her 38- piece collection from her label ‘El Deseo’.

Working primarily with pure chiffons and silks, the embellishments on all the outfits were hand-worked.

TV personality Uma Ghosh-Desphande wore the show opener – a short wine gown, artistically wrapped with a crystal-dusted sash.

The collection also included nine abayas with wide sleeves, lace busts and bands of fabric running down the sleeves. An abaya with concentric circle detailing on the bust-line and voluminous sleeves and abayas with flowing capes, brought about touches of glamor to the traditional Arabic silhouette.

Twisted straps held up outfits with thick folded fabric bust detailing. These creations were in a variety of hues ranging from crimson and deep blues and greens to soft peaches and fluid black outfits. Outfits inspired by the Indian sari saw yards of fabric being gathered at the waist and allowed to flow over the shoulder.

Indian actress Geeta Basra wore the showstopper, a short black gown with an extended hem of sheer fabric sporting exquisite crystal work.

El Deseo’s Fall line aims at transcending cultures and extending the brand appeal to a larger global audience.

Hadi Katra witnesses fabulous response from the crowd

Hadi Katra Couture

With creations of satin, taffeta, muslin and lace, the Fall line from Hadi Katra paid homage to women, who have inspired countless art forms over the ages.

The show opened with a ruffled dress of purple and pink held up with bands of silver along the neckline. A single-shouldered dress with tiers of patterned chiffon and ribbon trimming was followed by a dress with rectangular flaps at its hem.

Animal prints were seen in a number of outfits including a zebra-floral print dress, a single-shouldered draped leopard dress as well as triangular snakeskin side panels on evening gowns.

Long gowns in coral, red, yellow and pearl were adorned with oversized bows, frilly patterned and ruched fabric panels. Leather prints on grey tulle were used in lavish gowns as well as an under layer in one of the bridal outfits.

Two outfits from the bridal collection were displayed, including a completely ruffled bridal dress with subtle pearl and silver embroidery, followed by a puffed outfit with a sequined bust, incorporating layers of sheer grey tulle into the traditional white wedding gown.

Aditi Jaggi Rastogi and Priyanka Kakkar showcase gracious indo-western outfits

Aditi Jaggi Rastogi

The Fall/Winter collection from the label ADITI, focused on ‘elaborating opulence.’ Designer Aditi Jaggi Rastogi presented a 20-outfit collection in rich fabrics of fur and velvet, while also utilizing lycra, tulle and sequined fabrics.

Kicking off with fun short dresses and flowing kaftans, the upbeat collection progressed into lavish evening gowns and dresses. Luxurious gowns with Swarovski detailing were worn with matching tulle veils. Velvet leggings were paired with single-shouldered dresses and kitschy dresses with uneven ends in rich colors. Fur lined collars matched brown fur on the ankles of shoes as alligator skin hair accessories accompanied sequined dresses.

Priyanka Kakkar

Priyanka Kakkar’s 20-outfits line, titled ‘Petals of Twilight’ was inspired by the colours of twilight. The creations in silks, georgettes, tissue and corduroy, were generous in their use of floral appliqués and foliage-inspired embroidery. A voluminous bust of fuchsia flowing into an A-line black skirt was followed by a straight-cut dress of purple with cowl-back detailing.  The sensual dresses with the designer’s signature use of mixed fabrics came in hues of forest green, reds, pinks and blues and lay heavy emphasis on sensual cuts. Peacock green dominated the colour palette, which the designer believes to be the region’s colour of choice.


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