April 13, 2014 12:00 AM | by The Fustany Team
Fashion Forward Dubai Season 3 - Day 1
We’ve summed up the first day of Fashion Forward’s third season for you in a different way. Here’s what we had to say about it:
1. A celebration of one of our favorite tropical fruits, watermelons, took place at Jo Baaklini’s fashion show (part of Starch) with hip pieces showcased during their show. We loved the watermelon print!
2. The second Starch designer showcasing her work this season was Timi Hayek and we have two things to say about her and her collection. The first, her collection consisted of beautiful and simple printed blouses and skirts, some of which were pleated and the rest with slits. The second thing we loved, is the way she ended her show when she came out to greet the crowd, doing a mini fun dance. It says I’m very fun and bold!
3. The gold details and designs at Kage’s show were great (in the first few looks), we also liked was how they gave them a patch look, it certainly adds some cool factor.
4. Jean Louis Sabaji has an interesting and dramatic approach to fashion. We admired several pieces, but didn’t understand others that much. You could see how nature inspired that collection especially leaves, bees and flowers.
5. We loved the leather details and accessories at The Emperor 1688’s show, from wristbands to bow ties, just about the right hint of chic and sophistication. What else did we like? The elegant capes, the cape dress and the very well tailored suits for men.
6. The patterns Asudari used in her collection were a hit, especially with the color combinations that worked perfectly together. Our favorite bits were the crop top, the dress with a steep back cut and the matching blazer and pants, though we wouldn’t wear them together.
7. Ezra knows how to put together a dramatic show and this time snow was the theme. If we had to guess the inspiration, we’d definitely say ice queen, especially with the amount of whites and different shades of blues we’ve spotted.
1. Although the idea of the having a dress divided into two different styles can look great, to be honest, the one we’ve seen at Kage’s show wasn’t that flattering, it gives the impression of an over done laid-back look that doesn’t suit a glamorous event. A small part of it consisted of a shimmery dress with a strap and the majority came in a black velvet long sleeve design.
2. What was Jean Louis Sabaji thinking when he showcased a blazer full of bees? See, we’re all for nature and its wonderful inspirations, however, this looked a bit freaky, as if the model was being attacked by these bees.
3. Some plaid was spotted at Asudari’s show and while the pattern was good, we didn’t like the “jeans” inspired fabrics, they weren’t as rich as the rest of the collection nor flattering.
4. Other than the long line and wait at Ezra’s show, we also disliked the earrings showcased on the runway, they were just too much!
Designer of the Day:
Well, it’s not just one designer, they’re a group of three, The Emperor 1688 trio. We absolutely loved the collection, the capes, the cape dresses, the fabrics and finishing.
Best 'Piece of Advice' of the Day:
The Emperor 1688: Product is key, when you take away the glitz and glam of the fashion industry and the spotlight, we are tailors at the end of the day. Focus on a product that translates well to your customer. You can put together an amazing show or collection, but the most important thing is your clientele.
Accessories We Loved:
1. The interesting thing about Ezra’s shows are the accessories used, as they make quite the statement and this time was no exception. We’ve seen bold shoulder pieces, belts and necklaces. Get inspired by Ezra and update one of your evening gowns with an edgy twist.
2. One of the things we liked about Asudari’s show is how she followed a clear theme that was consistent and how the accessories played a big role in achieving that as well. Starting off with the wigs, up to the white oxford shoes, we loved them!
Lesson of the Day:
Never head to a long event without having proper breakfast, it tends to ruin your day and sometimes your mood as well. Take it from someone who tried it!
Photography: Ian Gavan and Stuart Wilson (Getty Images)