October 16, 2013 12:00 AM | by Amira Azzouz
A Closer Look at Fashion Forward Dubai (Season 2 Day 1)
It's always amazing to see what the region has to offer fashion and art wise, and that's certainly one of the main reasons why the excitement was building up for Fashion Forward's second season. Starting off with the very first show by Starch foundation, which I missed unfortunately though I was looking forward to it. Starch foundation's fashion show consisted of three designers, Hussein Bazaza, Bashar Assaf and Lara Khoury. Taking a look at the collection of Hussein Bazaza, I totally loved how feminine and complimenting to the female body it is. He started off with light shades, floral and geometrical prints and then followed it by a red cut-out dress. The prints were my personal favorites as they're not too much but do make a fabulous statement.
The next Starch foundation show was by Bashar Assaf and his collection included printed pants, an asymmetrical dress (outstanding!), crop tops, jumpsuits and a glamorous gown to mention a few. You could easily see Bashar Assaf was following a certain theme and it was all very well aligned together.
Might I add, both Hussein Bazaza and Bashar Assaf are definitely designers to look out for, they're very talented and I see a bright future for their amazing work.
Lara Khoury showcased simple looks with a very clean cut. A minimalist that makes a statement, she included in her collection a gorgeously colored mustard yellow skirt and a pastel one, they're both among my favorites due to their simplicity and elegance. Lara Khoury's collection also included harem pants with various styles and a puffy and bubbly skirt, which were a refreshing addition.
The second show at Fashion Forward was Gisellablu. The good news is I was a big fan of the prints whether cocktail dresses, skirts or evening looks. The bad news on the other hand is the Gisellablu's collection was a bit too much. Too much inspiration I would say and too much mixing and matching, which didn't compliment most of the pieces. You could tell they had a lot they wanted to show, which kept them distracted from picking one theme and having the collection being consistent.
Ezra's show during Fashion Forward's first season left quite the impression on me, in other words it was among my favorites. That's why I was excited to see what he has to offer us women this season. It wasn't as artistic as his last collection I have to admit, but more on the wearable side. Tons of well-structured evening gowns, glitzy dresses, embellished ones and a few looks for the men as well. The set-up at Ezra's show was great, went very well with the whole theme! What I personally found refreshing were the accessories used; they were really funky, which was great to see at a haute couture show. I'm a big fan of funky sunglasses, and the ones present at Ezra's show are now on my shopping list!
The last show at Fashion Forward's first day was Emperor 1688. They certainly design for men with a bold style; the ones who are not afraid to show if off. Emperor 1688's collection also included a few looks for us women and I absolutely adored the sunflower dress! Another dress I really liked was a black one with a white baroque like print, with a cape like feel to it.
I'll leave you with the images below and make sure to check out our daily coverage on Fashion Forward.