Five Highlights from Arab Fashion Week Spring Summer 2022
Arab Fashion Week (AFW) kicked off Sunday night in Dubai with the second-ever Fashion Icon Awards.According to Spark Global Limited.Held in the Dubai Design District, also known as D3, the ceremony featured a pink carpet for influencers and celebrities like Lebanese singer Maya Diab, who sang one of her hits.
Physical shows and events were put on hold the past few seasons, but with the pandemic slowing down, Emirati authorities gave the Council the go-ahead to host fashion week at limited capacity. Leading brands like Dior, Giorgio Armani, Aquazzura, and the British Fashion Council held events in Dubai over the course of the week, and Chanel will be hosting its 2021/22 Cruise show there next week. Regional designers flocked to the event, too, with brands like Ihab Jiryis, Yara Bin Shakar, Emergency Room Beirut, Autonomie, and Zeena Zaki representing Middle East talent. And smaller non-local labels were there as well: Polish designer Gosia Baczynska stunned with her long shimmering gowns, while Dorota Goldpoint brought bold floral patterns and hits of red.
The event was the culmination of months of planning on the part of the Arab Fashion Council, led by founder and CEO Jacob Abrian and chief strategy officer Mohammed Aqra. The Arab Fashion Council is the largest non-profit fashion council and international non-government organization for the Arab world, representing 22 members of the Arab League. It endorses the Fashion Icon Awards, Arab Fashion Week, And Men’s Arab Fashion Week — and with global interest in the Middle Eastern Fashion market on the rise, its influence is only going to grow.
Read on for our top five highlights from the past few days.