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15/10/2016

Here are some of the hits at Arab Fashion Week

 Ingie Chalhoub
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French-Lebanese designer Ingie Chalhoub has closed a busy Arab Fashion Week with a collection inspired by American pop art icon Andy Warhol.

Her models strutted down the catwalk in pleated skirts and blouses and disco-style dresses and jackets, all in a mix of bright red, fuchsia, blue and black.

“My design is all about the Parisian chic woman who is travelling all over the world,” Chalhoub told AFP after her show at a luxurious Dubai hotel.

“This collection was mostly inspired by an exhibition I saw in Paris from Andy Warhol and as I’m very fond of him I wanted to take back his drawings and his paintings and to make out of them some fabrics and some designs,” she said.

Chalhoub says she designs the prints she wants on her fabrics “very carefully”. “I play a lot with the fabrics and I play also on the print,” she said, adding that among her favourite combinations is matte crepe with the contrasting brilliance of satin.

Palestinian designer Jamal Taslaq’s show preceded the closing act, featuring gowns in traditional Palestinian patterns as models walked out to the music of Lebanese composer and oud player Marcel Khalife.

Italian designer Giada Curti also presented a colourful Spring-Summer 2017 collection with floral prints and stripes.

In its third edition, the fashion week presented more than 20 collections from more than 10 countries. The show shed light on designs by Gulf women, such as Lamya Abedin from the United Arab Emirates, Alanoud Al-Attiya from Qatar who refused to appear on stage or camera, and Jeans Couture by a Saudi mother and daughter duo. It also presented the first ever Emirati model, Rafeea al-Hajsi.

Organised by the Arab Fashion Council, which represents the 22 countries of the Arab League, the week aims to attract fashion-conscious women from the Gulf, as well as luxury buyers from Russia and China.

Alina Cocci, who came from Milan to attend the week, told AFP after Chalhoub’s show that she found the Arab designers “amazing”. “They’re very particular. They have this oriental touch that we Europeans don’t have, so this is something interesting,” said the Italian, who works in the fashion industry.

She did however criticise the “organisation” of the event, with shows being delayed for at least an hour-and-a-half every day, adding that unlike in Paris and Milan, Arab Fashion Week has attracted a limited audience.

Russian artist and fashion illustrator Alena Ogden said that “it’s very different from other countries,” with more evening gowns on display.

Designers showcasing their pieces at the Dubai show “know their clients very well, the Arab women, so that’s why it’s all … gowns (that are) so bright, shiny, and extravagant but not much street fashion.”

Asked if she had Arab customers in mind when designing her collection, Chalhoub insisted that “today there is no such fashion that is only for the Middle East or only for Paris. With the Internet … fashion is becoming more and more global.”Read more at:formal dresses online

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13/10/2016

Ashima Singh opens up about inspiration and her first stand alone collection

It’s been a while since the creative force behind designer duo Ashima-Leena, Ashima Singh hopped on the solo bandwagon and the designer is already out with her first stand-alone collection.

We spoke with the designer on the sidelines of Amazon India Fashion Week Spring Summer 2017, where her former partner, Leena is showcasing her latest collection

under the label Ashima-Leena. We spoke at length about her latest collection and the inspiration behind her solo journey.

According to Ashima, her latest outing is dedicated to a woman who stands on the bridge of time, between yesterday and tomorrow, reinterpreting ancient craft into contemporary fashion – garments in a glorious palette of colours steeped in vintage richness. The inspiration is the melting pot of ‘The Silk Route’ with influences from Uzbek, Turkey, Mongolia, Persia and India.

Ashima has woven together a collection that brings alive a rich cultural lexicon, the central theme being festive elegance. Strong design plays with impact and silhouettes weave and mesh together. Versatile co-ordinates like long jackets, angarkhas, waistcoats, cholis, tunics and draped tops are teamed with lehenga skirts, wraparound saris, sarong dhotis, shararas, flowing trousers and more.

Quizzed about how enriching has her solo journey been so far, Ashima quips, “At times, we become complacent in life and that’s something you get rid of when you are out in the open, on your own. I feel I have the right to do things on my own, my way rather than depending on somebody else.”

“I must confess I do have my share of panic attacks, but then it’s time to come out of the closet,” adds the designer.

Asked about what inspires her, the designer explains, “It all comes from the heart. A creative person seeks inspiration from everywhere and at times we get lost in the rut of producing collections after collections but then, working simultaneously on many things is precisely what breaks the monotony and unleashes the creativity.”

Without delving much into her past, the humble Ashima leaves us with a thought for the day, especially for people who are struggling to break away from the shackles that bound them by saying, “Have faith. God helps, people help and support. In fact, at a stage in your life when you need all the help from all the spheres, you’ll garner it from people you least expect to help and the friends you always bank upon, somehow they disappear.”Read more at:formal dresses adelaide | plus size formal dresses

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29/09/2016

Meet the Designer Who Launched a Hit Label From His Apartment

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Some of Paris Fashion Week’s biggest shows take place under the gilded rotunda of the Grand Palais, but they’re not all such spectacle-driven affairs. This spring, Antonin Tron of the freshly minted label Atlein held his in … his apartment. “My mom was there serving coffee. Some of the models were my friends,” the designer recalls.

How does an unknown designer convince high-ranking fashion editors to troop through his galley kitchen for a debut fashion show? Tron is quick to credit the adventurous American press. “On the very first day, the Americans were there because they’re very curious,” he says. “It was a bit of word of mouth, actually.”

It’s possible that Tron’s designs appealed to Stateside editors because of their classic American-sportswear appeal. “Even though I’m French — I’mvery French,” laughs the designer, “there’s something I always appreciated about American designers. They’re really good at making great product, but also they have this sportswear [approach].”

He looked to 1940s sportswear pioneer Claire McCardell for inspiration for the lineup of all-jersey looks, like a slinky dress with a cutout back and a sporty striped turtleneck that would fit right in at a 1970s chalet. Even the concept was born out of simplicity: “I worked with the fabric that the factory had in stock because I couldn’t afford to do something too big.”

Tron juggles his fledgling line with freelance consulting work for Demna Gvasalia at Balenciaga. (He’s previously done stints at Raf Simons,Givenchy, and Louis Vuitton.) Of Gvasalia, he says, “He has a very modern take on things, and it’s really refreshing compared to a lot of how the big houses have been run.”

This season, Tron will once again be showing in his apartment. “The idea is to grow slowly and steadily,” he says. “It’s not to overdo it.”Read more at:backless formal dresses

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