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HH Sheikha Latifa Bint Mohammed and HE Noura Al Kaabi Attend Fashion Show Launching Istituto Marangoni Dubai

HH Sheikha Latifa Bint Mohammed and HE Noura Al Kaabi Attend Fashion Show Launching Istituto Marangoni Dubai

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HH Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed Al-Maktoum, chairperson of Dubai Culture and Arts Authority and member of the Dubai Council, and HE Noura Al Kaabi, minister of culture and youth were among the members who attended the fashion show at the Museum of the Future that marked the Middle Eastern launch of the Italian fashion and design school, Istituto Marangoni.
The event showcased a traditional, physical fashion show alongside a digital version. The models, besides their metaverse avatars walked the ramp creating a distinct event that exceptionally weaved traditional elements with technology and modernization.
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The show featured the work of five top graduates of Istituto Marangoni’s fashion-design courses in Milan, Florence, Paris, London and Shanghai, while the grand finale featured designs by Rahul Mishra, a reputed alum who was the first Indian designer to showcase his work at the Paris Couture Week. During the event, Mishra featured creations that blended traditional Indian craft with contemporary fashion trends in an ecologically sound and ethical approach. The creations were a tribute to and acknowledgment of the designer’s alma mater.
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HH Sheikha Latifa, who also graced the cover of Vogue Arabia’s September 2021 issue, explained how Dubai has established itself as a place of convergence for global designs and creativity, which was one of the main goals of Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum’s Dubai Creative Economy Strategy. The royal also talked about the city’s fast-growing cultural and artistic scene and how it’s necessary to provide the right tools to help its development. She said, “Istituto Marangoni’s Dubai branch is a valuable addition to the city’s rapidly developing creative and cultural landscape. Its diverse offering will provide creatives in Dubai and the region with the right tools to launch their design careers.|
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While HH Sheikha Latifa expressed her excited anticipation to witness the talents that will graduate from the institution, Al Kaabi talked about her joy to welcome such an esteemed fashion school to the city, and how she envisions a great partnership between UAE and other Middle Eastern countries. “It gives me great joy to welcome a globally renowned fashion and design school to Dubai. I see a great partnership in the making, where the UAE and other MENA (Middle East and North Africa) countries will have the advantage of a world-class design school, while Istituto Marangoni will benefit from the untapped talent waiting to be harnessed.” She also added how fostering young talents is crucial to the development of the city’s cultural landscape as a whole and the significant role the institution will play in contributing to the same.
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Inside the Harithand Fall 2021 Collection Everyone Wants to Wear

Inside the Harithand Fall 2021 Collection Everyone Wants to Wear

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Lebanese designer behind Harithand, Harith Hashim expresses that for Fall 2021, he wanted to create something easy-to-wear in keeping with the brand’s fluid identity, but even more light with a sense of liberty and romance. Suiting and dresses take on elongated shapes, there is no nostalgia here, rather hope grounded in earthy hues. Hashim, who recently dressed actor Angelina Jolie, reflects on lessons and inspirations from Beirut and the new strides the brand is taking.
Angelina Jolie wears Harithand Fall 2021. Photo: Getty
Like everyone in Beirut, you experienced deep trauma from the blast. Were you able to rest and take some time for yourself this summer?
It was a very hard year for all of us, losing my house, the office, many garments—everything. To top it off, the economic crisis and the revolution, all together, it felt like a never-ending nightmare. We didn’t have the option to rest. We launched our online website, we had to fulfill clients’ orders on time. This was a way to escape reality and focus on work. Being a creative director in Lebanon, at these times, is definitely hard work. We have to keep the same exact level and standards. The situation is not ideal, but I always remain optimistic, and I believe the beautiful days of Beirut are coming back.
With the collection preparations and between photoshoots, I haven’t really gotten much time for myself. Even with all this, I feel that I finally get to express myself in my designs with complete freedom, without the fear of ”not being suitable” for the market. Today, my designs really reflect how I see the world and how I envision the everyday woman.
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What changes have you made to your production following August?
We recently moved into a new atelier, a beautiful traditional Lebanese space in Gemmayze, where we produced most of the collection. The good news, which I am very excited about, is that we are producing some speci­c garments in Milan, working with the best local craftsmanship. For the ­first time in our brand history, we have begun creating denim pants and belts sourced from premium leather and made in Italy. It’s defi­nitely an exciting venture for us.
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What inspires you today?
I am inspired by people’s drive to live and enjoy life again, this passion is giving me inspiration to design and work for a better tomorrow. To me, Beirut creates diamonds—the amount of pressure around you drives you to succeed. I ­find it as my way of escaping reality and this collection to me means a lot as it reflects the romance and beauty that Beirut needs to return to. The chaos and beauty of this country drives my inspiration!
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