Born to offer wider wardrobe opportunities for women of all fashion preferences, Dubai Modest Fashion Week kicked off its third edition on November 18 in a weekend return at the Rixos Premium Dubai, JBR. This year, the annual event focused on the theme of “awakening,” which was referenced through the creations of more than 40 designers who showcased a spectrum of ensembles that were perfectly timed with the opening up of cities.
Assembled by Think Fashion, a modest fashion wear consultancy and events company by Turkish duo Özlem Sahin and Kübra Aksan, the event included everything from fashion shows to panel discussions and special exhibitions. Here’s a look at some of the highlights.
The inaugral evening
The evening kicked off with Özlem Sahin taking over the runway in a shimmering black and red gown by Jordanian designer Zeina Ali. Topped off with a pair of gold earrings by Ferda Ekberi, the Modest Fashion Week co-founder also used the platform to debut a new look, switching her golden locks for a brunette mane. Sahin’s entrance was followed up by a collection of white gowns making their way onto the runway as a remixed editoin of ‘Bella Ciao’ set the mood. The creations were presented by Turkish label Mimya, and featured lots of layers, pleats, pussy bows, and feather trims.
The special picks
Dubai Modest Fashion Week also came with some noteworthy firsts. Surturban’s headdress and pre-tied turbans exhibit debuted its unique collection of regal fuchsia and white pieces with edgy elements like black spikes. And in an ode to Palestinian heritage, Neven Elkady’s wedding gown debut demonstrated deconstructed ghutras, traditional Palestinian embroidery ‘tatreez’, and an intelligent use of lace.
Leafy prints, tropical illustrations and tunics are what modern swimwear brand Coega Sunwear spotlighted this time around, while Homolog Paris, founded by Emily Cheong, brought in an elegant twist with its sustainable kaftans embellished with mosaics. And then there were Zeina Ali’s statement pieces, offering a new lens on kaftans and gowns with dramatic shoulders and a candy color palette.
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