Arab Fashion Week 2017/2018: From Resort To Couture Collections - Fashion Worldwide

Arab Fashion Week is a new innovative concept for the fashion industry. It represents the core values of traditional fashion shows in a modern new style. Reflecting the evolution of the Arab culture and creativity, the fashion show is well received by everyone. This year, the event took place in Dubai, 16-20 of May, 2017.

This season was all about feminine silhouettes, embroidery and modest hemlines. Regional and international designers showcased the evening glamour at 2017 AFW.

New York, London and Milan are the Big 4 capitals of ready-to-wear fashion. Paris is for the Haute Couture collections. Dubai is pioneering “ready-couture:” the platform introduced by the Arab Fashion Council to address the luxury client.

Arab Fashion Week is also a privileged destination for resort and pre-collections. The impressive infrastructure and the exotic flair of Dubai marks the city as the most appealing fashion capital for resort. The event is in May, long after the fashion week calendar of the Big 4, followed by other fashion capitals.

Ultimately, Arab Fashion Week is an industry platform that gathers buyers and press from around the world.  This year, the fashion week kicked off on a special gala dinner under the title of Fashion Night Out. Here, the designers showcased a preview collection for the private invitees from the region’s most important individuals.

AFW is making a name in “ready couture” by the quality of its fabric and designers. The event is created by the Arab Fashion Council, in partnership with Sheikh Mohammed Maktoum Bin Juma Al Maktoum Investment.

Here are the most gorgeous looks from the best designers.


The Malliny brand brought back the ’60s with tea-length dresses and crocheted tops. Gorgeous items and exclusive details were all over the place.

Ilse Jara

On Day 2, the prêt-à-porter brand Ilse Jara used strong textures that incorporated art motifs. Transparency and soft materials made the actual designs much more interesting.


BARAKAT BESPOKE, Ready Couture – Resort 2018

Abdo Aouadi

Abdo Aouadi had it’s collection presented in Day 1 and displayed his feminine silhouettes with rich embroidery and subtle hues. The feminine and fluid dresses were a knock out.

Mrhua Mrshua

Mrhua Mrshua highlighted the monochrome, using accessories that had a tribal vibe. With a splash of color, the entire collection attracted everyone’s attention because it was so “outside the box”.

Laura Mancini

Laura Mancini showcased their collection with lots of… volume. She brought back rock chic with firm cuts and thigh-high boots. The latter kept her collection classic and soft. We loved her collection!

AIISHA RAMADAN, Ready Couture – Resort 2018

Day 4 featured Dubai-based Aiisha Ramadan exhibiting her L’Azure collection, which contained 48 different looks. There were women from different walks of life. The hues of blues and red inspiration from the depths of the ocean got everyone excited about it. The collection had swimsuits to couture dresses and gowns.

All in all, Arab Fashion Week is proving that the Middle East is as serious about fashion. The exclusive and exquisite designs got a worldwide attention of fashion critics and not only. For the love for luxury, Dubai displayed on the runway what we didn’t expected, but much more. Here’s looking forward to next season.

Photo Source: Harpers Bazaar Arabia, The Jakarta Post.

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