SNEAK PEEK ON DUBAI’S FASHION FORWARD SEASON 7

FASHION FORWARD SEASON 7 DUBAI

This year Fashion Forward will be a bit different and I am so excited to see how it will go. This time it will not be conveniently close to where I live but close to where I dream of having my company setup… In D3, at the Dubai Design District.

There is another highlight which I think it is really fantastic for our talented designers.. The focus is on attracting buyers -local and international. This coming season is already the 7th and we will see 5 big international buyers from Fenwick, Galeries Lafayette (Paris), Harvey Nichols (Hong Kong), Neiman Marcus (USA), and Printemps (Paris) and over 150 Regional buyers. This is what precisely the local talent is needing.. visibility, exposure to these new markets and great opportunities.

BRAG is not alone any more in organizing the event and has the full support of the Dubai Design and Fashion Council. That is another reason why now the event will be hosted in Hai d3 and not in Madinat Jumeirah.

The list of designers is great too.. many repeating from previous seasons, which is a good sign. It means that they are here to stay and the have a voice that needs to be heard and a creativity that needs to be seen.

The tradition of having uber interesting talks is kept and I am very happy for it. I guess I am a bit nerdy but I have always loved the talks of every Fashion Forward. For example one of the highlights is the talk of the CEO of Moda Operandi. You might not know but I totally love ecommerces and to have her insights is something not to be missed.

We will also enjoy the talk of Anita Patrickson, celebrity stylist from Hollywood. I am very curious to know how she does decide and deals with the stress and responsibility of choosing what her celebrities are to wear and how.. taking into account the amount of comments and gossip behind each look and how personal they even get, I consider this a heart attack high risk job. Lol!

The Garden is called now The Showcase but the concept seems to be the same as in previous editions.. beautiful jewelry and accessory designers to showcase their creations.

Oh! I just realized I didn’t mention the dates when Fashion Forward will be taking place! Ok, take note in that pretty agenda of yours or on your iphone.. From the 31st of March to the 3rd April. Times depend on the days so you need to check the schedule on the website.

Loads of love,

 

Araceli Gallego

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WHAT I JUST LOVE.. FASHION FORWARD SEASON 2

Well, well, here we are again, getting ready for tomorrow’s event. Yey! Tomorrow is the first day of Fashion Forward – Season 2 and it promises great fashion shows and tons of creativity to enjoy.

First, thanks to the Brag Team once again for the humongous amount of work and organization behind the show.  I must say, I am glad it is during Eid holidays -even if partially- it allows to rest and to enjoy great fashion. It couldn’t be better.

Second, this first day is going to be awesome as we have some amazing designers and talks. Don’t forget your camera and extra batteries.

At 15:00 we will have the opening of the event at The Garden Party. If you didn’t register online on time or if you have to pick up the invites at the event, it is good to arrive a bit earlier and get it done.

16:00- Azza Fahmy Jewelry will be in Hall 4 with a very interesting talk about  how to Penetrate The Global Market and How To Stay Relevant. Definitely a must-go talk for any new or existing brand.

17:00 –The Starch Foundation  in Hall 2. It is a non-profit organization co-founded by the Lebanese designer Rabih Kayrouz to promote and support new Lebanese designers in the early beginnings. Watch out for these very talented designers, they have a lot to say.

17:30- London College of fashion ( My school!!) in Hall 4 with a talk that you-know-who is not going to miss: “The Rise Of The Fashion Blogger: Print vs. Digital”  with Paul Tierney (Fashion Journalist- contributor of so many magazines, I can not name them all!), Tala Samman (from the blog Myfashdiary.com) and Elaine Lloyd- Jones (super Grazia Editor).

18:30- GisellaBlu and GisellaNoir in Hall 3 presented by the Head Designer Sacha Plumbridge. I cant wait to see the feminine accents this brand is all about.

19:00- Glam Hour. Rest, have some tea, grab a snack, go say hi to friends.. now is the time. Only half an hour though.

19:30- Parsons in Hall 4 with the talk “Design Thinking. Creating Beautiful Solutions” by Simon Collins, Dean of the School of Fashion at Parsons The New School for Design. By the way, this school has online programs and Donna Karan studied there, so the level must be very high. Sounds good, eh!..

20:30- Ezra in Hall 1. This show is a must-see, creativity at its best. Last edition I enjoyed every single dress and believe me, I would have bought all of them if I just had the budget and occasions to wear his amazing dresses. They are feminine, elegant, extravagant, beautiful and dramatic. I am sure you feel like direct from a Fairy tale. This red one is from last seasons collection.

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And this one is from this season, so we will see it in the runway.

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21:30- The Emperor 1688  in Hall 2. The Golkar’s must be the most creative family in Dubai. Three brothers and the mum, all fashion creators, working and putting together an amazing brand of menswear. Luxury, elegant lines and only top of the top quality. I am definitely going, last year I saw one of the brothers in a talk and what he said was super interesting. My hubby may end up with a present, who knows?

22:00- After Party at Fort Island. With an amazing atmosphere and if you are tired and don’t want to wait forever for the taxis or valet parking to come, just relax, have a drink and socialize.

If you notice, all the names of the designers have a link. I have attached the links to all the designers websites so you can dig on their collections and share with your friends.

Well dolls, I hope I see you tomorrow, ready to enjoy and get surprised by the creativity of the talented middle eastern designers. If you see me around, don’t be shy and say hi. And don’t forget to follow the blog in any of the formats.

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Luv,

Lil

 

 

WHAT I JUST LOVE…ESMOD DUBAI

Hi there!

The other day I got invited to the graduation of this year’s fashion students at Esmod Dubai. I was pretty impressed with the level as they put together a proper runway in the middle of Wafi Mall to show the works of the students for 1st year, 2nd year and 3rd year.

You can see the expertise and the imagination that these students develop every course. Last year students are already proper designers.. ready to go to the world and dress it in style!!

The entire Brag team was sitting just in front of me. They are the organizers of Fashion Forward Dubai. Sorry I have to mention it… I love it!! (who doesn’t?). Hopefully next year my pieces will be there.. at the shop!.

I can send you the list of the names of the graduates in case you are looking for new young talent. As much as we love brands and international designers, we must not forget our local creators. You would be surprised how many designers had to migrate to make their dream come true.. and here, in the middle of the Middle East, this fact is sadly common, even though we all know there is an amazing market to explore.

Well, I took some pics and videos. I hope you enjoy them. For this very special occasion I even opened a Youtube channel. So please follow the Youtube channel to keep yourself posted on the last Fashion news from Dubai. Here you have the link.

VIDEOS FROM ESMOD 2013 GRADUATION DUBAI

Luv and Fashion,

Lil

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WHAT I JUST LOVE.. TOUJOURI

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In fashion we live in a constant learning process. It is the way to adapt to the changing likes and trends and also to keep the creativity open. Nothing is final. My intention is to keep on learning new things and if possible learn from the masters.

It is so very inspiring to attend  fashion shows and meet the creators behind the dresses, behind the designs..The vibe is simply amazing. The ideas flow like crazy.

So from time to time, you might see some lines on precisely this… the new, the old, the classic, the not classic at all.. the designers… To keep on learning, to keep our fantasy well tuned and never stop dreaming.

I felt in love with the latest collection of Toujouri, which I met at the last Fashion Forward Show in Dubai. The designer behind the brand is Lama- El Moatassem, Lebanese now based in Qatar and with so much talent that I can just predict a brilliant success for her and her brand.  She studied in London and worked at Chloe ( another favorite!). Her lines are so beautiful, simple and glamorous, that I wanted to share them.

I believe in the saying “an image is worth a thousand words”, so there you go.

Please let me have your comments, share it with your fashion-lovers friends and don’t forget to follow the blog to keep abreast of fashion topics.

Luv,

Lil

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