I walk into a hall with exuberantly sparkling crystals hanging from the ceiling and enchantingly-dressed guests eagerly awaiting the unveiling. Tonight is all about Swarovski's second edition of the Sparkling Couture Infinity exhibition, of which 40 countries and 56 talented designers have participated in, at Dubai's Madinat Arena.
Swarovski Couture Infinity exhibition at Madiant Arena
Sparkling Couture Infinity is inspired by unlimited possibilities of creativity and innovation - for Swarovski, the horizon has no boundaries. Under the umbrella of couture, modest clothing, home decor or accessories, each designer created a piece using Swarovski crystals in a unique way.
Dar Sara Bridal Coture Design House
Dar Sara Bridal Couture Design House showcases a breath-taking gown (pictures above) of princess proportion that uses Swarovski crystals in different hues, which compliments the sheen of the silk fabric.
Above, Georges Hobeika’s floral beaded gown is adorned with Swarovski crystals that twinkled in the dim lights.
Left to right: Douglas Darnell, Bunto Kazmi and Hanayen
From left to right: Douglas Darnell's ostrich-trimmed lilac number, which was made for Dame Shirley Bassey in 1955; Pakistani brand Bunto Kazmi showers their sari with Swarovski crystals and Hanayen, a well-known abaya brand, offers up traditional dress with a sprinkling of the Austrian jewellery.
Bold patterns with splashes of crystals decorate cushions, furniture and other accessories, from bags to shoes to scarves.