Arab Fashion Week is fast approaching. The event, which will take place in Riyadh from 10 to 14 April, will mark the first ever fashion week in Saudi Arabia’s history. The schedule includes some of the regions most exciting designers, who will show their ready couture collections.
Here’s who to look out for.
The Beirut-based label has been spotted on the likes of Katy Perry and Emily Blunt. Basil Soda’s passion for architecture comes through in his structured dresses that wow on the red carpet, and have led his name to become an international brand.
Couture runs in the family for this designer, being the son of a well-known Beirut couturier. After working at Lanvin, Christian Dior and Chloe with some of the industries greatest talents, he went on to launch his own label. His creations are now often spotted on celebrities and royals across the globe.
Rana Yousry actually interned at Tony Ward Couture before starting her own label. The designer graduated as an engineer before gaining an Intensive Diploma in Fashion Designing with Marc Jacobs. The new label will be one to watch in the coming years.
Lebanese designer Aiisha Ramadan started her own label in the UAE in 2007, having graduated from the American University in Dubai. The brand now has an international clientele, including Jennifer Lopez, Ariana Grande and Charlize Theron.
Arwa Al Banawi
Arwa Al Banawi grew up in Saudi Arabia and Switzerland, before moving to Dubai in 2012. She sights travel as an important part of her designs, with collections that tell a story.
Known for beautiful floor length dresses, SWAF’s following is growing. The brand will be showing The Royal Collection 2018 at Arab Fashion Week in Riyadh, focusing on white, black and gold.
Arwa Al Ammari brings an artistic touch to her creations, being a painter and sculptor as well as a fashion designer. In 2016 she won the title of Fashion Star Arabia, after representing Saudi Arabia in a realty show that saw her go head-to-head with other Arab designers.
Mashael AlRajhi will be showcasing her creations at home for Arab Fashion Week, with her label based in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. She’s had a successful few years, with prestigious projects and nominations under her belt, including being the first Saudi brand nominated for the Woolmark Prize 2016-2017.