Dubai Designers Go Global
With the opening of the Dubai Design District and engaging incubator events such as Fashion Forward and the Dubai Shopping Festival has come a new wave of design talent that has seen a number of local designers emerge onto the international stage, including Madiyah Al Sharqi, House of Nomad and Nathalie Trad among other Dubai-based labels. These are some of the names to watch.
Why Dubai is fast becoming the fashion capital of the Middle East.
Why Dubai is fast becoming the fashion capital of the region
With the opening of the Dubai Design District and engaging incubator events such as Fashion Forward and the Dubai Shopping Festival has come a new wave of design talent. A number of local designers have emerged onto the international stage, including Madiyah Al Sharqi, House of Nomad and Nathalie Trad among other Dubai-based labels. Here are some of the names to watch.
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Madiyah Al Sharqi, the daughter of the Ruler of the emirate of Fujairah, His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Mohammed Al Sharqi, attended the French fashion university Esmod in Dubai and launched her eponymous label following her graduation. In 2013 she was a finalist for the coveted Woolmark Prize and has been featured in Grazia, Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue. She now has a celebrity following from the likes of Alessandra Ambrosio and Karolina Kurkova, not to mention every fashion editor in the region, who love her feminine but edgy designs.
Another popular name to come out of Dubai is Amato Couture designed by Furne One. His larger-than-life, fantastical designs have caught the eye of everyone from Hollywood stars to Middle Eastern royalty. Haute couture by nature, the gowns that Furne creates are one-offs that consistently create column inches following his spectacular presentations.
Saudi designer Arwa Al Banawi grew up in Jeddah but moved to Dubai and started her label in 2015. Her designs are unusual for the region, shunning high-octane glamour and femininity for top-to-toe prints and laidback suit jackets that are at the centre of her aesthetic. The Italian duo behind Dubai-based label Taller Marmo, Riccardo Audisio and Yago Goichoechea, are also seeing a large amount of success within the region and outside. An eclectic mix of prints, with oversized edge, are the elements that have accrued the label a reputation as a favourite among stylists, even making the cover of Vogue Italia.
The name on everyone’s lips right now is House of Nomad. Bang on trend with their “athleisure” aesthetic for both men and women, the designers behind the label are Qatari Ahmed El Sayed and Emirati Saleh Al-Banna. Their designs are stocked in boutiques across the region including Harvey Nichols, but their fanbase is international.
Where accessories are concerned, Lilian Afshar and Nathalie Trad have both become cult brands for their architectural box clutches. L’Afshar’s signature marbled Perspex has been carried by the likes of Kendall Jenner, while Dubai-raised Nathalie Trad’s graphic box clutches have been seen on the arms of Nicole Kidman, Sienna Miller and Anne Hathaway. She has also scored a collaboration with shoe designer Rupert Sanderson, which is set to see her name go even more global.
Shop their looks during the annual Dubai Shopping Festival.