Fashion Forward Dubai Next Edition October 2018

Fashion Forward Dubai's next edition will be held from 25th – 27th October 2018.

After celebrating its milestone tenth season in October 2017 at Dubai Design District, the definitive fashion platform which has championed Middle Eastern design talent for the past five years and has propelled the careers of many designers both internationally and regionally, will return to showcase couture, ready-to-wear and accessories from established designers, as well as debut new talent.


The additional time between events will enable the platform to further evolve and build upon the new event format launched last season, nurture relationships with exciting new talent, continue to support seasoned designers, and re-energise the fashion design landscape. Together with its partners, stakeholders and leading industry players the platform will deliver another fashion event which represents the breadth of talent across the region.


The next edition of Fashion Forward will be a celebration of fashion. With the shift in global industry trends, and in order to strengthen the programme as well as the roster of designers, this move and consolidation will see an even stronger event. To evolve the platform and grow Fashion Forward into a truly remarkable fashion occasion, the team are convening focus groups with key industry stakeholders, media and designers to further understand their objectives, seek feedback, and brainstorm new ideas to enhance what is already a highly credible platform.

FFWD Season 10 - The Eye




by viktor udzenija
and rami al ali

A synergy between two minds of creative construction with two distinct disciplines, acclaimed architect Viktor Udzenija and renowned fashion designer Rami Al Ali met in collaboration and co-designed.

Commissioned by d3, The Eye... of the storm should be seen as a celebration of contrasts. Sturdy steel bends, curves and swirls mimicking the way silk floats gently in the air. Rising up towards the sky, it defies its sheer scale, weight and gravity without fear. Seeming light and fragile like a shell, like skin. A rare feeling of balance is created by the co-existence of light and dark, of air and mass. Space and non-space creates a new dimension. All the more powerful, once one dares to step inside. Like a thread comb it may seem chaotic from the outside, but The Eye slowly unravels and draws you right to its centre. The inclining yellow gradually wraps around you. The non-existing walls construct a safe zone. Elements unite, yin tangles yang in a fast spinning whirlpool. The circular space in the middle suddenly becomes a cocoon of candid human interaction. A void that demands surrender and reflection.

A permanent public art installation, The Eye commemorates the 10th milestone season of Fashion Forward and becomes the latest addition to Dubai Design District’s collection of engaging creative public installations.

The Best of the #FFWDxEPIC Paris SS18 Showroom

Fashion Forward returned to Paris for the third edition of their Showroom in Paris, welcoming 12 regional designers on September 29th – October 3rd at Hotel InterContinental Paris Le Grand, part of the EPIC empowerment program - an empowerment program endorsed by the DDFC and supported by d3, that provides business development opportunities to regional fashion talent through a series of initiatives.

Welcoming international buyers, media, VIP's, and influencers, the designers saw back-to-back appointments as well as an array of fresh content showcasing their latest collections.

FFWD Announces 10th Season: Play, Rewind and Forward

Fashion Forward Dubai returns for its tenth season from October 26th – 28th. With its signature move to the heart of the fashion industry in the region, the Design Quarter (DQ) at d3, FFWD is set to present a new format which combines fashion, retail and entertainment on a larger scale than previous seasons. 

The event is relocating to a grander stage at the Design Quarter which has become the central component in the development of d3 and is already home to over 6000 professionals, 400 luxury, design and fashion businesses. The Design Quarter will transform into a celebration of creativity with FFWD’s stamp of what, and who is making waves in the region.  

In celebration of the 10th season, the event footprint and programming will be curated under three overarching themes: Play, Rewind, Forward.

Guests will have the chance to play in various zones which include runway shows from homegrown retail boutiques, family friendly workshops, creative installations, music performances, a fashion cinema and library lounge, beauty and brand activations with FFWD partners and d3 business partners, as well as a grad and student exhibition.

Shopping at this season’s FFWD Showcase will feature a more extensive array of the region’s accessory talent, and will serve as an integral part of “The Garden,” the staple FFWD retail experience which will see its revival this upcoming season.

FFWD’s popular d3 talks also headline the event with speakers sharing thoughts, opinions and inside knowledge. The talks are firm favourites of guests and feature some of the biggest names in the fashion industry.

Additionally, social events and after parties dotted around d3’s lounges and restaurants will provide the perfect opportunity to wind down in between the three-day schedule.

The rewind theme evokes a sense of nostalgia throughout the event and celebrates the outstanding designers FFWD has had the pleasure of working with since its inception. Marking the 10 successful seasons, FFWD will present retrospective exhibitions from its archives, where guests will be treated to stunning photographic galleries of FFWD’s iconic moments from behind the scenes, street style and on the catwalk from season one to date.

Looking forward remains the focal point of the event with standout runway shows and presentations from seasoned designers and new names making their FFWD debut showing to an audience of international and regional buyers, media and industry insiders. Guests can expect to see the region’s best ready-to-wear and couture collections with highlight brand collaborations and stunning productions.

An open house for d3 residents to celebrate fashion through individually customized engagement opportunities and activations will mark the launch of season 10, on October 24th and 25th. As part of this d3 preview, businesses who are based in d3 and those who work in the area will be the first to experience a selection of season 10’s iconic lineup of activations.

FFWD - The Best of March 2017

FFWD welcomed over 10,000 guests comprised of industry leaders, fashion professionals, media and buyers who descended on Hai d3 to enjoy a three-day schedule of runway shows and presentations by 24 regional ready-to- wear and couture designers, view 14 accessory labels at The Showcase, partake in engaging talks and panel discussions, as well as attend networking and social events.

The Best of Backstage

The Best of Runway

The Best of Presentation

The Best of Street Style