AMATO BY FURNE ONE

TIME: Sunday, 23 October 2016 - 22:00
LOCATION: HALL 1
WEBSITEhttp://amatohautecouture.com/

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Known for his natural ability to craft extravagant and artistic designs, Dubai-based Furne One has rapidly worked his way up the fashion ladder, and is celebrated both regionally and internationally for his impressive couture creations. Having launched his first ready-to-wear label at FFWD SS ’16 in October 2015, this season will see the second collection from One’s accessible line.

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EZRA

TIME: Friday, 21 October 2016 - 21:00
LOCATION: HALL 1
WEBSITE: https://www.ezrafashiondesign.com/

BIOGRAPHY

The Manila-born designer comes full circle as he shares with his compatriots the qualities that make him one of the major proponents in the recognition and advancement of Filipino talents in the international fashion arena.

EZRA has always been fascinated by fashion at an early age. He was fond of watching the black and white movies and the couture dresses of the 40’s – 50’s gave him so much inspiration. He always observes woman around him, look at how they dress and what they wear and started sketching designs at a very early age during his grade school year. Right after high school, EZRA decided to take Fine Arts at the Philippine Women’s University. Thereafter, he took up a Fashion Design course at Slim’s Fashion and Arts School. 

After a very brief stint in Manila, the young designer found himself in Saudi Arabia – the lure of a great career and the possibility to widen his horizons beckoned. And it wasn't long before the discerning Arab women-clientele took notice and embraced his style mantra.  

It was in the early 90's when he was offered to join one of the leading fashion houses in Dubai.  He continued where he left off in his last turf and thrived even more as he enthralled an even bigger, more illustrious clientele base. He likewise joined design competitions in the region and single-handedly won plaudits for the fashion house.  For more than a decade he consistently made a mark and established his renown as synonymous to elegance and all things beautiful.

But not one to rest on his laurels, he subsequently took a leave of absence and satiated his thirst for even more knowledge as he embarked on further studies at the Central St. Martin's in London.  He took an extensive graduate course in Cutting and Draping and finished with distinction.  Then eventually, back in Dubai, revitalized and overflowing with inspiration, he decided it was about time he starts on his own. And so, in 2004 Ezra Santos finally took the plunge and hasn’t looked back since.  Armed with true grit, sheer talent and the conviction of making his own mark in the global fashion industry, he opened his own atelier in Wasl Road off Jumeirah Beach Road in Dubai, UAE.

For ten years now, and growing strong as ever, he creates haute couture masterpieces that are at par or even surpassing his contemporaries in the international fashion arena, in terms of quality, silhouette, cut, adornments and meticulous attention to details.

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AMAL AL RAISI

TIME: Sunday, 23 October 2016 - 17:30
LOCATION: HALL 1
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It’s been 9 magnificent years since I started working in the fashion industry – under the name of Dar Al Aseel, I first started designing traditional Omani dresses and went on to abayas and jalabiyas. I have a lot of success stories to tell and can count a number of failures as all part of my history and brand today. I have since started a new fashion venture with By Amal Al Raisi
  
My RTW collection has a touch of couture and is a tribute to women that are feminine but not delicate. I admire today’s power woman who prioritises family but also pursue’s their career dreams. “by Amal Al Raisi” is designed to honor Arab traditions but my goal is for the pieces to be worn far beyond the borders of Oman. It is here that the collection is produced and overseen by myself to ensure the highest quality and an impeccable finish.

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HUSSEIN BAZAZA

TIME: Saturday, 22 October 2016 - 19:30
LOCATION: HALL 1
WEBSITE: http://www.husseinbazaza.com/

BIOGRAPHY

Hussein Bazaza was born in Beirut, Lebanon on 18th July 1990. Having developed an appreciation of all artistic fields from an early age, including illustration and photography, he enrolled at ESMOD Beirut to study for a BA in Fashion Design and Pattern Making.

During his academic path, Hussein’s designs have been acknowledge by several awards, which include the Fashion Design Prize (Prix De Stylisme) for his graduation project in June 2011. 

Graduating from his BA in 2011, Bazaza continued with an internship at Maison Rabih Kayrouz in Paris, and later worked for Elie Saab as a junior designer in Beirut, Lebanon. Hussein was invited to teach at ESMOD Beirut the Pattern Making course for the fresh students. 

Bazaza’s first collection in 2012 mapped out his signature style, he was selected by the Starch Foundation to launch his eponymous line of ready-to-wear. Hussein is known for drawing inspirations, where every cut reflects a different story, a personal emotion that creates a one-of-a-kind experience, fashion with a soul. 

During his career path, Hussein received the prestigious Elle Style Award “Best Upcoming Middle East Designer” in December 2013, unanimously voted by 44 global Elle editors. In October 2014, Hussein Bazaza partnered with IWC Schaffhausen to exclusively showcase his Resort'15 collection with Adriana Lima, as a guest of owner. In April 2015, Hussein was awarded with the “Best Emerging Designer” for The Middle East Fashion Awards 2015.  

In 2015 Hussein Bazaza was selected as one of the winners of Who is on next? Dubai by Vogue Italia and was announced as the inaugural winner of the Style.com/Arabia – DDFC Fashion Prize with launch of his winning capsule collection on Farfetch.com in the Spring 2016.

In July 2016, Hussein Bazaza has launched his first Couture Collection at Altaroma Fashion week in Rome, Italy.

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KRISTINA FIDELSKAYA

TIME: Friday, 21 October 2016 - 18:30
LOCATION: HALL 1
WEBSITEhttp://www.kristinafidelskaya.com/

BIOGRAPHY

Kristina’s love for fashion stemmed at a young age, watching her mother create unique pieces at a time in history where the concept of individuality and expression was against the norm. 

Today, Kristina is the Founder and Creative Director of her premium contemporary namesake label, based in Dubai. She studied at Dubai’s Esmod Fashion Institute and, like her mother, discovered that fashion, as an art form became her creative outlet. 

Mixing vintage styles with her current cultural fascinations, Kristina effortlessly creates elegant and timeless clothes that speak to every woman. As an entrepreneur, a mother and a trendsetter, her collections symbolize the power and independence of the modern woman while maintaining the traditionally refined femininity and class. 

Following her own inspiration, Kristina Fidelskaya hopes to inspire other women. This is just the beginning. 

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LAMA JOUNI

TIME: Saturday, 22 October 2016 - 15:30
LOCATION: HALL 1
WEBSITE: http://www.lamajouni.com/

BIOGRAPHY

Lama Jouni is a high-end ready-to-wear label created in November 2013 in Paris. The name of the brand represents the designer & founder of the company.

It all started in 2007 when the designer moved to Paris to pursue her dream of becoming one the first new emerging lebanese designers in the fashion industry internationally.

After finishing her studies at Parsons Paris she trained at some of the most respected fashion houses including Balmain, Rad Hourani, Reed Krakoff which helped her develop her own unique style of bold feminine designs. 

The collection is thought according to discernible and inspiring cultural referents, in outlines or details, and are made to be worn by independent and passionate women of our time

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MADIYAH AL SHARQI

TIME: Sunday, 23 October 2016 - 19:30
LOCATION: HALL 1
WEBSITE: http://madiyahalsharqi.com/

BIOGRAPHY

Sheikha Madiyah Al Sharqi, daughter of the Ruler of Fujairah, U.A.E, HH Sheikh Hamad bin Mohammed Al Sharqi, grew up immersed in the world of high fashion.

Her eponymous label was founded after graduating from prestigious French fashion university, Esmod. 

Al Sharqi is an internationally recognised design talent, with a multitude of awards and collaborations to her name. As well as being honoured as a finalist in the 2013 Woolmark Prize’, she has been recognised as a Vogue Italia ‘Vogue Talent’ and was awarded Best Fashion Designer’ at the 2013 Arab Woman Awards. Having already collaborated with iconic brands such as Pepsi, Disney and L’Oréal, Madiyah’s future in the fashion world looks bright.

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MARAM

TIME: Friday, 21 October 2016 - 16:30
LOCATION: HALL 1
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Born and raised in Cairo, Egypt Maram grew up aspiring to follow her late grandfather’s footsteps in fine arts and sculpture. Growing up in Egypt also massively influenced her fascination to skillful craftsmanship by giving her direct access to some of the world’s oldest antiquities, architectures and sculptures. Her early fascinations were derived from Italian renaissance art and sculpture. She spent most of her childhood studying the works of Michelangelo, Botticelli, Caravaggio and Donatello, eventually teaching herself to work with oil paints at the age of nine. Three years later, Maram’s dream of going to Florence to see the legendary work of the masters came true when her mother took her to visit family there. She spent the entire summer hunting every Michelangelo sculptures, gazing up into the frescos on cathedral ceilings and endlessly sketching everything she sees. This was the moment she realised her immense love for craftsmanship and attention to detail. Two years later, Maram began regularly visiting a sculpture’s art studio in Cairo, spending long hours mastering her skills in still-life drawing before deciding to move to Paris to study fine arts at Parsons Paris at the age of seventeen. 

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SALTA

TIME: Saturday, 22 October 2016 - 17:30
LOCATION: HALL 1
WEBSITEhttp://salta-fashion.kz/en/

BIOGRAPHY

Saltanat Baimukhamedova was born in Almaty, Kazakhstan - in the heart of Central Asia. She founded her label SALTA in 2008 and has become most famous and commercially successful designer in her native country. In 2016, she has moved her label to Dubai, UAE, to challenge a totally new experience of becoming a Middle Eastern designer with global visionary. Freedom and comfort yet with a touch of modern ethnic creativity - this is all about Salta. A contemporary yet affordable design with cosmopolitan touch and flawless shapes and lines finds its own way to a wardrobe of a successful, creative and feminine woman.

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STARCH FOUNDATION DESIGNERS

 

TIME: Sunday, 23 October 2016 - 15:00
LOCATION: HALL 1
WEBSITE: http://www.starchfoundation.org/

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BIOGRAPHY

ESMOD Beirut graduate Lobnan Mahfouz has pursued his career in fashion enterprises in Turkey, India, and China before launching his unisex aseasonal brand /Pər’vərs/ inspired by the melting pot of genders and ethnic backgrounds providing distinctive pieces targeting ventrous individuals around the globe.

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SALIM AZZAM

BIOGRAPHY

After completing a Master’s degree in Visual Communication Design at the University of Alberta, Canada, Salim Azzam returned to Beirut to use his design and illustration skills to document spoke traditional stories and local customs before joining the Starch Foundation.

Salim looks to exhibit these stories and customs in a new context through hand-embroidering designs and illustrations on shirts and dresses allowing local craftswomen to tell their own stories with their needles and threads, echoing the village’s voice in the fashion world.

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TIMI HAYEK

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Timi Hayek received her Fashion Print BA at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London, 2012. In 2010 she won the Liberty Art Fabrics Award, where her print design was sold at the renowned British department store, Liberty & Co. She completed a Diploma in ¬Professional studies in 2011, working for Marc Jacobs in Louis Vuitton and Jean-Charles de Castelbajac in Paris. Other placements include Alexander McQueen and Mary Katrantzou in London. In 2013 she launched her eponymous fashion label 'Timi Hayek' under the support of the Starch Foundation. In 2014 she presented two collections with Fashion Forward in Dubai, as well as sold at the prestigious Starch Boutique in Saifi Village, Downtown Beirut. In 2015 Timi Hayek’s first boutique was launched on Monot Street, Beirut.

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ZAREENA

TIME: Saturday, 22 October 2016 - 22:00
LOCATION: HALL 1
WEBSITE: http://zareena.co/wordzare/

BIOGRAPHY

The uptown girls are in town. A collection portraying the fun, hip and trendy cuts and colors coupled with Zareena’s knack for quality and creativity. 
Inspired by the 60’s, the collection encompasses life as it was back then: Bright, swirling colors, Psychedelic, tie-dye shirts, long hair, Short skirts, boots with stiletto heels and goggles. The collection brings back the nostalgia of the working, single and “Uptown Girls”, after which the collection is named.

Zareena is debuting her first ever Ready-To-Wear collection in Fashion Forward season 6. The label is simply called “Zaroon by Zareena”. Zaroon is her nickname; the launch of the Label’s initial collection holds an appropriate flashback to her birth years, a decade that reflects the spirit of what the label stands for..  

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