6 Degree

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TIME: Saturday, 25 March 2017 - 16:00
LOCATION: HALL 1
WEBSITE: http://6degree.co/

BIRDWALK

BIOGRAPHY

What makes a dreamer a dreamer?   Our dreamer lets her imagination fly in the clouds while her feet stride confidently on the ground.  “BirdWalk” is our way of capturing the dreamer’s spirit through timeless, modern and wearable couture dresses. Designer Amrapali Singh combines her passion for art, nature and dance into limited, individualized and handcrafted pieces. Drawing inspiration from the free-spirited zeitgeists of the 1920s to 60s America, Europe and elsewhere, she envisions modern and wearable dresses that embody the classic feminine beauty and fairytale-like charm of those heydays.

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VEDIKA M

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Vedika M epitomizes chic and fun prêt couture. Our quirky designs, captured in vibrant hues, are perfectly tailored to give you a comfortable yet memorable style statement. Each garment is carefully hand painted and block printed at our in-house textile unit. We believe in a one-design-per-style philosophy, so we create limited pieces of each style to ensure that your VedikaM attire is iconically yours!

ABED MAHFOUZ

TIME: Friday, 24 March 2017 - 21:30
LOCATION: HALL 1
WEBSITE: https://www.abedmahfouz.com/

BIOGRAPHY

Born in 1956, Fashion Designer Abed Mahfouz was raised in the arms of a modest family in Lebanon. Being surrounded with all what it takes to become a designer – fabrics, threads, scissors and foremost family members that work in tailoring, Mahfouz decided to enter the enticing world of fashion.

 After joining his older sister in designing and making evening gowns, Mahfouz recognized his true fervor for fashion, in which, led to the birth of the Abed Mahfouz brand.

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Amato

TIME: Saturday, 25 March 2017 - 22:00
LOCATION: HALL 1
WEBSITE: http://amatohautecouture.com/

BIOGRAPHY

Amato started as a dream between two creative entrepreneurs, based on a few core values – cutting edge creativity, design as art-form, commitment to reflect community commitment, to revive rare embellishments ethically, using the principles of fair trade.

Launched in 2002 in the UAE, Amato (Beloved in Italian) is the brainchild of the much-awarded creative designer Furne One, who partnered with textile expert Rashid Ali, to build this avant garde label.

With an inherent passion for couture, Furne fearlessly shows out-of-the-box, unconventional yet outstandingly chic collections. Not a trend follower, he uses his fabric as a canvas for creating art that has the functionality of fashion.

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Anaya

TIME: Saturday, 25 March 2017 - 19:00
LOCATION: HALL 1
WEBSITE: www.anayacollection.com

BIOGRAPHY

Chathuri Samaraweera was born November 11th 1978, in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Growing up in a family of creative spirits she spent most of her time at her farther’s Art gallery which helped her explore her creative abilities at a very young age.

After graduating with honors with a bachelor of Accounting and Finance degree from “Monash University”, Australia, she moved to Los Angeles to pursue her passion for fashion and graduated Magna Cum Laude from FIDM (Fashion Institute of design and merchandising, Los Angeles). She started her design career as a design intern at Rampage clothing and moved on to the atelier of BCBG Max Azria as an assistant designer where she learned the art of luxury fashion.

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EMPEROR

TIME: Friday, 24 March 2017 - 16:00
LOCATION: HALL 1
WEBSITE: https://www.emperor1688.com/

BIOGRAPHY

Three brothers, Babak Golkar, Haman Golkar and Farhan Golkar, founded the label in 2007. Babak Golkar studied his craft at The London College of Fashion, and has won CPL Aromas fashion design awards. He was also a finalist in the Niquitin CQ Design Awards. Haman Golkar learned his fashion skills at the famous Central Saint Martins college in London. Farhan Golkar pursued his studies in design at the Chelsea College of Art. The brothers have won the prestigious Esquire Designer of the Year Award for their menswear label Emperor 1688 in 2011 and have been nominated again in 2012.

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Hussein Bazaza

TIME: Thursday, 23 March 2017 - 18:30
LOCATION: HALL 1
WEBSITE: www.husseinbazaza.com

BIOGRAPHY

Beirut born, Hussein Bazaza developed an appreciation of all artistic fields at a young age before enrolling at ESMOD Beirut. Graduating in 2011, Bazaza continued with an internship at Maison Rabih Kayrouz in Paris, and later worked for Elie Saab as a junior designer before launching his first collection in 2012 where he was selected by the Starch Foundation to launch his eponymous ready-to-wear line.

Bazaza has received the prestigious Elle Style Award “Best Upcoming Middle East Designer”, “Best Emerging Designer” for The Middle East Fashion Awards 2015 as well as the inaugural winner of the Style.com/Arabia - DDFC Fashion Prize with the launch of his winning capsule collection on Farfetch.com in Spring 2016.

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Kristina Fidelskaya

TIME: Friday, 24 March 2017 - 18:30
LOCATION: HALL 1
WEBSITE: http://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. 

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Michael Cinco

TIME: Thursday, 23 March 2017 - 22:00
LOCATION: HALL 1
WEBSITE: http://www.michaelcinco.com/

BIOGRAPHY

Dubai-based Filipino designer Michael Cinco is best known for his fabulous couture gowns. His innate creativity and masterful techniques have catapulted him to the front ranks of fashion. He has cultivated a dedicated following for the luxe and intricacy of his designs, with their fresh, elegant and detailed juxtapositions of fabric and Swarovski crystals.

Michael's celebrity clients include Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Britney Spears, Jennifer Lopez, Christina Aguilera, Nicole Scherzinger, Fergie Ferguson, Dita Von Teese, Brandy, Ashanti, Paris Hilton, Mischa Barton, Chris Brown, Tyra Banks, Naomi Campbell and, recently, Sofia Vergara at the Golden Globes 2013, who was voted Best Dressed by many TV shows and magazines in the US. Just recently, British pop star Paloma Faith wore his couture dress at the MET Gala in New York. Michael also designed several costumes for Mila Kunis for the sci-fi blockbuster movie Jupiter Ascending. He likewise enjoys the patronage of international clients from Russia, China, Macau, as well as US and European socialites who are smitten with his breathtaking couture wedding dresses.

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STARCH

TIME: Thursday, 23 March 2017 - 16:00
LOCATION: HALL 1
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Emily Cremona

BIOGRAPHY

Fashion creator Diana Wassef re-launches Emily Cremona with her highly anticipated collection titled “Kao-Kabi” at the 2017 Fashion Forward Dubai. The collection, Wassef’s first for Emily Cremona in six years, reveals the designer’s evolved approach to fashion; her poetic garments invoke the mysterious and surreal while also meeting the delicate needs of today’s modern wearer. With “Kao-Kabi” Wassef creates a sensory experience through garments that are kind to the skin and to our environment.

Since showcasing her collection in 2011 at Starch Foundation, a nonprofit organization founded by Rabih Kayrouz and Tala Hajjar that helps launch Lebanese emerging designers, Wassef has been investigating and exploring the future of material and sustainable design through natural dyeing techniques, natural fibers and fabric marbling. For “Kao-Kabi,” the designer worked exclusively with natural fibers, including bamboo, hemp, linen & pineapple - making a statement on the importance of sustainability in the current fashion landscape.

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Nour Najem

BIOGRAPHY

Nour Najem, born and raised in Beirut, graduated in fashion design from ESMOD Beirut in 2012. Throughout her career, she has interned at several Lebanese designers, such as Elie Saab, Rabih Kayrouz and Caroline Seikaly.

She launched her eponymous fashion label in the spring of 2013.

Nour adresses the modern and independent woman through fluid lines, luscious fabrics, and intricate details. She combines strict geometry and architecture all the while being anchored in her oriental heritage. She is inspired by a wide range of traditional artistry; artisanal crafts and the know-how that she applies to her designs.

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Roni Helou

BIOGRAPHY

Roni Helou was born in Lebanon in 1992. Although he studied Marketing at the University of Antonin Fathers, his true calling was always in fashion design.
In 2013, he was accepted at Creative Space Beirut, a fashion design school offering free education. He also worked for many private clients and assisted his peers with pattern making and other lessons. In 2014, Roni won first place at a national fashion design competition hosted by Persil (Henkel). As a result, he was sent to Milan to participate in a workshop at the Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti.

Roni graduated from Creative Space Beirut in December 2017. His thesis collection was shown as the finale in a live fashion show at Dar El Nimer for Arts and Culture.

In 2017, Roni Helou was selected by Starch foundation to launch his brand and showcase his first collection at the Starch foundation’s shop at Saifi Village.

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