Of the numerous contemporary ready-to-wear labels we’ve seen at both Fashion Forward and the Dubai Collections, Bedouin by Central Saint Martins grad Andraya Farrag, represents one of the stronger labels. Each season, Farrag looks to a new culture and country for inspiration, and for Fall 2016, she turned to Japan. The Far East touch was highlighted via obi belts on trousers and subtle Japanese ink wash paint prints on Farrag’s signature bomber and other separates. Like the Japanese hakama pant, trousers were wide-legged and roomy, while the hero piece was the structured two-toned trouser with abstract camo print.
On the third day of shows, it was refreshing to see a designer put some effort into her silhouettes, and in this regard, she should have pushed herself even further. Farrag featured on-trend separates like the cold shoulder shirts and bell-shaped sleeves—but you can find a similar look for less on high-street. As for the outerwear coat with utilitarian pockets—now that was a standout. It’s pieces like these that you’ll never find on high-street and serve to get a brand noticed and build a loyal following. This critic would also like to see more color from Bedouin (and across the board); designing for the fall season doesn’t require a primarily dark-hued collection, which ultimately, will always be a hard sell online.