Dima Ayad’s clients rely on her eponymous brand for flexible pieces to take them from the office to dinner in a flash. “I want a woman to wear my garments as many times as possible. I want my clothes to be versatile,” said the Dubai-based, Lebanese designer following her runway show at the Dubai Collections.
For Fall 2016 , Ayad splashed saturated colors across zig-zag patterned lace tops, skirts, and solid separates without entirely abandoning her signature monochrome palette. This season, her eye gravitated towards linear patterns (for instance, the opening shimmering number). Ayad also experimented for the first time with square paillette sequins detailed across a pink tunic and a pretty midi dress layered over an ivory turtleneck, and featured no-fuss body-hugging frocks and off-the-shoulder cocktail dresses. While the cut of the black cape dress’ armholes could be re-evaluated, the red pleated skirt and white column gown will both find spots in wardrobes, and the black-and-white zig-zag lace shirt brought just the right edge.