As Paris Fashion Week came to a close, the UAE played host to its second edition of Dubai Modest Fashion Week (DMFW) over the weekend. Taking place at Mix restaurant at the newly opened Emerald Palace Kempinski, the three-day-event was a celebration of modern modest dressing and designers from around the world. Read on for the main takeaways from the event.
HH Sheikha Hend Faisal Al Qassemi Leads Impressive Catwalk Shows
The stunning clothing on display ranged from full-length abayas to colorful athleisure and streetwear, presented in the collections of modern modest designers from all points of the globe, including Jordan, Kuwait, India, and Singapore. The UAE’s HH Sheikha Hend Faisal Al Qassemi helped kick off the event by sending out a lineup of intricate evening wear that set the tone for the array of collections that would follow. Other designers to present include USA-based label Niswa Fashion, Australia’s Imen Bousnina, and Kuwait-based label Anotah.
Asiya Rafiq Stages an Inclusive Collection for Women With Disabilities
Abu Dhabi-based designer Asiya Rafiq launched her namesake label to cater to the sartorial needs of women with disabilities. Following an injury that left her paralyzed, the designer felt inspired to launch a modest womenswear label that is not only practical but stylish too. During DMFW, she presented a collection boasting practical, easy-to-wear garments made specifically for women with intellectual disabilities. Think Zippers and velcro for women who require wheelchairs and magnetic buttons for those who live with Parkinson’s disease.
The guests got to attend various interactive talks during the three days. DMFW 2019 kicked off with a thought-provoking talk by the Council of Modest Fashion, followed by the first runway show of the weekend. Later that evening, Sabrina Salhi moderated a talk with speakers that included DMFW co-founders Franka Soeria and Ozlem Sahin, designer Asiya Rafiq, influencer Dr. Passant Saleh and Grace El Mahmoud from Shea Global. Entitled “Fashion For Good”, the discussion covered a variety of topics, such as female body image and underprivileged women in Kenya.
The third talk brought together influencers Nia Amroun, Asma Lootah, Yassmin Jay, Ifrah, and Alia Awwe together to share modest style tips, and guest speakers Samah Safi, Muna Al Harbi, Yasmine Youssari, and Leyla Fathallah discussed the power of women in our communities and the importance of supporting one another on International Women’s Day.
Modest Influencers Gather at the Palm
The three-day-long extravaganza brought with it a cool young crowd of stylish attendees. Among the guests spotted at DMFW was Dubai-based modest blogger Nabilah Kariem, Libyan designer Safiya Abdallah (who also presented her collection for her womenswear label Dulce by Safiya), and former Syrian refugee-turned-popstar, Nouri.