It was due to take place later this month, but fashion fans in Riyadh will have to wait a little longer for the inaugural Saudi Fashion Week. Organizers have confirmed to Vogue.me that the sartorial showcase, which was set to be held from October 21 to 25, has been postponed, with a rescheduled date to be announced in the future. Partners and participants of the event have been informed of the delayed schedule.
The launch of the first Saudi Fashion Week was revealed last month by HH Princess Noura Bint Faisal Al Saud, who announced the news at a press conference in Riyadh during fashion month. The royal, organizer and host of the flagship event, said that “fashion is the ultimate language of the global culture” in a statement posted on the Saudi Fashion Week website. “Therefore, the Saudi Fashion Community was born from the need for a platform dedicated to all aspects related to fashion: education, design, manufacturing, trade and retail.”
The first edition of the Fashion Week was set to welcome designers including Arwa al Banawi, Yanina Couture, Yahya Al Bishri, Lama Askari, Dar Walid Attallah, and Robert Abi Nader, who will showcase their Spring 2019 collections. It is unknown if all labels will participate at a later date. “I waited 25 years for something like this to happen in my country, and I’m extremely happy to be part of it,” Al Bishri told Vogue.me when the event was first announced.
The announcement of of Saudi Fashion Week followed April’s Arab Fashion Week, which was held for the first time in Saudi Arabia earlier this year. The show, which was organized by the Arab Fashion Council in partnership with the British Fashion Council, featured ready-to-wear and pret-a-porter designers from all points of the globe, including the UAE, Egypt, Italy, Kazakhstan, Lebanon, the United States, and Saudi Arabia. Arwa Al Banawi, Reem Kanhal, Aiisha Ramadan, Yanina, and Basil Soda were among the designers set to showcase their collections, alongside international heavyweights Roberto Cavalli and Jean-Paul Gaultier.