The Rotaract Club, in association with the Red Crescent Society, held a fashion show yesterday evening to raise funds for charity. The event, called I ♥ Fashion I ♥ My Community, took place at Media One Hotel in Media City, Dubai, and showcased some outstanding designs by emerging and established designers in the city.
The brains and beauties behind the event- Sevan Kouyoumjian and Khadra Osman, along with the reason behind it: to raise funds for Senses Residential School for children with special needs.
Here are some of the runway looks put together by participating designers:
Outer space and planet-inspired prints took over the runway as this digital designer shared his collection with the audience. Shrekahnth draws inspiration from Islamic artwork and architecture, and has shown his designs at Dubai Fashion Week. A bright patterned thigh-high dress with cape-like sleeves and brown grunge-style harem jumpsuit stood out.
The Algerian designer showed funky pieces from her Montaigne collection. Slashed leggings and graphic tees with puffy, embellished shoulders appeared to be signature styles of the designer, who enjoys mixing chic and casual elements. Models wore coloured oversized glasses, along with a variety of printed and embellished gloves.
Kai Li, Anum Moosa and Eman Al Hajiri were lucky to have some of their designs showcased on the runway, and the creativity and craftsmanship displayed made it hard to believe that these girls are still students! The girls used a variety of fabrics, textures and chunky laces and embellishments. Guests’ gazes were transfixed on a beautifully bold, yet still elegant gown, with a black bustier top and tiered teal skirt.
A rainbow seemed to have hit the runway as soon as this designer released her colourfully-clad models from behind the curtains. Zebra stripes, faint cheetah prints, and bright swirls stemmed from a multicoloured prism, perhaps influenced by nature, as one model donned an armband of large green leaves.
Designer of well-known UAE-based label Reemami, Reema’s elegant skirts, funky shapes, bold colours and intricate designs were far beyond impressive! Favourites included an orange lace top with an open front and deep back, along with tapered tan pants covered in delicate lace. At the end of the show, Damas awarded her with a jewellery set, for showing the most amount of creativity in her collection. Reemami designs are available for purchase at S*uce and Valleydez in Dubai.
Featured as one of the site’s Jumpsuits of the Day last week, Sevan of SevSev Clothing created a line of garments (her third collection!) for the runway show, in addition to co-hosting and co-organizing. Dresses evoked memories of Disney’s The Little Mermaid, as shiny crepes graced the runway in aquatic shades of blues, greens and yellows.
Designers also donated pieces to the event’s silent auction. While guests mingled and enjoyed snacks before the show, they placed bids for their favourite outfits:
Overall, the show was a huge success. The seats set up alongside the runway were full and cameras were continuously clickign pictures of runway designs in addition to guests. The venue was set up almost like a glamorous garage sale, in the empty 43rd floor of the hotel. It’s always a lovely feeling to give to charity, and even lovelier when you can witness such a spectacular show in return.
Already looking forward to next year’s I ♥ Fashion I ♥ My Community event!
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