Fashion Forward Dubai (FFWD), the region’s definitive fashion platform today announced its full programme for the S/S ’16 event, taking place this October 22nd-25th. The twice-annual event comprises of several elements: 33 catwalk shows and presentations by the region’s best couture, ready to wear designers; the ‘d3 Fashion Talks’ to generate debate and discussion on issues facing the region’s fashion industry, featuring iconic names from the international fashion industry, including Karen Buglisi Weiler, Global Brand President of M·A·C Cosmetics, Scott Schuman of The Sartorialist, and Imran Amed, Founder and CEO of The Business of Fashion; the Day at d3, a dedicated day for buyers and media hosted on site at Dubai Design District (d3). A new element added for this season is a re-imagined space for fashion jewellery and accessories designers – The Showcase.
Dubai Design District (d3) has been the strategic partner of FFWD since the inception of FFWD in 2013, aligning the platform with d3’s vision and mission to maximise the potential of the region’s design and fashion industry. d3 nurtures the region’s design talent and provides them with a dedicated creative home, whilst also bolstering the growing regional fashion industry, with Dubai as its hub. Working together on vital parts of the FFWD programming such as the ‘d3 Fashion Talks’ and Day at d3, FFWD continues to grow its partnership with d3.
“Now in its sixth season we are once again proud to support Fashion Forward Dubai which has become a true highlight in the Dubai’s fashion calendar and the definitive fashion platform in the Middle East,” said Maitha Al Suwaidi, Head of Business Development, d3. “Celebrating individual talent whilst engaging the international community, we are delighted to be hosting another set of thought-provoking talks and discussions as part of the d3 Fashion Talks, led by global industry experts and esteemed fashion academia.
“At d3, we are dedicated to establishing Dubai as a global design hub for the region’s creative community and so I am pleased by the number of our local designers that are showcasing their work at Fashion Forward S/S ‘16. Our vision is to craft a creative community, which inspires and encourages collaboration, to foster the growth of our design collective. With the support of innovative platforms like Fashion Forward, I am positive we will be able to nurture the development and evolution of our design and fashion industries together.’