Yesterday evening (October 10), Vogue Magazine presented The Vogue Fashion Experience at The Dubai Mall in The United Arab Emirates. On an assignment at the UAE, I have been following the story and the fashion scene here is still on the radar of New York magazines. According to Tabloid! Magazine, eight upcoming designers — Wadah Al Hajri from Qatar, Mohammad Ashi from Saudi Arabia, Razan Alazzouni from Saudi Arabia, Lulwa Al Amin from Bahrain, Ituen Basi from Nigeria, Simone Rocha from Ireland, Andrea Incontri from Italy and Esme Vie from Russia came together to showcase their designs in Dubai Mall’s Vogue Fashion Dubai Experience.
"Selected under Vogue Italia’s stringent international standards, the designers will present (presented) their collections from 6 p.m. at The Fashion Catwalk, an event which will be screened across the mall’s multimedia displays to an expected audience of over 400,000 visitors," added Tabloid!
Added Gulf News of yesterday's fashion extravaganza: "In Dubai: Fashion of all shades was celebrated on Thursday night at the inaugural Vogue Dubai Fashion Experience, with shows, special offers for shoppers, a charity gala and some of the world's top fashion celebrities." For more on this exciting show visit http://www.gulfnews.com.
"Naomi Campbell, Roberto Cavalli, Karolina Kurkova, Maya Diab and Dean and Dan Caten sat front row at a fashion show on Dubai Mall's catwalk, casting their eye over the work of eight designers mentored by Franca Sozzani, editor in chief of Vogue Italia and one of the drivers behind the event," added Gulf News.
Donatella Versace was mobbed by fans
"Donatella Versace was mobbed by hundreds of fans as she visited her brand's three stores in the mall, taking one of the electric "taxis" in between, while Bollywood actress and self-described "shopaholic" Shilpa Shetty was the guest of honour at an event celebrating shoes at Level Shoe District," added Gulf News.
"By 9 p.m. the mall was teeming with shoppers, many dressed up extravagantly for a night of standing out against families enjoying the start of the Eid holidays," added Gulf News.
"Later the stars had moved onto the Armani hotel in the Burj Khalifa for a change into eveningwear and a gala fundraiser for Dubai Cares," added Gulf News in their report.
According to Tabloid! Magazine:“The Vogue Fashion Dubai Experience — the largest and first of its kind fashion event in the region — will put the spotlight on the city, underlining its credentials as a global fashion destination. Alongside, it will also serve as a catalyst to promote young design talent,” said Mohammad Alabbar, Chairman of Emaar Properties in a press statement. “The unprecedented industry experience that awaits the participants will serve as an inspiration for the young designers, and further enable Dubai to set new trends in the global fashion scene.”
Other events have been planned by the mall to coincide with the fashion experience, including an exhibition of 50 popular Vogue covers in the Grand Atrium and specially created window displays by participating stores. Part of the sale proceeds will go towards Dubai Cares, which works to improve children’s access to quality primary education in developing countries. Staten Island arts and fashion fans, look for more coverage of this interesting event from me over the coming days as I report on fashion in The Dubai Mall.