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'Dubai Fashion Week’ takes a step to realisation


Models stand on the catwalk during the Alta Mada Dubai Fashion show March 5, 2007.  Image used for illustrative purpose.


The first steps towards developing a full-scale “Dubai Fashion Week” and then turning it into a fixture on the international fashion calendar are on. The suggestions put forward by an expert panel are now with the higher authorities for a possible go ahead.

If it does so, Dubai then stands more than a good chance of creating — and sustaining — a high-profile event that would do a world of good to the emerging fashion and design industry here and in the region, according to a senior source.

“A framework for a possible DFW has been suggested and hopefully it will see the light,” said Patrick Chalhoub, member of the Board of Directors at Dubai Design and Fashion Council. “There is already a Dubai Design Week and that’s been successful.

“Launching a dedicated Dubai Fashion Week will represent a big commitment — but having a strong event, we can have other industry-facing initiatives develop around it. And each can find their own niches.

“Discussions are on with various parties, including the Dubai Government, on the ways and means for a launch.”

In Chalhoub’s perspective, a DFW can make the right sort of noises that is so vital for a domestic fashion and design industry that is still in a nascent phase. And the benefits go way beyond the glitz and glamour of the catwalks and the hotshot designers — and models — who will be in town.

“It will manage to get in the international buyers and have the global fashion media talking and covering Dubai,” said Chalhoub, who is also joint CEO of the Chalhoub Group, one of the biggest names in the region’s retail sector. “If DFW happens, the aim should be to get into the Tier 2 and just behind the Tier 1 events in London, Paris, New York and Milan.”

In such a situation, Dubai could either consider running the event at the end of March/early April or end October/beginning of November, said Chalhoub. These potential datelines do not clash with any of the established annual dos the global fashion industry plays host to. (Currently, an “Arab Fashion Week” is hosted in Dubai, but under the umbrella of the pan-regional Arab Fashion Council.)

On whether Dubai Design and Fashion Council will take a direct role in conducting a future DFW, Chalhoub said: “The Council’s (role) will be more on the governance side. Another entity will have to do the actual creation.

“Our role will be to support — we have worked on it for two years and today has put up the proposal. The framework has been suggested by a subcommittee and the board approved it.”

And what of the fashion itself? Will DFW be about creating a platform for trends that originate from within the region?

“Ideally, we are here to promote something either locally designed or manufactured,” Chalhoub said. “It has to be fashion from the region (and) not necessarily fashion for the region. There are great designers on the international scene who are showing interest in the region ... but in isolated ways. Some of the big department stores are asking for it.

“A fashion industry out of Dubai can fill those needs.”

A possible DFW is not the only agenda the Council is pursuing. The Dubai Institute of Design and Innovation is heading for a September 2018 start, with the intake of the first 150 students and then “move to 300”. (It will be located at Dubai Design District (better known as d3) at a temporary base and later move into a permanent home at the same location. It has firmed up alliances with MIT and Parsons)

“What we are missing is the manpower knowledgeable about the design industry — that’s what a university can provide,” said Chalhoub. “The whole idea is to create an ecosystem in Dubai which can service the whole region in products, accessories and even designer furniture.”

But will there be a level of consumer acceptance that can sustain fashion or design of local origin? Won’t they at best be niche operators?

“Demand is not huge … but we could build always around it,” said Chalhoub. “On the other hand, there are people — the young, the entrepreneurial — who are very much into expressing themselves and they need to be guided in the right direction. The way we see it there is a possible offer and possible demand.

“Definitely, economically it is not the best possible moment for the region. But if we as a Dubai-based organisation can support and make things happen, even accelerate them, we could be in a good position.”Read more at:cocktail dresses uk | occasion dresses


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6 Creative Ways to Honor Your Dad at Your Wedding


Your wedding day (and Father's Day!) is a great opportunity to give a little shout-out to those who gave you unconditional love and support along your journey, from your first steps as a toddler to the altar. On the day you say “I do,” consider these ways to honor your father, stepfather, or father figure, aside from having them walk you down the aisle. After all, you wouldn’t be who you are today without them.

A Special Dance

Many weddings feature the traditional father-daughter dance but why not take it a step further to make it one to remember? If dad’s got two left feet, perhaps you can spend some quality time together by attending dance lessons prior to the big day, whether to learn to dance a bit better or maybe even pull off a choreographed routine. Or you can surprise him with the song you dance to by selecting a sentimental song you both have a connection to.

Ask Him to Officiate

What could be a bigger honor than being asked to officiate your child’s wedding? While it may take a bit of preparation to become qualified (or not—these days you can get ordained in five minutes online), it can be considered the ultimate compliment to be asked to be the person who makes your marriage real. With the opportunity to share loving words and special moments with all in attendance while making your union official, you can work with your dad to create the ultimate ceremony. Not only will he have a huge part in your special day, but we’re pretty sure the honor will be all his.

A Daddy-Daughter “First Look”

First looks with your soon-to-be spouses have become a popular way to share a special moment together privately prior to walking down the aisle. So why not consider having a separate first look with your dad? He’ll probably be pacing the halls and biting his nails waiting to see his little girl all dolled up for her big day anyway. By setting aside a few minutes for a prewedding moment with him, too, you’ll not only create a memory that will last a lifetime, but it’s also a great photo op!

An Unexpected Shout-Out

Many times fathers of the bride will read a speech at the rehearsal dinner or at the wedding itself while welcoming guests and sharing memories and words of wisdom. Why not turn the tables a bit, and instead give him a special shout-out, too? You and your fiancé may want to take a moment to thank all of your parents, or anyone who made your special day possible and memorable—just a minute or two of time to verbalize your love and appreciation could mean the world.

A Photo Surprise

This may take just a little bit of planning, but it’s a fun and creative way to make dad feel special post-wedding. With the help of a sneaky photographer, create a sign or prop that says something super sentimental, such as “I’ll always be your little girl” or “I loved you first.” Or something short and sweet that says it all: “Thanks, Dad!” While posing with your dad or walking toward him (if his back is turned), you can hold the sign up, so that when your photos come in he is given the sweetest surprise he will undoubtedly cherish forever.

Something Borrowed, Something Blue, Dad Edition

Typically brides will borrow an item from a past bride to count as their something borrowed or something blue. But what father wouldn’t feel special if, you asked him to help out? Maybe you’d like to borrow one of dad’s handkerchiefs, or sew a blue cut-out heart from one of his old dress shirts into the lining of your dress. Or you can add a borrowed cufflink into the wrapped stem of your bridal bouquet. Think outside of the box, and there’s plenty of cute ways to incorporate your dad into the tradition.Read more at:cheap prom dresses uk | plus size prom dresses


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Pippa Vosper Launches New Store Concept in Notting Hill


Pippa store Notting Hill

Pippa Vosper, the London-based editor-turned-retailer, has opened a new boutique in Notting Hill bearing her name.

The “Pippa” store follows on from Vosper’s first retail venture, RSPV, a boutique in West London’s Chiswick area that hosted designer sample sales.

Vosper said that she always drew customers based in Notting Hill, as well as from the nearby Knightsbridge and Mayfair areas, so moving to a central location had been a long time coming.

“I’ve spent so much time in Notting Hill, growing up and living here, that it’s always been my dream location,” said Vosper, adding that her aim is to create a shopping destination and focus on brick-and-mortar retail for the moment. “We’re just off the Ledbury Road, Joseph and Matchesfashion are around the corner and it’s great to sit next to those stores at a central location. All the girls walking from Portobello toward Westbourne Grove usually just see us and walk by.”

The new space will follow a similar concept to the original boutique, with the focus being on designer sample sales. The first sale, marking the launch of the store, features resort and beachwear, selling past season, discounted items from the likes of Mara Hoffman, Brazilian designer Adriana Degreas and March 11, known for their popular embroidered summer dresses. Sales by Turkish designer Gül Hürgel and Versace are also in the pipeline.

In addition to hosting sample sales, the new store will introduce a new feature that will allow designers to take over the space for week-long periods, to sell both seasonal and discounted collections as well as host events and industry appointments.

“It’s not a subletting arrangement, I would be hosting the designers and giving them control of the space for a week or two. It would allow young designers to showcase their products and collections for both customers and editors. The space can also be used as a showroom. At the same time we could also cater to more established names who don’t have a space in London,” said Vosper.

She added that she chose to keep the decor of the store “clean and sharp” so that it can easily be transformed for designer residencies: “I wanted to keep things simple, there’s pale cream walls, pink velvet curtains over big windows and a selection of objects I’ve been collecting over my travels.”Read more at:http://www.marieprom.co.uk/cheap-prom-dresses-uk | http://www.marieprom.co.uk/cocktail-dresses-uk


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