Fashion fourplay sends pulses racing

Emerging talents take the honours on the second day of the DIFW as glamour, drama and bling continue to cast a spell

By Zoe Sinclair (Staff Reporter)

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Published: Sat 27 Oct 2007, 11:35 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 8:48 PM

Dressed for success

THE DESIGNS of students and emerging talent stole the limelight, and every other bedazzling spotlight for that matter, on day two of the Dubai International Fashion Week on Wednesday.

The students of French Fashion University Esmod Dubai took to the stage with almost every colour under the sun making its presence felt. Colourful and daring cuts including short shorts and even shorter dresses, wowed the audience. One unconventional bridal gown shimmered decorated with pearls over the short pink dress and topped with a long veil.

Barkha Mulani then brought an immensely wearable and sexy collection based on the 'drama queen'. Tight jeans were topped with tight bright print T-shirts and dribbled with pearls. The girly, funky collection is bound to set some trends.

But it was Rabia Z, one of the emerging talents, who shone through all the talented potential at the show. The young designer, of UAE and Afghani origin, who creates her collection for the muhajabba — the trendy young Muslim woman, received a standing ovation and attention from two US fashion editors. Tight trousers were topped with tunics that followed the silhouette of the body but remained modest. It was her sports collection, however, that really grabbed the audience's eye.

Rabia herself had found it difficult to find comfortable suitable clothing to wear exercising, but here she combined the sports materials and accessories from Addidas to create straight trousers and tops unusual to the sports world for uniting trendy with modesty.

Sulafa Filfilan, Pink Pepper team Janis D'Souza and Soni Sajnani also had beautiful collections polished to perfection with the help of celebrity stylist Kithe Brewster. Mohammed Khadra in particular was noted for his sports line also accessorized with his own designs. Prestige sent out a classic Italian evening collection to the catwalk by Lilli Spina, with a stand out bright red dress, it exemplified sophistication.

Meanwhile, also for Prestige, Stefan Buchmann, presented glamour, drama and bling echoed through his loud fur coats. The luxurious collection of coats, including mink coats, was one of the most polished shows on day two.


Barkha Mulani's collection at DIFW showcased T-shirts and loose tops with intriguing artwork and writing, teamed up with pearl necklaces and accessories like cut-off gloves and bracelets, adding pizzazz to the look.

The dresses dazzled in pastel shades and prints, and Mulani's fondness for pearls seems evident here too.

A casual, comfortable and extremely wearable collection aimed at the young at heart.

Drama on the ramp


The French Fashion University Esmod took over the ramp in spectacular fashion, bringing together a mix of styles, from casual, colourful dresses to more elaborate ensembles accessorised with pearls, sleeve flowers and flowing capes.

FFUE was established in Paris in 1841 by Frenchman Alexis Lavigne, and has opened schools in 20 countries and trained generations of professionals who have worked for international stylists such as Dior, Saint-Laurent, Kenzo, Paco Rabanne, Gaultier, Givenchy and others.

Fresh and fabulous


Sulafa Filfilan, Soni Sajnani and Janis D’Souza, Mohamad Khadra and Rabia Z brought a fresh perspective to DIFW.

White made a refreshingly original appearance as plain dresses sported a touch of multi-colouring. Hooded greys and blacks added a dash of casual elegance.

Whether it was a plain gold dress perked up with jewelled accessories - bling is never quite passé – or a pink tube top paired with a navel ring, the emerging talent team proved their fashion mettle at DIFW this year.

When fashion imitates art


Raakhee Raipanchola displayed stunning and feminine outfits at DIFW this year.

Bright pinks and yellows feature strongly as do duller shades of red and black, a colour palette that appeals to a broader range of tastes. Puffed and crinkled sleeves add a touch of romance. She seems fond also of pockets and bows, that give a simple dress a fashion savvy edge.

Raakhee established her design studio in Dubai and her brand 'Revisteer' in 2004 with five different collections.

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