Glamour took over the catwalk at the Paris Gallery last week to take all 'Beyond Beauty' in Abiti's knockout dresses. Opulent silks, delicate chiffons and luxurious nets paired up with dramatic make-up to celebrate the return of colour

By Hina Bakht

Published: Fri 16 Jan 2004, 2:53 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 12:42 AM

Until recently it seemed that the make-up which made its debut in the shops had little to with what appeared on the catwalks. However, these days cosmetic companies are increasingly in step with what's happening on the catwalk. Behind it is the belief that what models wear has a greater impact on make-up fashions than counter displays and promotions. No wonder Paris Gallery joined hands with Abiti - one of the most loved designer labels in the Middle East - to launch its unique make-up concept 'Beyond Beauty' at a dazzling fashion show held at the Deira City Centre last week.

Faces flushed with colour, brooding expressions, blood-red pouts and the flounce of a flamenco dancer, captured the party mood perfectly in Abiti's new couture collection. There was something splendidly fifties about it. Admittedly, it was a show viewed with nostalgic affection.

In fact, seldom are fashion shows held amid such a blaze of colour. Models came down the runway like traffic lights, one with eyes shaded green, another amber, while some had lips that shimmered with red. These bold colours are made to be played with and enjoyed. It's like going back to the good all days when dressing up was fun.

Frail chiffon dresses aflutter with ruffles spelt nothing but glamour. Romantic and beautiful, they are guaranteed to make every woman look and feel like a lady. The designer Furne One played with endless variations of chiffon cutting to produce truly delicate and sophisticated outfits. Soft and fluid, the clothes reflected refined fantasy. Ravishing gowns in soft nets, luscious laces and rich silks had an old-world charm. With a palette ranging from plum-toned crimson, subtle raspberry, burnt orange, fiery fuchsia, duck-egg blue to seaweed green, these were dresses that every woman dreams of.

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