Dubai Fashion Council autumn/winter 2017 collection catwalk show for LFWLondon Fashion Week AW17
The Dubai Fashion Council chose two very different designers for their debut at London Fashion Week – Deborah Manning and Azzalia – in a catwalk that collided the world’s of the Middle East and the West.
Manning’s designs radiated the androgynous style that she is famed for with the most prominent pieces being the oversized T-shirt. This casual way of dress emphasised style and comfort with the added rolled shoulder exuding the notion of rock ‘n’ roll.
Sharp cuts on sleeves and cropped tops highlighted the bold shapes of streetwear. These were often paired with contrasting mesh cut-outs that added a certain risqué edge. Sheer sheaths of light fabrics were cleverly layered under sharp jackets complimenting the sentiment of playful androgyny.
The refined cut and styling of jackets draped and clenched-in at the waist exaggerated the casual yet flawless look that Manning seeks, pushing the boundaries between luxe and minimalism.
Azzalia contrasted loud structures adorned with feathered appliqués and glittering embroidery. Ruffles also appeared throughout the mix of gowns and outerwear, summoning the spectacle that each item so deserved.
Reminiscent of the Dior New Look style that is still relevant today, Azzalia reinvented the shapes in the form of removable ball gown skirts, representing the needs of the modern, luxury woman. Delicate lace inserts amplified the romance of the gowns while the addition of belts highlighted the figure.
The opulence and grandeur that embodies Azzalia as a brand was capsulised by the closing wedding gown. With a low V-neck paired with a fit-and-flare skirt, the pure white fabric successfully showed off the model’s figure.
Despite the difference in the creations of each designer, the combined works of Deborah Manning and Azzalia illustrated the cool, urban undertones of Dubai and the Middle East can be embodied in contemporary concepts of femininity.
Photos: Kimberley Archer
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