Encouraging and promoting new talent has always been a priority for the Vogue Fashion Dubai Experience, and the eight designers selected for the 2015 fashion show are exceptional examples of a new generation of global promise:
Created by award-winning actress Rosario Dawson and the multi-talented Abrima Erwiah, Studio One Eighty Nine is a social enterprise launched in support of V-Day’s One Billion Rising that helps promote African and African-inspired content through fashion while creating opportunities that empower women by providing opportunities for education and employment for artisans and creatives.
The three well-known Qatari sisters – Hend, Ghada and Maha Al Subaey – are the designers behind The Kayys. Founded in 2011, the brand aims to create exceptionally beautiful and utterly modern garments that reflect the sister’s own personalities, style and Middle Eastern heritage. Making waves at a regional level, the brand has also made significant international inroads by having a strong celebrity following that includes Gwen Stefani, Olivia Palermo and Hanneli Mustaparta.
Saudi Arabian designer Reem Al Kanhal has always believed that fashion is more about how it makes a person feel inside than an apparent aesthetic. From ladylike skirts and dresses to flowing pants and tops, Reem dedicates her work to strong and independent women who are aware of their femininity and willing to express their true elegance and class.
Born and raised in Vienna, Austria, Arthur Arbesser is internationally known as one of the most promising new designers in the Milanese panorama. He studied fashion at Central Saint Martin’s College in London, and that city’s prolific art scene absorbed him and allowed his own aesthetic to flourish. Upon graduation, he moved to Milan to work for Giorgio Armani, where he stayed for more than seven years. During Milan Fashion Week in February 2013, Arthur launched his namesake womenswear label; in June 2015 he was part of Pitti Italics project at Pitti Uomo.
Atelier Krikor Jabotian was founded by Krikor Jabotian when he was just 23. A talented designer who started his professional career as a member of Elie Saab’s creative department just days after he graduated from l’Ecole Superieure des Arts Techniques de la Mode in Beirut, Lebanon, Krikor’s independent career began when his elegant designs were selected and showcased by STARCH, a non-profit organisation founded by Maison Rabih Kayrouz.
A German designer based in New York City, Melitta Baumeister graduated from Parsons The New School For Design with a Masters in Fine Arts. Not long after, in February 2014, she launched a womenswear line under the Vfiles platform during New York Fashion Week. Her work has been described as a constant conversation of her desire to explore the possibilities of tomorrow; celebrities such as Rihanna and Lady Gaga have also worn her designs. Discovered by the Dover Street Market (DSM), her collection is currently sold by DSM New York, London and Ginza, and her business continues to spread internationally.
Chinese designer, Xiao Li studied fashion at the Royal College of Art and at the London College of Fashion. A knitwear specialist, she has worked with acclaimed designers such as J.W. Anderson, Alexander McQueen and Anya Hindmarch. In 2013 she won the prestigious International Talent Support Award that included a temporary work experience at Diesel. Her work has been showcased at various fashion weeks, including Hungary and London. Most recently she was selected as a finalist for the LVMH Fashion Prize 2015.
English-born, Lee Wood showed his interest for fashion and design after graduating from Berkshire College, London, with a diploma in art and design. After 16 years of working alongside Donatella Versace, Lee decided to give life to his own personal aesthetic with L72, a label that plays with minimalism while merging streetwear elements with the sartorial tradition to create a contemporary look rigorously made in Italy.
A vibrant fashion show, slated for Thursday, October 29 on the Fashion Catwalk of The Dubai Mall, will highlight the collections of these eight designers.