After its inaugural edition in February 2023, the Dubai Fashion Week (DFW) is back for a stunning Autumn/Winter 2024/25 session this weekend. This particular fashion week is also special as it will be the first time Dubai opens the global fashion season well ahead of New York, London, Paris and Milan, consolidating our glamorous city’s rep as a global fashion destination.
From February 4 to February 8, the Dubai Design District (d3) will transform into a sartorial haven with runway shows displaying some of the hottest new haute couture and ready-to-wear collections of only women’s wear. That’s not all – Dubai Design District will be rife with pop-up events, exhibitions, parties, street fashion, workshops and capsule launches.
What to expect at the Dubai Fashion Week A/W 2024-25
As with previous versions, this five-day A/W 24-25 edition is set to wow with runway showcases of both regional and international designers. Dubai-based ready-to-wear labels Michael Cinco, Dima Ayad, Kuwaiti fashion brand Riva, gym and loungewear brand Selfmade are part of the line-up. International brands such as Spain’s Adolfo Dominguez, eco-conscious brand Reborn that is also a UNHCR partner, and Moroccan designer Sara Charaibi.
Also, expect a generous dose of modest fashion among the collections from designers such as Malaysia’s Rizman Ruzaini, in tune with the demand for conservative yet chic clothing in the region. Besides, an array of engaging talks and events such as the Threads Talk 2.0 on February 8 at d3 discussing topics such as ‘Fashion Beyond Borders’ and ‘The Impact of Clothing Choice on Behaviour’ are part of the calendar.
A bunch of exclusive invite-only parties and hip events such as That Night Out event happening on February 9 at THAT Concept Store, Mall of the Emirates are also part of the DFW calendar this year. This edition also stands out as a bunch of designers showcase at locations other than the Dubai Design District (d3) – from venues like Sotheby’s to Bloomingdale’s. Find the full schedule here.
Formerly known as the Arab Fashion Week, DFW underwent a rebranding in 2023 to level up to the glam factor of fashion capitals like London, Paris, New York and Milan.
The City of Gold is already a fashion force to reckon with in the Middle East – first men’s fashion week, a special Barbie collection by Jean Louis Sabaji in partnership with Mattel, choosing MENA’s first curvy model – Ameni Esseibi – as the Arab Fashion Week ambassador is just a handful of many milestones.