From the thrilling collections of Dany Tabet and Yousef Al Jasmi to the inspirational talk with Global Brand President of MAC Cosmetics, Karen Buglisi Weiler, there were lots of exciting moments to be had at Day Two of Fashion Forward Season 6. Early in the day, the crowd was awash with buzz about Dubai-based brand Taller Marmo’s gorgeous gold-leaf beauty look, as well as its collection of travel-ready striped frocks, classic crimson car coats, and fitted jumpsuits. Meanwhile, Elio Abou Fayssal drew on fairytale iconography with gorgeous couture creations made dramatic by a stair-step presentation over which tulle trains cascaded.
Fashion paused for a second to consider the realm of beauty with a smart conversation with Karen Buglisi Weiler, who argued that beauty itself was an extension of fashion, especially when it came to its transformative powers. She continues to inspire as a leading woman in the beauty industry, having started from a Revlon counter at the age of 17 to make it to the top position at one of the world’s best-selling cosmetics lines.
Up next came Fatema Fardan’s presentation, which was a straightforward collection of simply printed separates with cropped lengths and feminine silhouettes that could have been improved by adding more variety and experimentation to her signature prints. Dany Tabet’s show was where the real thrills of Day Two could be found, with a stunning collection set against a close-up photograph of the moon’s surface, from which models emerged, first as silhouettes and then as dazzling figures in densely embroidered silver dresses, pastel-hued kaftans, and dramatic capes. Show notes pointed to a surprising origin for the collection, stating, “The collection draws an imaginary trip around Syria and its landscapes […] A poor woman with a child on her back on the adventure is a heroine whose strength comes from the air of the journey’s freedom, and whose mystery is fuelled by the endless promise of the peaceful future.”
A trio of back-to-back slots culminated in the night’s final presentations, with Jelena Bin Drai, Endemage, and Yousef Al Jasmi showing in that order. Al Jasmi, in particular, put on a jaw-dropping display, with voluminous couture gowns covered in thousands of multi-colored, hand-stitched petals. For the socialite in the audience, this collection was where her next ball gown is sure to be sourced.