For the first time in the history of the country, we had the chance to see and be part of this remarkable international, world renowned fashion event. After New York Fashion Week, fashionistas and international models landed in the desert Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, in Riyadh.
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel welcomed and hosted the guests including big international design teams from countries such as Russia, Italy, Brazil, Lebanon, Egypt and USA. Top Saudi designers such a SWAF were also presenting their collections on the runway.
International sponsors of the event included names such as Richard Mille, Makeup Forever, Huaway, BMW and well known Saudi Jewellery company, Lazurde, from which I had the pleasure of wearing a high quality 21 carat golden necklace for the event.
The Riyadh Arab Fashion Week was organized by the Arab Fashion Council with the patronage of HRH Princess Noura Bint Faisal Al Saud. The Kingdom is experiencing huge social changes and one of these is Arab Fashion Week. Many Saudi women have been waiting for such changes for a long time and, thankfully, we all feel that the country is heading towards the 2030 Vision.
The Guest of Honour at the event was Jean Paul Gaultier, who opened the runway show for the first day at the Show Tent. Fashion celebrities and influencers filled the massive venue.
Over the five days, we saw many fashionable looks including local styles for Saudi ladies. One picture of me wearing a black velvet abaya provided by @sketch.saudi, a multi-brand boutique, and a handmade bag by talented Saudi designer @firenze.sa, has been posted on the New York Times, where you can see me standing infront of the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Riyadh.
My runway highlight was that of two designers from UAE, Arwa Al Banawi @arwaalbanawi and Rana Yousry from the Egyptian high-end fashion house @asoryofficial, where the elegance of creation meets with the dramatic style of iconic gowns.
By special invitation, an extra event was held at the Riyadh’s city centre Harvey Nichols store, a fabulous extension of the original central London, Knightsbridge store, championing a multitude of the best small and large designers. The Trunk Show at this event gave those lucky enough to be present a really exciting close-up feeling of fashion from the House Of MuaMua, Maison Alexandrine, BibiSara, Yanina Couture and many more. This special event was also attended by HRH Princess Noura Bint Al Saud.
Following the success of this wonderful fashion event, we are now hugely looking forward to the second edition of Riyadh Arab Fashion Week in October 2018 with a much bigger variety of local and international designers..