The fashion radar cameras were all focussed on the iconic Riyam Park which was lit with shimmering rich parades of colours, fabrics, and exquisite creations that were on the runway duing the Muscat Fashion Week from 15th to the 17th of January. What makes Muscat Fashion Week unique from other fashion events is its focus on traditional, regional artistry and craftsmanship that encapsulates a uniquely Arabic ethos which merges along with it, a contemporary aesthetic that seamlessly blends heritage and modernity together.
Self-taught, Omani-based Nawal Al Hooti surpassed the standards that was expected from her by even the most jaded fashion editors with a collection that remained true to her core ethos, whilst constantly evolving and surpassing even the most jaded fashion editor’s expectations.
Tunisian Ahmed Talfit’s edgy, sculptural couture line came up with a collection that truly matched upto the title he is known ‘the McQueen of the Middle East’ with his dramatic, ultra-modern, sharply-cut pieces, in black leather, tulle, organza, silk and lace .
Having worked with the visual artist Bea Kayani, creative dynamo and veteran fashion insider Lama El-Moatassem’s Collection Toujouri was brimming with character and colour. Given her love for everything from high-drama red-carpet gowns to resort wear, the Toujouri show was one not to miss
Having being a part of the event ever since its birth was the designer from UAE, Kanzi with their sleek, modern collection of abayas, kaftans and flowing dresses.
Razan Alazzouni from Saudi Arabia who already has extensive celebrity following showed her skills through her largely monochrome collection. In good company were Tatyana Aceeva from Jordan with her red carpet worthy collection and the Moroccan designer Zhor Rais whose collections were serious show stoppers and a piece worth being on every style siren’s wish-list.
Emirati based DAS collections by Reem and Hind Beljafla followed suit with an equally impressive collection of sleek, theatrical shapes in luxurious gold and neutral shades with a pop of bright colours and a multicultural influence.
Closely following suit were Omani sisters Lubna and Nadia Al Zakwani of Endemage label with their edgy and modern collection, and Emirati based DAS collections by Reem and Hind Beljafla with an equally impressive collection of multicultural influence.
Unveiling an exceptional collection that showed off intricate beadwork and embroidery on her always-flattering, timeless aesthetic was Rashmi Kumari, the unstoppable force behind the label C’est Moi.
Winding up the show of elegance was the talented designer behind the Mauzan label captivating the hearts of the audience for one final time with an inspiring collection of modern, elegant abayas.
Marking the success of the event in a grand way due to which the anticipation of the future has piqued, only time will tell what 2014 has in store for Muscat’s Fashion Week.