What’s On previews fashion shows in Dubai, Fashion Forward at Madinat Jumeirah (October 4 to 6) and new Fashion Week Middle East in DIFC (October 1 to 4).

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October sees the launch of Fashion Week Middle East, which aims to draw international as well as local designers. Running from October 1 to 4 at DIFC, designers confirmed to showcase their work include high-profile names such as Betsey Johnson and Charlotte Ronson, with only 30 per cent of designers asked to take part being from the region. Show schedules can be found at the fashion week’s website.

More excitingly, the event will form ties with New York and Los Angeles Fashion Week, encouraging an exchange programme, which will see two designers being brought to our shores each season, with home-grown talent Furne One and Shrekahnth going the other way to America. Almost 50 designers will show in total at Fashion Week Middle East, and it is the first step to putting Dubai firmly on the map as a fashion capital along with Milan, Paris, London and New York.

October 1 to 4

Fashion Forward is back for a fourth season at Madinat. More than 25 designers have agreed to bring their collections to the runway, many of which are locally based or from the wider region. Names such as Michael Cinco, Amato, and Tahir Sultan will be ones to watch. There will also be the opportunity to browse a fantastic range of accessories in the designated pop up shop area, The Garden. You must register online to attend and a three-day pass costs Dhs150.

October 4 to 6
Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, Sat 2pm to 11pm, Sun noon to 11pm, Mon 11am to 11pm, Dhs150. Tel: (04) 4327844. Taxi: Madinat Jumeirah. fashionforward.ae