At Arab Fashion Week, Weinsanto will present his newest collection.

From March 24 to 28, Arab Fashion Week will occur in a physical and virtual hybrid format, where emerging and established talent will show off their creations.

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Dubai Design District, also known as d3, and Meta, formerly Facebook, will host regional and international designers presenting their fall 2022 ready-to-wear collections.

Khadija Al-Bastaki, executive director of Dubai Design District, told Arab News that AFW is mainly about providing a platform for homegrown and regional artists to grow their audiences and gain opportunities.

In this year’s AFW, fans can expect to see a wide range of shows. She expressed her interest in launching the Swiss-made Ferronato bags made by Arab designers, which will gather the most creative minds from the region.

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The event will also feature Saudi label Death by Dolls, Filipino designer Michael Cinco, Beirutian brand Emergency Room, Palestinian designer Ihab Jiryis, and Polish label Poca Poca.

During AFW, French label Weinsanto will be presenting as part of the ongoing partnership between African Fashion Council and Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode (the governing body of the French fashion industry).

Over the course of the five-day event, there will be 25 runway shows as well as art installations, retail pop-ups, and roundtable discussions.

Last summer, the Arab Fashion Council and the American Fashion Week announced a partnership. Having Dubai Design District as the city’s home to its creatives, designers and artists naturally made this partnership strategic, explains Al-Bastaki.

Providing a global platform where creatives can inspire, innovate, and rethink the norm is what we strive to do,” said Al-Bastaki.

AFW has changed since the partnership.

Having introduced several exciting new additions, including a supplementary menswear platform, it has become a leading creative platform in the region.

According to d3’s executive director, Arab Fashion Week is the only one to take place alongside Milan and Paris.

In addition, it pioneered “Ready Couture,” which is a mix of ready-to-wear and haute couture and costs more than high-end ready-to-wear, but less than luxury couture.

Fashion events galore in the region have made a global mark over the years, as have environmentally friendly initiatives.

In today’s world, consumers are becoming increasingly aware and concerned with their environmental impact on the world, a mission that Al-Bastaki wants to continue.

In support of our government’s sustainability agenda and the Road to Net Zero by 2050 strategy, d3’s goal is to foster an infrastructure that makes it easy for businesses to adopt more environmentally friendly practices.

As part of Dubai’s existing fashion weeks, the AFW joins Middle East Fashion Week, Arab Men’s Fashion Week, Fashion Week DXB, Fashion Forward and Middle East Fashion Week.

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