Stars of Fashion Forward

Stars of Fashion Forward

Mariam Nihal


Mashael al-Rajhi

A Riyadh-born designer, graduated with a degree in business and fashion design before launching her own label Mashael Alrajhi in 2013. The label had a strong presence at this year’s Fashion Forward.

Michael Cinco

Dubai-based Filipino designer Michael Cinco is best known for his couture gowns. He has worked with Tyra Banks and Naomi Campbell.

Hussein Bazaza

Lebanon Born on july 1990 in Beyrouth, Hussein Bazaza is a young Lebanese fashion designer . Before getting enrolled in ESMOD, Bazaza enjoyed a multitude of experience in all artistic fields, including illustration, photography and artistic direction . During his academic path, his work has been compensated by many awards of which the Fashion Design Prize (Prix de Stylisme) for his graduation project in June 2011.

Fatema Fardan

UAE Fardan is an Emirati designer, and creative director and owner of Fatema Fardan Designs, her ready-to-wear line that was launched in 2014.


Launched in 2002 in the UAE, Amato is the brainchild of the much-awarded creative designer Furne One, who partnered with textile expert Rashid Ali, to build this avant garde label.Working the fashion week circuit in Los Angeles, Dubai, London, Miami, Amato has been winning accolades for every showing. Amato is UAE’s first global designer brand that has earned itself an international cult following – from royalty to international celebrities – super-model Heidi Klum, singing sensations Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Jennifer Lopez, Nicki Minaj, Shakira, Nicole Scherzinger, Carrie Underwood and Amber Rose all are loyal patrons of this label.

House of Nomad

Egypt/UAE House of Nomad is an innovative fashion brand based in Dubai co-founded by two creative individuals; Ahmed El-Sayed & Saleh Al-Banna. Ahmed graduated with a BFA in Fashion Design from Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar, and now works as a fashion content editor. While Saleh Al-Banna graduated with a degree in Graphic Design from The American University in Dubai with experience in running his multinational family business. The label is based on the premise of a Nomad: a wanderer with no geographic boundaries, living in perpetual motion from one temporary dwelling to another. The regional style-set have already adopted the Nomad lifestyle, and the designer’s unique concept is sure to make an impact this season.

Lama Jouni

Lebanon A high-end ready-to-wear label created in November 2013 in Paris. The name of the brand represents the designer & founder of the company. It all started in 2007 when the designer moved to Paris to pursue her dream of becoming one the first new emerging Lebanese designers in the fashion industry internationally. The collection is thought according to discernible and inspiring cultural referents, in outlines or details, and are made to be worn by independent and passionate women of our time.

Nasıba Hafız

Saudı desıgner Nasıba launched her new collectıon at Fashıon Forward. “Rock N’ BIBA” is inspired by music, rock and roll and Jim Morrison; However the main source of inspiration for Nasiba Hafiz comes from the women she designs for , they’re ambitious and unique- much lıke herself.

Zena  Presley

Contemporary  designer  Zena  Presley  launched her  debut  womenswear  Autumn Winter 15 collection.The 15 piece capsule womenswear collection includes shirts, dresses, skirts, jackets and tops in  minimalistic  cuts  with  the  focus  being  on  the  elaborate  prints  and  emotion  evoking  imagery.  The  collections  effortless  wearability  is  transeasonal  with  elaborate  prints advocating Zena Presley’s signature style of self-­expression and art. Athena- Learning sculpture in her teenage year, Athena began to understand materials and their production techniques from a young age. Debuting her first solo exhibition of handmade jewelry consisting of recycled leathers and metals in 2008, the collection was held in Samin Gallery, Tehran. Making jewelry as wearable sculpture is Athena’s focus.

Madiyah Al Sharqi

Daughter of the Ruler of Fujairah, U.A.E, HH Sheikh Hamad bin Mohammed Al Sharqi, grew up immersed in high fashion. Having already been picked up by the Middle East’s premier luxury boutiques including Boutique 1 and Symphony, this exciting young designer is already raising the benchmark of Middle Eastern designers. Bedouin- Central Saint Martins (CSM) graduate, Andraya Farrag is the curator and designer of the London based womenswear label BEDOUIN, a contemporary ready-to-wear label that aspires to create flattering, easy-to-wear collections with a confident, spontaneous style. Designed with the Contemporary global woman in mind, the travel friendly collections have a minimalist take on bohemia.


  • YouTube focuses on monetising music with AMRA deal. The way songwriters get paid from YouTube is about to change radically following a deal that will make the revenue collecting process speedier, more accurate and more transparent for rights holders.


  • Adele’s comeback single, Hello, looks set to top the singles chart, after selling 165,000 copies in three days. Early figures from the Official Charts Company show the single has been downloaded 156,000 times, with the rest of the total derived from streaming.The star is also set for a US number one, after selling roughly 450,000 downloads in 48 hours.The song’s video, which also premiered on Friday, has been watched more than 70 million times on YouTube. Balmain creative director Olivier Rousteing threw a rather epic LA bash this weekend to celebrate his 30th birthday – and the guest list was a who’s who of Tinsel Town. There were models, actors, singers and Kardashians – you name it, they were probably there, clad in Balmain and having a much better Friday night than you.


  • Almost 15 years after she unwittingly strayed across the border into Pakistan as a girl, a deaf-and-mute woman Monday was brought back to India, where officials were trying to reunite her with her family. The 23-year-old woman, whose name has been given only as Geeta, was greeted in New Delhi by Pakistani officials, who facilitated her return to India in a case that has received widespread attention in the rival countries. Geeta’s story was obscure until earlier this year, when a blockbuster Indian film, “Bajrangi Bhaijaan,” featured the mirror-image story line of a mute Pakistani girl who unknowingly crossed into India, where she was cared for and ultimately brought home by a lovable simpleton played by megastar Salman Khan. The feel-good story — which has grossed nearly $100 million worldwide, making it one of the biggest Indian hits of all time — temporarily warmed feelings between India and Pakistan. It also rekindled interest in Geeta’s story, which became fodder for newspaper columns and talk shows. Arriving on a Pakistan International Airlines flight from Karachi, Geeta was accompanied by five staff members with the Edhi Foundation, the nonprofit group that provided her shelter for 15 years.

MTV EMAs winners

Justin Bieber                                           Biggest Fans Award
Rihanna                                                  Best Female
Bad Blood Taylor Swift, Kendrick Lamar     Best Song
Justin Bieber                                           Best Male
One Direction                                          Best Pop
Downtown Macklemore & Ryan Lewis        Best Video
Diamond Platnumz                                  Best African Act
Justin Bieber                                          Best Look
Coldplay                                                Best Rock
Nicki Minaj                                             Best Hip-Hop
Sơn Tùng M-TP                                       Best Southeast Asian Act
Bangtan Boys                                        Best Korean Act
Lana Del Rey                                         Best Alternative
Marco Mengoni                                      Best Italian Act
Shawn Mendes                                      Best Push Artist
Shawn Mendes                                      Best New Act
MBAND                                                 Best Russian Act
Martin Garrix                                         Best Electronic
Little Mix                                               Best UK & Ireland Act
Marco Mengoni                                      Best European Act


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