Season Five of FFWD, the Middle East’s definitive fashion platform opened yesterday, 10th April, bringing couture and ready-to-wear designers from across the region, showing in Dubai. For the next four days, Madinat Jumeriah will be witness to Dubai’s most influential presentations from over 25 labels, parties, industry-focused talks, networking events and 40 regional accessories designers displayed in ‘The Garden’.
This season’s catwalk designers will present their Fall/Winter 2015 collections across runway shows and presentations from April 10th-12th. In addition to the runway shows and presentations, highlights of Season Five include a diverse roster of talks and panel discussions forming the “d3 fashion talks”. The topics to be covered include: the evolution of fashion with ten outfits that changed the world; the influence of the Middle East on Western fashion; the impact of visual merchandising and the relationship between fashion and film.
Day one opened with Philipino designer, Ezra’s fall- winter 2015 collection with beautiful lights and unual choreography, showing Ezra’s penchant for theatrics and drama. The collection itself was a wispy, pastel delight.
He says, “My inspiration is the old Manila in the 1930’s and the beauty of the older days, the gorgeous mestizas clad in their finest Maria Clara and the days of the Spanish occupancy in our country that has had a major influence in the Philippine fashion.”
Ezra used Piña (Pineapple Fibre), a fibre made from the leaves of a pineapple plant mixed with silk to create a textile and therefore very organic. It is commonly used in the Philippines for formal wears like the famous Barong Tagalog, Maria Clara and wedding dresses. It’s a hand-woven fabric made by weavers and is very precious and scarce.