Doha's most fashionable moments in the last sixty days


From a tribute to the late legend Oscar de la Renta to couturier Monique Lhuillier visiting the country—here is what Doha has been recently up to in the fashion department. And boy, has the city been stepping up its A-game.


  


Oscar de la Renta lunch & SS16 preview

Oscar de la Renta's SS16 collection of intricately embroidered silk kaftans and opulent gowns were put on a show after a luscious lunch at Fauchon Paris, which featured breathtaking desserts (raspberry cake topped with a live-melting cotton candy, anyone?). Fifty One East sure knows how to spoil a fashionista. 


REACH: VCU's 17th Annual Fashion Show

As a blogger, I've already been to fashion events and shows here and there and this one wasn't the most organized I've ever been to. Even so, REACH by Qatar's VCU isn't all hype; the annual fashion show is a tangible proof that Qatar carries so many amazingly talented designers. The runway showcased a number of wearable innovations (my personal favorite was Aisha Al-Malki's) and considering these collections were still raw and created by students, man, the future of this country's fashion industry is bright.


Monique Lhuillier FW16 Fashion Show

"I'm so happy to be here in Doha," said Monique as she talked to a swarm of fangirls, me included, regarding her visit. "Of course, I tried the camel ride, you cannot not do that when you're in the Middle East!" 

Monique Lhuillier, the designer of thousands of women's dream wedding gowns, flew straight from L.A. to personally present her Fall/Winter 2016 RTW and Bridal collections in partnership with Fifty One East. At one point, I almost couldn't believe that she's standing right in front of me and actually addressing words to me. Only god knows how many times I swooned over and Tumblr'd her creations. If there are people who fueled my blogging when I was starting, Monique Lhuillier was one of them—and there she was, asking me if I liked the show. 


Reflect Your Light With Kutnu World Premier

Kutnu, an embodiment of Turkey's unique values of a powerful history, is being reintroduced to the world as "the fabric of peace" in a project under the patronage of Dr. Sare Davutoglu, wife of Turkey’s Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu. Called Reflect Your Light With Kutnu, the project united the different countries at its worldwide premiere last Tuesday at The Ritz-Carlton-Doha.

Kutnu emanates the marks of the Silk Road, which symbolizes the path of unity and interaction of cultures without racial, religious, and linguistic discrimination. The fabric, which was passed from Anatolian Seljuks to Ottoman, is repositioned as a timeless material with the collection created by Turkish fashion designer Rabia Yalçin. The show featured 45 looks, which I believe bridge intercultural gaps between history and the present.




 Coming up!


Qatar is up for another fabulous ride!

WHAT: Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week SS16
WHEN: 15th to 17th May 2016
WHERE: Shangri-La Hotel Doha
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