Arab Fashion Week

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  • Lara Tabet

The second edition of Arab Fashion Week, presented by Huawei, is taking place at the St. Regis Hotel Dubai from March 16th till the 19th.

The four day fashion extravaganza will showcase regional as well as international designers such as Giada Curti, Hamda Al Fahim, Lamya Abedin, OT Kutyr – Turk Jadallah, Sylvio Kovacic, Tiiya Al Anoud and many more

Shweta Bhatia caught up with Lara Tabet, the official spokesperson for Arab Fashion Week to find out what’s in store this season.

  1. Tell us about your love for fashion.

My love for fashion started when I was extremely young. I was four years old, living in America and I would ask my parents to take me to the mall everyday. As a young teenager I was wearing Yamamoto, Ezzedine Alaya and Christian Lacroix. At the age of sixteen my dream was to have my own haute couture line. Fashion runs in the family. My mom is like that and so are my aunts and uncles. So I think it comes from my mother’s side of the family.

  1. What is your personal style like?

I have a different style depending on what time of the day it is. For the evening it is haute couture, during the day it is prêt-â-porter and for work it’s formal wear.

  1. How did your collaboration with Arab fashion week come about?

My collaboration with Arab fashion week started about a year ago when I was invited by the Arab fashion council to come onboard as part of the sponsorship team. Today I am the official spokesperson for Arab fashion week.

  1. What can we expect from Arab fashion week this season?

We can expect quite a bit from Arab fashion week this season. I can’t disclose any of the specifics as yet but it will be bigger and better than the last season, which was in October. So be prepared for a lot of beautiful surprises.

  1. Which designer are you most excited about this season?

I am excited about all of them equally. They have been working very hard on their collections. I would say they have been working for more than eight months back to back on their collections so I am excited about all the designers coming on board.

  1. What advice would you give to designers looking at taking part for the next season of the Arab fashion week?

I would ask them to apply immediately. We have an application system through our website. So submit your applications a.s.a.p. It is not a first come first serve but the earlier you apply, the more of an idea we have of who you are. Start working on your collections. Work really hard. Put all the passion you have into your designs. Be extremely creative. Create a collection that is extremely desirable, memorable and works not only in this part of the world but on a global level because that is what it is all about at the end of the day. Work hard and work smart.

Quick questions:

  1. In your bag we will find?

My make up kit, a hairbrush, toothbrush and toothpaste

  1. Your favorite perfume?

Reminiscence Patchouli

  1. Last book you read?

Paolo Coelho’s Veronika decides to die

  1. The last thing you bought?

A pair of shoes from Christian Louboutin

  1. Your favorite piece of jewelry you own?

A Rodrigo Otazu huge necklace

  1. If you’re not working you are..

Having a great time with my family or friends

  1. You never leave the house without..

My toothbrush, hairbrush and make up kit

  1. When you say you’re 5 minutes away, how far are you really?

Absolutely five minutes.

  1. Heels or flats?

Heels, always

  1. You’re favorite dessert?

Chocolate fondant