Saudi Arab surprised the world by hosting its first ever fashion week recently in Riyadh in the Ritz Carlton hotel.
Paris, Milan, London and New York fashion weeks are always a bliss for the fashionistas and the fashion industry because of their grand display of fashion. But something like this coming from Saudi Arab is really fantastic and totally out of the box.
It is overwhelming to see fashion spreading in even those countries where women are bound by various restrictions and majorly seen wearing their ‘unofficial’ garment called abayas their entire life. Saudi Arab fashion week was making stories for quite a time because of several reasons. But, no matter how fashionably late this conservative country is, we can’t keep calm while believing better late than never.
Surprise from the Country and ‘Not’ Women
Yes, Saudi Arab made a revolution by hosting it’s first ever fashion week but the Saudi Arab women have always been fashionable. They have an extravagant fashion sense who love the European women and want to dress like them. Saudi women are probably the biggest collectors of Haute couture in the world. They are fond of handmade finishing and hate looking usual like someone else.
Glitches to the Stitches
Being the first fashion week of the country ever, it was not an easy walk in the park. Changes had to be made in the backstage area because it was cramped and tumultuous. And the designers had to make the last minute changes in the outfits as well.
Moving Over the Abayas
The Saudi Arab women moved over their regular abayas and wore shoulder barring gown, jumpsuits, and more at the event. However, there were a lot of restrictions on showing off the cleavage, no transparent outfit, and no above the knee outfits even when there were no men allowed to witness the show.
A Little Less of Paparazzi
The media was not allowed to enter the event and leak the images. Only the organisers were the ones who were allowed to take the pictures which had to be cleared by the government censors before it got published anywhere.
Proud Designers Involved in the Movement
The famous names of the designers who showcased their work at the event were Naja Saade, Jean Paul Gaultier, and Arwa Al-Banawi. They were proud enough to be a part of the history.
The Public Display of Fashion
The gowns displayed by the designers like Tony Ward and Bibisara were quite feminine having floor touching trails with the details like beads, feathers and sequins. There wasn’t any compromise on the trends though.
Women Empowerment to Fashion Empowerment
It is quite contrary that how the Saudi women are so fashionable even being in such conservative countries all their life. Arwa Al Banawi, the local designer of Saudi says it is the remark of women empowerment on the country and world. She feels women are getting even more independent than before and their country should support them.
The next Saudi Arab fashion week is already scheduled for October which is again a great move showing that the event will continue without a break.
It is a sign of positivity somewhere in the world. Hence, more power to the people of this country, more power to their government, more power to the fashion professionals and ultimate supreme power to the women all around the world. For more update stay tuned to StyleDotMe.