Press Release

The Fashion Icon Awards 2021, 24 October 2021
Arab Fashion Week-Women’s Spring Summer 2022, 25-28 October 2021

The Arab Fashion Council in strategic partnership with Dubai Design District (d3) – a global centre for art, architecture, fashion and design, together with Hu Management, the event’s curator are delighted to confirm that Fashion Icon Awards 2021 and Arab Fashion Week will return to its full physical schedule from 24-28 Oct 2021 in d3, cementing Dubai’s position as a global destination for design, fashion and talent.

The fashion scene will start on the 24th of October 2021 with the Fashion Icon Awards, an exclusive pink carpet gala dinner graced by celebrities, influencers and media that will attend naming the Fashion Icon 2021 after Lebanese superstar Maya Diab was named last year.

Arab Fashion Week-Women’s Spring Summer 2022 will run from the 25 to 28 October, with all shows taking place at d3 and featuring regional and international designers from the United Arab Emirates, Lebanon, Egypt, Iraq, Palestine, Philippines, United States of America, Colombia, Poland, Switzerland, and France. Designers include Amato, Euphoria, Ihab Jiryis, Gosia Baczynka, Germanier, Yara Bin Shakar, Dorota Goldpoint, Autonomie, Weinsanto, Blssd, Glory Ang, Emergency Room, Ester Manas, Zeena Zaki, Michael Leyva, RC Caylan, Poca & Poca and Michael Cinco.  All shows will be broadcast live via Facebook, Inc.

Khadija Al Bastaki, Executive Director of Dubai Design District (d3), said: “d3 is like no other design and fashion community in the world. We nurture an impactful creative community where international and homegrown companies share a common address, providing emerging designers an unrivalled launch pad to a bigger and brighter future.

“It is part of d3’s genetic makeup to rethink the regular – innovation is our driving force. We are constantly in the search for new ways to enable our emerging creatives and catapult their unique ideas to great heights. The strategic partnership between Dubai Design District and the Arab Fashion Council paves the way for such opportunities, contributing to the sustainable development and growth of the region’s fashion industry.”

As part of the continued partnership between the Arab Fashion Council and The Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode, both Councils have featured their respective designers on each other’s calendars. Following the Arab Fashion Council’s successful activation in Paris, three designers from Paris Fashion Week Women’s will present their collections at Arab Fashion Week in a delegation from the French counterpart. The selected designers are Germanier, Weinsanto and Ester Manas.

The event will maintain its robust digital presence thanks to strategic partnerships with a host of powerful technology partners who will launch new initiatives to support the creatives industries during Arab Fashion Week.