Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 18 November 2018

Fashion Forward Day 3: Men’s street style and model controversy

Sporty stripes at House of Nomad’s FFWD debut. Courtesy of Fashion Forward
Sporty stripes at House of Nomad’s FFWD debut. Courtesy of Fashion Forward

There was a slightly relaxed vibe to the last day of FFWD — woman who were fussed about donning statement outfits on the first two days gave into the ease of sneakers and relaxed shirt dresses, causing, overall, the men to upstage the females in wacky street style. One man resembled a prophet-like character, wearing a gold thobe and slicked-back ponytail, while another wore a Greek getup — white toga, gold gladiators and all. Two ladies may have mistaken the dress code, or were simply recycling their hats from last month’s Dubai World Cup, and others opted for printed wrap dresses and graphic tutu skirts. Lots of FFWD attendees traded in their high heels for comfier kicks for the final day of runway shows, featuring collections by Lama Jouni, Daneh, Taller Marmo, Said Marhouf, Madiyah Al Sharqi, House of Nomad, Mauzan and Amato by Furne One.

Black water seems to be a really hot item, as it was the giveaway for front-rowers at both Madiyah Al Sharqi’s and House of Nomad’s shows.

Though retailers at The Garden reported that traffic was slow in the afternoon, the crowd of shoppers picked up in the evening, after Madiyah Al Sharqi’s runway show, to be precise, as designers made last-minute sales before Amato’s show and the closing party.

At Taller Marmo, there were clear Phantom of the Opera undertones to the collection, with theater-style masks appearing on pockets and necklines. The show’s finale featured a cute mother-daughter walk down the catwalk. Some of the models had their faces painted black, creating quite a controversy on Instagram as soon as photos were posted. Racial insensitivity was at the forefront of the social media debate, but the brand deflected criticism, claiming the face paint was inspired by a Venetian mask from the 1500s.