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Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 17 December 2018

How Middle Eastern women inspire Dolce & Gabbana 

For its Dubai Mall runway show, the duo created a look that is typical of this region

When it came to the make up for their Dubai show, Dolce & Gabbana took their cues from Middle Eastern women. Victor Besa / The National 
When it came to the make up for their Dubai show, Dolce & Gabbana took their cues from Middle Eastern women. Victor Besa / The National 

For those who have never been backstage at a runway show, there is a controlled chaos to it that is quite intoxicating.

Rows of models sit patiently at make up stations, each simultaneously worked on by multiple hands. Brushes dust on highlighter and define lips, while brows are teased into the desired shape.

Backstage at Dolce & Gabbana's Dubai Mall runway show last night, these hands had a very particular look to follow. For almost every fashion show that the brand has ever held, the look has been a sharp black cats-eye flick paired with a fiery red lipstick. But not in Dubai.

In an unmistakable nod to the women of the region, the runway look was a smokey eye, intensely rimmed in black kohl. The mood was dark, dramatic and undeniably alluring. "We wanted to make sure we had the right Arabian make up," says Domenico Dolce. "It's not easy. But we tried."

"This is very different for Dolce and Gabbana," adds Sharon Drugan, the key make up artist backstage. "This look is all about the Arab region. Smokey eyes and black lashes, or heavy rimmed eyeliner. Sometimes with a red lip, sometimes with a nude lip. We are personalising the looks to the models."

With more than 60 girls to transform, the team worked for hours, preparing skin to create a dewy glow, and adding highlighter for a gold-hued sheen. "The inspiration is the Middle Eastern woman," continued Drugan. "It is very opulent looking."

A smokey eye reigned supreme on the Dolce & Gabbana runway. Victor Besa / The National Section
A smokey eye reigned supreme on the Dolce & Gabbana runway. Victor Besa / The National Section

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