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Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 23 October 2018

The first ever Dolce & Gabbana show in the Middle East is happening in Dubai tonight

Extravagant looks, a play in contrasts, a touch of Italian flair and some famous faces are all on the menu for this evening's Dubai Mall event

Stefano Gabbana and Domenico Dolce. Courtesy Dolce & Gabbana
Stefano Gabbana and Domenico Dolce. Courtesy Dolce & Gabbana

Dolce & Gabbana will bring its very specific brand of Italian flair to the Dubai Mall tonight, with a high-profile runway show that is shaping up to be the UAE's fashion event of the year.

Over 100 models are being flown in for the event and, given Dolce & Gabbana’s penchant for sending big names down the runway, we would not be surprised to see the odd supermodel in town.

Who will be there?

Recent shows have seen the brand promote an increasingly diverse representation of womanhood, with 1990s superstars like Eva Herzigova, Helena Christiansen and Naomi Campbell rubbing shoulders with the hijab-wearing, plus-size and grey-haired models Halima Aden, Ashley Graham and Maye Musk, as well as famous film stars like Isabella Rossellini and Monica Bellucci.

epa07041285 Eva Herzigova (C) presents a creation by Dolce&Gabbana during the Milan Fashion Week, in Milan, Italy, 23 September 2018. The Spring Summer 2019 Women's collections are presented at the Milano Moda Donna from 19 to 24 September. EPA/MATTEO BAZZI
Have Dolce & Gabbana brought some of their famous friends to Dubai? EPA

The design duo has also been known to select influencers from around the world to model its creations – during Milan Fashion Week, Bahraini royal Sheikha Dana Al Khalifa made an appearance, while Dubai fashion personalities Ahmad Dabbas and Elias El-Indari have walked previous shows. We can only imagine that there will be plenty of other regional names making their modelling debuts this evening.

Princess Dana Al Khalifa walks the runway at the Dolce & Gabbana show during Milan Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2019 on September 23. Photo / Getty Images 
Princess Dana Al Khalifa walks the runway at the Dolce & Gabbana show during Milan Fashion Week. Courtesy Getty Images

What to expect at the Dubai show

Held to officially inaugurate the brand’s new boutique in Dubai Mall's Fashion Avenue expansion, which opened in March, the fashion show has been dubbed Day & Night in Italy, and we have been told to expect a play in contrasts. Much of the collection has been designed exclusively for the event and, we can reveal, will feature long evening gowns in pink peony, orange, yellow and blue chiffon on the one hand and, on the other, masculine tuxedos and more sporty and contemporary looks. Dolce & Gabbana trademarks, including feather details, gold, silver and bejewelled adornments, floral embroidery and crowns and hats, will be set against ornamental Arabesque motifs.

Dolce & Gabbana's abaya collection integrates key elements of the brand's spring/summer 2016 collection, such as daisies, red roses and lemons. Courtesy Dolce & Gabbana
A look from Dolce & Gabbana's abaya collection. Courtesy Dolce & Gabbana

While the brand has long shown its appreciation for its Middle Eastern customers through dedicated capsule collections that include abayas, sheylas and turbans, this is the first time that a Dolce & Gabbana show has been produced in the Middle East. And while the actual event is seated and by invitation only, the public will also be able to get a glimpse of the runway at dedicated viewing points within Fashion Avenue. There is no doubt that it will be a spectacle.

Dubai-based fashion personality Ahmad Daabas walking for Dolce & Gabbana. Courtesy of Ahmad Daabas
Dubai fashion personality Ahmad Daabas models for Dolce & Gabbana. Courtesy Ahmad Daabas

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Read more:

Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana on life, death, fashion and succession

Bahraini princess walks the catwalk for Dolce & Gabbana

The highlights of Milan Fashion Week: strong women of all ages rule the runway

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