Riyadh Fashion Week is gearing up for a grand entrance this October, unveiling an intricately planned schedule spanning four days. The event will feature runway exhibitions by more than 30 local designers, marking a significant milestone in the quest to nurture a vibrant local fashion scene and industry.
Taking place from Saturday, October 21, to Monday, October 23, this inaugural season showcases the exclusive talents of local designers, setting it apart from fashion weeks in emerging style capitals that frequently incorporate international designers. Among the prominent designers to watch are Adnan Akbar, celebrated for his opulent bridal collections and lavish gowns; Tima Abid, known for infusing Saudi influences into couture creations showcased in Paris; Yousef Akbar, a master of captivating evening wear; and Atelier Hekayat by Alia and Abeer Oraif, specialists in contemporary glamour.
Hosted by the Saudi Fashion Commission, Riyadh Fashion Week aims to champion and endorse local creatives and sustainable craftsmanship. Riyadh, with a population of seven million, stands as the third most populous city in the Middle East and holds vast potential for substantial growth within the fashion sector.
Burak Çakmak, CEO of the Saudi Fashion Commission, expressed, «Riyadh Fashion Week represents the next phase in our efforts to develop the entire fashion value chain in the country, fostering the growth of the local fashion sector driven by emerging Saudi talents.»
The opening day on October 20 promises an exhilarating surprise, with «a show by a yet-to-be-revealed designer in a soon-to-be-announced location,» as revealed by Riyadh Fashion Week’s official release. Monday, October 23, will be dedicated to menswear, showcasing the versatility and ingenuity of the local fashion landscape.
This season follows the Saudi 100 Brands event by the Commission just three months prior. During this event, a diverse array of Saudi talents in women’s wear, menswear, and accessories graced the stage during the Paris haute couture season in July.
The majority of the shows in Riyadh are set to take place in the dynamic new epicenter of the city, the King Abdullah Financial District.
«Over the past few years, Saudi Arabia has made substantial investments in local fashion talent, resulting in a thriving fashion sector that is now earning international recognition. The country’s very first official fashion week is a remarkable milestone in this transformative journey,» emphasized Çakmak.