As the Amato show started, a hush of anticipation fell over the gigantic arena of designer-clad glamazons. Everyone was there. Sharp sartorial editors, hashtag-savvy bloggers, boho designers, quirky fashionistas and of course, the glossy posse socialite FROW crowd; you know which ones I mean – the ones who stroll breezily inside at the very LAST possible moment, thus solidifying their sense of presence while kissy- kissying their other amigos as they take their seat.
Ah yes, they are, indeed, as different as night and day except that all these cliques have one thing in common – they crave for couture as starved lions would for a gladiator.
Armed with ipads, DSLRs and mobiles, they were all eager and ready to snap, crackle and fire tweets at a moments notice; be it a rave or blaze. Intimidating, much?
Not if you are Furne One.
Dubai based designer of Amato Couture has a stellar reputation for wowing crowds and creating a stir with his sensational collections every season. He is to Dubai what Mozart was to Salzburg. His work is not only beautiful, but he’s well known for his flair for drama in terms of his theatrical shows. This season it was all about cosmic chic and he created a very slick, sci-fi themed collection. I liked the ironic juxtaposition of a strong, badass theme paired with a very subtle, understated, pure palette consisting of mostly sand, nude, ecru, white and taupe.
I also liked the majorly OTT ballooned organza/tulle neck ruffs and sharp shoulders which finished off that galactic vibe with a punch of pizzaz.
Amato wouldn’t be Amato without their quintessential dramatic stunts and this year was no exception. Personally, I didn’t care much for the video. (I found it a bit too offbeat, loud and distracting) however, I did love the fact that a model eerily levitated mid show. It was certainly a cosmic connection and one I won’t forget anytime soon.
In a sharp contrast, Michael Cinco decided channel into a more seductive feminine allure with his gorgeous collection. The colour scheme was bright, happy and cheerful. Very seasonally appropriate in his somewhere-over-the-rainbow shades. His silhouettes were voluminous and organic; reminiscent of a sexy, passionate flamenco dancer.
The satin pleating and copious layers of delicious tulle were enough to make anyone swoon, including me. I discovered that this was my favorite show of the season and his floor sweeping crystal encrusted bridal gowns took my breath away.
I chose to illustrate a couple of my favorite outfits from his collection.
Zareena is another one of my “top picks” which I’ve decided to focus on. I loved the collection last year and this year it was equally regal, tasteful and majestic. Her lavish kaftans/jalabiyas/saris were dreamy and ethereal. It was floaty and willowy with iridescent, indulgent and bejewelled beadwork and embroideries. Finished off with super high princess-of-persia ponytails and gold baubles, the luminescent collection contained all the charm and mystery of the Orient.
As well as illustrating a couple of my favorite outfits this year, I decided to illustrate on a white jacket to create a statement artistic piece, which my sister wore at Fashion Forward this year. Here’s how it turned out!!!