Eight international fashion labels presented their autumn/winter collections at the 25th edition of the Oriental Fashion Show in Paris. Taking place over two days during Paris Haute Couture at two prestigious venues – Hôtel de Crillon and Hôtel le Peninsula – these off-schedule catwalk shows caught the eye with their colourful, quirky, and flamboyant designs.
Egypt’s Hany El Behairy opened Oriental Fashion Show on Sunday 1 July with a contemporary vision of Eastern women. A renowned haute couture designer across the Middle East, El Behairy’s Paris collection included sultry evening gowns and jumpsuits in silver, grey, black, and green. He closed with a dazzling off-the-shoulder wedding dress adorned with precious stones and silver embroidery.
Fashion icon Slava Zaitsev stepped back in time with a Russian fairy tale. Described as “Red Dior”, Zaitsev’s creations formed around his country’s traditional dresses, headwear, skirts and jackets, presented in bold prints and strong autumnal colours that encompassed bright reds, oranges and bottle greens.
Oriental Fashion Show (OFS) bi-annual Paris shows remain an important platform for emerging talent. In its January 2018 event, OFS staged Modestissime – France’s first-ever modest fashion catwalk shows. In July, the spotlight was on the striking collection of upcoming Palestinian designer Saher Okal. The young winner of MBC’s hit TV show Project Runway Middle East opted for shades of blue, cream, and taupe, and geometric patterns on his short and long modern evening dresses.
Kaftans are a big part of OFS catwalks and they were again on display courtesy of two of Morocco’s leading stylists, Bouchra Filali Ksikes and Mounia Adlouni, whose exquisite work came in a rich hue of colours and hand-stitched patterns. Unconventional headwear, bold floral prints and colourful fur balls on a cream suit made Keti Chkhikvadze another of the more memorable catwalks.
Oriental Fashion Show founder Hind Joudar said, “Our Paris events are an important opportunity for Eastern designers to broaden their international reputations in the fashion capital of the world. The designers showcase a fascinating mix of authentic Eastern heritage and contemporary styles, giving Parisians an opportunity to discover fresh talent and new inspirations.”
The full line-up of designers and fashion houses who presented their collections at the 1-2 July 2018 Paris Oriental Fashion Show are: Bouchra Filali Ksikes (Morocco), Hany El Behairy (Egypt), ID Maroc (Morocco), Keti Chkhikvadze (Azerbaijan), Mounia Adlouni (Morocco), Saher Okal (Palestine/Israel), Slava Zaitsev (Russia), and Uventa (Azerbaijan).
Catwalk photos by Paul Tomasini