The 'Vogue Fashion Dubai Experience' (VDFE), is an annual event organised by Vogue Italia and the Dubai Mall, the show and boutiques acts as a mentoring platform to help cultivate upcoming fashion designers. The VFDE is taking place in Dubai for it's 2nd year from 30th October – 1st November .
Following a global talent scouting competition that took place in January 2014, 20 selected emerging designers will showcase their women's wear and accessories S/S 2015 collections at the Armani Hotel, next to the Burj Khalifa during the event.
VFDE will also showcase eight new international designers at a fashion show held at The Dubai Mall Fashion Catwalk on October 30. The designers were selected by Franca Sozzani, Vogue Italia Editor-in-Chief as part of VFDE's focus on mentoring the new designers. A panel of international fashion influencers will attend the shows that give the budding talent an opportunity to be seen and potentially break into new markets.
The eight brands that will show are: Asudari Studio designed by Lamia Asudari from Saudi Arabia, Christopher Esber designed by Christopher Esber from Australia, J. JS Lee designed by Jackie JS Lee from South Korea, Madiya Al Sharqi designed by Madiya Al Sharqi from the UAE, Miuniku designed by Tina Sutradhar and Nikita Sutradhar from India, N°3 designed by Bushra Badri and Amira Al Khaja from the UAE, Stella Jean designed by Stella Jean from Italy and Piccione Piccione designed by Salvatore Piccione from Italy.
Recommendations for beauty and dining in the area:
1) Sisters Beauty Lounge. Located in the Dubai Mall, this ladies only (sorry guys) salon is THE BEST place to have a mani/pedi. Their nail bar is super chic and they have a wall full of colours by OPI and Essie. While you're there, you may as well indulge in a blow dry too. www.sistersbeautylounge.com +971 4 339 8500
2) Saks Hair & Beauty salon is located a stone's throw from the Dubai Mall in Souk Al Bahar, next to The Palace Hotel, Downtown Dubai. They offer a range of salon and spa services for men. We recommend cleaning up your facial hair with a Saks signature hot towel shave. www.sakshairandbeautysalon.com +971 4 430 8572
3) Katsuya by Stark Japanese restaurant. Whoever says mall food isn't good has never experienced Katsuya by Stark. Located in the Dubai Mall with stunning views of the fountains, this Japanese eatery definitely ranks high on our list. They have the best soft shell crab roll and rock shrimp tempura in the city. The only downfall is that they don't serve alcohol. Best for lunch between events and shopping. www.katsuyarestaurant.com/dubai/ +971 4 315 3633
4) La Serre is a French-Mediterranean Bistro & Boulangerie spread across two floors of the Vida Hotel, minutes away from Dubai Mall. This fine-dining restaurant has a wonderful section French and Spanish inspired sharing dishes as well as a fabulous private dining area. If you're looking to impress your guests, make a reservation here. www.laserre.ae +971 4 428 6969