VCUQ students present their collections at the 17th Annual Fashion Show ‘Reach’ hosted by Salam at The Gate Mall
Fashion students from Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar (VCUQatar) recently presented ‘Reach’, the 17th Annual Fashion Show, hosted by Salam Stores at The Gate Mall.
‘Reach’ celebrated the end of another academic year for the students of VCUQatar’s Fashion Design program by bringing together friends and family, VIPs, members of the press, and fashion enthusiasts from across the region to enjoy a spectacular show.
The fashion show was opened by Sandra Wilkins, VCUQatar’s Chair of Fashion Design, who reminded the students and the audience, that: “The only way to be successful is to work really hard and reach out.”
Rami Al Ali, whose collections have been worn by the likes of Beyoncé, Aishwarya Rai, and Diana Haddad, was the guest designer at the show. His latest Autumn Winter 16/17 ready to wear collection was given an exclusive showing on the catwalk at VCUQatar’s 17th Annual Fashion Show. Strong colors in classic designs were mixed with palettes, tulle and floral applications.
The collections by the senior students displayed a variety of innovative creations, using unique materials. Samia Zar Mohammad presented a ready-to-wear collection that used pleated white, blue and black silk crepe duchess, and was inspired by modern and asymmetrical buildings from around the world.
Farzana Abedin presented a military-themed collection. She used a variety of trendy materials while incorporating Arabic script into her designs. Khulood Al Busaidi showcased her Ivory collection that combined elegant and classic white items, while adding a local touch with a traditional GCC overcoat. Joyful emotions were communicated through Aisha Al Malki’s pink, beige and green pastel collection, which featured wonderful floral prints.
Lolwa Al Hudaifi, whose focus was on black and white, presented a classic, yet trendy collection. Outfits that express class without being classic were presented by Dania Al Qwasmi, who conveyed an air of romance with her white silk collection.
Kiara Hodge demonstrated her fascination with illustration by creating colorful pieces for her collection entitled, Death of the Mermaid. She experimented with acrylic ink to create unique hand-painted pieces with an environmental message.
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