Under the Dubai stars, to kick off Arab Fashion Week in Dubai, the Arab Fashion Council (AFC) hosted the Fashion Icon Awards where Barbie was named the 2021 fashion icon; and Jeremy Scott, creative director for Moschino showcased the brand’s Barbie inspired collection.
Tonight, was the first time the Fashion Icon Awards was revealed in person. Last year was the inaugural year that was showcased digitally due to the pandemic, and where Lebanese singer Maya Diab won the Fashion Icon Award. Tonight, she handed the trophy to Kim Culmone, Head of Global Design for Barbie. The AFC sought to recognize Barbie as the most diverse fashion doll in the world.
Every year the Fashion Icon is voted on by a panel of over five-hundred industry members, who vote anonymously over a 10-month period every year. The trophy is designed by Jacob Abrian, AFC’s founder and CEO, of a female figure with wings spread overhead, crafted in Lebanon with over one-hundred hours of labor. The night, as well as Arab Fashion Week is made possible by Etihad Airways and Maserati.
Making the night’s collaborations possible was Mohammed Aqra, Chief Strategy Officer for the AFC, who stated in notes from the Coucil that, “a Fashion Icon is a role model that inspires ideology, change and sets trends. Barbie is this icon that has been and still inspires generations of children to embrace the best of over 200 careers. In reference to fashion, Barbie is always a main figure that ignites a sense of creativity and love of fashion from the early journey of a designer’s career. For over 60 years Barbie has been inspiring designers from around the globe including inspiring the legacy of creative directors. It is time for Barbie to be named the Fashion Icon in tribute to its lifetime achievement.”
The evening was held in Dubai’s Design District with a pink carpet star-studded evening from Emirati royalty and those in the fashion industry. Jacob Abrian, founder of the AFC opened the night by welcoming guests.
Jeremy Scott, wearing a blush pink tuxedo with tails received the AFC’s Medal of Honor, presented to him my Mohammed Aqra. In his speech he noted a quick thanks to the Arab Fashion Council before presenting Moschino archive pieces of a collection inspired by Barbie. Pieces were bright, colorful, and fun.
13-year-old Jordanian-American opera singer Emanne Beasha, the winner of the 5th season of Arab Got Talent and the finalist of the fourteenth season of America’s Got Talent gave a feature performance of Puccini’s O Mio Babbino Caro during the evening, which left her with a rupture of applause.
With Arab Fashion Week Being officially on, eighteen brands will be showing their collections each evening over the course of the next four days from Arab to European brands, like Roni Helou, Germanier, and Ihab Jiryis. Daily “art meets fashion” and masterclass sessions are being taught in conjunction with the shows.
Ihab Jiryis is a Palestinian evening wear designer based in North Palestine. Getting his fashion degree at Shenkar College in Israel, Jiryis launched his namesake brand 12 years ago. He will be presenting his Arab Fashion Week collection tomorrow night from Dubai.
The Arab Fashion Council© is the world’s largest non-profit fashion council and an INGO in the Arab world, representing the 22 members of the Arab League. The AFC© coordinates and endorses the Fashion Icon Awards, Arab Fashion Week, and Arab Fashion Week-Men’s, oversaw by CEO Jacob Abrian and his CSO Mohammed Aqra and their team.