Emirati fashion designer Fatema Fardan recently had her debut presentation at the Voce Di Gallery in New York’s trendy Soho district. The event was hosted by Julia Restoin-Roitfeld, daughter of the renowned fashion editor Carine Roitfeld.
As the first Emirati to showcase her collections in New York, Fatema Fardan seamlessly brought the Middle East to the city with her folklore-inspired pieces.
Forest green, muted red, black and grey are artfully blended into dresses, cropped palazzo trousers, chiffon blouses and heavy, crepe culottes.
In fact, the multifaceted nature of Fardan’s latest collection is striking – full-length velvet evening gowns alongside over-sized woolen jumpers and fringed leather skirts – weaving a well-balanced second season for the label.
Following in the theme of her first presentation, Fardan went with her signature floral backdrops; however, this time in warm colours.
Restoin-Roitfeld and Lazark wore pieces from Fatema Fardan for the event. “It was fantastic,” says Fardan. “They both looked beautiful.”
The celebrity stylist Rachel Zoe and many industry insiders were drawn to Fatema Fardan and came to the presentation to scope out her designs.
Fardan also has an open mind when it comes to continually finding new sources of inspiration. “To be a designer you have to be open to different ways of thinking and different cultures,” she says. “You see that in most of the important designers; they’re like a culture sponge – they pick up everything from different people and places and translate it to their own design vision.”
Fatema Fardan has created a dress for the actress Eva Longoria, which she wore to the Dubai International Film Festival.
From The National