The recent progressive streak of Saudi Arabia has shown the world a new, fashionable side of the Arabs. Saudi Arabia recently hosted a fashion week showcasing the works of notable designers like Roberto Cavalli and Jean Paul Gaultier. With the presence of fashionable women, men and a glistening gold-trimmed hall of Riyadh’s Ritz-Carlton Hotel, there was no doubt Saudi Arabia was about to witness a spectacular fashion event for the first time.
Since the last few reforms, women in a lot of cities were seen donning relatively more colorful and vibrant abayas, at times trimmed with laces or left open to reveal jeans or a long skirts worn inside it.
Several generations of Saudi Arabian women long awaited the dawn that they see today the credit to which goes to Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman, the young blood Prince who is determined to revolutionize the kingdom.
The Arab Fashion Council recognized the fashion week as “one of the world’s most important fashion weeks”, considering it was the first of its kind to take place in a nation like Saudi Arabia.
Saudi was accompanied by its western allies, neighbors and other nations with one of the tents at the fashion week event holding catwalks featuring the work of designers from the United States, United Arab Emirates, Brazil, and Russia, respectively.
The event was originally supposed to take place last month, but got postponed because of the delay in issuing of visas. Popular figures from the fashion industries of Italy, Lebanon, Russia assembled in Riyadh to witness and admire the never seen before work of local and international designers.
Stressing on the importance of such an event soon after the Kingdom made it optional for its women to cover their heads, Lebanese Designer Naja Saade said, “I’m very proud to participate in this first edition of Arab Fashion Week in Saudi Arabia, because it’s a part of the revolution of the women in this country,” appreciating the progress towards an evolved Arab.