DFW Hot Pick: Samsaara presents Falguni and Shane Peacock
We’ve always been of the opinion that the UAE needs more fashion choices than is currently being offered, especially when it comes to local designs. Of course, we know that there is a huge market for fashionable abayas, sarees, and diamond-encrusted couture dresses here, but we figure a few more collections of wearable, non-traditional clothing couldn’t hurt the industry.
So imagine our delight when we caught a first glimpse of the dresses at the Samsaara presents Falguni and Shane Peacock SS2011 show at Dubai Fashion Week. It wasn’t about the jalabiya or the abaya or the Indian saree or the million-dirham evening gown, but about the edgy and complicated little black dress for the modern, sartorially experimentative woman of Dubai. Model after model strutted on the catwalk in intricately detailed, attention-seeking mini frocks (and we mean mini!) that celebrates life in all its unfathomable glory.
Bold prints on short dresses and hard-wear dresses featured prints resembling bees, scales and tiger stripes, all animals on the brink of extinction. With top quality leather, lycra, chiffon, net and feathers coming together in a harmonious union of fabrics, the collection proved to be both wild and conventional at the same time. The futuristic collection incorporated triangle sleeves, unique layering patterns, leather piping, deep necks and puffy skirts encrusted with embellishments.
Granted, the collection was not something we hadn’t seen before. It was all very PPQ meets David Koma meets McQueen meets Versace – prints, patterns, leather, metal and exaggerated body parts were everywhere. One of the models even looked a lot like Donatella hence the strong connection. However, for a place like Dubai, we’d say the show was groundbreaking. The Falguni & Shane Peacock Spring line, following a consistent theme, was something you could easily export to and show at London or Paris Fashion Week. If it won’t get Dubai noticed, we don’t know what will.
There were hushed conversations about the safe styling employed in the show, but as Dubai-based couturier Michael Cinco said, the clothes were good enough on their own. We also feel that if they had styled the outfits any more ostentatiously, they would have taken away from the complexity of the dresses, and the audience would not have been able to relish on the beauty of the collection.
If Dubai Fashion Week keeps showing designs like these, it won’t be long before their plan of being recognised by the big four fashion weeks is realised. We can only hope that they do.