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Fortnight of Fashion: Symphony Style Official Launch

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Harper’s Bazaar’s Fortnight of Fashion, the much-awaited annual fashion festivities in Dubai, kicked off Thursday night with two major events: the opening of the Andy Warhol: The Bazaar Years exhibition and the official launch of hot hot hot multibrand store Symphony Style.

It was the yearly reunion of Dubai’s social community and fashion elite, and honestly, we couldn’t have thought of a better way to start 2010’s Fortnight of Fashion. Unless Lagerfeld’s league lands in Dubai in the next two weeks, it’s safe for us to say that nothing could top the appearance of Raina Hein, Christian Siriano, Erin Fetherston, Whitney Port, Camilla Skovgaard and Rupert Sanderson in one mindblowing invitation-only social gathering. But that is just one of the many highlights of Symphony’s official opening event.

Rupert Sanderson, Raina Hein, Christian Siriano, Camilla Skovgaard, Erin Fetherston and Whitney Port. Click here to view full gallery. Photo courtesy of The Symphony Style File.

The gathering started at 7pm sharp for the grand unveiling of the Symphony x Tinkah Studio Art Installation for A/W 2010. The Tinkah Studio x Symphony art installation was an extension of Symphony’s inaugural AW10 campaign Abra…Cadabra! and was a creative ode to the abra, travel and the magic of fashion. It is entitled Symphony No 7: The Arrival of Her Garments and will be available to view at Symphony for the rest of the AW10 season.

The local Emirati ladies behind The Tinkah Studio translated the theme into travel – owing to the fact that the Abra has long been used as a method for transport in the region, as well as for import and exportation.

Symphony No 7: The Arrival of Her Garments is an exploration of how fashion is created, delivered and consumed and a translation of the musical, magical, travel theme of Abra…Cadabra!

After the unveiling, attendees had the chance to mingle and get photographed with the designers. Everyone must have had their social skills polished to luminous shimmer prior to the launch party because it seemed like everybody knew everybody.

It was a beautiful crowd, which included socialites, fashion editors, shopping enthusiasts and fashion philanthropists. We spotted Lina Samaan, Louise Foster, Alanoud Badr and Dina Daoud (the divine ladies behind Fashion Gossip 10) and so many others. If we named them all we’d take all night going through the list.

And finally, the charity auction, which had the Emirates’ fashion lovers bidding in a frenzy for their own unique piece to take home, was held later that evening in association with Bonham’s Called for the benefit of FACE Africa, an institution that connects and collaborates with individuals and organizations doing life-changing work around the world to raise awareness and funds for clean water, education, health, and women empowerment programs in Liberia and Sierra Leone.

Overall, it was an evening of Dubai’s quintessential glitz and glamour with a philanthropic twist. We don’t know about you, but after being invited to an affair of this magnitude, we kind of wish Symphony had to do throw a grand opening party every year.

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