Fashion Forward (www.fashionforward.ae) is a biannual fashion platform highlighting creative design talent blossoming in the Middle East. With the ultimate goal of driving forward the fashion industry in the region, it is by far my favorite fashion event on the Dubai’s calendar. The Spring-Summer 2017 edition of Fashion Forward season 8, kicked off at slinky Dubai Design District. The three day event featured Ready-to-Wear and Haute Couture shows from top regional designers, designer presentations, talks and lively panel discussions led be global industry experts. Day one saw a very pretty collection presentation by Kage, followed by a ready-to-wear runway show by Ukrainian designer Kristina Fidelskaya, after which renowned regional designer Ezra showcased a stunning Haute Couture collection. An unexpected surprise this season was Splash fashion show concluding the day one, followed by an epic, jam packed after-party. Day two was off to a great start with Kazakhstani designer Salta presenting her ready-to-wear collection at Hall 1, followed by a beautiful presentation by Moroccan designer Said Mahrouf. The highlight of the day was Hussein Bazaza’s stunning SS 2017 fashion show the “Areef” collection. Day three closed with a breath taking show by Amato Haute Couture showcasing delicate dresses, beautiful decorations inspired by the vast landscapes of the West. The closing party which followed soon after was a night to remember with everyone celebrating another great success of Fashion Forward season 8.