There are fewer events that create as much as much as a stir in the Middle-East ‘fash-set’ than the yearly Splash fashion shows. The brand that makes fashion affordable to all, had a reputation for some pretty theatrical shows. From, floating doors, to super heels and exaggerated styling, we were all ‘a-buzz’ when this years invite read ‘Brave New World’.

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The show held at a new venue this season outdoors( The Emirates Towers, Dubai), was perhaps a beginning of new prospects. The show definitely seemed to send out a vibe, unlike all of Splash’s previous shows. The collection began with a strong sense of Japanese, geisha-inspired flat sandal’s, Obi belts and kimono-wrap tops, fluttering in the wind as the models cat walked the ramp. This influence was prevalent in many of the outfits that followed, though as many a fashion-critic would know, the beauty of these pieces were their duality.

Take away the typical Japanese hair-styles and obi-belts and you have pieces that were wearable from anywhere to work-meetings and late night drinks. The typical bold color palette and larger-than life pieces typically associated with the Splash shows, seemed to have been moved aside in favor of garments that were fresh, wearable and above all beautifully made.

This influence gradually diluted itself into the currently trending vibe of a nomad traveler as the show continued, the obi’s deconstructed into wide sleeves, the crisp structure’s became softer as the collection parlayed into a 70’s nostalgia and bohemian mode. The menswear, naturally was a part of this change aswell, from fluid-sleeveless coats, to paisley-shirts and my personal favorite combo – a evening jacket, with a large sash-type belt, were all part of this wonderful flow of artistic expression. The color palette was a feast of offerings for everyone, from a plethora of monochromatic pieces, to bold stand-out shades such as vermilion and the lightly-printed pieces that popped up in between.

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As the show drew towards an end, the most memorable pieces would have to be some of the evening options. Such as a tiered dress of beige lace and black cotton, a white translucent crepe dress, and an off shoulder version which are sure to be flying off the shelves come mid April. In short, this new direction by our much loved locally based brand is surely preparing us for a braver new world.

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