Carolina Herrera, designed by Wes Gordon, will be the guest of honor at the upcoming Dubai Fashion Week.
Dubai Fashion Week, which runs Oct. 8 to 15, is founded by Dubai Design District, a member of TECOM Group PJSC and the Arab Fashion Council. The event begins with an exclusive gathering of media and celebrities on Oct. 8, inaugurating DFW with Gordon.
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On Oct. 9, Herrera will present its spring 2024 collection, featuring exclusive designs to commemorate the occasion. An intimate dinner will also be hosted, bringing together media, buyers and prominent celebrities. In addition, Herrera will host a trunk show scheduled throughout the same week.
“We are thrilled to announce that Carolina Herrera is this season’s guest of honor to inaugurate Dubai Fashion Week spring 2024,” said Mohammed Aqra, chief strategy officer of the Arab Fashion Council. “Carolina Herrera’s unwavering commitment to excellence, coupled with their unique DNA that has always been appreciated by our region, aligns perfectly with the spirit of Dubai Fashion Week. We anticipate that Herrera’s presentation will undoubtedly leave an indelible mark on the fashion landscape regionally and inspire aspiring designers and fashion enthusiasts alike.”
Gordon added, “We couldn’t be happier to have the opportunity to bring our spring/summer collection all the way from New York, and to have the opportunity to share it with the fashion community of Dubai and the Arab Fashion Council. We look forward to staging an unforgettable experience.”
Khadija Al Bastaki, senior vice president of Dubai Design District, noted, “Dubai made a grand entrance onto the global fashion stage with the launch of Dubai Fashion Week. The event pushes the boundaries of style and design in the region, bringing forth innovative and world-class talent from around the world. Carolina Herrera’s participation in Dubai Fashion Week is a testament to the growing significance of Dubai as a global fashion hub and influence. As our region continues to evolve into a powerhouse for fashion and luxury, Dubai Fashion Week is pivotal in highlighting the talent and creativity within this vibrant and diverse region and bringing new fashion and create experiences to audiences here — and with Carolina Herrera’s participation this edition, it is certainly doing that.”
Gordon, who showed Herrera’s spring collection in New York earlier this month, has been making a splash on the international scene. In June, the house showed its first resort runway collection in a private residence in Rio de Janeiro, which was a significant milestone in the 42-year-old American fashion house’s journey. Resort is Herrera’s biggest ready-to-wear sales season, so it made sense to add a runway show for it, Gordon previously told WWD. “Brazil is one of the biggest Latin American markets for us, and it’s in the top 10 globally,” he said of the fashion division. “But Carolina Herrera is the number-one brand in prestige fragrances in Latin America.”
Closer to home, the brand plans to open a Palm Beach location in the fourth quarter at 150 Worth Avenue in the Esplanade complex of stores. Gordon has also designed the costumes for the New York City Ballet this fall on behalf of the Carolina Herrera brand. City Ballet’s 75th anniversary fall gala is scheduled for Oct. 5.
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