In the ‘Pearl of the Persian Gulf’, albeit at Hall 2 of the Dubai World Trade Centre, the atmosphere was ablaze with the excitement of the textile and fashion trade industry. The International Textile Fair has finally commenced, bringing to an end months of frenzied tizzy among the global textile industry.
Gracing the presence of event was His Excellency Majid Saif Al Ghurair, Chairman of Dubai Chamber of Commerce who inaugurated the show. Alongside His Excellency was Mr. Ram Bhagchandani, Chairman of TEXMAS with Mr Ashok Sawlani, Former TEXMAS Chairman and Mr. Ravi Bhusan.
Kicking off the fair to a rousing start was Mr. Ahmed Badr the representative forPantone, who spoke about the color trends for 2016/17, and how the colors have a significant impact on the upcoming trends. Taking over the dais next Ms. Mallory Giardino of Ethical Fashion Forum, addressed the issue of business case of sustainability in fashion and textiles.
At the stroke of noon, a stylist tutorial by the Islamic Fashion & Design Council(IFDC) served as a welcome respite from the vigorous business milieu of the fair; even as visitors source fabrics from across the world at the numerous international exhibitor stalls.
Seeing close to 7,000 visitors at the event, one of ITF’s esteemed repeat exhibitors from Italy, Carlo Pozzi, Mr. Alberto confessed that he would “come again ten times more!” UAE’s own label, Fabrics & More, a first time exhibitor with ITF Dubai had Ms. Simone Hasker say, “Cannot wait to be a part of the next show- will definitely be back again.”
Presiding over the rostrum Ms. Emma Hall, delved into the details of starting her design label ‘Haylan Hall Swimwear’, followed by Ms. Shlaga Agarwal and Eljammi Gozalli from American University in the Emirates. A hijab & make-up tutorial organized by the IFDC will acquaint the ITF visitors to the concept of ‘Islamic fashion.’
ITF Dubai not only had its own down pour of student population in the UAE from its various academic partners but also saw interested budding fashion designers & interior decorators attending high school at the mere age of 16 and 17 turning up for the show! A couple of enthusiastic girls from Our Own English High School, Dubai confessed that they were “really impressed by the different kind of fabrics and the Trends Area looked superb!” Also having confessed that they were “looking to see more machinery companies on board for the next show” left Team ITF convinced that they were sure to see them next season as well!
Ms. Ayesha Siddequa (Founder and creative director, Future Fashion) spoke about ‘Looking good without costing the Earth’; while providing insights into the topic of sustainable fashion. Bringing in a very interested panel of students all the way from Heriot Watt University and a troop of designers crossing seas from Australia, Ms. Siddequa’s conference session was nothing short of being a ‘full house’.
Featuring the Russian designer’s, Ms. Katya Kovtunovich, in the ITF Dubai Trends Area- she admitted happily, “Congrats, it was a great, great event! Well done team!” keeping the spirits of everyone high and soaring continuously.
With another successful edition under its belt, the ITF – Dubai 2015 will be regarded as a landmark in the global textile industry.