Always as part of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s reform on the arts and entertainment sector and empowering women, -based Arab Fashion Council said on its website that fashion week would be held in Riyadh from March 26 to March 31, with a second edition already scheduled for October.
Arab Fashion Week will take place at Riyadh’s eco-friendly Apex Centre, a white honeycomb-like venue designed by the late celebrated Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid. Just like every international fashion week, the Arab Fashion week will be subjected the same conditions. It will be held every six months and will offer exclusively see-now-buy-now collections and pre-collections.
‘The first Arab Fashion Week in Riyadh will be more than a world-class event, it is a catalyst through which we believe the fashion sector will lead other economic sectors such as tourism, hospitality, travel, and trade,’ Princess Noura said in a statement on the council’s website.
For the time being, the program of the Riyadh parades is yet to be announced officially, and it has not been clarified whether the clothes worn by the models will have to conform to the dress code imposed on women in Saudi Arabia.
In Saudi Arabia, the law requires women to wear an abaya in public, one of the many restrictions imposed on them in the kingdom. Earlier this month, a senior cleric said that Saudi women should not be » forced to wear an abaya, » but the government did not comment on it.