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Moroccan Caftan in the spotlight at the 2019 Spanish Arab Fashion Madrid 

Written by FDM

After a first edition that gathered all the Spanish elite, Spanish Arab Fashion Madrid returns to the heart of the Spanish capital. Rendez-vous from 6 to 8 March at the Fernán Núñez Palace to discover the Arab and Spanish culture that will highlight the history and beauty of the caftan. An event led by the Art & Culture Foundation without borders launched by Moroccan designer Somaya Akbib.

“It will be a jewel in a jewel, ” said Moroccan designer based in Spain Somaya Akbib presenting the second edition of the Spanish Arab Fashion Madrid scheduled for March 6 to 8, 2019 at the Palace Ferran Nunez, a splendid place built in 1847 and renovated in 1940.

“I launched both the Art & Culture without borders Foundation and this event because I did not want to show in a minimalist way the beauty of the culture , stressed the Tangier native. I decided to do things big to see bigger and further”. Spanish Arab Fashion Madrid was born in May 2018 and its first edition was a great success. ” Spanish Arab Fashion Madrid puts forward all the culture in the broad sense of the term whether it is the creations of clothing and jewelry or gastronomy, ” she says.

Among the prestigious guests in 2018, the notable presence of Princess Beatrice of Orleans who is now one of the ambassadors of the said Foundation. On the designer side, Hany El Behairy, Omaima Azzouz, De Velasco de Sana Redwani, Maria Luxe, Gustavo Marinaro, Agatha Ruiz de la Prada and Francis Montesinos.

This year, the scenery changes since there will be 12 designers who will be put forward among of which are four Moroccans, namely Meriem Belkhayat, Silham El Habti, Meryem Boussikouk and Fouzia Naciri. ” The caftan will really be honored through a fashion show but also a conference and an exhibition. It is important to tell the story of this outfit and highlight its links with Spain,” says the designer who also provides cooking shows throughout the event. ” I want it to be a kind of Fashion Week,” she insists, with a special moment on March 8th, International Women’s Day. “