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Saudi Arabia holds First Ever Arab Fashion Week – with No Photographers or Men Allowed



Saudi Arabia is holding its first ever fashion week this week in Riyadh, Khaleejtimes reports.

Jean Paul Gaultier and Roberto Cavalli are in Saudi Arabia – headlining the event that opened on Tuesday.

The Saudi Arabian edition of Arab Fashion Week joins designers from Europe and the Arab world over the course of four days – including the kingdom’s own Arwa Banawi, whose The Suitable Woman line is adored by fashionistas across the region, and Mashael Alrajhi, the eponymous gender-inclusive label of a rarely-seen Saudi Sheikha.

Despite men being allowed at the opening ceremony earlier this week, it will be a female-attendees only event as models won’t be dressed in traditional abayas. The Riyadh shows are also not open to cameras.

Arab Fashion Week Ready Couture & Resort 2018 in Dubai

Listed as an international fashion week alongside Paris and Milan, Arab Fashion Week offers exclusively see-now-buy-now collections and pre-collections. Until this week, it had been hosted exclusively by Gulf fashion capital Dubai.

Jacob Abrian, CEO of the Arab Fashion Council in charge of the event said in an interview with AFP:

We are so excited today to be announcing a history and new era for the kingdom, and for the entire Arab world, which is Arab FashionWeek.

The second edition of Saudi Arab FashionWeek is already scheduled for October.


  1. Lol

    April 14, 2018 at 7:41 am

    Ridiculous….no photographers…so not a fashion show, more exclusive viewing or trunk show for the Kingdom’s richest women. This new de facto Prince will soon lose relevance…just waiting for US administration cgange. They are using him like a pawn. Giving Iran and other radicals ammunition to depose the Al Saud family from the pedestal the British placed them. Turkey and Iran are circling.

  2. MamaD

    April 14, 2018 at 4:41 pm

    Slowly but surely. Saudi is loosening up gradually. I guess UAE is influencing them as the watch her grow bigger Cash wise from tourism.

  3. Tijanee

    April 14, 2018 at 6:21 pm

    Wow! How did they now take the pictures uploaded.

    • Kung Fu Panda

      April 16, 2018 at 8:56 am

      The caption under the photo says: “Arab Fashion Week Ready Couture & Resort 2018 in Dubai” – Dubai is not Saudi Arabia

  4. Pat

    April 14, 2018 at 7:00 pm

    They way most of this people enslave their woman is ridiculous. On top that most are racist very mentally unstable people. The devil is real for real when u see hiw this people behave.

  5. Temi Tope

    April 14, 2018 at 9:16 pm

    ahahahaha.. wonders shall never end…!!!

    But at night the women are with the men… right..

  6. Dayo

    April 15, 2018 at 8:18 pm

    I have read more ‘positive’ stories on Saudi Arabia on BN than almost anywhere else recently, and just cannot understand BN’s apparent fascination with this BACKWARD (and RACIST) kingdom. SMH

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