Superstar Magazine attended Casablanca Fashion Week this May in Morocco. Unlike any other fashion week, CFW combines all seasons in one and invites talented Moroccan designers all around the globe to showcase their spectacular designs and celebrate the advance in Moroccan Fashion. Homeland to none another than ZARA, Superstar was eager to learn more about the Moroccan garments and the concepts behind the bold cuts, intricate designs and vibrant colours. Here are Superstar’s Top Trends & Highlights from Casablanca Fashion Week, experimental give a go’s and as an extra special treat international interviews with the designers from Amsterdam and Tangier… Read on!
THE YOUNG STYLISTS:
Multi-coloured Firework style mini-skirts, crop jackets and elegant peachy coral gowns, these young, fresh and inventive designers are working their way up to fashion stardom.
STYLISTS SAY ACCESSORIZE:
Handcuffs and manbags, Mehdi KHessouane’s Sahara sand coloured accessories are assets to his collection. Reda Bennaboud’s sharp signature structure to his accessories also give a powerful and distinctive appearance which match nicely with his piano-style black and white garments. Reda told Superstar that the concept behind his jewellery was in fact architecture! We can’t wait to see what these young designers create next!
SALIMA ABDEL-WAHAB – EARTHY LEATHER:
With her Gaga-esque designs – fake fur, leather, oriental materials, gothic lace and wooden wedges are just some of the ingredients to Salima’s collection. Outrageously experimental, daring yet wearable, animal prints are making a comeback and returning to the catwalk. Tangier’s Salima Abdel-Wahab stole the attention and received applause, after applause.
Salima on her mixed heritage and consistent progression in art: “I want to represent all the culture, all the people, all the civilisation. My concept doesn’t exist, it’s just something that comes from inside. I hear, I do, I finish. I feel like I am making a constant journey. My art is the context of my life. I live in the land with the animals, I eat natural things, I work in peace and in the present. My style is a mix off all in the styles in one.”
THE NETHERLAND’S AMEL BOUAZIZI – GO GREEN!
Superstar Magazine was in the VIP row for Amel Bouazizi’s show and her designs were even more amazing up close! Cut out leave shapes on dresses, Jessie J style PVC boots, Amel’s tomboy daring combinations seem to be the new answer to the old Lily Allen prom dress and trainers look. Outfits were trending green shades and prints, so we at Superstar definitely think gritty greens are a colour to experiment with!
Q: Not everything we normally see on the catwalk is wearable but your collection seems to show clothes that any women would be happy to wear, is this a deliberate objective of yours?
Amel : Yes, I have a strong belief in the commercial world. I did haute couture and it did contribute to my signature. We all have to feel it at the end of the day.
Q: Do you ever have artist’s block or does your inspiration constantly flow?
Amel: I’m a really curious person, and love meeting new people. For me it is easy to get inspiration -searching for materials and shapes.
Q: Who or what has helped you most in your fashion/design career?
Amel: Said Mahrouf invited me to Festimode three years ago and he is the one who definitely inspired me to do whatever I feel like doing.
Q: This year was your third showcase at Casablanca Fashion Week, what was new for you?
Amel: This year I had the assignment of selecting the models… I wanted long, thin, dark, red, small eyes, big eyes, the whole global mix so the average woman in the audience will sit and recognise herself. I don’t believe in having one single muse. I find it exciting to choose! Sometimes I’ll have more blondes, or I’ll want and look for dark models, I always love the contrast.
SAID MAHROUF – GOLDEN LINES:
Said’s arrow shaped deep pink and pearly white dress graced the front cover of the Casablanca Fashion Week magazine. Said Mahrouf has rapidly earnt a great respect as one of Morocco’s most renowned designers and has become an ambassador for fashion in his country. Not only does he design and cut all his collection pieces, he is also an artistic director whose vision is particularly far reaching and ambitious.
His new collection trended rich champagne golds, sumptuous blacks and classic white tones that accentuated the waist.
Said Mahoruf on his fine line and delicate number (image 2): ” It’s interesting you chose that design… it’s so bizarre it started with the thought of how can I make this interesting. The dresses are very complex in terms of production but appear extremely simple. I used Moroccan thread and wanted just those lines that you see on the back of the dress, that dress is the one that survived this idea. For my collection I made it into 3 sections black and white, black and to finish with something even more glamourous I chose black and gold. I wanted to emphasise the glamour as people appreciate this.”
Q: Your slogan is ‘Homage to the curvaceous female form’…
Said: When you work on the dress form for the catwalk it is not representative. It’s like saying ‘this is the possibility’ and how the silhouette is thought of. As a designer you have a very specific vision, you make your composition. I drape everything on the dress form and the models I used were a healthy 36/38, they weren’t extremely thin.
Q: Would you ever consider showcasing in London?
Said: I would love to! Showcasing in Casablanca has been my platform. I always travel with my collection to Paris, Amsterdam and Tunisia too. I’ll showcase anywhere where the people are interested.
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