By Karina Ananenkova
Deborah Henning set foot in Dubai in 2013- leaving her own brand back in London, she started off by sharing her expertise and lecturing students across multiple fashion disciplines. Fast forward to today, she owns her own label which has been featured in numerous publications, a fashion consultancy, hosts an online “How to start a fashion Brand” course and a podcast.
As Deborah Henning’s business kept growing, she was chosen to showcase her ready-to-wear collection for autumn/winter 2017 for London Fashion Week by the Dubai Design and Fashion Council and FAD Institute of Luxury and Style alongside Emirati designer Shaikha Amal Al Maktoum.
While Deborah’s winning formula is in her sleek, minimalist and monochromatic designs, during the fashion week she decided to experiment and implement prints in her ready-to-wear collection.
“I wanted to take my designs to the next level. I have a very distinct style, but sometimes it’s nice to switch things up and realise there is another level to the brand. I have a vision of what I want for the brand and this is just step on of getting it there” revealed Deborah during the interview with Friday Magazine.
As the lights toned down in the Freemason hall, the show opened up with an oversized black shirt button down over a black long-sleeved dress with geometrical designs peeking through. Admittedly, the whole collection brought a sense of comfort for those women who are always on a hunt for everlasting pieces with intricate details.
Impeccably tailored bomber jacket with large front pocket detailing; a waist tied skirt made out of Japanese Georgette with a beautiful print; simple t-shirt with a clean cut asymmetric line was seen on models as they strutted down the runway.
Apart from the collection Deborah also shares her thoughts about about the future of fashion in Dubai, “I think location wise Dubai is fantastic place to be for fashion brands- you can connect to India to get fabrics, Asia for textiles and it’s really easy to have shows in the Europe. It’s much less saturated than some of the other cities so it is a really place to be as a designer”.
Click here to read the full interview with Friday magazine.