The Symphony Style File
Hey! What’s new?Posted in The Symphony Style File on: 24/08/2011
Autumn/Winter 2011 at Symphony, The Dubai Mall
We are very excited to kick start the new Autumn/Winter season at Symphony. Not only do we have our one year anniversary to celebrate in October, we are also tapping our toes at all the lovely new collections we have in store this season. Whilst many of our favourites are returning – Chrisitian Siriano, Luisa Beccaria, Charlotte Olympia, Badgley Mischka and Jason Wu, to name but a few – there are heaps of new names and new/exclusive additions to get smiling about….
Alessandra Rich has enjoyed meteroic success since she started her label in 2009. Her eponymous gowns have graced red carpets worldwide and have been seen on starlets such as Diane Kruger. After working as a high-end interior designer in London, France and her native Italy, Alessandra Rich launched her London-based clothing label in two years ago. For Autumn/Winter 2011 Rich evokes a liturgical, precious and mystical ‘catéchiste’ woman. The beautiful new collection features brocade, decorative rosettes, intricate Chantilly and Cluny lace, crepe de chine, silk taffeta and shantoung. Clerical in inspiration and architectural in structure, the new collection is as surprising as it is unpredictable.
This stunning new collection is available at Symphony, The Dubai Mall now.
The career of Anna Sui is a classic American success story. “You have to focus on your dreams, even if they go beyond common sense. How could this young girl from the suburbs of Detroit become a success in New York? It was always that dream,” she says. Today Anna Sui has over 50 boutiques in eight countries and her collection is sold in 300 stores in over 30 countries. For Autumn/Winter 2011, Sui was inspired by the Ormsby-Gore Sisters, “When I met the sisters in London, my first question was, “In the history of fashion, why did geometric Mod evolve into romantic Dandy?” Jane and Victoria Ormsby-Gore were major trendsetters of their day, and everyone copied what they wore. They explained to me that there was a big auction of Ballets Russes costumes and sets at Sotheby’s (in 1967). They couldn’t afford the principle costumes so they bought-up the things worn by the corps and started wearing them on the street.”
The Anna Sui Autumn/Winter 2011 collection is available at Symphony, The Dubai Mall now.
Carlos Miele is a multi-disciplinary creator, who chose an informal artistic background and worked in collaboration with several artists such as Sol Lewitt, Tunga, Arto Lindsay and Paulo Mendes da Rocha Winner of the “Pritzker Award”. Always in constant experimentation, he crosses various frontiers combining different languages as art performances, videos, installations, fashion and architecture. As a fashion designer, Miele always presented the popular culture of his native country abroad. His designs transcend the influences of his Brazilian roots reconstructing them for new audiences. The designer also distils a variety of urban environments, drawing inspiration from very distinct groups of women: cosmopolitan, sophisticated and independent – becoming clearer that life’s frontiers are imaginary. Miele’s designs are a favourite among celebrities such as Camilla Belle, Sandra Bullock, Sarah Jessica Parker, Jennifer Lopez, Beyonce, Heidi Klum, Eva Longoria-Parker, Alicia Keys and Brooke Shields. For Autumn/Winter 2011 Carlos Miele explores tridimensional surfaces and overlays. Prints play with light and dark, satellite images, graphic stripes, clash of colours and bold textures.
The Carlos Miele AW11 collection is exclusively available at Symphony, The Dubai Mall now.
Clements Ribeiro is the partnership of husband and wife Inacio Ribeiro and Suzanne Clements. The couple met and graduated at St Martin’s the design school that has been the training ground for many of the most influential talents of the last decade. Stemming from their quintessential differences both in background and personality – Inacio is Brazilian, at once articulate and introspective; Suzanne is British, intuitive and dynamic – their line absorbs familiar fashion elements, subverting them with wit and intelligence. Their collections explore a vast array of themes, displaying the designers’ wide scope of interests and the essential vital energy that comes from such a mix. Darkly romantic, the Autumn/Winter 2011 Collection plays with opulent prints and Victorian inspired jet embroidery. Prints see a rust coloured damask morph into an ikat leopard, an ottoman brocade combined with linx or an oversize lace pattern fading away.
The Clements Ribeiro Autumn/Winter 2011 collection is exclusively available at Symphony, The Dubai Mall now.
Emma Cook’s fashion education began at Brighton University where she completed a degree in fashion, textiles and business studies. After a stint with few renowned designers in New York, Paris and London, Cook felt it was time to start her own line. Her designs are inspired by a fictional muse named Susie, whom she imagines travelling around the world through time. She uses techniques which are found in old craft books and then modernizes them, usually reflecting a fierce yet girlish characteristic. Season after season, her collections have attracted considerable attention due to her unique approach to clothing design. For Autumn/Winter 2011 Emma finds her inspiration from the natural world, and in particular from deer and rabbit markings which led her to create to a series of quirky and unexpected prints. In the same way that you would expect to see leopard print, Cook instead translated the texture of rabbit and deer fur with its pretty spots into all over repeat prints.
The Emma Cook Autumn/Winter 2011 collection is available at Symphony, The Dubai Mall now.
Erin Fetherston debuts her new collection ‘Erin’ for Autumn-Winter 2011 exclusively at Symphony, The Dubai Mall in the UAE. The ‘Erin’ line is an evolution on the designer’s signature feminine aesthetic with an ethos for visually striking design in easy to wear pieces. This season Fetherston found inspiration in the mystique and romance of the desert, a reflection of her recent travels to Egypt and Dubai. Fetherston expresses an attitude of relaxed glamour through drapery and voluminous shapes alongside body conscious silhouettes. The collection embraces both modern and fanciful elements through dreamy colours and textures. Working with a celestial inspired palette of ivory, blush, pistachio, black, silver and gold, the collection is accented with autumnal hues of auburn, chestnut, and indigo. Silk jacquard, metallic brocade and lame lend opulence to the mix of silk, wool, and jersey fabrics. Fetherston balances the novel with the alluring to create pieces that are sophisticated, poetic, and playfully unique.
The ERIN Autumn/Winter 2011 collection will be available exclusively at Symphony, The Dubai Mall soon.
Felicity Brown has designed for Alberta Ferretti, Loewe, Mulberry and most recently Lanvin in the few years since graduating from the Royal College of Art. The BFC was quick to recognise Felicity’s talent and awarded her Newgen sponsorship. For her second season she reinterprets deconstruction for AW11, stripping back the elements of theatrical costume to reveal a ravaged, untamed new vision. Taking inspiration from Picasso’s cubism period, Felicity sought to inject some of the same fragmented energy into her work while also retaining a dramatic undercurrent. Voluminous dresses appear to have been ripped, sheared and broken down into their fundamental components. The skeletal boning of a corset has been reworked with cotton ribbons emulating the cage structure on the bodices. Possessing a softer, poetic tone for AW11, the collection moves from black and cream corset dresses into riotous, tribal infused pieces. The palette of peach, pale yellow and blood red are used in the wealth of silk layers that brings about a natural fluidity. The wildness of the dresses is juxtaposed by the artisan craftsmanship that goes into creating each of the pieces.
This fairytale collection will be exclusively available at Symphony, The Dubai Mall soon.
Halston Heritage Autumn/Winter 2011 collection combines elements of classic and new in its colour palette, silhouettes and detailing. Continuing to take iconic elements forward with an emphasis on exploring undeveloped references, the fall collection unfolds and moves forward the DNA of Halston. Clean lines and mixed archival inspired printed hearts, polka dots and the signature “H” print define fall. With a rich infusion of strong colour and texture this collection contains shades of coral, berry, blush, bisque and ivory anchored by the classic Halston grey, navy and black. Dramatic colours in deep shades of purple and blue, highlighted with the shade of ochre. “This collection pays homage to his timeless designs yet we always knew Halston would continue to break down barriers in fashion and we wanted to explore further what he would have been capable of if he was alive today” Sarah Jessica Parker, Chief Creative Officer.
This collection is available at Symphony, The Dubai Mall now.
Following the success of her fourth season at LFW, Holly Fulton continues to make waves with her contemporary and luxurious, geometric, crystal and Perspex encrusted take on fashion. A graduate of the RCA, Fulton decided to go it alone after a spell working on womenswear and accessories for Lanvins. Drawing from an eclectic mix of sources, Fulton references her love of Pop Art, Art Deco, colour and surface within her collections to create a bold signature which is fast becoming synonymous with her label. For Autumn/Winter 2011 Holly Fulton pays tribute to the powers of love, romance and the magic of seduction in a mesmerising collection rich with sumptuous texture, hand worked detail and surrealist graphic reveries. The period Coco Chanel spent in Fulton’s native Scotland in the throes of an intense love affair with the Duke of Westminster is inspiration for Fulton’s romantic journey. Bespoke hand woven tweeds in bold yellow, ivory and black threaded with snakeskin and velvet ribbon create easy ‘shrug-on chic’ jackets, and embellished shift dresses with sumptuous devore inserts and Mongolian fur trims. There is a sultry yet surreal air to eveningwear with a psychedelic ‘hand & gun’ and ‘lips smoking’ print on beautifully cut engineered print palazzo pant and silk columns that are hung from crystal, python, and patent neckpieces.
The Holly Fulton AW11 Collection will be exclusively available at Symphony, The Dubai Mall soon!
Daniella Helayel was born and raised in Brazil. Although Daniella moved away to study at F.I.T. in New York before arriving in London in 1999 the influence of Brazilian roots is clear to see in her designs. Once Daniella arrived in London she was filling her closet vintage finds, but there was nothing from current collections she wanted to buy. Most women find ourselves asking where we can seek out that perfect dress; Daniella’s answer? Design your own – and so Issa was born. Now the Brazilian designer oversees a label that sells around the world. Over the years Issa has been embraced by a growing number of celebrity fans; including Madonna, Scarlett Johansson, Kate Middleton, Sharon Stone, Kylie Minogue, Keira Knightley and Jennifer Lopez. Issa London recently announced a new member of to their team; Camilla Al Fayed has been brought on board as Chairwoman and has a controlling stake in the soaring fashion house. Delving into their archives and re-discovering that very first dress: a high-necked, long sleeved piece provided the starting point for Issa’s new Autumn/Winter 2011 refined, polished collection. New, heavier jerseys are introduced to complement the fluidity of signature styles; including beautiful jacquards with print artwork and dotty flock wool dresses to give a more structured shape. This Celebration collection is glamorous with soft, delicate degrade stripes of embroidery on nude tulle as well as more opulent, encrusted dresses covered in embellishment.
Coming soon to Symphony, The Dubai Mall
In 2002, Jérôme Dreyfuss decided to create a line of accessories. He produced a bag collection called Roots de luxe and over the seasons has made a trademark of his soft bags, in reptile skins or supple leather, characterised by generous volumes and details that are as exclusive as they are clever. New essential items created by craftsmen chosen for the quality of their expertise and know-how. The ingenious vision of the designer gives rise to accessories that are as handsome as they are practical. Celebrity fans include Diane Kruger, Audrey Tautou, Jade Jagger, Jessica Biel and Carla Bruni. For this new collection, Jérôme Dreyfuss imaged a very feminine woman with Catherine Deneuve in ‘Belle de Jour’ playing muse.
Coming soon to Symphony, The Dubai Mall
It’s the subtle nuances and intricate design techniques of designer Karla Špetić’s self-titled label that has garnered the attention of the fashion industry. Karla was born in Dubrovnik, Croatia and immigrated to Australia in 1993 with a dream of design. Karla studied at East Sydney Fashion Design Studio, graduating in 2005. Since 2006, Karla has been bringing a highly aesthetic vision and an innate sense of beauty in detailing to her designs. Inspired by every day surroundings, Karla Špetić’s new collection entitled “Borderlands‟ evokes the essence of Sydney, Australia suburbs. This season, Špetić was drawn to coloured terraces as individuals and grouped in their mix of mismatched rows, to form her bold collection. The unusual colour combinations and contrast between old run down terraces with ornate detailing provide the essence for beautiful prints, camouflaged between heavy winter fabrics. The use of photographic prints is now signature to Špetić’s collections, providing a backdrop this season featuring Front Porch, Factory, Suburbs and Yellow House layered and cropped amongst blocked colours.
Exclusively available at Symphony, The Dubai Mall now
Michael Angel launched his eponymous collection in 2007, now going on to his seventh season, Angel is representing a new direction in American fashion – cementing himself as a pioneer of print. Fusing his love of art, his personal prints and imaginative aesthetic, Michael Angel creates distinctive collections season after season. With a focus on combining print and tromp l’oeil techniques with innovative draping and construction, his creations serve as a form of self-expression and empowerment for a sophisticated and intelligent woman, who is unafraid to experiment with fashion. Drawing inspiration from abstract expressionist Mark Rothko, Michael Angel premieres his Fall/Winter 2011 collection with look book featuring Christy Turlington Burns. This season, the focus was on interplay – mixing sharp solids with textural prints, layering lengths and proportions and fusing both hard and soft fabrications. Inspired by Mark Rothko’s colour field paintings, the palette consists of rich butterscotch yellows, military greens, plums and navies. The essence of the collection was captured and translated effortlessly by friend and muse Christy Turlington Burns. “Christy has a beautiful stillness to her. She represents who the Michael Angel woman is: cultured, intelligent – an eccentric who has a sense of humour.”
Exclusively available at Symphony, The Dubai Mall now.
MM6 by Maison Martin Margiela
MM6 – the sister label of Maison Martin Margiela – is a standalone collection designed for women. The range of easily mixable separates, shoes and accessories comprise wearable day-to-day basics which remain true to the strong and distinctive style unique to the mainline collection. The new winter collection is mainly based around one item; the removable high collar. It has lent inspiration to various designs of layering, focusing the detailing around the neckline. Removable or loose collars create multifunction garments and a layered silhouette. The prints have been toned down to a simple irregular dot, sometimes resembling an animal print, matching the brown tones in the colour palette.
MM6 by Maison Martin Margiela is exclusively available at Symphony, The Dubai Mall now.
Sudanese designer Omer Asim studied architecture at The Bartlett followed by a postgraduate at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He experimented with the United Nations Development Program before deciding to train as a psychoanalyst. During his psychoanalytic training he became fascinated with ‘clothing and appearance’ in relation to mind and body – the mind lives within the body, and the body lives within the cloth. Omer learnt the craft through a number of internships starting with Maurice Sedwell of Savile Row and ending at Vivienne Westwood. His first paid assignment in the industry was a freelance with the wardrobe team of the Harry Potter saga. In September 2009 Omer presented an installation at London Fashion Week to mark the launch of his label. His work accents pattern cutting to ‘un-design’ sculpturally draped, and often a muted dishevelled aesthetic. The collections are developed as meditations on fusing traditional drapes with modern abstract lines, resulting in pieces that transcend seasons and cultural modes. Using extreme fabrics, Omer re-visits the same principles from a fresh perspective renewing the same promise. He occupies the confines of garment assembly and pattern cutting to achieve a sense of deflected luxury.
Omer Asim Autumn/Winter 2011 is exclusively coming to Symphony, The Dubai Mall soon
For the Autumn/Winter 2011 season, Opening Ceremony’s collection discovers the rich heritage of Ireland and Scotland, interpreting their organic aesthetic through a jewel-coloured lens. Fair Isle and plaid prints in exaggerated proportions make a dramatic appearance on wool and tweed, and textured fabrics, from delicate lace to sumptuous furs, run the gamut. Inspired by Celtic iconography and traditional Scottish prints. Shirting is offered in ditsy floral prints, geometric Fair Isle designs, and multi-stripe flannel. Accompanying the collection is the third season of Opening Ceremony’s ongoing partnership with revered shoemaker, Robert Clergerie, and includes soft leather booties with stacked heels, patent leather ballerina shoes with glittered stripes, and patent leather wedge platforms in bijoux tones.
Coming soon exclusively at Symphony, The Dubai Mall
As a student of fine arts, Pierre Hardy also studied dance intensively. Hardy started off designing the shoe collections for Christian Dior, a post he held for four years. Named Creative Director of footwear at Hermès in 1990, Hardy is also responsible for the Balenciaga shoe collections. In 1999 Pierre created his first collection of women’s shoes under his own name. An uncompromising collection of cutting-edge pieces with pointed shapes in sliced leather with razor-sharp heels. Pierre Hardy creates footwear like miniature architecture with clean lines and sculptural volume that tend towards simplicity. The result is a strong style that’s equal parts graphic and sensual.
Coming soon to Symphony, The Dubai featuring exclusive styles
Stolen Girlfriends Club
Stolen Girlfriends Club is a pop culture label built on vision and creativity. Their innovative ideas are based on the influences of fashion, art and music. Youthfulness, irreverence and a tongue-in-chic attitude are the driving forces behind the New-Zealand made brand. This attitude has earned the Club a celebrity following that includes Juliette Lewis, Kate Bosworth, Daisy Lowe, & The Cobra Snake alongside cool kids everywhere. Co-founders and directors Marc Moore, Luke Harwood and Dan Gosling want people to interpret Stolen Girlfriends Club in their own way. “It’s a way of life – the brand represents a lifestyle we live and share with our friends”. All three come from a background in the commercial surf industry – Marc and Luke are both ex pro surfers – and all have worked with international fashion forward brands. In time the boys outgrew their boardies (surf shorts), each taking their attributes in creative marketing, distribution, and business knowledge to form Stolen Girlfriends Club in 2005. For Autumn/Winter 2011 Stolen Girlfriends Club has moved from their grungy aesthetic to a more sophisticated feeling. For the girls, a solid feature of full length maxi-dresses and skirts that have an almost Victorian feel. Draping and tailoring are strong throughout this collection, and are morphed together with suit jackets & shirt dresses featuring draped georgette panelling.
Coming soon to Symphony, The Dubai Mall
Catherine Teatum and Rob Jones are the designers behind the label Teatum Jones. Having trained in Womenwear at Ravensbourne College of Design and Central Saint Martins respectively, they previously worked for Luella Bartley, Warren Noronha and John Richmond. Teatum and Jones met whilst working together at John Richmond where they became enamoured with each other’s sense of escapism. Fascinated by human behaviour and exchanges, Teatum and Jones signature is within their anthropological approach to design and fashion. They launched their debut womenswear collection for Spring/Summer 2011 in London in September 2010. For their second collection, Teatum Jones Autumn/Winter 2011 is a submission into the experiences of two of the most famous women to have survived the First World War; Elsie Knocker and Mairi Chisholm; intelligent and selfless women who braved some of the most horrific battle scenes known to British history. Their experiences changed them forever and gave them a unique understanding of love, loss and true human beauty that they could not have achieved otherwise. A unique toughness is witnessed in the inescapable tenacity of the bilberry-ink silks, the midnight navy heavy crepes and the indigo waxed cotton outerwear. Continuing the exploration of concealment and display, sheer tonal panelling subtly exposes the strongest structures on a women’s body.
Coming soon exclusively to Symphony, The Dubai Mall
Thierry Colson studied at Studio Bercot in Paris and later went on to teach there. Colson’s rich experience in the fashion industry includes consultation positions at Chloé, Hermès, Lacoste and Jill Sander as well as styling for titles such as Numéro Homme, Madame Figaro and Air France Magazine. In 2005 Colson designed his first collection – an edit of boxer shorts and shirts for men. Fast forward six years and Colson’s design canon has taken a more feminine turn – with sweetness, lightness and innocence pervading all of this collections. For Autumn/Winter 2011 Colson imagines a folk tale full of fantast; mischievous German-maiden style dresses, high-waist shorts, ruffled chemises and scalloped neck dresses. The intense luminosity of the cottony sky blurs the outlines of the wisteria branches, passes through Indian Chandery skirts, pale and diaphane like the sunrise. Embroidered djellabas, burnous and kaftans featuring metallic embroidery of trifoils and laurels throw mute lustres captivating the retina.
Coming soon exclusively to Symphony, The Dubai Mall
Tibi designer and founder, Amy Smilovic, began her career in the fashion industry shortly after moving to Hong Kong in 1997. Following a successful marketing position at American Express in Manhattan and arriving in Asia, Amy began designing a collection of brilliant must-have pieces. Each season Amy designs a range of prints that match her sense of style and eccentric approach to dressing. Scarlett Johansson, Liv Tyler, Drew Barrymore and Reese Witherspoon are all fans of Tibi’s sophisticated prints, fabulous sense of colour and feminine designs. Tibi’s Autumn/Winter 2011 collection is all about referencing the 90’s and modernising those basic essentials of our closets – to create the perfect pant, blouse and coat for right now. Amy has pushed the envelope this season – focusing on a girl that covets the rich fabrics and detailing of the ‘designer’ level but the fresh and modern styles of contemporary. There’s been so much pressure on pricing; Tibi felt it was important to offer a young designer product at a price that’s not intimidating. The line has all of Tibi’s core aesthetics but again pronounces the very sophisticated and grown up direction the brand has taken over the past few seasons. Solid, tonal dressing – muted shades of navy, blush, burgundy, burnt brown and gray – in head to toe looks this season felt very right and chic. Prints are less of a focus but remain strong and include twists on traditional floral scenes, watermarks and scarf motifs.
Available at Symphony, The Dubai Mall now
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Daphne Guinness x The FIT Museum, New YorkPosted in The Symphony Style File on: 22/08/2011
In New York this September? Make sure you check out The FIT Museum’s special exhibition dedicated to Daphne Guinness…
From the 16th of September, The FIT Museum in New York City will reveal a special exhibition on fashion’s enigmatic icon Daphne Guinness. From her signature platinum-and-black striped hair to her notorious eight-inch platform shoes, her to-die-for couture collection and amazing diamond jewelry, Daphne Guinness is the very image of rarified personal style. “Daphne is one of – if not the – most stylish women living,” says fashion designer Tom Ford, who asked her to model in his show. The world has many beautiful, fashionable socialites and celebrities, but Daphne is in a class of her own. “Life is a stage for Daphne,” says the couturier Valentino. “Funerals or balls, she always makes a performance.” Guinness is fearless about wearing the most extreme clothes and shoes, but is no mere clothes horse. She is a serious collector of couture, who is also a creative force in her own right; an extraordinary individual whose perspective on fashion is unique and important.
The Honorable Daphne Suzanne Diana Joan Guinness was born in 1967, the daughter of brewery heir, Jonathan Guinness, Lord Moyne, and French beauty, Suzanne Lisney. Her paternal grandmother was Diana Mitford, one of the legendary Mitford sisters. In 1987, at the age of nineteen, Daphne married Spyros Niarchos. After her divorce in 1999, Daphne resumed her maiden name, and over the past decade has emerged on the world’s stage an extraordinary fashion creature.
We tend to think of fashion as being created by fashion designers. Yet designers do not create in isolation. Amanda Harlech, Karl Lagerfeld’s aide-de-camp and muse, has said that “Karl is continually inspired by [Daphne].” Moreover, although designers propose new looks, in order for something to become fashionable, to move off the runway and into real life, it has to be taken up by various fashion insiders, including editors, photographers, retailers, and fashion trendsetters. The fashion or style icon is a special type of fashion insider, someone who is far more than an “early adopter” or celebrity clothes horse. The fashion icon not only inspires fashion designers and validates their clothes, but actually creates a look that affects the way other people dress and/or think about dressing.
While there have been many exhibitions devoted to great fashion designers, only a few have focused on individual women of style. Yet certain singular women play a crucial role in fashion. Known as fashion or style icons, they are a special type of fashion insider, one who not only inspires designers and brings their clothes to life, but actually creates a look that affects the way other people dress and/or think about dressing.
Daphne Guinness, one of today’s most original fashion icons, is the subject of the upcoming exhibition Daphne Guinness at The Museum at FIT. Opening on September 16, 2011 and on view through January 7, 2012, the exhibition will feature approximately 100 garments and accessories (a quarter of which is unseen McQueen) from Guinness’s personal collection, plus films, videos, and images, of and by her. The exhibition will feature Dior, Chanel, Givenchy, Valentino and Lacroix Haute Couture, Azzedine Alaϊa, Rick Owens, Gareth Pugh, Philip Treacy hats, Louboutin and Noritaka Tatehana shoes and Shaun Leane fine jewellery.
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Flea4Charity | Help the Crisis in SomaliaPosted in The Symphony Style File on: 04/08/2011
The Holy Month of Ramadan is a time for patience, spirituality and humility. Whether you are Muslim or not, this is a great opportunity to do something GOOD and give back; help those less fortunate that you…
We were very inspired when we found out about the local charity organisation Flea4Charity and their work in the region. The Dubai Flea Market fundraiser has been around since March 2011 as a monthly activity, the first two months saw Flea4Charity raise a total of 10,580dhs for the Tawasil foundation in Libya in order to help the relief efforts given the circumstances of the revolution. The charities cause for the month of June was to raise funds as a pre-Ramadan activity to provide Labour Camp Iftah’s – with all the money collected going directly to finance kitchens and purchase food to give out during Ramadan to labor camps across the UAE.
Now, the Flea4Charity organisation are embarking on a charity drive to help the people of Somalia and are asking people to donate their unwanted used clothes, accessories, homeware items and anything else you can think of to help them raise money for the crisis in Somalia. On the 6th of August between 8pm and Midnight Flea4Charity will be selling the donated items at Stargate, Zabeel Park to raise funds for Somalia. For more information visit the Facebook Event Page
DUBAI HELPS DADAAB
A newly arrived refugee family from the Lower Shabelle region in Somalia carry their belongings into the Ifo extension refugee camp in Dadaab, near the Kenya border.
On Monday, the Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Humanitarian and Charity Establishment announced that Humanitarian relief in the form of foodstuffs and drinking water would be rushed to Somalia. The announcement was made by Ebrahim Bu Melha, Adviser for Humanitarian and Cultural Affairs to His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai and Chairman of the Establishment. “In line with the instructions by President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Shaikh Mohammad, we are offering urgent financial aid to those affected by the famine in Somalia,” Bu Melha said. “We are offering foodstuffs based on the humanitarian call by the United Nations for the number of people suffering a severe shortage in food and shelter as a result of the conflict and drought in the African Horn countries,” he said. Bu Melha urged humanitarian organisations, companies and individuals to donate money to help the Somali refugees. “During the holy month of Ramadan, we hope that people will donate whatever they can afford to help their brothers who are suffering a very difficult humanitarian conditions,” he said. The aid programme, implemented in cooperation with Dubai Islamic Bank Humanitarian Institution and Dar Al Bir Society, will cover refugees in Dolo and other border areas.
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
-Are you with Etisalat? Send an empty sms to 6212 to donate Dh20, and 6215 to donate Dh100 directly to the Sharjah Charity Association.
-Visit the Flea4Charity Flea Market on the 6th of August and shop till you drop safe in the knowledge that all funds raised will go to help the Somalian Crisis.
-Donate your unwanted items to the Flea4charity organisation so that they can sell them to raise funds for their worthwhile causes. Call Luz 050-9891461 or Jihad 050-1622716 to arrange.
-Tweet your support using the hashtag #Act4Somalia and follow @Flea4Charity
-Donate funds directly to: Dubai Islamic Bank account 001-520-6066666-01 Dar Al Bir Society branches and stands in malls
Every human being on this planet deserves access to clean water, food and love. Together we can help those in need and move towards making the world a better place.
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