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Guest Editor: Zayan Ghandour

March 5, 2012

Dubai's fashion powerhouse returns with a series of personal and charming guest posts about her recent career transition from buyer/boutique owner to fashion designer

  • Text by Simone Sebastian

It's not often that you're allowed an intimate look at a young designer's process, but that's exactly what you're treated to with Zayan Ghandour's guests posts here on Satellite Voices. In her second post, Zayan fills us in on a recent fabric sourcing trip to Première Vision Paris. 

Guest Feature by Zayan Ghandour

Premiere Vision is the Disney Land of fabrics, whether you are a seasoned haute couturier or a relatively new designer working on your thrid season of contemporary ready-to-wear (such as myself).

Sometimes you even spot big designers shopping the stands, as was the case this year. Jill Sander was actually spotted there before the news broke at Milan Fashion Week that she was back at the helm of her eponymous label. I also saw the design teams from Karl Lagerfeld and Marc Jacobs's lines previewing fabrics from the same suppliers I was buying from! I was like a kid in a candy store.

Every booth I entered, my eyes naturally veered towards fabrics in the brightest colours, soft textures and bold statement details. I fell in love with one particular Italian selection: mens stripped cotton with neon eyelet details, neon crochet fabrics, metallics - you name it he had it and I wanted it all. While choosing the accessories I discovered that studs and rivets come in 1001 variations of colour, size and shape (as did one of the designers from the Karl line sitting next to me!).

So here I am now back in Dubai and have already started receiving parcels with samples and fabric swatches,  all greeted with screams of joy and excitement naturally. I can’t wait until they all become a finished product.

As Rachel Zoe would put it: "I die!"

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