Abu Dhabi: Day one of Fashion Arabia Expo at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC) ended on a note of vibrantly coloured note with the showcasing of Manish Maholtra’s collection to eager fashion viewers. His show was the last in a series of successful catwalk events, which occurred from 3pm onwards, and showcased unique clothes by designers from the UAE, the Middle East, India and France.

The shows were a great hit, not only with the visitors who came to the exhibition, but also with other designers and stall owners, who came to observe the various designs that were displayed on the runway.

The first designs came from two groups of talented Emirati students, from the Shaikh Zayed Private Academy and from Preston University Ajman. Their designs not only highlighted their interpretations of their culture, but also served to bring a little bit of fun to the first day of the three-day exhibition.

Afterwards, Sakina Msa as well as Reem and Hind Beljafi revealed their collections to those who had attended their fashion runway shows. While Sakina had brought a taste of Europe and a touch of her native Comoros Islands, the Beljafi sisters’ DAS Collection gave onlookers a glimpse into the mysteries of the Abaya, and the way they are creatively viewed by those who wear them.

Rami Al Ali, a Syrian designer, drew attention to the soft colours that embody post winter months through his Grecian style dresses during his Spring/Summer collection at the runway.

Finally, Manish Maholtra tantalized everyone through the use of eye-catching and vibrant outfits, each with a slight twist to the traditional style of dress that India is known for.

Also at hand were WGSN spokeswomen, Sally O’Rourke and Gemma Harker, who gave fascinating insights into fashion trends that have been forecast for not only next season, but for the next few years as well.