Tahir Sultan & W Maldives make a splash at Fashion Forward

1 Maldives (s)Maldives.net.mv – Famous Indo-Kuwaiti fashion designer, Tahir Sultan, in collaboration with W Retreat & Spa – Maldives, unveiled his latest collection at the fourth edition of Dubai Fashion Forward on Sunday 5 October. Inspired by his visit to the luxury playground, the collection paid tribute to the natural beauty of the Maldives.  The catwalk showcased two distinct themes including Tahir’s Spring/Summer collection as well as uniquely tailored wardrobe that will be worn exclusively by the W Maldives’ talents, with the show set to the tunes of music curated by Michaelangelo L’Acqua, Global Music Director of the W Hotels.

Named “Infinite Days & Infinite Nights”, the collection addresses the juxtaposition of infinite days working and infinite nights having fun. The colours and shapes were inspired by the aquatic life, vibrant coral reefs, and white sand beaches that surround W Retreat & Spa – Maldives. Drawing from nature’s colour palette, Tahir liberally used shades of coral, turquoise, shell, amethyst, indigo purple, electric blue, aqua and hints of neon, while prints and embellishments take their reference from fish scales, pearls, the coal and reefs. The luxurious pieces pay particular attention to detail, including glow in the dark elements as part of the resort’s restyling elements.

During his time at W Retreat & Spa – Maldives, Tahir purposefully met with all the talents across all departments, from those working in B&F (Beverage and Food), to Style (Housekeeping), to those managing outdoor water sport facilities. Paying particular attention to create pieces that are practical for the daily roles, whilst remaining mindful of the tropical environment, Tahir used 100% cotton for the uniforms to ensure comfort in the climate.

As part of his ongoing commitment, Tahir and W Maldives have launched a non-profit organization on a local Maldivian island. Working together with local women on Feridhoo Island, they will create an exclusive range of fashionable soft toys which will be sold at the W store in the resort, and all profits will benefit these women.

“As part of our overall restyling plans for the resort, we are delighted to have partnered with such a talented fashion designer in this initiative.  As a trend-setting brand, we strive to continue to be innovative across all platforms, and are proud to be the first W hotel to launch a new wardrobe in the height of Dubai Fashion Week”, said Jean-Marc Ma-Poon, General Manager, W Maldives.

Tahir’s collection will be available at W The Store at W Maldives and also in luxury retailers around the Gulf and India from November 2014.

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