The fashion elite stormed Qatar last week for the launch of supermodel Naomi Campbell’s new global initiative, EMERGE.

To mark the launch, a star-studded gala was held on Friday along with a fashion show featuring top models from around the world, including Campbell herself, Bella Hadid, Chanel Ayan, Ikram Abdi Omar, Alpha Dia, Adhel Bol and more.

The new initiative, in partnership with Qatar Creates and under the patronage of Her Excellency Sheikha Al-Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, aims to nurture the next generation of creative and business talent with a supportive platform for success. The show celebrated Africa and the Diaspora and featured over 50 major fashion houses alongside over 20 emerging designers of African descent.

Hadid opened the show wearing a head-to-toe black Prada ensemble that was complemented by dark makeup. On social media, the 26-year-old said it was an “honor” to open the groundbreaking fashion show.

“It was a pure joy to see Naomi bring her beautiful culture from Africa to the center [sic] stage, and an honor [sic] be part of another show and auction to raise funds for relief in the African region,” she said.

Meanwhile, Campbell wore two looks for the showcase. First, like Hadid, was an all-black outfit designed by Alaia. The second was a feathered white and blue ombre dress by Valentino.

The show was then followed by a gala attended by over 1000 VIP guests from the worlds of fashion, entertainment, arts and business.

Fashion Trust Arabia Awards 2022

Just nights before the launch of EMERGE, the fashion elite traveled to Doha last night to attend the Fashion Trust Arabia (FTA) awards.

Led by FTA Honorary President Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser and Co-President Her Excellency Sheikha Al Mayassa Bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, the star-studded event took place at the National Museum of Qatar.

International and regional celebrities attended the prestigious gala, where a total of six designers from the Arab region were honored in an array of different categories.

Cheikha Moza presented the award in the Evening Wear category to Moroccan fashion designer Artsi Ifrach. Meanwhile, Saudi designers Siham and Sarah Albinali won the ready-to-wear award; Sudanese designer Eilaf Osman received the accessories award; Egyptian Fatma Mostafa won the jewelry prize; and the final prize of the evening went to Kazna Asker from Yemen who received the Franca Sozzani Debut Talent Award.

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