ART, BEAUTY, CULTURE & FASHION EVENT WORLD FASHION FESTIVAL AWARDS (Spring/Summer 2019)
International Artists and World-wide Designers inspired by Dubai’s Glam
With the occasion of the celebration of the “YEAR of TOLERANCE”, the second edition of the first combined ART, BEAUTY, CULTURE & FASHION International Event World Fashion Festival Awards took place on March 29th -30th at Sofitel the PALM Resort & SPA Hotel Dubai. The uniqueness of the event concept is the perfect combination of
brought by the international artist Rodica Benintendi displaying incredible oversized paintings of vibrant colors and inspiration expressing a meaningful life full of adventure and incredible stories
brought by a fierce competition between worldwide makeup artists and hair-stylists in two distinct categories BEST FASHION LOOK and BEST AVANTGARDE LOOK
brought by two of the World’s TOP Writers launching the premieres of their latest books:
- “The Golden Kaftan” by Dr. MONICA MERGIU – a German Author recognized as one of the most active promoters of the Arab Cultural Heritage and ancient traditions of the Gulf Countries and
- “Blue Bell” by Maria Elisa Coelho (niece of Brazilian superstar Paulo Coelho) and Gustavo Annecchini
brought by 13 of the world’s most talented and emerging fashion designers enrolled to compete in two distinct categories Best Collection (free choice) and Best Dress (theme: Avantgarde).
MEET THE AWARD WINNERS
The jury for WFFA SS19 headed by Dr. Mona Al Mansouri was composed of reputable national and international artists representing a unique combination in the fields of ART | BEAUTY | CULTURE and FASHION at the same table. On this occasion, we had the opportunity to recognize and award the great achievements of our distinguished jury members, which were highly appreciated by the audience, media and fans.
Category: BEST COLLECTION
- The Best Collection Trophy Award of the WFFA SS19 was won by EMULEOS by Emily Prozinski (USA) with a fantastic “Tougher Than Diamonds” concept of outfits and unique show.
- The 1st Runner Up for Best Collection category was the perfect combination of two accessory brands – MAVARO by Geta Furdui and Palaria Dadarlat by Madalina Dadarlat from Romania.
- The 2nd runner up for the same category were 2 outstanding brands and designers Atelier Milano by Pierina D’Angelica from Italy and Monarh by Larisa Lupoiu from Romania.
Category: BEST DRESS (theme: AVANTGARDE)
After a tight vote and final score, the Best Dress Trophy Award was won by Baravia Fashion by Gulnar Mukhedinova (Uzbekistan), followed closely by EMULEOS by Emily Prozinski (USA) and Atelier STRAIU’ by Ioana Samarghitan (Italy).
The BEST ACCESSORY BRAND Award was won by Lacramioara Crisan with a vibrant and colorful collection of bags accompanied by a selection of fabulous dresses designed by Alina Gurguta inspired by “The Shape of Blue”.
The BEST MODEL TROPHY AWARD was awarded to Sabine Liboa, a superb exotic model from Cameroon.
Aelita Couture by Aelita (Kazakhstan) is one of the designers who competed in the first edition of the WFFA. She has received the Trophy for the BEST EMERGING BRAND as a recognition of her spectacular climb in less than a year with impressive collections and shows in France, Monaco, Russia and Kazakhstan
VINCENT McDOOM received the FASHION ICON Award. He is a Celebrity Fashion Designer, Artistic Director to many famous fashion houses including Louis Vuitton. On top of that, he is a TV Host, Actor and a Judge at Next Top Model shows in Poland, Russia and Belgium.
Dr. MONICA MERGIU received the Award for BEST UAE AMBASSADOR FOR CULTURE & ART. She is a Physician, Writer and Award Winning Author.
During this edition, WFFA had the honor to host the premiere book launch of “The Golden Kaftan” by Dr. Monica Mergiu – a book dedicated to Dr. Mona Al Mansouri and the TROPHY LIFETIME CAREER AWARD for the great achievements and continuous inspiration to the fashion industry to Dr. Mona Al Mansouri. The Trophy Award was presented by His Highness Sheikh Obaid Bin Suhail Al Maktoum on the stage of WFFA SS19 where he has given the Trophy Award to Dr. Mona Al Mansouri.
MARIA ELISA COELHO & GUSTAVO ANNECCHINI received the Award for BEST NEWCOMERS WRITERS. Maria Elisa is a Journalist, writer and director of Talents of the Oroboro Entertainment Talent Agency and Gustavo is a writer and Director of Oroboro Entertainment Talent Agency, both coming from Brazil. During the Awards Ceremony, another premiere was unveiled thru the Official Book Launch of “Blue Bell” novel co-written by the two talented Brazilian writers. They had the opportunity to reveal a few of the highlights of the book which generated great curiosity in the audience to read and discover the end story for themselves.
MARIA MAJARI received the Award for BEST EMERGING BRAND. Maria is the Founder and Creative Director at JADA Dubai, designer of world’s most expensive pair of shoes in amount of USD 17 million.
Dr. MANSOOR AL OBEIDLI received the Award for BEST BEAUTY AMBASSADOR FOR MIDDLE EAST. He is an Emirati Entrepreneur, Doctor, Actor and Middle East Regional Director of the World Beauty Congress
HIND BIN NAISER received the Award for BEST EMERGING U.A.E BEAUTY BRAND. Hind is an extraordinary Makeup Artist and owner of the First U.A.E Makeup Brand – “HBN Cosmetics” officially launched during WFFA in 2018.
AMAL MAHMOUD received the Award for BEST EMERGING ARTIST. She is a writer, motivator, painting artist and talented speaker.
At the jury table, we had two of the best-known fashion retailers from the U.A.E who were at the same time the official sponsors for the most popular, the best collections and dresses.
- NADINE KABBANI received the Award for BEST U.A.E EMERGING BRAND. Nadine is the Chief Marketing Office at “My Next Dress” one of the top fashion retailers in Dubai.
- MAHA MISTO received the Award for BEST U.A.E EMERGING BRAND. Maha is the Owner and the General Manager at “Green Bird Boutiques”, one of the top fashion retailers in Abu Dhabi.
Rodica Benintendi received the Award for BEST EMERGING ARTIST. She displayed two of her amazing oversized paintings at the WFFA SS19 capturing the spirit and stories of colors and journeys in simple yet complex artwork compositions. Dubai’s glam inspired the two paintings and dedicated to WFFA.
Sarah Shafni received the Award for BEST FASHION BLOGGER. Sarah has been an active and creative media partner starting from the 1st edition of WFFA, publishing and capturing amazing interviews, photos and editorials with some of the WFFA registered artists and designers.
Emilio Poblete received the Award for the BEST PHOTOGRAPHER. He has attended the WFFA for the first time, traveling from France to Dubai especially to attend the festival. His accuracy and talent have demonstrated how each photo can ‘speak’ the ‘wow language’ having its own story.
BEST FASHION MAKE-UP and HAIR Awards. The competition was very tough, with over 12 different fashion looks to create and the final results highlighted three amazing artists:
- Paula Goia (Romania) – TROPHY Winner
- Khrystyna Dmytruk (Ukraine) – 1st Runner up
- Jayson Flores (Philippines) – 2ndRunner up
BEST AVANTGARDE MAKE-UP & HAIR Awards.
With a tight competition on the Best Avantgarde Look and after careful deliberation, the judges decided to award the following two artists:
- Khrystyna Dmytruk (Ukraine) – TROPHY Winner for Make-up
- Paula Goia (Romania) – TROPHY Winner for Hairstyle
Lenka Josefiova received the Award for the BEST TRAVEL BLOGGER. She started her blogging journey less than two year ago, but has gained hundred of thousands of active followers by travelling the world and posting meaningful stories about each place she visited. Tens of hundreds of people appreciate every post and commented on by hundreds more, making her a significant international influencer in this field.
Eleonora Massara (Italy) received the recognition for her tremendous achievement of competing and winning over 400 beauty pageants in the past four years as the MOST POPULAR MODEL despite of her age (40+).
Moda Dynastie has become an important luxurious lifestyle and fashion magazine, covering the festival with significant details of all designers who showcased at the WFFA 2018. The Moda Dynastie Team led by Shahwan Sethi received the well-deserved Award for the BEST MEDIA COVERAGE. The 1st Runner Up for Best Media Coverage was Saif Rahman Sozib, followed by Dean Magazine.
Laberry was awarded as the Best U.A.E Brand for Kids wear offering a variety of fabrics and designs for children of all ages. Laberry brought a special show showcasing their latest designs, fabrics and collection during the Awards Ceremony.
The audience of the WFFA had the privilege to be entertained by:
- the ‘Motion Studios for Performing Arts’ (U.A.E) with three of their astonishingly talented ballerinas and dancers
- by two of the most significant international emerging musician artists who attended the festival as Special Guests – Eden Lorena (opera singer from Italy) and Anas Alhalabi (Handpan player with Arabic Melody from Syria).
With thanks to our sponsors and partners:
TANUKI RESTAURANT – Pre-Event Party
- MOVENPICK Hotel/UBK – After Party
- AG AUTO KING LONG BUSES
- HOLIDAY INN (Al Barsha)
- HBN COSMETICS
- KLINIKUM CARE DUBAI
- LEVENTE DEAK PhD – The Nose Expert
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