Culture meets couture

A whole month of fashion and entertainment is calling out to you, says Shereen D’Souza

Culture meets couture
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The organisers of Qatar’s biggest (and most entertaining) shopping festival will feature a series of amazing events taking place over four weeks that will include art, pop-up workshops, live entertainment, make-up masterclasses with renowned artists, as well as free make-up sessions in malls as part of Shop Qatar 2018. No more blotchy foundation and badly drawn winged-eyeliners. And, for a glimpse of the world’s latest couture and ready-to-wear fashion from Marrakesh to Mumbai, Shop Qatar will host three fashion shows throughout the festival. A total of 34 designers from around the world will be showcasing over 300 different looks during these shows. Just don’t be surprised if you catch us in the front row cheering loudly. The festival will be divided into three themes across four weeks – so there’s something for every member of the community. Time to get stuck right in.

Week 1
The very first week of Shop Qatar 2018 will focus on an Arabic theme. From an Arabic concert and fashion shows to pop-up workshops and masterclasses happening, we think this is going to be the most exciting time of the year.

Arabic Fashion Show
Witness some marvellous creations by designers from all over the Middle East.
January 10. 7pm-8.30pm. Check for an update on the location.

Make-up Masterclass by Hanan Al Najada
Participate in a certified course and tutorial by this renowned celebrity make-up artist.
QR3,000. January 13. 2pm-6pm. The Ritz-Carlton Doha (4484 8000).

Week 2
Best news for the scores of Indians living in Qatar – the second week of Shop Qatar is all about everything Bollywood. So be prepared for some exciting workshops like handmade fabric embroidery, silk thread bangles, handmade block printing cloth, embroidered cushions (living room revamp, anyone?) and footwear embroidery, too. Brilliant stuff, not to be missed.

Bollywood Fashion Show
South East Asian designers are going to put up their best work on display at this fashion show. Purses at the ready...
January 17. 7pm-8.30pm. Check for an update on the location.

Week 3
Two full weeks of international fun to conclude the biggest festival in Qatar is what we’re looking forward to. There will be concerts, fashion shows and lots and lots of shopping as part of the International Week. What all festivals should be made of.

Fashion Design Masterclass with Alejandro Resta
This renowned Spanish designer will hold a three-day master class covering pattern making, cutting, designing and stitching.
QR3,500. January 21-23. 3pm-8pm. HBKU, Qatar Foundation (4454 0267).

Make-up Masterclass by Joyce Bonelli
Participate in a certified course and tutorial by this renowned celebrity Hollywood make-up artist. Time for your close-up, etc.
QR2,500. January 27. 2pm-6pm. The Ritz-Carlton Doha (4484 8000).

International Fashion Show
This show will feature designers from all over the world displaying everything from contemporary to classic pieces.
January 24. 7pm-8.30pm. Check for an update on the location.

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