Posted on February 04, 2019

Manjulakshmi Bharathan, the sole authorized Consultant and Show Producer for the New York Fashion Week 2019 (NYFW’19) in Qatar, announced that Qatari labels, Harlienz and Ghada Al Buainain Jewelry, will be participating in this annual international fashion event, which will take place in the city of New York between 7-13 February.

This is considered the first time ever for two originally Qatari Brands to debut at the NEW YORK FASHION WEEK, one of four recognized international fashion events. The brands will take part under the collaborative show category of Debut Designers ON 12th February at PIER59 STUDIOS, New York.

Manjulakshmi, who was the first designer from Qatar to showcase last year, and who is also the official authorized consultant for the show in Qatar and a professor in VCU, said: “The Qatari fashion scene is full of budding talent. Through my continuous work with young designers, I have seen design brands that deserve to be highlighted on a global platform. Along with the NYFW, we will be taking Qatari fashion brands to the forefront of the international fashion scene. I am so proud of Harlienz and Ghada Al Buainain Jewelry for their efforts and hard work to make this happen. It is great to see such focused energetic young Qataris who believe in their artistic sense and do not shy away from expressing it.”

“This is only the beginning and I am confident that from now on, we will be taking more and more Qatari designers to the NYFW,” she added. In 2013, Haya Al Adsani, established the label Harlienz with a desire to use apparels as a visual outlet for her travel inspirations. Haya’s artistic vision and refreshing aesthetic sense has speedily attracted the attention of the fashion society in Qatar, positioning Harlienz as one of Qatar’s leading contemporary fashion brands. Haya’s breezy staples and versatile pieces evoke the Far Eastern minimalistic ideologies and her collections are worn by an international portfolio of well-heeled clienteles.

On the other hand, Ghada Al Buainain, is a fine Jewelry brand, founded by designer Ghada Rashid Al Buainain, whose unconventional perception of jewelry, is what makes this brand so distinctive. The label is renowned for urban, peerless pieces featuring unconventional materials, drawn from regional revelations. Commenting on her participation in the NYFW 2019 and her designs, Al Buainan said: “Our designs are inspired by the beauty of everyday objects. As a designer, I believe in the transformative power of jewelry, a feeling that has been reciprocated by my brand clients. I am so excited about this opportunity to showcase at the NYFW’19, it is certainly time to for us to go international and to represent Qatar.”

The Designers are sure to make an impact in the style scene at New York, drawing positive attention to Qatar as a region and its pool of emerging design talents. From her side, Haya Al Adsani said: “We have been working endlessly on nurturing our brands. It is now the right moment to show the world the real artistic sense lurking in the region. Our brands were well-received locally and we have come a very long way, it is now time to present ourselves to a global audience.”