Amato Couture

With luxe looks fit for a modern maharajah, Furne’s Amato Couture menswear runway show closed Arab Fashion Week here with a Holi Festival-like explosion of colors. Inspired by a 2019 trip to Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Goa and Agra and the Taj Mahal, the famed Filipino designer turned vintage Indian costumery into contemporary regalia awash in a palette dominated by royal blue, marigold orange and fuchsia. “I was so inspired by the colors… deep reds, beautiful blues and it was all very festive,” mused the designer, before his epic show that took place at Dubai’s d3. Beads, sequins, and Indian silk served as the basis of this collection of satiny turbans, theatrical bomber jackets, hooded robes, fanciful trousers and pleated skirts that were a salute to the sarongs and Patiala Dhoti pants of a bygone era. With a runway made of Iwan Maktabi fine oriental carpets, one strikes  a chord with the region’s fashion elite, captivating an ever-more cultivated male audience in a language that transcends regions.