The event opened with a trib- ute concert to the victims of the September 11 attacks, fol- lowed by two fashion shows, including one by Indian de- signer Sushma Patel in her fourth Couture Fashion Week appearance. Sushma Patel's impressive designs are marked by a unique approach to cut, draping, the use of sumptu- ous fabrics, and embellish- ment with hand embroidery and crystals. She is one of few prominent designers in In- dia who incorporate tradition- al embroidery, fabric printing, and weaving crafts into her ut- terly contemporary creations.
Young Lebanese designer Amal Sarieddine made her highly anticipated Couture Fashion Week debut with a show on the second day of the event. A talented design- er renowned for her lavish and luxurious evening and bridal gowns, Amal Saried- dine launched her own col- lection in Beruit in 2004. Amal Sarieddine's clientele include many Middle Eastern royal families, as well as prominent socialites and celebrities in Europe and the United States.