The second day's runway shows were wrapped up by Couture Fashion Week producer and fashion designer Andres Aquino's two-part show of his collec- tion entitled“Red Carpet,”which includ- ed luxury, hand-enhanced swimwear with embroidered wraps and couture evening gowns done in hand-embroi- dered fabrics and chiffons embellished with fine French, Japanese and Indian lace. Mr. Aquino's shows have become known for fusing elements of perfor- mance and artistry, music, dance, fash- ion and multimedia, and this show was no exception: his collection was displayed to the accompaniment of world-famous artists, including rock opera singer Kimera and violinist Alex- ander Markov, who played a custom- made gold-plated violin.
Dubai designer Walid Atallah dazzled audiences with his first showing at the event, presenting a breathtaking col- lection of evening and couture brid- al gowns. Mr. Atallah is internationally well-known for his exquisite evening and bridal designs and for his skil- ful use of diamonds, precious gems, and Swarovski crystals. He recently made fashion history by selling a brid- al gown decorated with sapphires and rubies for US$1.2 million to a Middle Eastern princess.
Turkish designer Nedret Tacirog- lu returned for the third time to Cou- ture Fashion Week, presenting anoth- er fabulous and well-tailored collection of soft feminine designs in spring pas- tels before an audience of diplomats, celebrities and top socialites, many of whom traveled from Turkey to attend.