Old gets (fashionably) new: how Jonathan Marc Stein plans to bring old-school glam to Arab Fashion Week


The Los Angeles-based designer is one of several rising international stars showing at this year’s Arab Fashion Week

When Jonathan Marc Stein flew to Dubai, he took with him five carry-on bags. Then again, he had good reason: inside those bags were no fewer than 25 different outfits the Los Angeles-based designer will be showcasing at this year’s Arab Fashion Week.

“We somehow fit it in five,” he laughs as he sits in a brightly-lit café in City Walk with plush purple sofas and jewelled light fixtures hanging overhead. “We didn’t want to risk losing anything.”

Fortunately, nothing was lost when he arrived in the desert on Monday, October 7 – just a few days before his first-ever international show, which is slated for Saturday, October 12 at Arab Fashion Week.

Born in Cincinnati in the US state of Ohio, the 24-year-old has previously shown at the likes of New York Fashion Week and LA Fashion Week since establishing his label in 2014, and dressed a whole host of some of the world’s most famous celebrities. And yet, he’s never shown overseas – until now. But why Dubai?

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