As Fashion Forward Dubai (FFWD) gears up for its eighth season, the Middle East welcomes new collaborations within the ever-growing platform in a bid to recognise regional and international talent. The upcoming edition will feature a new empowerment program in collaboration with Samsung, aptly titled EPIC, in which 31 designers – both returning and debutant designers – are set to showcase their latest Spring/Summer '17 fashion and accessory collections.

"We are delighted to present the eighth edition of FFWD and proud to once again introduce an enhanced experience for our designers and guests," said Bong Guerrero, CEO and Co-Founder of FFWD. "Together with the support of our strategic partners, d3 and DDFC, FFWD has evolved each season to become a highly-anticipated event in the region's fashion calendar and follows Dubai's national mandate to become a hub for creativity."

Announced: Fashion Forward Dubai Season 8 program

Apart from the runway shows and presentations, FFWD d3 Fashion Talks returns with a focus on going 'back to basics'. Included in the talks will be an In Conversation with Vogue Arabia about the rise of Farida Khelfa, the French-Arab model and now Schiaparelli Ambassador, Finding Design Inspiration by Baume & Mercier's Design Director Alexandre Peraldi and a discussion on Trend Forecasting by Jane Boddy, Director of Colour and Womenswear for WGSN.

Fashion Forward Dubai runs from October 20-23 at Dubai Design District.