- Airing every Wednesday at 10pm on Dubai One and Friday at 10:30pm on Dubai TV
- Reem Acra saves the Algerian contestant Samir Kerzabi in the seventh episode of Fashion Star Season Two
- Contestants design dresses for professional women to inspire success and individuality
- Featuring international design experts Reem Acra, Hanaa Ben Abd El Salam and Ramzi Tabiat
- Hosted by Leila Ben Khalifa and welcoming Namshi.com representative Garth Allan
- Contestants have a new chance to sell their designs via Namshi.com, with total sales expected to exceed AED 500,000
Despite standing alone in the elimination zone this week, Algerian contestant Samir Kerzabi was saved by Reem Acra in the seventh episode of Fashion Star Season Two – the first program on Arabic television dedicated to discovering Arab fashion design talent. The show features Reem Acra, Lebanese international designer; Hanaa Ben Abd El Salam, Tunisian international fashion model and ambassador for Lancôme France; and Ramzi Tabiat, Creative Director of renowned retail brand Al Ostoura. The show was hosted as usual by Tunisian presenter Leila Ben Khalifa and welcomed back Namshi.com representative Garth Allan, who will be selecting designs from the runway to be sold live on the website with total sales expected to exceed AED 500,000.
Dresses for Success At the beginning of the episode, which aired on Wednesday April 12th on Dubai One, Leila Ben Khalifa introduced only six remaining contestants. The first episode saw the departure of Saudi participant Aisha Al Battal, who was followed by Walid Khairy from Egypt in the second episode. Tunisian contestant Ziad Ben Houria was eliminated in the third episode, Nazem Orra from Lebanon left the show in the fourth, Egyptian contestant Shayma Maher was sent home in the fifth, and Tunisian contestant Yusra Al Riflawi followed in the sixth.
This week’s episode saw Reem Acra presenting the contestants with a new challenge, ‘Dresses for Success’, which tasked them with creating four designs for the professional woman. Reem Acra highlighted that the designs should portray strength, modernity and openness, while also remaining appropriate for the workplace. The contestants were faced with an added challenge when Reem Acra asked them to collaboratively create a dress in pairs, portraying a single idea split between two distinct designs elements.
The first group, which included Nadim Nemr from Lebanon and Tatyana Aceeva from Jordan, designed their joint dress with a ‘Twin Concept’ which earned Nadim Nemr three stars but no offers from Namshi.com. By contrast, Tatyana Aceeva won four stars and an initial AED 18,000 offer supplemented by an additional AED 20,250, bringing her total Namshi.com offer to an impressive AED 38,250.
Samar Nasr El Din from Saudi Arabia and Samir Kerzabi from Algeria were in the second group, and disagreed on colour choice at the outset but eventually presented a joint design that did not meet with the judges’ approval. The judges criticised Samir Kerzabi for failing to deliver designs that captured the concept, sending him to the elimination zone with only one star. The Saudi contestant fared considerably better and was awarded four stars and two Namshi.com offers worth AED 18,000 and AED 21,600, beating Tatyana Aceeva with a total of AED 39,600.
The third group saw Joyce Saadeh from Lebanon and Adin Belmahdi from Algeria presenting their designs. Joyce Saadeh’s design appealed to the judges and won four stars but no offers, while Adin Belmahdi won four stars in addition to an AED 18,000 offer.