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Bollywood glamour Riya Sen at Fashion Week


BOLLYWOOD actress and model Riya Sen will be joined by designers from around the world at Bahrain Fashion Week (BFW) 2009.its a three-day event kicks off at Moda Mall in the Bahrain World Trade Centre on Thursday. It will showcase work by local and international designers until May 30.

Among those displaying their creations in the Emerging Talent section will be graduating fashion students from the Royal University for Women.

In addition to catwalks, there will be fashion-related seminars offering an insight into the international fashion industry.

"Our main objective of the event is to position Bahrain as a key player in the international fashion arena and set the pace for local talent to compete on the global stage," said organisers at Lotus Pi Events Bahrain.

"The fashion industry is a billion-dollar one and through BFW 2009, we aim to create career opportunities for young Bahrainis in the business."

Young Bahraini designer Khaleda Rajab will open the event.

Fashion houses including Tommy Hilfiger, Von Dutch, Nine West, Aldo, Basler and Kenneth Cole are taking part.

International designers include Larisa Katz (the Netherlands), Andre Tan (Ukraine), Omar Mansoor (the UK), Monica Paracha with Ali and Ajjo (Pakistan), Sarv Atelier - Rohit Verma and Sanjeev Anand (India), Al Zain Jewellery, Layers, Devji, Fustani, Crme Couture and Crme Boutique (Bahrain).

"By providing a venue for this year's event, we hope to provide a platform for international, local and regional participants to present their collections to global and regional buyers, media, fashion professionals and enthusiasts," said Bob Addison, country director of DTZ - the managing and leasing agent for the mall.

The event will run from 6pm to 10pm daily.

Tickets cost BD10 for a day or BD25 for all three days. VIP tickets cost BD25 and BD50.

To book tickets, e-mail info@lotuspi.com.

An exhibition will run alongside the event at Les Palmes, in the Sheraton Hotel, from 4pm to 10pm.

Entry to the exhibition is free.

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