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Walid Atallah to make 1st highly anticipated appearance at CFW

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Jun '09
Leading Middle Eastern fashion designer Walid Atallah will make his first highly anticipated appearance at Couture Fashion Week in New York City. The fashion show will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 13, 2009 at the world-famous Waldorf Astoria hotel.

After graduating from high school in his native Beirut, Mr. Atallah went on to study fashion design earning a degree from the University of Chicago. From there he settled in the fast growing city of Dubai where he launched his design career. His unique designs soon found a loyal following among sophisticated fashion lovers. Mr. Atallah had his first fashion show in Dubai in 1996 which was enthusiastically received by the industry and which included such special guests as famous Lebanese singer Najwa Karam and top international model Nathalie Fadlallah. His next fashion show was held at the world-famous and iconic Burj Al Arab hotel, presenting an opulent collection to a discerning audience, including royalty.

Since then, Mr. Atallah has presented his memorable collections at dozens of fashion events throughout the Arab world as well as in the fashion capitals of Italy and France, where he received an excellence in international design award from the French Association of Fashion Designers.

Mr. Atallah has become well-known internationally for his exquisite evening and bridal designs, and for his skillful use of diamonds, precious gems and genuine Swarovski crystals, including a fabulous bridal gown valued at US$1.2 million. In 2005 Mr. Atallah debuted his own luxury line of jewelry made with diamonds, rubies, sapphires, emeralds, blue marine and Tahitian pearls, and fine watches have since been added to the line. The talented and versatile designer recently launched his pret-a-porter line entitled "W", which includes trendy jeans and tops for today's fashionable and modern woman.

"I have become more moderate with my designs, and now I concentrate more on the creation of original special effects which reflect a different type of femininity," says Walid Atallah.

Walid Atallah's accomplishments in the fashion industry have been recognized by numerous awards and honors from many prominent dignitaries including the Lebanese Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates Ziad Itani; Her Highness Sheikha Aysha Al Theyabia, Minister of Commerce and Handicrafts of Oman; the Egyptian Minister of Tourism; Her Highness Sheikha Thajeba, Queen of Bahrain; the President of Libya; His Highness Sheikh Faisal Al Qassimi, UAE Minister of Youth and Sports; both Pakistan's Economic Minister and Tourism Minister; His Highness Prince Hamad Bin Jasem Al Thani, Prince of Qatar; and His Majesty King Abdullah Al Thani; Mr. K.W. Kim, President of LG Electronics - Middle East/Africa, among others.

Internationally renowned fashion designer Jean-Claude Cerruti recently presented Mr. Atallah with a certificate of recognition, and the two plan to collaborate on a fashion design project in the near future. Mr. Atallah is on the advisory board of Dubai Fashion Week and has been selected by the Diamond Trade Company (part of the DeBeers group of companies) to be a judge at a diamond jewelry design competition in the Arabian Gulf region.


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