After hopping off a 15-hour flight and travelling three hours up the coast through what seemed like a never-ending desert, the last thing we expected was to be surrounded by azure blue waters, cheetahs, giraffes and herds of once-extinct-in-the-wild Arabian Oryx. The element of surprise that our first shoot location Sir Bani Yas offered encapsulates Abu Dhabi: the capital city of the United Arab Emirates and the dramatic backdrop that brought the best of both local and international fashion to life for our Autumn/Winter 2016 issue.
Shooting some of New Zealand’s most iconic and fashion-forward designers – Trelise Cooper, Julian Danger and Adrian Hailwood – as exotic wildlife sauntered by was just the first part of an incredible two-week journey across the region. No fashion shoot in the Middle East would complete without the undulating golden sand dunes of the Rub’ al Khali desert, a train of camels and our cover star, Rocket the falcon who quite possibly steals the show from our striking cover model, Valentina.
Fashion should be daring, vibrant and impossible to ignore, much like the vibrant vistas of Abu Dhabi. We hope the A/W 2016 issue of MiNDFOOD STYLE takes you not only on an unforgettable odyssey through the spellbinding capital of the UAE but also on an adventure through the mesmerising world of fashion, beauty and decor.
MiNDFOOD STYLE A/W 2016 is on sale Monday 21 March, 2016