The first official Bahrain Fashion Week at the MODA Mall

Held from the 28th to the 30th of May, Bahrain Fashion Week (BFW) got the ball rolling for a new booming industry in the country that is sure to once again hold the torch high for the kingdom: fashion.

It was held at Bahrain's most exclusive shopping complex, MODA Mall at the Bahrain World Trade Center. Combining European and Eastern fashion with home grown talent, there was something for every style at the event.

The organisers from Lotus PI Events expressed, "Our main objective with BFW 2009 is to position Bahrain as a key player in the international fashion arena and to set the pace for local talent to compete on the global stage. BFW has grown significantly since the soft launch last year and the fact that many local designers have participated this time around is very encouraging. we aim to have more and more local designers taking part for the next BFW"

International models hailed from Ukraine, Netherlands, Austraila, UK, India and Pakistan. Riya Sen, made a show-stopping appearance for SARV Ateliers fashion sequence, and other celebrity models included Vanessa Portelli (Austrailia's Next Top Model) and Reena Patel ( Face of Asia 2008).