Oct 4, 2015

Fall/Winter '15 Trend Watch: Culottes

Seen at: Victoria Beckham, Derek Lam, Tibi, Carolina Herrera, Alexander Wang and By Malene Birger

How to wear them: in blacks, greys, whites, browns, neutrals and khaki green. With a sweatshirt half-tucked in. Sophisticated with a turtle neck top and sleeveless blazer over the top. Matchy-matchy with matching top. Sexy with crop top. Casual in printed culottes with camisole.





Sep 21, 2015

Selina Farooqui's Debut Abaya Line

One of my first posts on UNDER YOUR ABAYA was about Doha-based award-winning fashion designer, Selina Farooqui (click here to read the post), who is well known for her dreamy dresses, kaftans and jackets which have what I coined as an "ethnic luxe" vibe.
Selina has just launched her debut abaya collection, 29 one-of-a-kind abayas, in a Fall/Winter appropriate palette of blacks, greys, whites, earthy tones and neutral hues, with a focus on color blocking and geometrical shapes. The abayas are embellished in gold beaded hand embroidery. Selina has experimented with different cuts, with some abayas being asymmetrical (shorter in the front and longer at the back), and others being two-layered. She has also revisited the black abaya, reinventing it with a simple, yet bold twist.
Of her collection Selina told me, "Being my debut abaya collection, I took inspiration first from the classic black abaya, and then played around with geometric shapes and placing them on the body of the abaya. I was inspired by the concept of shadow and light, incorporating strong contrasting forms and colors into the abayas. Since the collection launched just before Fall, I chose warm toned greys, deep burgundy, nude, and of course the classic black and whites as my color story. It's a  29-piece exclusive collection, with one piece in each style. They are my interpretation of the abaya, feminine yet bold, with the signature Selina Farooqui aesthetic."
Check out more of the collection below.

Place your orders now via Whatsapp 00974 3306 5743.
To view the rest of the collection, visit her Instagram page @selina_farooqui
You can contact Selina via email Selina.farooqui@gmail.com

Jun 29, 2015

Arabesque S/S 2015 Collection

UAE-based haute couture abaya label Arabesque focused on two main themes for its S/S 2015 collection. The first theme is focused on minimalism, with contrasting blocks of white, black, and nude colored fabrics, and graphic geometric designs. The second theme is more feminine, romantic and playful, with French guipure flower applique, floral laces and hand-embroidered flower shadow motifs, using light fabrics such as silk and crepe in soft pastel shades. Kimono-style cut abayas also feature in their latest collection.

To check out the rest of the collection, visit their website. Be also sure to follow them on instagram @arabesqueabayas..
Where to find Arabesque

Dubai Showroom

Sunset Mall, Level 1
Jumeirah 3
Dubai, UAE
Tel: +971 4 3463050
Opening Hours
Sat-Thu: 10am - 10pm
Friday: 1:30pm - 10pm

Abu Dhabi Showroom

Abu Dhabi Mall, Level 1
Abu Dhabi, UAE
Tel: +971 2 6444355
Opening Hours
Sat-Wed: 10am - 10pm
Thu-Fri: 10am - 11pm

Jun 23, 2015

Ascia AKF for Riva Ramadan Collection 2015

Half-American, half-Kuwaiti blogging extraordinaire Ascia AKF of The Hybrids (one of the region's biggest style blogs and she blogs alongside her equally stylish half-Spanish, half-Kuwaiti husband!) teamed up with Middle Eastern womenswear brand Riva to launch a Ramadan collection.
The Hijab-friendly collection is composed of oversized round-necked jackets with luxe jacquard embellishments, architectural smocks and wide-legged culottes, matchy-matchy pant suits and long sleeveless waistcoats. They perfectly mirror Ascia's laid-back, minimalistic and tailored style. I think she is an inspiration to all Hijabi fashionistas out there.
 Check out the collection and Ramadan commercial below.


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