Keeping warm while wearing the abaya can be a difficult task. Thick sweaters under the abaya can make you look bulky, while wearing cardigans, jackets or coats over the abaya is a look which is difficult to pull off. Most abaya wearers opt for pashminas and shawls, but they don't really keep you warm enough. So how about a cardigan which is incorporated into the abaya?
Well this is the innovative concept dreamt up by well-known Emirati designer, Fatma Abdul Jalil Al Fahim, creator of Farfalla Haute Couture. The abaya/evening gown/bridal fashion house, whose fan base includes both princesses and local fashionistas alike, was launched by Fatma in 2005. The word "farfalla" comes from the Italian word for butterfly, a word that sums up the fashion house perfectly - it's fun, it's elegant and it's feminine.
The new winter collection encompasses finely textured cotton cardigans that are embellished with black ribbon, beading, intricate embroidery, sequins and Swarovski crystals.
Of her cardigan abaya collection Fatma says, "This collection was inspired by the need to keep warm during winter because it is quite difficult to wear a jacket or cardigan over an abaya. I wanted to create a contemporary design that is practical, easy to wear and trendy. The collection embodies the characteristics of the abaya with a modern fashion twist."
Where to get yours:
Farfalla Boutique, Bin Khedeya Building, Al Garhoud Street, Deira, Dubai
O Concept Store, Jumeirah, Dubai
Candella Boutique, Village Mall, Dubai
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