Made with Love

I came across this astounding picture yesterday and just had to share..
These gorgeous abayas seen in glitzy editorials are lovingly handcrafted – every thread, lace, drape and fabric intrinsically chosen. Every diamanté placed with absolute precision.
There’s no other word for it…It simply is Art.
Credits to 'artistic abaya'

Credits to ‘artistic abaya’


Inspiration of the day

Meet this velvet beauty by Oscar de la renta


Love at first glance!

How gorgeous would it be adjusted into an abaya? Absolute luxury!

Trio Couture

As given away in the name, Trio Couture was launched in 2010 by three young women. Hailing from Abu Dhabi the trio have invented their own interpretations of Abayas, Jalabiyas and yes even wedding gowns.  


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Below are some of my favourite pics from their current and previous collections.

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Traditional culture married with stylish couture
Whats your favourite piece?

|| Hesseh Abayas || What Fairy Tales Are Made Of

Being a woman who wears an ‘Abaya herself I like to keep on top of Abaya & Hijab trends.

Just as I can spend hours and hours traipsing around town shopping till my feet scream in agony, I can similarly squander away hours browsing through online Abaya fashion –  and I must confess, more often than not I find myself in a familiar sticky situation.

Ever recall yourself as a young child with your nose pressed tight against the ominous glass windows of a glorious sweet shop? Tummy growling, eyes as large as saucers gazing onto an array of colourful sweet treats – that exhilarating sense of excitement, trepidation and longing buzzing through your entire being?

Well…with the advent of the internet and the evolution of Abaya fashion I find myself in exactly the same situation. Yes i’ve grown up but not much has changed – except that  Abayas are my new object of desire..

Just when you thought you had seen it all along comes a designer with a new ideology concept and principles – and that’s exactly what I adore about fashion. There’s no boundaries. it’s wholely versatile.

Hesseh Abaya Couture
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My recent object…perhaps I should says objects…of desire are the Abaayaat from the newest Hesseh Haute Couture Collection. Like many other homegrown couture designers Hessa al-Obaidilis journey began at home in 2008.

“I realized that wherever I go, women would constantly ask me where I made my Abaya.” says Hessa.

Since then she’s progressed beyond expectations. Whilst I loved her previous collections her latest Spring Summer 2011 collection is simply…delicious.
Shot in the picturesque Gardens of Ninfa (Rome) everything is picture perfect – greenery, foliage, roses and ruins…looking through the photos you can just envision gorgeous nymphs and seductive sirens dancing around. I couldn’t help but notice her tweet revealing that these babies are the fruits of 5 months of hard labour; God you can tell – they’re divine.It took me a very long time to select my favourites and after much deliberating I was able to narrow it down to these beauties.

Yes you can be the belle of the ball!
This black silk abaya layered with a nude and lace accent will leave you feeling just like a princess…

Gold with a pop of turqoise chiffon. I dare you to find a fault.

This is definitely one of my wait, thats a lie, all of the ones i’ve shortpicked are my favourites. I love the black lace complimenting the grey silk and drape. Classy!

I can’t even string up a comment for this. Just breath-taking.

What do you think of Hessehs’ Abayas? Which one is your favourite?To view the entire collection click here

Why I love Kanzi

Anyone who keeps an avid eye on Abaya & Jalabiya Couture could tell you without a moments hesitation that simple is the new extravagant.

In recent years, Middle Eastern fashion has undergone a noticeable shift. Gone are the days of bright gaudy colours, random embellishments and thick, heavy embroidery… Now it’s all about a balanced pop of colour, haute embellishments (not something a five year old could put together), various fabrics, cuts & textures – more or less muted than the previous sparkle but by no means dull..

However, lets be honest…we love to hate the Khaleej for its ostentatiousness and lasciviousness. We secretly love the name-dropping, the high-end labels, bag envy, diamonds and yes dare I admit it? Even the gamboo3a

So for me, Kanzi (Facebook/Twitter) are the perfect marriage between old and new, modern yet glamorous..and with just the right amount of bling – to accentuate but not overpower – lovingly crystallised with swarovski elements the name ‘Kanzi’ is truly one to watch. If till now, Arabian Couture was in its teething phase, Kanzi have sucessfully aided its transition to a more established, elegant and well-poised era.

Not only are Kanzi doing incredibly well at home in the UAE with a loyal and also royal clientele list, their coveted gowns are also available at Harrods!
Who would have thought the world famous brand synonymous with luxury would be linked to the humble Arabian dress?
Now if that isn’t an accolade enough to Shk.Amal Al Maktoum and Raghda Taryams’ designing finesse then I don’t know what is!

Here is some more eye candy to feast on…All of a similar model I believe

Beautifully ethereal

I’m getting that kid stuck to toy-shop window-display-feeling

Don’t you just adore the embellished leggings?

This exquisite ensemble was not just made to be worn…it requires savouring, appreciation and respect. Its wearer too should bask in its waited upon hand and foot..all the while being fed luscious macarons sprawled against a chaise-longueonly the best will suffice.