Poetry from the Brave New Voices Grand Slam Finals at the Auditorium Theatre in Chicago.
By Noor Molvi
I think we are all familiar with the pain that is dress shopping when wedding season rolls around. The problem is not finding a dress, rather finding a way to modify the dress to meet modesty requirements. Especially for me, I’m am not a fan of layering on the daily, and definitely not at special events! I can’t be bothered with finding a bolero to match a sleeveless dress or a sewing a piece of fabric to cover a dress with a plunging neckline. Thankfully, RAYAN has graced us with their presence! This unique line of evening wear is made exactly to solve the problem of sleeveless, strapless, backless dresses.
Among my top picks is the stunning LYLA dress. The wrap dress styling makes it figure flattering on every body! Not to mention, it is the perfect blue to complement every skin tone. In addition to being extremely comfortable, this style is so versatile that you can wear it formal or semiformal. This dress will be the dress that you constantly find yourself pulling out of your closet over and over again. With a change of accessories, you can achieve a lot of different looks every time you wear it. Added bonus, this dress has pockets, need I say more?
Though not quite so versatile, the MARIAM dress is evening wear perfection! Simple yet sophisticated, this is your new LBD (long black dress). The gorgeous beading on the shoulders will flatter any frame. MARIAM features a simple black train which balances out perfectly with with the shoulder details. A clever wrist strap on the train will help you navigate a crowded hotel ballroom with ease. Once you have this dress on, you will feel the sudden urge to walk a red carpet!
Both dresses, along with other RAYAN products will be available at the 2013 Fashion Fighting Famine show on March 31st.
Based in London, INAYAH Collection will be showcasing their Precocious Collection at the Fashion Fighting Famine 2013 Fashion Show, INAYAH's debut on the FFF runway. What strikes us about INAYAH is that it is so very distinct - in draping, color choice, styling, and form. Each piece seems to have been designed with the entire care of a collection, with long-lasting details and quality that make every piece a staple. There is also a strong sense of timelessness and versatility in the Precocious Collection, making it durable through passing trends and a part of ones wardrobe for years to come.
The designers behind INAYAH are a wife and husband team. They began INAYAH as an accessories line, but quickly found a void in accessing modest designs that reflected Western styles and were practical and sophisticated by nature. The duo made a sweeping turn in their company's direction and were embraced with wide interest across the globe.
The couple take a broad approach to modest fashion. "Our aim is to include rather than exclude wider audiences for we understand that each woman faces her own struggle and lives a life unique to her; the challenges that present themselves to women today impact ones ability to dress modestly. Modesty extends far beyond the confined lines of a head scarf. We have first hand experience with women who live with incredible pressure, and have to conceal their religious identity which revolves around a modest way of life."
INAYAH's designers are inspired by highly-coveted collections such as those of Elie Saab. "Elie Saab has influenced INAYAH to an extent; they have shown us that quality and attention to detail have a major impact on the end product."
Their favorite piece in the Precocious Collection is their Urbane Abaya, a bat-wing style dress with color-block detail that comes in two offerings, navy and cream, and black and grey. "We fell in love with this design because of its fluid versatility. The Urbane Abaya is beautiful and modest, elegant, sophisticated, unique and practical."
What are the designers behind INAYAH most excited about for our 2013 #FFFShow? "We are really looking forward to giving our fans California the opportunity to experience our designs and quality in person. We're excited about being part of a noble cause in a warm loving environment, surrounded by empowered individuals."
We're greatly looking forward to INAYAH's debut on our runway, and we can't wait for our audience to see their fantastic collection and shop for a cause. INAYAH will be offering sold-out pieces from the Precocious Collection exclusively at FFF, and they'll also be making their brand new Spring/Summer collection available for sale as well! Be sure to check out their fabulous collection in our newly revealed 'Shop Our Show' Lookbook and mark their must-have pieces on your shopping lists!
We weren't surprised to learn that Hijab House, our 2013 Runway Designer and a brand that seems most in tune with casual-wear with a youthful appeal, is inspired by the music scene. "There are days when you find the office full of new music playing very loudly (much to the neighbor’s dismay). We usually start with a song, and then the collection emerges from that," says Sophie Loader, head designer and buyer at Hijab House. "For example, our latest collection, Harlequin, began with a haunting song by Chelsea Wolfe. There’s something emotional about music that objects and images can’t really capture."
Hijab House CEO Tarik Houchar was inspired to create Hijab House when he was disappointed by a distinct lack of quality products, particularly scarves, available for Muslim women in the Australian market. He set about building a brand that focused on sleek, modern, and trend-focused girls. Designer Sophie comments that girls feel "youthful" when they wear Hijab House items, saying, "It's the color, print combinations, and overall quirkiness. It’s a bit like Alice in Wonderland. The world becomes bigger and brighter when you wear Hijab House."
Since their launch in 2010, Hijab House has launched over six different collections, each more fabulous than the last. They offer a fresh perspective on designing and styling casual-wear with the headscarf, producing trendy pieces that can be worn with a headscarf just as easily and stylishly as without one.
Their latest collection, Harlequin, evokes a moody, Edwardian sense of romance. The campaign video features a 'sacred Hijab ceremony' amidst rustling trees and a wide open meadow. Each piece in the co
Sophie, whose personal style is a mixture of dark shades with a romantic twist, favors the Harlequin Collection's black lace jersey dress as her favorite piece for its effortless style and lace details. " I think the most overlooked detail of an article of clothing is color. The slightest variation in tone makes such a difference. Color must be perfect, not just 'good'," she says.
Hijab House is excited to participate in Fashion Fighting Famine's 2013 Fashion Show on March 31st, but not nearly or possibly as excited as we are to bring their fabulous collections to the United States for the very first time. Our audience will be able to access dozens of scarves for less than $20, and gorgeous tops, dresses, and more starting at $60. Shopping for a cause is an irresistibly good deal when Hijab House is in the mix.
Happy 60th birthday to fashion powerhouse Chloe and its founder, Egyptian designer Gaby Aghion, who founded the brand in 1952.