Hanan Al-Faisal: Creative children designs

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Updated 30 January 2013
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Hanan Al-Faisal: Creative children designs

Saudi fashion designer Hanan Al-Faisal started her career as an artist. However, here limitless passion prodded her to seek greater dreams. The talented designer sought to express herself in art beyond the canvas, which is why she decided to pursue a career in fashion design. She credits the intricate details in her creations to her earlier calling as an artist, which she describes as the gateway to the world of fashion.
According to the designer, the reason she has been successful is because of her fearless nature and a boldness to experiment with new and avant-garde designs. She also attributes the obstacles she faced early on in her career as a great learning experience, which propelled her to adapt quickly and acquire new techniques.
Al-Faisal’s designs are very unique, as she usually stitches accessories to the dresses to give them an exclusive appeal. For nightgowns, the designer uses Swarovski crystals to give the dresses a more glamorous touch.
The designer keeps apace with the latest international trends by browsing the Internet and looks for inspirations by watching catwalks for the season’s latest styles and colors. She does not limit herself to international trends as she sees herself as a trendsetter and seeks inspiration from the rich culture present in her country.
Al-Faisal’s clients are the reasons behind her fearless style. Women in Saudi Arabia like to be unique and want to stand out in the crowd.
She also started an exclusive line especially for young girls, in an effort to help these girls discover their own style and create looks that suit their character.
Her summer collection offers girls a wide variety of dresses, with a mixture of colors inspired by the African landscape and gypsy culture, classical cuts as well as Romanian and Iranian elements.

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Kuwait’s Bibi Al-Abdulmohsen shows off stunning summer looks

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Kuwait’s Bibi Al-Abdulmohsen shows off stunning summer looks

DUBAI: What do you get when you mix a GCC social media influencer with three massive fashion brands? A dream look book, that’s what.
While we’re normally quite skeptical about influencer-brand collaborations — due to the fit usually not being quite right — it’s hard to fault this “One Thousand and One Nights” themed photoshoot, a collaboration between Bibi Al-Abdulmohsen, Jimmy Choo, Tiffany & Co. and Esposa Privé. Why? Well, first of all the campaign, masterminded by the UAE-based wedding planning company Brides to Be, is all about the clothes rather than the influencer herself.
Secondly, it’s clear that a lot of thought has been put into it. Shot by French photographer Jeremy Zaessinger at Dubai’s Jumeirah Zabeel Saray hotel, Al-Abdulmohsen sported a number of looks by the three heavyweight brands, with the finishing touches of hair and make-up offered by Maison de Joelle.
While the campaign was originally created for the month of Ramadan, the images were released just before Eid Al-Fitr. However, we don’t think it matters as it actually goes beyond the festive season, with the Kuwaiti social media star — who has 1.8 million followers on Instagram — sporting modest looks that are appropriate for many an evening function or wedding.

It is said that Esposa Privé, Jimmy Choo and Tiffany & Co. worked together to create the looks, mixing traditional elements with modern accessories. Silk features prominently, with many embroidered abayas, along with Jimmy Choo’s Viola collection — footwear adorned with Swarovski crystals.
Al-Abdulmohsen also showcases a couple of bridal looks by Esposa Privé. Designed by Kristie Romanos, the flowy, luxurious dresses feature unique cuts and embody a modern, yet timeless elegance. The bespoke bridal couture pieces were accessorized with pieces from Jimmy Choo’s “Cinderella” collection, reimagined iconic glass slippers decorated with more than 7,000 dazzling Swarovski crystals.
Anyone into fashion will be familiar with all three major iconic brands involved. With a presence in the Middle East region for more than 30 years, Esposa Group is home to Esposa and Esposa Privé, both of which are available in Dubai and Beirut. Meanwhile, Jimmy Choo has a slew of celebrity fans, including Halle Berry, Sarah Jessica Parker, Michelle Obama and Beyoncé.