Nike’s Pro Hijab among the winners of ‘2017 Design of the Year’

The Nike Pro Hijab was the winner of 2017 Design of the Year fashion category. (Nike)
Updated 29 January 2018
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Nike’s Pro Hijab among the winners of ‘2017 Design of the Year’

DUBAI: The Nike Pro Hijab was among London Design Museum’s 2017 Design of the Year winners, Fashion website Fashion United reported.
The Pro Hijab won the fashion category for design, as judges felt it “could change the face of sport for Muslim women.”
The stretchy, high-performance hijab was designed by Rachel Henry, Baron Brandt, Megan Saalfeld and Brogan Terrell and launched two days before international woman’s day.
At the time of launch, Nike said: “By providing Muslim athletes with the most groundbreaking products, like the Nike Pro Hijab, Nike aims to serve today’s pioneers as well as inspire even more women and girls in the region who still face barriers and limited access to sport.”
The sports veil was inspired by Runner Sarah Attar’s win for Saudi Arabia at the 2012 London Olympics.
Commenting on the Nike Pro Hijab, judge Amanda Levete, founder and principal of AL_A, said: “The first time I saw this project it stopped me in my tracks. It is a piece of design that tackles an important issue in a simple and elegant way. Perfectly delivered with inclusion at its core.”
Other nominees for the fashion category were Levi’s Commuter Trucker Jacket, Ecoalf that creates sustainable fashion, Kanye West’s Life of Pablo pop-up store, Aitor Throup’s New Object research, and the Pussyhat project.


Zayan the Label unveils summer and Ramadan lines fit for a princess

Updated 23 May 2018
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Zayan the Label unveils summer and Ramadan lines fit for a princess

  • The Ciao Maharani collection was inspired by Princess Gayatri Devi, the last maharani of Jaipur
  • The label also launched a special line of kaftans for Ramadan

DUBAI: Dubai-based Zayan Ghandour is widely known as the fashion-forward woman behind hugely successful concept store S*uce, which boasts incredibly offbeat designs by regional and international designers in stores across the UAE.
Ghandour launched her own quirky, feminine brand, Zayan the Label, at Paris Fashion Week in 2011 and has now unveiled a Spring/Summer 2018 collection that is perfect for the month of Ramadan, as well as a line of kaftans.
Titled the “Ciao Maharani” collection, the delightful summer line was inspired by Princess Gayatri Devi, the last maharani of Jaipur, the capital of India’s Rajasthan state famous for its reddish pink buildings.
The collection is marked by tiered dresses embroidered with Indian floral folklore motifs, vibrant brocades with contemporary jersey rib details, deliciously bright color block dresses with ruffled halter-necks and detachable off-shoulder sleeves, as well as dresses, tops and bottoms.

#ss18collection #ramadancapsulecollection

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The line is ideal for iftar and suhoor gatherings due to the loose fit and summery shades of some of the pieces — there are even oh-so-comfy sweatpants embroidered with various motifs. Starched, Santorni-esque whites, vibrant reds, yellows and blues all work together to result in a collection that is at once stylish, smile-inducing and fun.
The label is known for its quirks and this line is no different, with one cold shoulder sweatshirt embroidered with the words “Garam Masala” — a fiery, spicy staple in Indian cooking. Although the thought of wearing a sweatshirt in the Gulf heat is rather off-putting, perhaps label lovers could save this piece for their inevitable trip to cooler climes this summer.

#garammasala #ciaomaharani #SS18

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Ghandour also released a similar line of Ramadan kaftans, which echo the colors, styles and motifs that appear in her Ciao Maharani collection.

Fuschia for Ramadan

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Inspired by a legendary style icon in India, it is refreshing that Ghandour chose to turn to the subcontinent to fuel her latest collection.
Described as “one of India’s most elegant, independent and modern maharanis,” by the India Today newspaper, Devi was the third maharani consort of Jaipur from 1940 to 1949, through her marriage to Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II.
She was born on May 23, 1919, in London and married her husband in May 1940. Despite the relative ease with which she could have chosen to live a life of leisure, Devi chose to opt for a stint in politics and won a seat in the Indian Parliament in 1962. She held the seat from 1967-1971 as a member of the Swatantra Party and was an avid equestrienne and polo player to boot.

Known for her fondness for cars, Devi also reportedly imported the first Mercedes-Benz W126 to India and owned a bevy of Rolls-Royces and an aircraft, according to India Today.

With all these achievements under her belt — or tucked neatly into her sari — it is perhaps no wonder that the Lebanese trendsetting designer chose to draw inspiration from the Indian princess.

The collection is available across S*uce stores in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, the standalone Zayan the Label store in Dubai and via international stockists. To peruse the collection online, visit zayanthelabel.com.