Palestinian-origin Instagram stars Simi and Haze are doing NYFW in style

Vogue magazine even commented on the pair’s daring beauty look, describing their eye make-up as a ‘game-changing.’ (Photo courtesy: Twitter)
Updated 11 February 2018

Palestinian-origin Instagram stars Simi and Haze are doing NYFW in style

DUBAI: Born in Saudi Arabia and having grown up in Dubai, Simi and Haze Khadra, known around the world by their moniker “SimiHaze,” are taking New York Fashion Week by storm as they strut their stuff off the runways and straight into the best-dressed lists of international media outlets.
The sisters — who are regularly seen with the likes of Kendall Jenner, Selena Gomez and the Hadid sisters — sat front row at Saturday night's Alexander Wang F/W 2018 show.
Vogue magazine even commented on the pair’s daring beauty look, describing their eye make-up as a “game-changing swipe of turquoise pigment across their lids.”
The pair regularly play DJ sets at parties and festivals and have even played for eager crowds at the Instagram-famous Coachella festival in the US.
The fashionable duo enjoyed an envelope-pushing show, in which the ex-creative director of Balenciaga gave an ode to power dressing and the working woman in his trademark black.
His models, including Kaia Gerber, powered out under strip lighting on an office-cubicle set — the kind of dull grey space that no one who can afford his clothes would ever get paid enough to work in.
For his final shebang before going off piste and showing in June and December, outside the traditional Fashion Week calendar, Wang’s woman is very much post-#MeToo and the sexual harassment watershed.
She is no nonsense, zipped up and dressed for business, predominately kitted out in leather, and a sprinkling of hot pink — the same color of the hats worn by women marching against the Trump administration.
Hair was swept back by banana clips, skirts short, tights black sheer and eyes hidden behind dark glasses. Silver studs covered backpacks and gloves, almost like armor.
There was little cleavage, but high necklines, sporty anoraks and digital bank account-style numbers printed onto leggings.
- With AFP

Huda Al-Nuaimi’s Ramadan edit is giving us real nautical vibes

Updated 20 May 2018

Huda Al-Nuaimi’s Ramadan edit is giving us real nautical vibes

  • The capsule collection focuses on paisley prints in playful shapes
  • The outfits are ideal for iftar and suhoor gatherings

DUBAI: This Ramadan, Huda Al-Nuaimi, the designer behind the eponymous Emirati contemporary label, has launched a holiday/Ramadan edit, and “summer” is clearly the theme of the day.

Featuring a complimentary color palette of fire engine red, seafoam white and cobalt blue — not to mention the stunning backdrop of the sea in the collection’s look book photographs — the Holiday Collection is all about how rising summer temperatures call “for print and texture to warm up your wardrobe.”

The label notes that the capsule collection focuses on “paisley prints in playful shapes, with bell or flounce sleeves (and) Chikan embroidery (a traditional embroidery style from Lucknow, India) with accentuated shoulders and button details.”

The dresses and abayas are gorgeous. We’re huge fans of the nautical striped dress, which the designer advises to wear with trainers during the day or heels in the evening. We’re also loving the hand-beaded, striped linen abaya-overcoat style outfit, complete with 1990s rendition earrings.
As with any of her collections, women should not be afraid to accessorize.

“I truly believe accessories make an outfit,” Al-Nuaimi — who studied at the London College of Fashion — told Emirates Woman magazine. “It is the piece that takes a look from simple to fun, from day to evening, or from casual to polished. It’s key to get the right balance and know how and when to accessorize.”

Almost every piece in the collection works as a wardrobe staple and can be re-worn again and again, so whatever you decide to invest in will probably come in handy for the rest of the summer season. The blue-and-white printed kaftan and drop shoulder red-and white dress are both particularly handy, even beyond Ramadan. Both flowy, loose dresses are slightly fitted at the waist, boast V-shaped necklines and feature hemlines that end just above the ankle, making them perfect for summer travels and evening iftar gatherings.

Al-Nuaimi is one of the few UAE-born brands to impress international buyers so much that it secured a partnership with a global e-retailer, after the website’s co-founder complimented the designer on her handbag.

She recalls the incident in a conversation with Vogue Arabia, saying: “I was at a event where I met (co-founder) Ruth Chapman, who told me, ‘I love your bag.’ It was my own design and featured embellished pins. She gave me her business card. I gave her a call and she told me that she really liked the concept. That’s when I thought to myself, ‘How can I get them to her?’”
Securing a spot on one if the world’s leading e-retail websites isn’t bad for a brand that was established in 2016.