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

Huda Al-Nuaimi is known for cool, comfortable clothing. (Photo supplied)
Updated 21 May 2018
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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 MatchesFashion.com, 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 MatchesFashion.com 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.

 

 


Imaan Hammam, Bella Hadid and Kendall Jenner walk for Versace

Updated 17 June 2018
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Imaan Hammam, Bella Hadid and Kendall Jenner walk for Versace

  • Models Imaan Hammam and Bella Hadid walked the runway for Italian design house Versace at its Milan Men’s Fashion Week show on Saturday
  • Milan will showcase 28 ready-to-wear collections to reveal the Spring/Summer 2019 lines

DUBAI: Models Imaan Hammam and Bella Hadid walked the runway for Italian design house Versace at its Milan Men’s Fashion Week show on Saturday.
Creative Director Donatella Versace is looking to dress a man whose masculinity is challenged by neither lace, nor neon nor florals, AP reported.
The Versace man is ready to work in a double-breasted pinstriped suit but leaves the shirt unbuttoned to show off a Versace T-shirt that reads like Tabloid newsprint. The headline: “Versace finally speaks out.”
The flash soon followed, with shiny red snakeskin coats over mid-thigh shorts and Versace newsprint tops. Boxy jackets with flat pockets were worn with matching shorts, dressed up with a woman’s cross-body bag.
Men wore sheer tops over legible T-shirts, lace detailing on military-style knitwear and floral print suits with buttons left open to show off necklaces and belly-button jewelry. Flashes of neon green and orange closed the show, in knit sleeveless tops that show off a man’s hours at the gym. The bright footwear included the Versace Chain Reaction sneaker.

The menswear runway was punctuated by corresponding looks for women, including US-Palestinian Hadid in a snug leather mini with form-accentuating ruffle accents, Dutch-Egyptian-Moroccan Hammam in a graphic T-shirt and hot pants and Kendall Jenner in a body-hugging floral mini with thigh-high boots.
Meanwhile, iconic supermodel Naomi Campbell and Italian star Monica Bellucci injected Hollywood-octane oomph in to the second day of fashion week, sporting sizzling men’s suits teamed with skyscraper stilettos for Dolce & Gabbana.
With an over-the-top gilt and baroque decor glittering in the background, the 48-year-old Campbell was a vision from top to bottom from her elegant black hat with a white band to her sparkling silver heels, AFP reported.
She wore a classic pinstripe suit with a carefully mismatched bow tie adorning her crisp white shirt.
Bellucci showed off a three-piece coal black suit with a wide lapel, teetering on vertiginous heels with her hands in her pockets.
The younger models were heartthrobs of the Millennials — a target group for the house — including actor Cameron Dallas, Chinese singer and actor Karry Wang and Kailand Wander, the son of US music legend Stevie Wonder.
Apart from Campbell and Bellucci’s suits, the other offerings bore the quirky, sassy D&G stamp: Suits encrusted with precious stones or layered with dazzling silver and gold embroidery that the maison put down to a “Gothic inspiration.”
Milan will showcase 28 ready-to-wear collections to reveal the Spring/Summer 2019 lines.
Among the major Italian names showing between now and Monday are Prada and Giorgio Armani.
The overseas fashion houses taking part include Britain’s Stella McCartney, Canada’s Dsquared2 and Germany’s Philipp Plein.
McCartney is returning to Milan after a four-year absence and will close the fashion week on Monday evening.