Beyoncé-worn brand Bouguessa is ideal for an elegant Eid

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Bouguessa’s designs are distinguished by a sharp attention to tailoring details. (Photo supplied)
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The brand is known for its angular, minimalist cuts.
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The brand is the brainchild of French-Algerian designer Faiza Bouguessa.
Updated 09 June 2018
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Beyoncé-worn brand Bouguessa is ideal for an elegant Eid

  • The pieces in the Holy Month edit bear the brand’s hallmark minimalism
  • Bouguessa’s designs are distinguished by a sharp attention to tailoring details

BEIRUT: Flipping through a Bouguessa look book is like looking at a city skyline: The long, structured silhouettes have an elegant architecture to them, a neatness recalling the gleaming towers that hover above the cosmopolitan bustle.

This year’s Eid edit is no exception, with angular, minimalist cuts in muted colors that speak to an haute design drawing board. The A-line long trench, in a taupe linen, suggests business suite chic, while the puff sleeved button dress features long, crisp panels and metallic stripes, which resemble a skyscraper’s bold facade.

For those eager to make a statement this Eid, the silk kaftan with puffed, petal-like sleeves and subtle gold piping at the rounded collar provides an elegant and modest silhouette.

The pieces in the Holy Month edit bear the brand’s hallmark minimalism, but subtle design elements like marbled buttons and two-toned belts push the collection beyond any brutalist pastiche.

Bouguessa’s designs are distinguished by a sharp attention to tailoring details. With each stitch rigidly accounted for, the starkly elegant pieces speak volumes even without embroidery or ornaments. Best of all, the clean patterns and muted color palette provide the perfect canvas for festive accessories and jewelry.

The brand is the eponymous brainchild of French-Algerian designer Faiza Bouguessa. While the sharp hems on her maxi dresses and severe collars of her signature abayas bespeak fashion-school refinement, Bouguessa taught herself the art of design. Unable to attend expensive fashion institutes in France where she grew up, she learned to sew from her seamstress grandmother and flipped through fashion magazines with her mother from a young age.

While she studied English literature at University, Bouguessa took up internships and apprenticeships with local tailors learning how to cut patterns and select fabrics to create refined, sophisticated clothing.

After moving to the UAE as a flight attendant, Bouguessa launched the label by herself in 2014 in Dubai.

Often playing with modern variations on traditional silhouettes, Bouguessa initially drew attention for creating long robes and elegant, minimalist geometric kaftans — a trend she dubbed the “global abaya.” Taking aesthetic cues from the Islamic wardrobe staple, Bouguessa’s clean, straight lines began to generate buzz well beyond the Middle East.

After a write up in Vogue Italia and subsequently parading her designs down the catwalk at Milan Fashion Week in 2015, Beyoncé donned a geometric, belted abaya by the brand in a photoshoot posted on her website. Two years later, when the songstress donned a green velvet Bouguessa robe in an Instagram photoshoot, the snaps generated millions of likes and the garment sold out almost immediately.

With an exposure boost from Queen B and a canny ability to bridge cultural fashion trends, the brand has developed mass appeal. A regular at Paris Fashion Week, Bouguessa has built upon the “global abaya” motif and now features ready to wear items, from crisp skirts to high-waisted pants.

Bouguessa has successfully integrated the abaya and other garments local to the region — like the Algerian haik — into the global sartorial vocabulary. The pieces serve both as a link between modest and main street fashion and as a reminder of the creative potential in the region.


Rihanna opens New York pop-up shop for her Fenty label

Updated 19 June 2019
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Rihanna opens New York pop-up shop for her Fenty label

  • Fenty will unveil a new mini-collection at the pop-up store
  • Most of the items will be also available at their online shop

NEW YORK: Rolling out her concept of fashion that is not a slave to the seasons or the shackles of Fashion Week, Rihanna opened the second pop-up shop of her Fenty brand in New York Tuesday, a month after the launch of the new fashion house in Paris.
Fenty, which the Barbados-born diva launched with French luxury powerhouse LVMH, has set up shop in fashionable Soho store The Webster and officially opens to the public from Wednesday until June 30.
It provided an occasion for the young fashion house to unveil a new mini-collection, called “6-19” after its launch date, following on from the inaugural “5-19” collection in Paris last month.
Some pieces from the first collection are back, alongside some new items, including a series of dresses and skirts in bold colors like orange or yellow but also some very dense prints.
The cuts are figure-hugging with plunging necklines and the label has chosen soft materials such as satin or mesh.
Most of the pieces are available online from Wednesday, with the exception of a set of T-shirts, at $230 each, which are only available in the store before being marketed online in July.
The prices of the collection are similar to the Paris offerings, which ranged from $250 for a T-shirt to more than $1,000 for a denim jacket or pantsuit.
Rihanna, the world’s richest female musician, is the first black woman to head up a fashion house for Paris-based LVMH, which owns Dior, Louis Vuitton, Fendi and Givenchy among others.
Fenty, named for the 31-year-old singer, born Robyn Rihanna Fenty, is LVMH’s first new luxury brand from scratch since the launch of Christian Lacroix in 1987.