This Eid, look like a ‘vision’ with Sara Altwaim’s new line

The line offers a range of looks, from elegant to dressed down.
Updated 13 June 2018
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This Eid, look like a ‘vision’ with Sara Altwaim’s new line

  • Her latest line for the summer 2018 season is titled “The Vision by Sara”
  • Items from the collection are available at Fashion Forward Dubai’s (FFWD) pop-up store in Saudi Arabia’s Rubaiyat department store in Jeddah from May 25 to June 15

DUBAI: Saudi designer Sara Altwaim was born into a family of art lovers and that much is clear in her fairy-like, ethereal designs.

After studying art and design in Jeddah, Altwaim went on to launch her own label in 2015 — one that was inspired by Japanese blossoms and featured delicate and feminine pieces made from organzas and chiffons in a pink color palette. 

You may not have heard of the designer, but her latest collection from her luxury fashion label is definitely worth a try if you’re looking for something ultra-chic with a glamorous flair to don this Eid Al-Fitr.

Her latest line for the summer 2018 season is titled “The Vision by Sara” and was inspired by fields of wheat and tall grasses, her team told Arab News.

The collection showcases Victoriana-style embellished dark blue, black and white tulle dresses perfect for festive occasions this summer.

The stunning jewelling and stitching details give the long-length frocks a touch of sparkle suitable for Eid gatherings, whether they be in the evening or afternoon, while the sheer high necklines and long sleeves with frills add a vintage feel to the outfits.

The collection also offers causal pieces for a more dressed down, but still elegant, look. Long, flowy dresses with orange flowers, wheat and blue ribbon prints are ideal for the summer heat, while those looking for a bolder and brighter statement piece can go for a stunning mustard-colored ensemble fit for the stage.

Fitted trousers with a matching top that has stitched jeweled bees — a spring trend in the world of bling this year after Gucci kicked off an international obsession with all things entomological — coupled with a floor-length jacket with short, puffed out sleeves make for an outfit that is at once show-stopping and the ultimate in femininity.

Items from the collection are available at Fashion Forward Dubai’s (FFWD) pop-up store in Saudi Arabia’s Rubaiyat department store in Jeddah from May 25 to June 15.

FFWD is presenting a carefully curated selection of the best apparel and accessory designers from the region, including Anaya, Atelier Zuhra, Arwa Al-Banawi, Baruni, Beige, Bint Thani, Hessa Falasi, Lama Jouni, Nasiba Hapiz, Sara Altwaim, Shahad Rehami and Sarah’s Bag. 

The pop-up is driven by Fashion Forward’s mission to promote, celebrate and develop the region’s leading fashion talents. Endorsed by the Dubai Design and Fashion Council (DDFC) and supported by Dubai Design District (d3), the initiative is dedicated to supporting the evolving regional fashion ecosystem in its pursuit of attaining commercial success and widening its  reach into new markets.

“Fashion Forward has decided to partner with the prestigious Rubaiyat for its second edition as we firmly believe in the synergy that this partnership brings to all parties involved. We were thrilled with the success of the designers in last year’s pop-up and are enthusiastic about the opportunity to continue nurturing our designers in growing retail markets, such as KSA,” said Bong Guerrero, CEO and co-founder of FFWD, in a released statement.

The line offers a range of looks, from elegant to dressed down.


‘Age-Old Cities’ exhibition in Riyadh museum breathes new life into ancient sites 

Updated 19 April 2019
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‘Age-Old Cities’ exhibition in Riyadh museum breathes new life into ancient sites 

  • National Museum in Riyadh hosts digital show that tells the story of Mosul, Palmyra, Aleppo and Leptis Magna

JEDDAH: An exhibition that uses digital technology to revive the region’s ancient sites and civilizations that have been destroyed or are under threat due to conflict and terrorism opened at the National Museum in Riyadh on April 18.

“Age-Old Cities” tells the story of four historically significant cities that have been devastated by violence: Mosul in Iraq, Palmyra and Aleppo in Syria, and Leptis Magna in Libya. 

Using stunning giant-screen projections, virtual reality, archival documents and images, and video testimonials from inhabitants of the affected sites, the immersive exhibition transports visitors back in time and presents the cities as they were in their prime. 

It charts their journey from the origins of their ancient civilizations to their modern-day state, and presents plans for their restoration and repair. 

The exhibition has been organized by the Ministry of Culture in collaboration with the Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris. Riyadh is the first stop outside the French capital on the exhibition’s global tour. 

The exhibition follows last month’s unveiling of the Kingdom’s new cultural vision, which included the announcement of several initiatives, including a new residency scheme for international artists to practice in the Kingdom and the establishment of the Red Sea International Film Festival. 

Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan Al-Saud, minister of culture, said: “I am delighted to welcome the ‘Age-Old Cities’ exhibition to Riyadh. 

“It highlights the importance of heritage preservation, particularly here in the Middle East, and the vulnerability of some of our historic sites. 

“It must be the responsibility of governments to put an end to this damage and neglect, and to put heritage at the heart of action, investment, and policy.

“I will be encouraging my fellow members of government to attend this eye-opening exhibition in our National Museum, and hope to work in the future with partners, governments and experts to do what we can to secure our region’s heritage.”

The exhibition carries a significant message about the importance of preserving and protecting these precious but fragile sites — one which resonates strongly in the week when one of the world’s most-famous heritage sites, Paris’ Notre-Dame Cathedral, went up in flames.