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.


The Six: Female rappers from the Middle East who are changing the game

Updated 18 November 2018
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The Six: Female rappers from the Middle East who are changing the game

DUBAI: These women are changing the face of rap in the Middle East with their bold lyrics and powerful prose.

Soultana

This Moroccan female rapper champions women’s rights and uses bold lyrics to tackle social issues. True to her feisty form, Soultana’s hit “Sawt Nissa” addresses sexual harassment in her home country.

Shadia Mansour

The British-Palestinian rapper uses hip-hop to highlight the Palestinian struggle. Mansour sees music as a medium for expressing dissent.

Mayam Mahmoud

The Egyptian rapper, who has been featured on CNN and the BBC for her efforts to advance women’s rights and combat sexual harassment, is making a name for herself on the rap scene.

Meryem Saci

The music of the Montreal-based songwriter of Algerian origin ranges from soulful R&B and jazz to reggae and hip-hop. Saci’s mixtape, “On My Way,” is a testament to her eclectic sound.

Malikah

The self-proclaimed “Queen of Arabic hip-hop” has established herself as one of the most important musicians in Lebanon and beyond with hard-hitting lyrics. She even opened the show for Snoop Dog in Abu Dhabi in 2011.