Style and strength meet on Saudi palace catwalk

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The theme of the collection was ‘Acceptance,’ which was the inspiration for the collection’s colors and designs. (Photos/Supplied)
Updated 03 December 2018
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Style and strength meet on Saudi palace catwalk

  • Fashion can empower and inspire women, says princess at seasonal design showcase

RIYADH: A catwalk with massive floral decorations, smoke and fog machines, and even confetti cannons, provided a spectacular backdrop as the Saudi fashion house JINO showcased its 2018 fall and winter collection at the palace of Prince Talal bin Saud Al-Saud in Riyadh. The hour-long show on Saturday presented a variety of different pieces inspired by the latest seasonal trends.
Commenting on the event, Princess Noura bint Talal Al-Saud said: “This is our eighth show so far, but every show feels different. It always feels special. There is always more to achieve and more to show. And this collection is no different.”
The theme of the collection was “Acceptance,” which Princess Noura said was the inspiration for the collection’s colors and designs.
“We want every Saudi woman to love herself, love her body, and accept her own beauty. And that is what this collection is about at its core: Accepting ourselves and accepting others for who and what we are and what we look like.” Princess Noura said that the response to the show had been “amazing.”
“It is wonderful that our society has been so open and accepting of positive change without compromising any of our dearest values and traditions,” she said.
The collection featured an array of pieces, ranging from modern jackets, vests and coats, to traditional abayas and cloaks. Many of the garments used on-trend plaid. Designs for the abayas played with color, cut, material and style to create a vibrant, modern look.
Aljohara bint Abdulrahman Alslaiteen, vice president and creative director of JINO, said: “The new collection is based on the season’s main streetwear trends, resulting in creations sporting mixed fabrics that render both bright and chic silhouettes with international appeal. Our strategy is to make every woman feel unique in her own style, which is why we produce every design in limited numbers.”
JINO was created 15 years ago by Princess Noura and Al-Sulaiteen to recreate the concept of Saudi traditional style. Today it is among the leading fashion houses in the Kingdom and internationally.
“Since its foundation, JINO has had contemporary women in mind,” said Princess Noura. “It is fashion that is designed by Saudi women for Saudi women.
“Fashion is an important tool to empower women and strengthen their role in our society as they feel more confident, especially with style that expresses the modern Saudi identity.
“That is our philosophy and with every new collection we try to implement it, working toward a national Saudi sustainable fashion sector in line with Vision 2030,” she said.


Hadid sisters, Imaan Hammam go grunge for Versace at MFW

Models, including Kendall Jenner, present creations during the Versace women's Fall/Winter 2019/2020 collection fashion show, on Feb. 22 in Milan. (AFP)
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Hadid sisters, Imaan Hammam go grunge for Versace at MFW

MILAN: The Hadid sisters were joined by the who’s who of the young modelling world at last night’s Versace runway show in Milan.

The sisters took to the catwalk as part of a busy Milan Fashion Week — between them they have walked for the likes of Fendi, Moschino and Prada — and were joined by Kaia Gerber, Kendall Jenner and Dutch-Moroccan-Egyptian model Imaan Hammam.

“Its that’s time!!! VERSACE VERSACE VERSACE. Can’t wait for the show @versace On my way,” she posted on Instagram before the sartorial showcase kicked off.

Head designer Donatella Versace mixed luxury and grunge in a new collection that calls on the Italian fashion house’s key iconographic details of past decades. It was the Milan fashion house’s first womenswear show since becoming part of the Capri Holdings Limited owned by Michael Kors, the Associated Press reported.

According to the show notes, “grunge is an attitude, that time in life when people were more deep in the sense of thoughts, talking and thinking.” Versace added that there is need for more of that now.

Grunge came through in the purposely ravaged cashmere sweaters, held together by Versace hardware, including the Greek-head safety pin. The sweater paired perfectly with a tweed skirt with a colorful silk and lace slip peeking out.

Other looks were more eclectic, as if pulled from some 1970s magic trunk of slinky, colorful pieces that layered into fun, upbeat looks including a shimmery turquoise slip dress, to the lace tights and V-branded pink-and-green coat with an acid green fur collar. Versace also played with the house’s bondage heritage, with bondage tops laying over ribbed turtlenecks for day or forming the bodice of an evening dress, the AP reported.

She closed on a series of black looks modeled by Gigi and Bella, with iconic 1990s supermodel Stephanie Seymour closing the show.

“With this collection, I wanted to show that side of a woman that isn’t afraid to step outside of her comfort zone because she knows that imperfection is the new perfection,” Versace said in her notes.

Meanwhile, a day earlier, Bella walked the runway for quirky fashion house Moschino, who’s creative head Jeremy Scott staged a tongue-in-cheek game show to show off his collection of slinky dresses and gold lame on women with 1970s bouffants.

The collection fully embraced the early television era, with handbags shaped as TV dinners, toothpaste tubes and champagne bottles, reflecting the reality of home cuisine, a major TV-era advertising force and the millionaire dreams of the television audience, according to AP.

Models shimmied up against a red Ferrari, a grandfather clock, kitchen appliances and a La-Z-Boy recliner — the latter of which boasted price tags below most present-day luxury brand apparel.
Scott basked in the irony, taking a star turn under a shower of big gold confetti.