The Six: Maryam Nassir Zadeh shows off at New York Fashion Week

New York-based designer Maryam Nassir Zadeh showed off a colorful collection at New York fashion week. (Shutterstock)
Updated 11 February 2019

The Six: Maryam Nassir Zadeh shows off at New York Fashion Week

DUBAI: New York-based designer Maryam Nassir Zadeh showed off a colorful collection at fashion week and we’ve picked out some of our favorite looks.

Layering with lime
With an oversized frill and circus-inspired sleeves, this lime green-and-pink shirt is an eye-catcher. The designer matched the top with nondescript brown trousers in an unusual runway pairing.

Diverse runway
The designer, who is of Iranian descent, sent a bevvy of diverse models down the runway, including one who showed off a sporty blue ensemble.

Creative collars
While the fit of this grey pantsuit leaves much to be desired, the oversized collar is quirky and harks back to a bygone era in rural American fashion.

A cut above
The sweep of the beautifully cut neckline is the focal point of this blue-and-white printed dress.

Think pink
Subtle rouching on the waist and shoulder create a desirable silhouette in this shocking pink number. While the silky sheen of the fabric adds extra oomph, the dress does seem flimsy.

Watercolor inspired
Harlequin watercolors make up this bold, lace-edged top. Pleated grey trousers that end at the ankle and snakeskin boots also made appearances in this wildly eclectic look.


Yousra Elsadig brings her modest style to LFW

An image from the show in London. (Frederico Velez)
Updated 21 February 2019

Yousra Elsadig brings her modest style to LFW

DUBAI: An independent showcase of emerging designers held during London Fashion Week, Fashion Scout once again lived up to its name — scouting out and presenting talented designers from across the globe from Feb. 15-17.

Arab News went along to a showing by a UK-based designer Yousra Elsadig, whose Boutique De Nana collection paid tribute to her former home country, Sudan.

“I am trying to depict the beauty of my homeland. It’s so heart-breaking to see what’s happening in Sudan. I want to dedicate this collection to my country and to put the focus on freedom, justice and peace,” she said.

Elsadig, who was named “Woman of the Year” by Barclays in 2017 and “Designer of The Year 2016 by the Modest Association of London, designs for women who want to dress modestly, but with imagination and style.

“The modest element is very important to me — women can be beautiful, feminine and modest,” she said.

Her designs have a simplicity, charm and quirkiness that comes partly from the use of recycled fabrics, as sustainability is a key message she wants to get across. 

Elsadig is unusual in combining her designer role with a full-time degree in optometry. In fact, the day before her LFW show, she sat an exam and then drove from her home in Wales to London. 

She is also the mother of two young girls, but if that’s a lot to juggle it doesn’t show. She was a bundle of warmth and energy backstage — calmly briefing the models.

Her family left Sudan when she was very young and she grew up in Canada. Her family then left Canada to live in Wales in the UK.

It was in Cardiff that she met her mentor, designer Sarah Valentin, who was teaching community sewing and textile classes with a special focus on recycling and sustainability. Valentin said she is thrilled to see Elsadig achieving such success.

“I saw her potential and creative ideas. It’s incredible that she is showing here at London Fashion Week.  I’m so proud of her,” she said.

As the models moved gracefully through the room, the clothes gave off a sense of confident, graceful and highly individual style — perfect for the modern, modest woman of today.