Saudi designer points the way for women drivers

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Updated 11 May 2018

Saudi designer points the way for women drivers

  • Mohammed Khoja has designed a black bomber jacket with the insignia “June 24, 2018, 10 Shawwal 1439” — the long-awaited date when women in the Kingdom will be allowed to drive.
  • The jacket could be worn by both men and women who wanted to celebrate the Kingdom’s social progress.

RIYADH: As the day nears when Saudi women take to the roads for the first time, a Riyadh fashion designer has come up with a stylish way of marking the historic moment.

Mohammed Khoja has designed a black bomber jacket with the insignia “June 24, 2018, 10 Shawwal 1439” — the long-awaited date when women in the Kingdom will be allowed to drive.

The founder of the luxury Hindamme label is determined to draw attention to the breakthrough for women by wearing his own creation.

“I get stopped all the time by people complimenting me on the jacket,” Khoja said.

The designer said he was “super-proud” of the direction Saudi society was taking with this “progressive push.”

Khoja said: “I was moved by the decision to lift the ban on women driving, because it seemed like something that would never happen. It is a symbolic gesture. The ban has always been held against us as Saudis.”

Khoja said he hoped his jacket would help fashion-conscious Saudis mark the event.

“Every country has historic days when things happen that shift the course of the future — and this is one of those dates. That was the inspiration. I thought, how can I, as a designer, pay tribute to this?

“I call it a driving jacket to commemorate the date.” 

Khoja said the jacket could be worn by both men and women who wanted to celebrate the Kingdom’s social progress.

“This decision is not only important to Saudi women and men, but also a step forward in our global quest to achieve more equality, balance and peace,” he said.


French-Moroccan label Casablanca presents new collection via video

Updated 12 July 2020

French-Moroccan label Casablanca presents new collection via video

DUBAI:  Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Paris Men’s Fashion Week looked a lot different this season, with many brands showcasing their latest collections in a digital-only format. 

For Spring 2021, Paris-based label Casablanca transported its fans to sunny Hawaii for its newest menswear offering entitled “After the Rain Comes the Rainbow” – Hawaii is nicknamed the “Rainbow State” – with a video that was streamed on the brand’s Instagram and YouTube accounts.

“The narrative of this show is that it’s kind of like a souvenir of our trip to Hawaii,” Charaf Tajer, the French-Moroccan designer who spearheads the label, told Paper Magazine. “We were very much into the idea of after-COVID and how even more we always cling to the idealist type of thinking and the love of nature, architecture and culture in general. I think we can bring a message of hope.”

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Tajer, who got stranded in Maui for over a month during lockdown paid homage to the Pacific state by way of a kaleidoscopic collection of knitwear, polo tops, tennis shorts, tailored suits and printed button-ups in a colorful color palette of blush pink and ocean blue inspired by the archipelago’s natural landscape.;

Classic denim jackets embroidered with shell motifs and the brand’s upcoming New Balance 237s also punctuated the collection. 

You can check out the brand’s Spring 2021 virtual presentation in the video above.