Classy, classic kaftans are what Hoor Bahamdein does best

Hoor Bahamdein launched her eponymous brand in 2012. (Supplied)
Updated 05 August 2019

Classy, classic kaftans are what Hoor Bahamdein does best

LONDON: Jeddah-based fashion designer Hoor Bahamdein is not one to follow fads and trends — instead, she has mastered the art of creating elegant jalabeyas and she’s doing everything she can to prove that classic style trumps all.

She launched her eponymous brand in 2012 and now sells in bazaars and pop-ups across the country, as well as through her Instagram account, @hoorbahamdein, where fashion lovers can browse through her classic kaftans.

“Classic is classic,” Bahamdein told Arab News, “it’s never going to be a passing trend. I believe every person must have a classic piece in their closet. So classic, for me, is important… my brand is simplicity with a touch of luxury.”

Hoor Bahamdein is known for her classic designs. (Supplied) 

The designer is careful about the fabrics she chooses and focuses heavily on texture, comfort and adding the element of luxury.

Her go-to fabrics are “pure silk, taffeta and cotton because these fabrics allow the designs to be a perfect shape,” she said.

 “When women wear my designs, they feel feminine. Also, what is important is that my individuality is evident in each of my creations. It makes me happy when people notice my designs and appreciate my pieces,” the designed noted, adding that she seeks to create pieces for “the strong and feminine woman who knows what she wants.”

Hoor Bahamdein has mastered the art of creating elegant jalabeyas. (Supplied) 

Earlier this summer, Bahamdein released an elegant seasonal collection inspired by the traditional clothes of women in Hadramout, a governate of Yemen.

 “I took my inspiration from Hadramout where, in their culture, women wear the thobe in a Hadhrami way. I mixed this culture with something from my own designs for a unique look,” Bahamdein said.

The rising designer also has a message for young Saudi women who wish to pursue a career in fashion design.

“First of all, she needs to believe in herself and love what she does,” she said.

US celebrities Janelle Monae, Seth Rogen and more donating to Minneapolis protesters’ bail

Updated 30 May 2020

US celebrities Janelle Monae, Seth Rogen and more donating to Minneapolis protesters’ bail

DUBAI: US stars Seth Rogen, Steve Carell and Janelle Monae are among the high-profile celebrities donating money to help Minneapolis demonstrators who have been arrested make bail.

This week, protests erupted across the United States after a video, circulated online, showed a Minneapolis police officer  kneeling on an African American man’s neck and ignoring his pleas of “please, please, please, I can’t breathe. Please, man.” 

The man, George Floyd died on Monday, while pleading for air as the officer kneeled on his neck for nearly eight minutes.

People have been posting screenshots across Twitter and Instagram  showing donations made to the Minnesota Freedom Fund, a nonprofit organization which pays bail for low-income citizens who can’t afford it.

Writer Lincoln Michel recently started a chain on Twitter asking people to match his donation to the organization where it eventually gained the attention of high profile celebrities, including Steve Carell, Seth Rogan, Ben Schwartz and many others who are donating in response to Michel’s Tweet. 

Musicians like Kali Uchis, Noname, Kehlani and Unknown Mortal Orchestra also posted screenshots of their donations to the freedom fund, too.

Floyd's death and subsequent demonstrations sparked a considerable amount of debate and outrage online, with celebrities like half-Palestinian models Bella and Gigi Hadid, part-Saudi model Shanina Shaik and musician Beyonce demanding justice for Floyd online.