DUBAI: Fashion designer Amal Al-Raisi has just released her Autumn-Winter 2019 collection, in which she pays homage to her home country, Oman.
The collection celebrates Omani heritage as a major trade center on the Silk Road, deriving its tiered layers and ruffles from the porcelain antiques unique to local homes. The strength and serenity of those decorative pieces were translated into kaftans, dresses and matching sets, amongst other outfits in the fall collection.
Tulle, satin and metallic tweed, in colors ranging from pearl white to jet black, were used to create puffed sleeves and large bows that gave the collection its amplified femininity. Necklines and sleeves were delicately embroidered in some pieces, whereas shimmering sequins decorated others.
This recent collection isn’t the first in which Amal Al-Raisi merged her work with her home country’s history. Earlier this year, the young Omani designer was inspired by the archeological city of Al-Baleed, south of Oman, for her Spring-Summer collection.
While keeping in mind the city’s strategic location that placed it on the map back in the 13th century as a key city for trade between East and West, Al-Raisi managed to launch a collection that embodied the city’s history, in a perfect blend of Western fabrics and Eastern designs.
Having been worn by Instagram celebrities and TV personalities, the likes of Dana Al-Tuwarish, Rhea Jacobs and Sarah Murad, the brand has established itself on the Middle Eastern fashion scene as a modest wear label that caters to the modern Arab woman’s style and sense of elegance.
The designer’s vision, however, reaches beyond the region’s borders, redefining traditional modest wear for a global market. As Al-Raisi explained: “(My label) is designed to honor Arab traditions, but my goal is for the pieces to be worn far beyond the borders of Oman.”
Amal Al-Raisi’s Autumn-Winter collection is carried by several stockists across the GCC and is available online via Ounass.