DUBAI: With the royal wedding of the year already upon us, fashion enthusiasts in the Middle East and beyond are still speculating what bride-to-be Rajwa Al-Saif will wear at the nuptials.
The future queen of Jordan has a less-is-more take on fashion and is often seen in minimalist looks during public appearances.
From feminine monochrome dresses to chic A-line skirts, her glamorous yet understated style has undoubtedly piqued the interest of tabloids around the world.
The real question is, will Al-Saif follow suit and opt for Dior like Jordan’s Princess Iman did for her wedding in March? Celebrity stylists certainly think so — and for good reason.
Yasmine Eissa, a celebrity stylist responsible for dressing A-listers such as Jordanian actress Saba Mubarak and Lebanese Netflix star Razane Jammal, said: “Dior is a very elegant and regal brand. The royal family is famous for its minimalistic approach to fashion and isn’t showy. This is the direction that Dior usually takes for its gowns which works perfectly with their personality.
“As a big fan of Dior and as a stylist who constantly pulls gowns from them, I definitely see why she may opt for the brand.”
Princess Iman’s custom-made Dior wedding dress featured a modest silhouette embedded with delicate floral embroidery on the lace cuff and the gossamer veil.
Meanwhile, Queen Rania opted for a timeless Dior Fall/Winter 2022 couture collection dress with flowy sleeves and a Victorian high collar at the March 12 wedding.
Celebrity stylist and costume designer Mai Galal said: “As one of the oldest fashion design houses, their designs are always graceful. Dior is always associated with elegance, and that’s why I think the royal family will go with the maison.”
Galal added that if not Dior, there was a strong chance Al-Saif may turn to Bruce Oldfield, one of the late Princess Diana’s favorite British designers in the 1980s.
“Bruce Oldfield is known for dressing royal families, which is why it would be a suitable pick for Rajwa Al-Saif,” she said.
Queen Rania wore an opulent Oldfield creation for her wedding in 1993, which featured an embroidered cropped bolero layered over a full-skirted gown. Princess Iman used the same wedding belt from 30 years ago to cinch the Reema Dahbour dress she wore at her henna party.
Given Oldfield’s existing association with the Jordanian royal family, it would not be a surprise if Al-Saif chose him.
More recently, the designer was behind British Queen Consort Camilla’s rich coronation outfit.
Eissa noted that other frontrunners could be Arab designers such as Elie Saab and Zuhair Murad, or even Alexander McQueen’s creative director Sarah Burton who recently designed Princess of Wales Kate Middleton’s coronation outfit and the British royal’s wedding gown in 2011.