5 it-girls of the Arab world
They never allow themselves to go for extremes. With firm will and
personal example they form fashion trends, and not only in the Arab world but
also across its borders.
Princess Deena of Saudi Arabia is a tall and slender brunette. She is married to prince Abdulaziz Bin Nasser Bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud and the couple has three children – a daughter and two twin sons. She is not wearing a shawl but a short haircut instead. Her clothing choices are by Rodarte, Maison Margiela, Vika Gazinskaya. She is into puffy midi skirts with high waist, culottes, oversized-coats and fur coats, ankle-long dresses and multiple sandals.
Princess Deena seamlessly combines western progressiveness and oriental modesty. She is also a business woman. A columnist for Style.com. An eye candy for designers and street-style photographers. All of that happens outside of Saudi Arabia and in her home country. And we are talking about the place where it has only been a year since women were allowed to ride bicycles - in strictly designated areas and special clothing.
The second wife of the former Emir of Qatar and the mother of the current Emir of Qatar. Moza is a mother to seven children who looks stunning at her age of 56. She is also the head of the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development, the President of the Supreme Council for Family Affairs; Vice-president of the Supreme Council for Education; and a Special Envoy to UNESCO. Moza created the Arab Democratic fund to which her husband made the first donation in the amount of $10 million. She is called the most powerful woman of the East, and Vogue writes about her with perpetual admiration.
Columnists enjoy recalling one of the most ambitious fashion wars of the recent years conducted with smiles on their faces by Sheikha Moza bint Nasser and Calra Bruni. By the way, Sheikha does not wear burqa and niqab but loves her Valentino and Chanel.
Here is another royalty on our list – Lalla Salma who happens to be the wife of the King of Morocco. According to Moroccan law Lalla cannot have the title of the Queen, however she became the first publicly acknowledged (and the only!) wife of the Moroccan King. Lalla has unusual looks for an oriental woman – she has fair skin and bright red hair. Lalla Salma accompanies her royal husband to all official meetings choosing outfits according to the nature of the occasion. She can fluently speak French and English.
Queen Lalla Salma has become the role model to the women of Morocco: she has a degree in computer science and successfully works in the largest private corporation of Morocco, she drives a car, plays sports and loves dressing well. Most of the times Lalla wears maxi dresses and hand-embroidered jackets.
Alanoud is one of the most famous figures in Dubai Fashion Industry. She is a social marketing specialist and a designer of her own fashion label – Lady Fozaza, admired by many Western celebrities including the Kardashian sisters.
The style Alanoud has chosen long time ago and for long for herself finds reflection in her collections. As a designer she prefers tight-fitting silhouettes, blazers with well-defined shoulder line, unusual combinations of textures and colors with reference to the eclectic style and glam rock.
Dubai fans love Alanoud for progressive public image which challenges the perception of a traditional Oriental woman.
Maha Abdul Rasheed
Bambah boutique in Dubai runs under her supervision. The love for vintage products, girly ruffles, bows and polka-dot prints, minimalistic makeup, natural-looking messy hairstyles, free cut jeans – this is how one can describe Maha’s style.
Most of the times she is seen wearing dresses with flared skirts, flowery sundresses with ruffles, exaggerated bows, open-back tops, high-waist pants and guipure blouses.