The Six: Hakan Akkaya at NYFW

Hakan Akkaya's show in NYFW 2019. (AFP)
Updated 12 February 2019

The Six: Hakan Akkaya at NYFW

DUBAI: Turkish designer Hakan Akkaya showed off a contemporary collection at New York Fashion Week, featuring both womenswear and menswear.

Glitter galore
Structured shoulders marked this collection — and the designer’s distinctive pointed padding was the focal point of this sparkling, mix-and-match outfit. The sky-high glittering boots also grabbed attention.

Breaking the mold
Akkaya updates 2018’s trend for 1980s windbreakers with this mash up of metallics and animal print — topped off with his signature broad shoulder padding.

Flash of inspiration
Silver bolts of lightning adorn this zip-up jacket in a symbolic throwback to David Bowie and his sartorial flair. The menswear look is completed with a slick pair of black trousers.

Power suit
Reflective embellishments glint as they catch the light in this ode to over-the-top power dressing. The pointed, padded shoulders and all-over print take this pantsuit from boardroom appropriate to something far more wild.

Thunderstruck
A jagged bolt of lightning cuts through a simple black bandeau top to stylish effect in this pop punk costume.

Out-there outerwear
The sparkling sheen of this black, hooded jacket takes it from everyday wear to something quite unique. It’s not for everyone, but if you’re out to turn heads this is the coat for you.

 


Katwalk: The marketplace linking creatives with fashion-conscious consumers

Updated 25 November 2022

Katwalk: The marketplace linking creatives with fashion-conscious consumers

Katwalk marketplace connects creative and emerging designers with fashion-conscious customers, showcasing the latest Arabian trends.

Fashion-savvy shoppers can browse through abayas, kaftans, kimonos, cardigans, and dresses with unique styles and a variety of colors, prints, cuts, and shapes.

The products are from 14 different designers from Saudi Arabia and Bahrain who share the same values and passion to produce bespoke Arabian fashion items. 

Katwalk aims to build a long-standing relationship and be a destination of inspiration for creative and talented designers and a one-stop-shop for consumers.

After finishing her studies in the UK and returning to Saudi Arabia, company co-founder and creative director, Aliya Almusawi, launched Katwalk in a bid to elevate traditional local shopping to a modern and seamless experience with pieces women desired. 

She noted that Arabian fashion had evolved from traditional norms to become part of women’s chic everyday wear and it was her mission to highlight it on a global stage.

Collections include travel, casual, evening, and formal wear with a focus on affordability, high-quality materials, and tailored-made items, all presented in distinctive branded packaging. 

Almusawi said: “At Katwalk, a designer’s pieces always stand out with the help of exceptional pictures. The brand works with experienced photographers in the Kingdom to deliver the finest results, from preparing mood boards and searching for unique locations, to photo selection and editing.

“We always ensure that we bring in new ideas and seek inspiration from different minds, depending on the occasion and time of year, while maintaining the quality and guidelines of the brand and designers’ expectations to achieve the best results,” she added.


What We Are Buying Today: KaafMeem

Updated 04 November 2022

What We Are Buying Today: KaafMeem

Saudi local brands are no strangers to creativity and originality, and to keep yourself afloat in such a sea of talent is a notable feat. KaafMeem is one such brand that has made a name for itself.

It caters to Saudi women by giving them unique abayas that match their style. The designs are unique, and the product is woven with class. The brand boasts variety for all women, with shorter abayas that fit the daily hustle, to the more sophisticated look.

The designs are colored in a way that makes pairing with other clothes an easy task.

The tarha is also available in different colors and these are easy to mix and match to produce fun outfits. KaafMeem even stocks a double-sided tarha that can take the place of two in your wardrobe.

The brand also offers accessories and masks so you can be safe and chic at the same time.

KaafMeem has also produced clothing to be worn under the abaya. These sets are ideal for someone looking to put together a modest outfit, and who wants the abaya to flow on top.

Dresses that fit the abaya like a glove come in presentation boxes to provide the ideal present for a loved one, or even yourself.

Customer service is friendly and accommodating. Once the product is delivered, a member of staff will get in touch with the buyer to make sure they are happy.

 


What We Are Buying Today: The Voula Collection

Updated 31 October 2022

What We Are Buying Today: The Voula Collection

Originality of design is often considered the key to success in the competitive abaya market.

But Sarah Al-Bedair’s Voula Collection brand also combines accessories in its eye-theme-based embroidered garments. 

The brand was launched during the coronavirus pandemic lockdown period in Saudi Arabia at first making fashionable cloth masks but then expanding into abaya production.

Al-Bedair uses a range of materials and fabrics, mostly sourced from Europe, including linen, crape, organza, denim, poplin, and cotton. 

The inspiration for her designs was originally drawn from Greece, before she started focusing on Saudi themes such as camels, palm trees, and horses.

She began by creating abayas that could be worn as dresses, then moved into making fashionable face masks with eye designs, and more recently started designing summer abayas for daytime and evening wear. 

Al-Bedair has had an interest in fabrics and the fashion world since a young age, eventually prompting friends and family to encourage her to set up her own brand.

She said: “In my opinion, every fashion designer has their own passion, style, and vision. What makes each of us different is our commitment, attitude, creativity, diversity, customer-orientation, and consistency in exceeding customers’ expectations.” 

For more information about the brand, visit @voulacollection on Instagram.


Luda Jewelry one of Saudi 100 Brands to be showcased at Milan Fashion Week

Updated 29 October 2022

Luda Jewelry one of Saudi 100 Brands to be showcased at Milan Fashion Week

  • Luda’s designer Khlood Arab, a student of the Gemological Institute of America, is also a cosmetic dentist with master’s degree and American board certification in dental artistry

Luda Fine Jewelry is all about excellence, quality and finesse. Designs are based on flowers that combine sensual feelings with opulence. Each piece is made of 18-karat gold and precious and semiprecious stones.

The Luda Collection’s “Bouquet of Flowers” draws inspiration from the beauty of nature to evoke a unique experience, feeling and occasion in every piece.

Khlood Arab, Luda’s designer, found her passion in fashion jewelry, taking courses at schools including the Gemological Institute of America.

She has worked with 55fifty7 Diamond Studio in Dubai to realize her passion to design her own jewelry line. Arab wanted her creations to be self-explanatory.

Luda was chosen to be one of Saudi 100 Brands to be showcased in the Milan Whites showroom at next year’s Milan Fashion Week.

The world of fashion jewelry is continuously evolving and challenging, as is Luda, as it strives to be unique.

Arab is also a cosmetic dentist, who returned from the US and settled in Saudi Arabia after obtaining her master’s degree and American board certification in the field of dental artistry.

She was obsessed with the emerging world of fashion, captivated with the latest trends, and mesmerized by the memorable power of uniquely designed jewelry.


What We Are Buying Today: Saudi label By Jana Khojah

Updated 24 October 2022

What We Are Buying Today: Saudi label By Jana Khojah

By Jana Khojah is a Saudi brand founded in 2019 that produces high-end Saudi styles like abayas and farwas with a modern twist. 

The brand was established by Saudi designer Jana Khojah in Jeddah and prioritizes high-quality elegance while emphasizing Saudi style in everyday wear for women. Combining classic silhouettes with fabrics and details that are not usually associated with the abaya — like feathers, fur and leather — By Jana Khojah creates unique pieces for a range of tastes. 

With regard to seasonal limited-edition pieces, the brand offers distinctive and elegant staple pieces. 

Khojah, who received frequent compliments and questions about the abayas she made for herself, began getting requests to create them for others. She founded her fashion label during the coronavirus pandemic, and it became a huge hit, expanding to include teams for embroidery and handmade goods. The brand also has its own perfume line inspired by French perfumes. 

By Jana Khojah offers cleaning instructions to accompany every garment, as the natural fabrics used in their creation, such as silk or fur, can be delicate and require special attention. To ensure the pieces arrive undamaged, they are wrapped in paper packing and then in carton boxes.

Prices are reasonable for the uniqueness and quality of the creations. Follow By Jana Khojah’s Instagram account @jk.designer1 for more details.