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.

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.


Why diamonds are forever for romantic Saudis on Valentine’s Day

Updated 13 February 2020

Why diamonds are forever for romantic Saudis on Valentine’s Day

  • Number of Saudi brands have produced pieces specially designed to celebrate Valentine's Day
  • Farsi, one of the Kingdom’s oldest jewelry firms, has exclusive Valentine’s collection

RIYADH: The old adage diamonds are a girl’s best friend certainly rings true for Saudis.

Gifting jewelry has throughout history been regarded as a symbol of appreciation, devotion, and love.

And whether it be a diamond ring or exquisite ruby necklace, on Valentine’s Day many romantic Saudis will be expressing their feelings by presenting their loved ones with precious stones.

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In recent years, a number of Saudi brands have produced pieces specially designed to celebrate the national day of love.

Farsi, one of the Kingdom’s oldest jewelry brands, has carried on the art of jewelry design for more than 100 years. Its latest exclusive Valentine’s collection, My One and My Heart, incorporates a solitaire diamond or heart-shaped ruby set on a thin gold- or white gold-plated rod.

Nasser Farsi, the company’s chief executive officer and collection designer, told Arab News: “I personally designed the pieces because many people like to celebrate their love on Valentine’s Day.

“The design is simple, a single solitaire diamond or heart-shaped ruby symbolizes the simplicity of love, how glamorous it is with beautiful moments, and exciting experiences within that love.

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“My latest design resembles the elements of a successful relationship, where love should be straightforward, simple, yet glamorous. Love is that pillar,” he said.

The brainchild of sisters Hala and Leena El-Khereiji, Charmaleena’s jewelry collections are known for their unique designs and mix and match of precious stones and diamonds.

The Saudi brand’s My Heart collection, which includes mother-of-pearl heart pendants and bright red coral earrings, has been specially produced with Valentine’s Day in mind.

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Qilada, another Saudi brand, is marking the day with its geometric heart-shaped earrings and necklaces which are also adorned with red agate stone.

When it comes to saying, “I love you,” jewelry, it seems, continues to stand the test of time for Saudis.