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Expanding her Ofa fine jewelry collection, Saudi jewelry designer Hala Abdullah has unveiled her latest launch to coincide with Saudi National Day. Named Foug, which means ‘above’, the collection pays homage to her Saudi heritage while seamlessly embracing contemporary aesthetics. The collection includes 12 pieces, featuring delicate necklaces adorned with intricate filigree patterns, and chic statement rings. The elegantly understated pieces use mesmerizing emeralds, dazzling diamonds, and mountain-sourced onyx stones, set in 18K gold. With a nod to the designer’s Saudi roots, the designs incorporate elements from the traditional fabric patterns woven by the Bedouin, and Islamic architectural designs.
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Aiming to create authentic yet modern jewelry designs, Abdullah is inspired by her Saudi heritage, leading her to collaborate with her local community and craftspeople. Describing the launch as “vintage elegance with a modern twist”, Abdullah says she intends for Ofa to be known for its authentic jewelry, personalizable designs, and wearable pieces for every occasion, capturing the essence of modern Saudi culture. “I’ve always been so proud of my Saudi heritage and my Foug collection signifies and celebrates that feeling for me,” she says. Part of Abdullah’s mission includes working to ensure that every step of the production process adheres to strict ethical standards, from sourcing conflict-free gemstones to supporting local craftsmen, she says.
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The former Vogue Arabia model has previously championed the aesthetics of traditional Saudi designs, featuring in the June 2023 issue of Vogue Arabia, adorned in the country’s vivid Al-Qatt Al-Asiri patterns. “I was once lucky enough to be featured in a Vogue Arabia beauty shoot,” she recalls. “One of the reasons why I love working with Vogue is their unwavering support for Saudi Arabia and its local artists and creatives like myself”.
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The Foug collection is available at ofaofficial.com
Photo: Courtesy Ofa
4 Arab Musicians Come Together To Celebrate Music and Watchmaking With Audemars Piguet in Switzerland
For Swiss fine watchmaker Audemars Piguet, the art of watchmaking holds significance well beyond the limits of its craft. While deeply anchored in its craftsmanship and traditions, the company has continuously drawn inspiration from the larger cultural world, looking to fields as diverse as art, music and architecture to spark unique encounters and dialogues between fields of creative practice. In so doing, Audemars Piguet has established an inclusive global community of passionate individuals who speak the same language of emotions and value the precious moments that make up our lives.
It is this dedication towards the special moments of life that inspired Audemars Piguet to become a global partner of the Montreux Jazz Festival in 2019, a two week-long annual celebration of jazz that lights up the shoreline of Lake Geneva. Founded back in 1967 by Claude Nobs, MJF is now known for its legendary performances, intimate ambience, and incredible hospitality. Given the gold standard that it promises—and delivers—it comes as no surprise that it made the perfect fit for Audemars Piguet. In fact, the Swiss watchmakers have been supporting the Montreux Jazz Digital Project together with the Claude Nobs Foundation and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL) since 2010, and one of the best results of this partnership has been the digitalization, restoration and preservation of the MJF’s complete sound archives, which are now acknowledged by the UNESCO as part of its “Memory of the World.” Add to that the fact that both Audemars Piguet and Montreux Jazz Festival share common values—respecting traditions but always looking forward to a brighter future—and you’ve got a match made in heaven.
Photo: Alex Teuscher
This year, however, Audemars Piguet decided to invite four of the Middle East’s most-loved female musicians, namely Dana Hourani, Ss.hh.a.n.a, Cosmicat and Ashibah on a memorable journey through its cultural universe and beyond. What sounded like an exciting holiday to Switzerland soon unfolded to become a trip that these four talented women would never forget. The foursome made their way to Le Brassus, where the brand Audemars Piguet has been rooted since 1875, to take a tour through its fascinating Musée Atelier. As the second part of the journey they also got a chance to explore Claude Nobs’s chalet, one of the most inspiring spots in the region, which honors the memorabilia of the founder of the Montreux Jazz Festival with its warm and inviting ambience, and has also been visited by the likes of Quincy Jones and David Bowie. This inspirational trip finished on the shores of Lake Geneva, in the beaten heart of the festival for a night long celebration with Audemars Piguet and timeless memories to bring back home.
The once-in-a-lifetime experience didn’t just bring Dana Hourani, Ss.hh.a.n.a, Cosmicat and Ashibah closer together as musicians, it also invited them into a world few get to enjoy, and observe how the Swiss manufacturers bring each piece together to create a watch that beats to a different rhythm.
During the trip, the four musicians were also captured by Vogue Arabia’s lens wearing classic wristwatches that spotlighted the very best of Audemars Piguet’s offerings. As they walked through the winding interiors of the brand’s headquarters, they witnessed how everything is ultimately connected to art, and how creativity is the binding force behind most things we enjoy—be it an iconic timepiece like the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, or a hauntingly beautiful piece of jazz music, composed from the heart.
On Dana Hourani: Watch, Audemars Piguet 34mm Royal Oak Selfwinding limited edition in black ceramic; top, skirt, Rēnwa. Photo: Alex Teuscher
On Cosmicat: Watch, Audemars Piguet 37mm Royal Oak Selfwinding “50 th Anniversary” ergonomic in stainless steel; top, stylist’s own; skirt, Joseph through Net-a-Porter. Photo: Alex Teuscher
On Ss.hh.a.n.a.: Watch, Audemars Piguet 38mm Royal Oak Selfwinding Chronograph in pink gold; jumpsuit, Azzi & Osta. Photo: Alex Teuscher
On Ashibah: Watch, Audemars Piguet 34mm Royal Oak Frosted Gold Selfwinding in 18ct white gold; top, Ashibah’s own; pants, Nikolaj Storm. Photo: Alex Teuscher
Photography: Alex TeuscherStyle: Rawan KattoaHair: Loic Hauck, lleana CostantiniMakeup: Noelia de Jesus, Sandrine Thomas Production: Rama NaserBrand partnerships manager: Danica ZivkovicOnsite production coordinator: Polina ReshetnikovaTalents: Dana Hourani, Ss.hh.a.n.a, Cosmicat, AshibahProduction assistant: Leen NaserVideo: Olivia Peters and Mikhail KulikovCreative agency: F2MaxArt direction: Valentina BobrovaWorn in video: Alaïa at Net-a-Porter, 16 Arlington at Net-a-Porter, Riyeka Studios, Les Benjamins, Soeren Le Schmidt, Nikolaj StormSpecial thanks to Claude Nobs Chalets
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November 2021, Vogue Arabia. Photo: Rocio Ramos
Two exciting modest fashion shows are set to take place at Expo 2020 Dubai this coming week. The first is Indonesia Modest Fashion Day at the Indonesian Pavilion on the 13th of March 13 from 3pm to 6pm, and the second is a discussion featuring professor Reina Lewis on the Contemporary Muslim Fashions exhibition at the Women’s Pavilion on March 18 from 1:30pm to 3pm.
Indonesia Modest Fashion Day
Presenting 13 Indonesian designers and two UAE designers using Indonesian fabrics, the Indonesian fashion show is the first of its kind at Expo 2020 Dubai. Proudly emulating cultural and religious identity whilst also encouraging small and medium-sized enterprises to leave their mark and grow within the fashion industry, the modest fashion show will promote Indonesian fashion potential with their handmade fabrics and ready-to-wear collections. Especially significant are Indonesian textiles, which the event aims to expose to the global fashion scene of modest fashion.
Contemporary Muslim Fashions
Providing a reflection of her experiences as the consulting curator of the award-winning exhibition Contemporary Muslim Fashions, Professor Reina Lewis will highlight the importance of showcasing Muslim designers’ creations. The discussion will be hosted by Dr Reem El Mutwalli, founder of The Zay Initiative, introduced by Emirati Designer Feryal Albastaki, and also feature response by Hafsa Lodi, author of The Modesty Paradox. It will also point towards the significance of exhibiting fashion with cultural, heritage, and religious meaning and authenticity.
All guests must have a valid ticket to Expo 2020 Dubai to attend either event.
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