Ramadan

Queen Rania’s Maroon Velvet Kaftan Is the Perfect Eid al-Fitr 2022 Outfit

Queen Rania’s Maroon Velvet Kaftan Is the Perfect Eid al-Fitr 2022 Outfit

Photo: Instagram.com/queenrania
Spending quality time with friends and family is one of the best parts of the Holy Month of Ramadan, and for Queen Rania of Jordan, Ramadan 2022 also brought the opportunity connect with the people of her homeland through a series of special iftars and suhoors.
As we inch closer to Eid al-Fitr, the royal has been stepping out more than usual, making the most of the last few days of Ramadan with back-to-back outings. Most recently, Her Highness was seen breaking her fast with “a group of accomplished young women and in the presence of Princess Rym Ali, Princess Ghida Talal, Princess Wijdan, and other princesses at the Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts.”

Queen Rania styled her velvet kaftan with diamond and ruby earrings
For her evening out, Queen Rania chose a festive look that’s perfect for Eid al-Fitr celebrations. Her pick: a rich velvet kaftan in deep maroon, which came with hot pink detailing along its neckline and cuffs. While lightweight kaftans are a winning pick for summer months, the royal’s plush pick is ideal for evening outings, and is bound to come in handy later in the year, when temperatures drop once again.
Photo: Instagram.com
Queen Rania is not one to do things half-heartedly, and this mindset also extends to her ensembles. For her most recent iftar, she accessorized her regal kaftan with the most unique earrings—a contemporay design that seemed to be embedded with diamonds and pink rubies that seamlessly complemented the hue of her clothing. That, paired with rosy makeup and her trademark fresh blow-dry, made for a fail-safe iftar look. Take notes before you step out for your next meal.

Simple to Statement: 35 Kaftans, Abayas, Gowns and Scarves That Are Perfect for Eid al-Fitr 2022

Simple to Statement: 35 Kaftans, Abayas, Gowns and Scarves That Are Perfect for Eid al-Fitr 2022

It’s almost here! The Holy Month of Ramadan has almost come to a close once again, and Eid al-Fitr is just around the corner. As you wait with bated breath to get together with your closest friends and families, it may also be a good idea to put together an ensemble that commemorates the special occasion in a unique way. Not quite sure what to wear for Eid this time around? Whether you prefer soft hues, playful patterns, or all-out glitz, Vogue Arabia has the perfect kaftans, abayas, gowns and scarves for you.
Keep it classic
A time of looking back on personal growth, Eid al-Fitr 2022 deserves to be celebrated in something that’s not just elegant to look at, but can also come in handy for years to come. If less-is-more has always been your motto, invest in Azzalia’s ivory draped abaya, or play up earthy hues with a buttery beige number from Barza. Fendi’s ivory and gold gown gives traditional wear a contemporary twist, while Totême’s black and white scarf promises to see you through many seasons to come.
Gown, Fendi. AED 20,462
Feeling experimental?
Balancing comfort and style is an art, and this Eid, there’s no going wrong with a lightweight abaya in a playful pattern. Illi Studio’s printed layer is a winner for the hot months ahead, as is Shatha Essa’s delicate piece, embroidered with gold palm trees. Chi-ka’s ombré kaftan proves that lightweight outfits can pack a punch too, while Ghizlan’s floral number adds a certain romance to festive dressing.
Abaya, The Cap Project .AED 2,900
Make a statement
For many, Eid al-Fitr brings with it much-awaited get-togethers, and if you’re all set to sparkle, check out Semsem’s metallic kaftan, or Hessa Falasi’s sheer feather-detailed abaya. Needle & Thread’s intricately embellished gown promises to stand out no matter where you go, and Monique Lhuillier’s ruffled coat is just what you need for a stop-and-stare moment.
Coat, Monique Lhuillier. AED 22,505
Below, take a closer look at Vogue Arabia’s edit of the best pieces to wear this Eid.
Kaftan, Dolce & Gabbana. AED 11,900
Scarf, Toteme. AED 956

Abaya, Atelier Zuhra. AED 5,693
Abaya, Azzalia. AED 1,800
Scarf, Loewe. AED 1,100
Abaya, Barza. AED 950
Gown, Andrew Gn. AED 12,626
Abaya, Dananeer. AED 1,350
Abaya, Illi. AED 1,200
Abaya, Michel Kabbany. AED 4,273
Abaya, Shatha Essa. AED 2,850

Abaya, The Giving Movement. AED 699
Abaya, The Orphic. AED 2,950
Gown, Bouguessa. AED 1,850
Gown, Elie Saab. AED 19,550
Abaya, Hessa Falasi. AED 3,200
Gown, Carolina Herrera. AED 25,597

Scarf, Valentino. AED 3,100
Gown, Emilia Wickstead. AED 11,107
Gown, Needle and Thread. AED 2,950
Gown, Reem Acra. AED 16,264
Gown, Rodarte. AED 10,402
Scarf, Valentino. AED 3,100
Gown, Semsem. AED 5,784
Kaftan, Chi-ka. AED 2,500

Kaftan, Emilio Pucci. AED 4,280
Scarf, Gucci. AED 2,150
Kaftan, Ghizlan. 2,150
Kaftan, Oscar de la Renta. AED 13,520
Abaya, Hedb Collection. AED 2,000
Kaftan, Taller Marmo. AED 5,375
Scarf, Etro. AED 1,920

You Can’t Miss This One-of-a-Kind Ramadan Bazaar in the Heart of Jeddah

You Can’t Miss This One-of-a-Kind Ramadan Bazaar in the Heart of Jeddah

Saudi designers Honayda Serafi and Nasiba Hafiz. Photo: Courtesy of Basamat
Saudi events agency Basamat has launched a unique and exciting Ramadan Bazaar in the historical area of Al Balad in Jeddah. From April 20-23, the event will spotlight 20 Saudi Arabian brands as well as international labels through activations and an exclusive runway show. Guests will have the opportunity to interact with designers in a showroom and purchase products as well as receive immersive experiences such as styling, hair and makeup masterclasses, exclusive shopping opportunities, and private suhoor events. Among the professional creatives who are a part of the Bazaar include celebrity hairstylist Nabil Harlow, stylist Lejenke, who has worked with Naomi Campbell, Beyoncé, and Kim Kardashian. 
Photo: Courtesy of Basamat
A few of the bespoke luxury events and activations allow guests to have their purchases customized to their liking, including makeup and nail stations. The event also features an installation pertaining to Saudi culture and destinations, wherein guests can learn about the Holy Month of Ramadan and the heritage of the Kingdom. Brands included within the Bazaar are Honayda, Nasiba Hafiz, Otkutyr fashion house, Galag, Kim’s Caffee, The Parlor Salon, and 28.g.
Below, find out more about the Bazaar from Aisha Almamy, founder of Basamat.
Aisha Almamy. Photo: Charl Marais
What made you want to launch the Bazaar during Ramadan?
I wanted to launch the Bazaar in Ramadan as it is the month when everyone in Saudi, Jeddah, and Mecca, gather and families meet each other. It’s the month of giving back, it’s the month where everyone is spiritual and is trying to be the best version of themselves.
Why did you pick Al Balad as the location?
The location of the Bazaar is in the heart of Jeddah, it’s a Unesco site, and nobody has ever done an event there and I was the first to have this opportunity. The location is in between historical houses where our roots come from, where our grandfathers and grandmothers used to live.
Photo: Courtesy of Basamat
Tell us more about the unique concept of the Bazaar.
We have around 20 brands from all the departments from high fashion, couture, streetwear, art, beauty, perfume, nail salon, styling, and accessories. We also have a beautiful runway for the fashion show. Every day is the participants’ day; they get a chance to show their clothes on the runway in the middle of these authentic houses. I picked and approached the brands I wanted to work with me. My event is a very niche and very high-end event, and my idea is to bring high fashion into the original Jeddah. They called Jeddah the Bride of the Red Sea and my idea was to have the shining ring as my Bazaar for that bride. The shape of the runway is in bright white that looks like a diamond surrounded by colorful lighting so with the drone you see it as a diamond surrounded by colorful gems.
We have booths for the designers to present their goods and collections, and we have the help center which is a non-profitable organization for special needs children and part of the income of this event is charity to help the kids. We also have Dar Al-Hikmah college, one of the few fashion and art universities, so we wanted to bring the girls there who study fashion and art to join our masterclasses for free. We have three masterclasses—three major experts we flew here, so we have one day for makeup, one day for styling, and one day for hair.
Photo: Courtesy of Basamat
What kind of an experience do you aim to offer the visitors of Bazaar?
It’s about quality and creating community and experience, as well as luxury. We have valet parking for all of our guests, we have a PA to welcome the guests at the entrance and guide them through the event and introduce the story behind each brand, as well as a bell boy to carry their purchases. We have a Basamat lounge for our VIP platinum guests and the celebrities that we invite.
The event was also made possible with the help of our sponsors, Porsche and Aston Martin. We have a green recycled Saudi water brand and we have Arbab Al Haraf, an art community as a sponsor. We also have Liquid, a Saudi production company, and the most amazing lighting guy, Hussein Gazaz, who is called the King of Lights in Jeddah, Half of the magic in this event was created by his lighting.
I studied fashion and film production and lived in Paris for nine years. I double-majored in film production and entrepreneurship at the American University of Paris and I lived in London. Now, I’m back in Saudi and I couldn’t be happier to feel that I am bringing all the knowledge and everything that I’ve learned to the heart of my city and country where my family used to live.
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Tara Emad’s Fringed Top and Trouser Look is a Refreshing Alternative to the Kaftan for Ramadan

Tara Emad’s Fringed Top and Trouser Look is a Refreshing Alternative to the Kaftan for Ramadan

Photo: Instagram.com/taraemad
Kaftans may be the forever fail-safe outfit for Ramadan events, but those who want a look that is equal parts unique, traditional, and contemporary must take a page out of Tara Emad‘s book. The Egyptian actor was recently in Dubai to attend a suhoor hosted by Cartier, and for the occasion, chose an inspiring outfit from Taller Marmo.
Photo: Instagram.com/taraemad
The Suits star wore a white V-neck kaftan top lined with long fringes at both, the sleeves and the hem, which also came with the matching loose fit trousers. Emad completed her monochrome outfit with metallic silver accessories from Jimmy Choo: a small clutch, and strappy square-toed heels which perfectly balanced out the oversized look. Her enviable long hair was not worn down in her signature natural waves this time, but instead, pulled back in a sleek ponytail with polished waves for an elegant aesthetic. The actor kept the rest of her look minimal as called for by the late evening suhoor, and went for a dainty necklace and hoop earrings, while her makeup featured a hint of a smoky eye and glowy skin.

The suhoor marked the first public event for Emad since the launch of the highly-awaited Arabic remake of Suits, in which she plays the role of Laila (originally Rachel played by Meghan Markle). Clips of the actor from the event saw her posing in front of the lantern-lined walls, and twirling to show off her flowy outfit and its tassels.
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Pictures: Bottega Veneta Celebrates Emerging Middle Eastern Creatives With a Three-Night Majlis in Dubai

Pictures: Bottega Veneta Celebrates Emerging Middle Eastern Creatives With a Three-Night Majlis in Dubai

Carl Gerges. Photo: Augustine Paredes of Seeing Things
Amid the series of star-studded Ramadan events hosted by international brands this month, Bottega Veneta launched its version of a majlis for not one, but three nights. Aptly named ‘The Square’, the structured space was conceptualized by Lebanese architect and musician Carl Gerges, one of the many talents celebrated by the Italian fashion house’s cultural exchange over April 12, 13, and 14, 2022. “The Square Dubai connects the two parts of who I am, music and architecture,” says Gerges. “My input entails linking design, music, and gatherings as a means to push forward a community of artists and thinkers in an architectural intervention.”
Photo: Courtesy of Bottega Veneta
The custom place, rendered in signature Bottega Veneta green, invited small handpicked groups of guests from the local art, music, and fashion industries each night to discover the work of the Middle East’s emerging creatives. “To embrace an emphasis on sharing and togetherness at the time of Ramadan,” Bottega Veneta hosted film screenings, musical performances, storytelling sessions, poetry recitals, and offered cuisines by a number of local talents to its visitors.
Shaima Al Tamimi. Photo: Augustine Paredes of Seeing Things
Yemeni and East-African Shaima Al Tamimi showcased her short film Don’t Get Too Comfortable, which was also screened at La Biennale di Venezia, and nominated for the Orrizonti Award. The film is a letter to her late grandfather, contemplating their pasts and future as Arabs in the diaspora.
Asma Elbadawi. Photo: Augustine Paredes of Seeing Things
Next, poetry was read by Asma Al Badawi, the Sudanese-British spoken word poet known for advocating for inclusivity and diversity in women’s sports, and Mustafa the Poet, the Canadian songwriter whose genre-defying work explores his identity as a Black Muslim artist. Guests were also served delectable dishes made by Solemann Haddad, the chef and co-owner of Dubai’s newly opened restaurant, Moonrise.
Mustafa the Poet. Photo: Augustine Paredes of Seeing Things
After its debut in Dubai, the concept of The Square will travel to a few different cities on varying scales to foster local communities worldwide. According to the brand, The Square’s second installment will take place in Tokyo at the end of April.
Samer Doumet. Photo: Augustine Paredes of Seeing Things
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The 25 Best Kaftans To Wear for Iftars and Suhoors This Ramadan

The 25 Best Kaftans To Wear for Iftars and Suhoors This Ramadan

Vogue Arabia, April 2022. Photo: Greg Adamski
Ramadan is officially here, and with it, comes a festive mood that’s almost palpable in the region. With Covid-19 restrictions finally a thing of the past, 2022 is giving all the chance to make the most of the Holy Month with special suhoor and iftar gatherings, many of which may require an ensemble that’s as eye-catching as it is comfortable.
Cue the evergreen kaftan—a classic that’s long been a favorite for a reason. Most often crafted using breezy fabrics like cotton, silk, linen and organza, kaftans manage to tick all the right boxes for festive occasions. While their relaxed silhouettes allow ease of movement, the right cut can do wonders, creating an elegant shape that no other outfit can quite compete with. And for the modest dresser, the kaftan delivers time and again with its demure aesthetic. What more could you ask for?
As we dive into one of the most joyous and meaningful times of the year, Vogue Arabia takes you through some of the best kaftans to invest in this Ramadan.

Pastel kaftans for suhoor
As temperatures continue to rise, now is the ideal time to show light-as-air fabrics and soothing sorbet hues some love. Alaïa’s minty blue pick makes the ideal choice, as does Honayda’s soft pink pleated kaftan, which comes with edgy embellishment around the neckline. Love a little lace? Don’t miss Miguelina’s biscuit brown kaftan, or spotlight minimal accents with Yasmin Al Mulla’s beige number, dotted with delicate silver moons. Andrew Gn’s buttery yellow kaftan—complete with feather detailing—is another must-see for anyone who loves a little drama.
Honayda, AED 9,017
Vibrant kaftans for Ramadan get-togethers
There’s no denying the appeal of jewel tones, so why not pick a bold kaftan this season? Celebrate the Holy Month with your nearest and dearest in a light—yet impactful—creation like Halpern’s tangerine and pink color-blocked piece, or echo the beauty of paradise with an emerald green Oscar de la Renta. Pearla’s deep purple kaftan stands out for its innovate use of mustard accents, while SemSem‘s ombré kaftan, which runs from coral to midnight blue, gives a nod to the beauty of Ramadan sunsets.
Halpern, AED 11,656

Iftar-ready embellished kaftans
Every now and then, more really is more. For your next formal iftar gathering, why not celebrate the Holy Month with an embellished kaftan? Bthaina’s ivory and gold number paints a regal picture, while La Vie Style House caters to those who never shy away from a strong dose of sparkle. Prefer tried-and-tested hues? You can’t go wrong with Noor Al Bahrani’s subtly sequined black creation, or Selma Benomar’s grey kaftan, featuring intricately placed layers of tassels.
Selma Benomar, price on request
Printed kaftans that pack a punch
Say what you will, nothing beats the appeal of a printed kaftan. Fuss-free, yet fun, a patterned version of the staple is a wardrobe must-have. Play with florals via Dolce & Gabbana, Meng, and Richard Quinn, or champion exotic birds and butterflies with Tory Burch and Emilio Pucci’s designs respectively. Scroll through to see how Bambah plays up the classic white kaftan with geometric patterns, and Azzalia’s innovative new piece, which brings back everyone’s favorite paisley patterns.
Meng, AED 4,369
Below, all the kaftans you need to check out this month.
Alaïa, AED 10,976
Yasmin Al Mulla, AED 1,350
Tory Burch, AED 1,795
Pearla, price on request

Taller Marmo, AED 3,939
SemSem, AED 4,614

Richard Quinn, AED 10,810

Azzalia, price on request
Oscar de la Renta, AED 12,290
Noor Al Bahrani, AED 300
Miguelina, AED 2,833

La Vie Style House, AED 2,628

Fil De Vie, AED 2,421
Emilio Pucci, AED 8,581
Dries Van Noten, AED 1,663
Dolce & Gabbana, AED 19,759
D’ascoli, AED 1,249
Camilla, AED 2,676
Bthaina, AED 5,190
Bambah, AED 2,446

Andrew Gn, AED 13,935

Exclusive: Balqees Fathi Gets Into the Spirit of Ramadan With MARLI New York’s New Jewelry Collection

Exclusive: Balqees Fathi Gets Into the Spirit of Ramadan With MARLI New York’s New Jewelry Collection

Photo: Courtesy MARLI
Among the list of the most loved musicians in the region is the name of Balqees Fathi, more often lovingly known by her fans simply as Balqees. Over the years, the Emirati-Yemeni singer, who has also counted herself as a UN Champion for Women’s Rights in the Middle East, hasn’t just taken over with her powerful voice and strong opinions, but also her unique style. A reflection of her fiery personality, Fathi’s wardrobe comes with more than its fair share of statement-makers, and it seems like her taste in jewelry falls perfectly in line with the aesthetic. This festive season, the musician is getting into the spirit of Ramadan with a special collaboration, lending her face to the Ramadan campaign of jewelry house MARLI.
Though its home may be the dynamic city of New York, MARLI takes inspiration from Asia, Europe and the Middle East, and manages to strike a cord with women across the globe with its minimal shapes—and oh, so wearable—designs. For Ramadan 2022, founder and creative director Maral Artinian crafted what is now called the Tip Top collection, a sparkling series of earrings, bracelets, neckpieces and rings that blur the lines between traditional and contemporary jewelry. And to share the collection with the world, Balqees Fathi was a natural choice. “Balqees embodies the MARLI persona,” Artinian reveals to Vogue Arabia. “She is independent, accomplished, and carefree. Her personality and perseverance inspired this collaboration.”
Photo: Courtesy MARLI
Dressed in free-flowing modest ensembles, Balqees Fathi plays the perfect muse for MARLI’s Tip-Top collection, which feature diamonds and precious stones in blue for an unexpected twist. Describing her relationship with the brand as “magnetic”, the star shared, “I was always fascinated with MARLI creations and I have always been a MARLI client since they launched in the region. The TVC concept has an extraordinary story line to celebrate Ramadan… It was a privilege to work with the team and Angy Akly, the creative producer and director.” In an exclusive chat with Vogue Arabia, the musicians opens up about her favorite Ramadan rituals, her festive style, and of course, all things jewelry.
Congratulations on starring in MARLI’s Ramadan campaign! Can you tell us about your most precious pieces of jewelry? 
I have two pieces of jewelry that are very dear to me: a gold bracelet from my dad which I wore as a kid and see in all my childhood pictures, and the second piece was a necklace gifted by my grandmother, may she rest in peace, after I graduated from school, and I still have both these pieces to this day.
From sharp pantsuits to shimmering jumpsuits, your fans have seen you acing it all. But what is Balqees’s true personal style? What do you love to wear when you’re not out and about?
I’m a person who loves to change and you can see it even in my art. Being able to perform in different facets helped me to get closer to my audience. My personal style is always minimalistic, at a times even carefree, but always with a statement.
Photo: Courtesy MARLI
Is your style any different during the Holy Month of Ramadan? What is your ideal iftar look?
Elegant, minimalistic, and I love wearing a kaftan or an abaya.
How important is jewelry in defining your personal style?
It’s a part of my lifestyle, wherever I go, wherever or whenever I have an appearance; it wouldn’t be complete without the perfect piece of jewelry
Ramadan is a special time for all. What’s your favorite Ramadan tradition?
Being with my family, including all the beautiful the gatherings, and reunions — the whole Ramadan vibe.
The festive season helps us all come together with the people that matter most to us. How do you like to spend quality time with your family?
Family always comes first; I cherish every moment that I spend with my son.
Photo: Courtesy MARLI
It’s safe to say that music is, of course, a major part of your life. While your voice has inspired many, who are the musicians that most inspire you?
Definitely Fayrouz is my inspiration, and of course those who created change in the East and the West such as Alicia Keys, Beyoncé, and Celine Dion.
And finally, Ramadan is a time of self-reflection and appreciating everything in our lives. If you could gift someone a piece of jewelry from MARLI, what would it be? Who would you gift it to?
I would give the timeless MARLI Cleo bracelet to my elementary school teacher. I always remember her; she was very patient and kind to me.

Editor’s Letter: How Our April 2022 Issue Explores the New Codes of Modest Fashion

Editor’s Letter: How Our April 2022 Issue Explores the New Codes of Modest Fashion

Sisters Hani and Ugbad Abdi in their first shoot together. Vogue Arabia, April 2022. Photo: Luigi and Iango
I’m still blown away by the fantastic feedback on our 5th anniversary issue. This festive edition resonated with readers around the globe, especially with so many Arab women who are proud to be represented on a global scale as the modern leaders and businesswomen they are. Within the first 30 minutes that we revealed the first cover on Instagram, it was shared by more than 5,000 users.
However, in fashion’s best style, what is done, is done. And it’s now time to dive deep into April, a special time when we celebrate the arrival of the Holy Month. This inspired us to build this issue around the values of family and connection, but also the ever growing importance of modest fashion. As I wrote in last month’s editor’s letter, I still struggle to understand the western obsession with modesty, and why people who don’t fully understand these codes think that they have the knowledge – and sometimes the mission – to liberate women from modesty.
Of course, all generalizations are dangerous, but I can guarantee that most Arab women who have adopted modesty don’t need to be saved by anyone. In a story penned by Hafsa Lodi, we also observe how the codes of modesty have evolved over the last couple of years, mostly depending on new cultural and economical nuances. The complexity of this topic proves once again that clothes and fashion are much more than just what we wear.
On the topic of family, hijabi supermodel Ugbad Abdi returns to our cover. This time, she is joined by her younger sister Hani, who is in front of the camera for the first time. In the interview conducted by Janelle Okwodu, the siblings share their remarkable life journey, from fleeing the civil war in Somalia and living in a refugee camp in Kenya for nearly a decade, to a dream life (but one of challenges and hard work) in the US.
Another power duo, Arabia’s favorite international couturier Stéphane Rolland and his forever muse, the Spanish supermodel Nieves Álvarez, were photographed in Paris. Rolland has been visiting the Middle East for decades, and recently designed the wedding dress of HRH Princess Hussa bint Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, the only daughter of King Salman. The idea to feature the couturier in this issue manifested after I watched his latest show in Paris and witnessed the incredible reactions from our followers on social media – his was the most liked and commented couture show of the season. It was powerful, artistic, and touching, and reminded me why I fell in love with fashion in the first place.
Read Next: Hijabi Model Ugbad Abdi and Sister Hani Star on Our Ramadan Issue Celebrating Family and Modest Fashion
Originally published in the April 2022 issue of Vogue Arabia

Hijabi Model Ugbad Abdi and Sister Hani Star on Our Ramadan Issue Celebrating Family and Modest Fashion

Hijabi Model Ugbad Abdi and Sister Hani Star on Our Ramadan Issue Celebrating Family and Modest Fashion

Ugbad Abdi. Vogue Arabia, April 2022. Photo: Luigi and Iango
Star photographers Luigi and Iango bring into focus a richly colored cover story starring Ugbad Abdi and her younger sister Hani. Abdi is the world’s leading hijabi supermodel, born in Somalia and raised in a Kenyan refugee camp after fleeing her country’s civil war, and in Des Moines, Iowa. She has walked and opened shows for Marc Jacobs and Michael Kors along with Fendi, Chanel, Burberry, Dries Van Noten, and Valentino Haute Couture, always in her hijab.
This month, returning to our cover in her first appearance after the October 2019 issue, Abdi highlights the importance of family during Ramadan. Speaking to Janelle Okwodu, Abdi, who was scouted on Instagram a few years ago, shares, “My mother saw how happy fashion made me and that having a career where I get to experience different cultures and continuously learn was so important to me.” The hijabi supermodel didn’t initially think fashion was for her, recalling, “Modeling was jarring because I didn’t grow up looking like people in the spotlight.”
Her Highness Sana Al Maktoum. Vogue Arabia, April 2022. Photo: Luigi and Iango
Coming from one of the leading families in the GCC, passionate designer and philanthropist Her Highness Sana Al Maktoum reveals her new collection of high jewelry in this issue, along with highlighting the numerous causes she supports, like the opening of Fakeeh University Hospital’s new breast clinic. The young royal speaks about her family, sharing, “The butterfly motif in my jewelry is a tribute to my grandmother, as she is my greatest inspiration and my muse. My grandmother was one of the first educated Emirati businesswomen and I’m often told by family members that I have her spirit guiding me always. She was the leading light for the empowerment of Emirati women here and I hope to carry the torch.”
Meanwhile, the undeniable shift of modest fashion penetrating the west is explored by journalist Hafsa Lodi, who decodes the motivations driving women across the globe to design, deconstruct, and dress in modest fashion today. “Hijabi models are no longer novelties, and most fashion is no longer limited to annual Ramadan capsules – or to Muslim consumers for that matter,” she writes.
On the topic of fashion, we explore another shift taken as of late by fashion houses, notably a price surge in luxury goods. “The bag regains the function of rarity, at a time of image saturation and dematerialized experiences, offering a return to the material, the tangible, reminding us of a time when luxury wasn’t industrialized and mass-produced,” comments Manon Renault, fashion critic and lecturer in cultural studies at Paris’s Sorbonne university.
Leïla Slimani
Continuing the theme of family, Vogue Arabia speaks with Morocco-born Prix Goncourt winner Leïla Slimani about her latest novel, Regardez-nous danser, the second in a planned trilogy. The writer – who also serves as emissary for French President Emmanuel Macron – considers her trilogy a tribute to the Moroccan women in her family. “To the birds who managed to fly in a sea of ants,” she says, adding, “They worked and they took care of the education of the children. They laughed, and they continued to organize parties and to live. So I think that it’s a real homage to the fact that even in a very patriarchal society, even in a society where it’s so difficult to be free, maybe – and it’s a paradox – women were freer than men in my family.”
Stéphane Rolland and Nieves Álvarez. Vogue Arabia, April 2022. Photo: Luigi and Iango
Celebrating 15 years of his haute couture house, Stéphane Rolland returns to the runway with his eternal muse, Spanish supermodel Nieves Álvarez, by his side. Both are photographed and interviewed in this month’s designer feature. Rolland, the favored international couturier of the Arab world, comments, “My Middle Eastern clients understand perfectly how to interpret couture.” Notably, in 2021, Rolland designed the wedding dress of HRH Princess Hussa bint Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, the only daughter of the ruler of Saudi Arabia. Her dream was to wear a gown that paid tribute to her country and its culture. “Together, we decided to create a contemporary gown by reinterpreting the bisht,” recalls Rolland of the standout career moment.
All this and more in the April 2022 issue of Vogue Arabia, on stands April 1.
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Fatima AlBanawi and Friends of Cartier Celebrate the Spirit of Togetherness This Ramadan

Fatima AlBanawi and Friends of Cartier Celebrate the Spirit of Togetherness This Ramadan

Every year, with the onset of the Holy Month of Ramadan, we are reminded of the core beliefs that we often neglect. In a short poetic film titled ‘Togetherness is a Jewel’, Cartier is celebrating these very beliefs of togetherness, generosity, sharing, and spending cherished time with those nearest to our hearts.
The film features Saudi actor and filmmaker Fatima AlBanawi reciting the special poem she wrote for the campaign as a tribute to the occasion. To her captivating voice, other friends of the maison such as Abdulla Al Kaabi, Ramla Ali, and Moath Alofi are pictured walking solo in vast desert landscapes before uniting to celebrate together, “like stars around a crescent moon”—an allegory to coming from different pathways to spend time with loved ones in celebration of the spiritual month.
“As Fatima Al-Banawi says so beautifully, this is an important and precious time to come together, to celebrate, and to share treasured moments with loved ones,” says Sophie Doireau, chief executive officer of Cartier for the Middle East, India, and Africa. “Her poem, brought to life by our friends of the maison, serves as a reminder that we are better together, working as one, towards a shared commitment to communities.”
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