Dorra Zarrouk. Photo: Instagram.com/dorra_zarrouk
2021 was a year of highs and lows. As public spaces opened up around the world, people began timidly stepping out to breathe fresh air once again. But come the end of the year, the Omicron virus had us celebrating special occasions once again in safety pods, focusing on the little things that have made each day so special.
In the midst of it all, however, the swish set of the region did get a few occasions to come together in avant-garde ensembles, be it at the Red Sea Film Festival in Jeddah, or the Cannes Film Festival by the French Riviera. And for others, 2021 was just another reason to bring some cheer into daily life via interesting everyday ensembles. As Vogue Arabia wraps up another year of great style, we take a look back at the Arab women from all walks of life who topped trending charts with their #BestDressed moments. These are women who have inspired the mood boards of many with their sharp OOTDs, proving that while they may have access to the best stylists around, they also have a personal eye for aesthetics that always puts their personalities at the forefront via their impeccable wardrobes. Take notes!
It’s safe to say that Queen Rania’s name goes hand-in-hand with the notion of timeless style. This year, the Jordan royal kept her followers on their toes, dressed in one impeccable ivory look after the other—she even made a case for all-white denim-on-denim! Most recently, it was her cream white coat dress that caught our eye, paired with a gold belt and matching Louis Vuitton handbag. Worn while welcoming Prince Charles and Camilla to the country, this look was a winner.
In stark contrast, Her Highness Moza bint Nasser stood out on Best Dressed charts for her love of vibrant colors and rich patterns. The royal took the stage at the Fashion Trust Arabia Awards Gala in a sapphire blue ensemble that proved that jewel tones will never go out of style. As for Qatar’s Sheikha Reem Al-Thani, who appeared on Vogue Arabia’s February 2021 issue, a memorable look from this year was the white abaya the royal wore in our pages.
Throughout the year, the region’s stars made sure to keep their fans engaged online by stepping out in eye-catching ensembles. At the very first Red Sea International Festival, Tara Emad won hearts in a semi-sheer ivory Harithand gown, and over by Lake Como, Yasmine Sabri celebrated Cartier in a beautifully draped, vivid green Nicolas Jebran gown.
The El Gouna Film Festival was another unmissable event this year, with several Arab favorites walking the red carpet in elegant ensembles. Among the very best were Tunisian star Dorra Zarrouk, who stood out in black Georges Chakra gown with asymmetrical ivory draping, and Egyptian icon Mona Zaki, who was unmissable in a sculpted ebony Maison Yeya number with powder pink panels.
The Middle East has more than its fair share of fashion connoisseurs, who did not disappoint this year. While designer Amina Muaddi and Dubai-based digital creator Leena Ha gave athleisure a luxe update by pairing their Balenciaga separates with statement pieces, art director and stylist Aram Kabbani added some cheer to the year in playfully paired hues. Ever the loyalist of elegant staples, Claudine Saab was seen on Instagram in a sharp pleated rendition of the classic white shirt, and blogger Oumayma Elboumeshouli gave the fail-safe black-and-white palette an edgy spin with unexpected silhouettes.
Among this year’s best dressed Arab women were also Algerian entrepreneur Ghizlan Guenez, who made a strong case for lounge-worthy looks in a sunshine yellow ensemble, and Vogue Scandinavia’s Rawdah Mohamed—who had a golden moment at the Ball of Arabia—along with Dana Al Khalifa of The Overdressed, who delighted her Instagram family with one perfectly curated look after another. Did you miss her festive red dress this December?
Meet more of 2021’s best dressed Arab women below, from Sheikha Reem Al-Thani and actor Nadine Nassib Njeim, to businesswoman Cherine Magrabi, filmmaker Farida Khelfa, designer Laila Moussa, and many more
Sheikha Reem Al-Thani. Photo: Raffeed
Cherine Magrabi. Photo: Instagram.com