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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

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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.
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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.

Queen Rania Styled Her Multicolor Embroidered Dress with Matching Accessories for Iftar with the Women of Irbid

Queen Rania Styled Her Multicolor Embroidered Dress with Matching Accessories for Iftar with the Women of Irbid

Photo: Courtesy of the Royal Hashemite Court
HM Queen Rania of Jordan is bringing her royal duties in Ramadan to a close with yet another meaningful iftar. The gathering followed the royal’s return to the country shortly after the successful surgery of His Majesty King Abdullah II.
Photo: Courtesy of the Royal Hashemite Court
Held at the Jordan University for Science and Technology, the iftar saw Queen Rania host a group of women from the governorate of Irbid to commend their contributions to local society. For the occasion, the royal chose to wear a multicolored dress with traditional Jordanian embroidery. The vibrant piece came with threads of blue, red, yellow, and purple adorning the black fabric all over, as well as a bright blue panel on each side of the dress. While the neckline featured small tassels, the waist of the dress was cinched with a broad blue belt with metallic detailing. Queen Rania matched the colors in her dress with triangular diamond earrings with a red stone, a yellow clutch, and blue stilettos.

Clips of her meeting posted to the royal’s social media show Queen Rania being warmly welcomed by the attendees in Irbid. Before breaking the fast, the royal shared her appreciation for the company of the people of Irbid, as well as its natural scenery. “I am happy to be with you today. Thank you for your warm welcome,” she said. “Irbid is known for its beauty in the spring. I love coming here.”
Photo: Courtesy of the Royal Hashemite Court
Speaking to the women actively working in the fields of education, media, culture, social welfare, and volunteer work, Queen Rania applauded their contributions, and said, “Your hard work is a reflection of your excellence and altruism.” In turn, the royal was thanked by the Governor of Irbid, Radwan Outoum, who remarked that this occasion reflects the deep bond between Jordan’s leadership and its people and that Queen Rania’s pride in Irbid’s women motivated them to do more for their country.
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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

Dressed in a Blue Kaftan for Iftar, Rym Saidi Nailed Couple’s Dressing With Wissam Breidy

Dressed in a Blue Kaftan for Iftar, Rym Saidi Nailed Couple’s Dressing With Wissam Breidy

Photo: Instagram.com/rymsaidi
Rym Saidi has joined the stars serving covetable modest style this Ramadan with a noteworthy look of her own. The Tunisian model and TV presenter attended an iftar hosted by Bulgari in Dubai last night, making a case for ocean blue for the evening festivities.
Walking into the event with husband Wissam Breidy, Saidi was seen dressed in a satin kaftan by Andrew GN, with a voluminous silhouette balanced out by a pleated center and a mini waist belt detailing. The silky piece also came with blue-green embellishment on its mock neck, leaving no need for jewelry, save for a pair of dainty silver earrings worn by the mother-of-two. Saidi’s look was made complete with a metallic Bulgari Serpenti clutch as arm candy, a sapphire ring for added bling, and a pair of metallic grey flats. As for the glam to go with the elegant ensemble, the former Vogue Arabia cover star wore her hair in a sleek bun with a middle part and opted for a matte bronzed makeup look with a smoky eye and nude lips.

Also nailing couple’s dressing, Breidy’s look included a blazer complementing the shade of Saidi’s kaftan, and was paired with black trousers, a white t-shirt and sneakers. The duo smiled for the cameras upon entrance, and were joined for the festive meal by the likes of Zoya Sakr, Bulgari’s Vincent Reynes, and Rosemin.
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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.

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