“Last year we started donating extra stock to charities and orphanages, especially closer to Eid, so that women can have something beautiful and bespoke to wear during the festive times,” reveals Maha Al Mulla, co-founder and managing director of Bahraini brand Amal Al Mulla. “We also found a way to make use of the scraps of fabrics we have by giving them to local craftswomen who turn them into quilts and pillows so they can earn money. At times we donate them to universities who hold fashion shows that aim to design clothes from recycled items and fabric scraps.”
For Amal Al Mulla Fall 2019, named after Maha’s sister, co-founder and brand designer, the collection lends from “vulnerability and its roots that ground us with time. A transition and maturity that comes with it, into its own wilderness where all things are connected in an unseen and unspoken way,” says Maha. In what might be the collection for the sophisticated introvert, Al Mulla’s pieces “take refuge from the mundane by escaping into the infinite possibilities of the little pieces of earth found inside of us.”
Al Mulla showcases a sense of adventure when it comes to her prints–cue the zebra jacquard blend and python-print dresses, but also in her drape. At times symmetrical, like the lavender top featured above with ribbons that hang like sea algae, pieces feature cuts that ebb and flow like nature’s own perfect designs. Garments in soft crepes and silks float alongside delicate suedes and knits. Accentuating the collection are stone buttons cut from raw black and white agates, green prehnites, and blue aquamarines infusing garments with a further earthly element.
The collection is “a reflection of those roaring dreams and understandings that take place in a continuous expanding conscious mind,” says Al Mulla. Having first established their brand in 2013, the sisters can pride themselves on designing and producing each collection entirely in Bahrain. Amalalmulla.com