Emirati designer Madiyah Al Sharqi has shared the first look of her Autumn/Winter 19 collection with Vogue.me. This season, the Dubai-based designer looks to the Seventies for inspiration — the decade that is peppered with iconic moments in both, the fashion and music scenes.
“The collection is a story about the 1970s. It’s been one of those periods that I always find myself looking back to for inspiration and it was exciting to trace back to the iconic looks of some of the most influential women in fashion and music that came out of that decade,” says Al Sharqi, the daughter of the Ruler of Fujairah, HH Sheikh Hamad bin Mohammed Al Sharqi. The influential women as mentioned by the designer refers to American superstar Cher, models and actresses Lauren Hutton and Jerry Hall, and French singer Françoise Hardy. There are reflections of their consistently show-stopping tailored outerwear in the designs of Al Sharqi’s latest collection. “Cher in a sheer crystal-embellished gown at the MET Gala in 1974 inspired our embellished bell sleeve top and matching tiered ruffle maxi skirt look. There was Lauren Hutton and her model-off-duty style, Françoise Hardy who stepped out in some of the best outerwear that inspired our jackets, and Jerry Hall who always flawlessly transformed from bohemian for day and very sophisticated and elegant at night,” explains the designer.
Every piece in the collection exudes a sense of individuality, an adventurous attitude, and the bohemian style of the women from the ’70s. On the collection’s range, Al Sharqi says, “This season continues to show the brand’s evolution by offering elevated tailored separates that can be worn for the day and paired with more sophisticated pieces suitable for night.” The collection’s versatility and range is a nod to the way in which women then would wear a graphic printed blouse with a pair of flared leather pants as daywear, and a metallic sequin dress under a shearling jacket for night.
The collection will be available to shop at madiyahalsharqi.com soon.