Haute Couture Fashion Week has begun with a resounding boom. Or should we say, a hurried flurry of voluminous gowns and silk hemlines bracing the runway floor? As the show schedule kicks off with couture houses presenting today, including Dior and Georges Hobeika, we’ve already spotted Vogue Arabia December issue cover star, Nora Attal grace the circuit at ready-to-wear shows in the build up to haute and has just walked for Dior Haute Couture Spring 2018.
Moroccan model, Nora Attal took to the cover of Vogue Arabia’s finale 2017 issue wearing Fall 2017 ensembles that championed conservative elegance and achingly-cool cover-ups that transition well from travels East and West respectively. See the exclusive short film starring Attal, shooting on location with Vogue Arabia fashion team, photographed by Emma Summerton and styled by Katie Trotter:
Attal’s runway CV features brands such as Versace, Chanel, and Loewe, the J.W Anderson muse (her first booking at aged 14 for Anderson) is a regular on the menswear and womenswear fashion week circuit. Taking time out from her studies, Attal oscillates her life as a student with runway cameos. Library books are in tow backstage as she hops from show space to fittings. And this season has been no exception. “I would only do shows on the weekends and then fly back on Sunday to be in school for Monday. And I would have to study during fittings, backstage, and in my hotel.” Despite juggling school and modeling, the 18-year-old still managed to grace the runways of Sonia Rykiel, and Dior, and feature on a British Vogue cover alongside Stella Tennant, Edie Campbell, and Kate Moss. No less, leading the December 2017 issue of Vogue Arabia – her first sole Vogue cover.
Attal walked for Kenzo Fall 2018 menswear wearing a women’s ready-to-wear look (a chunky faux fur coat with painterly, punkish floral pattern styled with peek-a-boo black boots). The exaggerated eye-liner flicks and backcombed hair swept up leant a Amy Winehouse-edge to Attal’s classically beautiful features. Demonstrating her diversity, the Moroccan model took to the Hermès Pre-Fall 2018 runway wearing a head-to-toe blush pink coat and trouser suit, with her hair poker straight and slung behind her shoulders.
Rewind to yesterday and the star walked for Maria Grazia Chiuri’s surrealist Haute Couture Spring 2018 collection, wearing a monochrome evening gown with exaggerated eyeliner flicks by makeup maestro Peter Philips.
It’s the versatility the young Arab model shows time and again that renders her top of our watch list during the show season. Attal can stride down the international runway in many guises: as the icon, the renegade, the girl-next-door, or the glamazon. Watch this space, this Vogue Arabia cover girl is just getting started.
Below see the fashion desk’s edit on Attal’s best runway moments so far:
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