With Ramadan around the corner, a wardrobe lined with festive kaftans to carry you through all the iftar and suhoor dinners you’ll be attending is essential. This is why every year, a number of our region’s designers create a special capsule collection of striking kaftans and abayas in celebration of the Holy Month.
Recently, Rami Al Ali joined forces with Bil Arabi’s Nadine Kanso on a sophisticated range of kaftans, which combine Al Ali’s feminine silhouettes with Kanso’s signature calligraphy motifs. The result is a lineup of lightweight, crepe, lamé, and organza fabrics in vivid tones of generation Z yellow, peach, eggshell blue, and blush pink. Inspired by flowers, several of the looks feature Kanso’s signature Arabic calligraphy, which takes form in floral patterns around the shoulders, necklines, sleeves, and lengths.
“Besides our friendship, we both share art and design backgrounds, so the idea of this collaboration came naturally to us. I love Nadine’s work as an artist and we have so much in common,” says the Syrian couturier, who shares exclusive sketches of the collection with Vogue.me. “We both embrace our heritage and like to showcase it in an aesthetically modern way. We also love merging the east and the west, the old and the new, and the modern and classic.”
The designs come in four different styles, Hobbak Ward, Sabah Al Ward, Ward Ya Ward, and Oyoonak Ward, and will be available to purchase from The Modist as well as Harvey Nichols in Riyadh.
Lead Image: Rami Al Ali Spring 2017