All Eyes on Fall 2017
In the Arab world, look-at-me eye makeup—particularly in the form of thick kohl, bold colors, and power brows— is more than just a means of elongating eyes or accentuating the features. Statement makeup has become shorthand for self-definition and expression. Long before models at Balmain, Brandon Maxwell, Prabal Gurung, Versace, and Prada strutted down the Fall 2017 runway with contemporary cat-eyes, women in Ancient Egypt were exaggerating their eyes with at-home formulations of makeup. Historically, women would crush malachite— a copper carbonate mineral— to create turquoise eye stains to further accentuate their ubiquitous kohl-rimmed eyes.
In the video ahead, Vogue Arabia teams up with Dubai-based film director Tamas Sabo and makeup artist Bianca Hartkopf to bring you a line up of contemporary, and striking eye Fall 2017 makeup ideas that will transition you flawlessly into the new season and beyond.
Director: Tamas Sabo
Art Director: Vivienne Balla
Models: Jasmin & Samira @ Wilhemina Dubai
Stylist: Gemma M Jones
Makeup and Hair: Bianca Hartkopf
Music: Aldous Young
Editor: Tamas Sabo
Behind the scenes of Jourdan Dunn’s Vogue Arabia Shoot
Peek behind the scenes of supermodel Jourdan Dunn‘s first ever Vogue Arabia shoot, “Meet Me in Istanbul”, to see the runway star and cover girl striking her poses in romantic dresses and a bold color palette that is primed for summer escapes.
Photography: Cüneyt Akeroğlu
Fashion editor: Konca Aykan
Makeup: Antony Preel
Hair: Paolo Soffiatti at Bryant Artists
Video: Ömer Can Duman
Model: Jourdan Dunn at Women Management
Production: 212 Studio
Location: Ciragan Palace Kempinski Istanbul
Boat: Vintage Bosphorus Boats
Maha Abdul Rasheed of Bambah on Conservative Dressing
Bambah launched onto the Dubai scene with it’s carefully curated, high-end vintage boutique under the sharp eye of Maha Abdul Rasheed. After a few years as the leading destination of elegant pre-loved pieces, Rasheed took to the design studio herself and launched Bambah. The collection is now stocked on Farfetch and captures the classical glamour and ardor for the sharp silhouettes of the 1950s. Appliqué and oversized florals are a sartorial signature for the UAE-based designer.
As Rasheed shares with Vogue.me a striking video about her biggest style inspiration – her mother – we speak to the modest style pioneer about key tips for dressing on-point and find out what’s around the corner for the breakout brand.
How do you handle the nuances of women’s attire being striking yet conservative?
I think it all comes down to the woman’s character and how she carries herself. I strongly believe that modesty and fashion can co-exist and there are no limits to how you can make them both work. We are surrounded with the concept of modesty and it’s just about using your creativity and imagination in making it work the way you see fit.
What key style tips did you learn from your mother?
#1: Easy does it. When it comes to choosing outfits and layering clothes, I’ve learned from my mom that simplicity is king! She always tells me to wear the clothes and not let the clothes wear me.
#2: Softly, softly. Opt for light colors and soft linens, as they work very well together and are well suited for any occasion – whether a boardroom meeting or a night out with friends.
#3: Color co-ord. Always choose colors and textures that sit well together and complement your complexion and body shape.
#4: Accessorize! My mom always accessorized with elegant pieces, such as pearl necklaces, glamorous shoes, and nice rings to complete the look.
#5: Dress in comfort and confidence. My mom told me that whether you’re getting dressed in the morning to start the day or at night to begin your evening, you should remember to choose outfits that make you comfortable in who you are so you radiate confidence. Nothing looks better than a woman dressed in confidence. If your heels are too high and hurt your feet, don’t wear them.
#6: Be effortless. Don’t get lost by being surrounded with so many beautiful clothes and don’t put in too much effort trying to look good. She always tells me to dress for myself and not for anyone else; to move a lot, laugh a lot, and always have fun being who I am.
What is in the pipeline for the brand in 2017?
We’re very excited to be launching our SS18 in September, which was inspired by Jaipur, the Pink city in India. We’re also collaborating with an Indian shoe designer to launch a limited-edition capsule collection inspired by our trip to India.
Bambah’s Fall 2017 collection is available to purchase online now, entitled The Romance of Josephine. Bambah Boutique is located on The Boulevard, City Walk 2 in Building 13, Dubai, and available online.
On The Modern Woman: A Fashion Film by Rula Galayini
Rula Galayini’s short fashion film for Vogue Arabia celebrates the millennial woman who likes to switch up her accessories, challenge herself, and do so in chic ready-to-wear. “I felt that the best way to show the distinctive Rula Galayini brand promise of ‘dynamic accessories for a real-life edge’ and the unique functional aspect of our handbags, was through a film,” the DDFC/Vogue Fashion Prize 2016 nominee tells Vogue Arabia.
The project also taps into the brand’s enthusiasm to collaborate with young regional talent, and enlisted the help of Dubai-based creative collective Things By People (TBP). TBP was founded by Mansoor Bhatti and Faisal Shah with the aim to raise the bar on presenting emerging and established Arab talent and beyond. “Director Bhatti captured the brand vision perfectly, adding his own distinctive flair,” says Galayini. The result is a playful fashion-fuelled mini flick that looks at themes with an inherent whimsy. “The idea of the film is to show an empowered girl who challenges the status quo, often adopting an alternative approach to life,” Galayini says. “She is fuelled by curiosity, directed by instinct, grounded by ethics, and determined to leave her mark with intelligence and kindness alike.”
The film and collection comes as a response to a demand for authenticity and a lasting cause that resonates with women of all ages. “It’s for women who want to set their own standards and express themselves wholly without compromising on taste and, more importantly, on themselves,” Galayini says.
The film expands on the brand’s Spring 2017 collection entitled “Dynamic Duality.” Key handbags styles offer interchangeable elements and pop-off pieces that give the wearer the choice to switch up their look. “Today’s generation is more liberated and entitled than those before them. They dream more. They expect more. They search for more. They ask for more. They are in a constant dynamic overdrive questioning expectations, pushing the norms, and challenging the status quo,” says the Lebanese designer. The resonance of the film has depth and the collection is totally Instagrammable and versatile to boot.
The Rula Galayini Spring 2017 collection is available online and at Middle Eastern stockists, including Galeries Lafayette in Dubai Mall, Bloomingdales in Kuwait, and Harvey Nichols in Riyadh.
Behind-the-Scenes: Nelly Karim and Hend Sabry’s Vogue Shoot
Ramadan TV stars Nelly Karim and Hend Sabry feature in Vogue Arabia’s June issue, titled Celebrating Identity with cover star Halima Aden, in a fashion shoot on location in Cairo at the Mena House Hotel. Go behind-the-scenes to see the screen stars make their Vogue debut. To find out more about the pearls of Arab drama, subscribe to get our latest issue as they talk ballet, late nights, and how to achieve work-life balance.
Direction: Photo Boutique Egypt
Photography: Shahira Zaki
Cinematography: Nazly Abou Seif
Cinematography Assistant: Marwan Morsy
Styling: Maissa Azab and Sahar.M.Azab
Make-up: Soraya Shawky
Hair: Mohamed AlSagheer Salons
Soundtrack: Osiris By Hossam Ramzy
Location: Mena House Hotel