How to Wear the Season’s Hottest Hue
Everything is coming up red for fall. The fiery hue, which dominated the street style circuit and Fall 2017 runways (see Balenciaga, Valentino, and Max Mara), sees free spirits give the season’s statement-making berry hues an unexpected retro refresh. Rather than throwing on a vivid red blazer with a pair of vintage Levi’s, or coating fingertips with a slick of raspberry pigment, this season, fashion aficionados are color-blocking the hue.
The style takeaway? When it comes to bright reds, the bolder the better. Those who are not sure where to start can seek inspiration from Vogue Arabia’s mini fashion masterclass in the video ahead produced by Jullz Bek. For more style inspo, don’t forget to pick up a copy of the November issue, which features Rihanna as Nefertiti photographed by Greg Kadel on the cover, to see the full shoot.
Film: Jullz Bek
Photography: Mann at Things By People
Fashion: Claire Carruthers
Makeup: Toni Malt at Things By People
Hair: Eduardo Bravo at Things By People
Fashion assistant: Milli Midwood
Photography assistant: Comfort Nafuna
The 2017 Fashion Prize Stars on Winning & What’s Ahead
Faissal El-Malak (ready-to-wear), Joanna Laura Constantine (accessories), and Nadine Ghosn (high jewelry) are crowned the winners of the 2017 DDFC/Vogue Fashion Prize, and share with Vogue.me on their big night what’s its like to scoop up the Middle East‘s leading fashion accolade. From Rami Al Ali to Vogue Arabia’s Editor-in-Chief, hear what the leading lights of the industry have to say about 2017’s prize winners and their future.
Location: Five Palm Jumeirah Hotel Dubai
Production: Fashion Forward Dubai
Video: Peter Richweisz
Music: All Night Long by The Polish Ambassador
Girls Just Wanna Have Fun in Bambah Spring 2018
Maha Abdul Rasheed has multiple talents. Not only has the designer grown her brand from high-end boutique to a label in its own right, she knows how to recruit loyal customers with threads, shoots, and videos that have a universal appeal.
The UAE-based designer has just completed a trunkshow on Moda Operandi and has now recaptured the attention of FarFetch, one of her core stockists. Bambah will take over the e-commerce site’s homepage in mid-December with its Spring 2018 campaign video, shot on location in Jaipur, India, by Chirag Sadhnani. “Our Spring 2018 collection will be stocked in Harvey Nichols Dubai and on Ounass next month too,” Rasheed tells Vogue.me. “We’re hoping to continue expanding our stockists list and would like to explore new territories such as Turkey, Hong Kong, and Russia as we have received great interest from these three markets.”
A trip to The Pink City ignited a new round of creativity in the designer. “I was mesmerized by the rich colorful culture of Jaipur and the abundance of pink and orange roses everywhere.” That does indeed explain the flamboyant colors across the collection, from hot pink to loud citrus brights. “The vibrant markets and the calm of the palaces left a great impression on me.”
The hero piece from the collection sees India’s national flower, the lotus, stand out on printed silk organza and faille. This synergy between the brand and Indian culture is not a one-way street. Bollywood actors Aishwarya Rai and Priyanka Chopra are customers of Bambah. It also hangs in the wardrobes of Amal Clooney, Emma Roberts, and Dita Von Teese. It’s a global label with Dubai being its center of gravity.
The shoot doesn’t just serve up some sartorial direction for next summer, making us want to press fast-forward on the season, it also renews our girl-gang goals for vacations. Throughout the shoot, Bambah models take to convertibles, rooftops, and the drawing rooms of the Suján Palace in off-the-shoulder exaggerated ruffles (Rasheed’s design go-to) and tiered gowns in pop-art colors. The elephants reportedly proved to be difficult co-stars, with the shots alongside them taking more than four hours to capture. “It was so worth it, though,” Rasheed says.
Be it for something for formal events like the Theo pencil dress or one of the jaw-dropping Cinderella dresses, shopping this collection will feel more like a game of fairytale dress-up than consumerism. And there we have yet another Bambah talent to note: the art of making clothes that prompt an unnecessary (but coquettish) twirl. Ready, set, and spin.
Bambah is stocked in Harvey Nichols Dubai, Kuwait, and Riyadh; on Ounass.com and Farfetch.com; and at Chamelle Plaza in Jeddah. The Bambah Boutique is located at The Boulevard, City Walk 2 in Building 13, Dubai, and available online. The Spring 2018 collection will be available from late December 2017.
What It’s Really Like To Be a Fashion Prize Finalist
Last night it was announced that Faissal El-Malak (ready-to-wear), Joanna Laura Constantine (accessories), and Nadine Ghosn (high jewelry) are the winners of the 2017 DDFC/Vogue Fashion Prize, an annual award celebrating the region’s rising star talents. The finalists were chosen from a pool of more than 100 applicants from 13 countries across the region, resulting in 13 brands placed before a judging panel of industry leaders, including senior executives from the magazine and the DDFC. Watch the finalists’ journey through the process of completing collections, presenting to the judges, and up to the final verdict being announced…
Location: Dubai Institute of Design and Innovation
Production: Fashion Forward Dubai
Video: Peter Richweisz
Related Read: All about the 2017 DDFC/Vogue Fashion Prize gala
Zac Efron on His First Fragrance, Memories, and Wanderlust
Zac Efron made his Middle East debut on March 31 with an appearance at the Dubai Mall’s Paris Gallery, followed by a lavish party at Hai D3 to celebrate the launch of Hugo Boss Hugo Iced. The Baywatch actor is the face of the new fragrance – Vogue Arabia caught up with him to discuss the first fragrance he ever owned (spoiler alert: it’s not a cologne,) favorite memories, and his wanderlust.