The Arab world is some wonderful place. It’s been common knowledge for centuries and more than this region of the world hides the most beautiful women on Earth. And to these divine creatures, divine couture that respects their religion is well deserved. And because they’ve always been at the core of Elegance (even more than the French, just more discreet), Dolce and Gabbana finally stepped in the hijab and abaya game.
You read it well. The Italian house of luxury and feminine exquisiteness is willing to solidify its bond to the stylish Arab women. The collection which made its graceful and original debut on Style.com/Arabia, “come(s) in sheer georgette and satin weave charmeuse fabrics and include copious lace details along hem”. As though the genius duet behind the collection was elevating its inspiration woman to the stratosphere of good taste.
The debate regarding the cohabitation of religious beliefs and fashionable behavior has been on the international table for years. And iconic style influencers with origins from the Middle East never fail their generation proving that there is no evil in living both lives. What am I saying, it doesn’t even have to be two distinct lives but religion and style should unite to make one huge and tremendous activity that a woman flourish through.
Sadly, I can already foresee critics regarding the ‘capitalist move’ of Dolce & Gabbana, the ‘colonialistic issue’ of the collection (the West always trying to subject the East with its omnipresent hand on every aspect of life until religious garments). But I’d like to ask those preachers to open their eyes and minds for once, and think: why would the Arab clientele of high-fashion (6,600 dollars per day spent in France in 2014 according to Atout France) pass on a collection that finally meets all their needs? If I was religious and believed in the traditional Muslim uniform, I’d be thrilled to see my favorite fashion house create masterpieces for me to shine through my entire identity – that of a woman who loves both fashion and God very much.
Yes, obviously, it’s also a financial solution for Dolce & Gabbana to be one of the first ‘main’ couture house in the west to offer a luxurious alternative to their Muslim clientele. But the market is well settled in this area of the world, and it was just a matter of time before Middle East would welcome non-local houses to display their take on the abaya and hijab. Nothing is exclusive anymore in 2016, when everything is about promoting your vision and being the pioneer. And that, the Italian house seems to do well.
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