A duo of Qatari designers came together to present a new take on modest, traditional fashion from the Middle East at NYFW. The star of the show was not only garments but intricate jewelry designs as well. Ghada Albuainain X Harlienz garments and accessories floated down the runway showing that modest fashion and jewelry are a force in the modern fashion landscape.
Ghada Albuainain x Harlienz
The collections epitomized Middle Eastern chic with soft desert toned silks adorning the runway with effortless style. The gold and diamond jewelry pieces complemented the looks with a sophisticated global appeal felt ethereal and wearable. The show centered around the theme of Arabian raw fashion touches with asymmetrical cuts draped in silks, organzas, and linens along with the unconventional designs of Ghada Al Buainain Jewelry. Demure sophisticated asymmetrical gowns were made with such fabrics; pure silks, organza, and linen-draped effortlessly, yet highlighted structural dimension in each look. Solid neutral tones and contrasting colors like deep purple, burgundy, and emerald – all served as a chic canvas, accentuating the accessories.
The show producers, Manjulakshmi Bharathan and Carrot GK, scoured the region of Qatar reviewing over 100 designers to showcase at NYFW, and stumbled upon two best friends with two dynamic brands. The ready to wear collection from Harlienz and jewelry from Ghada Al Buainain juxtaposed soft silhouettes of silk layers with structural gold jewelry inspired by hardware, and encrusted with diamonds – both brands were designed and made in Qatar.
Both designers sought deep into their relationship to come together for this collection. Ghada established herself in Qatar focused on gold jewelry, inspired by unconventional techniques, chicken wire, and common hardware store goods. Accessories included bracelets, rings, and necklaces encrusted with diamonds and other gemstones.
Photography: Craig Barritt/Getty Images for Mizalla
What did you think of this modest collection? Do you have any favorite looks?