For Velvet Magazine: “Covered Up Culture on the Catwalk”

Abaya-Inspired designs swept the floors of catwalks at F/W 2012 Fashion Weeks — As Paris Fashion Week came to a close this season, dark and dazzling design elements no doubt inspired by women from our deserts were plainly present on the runways, with designers like A.F. Vandevorst and Rick Owens going as far as to present  head-to-toe face covering ensembles that seemed to be grotesque representations of the “oppressed” Arab woman.

A.F. Vandevorst FW2012 PARISRick Ownes FW2012 PARIS

A.F. Vandevorst, Rick Owens

Be it a satire of cultural clothing from the Middle East or simply a coincidence, I was happy to see that such designs were largely outnumbered by designers who chose to portray the beauty, grace and nobility of the abaya instead:

Gareth Pugh FW2012 PARISGucci FW2012 b

Gareth Pugh, Gucci

Junya Watanabe FW2012 PARISTemperley London FW2012

Junya Watanabe, Temperley London

Zac Posen FW2012

Ter et Bantine, Zac Posen

Alexis Mabille SS2012Christian Dior FW2012 PARIS

Alexis Mabille, Christian Dior

Commes Des Garcons FW 2012 PARISDaks FW2012

Commes des Garcons, DAKS

Elie Saab FW2012

Damir Dona, Elie Saab

Read my fashion feature in Velvet Magazine here:

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An active browser of Tumblr and Pinterest, I couldn’t help but notice abaya-inspired ensembles in some recent street style photographs…Looks like they aren’t only conquering the international runways, but the sidewalks too!

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