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Conservative couture

Words: Emma van Braningen

November 18, 2011

With so much skin on show, especially with summer on our doorstep, it’s refreshing to see a chic collection that covers up, whilst still looking oh so GLAM!

 

Traditionally of Afghani and Arabic descent, Rabia Z. is a groundbreaking Islamic designer, making fashion forward inroads into the Middle Eastern style world. Her latest collection takes you on a trip through a 1001 Arabian Nights, with dresses worn over skinny pants paired with stilettos, and colourfully draped models looking fabulously feminine. As she herself states, her designs cater “to the niche needs of the global citizen who seeks to be in touch with the latest international style but within the tenets of Faith”. And we love that her fashion is inclusive, individual and totally idiosyncratic!

 

Rabia has showcased her work at the likes of Dubai and Miami Fashion Week, and was awarded with the 2007 Emerging Designer Award for her collection at Dubai. She’s collaborated with other designers such as Steve Madden and Giuseppe Zanotti, as well as Puma and Adidas for her more casual wear.

 

Calling her collections ‘conservative couture’, she has also launched a high street label, Ruby. We love her playful, quirky take on ethnic elegance – take inspiration from the clever way she drapes material to cover yet capture your figure.

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