Women who choose to wear the hijab have pretty limited choices when it comes to designer clothing that meets their needs but one prominent fashion house has stepped up to the mark with its first collection of hijabs and abayas.
Italian label Dolce & Gabbana unveiled its debut hijab and abaya (the latter of which are the full-length, long-sleeved dresses worn by some Muslim women) collection on Style.com/Arabia and it’s stunning.
Neutral colours (black, white and beige) form the main part of the palette, with plenty of embroidery and lace.
Sheer georgette and satin weave charmeuse fabrics add to the luxe feel (as do the fabulous shoes and handbags).
Monochrome prints are bold and eye-catching.
When pops of colour do appear they come in the form of summer flowers and fruit.
Style.com/Arabia also mentioned the “lightweight and dramatic drape,” which gives D&G’s debut hijab collection “special occasion overlays to be worn to celebrate the inimitable dolce vita that is distinct to us in the Arab world.”
Muslim model Mariah Idrissi, who wears the hijab, featured in retailer H&M’s ad campaign last October. “It feels like women who wear hijab are ignored when it comes to fashion,” she said in an interview with Fusion. “Our style, in a way, hasn’t really mattered, so it’s amazing that a brand that is big has recognized the way we wear hijab.”
D&G have set the bar high with this collection — now we need other designers to cater for fashion-forward, hijab-wearing women.