Three Middle Eastern designers you need to know now
Dilek Hanif, Jelena Bin Drai, Madiyah Al Sharqi
M iddle Eastern fashion has quickly gained recognition in recent years, especially with the boom of modest dressing. While Elie Saab, Rami Kadi, Zuhair Murad and Rami Al Ali are renowned fashion houses who have made it to coveted fashion weeks including Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week, there are three emerging Middle Eastern designers you need to add to your must-know list. Here, Buro 24/7 Middle East digests the Dilek Hanif, Jelena Bin Drai and Madiyah Al Sharqi...
Considered to be the first Turkish designer to showcase her collections during Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week, Dilek Hanif has transformed her own unique style and inspirations into a range of must-see designs. Mostly infused with her signature blend of Ottoman era-inspired colours and elegant ensembles, Hanif's collections include rich fabrics and hand embroidery seen in silhouettes of gowns, capes and truly Middle Eastern cuts.
Jelena Bin Drai
Making her debut with a chic Spring/Summer '16 collection at Fashion Forward Dubai, Jelena Bin Drai has quickly made a name within the Middle Eastern market. Founded in Dubai, the Middle Eastern designer transforms each collection into a wearable wardrobe that could work from day to night, with a range of coveted materials and contemporary cuts.
Madiyah Al Sharqi
Known for her asymmetrical cuts and relaxed silhouettes, Emirati designer Madiyah Al Sharqi continuously explores her passion for pastel-friendly silhouettes and feminine aesthetics. Gaining recognition on the catwalk of Fashion Forward Dubai — a platform to boost the profile of regional fashion brands — her creations have already been sold at BySymphony and Moda Operandi.
Dilek Hanif, Jelena Bin Drai and Madiyah Al Sharqi's collections are all available in the Middle East. Also, take a look at another Middle Eastern highlight in Coldplay's new music video, aptly titled "Miracles (Someone Special)".