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10 Looks to Steal from the Runway of Islamic Fashion Week

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Dressing modestly doesn’t have to mean sacrificing fashion. Check out our 10 favorite Islamic runway looks you can copy for a modest, on-trend outfit!

The Islamic fashion runway is an exciting place. After all, designers in this realm have proven that they can expertly craft unique, trendy styles while keeping modesty in mind at all times. Islamic fashion today can be just as vibrant and exhilarating as any other segment of the fashion world, yet it is uniquely tailored to the desires of today’s modern Muslim woman. The following are ten beautiful looks that you can steal from the runway at this year’s Islamic Fashion Week show in Istanbul.

  1. Gulshaan: Blue Maxi Dress Abaya: Loose, flowing, and decadently comfortable, there is no denying that this trendy yet subtle dress will continue to gain in popularity. Tailored details, a matching-fabric belt, and a conservative neckline contribute to the modest yet regal look. Look for dresses in this style that are constructed of 96% poly/4% spandex for comfort and wrinkle-free care, and then select a color that suits your personality. Blues were quite popular during Fashion Week this year!
  1. Muslima Wear: Muslima Wear: At this year’s Islamic Fashion Week, countless varieties of elegantly styled looks from Muslima Wear were on full display. Modest styles included shawls, dresses, evening dresses, blouses, jackets, skirts, vests, and more. Slightly eclectic styles were seen at the show, indicating that perfectly matching separates are not required. In fact, you can pick and choose pieces to match your unique tastes! We loved the colors and unique design of their purple abaya, which are echoed in this purple abaya.
Muslima Wear
  1. Naelofar: Innovative designer Naelofar HIjab displayed several beautiful gown and hijab pairings on the Islamic Fashion Week runway, and their collection includes more than a dozen unique lines. From the elegant Victoria line of hijabs to the flowing, draped Annabelle, there are so many styles to choose from to create stunning, one-of-a-kind fashion statements. To mirror the elegant lines and crisp, pastel colors of the Naelofar collection, consider pairing a Saeera Palestinian Embroidered long maxi dress with your choice of stylish Hijab. You’ll look “just off the runway” in no time!
  1. Ainee Suhaidi: Designer outfits from Ainee Suhaidi on display at Islamic Fashion Week mirror those of the fashion maven’s traditional offerings - namely, trendy everyday wear that combines comfort and affordability. Think of Ainee Suhaidi fashions as “real clothing” that you could wear on any given day, but they’re just a bit higher on the elegance scale than most other options. From caftans to jumpsuits, capes to cardigans, a host of trends were on display - and you can emulate an Ainee Suhaidi runway look by selecting a formal hand beaded caftan dress with wrap scarf in your choice of colors.
Ainee Suhaidi
  1. Ainee Suhaidi: The designers at Ainee Suhaidi went all out this year and displayed some of the most innovative designs among modest clothing exhibitioners at the show. Long tunics and fitted pants paired beautifully with a set of elegant black pumps, while crocheted sweaters and a sleek black dress delivered a classic yet on-trend look for modern Islamic women. To reproduce this look yourself, consider ordering a Warda crinkle chiffon pleated long tunic, stylish black cigarette pants in black, and a Myra long knit sweater cardigan in Ivory. The overall look is sleek, modern, and tasteful.
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  1. Kübra Biriktir: With hundreds of thousands of “likes” on social media, Kübra Biriktir is a leader in the Islamic women’s fashion movement, and delivered a stunning display at the Islamic Fashion Week show in Istanbul. To recreate one of the standout looks that was seen on the runway, consider ordering a Minka lace maxi dress abaya with scarf in stunning ivory and tan. This dress faithfully replicates the beige colored dress that debuted during the Kübra Biriktir presentation.
Kübra Biriktir
  1. Aidijuma: This iconic Islamic fashion house delivered a truly beautiful collection at the Islamic Fashion Week show this year, including many ensembles that featured spectacularly-layered looks and eclectic print choices. Colors, textures, and prints collided to create a whirlwind of fashion possibilities, and Aidijuma held nothing back when it came time to push the boundaries of today’s modern Islamic styles. To construct an outfit that mirrors the style, sophistication, and elegance of one of Aidijuma’s most revelatory looks this year, order Rani lace applique stretch velvet leggings, a Charlene embroidered long formal tunic in Dusty Rose color, and the IZA gold silk wrap hijab with hand beaded motifs. You’ll have the Aidijuma look for a fraction of the cost.
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  1. Hilal Oguzkan: It’s all Haute Couture from this incredible fashion house, and the 2016 Islamic Fashion Week provided the perfect opportunity for the designer to display far-reaching styles that expertly blend modern, sophisticated touches, with a reverence for modest, traditional styles. To capture the essence of Hilal Oguzkan yourself, order wide leg satin Palazzo pants that deliver a luxurious drape and incredible movement, then opt for a Sabine embroidered long tunic in crisp white. The combination delivers a comfortable look that is modest yet edgy.
Hilal Oguzkan
  1. Mevra: Stunning dresses are the calling card of Islamic women’s fashion designer Mevra. Designed to make you look absolutely gorgeous on a sophisticated night out or during a unique celebration, these dresses are transcendent and are simply wondrous to behold. To replicate the look and feel of Mevra’s regal dresses on display at the 2016 Islamic Fashion Week, try the Elsa maxi dress with wrap scarf in Café, complete with raglan sleeves, soft chiffon scarf, and shimmery gold edging.
  1. Esin Ertan: Attendees of Islamic Fashion Week this year in Istanbul were treated to Esin Ertan’s collection of sleek, modern, and modest fashion choices. Colors and patterns are often intentionally muted by this designer, but the intricate tailoring and flattering designs catch the eye and prompt descriptors like “versatility, sophistication, and femininity.” Bringing the best of Ertan home doesn’t require huge sums of money or a custom design consultation - instead, simply order a Baylie long curved med midi tunic dress in basic black, then add a pair of Zohra tailored cigarette pants in the same color. You’ll evoke thoughts of the Esin Ertan collection, all without spending a lot of money.
Esin Ertan


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