With 42 outlets across the MENA region, Al Motahajiba, which was established in 1982, is one of the oldest and most renowned labels in abaya fashion. Their Fall/Winter 2011 line-up lavishly utilised the finest fabrics and Swarovski crystals to create a wardrobe fit for a leading lady of style, elegance and substance. The collection comprising jalabiyas and abayas, paid special attention on stylish cuts and embellishment.
Sinuous jalabiyas in magnificent hues of pink, green and white were adorned with crystal piping and sequinned sleeve borders. Empire-waisted capes were worn over gowns and delicately held in place with bands of crystals.
The colourful jalabiyas were followed by a presentation of traditional abayas featuring a variety of contemporary details ranging from baggy sleeves to tapered ankles. Panels of coloured silk worked their way into the black fabric as black capes flared to reveal their colourful inner sides.
Flared sleeves were a near permanent fixture on the runway. The 2-piece abaya, with a separated skirt and bodice also made an appearance with pale gold appliques along the neckline and the shayla.
The Fall/Winter collection emphasized the label's philosophy that strives to infuse modern sensibilities into the traditional abaya. Photo Cortesy: Dubai Fashion Week