Dolce Gabbana 2016 Abaya Collection for Saudi Arabia reveal

Dolce Gabbana 2016 Abaya Collection for Saudi Arabia reveal

Dolce Gabbana 2016 Abaya Collection for Saudi Arabia reveal

Dolce Gabbana 2016 Abaya Collection for Saudi Arabia reveal

Dolce & Gabbana debut abaya collection for Arabia

Storied Italian House Dolce & Gabbana launched its very first abaya collection and made its global reveal on Style.com/Arabia this weekend. The Arab world had been anticipating this collection for months, since Stefano Gabbana had revealed plans last June.

“I’m really fascinated with the Middle East and we’ve just completed a pret-a-porter collection of abayas and sheylas.” he said in an interview with The National. “Pieces have some lace, embroidery and some prints -but not too much.”

For the most part, the collection comes in neutral hues—luxe black and sandy beige-while a sprinkling of abayas capture the Sicilian spirit of the house (and make a nod to the Spring 2016 collection) with printed daisies, lemons, and lush red roses. The abayas and hijabs come in sheer georgette and satin weave charmeuse fabrics and include copious lace details along hems. They also appear to feature a lightweight and dramatic drape, which makes this debut collection rife with special occasion overlays to be worn to celebrate the inimitable dolce vita that is distinct to the Arab world.

International design houses have been adapting their aesthetic to suit their largely Arab clientele so this is a trend that will possibly spread as easily as butter on warm bread.

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