The last and final post featuring local designers within the UAE and Middle East region and I think I’ve saved the best for last. Even though my previous post also featured Baruni – see here – this outfit which I styled with a clutch from Primark and a pair of heels from Zara is by far my fav outfit. Echoing hues of sports luxe and athleisure, the wide legged trousers and cape top (see here) is something I would totally have in my wardrobe and even wear as separates – the possibilities are endless! The vibrant orange colour (orange is the new black doncha’ know!!) with clean black lines and peekaboo features against the stunning sunset desert back-drop just added to the whole look and style of the two-piece and one thing about this fab co-ord……it is soooo comfortable.
Created by Fadwa Baruni, whose influences are drawn from the structured world of engineering as well as her professional career in Europe and her North African heritage – her collections are “designed for the energetic and driven modern woman who wants to feel stylish yet comfortable at all times”. Trained in art and fashion design at Edinburgh College of Art, Fadwa combines strong fashion sensibilities with her earlier training in engineering to design a collection that displays sophisticated, clean lines and sharp tailoring, all constructed for ease and fit.
Over the years Fadwa has been strongly influenced by regional and local cultural influences as well as the colours and textures of nature, developing a signature style for the Baruni Collection. Recent collections have drawn their inspiration from the desert and from the presence of the sea. Strong colours, cuts and fabrics characterize the Baruni collections, creating a distinctive style which is building a growing following in the Middle East region. Having seen her collection, I’m so glad I arranged this photo shoot in the desert in Al Qudra in Dubai (and a stone throw away from where I live) as it definitely show-cases the strong vision in her designs and the colours just pop against the neutral sandy dunes and landscape.
So this is it…..this concludes my final post on my series feature of a few local designers I really admire in the region. This has been something quite different for me and something quite cool and interesting for my blog. Maybe its something I will do each season featuring different designers each time…..maybe not? But…..I have loved this little direction I took and opens up a new world to me as you all know I’m a complete high-street girl and I’m very happy and comfortable being one. I have loved the luxurious side to seeing the collections in all their glory and the quality of the clothes. So true what they say eh…….you pay for what you get and sometimes I wonder about the whole ‘fast-fashion’ world which is becoming a hot-topic in todays society. That’s a whole other blog post it itself but for now I’m gonna head off into the sunset and into the desert and try to figure out where my camel is? Anyone seen him……….?