Dolce Gabbana Reveals Luxury Hijab and Abaya Collection
New York – Italian luxury fashion house Dolce & Gabbana revealed a new collection of luxury Muslim wear for women. The Milan-based designers unveiled their first high-end hijab and abaya collection.The photos of the new collection were disclosed by Style.com/Arabia magazine on Sunday, where the entire collection can be seen.The collection features 14 different looks mostly in neutrals colors, highlighting black and beige tones. Keeping true to D&G’s world-known designs, the high-end hijabas and abayas include “printed daisies, lemons and lush red roses.”According to Style magazine, the collection is made of sheer georgette and satin, accented with lace details and layered patterns on the hemlines. Luxury accessories such as handbags, stilettos and sunglasses complement the elegant looks. “To Muslim women with a taste for luxury fashion, this collection is an exciting development,” a post on Vogue.com said on Tuesday.“Brands are finally taking note of what I’ve been advocating since I founded the fashion brand Haute Hijab in 2010-that Muslims (in this case Muslim women) are a thriving, fully-functioning and active segment of society who deserve to be acknowledged and heard, ” Melanie Elturk, CEO of Haute Hijab wrote in Elle Magazine in 2015.A number of fashion houses have released smaller collections of apparel in the past targeting Muslim women for Ramadan, including DKNY, Oscar de la Renta and Tommy Hilfiger. However, D&G is the first brand to debut a full independent collection.According to management consultant company Bain, cited by Forbes.com, sales of personal luxury items in the Middle East reached US $8.7 billion in 2015 — up from $6.8 billion in 2014.Muslims are expected to spend nearly $484 billion on apparel by 2019, as reported by Fortune magazine.Dolce & Gabbana has 13 stores and boutiques in the United Arab Emirates, in addition to Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia.The new hijab and abaya collection is proof that being conservative and wearing Muslim apparel can be synonym of beauty, top-quality, elegance, and modernity.