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I recently did a blog post of the behind the scenes photo shoot for W by Walla look book.  I loved the collection, the detailing and more important that it was designed by a Bahraini designer!  The images below are my picks from this collecton.  The lookbook was photographed by award winning Bahraini photographer Ali Sharaf who is amazing at what he does.  I got the chance to interview Walla, who is a busy mum and a designer to find out more about inspirations, love for her country and a lot more.

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W By Walla is by a talented local bahraini designer and I was lucky enough to get to be behind the scenes on the set of her S/S14 lookbook shoot.  The collection is called ‘Reflections’ and her inspiration came from her own land, our island.  The colour palette she chose symbolize eastern shades of sand revived by deep emerald, striking turquoise and a pop of orange, emphasizing the sophisticated charm of the collection. Read the rest of this entry »

 Amal Al Mulla is a new Bahraini Label by sisters Amal and Maha Al Mulla.  The talented duo’s designs are pretty impressive especially since it’s their first collection which makes me hungry to see what they will come up with next! I love the architecture and structure of the clothes.  Soft chiffon, bold art deco inspired prints and contrasting fabric have summed up this strong, elegant, powerful collection. 

    

(Heba Al Hassan)

Here is an interview I did with a friend/Bahraini fashion designer Heba Al Hassan that I wanted to share with you.  She has her own unique sense of style and her designs can best be described as traditional fabrics in boho chic designs.  She is a spirited fun character and someone very dear. I am so proud of you Hebsters 🙂

1. How did you get into designing clothes?

When I was living in NYC studying Fashion I was so inspired by the fashion world that was all around me ~ NYC being one of the fashion capitals of the world. So when I came back to Bahrain in 2002 I started designing my own clothes. I had made myself a Ramadan Funky Jalabiya in Ramadan from gitrah fabric (Which I am still renowned for), and got my very first order from Muna Fakhro. When Formula One was coming to Bahrain for the first time I got so excited, and in one month created my very first 250 piece novelty-gitrah/t-shirt fabvric collection.. It had tops, dresses, shirts…Mash’Allah it was a Huge Success, and added so much love and meaning to my life!

2. What inspires you when you start a collection?

I get my inspiration from anywhere honestly…whether it be the latest designer or a flower in nature..but always always I am true to one thing ~ Retro boho chic. I am boho to the core. I love the 1960’s -70’s era of fashion..the colors, the comfort, the hip cool look of it all!

3. How long does it take to get a collection out?

It all depends…in the beginning my pieces were much more simple so I could get away with a couple of months of hard-work…now with the added handwork it takes almost a year to work on…I used very intricate hand-made embroidery in my last Ramadan Collection…very time consuming but gorgeous Mash’Allah in its intricate detailing…it’s like a work of are ~ Hand-work!

4. Describe the Women who wears your designs?

The clothes I design are timeless pieces. I always follow the trends in terms of shapes, cut, and colors, but there is something about the pieces that doesn’t make them stuck to a certain season. They are extremely feminine, and non-constraining. They have a bygone era feel about them.Therefore the women who are attracted to my clothes are the more free-spirited (boho), and young at heart sorts..My clothes are very fun, and spirited. They are conservative, yet attract attention in their uniqueness. So I guess you have to be the kind of woman who is not afraid of being a wall-flower;)

5. Where can we get your designs?

I have a small quaint shop called Darjee tailor-House which is burrowed in the magical side of Umm Al-Hassam. I chose this location for the very reason that it is homey and cosy. It allows me the relaxation of being able to create without being disturbed. I have annual collections which one can choose from, and I design as per order. I welcome everyone with open arms, and enjoy working with all sorts of back-grounds..makes the challenge of creativity much more exciting!

6. Whose style do you admire?

I definitely am a boho Queen at heart. I admire any woman who is not a slave to fashion. A woman who can mix different pieces, and come up with her own style. From the past I adore Brigette Bardott, and from the modern day stars..her modern counter-part Sienna Miller. I love Nicole Richie and Kate Moss too:)

7. If you could do anything else other than designing what would you do?

That’s a funny question, because like a kid in a candy shop…My ideologies keep changing. I am always me..artistic and free-spirited, but where I am at keeps definitely changing. If I could go back…I definitely would have gotten a degree in special needs. Back then, there wasn’t this increase in autism as we see it now. I would have loved to have a degree in special needs. I love and adore children, and believe these kids are so so so special, and would of loved the honor to work with them. Insh’Allah I still will be able to have this chance. It’s never too late. Also…don’t laugh..but I am fascinated with Dolphins..I would so have loved to be a part-time Dolphin Trainer! Nowadays I am tapping into Healing. I have discovered Al-Hamdulil’Allah that I am energetically intuned..and this is something which can allow me to connect and help other people. I am definitely looking into it:)

*images belong to darjee

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