Dolce & Abaya

While most fashion designers would prefer to commit grievous sins against cultural appropriation, merely grabbing what they like from traditional cultural attire, some know how to respectfully incorporate other cultures.

Dolce & Gabbana, with its love of racy campaigns and barely-clad models of both genders, seemed an unlikely candidate for achieving this back in 2016 before it released its abaya collection, which was received worldwide by both editors and clients with enthusiasm. Last November, the Italian duo went one step further and shot a series of photos in Old Dubai, near the traditional spice and gold souks – a distinctly unglamorous location, but far more authentic.

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The Morelli Brothers, long-time D&G photographers, were the snappers behind the fun, natural shoot, which featured local models. As Stefano points out, the brand has specific collections for Russia and China – so why not for Arabia? This season’s collections include lovely scalloped lace panelling, and fun print designs. The abayas can also be worn in a more Western style as kaftans, according to Stefano, who says that the duo did extensive research before launching the initial collection and wanted to be respectful of local tastes. The label also has a collection of shoes to pair with abayas, such as low-heeled sliders, wedges and flat sandals that mimic the Khaleeji sandal style.

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