Shaggy Coats and Pastel Embroideries? Madiyah Al Sharqi Makes It Work

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Madiyah Al Sharqi is going global. As the celebrated Emirati designer makes waves in our very own back yard, she continues to break new ground on international territories with her latest and greatest, which comprises a Fall 2016 collection of shaggy lambskin and shearling separates contrasted with great effect against her signature pastels and classic embroidery.

Today, the designer’s collection appears on Moda Operandi in a global trunk show that puts her even further on the fast-track to international expansion. Commenting on the collection, Al Sharqi tells Savoir Flair exclusively, “As my brand’s reach is evolving into other regions, I have made a conscious effort to include more separates and daywear, and also incorporate a wider mix of fabrics. This season I included shearling, lambskins, and suedes as well as a knitted shag. For the color palette, I of course infused some pastels but included khakis and forest green, a nod to my military inspiration.”

In a lookbook styled by Anya Ziourova and shot in New York City, Al Sharqi’s 70s-inspired silhouettes are exemplary of her evolution as a designer. Always looking back on her past collections, with a firm eye on the future while respecting her house’s DNA, her line tells a narrative few others in the region tell. She’s been credited as the “Middle East’s Best” season after season, which is an apt title for a creative who is not only consistently producing her best work but is also flying the flag for the Middle East abroad.

See the exclusive first look of the collection in the gallery above.

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