The last few years have brought about an influx of designers from Saudi Arabia who are reshaping and broadening the womenswear market with their modern and contemporary designs. Some you might have already heard of or read about on Savoir Flair, and some have been off-the-radar but have been dressing Hollywood celebrities the likes of Chrissy Teigen and Elizabeth Banks. Here, Savoir Flair presents the seven Saudi Arabian brands you need to add in your fashion repertoire (there’s something to suit each discerning taste). Scroll through to meet and discover the brands to check out now.
It’s been less than a year since Saudi-born Yousef Akbar debuted his brand, but he already has celebrity bragging rights and design awards up his sleeve. The likes of Chrissy Teigen and Kelly Rowland are fans of Akbar’s fluid drapings, sensual silhouettes, and industrial-themed detailings.
You’ll Like This If You Like: Christopher Kane, Givenchy, and Maison Margiela
Headed by creative director Mohammed Ashi, the Beirut-based Saudi Arabian designer produces jaw-dropping creations with such precise attention to detail and drama that often result in creations that leave one utterly breathless.
You’ll Like This If You Like: Giambattista Valli, Lanvin, and Alexander McQueen
Arwa Al Banawi
Eternally inspired by contemporary arts and modern silhouettes, Arwa Al Banawi is a young Saudi Arabian brand that gets stronger by the season. Originally started a range of playful printed suits, the brand is now slowly broadening its collection with easy-to-wear, cool-girl separates that can effortlessly take you from work to play.
You’ll Like This If You Like: 3.1 Phillip Lim, Derek Lam, and J.Crew
Nora Al Shaikh
For those who are inclined towards classics with a twist, then look no further as Nora Al Shaikh could be one of your newfound favorites. Founded in 2012, the Los Angeles-based designer’s strengths are creating timeless, chic, and glamorous pieces that every fashion-savvy woman needs for her closet.
You’ll Like This If You Like: Johanna Ortiz, Ellery, and Isa Arfen
Razan Alazzouni is not just a strong Saudi Arabian designer — she is one of the Middle East’s foremost fashion designers. Her brand has found a strong cult following and has been the go-to label for locals seeking evening dresses that are superbly feminine.
You’ll Like This If You Like: Oscar de la Renta, Delpozo, and Carolina Herrera
Sotra, which means modest clothing, is the brainchild of fashion designer Mariam Bin Mahfouz. Offering a playful and urban take on the traditional thobe and tunic, each item has a hint of quirk that is perfect for weekends, and proudly designed and produced in Saudi Arabia.
You’ll Like This If You Like: Stella Jean, Mother of Pearl, and MSGM
Toby Femme by Hatem Alakeel
Saudi Arabian designer Hatem Alakeel makes feminine workwear clothes with a masculine edge by combining precise tailoring with lustrous print and luxurious fabrics.
You’ll Like This If You Like: Dries Van Noten, Haider Ackermann, and Etro