It seems like only a few years ago that there was a shortage of options when it came to styles appropriate for the Holy Month. However, the fashion industry has caught on to the gap in the market and is churning out bigger and better Ramadan-oriented collections. About time, right? But while major brands are getting in on the frenzy and e-commerce sites like Net-a-Porter are now releasing Ramadan edits, it might be easy to overlook modest styles right here in your own backyard. What better way to celebrate Ramadan than by selecting looks from regional designers – designers who actually live and work in the Middle East and shape their collections after Arab culture already?
In the gallery below, you’ll find the eight best Ramadan collections for 2017, created by regional designers.
Amal Al Mulla
Bahraini designer Amal Al Mulla honors the Holy Month with a luxurious collection of feminine kaftans that easily transition from day to night. These versatile pieces come in a range of earthy and pastel tones and are decorated with the brand’s signature handmade floral embellishment and tied-strap details.
For Ramadan, Bouguessa released a handful of lavishly textured and vibrantly color-blocked kaftans, inspired by bedouin women around the Arab world from Iran to Ethiopia.
The inaugural jewelry collection by Saudi Arabian designer Haneen Saber debuts just in time for Ramadan. The motifs are inspired by ancient Arab civilizations with historical references, like inscriptions inspired by Quranic parchments, etched onto the surfaces of sophisticated bracelets, earrings, and more.
While OTT always delivers on the meaning behind its name, the brand scaled back slightly for its Ramadan release. Although OTT’s kaftans are vibrant and gorgeous, they are less “over the top” and more “on the money” for the Holy Month.
YNM – a Dubai-based contemporary ready-to-wear label helmed by Nesreen Al Mulla and Yasmin Al Mulla – drew inspiration from summer gardens for its first-ever Ramadan collection. The brand’s release evokes the delicacy of blossoms with lightweight, easy-to-wear fabrics, which are designed to a more modern scale.
Zayan the Label
If you’re in search of statement-making kaftans for Ramadan, look no further than Zayan the Label. Inspired by woodland beauty, designer Zayan Ghandour elicited a deeply romantic collection by way of lace overlays, ruffled accents, floral fabrics, and delicate appliquéd embellishments.
For the 2017 Ramadan season, Dima Ayad unleashes a truly covetable collection exclusively on The Modist, where every piece is better and more enticing than the one before. Cool, shimmering fabrics lend a disco vibe to cobalt-blue jumpsuits, while gleaming jacquards are transformed into loose, enveloping kimono-style dusters and elegant cape-backed dresses.