Fashion by definition means something which is popularly accepted at any given time. Style, on the contrary, is something more personal – a reflection of one’s identity. This personal touch to fashion gave birth to style icons worldwide, whose styles enthralled audiences and have been the sartorial inspiration for fashion enthusiasts long after their time in the spotlight.
The Arab world has long been influenced by the royal families and celebrities of the region. To celebrate them, Savoir Flair has put together a list of the most stylish Arab women whose legacy will live forever in the archives of the fashion world.
Scroll down to discover the biggest style icons of the region and channel their style into your wardrobe with Savoir Flair’s curated fashion picks.
Princess Fawzia Fuad
Born in Alexandria, Egpyt, Princess Fawzia Fuad was the daughter of King Fuad, and she became the Queen of Iran after marrying the then-Crown Prince of Iran, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi. The young princess was a loyal couture client and wore glamorous ensembles throughout her reign, earning the title of “the most beautiful woman in the world”. With tremendous international attention given to her ill-fated marriage, her iconic style captured by the press remains frozen in time. Coming from a family who had a taste for the finer things in life, her signature look involved finger-curled tresses, red lipstick, dresses cinched in at the waist, T-strap heels, lavish furs, and dazzling jewelry.
Born in 1942, Egyptian actor Soad Hosny was one of the most influential female icons in the Arab world of cinema. Her swift ascent to stardom and stunning performances in more than 83 films between 1959 and 1991 earned her the title of “the Cinderella of Egyptian Cinema.” Not only did she reign as the superstar of Middle Eastern film, but she also cemented her position as an Arab style icon. Her iconic style included everything from frilly feminine dresses and skirts to tailored boyish shirts. She also loved polka dots and adorned the retro print on multiple occasions.
Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan
Nobody does power dressing like Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan. Her tailored yet effortless style is the perfect medley of modern and modest, and she is always the epitome of elegance. Her signature look involves flowy midi skirts, trousers, and dresses nipped at the waist with a belt. She prefers to accessorize with pointed-toe pumps in pastel and neutral shades, and high jewelry in minimalist designs.
The queen also frequently wears chic coat dresses and blazers. However, she is one royal who looks as good in leisurewear as she does in black-tie gowns. In addition to her refined workwear wardrobe, she frequently sports laid-back athleisure like hoodies and track suits.
Egyptian actor Sherihan is synonymous with the Ramadan television shows that paved her way to becoming an icon of the Arab cinema world. The now-retired, multi-talented star performed as an actor, singer, and dancer, thus cementing her position as a major star in the 80s and the 90s. The legendary performer, best known for her dazzling onscreen ensembles, dramatic earrings, and elaborate headgears, naturally left her mark on Arab fashion enthusiasts and their sartorial choices.
Princess Lalla Salma of Morocco
Princess Lalla Salma is the wife of the Morrocan King, Mohammed VI. Her iconic style alternates between modern power-dressing and traditional Moroccan-style kaftans. Best known for her exquisite embroidered kaftans, Princess Lalla Salma’s style is a strong reflection of her North African culture.