Emirati-born designer Madiyah Al Sharqi has, over the span of four short seasons, set herself apart from the rest of the region by producing garments with an international outlook and a surprisingly modern aesthetic. While previous collections focused on an experimental use of fabrics, Al Sharqi’s pastel-colored Spring/Summer 2014 designs are made of simple crepe with the occasional use of jacquard. But you would be wrong to think that they are, for that reason, in any way less interesting or less of a feast for the eyes. The colors are beautiful and feminine, inspired by Marie Antoinette, and intricate patterns of lace and pearl transform simple dresses into almost couture-like creations. Silver-colored, tinsel-like lace breaks up the pastel colors, while a leopard-print pattern is presented is such a subtle way that it is actually incredibly elegant. The shirt collar, which has become something of an Al Sharqi signature, keeps the collection young and fresh.
As she continues to learn and go from strength to strength, Madiyah Al Sharqi demonstrates two very clear fortes this season. The first is a perfect play on proportions. For instance, jumpers are layered over sheer skirts that would otherwise be unwearable. Which brings us to our second point. The young designer revisits sheer fabrics for the first time since her debut collection, working them into her designs with the expert hand of a seasoned designer. The see-through trousers worn over shorts are particular favorites.
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Photos: Courtesy of Madiyah Al Sharqi