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« on: Feb 13, 2010 09:14 PM »


Pantaloon abayas??!! What will they think of next...

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'Pantaloon abaya' designer is top seller


An Emirati designer is changing the face of Arabic fashion by creating abayas based on trousers rather than the traditional dress.

Lamya Abedin, the owner of Queen of Spades, started designing two-and-a-half years ago and has seen the popularity of her "pantaloon abayas" rocket in the past few months as Galeries Lafayette began stocking her designs in its The Dubai Mall store. She has also designed abayas based on kimonos and saris, but it is the pantaloons that have pulled in the punters.

"People get scared when something new comes on to the market, but my abayas have been very well received. I love blending international fashion with Arabic designs and the jumpsuit is very trendy. I love to look to other nationalities and cultures to come up with different looks," says mother-of-three Abedin. "I'm proud to say that I'm the first abaya designer to be stocked in the store. They approached me and that's really great as it meant my work stood out. They say my abayas are fashionable and sell well so people do like them."

But her designs are about more than just making a fashion statement; they have a lot to do with practicalities as well. As a busy mother herself, Abedin says she finds it easier running around in trousers than a skirt or dress, but even though much of the inspiration for the collection comes from her own needs, they have been well received.

"The pantaloon abayas are very comfortable therefore good for travelling as you can lie down in them easily. I travel a lot and didn't find the old style very practical," says Abedin.

"The old style isn't easy for women to exercise in either, as they often have to hold their abayas. So I wanted to create something that will make life easier for them. Fashion was created a long, long time ago and things always come back in style, but I think it's important to keep it updated and fresh. We have to put the sugar coating or strawberry on top."

With four collections a year and one-off designs for holidays such as Eid, Abedin is constantly busy coming up with new designs, not least because every piece is one-of-a-kind.

For Valentine's Day, she has created three designs based on the 1930s cartoon character Betty Boop, with flashes of red both in keeping with the day of love and the colour Betty often wore.

"I really like Betty Boop as a character and thought she was the best person to represent Valentine's Day. My designs are a little out of the ordinary and I wanted to choose a character in keeping with that," says Abedin, who now lives in Saudi Arabia.

"But she also represents a woman's figure very well. It's something I wanted to replicate in this collection to give women a better shape, so I've used a belt in one to give the wearer a better shape."

The collection comes a couple of months after the success of her Eid designs; 30 pieces were bought from Galeries Lafayette in just two days leaving only a couple of abayas left. One piece in the Betty Boop range features a leather heart on the front, while another has a detachable apron, with the third having red sleeves. Polka dots also feature heavily.

And Abedin has the scope to produce more of the Dh2,500 items should demand be there.

"Some women ask for the same design as someone else, and while I won't do it, I will create it in a different colour. Likewise, if a customer loves a colour, I can keep that but change the design slightly."

But nevertheless, Abedin has faced some resistance along the way, especially from women who find it difficult to picture a piece before it is ready, but she has a very simple solution.

"I've built trust with them, so I make it and if they don't like, they don't have to take it," she says.

"I was one of the first people to wear my abayas and often have women stop me in the street to ask where my abayas are from. My clients often call to say the same thing and it's great to hear and shows that women want more from fashion today."

 
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« Reply #1 on: Feb 13, 2010 11:27 PM »

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Aren't abayas outer wear iie worn over your clothes to go out not unlike coats & jackets but more covering?

If my definition of abaya is not wrong then. I personally do t think pantaloon abayas would be wearable for me personally, I tend to wear floor skimming dresses a lot!

& hello the sari abaya, doesn't that just totally defeat the purpose of an abaya?

As for abayas with detachable aprons yeah I'm having problems imagining the garment!!!!



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« Reply #2 on: Feb 14, 2010 08:22 AM »


as salaamu alaykum,

does anyone get the feeling that soon people are going to have to start wearing abayas over their abayas?  Undecided
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« Reply #3 on: Feb 15, 2010 10:35 AM »

Salam alaikum

I get the whole "it's hard to travel in a floor-length abaya"...been there, done that, it's hard. period.  Generally I tend to travel in a shorter abaya/dress with a pants, so its easier to climb up and down the stairs, and i have my hands free (not need to hitch the abaya up all the time).  I have no idea how moms travel with kids...esp in a gulf/saudi abaya, it must be really difficult.

Would like to see what these pantaloon goodies look like.  The only picture that comes to mind when I hear "bantaloon" is those pants that the Druze men wear?  Roll Eyes  I have no imagination...

If you find a pic, pls post it.

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« Reply #4 on: Apr 01, 2010 11:57 AM »


as salaamu alaykum,

I found these pictures of the pantaloon abaya: http://inthekingdomnotprincess.blogspot.com/2009/10/pantalon-abaya.html

looks interesting... I was a little bit scared by the Betty Boop reference but they're kind of cute especially with the heels (though kind of steps away from the whole concept of the flowy all-concealing abaya imo) Smiley

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« Reply #5 on: Apr 01, 2010 12:55 PM »

salam

What's wrong with just wearing a jacket over your work clothes if an Abaya would get in the way?

Seriously I don't think those pictures look like they'd be much help when rushing around, I wear abayas because for me it is practical, I wear floor length dresses, but for a Muslimah who is rushing round all day and wears trousers, wouldn't a knee length jacket suffice?



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« Reply #6 on: Apr 01, 2010 02:11 PM »

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I think it's law in Saudi that you have to wear an Abaya...so maybe if ur rushing around and stuff it's easier to wear a pantaloon version?? But I don't see how it's easier...seems more trippable-over?? I thought they'd be more like jumpsuits with huge pants??


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« Reply #7 on: Apr 02, 2010 10:38 PM »

they look like mc hammer pants.

strange... would never wear that.
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« Reply #8 on: Apr 03, 2010 09:09 AM »

salaam,

hellllooo... girl don't you know that MC Hammer pants are SO IN RIGHT NOW? (in valley girl accent)

lol... check this out: http://sliceoflemon.com/the-closet/2009/10/19/convertible-harem-pant/

The author of that blog, Sabrina, cracks me up.

(btw I'm definitely not cool enough to wear them but props to anyone who can pull it off).

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« Reply #9 on: Apr 03, 2010 09:55 AM »

salam


That girl is crazy, those trousers just do not look good at all!!!! And you guys have bagel cutters, really?Huh?


I can just see it now, the dhoti style shalwar is going to make a come back isn't it? We get skinny jeans which translate as churidaars and now this!!!


Well I refuse to have anything quite so ugly in my wardrobe!!!!!


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« Reply #10 on: Apr 03, 2010 10:01 AM »

I've seen all these young Arab girls out here pull off the look... The same ones that apparently put empty yogurt cups in their hair to give their hijaabs the perfect amount of puffiness.

Again... It looks very weird.
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« Reply #11 on: Apr 04, 2010 01:52 PM »

salam

Empty yoghurt cups, which way up, what size.....how?



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