Monday, December 1, 2014

Haute & Modesty (DCFW) FT Dian Pelangi


Hey Beautiful Followers,

It has been a while since I posted, I have been dealing with a lot of personal matters but I'm back and ready to report and guide you through great fashion ideas and styles before 2014 is up.


I had the pleasure of working with the Haute and Modesty team for the DCFW show this past September. The Haute and Modesty show presents designers who's core focus is fabulous, modest creations As an aspiring stylist this was a huge deal in preparing and also elevating my career on to a more professional level. I am very grateful for Areej Fashions for having me as one of the core stylist for the Haute and Modesty show.

The stylist team featured Hakeemah Cummings of CMB, Sanniyah Bilal of Curio-styling and myself Fahima Abdul of Modern Majesty. All of the stylist have blogs featuring their own experiences and previous styling work, It will be listed below.

Hakeemah, Sanniyah and myself corresponded over 2 months through emails on how we wanted the makeup, the choice of jewelry and the common hairstyles that would only compliment the designers looks. We all contributed ideas, pictures and explanations. We then communicated with the designers building a relationship with their pieces would only allow us to bring the best out of their visions. Understanding the importance of working in a team and making it a must to hear and implement everyone's ideas in way that would not be overwhelming on the runway. All of us agreed on having simple curls, braids and nude lips as well as bright eyes, allowing them to not take away from the designer pieces. This has to be my favorite part of the entire process. I felt like I gained so much from the two brilliant stylist.






The day of the Haute & Modesty show was exciting, absolutely busy and incredible. From wrapping turbans, putting on shoes, fittings and lining up the models we were completely transported to world that fitted us as human beings, this is where we wanted to be, this is who we were born to be and it felt amazing in the chaotic madness to discover ourselves. It felt amazing to be thanked by designers for bringing their vision into life. The Haute & Modesty show was an amazing experience, I pray this is only the beginning for all of us who embarked on this journey with me.

Hakeemah Cummings: http://www.lovecmb.com/
Sanniyah Bilal: https://www.facebook.com/curiostyling

We had the pleasure in working back stage with the remarkable Dian Pelangi and witnessing her fashion forward ideas, Dian Pelangi is a 22 year old high fashion Indonesian designer who gave us the pleasure of being her in presence. Dian Pelangi is undeniably the poster girl for modest fashion across the board, she began her career at the age of 18 and has successfully been received as a pioneer fashion designer who reinvents shapeless looks into modest wear with great, unique fashion forward ideas.

I had the pleasure of sitting down with Dian Pelangi and getting to know her on a personal level and it only confirmed that her success was because as well as talent she was sweet, down to earth and absolutely adorable. The Haute & Modesty team went for dinner with the designers allowing us to get familiar with each other, which really allowed us to work well on the day of the show.



Dian Pelangi opened and closed the show for Haute & Modesty during DCFW, her showcase featured intricate designs with a rich color palette of gold, red and teal. Here are some her GORGEOUS looks...









Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Rahma On the Runway


It has been a long time readers and I have truly missed documenting the essential moments of Modern Majesty. I recently was asked to be part of a fashion showcase by an amazing organization called RAHMA.


There are many organizations mainstream that address HIV/AIDS but RAHMA is rare because it's focus is on the Muslim community and the main goal is to eliminate stigma surrounding HIV/AIDS. HIV/AIDS is a topic that most of the Muslim community shy away from and only a small group of people talk about it openly in the Muslim community. Fact is that there are HIV+ Muslims living amongst us and RAHMA is dedicated to breaking down barriers and creating safe spaces for all who are infected or affected by HIV/AIDS. Also RAHMA has a very solid education program that invites the youth to learn about getting tested, practicing safe sex and initially providing a step by step program for everyone who is open to learn.

It has been such a pleasure in working side by side with RAHMA, allowing us to really understand HIV/AIDS as well as understanding the stories shared by HIV & AIDS victims. Judgment is the killing factor in our society. so please get to know RAHMA on http://www.haverahma.org

The Modern Majesty team had a styling showcase feature at the "RAHMA RUNWAY show". Below are pictures of the fabulous looks, turbans and smiles that we donated to the cause. We really would like to thank RAHMA for considering us. We styled beautiful women who really brought our looks to life. It was nothing but a pleasure that entire night.














 

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Ramadhan KAREEM

Hello beautiful people,


So we have God willingly reached the Islamic Holy Month "Ramadhan", So I would like to wish EVERYONE a Happy Ramadhan from Modern Majesty. I hope we all strive to meditate, worship and form great habits that will last us a lifetime. Ramadhan is broken up in 3 parts, Allahs (GOD) RAHMAH (MERCY), FORGIVENESS AND FREEDOM from your sins, But before I completely ZONE out for this holy month I wanted to share a couple of things.

Forgiveness
This is the time to really let go and I mean 100%, we all hold onto something every time something bad happens to us, we are always searching for the justice or even explanation of why bad things or bad people are in our lives. I'm LEARNING to humble myself and realize that Allah (GOD) does not inflict any pain or suffering on his people, instead I am being tested in my belief in him, In belief that justice will come FROM ONLY HIM and that there is something I gained from every experience. But this month is the time we seek forgiveness from our lord, but first we must learn to forgive...

Fighting Smart
This is probably my favourite, So yesterday I heard a story about how the Prophet Muhammed (PeaceBlessingsBeUponHim)was sitting next to his fellow companion Abu Bakr (RA) when a man approached Abu Bakr (RA) and started screaming and saying hurtful things to Abu Bakr (RA). Abu Bakr remained silent due to his respect for the prophet, the Prophet Muhammed (PBUH) broke out into the biggest smile at his silence, finally Abu Bakr (RA) responded to the man and at that moment the Prophet Muhammed (PBUH) got up and walked away, Abu Bakr (RA) shocked followed the Prophet (PBUH) and asked why he was smiling when he was silent and why he left once he defended himself, he responded "When you were silent the angels were responding to the man on your behalf but when you responded they left and the Shaytaan (Satan) came and I did not want to be around the Shaytaan. There is such a great reward in doing things in a better manner, there's always a better way.

Patience
life has the tendency to make us rush, this is the month to SLOW down, think things through, let someone go in front of you in a really long line. Lets not allow our impatience to stand in our way, we are seeking blessings. EVERYTHING else comes second. LETS take care driving and not cutting people off. Lets break these bad habits, we all have them.

CRUCIAL TOOLS 
There are certain books I own, that I believe every woman should have this upcoming Ramadan, and that I plan to read them again inshaALLAH.


Sunday, June 15, 2014

Review on Urban Modesty! IOT ParTEA

Salaams Fellow Flowers,

It has been a while since I posted anything on my blog, I have been super busy & I need to sit down this following week and play catchup. Anyways I was fortunate to attend one of my sister friend ParTEA the previous weekend, we all had a wonderful time and enjoyed amazing food prepared by Isata Koroma.
Isata Koroma throws it down and she also prepares different deserts/cakes/cupcakes etc for mothers day, fathers day, birthdays, she is passionate, driven and elaborate & you will not be disappointed. Her Instagram is iceyyoutwigguh please follow and support her.



so the dress code was to be regal QUEENS attending a Garden ParTEA. I Wore my Urban Modesty dress which I honestly LOVED, It was sooo comfortable and easy to accessories(http://www.urbanmodesty.com/)

What I loved about my Urban Modesty Dress (http://www.urbanmodesty.com)



1) No layering, I hate layering especially when the weather in warmer, with their dresses you do not need to worry about that.

2) For the price of the dress, It really looked regal and expensive, had pleated details that brought the dress to life.

3) Now that we are present in summers bliss, the colour was just  phenomenal, vibrant and powerful, it was defiantly a statement dress.

4) Quality over everything and the dress did not hug onto my figure, it was all just flare and flow

 






Thursday, April 24, 2014

For the LOVE of MONOCHROME



This is the one trend that refuses to fade away, it is our super keen friend in fashion. Victoria Beckham runway pieces only confirmed why it may be my favorite trend, it is so easy and affordable to pull off.
 
Spring has arrived and I keep gravitating to the whites in my wardrobe. I have always stated that white and black can be worn throughout the year, and TOGETHER they can debut fresh fashion forward ideas in the fashion/style industry. Throughout the years we have seen Monochromatic outfits make history, as they possess a certain elegance that has taken over fashion, pop culture and much more.

Marc Jacob & Giles alongside other designers have taken a admiration to stripes, poka dots and infusing those patterns with black and white. Entering department stores like Zara, H&M, Marshalls, Riverisland and Topshop you can find great monochromatic pieces for a steal price and you are sure to find comfort that they will come back in style over and over again.

As many of us have witnessed the new revamped Monochromatic ideas from old sixties to fresh fun 2014 masterpieces. Pattern play, geometrics and amazing craftsmanship have been done by some of the greatest designers like Alexander Wang, Victoria Beckham and Celine, its almost the breath of fresh air in 2014 spring fashion. 

 
One of the reasons why I love playing with Monochromatic pieces is because it is easily accessible to all of us who don’t have a lot of money, it is flattering on the body and it can be a conservative work outfit that can evolve with a pair of heels and clutch for an evening outfit. IT IS UNSTOPPABLE and for those that love colour, add a bright clutch or shoes and let it fuse with the monochrome outfit for a more vibrant option.  

So have you added the sleek, sophisticated look into your life? and if not remember that Monochrome outfits are here to stay, so experiment and enjoy the play of pattern, fabric on black and white.
 
So for ideas on clean put together outfit I am going to introduce you to some of the Monochromatic outfits that I have been showcasing in the last month.
 
Outfit 1)
Top: Asos.com
Trousers: Forever21
Shoes: Officeshoes.com
Hijab: Modern Majesty
 
 Outfit 2)
Top: Vintage
Coat:Zara
Trousers: Burlington
Shoes: Zara
Hijab: Modern Majesty
 
Outfit 3)
Blazer: Boohoo.com
Skirt: Boohoo.com
Clutch: Matalan.co.uk
Hijab: Modern Majesty

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Designer Showcase: A Fashionista Networking Event

Salaam Alaikum/Peace & Love,


I pray this reaches you all in the best of times god willing.

This past weekend I was fortunate to attend the Fashionista Networking Event hosted by Seema Sahin (Designer of Modern Mary), Farah Khan (Blogger at Greater lengths) and Hakeemah Cummings (Designer for CMB) on the 28th of March, 2014. This event was a chance to turn lemons into lemonade for our sister Fleuri Paramita, who travelled 28 hours to the U.S. from Indonesia to showcase her designs at the Islamic Modern Fashion Week event. Unfortunately, this event was abruptly cancelled at the last minute, leaving Fleuri (alongside many other vendors and designers) alone and penniless.

Alas, it didn’t deter her spirit or goals and sitting across the table from these exceptional women, truly brought to light that with hardship comes ease; the truest mercy. Although the events of IMFW left it’s own stains many of us were supremely ecstatic to come together and witness Fleuri’s wonderful designs (skirts, capes, dresses). As an aspiring designer and stylist looking to continue building your brand, it also reminded me that I must, first and foremost, be a sister to these women around me and today’s women.



It became an eye opener for us bloggers, mothers, wives, etc., as we discussed Fashion, designs and business rules, that this industry has a place for all of us as the night went on. We are the inspiration and there’s a platform for us to add something unique and special to this ever growing industry. We also had a chance to meet and converse with Ian William, a fashion designer and coordinator for Fashion shows in his own right. He explained the fashion show industry in greater detail and how to dodge fake shows by asking the right questions.

Fleuri’s explanation that her designs are a way to employ people in her country struggling to find jobs and her belief she feels a great responsibility to find an opportunity for them was the most poignant point that I took away from the entire session. As a woman who loves fashion, styling, fabrics and prints since the age of 5, I had to take a few nights to ponder on the best reasons why I want to create or be part of the creation of modest fashion. Maybe we should all take a step back and think about the reasons. The intentions behind our actions and our aspirations have tremendous repercussions.

Furthermore, we were all reminded of our duty to serve our art/hobby/love/business for fashion with responsibility and care. We have an audience and we have a responsibility to our audience to create, dress and act accordingly to our faith in Allah (GOD). In the end, this is all greater than numbers, facebook and instagram likes. This is a movement of modesty and empowerment in a crucial time where many on TV, Billboards and music strip women of their crowns.

Amazing food, conversations, designs but most of all sisterhood. If there was ever a reason to stay in the fashion industry, to support it and to fund it, it would truly be for the SISTERHOOD.
 
Thank you to the event coordinators for allowing this event to be open to everyone, may we all share space again, inside and outside of fashion soon.

With Love,
Fahima A

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

“Turbanista Rap”



Turbans have emerged over the years as one of the most creative ways to wrap (cover) your hair.  It’s considered a universal middle ground for all women who enjoy expressing themselves through fashion. They are such a statement accessory that collections like Issa, Andrew Gn, Jason Wu, and Giorgio Armani; to name a few, have introduced the turban wrap onto the runway.

Formally associated with casual attire, they now magnify outfits, and are essential for the bold fashionista. Consider this a daring route for those wanting to bring ‘flavor’ to their everyday fashion ideals.



When it comes to turbanista styles, you can relish in the contrast between a delicate floral print fabric and its robust wrap style, a simple color with a playfully intricate configuration, or take the regal approach and adorn your wrap like the queen you choose to be. The turban fulfills the elegant and ethnic must for your head wrap collection.




When looking to experience your first turban style, understand that simplicity is key until you get the hang of it.  If you’re like me and prefer the softer side of the turbanista experience, let your outfit be the bold statement complimenting a simple head wrap.




Turbans can be worn for every season in the year. Take notice as women bring their head wrap game to work, the grocery store, weddings and even red carpets. Your options are limitless when it comes to fashionable expression.

For the perfect scarf, I personally suggest browsing through your local H&M, Forever 21 or fabric store to try the fun and affordable option or peruse stores like Zara and Mango, if you’re looking for more high-end samples. For turban tutorials, check out Dina Tokio or Winnie Detwa’s YouTube page, Comment or message me and let me know how your Turban experience went!