A collaboration between Raşit Bağzıbağlı, one of Turkey’s foremost fashion designers, and Modanisa.com – the world’s biggest modest fashion e-retailer – came to fruition yesterday with the release of the hotly anticipated ‘ Desert Dream ’.
The Dubai-inspired collection of dresses was presented at an exclusive desert themed event in Istanbul on Monday, 26 March, attended by some 200 guests and modest fashion bloggers from across Europe and the Middle East.
Halima Aden made her first trip to Turkey to be part of the launch. The trailblazing hijabi supermodel struck a pose in a stunning floor-length red dress and turban, one of sixteen eye-catching creations on show from the new Raşit Bağzıbağlı x Modanisa range at the Art Centre in Emaar Square Mall.
Statuesque models stood on sculpted sand dunes draped in Bağzıbağlı’s striking spring-summer palette of red, green, white, powder, purple, blue and black. Taking his cue from the traditional abaya, Bağzıbağlı’s debut modest fashion collection in mainly chiffon and crêpe were rich in detail: layered frills, lace trims, sequins, and embroidery.
The 28-piece capsule collection was well received by guests at the launch, which took place on the first day of Istanbul Fashion Week. Among those in the audience were hijab-wearing artist Zeynep Çilek, designer Rabia Yalçın, and top bloggers Samia El Hassani (Belgium), Ebru Erol (Germany), Soha MT (UAE), and Rozaa Jo (Jordan), and Sena Sever and Zeruj (both Turkey).
Prices for items from the Raşit Bağzıbağlı x Modanisa Desert Dream collection range from 99TL ($25) to 599TL ($150). They are available exclusively from Modanisa.com and for the next month, from Modanisa’s pop-up store at Emaar Square Mall.