Veiled Threads Part 2
Saudi fashion is more than the abaya. Travel to a fashion photo shoot in Riyadh where the models come from abroad, but the designer and the photographer are both Saudi. Directed by Marian Lacombe.
Released on 6/13/2013
♫ There's a fire
♫ Starting in my heart
♫ Reaching a fever pitch and it's bringing me out the dark.
♫ Bringing me out the dark
My name is Reem Al Kanhal
I'm the founder of Arcae Designs.
I try to have connections with magazines,
It's a small world right now we have the internet
we travel a lot.
A lot of Saudis travel a lot, they know what's in
and what's new and they love fashion and art.
This picture over here it was
inspired from the men's thobe,
which men wear, so I made it in a feminine way.
It's cool and different because no one went there before.
I always love to have this accessory that's different.
It adds to anything you wear, any simple thing.
Sometimes I fear it's not for everybody.
Some people are like okay how can we wear this
how would you wear this?
They can make it conservative they can make it
edgy and so stylish.
So I have to explain sometimes but I have no problem.
You can leave them, you don't have to
and you know what you can do?
This is one of the dresses that we're shooting now.
This new collection is all about legends
in old movies like Audrey Hepburn
and really glamorous and inspiring.
This is my favorite I love it.
I love everything that has a story.
I am fascinated in the
old ages of ottomans scientists they created
chemistry and math.
I love the thing that he's wearing right here
like it's like an Abaya but it's for men.
I thought I could do a collection
that's inspired from these ages
we call it the golden ages.
We were great at everything, so I wish
we could be the same to invent again
and give a better impression about us.
This thing we call it farwa.
It's a old thing we have they put fur inside it.
It comes with a different fabric,
but it has these designs in it.
For me I wear it as a dress with high heels
and with a t-shirt and just close it with a belt.
I have a supportive husband.
Even my daughter she's eight years old.
She's so proud and she's trying to copy things I do.
I feel it's more important to display my collections
and my ideas than to explore my face.
Mystery is a good thing.