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

Transcript

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♫ There's a fire
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♫ Starting in my heart
00:03
♫ Reaching a fever pitch and it's bringing me out the dark.
00:07
♫ Bringing me out the dark
00:11
My name is Reem Al Kanhal
00:13
I'm the founder of Arcae Designs.
00:19
I try to have connections with magazines,
00:21
facebook, twitter.
00:22
It's a small world right now we have the internet
00:24
we travel a lot.
00:25
A lot of Saudis travel a lot, they know what's in
00:28
and what's new and they love fashion and art.
00:34
This picture over here it was
00:36
inspired from the men's thobe,
00:38
which men wear, so I made it in a feminine way.
00:41
It's cool and different because no one went there before.
00:48
I always love to have this accessory that's different.
00:51
It adds to anything you wear, any simple thing.
00:56
Sometimes I fear it's not for everybody.
00:59
Some people are like okay how can we wear this
01:01
how would you wear this?
01:02
They can make it conservative they can make it
01:04
edgy and so stylish.
01:09
So I have to explain sometimes but I have no problem.
01:11
You can leave them, you don't have to
01:18
and you know what you can do?
01:21
This is one of the dresses that we're shooting now.
01:23
This new collection is all about legends
01:27
in old movies like Audrey Hepburn
01:29
and really glamorous and inspiring.
01:36
This is my favorite I love it.
01:38
I love everything that has a story.
01:40
I am fascinated in the
01:44
old ages of ottomans scientists they created
01:47
chemistry and math.
01:50
I love the thing that he's wearing right here
01:53
like it's like an Abaya but it's for men.
01:55
I thought I could do a collection
01:57
that's inspired from these ages
01:59
we call it the golden ages.
02:01
We were great at everything, so I wish
02:03
we could be the same to invent again
02:06
and give a better impression about us.
02:11
This thing we call it farwa.
02:13
It's a old thing we have they put fur inside it.
02:17
It comes with a different fabric,
02:19
but it has these designs in it.
02:21
For me I wear it as a dress with high heels
02:23
and with a t-shirt and just close it with a belt.
02:27
I have a supportive husband.
02:29
Even my daughter she's eight years old.
02:30
She's so proud and she's trying to copy things I do.
02:34
I feel it's more important to display my collections
02:38
and my ideas than to explore my face.
02:42
Mystery is a good thing.