Top Treasures of the Topkapi Palace

The Topkapi Palace in Istanbul, Turkey is known for its enchanting architecture, the exquisite carvings and murals that decorate the palace walls, the lavish lifestyle of its inhabitants, and of course the riches of jewels and gold hidden away in its treasury.

The palace was an important part of Ottoman history, a hub of literature, music, art, and Ottoman culture during the height of the empire. As a hub of the arts, jewelry making was especially important. Not only was the intricate jewelry beautiful, but it also was a show of an individual’s wealth and power. Worn by men and woman alike, jewelry making was, and still is an integral part of Islamic culture today. Considered one of the higher forms of art, jewelers not only made artisan jewelry but decorated everything from utensils and boxes, to clothes and weapons. And where better to find the finest assortment of treasures then from the royal treasury of the fabled Topkapi Palace.

It wasn’t until Sultan Abdülmecid(1839–61) that the treasury became open to public view, and with it, a higher appreciation for the craftsmanship of some of histories greatest artisans. Two pieces in particular stand out for their extravagance and workmanship. The first being the Spoonmaker’s Diamond.

One of the largest diamonds in the world, weighing in at 86 carats,  this pear-shaped diamond  is the Treasury’s most valuable single exhibit. It is considered the fourth largest diamond of its kind in the world.  A teardrop pendant to be strung on a necklace, it has been inspirational for Ottoman and Turkish jewelry. But despite being so well liked for its vibrancy and rarity, its history remains a mystery. Little is known about this jewels past but it certainly has the stories to match its sparkly façade, most commonly pertaining to its namesake.

As the story goes, a poor man found the gem in a pile of garbage. The poor man, not knowing what it was, is said to have then traded it away for a mere three wooden spoons. Keep in mind that this is one of the world’s largest diamonds. It was at least worth the bribes, ships and soldiers Napoleon’s Mother is rumors to have pawned it away for when trying to save her son from exile. We may never know the true history of this sparkly jewel, but this celebrated treasure will continue to awe and inspire many to come.

The second treasure, the Emerald Dagger, is a 17th century masterpiece made at the height of the Islamic jewelry making tradition.

Decorated weapons, typically worn by men, were an especially popular display of wealth. These weapons, much like the jewelry, were ornate and colorful. With enamel flower motifs, and inlayed jewels or Arabic calligraphy, they were a staple form of traditional Islamic or Arabic art. The Ayat al Kursi or verses of the throne were often inscribed on garments, weapons  and jewelry as a form of protection.

The dagger had not been meant to stay in Topkapi Palace. It was crafted as a gift to the imposing Iranian ruler Nadir Shah, a man who today is thought of as one of Persia’s greatest leaders. However the embassy had only just crossed the boarder when news of the ruler’s assassination reached them. With heavy hearts they returned home and the dagger remained in Istanbul. The dagger later regained its fame when shown in “The Light of Day” a popular Hollywood heist film released in 1964. Since then it has remained one of the most celebrated treasures of Istanbul.

These two treasures are relics of the past, but their artistic heritage inspires us even today. Much of what makes these masterpieces so beautiful lives on in current Islamic, Arabic, and Muslim jewelry making traditions. From the aesthetic, to the subject, to the intricacy born from a rich history for the appreciation of the arts.

Worn by men and woman alike, historical motifs, enameled flowers, and decorative calligraphy from the Quran are highlights of Middle Eastern and Arabic jewelry today, as much as they were in the past.

Even though most of us cannot afford a museum quality diamond, we can still enjoy inspired Islamic jewelry designs at Artizara, celebrating the tradition and history of Islamic, Arabic and Muslim jewelry.

 

Artizara Launches Ramadan/Eid 2018 Luxury Kaftan Collection

Kaftan (Arabic: qafṭān).

From ancient Turkish ‘kap ton’ or covering garment.

A garment of royalty, worn by sultans and queens throughout the Middle East for thousands of years. Fluid lines and elegant silhouettes that have stood the test of time. Artisanal patterns that start a meaningful conversation.

“This Ramadan season we celebrate the artistic traditions in Islam that date back over 1400 years”,  says Sarah Ansari, Artizara’s founder.  “

“Islamic artistic motifs, like infinite mosaics and fluid calligraphy, signify the vast diversity of the universe and a deeper meaning that resonates with people of all backgrounds.”

According to the Metropolitan Museum of Art,

“ As islam is not only a religion but a way of life, it fostered the development of a distinctive culture with its own unique artistic language that is reflected in art and architecture throughout the Muslim world.”

This season Artizara celebrates masterpieces of Islamic art, through the lens of the Kaftan.

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Opulent gold, lapis blue and turquoise tile from the famed Dome of the Rock inspire the Jamila kaftan.

The first piece of Islamic architecture created as a work of art in the 7th century, the Dome of the Rock represents the earliest stage of the emergence of a distinct Islamic visual style.

The Calafia kaftan features stunningly original visual composition inspired by a masterpiece: The 8th century Great Mosque of Cordoba.  A testament to Muslim artisans’ brilliance in melding regional traditions into their own unique architectural style.

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A study in brilliant color, the Cadira kaftan is decorated with rich, radiating mosaics evoking the dazzling dome of the Great Mosque of Cordoba.

An extraordinary combination of the familiar and the innovative, a formal stylistic vocabulary that can be recognized as ‘Islamic’ even today.

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The Hamra kaftan was inspired by the splendid plaster reliefs of the 13th century Moorish fortress: the Al Hamra (the Red One). A masterpiece from Nasrid Spain, a testament to one of the most extraordinary periods of art and culture in medieval Europe.

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Rich pigments in tones of gold, lapis lazuli, azurite, malachite and cinnabar decorated the fabled Alhambra. Whispers of those colors still remain amidst the lacy plasterwork, and inspire the Almeria kaftan.

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Pearlescent flowers carved in white marble that look so real, you want to touch them.

The Mumtaz kaftan was inspired by white marble reliefs from jewel of islamic art in India, the Taj Mahal. An ode to love, the Taj was dedicated by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan to his wife Mumtaz Mahal in the 17th century.

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Expanses of intricate florals dancing in a heavenly garden. Patterns so precise, they look painted on. Colors still vibrant, centuries later.

A kaftan design inspired by sumptuous Parchin Kari, the art of precious stone inlay in white marble. An art that reached its height at the Taj Mahal.

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A Persian word that means ‘beloved’.

Decorated with ruby red blooms inspired by precious stone inlays at the Taj Mahal, against an unexpected black marble background. Non traditional, unique: the Nigar kaftan.

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The Baraka kaftan recalls the flamboyant flowers, fruit and cypresses that decorate the 17th century Blue Mosque, in Istanbul. Its Iznik tiles pictured more than fifty different tulip designs.

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Stylized blue florals inspired by the Blue mosque against a midnight black background. Brilliant geometric borders that evoke Islamic zellij tilework.

The Bushra kaftan is a pared down take on the traditional.

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Glittering. Brilliant. Fit for a Mughal queen.

The Zeba kaftan recounts the intricate mirror mosaics of the fabled 17th century Sheesh Mahal, Lahore.

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The Zeenat kaftan is a more modern interpretation of Sheesh Mahal motifs. A stylized rendering of the elaborate ancient mirror designs, in a way that’s very present day.

Artizara.com is an art-centric global Islamic lifestyle brand that celebrates the richness of Islamic art through creative modest fashion and lifestyle products.

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4 TIPS TO PICK THE BEST ABAYA FOR YOUR BODY TYPE

Muslim fashion is everywhere, with Hijabs and Abayas flooding the web and high streets alike. With the growing popularity of hijab fashion, the markets are definitely keeping up, with a wide range of different styles, patterns and colors for every occasion and look.

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Alima Black Floral Maxi Dress Abaya

But with all this choice, you can sometimes find it even harder to choose a style that’s just right for you.  And it’s even more difficult to find excellent quality Abayas that are also perfect for your personality. So Artizara is here to help, with our tips for finding the perfect Abaya.

Whether you’re doing some online Abaya shopping or getting one personalized in a private shop, here are some tips to make sure you get exactly what you want from your Abaya Dress.

  1. Know your shape

It is totally useless buying a beautiful Abaya and then finding that it is the wrong shape for you. Sometimes we might see fantastic Abayas for sale and make a quick purchase, only to find that the shape of the dress is not geat on your figure, wasting our time and money. So here is  a quick run down of shapes and ways to style for them.

  • Pear Shaped – If you are pear shaped, pick up an Abaya or Jilbab with tight sleeves that flares out at the bottom from the waist.
  • Apple shaped – A loose fitting Abaya is perfect for casual day times and a streamlined simple dress is best for evenings with this body shape.
  • Hourglass – A nipped in waist is perfect for an hourglass, but maintaining a bit more modesty will involve a looser fit at the top and a wider bottom.
  • Rectangle shaped – The rectangle shape can wear pretty much any shape, but maybe stay away from a flared bottom and use a more streamlined look.

If you aren’t sure about your body type check out the video below.

  1. Choose Colors that Flatter

Although it may be appealing to pick a stand-out Abaya that will surely get you noticed in a crowd, remember that a vibrant block color or interesting design pattern can sometimes be very difficult to accessorize with and you might find you don’t wear it as often as you might have wanted to. This can be a big waste of money, but you don’t have to stick with traditional black either. Simply choose easily accessorized colors such as neutral tones like latte or mocha, darker shades like navy or marina blue or feminine shades like the ever popular dusty rose. Make sure you pick a color that you can find Hijabs and shoes for to glam up your dress when the occasion demands.

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Olivia Navy Blue Everyday Abaya
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Zaira Embroidered Formal Evening Abaya

2. Choose the Right Fabric

Abayas can be a large part of your everyday life, and will cover a large part of your skin, so choosing a comfortable Abaya is the essential. Whether buying from a shop or online make sure you know the material that the dress is made from and that is suitable for the season. Here at Artizara we have Abayas in all different styles and colors from denim to silk to easy care fabrics  that spell comfort all day, every day.

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Elsa Formal Evening Abaya Mocha

3. Don’t Choose an Overly Fitted Abaya

Abayas can be flattering, but choosing a very fitted Abaya completely defeats the point of the dress. The Abaya is meant to be modest and comfortable, covering enough skin without compromising on modesty. The Abaya is a perfect way to honor your faith without looking drab and unfeminine, so choose a dress that is both modest and stylish.

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Marcella Formal Evening Abaya

4. Don’t Over- Accessorize

If you choose the right Abaya, accessories may not even be necessary. A beautiful bit of embroidery or a gorgeous pattern could be all that you need to look stunning, and if you do want to accessorize, choose something simple that complements your elegant and modest look.

Click here out to check out Artizara Abayas on sale.

Hijab Tying Tips: 4 Ways How to Style Colorful Hijabs

The Hijab is many things to many people.

It’s your crown, a mark of identity, a symbol of respect, a religious commandment, a cultural tradition, and more. 

We also know that a Hijab is a fashion statement. It’s one of the most versatile items of clothing you can own, and one of the best ways to spice up any outfit is by choosing a colorful one. Whether you’re looking for a simple back to school look or to stand out from the crowd, a colorful hijab can brighten up your outfit, your skin tone and even your day!

But what are the best ways to tie a hijab without losing those vibrant colors? Here are 5 styles you might want to try  with your colorful Hijabs.

Classic

Sometimes, less is more, and this is the case when it comes to a nice and colorful hijab. If you have beautiful headscarves you would like to show off, this classic style is the best way to do so. Using this style with a one of our solid color Celebrity Hijabs will brighten up any outfit and is easily accessorized. It is easy enough to do and if you need to know more you can click the pic below to watch the tutorial.

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Chest Covering

Have you ever bought a beautiful Hijab only to be devastated that you can’t show off any of the pattern with your usual style? Well fear no more, with this modest and flattering style you can show off the design on the front of your outfit for everybody to see. Simply spread one corner of it across your chest and tie the rest as your hijab to showcase your fabulous embroidered or printed Hijab.

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Turban

 

For a hip and trendy look, try a front knotted turban with a patterned head wrap scarf. This style is quirky and cool and can be used with almost any Muslim headwear, and accessorized to the max with jewelry and makeup.

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Find out how to do it at the link below:

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Volumised

One of the best ways not to lose those colors is to boost those layers, which makes for a sophisticated style volumised look. Choose simple pastel colors and create layers with more cute head wraps, or choose a unique hijab and boost your volume by styling your hair underneath. This style is a brilliant way to highlight your face and also show off your beautiful Muslim scarves.

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To find out one way to do this style with a hijab scarf check out the link below.

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Braided

This is a playful,  girly look for anyone wanting to use a lot of colors and be creative. Braiding anything always makes it feel more like summer, and you can do this look with one or two scarves depending on the style and coloring you want to go for.

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To find out how to do this just check out the video below:

Braided Hijab Tutorial:

 

With all of this in mind, you can check the Artizara Hijab online store for a unique selection of Muslim headwear. With all different colors, styles, patterns and materials, you can style yourself however you like this season with our Hijabs for sale.

 

Muslim Fashion from Around the World

As the entire world knows by now, modern Muslim fashion is taking the world by storm. With more and more articles every day describing the break in the fashion industry for modest womenswear, it’s no surprise that we are seeing a growing number of women bring Muslim clothing to the high street.

Muslim attire is not just set to certain staple pieces either, the globe is being taken over by fashion conscious women who are taking modest Muslim garb to a whole new level.

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia is a country surprisingly obsessed with fashion and under their abaya women usually wear western dress. Men and women alike love to dress up and Muslim womens clothing is at the top of its game here with several fantastic fashion designers emerging within the last few years. Islamic clothes here are both modest and fiercely fashionable, take for example the designer Hatem Alakeel who makes modest yet masculine influenced Islamic womens clothing for work.

 

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UK

Due to the diversity of the UK, Muslim fashion here is a never-ending well of beautiful, modest clothing. From casual Muslim dresses to traditional Islamic clothing, the streets are covered with gorgeous ideas for how to wear modest clothing. Fashion bloggers are rife in the UK and there is a lot of Islamic women’s clothing available online. One woman to watch is famous blogger Hana Tajima who took the UK by storm and has since started running her own business with a line at retailer UNIQLO. Her personal taste is a more casual modest look that suits most British girls for everyday wear.

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Pakistan

This year’s Pakistan fashion week showed us a game changer in the country’s position on the world’s fashion map. Pakistani Muslim clothes came in all shapes and sizes this season, with bold colors and stunning silhouettes being the main take away from the Spring/Summer 2017 collections. Although there are a lot of modern pieces to be taken away from Pakistan at the moment, some of the most beautiful designs came in the form of traditional clothing that would still be worn on a day to day basis.

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USA

It’s no secret that the majority of Muslim fashion bloggers and designers these days are based in the US. With the sheer amount of inspiration here it’s difficult to find the Muslim trends that are running through the veins of America. However, one woman whose name most young Muslims know is Saufeeya Goodson. The New York based fashion blogger is the epitome of chic, combining killer heels and amazing Hijab fashion with long coats and accessories galore.

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Dubai

Dubai is an epicenter of fashion, with some of the most gorgeous Muslim looks flooding the streets every day. Although some of the brands may come with a hefty price tag, their street fashion is some of the most inspiring in the world for young Muslim women. Boasting the largest shoe store in the world, it’s no wonder that in Dubai they look to dress up. The usual look for day or night is some killer heels and a great bag, accompanied by some seriously cool, modest outfits.

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To stay on top of the trends visit artizara.com, the Trusted name in Modest Islamic Fashion & Lifestyle since 2002.

Abaya: The Muslim Maxi Dress

A good Abaya can be your best friend, especially in the heat of the summer sun. However the Abaya fulfills many other purposes than being just a staple fashion piece.

Although Abayas come in an array of different colors and are available around the world, original abayas were all black Abayas, and in the Emirates and Saudi Arabia, they are mostly still black in color. The Abaya was originally a one piece garment that allowed the wearer to maintain complete modesty and respect for their body, however it also served a different purpose. Among communities, the uniformity of the Abaya allowed for class division to be ignored. With all women wearing the same style of clothes, there was very little to differentiate rich from poor; bringing more people together through their shared faith rather than driving them apart with hierarchy.

Nowadays, and especially in Western countries, the Abaya dress is a fashion symbol that blends culture and religion across many spaces. The Abaya and Jilbab (traditionally covering the head and hands also) are comfortable, breathable and fashionable, making for excellent summer wear and so many different styles means you can find one that’s perfect for any occasion.

Here are some of our stylish Abayas for sale now!

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The Merve embroidered formal abaya dress is the perfect formal Abaya for an evening occasion. Whether it’s a family dinner or a night out with friends, the Merve is stylish, modest and simple, and easy to accessorize with anything. With dramatic embroidery inspired by 10th century Persian art, the Merve will become an essential part of your modest evening outfit repertoire.

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The Olivia on the other hand is a fantastic, casual maxi dress made from a super soft comfortable material with soft pleats at the waistline for a nipped in look. Lightweight and easy to wear, this Abaya is the same as throwing on your favorite jeans and t shirt. Accessorize with a cute print Hijab for a stylish and streamlined look, ideal for chilling out this summer to fall.

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Last but not least, take a look at the Kulus, a gorgeous chiffon Abaya in a modernist abstract print to make you stand out from the crowd. Light and airy, this dress features cross over pleats and an included coordinating scarf for a put together look. This dress is a perfect all-rounder; whether at work, at dinner or just walking about town, the Kulus will make you feel feminine and romantic wherever you go.

For all these and more check out our range of stylish Abayas online now!

 

10 modest fashion bloggers to follow on Instagram

10 modest fashion bloggers to follow on Instagram

Instagram is a constant source of inspiration for young fashionistas out there, but you can sometimes get lost in the sea of bloggers, all with their own sense of style and individuality. So, here are Artizara, we have compiled a list of the muslim women to watch out for if you want to keep up with the most current and modest trends, whatever the season.

Dina Tokio

Morning! Yup still going ✌🏼🎉#eid2k17

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Blogger and fashion designer, Dina knows what she’s talking about when it comes to modest fashion. Her instagram is full of contemporary looks for todays busy girl who wants to mix faith and fashion in perfect harmony. 2. Maryam Asadullah

Maryam has gained an impressive 250 thousand followers with her fashion blog. She is never far away from a fantastic pair of shoes or a fabulous colour co-ordination and her looks often involve long shirts and killer heels.

3. Maria Al-Sadek

How to do off the shoulder tops modestly ft. @vergegirl top & vintage skirt ✨

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This American fashion blogger is unfathomably cool. Known for her modest takes on casual western looks, Maria can transform almost any trend into a style perfect for modest fashion.

4. Fatema AlAwadhi

Happy Friday 🌻 الحمدلله

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The Kuwaiti blogger with impeccable style is often found jetting around the world visiting the most stylish cities in the world, as if you needed more than one reason to follow her already.

5. MrMr

Feminist fashionista Mrmr has a whopping 1.3 million followers on instagram. The endless amount of smart, modest, high fashion photographs are the kind of thing dreams are made of so don’t be surprised if you find yourself scrolling for hours.

6. Ruba Zai

Ruba is a 23 year old fashion blogger who is actually, in her own words, “living the dream”. With her one million followers she jets around the world discovering new looks and places, all while combining trendy, modest looks we can all appreciate.

7. Sahar Foad

Front view of my 1st Eid look 💙. Dress from @opio.official and photo by my beloved @reemraef 💓

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Sahar takes a good dose of traditional muslim attire and smashes it together with high fashion, creative looks that would make anyone feel like a princess. The arty fashionista is obsessed with colour and accessorising and also has some excellent tips on different ways to tie your hijab.

8. Yasemin Kanar

Yasemin is an inspirational fashion blogger who continously manages to look fabulous even with her busy life. The new mother is also a model, makeup artist and blogger who is based in Florida. She always manages to look classy and modest, never ceasing to give us all fashion goals.

9. Saufeeya Goodson

Currently based in Dubai, American Saufeeya has a very large following for her relatively small amount of posts. It’s no surprise why though, her looks are timeless, trendy and modest, it almost seems like there is nothing that the girl can’t wear!

10. Nabiila

YouTuber Nabiila loves everything colourful and her accessorizing is on point every time. Her creative ability is becoming legendary on social media and she wears almost every clothing combination you can think off to come up with some truly amazing modest looks.

London Modest fashion week is here to stay

“In five years this will be the norm” says Fashion designer Roda Abdi after this years London Modest fashion week.

For years, modest and fashion were not two words that could be strung together in a sentence, with many Muslim women having to endure drab, baggy cardigans and one tone headscarfs. Gone are those days, and with the dawn of the internet (especially instagram and pinterest) we now have thousands of modest, comfortable and fashionable ideas at the tip of our fingers.

This was more than evident at Modern Fashion week.

Hundreds of Muslim women turned out for the event, documenting the entire thing on their smartphones and taking note of all the years newest trends. Most notably, with other fashion shows such as Milan and London parading a lot of very strange looks, the MFW seemed to host an array of outfits that normal women would actually wear! Looks without plunging necklines, tiny hemlines and strange cuts and splits littered the catwalk, all available and suitable for anyone wanting their faith and fashion to go hand in hand.

Over 40 Muslim designers from all over the world took part in the fashion week, and one fashion blogger in particular was especially impressed. Dina Tokio, the hijabi blogger who has over a million followers on instagram said “I feel like brands are coming on board with diversity now and I think that it’s down to social media and how much talent there is out there.” Talking about her own success as a blogger she also stated “I want to show that you can coincide faith with fashion and that there are Muslim women who actually represent that.”

The show featured maxi dresses, jumpsuits and headscarves along with some more traditional inspired pieces and some fairy tale, red carpet style dresses that would be fit for any princess.

Tickets were being sold for around $100 and the show is set to now become a staple piece of the city’s fashion calendar.

It seems like the future is set to embrace modest fashion, with it being one of the fastest growing markets in the world, and we here at Artizara can’t wait to see what happens.

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Stylish Modest Tunics : A Summer Staple

Here at Artizara, our priority is keeping you feeling cool and comfortable while looking stylish this summer. Whether beach bathing or sightseeing, we all like to look our best wherever we go. However, it’s hard to find that perfect ‘go to’ style that won’t let you down no matter how hot it gets.

That’s why this season we have fallen in love with our new range of summer tunics available in all different styles and colors. All made from beautiful breathable fabrics, and suitable for life’s many occasions, this modest look is perfect for long summer days and cool summer nights. Take a look!

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If you are looking for an interchangeable day to night modest tunic that is both elegant and cool then look no further than the Grace. This tunic comes in an array of gorgeous pastel colors to help you feel fresh in the summer sun, and is fully lined so there is no need to layer! The chiffon fabric is feather light to help you catch that breeze in the morning or the evening and enjoy your day or night ahead.

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Boho Chic

Staying cool in the city can be a challenge, especially if you live somewhere particularly busy. The last thing you want is to be caught out of style, which is why we recommend the stylish, denim Bea tunic. With Moroccan inspired braid work, the material is 100% breathable cotton, making this loose top perfect for wandering around town or catching up with friends on hot days. Pair with a light colored scarf and jeans for a flawless, fabulous, effortless look.

Lazy Days

Some summer days are best spent in the garden, walking around the park or just relaxing listening to music. On these occasions, it’s best not to go overboard, so the Leena is the one for you. A playful, feminine, pleated tunic that comes in a range of pale colors so you can coordinate with your favorite jeans or shoes on a calm day made just for you. A touch of lace make this piece dressy enough for you to throw on in case of last minute plans. Modest and comfortable, the Leena is one of our favorite pieces this summer.IMG_0165

Back to Reality

Although the summer is a glorious season, it isn’t all fun and games. Some of us gals have to work, but there is no reason to sweat out the season in the name of style. It doesn’t all have to be doom and gloom however, with our gorgeous and sophisticated Darya tunic. Perfect for social occasions, family gatherings or splashing a bit of color into the office, you’ll be turning heads this summer in this elegant, Persian inspired tunic. Made with a soft chiffon, the question on everybody’s lips will be ‘how does she stay so cool while looking so good?’. Pair with heels and a matching scarf for extra sophistication.

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Halima Aden graces Vogue as it’s first Hijab Fashion cover model!

“All eyes on Halima Aden: The runway star shattering stereotypes,” was the tagline that Vogue Arabia chose to accompany the gorgeous model from St Cloud, Minnesota, welcoming her to the long line of beauties who have graced the magazines cover. This groundbreaking cover, featuring Aden in a full Hijab, is the first of it’s kind, heralding in a new age of diversity in fashion.

Aden came to America at the age of 6 after being born in a refugee camp in Kenya. She became famous after making waves during the Miss Minnesota 2016 beauty pageant, where she was the first contestant in the pageant’s history to wear a hijab, and then a burkini during the swimsuit segment of the competition. She was later signed by IMG models and has since become the first ever hijab wearing model to walk international runways as part of a major agency. So far she has walked the catwalk at Milan fashion week, London modest fashion week and will act as a preliminary judge at this years Miss USA 2017 pageant.

Aden went on to gush about the cover shoot on her instagram, saying ‘that surreal and dreamlike feeling the moment you see yourself on the cover of @voguearabia cannot be explained! I’m beyond appreciative for the opportunity to grace the June cover!’

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Now it seems like the sky’s the limit for the 19 year old, who then later in July became the first hijab wearing model on the front cover of Allure magazine.

Accompanied by the caption ‘Muslim. Model. Destroyer of Stereotypes.’ the young beauty is opening the gates for millions of young Muslim women wanting to make it in the fashion industry.

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As a pioneer in the modest fashion world, founded in 2002 even before “modest fashion” was a phrase, we at Artizara have a lot to celebrate in Halima’s success. Hopefully this will only be the first of many beautiful Muslim women emerging into the ever changing and accomodating world of fashion. Congratulations Halima!