Artizara was privileged to be invited once again to the phenomenal Spring Women’s Islamic Fashion Show and Bazaar, organized to benefit the Muslim Community Center Full Time School, in Morton Grove, Illinois on April 4, 2009.
The warmth and energy of the local Muslim community was palpable at this sold out event, with over 400 women in attendance, and coverage by the fashion blog of the Chicago Sun-Times and the Chicago Crescent. The show featured latest spring and summer fashion lines for the Muslim woman from favorite e-retailers and preferred local vendors, presented with panache, on the runway.
The models swayed to the beat of contemporary music from the Islamic world, with the Arizara line perfectly in sync to one of our favorite tracks, “Aicha”, by Outlandish. The ten outfit lineup from our new Spring 09 collection included bohemian peasant tops, designer denim, raw silk jackets and gorgeous formal dresses and caftans, unlike anything you would find either in Islamic or mainstream stores. The spring line got great reviews, with many pre-orders for styles from the new collection.
The show stole the audience’s hearts with a super sweet segment featuring hip, modest fashions for little girls ages 3-12. With kids’ clothes bought from local department stores, the organizers put together the cutest little modest ensembles for little girls, complete with hats, jewelry and bolero jackets. They sure convinced us that little Muslimahs need not aspire to be Hannah Montana clones, to feel cool!
The show wowed us with the grand finale that showcased bridal fashions from the Islamic world, demonstrating to the rapt audience how to synthesize modesty with glam, for a woman’s big day.
A big Thank You to MCCFTS for making us a part of this great event, for a wonderful cause!