A model walks during the presentation of the “Khaleeki Chic”(Stay stylish) collection by Saudi and Belgian designers Safia Hussein and Christophe Beaufays, at the Belgian residence in Saudi Arabia’s capital Riyadh’s diplomatic quarter, on January 23, 2021 AFB
Half a dozen models, displayed the collection that sought to redefine the abaya as a stylish overcoat suitable not just for Muslims but for women everywhere
Donning chic neck-to-toe abayas, models saunter in high heels around a swimming pool in a glitter-filled fashion show staged in the unlikeliest of places: Saudi Arabia.
Haute couture displays are rare in the deeply conservative Muslim kingdom and have usually been restricted to women or avoided female models altogether — one even displayed dresses dangling from drones.
But a private event in Riyadh last weekend — which showcased a new collection of abayas, a billowy, figure-concealing robe — opened up to a small but mixed-gender audience