Summer’s around the corner, fashion is thriving, collaborations are dropping, new collections have landed in stores and exciting new projects by our talented community of MENA designers are on the horizon. We’re back with our monthly round-up of everything MENA, so you don’t have to miss a thing! Let’s get into it.

“The Queen is Coming” – a feature film by Ib Kamara for El Tayeb Nation

FTA 2021 debut winner AbdelGader El Tayeb teamed up with the editor-in-chief of Dazed Ib Kamara on an exclusive fashion film set to be released this summer. While the details of the film are yet to be announced, here’s what El Tayeb exclusively tells Pulse: “I’ve been contacted by Show Studio to develop a video for a project called “Bodies of Knowledge” curated by Nick Knight and the writer Emma Dabiri that will be showcased through the Show Studio platform this summer. We teamed up with Ib Kamara to develop the movie called “The Queen is Coming” that presents different characters of El Tayeb Nation, including the Nubian queen president.”

Calvin Klein launches its first Middle Eastern campaign

The brand best known for its embracing of all-American youth culture, Calvin Klein, has launched its first Middle Eastern campaign featuring five creative talents from the MENA region. Shot by fashion photographer Sarah Blais in Dubai, the campaign includes models Lana Al Beik and Shahad Salman, singer-songwriter Sonia, multidisciplinary artist CreationsofLA, and photographer Lughass. “Seeing the changes in the region, I feel I can finally express myself through fashion, and show my true sense of style. My go-to look is minimal, however, my mood determines if I want to add a little more to it in terms of prints, patterns or different textures,” said model Shahad Salman.

Les Benjamins X Dr. Azra: “Peace in the Middle East”

Les Benjamins teamed up with chiropractor-turned-artist Dr. Azra, best known for her modern take on traditional henna, for a unisex collection titled “Peace in the Middle East.” The collection, which consists of 14 pieces, takes its inspiration from a love of all things 90’s through its daisy and heart checkerboard motifs, denims and more. “Launching the ‘Peace in the Middle East’ collection during Ramadan is a reminder that for some people, this month isn’t easy, nor is it peaceful. I hope and pray that this changes,” Dr. Azra said in a press release.

Edelina Joyce releases AW21/22 collection

Jordanian ready-to-wear designer Edelina Joyce released her AW21/22 collection titled “Calming Perseverance.” Following the brands’ minimal, classic design aesthetic, the collection follows themes from previous seasons, namely, the designers’ love of nostalgic times. The collection is about independence, growth, strength and balance. By using a mix of asymmetry, fluidity, structure and drape, Joyce highlights the balance between those contrasts while ensuring the woman presented throughout is feminine, free, strong and real. This seasons’ color palette takes inspiration from that sense of maturity and stability, but also its interpretation of what Jordan is through the use of color. The collection is now available to shop online:

https://www.edelinajoyce.com/

Sole DXB announces its return this December!

The annual footwear, music, art and lifestyle festival, Sole DXB, which started as a footwear summit in Dubai back in 2011, has announced that it will be back this December after taking a two year hiatus due to COVID. The event, which attracts thousands of people from all around the world and happens to be one of the biggest in Dubai, is expected to take place at Dubai Design District once again. Sole DXB is set to kick off on December 9 and run until December 11. Its multiform programming will include live music, screenings, workshops, and all things sneakers and fashion, too. You don’t want to miss it!

Yasmin Mansour X Ülsje on Farfetch

FTA 2019 finalist, Yasmin Mansour has teamed up with Leo Vanweersch, creative director of Ülsje Handcrafted Glasses, for a limited collection eyewear capsule now available exclusively on Farfetch. Crafted by hand in a small family-run atelier in Germany, each piece takes up to 15 hours to produce and embodies the designer’s keenness for exceptional quality, elegance and avant-garde styles. The collection was produced using genuine, left-over buffalo horn, a natural material which is lightweight and anti-allergen. Available in different, charming colors, the collection is now available to shop online.

D’Accori lands on Net-A-Porter and Matches Fashion

Jordanian-London based D’accori, best known for their bold and flamboyant, or subtle and understated, style, has been picked up by Matches Fashion and Net-A-Porter. The unique blend of handcrafted artisan shoes with a contemporary edge has Dua Lipa, Lady Gaga, Ariana Grande, Doja Cat and Alexa Demie among its fans. D’accori was picked up by both retailers three months after the brand’s debut and you can now shop D’accori’s signature heels and vibrant hues, metallics and satin finishes here: https://www.net-a-porter.com/en-gb/shop/designer/d%E2%80%99accori and https://www.matchesfashion.com/womens/designers/daccori