For the fourth episode of our takeovers series with the FTA 2022 Prize finalists, we’re featuring a category that everyone will be paying attention to: Ready-to-Wear.

So, we asked the Lebanese Renwa Yassin (Renwa) and Rym Beydoun (Super Yaya), the Saudi sisters Sarah and Siham Albinali (Lurline) and the Sudanese Yousra Elsadig (BDN) to film themselves while they showed us their signature piece, told us about their favorite city in the MENA region and talked about the designers who inspire them and about their expectations when they travel to Qatar in October for the Prize event. We also asked them to tell us who they dream of dressing on the red carpet and how their relatives might describe them using three words.

Here are their answers…

THE SIGNATURE PIECE

Renwa Yassin’s signature piece is her Sablier Rafia skirt. “It represents my brand with its cultural and artisanal aspect,” she says.

Rym Beydoun’s signature piece is her Jupe Maman, “It features the different fabrics and techniques we’ve been using the past two years,” says the designer.

Sarah and Siham Albinali’s signature piece is their Metal Waves Corset. “It represents us the most, it’s rebellious and this is the essence of Lurline,” they say, explaining that the “beautiful wave effect” is the result of mixing non-traditional fabrics with traditional draping techniques.

Yousra Elsadig’s signature piece is her tracksuit designed with “Sudanese traditional fabrics and it can be worn day and night”.

INSPIRATION

Renwa Yassine names Stella McCartney and especially Azzedine Alaia as her main sources of inspiration.

“I have many designers in mind, but if I have to name one, it’s Martin Margiela for his approach of design,” says Rym Beydoun.

After a short debate and a lot of laughs, Sarah and Siham Albinali agree on Rick Owens as their main source of inspiration.

Yousra Elsadig names Zuhair Murad, Erdem, Christian Siriano and, “last but not least”, Elie Saab as her sources of inspiration.

WHEN IN QATAR

“I am looking forward to meeting other designers and telling everyone the story and the inspiration behind my brand,” says Renwa Yassin.

Rym Beydoun is looking forward to “meeting people” and “sharing her work”.

Sarah and Siham Albinali are “so excited” to be part of the FTA 2022 Prize. “But what we’re looking forward to the most is people coming, touching and feeling our garments, seeing what Lurline is all about and having the Lurline experience,” they say.

“I’m looking forward to shedding some light on my beautiful culture and representing Sudan and what it stands for. I’m also eager to showcase my collection to the jury and the advisory board,” says Yousra Elsadig.

FAVORITE CITY

Renwa Yassin’s favorite city in the MENA region is Beirut, “for its art, people, architecture and food”.

Rym Beydoun also names Beirut as her favorite city, because it’s “eclectic, chaotic and home”.

The Albinali sisters name Dammam as their favorite city, without a shadow of a doubt.

“It’s Khartoum, where the Blue and White Niles meet, for its beautiful scenery and gorgeous people,” says Yousra Elsadig

THE THREE WORDS

Renwa Yassin: “They say I’m passionate, modest and ambitious.”

Rym Beydoun: “They say I’m ambitious, unpredictable and fierce.”

Sarah and Siham Albinali: “They say we’re ambitious, theatrical and reliable.”

Yousra Elsadig: “They say I’m passionate, persistent and compassionate.”

ON THE RED CARPET

Renwa Yassin dreams of dressing Queen Rania of Jordan and the American actress Zendaya.

Rym Beydoun would love to dress American singer and songwriter Erykah Badu.

Sarah and Siham Albinali’s “ultimate dream” is to dress the American actress Winona Ryder.

Finally, Yousra Elsadig “has always dreamt of dressing HRH Sheikha Moza bint Nasser for her style, her elegance and what she stands for. It would be an honor, inchallah,” she says.