Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Hijab Fashionweek South Africa 2016

Hey beauties,
How have you been?

Today's blogpost is all about the Hijabfashionweek South Africa, the ins,outs and even a bit of history (:

Hijabfashionweek is happening all over the world, everyone all over social media is waiting in anticipation for those fashion pics to be uploaded, excited for all the Eid collections. Yep modest fashion is trending big time, long coats, capes, skirts, dresses, turbans, draped scarfs you name it. Modest fashion is taking the world by storm, it's growing so rapidly across the globe, it's not only Muslims but people of different beliefs, different backgrounds all speaking the same language of modesty.

So I had the privilege of attending yet another fashion show held by Fabulous in Hijab on Sunday the 22nd of May, it was at the perfect venue for a fashion show, the Nico Malan Hall in Observatory.
Hijab Fashionweek South Africa started with the first show with approximately 75 ladies, now over 240 at their 3rd Annual event. "Years ago Abashiya saw the gap in South Africa and she filled it" As told by the host of the show Gadijah Khan also Abashiya's sister. Personally I can already see this event going bigger and better each year, In Sha Allah. Gadijah was a fabulous host and did I mention they a family of designers, Gadijah also has her own fashion label GKD and their younger sister Najla from Sayahn-leathers sells thee most beautiful shoes and leather bags, go check them out. 

So why Hijab Fashionweek?
Like where was I all this time? How did I not know of all these incredible talented designers, I used to go from shop to shop then mall to mall and still I wasn't satisfied with my Eid outfit because these shops don't cater for us muslimahs. I love it when my things match and especially on a day like Eid a person want to look different than other days but still look decent and modest for the special day right? So that's all made easier for us, everything in one building from accessories, scarfs ,shoes, makeup, perfume and even bags, you could all get it at the Hijab Fashionweek.
Not only do we see and shop what we like but also mingle and meet new interesting people and build new relationships. Just before I left I had chats with the lovely ladies from Hiddentreasers and Sugar Rush ,they had their pop up shops at the event.
Beautiful scarfs by Hidden Treasers

Book by Rogeema

About the show....
After a yummy breakfast the show started of the right way, because it's only with the help and dua's of the Almighty that these things are possible. Opening  dua was made by the beautiful Fatimah Khan, Gadijah's daughter, Ma Sha Allah. Then a very interesting talk by Rogeema Kenny, now she's an an inspiration to Muslimahs, the first time I saw Rogeema was on the television show An Nur the light, they did a personal profile about her and what she does and that name stuck with me. She's one busy lady, besides being an Electrical Engineer she's also a triathlete, a blogger, she belongs to different organisations empowering women, a public speaker and loves to empower women to go after their dreams, she believe you should not let society tell you otherwise and that you can't do it ,follow your dreams. It was actually so nice to see her in person. (She's also co-author of the book Empower). Then we couldn't stop the laughter, jokes by the funniest lady Shimmy Isaacs, she made the atmosphere live and jolly with her jokes.

Fatimah Khan

Gadijah introducing Rogeema

Handing over to Abashiya for a speech

Shimmy Isaacs doing her thing and making everyone laugh 

Then there was the prize giving, lovely prizes and goodies from the designers, wish my name was drawn. How cute is the little girl helping Gadijah?  

Ok lets get to thee most exciting part of the show, lets speak Fashion!
The designers that showcased their collections were
Fabulous In Hijab by Abashiya Achilles
ZA Designs by Zulfah Adams 
Indah-Collections by Shamila 
Styled by Ru by Rushda Isaacs 
Al Shama by Wiedaad Ameerodien 

Inspire by Ilhaam

Europa Design Emporium by Gafieza/ Noorjahaan/ Zaitoon/ Ganeefa

  • ZA Designs

Beautiful designs by Fabulous in Hijab
Fabulous In Hijab
Some sequins,Left by Indah Collection ,middle and right by Fabulous In Hijab
Beautiful tan and blues by Europa Design Emporium

Inspire by Ilhaam
Black and Gold

Monochrome - Styled by Ru
Styled by Ru
Light colours by Al Shama 
Al Shama 

How fabulous are those designs, I think all these designers outdone themselves. I'm wishing you all well and I'm sure your collections will sell out quickly, may your businesses grow, In Sha Allah. You all doing an Awesome job #HFWSA rocks big time!
If you would love to get in contact with one of the designers to purchase something you can follow the link if you click on the name.

Video made by me

Some selfies with my fellow bloggers off course, Fadwah Mowzer with her cute son, (ietsie bietsie blog) and Echi Ismail from the blog Halaalife.

My ootd for the day...

And that's a wrap :)
Thank you for reading/visiting my blog, and always keep shining

xoxo Nadia


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