by Black Sabbath
Firstly, I’m a man, so I’m gonna review this fashion web-boutique like a man. Please bare with me. The web-boutique is www.akhawat.co.uk and they offer designer abaya. Akhawat is not like high-street fashion brand, but more towards haute couture boutique, with three segment of labels: the Basically Black Collection, the Purple Label Collection, and the Signature Collection. Plus accessory collection called Inayah. Akhawat is the first couture in the west to offer customised and sizing of abaya. And you can order on-line.
Their range of design struck me as a Gothica-Fairy sensuality. Exquisite, mystical, simplistic yet opulent. It got a ‘tough-sensual Muslimah’ attitude, like Princess Padme in StarWars prequels. Their embroidery work is marvelous with combo of diamantes, crystals and stones. Feast your eyes…
Above is the Basically Black Collection. They look like a bunch of stylish heavy metal Hijabistas. The Basically Black is simple and linear but the embroidery work is very-very detail. As you can see, they did various cut for the sleeve and hijab parts (Moorish, Moroccan, etc). In my opinion, with additional glove and face covering, the abaya can be use for prayer.
This one is the Purple Label Collection. Notice that the motif is more elaborate than the Basically Black Collection. One level up. There are other colors beside black, but above I show those that I like, those Gothica-Fairy stylised look. Fun and fashionable. More importantly they all look very comfortable.
The Signature Collection, as shown above, got more motif and details. More lavish and exquisite than the rest of the collection. The one in the middle got a wide sleeve (butterfly cut) with motif running down from elbow to the wrist. Totally opulent… And below are few of Akhawat accessories called the Inayah Collection.