Dibaj’s Ready-to-Wear Collection presented at Muscat Fashion Week 2013 features 28 timeless and elegant looks that narrate a progression with the times. Staying true to their design aesthetic, the collection by the Omani sister duo Afaf and Aida al Farsi is a juxtaposition of contemporary silhouettes and details that breathe life into cultural heritage.
“The collection encapsulates the style of a modern day woman who is proud of her roots and heritage,” said Afaf, Dibaj creative director & co-founder. “The pieces are sophisticated yet playfully versatile and can be easily deconstructed and styled for a day look.” Effortlessly chic, Dibaj’s collection ingeniously repackages cultural reference points in a relevant and international context.
Floor sweeping gowns and unapologetically feminine silhouettes depict a confident woman’s poise which is accentuated by structured boleros and cinched waistlines that polish the contour of the collection’s unrestricted and free flowing fabrics. Lavish velvet dresses with fluid lines are dramatised with a nocturnal colour palette of blue, black and bottle green whereas wisps of tulle capes, delicate lace, intricate Swarovski embellishments, fringe detailing and sequins ethereally soften the collection.
Throughout the collection, colour pops make refreshingly unexpected appearances and tuxedo pantsuits introduce a new shape to the Dibaj repertoire. The collection skillfully showcases off-shoulder and split sleeve dresses, gold brocade skirts, nude-colored tulle t-shirts embellished with Swarovski crystals and luxuriously draped kaftans.
Complementing the collection’s modern tailoring are accents of silver Omani weaving and folklore embroidery on cuffs and hemlines as well as traditional Khanjar belts along the waist. Iconic Omani gold and silver pieces are reinterpreted into contemporary and wearable accessories with the use of fabrics, semiprecious stones leather, beads and the brand’s signature fleur de lis charm.