Joan Smalls Got A Sparkly Abaya Custom-Made Just For Her Abu Dhabi Trip

BY Sara Tardiff / Oct 31 2018 / 19:12 PM

SemSem created the piece just for her and her UAE getaway

Joan Smalls Got A Sparkly Abaya Custom-Made Just For Her Abu Dhabi Trip
Instagram @JoanSmalls

On a pretty epic trip to Abu Dhabi, Joan Smalls has taken selfies with camels, explored the Al Wathba Fossil Dunes, and celebrated being the new face of Etihad x Diane Von Furstenberg's capsule. All the while, she's been serving look after look at each spot she's visited - even wearing a latex pants and bucket hat combo on the plane ride here.

When she made a trip to the Great Mosque in Abu Dhabi, Arab-rooted brand SemSem custom-made her a chic abaya just for the occassion, completely covered in black sequins.

On Instagram, Smalls posted a photo of herself wearing it (which SemSem re-grammed), posing in front of the Great Mosque as the sun goes down. The abaya is such a stand-out piece, we almost missed the fact that she's wearing the perfect red-orange lip.

They captioned the post: "@joansmalls wearing a custom #SemSem Abaya Sequin scarf in Abu Dhabi."

SemSem is one of those Middle Eastern brands that's become a go-to for celebs looking for something especially glam - Chrissy Teigen, Gigi Hadid, and Vanessa Hudgens to name a few. They've worked with Halima for numerous campaigns, including the above featuring another chic and unique headpiece.

Semsem also dropped an exclusive holiday collection today, October 31, on NET-A-PORTER - and if you're all about party season, this one's for you. Just like Smalls' abaya, they go heavy on the sparkle, playing with rich jewel tones and fun textures to create party-ready jumpsuits, dresses, pants, and more.

SemSem's Holiday Collection exclusively at NET-A-PORTER

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Press play and watch BTS from our March 2018 cover shoot with Joan Smalls.