Carolina Herrera Launches Her First Abaya Collection

BY Samantha Hamilton Rushforth / Apr 26 2017 / 21:30 PM

Just in time for Ramadan, no less

Carolina Herrera Launches Her First Abaya Collection
Carolina Herrera Launches Her First Abaya Collection
Carolina Herrera Launches Her First Abaya Collection
Carolina Herrera Launches Her First Abaya Collection
Carolina Herrera Launches Her First Abaya Collection
Carolina Herrera Launches Her First Abaya Collection
Carolina Herrera Launches Her First Abaya Collection
Carolina Herrera Launches Her First Abaya Collection
Carolina Herrera Launches Her First Abaya Collection

Lending her usual effortless elegance to a more modest aesthetic, CH Carolina Herrera has launched her first collection of abayas, exclusively for the Middle East. Re-imagining classic abaya and hijab silhouettes with subtle polka dots and delicate bows - two of her most recognizable design motifs, the collection, which features lace and crepe fabrics, is part of a new eveningwear launch that also includes a range of red-carpet worthy gowns. 

Carolina Herrera's First Abaya Collection

Known for her distinctly feminine shapes and delicate detailing, the American-Venezuelan designer began her career as a publicist for Emilio Pucci before launching a design career in 1980 and now boasts a roster of celebrity fans. A go-to designer for high-profile red carpet events like the Academy Awards, Grammy's and Golden Globes, Herrera also has a special relationship with prominent political figures having dressed first ladies Jackie Onassis, Laura Bush, Michelle Obama and Melania Trump. 

In recent years many high-end names including the likes of Nina Ricci and Alberta Ferretti have also moved into the realm of modest Muslim wears as a staple in their seasonal offerings. Teaming their signature aesthetic with traditional Middle Eastern silhouettes, Dolce & Gabbana also shot a modest clothing campaign in Dubai showcasing their abaya and hijab designs to much acclaim. No word yet as to whether abayas will become a staple in Herrera's eveningwear range but with the modest clothing market becoming the fastest growing segment in the fashion world, we imagine there will be more collections to come.