For FashionMoodz.com HOW TO DRESS FOR BETWEEN SEASON It’s the time of the year where we switch our wardrobe from winter clothing to spring/summer! It’s quite an exciting time to see the sun beam again, the trees blossom and the weather getting a little warmer. Though admittedly in London we are still in a transition of season & weather. We haven’t fully put away the winter coats or knitwear…yet! Read more here.
Article for FashionMoodz Modest Elegance You may have come across the terminology ‘modesty’ or ‘modest fashion’. You probably have seen glimpses of articles mentioning the new boom of modest fashion. However, you may not have paid too much attention to it, as it’s generally used for a niche group of women within certain cultures and religions. This is where the origins and importance of modesty gets diluted; tying it to a specific group of people only. Though the word modesty can be used in different context, let’s look at it from a fashion’s perspective. Read more on here.
For FashionMoodz Symbolism of the Handbag Fashion is a form of expressing ones’ individual identity through the means of aesthetics; it’s not essentially about utility. Arguably, it wasn’t about utility until recently, where pockets can not only be seen in ready-to-wear dresses but also couture gowns (thank you Raf Simmons). However, before form, function and practicality aligned with fashion, handbags served those purposes since their inception. An early modern origin of handbags came from the 17thcentury as purses and coin purses, which then evolved into handbags. But we aren’t here to give you a historical lesson about fashion’s favourite accessory products, we would simply like to briefly explore the handbag as a symbolic gesture. Read more here.
For Fashion Moodz Dior: Designer of Dreams at the V&A Abstract: If you have missed the Dior exhibition in Paris in 2017-18, then here’s a chance for you to explore the newest (but a lot smaller) exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum; Dior: Designer of Dreams. The exhibition encapsulates the history of the brand and explores the impact it had as one of the most significant couturiers in the 20thcentury to the present day. It is no coincidence that it’s held in London, as the exhibition also captures the relationship Dior had with Britain. Read more here. Photography and Words | Zinah Nur Sharif
For Amaliah.com Conscious Consumption: I Shop, Therefore I Am The number of people within the Muslim communities loving fashion has visibly increased over the past decade. Modesty fashion is an ongoing movement that has been picked up online in the late 2008s. More young girls and women are using fashion as a means to demonstrate their Muslim identity. It’s something celebratory, having the freedom to express oneself through the means of fashion. What is concerning, however, is the increase of compulsive consumption. Read more on here. Words | Zinah Nur Sharif Photography | Rongji Sun & Zinah Nur Sharif
I’ve started blogging at the age of 21 in 2010, utilising blogger.com as a platform to showcase my creativity. The intentions were to merely show what I love, what relates to my lifestyle as a muslim woman and how I dress. There wasn’t a masterplan behind it, I didn’t think much of it. I was in my second year of university doing my bachelors degree. Somehow, two years later, it became bigger than I have anticipated, took a direction that seemed accidental and coincidental rather than planned. I kept going with it, as I was exploring possibilities of what I would like to do career wise. I enjoyed doing editorials, I had a thrill of meeting new people, I have discovered new communities and I made new friends. It was all exciting…until it wasn’t. Up until 2014, I’ve been consistent, I decided to create a self-named label and focus more on that. I’m sure we’ve all been at a place where we thought we had a passion for something. That was my place then, I …
For Fashion Moodz Small Pleasures: Fashion’s Simple Pieces Abstract: When it comes to fashion, we often focus on the grandiose and lavish pieces that are theme focused. They bring us great pleasure but in the next season we are yet again seeking another form of very large pleasures from new ‘it items’. Our focus shifts from one trend to another, pursuing a temporary thrill provided by those fashion pieces or trends. But while doing so, we are overlooking the small pleasures in fashion. The pieces that have a staple silhouette, have historical connotations and were once pioneering during their inceptions. The very pieces that will always remain timeless, classic and essential. Read more here. Styling and Words | Zinah Nur Sharif Photography | Ty Faruki Makeup | Zinah Nur Sharif Model | Zinah Nur Sharif
For Fashion Moodz New Year: A Transparent Wardrobe Abstract: How often have you read « New Year, New Me » or something along the lines of refreshing your wardrobe? It’s great to have the motivation to refresh your wardrobe in a way befitting to you. But what’s more important is to invest in personal style with quality pieces that are also gentle to the planet. Sustainability is not just limited to how our clothes are produced, but also who makes them, where they come from and how ecological their disposal will be. Read more on here. Styling and Words | Zinah Nur Sharif Photography | Ty Faruki Makeup | Safiyah M Model | Olivia Ancell (Body London)
For Fashion Moodz Fashioned by Nature: The V&A Exhibition Certain trends can shape the way we view fashion. It’s not necessarily always about aesthetic trends; it can be cultural, social, political and in this very case environmental. As you may have noticed certain brands are heading towards are more sustainable productions and operations. Gucci has banned the use of fur, Kering group brands are encouraged to use eco-friendly packaging & boutique interiors and now Chanel has followed suit by banning the use of exotic leather and fur. Sustainable and ethical fashion should not be a mere trend, but it is pressingly needed. Read more on here.
For Amaliah.com Book Review: ‘Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution’ by Mona Eltahawy Abstract: I was meant to read this book as part of my master’s dissertation in 2016. Somehow, I didn’t have the heart to face what I assumed to be an anti-headscarf book. I completed my dissertation and didn’t have the courage to even open it once. Two years later, I went out of my way to purchase the book; consciously spontaneous but subconsciously always in my mind. Read more on here. Styling and Words | Zinah Nur Sharif Photography | Ty Faruki Makeup | Safiyah M Model | Olivia Ancell (Body London)