Hijabs, sparkles and immigrant models: A stylish statement from Anniesa Hasibuan


Shruti Gattani sheds light on the unprecedented show, a shimmering modest collection featuring a whole lot of style and statement.

Anniesa Hasibuan turned heads at this year’s New York Fashion Week when she presented a collection filled with hijab elegance.

And amidst the political hoopla, the 30-year-old Anniesa really imposed her mark when she carpeted the runway with billowing skirts, oodles of sparkle and immigrants as models. It was a show that was both strong in statement and style.

“For me, fashion is an open world. I don’t want to discriminate,” said Anniesa to  ELLE.com. “The ability to express diversity in this business is a value that I hold on to. [Diversity] is what fashion is for me.”

According to reports, the casting was intended “to make a statement on the current administration’s stance on immigration in the U.S.,” clearly referring to President Donald Trump’s (extremely) controversial executive order on immigration, that was later blocked by a federal appeals court.

Her presentation, titled DRAMA showed models in iridescent gowns, while sporting lustrous grey hijabs – her trademark – that sculpted their faces and consciously covered the hair. “I’m here bringing the beautiful voice of the Muslim women, the peace and the universal values that fashion can offer,” she told AFP. She likes to keep her work, which is primarily focused on Muslim women ‘separate’ from politics.

The collection was an epitome of elegance featuring on-trend shimmering pleats, silver and golden ruffles, long trains embellished with pearls, beads and embroidery, recalling fashion of the royalty from the medieval period. She hopes to dress Kate Middleton, whom the designer said is, “like a queen”, further adding that it is “her elegance” she admires.

Chiara Sari, Indonesia’s Vice Consul in New York attended the show in the designer’s trademark hijab and commented that Hasibuan’s growing is a gift. “Hopefully that will increase familiarity with Islam in general, especially now when it is getting a lot of bad press,” she said.

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