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Dina Zaki: Undeniably Modern, Always Feminine and All Types Of Elegant

Dina Zaki, another Arab designer making us proud.

There may be an array of flattering styles in Dina Zaki’s collections, but they’re all made with one aim: to empower contemporary women without compromising on femininity. So whether you choose a flirty, trendy or formal number, the designer with Iraqi roots is out to ensure you’re not just looking good, you’re darn well feeling it too.

We talk to Dubai-based Zaki about catering to women with varying personal styles, the fashion scene in Dubai and her recent kaftan and Arabian inspired collection. Scroll through to get to know the designer who is undoubtedly going from strength to strength after starting off with a limited edition collection.

At what age did you start becoming fascinated with fashion?
For as long as I can remember, I’ve always been fascinated with fashion. When I was little, I used to dress up my dolls and make clothes for them, I was always in awe of the beautiful dresses I would see on TV and this is what inspired me to start developing my own designs.

What was it like growing up with two sisters who are also sartorially inclined?
It was a lot of fun, we were always playing dress up when we were young, and as we grew older, we would complement each other’s outfits and we would borrow from each other’s closets. Both have a great sense of fashion and style, so I fully trust their choices and opinions.

How do you stay updated on current trends?
We live in a digital world and with social media platforms it is very easy to see what is trending in real-time. I follow major fashion houses, designers, experts in the industry, influencers and models, so it’s very easy to see what’s trending just by scrolling through my feed. I am also subscribed to special newsletters and magazines, so I can get an idea of what is happening locally and globally.

How important are Fashion Weeks for you?
They are very important! Fashion Weeks are major events for everyone in the industry as the world’s top fashion designers, editors, stylists, photographers and bloggers come together. We get to see the latest fashion trends and the creations of renowned designers. My personal favourites include Paris, New York and of course the Arab Fashion week in Dubai.

So can you describe the fashion scene in Dubai?
Dubai is an emerging fashion hub and women in this part of the world take fashion very seriously. I think it is very commendable that the women in Dubai always look trendy and sophisticated. You can find the most beautiful array of abayas or kaftans and, at the same time, the latest runway looks from the world’s top haute couture collections.

Your aim is to empower women, without compromising on femininity. What kinds of details help you do that?
I really do love making women feel as confident as possible in whatever they wear. We aim to unveil collections that suit all body types and bring out the best features in whoever is wearing them. At the moment, I’m a big fan of ruffles, frills and flare. I find they add movement and femininity to the classic cuts in my designs. Women look so stylish, elegant and graceful in these styles that it automatically boots their self-confidence.

Can you name some flattering cuts and pieces that suit all body types?
Women come in different shapes and sizes, and I find it hard to find one piece or style that suits us all. However, I think a black dress is and always will be a fashion staple that flatters all and can be worn for every occasion.

Tell us about your recent kaftan and Arabian inspired collection.
The collection is inspired by life in this part of the world. It is for the modern and trendy women who embrace the traditional apparel of the region. I like to design them in different colours and add embellishment to create exclusive and trendy pieces.

Will you be doing more?
Yes, I really enjoy the creative process and am already working on our next collection!

Which places in Dubai inspire you?
Dubai is full of places that inspire me; I love the contrast of the skyscrapers with the water by the Dubai Marina. The two biggest landmarks of the city, the Burj Al Arab and Burj Khalifa, are exceptional pieces of architecture that I am always blown away by no matter how many times I have seen them. I also love driving out of the city into the desert, being in nature is very refreshing and inspiring for me.

Who is your favourite all time designer?
Coco Chanel, she is an icon and redefined femininity time and time again. One of my favourite quotes by her is: “Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.”

The Dina Zaki Atelier is located in Dar Al Wasl Mall on Wasl Road. Her collections can also be found in various places around the UAE, including Galleries Lafayette.

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