In the Moroccan culture, an authentic designer is essentially identified by their cut. The sharper and the edgier the cut, the classier the design. Anyone can imitate embroideries and drawings, but it is rare that someone can get the cut right. Genuine Moroccan attires are conservative, however they are extremely feminine, because when associated with a sharp cut, they have the capacity to show the silhouette.
With the right cut comes the choice of colors. The colors have a high impact on attractiveness and on the perception of the person looking at the design. This is why when we sometimes look at a dress that has a very unpredictable color palette, we find it genuinely designed.
I personally don’t like prints… at all. I always go for neutral colors and simple cuts in order to come up with a contemporary yet classic outfit. However, there are a few prints that make me change my mind because of their mixture of colors and fabrics.
Purple is one my least favorite colors. But put together purple black and white on a color blocking dress and you will find it extremely attractive.
On the other hand, a yellow dress is the epitome of cuteness. But black and yellow? Fashion faux-pas.
Lebanese designer Mona Ead Mikati is undeniably the example to follow. She knows how to mix ruffles with lace, clean cuts with colorblocks, and plays with texture. Her designs are the reflection of a modern fashion icon who wants to be distinguished by her simplicity. Her designs are timeless and very easy to style. They remind me of the very refined style of Céline. They have purity and a lot of elegance.
Mona’s brand, Mounay, was created in 2013 and is based between Dubai and Beirut. The essence of the brand is the melange of femininine, edgy and empowering creativity. Her choice of colors is always very smart. Mounay’s clientele is the clientele of today. Modern and sophisticated.
For her upcoming Fall/Winter 2017 Collection, Mona Ead Mikati collaborated with Racha El Abbas. The collection is characterized by structured cuts, feminine ruffles and asymmetric cutouts.
In my opinion, which is not the opinion of a fashion connoisseur but the opinion of a person who is sensitive to simplicity and natural beauty, Mona Mikati’s style is comparable to the one of a former Céline intern: Cedric Charlier.
Cedric Charlier when born in Belgium and holds a Visual Arts degree. No wonder why his choice of colors and his respect of sharp cuts are perfect. He clearly knows what “visual” denotes.
Mona Mikati: (Website: www.mounay.com – Instagram: @Mounaylabel)