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HIGH STREET LOOK OF THE WEEK: PLAYING THE PALAZZO

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A self-confessed ‘style hauler’ Dina Tokio the inspiration behind hijabi fashion

Dina Tokio a 24 year old social media sensation, fashion vlogger, designer and vintage extremist from Cardiff, proves how the hijab is a representation of modernity and modesty through her works. The stylish and relaxed cosmopolitan Muslim style icon has established herself as a dominant figure within hijabi centred fashion since rising to fame in 2010 showcasing her first designs through social media.

Her state of the art designs and inspiration behind hijabi fashion has changed the nation’s perception on the hijab. Dina says “I wore the Hijab at quite a young age but I didn’t care about how I presented it, until I hit the age of 17 I valued the importance of the hijab and living in a country surrounded by great artist and fashion designers I wanted to express myself through the hijab. I also started designing hijab wear at A-level stage of my course.”

Dina has designed hijab wear for over seven years, embracing the concept and the art behind Muslim women of today. Her designs are fresh and vibrant; Dina uses traditional techniques to create modern contemporary looks. All of the hijab’s Dina creates are handmade and showcased through her website Lazy Doll and also through social networking sites.

Her fearless, fun and statement looks celebrate vintage aesthetics and qualities. She says “the ‘bintage and vintage’ page on my website provides the perfect pieces at the perfect prices. I have a love for vintage clothing and have embraced it through offering inspiration from the 20’s all the way till the 90’s.”

With the rise of hijab wear Dina states “It is much easier now to shop and create modest looks through western high street stores… you are free to express yourself.” She is currently working on her latest collection where she has partnered up with another designer that will be released by the end of the year.

Focusing on a chic and contemporary twist combined with sublime colours and luxurious fabrics, Dina says “I want to make every piece as different and unique from the last, I am constantly developing my looks to fit the ultimate Lazy Doll. One of my biggest fashion inspiration is Rabia Z I love her work and take it on board through my personal style.”

To find out more about her unique style through  DINA TOKI-O

Aab’s top 5 hijabs transformed into high street looks!

Aab the fashionable online website that caters for a hijabi’s every need has the perfect simplistically chic scarf’s this season where you would be sure to stand out. At Salaam Style HQ we chose five of the best scarfs that we have teamed up with on trend high street looks. Creating a fierce fashion fusion full of bright colours and strong textures giving you an ultimate Spring/ Summer feeling.

We have taken into account Aab‘s concept that is based on easy pieces, where a handful of interchangeable items work together to create an entire wardrobe that goes from day to evening, weekday to weekend, season to season so are you ready to mix up the fusion of Aab and high street must haves to create the ultimate fashionista look?

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Art behind Afghanistan

Where is the art behind Afghanistan? This rhetoric in such a contemporary society can only be answered by people who know about the culture of Afghanistan and its significance. Some people may not know, but Afghans do actually have their own unique fashion forms, their own clothing and their own jewellery.

To get the world to notice the beauty behind afghan art fashion designer Zolaykha Sherzad’s label Zarif Design explores the distinctive qualities of such an intriguing culture. Zarif Design means “precious” in Dari with a mission to preserve and merge Afghan traditions and culture with the elegant designs of today.

This belief is showcased through the distinctive, drawing on the rich cultural heritage of Afghanistan with intricate detailing and unique fabrics. The works of Zoloykha Sherzad proves every culture has a significant history of art behind it. It is the exploration beyond the Burqa and the Hijab where you truly develop an understanding behind the culture of Afghanistan.

“I want to show people that Afghanistan is not all about war, orphanages and Burqas. It’s also about textiles, history and culture. It’s about beauty.” – Zolaykha Sherzad.

Zolaykha Sherzad’s recent fashion show explored women’s traditional Afghan clothes made through coloured silk with hand embroidered designs on top and rich silver metal crafted jewellery. The traditional Afghan clothing consists of a long length dress or kameez with a loose trouser or partug. Through the traditional Afghan clothing colour of the kameez is always different to the partug.

Overall the Afghan attire is a unique piece of art full of an oasis of colours, textures, variety of fabrics and exquisite hand embroidery. Zolaykha Sherzad helps express this view what lies behind the burqa/ hijab is the artistic traditional fashion forms of Afghanistan that will never fade.

The art behind Afghanistan Not anonymity but rather identity

Zolaykha Sherzad’s designs are currently on sale in a French boutique called Agnes B in Marylebone High Street, Fenwick and Bond Street, London.