Style Icon: Princess Deena Aljuhani Abdulaziz
Wednesday 6th July, 2016
VOGUE ARABIA IS TO LAUNCH IN THE FALL, with none other than Princess Deena Aljuhani Abdulaziz as Editor-in-chief. “The Arab world consists of 350 million people, and they never had a Vogue,” she told the Financial Times. “The time has come, and it has been a long time coming.” Abdulaziz is a remarkable choice for the position, given that she’s a retailer who owns D’NA, two stores in Riyadh and Doha, and a regular at fashion week, capturing the attention of street style photographers, and the hearts of the fashion world, with ensembles that echo modern trends and timeless elegance, with some Middle Eastern influence.
To the Chanel resort 2015 show in Dubai, for instance, she wore a white silk asymmetric tunic with a long beaded Chanel skirt, while marvelling at Karl Lagerfeld’s ability to mix Middle Eastern influences to perfectly represent the culture. At fashion week, she opts for sweeping belted coats, ruffled maxi skirts, and modern it-pieces like a parka, or some suede knee-high boots. Abdulaziz always, however, manages to remain elegant—shape is key, and subtly highlighting a hourglass figure is paramount. Vogue Arabia has itself a perfect ambassador: a woman who is the perfect example of East-West differences and similarities, and the ideal mediator of the cultural zeitgeist and nuances of two such different worlds.
Images: 1 – TLC, 2 – Janatini, 3 – Mercime, 4 – Vogue, 5 – Newpaprika, 6 – Harper’s Bazaar, 7 – Chicobsession, 8 – Superfunny, 9 – Crystalblog, 10 – Medny, 11 – Citizencouture, 12 – Cotilleando, 13 – Juditschmidt, 14 – Goprincess, 15 – Glamour, 16, 17 – The Urban Spotter, 18 – The Soul Edition, 19 – L’Express, 20 – Pinterest, 21 – Inhype.
Victoria Berezhna Fashion Contributor, London
Victoria lives in the south of Spain, having moved there from her native country Ukraine when she was just a child. She finds herself looking up to timeless icons from past decades including Jackie O, Grace Kelly, Katherine Deneuve and Audrey Hepburn, and longing for sunny afternoons on the French Riviera and walks along the Seine during spring. Always overdressed and dishing out on tailored pieces and shoes – secretly dreaming they were from Dior or Saint Laurent – she dresses for herself rather than others, and would trade breakfast for Vogue or a one way ticket to anywhere beautiful.