Wakan is a hidden gem nestled in the Western Hajer mountains in Oman. A farming village home to terrace gardens and apricot flowers, serving as an inspiration for Amal Al Raisi’s autumn and winter 2021 collection.
Dedicated to resilient women, this line embraces the inspiration by defining the strong layers embedded in each woman. Like the Sakura (cherry) blossom in Japan, when the apricot flowers of Wakan village are in full bloom, the place becomes a fairy tale of white flowers. These florets symbolise change and new beginnings which are captured in Amal’s signature embroidery of leaves and flowers. The collection boasts the flowy silhouettes of long dresses and separates that stay true to the brand’s feminine aesthetic, and the designs come with touches of lace and velvet. The colours used are intense grey and black, signifying fortitude and power, fused with hints of turquoise, embodying emotional balance, and pale rose, expressing grace. The lookbook was shot in collaboration with Jawahir Oman Jewellers.
OHLALA had the opportunity to talk to Amal about her brand and latest collection.
OHLALA – Your creations have an Arabian touch. Are the Middle East and its traditions and culture your primary source of inspiration?
Amal Al Raisi – My brand’s identity is embedded in the idea of fusing tradition with modernity while honouring Arab roots. Every collection is inspired by an Omani element as I use my designs as a canvas to portray the heritage and craftsmanship of Oman to the rest of the world.
OHLALA – What are the main fabrics used in your AW2021 collection, and which is your favourite?
Amal – The collection is mainly comprised of soft crepe, lace, tulle and silks. The fabrics are highlighted using delicate embroidery techniques. I personally prefer the soft crepe as I feel it’s a very light and comfortable fabric to wear.
OHLALA – Your collections have traditional cuts; however, at the same time, the final pieces have a modern silhouette. How do you achieve that?
Amal – I like to design for those on the lookout for feminine yet modern pieces to suit their style. With this in mind, I use traditional silhouettes as an inspiration and redesign them from a contemporary angle to suit today’s women.
OHLALA – What is the message behind your clothes? What do you want women of all ages to feel when wearing an Amal Al Raisi piece?
Amal – Through my designs, I want women to feel bold and confident while embracing their inner femininity.