As we prepare for the Holy month with endless styles of elegant modest dressing, showcasing our best of in-season abayas, kaftans and dresses, we meet Anatomi designer Doa’a Alghouti to discuss the beauty of Ramadan, its style essentials, and her most recent collection to date. Get to know the designer’s inspiration behind her line of feminine contemporary gowns and shop the collection of our Ramadan must-haves.SHOP THE FAMILY EDIT
What does Ramadan mean to you? To me, Ramadan represents family gatherings, time dedicated to prayer, and more time with my family and my daughters. How do you maintain your liveliness and energy during Ramadan? I don’t have a set routine, however, I try to drink more water after Iftar in order to be more comfortable while fasting, and to keep my skin fresh and hydrated throughout the day. Tell us about your typical day in Ramadan. My typical day in Ramadan starts with waking up early to get the children ready for school, I then go back to sleep and rest for a few hours before starting my day at 9:30am. I head straight to work until around 2 or 3pm, then I return home to start preparing Iftar. After Iftar, we have some time to watch TV and browse the internet, or I get back to finishing some work that I didn’t get a chance to complete earlier in the day.
How do you style your wardrobe in Ramadan? Once Ramadan begins, I always try to bring out abayas and pieces with modest silhouettes, along with lighter and neutral palettes, as well as darker more demure shades. I remove all colours that are bright and have a lot of shine so that I don’t attract a lot of attention. What’s the difference between Iftar and Suhoor looks to you? To me, an Iftar look should always be simple, calm, and with a wider fit to make sure that I’m feeling comfortable. As for Suhoor looks, they’re always more embellished, with a bit more shine, and can be paired with heels and accessories. How do you organize your wardrobe in Ramadan? I remove pieces with bright or distracting colours, and add in pieces with lighter and calmer shades, as well as modest silhouettes like abayas and kaftans.
Tell us about your Anatomi Ramadan collection this year. The Anatomi collection for Ramadan 2019 was inspired by flowers, I used various shades of pink, from lighter pastel shades to a deeper raspberry pink, with a subtle hint of brown. I also added a new and exclusive silk fabric that features metallic floral embroidery, along with 3D flower embellishments. The Anatomi Ramadan collection for this year features pieces suitable for Iftar, with the more embellished pieces perfect for Suhoor. Do you prefer Iftar at home or at a restaurant? Personally, I like to have Iftar at home with the family, however, we do go out once or twice during the month. Do you have any special family traditions during Ramadan? Honestly, we don’t have any specific family traditions, but I really love the neighborhood tradition of sharing home cooked dishes before Iftar, which we then fill with our favourite dish and return, either with desserts for Suhoor or Iftar dishes for the next day.