Nasiba Hafiz is a Saudi designer based in Jeddah, whose name and style has been strongly emerging on the fashion scene during the past two years. A creative, vibrant designer whose pieces remind you of no one else’s! Crystal Carnival had the chance to interview the Nasiba, and ask her about her inspirations, her journey in the world of fashion and photography, and her future plans.
Looking through her archive of photoshoots and pin-up posters, you cannot help but feel curious. What inspired her, and where does she get her ideas and designs from? Nasiba grew up in a particularly artistic, and serious academic home. Her father was involved in the publishing world, and her mother was a serious fashion lover whose passion left Nasiba with a sizable amount of vintage to draw inspiration from! Growing up with brothers and sisters, she was also fortunate to be in an artistic atmosphere. She relates endless hours watching old Egyptian cinema, a tradition that would come to be the pillar of her second ‘tribal’ collection (2012).
She completed her studies at the London College of Fashion specializing in Fashion Photography and Styling. She took her time entering before becoming a designer, working for nearly 10 years as a fashion photographer and stylist in Lebanon and Saudi Arabia. Her first collection finally came in 2012, limited edition Kaftans launched for the Ramadan season.
Her second came in 2013, the ‘Tribal Collection’ inspired by the glamour and allure of classic black and white Egyptian cinema. This allure of old 40’s and 50’s glamour would revisit in the following year in her ‘50’s Collection’. This collection was inspired by old Hollywood and more generally by 5à’s women’s fashion. Accentuated waists and flowing skirts added a flirty, classic and all round feminine allure to the pieces. This collection also introduced the very popular polka-dot designs.
The collection drew lots of attention with its pin-up ad campaign, featuring Nasiba herself as the cover girl. Shot by Nour Kelani, the style of the photographs successfully reflect what Nasiba Hafiz tries to communicate in her pieces.
Arriving in Paris in 2015, Nasiba shot her latest ‘Harajuku Collection’, inspired by the famous beauty of Japanese nature, and the street styles of Japan’s popular fashion district. The pieces remind us of cherry blossoms and spring flowers. The kimono is featured prominently in the collection that is mostly comprised of young, fun designs. We also see lots of layering, poofy skirts and colourful tops. The photo-shoot was done in Paris in the Boho-chic streets of Le Marais in Paris’s 10th arrondissement.
Her upcoming collection, which is set for October/November 2015 is still under wraps, though Nasiba did tell us it will be inspired by Music !! We can’t wait to see what it could possibly be!
Nasiba Hafiz’s collections will soon be available on her upcoming website, http://www.nasibahafiz.com . You can also buy her collections in Jeddah at “The Store” at ‘Home Grown Market’, as well as at ‘Sabine Boutique’. She will also be present in Riyadh during Saudi Design Week this year. Her collections are available in Kuwait at ‘Nass Boutique’.
You can follow Nasiba on Instagram https://instagram.com/nasibahafiz
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(Note: This article was originally published in 2015. Due to a server crash in 2018, it was deleted and reposted.)