The models at Anniesa Hasibuan’s NYFW runway show turned heads, and not just for the elegant metallic ready to wear and striking feathered accessories. The Muslim, Indonesian designer not only put all her models in Hijab head scarves, but cast a crew of immigrant and green-card holding models as well. Making a statement rarely looks this good.
The show had two major aims, according to the designer: One, to show that modest fashion is universal, and two, to be inclusive and highlight diversity. The show was cast with an army of diverse models from around the world, including immigrants, green card holders, and first- and second-generation Americans.
Satin pants were layered harmoniously with feathered skirts, velvet blouse and intricate jackets created an effortlessly chic ensemble that could be worn together or as separate pieces. Sporty couture “letterman” blouses with the letter “A” (for Anniesa) offered a touch of whimsy and playfulness to the collection, while details like “A” embossed leather belts and jeweled leather gloves demonstrated the designer’s impeccable attention to detail. Models were all adorned in silver hijabs and make-up from beauty sponsor Wardah, a Halal friendly beauty brand.