The Noon By Noor runway show in the tents at Lincoln Center was a transformative experience. The central influence was the transient culture of the designers’ homeland, Bahrain. Inspiration was drawn from the migration patterns of visiting birds, as well as the transient culture of the country’s population.
"America's Next Top Model" host, Nigel Barker scored a front row seat, as well as "Jersey Shore's" Sammi Giancola and Alexa Joel. All raved about the Noon by Noor designs.
According to Noon By Noor designer Shaikha Haya, “we have a number of prints in flora, check and op art. When you see the floral prints up close you will see we have incorporated the migratory birds and local flora.”
The journey from this small island kingdom in the Arabian Gulf included sophisticated day wear with bow blouses, tailored blazers and striking prints. Shaikha Haya says, “we experimented with silhouettes, offsetting voluminous skirts and wide legged pants with slim tailored suits and dresses.”
The elegant evening wear was ultra feminine with an edge. The color palette consisted of shades of red, burgundy, green, purple, navy, gray and black. Shaikha Noor wanted to counterbalance the day wear from evening. “We wanted to create a bolder evening look this season so we used deep, dark colors to achieve a refined gothic look.”
The scarves were handmade in Bahrain, along with the clutches, which were hand- crafted from local date palm leaves. Noor says they adorned the clutches with crystal bugs, which emphasize the central inspiration. Other embellishments throughout the collection include Swarovski crystal and embroidered bees.
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