Hijabi Fashion Week (HWL)

So last year around this time, I was working on the never-ending essay, titled “Muslim Fashionistas”. I stumbled on so many pictures, blogs, videos, and fashionistas online, some of which I’ve written about before.

I also found the event Hijabi Fashion Week which had only finished a few weeks ago which made me sad, but it also provided me with ample writing material/examples, which was great!

So this year, I stumbled on it again via Amena‘s facebook, where she recently posted about it, and I was excited once again. But this time, I’ll be able to participate since it takes place November 27th to December 3rd. 🙂

So here’s how it works: it takes place over a week (kind of obvious) and it features certain ‘themes’ for each day that you have to create outfits for. And then you can win prizes! But mostly its about raising solidarity in the online Muslimah community. hehe ^_^

Here are the themes for this season’s Hijabi Fashion Week:

Day 1 — Leaders in Hijab: what leadership roles do you have or want to try? (President, teacher, mother, Volunteer Leader, CEO etc.). 

Day 2 — Hobby/Recreation: What do you do when you have free time? (hike, sail, write, paint, etc.)

Day 3 — Break the Rules: A stylish hijabi can look good in anything, even when she’s breaking the rules! Pick a fashion/style rule you always follow, and show us how you’d break it in style! (Any style rule may be broken, except the Islamic criteria for hijab).

Day 4 — Vacation/Destination: Where would you go, if you could go anywhere in the world? What outfits would you wear?
Day 5 — Eid & Formal: It’s Friday! Dress up! What did you wear for Eid? What do you wear to formal events/parties?
Day 6 — Date Night: Yesterday you dressed up for you, today dress up for your man! What do you wear when going out with your (future) husband?
Day 7 — Out with Friends: Finish off the week by hanging out with friends! Where do you usually go? What do you usually do?
So I first thought that the only way to participate and win was to take pictures of yourself in the outfits, but I’ve recently discovered that you can also use Polyvore to create the outfits! I’m not comfortable with circulating pictures of myself online, so I feel better knowing that I can use Polyvore, which is a site that you can use to make fashion collages and spreads, to showcase how I would dress for these events. And there are prizes! I think there are giveaways each day according to the theme, so check out the sponsors here!
Whether you’re a hijabi or not, a Muslimah or not, do check out them out, and November 2010 and May 2011 fashion weeks. Its a pretty cool site and I think its a great idea to illustrate the beauty of hijab, and to demonstrate how low it is the very opposite of oppressive.
Also, do look out for my posts according to each day’s themes! Not sure if I’ll be able to participate everyday, but I am really excited to see everyone’s outfits.
Thanks for reading.
‘Till next time,
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