In pictures: Abaya-only collection New York Fashion Week
Indonesian designer Vivi Zubedi made her New York solo runway show debut Sunday, wowing the crowd with her abaya-only collection as she hopes to capitalize on the growing market for modest, Muslim fashions.
Zubedi sent down the runway a collection of batik prints, black and midnight blue velvet, pearl-rimmed hijabs and American baseball-style hats perched on the top of headscarves. "Now there's a lot of people looking for modest wear and modest wear is not only for hijabi people or Muslim people, but for everyone." This was luxury, crystal-embossed material shimmering in the light, pearls draped around the neck, ruffled sleeves and hip hop meets tradition -- a daring black leather jacket zipped up on top. "I think it's really important for us to embrace each other's culture." Since Zubedi established her eponymous label in 2011, modest fashion -- designed specifically for the affluent, modern, religiously observant Muslim woman -- is gaining traction as designers eye the consumer potential in conservative communities all over the world. Miss Universe 2017 Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, Miss USA 2017 Kara McCullough, recording artist Lea Robinson and Choreographer Robert McBay attend the Vivi Zubedi front row during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Industria Studios in New York City. Designer Vivi Zubedi walks the runway in the finale of the Vivi Zubedi show during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Industria Studios in New York City.