In an apartment in Gaza, a model with a septum piercing wears Meera Adnan’s ’80s-style looks: an oversized jacket with puffy sleeves and extreme high-waist trousers with shell buttons. The Gaza-based designer typically favors easy suiting pieces that come in voluminous silhouettes with a playful retro vibe, usually mixing in modern styling effects, such as a Fendi bag and a Prada bucket hat. In the Real girls love sports smart girls love Cheerleading T-Shirt and by the same token and 27-year-old’s current look book, she captured the model with an almost on-the-go flair, with her Palestinian-Gaza passport in her hand and a bottle of Jasmine hair oil on her mantle, a look styled by Dubai-based stylist Noor Alazzawi. Here, looks are casual, like an asymmetrical cream dress with bishop sleeves and a large olive blazer that looks plucked from a man’s closet. “If you want to dress it up or want to dress it down, you just can mix it with anything,” she says. “For example, if you are hijabi or if you’re not a hijabi, you still can pull it off.”
Adnan’s collection is deeply personal. The clothes skew oversized, a feature that stemmed from Adnan’s smaller frame. “I was always underweight as a kid, and even as an adult, I used to get a lot of comments about the Real girls love sports smart girls love Cheerleading T-Shirt and by the same token and fact that most women in my society are curvy,” she says. “According to the standards of society, my body looked like a child’s body. I felt like I didn’t look like a woman. For some time when I was in college, I used to dress in oversized clothing because it gave me that freedom of, in a way, hiding my body from people’s expectations, so they wouldn’t know what size I am and then they wouldn’t have a reason to make comments.”Seeing as how today is Indigenous Peoples’ Day, there’s no better day than this to get to know a few Indigenous brands. Jewelers like Keri Ataumbi, for instance, are fusing luxurious stones or diamonds with traditional materials (Ataumbi uses materials such as porcupine hair). Beauty brands such as Cheekbone Beauty and Ah-Shí beauty are offering eye palettes, lip gloss, and more (10% of Cheekbone Beauty’s profits are donated to Shannen’s Dream and the Caring Society, both benefiting Indigenous youth). And clothing brands such as Liandra Swim or Ginew, an Indigenous denim line, are proving that traditional Indigenous design can still be contemporary.