Suhad Shtayyeh
Amman, November 7, 2016
by Suhad Shtayyeh

The Most Influential Arab Women In Fashion


It is hard to dispute the credibility of Canadian-British fashion expert Imran Amed, the founder and editor-in-chief of The Business of Fashion. His popular #BoF500, a list of the top 500 fashion industry influencers for 2016 has been revealed, and on it are a few Arab women that we need to introduce you to…


HRH Deena Aljuhani Abdulaziz

Editor-in-Chief, Vogue Arabia, Owner, D’NA

Kingdom of Saudi Arabia



Saudi Princess Deena Aljuhani Abdelaziz has established herself as a fashion industry staple. Famous for her keen fashion buyer eye. In July 2016, Condé Nast International announced Deena Aljuhani Abdulaziz as Vogue Arabia's launch editor-in-chief. She is also the owner of boutique D’NA, which has launched online as DNAchic.



HRH Noor Al-Sabah

Fashion Director, Al-Othman

Kuwait



HRH Noor Al Sabah is now the fashion director of one of the leading luxury fashion retailers in the Middle East, AlOthman boutique and co-founder of home accessories company, Ecru. Established in 1956, AlOthman boutique was one of the first fashion boutiques established in the Arabian Gulf. Today this Kuwaiti fashion institution has grown into a multi-brand store with an outpost in Bahrain, and is one of the key operating concession partners of Harvey Nichols Kuwait.



Najla Maatouk

BoF Hall of Fame

Founder, Al Ostoura

Kuwait




Since opening her first luxury boutique in 1975, Najla Maatouk, founder of the Al-Ostoura company, has established one of Kuwait’s most successful high fashion multi-brand chains and obtained licenses to operate mono-brand stores for the likes of Balenciaga, Anna Sui, Stella McCartney and Chloé. Inducted into the Order of the Star of Italian Solidarity by the President of the Italian Republic, Maatouk has also consistently been featured in the Journale Du Textile, a leading French industry magazine, as one of the most prominent buyer’s from the Middle East.



Dr. Amina Al Rustamani

Group Chief Executive & Chairperson, Tecom & DDFC

United Arab Emirates



Dr. Amina Al Rustamani is the force behind Dubai's efforts to become an innovative global fashion, design and business centre. Al Rustamani is the chief executive of Tecom Investments, a business park operator owned by Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and is responsible for developing the Dubai Design District (D3), the 2 million-square-metre complex, costing approximately $1.1 billion.



Salwa Idrissi Akhannouch

Chief Executive Officer, Aksal Group

Morocco



One of Morocco’s most powerful businesswomen and one of North Africa’s wealthiest female entrepreneurs, Salwa Idriss Akhannouch is the founder and chief executive officer of the Aksal Group, a Moroccan leader in luxury goods, department stores and shopping malls.


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