While Americans have been busy debating whether or not Muslims should be allowed in our country at all (yes, they should, obviously, are you kidding?!), the Italians over at Dolce & Gabbana have embraced Muslims, debuting their first line of haute couture Hijabs and Abayas earlier this week.
Here is the official description of the new line: "For the most part, the collection comes in neutral hues—luxe black and sandy beige—while a sprinkling of abayas capture the Sicilian spirit of the house (and make a nod to the Spring 2016 collection) with printed daisies, lemons, and lush red roses. The abayas and hijabs come in sheer georgette and satin weave charmeuse fabrics and include copious lace details along hems. They also appear to feature a lightweight and dramatic drape, which makes this debut collection rife with special occasion overlays to be worn to celebrate the inimitable dolce vita that is distinct to us in the Arab world."
While Muslim women make up a considerable amount of the population worldwide, this demographic is often ignored by the fashion industry. Dolce & Gabbana (alongside DKNY and Tommy Hilfiger) is one of the few high-end brands actively working on creating clothes specifically designed for them. Considering Muslim spending power, however, this is bound to change. According to economic predictions outlined in Fortune, "Muslims spent $266 billion on clothing and footwear in 2013. That’s more than the total fashion spending of Japan and Italy combined, according to a recent report from Thomson Reuters. The report also notes that that figure is expected to balloon to $484 billion by 2019."
Here's a look at the new clothes via Staffano Gabbana's Instagram: