Wednesday February 21st, 2024
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Monochrome Monday: The Ivory Edition

The colour of laidback luxury, ivory is as timeless as timelessness gets.

Ziyad El-Helbawy

Like a tender embrace, ivory has long comforted cultures worldwide, imparting feelings of serenity and laidback luxury. Across continents and millennia, this serene off-white hue has embodied beauty and status. In ancient fashion, delicate ivory tones adorned the finest fabrics and accessories of nobility in Greece and Rome. Through centuries of royal tradition, ivory gained associations with purity, elevated status, and ceremonial refinement. The colour flourished during Victorian times, seen in everything from pristine wedding dresses to men's formalwear.

Even as innovations brought bolder hues, ivory remained a staple of high fashion runways. Today, ivory continues to epitomise luxury and elegance through its frequent appearances on catwalks and celebrity street style. For this week’s Monochrome Monday, we’ve selected our favourite ivory-hued pieces from homegrown labels throughout the region.

Sara Elemary

Asymmetrical Fringe Cardigan

As versatile as it is stunning, Egyptian modest label Sara Elemary’s asymmetrical fringe cardigan is a statement piece that steals the scene.

Molato Couture

Art Deco Caftan

Simple yet unapologetically statement-making, Morocco-based label Molato’s Art Deco Caftan stays true to the brand’s vision of making “every piece a work of art.”

Bouguessa Rhea Bouclé

Midi Skirt

UAE-based label Bouguessa’s Rhea Bouclé Midi Skirt is as classic and classy as it gets, serving as the ideal base for any ensemble, whether street casual or business smart.


‘Salwa’ Cape

From Beirut-based Nightcomer Studios’ latest collection - which serves as a study on Levantine winter clothing traditions - the ‘Salwa’ cape is the perfect piece for layering this season.

Bilel Choutri

Ayana Shoes

Made in Paris with love, Bilel Choutri’s Ayana shoes feature a resin heel ensconcing literal flora, walking heel to heel with nature (quite literally).

Une Apparel

The SS23 Collection

Sleek and breezy, Une Apparel’s SS23 Collection cotton set in Ivory evokes lazy mornings with a cup of coffee in hand and nothing on the mind.

Julien Riad Sahyoun

The Sulun Pendant

In 18k gold, Moroccan eponymous label Julien Riad Sahyoun’s ‘Sulun’ pendant features intricately woven hearts and swirls, making it a statement maker in any monochromatic ensemble.

Chadia Hamati

Paloma Earrings

A vision of 20th century Hollywood glamour, Chadia Hamati’s ‘Paloma’ earrings appear to have found their inspiration in bundles of grapes often found in renaissance paintings.

Rula Galayini

Cocoon Mini Shoulder Bag

Featuring laser-cut asymmetrical details, Lebanese eponymous label Rula Galayini’s Cocoon bag is made to be loved and held, finding its muse in the warm embrace of a protective mother.