Meeting up with Wafa Saifi
While surfing randomly online, I pumped into her dreamy works. For the first glimpse, you can tell right away that her designs combines between modernity and practicality of the West along with mystery and charm of the East. Ladies and gentlemen, let me introduce to you Wafa Saifi, a UAE-based designer.
Wafa’s career as a fashion designer took off right after Dubai Fashion Week in Spring/Summer 2009where responses to Wafa’s works were overwhelming. That was when Wafa decided to start her brand under her name. Since Wafa started, her designs have been available at boutiques in Dubai, Mumbai, Jordan and lately Saudi Arabia.
I have made an interview with interview to know more about her and her plans and asked her the following questions.
What inspired you for the SS12 collection?
Love! The whole collection evolved from the idea of injecting positivity into todays chaotic world.
How do you describe women wearing your designs?
Confident, free spirited and feminine with a certain je ne sais quoi.
What do you love most about fashion?
Its experimental and powerful. Clothes can completely change a person’s look and also can be a great confidence booster.
What’s your most favorite fabric to work on? Why?
I personally love georgette. I love the fact that besides it being so soft and fluid it still does not give way under heavy embroidery.
How do you plan to expand your brand?
I plan to really diversify. Since the line has been so well received, I plan to separate the Jalabiyas from the contemporary collection and concentrate on expanding both collections.
Is there a chance we would see your work soon in Egypt? Fingers crossed! This season we expanded our network to include Jordan and Saudi Arabia, so let’s hope next season sees just expanding into Egypt too!In your opinion, what is that single color that can work for any woman?
Pink, I think it’s beautiful on every woman given that they pick the right shade for their skin tone.
You’re of an Indian origin, lived in Dubai, worked in Sri Lanka and got your designs degree from New York, which culture among those influences you the most?
LOL! This makes me sound so exotic! I would have to say honestly though, that all those experiences and cultures that have influenced my design sensibilities.
Do you think designers should look back at the past for inspiration or should the keep their eyes on the future?
I believe that you can’t get to where you’re going unless you know where you’ve been. So as important as the future may seem, I think the past is equally so.
Here are some sensible designs by Wafa Saifi from her Spring/Summer 2012 collection:
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