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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Bring on the Sunshine, Bring on the Color!

It has finally warmed up in NYC! Are we glad or what?

So happy to be finally putting away my black winter clothes! Spring is all about color.

In honor of spring here is our first bright look...





Note: The models were dressed in a computer program where hijab options are limited. Unfortunately, this program does not carry our designer comfijab. We realize some of her neck/ears and hair is showing. Please don't think that we are trying to make everyone show their neck, or dress in a certain way. Make your own decisions wisely!

Monday, April 25, 2011

Short Video from the BBC Filming


Hello Everyone,

Here is a short clip that Ayse took on the day of the BBC filming. (If you missed the previous posts you can read them here, CLICK).

During the photo shoot at Columbus Circle, we ran into a nice group of acapella singers. We decided to include them in the shoot as well. :-)  In this particular clip, you will see the models posing while Nicole is photographing and David, the cameraman, is filming the whole scene. I step in and out, so that I don't block the camera.

Enjoy!



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Thursday, April 21, 2011

COMFIJAB VIDEO ------>>>>>

It's finally here! Woohooo!!!

I think we already said more than enough about the Comfijab. If you're new to the concept please click on the Comfijab labels on the blog and read on.  The comfijab comes in a variety of colors including white, ivory, golden beige, silver gray, royal blue, navy blue, brown and black.


Please email comfijab@gmail.com with any questions.


WARNING:

Once you wear it you will never want to take it off!




Model: Fatima A.
Photographs and Video by Nicole Queen for QueensImage.com

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

COMFIJAB PHOTO SHOOT PICTURES Part I

We're so excited to share with you some of the pictures from our latest Comfijab photo shoot! We know you've been patiently waiting for these. We also have a video coming shortly. 

Many of you have asked what the comfijab looks like by itself and how it can be worn. We hope these pictures answer your questions.

A special thank you and shout out goes to 2 beautiful ladies. Fatima, our wonderful, funny model and Nicole who is the best photographer EVER!!! She takes her camera and shoots absolute magic.

Comfijab in Black by itself

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Comfijab in Black with our signature beret

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www.queensimage.com

Comfijab in Black with a black graduation cap

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www.queensimage.com

Comfijab in White by itself

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www.queensimage.com

Comfijab in White with our signature baseball cap

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www.queensimage.com

Comfijab in White with a black graduation cap

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www.queensimage.com

Comfijab in Brown by itself

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Comfijab in Brown with a brown linen pashmina

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www.queensimage.com

Stay tuned for the cutest video coming soon....

For any inquiries or to order the Comfijab please email comfijab@gmail.com.

To read more about the Comfijab CLICK

Monday, April 18, 2011

Style Tips for Upcoming Graduates!

Rabia Rafi and Nazreen Hassan modeling the Graduation Comfijabs
Photograph by Queens Image

I love this time of year. It's always so full of excitement! At KAVAKCI COUTURE we have been so busy with graduation comfijab orders that I thought this would be a great time to do a post on style tips for all you soon-to-be graduates!

First of all, I think it's such a priviledge for a hijabi to walk across the stage proudly having completed many years of studying and to finally get her diploma. As I've discussed on the blog before, many girls who wear hijab in other countries, unfortunately are unable to receive an education. It's a luxury to most girls!

Having said that, it makes me twice as happy to see a beautiful hijabi graduating. No matter who it is, I'm always feel tears of joy as if I'm the one who is graduating :-).

I want all the hijabis to look their best on their special day. And I feel that it's my duty as an Islamic fashion designer, to help all girls who need some style advice.

In most schools I know, there is often only a single hijabi graduate. In some schools there are more than one. A hijabi because she is "visibly Muslim" represents Islam. At a graduation ceremony, she is in the spotlight in front of a big crowd representing Islam. We live in a world where a book is unfortunately judged by it's cover! And therefore, I beg all you graduates to please please PLEASE follow these guidelines in order to look your best.

You might think I'm exaggerating or being a bit too bossy, however, if you had seen what I have seen out there you would totally agree with my tips.

WHAT TO WEAR

The expected graduation outfit to be worn inside a cap and gown is usually a sundress. That's what most schools will tell you that you need to wear. It varies between schools, from high school to university across the country. However, this often is a problem for hijabis.

Most of your friends will plan on wearing a sundress, or a skirt and top, an outfit that is kind of hidden under the cap and gown, but then will pop out as soon as the ceremony is over.

Depending on the color of your cap and gown, you need to pick an outfit that compliments your cap and gown.

Let's get something straight first! The cap and gown was invented to be worn throughout the ceremony as well as before and after. After many years of major hard work you only have a few hours to cherish all those years.

A lot of girls will just think of the cap and gown as something they will only wear across the stage and for a few pictures and something that kind of messes up their hijab and outfit, and will be really eager to take it off asap!

Most graduates also rent their gowns and will be required to turn them back in after the ceremony.

Here is my advice: you've waited so long to enjoy this moment. Pick an outfit that you can wear your cap with and keep it on for a few hours. This is the only time you can walk around with a cap, so take your time and make sure to have your cap on in all the pictures.

You can take pictures in a pretty dress with a pretty hijab style any day of your life! But this moment will never come back. So seize the day!

When you're picking out your outfit make sure it's something that will match your hijab and cap, and will provide a uniform look.

This is my suggestion, black always works with any color cap and gown. A black top and black slacks will look great. Make sure to wear kneehighs or hose with your heels. Sandals and open-toe shoes look really ugly under a gown and on stage. They belong with your summer dresses not a formal ceremony.

Another option is a white button-down shirt and black slacks or a black long skirt. Black and white never fails to impress! It's simple and to the point.


Nazreen is wearing a white comfijab with a white button down shirt
Rabia is wearing a black comfijab with a black top
Photograph by Queens Image
NEVER wear something that has prints that is sticking out of your gown. Since most gowns are not floor length, and your legs will be somehow showing, only wear solids!

Once you've picked your outfit, you need a matching scarf. If you do not have a comfijab you need to use a solid-colored scarf, without any patterns whatsoever!!! NO FLOWERS!!! NO PLAIDS!!! NO LINES!!! ABSOLUTELY SOLID!!!

It can be any material, I would suggest something satin, or polyester, I would definitley not recommend that you wear cotton. If you absolutely don't have any other hijab it's better then going hijabless however cotton looks cheap for a nice formal outfit. That's my honest opinion!



HOW TO WEAR IT

Phew! Now that you've done the hard part of picking out an outfit you are ready to put it on in the best way possible!

The gown is a piece of cake, cause you just put it on, zip it up and voila you're done.

However, the key to having the best hijab/graduation cap look is in how you wear it.

Follow these instructions to the dot and you will look amazing! Guaranteed!

GRADUATION CAP HIJAB STYLE

1.) Hair Tips: The best way to fit all your hair and not make it look like it's trying to escape from underneath the cap is to either do a french braid, or to tie your hair in a pony tail that is lined with the top of your ears. The reason you need your hair to be at this height is because this is the perfect position to stabilize your cap once you pull it on. If the hair height is below or above it will not work as well. So once you've lined your pony tail at this height, you can braid the rest of the hair that's hanging down and tie it with another hair band at the bottom. So you basically have a braided pony tail.
This way your hair is pulled together but in a line and not poking out from places under the cap :-)


2.) Rectangle Scarf: If you have a rectangle  scarf, take your scarf and make both sides even and put it over your head right in the middle. So both sides have equal length of fabric hanging down. Now pull your hijab back (before you pin it) as if you were wanting to show a few inches of hair. Now pin your hijab at this spot. Yes your hair should be showing from the front but don't worry we will be covering it in the final step with the cap!
The reason you need to pull your hijab back is to not completely cover your cheeks. If you were to put it on the regular way it would not be inline with the cap and would stick out from the sides making your face look fatter then it is!

Now you can do one of 2 things with the extra pieces on the sides. You can either bring them over your shoulders and criss cross them and pin them in the back or without pinning bring them over your shoulders and just put your gown over it so that your hijab is completely tucked in.

3.) Square Scarf: Fold your solid square scarf to form a triangle. You don't want 2 equal size triangles, you want the inside one a bit smaller then the one facing you. Line up your hijab over your head to show approximately 2 inches of hair. Pull back and secure with a safety pin under the chin. Bring the extra sides to the back and either tie it in a knot or pin it and then put your gown over it so that it's tucked in.

4.) Cap Fitting: This is the MOST important part of your outfit.
The cap is supposed to be worn at mid forehead level! Most girls, who go and get their hair done, will not want their bangs to get messed up so they will place their cap on top of their head, in the same place where you would place a high bun! Then they will take hair pins to secure the cap. This is not the way it's supposed to be worn!

Your cap is supposed to be worn on the forehead.  About 1/2 inch above your eyebrows. As seen in the picture below


Photograph by Queens Image

Take your cap in your hands and line it up. There will usually be a sign or tag that says back ( yup, they put it on there so graduates don't get confused :-). Once you line it up, put it over your pony tail and it should fit right on and should feel really stable. Pull it down in a way that it covers the showing hair and comes just above your eyebrows!

Voila!!! Now you see how uniform your hijab and cap look right?! Doesn't it look like it's one piece? That's how you want it to look.

This is the only style you should wear with a cap. Not a shayla!!! Not anyother hijab style.

Last but not least, if you are a graduating hijabi, and you need help please email us at comfijab@gmail.com for any questions on how to look your best! I promise you we will answer each and every question. Or you can leave a comment here on the blog too! Whichever is easier.

I will not rest till I get those funny looking hijabi/graduation outfits off the stages! I want all of you to look your best. It's simple, even if you don't own a comfijab you can still look great, just follow our style tips.

Congratulations and enjoy your day!!!

Elif Kavakci for HijabiTopia

Sunday, April 17, 2011

COMFIJAB GIVE AWAY FROM YAZTHESPAZ!!

SALAAMS EVERYONE,
YAZTHESPAZ IS DOING A GIVE AWAY OF OUR BEAUTIFUL COMFIJABS. SHE WILL BE GIVING AWAY 3 COMFIJABS!!!

CLICK BELOW TO READ THE RULES TO THE GIVE AWAY. HOPE YOU ALL GET TO PARTICIPATE AS WELL.

HERE IS THE VIDEO

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g3yAG_qvulo

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

AND THE WINNERS ARE...


Drum roll please!

The two winners of the Dallas Comfijab Give Away, as selected by Nazreen Hassan from a drawing done with eyes closed :-) are the 2 lucky ladies

1. Noma

2. Miss Asnida Hani

Congratulations to both of you! If you could kindly email your mailing adress to comfijab@gmail.com, we will mail those out to you ASAP!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Ridin' in Style!

Hi everyone!
It's been a long and harsh winter up here in NYC! It snowed on April fools day, and has been mostly around 30 degrees Fahrenheit this month! But today we finally got some beautiful weather!

Growing up in Dallas, I'm so used to waking up to the bright sunshine early in the morning, and enjoying the warmth of the sun in my bones ;-). It's been difficult and might I add, awfully depressing trying to go from sunny TEXAS to gloomy New York.

Since I love being outside, and I'm absolutely crazy about horseback riding, I've been having horseback riding withdrawal :-) I could spend the whole day everyday for the rest of my life in a barn with horses and not get bored!



There is something about these beautiful creatures that makes me feel at peace. There is also a spirituality to it. When I'm around horses, I always think about our beloved Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) and his companions who managed to ride on horseback for long hours, keep their balance while fighting a battle with heavy war gear including a sword etc. I think about the prayer/dua that he used to recite every time he got on horseback. I also think about and wonder how "Buraq" the horse that took the Prophet to the sky, looked like.

When I'm on horseback, trotting or cantering, I literally feel like I'm flying in the air. Just being in rhythm with the horse and going in great speeds is an indescribable feeling.

By the way, as most of you know, I am proudly the first designer in the world to have designed an Islamic Equestrienne outfit! In case you're a hijabi equestrienne and are looking for something :-)

So in honor of my love for horseback riding, here is a look I put together! (Not the one I designed) I will post my design soon :-)


Ridin' in Style 




Note: The models were dressed in a computer program where hijab options are limited. Unfortunately, this program does not carry our designer comfijab. We realize some of her neck/ears and hair is showing. Please don't think that we are trying to make everyone show their neck, or dress in a certain way. Make your own decisions wisely!
 
Elif Kavakci for HijabiTopia

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Cover Girl Fashion Show

Here are some behind the scenes pictures from the event:

Natsiria getting ready backstage wearing the Comfijab.
Trying out different looks with Natsiria's headpiece to complete her outfit!
Natsiria's Final Look!
Look at the beauty of modesty, Mashallah!
Natsiria is wearing the white comfijabComfijab combined with a couture head piece designed by Nicole Queen!
Isn't modesty elegant?

Friday, April 1, 2011

Cover Girl Fashion Show Suprise: Comfijab Give Away

Assalamu Alaikum DALLAS!!!

I hope everyone enjoyed the Cover Girl Fashion Show that took place on April 1,2011. Hope it was for real, an not an april fools joke :-).

Hope everyone liked the KAVAKCI COUTURE collections that were modeled at the show. I'm bumed that I wasn't able to make it! My New York schedule would not allow me to travel to Dallas. However, I know the show was a hit because all my HijabiTopia girls were there representin'.

Nicole Queen was the emcee. Mary Drennan and my dear friend Fatma were amongst the models to showcase my designs.

So, as Nicole announced at the event, HijabiTopia is doing it's first giveaway. Wahoooo!!! Let's hear it for HijabiTopia :-)!!!

Since I was not able to attend the show in person, I thought it would be a great way for me to participate in the event with our exclusive give away. What is the most practical, number one item that all of us wear and constantly talk about on the blog?! You guessed it! The Comfijab!

So we will be giving away a few Comfijabs to the Cover Girl audience.

Here are the rules of the giveaway:

1.) Subscribe to HijabiTopia, thru the options on the blog: facebook, google, twitter, etc.

2.) Leave a comment stating why you would want a comfijab and how you plan on wearing it.

3.) Include the password that Nicole announced at the show.

The giveaway ends on Friday April 8th at 11:00pm eastern time!

Good Luck! You are one step closer to winning a Comfijab.

This is our first give away and is exclusive to the Cover Girl Fashion show attendees in Dallas.

In a few weeks, all HijabiTopia readers will have a chance to win a Comfijab.

So if you already haven't done so, I suggest you subsribe to our blog NOW in order to get information about the give aways!

Lots of Love and Good luck!!!

Hope you're this lucky girl ----------->>>>>>


Elif Kavakci