Hottest accessory for the party season?

For many years gloves were considered a winter necessity, rather than a fashion statement. But look back in history and you see that this accessory had a much more meaningful purpose. From making a sartorial declaration, to adding glamour to a Hollywood red carpet, the humble glove has plenty to offer.

 

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Over the past few seasons, more designers have put gloves at the core of their collections. Gucci, Fendi, Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana have sent models down the runways in leather, tulle, satin, elbow-length gloves and styled them with everything from coats, dresses and even jeans and a T-shirts.

One regional brand that’s celebrating the glove in all it’s decadent glory is a Saudi Arabian label Alaa Bint Hashim. Founded by cultural consultant, art director, and illustrator Alaa Balkhy, all of the vintage-inspired sheer gloves are handmade to order in Jeddah and sold on OTKUTYR Fashion House.

 

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Alaa Balkhy splits her time between Jeddah and New York, and loves browsing vintage stores that make up most of her wardrobe. Her first collection, that also includes ready-to-wear, was a tribute to her hometown. The pieces are vibrant and youthful, but it’s the delicate gloves that steal the show.

Whether you’re headed to a black tie gala, the office, or you simply want to spice up your life with an unexpected accessory, gloves are your answer.

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