Saturday, 12 July 2008

Review: Hijab Fashion Magazine

The new issue of Hijab Fashion magazine is out now. I bought the May-June 2008 issue a while back, so I though I'd review it for anyone who's thinking of buying it. But first here are some pictures from the latest issue, and you can see some from the older issues here and here.

The magazine is 98 pages long and consists of full-page fashion shoots, adverts and has a list of all the stockists at the end. In the last issue, there was also a double-page spread featuring the latest summer colours and some key items for each one (although not the stores they were from).

Now the fashion shoots themselves are absolutely gorgeous! You can probably see from the pictures, but when it's on glossy magazine paper it's even more beautiful. You could easily spend hours poring over the carefully co-ordinated outfits. One thing that I really liked about it was that it showed a range of outfits to suit everyone, from tunics and trousers to skirts and abayas. They also have a section for evening and bridal wear. Most of the outfits I really like and I think they are suitable for hijab, but unfortunately the stylists tend to give the models hijab styles which expose the neck. Aside from that though I love the bright colours and accessories.


The magazine uses clothing from both regular clothing companies like MSou, and Islamic clothing companies. One of the stores they featured abayas from is called Macy's Rahma, and they really are stunning. Unfortunately I can't find a website for them, but if anyone knows it please tell us!

Something that did surprise me though, was the lack of text in the magazine. Even though it is in Arabic, the only place with any writing was in the colour trends feature. Also, on the website they say that the magazine includes 2 new hijab styles, but I found none in my issue!

Overall, I think the magazine is very well produced, but it could probably do with a few more articles. Saying that though, the new issue does include interviews, a handbags feature and an article about choosing the right perfume for you. I won't be buying every single issue of Hijab Fashion, but perhaps every now and then just for inspiration.

Have you bought the magazine? If so, what did you think of it?

7 comments:

Basbousa said...

I bought the new one, the July/August issue yesterday.. Will take some time to receive it though... Before that I only got the 2007 catalog, which is beautiful.. Sooo many pages of colorful fashion, and also some with hijab tie styles.. But what I really think is ugly are the wedding gowns in the magazine.. Now I like "MUCH" but they get MUCH in a wrong way... Like just too much of sequined stuff and glitter in the wrong places, and also ugly shapes..

Anonymous said...

Salam,unfortunately i can not buy the magazine;i like the second picture,i would wear this everywhere

pink_marshmallow said...

asalam alaium

i love the pic from this magazine. hubby is going to edgeware road to day and gonna look for me, if he cant find then i will order online and inshallah receive through the post.

hows the islam expo going jana inshallah not too tiring, wanted to see the fashion show, but the friends i was with wanted to leave and so i missed it. inshallah you will have some photos if you are allowed to show them.

fi aminallah
khadijah

Jana said...

basbousa, does the catalog contain all the picures from each issue? I agree with you some of the wedding gowns are just plain ugh.

Anon, that one's nice, very Turkish style!

Khadijah, if you do manage to find somewhere on edgeware road that sells them let me know inshallah! The fashion show was exhausting lol. I didn't get to watch it myself because I was backstage the whole time. Inshallah I'll see if I can get some pics.

Anonymous said...

Does anyone know where i can purchase the red and white one on the cover? Also, how to purchase the magazine in the US. Thanks

Jana said...

Anon, you can buy the magazine here:

http://www.2hijab.com/proddetail.asp?prod=mg0804&PARTNER=Hayah

Anonymous said...

salam
i like all of them but the 3rd one i personaly dont like light, bright colors!

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