Wednesday, 25 November 2009

Dubai Style: Burqa Shades

The LA Times blog just published an article about BQ, a new brand of shades with a chic twist on tradition. What do you think of the shades; would you wear them?


Want to observe Islamic dress code while staying trendy in Dubai and Saudi Arabia’s scorching desert heat?

Put on a pair of gold encrusted BQ shades -- the world’s first sunglasses especially tailored for piously dressed women in the Persian Gulf.

The brand's name BQ comes from the word burqa -- a face-covering harness worn by women in the Persian Gulf region in nomadic times. BQ's debut collection features modern replicas of the traditional accessory in the form of large, dark aviator-style sunglasses.

Behind the line is London-based design firm Fitch branch in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It hopes BQ will become a hit among young fashionable women in the region by mixing trends with tradition.

Read the rest here.

You can also watch this video about the making of BQ:

18 comments:

Anonymous said...

MashaAllah the sunglasses look trendy indeed! If only I could get my hands on them! :D

Anonymous said...

does the pout come free with the shaded?

Parisa Nuha said...

hmmmm, I am newly converted, but as far as I know a muslima should be dressed decently. I know the style of the women in Dubai is really awesome and I think also sexy, but no, I wouldn't wear those glasses. Also because I think they would look manly, if they weren't gold.

Anonymous said...

ahaha great comment about the pout :)

MashaAllah this video is gorgeous, very impressive!

Would you guys buy these? I live in the US, think we could we pull them off here or only in the Gulf?

mia said...

I LOVE it! If only they have it here in Singapore:)

Saffron said...

@Parisa- what's so indecent about sunglasses? Let's not get silly; there's nothing immodest about sunglasses.

I don't like how the LA Times called the burka a "harness." It's offensive for them to use such a term.

Malek said...

Yeah i love them where can
i buy em!!!!

Umm Ibrahim said...

Parisa, here in the Gulf sunglasses are REALLY necessary in the intense summers and falls. The days get around 120-130F and it's sunny EVERY SINGLE DAY and incredibly humid. Not only are sunglasses practically necessary but so is a facecream with a strong UV protection and niqab is useful not just for modesty purposes but more practically to protect the thin facial tissue from sun damage.
seriously, sunglasses are definitely necessary here.

Anonymous said...

i think they look cool but i don't know how modest they are? its not very modest to wear gold encrusted sunglasses - not me anyway. Im not saying we shouldnt have nice things but you have to think about the impression they create to others and how much attention they might attract,about things like displaying your wealth....things like this become like a status symbol sometimes. How much do they cost??

Phoebe said...

They actually remind me a little bit of ski goggles, but I love them all the same. Not sure how well they'd go down if I wore them to work though, they're a bit too avant-garde for the operating room!

Anonymous said...

i luv dem..

Amina said...

Salam

They look like regular sunglasses to me, but i'm European not from the Gulf area

Amal said...

I don't see what is so special about these. Do they offer better protection against the UV rays? Are they somehow more superior in preserving ones modesty? If the advert is anything to go by, I'd say not. It's simply a new brand of sunglasses, that used burqa as an inspiration. Tad too flashy for my liking.

Minaretmuse said...

The niqab/burqa link is tenuous. And how is a niqab a 'face-covering harness' of either the animal or child-restraining variety?!
I'm with Phoebe on the resemblance to ski goggles. Far too blingy for my taste - but then I don't live in the UAE where they'd probably fit right in.

Arab-esque said...

Meh! I don't like them much, I prefer Ray-ban Wayferers to be honest! Or maybe some aviators.

Ski goggle comment made me giggle - too true! However in the gulf, if anything is markete well, it will be bought! There is a lot of extra cash hanging out of pockets. The plus side is that it's quite blingie and over the top!

Anonymous said...

I LOVE IT! the BQ shades looks very unique and trendy! do you have any idea where i can get them in dubai? i'm dying to have these glasses :-)

Anonymous said...

Where can we buy these online. I live in Australia

Anonymous said...

Why do these "burqa shades" not have a darker shade if they are supposed to hide something? They are quite see-through, so they won´t hide eyes or facial features. (I´m now judging by the pictures I´ve seen on the net of women wearing them.) I EXPECTED quite black sunglasses from the word actually, so I think it´s a little misleading! Well I don´t know about others definition of modesty in "burqa shades" partly made out of gold for some extra bling eather... But as for me I prefer REALLY DARK shades if I want to feel I REALLY cover my eyes and part of my face.

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