Photographs by Ali Al Sharji
Styling by Maher Abdul-Wahab
We asked creators around the world to interpret the meaning of latitude through the ultimate language of self-expression: fashion. The result? A global tapestry depicting modern-day culture and identity, woven together by threads that feel as universal as they do unique.
“The abaya is attached to Islam, and it used to be worn because it does not reveal anything underneath due to its black color. The style and color of the abaya has changed with time according to trends, and it has shifted from just a black piece to cover a woman to a black piece that is very fashionable to wear on different occasions: There are night abayas (usually worn for weddings) and there are morning abayas (usually worn for any casual or professional environment). The main concept of this story was to bring the traditional clothing to life with a modern twist for people to understand the importance of not losing where we come from.” Ali Al Sharji
CLOTHING AND ACCESSORIES (THROUGHOUT) Maher Abdul-Wahab MODELS Humaima Al Rashdi, Malab Alneel, Basma Al Abri, Budoor Al-Abri, Tasnim Al Kindi
Latitude traces the lines that connect cultures around the world, from globalization and international efforts to stall the effects of climate change to personal freedom and the refugee crisis. The new issue features contributions from acclaimed screenwriter and actor Brit Marling, award-winning journalist Behrouz Boochani, and visionary photographers including Jamie Hawkesworth, Charlie Engman, Pierre Debusschere, Max Farago, and more.