The bridal offshoot of local Muslim fashion brand Lulu Alhadad Designs has garnered quite a large social media following – no doubt thanks to its gorgeous Middle Eastern-inspired couture wedding gowns constructed with fine tulles and laces. Founded by local fashion design Lulu Alhadad, LA Bridal has been in bridal business for the last ten years and its intricately embellished rental dresses (from $380) have proven a big hit among the Muslim community, although the range of designs offered covers the customary white wedding gowns and the latest Bollywood trends. To make your special day even more fuss-free, opt for a full bridal package (from $1,200) which includes complete accessories styling and actual-day makeup artist.
Over your head
Meem Clothings does one product and does it really well – this local fashion brand designs head scarves (from $49) mainly for hijab-wearing Muslim women, although it can be worn as a regular shawl too. But don’t expect to find dull solid colours scarves. Instead, its offerings run the gamut from trendy tassels to pastel floral prints inspired by Japan’s springtime and deep browns and oranges inspired by Dubai’s deserts. The scarves are designed in-house and digitally printed on quality satin silk – a flowy material that drapes well on the body and flutters in the wind.
Paint me pretty
Count Zahara as the Halal alternative to mainstream cosmetics – this homegrown cosmetics line carries all the essentials such as mascara ($22), eyeshadow quad ($24) and matte liquid lipstick ($22). Its stand-out product, however, is the revolutionary water-permeable nail polishes ($18). These nail polishes allow Muslim women to make wudhu, that is, the cleansing of the body including nails, before prayer – and are also free of five harmful chemicals to boot. Started by sisters Alia and Amira, the latter of whom made it into Forbes 2018 ‘30 Under 30’ Asia list, Zahara is an up-and-coming brand to keep on your radar.
All about that base
Besides holding claim to being the first Halal-certified skincare brand in Singapore, Klarity’s products also tick the cruelty-free and vegan-friendly boxes. Unmask your best skin with the Revival Bespoke Mask Kit ($149). This extra-fun DIY mask set allows you to play ‘chemist’ as you choose from four different ampoules – firming, whitening, hydrating and acne control – to create a personalised sheet mask. All the products are formulated in Singapore, manufactured in Korea using French and Swiss technology.
Sharp, sleek and minimal – these are some words that might come to mind when you’re browsing Pure’s collection of modest wear. With a neutral colour palette of nude, grey and black, this Singaporean-owned label started in 2017 as an empowerment mission for founder Sid Yahya – she envisioned a brand that would nurture confidence in modesty without compromising on style. The result? Pieces ($45-$70) that you’ll wear time and time again. Think timeless designs with an oversized silhouette and clean details.
Treat your tresses
At any time of day, it’s a girls’ party over at Karva Hair Salon. This Halal ladies-only hair salon is where ladies who wear hijab let their hair down – quite literally – and get their manes cut, treated and coloured. Karva uses only Halal-certified or botanical-based products in the salon and has increasingly become popular for its creative colour services (from $80) in its three outlets. Besides getting your hair done, there are nail therapists and scalp consultants on-site so a trip to Karva can very easily turn into an all-out pampering session.