A Time of Fashion, Editor’s Letter, May 2013

You may be surprised to learn that Kuwait boasts a thriving fashion scene. Less glitzy and more conservative than Dubai and Qatar, its buzzed-about neighbors in the Persian Gulf, the tiny emirate—smaller, in fact, than New Jersey—is a devout yet tolerant nation where the sight of women cloaked in traditional Muslim dress is more common than palm trees. Behind closed doors, however, all bets are off—or so I learned on a four-day visit there in mid-January.At a private house party hosted by Fahad Al Hajiri and Alanood Al Sabah, the glamorous couple that owns Octium, the Kuwaiti jewelry brand profiled in this issue’s Designer Showcase, I glimpsed more of-the-moment duds than I’d seen since my last visit to New York Fashion Week.Form-fitting dresses with peplum skirts, skin-tight leather pants, and knee-high boots crafted from gold python skin—Kuwaiti women are eager consumers of

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