Posts Tagged ‘hijab style’

Exploring the Hijab as a Limit

September 7, 2011

I’m very interested in the concept of limits, and the idea of leaning into them rather than working against them.

Most of us don’t realize how much we’re the products of our limits. For example: eating only what’s in your pantry (and cooking only from your personal repertoire of recipes), paying visits only where you’re invited, consuming only media that’s readily available to you, becoming friends with and marrying only people you physically encounter. We resign a lot of ourselves to fate and coincidence.

I can’t decide, however, whether that’s a bad thing. For sure, sticking only to what you know is bad—exploring possibilities into the tenth dimension is crucial! At the same time, merely knowing about the existence of those possibilities can be insidious, because it always leaves you wondering.

Anyway, right now I’m more interested in the potential of embracing limits than expanding them. I tried to explain this to a friend while shopping over the weekend: sure, it’s a little harder to buy clothes while working with the constraints of hijab, but sometimes the limits feel liberating.

“Artists don’t think outside the box, because outside the box there’s a vacuum. Outside of the box there are no rules, there is no reality. You have nothing to interact with, nothing to work against. If you set out to do something way outside the box (designing a time machine, or using liquid nitrogen to freeze Niagara Falls), then you’ll never be able to do the real work of art. […] Artists think along the edges of the box, because that’s where things get done.”     Seth Godin

From NYFW: Victoria Beckham’s Fall 2011 Collection

February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine’s Day, friends!

A superficial-but-happily-indulgent post for a superficial-but-happily-indulgent day.

On left, a sample from Victoria Beckham’s collection for fall 2011—I thought the whole thing was pretty cool when I saw it.

Minimalism and loosey-goosey silhouettes (she’s preggers, after all) are RIGHT up my alley. How awesome is this and this and this, and even this?

Photo credit (and more from the whole collection): here and here.