Somali Twin Designers Ayaan and Idyl Mohallim Go “Girly” For Mataano’s Spring CollectionPublished by Danica Daniel on Sunday, September 16, 2012 at 9:38 am.
Born in the U.S. and raised in Somalia, twin sisters Ayaan and Idyl Mohallim have been the talk of the town since they launched their collection, Maataano (translated as “twins” in Somali) in 2008.
For their Spring 2013 show during New York Fashion Week, the ladies worked their magic delivering a collection perfect for any garden party or weekend getaway. Pieces were light and effortless and fell within a neutral palette.“We went back to a softer, girlier path for Spring,” Idyl Mohallim told theGrio. “The starting point was the beach — from the collection’s color palette, which consists of Ocean Mist, Green Coral, White Yacht, Sand and Sun –to the spare, no-frills silhouettes. We wanted the kind of easy, flowy pieces women can throw in their suitcases when traveling to the beaches of Malibu, Mombasa or St. Barts.We showed dresses in color-blocked silk, loose fitting pants with ultra-wide legs, breezy organza tops and silk, printed dresses.”
The show, which was attended by Bravo television’s Chef Roblé, ended with a bang thanks to a performance by Wynter Gordon.