Walking down 5th Ave recently, I noticed a UNIQLO store at 53rd St.
Japanese owned, and always interesting, I’ve enjoyed shopping in the midtown store near Port Authority with its eclectic assortment of clothes and “things”. [Correction, that store is called " Muji USA" ] at any rate, I headed in and UP one of the many escalators to explore this MUCH larger store.
I saw nothing but clothes, clothes and more clothes neatly displayed throughout the many levels and corridors and then I came upon a unique display of mannequins arranged in a VERY dramatic Martha Graham-like pose….
Are those hijabs or ‘head scarves’… yearning to break free…
A symbol of the “moderate” Muslima embracing western fashion? Or just a headscarf. (You can make a case for either one)
Perhaps these ARE hijabs, meant to subtly open-the-eyes of the western shopper to the fashionable wearing of “hijab” ’round-the-world.
This is Malaysia:
And this is Malaysia
This is from a catalog in New Zealand …
And in the U.S., I’ve seen many western dressed muslimas …skinny jeans etc …who also wear hijab. (below was in Times Square 2012)
So, perhaps those very short-shorts….very high-heels … that barely-dressed look…is okay… as long as you wear hijab…
The models in the UNIQLO catalog dress smartly in western designed clothes…tight, slim and sexy… reaching out to their global customers … Yet, it’s in NY that we see the ‘head scarves’ … not in the Malaysian catalog.
There were many ‘hijabs’ on the mannequins. ‘Headscarves’ in the windows, all over the store. So, perhaps we’ll soon see “our own” dressing in-style with these faux hijabs? (not that’s there anything wrong with it)
The NYC campaign…. is it hijabs…or headscarves…
I have no answer. But,
“as the world explodes and Jihadists have the general population on tenterhooks, what is the U.S. government’s response to the obvious warnings that abound, warning us of the threat of Islamists in the West?” (Pamela Geller)
And ” WE get MORE Sharia. Our every move watched. Big Brother, surveillance, draconian travel procedures, counter-Jihadists blacklisted and now: Restrictions on Free Speech. SHARIA. Ever more sharia.”
So, maybe those ‘hijabs’ on the mannequins on Fifth Avenue have a purpose, along with the proliferation of hijabs and niqabs all over Times Square. As this pictorial study from summer 2012 observed, PERHAPS these ‘head-scarves’ are another sign of the encroachment and Rise of The Caliphate in the West.
Perhaps this Hijab fashion is coming to America…and maybe…to a store near you?