A Window To Global Fashion

By Muhammad Riaz Usman
Khaleej Times, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) As chief strategy officer for the Arab Fashion Council, Ilham Abbas is one of the top women in leadership in the Arab fashion industry. She continues to exponentially grow her website www.elilhaam.com which features more than 75 luxury designers, including Badgley Mischka, JC De Castelbajac, David Meister and Ted Rossi.


After holding various top management positions in government organizations, Ilham Abbas finally decided to pursue her dream of establishing her own business.

Ilham, a graduate from the American University of Dubai with a bachelors degree in fine arts, has represented the fashion industry at several regional and international events.

She was twice nominated as a judge for Project Fashion, the Arabic version of the successful American reality TV show Project Runway. The show premiered on Future TV.

Ilham was also selected as chief strategy officer for the Arab Fashion Council. The Arab Fashion Council is the largest non-profit fashion organization in the Arab world.

Her aptitude, qualification and passion have manifested in the form of Ilhaam Group, a luxury fashion and lifestyle company.

In December 2010, she launched a global fashion portal catering to the needs of sophisticated women around the world. The online store features exclusive clothing and jewelery at competitive prices with an aim to ensure that every fashionista’s wardrobe contains style essentials.

“Online and mobile shopping has become a popular choice around the world as is evident in the current integration of e-commerce in our daily lifestyle,” said Ilham, founder, president and CEO of Ilhaam Group.

Catering to the global market from its Dubai office, the site features the latest clothing and accessories line from leading international designers.

She said currently www.elilhaam.com features more than 75 luxury designers, including Badgley Mischka, JC De Castelbajac, David Meister, Ted Rossi, Isabel Sanchis, Dorian Ho, Theia, Louis Mariette, Vittoria Romano, Isharya, Leitmotiv, Ozlem Suer, Black Halo Eve by Laurel Berman, Mabel Magalhaes, Sabrina Dehoff, Zac Posen, and exclusive designs from Moonoir, among others.

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