Cover feature of The National News

Arts & Lifestyle 

Arts and Lifestyle cover of The National

Design collaboration with fashion blogger, speaker, and activist Leah Vernon.

 

We worked together to sketch a look she loved. 

 

The look features layers of yellow tulle, delicately sewn by hand.  

Leah was interviewed for The National News. Her photo was featured on the cover of the arts & lifestyle section wearing my design. 

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Making The Cut with Tim Gunn & Heidi Klum

 Amazon Show Audition Video

I was personally invited to audition for the first season of Making the Cut, a fashion design competition series hosted by Amazon. The outfits featured are all handmade by me. I directed the video and edited the footage and audio. Hair and makeup by me. 

 Digging Deeper: Season 3 Finale 

Radical Self Love: Battling Body Image 

Tazeen Ayub, musician, and fashion designer, Lena Harbali, discuss radical self love and how to battle body image issues, especially as women and girls. A weekly series, Digging Deeper, discusses expression as a deeply spiritual endeavor and as a means of activism. Each week Tazeen Ayub sits down with a local artist, activist, or person with a spiritual practice to dig deeper. 

Stitched Season 1 Audition Video 

I was personally invited to audition for the first season of Stitched, a fashion design competition series hosted in Canada. The outfits featured are all handmade by me. I directed the video and edited the footage and audio. Hair and makeup by me. 

Project Runway Season 16 Audition Video 

I was invited back to audition for season 16 after auditioning the previous year. This time, I was accepted into the second round of the selection process. That involved traveling to the nearest city to present a selection of garments in front of judges and a live camera. There I met Mondo Guerra, one of my inspirations from season 8, who told me he'd wear several of my items. 

Raw Artists Showcase St. Andrew's Hall 2017 

Raw Artist Showcase Detroit Presents Verse with Lena Harbali at St. Andrews Hall May 17 2017
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Runway and vendor art show. I presented a new collection of streetwear with many pieces using repurposed materials. 

 Interview by Leah Vernon for Muslim Girl Blog 

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Fashion blogger Leah Vernon and I partnered to create two custom outfits. We did a photoshoot together to celebrate body positivity and diversity. Leah interviewed me and published it along with the photos on Muslim Girl Blog. 

Project Runway Season 15 Audition Video 

This was the first time auditioning for Project Runway. The minimum age is 21, so this was the year I became eligible to compete.

At the time, I was studying full time in university and working while sewing fashion collections for runway shows. 

FASHION SHOWS: 

RAW Detroit, St. Andrew's Hall, 2017

Walk Runway Fashion Show, Eastern Market, Detroit, 2016

Walk Runway Fashion Show, Detroit, MI- May 2015 

Michigan Fashion Week, Pontiac, MI- September 2014

Walk Runway Fashion Show, Detroit, MI- May 2014 

Dream Runway Fashion Show, Detroit, MI- May 2014

Samurai Beyond the Armor DIA/DG3 Design Competition Participant, Detroit, MI- April 2014
 

4 Your Chic Runway Show, Flint, Mi- April 2014

Stylez Runway Show Presented by Shades of U, Detroit, MI- February 2014

Beautifully Wrapped Annual Head-Wrap Expo, Dearborn, MI- November 2013

Eastern Michigan University Fashion Week, Ypsilanti, MI- October 2013