Muse: Life lessons from Saudi designer Tamara Al-Gabbani

Updated 12 April 2018
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Muse: Life lessons from Saudi designer Tamara Al-Gabbani

  • The UAE-based fashion designer and blogger talks hard work, empowerment and unicorns
  • Saudi social media star Tamara Al-Gabbani has more than 170,000 followers on Instagram

DUBAI: I love to work hard, so my demanding schedule suits me. No two days are the same, plus I travel a lot, so every day is a little adventure — a challenging adventure I’m grateful for and gives me the beautiful opportunity to help those less fortunate.


My best friend is obsessed with unicorns. She’s a grown woman, but I respect her wishes and, obviously, want to make her happy, so I’ve bought her a unicorn outfit and a matching unicorn phone charger and unicorn dressing gown. Whatever floats your boat, you know?

I’m living proof that if you want to create an independent life for yourself, with self-respect, decency and dignity, you can. But it takes hard work, focus, determination, and an indomitable belief in God.

If people treat you — or judge you — negatively, it’s usually a projection of their own insecurities and deeper issues. That isn’t my problem, so I choose to carry on positively.

We’re in the midst of a very interesting time. Men’s perception of empowered women is changing for the better. It’s heading in a positive direction; misogyny, being intimidated by women, judging or underestimating them… all that is changing. A man doesn’t need to feel undermined because a woman is empowered. I don’t even blame them, that is what they were taught. But a re-learning is taking place.

I have learned a lot about life and business from men — being levelheaded in emotional situations, not gossiping, not holding onto grudges — but men can also learn from women. Women have the marvelous gift of being able to view a situation from different perspectives, providing a more accurate assessment of what is really going on. And women excel at communication; a critical leadership skill in both professional and personal settings. When we keep the conversation flowing, there’s no room for misunderstandings or harboring negativity.

I’m proud of a lot that I’ve achieved: being the face of DKNY and Dolce & Gabbana for their modest collections, and setting up my own fashion brand. Still, I regret not being more fearless.


Georgia Fowler stuns in Zuhair Murad gown

Updated 21 April 2018
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Georgia Fowler stuns in Zuhair Murad gown

  • The designer’s official Instagram account posted the snap with a gushing caption that read: “The gorgeous @georgiafowler strikes again in Zuhair Murad.”
  • Fowler is the youngest daughter of Australian golfer Peter Fowler and appeared in the music video for Kygo and Selena Gomez's “It Ain't Me” in 2017.

DUBAI: New Zealand-born model Georgia Fowler just appeared on the cover of Harper's Bazaar Australia wearing a dress by none other than Lebanese powerhouse designer Zuhair Murad.
The model, magazine and the designer all shared an image of the gorgeous cover page, with Fowler saying, “Growing up, I wished to be in the pages of this glossy magazine, but to be on the cover — and for the third time — has me bouncing off the walls with glee. Thank you for your ongoing support, @bazaaraustralia.”
Meanwhile, the designer’s official Instagram account posted the snap with a gushing caption that read: “The gorgeous @georgiafowler strikes again in Zuhair Murad.”
In the shot, Fowler dons a gown that was unveiled as part of Murad’s Spring/Summer 2018 Haute Couture collection fashion show in Paris in January. The whimsical, floor-length dress features a daring plunging neckline and boasts a voluminous A-line skirt, all of which is belted with a thin black strap at the waist. The nude tulle is appliqued with black, white and red flowers and cacti over an ever-so-slightly sheer beige slip.
Fowler’s chestnut hair cascades down toward her shoulders in loose, beach-style waves and her make-up is kept to a sultry minimum. For jewelry, the young model wears nothing except a single thin bracelet.
The 25-year-old model, who was discovered when she was just 12-years-old, had her big break in 2012 when she walked in a Chanel show in Versailles. She went on to make international runway appearances for the likes of Victoria’s Secret, Armani, Phillip Plein and Elie Saab, among a raft of other major players in the global fashion industry.
Fowler has also appeared in the hallowed pages of Vogue Italia, Vogue France, Vogue Mexico, Elle magazine and various other fashion publications around the world.
In February, she told British Vogue that her favorite part about being a model is “the ability to morph into any character you’ve always wanted to be. I always find it quite fun. It’s being able to do so much more than just being an image.”
Her success as a model isn’t her only claim to fame, however. In fact, Fowler is the youngest daughter of Australian golfer Peter Fowler and appeared in the music video for Kygo and Selena Gomez's “It Ain't Me” in 2017.
Besides making it big in the world of high-end fashion, it seems that the model has also found time to fall in love — she is reportedly dating US singer Nick Jonas, who shot to fame as part of the Jonas Brothers boy band in the noughties.