Muse: Life lessons from Saudi designer Tamara Al-Gabbani

Updated 12 April 2018

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.

The Six: Arab gowns on the Emmys red carpet

Updated 18 September 2018

The Six: Arab gowns on the Emmys red carpet

  • Hollywood stars took to the red carpet in Arab Designers
  • Stars wearing a host of designs by the region’s fashion heavyweights

DUBAI: The Emmys red carpet turned into a veritable catwalk for Middle Eastern designers on Monday night, with stars wearing a host of designs by the region’s fashion heavyweights.

Tina Fey

Fey glowed in a floral, lace and velvet gown by Elie Saab, part of his autumn/winter 2018 pret-a-porter collection. The gown featured pleats and a fitted waist in colors perfect for the cold season.

Yvonne Orji

Orji stunned in this black, fitted, velvet gown from Georges Chakra’s fall 2017 collection. With simple detailing and a tailored cut, the dress is flattering and feminine.

Kristin Cavallari

Cavallari wore a couture Maison Yeya Fall 2018 black dress. Simple but sophisticated with its different layers and hemlines, this sculptural off-the-shoulder look is a piece of art.


That gold carpet at The Emmys

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Chrissy Tiegen

Tiegen sparkled in a Zuhair Murad fall 2018 couture gown. With geometric antique silver motifs and long sleeves, the gown sparkled in all directions.

Keri Russell

Russell wore a Zuhair Murad two-piece outfit, a pleated skirt and peplum jacket. It had structured shoulders, feathers, a high slit and fitted midsection to accentuate her figure.

Sydney Sweeney

Sweeney radiated glamor wearing this feminine and delicate pale pink Reem Acra pre-fall 2018 strapless gown. The dress featured a beaded waist and sweetheart neckline.



Actress @Sydney_Sweeney wears #ReemAcraPreFall18 to the 2018 #Emmys.⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ #ReemAcra #SydneySweeney

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