Style tips from Dubai Stylist: Rania Aldawood

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Interview with fashion stylist Rania Aldawood.

Based on your years of experience how would you define the word “style”.

For me style is a collaboration of various elements of a person’s total look.A touch of panache & personal tweaks always turns the same looks into something spectacular. Style can be much more than fashion, fashion is a trend driven, current, while style is infinite & can transform the garments as well as the person wearing them.

 You work very intimately with your clients, what are “do’s “ and “don’ts” when styling.

Funnily, I don’t follow do’s & don’ts!
Even if my client’s initial reaction is  to want to wear a piece I haven’t chose, I always let them try it anyway. Working in fashion new trends & ideas come through all the time, but it can take time for someone to get used to a brand new look, or a new way of styling. As long as they feel comfortable, then they can pull it off anywhere. I have a fantastic relationship with my clients & only suggest looks I know will suit them, even if they are unsure at first. The only thing I would say “do” is keep an open mind & never be afraid to think outside the box!”

 As a stylist could you think of yourself as an artist painting on a blank canvas? Could you share your thoughts about this?

Yes! I love to create new & exciting high fashion looks individual for the client’s particular taste.
I never create the same looks for any 2 clients, even using the same garment. Everyone needs to be individual & that means mixing things up & not repeating the same outfit. The fashion world these days is fast & widespread. Traditionally when someone was stylish or fashionable they usually had a signature style which they stuck to & were known for a particular look. Nowadays the same person can be a bohemian hippy in Isabel Marant during the day, turn into a contempoary muse in Alexander Wang & Proenza, & transform into a full on fashionista by evening in Victoria Beckham or Alaia.Fashion has never been so fun, the vastness of the trends means that we can literally reinvent ourselves on a daily basis.


Saman is quintessential Dubai -- of Pakistani heritage, brought up in the US and settled in cosmopolitan downtown Dubai. She attended fashion school in NY after which she pursued successful careers in fashion merchandising and marketing. Saman is now telling stories about trend setters and innovators in the fashion, art and design world. These stories talk about, the source of their creativity – what lies beneath, what is the source of their creativity, drive, passion, inspiration and secrets. She wants to search for creative people and tell the story of their creative journey, whether in fashion, art or design. She hopes readers of Social Magazine Dubai will be inspired and feel a connection with Dubai lifestyle, fashion, art, design and culture.

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