Young, Arab and Proud

“I Would Like Arab Parents to Offer Freedom of Choice to Their Kids”

Alia bin Omair answers Pulse’s questionnaire.

“I’m very happy and the Prize has already changed my life because now I get to do what I’ve always dreamt of. Since starting my business things have been good, but I’ve always wanted to grow it more and this opportunity will let me do just that.”

Those were the words of Alia bin Omair when Pulse asked her how she feels and what’s next, right after winning the Fashion Trust Arabia Prize for the Jewelry Category last week, on the 3rd of November. The Emirati and Dubai-based designer is now more than ready to spread his (large) wings all over the fashion planet.

Pulse talks to… Ali bin Omair

What is the one thing you wish people would stop wearing?
Boots

What creation of yours are you most proud of?
The Tabla Necklace, this piece was customized for one of my stylish customers. The traditional necklace design is usually very simple and plain.

What was your worst fashion faux-pas?
Neon lipsticks

If you were to choose one of your looks, or that of any other designer, to wear every day for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Turtleneck, trench coat and high-waisted trousers.

Who do you dream of dressing?
Zendaya

When was the last time you pulled an all-nighter?
During my stay at the Fashion Trust Arabia awards.

Name five people, dead or alive, that you’d like to invite to a private dinner party at your house.
Sade, Florence Welch, Leonardo Di Caprio, Timothée Chalamet and Picasso.

What does the word “sustainability” mean to you?
Clean energy

What would the title of your Netflix documentary be?
Gem of the Gulf

Describe the MENA region in 3 words.
Evolving, thriving, shining

How is “Young, Arab and Proud” translated in your work?
It’s the story that is behind each and every collection I’ve made.

What is Arab DNA made of?
Pride, strength and acumen.

What is the most common misconception about being an Arab?
That Arabs are lazy.

If you could travel in time to meet any Arab icon, who would it be, and why?
Sherihan, she had a bold sense of fashion and her shows were exquisite.

What is something that makes you uncomfortable in the MENA fashion industry and that you would like to see changed?
Consistency, I have noticed that so many people open their business in fashion without having a plan.

What is one Arab tradition you would want to change, and what is one you adore?
I adore generosity, but I would like parents to offer freedom of choice to their kids.

What is the Arab dish you could eat every day?
Mansaf

What is your favorite Arabic song that is often stuck on repeat on your playlist?
“Fekrak Ma3i”, by Mihad Hamas

Um Kulthum or Fairuz?
Fairuz

What is this one city in the MENA region you could live in forever, and why?
Oman, because of its simplicity and quietness.