98 adia Nasimuddin MALAYSIA
youngest daughter of the late SM Nasimuddin SM Amin, one of Malaysia’s most successful tycoons, Nadia Nasimuddin fell in love with fashion the moment her father gave her her first Prada bag at the age of 12. Since then, she’s become a regular at New York, Paris and London Fashion Weeks, and developed a style that’s both minimalist and classic. She has assembled a remarkable collection of couture pieces over the years, spanning Chanel, “anything from Raf Simons,” Tom Ford and Victoria Beckham. “Fashion evolves constantly,” she says, “so what’s really important is to love what you wear, regardless of trends.”
Nadia has applied this no-nonsense attitude beyond the realm of clothes. With her three older brothers and one older sister, she works to continue her father’s legacy as director of the family’s hospitality and food and beverage companies (the Nasimuddin clan runs a business empire that stretches from the automotive industry to property management and F&B). She has also steadily nurtured her own entrepreneurial ambitions: Nadia is the creative director of Portluxe, a digital platform for buying and selling authentic branded pre-owned luxury fashion items. What’s more, she and her sister co-founded Mysmink, a portal purveying local beauty brands. “I think entrepreneurship runs in my DNA,” she laughs. When she isn’t running two start-ups or jet-setting around the world for fashion shows and business meetings, Nadia spends time at home with husband Hamzah Alang—of the Holiday Villa Hotels & Resorts empire—and their two young children.
“Nadia is the stylish personification of a woman who has it all,” says Malaysia Tatler managing editor Elizabeth Soong. “She manages to successfully and graciously divide her time between family, work and herself, and she’s at a place where she seems to be very comfortable with herself. We really admire her for who she is and what she’s achieved, and cannot think of anyone else more deserving of the Most Stylish Woman title.”
Photography Aaron Lee/lenswork Production Styling Andrea Kee Hair and make-up Angeline Law; Irena Adam using La Mer Location The Majestic Malacca Hotel Opening spread: Dress by Emporio Armani This page: Dress by Prada; jewellery by Chanel