LANA EL SAHELY
“For internationally renowned Lana El Sahely, who has been covering Paris Fashion Week for “eight years now,” dressing successfully for the occasion is co-dependent on the preparation. “I always plan fittings in Paris for brands,” she begins. “But I also always pack several pieces from the Middle Eastern brands that I work with, because for me this makes up such a large percentage of my closet.” Lana often works on exclusive pieces with designers from the region.
“It’s part of my identity, too,” she says. “I think it’s a way of differentiating yourself, there’s nothing better than mixing local, regional and international designers.” Her go-to Middle Eastern brand? Roberi & Fraud. “It’s such a success story. The designers have created a real moment – their pieces are so much fun and add an edge to any look.” While she appreciates how “classic” French women are in their approach to dressing she admits her style is constantly evolving to absorb the latest sartorial must-haves, and Paris is her favourite place to dress up. “My style is always adapting to the latest trends and Fashion Week is the right place for me to express myself and get creative when styling my outfits.”
Lana wears: Tunic, Dhs3,200; trousers, Dhs4,000, both Madiyah Al Sharqi. Sunglasses, Dhs918, Roberi & Fraud. Shoes, Lana’s own