MARWA SAYED

Marwa Sayed is the founder of home­grown wom­enswear la­bel Three Fi y Nine. The Egyp­tian de­signer has been in­vited to show at Lon­don Fash­ion Week this month, a er win­ning top hon­ours at a con­test or­gan­ised by the Dubai De­sign & Fash­ion Coun­cil

The National - News - Luxury - - MY LUXURY LIFE -

IF YOU COULD WAKE UP ANY­WHERE IN THE WORLD TO­MOR­ROW, WHERE WOULD YOU BE? A Mediter­ranean is­land, such as Rhodes in Greece, which has a his­tor­i­cal back­ground, green hills, rich valleys and a pic­turesque row of beaches. The is­land is a unique blend of cos­mopoli­tanism, tra­di­tion and pure na­ture, which re­ally suits my per­son­al­ity. YOU’RE SIT­TING DOWN TO THE PER­FECT MEAL. WHERE ARE YOU, WHO ARE YOU WITH AND WHAT ARE YOU EAT­ING? I am in my home in Egypt, with my fam­ily. I’d def­i­nitely be hav­ing molokhia, which is a very tra­di­tional Egyp­tian green soup dish that is usu­ally served with rice. WHAT IS YOUR DEF­I­NI­TION OF GOOD STYLE? Any­thing that makes you feel com­fort­able and con­fi­dent in your own body. When I de­sign, I al­ways keep th­ese fac­tors in mind as it’s very im­por­tant to me that my clients feel con­fi­dent in a Three Fi y Nine look. I also like to cre­ate unique styles that bring out a woman’s in­di­vid­u­al­ity, be­cause good style should be as in­di­vid­ual as the per­son wear­ing it. I try to de­sign pieces that can be worn by women of dif­fer­ent sizes and var­i­ous body shapes. Ev­ery woman out there will surely find a piece in my col­lec­tion that speaks to her, matches her style and makes her feel com­fort­able. WHAT’S THE BEST PIECE OF FASH­ION AD­VICE YOU HAVE EVER RE­CEIVED? Stay true to your­self and your sense of style. WHERE DO YOU GO TO SHOP? I pre­fer shop­ping on­line, as it is faster and more con­ve­nient. I am shop­ping on Yoox.com more and more o en. WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE ITEM IN YOUR WARDROBE RIGHT NOW? A vin­tage Fendi bag passed on from my mum. IF YOU COULD DRESS ANY WOMAN IN THE WORLD, WHO WOULD IT BE? Queen Ra­nia of Jor­dan, be­cause she is such an in­spi­ra­tion to all women and hu­man­ity. WHAT DOES YOUR DREAM HOME LOOK LIKE? It’s an all-glass sum­mer beach house with sun­light stream­ing through all day long. WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE DES­TI­NA­TION IN THE WORLD? The Amalfi Coast in Italy. I went there a cou­ple of years ago with a group of friends, and it was just breath­tak­ing. You could never get bored of how beau­ti­ful the view from any cliff is, and how re­lax­ing it is to just spend some time on the beach. WHAT IS YOUR NEXT HOL­I­DAY DES­TI­NA­TION? Sri Lanka, ex­plor­ing a few tea plan­ta­tions. WHAT ARE YOUR GO-TO BEAUTY PROD­UCTS? Clin­ique face wash, La Mer mois­turiser and the Bet­ter Than Love mas­cara from Too Faced. My skin regime in­cludes the es­sen­tials. I start with a cleanser and a toner, fol­lowed by a mois­turiser, and I try to use var­i­ous hy­drat­ing masks ev­ery now and then. I tend to change my mois­turiser ev­ery sea­son as my skin re­acts sen­si­tively to changes in the weather. WHAT DOES LUX­URY MEAN TO YOU? Lux­ury, to me, is con­fi­dence. You need to feel con­fi­dent in what you wear and the way you dress. If you achieve this, then you have achieved a level of lux­ury. AND WHAT IS THE MOST OVER­RATED LUX­URY, IN YOUR OPIN­ION? Pri­vate jets and sports cars. Selina Den­man

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