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Interview with Tala Samman

Interview with Tala Samman

A former Fashion Editor at Arabia, Condé Nast’s first fashion title in the Middle East, Tala was named one of Dubai’s Hot 100 in 2011. She has collaborated with Net-A-Porter, ASOS, Tom Ford, and Halston.

Let’s start by hearing a little about yourself, who is Tala Samman?

Originally Syrian, born in Chicago, grown up in Dubai... A woman that loves fashion, but also lives a life that is so much more to that.

How did you get started blogging? What are your aspirations for your blog and web presence?

I started it as an online fashion diary, which led to a blog. My plans for my blog have always been short term, which is why everything has grown organically.

How would you describe your personal style?

I have an eclectic style - it really changes depending on the weather, my mood, the occasion, or what I'm inspired by.

Who or what has been your greatest style influence?

Marianne Faithful is definitely someone I'm hugely inspired by.

Which is your favorite fashion designer at the moment, and why?

Sophia Webster and Ostwald Helgason are definitely my favorite ones at the moment - so fun, and I could own their whole collections!

What current season fashion trends do you like and dislike the most?

I love the colors and prints - and I never like to say what I dislike because I'll probably end up wearing it!

Where would you shop for a gown or a cocktail dress for a special night in Dubai?

I love heading to my favorite multi brand boutiques such as S*uce, Symphony, Boutique1 and Harvey Nichols as well as look online if I have a week.

You do a lot of traveling, what are your links with Dubai, London and NY?

All 3 cities feel like home! I grew up in Dubai, I lived in London for four years and studied there, I temporarily moved to NYC, but tend to visit frequently for long chunks of time.

What does a city like Dubai have to offer you in everyday life?

Dubai is easy, comfortable, cosmopolitan and such a beautiful city! This is the year for Dubai, so much is starting up - it's always buzzing. Viva Dubai!

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