Scrolling down my instagram dashboard, I get a chat notification on Kik from fellow blogger Haya from “I Speak Prada” I open the chat & a picture of this fiercely dressed man appeared; YSL fur coat with sued appliques, Givenchy T-Shirt & those daring Leopard printed YSL Boots.
If love had a picture, Abdulla Al Abdulla’s Look of the week would be it; No joke.
Visiting his website & instagram account, I find out that he’s a creative director of the upcoming brand “The Gild” & is a law student. I had the fortunate opportunity of interviewing Abdulla, I must say his answers were quite inspiring at some point; Enjoy…
Name: Abdulla Al-Abdulla
Occupation: Creative Director/ Owner of The Gild & Law Student
Horoscope Sign: Virgo
Q1. Tell us abit about your self ?
Well, to begin with, my father is an Ambassador, so I grew up in a very political and internationally set household. Growing up I lived traveling a lot having lived in places like Morocco. Later on we finally settled down in Qatar, however my dad would still be living in other parts of the world. Growing up with 4 siblings was such a blessing, and not to forget about my beautiful mother who was also such an inspirational figure in my life. My mother is from Saudi Arabia so I’m a ‘halfy’ as they say. My mother was also always such an idol to me as she managed to raise 5 kids with the help of my dad of course, and still get a PHD and have such a sky rocketing career.
Q2. What is the Gild ? What does it aim for ?
The name The Gild is originally derived from my favorite quote from Shakespeare’s play King Lear.. “ We all laugh at gilded butterflies”. I find it to be a beautiful quote that might sound negative at first however has an in depth meaning that speaks louder. In short, a gilded butterfly is a person who places items of extravagance and luxury. The Gild aims to create beautiful and extravagant clothing that can transform you to be whoever you want to be.
The Gild aims to reach everyone, everyone who is youthful. Youth doesn’t come with age, but comes with a way of being.
Q3. Launching your resort 2013 collections soon, tell us abit about that?
My first collection is based on days and nights by the French Riviera. This is the climax of luxury. Inspired by the lifestyle of the South of France, the collection cross-breeds the carefree essence of beach apparel with the sophistication of evening and night wear.
To begin with I will officially be launching my first ever collection in the beginning of June in Dubai. After that I will be heading to Qatar for hopefully another more intimate event- you’ll be hearing all the details on everything soon.
Q4. As a male Qatari designer, how did the community & family members react to your Decision of pursuing fashion?
I only have one thing to say: I thank God everyday, for the amazing and supportive family he has blessed me with.
Q5. What arising male fashion trends do you like the most?
My ultimate favorite piece for men at the moment would be the black leather moto/ biker jackets. In my opinion they are a staple in every modern day mans wardrobe. However with the summer coming a lot I guess that changes things. I would say for the summer my favorite trend would be the classic cuts and the reoccurring white colors. I guess I don’t have a specific favorite trend.
Q6. What inspiration do you get from Qatar ?
Qatar in itself is probably the most inspiring place. It’s a melting pot of different identities, nationalities, and cultures. I get most of my inspiration from the sea and the intricate modern structures that surround it- such as the Doha skyline.
Q7. What University did you attend?
I am still currently attending the University of Hertfordshire getting a degree in Law.
Q8. Will The Gild be designing other collections such s RTW ( Ready to wear) ?
At The Gild we only design prêt-à-porter so ready to wear. However sometime in the future we would of course love to expand and get into fields like sportswear and couture.
Q9. How do you feel about the men’s fashion scene in the Gulf?
The men’s fashion scene is progressing majorly in the Gulf and the Middle East at whole.With this in mind I feel like sadly, this isn’t progressive state isn’t all too good. People still don’t really understand that fashion is a form of art. Not only this, but people feel that excess is good. For example, living in London this is usually the case: Gucci shoes, Gucci belt, Gucci hat, Gucci this Gucci that- or it’s a studded jacket, studded shoes, studded pants, and so forth. People still don’t understand that a trend is simply a trend. Following a trend excessively like a zombie does not make you ‘stylish’. I mean I don’t mean to bash everyone and I’m not here to talk badly about everyone but everyone still has a very selected and limited mentality and that will only change with time.
Q10. Having a pretty edgy style yourself, who would you consider as a style icon ?
To be honest I don’t really have a style icon or someone I look up to in that sense in the fashion world. To me a true style icon is the person walking in the street next to you, or the person sitting at the table next to you at a restaurant. Each person with their own sense of style that tells a true story of who they are, what they have been through, or who they want to be.
Q11. Favorite clothing brands retail stores?
I have a lot of favorite clothing stores that range from high street to high fashion. I guess you could say that my favorite designer brands would be Balmain, and Givenchy- I tend to go for the more contemporary clothing. As for high street my ultimate favorite is Urban Apparel. Not to forget, Opening Ceremony is also one of my favorite places to shop, they carry brands such as Push Button and Kenzo that I also love.
Q12.In a collection & personal clothing wear point of view, do you have any favorite colors or clothing forms that you prefer personally ?
Shoes. Giuseppe Zanotti and Christian Louboutin to be exact. That would be my favorite form of clothing. As for favorite colors I lean towards black and white the most- I love the classics.
Q13. Favorite Musicians/bands etc. ?
I have so many favorite musicians that range from so many genres, among my ultimate favorites would be Frank Sinatra, Lana Del Rey, Fairuz, Skrillex, and Sweedish House Mafia.
Q14. Anything you’d like to say to future upcoming male designers?
I guess the only thing I would say is to always stay true to who you are as a person and as a designer. People will always be out there that will not support you or try and degrade what you are doing in one way or another. Always stay strong and believe in yourself.
Q15. What’s your favorite quote?
I’d hate to sound so arrogant, but I’m just going to have to quote myself- this is something I constantly like to remind my self of whenever I’m overwhelmed: God never gives you more than you can handle so just stay strong and pull through.
Hope you enjoyed the post, make sure you visit Abdulla’s Website & If you have any questions contact him..
Abdulla’s lookbook tumblr page: http://theeabdulla.tumblr.com/
Photo credits go to : Ben Bibriesca.