“I’ve recently become obsessed with long tulle skirts that I’ve been collecting from Dior and Valentino,” Farah begins to tell Bazaar. “...And below-the-hip blazers that define my waist have been my fashion statement for this season.” The mother-of-two (Ahmad, 5, and Sama, 1) juggles family life in Kuwait with her role as the founder and creative director of Arnaa shoes. Her style is ultimately feminine, but she says of dressing in the region that she, “always has to make sure that it is conservative enough.” Despite any restrictions, she feels fashion’s possibilities are open and limitless. “I am versatile. For me sticking to one style is like sticking to one cuisine,” she says. “I love experimenting with fashion and trying new looks.”
A self-confessed jewellery aficionado, some of Farah’s most cherished pieces include a Cartier limited edition Amulette, a Boucheron rose gold Trouble pendant that was a gift from her father when she was 19, and several watches. “I always change my watches depending on the occasion. My favourites are my Piaget Jackie Kennedy, Harry Winston Midnight, Patek Philippe and Breguet.”
Farah attributes her interest in fashion to her mother. “She always took me shopping with her, and I made sure that I always dressed up. I started collecting my own runway pieces at the age of 14,” she reminisces. Amongst her enviable collection is the Georges Chakra couture wedding gown she had made when she was married in 2011, a Dolce & Gabbana couture orchid appliqué gown from 2009 and a pink jacket from Chanel’s 2014 supermarket collection, to name just a few. With an unequivocally glam wardrobe, it’s no wonder her go-to portals for a clickable fashion fix include the likes of Neta-Porter, Matches Fashion and Neiman Marcus. “Living in Kuwait has definitely inspired my style. We have so many weddings and occasions to dress up for,” she says. This season she’ll be aiming her spend at Balenciaga, Gucci and Christopher Kane, as well as Grain Kuwait.
After a style blip during her first pregnancy, Farah drafted in the help of LA-based stylist Alison Dayette to “reprogramme” her brain and get her out of leggings. “It was a fashion disaster,” she laughs, “but Alison truly helped.” The older Farah gets, the more defined her style has become. “I’ve stopped buying without completing the outfits first.” In addition, she has her shopping strategy down to a fine art. “I shop at the beginning of every season, and sometimes when the sales are on I have extra top-ups. But for me, it’s always about having quality over quantity,” swearing by Vivienne Westwood’s adage, “Buy less, choose well, make it last.” As for her advice to her own daughter? “Never copy anyone’s style.”
Farah Sultan wears: Dress, KWD265 (Dhs3,230); coat, KWD121 (Dhs1,475), both Zimmermann at Bloomingdale's - Kuwait. Shoes, Giuseppe Zanotti