“My mother, God rest her soul, was always fashionable and loved the arts, and I think that impacted on me a lot,” says Hala Alharithy. “I have always been creative and I find fashion a way to express myself.”
The Saudi fashion stylist – who counts Temperley London, Christopher Kane and Christian Siriano among her favourite labels – is adamant that being stylish doesn’t need to incur the wrath of your bank manager. “It bugs me when people feel the need to just copy every style that comes out. Owning every single piece doesn’t make you stylish; it’s how you wear them. You can be just as stylish spending one hundred dollars as you can spending a thousand.”
It’s that same attitude that has seen Hala become one of the Kingdom’s most respected stylists. While she respects her clients’ privacy too much to drop names, Hala confirms she has worked with many Middle Eastern celebrities. “I help them to attain a look for a specific occasion, and sometimes I help with wardrobe changes as well,” she says. The gratification she gets from her work, high-profile or otherwise, is enormous. “Helping someone feel beautiful is a job well done,” the mother-of-two says.
Always close to her heart is the urge to give back to the community. Having lost her mother to cancer, it’s a cause Hala is deeply passionate about and insists on finding the time to support. “I was one of the ambassadors of the 10 KSA campaign this year for breast cancer awareness,” she shares. “We broke the world record for the largest human pink ribbon, in Riyadh. It was truly the greatest achievement.”
Hala doesn’t need to think too hard about who has influenced her the most throughout her life. “My mother shaped me into the person I am today. Her finesse and love for life and fashion opened my eyes to so many things, and her passing changed me in ways I don’t regret. It made me realise that life is more than just what we see, and the more you give, the happier you’ll be.”
Photography: Vivienne Balla. Styling: Charlotte Blair. Words: Kerrie Simon-Lawrence. Hair: Anna for Soh Art + Beauty. Make-Up: Sarah-Jane Thompson for Shiseido. Location: Yas Viceroy Hotel