“I’ll never forget walking the red carpet during the Venice Film Festival in 2014. I was wearing a sweetheart-neckline Maria Lucia Hohan dress with an emerald necklace. Some of the photographers stopped me and asked me to pose. I’m not even close to being a celebrity so that made me feel like the outfit was a success,” laughs Miriam Abadi, who works for a luxury jewellery brand.
With her model-esque stature and striking Middle Eastern-meets-European beauty, it’s not surprising the paparazzi mistook Miriam for an A-lister. Also unsurprising is that she describes her personal style as elegant sophistication “always mixed with a bit of drama.”
With a wardrobe satisfyingly crowded with the likes of Chanel, Dior, Balmain and Alaïa (“The safest option for any dinner”), Miriam admits that her biggest fashion struggle comes from her reluctance to wear the same outfit twice. “It’s a challenge to mix in new accessories, shoes, hair and make-up to make it look different,” she laughs.
The pièce de résistance, though, happens to be an heirloom. “A mink fur coat given to me by my grandmother. She will always remain my role model and main influencer,” Miriam recalls fondly of her most treasured possession – and person. “Not only was she a brilliant businesswoman, visionary and humanitarian, but she was always impeccably dressed, at any occasion.”
Red carpets and fur coats aside, Miriam maintains that fashion isn’t something she preoccupies herself with. “I have an obsession with growing my personality,” the mother of two boys says. “I want to learn constantly while enjoying the journey, because this will feed my soul and grow my self-confidence, thus affecting the way I carry myself. This means I can feel just as beautiful in a simple white T-shirt and pair of jeans.”
Photography: Richard Hall. Styling: Charlotte Blair. Words: Kerrie Simon-Lawrence. Hair: Anna for SoH Art + Beauty. Make-Up: Sarah-Jane Thompson for Shiseido