Shiva Safai is set to marry into what must be 2016’s most fêted fashion dynasty. Engaged to Palestinian luxury real estate developer Mohamed Hadid – the father of models Gigi and Bella Hadid – Shiva is poised to take up the mantle as matriarch of the legendary 48,000-square-foot House of Hadid, the sprawling 2.2-acre family estate in Bel Air.
Born in Iran and raised in Norway, Shiva moved to Los Angeles at 19 and for a decade she ran her own business checking criminal backgrounds. She met Mohamed at Il Pastaio restaurant in Beverly Hills and the couple became engaged two years ago on New Year’s Eve in Bali. “I wore a hand-beaded nude miniskirt with a sheer off-white blouse and stripy Jimmy Choo heels,” Shiva recalls, “I was tanned, happy and a new chapter in my life had just started. It was a special night.”
Despite her access to favoured designers such as Givenchy, Saint Laurent, Balmain and Dolce & Gabbana, Shiva insists that she is “a huge fan of mixing high-end designers with affordable brands,” adding, “I really don’t shop as much as some people may think I do.” A frequent visitor to the region, Shiva says, “The Middle East has its own fabulous style,” revealing that when she comes here she is, “not afraid of accessorising and adding on the bling. I guess the more the better,” she laughs.
With her own haircare product line, Shiva&Vo, in the offing and an activewear line that she is launching in conjunction with her two younger brothers who own a gym in Beverly Hills, Shiva, whose first marriage ended in divorce, is certainly not resting on her laurels. “I feel so blessed and grateful for being engaged to a wonderful and kind man,” she says. “Not only has he healed my broken heart and wounds but also shown me how a real woman is treated. Chivalry is not dead in our relationship.” As for that fashion dynasty that she is stepping into, “Mohamed’s children and extended family have welcomed me into their family with open arms and I take it all in with an open heart,” she smiles.
Photography: John Tsiavis. Styling: Charlotte Blair and Katie Trotter. Words: Louise Nichol. Hair and Make-up: Brendan Robertson