“The best outfit I have ever worn was head-to-toe Chloé at Paris Fashion Week S/S16. It was captured by photographers and became the top display on H&M Greater China’s homepage.” The French brand is a favourite of Rita’s and it’s among the mother of two’s go-to labels when shopping. “I also like Chanel, Boutique 1 and Harvey Nichols – Dubai,” she says, adding, “I shop very often – maybe far too often if you ask my husband.” Rita says she appreciates department stores for their variety, and that she likes shopping in Europe in particular as “the choices for ‘non-brands’ are greater, so I tend to be a lot more adventurous when I am abroad.” When in town, she’ll also be sure to pick up new season pieces from Balmain and I.D. Sarrieri which she can’t get here in the Middle East.
“I tend to wear more bold gowns and show pieces in the Middle East as there are many fitting occasions that bring out the free expression that one might suppress elsewhere.” One look at her Instagram account and it’s obvious this is a woman who knows how to dress, though Rita says that up until recently she’s curated her wardrobe the ‘old school’ way – through bricks and mortar retail – but that is changing. “Up until now, I’ve shopped in-store as I like to try on the outfit and see what it looks like on me before I buy it, plus I like to mix and match pieces to suit me, but the digital age is upon us. I’m working with a Dubai-based digital media company to help bring the virtual and real worlds closer together when it comes to shopping online to give the fashion-conscious shopper the best experience.”
One of the year’s most-hyped collections is on her to-buy list when it hits stores. “I want everything from Louis Vuitton x Supreme,” she says, adding that Karl Lagerfeld and Maria Grazia Chiuri are among her favourite designers. When it comes to her sartorial obsessions, Rita confesses there are two. “Hermès makes great bags that endure the test of time, and the same goes for Chanel’s classic tweed jackets. My appreciation for the Birkin and Kelly bags, and the jackets, has grown over time as I came to learn about the intricacies of their making.” As for the number in her collection? “It doesn’t matter how big it is, it is never enough.”
Rita Sarbaz wears dress, Designers Remix. Jacket, Yves Solomon. Sunglasses, Linda Farrow. Earrings, Erickson Beamon, all her own. Photography: Ethan Mann. Styling: Samah Elmeri. Words: Maddison Glendinning. Hair & make-up: Blowout & Go. Location: KYO