If Ahd Kamel isn’t a name you know, it soon will be, as the Saudi actor is making headlines thanks to her role in Netflix’s new series, Collateral, alongside Carey Mulligan. The Riyadh-born, Jeddah-raised 37-year-old also happens to be a Jivamukti certified yoga teacher who is passionate about the environment, and it is this natural ethos which flows effortlessly into her personal style too. “Simplicity and comfort are staples of my style. I’m a tomboy at heart,” she says. “Most days you’ll find me in shorts and T-shirt or yoga pants and jumper.” Although her style is definitely pared-back, she willingly adds “a twist by using bold colours and accessories.” She’s sartorially astute, too, something she credits to her mother. “She loved fashion and her mother taught her how to sew, so she would make her own dresses. Later in life she owned lots of haute couture gowns and I remember sifting through runway pictures with her, watching her pick out looks for the season.”
Her mother’s ultimate icon was Coco Chanel for her “boldness, courage and originality,” whilst Ahd also adds Audrey Hepburn and Cate Blanchett to her own list of style heroines, as well as her childhood friend and Jeddah-based designer, Nasiba Hafiz. “She definitely piqued my interest with her personal style from an early age.”
Ahd’s most recent brush with red carpet glamour was at Dubai International Film Festival 2017. “I was a jury member and I wore a red dress by Solace London,” she recalls, of the statement gown with cascading ruffles.
Whilst shopping makes her anxious, Ahd does partake in bi-annual trips to stock up on essentials. “I do that in New York or London,” she says. Brands like All Saints, Sandro, Free People and Uniqlo fit her desire for “edgy or practical and affordable pieces, which sit alongside more cherished items in her wardrobe. “I have an Alexander McQueen backless dress from 2010, which was my first piece by McQueen; a pair of Stella McCartney’s green vegan heels; a Maje jacquard varsity jacket from last year’s spring collection and a BabyLonia ring,” the latter of which she bought on a trip to Greece. “It’s been my lucky charm ever since,” she says.
Describing a stylish woman by “the way she wears herself unapologetically,” Ahd also subscribes to the adage “be yourself, everyone else is taken.”
Ahd Kamel wears Alexander McQueen leather jacket, Sandro military jacket, Joseph trousers and Gianvito Rossi boots, all Ahd’s own.
Photography: Phill Taylor. Styling: Jordan Grant. Words: Elaine Lloyd-Jones. Hair: Shadi Kahel. Make-Up: James Butterfield.