Farah Barazi

BY Harper's Bazaar Arabia / Feb 28 2018 / 13:57 PM

40, Syrian

Farah Barazi

“Without a doubt the most treasured possession in my wardrobe is a unique piece of jewellery my mother-in-law gifted me for the birth of my sons. For my first born, she had a bracelet designed featuring his name. When my second and third were born, she had the piece updated, so that it now has all three of their names.” As mum to three boys, (Omar, 14, Kareem, 11, and Fares, four) Farah says it is this piece of jewellery that symbolises “a timeless reflection” of her “simplistic style” as well as “the most important people” in her life.

Her style icon reflects her family values, too. “I admire Jessica Alba, as she expertly dresses to suit her lifestyle as an actress, model, entrepreneur and foremost, a mother. Her style consistently looks effortless.” Farah describes her own style as “specific” and likes to pair “contrasting yet complimentary” pieces within each look: “classic with contemporary, feminine with masculine, shiny with matte, or sporty with sophisticated.” Fundamentally she opts to wear styles which reflect her body type, personal taste and lifestyle. “I’m not one to sell myself out for whatever is trending,” she says.

Farah’s shopping mentality is perfectly in tune with her no nonsense attitude, and with school runs on her daily schedule Alexander Wang’s Attica messenger bag most appeals. “The idea of wearing a versatile fanny-pack that can keep my hands free all day, by either wearing at the waist, over the shoulder, or cross-body, makes me a big fan.” Constantly on the go, she also “appreciates the convenience” of online shopping, and, as well as the usual suspects like Revolve, FarFetch and Matches Fashion, she is an advocate of regional favourite, The Modist. Shying away from seasonal shops, Farah prefers to leave it down to chance and on-the-spot temptation. “I have never been one to shop with each season. I view fashion as art, so I’m always keeping an eye out for items that draw me in.”

For high-octane glamour, Farah insists, “Tom Ford is king. To put it simply, he creates beautiful, glamorous clothes that allow women to look extraordinary.” On home turf, where she feels “blessed” with an “endless variety” of fashion, she also turns to the relaxed style regional brand Free Being offers, and notes she’s a fan of Crown & Feather’s “whimsical pieces.” And although she harbours respect for the fashion scene in the Middle East, she also wishes women would wear, “less make-up, eyelashes and logos.”

Farah’s beauty regimen is similarly fuss-free: “I’m a mother first and foremost, not a model, so it’s minimal.” She swears by Pilates, daily walks, healthy eating and “laughing a lot,” and applies the same uncomplicated principals to her style advice: “Take pride in yourself, and base your style on what suits you best, as an individual.”

Farah Barazi wears Alice McCall dress at Bloomingdale’s – Dubai. Jewellery, Farah’s own.

Photography: Richard Hall. Styling: Teresa Karpinska. Words: Elaine Lloyd-Jones.Hair And Make-Up: Blowout&Go.With Thanks To Ja Al Sahra Desert Resort.