Sarah Aswed

BY Harper's Bazaar Arabia / Feb 27 2017 / 18:40 PM

42, British/Libyan

Sarah Aswed

“I am a self-confessed shopaholic,” artist Sarah Aswed tells Bazaar enthusiastically. “Living in London is perfect for my addiction. Browns on South Molten Street is my one-stop destination for pretty much everything.” It’s here that she can shop two of her favourite brands of the moment. “Right now I am in love with trendy, streetwear-inspired brands like Off-White and Vetements and I can always find their pieces there.”

Her career as an artist plays into her sartorial choices, as she says her favourite designers are “Christopher Kane, Rick Owens and Dries Van Noten. I feel like they have a fresh outlook and extremely original designs.”

This year, Sarah, who has painted for over 20 years, will host an exhibition in London’s Brick Lane Gallery entitled Broken Skies which “has been inspired by all of the dynamic cities I have lived in like Dubai and London, but also the contrast of my Arab roots and the western environment in which I currently live.” Given that she spends the majority of her time painting, Sarah says her wardrobe is “very practical. I’m usually in jeans, a cashmere top, a leather jacket and biker boots. I keep it casual because things can get messy in my studio and I wouldn’t wear anything special there.” There’s also a shared similarity between her work and her wardrobe as she tells Bazaar, “I love to work with colour and wear it a lot also. To me, art and fashion are connected in so many ways. The colours, the lines, the design elements in clothing, shoes and handbags, they’re all artistic and creative and can inspire art and vice versa.”

Sarah says that the special pieces in her wardrobe are all vintage items she’s acquired over the years. “I have had jewellery passed down from my mother, like a Chopard watch, as well as a Patek Philippe gold and diamond watch. Plus, my most prized possession is my vintage Chanel flap bag.”

Whilst Sarah says that her heritage doesn’t necessarily influence her day-to-day style, she attributes some of her interest in fashion to her country of origin. “Being of Libyan origin, but born and bred in London, I have always been surrounded by fashion and style. For me, my style is about mixing vintage with designer brands and also about quirky market finds and trendy high street pieces to make an individual look.” Plus, there’s one item she can rely on, no matter the outfit. “Never underestimate the power of a good red lipstick.”

Sara Aswed wears denim jacket, Faith Connexion. Skirt, Philosophy di Lorenzo  Serafini. Boots, Gianvito Rossi, all her own. Photography: Ben Sage. Styling: Samah Elmeri. Words: Maddison Glendinning. Hair & make-up: Emma Regan using Tom Ford beauty and Umberto Giannini. Fashion Assistant: Jordan Grant