Fashion is a timeless interest that men and women alike have invested in, and it’s in our natural human instinct to “Peacock”, or to always want to look good. But there’s a difference between peacocking for others and for yourself, especially when at a young age, you have a passion for fashion to the point where you’re investing all of your creativity in it. Enter Taiba Al Nassar, Urban Analyst. Taiba, – the sixteen-year-old fashion blogger who’s taken Kuwait by storm, started her blog The Urban Analyst in 2014 – while many of us at that age were still secretly playing with Barbies. What makes Taiba so special besides the fact that she’s so young yet so dedicated and well written?
That she has a passion for fashion, and isn’t afraid to experiment with anything out of the ordinary. With her interchangeable rainbow colored hair and eclectic sense of style, we would like to welcome her into the pages of bazaar as April’s fashionality!
Does fashion ‘make’ the person or does the person ‘make’ fashion?
People definitely make fashion. Different backgrounds and tastes are brought to the table from people who choose to express themselves through what they wear. To me, that is why fashion is ever-evolving. It is driven by the fusion of different cultures and personal artistic choices.
In your opinion, what make the best statement pieces? Why?
There’s so much you can do in the shoe department! The shoes I choose to wear can completely change the course of my day, let alone the vibe of my outfit. I can put on sneakers and feel casual and cool, or put on combat boots and walk with an automatic boost of power in my stride. I also really love making bold hair choices; I’ve been through just about every color of the rainbow. Having funky-colored hair just adds an edge to every look.
What is an essential part of any wardrobe?
How would you describe your style and what inspires it?
My style is dynamic: edgy, yet still put together. I always find inspiration in the unapologetic women of the punk scene, and female artists in general. They have created a voice for women not only in music, but all over the world. Nothing makes me happier than turning on the radio and hearing someone representing an entire population of women who aren’t afraid to say “you know what? I’m not sorry.” Because of them, so many more of us aren’t afraid to express ourselves exactly how we want to, and with me, it just so happens to be through my personal style.
How do you get inspiration for your designs?
I’m inspired by just about everything; art, music, architecture, and whatever else I happen to cross paths with. I also find inspiration from my travels. Exposure to different cultures and environments never fails to spark creativity in me.
Who from the fashion world would you love to collaborate with?
Maybe somewhere down the line I’ll be working along side Anna Wintour and Anna Dello Russo, but with my current state of mind and what’s going on in fashion at the moment, I’d love to be on Rihanna’s design team for her Puma collaboration. Their debut at NYFW this season absolutely killed it.
Is there such a thing as the perfect accessory that fits all?
I don’t think so. Pieces that make me feel good, might not work for you and vice versa, but that’s what I love about fashion. There are so many things you can do with fashion, and you do not get the same freedom to express your originality and yourself with anything else.
Do you think there is validity in this statement: “I can’t pull it off,” – and why?
That’s nonsense! Telling yourself that automatically limits you from so much. Sometimes rocking those sky-high platforms or sequined sweater is all you need to get you out of a style rut or change up the standard routine. When you have the confidence, “I can pull it off” will not even be in your vocabulary.
What does it take to become a style innovator?
I think to be innovative, especially in fashion, the most important thing is to be original. Once you trust your own taste, being an innovator just comes with the territory.
What’s exciting right now in fashion?
Vetements has been sweeping the fashion scene.The rebel/skate vibe that their pieces give off is so addictive. I’ve always been a bit of a rocker, so I’m loving the punk influences in fashion right now!
Who or what has been your greatest fashion influence?
I get the biggest jolts of inspiration when I travel. The fashion scene in London is just crazy. Whenever I pop over for fashion week my mind just buzzes endlessly with ideas, leaving me inspired for the rest of the season. In addition to icons like Madonna and Courtney Love, I’ve always admired Rihanna’s style. She has always been such a boss, with her style and otherwise.
Who are your favorite emerging designers, and what is it that you love about them?
I’ve had my eye on Hyein Seo for a while. She is a Masters student at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp, and I absolutely love her pieces. I’m also really into Claire Barrow and Nicopanda.
What is the highlight of your ‘style’ career so far?
Attending London Fashion Week has definitely been the highlight. I remember a time when that was only possible in dreams, so actually getting there is still so gratifying.
Every Fashionality has as a style obsession, what’s yours?
I’m in love with chokers! I’ve been throwing them on with everything recently.
Do you follow any fashion influencers (Instagram/Blogs etc)? If so, who are they and which would you recommend?
Yes! I’m always inspired by Ascia AKF (@Ascia_AKF), just because she is pure sunshine. I also love these accounts: @thegreylayers, @handinfire, and @victoriaalamas.
To be stylish is to be fashionable: true or false, and why?
In a way, the statement is false. Fashion is indefinable; it is what you make it. Personal style comes from wearing what YOU like and what makes you feel good. It is more self-expression than anything else.