Who is Taiba? what do you do in life? studies?
Three years ago, I dove into the bloggesphere head first with hopes of pursuing my passion for writing and documenting my take on fashion. I can only describe my life since then as a complete whirlwind of things I’ve only ever dreamed of.I have covered fashion weeks across the globe, designed my own pieces, and worked alongside some of my idols. When I don’t have a camera in my hand, I’m studying. I’m currently a junior in high school, which can be hard to balance with blogging, but I’m pushin’ through.
What are your top passions in life?
Although my current passions include a combination of fashion, music, photography, and writing, I’m continuously evolving. However, I will always remain passionate about having the freedom to create. To me, happiness is being able to do what you love and live completely genuinely, despite all else that may tell you otherwise. I’m passionate about living in my truth, and embracing those who have been able to do the same.
How did you find your interest for fashion? what introduced you to it?
I was raised around art and creativity, so I think it’s been ingrained in me from birth. As a kid, I would always dress myself and play around with clothes. On a subconscious level, I found fashion’s corresponding freedom of self-expression addictive, and that feeling has not once left me.
How do you define fashion?
Fashion is so multifaceted that I don’t think anyone could match it to one definition, but that’s the beauty of it. Fashion to me is the most powerful and blatant representation of my identity- an art form that doubles as self-expression.
Why do you think it’s a big part of your life?
I think everyone needs to exert creative expression in some way to stay sane, no matter who you are. I’ve never really developed myself as, let’s say, a painter or musician, so fashion became my go-to creative outlet pretty early on in life. It is how I express and represent myself. It is a part of my identity.
Who is your most favorite designers? and why?
I feel like I gravitate towards contemporary and street-wear designers a lot, some of my favorite pieces being from brands like MM6 and Hood By Air. Elements of punk culture always find their way into my wardrobe as well, so I also have a deep appreciation for designers like Vivienne Westwood, mother of punk and ground-breaking visionary in her own right.
An upcoming brand you’re obsessing about?
I’m in love with everything from HyeinSeo does. Her work resonates very closely with my style, and stands out a lot from other brands in the game right now. Everything in fashion has been done before. It is how you learn from the artists of the past and apply it to your own art that makes you unique. I feel like HyeinSeo has done that effortlessly with her recent work. In her designs, I see generations of past revolutionaries that have defined punk-culture and street-wear, which has proven to be a killer combination. There is also an element of youth incorporated into the brand that I am incredibly drawn to.
How do you describe your style?
My style is so dynamic that I don’t know where to begin. I’m endlessly growing, and my style represents that. As a whole, it is a combination of street-wear, contemporary and vintage pieces with a few high-end accents here and there. That’s what I’m into as of late, but in terms of constants in my wardrobe, one element always remains- it is empowering.
How did you start with your blog? what did you want to say? the messages you wanted to send to others?
I started my blog at the age of fourteen with a camera and a resilient need to explore new creative outlets. Since then, it has evolved into so much more. I feel that Arab youth, especially young Arab women, are looking for something new to define ourselves, outside of what we have been taught; what we have be told is right, the social constructs we have been influenced to conform to. Existing unapologetically as a young Arab woman comes with challenges many of us aren’t equipped to overcome. I think that confidence I have developed while pursuing my love for blogging is apparent in the work that I put out, and I hope that inspires other young women to find what they love doing and pursue it as well. What I have learned and want to communicate through my work is that when you know what you want, and you are confident in everything that you do, the judgment around you just becomes noise.
A dream you want to make true in 10 years?
I don’t know where life will take me in ten years time, but I’d like to think I’ll have my own independent publication. I love covering fashion weeks, and I always leave with sick photography and coverage of the shows. It would be cool to present that on a larger platform. If I develop myself as a designer, I’d love to produce fashion as well. Having my own line is the ultimate dream.
Some people think that fashion is rather superficial, how would you explain tat its way deeper than clothes and outer looks?
Invalidating such a powerful aspect of identity for so many by simply writing it off as “superficial” is pure ignorance. Fashion is not synonymous with wealth and arrogance, or lack of substance. It is an art form. It is self-expression and self-empowerment.
What do you do in your free time?
Since I’m a student, the majority of my free time goes to blogging. I’m lucky to work with and have amazing creatives as friends, too, so there isn’t really a line between “work” and free time when it’s all just doing what you love with people you love.
Tell us about your travels? where you like to go? what do you like to do?
I thrive off of my travels, where I often collect my most treasured pieces. I’ve spent every summer I can remember on California beaches, but the shopping over there is pretty disappointing. I visit London quite a bit solely due to the fashion scene over there. Covering London Fashion Week independently these past few seasons has been surreal, and I don’t think anything else I’ve ever done tops that. London is the most culturally and creatively diverse city I’ve ever been to, with people coming together from all sides of the world, and in that way I feel like I vibe with London the most.I spent last summer on the east coast though, and NYC has my heart, too. In terms of shopping destinations, New York is where it’s at!
Are you working in special projects you want to share with our readers?
Yes, I am! I’m officially the creative director of local street-wear brand, RS. That’s so crazy to say. I’ve been working on this project for months, and it has been a surreal experience contributing to the design process of fashion production. Our first two pieces were released on New Years Day, which was the best start to the year I could have ever imagined.
Do you think fashion and beauty go together?
Definitely. A lot of fashion consumers fail to recognize that so much goes into releasing and presenting a collection, and that every part of the process is deliberate. The beauty of presentation and hard work is what I’ve learned to appreciate while covering London Fashion Weeks throughout the seasons. I do believe that fashion design is beauty in itself, but it is also a collective. You need the right group of creatives, photographers, makeup artists, stylists, to execute a vision. I find beauty in the synchronization of detail that goes into the process.
Any last thoughts?
I’ve had a lot of fun answering these questions, it’s an honor to be featured!