The Abdulla

Leading lifestyle trends, attending fashion shows, pausing for street-style moments and bringing us glamorous visuals with a side of grunge, is what the Qatari self-proclaimed “artist of many talents” is all about.

Rapidly noted by global designers and a guilty pleasure to his followers, Abdulla’s edgy style is unique to the region and has made him clearly ‘one to watch’.

Interview and photography by Mika Ashraf at Capital D Studio.

Tell us about yourself?
I’m Qatari, and I grew up traveling the world as the son of an Ambassador. I’ve learned so much about this planet and it’s people through my experiences and want to share it all with the world. I’m an ex-law student now a fashion student in Paris.
The best thing I could say about myself is that everyday I get closer to finding out who I am.

And about your blog?
My blog is somewhere that not only men, but women can go to and get the down-low on everything lifestyle. It includes all of my interests and the products I use, the places I travel to and the clothes I wear. It’s very real and relatable.

How did you first get into blogging?
I used to cover shows for magazines and would often get snapped going in and out. I then thought to collect all these photos and put them on a tumblr page. It started gaining popularity and I thought, why not create a full-fledged site. Ever since then, it
took off.

How would you describe your personal style?

What about the style of your blog?
My blog is more of a lifestyle destination. It’s tailor-made to fit today’s modern man. We are all aware that today people tend to read less and everything on my blog is more visual inclined to interact more with people.

Tell us about some key projects you have done that meant so much to you?
Many projects that I have worked on with my family members. It means so much to be able to support people who I love and who have been supporting and pushing me forward my entire life.

What would be a dream project for you?
Launching my very own store concept.

Paris fashion week or New York fashion week? And why?
Paris Fashion Week. It has more substance and depth to it.

Describe your ideal working environment?
Nothing that involves being behind a desk all day.

How do you motivate yourself to keep the blog up and running?
The feedback I get from my readers – this inspires me.

Who was your first style icon?
My mother. She was always just effortless and that to me
is iconic.

Which designers are catching your eye this year?
Alessandro Michele. Gucci.

What would you say that is the biggest challenge about
fashion media?
Staying relevant is the hardest thing. Fashion is so fast paced and ever-changing so it’s easy to get left behind.

What would you say that is the greatest satisfaction of what you do?
Seeing the way I influence and effect people, even in the smallest ways.

What’s the most important part of your day?
The moment I get into bed, this is my moment of reflection.

What obstacles have you encountered along the way so far?
Overcoming negative people around me who try to bring me down.

Favourite fashion book?
I don’t have one. My favourite book however is the sun also rises by Ernest Hemingway.

90s Grunge? or 60s Glam?
90’s Grunge.

Coffee or Tea?