Stephanie Khouy works in Luxury Fashion public relations by day and is Mademoiselle Dubai, a fashion blogger by night. Read our interview below to find out more on her unique style and active life in Dubai.
How did you start your blog Stephanie?
The blog which started last March was a long time coming. I’ve obviously always loved fashion, I am very passionate about it and as my friends can testify, I can’t seem to shut up about it either, I have an opinion on everything, so it was a natural process for me to channel my efforts and energy in that direction.
Who are your favorite designers and brands?
•My ultimate favorite brand is Chanel. I’ve loved it for as long as I can remember. I stole /borrowed the classic 2.55 bag from my mother (my first Chanel bag, that started a collection that now spans over 11 bags) when I was in my early twenties, much to my little sister’s grief.
•DvF, I simply love her feminine and colorful, easy going dresses for work that can take you from office to any work function or private event in a breeze.
•And finally, I dream of possessing a closet full of Victoria Beckham outfits. I am a big fan of what she’s doing, her collections are really coherent, from her RTW and diffusion lines to her bags. Everything is super sharp, extremely well-tailored, and so desirable. As I am approaching my mid-thirties, I found myself more and more drawn to her poised esthetic.
Who are fashion icons in your opinion?
Fashion icons are on the way of disappearance nowadays. Such a paradox, but what made someone an icon was her/his aura of mystery. Today, with social media and the celebrities over sharing, posting pictures of them grocery shopping or without any make-up, you don’t get that magical sense anymore. Some of the biggest Hollywood icons have no sense of style when left to their own devices for example, which is why the timeless icons are still going strong nowadays: Jackie O, Liz Taylor, Audrey Hepburn, they were perfectly put together at all times, you would never catch any picture of them on a day ‘off’.
The modern icons are for me the ones who are either resisting the lure of Social Media (i.e. Kate Moss) therefore allowing people to project their own fantasies upon them, or those who are controlling it to give us only glimpses of their private, beautiful lives (i.e. Olivia Palermo). I have no interest for example of knowing if Karl is having a bad day or what did Nicole Kidman ate for breakfast.
My fashion icon of all times is Carrie Bradshaw. She wasn’t a real person, but nevertheless, her fearless and most unique sense of fashion will stay with me as a reminder that it’s OK to break sartorial rules, as long as you have fun doing it
What trends do you love for this fall/winter?
•Anything with a berry color. I’m loving this palette of burgundy, red-wines, plum for Fall / Winter, especially on the lips
•The sweaters worn with pencil skirts, mini skirts or just over-the-knee boots
•Anything leather. I’m still hunting for my perfect leather leggings
Best piece of advice for someone to look and feel their best?
Dress for your body type, which means they’ll be colors, fabrics, cuts and trends that won’t suit you. It’s all about acknowledging your strengths and your weaknesses and play with them or make the most of them.
Also I am a big believer that if you don’t have it, just fake it. They say confidence is key, but I think it is in part due to the way you project yourself to others. Some of the most notorious charmers and funny people are in fact very shy in public.