“A denim jacket is something everyone should have in their closet. It’s an essential item to have, and goes with everything.”
Former banker turned “first male Emirati stylist”, Faisal is breaking down the barriers in his pursuit to show the world that fashion stylists should be taken more seriously. While aiming for the stars, via Hollywood, he reveals who he would give a makeover to, while rocking up in his Fedora hat!
Please introduce yourself. Tells us your back story and how you got into styling?
I’m Faisal Naser, the first male Emirati stylist. After graduating with a Diploma in Electrical Engineering, I began my career in 2009 as a banker before moving into Human Resources. I worked for many companies and loved helping people find jobs, but there was always something missing. After 11 years, I quit my job and followed my dreams into fashion. I applied to magazines and landed a job as a journalist and fashion stylist.
What’s most surprising being a male fashion stylist in the Arab world?
That people don’t take my job seriously and think it isn’t a career. I’m breaking that barrier and showing the world that being a male stylist is as normal as being a female F1 driver.
Do you style both men and women?
Yes, but I mostly focus on women’s styling.
What’s the biggest mistake guys make in grooming?
Following trends. Guys need to understand that not everything suits them. Men come in different shapes, and that’s why they need to seek advice. Ask what suits them for their shape.
Your best grooming tips for guys?
Manage your facial fuzz; find your signature scent, and know which hair products work for you.
What’s the biggest misconception people not working in your field have about your job?
That my job isn’t as important as any other job, what they don’t understand is that my role is crucial and I contribute to people and society by teaching them how to dress and look good.
Most memorable moment of your career so far?
I am still waiting for my big break.
What challenges do you have as a stylist?
Styling is a very stressful job, but when you see the look on the client’s face, all the stress goes. I’d say achieving a client’s satisfaction is the most challenging aspect.
What future goals do you wish to achieve?
To work in Hollywood and have a fashion consultancy company.
Describe your style?
Futuristic and funky.
Favourite item in your closet?
A denim jacket: you have to have one. It’s an essential item to have and goes with everything.
If you could choose a celebrity closet to shop in, who’s would it be and why?
Tracee Ellis Ross: she is a fashion icon, and I think her and me have the same tastes in fashion.
Everyone loves a deal, so what are your favourite places to find a bargain?
Zara and H&M, but to be honest, I buy whatever my eyes fancy, and I never stick to a budget. Maybe that’s why I don’t have savings.
What items do you like to splurge on?
Handbags and good boots.
Trends you love now….
Oversized shirts and waist belts.
….And those that should disappear?
If you could choose anyone to give a makeover, who would it be and why?
Britney Spears. She needs to start dressing her age, and I believe I’d do a good job changing her looks.
What’s the best style advice you’ve received?
I’m the only one who can rock Fedora hats!
Who’s your favourite designer and why?
All designers are my favourites! I love vintage, and whatever looks nice.
Describe a time early in your career where you felt you could say, ‘I made it’.
You never make it till you die. There’s always something new, and I’m aiming for the stars.
Your message to CiiN magazine.
I am very grateful for being given this amazing opportunity. Be safe, be stylish and for any fashion tips, check out @F.a.n.a.n.