“Male fashion influencers in the Arab world are misunderstood. I get criticized for being in fashion.”
Islam is one of the leading male fashion influencers in the Middle East with his trademark out-of-the-box street styles. His Instagram account widely shows his devotion to fashion. “Fashion represents my personality,” he commented.
Tell us about yourself and what you do in your spare time?
I’m a dreamer; I dream big and work on making it happen. When I’m not in the office, you’ll find me scouting for cool places in Kuwait and drawing my next story for the next photoshoot.
When did your love for fashion blossom?
It began with my Love to WAMA band back in the early 2000s. I wanted to imitate their style.
Your Instagram account is fashion-oriented. Tell us about your relationship to fashion?
Fashion represents my personality. You can tell a lot by the way I dress. I’m out of the box and challenging.
How do you create Instagram content?
Before I decide on my next grid, I look for inspiration in nature or fashion sites. Research has always been my source.
Who or what inspires you?
How would you describe your style?
Your favourite designers?
Balenciaga, Gucci and Raf Simons.
Your signature scent?
Atyab al-Sheikh and Gucci.
How do you manage to achieve everything that you do?
Every night I schedule my next day ahead to prevent myself from rushing through valuable moments.
The biggest challenge facing male fashion influencers in the Arab world?
They are misunderstood. I get criticized for being in fashion.
How do you keep yourself motivated to keep doing what you do?
I read motivational books and real-life stories on overcoming challenges.
Do you have interests you don’t show on your Instagram?
Could you tell us about previous collaborations that you have done?
Puma, New Balance, Nalbes, Splash, Talabat and Bath & Body.
Gucci and Balenciaga
Who follows you, and why?
Fashion-oriented crowds, people with a vision, forward thinkers. That’s what I represent.
Which social networks do you prefer? Instagram.
What are the trends for the coming season? Masks.
How do you set yourself out from the crowd in the ever-competitive world of fashion and social media?
I think out of the box.
What is the most interesting thing you’ve ever done through your work as an influencer?
Climb on top of a food truck for a photoshoot.
Are there any projects on the horizon for you?
Soon with New Balance GCC.
Your message for CiiN magazine.
I want to thank you for your interest in me and what I do. Thanks for this opportunity to express myself.