But, she says: ‘I wanted to make London my base because I knew this was the sort of creative, centre-of-the-world city I wanted to live in.’ Fares, 30, and her husband, artist Alexandre Al Khawam, now live in Belgravia, where she’s part of London’s jet-setting fashion crowd (friends include fellow designers Margherita Missoni, Tatiana Santo Domingo and Mary Katrantzou).
All of her collections are, in one way or another, influenced by Middle Eastern culture and many feature the traditional protective eye.
Some 150,000 Londoners hail from the region — yet Middle Eastern women are often stereotyped, from the cliché of the suppressed housewife to the offensive notion that they are flashy and spoilt, wafting around designer stores.
In fact, while wealthy Middle Eastern visitors may spend an estimated £1.25bn a year here, some of this city’s most exciting creative talents are of Middle Eastern origin, embracing the capital while drawing on traditions from home to instigate a refreshing international dialogue. Noor Fares, Jewellery designer, 30 I’m a Londoner above all else,’ says Noor Fares, who first moved to the capital in 2009. I grew up speaking the language and learning the history.
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