Not-So-Sexy with Osama Chabbi
How the Dubai-based stylist and fashion insider is spending his time at home these days.

Not-So-Sexy is an on-going series on Miilkiina.com profiling creatives around the world and their real, raw, and “not-so-sexy” work-from-home experiences. 

This week, we’re catching up with Dubai-based stylist, Osama Chabbi. Just by following Osama’s IG, you get the sense that he is undeniably cool from his keen aesthetic eye to his perfectly cynical wit. Aside from his work as a stylist, his fashion commentary is exceptionally raw, thoughtful and informed. We had to ask him everything from his recent inspirations to how he finds peace of mind during a pandemic. Keep reading for more Osama Chabbi.

What does your space look like?

My space is a mixture of various things I find visually appealing. It’s kind of an interactive vision board and a deep dive into my head – everything surrounding me is a full reflection of myself, in different shapes and forms.

When did you decide to get into fashion?

I knew I wanted to be in the creative industry from a very young age but It became clearer in my teenage years that fashion was exactly where I wanted to be. I moved to Dubai three years ago and this is how my professional journey started.

Favorite brands?

I like what Casey Cadwallader is doing at Mugler the past season’s and very into what Casablanca is proposing for menswear – I like how it ties various pop-culture references in a playful way. GmbH is a favorite of mine too. And obviously, I have a soft spot for Prada and Loewe.

What kind of creator are you? Does your space get messy?

I would say I’m an interesting mixture of both. I can be messy, especially on set as It makes things more spontaneous at times and enables me to think outside the box. In my personal space though, I’m an absolute neat freak. My space is also an immediate reflection of my mental state, If It’s messy I’m probably going through a rough patch.

Where do you find inspiration?

Undoubtedly from my people and environment. I observe and analyze a lot, behaviors, patterns, habits. Color combinations inspire me, furniture, scents, lava lamps, fruits, interesting packaging, places, faces, and insightful conversations too.

The hardest part of being a stylist?

I’d say It’s sometimes having to style with what’s available instead of the pieces you actually want to work with. Inevitably, your work as a stylist isn’t always a full reflection of yourself at times and I’ve learned to work with it.

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Daily routine?

 I usually wake up around 9, play some music, shower and do my skincare routine. By the time I’m done, my coffee is delivered. I get some fresh air in, burn some bukhoor and go through my inbox to start the day. I also try to drink as much water as I can.

Do you have any styling horror stories to share?

 I was on set for a big campaign and the client was wearing a couture gown. Apparently, I tightened the corset a bit too much and she felt like she was going to faint. I walked in on her assistant with a pair of scissors trying to cut the gown in half as she couldn’t open the corset. If I didn’t walk in on time, I’m not sure what would have happened to that gown (or that client or myself actually)

Do you have any muses?

Probably Victoria Beckham because going from a tacky Spice girl to such a credible fashion figure wasn’t an easy task.

A thing that brought you peace of mind amidst the current crisis?

I moved houses recently, furnishing my space has definitely been a cool way to keep myself busy and relaxed in these challenging times and bonding with it did make me feel at peace.

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How do you like to unwind and pass time?

Catching up with a friend over the phone while doing my skincare is probably my favorite way to unwind, late-night walks are pretty great too.

Favorite memory?

A favorite memory of mine, definitely the time I was at the first Jacquemus menswear show in South of France in Marseille. I remember being really happy and thriving that summer. The location was divine and we were a small number of people. It was at the Calanque de Sormiou near Marseille, I felt home. It reminded me of Tunis.

Not-So-Sexy with Osama Chabbi
How the Dubai-based stylist and fashion insider is spending his time at home these days.

Not-So-Sexy is an on-going series on Miilkiina.com profiling creatives around the world and their real, raw, and “not-so-sexy” work-from-home experiences. 

This week, we’re catching up with Dubai-based stylist, Osama Chabbi. Just by following Osama’s IG, you get the sense that he is undeniably cool from his keen aesthetic eye to his perfectly cynical wit. Aside from his work as a stylist, his fashion commentary is exceptionally raw, thoughtful and informed. We had to ask him everything from his recent inspirations to how he finds peace of mind during a pandemic. Keep reading for more Osama Chabbi.

What does your space look like?

My space is a mixture of various things I find visually appealing. It’s kind of an interactive vision board and a deep dive into my head – everything surrounding me is a full reflection of myself, in different shapes and forms.

When did you decide to get into fashion?

I knew I wanted to be in the creative industry from a very young age but It became clearer in my teenage years that fashion was exactly where I wanted to be. I moved to Dubai three years ago and this is how my professional journey started.

Favorite brands?

I like what Casey Cadwallader is doing at Mugler the past season’s and very into what Casablanca is proposing for menswear – I like how it ties various pop-culture references in a playful way. GmbH is a favorite of mine too. And obviously, I have a soft spot for Prada and Loewe.

What kind of creator are you? Does your space get messy?

I would say I’m an interesting mixture of both. I can be messy, especially on set as It makes things more spontaneous at times and enables me to think outside the box. In my personal space though, I’m an absolute neat freak. My space is also an immediate reflection of my mental state, If It’s messy I’m probably going through a rough patch.

Where do you find inspiration?

Undoubtedly from my people and environment. I observe and analyze a lot, behaviors, patterns, habits. Color combinations inspire me, furniture, scents, lava lamps, fruits, interesting packaging, places, faces, and insightful conversations too.

The hardest part of being a stylist?

I’d say It’s sometimes having to style with what’s available instead of the pieces you actually want to work with. Inevitably, your work as a stylist isn’t always a full reflection of yourself at times and I’ve learned to work with it.

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Daily routine?

 I usually wake up around 9, play some music, shower and do my skincare routine. By the time I’m done, my coffee is delivered. I get some fresh air in, burn some bukhoor and go through my inbox to start the day. I also try to drink as much water as I can.

Do you have any styling horror stories to share?

 I was on set for a big campaign and the client was wearing a couture gown. Apparently, I tightened the corset a bit too much and she felt like she was going to faint. I walked in on her assistant with a pair of scissors trying to cut the gown in half as she couldn’t open the corset. If I didn’t walk in on time, I’m not sure what would have happened to that gown (or that client or myself actually)

Do you have any muses?

Probably Victoria Beckham because going from a tacky Spice girl to such a credible fashion figure wasn’t an easy task.

A thing that brought you peace of mind amidst the current crisis?

I moved houses recently, furnishing my space has definitely been a cool way to keep myself busy and relaxed in these challenging times and bonding with it did make me feel at peace.

image00006

How do you like to unwind and pass time?

Catching up with a friend over the phone while doing my skincare is probably my favorite way to unwind, late-night walks are pretty great too.

Favorite memory?

A favorite memory of mine, definitely the time I was at the first Jacquemus menswear show in South of France in Marseille. I remember being really happy and thriving that summer. The location was divine and we were a small number of people. It was at the Calanque de Sormiou near Marseille, I felt home. It reminded me of Tunis.

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