Maliha al Tabari

Gallery Director, Artspace. Dubai

There's something to be said for the aplomb-amplifying qualities of slipping into your favorite, most instantaneously confidence-boosting hue. You know, the one that makes your eyes clearer, brighter; your walk slower, more assured and astute. Diana Vreeland, for instance, had real confidence in her hue of choice (red, in case you somehow missed the whole placing-The-Eye-Must-Travel-in-your-Netflix-queue-ASAP thing). "Red is the great clarifier—bright, cleansing, revealing. It makes all colors beautiful. I can't imagine being bored with it—it would be like becoming tired of the person you love." And who knew the almighty inaugural editrix might have had her all-red-everything-all-the-time (seriously, the woman's living room was firetruck red, you guys) in common with a 21st-century art-world authority in Dubai?

Yes, it's true: Maliha al Tabari might have a slight thing for the color red. You know, if it wasn't quite obvious enough from her ruby red collection of sky-high pumps by Jimmy Choo, Prada, Gianvito Rossi (and then some), to her classic CHANEL bag and evil eye-covered Kenzo shift dress. Oh, and that Valentino Rockstud clutch. While she welcomed us into her home with flutes of champagne aplenty, al Tabari spends her nine-to-five as Gallery Director over at Artspace, a gallery with outposts in both Dubai and London, which showcases and specializes in contemporary Middle Eastern art. As al Tabari told us of her path after returning to her native Dubai after wrapping up her B.F.A. stateside, "I really felt that there was a lack of galleries in the region that not only promoting established artists—but gave a nice little push to those amazing talents just getting started."

Champagne in hand, al Tabari gleefully toured us through her wardrobe. And while her requisite power shade of choice was ahem, more than evident, it was balanced by a brand new structured snakeskin Balenciaga bag (courtesy of Wang's current tenure, bien sûr), an embroidered tulle 3.1 Phillip Lim bomber and enough Rupert Sanderson pumps to designate an entire floor over at Level Shoes. Lets just say Diana Vreeland would be more than proud (and perhaps even a little bit envious).


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