Nadine Kanso

Artist, Photographer, Jewelry Designer. Dubai

No offense to all of the shiny new things we've uh, accumulated this sale season (yes, we're talking to you, Tabitha Simmons espadrilles and Proenza Schouler skater skirt), but when it comes to wardrobing, we're willing to wager there's no piece quite as personal or intimate as the jewelry you wear everyday. The heirloom pieces that were passed down when you turned of age? The watch you got when you landed your first big-girl job? Even the most painstakingly high-quality shoes get scuffed and need considerable TLC with age, but as an especially spangly Shirley Bassey once said, diamonds are forever, guys.

Not surprisingly, the same maxim can be applied to the designers behind the jewelry, too: their works are infallibly laden and loaded with hidden meanings. Case in point? Gaia Repossi and her philosophy of upholding her family's tradition of daring design, Pamela Love's line's dedication to sustainability and ethical fashion or Yaz Bukey's devotion to creating subversive, entirely unique pieces—so much so that she's tapered off sales of her signatures to one-offs. Also, Nadine Kanso, a Dubaian jewelry designer who started her line, Bil Arabi, with a single ring packed with a whole lot of meaning by playing on a ring's usual presence as far as signifying singledom or shacked-up-dom.

And much like the Cov-alums before her, Kanso kept the legacy of Cov-alum jewelry designers alive with give-it-to-us-now closets. Case in point? Her multiple pairs of Dior pumps in Raf Simons' signature silhouette, as well as Isabel Marant blouses and Sophia Webster butterfly heels. And from her art-cluttered purple gallery walls, silver accent pieces and, um, the Lego reproductions of Star Wars characters littering her place, it kind of figures that her home decor was equally enviable, too. But, we mean, what would you expect from someone so unabashedly herself? "At the time I felt the need to express myself and highlight my culture and pride in my identity after the madness of the media regarding our part of the world and our region," said Kanso about kicking off her line. Talk about confidence.


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