My Style: Omar Kashoura

Portrait of fashion designer Omar Kashoura

Photo: Courtesy of Omar Kashoura

What are the rules, if any, in the way you dress?

I always coordinate my shoes or socks to what I am wearing on top. Everything on top must be tucked in. None of that messy hanging out, and a belt for every trouser.

What is the biggest mistake one can make when getting dressed?

Putting your briefs on back to front, and only noticing when attempting to go to the toilet.

Do you believe in role models?

Definitely.

What are your favourite fabrics?

Natural ones with super modern weaving technology and finishing that makes an extremely modern finished article.

Are there any style combinations that you object to?

For me, contradictions and wrongness make a right.

Which city has the best-dressed men?

Paris.

Would you say that you are conservative or bold?

I’m a bit of both in equal measures.

Celebrities and style...

Do they go together?

One garment/accessory that you can never have enough of?

The belt.

A man should always look like...

A man.

Who taught you what you know about style?

Myself.

How do you select your clothing every morning?

To represent what I want to say for the day: authority, charming, excited, solemn.

Your biggest regret is...

Forgetting my Mum’s birthday in 2005.

The three essential things a man should know about style are...

It’s not just about clothing. Style is how you compose yourself; it’s etiquette and it’s expression.

Do you have any shopping rituals?

Late-night Amazon.com therapy.

We will never see you wearing...

Black.

The most stylish person you have ever see...

I have two super stylish people I can’t get enough of and that would be Mr. Robert Rabensteiner of L'Uomo Vogue and Mr. Julian Ganio of Ponystep Magazine.

What is the first thing you notice on a man?

His hands.

Is comfort an enemy of style?

Oh yes, I’m thinking to begin a campaign to clean up the streets. Let’s bring back the man, lose the tee.

The best word of advice you have ever heard?

To know where you came from, and think about where you are going.

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