“It’s crazier than a Beyoncé concert here!” exclaim Sama and Haya Khadra at the beginning of our interview. We are catching up after Chanel’s epic Fall/Winter 2015 show, held in the Grand Palais last week in a makeshift brasserie, aptly named Brasserie Gabrielle, amidst the beautiful post-show chaos of Karl Lagerfeld’s latest genius rêverie. The stylish twins open up to me about their thoughts on the collection, as well as what they’re up to in the next few months.
What did you think of the show, and the faux Brasserie Gabrielle? How did you like it?
Sama: It was super cool. First we walked in to the photo call, and everyone loved that we were twinning, because we never normally do the whole twin thing where we dress alike. And I have a little waitress action going on, like in a chic way.
You don’t ever dress identical, but you always complement one another as you go through certain phases of trends… Like your 80s phase a year ago. I personally loved that.
Haya: Of course the photographers at the photo call loved it. They were asking us to sit, to eat the eggs, to eat the bread.
Were eggs and toast what you were expecting when you saw the invite?
Sama: The invite this year was more telling for sure.
Karl always outdoes himself, and the accessories this time killed it.
What do you think of Karl’s vision? Don’t you think he’s outdone himself yet again?
Sama: Of course, this is my favorite show in Paris. It is the spectacle of the week. Karl always outdoes himself, and the accessories this time killed it. I kept doing a double take – like “what was that?”
There was a sweater that had a pocket for your newspaper at the back – I thought that was so clever.
Sama: And the plate clutch. So amazing.
Haya: How does he come up with this stuff?
I wish I had the answer.
Sama: He is like a scientist in a way. He just comes up with new inventions. This is what is amazing about fashion. There are moments when everybody who works in fashion loves it and then hates it at the same time. But Chanel is the reason people love fashion. This is why the people come out – because Chanel is fun and Karl experiments and he is never afraid.
What is next on the horizon for you guys? Are you still doing some modeling?
Sama: Yeah, but we are now doing some collaborations. Right now, we are working with Jacquie Aiche [points to a handful of rings she is wearing] on an amazing jewelry collection.
It’s beautiful. How involved were you in the designing process?
Haya: Very involved.
Sama: To the point where where we had to go back and forth with the design so much. We are really picky and I am a perfectionist, so I can’t have people wear something that I wouldn’t love to wear myself.
So you have to give me your titles. What would you be now? Designers? Models? You are multi-hyphenates and do so much.
Sama: I definitely wouldn’t like to call myself an influencer, but it is obviously an honor to be considered as one. But I guess we are always evolving. Every day is a new opportunity for us to explore our interests.
Haya: And express ourselves in different ways, maybe jewelry or clothes, or modeling.
Sama: And there are some collaborations that I can’t put on the record now, which are in different fields. So it’s like a 360-degree brand.
You are just the Sama and Haya brand.
Sama: Haha, yes. The same Sama and Haya who love Dubai.
But you’re not even visiting us much any more.
Sama: I know. I love coming back to Dubai; it is really a new city every time I am back and it makes me feel like a tourist.
Haya: It’s like I’ve never lived here before and I’m coming for the first time.
Sama: That is what is inspiring about the city and how much it is growing and it is developing. But developing in every area possible. It is like a dream city somebody built out of their minds. It is so inspiring.