Men are just as stylish and Out and About Style jumped at the opportunity to feature a stylish Emirati. Below, he shares with us a bit about his fashion choices.
Name: Salim Ali Dahman Al Amoudi AKA ILLMIYAH of Desert Heat
Nationality: United Arab Emirates / Yemen
How would you describe your style?
In your national dress
It depends. For business I always go with a fitted Kandura with cuffs and double button Chinese collar. I love cufflinks and I’m a big comic fan. So I rock different superheroes cufflinks whenever I can. My favourite cuffs by a fashion designer are definitely Paul Smith. I love and follow all his work.
When I do go out in Kandura which is rare, I wear an Emirati style Kandura with black leather sandals. I avoid caps with Kandura at all costs, but the majority of us trade the Ghutra for the cap to signal formal to casual. I guess they also do that because most of us lose our hair really early.
Outside your national dress
I love keeping it really simple. Always black t-shirts and jeans. When I say black it’s mostly t-shirts with simple details and accents to them. Like leather patches on the bottom of the shirt or some quirky slogans. Also I have countless versions of batman black tee’s everywhere.
Jeans are always straight cut but slightly fitted. I love H&M jeans because they are usually cut right and the fabric is very breathable as well.
Which accessory must you always have (watch, sunglasses)? Why?
As a man, I don’t accessorise a lot but usually it’s my Nike fuel band with silver bracelet which again has to have details and Arabian geometric carvings and sometimes just plain matt beads bracelet in black. Watches. Where do I begin? I love watches but again I always buy watches based on simple flat designs with intricate details. I have a big collection of skeleton watches that I change every day to reflect my mood. Kenneth Cole has an amazing and well-priced watch collection that I frequently shop.
Sunglasses are either D-Squared or Tom Ford. I have been wearing these for the past ten years. The oldest pair I have, which I rarely use because of its value, is a Ray-Ban Ultra Wayfarer 18K white gold. I spent so much on these, that I wear them only for video or photo shoots.
How does your music influence your fashion choices?
I’m an 80’s kid, so Hip Hop influences me in every way. Hip Hop has taught me to be unique and never follow the masses. So, I feel if everyone is wearing a particular brand then I stay away from it. Sometimes the clothes are very well designed that I do fall into the sheep mentality and end up buying, but I make it a point to personalize it in some way.
So, sneakers take up most of my shoe shelf with probably 2 pairs of formal leather shoes to wear with suits. Big Daddy Kane was always flawless with tons of swag. He influenced my fashion sense too.
Who is your favourite designer? Why?
Paul Smith. I love that he takes time to explore countries, people and their cultures to get inspiration then start on a new collection. Also, his designs are simple with a burst of creativity and colour. The next person I look up to in terms of sophistication and personal influence as a business man is Tom Ford.
Emirati men wear the Kandura with a sense of pride that exude style. They are always pristine. What’s the secret to having a flawless Kandura?
We have them everywhere. Backup Kanudura’s under the car seat, work, and secret location inside malls. No, I’m joking. Well, I think we wear one a day and also we’ve mastered eating efficiently without making a mess. Also, after restaurants and salons the next biggest industry in the UAE is the dry cleaning business, which caters to the millions of Kanduras and Abayas
Grooming is a big part of an Emirati man’s routine. Share 3 important steps in the grooming process.
Wash your face. Alhamdulillah, I pray 5 times a day. Believe me wudhu helps keep the face and facial hair clean and “spotless”. I also use a good men’s moisturizer.
I shave once a week due to sensitive skin, so I have a neatly trimmed beard and always make sure you get a scrub at least once every two weeks.