My regal roots began in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. I was a princess of Pakistani and Persian parents. I was born a lover of cheese, brats, and surfing Lake Michigan, however, as I entered college, my restless heart brought me to Sevilla (Spain), where I studied the local language, the local Rioja’s, and of course – the local Spaniards.
After years preparing for a career I did not want in Medicine or Law, I asked myself: what would make me happy?
My mother, Yasmin, who had taught herself to sew, used to create bespoke garments for me, and only me. From here I witnessed the beauty of “The Process”: where inspiration meets research, and true craftsmanship ends in something inspired, forever changed the way I looked at the world.
I followed my calling to Florence (Italy) where I mastered the art of tailoring at Polimoda University, before finally settling down in New York City to complete my Fashion Design degree at The Fashion Institute of Technology.
My first professional job was designing for Catherine Malandrino and then Zac Posen. Soon I became the Collection Director at Zac Posen followed by Mario Moya.
I then fell into the styling world – becoming a Stylist and Creative Consultant, most notably for Nadia Ali. Together we have shot numerous videos and covers around the world, including “Rapture”, “Pressure” and “Feels So Good”. In a natural progression, I fell deeper into styling but into yet another direction, interiors. Miami and New York became my turf and renovations became a natural part of life. So much that the New York Post caught a glance of my latest West Village abode and decided to slap it on the cover of the their Real Estate Section.
Besides for styling and design, I’m a self-diagnosed travel addict and closet foodie. I also have a thing for learning and speaking in foreign tongues. And last but certainly not least, I am a Fashion Contributor for the New York Post “Alexa”, a Luxury Travel Contributor for the New York Post as well as the Fashion and Accessories Editor for Olivia Palermo’s site (www.oliviapalermo.com). Bisous NYS (Why do I end all of my posts in that manner? Because if there is one city that defines my style, it is Paris)