Hold up! To usher in 2017 in fully-loaded style, Vogue Arabia asked some of the top designers from the region and beyond to share their favorite tracks to listen to while they work.
Photographer Kevin Tachman, for instance, prefers to stream: “KCRW.com is always on, I’m much more of an alternative rock and eclectic music than a pop diva fan.” Other artists and designers told us that they like to stick to one specific mood, or a specific era. Milliner Stephen Jones, whose designs gravitate towards being playful, likes to listen to something “dark and moody to strike a balance” during his creative process.
You’ll also find out what tune is on repeat as your favorites throbes are being handsewn at the Toby by Hatem Alakeel atelier. From Noon by Noor’s obsession with Beyoncé’s Lemonade album to Arwa Al Banawi’s love of the oldies, we’ve rounded up the hits you need to copy/paste into your playlist now to inject some disco into your daytime.
Headphones on––let Vogue Arabia take over your decks.
Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’s The Breakup Song
08 by Anjunadeep
Caroline Scheufele of Chopard
Diamonds Are Forever by Shirley Bassey
Shk. Amal Mana Al Maktoum of Azzalia
Ahibbak Leeh by Abdul Majeed Abdulla
Shaikha Noor Al Khalifa and Shaikha Haya Al Khalifa of Noon By Noor
Hold Up by Beyoncé
Shouq and Fahad Al Marzook of luxury accessories label Marzook
Fade by Kanye West
Hatem Alakeel of Toby by Hatem Alakeel
Kiss of Life by Sade
Emirati shoe designer Sultan Al Darmaki
Caribbean Queen by Billy Ocean
Be My Baby by The Ronettes
Farah Nasri of jewelry company HKD
Lotus Flower by Radiohead
Arwa Al Banawi of Arwa Al Banawi
At Last by Billie Holliday, and Summertime by Billie Holiday.
Milliner Steven Jones
Stormy Weather by Etta James