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Designers Reveal What’s Really on Their Work Playlist


Hold up! To usher in a change of season in fully-loaded style, Vogue Arabia has curated a playlist inspired by what the tops designers and photographers listen to when at work.

Photographer Kevin Tachman, for instance, prefers to stream: “ 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.

Maria Iqbal

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Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’s The Breakup Song

Amanda Wakeley

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Caroline Scheufele of Chopard

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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

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