Dazed Digital

Dubai / العربية

Alizey & Saanieh Mirza

November 10, 2011

We profile the twins behind the Pintsized Fashionista style blog

  • Text by Simone Sebastian

In the hopes of dissecting the style sensibility of the city, we have been speaking to some of Dubai's most influential fashion bloggers. Today we turn to Saanieh & Alizey, the stylish young twins behind the blog Pintsized Fashionista which launched in January. In less than a year, the outspoken twins have become fixtures on the circuit, popping up at fashion gatherings and openings in a series of picture-worthy outfits (Saanieh recently became pally with Anna Dello Russo when the Vogue editrix visited Dubai). 

Satellite Voices: Describe your personal style?
Saanie: Simple and minimalistic always - fussy clothes frustrate me, I like clean cuts - I don't like to accessorise much apart from the odd statement piece. Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen are my style icons, so you could say it leans slightly towards the controlled messy/grunge side.
Alizey: Laid back, understated, effortless

SV: How long have you lived in Dubai and what brought you to the city? 
Saanieh & Alizey: Five years. Our mum decided to set up her aesthetics clinic, Biolite Skin Clinic, in Dubai. It's an amazing place!

SV: What, in your opinion, is the style sensibility of the city? 
Saanieh & Alizey: Expensive. Too much designer, too much money and not enough style - sorry but it had to be said. Dubai is still a new city, and its style is still developing but it'll never have the same street-style charm that we love, as London, Sweden or New York. Oh and we're sick of seeing Birkins and Kellys around - that trend is long gone and the classic, exclusivity of the bag has been ruined.

SV: Do you have any favourite spots for people and style watching?
Saanieh & Alizey: Dubai isn't the type of place where you can sit and spend hours watching people with incredible style walk past as you can do on somewhere like London. Events are a pretty good place to see well dressed people in their latest pieces of clothing, or carrying their latest designer handbag.

SV: Who are some of your favourite local and regional designers? 
Saanieh & Alizey: Furne (of Amato) - We are beyond obsessed with his creations, he always amazes us with his haute couture dresses and amazing catwalk shows. And Essa - his passion for his work is evident through his collections, each piece is unique and out of the box, we really admire his creativity.

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