Sama and Haya Khadra on the evolution of Fashion Week

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It's safe to say that Sama and Haya Khadra are Fashion Week pros. ​Before the Dubai-born DJs were spinning their signature mixes at some of the biggest parties, they were dominating the streets of New York, Milan, London, and Paris. At the young age of fourteen, the stylish identical teens joined their mother on her Fashion Week trips. Soon, the pair's youthful, vibrant outfits were snapped by some of the biggest street style photographers. Since then, they've sat front row at Fashion Week shows all over the world and their rebellious (but still feminine) sartorial style has topped best-dressed lists all over the world.

So if anyone can give their perspective on the evolution of Fashion Week, it's them. We recently sat down with Sama and Haya Khadra and picked their brain on where their love of fashion first began, the biggest difference they've noticed during Fashion Week, and where they see the future of the fashion industry going.

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Did you ever have a defining moment in your childhood when you realized you loved fashion?

Haya Khadra: It wasn't a specific moment. We just grew up around it because of our mom and were really immersed in that environment.

Sama Khadra: Our parents are very artistically orientated. My dad is an art collector and my mom has a lifestyle boutique which she started a really long time ago when there were not that many multi-brand stores. I think even growing up as kids in all of our pictures, our outfits are everything. Our mom was very into fashion and we spent all of our summers in Ibiza. All of our photos from there are us with crop tops, and chokers, and combat boots and I think that's very much still our style now. We have a feminine element but we also balance it with something more masculine. It's the still in the same vein. We say that our style icons were really just ourselves when were 5-7 years old. And that's my ultimate style moment since it was just about being free and fun, and the focus was on your attitude.

You've been evolved in Fashion Week for a while now. How have you see it evolve in the past few years?
Sama Khadra: I think we were fourteen for our fist show. And when we first started going to Fashion Week there was no street style.

Haya Khadra: It's a whole culture now!

Sama Khadra: There's whole magazines devoted to street styles. It's cool but it also become a saturated field. Everyone now is suddenly a blogger or into street style.

Haya Khadra: I feel like before because there wasn't so much of that culture it was less contrived and nowadays people dress for the photographers which is crazy and so unnatural to see.

Sama Khadra: When I pack for fashion week I just pack what I like and what I would wear on any given day. And right now, we're in another evolving fashion process and the perception of the industry is shifting. But what it is shifting to, I'm not sure yet. You can see it in the campaigns that are integrating more individual personalities. People want to see more than the model; they want to see what she's about, what causes are she for and who she really is. It's more about honing in the individual rather than the surface level of a person.

What's the biggest difference you've noticed going from city to city for Fashion Week?
Sama Khadra: It's so different!

Haya Khadra: It's so different. New York and London are similar since they're more scattered. You can be away from Fashion Week but still be in the city.

Sama Khadra: So you can live in the city without realizing that it's Fashion Week. But in Paris and Milan, you know it's Fashion Week.

Haya Khadra: It's much more concentrated there. There' are really only two hotels to be at Paris and Milan. Style-wise too it's so different.

Haya Khadra: Let's saying I'm packing for New York. I think New York and London are a bit similar, but London you can be more experimental and be crazy.

Sama Khadra: You really can be young, and fun, and not take things so seriously.

Haya Khadra: I really try and take advantage of my youth then and really just will wear whatever I think is cool. If I can pull it off it works. Because we live in LA we like to dress a little more glamorous in Paris. We wear a lot of heels and big jackets and jewelry.

Sama Khadra: Paris Fashion Week is also like a circus since it's the grand finale.

Haya Khadra: Everyone is just really glamorous and everywhere is very fashion-oriented. It's all different energies but it's cool because you can see the same people every season and it's like a big family who travels.

Sama Khadra: It's like a migration!

Haya Khadra: Yes! A mass fashion migration.

How have you seen fashion and music really integrate and collaborate with one another?
Sama Khadra: I think the future is integrating art, fashion, music, and film all together. When people collaborate that's when the most powerful stuff happens. Fashion needs music to have that cool element and music needs fashion it grounds it and takes it to the next level. They both need each other so it's a symbiotic relationship.

Haya Khadra: It''s cool to be a part of that because we DJ a lot of fashion parties. And we love DJing. The way that fashion has welcomed music is really exciting. Because who doesn't love music?

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