We were minding our own businesses on our morning scroll through Instagram, when Saudi designer Arwa Al Banawi casually posted a mirror selfie with Will and Jaden Smith at her Dubai Design District showroom. Mic drop.
Care to explain, Arwa? "We first met a year ago during Paris Fashion Week," Arwa tells Grazia. "We started talking about fashion and what inspires my collections, we stayed in touch, and I invited them to my studio."
Fast forward 12 months, and no your eyes aren't deceiving you, that really is Will and Jaden Smith in D3. The Grazia Style Award KSA nominee for Local Designer of the Year continues, "I focus a lot on female empowerment, my collections are unisex and in the photo, Jaden's wearing one of my pieces. They loved my stuff."
And it would appear the feeling's mutual. "I’m a big fan of Jaden’s. He’s such an inspiration. We talk about things that matter like fashion and music and everything that inspires us. I always like to learn something new from the cool people I meet. They’re really smart and passionate about what they do. They’re really real people. I’m all about that with my clothes, my fashion sense and with my creativity."
In one Insta Story at D3 eatery, The Lighthouse, Will even tells Arwa's mum he's looking forward to meeting her in Saudi Arabia. "I’d love to invited them to Jeddah," Arwa adds. "Inshallah, we’re going to work on that. I’d love them to check it out."
Photos: Courtesy of Arwa Al Banawi