Hot 100 2011 - Rana Al-Naqeeb

Dressing down the stars
Hot 100 2011 - Rana Al-Naqeeb
Rana Al-Naqeeb

This Kuwaiti-born designer is currently dressing almost every celebrity in Hollywood at the moment. Jennifer Love Hewitt, Mischa Barton plus the stars from Glee and Twilight are lapping up the trendsetting casualwear from her designer brand, Reina… not bad for someone who launched her label during the world’s economic crisis! “There was little or no room for upcoming brands, but I fought hard and kept believing that if you succeed in harsh times, and you’ve gone through the worst then the rest will get easier. Like Audrey Hepburn says: ‘nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible!’”

Indeed this ambitious creative has worked hard to fulfill her childhood dream. “When I was 11, I bought some fabric and sewed my first dress. But when I later went into finance, I got frustrated and realised I had to go back to following my dreams.”

And those dreams continue this year, with Rana aiming to grow her brand even more. “I am fortunate enough that lots of celebrities are wearing my collection, but I want to grow it internationally, not just in the US.”