The Season’s Blingiest Accessory

12 March 2020
Accessories, Jewellery, Bling Bling, Grills, Wathek Allal, Sami Abdullah, Hip Hop
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Looking to put your jewellery game on another planet? Open wide, and turn up the heat

Boy Meets Grill - Metal Mouths

Sure, this one’s a little out there. But no risk, no reward, right? While grills were once the sole preserve of early 2000s hip-hop videos, they’re now being embraced by street culture in the Middle East.

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On Wathek: Shirt (over), shirt (under), price on request, Gucci

“I’d been into grills for a while,” says Wathek Allal, “but always had fakes as they’re tough to get in Dubai. When I got a chance to make my own in Paris, I didn’t hesitate.”

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On Sami: Jacket, price on request, HUGO by Hugo Boss. Shirt, price on request Berluti. Jewelery, Sami’s own

Sami Abdullah had his made by a friend, but says they can be tough getting used to. “Sometimes they make it difficult to pronounce certain words,” says the 22-year-old creative director.

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Friends will love them, “family will hate them”, but there’s no doubting their power. “What do I like about them most?” says Abdullah, “Simple: they give me the spotlight.”


Photography: Efraim Evidor

Styling: Rusty Beukes