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Saudi in Paris: A Day in The Life of Mohammed Al Turki

Mohammed Al Turki wears suit, Hugo Boss; shoes, Dolce & Gabbana. Photographed by Lyvans B

Film producer, entrepreneur, and philanthropist – Mohammed Al Turki can also add fashion enthusiast to his list of titles. After wrapping up shooting for his latest movie, Dreamland, Al Turki headed straight to Paris for the busy Spring/Summer 2020 menswear calendar.

Representing the Middle East in Hollywood since 2010, Mohammed Al Turki first broke onto the cinematic scene with his award-winning movie The Imperialists Are Still Alive!. Since then, the Saudi Arabian film producer has gone on to inspire the next generation of Arab filmmakers and actors with hit movies such as Arbitrage and 99 Homes.

Mohammed Al Turki wears suit, T-shirt, shoes, Dunhill. Photographed by Lyvans B

Al Turki’s new release, Dreamland, is an opioid crisis thriller, directed by Nicholas Jarecki. Starring Oscar winner Gary Oldman, Golden Globe Nominee Armie Hammer and his close friend Michelle Rodriguez, the movie has one of Al Turki’s most anticipated lineups yet, including cameos from fashion favorites Lily Rose Depp and Sara Sampaio.

Mohammed Al Turki wears jacket, Off White; shorts, shoes, Ami Paris. Photographed by Lyvans B

Having worked for Dior, Luis Vuitton and Ferragamo, Al Turki has a strong connection to the fashion world. Friends with luxury brands such as Tod’s, Burberry, Versace, Tom Ford, Piaget and Dunhill, it’s no surprise that the Saudi filmmaker was on the front row of SS20 shows. Here, Mohammed Al Turki’s shares an insight into a day from his fashion week schedule; from shows to fittings and the only way to do breakfast in Paris…

My Sunday in Paris

“I love Paris because it’s the capital of the fashion world. It’s a melting pot for all different cultures to come together. One of the most cosmopolitan cities with incredible energy. Paris allows me to meet interesting people both in fashion, art and the entertainment industry.”

Mohammed Al Turki wears jacket, Burberry; shorts, T-shirt, Alyx Studio by Matthew Williams; shoes, Matthew Willams for Nike. Photographed by Lyvans B

Whilst in Paris for SS20 shows, “my day starts at 8 a.m. with a wakeup call at the Ritz Paris, followed by breakfast delivery. Paris had the best baguettes and croissants” says Al Turki. “By 9 a.m. I’m already having to rush to two fittings in preparation for my evening shows.”

After fittings, “It’s time for lunch at L’Avenue with my friend, actor, and model Will Peltz –who also helped style me on this trip.” At 3 p.m., there’s a “quick photo shoot at the hotel with Lyvans Boolaky,” before the hectic evening runway schedule begins.

“At 5.30 p.m. the car picks me up for the Dunhill men’s SS20 show.” After a glimpse at the new collection, “there’s a quick change of outfit at the Ritz Paris, before meeting back up with Will to attend the Alyx SS20 runway show together.” The shows are followed by dinner in the French capital at Hotel Costes and the Alyx after party at 11 p.m.

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