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Friday, 22 March 2013

Adnan Khan


Happy Friday Everyone!!

If you remember a while back I was swooning over an Adnan Khan creation, it was the first time I had come across the designer and I just loved the simplicity of hit outfits, the colours and cuts he used are pretty timeless – I didn’t feature him on the blog at that time it was only on my FB page (BTW if you haven’t ‘Liked’ yet please don’t forget to do so HERE making sure you set it to see my updates!!)

Anyway – I got in touch with the man himself to find out a little bit more about him and his label…

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Tell us a little about yourself and how did your label came about?   
I am born and bred in Lahore. Arts has been my passion and interest since very the start. My early education is from Beaconhouse school and later I studied at the  Pakistan Institute of fashion design, Lahore which is affiliated with La Chambre Syndicale de la couture a Paris. My label came into being in 2005. I have bridal as well as prêt line for women and I also do men's formal wear clothing. 

Where do you find inspiration?
Nature is the biggest source of inspiration for me. I make it a must to carry my camera with me whenever I am traveling domestic or internationally. I keep a record of pics of beautiful nature around us and later use it in my collections when needed.

How do you source your kaarigars and tailors?
I have my own setup of workers. There is a section for pattern making and tailoring and another for kaarigars who do the embroideries. Every piece is done with extreme precision and care and in the end, product quality is checked thoroughly.

Which region is the best for crafts?
Pakistan is a very rich culture land and every region has its own significance. I personally have spend time in bahawalpur during my studies and got the opportunity to visit near by cities, like multan, Rahim yar khan,dera ghazi khan... etc, places which have immense crafts to offer. One can witness a variety of hand made embroideries like Taarkashi, kaam dani, gotta patti, sheesha work to name few along with beautifully dyed chunri. I often use these techniques and fabrics in my collections.

Which is your current favourite outfit; one bridal, one Formal
I try to give the best of my skills making any bridal or formal dress, selecting any fav won’t be fair.

Which trend do you dislike?
It all depends on how one carries a Trend, be it long or short lengths or straight or volumes. Mixing of too many elements in one design is something I absolutely don't agree with. Too many cuts or panels with a mixture of prints and colors in one outfit takes away the impact of making an outfit beautiful to ugly.

Is there a style which you think is particularly unflattering?
Voluminous dress without any shape given on the waist is unflattering to me.

Who is your favourtie designer
Each designer has his/her own strengths and weakness. to name a favorite is tough. The name that I always admire is Bunto Kazmi. 

What is your favourite type of embroidery?
I like using all type of embroideries in my collections it totally depends on my mood. I have almost used every technique in my collections from thread work to zari work.....if I am in the mood of making a modern line then cut beads, sequins and swarovski are mostly used. For a traditional line my technique is conventional. My forthcoming collection is based on taarkashi and sheesha work used together.

What is the most ridiculous modification someone has asked you to make?
Converting a skimpy mini skirt into a long floor length gown.

Are there certain things you will refuse to do in an outfit if you really believe the end result wont work?
Recently a bride to be came to me wanting a bridal outfit from my collection. Design was in one color meant for a Walima reception and her demand was to make the same design using 4 to 5 colors. After an hour of exhausting discussion, I refused, knowing the end result would be a disaster.

Lastly, some words for anyone thinking of ordering from you…
Place your order with full confidence, exclusivity is our forte and we assure you stand out in the crowd wearing ADNANKHAN !!!

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I always find it interesting which embroideries designers prefer, their reasoning behind it and where a lot of the different crafts come from. I have never heard of Taarkashi and have asked Adnan to send me pics of it so I can share – sheesha (mirror) work is a personal favourite!


Below are some of creations from Adnan’s latest collection, naturally the hot pink with an incredible amount of flair is my fav! You can view more of his creations HERE









Thursday, 14 March 2013

Dark Times


… I hope NOT!            

…. Well Kinda!

So first there were the Gold offerings and then we moved on to Rose Gold which I actually like very much and the next thing I seem to be seeing a lot of are Black steel watches which I like very much! They work well with the Big Monochrome theme going down at the moment but being black they will go with everything! The watches I have seen, particularly the Karl Lagerfeld ones are quite masculine looking which in an odd way make wrists look even more feminine – do I make any sense at all?? LOL I think the chunk just makes wrists appear even smaller and adds a touch of femininity!

The Gold and Rose Gold phase was/is very much dominated by Michael Kors – I LOVE these watches but was just put off by how many people actually have them – I think every girl worth her Zara suit and marc Jacobs bag has ones of these! Not to take anything away from them of course – Despite the ‘Massness’ of these I would have probably joined the brigade and bought one myself had it not been for a recent investment in a ‘fine’ watch not too long ago.



However as the ‘fine’ one has now been restricted to evenings out only I am in need of an everyday watch;  Hurray!! I am tempted to get one of these Black ones the Karl Lagerfeld ones aren't priced too badly so I think a trip to Selfridges is on the cards to try them out!







What do you think of the Black watch trend?

Monday, 11 March 2013

Beautiful Jewelry!

On this snowy - yes SNOWY Monday morning - something pretty to perk up the day!


Image from http://www.stylemepretty.com/

Monday, 4 March 2013

Sonam Sunday...

on a Monday!

Love this look!!

The anarkali by Rohit Bal is such a beautiful colour and those gorgeous earrings....