Tuesday, March 8, 2016


Pakistani designer Omar Mansoor presented his 11th collection at London Fashion Week, showcasing his glamorous, form-fitting gowns. These were inspired by Marchesa Casati, who was an Italian heiress, muse, and patroness of the arts during early 20th-century Europe. Marchesa was known for her eccentricities, which were a point of interest in European society for nearly three decades - she was famously quoted for saying this: 'I want to be a living work of art'. Hence, the name of the collection is: "L'art Vivante". 

Known for her soirees, Marchesa's spirit is exemplified in Omar Mansoor's pieces; captured are the vibrancy of her personality and her reputation as an influence on European trends. The collection therefore features full ball gowns, knee length dresses using Koya silks, crepe silks and velvet. Pewter and gold form an essential part of the colour palette. 

Omar Mansoor's designs are complemented by eye masks, symbolising the Venetian Carnival. Marchesa resided beside the grand canal in Venice in 1910.

Also, what is exciting about the collection is that the koya silk that is used is handwoven. The use of this silk is actually part of an initiative to revive the dying craft of this handwoven fabric; the movement is headed by Pakistani designer Maheen Khan. Particularly impressive is how the movement aims to provide sustainable revenues to the artisans that manufacture these, and includes creative consultation and innovative ways to reinvent the craft. Most of these artisans are based in Karachi’s Banaras Colony.

Footwear: Lucy Choi London
Concept and Styling: Edita Lozovoska 
First image: Selina Lau
Photography: Shahid Malik
PR: Enigme Internationale  

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