Posted on Sep 12th, 2011 | Comments (0)
Honestly no one. It was just fate.
Design philosophy at “SHEHLA” is to create ensembles, which are stylish, elegant, and yet timeless. Re-inventing old art forms and techniques and infusing them into modern designs. From age old Zardozi, mukesh techniques to ancient Gara embroideries. The idea is to create outfits, which are art pieces and can be passed on to generations.
I am extremely honoured and humbled at the same time very excited.
I am definitely socially liberal. I do believe women have equal rights to education, work and having their own opinion. Yet, I do not think I am a Feminist. My clothes are feminine and inspired by women who are elegant and confident.
I believe Pakistani fashion industry has really evolved, but still has a long way to go. With so many fashion weeks happening, designers have an opportunity to show their collections each season, yet I wish there was more screening in designs. The biggest hindrance is that we lack unity. I truly believe Pakistan has great talent in terms of ideas and designs, but we need the right platform and exposure.
Absolutely not! I have my own signature and style. I do wish there was less plagiarism and more originality.
I love what I am doing and hope to continue following my passion of creating timeless outfits. I aim to take the label SHEHLA to more outlets across Pakistan and beyond. Fashion to me is a life style so I will continue to follow my inspirations, be it in designing clothes, shoes and bags, accessories and beyond……..
Alexander Mc Queen and Halston.
Rosie Huntington and Kate Moss
Luxurious silks, French nets and flowy chiffons.
Being a designer, my work is emotional. So it just does not affect my work schedule, it also puts a dent in my creativity. For example, the recent killings and violence in Karachi have put a real toll to my work as I have Eid and wedding orders with deadlines which are delayed due to these unrests.
It plays a crucial role as it projects a more softer, more positive image of Pakistan. For instance, the FPW2 was covered by Vogue, USA , Sept issue in which they had used my outfit worn by Nadia Hussain and a number of my friends from outside Pakistan were impressed to see Pakistani fashion covered by Vogue.
Paneled kali kurtas in cotton nets with resham marori work. I am also doing a range of my gara printed collection, which combines in house prints with crochet and old gara embroideries.
There is no substitute for hard work, stay committed to whatever you do in all honesty. Believe in yourself and do not loose hope. Currently our nation is going through a very tough time, the youth needs to come forward to eradicate illiteracy, fight corruption and extremism and work towards a liberal and progressive Pakistan. There is tremendous potential in our country so don’t despair and loose hope.