What brings you to India? Is this your first visit to India?
I am in India to show at LFW — it’s a first for Pakistani and Indian designers to show at such a forum. I visit India often, I love Delhi and Jaipur and have many friends here.
What do you think of the fashion scene in India and Pakistan?
Both India and Pakistan have a vibrant fashion scene rich in both heritage and talent. The artisanal and technological skills are immense. Fashion in the two countries is quite distinct and individual.
What are the similarities/diversities between these two fashion scenes you have discerned as a fashion designer?
We share a sense of colour, drama and style. Hand embroidery is still very strong in Pakistan and traditional costumes are very much a part of almost everybody’s wardrobe.
The shalwar kameez is, in fact, possibly the only living traditional costume in the world today — it evolves into a new silhouette every few years.
What inspires you to create your designs? Any Indian muse you have?
I find inspiration in everything around me and often in the journeys and travels I take. It can also be an idea or notion of a state or time in place.
The collection I am showing at LFW is inspired by Central Asian landscapes and the old world romance of the Ottoman Empire.
At the core of each collection is our focus on achieving a balance between rich traditions, and a wearable, contemporary look.
I don’t have a single muse as such. Women, for whom I create these outfits, are my muses.
Your favourite fashion designers…
There are many designers creating fabulous work in their various individual styles, whose work I admire. My favourites change from collection to collection and season to season.
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