As always here’s you monthly dosage of the latest British Asian Fashion News.
The Eid Festival took place for another year to celebrate Eid. There was a wide array of Islamic fashion from all over the world and l reported live from the event > It was a great opportunity to view Islamic fashion from different cultures but traditional Islamic fashion with a modern elements.
Asian Women Mean Business event was in London with Angela Malik as the guest host. A programme and event to inspire, support and empower ladies to go into business. If you missed out more information is on the Sara K blog post >
The uber professional and renowned fashion event for businesses Pure London was in town for another year. It was an event for business owners wanting to buy fashion from exclusive global brands. Some of the fashion we saw had been featured in Vogue and other well-known magazines.
The event also had presentation sessions for bloggers and businesses. Not for mention the sensational fashion shows which were split into different looks and styles!
It was one of the best events l have attended due to the warm welcome from the friendly crew who were dotted around the event to help. In addition, fashion shows were organised, prompt and professional. There were over a hundred different brands from all over the world e.g. China, EU and middle-east.
We even bumped into garments l have spotted in River Island and later l was advised the brand supplies to River Island. An event l won’t miss next year!
Lakme Fashion Week all the latest trends and fashion for Winter was showcased on the runway. It was five days of fashion heaven, for more details and all the fashion looks and style from top Indian designers you can read the blogs here >
London Mela fashion stalls; Nitya was a highlight for me and l had to feature them in the London Mela fashion review blog >
Pakistan in Vogue finally launched in August - a website to celebrate Pakistani fashion, lifestyle and international events. We don’t have to worry about having to purchase magazines from Pakistan anymore. The Pakistan in Vogue team has created a website to deliver our Asian & Pakistani designer fashion fix. Read more here >
All the finest British African designers and Africa Fashion Week London. I checked out the latest African fashion trends that we normally see in British fashion e.g. tribal patterns. And get some inspiration for the blog.
Don’t forget to stay tuned for September’s British Asian Fashion News blog with the latest fashion news from London Fashion Week and all the news exclusives ;)
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This is the only British Asian fashion blogs you can find the latest trends us Asian’s can wear straight off today’s fashion week in Milan. Yes, as it happens #FashionWeekLive - don’t you just love it. Today, the highly acclaimed Gucci were showcasing their Spring Summer 2015 collection.
I’m normally not one to promote famous western fashion designers where as, l couldn’t resist but blog about Gucci’s new brilliant collection. Also Milan Fashion Week is known as one of the best fashion weeks in the world, so l would be mad and biased not so include some of the best current fashion trends from the western world of fashion. Trust me it will excite all you Asian fashion lovers.
Gucci used a combination of autumn colours in a chinese themed pattern with small bead detailing (above, image 1). Then came out a more western piece; a dress blouse with miniature floral fabric dress with a waist belt and matching scarf (above, image 3) which you could wear to work, home or day out in the SS15 weather.
On another segment of the Gucci collection l started examining the criss-cross ribbon on the neck of some of the dresses - it was inspiring as us Asian’s create our own garments from time to time as we get bored and need different ideas from the neck area.
Plus the tan belt styled with the red dresses were a nice touch even though l wouldn’t tried that combination myself but l think we all need to give it a go now.
Bring on more ‘Milano’ Fashion Week gems!
When most of us think of Indian couture fashion we think of traditional lavish bridal garments mixed with what we see in the magazines and only dream of affording one day yet is that really Asian couture? In most cases, no it isn’t and British Asian’s need to get with the times. This is how you do couture, watch and learn from South Asian couture extraordinaire Anamika Khanna.
From researching and reading journals from industry experts around the world, Couture has an element of innovation! Just type into Google images ‘Couture fashion.’ You will find all the images have something in common - they are different, lavish, unique and innovative well arranged pieces of art.
We rarely see Indian couture on one of the four world renowned fashion weeks however, this next designer has broken the barrier. Let me introduce to you one of the only Indian designers that deserves the couture and world class couture fashion accolade to her name - Ananmika Khanna.
Yes, as you may of already guessed from the photos Anamika Khanna is one of two South Asian designers to have showcased at the world’s renowned, Paris Fashion Week and after viewing the breath-taking collection at Stylefile’s London Exhibition l could see why.
Anamika Khanna’s creations are a fusion of western designer innovation, she thinks out of the ‘Asian’ box yet still using traditional South Asian methods within her collection. Many well-known fashion forward celebrities opt to wearing her collections at huge award shows because it is the Bugatti of Indian fashion! For those of you who don’t know Bugatti - it’s one of the most prestigious cars in the world and many fashion experts and myself believe Anamika Khanna is one of the most prestigious collections to own in the world.
The western and eastern fashion fusion intrigues many British and global fashion experts. And l believe when the two elements are combined it brings something extraordinary to the global fashion industry! In business a unique selling point many have not harnessed unlike Anamika Khanna!
I’ve never seen such beautiful Indian fashion in the form of art, even the word ‘beautiful’ is a understatement and bridging on offensive as it’s more than that! Anamika Khanna collections were edgy and superb; words can’t describe just Indian fashion master pieces.
The garments fold, fabric’s and designs were unusual to find in Indian fashion! Finally, a Indian designer brings Indian fashion into the 21st century and at western fashion week levels. Western fashion houses have always been fascinated by Indian fashion yet they have rarely been able to replicate the Indian ora Anamikma Khanna seamlessly produces in her collections.
Funnily enough, l spoke to the designer who complimented me on my outfit yet she looked wonderful in a luxury casual bat-winged piece. She’s one designer l admire with her classy and elegant casual Asian fashion dress sense! I don’t think l’ve ever seen her having a bad fashion day.
One of the world’s renowned fashion weeks was underway this week - London Fashion Week showcased the best of British fashion. And being a British Asian fashion blogger who loves to inspire you with the latest British and Asian fashion ideas you can wear in the UK l couldn’t miss the chance to celebrate British fashion.
I have selected some of my favourites collections from London Fashion Week that l think all you will love for your Spring/Summer 2015 British Asian fashion fusion wardrobe.
Antonio Bernardi opted for the formal approach with matching jackets, blazers, trousers straight cut trousers in his collection.
I particularly love the authentic patterns and detailing which seem to be inspired by Asian and European fashion e.g. floral slashes of paint (western trend) and chinese style fabric (above, image 4).
Bernardi works with a fusion of colours you would normally find on paintings hanging in grand halls. These canvas style paintings are then translated into divine British formal garments.
I had to include Holly Fulton as her British collection was practical and ideal for everyday fashion. I couldn’t help but admire the black and cream jacket (above, image 2) detailing of the jacket mesmerised me and paired with cream trousers to complete the look off well.
When viewing the final look on the runway you could tell Fulton spent a lot of time and thought styling behind the scenes. For example, the red detailing in the first outfit inspired me to add some colour to my black and white outfits by accessorising - it made a big difference.
And how can you not love the panelled maxi dress! I’m a big fan of paneling, as in some cases it can make you slimmer but also with some patterns it can transform a boring outfit as the panelling draws your eye to the busy parts of the dress.
The symmetrical pattern trend is still in fashion and if you haven’t got a piece you need one. Matthew Williamson is a great example of a designer who has used amazing architectural symmetrical patterns embodied on tailored dresses to create some dazzling cocktail dresses.
Williamson pulled it off so well due to the contrasting yet complementing colours he combined with the patterns and base fabric. I am sure you would agree when l say they are undoubtedly mouth watering master pieces.
Marios Schwab combines the traditionally dull grey into fashion we want by adding pastels, blues and nude colours. My favourite has to be the grey and black charcoal fabrics which set the scene on the runway.
The smaller detailing on the garments give the dress character e.g. the black masking strips on sections of the clothing (above, image 3) rather than how we would traditionally see them on the collars or piping of the dress. I like the innovative combination of colours and mix of fabrics - brave and inspiring l think l might give it ago.
Asian’s tend to mash random colours together and assume it looks good but most cases the fabric just doesn’t go and looks out of place. It’s as if someone just put any fabrics together without any thought and said it’s fashion.
I was inspired by British designer Matthew Williamson’s runway collection and couldn’t resist but feature in the blog. It was one of my favourites due to Williamson’s vision to turn what might seem like boring fabrics into ravishing jumpsuits, jackets, trousers with blouses for finishing touches.
Templerley’s collection is always chic and every season they display some of the best fashion. Their latest collection for SS15 is anchored by layering and a mix of heavy linear line print pieces and plan cream, white and beige fabrics.
I love the worldy garden theme to Erdem’s collection. The fabrics were extraordinary! Asian consumers sometimes don’t know how to use fabric or make white crochet garments look luxurious so l had to pick Erdem’s London Fashion Week collection. Well, check out Erdem’s gorgeous crochet dress - now that’s how you make crochet runway worthy. The waist detailing and jacket dresses just take your breath away!
I hope my London Fashion Week 2014 round up gives you some ideas, inspiration and excites you to rocking out your own gems.
Now here’s a trend you can’t ignore - I came across the longline waist coat jacket on British and Asian runway. First at Lakme Fashion Week with Anita Dongre and now Paul Smith at London Fashion Week. And now you’ve spotted it on me at Sara K blog.
Indian fashion designer Anita Dongre’s garment is more of a tailored waist coat jacket matched with brocade style trousers. On the other hand, British designer Paul Smith’s version is loose with satin detailing on the collars and edges of the garment.
Everyone’s preferences are different, I love Anita’s styling, tailoring of jacket and length because it’s very feminine and elegant touch l thrive on. Where as l like Paul Smith’s detailing and it is more everyday casual styling but you can play with trousers to stand out or accessorise to dress it up.
As for me, I purchased my waist coat jacket from Sisley a few months ago. And l brought the jacket as the fabric had a luxury silk touch and the black against the golden beige gave it that timeless piece must have.
I decided to do something different with my look. I went for a patterned top and sleeves then a complimentary waist belt. I wore my jacket to House of iKons over the weekend; this was before l knew about Paul Smith show at London Fashion Week.
As House of ikons showcased designers from various backgrounds l wanted to combine a western and eastern pieces for example, high waisted trousers from the high street. The dress (tucked in the trousers) was an Asian inspired dress l made from fabric purchased from a Asian fabric shop in Luton a year ago. This is one of my favourite dresses as it has a beautiful golden shine pattens that matched the golden detailing on my waist coat trim.
If you want that British Asian fashion look that you can wear everyday in Spring/Summer 2015 - long jacket waist coats are the way to go!