There has been quite a lot of buzz recently about Asia’s ever expanding influence on design, the elements are no longer subtle there are kimonos, geisha makeup and everything else you can imagine. And no wonder Asian Tigers exert an enormous pressure on economy and world politics now but somehow the Indo-Pak region hasn’t been highlighted or rather hasn’t been paid homage to such an extent.Even more so if you consider that this region has rich art and culture heritage that goes back thousands of millennia .
But something really interesting has crept up in this season of fashion shows across New York, Paris, and even Milan.At Diane Von Furstenberg and Giorgio Armani there were straight long tunics reminiscing kameez and structured roomy pants that closely followed the lines of shalwars, and pajamas from subcontinent. The ladies at Marchesa paid homage to Kundan embroidery and drapery inspired from bridal costumes. And in retrospect Karl Lagerfeld at Chanel did playful mid length skirts with tight pants that resembled paneled frock and chooridar pajamas which oddly are very trendy here currently.Lastly you cant forget to mention Hermes‘s rendition of Saaris.
We could go on and on but so much for women, whats in it for men? It would be a surprise to many of the readers that unlike womenswear, men’s fashion had been referencing various elements from Indo-Pak costumes for a while now. You can see the kameezes, shalwars, and even jodhpurs. Most of these design elements even though mixed with western pieces are straight forward and look really cool. What is really surprising that these ensembles are being worn exactly the same way by common people of Pakistan just out of utility. Wearing a kurta over pair of jeans is apparently very chic!
So to all of the guys out there who are rebelling and breaking norms by mixing different pieces of apparel, I commend your creative acts of self expression.Below are some of the pieces by well known designer labels that I suspect most of you would have never seen in this light before.