A colleague of mine recently asked me what is “the trend” these days and somehow I was left tongue-tied as everybody is doing everything and its hard to come up with a ‘must-have’ these days. After the wave of Islāmic geometric patterns of Sania Maskatiya two years back, hardly anyone has had a major aesthetic signature. However, I have spotted a lot of printed cranes, woven cranes, and even cranes made up of beads and embroidery everywhere and here is why I think its something to follow.
The latest being Sana Safinaz’ latest Eid collection FW 2014 catalogs showing a dusky Amna Ilyas in a ocher top with flying cranes printed on the front.Very apt for conservative folks who don’t wanna go too wild in terms but still have some wildlife going on.
Earlier this year Ali Xeeshan’s Jalal collection at FPW S/S 2014 featured white cranes made up of embroidery and bead work on orange and yellow. Looking further back Elan did some really beautiful renditions of the mystical bird in their Ode to Nightingale collection at PFDC Sunsilk S/S 2012 .
Internationally, John Galliano for Christian Dior Couture S/S 2007 replicated the origami cranes in his dramatic gowns. Givenchy’s S/S 2011 Couture collection was also solely inspired by the same feathered creatures. Dior pieces might not have gone from runway to real life but signer Florence Welsh did wear one of the Givenchy sublime yet intricate numbers to Grammy Awards in 2011.
Dries Van Noten in their Fall 2012 collection apparently also looked towards the east Asian art and particularly cranes in their masterful tailored jackets and dresses.
If you are still on the fence take a look at Joseph Altuzarra’s collection for Target in 2014. I would love to wear the black knit jumper with gold crane embroidery across the neckline and shoulders.
Besides the superficial qualities, I endorse crane and their imagery because these birds hold a significant symbolic place in Asian art and mythology. The flying crane denotes ascend to heaven & lifting spirits, whereas the standing crane denotes longevity and vigilance. In one of Aesop’s fables, a peacock laughs at the duller crane. The crane admits that it may not be as visually stunning as the peacock, but it has the capability to soar to the very heavens, whereas the peacock is stuck on the ground. The moral of the story is the commonly repeated adage, “Fine feathers do not make a fine bird.” Many might find the above bit unnecessary but finding meaning behind what your wear is always sexy guys.
I hardly advocate following ‘trends’ per se but in the banality of floral prints/Islamic geometry that are dime a dozen, one needs to adopt articles of clothing that make one stand out in pleasing manner. Nothing is worse than looking like everyone else unless you wear a uniform everyday. So, opt for any of the above mentioned options if you take my word for it.