Remember Kareena Kapoor Khan set fire to the road in the amazing off-shoulder pink ensemble at the popular awards do in Dubai? Or the photos of the suits in grass that are damaging the Internet? Pakistani designer, Faraz Manan, has established himself as one of the favorite timeless female Bollywood favorites such as Kareena Kapoor Khan, Madhuri Dixit Nene, Karisma Kapoor, and Priyanka Chopra Jonas. Even Jacqueline Fernandez and Shraddha Kapoor have turned their heads in their glamorous creations.
Kareena Kapoor Khan (right) in an ornate choli in pairs with thick skirts and Jacqueline Fernandez (left) in embroidered sari and modern blouses with gold details designed by Faraz Manan
She also became popular with Indian brides and guests at Indian marriages, the Al-Thani Qatar royal family, and the Saudi Sheikh family. In his native country, Mahira Khan, among many others, carried his clothing with grace, or elegance. But Kareena is Faraz Manan’s favorite, and India, he said, is his inspiration.
As a couturier from across the border, Faraz was very pleased with the variety and volume of fabrics available in India. “They provide a lot of inspiration; the number of crafts and fabrics in this country is a pleasure of a designer, “he said. “There are beautiful pieces and traditions, and if there is one word to encapsulate Indian fabric, it is ‘color’! Nothing is better color than Indian designers. ”
His favorite is Lucknowi Chikankari, Benarasi cloth, Rajasthani and even gota work bandhani. Because his style is leaning towards modern fusion, he mostly uses zardozi, but Faraz hopes he can use all Indian fabric crafts. “I also love jamavar and kimkhaab (brocade). There is nothing more lasting than that kimkhaab“He said sadly. “This is hand woven, already sparkling and not yet controlled. For casual clothes, I like it mulmul (pure cotton). “
- Bright skin: Stay in a medium range hue such as blush pink and blue powder. Avoid white, bright yellow, orange, and naked.
- Medium skin: The magic of ivory and pink tea.
- Dull skin: Rose gold, reddish pink and beautiful red.
- Dark skin: All pastels look perfect, except for gray.
Faraz visits India every year, and food appeals to him just like cloth. “I am a big foodie and really love street food in Mumbai,” he laughed. “I like chaat in Mumbai, and nihari and kebabs in Delhi. “The best memories of Delhi food are kulcha and nihari from Dilli Nihari and from a place near Jama Masjid.” I also like Haldiram chhole bhature! “He chuckled.
Although the two major cities of India are always on his travel list, Faraz claimed to be fascinated by Rajasthan. “There is so much inspiration there, from architecture, to food, to craftsmanship or jewelry,” he said.
A lasting inspiration
However, what Faraz liked most about India was Kareena Kapoor Khan, the woman he called her muse. “Kareena and Charisma are like family,” he said. “I am friends with Karisma, who is my brand ambassador, and then it was a natural transition to Kareena. There was never a business relationship between us. We love each other’s crafts, but because we are friends, it is a natural process, not a typical Bollywood commercial trade association. ”
Faraz Manan called Kareena Kapoor Khan, her muse
This is not just a brand photo shoot and fashion show. Faraz and Kareena have some common interests. “We are connected to family values, history and food,” he said. “Maybe that is why she is an inspiration to me. But more than anything, I think she really represents the subcontinent. She is a modern working mother, and she and Saif (Ali Khan) are the type of couple that can be sought by all regions for this type the philosophy they carry. ”
As a designer, Faraz sees the subcontinent as a whole, and not made up of several countries. “For example, fashion in northern India and Pakistan is similar,” he said. “Our mode is shared by our history. Culture, tradition and expertise belong to all the subcontinent. “
There are some differences, he added, such as the use of color – “in general, Pakistani women’s style is controlled and elegant, while Indian women are experimental and open to color. Aesthetically the Indian side is bolder, brighter and more cheerful ”- but in general, the overall aesthetic is the same.
Faraz’s creations are rich in peaches, ivory and pastels, and are detailed with resham and other embroidery work
“Designers and buyers from the subcontinent must see our work from the same region,” he said. “For example, we don’t think of fashion houses in Europe as France or Italy, we think of them as Europe. In the same way, we all have to think of ourselves as the subcontinent. I’m good friends with senior Indian designers. They love my work, I love their work, and we share customers whether it’s from India or Pakistan. So I’m in a happy place. “
Given the political relations between India and Pakistan, the designs cannot be sold here at this time. “But I am still happy to be where I am now,” he said. “I am contributing to the fashion growth of the subcontinent.”
Faraz’s interest in design comes from the way his parents care for themselves – both his mother, an artist, and his father, an economist, always pay attention to what they wear. It inspires the aesthetics of its design – contemporary taking on classic designs. “I love fusion and overcome anything classic,” he said. “This is my signature style. This can be a classic fusion of east and west, old and new. Classic clothes can always be repeated. I have done red on red for the last three or four years, and emerald green with emerald green. “Balance is an important part of aesthetics.” When I color, I like to let the colors speak for themselves, rather than adding more striking bling. For pastels, I like working on gold and silver, “explained Faraz.
The collection always tells a story that combines two different cultures, time zones or eras. The Alhambra, for example, was inspired by a palace in Spain, a combination of east and west.
Fashion Guide For Modern Brides
- Know your favorite colors and communicate your choices to a designer properly.
- Less is more. Instead of 10, there should be two or three of the best functions. Wear only one dress per event and have fun in it.
- Avoid lots of jewelry on thick clothes. Ornamentation too much removes the bride’s personality. With heavy clothes, only a pair of earrings can look very good. Or, with a heavy choker, wear a small solitary or small earring.
- Use only soft-make-up. It enhances the beauty of nature.
Fusion really works, he said. “Europeans now wear my bridal gown made in ivory and with resham work or other subcontinent embroidery techniques,” Faraz said. “They like this combination. Continental embroidery is the best in the world. That is our strength, and I play for it. ”
Faraz’s creations are rich in peaches, ivory, blues powder, shades of dusty roses and pink onions in flowy clothing with delicate details and disheveled arms or edges.
“When I do bling or heavier work, I do it in pastels because I believe it complements the skin,” explained Faraz. “The weather in the subcontinent and Dubai is hot all year round, making pastels easier to see. You can highlight it with jewelry or tone it down. There is room for a lot of games and usage abilities, while strong colors cannot be used often. ”
He anticipates no change in his signature style for the future, and in fact, hopes to strengthen his case for classical fusion “Now let’s see how things progress,” Faraz said.
From HT Brunch, May 3, 2020
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