Prints and Colors make a statement at Pakistan Fashion Week London

I ran across an image on Pinterest the other day of a gorgeous ensemble, mixing prints and patterns by a Pakistan designer from 2007.  It spurred me to do some research into Pakistan fashion and here are a few of my favorite looks from the 2014 Pakistan Fashion Week in London.  I discovered some truly talented designers with a knack for sculpting some of the most beautiful textiles I’ve ever seen!


Designer Ayesha Hashwani Collection at Fashion Parade 2014


Designer Ayesha Hashwani Collection at Fashion Parade 2014

It is truly inspirational to see designer Ayesha Hashwani combine prints and textures like the two looks above.  I’m in love with both sets of pants, specifically the ones paired with the floral jacket.  The scalloped hem of lace just gives it a sense of elegance.


Designer Nomi Ansari; London 2014 Fashion Parade Collection


Designer Rania Emaan; Pakistan Fashion Week London 2014; Bridal Collection


Designer Waseem Noor; Pakistan Fashion Week London 2014; Bridal Collection

The beading and embroidery by Rania Emaan and Waseem Noor are gorgeous.  The amount of time and energy that goes into that type of handwork is truly amazing.  These designers chose exquisite color combinations and clearly understood how to manipulate the drape of fabrics to create a royal impact.  The chiffons flow effortlessly!

As a designer myself, I hope to take a lesson from these talented individuals.  I will conquer prints and bold colors while breaking out of the norm.  I won’t be afraid to mix and match in both my wardrobe and in my work.  Be bold and make a statement.

 Image credit: Latest Pakistani Fashion Shows, Catwalk, & Shoots via


Do you love the print combinations?  Are you swooning over the details too?  Let me know in the comments!

Dior Haute Couture Fall 2014 Takes a Cue from 18th Century France

History repeats itself and it certainly isn’t uncommon to find fashion trends resurfacing every so many years.  Dior Haute Couture Fall 2014 takes inspiration from a strikingly familliar silhouette from the 1700s for their 2014 couture collection.  Panniers, a hoop frame worn under gowns to provide an exaggerated hipline were all the rage in France in the 1700s.  Introduced in 1710, the pannier grew in width over the years, reaching the widest point in 1740.  For comparison, here is a painting of Marie Antoinette in a court dress with very wide panniers.

Marie Antoinette Court Dress with Panniers

Now, let’s take a look at the Dior Fall 2014 collection.

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Raf Simmons interpreted 18th century historic dress for the Dior collection.  The structured bodice, typically corseted in the 1700s, paired with a billowing skirt makes quite the impact.  Personally, I love his translation and I expect to see this silhouette popping up in the bridal market.

Interesting Fact:  French doors were created to accommodate the women wearing this style of dress.  They couldn’t fit through the doorways!

What do you think?  Love it or hate it?


Image Credit:  Women’s Wear Daily.  View the full collection here.


Up and Running without Tennis Shoes

Wise words for today:  A can-do attitude can go a long way!

The Wise Brunette is back up and running after being down for several days.  I changed hosting companies for my blog and I managed to move the entire site myself with very limited assistance from the live chat guy.  There were only a few times that I wanted to bang my head against a wall or reach into cyberspace and shake WordPress.  The major hurdles:  my content showed up, but my images were lost along the way and I found out that none of the page links worked.  It’s ok though, because I fixed it!  Me!  I fixed it!  Man, that feels really good to say.  I’m a beginner when it comes to web design, coding, etc., but right now I feel like I’ve got my black belt.  Hello intermediate level!  Now, I’m off to go dance around my living room for awhile and celebrate.  Tomorrow I’ll be back with a brand new post.  It’s only been almost a month, right? ;)


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