Recently I had a great pleasure to be invited to Omar Mansoor's SS15 fashion show where he presented his 9th collection at LFW . Models wore couture gowns inspired by Dutch exotic dancer Mata Hari, who was known for her style and free-willed attitude and her eagerness to design and perform in her bespoke wardrobe with dazzling jewels.
The collection features full size ball gowns in contrasting red, turquoise and light gold colours and knee length dresses made up of Vintage lace, crepe silks and chiffons. Omar used the old technique of hand woven crochet on selected gowns to add a touch of the romantic glamour. Other pieces feature semi-precious stones such as turquoise and rubies encrusted with embroidery on the gowns.
The show stopper dress decorated with hand appliqué known as Rilli (an art from ancient Sindhi civilization) is produced by ‘Inaaya’ with help of female artisans of rural Sindh.
By combining classic couture crafting techniques along modern silhouettes, Omar creates an elegant look for a woman, who symbolizes the confidence, merriment and splendour. I could definitely see myself wearing one!