Shiza Hassan made her PFDC L’Oréal Paris Bridal Week 2016 debut with her collection titled ‘Aroos-e-Abrashami’ in Persian or ‘The Silken Bride’. The collection is driven by a celebration of craftsmanship and legacy of the Persian craft of carpet making. Carpet making reached its epitomy as an artform in Iran during the Safavid era. The collection paid homage to this woven wonderment of over two thousand year old craft. The influence and spirit of Persian ‘shikargah’, ‘tree of life’ and their signature patterned motifs as seen in the masterful woven carpets lives on in this ode with a strong emphasis on creation of surface fabrics and hand embellishments. The tailored cuts and silhouettes were classic yet modern. The collection featured printed digital surfaces alongside organzas, nets and tissues and features a variety of cuts from jackets, flap shirts, bustiers, flowy drapes, shararas and lehengas with varying lengths, volume and diversity in fabrics. The collection comprised of zardozi, dabka, naqshi, kundan, resham, Swarovski’s, embroidery, pure crystals, pearls and 3D embellishments. The collection also featured diverse color palette interplay from whites to shades of purples for royal look to blacks, ruby pinks with a dash of ferozi and pop of red coral with cuts which channel eastern vibes yet retaining modern elegance. The collection also included menswear pieces comprising of digitally printed waistcoats, jackets and embellished sherwanis.
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