Part of what FashionWorked stands for is encouraging talent and passion for the industry, with that in mind, who better to join Team:FW for LFW and be our reporter on the ground for Omar Mansoor and his show than Aneela who just happened to be heading down for the weekend. A big thank you to Omar for the invite, and taking a few moments to come and meet Aneela.
Hi! Aneela here, I’m apparently the Senior Northern Correspondent for Fashion Worked and I bring you the beaut Omar Mansoor Show that took place in Charing Cross Hotel with Fashion International.
I for one wasn’t planning on going to any shows this year, I was looking forward to other plans however Ross asked me to cover the show and I jumped at the chance to see a fellow Pakistani designer showcase on the catwalk his 10th collection at LFW. Omar Mansoor makes feminine western designed fused with Eastern influences in the element of embroidery and embellishments. I for one love fusion design. It’s something I try and incorporate in my personal style, so this I felt was a show I would enjoy.
The show title Imperial Romance was influenced by Russian Imperial style and I hoped to see a collection of military style clothing done in a more feminine way and I was not disappointed.
The colour story throughout was off white with mostly golden embroidery, with the occasional embellishment of a Faberge egg in reds and greens (well what I think was a Faberge egg). I felt the pops of red and green definitely made the garments pop out much more and gave the clothes a little more whimsy and less serious edge and increasingly made it more feminine. Little details for me is what separates designers from the high street so this was definitely one of those cute details.
The silhouettes varied from long gowns to flowy jumpsuits to short dresses but were all relatively soft and again increasingly ladylike especially with the fabric choices of loose flowy chiffons and lace. The hard edge was brought in by the structured military style jackets almost box like and the styling of the shoe choice and headwear. Which gave it that strong masculine Russian feel, all I needed was a snow landscape and I was set in the scene.
I wish I had a chance to see the garments at a closer range, it’s hard to see the embroidery when sat in a show I really wanted to see the exquisite golden embroidery on the jackets. It was definitely a strong collection but I would have loved to have seen more jacket and dress combos and they were my fave looks.
Thankfully for me I already have several military jackets which I will be pulling out again, and styling a little differently.
Footwear: Justin Reece
Concept and Styling: Edita Lozovoska
Photography: Shahid Malik
PR: Enigme Internationale