The Fashion Industry in Pakistan is in a constant state of progression, we are moving at a rapid speed of turnover. Designers come and go in a flash, the customer is more aware which pushes the designer to be more creative.
Then there are those who have been an integral part of making the Industry what it is today, been an inspiration for many who have come and still are coming. Maheen Khan is a name you can't escape when it comes to the Pioneers of this industry. I respect her most not because of her signature style but for the fact that she has maintained it, fought for it and came out as a winner. More and more people today appreciate the importance of 'less is more' and good proportions in outfits and looks as a whole.
She has been called The Coco Chanel of the East. Her career of over 35 years boasts projects such as costumes for Hollywood movies such as Sweeney Todd and Elizabeth.
I share with you an insider's view into Maheen's life, Dos and Donts and the all important wardrobe secrets!
DESCRIBE YOUR STYLE IN 3 WORDS
Elegant, evocative, exclusive
Maheen is often seen adding accents to a neutral canvas such as the a colorful clutch, a statement bag and scarf and more recently a set of pink hair!
Audrey Hepburn, Kate moss.
Pearls and a sequinned handbag by Maheen
WHERE ELSE IN THE WORLD WOULD YOU CALL HOME
WHAT'S THE ONE PIECE THAT REALLY PULLED AT YOUR PURSE STRINGS?
Style does not come in a expensive package. Having said that I bought a pair of boots in London in 1990 which I'm proud to say I still have and worn to death.
WHAT DO YOU BUY IN BULK?
Buying in bulk signifies stagnation. I believe in change
BEST FALL TREND
The shawl is back!
PERSONAL STYLING TRICK
Be your self by day, in the evening create a look and go for it !
IF YOU COULD WEAR ONLY ONE DESIGNER FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE, WHO WOULD IT BE?
Definitely Maheen !
EARLY STYLE INFLUENCER
FAVORITE COLOR COMBO
Black, grey white
WHAT WOULD YOU NEVER WEAR?
HAVE YOU GIVEN AWAY ANYTHING THAT YOU LATER REGRETTED?
No thankfully not ,though I make sure I give away the equal amount of any new clothes I get
If your mantra is change, grow, evolve why would u regret giving away something u no longer want or need ? It's history !
A good pair of black trousers
ITEM YOU'LL NEVER PART WITH
My old boots
PRIORITIES WHEN CHOOSING CLOTHES
TIME IT TAKES YOU TO GET DRESSED
30 min for the evening and 10 by day
Elegance with a fashionable edge
HOW OFTEN DO YOU REPEAT OUTFITS?
O often! I have a limited wardrobe
WHEN IT COMES TO YOUR WARDROBE, ARE YOU AN EDITOR OR A BUILDER?
WHICH OTHER DESIGNERS WORK DO YOU LIKE. INTERNATIONAL AND LOCAL
Armani for classic elegance, Chanel because she is Coco and Vivienne Westwood because she leaves you awestruck .
Maheen's design aesthetic is best described as minimalistic, classic, elegant and wearable.
WHAT WILL ALWAYS MAKE YOU ANGRY
Arrogance and lying
WHAT PIECE OF ART WOULD YOU MOST WANT TO OWN
'For the love of God' by Damien Hirst.
WHEN AND WHERE ARE YOU MOST HAPPY
At home on my chaise lounge with a cup of coffee by my side and my iPad!!!!
WHAT IS THE FUTURE OF FASHION IN PAKISTAN
Fashion is already a vital part of Pakistan's economy. Our designers have captured the East and now we must look to the west .
To do that, we the design community has to stop allowing clients and potential buyers to influence us and dictate what we make. We must go back to our drawing boards, we must not ignore the creativity that each one of us (designers) has.
BUT! There is already a freshness in the air and a chink of light in the dark. The brave young warriors of Fashion on the frontline ..Sanam Chaudry, Batur, Zaheer Abbas, Shela Chatoor......
WITH YOUR MINIMALISTIC SENSE OF STYLE, HOW DO YOU SURVIVE IN PAKISTAN'S BLING LOVING FASHION INDUSTRY
With difficulty .There is a small but growing group of women who understand they don't have to wear bling to look stunning and how fantastic a beautiful piece of jewellery looks on a simple well styled ensemble with the right shoes and bag.
WHAT'S YOUR TAKE ON SOCIAL MEDIA AND BLOGGING
It's undeniably the way forward
WHATS YOUR OPINION ABOUT STYLE STRIPPED
Style stripped is a one stop Online Fashion magazine ,which I love ! Working women have so little or no time to buy/browse through a magazine, so it fills a much needed gap.
Most importantly I appreciate the fact that "real" designers are featured. There are so many people out there in the garment business who call themselves designer and incorrectly so.