May 3, 2013

Runway Review: Elan at the PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week 2013

Khadijah Shah's Ode to a Nightingale was Elan's offering at the PSFW. Named after Keats’ poem, ‘Ode to a Nightingale’. Inspired by the poem in both the literal
and figurative sense, the collection was an artistic expression of transcending the human condition
of despair and monotony and feeling at one with the nightingale in its blissful state of freedom and
happiness. Chinoiserie-style
prints, featuring different natural elements such as birds, flowers, fish, trees and the quintessential
full moon with the songbird featuring as a major recurring theme in many of the prints.
 A whimsical journey into an Oriental garden. The collection boasted of beautiful prints in gorgeous shades of yellows, greens and blues amidst strong hues of black, grey and taupe. Elan added another feather to their cap this year by showing a very strong construction on the garments. Chunky embellishments, relaxed silhouettes and some immaculate hand embroidery. Brought together by some chunky studded jewels created in house. Elan's collection showed the very first day and kept me wanting for more the successive days.


images: akhyar ghani

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