Meddling of the EAST AND WEST

  • 15 Dec - 21 Dec, 2018
  • Mag The Weekly
  • Fashion

The Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum in Glasgow witnessed an awe-inspiring amalgamation of western and eastern cultures, when designer Harris Tweed Hebrides and our very own Hassan Sheheryar Yasin [HSY] collaborated to come up with a stunning couture collection that was a rare fusion of their respective worlds.

HSY has always been on the forefront of weaving sartorial brilliance in his couture and is hands downs, signalled as the most influential fashion designers in Pakistan. While no local fashion show is rendered complete without his showcase, the designer is taking tumultuous leaps taking his couture on international runway. The Pakistani designer was invited by The UK Association of Medical Aid to Pakistan to design a collection using the iconic Scottish fabric as the center-piece for their annual fundraising dinner, held outside London for the first time. His collection showcased a range of contemporary ladies’ fashion with a Pakistani identity. Yasin, who had travelled from Lahore for the event, said: “It has been a privilege to work with such a wonderful natural fabric which is known the whole world over. I would like to thank Medical Aid to Pakistan and Harris Tweed Hebrides for inviting HSY to be a part of this incredible event. I’m overwhelmed by the beauty of the Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum. It is the perfect setting for the marriage of HSY & Harris Tweed Hebrides.”

HSY has artful penchant for incorporating contemporary silhouettes and cuts into a traditional realm of extravagant embroidery, which is why his couture stands out so distinct and powerful from the lot.

All ensembles were designed using the Scottish fabric. It is safe to say that the entire collection was an exquisite meddle of charcoal black and gold. We saw long, embellished coats which opened at the apex to reveal unexpected crimson skirt, aligned with glinting sequences to willowing embellished bottoms topped with sophisticated gold-glazed tops. Exceptionally tailored modern black tops were decked in bronze and gold embellishments paired with snug pants. The designer was seen tapping into his traditional flair to artfully embroider the fabric in a surreal floral dream, making them into long gold-glazed shirts with willowy pyjamas for bottom. Contemporary coats and pant pieces were spotted in abundance, where the designer had added his personal flair by adding eastern tweaks. Another memorable outfit was a quintessentially princess warrior attire, comprising of a black peplum top with a brown strips on the front and a broadened sash sealing the look. It is true that a couture collection should ideally be a manifestation of the designer, and in this case HSY shines bright in his own wake. The Pakistani designer soon after his memorable showcase took to Twitter to say, “Thank you Harris Tweed. We made history together. Showing two cultures unite and create beautiful magic. We go farther when we go together. May this first of its kind collaboration be a stepping stone for many more between Pakistan and the world. Pakistan is the future.”

Designer: HSY x Harris Tweed Hebrides
Jewellery: Opuline
Hair: Annie
Make-up: Sarah Hill Academy of Make-up
Photography: Shahid Malik