[Karachi: 4 April 2013]: Arsalan and Yahseer, one of the leading menswear design houses in Pakistan, will be showcasing their latest collection titled “Spectacle Blanc” on the second day of the fifth Fashion Pakistan Week being held in Karachi from April 9 to April 10. This occasion marks the third time that the renowned fashion brand has participated in the illustrious Fashion Pakistan Week, previously presenting their “Midnight Mischief” menswear collection in 2011 and their “Urban Slick” menswear collection in the fourth iteration of the event.
“Spectacle Blanc”, an original collection by Arsalan and Yahseer, features trendy and sophisticated menswear for the fashion conscious urban man. The collection draws inspiration from the civilizations of North Pakistan and represents the manifestation of the designer’s interpretation of Kashmiri heritage and culture.
For this collection, Arsalan infuses the indigenous and time–honoured Kashidakari with multi–coloured needlework to create a majestic tapestry of traditional, yet modern attire. The collection encompasses a diverse spectrum of colours, featuring hues of azure, taupe, jade and lemon, which have been embedded into a blanket of “blanc”, meaning white cotton, line super 160’s and pashmina wool. The designer has created a slew of silhouettes that juxtapose the traditional with the contemporary, successfully transposing Kashmir onto latter-day Paris.
Speaking about his showcase for the Fashion Pakistan Week, Arsalan said ‘The collection strictly isn’t contemporary menswear like our last leather based collection. It’s more towards Avante Garde and couture. It’s genuinely conceived and very original. Like a baby!’ ”
Arsalan & Yahseer
The young Menswear fashion label Arsalan & Yahseer was established by Arsalan Iqbal in January2011.
Before launching the label, Arsalan Iqbal, the sole Creative Director and Head of Finance and Marketing at the brand was designing from his apartment in Karachi, since 2006 upon his graduation from the Oxford Brookes University London. An MBA with further degrees in applied accounting and finance, Arsalan has also worked as an assistant finance director and in an Automobile company, before pursuing his passion for design.
The underlying design philosophy inherent in the brand is to redefine the Menswear tradition through an interpretation of that which is wearable yet trendy, relaxed but bold and always in sync with contemporary life and trends.
Indeed Arsalan & Yahseer have to their credit the trend for making everyday Eastern Menswear vibrant and eclectic, specifically in Karachi. To this end, the designer launched his now acclaimed collection ‘Rangeen’ which was based in hand painted and block printing shalwar kameezes for men. With a constant passion for innovation as a brand, Arsalan & Yahseer are also the first Menswear brand in Pakistan to have made a fashion video. This featured popular actor and model, Mohib Mirza and was directed by Fayyaz Ahmed. The brand presented “Coloresqué”, at Fashion Pakistan Week in Karachi and then showcased their collection entitled “Modern Sindh” at the Islamabad Fashion Week in April 2012 also showcased at the Fashion Pakistan Week 4 in October where they showcased their collection “Urban Slick”.
The brand also retails exclusive footwear at their outlet which is constructed meticulously from fabric and leather.
The Arsalan & Yahseer label has two outlets in Karachi on Zamzama and Tariq Road and is stocked at the multi brand Menswear studio, The Ramp in Islamabad and other multi brand stores in Canada, United Kingdom, States of America and India.