Omar Mansoor LFW S/S ‘15 “Mata Hari”

Omar Mansoor returns with his 9th collection at LFW featuring couture gowns inspired by Mata Hari, who was an exotic Dutch dancer and courtesan convicted of being a spy in early 20th century. Her style and free-willed attitude made her a very popular woman, as did her eagerness to perform in exotic clothing. She was known to design her bespoke wardrobe with dazzling jewels.
Omar picks up the contrasting red, turquoise and light gold colours. Turquoise colour depicts the early struggling part of Mata Hari’s life followed by golden colour showing her peak and red communicating the end of her life’s story.
The collection features full size ball gowns and knee length dresses made up of Vintage lace, crepe silks and chiffons. The old technique of hand woven crochet is applied on selected gowns while some features semi-precious stones such as turquoise and rubies encrusted with embroidery on the gowns. The show stopper dress is decorated with hand appliqué known as Rilli (an art from ancient Sindhi civilization) is produced by ‘Inaaya’ with help of female artisans of rural Sindh.
By combining classic couture crafting techniques along modern silhouettes, Omar creates an elegant look for a woman, who symbolizes the confidence, merriment and splendour.

The show was attended by celebrities from the ‘Made in Chelsea’, Royalties including Princess Nauf Al-. Bandar Al-Saud and film producers from bollywood like Anjali Bhushan. The bespoke jewellery pieces were made by Amishi London, who’s clients includes Princess Beatrice who carried their clutch at the 60th anniversary of Queen’s coronation.

Jewelry by: Amishi London

Photography: Shahid Malik

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