Saturday, 13 August 2011

Before and After: Hunaiza Ansari

Hunaiza Ansari is very timid when it comes to fashion; as you can see below, Hunaiza doesn’t like straying out of her comfort zone. “I prefer dark colours, I don’t really like bright colours,” she says. "I don't usually put too much effort into what I wear, but I fancy a change."


After a lengthy moment of time, I managed to find Hunaiza a suitable outfit. I went against Hunaiza’s preferences of dark colours, I chose a colourful blazer with a complementary blouse to match. I lent her my sun hat and  denim polazzo trousers.

Blazer from Topshop, trousers from River Island, blouse and belt thrifted, hat from Primark.

So what does Hunaiza have to say? "I love it!" She says, "I love the polazzos, and the way you've matched up the colours too." 

Spreading the love for fashion.

Love from,

Miss Iffa

Friday, 12 August 2011

Runway to Reality: Fashion Culture Clash

It seems like I’m not the only one who is obsessing over cultural fashion, Fall 2011 runways are bursting with beautifully embroidered clutch bags and embellished turbans. When Eastern fashion clashes with Western fashion, you get quite a beautiful collaboration; I don’t think a lot of people realise how much of our clothing is influenced by other countries and cultures.

Proenza Schouler

Nisha’s Summer collection 2011, sporting a beautifully embellished turban; these turbans found their way to Sex and the City 2.

Krizmah’s Joshi Bag is inspired by the traditional annual spring fesitval of Kalash.

Simone Camille’s bags are made of antique fabrics, each one being unique one-of-a-kind, it’s a no brainer as to why Simone Camille’s bags are celebrity favourites!

And finally, my favourite bag is definitely this gorgeous clutch bag by Chinyere. I managed to pick up a look-a-like at a Khaadi - hadicrafts store.
Denim has always been in the spotlight. Teen Vogue’s August issue sees huge features on denim, as I found in numerous other magazines. I made a denim clutch bag last season, I love the practicality of using denim pretty much everywhere. I was overwhelmed when I first laid eyes on this denim clutch bag embellished with traditional Pakistani and Indian patterns. It’s the perfect bag for people seeking a bit or Western fashion mixed with a little Eastern, which is exactly what I love!

Henna is another art that Pakistanis take great pride in, it’s all so intricate and delicate, most would expect these patterns to take hours to create, but the people who know their stuff can create fascinating patterns in minutes with their eyes closed! I will arrange a post on the art of henna later, and a little DIY on how you can make and use henna yourself!

The chunky studs and thick plaits are embedded in neon embroidery and layers of denim.

And it didn’t stop there! I found a pair of denim khussa shoes from Khussa Mahal. It’s so intricately designed, it’s hard to believe that thousands of these are handmade each day!

I will be on the hunt for more east-west collaborations, I don’t think there’s anything better than wearing your culture.

Love from,

Miss Iffa

Thursday, 11 August 2011

All in the Name of Fashion: Retro 60’s

I’ve had a brilliant day today, dressed in my retro 60’s clothes, climbing over streams and rivers and clambering over sturdy old driftwood pieces. I’ve come back scratched and bruised, poked with nails and slipped off wobbly bricks. It’s all been in the name of fashion.

There were beautiful flowers everywhere.

Caught off guard!

Accidently threw Wuthering Heights over!

We managed to find it! Emily Brontë and her sister Charlotte were very talented authors.

Some quiet reading time.

Thinking hard, you can see my little dimple!

Blazer and polazzo trousers from River Island, belt thrifted, blouse from Topshop, hat from Primark, stackable rings from Accessorize, Toy watch from Harvey Nichols, Toms from Office.
Hunaiza’s blazer from Topshop.

I’ve had such a wonderul day, school’s over and summer’s round the corner. I’m going on holiday for a lovely long four weeks. Not to worry though, I’ll be writing from there too!

With lovely bright days ahead, a bursting summer wardrobe and a decent working camera, expect lots of outfit posts from me and friends. How are you all spending your summer? What are you reading, listening to, watching? I have a good feeling about this summer.

Hugs and kisses,

Miss Iffa
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