As happened during the Olympics, various embassies across London are opening their doors and offering people the chance to experience something of their culture. In this case, of course, fashion design. I was mooching around London today and managed to blag my way into a fashion show at the Pakistan Embassy on Lowndes Square. It was a wonderful mixture of traditional and more contemporary designs. The textiles used and the detailing really were something special, but what struck me most was the way the clothes fell, the way they swung with the movement of the body – beautiful and classy. Featured were clothes by Akif Mahmood, Mohsin Ali (a lovely smiley chap), Zonia Anwaar and Irfan Ali. All graduated from the Pakistan Institute of Fashion and Design in 2010 / 2011 and are worth watching. Personally, I got a bit over excited by the fact that some of the jackets looked like something out of Desperately Seeking Susan.
Lahore is definitely now on my list of places to go. For details of what’s going on at the embassies over LFW, check out the British Fashion Council’s page here.