It’s been 20 years since Kamiar Rokni set his foot in the fashion industry, and the renowned designer chose to celebrate this grand occasion by presenting an iconic new collection ‘The Optimist’ in a solo show at Lahore. The collection was a recount of his portfolio from the past, present and future. The beauty of the show carved deep into our minds and hearts.
Every outfit in ‘The Optimist’ was woven to reflect subtle nuances of traditional aesthetics and urban silhouette. The gamut of colors and artistic patterns were heavily inspired by the cultural influences from Russia, China and the Subcontinent.
And although a critic could argue that the collection did not stray too far from sequins and embroidery, one must laud Rokni’s deft touch. Flared lehengas, jackets and capes with rich embroidery, saris with ethereal hues and contemporary motifs, off-shoulder gowns with cinched waists celebrated the modern feminine form.
Despite the heavy handiwork, the models glided across the runway with relative ease. The 34 piece collection was further structured by rich velvets, jacquards, chiffons, and organzas. Each piece accentuated the intricacy of embroidered threadwork, dragon motifs, and unique patterns, in dreamy shades of lime yellow, turquoise, black and whites. The collection was also a reaffirmation of inclusivity; not just by the size, but also the skin color.
With ‘The Optimist’ the designer par excellence has emerged as more confident. The commercially viable ensembles evoke a sense of individuality and elegance in people. May he continues to bring on more fireworks in his craft literally. Hearty congratulations to Kamiar Rokni and a loud shout-out on completing 20 years of his fame-filled career.
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