London based Pakistani designer Omar Mansoor returned to London Fashion Week with his 10th Collection on Saturday 19th September.
With inspiration of the Russian Imperial style, his collection features traditional 20th Century Muscovy Rus style of heavy fabrics. Elaborate of gold and precious stone embroideries with female half-moon-shaped headwear kokoshniks made its comeback and won over Europe with Serge Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes.
‘’In Russian history the fashion revolutions always coincided with the greatest political changes: from Peter the Great to the Revolution of 1917 to Gorbachev’s Perestroika. The Revolution of 1917 made the Russian fashion adjust to the new Communist norms, which condemned everything “bourgeois” and extraordinary,” he explained.
The primary colour that was used was an off-white to depict post revolution peace.
The diffusion line includes both knee and full length dresses and jumpsuits constructed using a range of fabrics from silk jersey, crepes to sheer nets blended with Lycra, using insignias from pre-revolution social fabrics. He engaged elements of the kind in his SS16 ready-to-wear in a way that it attracts masses appeal.
Previous collections have been based on muse like British theatre, John Milton’s poetry and the infamous spy Mata Hari. You can view the collection below.