A leading international fashion promoter Oriental Fashion Show dedicated to showcasing contemporary high-end fashion designers originating from Central Asia, the Near East and Far East is bringing its platform to Britain for the first time.
Ihssan Ghziel S/S 20 Collection: My new collection is a combination of spring and summer colours of purple, red, and various shades of green. The designs on these colourful Moroccan kaftans include vines, flowers, and layers of foliage that resemble the shiny spring and summer seasons.
The embroidery detail includes small mirrors that are hand-stitched onto the kaftan, embellished with bright semi-precious stones.
Add a touch more glamour by accessorising kaftans with pure feather capes, a perfect way to cover the shoulders when out socialising on chilly spring nights.
Ihssan Ghziel, The Designer and Label: Following the launch of her own label in 2012, Ihssan has quickly become a sought-after couturier in her native Morocco. Her reputation is built on the delivery of bespoke, authentic kaftans and gowns that are made of the finest materials. With meticulous attention to detail for all hand-embroidered work, she ensures each piece is stylish and unique.
Kruszynska: Lily and Dana Kruszynska, who are sisters originally from Poland, are renowned for their creative, handmade and luxurious designs. Their dresses, ranging from red carpet gowns, wedding dresses, bridesmaid to Ascot outfits, each unique and bespoke are often made to measure for their discerning clientele, but also available off the peg from their Knightsbridge boutique on Beauchamp Place where they have now been designing for 25 years.
Described by one client as ‘London’s best kept secret’, they keep a low media profile as their clients (ranging from musicians, royalty, and high profile celebrities including Dame Shirley Bassey, Tess Daly, Kim Cattral, Jennifer Aniston, Katherine Jenkins… to name but a few) all flock to the shop via word of mouth. Kruszynska have also been asked to provide dresses for various television shows, dressing Tess Daly and many of the stars of ‘Strictly Come Dancing’, as well as for presenters of The X Factor, including Tulisa and Nicole Scherzinger. They have featured in a multitude of magazines from Harper’s Bazaar to Hello.
Many clients claim it is the only boutique in London where they can come and have something designed just for them, for any occasion, which fits like a glove and flatters their figure. Kruszynska gowns are usually fitted with a corset, often using hand embroidered fabrics made on the premises, so that the result is a beautifully fitted and flattering piece. As described by the Sunday Times: ‘The ultimate party dress.’
Please browse their latest designs on Instagram on kruszynska_official and www.kruszynska.com. Kruszynska looks forward to welcoming you at their Boutique at 35 Beauchamp Place.
Raishma S/S 20 Collection: The new collection takes its cue from natural elements. Intricate thread work, inspired by stone marbling and coral reefs, inject colour along with elegant, more contemporary cuts. Rich coral reds, bright bold turquoise and neutral blushes are combined with base tones of silver and mint to collectively build Raishma’s SS20 collection.
Sahar Saleh S/S20 Collection: In my new collection of kaftans, like all my creations, I am inspired by the woman herself who represents for me beauty in all its splendour.
My collection represents a great diversity of cuts and styles, as I try to satisfy the taste of all women by creating kaftans that reflect a wide range of personalities.
My participation in this event was driven by my personal belief that the Moroccan kaftan can find its place in the world of fashion and haute couture.
Sahar Saleh, The Designer and The Label: An emerging talent who effortlessly draws on her rich heritage to create stunning luxury handmade kaftans, which are in hot demand by celebrities and fashionistas from across the Middle East. More recently, Sahar launched a ready-to-wear kaftan collection to ensure they are affordable to more people.
Raishma, The Label: What started solely as a couture house 18 years ago, developed into multiple international fashion labels. Maintaining a bespoke and bridal service, Raishma added a ready-to-wear line for the premium high street market using her extensive expertise as a couturier to create a commercial line of affordable dresses without comprising on the quality and design aesthetic.
The label launched online at John Lewis and House of Fraser in 2016, and currently retails with stockists across the Middle East, Australia, India and the USA. Located in Marylebone, London, Raishma’s flagship boutique houses her ready-to-wear collections and couture gowns. The designer’s boutique has a luxurious, award-winning interior, offering the perfect environment for her clientele to embark on a unique experience.
Raishma has presented her collections at London, New York and Paris Fashion Week , The Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in Doha, The Brides Show in Abu Dhabi, and most recently at the Oriental Fashion Show in Marrakech. Raishma was recently awarded Best Retail Business of the Year at the British Small Business Awards.
Raishma Islam, The Designer: Raishma Islam graduated from De Montfort University with a Fashion and Textile Degree in 1995, leading her to acquire an Assistant Designer role with Elizabeth Emmanuel. After understanding the trade in depth and learning first-hand from a distinguished couture designer, Raishma was ready to create her self-titled brand in 1998.
Raishma’s collections are inspired by the endless evolution of style. In her designs, she explores the fine line between classic and modern, creating signature pieces with an international aesthetic. Her mastery in authentic hand embroidery and meticulous eye for detail means every design is made with exceptional craftsmanship. Encouraging time-honoured artisanal skills and employing them in each of her creations, Raishma is driven to empower women artisans.
Every ‘Raishma dress’ bears the everlasting and unmatched impression of handmade and embodies diverse personalities.