Ishtiaq Afzal Khan, the Karachi born designer grew up in rustic Haripur and draws his inspiration from his childhood still. After graduating from Karachi University, he set up shop and has numerous local and global shows under his belt in addition to a growing list of loyal customers. Read all about his collection for Fashion Pakistan Week Autumn Winter 2014 here.
What is your design philosophy?
As a fashion designer and overall artist I am naturally attracted to beautiful things, however, when it comes to fashion, beauty isn’t enough. In my opinion fashion is the highest form of expression because we live our lives in it. It is art, architecture, and movement all in one, so it should be functional and serve a purpose. My approach to designing garments is different to that than most in the sense that I don’t try to reinvent the wheel. Many designers focus on visual spectacle attempting to push limits and heights by producing unpractical avant-garde sculptures, whereas I prefer to focus on the comfort and needs of real women. I prefer to create elegant and intricately tailored pieces that withstand time as opposed to creating trendy garments that inevitably become dated after one or two seasons. My goal is to produce current designs with shelf life that will make them relevant 10, 20, or even 30 years from now.
What are the key trends this season?
Pastel color, sheer fabrics and straight silhouette
What is your inspiration for your presentation this season?
I am inspired by the beauty of the morning and its colors.
What should we expect to see at your show this season?
I have used chiffon, leather, jersey and silk. Silhouettes are very feminine. The collection is very sober, strong and classy
Which designer are you most excited to see (other than your own brand)?
Maheen khan and Deepak Parwani
What are you doing immediately after the fashion week?
I am working on bridal line …. 😉