As Paris gets ready to welcome the guest designers along their local talent to show their talent at the Couture Capital of the world.

The world sees new debutant couturiers showcasing their collections along the established ones right off the infamous fashion street, Champse Elleyse.

Omar Mansoor showcases his A/W 2024 couture collection at the embassy of Pakistan’s Chancery Hall with a post renaissance interior-A proper setting for couture show.

The collection is in beige colour with embroidery in shades of blue. The base colour beige represents a desert and the colour blue represents both the sky and the sea and is associated with open spaces, freedom. The motifs are inspired from ancient sign languages depicting meanings of depth, trust, loyalty, sincerity.

The Collaboration between OM and Kaarvan, have extended the boundaries of embroidery and blurred the lines between craft, art and couture. The amazing virtuosity of traditional Pakistani practices have been underlined while ensuring that these have been expressed in contemporary ways.

Commenting about the collaboration Omar says, to see how the legacy of this craft can be carried on by female artisans and how they can become professionals and financially independent through this knowledge is really inspiring.

Kaarvan Crafts Foundation was established in 2004 as a Not-for-Profit company. Since then, it has successfully carried out diverse projects in remote villages of Pakistan to empower and provide autonomy to women artisans by strengthening their skills, providing business capacities and market linkages. Thereby facilitating them in accessing better economic opportunities and improving their quality of life and that of their families.

The show was attended by fashionistas and dignitaries from the Parisian aristocracy and diplomats.

Head of Communications Mashal Khan from Kaarvan Crafts Foundation conveyed her overwhelming sentiment regarding the positive response and appreciation received for the indigenous hand embroideries crafted by rural artisan entrepreneurs in Pakistan, especially from prestigious French fashion houses.

Photos by Komal Ghazaali