………And who wears the ridiculous clothes shown on catwalks?
All the weird ideas seen in haute couture fashion shows are not really targeting end users – they are the result of unbridled visual brainstorming. These radical designs typically showcase design elements and styles that will quickly be toned down and transferred into a consumer line. Fashion designers can identify, in this no-holds-barred creativity, ideas that elude ordinary minds.
Not all haute couture lines go on to inspire high street fashion, yet a significant percentage will be practical enough to make its way to prêt-à-porter – ready to wear pieces. The next big trend, which colour or style will explode in popularity, is anyone’s guess. That’s why I watch as many premiere fashion events as possible, especially when Pakistan’s top fashion makers’ ensemble comes down the catwalk. I get the inspiration I need to design clothing lines for my British Asian…
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