“I have always designed for high achievers and here we are working with a set of handpicked, successful role models for our youth,” says Amir Adnan.
I’ll say this without a doubt in my heart: when it comes to sherwanis, no one beats Amir Adnan and the proof is in the pie. He’s the designer of choice when it comes to Heads of States both sides of the border and beyond. But rather than open an archive of who he has dressed, I thought it would be better to focus on who he’s going to dress. As Sindh Festival unfurls with all sorts of cultural celebrations, we’re headed towards two days of fashion next week. And Amir Adnan will be dressing two young men who may not be in any position of power right now, but they are earning popularity votes just by giving people something to smile about, to celebrate. Who knows, these popularity votes may convert to actual votes in the next election!
I caught up with Adnan very briefly…
You usually don’t show anymore. Why show now?
Amir Adnan: My motivation is dressing up young leaders of Pakistan. I have always designed for high achievers and here we are working with a set of handpicked, successful role models for our youth, which is reason enough for me to show.
You’ve dressed so many intimidating heads of state in your career; how was it to dress two young, potential leaders…
AA: I saw glory written on their faces, which was further brightened by the sincerity of effort. They surely need time to deliver, but the potential is very visible. Their courteous behaviour and perfect mannerism is a good starting point.
What will your collection be all about?
AA: My version of a young Pakistan, on the roads of success. It’s smart, traditional wear. I’ll show tangents of the sherwani, waistcoats, and shalwar kameez.
Will Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and Shehryar Taseer walk the ramp for you?
AA: Shehryar along with some other role models will be walking the ramp.
How do you feel about the Sindh Festival and its contributions to culture?
AA: Well, it has certainly brought a lot of good aspects of this part of the country into focus. Besides the music, fashion and art, I am impressed to see the inclusion of deep-sea fishing at Mubarak Village, the Donkey Cart Derby, celebrations at Moenjodaro, Thatta and Bhambore. Sind has never been exposed this way. Great work!
Photos courtesy Huma Adnan. I think she meant to edit this last shot but I’m so glad she didn’t because it’s too cute!