Launching ‘The Anniversary Edition’: Celebrating five years of Mahnoush by Arjumand Amin
This 2014, Pakistan’s premium boutique lawn brand, Mahnoush, celebrate their half a decade of beauty, consummate quality and one-of-a-kind design aesthetic with the announcement of ‘The Anniversary Edition’, a new signature lawn collection for spring/summer 2014, launching across Pakistan and internationally on the 25th of March.
For this collection Arjumand Amin, CEO and Head Designer at Mahnoush, introduces a chic aesthetic journey with her signature researched prints based on 12 unique designs in two colour variations each. Renowned for unusual and unique colour combinations,expect a Mahnoush S/S 14 colour palette inspired by vibrant summer tones as well as softer hues with silk and jacquard borders and panels, embroidered necklines, broaches and meticulously crafted embroidered shirts. Indeed, Mahnoush’s design concepts and inspirations that go towards making a niche and boutique brand are quite unlike others in traditional lawn. The designs are gleaned from resources from all over the world and then given the Mahnoush signature, which has resulted in many‘firsts’ for the brand: This year this includes the introduction of architectural design elements within ‘The Anniversary Edition’ such as that of the arch and the fountain, along with the aesthetic visualisation of fruit and unusual trees. Other motifs characteristic of the Mahnoush design repertoire,now rendered in a fresh format, also continue, such as the jewel, the bird and the Chinese motif.
In celebration of Mahnoush’s five definitive years in lawn and fashion, Arjumand Amin has further introduced a campaign inspired by five modern, diverse and dynamic women in Pakistan, each of whom are symbolic of what Mahnoush represents over the course of its journey: quality, distinctiveness and beauty. ‘The Anniversary Edition’ as represented by‘The Fabulous Five’ is being showcased today through an exclusive fashion soiree.
The 5 incredible women being celebrated by Mahnoush are master couturier Bunto Kazmi, the fearless filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy, artist extraordinaire Shahzia Sikander, dynamic social entrepreneur Roshaneh Zafar and leading athlete and sporting entrepreneur Naseem Hameed.
Speaking about Mahnoush and their 5 years celebration with 5 incredible women, CEO and Head Designer of Mahnoush, Arjumand Amin has said: “Mahnoush in Persian means ‘seeker of beauty’ and that is precisely what we have worked to achieve with each individual design. Indeed this year we mark half a decade of seeking beauty; at Mahnoush, we believe that a unique eye, coupled with meticulous attention to detail equals excellence. That is our creed – five years on, we have endeavoured to bring polish,aesthetic and a distinct fashion experience to our patrons. Also with our 5 year anniversary edition, I am honoured to be celebrating 5 unique women,each of whom has worked to change the landscape in which they operate.
Mahnoush is thrilled beyond measure to have the honour of celebrating Bunto Kazmi, the incredibly elegant and talented couturier. This self-effacing and media-shy personality creates not just beautiful clothes, but works of art, heirlooms to be passed on from one generation to the next. With intricate workmanship and motifs that ultimately save the best of our sartorial traditions for coming generations, she is a living legend. We are equally delighted to have Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy celebrated; she was an obvious choice for us.She brought fame to the nation and attention to the thousands of women who are the victims of acid attacks in Pakistan with her documentary Saving Face in2012, which won an Academy Award. She followed this achievement with another, an Emmy Award for her documentary Pakistan: Children of the Taliban, and was the first non-American to win the Livingstone Award for young journalists. She was conferred the Hilal-e-Imtiaz by the Government of Pakistan, and was also included in Time magazine’s 2012annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world. We love her!
The brilliant artist Shahzia Sikander isalso an integral part of our 5 incredible women. She is responsible for re-inventing miniature painting as practiced in Pakistan today. Her multi-media work in video, animation, mural and installation has pioneered a new discourse in the arts by bringing contemporary miniature painting into the international arena. She was recently awarded the MacArthur Genius Award and is currently working on a new project commissioned by the Samdani Foundation, Dhaka. A true Pakistani hero, Mahnoush celebrates Roshaneh Zafar as a ground breaking social entrepreneur. She is renowned for her pioneering work in helping women in lower-income groups achieve economic parity. Founder and Managing Director of Kashf Foundation, Roshaneh based her organization on the micro-financing model of the Grameen Bank, started by Bangladeshi Nobel laureate Dr. MuhammadYunus. Kashf has disbursed over 2.2 million loans and redirected the lives of thousands of households.
Finally, Mahnoush is proud to commemorate the spirited sportswoman Naseem Hameed, a Pakistani sporting icon who gained fame for her country when she won the gold medal in the 100-meter dash at the 11th South Asian Federation Games in Dhaka, Bangladesh, in 2010. She became the fastest woman in South Asia by clocking in at 11.81 seconds, and she was appointed Ambassador of Sports in recognition of her achievement. She has opened an academy to train other women athletes in Karachi, to contribute to the development of sports and women in Pakistan.”
First launched in 2010 by entrepreneur and design force Arjumand Amin, Mahnoush is a niche brand, which has fast gained renown for exceptional fabric quality and inspired design sensibility,as evident from its nomination for a coveted Lux Style Award in 2013. Quality is manifest most notably in the construction of the fabric, with the brand exclusively using 100 percent Pima cotton, widely acknowledged as one of the finest cottons in the world. As always, Mahnoush’s seasonal designs are the result of the creators’ deeply researched approach with inspirations derived from Arjumand’s academic and aesthetic study of numerous books and museum sources