For her latest Eid collection, Tena Durrani looks to Islamic Art and Architecture as her muse. Her references span the arts and crafts of Kashmir, the geometric carvings on Ottoman minarets, to the intricacy of Mughal Miniature paintings. 

The entire collection is imbued with a feeling of nostalgia. The patterns, embroideries and finishings all harken to the Golden Age of Islam: Think rich Moorish appliques, Turkish tapestry-inspired prints, and blooming flower embroideries, taken from the gardens of the Alhambra. 

The vibrant palette of the collection is regal, yet painterly: rose-golds; alabaster whites; pistachio greens; floating lotus pinks; and lush ruby reds.Yet the fit, cut and construction of the clothes is thoroughly contemporary. After the reign of the long, flowing kameez, Tena brings back shorter, body-con shirts with crisp trousers, chic cigarette pants and younger, fresher cuts. 

The Tena Durrani woman emerges as an Eastern Goddess who occasionally flirts with the west. She is Empress Nur Jehan but she can also be Mata Hari if she pleases.  

The collection is now available via the Tena Durrani Estore as well as at their Karachi based studio at Mezzanine Floor, Plot 9-C, 2nd Rahat Commercial Lane, DHA Phase 6.