Interview: Kamiar Rokni on ‘The Orientalist’ & PFDC Bridal Week 2013 Contest!

by Secret Closet on October 01, 2013 in Interviews

The award winning and much loved ‘House of Kamiar Rokni’ is poised to debut at the PFDC L’Oreal Paris Bridal Week 2013 this month in Lahore. While Kamiar Rokni, also known as the more familiar ‘Kami’ among the community, has showcased the label’s glorious works in Paris and Mauritius, this will be the first time they present on the PFDC Bridal Week platform. As such we are extremely excited to see what him and his immensely talented partners and cousins; Tia Noon and Rehan Bashir have in store. We had the pleasure of getting all the details from Kami himself with an exclusive behind the scenes insight into the creations in process for their bridal week collection titled ‘The Orientalist’ at his studio workshop. Additionally we have a special surprise contest for you courtesy The House of Kamiar Rokni. Keep reading to find out more!

The House of Kamiar Rokni; Kamiar, Tia Noon, and Rehan Bashir

Q) You are one of the Great Couture designers of our country, tell us what do you think led you to where you are today? 

The House of Kamiar Rokni is blessed to have been successful as a couture design house in a huge part due to the diverse and rich aesthetic culture prevalent in our family. We three cousins ( Kamiar, Tia, and Rehan) come from a childhood filled with artists, authors, fashion, puppets and creativity. It allows us to keep exploring and never be satisfied. We are always seeking the new. It is a constant search for the creative.

Q) They say it’s harder to create bridal couture due to limitations of structure and traditional elements? What do you think? Is it more difficult to design bridals than high fashion luxury prêt?

Bridals are very different from creating pret. With pret one almost works backwards starting with a price point and then creating to achieve the target. In bridals we design to satisfy our creative urges when making our samples. People then often order diffused, combined and similar versions of our sample creations.

Tia Noon; part of The House of Kamiar Rokni

Q) Tell us about how the three of you (Tia Noon, Rehan Bashir, and yourself) came to join forces and how you work together in your different roles?

I had created the brand Karma first but sadly due to circumstances left the brand as a designer. Tia had her own label and since we are cousins it was a natural fit for us to join hands and form Kamiar Rokni. We were fortunate enough to be joined by our cousin Rehan an artist with a Masters from the prestigious Parsons Institute in New York. Together we channel the creative to produce our couture.

Q) How was the inspiration for this season’s bridal collection born?
The Orientalist was first conceptualized two years ago. Tia came up with the concept and started the first piece. The concept was based on the merging of the east and west during the crusades and the subsequent love of the East, a term coined as Orientalist. We all took our time and created slowly but surely our beautiful collection.

Q) Can you describe the different steps and processes from start to finish to give our readers an idea of the time and effort that goes into a Kamiar Rokni bridal both on the part of the team and the artisans?
The process of conceptualizing a design begins with drawing what you hope to achieve. Next, colors artwork khakas are realized. The pattern is made. analyzed, and tweaked. Then the actual embellishment begins. Machine and hand work is sampled. Myself, Tia and Rehan spend a lot of time looking and achieving the correct color depth and artwork for each piece. Next it goes into cutting which is when trims and finishes are collaborated. It is then stitched up and ready for the show. This process has taken us up to a year on one piece and four months on another.

Q) As a bridal designer you have an eye for identifying the best, are there any other designers whose creations you appreciate?
We admire creativity, my personal favourites are YSL especially their work from the 60’s’and 70’s. Marc Jacobs, Coco Chanel, Cristobal Balanciaga, these are all some amazing designers that inspire me. Faiza Samee is an example of a great Pakistani designer with flair for colour and tradition as is Bunto Kazmi.

Q) We’ve love to get your take on Autumn/Winter 2013 bridal trends, what are the colors, fabrics, and silhouettes that you feel are trending for the upcoming bridal season?

The proportions are finally changing because the lengths are shorter. As the shirt goes up there is more volume and drama with the lower. Expect to see the return of the lengha as a major feature with shorter shirts or choli’s. Also a lot of coats and jackets, interesting sleeves and lots of detail!


Kamiar Rokni

‘The House of Kamiar Rokni’ is offering one lucky Secret Closet fan the chance to win two free passes to Day 2 of the PFDC L’Oreal Paris Bridal Week 2013 on 11th October’2013. To enter simply answer the question below with your details and click ‘Send’ and the ‘Like’ tab below. The winner will be announced on 5th October’13. Hurry and enter now!

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