Trend Alert: Love me Knot!

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Do-it-yourself trends were huge in the 90’s before the arrival of ‘stylists’ who could do all the work for us. One of the leading stars of this era was the knotted T-shirt trend also supported by the grunge ‘shirt tied around the waist’ back to school look. Flash back to Beverly Hills 90210. With the extinction of the grunge movement this style was also left back in the dark ages, until now.

Meera Ansari spotted sporting the knotted trend at the ‘Sheep Floral Array’ Showcase Event

The knot may not have made its comeback on the New York or Paris runways however celebrities from Kristen Stewart to Christina Ricci have been spotted street style owning the casual knot. The return may have been accelerated by the revisit of the crop top midriff style as well the current focus on silhouettes accentuating the waist and hip line. We especially love working it into a high waisted outfit. However like all trends that circle back, this one too has been modified and studied to its maximum potential. Instead of the Britney Spears school girl approach, now the T-shirt knot rests lower on the hip or wherever the top ends and can be casually twisted on the side, the back, or the center. It’s easy to do and inserts a bit of interest to an otherwise common tee. Add on a biker jacket or a tailored blazer and you can take it from grunge to rock. Rather than tucking in your shirt over a flowy skirt why not knot the top for a more fun and flirty vibe. Denim comes highly recommended to suit the look.

Cocktail Wear by Shamaeel Ansari from her Oriental collection

Sana Hafeez wears a twist knot Sana Safinaz tunic at the Ensemble Bridal Showcase

Sara Loren wearing glamorous Shehla Chatoor metallic gold dress with a snake brooch entwined in a twist and the designer her self in her own twist tied cocktail dress

Maheen Karim twist knot chiffon cape from her Paradis ’13 collection

Working with the symmetry that lies within asymmetrics, here at home we’ve seen some great ways to wear the twisted knot taking it from casual to cocktail and everything in between. For cocktail wear designers such as Sana Safinaz, Shamaeel Ansari, Shehla Chatoor, Sania Maskatiya and Maheen Karim demonstrate a premium finesse working the fabric beautifully with a glamorous brooch entwined or simply twisted within itself and drawing subtle attention to define the curves.

Nida Azwer knotted tunics

Nida Azwer modeling her own silk knotted tunic

Ayesha Somaya knotted chiffon tunics available in all colors at Brands Just Pret and at their flagship store in Karachi


A clever spin on the knot is to give it a fusion makeover with the best of both worlds made immensely popular by Nida Azwer and Ayesha Somaya with their groundbreaking luxury prêt delicate chiffon knotted tunic capes that can be worn with both palazzos and cigarette pants. The Ayesha Somaya selection is available in a range of pastel and jewel tones at their flagship store as well as at Brands Just Pret. The label will soon be launching its new zodiac charmeuse silk printed line that will also carry the knotted jackets. The selection by Nida Azwer includes embellished soft chiffons as well as her intricate William and Morris collectible prints available at both her flagship stores and stockists Ensemble and Labels.

Aaghaz Resort Wear 2013 by Sania Maskatiya

Digital silk pret wear by Farah Talib Aziz

Printed knot pret wear by Fiction Concepts by Rabia Wahab

Sania Maskatiya introduced yet another innovative spin on the knot that was key in styling her collection Resort Collection Aahghaz showcased at PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week 2013. Employing her skill for juxtaposed prints she introduced high low vests and kurtis knotted effortlessly over sari pleated skirts that emanated an offbeat bohemian vibe. Farah Talib Aziz who until recently had been singly lauded for her majestic bridals and formals, is slowly and steadily stepping into the world of prêt with her debut collection of digital silk prints. She is certainly well equipped to jump in to the deep end as shown by this handkerchief knot kurta that packs a punch. Fiction Concepts by Rabia Wahab, now an established player in prêt exercises admirable balance utilizing an ethnic print palette with the modern cut.

Sana Salman party wear 2013

Sana Salman lace and crochet twisted ivory top

For party wear Sana Salman is our pick for her pop colors and very young outlook on fashion. She often takes risks with her work that prove worthwhile and her recent Pre-Fall collective shot by NFK and styled by Maha Burney resonated a high fashion quality that included a shaded knotted silk top paired with sequined drainpipe trousers, and a long contrast vest that is enough to convince you to ‘get knotted’. Additionally this self detailed crochet and lace ivory twisted top is hot off the workshop from her brand new collection.

Farah Talib Aziz formal wear

Farah Talib Aziz takes a remarkable step further modernizing occasion wear with a subtle fabric twist to add structure to a kaamdani encrusted formal draped ensemble.

Daaman casuals

Feeha Jamshed Pret

Feeha Jamshed and Daaman allow you to sport the knot casually with its extensive range of solid colored and printed cotton and butter linen tied tunics. Pair them with tights or trousers and you can go from day to night. In fact most of their creations can be styled to play the part for the most likely scenarios in your life.

Bottega knotted accessories and Kate Spade sailor knot bracelet

The knot is not just limited to apparel but trending high for accessories as well. We know you’re all thinking of the Holy Grail; the Bottega knot clutch however the signature loop extends to earrings and bracelets that are equally desirable.

Top Knot style

Finally we cannot end without an honorable mention about the top knot hairstyle. In spite of the temptation to leave your hair open be it at work, at dinner, or at a formal event, we urge you to tie the elegantly clean or messy top knot instead. The great part is unless you’re a stickler for perfection; this is a classic example of a do-it-yourself trend which is right where we started!

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