Upcoming fashion designer Anam Salman is a graduate from Karachi American School and Asian Institute of Fashion Design. Her work is both a fusion of modern and classic cuts. She focuses on haute couture and luxury pret. She recently launched her high fashion collection Chimera, a wearable mix of eastern and western high fashion; she also launched two Eid Collections this year by the name of Khayal that focused only on traditional designs, proving her to be a bridge between both worlds of fashion
What is the biggest fashion mistake women make?
Women need to start accessorizing more.
What is your design aesthetic?
I like to play with classic cuts and infuse them with trendy silhouettes.
How would you describe your brand?
The brand is for the bold, strong and independent woman.
If Anam Salman could have any celebrity spokesmodel who would it be?
Favorite place to find budget buys?
Depends on the budget and what you’re looking for.
Favorite place to shop in Karachi and why?
Again, depends on what I need.
If you’d choose to give any celebrity a makeover who would it be and why?
I think everyone has their own individual style and they know how to carry themselves so really no one.
What are the must-haves a woman must have in her closet at all times?
A woman must have a black, white and blue dress, a good handbag and a great pair of heels.
Favourite all time designer?
Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla
If one is really stuck and you don’t know what to wear, what would you suggest?
Go for a dress that has a classic cut. You can never go wrong with a classic design.
Item worth splurging on?
A good handbag.
What helps you get in the zone when you are designing?
Good music and good company. A positive mindset is always productive.
Any suggestions for older ladies?
Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t be evergreen. I feel that women can carry anything no matter what their age. They just need to block out the criticism and be confident. Wear what makes you happy.
How do you come up with your designs?
My designs come from inspiration. Sometimes the smallest thing can inspire me and I begin sketching immediately, which is why I always carry a sketch book with me at all times. You never know when inspiration can hit you.
Who is your favourite makeup artist?
Favourite vacation spot?
I love Koh Samui in Thailand. It’s beautiful. I would recommend it to anyone that just wants to sit back and relax.
Any fashion related message?
The most important thing you should have is confidence. No matter what you wear. If you’re not confident wearing it then no matter how great the dress you won’t look nice. Confidence is what makes you stylish everything else comes second.
Any styling advice?
Always accessorize. Invest in good watches, jewellery, bags and shoes. If you have a good collection you can never go wrong.
What are the key trends for bridal and wedding wear for the upcoming season?
A lot of designers are focusing on pastel colours because of the winter season. Dark colours with gold work look more royal. The only trend that is relatively brighter is the collection for mehndis.
What are classic silhouettes that flatter every woman?
Silhouettes depends on the woman’s body type. For example, if you are apple or pear shaped and are heavy in your mid-section you should try to avoid fitted trousers and wear something that compliments your physique rather than focus on the problem areas.
What trends would you like to see die?
Overly exaggerated floral digital prints. I think there is too much going on in those prints and it ruins the beauty of the design. Casually worn gharara and tulip pants are another trend that I am not fond off. Simply because they do not complement every shirt and its very tricky to mix and match.
What trends would you like to see more women experiment with this season?
Definitely with different types of sleeves and maybe match them with different cuts and designs. I would want women to experiment with minimalistic work that makes a big impact.
What do you hope to see more of from designers in bridal and wedding wear this season?
I think the brides should be allowed to customize her own dress. I feel that since it is her wedding, she would also want to give her creative input regarding her wedding dress. Only the bride would know what will complement her.
What does GT mean to you?
GT is my one stop entertainment guide to everything happening in Pakistan.
Arsalan Bilgrami of a.bilgrami studio
Hair & makeup:
Eric Sen at JY style studio
Anam Salman in her versatile and eclectic Chimera Collection plays with bold colours and modern aesthetics, imparting it a unique and contemporary look