Fashion has taken a more responsible turn towards sustainability, in recent times. This approach to clothing emphasises eco-friendly practices, fair labour, and a longer lifespan for garments. Sustainable fashion isn’t just a trend; it’s a movement that encourages mindful choices and a positive impact on the planet. This shift is reshaping our relationship with clothing, promoting durability, and aligning personal style with global responsibility.
‘House of Parishae’ became popular for the celebration of sustainability, slow fashion, and up-cycled resources. Breaking down barriers and shattering expectations, the brand featured their collection ‘Zer: Beneath the Surface’ for its Fall/Winter 2023 show. The collection delves into the depths of the mind, revealing the raw and vulnerable pieces that make up our true selves.
The idea behind the collection is about dealing with the damage of unremitting victimhood that creeps up in our daily life. It is about the things we talk about and the things we don’t talk about and everything in between that sits on our mind like dissonance. It is about all the things that are beneath the surface. “It can be overwhelming at times when you find yourself a little stuck in situations that neither have an immediate gratification, nor do they have an immediate horizon. It is in those brief moments of dissonance that the nerves begin to tingle and the heart feels a little heavy… It is that moment that we aim to shed light on,” shares Parishae Adnan, the creative brains behind the label.
The bespoke, upcycled collection features one-of-a-kind pieces made from vintage materials. The outfits are a mixture of many different types of garments which have been repurposed, redesigned, re-stitched and embellished. These garments carry the regal grandeur and timelessness of the garment before, with the charismatic personality of the silhouettes.
The inspiration for the silhouettes comes from gothic architecture representing a bygone era with the realistic rendering of the human form, more complex sense of perspective, and use of lighting and shading. The architectural style’s definitive feature is the pointed arch, which can be seen in the textured embossed embroideries this season, as well, as in certain silhouettes. The fall winter colours are depicted by the four stages of alchemy: black, white, golds and reds. You! takes a look at how you can incorporate this unique collection into your wardrobe…
This ensemble is fashioned from upcycled teal textured jamawar, symbolising an era of lavishness. This creation reflects opulence, comprising a structured, oversized jacket paired with loosely fitted pleated pants in matching fabric, exuding a sense of grandeur. The inner-top was skilfully crafted from upcycled black silk, incorporating fabric manipulation techniques and interwoven gold threads for added embellishment.
This piece features an embroidered cargo pants and a choli. The distinctive feature of this set is the choli adorned with a handcrafted root-like structure, meticulously created using crude rope and resham thread. This creation serves as a symbolic representation of the harmonious blend between elements of nature and human-made structures.
Exploring the theme of foundations and structure, this design highlights gothic architecture with intricate embroidery on wide-leg cargo pants. The raw marking fabric intentionally underscores the unfinished base, enhancing the elaborate structures in gold, brown, and grey. The top is a nod to sustainable fashion, made from upcycled textured jamawar pieces skillfully hand-spun and stitched together for a unique and eco-friendly touch to the overall design.
Made from upcycled textured jamawar, the double-breasted style cropped waistcoat features distinctive metallic 3D de-bossed signature embroidery on both the front and the back. The accompanying pants, crafted from raw silk, boast front-to-back pleats adorned with matching metallic 3D de-bossed embroidery on the cuffs.
This captivating look serves as a symbolic embodiment of illumination during challenging moments. It intricately captures the essence of spirituality and enlightenment, with a unique twist on the traditional saari - its draping resembles bandages and gauze, enveloping the model in a manner distinct from the usual saari style. Crafted in a wrap-pleat fashion, the saari is designed keeping ease of moment in mind. The choli with this saari is fashioned from upcycled embroidered net fabric, lined with silk for added elegance and texture.
This piece is crafted from embossed 3D embroideries on upcycled white silk, featuring debossed embroidered cracks that traverse the entirety of the piece. This intricate and intentional inclusion of cracked details conveys a powerful visual metaphor for the breakdown and fragility inherent in the core structures that form the foundation of human civilisation.
Fashioned from repurposed deep green velvet, this garment features detailed embroidery on the sleeve cuff. The lush velvet jacket is complemented by a shalwar crafted from raw silk, paired with a signature top underneath in beige and gold.
Text: Wallia Khairi Hair & Makeup: Nabila’s Photography: Hasan Habib Hashmie Coordination: Catwalk Events