The brand of Zainab Sajid speaks for itself. The designer is well-known for producing elegant and timeless couture. Intricate detailing, amalgamation of beautiful eastern cuts with contemporary silhouettes, vibrant colour palette and incorporation of cultural elements are some of the facets the brand focuses upon. Zainab Sajid is best known for her ethereal bridals and she has a huge clientele based in the country as well as abroad. Recently MAG talked to Zainab about her personal style. Excerpts:
Please describe your personal style.
Simple and elegant, and mostly I love wearing black.
How has your style evolved?
My style has always been a fusion of traditional and contemporary fashion so this fusion element has remained constant in my style statement.
Any style mistakes?
I distinctly remember wearing big shades when I was young, which I regret now.
How long does it take for you to get ready?
What inspires you style-wise?
Coco Chanel inspires me a lot.
Is there anything you'd like to change about your appearance?
Yes, I want to lose more weight.
Is there anything you'd like to change about your life?
Nothing. Everything is perfect, and I am extremely thankful to God for that.
Where do you shop?
I shop from everywhere. However, I shop more often for my kids now than myself.
What is your favourite piece of clothing?
Your favourite designers?
Internationally, I love Roberto Cavalli for his beautiful prints and of course Coco Chanel. Locally, I think Umer Sayeed is great.
Is there anything you'd like to own but can't afford?
Yes. I would love to own a Birkin bag!
If you had a skill, what would it be?
I don't wish to have any other skill, because I am absolutely content with my design skills.
Tell us something no one knows about you.
I love spending time with my four best buddies.
5 Facts From Fashion History We Didn't Know
Fashion industry has a lot of secrets we don't know about. Here are just 8 of those. Some are funny, others are simply interesting.
1. Everyone has seen buttons on sleeves of jackets but few people know that it was Napoleon Bonaparte who introduced this idea. He ordered his tailors to sew buttons to sleeves so that soldiers didn't mop their running noses using sleeves.
2. Up to the 19th century; there were no models, and designers had to use little dolls to showcase their creations to customers. It was a great idea because designers didn't have to spend a lot of money on runway shows.
3. Hand-made items are considered very fashionable and valuable in this day and age. But up to 1850, 70% of people used to make clothing for themselves. Fashion was not important, comfort was what mattered.
4. Short haircuts are quite in vogue these days. Nevertheless, it hasn't been always like this. In the past, only unfaithful wives used to wear short hair. The hair was cut short to mark the stamp of infamy.
5. Today natural bushy eye brows are quite common, but during the Renaissance period fashionistas used to shave their brows off. A good example of this trend is the famous Mona Lisa.