Chat With: Designer From Shehzarin
A vibrant and colourful new label has arrived at AlibiOnline, created by the talented Australian designer Shehzarin Batha, who isn’t afraid to push the boundaries to produce bold clothing that combines functionality and style.
Born and raised in India and then moved to study in Australia and London, Shehzarin’s eponymous brand brings together her colourful past, establishing a label that inspires and encourages women to step forward into a brave new world with brilliant (and stylish) ways to present them in daily life, in business and in pleasure.
I dived straight into this crazy idea of integrating art with ready to wear fashion experimenting with cutting edge technology and print design.
Read our interview with Shehzarin Batha below.
Tell us a little about your background in fashion?
I was born and raised in India and began my fashion ‘journey’ with my mother at home. We had a modest upbringing; I recall many moments back then where I would watch her meticulously sew (using my grandmother’s old hand crank Singer) a fabulous outfit for me in preparation for a special occasion; it was at this point that my curiosity for all things fashion was awakened and nurtured. I began my career studying Fashion Design at NIFT India; At age 18, I travelled to Australia studying at RMIT and then to London to further my study at the prestigious London College of Fashion specialising in pattern making, corsetry, tailoring and couture. I worked with the likes of industry leaders such as Mcqueen before returning to Australia to pursue my lifelong vision of launching my own couture business the House of CQ and the label SHEHZARIN as of 2013.
Which are your favourite designers and labels?
I have an extensive appreciation for costume designers, fashion designers and couturiers from Elsa Schiaparelli, Coco Chanel, Charles James and Lanvin to Yves Saint Laurent, Alexander Mcqueen, Galliano, Gaultier, Valentino, Stephane Roland, Yohji Yamamoto, Raf Simons and Marchesa. Some of my current Aussie favorites include Lisa Ho, Akira, Manning Cartel and Toni Matacevski.
The first garment I designed and made from scratch was a forest green, bias cut wool crepe day dress with a cowl neckline; rather adventurous for someone that had barely learnt to sew.
The common stereotype suggests that artists and designers are born knowing they are artists and designers or that a special event in their life called on them to do so. For me it was a combination of things; from the time I was in primary school I was always drawn to the creative arts. It was in fact an encouraging teacher of mine in year 9 that initiated the idea of pursuing fashion design as a career. I knew as an artist, I needed a medium and a vehicle to express my ideas, to tell my story,to bring about change and to make a difference in a public forum and environment. So when the time came and with the reassuring support of mum and dad I chose fashion design as my vehicle.
How would you describe the latest collection from Shehzarin?
Shehzarin the label is a testament to my vibrant and colourful upbringing. The designs are distinctive, effortless and sophisticated echoing a bold, fun and fearless woman. The label inspires and encourages women to step forward into a brave new world, to invigorate and enhance their lives by choosing brilliant ways to present them in daily life, in business and in pleasure.
What was the inspiration behind the latest collection?
The Futuristic Nature range emphasises an ethereal connection to the infinite beauty in Nature. The range is an eruption of creative conflict: a reaction to the bold, flashiness of futurism, an expression of our insanely fast and progressive environment juxtaposed by a powerful appreciation of the kaleidoscope of beauty that exists in nature and an air of fun.
What are your must-have pieces from the range?
Our exclusive prints especially the Sea Dragon, Black and White Deco Fern and Rhythms of Nature constructed in our easy wearing signature bodycon dress and signature top along with our versatile sleeved and sleeveless jacket and skirt styles.
What do you think are the biggest trends for A/W 2015?
Some of the biggest trends for Autumn/Winter 2015 include:
- Geometric and oriental print designs that burst with rich and bold jewel colours.
- Stripes are back for another round, bigger and bolder than before.
- The magic of black and white monochromatic schemes continue.
- Simple form fitted dresses with modest hemlines.
How would you style them?
I encourage women to make a bold statement this Autumn/Winter with our Futuristic range, designed to transcend seasons and occasions.
- Team our fine form signature bodycons with a sporty Jacket and by day or a soft Trench by night.
- Add a soft drape top to our pencil skirts or wear our jacket tops with a pair of wide leg pants.
- If you are planning a trip overseas, our lithe dresses and tops are so easy to wear and easy to care for with no closures or zips making them the perfect travel companion.
How long does it take to put a collection together?
A couple of years ago I decided to paint the world with strokes of life and colour and pursue a venture that was more accessible for everyone. I dived straight into this crazy idea of integrating art with ready to wear fashion experimenting with cutting edge technology and print design.
The Futuristic Nature range embodies infinite design and maintains that there are a handful of forms but an infinite number of variations on them. The first phase took me a year to accomplish.
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