Numaish Winter Show: A Chit-Chat with Fashion Designer Shahin Mannan

Shahin Mannan has created a niche in the Indian fashion industry, and effortlessly blends everyday Western silhouettes with quirky new-age Indian art.

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She will be showcasing her latest collection at the Numaish Winter Show, the Indian fashion event scheduled to sizzle Dubai on Saturday 19th December.

In an impressively short span of time, Shahin Mannan’s creations have a massive fan following including the likes of Bollywood goddesses Sonam Kapoor and Deepika Padukone.

The gorgeous diva Kajol has also been seen wearing Shahin Mannan while promoting her much-awaited movie ‘Dilwale’ this month!

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shahin MannaN  is an idea, an art, a story; born of imagination and crafted with passion. Come be a part of her journey – challenge the conventional, stretch the limits – Shanin Mannan.

What inspired you to become a fashion designer?

I have always had a creative streak in me for everything in life, including fashion. Becoming a fashion designer has given me the opportunity to crystallise the millions of creative ideas that constantly go through my mind.

Tell us more about your latest collection that you are showcasing at Numaish.
Sharp silhouettes, basic colours, quirky ideas and concepts that inspire me from everyday life form part of this collection.
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What are the key inspirations behind this collection?

Freedom of expression, bold and imaginative thinking and refusing to be confined. 

How does Indian fashion stand out from the rest of the world?

Because of its diversity, global appeal, rich heritage. And because India has given rich fabrics and outstanding craftsmanship to the world long before fashion became a global phenomenon.

Where do you see Indian fashion in the next five years?

Breaking more barriers and truly globalising its appeal.

In your opinion, how does the fashion scene of the UAE differ from the rest of the world?

UAE is a melting pot of diverse cultures, backgrounds and traditions which makes it a vibrant society and this is reflected in the fashion sense too.

Please list 5 key wardrobe essentials for an Indian wardrobe.

A beautiful silk saree, an embroidered cashmere shawl, basic tunic, long flowing skirt and a pair of jeans ( it never disappoints! ).

What are 5 of your can’t live without fashion items from your own wardrobe?

A basic white shirt, black leggings , a pair of jeans, cashmere scarves and a black blazer.

What do you have in store for 2016? 

Creating statement pieces for women who are a cut above the rest, whose taste in fashion represents their personality and spirit, who are not afraid to speak their mind and who appreciate lateral thinking.

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What are the key trends to look out for in the coming months?

Not sure as I believe that fashion at its best is about your personal style and how you carry yourself, whatever the trend might be.

For more info on Shahin Mannan and her quirky-cool collection, follow her on Facebook.

Look out for Shahin Mannan at the Numaish Winter Show on Saturday 19th December. This event, showcasing India’s newest, brightest fashion names, is a must-see for every Dubai fashionista! The event will be held in the Al Yasat Ballroom (Al Murooj Rotana), Dubai. For more details, follow Numaish on Facebook.

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