The Guli runway show at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in New York was definitely a pleasant surprise. Designer Gulnara Karimova, the daughter of the President of Uzbekistan, utilized the fabrics and colors of her native country to produce a collection of modern silhouettes with an ethnic influence.
Gulnara incorporates traditional Uzbek fabrics: adras, bekasam, atlas, han atlas, silk and shoyi. There is a predominant use of ikats based on ancient handweaving techniques, which bring a lively color display to the line. The use of the Uzbeki patterns and fabrics sets this line apart and gives it a distinctive look. The collection was further enhanced with the use of Ms. Gulnara’s jewelry line that was created in conjunction with Chopard.
The collection of 34 looks runs from casual daywear pieces into elegant evening attire and included a few menswear looks that I would be thrilled to own.
An evening gown in a pale beige silk with a lace paneled back and some nice movement with a lace pleated godet set the tone for the evening grouping. Another body skimming gown had a plunging back that showed just a hint of lace on the lower back.
Though the evening pieces are lovely, the strength of this collection is in its use of color, fabrics and its decidedly ethnic vibe.
Photos by Ritika Wahal