Bangladesh Fashion Week London 2016 (BFWL16) will be held on Saturday 1st October 2016 at the spectacular 5 star East Wintergarden venue in Canary Wharf, London. This exclusive event will host a spectacular catwalk shows promising an eclectic mix of traditional, modest, party and bridal designers who will be exhibiting exclusive fashion lines reserved to be launched at Bangladesh Fashion Week London 2016. See below of the full list of participating designers.
We will bring together fusion designers from upcoming British labels as well as the hottest Bangladeshi fashion trendsetters. As well as fashion designers, BFWL16 will showcase the best creative talent in lifestyle, make-up artistry, hair styling, jewellery and accessory designers.
BFWL16 will be a high-end production of glitz and glamour with an elite audience in attendance from the world of fashion, lifestyle, media, entertainment and celebrities taking its rightful place as an annual show on the British Fashion Calender.
From New York to Paris, Milan to Dhaka, BFWL will paint a new face for Bangladesh and British Bangladeshis to the watching world.
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Whether you're a fashionista, trendsetter or looking for inspiration - there's something for everyone at Bangladesh Fashion Week London and we look forward to seeing you there!
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With over a decade of experience working in the British Asian Media industry, Momtaz has worked in print journalism, broadcast and online. A regular Presenter for Asiana.tv, Momtaz frequents red carpets and has been the Official Presenter for the Asiana Bridal Show video for four years. She has also hosted high-profile events at The Southbank Centre, BFI, The Troxy and Wilton’s Music Hall.
The author of two published books, Momtaz has also worked as a handbag and accessories designer and runs a blog called CraftandTravel.com where she writes about international art, craft, design and fashion.
A graduate in Media, Film & Television and over 6 years in the industry, Islah has made many swift successes with his various film productions. He started young and established his own Media & Film production company 'IAR Media’, producing his first web series “Mandem On The Wall” in 2012 which elevated on to E4 on “Youngers”.
In 2014 he moved on to further his acting career and has starred in short & his first British Asian feature film and conceptualising the “Corner Shop Show” a comedy web series with over 2.3 million views and made its television debut in the same year. The exposure allowed Islah to be invited to BBC radio shows, TV and magazine interviews, red carpet events, hosting high profile events, interviews.
In 2015 he became the ambassador of the Al-Ansari Foundation charity organisation helping orphans in Africa, using his platform to bring awareness to poverty. In 2016 he launched his own fragrance with 'Ayesha Ziya Fragrances’ and began blogging for major brands.
As a young British-Bangladeshi Muslim, Islah is on the way to make his mark in the media & film industry.
The following fashion designers and fashion houses will be exhibiting exclusive fashion lines reserved to be launched at Bangladesh Fashion Week London 2016. Be inspired…
Bibi Russell is a Bangladeshi based fashion designer, who following her graduation in 1975 from the London College of Fashion, worked as an international model for the likes of magazines such as Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Harper’s Bazaar and for fashion labels such as Yves Saint Laurent, Kenzo, Lark Lagerfeld and became the face of Giorgio Armani.
Having worked as a model for over 20 years she returned to Bangladesh in 1994, Bibi opened Bibi Productions, a fashion house, fusing indigenous Bengali cultural elements into her line. As of 2004, her company employed 35,000 weavers in rural Bangladesh.
Bibi has won numerous awards over the years and international accolades over the years. She was rewarded Cross of Officer of the Order of Queen Isabella by the King of Spain. The prestigious Asiaweek magazine highlighted her as "One of the 20 people to watch in the Millennium". She was awarded the Honorary Fellowship of the London Institute in 1999. UNESCO awarded her the title Designer for Development in 1999. She also got the title of Artist for Peace by the UNESCO in 2001 and the Peace Prize by the United Nations Associations of Spain in 2004.
Bibi has selected Magical Threads as her collection theme that she will be showcasing in London. She says:The reason why I have chosen Magical threads is that I want to show the magic, the glitter, creativity in the hands of the crafts people. To show how one thread can be intertwined with another to create outstanding designs, which can only be created by the crafts people. I want to show how this magic thread can sustain economical survival through its creativity. My work represents how such outstanding creativity; design by these magic threads can uplift poverty with dignity.
Rukia is British Bangladeshi, graduating from the London College of Communications (UAL). Her specialism is print and pattern design along with fashion design - her explorations through design now include understanding her cultural roots of Bangladesh - her collections are thus inspired from Bangladesh and its diverse heritage, and she aspires to engage further with this by drawing her inspiration from Bengal’s rich cultural heritage. Rukia’s passion is to work with skilled artisans in Bangladesh and using Bangladeshi materials, as she is critically aware of the need to sustain and develop and innovate with the holders of the traditions and cultures. Rukia’s vision of pattern is that, it should not be left to look just nice,
it should have an impact, allowing us to engage with another world, one that represents Rukia’s creative process. Rukia recently featured her label at the Oitij-jo Festival 2013, and the prestigious Alchemy Festival at the Southbank Centre. As an up-and-coming designer, her versatility and repertoire of skills working with print and patterns means she is one to watch out for!
Afsana is an Award winning Fashion Designer from Bangladesh. She has become quite popular in a short period of time with her own clothing brand “AFSANA FERDOUSI”. She has been working as a designer in Bangladesh Ready Made Garment sector for over 4 years. She is a Council member of the Fashion Design Council of Bangladesh and is the Bangladeshi country Coordinator of the prestigious council SDC in London. She participated in the prestigious Alchemy Fashion exhibition as a Bangladeshi Designer in London 2014. In 2015 she worked on a project on Sustainable Fashion with two German University .This project was showcased in Berlin July 2015. In December 2015 she showcased her khadi collection in Khadi Festival. In 2016, she participated Nadi Festival as a Fashion Designer in India.
Afsana will be showcasing her Khadi collection presenting her design into different ways. One is Silhouette design & surface graphic design, but mainly focused on graphic design. Afsana says of her collection: “Before I start my design I collected lots of pic of shitolpati. All of my motif directly came from original Shitolpati how it looks actally. I break some of the motif & I tried to give them a new shape. Basically I work for a western outfit so I tried to execute my design experience to convert into a eastern look. & I have tried a create a new style with our khadi fabric. Khadi is not only a fabric it’s a story & its time to came to back to the nature.”
Islamic Design House presents its Silk Route collection
A New Look To Modesty
The Silk Route brand was established with the sole aspiration of serving the clothing needs of Muslim sisters who want to fuse modesty with fashion to suit their contemporary lifestyle needs.
A British Brand, Born in London
Inspired by the creativity and cultural diversity of this fashion capital, energising the designers with all its sights and sounds. The British traditions of quality and innovation are important parts of their business and make them trusted and valued in the international markets that they serve.
Innovation Through Exploration
Their designs start with modest silhouettes, then pushes fashion boundaries with the exploration of fresh patterns, fabrics, colours and prints. This dynamic process gives their fashion forward styles that reflect the muslim sisters’ modest sensibilities.
Zarkan of London is an exclusive boutique based in the East Shopping Centre, in Green Street. Zarkan of London specializes in unique, designer and exclusive sarees and custom made bridal outfits. Each season they stock the most glamorous, sophisticated and elegant collections to provide their customers with the latest designer wear, party wear and trendy everyday wear. As well as reinvented styles they have timeless pieces to suit every occasion.
Their designers have an eye for detail and use specialist fabrics to infuse the designs from the modern West with the traditional East resulting in an explosion of vibrant colours, exotic embroidery and the best styles. Zarkan of London is here to style brides with the latest bridal designs, paving the way forward to a glamorous world of Indian couture for the Asian fashionistas. Zarkan of London prides itself on the quality of each and every piece, specialising in made to measure and customised outfits.
PRITY is a boutique fashion label specializing intraditional designer wear from Bangladesh. PRITY aims to provide casual, formal and party wear combining fashion with a statement of cultural identification. Bangladesh has a very rich cultural and traditional background and they aim to reflect this in their bespoke outfits. They aim to offer fashionistas an enviable range of exclusive hand picked collections of affordable yet luxury attire.
PRITY aims to exceed the customers expectation and their quality is not only restricted to their wide range of products but is also embedded in their services and customer satisfaction.
Having traded online for a long time, they have recently opened their new boutique in Kingston Crescent in Portsmouth.
BBC Asian Network’s Nadia Ali and her business partner, Ayesha who are both British Bangladeshi’s will be launching their fashion label exclusively at Bangladesh Fashion Week London.
This dynamic duo’s talent and creativity lie in designing fashion that blends beautiful designs with real world applicability.
The uniqueness of this debuting brand is the intention to create a range of clothingexuding traditional modernity and fashion that is on trend, stylish as well as effortless to carry.
With a zealous passion for creative embodiment, Nadia & Ayesha aim to ascend onto the fashion scene with a collection for the empowered woman redefining fashion for all.
RinaLatif is an artist, a fashion designer of international acclaim. After embarking on her career almost on a whim, the designer is now responsible for creating what is today a burgeoning fashion industry in Bangladesh.
Today, RinaLatif is a coveted label, and is carried at boutiques in Calcutta and Delhi. Her collections have been featured in Vogue, Le'Official, Cosmo, Libas and her shows have been written about in countless international newspapers. The designer has been an invitee to prestigious international shows- The Patiala Heritage Festival, The Saarc Show- Threads of Unity under the behest of the Indian Foreign Ministry and numerous Fashion Weeks in South Asia. Her work was recently showcased in the prestigious Bangladesh-Thai show "Threads of Heritage". She has also received various awards in the field of arts. RinaLatif is the only Bangladeshi designer to have had a solo feature on Fashion TV.
The designer shares a great love and fascination for Bangladesh's rich textile heritage. She is responsible for helping revive the dying art of muslin. Having grown up on the tales of the mythical muslin, RinaLatif made it her quest to restore the lost art of weaving muslin. Her vision led her to travel all over Bangladesh, and today she works with more than 300 weavers and artisans. She works with textiles that have roots in centuries old heritage such as muslin, benarasi silk and khadi- yet her interpretations are modern while remaining true to its essence.
Her inimitable style and fearlessness make her collections transcend borders, all the while incorporating the textile heritage and craftsmanship of Bengal.
Her canvas of rich textiles is often married with her own embroidery techniques, such as her signature tapestry embroidery. Her unique hand prints are steeped in tradition, but contemporary in interpretation. RinaLatif makes cotton and muslin bloom with her hand painting techniques. They are often Impressionistic watercolor treatments on the traditional sari orgharara.
Kaniz Ali is an award winning make up artist and has graced the covers of 15 worldwide magazines, includingAsiana Fashion Magazine, Asiana Wedding Magazine, Asiana International and Vanity Magazine to name a few. Kaniz won the prestigious Best Make Up Artist Award at The British Asian Wedding Awards in 2015 as well as the Best Make Up Artist Award at the International Asian Fashion Awards in November 2011.
Being one of the industry’s most influential entrepreneurs with years of experience in all aspects of make up including catwalk, fashion, film, commercial, editorial and bridal, Kaniz and her team bring their make up artistry expertise to the forefront of the beauty industry. With her exceptional talent, love and passion for creativity in the make up industry, Kaniz is a well-known and respected make up artist in demand from all corners of the world. ‘Love what you do and do what you love’ is the driving force behind the dedication Kaniz has for make up, dolling up beauties for numerous campaigns. Kaniz make up also offers a training academy and training courses for aspiring make up artists. Her drive to help her students in succeeding in their own careers is ongoing and Kaniz ensures all her students receive a very personal and enjoyable experience during their courses.
Sofia Qayyum is a specilaist hair artisan providing both modern and traditional looks. Birmingham born Sofia Qayyum became interested in hairstyling from and early age, where her inspiration grew though her passion for films and magazines. Prior to entering the beauty industry, Sofia completed a Law Degree, but always had a passion for creativity, she launched her freelance career in 2009.
Sofia’s reputation in the industry is one of a young hair stylist with a wealth of knowledge and creativity that goes far beyond her years. She is obsessed with hair and wants to constantly innovate and experiment. Sofia is known for her special attribution to detail and believes it enables her to create synergy between personality, lifestyle, hair texture and physical attributes, resulting in a unique design suited to the individual that addresses each of their particular needs. Her unique and creative styles have given Sofia a great reputation in the hairstyling industry and she has been the recipient of many awards.
The Cactus Agency is a collective of creatives represented under one banner. Within the agency they provide talent; models, artists, actors and presenters, creatives; Makeup Artists, Hairstylists and Stylists, Production; photographers, Art Directors, Show & Shoot Production. The cactus agency represents talent from UK and abroad which is a demographic that is one of their main clientele.
ZafShabbir will be the choreographer for the Bangladesh Fashion Week London, bringing with him over a decades worth of experience in the fashion industry. He has curated and choreographed national and international fashion shows, and we are sure he will put on a magical show for you all to witness.
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