1. Valentino Studded Flats: I fell in love with the Valentino Studded Heels when I found them on the feet of Pakistani socialites. What I loved were their versatility-I could wear them with eastern and western wear. Being a tall girl, one thing I hate about high-end shoe-wear is heel length. It is quite difficult to find a cute pair of shoes that is a couple of inches high. So I did a little bit of research and found the caged- studded heels are also available in flats and just as cute. Can’t wait to get my hand on these. It will be a while. A pair cost approximately $900. Yikes!
2. Sophia Webster Heels: I discovered these gorgeous heels on again Pakistani Elites. I didn’t have the same reaction as the Valentinos. These were more of an aquired taste for me. One thing I didn’t like about it besides the four to five inch heels were how it would be difficult to wear these on eastern wear. Pakistani fashion consists of shalwars and loose pants and the beautiful butterfly wings can be hidden with all that fabric. So I would suggest to wear these with western-wear or pants and shalwars that are higher than your ankles.
3. Charlotte Olympia Kitty Flats: I found these in a Pakistani lifestyle magazine I follow on Instagram. For those you know me, know that I am completely obsessed with cats. I have cats in my home, on my facebook page, my instagram feed, and now in my closet. These kitty flats come in many colors and depending on the style can be accessorized with eastern and western wear. I recently received a blue, velvet flat with crystals on it as a gift and I cannot wait to wear it. They are very comfortable and were only $322. A steal considering how expensive Charlotte Olympia shoes are.
4. Gianvito Rossi Plexi 70 Heels: I fell in love with these heels on instagram of a fashion/lifestyle magazine (you see a trend here;)). I don’t like the heel length in the original but, what the designer has done is come up with a shorter heel which I totally approve. The color selection is limited, but showing your cute toes will make it worth it.
5. Roger Vivier Buckle Shoes: I first learned about this French designer from Seher Tareen, the mastermind behind Studio S. I had seen her in photos and particularly was impressed buy her shoe and clutch collections. When I read an interview, I learned that she likes to splurge on Roger Vivier shoes. I did a little bit of research and particularly liked the buckle embellishment as it reminded me of the pilgrims.
1. Studio S. Degas Sari: I saw this sari on Mahira Khan and fell in love with. You may know that I am in love with art (I actually have socks with famous paintings woven in) and this particular sari pays homage to Edgar Degas with scenes of ballerinas. I did a little bit of the story behind Seher Tareen and Studio S. and was quiet impressed with their design philosophy. Seher Tareen did a minor in Art History and all of her designs pay tribute to artists and paintings of the past. Isn’t that neat. I am in love. I will mention, I am a bit of a traditionalist and would opt for a full sari rather than the sari-pant ensemble.
2. Shela Chatoor Ball Skirt: I have to admit, I wasn’t sure about this skirt. Given my figure, I knew I would have some trouble looking good in this ball skirt. I saw photos of fashionistas and actually grew to like it after seeing how the skirts are styled with cute tops and accessories. It’s definitely a splurge, but the cut and craftsmanship is impeccable. I plan to splurge on this for my bridal shower and accessorize it with some old items I own.
3. Chickenkari Suit: I first learned about chickenkari through my sister when she ordered a sari from India through this gem of a woman. I thought it was an Indian thing and never in my dreams thought I could own this piece of craft. Then lo and behold, my eyes fell on Farah Talib Aziz’s Instagram Page. I don’t think she does saris, but she does the most amazing bridal lenghas and suits. The clean, innocent look it gives to its wearer is enough to splurge on a chickenkari outfit.
4. Bunto Kazmi Bridal: To this day I don’t know how I got to know about Bunto Kazmi. I first remembered discussing it with one of my then-friends from college, a quintessentional “Defense Girl” some 15 years ago. I was growing up and developing my own sense of fashion and designer preferences. The age of internet was new too, so it was a total miracle how I got to know about her. I remember wanting to be a Bunto bride the moment I saw her designs. I knew she was exclusive and I didn’t know how; but I knew when I get married, she will design my dress. As I grew older, my tastes changed and I started hoping for ahem… cheaper options. But as luck would have it, in 2013, during a wedding, I found a connection to Bunto Kazmi. Here’s hoping!
1. Burberry Scarf: If you like designers, you need to have a Burberry scarf in your designer collection. I like scarves and I can’t afford their trench coat so I will stick with my $150 Banana Republic trench coat and splurge on a $400 scarf. Makes sense to me 😉
2. Alexander McQueen Skull Scarf: Okay, I admit it I had no idea who Alexander McQueen was until “the wedding dress”. And by that I mean Kate Middleton’s wedding dress. It was absolutely divine. It was so beautiful that I was ready to marry a white man so I can wear this to my wedding (sorry Bunto Kazmi). Anyways, I am not a big fan of his clothes and shoes. To be honest, I don’t know how Kate wears such gorgeous pieces from the designer, but I do want to own something from Alexander McQueen so the skull scarf will do. Their clutches are a couple of thousand dollars (I don’t know how Pakistani elites afford them), but the scarves are a mere few hundred dollars. It comes in a variety of colors so when I am ready to buy it, I will have no trouble finding one I like.
3. Muse Luxe Gold Belt: Okay this was one of those weird times where I have no idea how I came to like this item. A couple of years ago, the belted dupatta became a huge trend. I so wanted to make an outfit and whenever I contacted Elan for an outfit, they would quote me a price comparable to a month’s rent. So I came across the gold metal belt that is sleek and very stylish and can go with both dresses and shalwar pants. Its $230 so it’s not cheap, but hey, I don’t call this post my ultimate wish list for nothing.
4. Bunto Kazmi Woven Shawl: I learned that Bunto Kazmi makes special woven and embroidered shawls. Apparently, people commission her to make wall hangings as well. Yikes! Anyways, I love these shawls. Unlike the bridals, which I have seen in person, I have never laid eyes on it, but I am sure it is a work of art. I am sure it is a couple of thousand dollars so I plan to request it from my husband at the time of our first born. lol.
1. Red/Gold Farah Talib Aziz Clutch: If you have seen Farah Talib Aziz (and I call her by her full name always) clutches, they are absolutely to die for. Mother of pearl with actual hand-hammered casings. I like to collect clutches so this is definitely on my list.
2. White/Brass Farah Talib Aziz Clutch: This is another clutch by the same designer. I plan to wear it on my Nikkah.
3. Pink/Hot Pink Nida Asghar Clutch: For those who know Judith Lieber also know you will die trying to save money for one of her Swarovski clutches. The best option to get your hands on a much cheaper Nida Asghar miniaudiere. These are much smaller than a regular clutch but if you want those shimmering crystals for a couple of hundred of dollars, then use this designer. I already have one in black that I carried at my brother’s wedding. I plan to get a pink/hot pink one for my mayoun.