The Six: Bahraini label Noon by Noor shows off at NYFW

Bahraini womenswear label Noon by Noor showcased its latest line at New York Fashion Week on Thursday. (AFP)
Updated 10 February 2019
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The Six: Bahraini label Noon by Noor shows off at NYFW

DUBAI: Bahraini womenswear label Noon by Noor showcased its latest line at New York Fashion Week on Thursday — here are some of our favorite looks.

Chic pleats

Demure, floor-length pleats and a rainforest green silk blouse with quirky details on the shoulder, this look is an ideal daytime option.

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Back to black

The rouched sleeves and extended cuffs on this diaphanous blouse make for subtle yet gorgeous detailing in an otherwise run of the mill outfit.

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Match point

Pairing coral sleeves with a voluminous tan coat worked so well it left us wondering why we haven’t seen more of this winning color combination over the years.

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Classic coat

Camel colored coats have long been feted as the ultimate in sophisticated, working woman glamor and this flowing jacket is a wonderful update on the usually structured closet staple.

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Fuss free

This structured yellow-and-black look wouldn’t look out of place on an edgy art curator — it’s stylish, bold and unfussy.

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Coral on the catwalk

The Pantone Color Institute named “Living Coral” as 2019’s color of the year and the designers seem to have caught on — this cheerful look is young and fun, but remains true to Noon by Noor’s chic vibe.

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Pakistani tailor adds former US president to star-studded list of clients

Updated 15 February 2019
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Pakistani tailor adds former US president to star-studded list of clients

  • The 36-year-old outfitter has built a customer list of famous names from the sporting, show business and political worlds
  • His family enterprise was established more than 100 years ago and operated from large shop premises in Kolkata, India

KARACHI: It is probably safe to say that tailor to the stars Sarfraz Akbar has the market for celebrity clients all sewn up.

The 36-year-old outfitter has built a customer list of famous names from the sporting, show business and political worlds through his reputation for making high-quality garments.

And now Akbar, who works for his family business at shops in an affluent neighborhood of Pakistan’s port city of Karachi, can add a former American president to his star-studded client base.

During a trip to the US in July last year, he was invited by an American-Pakistani friend to meet with George W. Bush.

“I was super-excited when along with my wife and daughters we boarded my friend’s private jet and flew from Houston to Dallas,” Akbar told Arab News.

After taking measurements of the former US president, he returned to Pakistan and made several suits for him, before dispatching them to Dallas in December 2018.

“My happiness doubled when I got a call from the US informing me that the former president had appreciated my work after wearing the suits,” Akbar said.

Akbar’s father Mohammed said his son had built up a distinguished list of Pakistani personalities he has worked for. 

“By earning praise from George W. Bush, my son has not only made me proud but it’s also a matter of pride for all Pakistanis.”

The youngest of three brothers, Akbar has brought fame to the family name and business, his father added.

The family enterprise was established more than 100 years ago and operated from large shop premises in Kolkata. The family moved from the Indian city after the inception of Pakistan.

The business now has two shops under the “Ambassador” brand name in the Zamzama district of Karachi. 

“We could have opened dozens of outlets, but we believe in quality. The materials we use are imported and we focus on precision,” said Akbar. 

“It’s handmade, customized work. We don’t sell readymade stuff.

“However, we’re now getting people coming to us from other cities wanting to have their wardrobes from the tailor of George W. Bush. Some clients even ask to have their photos taken with me.”

Akbar said he has always had big ambitions. Following matriculation in 1999, he continued his studies but opted at the same time to focus on the family business with a view to taking it to new heights after his graduation.

When the Indian cricket team toured Pakistan during 2005-2006, Akbar made clothes for all the Indian players. 

“Almost all the Pakistani players including Wasim Akram, Misbah-ul-Haq, Sarfraz Ahmed and Shahid Afridi — the latter being a regular customer – have worn our wardrobes too,” Akbar said.

He also designed kurta shalwar clothing for West Indian player and Peshawar Zalmi skipper, Darren Sammy, during the last season of the Pakistan Super League.

Akbar also has a long list of political clients including Pakistan’s former leader Pervez Musharraf, incumbent President Dr. Arif Alvi, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, and Sindh Gov. Imran Ismail. “I made a waistcoat for Imran Khan after he was sworn in as the premier of Pakistan,” he said.

Summing up his achievements to date, Akbar said: “You can be proud of yourself and your family, but you just need to focus on your work and work hard.”