MBFW Spring 2011: GULI By Danya Ray September 13, 2010
The MBFW Spring 2011 will host nearly a hundred designers presenting their collections at Mercedes-Benz Fashion week’s new home-- Lincoln Center. Many of these designers are celebrities, however only one is the daughter of a president. Gulnara Karimova, 38, whose father rules Uzbekistan, had her New York Fashion Week debut on Friday, September 10.
Uzbekistan’s traditional national fabrics were shown throughout the GULI show: Adras, Beqasm, Atlas, Han-atlas, Excelsior silk and Shoyi. Gulnara’s collection consists of 34 looks and each model is complemented by GULI jewelry pieces. All the ikats have been produced by GULI’s creative team based on ancient hand weaving techniques.
Gulnara believes that the Orient is strong in its traditions which can be easily incorporated into her fashion designs. Gulnara places emphasis on the idea she advocates in her works: intertwining ethnic subtleties with a modern twist aka a western style.
“It is Western style because not too many people in our country would wear these clothes,” Karimova stated after the show. “But at the same time, we’ll bring houses like Oscar de la Renta, Sonia Raquel, Inès de la Fressange…to Uzbekistan.”
It’s surprising that Karimova has chosen fashion over, say, political science, given that she holds a Ph.D. in the subject from the University of World Economy and Diplomacy in the capital of Uzbekistan, Tashkent. She is also the Uzbek ambassador to Spain. It's clear that Karimova’s got style. Today, her style is simple with black jeans with glitter on the bottoms, a classy white tank with a thick black belt, earrings, and stilettos to complete the outfit. Some say that she is the blonde haired modern version of Farah Fawcett.