One of the designers I was especially looking forward to seeing at Runway Select was Arjan B. And I wasn’t disappointed. The collection was simply stunning. If you happen to be a fan of celebrity magazines you might well be familiar with the designer as several famous ladies have worn Geetu Tulsiani’s (head designer at Arjan B) designs on the red carpet. Once again I was fortunate enough to be able to pose some questions to the head designer about the collection, the show and her design history.
You have worked with some of the biggest fashion houses of recent years, is there one in particular that had a lasting effect of how you construct your pieces?
Each and every designer that I have previously worked with has been instrumental to the development of my design signature and aesthetic.
My love of fine art and sculpture fused with working with the likes of Alexander McQueen, Hussein Chalayan and Julien Macdonald, provokes engineered artwork embroidery, exciting prints and drama within our collections at Arjan B.
The collections also have a conceptual yet timeless appeal which is ethereal but accessible.
What was the inspiration behind this collection?
The collection, entitled ‘One Hundred Beautiful Eyes,’ is inspired by overcoming adversity in an uncertain world. A feeling of pure protection when faced with an unknown landscape is the spirit behind the season.
Baroque style embroidery, jewel toned palettes and luxurious fabrics embody beauty to create sumptuous styling with a regal air.
Given the level of exquisite detail in your pieces would you ever considering collaborating with a high street retailer?
I think collaboration is very important in design. It injects a freshness to a brand and is an exciting aspect for both parties.
So far what has been the high point of your career?
There have been many great times within my career. Nothing beats working all hours in the design studio in the run up to London or Paris Fashion Week for a global name. Then the buzz of being backstage on the day of the show, and watching your garments being unveiled to the world for the first time. It really is a special moment, no matter how many times it happens.
If I did have to put my finger on a specific moment that was really memorable to me though it would have to be when I found out that a garment that I had made whilst at Hussein Chalayan was going to be kept in a museum and therefore would last forever. It was a very touching moment for me.
How did you become involved in the Runway Select event?
I was approached by Runway to show with them. I had worked previously with a stylist who recommended Arjan B to Runway as being the right product for the event and the client. We hope to deliver more than the expectation.