“The name Chantilly immediately creates a certain image in the audience’s mind, associated with delicate French lace and aesthetics, which is resonant of my ideal clientele,” Selina says of her inspiration.
Nusrat is not a newbie to designing, having successfully participated in the Dhaka Fashion Week in 2010, under her own brand “MATIr”, which she discontinued later to tend to family responsibilities, mainly raising her son. Chantilly is thus the outcome of the designer’s evolution, and her rich exposure to South Asian and European aesthetic sensibilities, which allows her to create a style uniquely her own—restrained yet joyous.
This is thus the designer’s second foray into the fashion scene, back to her calling, as she says she feels “happy and comfortable designing clothes.” The wealth of her experience and sources of inspiration shows in the beautiful variety that is her collection “Timeless Love,” most recently showcased in collaboration with Amishe’s jewellery.
For the collection, Selina has worked on seamlessly fusing eastern and western cuts in shalwar kameezs, keeping those mostly suitable for casual and formal day wear. Adhering to the pastel colour palettes, the shalwar kameez sets aim to celebrate young love and how it views the world as a “rosy, pretty, and cheerful” place.
The collection’s saris on the other hand, done in classic materials like muslin, silk and chamois, have the upped glam quotient with shimmering embroidery—kamdani, karchupi and dabka— while keeping true to modern and chic sensibilities. The motifs are decidedly Mughal inspired.
Selina’s collection also offers a host of Johar coats for men, the South-Asian semi formal sleeveless jackets, that she has styled to be suitable with kurta-sets and formal shirts and trousers, ideal for the debonair and romantic young men to complement the regal beauties on their arms.
Here is to wishing Selina Nusrat a grand and successful re-entry into her world of creative passions.