Painted in Pastels

Rubab Nayeem Khan learns all about Fariya Tazin’s stunning designer wear, ‘Polka Drops’

Photograph by Kazi Mukul

Long kameez have been a reigning trend in the market since 2010. Keeping that in mind, the local designers in Dhaka are tweaking up the fashion scene with their fresh new perspectives. Fariya Tazin’s clothing line ‘Polka Drops’ have gained popularity within a short span of time. From flowy kurtas to summer-hued ensembles, the designer’s craft comes adorned in shades, prints and embroidery which are a perfect fit for any and every occasion.
When asked about her choice of stitch work and fabric, Fariya says, “Material wise, I love to go for a radical departure from the convention. I have always been an eclectic pursuer in my material, so diversity won’t be unusual in my work. Two distinctive features of my outfits are comfort and affordability, alongside smart colour combinations in unique cuts.” However, that’s just the tip of the iceberg; her signature designs include hand-stitched stone work, appliqué, dabka as well as zardosi.
Having been in the fashion scene for quite some time, Fariya is well aware of what thrives in the market. “We’ve got to introduce something that’s going to appeal to a certain number of people. So far I’ve seen a rising demand for chiffon and light weight georgette. People these days are always on the look out for comfort – a dress that’s more manageable, durable and easy to maintain,” she highlights. According to Fariya, floral and abstract designs in pastel shades, calligraphy and ribbon work are getting popular. She believes that customers prefer something comfy as opposed to glaring, without losing any taste for unique designs that flatter ones’ physique.
A passionate designer and an avid follower of global trends, Fariya aspires to see herself amongst the international giants at some point of her career. “There’s this glut of exquisite brands from which it’s difficult to pick from, but I’d love to work with Alexander Macqueen. His work remained an inspiration and a great influence over the years. Oscar de la Renta is also one of my favourites,” shares Fariya.
The spirited designer, Fariya concludes by describing her ensembles as ‘diverse,’ ‘reasonable,’ and ‘eye-catching.’ “My collection consists of miscellaneous designs which make them diverse. Also, there’s a hint of novelty blended in with flamboyance which certainly makes it something to look out for,” wraps up Fariya.