I just got the fashion scoop on one of the hottest, new women's wear designers out there, Altaf Maaneshia. Featured in WWD and Apparel News, Altaf is freshly off of his Spring/Summer 2015 Collection Mystique Garden that was presented during both the New York and Los Angeles runway shows.
"Altaf Maaneshia returned to his favorite Forties-inspired dresses marked by extreme shoulders and nipped waists done in mixed materials, slightly imprecise fits and odd color combinations, such as mustard yellow and neon coral. Separates, such as a bomber in a vivid floral print with metallic brocade trip and ivory silk shorts and a minidress, felt sporty and fresh."
His price points range from $50-$350 and luckily for us, I scored an interview with the designer and below are featured pieces from his collection.
Candy Washington: What was it like to showcase your designs during LA Fashion Week?
Alta Maaneshia: Overall it was a great experience to show during LA fashion week. LA gives you great opportunities to socialize with people. I love to design for entertainment industry and LA is the best place for that.
CW: What was going on behind-the-scenes, that we can only find out here?
AM: I have been traveling internationally to showcase my latest FW '14 collection. I have been working around the clock very hard. Spending time with family and enjoying life.
CW: I loved the models big, tousled hair and deep red and burgundy lipstick on the runway. What role did hair and make-up play into telling the story of the collection?
AM: Spring Summer '15 was inspired by the idea of a garden and this is the reason why we chose a "nest" inspired look. It created a cohesive look transpiring where the inspiration came from.
CW: Who is quintessential Altaf Maneesha-girl?
AM: The Altaf Maaneshia girl is between the ages of 20-30 years old. She likes to have fun, be trendy, stand out in a crowd, wear structured clothes. She is a defined, strong woman.
CW: What's next for your and your designs?
AM: I am working on the Fall Winter '15 collection as we speak and putting together the finishing touches. After some final tweaks and altercations, my vision for this collection will be transpired, I don't want to give too much away quite yet, but what I can say is that you can expect to see thick chunky wool, leather and comforting stretchy fabrics.
CW: Is anything else that you would like to share with my readers?
AM: Be an inspiration for others. Live your life passionately!