A burst of bright pink tulips, the blushing red of roses, an expanse of bubbly marigold. Sue Mue’s Spring-Summer 2019 collection Gulnoor is inspired by springtime in the Kashmir valley, and its promise of new beginnings. Drawing upon patterns used in traditional Kashmiri shawls, this soft, charismatic collection glows like blooming buds on the Himalayan mountainside. Using a soothing colour palette of lemon green, daffodil yellow, rose pink, powder blue, cloud gray and ivory, the Gulnoor bridalwear, couture and prêt collections evoke the charming stories of Kashmiri lore, when Arabian sultans and Persian begums giddily sought the ethereal richness of pashmina.
With a focus on breezy silhouettes, the collection comprises short kalidar kurtas, long elegant anarkalis, Western dresses, crop tops, jumpsuits, Pakistani suits with asymmetrical hems, and free flowy tunics paired with palazzos and shararas. For the summer bride, the
collection offers delicate lehengas and queenly ghararas to soothe the eyes on sunny days, and sultry saris to sparkle up those midsummer nights.
The fabrics are designed to evoke the freshness of flowers and the airy romance of spring: from handloom cotton and jute, to tulle, silk organza and linen. The intricacy of Jamawar shawls find expression in the paisley and floral motifs embroidered using thread-work,
gold and silver zardozi, patch-work, knot-stitch and aari-work that have been used in this collection.
The luxuriant heritage of Kashmir finds its way into the threads and embellishments of Gulnoor (‘the light of flowers’), designed for the woman who is lit up with self-love. Like the Valley in spring, she is irresistible. Like the sun over the mountains, she is divine.