Hind Matar

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The Bahrain-born, Lon­don-based Hind Matar has be­come the lat­est Mid­dle East­ern name to garner crit­i­cal ac­claim, fol­low­ing the lat­est in­stal­ment of Lon­don Fash­ion Week.

Matar’s origami-meets-flo­ral collection was pre­sented at Somerset House, where a mere 130 upand-com­ing de­sign­ers were in­vited to ex­hibit as part of Lon­don Fash­ion Week’s Emerg­ing Tal­ents sec­tion.

Matar was an eco­nom­ics stu­dent at the Univer­sity of Vir­ginia be­fore rad­i­cally chang­ing ca­reers and at­tend­ing Lon­don’s Cen­tral Saint Martins Col­lege of Art and De­sign.

You can take the girl out of the Mid­dle East, but Matar re­mains close to her Bahraini up­bring­ing, cit­ing her use of bold colours and em­broi­dery as a means of stay­ing close to her roots. Matar’s spring/sum­mer 2014 collection blends struc­ture and fem­i­nin­ity, com­bin­ing glossy sil­ver and green flo­rals with dra­matic pleats and cut-out de­tails. Her sharply tai­lored cropped trousers and el­e­gantly folded crop tops are al­most sculp­ture­like, and come in del­i­cate shades of laven­der, peach and metal­lic green.

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