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“Building A Collection” by international designer OMAR MANSOOR

Omar Mansoor is no stranger to success. He finished his education from London College of Fashion in 2008 and immediately set up his own label. 10 years and thirteen stunning collections later, there is no denying Omar has become one of British fashion’s most exciting designers to watch. 

Omar Mansoor collections have been inspired by everything from British theatre to historical events, such as the Russian Revolution. In his own words; “A collection, whatever the inspiration, needs to be throughly researched along the era it belongs to. It’s important to understand the core of your muse, pick up the crucial parts of it and materialise them in to wearable styles while also merging them with Fashion forecasts for next season”.

To celebrate Omar’s latest SS18 collection “The New Empire”, we caught up with him to document an average day, from pattern cutting and model fittings to international trips and drinking tea.

8:00 I start everyday by checking my emails and following up with possible buyers and stockists.

9:00 During the first stages of a collection, the majority of my day will be taken up with design work. I’ll close myself off for a week or two and just focus on drawing and sorting everything through. When the design work has all come together, I’ll get started on the making. At this stage, my morning is spent working on toiles and pattern cutting. Occasionally I’ll have an intern in to help but most of the time it’s just me so I put on some music while I’m working.

12:30 Now it’s time for a short break. Antepliler (North London) is one of my favourite places for Lunch. I’ll spend an hour catching up with friends there, before heading back to the studio.

13:45 If it’s a lucky day, when I return to the studio there will be a package will be waiting for me. This is the best part of my day – seeing the latest hand-embroidered samples arrive from overseas. I’ll spend some time admiring them and making sure they will work with the direction my designs are going in.

14:30 There’s a knock at the door. It’s a client whose come for a fitting. I try her in toile, adjusting hemlines and sleeve lengths where necessary, trying not to prick her with the pins. When you spend so long thinking about an outfit, even though you’ve seen endless samples and patterns, there is nothing more satisfying and uplifting than seeing a finished piece come together.

16:30 Late afternoon I’ll usually take a quick trip to my stockists followed by the fabric supplier.

19:30 I use my evenings to spend time with friends. I often make my way to Royal Overseas League Club and chat over coffee and snacks. I find it great way to relax after a hard day’s work.

21:00 I’ll go swimming as I find it essential to have some kind of exercise for relaxation and ensure a good nights sleep.

On a Friday, I’ll head over to Mayfair and have mocktails at the Arts Club with friends, to wind down and prepare for the weekend.

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