I remember the first time I discovered Shirin’s namesake label. It was during one of my window-shopping sessions on Ebay, where I spent unnecessary hours perusing listings that fit my specific criterion. While on the hunt for something avant-garde, I came across a collection of items that seemed to have only existed in my imagination–pieces that were not only made of luxe, natural fibers, but were modest, minimalist and overall, maddeningly stylish. From then on my Ebay feed was flush with boxy cashmere cardigans, wide-legged linen trousers, and unusual asymmetric blouses in a sea of earthy neutrals that I could only dream of actually owning. Because I’m not rich, and because one garment alone can cost about a month’s rent, I’ve only managed to be an ardent admirer, with hopes to one day get my hands on an item that someone was kind enough to sell at a price that wouldn’t induce guilt.
The self-taught Iranian-British designer launched her eponymous label in 1991, and since, has not strayed from her low-key, yet unconventional aesthetic. The oversized, boxy silhouette became her trademark, along with her attention to minute details and affinity for fine fabrics. She stands alongside notorious masters of minimalism, Issey Miyake and Yohji Yamamoto, while remaining unique and subtly feminine. What makes her clothing so sought after is that they exude an air of quiet sophistication and taste; it’s modest without being boring and chic without the pomp and circumstance. Yes, this perfectly describes my dream wardrobe.
Princess Glover is a freelance writer, stay-at-home mother and aspiring homemaker. She is a Muslim convert and former fashion assistant for SURFACE Magazine. She’s worked in many areas of fashion media and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communications.
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