Hidden away in one of the showrooms at the Pulman Hotel, forming part of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia, was Mariam Seddiq. A tip-off from my FAVOURITE fashonista friend, Hao, the editor of The Le Style, made me return back to check her out as she hadn't been set up the day I'd gone to visit. Boy am I glad I did!
Mariam calls her En Solitaire collection 'haute sports', which when you've had a look at the workmanship and cut you can understand. It's the beautiful marrying of traditional Mora Doozi beading and a clean-cut modern line. Everything is handmade in Australia by Mariam.
This is Mariam's first full collection and in a way she has divided it into two parts: one monochrome and embellished and the other in rich shades of azure blues, turquoise and sea greens. My FAVOURITE piece has got to be the cape that has echoes of The Angel of the North sculpture in Gateshead by Anthony Gormley, but in reality has been inspired by the architecture of the Afghan mosques.
Afghanistan is very much in the DNA of her collection. Her family immigrated to Australia, but you can see through the clarity of style in her pieces, her own Australian birthright. It really is the perfect union. Although Mariam's haute sports collection is her main line, she does have a very successful accessories line that she sells internationally. I have to say, I was totally enamoured by the pieces, and look forward to her new zingy colour scheme, which she adds to yearly.
All photographs Olivia Bentley