Mono Krome inaugurates at Meraki

by Alvee Khan

photos by Abdullah Apu

Mono Krome launches its inaugural collection – Identity. Described as an ode to the beauty of minimalism and classicism, the inauguration ceremony was held at Meraki on March 30.
The name Mono Krome plays a pun on owner and leading fashion designer Maheen Khan’s name in a gracious way. Mono Krome generally refers to greyscale, while technically it refers to the different hues of any colour.
The dresses in the collection are presented in a way that reflects the chronology of the design process- starting with simple structured lines and gradually drawing on inspirations that are about, capturing a creative liberation.
Designed and made in Bangladesh, Mono Krome’s fabric of choice is cotton, and whenever a playful incorporation calls for it, khadi- a hand-woven fabric spun from natural fibres, have been used. Silk and linen are used as well.
Maheen Khan, who went to Florence, Italy, for training in fashion designing, incorporated her personal aesthetics into her designs to be used for the fashion-conscious citizens of Bangladesh. Her designs are influenced by Japanese art and architecture, and her knack for minimalism is incorporated beautifully in this international standard designer clothing line.
Maheen informed that all the designs are totally contemporary. The western designs are created while taking inspiration from traditional dresses in Bangladesh. ‘This collection is the result of the hard work of my team, who had been working relentlessly for the past five months. Currently we’re featuring women’s wear, and we will expand into dresses for men as well in near future,’ she said.
The collection features tunics, shirts, blouses and wide legged pants. All the clothes are comfortable and they serve a multi-purpose wear ability- meaning one could be worn at workplace, dinners or while casually strolling down the streets. All the clothes are capable of being worn in different ways, this is something Maheen emphasized in.
‘This collection features lots of shirts, which is my specialty. I provided the grace of monochromatic colour combinations in a casual manner, which allowed my dresses to be used for multiple purposes. However, comfort comes first when it comes to summer clothes,’ she added.
When asked what the future holds for Mono Krome, Maheen beamed with joy and explained her upcoming endeavours, ‘We plan on going international someday. Currently my studio at Baridhara DOHS will serve as the first outlet for Mono Krome, where everyone can arrive and see the process for itself while choosing dresses.’
When asked about the innuendo referred to the title, she said despite the obvious pun on the initials of her name, it also showcases her love for black and white. However, that doesn’t mean Monokrome will only work with those colours, rather she confirmed every season with every collection, they will produce colourful dresses as well.
She used 100 percent Japanese cotton in 98 percent of her dresses. All the fabrics are sourced from overseas. A team of six people, excluding her, is working on the project. The tailors were trained for three months.
The naming convention and designs of her designer clothes on display draws inspirations from Greek, Roman, Egyptian, Hindu mythology as well as classic pop-culture.
To get a glimpse of Mono Krome’s inaugurating collection for summer 2018, visit their Facebook page: Kromeofficial.

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