New York fashion designer Shahista Lalani’s innovative debut collection challenges the preconceived notion of leather. Committed to treatment innovation and construction experimentation, Lalani seeks to dispel the cliché of leather as biker wear and transforms the beloved fabric into the chicest sportswear and eveningwear.
Growing up in Canada to a family involved in the garment industry for over 30 years allowed Lalani to master textiles and construction techniques, while her strict academic private school upbringing compelled her to explore creative rebellious mediums such as tattooing and graffiti. Combining her diverse interests and talents led her to enroll at Parsons the New School for Design where she distinctly stood out for her ambition and determination.
In addition to Parsons, Lalani further honed her skills in the design studios of established designers such as Zac Posen and The Row, which greatly impacted her knowledge about the local garment district and ethical manufacturing processes as well as mastering care and quality in design until she officially launched her own company in 2015.
Lalani's debut collection has garnered a slew of press including features and editorials in Nylon, Us Weekly, Risk, Amazing, Fave, Imagista and on celebrities such as Zendaya and Eve.
For Spring 2017, Lalani went back to her roots as a graffiti artist with a collection inspired by the outlaw gallery provided by street artists. Technical processes and treatments mimic the colors of the urban jungle such as rust fused coppers and acid greens, creating an extraordinary sensual collection with a tough outer shell.