Prince William and Kate Middleton in Pakistan: The Designer of Prince William’s Sherwani Nauman Arfeen Speaks Exclusively to Masala!
Prince William is the first British royal to wear a sherwani. He chose to wear the designer Nauman Arfeen who exclusively spoke to Masala about the experience.
Prince William and Kate Middleton’s royal visit to Pakistan is the center of everyone’s attention for many reasons. It is considered the most sensitive trip in their history due to the security conditions. Prince William’s mother Princess Diana has visited Pakistan in the past. Her visits were considered successful and are still fresh in the minds of the people of Pakistan. Prince William and Kate Middleton have managed to continue the tradition of being people’s prince and princess through their humility and respect for Pakistani culture. The two have been in news for supporting Pakistani designers and their work.
While Kate Middleton is often experimental with her looks, Prince William is considered conservative when it comes to the dressing. He either wears the tailored suits or chinos with desert shoes and blue standard shirts. The heir to British throne surprised everyone with wearing green sherwani to the official reception hosted by the British High Commissioner in Pakistan. While Kate dazzled in a Jenny Packham green dress, it was Prince William's surprise look that stole the show. The green jamawar sherwani had been designed by the Pakistani designer Nauman Arfeen of the label Naushe Mian. He wore a traditional nine button-down sherwani which was made from turquoise self-embossed jamawar fabric which was handwoven. The sherwani also had intricate embroidery on the sleeves and the buttons.
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It is our great pleasure to join you here this evening on our first official visit to Pakistan. I would like to begin by saying bahut shukria to you all for making us so welcome in your country. Stood here with this magnificent monument behind me, I am struck by the great strides Pakistan has made since its birth seventy-two years ago. The view from this hill would have been quite different when my grandmother, The Queen, first visited over half a century ago. Looking out, one would have seen the beginnings of a city under construction, yet to become the great capital that it is today. And with successive visits by my mother and my father, this view has continued to change, with the city constantly growing and with it my family’s affection for Pakistan. Take a look at our Storiesto see more from The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s first full day of their visit to Pakistan.
According to the Royal Correspondent Rebecca English, it is all about ‘What William Wore.’
The designer Nauman Arfeen spoke exclusively to Masala Magazine and expressed his happiness over Prince William choosing a Pakistani designer’s work for the historic occasion. According to Nauman Arfeen, Prince William and Kate Middleton had seen his work at Onita where many other designers’ work was also on display. They liked his work and hence looked out for the designer’s details and credibility. As the order was placed, Nauman Arfeen had an idea that Prince William would like to have something in green. The designer couldn’t be happier when Prince William walked out of the rickshaw wearing his creation. According to Nauman Arfeen, he is lucky to make Pakistan proud.