My London: Raishma Islam – Fashion Designer

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Having trained under distinguished designer Elizabeth Emanuel, famed for creating Princess Diana’s iconic wedding dress, Raishma was inspired to launch her eponymous label in 1998. From a couture and bespoke background, Raishma is renowned for creating exceptional and beautiful gowns. With 18 years of expertise and experience, the designer has had the privilege of dressing British Royal Family members, Beatrice & Eugenie and A-list celebrities, including Mel B and Hollywood actress Goldie Hawn.

Still maintaining her core values, the designer has extended the brand to create a diffusion line. Raishma’s passion for creating beautiful designs is the cornerstone for creating an eveningwear line. With inspiration stemming from her eastern background, Raishma takes influences from beautiful fabrics and focuses on intricate hand beadwork and embroidery. The fusion inspired collection consists of luxurious gowns, elegant cocktail dresses and beautiful resort wear.

We caught up with Raishma Islam for the latest in our ‘My London’ series.


Favourite neighbourhood:

Buckhurst Hill near where I live great for catching up with friends, quick haircut and grabbing a bite to eat.


Favourite place for brunch:

The Green Owl Buckhurst Hill


Best coffee in London:

Sorry don’t drink coffee!


Favourite gallery or museum:

V & A. The fashion exhibitions are always enlightening, I just wish I had the time to visit more often!


Tell us a secret:

I worked for Elizabeth Emmanuel as her assistant for one year and it was tough!


Favourite place to shop:

Knightsbridge is always fun as the high street always keeps its best collections here, but I am also a great online shopper now I am afraid!


Favourite place to find inspiration:

Kew Gardens with its beautiful Victorian glasshouse feature in my prints for my new brand RAI for SS18. Architecture and nature are always great sources of inspiration for me.


Best London destination for a date:

Covent Garden is always lively and colourful, and in the summer there is such a buzz! Great for a second date went you want to mooch about and soak in the atmosphere.


Favourite park:

Don’t have one!


Favourite food market:

Borough market has so much choice and the food is authentic and fun, I love the hustle and bustle.

Your sanctuary in the city:

I don’t have one, my garden at home is my sanctuary, its peaceful and private, a perfect escape.


What inspires you?

History, a colour, nature, architecture it can be anything that triggers the imagination


This season I’m loving:

Sleeves! All different lengths and shapes from bell to layered, plus they conceal our arms which is desired by most women.


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