Saida Azhikhan of Kazakhstan

Dear Shaded Viewers,

If you were to scroll back in A Shaded View to June 2, 2005, you will find images of Robb Young and I on our trip to Kazakhstan> We were invited by Saida Azakhstan, an ex-student of mine at the Paris Fashion Institute. It was her first fashion show and she had opened her boutique at the same time. This was several years before Borat and Robb Young gave her her first press. Here are a few articles that appeared in the Washington Post and the New York Times. Congratulations to Saida.

Saida Azakhstan outside her boutique

Robb Young and I on the ground floor of the building that houses Saida’s boutique

Saida and Mukhtar Tuyakbayev, her proud husband and Saida modeling one of her designs outside of our hotel. I might add she was a lovely host on our one and only trip to Kzakhstan..



Diane Pernet

A LEGENDARY FIGURE IN FASHION and a pioneer of blogging, Diane is a respected journalist, critic, curator and talent-hunter based in Paris. During her prolific career, she designed her own successful brand in New York, costume designer, photographer, and filmmaker.