The fashion industry is mourning the loss of designer Aliya Nazir, better known as Nickie, from the renowned designer duo Nickie Nina. She was known for her remarkable skills as a designer and was one of the first female designers in the industry in the 90s, paving the way for many more female designers in Pakistan.
The news was confirmed on Sunday by her close friend and publisher Raheal Rao, who took to Instagram to share the devastating news. “I woke up this morning to the heartbreaking news of the passing of my dear old friend, Nickie Nazir. Nickie was not only warm and gracious but also an extraordinary friend to have. The memories we shared together are invaluable, and the void left by their absence will be deeply felt. Nickie, your presence will be dearly missed, and the impact you made on our lives will never be forgotten. Rest in peace, dear friend.”
Several celebrities commented on the post to offer their condolences, including Sajal Aly, Hadiqa Kiani, Sami Khan, Mushk Kaleem, Areeba Habib and Ushna Shah.
Former model Frieha Altaf posted about the loss as well, saying, “The heart breaks. The heart aches. Dear Nickie, may you rest in peace.” She accompanied the text with several images of them together from a trip to Chitral, Mastuj, and Shandur, writing, “Remembering your fear of heights as you braved the road up to the Hindukush. Sending love to your family, this is too tragic.”
VJ Anoushey Ashraf took to his Instagram stories to write, “Rest in peace beautiful Nickie. Today, I choose to celebrate your short but whole life. You lived so much more than so many. Forever in our hearts. Smiling, humorous and beautiful. To Allah we belong and to Him we shall return. Wrapped in His eternal love and endless bounty, you’re home.”
Our thoughts and prayers are with her family during this difficult time.