Written by:Kaukab Jahan
The year is closing to the end. And the people concerned with style and fashion look eagerly what to wear in these last months of year, where they have to attend too many weddings, winter balls and new year eves . In Karachi recently, the ace designers of Pakistan has set the style statement of this winter and festive season for the cautious ones in a three day glitterati event of Fashion Pakistan Week Festive 2018. Here is a brief detail of what each of them presented on ramp.
The FPW opened with Tena Durrani’ ‘RaraAvis’, which means ‘a rare bird’. She claims her collection is a salute to the progressive woman of today who is respectful of her heritage and embraces the future. Her collection mostly was of solid colours with heavy embroidery, in decade old styles of cut work and appliques. The outfits were as usual ghararas, lehngas with kurtis and frocks. The choice of colours was also derived from 80s and 90s wedding and bridal dresses like dull red, green, and beige.
Huma Adnan’ came with her signature style with ‘Tales of Dehradun’ takes its inspiration from the city of Dehradun, her ancestral town. Emphasizing more on cuts and less on detailing her outfits were in dull reds, white, off white raw silk and jamawars and banarsi with prominent motifs and borders. She kept it classy and modern this time too by accompanying the lehngaes with backless and strapped blouses. The Adnan’s introduces their daughter Parisheh Adnan who came with her show stoppers beautiful Sarah Khan and Noor Khan both wearing heavily embroidered bridal joras.
Rivaaj’ by Lajwanti represented its collection ‘Rivaaj’ for the timeless bride and groom as seen at FPW Festive season 2018. Their colours mostly comprised of pastels of green, blue and pink silk fabrics designed in lehngas and sharlwar kamees with heavy work of gold and silver dabka and zari.
Rich, traditional craftmanship were seen at Zainab Chottani’s latest show ‘Khwab’ on first fay of FPW. It was a showcase inspired by the past Victorian era with an eastern subcontinent royal vintage aura. She presented typical eastern work with a tinge of western feel like long maxis in heavy embroidery of resham, zari and sequence in cut works. Her showstopper was mommy to be super model MehreenSyed who set an example of grace and power at the ramp in a black georgette gown with beautiful white silk embroidery.
Aamna Aqeel showcases her latest collection ‘Dazzling Dames’ that represented elegance, sophistication and confidence all in one. She was the only one that night who came with her western cuts like pants, bell bottoms, skirts, dresses and gowns in raw silk with gold embroidery on necks making them a perfect example of east meets west. Beautiful Kubra Khan graced the red carpet for her in a black crisp mxi with gold embellishment on neckline.
The Pink Tree Company showcased their latest collection ‘Gulabi Gang’ with a prologue walk of renowned feminist Sheema Kirmani in a pink banarsi sari. The collection inspired from the GulaabiGang group that emerged in India, as a response to domestic violence against women, was comprised of all shades of pink. Each outfit designed exclusively in all kinds of eastern cuts like gharara, sharara, lehngas, shalwar kameez and sari with embellishment of trademark Pink Tree gota kinari, the presentation was more of a symbolic than commercial.
The last of the night was dramatic silhouettes of HSY’s ‘Elements’. The perfect body fitted cuts in warm colours of winter were really had an aura of finale of the night. The collection had wow factor not only for men but for ladies as well when three hot sensations of showbiz Bilal Ashraf, Juanid Khan and Shahzad Noor sizzled the ramp in white, grey and blue tuxedos. ‘Elements’ was truly a stylish expression of creativity.
Wardha Saleem opened the show on 2nd day of Fashion Pakistan Week with ‘Chand Bala’ an explosion of rich colours and big motifs of vibrant embroidery of gota kinari. She didn’t left behind her love of birds and designed her ensembles with peacocks to fit into the theme of wedding and festivals. Her second line was traditional work of dubka and zari on more of pastels and subtle colours. Wardha Saleem’s showstoppers were actors Azfar Rehman & Sohai Ali Abro, alongside singing sensation Mai Dhaiand fitness guru Mantaha.
Sara Rohale (SRA) came with ‘Fleur de Lis’. Her collection was a blend of eastern and western regal attires in mix of pastel pinks and beige with silvers and gold hand work. Comprising from bridal gowns to formal trouser shirts, her work was too much embroidery, blending in the fabric giving it a new tone. Sara chose Ayeza Khan her showstopper attires in gold and silver flowing gown.
Deepak and Fahad presented their collection ‘Zartaab’ comprising of sherwanis, waistcoats and kurta pajamasin beige, gold and black jamawars and handwoven cloths with a multitude of embroidery techniques, hand embellishments, fabric treatments.
Maheen Karim s latest collection on ‘Lueur de Luxe’ showcased her formal gowns for the festive season of winter bursting in fresh shocking pinks and oranges with amalgamation of black. A perfect match for cold winter parties and functions, it was also treat to watch! Alyzeh Gabol sets the ramp on fire as Maheen’s showstopper in a sleek black dress with 3D embellishments!
Bringing old charm of past into glitterati, Ranos Heirlooms’s collection was comprised of solid red blue and yellow and classic pastels made a statement in this festive season as different! Detailed hand embroidery, in classic karchobiwork, her presentation was much appreciated on ramp as well.
Shahmeer Ansari of ‘Sastre Culture’ debut his latest collection ‘Beyond Generations’, at this Fashion Pakistan Week, showcases the different phases in the journey of a man. Sharp tailoring and clean lines, Beyond Generations showcases bespoke that caters to men who want to leave a mark wherever they go.
Maheen Khan closed the second day of Fashion Pakistan Week with her collection ‘Raw’! An ensemble of delicate embroideries and contemporary cuts on crisp and elegant raw silks and tissues! Astonishing gowns, dresses, pants, tops and even ghararas and shararas in slid colours like red, blue, yellow, green, chocolate brown, beige and black were felt as a refreshing display after watching of too much wedding outfits. Beautiful Hareem Farooq came as show stopper in crispy bright red attire for this legendary designer.
The day three of fashion Pakistan Week Festive 2018 was a solo bridal show by veteran Daapak Perwani, who celebrated 24 years of the brand with a jaw dropping collection ‘Madhaniya’!
The show started with a bang by shadow dance as an opening performance which followed by the who is who of our modelling world like Areeba Habi, SabikaImam, Fauzia Aman, Misbah Mimraz, and Safaf Kanwal in ensemled comprising sleek suits, flowy dresses, shimmery kaftan-style outfit, and lehngas and cholisperfect for all wedding functions from mehndi to shaadi event.
One can never go wrong with a gold ensemble for wedding occasions! The colour theme of Deepak’s new collection was mainly the shimmery gold complementing with traditional hues of classic red, pink, green and cream!
No one does menswear like Deepak Perwani! He presented an exquisite range of quintessential kurtas, pyjamas, waist coats and sherwanis.
Deepak Perwani closes his spectacular show alongside his models and showstoppers Mehwish Hayat, SarwatGillani and Adnan Siddiqui! Sarwat Gillanisets the ramp on fire in hand worked top and bell bottoms and beautiful MahwishHayat who looked ever so regal and ethnic in a head-turning golden bridal ensemble. The handsome Adnan Siddiquistole the hearts in beige sherwani with black and red shawl.