The third and final day of Fashion Pakistan Week was everything fashion. From starting ‘fashionably late’ to showcasing some fashion-forward designs – the exhibition was a visual treat to the people.
The centre stage definitely belonged to Nomi Ansari whose efforts to bring back mirror work paid in every way possible. Even after the exhibit, the people couldn’t help but rave about his collection.
Tena Durrani, The Pink Tree Company, Huma Adnan, Amir Adnan and Saira-Shakira were some of the other designers to showcase their bridal collection at Karachi’s Beach Luxury Hotel on Thursday.
The white stage with a floral background stood in striking contrast to the black set up. The open-air ramp looked mesmerising with palm trees hovering over it.
The anticipation increased as the breeze blew and smoke slithered out of the smoke machines. A model walked out in a Nomi Ansari creation which paid ode to Sindh’s mirror work.
The collection, Kaleidoscope, was true to the designer’s style. The whirlwind of colours was a wonderful addition to bridal couture.
Male models wore dhoti with mirror work waistcoats and jackets. There was a truck art jacket which perhaps was a season too late, but suave nonetheless.
Model Cybil Chowdhry in a green coat with lehenga was probably the best dress of the collection. She looked effortless as she glided on the ramp.
The Pink Tree Company celebrates wedding functions
The designers set a very clear goal for themselves. To remind people of the traditional mayoon and mehendi functions at a time of shendis [shaadi and mehendi].
The Pink Tree Company was quite earnest in its efforts and stayed true to its colour palette. They were also the only ones to give us a shalwar in bridal wear. From their choice of songs to gota jewellery to Sonya Hussayn winning us over as the show stopper, the collection showcase was fun, exciting and traditional.
Huma Adnan misses the mark
You know when something starts with ‘it is an ode to a modern woman’ it is bound for a disaster.
Huma Adnan’s Monsoon series had some really good pieces, but nothing went with the theme of the collection. Boring colours combined with unnecessary Freid Kahlo-inspired headpieces was a bit too extra. The collection brought nothing fresh to the bridal couture dresses.
Showstopper Sarah Khan wore the best dress of the collection.
Amir Adnan stays safe with earthy colour tones
Amir Adnan’s All Day I Dream played with earthy tones to give men’s fashion a refreshing touch. The dresses were safe but interesting.
The strangest design was pairing a kurta and trouser with a waistcoat and suit. Too much layering spoilt the broth. The showstopper Azfar Rehman’s headwear had two tassels in it. Maybe that could’ve been avoided.
Saira Shakira’s Euphoria
Saira-Shakira’s Euphoria collection was all about frills. There were frills on dupattas, kameez, pants, coats and everything. A ribbon frill in front of the kameez was a bit too extra.
The overall collection was quite elegant.
Zainab Chottani redefines elegance
The flowers in the models’ hair looked absolutely stunning as they walked on the ramp wearing Zainab Chottani’s La Fée collection.
The collection had some very interesting pink and silver dresses. Her red collection seemed to be inspired by Sabyasachi’s dress for Priyanka Chopra. The same shade of red was hard to miss. The limelight from the designs was taken away by ‘lovebirds’ Hania Aamir, who was the showstopper, and Asim Azhar.
Next time, more thought should be paid to the music in the background as it did not mix well with the theme of the collection.
Tena Durrani plays with metallics
Tena Durrani’s Nur collection was said to be a “prelude to the season of joy” and it sure was.
The metallic pieces of the designer were the best of the night. The velvet lehngas looked interesting too. With the collection, she has proven that she is the queen of couture.
All in all, it was a good show with some breathtaking pieces. We look forward to seeing how these trends change the fashion game in Pakistan.
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