"7 inches heel and 35kgs lehenga, breathtakingly intricate and beautiful"
As Fashion Pakistan Week 2016 Winter Festive (FPW2016) took over Karachi, the sartorial tone of the city was set by deep maroons and gold, combined with soft hues and luxurious textures.
The official event and media partner, Pakistani Television network Urdu 1, took the three-day event to newer heights.
Models effortlessly twirled on the ramp, while the audience observed 20 of the country’s most celebrated designers and prominent celebrities.
There were plenty of unique and original ensembles on display. Here are a few elements that captured our attention from each day.
The opening of Fashion Pakistan Week 2016, saw Amir Adnan unveil striking menswear in his ‘The Way Forward.’
Amir’s segment saw the popular Gul-e-Rana actor Feroze Khan, looking sharp, in a fitted black and white blazer like shirt. With clean layering, the collection paired sherwanis with western trousers. While classic leather jackets were seen in deep shades of brown.
Black works with everything, and Maheen Karim’s ‘Tales of Vienna Woods,’ is proof. It’s funky, bling, flattering, and glamorous at the same time. With touches of gold, her ball gowns, jackets and capes, came together in luxurious textures.
Labelling his new collection ‘ONYX,’ HSY stuns the audience with an all black creation. Rather dark and unglamorous. But, seen separately from the usual embroideries. Focusing on textures, cuts and fabrics. The designer states: “ONYX is created for those who pave their path and decide their own fate. Simple, wearable but all the more luxurious.”
Overall, HSY portrayed the expressions of the German designer Karl Lagerfeld, who is recognised for black themes. The show-stopping garment worn by the Janaan famed heartthrob, Bilal Ashraf, featured a fitted and zipped leather gear.
Further, Shamaeel Ansari and Amir Adnan introduced an “essence and magnificence that the Ottomans represent.”
To illustrate ‘Kosem Sultan,’ a newly launched Turkish drama on Urdu 1, their designs were associated with, regal hues, luxurious fabrics, belted robe, and the Turkish headgear. Ultimately, a king and queen royal fashion theme.
Shehla Chatoor’s ‘Tresor’, covered several elements mixed into original silhouette styles. The elements included fur, belts, tassels, fringe and floral intricacy.
With distinct and elegant cuts, Shehla highlighted jumpsuits with attached kaftans and skirts, belted at the waist. Very experimental treasures, exploring a palette that varied from white, pink, ivory and black.
Moreover, HEM offered the ‘Golden Cage’ collection, representing traditional gotta tassels on dupatta edges, short shirts, shalwars and trousers with threadwork.
Deepak Perwani’s theme of ‘Ishq’ swirled through Mehndi function colours. Deepak’s clothes offered shimmer, translucent chiffons, floral embroidered net in muted green, pink, and orange.
Further, one noticed most prominently, the wicked celebrity pair of Mann Mayal. Gohar Asheed and Aisha Khan, in Natasha Kamal’s catwalk. Wearing a sequins and cut-work piece, Aisha indicated a glinting appearance. While Gohar rocked a simple ivory kurta with a complimenting waistcoat.
The highlight of day 3, Mukhtaran Mai, the survivor of a dreadful gang-rape incident. She walked the ramp wearing Rozina Munib. Titled as ‘Zindagi kay Rung,’ the designer expressed:
“I want to be the voice of those women who face circumstances similar to what I did.”
Rozina’s collection presented several styles of pants, each with delicate details. The most stunning was a soft shaded simple saree, featuring a heavy worked blouse.
Then, there was Nida Azwer. Within shades of red, black and gold, stood out her tea pink pieces. Nida’s floral scenery theme was carved beautifully with antique zardozi, merged with detailed thread work.
Following Nida, Saira Rizwan presented ‘Banaras.’ True to its name, the collection appeared to indulge in the Mughal era. Blending together velvet textures with architecturally embellished motifs. The key colours were deep red, maroon and gold.
Additionally, Deepak and Fahad, showcased men’s pleated kurtas, sherwanis, and waistcoats. Through structured ivory, beige, soft greens and blues, the men looked funky. Yet, subtle. All male models were then balanced by introducing a single female model, wearing a big skirt dress in similar colour schemes.
Republic womenswear’s collection proved that the colour grey can be fashionable too. Although a neutral palette, the shades of grey gave a message of simplicity. It was one special showstopper that wrapped the entire grace of the collection, Mawra Hocane. The actress says: “7 inches heel and 35kgs lehenga, breathtakingly intricate and beautiful.”
And, for the final closing, there was Nauman Arfeen. The cutest catwalk of young models, wearing miniature wedding attires. Mughal inspired, Nauman once again displayed grandeur turbans as his trademark. Moreover, the sophisticated celebrity couple, Sarwat Gillani and Fahad Mirza, walked as showstoppers, closing the event with royalty. Wrapped in deep red velvet, Fahad wore luxuriously embroidered velvet khussa shoes.
All in all, Fashion Pakistan Week 2016 was a beauty. It was about the individualistic statements of each designer. Yet, sighted a rather celebrity-loaded culture.
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