“I have always had a passion for reviving ancient design techniques and artistry through my collections."
When it comes to innovative design, print, colour and texture, Pakistan’s array of talented designers is endless. Time and time again Pakistani fashion takes the world by storm and the latest collections showcased at Fashion Pakistan Week (FPW) 6 were a testament to the great lengths that fashion has evolved in the country.
From elegant dresses, intricate haute couture and attention-grabbing colour palettes, designers from Karachi offered a glimpse into their new collections for Spring/Summer 2014.
In the past FPW has remained predominantly a Karachite event, but this year saw the arrival of Lahore’s biggest fashion lovers who also came with their innovative take on classic Eastern dresses.
In association with Fashion Pakistan Council and HUM Sitaray, FPW also sees new organisers at the helm, including Deepak Perwani, Sanam Chaudhri, Maheen Karim and Wardha Saleem.
Day 1 opened with the ever popular HSY who took to the runway with a very in, and very fashion forward collection – the epitome of fashion in Pakistan right now. With strapless tops and chiffon palazzos on top of white and black silk trousers, the collection was a breath of Western fresh air.
The exhibit also saw eight new designers show a selection of their pieces as part of the Bank Alfalah Graduate Show. If the pieces were anything to go by, then the future of Pakistani fashion remains in safe hands.
Other notable collections from Day 1 included Shela Chatoor, which saw beauty Humaima Malik walk the ramp in a gold and black showstopper dress. With dark palates of black, green and gold, Chatoor’s collection oozed elegance and sex appeal.
Nida Azwer’s collection saw traditional Arabesque designs and prints. Using soft fabrics like silk, cotton and chiffon, the dresses each had a distinct signature cut and flow. White, gold and silver formed the base with a mixture of prints, embroidery, pleats and emboss which all added modern layers to a classic look.
Speaking about her collection, Nida said: “I have always had a passion for reviving ancient design techniques and artistry through my collections. This is an endeavour to revive the age old handicraft and art form again in a more modern reimagining but without fundamentally altering the craft itself.”
Ending Day 1 was Adnan Pardesy, who’s minimalist collection all depended on the unique cuts and style of his fabrics in both his short and long dresses. Pardesi uses a lot of structural inspiration for his designs, which can explain the blocking of ethnic colours and prints giving a modern and bold look.
The second day of FPW continued with Maheen Karim, Fahad Hussayn, Maybelline Trend Show (with Sara Shahid of Sublime, Sania Maskatiya and Sanam Chaudhri), Nauman Afreen, Jafferjees, Gulabo, Inayaa, Sheep and Shamaeel Ansari.
Fahad Hussayn presented his ‘Trousseau’ collection was full of elegance and sophistication. His 1920’s collection of nude, ivory and pastel dresses were full of embroidery, lace and embossed sequin inserts. His floral maxi dress of light and dark greens and blues was simply stunning.
Nauman Arfeen’s Sindhi collection was a new twist on Persian art. His Haute After Dark collection saw creative menswear pieces, with unusual cuts and fabrics and accompanying bags and shoes to complete the look.
Jafferjees showcased a leather collection of elegant clutches and handbags. The handcrafted pieces oozed sophistication with their intricate detailing. Following on was Noshaba Brohi who debuted her brand Inaya. The pieces were a mix of embellished jackets, long dresses and kurtis.
Closing Day 2 was Shamaeel Ansari, a veteran designer who is always sure to wow with her impeccable showstoppers. Taking inspiration from Turkish and Ottoman influences, her FPW collection did not disappoint with her signature style of regal beauty, through statement jackets, trousers, coats and prints.
The final day of FPW 6 saw the likes of Sadaf Malaterre, Tapu Javeri, Daaman, Gul Ahmed, Ali Xeeshan, Wardha Saleem, Mahin Hussain, Faraz Manan, Kayseria and Nomi Ansari.
Opening the final day was Sadaf Malaterre who experimented with pink and orange for her Spring/Summer collection. Celebrity VJ, Anoushray Ashraf who wore one of the showstoppers said:
“I love how Sadaf has dressed me up. I feel good and confident about myself wearing this lovely outfit with a hairstyle doing justice to the entire look. I’m the sort of person who’s always very self conscious, but today I feel extremely jubilant. I’m very happy with my look today.”
Following the fun party theme, Tapu Javeri showcased ‘Tapulicious’ which saw statement artwork prints. Maleeha Chaudhry’s ‘Daaman’ saw soft colours for Spring, with yellows, pinks and orange.
Gul Ahmed’s silk collection mixed tribal prints and traditional designs with a huge array of eye-catching colours of orange, pink and purple. Chairman of Gul Ahmed, Bashir Ali Mohammad said of the collection:
“The runway was our stage and the entire collection consists of creative designs filled with exuberance. We have created elaborate and technically marvellous garments that would make anyone watching wanting more.”
Bridal designer, Nomi Ansari ended FPW 6 with a stunning collection of Western and Eastern attire. From heavy royal blue sarees and lehengas with gold and silver detailing, to puffed ruffle dresses and metallic. The collection truly showed the wide creativity of all Pakistan fashion designers, who have all created some incredible pieces.
Overall Fashion Pakistan Week was a mixture of heritage and futurism. Combining past, present and future, along with Eastern and Western influence, Pakistani fashion has passed all barriers and succeeded in creating a distinct style of fashion that represents the modern man and woman today.