"The architecture influences in the form of embellishment and cutwork is everything in this collection."
With the best designers and couturiers at the Q-Mobile HUM Bridal Couture Week 2016, the ramp was full of Pakistani craftsmanship and exquisite extravagance.
A string of royalty brides hit the ramp, while beautiful celebrities gracefully displayed the latest themes.
From the classic actress, Resham, to the social media sensation, Arshad Khan Chai-Wala, the three-day event celebrated leading personalities.
Faletti’s hotel, Lahore, hosted these dazzling sequences, which were packed with energy and vibrancy.
DESIblitz explores some of the showstopping themes of HUM Bridal Couture Week 2016.
Bridal Couture Week 2016, marked the winter wedding season of Pakistan.
Firstly, designer Mehdi opened Day 1, with his incredibly classy and stylish bridal wear.
Traditionally, with long shirts, emphasised through silver, gold, and bronze strokes, the ensembles were predominantly ornamented with heavy dupattas.
Amna Baber looked a diva in Mehdi’s red, time-treasured, traditional bridal piece.
Further, set to the theme of ‘Shahi Muhalla,’ HEM’s segment saw the charming Pakistani film star, Resham. Wearing a delicate, light gold wedding attire, Resham represented a beautiful portrayal of the Mughal era.
Comparatively, with his collection titled ‘Chaap Tilak,’ Mohsin Naveed Ranjha, amazed the audience through intricate structural motifs, on deep red velvets. The designer states: “The architecture influences in the form of embellishment and cutwork is everything in this collection.”
Notably, the highlight was the show-stopping garment, worn by the Sanam Teri Kasam famed beauty, Mawra Hocane. Captivating the audience with her charm, Mawra wore a very soft colour palette dress.
‘Mehram’ by Fas Design Studio, featured:
“A whimsical tale portraying purity of love and the tranquil charm of beauty inspired by the freedom of nature,” says Faraz Abid.
With attention to, Imran Abbas as the showstopper, carrying the sophisticated groom look, the designs by Faraz were detailed with mystique gold.
The lively actress, Saba Qamar, did justice to the showstopper dress by Erum Khan. Wearing a red and gold lehenga with a regal hairdo, Saba walked the bridal ramp with a rather dashing groom. Perfectly complimenting her, the groom looked charming in a maroon velvet shawl.
Moreover, Munib Nawaz offered the ‘Moonlight Romanticism’ theme, representing deep and dark shades of blue. Influenced by the colours of the earth, under the moon, his pieces consisted of velvet, raw silk and brocades.
Munib’s outstanding showstoppers, Moammar Rana and Usman Khalid Butt, added the splendour of the Maharajas to the collection, wearing beaded necklaces on fitted sherwanis.
Chinyere’s theme of ‘Husn-e-Jana’, swirled through a mixture of pastels and bright hues. Almost reflecting neon combinations, model Nadia Hussain rocked a pastel pink lehenga, with a corset looking top.
Interestingly titled, ‘Ladli Begum’, Hina Butt’s collection told the story of the famous Khatak dance. Therefore, the dresses echoed the sounds of dancing girls, with detailed ghungroo bells work. With dazzling twirls, the models swayed to Khatak rhythms.
In addition, Hina’s exquisite embroidery was woven into the fabrics of pure and sheer jamawar, organza and tissue. Through the use of precious details and rich fabrics, Ladli Begum expressed the grandeur and beauty of the Mughal era.
On the concluding day of Bridal Couture Week 2016, Birmingham’s Ziggi Menswear presented their collection, ‘‘ZAWIYA’.
With Arshad Khan, the Chai-Wala, as his showstopper, Ziggi took his ramp presentation to the next level.
However, more significantly was the fact that, Arshad Khan reached another milestone, as he made his runway debut at the Bridal Couture Week 2016.
Ziggi’s collection featured the whirling dervishes, a Rumi ritualistic dance performance, that mesmerised the audience with something different.
The collection showcased velvet blazers, jackets and sherwanis. The colour palette consisted of deep blues, beige and golden browns.
Additionally, day 3 of the Bridal Couture Week 2016, saw romance on the ramp!
Admiringly, the audience witnessed a recap of Urwa Hocane’s and Farhan Saeed’s engagement proposal, which took place recently in Paris.
Walking hand-in-hand, as the showstopper couple for Uzma Babar, the love birds wore complimenting outfits.
Despite Farhan’s casual simplicity in a black raw silk sherwani with jeans, the tailoring of the outfit appeared impeccable. On the other hand, Urwa floated gently down the ramp in a soft and shimmery, gold tissue-organza lehenga. It was her statement jhumar, which whistled regal elegance.
Closing with some of the grand couturiers, Elan, Nida Azwer and Amir Adnan, the event wrapped up with signature craftsmanship.
Elan displayed striking colour combinations, with intricate embroideries and thread work.
On the other hand, Amir gave a graceful collection of men’s sherwanis. Paired with, women’s regal saree’s, ghararas and flare gowns.
In contrast, Nida Azwer presented geometric designs and silhouettes. Her signature motif embellishments, incorporated detailed works of resham and zardozi.
All in all, the 13th edition of the Q-Mobile HUM Bridal Couture Week 2016, was an exquisite vision.
In particular, a vision of traditional bridal shades. Including reds, golds, and maroons.
It portrayed the original expressions of each designer. A popular platform, which gave the Pakistani stars, a grand stage to display their individual talent.
The glittering crowd of celebrities made their presence noteworthy. While some twirled glamorously down the ramp in stunning ensembles. Others gave their support through applauding their favourite designers.
To find out more, click here for the Official Facebook page of Bridal Couture Week.