A model on the runway at the Karachi Fashion Week. PHOTO: NEFER SEHGAL/EXPRESS
Karachi Fashion Week kicks off, with over 30 designers set to unveil their creations.
What is Pakistani about these outfits….There is not one day signifies our culture yes be creative but I guess we should not forget that we must highlight are culture first and foremost…Living in the West I value this more than anything…Why do we have to copy the West….Being creative doesn’t just mean being vulgar…
where do you see the vulgarity?
Culture evolves. Dressing changes. Just look at pictures of our mothers (mostly liberal dresses) and grandmothers ( traditional chadhor etc.). Furthermore, many of the odd dresses are shown to highlight the artistic talent of the designer, and are often not for sale. Traditional clothing from Pakistan is still widely available, even in the West. As for the ‘vulgarity’ of dresses. that miss is very subjective. A regular shalwar kameez worn in Lahore/Karachi might be considered ‘vulgar’ by those in conservative towns. Are you willing to change your dressing by their standards?
To be honest, fashion shows are just a plate-form to show some fashion designers creativity, not representing any culture.
I live in the West, and rarely see girls wearing what these models wear ‘everyday’.
i totally agree with you. these fashion shows donot represent our values. they don’t represent 98% middle class of pakistan. they just represent 2% liberal fascists in pakistan. who want to impose this on us.
you can’t see the vulgarity cos there is mohor(stamp) in your heart and mind and because you are
liberal therefore you can’t see this.
Hahahaha. Good one. And I thought my eye sight is weak.
Yup culture evolves but vulgarity remains the same. Only our mind set changes. A wrong act is wrong irrespective if our mind-set makes it right in the later days.
Vulgarity in any form/dress can be vulgar and we all very well know what is vulgar and what is not. Lets not waste time is advocating/forcing our own views.
stop what yu doin.. be creative. only thing i can say to designers.
Pakistan is an Islamic state, these girls are so-called Muslims. That’s all theres need to be said to explain all of you whats vulgar in this. You can see the whole back of a chick and you are asking samina butt “where do you see vulgarity?”. Educate yourself and do a quick research on clothing in Islam and Pakistani culture and you might get an idea of whats wrong with this “fashion”. Call me whatever you want. I do not care.Recommend
So you watch Western fashion shows while sitting in the West, but dont want us to follow them
Actually the objective of the show was to highlight the difference b/w desi and western legs – LoL
MJ: Evolving with time and embracing fashion there is nothing wrong with it..I just believe these clothes dont represent 90% or even more the population I believe designers should focus more on what ppl can wear even high fashion can be of traditional outfits….Yes shalwar kameez can be vulgar but every garment can be vulgar if not worn properly but I believe these clothes dont’ represent pakistan yes ofcourse they do represent a class of pakistan…
Mustafa…being liberal doesn’t mean taking your clothes off liberal means open minded and literate but not forgetting your culture….
You are right that most of the clothes being paraded do not represent the culture of Pakistan. Of course they do not. Would I ever wear the shalwar kameez in the third picture? Never, at least not as long as I am sane. Think of these runway shows as walking art (not even very good at that). Also, most Pakistani designers target western demographics. For too long has Pakistan been exporting generic goods, and I think it is a step in the right direction to focus on high end value added products. As for the rest of the 10%, shouldn’t they be able to decide for themselves what to wear?
On the point of our culture, burqas and abayas are very visibly foreign to the country. And yet, a woman (and men) should be able to decide for herself what she wants to wear. That is the beauty of freedom, and since you live in the west, I doubt you have ever been judged for wearing shalwar kameez if you wear it still.
Please do not start a verbal war and condemnation, as all of us Pakistanis are notorious in doing. The fashion week was meant for showing what Pakistani brands and designers can artistically produce, to the foreign buyers. Now please be dont stupid that the Australians, Irish, Britts and Americans would be interested in buying lehngas, gharraras, peshwaz. And this fashion week was not meant for you all to be seen. It was for foreign fashion buyers, World Fashion Organisation and Europa Regina. Please dont consider yourself so important (who ever is bad mouthing) that it was meant for your stupid eyes. Apni Aukat mein raho
@MJ since when did LIBERAL DRESSES exist? I thought liberalism is a political ideology, Pakistani liberals are confused. You can wear shalwar Kameez and be liberal… or wear jeans and be a conservative…
I agree with you its about free will but these people are the icons of fashion and they role out the trends that people follow…I know the notion of being creative and wanting to compete at the international level..but how many Pakistani Designers have made it to big fashion weeks??? I agree the clothes are high end fashion items but I still believe we should go back to our roots for inspirations…Also Yes you can wear shalwar kameez and be liberal….aur here in the UK noone looks at noone anyway you can barely have clothes on but they wont bother but because their thinking and ideologies are different to us…I am not speaking from a conservative mind but I just think we have scaled far too much towards the West..I have seen all the pics and not even one day I have seen traditional clothes…comparative India is very modern and they can wear whatever they want..but look at their fashion weeks saris are the attraction no matter how revealing they might be but they represent their culture…I am not saying you shouldn’t be liberal but liberal is not just about clothes but about thinking and how much of Pakistan’s population is liberal…Even here in UK people have lived here for 20 years but don’t understand the meaning of liberal…
Now you’re just nit-picking. I also did not imply or explicitly state that a person cannot be a liberal by wearing shalwar kameez. A word can have more than one definition, and usage depending on the context in which it is used, which you have chosen to overlook.
Omg! Pakistan is beautiful.
The fashion week was meant for showing what Pakistani brands and designers can artistically produce, to the foreign buyers. It was for foreign fashion buyers, World Fashion Organisation and Europa Regina.
As to highlight the culture. Didn’t you see the the Bridal Couture Week?
That was presenting our culture. In India, there are various fashion shows, few for representing there culture & the West. Similaly, this was a task for the Pakistani designers to make what they can for the west.
Didn’t you see how HSY represented our culture in DFW (Dubai Fashion Week)
People stood up for his clothing line that clearly represented our culture.
HSY’S COLLECTION ENTITLED ‘Voyage National’, celebrated the raw beauty of traditional Pakistani handicrafts. Opening with a video of Mohammed Ali Jinnah’s freedom address, HSY took audiences through a visual journey of the nation’s glorious history, its present and its hope for a bright future. The embroidery on the 42-outfit collection was done by an organisation directed at improving economic conditions of Pakistan’s female artisans. With Islamic designing.
He represented Pakistan in DFW where designers from the world showcase their collection.
Its total vulgarity. We vehemently condemn it as they are not representing our culture and our values. Its an effort to destroy the social fabric of our society and alter our values. Totally condemnable
I do not understand why the fashion shows has become associated with revealing flesh only ? cant they cover themselves with some beautiful eastern outfits ? our culture will erode if we do not carry it over. why do we feel shame in telling the world what Islam teaches modesty to both men and women ? why we follow their footsteps only ? why cant they follow ours ?
the other side of Pakistan..!!
Awesome Dresses..Love All Of them…!
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