LAHORE: The 11th PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week (PSFW) concluded with HSY’s grand show on Sunday. It was a progressive fashion week overall, with many new designers making their big debuts.
Even though PSFW 2018 lacked any real ‘celebrity moment,’ the Pakistan Fashion Design Council (PFDC) successfully created quality fashion and a quality event, as witnessed by the amazing responses garnered from the audience this time around. Here’s a lowdown of who showed what at PSFW’s grand finale.
Needless to say, the class couturier cast a spell on everyone once again with Knight – a beautifully detailed collection boasting of exquisite beadwork and delicate ornaments attached to sleek, all-black silhouettes. And the best part was, that team HSY used just local materials for the entire collection.
Supermodel Mehreen Syed was seen walking the ramp to funky retro music in a fierce, shimmery red gown. But the real showstopper was HSY’s mother who graced the event in support of her son.
With Knight, HSY paid homage to the powerful women not only in his life but also around the world. As he sees it, women are going into battle for change and raising their voice more than ever before. In other words, they are their own ‘knights’ in HSY’s shining armour.
Collection: The Gilded Wastelands
This line comprised of Fahad’s luxury, novelty-couture and signature bespoke menswear. The Gilded Wastelands consisted of silk thread embroidery interlaced with delicate hand work, minimal embellishment and surface ornamentation. Net, organza, tissue, and chiffon added the fresh look that Fahad had hoped for this Spring/Summer collection. Amna Ilyas stole the show in a floor-length embellished gold gown, adorned with feather details.
Zonia has always designed clothes for real life. Her creations are fuss free, both on and off the ramp. This season, she presented ODISHA which is inspired by one of the world’s most primitive Indian tribes, known for its multihued geometric Ikat patterns.
ODISHA featured sleek tailored pieces alongside boxy blouses and summer jackets, with intricate beading, embroidery and Ikat-inspired cold prints. With a colour palette comprising of mikado yellow, autumnal amber and bright pink hues, the line consisted of summer coats, constructive crop tops, bold prints, notch collars and lots and lots of layering.
Republic by Omar Farooq
Omar Farooq caters to stylish men. His approach to designing includes experimenting with silhouettes and fabric uncommon to traditional menswear.
This season, Omar chose to draw inspiration from the Japanese sequential art, popularly known as Manga. The collection had a very relaxed, summery vibe with jackets, tailored pants and several pieces of knitwear. Kudos to Omar for the excellent execution of the outfits on the ramp!
Collection: Ode to Picasso
Mona attempted to pay homage to Pablo Picasso through her work. Unfortunately, the collection did little to commemorate one of the greatest artists the world has ever seen.
Even though Mona incorporated Picasso’s work into her ensembles, the collection appeared dull and boring. Perhaps using the beautiful imagery in a more imaginative way, with better cuts and silhouettes that blend with their theme would have served more purpose than the out of place frills and chiffon overlays she had opted for. Sisters, Sarah Khan and Noor Khan walked the ramp for the designer.
The lawn brand, known for its feminine prints, presented Saccharine. But truth be told, it didn’t need to go so heavy on its designs as their beautiful and simpler patterned prints would have done better.
The fabrics used, ranged from jacquards, silk, chiffon, net and lawn in long, flowy summer jackets, asymmetrical hems and contemporary silhouettes. But the strength of the collection was its strong colour palette of peaches, vanilla yellows, lime and rose quartz.
Collection: Boho Allure
So Kamal showcased Boho Allure: a design travelogue fused with Persian tapestry, Indian patterns and some Moroccan essence. The collection came in rich jacquards with self-prints, silks and chiffon draperies; a fusion of boho and western styles.
Also, this season, So Kamal is taking the runway collection from the high street to stores, making it accessible to everyone.
Collection: Premium Collection 2018
Premium Collection 2018 is inspired by the bond between nature and modern lifestyles. The ensembles come in lawn, chiffon and silk with pearls and stone embellishments. But the menswear proved more of an attention-grabber as some of its waistcoats were super trendy and classic.
Collection: Fluer Du Spring
Fluer Du Spring is a vibrant lawn collection including florals and geometrical patterns with embroideries on each item. Rouge experimented by mixing various colours and prints to create pieces which truly stood out.
One such piece was the orange and black sari that Sabeeka Imam wore. Another was the black/white striped sari with a long, tasseled cape and embroidered roses.
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