LAHORE: The grand finale featured a well-executed event in terms of time management, designer line-up and red carpet attendees. Designer heavyweights unveiled their luxury ready-to-wear collections on the day. While kimonos, embellished jackets and jumpsuits continued to reign the ramp, we spotted something new in every collection too.
Here’s a review of Fashion Pakistan Week (FPW) day two.
Collection: Black is the new white
Deepak’s collection was inspired by the oriental rose and diaphanous airy silhouettes. The men’s line consisted primarily of monochrome outfits with gold embellishments while womenswear featured a variety of ensembles in breezy colours with gold cutwork perfect to be worn during the festive season. From smart sherwanis and black kotis to fuss free long shirts detailed with feathers and fur, Deepak presented a stunning collection. Sarwat Gilani walked the ramp in a showstopping ensemble, featuring a black kimono style jacket and flared pants.
Collection: Winds of Summer
The showcase explored the opulence of summer couture with elaborate embroideries, lavishly sequinned motifs, festooned with stones, pearls, dori work and 3D embellishments. Gowns, long and short shirts with traditional work but modern cuts made for a beautifully blended collection. The colour palette included a mix of pastels and nudes with semi-precious jewels and floral prints adding oomph to the offerings. Metallic tassels and coloured thread work adding to the finishing touches in most of the pieces.
The designer’s collection depicted the handicraft of decorating fabric and other materials with needle and thread or yarn. While the creations looked glamorous and bold on the ramp, they lacked wearibility. The embroidery incorporated 3D flowers, metal strips, glass beads, crystals, pearls and sequins. High waisted skirts, capes, kimono tops, jumpsuits and gowns in rich fabrics such as net, jersey, chiffon and georgette dominated the line. Actor Neelam Munir walked the ramp in a shimmery royal blue off-shoulder ball gown.
Boheme by Kanwal
Collection: Kathputli Tamasha
Kanwal’s collection drew inspiration from the puppet shows that she used to frequently visit in her childhood. Mirror work, colourful thread work and embroidered images of puppets managed to mesmerise on the ramp. Models sported long, flowy creative silhouettes and jackets. Kanwal used a basic white, black and beige colour scheme, adding just the perfect pop of colour in orange and red. Zoe Viccaji, as the showstopper, donned an exquisite gown featuring a thick border of embroidered puppets in bright hues.
Nauman Arfeen explored lines and stripes on the runway. He offered a monochromatic line up in funky yet wearable ensembles, primarily comprising a line for men. Hand embroidered logo jackets in various coloured stripes, custom designed bags and bright shoes were a visual treat. Through his collection, Nauman put forward a strong message that said ‘let’s all behold and read between the lines’. It was a pleasure to see Special Olympics Pakistan participants close the show.
The Lahore-based designer was inspired by the textures and vibrancy of marbling. Natasha showcased a playful take on linear patterns, worked with their infinite versatility through a series of different fabrications and techniques. The silhouettes were relaxed and effortless, embodying the fluidity of marbling itself and giving a contemporary appeal. The collection featured both bright colours such as orange, brick red and navy blue as well as pastel hues.
AFH by Ayesha Farook
She did complete justice to the much-hyped evening finale. Displaying a striking display of patterns and cuts in ultra-feminine silhouettes, trousers, dresses, jumpsuits and jackets, Ayesha showcased some stunning pieces. The line boasted of a variety of flowing silks, satins, chiffons and voiles in basic but dramatic colours, with the craftsmanship complementing fluid cuts and drapes. The fact that black was the colour she used for the most part added a glitz and sheen to the collection.
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