KARACHI: The brains behind the magnificence of Sanjay Leela Bhansali-helmed Padmaavat are on their first ever visit to Pakistan for a three day event, called Shan-e-Pakistan.
The collection Rimple and Harpeet Narula brought to Pakistan was showcased on the 3rd of May in Karachi and is a tale of travel and transcendence.
Pakistani actor Saba Qamar, who marked her Bollywood debut in Hindi Medium, donned a stunning gold and red ensemble as Harpreet and Rimple's showstopper on Thursday night.
The starlet looked regal in a heavily embellished gold outfit, with chunky Kundan jewellery by Pakistani designer Asim Jofa.
Talking about her experience, Saba wrote, "Wonderful experience being the showstopper for Padmaavat designers, Rimple and Harpreet at Shan-e-Pakistan. Your collection was jaw dropping, Congratulations on executing an amazing show in Pakistan."
The Rimple and Harpreet Narula label is an interesting meeting ground of couture, craft and heritage.
The designer duo's style represents an interesting paradox of rural craft and exalted design - highly distressed surface treatments are juxtaposed with fine hand embroideries and the silhouettes enhanced with a contemporary spin. Their take on design and the process of design is intuitive while their approach to colour and fabric is spontaneous, yet exceptional.
Their current fascination with Antique Textiles and Motifs, coupled with the intensive research process they underwent while working on Padmaavat as well as their interest in the flourishing period of Islamic art, has kept them engaged in creating a collection that is rich, ornate, sophisticated and extraordinarily unique.
Talking about their first visit, Harpreet and Rimple said, "Our roots are from here. Our ancestors lived in the united Punjab, so essentially, we are from Gujranwala. And the love and warmth we got in Pakistan is exceptional."
"It feels amazing to be in Pakistan. It feels like home, to be honest. You see, Indians and Pakistanis aren’t all that different. In terms of culture, dresses, food, films, and even fashion, we are almost similar," the couple added.
Giving their two cents on Pakistani fashion industry, the designer duo continued, "We’ve seen the work of some Pakistani designers and we are in complete awe! The cuts and new ideas of today’s fashion industry are enthralling! We can’t wait to come back here and showcase our other work."
Previously, Harpreet and Rimple have worked with some Bollywood bigwigs such as Tabu, Madhuri Dixit Nene and Huma Qureshi.
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