Fashion Showcase day two brought some promising fashion designers to the fore. The young Pakistani designers seem to love playing with colour and the concept of ‘Pakistaniyat’, as many collections were inspired by the cultural heritage of Pakistan.
Sajid’s ‘Mera Pakistan’ collection won the cultural race and was one of the best lines showcased on Day Two. The range drew inspiration from local art and landmarks like Minar-e-Pakistan and Bab-e-Khyber.
Trends to remember: Camel and rickshaw motifs and kheri chappals
The feel: Rural chic
The look: Elegant with a dash of desi
India’s Nakul Sen showcased a collection of saris replete with the ever-so-grandiose combination of black and gold.
Trends to remember: Romance of gold and silver with black
The feel: Regal appeal
The look: Woman in black
‘Rang Ja’ from the house of Bareeze stood out for its crisp portrayal of Pakistani culture seasoned with hues of yellow, deep purple and bright red.
Trend to remember: Use of pom poms and Balochi and Sindhi embroidery
The feel: A fiesta of colours
The look: Vivacious and vibrant
Sri Lankan designer Fouzal Hameed’s menswear had two variations. Half of the collection showcased sharply-tailored three-piece black and grey suits while the other half brought forward a more trendy side of men’s suiting. Hameed’s collection had suits in bright hues such as red and blue as well as more somber shades such as black and grey.
Trend to remember: Hip moccasins and leather briefcases
The feel: Stylish and playful
The look: The well-groomed man
FnkAsia is getting funkier by the day. With her yellow and white outfits, designer Huma Adnan celebrated the concept of ‘every dawn brings a new beginning’. Additonally, the use of tie-dye transported one back to the 1970s, when hippies changed the face of fashion and style.
Trends to remember: Headbands
The feel: Splash of yellow for undercover gypsies
The look: Little Miss Sunshine
Farhan & Ambreen
The duo incorporated shades of sunset and rainbows in their collection called the ‘Colours of Nature’. The hues of this collection denoted a nature lover’s carefree levity.
Trends to remember: Diamantes-studded necklines and meena kari work
The feel: Earthbound, raw and carefree
The look: Bohemian fantasy
Sofia Naveed Lari
Lari’s collection was a burst of colours and flora
Trend to remember: Flower embellishments and accessories
The feel: Feminine and floral
The look: The flower girls in My Fair Lady
In her spring/summer 2012 collection Khurram brought forward her drapery collection in pure silk.
Trend to remember: Brooches
The feel: Contemporary and chic
The look: The Roman Goddess
Dada’s collection ‘True feel of Africa’ was a melange of earthy tones and geometrical designs
Trend to remember: Use of colourful beads in accessories
The feel: Life in an African tribe
The look: The jungle is calling
Rizwanullah’s ‘Art meets Fashion’ collection was an old one and this range was presented less than a fortnight ago at the Textile Asia’s Colour Denim Fashion Parade. Same denim, same hues and nothing new.
Trends to remember: Fabric paint on clothes
The feel: A snazzy topping on bland denim
The look: Andy Warhol
Published in The Express Tribune, March 29th, 2012.