For its second successive year, the Islamabad Fashion Week was experimental and playful. An infusion of diverse ideas came full circle at the Pak-China Centre on Tuesday with western cuts, bold colours and unusual design-- each designer making their own statement.
The line-up on the opening day included fashion students of GIFT University, Gujrat, who displayed their thesis. Meanwhile, Qamar’s “We construct to reconstruct” used pre-manufactured garments to construct his pieces. The cuts were western with four pieces.
Samra Rayasat dared to show phases of life which lead to suicide through her collection, “The Painful Realities of Life” four pieces were dark-black, red and purple. She used wooden cane baskets upside down and styled them as head gear.
Next up, Tamsila Yaqoob’s collection “Immaculate Souls” was centered on western-cut gowns in varying hues of pink, purple, blue and crème. Three of them were long-ankle length floaty gowns, while one was a slim-fit gown with a ruffled top.
Faraz Abid’s chic hoardings were an interesting concept with models parading as billboards, but lacked finesse.
Two designers from Lakahi Silk Mills, Naeem Fazal and Tehzib Muzammal revolved around eastern cuts. A white lehnga with old-fashioned zari kaam and printed silk was a far cry than most modern bridal wear.
The makeup was by Jugnu Wasim and the whole event was choreographed by Pomme. Overall the male models commanded the runway with their attitude while females slouched, speaking in between.
The event was however marred by power cuts and other glitches, which stylist Tariq Amin said were taking place since it was the first day of the event.
Published in The Express Tribune, April 11th, 2012.