Islamabad Fashion Week: It’s all about making a statement

Published: April 11, 2012
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Creations of fashion design students of GIFT University on the runway. PHOTO: MUHAMMAD JAVAID

Creations of fashion design students of GIFT University on the runway. PHOTO: MUHAMMAD JAVAID

Creations of fashion design students of GIFT University on the runway. PHOTO: MUHAMMAD JAVAID Creations of fashion design students of GIFT University on the runway. PHOTO: MUHAMMAD JAVAID
ISLAMABAD: 

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.

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Reader Comments (4)

  • abida hameed
    Apr 11, 2012 - 9:40AM

    Goshh!! how many Fashion Weeks are going at the same time in this Country ?
    it seems all we do is nothing but to discuss clothes …
    BTW all over the world FWs are mewnatto get corporate and bulk buyers like big stores etc, not for sake of inviting personal guests and celebs for glamour-sake and have a fun-fair !!
    hope all councils will focus on buyers now rather then saying repeatedly that our FWs have given a positive image of country abroad. How about decreasing trade deficit through increasing exports rather then just talking about which designer lawn was ‘sold-out’ on the first day !!

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  • Mahwish
    Apr 11, 2012 - 9:47AM

    Very good piece of writing. Well done Sehrish. Keep it up :)

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  • Yaida M
    Apr 11, 2012 - 11:23AM

    I could never understand the concept of Fashion Shows in an Islamic nation. What practical purpose could it serve?

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  • ANON
    Apr 13, 2012 - 9:35PM

    @Yaida M:
    In an Islamic country, people are artists and designers “unfortunately” who have taste in colours and fashion so how in your opinion they should display it? It shows their creativity. If you are an artist, you will never ask such a stupid question. I say we need to take it at higher level. Need of time is to introduce our fashion in the western world as well.Recommend

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