EXPO Pakistan: Runway trends to remember

Published: October 8, 2012
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ETHNIC: PIFD designers pieced together
tribal headgear with buttons at
the neckline. PHOTO: AYESHA MIR/EXPRESS

ETHNIC: PIFD designers pieced together tribal headgear with buttons at the neckline. PHOTO: AYESHA MIR/EXPRESS

ACCESSORIES: Maxco added
a bright pink scarf to their menswear, which was a welcome
change from the regular earthy colours. PHOTO: AYESHA MIR/EXPRESS ACCESSORIES: You can always expect Amin Gulgee to wow you with eccentric statement jewellery. Not only did his copper and bronze leaves
and chunky choker necklaces impress foreign buyers in the
crowd, they also make for very interesting fashion statements
that can instantly glam up a long black dress.  PHOTO: AYESHA MIR/EXPRESS ACCESSORIES: Nida Khurram. PHOTO: AYESHA MIR/EXPRESS ACCESSORIES: Nova Leather’s long
chained bag and smaller yellow handbag are bang on trend. PHOTO: AYESHA MIR/EXPRESS ACCESSORIES: Nova Leather’s long
chained bag and smaller yellow handbag are bang on trend. PHOTO: AYESHA MIR/EXPRESS ACCESSORIES: Rang Ja’s multi-coloured necklaces worn in bunches added extra spunk to their super funky outfits. PHOTO: AYESHA MIR/EXPRESS BREAKING IT UP: Sonya Battla added a
raggedy cloth belt to a layered
kurta. PHOTO: AYESHA MIR/EXPRESS BREAKING IT UP: A PIFD designer and Rang Ja added braided belts to dresses. PHOTO: AYESHA MIR/EXPRESS BREAKING IT UP: Rang Ja. PHOTO: AYESHA MIR/EXPRESS BREAKING IT UP: Faiza Samee paired an embellished slim belt with a
lovely screen printed tunic in
orange, maroon and black. PHOTO: AYESHA MIR/EXPRESS ETHNIC: Rang Ja used ethnic,
rilli-inspired embroidery for
dresses. PHOTO: AYESHA MIR/EXPRESS ETHNIC: Kuki Concepts. PHOTO: AYESHA MIR/EXPRESS ETHNIC: Faiza Samee
presented fresh tribal-printed
pajamas in silk that can be worn
with a solid colour kurta. PHOTO: AYESHA MIR/EXPRESS ETHNIC: PIFD designers pieced together
tribal headgear with buttons at
the neckline. PHOTO: AYESHA MIR/EXPRESS LAYERS: Kuki Concepts’ one shoulder floral printed dress modeled by Maha also used a red layer to add volume. PHOTO: AYESHA MIR/EXPRESS LAYERS: Sonya Battla churned out beautifully stitched shirts and dresses for her ‘Mystique and Glory’ collection, which primarily used karandi and linen in light colours. PHOTO: AYESHA MIR/EXPRESS LAYERS: Sonya Battla churned out beautifully stitched shirts and dresses for her ‘Mystique and Glory’ collection, which primarily used karandi and linen in light colours.  PHOTO: AYESHA MIR/EXPRESS LAYERS: Faiza Samee created layers with richly coloured block prints in chiffon, and made screen print contemporary and different by mixing vivid block prints
with animal prints and solid colours. PHOTO: AYESHA MIR/EXPRESS SKINS: Adnan Pardesy used denim
to create flared shirts and a structured sherwani style kameez for
his ‘Working Women’ collection. PHOTO: AYESHA MIR/EXPRESS SKINS: PIFD students played with wool and feathers. PHOTO: AYESHA MIR/EXPRESS SKINS: Kuki Concepts played with wool and feathers. PHOTO: AYESHA MIR/EXPRESS SKINS: Nova Leather put a sexy green leather number on Iraj, who rocked it on the ramp in black tights and boots. PHOTO: AYESHA MIR/EXPRESS JACKETS: Sonya Battla’s chiffon cap sleeved jacket with worked edging was a soft, flowy option that could be paired with a casual shirt over wide-legged pants and palazzos. PHOTO: AYESHA MIR/EXPRESS
JACKETS: Zubair Lakhani’s venture Maxco had soft leather jackets in dark brown that are also being exported to Italy. PHOTO: AYESHA MIR/EXPRESS JACKETS: Short structured rilli jackets for men from Kuki Concepts’ ‘Flamboyance’
collection.  PHOTO: AYESHA MIR/EXPRESS JACKETS: Zubair Lakhani’s venture Maxco had soft leather jackets in dark brown that are also being exported to Italy. PHOTO: AYESHA MIR/EXPRESS JACKETS: Nova Leather. PHOTO: AYESHA MIR/EXPRESS JACKETS: Beautifully embroidered fitted jackets in neon colours by Rang Ja were the most attractive. PHOTO: AYESHA MIR/EXPRESS
KARACHI: 

As bridal fashion week was in full swing in Lahore, the city of lights saw its own two day fashion show.

As part of the annual Expo, a trade fair that bills itself as a platform that showcases “the very best of Pakistan”, the Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP) organised a fashion segment — a feature of the Expo that has become popular with those with an eye for what’s in vogue. As international and local buyers gathered under the Pearl Continental Marquee on October 4 and 5, designers such as Faiza Samee and Sonya Battla, along with artist Amin Gulgee presented some interesting work that reflected their signature style. While there was, of course, one hopelessly outdated collection, the majority did generate some fashionable numbers that could easily find a home for themselves in your closet. Here are some things we loved:

Jackets 

The runway saw some colourful and well-tailored jackets that can easily be thrown over a basic white top and rocked at a party. Short structured rilli jackets for men from Kuki Concepts’ ‘Flamboyance’ collection and beautifully embroidered fitted jackets in neon colours by Rang Ja were the most attractive. They boast skillful Pakistani craft and are definitely items that can dress up an otherwise plain outfit. Sonya Battla’s chiffon cap sleeved jacket with worked edging was a soft, flowy option that could be paired with a casual shirt over wide-legged pants and palazzos. Zubair Lakhani’s venture Maxco had soft leather jackets in dark brown that are also being exported to Italy — a good buy for those looking for smart winter wear.

Skins

Instead of just the regular chiffons, cottons and silks, designers experimented with some unusual fabric at the TDAP fashion event. While Adnan Pardesy used denim to create flared shirts and a structured sherwani style kameez for his ‘Working Women’ collection, Kuki Concepts and PIFD students played with wool and feathers. Nova Leather put a sexy green leather number on Iraj, who rocked it on the ramp in black tights and boots. It was interesting to see the same cuts and styles in atypical material.

Layers

Another trend spotted on the runway was layered kameezes and dresses. Faiza Samee created layers with richly coloured block prints in chiffon, and made screen print contemporary and different by mixing vivid block prints with animal prints and solid colours. Sonya Battla churned out beautifully stitched shirts and dresses for her ‘Mystique and Glory’ collection, which primarily used karandi and linen in light colours. Kuki Concepts’ one shoulder floral printed dress modeled by Maha also used a red layer to add volume. It was interesting to see designers play with colour when using different layers, but Sonya Battla chose to stay true to her signature subtle tones, creating a less flirty, more sophisticated look.

Ethnic

Tribal prints and frills were all the rage. While Faiza Samee presented fresh tribal-printed pajamas in silk that can be worn with a solid colour kurta, the PIFD designers pieced together tribal headgear with buttons at the neckline. Rang Ja used ethnic, rilli-inspired embroidery for dresses and Sonya Battla played up her muted colours with raggedy cloth necklaces.

Breaking it up

More than one designer chose to add a belt to their outfit. Faiza Samee paired an embellished slim belt with a lovely screen printed tunic in orange, maroon and black. A PIFD designer and Rang Ja added braided belts to dresses, whereas Sonya Battla added a raggedy cloth belt to a layered kurta.

Accessories

You can always expect Amin Gulgee to wow you with eccentric statement jewellery. Not only did his copper and bronze leaves and chunky choker necklaces impress foreign buyers in the crowd, they also make for very interesting fashion statements that can instantly glam up a long black dress. Maxco added a bright pink scarf to their menswear, which was a welcome change from the regular earthy colours. Nova Leather’s long chained bag and smaller yellow handbag are bang on trend. Rang Ja’s multi-coloured necklaces worn in bunches added extra spunk to their super funky outfits.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 9th, 2012.

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Reader Comments (3)

  • Oct 9, 2012 - 8:37AM

    Mass media revolution and rising consumption in Pakistan have spawned an impressive fashion scene in the last decade. It has given birth to a young and thriving fashion industry and created unprecedented opportunities for beautiful young professional models who show off a range of fashion apparel, cosmetics, jewelry and accessories as well as other consumer products and services to a rapidly growing brand-conscious middle class. It has also opened up export opportunities for brand-name textile and leather products and cosmetics and jewelry.
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  • proud afghani
    Oct 10, 2012 - 7:24PM

    @Riaz Haq: fashion in pakistan is conservative and has a long way to go….

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  • m.b.f.h.
    Oct 22, 2012 - 5:21AM

    If we produce the best fabrics and introduced the world to cotton several millenia ago why can’t we lead the fashion show that make the world buyer run to buy our products. Our local faces and our local yarn go hand in glove when together on a runway. A note for conservatives: Like in all shows and business activities, at the end of the day it’s the bread we take home that matters for small and large businesses of the whole nation. So please think of local economy, international trade, agriculture, employment, industry, exports and foreign exchange before passing a discouraging or negative judgement on modern techniques of advertisement and business tech-tics. After all, it’s all businesses activities’ combined result that Pakistan economy never crashed like others but always survived any road bumps came on it’s path. All power to hard-workers!

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