With temperatures soaring even during the month of Ramazan, iftar wear has evolved over time to accommodate this sweltering heat. From focusing on embellished chiffons and silks, the trends have settled onto light, loose-fitted cottons. However, don’t underestimate the power of the fabric as talented designers have complemented it with intricate embroidery and innovative cuts in order for you to make the perfect style statement this season! Here are some of our picks that will definitely let you cherish some head-turning moments at your next iftar party.
By Momina Sibtain
Mahgul by Nasreen Sheikh
For that one-off slightly formal iftar party, a Mahgul outfit by Nasreen Sheikh will be just the right option. With its simple and delicate embroidery and a rather edgy cut, this en vogue black and white number is a classic piece for an extravagant iftar plus dinner. It is from her Archival Collection and is available at PFDC, Ensemble and L’atelier Lahore for Rs8,500.
Pareesa Midsummer Lawn
Lawn remains the biggest trend of the summer season. With a lightweight fabric and a variety of colourful prints with embroidered accessories, lawn seems like a great option for a casual iftar party. Check out Pareesa’s new midsummer lawn collection to add some variation to your wardrobe. It is available at Chen One with a price range of Rs2,799 and Rs2,999.
Sublime by Sara
For those of you who like to add a little bit of funk to your look, try out this neon-coloured tunic from Sublime’s latest collection called NOW. The chiffon tunic with embroidery cut work detailing is a hassle-free choice that is bound to make you look fierce! It is available at Sublime’s Flagship store on MM Alam Road in Lahore for Rs8,500.
Coco’s latest collection includes 20 diverse designs in pure cottons. While minimalistic embroideries and floral prints remain creative director Zara Shahjahan’s forte, the designer matches them perfectly with fusion cuts. A great choice for an evening out on iftar, this collection is ready for grabs at Coco’s flagship store in Mall 94, Lahore, and the outfits are priced at Rs2,200 and up.
Despite the sweltering heat, Karachiites are experimenting with all sorts of fabric, including short silk, cotton net and malai lawn. Straight shirts and block prints are trending high on the fashion scene this Ramazan. Here is a round-up on our top picks for your iftar parties.
By Saadia Qamar
This pure crepe silk digital print tunic, with dark blue sequins highlighting the flower print from Maheen Khan’s Athena Collection, is a super-chic choice for an iftar dinner with friends. The fabric, which has been used from Maheen’s digital print collection, has the perfect silhouette to help anybody make a fashion statement. The outfit is priced at Rs31,800.
This beige cotton net outfit with kaftan style Chinoiserie sleeves and exquisite hand-embroidered neckline from Shehla Chatoor’s luxury prêt collection, can surely make you stand out at a formal iftar party. The outfit is priced at Rs45,000.
Her latest collection comprises light summery fabrics combined with minimal embroidery and structured silhouettes. You can either wear them on their own or layer them with stylish separates to create an exciting look. These single pieces are easily available at her retail outlet at Dolmen City Mall and fall in the range of Rs7,000 and Rs10,000.
The designer introduces her latest Eastern wear collection that includes beautiful self-printed monochrome outfits and digital prints. This self-printed white silk net outfit with intricate hand embroidery and lace detailing is a great catch only for Rs9,000.
This two-toned silk outfit with a sequined bird motif on the front and a screen-printed back, will add the perfect sparkle to an iftar outfit. The outfit is part of the designer’s Eid collection which includes colourful digital prints and trendy layered jumpsuits. Look for the dress at Nida Azwer’s recently-opened retail outlet at Ocean Mall with a price tag of Rs30,000.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 17th, 2013.
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