KARACHI: Day three of Telenor Fashion Pakistan Week (TFPW) 2015 saw an amalgam of high-fashion techniques and hints of bohemian aesthetics.
The ramp exuded mystic appeal and sophistication, with most designers elevating their style game to showcase a hit show. With spirited walks and collections oozing oomph, the designers didn’t disappoint. Here’s a round-up of what the evening had to offer.
The highly-anticipated ‘Hi-Octane’ collection boasted a diverse men’s range, infused with an urban, indulgent feel. From en vogue three-piece suits to classically-crafted tuxedos, the range showcased Western-wear in dark colours. The designer’s craftsmanship was apparent in the pieces, with slick cuts and tailoring. HSY’s ramp was truly a treat for the contemporary man.
‘The Lotus Song’ collection took onlookers on an enchanted journey of flower-inspired designs. Focusing on Madhubani art and Ikat prints, Saleem made use of the lotus flower on pastel-hued fabrics. The collection featured simple cuts delivered through an assortment of Western wear, with a prime focus on jumpsuits. Motifs of the lotus, swans and flamingos in digital prints made it a jaw-dropping exhibit.
Titled ‘Colour Glam 2015’, the collection was an ode to glamour and vintage-inspired grace. Welcoming the spring/summer season festivities, the capsule collection featured pastel shades, from cream to green to tea-pink, Halepoto toyed with gold embroidery and vivid use of embellishments. Easily defined as fusion wear, Halepoto laudably employed digitalised printing on the fabrics, making a noteworthy fashion statement.
Yousuf Bashir Qureshi’s warm tribute to the Sindhi Sufi saints was titled ‘Laal, Shah, Mast’. Honouring Laal Shahbaz Qalandar, Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai and Sachal Sarmast, the collection channelled authentic Sufi aesthetics. The capsule collection exhibited crimson shirts with charcoal paggars and white churidaars and dhotis. The ramp was ablaze with traditional motif-laden ensembles and YBQ ensured that the collection made a mark with the serene theme and intriguing colour palette.
The timeless brand brought forward the ‘501-Customised and Tapered’ collection, comprising a range of denim. From various styled jeans to Bermuda shorts, the line celebrated the casual and laid-back look. The tops boasted mini polka dots and a variety of striped patterns, which matched well with relaxed dusty-blue jeans. With Wasim Akram strutting down the ramp as the showstopper, the showcase was nothing short of a spectacle.
Imran Ahmed of Body Focus Museum
The collection, titled ‘Sartorial Philology and the New Nomads’, predominantly featured the ivory cream hue, with silver embossed needlework on silk fabric. Employing Western cuts, the ensembles skilfully boasted techniques, such as draping and layering. Pieces, particularly the heavily-embellished cigarette pants, were inspiring, but the gharara collection was a sordid affair. We weren’t fans of the colour palette and the gold-wire work on Eastern numbers.
Innaya by Naushaba Brohi
The ‘Ode to Resilience’ collection displayed a complete women’s line, exploring Western silhouettes. The label paraded ensembles comprising appliquéd ralli work, floral patterns and ethnic mirror-work, with black and light beige among the dominant hues. It was a thought-provoking mix of summery evening wear and traditional appeal.
Sania Maskatiya for Alkaram
Divergence from the norms seemed to be the theme on the ramp. Maskatiya blended a stimulating mix of lawn prints with chevron-printed ivory pants and the result was thrilling. From sunlit floral prints in yellow to geometric patterns in regal purple, the line was a bold, metaphorical take on everyday wear. The textile brand allowed Maskatiya to promote her personal ideology through lawn and that translated well on the ramp.
Published in The Express Tribune, April 4th, 2015.