This season, Fashion Pakistan Week hosted a line-up of 20 exuberant designers and their ensembles created with impeccable craftsmanship and finesse. Five sent diverse collections down the runway on day one. The show was opened by Alkaram Studio who displayed inclusivity and diversity of cultures in an extravagant hour-long showcase of their Luxury Pret collection titled ‘La Vie En Rose’ followed by ‘Gul-e-Nar’ by Boheme, ‘Lost in my French Garden’ by Gogi Hasan Riaz, ‘Tirana’ by Yasmin Zaman and a grand closing with ‘Mahnoor’ by Ayesha Farooq
Show Opener: Alkaram Studio – La Vie en Rose
The fashion powerhouse, Alkaram Studio presentend an elaborate Luxury Pret collection in a grand manner. ‘La Vie En Rose’ that directly translates to Life in Pink was a range to be seen through rose colored glasses. Inclusivity and diversity of cultures are values truly cherished by the Alkaram organization and they resonated throughout the collection showcase.Comprising of a spectrum of outfits for men, women and children, this rangewas a dialogue between tradition and contemporary design and appealed to the discerning eye.Pink setting, silk saaris with big bows, embellished jackets with floral artwork and patterns, pleated ruffles, little girls walking down the ramp in shades of pink, soft pink hues with silver polka dots, all in all, the collection was very artistically done. The showstoppers for the Alkaram Studio were Muneeb Butt and Ayeza Khan.
Boheme – Gul-e-Nar
Gul-e-Anar was a striking collection inspired by the breathtaking Sindhi gajj embroidery. Using a combination of textures, colours and techniques, it was vibrant, stately and elegant. The richness of the red bandhani dupattas, sparkling with ganga jamnabadla, exuded a romantic aura. The collection was a celebration of some of Kanwal’sfavourite things, celebration of elegance and charm. Shadow work, simplistic ensembles, tones of red and maroon, saari with traditional artwork and embroidery paired with khussas. Velvet pieces also made their way on the runway. Saboor Aly was the showstopper for this collection.
Gogi by Hasan Riaz – Lost in my French Garden
“Perdu dans mon Jardin à la Française” which means ‘Lost in My French Garden’was a homage toand supremely nspired by the enchanting beauty of French gardens. The collection used sharp silhouettes, vibrant colours, classical couture with a futuristic approach, flamboyant looks paired with silk, organza fabrics and old French embellishment techniques. This winter season was about Gogi’s divination that brought beautiful vibrant colors blending up with bold beadings techniques. The energetic colours were enthused from essence of tulips found in French gardens as emblem of spirited, enthusiastic woman, while the embellishment was derived from sublime precise French landscaping symbolizing the precision and charm of today’s confident and powerful women. Nimra Khan was the showstopper for Gogi’s collection.
Yasmin Zaman – Tirana
Her collection interpretecAlbanian kilts and vests through the deep colors and rich fabrics of Pakistani formal wear. Colour palette used was ideal for the upcoming winter season.These were the traits that reflected Yasmin’s brand. A keen interest in the overlapping and merging of different clothing traditions and Albania boasted a regionally focused and diverse culture of apparel that using cloth from a loom. These qualities were inspired by the silhouettes: loose jackets and elaborate sleeves with a twist. Much of the clothing featured flat braid work, emphasis on gold and geometrical designs. Olive green and red were the colors that ruled the runway. She collaborated with two young female designers on this collection; footwear from Soma Intl and bespoke jewelry from Haya Luftullah.Sarwat Gilani was the showstopper for Yasmin’s show.
Ayesha Farook – Mahnoor (Light of the moon)
Mahnoor, the collection showcased delicately crafted workmanship on a contemporary version of wedding wear.Hues of silver grey to charcoal with a dash of mustard ruled the runway. Ayesha designed bejewelled kaftans, jumpsuits, capes and jackets paired with harem pants. Debuting their wedding wear and light evening kaftans, the collection stayed true to their brand ethos. Shimmering into the night, the outfits were a sight to see. FauziaAman stunned in a sunny yellowish-orange silk Kaftan and ended the night on a high note.