The third and final day of Fashion Pakistan Week Winter/Festive 2019 concluded in a rather extravagantly ritzy manner on Friday, October 25th at the Beach Luxury Hotel in Karachi where the last eight of the 20 designers put forward their most exquisite creations hence marking the latest trends and must haves for the Winter Festive season.
Show Opener:ZainabChottani – Khwahish
Romancing the exuberant thread work with intricate embroidery on a regal colour palette for beige and gold, Khwahish was a visit to an inexorable classical feminine personification of a majestic look with contemporary silhouettes. The collection executed traditional craftsmanship, showcasing the designer’s love for royal vintage design elements infused with timeless crafts such as zardozi, tilla and mukesh work. It was an amalgamation of expression of royalty translated into rich thread embroidery in antique golds, befitting a perfect Maharani. Ivory and gold, peacock blues, traditional reds and deep grey were a befitting color palette for a winter collection. Fahad Mustafa and MawraHocaneshowstopped for ZainabChottani with a flirtatious walk down the runway.
Huma Adnan – Darwaish
Huma Adnan took inspiration from the pattern, the prints, the embroidery, the vibrant colors that she sees every day. The intoxicating beauty and serene spirituality of the mountains and Sufi-ism. The mystique resham, crystal aari, zardozi work with traditional thread embroidery on plush orange lehngacholis, ghaghra pants, saaris and other bridal ensembles were loved by the audience.Her collection was embellished by jewellery pieces crafted by the female refugees from the Middle East who live in Karachi. Her pieces transitioned into a soft hued color palette towards the end of the show. Deputy Counsel of USA, Darian Arky stunned the crowd in a dapper black velvetsherwani along with showstopper Noor Khan who adorned an elaborate traditional red and gold bridal ensemble.
NaumanArfeen – Uraan
In this collection NaumanArfeen illustrated the story of a man learning to let go of his son as he grows into an adult and is about to get married. Playing with hues of mint green, cream gold and exuberant maroon, exhibiting bold cuts with birds in embroidery, the designer told his story of an undying bond of a father and his son. Saris for women, crisp sherwanis in shades of red and green for men were seen on the ramp. The father son duo of Wasim Abbas and Ali Abbas showstopped for NaumanArfeen.
Saba Asad – Limitless
In her Couture Winter collection, she unveiled pieces inspired by the strong, independent women of today who are making a difference yet they are modern and traditional with family values. Glamour of the new generation. What differentiated her collection from others was her signature hand embroidery on different pieces. Her outfits had crystals, pearls, Swarovski, and fine gotakarigari. She only used pure fabrics, finest embellishments that had expert draping and stitching.ShaneiraAkram who show stopped for Saba made a fashion statement in an exquisite pastel outfit with sneakers and yoga tights underneath her bridal ensemble. Her significantly energetic walk and regal look was much applauded by the audience.
ShizaHasan – Talea
Weaved in a myriad nuances of femininity, her collection recreated a magical tale in fabric and bridal wear. Talea gave us a glimpse into a real life regal yet enthralling bride with a smile on the face, celebrating tones of fuchsia, peaches, deep red and multiple shades of garnet and zircon. Voluminous lehengas primarily with hand embroidery and zardosi work gave a royal touch and enchanted the perfect blend of more than one tone in an outfit. Coupled with 3D embellishments, the collection married classic and contemporary in its folds. Myriad of styles and floral motifs with delicate threadwork brought in the legacy of exquisite karigari with a modern touch. Considering as the color of beauty and power, the collection, all in all was an ode to modern brides and reflected the beauty of a wonderful day.WasimAkram was the showstopper who came out in a deep grey embroidered sherwani.
SadafFawad Khan – Adam & Eve
The latest collection by Sadaf Fawad Khan (SFKBridals) titled ‘Adam & Eve’ was an absolute treat to watch. With an increasingtrend of couples wanting to coordinate their looks for the big day, everything she made complimented the sets. What really caught the eye were a wide array of menswear pieces perfect for the grooms.The collection comprised a beautiful assortment of pastels as well as traditional colors which are forever classics. Classic lehnga choli, peshwas as well as gowns and asymmetric drapes for those who seek a more modern lookwere seen on the runway. Menswear outfits offered a variety of classic options like the sherwanis in both knee lengths and longer lengths paired with chooridars and slim pants. She also introduced a new cut in the prince coat which was longer than conventionally seen. The color palette ranged from fresh shades on mint and grape greens as well as forever favorites like white and ivory. There was a bold new color offering that was added to SFK bridals very popular festive silk kurtas for men.Hania Amir and Feroze Khan closed the show. Fawad Khan was also seen sitting in the audience supporting his wife’s latest collection which was much appreciated by the crowd.
Ayesha Ibrahim – Ishq e Raag
Reminiscing about the Mughal era and bringing the grandeur of the period alive her latest bridal collection ‘Ishq-e-Raag’ juxtaposed the traditions of the Mughal. Dainty details, soft feminine colors and the perfect blend of traditional craft and modern sensibility were the hallmarks of the collection. The bridal collection was for the bride who wants to feel like a modern maharani on her big day. Rendered in a beguiling carefully picked color palette, that depicted pure festivity and realness of culture, all inspired from traditional charm. Truly majestic is what this collection was – royalty all wrapped in one.The pieces were inspired not only by royalty but also the opulence in a royal Mughal court. She used the best of materials and fabrics, ranging from pure silks, jamawar and tissue, carefully worked with enchanting stonework, dabka, and nakshikaam. Ishq-e-Raag told stories of the most vivacious brides and depicted the deepest essence of traditional weddings. A resplendent dream clad in delicate embellishments and decadent style embedded through the gossamer work of stones and sequins; her latest bridal collection visualized opulence and grandeur. Encapsulated by the masterful techniques, flaunting sketched embroidery, modern silhouettes and neutralized by sublime cuts.Sumbul Iqbal was the showstopper.
Deepak Perwani – Shalimar
DeepakPerwani’s collection was inspired by the fabled Shalimar Gardens and the sumptuous elegance of bygone Mughal courts. This exquisite collection included pieces that invoked old world nostalgia with a modern twist through block and screen printed luxurious fabrics, mirror work, and hues of peaches and roses.The collection entwined the use of intricate embroideries in diamante and pearl sequins, sublime embellishments in the form of exotic birds, peacocks and elephants, and floral ornamentation. Rich and regal fabrics were used in a vibrant and broad colour palette. Different shades of pink dominated the stage. It was an enjoyable finale with models on ramp gifting long stemmed pink roses to select audience members. Deepak’s exquisite craftsmanship and finesse in materializing his fashion vision left the audience delighted and mesmerized by his awe-inspiring collection and with this the last and final day of Fashion Week came to a rousing end.