The glitz and glam of Fashion Pakistan Week 2017 Winter/Festive continued on Wednesday, September 13th at the Global Marquees in Karachi. With 12 designers remaining to showcase their latest semi-formal, formal and bridal collections, six of them displayed their stellar designs on Day 2 leaving fashion enthusiasts wanting more on the third and last day of the showing.
The glamorous evening began with the presence of renowned film and TV personalities such as director Asim Raza, political worker Sharmila Farooqi, actors Feroze Khan, Aly Khan with his lovely wife Chandni Saigol Khan, talk show host and designer HSY and a few others from the world of Pakistani fashion and entertainment walking down a star-studded red carpet hosted by the uber charismatic and sparkling Anoushey Ashraf. With Nabila and N-Pro in charge backstage the looks were modern when they had to be and traditionally beautiful for the mehendi and bridal collections.
“Those working behind the scenes know of the intense efforts that go into making the event flow seamlessly as it does. There’s much to expect from this year’s Fashion Pakistan Week Winter/Festive as it’s even grander than previous years with a line-up of many known and upcoming designers from across Pakistan showcasing their creativity in breath-taking ensembles while setting the perfect trends for the season,” said Deepak Perwani, Chairperson of Fashion Pakistan Council and himself a prominent Fashion Designer.
After the collection showcase, designers were found mingling with celebrities and other key media at the LUX Lounge that looked exquisite in its signature floral setting. The lounge was a perfect getaway for attendees who after absorbing fashion moved on to the lounge to please their tastebuds with savories from Necos and desserts by Yum by Amna. The stunning art and décor for the Lux Lounge was done by Anisa and Amina Rasheed Khan of RAKA.
Day 2 at Fashion Pakistan Week:
Sanam Chaudhri – Pandora
Her Pandora collection featured silhouettes inspired by late 80’s to early 90’s power couture, an audacious juxtaposition of starkly masculine and liltingly feminine lines; edgy jackets with fluid shalwars, bold shouldered peplum coats and fluid pleated skirts, umbrella cut capes and wide leg pants. There was a mix of long flares, elegant flowey tails and floral embellishments on the sleeves and hems of super stylish shirts. The fresh colours such as parrot green and greyish blue made a fashion statement. Made from the most opulent of fabrics, each ensemble had an enchantingly unique and fiercely alluring feel to it and most of her ensembles were for the confident city dweller who transitions from cocktails to theatre and on to supper and were guaranteed to identify the inner diva in women.
Wardha Saleem – Dholak
Inspired by the ‘Dholak’, her collection celebrated the traditional mehndi bride. Deeply traditional yet with a modern play of colours and a silhouette that was supremely playful, the collection was a symphony of vibrant colours, intricate techniques and details keeping in line with our rich and vibrant heritage. She perfectly blended the bright hues of fuchsia, radiant oranges, vibrant greens, lustrous blue, passionate plums and rich reds in her own signature style. Beautiful cholis and shimmery ghagras with bird embroideries, hints of truck art, patterned bell bottoms celebrated joy and new beginnings. Light lilacs with greys and kamdani work lent a soft and delicate look a bride to be needs. Angarkhas with deep back necks and beautiful knotted beads, yellow like the summer sun, highlighted and overpowered the colours of bhangra. The men collection consisted of bright Sherwani colours, patterned kurtas in colours of orange and pink. With the music of the dholak and thalis with flowers and candles, Wardah Saleem’s collection replicated the environment of a mehndi, almost enticing the well-heeled audience to get up from their seats and dance.
Emraan Rajput – The Gentleman’s Club
His collection showcased quality menswear as he presented The Gentlemen’s Club that entailed a range of premium suits for the men who like to live life in style. The collection was crafted from the finest fabrics, creating timeless cuts and styles. Classic white coat with big black buttons, clean cut navy blue suits, edgy patterned insides for a sneaky colourful look that were sophisticated yet funky. Along with that, white and light blue checked suits, patterned ties and pocket squares and bow ties added the splash of colour. Most of his outfits were in navy blue, grey, maroon, white and black. The male models wearing Emraan’s collection surely won the hearts of all with their best foot forward on the ramp, they strode with confidence, ready to take over the world and his collection surely proved that no one can beat a man in a suit.
Her flamboyant and flirty collection was specifically designed for the young at heart and fashion forward. Ranging from capes and shirts to dresses and pants, the collection mainly incorporated a mélange of wispy dark maroons, blacks and greys, perfect for evening wear. With a nod to the festive season, just round the corner, layered party wear dresses were created using glittery fabrics, spaghetti straps, frills and fringes. Sadaf Malaterre presented a daring collection emphasizing women empowerment through bold colors, tassels and frills, strong cuts and unique silhouettes as part of innovatively crafted jumpsuits and dresses. This was Winter/Festive for Karachi’s mild winter months even though the odd velvet piece hinted at a far colder clime.
HEM – The Royal Majesty
HEM’s collection was a blend of local crafts and experimental techniques. A soft colour palette was used with the purpose of reviving various embellishment techniques that curated different looks perfect for all occasions. It was hard not to pay heed to each of HEM’s dresses as the silver embellishments on the champagne gold and silver dresses, sparkled in the bright lights that surrounded the ramp. Tassels were seen on the hems of a few dresses that were inspired by contemporary trends depicting a subtle romance through each attire. The glamorous ensembles were filled with bead work and completed by fanning frills on the neck and waist. It was obvious that great attention had been paid to each detail, whether it was the work on the neck or the gem work on the front. Each of HEM’s dresses, stunned the audience as the models carried them gracefully.
Deepak Perwani – Gold Dust
Drawing from the heritage of our sub-continent, Deepak Perwani presented ‘Gold Dust’, a collection of exquisite bride and groom wear that is effortlessly timeless, with a nod to modernism in the cuts and melange of colours. The collection entailed smart sherwanis and regal lehenga cholis, which, paired with jewellery by Sherezad, created a wave of nostalgia from the past. The traditional bridal colours; reds and maroons with gold work were used on the dresses shown initially. This was followed by a more subtle version of bridals including lighter colours such as mint green and champagne gold, with intricate silver embellishments on them. Sherwanis for men were mostly plain but they were complemented well by emerald green and maroon shawls that had classic golden work on them. This combination created a unique menswear ensemble, best for a groom on hunt for the perfect wedding attire. Deepak’s magnificent collection generated an almost magical feel at the show, by re-creating trends of the past and perfectly concluded day 2.
Day 2 was also executed smoothly with the help of numerous partners. Catwalk Productions led by Frieha Altaf was the official event planner. For the media partner, Fashion Pakistan Council joined ties with ARY Digital Network to get a nation-wide coverage of greater magnitude. Beautiful You with LUX as lead sponsors and Sunsilk and Fair & Lovely were backstage partners throughout the event. Aquafina as the red carpet partner, TDAP as the official hospitality partner, The Deli as official food partner, FM89 as the official radio partner and Emirates as the official airline partner. Photography used on Fashion Pakistan Week’s official social media and website go to Faisal Farooqui from Dragonfly.