The Fashion Pakistan Week 2017 Winter/Festive happened at the middle of this month in Karachi. The most awaited and a trademark Karachi event happens twice a year, a beaming point where fashion meets business at its best. The ace designers from all over the country with the finest celebrities present their creations on the long scintillating ramps with complementing music in the background. This year, the venue was chosen at the heart of the city at Shahra-e-Faisal instead of the hustling bustling Pearl Continental. Waiting and red carpet area was more spacious this time while ramp was decorated in T shape. The seating was done accordingly that adjusted more people to watch the show. FPW 17 winter/festive, the second installment of the year included total 19 designers, six on each day, while Shmaeel Ansari showed her collection on the opening night.
This time, Fashion Pakistan Week kicked off a day prior to the actual three day event with Shamaeel Ansari’s ‘Blue Tulip’ collection, inspired by Turkish culture and heritage. The regal installations and couture really amazed the attendees at the FPW opening night.
On day 1 of FPW, the first one to show on the ramp was Misha Lakhani’s collection that proved the saying ‘old is gold’ can be real thing. Second designer of the day was Aamna Aqeel, whose stunningly floral embroidered ollection was inspired by the Greek goddesses. The third collection of the evening were regal and ethnic creations by Erum Khan followed by Obaid Sheikh who empowered the beauty in his ‘Husan Ara’ collection featuring actress Ghana Ali. Then, Saira Rizwan presented ‘Glitterati’, the collection composed of textures of velvet, brocade and tissue in deep shades of starry night, tilla embroidery and 3D embellishments. The day 1 of FPW winter/festive 2017 closed with Suffuse by Hina Yasir’s gold ornamental outfits suitable for winter weddings.
Day 2 of FPW as usual was more happening and lively then the day 1 and most of the designers seemed in festive mood. The first show of the day was of Sanam Chaudri’s festive/wedding collection ‘Pandora’, the modernly crafted ensembles, really a treat to watch! Wardha Saleem’s collection, ‘Dholak’ that featured actress Sana Javed was also a festive mehndi-themed show, which received great applause from the audience. The only dedicated to men’s collection in three days was patterned suits, pocket squares and bow ties by talented Emraan Rajput. The fourth one to come on ramp on day 2 was uber Sadaf Malaterre, who designed for those who are young at heart and fashion forward, mainly incorporated dark maroons, blacks and gray’s, using velvet and organza being perfect for evening wear. HEM stunned the crowd with a royal majestic collection that consisted of ensembles with intricate gem work in delicate white and ivory. Day two of FPW 17 wraps up with ‘Gold Dust’ by Maestro Deepak Perwani, who presented a stunning women’s wear and menswear collection with flawless cuts and designs in traditional winter colours!
The final day opened with ‘Platinum Series’ by Tena Durrani consisted of rose, gold and champagne hues in metallic toned sheer fabrics carefully embellished by Swarosvski crystals and other precious stones. Second collection ‘Carnation’ by Nauman Arfeen was full of shimmery dresses, trendy peplum tops and bold bell bottoms, that did not fail to thrill the attendees. Saira and Shakira’s latest formal/bridal collection, ‘A Monsoon Wedding’ had a touch of their signature designs, beautifully blended with fresh contemporary patterns and silhouettes. From bold blacks and golds to subtle whites and silvers, Adnan Pardesey’s ‘Rivayat’ had it all. The veteran Maheen Khan’s collection, ‘Lion and Muse’, stood out by the use of unique and bold cuts and delicate silks, chiffons and nets, consisted of an interesting mix of modern eastern and western designs. The FPW17’ grand finale, ‘Roses & Rue’ by Sana Safinaz was an exquisite visual monologue and revival of floral elements where each dress was an array of gorgeous hues ranging from deep jewel and middle tones to ivory whites and frothy pastels which resulted in an alluring and overtly feminine appeal.