Fashion Pakistan Council organized Fashion Pakistan Week Spring/Summer 2018, last week in Karachi paving the way for Pakistani designers to mark the trends of the season.
The two-day event was lined-up with 15 designers, eight of whom showcased their collection on the first day and the rest on second.
The event included many new models alongside celebrated ramp-beauties on runway in exclusive spring/summer pieces. However, what made an impact was when hearing impaired models from Noor-e-Elahi trust made their runway debut for Amir Adnan, who had trained them all personally.
Prior to the shows, leading celebrities and designers were seen mingling at the purple and white Physiogel booth where Nadia Hussain, actress and model engaged the audience in conversations revolving around fashion, their personal style, beautiful skin and talked about the who’s who of fashion.
Day 1 collections:
The day one show was opened by Maheen Khan displaying the latest trends from her brand Gulabo followed by Huma Adnan for FnKAsia, Cheena Chhapra, Hasan Riaz, Yasmeen Jiwa, The Pink Tree Company, Amir Adnan and Farah Talib Aziz.
Show Opener: Gulabo by Maheen Khan
Her collection titled ‘Liberation’ included pieces with statements about environment such as ‘no water no life’ displayed fashionably on the runway to the closing of her show with the Lux Style Awards ‘Mein Bhi’ song playing in the background. Ayesha Toor and Zhalay Sarhadi were the showstoppers for her collection.
One liner: Urban chic in casual western/ eastern cuts made in pure solid clours
Huma Adnan for FNKASIA – Pegah
Huma’s brand tried to align itself with social justice and therefore she dedicated this collection, Pegah, meaning ‘early light of day’ in Persian, to helping refugees seeking asylum in Pakistan. Joining hands with UNHCR, Huma brought jewellery and crafts to the collection, made by refugee women, in order to promote women empowerment in the work force. The collection was comprised of light pastel shades of summer with features in the form of embroideries and prints. Bell sleeves, bell bottoms, flappers, breezy cool blues, brown belts were all on display as models strutted down the ramp. The showstoppers for FNKASIA were Noor Khan and the very lively and individualistic Zara Asad Siddiqi who sashayed down the ramp to spontaneous applause.
One liner: Solid pastel shades in western cuts with embroideries and printed motifs
Cheena Chhapra – Buxom
First timer in FPW, Cheena Chhapra brought on the ramp her pieces worn by real women, including some in their late 60s and even a pregnant lady. It was nothing short of a treat to watch. Her collection consisted block prints, phulkari, gara, kaanta, an attempt to revive the dying art of the region. Cheena’s exquisite chaddars and outfits were her way of telling women that size is irrelevant as long as the cut and fits are proper and garment is affordable.
One liner: The traditional woman of subcontinent.
Gogi by Hassan Riaz – Paradise Mirage
Hasan’s ‘Paradise Mirage’ had a very strong message of child abuse and child labor, which is a sad reality in our society. He portrayed his message with frills, lots of bling, feathers, tassels, straight boot pants in g his pieces. The showstopper for his show was the gorgeous Nimra Khan.
One liner: Vibrant and Symbolic
Yasmeen Jiwa – Qous-e-Qazah,
Having previously showcased at Paris Fashion Week, Yasmeen Jiwa’s Qous-e-Qazah featured chilling shades of silver grays, windy blue and silver mist with pops of citrus and rich reds. The embroideries utilized in this collection were amalgamation of mirror, thread, sequence, and crochet lace.
One liner: A very mix of eastern and western cuts
The Pink Tree Company – Chaand Raat
Pink Tree Company, presented a collection of the coming festive season beginning with Ramzan and Eid continuing until post Bari Eid and monsoon weddings. The pieces tried to evoke memories of bygone eras when life was simpler yet elegant. Feminine in essence, the pieces highlighted fine, crisp, cool cottons with a dash of sheer organza adorned with traditional embellishments such as zardozi, block print and gota.
One liner: The elegance of a common eastern woman’s clothing
Amir Adnan – Beast
Amir Adnan made history by having hearing impaired models walk the ramp in bespoke collection, called ‘Beast’. The men’s collection name was inspired by the 1991 classic Disney movie, ‘Beauty and the Beast’. It featured pieces made from upcycled vintage sherwanis. Azfar Rehman opened the show for Amir Adnan, Aly Khan also made a swaggering appearance and Zhalay Sarhadi closed the show for him.
One liner: Classic – Eastern and western
Farah Talib Aziz – Mirabelle
She experimented with intricate fabric manipulation. Hats, jute baskets, flowers, a lot of pearl-work, Swarovski embellished pieces had a glamourous feel to it. The collection overall had a summery breezy, and a very wearable line up of clothing that was feminine and confident. Syra Sharoz with her mother in law Safina Behroze by her side closed the show for Farah Talib Aziz.
One liner: Summer pastels with pearls and jewels
Day 2 collections:
Deepak Perwani commenced Day Two of FPWSS18 with an eye-catching collection followed by festive ensembles by Saira Shakira, Rozina Munib, Boheme by Kanwal, Nauman Arfeen, Natasha Kamal and last but certainly not the least, Ayesha Farook Hashwani.
Show Opener: Deepak Perwani – Black is the new white
His collection was inspired by the oriental rose and diaphanous airy silhouettes. The men’s wear consisted of primarily black and white outfits with gold embellishments while womenswear had a variety of ensembles in cool breezy summer/spring colors with gold cutwork to be worn during the festive season. From sherwanis, black kotis to regal flowy and airy long shirts with feathers and furs paired with boot leg pants, his collection was very casual and inspirational at the same time. The gorgeous Sarwat Gilani was the stopper for his collection.
One liner: Yes! Black is the new white.
Saira Shakira – Winds of Summer
‘Winds of summer’ explored the opulence of summer couture with embroideries, sequined motifs, bedecked with stones, pearls, dori work and 3D embellishments. The pieces were flowy and gown-like that were traditional yet trendy with modern cuts and their signature designs. The color pallet used was a mix of pastels with rich jewels and printed florals.
One liner: A weighty wedding stuff in pastel colours
Rozina Munib – Glamorama
‘Glamorama’ depicted the handicraft of decorating fabric and other materials with needle and thread or yarn. The embroidery used in the collection incorporated materials such as 3D flowers, metal strips, glass beads, crystals, Swarovski’s, pearls, beads, quills, and sequins. Her pieces were a mix of nets, jerseys, chiffons, charmeuse, lace fabric, georgettes, rich tactile fabrics and vibrant colors infused with hues of nudes to peaches, black, shades of navy, and tones of purples. The cuts consisted of high waisted skirts, capes, kimono tops and jackets, gowns, jumpsuits, pants and a lot of different and modern cuts. Neelam Munir was the showstopper for her collection.
One liner: Bright colours, shimmery cloths, abstract cuts
Boheme by Kanwal – Kathputli Tamasha
Her collection was inspired by the puppet shows she frequented as a child. Models walked down the ramp in pieces that had carefully knitted puppet in detailed hand embroidery, the colorful threadwork paired with mirrorwork. Zoe Viccaji, as the showstopper donned an exquisitely gorgeous gown.
One liner: Colours with embellishment
Nauman Arfeen – Lines
Nauman Arfeen brought monochromes with a tinge of patriotic green, blended suiting material and in lines on cotton fabric. His compilation had hand embroidered logo jackets in different colored stripes, custom designed bags and vivid shoes. He also tried to f give a powerful statements on the ramp, as he highlighted the unsung heroes of Pakistan, the medalists from the Special Olympics.
One liner: Black is the trend
Natasha Kamal – Ebru
The ‘Ebru’ collection drew inspiration from the textures and vibrancy of Marbling. It showcased a series of different fabrications and techniques. The collection married rich colors and intricate patterns with tailored silhouettes and edgy detailing.
One liner: Chiffons and georgettes in Marbles
AFH by Ayesha Farook
Ayesha’s collection was a variety of flowing silks, satins, chiffons, voiles and charmeuse with intricate and detailed embroidery and fluid cuts and drapes she’s known for. Models walked down the ramp wearing these numbers with an interesting match of funky jewellery, stones, embroidery mixed with gold and silver embellishments. Colours were inspired by international trends, culture and season with black, whites and beige as constants.
One liner: Colour me solid
The partners involved in putting together the event included: Fashion Pakistan as the show producer, Nubain Ali as the show director, N-Pro and N-Gents as official stylists, TV-One as the official media partner and Radio FM91 as the radio partner. Apart from these, renowned skincare brand, Physiogel was the official red carpet sponsor, Aquafina was the beverage and backstage partner, Peak Freans Butter Puff was the snack partner, The Deli was the official food partner, Shaheen Airline was the official airline partner and TDAP was the hospitality partner. Digital media and show communications by Talking Point.