One of the most surprisingly improved designer was Aamir Baig this season. Taking on the trend of stripes, Aamir biag presented a collection in a range of colored stripes with bits of op-art to break the monotony. As described the collection was an ‘ode to 150 years of stripes’. Using something as simple as stripes, Aamir Baig’s restrained outing was a huge leap from his last black and gold collection.
I liked the fact that he took up an international trend (had a bit of marc jacobs, lanvin deja vu) and presented in a range of colors from reds and blues to purples and yellows. The collection comprised maily of womenswear looks with a few menswear showing too. The silhouettes ranged from dangerously short minis, button down shirt dresses, caged top to longer straight dresses. One also spotted a pair of hotpants as well cutout dresses. I liked the fact that throughout his collection he actually made an effort to join the stripes if they continued at the back.
Personally I noticed two specific problems with this collection. For someone who retailed from their store, presenting minis and dresses was really strange. These silhouetts are not eare not really commercially viable in a country like Pakistan. For these stripes to happen, they needed to be on much more wearable outfits for a r-t-w outing. Another one was the bad fittings. With something so simple as stripes, the fittings then come on the forefront under the radar. One does not have many crutches to hide behind and that is what happened with the collection. Cutouts at wrong places and ill fittings of the body con dresses added to the woes. Do not make a dress if you cant make it.
Despite its problems, there were a few from this collections that I did like (couldn’t help it am sucker for stripes): A striped and op art caged top. a black and white dress, a white and red striped overlap outer and a white dress with red n black stripes on the sides.
*Images Courtesy Kashif Rashid