Nauman Arfeen’s collection Sands of time had a serene calm prevailing on the overall collection. A menswear collection that was stylish and understated at the same time. The collection’s eastern ethos worked nicely while the presentation was kept simple.
The structured silhouettes mainly comprised of sherwanis, bandhgalas, shirts, churidaars and straight pajamas. While the fabrics used were Irish linen,cotton, blended fabrics, polyester and woolen threadings . In neutral tones of sandstone, the collection was pretty cohesive with a few hiccups. A draped waistcoat felt all wrong (the description I gave to my work colleague was too explicit to mention ) , sherwani worn by Nadia Husain had really bad fit, while another ensemble which was cross between a sherwani and an overcoat looked too overwhelming and cut off on a wrong length, while the midriff barring was look was not
Subtle accessories and styling were strewn in the collection. Special mention to the hourglass. From this mix of rural sophisticated bag I liked, a grey kurta-churidaar look paired with a waistcoat (though I still would not go with that zipper), the patched sherwani look, the overlapped sherwani-ish coat with kurta, churidaar and the hat was a perfect blend of turkish sufi going to a mushaira. Also a ‘desi pirate’ look had all sorts understated quirky going for it.
*Image courtesy Faisal Farooqui at Dragonfly and Kashif Rashid