What started with Kara-chakra evolved into the opening presentation of PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week 2013. Tapu Javeri’s presented four capsule collections with his signature prints in a range of ensembles. While the collections were designed by four distinct designers namely Rizwan Beyg, Sadaf Malatere, Wardha Saleem and Adnan Pardesy, the prints themselves were inspired by the city of Karachi itself and its glorious architecture of the past.
The Karachi was twisted around in every way possible in these prints, these wearable art prints were fun, kitschy and drool worthy. While Sadaf worked with the classic kara-chakra, Rizwan Beyg twisted it around. But personally for me Mr. Pardesy and Ms. Saleem nailed the prints. While Adnan Pardesy worked with monochromatic and pixelated Karachi, Wardha worked with sepia toned Karachi combined with guns and roses to possibly signifying the dual nature of the city in the process. Tapu’s scarves and bags were equally delish and complimented the outfits perfectly.
It was fun to see how Tapu’s photo-manipulation series has matured into digital prints for apparel. From monochromes to classic to breaking it around Tapu did it all. My picks from the collection were the metallic jacket by Wardha, the jazzy fringe number by Sadaf which played peek a boo with the print, the short number in black n white by Adnan Pardesy, The vintage Rose number, loved that print and that bag.
*Image courtesy Faisal Farooqui and his team at Dragonfly