Akif Mahmood

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The traditionally inclined Akif Mahmood ventured off from his usual bright color palette that he is known for however not from his safe aesthetics. His collection titled ‘Montage’ was rooted on the concept of collage wherein bringing together motifs, embroideries and textures on the canvas of garment. While he fused together different textures to create some good compositions, however it also resonated an extension of some of his pieces at the Alchemy Fashion Show (yes he showed there along with Mohsin and Batur).

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Using tones of oranges, pinks and blacks the collection was vibrant despite being dark. The applique motifs were intricate and had interesting detailing with sort of net/grid going on. However the tiger on one of the garments seemed really off the charts unless he was doing a ‘Save the tiger’ campaign .. (which this collection could have very well been considering the colors he used, remember Sabyasachi). In terms of silhouettes it was mix, more of flared than straighter ones. One also saw a few body con dresses and summer capes and jackets (definitely emerging a trend) make appearances. A few interesting printed pants but on the whole the collection seemed a bit dated. Nothing too exciting to make one jump out of their seat.

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My picks from this collection was a pair of these printed tribal pants, the striped dress and a cocktail dress (barring the capes) that made its appearance twice on the runway

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*Images courtesy Faisal Farooqui and his team at Dragonfly

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