Somal Halepotto‘s collection titled BAHAR, left people in a confused state of waiting for bloom which was never meant to be. Since it was my first viewing of Ms. Halepotto’s collection, I was left confused as to where was she heading with the collection. While it was suppose to draw inspiration from the spring season, it left a lot to be desired.
While the shapes were kept simple with straight shirts, capes and pants, there was nothing else quite to elevate them from there, the colors, the prints, nothing. This therefore resulted in a washed out spring with nothing substantial to fall back on. While the colors ranged from pastels to neons, there were some prints included too. Also being a designer, one needs to understand that if one is not comfortable with the certain material, one needs to master it before presenting it. That seemed to be quite the case in Somal’s presentation where the finishings were appalling (one thing I personally cannot stand), since the designer did not come across as confident in handling silks and satins. With puckers and disturbing hemlines, it was not a pretty sight for people who could spot these flaws.
However having said all of that she did have some creative collar jewellery going on and was interesting to see that apart from the regular neck pieces. Hopefully she will turn back around with her next collection.
NICKIE NINA: Tunics and Shifts, one jumpsuit and seperates was all I could spot during Nickie Nina’s presentation that was titled ‘Swinging Byzantium’. While the inspirations came from Byzantine, Nickie Nina sort of lost the plot at coupling it with the ‘Mod Movement.’
While the colors ranged from gold, black, burnt orange, poppy red, lemon zest and blues, the silhouettes were hardly home to talk about. Featuring a range of A line tunics and shift dresses, the collection was not exciting enough and pretty much felt one toned through out the presentation. Even the variety in tunics was not really exciting enough, infact after the presentation, overheard someone titled a blue cut out tunic ‘watch my crotch’. Also adding to the list would be the big circular motif on an orange tunic right at the crotch. The jumpsuit with its two different fabrics too struggled with the weight and balance at the cutline joining the two contrasting fabrics, jersey and net. Also one of the prints on teal that was paired with metallic pants reminded me of Ayesha Hasan’s collection from FPW and the print she used on silk on almost exact same color. While the choice of fabrics ranged from silks, net to laser cut laces (which they used in layered pants, the only article that I found interesting).
Hopefully, as someone else also commented that they ‘turned to korangi while on their way to defence’, will not happen the next time around. But then I think…haven’t they been given too many chances already?