The usually edgy Fahad Hussayn this time around went around a very pret route and with quite a bit of success. While the drama content was the usual during his presentation, his clothes were pretty chic, practical and easily to be paired according to one’s personal style (I saw Mohsin Ali werk one of the jackets, once during his own show and on the last day as a suit). Titled ‘Praxus’, the collection was an ode to the people of Pakistan who have practiced or exercised ‘praxis’ of fighting back in the face of adversary. Hussayn’s collection was a narrative of a mythical world where imaginary warriors fight for love.
Tapping into his morbid side, Hussayn presented a collection composed of shifts, kimonos, dresses, some very good printed jackets for men, capes and cigarette pants. The colors ranged from ivory and gold to intense navys, blacks, browns, and blues. Apart from his womenswear, he also showcased menswear during his presentation. He also used embroideries on the surface to enhance the effect. One could see in the finale dress, how finely detailed and how tiring must have been to stitch all those sequins to create the desired scaled armour effect. Apart from that he also played on the sheer trend with a few garments too wherein presenting floor length as well as cropped jackets and capes.
But the meticulously designed prints were the highlight during his presentation. While keeping the silhouettes wearable and chic, he played out with prints to give pret-wear the edgy-ness he desired, enhancing them in the process. The prints ranged from concentric squares, kaleidoscopic abstractions to repeated butterfly feathers and tie and dye effects through prints all coming together in his collection.
With a lone-ranger-johnny-depp styling, there were exaggerated headgears with birds on the head, eye pieces made out of nail rings and high lighted eyes for men, the drama was pretty much in ample doses. My picks from this collection were an Ivory concentric square dress clinched at waist and with a cape, the abstract rippled printed jacket, the third whole look seemed very chic and effortless with the sheer jacket and printed pant suit, the micro printed jacket and I wasn’t as much as excited about this dress (last picture) as much as the print that really excited me.
*Image courtesy Faisal Farooqui and his team at Dragonfly