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Asifa and Nabeel’s latest outing titled Par to noor or ray of light was inspired by the artworks of Omar. An artist with life altering disabilities,  Omar, who had met everyday challenges through his art. Developing motifs and colors from his art (did not see that happening here even if they showed just two art pieces on the avi), the duo presented a collection that comprised of menswear as well as womenswear.

Using gold, neutrals, blacks and emerald tones, the collection instead of going very avant garde pret, which it could have with such an interesting concept, chose to side with safer silhouettes, that were pretty easy on the eye. Though simplistic and commercial, the collection did not seem to illicit much of an interest. When presenting for the ramp, the designer should rather show off their technical, experimental as well as commercial flair. Barring a few pieces, the rest belonged to the racks, where they would actually make an impact, rather than the ramp. With a Nauman Arfeen hangover, the collection failed to sort of bring forth artist’s work and his struggles to the forefront.

While an interesting cut waistcoat, the peek a boo pants and cutwork details on some garments were few of the details which could have been exaggerated for a full fledged collection, however were kept muted. The only garment that actually might have made some impact would have to be the emerald colored gown with black cutwork bolero. Great concept but needed to be braver in terms of execution.

*Images courtesy Faisal Farooqui and his team at Dragonfly

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