Ali Xeeshan lived up to his theatrical repute by doing a satirical take on the political situation of the country, and of all the colors, using white (since its associated with ‘purity’) to convey the message. Titled ‘Jalsa e ishq’, his collection was an ode to love for which he believed everyone should be rooting for.
With basic menswear of kurtas, straight pajamas and waistcoats of different designs of chikan, the collection was majorly a womenswear presentation. Working up the ‘sheer’ trend, Xeeshan used a multitude of nets and organzas along with eyelet fabrics and cottons. Showing off a multitude of layered looks in a variety of silhouettes, Ali Xeeshan did not shy away from the use of embellishments either. Chikan threadwork, pearls and filigree (delicate ornamental work of fine silver, gold, or other metal wires) in ample amounts, added to the much needed drama to the clothes that he wanted. While the silver embellishments did not work for me much (as they do not cater to my personal taste), they fit right into the collection to a T and worked cohesively in the whole collection. However it was the white on white work and embroidery that I liked quite a bit. Furthermore there were fabric on fabric treatments on the sheer jackets and pants that added dimensions to usual simple silhouettes.
On the other hand silhouettes ranged from short dresses, tunics paired with tights and skinnies to shararas and ghararas in cotton and chikan with embellishments adorning the garments. From semi formals to almost bordering on bridals (the one worn by Meesha Shafi), Ali Xeeshan’s collection was the usual study in the right amount of over indulgence. The facial accessories added the perfect edge quotient to the collection.
My picks from this collection were the layered long tunic, the sheer striped pants, the sheer jacket that was worn over nude top and tights (loved the look and the effect of nude with it), the sheer tiered Sari, The checkered shrug and the show stopper Meesha Shafi’s garment, loved the sleeves with geometrics. The good thing about this collection was that the easy seperates combined together would still give u a look that somehow belonged into the collection.
*Images courtesy Faisal Farooqui and his team at Dragonfly