4 designers were handpicked and selected to create capsule collections specifically for this event. Pertaining to a certain era and theme, these designers, some succeeding more than others, presented their collections integrated ad-mist the beauty awards.
Bogged with a vintage theme, Khadijah of Elan takes an expected route of eastern vintage conjuring up an array of ensembles that comprised of ghararas, shararas, anarkalis, and long shirts worked upon intricately with the usual embellishments that are associated with the bridal finery. Thus the presentation worked more so as a bridal trousseau presentation (for which it was rather suitable and pretty much made for a pretty showing on the ramp) rather than giving off a vintage vibe. A few odd color combos actually worked and cut a pretty picture but the rest was nothing what we haven’t seen before. Possible favs. was a short tunic paired with brocade pants and a pair of green palazzo. Zeba Bakhtiyar made for an elegant showstopper
Going the black and white route, Sadaf Malaterre stripped off color of the retro era that her collection was themed around. While I had to give it to her to take such step, it wouldn’t have hurt to move away from the safe black and white and add pops of color and psychedelic prints to her collection. However to her credit, with her silhouettes, styling and stripes and dots, she still managed to bring on the retro on the ramp. A few good pieces and a few ill fitted ones, the presentation pretty much scored a strict OK. However what brought it down several notches was Sana Nawaz as show stopper with her unruly hair and ill fitted outfit.
The only one to integrate Ali Zafar’s performance, and come out to take a bow, Xeeshan’s POP inspired disco themed collection hit bang on in terms of its re-interpretation. With glitz, glam and loads of bling, Xeeshan’s clothes were accompanied with not too OTT styling (loved those gloves). While starting off from where he left in the PFDC show, ( afew seperates did remind me of that), Xeeshan elevated his show with some very strong pieces as the presentation progressed. Kudos to him for giving such a perfect fit to the pants worn by Sana Sarfaraz. A definitely strong showing that deserved applause (it didn’t need a male model though & also a printed skirt with jeweled neckline going all the way down wasn’t one of the better outfits)
The famed duo, Sana Safinaz, worked up their ECLECTIC theme with a second black and white collection of the night. The collection with its prints, draped and body contoured silhouettes, was anything but eclectic. With repeated patterns, One of the ensembles was rather disturbing and fitted more into a retro category with its repeated use of print. The presentation on its own was rather ok. The fun use of floral prints and motifs was very Sana Safinaz aesthetic, on the black and white dresses that sashayed down the runway. One of them even reminded me of audrey hepburn. Humaima Malik made for their showstopper however she did suffer wardrobe malfunction which could have been avoided had she not moved her hands around so much.