Fahad Hussayn’s Gothic romance themed around self inflicted revenge reminded me of the Evil Queen Regina from Once Upon a Time series. While her grief is externalized, Hussayn internalizes it. Reminded me of the saying those who are heartless cared once the most. His collection titled Kala Paani made him yet again go towards the dark side after his stint with feminine of pastels of last two collections I saw of him.
Showing a mix of menswear and womenswear, themed on alter ego and its repercussions, Fahad Hussayn’s collection started off with an impressive fashion film. Playing around, he started off with blacks, gradually moving towards tones of greys, a hint of olive and injunctions of offwhite and cream. All of these were highlighted with the use of rustic gold in embroidery as well as fabric. The collection featured an array of silhouettes including a couture piece. Ranging from skirts, flared and column gowns, skirts to seperates, medieval styled floor length dresses as well as a sari. The flouncy black dress, the graded shift dress.. loved em. He also showcased menswear with jackets, printed pants and shirts. One of the shirts with exposed arm and connected to the upper part of sleeve to cuff via single strip was interesting. Using a variety of fabrics, Hussayn brings forth in many ways the concepts of pain and self annihilation into a much wearable collection. The collection had a range of streamlined sleeker shapes with a few draped and voluminous ones injected along the way.
The collection featured a major number of signature Fahad Hussayn prints, the last of something similar that we saw and missed at his collection titled Praxus. The prints were used on a variety of body con dresses. Letting the print take centre stage, the prints were dark and glam. Many of these had peplum details but not too much in exaggeration and in just the right amount. The prints as well as other ensembles were embellished with gold as well as thread embroidery, specifically those gold belts. Also prints are not too easy to work on men, but to his credit, Fahad makes it work especially in those Jackets… LOVE LOVE THEM. Lace cutouts on eyes, really brought them out and the thigh high leg warmers worked well with quite a bit many outfits.
The medivalesque pieces did remind me of his collection at FPW. Also the jumpsuit made an appearance again..but it went soo well with the theme..minor hiccups… However in a collection that had many…i hate the term..’western’…silhouettes, the sari seemed quite a bit out of place. With the whole embroidered headband, did have a Sabyasachi hangover. Also the peasant blouse with the skirt and that dopatta draped across and over the head… nah.. did not cut a good picture.
My picks.. haha lots .. the kick ass couture piece, the harp print shirt, the harp print dress with peplum details, the gold and grey look (never thought they would work together and here we are), the jumpsuit..again..sue me but its soo on my must buy list…the separates, lace upper with draped silk inner and loved the sporty details on those pants.
*Images Courtesy Faisal Farooqui and his team at Dragonfly