Inspired by Cirque de soliel, the fashion film of the brand was one of the best I had seen in recent times, by Abdullah haris. Possibly coz it gave them a lot to play with. Saira Shakira’s debut outing Cirque de Vanite will be remembered for its look. It aimed to combine elements of circus and every woman’s favourite sin…Vanity.
The circus of Vanity was pretty much literally translated on the runway with majorly a black and white collection. Using gold and deep reds as accents, the collection was far removed from the colourful one by nomi which is still pretty much etched in our minds. The harlequin pattern made an appearance quite a many times with a good amount of stripes and many a floral embroideries thrown in for a good measure. The patterns were graphic-y and striking when compared with solids. These embroideries were usually mechanized going overall on the fabric, while in others were hand worked and appliquéd. The geometric pattern-floral embroidery combo being at odd and forced at times and working at other moments was sort of a strictly okay concoction.
Using organza, chiffons, gold tissue and silks, silhouettes included tunics, tops, pants, jumpsuits, dresses, vests and jackets. The structured and streamlined look was the order of the day for these women in circus. Also keeping in accordance with the theme, the ladies did not shy away from the use of ruffles, frilled collars and elements like bishop sleeves, which also liberally made an appearance through the collection. These injected through into the collection (in varying amounts) were made to aesthetically break the straight monotony. Again it did not work with all the looks and bogged down many of them in terms of what could have been a clean look. Soo wish the collection could have been as good as the fashion film.
While the ladies went all out in terms of styling, it really had me making an effort getting past all of it to see the main garment, which at times was very wearable sans everything else. From gloves, to hammer head wigs to fedoras along with the pattern, embroidery and ruffles felt bit too over crowded and dumped-everything-on look. In a bit to do a bit costumey and bit wearable, it all ended up in a no man’s land state. Either could have gone with all out exaggeration or could have opted for editing in looks. For an editorial, the collection can be picked up immediately but for retail as they said they would have to simplify it.
However, I did find that many of the pieces were well tailored. I liked this piece from the collection which was a much sleeker look. I really like how well these pants were fitted. Hate the tassels though.