Day 2 of PFDC Sunsilk Fashion week was quite eventful in terms of fashion. From theatrics to experimental shapes to just plain fun, it was quite the ride without a false note in context to keeping the audience hooked onto the presentations.
It is always an exciting time when fashion week and presentations happen back home. PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week is one such occasion that is marked on my calendar weeks ahead and boy am I having a blast going through the collections. While I am not watching it live! time difference from back home and work commitments, I do miss out meeting colleagues, fellow bloggers and designers. It is always exciting to see what the designers have been working on and being a designer myself, it becomes second nature to see what is going on. Day 1 at the fashion week, like usual, came with its share of hits and misses
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It was a mixed bag of fashion week with many veterans and experienced designer stumbling onto finding a contemporary footing with some traditions that are ingrained within their audience. The final and Day 3 was no different either with designers putting on a show. With Zaheer coming out on trumps with his succinct collection and Nilofer Shahid showcasing her technical finesse, balancing the interpretation and tribute facets within her collection, the concluding day rounded off with an interesting note of sorts; with a lesson for designers for the need to step up their game seriously instead of mediocre offerings.
Day 2 saw another slew of designers putting forth a show for the evening. Of these only two came up trumps by staying true to their aesthetics. While we saw many bridals, a couple of brands also showcased pret a porter for the wedding season giving the much needed break from the usual desi wedding options.
Kicking things off on Day 1, Fashion Pakistan Week begun with the usual fervor with designers, Shehla Chatoor, Sania Maskatiya, Gulabo, Ayesha Hashwani, Tena Durrani, Hisham Malik and Sana Safinaz showcasing their luxury and high end collections.
Ethereal Romance – Michael Lo Sordo
The ethereal collection presented by Michael Lo Sordo could best be described as the subtle romance of epic proportions at best. Draped as well as structured, his dresses were of overblown proportion. But for the designer, the genius lied in the details. The micro pleating Read the rest of this entry »
Amir Adnan’s royal collection was just that… Royal. Traditional yet modern though the collection did indeed bordered more on the groomswear category, there were many eastern menswear options that came to the forefront within a modern royal twist. Sherwanis, Bandhgalas, vests, waistcoats, kurtas all were present with brocaded fabric fit for a prince. My favorite had to be the bandhgala jackets that definitely are sure to fly off the racks, Read the rest of this entry »
Noir et blanc
Kicking off things on the last day, Sadaf Malatere opened up the day with a chic collection that was sans any unnecessary drama. The fourth monochromatic collection during the fashion week was still a-fresh due to its minimal and sleek approach in design. Accompanied along with controlled pretty chinoiserie cherry blossom details that just hinted and teased at points rather than going OTT over the garment. The pretty collection started off with clean lines it successfully evolved into fringed accented ensembles that broke the whole linear monotony but without looking out of place. The effortlessly chic collection had a range of fun basics, dresses, separates as well as some fun fringed pieces. The collection was restrained and well made (shouldn’t we stop mentioning it since it is the basic pre-requisite). The collection with its part french part jazz references scored majorly due to its control that it exercised. Tres chic.
Bringing back Surprises
Maheen Karim’s latest offering was luxe, glam and more. While the collection was not without its share of uh-oh moments, the vibe surely was high and the designer managed to deliver what she is known for. While a shaky start with a heavly embellished ensemble in blush pink… the things progressed for the better. A few DVF references in matt golds were hard to miss…A departure of sorts,not totally, from her usual serving of prints, Karim focused more on embellished details in moderation and some of her signature laid back luxe and resort vibe. Though I expected the sole print she presented to be much more brighter in print, but nevertheless suited the winter season for which the collection was presented. The front short-back long tunic with glitter hot pants was rather an odd inclusion in the presentation. The presentation did manage to spring back some surprises (pun intended) and peaked most at the red jumpsuit with a deep cross over back, the black gown with gilded filigree detail that continued on the a fun cutout back that was unusual and sensuously luxe. Another one that stood out in the collection was a wrap drape that gathered up front. A good showing.
After two successful pret runs earlier this year, Nida presented a Renaissance inspired collection moving away from the whites and pastels of summer, in an attempt to score a hattrick. She did manage to get halfway there. There was no dearth of fun and innovative renaissance inspired prints at Nida’s show in deep rich tones coupled with handworked embroidery. However she faltered on many counts in terms of silhouette and how the print and embroidery were coupled together, as well as separates that were put together. The metallic jacket with gharara, the black shrug, top and the layered gharara with different levels had some odd print pairings and looked more gypsy and carried a bit Ram Leela dejavu. Same was the case with saris paired with jacket (nothing wrong with that, I for one love the combo) with the two separates, not being in sync, and I thought she almost got rid of that front open floor length layered anarkali. While she started off strong with some interesting pieces thing went for a bit of an off balance half way through, but managed to end well with a printed slouched dress. Loved the black self printed pants with laser cut top and a tunic over a sariesque gown. Also a short printed shrug belted over a mouse grey gown (not an easy color) were some of the highlights of the show. Some great prints (as expected) but I wished they were utilized better.
*Images courtesy Tapu Javeri and his team
Oscars red carpet has always been as important as the ceremony itself. The ladies attending, put their best fashion foot forward (well most of them). My top picks for the night were:
She may not have won the Best Actress trophy, but definitely cut a pretty picture in a custom design Armani Gown with Harry Winston Jewels. The nude/gold encrusted gown perfectly complemented her skin tone making her a winner on the red carpet. A brilliant comeback after the globes debacle.
Possibly the most talked about 22 yr old, this award season Jennifer Lawrence has had more hits than misses. Bringing out her A game to the oscars red carpet, the face of Dior wore, as predicted, Dior couture. The self blush pink and white silk in a ball gown silhouette perfectly complimented this cinderella’s story.
Working closely with the designer resulted in an asymmetric bustier Gorgio Armani gown. And boy was I impressed The Best Actress nominee with a tussled bun and minimal jewels and spot on makeup, lets the gown do all the talking. Who needs Oscars when you are dressed like a trophy .
Marchesa was probably one of the most liked shows this season. Their signature embroidery combined with draped silhouettes, I expected it to make an appearance on the red carpet during the awards season. The scarlet draped gown and embroidered corset offset with Munn’s dark hair and red lips, made Munn one of my favorites on red carpet.
It was Dior vs Dior on the Oscars red carpet. Giving stiff competition to the best actress winner, the evil queen was a vision in white in her structured Dior couture gown. With a fierce short hairdo, Stud jewels and and silver accessories, Theron owned the red carpet. Confident, fierce and chic, maybe it was the effect of the haircut had on her which she described as ‘the most liberating thing she has ever done.’
Besides having the best accessory of the night around her arm, George Clooney, Stacy Keibler shone in a gun metal Naeem Khan gown. Styled by one of my fav stylist, Brad Goreski, Miss Keibler channels contemporary old world hollywood glamour with the side parting waves and a bun. The belt around the waist was a good move to break the monotony.