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MBFWA RESORT 2018 Day 5

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Day 5
Like Day 4, Day 5 too showcased a number of fun and yet commercially viable collections, which seem to be a running theme through out the fashion week and it makes sense since there are buyers coming in for business and to look for what will sell, but the designers do need to show what they are capable of instead of belting out tried and tested options .

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Breaking Norms at London Collections : Men SS16

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House Of Holland
No one was more happy than me when Henry Holland announced his menswear debut. Whenever Henry used to step out in one of his own, I always used to wish that he ventured into menswear…and now.. Yayyeee!!! It is almost EXACTLY like I would have imagined Henry Holland menswear would be bringing his fun colorful sensibilities that we are used to within his menswear. The cheeky text Read the rest of this entry »

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia Day 3

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Reflection  -Akira Isogawa
Stop!! take a breath, a moment and do yourself a favor..just go through this collection and let it sink in.


Now where does one start when reviewing a show that showcases 20 yrs of a designer’s work. Akira Isogawa in his and MBFW’s 20th year took a step back showcasing and reflecting on what has transpired within all these years. For a designer that sings to his own tune, is loyal to his aesthetics and Akira is one of those designers who’s passion shows within his clothes. Read the rest of this entry »

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia Day 2

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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 »

The ethereal Shamael

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Veteran Shamael opened the day 2 of FPW with a collection leaving all the ladies breathless. The ethereal presentation from beginning to end, was literally a dream sequence of clothes. Using digital prints as her medium, Shamael’s take on Japanese art and styling it all in her way, drew praises from all quarters. A totally different experience from last season’s Sanam Chaudhri, Shamael did her interpretation of the Oriental inspiration. Exploring the relam of digital printing, Shamael’s collection was literally the glimmer of hope we needed that good things were to follow.

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The sensitive color palette ranged from pearly pinks, beiges, browns and greys with a black outfit. The digital prints were nicely done had Shamael experiment with silhouettes without overpowering the prints (rather using them to her advantage) creating interesting effects. The ‘murals on clothes’ as I like to call them were done on fabrics such as chiffons, silks and georgettes. The prints were enhanced by the use of embroideries and complimented them perfectly. The delicate looks even had the use of Japanese dyening techniques like shibori and thus added much more depth to her collection. Furthermore the visual texture along with these prints made sure that one found something new in the garment everytime they look at it.

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One also got to see Japanese inspired silhouettes too in the show. The kimono inspired tunics, square sleeves, the knots incorporated tops, the draped dresses, the sheers, the layered tops, the handkerchief hem dress, all of these made up this delightful collection. Another good thing that like Maheen Khan, Shamael too understands the team effort behind the show and therefore called the team on the ramp along with herself for the final walk. While Shamael’s design aesthetic is not meet my personal one, there were quite a few pieces that caught my fancy. A one shoulder embroidered jumpsuit was the perfect shade of pink, The grey knotted top was a winner hands down and the print on the pants was just so perfect. Another thing that I liked was the cranes print that was done on black. oh-so-perfection.

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This Oh-so-Shamael collection was perfectly accessorized by custom made accessories ranging from hair sticks to earings that complimented the collection. The styling was done by Ehtesham ansari.

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*Image Courtesy Kashif Rashid