While Day 3 is usually touted to be the best day of the fashion week, there were quite a few surprises in store for me as the collections walked down the ramp. Some hits, some pleasant surprises and some misses, but it was a quite the satisfying day.
Tapu with his kitschy prints had always captured the attention of his audience. Be it Karachi or Paris, the guy never fails to impress. Evolving from the ‘KARACHAKRA’ the collection this time around explored the realms of japanese, spanish art and animal prints. The signature Tapulicious prints this time around were divided into three distinct separate capsules for which three three designers namely Kamiar, Mohsin Ali and HSY were broughy on board to design ensembles using these prints.
KAMIAR’s ORIENTAL TALES: Fresh off the success of his Orientalist collection, made Kamiar a natural choice for the collection inspired by Japanese murals. The japanese paintings by Tapu’s Aunt Mariam Syedullah, were converted into prints and juxtaposed with small shots of Karachi giving a kaleidoscopic twist to the paintings. The silhouettes echoed Kamiar’s last oriental sensibilities with chic separates, dresses and kaftan styled in a minimal twists of styling, were simple and non fussy. Possibly the most commercial of the lot. The print bags and clutches were a dominant feature in all the outfits and complimented the outfits rather than taking away from them.
MOHSIN’s KITSCHY WARRIOR: The vibrant prints inspired by Spanish artist Joan Miro fell into the kitty of edgy Mohsin. The prints with their vibrant shapes and linear elements reminded me of artists Alexander Calder and Wassily Kandinsky’s paintings. The prints were combined with geometric shapes and made into a range of body con dresses and two separates. I was just backstage during the frenzy and prints are amazing. Mohsin intelligently color blocked the prints in geometric solid elements and also paired them with geometric shape prints to tone down the print and add a certain layer to the whole garment. My picks were definitely the body cons with a bit puffed up sleeves ( I liked the contrasting elements) and those polka dotted pants. The double tape warrior masks finished off these sections in terms of styling.
HSY…nuff said: The prints juxtaposing HSY, Vaneeza’s eyes, animal prints and chevrons all came together in a monochromatic black and white to create sort of optical illusion prints. Majorly menswear, I wasn’t too sure about the loose palazzo pants that were created for menswear. They seemed sloppy and were not appealing. Also the addition of that hat with that jacket and tiger pants was unnecessary (sexy policeman deja vu anyone???) While the menswear usually consisted of jackets and bandhgalas, both the womenswear, the dress and the romper were aces in my book. While I loved how the whole look came together in the charcoal grey dress with the styling, the romper was impeccable in its fitting.
*Images courtesy Tapu Javeri and his team