Pakistan sunsilk Fashion week or PSFW has always been one of the major events in the fashion scene of Pakistan and after attending for the first time last year, I was lucky enough to do so this year too. Invited by the organizers, who were kind enough to do so, I had 4 days of unapologetic fashion filled long weekend.
MK nation kicked off things for the fashion week with an urban high street show at PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week 2014. Debuting last year during an election campaign, MK Nation created waves with its Imran Khan Kurtas. Bearing the flag of high street, MK nation was the first one to showcase.
The collection predominantly featured prints in urban silhouettes along with the use of susi ( a woven striped fabric with a supplementary warp ) in various forms. Now with a background in textile design, it does not come as a surprise that I loved the fact that the woman Maheen Kardar Ali, used the handwoven fabric (i believe u do get machine woven now too) to the forefront and that too instead of luxury, to a high street section (it just makes it more accessible to masses). The grid collage prints along with urban social media references, and fun object prints, the collection had a relaxed seperates, tops, tunics, tapered pants (both long and cropped), mini skirts (though people do question who wears them, a certain section of people do), crop tops, jumpsuits, susi palazzos, loose kurtas. The later part of the collection moved towards embellishments on kurtas.
While much has been said about the mini dress similar to aarti vijay gupta and chanel (lets not go there), the social media references were inevitable to notice with their cheeky play of words and hashtag symbols. The ‘selfie’ inscriped top reminded me of the one done by Huemn by Pranav Mishra and Shyma shetty (and no its not a copy!!) . And now you all know whats coming up. Who did it better? I have my pick.. do you? Do comment
However the urban relaxed vibe of the ensembles was evident, the use of susi with such design concept did not come together in a a marriage of sorts. From the relaxed vibe it went on to an another tangent with the bling and susi, which were good in their individual right and could be worn right off the runway, but did not seem to match up to the whole collection that had a certain design philosophy running through it. But to credit Maheen Kardar, showcased a decent presentation and has her finger on the nerve as to what will sell as many of them would be snagged up as soon as they hit stores, esp the hollywood ensemble.
My picks: well the opening piece for sure was a winner all the way with miss peggy, liz taylor and other hollywood references, the skull with a pagri print was such a fav, wish it was in a button down menswear shirt, those ralli cutwork inspired pants and the newspaper print scarf (am such a sucker for the newspaper print its not even funny) made it to my list.
NOTE: Due to extensive number of shows, I will review selected high street shows on the blog.
*Images courtesy Faisal Farooqui and his team at Dragonfly