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PFDC SUNSILK FASHION WEEK 2017

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The second fashion week of the season, The fashion week from Lahore had quite a few interesting collection that did explore the fun and business sides of fashion. The collections both by debutantes and established designers definitely had people sit up and take notice how pret is evolving within fashion. While there were a few that stuck to the formulaic commercialism, others did dare to venture out, pushing the envelope and making a damn point.

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Two in a Row

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The young Zonia Anwer had her showing right after Rizwan Beyg, a tough act to follow. Titled ‘The Baronial of Kremlin’, the collection ’embraced women feeling feminine and having fun.’ With languid silhouettes and pastels and nudes, Zonia’s collection failed to induce a spark on the runway.

We have seen Zonia some pretty edgy garments and shapes and taking this route through this collection, really sort of surprises me how far is she sacrificing her design self for commercialism. Using chiffon as her medium, the collection was a series of chiffon draped pieces one after the other which made the presentation tad bit monotonous. Languid shapes and loose silhouettes, there was a variety of dresses presented. An interjection of stripes was interesting but was pretty much few and far in between. While the colors were inspired by Kremlin, the resort shapes in the collection were pretty similar to one another.

Buckle up Zonia, u have done it better than this.

NIDA AZWER: While I am familiar with William Morris’s work, I had to look up William Morgan to familiarize myself with his work. Nida Azwer’s collection, inspired by these two artists sashayed down the runway of Day 2. Nida Azwer, who’s pretty much the semi-formal go to designer for many people, still seem to struggle to handle pret wear.

The colors Nida used for her collection ranged from dark blues, turquoise, manganese purple, greens, Indian reds, and lemon yellows. Coming to prints, they were masterfully done. I could see the influence of the two artists (one of them, Morris, legend in almost all textile people’s textbooks) come through in the prints. Morris’s aesthetic coming together with Morgan’s Persian style came through the use of birds, florals, fauna and animals, by the designer, that were also used by the artists in their works.

However its the silhouettes where she failed to impress me as a designer. While a couple of silhouettes seemed that things might get interesting, Nida took on the safe route on the runway causing little success. The hemlines were still longer in many garments with lowers and one of the garments actually reminded me of her Foliage collection. A few draped tops and tunics were interesting in a collection that had long tunics and floor grazing lengths. Though not much of a success, there were some interesting pieces that deserved mention. I quite liked the knot silhouette that just incorporates print with the silhouette, the parrot embroidery within the drape was quite a cheeky touch by Nida, the jumpsuit was my one of favs from this collection considering how the print is strategically placed on the jumpsuit in a pretty composition. Also the black panelled optical illusion hem print tunic was another fav of mine. Also the print on the hem of the white tunic also was pretty interesting.

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*Images courtesy Faisal Farooqui and his team at Dragonfly