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Pantene Bridal Couture Week 2014 : Zaheer Abbas stuns with a fabulous bridal collection on Day 2

* Day 2 line-up includes Zaheer Abbas, Uzma Babar, Rani Emaan, Hair & Make-up Show by Sabs, Powerhouse of Fashion display, Yasmin Zaman and Faraz Manan
Photos By Faisal Farooqui, Ahsan Qureshy and Haris Usmani

The second day of Hum Network’s Pantene Bridal Couture Week (PBCW) 2014 began on Saturday, featuring a stellar lineup of designer collections.
Zaheer Abbas opened Show 1 with his collection ‘Jashne Janaan’. The designer knows the language of fashion like the back of his hand. The stunning use of the colour palette involved royal blues and greens to go with angrakhas and Anarkali dresses. Even the subtle tea pink and light green for straight shirts with dupattas were a treat to the eyes and Abbas seemed to pull off the collection with success. Model-turned-actress Humaima Malick showstopped for the designer looking ethereal in an ivory bridal. Abbas’s collection was indeed the highlight of Day 2. The jewellery provided by Karat Creations perfectly complimented the bridals.
Somal Halepoto followed with her collection titled ‘Ronak’. A vibrant and fun collection with heavily-embellished bridals, indeed for a woman who loves to make a statement especially on weddings. Halepoto’s collection could be remembered for its chirpiness, cohesiveness and bright vibrancy.
‘Reflections’ by Uzma Babar was the next collection to follow. The collection was based on the five main ceremonies – from mayoon to walima, which reflect the ‘big fat weddings’ of Pakistan. We loved the stunning backdrops. Some of the collection’s most beautiful pieces were the yellow mehndi dresses with a large motif on the back, sharara and a sequined gota dupatta with marrori ka kaam. The beautiful jewellery by Hamna Amir was also the highlight of Babar’s collection.
The first act of Day 2 was concluded by Rani Emaan’s ‘Jewel of the Nile’ collection. Her collection was based on hues of reds, maroons, golds, corals, greens and nudes with very intricate but detailed embellishments was breathtakingly gorgeous and will be remembered for a long time. The exquisitely done pieces were adorned with quintessential kora and dabka but resham cut dana, tila, pearl and real stones rule the roost. The fabrics included chiffon, kundan, zari, banarsi, self-jamawaar and self-chamois were carefully chosen and put together. TV stars Maria Wasti and Zeba Bakhtiar and fashion icon Saim Ali showstopped for Emaan.
Next followed a Hair & Make-up Show by Sabs’ the Salon. Ali Zafar’s words ran through one’s thoughts, as the models started presenting the hair and make-up done by Sabs’. He had said, “I bet they don’t show this side of Pakistan to the world.” The hairstyles were stunning; from long side braids to perfectly done updos. Former top model Zainab Qayyum showstopped for Saba Ansari.
The Powerhouse of Fashion segment featured seven top grand couturiers including Ali Xeeshan, Élan, Nickie Nina, Sana Safinaz, Shamaeel, The House of Kamiar Rokni and Umar Sayeed, where the esteemed designers showcased their best on the prestigious platform of the PBCW. Xeeshan stole the show for many of us with his stunning ivory bridals. “My bridal wears were inspired by the old rasam ‘gana khallai’. I used white chicken kari with customised gota,” Xeeshan said while talking exclusively to Daily Times.
Before the second last show began for the night, the audience were treated to an amazing classical dance performance.
Yasmin Zaman’s collection followed, which was inspired by the motifs and patterns found in Mughal art and architecture. We loved the orange paisley choli with lehnga as well as blue lace saris. The subtle brown shirts with blue dupattas were also splendidly done. Indeed, Zaman has an eye for fashion, which is immaculate, though the designer is not a pro at menswear. 
Faraz Manan closed Day 2 with his collection titled ‘Istanbul’. Inspired by the beautiful fusion of Asian culture and European flavour present in Istanbul, Manan displayed a metallic and grey collection with some heavily embellished and sequined shirts, kurtas, blouses, loose kaftans and straight pants. The green and grey jumpsuits with sequined gowns were done like a pro. We also loved the green jackets and the loose fitted gowns. 
Look forward to the grand finale!

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