The Sindh Festival 2014 was conceived as an antidote to anti-culture. It is a celebration of the rich heritage that is Sindh and indeed, Pakistan. It is in essence, all of us. The Sindh Fashion Festival, a component of the Sindh Festival, held on Wednesday at NAPA, Karachi was a treat for the senses.
The event had two components, a two-day fashion extravaganza showcasing some of the country’s finest talent and a fashion museum exhibit.
Day 1 opened with a dance performance choreographed by the internationally acclaimed dancer Omar Rahim followed by the showing of bridal couture legend Bunto Kazmi’s incredible shawls, which truly are works of art. The shawls were worn over clothes made by Pink Tree and complimented with jewellery by Amber Sami.
This was followed by Fnk Asia’s collection depicting a young fresh Sindh and Amir Adnan’s collection for high achievers. Adnan’s showstopper was the young and dynamic businessman Shehryar Taseer who put the entire project together.
Nauman Arfeen’s collection, an ode to the black pheasant or kaala teetar drew inspiration from nature. Zaheer Abbas’ ajrak collection showed the versatility of Sindh’s traditional fabric and how ajrak could indeed go international. This was followed by a musical performance by Fuzon and Sherry.
Undoubtedly one of the country’s greatest designers, Umar Sayeed did not disappoint. His beautifully crafted collection was a delight to view. The jewellery for this segment was provided by Feathers.
The evening closed with a fabulous performance by Akhtar Channar Zahri and the dance ensemble O2.
The iconic Nabila was the creative genius behind the show and her team from N-Pro and N-Gents styled the models.
The set design, construction, set-up and backstage was done by Production 021.
The show, including all the dances, was choreographed by Omar Rahim.
The event was coordinated and managed by Tehmina Khaled of TakeII who used her PR skills to accentuate the beautiful side of Sindh out for the world to see.
Day 2 of the Sindh Fashion Festival was postponed owing to the attacks on a police vehicle that claimed 13 lives.
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