Fashion equates the three big essential Ps, namely power, persona and poise. In a country fallen prey to chaos and violence, all eyes turn to the fashion, film and music industry for the provision of some entertainment, be it any form. And for those of them who are professionals in the entertainment field quickly become the revered figures of the nation. Such revered personalities have brought the Fashion Pakistan Week (FPW) together, which is now in its sixth edition.
With veteran designer Deepak Perwani on board with Sanam Chaudhri, Maheen Karim and Wardha Saleem, FPW has geared up with full throttle like never before with an exciting litany of designers wanting to be a part of it. What began on Wednesday night at a local hotel in Karachi continued on Thursday with some of the top most designers displaying their creative best to a packed audience.
Organised and arranged by the Fashion Pakistan Council and HUM Sitaray, in association with Toni&Guy, TDAP, Bank AlFalah, Nestle Everyday and Nishat Linen, the night opened to fascinating beauty on display activity called Toni&Guy Hair Meet Wardrobe featuring Karachi-based designer Maheen Karim as the wardrobe stylist. With the event management magnate Frieha Altaf as the activity’s choreographer, Karim very meticulously styled her muse’s wardrobe, with the hair and make-up by Toni&Guy Artistic Director Saeeda Mandviwalla.
Couture extraordinaire Fahad Hussayn, who has off late become popular for his wearable, distinct prêt wear, that sets us apart and accentuates the personality opened Act One of Day 2. The designer presented his Trousseau collection; an exquisite one indeed! enthralled the attendees with his unique sense of colours and cuts.
Up next was the Maybelline Trend Show, with wardrobe by Sara Shahid of Sublime, Sania Maskatiya and Sanam Chaudhri. Models walked on the ramp with contemporary make-up for work and parties. The audience also witnessed latest trends in bridal make-up.
Nauman Arfeen who wowed everyone with his stunning Sindhi collection during the Sindh Fashion Festival was up next with his Haute After Dark spring/summer collection. The stunning pieces depicted an interpretation of creativity after monotony. Inspired strongly from Persian art, Arfeen displayed new cuts, ample play of fabric and materials to bring out versatility in menswear. Arfeen’s compilation also brought forth interesting bags and shoes to complete the look.
Jafferjees closed Act One featuring clutches, handbags and travel bags that were crafted with sophisticated details. Jafferjees’ collection offered mixed textures and patterns including ostrich-print and cross-stitch to delight the most demanding enthusiasts of fine leather.
Maheen Khan for Gulabo opened Act Two with her colourful and funky collection. Ideal for beach and casual day wear, the silk kaftans, kurtas and long shirts were boasted some amazing cuts.
Debuting brand Inaaya by Noshaba Brohi was a hit for many with some outstandingly done jackets, flowing dresses and contrast kurtis. Full marks for the artistic wear.
Sheep followed with some interesting cuts and colours, however the gaudy and flashy embellishments seemed a bit too overly done. The clothing range was complemented by chic accessories with some original designs that were mostly influenced by nature.
Veteran designer diva Shamaeel Ansari closed Day 2 with a collection that stood out for many. Each piece told a story of its own. The jackets, pants, camisoles and the coats were splendidly done, the colour combinations regal and very sexy. Ansari stays true to herself with every collection, a signature touch evident through and through.
Look forward to the grand finale!
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