Day Two ups the fashion ante
KARACHI, Oct 22: Sanam Chaudhri’s Kage opened Take 2 of the ongoing Fashion Pakistan Week at a hotel on Monday.
The collection was inspired by Shibori, defined as a Japanese resist dye technique, resulting in a very edgy line in indigo and white with shades of burnt orange, scalding red and pitch black. Kimono jackets, cowl harem pants, trousers and skirts in casual and refined cotton to satin besides bustiers, capes, wraps and obi belts comprised this unique take on foreign culture with strong traditional undercurrents resulting in a standing ovation for the designer.
Various forms of leather in menswear with accessories such as the bullwhip, etc, saw Arsalan and Yahsir put on the FPW ramp long coats, smart coats, faux-fur lined collars and short jackets in an essentially winter collection.Saleha Butt for the UK chain Debenhams showed casual wear, printed chinos, a scarlet dress worn by Sana Sarfaraz, executive wear for both men and women and most notably a white pant suit worn by Ayyan, handkerchief-print dresses, a stunning white cocktail dress, dull gold/ beige satin evening dresses and gentleman’s tux which showed the designer’s unlimited potential when it comes to western wear.
Anika and Salma Cheema’s Baani D exhibited cultural richness with western sensibilities in Chitral meets Punjab, fabric-folding techniques, contemporary, cosmopolitan flair in Chitrali long frocks and kameezes, orange dori kaam, traditional Chitrali woollen coats with a modern twist in cut and embroidery. Sania Saeed was the showstopper in this segment.
After a short break, the most glamorous celebrity gifts were given to Sania Saeed and Ayyan following which purity and pure simplicity defined Zaheer Abbas’ Virgin collection in cotton, net and intricate jute design denoting the transition from romance to full-blown love and a redefinition of identities. Illusion necklines, full-length and short dresses worn over tilted straw hats, side pockets, angarkha-cut dresses, pleated bodices, tiered skirts and play with sheer volume and flair was the strong point of the designer’s showing.
Amir Baig’s Black of Block stylish chic echoed of the days of Moenjodaro in synergy in block prints that was bold and fabulous.
Layered frills on short skirts redefined urban uber chic in its design execution. The designer has his hand on the pulse of the fashionista crowd as outfit after outfit aroused curiosity of what’s next, taking a firm grip on the front-row crowd. Amir Baig has clearly come of age with this awesome collection.
Adnan Pardesy’s autumn/winter collection redefined ralli in modern-day handcrafted outfits in a gathering of ribbons and fabric in a superb style statement. The collection was accentuated by Kiran Aman’s 22-carat jewellery. The collection was effervescent in spirit with painstaking detail in fabric that won the designer laurels on the FPW ramp.
The official publication for the event is Fashion Diet, which summed up the activity on Day One within its pages and was freely distributed at the venue.