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Pakistan Fashion Week 2013

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While the city is steeped in the greatest miseries of all time, from bomb blasts to target killing, I stepped into a completely different world this Tuesday, 9th April, when the Fashion Council hosted its 5th Fashion Pakistan Week.

House of Maheen opened up with a tribute to the birds on the endangered animals list. Her collection titled ‘flight’ featured her signature styled classic black pants with fancy headgear and feathers. Lots and lots of feathers. I absolutely loved the saris that were a part of her collection. Absolutely loved! But then I am a fool for saris.

Next up were Deepak and Fahad, taking inspiration for their collection from metallics. Bearing chains, metallic studs, the collection revolved around mellow browns and steel greys.

Showcasing at Fashion Week for the first time was Zari Faisal. Her ‘Plush’ collection drew inspiration from vintage oil paintings. Pinks, golds and beige were the main colors highlighted in it.

With lawn being such an integral part of the fashion scene in Pakistan, FPW 2013 also saw the emergency of textile mills such as Orient showcasing their lawn collection. Their spring summer collection of lawn made one wonder whether lawn has indeed taken over fashion or not?

Aamir Baig with his tribute to stripes took control of the ramp next. A rebel symbol of the 60s, stripes have steadily gained popularity. While the debate over ‘whether horizontal stripes make you look fat’ continues, Aamir Baig and his collection were perfectly suited to prisoners all over the world.

Mona Imran and her ‘Safari’ collection next came up, daring to use bold animal prints on icky shamoze silk. The fabric that incites fear into the hearts of every living soul in Karachi, when paired with animal prints left me petrified.

Ayesha Hassan’s SS’13 collection took inspiration from the art of Zillij mainly used in Moroccan architecture. Models wearing gorgeous ‘matha pathees’ paraded around wearing her collection. Warm colors like maroons and greens and blues were her main focus.

Possibly my favorite collection of the night was that of Ahsan Nazir. His global remix saw a fusion of global issues highlighted through different colors made for a very vibrantly hued collection.

Emraan Rajput came next with her ‘denimology’. The collection breezed by without really leaving a mark in my mind. What I do remember is the low crotch pants which I just cannot for the life of me understand. Why do they even exist?

Next Aamna Aqeel’s collection was showcased. Her collection reminded me of Michael Jackson and his ‘Thriller’ video. The idea behind it was the balance between Yin Yan and labeled ‘Finding Glory’.

Rizwanullah was once more MIA on Day 1. Therefore Faiza Saqlain came up. Her collection titled ‘Marvi’ was based on ethnic Sindhi culture, however almost instantly made the mind scream ‘Wardha Saleem already did this love.’ I did like the use of ethnic jewelry. She too opted for low crotch pants which like I said I just cannot understand.

To close day 1 Bani D showcased their ‘Seraiki meets western world’ collection. To start off, Bushra Ansari’s sister sang a song, which made several people leave their seats. Yes it was that bad. Jewelry by Artel and showstopper like always was Sania Saeed.

That was the end of Day 1. All clothes featured are now available by Labels e store here: http://www.labelsestore.com

pictures courtesy https://www.facebook.com/ShariqShafaatPhotography

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Day 3 Fashion Pakistan Week 2012

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Just like all good things come to an end, so is Fashion Pakistan Week 2012. Day 3 is already over and we are looking at Day 4 in the eye.

So day 3, what can I possibly write about day 3 that would do it some justice? As one by one the designers showcased their collections, people were left gasping for more.

The show was opened with Shamaeel Ansari telling the audience why she has been the number one choice for fashionistas and celebrities for more than 25years. The bold hues, with such intricate detailing made her showcasing a very tough act to follow!

Bani D took the reins from Shamaeel, and contrary to what most thought, they managed to put up a spectacular show. The idea behind their collection was hip traditionalism, something bound to be a huge success with Pakistani youth and seniors alike. The jewellery used to accessorize the dresses was provided by Artel by Bina Ali. I simply loved the head accessorizes which gave the outfit a very traditional yet funky look. Highpoint for Bani D? Sani Saeed walked the ramp completely rocking one of their outfits.

Famous for his close attention to detail, Ahmed Bham presented his collection next. And what better way to start the showcasing, than getting another designer to walk down the ramp for you? Ahmed Bham did just that. Out came Nomi Ansari wearing Bham’s very own design making the crowd go wild. Well known for his menswear, Bham’s designs were all about men embracing their feminine side. Bright orange and floral prints were flaunted by male models. If guys really look that good wearing such prints, I promise not to judge them anymore.

Monsoon/Accessorize came up next. Their designs gave off a very cool, breezy impression. And since their theme was beach inspire, it was all too well. Their outfits ranged from causal separates to glamorous maxi dresses. They also showcased their adorable children collection, with the adorable little models strutting around confidently. I totally loved the golden classical music which accompanied her collection.

After a short break, Maheen Khan unveiled her much awaited ‘Gulaboo’ collection. According to her, this collection came out of her ‘love for Pakistan and all things Pakistani’. The truck art inspired collection was bold and trendy and gave people a reason to talk about. Models wearing helmets walked the ramp wearing one gorgeous outfit after another.

Up next was Warda Saleem. Her Thar inspired dresses used bright, vibrant shades with beautiful ethnic prints. The Ghungroo shoes were simply to die for.

And then, Rizwanullah came up. Unveiling his daring and bold outfits, Rizwanullah showcased his glamorous collection. While some people were not very impressed others clearly looked mesmerized. I simply loved his black gown but not really sure how I felt about the man tights.. The question on everyone’s mind however still was why didn’t he show up yesterday?

And last but so not the least Nomi Ansari. The show stopper, the spotlight stealer! Nomi Ansari very sneakily used celebrities to showcase his designs. Maheen Khan first came out wearing his outfit and it just got better from there. Soon huge names like Hina Dilpazeer, Adnan Siddiqi, Nadia Hussain, Ayesha Omar, Maria Wasti and of course Meera came out adorned in a Nomi Ansari outfit. That was definitely a way to bring the night to an end.

Really looking forward to day 4. You too can join us through live streaming. Simply visit https://www.facebook.com/FashionPakistan.Org and join the fun!

Pictures Courtesy Imagine Ex. 

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Day 1 Pakistan Fashion Week.

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Lost and in a daze, I arrived at the Pearl Continental Hotel to take my designated position as a live blogger for Team Imagine Ex / Blue Ex. By the time I left, I was lost no more.

Though the event really tested the patience of those prompt enough to arrive on time, once it kicked off, nobody was complaining.

As rows and rows began filling up with fashionistas and celebrities, the lights dimmed and a loud blare of music informed us that the show had begun. No wait that was the lady on the microphone. And just like that, Aminah Sheikh appeared on the ramp wearing a gorgeous Bunto Kamzi ensemble!

In an instant the online world came alive. Tweets, statuses and blogs about the ongoing event began making their way to the outside world. For the first time Fashion Pakistan Week also opened its doors to everyone through their live streaming which can be viewed everyday through their Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/FashionPakistan.Org.

After a much deserved standing ovation, Banto Kazmi’s elegant designs gave way to the more futuristic Sanam Chaudhry’s. Now I am pretty partial to Sanam, one because of the delicious cupcake she provided us poor media personnel with, and two, the most talked and tweeted about moment happened during her showcasing. Mathira’s wardrobe malfunction. That’s all I am going to say on that.

The funky neon colors now were replaced with the bolder oranges and reds of Sanam Agha. And soon the ramp was taken over by Ayesha Hashwani and Pinky (Pinx) Durrany.

Arslan & Yahseer provided the much needed eye candy with their men’s collection but the real cherry on the cake was Maheen Khan. They say the best is kept for last. And indeed, Maheen Khan really gave the already spectacular evening the extra oomph which in terms of a social media junkie, made the event the top trending topic in Pakistan on Twitter. (Believe or not, that was my reason for participating in such a glamorous event).

And so while I spent most of the evening with my eyes glued to the computer screen, I did pick out a few personal favorites! Banto Kazmi without a doubt made me drool! The hot hot reds in Maheen Khan’s collection simply took my breath away. And of course Arslan & Yahseer but that’s a different story.

Pictures by Iqra Shoukat

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