After an extravagantly elaborate display by designers on day one, the glitz and glam continued on the second and final day of Fashion Pakistan Week Spring/Summer 2018 where the remaining seven of 15 designers put forward their most thought provoking collections. The two day event concluded on Wednesday, April 11th at the grandly appointed Pearl Continental in Karachi. The collection showcase for this season ended on a high note leaving fashion enthusiasts wanting more of the season’s best trends and most aspirational designs.
Deepak Perwani commenced day two of Fashion Pakistan Week Spring/Summer 2018 with an eye-catching collection followed by festive ensembles by Saira Shakira, Rozina Munib, Boheme by Kanwal, Nauman Arfeen, Natasha Kamal and last but certainly not the least, Ayesha Farook Hashwani. Needless to say, each designer crafted their best creations with great precision and detail. A–list models from the industry presented designer outfits down the ramp.
Prior to the show, leading celebrities and designers were seen mingling at the gorgeously designed all white Physiogel booth where Nadia Hussain, actress and model, engaged the A-lister audience in conversation revolving around fashion, their personal style, beautiful skin, and the who’s who of fashion. Physiogel’s range of Daily Defence, Calming Relief and Moisture Therapy were on display so attendees could experience first-hand the soft-smooth skin effect. Many also experienced the innovative bio-mimic technology that targets skin issues according to each skin type, ultimately walking away with picture perfect moments and Physiogel giveaways.
“Those working behind the scenes know the tireless efforts that go into making the event appear as seamless as it ends up being. There’s much to expect from this year’s Fashion Pakistan Week Spring/Summer 2018 as it’s even grander than previous years. We have a line-up of many known and upcoming designers from across Pakistan showcasing their creativity in breath-taking ensembles while setting the perfect trends for the festive season,” said Deepak Perwani, Chairperson of Fashion Pakistan Council and himself a prominent Fashion Designer.
About the designers and their collections:
Show Opener: Deepak Perwani – Black is the new White – His collection was inspired by the oriental rose and diaphanous airy silhouettes. The men’s wear consisted of primarily black and white outfits with gold embellishments while womenswear had a variety of ensembles in cool breezy summer/spring colors with gold cutwork perfect to be worn during the festive season. From smart sherwanis, black kotis to regal flowy and airy long shirts with feathers and furs paired with boot leg pants, his collection was like a breath of fresh air. Most of his dresses were a fusion of western and eastern dresses. The very gorgeous Sarwat Gilani was the stopper for his collection.
Saira Shakira – Winds of Summer – ‘Winds of summer’ explored the opulence of summer couture with elaborate embroideries, lavishly sequined motifs, bedecked with stones, pearls, dori work and 3D embellishments. The pieces were flowy and gown-like that were traditional yet trendy with modern cuts and their signature designs, beautifully blended with fresh contemporary patterns and silhouettes. The color pallet used was a mix of pastels with rich jewels and printed florals that gave a fresh and new look. Most of the pieces had a dexterous use of metallic tassels and colored thread work with intricate mosaic borders on them.
Rozina Munib – Glamorama – ‘Glamorama’ depicted the handicraft of decorating fabric and other materials with needle and thread or yarn. The embroidery used in this collection incorporated materials such as 3D flowers, metal strips, glass beads, crystals, Swarovski’s, pearls, beads, quills, and sequins. Interesting forms of ruffles, the embroideries used in her pieces perfectly embodied the essential elements of the modern glamourous women of today; sensuality, glamour and femininity. Her pieces were a mix of nets, jerseys, chiffons, charmeuse, lace fabric, georgettes, rich tactile fabrics and vibrant colors. From modern glamorous dresses to elegant cuts along with modern embroideries and color palette infused with hues of nudes to peaches, black, shades of navy, and tones of purples, her outfits ranged from resort wear to glamorous evening wears. The collection also consisted of high waisted skirts, capes, kimono tops and jackets, gowns, jumpsuits, pants and a lot of different and modern cuts. Neelam Munir was the showstopper for her collection.
Boheme by Kanwal – Kathputli Tamasha – Her collection was inspired by the puppet shows she frequented as a child. Models walked down the ramp in pieces that were exquisite, colorful, creative, well thought of and had carefully knit puppet displays in detailed hand embroidery. Every piece was made so intricately that one couldn’t help but be in awe. The use of colorful threadwork paired with mirrorwork made her ensembles stand out and her collection beautifully reflected cheerful memories, love, laughter and everything else that adds color in her life. Dresses had a very cheerful touch to them more of modern eastern wear and had something for everyone Saris, long shirts, short shirts, jackets, kurti pajamas etc. Zoe Viccaji, as the showstopper donned an exquisitely gorgeous gown that looked like something out of a fairy-tale.
Nauman Arfeen – Lines – In this world of delusions and fantasies, confusions and misconceptions, twists and turns, right and wrong, Nauman Arfeen brought lines glamorously onto the fashion runway. Monochromes with a tinge of patriotic green, blended suiting material and variety of styles in lines on cotton fabric. The crowning glory of his compilation had hand embroidered logo jackets in different colored stripes, custom designed bags and vivid shoes. Through his vision, Nauman put forward a message, an insight that said let’s all behold and read between the lines. In one of the most powerful statements witnessed on the ramp, he highlighted the unsung heroes of Pakistan, the medalists from the Special Olympics.
Natasha Kamal – Ebru – The ‘Ebru’ collection drew inspiration from the textures and vibrancy of Marbling. It showcased a playful take on linear patterns, worked with their infinite versatility through a series of different fabrications and techniques. Drawing reference from its asymmetrical imagery and effortless structure, the relaxed silhouettes embodied the fluidity of marbling itself. Paired with assertively modern styling, the collection was unmistakably infused with a youthful spirit, which could be found in the sweeping lines, stylized imagery and elegant proportions, which made for a contemporary appeal. With great design at its heart, the collection married rich colors and intricate patterns with tailored silhouettes and edgy detailing; the result was a bold collection, which was very wearable and much appreciated by all. Saris are becoming more of extinct these days, and Sari’s by Natasha Kamal felt like a breath of fresh air.
AFH by Ayesha Farook – Ayesha’s collection was a perfect representation of femininity, elegance and understatement. In a variety of flowing silks, satins, chiffons, voiles and charmeuse and just like Eastern couturiers of old, her pieces were created from luxurious fabrics. Each outfit had a story of its own with intricate and detailed embroidery where the craftsmanship complemented the fluid cuts and drapes she’s known for. Models walked down the ramp wearing gorgeously exquisite numbers with an interesting match of funky jewellery, stones, embroidery mixed with gold and silver embellishments. Her signature look was evident in her collection as many outfits had a hint of sensuality in the opulence of a brooch, a flash of skin, a trail of fabric teasing the air a second after the model moved on. Colours were inspired by international trends, culture and season appear and disappear, with black, whites and beige as constants.
Amongst the tastefully lit lighting and décor were famous faces with the likes of Zhalay Suhardi, Zoe Viccaji, Neelam Munir, Sarwat Gilani, Hira Hussain, Hira Tareen, Nadia Hussain, Sharmila Farooqi and many more. The show was an exceptional preview of what’s in store for Pakistan’s fashion-lovers this Spring/Summer season.
All the partners involved in putting together the fabulous event included: Fashion Pakistan as the show producer, Nubain Ali as the show director, N-Pro and N-Gents as official stylists, TV-One as the official media partner and Radio FM91 as the radio partner. Apart from these, renowned skincare brand, Physiogel was the official red carpet sponsor, Aquafina was the beverage and backstage partner, Peak Freans Butter Puff was the snack partner, The Deli was the official food partner, Shaheen Airline was the official airline partner and TDAP was the hospitality partner. Digital media and show communications by Talking Point.