For years, our fashion industry has existed amidst military rule, terrorism and political parties. However, it has still managed to sustain itself and comes back every year with an array of designers and fashion weeks. This year was no less, and we have yet another fashion week to add to the list. Yes, the largest fashion event of the year, Fashion Pakistan Week is back, and it's back with a bang! The FPW Winter Festive 2016, is not just a three day spectacle displaying an array of designers, but is also a hub of fashion that can change the face of fashion as we know it.
This year is FPW’s 11th fashion week and the Fashion Pakistan Council board members have gone all out in selecting a line-up that will leave the audience awestruck. Day 1 took off with a host of exciting designers, beautifully dressed socialites, and many eager reporters and journalists who were present to scrutinise which designer impressed, and who failed leave a mark. Here’s the line-up of day 1.
Amir Adnan is a name that is synonymous with fashion for men. Whether it is a wedding, or a classy ball, the designer always has something creative up his sleeve for every occasion. Keeping the needs of the fashion savvy men in mind, the collection titled 'The Way Forward' was a step away from the gaudy menswear that had been raging in the past. The minimalist and classy collection was not only wearable, but also perfect for the modern man who wants to stand out from the crowd. The assortment included sleek designs in western menswear such as tuxedos, signature cut jackets, statement ties and linen shirts. To maintain the wearable and classy theme, the designer stuck to a tonal range of blacks, white, browns and beige. The collection also included Sherwanis with minimal embroidery.
'Tales of Vienna Woods' by Maheen Karim, was all about creating a world of rich splendour and glamour. This collection brought out the intensity and confidence of the women of the Habsburg Empire while maintaining its elegance. The collection included tailored jackets, gowns, and classy pants paired with chic tops. A few of the outfits were accompanied with capes, giving the collection a regal look. Aesthetically decorated gemstones adorned most of the outfits, adding a touch of flamboyance to the assortment.
The colour palette the designer stuck to was black and gold; a classic, yet sensual combination. With 'Tales of Vienna Woods', the designer has bought forth a display of outfits that are focused on cuts and finesse. While most of the designs were embellished, the placement of the stones and the colour palette, made sure the gems never over powered any outfit and the focus remained on the cuts and the flowing capes.
Next up was Mona Imran's bridal showcase titled ‘Gold rush’. The assortment included Saris, embroidered pants and Lehangas, all bursting with embroidery and embellishments. The dresses were ornamented with seams and point by point handwork, while little attention was given to the creation of unique cuts. The colour palette included shades such as beige, gold, black and emerald green. The assortment was maybe a bit too gaudy and clichéd for many brides, but the handwork and colours used managed to make each ensemble pop. However, in a time where simplicity seems to be coming back in fashion, we can't guarantee a move away from it will prove to be such a success. The show stopper for Imran was Sajal Aly, who managed to look pretty and petite in the red bridal trousseau.
Sobia Nazir's 'Forbidden land' took the stage next; promising the audience with a collection that is a modern take on elegance. The compilation consisted of luxury prêt merged with tropical and baroque elements. The showcase took off with an array of olive green, beige and gold outfits that were all about fur, fringes, tassels and frills. This was followed by glamorous gowns in red, maroon and black. The collection overall, was a fusion of East and West, blended with patterned silk pants and embroidery. Although the furs and fringes aren't wearable since they were too 'out there', the gowns managed to pull of the elegance Nazir wanted to introduce to the fashion conscience ladies.
Kösem Sultan collection
The collection by Shamaeel Ansari and Amir Adnan, was the most regal and glamorous of all. The outfits truly seemed to be something out of a fairy tale, and that's maybe because they were a recreation of outfits from the upcoming Urdu 1 Turkish Soap Kösem Sultan. The royal gowns were ornamented with beautiful stones and the collection included colours like white, violet and maroon. The anthology overall is not really wearable in Pakistan, unless one is headed for a masquerade ball. However, the fact still remains that the outfits were breathtaking and oozed perfection and finesse.
Suffuse by Sana Yasir
The collection titled 'Freesia' was also a bridal assortment, but with a slight twist of innovative cuts. The thought behind the assortment was to create attire inspired from women of noble lineage. The collection was all about modern being fused with traditional, by using ethnic embroidery, cut works and embellishments of crystals and pearls on the outfits. The designer focused on using pastel colours for the dresses, while there was also a red bridal dress worn by Rubya Butt that left the audience in awe. It was what we would call a perfect wedding dress for a contemporary bride. The showstopper for Suffuse was the lovely Momal Sheikh who looked grand in the signature Sana Yasir sari.
Jeem by Hamza Bokhari
Next in line was the ensemble titled 'Naurooz', which was inspired by the exquisiteness of Persian art. The collection comprised of hand woven vivid gold embellishments, paired with textures like velvet, chiffon and net. The display by Jeem was by far the most unique from the lot and gave the audience a taste of something novel. The splendour of the assortment resided in the unique colour combinations selected by the designer. While other collections stuck to the use of maximum two colours in one outfits, Jeem went all out by incorporating an array of pastel shades in one outfit. The attire also incorporated miniature ceremonial references like pomegranates and stags. It's commendable how the designer managed to fuse all the elements successfully and created a monumental collection that is contemporary and wearable. Apart from pastel shades, the designer also experimented with navy blues, purples and maroons.
The first day of the FPW 2016 concluded with the day’s most awaited collection; Onyx by HSY. The assortment was inspired by the mythical creature onyx and was the designer’s take on the enigmatic, passionate and non-conformist woman of today. The fact is, no fashion week is complete without HSY’s magic touch, and this year was no different.
Considered as one of the top designers in the industry, HSY has taken it upon himself to change the game of fashion by introducing a line that is free of embroidery or any ornamentation. Yes, its time to say goodbye to embellishments and step back into the world where a simple outfit is turned majestic with the use of different cuts, styles and designs. The colour palette HSY stuck too was the simple and sexy black, fused with silver, white and ivory statement jewellery to make the outfits pop. The chic collection included blazers, jackets, blazers, skirts, trousers, pencil skirts and knee length dresses. The message HSY wanted to put across to the audience was, “just keep it simple, silly”. Needless to say, the audience loved the minimalist yet trendy look and we hope more designers will take inspiration from this collection.
The showstopper for HSY was Bilal Ashraf, who looked quite dapper in the black jacket and pants, paired up with boots that were surely major style statements!