THE BIGGEST NAMES IN PAKISTANI FASHION CLOSE FASHION PAKISTAN WEEK
Saving the best for last, the third and final day of Fashion Pakistan Week saw Winter/Autumn '14 collections from some of the biggest names in Pakistani fashion.
With over four decades of experience, Maheen Khan is rightfully considered the grand dame of Pakistani high fashion. She lived up to her reputation, with her collection 'To Karachi with Love.' The intricacy and elegance that is the hallmark of Khan resulted in a classic collection, that also served as a reminder of the city's glorious past.
"I saw the life in Karachi in the sixties and the seventies. The women were very elegant; they were like swans. They didn't have fully embroidered clothes or too much glitter. So I was trying to bring that back. Bring elegance back," said Khan of her latest and last collection under her globally renowned label 'MAHEEN.'
Nida Azwer, a designer who has become a household name in a short span of time, proved that she is a worthy heir to take the torch passed on by Khan to a new generation of designers. Experimenting with fabric and using a rich palette, Nida Azwer's collection included numerous jackets, shorter hemlines for shirts and lenghas paired with crop tops. A classical fusion of the traditional and the modern.
"It's inspired by the Renaissance time. The color palette is all reds, oranges, blues and black. There's a range of Western and Eastern silhouettes put together, lots of prints, lots of layering, digital prints, laser cut, embellishment, embroideries. It's fun. You can pair them together; you can wear them as separates," said Azwer.
Designer Sadaf Maleterre once again showed her dexterity in utilizing local embroidery techniques to create modern textures in her predominantly black and white collection which reflected her design philosophy of balance and harmony.
Design house Sana Safinaz's offering of luxury pret-a-porter, the creation of designer Mohsin Ali, combined materials not used traditionally such as mesh and leather as well as silk digital prints for a unique take on glamour. The crisp silhouettes, daring prints and vibrant embellishments, accessorized with high end jewelry, provided the oomph factor.
Fashion journalist Sana Mir was full of praise for the designers, but for her, two collections stood out:
"My absolute favorite would have been Maheen Karim. I think she was fabulous. Her work was opulent; it was rich; it was just a complete re-imagination of basically everything that is right. And Maheen Khan obviously is a classic. Her finale was outstanding; it was amazing!"
Maheen Karim, known for her ready to wear women's western evening wear, showcased an eclectic range of luxury garments, with novel cuts and silhouettes with universal charm.
Other designers who showed collections on the final day of the event were Faraz Mannan and Nauman Arfeen with his collection, titled 'Royal Parade.'
While Fashion Pakistan Week highlighted some of the best talents that the country's fashion industry has to offer, there were mixed reactions to the event itself.
Samrah Muslim, a marketing consultant and regular at fashion events said the shows need to be more interesting.
"I think it's very, very important that designers invest in getting a stylist on board. They could be getting one of the best outfits on the ramp but if the whole collection is� If there is no fun or jazz in the whole collection, you as an audience will not feel connected to the clothes and the outfits."
As many pointed out, the Pakistani fashion industry still needs to improve.
Hira Tareen, a young and upcoming model, pointed out what she thinks is one the industry's flaws.
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