Fashion Pakistan Week 2016 was all over the electronic media earlier this month. From local celebs gracing the red carpet to OTT fashion moments on the runway, it was a bustling affair, attesting to the growth of fashion industry in Pakistan. Many new names have entered the industry in recent times, and with retail climate turning a positive tide, it is an exciting time to be in the midst of it all.
Thanks to Fashion Pakistan and veteran photographer, Tapu Javeri, we had the updates almost as soon as the show for the day ended. Like any other show, there were hits and misses, and some attendees complained about management issues, which can only be expected of shows of this scale. They can be avoided, and better managed, but I think we need to cut the organisers for some slack; putting up a fashion show together, consistently season after season, in an unpredictable city like ours, is no meat feat.
However, the designers in the country do seem to find it difficult to break through the bridal bubble, and a handful presented collections that were befitting a bridal show more than the seasonal showcase. Bridal makes a lot of sense financially, compared to prét, as the industry for high-end RTW is relatively young. But I think designers need to step out of their comfort zone, and embrace fashion in its truest sense, if there is any hope for things to change.
Anyway. Without further ado, let me present to you the best of Fashion Pakistan Week 2016 (because who has time to look at the misses!).
Spearheaded by Huma Adnan, Fnk Asia has long established itself as a pioneer is creating ethnic fashion that is fun, colourful and refuses to blend it. Her collection for FPW 2016, Midnight Garden, was no different; the palette was befitting fall, with intricate embroidery splayed across hem, neckline and sometimes all the way from one to the other. I loved the pants that walked down the ramp, from tailored cigarette to flared bottoms, paired with boxy jackets and off-shoulder, slouchy tops.
ONYX BY HSY
Hassan Sheheryar Yasin is crowned as the king of couture for all the right reasons. He presented a collection that would fit in at a soiree in Karachi as well as a cocktail reception in New York. It was all monochrome, with avant-garde silhouette and cuts. Ruffles, belted waistlines, dentelle and high-collared sobriety were some of the main trends witnessed on the HSY runway. There was ample drama on the runway, with a sexy leather hunter making an appearance here and there – very Fifty Shades of Grey, even if I say so myself. Every piece that was showcased was sexy and drool-worthy. And that circle leather tote with HSY’s face on was uber trendy – printed emblems are so last season anyway, right?
If there is a designer that understands a woman’s body, and how to flatter flaws, its Maheen Karim. Her Tales of Vienna Wood showcased her love for experimenting with forgiving silhouettes, which do not discount fabulous quotient in the slightest bit. She worked with gold and black, to create tailored pantsuits, evening dresses and red carpet statements. However, some of the styles did look slightly tired, and possibly seen before in high-street brands’ catalogues. Also, the print that ruled the runway reminded me of Turkish soap operas – not sure if that’s a good thing or otherwise.
She’s an insta-babe, and one of the sexy mamas we love following on Instagram. Her pictures are travel goals! And the collection that she put out on FPW’s runway showcased glimpses of aesthetics amassed from different parts of the world. She injected earthy beige to the predictable selection of midnight black, and presented an array of experimental combinations of cuts, textures and embroideries. I loved the little fur antic, and most of the pants would make you want to rush to her store pronto.
That’s about all the designers that tickled my fancy. As I focus primarily on women’s fashion, I left out designers for menswear. But if I had to pick one on the basis of aesthetic appeal, Deepak-Fawad would have topped my list. I loved the colours, and I think with androgynous fashion in vogue, girls can pick up their pieces and totally flaunt it. Turn to Rabia Butt’s Instagram if you need help styling it.