Where day one of QMobile HUM Bridal Couture Week 2017 saw traditional choices in lead, day two was all about contemporary – be it cuts, colours or silhouettes. There were also a few notable (and gorgeous) showstoppers, including Neelam Muneer, Syra Shahroz, Mehwish Hayat, Azfar Rehman, Hira and Mani, making it an even more glamourous affair.
HIGHLIGHTS OF QHBCW – DAY 2
Amina Yasmeen by Mansoor Akram played with textures, incorporating design aesthetics from both sides of the border. He employed western style patchwork with Swarovski embellishments, thread and sequins embroidery, and volumes in construction of modern silhouette.
Ayesha and Usman Qamar planted an Enchanted Garden on QHBCW runway with a collection that focused on flowery colours and a romantic mood. The collection was sensual, ethnic and had a flimsy quality to it; a la femme take on bridal couture.
Faika Karim’s Noorie brings together simplicity and tradition with a contemporary edge; it’s a celebration of contrasts, with straight tops paired with flared lehngas and sharas, embroidered to the last inch of fabric. There is always a surprise tangent to her designs, which comes across with a pop of contrasting colour – like forest green motif on gold and beige ensemble, or magenta borders on a classic red and gold jora.
There is a lot to be said about a designer who can work with metallics without crossing over to gaudy, and Uzma Babar is one such genius. Her brand, Umsha, presented a timeless collection, rightfully naming it ‘Forever’, which expanded to include a variety of cuts, colours and silhouettes – ranging from modern and contemporary to ethnic and traditional.
Fahad Hussayn knows how to fuse drama and fashion, and this is what has differentiated him from couture designers in Pakistan. His penchant for folklore and fairytales surfaces once again with Dara Shikoh Aur Sunehri Churail – a tale of the Mughal ruler Dara Shikoh and a beautiful ‘churail’, taking design directions from Irani influences and folklores, incorporating Persian-Islamic architecture, executed in a collaboration with drama and colour.
Ahmad Sultan, QMobile Star, showcased a collection that drew equal amounts of inspirations from east and west. His ‘Kingdom of Alliums’ used eastern aesthetics and fused them with western cut and silhouette, making it equally appropriate for altar and red carpet, with expert styling. There were a few imminent slips though, especially when a leather belt circled model’s waist over a heavily embellished top, giving away a confused mood board and aspirations that couldn’t be streamlined despite conscious effort.