Pakistani Embassy in Berlin often attempts to establish cultural dialogue and bridges with the German audience, educating the masses about all that our beautiful country has to offer – from food to fashion, talent to travel and culture to corporate landscape.
Continuing with their commendable efforts, the Embassy recently collaborated with the Government of Saxony-Anhalt, Germany to organise a cultural event, titled “Otto macht Mode”, and brought in renowned designers, Deepak Perwani and Ali Xeeshan to showcase their haute couture collections. The event was attended by German Foreign Secretary Walter Lindner, Dr. Micheal Schneider, State Secretary for Federal & European Affairs and Representative of Saxony-Anhalt to the Federal Government of Germany, Prof. Dr. Armin Willingmann, Minister for Economy, Ambassador Ina Lepel, Director General Asia-Pacific Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Germany, Ambassadors, members of the diplomatic corps in Berlin, German entrepreneurs, and representatives of the fashion industry.
Unfortunately, the collections showcased left a lot to be desired. It is a common misconception that Europeans respond to over-the-top styles and colours. While our love for a diverse palette is exotic to them, the substandard quality, outdated styles and cringe-worthy styling made it difficult to applaud the sentiments and efforts. Deepak Perwani stuck to his guns and presented a classic collection of heavily embroidered ivory bridals; the show nose-dived when Ali Xeeshan took to the stage and presented an array of leftovers from his collections throughout last decade. His flair for theatre has been a pleasure in recent years, and his campaign against child marriages is truly laudable – he had presented a similar show with jaw-droppingly gorgeous collection. For Berlin, he possibly misunderstood the audience and brought out the grotesque.
As this is a yearly event organised by the Embassy, it might be worth looking into expanding the roster of designers and flying in upcoming stylists from Pakistan who can work with collections and enhance them, despite (imaginary) budget constraints.
Here’s a preview of what transpired Otto macht Mode; picture courtesy Embassy of Pakistan, Berlin and BM Events & PR: