Let’s start the week with a healthy dose of fashion. Here’s a roundup of FPW’19, with all the details worth knowing about the three day fashion bonanza held in Karachi:

Sana Safinaz went solo and OTT, with ruffles, floral veil and calculated chaos

The designer duo presented a solo show on the first day of Fashion Pakistan Week 2019. Theatrics were in full swing, with an overtly opulent setup, floral extravaganza and too many fashion narratives. It was nostalgic, with references to the Mughal era, but also forward with boho nuances and versatile silhouettes. The lineup could have used some edit, but otherwise, a pretty show with substantial commercial value.

Generation’s No Nonsense Nighat was refreshing only in concept and not fashion

I have been a Generation’s customer for over a decade and if I were to peel away the styling elements from what the brand sent down the runway, like parandas, flowers, braids, sneakers and bangles, I have already seen the clothes before. There was nothing that Generation hasn’t previously produced, which was rather disappointing for a fan of the house.

I want everything from Nauman Arfeen’s collection. EVERYTHING.

What a beautiful collection! Nouman Arfeen chose a single solid colour, narrowed it down to a mascot, and then let pure genius take over from thereon. It was predominantly menswear, like straight kurtas and voluminous salwars, but I could wear every single piece of the collection. Now, if someone could tell me how to go about ordering it online…

Lawn mavericks got the memo – it is spring/summer 2019 after all

Both Gul Ahmed’s Ideas and Alkaram kept it fresh, floral and summery for the runway. The collection was both wearable and weather appropriate, with on-trend elements like balloon sleeves, bejewelled cuffs, ruffled peplum shirts and a very cool white sequinned jacket. Alkaram opted for abstract art, with edge and volume, which would make for a well received collection for high-street retail.

Boheme by Kanwal did absolute justice to eastern culture and aesthetic

Of all the nostalgia-infused collections, Kun Faya Kun from Boheme by Kanwal did most justice to the local heritage. It was simple, linen, summer and embroidery that won’t stifle you when the sun shines bright at 40°C in Karachi. The traditional silhouettes (like angarkhas and ethnic cotton ghararas) resonate with the brand’s identity, and the medley of tukri, gota, dainty floral embroideries and machine-embellished Mughal scenes lend it flair festive enough for shendi nights.

Colours and couture with Nomi Ansari

He is an acquired taste, someone said, and I can’t agree more. Quintessential Pakistani couture, marked with colours, flamboyance and unapologetic opulence. There were reflections of Sindhi culture in Nomi Ansari’s collection for FPW 2019, with ajrak, gajj, mirror work, block print and a spectrum of intense shades. I love colour, and Pakistani silhouettes allow for all the colours you can imagine without being gag (if done right).

Wide-legged case of square jewels at Huma Adnan

While Huma Adnan’s collection didn’t blow me away, the wide-legged pants and square statement pendants did get my attention.

Romance saved Zainab Chottani

She brought Hania Amir and Asim Azhar together on the ramp and sparks flew all around. It was just the kind of ‘aww’ moment we needed before the curtain dropped.