The style oscillated; up, down, high, low, freewheeling between the thrilling and the mundane and often teetering right on the center. Sitting thru the eight dressmaker collections, slotted for the second day of style Pakistan week (FPW), my emotions varied thus; excited, interested, vaguely involved, no longer involved at all and ultimately, aghast at one precise series.

There’s always that one unique series, isn’t there? I am hoping that one day I attend style week and don’t experience the want to rant approximately keeping requirements and editing out a positive bad series or .

. It hasn’t befell yet. Ever.

however it'd be unfair to choose FPW’s second day on the basis of one bumbling, fumbling series. The dressmaker lineup boasted a few famous electricity players in addition to promising new names. It’s just that, in the course of, there has been a feeling that there might have been – and must have been – more.

here’s the lowdown.


era’s ‘No Nonsense Nighat’ oozed attitude. She twirled her dupatta in her hand, wore shoes and there had been fake florals woven into her pigtail hair. There has been an infectious devil-can also-care vibe to this line and a feel of female power that is now intrinsically technology. This female became no quailing wallflower and she or he opted to invent a style of her own.

the collection was desi but cool, a mixture and in shape of print, texture and layers with masses of bright dashes of colour thrown in. And the awesome thing approximately technology’s shows is what you notice on the ramp continuously trickles down to inexpensive retail racks.

I loved the cotton saris – specifically one ebulliently splattered with polka dots - the carefree jumpsuits, the light jackets produced from sheer cotton, and the shalwars that varied from voluminous dhotis to extra simmered variations.

I did now not experience the peplum tops which can be staples at technology shops however have in reality been seen a long way too regularly. Additionally, i ponder how the sheer translucent shalwars will fare in retail’s traditional market.

The styling actually worked for this series. The models wore hand harnesses and spherical nostril rings, with dupattas wound throughout the shoulder or folded throughout the chest, almost schoolgirl-like. However generation has always had the sort of knack for innovation and i felt that it was missing on this series. I've visible the logo do better.

Yasmin Zaman

The most standout portions in Yasmin Zaman’s 'Zeke' had been slinky silk gowns, tie-and-dyed in a fantastic blend of emerald green, turquoise and beige. Tie-and-dye is one of these classic and Yasmin’s take on it had hit written throughout it. However, she will likely need to translate it right into a wearable tunic to make it a hit dealer.

The designer changed into very clearly thinking on the traces of a cruise series, intended for a vacation spot wedding ceremony. The gowns and shift dresses have been sleek, performed up with draping and minimal embroideries, elegant however very certainly focused on a confined market. Gowns are rarely worn in Pakistan and our designers may additionally try to reduce a neat silhouette however they could’t declare to be pros at them. The lehnga and the shalwar simply comes to them greater clearly.

A quite collection – but no longer a memorable one.

Nauman Arfeen

Hooded owl eyes peered from Nauman Arfeen’s denim and cotton lineup and the quirkiness delivered a sliver of fun to the clothes. However it become merely a sliver. Nauman Arfeen is superb with eastern formals and i consider some of his extra state-of-the-art collections dominated by means of cotton kurtas and sedate sherwanis. With ‘Har Shakht Pay Ullu Betha Hai’, he dabbled with more youthful factors and wasn’t as impactful.

There have been separates that caught my eye; especially a shalwar with an owl print and a geared up women’s jacket. There had been others designs that didn’t paintings pretty nicely like the sheer shalwars and kurtas. How does Nauman plan to convey those to retail? Or perhaps they have been there simply created for the catwalk?

the main problem with the collection, possibly, changed into its subject. Owl inspirations were accomplished to demise for ages now, plastered anywhere from garments to jewelry to handbags. A much less hackneyed statement might have labored properly for the dressmaker.

thoughts by using Gul Ahmed

The Mughals, once they ruled over the subcontinent all those many years ago, didn’t know what a splendid favour they had been doing to Pakistani style. Centuries later, Mughal inspirations continue to be a fixated element on our runway and i am getting the sensation that they'll by no means ever depart. It’s a terrific factor that, regardless of being nothing new, they appearance always quite; on shawls, wedding ceremony-wear, evening formals and, within the case of the ideas by means of Gul Ahmed show at FPW, on pret for the excessive-avenue.

i am hoping that ideas’ Mughal-inspired prints, merged with a few Victorian elements right here and there, will become available on the emblem’s many shops scattered across the us of a. In fact, there’s lots that would make a touch inside the local high-road, should the attempt be made to carry it there: on-fashion balloon sleeves with bejeweled cuffs on the end, ruffled peplum shirts and a completely cool white sequined jacket worn through Zara Abid at the beginning of the display.

were the garments reminiscent of what has been seen at the runway before? Sure. However however, ideas caters to the high-road and their core identification lies in bringing high fashion trends right down to greater low priced, available nation-states. The focus, then, changed into on being brand new – it become not on being original.

a number of the savvier elements inside the display should really come to shops. Ideas by using Gul Ahmed is one of the oldest players inside the high-road and wields gigantic clout. What it desperately wishes, even though, is a sense of identification. It might be excellent if the brand could continually stick to one signature instead of a panoply of many distinct aesthetics. Possibly special collections very particularly following sure issues can be created extra often?

Their FPW collection had ability, simplest if it interprets to retail.


yet another excessive-avenue heavyweight followed. Al-Karam’s series boasted the call of the emblem’s innovative director Ather Hafeez, hitherto a member of Sana Safinaz’s high-road group and commonly well-known for his nicely-honed creative eye. This was Ather’s maiden show beneath the Al-Karam umbrella and he chalked a vibrant, punchy route on the runway.

Reflecting the work of artist Georgia O’Keeve, abstract prints have been created and molded into a series of wearable, present day silhouettes: a fantastic variety of jumpsuits, edgy outsized sleeves, pleated clothes, matching separates and coffee flourishes of three-dimensional florals wound approximately the neckline.

Very edgy, masses of a laugh – convey this to retail, Al-Karam!

Obaid Sheikh

Then got here Obaid Sheikh.

I understand that the style Pakistan Council believes in being inclusive and giving chances. My question to the council is: what number of probabilities are they making plans to present to Obaid Sheikh?

The men wore see-through shirts and pants with glistening fringes dangling from them. There was a jacket in muted sunglasses of inexperienced and pink with reindeer peering out from it – perhaps an amazing promote for Christmas? There had been also plenty of floral embroideries and a bodycon get dressed with a diaphanous trail attached to it worn through showstopper Azekah Daniel who also held a cage in her hands.

What can one say? Possibly the much less said the better?

Boheme through Kanwal

Boheme by means of Kanwal, in its second ever fashion display, is nicely on its manner to cementing a conventional identity for itself. The dressmaker labored on a predominantly muted palette of whites and bieges, growing quite angarkhas, ethnic cotton ghararas and setting collectively a medley of tukri, gota, dainty floral embroideries and gadget-decorated Mughal scenes. Like I said earlier, Mughal inspirations are by no means, ever going to go away.

The hero of the display had to be the gharara worn by using Sanam Saeed, set off via a brightly bordered, voluminous dupatta, splayed out over the shoulder for maximum impact.

It become an aesthetically appealing display but it's miles essential that the designer innovates the subsequent time she steps out for fashion week. Kanwal wishes to greater than make conventionally pretty garments. I’d love to look her sincerely push boundaries next time, whilst staying true to her ethos.

Sania Maskatiya

Sania Maskatiya’s signature rang out loud and clean within the thoroughly-completed, cohesive lineup that she had only recently showcased at the big apple fashion Week. There has been a technical expertise to the manner the ruffles fell in place on a monochrome robe, cinched with the aid of an embroidered belt or to the impeccably crafted cutwork on a swish halter and a assertion jacket. There had been unmarried tone white-on-white embroideries and diaphanous organza tops, with adorned cuffs or collars.

It turned into a contemporary line which could were created with the the big apple audience in mind but could enchantment to aficionados anywhere. It additionally described the evolution of Sania Maskatiya as she matures and will become extra individualistic as a fashion designer. An fashionable, high- fashion end to the second day of favor week.