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With its stated objective ‘to show the world that the Pakistan fashion industry is a force to be reckoned with’, Shamaeel Ansari, Chairperson of Fashion Pakistan and Maheen Khan, CEO of Fashion Pakistan recently announced that following on the heels of FPW-3 which launched in London less than 6 months ago, the fourth installment of this series will take place October 17th to 20th in Karachi.
Once again, one of Pakistan’s most credible, progressive and cutting-edge fashion platforms will put the latest menswear and womenswear collections from top Pakistani clothes designers on display and no doubt leave the audience enthralled.
Faisalabad-born Fahad Hussayn is of course now considered to rank alongside a list of young designers who have demonstrated their potential and hold great promise for the future of the pakistani clothes industry. His outfits can be found at Labels, Fashion Pakistan Lounge, L’Atelier, Ammar Belal’s Design Emporium and various international outlets.
Indus Valley School of Arts and Architecture graduate Sania Maskatia’s inspiration comes from infinite sources including the people she meets, places she visits, movies and poetry. Her recent 2012 Uraan Collection, still fresh in the minds of fashionistas, injected a refreshing and electrifying breath of fresh air into the mix with its charming floral patterns and blend of designs and dyes.
A favorite with the Press, the House of Kamiar Rokni has rapidly grown within the space of just a few years to be recognised as among Pakistan’s premier fashion design houses. This summer saw him launch a splendid, modern, romantic and traditionally inspired lawn collection in collaboration with Pakistani fashion label ‘Bonanza’. Not one to back away from the limelight, Kamiar Rokni himself narrated the color theme of each lawn print during the fashion show.
Herself CEO of the organisation that will put on the show, Maheen Khan is a fashion veteran who has done countless fashion shows on both national and international level. Her simple yet plush collection of jump suits, casuals, formal wear and some party wear made an appearance at day 2 of Pakistan Fashion Week London 2012.
Finally, the iconic Deepak Perwani is sure to present something to mull on as he is known for his belief in making ‘his own’ style rather than going along with current fashion statements. Perhaps more well known for his wedding sherwanis and embroidered kurtas for men, he can still pull a rabbit out of his hat when it comes to women’s bridalwear and acessories.
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In its fourth year since inception, the 2012 Karachi-based Bridal Couture Week once again passed off successfully. Showcasing not just haute couture, but also up-and-coming talent as well as established local designers, the event sponsored by the Hum Network, celebrated the latest cuts, colours and creativity in Pakistani wedding clothes.
Decorated with Roman arches, picture windows, beautiful chandeliers, statues, and fresh flower arrangements in huge Grecian urns, the ramp was all set for a wonderful three days of bridal fashion.
Day 1 featured designs by Mona Imran, Amir Baig, Obaid Sheikh, Saba Ansari, Argentum and Nomi Ansari who provided the highlights of the day with a vibrantly coloured collection of pink, red, lilac, purple and magenta shaded ghararas, chooridars and angarkhas.
Day 2 presented collections by Zainab Sajid, Humayun Alamgir, the ‘Hijab’ Collection, Shamaeel Ansari, Ruby Shakel, Saim Ali and the Indian duo Rabani & Rakha. Zainab Sajid’s collection which had a rather regal taste to it, was a splendid start to the day and featured detailed work primarily done with silver wire and grandiose cuts.
Day 3 put on display beautiful Pakistani wedding clothes by Asifa & Nabeel, Tabassum Mughal and Monia Faruki. Similar to day 1, Asifa & Nabeel’s collection had a regal touch and consisted of immaculate sherwanis in royal blue and beige, as well as ghararas in turquoise, beige and navy blue.
Tabassum Mughal’s collection on the other hand featured traditional bridal lenghas with long flowy shirts and stylish ghararas setoff in some cases by richly embellished long coats. Her walima dresses and mendhi dresses were also very appealing.
Rounding off the event with a medley of haute couture by some of Pakistan’s best talent was a special cameo display entitled ‘The Grand Couturiers’ which showcased an array of the best works and achievements of 14 designer names. Amongst the most popular were the wedding clothes by Bunto Kazmi, Rizwan Baig, Nilofer Shahid, The House of Kamiar Rokni and Umar Sayeed.
Regarding the much-publicised clash of dates between Bridal Couture Week and the Lahore-based PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week, Sultana Siddiqui, CEO of Hum TV, stated “The PFDC chairperson Sehyr Saigol and I tried very hard to negotiate dates but neither of us could find adequate venues to do our events if we shifted our schedules.”
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Born in Britain, Ahsan Khan is a prominent young up and coming actor in the Pakistani television industry. In his early days he made many serials for PTV including “Barsoon Baad, “Sharbati” and probably most famously “Gharoor”, directed by Tahsin and Shabbir Ahmed. Since then he has worked with GEO, ARY and Hum TV and has recently been seen in ‘Bilqees Kaur’, ‘Neeyat’ and ‘Annie Ki Aayegi Baraat’.
As it happens, Syra Yousuf, his co-star in ‘Bilqees Khan’ and himself are the new faces of his new clothing line ‘Ahsan Khan’ released earlier this year 2012. A casual wear brand based in Lahore with currently one store on MM Alam Rd, it offers stylish clothing for both men and women.
Syra Yousuf started her career as a VJ on MTV and was an instant success. “Bheja Fry” and “Most Wanted” are some of her most popular shows. Since then she has appeared in TV commercials for leading Pakistani brands such as “Mobilink”, “Fair & Lovely”, and “Peki”. A talented and elegant addition to the showbiz industry of Pakistan, her best surely yet lies ahead of her.
Judging from these pictures combined with his on-screen appeal, Ahsan Khan’s brand of pakistani clothes is sure to gain popularity amongst a wide audience.
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In its second year, ‘Pakistan Fashion Week London’ held at the Kensington Great Hall in London May 25-27th featured over 30 of Pakistan’s and Asia’s established and emerging fashion designers.
Amongst other notables such as Maria.B, Day 1 featured a trending collection of Pakistani bridal outfits that harked back to a majestic era of grandeur and elegance by Sara Rohale Asghar. Entitled “Tehzeeb-e-Baymisaal”, her classic bridal collection emphasised and brought out the best in her love for intricate detailing and embellishment.
Long flowy lehengas, long shirts with pajamas and trousers coloured in bright yet subtle hues were the call of this collection that caters to all wedding ceremonies including mehndi, baraat and walima.
The collection circles around the cultural aspect of Pakistani weddings, their colors, ethnicity, customs and traditions. It has a wide range of chiffons, silks, keemkhabs, jamawars and zarri’s.
The cuts are A-lines, some flowing and others structured pieces with her signature style embellishment of intricate detailing with dabka, stones and gems etc.
A 2006 Pakistan Institute of Fashion Design graduate, Sara Rohale Asghar began her fashion career under the auspices of Nilofer Shahid of fashion label Meeras before launching her own brand SRA.
In her own words, the philosophy at SRA is to create clothes which are unique, have individuality and have market viability. The objective is to amplify and enhance one’s personality while maintaining traditional grandeur.
The rest of the show included line ups by Nazneen Tarique, Sadia Lawn, Batur, Zainab Sajid, Maria B, Rabs by Rabia, Maheen Khan, Ammar Belal and Gul Style.
Adnan Ansari, creative director and co-founder of organising group Riwayat commented, ‘It’s a significant step for Pakistan Fashion Week to be included in such a cultural roadmap at such an early stage in our history. After launching just last year we hope to make a major contribution to the understanding of the Europeans of Pakistan’s culture and history.’
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