Between mindless array of fashion weeks and presentations in Pakistan. Few make sense and even fewer designers end up doing sales. Just by the start of this year 2013 Karachi Fashion Week took place, fortunately for event management company they didn’t invite any bloggers otherwise they would have been tattered by our vicious review of bad clothes presented and gross mismanagement of the event. Banal is one word, clothes were downright awful. Only 2 or three at max grabbed my attention. Since menswear happens to be my forte, Munib Nawaz’s ‘Renegades of the Funk’ collection certainly stood out for me.
There are not a lot of designers who understand the fact that fashion doesn’t always have to be this fairy tale oh-so-good fantasy; at times it has to reflect gruesome conditions and even provoke a nasty debate. And Munib Nawaz’s collection certainly did that it had strong military influence with liberal use of camouflage and army greens. The step that really pushed the envelope were the images of political figures printed on some pieces and the clever use of masks that connoted a rebellious and often borderline violent activism.There were some really good options in white kurtas and some really nifty separates in army green and khakis. Best thing about his collections has always been that they are are extremely practical and wearable with just the right amount of boldness not all couture crazy costumes for Gaga.
It is strange that a lot of people might just consider it a publicity fluke but it is the very apathy about politics in our society(including fashion and art folks) that has led to such dismal conditions.We as a community increasingly need to have dialogue about politics.I remember when John Galliano did a couture collection for Christian Dior in Spring 2006 he explained the gory blood splattered ensembles by referencing French Revolution that inspired him, why can’t our designers come out of their lavish lawns and bridal madness?
If your response as a consumer of this fashion content is that you are not interested in politics, I would conclude my post with a quote by a German writer Betolt Brecht:
“The worst illiterate is the political illiterate, he doesn’t hear, doesn’t speak, nor participates in the political events. He doesn’t know the cost of life, the price of the bean, of the fish, of the flour, of the rent, of the shoes and of the medicine, all depends on political decisions. The political illiterate is so stupid that he is proud and swells his chest saying that he hates politics. The imbecile doesn’t know that, from his political ignorance is born the prostitute, the abandoned child, and the worst thieves of all, the bad politician, corrupted and flunky of the national and multinational companies.”