It was the best of times, and it was the worst of times. With the elections preparations in full swing, my long awaited Lahore trip(I will blog about it later) and the usual lawn madness fashion week was last thing on my mind.I got the invite while I was travelling and a fellow blogger Umairica somehow managed to get me in despite my Sana Safinaz debacle. FPW5 this time around had been squeezed into two days with designers literally scrambling for time, as per our Pakistani tradition event started late complete with usual gliterrati of Pakistan(a blog post to dissect them coming soon).
The day started with the collection of the legendary Maheen Khan, her theme this time was endangered birds.As the 1st model walked down the runway the headdresses immediately caught my eyes.T he clothes themselves comprised of signature Maheen Khan relaxed silhouette with straight lines. My favourites were the palazo pants in an enlarged fish scale pattern, the purple yellow feather patterned pants and another favoruite was a white tunic that had flying birds printed on it. While at it I felt model Ayaan looked a little fat in that sari blouse and the way she walked in that sari wasn’t very pleasant. There was a fine selection of saris draped in pearl whites,and silver grey colors. But hats off to the stunning craft of millinery (Philip Treacy would be proud).
Next up were DeepaknFahad, it was menswear and I was jumping out of my seat with excitement because this is my shit. Collection named “Metallistic” started with neutral browns and gradually transitioned towards steel to dark greys all in cottony fabrics perfect for summer casual wear. The metal was basically an assortment of studs and stickons reminiscent of Prada S/S 2012 and Versace collection embellishments. One of my favourite pieces was a dark blue blazer with stud accents on the shoulders. Styled with clever use of gold shutter glasses it faired as a good commercial collection.
3rd was a newbie at FPW named Zari Faisal, her collection titled ‘Plush’ took inspiration from vintage oil paintings. The great thing about her collection was the fact that it had range, from western seperates to saris.The use of no-fuss humble silver sequin to adorn coral, off white and floral printed fabrics was sublime. Her collection although not very theatrical did prove the fact that the by showing just the right amount of skin and by informed use of only one type of embellishment a designer can effortlessly take a garment from day to evening wear. Lots of separates and good retail potential.
Orient Textiles basically paraded down their eponymous lawn joras for several minutes and it left me wondering has lawn really taken over fashion? Don’t they get the fact that people have seen enough billboards & catalogues of the same things over and over again.Only two dupattas caught my eyes because of their beautiful prints.
Then thankfully it was back to designers and it was Aamir Baig with his ode to more than 150 years of stripes. It started with a dangerously short dress worn by none other than Faeza Ansari that girl knows how to work it. As the show went on it was quite apparent that the designer was following Spring Summer 2013 trends word for word. Some of the pieces looked conspicuously similar to Marc Jacobs’ S/S 2013 collection. There were construction issues: the cutouts didn’t sit well on the body, the fit at times wasn’t snug enough and as it turns out working with such bold patterns can be a nightmare because one has to match line with the line.
As always things took turn for the worse, I actually want to sit down with council members sometime and ask them why was Mona Imran even allowed to present her collection. The lady’s collection titled ‘Safari’ was wild, ensembles were tacky beyond description and there was a point of time I saw a Flintstones dress. There are quite a few ways one can make exotic cat prints look ugly, and the lady made ensured she uses all of them. She even managed to make the handsome Shahzad Noor look awful. It was Zardari Shameful!
Stay tuned for Part 2 of FPW Day 1
P.S. All the photos belong to their respective owners.