Having been covering our dime a dozen fashion shows for a few seasons, I guess now even the blind can connect the dots and see how well our local tweeps have been bringing designs and trends from international runways to the local consumer.Fashion has practically been taken out from Milan and brought to Mianwali. Say if you liked a piece from Milan Fashion Week’s runway, you might just get a watered-down rendition of it from a local designer.
Internationally, there are a lot of examples: French brand Balenciaga brought Indian Jodhpurs and middle eastern kaffiyeh to the western consumer by their 2010 collection,then the Italian Roberto Cavalli and other european designers flooded the runways with Caftans in 2011, French Chanel even named its whole collection to Indian art and architecture in its resort collection of 2011 and lastly the now eponymous ‘Skinny’ pants made popular by French Dior Homme recently, were a punk staple – a concept originally commercialized as ‘Drainpipe Jeans’ by British Vivienne Westwood in 1970s. I could go on and on.
But our indigenous designers with explosion of Internet and other means have been able to ‘translate’ these international trends into their designs much faster and cheaper figuratively speaking. You can’t help but gasp at dramatic presentations of exquisite garments on the Parisian runway but now you don’t have to because you can get similar experience locally too.
Although none of them have claimed so but below are references of pieces that I assume Pakistani designers to have been INSPIRED from.
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