My misses posts are something that come out like vomit with little control and I am certainly not proud of the mess they create afterwards. I appreciate people have a jolly good time reading it but at the end of the day it is at someone’s expense. I have learnt that the same way I criticize people, people would criticize me and my blog which they refuse to try to understand. As a designer and a blogger one has to be courageous enough and be true to who we are despite the ignorance of other. I am not Biryani I can’t please everyone.
Misha Lakhani was more like leftovers from fridge. Incoherent bits like red off-the-shoulder gown from vintage Valentino and a drop-waist blue number ala Balenciaga. Besides the incoherent collection, the construction was rather unsatisfactory as well. It was as if one had walked into a shoddy replica handbag shop on Tariq road and deep down you know it’s not the real deal with its defects and shortcomings. She should have stuck to the few eastern pieces that she does.
Natasha Kamal of ‘Zuhar Murad inspired’ fame presented ‘le nouvel esprit’ titled collection which hardly had any spirit so to say (newness would be rather a stretch). She has good ideas but when executed they didn’t look fanciful enough, be it the art-deco geometric patterns to organza swirls that looked like rice crackers served with soup from Chinese take-outs. The tube top with billowing skirt on Cybil was rather upsetting. Still waiting for the kamal part of it all.
Sitting through Nickie and Nina’s collection was akin to having ketchup with a paratha. Even though the clothes were pretty worked on and the silhouettes were contemporary they still reeked of bridal sensibilities, like the Qorma smell that lingers on. The covetable neon geometric handbags reminded one of triangular clutch by Herve ledger, Nabila also did a stellar job with eye makeup. But it wasn’t only the bags that were being sold.
Nida Azwer one of the few designers who have been showing at every fashion week, showed her ‘Iznik’ collection here that left me feeling blue. It built on the designer’s love for all things blue and grey but overtime the recurrent aesthetic has become wearisome like the bane of aloo gosht that your mom cooks day in and day out whole week . Out of the whole collection I liked the saari with marigold yellow full sleeve blouse probably cuz it stood out like achar in that boring lunch.
Raya Gillani’s collection had 99 problems, bad foundation garments was just one of them. The somber coffee stain color palate, the unsatisfying sewing and use of the tacky black crochet knitted together an image of a dreary Sunday. Itsy-bitsy Amna Baber looked as if she was wearing an adult diaper that needed to be changed.
You either like Teena by Hina Butt’s aesthetic or I like you. That’s how I really felt about this collection, her brash use of oranges, reds, and green on a base of white was akin to having a saucy item number by Himesh Reshamiya in a serious Shyam Benegal arty movie. The soul destroying collection tried hard with crafty accessories but needed some complexity to have a soul.
Saira Shakira and I are in the same rut, both of us direly need an editor to guide and edit our content. More like my stomach after a hearty iftar in Ramdan, it had a lot going on and was at time hard to digest. It could have easily progressed with just one theme, 4 distinct directions from swirly black n white print to light jade and then to elements of florals was overkill. My favorite was simpleton printed ensemble on Fia.
The clothes by Zara Shahjahan got warped in some strenuous time travel machine. The layering of flirty frock over voluminous shalwar was fun but was it fashion forward? Then there were attempts at mod sensibilities by having slim pants. But save the androgynous waistcoats and that one tunic with an extended panel like a saari paloo the collection was more or less abortive.
Hassan Riaz’s collection put me through abject bondage-y torment. Considering he made his pieces white and used florals to evoke spring, they still looked looked execrably gimmicky because of the flowers he chose to put on. His attempts at incorporating flowy fabric with corsetry, beltstraps and stiff materials didn’t really sit well either. Once a designer moves away from a graduate show to a full-fledged one, they should consider retail potential and wearabilty. Every student learns to make a corset top, a short flared skirt.
Huma and Amir Adnan conspicuously chose to show together this time. Amir Adnan more or less made derivatives of his FPW collection using elements of rich paisley fabric that looked more like bronzy 70s than royalty this time. Huma Adnan’s choice of lace was ill-conceived, the crinoline-like volume below Neha’s kollywood green sari looked as if she is giving birth then and there. Out of their whole showcase If I had to pick something I ll pick sherwanis on Asif Rehman and Aimal Khan.
Nature has funny ways to get back at me; Syeda Amera was one such good joke. If Frozen was made by Middle Easterners these would be Elsa’s tacky outfits because of her tacky blue-green and aquamarine beading on nude fabric and to add insult to injury the back of the dresses were bare with no embroidery, her clients would be stuck to a wall like a Barbie doll in a box. She tried her best to be Elie Saab but her flight from Lahore didn’t even make it to Lebanon and managed to do emergency landing at Dubai instead.
All the long debates on blogger’ credibility and competence to critique a collection have raged on but in the end readers decide where we take this. I refuse to ride on the proverbial high horse to defend something which isn’t there in the first place, I continue to write what I feel like and don’t take my blog that seriously. On my recent trip to a few of Lahore’s designer stores I realized I can’t afford 97% of them and there is no shame in admitting that. People who actually buy their wares don’t read aamiriat. Most of their insecurities and my irregularities are rendered baseless because of that.I am really hungry I am going to have food.
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