Elan’s Ode to a nightingale was one of the most stellar luxury pret collections to go down the PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week runway. Backed by her very strong & unique aesthetic, Khadijah Shah created a series of Chinoserie-style outfits heavy on Chinese artistic influences & oriental prints. From Red Carpet favorites like kimono wrap dresses & maticulously crafted full skirts to the more relaxed evening-wear separates, Khadijah experimented with a range of silhouettes most designers would steer clear of. The best part ? The embellishment was limited to let the cuts & prints do most of the talking. Loved the bulbous gold detailing on Cybil’s shoulders & cuff accents. Loved it All !
One of most ooh-ed & aah-ed outfits of the collection on Mehreen Syed below. Paper magazine’s Editors Meher Tareen & Samina Khan walking the walk at the end of the show.
Images Courtesy : Aamir Amjad Photography , Faisal Farooqui (Dragonfly)
For their latest showing at PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week, design Label FnK Asia presented a very modern ethnic collection titled “East of Bengal”. Like Misha, Huma Adnan also reconstructed the Sari giving it an intense tribal & funky makeover with the use of scripted prints, bright palette, beaded embroidery & draping techniques.
Although it called for a refreshing change to see FnKAsia present a very Indo-Bengal collection at the PSFW runway, it was hard to ignore the close inspiration it drew from our favorite Indian designers, Masaba Gupta & Anamika Khanna. From the styling ( big orange bindis) to the silhouettes (pant sarees, printed dhoti shalwars , bright scripted sarees, tiered skirts) , the aesthetic seemed too…BORROWED ! (see image below)
For us, the bustier Tops with the tribal pants & printed skirts were a clear winner. Extremely Wearable !
FnK Asia PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week 2013
Images Courtesy : Aamir Amjad Photography , Faisal Farooqui & team at Dragonfly
Misha Lakhani’s collection “Configurations” at PSFW’2013 screamed “Laid Back Luxury Pret” , offering a variety of relaxed silhouettes to the modern day socialite. Her signature belted maxis ran throughout the collection, with embellished net dopattas draped onto dresses for a more formal, east-meets-west vibe (Trend Alert). Based in fabrics such as crushed silk, tie-&-dye chiffon, georgette, crepe, net and shamose satin, the color palette varied from citronelle green to olive ,ivory, cranberry red & black. The styling was kept minimal aiming for an effortless, boho-Chic look.
Although it was BIG on the wearability & fun factor, the collection seemed a mere ready-to-wear version of the designer’s debut collection at PFDC L’Oreal Bridal Week’2012 ; drop waists, digital prints, net dopattas, monochrome one-shouldered dresses – Misha stuck to her signature cuts & drapes. And we liked it for that ; after all, she’s just two collections old.
Images Courtesy : Aamir Amjad Photography (Pixel Art Studios)
Tapu Javeri kicked off Day 1 at PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week 2013 with his Spring/Summer line of prints, bags and scarfs tilted ‘Tapulicious’. The show featured four distinct print capsule collections by Sadaf Malaterre, Adnan Pardesy, Wardha Saleem and Rizwan Beyg. Crystal hoop earrings & spiral bouffants by Team N-Pro (Nabila) ran throughout the runway looks.
Our love for the bags aside (on the lustlist of many already), the collection seemed too repetitive of Tapu’s past showings. There was little innovation there when it came to the kleidoscopic prints & ”Pappu Yar Jang na Kar” gun motif , already done in the designer’s t-shirt collection. It was the balcony print bags & Pappu Yar Jang na Kar clutches that stood out the most with Wardha Saleem’s sequin crop jackets, baby-doll & balcony print dresses complementing them well.
Just us or anybody else not feeling Rizwan Beyg’s very John Galliano-esque collection as well ? Too costum-ey to be termed as “Tapulicious”.
Images Courtesy : Faisal Farooqui & Team at Dragonfly
Karachi-based designer Sanam Chaudhri lent her support to both Khadijah Shah & Sania Maskatiya at their respective lawn previews last month. At both the events, she went for the trends-of-the-moment ; stripes & color-blocking , swapping the order of the separates the second time.
Don’t have full-lengths from the Sapphire lawn preview but between the two looks, it was the Elan one that got our fashion nods. Nicely put together look with so many trends in one. A pair of black slipper’s though would have been a much better substitute to those stompy Aldo wedges ( Buy here ). Which one do you like more?
On a side note, this might be the mood board for Sanam’s upcoming fashion week runway ( iff at all she shows). Remember this look of her’s too sometime back ? Very well, lots of stripes with neon accents it is then! ;)
Sanam Chaudhri at Elan Lawn (Left) & Sapphire Lawn by Sania Maskatiya (Right) exclusive previews
Sanam Chaudhri at Sapphire Lawn by Sania Maskatiya preview
ALDO Decina Espadrille Wedge Shoes
Images Courtesy : Catalyst PR
Wearing Jumpsuits from The Clothes Company & MUSE respectively, Fia Khan & Zara Peerzada attended the Luscious loves Fashion launch in Lahore recently. Fia decided to pair her autumnal floral print jumpsuit with a vintage necklace, tan belt & matching sandals. Zara glammed up hers with a twisted hairdo , tomato red lips & a black shrug.
Although we don’t strictly disapprove of either of the two looks, unfortunately something somewhere felt lacking. The jumpsuits themselves weren’t the best of picks to begin with. Fia make-up made her look washed out whereas Zara’s hair kept the focus off her pretty neckline. Wish she had gone for a bun instead.
Prefer one over the other? We can’t.
Zara Peerzada at the Luscious Loves Fashion event in Lahore
Fia Khan (L) with Rima (R) at the Luscious Loves Fashion event
As the newly appointed ambassador of the Samsung Galaxy series, Humaima Malik attended one of the Brand’s phone launches yesterday wearing a purple one-shouldered Elan dress. Waist up she looked nice – waist down was a different story altogether. The churidar under the dress stuck out like a sore thumb & the blingy footwear did no favor to her either. We would probably blame the designer for that – the dress itself was poorly designed & lacked the quintessential Elan aesthetics. Not something one expects the Design Team at Elan to churn out. Whats you verdict ? Disagree?
Humaima Malik at the Samsung Galaxy Grand launch