By Mahvish Ahmed
Karachi was high on fashion last week. The city was bustling with preps for Fashion Pakistan Week Winter/Festive 2017 prior to the show, but the week (three days) came and went by without leaving a lasting impression. It was supposed to set the tone for the upcoming wedding season, but all we can say now is, we hope it doesn’t.
Peplums paired with lehngas, crop tops with culottes, and even long jackets crept their way in from last year, giving us major heartache. Cold shoulders and one-shoulder ensembles, which have been done to death, ruled the ramp, making us question the creativity of Pakistan’s fashion mavens. Wardha Saleem’s colourful and festive collection, which we did like, had Nomi Ansari and Ali Xeeshan written all over it. Meanwhile, Sana Safinaz ensembles made us miss Elan. And that’s not a good sign.
While FPW didn’t put anything new on the sartorial menu except for Maheen Khan’s gharara sari, it had its moments and we’ve collected those for you.
Now we know why she is who she is. We’ve raved about her gharara sari enough already, so go read: The Gharara Sari Was The Coolest Trend At Fashion Week.
It is one hot trend that came out of the entire week, so might as well add this to your wardrobe before the entire country does. You need to move fast!
This woman here was the saving grace of day two of FPW. She decided to keep the cuts simple yet edgy. And gave a very important message: Festive is NOT synonymous to bridal.
We loved this striped, slanted top paired with tapered pants. You can wear it with an edgy palm ring, and tassel earrings to the next IT party of the season.
Our favourite from her collection is this floral lehnga sported by the ever-smiling Sadaf Kanwal!
Rich, ornate and majestic, this dreamy bridal has our heart. The ensemble, laden with Swarovski crystals, pearls and 3D floral embroidery, is ideal for brides who want a blend of tradition and modernity. The touch of green created with intricate appliqué work is the cherry on the top.
How pretty does this chikankari short kurta look paired with the chata patti detailing on the culottes?!
Drape the jamawar chaadar over your shoulders and arms from the back for a regal effect. And go for polki chaandbalis, embellished khussas, and hair up in a braided bun to turn heads.
Embellished with bird and floral motifs over bold patch work details, this is a predictable but ideal outfit for a mehndi or even an uber excited bridesmaid. The retro kiran on the edges of the dupatta is a big yes! Wear a paranda and real motiya earrings for an all-out traditional look.
Another one of our favourite from Khan’s collection is this slouchy off-shoulder asymmetrical sheer shirt paired with striped palazzo and a corset top. We’re not too sure about the knot though.
This copper and black beauty is a stunning combination of grace and luxury. We wish our brides experimented more with the colour of their outfit instead of the usual reds, pinks, and pastels. The weather is warm but we are ready to slip into that extravagant velvet lehnga just about now!
Go for multi-tiered gold jhumkas and maroon lips to ace the style game.
Creative, clean and not one of those OTT outfits, this tea pink ensemble features lovely cut-work on the sleeves and back of the jacket. It’s an ideal pick for all those door shaadis when you want to make a mark without looking over dressed.
While the pictures of this show failed to capture the intricate embroidery (making it resemble a hub-bub), the attendees were mesmerized by the finale. We personally love the cross-over neckline of this navy blue number.
Sport some navy blue eye shadow, nude lips, and dangling diamond earrings to steal the show.
A stylistic mélange of Jamawar, kaamdani, and dabka, this angrakha-gharara pants duo has a lot to offer to a bride. Don’t forget to add a dainty matha patti and a nath for the perfect menhdi look!