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Colourful Bridals Make a Comeback

Kamiar Rokni returns to vintage splendor


By Mahvish Ahmed

If you love colorful vintage pieces with the old school charm of gota and zardozi you can raid your mother’s bari clothes suitcase or head out to the House of Kamiar Rokni to pick the outfit of your dreams.

The Heritage Collection, presented by the design trio, Kamiar Rokni, Tia Noon and Rehan Bashir as the show finale, stood out from the rest for us, at the first day of the PFDC Loreal Bridal Week 2016.  Day one of the bridal couture week was opened by HSY, showcasing luxurious fabrics and royal colours, dominated by gold handwork, followed by Sania Maskatiya and Saira Shakira whose collections tilted more towards pretty pastel hues embellished predominantly with silver.

What made the outfits by the House of Kamiar Rokni steal the show?

The Heritage 2016 collection draws inspiration from the traditional Pakistani wedding and the character and mood of each function so you will find something perfect for your dholaks, mayun, and mehndi in addition to the essential shaadi and the valima ensembles. Fabrics of various colors and textures were thrown together to create outfits fit for a Mughal princess, complemented by royal jewelry pieces by Sonica Jewelers’ Mehr-un-Nisa Begum collection.


Each look was carefully crafted in unusual color combinations to take you on a journey through the sartorial history of the sub continent, yet using cuts and silhouettes that are timeless and classic. As the models walked down the runway, we saw creations as colorful and as intricate as Mughal miniature paintings. We saw bright greens, yellows and pinks with tons of gota work, resham details, adorned tassels and accents of pearls and crystals. We saw peplum tops paired with chooridaars and long jackets made to work with culottes and crop tops. There were shalwaars, ghararas and lehngas, offering loads of variety for a bride or a bride’s sister in the bottoms department. What we found to be the most interesting was that the dupattas emerged as the star of each ensemble, with the use of tissue and lined with chatta patti, lappa and kiran at the borders. Each dupatta was a masterpiece in itself, borrowing from the beauty of a myriad of colors and traditional patterns.

We are almost certain that we have your what-to-wear-on-my-mehndi dilemma sorted here. Styled with traditional bangles, kundan jhoomars, nauratan jhumkas and pearly sat larha neck pieces to indulge in a traditional look the models were reminiscent of Anarkali from the Mughal period. If you go for the heritage look don’t forget to add some bling your feet in the form of kundan khussas or pretty tilla work kohlapuris!

The Heritage Collection showed that the house of Kamiar Rokni has truly matured as a design house and offers some of the best pieces for a bride prepping up for a wedding this season. The trio definitely knows how to juxtapose tradition with modernity and that’s why it was our favorite collection from last night. Here are some of the pictures from the show. Hope you enjoy them as much as we did and that kiran reminds you of the picture of your mother dressed up as a bride back in late 70s.