Makeup: Ryan Thomas
By Maheen Bajwa
It’s time to address the elephant in the room: Pakistan is, once again, obsessed with organza. This comeback is pretty cool, because we never really got over the sheer, magical feel of the fabric. Unfortunately, this time around, it seems that this beautiful fabric has failed to inspire most designers. Fashion 101 folks: You can do more to organza than just wrap it!
We at Women’s Own decided to put our sartorial detective caps on and find the most unique organza pieces in town. To help us with the task, we roped in one of our favourite fashionistas Palwasha Yousuf, who is also a top hairstylist in Karachi. Here, she tries on five of her favorite organza pieces from our findings:
Feeha Jamshed, Emerald Rani
This unique ensemble exudes glamour with a mix of bohemia. FJ is the expert on how to make a traditional ensemble modern and chic. The beautiful emerald colour works with all types of desi skin tones and the self-embroidery on the cuffs and lehenga adds a rich texture to the ensemble without making it look too gaudy. The best accessory for this type of ensemble is a statement necklace, and our personal favorite is a beautiful Afghani necklace to accentuate the boho feel.
Best for: Mehndis, Shaadis, and Valimas
Yasmeen Jiwa, Ethnic Funk
This YJ ensemble is young and fresh! Leave it to this quirky brand to create an outfit our model can easily rock with a top-knot and purple lips! We love the floral scallop neckline with a touch of kamdani paired with a narrow purple shalwar. The best part of the outfit is the flared daaman which makes the most of this airy fabric and allows for added movement.
Best for: Mehndis, Dholkis, and Mayuns
Momina Teli, Frozen Margarita
This piece is by far the most versatile out of the five! One can wear this fun lime-green Kameez-wrap to both day and evening events. It can easily be worn as eastern and western wear, so feel free to pair it up with a great pair of jeans or a tulip shalwar to make it your own! The MT wrap breaks away from the monotonous wraps that have been rotating around the fashion circuit for months. Just add a colourful statement necklace as the finishing touch to your margarita.
Best to wear: Brunches, High-teas, Weekend nights
Misha Lakhani, A “Mint” Summer Nights Dream
Lakhani has made quite a name for herself in the organza wrap department. Her collection of wraps has constantly sold out, and the brand plans to re-stock this client favourite right before Eid season. But that’s not the only organza creation at Lakhani’s boutique; a beautiful new take on this fabric is a short, structured top that is embellished with subtle white embroidery and an attached beaded belt. This top does away with the fabric’s sheerness, but retains its crisp feel. No color screams summer more than mint, so add this unique piece to your summer wardrobe.
Best to wear: Brunches, High-teas, and Lunches
Zaheer Abbas, White Maroc
The list wouldn’t be complete with an all-white ensemble. Zaheer Abbas is the perfect go-to luxury house when you want that subtle look with a mix of glamour. This ensemble is a fusion of many cultures harmoniously combined to create a balanced look. The thread and pearls embroidery is absolutely exquisite and gives just the right amount of mystique. The voluminous organza lehnga is perfect for when the dress code to an event is ‘lengha choli’. This outfit needs minimal styling – all you really need is one big statement ring and some Russian Red.
Best to wear to: Shaadis, Valimas, and Mehndis