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Bridal week signs off, reflects on past glory

Bridal week signs off, reflects on past glory

LAHORE: Nabila opened the third and concluding day of Telenor Bridal Couture Week 2015 with a recreation of classic hair and make-up looks inspired by Hollywood, Bollywood and Pakistani cinema icons from the 40s to 2010.

Opening the fashion presentation, Fahad Hussayn based his capsule collection on Gulnar Manzil aka Umar Hayat Mahal, which is considered the epitome of Chinioti artistic magnificence and craftsmanship with its intricate woodwork and superbly painted murals. Silk thread embroidery on delicate nets, organza, tissue, chiffon and customised knitted metal thread fabric formed the base of the classic and minimal collection with varied lengths and layers, which also featured select pieces from the designer’s print museum line. The showcase also featured groom wear.

Saai by Sahar Atif’s soft tones in ivory, rose pink, powder grey and dusty gold defined handcrafted gowns, jackets and the designer’s signature silhouettes.

The House of Arsalan Iqbal’s bridals titled ‘Talisman’ were a journey back in time from the days of the Ummayads to Mughal Emperor Akbar and talismans and amulets through the years, irrespective of cultural or religious bias.

From the deepest blue to the brightest yellow and shades of ivory, gold and turquoise with black, maroon and leaf green contrasts in brocades, Mysori, atlus and pure Pashmina shawls, the embellishments in zardozi lent a comprehensive look to the bridals. The second edition of the collection will be shown at a later date and venue, according to the designer.

Erum Khan was all about modern cuts in ‘Dastoor-i-Ishq’ with its earthy tones, warm pastels with red to purple hues. Infused with pearls and a burnished touch on silk organza, silk cotton, the finishing touch in metallics and semi-precious stones, it rounded off the designer’s love affair with bridal couture.

Zainab Chottani’s self-confessed opulent ‘Aqaasi-i-Dhanak’ took off from where she left at last year’s edition of the bridal couture week.

Swarvoski elements on fine French lace coupled with floral appliqués gave it an elated and other worldly appeal.

Grand couturier Nilofer Shahid’s ‘A Journey of Self-Realisation’ attempted to embody the many challenges faced by women of the world. “It is about her metamorphosis from an innocent being into a strong and powerful entity. She eventually flowers into a being that is ethereal with the spirit of the creator flowing through her veins. She is simultaneously the nurturer and nature itself. The collection is a celebration of the journey of self-realisation and self-actualisation,” stated the designer.

The ramp presentation ticked all the right boxes with a grand presentation with trademark pomp and splendour as models sashayed down the ramp in exquisitely crafted costumes in rich, elegant fabrics and impeccable styling.

Asifa and Nabeel in ‘Tehzeeb’ reflected on the architects of the Wonders of the World, historians who documented the remarkable feats of kings and monarchs, artists and musicians, besides the evolution of social etiquettes. Calligraphy was used as embellishment while the colours denoted royalty and harked back to the days of Mughal kings.

Mehdi played with mystery, luxe fabrics and flirted with moods to produce a seductive collection that was essentially traditional and designed to accentuate and amplify the many traits of human nature. The line displayed sensual undertones and refined cuts that are typical of the designer.

Damas presented superbly crafted diamond jewellery titled ‘Nakshatra’, reminiscent of the night sky and the dazzling stars. The polki-based Legacy featured precious stones set in 22 karat gold, Marco Bicego boasted Italian craftsmanship, Mikimoto with its cultured pearls delved on the mystery of creation, the trilogy of the Boudoir jewellery collection attempted to imitate the moon in different phases of its journey across the night sky, Romance acknowledged the beauty of the Marquise diamond while Luca Carati, Fope, Roberto Coin, Kiku and Shahrezade featured in the rest of the show which was mostly about high-end bridal jewellery.

Finally, Hamna Amir’s jewellery show ‘Nizam-i-Sahiba’ ushered the era of the Nizam of Hyderabad through dazzling chokers and elegant headgear through a complex design set with rubies and diamonds, and symbolic of the great Nizam dynasty.

Hair and make-up on all three days was taken care of by N-Pro and N-Gents, choreography and show direction by HSY Events, media management by the team at Take II and event management and show production by Hum TV.

Published in Dawn, December 14th, 2015

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