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Fashion week: second day features chic styles, fusion

Fashion week: second day features chic styles, fusion

LAHORE: The second day of the 10th Pakistan Fashion Design Council Sunsilk Fashion Week-2017 on Friday was all about chic styles and fashion fusions.

The day began with an afternoon high-street group show featuring Cynosure, Faiza Saqlain and March by Ali Merch in Hall A. This was followed by luxury prét evening showcases featuring a solo show by Tena Durrani in Hall A, a group show featuring Shiza Hassan, Saira Rizwan and Amir Adnan in Hall B and a finale grouped show featuring Ethnic by Outfitters, Cross Stitch and Sapphire in Hall A.

The afternoon show opened with Cynosure’s S/S 2017 collection.

Faiza Saqlain showcased her ‘Dreamer’ collection which drew its inspiration from innocent imagination of children. March by Ali Merch showcased its ‘Inauguration’ collection. The collection draws its inspiration from sea foam, loud mascara and jazz music. It constituted large swathes of denim, giving the ensemble a broad appeal. It showcased the diversity of denim and its different uses with a purpose to highlight the fabulous craft of denim-washing across Pakistan. Featuring contemporary cuts, that are in-line with international trends, the ensembles were embellished with semi-precious stones and metallic studs. The collection incorporated various techniques such as over-coating, foil-printing and lace-work in-house woven fabrics to give denim an unusual twist.

The luxury prét showcase was opened by Tena Durrani with a solo show in Hall A. She presented her ‘The Debut – Alchemy’ collection, a progression from the first ever contemporary collection that was showcased earlier this year. The colour palette for the collection was based in dark colors.

Shiza Hassan showcased her ‘Lolita’ collection. The collection was based on a style movement which started in Japan in the 70’s with an East meets West theme and a radical art inspiration. The collection featured a mix of traditional Japanese elements incorporated in Shiza Hassan’s signature digital prints. It boasted rich embroideries and varied embellishments on a range of fabrics including silks, organza, cottons and leather.

Saira Rizwan showcased her ‘Summer of Love’ collection, inspired by the 1960 literary movement ‘Beat Generation’. The collection featured fun loving summer trends such as frills and fringes over a variety of loose and flowy silhouettes. The collection incorporated lawn as the primary fabric and makes the use of vivid hues such as yellow, blue, red with black and white throughout the range.

Amir Adnan showcased his ‘Revisiting Heritage’ collection. The mesnwear collection took its inspiration from formal, evening wedding wear of the past. ‘It incorporated embroideries, classic craftsmanship and silhouettes that hint at yesteryear of style and suave.

Ethnic by Outfitters showcased its ‘Denim Patched-Up’ collection. The street style collection revolved around offbeat and avant-garde fashion inspired by contemporary culture of urban street people. It used fabrics such as organza, grip silk, denim, high twist and net with a lot of experimentation in cuts. The colour palette for the collection was kept vibrant with the use of exuberant colors.

Cross Stitch showcased its ‘holographic memory’ collection ‘Holographic’ with luxurious fabrics and unique embellishments. This collection was exclusively designed for the strong and confident woman. It made use of opulent fabrics, stand-out detailing and intricate hand sequin embellishments. Craftsmanship was an integral feature of the collection.

The day’s finale was presented by Sapphire which unveiled its collection titled ‘Totem. The collection draws its inspiration from oriental art and narrative paintings. It featured an earthy colour palette with silhouettes that are current, fluid and that essentially define the ease of ready-to-wear. The endearing spirit animals, juxtaposed against wind, water and air elements symbolised the freedom of spirit and innate strength within all Sapphire woman. The collection boasted oversized jackets and off-shoulder frilled tops with flared pants varying in length. The collection incorporated a range of organic fabrics such as pure linen and cotton with silk finishing.

Published in Dawn, April 15th, 2017

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