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Designers exhibit traditional bridal trends on Day 2

Designers exhibit traditional bridal trends on Day 2

LAHORE: The second day of Pakistan Fashion Design Council’s gala roped in a large number of fashion fanciers and other guests who thoroughly enjoyed the contemporary and traditional Pakistani bridal trends on Sunday evening.

At the three-day fashion week ( Oct 14-16) being held at Nishat Banquets, Johar Town, the designers who turned the ramp into a dazzling rainbow while featuring bridal showcases were Jeem by Hamza Bukhari, Sara Rohale Asghar, Ahmad Sultan and Faiza Saqlain. This was followed by evening bridal showcases featuring a solo show by Sana Safinaz followed by a grouped show comprising Misha Lakhani, Mahgul and Sania Maskatiya.

Early evening bridal showcases was opened by Jeem by Hamza Bokhari with his bridal collection ‘Floating Poetry’ in collaboration with Grace Jewels and Pelle Capanna bags. The collection was inspired by the vivacious culture of Bengal and its deep relationship with textile. ‘Floating Poetry’ comprised 15 designs in various lighter weight fabrics complemented by luxe fabrics such as velvet, silk and brocade. The colour palette incorporated hues of gold and mint with accents of fuchsia pink and navy blue. The collection boasts effortless silhouettes with structured tailoring details.

Sara Rohale Asghar showcased her bridal collection titled ‘The Royal Attire.’ The collection was a devouring journey through the elaborate lifestyle of the mystic Arabian world. ‘The Royal Attire’ collection was fused with a persona of larger than life grandeur, painting festivity, merriness and celebration through heavily embellished rich Kim Khaabs, dewy tissue and flowy nets to capture the royal spirit of the collection. Ranging from dusky grey to earthy peaches and finally ending in the classic red bridal ranging from elaborate A-line silhouettes, Farshi lehangas, structured ball gown skirts to slightly tapered straight line shirts.

Ahmad Sultan came up with his collection titled ‘Secret Garden’. The collection drew its inspiration from a beautiful coloured rose, Versilia. ‘Secret Garden’ incorporates a blend of traditional embroideries with modern 3D work and tassels on pure fabrics such as chiffon, net, organza, kamkhab, kundun zair, silk and jamawar. The collection consisted of 16 designs.

Faiza Saqlain showcased her bridal collection ‘Heer’ in the early evening segment. Synonymous with beauty and elegance, the collection was an ode to the iconic Heer, who is present in woman even today, but perhaps more courageous. The collection drew its inspiration from the transitional tale of Heer -- from the real one, who was forced into wedlock, to the modern-day one, who takes charge of her own life. It incorporated a variety of techniques including the evergreen dabka, mukesh, tilla and contemporary 3D embellishments and cutworks, throughout the collection. The collection boasted luxe fabrics such as tissue, organza and raw silk to represent the theme and transition of the women and their style over a period of time.

The evening bridal showcase was opened with a solo show by Sana Safinaz exhibiting collection ‘The Last of the Night’ in collaboration with Mahin’s World Jewellery. The collection was an ethereal recreation of a dream. It was a modern take on natural beauty set against the inanimate and captured a surreal vision within an urban, modern framework.‘ The Last of the Night’ boasted 20 designs in a variety of modified silhouettes including A-lines, slouchy sheaths, elaborate trumpets, front open shifts and ultra-dramatic back trails. It incorporated soft and dreamy hues including pastels such as powder blue, blush pinks, pale yellows with white silver and grey undertones and uses whimsical embellishments to make for an ultra-feminine yet starkly modern aesthetic. The collection also featured six classic, minimalistic and refined menswear designs in soft pastels hues and geometric patterns that reflect modern and chic aesthetics with a twist.

Misha Lakhani showcased her bridal collection ‘Bagh-e-Bahar’ The collection celebrated the modern Mughal in a mix of Persian, Central Asian and indigenous Indian style. Misha Lakhani had used signature fabrics such silk, net, velvet, muslin and tissue. Mahgul came up wih collection titled ‘Darya’ in collaboration with luxury fashion jewellery brand Outhouse. ‘Darya’ meaning river, ran a whimsical course through heritage and flew into contemporary world. The collection explored the boundaries of a silhouette with the interplay of the traditional and modern to create unique structured statements across an evolutionary MAHGUL bridal aesthetic.

The design house presented complete and defined bridal looks crafted with the brand’s 3D sculptural embellishments, first introduced at the Bridal Week in 2015, along with newly created gota, tila and dubka work techniques.

One of the leading fashion houses, Sania Maskatiya, showcased “Samarkand” as the finale on Day-2 of PFDC’s event. The showcase was complemented by jewellery from premier luxury brand, Amrapali Jewels with their collections, Jewel’s of the Nizam and Made in Heaven. Amrapali is exclusively distributed in Pakistan by Khazana.

The collection had been inspired by the decadent royalty of the historic town of “Samarkand” which is considered as a melting pot of the world’s cultures, founded in 7th Century B.C.

Sania Maskatiya had infused her signature traditional craftsmanship in contemporary and traditional silhouettes using an array of fabrics from gold spun tissue to brocade, silk, velvet, jamawar and French nets. With a diverse colour palette ranging from pastels to jewel tones, the collection comprised both menswear and womenswear ensembles, aspiring to create modern heirlooms.

Published in Dawn, October 15th, 2017

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