FPW 2021 was an interesting mix where nature and fashion amalgamated into each other.
After a hiatus of a year, a select fashion crowd and critics were able to witness a true fashion opening. Some names were interesting and each collection on opening night carved a niche for their craft and was met with applause. I can go on and on by writing hundreds of words about the event. But I don’t want my readers to yawn, so let’s come to the crux of this article. The designers’ collections are the main focus, so let’s review some of the collections displayed at FPW 2021.
Umsha by Uzma Babar
‘Silhouette’ explored the majestic craftsmanship of the traditional artistry. It aimed to depict a festive yet contemporary collection that embodied old-world charm with a timeless element. What went wrong were the doomed outfits with a bulk of lace and chiffon featuring ruffles on them. Also, the untidy makeup and ill-fittings didn’t favour the collection. Riding high on success Amar Khan was the showstopper, but sadly her presence couldn’t translate into high fashion. The collection didn’t live up to our expectations.
Collection: Eclectic Regalia
The collection was a tribute to the regal and opulent courts of Europe and the Subcontinent. The intricate and versatile collection showcased the finest fabric like pure silk, chiffon, velvet, and net accompanied with hues of gold, soft grey pieces, and blush pink. The models stunned as they wore dainty crowns, fitted bodices, majestic trailing trains, and glamorous long capes. The voluminous court-style silhouettes with luxuriously rich embroidery, included an encrusted overlay of floral motifs and pearl-work juxtaposed with Baroque swirls using the intarsia weaving technique. The cohesive collection stood out with a lot of dramatic vibes.
Shamsha Hashwani is known for the intricate detailing in her outfits. Her collection ‘Surriya’ featured traditional silhouettes with eye-catching designs with a twist. The wedding wear had it all, glittering swirls, meticulous embroidery, pastel color palette, and embellishments on the fabric were the highlight. But we have seen such stuff a zillion times before especially in the bridal couture weeks. Actor Sanam Jhung was the showstopper who dazzled the ramp by wearing a cream-based mesh lehenga. The collection was a safe bet strictly for the wedding season.
Maheen Khan’s ‘Amnesia’ was easy yet breezy oozing confidence. It focused on fabric and silhouettes with draped fabric and polka dots. The legendary designer choose to ditch the bling and glitter to keep the focus on the fabric. The collection had been created in collaboration with Karachi’s Hilal Silk Palace and also incorporated the hand-loomed Koya fabric. The color palette was predominantly black, grey, and gold with a bit of occasional white. Showstopper Fouzia Aman looked ravishing in a white hybrid saree. Undoubtedly Maheen Khan rocked with all her experience. Thumbs up!
Fashion Pakistan Week was directed and choreographed by Adnan Ansari and the team at Riwayat. The hair and make-up were by the team at Depilex. The photography credit goes to Ahmed at ebuzz.
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