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FPW Winter Festive 2015
by SIDRA KHAN
12 - 18 Dec, 2015
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The winter breeze brought with it a waft of fresh air in the form of a three-day fashion week as trendsetters enveloped the city of lights with regular updates on social media, whilst the ramp was fully throttled in shades that complement winter. A number of socialites, journalists, bloggers, and members of showbiz fraternity made their presence known and added spark to the festival. Here’s a round-up of the hits and misses from the fashion runway.

Sana Safinaz
Their collection this time is the epitome of luxury prêt that uses a lot of bullion thread work and spangle techniques juxtaposed with jewel tones. The visual impact of the collection is highly sophisticated.

Tena Durrani
Omorose is inspired from the beautiful 18th century Renaissance homes from all around the world. The spectacular interior of gold gilt edged mirrors and ornate silver gilded ceilings form the grandeur that was of that era. Intricate embroideries and flattering silhouettes on a palette of soft creams and earthy pewter blending into greens, golds and rich jewel tones makes this bridal collection splendid.

Ayesha F. Hashwani
The unabashedly feminine collection dubbed Ellada is inspired by ancient and modern Greece. The designs incorporate contemporary fluted hems, waist-whittling gowns in a combination of rich fabrics, prints and styles that brought alive this festive evening wear.

Hisham Malik
Eternal expresses through Alexander Pope’s neo-classical romantic poem Eloisa to Abelard based on actual love letters exchanged between the nun and priest in medieval France. The central theme of the poem is Eloisa’s feelings of conflict between divine and human love but an eventual realisation of their singular root, that is portrayed beautifully through attention to details and flawless craftsmanship of flame and flowers imagery, a recurring motif.

Shehla Chatoor
All the Raj coincides with a playful grandeur of Sub-continental royalty and subtle style influences left behind by the British. The vintage-revivalist collection which also includes in-house, hand-crafted shoes, clutches and traditional jewelry harks back to the majestic British raj and juxtaposes this regal aesthetic with a contemporary twist for the modern bride.

Nida Azwer
Mystical Garden is based on a palette of soft neutrals with metallic hints in luxe fabrics such as organzas, nets, silks, chiffons and Nida Azwer’s signature French lace. Presenting experimental cuts, in lehengas, crop tops, peshwas, angrakhas, ghararas, jackets, dhoti shalwars and saris, the designs have been embellished with pearl, bead and crystal work along with the modern interpretation of old craft using resham, kaamdani and zordozi.

Deepak Perwani
The couture master’s fall/winter collection is inspired by the grandeur of old baroque winter roses and chantley lace. The floral embroidery gives the entire collection a modern twist keeping the traditional wedding season in mind. Lace, organza, screen prints, crystals, kora, dabka and lots of pearls define La Vie en Rose.

ÉLAN
Sauvage describes man’s relationship with nature. Utilising patching techniques, large capes, jackets and stoles are patched with elements forming scenes of strange wilderness. Voluminous skirts depict profound detailed scenes in print. Each piece from the collection portrays a particular scene and emotion, and creates an impression of dark elegant glamour; captivating to view and thrilling to wear.

Obaid Sheikh
The collection present timeless fusion of east with the west through intricate hand embroidered techniques; like French nodes, zardozi, ari work and appliqué. Russion embroidery motifs translate in to rich winter colour palette consisting of deep purples, browns, maroons and golds.

Maheen Karim
Tempo di Festa brings you an intriguing assortment of evening wear comprising of dripping velvets fused with lustrous charmuese silks and iridescent crimped chiffons transcending into feminine chic contours. Enthralling capes paired with sharp a la mode culottes, edgy jackets, structured jumpsuits along with draped fluid dresses celebrate the vivaciously beautiful Karachi.

Nauman Arfeenbr /> In hues of ivory, olive and honey dew, the designer has set this collection in a rich, royal Mughal mood. Using plush textiles such as raw silk, velvet, hand woven jamawar and Mysore silks as his canvas, The Legacy creates an enchanting imagery blending the contemporary with the traditional while the extravagance in footwear gives a perfect finesse to the collection.

Faraz Manan
Imperial AW 2015, just like its name, transcends beyond race, cultures and nationalities. The collection is a beautiful mix of the finest fabrics; French silks, brocade and organza with hues of red, grey, blue, pink, silver and gold, that is further complimented by traditional embellishments and intricate embroidery techniques with modern cuts for a wider appeal.

Umer Sayeed
The Elysian Collection is pristine and cohesive, intricately embellished and innovatively styled with a sense of whimsy. The colvlection realms on shades of pastels, and heralds Umer Sayeed’s trademark craftsmanship, coupled with sexy silhouettes which all come together to cast on ever-lasting spell of beauty.

Nilofer Shahid
Rembrandt is a powerful expression of Nilofer’s admiration for the Dutch artist representing the five main attributes of his artistic career. Every dress has a story, treated in layers, with each paying tribute to the artist’s feeling at the moment of creation. Ultimately, the collection’s showstopping piece is inspired by what is considered one of Rembrandt’s most famous romantic painting, The Jewish Bride.

Zainab Chottani
Dil-Rubba is a collection unlike the others; a mix of the old era with trendy new styles. There is nothing more graceful than wearing traditional silhouettes, and nothing more satisfying than being caught up on the latest trends; hence, the collection introduces ghararas modernised into pants, and showcases mesmerizing gowns and jackets.

ZAHEER ABBAS
The lyrical Baad-e-Naubahaar collection is inspired by a souful sonnet of Faiz Ahmed Faiz. Based on colour palette of black, plush pinks, pastels and rich tones of maroons, the collection showcases master craftsmanship with intricate hand embroideries in thread, naqshi, gota, various forms of crystals and pearl beading with a balanced progression from gold to silver embellishments.
FPW’15 Waltzing through the fashion gates
by MARIAM KHAN

Catwalk weeks are what the upscale citizenry looks up to, after all these are the most talked about events of the town; and ones where social butterflies get to flutter even more. As far as the fanfare is concerned and the hype which social media gives rise to for these events is one thing, for those on the other side of the screen (read: scene) assume the perks the attendees get to enjoy while they’re at it. But last minute disappointment packages, which chiefly members of the print community, especially the team of this scribe faced is what the organisers need to fix. With shutterbugs not allowed to enter the venue because of ‘security reasons’ and delayed (read: passes which were not received) is another side of the glitz and the not-so-glamorous. On the greener side, read on to cruise through the peaks and valleys of the winter festive couture week.

Day 1
High: The newbie, Hisham Malik’s collection, Eternal showcased a merger of philosophy with design aesthetics. With nature highlighting the approaching winters, Mehreen Syed transformed the ramp into a mystifying field, donning a light grey Victorian cut-gown with birds embroidered, paired up with a tiara, giving a touch of royalty to her.
Low: A mesh of colours that were not complimenting one bit was what Sana Safinaz had to offer. The designer duo seemed to have juggled colours, that too rioting ones with massive bursts of flora and fauna. With striking shades and too much design, the eyes could not focus on any element the designer wished the onlooker to hook onto.
Razzle-dazzle: What’s in a fashion week without hairdos? Toni & Guy managed to bring about fun trends from tousled hair, tight-fisted braids, retro curls, loose side-braids, careless locks and messy, stylish buns. Syra Shehroze and Imran Abbas, the showstoppers added the right tune to a charged crowd.

Day 2
High: Fashion waves meddled with musical chords; and when the vocals were of Zeb Bangash and Zoe Viccaji, the audience were left in a trance listening to Persian and French tunes. The former sang Bibi Sanam Janam while the textile master, Wardha Saleem’s collection was being showcased. Zoe, on the other hand fluently sang the French tune, La Vie en Rose bedazzling the listeners.
Low: A designer’s method lies in the pieces she produces. A prominent name in the fashion fraternity, Nida Azwer has been known for her classy statement pieces. But FPW’ 15 was a shocker for her designs lacked finesse; amidst striking hues, motifs were seen falling off; the sprinting designs – rabbits, butterflies, grasshoppers and deer – it seemed that they left the motifs in motion too.
Razzle-dazzle: In an assemblage of silhouettes and magnetism, a star-studded fashion runway was bespectacled with a line-up of showstoppers. In the seam of electrifying hues, serpents atop pale gowns and nature being the focal point, the ramp was showered with prominent faces of show business. Ahsan Khan and Mansha Pasha graced the ramp for Nida Azwer, while Hareem Farooq, added charm to the show in indigenous statement wear – necklaces and earrings by FNKAsia. The list of stars don’t simply end there for the Diyar-e-Dil duo, Maya Ali and Osman Khalid Butt ’tween a lot of plaudits made their mark on the fashion runway.

Day 3:
High: If and if, there is one collection that was the spark of the three day dernier cri, it was Nilofer Shahid’s comeback in the form of artistical exuberance. Rembrandt, the name of her collection inspired after the Dutch artist was one out of the ordinary and which did leave its mark in the minds of the onlookers with the rhyming of the dramatic pieces that were put together. Playing with a classic palette of copper, gold, black and red, the couturier used the gothic black, with 3-D florals stitched onto jackets pairing it with out-of-the-mundane head gear.
Low: The final day of the winter festive rarely seemed to disappoint in terms of the avant-garde collections. However, mismanagement could have been minimised. With the ramp used to walk across for spotting a place to sit was utter atrocious and painful to the eyes.
Razzle-dazzle: In a world of real-time where social media ignites the minds of the smartphone holders, day 3 of the glamour-house fired up a lot of frenzy even before the show started. After all, it was Ho Mann Jahaan’s starrers who were spotted rehearsing. Yes, the names you have guessed are spot on – Mahira Khan, Adeel Hussain and Sheheryar Munawar walked the ramp for Umar Sayeed and the audience was left cheering, for the charmers had already mesmerised the audience and left them charged for the entire show.

FPW Winter Festive 2015
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