10 Best Menswear Looks of Fashion Pakistan Week A/W 2014

Fashion Pakistan Week Autumn/Winter 2014 edition just came to a fabulous end. It was probably one of the most refined and polished fashion showcase of bi-annual event yet with all designers bringing their A-game.

Best part of the fashion Week was the volume of menswear showcases which keep on increasing with every edition. This edition featured menswear pieces from not only the regulars like Deepak & Fahad but saw the return of veterans like Deepak Perwani who showed an exclusive menswear collection.

Here is a compilation of 10 best menswear looks that walked down the runway.

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PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week: Day 3

Adnan Pardesy:

Adnan Pardesy showed an intrinsically evening wear, luxury pret collection. Whole collection was pretty beautiful with a piece or two missing the mark but it didn’t show the same mastery of technique that Adnan Pardesy has shown with his previous collections.

Infact, some of the best pieces were those that used Adnan Pardesy’s signature fabric manipulation technique.

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Mohsin Ali:

Mohsin Ali created quite an impact with his flourescent prints and oversized panels, something that garnered a positive reaction from the audience and then he added those confetti embellishments and glittery rose motifs and it wasn’t as spectacular anymore. It looked a bit outlandish and was too much to chew for a fashion week audience, needed an editing eye.

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Sana Safinaz:

Sana Safinaz followed up to their Fashion Pakistan Week showing. Strong shades of citrus with metallic bodices, tailored pants and giant neck pieces. It was a beautifully executed collection one that was right on trend.

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Nida Azwer:

Nida Azwer’ range of prints was amazing. She played with the popular trend using different prints for front and back panels. Another high of the collection was instead of prints¬†using animal motifs and embroided figures that really stood out. Only problem with the collection is its conservativeness with drapes and shapes, Nida chose to stick to her long tunics and signature angrakhas and didn’t step out of her comfort zone.

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Rizwan Beyg:

When something as passe as ‘truck art’ gets re-invented with maestro treatment from the likes of Rizwan Beyg, resultant product is a stellar collection. Fun, playful and statement making – it was a treat to watch.

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Karma by Maheen Kardar:

Best collection of the night certainly belonged to Karma by Maheen Kardar. Her Great Gatsby inspired 1920’s collection came with exceptional choreography and spot-on styling and the clothes were simply ravishing. Pearl baubles, sequined hoods, playful fringes; Maheen did everything right.

A few people were off the opinion that the collection was a bit too Chanel meets Balmain but I disagree. I can see the similarities but I highly doubt there’s a connection, Maheen has a crystal clear vision and those pearl baubles and heavily embellished jacket fell right into her amazing collection.

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Adnan Pardesy for Working Woman Collection

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   With evolvement of business of fashion in Pakistan, the concept of designer collaboration is becoming a trend too. HSY for Stoneage, Kamiar Rokni for Bonanza and various successful designer-textile mill collaborations have given leverage to this trend. Latest to join the club is Adnan Pardesy whose collection for retail brand Working Woman was launched on Thrusday.

       Adnan Pardesy Рa couturier by aesthetic Рhas enabled women to taste a bite of his beautiful cuts and designs with pret line. Constructed in vibrant colours and flowy, lucid cuts; this collection has something for a woman of all age.

    The campaign features Zoe Viccaji and captures the true essence of the concept behind Working Woman. Have a look at some of the beautiful images caught by H & Z Creatives.

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Fashion Pakistan Week: Day 2

¬† ¬† ¬†Day 2 of fashion Pakistan Week turned out to be the strongest of the three days as younger yet proven lot took to the runway to show everyone how it’s done. Creative, fashion forward and wearable – it was a delightful day of glorious fashion.

¬† ¬† From¬†Sanam Chaudhri’s collection employing Shibori (Japanese¬†techniques¬†of dyeing) to Zaheer Abbas’s ‘Samurai-esque’ styled collection and Adnan Pardesy’s Collection mixing Rilli with Origami pleating techniques, designers looked east for inspiration. Day 2 had strong influences of Japanese culture and crafts.

Sanam Chahudhri:

¬† ¬† Sanam C’s collection was all about dyed prints and Japanese reds. Displaying a variety of pieces, it was a collection rendered Japanese in full essence by using the Shibori technique of dyeing,¬†constructional details¬†and strong styling. Jumpsuits, maxi dresses, harem pants, coat dresses, palazzos and long skirts; collection showed diverse range of options. And Maha Burney’s styling was icing on the cake, her expertise was vividly at display throughout the collection.

Zaheer Abbas:

¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†It takes a ton of confidence to put a minimalist¬†monotone¬†collection with astute embroidery on a runway. Some of the most established names can’t dare to pull of such a feat. But talented young AIFD graduate Zaheer Abbas dared and his confidence was palpable in every piece. Stepping away from chiffon (and thank God for that), he put forward a pure ivory coloured collection ¬†with intricate embroided details and sheer sleeves made of cotton. Signature Zaheer Abbas cut and flow was a recurrent theme. Entire collection oozed of¬†romanticism, it was Zaheer’s most mature collection yet.

Adnan Pardesy:

¬† ¬† ¬†Axiomatic – bringing craft of ‘ralli’ to life in bright colours and employing weaving, pleating techniques to create an amalgamation of textures. It was Adnan Pardesy – the couturier – at his very best. Collection was a breath of fresh air and it’s such a treat to have his¬†master ship¬†back on display on the runway after almost an year.

     While the colours gave collection a character of their own, it was the intricate textures that he created by manipulating various techniques that reminded everyone why we all missed him.

If that’s not Couture than what is?

   While manipulation of fabric to create texture is his primary skill, his use of colour comes at a close second. It was one of the best collections of this season of Fashion Pakistan Week and definitely my favourite out of about 29 collections that were shown over the course o three days.

 

Photo Courtesy: Catalyst PR