Best of PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week

Menswear was at its full glory at the recently concluded PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week and that is thanks to two brands, Bareeze Man and Republic by Omar Farooq. They set new benchmarks, presented fresh fashion and upped the style ante quite a few notches. Apart from the two, there were selective glimpses of menswear brilliance from other brands noticeably Sania Maskatiya and Arsalan Iqbal.

Here’s a look at some of the trends on the PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week runway that stood out. While there were many looks that I loved, there’s always a few trends that you can borrow from the runway and apply them to your everyday dressing.

Here is a list of what I absolutely loved at PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week, 2014.

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PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week, 2014: Bareeze Man

Bareeze Man was the surprise package of PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week, 2014. High street brand showed a powerful collection with each piece a standout in itself.

Pants with coloured knee patches, blazers with camo printed sleeves, jumpsuits, quilted blazers, there was hardly anything not to love about the collection. Have a look and decide for yourself.

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Cover Galore: Xpoze’s Turkish editorial with Aamna Ilyas in Sania Maskatiya

Xpoze Magazine’s June editorial, shot in beautiful city of Bodrum in Turkey, features supermodel Aamna Ilyas in Sania Maskatiya’s resort wear ‘Aghaaz’ Collection that was shown at PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week in Lahore in April 2013.

936815_403208546459915_57924638_n     Sania Maskatiya’s resort wear collection fits beautifully against the backdrop of scenic Turkish city. Dress adorned by Aamna Ilyas on cover happens to be my favourite piece from the collection.

     Resort wear uptil now has just been an excuse to sell more clothes but Sania Maskatiya’s ‘Aghaaz’ collection does feel like it’s supposed to be worn on holidays. These clothes are relaxed, stylish as hell and goes with the location. The very same reasons which make this editorial quite a delight.

Here are rest of the pictures from the editorial:

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Photography by Tapu Javeri (Bodrum, Turkey) and Team Dragonfly at PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week, 2013

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Trends Report: PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2013

(Published in Express Tribune on May 2nd, 2013)

PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week came to a close after four days of exciting fashion presenting looks for Spring/Summer season of 2013. While there were many key elements on the runway, some trends stood out more than others. Here are some of the trends from PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week that are touted to be hot this summer:

Monochrome:

Stripes, check, herringbones and houndstooth; monochromatic print was a recurring trend on the PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week runway. While many designers used monochrome in their collections, Feeha Jamshed was leading the pack. In her collections inspired by different eras of 20th century, Feeha’s pieces sported monochrome in profusion in long maxi dresses and jumpsuits.

Also doing monochrome was Sublime by Sara Shahid and Maria B. While Maria B incorporated black-and-white in form of zebra prints with a sleeve here or a top there, Sublime featured jumpsuits and long tunics in silk with monochromatic stripes.

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Clinched at Waist:

The Spring/Summer 2013 look is all about long, lucid tunics with a little structure added of belts. That was the look helmed by many designers on the runway, including Misha Lakhani, Sania Maskatiya and Maheen Karim.

Misha’s Grecian sari dresses and maxi dresses were accentuated with clinched waists with trim belts. Same was the case with Sania Maskatiya whose Aghaaz collection was styled by Maha Burney with leather and metallic belts. Belts were an intrinsic part of Shehla Chatoor’s collection whose models sported in-house made accessories with the Shehla Chatoor signature emblem.

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Accents of Leather:

Leather lends a certain toughness and fierceness to a garment. Since leather is a primarily fall/winter fabric and is more suited for cold climate, its excessive use won’t work for the scorching summers of Pakistan. Designers added subtle leather details in their collections that added to the oomph. Feeha Jamshed’s collection featured leather trimmings on the back of long tunics that added sex appeal to her otherwise covered up look while Shehla Chatoor used leather fringe and skirts in her luxury prêt collection.

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Chunky Necklaces:

The PFDC runway didn’t only provide trends for clothes.There were palpable trends in the accessories department as well. Chunky necklaces were one of them.

From Sana Safinaz and Maria B to Adnan Pardesy, Maheen Karim and Khaadi Khaas, giant neck pieces were quite a thing at PFDC Sunsilk fashion Week. For Sana Safinaz, these neck pieces are part of their recently launched high-street and prêt stores. Khaadi Khaas’ collection came with neck pieces that went with the East Asian inspiration behind the collection. At Adnan Pardesy’s show, models sported metallic accessories that were tough and very edgy.

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Pearl Baubles:

Pearl trinkets as embellishments and add-ons were seen frequently on the runway.

Maheen Kardar of Karma was at the fore-front of it with her Great Gatsby-inspired 1920s collection that featured pearl baubles as intricately embellished details on sleeves and jackets.

Elan by Khadijah Shah had wide sleeves made of pearls while Muse whose collections are always about rich luxe looking details had plenty of it in their collection titled The Gardens.

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Truck Art:

If you thought truck art was a thing of the past, think again. Just when we thought truck art was done and dusted, it got completely reinvented by Rizwan Beyg and Yahsir Waheed.

Truck art was quite a popular and recurring theme back in 2009 and 2010 but ultimately ran its natural course and slowly got phased out until PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week.

Yahsir Waheed did kimono tops, shift dresses and hand bags with truck art-inspired art work on them but it was the catchy lines printed on them that really stood out. On the other hand, Rizwan Beyg picked a colourful mesh of prints usually spotted on the side and back of trucks and used it in jackets, belts, thigh-high boots and handbags.

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Neon and lots of it:

Neon was big at PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week. While designers like Sara Shahid of Sublime used jolts of electric neon in pure solids. Shehla Chatoor used silky, calmer hues with abstract prints. Yahsir Waheed used neon belts, accessories and tops to complement his funky truck art-inspired collection.

In the prints category, Mohsin Ali constructed pieces out of fluorescent geometric prints for his collection titled Luminaty.

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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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PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week: Day 2

Only three collections worth a discussion from Day 2 were by Feeha Jamshed, Yahsir Waheed and Shehla Chatoor. Rest were regular offenders who have never impressed in the past and – judging by what they showed  – wont be making any headways in the near future.

Onto the good collections now:

Shehla Chatoor:

Luxurious, extremely high end and very sensual – exactly what Shehla does best. Collection had in-house made accessories and shoes which just made the collection all the more spectacular. While prints were signature ‘Shehla Chatoor’ abstracts, what stood out from the collection were the silky neons, leather fringes and the gladiator sandals. Handbags, shoes and accessories iss definitely something Shehla can dable in more frequently.

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Feeha Jamshed:

Monochromatic stripes, checks, houndstooth and fish herringbone with most fierce leather details – Feeha ventured into new territories stepping away from her ethnic wear sensibility and going global and was equally brilliant at it.

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Yahsir Waheed:

Yahsir Waheed gave a whole new spin to the pop culture phenomenon known as ‘truck art’. Frolic prints with catchy lines printed on them. The show was all about pop culture and it did full justice to it.

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PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week: Day 1 (second half)

Sublime by Sara Shahid:

Sara Shahid made a return to runway after almost two years and what a return it was. To put it simply, her collection was every bit ‘sublime’ and ‘subtle’. With a lots of neons, stripes and florals; this collection embraced the Spring/Summer season and made scorching heat something to look forward to.

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Akif Mehmood:

Akif Mehmood is a man of immense talent, there’s no doubt about that but his collection was dissapointing. Sams gharara and cholis that he has been doing for two years with little practicality and above all, prints and motifs were loud and har on eyes. After seeng minimalistic collections by Sublime and Misha Lakhani, Akif Mehmood was a quite a downer.

As a fan of his talent, one would like to see him step out of his comfort zone and experiment with colours and silhouettes, those appliques and patch works don’t have the same ‘wow’ factor which they had two years ago.

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Sania Maskatiya:

Sania staying true to her signature showed beautiful prints. I always maintain that mixing prints is risky business and nonone has perfected that art as well as Sania Maskatiya has, this collection was just a testimony to that.

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Maria B:

I never expect much from Maria B having seen her work previously. Having said that, there were pieces in this collection that really worked like the colour blocked ones specially one with different shades of grey but overall collection lacked a statement.

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