KARACHI : Some of the most powerful names in fashion from both Lahore and Karachi such as Maria B, Khaadi, Saadia Mirza, Asifa & Nabeel, Ahsan Hussain and Saba La Chantal perked up the ramp proceedings by presenting select outfits from their vibrant collections titled A Fashion Fiesta presented courtesy renowned fashion coordinator Umer Mushtaq who also appeared briefly on the ramp at the end of the show. (Click here for the Day one and Day two detailed report)
Maria B showed jumpsuits in navy blue and other feisty concoctions with matching or contrasting accessories.
Khaadi showed men’s kurtas in lack and rust with added tones of silver grey which went a long way in redefining traditional eastern menswear.
Saadia Mirza’s elegant chic collection in crème base appeared to be the epitome of style and comfort while playing with volume and shoulder motifs.
Ahsan Hussain’s menswear sherwanis in black, beige and peach jamawar with minimal embellishments rightly stood out alone with superlative cuts. With it, they heralded the full-blown arrival of the wedding season.
Saba La Chantal’s gold fabric dresses and tops appeared like molten gold poured over the models’ frames and gave them a sensational showstopper look. Model Gia Ali in a short black sexy number with a gold throw stole the show as did Saima Azhar’s scandalous see-through black net lace dress with sheer sleeves and back.
Iraj and Abbas Jafri opened Asifa & Nabeel’s segment with a layered kameez with a faux necklace neckline in women’s wear and off-white and black menswear. Nadia Hussain in an orange shirt with a trail and Omer Shahzad in a black kurta with worked sleeves and back were among the true classics.
Next was Saadia Shah of Brands Just Pret who put Fouzia in a vibrant red outfit with black and white chequered trimmings. Royal blues were paired with prints along with a black voluminous shirt with gold chain accessory. Oranges and Ajrak Prints also found their way into thecollection apparently inspired by Sufi robes.
Rizwan Ahmed presented a subconscious ode to Greek goddesses with his toga-inspired women’s wear in shaded fabric and solids, and gold mesh fabric.
Amina Yasmeen by Mansoor Akram showed his ware by way of an improve choreography by Moiz Kazmi who managed to create superb drama on the ramp with the designer’s impressive heavily-worked collection andcolour palette. He showed saris, eastern wear with a twist and fusion wear that added oomph and attitude to the evening’s presentation. He also introduced a new colour spectrum in formal bridal wear in an attempt to showcase something old with a new twist.
Act Two of Day 3 of KFW opened with Renegades of Funk by Munib Nawaz that was a tribute to this nation and its ideal. The two-tone menswear with a sprinkling of women’s wear had militia patterns and pure, pristine white in utter contrast denoting the split in society.
The strong social statement saw hooded masks, imagery of ammunition and weaponry on kurtas, digital prints of nuclear explosions, imprints of the main political players of the country, a modified peace emblem denoting the Pakistan flag, etc. The jackets and western wear were an extension of the same philosophy while the take on the classic black sherwani brought into full focus the ideology behind this nation.
Shehzad Roy was the showstopper in this segment who walked the full length of the ramp to the tune of Apnay Ullo.
Also to show on the last day were Indian designer label Karmaa with a western line, Gul Ahmed’s highly wearable menswear and women’s wear and finally Usman Dittu.